Monday, April 24, 2017

Wicked Queer Film Festival Kudos

Wicked Queer Boston’s LGBT Film Festival which celebrated its 33rd year has announced their 2107's Best in Show. Jury Award Narrative Feature went to “Heartstone”. Audience Award Narrative Feature went to “Thirsty.” Audince Award Short Film Best of the Fest went to “Sisak”. Best on Program Trans was “Walk For Me’, Women's “Pool” (Piscina) Students & First Timers was “Moving-On”, Current Mood: Youth was “Dare & Truth”, Qwocmap “Que Siga La Cumbia” Social Justice/Sex Workers was “The Night Cleaner” International was “Seeing through the Eyes of Crocodiles” & Shorts Spotlight: España was “My Brother” (Mi Hermano) Jury Award Documentary went to “Small Talk” & Audience Award Documentary went to “Jewel's Catch One”. When I talked to James Nadeau, Executive Director of Wicked Queer Boston’s LGBT Film Festival last month about how he sees our LGBTQ community moving forward in a Trump administration Nadeau stated, “What I’m seeing within the filmmaking community is that it’s really sparked an activism that I haven’t seen in a really longtime. For those of us who are of the generation who grew up with friends dying of AIDS I think we’re seeing a resurgence of political activism in the community that is not about to give up the freedoms we fought for which I find very heartening. It’s clearly in reaction to Trump and I think that’s a good thing. I think we need to get fired up & be a more active, politically active community.”
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

NCLR 40th Anniversary Event

The National Center for Lesbian Rights was founded in 1977 with the commitment to advance the civil & human rights of our LGBTQ community & their families through litigation, legislation, policy & public education. Their 40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner & Party with both take place May 20th at Innovation Hangar at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The evening will feature Executive Director Kate Kendell & will celebrate 40 years of NCLR’s victories & accomplishments in the movement for LGBTQ equality. Last year when I asked her what personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Kendell stated, “I feel like it’s been such an enormous privilege to really interweave the personal & the political. I mean I am a lesbian; I identify as a queer woman in a longtime relationship, married to my wife & raising two kids. So I feel everyday I have to walk the talk of what it means to do this work at the highest level, at the most effective level. I am part of the very community that I am serving so I feel particularly accountable. I feel accountable to my soul at the same time I feel accountable to my community to really always be a very fierce advocate & even though I live in a relative privilege as a white woman with a decent job with a good income & a good education I know a lot of people in our community don’t have that & I feel like our charge doing these jobs is to be there for the vulnerable in our community. So it feels every day very personal to get it right.”
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Day of Silence Against Bullying

The Day of Silence is coordinated nationally by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) & this year takes place April 21st. It’s a day in which students from around the country take a vow of silence to bring attention to the anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender name-calling, bullying & harassment faced in schools by students, teachers & other school staff. Over 500,000 students from nearly 6,500 junior high & high schools in all 50 states & Puerto Rico have participated over the years. Participating students take a vow of silence to call attention to and signify the prevalence of the silencing of those in the LGBTQ community. The first Day of Silence was held in 1996 at the University of Virginia, was started as a way to illustrate how bullying & harassment can silence those affected. Students in middle school all the way through college are encouraged to take part. Those who sign up for the Day of Silence hand out cards to others explaining their silence & why they have chosen not to talk. In part, these cards say: “My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, discrimination & prejudice. I believe that ending the silence is the first step towards fighting these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today. What are you doing to end the silence?” What started as a class project with 150 participants has now expanded to a worldwide demonstration involving thousands of schools across the country & globally.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

National Honor LGBT Elders Day

“National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day” is May 16th when we pay tribute to the contributions of our LGBT older adults who have moved our community forward through their persistence & sacrifices. Throughout the country we will honor the challenges, struggles & triumphs that older LGBT adults have made to bring our community closer to equality. The day of recognition was inaugurated by The LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care in Baltimore in 2016 to pay tribute to the sacrifices & successes of LGBT older adults & thank them for leading the fight to expand LGBT rights. There are an estimated 3 million LGBT adults over the age of 55 throughout the U.S. Nate Sweeney, Executive Director of The LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care stated, “Whether they fought quietly or stepped into the spotlight, LGBT elders have made a difference for all LGBT people. We’re proud to offer a chance for LGBT communities across the country to thank these individuals for what they’ve given us. The gains made in recent years toward LGBT equality are a direct result of those who came before us. More than ever, it’s important that our community hear their stories, learn from their experiences & carry their example forward as we continue the fight for equality.” National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day was added to the National Day registry in 2016 by The LGBT Health Resource Center.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

GLAAD To Honor Debra Messing

GLAAD the LGBTQ media organization announced that they will be honoring Debra Messing with the Excellence in Media Award at the 28th annual GLAAD Media Awards on May 6th at the New York Hilton Midtown in NYC. Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD CEO & President stated, "Debra Messing is a champion of the LGBTQ community & many marginalized groups today. Through laughter, warmth & pure heart both on & off-screen, she accelerates acceptance & inspires everyone to raise their own voices.” The Excellence in Media Award is given to those who have promoted equality & acceptance of LGBTQ people. The Will & Grace star joins a list of previous recipients that includes Robert De Niro, Russell Simmons, Kelly Ripa, Patti LaBelle, Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters, Bob and Harvey Weinstein & Diane Sawyer. ." Messing has consistently shown her commitment to LGBTQ youth including participating in Spirit Day, GLAAD's annual anti-bullying campaign, by 'going purple' in October. Messing will be returning to her role as Grace Adler from Will & Grace as part of a recently announced 12 episode revival series on NBC. The 28th annual GLAAD Media Awards will be hosted by Ross Matthews & will include special guests Whoopi Goldberg, Don Lemon, Rami Malek, Janet Mock, Trevor Noah, Christian Slater & Survivor's Zeke Smith who was recently outed on the reality series as transgender. The 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Hilton, Ketel One Vodka, Liberty Mutual Insurance & Wells Fargo. Funds raised at the GLAAD Media Awards supports GLAAD’s work to accelerate acceptance for our LGBTQ community & to protect the progress that we have fought so hard for.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Diversity Honors Gala Benefit

The third annual Diversity Honors at Hard Rock Live will take place on May 6th presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The gala will benefit Harvey Milk Foundation & The Pride Center at Equality Park. The globally renowned celebration serves as a kick-off to Harvey Milk Day events around the world & spotlights those who are transforming lives by living authentically and advancing inclusiveness. Stuart Milk, co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation stated, "The Harvey Milk Foundation is excited to begin 2017 Harvey Milk Day events, which marks the 40th anniversary of uncle Harvey's historic election to public office, by co-hosting this important gala where we come together to honor men & women who remind us all that diversity is a strength & diversity is a value that defines us not only as the South Florida community, but as a nation." This year’s stellar honorees include legendary entertainer Tiffany Arieagus; community leader Ilene Berliner; transgender advocate Jessica Norton; CEO of Stoli Group USA Patrick Piana & CEO of Compass in West Palm Beach, Florida Tony Plakas. The 2017 honorees for the Harvey Milk Foundation Awards: Milan Rosza Youth Award, Lilla Watson Global Recipient & the Milk Honors Medal will be announced shortly. This fabulous gala event will begin with a cocktail reception & a variety of silent auction items. A seated three-course dinner will be followed by a memorable awards presentation hosted by Craig Stevens, WSVN evening news anchor. The charitable evening will culminate with a Stoli After-Party also to be held at Hard Rock Live.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Boston Pride Latin LGBTQ Events

Boston Pride has renamed its 2017 Latin@ Pride program to Latinx Pride which kicks off this weekend & runs April 21st to 23rd. The name change was decided by the organization’s Board of Directors to show a commitment to inclusiveness of non-binary & non-gender conforming individuals in our LGBTQ community. Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride stated, “Our commitment to diversity & inclusion must be reflected in the names of our programs. This is a deliberate message to members of our community who do not identify as male or female: this is your Pride & you are welcome here.” Events include Noche Latina at The Alley at 14 Pi Alley, Boston, MA from 10P til closing with DJ Carlo & special guest Androgina DFlowers Corban in her upcoming presentations en route to the crown of Miss Colombia Oneida plus 2017 Department of the Atlantic from Boston. Then on Sunday April 23rd there will be a Dragapalooza Paint Party for Charity at Jacque’s Cabaret at 79 Broadway in Boston, MA starting at 4:30P hosted by Kamden T. Rage with special performances by Tatiana Jackson, Alexandra D’ior, Amanda Playwith, Violencia Exclamation Point & Kandi Dishe. Do not stress if you haven’t painted since grade school, this is for beginners. Show starts at 7P which is a 21+ event with raffles & other prizes at the event. All proceeds benefit the Boston Latinx Pride!
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