Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Addicted To Fresno NYC Debut

NEWFEST, New York’s LGBT Film & Media Arts Organization is thrilled to present the New York Premiere of director Jamie Babbit’s new comedy ADDICTED TO FRESNO on Wednesday September 2nd at 8P at the SVA Theatre. ADDICTED TO FRESNO is a dark comedy about two sisters stuck in dead-end jobs in Fresno, CA. Shannon (Judy Greer) is fresh out of sex addiction rehab when her younger lesbian sister Martha (Natasha Lyonne) lands her a job as a maid at a local hotel. The film stars Judy Greer (JURASSIC WORLD), Natasha Lyonne (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), Aubrey Plaza (PARKS & RECREATION), Fred Armisen (PORTLANDIA, LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MYERS), Ron Livingston (OFFICE SPACE), Jessica St. Clair (PLAYING HOUSE), Kumail Nanjiani (SILICON VALLEY), Molly Shannon (SNL) and Clea Duvall (ARGO). Greer, Lyonne & filmmakers Jamie Babbit & Karey Dornetto will all be present at the screening, Q&A & afterparty with special guests from OITNB & LOOKING are also scheduled to attend. NewFest’s Executive Director Robert Kushner stated, “When BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER premiered at NewFest in 2000, it made instant LGBT icons out of both Jamie Babbit & Natasha Lyonne. We are delighted to have the chance to give NewFest’s audience a chance to experience this hysterical reunion of director, star & producer, which also features some of the funniest comedic performers around in supporting roles. This screening will also serve as a very fun kick-off leading up to the presentation of the new & expanded NewFest which takes place October 22nd to 27th at the recently renovated Bow Tie Cinemas in Chelsea, with additional programming at The LGBT Center in the West Village. We are excited to have once again partnered with Outfest to program the festival.”
For More Info: newfest.org 
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Monday, August 31, 2015

Tracy Baim San Francisco Event

Tracy Baim author of the new book “Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer” will be having a discussion & book signing on Wednesday September 2nd at 6P at the James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center of San Francisco Public Library in the Latino Room, Main Library Lower Level. The work of Barbara Gittings in the LGBT movement spanned from the late 1950s until her death in 2007. Her partner in life Kay Lahusen photographed many of the movement’s biggest actions during the 1960’s with more than 270 photos accompany this biography, making it a historical photo album of the movement. Gittings was active in a wide range of pre- & post-Stonewall groups, including the Daughters of Bilitis. Perhaps most importantly Gittings was among the leaders of the push to change the American Psychiatric Association diagnosis of homosexuality as an illness & she was among those pushing the American Library Association to be more inclusive of gays. Tracy Baim is author of Barbara Gittings” Gay Pioneer & 10 other books on LGBT history, including Obama & the Gays: A Political Marriage & Gay Press, Gay Power. She is co-founder and publisher of Windy City Times newspaper in Chicago. The James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library is at 100 Larkin Street in San Francisco, California.
For More Info: sfpl.org
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Friday, August 28, 2015

LGBT Reaction to Rentboy Bust

The gay escort site Rentboy.com in NYC was raided by federal authorities this week as part of an investigation into money laundering & illegal prostitution. Federal agents arrested Rentboy.com CEO Jeffrey Hurant & six of the company’s employees on prostitution charges. The agents also seized their homes, bank accounts & $1.4 million. Kate Kendell President of National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) stated, “Like Amnesty International, the World Health Organization & other medical & human rights organizations, NCLR strongly opposes criminal prosecution of sex work by adults. Experience & evidence have shown that criminalization serves only to make those who are vulnerable to harms associated with sex work even more vulnerable. The criminal charges against Rentboy.com by the Department of Homeland Security & the Department of Justice are misguided & a terrible waste of resources. We are especially concerned about the negative impact on LGBT individuals who have been driven to sex work after being rejected by their families & experiencing other types of discrimination. NCLR strongly recommends that the federal government adopt a strategy aimed at providing essential supports – education, jobs, housing – to LGBT youth & adults who have been marginalized by these serious harms.” If you venture to the Rentboy.com site you will see Homeland Security’s statement: “This domain has been seized by ICE-Homeland Security Investigations, pursuant to seizure warrant issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York under the authority of 18 U.S.C. §§ 981 for violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956.” Interesting that they bust a gay site while all the NYC heterosexual escort sites remain open.
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

