Wednesday, January 28, 2015

AT&T Free Tablet Scam

We should know by now that if a deal sounds too good to be true it usually has hidden charges. Especially with AT&T who over the years have offered free phones with hidden monthly fees. When my wife & I decided to upgrade our phones & phone plans over the recent holidays we were told that we also qualified to receive a free LG G Pad 10. When I inquired if we could use our Wi-Fi connection with this new device I was told yes we could do that instead of using AT&T. What he neglected to tell us was there was a $40 initiation fee as soon as we turned on the tablet & a monthly $10 fee whether we used the devise or not. We were totally in the dark about this until our bill came with an extra $50 charge. My wife immediately called AT&T to inquire about this extra cost & was then told about all the fees the salesman neglected to inform us about. When she stated that if she knew about these fees we never would have accepted this “free” but really not free offer. The AT&T operator apologized that the store clerk had not been clear about the charges & then told her we still had a month to return the devise but the charges would remain. Of course it’s totally wrong for AT&T to be advertising Free Tablets in their TV ads. So all we can say is buyer beware. If AT&T is offering anything for free, it’s probably not. We’re returning the tablet.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Juno Gives Boston A Snow Day Off

Boston & all of Massachusetts are under a snow emergency through Wednesday. It’s hard to determine how much snow we’ve had so far because the winds are gusting over 30 mph. You can see from this recent picture that cars are inundated with snowdrifts. Only emergency vehicles are on the roads & of course the media doing their best to make this storm much worse than it is. All national breakfast news shows have been replaced by local programing showing the same pictures over & over again. This is the chance for local weather people to take center stage. Our new governor Charlie Baker closed down the state at 7P last night along with Logan Airport & public transportation ceasing at midnight. We’ve had a lot worse blizzards that this one but down on the cape & the islands 63,000 plus homes are already without power. Everyone is hunkered down for the duration. It feels a bit like the lockdown we experienced with the hunt for the Boston Marathon bomber. Millions of residents told to stay inside. No one allow on the roads & even public transportation cancelled. This is a great time to binge listen to all our audio interviews with LGBT leader & allies at OUTTAKE VOICES...:)
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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.
For Info & RSVP: freedomtomarry.org
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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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