Business Briefs: AssociaTitle names Mark Sadlek director of business development

AssociaTitle names Mark Sadlek director of business development

Mark Sadlek

AssociaTitle announced it appointed Mark J. Sadlek director of business development at its corporate headquarters in the heart of Uptown Dallas at Crescent Court.

“We are thrilled to be adding Mark Sadlek to the AssociaTitle team,” said AssociaTitle President Paul Reyes. “He is a seasoned real estate professional in the Dallas area with a track record of proven success and will serve both our clients and our company well.”

Sadlek joins AssociaTitle from Republic Title of Texas, where he served as vice president of business development and director of coaching services. He worked to build and promote the company externally with Realtors, developers and lenders. His focus also included business coaching and training.

He has also served as vice president of business development for American Title and as home mortgage consultant for Shelter Mortgage & Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Previous to his work in the North Dallas real estate industry, Sadlek worked in marketing and sales for almost 20 years and was intimately involved in the start-up of two companies, VerCeram and Velux-America.

For the past nine years, Sadlek has worked in the North Dallas real estate industry, building positive relationships with local Realtors and lenders. He was awarded the 2010 Affiliate of the Year Award from MetroTex Association of Realtors, served on the MetroTex Board as an affiliate appointee board member, and chaired the Affiliate Forum Committee of MetroTex.

He was a co-founder and co-chair of Leadership Lambda Inc., an LGBT leadership development organization. He was also a board member of Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) and has chaired the Heart Strings Fundraiser at the Majestic Theatre. Additionally, Sadlek served on the Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign, as well as a co-chair of the Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Club.

Ernst & Young Announces Gross Up for Jan. 1

On Jan. 1, Ernst & Young joined more than 30 major U.S. employers that are equalizing the pay for gay and lesbian employees by covering the cost of state and federal taxes for domestic partners.

Employees enrolled in domestic partner benefits incur additional taxes as the value of those benefits is treated as taxable income under federal law, while the value of opposite-sex spousal benefits is not.

Federal law treats domestic partner benefits differently from federally-recognized spousal benefits.

—  David Taffet

President Announces Funding Priorities for FY 2012

The following is from HRC Senior Public Policy Advocate Andrea Levario:

Yesterday, the White House released its proposal to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2012.   These are difficult economic times to be sure, but President Obama, again this year, presented a budget which either increases or maintains spending for HIV/AIDS programs.   This is the second year in which funding for critical health programs have been improved, and of course, is long overdue. 

In recognition of the toll that HIV/AIDS continues to exact from communities across this nation, the President showed leadership in recommending new resources to help fight the epidemic.  At the Department of Health and Human Services the overall investment in combating the epidemic now stands at $ 3.5 billion.  Included in those funds is $ 858 million for HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an increase of $ 58 million over FY 10.  Another $ 80 million of new money is recommended to assist states in providing life-saving medications through the AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs).   The ADAPs are one component of the critical treatment programs under the Ryan White CARE Act, which also received an $ 88 million increase in funding.  Federal HIV/AIDS research efforts at the National Institutes of Health will benefit from an additional $ 74 million taking the overall portfolio to $ 2.7 billion.   

Last July, the President announced the first ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS).  At the time, HRC and others expressed concern that no resources accompanied the NHAS for implementation. Now, the FY 2012 budget includes new resources ($ 10 million) for the Enhanced Comprehensive HIV Prevention Planning (ECHPP) initiative, to aid metropolitan areas most affected by the HIV epidemic, bringing the overall funding for ECHPP’s to $ 22 million in FY12.  An additional $ 20.4 million is provided to support cost-effective evidence based demonstration projects, and to test prevention interventions to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people.

As it did last year, the HHS budget proposal also defunds disproven abstinence-only education programs in favor of teen pregnancy prevention efforts that provide evidence-based, medically-accurate resources to reduce the risks of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

The President’s budget increases funding for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the rigorous enforcement of our nation’s civil rights laws, which includes the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. It also increases funding for DOJ’s Community Relations Services to prevent and respond to community tensions that can lead to hate crimes.  In addition, the budget calls for $ 5 million to fund a DOJ program to oversee a comprehensive statistical review and analysis of the incidence and effects of sexual abuse in prison, which effects vulnerable prison communities including members of the LGBT community.

The current economic environment has forced the Administration to make difficult decisions about programmatic funding, which will have serious ramifications in years to come.  We applaud the President for his continued support and recognition of the need to strengthen civil rights enforcement and to make critical investments in health programs which serve and benefit LGBT Americans.

Click here to view an OMB budget fact sheet on expanding opportunities for the LGBT community.

