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Estelle Parsons: Parsin’ No Words

The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning, August: Osage County makes its debut at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, March 2-14 and the buzz over Broadway's hottest play is palpable.

 

Talk Show Diva, Wendy Williams - She's Down with the SWISH

The love affair between the gay community and legendary radio personality turned daytime diva, Wendy Williams is decades old. The over-the-top host of The Wendy Williams Show, which airs weekdays at 1 p.m. on KTVI Channel 2, has earned legions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) fans with her candid style, celebrity banter and daily dish.

 

OutTraveler.com and American Express Introduce Provincetown City Guide 2013

Now live, OutTraveler.com and American Express’s “Provincetown Guide 2013” offers travel tips for planning a getaway to one of the most popular destinations for LGBT travelers. Planning tools include the best methods for traveling to the island, what vacationers should pack, and what to expect upon arrival. 

 

Professor: Hormones, stress, smoking increases likelihood of children born gay

AMSTERDAM — A professor of neurobiology at Amsterdam University claims that factors ranging from taking synthetic hormones to suffering stress during pregnancy can increase the likelihood that a child will be born gay. 

 

ACLU Files Suit Against Mo. For Not Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Missouri joined the growing list of states facing legal challenges to their gay marriage bans, Feb. 12, when the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit seeking to force it to recognize the out-of-state marriages of several same-sex couples.

Students Form Human Wall to Block Westboro Baptist Protest at Mizzou

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, home of the anti-gay extremists behind the “Gods Hate Fags” and “God hates the World” fundamentalist movement, on Feb. 15 protested the coming out of Missouri football player Michael Sam outside Mizzou Arena on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia.

LGBT Rights Advocates Gather at Mo. Capitol to Lobby for Statewide Protections

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Show Me State’s annual Equality Day was held at the state capitol in Jefferson City on Feb. 19, where dozens of LGBT and allied Missourians lobbied state lawmakers to support the Missouri Nondiscrimination (MONA) and Safe Schools Acts, which were recently introduced in both chambers.

Illinois Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Ban Conversion Therapy on LGBT Youth

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A bill that would prohibit the use of controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on LGBT youth, has been introduced in the Illinois state legislature.

Mo. Lawmakers Introduce ‘Right to Refuse Service’ Religious Freedom Bill

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — While Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer deliberates the fate of her state’s anti-gay religious freedom bill, legislation was filed on Feb. 24 in the Missouri Senate that would allow Missouri business owners to cite religious beliefs as a legal justification for refusing to provide service.

 

McLean is Third Illinois County to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

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BLOOMINGTON, IL - Republican McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael says she hopes to be issuing same-sex marriage licenses by the middle of next week. The decision makes McLean the third county, and largest in the state, to do so after a federal judge ruled Cook County gay couples did not have to wait until the state’s new gay marriage law takes effect this summer.

St. Louis Schools to Add Spousal Benefits for Married, Same-Sex Couples

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The St. Louis public school system has implemented changes to their employment benefits to include coverage for married, same-sex spouses.

 

Kansas City, Mo., Adopts Resolution Calling for Statewide LGBT Protections

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The city council in Kansas City, Mo., on March 7, voted in favor of a resolution calling for an end to statewide discrimination against the LGBT community by supporting the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA).

Mo. House Committee Hears Testimony on LGBT-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Bill

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Missouri House Committee on March 13, heard testimony on the proposed Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA).

 

Report: Fred Phelps, Founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Near Death

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Anti-gay extremist Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church and the “Gods Hate Fags” fundamentalist movement, is near death in a local hospice, according to a Facebook post Saturday night by his son Nathan Phelps.

 

Santa Fe, N.M., voters elect city’s first openly gay mayor

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SANTA FE, N.M. — Javier Gonzales was elected Mayor of Santa Fe in a three-way race on Tuesday, becoming the city’s first ever openly gay mayor. 

 

Gay Student Says Baptist School Denied Readmission After He Came Out

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HANNIBAL, Mo. — An honors-caliber college student says he was denied readmission to a northern Missouri Baptist school after he came out as gay in a Facebook post back in December.

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ST. LOUIS - Ready for Hillary PAC - STL Kicked officially off with an organizing party held at John D. McGurk’s in Soulard, March 26. The event was attended by several LGBT and allied community members, and plans are underway for Ready for Hillary booths at both Metro East Pride and St. Louis PrideFest.

