#ILoveGay Today - Jason Peplinski: Sin City Classic Sports Festival
#ILoveGay Today connects with Jason Peplinski, co-founder of the Sin City Classic Sports Festival, now the largest annual LGBTQ+ sporting event in the US, with over 10,000 athletes competing in 24 different sports. It is held every year in Las Vegas in January... this season it's January 12-15, 2023. They've come a long way since their first event in 2008, produced by GLASA, the organization that still operates the event to this day. They've added two new sports, pickleball and sand volleyball. They've also grown in corporate sponsorships, with Lexus and Tito's Vodka on board, and a host of additional partners featured on their website and exhibiting at their upcoming event as well. Additionally, the festival also announced that nominations are now open for the second annual Ken Scearce Leadership Award. The award was created in 2022 to honor the memory and legacy of Ken Scearce, the Executive Director of the festival who passed away in 2021.
November 23, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Florida Boy Skincare
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Rico Coar Fernandez, owner of Florida Boy Skincare in St Petersburg, Florida. Rico has created a studio day spa, providing a wide range of skincare services to the local LGBTQ+ community. Rico chats with us about how he got started, and how he networks and partners with other LGBTQ+ service providers in the area.
November 19, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Steve Greenberg
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Steve Greenberg, where we chat about his show "What The Heck Is That!?", The Gadget Game Show, a fun mix of “Shark Tank” and the classic TV show “What’s My Line?” We chat about how he got started in TV news, and from there, created his show where, with the host’s help, his panelists ask Yes/No questions to try to guess the identity and function of the mystery gadget. He even weaves in a variety of Provincetown drag queens as panelists on some of his shows! In addition, he's written a book, "Gadget Nation: A Journey Through The Eccentric World of Invention", and he's a frequent contributor on NBC’s Today Show. In a nutshell, he's always searching for cool new gadgets & showcasing innovative products in print, online and on television.
November 18, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Florian Klein: Shooting Star - the musical
#ILoveGay Today connects with Florian Klein, where we talk about his new musical debuting in NYC on October 24th, Shooting Star. Shooting Star is a semi-autobiographical performance about an award-winning gay porn star, Hans Berlin, set at the Black Rooster club. Set up as an intimate, immersive theater not unlike Cabaret, making the audience a part of the show. If you're in NYC this season, be sure to take a peek at the porn industry as seen through Florian's eyes, an industry that earns 75 millions clicks every day! #AStarIsPorn #PartyLikeAPornStar
October 21, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Robin Hopkins: new podcast "Well... Adjusting"
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Robin Hopkins, where we chat about her new podcast debuting October 24th, "Well... Adjusting". Considering the previous work this author, actor and funny lady Robin Hopkins has created over the years, this new show should be a hit. It's kind of like a therapy session with a margarita in hand, Robin helps guests manage stress, set some boundaries, find a new apartment and save a dime or two along the way.
October 20, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Enrique Anarte Lazo: Openly
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Enrique Anarte Lazo, Tiktok journalist and International Correspondent, creating amazing content for the Thomson Reuters Foundation and their LGBTQ+ news brand Openly. We chat about how he got started creating this content, which is unique in that it combines some of the best of LGBTQ+ influencer content with creating an engaging and compelling news story, told in a short and "punchy" way that appeals to a younger Instagram, TikTok and even Twitter audience. He also creates content for Deutsche Welle's Culture Desk, called TikTok's "Berlin Fresh". Enrique is originally from Southern Spain, and lived and worked in Madrid for a few years before moving to Berlin. It is from this that he brings a unique style and perspective to his content, blending some of the best of Spanish culture, together with a dash of Northern European sensibilities, and all done in English.
October 13, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Smashby
#ILoveGay Today connects with London-based musical artist, Smashby, on National Coming Out Day. Join us as we chat about his new single release "Bad Influence", as well as his pride tour this past summer, including a video series he's created from that, entitled Pride Tour Diaries. We also chat about Smashby's amazing talent at both promoting his music online and distributing it via all of the various channels, including social media, video and music streaming platforms.
