Saturday, July 30, 2016

From The DNC To Provincetown

Liz Callaway & Ann Hampton Callaway who recently performed with “Broadway for Orlando” at the Democratic National Convention where they joined over 50 Broadway stars to sing the classic Burt Bacharach Hal David song “What the World Needs Now Is Love” will be in concert this Sunday July 31st & Monday August 1st at the Crown & Anchor at 247 Commercial Street in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Ann Hampton Callaway stated, “Singing ‘What the World Needs Now is Love’ at The Democratic National Convention with my sister Liz, my nephew Nicholas & over 50 Broadway stars was one of the most thrilling & moving experiences of our lives. As 30,000 people erupted into joyous cries of “Love, love, love, love, love” after we sang, we witnessed the power of music to unite & uplift people. Liz & I can’t wait to come to Provincetown with our heightened spirits this weekend & sing the roof off at The Crown & Anchor!” Liz Callaway added, “First, the Democratic National Convention, then Provincetown this Sunday & Monday. This is a really good week for Ann & me.” Liz Callaway & Ann Hampton Callaway in Concert is part of the 2016 Broadway Series at the Crown & Anchor. Shows are at 8P both nights & tickets run from $70 to VIP Tickets at $130.
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Friday, July 29, 2016

OUTTAKE VOICES For Hillary

We at OUTTAKE VOICES have supported Hillary Clinton for President since we launched our media network in 2007. Last night finally seeing Hillary accepting the Democratic Nomination for President was very emotional. Not only because she made history by becoming the first woman to be endorsed for president by a major political party in this country but she also made a point to embraced our entire LGBT community. When I attended the 2004 DNC Convention in Boston speakers could hardly even utter the word gay. Now 12 years later the DNC Convention displayed real LGBT inclusion in almost every speaker’s speech. We also had Chad Griffin President of the Human Rights Campaign passionately representing our community & Sarah McBride became the first openly transgender person to speak at a major party convention & she rocked it. Hopefully next time though it would be nice if our LGBT leaders received a better time slot but you can see their speeches on HRC. Now for a bit of compassion & advise for all the diehard Bernie Sanders supporters. We totally understand how difficult & painful this nomination has been for you. We feel your pain because we felt exactly that way 8 years ago when Barack Obama became the democratic nominee. But we took the high road & got behind the candidate & last night 8 years later we celebrated. In conclusion we must do everything we can in our collective power to defeat Donald Trump. He is a dangerous threat to our freedom & everything this country stands for. Hopefully his hate spewing campaign will self-implode but in case it doesn’t we will be doing everything we can to make sure Hillary Clinton becomes the 45th President & we will continue to move forward together.
(Hillary Clinton Portrait by Charis Tsevis) 
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Orlando Massacre Benefit Event

There will be a benefit concert to support Equality Florida & The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida on Sunday July 31st at New York’s famed Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street in the Marlin Room at 8P. Hamilton’s Daniel J. Watts (HBO’s “Vinyl,” Motown the Musical) & Watts Words Productions in association with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS presents Daniel J. Watts' THE JAM: LOVE TERRORISTS A Benefit for Orlando. Watts a poet, performer & activist stated, “In light of the recent events, most notably the horrendous mass shooting at Pulse night club in Orlando that rocked the world last month, we need to galvanize the masses to speak openly, honestly, & sincerely about our fears & differences so that ultimately we can come together as a society. I aim to do that with this original THE JAM: LOVE TERRORISTS. It is paramount that we support each other & use our talents to the betterment of humanity.” A play-on-words, THE JAM pays homage to Watts’ great-grandmother who, after making jam from scratch, would share with others what she was unable to consume herself. THE JAM is Watts’ continuation of that legacy featuring his original spoken word, often set to music & or dance. THE JAM: Love Terrorists is a veritable call to arms, demanding any and all to terrorize with love. The final lines of the title poem read: Life is a blessing and then you die. What better way to die than from loving to death? Love is a weapon of mass construction. Use it at your leisure. These are our demands.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

LGBT Spin On DNC Platform

The Democratic National Convention ratified one of the most pro LGBTQ & progressive platforms in its history. Russell Roybal, Deputy Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force stated, “The Democratic Party’s 2016 platform builds on the pro LGBTQ & progressive legacy of President Barack Obama. It’s presents policies that are rooted in the idea that in America, people encompass a wide range of identities — we can be LGBTQ, a person of color, a person living with disabilities, a person of faith & many other things that make us unique. We are truly the most diverse nation in the world. This platform promotes important policies on issues as varied as: LGBTQ freedom, justice & equality with a focus on comprehensive protections in the areas of housing, employment, public accommodations, credit, jury service, education & federal funding & ending the epidemic of violence against transgender people of color….While the platform advances many of the policies that the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund has fought for, there are some areas that it should have addressed. For example, a comprehensive strategy to combat the misuse of religion & faith to justify the on-going attack on reproductive health care. It is vital that our community remembers that legal decisions regarding reproductive rights are at the heart of recent historic legal decisions on issues such as marriage equality & that reproductive rights are LGBTQ rights. We must strongly resist any effort to misuse cherished faith to roll back & remove these rights that are so clearly linked to everyone’s lived freedom, justice & equality.”
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

