Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Show Megabytes! The Musical

Megabytes! The Musical, written & directed by Morris Bobrow is a world premiere musical comedy revue that begins previews January 19th & 20th at the Shelton Theater in San Francisco. This is a limited 7-week engagement with opening night on January 26th & runs through March 3rd at 8P. The show takes a humorous look at how we navigate technology in our lives. It’s about the frustrations, anxieties, annoyance & occasional joys we encounter as we all struggle to cope with the quotidian challenges created by technology. The point of view of the show is that of the average person using tech devices, not that of a “techie”. The comedy arises from the situations, positive & negative the majority of us encounter in working with these so-called “user-friendly” technological tools. This revue format is a series of 20 plus observational songs & sketches, each depicting its own joy & frustration of living our lives in the modern technological age with varying results. Director Morris Bobrow stated, “You will relate to the comic situations of the songs & sketches if you ever had to create a password with complex rules, Googled yourself, frozen with anxiety before hitting Send, needed tech advice from a youngster, bounced among tech firms, yearned for more likes, or lusted for virality.” Megabytes! The Musical features Bay Area actors David Goodwin, Kim Larsen, Lisa McHenry & Deborah Russo. Ben Kein plays piano & serves as the musical director. The show runs Fridays & Saturdays January 19th through March 3rd at the Shelton Theater in San Francisco with tickets $30 for general admission & $25 for seniors & students.
For Info & Tix: megabytesthemusical.com
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

USA Falling Down The Trump Hole

America has been subjected to the lowest common denominator of leadership for nearly a year now since this administration came into power. We have endured a great surge backwards watching everything that this country stands for in jeopardy of evaporating. Our LGBTQ community has fought so hard for marriage equality but are still denied federal protections in the workplace. Last year we successfully came together & fought for our transgender community to obtain the right to serve in the military. Now we wait to hear if the United States Supreme Court will do the right thing & rule against Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission or our LGBTQ community may enter an extremely dark time in this country in the name of religious exemptions. Watching mainstream media cover Trump’s shithole mentality only shows us all that either we continue to spiral down with this vulgar embarrassing administration or stand tall & yell stop this madness, we’re better than this. Yesterday being Martin Luther King Day should be a wake-up call for us all at a moment when our country feels hopelessly divided. It’s time to push the scale back towards equality & not stop until it’s accomplished. Dr. King stated that "True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice" which is something we haven’t seen much lately. Remember that this nation cannot become what it's capable of being until it provides opportunity & equality to all Americans.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Dinah Empowering Women

The Dinah is celebrating its 28th year & takes place March 28th to April 1st in Palm Springs, California affirming its unwavering commitment to focus on the power of women to create big & lasting change. For many, The Dinah is an annual tradition between friends, for others it is a bucket-list goal, a pilgrimage to our very own Mecca that every queer woman should make at least once in her life. This year besides the best parties on the planet, The Dinah is proud to be an active community collaborator teaming up with some of the top LGBTQ players in Arts & Entertainment to help promote & raise women’s visibility in films/TV & on the web. Mariah Hanson, Founder & Producer of the Dinah stated, “Throughout my thirty-year career, whether as a club promoter or as the producer of the world's largest internationally renowned event, I have supported film in its many incantations as often as I can. Our diverse & poignant stories must be told. Allowing the world to see an inside view of our beautiful & often challenging LGBTQ lives is one of the best ways we can break barriers, create equality & live in a more tolerant & compassionate world. Our stories connect us through our shared humanity & in a sense celebrate what binds us rather than what divides us.” This year The Dinah is partnering with Outfest, the Los Angeles LGBTQ film Festival, Tello, the first lesbian network producing & distributing high quality web series with a lesbian focus Films & Revry, LGBTQ digital streaming platform.
For More Info & Tix: thedinah.com
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Mississippi Goddamn Again

Nina Simone sang it best in her 1964 song “Mississippi Goddamn” during the Civil Rights Movement but now we’re confronted once again with HB 1523 in Mississippi that blatantly discriminates against our LGBTQ community in the name of religious exemptions. Why the Supreme Court of the United States decided not to hear a challenge to Mississippi’s HB 1523 could be anyone’s guess. Either they have decided to do the right thing & rule against Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission or our LGBTQ community may enter an extremely dark time in this country that reflects something familiar to Nazi Germany attacking Jews during “Kristallnacht” the Night Of Broken Glass. Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO of GLAAD stated, “This latest punt on LGBTQ rights by the nation’s highest court promotes state-stationed discrimination by upholding a law that allows hotels, ER doctors, business owners & even pediatricians to legally deny services to hardworking LGBTQ families in Mississippi. While freedom of religion is a fundamental right, it should never give people the right to impose their belief on others & openly discriminate against others in the name of religious exemptions.” This bill is totally putting our LGBTQ community in harms way. GLAAD has been on the ground in Mississippi working with local organizations like the Mississippi Gulf Coast Rainbow Center, the Spectrum Center & Joshua Generation MCC to help accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ people in the state & protect them from discrimination since the HB 1523 debate began. Open your eyes people. For More Info: glaad.org
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Monday, January 8, 2018