October 12, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Michael and Sebastian: Two Dad Family
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Michael and Sebastian, the Two Dad Family. Join us as we chat about how they got started creating content, together as a family with their daughter Mia... first on YouTube and then on Instagram. Their content explores their personal stories including their first date and coming out. They also share with us their amazing wedding in Bora Bora, as well as their travel adventures and their journey navigating the world of surrogacy.
October 11, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Dan Watt: Everybody Dance
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Dan Watt, producer of the new movie "Everybody Dance". It's a film about 5 kids with different disabilities, attending Ballet for All Kids. The film is Dan following them and their families for 10 months, where we get to learn their stories about the perseverance of the human spirit. The film releases today on most major streaming services, including Amazon, Google and Apple. It also has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes! We also learn more about Dan, an openly gay man from Ohio who went from being a dancer to a choreographer to a musical producer, and as if that wasn't enough... to Bea Arthur’s Personal Assistant. He was her assistant and friend until she passed away. He also spent time with Columbia Picture, and worked with Simon Cowell before realizing he wanted to strike out and create works that meant something to him personally. #EverybodyDanceDoc
October 08, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Mark Olmsted: Ink From The Pen - A Prison Memoir
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Mark Olmsted, author of Ink From The Pen, A Prison Memoir. Writing this book, which started out as a series of daily letters written by Mark to his sister while he was incarcerated for dealing meth, his work brings us a unique perspective on prison life while bringing together the sensibilities of a gay, HIV+ man, along with a healthy dose of the TV series Breaking Bad and Oz. Having what has been dubbed AIDS Survivor Syndrome, Mark lived life as if it had an end date, making short-term choices without worrying about long-term consequences. Looking back on his life, it's been a series of recalibrations to go from that perspective on life to where he's at today, living a goal-oriented, productive and life-affirming existence. Be sure to read his book, which dives into the psyche of a series of seemingly outwardly detestable characters, while making you empathize with them along the way. To get a snapshot into the context of Mark's life prior to going to prison, be sure to read the GQ article linked below, entitled "Curious Cons of The Man Who Wouldn't Die." In this article, you learn more about his early years contracting HIV, where he lived while his brother succumbed to AIDS. You also learn about his relentless cons, faking death and coming to life while intermittently posing as his dead brother Luke along the way. #booktok #prisontok
October 07, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Sev7en Taylor: The Subconscious Side of the Lilith Moon
#ILoveGay Today meets up with music artist Sev7en Taylor. We chat about his new single release "The Subconscious Side of the Lilith Moon", coming off of his August release of "House of Seven". We chat about his music and his spirituality, which brings both his music and his books together with a common thread of capturing his various "eras" in life into his music and his literature.
October 04, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Miz Cambell: Miss Drag South Africa
#ILoveGay Today connects with Miz Cambell, Miss Drag South Africa 2020/2021/2022. We chat about the organization, who's mission is "drag with a purpose”. Miz has been performing in drag since 2015/2016, and has performed at Johannesburg Pride and the Queer GALA. We also chat about their personal history, having grown up in the Johannesburg area, and their career in technology and robotics.
October 01, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - The Coach Audio Comedy
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Eric McKeever, founder of The Coach Audio Comedy. Starring Eric as the narrator and certified life coach, Evan Nixon, his show brings together an eclectic mix of zany clients he is coaching, all while “life-coaching” his own journey. Think 30Rock meets Twin Peaks! Join us as we chat about how Eric got started on this 6-episode project, and where he sees it going in the months and years ahead.
September 29, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Armand Joubert "AJ"
#ILoveGay Today meets up with music artist Armand Joubert "AJ" in Johannesburg, South Africa. We chat about his work, including his new single inspired by Gwen Guthrie’s “Rent." We also chat about his live performances and how he leverages social media to promote his music and these events in such a masterful way.
