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Ten Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Acne

Breakouts are the worst. They steal your self-confidence and often happen when you need to look your best. If you’re struggling with keeping your face clear, you don’t have to worry about paying for an expensive appointment with a specialist. Make a few of these simple lifestyle changes to reduce acne and feel more confident every day.

1. Start Washing Your Face

You’d be surprised by how many people live their lives without washing their faces. Unless you began prioritizing your skincare at a young age, it’s something that might slip your mind as you get older and handle more responsibilities.

If you don’t already wash your face, add it to your daily routine. Enjoy experimenting with different brands and products to see which have the best effects on your skin. You’ll quickly notice any unexpected side effects and adjust your routine from there.

2. Time Your Face Washing

Washing your face in the morning or at night is a standard way to add it to your routine, but it might not be best for your skin. It could be more advantageous to wash your face after a workout or any other time you find yourself sweating. You’ll prevent the sweat from sitting on your face all day and potentially turning into acne.

3. Eat More Healthy Fats

Consider your diet. How often do you get omega-3 fatty acids? You can find them in foods like fish, eggs, beans, and nuts. They’re great for your physical health and can reduce your breakouts.

Research shows that people who increase their intake of fatty acids deal with less inflammation that triggers acne. Adding these foods to your diet could improve your skin’s health overnight.

4. Switch Your Cosmetic Products 

You’d never leave home without your makeup on point, but the ingredients in your favorite products could be the source of your skincare worries. There are a few common ingredients that may cause breakouts for people with sensitive skin, like:

  • Almond oil
  • Beeswax
  • Cocoa butter

Looking closely at your preferred products is the best way to narrow down which ingredients might bother your skin. If they contain these comedogenic ingredients, find replacements that don’t rely on them to see how your skin changes with new cosmetics.

5. Drink Lots of Water

When your body senses an excessive amount of drying on your face, it automatically produces more natural oils. Although it helps your skin become more elastic and durable, it can also increase your acne.

Drink plenty of water every day to help your skin stay hydrated. If your dry skin remains a problem even after increasing your water intake, talk with your doctor. Prescribed lotions may help your underlying case of eczema along with your improved hydration.

6. Take a Daily Probiotic

Your skin has its own microbiome. When it becomes off-balance due to oil-stripping products or a change in your diet, you could experience more breakouts. Sometimes taking a daily probiotic can mitigate your acne. When your body’s microbiome finds balance again with the additional healthy bacteria, your skin won’t struggle with as many breakouts because it’s in harmony with the rest of your body.

7. Exercise More Often

Stress hormones are part of everyday life, but you shouldn’t feel constantly overwhelmed by them. When cortisol builds up in your body, the stress hormone can trigger frequent breakouts even if you’re already washing your face or drinking water. It’s your body’s call for help and a change of pace.

Exercising is an excellent way to reduce stress. Start walking a couple of times each week or biking around a local trail. The activity eases stress levels and leaves you feeling content instead. A peaceful mind may result in skin that doesn’t constantly battle acne.

8. Remember Your Sunscreen

Sunscreen protects your skin from UV rays while secretly benefiting your body in other ways. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. The ingredients keep your skin from being sensitive to the sun and reduce the microscopic inflammation that results in acne.

It’s always wise to apply sunscreen whenever you’re going outside in direct sunlight. Protect yourself with daily applications and it might help reduce your breakouts during the spring and summer.

9. Sleep More Every Night

Good nightly rest is a cure-all for many things, including breakouts. As you sleep, your body resets its biological processes and restores your hormonal balance. It releases lingering stress that might otherwise trigger a breakout. Sleep also promotes blood flow for optimal skin health.

How much sleep do you get every night? Everyone’s heard that the average adult should get eight hours of daily rest, but that isn’t always the case. Your body is different from that of an adult who’s older or younger than you. You might feel well-rested after six hours of sleep or only feel refreshed after nine hours.

Play around with your sleep schedule to determine the best amount of sleep for your body’s needs. The extra rest will benefit your physical health and keep you from suffering from additional breakouts.

10. Limit Your Dairy Intake

Some people suggest that anyone with acne problems should limit their dairy intake. It may cause minor digestive inflammation even if you’re not lactose intolerant. The inflammation could continue to affect your skin long after you eat that ice cream cone or mac ‘n’ cheese.

If you do have lactose intolerance, your irritated stomach lining may trigger stress hormones which result in acne. Either way, there’s no way to know until you’ve eliminated dairy and reintroduced it to your diet. You’ll know it’s a cause of your acne if your breakouts stop when dairy isn’t part of your daily routine.

Consider Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Acne

Skincare products can do wonders for breakouts, but they’re not your only option when it comes to battling acne. These are a few lifestyle changes to reduce acne that anyone can try. Whether you want to play around with your diet, get more sleep, or change up the cosmetics currently in your bathroom, you’ll eventually notice an improved difference in your skin by trying new things with your routine.

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Israel Reopens to International Travelers

For the first time in more than 18 months, vaccinated individual and group travelers from the United States are welcome to enter Israel and explore the country’s rich culture, history, and stunning landscapes.

The Israel Ministry of Tourism announced that as of today, vaccinated tourists from the United States can resume all travel to Israel. After kicking off the pilot reopening program in May of 2021, which initially allowed a select number of tour groups to enter the country, all vaccinated travelers may now visit Israel after the extended closure due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“To say we are excited that Israel is reopening to travelers today is an understatement,” said Eyal Carlin, Tourism Commissioner for North America. “Israel has taken incredible steps to protect its people and visitors and we pride ourselves on ensuring a COVID-safe and unforgettable trip to those who will be entering our beautiful country. With leading vaccination rates and endless opportunities for outdoor activities, we are eager to welcome visitors back with open arms — of course, at a safe social distance.”

Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett along with several other Ministers within the country (Tourism, Health, Transportation, etc.), have come together and formed the following plan which has been approved by the COVID cabinet and will take effect today, November 1 – with developments and new COVID variants being monitored closely.

“We have been awaiting this moment, to bring back international travelers into our country, for a very long time now,” said Yoel Razvozov, Israel’s Minister of Tourism. “We’re ecstatic to share our country with everyone once again and I’m proud to be working closely with our Prime Minister Naftali Bennett among other Ministers within the country to ensure a thoughtful, safe return to tourism.”

As of today, the guidelines for entry include:

Taking a PCR test 72 hours before an outbound flight, filling out a passenger declaration, and a taking a PCR test upon arrival in Israel (needing to quarantine in hotel until results return or 24 hours pass – the lesser of the two).

To enter the country, one must:

  • Have been vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 14 days prior to the day of entry into Israel (14 days must have passed since receival of second dose upon arrival into Israel, but no more than 180 days upon leaving Israel – I.e., if it has been six months since the second dose, you will need the booster shot to enter).
    • Those that have received the booster vaccine dose, and at least 14 days have passed since received, can enter Israel.
  • Have been inoculated with one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 14 days prior to the day of entry into Israel (14 days must have passed since second dose receival upon their arrival into Israel, but no more than 180 days upon leaving Israel – I.e., if it has been six months since your second dose, you will need the booster shot to enter).
    • Those that have received the booster vaccine dose, and at least 14 days have passed since received, can enter Israel.
  • Have recovered from COVID-19 and who present proof of the results of a positive NAAT test at least 11 days prior to the day of entry into Israel (no more than 180 days upon leaving Israel).
  • Have recovered from COVID-19 and have received at least one dose of the WHO-approved vaccines.

In-depth guidelines can be found HERE. For more information, please visit the official website for all updates on entry protocols and forthcoming answers to FAQs.

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Four Tips for Putting Together an Outfit

Anyone can throw on some clothing; but putting together an outfit is an entirely different story. A few items may look great separately and then look horrible once you wear them at the same time. Similarly, some items may look boring and plain yet come together to create an amazing outfit.

Some people have a natural eye for fashion and can throw together a runway-ready outfit within minutes, but others may need some tips. If you want to branch out and try new styles, or simply want to learn what goes into a great outfit, then this post is for you.

Determine the occasion

An outfit can only live up to its full potential if it’s in the right environment. For example, an elegant suit may look stunning, but it won’t look stunning at a child’s birthday party – it will simply look out of place.

Similarly, a casual outfit of jeans and a t-shirt can be an outfit on its own, but not for a formal event. Determining the event will give you a starting point for your outfit. For example, if you are going to homecoming, you will need to look at homecoming dresses to find the base of your outfit.

Choose your colors

There are a few things to consider when it comes to the colors of your outfit. The first is your skin tone. Some colors may look better than others because of your skin’s undertone. Click here to learn more about your undertones.

Secondly, which colors do you want to use together? Are you going for a monochromatic look? Maybe a pastel look? Or perhaps a neutral color scheme? There are so many options. If you don’t know where to begin, think about the occasion again. Muted and understated colors are better for professional events than bright and bold colors.

Choose your patterns

Patterns can make or break an outfit. Some people prefer to use only solid colors, which is fine, but we would recommend still adding some pattern to your outfit by incorporating a scarf or something similar. Recently, mixing patterns has become quite the trend. Sometimes, it results in beautiful, unique outfits. Other times, it could be a bit of a disaster. So, if you’re new to fashion, you may want to stick with a few solid-colored items of clothing, and then one patterned item. However, if you are brave, you can try mixing patterns and prints.

Accessorize

Many people think that clothing is what makes an outfit. And yes, it’s true – clothing does play a huge role in an outfit. But what truly brings it together will be your accessories.

Accessories usually take the form of belts, bags, and jewelry, but makeup and hairstyles can also serve as accessories. If you have a plain outfit, pair it with bold accessories to spice it up. And, of course, if you are wearing a very intense and busy outfit, use classic and basic accessories so that it’s not overwhelming. A black pearl necklace might just be the final touch that your outfit needs.

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Seven Mistakes in Your Skin Exfoliation Routine

A good exfoliation routine removes dead skin cells and makes your skin look brighter and smoother. While it is good to exfoliate regularly, many people make mistakes in their routines. Here are seven errors you need to avoid.

  1. You’re Using Products That Aren’t Suitable for Your Skin Type

Everyone has different skin, which means you need to find exfoliating products that work for you. It is a common mistake for people to buy either the least expensive skincare products or the ones that they have seen advertised the most. If you want to get the most out of your exfoliating routine, it is recommended that you seek advice from a professional dermatologist and get products that have been specifically formulated for your skin type. Every person’s complexion is highly unique according to Nava MD, which provides customized treatments for skincare. So, you need to have the right products for your skin type and condition if you want your exfoliation routine to help your skin stay healthy and radiant.

  1. You’re Using Products That Don’t Scrub Well

You need to use products that scrub well and know how to apply them. For instance, too many people press too hard or for too long, which can cause more harm than good. Whether you are using a combination of exfoliation products with loofahs, sonic brushes, or sugar scrubs, you need to ensure they scrub well. So, shop around to find the right combination of products for you or seek advice from a dermatologist.

  1. You’re Using Products That Are Not Properly Balanced

When people make the mistake of not taking their own skin type into account when choosing products for their exfoliation routines, they end up with products that are not balanced properly. The ingredients should be the right ones for your skin and be in the right proportions for your skin’s needs. For instance, alpha hydroxy acids are used in products to improve skin tone and mild areas of discoloration while beta hydroxy acids are best for oily or acne-prone skin. The best option is to go with dermatologically designed products that are customized just for you.

