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Friday
May152015

YOUTUBE SENSATION POP 'N’ OLLY TO LAUNCH LGBT VIDEOS FOR CHILDREN

A gay fairytale romance is the latest story amongst Pop'n'Olly's educational videos for young children. The Youtube channel, created by presenter Olly Pike, is a free resource which provides educational establishments with media involving LGBT themes.  

"I feel the best way to battle discrimination for future generations is to start with children” says Pike from his Kickstarter page. "We should educate them about a wider cross-section of society and teach acceptance with regards to love, kindness and respect.”

Pop'n'Olly's newest video Prince Henry, depicts a loving romance between a young Prince and his servant Thomas. The video focuses on the idea of class being a discriminating factor rather then sexuality, as the Princes father is happy for him to wed either boy or girl. The video goes on to teach how all humans are equal regardless of our differences.

Previous episodes look at different family setups, including those headed by same-sex couples. Pike also aims to break-down gender stereotypes, his video Super Balloon Dude, involving a pink costumed super hero, helps to 'Encourage children to be themselves whilst promoting diversity as a positive notion'.

Pike plans to create more free videos on diversity, particularly focusing on LGBT themes, and intends to develop further his channel with help from his recently launched Kickstarter page. He hopes to fund video production through this page, as well as publishing ‘Prince Henry' which can be claimed as a reward by pledging. Additional books, which tackle similar subjects with the theme of discrimination, are also part of Pike's long term aspirations.

"The ultimate goal, would be to have my work integrated as part of the Key Stage 1 schools syllabus, across England and Wales and then to expand this as an international protocol. I think it's vital subjects like these be taught alongside academic subjects, after all, what is an education worth, if it is lacking in basic human rights?" 

Pike notably agrees with such ideas, which we have seen from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who earlier this year stated 'I am increasingly supportive of the proposition that education of any kind, if it is devoid of strong universal human rights component, can be next to worthless. We need people who are kind, people with PHD-level compassion'

Pike claims each script goes through a thorough editing process to ensure that the tone is completely appropriate for the intended audience and that the final cut delivers a message that is informative, entertaining and non judgemental. 'It is vital we provide learning tools such as this for future generations, content which enables conversation, discussion and ultimately combats discrimination."

Pop'n'Olly's Kickstarter page can be viewed here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/623076085/lgbt-educational-videos-for-children?ref=discovery 

Website: www.popnolly.com

Facebook: Pop'n'Olly

Twitter: @popnolly

#PopnOlly

#PrinceHenry

FOR MORE INFORMATION, images, profile and interview request, please contact Olly Pike at olly-pike@hotmail.co.uk

 


Monday
Sep082014

SURPRISE! GiFi™ launches into the global market

For more information: Kristian Tangen-Sorgendal | GiFi Community Manager | E-Mail: kristian@mygifi.com | Mob: 07780 115499 | Web: www.mygifi.com

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GiFi (Guy-Fi), the app billed as the next-generation free gay social networking and dating app that aims to change forever the way gay men chat, network and meet-up has launched internationally after their initial success in the UK.

Kristian Tangen-Sorgendal, GiFi Community Manager says “This has been an exciting opportunity for us after the success of our UK trial. Since February we have had amazing feedback and support from the UK LGBT community, enabling us to continue developing the GiFi App and opening it up to the international market.”

Kristian continues “for many years now, other apps aimed at the LGBT community have focussed on either interests or particular traits; this is why GiFi was initially created, to bring the community together. Now you no longer have to countlessly contact members inquiring about ‘what are you looking for’: with the simple tap on a screen, you can select your mood whether this be drinks, networking, coffee or something else, and you can tap the filter option to sort up to 500 guys by your selected preference”.

Kristian finishes, “GiFi is now available to many users who have been waiting for this day in the following countries; Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, UK and USA. Enjoy GiFi Guys!”

GiFi allows for you to engage with other members on a safe level.  Members can choose when to share their exact location with each other, while still obscuring your distance by up to 15 miles for everyone else to keep your privacy safe.

GiFi is built on a secure, massively scalable, real-time, geospatial mobile technology platform that seeks to address the scalability problems that plague current mobile social networking and dating apps such as Grindr. The resulting limited functionality, increasing app instability and data loss as user numbers increase combined with rapid battery drain can result in a frustrating user experience. This is especially true when considered in the context of the high-subscription prices charged by app providers.

