Monday, January 26, 2015

Call For 49,000 Gay UK Pardons

The Human Rights Campaign has joined British stars Stephen Fry & Benedict Cumberbatch in support of pardons for those who were punished along side Alan Turing just for being gay. Turning was the subject of the Oscar nominated film “The Imitation Game.” In 2013 Queen Elizabeth officially pardoned Alan Turing the renowned English mathematician who led the team that cracked Germany’s Enigma code which dramatically changing the course of WWII. In 1952 Turing was sentenced to “chemical castration” because of his sexuality & died two years later. Though Turing was pardoned thousands who were persecuted along side him were not. Stephen Fry stated, “Should Alan Turing have been pardoned just because he was a genius when somewhere between 50 to 70 thousand other men were imprisoned, chemically castrated, had their lives ruined or indeed committed suicide because of the laws under which Turing suffered?” Cumberbatch added, “Alan Turing was not only prosecuted, but quite arguably persuaded to end his own life early, by a society who called him a criminal for simply seeking out the love he deserved, as all human beings do. Sixty years later, that same government claimed to ‘forgive’ him by pardoning him. I find this deplorable, because Turing’s actions did not warrant forgiveness — theirs did — & the 49,000 other prosecuted men deserve the same." Chad Griffin HRC President concluded, “Winston Churchill said Alan Turing 'made the single biggest contribution to the Allied victory in World War II.' His crime was being gay. Over 49,000 other gay men & women were persecuted in England under the same law. Turing was pardoned by Queen Elizabeth II in 2013. The others were not. Honor this movie. Honor this man. And honor the movement to bring justice to the other 49,000."
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Boston LGBT Book Launch Event

With gay marriage headed to the US Supreme Court once again Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director for Freedom to Marry is having a book launch party for his new book Winning Marriage in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill where marriage equality began. Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay US Senator stated, “Winning Marriage offers a front row seat to the historic progress we have seen across our country. Our nation’s experience has always been defined by movements that have advanced our uniquely American values of freedom, equality &fairness. Marc Solomon captures a very important chapter in our movement for marriage equality & tells the inspiring story of more & more Americans deciding that they want to leave to the next generation a country that is more equal, not less.” The event is happening on Wednesday January 28th at the Union Club 8 Park Street from 5:30P to 7:30P. The host committee includes, Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, State Rep. Cory Atkins, Ed Augustus, Rep. Ruth Balser, Sen. Harriette L. Chandler, Rep. Nick Collins, Sen. Ben Downing, Sen. Jamie Eldridge, Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, David Friedman, Rep. Sean Garballey, Steve Grossman, Patrick Guerriero, Rachel Kaprelien, Paul Kujawski, Rep. David Linsky, Sen. Barbara L'Italien, Jesse Mermell, Rep. Mike Moran, Therese Murray, Councilman Matt O’Malley, Rep. Sarah Peake, Rep. Alice Peisch, Rep. Angelo Puppolo, Henri Rauschenbach, Kathi-Anne Reinstein, Sen. Richard Ross, Rep. Tom Sannicandro, Carl Sciortino, Jerome Smith, Steve Tolman, John Walsh & Robert White. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Gay Marriage In Alabama

UPDATE: A 2 week stay has been implemented by Judge Granade...
U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade struck down Alabama's ban on gay marriage ruling it unconstitutional on Friday & clearing the way for the Southern state to become the 37th U.S. state where marriage equality is legal. The interesting part is that Judge Granade didn’t place a stay on her ruling so gay & lesbian couples could be eligible to apply for marriage licenses when clerk's offices open which could happen as soon as Saturday. Granade is an appointee of President George W. Bush & found that the ban does not further Alabama's goal of protecting the ties between children & their biological parents & that it is harmful to the children of gay & lesbian parents stating, "Those children currently being raised by same-sex parents in Alabama are just as worthy of protection & recognition by the state as are the children being raised by opposite-sex parents." The case was fought by a lesbian couple Cari Searcy & Kimberly McKeand who were legally married in California & sought for Searcy to be able to adopt McKeand's biological son under a provision of Alabama law allowing for the adoption of a "spouse's child." Sarah Warbelow HRC Legal Director added, "Judge Granade's ruling today affirms what we already know to be true – that all loving, committed Alabama couples should have the right to marry." Perhaps the movie Selma is making a civil rights difference in that state after all.
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Friday, January 23, 2015

GLAAD Media Awards Nominees

It’s that time of year when GLAAD, the nation’s LGBT media watchdogs announce their nominees for its 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. This is in recognition for outstanding images of our LGBT community in the entertainment & media industry. Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD President & CEO stated, "For nearly 30 years, the GLAAD Media Awards have raised the bar for inclusion in news & entertainment, transforming LGBT representation in media & moving the dial for acceptance across the globe. It's been a remarkable year for equality & nowhere is that more evident than in the visibility LGBT people have gained across media. This year's nominees, including expanded categories in Outstanding Comedy & Drama Series, reflect the widening diversity of LGBT images & storylines that are closing the gap to full acceptance." Among the nominees: Amazon Instant Video's smash hit Transparent; ABC's How to Get Away with Murder; HBO's Game of Thrones, Looking, & The Normal Heart; Academy Award nominee The Imitation Game & Golden Globe nominee Pride; Love is Strange, Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word & True Trans with Laura Jane Grace, both documentaries about transgender people & Sam Smith for his critically acclaimed album In the Lonely Hour. The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on March 21th at The Beverly Hilton & we’ll be in in New York on May 9th at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC to cover the RED Carpet for OUTTTAKE VOICES™.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Historic Gay Attorney General

Maura Healey was sworn in as the 55th Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Wednesday. Carly Burton, Interim Co-Executive Director for MassEquality stated, “This is a historic day in Massachusetts. Besides being the first openly gay attorney general in the nation, Maura brings a wealth of experience, knowledge & skill to this position. The intensity & compassion she will bring to the AG’s office is clearly in evidence as seen with her eagerness to hit the ground running & tackle several different issues, from opioid abuse to protecting our children. We’re looking forward to working with Maura & fighting side-by-side with her.” Attorney General Healey added, "I'm looking forward to working with MassEquality & other partners to continue the fight for civil rights & expanded opportunity. It will take determination & partnership to address discrimination & disparities but MassEquality has always stepped up to take on tough challenges. This year is another opportunity to lead." Healey was the architect of the state's successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which she argued & won twice in federal court before the Supreme Court finally struck it down. Attorney General Healey delivered an aggressive first-term agenda in her inaugural address at historic Faneuil Hall after being sworn in by Chief Justice Ralph Gants. In her address, Healey proposed creating two new divisions within the office to help keep her promise to be the people’s lawyer & to use the resources of the office to better protect at-risk young people.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Obama’s Historic LGBT Inclusion

In President Obama’s State of the Union Speech his inclusion of our bisexual & transgender community while addressing human rights was historic stating, “That’s why we defend free speech & advocate for political prisoners & condemn the persecution of women or religious minorities or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We do these things not only because they’re right, but because they make us safer." With marriage equality headed to the US Supreme Court Obama also called gay marriage a civil right stating, “I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that seven in 10 Americans call home. So I know the good & optimistic & big-hearted generosity of the American people who, every day, live the idea that we are our brother’s keeper & our sister’s keeper. And I know they expect those of us who serve here to set a better example.” The third mention of our LGBT community was in the conclusion of his speech stating, “I want future generations to know that we are a people who see our differences as a great gift, that we are a people who value the dignity & worth of every citizen – man & woman, young & old, black & white, Latino & Asian, immigrant & Native American, gay & straight, Americans with mental illness or physical disability.” Winnie Stachelberg, Center for American Progress Executive Vice President for External Affairs stated, “The president’s historic inclusion of bisexual & transgender Americans in tonight’s speech is a reminder of how far we have come as a community & a country. We are ready to build on the progress that the president spoke of & to work to make the vision of a more just & equal America a reality.”
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sharon Isbin To Play Boston

The Boston Classical Guitar Society is bringing Sharon Isbin the multiple Grammy Award winner hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time” for a performance at the First Lutheran Church of Boston this Friday January 23rd at 7:30P. Sharon is also the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award & was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition. Isbin has appeared as soloist with over 170 orchestras & has given sold-out performances in the world’s finest halls. She’s performed at the White House for the Obamas & even made a cameo appearance on Showtime Television’s hit series The L Word. Last fall when Sharon appeared on OUTTAKE VOICES she talked about LGBT equality stating, “Wouldn’t it be a wonderful world if you didn’t have to worry about simply wanting the same rights as everyone else has? Whether it be marriage, whether it be job security, whether it be education opportunity, not to be bullied? I mean these are basic human rights that we are still fighting for today & it would be wonderful if that world would change and people could really feel free to be who they are & be accepted by their families, be accepted by their colleagues & their friends & really live their lives without having to worry about a sexual orientation being a determining factor in whether or not they can be accepted or successful.” If you can’t make the concert she’s currently featured on a fabulous one-hour American Public Television documentary entitled Sharon Isbin: Troubadour produced by Susan Dangel. For Broadcast Dates… 
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