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Towleroad is Expanding its Sales Team

AsktellTowleroad's parent company AskTell Media, which also represents many other wonderful sites, is looking for a DIGITAL SALES MANAGER.

We're looking for a special sales executive who is innovative and creative in their approach; who develops deep client relationships to deliver custom solutions; who networks, collaborates, uncovers new revenue opportunities, and can operate strategically with decision makers, media directors, buyers/planners; and who closes.

More details HERE.


Welcome David Mixner

Some of you may have read the news over at longtime gay activist and author David Mixner's blog that he is shutting it down to work on other projects.

MixnerWhile we are sad to see his rich, opinionated, energized site come to an end we are thrilled that one of the pursuits born as a result will be a regular series of columns at Towleroad, in which David will write about LGBT issues, foreign policy, politics, and other of his varied interests such as wildlife and the climate.

David's tenacious and admirable work as an activist, fundraiser, strategist, consultant, and advisor to LGBT community organizations and public figures and his engaging writing style will inform and energize the conversation at Towleroad and I couldn't be more excited to have him joining us. As a personal friend, I thank him, and I hope you'll welcome him too.


Seattle's Highest Skyscraper Blocks Gay Sites Like Joe. My. God, It Gets Better, and Towleroad

Columbia Center Gay Filter Error Message 

Columbia_center_from_smith_towerIf you can read this article, then it is safe to assume that you're not currently sitting inside Seattle's 76-story Columbia Center. If you did, you would receive the error message pictured above (courtesy of The Stranger). Such would be the case if you were to also try to access other gay-themed sites such as Joe. My. God. and the It Gets Better Project. 

Slog first broke the story after receiving a tip from a reader. This reader was apparently visiting the Columbia Center when they tried to use the building's free wi-fi to check a few gay-themed sites and blogs. He was, instead, met with the error message above. 

"This is a known 'Sexual Orientation' web site which is blocked as specified by your web content filtering policy."

It is not yet known exactly why the "web content filtering policy" chose to include LGBT-oriented sites. Slog has made multiple attempts to contact CAC Group, the commercial real estate company responsible for managing the Columbia Center, and submit requests for comment. So far, CAC has not given any sort of answer. 


Towleroad to be Honored by the Stonewall Community Foundation: Please Join Us

UPDATE: Since so many of you have expressed interest in attending but the ticket price didn't fit your budget, Stonewall is offering a special discount to Towleroad readers if you buy your ticket through THIS LINK.

LAST Chance! This event is tomorrow night and we would love to see you there.

Vision-logo-300x258I'm thrilled to share the news that Towleroad is going to be honored by the Stonewall Community Foundation next Wednesday, June 19, at its annual Vision event for our efforts to report on, galvanize, and mobilize the LGBTQ and allied communities.

Michael Goff (in a rare East Coast appearance) and I will be there accepting the honor and would love to see as many friends, readers, and supporters as possible!

Stonewall Community Foundation is a fantastic organization, offering investment and guidance to help strengthen LGBTQ organizations throughout NYC's five boroughs.

VisionPlus, the party will be a blast. It's not a stuffy sit-down dinner but a cocktail event with food, live jazz, and entertainment!

Tickets start at $250. We realize the price doesn't fit all budgets but if there's room in your giving budget or you can expense it, we would LOVE to see you.

More info on the event is HERE. And tickets are available HERE.

For over 20 years Stonewall has helped to create a solid foundation of LGBTQ leadership in New York by providing grants and training to new and emerging organizations that serve our community. Thanks in great part to funds raised around the Vision event, the Foundation has proudly distributed more than $16 million to over 500 organizations since 1990.


What Did You Miss This Weekend? Find Out Here

You missed quite a bit over the weekend on Towleroad if you were chillaxing elsewhere.

Sony Pictures Chair AMY PASCAL said she wanted to get rid of "fag", dyke", and other such slurs in movies. RICK PERRY took a shot at MADONNA for wearing the BOY SCOUTS uniform. MICHELLE SHOCKED threatened to show up at her concert but never did.

