In San Francisco the Castro Street Fair takes place Sunday October 4th from 11A to 6P. This is one of the oldest LGBT community celebrations in the world founded by Harvey Milk in 1974. The street fair seeks to honor Milk’s original vision that embodies all that is San Francisco & the Castro, which is an historical, hyper-local, grass-roots event, built to support & reflect the community & its important causes. The Castro Street Fair not only is a showcase & celebration of the Castro neighborhood & community but it also features a wide array of local artists, craftspeople & performers with than 50,000 guests visiting the Fair annually as well as over 200 exhibitors. Hundreds of local artists, vendors, craftspeople & organizations line the streets & celebrate the diversity of the neighborhood. There are also live entertainment & dance stages throughout the fairgrounds. On the Main Stage at Castro & Market the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band will be performing at 11:30A followed by CHEER SF at noon, Muñecas at 12:45P with The Whoa Nellies! At 2P, then The Ethel Merman Experience at 3:15P concluding with Super Square at 4:30P. There are also all day performances at 18th Street Stage, Dance Alley, Sundance Way & new this year Kink Karnival Alley. The Castro Street Fair is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization & all proceeds go directly to charitable causes important to the Castro community. Additionally the Castro Street Fair funds the rainbow flag that flies over the intersection of Castro & Market streets. Last year the fair raised over $76,000. For More Info: castrostreetfair.org Listen: Jennifer Finney Boylan Talks GLAD Events & LGBT Issues Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders@OUTTAKE VOICES™ OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:) SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE
Since our LGBT youth experience homelessness at a much higher rate than their heterosexual peers they also face significant challenges accessing food, shelter, health care, education & employment. In addition homeless youth often struggle to obtain state-issued photo identification, which further limits their access to programs & services that may aid them in securing safe & stable housing. The Center for American Progress has released a new report examining the challenges that LGBT homeless youth face in obtaining state-issued identification & systematically reviews the patchwork of state & municipal laws that either erect or remove barriers to ID access. Laura E. Durso, Director of CAP’s LGBT Research & Communications Project stated, “States have put up serious barriers to homeless youth obtaining ID cards & LGBT homeless youth face even greater challenges. Only 22 percent of states offer free or reduced-cost IDs to the homeless & nearly half require parental consent before issuing IDs to those underage. For the many LGBT homeless youth who leave home because they are not accepted by their families this makes obtaining ID particularly difficult. Transgender individuals often have to provide proof of surgery or an amended birth certificate to receive an ID. All this only raises the bar even higher for LGBT homeless youth to obtain the required ID to secure the employment, care, or shelter they so desperately need.” The report was authored by former CAP Research Associate Hannah Hussey & makes concrete recommendations for states to improve the ability of LGBT homeless youth to receive the identification documents they need. For More Info: americanprogress.org Listen: Jennifer Finney Boylan Talks GLAD Events & LGBT Issues Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders@OUTTAKE VOICES™ OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:) SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE
Equality Forum celebrating their 10th annual LGBT History Month has provided role models, teaches history, builds community to make an important civil rights statement about our LGBT community’s important contributions. Each day in October an Icon is featured with a video, bio, downloadable images & other educational resources. George Chauncey
Samuel Knight Professor of American History & Chair of the History Department, Yale University stated, “LGBT History Month sends an important message to our nation’s teachers, school boards, community leaders & youth about the vital importance of recognizing & exploring the role of gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender people in American history.” The 2015 LGBT Icons being honored this year are: activist Jane Addams, solider Miriam Ben-Shalom, inaugural poet Richard Blanco, poet/performer Staceyann Chin, basketball player Jason Collins, transgender actress Laverne Cox, record producer Clive Davis, interior designer Elsie de Wolfe, author Samuel Delany, filmmaker Arthur Dong, educators Emery Hetrick & Damien Martin, rock star Mick Jagger, actress Angelina Jolie, US Vice President William Rufus King, comedian Jackie “Moms” Mabley, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, Ugandan activist Frank Mugisha, gay pioneer Jack Nichols, politician Elaine Noble, educator & activist Antonia Pantoja, US Cabinet Member Frances Perkins, TV broadcaster Robin Roberts, Transgender native American Sahaykwisa, football player Michael Sam, transgender advocate Barbra Siperstein, singer Dusty Springfield, equality attorney Tom Stoddard, tennis champion William “Big Bill” Tilden II, performer Tim’m T. West, marriage equality hero Edie Windsor & marriage equality advocate Evan Wolfson. WATCH VIDEO
Update: It's been reported that Pope Francis met with Kim Davis in Washington last week & told her to stay strong. The quote below was made following their secret meeting....
We all knew that Pope Francis during his U.S. visit would make some statement that would be derogatory regarding religious freedom as a means to discriminate against our LGBT community. Well he didn’t disappoint. When reporter Terry Moran from ABC News asked “Do you support those individuals, including government officials, who say they cannot in good conscience … abide by some laws or discharge their duties as government officials, for example when issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples?” Pope Francis stated, “Yes, I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right. It is a right & if a person does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right … Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right, a human right. Otherwise we would end up in a situation where we select what is a right, saying, ‘this right that has merit, this one does not.'” Russell Roybal, Deputy Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force stated, “As a Catholic, it’s very disappointing that Pope Francis doesn’t seem to understand that politicians & government officials using religion as an excuse to impose their prejudices on the public is profoundly wrong. That’s why we separate church & state in the United States. World history is replete with examples of Catholics being discriminated against—such as in Northern Ireland where in the 1960s and 1970s Catholic families were routinely refused public housing by Protestant government officials. Discrimination was wrong then & it’s wrong today when imposed by politicians on LGBTQ gay & lesbian couples who have a legal right to be issued with a marriage license. Our faith should liberate—not discriminate. Religious liberty is a cherished right but government officials should not be allowed to cherry pick the laws they want to follow and the ones they want to ignore.” Listen: Jennifer Finney Boylan Talks GLAD Events & LGBT Issues Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders@OUTTAKE VOICES™ OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:) SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE
Manhattan Digest is having its 2nd fundraiser this coming Friday October 2nd at GYM SPORTSBAR one of New York’s top gay bars located in the heart of Chelsea. The event will take place from 7P to 9P & a portion of the proceeds will be going to support breast cancer research. Ryan Shea Editor-In-Chief of Manhattan Digest stated, “After having an absolutely amazing first fundraiser back in March, we at Manhattan Digest have decided to do a second one in hopes that this will be even more successful than the first. Similar to last time, it will be held in the basement area of the bar, where you can come & donate money to support breast cancer research in my late mother Lisa’s memory & bid on some incredible prizes that you yourself can actually win!” There will be a silent raffle where guests can bid on some fabulous prizes from LGBT run companies like Krave & Kulture, H Bake Shop, Best Barber in Hell's Kitchen & many more. Also on the amazing list are prizes from New York restaurant hotspots like Jacob's Pickles, Haru Sushi, Bay Kitchen Bar, The New York Beer Company as well as national brands like Crunch Gym & Amazon. Their goal is to raise $5,000 for cancer research. Raffle tickets are $5 for 2 tickets, $10 for 5 tickets & $20 for 10 tickets.
GYM SPORTSBAR is located at 167 8th Ave between 18th & 19th St in NYC. For More Info: manhattandigest.com LISTEN: Lawrence “Larry” Watson Talks LGBT Equality & More Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders@OUTTAKE VOICES™ OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:) SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE
Emmy & Golden Globe Award winner Jane Lynch will be appearing at the Sunset Center on Saturday September 26th located on San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea in California at 8P. With her magnificent comedic timing, luminous stage presence & remarkable wit don’t miss this fabulous show. Best known as the one-liner powerhouse coach Sue Sylvester on Fox's hit television series Glee, Lynch cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City, Steppenwolf Theatre & in many church basements all over the greater Chicago-land area. However our LGBT community will always love her for her lesbian break OUT role in "Best In Show" & The L Word. Lynch earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress & a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her role on Glee. Jane Lynch can currently be seen hosting NBC's Hollywood Game Night & starring as the lead in this fall's new CBS sitcom, “Angel From Hell”. Jane stated, "I do revel in performing live. I love the interaction with the audience. I love how they're like another component of the experience & you don't have that with television & film. The live stuff, it surprised me how much I missed it because I hadn't really missed it. When I did Annie, I had such a blast. I love theater, I love theater people, I love putting on my own makeup, I love the schedule, I love everything about it. And now I'm having the exact same fun doing this cabaret show all over the country."
Arrive at 7PM for a season opener complimentary champagne & Marich Premium Chocolates reception in the theater lobby! For Tix…. LISTEN: Lawrence “Larry” Watson Talks LGBT Equality & More Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders@OUTTAKE VOICES™ OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:) SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE
Ann Hampton Callaway is kicking off The Berklee Bean Town Jazz Festival Friday September 25th at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, Massachusetts. Callaway is one of the leading champions of the great American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host & producer. On Broadway she took center stage in the Tony-nominated hit Broadway musical “Swing!” & we love her fabulously infectious theme song to the hit TV series “The Nanny”. Ann told us, "Tonight, Scullers will be alive with the hot jazz & standards as I sing Ellington, Kern, Coleman & spotlight three greats with centennials this year- Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra & Billy Strayhorn. As this is part of The Berklee Bean Town Jazz Festival, I am proud to have on the bandstand three of Boston's best- Tim Ray on piano, Dave Zinno on bass & Yoron Israel on drums. And can't wait to see what Bean Town love songs I'll make up with the crowd tonight- at the 8 & 10 shows!” Callaway is also a Platinum Award winning writer whose songs are featured on seven of Barbra Streisand's recent CD's. She has also written songs with Carole King, Rolf Lovland & Barbara Carroll to name a few. Tickets are $40 for the show & $80 for dinner & the show. See You Tonight! For Tix… LISTEN: Lawrence “Larry” Watson Talks LGBT Equality & More Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders@OUTTAKE VOICES™ OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:) SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE
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