OUTside Insight

Pride Constellation: United States Marriage Equality Flag Project Seeks Volunteers

The Pride Constellation: United States Marriage Equality Flag Project is looking for several outgoing individuals to join our leadership team on a national LGBT rights initiative that will surely captivate a global audience.  

Help us to tell our stories about gaining marriage equality rights - one pink star at a time.

Beyond an insane passion for LGBT rights, social media, video special events, and in addition to all the usual self-starter traits that you undoubtedly possess, you’ll need an equally huge passion for creating opportunities. 

This volunteer opportunity comes with our deepest gratitude and appreciation! We will need your help to tap the full potential of social media’s enormous communications channel. It is excellent opportunity to develop and hone your video, editing, social networking, and promotional skills while gaining valuable, high-profile experience while working with well known and respected brands and individuals.   

We are headquartered in San Diego’s colorful and vibrant, Hillcrest neighborhood. Much of this work and collaboration is virtual, but we do plan to meet as a team periodically. The position can be molded to fit the individual’s strengths and interests.

You will have the satisfaction knowing that you are an integral part in what we believe will be a historic project with a national impact.

Please note: Volunteer positions are unpaid, but do include occasional perks such as group dinners and outings as well as invitations to special events and other networking events.

All applicants will receive an email confirmation that their resume has been received. Once all applicants have been pre-screened, those accepted for an interview will be notified by email. All applicants will be considered for the team and are invited to participate, however only one applicant will be selected as a manager. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

To apply for any of the positions below:

Email: Eddie Rey at
OutsideInsightMedia@gmail.com

Please include:

1. A brief statement telling us why you would like to volunteer, along with a general resume.  The title of the position (such as “Social Media Strategist” or Photographer/Videographer Volunteer ”) MUST appear in the subject line of the email.

2. A current resume
(no more than 2 pages) clearly stating your skills, past experience, education plus other attributes showing why you are an ideal candidate for this unique opportunity. Internship applicants may substitute a “Personal Statement” with your education, future goals and relevant skills in place of a resume.

3. Please indicate hours of availability and date available to start in the cover letter

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SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIST (SMS)

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Description: 

You are about to graduate from college, or you just graduated from college. You love social media—Google +, Instagram, Twitter, Foursquare, Vine, YouTube—sure, even Facebook. You love to socialize, be fun, fabulous, and know how to create an online presence.  You’ll be perfect as our Social Media Strategist (SMS)!

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Social Media Strategist will create innovative and exciting methods for public awareness and engagement through various social media platforms. Through creative, clear and compelling web and social media communications the SMS will drive engagement and awareness of the Pride Constellation Flag Project and our Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign. The Social Media Strategist should represent the organization and its mission in a positive and productive manner while always seeking to cultivate collaboration and promote LGBT rights across the nation.

Key Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive social media strategy that defines how social media marketing techniques will be applied to increase visibility.
  • Lead the development of organization-wide social media management standards, policies and rules of engagement for social media.
  • Mentor and provide training to necessary individuals throughout the organization on best practices for creating, managing, monitoring, and developing content for social networks.
  • Maintain various social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Wordpress, LinkedIn, etc.)
  • Write copy for a monthly newsletter, website and social media updates.

Time Commitment:  Three Weeks of each month will require 2-5 hours/week.  One week of each month will require 5-10 hours/week.

Qualifications/Required Skills:

  • Current college enrollment or degree (preferred but not necessary).
  • Demonstrated experience and passion for the social technology universe.
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills.
  • Strong social media know-how.
  • Aptitude to develop and maintain strong working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to work effectively under deadlines and juggle several assignments at once.
  • Knowledge of LGBT civil rights and current affairs.

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO & FILM PRODUCTION 

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Description:

Ladies with an attitude, fellows that were in the mood, don’t just stand there let’s get to it. Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it. Vogue, vogue…

We’re also looking for hard-working, organized photography and video interns to work directly on a variety of projects. As a photo/video intern, you’ll be responsible for activities including managing shoots in our establishments, post-production workflow, building a creative commons music library and coordinating our YouTube and Vimeo presence. Applicants should have knowledge of HD Video/DSLR video and DSLR photography. You must be fluent in Final Cut Pro 7 and X, have an eye for text and interest in graphic design and know how to use YouTube and Vimeo.

You must provide your own basic equipment (camera, tripod, lens, bags etc.). Additional equipment, such as lights, external microphones, webcast/podcast equipment, is provided by Pride Constellation.

