Monday, November 30, 2015

OUTTAKE LGBT Cyber Monday

Our LGBT community is extremely savvy when it comes to hi-tech & Cyber Monday is something we gravitate to for our holiday shopping. Just in time for the Holiday Season we have launched our new online OUTTAKE EQUALITY STORE providing the highest quality gear for all our LGBT shoppers & allies. Your purchases will help support our mission to provide & produce our free exclusive & insightful podcasts with LGBT leaders & allies on OUTTAKE VOICES into 2016. Choose from a fabulous array of unique gear while supporting our quest for full global LGBT equality. We have tee shirts, tote bags, watches & more all displaying either our cool OUTTAKE logo or merchandise designed by visionary Richard Emmanuel whose emblem consists of universal symbols. Two androgynous figures are meeting each other within the circle of the world. This creates a symbol of unity that is diverse with its differences, yet respectful of each person’s beliefs. The word “Equality” is boldly displayed with the words “LGBT Civil Rights.” This awesome design is empowering & a courageous symbol for our LGBT community with a symbol that reflects our strong commitment to equality. Both of these designs are an excellent way to get the conversation started to advance LGBT civil rights & equality. So what are you waiting for? Just click on the link below & check it OUT!! :)
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Friday, November 27, 2015

Provincetown Holiday Weekend

Our Black Friday LGBT tradition is instead of heading to the malls we take a very different route & spend the weekend in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The whole town is on sale & you can find great gift choices all around town, since many of the stores are having end of season sales & don't miss the holiday Crafts Fairs that are are happening on both Friday & Saturday providing unique gifts for everyone. Then on Friday evening at 8P check out the annual Casino Night hosted by the Provincetown Business Guild at the Crown & Anchor. Play blackjack, Texas holdem, roulette, spin the money wheel & more in a glittery evening while supporting a great organization. Saturday offers the anticipated pleasure of the Annual Lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree. Now in its 12th year Provincetown artist Julian Popko & family build the unique tree right in the heart of Provincetown's Lopes Square. Stacked with over 100 real lobster traps borrowed from local lobstermen, the tree is lit with thousands of fabulous decorations & holiday lights. Later in the evening on Saturday catch a special holiday edition of the famous “Illusions” Drag Revue night at the Crown & Anchor. This is Provincetown's longest running & most electrifying Drag Revue that makes a special Thanksgiving Weekend appearance. This Las Vegas style revue features 4 of America's top female impersonators who perform at 8:30P. There are also plenty of restaurants open & you can dance the night away at The A House or the Retro-Active Video Lounge at The Crown. See You There…:)
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Catholic Gay Discrimination Case

In Massachusetts there will be a court hearing on December 1st addressing the firing of Matthew Barrett who was offered & accepted the job of food services manager in July 2014 by Fontbonne Academy a Catholic girls’ preparatory school in Milton, MA. Two days later the offer was rescinded after Barret filled in an employment form listing his emergency contact as his husband, Ed Suplee. Barrett is represented by GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders). Ben Klein, GLAD Senior Staff Attorney who is litigating the case stated, “Religiously affiliated entities do not have a free pass to do as they please in how they treat employees, particularly when it comes to our important laws against discrimination. When Fontbonne Academy fired Matt from a job that has nothing to do with religion, they came down on the wrong side of the law.” Matthew Barrett added, “If I’m planning & making meals for students, I’m not sure what my being gay has to do with the job. I’ve always done well in my work & was excited about working at Fontbonne. All I did was fill out the form honestly.” In Barrett v. Fontbonne Academy the complaint alleges that with its termination of Barrett’s employment, Fontbonne Academy discriminated against him based on his sex & sexual orientation which violates the Commonwealth’s non-discrimination law. Barrett, who was born & raised in a Catholic family, lives in Dorchester with his husband & has worked in the food services industry for 20 years in positions of increasing responsibility, at restaurants, with corporate catering services & in public schools. Barrett v. Fontbonne Academy will have its first court hearing on Tuesday, December 1st at 3:30P in Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham, Massachusetts.
For More Info: glad.org
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Older Lesbians Relationship Talk