  1. You’re Using Exfoliators That Cause Dryness, Irritation and/or Peeling

This mistake speaks for itself. If you are using exfoliators that cause dryness or irritation, or make your skin peel, it is time to change the exfoliators you use. Exfoliation products are supposed to help you maintain healthy skin and a smooth and bright complexion, so if you find they are always causing irritation, there is little point in using those items. Instead, find the best exfoliators for your skin type.

  1. You’re Using a Product That Doesn’t Properly Target the Root of Your Problem

If you have something like dry skin, oily skin, or acne, you need to find the right exfoliation products and routine for your specific problem. If you are using a product that does not properly target the root of your problem, you will not be able to solve the issue.

  1. You’re Using Exfoliators and Toners in the Wrong Order

There are better exfoliators to go after your problem areas before focusing on the epidermis. It is always best to exfoliate right after a double cleanse to remove debris from pores and help cell turnover. Then follow up with a toner to help balance your skin’s pH levels. Do not make the mistake of using exfoliators and toners in the wrong order.

  1. You’re Not Leaving Enough Time for the Product to Fully Absorb into Your Skin Before You Work on Your Problem Areas

Exfoliation products take time to become fully absorbed by your skin. So, do not make the mistake of rushing your exfoliation routine. Let the product soak into your skin before you work on your problem areas.

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Outfest 2021

If you’re looking for new entertainment, good news: Outfest L.A 2021 has released the dates, venues, and lineup for its 39th film festival. Outfest LA is returning to in-person screenings more than a year and a half after the Covid-19 pandemic. With nearly 200 films in every genre, Outfest includes voices and stories from the entire queer community.

The nation’s leading LGBTQ+ festival will be held from August 13 to 22 in-person. Alternatively, for those at-risk or those who are outside of the Los Angeles area, Outfest also announced that nearly every film will be available for streaming as well. The 2021 LGBTQ film festival kicks off with an opening night screening of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie directed by Jonathan Butterell, marking the festival’s first outdoor gala taking place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. On August 22, Fanny: The Right to Rock directed by Bobbi Jo Hart will be the closing night film screening at the Orpheum Theatre.

The Platinum Section will be showcasing creators of experimental LGBTQ media and performance, featuring films such as Sundance hit We’re All Going to the World’s Fair and UK documentary Rebel Dykes. The Legacy section will feature screenings of classic LGBTQ features including The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love by director Maria Maggenti.

Not just film screenings, the festival will also include special appearances by Max Harwood and others, with live performances by BeBe Zahara Benet and more. The fifth annual Trans and Non-Binary Summit will be presented, in addition to other special events. Outfest will also present memorial tributes to Outfest alum Ash Christian and icon Cloris Leachman.

General admission tickets are $16. More information on exact prices and films can be found on the official website.

Full list of film screenings and activities listed below:

OPENING NIGHT

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE dir. Jonathan Butterell

Including Special in-person appearances planned by Max Harwood, Lauren Patel, Jonathan Butterell as well as Bianca del Rio.

CLOSING NIGHT

FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK dir. Bobbi Jo Hart

Live reunion performance after the screening by Fanny, including members Jean Millington, June Millington, Alice de Buhr, and Brie Darling, joined by Patti Quattro and Lee Madeloni.

U.S. CENTERPIECE

THE NOVICE dir. Lauren Hadaway

DOCUMENTARY CENTERPIECE

BEING BEBE dir. Emily Branham

Special live performance by BeBe Zahara Benet.

SPECIAL TRIBUTE CENTERPIECE

THE SIXTH REEL (World Premiere) dir. Charles Busch, Carl Andress

Special memorial tribute to producer and Outfest alum Ash Christian, who passed away during the development of this film in 2020.

U.S. NARRATIVE

  • ALL BOYS AREN’T BLUE dir. Nathan Hale Williams
  • FIRSTNESS dir. by Brielle Brilliant
  • HOMEBODY (World Premiere) dir. Joseph Sackett
  • LANGUAGE LESSONS dir. Natalie Morales
  • MA BELLE, MY BEAUTY (Online Only) dir. Marion Hill
  • POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA dir. Wes Hurley
  • SEE YOU THEN dir. Mari Walker
  • WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING dir. by Sean King O’Grady

INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE

  • THE BEST FAMILIES dir. Javier Fuentes-León
  • BOY MEETS BOY dir. Daniel Sánchez
  • A DISTANT PLACE dir. Kun-Young Park
  • FIREBIRD dir. Peeter Rebane
  • JUMP, DARLING dir. Phil Connell Screening will be accompanied by a celebrity memorial tribute to Cloris Leachman, as well as a rare, pre-recorded introduction by Cloris Leachman herself
  • KNOCKING (Theatrical Only) dir. Frida Kempff
  • LEADING LADIES dir. Ruth Caudeli
  • LOVE, SPELLS, AND ALL THAT dir. Ümit Ünal
  • SWEETHEART dir. Marley Morrison

DOCUMENTARY

  • BOULEVARD! A HOLLYWOOD STORY (World Premiere) dir. Jeffrey Schwarz
  • CRYSTAL DIARIES dir. Enyce Smith and Gina Lamb
    GEMMEL AND TIM (World Premiere) dir. Michiel Thomas
  • EVERYTHING AT ONCE dir. Alberto Fuguet
    INVISIBLE dir. T.J. Parsell – including live performance by Mary Gauthier, Jess Leary, Dianne Davidson, and other members of the cast
  • LADY BUDS dir. Chris J. Russo – Sneak Preview Screening
  • MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAY dir. Betsy West and Julie Cohen
  • NO STRAIGHT LINES: THE RISE OF QUEER COMICS dir. Vivian Kleiman
  • NORTH BY CURRENT dir. Angelo Madsen Minax
  • RAW! UNCUT! VIDEO! Dir. by Alex Clausen and Ryan A. White
  • SEDIMENTS (International Premiere) dir. Adrián Silvestre