Click here to view an OMB budget fact sheet on fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Human Rights Campaign | HRC Back Story

—  David Taffet

GLAAD Announces 2011 Media Awards Noms, JMG Up For Outstanding Blog

GLAAD has announced the nominations for its 2011 Media Awards, which honor excellence in a broad range of LGBT-related media, including movies, television, theater, newspapers, magazines, and digital journalism. A first-time category this year is Outstanding Blog, for which this here website thingy is nominated! My co-nominees are Bilerico Project, Blabbeando, Pam’s House Blend, and Rod 2.0. All pals of mine! Below is GLAAD’s highlight reel for this year’s nominees in television and film. Click over for the complete listing of nominees in all categories.

Joe. My. God.

—  admin

WATCH: Harry Reid Announces Vote on ‘DADT’ for Saturday


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has filed cloture on 'DADT' repeal and the DREAM act, with a vote planned for Saturday. Reid has apparently filled the tree, which prevents any amendments to the measures.

Watch Reid announce it, AFTER THE JUMP

Check out our earlier reports HERE….

(clip via wonk room)

Towleroad News #gay

—  admin

Video: Reid announces DADT vote intent

This morning:

(vid via Think Progress)

12/8/10: Will sixty eat away at bias?

Good As You

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Truth Wins Out Announces Philadephia Protest Of “Ex-Gay” Group NARTH

Truth Wins Out, our heroes in the battle against the cruelties of the “ex-gay” industry, have launched the Lift My Luggage! website to promote their November 6th protest at the annual convention of NARTH in Philadelphia.

The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is having its annual convention in Philadelphia (Nov. 5-7). The notorious “ex-gay” group is hoping that Americans have amnesia and don’t remember that its most “prominent” board member, George Rekers, was forced to resign in May. Rekers stepped down after he was caught vacationing with a male escort he met on When asked why he had hired the young man, Rekers said it was to, “lift his luggage.” As the infamous quacks at NARTH gather for their annual convention, let’s Remind America that NARTH is a pseudo-scientific organization that is more about Rent Boys than research.

PROTEST SPONSORS: Equality Forum, William Way LGBT Community Center, MCC Philadelphia, Pam Spaulding (Pam’s House Blend), Joe Jervis (Joe.My.God) and Jeremy Hooper (Good As You).

As noted above, JMG is a co-sponsor and I’m already on the hunt for a fabulous pink suitcase to wheel up to the doors of the NARTH convention. Visit the Lift My Luggage! site for directions to the event. I hope to see lots of you in Philly on November 6th! Drinkies at Woody’s after?

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright

OutServe creates regional chapters, announces creation of military base; join Blend liveblog on Wed

This is interesting — news that for obvious reasons can’t be too specific — since Outserve is made up of currently serving gay and lesbian service members. (Outserve):

OutServe, an organization of gay and lesbian military personnel, announced Monday the creation of several base and regional chapters around the globe.  At least ten will be organized by OutServe this week on military bases and regions where the organization has significant presence, including Afghanistan and Iraq. For safety reasons the exact location of the chapters will not be known, except for inside the exclusive network, but 5 chapters will be located overseas and 5 chapters will be located stateside.  Although the demand to establish additional chapters is high, OutServe will start with ten this week and expand in the near future. For information on the group go to

The goal of each base and regional chapter will be to provide information, resources and social support to actively serving military personnel. “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” places an immense burden upon individuals who think they are alone at their base and these networks will seek to fix that. Each chapter will be charged with growing and expanding their networks and offering support in their specific areas. OutServe Headquarters will be tasked with supporting those networks and serving as the voice of the national organization.

We need to start to empower local military networks to expand and unite them under one banner,” said JD Smith, OutServe’s co-director and active duty officer in the U.S. Armed Forces. He continued,  “Informal networks of gay and lesbian military members have existed well before World War I and it’s time to take those networks and start connecting them and giving them more resources.”

Under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” it can be difficult for LGBT military personnel to network with one another.  “Our goal is to create an OutServe-based information superhighway where we can help LGBT military personnel connect with one another both locally and globally more efficiently,” stated Ty Walrod, OutServe’s co-director.  “We want military personnel to know commands that are friendly, commanders which should be addressed with caution, and where to turn for both friendship and support.”

Blenders will get a chance to ask about these initiatives when Smith and Walrod participate in a PHB liveblog on Wednesday at 8PM ET:
Pam’s House Blend – Front Page

—  John Wright

Portland’s Only Lesbian Bar Announces October Closure

The Egyptian Club, Portland’s only lesbian bar, will close its doors for good October 9 due to financial difficulties.
Daily News

—  John Wright