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Internet Domains Extensions as Queer as You

Be bold, be OUT, be visible, and now thanks to the new domain extensions.GAY and .LGBT your organization, business, and brand can be just that with your internet presence too. In this episode, host Dennis Velco chats with PrideLife domain registrar founder and CEO Scott Seitz. See the interview/podcast timestamps below as an overview and to jump to a section of interest. OFFER: 38:00 Many are starting their own business. PrideLife through the end of 2020 offering a 30% off plus buy one give offer. www.PrideLife.lgbt

OFFER: 38:00 Many are starting their own business. PrideLife through the end of 2020 offering a 30% off plus buy one give offer. www.PrideLife.lgbt

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  • 01:10 Scott provide a brief overview of involvement in ICANN
  • 02:00 How the need for internet domain extensions grew beyond .com to include .gay and .lgbt
  • 03:00 From the beginning the LGBTQ community has been recognized as significant internet users
  • 3:30 PrideLife.lgbt is the first certified domain registrar globally similar to a GoDaddy.com or Domain.com
  • 04:00 How the relationship between domain registrars, domain owners and ICANN works
  • 06:20 Is this an entire LGBTQ ecosphere? Scott explains how the chain of organizations involved are building trust and safety as much as possible.
  • 12:00 When registering a domain the personal data you provide is kept at the registrar level.
  • 13:00 PrideLife is striving to build a community of resources and referral of services to keep as much in the LGBTQ community as possible
  • 14:00 So what is the benefit to the LGBTQ community to support the non-LGBTQ owned corporations who purchased/acquired the gay-oriented domain extensions?
  • 17:00 ICANN community standing explained – how the fragmented LGBTQ community with lack of a hub organization made ICANN award these domain extensions to non-LGBTQ owned corporations.
  • 18:00 The fractionalization of efforts means scarce resources and limited effect. Together we can accomplish astounding things where we all win. OutBüro (www.outburo.com) is striving to be a bridge of connecting all LGBTQ people, organizations, and business owners around the globe.
  • 23:00 The evolution of the LGBTQ community due to the internet.
  • 24:00 Scott explains that OutBüro is an important new part of advancing the LGBTQ community infrastructure by being a vehicle for connecting, finding, and growing.
  • 25:00 At work, no matter all the policies and best intentions of an employer, you are only secure and safe based on your direct manager if oversight is not strong.
  • 30:00 For partnering employers, OutBüro can be an LGBTQ related projects and services gateway streamlining and cost savings verses doing it all in-house.
  • 35:00 Most employers lack the diversity content on their website that candidates seek when making a choice to apply for a job. Employers may leverage the .lgbt and .gay domain names and use OutBüro as an employer branding platform to attract top candidates and differentiate it from competitors.
  • 38:00 Many are starting their own business.

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Spanning 95% of LGBTQ Print & Online Media: Rivendell

Rivendell Media has over 42 years of being an integral part of the LGBTQ community. It represents around 95% of all LGBTQ print and online media in the United States and Canada. They help media companies grow and stay alive by bringing advertising to newspapers, magazine publications, and websites. If it weren’t for Rivendell’s consolidated approach many local LGBTQ newspapers, magazines and websites would otherwise struggle and have to staff their own advertising sales representatives.

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39:45 Todd says, “I read every LGBTQ publication in America, Canada and around the world and there is nothing like your site (OutBüro). There is nothing business-oriented amongst LGBTQ media where you can really share. I highly encourage everyone to get involved especially if you are business-minded. Business is what has moved our market (issues) forward.”

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The founder of Rivendell was originally a music promoter. He promoted Jefferson Airplane and Elton John. He toured with Elton John’s first American tour promoting his concerts in all the city gay newspapers they could reach. After Elton’s tour, the founder turned all those new contacts into a new business opportunity. For the full story on the company, history listen-in as Todd Evans gives great insights. Brands go to Advertising Agencies to strategies on marketing campaigns and design the creatives. Then the market agencies work with Rivendell to reach the LGBTQ audience through all the LGBTQ media properties they represent. In a broad yet consolidated approach. Todd Evans is driven by a cause of equality. They know they help media companies be able to cover the news and topics that are important to the community. We have a great conversation about the impact of LGBTQ media. The consolidation of advertising buy makes advertising in LGBTQ media doable and desirable. Alone even the largest of LGBTQ media is smaller than most traditional national media campaigns would pay attention to. Most alGBTQ media is local. If advertising agencies had to themselves track down and buy from each local media companies to get the volume they want, the work to do so would be cost-prohibitive. So Rivendell with all their relationships makes it easy for brands and their ad agencies to do business with LGBTQ media. Your signup, subscription, and views of LGBTQ newspapers, publications and website is vitally important. They depend on advertising to remain in business. Listen to Todd’s explanation. Todd chats about how LGBTQ media is adapting to survive the COVID pandemic panic and those large advertisers that kept advertising which kept the lights on for many.