September 29, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - David Perry
#ILoveGay Today reconnects with David Perry, publicist, author and world traveler, based out of San Francisco. We chat about one his clients, the iconic Castro Theatre in San Francisco, and some of the changes they've gone through over the past few years. We also chat about life in Palm Springs, as so many LGBTQ+ folks from Los Angeles, San Francisco and other regions have expedited their retirement plans and have moved to Palm Springs for good. David also tells us about the sequel to his best-selling book, Upon This Rock... this time set in a small town in Spain and also based on a true story from the Spanish Civil War.
September 22, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - MR Slade
#ILoveGay Today meets up with MR Slade, LGBTQ+ music artist based in Toronto, Canada. He's just released his new single, "Call Me", breathing a new techno-beat into the longing plea made famous by the legendary Debbie Harry and Blondie. Join us as we chat about his music, and his work in breaking down barriers, both as a queer Asian man and a musician.
September 20, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Tour Guide Peru: Aaron Paiva Leyton
#ILoveGay Today joins Aaron Paiva Leyton of Tour Guide Peru to both catch up and get an update as to what Aaron and Tour Guide Peru are up to in 2022. We chat about how Aaron has adapted his business during the pandemic, including a huge personal life change in getting married and moving to the Upper Peninsula region of Michigan. We discuss how managing a travel company has changed post-pandemic, and where he sees things going into 2023.
August 29, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Mariah Hanson: The Dinah in Palm Springs
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Mariah Hanson, an icon and pioneer in the LGBTQ+ community and founder of The Dinah, one of the largest lesbian events worldwide returning to Palm Springs Sept 21-25, 2022. Celebrating its 31st year, we chat with Mariah about how she got started back in 1991 with her first event held at the Palm Springs Modern Art Museum, and how The Dinah has evolved into what it is today. Having created a music festival combined with a lesbian pool party event, this year has Taylor Dayne, as well as a whole host of amazing queer performers. We also chat about how her event was part of a recent documentary, Ahead of the Curve, by Frances "Franco" Stevens. We also chat about her inclusion of local organizations in Palm Springs, including the Coachella Valley LGBTQ+ Center, Gay Desert Guide, KGAY and Visit Greater Palm Springs.
August 10, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Owen Edmunds
#ILoveGay Today joins Jon Godbold of Tales of the Second City, where we connect with Owen Edmunds and his mother, Helen... two amazing personalities in the LGBTQ+ world of Birmingham. Owen and his mom have traveled throughout the UK, attending Pride festivals close to home and across the country. Listen in as Owen talks about his coming out, and how he and his mother developed this kinship in their love of Pride, while connecting with unique and wonderful people along the way. Owen is also a tour guide and part of Stratford Walks, a multi award-winning daily Town Walk in Shakespeare's Stratford, which is near where they live.
August 08, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Pollo Del Mar
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Pollo Del Mar, the1st drag personality in National Wrestling Association's (NWA) history and the 1st to manage a transgender athlete and pro-wrestling star. We chat about his love of wrestling since he was a wee lad growing up in the South. We also chat about Thrillbilly Silas Mason, who together with Pollo Del Mar are considered the most controversial "couple" in wrestling today. In addition, we touch on Pollo Del Mar's starring role in the documentary, Out in the Ring, as well as his history in media, writing for LGBTQ+ media about wrestling for many years, as well as being a regular columnist in Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
August 07, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Ash Kapriélov: Tomb of Ash
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Ash Kapriélov, founder of Tomb of Ash. Based in Manchester, UK, Tomb of Ash is an award-winning videogames blog, Official Tomb Raider Fansite outlet and Resident Evil Ambassador. We chat about how Ash got started with this website and blog, and how he's evolved and grown over the years, and is now invited to key gaming events around the world, and has also now developed a growing presence on Twitch. #Gayming
August 06, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Lachlan Smith / Birmingham Unicorns Cricket Club
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Lachlan Smith, founder of the Birmingham Unicorns Cricket Club, Birmingham’s first LGBTQ+ cricket team. We chat about his love of cricket, and the inspiration behind creating this club, which has grown above and beyond his expectations, and has created a sense of family, as well as LGBTQ+ allies, in the sports world.
