Friday, December 29, 2017

Our LGBTQ Activists & Allies

Though this has been a very challenging year for our LGBTQ community we want to thank our millions of global listeners for tripling our audience in 2017 making OUTTAKE VOICES such a fabulous success heading into our tenth year. We also want to thank all the LGBTQ activists, celebrities & allies who appeared on our audio podcast series in 2017 syndicated on Huffington Post & iTunes. Thank you fierce allies Hillevi Loven & Chris Hastings Executive Producer of the World Channel, Joerg Kohring, Jess Niven-Kohring & Barbara Niven creators of “Be The Change”, iconic actress Loni Anderson, Grammy winner Janis Ian, Abe Rybeck of The Theater Offensive, GLSEN’s Jessica Toste, Reuben M. Reynolds III Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Mariah Hanson “The Dinah” creator, James Nadeau, Wicked Queer Boston’s LGBT Film Festival, filmmaker C. Fitz & LGBTQ pioneer Jewel Thais-Williams, author Boze Hadleigh, GLAAD’s Sarah Kate Ellis-Henderson, Groundswell Fund’s Vanessa Daniel, Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen, Amie Klujian, Rick McCarthy Provincetown International Film Festival also the fabulous ally Chloë Sevigny, gay activist artist Jay Critchley, columnist Michael Musto, Sarah Wharton, filmmakers P. David Ebersole & Todd Hughes, director John Waters, ally director Katherine Dieckmann. Bride Pride creators Ilene Mitnick & Allison Baldwin, Liz Baxter, Matt Thorn, actors Emerson Collins & Bruce Randolph Nelson, Rev. Christie Hardwick, Dr. Gayle E. Pitman, ally Liz Cheng World Channel, “Desert Hearts” director Donna Deitch, allies Cheryl Osimo, playwright Oliver Mayer, Jennifer Camille Lee, iconic lesbian filmmaker Nicole Conn, author Eric Rosswood, Deb Dunn, Phillip Ward, Victoria Munro, Joie Lamar & Kate Clinton our favorite political humorist with her annual LGBTQ year end review.
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Sunday, December 24, 2017

LGBTQ XMAS CELEBRATION

This has been such a challenging year for our LGBTQ community. In America with the current administration we have serious opponents trying to undo what we have worked so hard to accomplish but in the holiday spirit let’s just wish them well & hope that one day they’ll realize that equality will prevail for all. So with that said we want to take a moment & wish all our friends & family a healthy & happy holiday & we also want to thank our global LGBTQ audience & allies for making this past year so rewarding for our OUTTAKE Team. Let’s Make the Yule-tide Gay & enjoy this performance of Judy Garland singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" a song she introduced in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis written by Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane. We’ve included the lyrics so you can all sing along: Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Let your heart be light From now on, our troubles will be out of sight. Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Make the Yule-tide gay, From now on, our troubles will be miles away. Here we are as in olden days, Happy golden days of yore. Faithful friends who are dear to us Gather near to us once more. Through the years We all will be together, If the Fates allow Hang a shining star upon the highest bough. And have yourself A merry little Christmas now. 
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Friday, December 22, 2017

Bright Colors And Bold Patterns

The hit play “Bright Colors And Bold Patterns” directed by Michael Urie continues its triumphant Off Broadway run at the SoHo Playhouse in NYC announcing a six week extension through Sunday, February 25th. The show’s author & current star Drew Droege ( “Chloë,” “Drunk History,” & “Heathers” on Paramount TV in 2018) will end his run on Sunday, January 7th with plans to bring the production around the country on a national tour. Jeff Hiller (“Nightcap,” “30 Rock,” Broadway’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) will step into the starring role on Wednesday, January 17th with a new opening night scheduled for Sunday, February 4th. Drew stated, “I am insanely thrilled & honored to welcome the wicked genius of Jeff Hiller to our play. I hope he likes margaritas.” Michael Urie added, “It’s quite a coup to get comedy master Jeff Hiller to bring a different take on this character & explore his antics from another angle.” Jeff Hiller concluded, “I’m so excited to perform Drew’s hysterical show & finally have a stage ALL TO MYSELF!” “Bright Colors And Bold Patterns” is about Josh & Brennan are about to get married in Palm Springs on a lovely Saturday afternoon. However, the night before becomes a drunken, drug-fueled riot, because their friend Gerry has arrived, furious that their invitation says “Please refrain from wearing bright colors or bold patterns.” “Bright Colors And Bold Patterns” features set design by Dara Wishingrad & is produced by Zach Laks in association with Riki Kane Larimer. Tom DeTrinis serves as associate producer.
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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Yuletide Gay Winter Solstice

