Monday, June 24, 2019

Lisa Cannistraci Speaks OUT (Audio)

Lisa Cannistraci owner of the legendary Henrietta Hudson which has been Manhattan’s number-one lesbian bar for over twenty five years talks about partnering with WorldPride | Stonewall 50 & presenting two fabulous must-attend parties at a venue she has created at Watermark Pier 15 at the South Street Seaport, 78 South Street in NYC to accommodate “Pride Soup” or "Queer on the Pier" on June 28th from 9P to 4A & “Siren” which takes place on June 29th from 9P to 4A. “Pride Soup” will be the queerest party of the year according to Lisa with over 2000 LGBTQIA+ friends & allies. The event will be hosted by model/actor Rain Dove & Devin-Norelle NYC trendsetter, influencer, Teen Vogue & OUT magazine journalist. There will be performances by singing sensations Nina Sky & singer model Laith Ashley & dance to DJ Amber Valentine - The Woods, DJ MaryMac, Madonna’s Tour DJ & DJ AVG JO-NYC. Then the following night “Siren” will be presented the most famous lesbian-centric party of the year hosted by Harlem Globetrotter Crissa Ace & Kiyomi Valentine from Real L Word. Join 2000+ LGBTQIA+ friends & allies with a coast-to-coast stellar line up including singing sensation Mindy Jones, lead singer for Moby headlining & DJs Whitney Day LA/NYC, Denver’s Tatiana and MO from NYC. Then on June 30th from 12P on the iconic street party “Occupy Hudson” takes place. For this event Henrietta Hudson has booked NYC’s finest DJ’s to take you through the day with DJ Tikka Masala, DJ RosyQ, DJ BK Storm & DJ Christie. We talked to Lisa about her upcoming events, her relationship with Stormé DeLarverie who threw the first punch at the historic Stonewall Inn Riot on June 28th in 1969 & her spin on our LGBTQ issues in this exclusive audio interview.
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OutRight & World Pride Equality

World Pride events continue in NYC throughout June designed to shine a spotlight on LGBTQ issues globally including in countries where Pride events cannot take place for security, legislation or capacity reasons. There are still 68 countries & several territories that still criminalize LGBTQ relationships & in a handful the death penalty can be applied. In 55 countries LGBTQ organizations cannot legally register & in 30 countries LGBTQ organizations don’t exist at all, whether registered or unregistered. Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International stated, “Fifty years after the symbolic first Pride at the Stonewall riots, Pride continues to serve as a symbol of the global movement for LGBTIQ equality. In New York, the anger & determination which sparked the first riots have been replaced by celebration. Yet, in far too many places around the world, where violence & murder of LGBTIQ people remains a daily reality, Pride, in the vast variety of forms it takes, continues to be an expression of protest & defiance, an affirmation of our existence & a message to authorities that they can not get away with denying us our basic rights…For even in countries with long histories of Pride, in countries which have been heralded as champions of LGBTIQ equality, a backlash has been growing. Although trans women were at the forefront of the Stonewall Riots, trans rights have lagged behind & now, 50 years later, are coming under even more attack. Evidently, we have quite the battle ahead before LGBTIQ people everywhere can live free to be who they are, love whom they choose, free from fear of violence, hate & persecution.”
For More Info: outrightinternational.org
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Sunday, June 23, 2019

New LGBTQ Kids Books (AUDIO)

GLAAD the global LGBTQ media advocacy organization has announced the release of two new LGBTQ-inclusive children’s books: “Our Rainbow” & “Except When They Don’t” in partnership with Little Bee Books. Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD President & CEO stated, “Children’s books are essential tools in encouraging awareness, kindness & acceptance at an early age. GLAAD is committed to advancing representation of LGBTQ lives & families & books like ‘Our Rainbow’ & ‘Except When They Don’t’ are shining examples of stories that families of all kinds can learn from & celebrate.” Illustrated by nine illustrators from the LGBTQ+ community “Our Rainbow” is a board book that teaches children about the meaning of each color of the pride flag. Told in simple, engaging text & paired with bright illustrations “Our Rainbow” aims to show children how simple acts of kindness can brighten up our world. “Except When They Don’t” is written by Laura Gehl & illustrated by Joshua Heinsz. This book challenges gender stereotypes by inviting children to examine what they're told "boy" & "girl" activities are. Instead of telling them what toys they're supposed to play with, what interests they should have & who they should be because of their gender, “Except When They Don’t” encourages children to play with whatever they want to & to be exactly who they are. We have had the privilege to work with GLAAD since the inception of OUTTAKE MEDIA™ in 2007. Listen to our recent chat with Zeke Stokes, GLAAD Chief Programs Officer who talks about GLAAD’s work & their Concert for “Love & Acceptance” in Nashville we attended on June 6th
For More Info: glaad.org
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Friday, June 21, 2019

Stonewall Film Screening (AUDIO)