July 28, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Robin Gray: GaymingMag.com
#ILoveGay Today connects with Robin Gray, co-founder of GaymingMag.com. With the #CommonwealthGames coming to Birmingham this month, Gayming Magazine has teamed up with Pride House Birmingham to run the Gayming Arena for the full 18 days of the event. They'll be featuring a range of esports and #LGBTQ games for people to drop in and play. In addition, they're hosting a panel & networking evening on 1 August with a number of major panelists talking about how to increase LGBTQ participation in #esports. We also chat about the success of GaymingMag.com, and how they've successfully filled an under-served niche in the world of #LGBTQ #Gayming. They've expanded into other #GayGeek fandoms, and their Gayming Awards will be expanding to New York City in 2023, at a venue near Broadway and Times Square.
July 18, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Out in the Ring
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Ry Levey, director and producer of Out in the Ring, along with the amazing Pollo Del Mar of San Francisco drag fame. We chat about this film they created together, Out in the Ring, which explores the history of LGBTQIA+ wrestlers and queer representation in professional wrestling. With their recent premiere at InsideOUT Toronto this past June, this film continues on the film festival circuit, including Fantasia in Montreal and Cinequest Film And Creativity Festival in San Jose, CA in August. We chat about their collective history in the sport of professional wrestling, as well as Pollo Del Mar's (aka Paul E. Pratt) background in LGBTQ+ journalism over these past years. Paul's talents in getting the word out via social media has allowed them to work together with an amazing set of other LGBTQ+ media and fans in the professional wrestling world, including LGBT in the Ring podcast and more.
July 16, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Shenay O'Brien
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Shenay O'Brien from Johannesburg. Shenay is a drag artist and one of South Africa's premiere entertainers and a true multimedia artist. We chat about her work and how she got started, including her infamous audition for Idols SA, where she auditioned in drag. In addition to her entertainment talents, she is extraordinary in her skills in getting the word out about her work via social media. She has also developed an online show, "We're Queer, My Dear", which is on YouTube and also made available via her partnership with Mamba Online #WQMDS3. https://youtu.be/VOvYk1wZVqM
July 02, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Debt Free Guys & Queer Money Podcast
#ILoveGay Today meets up with David Auten and John Schneider of Debt Free Guys & Queer Money Podcast. This couple have an amazing story about how they got started and what inspired them to begin sharing with the LGBTQ+ community how they took their financial background skills and successfully dug themselves out of debt. They now have a podcast, a blog and they're becoming the "go to" guys for LGBTQ+ financial advice in Forbes, Motley Fool, Yahoo Finance and even the Rachel Ray show. Their goal is to connect LGBTQ+ people with the information and services they need so they and the queer community can do more and be more https://youtu.be/BXGogm4_n7U
July 01, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Jayzen Patria: Lead With Your Brand
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Jayzen Patria from Los Angeles, where we chat about his history in the LGBTQ+ business community, starting with his career at NBCUniversal and culminating in the nearly 5-year anniversary of his consulting business, along with his flagship "Lead With Your Brand" podcast. We chat about Jayzen's involvement with OUT@NBCUniversal and Out & Equal, as well as his board position with the LA LGBT Center. Listen in, as his speaking style is wonderfully infectious! https://www.jayzenpatria.com/ http://www.ILoveGay.Today
May 26, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Michael Green: Transforming Wine & Food Into Entertainment
#ILoveGay Today joins Michael Green, a public speaker and master storyteller, who has built an amazing career transforming wine & food into entertainment. We chat about his work bringing the worlds of wine & food into corporate boardrooms, private dinners and a myriad of other culinary events around the world. He's also spoken on food and wine curating on MSNBC, CNN, The Today Show, and The Food Network.
