My Dangerous Commute In 2003, RainbowWeddingNetwork began producing many of the nation’s first LGBT Wedding Expos in cities such as Atlanta, Seattle, San Francisco and in Cambridge just two weeks prior to the enactment of full marriage rights for same-gender couples in Massachusetts. To date, the company has produced over forty such events in nineteen different states, some of the most popularly attended in areas with the least access for LGBT citizens to equal marriage, adoption and family rights. In April 2006, publication began of the quarterly RainbowWeddingNetwork Magazine, the first appearance of a fullcolor glossy magazine dedicated to Gay & Lesbian Weddings. someone who believes in the absolute of equal rights for everyone in our nation and around the world. (Our) two cents’ worth is that they’re already involved, with whatever actions they’re taking everyday: they’re already making an impact. Environmentally, socially, personally… The question is whether or not they’ve taken responsibility for those everyday actions, whether they’ve taken ownership for the motives underneath. With clear and mindful choices leading to clear and mindful action, activism begins. That’s where the substance of history is born. We’re all a part. Whether we consciously realize it or not, that’s the distinction.’ In December 1999, Sproul & Puechl first conceptualized the idea behind RainbowWeddingNetwork.com, and the website was launched in 2000 as the first wedding gift registry dedicated to the LGBT community. Through grassroots marketing efforts, the website received over 1 million hits in its first six months of operation. Surviving the dot com crash of 2000-2001, the company continued to stand out as a viable resource offering uniquely targeted services to a growing niche market, virtually untapped prior to that time.
Today, the company continues to expand its resources, building on its mission to serve as a bridge for LGBT couples and their allies to access the resources necessary to successfully plan their weddings and committed lives together, free from discrimination. Sproul and Puechl, along with a core group of dedicated staff members, run the business and extend the vision of RainbowWeddingNetwork to include a diversity of means to support the LGBT community, equality advocates and business professionals who uphold a policy of non-discrimination, and to offer a higher degree of legitimization for same-gender couples within American society. “My Dangerous Commute: Witnessing Gay Marriage Rights Across America” is 90 pages, available in paperback for $12.95. To purchase, visit www.MyDangerousCommute.com.
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