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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Mitch The Minister, Oakland, New Jersey

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Mitch The Minister

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Officiants in Oakland, NJ, USA. Are you looking for that special Wedding Minister, with years of experience, who is warm and caring, joyous and wonderful? Do you want a celebration that you will remember forever? Together we will create your “Once in a Lifetime” moment! Your ceremony can be spiritual, religious, interfaith, civil or non-denominational or a simple celebration. Over the past 17 years I have personally performed almost 2000 wedding celebrations in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

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Third Circuit Upholds New Jersey Ban on Conversion Therapy

Friday, September 12th, 2014

New Jersey mapAnother court has upheld New Jersey’s ban on so-called “ex-gay” conversion therapy for minors.

Towleroad.com reports:

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld New Jersey’s ban on ‘ex-gay’ conversion therapy for minors, which was being challenged by the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) and other ‘ex-gay’ activists. Last year, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the bill into law banning the dangerous practice.

So far, these bans have survived all their court hearings. It’s time for some more states to block this practice.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Arnie Abrams Entertainment, Freehold, New Jersey

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Arnie Abrams Entertainment  - Wedding EntertainerPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Entertainment in Freehold, NJ, USA. New Jersey pianist Arnie Abrams will add sparkle to your event with his expressive and energetic piano entertainment. NJ piano player Arnie performs live piano music for weddings, parties, corporate events, and most any special occasion. Arnie can provide his professional portable keyboard and sound system for small, intimate gatherings, or larger venues.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Engaging Artists, Englewood, New Jersey

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Engaging Artists - Englewood, New Jersey

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Entertainment in Englewood, NJ, USA. A flute, cello and harp trio, Engaging Artists are three world class classical musicians. We are each soloists, recording artists and members of major American orchestras and faculties of music.

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USA: NCLR Launches Initiative To Abolish “Conversion” Therapy Nationwide By 2019

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Born Perfect NCLR

Advocates of “conversion” therapy often promote the practice as a means for gay children and adults to successfully rid themselves of “unwanted sexual desires.” This aforementioned “conversion” is supposedly accomplished through a wide variety of methods, which can include showing the subject images of gay sex scenes accompanied by sensations of extreme heat, extreme cold, or even extreme pain, and in some cases, may even include electroshock therapy. These methods among others utilized by “conversion” therapy practitioners and the detrimental psychological effect these methods have on the subject are contributing factors to the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the National Association of Social Workers (to name a few) all officially denouncing such efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation as likely to cause severe and long-lasting psychological harm to the subject.

As of this writing, the only U.S. states which have enacted legislation to ban “conversion” therapy for minors under the age of 18 are California and New Jersey. In the past year, there have been several efforts to enact similar bans on the practice in more than half a dozen other states plus the District of Columbia (which is scheduled to hold hearings on the subject starting Friday), however, most of these efforts have stalled.

Enter the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). On Tuesday, the group announced the start of a new campaign entitled #BornPerfect, which aims to ban “conversion” therapy throughout the entire United States of America within the next five years.

The Advocate reports:

The new campaign involves working with activists, organizers, lawmakers, and citizens to enact legislation in all 50 states outlawing the use of “reparative therapy” on minors by licensed therapists and counselors within the next five years. NCLR hopes to accomplish this by providing state legislators and LGBT leaders with comprehensive resources to build local campaigns against the discredited practice, then continuing to work closely with lawmakers and advocates as they draft legislation and testifying in support of such bills in state legislatures. The legal group is already in touch with a number of LGBT adults who were subjected to such treatment as children and can speak directly to the harm it caused them.

The campaign’s website hosted by the NCLR contains sections on the dangers of conversion therapy, survivor stories, proposed and active pieces of legislation, active legal cases, a resource center, and much more. Please do yourselves a favor and check it out. You won’t regret it!

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Amaryllis Ensemble, Montclair, New Jersey

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Amaryllis EnsemblePeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Entertainment in Montclair, NJ, USA. I produce a customized 20 minute onsite arts event called the Day in Clay Signature program. The quick performance is great for any event; whether or not it’s related to the arts. Your participants enjoy a rapid performance-the creation of a keepsake ceramic bowl/vase, scroll–and they get to sign it, to further commemorate the event.

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Transgender Rights Update 4/29/14

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Transgender FlagWe have a few new stories for you this morning on the transgender rights front.

Brazil: Huffington Post Live put together a great video of what it’s like to be gay or transgender in Brazil. full story

USA: A new book, entitled “Queerly Beloved”, discusses what happens when a woman comes out to her female partner as transgender. full story

USA: The Pentagon released its new declaration of goals for human rights, but omitted any reference to transgender citizens. full story

USA: In a related story, the Washington Post reports that the military continues to dismiss transgender servicemembers. full story

USA, NJ: Two transgender citizens have filed lawsuits against state police departments alleging discrimination because of their gender identity. full story

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: With This Kiss I Thee Wed, Mays Landing, New Jersey

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

With This Kiss I Thee Wed, Mays Landing, New JerseyPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Officiants in Mays Landing, NJ, USA. No matter how big or small your guest list is, it is still your BIG day, and your ceremony is the most important feature of the day. If you’d like a ceremony that will truly reflect your commitment to your sweetheart as you begin your lifetime journey together, I’d be delighted to make that happen for you. Handfastings, Oathing Stone Ceremonies, or simpler expressions of your forever commitment will be skillfully crafted to your sensibilities.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Ocean Gables, Monmouth Beach, New Jersey

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Ocean gables - Monmouth Beach, New JerseyPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Wedding Event Location in Monmouth Beach, NJ, USA. 1870 Stanford White Queen Anne Victorian oceanfront home, Jersey Shore, venue on Atlantic Ocean.

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USA, New Jersey: Amidst Scandal, Governor Christie Finds Time to Veto Transgender Bill

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

New Jersey Governor Chris ChristieApparently the George Washington Bridge scandal hasn’t taken up all of Chris Christie’s time.

Joe.My.God reports:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today vetoed a bill that would have granted transgender citizens the right to change their names on their birth certificates. The bill was approved by the state Assembly in June by a vote of 43-27 and by the state Senate in December by a vote of 21-11. Christie’s veto is “absolute” – which means that a 2/3 majority in both chambers (27 votes in the Senate; 54 votes in the Assembly) is now required to override.

Whe? What’s so threatening about people being able to change their legal names because they are transgender? Of all the hills to take a stand on…

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