Monday
Oct292012

NO IF'S... JUST BUTTS!

No Ifs....Just BUTTS !!!

It's Sexy... It's Hard... It's Butt Camp! The Only GAY Workout DVD ever created.

It’s the side-splittingly funny workout that will have your BUTT aching as much as your bone. :) Your funny bone, that is...

BUTT CAMP is the revolutionary new workout that taps in the secrets GAY men have used for years to achieve the perfect BUTT.

It's all here in the action packed DVD designed exclusively for you.

Special Features: Create your own BUTTWORKOUT - Deleted Exercises - Alternate Ending - “Meet the Butt Boys” Featurette - Nipple Montage - The ButtBoys Album & A ScrapBook of Memories 

Release Date: 10th December 2012 : Available to buy from HMV - Amazon - Play.Com and many other online and high street retailers. 

www.buttcampdvd.com 

www.lighthousedigitalmedia.co.uk 

 

-ENDS-

  

For more information please contact RON GALE at Lighthouse Digital Media Ltd: lighthousedmedia@aol.com

 

Official trailer at 

Tuesday
Oct232012

LLOYDS BANKING GROUP'S LGBT ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF

Did you see the new Lloyds TSB ad when it aired last night, primetime at 21.15 on ITV? Did you spot the gay couple on the ad, developed with help from the bank’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) staff network, Rainbow?

The advert which is animated in the banks usual distinctive style, is about the smart features available on Lloyds TSB current accounts, enabling customers to tailor their account to suit the way they manage their money.

The gay couple featured in the ad, named Emery and Dillion by staff, are seen riding a segway and walking hedgehogs.

Rainbow is an inclusive Group-wide network for colleagues which aims to help Lloyds Banking Group become the best place to work for LGBT people.

Steve Jackman, Senior Manager at Lloyds TSB Customer Treatment and Co-chair of the Rainbow Diversity Network, said: “Working closely with our colleagues in Marketing we had great fun developing these characters and were pleased to be able to introduce them within the advert. 

“Although Lloyds TSB has featured same sex couples in print advertising this is the first time a gay couple have featured in a TV ad and it’s particularly pleasing that the advert recognises our customers, like our colleagues, are all different.”

In addition to the characters viewers will also recognise a rainbow flag on their segway to represent the banks LGBT customers and its Rainbow staff network.

Anyone can create their own Lloyds TSB style character by visiting the banks website at www.lloydstsbme.com
Halifax, who like Lloyds TSB is part of the Lloyds Banking Group, also features a gay couple in its current mortgage adverts which are appearing in LGBT publications over the coming months.

Halifax print ads usually only feature one person but Halifax has subtly adapted the image to make it more relevant to the gay community.  The media schedule has then been revised to include key LGBT publications such as Gay Times, Diva, G3 and Attitude alongside mainstream press and the branch network.

Eva Eisenschimmel, Director of Customer, Brand, Digital and Telephone Banking for Lloyds Banking Group has spear-headed the inclusive approach for both banks.  Commenting on the new ads Eva said; “Including same sex couples within the Halifax and Lloyds TSB ads is a small part of our wider aim to ensure we reflect the diversity of our customers and staff in our advertising.  As a Group we are committed to LGBT equality and have a strong tack record in this field.” 

“We are consistently in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers index each year and are always looking at ways to support the LGBT community more broadly.”
Lloyds TSB recently signed up to partner Stonewall’s Youth Volunteering Programme by providing both funding and mentors for the young people involved.
-ends-
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Sarah Swailes, Senior Manager, Group Media Relations:
Sarah.Swailes@lloydsbanking.com
020 7661 4639

Wednesday
Oct172012

STUDENTS AND NEW GRADS FROM UK’S TOP UNIVERSITIES STILL BELIEVE THE UK WORKPLACE TO BE HOMOPHOBIC AND RACIST


A staggering 76% of students and recent graduates still have concerns about workplace equality in graduate roles within UK companies. 

A recent study conducted by Boutique Marketing for the UK’s leading equality and inclusion jobs event, the DIVERSITY CAREERS SHOW, happening in London this weekend, surveyed over 200 students and recent graduates from diverse backgrounds including sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender and disability from the UK’s top 20 Russell Group Universities.

---

The research showed that the final year students interviewed have serious concerns about their diversity at interview stage. 

> 63% of students from ethnic backgrounds believed that their ethnicity could affect their ability to secure a job

> 89% of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTs) would hide their sexual orientation, in a hypothetical situation of it being brought up during an interview

 > 82% of students with physical disabilties believed that their disability is a serious barrier in the selection/recruitment process as compared to other candidates

78% of final year students believed their diversity still pose a barrier to entry, although companies are promoting equality and inclusion within their organisations 

---

Relatively, these beliefs were pretty much echoed by new grads, who have more experience of the recruitment process and are about to enter the workforce. 

> 58% of new grads from ethnic backgrounds believed that their may be issues around ‘fitting in’ at their new job

> 84% of LGBTs stated they would struggle being ‘out at work’ in their early career

> 68% of LGBTs believed that having their sexuality open may impair their prospect for promotion

73% of new grads believed that they would their career paths will be more challenging because of their diversity.

  

76% of all respondents believed that homophobia and racism is still rife in the UK workplace.

68% of all respondents believed organisations needed to do more to narrow the equality gap

 

Other interesting points to note:

A staggering 83% of respondents believed that gender inequality was still rife. 58% of these were male respondents. 

Interesting qualitative discussions arose around the issue of “double glass ceilings” and especially among lesbian respondents - but also those who are gay and of non-caucasian ethnicity. 
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND DETAILED INSIGHTS, PLEASE CONTACT: 

Uwern Jong | Managing Director | Boutique Marketing 

0203 286 3170 | uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk

 

DIVERSITY CAREERS SHOW 2012

THIS FRIDAY 19th October 2012, 10am-5pm

GRAND CONNAUGHT ROOMS, LONDON

Produced by SQUARE PEG MEDIA in partnership with STONEWALL

Sponsored by SOCIETE GENERALE

Partners: GOOGLE, RAF, BP and THE GUARDIAN
 

@diversitycshow 

> The UK's biggest diversity show 

> Featuring the country's most inclusive recruiters and places to work

> Navigating the job market seminars by STONEWALL and GOOGLE

> CV clinics by experienced recruiters

Exhibitors include: Barclays, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Ernst and Young, Home Office and RBS - plus many more

FREE ENTRY, but sign-up required online to guarantee place and manage numbers: www.diversitycareersshow.com

Monday
Oct152012

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND

2 amazing shows this weekend.

---

DIVERSITY CAREERS SHOW 2012
FRIDAY 19th OCT, 10am - 5pm
GRAND CONNAUGHT ROOMS, LONDON

Produced by SQUARE PEG MEDIA in partnership with STONEWALL
Sponsored by SOCIETE GENERALE
Partners: GOOGLE, RAF, BP and THE GUARDIAN

@diversitycshow

> The UK's biggest diversity show
> Featuring the country's most inclusive recruiters and places to work
> Navigating the job market seminars by STONEWALL and GOOGLE
> CV clinics by experienced recruiters

Exhibitors include: Barclays, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Ernst and Young, Home Office and RBS - plus many more

FREE ENTRY, but sign-up required online to guarantee place and manage numbers: www.diversitycareersshow.com

===============

BIG GAY LIFESTYLE SHOW 2012
SATURDAY 20th OCT, 11am - 6pm
GRAND CONNAUGHT ROOMS, LONDON

Produced by SQUARE PEG MEDIA
Partners: GOOGLE, STONEWALL, GAYDAR, GAYDAR GIRLS, THE GUARDIAN, g3, OUT IN THE CITY and BOUTIQUE MARKETING

@biggaylifestyle

> The UK's biggest indoor lifestyle event, the alternative to the scene
> FREE ENTRY, register online for a completely free and fun day out: www.biggaylifestyleshow.com

> LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Mollyhaus, Pink Singers, Marcus Reeves, Matthew Vankan, FTW, AJ, Red and Pink
> LITERATURE: Featuring POLARI, Paul Burston's literary salon
> ART exhibitions
> SPORTS ZONE: Featuring London 2018, Out for Sport and UK based LGBT sports groups

> A wide range of LGBT lifestyle exhibitors, including...
A SUIT THAT FITS, GRANITE TRANSFORMATION, IONIAN WEDDINGS, NEWLON HOUSING and many more

Highlights:
- VENTURE PHOTOGRAPHY: Offering a free portrait session to everyone that attends the show
- CHELSEA & WESTMINSTER HOSPITAL: Mobile Sexual Health Clinic
- CREATE HEALTH FAMILY HOUR: Professor G Nargund to give seminar entitled "Natural and safe options for fertility including natural IVF"

OFFICIAL AFTERPARTY @ The Shadow Lounge. FREE ENTRY and FREE WELCOME DRINK. Just pick up your wristband at the show

-ENDS-

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT UWERN JONG - uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk | 0203 286 3170

Monday
Aug062012

WORLD RAINBOW HOTELS LAUNCHES WEBSITE FOR LGBT CUSTOMERS

World Rainbow Hotels launch website to help LGBT customers find and book genuinely gay and lesbian-welcoming hotels



LONDON - Gone are the days when a gay or lesbian couple need be concerned that at check-in their double room will be changed for a room with two single beds. Gay and lesbian customers can now search and book more than 850 genuinely gay-welcoming hotels worldwide on the newly launched World Rainbow Hotels website www.worldrainbowhotels.com.

World Rainbow Hotels (WRH), the gay & lesbian travel organization which made the headlines a year and a half ago as the first ever supplier of gay-friendly hotels on the GDS, launched a new website on August 1st, 2012, allowing LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) consumers to find and book genuinely gay and lesbian-welcoming hotels.

Since its creation in January 2011, World Rainbow Hotels – now boasting partnership with 175 hotel brands including high-profile names such as Kimpton, Morgans, Design Hotels, Joie de Vivre, Thompson Hotels, Rocco Forte, Orient Express, Four Seasons, Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel to name but a few – has endeavoured to set a new standard regarding the oft-misused concept of “gay-friendliness”.

Nicolas Wijnants, World Rainbow Hotels’ brand director, said:

“Too often hoteliers claim their establishment is "gay-friendly” but then fail to deliver on their promise. Gay and lesbian consumers want more than a rainbow flag in the window, they want to feel genuinely welcome as gay and lesbian individuals and they want to know that the hotel’s staff understands their travel concerns. World Rainbow Hotels’ mission is to give hoteliers all the right tools to make sure gay and lesbian guests are pleased with their stay.”

The online reservation portal selected more than 850 three to five-star properties in 129 global destinations through a rigorous set of screening criteria, including their current involvement with the LGBT community, compliance with non-discrimination policies and same sex benefits for their staff.

Member hotels are encouraged to undergo LGBT welcoming training and required to put together their own information guide about their local gay and lesbian scene.

These guides, called Out & About, provide information such as the destination’s best gay-friendly restaurants, the best gay or lesbian clubs and bars as well as special events. This information is visible online on the hotel’s profile and available to WRH guests at the hotel’s concierge.

According to Mr. Wijnants, all these elements contribute to a more pleasurable hotel experience for gay & lesbian travellers:

“Gay-friendly means that from the moment our guests make a reservation to the time they check out, they can just relax. They won’t be placed in the awkward situation of having to ask for a double bed instead of twin beds and they won’t have to think twice about requesting room service when they are in bed with their lover. Guests won’t be pressured to explain anything or justify anything or “come out” to the hotel staff, it’s already taken care of. Going to a World Rainbow Hotel is like going to a LGBT embassy, where guests can feel safe and welcome.”
 
The company’s portfolio offers accommodation for every wallet, as it ranges from luxury hotels perfect for a honeymoon to “budget chic” hotels for the more cost-conscious traveller. Besides the many renowned international chains, World Rainbow Hotels also feature many award-winning boutique hotels, apartment-hotels and resorts.

The World Rainbow Hotels website offers the latest updates on the top gay and lesbian events worldwide as well as valuable information on the social attitudes regarding homosexuality for each of the destinations featured on the site.  

Mark Lewis, World Rainbow Hotels’ managing director, said:

“Whilst our website only lists hotels in places where attitudes to LGBT travelers are friendly overall, not all countries have changed their laws in line with what is socially acceptable. Therefore, having up-to-date information is key to avoid any unsavory experiences. Our goal is to provide our customers not only with the best gay-friendly hotel, but also with all the relevant tools to ensure their stay is as pleasant as possible.”

State-of-the-art technology finally available for gay & lesbian consumers

As the first and only gay and lesbian travel organization to be using the travel industry’s own communication network (known as the Global Distribution System or GDS), World Rainbow Hotels can offer customers fast and secure transactions as well as the hotels’ best available rates at all times.

This makes of World Rainbow Hotels a pioneer, allowing major international hotel brands to reach out to this increasingly relevant market segment for the first time.

