Love & Pride Responds To Attack By One Million Moms

“We will always stand by the LGBTQ community; we will always stand on the side of love,” says Love & Pride Founder Udi Behr. Love & Pride, an online business founded to promote education and better understanding of the LGBTQ community, today responds to an attack by the anti-LGBT group One Million Moms related to their recent new expansion of their consumer reach and their support of the LGBTQ community. One Million Moms, an anti-LGBTQ group that is part of the American Family Association, has attacked Love & Pride in a post on their website,seen here. The American Family Association...

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Keep The Noise Out

9/11 changed my life, 11/9 destroyed every institution I believed in. The media, the government and the experts I listened to, the papers I had been reading and the TV I had been watching like most of my fellow Americans. I can’t stop thinking how much time I wasted to help promote Trump, by watching the people I so trusted, the experts that were so smart and the TV personalities that I so loved and listened to. Udi Behr, Founder and Designer of LoveandPride.com I ask myself how Rachel, Chris, Mika and Laurence can truly look at themselves in the...

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Did God Send Us a Sign?

As the Winter Olympics were getting closer, as Sochi became the lead story in the news for so many reasons: security, terrorism, corruption, conditions at the hotels in the area, freedom of the press and LGBT rights, I couldn’t stop thinking, and wishing. Thinking about what was the right thing to do. Should I watch it? How can I take part in this Olympic event knowing what the host country stands for? Also thinking: How could we make sure this mistake will not happen again? The Olympics are meant to symbolize fairness, dignity, compassion and inclusiveness. Russia should not have...

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The Rings Stand for Inclusion. So Do We, and So Can You!

First they came for the communists,and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.Then they came for the socialists,and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.Then they came for the trade unionists,and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.Then they came for me,and there was no one left to speak for me.—Pastor Martin Niemöller 1892-1984 Over the past few months we’ve all heard about the anti-LGBT policies that President Vladimir Putin is promoting and legislating in Russia today. Among many violations of fundamental, constitutionally protected rights of Russia’s LGBT citizens were multiple bans on...

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No Honey, No Money: States That Hate Will Ultimately Lose Out

Two weeks ago I was walking down Fifth Avenue with Cathy, Sheila, Michael and Robert, four great people who make two great couples. I’ve been a part of the New York City Pride Parade in one way or another every year for the last 30 years, but this was not just another Pride march; it was a victory march! I felt privileged to walk with these warriors who have fought for marriage equality from the start to the now-nearing end! There is no question that this war is won! It will be completed soon, but it’s not over yet. I...

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How Fashion Can Spur Marriage Equality Momentum

In 2005 I met former executive director at Marriage Equality New York (MENY) and current co-president of Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA), Cathy Marino-Thomas and her beautiful wife Sheila at loveandpride.com‘s opening ceremony. In front of a large crowd, they exchanged wedding vows affirming their love and commitment to one another. I thought: this woman really knows how to make an entrance. Since then we’ve developed our relationship into a beautiful friendship that’s also a powerful partnership advocating for marriage equality.loveandpride’s launch coincided with MENY’s rise beyond New York politics and into the national arena. Cathy’s and my mutual admiration led...

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Love and Pride: How I, a Straight Man, Fight for LGBT Rights

In 2004 I saw Gavin Newsom interviewed by Larry King on his decision to legalize same-sex marriage in San Francisco. His combination of passion and rationality made a lasting impression on me. I knew I had to become a force to help bring about the acceptance and approval of legalized same-sex marriage across the U.S. But how was I going to contribute? I realized I could use my talent as a jewelry designer to create pieces that were as much social statements as they were fashion statements. I would make wearable art prominently displaying words like “love,” “pride,” “equality,” and...

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My First Gay Wedding

I grew up in the aftermath of the worst Jewish tragedy on record — the Holocaust. My father was a Holocaust survivor — a victim of hate, purely because he was a Jew. As a young boy, he was forced into hibernation from his family for over five years, seeking refuge in strangers’ houses. He constantly feared for his life — and tragically lost his own father and most of his family, all because of hate and ignorance. For me this is not a story, a movie, or a TV series. This has been my reality my whole life. My...

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