Mo. Court Asked to Block Joint Tax Returns from Married, Same-Sex couples

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Opponents of same-sex marriage have asked a Missouri court to block Gov. Jay Nixon’s order that the state accept jointly filed tax returns from same-sex couples legally married in other states.

 

Mo. Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Repeal State’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri state lawmaker has introduced legislation to repeal the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

 

Hundreds of Mo. Businesses Voice Support for Statewide LGBT Protections

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – More than 450 Missouri-based companies from across the state, including two of the Fortune 500, are now voicing their support for the LGBT-inclusive Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA), which was introduced in both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly in February.

Lambda Legal sues doctor, clinic for denying care to transgender woman

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URBANA, Ill. — Lambda Legal on April 15 filed a lawsuit claiming that an Illinois health care services group denied medical care to a transgender woman after she requested hormone replacement therapy.  

 

Illinois’ Same-Sex Couples Look Forward to Pride Month, Celebrating their Big Day

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. — While same-sex couples began marrying in Chicago and Illinois’ Cook County as a result of a court ruling on Friday, more than a dozen gay and lesbian couples downstate are preparing to celebrate their big day at the 7th annual Metro East PrideFest in Belleville, Ill., on June 21, 2014.

Mo. Hispanic Business Community Supports LGBT Non-Discrimination Bill

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Missouri’s Hispanic business community is coming out in support of a proposed statewide LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination bill.

 

House committee hears Nixon impeachment over same-sex joint tax returns

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Impeachment efforts to oust Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon over his decision to allow same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns got underway during a House hearing held on April 24.

 

Fortune 500 companies voice support for Mo. non-discrimination bill

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Support for the LGBT-inclusive Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA) MONA continues to grow as 500 Missouri-based companies from across the state, including two of the Fortune 500, are now voicing their support for workplace protections. 

 

Missouri Grants First Same-Sex Divorce

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COLUMBIA, MO - With marriage equality comes same-sex divorce. Or at least that should be the natural order of things. But a Boone County judge’s ruling last month granting Missouri’s first same-sex divorce could prove a game changer in defeating a constitutional amendment barring such unions.

Alex Newell: St. Louis PrideFest 2014 Headliner

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He’s “unique” fabulous and in charge. Glee star Alex Newell hits the Bud Light Main Stage at PrideFest on Saturday, June 28 at 8:50 p.m. We caught up with the trans teen trailblazer to chat about PrideFest, his Glee persona, and more. 

 

Ariana & the Rose: St. Louis PrideFest 2014 Headliner

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Ariana DiLorenzo has done a lot in her young life from acting on stage and screen to emerging as one of electro-pops most promising stars with her band, Ariana & the Rose. We recently chatted with the New York native ahead of her St. Louis PrideFest debut on the Bud Light Main Stage on Saturday, June 28 at 8 p.m.

Betty Who: St. Louis PrideFest 2014 Headliner

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Aussie native Betty Who has been likened to the next Katy Perry and is preparing to dazzle PrideFest audiences on the Bud Light Main Stage on Sunday, June 29 at 5:15 p.m. 

 

Cazwell: St. Louis PrideFest 2014 Headliner

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Gay hip hop phenom Cazwell brings his flash and bling and “No Selfie Control” to the Bud Light Main Stage on Sunday, June 29 at 4 p.m. – and the rapper and songwriter promises a good, fun time.  

 

PROMO's Urbanaire Lights Up City Hall

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ST. LOUIS – Orange was very much the new black at last night’s Urbanaire at City Hall benefitting PROMO, Missouri’s statewide LGBT advocacy organization. Over 700 LGBT supporters joined Honorary Chairpersons Mayor Slay and Monietta Slay; community leaders, politicians and Missourians of every stripe to celebrate, mingle and indulge on some of the finest food, cocktails and entertainment St. Louis has to offer.  

 

Fortune Feimster: St. Louis PrideFest 2014 Headliner

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Out funny woman Fortune Feimster will bring her wit and barb to the Bud Light Main Stage at PrideFest on Saturday, June 29 from 3 p.m. til close. We caught up with the Chelsea Lately roundtable panelist to talk Pride, emceeing and more.

 

God-Des & She: St. Louis PrideFest 2014 Headliner

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Mixing their blend of hip hop, pop and soul, God-Des & She (comprised of Alicia Smith and Tina Gassen) take the Bud Light Main Stage at PrideFest on Saturday, June 28 at 5 p.m.