With the passage of the GOP tax bill, which will devastates health care, education, social services & innumerable programs for millions of Americans including our LGBTQ community we head into the shortest day of the year with only 9 ½ hours of sunlight here in the northeast. Though we may have a little mental relief knowing that as the Winter Solstice arrives marking the shortest day of the year & also the longest night, days will be getting longer but America needs to get out of this darkness & become more humanitarian. With that said, back to the Winter Solstice which is also known as Yule. We love celebrating our Yuletide Gay. A little history about solstice as witches & warlocks celebrate this date as the birth of the Sun God since from this point forward the days get longer. Wiccan celebrations include Yule logs, Yule trees & Mistletoe which all sounds a lot like our traditional Christmas celebrations. There are many customs associated with the Winter Solstice that derive from stories of a mighty battle between the dark & the light or in America we call that between the haves & have-nots. Then there’s Albert Camus the French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist & philosopher famous Winter Solstice quote “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” However our LGBTQ community celebrates the shortest day & longest night, whether alone or with family & friends in the northern hemisphere just remember that the southern hemisphere is basking in sunshine & enjoying the first day of summer.
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Comedy Series WHATTA LARK

The new original comedy series WHATTA LARK discovers that if you’re lucky true friendship can be a real drag (queen). Releasing on the queer-centric platform Revry.TV this 10-episode comedy series was created by voice-over veteran/actress Tara Platt (The Call, League of Legends), who also stars alongside Christopher Graham, aka real-life Drag legend Poppy Fields. Platt states, “I believe the heartfelt storylines of Whatta Lark appeal to a very wide audience, from women searching for their path in life, to members of the LGBTQ community, to people who enjoy character driven comedy. Our show explores life issues with a spoonful of sugar, handfuls of glitter & the world’s longest fake eyelashes to help the medicine go down. This is one of the things I am most proud of. Having such a diverse group of talents all working together to share our particular tale of a very human experience was not only inspiring, but life changing.” Platt brought in a powerhouse team including Emmy-nominated producer & Head of Production at Canvas Media Studios Allison Vanore; Palm Springs Film Fest feature headlining director America Young; proven television sitcom writer Danielle Evenson; & voice-over superstar/actor, Platt’s husband & co-producer, Yuri Lowenthal (Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Ben 10); with a featured appearance by The Boulet Brother’s Dragula Season 1 winner Antonio Yee. WATCH TRAILER
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Sin City Classic Sports Festival

The Greater Los Angeles Softball Association (GLASA) announced that 18 LGBTQ sports associations will participate in the 11th annual Sin City Classic Sports Festival that takes place January 11th to 14th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Sin City Classic is one of the world’s largest LGBTQ sporting events with over 6,000 participants & fans attending. This year’s festivities will be held at the LINQ & Flamingo hotels. Ken Scearce, Sin City Classic Tournament Director stated, “The Sin City Classic provides a fun & safe playing field for the participating LGBTQ athletes to both connect & compete over the course of our four-day event. We encourage all athletes to “Play You” by being themselves, embracing competition & having a good time both on & off the field.” The 18 sports in this year’s festival include: Billiards, Body Building, Bowling, Bridge, Cheer, Diving, Dodgeball, Flag Football, Frisbee, Golf, Ice Hockey, Kickball, Running, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball & Wrestling. Attendees will also be treated to a weekend of hosted events including an Opening Night registration extravaganza, nightly events at local bars & a Closing Ceremony celebration event. Larry Ruiz GLASA Commissioner Larry Ruiz concluded, “Since 1978, GLASA has strived hard in its mission to provide a safe & fun environment to encourage participation in athletics. As we reach our 40th anniversary, we are proud to have grown from a tiny softball league to an organization with dozens of volunteers dedicated to our cause. Not only do we have over 35 local softball teams participating year round, but our Sin City Classic Sports Festival allows us to reach so many more people. We are so excited for the 2018 Sin City Classic!”
For More Info: sincityclassic.org 
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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Trump Delivers Forbidden Words