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Learn How to Ask the Right Questions to Get The Answer

How to ask questions. It seems simple since as humans our first words relied heavily on asking “Why?”. But when it comes to research, journalism, and even podcasting or as a YouTuber, “why” can be a great start, but depending on what comes after that can lead you down a path of connection and discovery or shut your study participant/interviewee down. The latter can happen when the question makes assumptions and may put the person in a defensive mode or worse feeling utterly offended. Ali Mustag is here to help you get to the heart of your research or interview topics with deep insights in a way that is open, respectful, engaging even if you have absolutely no personal connection with the subject matter.

Ali Mushtag is a university professor and out gay entrepreneur Social scientist with a strong background in the higher education industry with skills in data analytics, leadership, qualitative analysis, multivariate statistics, research, and business insights. He is a Doctor of Philosophy – Ph.D. focused in Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.

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Ali is in the process of finalizing the deployment of a systematic approach to forming questions in a manner that significantly increases getting the answers you seek from your research study participants, sources, or interview guests. This approach is well suited for academic research studies, marketing research studies, commercial product or service studies, reporters, journalists, interviewers, YouTubers, podcasters, recruiters, consultants, mental health professionals and so many more. If you want to get people to open up and provide detailed full informative responses to your questions, Ali’s training is could be right for you.

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The Last Queen of Scotland: Author Ray Barron-Woolford

Ray Barron-Woolford is a life-time community activist, broadcaster, playwright, and author. His most recent play is Liberty about Kath Duncan’s role in establishing the LGBTQ and civil rights movement in 1930’s Britain, laying the groundwork for The National Council Civil Liberties. Liberty is based on his book The Last Queen of Scotland exploring the rich and fascinating life of Kath Duncan. For more of Ray’s background watch or listen to Getting to Know Ray Baron Woolford – Part 1 at https://www.outburo.com/getting-to-know-ray-baron-woolford-part-1/

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Ray Barron-Woolford Author The Last Queen of Scotland

Kath Duncan was a significant figure during the 1930s involved in nearly every significant civil rights movement, revered and respected by most. She was a personal good friend of Winston Churchill’s wife before she married Churchill and remained close. Kath was a lesbian and married a gay man to hide their sexual orientation during a time that was not welcoming. Due to her political views and activism, she was under surveillance by the British government. There is therefore a tremendous amount of documentation about her life, who she associated with, where she went, and even what she ate. Ray petitioned access to the government records on Duncan which offers his book on her incredible rich accurate details. After the book was released Ray was encouraged to write a play to help bring Kath Duncan’s story to life. In our, discussion Ray describes the process he went through and the details of creating a period of work. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kath_Duncan

In a short time, his play gained attention and he was contacted by #Netflix who optioned it as a movie or series. Connect with Ray on OutBüro. https://www.outburo.com/profile/raybarronwoolford/

She was a diminutive school teacher from Kirkcaldy who enjoyed an “extraordinary” friendship with Winston Churchill and spent two terms in jail as she led some of the biggest civil rights campaigns of her generation.

But the story of Kath Duncan, a powerful orator “everyone was scared of” has, up until now, gone largely unnoticed by a modern audience.

Newspapers of the day dedicated countless column inches to the activities of the Scot, who was involved at the highest level in campaigns such as the 1920s hunger marches and the fight against Oswald Mosley’s fascists. She took on slum landlords, rallied against gas price rises for the poor and, later, acted as a recruiter and fundraiser for the Spanish Civil War. She was also a suffragette. But her legacy has been largely airbrushed out of history, according to Raymond Woolford, author of The Last Queen of Scotland, who said Duncan should be celebrated as a working-class hero.

Woolford said: “We get taught about our kings and queens and tyrants and yet working class heroes, ordinary women like Kath, who became extraordinary, are left in the shadows. It is long overdue that Kath is recognised as a national treasure.

