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“Season of Love” XMAS Movie (AUDIO)

This week I talked with Christin Baker, President & CEO of Tello Films about her new LGBTQ holiday film “Season of Love”. With over 100 holiday films shown this year sadly none of these films feature an LGBTQ couple. “Season of Love” fills that void & is definitely headed to becoming a classic holiday movie staple in the "Love Actually" genre. Written by Kathryn Trammell & directed by Baker this must-see film is a lighthearted rom-com featuring a large ensemble cast of diverse women & their connected love lives during the hectic holiday period just before Christmas through the New Year who discover love truly is the best gift of all. The stellar cast brings together actresses from classic LGBTQ films & current television shows including Dominique Provost-Chalkley ("Wynonna Earp", "Avengers: Age of Ultron"), Jessica Clark ("True Blood", "A Perfect Ending"), Emily Goss (“Snapshots”), Laur Allen (“Young and the Restless”), Janelle Marie & Sandra Mae Frank ("Deaf West's Spring Awakening", "Daybreak”). “Season of Love” came together from a Queer Holiday Feature Pitch contest & was produced by Tello Films with DASH Productions' Ashley Arnold & Danielle Jablonski. The film also delivers a holiday soundtrack featuring a wide range of original tunes & favorites. “Season of Love” recently screened with cast & crew in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Nashville & London & is a great holiday gift retailing at $14.99. I talked to Christin about what she hopes to accomplish with this breakthrough queer holiday film & her spin on our LGBTQ issues.
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LGBTQ Activism Global Summit


OutRight Action International is presenting its fifth annual OutSummit entitled “Pushing the Boundaries of LGBTIQ Activism” on Saturday December 5th at CUNY Law School at 2 Court Square in Long Island City, NY. OutSummit is a one-day conference that brings together international & US-based activists for a day of panels & workshops on human rights addressing sexual orientation, gender identity & intersex issues. Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International stated, "On Saturday, OutRight will hold our annual conference on LGBTIQ rights globally, OutSummit. We'll feature LGBTIQ activists from the frontlines in 40 countries around the world, journalists, business leaders & diplomats. Keynote speeches by Victor Madrigal (UN Independent Expert) & Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (Al Jazeera journalist). I feel smarter by the end of the day, more angry & more hopeful. It's my favorite day of the year." In recent years incredible progress in the recognition & promotion of the human rights of LGBTIQ people has been seen around the globe. Last year alone Angola, Botswana & Bhutan have decriminalized gay & lesbian relations. Taiwan, the Cayman Islands & Ecuador legalized marriage equality &the World Health Organization has removed ”gender identity disorder“ from the International Classification of Diseases. This is a time when pushing the boundaries of LGBTIQ activism is absolutely crucial to ensure that our the hard-won battles for equality do not backslide enabling us to continue taking steps towards achieving a world in which we can live free from discrimination, harassment & violence purely for being the gender we are & loving whom we do. OutSummit is co-organized by the Sorensen Center for International Peace & Justice & CUNY School of Law.
For More Info: outsummit.org
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Horizons LGBTQ Leadership Event

Horizons the world’s first community foundation for LGBTQ people is having their 10th annual State of the LGBTQ Movement event on Tuesday December 3rd at the San Francisco Public Library at 100 Larkin Street in the Koret Auditorium from 6P to 7:30P in San Francisco, CA. This is an opportunity to join with national & international leaders of the LGBTQ movement for a discussion on where our movement is headed as we approach 2020. Participating on the panel will be Vicki Gaubeca, Director, Southern Border Communities Coalition, Kris Hayashi, Executive Director, Transgender Law Center, Katie Hultquist, West Coast Director, OutRight Action International & Kasey Suffredini, President of Strategy & Incoming Executive Director, Freedom for All Americans. Roger Doughty from the Horizons Foundation will moderate the event. In 2020 Horizons will celebrate its 40th anniversary as we head into the crucial presidential election. Horizons envisions a world where all LGBTQ people live freely & fully. They invest in LGBTQ nonprofits, strengthen a culture of LGBTQ giving, & build a permanent endowment to secure our community’s future for generations to come. Since 1980 Horizons has made grants supporting the entire LGBTQ community. Their support is intentionally broad because the needs of our community are so many & run so deep. At the same time their venture philanthropy approach looks favorably toward innovative, grassroots solutions to our community's emerging needs, especially those of the most under-resourced segments of our community. The event is free.
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AUDIO: Jeffrey Solomon Talks “The Santa Closet” NYC Premiere
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LGBTQ Gear Cyber Monday Event

