Saturday, April 30, 2016

Matt Shepard Film Wins Emmy

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine directed by Michele Josue wins the 2016 Daytime Emmy Award in the Best Special Class Special category. Matthew Shepard as you know was the young man brutally murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998 just because he was gay. This very moving documentary by Josue who knew Shepard takes you on a journey across the United States, Switzerland & Morocco with a fabulous heartfelt result that has screened at over two dozen festivals worldwide & now has won this much deserved Emmy Award. We interviewed Josue a few years ago on OUTTAKE VOICES & when we asked her what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Michele stated, “I think gay or straight, I think that everyone should have a commitment to LGBT civil rights. You know gay rights are human rights & the struggle affects all of us. For me it’s really important to stand up for my gay family members, my gay friends, Matt & all the Matt Shepards out there. To fight for their rights to be acknowledged as equal members of society, deserving of every equality that everyone else has… So through the film I’m trying to do my part for LGBT equality.” The film is now available on DVD & to rent or own on all digital platforms.
Listen to Michele Josue Talk About Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine In This Exclusive Audio Byte:
For More Info: mattshepardisafriendofmine.com
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Los Angeles LGBT Event (AUDIO)

The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's Semi-Annual Women's Weekend Event takes place Saturday April 30th at Estrella the Sunset Strip’s hottest new Laurel Canyon themed hideaway at 8800 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood from 4P to 6P. Mix & mingle while meeting & chatting with the authors of four incredible new books just out from four amazing female writers. The four female authors that will speak & are Beverlye Hyman Fead author of “Aging in High Heels” which is part memoir, part inspiration & part celebration of life’s ups & downs that’s filled with good advice on how to face aging well, this book is a lesson for anyone fortunate enough to have a few decades under their belt. Then our good friend Chef Rossi author of The Raging Skillet: The True Life Story of Chef Rossi who grew up on the Jersey Shore, graduated from Rumson Fairhaven Highschool, ran away from home, was sent to live with chasids, escaped, became NYC's wildest caterer & went on to write a book about it. Other authors are Ann Boroch who wrote “The Candida Cure Cookbook” with recipes, resources & tips to help you take control of one of the most important yet overlooked obstacles to optimal health: candida, or yeast, overgrowth. Concluding with Juliet Huck author of “The Equation of Persuasion: How to Secure Decisions in Your Favor” which is a reference guide for professionals on how to connect with audiences, increase retention levels & build the trust needed to obtain the results you desire. There will be complimentary appetizers, cash bar & live music featuring Cheryl Saunders, Jeanne McGraw, Joan Ford & Special Guest Karen Reed.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Boston Red Sox LGBT Pride Night

The annual Boston Red Sox Pride Night event takes place at Fenway Park on Friday June 3rd kicking off LGBTQ Pride Week that runs through June 12th. The Red Sox will be playing the Toronto Blue Jays & fans that purchase tickets through this special offer will receive a Red Sox Pride Flag. New this year is a pre-game VIP Meet & Greet with Billy Bean, MLB's Vice-President, Social Responsibility & Inclusion. All tickets for the VIP Package include access to this event, a food & beverage buffet in the Champions Club & a copy of Billy Bean's book “Going the Other Way: An Intimate Memoir of Life In and Out of Major League Baseball”. As MLB's Vice-President, Social Responsibility & Inclusion Billy Bean’s role is to provide awareness of baseball's social responsibility initiatives, with a particular focus on LGBT inclusion & to communicate resources to all players, coaches, managers, umpires, employees & stakeholders throughout MLB to ensure an equitable, inclusive & supportive workplace for everyone. Bean played in the Major Leagues from 1987-1995 & became Major League Baseball's first-ever Ambassador for Inclusion in 2014. He is also an advisory board member of the Sports Equality Foundation, aimed at providing support to LGBT athletes, coaches & team leaders in every sport. Pride Night tickets proceeds will benefit Boston Pride. See You There!!
For More Info & Tix: bostonpride.org 
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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Lesbians Address Internal Clash