May 18, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - George Mattu
#ILoveGay Today, along with John Godbold of Tales of the Second City, meet up with George Mattu, an "accidental activist." George Mattu and his partner Matthew Grocott have lived in Birmingham together for the past seven years but say the incessant homophobia in the city has left them fearing for their safety. Listen in as we chat about George's roll in helping bring more awareness to this issue, as well as how George weaves in his viewpoint as a South Asian gay man that brings together a unique side of homophobia all its own. #BrumAgainstHate #HandsNotHate #IAmBham #IAmBirmingham #BrumFeed
May 13, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Kings N Things Birmingham: Christian Gay and Victor Velvet
#ILoveGay Today, along with John Godbold of Tales of the Second City, meet up with Beth & Cameron, aka Christian Gay and Victor Velvet. They head up Kings N Things Birmingham, where they host a monthly avant garde drag king cabaret on Sunday nights at The Fox on Kent St in Birmingham. Join us as they tell us about who they are, how they got started and where they're headed as they bring the world of drag king performance out of London and into Birmingham and other parts of the UK. https://www.instagram.com/mr.christiangayuk/ https://www.facebook.com/kingsnthingsbham/ https://www.instagram.com/kingsnthingsbham/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvH5k3gdNrwsp0dViIWln9w https://twitter.com/ILoveGayBRUM https://twitter.com/ILoveGayToday http://www.PinkMedia.LGBT http://www.ILove.Gay
April 22, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Kings N Things Birmingham: Christian Gay and Victor Velvet
#ILoveGay Today, along with John Godbold of Tales of the Second City, meet up with Beth & Cameron, aka Christian Gay and Victor Velvet. They head up Kings N Things Birmingham, where they host an avant garde drag king cabaret every Sunday night at The Fox on Kent St in Birmingham. Join us as they tell us about who they are, how they got started and where they're headed as they bring the world of drag king performance out of London and into Birmingham and other parts of the UK.
April 19, 2022
#ILoveGay Today: Voices of India - Pallavi Pareek
Join #ILoveGay Today's special series, "Voices of India", where we interview some of India's LGBTQ+ leaders in business, activism, pride and so much more. Today we meet up with Pallavi Pareek of Bangalore, where we chat about her work ensuring Diversity and Inclusivity through Legal Compliance at Ungender.in. One of her mottos is "Great things happen in safe workplaces". Using data, technology & law, her company seeks to solve the culture gaps in a company's workplace.
April 16, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - NOW Polish: Jeff Parshley & OK Johnny Boy
#ILoveGay Today meets up with the team at NOW Polish, Jeff Parshley & OK Johnny Boy. We chat about their UNISEX nail polish line and eyeliner, including how they got started. We also chat about OK Johnny Boy's success on TikTok, where he has become an LGBTQ+ style & fashion influencer in his own right.
April 15, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Mark Bessenger: Gayliens - Here TV 6-episode anthology series
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Mark Bessenger, creator, writer and director of Gayliens, a new 6-episode anthology series premiering on Here TV. We chat with Mark about not only his love of filmmaking, but his love of cult horror. Gayliens is a film that is part sci-fi, part comedy, but some of his other works range from rom-coms to pure horror.
April 14, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Sev7en Taylor: New Single " 777This"
#ILoveGay Today joins Sev7en Taylor, where we chat about his new single "777This" and his upcoming new EP being released later this summer. Sev7en tells us more about what inspired him for 777This, as he tapped back into his roots and original creativity to bring us this new release. He's also quite excited and proud to be interviewed on Jack'd, which like other LGBTQ+ mobile apps, is expanding more into content as well.
April 14, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Jeff Parshley & Adam Bouska: NOH8 Campaign
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Jeff Parshley & Adam Bouska, founders of the amazing NOH8 Campaign, now in its 14th year! We chat about how they got started back in 2008 as a silent protest of Proposition 8 in California. Starting out as a profile photo project on MySpace, #NOH8Campaign has evolved into a global phenomenon and social media powerhouse, developing campaigns over the years with AT&T, KSwiss and more. Listen in as we chat about some of their upcoming projects and photo shoots, including an upcoming series of photo shoot events in Burbank, Palmdale and San Luis Obispo, California. #NOH8Worldwide
April 13, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Darren Stehle: Transformational Coach, Writer, and Host of Think Queerly Podcast
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Darren Stehle of Toronto - Transformational Coach, Writer, and Host of Think Queerly Podcast. Listen in as we chat about both Darren's work and his professional history in the LGBTQ+ community. As a certified MindMap Mastery Coach, he specializes in the areas of behavioral and change science in relation to lifestyle and transformational coaching. With his show, Think Queerly Podcast, he explores LGBTQ+ history, social change, and political issues with thought leaders and creators who are making a difference in the lives of queer people and for our common humanity.