Boston OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing For Change) will meet on Sunday December 6th from 2P to 4P to present “Talking Sex: Lesbians, Sex & Aging”. This program will address sex & the long-term lesbian couple, the sexual/relationship challenges facing the older single lesbian, choosing to be single & elder cruising. Alice Fisher, Founding Member of OLOC-Boston stated, “Contented singles, cruising on the internet & long time couples, we have much to learn from one another. We've been on this earth for many years, does that mean we know how to keep a relationship happy? Where do we go to meet new women when the bars are no longer possible?” Sarah Pearlman added, “Join us for a program on sex & the long-term lesbian couple, the sexual/relationship challenges facing the older single lesbian, choosing to be single & elder cruising.” “Talking Sex/Talking Relationships” will include facilitated small groups discussion with focus on sex & the long-term lesbian couple, the sexual/relationship challenges & issues facing the older single lesbian, can friends have benefits, older lesbians: creating the new sexual normal, single by choice & more. OLOC Boston events are open to all lesbians, including transgender lesbians, who want to attend a group for old lesbians & to create a community of older lesbians. The event takes place at Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street in Brookline, MA. Following the event there will be an early dinner at Sichuan Garden, 295 Washington Street in Brookline Village, Brookline.  
For More Info: spearlman@hartford.edu
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Trevor Project Honors Jazz Jennings

The Trevor Project has announced that Jazz Jennings will be this year’s Youth Innovator Award recipient at TrevorLIVE in Los Angeles that takes place on December 6th at the Hollywood Palladium. Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO of The Trevor Project stated, “Jazz has proven herself a role model & a leader in the LGBTQ community. She consistently displays strength, courage & resiliency in her continued efforts to raise awareness, advocate for equal rights & shape a brighter future for LGBTQ youth.” Jazz Jennings brings LGBTQ issues to the forefront with her organization TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation, founded with her parents in 2007 to assist transgender youth & educate schools about transgender experiences. She was instrumental in changing the United States Soccer Federation policies regarding transgender children & continues her advocacy efforts through her position as a Human Rights Campaign Youth Ambassador. Her hit TLC show I Am Jazz sheds personal light on the challenges that come with growing up as a transgender girl amidst the usual teen angst. Performers Brenna Whitaker, Cheyenne Jackson, Eli Lieb, Jeremy Jordan, Conrad Ricamora, Sarah Silverman & Tituss Burgess will join Jennings onstage to entertain guests. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Aja Naomi King, Alex Borstein, Alfred Enoch, Guillermo Diaz, Jack Falahee, Karla Souza, Niecy Nash, Brad Goreski, Rachel Bloom & Suzanne Cryer will present awards. TrevorLIVE LA celebrates 17 years of The Trevor Project’s life-saving, life-affirming work to prevent suicide among LGBTQ youth.
For Info & Tix: trevorlive.org
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Transgender Housing Protections

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has announced proposed rules overseeing housing that is federally assisted or insured which would clarify non-discrimination protections for transgender & gender non-conforming people. Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director stated, “LGBTQ people & especially LGBTQ people of color, disproportionately experience discrimination in accessing housing & shelter programs & services. In fact, one in five transgender & gender non-conforming people have experienced homelessness—according to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey report. The rates are much higher among black transgender people & Latino/a transgender people, of whom 41 percent & 29 percent report experiencing homelessness, respectively. While transgender & gender non-conforming youth represent less than one percent of the general population, a recent study found that 6.8% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as transgender or gender non-conforming. We welcome HUD Secretary Julian Castro’s announcement about an essential policy that will help reduce the experience of discrimination against transgender & gender non-conforming people in HUD programs by clarifying how transgender & gender non-conforming people should be accommodated in shelters & other HUD programs. Notably, the rule explains that discrimination protections apply to people based on actual or perceived gender identity, which includes a person’s ‘appearance, behavior, expression, other gender-related characteristics, or sex assigned to the individual at birth.’ For transgender & gender non-conforming people who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability, these changes are much needed. We look forward to collaborating with HUD on ensuring that the implementation of this amendment is as robust as possible.”
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Friday, November 20, 2015