While we were all distracted by the FCC ruling to repeal the internet neutrality rules the Trump administration hit the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention with a list of seven forbidden words or phrases including “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” & “science-based” in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget. This is just another attack on our LGBTQ community, women & any other progressive minded group. Remember since Trump took office several key departments including Health & Human Services which oversees the CDC as well as the Justice, Education & Housing & Urban Development have already changed federal policies about how they collect government information of LGBTQ Americans after the Trump Administration erased our LGBTQ community from its website. Then last March HHS dropped questions about sexual orientation & gender identity in two surveys of elderly people erasing LGBTQ seniors. The meeting at the CDC was led by Alison Kelly a senior leader in the agency’s Office of Financial Services who didn’t say why the words are being banned according to the analyst & told the group that she was merely relaying the information. Just think how this will affect the CDC dealing with The National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD & TB Prevention that’s working on ways to prevent HIV among transgender people & reduce health disparities, not to mention the CDC’s work on birth defects caused by the Zika virus including research on developing fetuses.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bermuda Marriage Equality At Risk

Disturbing news coming out of Bermuda. The Bermuda Parliament has passed anti LGBTQ legislation to repeal marriage equality. If the measure is signed in to law by John Rankin the Governor of Bermuda & becomes law the British overseas territory will become the first territory in the world to take away the right of gay & lesbian couples to marry. Ty Cobb, Director of HRC Global stated, “If Governor Rankin signs this measure into law, it will rip away the right of loving same-gender couples in Bermuda to marry. That’s unconscionable. With international business & tourism as its major industries, Bermuda’s people, international reputation & economy would all be harmed by this legislation. It is crucial that Governor Rankin reject this assault on equality.” In a letter to Senators the Bermuda Tourism Authority warned of consequences for the tourism industry if the measure becomes law, citing economic fallout over anti-LGBTQ measures in North Carolina & Indiana. The letter states, “Significantly, it’s not only LGBT travelers that care about equal rights based on sexual orientation. Our research indicates many companies, consumers and travelers, including the overwhelming majority of the younger visitors powering Bermuda’s growth, care about this issue. It’s why the fallout in North Carolina & Indiana has proven so detrimental.” So think twice about traveling to Bermuda until this is resolved. Bermuda achieved marriage equality through a Supreme Court ruling in May this year.
For More Info: hrc.org
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Trump Threatens LGBT Healthcare

Now that Alabama is resolved let’s not get complacent. The Fenway Institute in Boston, MA has released a new policy brief that examines the potential impact of recent executive actions taken by the Trump-Pence Administration that articulate a right to refuse services to others on the basis of religious beliefs & to refuse to hire people for programming paid for with federal funds based on religious beliefs. These actions include President Trump’s May executive order, an October memo from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an amicus curiae brief in the Masterpiece Cake Shop case now before the U.S. Supreme Court & documents published this fall by the U.S. Department of Human Services. The report concludes that these executive branch actions are likely to result in discrimination against LGBT people in health care & at the hands of social service providers, private businesses & government officials. Sean Cahill, Director of Health Policy Research at The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health stated, “Under this definition of free exercise of religion, doctors could refuse to treat LGBT people & social service providers could refuse to provide services to LGBT people based on religious objection. These orders & memos take the concept of religious freedom & turn it on its head. True religious freedom protects an individual’s right to worship or not & harms no one. But these new measures are designed so that government employees & healthcare providers can deny service or treatment to LGBT people as a group by claiming that providing such service or treatment would violate their religious beliefs or sincerely held principles.”
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Transgender Military Advances

While the whole country is focused on Alabama a Federal District Court in D.C. rejected the Trump Administration’s request for a partial stay in the case Doe V. Trump a challenge to Trump policy brought forward by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) & GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD). Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly stated in her ruling, “In sum, having carefully considered all of the evidence before it, the Court is not persuaded that Defendants will be irreparably injured by allowing the accession of transgender individuals into the military beginning on January 1, 2018.” The Defense Department then affirmed, “As required by recent federal district court orders, the Department of Defense recently announced it will begin processing transgender applicants for military service on January 1, 2018. This policy will be implemented while the Department of Justice appeals those court orders.” So unless the Supreme Court weighs in on the case the military must now allow transgender enlistment starting on January 1st 2018. Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO of GLAAD concluded, "Today's legal victory is the latest step towards preventing Trump's bigoted trans military ban from ever going into full effect. The Trump administration is struggling to provide any evidence that open trans enlistment be must be delayed because none exists beyond their own hate-fueled anti-LGBTQ agenda."
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Annise Parker Leads Victory Fund

The Victory Fund & Victory Institute announced that former Houston Mayor Annise Parker will be the new leader of the organizations. The transition comes as both organizations prepare for the critically important 2018 elections with more LGBTQ candidates running for elected office than ever before. Mayor Parker’s experience as a former elected official as well as decades of experience leading numerous organizations will position Victory Fund & Victory Institute to be a vital player in electing LGBTQ people in the years ahead. Parker stated, “Victory played such an important role in my political career, beginning with my run for Houston City Council through my campaign for mayor & I am thrilled about the opportunity to lead the organizations & help other LGBTQ elected officials win & make change. 2018 could be a historic year for our community with more openly LGBTQ people running for office in more places & I am confident we will be a difference-maker in helping these candidates across the finish line. I appreciate all Aisha has done to take the organizations to the next level, and am honored to continue to build on that success.” Kim Hoover One Victory Board Chair concluded, “As the first openly LGBTQ mayor of Houston, Annise understands the challenges inherent in running & winning elected office & she’s ideally positioned to help us fulfill our mission now & in the future.” Mayor Parker will begin serving as President & CEO of Victory Fund & Victory Institute on Monday, December 11th. The Victory Fund works to change the face & voice of America’s politics & achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials at all levels of government.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Boston Pride Puerto Rico Event

Boston Pride is hosting a fundraiser for Hurricane Relief efforts for the LGBTQ community in Puerto Rico at Club Café in Boston on Sunday December 17th from 12P to 4P presented by Marco Torres, Boston Pride Board Member & Chair of Boston Latinx Pride. Boston Pride’s End-of-Year Giving Campaign is supporting efforts to help raise funds after the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Maria. All proceeds will benefit Waves Ahead the Puerto Rico based non-profit organization that provides support to our LGBTQ community. Waves Ahead Stated, “We continue to be busy as folks are still trying to handle a life without electricity for 3 months & in some areas no water. We continue to distribute water, mosquitoes repellents, batteries & some financial assistance. Refilling gas tanks to cook is an incredible task, propane gas prices are rising & many doctors have left the island so refilling a script or seeing a MD is becoming a problem...many people & areas are not stable yet & won’t be for a while. Keep hope alive during this season of giving...don’t forget about Puerto Rico!” At the brunch there will be a special drag performances featuring Verna Turbulence, Tiny Williams, Pandora Seecret’s, Bokita, Kris Knievil & Kamden T. Rage. Master troubadour will serenade with songs from all of Latinoamérica! Brunch tickets are $28.00 per person & there will also be a cash bar & raffles. Boston Pride produces events & activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect & awareness in Greater Boston & beyond. Boston Pride Week 2018 will be held June 1st to 10th.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

New Edie Windsor SAGE Center

SAGE, the nation’s largest & oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ elders will celebrate the renaming of its NYC SAGE Center Midtown to The Edie Windsor SAGE Center at an event on Thursday December 7th at SAGE National Headquarters, 305 Seventh Avenue on the 15th Floor from 6P to 8P. Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE stated, “Edie Windsor brought so much light to our community, with her pink lipstick smile, her iconic hat tilted just so & her willingness to be a beacon of hope for us all. That’s why we are proud to dedicate The Edie Windsor SAGE Center in honor of a woman who loved us & fought for LGBT equality & LGBT elders with all her might.” SAGE was founded in 1978 & offers supportive services & consumer resources to LGBTQ older adults & their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBTQ older people, provides education & technical assistance for aging providers & LGBTQ organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging & cultural competence training through SAGE Care. SAGE also coordinates a growing network of affiliates in the United States. Edie Windsor was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court of the United States case United States v. Windsor which successfully overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act the landmark legal victory for marriage equality in the United States. We caught up with Edie a few years ago in this exclusive audio interview when she gave us her spin on our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN:
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

US LGBTQ Civil Rights At Risk

This is a week that will go down in LGBTQ civil rights history. First we have the Supreme Court of the United States refusing to take up Pidgeon v. Turner which allows discrimination against our LGBTQ community by erasing spousal benefits, including health care, for legally married LGBTQ couples in the state of Texas. Then we’re headed back to the Supreme Court today for oral arguments in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission in which the Sessions’ Department of Justice is scheduled to speak in support of a Colorado baker who denied to serve an LGBTQ couple. Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO of GLAAD stated, “The Department of Justice will pretend that this case is not about discrimination as they argue in front of the Supreme Court today, but that could not be further from the truth. While freedom of religion is paramount to our nation’s success, it does not give anyone the right to impose their beliefs on others, to harm others, or to discriminate. There is no sugar-coating the blatant & ugly agenda to discriminate against LGBTQ people at the core of this case, which is about seeking religious exemptions from non-discrimination laws for the singular purpose of refusing service to people simply because who they are.” Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force concluded, “This case has the potential to roll us back more than a half-century to a time when LGBTQ people were in the closet, afraid to be ourselves. We refuse to return to those ugly days.”
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Monday, December 4, 2017

Holiday Help Is On The Way Gala

The Richmond / Ermet AID Foundation is having its "Help is on the Way for the Holidays XVI" concert & gala on Monday December 4th at Marines' Memorial Theater 609 Sutter Street in San Francisco, California benefiting Larkin Street Youth Services & Project Open Hand. This year's gala will feature cast members from the Broadway touring cast of Disney's "Aladdin" plus other special guest stars including "American Idol," recording star Kimberly Locke, 2-time "Star Search" grand champion Jake Simpson, "America's Got Talent" semi-finalist Shawn Ryan, "X-Factor" finalist Jason Brock, Velocity Circus founder/performer Gregangelo, jazz diva Kim Nalley & cabaret stars Leanne Borghesi & Jessica Coker. Kenneth Henderson, Executive Director of the Richmond/Ermet AID Foundation stated, “People think the AIDS epidemic is over & we don't need to pay attention to it anymore. Events like "Help is on the Way" serve not only to raise funds for local AIDS services but to remind people that there's still a need for funding them. More people are living with HIV & AIDS than ever before in history.” A small silent auction will precede the performance followed by the "Club REAF" after party with the cast will take place at the nearby Clift Hotel in the Redwood & Velvet Rooms. The after party will feature an assortment of decadent desserts, wine tastings & special spirit bars. This year honorary chairs are Senator Dianne Feinstein, Mr. Richard Blum, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom & Senator Scott Weiner.
For Info & Tix: reaf-sf.org
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Friday, December 1, 2017

World AIDS Day 2017 (AUDIO)

It’s really no surprise that the Trump administration’s World AIDS Day proclamation excluded any mention of our LGBTQ community or people of color. David Stacy, HRC Director of Government Affairs stated, “The White House’s failure to mention the LGBTQ community in its World AIDS Day Proclamation reflects their ongoing efforts to avoid addressing the needs of LGBTQ people. This is part of a disturbing pattern of actions they have taken from attempting to ban transgender service members to issuing a sweeping license to discriminate. Further, Trump's continued attacks on access to health care & critical HIV programs have already set back efforts to combat this epidemic.” As Trump continues to create his delusional world where our LGBTQ community & minorities does not exist, there will be events nationally & globally honoring World AIDS Day. Kelsey Louie GMHC CEO stated, “Candlelight vigils, rallies, gatherings & other ways that people can come together—especially on World AIDS Day—remain important because AIDS is not over. When we gather, we support each other to keep going, keep doing the work in all the ways we can & keep persisting & resisting with a collective goal to end AIDS at epidemic levels by 2020.” We talked to Larry Kramer the pioneering co-founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis & ACT UP a few years ago about his spin on the AIDS crisis that continues in this country & around the world in this exclusive audio byte. LISTEN:
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