Celebrating Pride & Leading with Love for All

Pride Month is a moment when we, those who identify as LGBTQ, stand proudly and celebrate the journey, the struggles, and the progress we’ve made as a community. I am proud to lead an organization that cares to make a difference by leading with love. I invite you to take a few moments and allow me to share a few thoughts about why it is Neiman Marcus Group’s duty to advocate for LGBTQ rights, both in and outside of the workplace, during and outside of Pride month.

Geoffroy van Raemdonck, Chief Executive Officer at Neiman Marcus Group

LOVE will always lead the way! This is why we love Neiman Marcus soo much! Come into the beautiful world of Neiman Marcus.

Its Global Pride Day



It is Global Pride Day. Global Pride is the world’s biggest ever LGBTI+ celebration. They stream 24 hours of content from Pride organisations, and you could watch anywhere with Wifi and a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Through a number of video channels and via Facebook, you can watch performances by various artists throughout the day, including Thelma Houton, Olivia Newton John, Pabllo Vittar, and Ava Max. LGBTI activists, civil society groups, politicians and world leaders also have their say. Millions of viewers are expected worldwide.

Your safety is important to Global Pride

Some Global Pride viewers will be watching in a country where being LGBTI+ is not easy, or even criminalised. Or they might not be ‘out’ to their family or friends. They have put together this guidance to help you watch as safely as possible.

Watching Global Pride 2020

  • Use a safe browser such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla or Tor
  • Make sure your browser is updated
  • Make sure your browser plugins are updated
  • Use your browser in ‘Privacy Mode / Private Browsing’ or enable ‘do not track’ in your browser
  • Block pop-ups
  • Use an ad blocker
  • Use Disconnect to block advertisers and social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, from tracking which websites you visit
  • Use a VPN to hide your IP address such as Proton, Windscribe, HideMe or NordVPN
  • Avoid using public Wi-Fi.
  • You don’t need to sign-in / log-in to watch Global Pride 2020 on their website or on Todrick Hall’s YouTube channel.

After watching Global Pride 2020

  • Clear your history
  • Clear your web browser cache and cookies

Engaging with Global Pride 2020 on social media

If you would like to use your social media profiles to engage with Global Pride 2020:

  • Use a strong and UNIQUE password for each one of your social media profiles
  • Use two-factor authentication when available
  • Make sure you still have access to the email/phone number you registered when signing up
  • Avoid password recovery questions such as “What city were you born in?” or “What is the name of your pet?”
  • If being outed is a concern for you, change your profile setting to private. You could also consider not using LGBTIQ+ mentions and visuals from your bio
  • Make sure your identity is concealed, and you are not using a username that refers to your legal name or to a nickname that may identify you
  • Don’t agree to friend requests from people you don’t know on social media networks – people are not always who they say they are

In case of a social media anti-LGBTIQ+ cyber attack

  • Do not engage with trolls; report them and invite others to report them
  • Do NOT click on uninvited or suspicious links you receive in comments or in your inbox (DM). Some links could download a virus or collect your information. Verify links with senders you know. Ignore and delete links from senders you don’t know, or who don’t respond to you. Delete suspicious links from comments to protect your followers from inadvertently clicking on them.
  • Ensure you have up-to-date antivirus and firewall protection.
  • If the trolling intensifies, change your profile setting to private. You could also consider deactivating comments on posts.
  • Remain calm and polite no matter what. Do not fall for provocation.
  • Screenshot and record the trolls’ actions and messages. Report them repeatedly if necessary.
  • Be responsible. Do not share information that you are not sure is correct. Imprecise information creates panic. Panic makes us more vulnerable to aggressions.
  • Keep in mind that love is always stronger than misunderstanding and hate.

Global Pride 2020 will never ask for your real/legal name and for your password.

All Global Pride 2020 social media accounts are verified to help you find the right content to share. The links to the channels are:

Thanks to Hadi Damien, Beirut Pride, for writing this advice.

Come into the beautiful world of Global Pride 2020.