Boston Trans Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance is November 20th honoring the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Our LGBT community sadly acknowledges so many senseless untimely deaths of our transgender brothers & sisters murdered in 2015 just for being gender nonconforming individuals. This is also Transgender Awareness Week. In Boston there will be a screening of the documentary TRANSFORME, an investigation into the lives of four transgender teenagers. It shows the lives of Alex, Dan, Luna & Piper sharing their personal stories about coming out & the difficulties & triumphs they faced throughout the process. A panel discussion on trans youth will follow the screening. The panel will be moderated by Maxwell Ng, Chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) a group dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity & gender expression. Currently MTPC is working on legislation to protect trans people in public accommodations. The event takes place at Fenway Health, 1340 Boylston Street in Boston on Saturday, November 21st starting at 10:30A. This year in Boston Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) will be celebrated on Sunday, November 22nd, starting at 4P at St Paul’s Cathedral at 138 Tremont Street in Boston. Boston Pride is a co-sponsor of the event & invites everyone to attend & to show your support for our transgender community. The event is followed by a Potluck Reception at 6:30P
For More Info: masstpc.org
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Transgender Congressional Forum

The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus hosted a landmark forum addressing issues of violence against our transgender community. Members of Congress heard testimony from survivors of violence, community organizers, advocates & policy experts including Jean Tobin, Policy Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Tobin stated, “This year when strangers learn what I do for a living, they often say something like, ‘you must be very pleased with how this year is going.’ They are of course referring to the tremendous increase in public awareness we have seen in the last few years. People certainly are seeing & hearing more about trans people than ever before. We are making real progress both in public policy & in shifting the cultural conversation from one of fear & derision to one of understanding & support. But the truth is, that for most transgender people, this year has also been deeply traumatic. Our humanity is being attacked by state legislators, school boards & even Presidential candidates. We are being impugned as deceptive, unstable, or worse, as predators & child molesters, all for political purposes. While we have known for years that trans people face higher rates of suicides, when a transgender person dies by suicide now it is more widely reported than ever before, with so many publicly reported suicides & others lost to suicide who we may never know about…” This was a timely forum gearing up for Transgender Day of Remembrance which is Friday November 20th honoring the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
Read More: transequality.org
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

New Trans Justice Project Director

The National LGBTQ Task Force has announced that Victoria Rodriguez-Roldan has joined the organization as its new Trans/Gender Non-Confirming Justice Project Director as part of Transgender Awareness Week that runs from November 14th through November 20th. Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director stated, “We’re very excited to have Victoria join the National LGBTQ Task Force family. Victoria brings a wealth of knowledge & experience in advocating on behalf of transgender & gender non-conforming people.” Victoria Rodriguez-Roldan added, “As a trans woman & as an activist who has spent much of my life dedicated to the rights of the trans community, I am honored to be joining the National LGBTQ Task Force. I look forward to helping achieve justice & equality for the trans & gender non-conforming community. I look forward to ensuring that the movement is a truly inclusive one to all trans people, such as trans women of color, gender non-binary people, trans people with disabilities & others.” Born & raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Rodriguez-Roldan began her advocacy work as the Commonwealth’s Senate campaign staffer. While a student at the University of Puerto Rico, she became the first openly transgender member of student government & pushed the school’s administration for transgender accessible student I.D. policies. Most recently, Rodriguez-Roldan worked as an Equal Opportunity Specialist for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with honors from the University of Puerto Rico & a J.D. from the University Of Maine School Of Law.
For More Info: thetaskforce.org
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is presenting Ho Ho Ho a holiday concert of traditional carols, including a fabulous new work by the composer Laura Karpman & the world premiere of Forbidden Holiday, a revue of sassy send-ups of seasonal standards from the creator of the Off-Broadway sensation Forbidden Broadway. Performances take place at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall on Dec. 13th, 19th, 20th & 21st. Reuben M. Reynolds, III. BGMC Music Director stated, “Boston Gay Men’s Chorus holiday concerts are beloved for blending traditional Christmas carols & Hanukkah music with over-the-top numbers, reflecting both the contemplative spirit & joyousness of the season. Audiences will be treated to stirring renditions of ‘Son of Maria’ & ‘In Dulci Jubilo’ along with the jolly frivolity of tunes like ‘The Christmas Can-Can’ & ‘Pink Christmas.’” Ho Ho Ho will showcase the world premiere of Forbidden Holiday by local composer Gerard Alessandri, the openly gay creator of Forbidden Broadway, an award-winning Off-Broadway roast of current Broadway musicals. Commissioned by BGMC, Forbidden Holiday puts a comedic spin on songs from musicals like “White Christmas” & “Fiddler on the Roof” in ways only BGMC can. Ho Ho Ho will also feature a performance of “Loving Tender Present,” a new work by composer Laura Karpman, an Emmy winner & out lesbian who has scored numerous feature films and TV shows. Craig Coogan, Executive Director of the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus concluded, “We’re thrilled to be performing the works of such talented composers as Laura Karpman & Gerard Alessandri, which allow us to showcase BGMC’s musical range. Also, it’s not easy to find pink Santa suits in men’s sizes, let alone can-can skirts. See why our patrons tell us that ‘BGMC puts the Merry into Christmas’.”
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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Provincetown Film Society Event