The GiFi App allows members to create and stay up-to-date with the latest Groups, Places and Events happening around the LGBT Community. Members can join other groups, places and events; as well as review, attend and discuss in a social platform that hasn’t been as fully available in other apps.

GiFi is the cool brand in the gay technology arena who aims to be different in every and any way possible. Check out their awesome launch video highlighting how unique they are in this market.

GiFi has many useful features designed to help the gay and bisexual social and dating arena including advanced filtering, group chat, events, local interest groups and places to build a global community. This is also linked with three profile options! Members can chose whether to view nearby guys in either a gridview, a match view to choose members you’d like to meet, or an interactive map showing nearby places and other members (with their displayed locations protected by an adjustable safety distance). 

GiFi is currently available for FREE on iPhone, iPad and Android. Download the revolution today and dare to be different with the app store’s hottest, most stable and secure sexy new app!

GiFi will also be looking for both new venues and new members of the week. Once you have downloaded the GiFi App, send the team a screenshot of your profile for your chance to be the latest GiFi Profile of the Week, and submit your Places recommendation to help support your favourite LGBT venue.

Check out GiFi on Facebook and Twitter!

-ENDS-

If you would like further information about GiFi or would like to schedule an interview then please contact:

Kristian Tangen-Sorgendal

GiFi Community Manager

E-Mail: kristian@mygifi.com

 

Mob: 07780 115499

Web: www.mygifi.com

 

About GeoSpock Limited

GeoSpock™ is an über geeky technology company whose aim is to forever change the way people interact with their world. They are developing a world-leading platform for support of secure, extreme-scale, proximity-based mobile applications with advanced features allowing precision geo-targeted messaging and advertisements.

If you would like further information about GeoSpock Limited please contact:

Dr Michael Murphy

Operations Director

E-Mail: mike@geospock.com

Mob: 07885 588965

Web: www.geospock.com 

Disclaimer: the image content used within this press release is being used under license for illustrative purposes only and that any person depicted in our images is a model and not a user of the app.  

Monday
Sep082014

GiFi™: Mobile dating that’s safe, secure and won’t frustrate the hell out of you

Do you care about your privacy and whether others can track where you are and what you’re doing at any given time? Here’s why you probably should delete your current mobile dating app profile immediately!

There’s been a lot of buzz in the community recently concerning privacy flaws in proximity based dating apps like Grindr. In addition to issues related to battery drain, data loss, and crashing, a fatal privacy bug was announced this week which led to the withdrawal of that app’s unique selling point: the ability to easily identify, locate and arrange a meet up with nearby guys you like.

When you use apps that utilize standard mobile location technology like GPS you may not realize it but the app constantly tells the provider of the service your exact location. In the absence of high-level security protocols, if you know where to look you can get all the profile and communication data about any user – and pin-point them to an exact location! It’s hard to stress how bad this is. Think about crazy ex’s, stalkers, thieves and other unscrupulous people who you’d like to avoid being able to know exactly where you are, 24 hours a day.

As it turns out, app vendors who overlook implementing the advanced computer science technology necessary to protect users make the mistake of leaving their servers effectively unprotected and public - the equivalent of leaving the front door of your house open so anybody can come in and poke around!

By cancelling the location services you can make it a little harder for hackers to get hold of your location, but all of your other information still is open to the public. We love these apps for being able to find nearby guys, but is it worth putting up with the constant crashes, lost information, rapid battery drain and now giving up privacy and personal safety – no thanks! So what exactly is the point of such apps now that the thing we love the most (finding nearby guys) isn’t working properly?

It just so happens that we at GiFi have solved these issues by licensing a bleeding-edge tech stack from GeoSpock Limited—a high-tech, computer science company out of Cambridge University run by PhD scientists—who wanted to help us in building an app the community could be proud of. We have just completed the Beta testing of its next generation gay social app GiFi and launched the app globally today.

