Friday, February 23, 2018

Rock The CASA Benefit Concert

Rock The CASA is the annual non-profit concert that takes place in California founded by San Francisco Bay Area ABC-7 New Anchor Dan Ashley for the purpose of benefiting charitable organizations that serve children in need. This year Rock The CASA 2018 takes place on Saturday March 3rd at Lesher Center for Performing Arts in Walnut Creek, CA & will feature rock & LGBT icon Melissa Etheridge. Ashley's new band that includes Mariah Carey's lead guitarist & music director will be opening for Melissa. The event will be supporting Court Appointed Special Advocates, Friends Of Camp Concord & Big Brothers Big Sisters. Ann Wrixon, Executive Director, CASA of Contra Costa County stated, “Rock the CASA is our highest visibility event- not only providing the organization with much needed funds, but also getting our name in front of thousands of potential volunteers, which is the lifeblood of our work with abused & neglected children. Most remarkably, Dan Ashley has created Rock the CASA so that it is truly philanthropic. We could not be more grateful for the support of Rock the CASA.” Founded in 2015 by Ashley, Rock The CASA is a labor of love combining Dan’s passions in music, philanthropy, community & helping children in need. The annual Rock The CASA benefit concert has raised over $150k to support CASA of Contra Costa County & Friends of Camp Concord. The event has sold-out 2 years in a row & will continue to grow in order to help more kids & make the world a little bit brighter.
For Info & Tix: rockthecasa.org
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

LGBT Economic Summit Event

Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA) will host the Western Business Alliance (WBA) LGBT Economic Summit & Conference from March 15th to 16th at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. GGBA will gather twenty-one LGBT chambers of commerce from throughout the Western United States for this important event which will focus attention on issues of critical importance to our collective business communities including LGBT homelessness, the needs of LGBT millennials, leveraging the power of disruptive technologies in order to create a new level of LGBT entrepreneurs, removing the barriers to economic prosperity for the Transgender community & ‘thinking outside the box’ in order to access capital to grow our businesses. The conference will also include GGBA’s Power Lunch series that was launched in 2015 to showcase extraordinary LGBT entrepreneurs, high performing LGBT businesses & key stakeholders who are transforming the world. Since its inception the Power Lunch has achieved national recognition for its ability to tell compelling stories of triumph over adversity, community empowerment & the commitment to economic prosperity. This year The Power Lunch IV Co-Chairs are the Honorable Mark Leno & Helen Russell. GGBA was founded in 1974 as the world’s first LGBT chamber of commerce & holds a special place in the history of the ever-changing economic landscape on the local, national & international levels. The WBA was founded in 1994 as an opportunity for LGBT chambers throughout the Western United States to advocate on behalf of the LGBT economic equality movement, share ‘best practices’ & serve as the collective voice of the LGBT business community in the West.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Transgender Troops Ban (AUDIO)

Since the Trump administration’s ban on transgender service members has been temporarily blocked by four federal courts we still haven’t heard about what the Department of Defense will do as we reach today’s February 21st deadline to reinstate a full ban on transgender troops. Aaron Belkin Palm Center Director sated, “On Aug. 25, 2017 President Trump directed Defense Secretary Mattis to reinstate a full ban on transgender troops, setting a Feb. 21, 2018 deadline for an implementation plan. As Sec. Mattis prepares to release the road map for implementing President Trump’s ban he should keep in mind that four federal courts have blocked the ban from going into effect & have ruled that the only constitutional option is to apply the same standards to every service member, meaning that troops who are fit for duty can serve. Applying a single standard to all service members is not only the sole legal option, but is the best way to promote military readiness. Transgender troops have been serving openly in the U.S. military for nearly two years & have been widely praised by commanders. All available research, including the military’s own extensive study of the issue & the results of a thorough study by the RAND Corporation, indicates that inclusive policy promotes readiness by ensuring equal treatment & drawing on all available talent. Eighteen foreign militaries allow transgender troops to serve openly & none have reported any compromise to readiness. The Trump administration should not politicize the evidence to score political points with its anti-LGBT base.” Last Summer in this exclusive podcast I talked to Matt Thorn, President & CEO of OutServe-SLDN about this crucial issue. LISTEN
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