Now more than ever it’s extremely important to display your commitment to LGBTQ equality & this Cyber Monday for the Holiday Season we’re offering the highest quality gear for all our LGBTQ shoppers & allies. We would appreciate it if you could take a moment & visit our online OUTTAKE EQUALITY STORE where your purchases will help support our mission to provide & produce our free exclusive & insightful podcasts with LGBTQ leaders & allies on OUTTAKE VOICES into 2019 & beyond. Choose from a fabulous array of unique gear while supporting our quest for full global LGBTQ equality. We have tee shirts, tote bags, watches & more all displaying either our cool OUTTAKE logo or merchandise designed by visionary Richard Emmanuel whose emblem consists of universal symbols. Two androgynous gender nonconforming figures are meeting each other within the circle of the world. This creates a symbol of unity that is diverse with its differences, yet respectful of each person’s beliefs. The word “Equality” is boldly displayed with the words “LGBTQ Civil Rights.” This awesome design is empowering & a courageous symbol for our LGBTQ community with a symbol that reflects our strong commitment to equality. Both of these designs are an excellent way to get the conversation started to maintain & advance LGBTQ civil rights & equality. So what are you waiting for? Just click on the link below & check it OUT!! :)
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AUDIO: Jeffrey Solomon Talks “The Santa Closet” NYC Premiere
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Celebrate & Support World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day has been observed since 1988 & this year’s theme is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community”. António Guterres UN Secretary-General stated, “Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, as we commit to in the Sustainable Development Goals, will require a continuous collaborative effort. The United Nations, Governments, civil society & other partners have been working together to scale up access to health services & to halt new HIV infections. More than 23 million people living with HIV were receiving treatment in 2018. Communities around the world are at the heart of this response―helping people to claim their rights, promoting access to stigma-free health & social services, ensuring that services reach the most vulnerable & marginalized & pressing to change laws that discriminate. As the theme of this year’s observance rightly highlights, communities make the difference. Yet unmet needs remain. A record 38 million people are living with HIV & resources for the response to the epidemic declined by $1 billion last year. More than ever we need to harness the role of community-led organizations that advocate for their peers, deliver HIV services, defend human rights & provide support. Where communities are engaged, we see change happen. We see investment lead to results & we see equality, respect and dignity. With communities, we can end AIDS.” Each year organizations & individuals across the world bring attention to the HIV epidemic to increase HIV awareness & knowledge, speak out against HIV stigma & call for an increased response to move toward ending the HIV epidemic. World AIDS Day is an opportunity to celebrate & remember those who have died from this epidemic & support those living with HIV.
For More Info: worldaidsday.org
AUDIO: Jeffrey Solomon Talks “The Santa Closet” NYC Premiere
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Provincetown Thanksgiving Weekend

Instead of heading to the malls our Black Friday LGBTQ destination tradition is Provincetown, Massachusetts for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend where the pilgrims first landed in 1620 almost 400 hundred years ago. The whole town is on sale & you can find great gift choices all around town, since many of the stores are having end of season sales & don't miss the holiday Crafts Fairs happening on both Friday & Saturday providing unique gifts for everyone. Then Friday afternoon from 3:30P to 5:30P Drag Bingo takes place with Tiki Bronstein & hosted by the Provincetown Business Guild at the Crown & Anchor supporting a great organization. After dark Saturday offers the anticipated pagan treat of the Annual Lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree. Now in its 19th year Provincetown artist Julian Popko & family build the unique tree right in the heart of Provincetown's Lopes Square. Stacked with over 100 real lobster traps borrowed from local lobstermen, the tree is lit with thousands of fabulous decorations & holiday lights. There are also plenty of restaurants open & you can dance the night away at The A House or the Retro-Active Video Lounge at The Crown. Also at the Crown on Saturday November 30th check out Thanksgiving Drag Leftovers! Lakia Mondale, Roxy Pops & Ania Bangkoks present a post-Thanksgiving Drag Revue in this special One Night Only production. Remember Thanksgiving doesn't have to be a drag unless you want it to be. Tickets are $29.
For More Info: ptown.org
AUDIO: Jeffrey Solomon Talks “The Santa Closet” NYC Premiere
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Raging Skillet Takes Center Stage

The play “Raging Skillet” by Jacques Lamarre that’s based on the memoir of the same title by Chef Rossi will be performed at the JCC CenterStage Theatre at 1200 Edgewood Avenue in Rochester, NY in December including post show talkbacks with Chef Rossi, the cast & creative team following the first two Sunday matinees on December 8th & 14th. “Raging Skillet” is one woman's story about cooking her way through some of life's biggest challenges in New York City's most unlikely kitchens. As the rebel caterer parties at the launch event for her new tell-all book her Orthodox Jewish mother shows up unannounced twenty years after she died & guilt trips her into a reckoning with her rebellious past, her time with a Hassidic community in Brooklyn & the real meaning of a Jewish home. When asked what she would like to accomplish with her work Chef Rossi stated, “I think I would most like to see the empowerment of women especially in the culinary field would be great. I’d like to see the empowerment of young gay adults & gay teenagers. I just think that my story really empowers people that are down & out or the underdog or minorities & I just hope I can help.” Showtimes are Saturday, December 7th at 8P, Sunday, December 8th at 2P, Thursday, December 12th at 7P, Saturday, December 14th at 8P, Sunday, December 15th at 2P with open captioning, Thursday, December 19th at 7P with open captioning, Saturday, December 21st at 8P & Sunday, December 22nd at 2P.
For Info & Tix: jccrochester.org
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“Season of Love” XMAS Movie (AUDIO)

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