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Secret Room Events held their annual gifting suite for the MTV Movie Awards in Hollywood. The event hosted some of today’s most unique, fashionable and luxurious companies, products and services.

Many gay celebs were in attendance at the awards, like “Drag Race” stars Trixie Mattel, Katya, and Alyssa Edwards, “Schitt’s Creek” creator/star Dan Levy and his co-star Noah Reid, and Pose’s MJ Rodriguez we’re there too.

With every Secret Room event, there is always a very special charity, this time around it was DoVE Project – Dogs of Violence Exposed, a non-profit organization created to support the end of the Dog Meat Trade in Asia. DVE was on site with some adorable doggies that are up for adoption.

New Way Horizon Travel gave away resort stays to The Marriott and Hilton Waikoloa, a 7 night stay all-inclusive trip, with fun activities like Eco Zip line and a boat trip, SKINFIVE By AVA MD was gifting Uplifter – radiofrequency microneedling to firm up celebrity skin, and Emsculpt, electromagnetic body contouring to burn fat and build muscle, which perks up the posterior.

My favorite swag at any gifting suite was actually seen at the Secret Room! Mister poop, Toilet Accessories was a fun looking plunger that kids will love. It actually glows in the dark too!

There was also jewelry, baby and pet products and luxurious skin and hair care. Celebrities that attend always feel like the Secret Room is a total pampering experience. Other vendors at the event included Greek Island labs, Nectar of the Dogs wine, NANI, Muscle MX LLC, Zatik natural, True Made Foods, Kate Mesta JewelryYULU, DALCINI Stainless, CoCa Bee, STICKY HEELZ, Bewaltz,
Dr R cosmetics, A2O Water /Think Alkaline, FIGPIN, Frill USA, Vitolo Jewelry Artisans, Petorama, RevealU Skincare, MisMack Clean Cosmetics.

When all guests leave, they received a huge bag filled with these wonderful items below from our gift bags sponsors: Cherry Blooms Cosmetics, Minted Prose LLC,  Contender Brands, Exsens, Zenni, Love Good Fats, AthanaSia Glow NUUN HYDRATION, Hint water, CATALO ‘EARTHPACK’ TBH Kids, HOMETOWN CANDLE, Go Macro Bars, Dr. Daltons Premium Treats Earth-Saver, VIX Paula Hermanny Swim, Soul Shropshire, CRISSCROSS Intimates, The Gods STAR Body, Reina London, SKINFIVE By AVA MD, Thorlo Socks, FETCH eyewear, Stoka Bar, LIFE CHOICE LTD, Delia organics, Nail Snails and Ocean’s Halo

 

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Oftentimes, with all the running around people do in West Hollywood, we become overwhelmed by the amount of multi tasking to do. So much of our daily attention gets drawn toward what’s happening outside of ourselves versus what’s going on inside. Because of this, it’s so easy to live on auto-pilot day to day. Often, it’s a major life change that shifts our perspective and meaning on what is most important to us.

Hollywood’s Vanessa Petronelli, Global Spiritual Leader and founder of Soul Aligned Success, calls these life changes “forced awakenings,” because they are hard to avoid. “They require us to reevaluate our current choices, habits and life circumstances and turn our focus within. But we don’t have to wait for a crisis to make a deliberate shift in our choices, actions and direction!

“In my experience, most people are craving a deeper sense of purpose. While often associated with our career,” said Petronelli. “It’s actually more to do with connecting with and discovering more about who you are in each moment. We aren’t trained to do this, so it’s up to us as adults to carve out daily time to gift ourselves with the time, energy and commitment to turn off and tune out external distractions and outside influence and listen to our inner guidance. That means unplugging from social media, Netflix and the news.”

Petronelli recommends taking a personal inventory every 90 days, that will help you find clarity, fulfillment and purpose. “Find a quiet spot free of distractions, bring a pen and journal and ask yourself: “What is most important and meaningful to me right now? Where have I been spending my time, energy and money the past 90 days? Is where am I spending my time, energy and money in alignment of those values? What do I want my life to look like over the next 90 days? What traits do I want to embody over the next 90 days? What do I need to keep doing? What do I need to stop doing? What do I need to let go of? What do need to start doing?”

I started this exercise myself and found it to be such a rewarding experience! It’s up to us as adults to carve out daily time to gift ourselves with the time, energy and commitment to turn off and tune out external distractions and outside influence and listen to our inner guidance. That means unplugging from social media, Netflix and the news.

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Pansexual Visibility Day 2022 is May 24

Days like Pansexuality Visibility Day are perfect for educating people about the various ways people experience sexual & romantic attraction

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NEW YORK – The Trevor Project is honoring Pansexual and Panromantic Awareness and Visibility Day on May 24, noting that it is a day to celebrate the pansexual and panromantic community and educate others on the community.

As part of creating awareness for the pansexual community, The Trevor Project’s 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, captured important data related to the experiences of pansexual youth, who made up 20% of the survey sample.

2022 National Survey Data on Pansexual Youth

  • 53% of pansexual youth reported that they seriously considered suicide and 21% reported they attempted suicide in the past year.
  • 66% of pansexual youth reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety and 79% reported experiencing symptoms of depression.
  • 36% of pansexual youth reported that they have been physically threatened or harmed due to their sexual orientation.
  • 69% of pansexual youth reported that they had experienced discrimination based on their sexual orientation.

The Project MORE Foundation, a leading nonprofit service and support provider to the Northern California Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ+) and Ally community explains what it means to be Pansexual:

One common misconception that even members of the LGBTQ+ community have is that pansexuality and bisexuality are the same. Bisexuality can loosely be defined as attraction to more than one gender, but many define it with the more narrow definition of attraction to both genders, i.e,: men and women.

Pansexuality differs in that it includes sexual attraction inclusive of ALL gender identities, which means that people can also be drawn to those who are gender fluid or genderqueer. It is similar for people who are panromantic. When a person identifies as panromantic, it means that they can feel romantically towards anyone of any gender identity. 

When people come out as pansexual, headlines often emphasize that it’s different than being bi, and while that’s true, somebody who is bi may also identify as pan and vice versa. The bisexuality umbrella term includes those who feel attracted to two or more gender identities. Pansexuality refers to people who feel sexual attraction to any gender identity, but because their preference includes two or more genders, they could also consider themself bi. Being pan doesn’t mean that a person is going to be attracted towards everyone, but simply that gender identity doesn’t play a role in that attraction. 

There are many people who identify as pansexual or panromantic, such as Jazz Jennings, the famous 20-something LGBTQ+ rights advocate who came out as trans as a child. Authors Dana Mele and Caitlin Ricci identify as panromantic. Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monáe, and Brendon Urie are also among famous celebrities who identify as pansexual. 

It is quite common that people who are pansexual go on a journey of self-discovery to figure out their true sexuality. Some, like Bella Thorne, initially identified as bisexual, but then grew to realize that gender plays little to no role in their attraction, so her definition of her sexuality changed to reflect that. 

Miley Cyrus, who came out in 2015 as pansexual, is among one of those who went down the path to self-discovery when it came to her sexuality. In an interview with Variety, she said that an interaction with a non-binary individual helped her understand that she felt attraction towards them regardless of how they expressed their gender. In that moment, she didn’t feel gay, straight, or bi, because she wasn’t.

Because definitions can be held loosely, one of the most important takeaways is that how a person identifies their sexual or romantic attraction can differ from one day to the next, but celebrating and respecting a person for who they are is what matters most. Days like Pansexuality and Panromantic Visibility Day are perfect for educating people about the various ways people experience sexual and romantic attraction.

About the 2022 National Survey

This survey is one of the largest and only surveys of its kind, representing the experiences of nearly 34,000 LGBTQ young people ages 13-24 across the U.S. It’s also one of the most diverse surveys of LGBTQ youth ever conducted – with 45% of respondents being youth of color and 48% being trans or nonbinary.

Lastly, The Trevor Project has a guide, “How to Support Bisexual Youth: Ways to Care for Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid, and Queer Youth Who are Attracted to More than One Gender” that offers best practices for those looking to support the youth who are attracted to more than one gender in their lives.

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The universe comes out to jazz and violins and you’re invited

LA prides itself as home of the stars. Don’t limit yourself to the mere mortal stars of Hollywood, when the universe is opening its doors

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Past Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome (2018) Photo credit: Irina Logra

LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Starlight, starbright: Bathing yourself in the magnificent skies has returned to Los Angeles as the historic Mount Wilson Observatory announces… shall we say it… a heavenly lineup for its 2022 program.

