Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King Day Video

Here we are on Martin Luther King Day honoring one of the great leaders in the advancement of equality in America just days from the inauguration of Donald Trump who appears from his cabinet selections determined to set civil rights in this country backwards by at least 60 years. So many Democrats in Congress are boycotting the event set for January 20th with civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis leading the way stating, "We must not be silent. I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president. I think the Russians participated in helping him get elected & in destroying the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. I think there was a conspiracy on the part of Russians & others that helped him get elected. That's not right, that's not fair. That's not the open democratic process. When you see something that's not right you have a moral obligation to do something." There will be a massive Women's March For America in Washington DC on Saturday January 21st & also huge marches in major cities throughout the US sending a message to our leaders & the world that the United States of America stands for values of human dignity, equal rights & freedom from discrimination. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Today King’s words ring true now more than ever.

 Listen:  “Be The Change” Creators Talk Campaign Against Hate
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Boston Women's March For America

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren & Attorney General Maura Healey will join the Boston Women's March For America that has been described as a "sister march" on the wave of the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. on January 21st. Organizers predict over 25,000 participants will rally on the Boston Common at the corner of Beacon & Charles Streets on Saturday January 21st from 11A to 3P & then march through Back Bay to mobilize for future action. The event is intended to "send a message to our leaders & the world that the United States of America stands for values of human dignity, equal rights & freedom from discrimination," a press release from the Boston organizers states. Senator Warren stated, “I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with women & people of all backgrounds from across Massachusetts at the Boston Women’s March for America. This gathering is a chance for us to come together to make clear that we believe in basic dignity, respect & equal rights for every person in this country & that we are committed to fighting back against bigotry in all its forms.” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey added, “We need to act to build on & protect the progress we’ve made in our communities, throughout Massachusetts & across the nation. I’m thrilled to stand with the people in this historic march for our shared values & priorities.” Senator Warren, Attorney General Healey & Boston Mayor Mary Walsh will speak at the rally among others.
For More Info... 
Listen:  “Be The Change” Campaign A Family Affair Against Hate
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Truth About Fake News

As we head into a new era in America we enter with an alarming trend called “Fake News.” First we observed it on Facebook with disturbing obituaries about some of our favorite celebrities that turned out to be false. This led to fake news dominating our presidential election with fabricated stories about Hillary Clinton that were used to rally Trump supporters into believing these lies were real. This all unfortunately contributed to the election of Donald Trump about to become the 45th President of this country. After watching his first press conference which was a global embarrassment, we observed Trump beginning the event trying to spin the damaging Buzz Feed & CNN report that a dossier, compiled by former MI6 agent Christopher David Steele alleges Russia has compromising information on Trump as totally fake news. READ FULL DOCUMENT… Now one thing that we have concluded about Donald Trump is that he is an authentic liar to the degree that he even begins to believe his lies creating his own brand of fake news. We have come to the conclusion that if you believe anything he says wait a moment & he will deny it. As we are in the countdown to the presidential inauguration next Friday it will be interesting to see what will be next in the name of fake news.
LISTEN New Transgender Documentary “Deep Run” On World Channel
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sessions Confirmation Hearing

His name sounds like something out of “Auntie Mame” but Senator Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions III is one of the most homophobic candidates Trump has chosen as his Attorney General‎ selection. His Senate confirmation hearing begins today. Rick Zbur Equality California Executive Director stated, “Sen. Jeff Sessions’ long record of disinterest in, at best, or outright hostility to protecting the civil rights of LGBT people, women & communities of color disqualifies him from serving as U.S. attorney general. His record has demonstrated that he is incapable of performing one of the chief duties of the office: ensuring that our nation’s civil & voting rights laws are enforced fairly & thoroughly. Sessions’ contempt for the LGBT community is well documented. He is a current co-sponsor of the so-called First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which would give businesses, landlords or even government agencies license to discriminate against LGBT people if an individual believes that doing so would violate his or her religious beliefs. He was a longtime supporter of efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban marriage equality in all 50 states & supported federal legislation that would invalidate state laws permitting gay & lesbian couples to marry. He opposed the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” & fought against federal laws protecting LGBT people from hate crimes. In addition, Sessions has displayed hostility to women, opposing the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act & to African-Americans, famously calling a black attorney ‘boy’ & suggesting that a white attorney representing black clients was a race traitor. Those comments disqualified him from serving as a federal judge in 1986 & similarly disqualify him from serving as U.S. attorney general today.” Please contact your Senators to reject his nomination.
LISTEN New Transgender Documentary “Deep Run” On World Channel
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE

Monday, January 9, 2017

Meryl Streep Rocks Golden Globes

Meryl Streep’s remarks at the Golden Globe Awards were spot on. It was one of the best segments of the show. Of course it resulted in Trump going ballistic on Twitter but one of the best reactions we found was by Matt Thorn, Executive Director of OutServe-SLDN the LGBT military organization who stated on Facebook, “I think the most important part of Meryl's speech was highlighting the fact that this position, President of the United States, as the most revered office in the world comes with it an inherent responsibility that he or she who holds that office must to the best of their ability be the best of our country. Currently the President-Elect on several occasions has not exuded the core values that make up our country. This isn't to say that all previous presidents have been perfect but that they must try to be the better part of us & Mr. Trump has not & his Twitter reactions to criticism are evident that he is more concerned about himself. Disrespect is chiding a gold star family, discrediting a Senators military service because he was a POW, called a contestant on a beauty pageant fat & mocking a disabled reporter. It is not disrespectful to call & brings those actions to the forefront of people's consciences, it is accountability. Every president whether democratic or republican must be accountable for their actions because they are the representative of our country & should embody to the best of their ability what makes us good. Trump has not exuded that with his actions or behavior. I did not vote for Trump, I do not support his policies. I vehemently disagree with him but that is my right under the constitution just like it was Meryl's. It is our job as citizens to hold our public servants accountable on all sides of the aisle and in all offices up & down the ballot. Holding them accountable is not party based its constitutionally based.”
For More Info: outserve-sldn.org
LISTEN New Transgender Documentary “Deep Run” On World Channel
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Dinah Palm Springs 2017

The iconic lesbian event Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend that takes place in Palm Springs, California from March 29th to April 2nd is continuing to make its presence felt across our country & around the world by raising the visibility of women in all facets of life, from artists, to comics, to filmmakers, to athletes & beyond. For over a quarter century Mariah Hanson founder & producer of the largest lesbian event in the world affectionately known as The Dinah has not only been delivering epic good times to our global lesbian community but she has also been successfully moving the needle with her ongoing commitment to amplifying, championing & celebrating women’s voices & talent. This year Dinah 2017 will celebrate & honor the trailblazing women in the Arts, Sports & Entertainment industry who have achieved historic firsts. Mariah Hanson stated, “Now more than ever, it is enormously important to celebrate & raise the visibility of women breaking glass ceilings especially within our own community because we need to be reminded that we are strong, capable, united & powerful in a time when our voices, especially spoken in unity, are needed more than ever before. The Dinah has always stood for living out loud in celebration of our unique & incredible lives. This year we are bringing that message up a few notches.” The 27th installment of The Dinah is already expected to be one of the major highlights of the 2017 Palm Springs festival season with a powerful all-female line-up covering the entire gamut of the entertainment spectrum including sports, music, fashion, comedy, film & TV.
For More Info & Tix: thedinah.com
LISTEN New Transgender Documentary “Deep Run” On World Channel
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Ploumpis Joins Equality California

Veteran political strategist Valerie Ploumpis has been hired by Equality California as its first national policy director in light of the unprecedented threat to LGBT civil rights represented by the incoming Donald Trump Administration & 115th Congress. Ploumpis will lead Equality California’s legislative & administrative programs in Washington, D.C. Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California stated, “We’re thrilled that Valerie will move into this new role leading our federal advocacy efforts. Now more than ever, California is positioned as a bastion of LGBT civil rights & as a beacon of hope in Donald Trump’s America. Valerie will play an instrumental role as we fight attacks on the Affordable Care Act that so many LGBT people rely on, on undocumented immigrants & on the LGBT community in general.” Valerie Ploumpis concluded, “As a native Californian & long-time DC resident, I am thrilled to be joining Equality California at this critical juncture. With the incoming Trump Administration & the 115th Congress, Equality California will be on the ground to defend the programs on which every LGBT Californian, our families & our communities rely. The stakes are high but so is our resolve and passion.” Ploumpis is a political expert with more than two decades of experience in issue-advocacy campaigns, grassroots education & mobilization, coalition building, lobbying & media outreach. She serves on the board of directors of OutRight International, a global LGBT civil rights organization & prior to joining Equality California she was a principal at Burnside & Associates where she managed political & mobilization campaigns.
For More Info: eqca.org
LISTEN: Dominic Shellard On UK Students NYC Rally Against Hate 
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE