Thursday, September 29, 2016

Lesbian Dance Party Event (Audio)

The 19th annual Lesbians & Friends Dance fundraiser supporting the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition takes place on Saturday October 22nd from 8P to Midnight in Brookline, Massachusetts. Since 1992 MBCC has been working with the LGBT community towards MBCC’s goal of breast cancer prevention. The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is the only breast cancer non-profit working closely with a research organization (Silent Spring Institute) to investigate preventable, environmental causes of the disease. This work is funded through annual fundraising events like the upcoming Lesbians & Friends Dance: A Party for Prevention. Cheryl Osimo Executive Director of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition stated, “I support full & equal rights for everyone. The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is doing all we can to prevent this disease & we need to make sure that all of us who are working on a single issue branch out to help one another to work together on any & all issues that need attention.” Hundreds of women will come together to celebrate & hope for a future free of breast cancer. Directly before the event dance instructor Liz Nania, will lead a free one-hour dance workshop for all interested participants from 7P to 8P. Refreshments including complimentary hors d’oeuvres & a cash bar will also be provided to all attendees. There will feature a silent auction with items donated from LGBT friendly businesses & DJ Triana will provide the music. Tickets are $40 in advance & $45 at the door. LISTEN
 
For Info & Tix: mbcc.org
LISTEN: Selisse Berry Talks Out & Equal Workplace Summit
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Debate Avoids LGBT Civil Rights

Besides Donald Trump’s inappropriate attack on Rosie O'Donnell during the first presidential debate our LGBT community was not even mentioned when candidates Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton took part in a one-on-one debate at Hofstra University Monday night. The two major political party presidential nominees faced each other for the first time just 42 days before Election Day. Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund Executive Director stated, “We are disappointed that neither Presidential candidate spoke about the need for strong federal nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & queer (LGBTQ) people. With an anticipated 100 million viewers watching, this would have also been a great opportunity for the candidates to provide clear remedies on how to advance voting rights, secure reproductive justice & fix the broken immigration system. Monday night, each candidate discussed their position on how they would address economic disparities, criminal justice reform, gun violence & racial injustice in America. We hope that voters take a close look at each candidate’s platform and vote their values of full freedom, justice and equality for all.” There are still 2 more upcoming presidential debates & one vice presidential debate between homophobic GOP candidate Mike Pence & Dem Tim Kane so we’ll see if our LGBT community is included in this crucial national discussion. The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund works to secure full freedom, justice & equality LGBTQ people. For over forty years they have been at the forefront of the social justice movement by training thousands of organizers & advocating for change at the federal, state & local level. (LGBT Graphic by Richard Emmanuel)
For More Info: taskforceactionfund.org
LISTEN: Selisse Berry Talks Out & Equal Workplace Summit
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Out & Equal Workplace Summit

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world’s largest non-profit dedicated to achieving LGBT workplace equality. Their annual workplace summit takes place in Orlando, Florida from October 4th to 7th at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort. Since 1996 Out & Equal has worked with Fortune 1,000 companies & government agencies around the world to provide a safe, welcoming & supportive environment for LGBT employees. I talked to Selisse Berry, Founder & CEO of Out & Equal about what she would like to see happen for LGBT equality in the next few years. Berry stated, “We still live in this interesting time in history where we can be married on Saturday & then in 22 states in the country we still can be fired on Monday for putting our wedding picture on our desk because there are no federal laws to protect us. So I’m looking forward to federal protections in the United States & also looking forward to continuing this work globally so everyone around the world can be out & equal.” This three-day global conference features hundreds of educational opportunities including workshops, expert panels, networking mixers & plenaries with keynotes from prominent LGBT & ally leaders. More than 3,500 LGBT employees, executives, CEOs, celebrities, politicians, advocates, activists & allies are scheduled to attend including Abby Wambach, former US Women’s Soccer Team Captain; Lance Bass, Pop-star / Dancer / Actor / Producer; The Pointer Sisters, Pop Group; Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer; George Kalogridis, President of Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts; Diana Nyad. record-breaking athlete & many more. LISTEN TO FULL INTERVIEW: 
For More Info: outandequal.org
Listen: Producer Sue Maslin Talks New Film "The Dressmaker"
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE

Monday, September 26, 2016

Lady Fest Miami 2016 Event

Lady Fest Miami is a unique grassroots festival focused on building power, solidarity & community among women & girls in Miami, Florida. It takes place on Sunday October 2nd at Citadel 8325 NE 2nd Avenue in Miami, FL from 9A to 7P. The organizing members of Lady Fest Miami are a collective of a diverse group of local activists, artists & organizers residing in South Florida. Lady Fest Miami is a all volunteer event organized, led & run by & for women --including women of color; women who identify as LGB, queer, transgender, mothers, child-free women, women in the faith community, women who are immigrants, women of all ages & their allies. The objective is to build a sustainable community & celebrate diversity through critical dialogue, cultural performance & artistic expression within the context of a women-centered space. Coming from different cultural backgrounds, gender identities, sexual orientations & social justice backgrounds, they all share a passion for a dedication to fostering transformative dialogue within the local community. The event is a grassroots initiative that will consist of interactive workshops & discussions, live music, art & performances. Lady Fest Miami is committed to recognizing how power & privilege exist in society & working to dismantle the structures & attitudes that contribute to oppression. They are celebrating, building & recognizing a sisterhood from shared oppression & experience that recognizes the complexity & difference within that sisterhood. The event is free if you RSVP by 12P Saturday 10/1 or a $5 donation at the door is suggested.
For More Info: ladyfestmiami.com
Listen: Producer Sue Maslin Talks New Film "The Dressmaker"
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE

Friday, September 23, 2016

Florida Gun Violence Prevention

Equality Florida has made a significant policy announcement to formally endorse common sense gun violence prevention policies in response to the hate-fueled attack in Orlando this past June targeting our LGBTQ community at Pulse nightclub’s Latin night. Last June a gunman opened fire at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando & bullets from the shooter’s military-style assault weapon struck 102 people, leaving 49 dead, 53 injured & hundreds traumatized. The LGBTQ & Latin communities were targeted in a hate-fueled rampage that is now the deadliest modern-day mass shooting & the largest attack on LGBTQ people in America in history. Equality Florida will partner with gun safety advocates & other allies to combat epidemic of gun violence. In addition to Equality Florida’s top priority of passing a statewide anti-discrimination law for LGBTQ Floridians, the organization will seek to expand background checks to cover all gun purchases & to limit access to military-style assault weapons & high-capacity magazines. More than 20 percent of hate crimes reported nationally in 2014 targeted people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, according to the most recent FBI statistics. Hate crimes in general are on the decline & yet hate crimes against LGBTQ people are rising. In the same way that Equality Florida has adopted policy positions that promote racial equity & reproductive justice they now pledge publicly to advocate for common sense gun violence prevention measures to stop the rising tide of violence against our LGBT community.
For More Info: eqfl.org
Listen: Nadine Smith Talks Disarming Hate After Orlando Massacre
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Equitas Health Art For Life Event

Equitas Health’s Art for Life in Columbus Ohio is a biennial party for a cause & art auction that helps raise awareness & funding for HIV/AIDS medical care, prevention, education, testing & advocacy services at Equitas Health. The event that takes place at the Columbus Museum of Art on Saturday September 24th from 5P to Midnight is not only a celebration of the arts community & Equitas Health’s life-saving work but also a celebration of life & the artists who enrich it. In partnership with Pizzuti Collection & the Columbus Museum of Art, this year's auction will feature 85 pieces of artwork from local artists as well as national artists with an Ohio connection. The majority of funds raised will benefit Equitas Health’s life-saving medical & social services, with a portion benefitting the Pizzuti Collection’s education programs. Featured artists included in the silent auction are Carrie Moyer an artist & writer based in Brooklyn, NY who with photographer Sue Schaffner co-founded one of the first lesbian public art projects, “Dyke Action Machine!” which was active in New York City between 1991-2008. Also included is Michael Guinane who moved moved to Columbus in 1996 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to attend the Columbus College of Art & Design. Michael continues to live & work in Columbus, showing in galleries, public venues doing privately commissioned works that are shown throughout the country while also teaching. You can vote for your favorite art piece to receive the Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Community Award, named after the life-long artist whose art reflects the Near Eastside neighborhood in Columbus where she grew up.
For Tix & Info: artforlife.arcohio.org
Listen: Producer Sue Maslin Talks New Film "The Dressmaker"
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

New HUD Transgender Shelter Rule

With all the horror stories of our LGBT community dealing with homelessness in shelters especially for transgender & gender nonconforming youth the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has released a new rule that requires shelters to respect the gender identity of transgender & gender non-conforming homeless people. Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán, Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project Director, National LGBTQ Task Force stated, “This new HUD rule is an important step towards protecting the marginalized of the marginalized — who are the most defenseless from discrimination — homeless trans & gender nonconforming people. We know that trans & gender nonconforming people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, are disproportionately people of color & people with disabilities & trans & gender nonconforming youth are especially vulnerable as they often are being forced to flee abusive families. By taking this action, HUD is sending the message to shelters & service providers that discrimination against the trans & gender nonconforming community is against U.S. Federal law.” Last April I participated in a conference call with The National LGBTQ Task Force & the True Colors Fund announcing a new tool for individuals & communities working to support LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. “At The Intersections” is the new online resource written by 47 contributors that provides a comprehensive guide for advocates, policymakers, service providers & funders working to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth. In this country up to 40 percent of young people experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ although they represent less than 10 percent of the general youth population. LISTEN
For More Info: attheintersections.org
Listen: Producer Sue Maslin Talks New Film "The Dressmaker"
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE