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Reinviting the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: A Step Towards Inclusivity at Pride Night
“Dodgers’ decision to reinvite Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to Pride Night shows commitment to inclusivity #LGBTQ #progress”
The decision to remove the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from the Pride Night event was met with a swift and vocal response from the LGBTQ+ community and allies. Many saw the move as an attempt to silence and erase the voices of marginalized groups.
The Dodgers’ apology and decision to reinvite the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is a welcome move in the direction of inclusivity and acceptance. Pride Night is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and should be a space where all members of the community feel welcome and represented.
It is important for organizations like the Dodgers to listen to feedback from diverse communities and have honest conversations about the impact of their actions. In this case, the backlash from the community served as a powerful reminder that we must all work together to create a more inclusive and accepting society.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have a long history of using drag and performance art to raise awareness and funds for LGBTQ+ causes. Their participation in Pride Night is not only a celebration of their own identity but also a recognition of the important role they play in the community.
As we continue to fight for equality and acceptance for all members of the LGBTQ+ community, it is important to remember that progress is not always linear. There will be setbacks and challenges, but it is through honest conversations and a commitment to inclusivity that we will continue to move forward.
The Dodgers’ decision to apologize and reinvite the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is a reminder that change is possible and that we must continue to hold organizations accountable for their actions. We must continue to demand that all members of the LGBTQ+ community are represented and celebrated, not just those who fit into a narrow definition of acceptability.
Read the LA Times article https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2023-05-22/dodgers-apologize-invite-sisters-perpetual-indulgence-pride-night
Capital Tacos Partners with Make-A-Wish to Bring Child’s Culinary Dreams to Reality
Nationally-Acclaimed QSR Concept Launches Nationwide Campaign to Benefit Foundation
TAMPA BAY, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Capital Tacos, one of the nation’s most beloved Tex-Mex franchise brands, has announced a month-long campaign in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® running from June 5th to July 5th. During that window, Capital Tacos locations across Tampa and Orlando will introduce the Make-A-Wish Mac N Queso Kids Meal to the menu and donate 100% of the profits to support the wish-making efforts of the foundation.
“To be able to take part in such a meaningful, life-changing endeavor has been beyond rewarding for everyone here at Capital Tacos,” said Josh Luger, Co-Founder of Capital Tacos. “It’s a powerful reminder and reinforcement of our daily mission: to be an asset to the communities we serve, to be a family-friendly destination, and to drive connectivity through our passion for food and flavor.”
At the heart of this partnership is a Wish Kid – ‘Chef’ Diego’ – who, after successfully undergoing treatment for a brain tumor, expressed his dream to meet one of America’s most recognizable and influential celebrity chefs. A wish that the Make-A-Wish team is gearing up to bring to fruition, and that compelled Capital Tacos to invite him to go behind-the-scenes with their culinary crew to craft the campaign’s menu special.
“We are delighted to partner with Capital Tacos to bring hope, strength, and joy to local children battling critical illnesses. Not only did they provide joy for wish kid Diego as he worked with the Capital Tacos team to create the Make-A-Wish Mac N Queso Kids Meal, but sales of that meal will go a long way in granting wishes like Diego’s. Thank you, Capital Tacos, for your incredible support.” – Anne Cuba, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida.
The Make-A-Wish Mac N Queso Kids Meal features a never-before-seen Tex-Mex take on Mac N Cheese: with Capital Tacos signature queso leading a cheesy mix alongside freshly boiled noodles. Like all Capital Tacos kids’ meals, it will also come with a choice of side – hand-cut chips or hand-spiced fries – as well as mini churros with whipped cream for dessert and a fountain drink of choice.
For more information on the Capital Tacos franchise brand, please visit https://capitaltacos.com/.
ABOUT CAPITAL TACOS:
Capital Tacos is a nationally-ranked, fast-casual Tex-Mex restaurant franchise founded in Tampa, Florida, that currently operates, or will imminently be operating, across the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Colorado. They’ve been named one of America’s Top 40 Hottest Fast Casual Brands and one of the 11 Taco Chains Disrupting Fast Casual Sector by QSR Magazine, a top 3 taco in the country by Business Insider/Foursquare, and the top taco restaurant in Tampa / St. Petersburg by Yelp, amongst a variety of other awards. The emerging franchise brand is known for its scratch-made, innovative, and unmatched Tex-Mex flavors, pushing the boundaries of quality and creativity that the sector has become known to provide. Capital Tacos is currently seeking qualified candidates to help further expand the franchise to select markets across the Southeast and the country more generally.
ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION:
Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish is the #1 most trusted nonprofit operating locally in all 50 states throughout the U.S. Together with generous donors, supporters, staff, and more than 24,000 volunteers across the country, Make-A-Wish delivers hope and joy to children and their families when they need it most. Make-A-Wish aims to bring the power of wishing to every child with a critical illness because wish experiences can help improve emotional and physical health. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 550,000 wishes in nearly 50 countries worldwide; more than 360,000 wishes in the U.S. and its territories alone. Locally, Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida is celebrating 7,000 wishes granted since 1994. For more information about Make-A-Wish® Central and Northern Florida, visit wish.org/cnfl.
SOURCE Capital Tacos
Hard Rock International Encourages All to “LOVE OUT LOUD” this Pride Month
Hard Rock Honors Partnership with Multi-Platinum, Genre-Bending Artist Halsey with $250,000 Donation to LGBTQIA+ Causes via the Hard Rock Heals Foundation
with New Limited-Edition Retail and Series of Global Events Throughout June with HALSEY
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Hard Rock International is celebrating its ongoing support of the LGBTQIA+ community during Pride Month, bringing to life the brand’s core founding mottos, “Love All, Serve All” and “All Is One,” while encouraging allies everywhere to “Love Out Loud.” Throughout the month of June, Hard Rock is releasing limited-edition merchandise and participating in special activations and fundraising efforts in support of Hard Rock Heals Foundation®, the charitable arm of Hard Rock®, along with local charities and nonprofit partners that work tirelessly to serve and elevate LGBTQIA+ communities.
“At Hard Rock, acts of service and authentic inclusion are engrained in our brand DNA and everyday mottos, ensuring that all Team Members and guests at our properties are treated with love and respect,” said Stephanie Piimauna, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Seminole Hard Rock. “As part of our commitment, we will continue to demonstrate allyship and amplify LGBTQIA+ voices in our local communities and around the world.”
Partnership with Halsey
To kick off Pride 2023, Hard Rock has announced a partnership with GRAMMY®-nominated, multi-platinum, genre-bending artist, Halsey – known for pushing creative boundaries, while influencing and impacting beyond music by advocating for important causes such as the LGBTQIA+ community. To celebrate the partnership and Pride Month, Hard Rock has pledged a minimum of $250,000 to the Human Rights Campaign and Outright International, via the Hard Rock Heals Foundation.
As part of the Pride Retail Collection, Halsey, who is a queer artist themself, has designed two co-branded Hard Rock x Halsey Signature Series Pride Edition T-shirts. Additionally, as part of the “Love Out Loud” campaign, Hard Rock will be hosting a private performance at Hard Rock Cafe London Old Park Lane, where the brand was founded. This VIP event will include a panel of notable guest speakers and an intimate performance by Halsey. Halsey will also donate special memorabilia to Hard Rock’s celebrated collection of more than 87,000 pieces, live during the event.
Following the private event at Old Park Lane, a special series of Halsey with String Ensemble Hard Rock Live shows will take place at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood (June 24), Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana (June 30) and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain (July 2).
Limited-Edition Pride Retail Collection
In addition to the exclusive Halsey merchandise, Hard Rock is releasing a specially designed retail collection in honor of Pride Month, paying tribute to the brand’s “Love All, Serve All” and “All Is One” mottos. The uniquely designed, limited-edition merchandise, includes colorful Hard Rock t-shirts, bandanas, socks, cups, keychains and pins, of which a portion of proceeds will benefit LGBTQIA+ charities throughout the globe. The Pride 2023 retail collection is now available through July in stores and online at Rock Shops®.
Pride is a global celebration and declaration of love, which is why participating Hard Rock Cafes worldwide will be hosting a variety of local activations to proudly “Love Out Loud” alongside the LGBTQIA+ community. Activations will range from live performances to local Pride menus, customized playlists and more. Hard Rock Cafe will also participate as a sponsor in several Pride parades across the US and Europe, including those in New York City, London, Copenhagen, and Nice.
Love Out Loud Suites & Hotel Activations
Hard Rock Hotel properties around the world are partnering with notable LGBTQIA+ figures in their local communities to create exclusive experiences including one-of-a-kind curated suites, unique food and beverage offerings, entertainment experiences, Pride playlists, and community fundraising events.
In addition, Hard Rock Hotels is working with street artists known for integrating LGBTQIA+ themes in their art, to create meaningful paintings in select local communities where Hard Rock operates.
