Get your pRide on: Uber offers discount this weekend on rides to LGBT Dallas destinations

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Uber is offering a discount of up to $20 to customers using the service to go to specific locations in the Dallas gayborhood this weekend, according to a statement the company released today (Friday, June 17):

“Like people across the world, we were deeply shocked and saddened by the recent murders at a gay nightclub in Orlando. The world is a brighter and better place when we are all free to be ourselves. And we want to bring people together, no matter who you are or where you’re from.

“To celebrate life and love in all its forms, this weekend we’ll be offering free rides to and from places around Dallas that are important to the history and culture of the local LGBT community,” the statement reads.

To take advantage of the discount, users just need to open the Uber app, request an uberx and be picked up or dropped off at any of the designated locations, and a discount of up to $20 will automatically be applied to their fee.

The offer is limited to two rides per person, up to $20 per ride, and is valid from noon today through 11:59 p.m., Monday, June 20.

Locations included in the offer are Station 4 (S4), Sue Ellen’s, JR’s Bar & Grill, TMC: The Mining Co., Resource Center, North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce and Cathedral of Hope.

Uber also encouraged users to donate if they can to OneOrlando Fund, established by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to “provide a way to help respond to the needs of our community, now and in the time to come, after the effects of the Pulse tragedy. The distribution of the funds will be administered by the Central Florida Foundation. The Foundation serves as the region’s community foundation and is home to more than 400 charitable funds.”

—  Tammye Nash

For World AIDS Day, Uber goes (RED)

Today is World AIDS Day, and various organizations, people and businesses are marking it in their own ways. Over at Uber, they have given their riders the option to fight HIV.

Partnering with EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES, the Uber app is red today, and riders can donate an additional $5 to prevent HIV transmission. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match each donation.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Gay Uber drivers in Oklahoma will be able to kick straight people out of their cars

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Sen. Jason Smalley who isn’t gay. Really.

The Oklahoma Senate passed the “Oklahoma Transportation Network Company Services Act” that removed protection for passengers based on sexual orientation.

That will allow LGBT Uber drivers in the state to protect themselves from having to drive straight people to their destinations or take their money.

The House version of the bill prevented discrimination based on sexual orientation.

“I believe if a private business owner wants to serve or not serve an individual, they have that purview right now,” said Sen. Jason Smalley, the bill’s Senate sponsor, according to ABC News.

However, if Uber or Lyft drivers decided to take Oklahoma up on its generous offer to discriminate, they could lose their affiliation with those companies since both have nondiscrimination policies that include sexual orientation.

—  David Taffet

GvB premieres new song from Hunx and his Punx

Thanks to the peeps over at the Gorilla vs. Bear site for offering up some queer music for the day. How about some Hunx and His Punx for your listening pleasure? Gorilla vs. Bear posted “Lovers Lane” today from the band’s upcoming album Too Young To Be In Love. So far, I can’t stop listening to it. Its uber-gay tune is beautifully nostalgic in that K-Tel kinda way.

The band is also in the process of creating its own TV show, which sounds like a hot mess and by the sound of the band’s last tweet (their feed is as entertaining as their music), they wouldn’t mind a little financial scratch to help out. Take some of your intended KERA money and help a gay out by pledging. They are  halfway to their $3,000 goal.

—  Rich Lopez