When applying for the Photography/Video & Film Production Volunteer Please include a link to your demo reel/portfolio.

Key Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

  • Videotape and audio record speaking engagements, fundraisers, recruitment events and brainstorming sessions.
  • Orchestrate video shoots, to include the construction of the finished presentation, the need for one or two cameras, location and composition obtained from each angle, and physical environment of the shoot and optimal lighting and camera setup.
  • Edit broadcast footage from outside media for internal use.
  • Resolve unique conflicts between PowerPoint files and audio video (AV) files necessary to provide AV support in creating presentations.
  • Convert PowerPoint files to CD, DVD, or analog tapes as auto running or viewer controlled presentations.
  • Create flash content for use in kiosk presentations, to include basic knowledge of HTML and Action Script.
  • Coordinates pre-production and production planning activities.
  • Must have the physical ability to carry, transport and set up lighting and audio equipment as required; provides limited troubleshooting and maintenance of field production equipment as well as ability to hold camera equipment for an extended period of time.
  • Plans and performs video post-production tasks which includes reviewing footage, making editorial decisions, tape logging, rough cuts, audio adjustment, color correction, and final editing.
  • Utilizes computer graphics and special effects for video post-production in accordance with the overall production concepts
  • Compresses video projects for output; make video products available in a variety of formats; and coordinates internal and external duplication services as required.

Qualifications/Required Skills:

  • Working experience in video editing, this includes videotaping, audio recording, replicating taped and recorded footage and conversion to other media.
  • Experience with professional photographic equipment, digital SLR cameras, interchangeable lenses and flash equipment as well as portable lighting.
  • Knowledge of Internet Authoring conventions as they pertain to uploading video and audio files on internet sites.
  • Be passionate about using digital tools to increase restaurant sales, nightlife events and promoting company partners.
  • Be well-versed in various social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vine, Vimeo, Yelp, Google + etc.
  • Be very organized, have a strong attention to detail, and be able to complete projects independently
  • Be very tech savvy (online applications as well as Microsoft Office software)
  • Have great written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with HTML, Adobe CS5 or higher, Photoshop, or video editing skills are a plus

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• We are a casual/business casual dress environment.
• The volunteer announcements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel in those positions.
• Management reserves the right to revise or amend duties at any time.
• The job descriptions above reflect management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Critical features of this job are described under the headings below each volunteer opportunity. They may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.
• Selections are made as the applicant pool allows and will continue until until the position is filled.

Pride Constellation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

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Weird… 

It’s the second night in a row that I’ve been woken up by the television remote control mysteriously falling to the floor. 

It felt it was so odd that I couldn’t figure out where it fell from last night. And it was just too far away from any obvious place this morning. 

After returning SOBER from The Abbey last night, I made it a point to place the control on my laptop before we came upstairs to watch TV in bed. It’s now sitting on the top left hand corner of the rug. 

Cue the Twilight Zone score.

Time to ask for a room change?  #ghost, #movingobjects, #witchinghour, #paranormalactivity, #mysterious, #hauntedplaces, #hauntedhotels, #haunted (at Ramada Plaza Hotel)

Weird…

It’s the second night in a row that I’ve been woken up by the television remote control mysteriously falling to the floor.

It felt it was so odd that I couldn’t figure out where it fell from last night. And it was just too far away from any obvious place this morning.

After returning SOBER from The Abbey last night, I made it a point to place the control on my laptop before we came upstairs to watch TV in bed. It’s now sitting on the top left hand corner of the rug.

Cue the Twilight Zone score.

Time to ask for a room change? #ghost, #movingobjects, #witchinghour, #paranormalactivity, #mysterious, #hauntedplaces, #hauntedhotels, #haunted (at Ramada Plaza Hotel)

Out Of The Closet: A Life Worth Living and Why I’ve Chosen To Become A Center Supporter

I just opened a box, that has been sealed and stored for IRS purposes for over five years ago. It’s one of eleven bank style boxes taking up the entire storage space in my closet with records I’ve had to keep for seven years to avoid inheriting a massive debt. Among the files, I found a quilt made by my friend and mentor Tom Ruble and his partner Brian Baxter.  

The quilt was made for a performance piece as part of an art therapy group. It holds the stories of the some of the people that helped make A Rainbow Place, and those that worked hard to keep the doors open.  

The quilt from “A Life Worth Living” a one-act play exploring the lives of Nevadans living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.  Produced for World AIDS Day 2007 in collaboration with A Rainbow Place, and First United Methodist Church, on Dec 1st & 2nd 2007. The play was written by members of the Reno HIV & LGBT community at A Rainbow Place, under the leadership of Tom Ruble with the guidance of Nicolas Martin-Kearny.

