Friday, September 23, 2016

Florida Gun Violence Prevention

Equality Florida has made a significant policy announcement to formally endorse common sense gun violence prevention policies in response to the hate-fueled attack in Orlando this past June targeting our LGBTQ community at Pulse nightclub’s Latin night. Last June a gunman opened fire at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando & bullets from the shooter’s military-style assault weapon struck 102 people, leaving 49 dead, 53 injured & hundreds traumatized. The LGBTQ & Latin communities were targeted in a hate-fueled rampage that is now the deadliest modern-day mass shooting & the largest attack on LGBTQ people in America in history. Equality Florida will partner with gun safety advocates & other allies to combat epidemic of gun violence. In addition to Equality Florida’s top priority of passing a statewide anti-discrimination law for LGBTQ Floridians, the organization will seek to expand background checks to cover all gun purchases & to limit access to military-style assault weapons & high-capacity magazines. More than 20 percent of hate crimes reported nationally in 2014 targeted people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, according to the most recent FBI statistics. Hate crimes in general are on the decline & yet hate crimes against LGBTQ people are rising. In the same way that Equality Florida has adopted policy positions that promote racial equity & reproductive justice they now pledge publicly to advocate for common sense gun violence prevention measures to stop the rising tide of violence against our LGBT community.
For More Info: eqfl.org
Listen: Nadine Smith Talks Disarming Hate After Orlando Massacre
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Equitas Health Art For Life Event

Equitas Health’s Art for Life in Columbus Ohio is a biennial party for a cause & art auction that helps raise awareness & funding for HIV/AIDS medical care, prevention, education, testing & advocacy services at Equitas Health. The event that takes place at the Columbus Museum of Art on Saturday September 24th from 5P to Midnight is not only a celebration of the arts community & Equitas Health’s life-saving work but also a celebration of life & the artists who enrich it. In partnership with Pizzuti Collection & the Columbus Museum of Art, this year's auction will feature 85 pieces of artwork from local artists as well as national artists with an Ohio connection. The majority of funds raised will benefit Equitas Health’s life-saving medical & social services, with a portion benefitting the Pizzuti Collection’s education programs. Featured artists included in the silent auction are Carrie Moyer an artist & writer based in Brooklyn, NY who with photographer Sue Schaffner co-founded one of the first lesbian public art projects, “Dyke Action Machine!” which was active in New York City between 1991-2008. Also included is Michael Guinane who moved moved to Columbus in 1996 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to attend the Columbus College of Art & Design. Michael continues to live & work in Columbus, showing in galleries, public venues doing privately commissioned works that are shown throughout the country while also teaching. You can vote for your favorite art piece to receive the Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Community Award, named after the life-long artist whose art reflects the Near Eastside neighborhood in Columbus where she grew up.
For Tix & Info: artforlife.arcohio.org
Listen: Producer Sue Maslin Talks New Film "The Dressmaker"
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

New HUD Transgender Shelter Rule

With all the horror stories of our LGBT community dealing with homelessness in shelters especially for transgender & gender nonconforming youth the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has released a new rule that requires shelters to respect the gender identity of transgender & gender non-conforming homeless people. Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán, Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project Director, National LGBTQ Task Force stated, “This new HUD rule is an important step towards protecting the marginalized of the marginalized — who are the most defenseless from discrimination — homeless trans & gender nonconforming people. We know that trans & gender nonconforming people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, are disproportionately people of color & people with disabilities & trans & gender nonconforming youth are especially vulnerable as they often are being forced to flee abusive families. By taking this action, HUD is sending the message to shelters & service providers that discrimination against the trans & gender nonconforming community is against U.S. Federal law.” Last April I participated in a conference call with The National LGBTQ Task Force & the True Colors Fund announcing a new tool for individuals & communities working to support LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. “At The Intersections” is the new online resource written by 47 contributors that provides a comprehensive guide for advocates, policymakers, service providers & funders working to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth. In this country up to 40 percent of young people experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ although they represent less than 10 percent of the general youth population. LISTEN
For More Info: attheintersections.org
Listen: Producer Sue Maslin Talks New Film "The Dressmaker"
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New Film The Dressmaker (Audio)

Film producer Sue Maslin talks about her new movie “The Dressmaker” starring Oscar winner Kate Winslet about a glamorous worldly dressmaker who returns to her small Australian hometown to seek the truth behind the scandal that banished her as a young woman. Set in the 1950’s this dark & camp comedy stars Kate Winslet as Tilly Dunnage who cares for her eccentric mother played by Judy Davis & schemes with the local cross dressing sergeant (Hugo Weaving) who becomes something of a buffer between Tilly & the town’s people who haven’t forgotten the tragedy they believe Tilly caused as a child that tore the town apart & led to her exile. “The Dressmaker” opens in theaters September 23rd. When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Maslin stated, “Well, I’m gay & I love seeing movies where you have kind of complex interesting female & male characters that are not just stereotypes. They’re that kind of movies that I like and the great thing about “The Dressmaker” is that it plays on a camp sensibility. So we have the gorgeous Hugo Weaving who plays Sergeant Farrat & he knows how to handle those fabrics & he does it with such humor as well. So I guess that sensibility of subversion comes from my perspective I guess of being a lesbian & engaging in popular culture. You like to put a twist in it when you get an opportunity.” LISTEN

