"Simmons knew there was a better way to provide LGBT couples with a safe zone for wedding planning."
There have been whispers backstage about MyTexasGayWedding.com. Today, it's official. The curtain is pulled back and the lights flood the stage. MyTexasGayWedding.com is officially out of the wings, standing center stage and ready to perform!
Whatever the size of the wedding or celebration, the LGBT community will be able to trust, when choosing a vendor from MyTexasGayWedding.com, there will be no discrimination, indifference or intolerance.
A compelling reason for vendors to court the LGBT community is based on a 2014 report by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy. It conservatively projects during the next three years, same-sex couples in Texas could account for at least $182 million in total spending.
To advertise with MyTexasGayWedding.com, vendors submit an image and up to 25-words describing specific goods or services, with complete contact information. Vendors can feature their services on the homepage of MyTexasGayWedding.com and high-profile web banners are also available for a more visible presence.
Each month, MyTexasGayWedding.com will feature a story spotlighting a married couple and another story chronicling the path to a couple's engagement.
All stories will be permanently archived at MyTexasGayWedding.com
MyTexasGayWedding.com is gay-owned and operated.
It was inspired by the experience Simmons had when he and his partner were planning their own wedding. “I searched what I thought were exclusive gay wedding sites, but some sites were empty or had few, if any, Texas-based, gay-friendly vendors. Other sites seemed to have many gay wedding vendors, but after completing eight inquires for cakes and venues, it was only a matter of days before ugly appeared,” Simmons recalls. He remembers the sting of phone calls not returned and emails that went unanswered. The silence screamed volumes.
What was supposed to be a special and joyous time started to feel like a slap in the face. Simmons says he saw first-hand what people meant when they spoke of gay marriage discrimination. “The Supreme Court made it the law of the land, but it doesn't mean that suddenly everyone plays nicely,” says Simmons.
Simmons did some digging and discovered most of the gay wedding sites were not owned by anyone in the LGBT community. One of the largest gay wedding sites is owned by a huge bridal corporation, and the site was purchased, it seems, to capitalize on and take advantage of the Supreme Court ruling.
Simmons knew there was a better way to provide LGBT couples with a safe zone for wedding planning.
An accomplished entrepreneur, Simmons envisioned what he would want if he was planning his wedding again and it became the framework for what is now MyTexasGayWedding.com.
MyTexasGayWedding.com will also publish a monthly newsletter, Living Out, written exclusively for married LGBT couples. “Marriage poses new challenges – from blending parents, children and animals to creating a budget. Who pays what? What about wills, trusts, medical powers of attorney? It's important to have your affairs in order, ” says Simmons. Living Out will tackle the joys and challenges inherent in any marriage.
Look for MyTexasGayWedding.com in your local LGBT publications, newsletters and websites throughout Texas.
The original rainbow flag, called the Freedom Flag, was devised by Gilbert Baker in 1978. The design has undergone several revisions since its debut with 8 colored stripes, and today the most common variant consists of 6 stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.
Picture of Gilbert Baker's original Freedom Flag showing the meaning of the 8 colors.