LGBT Elders of Color Boston Event

The LGBT Elders of Color is having a Flashback Sunday Affair on Sunday August 30th from 2P to 5P. They will be celebrating the Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision & equal rights for everyone. Bob Linscott LGBT Aging Project Assistant Director stated, “We hope you are enjoying your summer, truly ‘The Summer to Remember.’ Who could have predicted that we would have marriage equality in our lifetime in all 50 states, but it happened. We are also celebrating the Supreme Court’s other landmark ruling on the Affordable Care Act, which is a huge victory for everybody, especially LGBT people. These exciting events came on the coattails of our legislature’s indefinite extension of The Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Aging, which is the first of its kind in the nation that makes every senior center a welcoming place for all.” There will be music, dancing, food & beverage at the Flashback Sunday Affair on Sunday August 30th. The event is free but a suggested $10 donation will help fund this & future events. The Flashback Sunday Affair will be held at Central Boston Elder Services at 2315 Washington Street in Boston, Massachusetts. This is a festive gathering for LGBT Elders of Color & their friend & allies. The event is sponsored by The Fenway Health Institute, LGBT Aging Project & Central Boston Elder Services.
Please RSVP by calling: 617.396.4926
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sibling Revelry Plays Provincetown

Ann Hampton Callaway & her sister Liz Callaway are bringing their award-winning "Sibling Revelry" concert to The Provincetown Theater on August 28th & August 29th at 8P in Provincetown, Massachusetts. This is a fabulous performance you won’t want to miss. The Callaway sisters originally from Chicago have performed throughout the world, together & as solo artists, from Concert Halls to Broadway stages. They’re now bringing their unique fusion of cabaret & Broadway to closeout The Provincetown Theater’s Broadway Concert Series. This is the first time they have performed “Sibling Revelry” in Provincetown. Ann Hampton Callaway stated, "It feels historic that Liz & I are making our Provincetown debut with "Sibling Revelry" this weekend at The Provincetown Playhouse. It is said that you don't get your gay card unless you've seen our show, so knowing how fabulous P-town is, two sold out shows on August 28th & 29th will not be a surprise!" Liz Callaway added, "One of my favorite places to visit is Provincetown & one of my favorite people to sing with is my sister, Ann. Provincetown & Ann, what a perfect combination! Can’t wait to make our long awaited P-Town Sisters' Debut!” Tickets are going fast but there are still a few left for both shows. Tickets range from $72 to $95 for VIP seating with $3.50 added to each ticket to support The Provincetown Theater Foundation.
For Info & Tix: provincetowntheater.org
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

GLSEN Respect Awards 2015

GLSEN the leading national LGBT education organization focused on ensuring safe & affirming schools for all students will honor fierce LGBT allies Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake with the Inspiration Award at GLSEN’s Respect Awards in Los Angeles on Friday, October 23rd at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. In addition past honorees Bob Greenblatt, Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jim Parsons & Todd Spiewak, & Julia Roberts & Danny Moder will return as honorary co-chairs to help celebrate GLSEN’s 25th anniversary. Dr. Eliza Byard GLSEN Executive Director “We are thrilled to announce the honorees for the 2015 GLSEN Respect Awards - Los Angeles, two vocal & committed allies to the LGBT community who are also devoted to charitable works that improve the lives of youth. Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake have consistently been visible & committed allies. We are also happy to welcome back past honorees Bob Greenblatt, Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jim Parsons & Todd Spiewak & Julia Roberts & Danny Moder. We are inspired & honored by their continued leadership & support for the GLSEN Respect Awards.” Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake will be honored with the Inspiration Award for their long-standing commitment to improving the lives of children. They have also been vocal supporters of the LGBT community, using their profiles to raise awareness among fans & advocate for positive changes.
For Info & Tix: glsen.org
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Monday, August 24, 2015

U.N. Addressing LGBT Rights

U.S Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power & her Chilean counterpart Ambassador Cristian Barros Melet conducted the first ever U.N. Security Council meeting on LGBT rights Monday. Open to all U.N. member states, the gathering focused on the appalling abuse & violence being perpetrated against LGBT people in areas in which ISIS exerts control. Chad Griffin HRC President stated, “The gruesome images & videos documenting ISIS's horrific violence are a haunting reminder of humankind's capacity for evil. By convening this meeting, Ambassadors Power & Melet have made clear that these human rights abuses against LGBT people are not only deeply heinous & inhumane, but also a matter of utmost importance to global security.” In its path of destruction across Iraq & Syria, ISIS has released several images & videos documenting the brutal execution of those accused of being LGBT. The International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has created a timeline of attacks against allegedly LGBT people, including executions that often involve throwing men from roof tops or stoning them to death. In a particularly shocking example, ISIS released videos of the public execution of four gay men on Twitter on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, using the hashtag “Love Wins”. We now have 19 countries with marriage equality& in two countries gay & lesbian marriages are legal in certain jurisdictions. However in 10 countries worldwide, gay & lesbian activity is punishable by death & 75 countries criminalize & hundreds of transgender individuals have been brutally murdered just in the last year.
For More Info: iglhrc.org
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