For More Info....
LISTEN: Nick Verreos Talks New Book “A Passion For Fashion”
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE

Monday, September 19, 2016

Emmy Awards LGBT Strong (AUDIO)

Our LGBT community is becoming so mainstream that we almost dominated the 68th Annual Emmy Awards. It kicked off with Sarah Paulson winning her first Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series the role of Marcia Clark in The People v O.J. Simpson & including a thanks to her partner Holland Taylor. Openly gay Kate McKinnon won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Saturday Night Live. Tatiana Maslany finally was acknowledged for her role on Orphan Black which one of her characters is a lesbian picking up the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Then we had Ryan Murphy win another Emmy for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story in the Limited Series category. Jill Soloway also picked up another Emmy for Directing for a Comedy Series for Transparent along with Jeffrey Tambor for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Our good friend Laverne Cox was a presenter taking the stage to represent transgender actors & earlier this week RuPaul Charles won an Emmy for hosting RuPaul's Drag Race. In this exclusive audio byte I talked to fierce LGBT allies Judith Light & Jeffrey Tambor at the GLAAD Media Awards about their hit Amazon series Transparent. Light & Tambor both talked about the importance of using their celebrity to make change for LGBT & gender equality stating, “What is most important is that lives are being saved."
LISTEN:
 
LISTEN: Nick Verreos Talks New Book “A Passion For Fashion”
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE

Friday, September 16, 2016

Mike Pence In Transgender Lawsuit

Governor Mike Pence along with Indiana state officials are being sued by a transgender man who was prohibited from changing his legal name because of his immigration classification in that state. The lawsuit was filed by MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund) & Transgender Law Center on behalf of a 31-year-old Indiana resident who alleges that a 2010 state law requiring proof of citizenship to obtain a change of legal name is unconstitutional. The plaintiff who was granted asylum in the U.S. last year stated, “I want to use a name that is in line with my true identity. Without a legal name change, I am forced to use an I.D. that is inconsistent with who I am & puts me in danger of harassment, violence & being outed as transgender whenever I present it. I am simply asking for equal treatment under the law.” The plaintiff, listed as “John Doe” in the complaint, was born in Mexico & raised in Indiana where he moved with his family when he was six-years old. Although born & raised as a girl, he has lived his entire adult life as a man & is recognized as a male on all official U.S. documents & his Indiana state ID. However, he remains unable to change his legal name in Indiana because of the 2010 state law that precludes non-citizens, including legal residents, from petitioning the state for a change. Kris Hayashi, Executive Director of Transgender Law Center concluded, “Everyone should be able to live as their authentic selves no matter their gender identity or immigration status. Transgender immigrants already experience disproportionate violence without the government further jeopardizing their safety & privacy with this unnecessary and discriminatory rule.”
For More Info: transgenderlawcenter.org
LISTEN: Nick Verreos Talks New Book “A Passion For Fashion”
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wicked Queer Film Festival Event

The Wicked Queer Boston LGBT Film Festival is presenting Wicked Queer: Flashback this weekend from Friday September 16th to Monday September 19th. They’re partnering with the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA for this fabulous look at the explosion of queer cinema that occurred during the 1980s & ‘90s. Prior to the mid-‘80s LGBT characters rarely took lead roles in cinema & those who did appear were typically caricatures, stereotypes & worse but with the rise of gay liberation & the devastation of the AIDS epidemic the queer community began to tell their own stories & create their own cinema. This series includes groundbreaking underground films, sexy neo-noirs, period pieces & debuts from world-renowned filmmakers. On September 16th they’ll be screening the 20th Anniversary digital restoration of Cheryl Dunye's THE WATERMELON WOMAN co-presented by the LOCS Collective at 7P Followed by the 20th Anniversary of the Wachowski's BOUND staring Jennifer Tilly & Gena Gershon at 9:30P. Saturday's Double Feature on September 17th brings Donna Deitch's DESERT HEARTS which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with Lisa Cholodenko's HIGH ART starring Ally Sheedy. Sunday's Double-Feature on September 18th is the WWII lesbian drama AIMEE & JAGUAR with the multi-award winning film BENT staring Clive Owen, Ian McKellen & Mick Jagger, co-presented by the Boston Jewish Film Festival. The series on Monday September 19th celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Gus Van Sant's seminal MALA NOCHE in a Double-Feature with Todd Haynes' Jean Genet inspired, transgressive trio of tales POISON which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary.
For Tix & Times: brattlefilm.org
LISTEN: Nick Verreos Talks New Book “A Passion For Fashion”
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:)

SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE