Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Michael Petry A Twist in Time

In the UK at the Pallant House Gallery in West Sussex multimedia artist Michael Petry's fascinating new show opens on July 4th & runs through March 2016 entitled A Twist in Time. The new contemporary installation is in the Queen Anne townhouse featuring glass sculptures created to the forms of the grand staircase & historic mirrors echoing Oscar Wilde’s story “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. Utilizing traditional glass-making techniques Petry’s installation creates a dialogue with the gallery’s historic glass collections, exploring questions of gender, craftsmanship & decoration. He will also install Ghosts of the stair piece throughout the house, clear versions that blend into the background only to jump out at the visitor’s eye. Michael is Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in London & has authored numerous books since 1994 including “Hidden Histories: 20th Century Male Same Sex Lovers In The Visual Arts” in 2004, which was the first comprehensive survey of its kind. His one man show The Touch of the Oracle at the Palm Springs Art Museum in 2012 was accompanied by a ten year career review book distributed by Thames & Hudson which is also the publisher of his book “Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still-Life Tradition” that we talked to Petry about on OUTTAKE VOICES™.  The Pallant House Gallery is located at 9 North Pallant, Chichester in West Sussex UK.
For More Info: pallant.org
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

LGBT Civil Rights After Marriage

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling last week extending marriage equality throughout the nation for our LGBT community we still must address that more than half of states still allow discrimination against many LGBT Americans in crucial areas of life. Americans living in these states can now be legally married then legally fired from their jobs, thrown out of a restaurant, evicted from their homes, or denied a loan simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Laura E. Durso, Director of Center for American Progress LGBT Research & Communications Project stated, “The Supreme Court’s decision ensures that the freedom to marry applies to all couples, in every state. However, the Court’s decision does not grant protections from discrimination for LGBT workers, customers, students, renters & homebuyers, many of whom still face pervasive, legal discrimination across the country. This is a national problem that requires a national solution, which is why Congress needs to pass a comprehensive nondiscrimination law to fully provide the same ‘equal dignity in the eyes of the law’ that Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote about in the marriage equality decision.” Twenty-eight states lack protections for LGB Americans from discrimination in the areas of housing, employment, education, access to credit & public accommodations. Thirty-one states lack the same protections for transgender Americans. The Center for American Progress has released an updated infographic bringing attention to the problem & calling for Congress to pass comprehensive nondiscrimination legislation that would protect LGBT Americans nationwide.
For More Info: americanprogress.org
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Monday, June 29, 2015

LGBT Civil Rights 50th Anniversary

There's another huge LGBT celebration happening in Philadelphia this week from July 2nd to 5th commemorating the 50th anniversary of a dedicated group of LGBT activists who were fighting for our rights years before the Stonewall Riots. On July 4, 1965 a group of courageous gay & lesbian activists from New York, Washington, D.C. & Philadelphia led by the late Frank Kameny & Barbara Gittings, known as the father & mother of the organized LGBT civil rights movement, laid the foundation for the organized LGBT civil rights movement with demonstrations in front of Independence Hall. Known as "Annual Reminders," these protests were held by the East Coast Homophile Organizations (ECHO) & occurred every Fourth of July from 1965 to 1969. In the 1960’s there were approximately 200 gay activists in the nation. After Stonewall these Gay Pioneers suspended the Annual Reminders & turned their energies to help organize the 1970 march from Greenwich Village to Central Park marking the first anniversary of Stonewall. Now that the Supreme Court has rules that marriage equality is the law of the land we have a lot to celebrate. So if you’re able to get to Philly this week join Jim Obergefell, plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges SCOTUS case along with Edie Windsor, Judy Shepard, Bishop Gene Robinson, Wanda Sykes, leaders & entertainers for the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony at Independence Hall & be part of the four-day National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration. The celebration includes wreath laying at the Gay Pioneers historical marker, five LGBT history exhibits, panels, parties, National Interfaith Service, "Gay Pioneers" film screening, concerts, fireworks, gayborhood street festival & more! For More Info: lgbt50.org
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Marriage Equality Wins In USA

My first reaction to learn that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that marriage equality is now the law in the USA brought me to tears. I called my wife Marilyn at work immediately to tell her & we both cried. This has been a long hard but thrilling fight to be part of the marriage equality movement in this country & I am just overwhelmed to finally know my wife & I can freely move throughout this country as equal citizens, at least when it comes to our marriage. Janson Wu, GLAD Executive Director stated, “Words can hardly express how fortunate I feel to be a part of this historic moment. Marriage equality is now the law in every state in the U.S. Today, the Supreme Court upheld the dignity & equality of LGBT individuals everywhere & opened a path to security for hundreds of thousands of families across the country. Today’s historic decision caps nearly 25 years of legal challenges, grassroots activism, legislative advocacy & everyday people sharing the stories of our lives, our love & our families." We want to thank all the marriage equality organizations that we have worked go closely with over the last 11 years. Especially my friend Mary Bonauto GLAD’s Civil Rights Project Director who argued the case before the Supreme Court. There are going to be historic parties tonight & through the weekend. Find locations below...HAPPY PRIDE AMERICA!!
For Info: uniteformarriage.org
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Get Ready For Gay Marriage USA

