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LGBT Greeting Card Company Commemorates Repeal of DADT

Monday Sep 19, 2011
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LAS VEGAS - As the U.S. military undergoes a generational sea change this month through the repeal of its longstanding Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy one Las Vegas company is at the forefront of commemorating this historic occasion.

Teazled.com, a unique, new online Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender greeting card company based in Las Vegas is helping celebrate the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy for U.S. Service men and women on Sept. 20, 2011 with six new cards to mark the event.

Since 1993, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy kept openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military. Teazled has launched a product line of six new card designed specifically to support those in the U.S. military who will no longer be faced with hiding their sexual orientation.

Teazled.com showcases nearly 100 unique, tasteful greeting cards for individuals and their families for 25 different occasions, including coming out. Teazled.com opened with more than 60 cards and has added more than 30 new designs this month alone, including six cards to commemorate this month’s repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Other companies that sell GLBT greeting cards sell cards that are blank inside, feature risqué photos and messages and don’t offer the vast selection of cards that Teazled.com does, leaving no formidable competition locally or nationally. In addition, conventional stationary stores like Hallmark don’t have Mother’s Day cards that recognize two-mom families and anniversary cards for two-husband households.

"Whether you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or heterosexual, you should be proud of who you are and of your support for GLBT equality," said Dina Proto, cofounder of Teazled.com.

Americans purchase 7 billion greeting cards every year. Nine out of 10 U.S. households buy greeting cards, with the average household purchasing 30 individual cards in a year.

Started by two female nurses, both named Dina, who have been in a loving marriage for seven years and raised four children together, Teazled.com is a company whose motivation is to pioneer traditional greeting cards for the non-traditional family. Dina Proto and Dina (aka Dom) Poist-Proto wrote some of the cards, while their pastor and one of the Dina’s fathers wrote verses as well.

Explained Poist-Proto, "The repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell represents a historic shift toward equality for our brave men and women serving their country. No longer will service members have to hide who they are and, at last, can serve openly and with pride."

Americans purchase 7 billion greeting cards every year. Nine out of 10 U.S. households buy greeting cards, with the average household purchasing 30 individual cards in a year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 8.8 million Americans share a same sex household, so Teazled.com is filling an overwhelming vacancy for the GLBT community by providing the opportunity to create a lasting impression and emotional bond between the sender and receiver.

No longer will people be faced with having to "edit" standard greeting cards to accommodate them for non-traditional, but respected loved ones. Teazled.com showcases tasteful greeting cards for individuals and their families for 25 different occasions.

The GLBT community and their family and friends can enjoy a new found way to express their feelings or humor through Teazled.com’s large variety of dignified cards for every traditional holiday and occasion and some non-traditional holidays including coming out and commitment ceremonies. All cards are $3.99 each plus $1 for shipping.

For more information or to browse or shop for cards, visit www.teazled.com. To contact Teazled.com, call (702) 823-1399.

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