GLAAD altered its name and mission statement. Boies_gregory

SARAH PALIN wore a super-tight Chick-fil-A t-shirt to a basketball game. TWO POPES came together for a hug and some praying. A man was sentenced to three years in prison for lighting a gay autistic teen (who later died) on fire. and TILDA SWINTON slept in a box at the MOMA.

STARBUCKS CEO HOWARD SCHULTZ, who told a shareholder to take a hike if he didn't like the company's pro-gay policies? There's VIDEO of it now!

And, in MARRIAGE EQUALITY AND THE SUPREME COURT:

Our legal expert ARI EZRA WALDMAN penned a few more SUPREME COURT PREVIEW columns for you including one on STANDING in the DOMA case and SCRUTINY in DOMA and Prop 8.. 

WolfsonCALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL KAMALA HARRIS said "50,000 children in California are aking, 'why can't my parents be married too?' ... KARL ROVE says he can imagine a 2016 presidential candidate supporting GAY MARRIAGE ... Freedom to Marry's EVAN WOLFSON schooled TONY PERKINS on FACE THE NATION .... PROP 8 Attorney DAVID BOIES laid out the Supreme Court Case on 'Meet the Press' ... RAND PAUL said he wouldn't mind a 'neutral' government on same-sex marriage.

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS protested same-sex marriage in PARIS, some rioted, using children as human shields.

NEW YORK held a rally and a VIGIL.

 

Make sure not to miss a Towleroad headline by following @TLRD on Twitter.

You can also follow us on Google+ HERE.

And follow Andy Towle on Facebook HERE. And our page HERE.

 


Announcing Towleroad for Mobile Devices: iPad, iPhone, Kindle

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If you're reaching the site on your iPhone or iPad you already know we're started automatically redirecting visits from these devices to new editions of Towleroad optimized for iOS devices and Kindle Fire.  (That's the front page of the iPad version below.) 

If you haven't yet, it's time RIGHT NOW!

Open Safari on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and type "towleroad.com" or our universal shortened version, "tlrd.com" in the URL bar and you'll be redirected. Be sure to save it to your home app page and share with friends.

Andy and i couldn't be more pleased to announce these new editions, along with an 'alpha' version for Android users, all of which are in response to significantly increasing demand from users. Last month more than 1 in every 5 visits to Towleroad was via a mobile device. And those 22% of visits accounted for 20% of all pageviews. The chart below shows the steady increase over the past 3 years.

The second chart showing that 81% of our mobile visits are on iOS devices should explain pretty clearly why we prioritized those editions. 

But as mentioned, we're not leaving the increasing number of Android device users empty-handed. We have a slightly less polished edition, what I'd qualify as a alpha-level release, Towleroad's Google Currents edition -- which can be installed on either Android or iOS devices. So if you are part of the 17% or you're just not happy with the edition we're redirecting you to, you can get all the information and links needed to install for either Android or iOS devices, over at the Google Currents platform.

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What this all mean is that as of today,  we have some form of optimized edition for approximately 98% of your mobile visits ...or at least a running start at them...and that's 98% more visits than we were optimized for yesterday. Enjoy.

We will be including comments and access to comments shortly. You'll notice. Right now the comments icon is already in place at the bottom but is not clickable.

HERE ARE SOME INSTRUCTIVE LINKS if you need them:

> Getting Access on your Mobile Device.

> Basic Features and Navigation.

> How to Add an App Icon to Your Home Screen.

> Sharing Towleroad with Others (IMPORTANT).

> Towleroad on Google Currents.

Please do give it a try and let us know what you think what your ideas might be for making Towleroad better overall and what--if anything--we should tackle next. 

Please leave us any constructive comments below. Substantial feedback, requests for direct support, and private messages are better sent through our comment form . Thanks again for your support and for your help with the beta.


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