Wednesday, March 4, 2015

LGBT Military Conference Event

Outserve-SLDN will present its 4th Annual Leadership Conference entitled “Hall of Heroes” from March 26th to March 29th in San Diego at the W Hotel. The conference was created to bring together individuals over the course of 3 days to have discussions on current issues, examine existing concerns, participate in professional networking, share best practices, formulate strategies & future plan for the LGBT military community. Matt Thorn, Interim Executive Director stated, “We are looking forward to our 4th annual leadership conference in San Diego. This conference is about producing a global forum on creating an environment of respect in the military with regards to sexual orientation & gender identity. Our 4th annual conference will bring together attendees who are an honor roll of actively serving & retired service members, advocates, supporters & experts whose efforts have fundamentally changed experiences for LGBT military personnel. With collaborations, such as this, our work for the LGBT community advances far more rapidly.” The conference will feature speakers: Brett Jones, author of Pride: the Story of the First Openly Gay Seal; Steve Snyder-Hill, author of Soldier of Change from the Closet to the Forefornt of the Gay Rights Movement; Kristen Beck, author of Warrior Princess: A US Navy Seals Journey to Coming Out Transgender & Joan Walsh, MSNBC Political Analyst & Salon.com Editor-At-Large.
For More Info: outserve-sldn.org
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Gay Marriage In Nebraska

Nebraska may become the 38th state to recognize marriage equality. U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Bataillon struck down Nebraska's unconstitutional ban on gay & lesbian marriage Monday that was unfortunately appealed within an hour by their homophobic attorney general's office. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska had sued the state in November on behalf of 7 gay & lesbian couples challenging the ban, which also prohibits civil unions & legalized domestic partnerships. Judge Bataillon stated in his 34-page ruling, "All of the plaintiffs have further demonstrated psychological harm & stigma, on themselves & on their children, as a result of the non-recognition of their marriages. The plaintiffs have been denied the dignity & respect that comes with the rights & responsibilities of marriage. The notion that some children should receive fewer legal protections than others based on the circumstances of their birth is not only irrational — it is constitutionally repugnant." One of the plaintiffs Susan & Sally Waters of Omaha have been together for 17 years & were legally married in California in 2008. They returned to their native Nebraska in 2010. Sally Waters was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer in 2013 & stated that without formal recognition of their marriage, her spouse won't receive the same tax & Social Security benefits to care of the couple's children as well as having to pay an 18% inheritance tax on half of the property they share including their family home. Judge Bataillon did not issue a stay on his ruling while the case is being appealed but ordered it not to go into effect until March 9th. With gay marriage headed to the US Supreme Court in the next few months hopefully this will be a win for marriage equality.
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Monday, March 2, 2015

She's Beautiful When She's Angry

She's Beautiful When She's Angry is an important documentary that should be seen by everyone. It represents an important slice of the Women’s Liberation Movement that was formed by feminists in the 1960’s & still resonates today for women who continue to face challenges around reproductive rights, equal pay & sexual violence. Filmmaker Mary Dore does an excellent job depicting what it was like to be a woman during this period of time. From Betty Friedan’s groundbreaking book “The Feminine Mystique” to fighting Congress to obtain abortion rights in the 1970’s this film really makes you look at how far we have come & yet how vulnerable we are of slipping backwards. She's Beautiful When She's Angry is jammed packed with archive material & interviews with surviving feminist activists. The film also addresses the controversies over race, leadership & sexual orientation that were constant issues during the women’s movement. Gay activist & author Rita Mae Brown appears in the film providing an enlightening LGBT spin on the period among others. During a Boston sold-out screening of the film there was a panel discussion followed by a Q & A with filmmaker Mary Dore. The panel was made up of the founders & authors of Our Bodies Ourselves who were also featured in the film. When a question was asked about the lack of women of race & color in the film the question unfortunately was dodged by the all white female panel which just goes to show how crucial it is that more women’s stories need to be told.
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Governor Baker Attends Gay Event

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker addressed the VIP reception for Fenway Health Men’s Event Saturday evening at Boston Marriott Copley Place. In his short but personal speech Baker congratulated Fenway for the great work that they do & pledged his support to the LGBT community. Baker stated how proud he is of his gay brother Alex who married when Massachusetts made it possible for his brother & thousands of other gay men & women to legally marry the person they love. He concluded his speech by saying that there will be many Republicans like himself that will be filing their amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court to finally secure marriage equality nationwide. The black-tie Men’s Event fundraiser raised over $700,000 in support of the life-saving programs & services at Fenway Health. This year James Morgrage was honored with the Congressman Gerry. E. Studds Award. Morgrage is a strong supporter of LGBT civil rights & HIV/AIDS causes & a longtime friend of Fenway Health. Comedian Jimmy Tingle served as Men’s Event emcee while Boston funk superstars Booty Vortex & DJ Gay Jim from Kiss 108 provided the entertainment. This year’s event was made possible thanks to the hard work of event chairs Justin T. Isaac, Brian Ramos & Joblin C. Younger, Esq. Other attendees also included Fenway’s Board Director Liz Page, CFRE pictured with Harry Collings owner of “Back Bay Harry’s”.
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Marriage Equality USA LA Event

Marriage Equality USA's 17th annual Los Angeles Garden Party & Awards event takes place Sunday March 1st at Traxx Restaurant & Courtyard from 1P to 4P PST. The event will celebrate the work of hundreds of their grassroots volunteers in the Greater LA area while honoring the contributions of Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, RSVP Vacations & the internationally acclaimed She4ME multimedia project. The Los Angeles Garden Party & Awards event also brings together community, corporate & political leaders & celebrities to celebrate & raise funds to move the issue of marriage equality forward. Brian Silva MEUSA Executive Director stated, "Marriage Equality USA has a long & proud history that documents our growth from an idea in 1996 to the vigorous, national grassroots movement it is today. At this moment of historic change, I look forward to bringing our community together to celebrate & to honor the leaders & stories that are making marriage equality a reality." Special guests will also included Jeffrey Prang, Los Angeles County Assessor, Mekahlo Medina, Anchor at NBC L.A., Bryan Safi & Erin Gibson, Hosts of Throwing Shade, Gert Crawford, drag celebrity, Mike Manning, producer & actor & our good friends Nicole Conn, producer & director, Jen Foster, singer, songwriter & producer, Barbara Niven, actor & producer just to name a few. The event is a celebratory afternoon of cocktails, light food, entertainment & a silent auction. Traxx Restaurant & Courtyard Union Station is at 800 N. Alameda Street in Los Angeles.
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Friday, February 27, 2015

“Breaking The Code” The Play

In San Francisco the play Breaking The Code by Hugh Whitemore will be at Theatre Rhinoceros for a limited engagement of 15 performances from March 4 to 21. Breaking The Code is a gripping biographical drama about gay scientist Alan Turing, the eccentric genius who played a major role in winning the World War II & then battled with British morality laws. Turing was also the first to conceive of & basically invent the computer, the machine that forever altered our modern world, was convicted of the criminal act of homosexuality & sentenced to undergo hormone treatments, which left him physically & mentally debilitated. He died a suicide, forgotten & alone.  This play is about who he was, what happened to him & why. 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. Breaking The Code features Bay Area actors Michael DeMartini (Smith), John Fisher (Turing), Val Hendrixson (Knox), Justin Lucas (Ron), Celia Maurice (Sara), Heren Patel (Chris), Kirsten Peacock (Pat), Patrick Ross (Ross) & is directed by the Glickman & Critics’ Circle Award-winning John Fisher. The play was originally performed by openly gay British actor Sir Derek Jacobi in London in 1986 & Broadway in 1987 with 3 Tony nominations. This is an exceptional biographical drama. Breaking The Code was also produced by the BBC in 1996 & shown on PBS in the USA. Currently the Oscar nominated must-see film The Imitation Game about Alan Turing is in theatrical release.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus In March

Stephen Schwartz the award-winning lyricist & composer of the Broadway hits Godspell, Pippin & Wicked will take the stage with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus (BGMC) for Wicked Awesome a celebration of Schwartz’s music. The concerts will take place at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall on March 21st & 22nd. Rueben M. Reynolds, III, BGMC Music Director stated, “Stephen Schwartz’s music has long been an inspiration to the Chorus, just as it has to generations of people, young & old the world over. We’re thrilled to share the stage with Stephen & celebrate the many gifts he has given us. I promise that Wicked Awesome will live up to its name & so much more.” Schwartz added, “One of my greatest musical pleasures is singing with a chorus, so I am very much looking forward to these concerts with the 200 voices of the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. It’s always fun for me hearing songs usually sung by one or two voices interpreted in a big choral arrangement & I expect it to be an entertaining and exciting evening.” The Chorus will also reprise a newer piece by Schwartz called “Testimony” with lyrics taken directly from videos recorded for the It Gets Better Project which aims to prevent LGBT youth suicide. “Testimony” is a powerful composition that reflects the resilience of LGBT people in the face of harassment, violence & discrimination. In addition BGMC will perform songs that Schwartz composed for the Disney films Enchanted, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt & Pocahontas.
For Info & Tix: bgmc.org
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