 

Manila Luzon: St. Louis PrideFest 2014 Headliner

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Asian glamazon Manila Luzon takes the Bud Light Main Stage as emcee for St. Louis PrideFest on Saturday, June 28 from 6p.m. til close. The Ru Paul’s Drag Race alum and season three 1st runner-up has plenty in store for PrideFest audiences complete with her haut couture, barbed wit and vocals. 

 

Sampson McCormick: St. Louis PrideFest 2014 Headliner

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He’s a comedian, writer, activist but as Sampson McCormick will tell you – he’s effortlessly funny. To that end, the D.C. native plans to bring a whole lot of laughter to the Bud Light Main Stage when he emcees PrideFest on Saturday, June 28 starting at 12:30 p.m. We caught up with Sampson to talk PrideFest, dealing with homophobia in the black church, and other issues.  

 

The Fab Fox Announces 2014-2015 Broadway Schedule

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ST. LOUIS - The Fabulous Fox Theatre is proud to announce it's marquee for the 2014-2015 US Bank Broadway series

 

Former Mo. GOP U.S. senator supports statewide LGBT protections

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With just days left before the end of Missouri’s legislative session this week, former U.S. Sen. John Danforth has come out in support of the LGBT-inclusive Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA). 

 

Mo. legislature adjourns without taking action on LGBT non-discrimination bill

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The 2014 Missouri state legislative session adjourned Friday without a vote on the LGBT-inclusive Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA).  

 

St. Louis LGBT History Project Joins Sister Projects at Conference

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KANSAS CITY, MO - The St. Louis LGBT History Project joined sister projects from Kansas City (The Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America) and Springfield (Ozarks Lesbian and Gay Archives) at the Midwest Archives Conference in Kansas City on April 26.

 

MKTO: St. Louis PrideFest 2014 Headliner

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Hot new pop act MKTO is set to close out PrideFest 2014 weekend on Sunday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. on the Bud Light Main Stage. Fresh off appearances on Live! With Kelly and Michael, a national tour with Emblem3 and an upcoming performance on The View –the “Celebrity” duo will not disappoint.  

 

Lady Bunny: St. Louis PrideFest 2014 Headliner

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Lady Bunny brings her glitzy outfits, sky-high wigs and mouthy mic to the Monsanto Local Performance Stage as emcee for St. Louis PrideFest on Saturday, June 28 from 1-4p.m. We caught up with the Wigstock legend to talk Pride, RuPaul and the debate over slurs in our community. 

 

Opera Theatre of St. Louis Announces 40th Anniversary Season

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Opera Theatre of Saint Louis celebrates its 40th anniversary season in 2015, with high comedy, romance, heartbreak, adventure, and powerful tragedy. General director Timothy O’Leary today announced the repertory for the 2015 season, which includes Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Puccini’s La rondine, the American premiere of Handel’s Richard the Lionheart, and a new production of Tobias Picker’s saga Emmeline, as well as a new addition to the OTSL season: a concert highlighting the talents of the singers in the company’s renowned Gerdine Young Artist Program, accompanied on stage by members of the St. Louis Symphony 

 

Military Diversity Set to Shine at Pride Celebrations

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ST. LOUIS – Military diversity will be front and center again at this year’s St. Louis PrideFest and at events around the bi-state. 

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Rainbow Lighting Returns to St. Louis Landmarks for Pride Month

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ST. LOUIS – The Civil Courts building will be ablaze in rainbow lighting once again this year for St. Louis PrideFest thanks to the support of a local foundation.

 

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You acknowledge and agree that all content and materials available on or through the Services are protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, trade secrets, or other proprietary rights and laws. You may print or download one copy of the materials or content on the Services on any single computer for your personal, non-commercial use, provided that such materials remain unaltered and are accompanied by a clearly visible copy of any copyright or other proprietary notice appearing on such materials. Otherwise, you may not republish, retransmit, reproduce or otherwise use the materials or content. Systematic retrieval of data or other content from the Services to create or compile, directly or indirectly, a collection, compilation, database or directory without written permission from us is prohibited. In addition, use of the content or materials for any purpose not expressly permitted in these Terms of Service is prohibited. Except as expressly authorized by us, you agree not to sell, license, rent, modify, distribute, copy, reproduce, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, edit, or create derivative works from such materials or content. To obtain such authorization, contact the #Boom Media legal department by mail at: 

 

#Boom Media
Attn: Legal Department
2308 Cherokee St. Suite 2Fl
St Louis, MO 63118 

 

13. Copyright Infringement Claims 

 

#Boom Media respects the intellectual property rights of others. Pursuant to Title 17 U.S.C. § 512, as amended by Title II of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the "Act"), #Boom Media has implemented procedures for receiving written notification of claimed copyright infringements and for processing such claims in accordance with the Act. If you believe your work has been copied and is accessible through the Services in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please fill out a Notice of Infringement Form and mail it to the following agent of #Boom Media for notice of claims of copyright infringement: 

 

#Boom Media
Attn: Legal Department
2308 Cherokee St. Suite 2Fl
St Louis, MO 63118 

 

The information requested by the Notice of Infringement Form substantively complies with 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3)(A), which provides: 

 

To be effective under this subsection, a notification of claimed infringement must be a written communication provided to the designated agent of a service provider that includes substantially the following: 

 

(i) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. 