“In the post-war context, Kath would stand out from the crowd and become arguably the greatest UK civil rights activist of the past 100 years; no other activist was as forceful as her in her leadership in so many different campaigns.”

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Getting to Know Ray Baron-Woolford – Part 1

If you want inspiration into the potential impact one person can make when you believe in yourself AND take action, this conversation is for you. Ray Barron-Woolford is one of the first out gay politicians in Britain (United Kingdom). He has a lifetime record of being a community activist championing for establishing the first not for profit housing organization in Britain and established the largest independent food bank in the UK We Care food bank. He is a gay hate crime murder attempt survivor. He has been and currently many entrepreneurial ventures including being a club promoter, club owner, broadcaster, playwright, and author in addition to being a politician, and community activist. He is a regular contributor to The London Economic, and regular on LBC, Talk Radio Europe, BBC, and RT news.

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Ray Barron-Woolford Author Food Bank Britain

In this conversation, we openly chat with Ray whom at first seemed quite fine with a quick one long sentence describing his past. But I wanted to know a bit more detail. You will find as I have grown to know, that Ray is a warm, approachable, humble person that happens to have a heart that considers the needs of others first. He rose from literally nothing as a teen run away in the mid-1970s in Britain, living where he could, often on the streets for months at a time. Like many he was struggling with understanding and coming to terms with his sexual identity s a gay man. He didn’t fully accept his sexuality until he was in his 30s. There weren’t many ways then for him to explore, learn, share, and express himself. He found himself standing across the street from known gay bars assessing the men who entered and exited until one day he mustered the courage to venture in. During this time to get by, he’d often share a flat whom many often also ended up being closeted gay men all too afraid to even share or talk about with each other. So even when he was fortunate enough to have a roof over his head he lived in silence out of fear of being discovered. His life has truly been about helping others. Helping them meet the basic living necessities, rise to improve their situation. As news spread of his political win, now an out gay man, his success and community victories were not praised by all. He was stalked, harassed, had to be placed into police protective custody, and while there was chased by armed men who shot at him. The bullet luckily only grazed his chin, but had the aim been spot on Ray would have lost his life that day. Part 2 shines a light on an unsung female British hero Ray believes does not get the rightful recognition she deserves. Stick around for that interesting and intriguing story that Netflix has optioned.

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Helping LGBTQ Entrepreneurs Considering a Franchise

Franchises want diversity in the owners. Franchise Connect Pro owners Craig and Sue Derene are LGBTQ community allies who work with all clients, including gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer community members who are considering a franchise as a business opportunity. Craig and Sue explained that as Franchise consultants, they are very much like a home real estate agent. There are over 4000 franchise companies to choose from. To consider all as an individual would be near impossible. They work through a proven model of getting to know about your desire, likes, goals, and funding. In addition, there are many other things to consider. Franchise Connect Pro and the network they are affiliated with have taken over 4000 down to around 500 fully vetted they are confident in representing.

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Craig a very active member of OutBüro contributing often. Connect with Craig here https://www.outburo.com/profile/craig_derene/

That is still a large number and has great options in all industries. An interesting fact is that on average 70% of business owners end up finalizing in a different industry then what they started out thinking they were interested through the guidance of Franchise Connect Pro.

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A Franchise is an award process meaning the franchise must agree too. They must see the applicant as a good fit for their business. Both parties must want to move forward. Similar to the realtor, the cost of working with Franchise Connect Pro is paid by the franchising company. For you the business owner, it is free. However, just like a good realtor Craig and Sue know the qualifying questions to ask early on to know their time and expertise is being spent wisely. Just like a realtor isn’t going to waste their time or yours showing $3,000,000 homes when you are financially approved for $300,000. Working with a franchise consultant like Franchise Connect Pro helps everyone. As the prospective business owner, you are well prepared, have had more options than you could have sorted through on your own, and is packaged for the right franchise option to enhance your chance of getting it awarded to you. For the Franchise company, they know you have been vetted and likely going to be a good match. It saves them time and effort.

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Forgotten Passwords: Finding Your Bliss

It is highly recommended to use different passwords for each online site you access. Further, it is also recommended to change those passwords frequently. Additionally don’t use common words, personal dates, family members, or per names as all those could be guessed from, you got it, information right on your social media accounts. A tip I use is to use a combination of several words, numbers, and special characters. Then use things in your environment. An example: Pl4nt1ngRow5ofYel!ow+Fl0wers. It can be both memorable, yet long and complex making it difficult. Mix it up. Sometimes the password rules and limitations of the system make a long complex password like that not possible. It may not allow special characters or the length may be short. Ok, do a variation of one of your longer versions. With the example, you can easily change it while remaining close to other sites. Think of all the fun and unique things you can do, such as using positive affirmations.

