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LGBT-Certified Suppliers Jump as Big Companies Seek New Sources

LGBT-Certified Suppliers Jump as Big Companies Seek New Sources | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it
The number of businesses identifying themselves as “LGBT-certified” has tripled in the past five years as large companies, including Northrup Grumman Corp. and Major League Baseball, seek more diversity among suppliers.
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LGBT Business Council Summit - Allentown, PA - Mar 7

LGBT Business Council Summit - Allentown, PA - Mar 7 | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it

Join the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce at the first LGBT Business Summit in the Lehigh Valley on March 7th at Muhlenberg College from 9am-2pm.

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They are excited to announce their featured keynote speaker: Lea DeLaria!  In addition, Matt Skallerud of Pink Banana Media will be speaking there as well.

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90 professionals came together to network at Out of Office

90 professionals came together to network at Out of Office | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it
Over 90 professionals turned out for Out of Office, the professional networking organisation for LGBT people in the city
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Pride and Prejudice – Business As A Catalyst For Change – 2017

Pride and Prejudice – Business As A Catalyst For Change – 2017 | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it
The Economist’s Pride and Prejudice, Business As A Catalyst For Change, is coming back in 2017 in three cities simultaneously… Hong Kong, London and New York.
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Don’t Miss These LGBT Events at SXSW 2017

Don’t Miss These LGBT Events at SXSW 2017 | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it
This year, March 10-19, 2017, there are even more LGBT seminars, workshops, panels and meetups than ever before. Some of the top LGBT highlights for this incredibly energized week in Austin, Texas include
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The pink yuan: how Chinese business is embracing the LGBT market

The pink yuan: how Chinese business is embracing the LGBT market | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it
While businesses in China are embracing the ‘pink economy’, their human resources policies aren’t embracing LGBT rights
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LGBT Meeting Professionals Association Announces Advisory Board + 1st Networking Event

LGBT Meeting Professionals Association Announces Advisory Board + 1st Networking Event | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it
The LGBT Meeting Professionals Association (LGBTMPA) has announced the creation of its advisory board. The board of experienced professionals met in Las Vegas and committed to the organization’s goals including the first annual conference; developing the organization’s education and certificate programs and launching the first bi-directional mentoring initiative in the meeting planners profession.
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First Networking Event: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Learn more about LGBTMPA during the LGBT Reception at the Professional Convention Management Association sponsored by Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau. The meeting is being held at the Austin House (310 E. Third St., Austin, TX) from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

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First Networking Event: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Learn more about LGBTMPA during the LGBT Reception at the Professional Convention Management Association sponsored by Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau. The meeting is being held at the Austin House (310 E. Third St., Austin, TX) from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

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WH Smith boss opens up about mental health, coming out and the retailer's 225-year anniversary in first ever interview

WH Smith boss opens up about mental health, coming out and the retailer's 225-year anniversary in first ever interview | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it

"I am publicity phobic" Steve Clarke announces, laughing nervously and squirming at the sound of the dictaphone being turned on.

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Fort Lauderdale Welcomes 2017 With Ads Featuring Transgender Models

Fort Lauderdale Welcomes 2017 With Ads Featuring Transgender Models | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it
Fort Lauderdale tourism—which has been courting lesbian and gay visitors for decades—on New Year's Eve will roll out a new campaign that could be a first in the travel category, with transgender models starring in mainstream media ads.
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The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau advertising campaign, created by Fort Lauderdale-based Starmark International, is kicking off with two new videos on twin billboards at 1515 Broadway and on a bowtie billboard at 1500 Broadway, both in New York's Times Square. 

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This Moving Short From Kodak Demonstrates The Power Of Love

This Moving Short From Kodak Demonstrates The Power Of Love | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it
Understanding follows a young man as he comes out to his family.
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Building a Community, and an Empire, With a Gay Dating App in China

Building a Community, and an Empire, With a Gay Dating App in China | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it
For 16 years, Ma Baoli hid his life as a gay man from his family. Now, as attitudes shift, he sees a lucrative business opportunity.
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LGBT New Media Expo Was A Success!

LGBT New Media Expo Was A Success! | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it
In what is set to be the first in a series of LGBT New Media Expo’s debuting in 2017, our event in Las Vegas, held in conjunction with the CMI Tourism & Hospitality Conference, was a success! We had exhibitors including .LGBT, IGLTA, Revry.TV, QLife Magazine, Gay.Vegas, GayVegas.com, ILoveGayPalmSprings.com, GayDesertGuide.com, Here Media, Q.Digital, Remember Cuba, Man About World, Blu Magazine, JoshRimer.com and our company, Pink Banana Media. The folks who developed the “Socio – Shake and Connect” app were there as well, helping our attendees and exhibitors connect like never before!
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In attendance were some of the various destination and tourism attendees of the CMI conference, as well as local LGBT advertising & marketing folks local to Las Vegas.

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In attendance were some of the various destination and tourism attendees of the CMI conference, as well as local LGBT advertising & marketing folks local to Las Vegas.

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Bumble invests in gay dating app Chappy

Bumble invests in gay dating app Chappy | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it

Bumble, the dating app that puts women in the driver’s seat, has today announced that it is leading a seed round investment in gay dating app Chappy.

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Chappy is a gay dating app based in the UK. The app lets users choose what they’re looking for and when, offering a sliding scale within the app that ranges from “Don’t Mind” to “Mr. Right” to “Mr. Right Now.”