Jared® Celebrates Pride Month with Limited-Edition Ring to Commemorate Five-Year Anniversary of Marriage Equality

Jared ®, a specialty retail jewelry chain in the U.S., announced today to help celbrate Pride Month by creating a limited-edition ring to commemorate the five-year anniversary of marriage equality. The brand also announced that, through sales of the ring, it has committed to raising $400,000 to support the six charitable partners involved in iHeartMedia and Procter & Gamble’s ‘Can’t Cancel Pride’: A COVID-19 Relief Benefit for the LGBTQ+ Community virtual celebration.

Love Proudly Multi-Color Rainbow Ring

Whoever you love, complete the look with this 14K gold masterpiece, featuring 9 natural semi-precious gemstones including black spinel, smoky quartz, garnet, citrine, peridot, blue topaz, amethyst and white sapphire to pay tribute to the Pride rainbow and engraved with the date in which the Supreme Court passed the Marriage Equality Act.​

The 4mm Love Proudly Ring Multi-Color Rainbow is available in 14K Yellow or white gold for $499.99

Profits from sales of the ring, for sale through July 5, 2020, will go to the Can’t Cancel Pride Fund at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation with a minimum contribution of $400,000. The ‘Can’t Cancel Pride Fund’ supports organizations that have a track record for creating positive change within the LGBTQ+ communities, including GLAAD, SAGE, The Trevor Project, the National Black Justice Coalition, CenterLink and OutRight Action International.

While Pride month certainly looks different this year, Jared remains passionate about showing its support for the LGBTQ+ community and more importantly, helping those in need during this difficult time. As a brand that believes in celebrating life and expressing love, we can think of no better way to extend our #LoveCantWait campaign than by partnering with P&G and iHeartMedia for this celebration.

Bill Brace, Chief Marketing Officer and Jared Executive General Manager

Jared joins iHeartMedia and P&G to inspire and uplift people through this virtual benefit, which aims to raise awareness and funds for LGBTQ+ communities most impacted by COVID-19. As part of the event, Jared will support a special in-broadcast segment and is asking people to share their Pride by posting stories of spectacular displays of love on their own social media platforms using the hashtag #CantCancelPride

Leading iHeartMedia on-air personality Elvis Duran and actress and LGBTQ+ advocate Laverne Cox will host the upcoming event, bringing together allies of the community and today’s biggest names in both culture and entertainment through powerful programming. The event will stream on iHeartRadio’s Facebook and Instagram pages, iHeartRadio’s PrideRadio.com, on the iHeartRadio app, and will air on iHeartMedia stations nationwide on June 25 at 9 p.m. ET local time.

Come into the beautiful worlds of Jared and Can’t Cancel Pride.

You are not alone


‘Mi hermano – My Brother’ tells the story of Alberto, a young Spanish gay man who lives in Berlin a very different life than the one he led in his Castilian town with his conservative family. But after a call, he must return there to face the tragedy and his own lies that he built to get away from his family.

I like to think that the book he wrote at the end for his brother is real, published and available to purchase. It would be a beautiful dedication to all those who experienced the same all over the world.

So so beautiful and touching and poignant and meaningful. A beautiful and much needed story about our youth! Brilliant….. he wrote an ending for his brother that the 15 year old should have had if it weren’t because of the horrible parents.

You are not alone!

A Parandroid Films & InOut Filmmakers productie
with Álvaro de Juan, Marta Belaustegui, Jeff Frey, Flora López en Fernando de Juan.




Yesu Toro by Joan Crisol for Zarpa Madrid



Although all people are born free and equal in dignity and rights, there are still discriminatory laws, policies and practices in the world against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI +) people. In some countries, they are even re-emerging after being dormant for several years.

That is why we must take the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia as an opportunity to increase awareness of the human rights of LGBTI + people, without forgetting that it also represents a unique opportunity to celebrate our diversity.







Model: Yesu Toro
Photographer: Joan Crisol





We haven’t said enough and we’ll raise our voice.


We never talked about politics on Yakymour. I had the thought that your favorite online glossy should be ‘positive and fun’. But in the years our regular readers could read between the lines how we think about things. But sometimes you must be more clearly.

At Yakymour, our values include tolerance, respect and an unwavering dedication to diversity and inclusion. We stand in solidarity with our readers to take action. The responsibility is on all of us and we pledge to continue sharing our ongoing efforts.

We’re listening and we hear you. We haven’t said enough and we’ll raise our voice. We stand against any act of discrimination and injustice in our society.