In Boston on November 20th the Provincetown Film Society presents "Scene & Be Seen" a special evening event at the Boston Home Décor Show from 5P to 8P. Learn more about this international non-profit arts organization dedicated to showcasing new achievements in independent film, honoring the work of emerging as well as acclaimed directors, producers & actors. Christine Walker, CEO Provincetown Film Society & Executive Director Provincetown International Film Festival stated, “For those of us who love film, we appreciate & recognize that great design is essential to great storytelling & we are grateful to the Boston Home Decor show for extending this fun & exciting opportunity to the Provincetown Film Society to connect its membership & friends with the local design community.” Tony Fusco, Co-Producer, Fusco & Four/Ventures added, “We are looking forward to hosting the Provincetown Film Society on Friday evening for a not-to-be-missed special evening." At this event you'll have the exclusive opportunity to purchase your 2016 "Bostonian Pass" for the Provincetown Film Festival before they go on sale to the public & they will also be making a special announcement at their VIP Reception from 6P to 7P. The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts is at 539 Tremont Street in Boston, MA. The evening at the show is free & the special VIP Reception is $25.
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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Raging Skillet Book Tour Events

Chef Rossi is kicking off the official launch of her memoir The Raging Skillet: The True Life of Chef Rossi with personal appearances throughout the northeast beginning at Powerhouse Arena at 37 Main Street in Brooklyn at 7P. There will be a reading & some of her Raging hors d'oeuvres will be served with wine. Then off to Boston November 19th from 7P to 9P at the Trident Bookstore & Café on 338 Newbury Street with a reading & tasting of Raging hors d'oeuvres. Both the above events are free & open to the public. Chef Rossi stated, “I am gearing up for my official book launch at The Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn! Then we’re off to Boston on November 19th. Boston is such a magical, historic city! I can’t wait to celebrate my own journey of survival, passion, food & Chutzpah in this gorgeous city. I will be reading from my memoir The Raging Skillet/ The True Life Story of Chef Rossi from the Feminist Press at the Trident Book Store & Café. And yes, of course noshes will be served!” On November 22nd on Cape Cod enjoy AN AFTERNOON WITH ROSSI fundraiser for WOMR-FM. A $15 donation is suggested & tickets can be purchased through WOMR or at the door. This event takes place from 3P to 5P at Preservation Hall at 335 Main Street in Wellfleet, Massachusetts & Raging hors d'oeuvres will be served at this reading. Then on December 3rd Rossi will be at the Green Building in Gowanus Brooklyn hosting a fundraiser for The Feminist Press Challahday Party. Raging hors d’oeuvres will be served with an open bar & Rossi will be reading plus a chance to dance the night way with your favorite feminists! Tickets for this fundraiser are $40 or $60 for generous & $250 for VIP!
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Friday, November 13, 2015

LGBT Mormon Resignation Event

The extremely homophobic anti gay Mormon Church has declared a major but not so shocking decree that LGBT Mormons & their families in gay & lesbian relationships are now apostates & their children cannot be baptized without separating themselves from their parents. Kate Kendal the Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights has announced she is leaving the Mormon Church stating, "It is impossible for me to be a part of a religion that would attack its own members & punish them by denying their children involvement in the church. The move is as clever as it is draconian. Members seeking to live lives of integrity as openly LGBT people must not only leave the church, but take their children with them. It requires a particular streak of evil genius to manufacture such a Sophie’s Choice.” On Saturday November 14th at 1P MST there will be a Mass LGBT Resignation From Mormonism Event at City Creek Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over 1000 Mormons in Salt Lake City have signed up on Facebook to participate in a march around the Church's Temple Square & mail letters of resignation to the LDS Church to formally leave the church in protest of its attack on LGBT families. There will be 4-5 testimonials speakers at the park while people who need to get their letters together & then the letters will be deposited in a mailbox near the church office.
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Equality Florida To Honor Bonauto

Attorney Mary Bonauto, the architect of gay & lesbian marriage in this country & who successfully argued for marriage equality before the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year, will be honored in Sarasota later this month with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Equality Florida at its annual Suncoast Celebration. The event will take place Saturday Nov. 21st from 5P to 7:30P under the stars on the roof of the Palm Avenue Parking Garage at 1289 N Palm Avenue in Sarasota, Florida. Michael Donald Edwards the producing artistic director of Asolo Repertory Theatre will also be honored with the Voice for Equality Award. Ken Shelin, Co-chair of Equality Florida’s state board of directors stated, “Our honorees represent the best kind of leadership within the LGBT community. Mary Bonauto has successfully advocated for LGBT families & individuals for more than 25 years. Her legal victories have brought dignity & security to countless Americans. On the cultural side Michael Donald Edwards has helped us understand the humanity of all people, including LGBT people. Our strength & determination could not have happened without people like him.” Bonauto’s first marriage equality case was argued in Vermont in the late 1990s which resulted in granting civil unions in 2000. Then in Massachusetts, Bonauto led the GLAD legal team breaking down the separate-but-equal idea that convinced that state’s Supreme Court in 2003 to declare that gay & lesbian couples could not be denied the legal benefits of marriage. Gay & lesbian marriages began on May 17th 2004 & three years later, the Massachusetts Legislature refused to allow any challenge to the ruling. For Info & Tix: eqfl.org
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Boston Home Décor Show Events

The Boston Home Décor Show returns to The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts from November 19th through the 22nd. Tony Fusco & Robert Four are presenting a new show this year designed to capture the evolution of the collecting & design market that includes a broad range of historic, modern & contemporary home furnishings, fine art, decorative arts & home décor. The event launches with a fabulous Gala Preview on Thursday November 19th that will benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS which provides treatment & direct care services for people living with or impacted by the disease as well as offering preventative education programs targeted to populations at risk of infection, or supporting public policy initiatives. Then on Friday November 20th from 5P to 8P the Provincetown Film Society will be presenting “Scene & be Seen” a special evening event. Tony Fusco, Co-Producer, Fusco & Four/Ventures stated, "We are thrilled to be bringing DIFFA back to Boston. The chapter here was very strong for many years & we hope this will spark new interest in their amazing work by a whole new generation of Bostonians. We are also looking forward to hosting the Provincetown Film Society on Friday evening for a not-to-be-missed special evening." A wide range of special programs, events, exhibitor booth talks & demonstrations will enliven the show throughout the weekend. Info & Tix: bostonhomedecorshow.com
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

San Francisco Trans Film Festival

The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) takes place November 12th to 15th with dozens of films screening at the Roxie Theater & Castro Theater. SFTFF screens films that promote the visibility of transgender & gender variant people challenging the mainstream media’s negative stereotypes of our transgender communities. Founded in 1997 & originally named Tranny Fest, SFTFF was North America’s first transgender film festival & continues to provide opportunities for transgender & gender variant media artists, build community through our film, performance events & engages their audiences in cross-community dialogue. SFTFF kicks off with an opening night gala at the Roxie Theater with a program of transgender short films beginning at 7P. Some of the festival film highlights include: Stealth, the heartwarming story of a brave transgender tween. Sammy, assigned male at birth, is now living as a girl with the support of her mother & doctor. Sammy finds herself at a new school navigating the complex gender politics of adolescence. Passing, this Canadian documentary profiles the lives of three men of color who have undergone gender transition from female to male. The film explores what life is like living as a black man, when no one knows you’re transgender & McTucky Fried High from acclaimed filmmaker & illustrator Robert Carnilius. When Peanut is turned away from school photos for not conforming to the gender binary, Peanut takes action in this animated short.
For Info & Tix: sftff.org
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Monday, November 9, 2015

