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LGBTQ Pride Month Has Begun

As we begin to celebrate Pride Month virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic we are witnessing a watershed moment in this country. As hundreds of thousands of Americans peacefully gather to protest expressing their outrage over the murder of George Floyd, we want you all to know that unequivocally OUTTAKE MEDIA supports our Black & Brown communities & please stay safe & strong as you exercise your First Amendment Right to protest. For the last fifty years we have commemorated the Stonewall riots when in 1969 our LGBTQ community experienced our own watershed Rosa Parks moment rising up against the police that resulted in our the beginning of LGBTQ civil rights in this country. Remember that Pride month is about celebrating our authenticity & demanding equality for our LGBTQ community & that demand for justice & change must include addressing the ugly reality of racism. Our LGBTQ community comes from all walks of life & skin colors & unless we are all equal none of us are equal. Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEOstated, “We know that social change is often built on the pain & outrage of moments like the ones we are seeing in America today. It is important to remember that the revolutionary riots at Stonewall in 1969 were spearheaded by many LGBTQ people of color & that none of the progress made for the acceptance & equality of LGBTQ people over the past 51 years would be possible if not for the action & courage of those protestors. This Pride Month, we’ll be centering & lifting up the voices of Black LGBTQ people. There can be no Pride if it is not intersectional. We are Together in Pride.”
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Governor Brown At LPAC Virtual Event

LPAC (Lesbian Political Action Committee) whose mission is to build the political power of LGBTQ women will be hosting a virtual conversation with Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Monday June 1st at 4P PT / 7P ET. Governor Brown made history in 2016 as the first openly LGBTQ person ever elected governor in the United States, a race that was endorsed by LPAC. Brown has received widespread praise for her leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also forcefully defended vote-by-mail against attacks from President Trump. Stephanie Sandberg, LPAC’s Executive Director stated, “In times like these -- which is to say, every day now -- you want to hear from leaders who not only stand up to this morally debased president, but light the way forward. Oregon Governor Kate Brown, whose leadership on containing COVID-19 & vote-by-mail make her expertise uniquely valuable today, was also the first openly LGBTQ person elected governor in the U.S. LPAC was proud to endorse her then & to be hosting her Monday June 1st as its next guest in our virtual events series. Please join us!” You can also register now for LPAC’s next Virtual Happy Hour on Thursday, June 18th at 4P PT with San Diego City Council President Georgette Gómez & Washington State Rep. Beth Doglio. Both women are running for the U.S. House & are critical to LPAC’s goal of doubling the number of LGBTQ women in Congress. LPAC was founded in 2012 by a group of LGBTQ women seeking to create a place & voice at the power table for our community. LPAC has raised more than $6.3 million & endorsed more than 150 candidates & they’re just getting started.
For More Info: teamlpac.com
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Global Pride Draws Leaders & Royalty

Global Pride the worldwide virtual LGBTQ Pride event has announced the first wave of speakers appearing at the online event on June 27th that is expected to attract up to 300 million viewers. So far Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica which this week legalized marriage equality, Prime Ministers of Norway Erna Solberg & of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark & Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of India with more leaders will announced in the coming weeks. Entertainment including international musicians & bands will be announced throughout June. Kristine Garina, President of European Pride Organizers Association stated, “Every Pride organizer in the world can tell you a story of someone whose life changed when they visited Pride & so with so many Prides being cancelled or postponed, as organizers we felt we had a responsibility to come together & deliver Pride online. We’re tremendously excited for the potential for Global Pride to bring people together in the biggest Pride there has ever been.” Global Pride was launched by national & international Pride networks after hundreds of Pride events were cancelled or postponed due to COVID19. Organizers are planning a 24 hour stream of content created by Prides globally, together with speeches from world leaders, activists & human rights defenders, reflecting the organizers’ statement that though Pride events might be cancelled the spirit of Pride will live on. Throughout June daily announcements will build up the excitement as the Global Pride team drop the names of major artists & other contributors who’ll be appearing on June 27th.
For More Info: globalpride2020.org
LISTEN: Filmmaker Wendy Jo Carlton Talks “Good Kisser”

NCLR Anniversary Virtual Celebration

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is celebrating their 43rd anniversary on Saturday May 30th virtually from 6P PST as 1,500 of your closest friends will gather looking fabulous & feeling hopeful to be inspired enjoying the company of LGBTQ friends & allies. This year they’re welcoming NCLR’s new Executive Director, Imani Rupert-Gordon at her first NCLR Anniversary Celebration with special guests, signature cocktails, fabulous raffle items & so much more. Imani Rupert-Gordon stated, “This is my first NCLR gala as the executive director & my wife Derah & I are excited to be a virtual table host for NCLR’s Anniversary Celebration on May 30th! I'm so proud to be part of NCLR. The work we do makes it possible for us all to live in a more equitable world & in a more authentic way. We have a long way to go & NCLR is needed now more than ever. Please join my table & support NCLR!” This year’s Trailblazer Awardee is Katie Sowers, Offensive Assistant Coach, San Francisco 49ers & the Voice & Visibility Awardee is Gina Yashere. Special guests will include U. S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Billie Jean King, Cameron Esposito, Be Steadwell, Theo Germaine, Rhea Butcher, Gina Yashere, Katie Sowers, Chris Mosier, Layshia Clarendon, Ser Anzoátegui, Lizz Winstead, Representative Sharice Davids & more TBA. To join this fabulous celebration any donation amount will get you access to their private event link. I talked to Imani Rupert-Gordon about what she hopes to accomplish at NCLR in this exclusive audio interview. LISTEN  
For More Info: nclrights.org
LISTEN: Filmmaker Wendy Jo Carlton Talks “Good Kisser”

