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Equality Act Compromise Attempt

On Friday Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) announced the introduction of ‘Fairness for All Americans’ Act" a bill in the House of Representatives claiming to provide greater federal protections for our LGBTQ community. This bill however falls seriously short of adequately addressing our issues & opens avenues for more religious discrimination against our LGBTQ community & other groups even though some conservative religious leaders are finally recognizing that LGBTQ people need federal protections from harm. As we reported earlier in this session of Congress, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 5, the Equality Act. the landmark legislation has the support of scores of faith & civil rights leaders from across the country. Despite bipartisan support for this critical legislation good old Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has refused to schedule a vote on the Equality Act in the Senate. Maggie Siddiqi, Center for American Progress Director of the Faith & Progressive Policy Initiative stated, “While we welcome new faith groups to the movement for LGBTQ equality, numerous faith leaders & faith communities from across the country have already endorsed the Equality Act in order to provide full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people & other protected groups. As people of faith, we care deeply about our religious freedom & about equality for our LGBTQ community members & we believe that the Equality Act affirms both rights. It is false to suggest that one right must be compromised in order to fulfill the other. We urge faith-based organizations who support LGBTQ civil rights to affirm that support by endorsing the Equality Act.”
For More Info: americanprogress.org
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BGMC “A Super Gay Christmas” Event

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus (BGMC) is presenting “A Super Gay Christmas” kicking off the holiday season as part of Holly Folly in Provincetown, MA on December 7th & bringing their annual XMAS concerts at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston on December 15th, 20th, 21st & 22nd. The title of the show comes from “Super Gay Christmas” that was written & recorded by the comedian Kevin Yee. The show opens with “Funky That Hall,” which is a variation of “Deck the Halls” inspired by RuPaul's “Sissy That Walk.” It includes raucous holiday pop favorites such as “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Up On The Housetop” &“Mistletoe and Holly” as well as the Christmas classics “Here We Come A Wassailing”, “The First Noel”, & “Alleluia.” Reuben M. Reynolds, III BGMC Music Director stated, “If you’re not in the Christmas spirit at the start of the show, you will be by the end. We’re going to have so much fun with all of the classics be they camp, pop, or traditional. This show has something for everyone.” Craig Coogan BGMC Executive Director concluded, “A Super Gay Christmas celebrates the fun of the season & really does put the merry & gay in Christmas.” The concert features more than 200 chorus members, 16 dancers, twinkling lights & “A Disco Santa,” the Village People’s version of “Noel.” There will also be a special performance of “Silent Night” performed in American Sign Language by the chorus in honor of long-time interpreter LeWana Clark, Ph.D who is marking her 30th anniversary with the chorus this year.
For More Info & Tix: bgmc.org 
LISTEN: Christin Baker Talks First LGBTQ Holiday Movie 
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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.
For More Info: tellofilms.com
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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
AUDIO: Jeffrey Solomon Talks “The Santa Closet” NYC Premiere
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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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