Friday, February 27, 2009

When Will Obama Address Gay Families...?

Tuesday Obama addressed Congress to assure the nation
that we'll survive this economy. Go on the site they have
created for Americans to tell their stories of struggle in these
times. You'll read stories of hetero couples & single parents,
however our LGBT community once again has been left OUT.
We need to tell our stories of what it's like living in a country
without rights, benefits & protections for our families....
To add your stories go to: Obama/yourstories..:)
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winning entertainer Judy Gold discussing the comic highs & lows
of being a Jewish lesbian working mom raising her 2 boys in
New York City @ OUTTAKE VOICES™
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Monday, February 23, 2009

And The Oscars Go To.......:)

Best Picture: "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"
Best Actor: Sean Penn “MILK”
Best Actress: Kate Winslet “THE READER”
Best Director: Danny Boyle “SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE”
Best Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black "MILK"
More Oscars....
Updates: Check OUT "Milk" video acceptance speeches & more
@ OUTTAKE VOICES

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

How Much is 789 Billion Dollars???

With the US House & Senate approving the 789 Billion Dollar
Stimulus Bill & Obama signing it, let’s put the billions in a
terminology we can understand....:)
Our contributor Richard Emmanuel has done just that....
First substitute seconds for dollars. One billion seconds equals
32 years. So if you put one billion dollar bills on the table, one
@ a time, it would take you 32 years. Now multiply that by 789
& you get 25,248 years….:) Updates to come….
Check OUT our audio interview with Rosemary White, President
of Strong Financial Group @ OUTTAKE VOICES™
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Monday, February 16, 2009

Daytime TV's First Gay Wedding...:)

ABC's All My Children the Emmy-winning, 39-year-old soap
opera aired the marriage of lesbian couple Bianca Montgomery
& Reese Williams, the first ever marriage of a lesbian couple on
scripted daytime television. The couple, along with family, friends,
& Bianca's two children, traveled from fictitious Pine Valley,
Pennsylvania, to the state of Connecticut, where gay & lesbian
couples can legally wed.... :) Check OUT Video....

Neil Giuliano President of GLAAD said “This is a milestone in
daytime drama. Bianca & Reese's wedding is a joyful day that
countless people, gay & straight alike, dream of for themselves
& the ones they love. It's a celebration of love, commitment &
family & we're thrilled that All My Children's viewers will be
able to experience the joy of that day right alongside them."
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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!!! :)

Well My Darlings, Valentine's Day is Upon Us!!
Let's Celebrate & Toast Our Loves :)
Today is a Special Day for Me...
It's My 11th Anniversary!!

This Song is for Marilyn!!
"My Funny Valentine" by
Ann Hampton Callaway .....
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Friday, February 13, 2009

Freedom to Marry Week 2009...

This is a great week for celebration if you're a gay American
living in Massachusetts or Connecticut where thanks to the
brilliant work of GLAD, gay marriage is legal. It's a hard time
for our LGBT community living in California where 18,000
gay marriage are in jeopardy or the 30 states that have amended
their constitutions against our Freedom to Marry. Check OUT
this must-see video@ OUTTAKE VOICES....
Next month arguments will be heard against the legality of
Prop 8 before the California Supreme Court. EQCA.org...
Whatever the OUTcome, we'll keep working towards equality
for all the people, not just some of the people. For More Info...
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Monday, February 9, 2009

Television's Renewed Homophobia.....??

In Fall 2008, our LGBT community's presence on television
began strong & enlightening. However, as we entered 2009 a
discouraging phenomenon started happening across the board.
First they killed off Candis Cayne (Carmelita) in the hit ABC
series "Dirty Sexy Money"where she played Billy Baldwin's
(Patrick) transgender love interest. This was extremely
disappointing since Candis was the first transgender actress
to have a recurring role on a prime-time TV series.....
Then almost all the lesbian characters on prime-time TV either
went straight, were knocked off or mysteriously disappeared.
Read More... Since Prop 8 passed we seem to be moving
backwards. Are the only healthy gay characters left on television
in "Brothers & Sisters"....?? Listen to Neil Giuliano President of
the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, (GLAAD) talk
about this disturbing trend.