PLATINUM SECTION

  • SOCKS ON FIRE dir. Bo McGuire – Platinum Centerpiece, will include a pre-show drag performance emceed by director Bo McGuire
  • DEATH AND BOWLING (World Premiere) dir. Lyle Kash
  • REBEL DYKES dir. Harri Shanahan and Siân A. Williams
  • WE’RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD’S FAIR dir. Jane Schoenbrun

PLATINUM SHORTS SHOWCASE (89 min.)

  • EXORCISMS AND OTHER SUPPLICATIONS dir. Georden West
  • DWARF PLANET dir. Adrian Chiarella
  • HYENA dir. Zinzi LeMond
  • BODIES OF DESIRE dir. Varsha Panikar and Saad Nawab
  • THE CROWN WITH A SHADOW dir. JB Ghuman
  • MAN OF MY DREAMS dir. Tristan Scott-Behrends
  • NSFW (ANGRY YELLOW MEAT) dir. Woohee Cho
  • CHILDHOODS dir. Aaron Biscombe
  • F1-100 dir. Emory Chao Johnson
  • REBEL dir. Jose Alfredo and Coker Jones Garcia
  • MONSTER GIRL dir. Jake Mcclellan and Eric Griffin
  • RUN OUT GROOVE dir. Paige Henderson
  • JUPITER & EUROPA dir. Milo Ferguson
  • IN THE AIR TONIGHT dir. Tito Soto

SPECIAL EVENTSLive performance elements are subject to change as policy around Los Angeles’ mask mandate evolves.

  • AIDS DIVA: THE LEGEND OF CONNIE NORMAN
  • BALONEY – Screening will be accompanied by a live Baloney show and a Q&A moderated by RuPaul’s Drag Race star BenDeLaCreme
  • THE EXTINCTION OF FIREFLIES dir. James Andrew Walsh
  • LA QUEENCIAÑERA (World Premiere) dir. Pedro Peira
  • THE LEGEND OF THE UNDERGROUND dir. Giselle Bailey, Nneka Onuorah – (Free Screening)
  • PROGNOSIS – NOTES ON LIVING dir. Debra Chasnoff
  • SHIT & CHAMPAGNE dir. D’Arcy Drollinger – Champagne White will host a ridiculous pre-show with members of the cast and the world’s trashiest “strippers”
  • THIS IS JESSICA dir. Andrea Meyerson
  • TRANS & NON-BINARY SUMMIT
  • OUTFEST SCREENWRITING LAB LIVE READ

EPISODICS

  • BOY CULTURE – Episodes 1 & 2
  • NOAH’S ARC: THE ‘RONA CHRONICLES
  • BRIDESMAN World Premiere
  • THR PRESENTS: WORK IN PROGRESS Season 2 – FREE EVENT

LEGACY

  • THE INCREDIBLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF TWO GIRLS IN LOVE dir. Maria Maggenti
  • QUINCEAÑERA (15TH ANNIVERSARY) dirs. Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland
    Theatrical Only
  • VESTIDA DE AZUL (DRESSED IN BLUE) – U.S. Restoration Premiere! Theatrical Only

