04.03.18 | In 2012, Cecil Chao offered $65 million to any man who could win over his lesbian daughter and make her straight. Six years later, Gigi Chao is Hong Kong’s leading lady in LGBTQ rights. UFO’s, Liberace, and China’s retaliation against the US embargo are also on the agenda.
03.28.18 | Tim and John celebrate 10 years of hosting The Focus Group with a look back at memorable early moments, favorite guests, and fun VW Road Trip destinations. Brian Roman and the AdMark360 LGBT Business Spotlight showcases Tinia Pina, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Re-Nuble, Inc., a waste-to-resource company headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. And Roland Siebelink‘s Scale Up Ally helps founding teams grow big but not corporate.
03.27.18 | Facebook is now blocking ads targeted to LGBT users, and Craigslist has shut down their personals section. Both stories have been under the radar, but will have an outsized impact on the LGBT community.
03.21.18 | Nor’easter number four did not stop The Focus Group, Tim was able to join the show live from Philadelphia via Skype. A Paris sex doll brothel and a garden scale on the Home Depot site that seems to be measuring weed—or perhaps Kale chips—caught our eye. Shop Talk looks at a science-backed 21-day program to be happier, healthier, and more successful.
03.20.18 | Tim and John look at the accelerating trend of schools not teaching or promoting the learning of a second language. People in different countries are teaching themselves Spanish by watching popular subtitled telenovelas, or English via “Full House” and “Family Matters.”
A planned LGBT retirement complex in Palm Springs, and great American companies that might disappear
03.14.18 | Tim and John talk to reporter Amy DiPierro from The Desert Sun about a planned LGBT-friendly retirement complex in Palm Springs. Not one but four business birthdays, a look at some great American companies that might disappear soon, and one cent makes a big difference in a suit against Southwest Airlines.
03.13.18 | Married for 66 years and both terminally ill, an Oregon couple dies together under the state’s “Death With Dignity” law. Living & Dying: A Love Story, is a 45-minute documentary that details the background of the Emericks’ final decision and their resolve in carrying it out.
03.08.18 | The Focus Group Happy Hour Special kicks off with canned vodka and soda cocktails, which received a thumbs up. Wind-blown objects can maim or kill, and house cats share the same killer tendencies as their larger cousins. New research looks at the link between luck and wealth—hard work and smarts may not have much to do with being rich.
03.05.18 | While Trump threatened a Trade War, Olympian Gus Kenworthy reminds us that homophobia has not gone anywhere, as evidenced by the hateful comments on his YouTube and Twitter feeds.
02.28.18 | The #ILoveGay Influencer Spotlight with Matt Skallerud from Pink Banana Media kicks off. The term “influencers” is always evolving, and Matt will showcase what kinds of influencers are succeeding today, and what digital platforms they use most. Hand-painted 1950s style refrigerators for $50K each, and some gross kids toys from the Toy Fair caught our eye.