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Gay Celebrity Penguin Dads Now Trying for Their Second Baby

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SYDNEY (Querty) — A pair of world-famous gay penguins at the Sydney Aquarium has an announcement: They’re trying for baby #2.

Aussie penguin couple Sphen and Magic garnered international attention for their adoption of a fertilized egg, courtesy of the aquarium staff. Together they hatched Sphengic, so named from the couple’s “Brangelina”-style nickname. Now that Sphengic is a year old, the two want to try for a new baby.

“They have the neatest and largest nest in the colony and when we noticed that another couple were struggling to incubate two eggs at the same time, we made the decision to foster the second […]

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Top 100 LGBTQ Equality-Driven Corporations in the US

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — LGBTQ Loyalty Holdings, a financial methodology and media company that quantifies corporate equality alignment with the LGBTQ community, has announced the full roster of corporations included in its LGBTQ100 ESG Index.

This is the first public disclosure of the comprehensive listing, which comes as the company introduces their LGBTQ100 Index Partnership Program.

“Our inaugural LGBTQ100 ESG Index is as historic as it is empowering, in that we have engaged the LGBTQ community to participate in our annual national survey with the large-cap businesses that represent our global financial Index,” said Bobby Blair, CEO of LBGTQ Loyalty.

“By announcing the 100 corporations included in the LGBTQ100 ESG Index, investors and consumers can embrace transparent insight into the corporations that implement diversity and inclusion best practices at the highest level, which are not only doing well, but are outperforming the marketplace.”

Corporate constituents in the top selection of the LGBTQ100 ESG Index include: NortonLifeLock, Inc.; Amazon.com, Inc.; Apple, Inc.; Microsoft; Visa; Netflix; Adobe; Target; CVS; Southwest Airlines and FedEx.

Click here for the comprehensive listing.

“This is a monumental Index milestone for the advancement of equality in Corporate America,” said Kevin Hopper, Chief Product Officer at LGBTQ Loyalty.

“The LGTBQ100 ESG Index is the first to incorporate direct input from the LGBTQ community into its Index methodology and constituent selection process, and we extend our congratulations to all of the companies included.”

The LGBTQ100 ESG Index Partnership Program empowers Index constituents to share, educate and align with the pursuit of advancing equality across the business community from coast to coast.

Leading the way with their diversity and inclusion initiatives, executives, managers and business owners can benefit and learn from these examples.

About the LGBTQ100 ESG Index

The LGBTQ100 ESG Index is comprised of 100 LGBTQ equality-driven companies from the nation’s top 500 large-cap publicly traded companies. The Index maintains industry sector grouping whereby each sector can represent up to 25% in the weighting calculation.

The Index also screens for ESG and LGBTQ equality compliance, performance and alignment with the LGBTQ community through an annual corporate survey response from LGBTQ constituents across the country and is reconstituted annually. The Index is listed on the NYSE, ticker symbol: LGBTQ100.

For more details and to monitor activity on the LGBTQ100 ESG Index, follow the hashtag #LGBTQ100 or visit LGBTQ100.

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The Chapel at The Abbey Offer LGBTQ Lineup Weekends

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Weekends at The Chapel at The Abbey in West Hollywood have gotten a bit more inclusive and representative of the people in the LGBTQ community. 

Beginning on Thursday, March 5 9pm-2am and Friday, March 6 9pm-2am, The Chapel is launching the grand opening of Altargirl Thursdays and CLSQ Fridays.  Altargirl Thursdays, created by Sandy Sachs and Robin Gans’ Girl Bar of 30 years remains one of the few and longest running lesbian parties in the city. 

CLSQ Fridays pronounced “classic”, created by Brandon Anthony of B.A.S.H. LA, caters to the modern alternative and upscale urban contemporary people of color LGBTQ audience.

The first weekend in March at The Chapel closes out with Heavenly Bodies monthly party on Sunday, March 8 from 10pm-2am, an evening celebrating and supporting the transgender and queer community created by trans activist and model Sasha Colby. 

While identities and definitions of LGBTQ shift and change, The Chapel at The Abbey remains dedicated to being a safe space where everyone is welcomed offering some of the best night parties in town to represent all members of the LGBTQ community.

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L.A., WeHo Provide Support for Local Transgender Initiatives

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Jazzmun Nichcalo Crayton, Karina Samala, chair of the Los Angeles Transgender Advisory Council, and APAIT Division Director Jury Candelario attended a ribbon cutting for the first publicly funded Enhanced Bridge Housing project for transgender women in the county last November. (photo cred: APAIT)

WEST HOLLYWOOD (Beverly Press) — On Feb. 18, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to allocate $180,000 for the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team to run the Midnight Stroll and After Hours Café program, which offers services for the transgender community.

“This funding for the Midnight Stroll will help secure emergency shelter beds and provide critical resources to help improve the lives of transgender individuals experiencing homelessness in Hollywood and other parts of the city,” said Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, where the program is operated.

Midnight Stroll enlists volunteers twice a month to walk Santa Monica Boulevard at night and provide food, water and clothing vouchers to transgender women experiencing homelessness or domestic violence or participating in survival sex work.

Volunteers also promote HIV testing and other services and on occasion […]

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