There are tools to store the most current passwords, but occasionally you can find yourself in what I call “Password Hell”. This happens when for whatever reason, those tools don’t have the current password, and you have attempted to login cycling through your current recent past “standards”. Many sites like OutBüro will force a waiting period after so many u successful login attempts from the same device or same ID. It can be frustrating. When those forced timeouts happen, take the time to do a pause yourself and follow the below guide.

If this happens to you on OutBüro do the following:
1. Use the forgot password feature to reset your password.
2. Sit back, close your eyes and count 30 slow deep breaths, inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth.
3. Refresh your beverage.
4. Add a reminder in your calendar to log in to www.OutBuro.com every day to share content, like someone else’s post, and comment in a group.
5. Invite 2 people to OutBüro every day.
6. Sit back in your chair again, repeat #2. This time envision the joy, wonder, and surprise your activity on OutBüro brings to others. Feel the gratitude OutBüro community and team have for you for being an awesome community member.

Repeat steps 2-6 daily.

The time-out for multiple failed login attempts is part of our safety and security. Follow the above steps and the site will likely always be ready for you to give and receive.

Namaste

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Out Gay Entrepreneur, Venture Investor & Broadway Producer

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In this episode host, Dennis Velco chats with Lorenzo Thione, Managing Director of Gaingles (https://www.gaingels.com), an LGTQ equality centric venture capital syndicate. Lorenzo is a serial out gay entrepreneur, venture capitalist, writer, Broadway producer, and LGBTQ non-profit founder. Born and raised in Italy, he moved to the United States to attend college in Texas focusing on computational linguistic artificial intelligence. He co-founded his first start-up business right out of college and its been the entrepreneur’s path ever since.

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  • 01:45 Lorenzo Thione provides a brief introduction
  • 01:50 Introduction to StartOut
  • 03:30 Introduction to Gaingles, the largest LGBTQ focused venture capital syndicate
  • 05:50 The journey to entrepreneurism
  • 08:30 Entrepreneurism is not a passion. It is a disease.
  • 10:30 Surround yourself with a support network11:00 Having a co-founder(s) can balance and round out the experience
  • 11:30 Parinoid-optimist and projecting the reality you desire
  • 13:00 Perception is reality
  • 14:30 Failure is an experience of learning
  • 15:30 Mentors and Peers
  • 16:30 Ways to be involved with Gaingles
  • 17:00 Description of companies Gainles invests in today as a venture syndicate through venture lead rounds: (1) LGBTQ owned (founders), (2) LGBTQ leaders in C-suite, (3) LGBTQ equality value-aligned companies
  • 22:30 How social responsibility investing positively impact companies with an example of a negative impact with business reputation and customer trust lead to reduced financial performance
  • 23:45 Gaingels has grown from investing about $4-million 4 years ago to about $20-million in 2019 and just surpassed $50-million in investments in this year (2020) alone.
  • 24:00 Is there any chance companies are using Gaingels as window dressings like Pinkwashing investing?
  • 32:00 Early stages mean greater impact
  • 35:00 Lorenzo’s tip for LGBTQ startups

Thione is the Managing Producer of Sing Out, Louise! Productions, the co-founder and CEO of The Social Edge, and a Managing Director at Gaingels (https://www.gaingels.com), a venture investment group based in NYC focused on investing and supporting LGBT+ founded/led startups, and socially responsible companies focused on supporting LGBTQ equality. In addition to his work as an entrepreneur, technologist and venture investor, Lorenzo is the co-creator/co-book writer and the lead producer of Allegiance, the 2015 Broadway musical starring George Takei and Lea Salonga. In developing Allegiance, he developed and deployed social-media viral strategies that led to the astounding growth and unprecedented awareness and audience engagement for both George Takei and Allegiance’s social media platforms, and – in turn – to the founding of The Social Edge, a social media management and marketing firm based in NYC. His producing credits include The Inheritance, Slave Play, Hadestown (Tony Award), Cher Show, The New One, Catch Me If You Can (Tony Nomination), and American Idiot. Additional IMDB credits: George Takei’s Allegiance (Director, Executive Producer), Bandstand – The Boys Are Back (Director, Executive Producer), Allegiance To Broadway (Executive Producer).