For me it is perhaps one of the most important lasting legacies of A Rainbow Place.  It is a story of struggles, and stigmas, and the life that was injected into those who came together in a welcoming space to make a quilt for their friends, themselves or love ones.  It is story many can relate with.  And today inspires me to support my LGBT community center and their programs that support LGBT and homeless youth, the HIV community and anyone looking for a safe place to be themselves.  

Those of you who have ever been to any of my apartments may have seen my room, and have probably wondered why there is always stack of tattered but sealed boxes sitting in a corner or my closet.   Basically, they contain files from an organization I was a board member of. As president I was ordered by the IRS to hold them in safe keeping for up to seven years due to the massive debt owed to them. I also had to hold several large cabinets of medical files, fortunately after learned of the organizations fate, an organization scanned those for us free of charge years ago.

To me the boxes have always held some bittersweet feelings.  They been moved several times.  They went from apartment to apartment and when I had little space, I simply placed them in paid storage. Ive never felt budded, but I also couldn’t just throw them away.  

They came after one of the most difficult and heart wrenching personal and professional decisions I’ve ever had to make. I was President of A Rainbow Place, Northern Nevada’s LGBT Center and in 2008 we were faced to make a motion to close the center’s doors and all re-assign services to other agencies in town.

The center had been financially struggling after several years of inexperienced management and board oversight. For that reason and drastic state budget cuts, the situation left the then current staff and board with a sinking ship and a whole lot of hope and sacrifice that the economy would improve and both private and public funds would bounce back.

I was brought on that year to fundraise, and quickly learned of all the sacrifices staff were taking to keep the center open, sometimes even going months without pay- just to use those funds to pay rent and utilities. At times even skipping meals to pay for a warm hotel room on a winter night for a homeless youth, who in many cities don’t qualify for services because they are considered runaways.   Both situations - completely unacceptable.  A community should have a center, and the support staff to run it.

In the year and few months that I served on the board, we reduced expenses where we could and though fundraising we brought in some additional funding to keep us open for another year. As we prepared to enter 2009, many of the programs and services were quickly getting the ax as state budgets shrank went the economy came to a screeching halt.  

When state funding the center used to help pay for services was cut half way into the grant calendar the tough decision to close was approved through a unanimous vote and we then only operated for current clients while they transitioned to other programs or mental health care.

Today I am so grateful for A Rainbow Place.  But at the time I remember leaving that board meeting holding back my tears. I gave Tom and his partner Brian Baxter a ride home and then I returned to the center and sat in the big comfy couch recalling all the memories.

I cried because I was a product of A Rainbow Place, having received my community & leadership training there after walking in as a lost and confused college student.

I cried for all the youth, myself included, who found themselves in a safe a comfortable space where they could thrive.

I cried for The Little City Kings, the Half Dollar Court, the Transgender group, and the countless other groups and organizations who no longer had a meeting space.

I cried for Stitch & Bitch - the art program.  And for yoga. I cried for all the great programs like art therapy, testing, counseling, the LGBT archives, the support groups, the library, and for the free or low cost counseling services for struggling teens and those who needed it.

But I mostly cried because A Rainbow Place was there for me, in my darkest moments with a welcoming face, an overly comfortable couch to crawl into during movie nights, and when I needed a job in college, it provided me with a paycheck.

And then there was Tom and Brian. Tom was advocate for youth.  A survivor of AIDS.  A tireless champion who had been there, done that and yes- he and Brian even had the T-shirt and posters.  Yes! Literally- they had the t-shirts from long ago AIDS walks, they collected them from protests and rallys during the ACT-Up era, from LGBT events they attended.  They turned the t-shirts into a quilt that hung at the center.  And at home Brian even had a poster from New York City’s legendary The Saint the birthplace of circuit parties, and new standard by which gay nightclubs and parties would be measured by- ohh how I wanted that poster on my walls!  

Tom and Brian came to Reno from NYC filled with electric stories of their pasts, and here I was - this naive gay boy from a small frontier Nevada town taking it all in.  Learning, growing, and becoming the person I am today simply because Tom took me in as my mentor.  As my friend.  And as a colleague.  

I knew that so much good had come to my life- simply because I was fortunate to have an LGBT Center in my home town. It was a safe and welcoming place with no pressure to be anyone- except myself.  And I am so grateful for that.  