Restore Gay Veterans Benefits

At a press conference on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) & Members of the LGBT Equality Caucus have urged the passage of the Restore Honor to Service Members Act. This legislation would help service members discharged solely due to their sexual orientation correct their military records to reflect their honorable service & reinstate the benefits they earned. Rep. Pocan, Co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus stated, “As we approach Veterans Day, it’s important to remember the sacrifices our veterans have made for our country. This includes the selfless service of more than 100,000 veterans who were discharged from the military because of their sexual orientation. Our legislation ensures that gay veterans who served our country no longer live with tarnished records that prohibit them from receiving the recognition, benefits & honors they deserve.” Rep. Rangel added, "As a veteran, I know that our men & women in uniform give all to serve our country with great honor. We can no longer delay honoring these veterans who deserve long overdue recognition. We struck down ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ & legalized gay & lesbian marriage. Love is not dishonorable." Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America, VoteVets.org, OutServe-SLDN, the Human Rights Campaign, American Veterans for Equal Rights, Lambda Legal, Swords to Plowshares, the American Bar Association, Universal Unitarian Association & the American Humanist Association support this legislation.
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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Same Love, Better Wedding Event

LGBT wedding & event planner Gioia Grabos, who’s a passionate fashionista is applying her impeccable eye for style to the art of wedding planning with her latest venture Same Love, Better Wedding (SLBW) that kicks off November 12th with a fabulous event at Venue57 on 24 West 57th Street in NYC from 7P to 10P. After orchestrating a brilliant wedding for her friend Davide & his partner Chad, Gioia has teamed up with renowned make-up artist & fellow wedding aficionado, Pablo Ardizzone & floral design master Murilo De Andrade to share their expertise with the masses. With a goal of bringing the LGBT community weddings that celebrate love, pride & the right to wed, the SLBW team brings together their own master organization & knack for the voguish with some of the industry’s leading LGBT friendly companies. Gioia Grabos, found of Same Love, Better Wedding stated, "Same Love, Better Wedding is my dream come true. I decided to put together a dynamic team of LGBT professionals to help gay & lesbian couples plan the wedding or special event to remember.” SLBW’s comprehensive services cover all aspects of wedding planning, from getting guests to the venue in style, to sending them home with luxury gift bags & SLBW promises that their seamless wedding planning experience will culminate in a magical soirée. SLBW works with only the best vendors & offers suggestions for DJ’s, caterers, one-of-a-kind cakes, photographers & more. The evening will feature cocktails, catering by Abigail Kirsch & live entertainment.
For Info & RSVP: samelovebetterweddingnyc.com
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Friday, November 6, 2015

Gen Silent Film To Air On LOGO

Director Stu Maddux’s fabulous award winning documentary “Gen Silent” that highlights the issues of LGBT aging will broadcast on LOGO television on Monday November 9th at 8P EST. “Gen Silent” puts a face on what experts in the film call an epidemic; gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender seniors so afraid of being subject to discrimination or worse in long-term/health care that many go back into the closet. Their surprising decisions are captured through intimate access to their day-to-day lives over the course of a year in Boston, Massachusetts. This film has become one of the most important tools used around the world to educate people about this important LGBT aging issue. Barrie Atkin, Executive Producer of Gen Silent stated, “Since 2010, this extraordinary & moving documentary has changed lives around the world – helping build awareness of the unique challenges that older lesbian, gay, transgender & bisexual adults face as they age. “Gen Silent” is not just about the challenges of LGBT aging; it is a very important & “real” documentary about aging, period. It’s an important film for all of us to see, no matter what our age. Filmed in Boston in 2009, this documentary has truly mobilized a movement. “Gen Silent” has inspired audiences around the world to take action & received many awards for best documentary.” Check your local listing to find the LOGO channel in your area & LOGO On Demand.
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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Matt Shepard Documentary DVD

Education Pictures & Virgil Entertainment are honored to announce the DVD & Digital HD release of Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine directed by Michele Josue. This a very moving film by someone from Matt's life. Josue's journey took her across the United States, Switzerland & Morocco & the heartfelt result has screened at over two dozen festivals worldwide. We interviewed Josue a few years ago on OUTTAKE VOICES when we asked her what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Michele stated, “I think gay or straight, I think that everyone should have a commitment to LGBT civil rights. You know gay rights are human rights & the struggle affects all of us. For me it’s really important to stand up for my gay family members, my gay friends, Matt & all the Matt Shepards out there. To fight for their rights to be acknowledged as equal members of society, deserving of every equality that everyone else has… So through the film I’m trying to do my part for LGBT equality.” After over a year on the international festival circuit, taking home 10 Best Documentary & Audience Choice Awards, as well as a unanimously acclaimed theatrical run earlier this year in the US & Canada, the film is available now to purchase on DVD & to rent or own on all digital platforms.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

LGBT Rights Loss In Houston

Once again we have the majority voting away the rights of a minority & in this case our LGBT community in Houston, Texas. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) had passed the City Council with the support of our pro-equality allies last year before being forced on the ballot by the all-elected Texas Supreme Court. Then the anti LGBT homophobes in Houston shamelessly & successfully spread misinformation & ugly lies about LGBT people in an effort to prey on voters' fears & distract them from the critical non-discrimination protections HERO provides. Laura E. Durso, Center for American Progress Director of the LGBT Research & Communications stated, “While there is no denying that this result is a loss for the people of Houston, including the city’s LGBT residents who only sought to be treated fairly, this vote also underscores the urgent need for federal action to provide clear, explicit & equal protections from discrimination for LGBT people nationwide. Despite the results in Houston, an overwhelming majority of Americans, including majorities of every race, religion & political party support LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination laws. Most Americans already think these protections exist nationwide & when the public is educated about the legal patchwork & reality of discrimination faced by LGBT families, the demand for action becomes unstoppable. After the passage of these laws in hundreds of cities across the country & in 19 states, the momentum is evident. If the LGBT community’s historic success with marriage equality tells us anything, it is that, in the long run, misinformation, negativity & fear are always overwhelmed by optimism, hope, & above all love.” Shame On Houston…
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

UN Free & Equal To Be Honored

Free & Equal the United Nations campaign for LGBT equality will be honored by the United Nations Foundation & the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) at their 2015 Global Leadership Dinner on Tuesday November 3rd in New York. This important event recognizes the achievement of leaders from multiple sectors who have helped tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. The gathering represents a moment to honor & thank those from all walks of life who help the United Nations do its vital work in achieving short-term humanitarian goals & long-term development goals. Attendees, Honorees & Speakers include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, Charlie Rose, Television talk show host & journalist, Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Chobani LLC, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, Jason Collins, retired basketball player & NBA’s first openly gay player, Ali Velshi, host of “Ali Velshi on Target” on Al Jazeera America & RJ King, International Super Model. The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy & expertise of business & non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women's empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations. The event takes place Tuesday, November 3rd at Gotham Hall 1356 Broadway in NYC from 6P to 7:30P. For More Info: unausa.org
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Sunday, November 1, 2015

LGBT Refugees In America

Recently the U.S. Department of State changed their guidelines that makes it easier for LGBT refugees & asylum seekers to have their partners join them in the United States. The State Department officially changed the interpretation of the term spouse under the Process Priorities, or P-3, family reunification program in order to allow gay & lesbian partners of qualified refugees & asylum seekers in the United States to file an affidavit of relationship in order to join their partners in the United States, even if they are not legally married. Many LGBT asylum seekers in the United States are fleeing persecution from their home countries because they are LGBT & unable to marry. Sharita Gruberg, Center for American Progress Senior Policy stated, “The State Department has made a small but important change to its regulations, which will allow for more LGBT asylum seekers to reunite with their families in the United States. Given that so few countries recognize gay & lesbian marriages, the State Department’s former requirement of marriage documents meant that LGBT refugees had to choose between safety & living with the ones they love. Though the policy change is an important step toward equality within the refugee system, it must be expanded from the limited number of countries recognized in the P-3 program.” This is a fabulous step forward for our global LGBT community.
For More Info: americanprogress.org
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