Audio Interview Length: 2:16
Check OUT Neil Giuliano's complete audio interview addressing
this issue, the 2009 GLAAD Media Awards 20th Anniversary &
the future of LGBT characters on mainstream television
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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Congresswoman Baldwin Requests Equality

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has asked
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to address inequities in
employment practices concerning gay & lesbian State
Department employees & to take remedial action.
Listen to Congresswoman Baldwin discuss this breaking
story @ OUTTAKE VOICES™
Update:
Read More: On Top Magazine

In a letter sent to Clinton, Baldwin, joined by Senators Russ
Feingold (D-WI) & Ron Wyden (D-OR), & Rep. Ileana
Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), wrote:

“The lack of equitable treatment could force dedicated,
intelligent, & needed FSOs (Foreign Service Officers) &
officials to make an unfortunate choice between serving
their country & protecting their families. As you noted
during the question & answer session of your Senate
Foreign Relations confirmation hearing, many other
nations now extend training, protection, & benefits to
the partners of LGBT employees. Further, the State
Department’s past inattention to these disparities places
it below parity with the best employment practices used
in the private sector, where the majority of Fortune 500
companies extend employee benefit programs to cover the
domestic partners. Without remedying these inequities,
the State Department may fail to attract and retain
qualified personnel.”

Baldwin & her colleagues asked Secretary Clinton to institute,
among other things, the following changes in State Department
policy regarding Foreign Service Officers (FSOs):

Inclusion in travel orders for same-sex domestic partners of FSOs

Access to training, including all language classes, area studies,
& embassy effectiveness classes for same-sex domestic partners
of FSOs

Emergency evacuation & medevac from post when necessary for
same-sex domestic partners of FSOs

Access to post health units for same-sex domestic partners of FSOs

Visa support for same-sex domestic partners accompanying FSOs
to overseas postings, & for same-sex foreign-born domestic partners
accompanying FSOs to postings in Washington or elsewhere in the U.S.

Preferential status for employment at post comparable to that
enjoyed by Eligible Family Members (EFMs) for same-sex domestic
partners of FSOs

Citing Secretary Clinton’s pledge during her confirmation hearing
to examine current policies relating to lesbian & gay employees at
the State Department, Baldwin & her colleagues wrote: “As you
work to advance America’s national security & exemplify this great
country’s values around the world, we hope you will follow through
on this pledge and also work to fully support your diverse workforce.”
Updates to Come......Check-OUT OUTTAKE VOICES™ & listen to
Congresswoman Baldwin discuss this breaking story....
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Monday, February 2, 2009

Hillary to Act on Gay Feds Equality...??

When asked about equality for Federal LGBT employees
Clinton said "I think that we should take a hard look at the
existing policy." Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with
Michelle Schohn, President of Gays & Lesbians in Foreign Affairs
Agencies last week to address equal spousal benefits for Gay &
Lesbian employees of the State Department with niceties but
Clinton seems to be moving slowly on this issue. Last week,
GLIFAA delivered a letter to Clinton signed by more than 2,000
government workers urging her to address the discrepancies
between how the State Department treats gay & straight
employees. Schohn said she asked Clinton whether she had
received the letter & Clinton confirmed that she did......
Updates to Come....Check-OUT LGBT leaders audio-interviews
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Gay Filmmakers Get Oscar Nominations

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD),
the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) media
advocacy & anti-defamation organization, congratulate the
creative teams & casts of Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push'
by Sapphire
& A Single Man which received a combined 7 Oscar
nominations for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. Lee Daniels,
honored for his work on Precious, became the first openly gay
African American director to receive a nomination. Both films are
also nominated for Outstanding Film. “These films tell inclusive
& diverse stories of our community which grow awareness &
understanding of the lives of gay & transgender people.” said
GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios.
Actor Colin Firth received a nomination for PERFORMANCE BY
AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE as George in A Single Man.
Precious is among the leading Oscar nominees in major categories
with 6 nominations:
BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR, PERFORMANCE BY AN
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE – Gabourey Sidibe,
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
– Mo’Nique ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING – Lee Daniels
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – Geoffrey Fletcher
ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING – Joe Klotz
Full List of 2010 Oscar Nominees
For More Info:glaad.org
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Sunday, February 1, 2009

LGBT Civil Rights in 2009.....??

In 2009, LGBT cases are being addressed in the courts, the
media & in the streets. It's an exciting time for our community.
Listen to our interview with Leslie Gabel-Brett, Director of
Education & Public Affairs for Lambda Legal, the oldest & largest
national LGBT legal organization, discuss what's on their agenda
for 2009 @ OUTTAKE VOICES™
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