What the leading players in the travel industry have to say about WRH

The launch of World Rainbow Hotels’ consumer website has been met with industry-wide praise:

 “We're very pleased to be a partner of World Rainbow Hotels. Each of our member hotels are ambassadors of their neighbourhood and strive to provide each guest with individually tailored, culturally-immersive experiences, both within and outside the property. The Design Hotels™ community is made up of free-spirited globetrotters from a broad range of backgrounds and preferences looking for meaningful journeys. Our carefully curated portfolio of 230 hotels worldwide are the perfect gateway to the local scene no matter where you are."

Arno Schwalie, VP Business Development & Corporate Strategy, Design Hotels™.

“Fairmont Raffles and Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts are thrilled to be partnering with WRH. We are very proud to have met the strict set of criteria set forth by WRH and are now able to welcome their clients at our participating locations worldwide. As our core pillars include our relationship and place in the community, we strive to ensure all of our guests have the most memorable experience when staying with us. We value the needs, ideas and individuality of others. We treat all Colleagues and Guests with fairness and dignity. We look forward to a very prosperous year ahead with WRH.”
Cory Hagopian, Executive Director, Travel Industry Sales, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International

“Kimpton Hotels is committed to creating a culture that reflects the diversity of our hotel and restaurant guests. With that goal in mind, several of our hotels have partnered with WRH to show support of understanding, accepting, and celebrating differences among people. That includes different personalities, lifestyles, work styles, education and experience. We also welcome and embrace people of all races, ethnicities, ages, religions, physical abilities, sexual identities, gender identities and genders. Our commitment to our internal clients (employees) mirrors our commitment to our guests from all backgrounds.”

Yvonne Ruppert-Gordon, Director of National Accounts, Kimpton Hotels & Resorts

"We're excited about our new partnership with World Rainbow Hotels, which perfectly complements IGLTA's efforts to work with businesses around the globe that truly welcome gay travellers. Creating a hotel booking process that is more in tune with our community's needs can only lead to a better LGBT travel experience overall."

John Tanzella, President/CEO, IGLTA


World Rainbow Hotels is celebrating the website launch with a monthly competition (through to December 2012) to win two-night stays at their member hotels.

In August 2012, visitors to www.worldrainbowhotels.com have a chance to win a two-night stay for two people at the Hotel Ellington in Berlin, including continental breakfast. To enter this competition or check the next ones simply go to: http://www.worldrainbowhotels.com/offers/competition

 

About World Rainbow Hotels

World Rainbow Hotels is a carefully chosen collection of more than 850 gay & lesbian-welcoming hotels located in over 129 destinations worldwide. Hotels are approved into the program based on World Rainbow Hotels’ acceptance criteria, which analyze:

·                Hotel’s location

·                Hotel’s characteristics and category

·                Hotel’s knowledge of local gay-scene

·                Hotel’s current involvement with the LGBT community

·                Hotel’s compliance with non-discrimination policies and same sex benefits for their staff


Hotels belonging to more than 175 hotel brands have already signed up to the World Rainbow Hotels program including:
·       Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

·       Kempinski Hotels

·       Langham Hotels

·       Design Hotels

·       Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces

·       Fairmont Hotels

·       Raffles Hotels

·       The Peninsula Hotels

·       Thompson hotels

·       Morgans Hotels group

·       Kimpton Hotels

·       Langham Hotels

·       Joie de Vivre Hotels

·       Preferred Hotels & Resorts

·       Small Luxury Hotels of the World

·       The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

·       Rocco Forte Hotels

·       The Leading Hotels of the World

·       Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

·       Hilton Hotels & Resorts

·       InterContinental Hotels Group

·       André Balazs Properties

·       Caesars Entertainment


 

A number of iconic hotels in the LGBT community have also joined the program including:

·       The Lords South Beach Hotel, Miami Beach

·       The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

·       The  Elysium Hotel, Mykonos

·       The Mondrian Hotel, New York

·       St Martins Lane Hotel, London

·       Hotel Cram, Barcelona

 

For information about World Rainbow Hotels, please visit www.worldrainbowhotels.com or call us on +44 (0)845 004 9393 – ext 6534

To see examples of Out & About guides, check: www.worldrainbowhotels.com/Why-Book-With-Us/Out-and-About/

Interested affiliates can find out more information on: www.worldrainbowhotels.com/affiliates and hoteliers interested in joining can find out more via www.worldrainbowhotels.com/hoteliers

For press enquiries contact: David Guesdon, Business Development Manager, World Rainbow Hotels on: +44 (0) 8450 049393 Ext: 6534 or via david.guesdon@worldrainbowhotels.com

Website images, logos and photography can be provided on request.

-ENDS-

Page 1 ... 7 8 9 10 11 ... 16 Next 5 Entries »