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Chappy is a gay dating app based in the UK. The app lets users choose what they’re looking for and when, offering a sliding scale within the app that ranges from “Don’t Mind” to “Mr. Right” to “Mr. Right Now.”

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NGLCC | AMERICA’S LGBT ECONOMY: 2016 Snapshot

NGLCC | AMERICA’S LGBT ECONOMY: 2016 Snapshot | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has released the first ever snapshot demonstrating the economic and social impact of America’s leading LGBT business owners and entrepreneurs.

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The new report explores the types and sizes of LGBT-owned businesses currently certified by the NGLCC, the number of jobs they create, their geography, and the personal narratives of successful LGBT business owners who reflect the very best about America’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.

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LGBT Bold Introduces Shannon Morrison of IM Creative from Columbus Ohio

LGBT Bold Introduces Shannon Morrison of IM Creative from Columbus Ohio | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it
We had an opportunity to sit down with Shannon Morrison of IM Creative, an LGBT-owned company that is part of the event and meeting planning world.
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The simple reason why so many businesses support LGBT rights

The simple reason why so many businesses support LGBT rights | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it
Companies openly championing LGBT rights are reaping the benefits. The rest of the world should follow suit.
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The planner working to bring Japan Inc up to speed with LGBT consumers

The planner working to bring Japan Inc up to speed with LGBT consumers | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it
Takahiko Morinaga, who started the Japan LGBT Research Institute, discusses the nascent state of LGBT marketing in Japan.
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Takahiko Morinaga started the Japan LGBT Research Institute (part of Hakuhodo DY Holdings) last year while working as a planner. In this interview, he gives his view on the state of LGBT marketing in Japan, where brands are only just beginning to develop strategies specific to this consumer segment.
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Hari Nef Is the First Transgender Model to Star in a L'Oréal U.S. Campaign

Hari Nef Is the First Transgender Model to Star in a L'Oréal U.S. Campaign | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it
L'Oreal Paris is making history and celebrating diversity by casting transgender model Hari Nef in its latest ad campaign.
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2017 Here We Come! LGBT Week NYC + Influencers + New Media + We’re Hiring

2017 Here We Come! LGBT Week NYC + Influencers + New Media + We’re Hiring | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it
We wanted to take this time to wish you all an absolutely wonderful and happy New Year!  We look forward to both working with you, as well as connecting with you at some of the various LGBT business events happening this year, including our signature event LGBT Week NYC, produced in partnership with Community Marketing & Insights, and sponsored by Rivendell Media and Argentina.
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LGBT Chamber initiative encourages corporate activism

LGBT Chamber initiative encourages corporate activism | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it

The Nashville LGBT Chamber’s ‘Tennessee Thrives’ initiative is a coalition of approximately 300 businesses and business organizations that are committed to maintaining a thriving economy for a Tennessee that welcomes all hard working people.

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One objective of Tennessee Thrives is to make legislators think twice before proposing or passing bills that put the state’s ability to attract talent, visitors, or corporate investment at risk. Since the launch of the Tennessee Thrives website, www.tennesseethrives.org, over 190 companies have signed the pledge.

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Lloyd's of London's Inga Beale made a dame in New Year honours list

Lloyd's of London's Inga Beale made a dame in New Year honours list | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it
Beale, Lloyd’s first female boss, recognised along with Mumsnet’s Justine Roberts and designer Anya Hindmarch, who get CBEs
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Inside Grindr's Quest to Become the First Global Gay Lifestyle Brand

Inside Grindr's Quest to Become the First Global Gay Lifestyle Brand | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it

Though it's best known as a hookup app, Grindr is branching out by forming social justice initiatives and creating tailored user experiences. But while the company's expansion is exciting, privacy concerns loom large, and many wonder how a service that allows users to filter by race and body type can be trusted to carry out a progressive mission.

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QVegas to become online-only QLife, serving Vegas, LA and NYC

QVegas to become online-only QLife, serving Vegas, LA and NYC | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it
At this month’s 17th Annual LGBT Travel and Hospitality Conference and LGBT New Media Expo, QLife, Inc. announced QLife Magazine and qlifemagazine.com, a new LGBT lifestyle and entertainment digital publication serving Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York launching January 1, 2017.
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Gay Social Networks, Hornet And China-Based Blued, Enter Into First Global Cooperation

Gay Social Networks, Hornet And China-Based Blued, Enter Into First Global Cooperation | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it

Hornet, the world's second largest gay social network, announced today that it has entered into a mutually beneficial cooperation with Blued, the largest gay social network in China. As part of the cooperation, Blued will be participating in an extension of the funding round to help expand upon the momentum and growth rates Hornet has been experiencing.

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Hornet's business momentum reached new levels this past year with the acquisition of Vespa and Unicorn Booty. Hornet is now the number one gay social network in markets including France, Russia, Brazil and is showing rapid organic growth in other key markets. This follows a recent $8 million round of institutional funding for Hornet in the latter part of 2016.

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14 rising LGBTI business influencers to follow on Twitter

14 rising LGBTI business influencers to follow on Twitter | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it
Last year we ran a list of ‘14 LGBT Business Advocates to follow on Twitter‘, which included the likes of Tim Cook (Apple) and Leanne Pittsford (Lesbians Who Tech). One year down the line, we thought we’d add a few more names to the list.
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