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Breast Cancer Prevention Event (AUDIO)

This week I talked with Cheryl Osimo Executive Director of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition about the 22nd Lesbians & Friends LGBTQ Dance Party For Prevention that takes place at The Inn at Brookline at 1200 Beacon Street in Brookline, Massachusetts on October 26th from 8P to 12P. This year MBCC is proud to be honoring Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Osimo stated, "Attorney General Healey has worked tirelessly for the citizens of Massachusetts across so many important issues. We admire all that she has accomplished & continues to work towards on behalf of her constituents & look forward to honoring her at this year’s event." AG Healey will be appearing in a special video presentation to be shown during the evening’s festivities. MBCC will also be recognizing longtime MBCC supporter Laura Diamond owner of Diamond Physical Therapy Associates & Moving Violations Motorcycle Club the oldest women’s motorcycle club in New England. MBCC is the only breast cancer non-profit working closely with a research & sister organization Silent Spring Institute to investigate preventable environmental causes of the disease. This work is funded through events like the upcoming Lesbians & Friends Dance: A Party for Prevention. Cheryl Osimo is a fierce LGBTQ ally & devoted breast cancer activist & advocate since 1991 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 41. She has been a catalyst in raising public awareness of the possible environmental links to breast cancer. The Lesbians & Friends LGBTQ Dance Party For Prevention will also feature DJ Shelly Cullen, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar & a silent auction. Liz Nania of Out to Dance will conduct a free one-hour dance workshop from 7P to 8P. Tickets are $45 general & $20 for students online or on the day of the event $50 general & $25 for students at the door. Halloween Costumes are optional. LISTEN

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LGBTQ Out & Equal Workplace Summit

A week after the Supreme Court hear arguments regarding 3 LGBTQ employment discrimination cases the Out & Equal Workplace Summit is taking place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor located across the Potomac River from Washington D.C. in Fort Washington, Maryland from now through October 17th. Out & Equal is the world’s premier nonprofit organization dedicated to LGBTQ workplace equality & partners with Fortune 1000 companies & government agencies to provide executive leadership development, comprehensive training, consultation & professional networking opportunities that build inclusive & welcoming work environments. Erin Uritus, CEO of Out & Equal stated, “Today more than 700 Fortune 1000 companies are sending 6,000 people to Washington for the Out & Equal Workplace Summit. Successful companies understand that workplaces that foster a culture of belonging for the transgender engineer or the bisexual accountant are investing in their own innovation & longevity. And guess what, it’s not just about LGBTQ people, but our myriad friends & families who simply won’t work for companies that are apathetic or discriminate. We will not rest until showing up for work is no longer an act of courage for LGBTQ people, but we can truly be OUT & equal.” Some of the workshops scheduled to take place at the summit include, Transmen & Transmasculine Employees: Having Your Voices Heard; Measuring Success: LGBTQ Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace; Leading from the Bottom Up as Young, Queer Professionals; Battle for Diversity: Why You Don’t Have (Enough) LGBTQ+ Talent; & Queer Culture Project: Six LGBTQ Trends & Why They Matter.
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Trevor Project To Honor Hayley Kiyoko

The Trevor Project the world’s largest suicide prevention & crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people will honor Hayley Kiyoko with the “Youth Innovator Award” at their annual TrevorLIVE Gala in Los Angeles at The Beverly Hilton on November 17th. This year’s gala will also feature a special appearance by YouTube personality, author & activist Gigi Gorgeous & a performance by Miss Shalae the world's top Beyoncé impersonator. Amit Paley, CEO & Executive Director of The Trevor Project stated, "The Trevor Project knows how important it is for LGBTQ young people to see themselves & their identities represented by inspiring young artists like Hayley Kiyoko. Hayley embraces her identity as a strength, serving as a role model for LGBTQ youth around the world -- we're so excited to honor her at TrevorLIVE LA & celebrate 21 years of saving young LGBTQ lives." Hayley Kiyoko added, “Through songwriting & directing music videos, I have been able to share my personal experiences of love & identity with an audience that has struggled with mainstream representation in pop music over the years. My biggest goal is always to inspire hope. I’m honored to be recognized by The Trevor Project, an organization that’s helping to bridge the isolation youth feel in crisis. Growing up I felt the isolation of being different so I am beyond grateful for the work they do because creating a safe space can truly help people feel less alone.” TrevorLIVE is the signature annual fundraising event of The Trevor Project. This annual event brings together top entertainers & corporate leaders to support the organization’s life-saving initiatives.
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New Cabaret "Fresh Fruit Is Born Again"