To this day, some of the most incredible experiences and closest friendships all have a direct link back to A Rainbow Place.  And in that sense, A Rainbow Place still brings safety and comfort to my life. 

When Tom passed away in 2009, I often wondered if he might still be here had he not given so much of himself to keep the doors open. But then I quickly shake my head, knowing Tom would have it no other way, and the magnitude of the sacrifices he and others made hits hard.  He had truly lived his role in “A Life Worth Living”.

I know I am a better person because Tom was a friend of mine.  So as I sit here right now remembering my friend Tom and reflecting on my own life worth living, I’m renewing my pledge to support our local San Diego LGBT Center and in Tom’s name pledging to support Build Our Center, so that Reno can soon have a space for youth and our community.

Tom Ruble and Brian Baxter, photo credit: Sparks Tribune - Infected and affected Gay couple shares need for solutions to AIDS safe haven 

A Rainbow Place changed my life in immense and powerful ways.  Now it’s up to me pay it forward for a time that another teen or individual may seek the refuge of a community center. I encourage you all to do the same- pledge today and become a supporter of your LGBT Center. Whether it’s time, talent or treasure, your gift is enriching the lives of all the people they serve, and giving people like me an opportunity to make something greater of ourselves.   

To make a pledge and become a supporter please visit www.BuildOurCenter.org for the Reno/Tahoe LGBT Center or www.TheCenterSD.org for the San Diego LGBT Center.

I LOVE AND MISS YOU TOM!

People who have never been to an LGBT parade assume we are just sequins and glitter.  BUT when you add blowjobs from “straight” men in the stalls at Home Depot and lesbians working the counter we pull out out own power tools and create moving broadway sets with lights, bubbles, and sexy Gogo boys!   #HillcrestFatTuesday, #mosuniverse , #KingOfMardiGras, KreweDeShaw

People who have never been to an LGBT parade assume we are just sequins and glitter. BUT when you add blowjobs from “straight” men in the stalls at Home Depot and lesbians working the counter we pull out out own power tools and create moving broadway sets with lights, bubbles, and sexy Gogo boys! #HillcrestFatTuesday, #mosuniverse , #KingOfMardiGras, KreweDeShaw

Vacations Near and Far: The Gay Days Informant

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GAY DAYS ORLANDO HOST HOTEL SELLING OUT EARLIER THAN EVER

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Gay Days Orlando, set for June 3-9, 2014, continues to grow - both at the theme parks and with all the associated events. Something fun is happening all day and most of each night. With all the activities on-site at the Host Hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, you’ll find so much to do! Each year, the Host Hotel sells out a little earlier. Don’t miss your chance to stay where all the action is!

Book the Gay Days Host Hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld. Click here to view the rooms and book now!


GAY DAYS LAS VEGAS GETS BIGGER EACH YEAR

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The Luxor Las Vegas is now accepting reservations for Gay Days Las Vegas, set for September 2-8, 2014.  This past year’s event was a great success and the event promises to grow even bigger each year.  Click here to get all the details!

Plan now for your 2014 vacations!


Gay Days Arizona 2014!

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The first ever Arizona event will take place May 8-12, 2014 in Phoenix and will include multiple fun-filled events for the LGBT community. With hotel partner The Arizona Grand Resort, there will be offerings to please the appetite of the Arizona locals as well as travelers from around the world. Each day will bring new surprises and exciting events to attendees such as a late night water park party, community expo, golf tournament, daily pool parties, nightclub style events, daily men’s and women’s activities, drag bingo, a Taste of Gay Days and much more! Passes and host hotel reservations are available online now at www.gaydaysaz.com

We’ll see you at Gay Days Arizona!


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Gay Days Orlando 2014 - OFFICIAL TRAILER
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Theme Parks | Pool Parties | Expo | Car Show | Comedy Show | Taste of Gay Days® | Pageant | & More!

MUSIC: “Turn Up The Love” feat. Cover Drive (remix by DJ LeZ SpiN) by Far East Movement.


MAKE YOUR TRIP TWICE AS SUPER

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In the Summer, travel with ALandCHUCK.travel on a wonderful 5 day Pre-Cruise from Miami aboard the beautiful Carnival Ecstasy leading up to the incredible Gay Days Orlando events!


In the Fall, extend your party by adding a wonderful 5 day post cruise from Los Angeles aboard the beautiful Carnival Imagination!

Click for all the details on the Gay Days Orlando at Sea and Gay Days Las Vegas at Sea.


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