Larry Kramer A Life Of Activism (AUDIO)

We were very sad to hear that the legendary activist Larry Kramer has died at age 84. He definitely had an amazing career as an award-winning playwright, author, filmmaker & LGBTQ rights activist. In 2015 at the Provincetown International Film Festival I had the opportunity to talk to Kramer about his career in this exclusive audio interview about Jean Carlomusto’s documentary “Larry Kramer In Love And Anger” currently on HBO. This must-see film is an intimate portrait of author, activist & playwright Kramer & is one of the best documentaries addressing the struggle of gay men in this country spanning over 40 years from Fire Island in the 70’s to achieving marriage equality. Kramer who was also the pioneering co-founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis & ACT UP talks about how his play “The Normal Heart” eventually found its audience & his frustration with this country’s national AIDS research policies. When I asked him back in 2015 what he would like to see happen for LGBTQ equality in the next few years Kramer talked about how he would like to see our LGBTQ community more united with a better & more forceful presence in Washington to lobby for our rights like everyone else does. Kramer also talks about his book “The American People, Volume 1” in which he rewrites the story of our country, passionately focusing on its homophobia & anti-Semitism in this historical novel. Though Larry has passed on his voice, words & hopefully his urgency to act will live on in all of us. Our condolences to his husband David Webster. LISTEN:
LISTEN: Filmmaker Wendy Jo Carlton Talks “Good Kisser”

“Good Kisser” New Lesbian Film (Audio)

This week I talked with award-winning writer/director Wendy Jo Carlton about her new feature film “Good Kisser” available now to purchase or rent on Wolfe Video. “Good Kisser” features an ensemble cast starring Kari Alison Hodge (Jenna), Julia Eringer (Mia), Courtney McCullough (Yuka) & the feature debut of Rachel Paulson (Kate), who is the younger sister of actor Sarah Paulson. “Good Kisser” is about Kate & Jenna who want to spice up their relationship by opening it up to a third & plan a date with the enchanting Mia. Jenna becomes enthralled with Mia’s sexual confidence & charm as they spend the evening dancing, drinking tequila & sharing secrets the women become entangled physically & emotionally. However, what was intended as a night of fun soon exposes the cracks in Kate & Jenna’s relationship redefining that one should be careful what you wish for. Wendy Jo Carlton who has been making female-oriented queer movies for two decades directing her first feature “Hannah Free” starring Emmy-winner Sharon Gless in 2009. Her second feature “Jamie and Jessie are Not Together” is said to be the first lesbian RomCom musical & is listed as one of the “Top 100 Lesbian Movies of All Time”. Recently Wendy Jo Carlton served as an Associate Producer on the award-winning documentary “Circus of Books” executive produced by Ryan Murphy on Netflix. “Good Kisser” will have its DVD release next month on June 16th & will stream on a variety of digital platforms including Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play & more. I talked to Wendy Jo about what she hopes to accomplish with “Good Kisser” & her spin on our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN:
For More Info: goodkissermovie.com

New Report Addresses Modern Family

A new report from the Center for American Progress sheds light on the ways the federal government has failed to adapt to modern understandings of what constitutes a family. Frank J. Bewkes, a former policy analyst for the LGBTQ Research & Communications Project at the Center for American Progress & author of the report stated, “What constitutes a ‘family’ in federal statutes has not evolved to reflect the diversity of this country’s families & this needs to change. Family, including chosen family, is a core part of the human experience. But it transcends blood, legal & housing ties. This is especially true in the LGBTQ community. When statutory definitions of family are too narrow to encompass lived realities, real families—both LGBTQ & not—are rendered invisible & excluded from benefits or services they should have access to by law.” Less than 20 percent of all U.S. families are comprised of two married parents with at least one child below the age of 18 & the marriage rate continues to fall. More than a third of all children in the United States have lived with a relative other than a parent or sibling before the age of 18. Narrow non-inclusive definitions of family can be particularly harmful to our LGBTQ community. Many children who identify as LGBTQ are met with rejection from their biological families contributing to 120 percent more likely to experience homelessness than non-LGBTQ children & even though marriage equality is the law of the land LGBTQ couples who live together are more likely to be unmarried than opposite-sex couples who live together.
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