FREE Happy Hour with BREAKOUT!

The Greater New Orleans Foundation presents:  Happy Hour with BREAKOUT on August 24, 2017

 Come to this free event and meet leaders of the New Orleans nonprofit communities while enjoying complimentary cocktails from Donner-Peltier Distilleries! BreakOUT! seeks to end the criminalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth to build a safer and more just New Orleans. The non-profit builds on the rich cultural tradition of resistance in the South to build the power of LGBTQ youth ages 13-25 and directly impacted by the social justice system through youth organizing, healing justice, and leadership development programs.

When: Thursday, August 24th5:30 – 6:30 PM

Where: BreakOUT! headquarters – 1001 South Broad Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70125 – located in ArtEgg Studios building

Cost: Free/complimentary cocktails

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Invite friends – any and all are welcome! Pop Up Happy Hours are presented by the Greater New Orleans Foundation in partnership with 504ward, Bellwether Technology, Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans, IBERIABANK, Jones Walker LLP, Peter Mayer, Teach For America – Louisiana Delta, Urban League of Greater New Orleans Young Professionals, Hancock and Whitney Bank, and the Young Leadership Council (YLC).

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VIP Announces efforts to Raise Funds for Victims of Same Sex Partner Abuse


(December 8, 2016 |New Orleans, LA) VIP Magazine of New Orleans announced today that it would begin fundraising efforts to support the Stop SSPA (Same Sex Partner Abuse) Empowerment Fund. The newly created and developing empowerment fund’s mission is to increase the awareness of intimate partner violence (IPV) in the LGBTQ community, provide educational resources to help stop abuse, and create legal funding and support to empower victims to hold abusers accountable for their actions through civil litigation.

VIP Magazine is proud to support organizations and interests that can make profound improvements to the quality of life for members of the LGBTQ community, said Rick Lara, VIP Magazine Publisher, “and I understand the enormous and lasting impact IPV has on victims and how this silent epidemic in the gay community needs to be addressed and stopped.”

The Fund was created in partnership with VIP Magazine through VIP Media Group, LLC. Fundraising is underway via a campaign on GO FUND ME (,, and Donations can be made on any of the previously mentioned websites. VIP Magazine plans to announce it’s first fundraising event in support of SSPA in the next couple weeks. “There’s an inherent cultural bias when it comes to same sex violence, but violence in relationships is about power and control and that doesn’t change simply because it’s a same sex relationship,” said Rick Lara. “That bias has lead to a silence in the LGBT Community for way to long.”

To get more information on the fund, volunteer, or become one of the legal partners, please visit or email If you have been a victim of IPV or know someone who has been victimized and would like to share your story, please VIP at BE PART OF THE CONVERSATION.

Contact: Tyler Spencer, Development Director

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2015 VISION Awards Presented by VIP Magazine

Over the next couple of months, Visions Media Group will be accepting nominations for the VISION AWARDS presented by VIP Magazine to be given to various charities, people, and businesses in the community. We started the Vision Awards in order to recognize those who strive to make a difference in the LGBTQ community. We believe every person, organization, and event can make a difference and that is what Visions is all about. Show your support and help acknowledge the best of the best in 2015.


VIP Celebrates National Coming Out Day!

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Today Oct 11th is National Coming Out Day! This is an important day to understand the struggles and celebrate the struggles of those that paved the way for the current generation and recognize that these same struggles and triumphs still exist for many today..I am proud to be a gay man in 2015 and part of the LGBT community, its supporters, and Publisher of VIP Magazine. I encourage everyone to provide as much support to anyone who is choosing themselves today by coming out!

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2015 New Orleans Saints Schedule

WHO DAT! Our boys are back and ready for the upcoming season.

At Visions Print Media and VIP Magazine, we want to make sure you don’t miss a game this year! Here is the Official Schedule for the Saints 2015 Season.

This schedule can also be found in VIP Magazine’s Southern Decadence issue! (available now)

2015 Saints Schedule

Another Successful Year for Baton Rouge Pride.

BR Pride FestThe Baton Rouge Pride Festival held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 was nothing short of a true celebration.  The Festival was moved  this year to a larger space  in the Baton Rouge River Center, hosted 70 plus resource fair participants, and was packed full of entertainment with acts such as Princess Kutt, the Krewe of Divas, and the Pocket Brass Band.  Festival goers started pouring into the center at 1pm and were eager to celebrate the day, show off their rainbow colors, and for another year create this melting pot of education and fun that Baton Rouge Pride has done so well at .  The traffic and rainy weather didn’t seem to deter people from around the State from coming to show their support for the LGBT Community and to Baton Rouge Pride as the crowds were steady all afternoon long.  DSC_0076

While most festivals are heavy on entertainment, the Baton Rouge Festival although not lacking in entertainment, has a real gem in it’s resource fair.  The array of businesses from around the State that represent the community, hand out information, and bring awareness to people about causes, products, and services, is truly a gift.  Likewise, the community’s genuine interest in the businesses and organizations that participate is encouraging as society has become so reliant on the ease of the internet.  The face to face with a potential consumer for a business and the interested face to face from a consumer with a business is priceless and marketing genius.

This year, Tom Merrill, chairman of Baton Rouge Pride, Inc., and the entire team built on the successes of previous year’s and added an after hours party with the Austin Babtist Women, DJ Cameron Kelly, and up and coming New Orleans musician Mia Borders.  The after party gave festival goers a chance to unwind, reflect on a great day, and enjoy music, food, and a few cocktails.  The entertainment and after party was a bullseye and added another success for this Festival.  _DSC0082


VIP Magazine was proud to be represented and also very proud to be a Yellow Stripe Sponsor of Baton Rouge Festival.   The atmosphere at the Festival is filled with inclusiveness, excitement, creativity, and pure joy.  These community building characteristics are exactly what VIP is proud to sponsor and be associated with and we cannot thank Tom and his team for including us.  We look forward to supporting Baton Rouge Pride year after year, congratulate the City, residents, staff, organizations, and businesses that help to fund this festival, and look forward to the prosperity and growth of Baton Rouge Pride year after year.  For more information, to donate, or to become a sponsor, visit them at


(written by Rick Lara, VIP Magazine,

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