Monday, August 3, 2015

Kenya Pro LGBT Breakfast Event

Rev. Stephen Parelli & his husband Jose Ortiz of Other Sheep recently breakfasted together with pro LGBT Muslims & Christians in Mombasa, Kenya. Rev. Michael Kimindu of Mtito Andei, Kenya, brought together Muslims & Christians in Kenya for the purpose of providing education on sexual orientation in general & raising awareness of the presence LGBT people of faith within the Islamic & Christian communities of Kenya as well as addressing the need for LGBT inclusion. The attendees at the breakfast totaled 7 individuals in addition to Paelli, Ortiz & Kimindu. Three of the seven attendees were Muslim with the remaining four Christian. One of the four Christians was a lesbian, the only LGBT person of the seven at breakfast. This movement to educate on sexual orientation within the two respective faiths, is apparently a straight-ally movement. There have been 19 faith-based seminars on LGBT topics have been conducted in Kenya to date. Reports on the seminars, from which a history of the seminars & their proceedings can someday be written & published, have been maintained. Presently, not much detail can be published as these seminars will continue without pushback only if the people behind the seminars maintain low visibility. One of the resource materials used in the seminars is the Blue Book, an excellent introduction to understanding LGBT. The Blue Book was first introduced to Kenya & Rev. Kimindu in 2007 when Other Sheep’s Stephen Parelli & Jose Ortiz visited Nairobi at that time. Listen to our exclusion audio interview with Kenya Rev. John Makokha:
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Saturday, August 1, 2015

LGBT Business & Leadership Event

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s (NGLCC) International Business & Leadership Conference takes place August 11th to 14th in Greater Fort Lauderdale, the Gay Capital of Florida. This will be the first time the annual conference will take place in South Florida. Keynote speakers include personal finance guru Suze Orman, CNN anchor Richard Quest, Washington Post columnist & MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart & personal branding expert Sally Hogshead. The annual conference is designed to expand economic opportunities & advancements for LGBT business owners, as well as build strong relationships with corporate America is the most successful NGLCC conference to date. This event takes place at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. Richard Gray, LGBTQ Managing Director for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau stated, “We’re honored to welcome attendees, keynote speakers & top Corporate America brands to our welcoming community & to host the largest LGBT business development event in the world.” Justin Nelson, NGLCC Co-Founder & President added, “NGLCC is proud to be bringing our annual International Business & Leadership Conference to Fort Lauderdale this August. Our local affiliate chamber, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (GFLGLCC), led by President & CEO Keith Blackburn, is doing wonderful things in the area & has worked hard to bring this opportunity to the local LGBT & allied business community.” More than 800 domestic & international LGBT & allied entrepreneurs, corporate representatives, business owners & chamber leaders will gather for three days of panel discussions, development seminars & special events designed to generate business opportunities and build corporate relationships. The conference is sponsored by American Airlines.
For More Info: nglcc.org
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Friday, July 31, 2015

Jennifer Finney Boylan Honored

Jennifer Finney Boylan, the first best-selling transgender author in the U.S. whose writings, teachings & activism have significantly illuminated & articulated transgender experience will be honored with this year’s GLAD 2015 Spirit of Justice Award in October. Janson Wu, Executive Director of GLAD stated, “Jennifer Finney Boylan’s work over the decades has exposed a broad public to the meaning of transgender lives. Her best-selling memoir She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders introduced many people for the first time to a three-dimensional transgender person. With storytelling that is powerful & humane as well as witty, she has fostered understanding & support for transgender people & the multiple issues they face in navigating a transphobic world.” Jennifer Boylan stated, “GLAD has been a leader in defending the rights of LGBT people since its inception. I am personally very grateful for their work, not only as an advocate in solidarity with the fine work GLAD does, but also because they defended me, & people like me, in the state of Maine. Their work to defeat the bill that would have stripped human rights protections from trans Mainers meant, quite literally, the difference between living a life with dignity, or its opposite, in my home state.” The 16th Annual Spirit of Justice Award Dinner takes place at the Boston Marriott Copley Place on October 16th. In this exclusive audio byte we talked to Jennifer about what she would like to see happen for LGBT equality in the next few years:
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