Erin Uritus To Lead Out & Equal

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates which has been fighting for our LGBTQ equality in the workplace for decades, has announced the appointment of Erin Uritus as their new chief executive officer. Selisse Berry Out & Equal Founder stated, “I am overjoyed that Erin will be the next CEO of Out & Equal. I’ve known Erin for over a decade when she first joined our Board of Directors in 2005, & have been lucky to call her a friend since then. The future of the organization is in the right hands with such an exceptional leader & I believe she will work tirelessly to create a world where no one has to choose between the career they love & the person they love. She has my congratulations, my partnership, my trust & my excitement as she takes the first steps in this vital work.” Uritus stated, “As we look to the future, I am fervently committed to leveraging the spirit of driving Out & Equal to be the transformational force needed to create global LGBT workplace equality. I am deeply honored to have been chosen as the next CEO & I’m eager to get down to the important work of ensuring everyone – no matter who you love or how you identify- finds inclusion, belonging & equality at work.” Prior to joining Out & Equal, Erin was a senior leader at consulting leader Booz Allen & the education powerhouse nonprofit International School Services (ISS). Erin will start as the leader of the world’s largest LGBT professional organization on January 15th.
For More Info: outandequal.org 
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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Global Leaders Nuclear War Games

Trump continues to provoke North Korean leader Kim Jong-un over nuclear weapons tweeting that he has a “much bigger & more powerful” nuclear button than North Korea. Lillyanne Daigle, Chief Spokesperson for Beyond the Bomb, the new grassroots movement to stop nuclear war stated, “Once again, Trump’s reckless Twitter antics put the American public & the world in harm’s way. His antagonism of Kim Jong-un is sophomoric & incredibly dangerous. Trump can’t be trusted with a Twitter account, let alone nuclear weapons, yet he has thousands of them at his immediate disposal if he decides to back up his schoolyard bravado with force. Trump’s behavior reinforces time & again that we can no longer tolerate a system that gives any single person the sole authority to launch nuclear weapons & yet Republicans & Democrats alike seem content to sit on the sidelines while Trump edges us closer to the nuclear war. Members of Congress must not wait for nuclear missiles to hit the air before they act. Trump’s tweet underscores the urgency of reining in his unchecked power to single-handedly start nuclear war. That’s why we’re calling on Congress to get off the sidelines and support emergency measures like the ‘Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act.’ It’s clear that Donald Trump’s outrageous rhetoric can only escalate an already volatile crisis on the Korean peninsula and put us on the fast track to nuclear war. The window for Congress to prevent this nightmare scenario is rapidly shrinking. It’s time to put a stop to this madness.” Beyond the Bomb is building a much needed grassroots movement to move us back from the brink of nuclear war, dismantle the nuclear system & to secure a just future for all.
For More Info: beyondthebomb.org
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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Boston Lesbian Activists Event

Boston OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing For Change) will present “Activist At Any Age: A Cross-Generational Discussion on Politics, Gender & Feminism” with Sue Katz & Sarah Pearlman representing the older generation & Bren Cole, Shaunya Thomas & Johanna Bischof representing the younger generation on Sunday, January 7th from 2P to 4P at the Brookline Senior Center at 93 Winchester Street in Brookline, Massachusetts. Join this fascinating multi-generational conversation about sex, politics, identity language & their life experiences as lesbians. Sue Katz stated, “This upcoming OLOC panel will feature five women representing five different life decades from their 20s to their 80s talking about their lives as lesbians. I imagine we'll hear wildly varied experiences of coming out; we'll learn about changes in the language we use to describe ourselves over the decades & I'm curious to hear each of their views of relationships and sex. We're anticipating lots of young women in the audience, as well, which is a departure for OLOC & will enrich the discussions.” OLOC Boston programs & events are open to lesbians of all ages, including transgender lesbians. OLOC’s mission includes their commitment to creating communities of older lesbians & solidarity with allies for racial, economic & social justice. Following the event there will be an early dinner at a location to be announced at the event.
For More Info: spearlman@hartford.edu
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Global Human Rights In 2018

It’s hard moving forward in America at the moment when it comes to human rights because we’re dealing with an administration in this country that continues to show no empathy towards its citizens yet continually praises its failing political corporate agenda. If you’re a minority in this country 2017 showed us the worse of mankind ending with the #MeToo campaign that has now morphed into 'Time's Up'. However, all of this is just part of the worldwide dilemma of heading into another year trying to reach full equality & human rights for all people. Last week on OUTTAKE VOICES™ we asked best-selling author Joie Lamar about how she sees our LGBTQ community moving forward in this administration. Joie stated, “Well it’s two steps backward for every one step forward and even more under this administration & if you’re old enough to vote we need to get out there & vote with your heart & your head for what is right. I think we need to stay positive. We fight so much for our rights as LGBTQ people in the community but we need to fight for rights of people in general. This administration is very good at dividing & we need to find a unity & we need to keep saying we are human. I think we tend to say we’re lesbians & we want equal rights; we’re women & we want equal rights. You know what, we’re humans & we demand what we deserve as human beings. We have to keep saying that.” Get moving America. There’s just 300+ days until the midterm elections & the chance to get back on track.
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