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Super Bowl champ Ayanbadejo to partner with Blade

Former Raven to announce partnership with nation’s oldest LGBT newspaper

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Brendon Ayanbadejo (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Super Bowl Champ to Announce Partnership with Nation’s Oldest LGBT Newspaper at June 6th Press Event

Brendon Ayanbadejo to Team-Up with the Washington Blade to Further National Focus on LGBT Issues in Professional Sports

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This Thursday, the Washington Blade, the oldest, national newspaper of record for the LGBT community, and three-time National Football League (NFL) Pro Bowl award winner and 2013 Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Champ, Brendon Ayanbadejo, will be announcing a major partnership to advance the growing, national dialogue regarding LGBT issues in professional sports.

The announcement is set to take place at 11:30 am (ET) on Thursday, June 6thduring a press and VIP event in the Woodward-Bernstein Room at the Donovan House hotel located in downtown Washington, DC (1155 14th St, NW, Washington, DC 20005).  Press check-in will open at 11 am.

Brendon Ayanbadejo has been a long-time, outspoken ally for LGBT equality and since 2009 has publicly advocated for marriage equality for same-sex couples.  In 2013, Ayanbadejo and his NFL colleague, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, filed a joint amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage in the California Prop 8 case currently in front of the court.

Event is by invitation only and seating is limited.  Press interested in attending can reserve a spot by RSVP’ing to Kristofer Eisenla, Luna Eisenla Media, at [email protected].

** For media unable to attend the event, a live-stream of the announcement will be provided at www.washingtonblade.com

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The Washington Blade was founded in 1969 as a black and white, one-sheet community newsletter distributed in D.C.-area bars. In October 2009, the Blade celebrated its 40th anniversary as an award-winning news source with a large following in print and online.  Readers locally and around the world have come to rely on the Blade’s unmatched coverage of LGBT news, earning the paper the moniker “the newspaper of record for the LGBT community.

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National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Certifies Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc

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Washington, D.C. — Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc, the parent company of the Washington Blade and Azer Creative, announced today it has been certified by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as an LGBT Business Enterprise. The NGLCC supports and advocates for diversity and inclusion for LGBT-owned businesses. With this certification the Blade’s parent company joins more than 510 business and 134 corporate partners of the NGLCC.

Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc. owns and operates the Washington Blade, the oldest and most acclaimed LGBT newspaper in the country. In 2012, the company launched Azer Creative, a full-service design firm. The company employs more than a dozen full-time LGBT staff.

“We are excited to become one of the 500 LGBT businesses across the country certified by NGLCC,” said Lynne Brown, the Blade’s publisher and a co-owner of the company. “The LGBT community has been part of our company from the beginning and we look forward to continue that for many years to come.”

The Washington Blade was founded in 1969 and is known as the “newspaper of record” for the LGBT community both locally and nationally. Visit washingtonblade.com for more information. Azer Creative is a full-service graphic design firm based in Washington, D.C. Visit azercreative.com for more information. 

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Vote now for the 2013 Best of Gay DC!

Choose in dozens of categories among hundreds of nominees, and make your voice heard!

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Nominate the ‘Best of Gay D.C.’ now!

Dozens of categories cover all the best for LGBT Washington. Who deserves the prize this year?

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