New Lesbian Film Raven's Touch

Soul Kiss Films who produces films for women, by women & about women is proud to announce the release of their fourth feature “Raven’s Touch” that will have its world premiere on Saturday August 1st in Los Angeles, followed by a screening in San Francisco on August 6th. “Raven’s Touch” is a collaboration between SKF, producer/director Marina Rice Bader (Executive Producer of Elena Undone, A Perfect Ending & writer/director of Anatomy of a Love Seen) & Dreya Weber (The Gymnast, A Marine Story) who also co-directs, stars & wrote the screenplay. “Raven’s Touch” also stars Traci Dinwiddie (The Notebook, Elena Undone, Supernatural). The film tells the story of two women who find healing in the most unexpected place. Blaming herself for a tragic accident, Raven Michaels (Dreya Weber) secludes herself at a remote family cabin. She wanders the woods on the verge of a breakdown, seeking peace in isolation. In a last ditch attempt to save her family, Kate Royce (Traci Dinwiddie) takes her two teenagers camping far from the distractions of technology and young romance. When Raven & Kate’s worlds collide they offer each other unexpected opportunities for intimacy & healing. When we interviewed Marina on OUTTAKE VOICES™ in 2014 about her personal commitment to LGBT civil rights she stated, “I have unwavering commitment to the LGBT community to keep telling their stories, which are our stories & the stories of women which show the rest of the world that we’re all walking the same walk. We love, we have kids, we struggle with relationships, money, our place in the world & every human being goes through the same thing.”
For More Info & Tix: soulkissfilms.com
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Boy Scouts Accept Gay Leaders

Finally the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) voted to end its homophobic ban on lesbian, gay & bisexual adult leaders effective immediately. The long overdue historic action comes after GLAAD & Scouts for Equality mounted a lengthy media campaign to bring equality to Scouting. We interviewed Jennifer Tyrrell who was at the center of the controversy on the Red Carpet at the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards. Tyrrell a lesbian mom & den leader from Ohio was removed from her 7-year-old’s Cub Scout pack for being gay in 2012 stated, “You can’t build the leaders of tomorrow by using values that were okay 100 years ago. That’s not the future & they are training the future of America & the future is families like mine, honestly. So we don’t want kids to ever go through what my son Cruz has gone through & we’re going to stick through it to the end & we’ll be here as long as they are noncompliant.” Though the new BSA policy states: “No adult applicant for registration as an employee or non-unit-serving volunteer, who otherwise meets the requirements of the Boy Scouts of America, may be denied registration on the basis of sexual orientation”, it allows religious chartered organizations to "act in ways inconsistent with that organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs." Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD President & CEO stated, “Finally, hardworking & devoted gay adult leaders can serve openly & honestly in Scouting without fear of rejection or retribution. Today's historic vote will strengthen Scouting & sends a message of acceptance that will resonate for years to come, as future Scout leaders are judged by their ability to lead & not their sexual orientation.”  
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Boston Older Lesbian Event

Boston OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing For Change) will meet on Sunday, August 2nd from 2P to 4P to present “The Lesbian Erasure Series - Part 1 We Will Not Be Erased”. Speakers will include Libby Bouvier of the History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston Herstories: Telling Our Lives, The Story of Boston DOB (Daughters of Bilitis) with Lois Johnson & Shari Barden & The Story of Lesbian Psychologies with Sarah Pearlman. Alice Fisher stated, “As the founding members of OLOC-Boston we carry the history of our community with us. Is it our age that renders us invisible, or is it the inevitable evolution of any social movement? We say ‘onward with our visibility with pride in our age’. We are building a community of lesbians who all have a good deal of curiosity about life in this changing world we live in. Come join us as we continue to define our culture as old lesbians.” Sarah Pearlman added, “We have gay marriage. We can enlist in the military. But we need to pay attention to lesbian erasures—by mainstream feminism, the “L” in LGBT, queer as evolution or erasure. Over 45 years of lesbian feminism & we still need to challenge & identifying erasures, preserve our lesbian history & assert our contribution & presence." The OLOC event will take place on Sunday August 2nd at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St. Brookline, MA
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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Kenya & LGBT Discrimination

With President Obama’s current trip to Kenya there's been a lot of buzz that this is a human rights trip especially for our LGBT community who suffer greatly in this homophobic country. Kenya is not as bad as Uganda but is still very cruel to our LGBT brothers in sisters. It was reported that a homophobic Kenyan landlord prior to Obama’s visit kicked a gay couple out of their Nairobi apartment stating, “Go wait for your Obama.” In an interview with the BBC on Thursday Obama stated, “I am not a fan of discrimination & bullying of anybody on the basis of race, on the basis of religion, on the basis of sexual orientation or gender. And as somebody who has family in Kenya & knows the history of how the country so often is held back because women & girls are not treated fairly, I think those same values apply when it comes to different sexual orientations.” Just remember that Kenya’ extreme homophobic views were imported to Kenya & other African countries by American right-wing anti-gay religious leaders. We talked to Rev. John Makokha, senior pastor of Riruta United Methodist Church in Nairobi, Kenya about this on OUTTAKE VOICES™. John is the African correspondent for Reconciling Ministries Network & the Country Coordinator of Other Sheep Kenya Trust, a faith-based LGBT organization. He passionately runs educational awareness seminars on human sexuality & gender identity programs to address religious homophobia & transphobia in Kenya with his wife Anne Baraza a certified counselor & co-laborer in the ministry.
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