Boston OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing For Change) will meet on Sunday May 1st from 2P to 4P with four insightful presentations addressing “Warring Lesbians”. Although there was an initial semblance of unity in the early Lesbian-Feminist movement by the late 70s differences soon emerged including the issues of class. Extremely divisive were political positions on lesbian separatism as well as butch/femme identities, transgender inclusion, pornography & S/M sexuality are sometime referred to as the lesbian sex wars. The following OLOC presentations on “Warring Lesbians” will address these polarizing issues. Guest speakers will include, Jyl Lynn Felman on “Butch/Femme: Past & Present”, Cynthia Bauman with “Lessons from the Feminist Wars”, Sue Katz will address “Class Conflict: A Working Class Perspective” & Sarah Pearlman concludes with “Deciphering the Sex/Gender Wars of the 70s & 80s”. Alice Fisher, Founding Member of OLOC-Boston stated, “For our last OLOC meeting until Fall come learn or remember the days of the lesbian wars. Were you a separatist, androgynous or simply baffled by all the tumultuous events? When you think of those days do you still hold the same ideas sacred? This will give us the space to re-think those days”. OLOC Boston events are open to all lesbians, including transgender lesbians, who want to attend a group for old lesbians & to create a community of older lesbians. The event takes place at Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street in Brookline, MA. Following the event there will be an early dinner at Sichuan Garden, 295 Washington Street in Brookline Village, Brookline.
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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Boston Pride Equality Events

Our good friend photographer Adam Bouska, co-founder of the fabulous NOH8 Worldwide Movement will be in Boston to take photos at the W Hotel at 100 Stuart Street between 2P & 6P this Saturday April 23rd. Photos are first-come, first-serve, so come early & camera-ready with a plain white shirt to add your face to the fight for LGBT equality. Then with hundreds & possibly thousands of our LGBT community & allies flocking to the city all dolled up & dressed in white to have their picture taken for the annual photo shoot head over to the Twisted Tea Dance White Party that will be taking place with DJ Andrea Stamas spinning at Wild Rover at 63 Chatham Street in Faneuil Hall from 3P to 9P in Boston. (White is encouraged but not required.) So get your picture taking early & then head on over, to avoid waiting in line. Boston Pride Week takes place June 3rd through June12th & this is a great opportunity to meet some of the Boston Pride team as they will be in the house giving away many cool things, such as Pride tickets to both the festival on Saturday & Back Bay Block party on Sunday. We all know Tea Dances have always been a huge part of our culture, bringing the entire LGBTQ community along with our friends & allies together all under one roof. There's a $8 cover with a portion donated to the Boston Pride. This is a 21+ event & you must have your ID to get in.
For More Info: bostonpride.org
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

GLAAD To Honor Mariah Carey

GLAAD the global LGBT media advocacy organization has announced it will honor singer, songwriter, record producer & actress Mariah Carey at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York at the Waldorf Astoria New York on May 14th. Academy Award-nominated director Lee Daniels will present Carey with the award. Carey will receive GLAAD’s Ally Award, which is presented to a media figure who has consistently used their platform to support & advance LGBT equality & acceptance. Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD President & CEO stated, “Through her music & outspoken support, Mariah Carey has inspired & empowered countless LGBT fans across the globe. She is a longtime ally & friend to the LGBT community who has worked tirelessly to move acceptance & inclusion forward.” Previous GLAAD Media Awards honorees include Elizabeth Taylor, Patti LaBelle, Janet Jackson, Russell Simmons, Cher among others. We  previously announced that GLAAD will also honor Robert De Niro with  the Excellence in Media Award at the New York ceremony. Emmy Award-winning actress & producer Laverne Cox will host the event. The 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards recognize & honor media for their fair, accurate & inclusive representations of the LGBT community & the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories from the LGBT community & issues that build support for equality & acceptance. This will be our 8th year covering the GLAAD Media Awards on the Red Carpet in NYC for OUTTAKE VOICES™.
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For Info & TIX: glaad.org
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Dining Out For Life (AUDIO)

Dining Out For Life is a fabulous HIV/AIDS fundraising event that takes place on Thursday April 28th. More than 3,000 participating restaurants in nearly 60 cities across North America donate a generous percentage of that day’s proceeds to support service providers in their region to fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling & other essential HIV/AIDS services. An estimated $4 million will be raised in just one day of dining. Ted Allen, Dining Out For Life Spokesperson & host of “Chopped” stated, “I love working with Dining Out For Life because it’s just such a cool, very low overhead operation that raises more than $4 million for American HIV & AIDS service organizations in a single day. It also helps restaurants & chefs get new people coming in to try what they’re doing. It just seems like such a win-win-win for everybody.” Alan Bethke, Subaru of America Vice President of Marketing that hosts the event added, “We have been the host sponsor of Dining Out For Life for a decade; however, the struggle to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic continues on. Subaru is proud to be part of an event that spreads awareness for such a worthy cause & also encourages people to support those who need it most in their local communities.” Volunteer spokespeople also included include actor Pam Grier (Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown), designer Mondo Guerra, winner of Lifetime’s Project Runway All-Stars & chef Daisy Martinez from Food Network’s Viva Daisy! Listen: Ted Allen Talks Dining Out For Life In This Exclusive Audio Byte:
 For More Info: diningoutforlife.com
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