LOOKS LIKE FRIDAY IS SCOTUS MARRIAGE EQUALITY DECISION DAY!! 
LGBT leaders across America are ready for the US Supreme Court decision on marriage equality. Yesterday it was hinted by the SCOTUS Blog that the decision could come a few days earlier than expected. So we’re all on high alert. Janson Wu GLAD’s Executive Director stated, “On the day the decision comes in, join me & our Legal Director Gary Buseck at 3:00P EST on a special conference call to hear insider info & all the details of the ruling. On the night of decision, join other GLAD supporters & community members at an event near you! There are events scheduled in Boston, Western MA & beyond. No matter what the outcome there are chances to gather together on this historic night. This is an exciting time for all of us!" As you know GLAD’s Civil Rights Project Director Mary argued the recent Supreme Court case for Marriage Equality. On the day of the decision Equality Florida will be hosting public gatherings to celebrate (or rally against) the Court’s ruling. Equality California have stated that on whatever day the Court rules, thousands of supporters of equal rights for everyone will turn out for rallies across the state. So please check listing here for events near you. We encourage everyone to come out to support our LGBT community on what we hope will be a very historic day.
For Info: uniteformarriage.org
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sundays At Café Tabac Event

There’s a fabulous fundraiser event for the documentary feature film “Sundays at Café Tabac” to kick off NYC LGBT Pride on Wednesday June 24th at Up & Down, 244 West 14th Street from 6P to Midnight. The film is about an unforgettable weekly salon that ran on Sunday nights between 1993-1995 for a community of some of the most distinguished lesbians around then & now in New York’s East Village at Café Tabac, notorious for the caliber of its celebrity clientele on any given night. The salon ran during a new & heightened era in lesbian visibility & empowerment during AIDS, LGBT & feminist activism. The film tells the story of this community & its relationship to an era that has not been historically or narratively documented from the point of view of lesbian women. This event aims to continue to build a community around this film, announce the project to a wider public, generate dialogue around the film & the themes/issues it addresses, as well as raise funds to complete the film. Host committee includes: Hilton Als, BETTY, Alan Cumming, Lea DeLaria, Patricia Field, Catherine Gund, Kelly Gunn, Jean-Marc Houmard, my good friend Michael Musto, Meshell Ndegeocello, Eve Salvail, Julie Tolentino, Patricia Velasquez, K8 Hardy & Pati Hertling, my lesbian mentors Leslie Cohen & Beth Suskin, Edris Nichols & Toni Weeks, Mickalene Thomas & Racquel Chevremont. Don’t miss out on this fabulous event, tickets are going fast.
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Provincetown Film Fest Winners

We had a fabulous time covering the 17th Provincetown International Film Festival this year. There were wonderful films & an opportunity to meet some inspiring new LGBT filmmakers, allies & celebrities at great events & parties. Sunday night the winners of this year's festival were announced: The HBO Audience Award / Best Narrative Feature went to: LEARNING TO DRIVE directed by Isabel Coixet. The HBO Audience Award / Best Documentary Feature went to: PACKED IN A TRUNK: THE LOST ART OF EDITH LAKE WILKINSON directed by Michelle Boyaner, an amazing moving film. The John Schlesinger Award, presented to a first time documentary & narrative feature filmmaker went to: BREATHE, directed by Mélanie Laurent (narrative) & OUTERMOST RADIO directed by Alan Chebot (documentary). The HBO Short Documentary Award went to: THE FACE OF UKRAINE: CASTING OKSANA BAIUL directed by Kitty Green. The Jury Awards were: Best Narrative Short Film: MYRNA THE MONSTER directed by Ian Samuels, Best Animated Short Film: SYMPHONY NO. 42 directed by Réka Bucsi, Best New England Short Film: AWESOME_FCK directed by Isaak James, Student Short Film: SHARE directed by Pippa Bianco & the Short Film Jury consisted of documentary filmmaker Jeff Dupre, producer Laura Heberton, Mark Elijah Rosenberg, founder & artistic director of Rooftop Films. Later this week we'll have audio interviews with Bobcat Goldthwait who received the 2015 Filmmaker on the Edge Award & Jennifer Coolidge who received the Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award among others on our podcast site OUTTAKE VOICES™.
For More Info: ptownfilmfest.org
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