LGBT Healthcare In Jeopardy

The Trump administration’s proposed budget would sharply reduce global & domestic spending for HIV care & prevention as well as reduce access to Medicaid & move categories of healthcare spending such as federal investment in community healthcare centers from mandatory to discretionary spending. The education centers & special projects program are central to pioneering & evaluating innovative HIV care models that improve access to and retention in care for vulnerable populations disproportionately burdened by HIV such as gay men & transgender women & particularly gay men & transgender women of color. Sean Cahill, Director of Health Policy Research at the Fenway Institute & Director of Curriculum & Policy at the National Center for Innovation in HIV Care stated, “The proposed cuts in domestic HIV prevention & treatment would undermine the dramatic progress seen since the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. It’s impossible to overstate the deadly impact these proposals could potential have. We have been lulled into believing that HIV & AIDS is no longer a concern globally thanks to the scale up of treatment. But these advances mean nothing if you’re cut off from life-saving medicine. This budget proposes a radical rejection of the social compact that has sustained our country for half a century. It would also undermine important progress we have made in preventing & treating HIV here & in Africa. It casts our most vulnerable people aside & leaves them to fend for themselves without the resources they need to succeed. We urge Congress to reject these proposed cuts & maintain the bipartisan support that HIV prevention & treatment have traditionally received.”
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Academy of Friends Gala Event

Join Academy of Friends' for their 38th Annual Academy Awards Night Gala that benefits HIV/AIDS Services in the Bay Area on Sunday March 4th from 5P to 11P at City View at Metreon 135 4th Street in San Francisco, California. In typical Academy of Friends' fashion everyone at the event will enjoy food provided by the Bay Area's finest restaurants & caterers with wine & champagne by amazing vintners while attendees watch the 90th Academy Awards presentation. This year VIP attendees have early entry at 4P with an amazing list of food & wine tasting selections provided by Gibson, Eight Tables, Nightbird & The Caviar Company. General admission will enjoy food from Serpentine, Bluestem Brasserie, The Alembic, Maybeck's, Rooh, Nomica, China Live, Perle, Precita Park: Le Marais, Uno Dos tacos & Mr Espresso. This year’s wine sponsors are Lambert Bridge Winery & Rodney Strong Wine Estates. Enjoy live entertainment & an after party featuring Polyglamorous! This is a 21+ event & 100% of tickets sales will be distributed to Academy of Friends HIV/AIDS Services that has been in existence & evolving for over 38 years. Through this fabulous annual Academy Awards Night Gala Academy of Friends has raised almost $9 million to support more than 73 HIV/AIDS service organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tickets are $200 to $750.
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Friday, February 16, 2018

American Weapons Of Madness

Once again another horrific school shooting has happened in America this time in Parkland, Florida about 20 minutes away from where we are broadcasting OUTTAKE VOICES™ all this week. Seventeen innocent kids & staff gunned down by a deranged teen who proudly wore his Trump Make America Great Again hat & is a member of a white supremacy organization. Yet our biased GOP leadership does nothing to pass gun control banning these assault weapons once & for all & condemn these appalling discriminatory groups. Kristen Clarke, President & Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law stated, “This administration has failed to confront the growing tide of white supremacy in our country. Their words & their policies have emboldened white nationalists at every turn. Reports indicate that Nikolas Cruz belonged to a white nationalist militia & received paramilitary training through them prior to Wednesday’s tragic shooting. These reports, if true, mean that Cruz was radicalized right here on American soil. Now is the time to confront the violence arising from the growing white supremacist movement that is striking terror in communities & tearing away at the fabric of our country. We express our deepest sympathies to the victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting; we can honor them by fully confronting the white nationalist movement intensifying across our country.” The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization & was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination.
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

San Francisco Gay Chorus Gala

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus announced a stellar lineup of honorees & VIP guests for their 40th Season Crescendo Gala that takes place on February 24th at the Fairmont San Francisco presented by Zendesk. As it celebrates its 40th anniversary this year SFGMC will honor two-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Mary Lambert with the Inspiration Award for her achievements in advancing LGBTQ equality. The evening will also honor renowned Emmy-winning, Grammy & Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa with the Vanguard Award & Ken McNeely President of AT&T Pacific Region with the Corporate Leadership Award. Funds raised will benefit the newly launched music education program RHYTHM: Reaching Youth Through Music. Chris Verdugo, Executive Director of SFGMC stated, “In light of our 40th Anniversary, we will celebrate what SFGMC is at its core – family - while paying tribute to three honorees whose own lives & advocacy work have entered around theirs. With RHYTHM, we’re aiming to spread the message of love & community to the younger generation. Our ultimate goal is to support them living their authentic lives.” Special guests will include actor & activist Wilson Cruz, Pitch Perfect’s Kelley Jakle, son of newly elected Alabama Senator Doug Jones, LGBTQ activist Carson Jones, acclaimed author & activist Armistead Maupin & President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors London Breed. Guests will be entertained with special performances by Mary Lambert, Andrew Lippa & members of the Chorus.
For Info & Tix: sfgmc.org
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