For those of you who don’t know, GiFi has all of the features that market leading apps have and many more like instant identification of 500 guys at a time based on mood, preferences, profile match and location. Add to this the ability to message and chat (1-on-1 or group) and to create, join and follow groups, places and events. It is built for security and privacy sensitivity, with features such as masking your location with a user-configurable safety zone that is on by default, allowing you to control who knows where you are. The app has been rigorously tested over the past 6 months with ~10,000 beta testers resulting in the best performing, stable and functionally rich gay social app ever built. GiFi is available on iPhone , iPad  and Android .  

Try it out here:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/gifi/id718096271?ls=1&mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.geospock.gifi

 

If you would like further information about GiFi or would like to schedule an interview then please contact:

Kristian Tangen-Sorgendal
GiFi Community Manager
E-Mail: kristian@mygifi.com
Mob: 07780 115499
Web: www.mygifi.com

About GeoSpock Limited

GeoSpock™ is an über geeky technology company whose aim is to forever change the way people interact with their world. They are developing a world-leading platform for support of secure, extreme-scale, proximity-based mobile applications with advanced features allowing precision geo-targeted messaging and advertisements.

If you would like further information about GeoSpock Limited please contact:

Dr Michael Murphy
Operations Director
E-Mail: mike@geospock.com
Mob: 07885 588965
Web: www.geospock.com

Disclaimer: the image content used within this press release is being used under license for illustrative purposes onlyand that any person depicted in our images is a model and not a user of the app.

Tuesday
Apr222014

FIRST INTERNATIONAL GAY NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION COMES TO LAS VEGAS

IT'S TIME TO EVOLVE!


Evolve 2015, a unique gay New Year’s Eve celebration, is more than just a party, it’s a 3-day experience, and will bring men from more than 30 countries to "sin city" Las Vegas. This landmark event takes place December 30, 2014 – January 2, 2015 and promises to be the event of the year, both years! And for those who want to continue the fun, a weekend in West Hollywood, California, one of the hottest gay meccas in the U.S., continues the celebration January 2-4, 2015.

There are so many things that set Evolve apart from any other gay New Year’s Eve event, starting with the location. Over 40 million people visited Las Vegas last year, about 400,000 of them being gay, according to national averages, and that’s just the beginning. For first-time visitors to Las Vegas, there’s always the very pleasant surprise of finding so much more than slot machines and gaming tables. Las Vegas is home to some of the finest dining in the world including restaurants by Joel Robuchon, Guy Savoy, Mario Batali, Nobu Matsuhisa and Michael Mina. There are also amazing stage shows for all tastes such as Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion and Elton John. And if shopping is your preference, Tiffany, Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Gianni Versace are just a few of the exquisite stores the city has to offer. In addition, you’ll find historical wonders of the desert awaiting your visit including The Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Red Rock, Valley of Fire, even Mt. Charleston which features snow skiing….yes snow in Las Vegas! Who knew?

SO WHAT IS EVOLVE ALL ABOUT?

Evolve 2015 is unique for many reasons. First, the event takes place over three days and offers activities day and night especially formulated for Evolve 2015 participants. Additionally, Evolve will be promoted globally through gay media and booking agents on six continents, which means the event will truly be international. 

The host hotel is the fabulous MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, which was voted one of the best places to work in the U.S. for LGBT employees by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). As a matter of fact, there are more hotels in Las Vegas who have received this designation than any other city in the United States. The MGM Grand recently underwent a $175 million renovation, and offers beautifully appointed guest rooms of 450 sq. ft., with modern design and hi-tech features. The hotel is located at the busiest corner of the Las Vegas Strip and there will be loads of New Year’s Eve excitement right outside the front door. In addition to the newly decorated rooms, the MGM Grand Hotel features dining options for every taste, shopping, entertainment and of course an expansive casino for those who are feeling lucky!

Upon arrival to Las Vegas, transportation is available for the quick ride from the airport to the MGM Grand hotel and the event will officially kick off with a private VIP reception, followed by Zumanity, a seductive twist on reality. Zumanity, the Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil, makes the provocative playful and the forbidden electrifying! Leave all inhibitions at the door and let loose as this adult-themed production takes you on a sexy thrill ride full of sensational acrobatics and naughty fun. Part burlesque and part cabaret, Zumanity is one Las Vegas show you'll never forget!