Boston’s favorite equal opportunity offenders are back in an all-new drag cabaret that takes on the current political & social establishment with their trademark wit & sass in "Fresh Fruit Is Born Again!" at Club Café, 209 Columbus Avenue in Boston MA. Show times are on select Friday, Saturdays & Sundays now through November 23rd. After a five year hiatus founding Fresh Fruit members Rodney VanDerwarker & Michael Gaucher have assembled an all new cast that is ready to carry on the Fresh Fruit tradition taking on everyone & everything including Kellyanne Conway, Quincy matriarchs, syphilitic gym bunnies, pregnancy surrogates & more. Come let your hair down & enjoy a second coming that is long overdue. Known for their razor sharp wit & take no prisoner's approach to political, religious & social institutions these Queens are ready to hit the stage & give you all the dish on a variety of subjects. If you loved Fresh Fruit before or “Bitter Bitch's Golden Girls” or “Menopausal Mermaid” you won't want to miss out on this hilarious song parody send up of everything you may think but never say. New Fruits include both veterans & newbies to the stage include Brian Wasburn a fixture on the burlesque circuit in Boston & has been a cast member of "The Donkey Show" & Bitter Bitch's "The Menopausal Mermaid." Patty Bouree is a denizen of the drag demi-monde in Boston our favorite social gadfly Scott Kearnan écrivain extraordinaire will be making his acting debut with the show. Tickets are $30.
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National LGBTQ Coming Out Day

Since 1988 National Coming Out Day is acknowledged on October 11th which is the day that if you haven’t come out yet about your LGBTQ sexual orientation to your family, friends & colleagues it’s time to live as your authentic self & be counted. As Harvey Milk stated, “Burst down those closet doors once & for all, stand up & start to fight.” So here we are in 2019 continuing the fight with the Trump administration trying to push our LGBTQ community back in the closet or worse erase our community completely. We need to pass the Equality Act now & provide comprehensive non-discrimination protections that will bring our laws into the 21st century. This week the US Supreme Court heard 3 cases of LGBTQ discrimination against our community. With Trump’s anti-LGBTQ Supreme Court appointees the outcome is iffy. Then we’re also dealing with a majority of LGBTQ K-12 students feeling unsafe at school as a result of their sexual orientation & more than one-third reported feeling unsafe because of how they express their gender. To reverse this trend in conjunction with National Coming Out Day the Family Acceptance Project has released a new series of posters that are designed to be used in public spaces to share key information from FAP’s peer-reviewed studies. Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Director of the FAP stated, “The posters are key resources to help families & providers understand the critical need for family support & the impact that specific family accepting & rejecting behaviors have on risk & well-being for LGBTQ children & youth.”
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Why We Love Pete Buttigieg

As we head towards the 2020 election presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg addresses our LGBTQ  issues. Buttigieg has released his plan ‘Becoming Whole: A New Era for LGBTQ+ Americans,’ a comprehensive policy that brings Americans together to break down the walls of exclusion & secure full equality for our LGBTQ community. With a plan grounded in the real lived experiences of LGBTQ Americans Buttigieg’s plan covers issues of Equality, Health, Youth & Families, Community, Justice, Honor & Leadership. Buttigieg stated, “Twenty years ago, an awkward teenager at St. Joe High, who didn’t know a single out LGBTQ+ student there, never would have imagined how far we would come. Yet discrimination & the ever-present fear of it continue to govern aspects of LGBTQ+ people’s lives who question if they can be who they are & keep their job, or come out at school knowing they might be bullied for it. When I’m President, we will implement solutions bold enough to meet the challenges the LGBTQ+ community faces while bringing the American people together to understand that our freedoms are bound up in each other.” Under a Buttigieg Administration LGBTQ+ individuals & communities will be supported in every aspect of their daily lives, from equitable health care to workplace protections to a new national mentorship program that will build up a sense of belonging among LGBTQ+ youth. As president, Pete will ensure anti-discrimintation is the law of the land & work to put an end to the violence that is taking the lives of transgender Americans.
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Historic LGBTQ Art Exhibition

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) & Virginia Pride are presenting a special work of art by artist Jumper Maybach in the Story of Virginia exhibition that runs now through February 16th 2020. The work that Virginia Pride commissioned & donated to the museum depicts the Virginia State Capitol & represents an important addition to the museum’s growing LGBTQ collections. Jamie Bosket VMHC President stated, “As the state’s history museum, we are firmly dedicated to representing all who are a part of the Virginia experience. As such we are deeply committed to better reflecting the diversity of the state, including preserving & sharing the stories of LGBTQ+ communities in the Commonwealth.” Jumper Maybach added, “It’s an honor & privilege to be included in this monumental & historic exhibition. Having one of my pieces hang in the Virginia Museum of History & Culture is truly a highlight of my career.” The VMHC’s display also features documents & artifacts from the VMHC collections including a program from the fifth annual Richmond Lesbian & Gay Pride Day held in 1989 which was the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York & a joint custody consent order granted to lesbian couple Mary Townley & Carol Schall upon the birth of Mary’s daughter in 1998. The couple became plaintiffs in the case of Bostic v. Rainey, which overturned Virginia’s ban on marriage equality in 2014. The museum is collaborating with Virginia's LGBTQ community to document these important stories by collecting oral histories, images, documents & artifacts. Virginia Museum of History & Culture is located at 428 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard in Richmond Virginia.
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