AG Healey Provincetown Event

This fabulous  Provincetown event comes in the middle of a very busy summer for the Attorney General Maura Healey who is almost halfway through her second year in office. The reception honoring Attorney General Maura Healey takes place Sunday July 31st at the Crown & Anchor at 247 Commercial Street in Provincetown, Massachusetts from 5:30P to 7P. This event will provide the opportunity to celebrate & hear about what crucial issues AG Healey is addressing for Massachusetts & especially for our LGBT community. Attorney General Healey stated, “I’m so excited to be in Provincetown with many of our old friends & hopefully, a lot of new ones. The support I continue to receive throughout Massachusetts is so encouraging & so important given the issues we’re taking on every day in our office.” Earlier this month Maura led a public bill signing for the state’s powerful new transgender equality law & in the aftermath of the Orlando Massacre she issued an important & courageous new directive on assault weapons in Massachusetts telling gun dealers they can no longer sell copycats of many of the same weapons used in recent deadly mass shootings. Healey is also leading a group of Attorney Generals taking on Exxon Mobil over their efforts to mislead the public on climate change. Don’t miss out on this important intimate gathering with Healey’s team & Event Chair Bryan Rafanelli & the Host Committee including Jacques Abatto & David Goldman, Mary Breslauer & Rebecca Haag, Elyse Cherry, Sean & Kelly Curran, Lisa Drapkin, Christopher Flynn & Daniel Newton, Gabby Hanna & Marcy Feller, Jack Hornor & Ron Skinn, Arline Isaacson, Steve Kerrigan & Jacob Watts, Marc LaCasse & Todd Katzman, Janet Lehman & Ann Maguire, Neal Minahan, Rick Murray & Bill Dougal, Rick Musiol, Eleanor & Ro Pannesi, Hon. Sarah K. Peake, Kate Perrelli & Lynn Kappelman, Alix Ritchie & Marty Davis, Lynda Tocci & Hon. Dan Wolf.
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Sarah McBride To Speak At DNC

Sarah McBride who became national press secretary for HRC last month will appear at the DNC in Philadelphia this Thursday becoming the first openly transgender person to speak at a major party convention. McBride stated, “I’m honored for this opportunity to share my story & to be the first transgender person to speak at a major party convention. People must understand that even as we face daily harassment, tragic violence & an onslaught of anti-LGBTQ political attacks across the country, we are real people merely seeking to be treated with the dignity & respect every person deserves. I’m so proud to stand with the LGBT Caucus & speak out in support of Hillary Clinton, because we know she stands with us.” Last May when we asked Sarah what her personal commitment is to LGBT equality she stated, “I come to this work not only as someone who is transgender but as someone who has loved someone who is transgender. I met my future husband Andy fighting for trans equality & we fell in love. A couple of months after we started dating Andy was diagnosed with cancer & despite getting a clean bill of health several months later eventually his cancer came back & it was terminal. Andy & I decided to get married in August of 2014 & just 4 days after we married he passed away. For me I carry my relationship with Andy with me in my LGBT advocacy work. I carry it with me because one of the most important lessons that I have learned from that experience at 23 years old at the time was that every day matters & this fight every day matters building a world where every person can live their life to the fullest; where every person has a roof over their head & job opportunities based on their skills & their talent & their work ethnic & not on their identity. Every day matters when it comes to just being yourself & so for me that’s probably my biggest personal motivation in this work. It’s not just about who I am but people I love.”
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Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Real LGBT Presidential Ticket

Hillary Clinton announced that she has chosen Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate after she made an unscheduled visit to the site of the Orlando Massacre. Rick Zbur, Equality California Executive Director stated, "With her selection of Senator Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton has highlighted the stark differences between her ticket & her opponent’s. In contrast to the extremes of racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia & transphobia on vivid display by Donald Trump & his running mate, Kaine presents an alternative; a pragmatist who works across ideologies & across the aisle to get things done. After exhibiting the same ‘evolution’ on LGBT issues as the nation as a whole, Kaine is now solidly pro-LGBT equality. As governor, he issued an executive order banning discrimination against lesbian & gay state employees & campaigned against a ballot measure barring gay & lesbian couples from marrying. He has spoken out strongly in favor of marriage equality & adoption by gay & lesbian couples, receiving a 90 percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign. Donald Trump’s feigned concern in his speech for the perils LGBT people face abroad ignores the very real danger presented by his own party here at home. The virulently anti-LGBT Republican platform, Trump’s choice of the anti-LGBT Mike Pence as his running mate, & a campaign based on fear, bias & hatred clearly foreshadow what LGBT people can expect from a Trump administration. It is imperative that the LGBT community do all it can to ensure that Hillary Clinton is the next president of the United States.”
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