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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 Magazine’s Halloween 2015 Issue Release

VIP Magazine is proud to release it’s 3rd Halloween Issue celebrating the 2 year Anniversary of New Orleans’ Premier LGBT Magazine.

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We are a proud sponsor of Halloween New Orleans with the official guide to Halloween New Orleans: Fall of the Pharaohs.  Click to see the full press release regarding the issue and look for it at over 30 locations around town as well as at your door for subscribers.

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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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Jason Dottley chats with VIP Magazine before his LIVE show in New Orleans TONIGHT!

Jason Dottley Live in New Orleans in “Life on the Gay-List”

Jason Dottley’s next tour stop for his new one man show, “Life on the Gay-List” will be July 24, 2015 at The All Ways Theatre & Lounge located at 2240 Saint Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117. Doors will open at 9pm. Show starts at 10pm. VIP Celebrity Meet & Greet directly after the show. General Admission and VIP tickets can be purchased at www.tix.com and www.lifeonthegaylist.com, or by calling 1-800-504-4849. Adult Content. No one under 18. Running time 1 hour.

Dottley has been recognized by The Boston Globe as the entertainment comedy pick of the week, Dallas Voice Best Bet, and has a featured interview in EDGE Magazine nationwide for his new show, “Life on the Gay-List”. In his new one man show, Dottley dishes about all the sordid details that he should not be sharing. “The poster boy for gay marriage” turned “public face of gay divorce” is shamelessly NSFW on dating when you’re over 30, divorced and gay, mis-sexting Lance Bass and other celebrity misadventures, heartbreak and 21-year-olds, lessons learned from Delta Burke, that time he kissed Perez Hilton, accidental watersports, and every regrettable decision in between.

See Jason’s featured interview with VIP Magazine right before his Live Show at the All Ways Lounge!Jason Dottley Live in New Orleans with VIP Magazine

To purchase tickets for the New Orleans show, visit www.lifeonthegaylist.com or www.tix.com or call 1-800-504-4849. Advanced tickets are encouraged, but not necessary. Tickets may be available at the door.

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“RuPaul’s” All Stars Drag Race” to Return for a Second Season.

THE FIERCEST QUEENS IN EMMY-NOMINATED “RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE” HERSTORY WILL RETURN FOR SECOND SEASON OF “RUPAUL’S ALL STARS DRAG RACE”

Ending years of fan speculation, and hot off the heels of the franchise’s well-deserved, first Emmy nomination last week, Logo today announced “RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race” will return for a second season, packed with more eleganza and double-lashed side eye than Drag Race has ever seen. A bevy of the most talked about queens in “RuPaul’s Drag Race” herstory will return to battle it out in unforgettable, wigtastic challenges as they try to sashay their way into the “Drag Race Hall of Fame” alongside Chad Michaels, who took home the first season’s All Stars crown. The second season of “RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race” is slated to premiere following the eighth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Cast details and premiere dates will be announced at a future time.  STAY CONNECTED TO VIP FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT.

“They arrive as drag artists. They leave as international stars,” said Executive Producer, RuPaul. “The chance to bring back the best of the best for a new season of ‘All Stars’ is a dream come true for me and their legions of fans around the world.”

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“On the heels of Drag Race’s seventh season, one of the most buzzworthy and highly-watched seasons to date, our fans have spoken and they want more drama, more queens and more Ru,” said Pamela Post, Head of Original Programming, Logo. “From revisiting old favorites in RuVealed and All Stars, to meeting the new stars of season eight, the Drag Race party on Logo will be bigger and better than ever before.”

Summer Sizzles with Premiere of “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 4 RuVealed” Friday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m. on Logo

Can’t wait for season eight?  Don’t sweat it! Fans won’t have to wait long for all new Ru. “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 4 RuVealed” premieres with a special, 90-minute episode on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, featuring a never-before-seen look into the unforgettable fourth season of the franchise with fresh reads and enough shade to get fans through the summer heat. Each week, relive this cherished season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” with added, behind-the-scenes commentary and insider trivia from RuPaul on your favorite queens including Latrice Royale, Jiggly Caliente, Chad Michaels and season champion, Sharon Needles.

For more information on “RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race” and sneak preview clips, go to LogoTV.com.  To stay up to date on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” news and exclusives, join the “RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Facebook pages and follow the #DragRace conversation along on Twitter at @RuPaulsDragRace. For even more #DragRace, check out live gifs from the show on Tumblr and additional content on the show’s Instagram page.

DON’T FORGET TO STAY CONNECTED WITH VIP MAGAZINE AND MYGAYNEWORLEANS.COM FOR ALL THE LATEST IN ENTERTAINMENT BOTH LOCALLY AND NATIONALLY.  

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Oz Co-Founder/Creator Doyle Yeager issues Statement

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Over Two Decades of the Same Ownership Ended with Today’s Auction, say Doyle Yeager, co-founder and creator of Oz Nightclub in New Orleans as stated in the following press release from Yeager’s camp this morning.

SALE COMPLETE for Oz Nightclub on Bourbon Street

Over Two Decades of Same Ownership Ended with Today’s Auction

NOLA, July 22, 2015: Oz nightclub Co-Founder and Creator, Doyle Yeager, was unable to successfully stop today’s scheduled auction and sale of the OZ nightclub and it’s assets in bankruptcy court. The nightclub and other corporate assets are to be sold through live auction this morning.
Yeager said that every effort possible had been made to try and avoid the liquidation, and to try and save the nightclub.
Despite the massive amount of footwork that nearly saved the business from being auctioned, it seems no amount of effort could help Yeager save the business. The sad and dramatic conclusion to a tumultuous 22 year partnership of owners will come to an end as the judge reads the name of the new owner of Oz, after the bidding process is complete.
Yeager said he desperately wanted to save the Oz nightclub (at all costs), and to preserve what he feels is a cornerstone of the New Orleans gay community, Oz New Orleans at 800 Bourbon Street.

Yeager said that media reports have continued to incorrectly attribute the cause of the bankruptcy filing to the negligent financial mismanagement of the owners, and the inability of the business to pay the debt. Yeager insists that those reports are entirely false.

“The business is, and has been, capable of servicing all of the debt in the business’s name,“ said Yeager. “The filing of the bankruptcy was voluntary, and was intended to be used as a vehicle for the corporations to investigate the source and purpose of most of the company’s debt.”

The legal battles between ownership distressed the nightclub through the years, and in late 2010, and a third partner joined the ownership structure . But, fundamental differences in each of the owner’s management philosophies created a hostile environment. That dysfunctional ownership relationship, in turn, produced more litigation.

By August 2014, two of the owners agreed that certain questions regarding the corporate assets and debt (which did not appear to belong to the corporation), needed to be resolved. The business also needed more time for the shareholders to investigate the ballooning mortgage (and other debts), which the company had customarily been paying.

It is because of all of the inner ownership strife and legal battles, that the world-famous Oz ended up in bankruptcy court. Even though the business was able to pay all of its debt, the vast majority of the business’s debt did not belong to the company itself, but instead belonged to one of the other owners.

Today, a reminiscent and misty-eyed Yeager is now reaching out to the New Orleans Community who supported Oz for 22 years, and expressing his gratitude to them.

”I am humbled and grateful for all of the support we have enjoyed from our community and our loyal patrons over the last two decades. They were the ones that have made it possible for Oz to become the #1 gay dance club in New Orleans, and a world-wide name brand,” Yeager praised.

“I also want to thank the employees, and the many people in our community who stood behind me through this very stressful process, and who never waivered in their determination to help me get through it and push forward. I feel like I have let them down in some way, but it has been out of my hands since this all started. Even still, I fought all the way up until the end for all of us,” said Yeager.

But where does Yeager see himself going, now that Oz is no longer his sights? “I have a few ideas I have been working on…. just in case,” said Yeager.

“Liquidating a profitable business (that I personally sacrificed for over the last 22 years) was never an option on the table (or even a possibility in my mind), when we started the bankruptcy process,” Yeager said.

“I can only hope that the new owners of Oz have as many good times and special memories from their ownership of the nightclub as I have had from it over the past 22 years,” said Yeager. “I also want to wish the new owners the best of luck in the coming years. Oz is a very special place, and I really hope that they can cherish it and take care of it better than we did.”