Besides being an active investor in the LGBT+ startup ecosystem via his position in Gaingels, Lorenzo is a founding board member and Chair Emeritus of StartOut, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering and developing entrepreneurship within the LGBT community. A native of Milan, Italy, Lorenzo holds an M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and has co-authored several publications in Software Engineering and Computational Linguistics. He is an active investor, advisor, or board member, in over 80+ startups and a named inventor on over 30 pending and issued patents in the US and worldwide.

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Building Community: LGBTQ Financial Services – Superbia!

In this conversation with Superbia Services out gay entrepreneur CEO/founder Myles Meyers, we chat about the very long road to bringing his vision to serve the United States LGBTQ community through financial services and products that eliminate discrimination and biases. Further, through using those services, provide much-needed funding for a US-based LGBTQ community organization. With is 30 years of financial institution experience lense in early 2015 Myles sought out a US-based LGBTQ financial services organization and found there was none. Knowing the institutionalized discrimination that many traditional financial services organizations impose on the LGBTQ community and individual biases of staff of otherwise well-intentioned institutions, Myles saw the strong need for a new financial services organization that is focused on the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, interest, asexual, queer, questioning persons and our wonderful community supporting allies. He also understands that most nonprofits serving and supporting the LGBTQ community struggle to meet current operational expenses let alone have the financial option to grow. So, from the outset, Myles set his sights on creating a new financial service organization that supports the individual, small business owners, and community nonprofits.

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In this chat, you’ll get a great overview of the steps taken, progress, next steps, and immense personal commitment of Myles and his team. So far it has been a 4-year journey. It is with good reason a highly regulated industry and therefore Myles and his team been working tirelessly to meet and exceed all state and federal regulations to ensure Superbia Services is a safe and sound financial institution.

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On YouTube: https://youtu.be/DRRUAiqRkMQ Our first article on Superbia in December 2018: https://www.outburo.com/superbia-financial-the-first-lgbtq-community-national-credit-union/

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Lesbian Entrepreneur, Author, Editor, Writing Evangelist

Be prepared to laugh and perhaps tear up a little too. Victoria Villasenor is an out lesbian entrepreneur, award-winning author, editor, author’s coach, community service leader, and simply a wonderful soul. We had such a great conversation.

As she states, “Do well, to do good. I love words. I love molding them, playing with them, learning about them. I love helping other people use them. I love to read and I’m a fan of pretty much every genre out there. Through my work with Global Wordsmiths and Global Words Press, I get to spend all my time doing things with words, which makes me a very happy editor.”

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Global Wordsmiths is a community interest company, meaning a big part of what they do is community-based. This is important to Victoria and evident in our chat. There are so many people who feel unheard and unseen, and finding ways to give them a platform to be heard is seen is vital. To date, they have done fourteen books with organizations like Nottingham Hospice, AGE UK, Trans4me, and the Southwell Workhouse all in where the youth or elderly re dived validation, guidance, and support in sharing their stories. Victoria has an MA in English composition and literature. She has written and published six novels under a pen name, as well as lots of short stories. She teaches workshops for various organizations and lead writing retreats in other countries.

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  • 01:15 Brief introduction and overview of Global Wordsmith’s a book editing and author advising company. They also run a community non-profit side that works with community organizations.
  • 05:00 Victoria discusses why authors seek their help and their process 06:00 Victoria is also an award-winning author herself
  • 07:00 We chat about, talkers, ideas, and dreamers versus action and doing.
  • 09:20 Part of taking action is surrounding yourself with others who have common interests, goals, who you can learn from, with and support one another
  • 9:50 Some think, “I can read, so I can write”, but that’s not true. It is a craft and skill that must be developed and honed.
  • 12:00 Working with a professional editor helps hone your product to be the best it can be when released into the world
  • 13:00 Know your audience
  • 20:00 The process Victoria discusses the process of working with authors and the depth of services they seek
  • 25:00 Victoria’s community side works with kids working storytelling to help them connect with their school curriculum
  • 29:00 One community project was working with transgender youth helping them share their story, connect and communicate
  • 31:00 Other community projects have been working with the elderly in group homes to help them connect, share and come together to bond and diminish the feeling of isolation
  • 35:30 Victoria met her wife through the community work. Their shared passion turned into relationship passion.
  • 36:00 Their work touch and changes lives
  • 38:00 Your story matters, you matter, and you are not alone

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