@RyanNewYork

Ryan J. Davis is the Global Head of Social Commerce at NJOY.

Formerly he was Vice President of Community at Vocativ, Director of Social Media at Blue State Digital and a co-founder and digital director of The Four 2012. Ryan is most proud of his time spent on the internet team during Howard Dean’s 2004 Presidential Campaign.

Davis sits on the Board of Directors of The Ali Forney Center, where he was the founding producer of their annual Broadway Beauty Pageant fundraiser. Additionally, Ryan is on the Board of Directors of The Deconstructive Theatre Project, the Board of Advisors of the startup Public Stand and the Executive Board of LAMBDA Independent Democrats of Brooklyn.

Ryan has written about politics for The Huffington Post, The Hill and Next Magazine. He was once a guest editor of Queerty. For his progressive activism, Davis was awarded two Pollie Awards by The American Association of Political Consultants.

A former theatre creator and director, Ryan’s favorite projects include Veritas (Fringe 2010), Street Lights (NYMF 2009) and the eventually Whoopi Goldberg produced White Noise (NYMF 2006).

Ryan has lived in New York City since 2000 and is a proud resident of Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Here Ryan blogs about politics, film, TV, history, religion, science, books, theater, digital media, LGBT issues, Bushwick & Williamsburg, New York City, and anything else he's interested in at the moment. Oh, and he'll probably talk a lot about himself.

Ryan has keynoted at conferences and universities around the world on digital politics, social media strategy and LGBT rights. Email to discuss setting up a speaking engagement.

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This is a personal blog. Any opinions expressed here and on my Twitter account represent my own and not those of my employer or clients.
How U2 will release their next album. 

How U2 will release their next album. 

"Ferguson is about many things, starting first with race and policing in America.

But it’s also about internet, net neutrality and algorithmic filtering.

It’s a clear example of why “saving the Internet”, as it often phrased, is not an abstract issue of concern only to nerds, Silicon Valley bosses, and few NGOs. It’s why “algorithmic filtering” is not a vague concern.

It’s a clear example why net neutrality is a human rights issue; a free speech issue; and an issue of the voiceless being heard, on their own terms.”

Watched the pilot of The Knick last night and it’s incredible. Great performances, shot with style and smarts. Rich backdrop of 1900s New York and “modern” medicine. Gory, but compelling.

Cinemax has put the pilot up for free.

Join Patrick Yacco and me on Monday, August 18th at Gay Tech Meetup NYC to discuss hashtag activism. RSVP here. 

Happy Birthday Mr. President! 

Happy Birthday Mr. President! 

So inspired by the thoughtful new documentary The Internet’s Own Boy about Aaron Swartz. What a remarkable person. Tragic story.

vocativ:

The Vocativ Queer Index

Over the past few years, the momentum of Pride has changed. Radically. Opposition to marriage equality at state and federal levels has been crumbling in the courts and the court of public opinion. Anti-discrimination laws are being revised to include LGBT individuals. And for the generation of people in their 20s and 30s, coming out is legitimately getting better.

Still, for all the gains in rights and acceptance, it ain’t all rainbows. Let’s face it: A great many places across America are still not that welcoming of the LGBT community. But there are beacons of hope—as well as cities quietly changing—and hence, the Queer Index was born.

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This Queer Index was the last big project I worked on at Vocativ. Go check it out, it’s pretty cool. 

What do you think the best cities in America are for being gay? 

There’s a set of rules that anything that was in the world when you were born is normal and natural. Anything invented between when you were 15 and 35 is new and revolutionary and exciting, and you’ll probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re 35 is against the natural order of things.
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I spoke to NowThis News about LGBT homeless youth. You can watch the video by clicking here. 

New Yorkers: Please attend the Rally in support on Monday, 6PM at Washington Square Park. 

More details and to RSVP:
https://www.facebook.com/events/831116626916541/

#TBT In 2003, driving around the country with Zephyr Teachout stumping for Governor Howard Dean. Now Zephyr is being mentioned as possible liberal challenger to Gov. Cuomo.

"A group of 53 top scientists warned the World Health Organization Thursday not to classify e-cigarettes in the same category as other tobacco products… The scientists say that electronic cigarettes are in fact “part of the solution” in the fight against smoking because they can provide a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes…"

Mary Meeker’s annual report on the state of the internet is a must read that I refer back to throughout the year. Her 2014 report is just out. 

I’m on the host committee and need to sell some tickets to New York City Anti-Violence Project’s upcoming party Fusion. 

Tickets start at $50 and they have a limited amount of under-30 tickets for just $30. A pretty good deal for an open bar: http://avp.org/support-avp/fusion-2014

FUSION will be held at the BPM Nightclub, located at 512 West 42nd Street in Manhattan, on June 25th, from 6 to 9 pm, and features music by DJ Randy Bettis. The FUSION open bar features American Harvest Vodka, SX Rum, SX Tequila, and GuS Grown-up Soda . Snacks by PopChips.

See you all there! 

http://avp.org/support-avp/fusion-2014

In 77 countries it’s a crime to be gay; in 10, it can cost you your life. And this number is growing…

The real human impact of these laws is devastating and can’t be underestimated: each day more people must sacrifice their safety and dignity because of who they are or whom they love. Today, we live in a world where our ability to live openly is increasingly a privilege determined largely by the luck of your birth.

Enjoyed so much about this piece. It doesn’t just apply to college students, but to all my friends on the left and right that think they have a right to go through life entirely in their own filter bubble. It’s OK to be offended and it’s OK to learn something from people you disagree with.

For more, check out Michelle Goldberg’s excellent interview in Vox, full of gems like this: “I’m a liberal. And so I think that free speech and the free exchange of ideas and kind of open-ended intellectual inquiry — they’re values that are worth defending in and of themselves, full stop.”