Thursday, July 24, 2014

Supporting LGBT Homeless Youth

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) & Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced The Runaway & Homeless Youth & Trafficking Prevention Act which includes protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, or LGBT, people against discrimination in federally funded programs serving homeless & runaway youth. Laura E. Durso The Center for American Progress Director of LGBT Research & Communications Project stated, “For the first time, the Runaway & Homeless Youth & Trafficking Prevention Act will include explicit protections to ensure that no youth is discriminated against based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity when seeking help from life-saving programs. The bipartisan leadership shown today by Chairman Leahy & Sen. Collins recognizes the disproportionate number of lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender youth who are without stable housing & is a significant step forward in providing all young people with the culturally competent services they need to survive”. The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research & educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just & free America that ensures opportunity for all. They believe that Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values & aspire to ensure that our national policies reflect these values. They work to find progressive & pragmatic solutions to significant domestic & international problems & develop policy proposals that foster a government that is "of the people, by the people & for the people."
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Joey Arias Plays Provincetown

Legendary Joey Arias is appearing for one night only at the Crown & Anchor on Thursday July 24th at 10:30P in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Arias has been a fixture of New York City’s vibrant downtown performance scene for over 30 years. I first met Joey clubbing in NYC in the late 1970’s. Arias lived & worked with legendary musician Klaus Nomi until Nomi’s death from HIV/AIDS in 1983. Arias has long since stepped out of Nomi’s shadow to gain fame in his own right as a performance artist, cabaret singer & the ultimate cool drag artist. From outrageous performances at seminal New York nightclubs Jackie 60 & Squeezebox to the now-legendary nights at Bar d’O where he held court with Raven-O & our good friend Sherry Vine, Arias has distinguished himself with scandalous wit, sleek style & an extraordinary voice. Arias has performed worldwide at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Freedom Theatre in London and on a transatlantic world tour into the cabaret clubs of Paris, Tokyo, Moscow, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Canada & England. On film, he has appeared in Mondo New York, Big Top Pee Wee, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Wigstock - The Movie, Flawless & To Wong Foo, Joey Arias is a bona fide NYC icon. A portion of this special concert proceeds benefits the Afterglow Festival.
For Info & Tix: onlyatthecrown.com
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LGBT Federal Workers Gain Rights

President Obama signed the executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This executive order applies to 30,000 companies employing 28 million workers or about 1/5 of the U.S. workforce however it doesn’t reach all employers nationwide. Gary Buseck, Interim Executive Director of GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) stated, “Every day we hear about LGBT people who are not treated equally on the job. We agree with the President that workers should be judged only by their ability to get the job done, but know that is not always the reality. We applaud Monday’s executive order, which demonstrates a concrete commitment to nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation & gender identity. It’s a step that will make the workplace better fairer for LGBT employees, including the tens of thousands of federal employees in the New England states. We are proud that New England has been a leader in establishing protections on the basis of gender identity & sexual orientation & that, in the absence of broad federal protections, this executive order extends important protections for LGBT employees who work for federal contractors.” GLAD is having their 33rd annual Summer Party in Provincetown, MA this Saturday July 26th from 4P to 7P at the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum. GLAD’s goal is to ensure that America embraces every member of our community so that “equal justice under law” is not just a phrase carved in granite on the U.S. Supreme Court building. This is an important event to learn about what projects GLAD is currently working on & how you can support their groundbreaking work.
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Helen Reddy Plays Provincetown

Multi Grammy award winner Helen Reddy is returning to Provincetown appearing at the Crown & Anchor for 2 shows July 21st & 22nd at 8P. After 2 sold out performances at the Crown last October Reddy will perform again in the Paramount room with her band singing all your favorite #1 selling hits to include: Delta Dawn & the ever popular "I am Woman". This is a perfect way to kick-off Girl Splash Week that runs July 22nd to 26th. Reddy's stardom kicked off in 1972 when her single "I Am Woman" reached No. 1 on the Hot 100. The song was co-written by Reddy with Ray Burton & Reddy has attributed the impetus for writing "I Am Woman" & her early awareness of the women's movement to expatriate Australian rock critic & pioneer feminist Lillian Roxon. Reddy is quoted in Fred Bronson's The Billboard Book of Number One Hits as saying that she was looking for songs to record which reflected the positive self-image she had gained from joining the women's movement but could not find any. Reddy stated, "I realized that the song I was looking for didn't exist & I was going to have to write it myself." "I Am Woman" earned a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Reddy infamously concluded her Grammy acceptance speech by thanking God "because She makes everything possible". The success of "I Am Woman" made Reddy the first native of Australia to top the US charts & also to win a Grammy. Don’t miss OUT!! :)
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Friday, July 18, 2014