“Losing Oz is like losing a child to me. I feel that now there is a part of me missing and that is gone forever. But, I really don’t feel that this part of my life is over yet, and I am thinking about maybe something bigger and better, said Yeager.

“Whatever I do from this point forward, will definitely be something without partners,” Yeager affirmed. “And as always, I will commit my full creativity and energy to make my next venture something that the gay community can be proud of.”

Yeager finished by saying don’t count him out just yet, “You haven’t seen the last of me, or the best of me!”

Yeager will take with him some of his fondest memories of the extravagant parties and decorations that he created for the nightclub……

“NEON CIRCUS 2013” – Oz’s 20th Anniversary PartyNeon circus

“WHITE PARTY 2011” – Easter weekend

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“RED DRESS RUN 2012” – August

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Shareholder and President La Int., Inc. dba “OZ” Member, 800 Bourbon Street, LLC

 

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The 2015 GCLS Conference in New Orleans

The 11th Annual GCLS Conference is to be held in New Orleans July 22nd-26th at the Hilton Riverside.  The Annual Conference has something for everyone.  They offer Master Classes in the Craft of Writing; Sessions on writing related topics of interest to readers, writers, and editors; Panels on writing related topics also of interest to readers, writers and editors; and author readings and chats of interest to everyone.

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:   Dorothy Allison
SPECIAL SPEAKER:   Ali Vali

 
SPECIAL GUEST:  Rita Mae Brown will be joining our Author Autograph Session, and will be in attendance at the GCLS Literary Awards.
For a complete schedule and for more information visit goldencrown.org/conference or click the image below.
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Marriage Equality Hearing

Marriage Equality USA Optimistic After Historic U.S. Supreme Court Marriage Hearing


Washington D.C. – Marriage Equality USA leaders and members at Tuesday’s historic marriage hearing at the United States Supreme Court were hopeful and optimistic after the day’s momentous events.

“Our very lives were before the Court today,” emphasized MEUSA Communications Director Stuart Gaffney. “The Justices now have the evidence, and also the real human faces and stories of our marriages and families. We are more hopeful than ever that they will rule with their hearts as well their minds in favor of the freedom to marry for all loving couples in all 50 states.”

“We are so proud of the tens of thousands all across the county who showed up to bear witness to history,” said MEUSA Executive Director Brian Silva. “In the courtroom, on the steps of the Supreme Court, and at community events across our nation our voices have been heard. Today our community, in all its beautiful diversity, stood together as one seeking equal justice under law.”

“The Justices today were presented with the humanity of the plaintiff couples and families in the courtroom today, and now they have before them the extraordinary love stories from all across the country that have been submitted to the Court,” noted MEUSA Legal and Policy Director John Lewis. “Today at the Supreme Court it felt as if the whole world was watching, bearing witness to our collective hopes and dreams of freedom and justice for all.”

“Today’s hearing highlighted how important it is that marriage equality is leading the way towards full lived equality for LGBTQ people in all aspects of our lives,” said MEUSA member Shelly Bailes. “Our movement and momentum will continue, as we work to ensure that we have the freedom to marry from coast to coast, as well as freedom from discrimination when we put our wedding pictures up at the workplace,” concluded her wife, MEUSA member Ellen Pontac.

Marriage Equality USA was a lead organizer of the Unite for Marriage Rally on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court this morning, and we submitted an amicus brief in the marriage case in early March 2015.

Together with our Unite for Marriage partners, we will be organizing community events around the country to take place on the day the Supreme Court announces its decision, anticipated toward the end of the current term in late June.Brian_Silva_speaking__United4Marriage.jpg

MEUSA Executive Director Brian Silva speaking at Unite for Marriage rally outside United States Supreme Court, 28 April 2015, Photo by Juan Carlos Feranandez.

Stuart Gaffney, Comms. Dir., (415) 378-3259, sgaffney@marriageequality.org
John Lewis, Legal & Policy Dir., (415) 377-7924, jlewis@marriageequality.org
Brian Silva, Executive Dir., (347) 913-6369, bsilva@marriageequality.org

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