SHORT FILMS

  • 1-888-5-BLUE-YOU dirs. Jake Mcclellan, Eric Griffin
  • 2 DOLLARS dir. Robin Cloud
  • ALL THOSE SENSATIONS IN MY BELLY dir. Marko Djeska
  • ALMOST A YEAR dir. Jamieson Baker
  • AND THEN dir. Ravenna Tran
  • ARE YOU STILL WATCHING? dirs. Tali Polichtuk, Kitty Chrystal, Alex Cardy
  • AT LAST dir. Lorena Gordon
  • AUTOETHNOGRAPHY dir. Iván Reina Ortiz
  • BEAUTIFUL THEY dir. Cloudy Rhodes
  • BEFORE THE ERUPTION dir. Roberto Pérez Toledo
  • BETWEEN US dir. Cailleah Scott-Grimes
  • BLACK BOY JOY dirs. Joshua Walker, Avery Archie
  • BODIES OF DESIRE dirs.Varsha Panikar, Saad Nawab
  • BOREKAS dir. Saleh Saadi
  • BRACHA dirs. Mickey Triest, Aaron Geva
  • BREAK IN dir. Alyssa Lerner
  • CHILDHOODS dir. Aaron Alexis
  • CHLOE MARY LYDIA dir. Megan Chumbley
  • COCOON LOVE dir. Xiaowen Wang
  • CODED dir. Ryan White
  • COMPLICATED dir. Isak Kohaly
  • COVID SUMMER dir. Todd Verow
  • DAISY BOY dir. Aj Knight, Darrin Bush
  • DREAMER dir. Stephanie Osuna-Hernandez
  • DUSTIN dir.Naïla Guiguet
  • DWARF PLANET dir. Adrian Chiarella
  • EDEN dir. Sven Spur
  • EGGSHELLS dir. Slava Doycheva
  • EXORCISMS AND OTHER SUPPLICATIONS dir. Georden West
  • F1-100 dir. Emory Chao Johnson
  • FAREWELL dir. Maria Åkesson
  • FERVOR dir. José Manuel Vélez
  • FISHBOWL dir. Jacqueline Chan
  • FISHERMAN dir. Nicky Miller
  • GAYME ON dir. Giovanni Adams
  • GIRL NIGHT STAND: CHAPTER TWO dir. Jenna Laurenzo
  • GIRLS & THE PARTY dir. Paloma Lopez
  • GIRLS SHOULDN’T WALK ALONE AT NIGHT dir. Katerine Martineau
  • GOD’S DAUGHTER DANCES dir. Sungbin BYUN
  • GRADUATION dir.Robin Wang
  • GROWING FANGS dir. Ann Marie Pace
  • HEADLOCK dir. Damon Laguna
  • HOMEGOING dir. Carlton Daniel JR.
  • HOT DREAMS dir. Darci Fulcher, Vaughn Greve
  • HOW MOVING dir. Owen Thiele
  • HOW TO BE QUEER dir. Monica Zanetti
  • HOW TO DIE YOUNG IN MANILA dir. Petersen Vargas
  • HOW TO RAISE A BLACK BOY dir. Justice Jamal Jones
  • HYENA dir. Zinzi LeMond
  • IN THE AIR TONIGHT dir. Tito Soto
  • IT WAS THE DOG THAT SAVED MY LIFE dirs. Adam Golub, Sylvaine Alfaro
  • IT’LL BE OVER SOON dir. Benjamin Rigby
  • JACK AND JO DON’T WANT TO DIE dir. Kantu Lentz
  • JUPITER & EUROPA dir. Milo Ferguson
  • KWÊSKOSÎW (SHE WHISTLES) dir. Thirza Cuthand
  • LITTLE MX. SUNSHINE dir. Alessandro Nori
  • LITTLE SKY dir. Jess X. Snow
  • LUV U CUZ dir. Eric Pumphrey
  • MAMA HAS A MUSTACHE dir. Sally Rubin
  • MIND OVER TIME dir. Will Holst
  • MOTHER BUNKER dir. George Metaxas
  • MOTTA dir. Nish Gera
  • MOUNTAIN LODGE dir. Jordan Wong
  • NARCISSISTER BREAST WORK dir. Narcissister
  • NI AQUÍ NI ALLÁ dir. Ley Comas
  • NIMZO dir. Adelina Anthony
  • NOOR & LAYLA dir. Fawzia Mirza
  • NSFW (ANGRY YELLOW MEAT) dir. Woohee Cho
  • NUCLEAR FAMILY dir. Faustine Crespy
  • OF SELF-BLESSING dir. golden lionheart collier
  • OLLIES ON THE MOON dir. Brittany Campbell
  • ONLY FOR THE NIGHT dir. LaQuan Lewis
  • OUR BED IS GREEN dir. Maggie Brennan
  • OVER MY DEAD BODY dir. Quinlan Orear
  • OVER MY DEAD BODY dir. Tamiah Bantum
  • PEACE dir. Adomako Aman
  • PINE dir. Bethany Michalski
  • PINK & BLUE dir. Carmen LoBue
  • PLAISIR dir. Molly Gillis
  • POOL BOY dir. Luke Willis
  • PRIVATE PHOTOS dir. Marcelo Grabowsky
  • PURE dir. Natalie Jasmine Harris
  • QUEER ISOLATION dir. Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim
  • QUINCEAÑERO dir. Justin Floyd
  • REBEL dir. Jose Alfredo Garcia
  • RIGHT TO TRY dir. Zeberiah Newman
  • ROADKILL dir. Aliza Brugger
  • RUN OUT GROOVE dir. Paige Henderson
  • RUTH dir. Beulah Pidakala
  • SEASICK dir. Lindsey Ryan
  • SENIOR PROM dir. Luisa Conlon
  • SMOKE, LILIES AND JADE dirs. Deondray and Quincy LeNear Gossfield
  • SQUISH dir. Xavier SERON
  • STEPHEN & JAMES: BEST GIRLFRIENDS dir. Dave Quantic
  • SUPREME dir. Youssef Youssef
  • SWIMMING TO THE END OF THE WORLD dir. Todd Verow
  • TAFFETA dir. Lovell Holder
  • TAFFY dir. Jon Crawford
  • THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE dir.Elizabeth Archer
  • THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT dir. Whitney Skauge
  • THE BINDING OF ITZIK dir. Anika Benkov
  • THE CROWN WITH A SHADOW dir. JB Ghuman, Jr.
  • THE DAILY WAR dir. Karla Legaspy
  • THE FUGITIVES dir. Dami Sainz Edwards
  • THE LIGHTS ARE ON, NO ONE’S HOME dir. Faye Ruiz
  • THE MAN OF MY DREAMS dir. Tristan Scott-Behrends
  • THE NIGHT TRAIN dir. Jerry Carlsson
  • THE NUMBER 12 dir. Jed Bell
  • THE RECORDER dir. Justine Lupe
  • THE SMALL THINGS dir. Natalie Jasmine Harris
  • THE WAY WE ARE dir. Amanda Ann-Min Wong
  • THE YOUNG KING dir. Larin Sullivan
  • THEY/THEM dir. Goldbloom Micomonaco
  • THƠ dirs. Jake Villadolid, Heather Muriel Nguyễn
  • TO THE FUTURE, WITH LOVE dir. Shaleece Haas
  • TRADE CENTER dir. Adam B Baran
  • UNLIVEABLE (INABITÁVEL) dir. Matheus Farias, Enock Carvalho
  • UNTIE dir. Lane Michael Stanley
  • VALIENTE (BRAVE) dir. Miguel Melo
  • VIRGIN MY ASS dir. Adar Sigler
  • WHAT’S LEFT INSIDE dir. Michael Varrati

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Airports During a Pandemic

By: Carly Cohen

At last, it’s time to start traveling again. But safely!