Filmmakers Kate Davis & David Heilbroner talk about their documentary Stonewall Uprising that will be shown on Wednesday June 26th at 8:30P at the Washington Square Arch in Greenwich Village in NYC. Stonewall Uprising is the fabulous documentary chronicling the historic turning point in our LGBTQ civil rights movement. The film is based on David Carter’s Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution & told through interviews with Stonewall patrons, reporters & the policeman who led the raid. Stonewall Uprising recalls the fervently hostile climate in which our LGBTQ community was forced to live in 1969 and the events that led to what one reporter called the LGBTQ community’s “Rosa Parks moment.” When asked what they hope to accomplish with this documentary Davis stated, “We hope that the film will help a general population actually across the country & maybe the world to incorporate gay history into American history.” Heilbroner concluded, “One of the things I hope our film can do besides reminding people where the pride parade comes from which is directly out of the Stonewall riots but also we should be grateful how far we have come even though we have a long way to go. It’s amazing how far America has come in the last fifty years.” The screening is being presented by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment (MOME), the NYC Parks Department & American Experience Films/PBS. Stonewall Uprising is also available on PBS’s American Experience streaming.
For More Info: pbs.org
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

LGBTQ Out Film CT 2019 Winners

The 32nd Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival (Out Film CT) had a record-breaking run of 65 features & shorts at four different venues in Hartford, Connecticut. With hundreds of attendees from throughout the state & beyond Out Film CT is proud to announce the films honored with Audience & Jury Awards. Audience Award - Best Feature went to Tell It To The Bees (U.K.), Audience Award - Best Documentary Feature went to Gay Chorus Deep South (U.S.), Jury Award - Best Feature went to Canary (South Africa) & Jury Award - Best Short went to The Serenade (La Seranata) (U.S.). Shane Engstrom Executive Director Out Film CT stated, "Our audiences were exuberantly vocal in sharing their pleasure with our film selections this year... seeing their lives & loves celebrated on the silver screen. We achieved our goal of bringing the community together through an amazing collection of diverse stories spanning the LGBTQ spectrum." Out Film CT which organizes the Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to presenting outstanding LGBTQ cinema & other theatrical events throughout the year, culminating in the nine-day Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival. Connecticut's longest-running film festival holds a special place in our state’s cultural landscape, bringing the community together to introduce, celebrate & rediscover the ideas and values that make the LGBT community unique. Out Film CT also presents the Queer Thursdays Cinema series, with screenings at Cinestudio on the second Thursday of the month.
For More Info: outfilmct.org
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Point Foundation 2019 Scholarships

Point Foundation the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization LGBTQ students has announced its 2019 scholarship recipients. The students receiving support from Point this year make up a group of passionate activists, ready & willing to fight for progress in the face of an increasing lack of support for LGBTQ people at the highest levels of government. Sixteen LGBTQ students were chosen to be Point Scholars from more than 2,100 applicants. Point is also welcoming 25 LGBTQ students to its Community College Scholarship Program. Jorge Valencia, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation stated, “These LGBTQ students have demonstrated the potential to be the informed & visionary leaders our society needs right now. Their dedication to making the world around them a better place provides our community with the promise of a better future. Point is grateful to the incredible people & companies whose support relieves the crushing burden of financing education & presents our scholars with a new world of opportunity.” Point’s scholarship recipients are talented students with a proven track record of challenging unjust laws & policies, offering guidance to future generations & using artistry to combat long-lasting discrimination. In addition to their fearless leadership they have battled obstacles including immigration status, homelessness, family rejection & abuse. Each one of them has the dedication & resilience to inspire change across the country. Since 2002, Point has awarded more than 400 scholarships, making it the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Point Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development & community service training.
For More Info:pointfoundation.org
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

LGBTQ Hit Play “Electricity” In NYC

Celebrating the historic 50th Anniversary of Stonewall & World Pride in NYC the LGBTQ History project The Lavender Effect is presenting two benefit NYC performances of the award-winning LGBTQ hit play “Electricity” on Thursday June 27th & Saturday June 29th at 2P at The Revelation Gallery at 224 Waverly Place between 7th Avenue & W 11th Street in NYC. The play chronicles the journey of two gay men from Stonewall to today starring playwright & actor Terry Ray & Off-Broadway veteran Mel England. “Electricity” is directed by Steve Rosenbaum & has been touring across the nation to critical acclaim & audience response since it’s debut in Los Angeles. Terry Ray stated, “When I wrote “Electricity” I wanted to capture the journey that nearly all the LGBTQ+ community has taken--the journey of transitioning from thinking there is something wrong with you for being gay--to accepting yourself for who you truly are & demanding equality. I wanted to do that via a love story that begins in 1969--the year that Stonewall sparked our journey. Brad & Gary’s love story covers nearly all the 50 years since Stonewall. To be able to perform “Electricity” as part of the festivities of NYC Gay Pride, World Pride & especially Stonewall’s 50th Anniversary is a gift & the performances are benefiting The Lavender Effect which strives to preserve our gay history--it’s a perfect combination.” Tickets are for $40 premium seats in advance & $25 for general admission.
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