April 11, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Dev!n
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Dev!n, aka Big Black Dev!n (Devin Collins). We chat about his beginnings in the LGBTQ+ music world with the gay boy band Echo V, and where his music has evolved with his recent release, No Regrets, and his latest, Just So You Know (DGV Remix). He's been named the Artist of the Month on OutAt.TV, and has been interviewed on a number of LGBTQ+ podcasts, including Queerantine and the Q LGBTQ Creative Network's "Out Loud" show. He's also started a podcast of his own, JSYK unmuted.
April 07, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Travis Shumake
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Travis Shumake of Shumake Racing, an unsponsored NHRA Drag Racer & non-profit fundraiser. Born and raised in Phoenix, he now lives in NYC, where he pursues his passion of drag racing he inherited from his father, Tripp Shumake, the late Funny Car Champion. We chat about life in drag racing, as well as teaming up with Racing Pride out of the UK, where they are creating a North American "chapter" of this UK team's out and proud racing organization. In the non-profit world, Travis has been a part of one-n-ten based out of Phoenix, and the Clinton Foundation in New York.
April 04, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Gary Saperstein: Out in the Vineyard presents Gay Wine Weekend 2022
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Gary Saperstein, founder of Out in the Vineyard in Sonoma, CA. Join us as we chat about his upcoming Gay Wine Weekend 2022 - 3 Days of Gay in Sonoma Wine Country! This annual event includes wine maker dinners, wine tours, after parties, a Twilight T-Dance at the Chateau St. Jean Winery, Drag Queen brunch and wine auction, and a finale pool party. This year's event is on July 15-17, with proceeds benefiting Face to Face, the Sonoma County HIV/AIDS Network.
April 01, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - David Toussaint: writer, critic, playwright, author
We connect with David from his apartment in New York, where we chat about his work over the years writing for a wide variety of magazines and online publications, including Queerty, Queer Forty, Instinct Magazine, Huffington Post and more. His topics often revolve around gay male sexuality and age, where he explores what it's like to be a sexual gay man while getting older.
April 01, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Diane Anderson-Minshall: CEO of Pride Media
Join #ILoveGay Today as we meet up with Diane Anderson-Minshall, CEO of Pride Media, the publisher of The Advocate, Out Magazine, Out Traveler and more. We chat about Diane's history in the LGBTQ+ media world, starting with Curve and Girlfriends Magazine, and then her time at Pride Media, where she is now CEO. We chat about some of the successes and challenges she's seen over the past 2-3 years, and we explore Pride Media's strength as a true “multimedia” company, where they treat social media as a true extension of their company’s media platforms, as opposed to simply looking at it as a traffic driver to their websites.
March 31, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Peter Gamez, CEO of Visit Oakland
We chat about Peter's history in the travel & hospitality industry, including when we first met when he was an executive at Joie de Vivre hotels, an LGBTQ-friendly hotel chain based in San Francisco. We chat about his new role as CEO of Visit Oakland, a region just east of San Francisco that is amazingly LGBTQ-friendly, with a variety of nightclubs and bars in the Uptown neighborhood and now spread out throughout the city. We also chat about Oakland Pride, as well as their thriving art scene. This week is Oakland's Restaurant Week, and all throughout the year their culinary scene is bustling, including a new Vegan Trail program they've put together for 2022.