More than 70 percent of the 87,000 pieces of authentic music memorabilia on display at Hard Rock properties are dedicated to LGBTQIA+ artists and iconic moments in music history.
For additional information on how Hard Rock supports the LGBTQIA+ community and diversity, please visit www.hardrock.com/dei.aspx. Information on Hard Rock Heals Foundation can be found at www.hardrock.com/heals-foundation.aspx.
About Hard Rock Heals Foundation®:
The Hard Rock Heals Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and oversees all philanthropic outreach for Hard Rock International. Music is energy; it stirs emotion, inspires, connects, and restores. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation exists to improve lives through the power of music. Since its inception in 1971, Hard Rock International has brought people together through the power of music. We have developed partnerships with artists ranging from emerging to iconic in support of charitable efforts around the world. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation provides grants and assistance to individuals whose goal is to heal through the power of music. Partnerships with like-minded, music-centric organizations allow Hard Rock Heals Foundation the opportunity to improve lives and promote wellness.
About Hard Rock®:
Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies with venues in over 70 countries spanning 290 locations that include owned/licensed or managed Hotels, Casinos, Rock Shops®, Live Performance Venues and Cafes. HRI also launched a joint venture named Hard Rock Digital in 2020, an online sportsbook, retail sportsbook and internet gaming platform. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s largest and most valuable collection of authentic music memorabilia at more than 87,000 pieces, which are displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock Hotels has been honored by J.D. Power’s North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study as the number one brand in Outstanding Guest Satisfaction for two consecutive years, and among the top Upper Upscale Hotels for four consecutive years. HRI became the first privately-owned gaming company designated a U.S. Best Managed Company by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal in 2021, and has since been honored threefold. Hard Rock was also honored by Forbes among the World’s Best Employers, as well as Best Employers for Women, Diversity and New Grads and a Top Large Employer in the Travel & Leisure, Gaming, and Entertainment Industry. In the 2022 Global Gaming Awards, Hard Rock was named Land-Based Operator of the Year for the second time in four years. In 2021, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos received first place ranking in the Casino Gaming Executive Satisfaction Survey conducted by Bristol Associates Inc. and Spectrum Gaming Group for six of the last seven years. Hard Rock International currently holds investment grades from primary investment rating agencies: S&P Global Ratings (BBB) and Fitch Ratings (BBB). For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com or shop.hardrock.com.
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Adidas Launches CHAMPION THE GIRLS Initiative to Inspire Next Generation of Women’s Football Fans
“Adidas launches CHAMPION THE GIRLS, an initiative to inspire the next generation of women’s football fans through role models and equity in sports.”
On June 1st, 2023, adidas announced its latest initiative, CHAMPION THE GIRLS, aimed at promoting the next generation of fans and players in women’s football. This program reserves a block of seats for young girls and their role models to experience a European football club final, setting the stage for lifelong connections to the sport and igniting a flame in the emerging generation of the women’s game. The announcement comes as the world readies for what promises to be an incredible summer for women’s football – punctuated by the UWCL final. By inspiring the next generation of women and girls, adidas can help cement the building blocks for better equity in the future of the game.
Gonzalo Calvo, Global Director of Brand Communication, Communities, and Culture at adidas, highlighted that love and passion for football often start from witnessing the magic created by the biggest players and having role models encouraging and supporting their football journey. Nadine Kessler, Managing Director of Women’s football at UEFA, expressed her pride in backing this adidas commitment, setting up a platform to inspire and support the future of the women’s game.
Beyond CHAMPION THE GIRLS, adidas will contribute 1% of net sales of the UWCL Pro-Ball Eindhoven to the Common Goal movement, aiming to increase participation, representation, and leadership for women and girls in the grassroots game. To support the launch of CHAMPION THE GIRLS, adidas has pictured some of its biggest athletes alongside their loved ones in striking campaign images that celebrate the role that parents and role models play in driving positive influence on the next generation of player and fan. The collection features Del Piero and Kaka with their daughters, Ian Wright with his grand-daughter, and Russo and Zadrazil with their mothers.
Adidas’ CHAMPION THE GIRLS initiative is a powerful testament to the brand’s long-term commitment to helping make football equal, enabling access, equity, and safety for all who want to play. The brand works collaboratively with fellow changemakers on the journey to achieving fairness in sports. By inspiring the next generation of women and girls in football, adidas is creating a space at grassroots level, through to the top of women’s club football, to help make sport equal.
For more adidas news: Football | adidas News Site
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