We created a list of the top 10 safest airports to travel into during a pandemic.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is particularly considered one of the safest because it offers different baggage drop locations and provides many options for social distancing to protect yourself and others.

John F. Kennedy International Airport

JFK located in New York City is surprisingly another safe and great option for traveling. Using the word “surprisingly” because New York City is a very populated area but there are countless contactless options and offer rapid test areas. Restaurants, spa services, and lounges are all officially starting to open back up for an enjoyable travel experience.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the best and safest option while traveling in and out of Texas, and is also the first “Carbon neutral airport in North America.”

Los Angeles International Airport

Like JFK, LAX is a very populated area but is considered one of the safest options while traveling in and out of California. They offer fast-track security to make a speedy and safe visit.

O’Hare International Airport

O’Hare International Airport located in Chicago has the second-highest score worldwide in safety. They strictly follow all Covid-19 protocols.

Newark Liberty International Airport

Newark and JFK go hand in hand. Offering rapid test areas along with contact tracing, fast security, multiple contactless options for an enjoyable experience.

Boston Logan International Airport

Another safe and effective way to travel is through Boston Logan International Airport. Giving options for free on-site testing. They have also been given “ACI Airport Health Accreditation.”

Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport

This airport in Atlanta, Georgia, is known for being one of the busiest airports. However, they have made it a safe and healthy environment to travel to during the pandemic. They became the first airport to provide “hygiene-tracking technology from GP Pro” to allow the best travel experience and reputation.

Philadelphia International Airport

Philadelphia International Airport has prioritized sanitizing and disinfecting boarding areas, gates, restaurants, waiting areas, bathrooms, and everything to make it safe.

San Francisco International Airport

SFO has taken and is still taking precautions in their airport to make things as safe as possible. Constantly disinfecting and always requiring the use of masks on and off planes.

Safe travels!

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Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration

Long Beach Hosts Largest Juneteenth Celebration in City’s History

On Saturday, June 19th, Long Beach will host its largest Juneteenth event ever. The Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration will take place on Historic Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach, between 4th and 5th Streets, from 11AM – 4PM. The city of Long Beach officially designated Juneteenth a “Day of Celebration,” and they will advocate for it to become a state and federal holiday through their City Council legislative affairs committees.

We are excited to celebrate the best of Black culture with our people and allies,” said event organizer Carl Kemp. “I chose to do this event in response to a call from God, and it has been blessed with volunteers, supporters and sponsors who also believe in the vision of celebrating Black freedom, culture, achievement and unity.”

This free event will feature an array of performances from the main stage, including R&B superstar Eric Benét, MAJOR., the Antioch Mass Choir, African drum and dance, jazz poetry and more! There will also be vendors and fun activities for the entire family.

The Long Beach Juneteenth celebration allows our community to reflect on progress we’ve made, while recognizing with clear eyes how far we have to go. Black people worldwide still suffer under the oppression of systemic racism and injustice,” said Cameron Onumah, Amazon Policy Manager. Amazon is the Presenting Sponsor and made a major contribution toward the event. “We have a lot of work to do as a society, and, as a company, we want to listen, engage and take action, together.”

I am overjoyed and elated to sponsor the Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration,” said Wayne Chaney Jr., Lead Pastor of Antioch Church of Long Beach, which is just steps away from the event. “I know Carl’s personal journey and commitment to making this vision from God a reality, and I believe with all my heart that this is the start of something big for our city for years to come.

The DLBA is proud to sponsor this important celebration to honor Black history and culture. We remain committed to recognizing and supporting our Black community not only through Juneteenth, but throughout the year. This is an important part of building cultural and social awareness while embracing the broader conversation of diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Kraig Kojian, President and CEO, Downtown Long Beach Alliance. “We look forward to everyone coming together for an afternoon of uplifting celebration in our Downtown to support the celebration and our community.”

We are honored to be one of the inaugural sponsors of this year’s Long Beach Juneteenth celebration. Juneteenth is an important part of history that should be recognized and celebrated in the community, and it’s exciting to see the entire city come together for such an important cause,” said Tamika Lang, Boeing Global Engagement Senior Manager.

Please visit the official website for complete event details.

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ABC Owned TV Stations Pride Content

ABC OWNED TELEVISION STATIONS FURTHER SOLIDIFY THEIR COMMITMENT TO SERVE THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY AND THEIR ALLIES WITH PREMIUM CONTENT AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES ACROSS ITS EIGHT STATIONS IN CELEBRATION OF PRIDE MONTH 2021

In a Range of Annual Pride Parade Coverage Across Linear—Including the Exclusive Streaming Special ‘Our America: Who I’m Meant to Be,’ Daily News Reporting, Educational Town Halls and Community Resources—Pride is on Display Across the Eight-Owned Stations’ Markets

ABC Owned Television Stations announce their content for Pride Month, with the addition of educational town halls and community resources for the LGBTQ+ community and viewers across their markets of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, San Francisco, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno.

Yesterday, ABC Owned Television Stations released the two-episode premiere of Our America: Who I’m Meant to Be, with full episodes of the series available for viewers beginning June 21 on the station group’s connected TV apps. The eight-episode short documentary series amplifies the voices of the transgender community across America through first-person narratives. OnJune 23, the “Our America: Who I’m Meant to Be”town hall will be available to stream across the station group’s connected TV apps. The post-documentary will discuss issues impacting the transgender community. The town hall will be co-hosted by transgender activist and award-winning writer Raquel Willis and KGO-TV reporter Reggie Aqui.

ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles, Southern California’s most-watched station, will exclusively air “Thrive with Pride Celebration,” SATURDAY, June 12, (9:00-10:00 p.m. PDT). The special is co-produced by ABC7 Los Angeles and Christopher West. Actress Raven-Symoné and ABC7 “Eyewitness News” anchors Ellen Leyva and Brandi Hitt host the one-hour special, with correspondents Karl Schmid and Eric Resendiz. Highlights from the special include how the LGBTQ+ community has evolved over the past five decades, where the community stands today in terms of equality, honors LGBTQ+ frontline heroes, and revisits the tragedy of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando on the fifth anniversary. The special also includes several pride performances from award-winning musicians such as the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and the Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean, performing his song “Love Song Love,” which celebrates the transgender community. Special appearances include “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jake Borelli, “Pose” stars Billy Porter and Mj Rodriguez, Freeform’s “Everything’s Gonna be Okay” star Adam Faison, and the cast of Hulu’s “Love, Victor.” Viewers can find uplifting pride content all year long HERE.

ABC7/WABC-TV, the most-watched station in the nation, is the broadcast partner for the “2021 NYC Pride March” for the fifth year in a row. Throughout the month, the No. 1 station will feature local LGBTQ+ leaders and provide resources and local news coverage celebrating Pride, leading up to a three-hour celebration of the “2021 NYC Pride March,” airing on SUNDAY, June 27 (12:00-3:00 p.m. EDT) and available on streaming platforms. Grand Marshals Wilson Cruz, Ceyenne Doroshow, Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, and Aaron Philip are heading this year’s celebration. Viewers can find uplifting pride content all year long HERE.

An overview of Pride Month programming across linear and streaming includes the following:

ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago celebrates Pride month featuring extensive news coverage of LGBTQ+ issues, events and activities. ABC7 will air a half-hour special, “Our Chicago: Celebrating Pride” on SATURDAY, June 26 (6:30 p.m. CDT) with a rebroadcast on SUNDAY, June 27 (11:00 p.m. CDT).In addition, ABC7 Chicago hosts two streaming Our Chicago: Voices of the Community” town halls hosted by WLS’s “I-Team” consumer investigator Jason Knowles. The first town hall, “Issues Facing the LGBTQ+ Community,” airs on THURSDAY, JUNE 10 (2:00-3:00 p.m. CDT). The forum will share programs to address anti-gay hate, legislation impacting transgender people, and whether the lesbian community feels heard within the general LGBTQ+ discourse. Expert panelists will discuss “Northalsted” (the new name for the historically gay neighborhood known as “Boystown”) and the petition to change the name, and the controversy surrounding current FDA (Food and Drug Administration) restrictions on blood donations from gay men. The second town hall,“LGBTQ+ Youth Town Hall” is available on THURSDAY, June 24 (2:00-3:00 p.m. CDT) and focuses on LGBTQ+ youth issues – including homelessness, coming out, transgender youth and trans-youth sports.  Additional pride-focused content will air on ABC7’s “Windy City Live” which features weekly pride segments all month long. Viewers can find uplifting pride content all year long HERE.

6abc/WPVI-Philadelphia’s “FYI Philly” Pride episode airs on SATURDAY, June 19 (7:00 p.m. EDT) with a rebroadcast the next day. The following week, WPVI’s long-running diversity-focused community affairs program, “Visions,” will spotlight events happening in the LGBTQ+ community. Viewers can find uplifting pride content all year long at HERE.

ABC13/KTRK-TV Houston presents a streaming town hall “Protecting Our LGBTQ+ Youth” on TUESDAY, June 22 (7:00–8:00 p.m. CDT), followed by an ABC13 Localish: Houston Pride” half-hour Pride special on SATURDAY, June 26 (6:30 p.m. CDT). Viewers can find uplifting pride content all year long at HERE.

ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco plans to air weekly content that includes discussions about the transgender community, proper terminology, and a community-led town hall focusing on issues that impact the LGBTQ+ community. There will be ongoing news coverage of local pride events—leading up to the “San Francisco Pride 2021” celebration taking place on SUNDAY, June 27. Viewers can find uplifting pride content all year long at HERE.

ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh Durham will have ongoing news coverage of local pride events and initiatives throughout the month and will host a digital Pride town hall, “Why Terminology Matters,” on THURSDAY, June 24 (6:00 -7:00 p.m. EDT). Viewers can find uplifting pride content all year long HERE.

Each owned station will post resources on its websites that are relevant to the LGBTQ+ community and allies who would like to have more information or educate themselves. Additionally, all station websites have pride content that displays positive and uplifting stories about the LGBTQ+ community all year round.

Regardless of where viewers live, they can stream ABC Owned Television Stations pride content, including full episodes of “Our America: Who I’m Meant to Be” by downloading one of the following free news apps: ABC7/WABC-TV New YorkABC7/KABC-TV Los AngelesABC7/WLS-TV Chicago6ABC/WPVI-TV PhiladelphiaABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco, ABC13/KTRK-TV HoustonABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham and ABC30/KFSN-TV Fresno on their mobile device or streaming platforms Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku

About ABC Owned Television Stations 

Disney Media Entertainment & Distribution’s eight owned ABC stations are multiplatform leaders in local news and information. Collectively No. 1 across all U.S. television, reaching 23% of households and more than 34 million Total Viewers and 62 million digital visitors a month, the eight stations are comprised of WABC-TV New York, KABC-TV Los Angeles, WLS-TV Chicago, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, KGO-TV San Francisco, KTRK-TV Houston, WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham and KFSN-TV Fresno. The stations also deliver locally sourced storytelling to more than 17 million viewers across America through its multiplatform lifestyle network, Localish. In 2020, the stations received five Broadcast & Cable awards, including in the 2020 Best in Local TV Awards category as Station Group of the Year for its innovative and next-generation news reporting, and in the major market category for 2020: Best News Coverage, Best Digital Multiplatform or Website, Best Investigative Reporting Station Group and Best Public Affairs Programming, illustrating the group’s strength and ever-increasing growth and reach in the multiplatform space.