The program offers something for everybody: From the universe-fascinated who want to observe and soak up astronomical knowledge to the bright light and musically discerning who are there just for the mind-blowing beauty alone. 

Since its founding in 1904 by astronomer and visionary George Ellery Hale, Mount Wilson Observatory has played host to some of the most important discoveries in modern astronomy. Located on Mount Wilson, a 5710-foot (1740-meter) peak in the San Gabriel Mountains of the Angeles National Forest, Mount Wilson Observatory (MWO) features the Snow Solar Telescope (largest in the world from 1905-1908 and the mountain’s first installation), a 60-inch telescope (the world’s largest operational telescope from 1908-1917), and the 100-inch Hooker telescope (which featured the world’s largest aperture from 1917-1949). Mount Wilson Institute has independently operated and maintained the Mount Wilson Observatory since 1989 under a long-term agreement with the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

The observatory offers a series of tours throughout the season for the scientific tourist in you. For the mechanically inclined, you can take an engineering tour of the huge telescopes and understand how they have enabled historic discoveries. For the stargazers, there are public and private tours to actually use the telescopes and peep in on our nearest planetary and constellation neighbors. For the gazers who want to keep things even closer to home, take a look right into our own Sun with the Lunt Telescope.

There is no better way to observe the universe than to do it wrapped in gorgeous music. The observatory steps up and takes advantage of the dome’s sensational acoustics by presenting Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome. Top jazz, violinist, brass talents and more will perform in events at 3:00pm and 5:00pm May 22- October 21. The season aesthetics are capped off with [email protected] Observatory in the later summer months which explores sound art in the dome, plein-air painting and sculpting.

It would be a shame to visit the observatory for its visual and auditory sensual offerings alone, however. For those who want to deepen their mind, the season also offers an incredible roster for the astronomy intellect. Lectures from the top experts include discoveries of the deep space mission, women scientists at the observatory, the work of George Ellery Hale, and more.

The gates to Mount Wilson’s acreage opens at 10:00am every day and close at 5:30. Visitors can hike the grounds, gaze at the telescope domes that dot the landscape, and browse through the Historic Museum in the Lecture Hall.  Members from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society will gather around the grounds during each of the events during the season and set up specialty telescopes for a view of various night sky objects while attendees await their turn to look through the grand telescopes in the domes.

Los Angeles prides itself as home of the stars. Don’t limit yourself to the mere mortal stars of Hollywood, when the universe is opening its doors to experience stellar wonders that will really blow your heart and your mind. We hope to see you at the observatory to experience magnificence together.

For more information:  

Concerts: https://www.mtwilson.edu/concerts 

Engineering Tours: www.mtwilson.edu/engineering-tour

Public Ticket Nights:  mtwilson.edu/public-ticket-nights

Private Telescope Reservations: mtwilson.edu/observe

Solar Viewing: mtwilson.edu/solar-observing

Tours: mtwilson.edu/weekend-docent-tours

Mt. Wilson Observatory: https://www.mtwilson.edu 

MWO Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WilsonObs 

MWO Twitter:  https://twitter.com/mtwilsonobs MWO Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mtwilsonobservatory

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Padilla joins women’s march rally in LA to advocate for abortion rights

“We’re coming together this weekend with a powerful message to those who wish to control our bodies & our futures”

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LOS ANGELESU.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will join the Women’s March Foundation along with local and national leaders for a National Day of Action, the ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’ Reproductive Rights Rally. Padilla will deliver remarks on the importance of defending access to safe, legal abortion at the federal level.

Senator Padilla joins leaders in Los Angeles for this day of action following a leaked draft Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade and roll back abortion access protections for millions of women across the country.

U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif. (Screenshot C-SPAN2)

Earlier this week, Padilla voted in support of the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), legislation that would codify the right to an abortion into federal law, and spoke on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to pass the bill. 

The “Bans Off Our Bodies” daylong event is organized by groups including Women’s March, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, UltraViolet, MoveOn, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Abortion Rights Action League.

“We’re coming together this weekend with a powerful message to those who wish to control our bodies and our futures: Keep your bans off our bodies,” said Planned Parenthood national organizing director Brianna Twofoot.

WHEN:TOMORROW, Saturday, May 14 at 10:00am PT
WHO:Women’s March Foundation
WHERE:Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
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