In the news release, Gay Marriage Billboards Banned Across United States, issued 31-Jul-2012 by BeautifulPeople.com over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the release contained incorrect information about Clearwater, Florida in the second paragraph. BeautifulPeople.com's statement follows: BeautifulPeople.com issued a news release this morning claiming that the City of Clearwater, Florida rejected their pro-gay marriage billboard campaign featuring lookalikes of Obama and leading political figures. We were given this information, which has since regretfully proven to be incorrect. We would like to sincerely apologize to the City of Clearwater, Florida who have since advised that they did not object to the original campaign content and had no say regarding the content approval process. We have now been informed that Clear Channel Outdoor refused the original billboards. We have requested a statement in writing from Clear Channel and await a response." The corrected release follows.
Gay Marriage Billboards Banned Across United States
BeautifulPeople.com Launches Exclusive Gay Website
NEW YORK, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In the wake of President Obama's recent backing of same-sex marriage and a Supreme Court decision looming, BeautifulPeople.com is launching Gay and Lesbian versions of its online dating site in a national show of support for equal rights. BeautifulPeople's billboard campaign, scheduled to launch across the country in support of same-sex marriage legislation, has been banned.
Choosing not to bow to an infringement on their right to free expression, BeautifulPeople has redesigned censored versions of the billboards. The censored images, originally a playful take on political dissonance, have gone up in 10 locations around Los Angeles including West Hollywood, California – one of the largest LGBT communities in the country – and also in Florida.
The original BeautifulPeopleGay.com billboard shows a loving matrimonial union between the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman and TV personality. The BeautifulWomenOnly.com billboard features former presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann kissing Sarah Palin, the gun-toting former Alaska governor and darling of the right. Both billboards show President Obama as officiant.
"This is a national campaign championing equal rights for the LGBT community and pledging support in a colorful way," says Greg Hodge, BeautifulPeople's Managing Director. "Through a humorous campaign we wanted to showcase how many of our political heavyweights are living in the last century."
Determined to play an active role in the national effort to legislate equal rights for the LGBT community, BeautifulPeople.com is giving 15% from every same-sex membership to a non-profit organization championing marriage equality.
BeautifulPeople.com, an online dating site exclusively for beautiful people, already has a large gay membership; however only opposite sex voting is allowed to avoid members voting strategically against other beautiful hopefuls. The exclusively gay versions now allow gay members to enjoy the same-sex voting process and vote according to their own unique definition of beauty.
Images: The following are links to images of the uncensored billboard campaign, and the wedding album images from the BeautifulPeopleGAY photo shoot. Images of the uncensored billboard truck in NYC are also available upon request.
Wedding album: http://www.beautifulpeople.com/microsites/WeddingAlbum/
Like BeautifulPeople.com, acceptance to the site is a democratic process, with existing members voting beautiful hopefuls in or out. All members must pass through a strict rating process to make sure they are up to standard. Potential members submit a picture of themselves and existing members then vote. If successful they have exclusive access to a dating site where the one thing they can guarantee is that everyone is good looking and they don't have to filter through riff raff.
BeautifulPeople is the largest community of attractive people in the world representing almost every ethnic and cultural background. This coveted community shamelessly exists so beautiful people can meet other beautiful people. There have been over 650 marriages through unions founded on BeautifulPeople.com and thousands of beautiful babies born.
Notes to Media: Greg Hodge, Managing Director of BeautifulPeople, and members available for interview. Contact: Much and House Public Relations: Cell: 310.920.0095, Desk: 323.965.0852 Email: Alana Littler [email protected]
BeautifulPeople is located at www.beautifulpeople.com