March 30, 2022
Steven Barber - Sally Ride Sculpture Monument
#ILoveGay Today - Steven Barber of Vanilla Fire Productions in Santa Monica, CA. We chat about his latest creation, the Sally Ride Sculpture Monument, making its debut June 17th at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island, New York. Sally Ride is an important LGBTQ+ historical icon, as she's the first American woman to fly in space as part of the Challenger space shuttle program. She kept her personal life private throughout her years, coming out officially only after her death in 2012. Steven has an amazing history, both as a filmmaker and documentarian, and a visionary for bronze sculptures that have commemorated the Apollo 11, 13 and 14 space missions.
March 27, 2022
#ILoveGay Today - Matthew Conrado: PepsiCo
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Matthew Conrado, Associate Marketing Manager of PepsiCo by day, TikTok content creator by night! At PepsiCo, Matthew has been part of the New York City brand marketing & partnership team, with a focus on their new product, Bubly, which he is now focused on as part of their strategy & innovation group. During the pandemic, Matthew spent some time in Texas and New Orleans, where he began creating TikTok videos that have since gone "mini-viral." Coming back to NYC, he's continued to create some amazing content that has allowed him to develop a keen eye for how to be successful in this new "video entertainment" environment.
March 26, 2022
De Vreese: Titanology
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Stefaan (Titan Master) De Vreese, founder of Titanology based in Belgium. We chat about his evolution from business coaching to creating an online business community for entrepreneurs and businesses large and small to both network and learn. Stefaan has created a series of master classes that are designed to help a company leader take their business to that next level.
March 22, 2022
#ILoveGay Today: Voices of India - Sridhar Rangayan
Join #ILoveGay Today's special series, "Voices of India", where we interview some of India's LGBTQ+ leaders in business, activism, pride and so much more. Today we meet up with Sridhar Rangayan of Mumbai, where we chat about his role as an LGBTQ+ filmmaker for the past 25+ years with his company Solaris Pictures. Some of his films have even been picked up for global distribution by Netflix. We also chat about his role as founder and festival director of the KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, South Asia’s and India’s biggest LGBTQ+ film festival. Their next major event is to be held in Mumbai June 1-5, 2022. #KASHISH2022
March 17, 2022
#ILoveGay Today: Voices of India - Kanishka Chaudhry
Join #ILoveGay Today's special series, "Voices of India", where we interview some of India's LGBTQ+ leaders in business, activism, pride and so much more. Today we meet up with Kanishka Chaudhry of the Samavesh Chamber of Commerce, where we chat about Kanishka's work over the past 15 years in corporate diversity, inclusion and supplier diversity initiatives in India and around the world. This experience has allowed him to develop the Samavesh Chamber of Commerce, developed to create an inclusive and safe business ecosystem in India for the LGBTQ+ community. Kanishka tells us about how this all got started, and how he's partnered with other LGBTQ+ business leaders throughout India to carry this initiative forward.
March 16, 2022
Voices of India - Suresh Ramdas
Join #ILoveGay Today's special series, "Voices of India", where we interview some of India's LGBTQ+ leaders in business, activism, pride and so much more. Today we meet up with Suresh Ramdas, Learning & Talent Development Manager at Publicis Sapient in Bengaluru, India, where we chat about his years of corporate experience in the world of diversity & inclusion, including his prior role at HP. In addition, Suresh is a graduate of the LGBTQ Executive Leadership Program at Stanford, is part of the OUTstanding 100 LGBT+ Future Leaders, and has honed his speaking skills as part of Rainbow Toastmasters based in India. In addition, he has earned the title of Mr Gay India 2019.
March 11, 2022
#ILoveGay Today: Voices of India - Delshad Master
Join #ILoveGay Today's special series, "Voices of India", where we interview some of India's LGBTQ+ leaders in business, activism, pride and so much more. Today we meet up with Delshad Master of Bangaluru, an Indian Air Force veteran squadron leader. We chat about her path from the Air Force to her world of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, with a strong focus on helping parents and queer youth navigate the challenges of being LGBTQ+ within family life in India. Her unofficial title is amazing... Queer Sensitisation Catalyst. We explore how she came up with that moniker, as well as some of her work in public speaking and being an incredible LGBTQ+ Ally.
March 11, 2022