"It was such a genuine pleasure meeting you and experiencing the Expo at the Grand in Baltimore!
Truly a great and lovely affair that had direct impact on our property. I highly recommend this event to exhibit. Multiple qualified leads!
You and RainbowWeddingNetwork were wonderful to work with, professional and provided a quality environment conducive to creating business opportunities. There are many tradeshows or expositions for the bridal market and your LGBT Wedding Expo exceeded the others with a great partnership."
Dawn Puliti Senior Outside Sales
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4 West University Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21218
Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 13:57
Really a very good article - a reminder about how swiftly change really has happened with regard to marriage rights. Has overtones, obviously, for other progress we'd like to see in the near future!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 09:51
Oftentimes, couples (and sometimes first-time exhibitors) reach out to ask what they can expect at one of our LGBT Wedding Expos. This story by Voice of America does offer a nice overview of our recent event in Baltimore. As you'll see, you'll get an idea of what vendors are bringing in, how the other couples are making use of the resources available, and the general atmosphere we create at the events. Check out our full expo calendar for upcoming dates near you!
Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 12:18
New Documentary! Hawaiian Values Differ From Western Traditions...
IN A WORLD THAT PUNISHES GENDER NONCONFORMITY, IMAGINE A PLACE WHERE A LITTLE BOY CAN GROW UP TO BE THE WOMAN OF HIS DREAMS, AND A LITTLE GIRL CAN RISE TO BECOME A LEADER OF YOUNG MEN. WELCOME TO KUMU HINA'S HAWAI'I. A new documentary by Emmy Award-winning directors Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson produced in association with Pacific Islanders in Communications and ITVS.
Words From the Directors...
Just two years ago, we began the making of KUMU HINA, a film about Hina Wong-Kalu, an extraordinary Native Hawaiian teacher, or kumu, and cultural leader who happens to be mahu, the Hawaiian term for those who embrace both masculine and feminine traits.
The experience was magical, capturing the ups and downs of Hinaʻs first-year of marriage to an unpredictable Tongan man and her inspiring mentorship of a young girl whose dream was to lead their schoolʻs all-male hula troupe.
The result is a provocative and inspiring glimpse of a Hawai'i rarely seen by outsiders, and a land in which there is unconditional acceptance and respect for all -- what Kumu Hina calls "the true meaning of aloha."
As the filmʻs 2014 world premiere approaches (to be announced soon), weʻre also getting ready to launch a dynamic engagement campaign to share Kumu Hinaʻs message with the world!
A hint of just how powerful this experience will be occurred over the past few weeks amidst Hawai'i's contentious debate over marriage equality.
As opponents and supporters fought tooth and nail, Kumu Hina published an Op-Ed in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that profoundly changed the discourse. Rather than make arguments from a Western mindset, she offered an historical perspective on gender and sexuality in Hawai'i that opened the door to what State Senator Gil Kahele called in an extraordinary speech on the Senate floor, "a full and honest renaissance of pre-Christian Hawai'iʻs history."
As the legislative battle continued, Kumu Hina became a prominent symbol of hope, and helped position Hawaiian culture as the guiding force for progress and unity in the islands. Upon passage of the Marriage Equality Act, Gov. Neil Abercrombie invited her to deliver the opening chant at the Signing Ceremony, where there was not a dry eye in the house.
A few highlights from these events are included here, a sign of whatʻs to come with the KUMU HINA film and campaign in the year ahead. We hope youʻll join us on the journey.
Joe Wilson & Dean Hamer, KUMU HINA Producers/Directors
Qwaves Films | P.O. Box 688 | Haleiwa, HI 96712
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 10:20