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The Business Coalition for the Equality Act 

Top North Carolina Businesses Register Unprecedented Support for the Equality Act as More than 400 Major U.S. Corporations Join Coalition to Urge Protections for LGBTQ People 

The Business Coalition for the Equality Act is believed to be the largest business coalition to ever come together to speak out in support of legal LGBTQ equality 

Today, the Business Coalition for the Equality Act announced it has grown to include more than 400 major U.S. corporations (including 13 major North Carolina corporations) calling for the urgent passage of the Equality Act–federal legislation that would modernize our nation’s civil rights laws by including explicit protections for LGBTQ people, as well as improve protections for women, people of color, and people of all faiths. The announcement signals unprecedented support for the Equality Act among America’s business leaders, who join a majority of Americans, hundreds of members of Congress, hundreds of advocacy organizations, and more than 60 business associations–including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers–in endorsing the federal legislation.

North Carolina corporations that have joined the coalition include Cargo Transporters, Inc., ABB Inc., ViiV Healthcare Company, GlaxoSmithKline LLC, Truist Financial, Advance Auto Parts (Advance Holding), Red Hat Inc., Ingersoll-Rand Company, Food Lion, LLC, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Bank of America Corp., Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Replacements Ltd. They employ 457,002 people across the state, have 13 headquarters in the state, and generate $151.9 billion in annual revenue for North Carolina.

As a whole, the 416 member companies of HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act represent a major swath of America’s economic engine, with member companies overseeing business operations in all 50 states, company headquarters spanning 33 states and a combined $6.8 trillion in annual revenue. The 416 members of the coalition collectively employ more than 14.6 million people in the United States. The Business Coalition for the Equality Act is believed to be the largest business coalition to ever come together to speak out in support of legal LGBTQ equality. The largest former effort was the business amicus brief for marriage equality, which included 379 businesses.

“We are seeing growing support from business leaders because they understand that the Equality Act is good for their employees, good for their businesses and good for our country. Employers care about their employees’ ability to rent an apartment, send their kids to school, visit the dentist, and pick up the groceries free from discrimination. They realize that when LGBTQ employees and their family members are protected in their daily lives, it makes them more secure and confident in their jobs, and also more productive,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Thank you to every company that is speaking up and advocating for the passage of the Equality Act. It’s time for the Senate to listen to the business community and the public and pass this long overdue legislation.”

The Equality Act ensures everyone in America, including LGBTQ people, are protected from harassment and discrimination in all areas of life. Currently, even if an LGBTQ person works for a company that provides clear non-discrimination protections and inclusive cultures, that employee and their family members can still experience discrimination in other areas of life and have no legal recourse. In the majority of states–29 states in total–that lack explicit nondiscrimination protections, these employees can be denied healthcare, loans, housing, and basic goods and services because they are LGBTQ.

The business community’s support reflects the broad and overwhelming support for the Equality Act in communities nationwide. New polling from Hart Research Associates found that 70 percent of Americans (including 50 percent of Republicans) support the Equality Act. Hundreds of members of Congress and more than 600 organizations, including the nation’s top leaders in civil rights, education, health care, and faith organizations have also endorsed the legislation.

Corporate endorsements for the Equality Act have more than doubled since the Equality Act passed the U.S. House in 2019.

Business Support for the Equality Act

American Airlines: “American’s mission of taking care of people on life’s journey includes making the case for greater equity and inclusion, two of our company’s core values that are also critical to our success,” said Molly Wilkinson, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and PRIDE EBRG Executive Sponsor. “That’s why we’re proud to join with the Human Rights Campaign and this broad coalition of businesses in support of the Equality Act, a measure that would protect Americans from the kind of discrimination, harassment and unequal treatment that runs counter to our purpose. American has proudly stood with the LGBTQ community for decades and will continue to advocate for full inclusion, equity and protection under the law, because all of our team members and customers deserve to feel welcome and safe.”

Levi Strauss & Co.: “Levi Strauss & Co. is proud to support the Equality Act,” said Anna Walker, Vice President, Public Affairs. “We have a long history of supporting equal rights for the LGBT community, from being the first Fortune 500 company to extend health benefits to unmarried domestic partners more than 20 years ago, to being the only California business in 2007 to file an amicus brief with the California Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage. The time has come in this country for full equality for the LGBTQ+ community. Ensuring fairness in our workplaces and communities is both good for business and simply the right thing to do.”

Dow: “Dow has been a proud supporter of the Equality Act since it was first introduced; and we continue advocating for the full inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community in the eyes of the law,” said Louis Vega, President, Dow North America and VP Government Affairs & Advocacy, North America. “Ensuring equality and opportunity for all is not only the right thing to do as a matter of human decency, it is good for society and business.”

IBM: “A workforce that reflects the diversity of today’s society drives new ideas and innovation,” said Carla Grant Pickens, Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. “At IBM, we seek to hire the most talented individuals regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or other personal characteristics. We also believe that equal protections should extend beyond an employer’s four walls, which is why IBM stands with HRC in endorsing the Equality Act. It’s time that civil rights protections be extended to LGBT+ individuals nationwide on a clear, consistent, and comprehensive basis.”

Marriott International Inc.: “At Marriott, we believe that every individual, including those in the LGBTQ community, should feel welcome, safe and respected when they enter one of our properties. As a global hospitality leader, our principles of non-discrimination extend to all travelers, and include sexual orientation and gender identity. That is why we are proud to join with the Human Rights Campaign and support passage of the Equality Act, to help ensure equality under the law as well as under our own roof.”