MTPC New Steering Team Chair

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) announced the election of Maxwell Ng as the new Steering Committee Chair. Maxwell Ng is a graduate of Boston University & has lived in the area for almost 20 years. Besides his work with MTPC he also serves on the Steering Committee for QAPA (Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance.) He’s passionate about visibility for Queer Asians & strives to bring the complex issues that impact our enriched & intersecting LGBT communities to the forefront. Ng stated, “I’m humbled to serve as Chair of the MTPC Steering Committee. The work that this organization does has been empowering & challenging & I am excited to further serve in this capacity.” Nancy Nangeroni, MTPC’s Chair Emeritus added, “I’m pleased & honored to remain a part of this important & effective organization & I’m excited to see Maxwell take on this new role which truly reflects the energy he is already bringing to MTPC.” The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) was founded in 2001 & works to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity & gender expression. MTPC educates the public by advocating with state, local & federal government. MTPC engages in activism & encourages empowerment of community members through collective action. MTPC is a member of the Trans Advocacy Network, the Equality Federation & the Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Coalition.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Florida Rules For Gay Marriage

A state trial court in Monroe County issued a decision striking down Florida’s ban on marriage for gay & lesbian couples & ordering Monroe County to allow gay & lesbian couples to marry. The Court’s order provides that the Monroe County Clerk can begin issuing marriage licenses to for gay & lesbian couples on July 22, 2014. Nadine Smith, CEO, Equality Florida Institute stated “This is a monumental step forward for Florida. Today’s historic ruling affirms what the majority of Florida residents already know to be true: All couples & their families deserve to be treated equally by their government.” On July 7, 2014, Judge Luis Garcia, Monroe County Circuit Court heard oral argument in the case. The couples argued that Florida’s ban on marriage equality cannot stand in light of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in June 2013 that the federal “Defense of Marriage Act” violates the federal constitutional guarantees of equal protection & due process. The case was brought by Key West residents Aaron Hunstman & William Lee Jones. They are represented by Bernadette Restivo of the law firm Restivo, Reilly & Vigil-Farinas LLC. Equality Florida Institute in partnership with several Florida organizations will hold gatherings throughout the state to celebrate. These Decision Day gatherings will give an opportunity for all fair-minded Floridians to voice their support for the freedom to marry. Plaintiff couples, members of the legal community & local leaders plan to be at rallies. Congrats Florida!!
For Rally Info: eqfl.org/decisionday
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Gay Filmmaker Ira Sachs Honored


NewFest announced that filmmaker Ira Sachs (“Love is Strange,” “Keep the Lights On,” “Forty Shades of Blue”) will receive the 3rd annual NewFest Visionary Award. NewFest is the New York-based LGBT film festival that runs July 24th to July 29th with the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Sachs stated, “To be able to make films with gay characters at their center is as hard today as it was when I first started making movies in 199. Without community events like NewFest, I don’t think we’d have a queer cinema in America. If ‘visionary’ means a belief in the continued future & importance of LGBT cinema, I’m deeply honored to accept.” The Visionary Award is NewFest’s highest honor & is presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution to LGBT film & media. The Achievement Award will be presented to Sachs prior to the NewFest Opening Night Gala screening of “Futuro Beach” on Thursday July 24th at the Walter Reade Theatre. Sachs’s latest film, “Love is Strange,” starring John Lithgow & Alfred Molina is about a couple forced to live apart after 38 years together. Marisa Tomei & Cheyenne Jackson play their extended family & it's scheduled for release by Sony Pictures Classics on August 22nd. Ira’s previous work includes the landmark queer film “The Delta,” “Forty Shades of Blue” which won Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize, “Married Life” starring Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson & Rachel McAdams, & “Keep the Lights On,” which was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature & Best Director. I talked to Ira Sachs About “Keep the Lights On” & LGBT Issues on OUTTAKE VOICES: LISTEN: