Matt Skallerud

3,145 Added | 5 Magazines | 20 Likes | 5 Following | 126 Followers | @mattskal | LGBT Online Marketing, specializing in social media and Web 2.0 techniques

Tender Photos of Life on the Frontline of Argentina's Trans Rights Movement

The power of pride, love, and family shines through in photographer Kike Arnal's portraits of a South American trans community.<p>You might assume a middle-aged librarian does not have many stories to tell. Photographer Kike Arnal found anything but in Villa 31, a favela on the outskirts of Buenos …


The last Americans holding out against same-sex marriage

With majority support in 44 states, and more in favor than opposed in 4 others, same-sex marriage is a done deal for most Americans. Besides, it's …

Same-sex Marriage

Pre-Conference Reception | IGLTA Convention in Toronto | May 8, 2018

This reception is our way of CELEBRATING and BRINGING TOGETHER all of the incredible people we’ve worked with in Toronto over the years, while partnering with organizations that have been instrumental in our success along the way.

The Work Flow We Use When Reaching the LGBTQ Community Online

In years past, when a client was looking to reach the LGBTQ community online, we would start with their ad creative and go from there, adapting and maximizing it to optimal banner ad sizes, both for the desktop and mobile, as well as e-mail newsletter sponsorships. If a client wanted a more robust campaign, we would then explore content, usually in the form of editorial, that could be adapted, edited and run on various LGBTQ websites online… Over the past few years, we have reversed this trend. …

How Trump's Trans Military Ban Backfired. Spectacularly.

The president's efforts to implement a ban on transgender troops has met all-round criticism, as well as defeat in the courts. He may have only …


Why the “Pink Economy” is the Future of Tech Industry Growth

There’s a paradox when it comes to LGBTQ people’s involvement with the inception and growth of the tech industry. There’s a paradox when it comes to LGBTQ people’s involvement with the inception and…

LGBTQ Georgia - Save our Culture and Identity

Your signature can help save an LGBTQ landmark! Tokyo Valentino at Cheshire Bridge, open since 1995, will be shut down by the City of Atlanta unless you help us get to 20,000 signatures! This location is important to our LGBTQ identities as gay Georgians (GAGA) and has been a safe harbor for the community allowing us to celebrate our diversity! Sign the petition now #savetokyovalentino.

America’s 2018 ’Best-of-the-Best’ Corporations for Inclusion Named by NGLCC and Partners in the National Business Inclusion Consortium

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, in collaboration with its partners in the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC), has named the third annual Best-of-the-Best list of corporations in America committed to diversity and inclusion across all communities.

Judge: Transgender People A Protected Class, And The Military Can't Enact Trump Ban

WASHINGTON ― A federal judge late Friday barred the federal government from implementing President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender members of the military, finding that the ban had to be subject to a careful court review before implementation because of the history of discrimination against …


Lawyer famed for gay rights cases burns himself to death in ecology protest in New York

A prominent lawyer who advocated for LGBTQ rights was found dead after setting himself on fire Saturday morning, New York police said.<p>According to a spokesman, officers found the body of David Buckel, 60, after receiving a call to Prospect Park around 6:10 a.m. Saturday for an initial report of a …


Army chief of staff pulls rug out from under transgender military ban

There are no concerns with unit cohesion.<p>During congressional testimony Thursday, the Army’s top officials explained that they have no knowledge of …


What’s the Hardest Part of Couples Counseling?

This is a question I get asked a lot by people curious about starting couples counseling. It really does vary a lot person to person, but in my experience I think the hardest part is letting go of your ego.

Richard Skipper Celebrates Peggy Lee, Liberace & Friends

As we Celebrate (Russ’ Birthday!), we celebrate Leanne Borghesi, David Maiocco (as Liberace), David Sabella, Jim Speake*, Chuck Sweeney (as Peggy Lee), AND Those Girls* (Karen Mack, Eve Eaton, Rachel Hanser, Wendy Anne Russell) Tickets are now on sale! Reserve TODAY and Let’s Celebrate!