After the show, guests will party at the Kick Off Reception at LAX Nightclub, where the DJ will get the party started and rock it to the delight of the crowd. With unrivaled décor, a top-tier sound system and impeccable service, LAX is one of the most talked about clubs in the country. The two-story space is outfitted in rich red leathers and shimmering chandeliers creating a modern and luxurious feel, complete with amenities fit for a king. Sexy go-go boys will get the crowd going at every corner and super special Las Vegas characters will entertain guests in their very unique way.

Day Two will feature a Men’s Fashion Extravaganza with a peek at what’s new in apparel for Spring, accompanied by an exclusive wine reception. After the show guests can shop in the Fashion Show Mall with discounts that have been made available for Evolve guests only.

New Year’s Eve will kick off with another VIP party, before opening up to the main celebration at the Havana Nightclub. This event will welcome local gays as well as those visiting for the end of the year, and give Evolve guests the chance to make even more new acquaintances. Special entertainment has been planned for this party and midnight features a champagne toast to a global countdown video, as well as extravagant city fireworks that can be viewed from the patio of the club. 

The festivities will continue at Share Nightclub, the newest gay club in town. If that’s not enough, Day Three offers a slot tournament and a special private showing of Divas Las Vegas. This energetic show starring Las Vegas’ longest running headliner, Frank Marino, features an all-star cast of superstar female impersonators who not only recreate, but almost uncannily duplicate the likenesses of stars ranging from Britney Spears to Cher, Diana Ross to Beyoncé, and even Madonna and Tina Turner have been known to stop by. Recently added were Pop’s newest sensations Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Katy Perry as well as six of Sin City’s hottest male dancers, which help make this one of Las Vegas’ most spectacular production shows. Marino changes between every act, bringing an international whirlwind of couture to the stage with each spectacular entrance. After the show, KRAVE, the only gay club on the Las Vegas Strip, will welcome guests to party into the wee hours of the morning.

-ENDS-

FOR MORE INFORMATION, IMAGERY AND INTERVIEWS, contact Uwern Jong @ Boutique Marketing - uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk - +44 203 286 3170

----- www.evolvevegasnye.com -----

Friday
Oct252013

I'M DREAMING OF A PINK CHRISTMAS...

A pink Christmas for LGBT visitors to Stockholm

PLUS A CHANCE TO WIN A CITYBREAK for two in Stockholm
www.visitstockholm.com/pinkchristmas

 

 PHOTO: Henrik Trygg

Stockholm has an excellent reputation among international LGBT travelers, and has been ranked in the past few years as one of the world’s gay-friendliest destinations. In conjunction with "Pink Christmas Week| in Stockholm, Stockholm Visitors Board and VisitSweden will be focusing on a social media competition to appeal to potential LGBT visitors/travellers.

“Pink Christmas is an annual highlight in Stockholm, with a number of Christmas events. We hope to use the campaign ‘A Pink Christmas’ to highlight the fact that Stockholm has tons to offer gay and lesbian travellers during the Christmas season, too,” says Christina Guggenberger, project manager of the Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network in Stockholm Visitors Board.

The Pink Christmas campaign can be found at www.facebook.com/gaylesbianstockholm and is based on a contest in which the prize is a trip to Stockholm. With themes such as Charge, Refresh and Recharge, the city hopes to feature how Stockholm’s offering can fulfill dreams of travel. The contest will take place over the three-week period from October 29–November 19, 2013.

Pink Christmas Week will be from December 9–15 in Stockholm, and is organized by Stockholm Gay Life. Over the course of the week, there will be Christmas markets, concerts and pink offerings at gay bars and clubs, as well as lectures and the Rainbow Fund’s prize presentation. One of the highlights will be the crowning of Lucia, followed by a "Pink Lucia" procession through parts of the city, culminating in a big party (of course!)

For further information please contact: UWERN JONG, Boutique Marketing - uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk - 020 3286 3170

The Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network is a partner-based project within Stockholm Visitors Board, which works to market and develop Stockholm as an interesting and attractive destination for the LGBT segment. Stockholm Visitors Board (SVB) is the official visitors bureau of Stockholm. SVB works on a long-term basis with the marketing and development of Stockholm and the Stockholm Region as a travel destination. SVB is a Subsidiary of Stockholm Business Region and is owned by the City of Stockholm.
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