At Yakymour we want to use the privilege of our platform to make a difference. The events that are happening are painful reminder that we have so much further to go.

It is up to all of us to make a change. I stand with the black community and everyone working to end systemic racism and inequality.


Jean Amr, owner Yakymour




Rituals say Thank You!


When we cannot actually be together, nothing beats the wonderful feeling of working together on something good for someone else, however small it may be.


Rituals Cosmetics doneted 200.000 Rituals goodie bags with products as a small gesture of thanks to all the fabulous doctors, nurses and caretakers of all 80 of the hospitals in the Netherlands. Come into the beautiful world of Rituals.




I hope that you’ll all doing okey!


To all my readers all over the world, I hope that you’ll all doing okey!

In the space of just a few weeks, our daily lives have changed drastically. It’s unbelievable what this Corona virus has done to all of us. As you all are probably too aware, the world is in the midst of a global pandemic, the Corona virus disease (COVID-19), affected everyone. We’re stuck at home, bombarded by videos of Instagram models working out in their apartments, teaching us how to use pots and pans to increase the effectiveness of push-ups.

We find ourselves in a situation that is both unreal, alien and frightening for all of us. We do not recognize our everyday life or the world around us. And yet we are only standing at the beginning of something we do not fully know the consequences of.

Uncertainty makes us vulnerable. The seriousness makes us anxious. The new everyday life can give us a feeling of powerlessness. Holland is affected along with the rest of the world. Now our most important task is to try to slow down the dramatic development – by following the orders given by the authorities.

We can be grateful that we have political leaders and professional authorities with the courage and knowledge to deal with the situation with honesty and realism. Holland is known as a trust society. Now there is a special need to show each other confidence. Both ensure that everyone takes responsibility for preventing the spread of infection. And for the country’s authorities to make good and wise decisions.

It’s quite a challenge for all of us. When people are uncertain or scared, they feel a great need for human contact. You want to share your story with someone. You want to have familiar faces around you. Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. Let’s make sure together that nobody feels abandoned. Thankfully, even when you can’t visit people anymore, we have many ways to communicate: online, by phone or by post.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all now. With you who are sick and with you who are relatives. With health professionals all over the world, day and night. With those who are experiencing financial loss and fear for the future. To all of you who hold important social functions so that our ‘world’ can function.

To all the children – who may be particularly anxious now – and whom we must take extra care of. And with those who feel the loneliness because our small and large communities are temporarily taken away from us.
Finally, I would like to remind you that everyone needs a little extra kindness during this time. Together we stand in this. And together we will be able to get through what lies ahead.

We urge you all to follow precautionary measures and hope you are all safe! Take care and stay positive.

Love you all, and I hope to bring some joy in this difficult time!

Jean Amr




Love is Love, also in Hungary


We believe that we are all equal, irrespective of our nationality, religion, gender, age, ethnic background, spoken language, hobbies and opinions. We believe that both hetero- and homosexuals have the right to love the person who is best for them.

A new advertising campaign from Coca-Cola Hungary is causing controversy for showing same-sex love. The ads show several couples lovingly sharing bottles of Coke. One of the ads shows a mixed-sex couple, another shows two women, and the other shows two men. The posters are part of a ‘Love Revolution’ campaign centered around Budapest’s Sziget music festival, which takes place this week.


Boldog István, an MP from Hungary’s conservative, right-wing party Fidesz which has held majority power in the country since 2010, has said he is boycotting the brand and is encouraging others to do the same. He wrote on Facebook: “Until they remove their provocative posters from Hungary, I will not consume their products! I’m asking everyone!”

István Boldog, who earlier this year called for a ban of the Budapest Pride Parade, is spearheading a petition and boycott against the brand for the posters, calling for their removal.


But Coke is standing by the ads. The soft drink company said in a press release: “The three different posters feature both hetero- and homosexual couples drinking Coca-Cola. With this we really want to convey a message: our belief that everyone has the right to affection and love; that the feeling of love is the same (#loveislove). Many advertisements – not just Coca-Colaʼs – divide peopleʼs opinions: some like them, some do not. Of course we respect the opinions of others that differ from our own. We believe that we are all equal, irrespective of our nationality, religion, gender, age, ethnic background, spoken language, hobbies and opinions. We believe that both hetero- and homosexuals have the right to love the person who is best for them”.