IGLTA Foundation Partners with Pacific Asia Travel Association for Conference Scholarship

Collaboration takes Hong Kong Polytechnic University tourism student to the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s Annual Global Convention in Toronto - The IGLTA Foundation has partnered with the Pacific Asia Travel Association to provide a unique opportunity for a Hong Kong Polytechnic University tourism student to attend the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s 35th Annual Global Convention, 9-12 May in Toronto. Thanakarn (Bella) Vongvisitsin has been selected to attend …

LGBTQA Team Canada Athletes & Olympians Support a Significant ‘Voyage’

Six high-performance athletes will mingle with guests at IGLTA Foundation fundraising benefit in Toronto, 11 May - Voyage, the signature fundraising event for the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association’s philanthropic Foundation, will have added luster this year thanks to the attendance of a special group of LGBTQ and ally Team Canada athletes and Olympians: Rosie Cossar (rhythmic gymnastics); Dylan Moscovitch (figure skating); Brock McGillis and Ben Scrivens (ice hockey); Jenn …

Why Having A Website Isn’t Enough Anymore

Forget the Past… Live in the Now - Many question why they need Pink Banana Media. When you hire us, you let your dollars do more for your goals. Instead of littering light poles with your company’s flyers or placing ads that air randomly, your personal or company brand will be shared with people in your target market within the LGBT community. Avoid guessing or crossing your fingers that potential customers will stumble onto your business’ name; Pink Banana Media offers targeted social media, …

Stock photos show transgender people in a whole new light — as simply being human

10 transgender people in the UK have just become stock photo models after a collection of images of them was made available on Adobe Stock.

Stock photos show transgender people in a whole new light — as simply being human

The transgender models making stock photos more human<p>The transgender models making stock photos more human<p>A woman stands in her bra and knickers with …


Brand|Pride - Events-Swag-Social

Award winning, LGBT-owned and certified businesses ZippyDogs, IM Creative and Pink Banana Media have united to offer you a comprehensive suite of Pride-related services that ensures your planning, delivery and execution of Pride is one you can be proud of. If you are investing time on Pride activities, make sure you act intentionally with your marketing dollars and engage the LGBT professionals at Brand|Pride.

A Gay Man’s Farewell to Craigslist Personals

One man bids farewell to Craigslist’s shuttered personals section.

Toronto police withdraw application to join Pride parade

Force faced calls to drop out over perceived failures to tackle crime against the LGBT community<p>Toronto’s police force has withdrawn its application to march in the city’s Pride parade after organisers highlighted perceived failures by the force to properly investigate crimes against the LGBT …


Grindr’s HIV data-sharing has betrayed the LGBTQ world

The gay dating app has responsibilities to the communities it serves. These do not include passing intimate information to third parties<p>Gay communities have an HIV problem – and I don’t mean those gay people with HIV. It is tragic how minorities who have suffered stigma and discrimination in the …


Gay Soccer Players Find Love on and Off the Field in New Film Mario

There aren't too many gay-themed sports movies with the exception of 2016’s queer-themed soccer movie <i>The Pass</i>, which starred Russell Tovey, and the …

North America

Hollywood’s Gay Double Standard: Why So Many Actresses Can Come Out, But Young Actors Stay in the Closet

In an age of "Call Me by Your Name" and Kristen "I'm like, so gay" Stewart, young leading men still fear coming out of the closet.<p>There’s never been …


The Authentiic Leader - The Leader We Need

The world is craving a new type of leader — people with real, relatable stories and the courage to live and lead with a clear sense of purpose. Authenticity and honest relationships are valued as a foundation for personal and professional fulfillment. Are you this type of leader?

CGLCC Thought Leadership Series - The Economics of Tourism

With the world’s largest LGBT tourism conference, IGLTA, being held in Toronto May 9-12, CGLCC is dedicating a Thought Leadership Series session specifically to tourism, and to take an in-depth look at the influence that the sector truly has on the Canadian economy.

Butt-Enhancing Underwear for Guys Is Way More Popular Than You Think

Everybody likes big butts (and they cannot lie).<p>The US patent office is littered with hilariously dry descriptions of male support garments. One underwear brand claims it can provide the ideal “cosmetic buttock profile” while another promises “integral male member adjustable support.” One pair of …

Columbia University

Christian Colleges Are Tangled In Their Own LGBT Policies

Conservative Christian colleges worry their official positions on LGBT issues could run afoul of sex discrimination law and harm relations with their own students.

International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Announces New Board Members

The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association announced today the four new appointments to its 2018-2019 board of directors, a group that includes LGBTQ and ally business leaders representing tourism social media/marketing, corporate accommodations, destination promotion and boutique hotels.

Trump Approves New Limits on Transgender Troops in the Military

WASHINGTON — Transgender troops who are currently in the United States military may remain in the ranks, the White House said late Friday, but the Pentagon could require them to serve according to their gender at birth.<p>The policy recommendation that President Trump approved flatly states that …