 

(ii) Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site. 

 

(iii) Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material. 

 

(iv) Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party such as an address, telephone number, and if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted. 

 

(v) A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. 

 

(vi) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. 

 

Notification from a copyright

 
owner or from a person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner that fails to comply substantially with the provisions above shall not be considered as providing actual knowledge or an awareness of facts or circumstances from which infringing activity is apparent. Please provide a Notice of Infringement Form each time you wish to report alleged acts of infringement. 

 

14. BINDING ARBITRATION AGREEMENT AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER 

 

PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY. IT AFFECTS YOUR RIGHTS AND WILL IMPACT HOW CLAIMS YOU AND WE HAVE AGAINST EACH OTHER ARE RESOLVED. 

 

Binding Arbitration. You and #Boom Media agree that any dispute, claim or controversy arising out of or relating in any way to the Services, including our websites, user interfaces, mobile applications, these Terms of Service (including any future changes) and this Arbitration Agreement, shall be resolved exclusively through final and binding arbitration instead of in courts of general jurisdiction, except that you may assert claims in small claims court, if your claims qualify. ARBITRATION MEANS THAT THE DISPUTE WILL BE RESOLVED BY A NEUTRAL ARBITRATOR INSTEAD OF IN A COURT BY A JUDGE OR JURY. The Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) governs the interpretation and enforcement of this Arbitration Agreement. 

 

If you elect to seek arbitration, you must first send to #Boom Media, by certified mail, a written Notice of your claim ("Notice"). The Notice to #Boom Media should be addressed to: General Counsel, #Boom Media, 2308 Cherokee St Suite 2Fl St. Louis, MO 63118 ("Notice Address"). The Notice should also be sent via electronic mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If #Boom Media elects to seek arbitration, it will send a written Notice to you by U.S. Mail to your address, if we have it, or otherwise to your email address. A Notice, whether sent by you or by us, must (a) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute; and (b) set forth the specific relief sought ("Demand"). If #Boom Media and you do not reach an agreement to resolve the claim within 60 days after the Notice is received, you or #Boom Media may commence an arbitration proceeding or file a claim in small claims court. During the arbitration, the amount of any settlement offer made by #Boom Media or you shall not be disclosed to the arbitrator.  

The arbitration will be governed by the Commercial Arbitration Rules and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (collectively, "AAA Rules") of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), as modified by this Agreement, and will be administered by the AAA. The AAA Rules and Forms are available online at www.adr.org, or by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879. The arbitrator is bound by the terms of this Agreement. This Agreement governs to the extent it conflicts with the AAA Rules. All issues are for the arbitrator to decide, including issues relating to the scope and enforceability of this arbitration agreement. The arbitrator will make any award in writing but need not provide a statement of reasons unless requested by a party. SUCH AWARD WILL BE BINDING AND FINAL, EXCERPT FOR ANY RIGHT OF APPEAL PROVIDED BY THE FAA, AND MAY BE ENTERED IN ANY COURT HAVING JURISDICTION OVER THE PARTIES FOR PURPOSES OF ENFORCEMENT. 

 

You or #Boom Media may initiate arbitration in either Saint Louis City, Missouri or the county in which you reside. In the event that you select the county of your residence, #Boom Media may transfer the arbitration to the City of Saint Louis, Missouri in the event that it agrees to pay any additional fees or costs you incur as a result of the change in location as determined by the arbitrator. If the value of the relief sought is $10,000 or less, you or #Boom Media may elect to have the arbitration conducted by telephone or based solely on written submissions, which election shall be binding on you and #Boom Media subject to the arbitrator's discretion to require an in-person hearing, if the circumstances warrant. Attendance at an in-person hearing may be made by telephone by you and/or #Boom Media, unless the arbitrator requires otherwise. The payment of all filing, administration and arbitrator fees shall be governed by the AAA Rules, unless otherwise determined by law. 

 

Class Action Waiver.You and #Boom Media agree that each may bring claims against the other only in your or its individual capacity, and not as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class or representative proceeding. NEITHER YOU NOR #BOOM MEDIA WILL SEEK TO HAVE ANY DISPUTE HEARD AS A CLASS ACTION OR IN ANY OTHER PROCEEDING IN WHICH EITHER PARTY ACTS OR PROPOSES TO ACT IN A REPRESENTATIVE CAPACITY. Unless both you and #Boom Media agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate or join more than one person's or party's claims and may not otherwise preside over any form of a consolidated, representative, or class proceeding. Also, the arbitrator may award relief (including monetary, injunctive, and declaratory relief) only in favor of the individual party seeking relief and only to the extent necessary to provide relief necessitated by that party's individual claim(s). ANY RELIEF AWARDED CANNOT AFFECT OTHER USERS (VISITOR OR OTHERWISE) OF THE SERVICES. 

 

Severability.If any clause within this Section 14 (other than the Class Action Waiver clause above) is found to be illegal or unenforceable, that clause will be severed from this Section 14, and the remainder of this Section 14 will be given full force and effect. If the Class Action Waiver clause is found to be illegal or unenforceable, this entire Section 14 will be unenforceable, and the claim will be decided by a court and you and #Boom Media each agree to waive in that instance, to the fullest extent allowed by law, any trial by jury. 

 

Time to File Claim.To the extent permitted by law, any claim or dispute under these Terms of Service must be filed within one year in small claims court or an arbitration proceeding. The one-year period begins when the claim could first be filed or Notice could first be given. IF A CLAIM OR DISPUTE IS NOT FILED WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR, IT IS PERMANENTLY BARRED. 

 

This Section 14 shall survive any termination of this Agreement. 

 

15. Governing Law and Jurisdiction 

 

You agree that the laws of the State of Missouri will apply to all matters relating to this Agreement, as they would to agreements made and entered into entirely in Missouri, by Missouri residents, notwithstanding your actual place of residence or domicile. 

 

Unless you and we agree otherwise, in the event that the Arbitration Agreement above is found not to apply to you or to a particular claim or dispute as a result of a decision by the arbitrator or a court order, you agree that any claim or dispute that has arisen or may arise between you and #Boom Media must be resolved exclusively by a state or federal court located in St. Louis City, Missouri. You and #Boom Media agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located within St. Louis City, Missouri for the purpose of litigating all such claims or disputes. 

 

16. General 

 

This Agreement contains the complete and final statement of the understanding between you and #Boom Media with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement and supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous negotiations, agreements or communications, whether written or oral, between you and us concerning the subject matter of this Agreement. 

 

If any provision of this Agreement is rendered by a court or governmental agency of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not affect the remainder of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect and be enforced in accordance with its remaining terms. 

 

The waiver by us of a breach or default of any of the provisions of this Agreement by you shall not be construed as a waiver of any succeeding breach of the same or other provisions; nor shall any delay or omission on the part of the #Boom Media to exercise or avail itself of any right, power or privilege that it has or may have hereunder operate as a waiver of any breach or default by you. 

 

You agree that, regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action that you may have arising out of or related to use of the Services or this Agreement must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred. 

 

The section titles in this Agreement are solely used for convenience and have no legal or contractual significance. 

 

All provisions of this Agreement that, by their nature, survive termination of this Agreement will survive termination including, without limitation, the Acceptance of Terms of Service, Usage Rules, Links and Third-Party Sites, Disclaimer of Warranties, Limitations on Liability, Indemnification, Allocation of Risk, Proprietary Rights, Arbitration Agreement and Class Action Waiver, Governing Law and Jurisdiction, and General sections of this Agreement.

 

 

Ann Callis has her eye on Washington

AnnCallis

 

She’s a proud mother and Democrat, a former Chief Judge of Madison County and running for Congress in Illinois’ 13th congressional district to unseat Tea Party-backed freshmen Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville).

 

Youth | Les Jeunes: Making It.

Youth

 

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” -Maya Angelou

 

Throughout my years as a volunteer in the St. Louis LGBTQIA Youth community, I’ve heard the following phrase innumerable times, be it verbatim or a variation thereof: “Every night, I hope that I don’t wake up.” It’s a phrase -- and feeling -- that almost everyone experiences, yet it’s a feeling that often makes us feel the most alone. Sometimes, especially as young adults just coming into our own, that’s our reality: we would rather not have to face another day of (fill in the blank).

 

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