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Pope Endorses Homosexual Civil Unions

Pope Francis has come out for homosexual civil unions. Of course he never mentioned lesbians or gay women. Pope Francis stated, "Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God. You can't kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered." Let’s revisit the difference of the rights & protections between civil union & marriage. Civil unions provide about one third of the rights & protections of marriage. In America the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act denied gay & lesbian couples 1,138 federal rights of marriage including a hefty average of $5000 more in their annual federal taxes than heterosexual married couples paid. Patrick Hornbeck, Professor of Theology at Fordham University stated, "What the pope has done today in these comments is he's given a permission slip to Catholics & to Catholic leaders who want to take that extra step, who want to be pastoral, as he's been, in affirming LGBT people & their families & their loves & that's no small thing. We have to remember that there are places all around the world where to be gay is to be thrown out of your family, where it's to be beaten, where to be trans is to take your life in your hands & so the pope's statements, I think, will have an important effect & need to be celebrated that way." Just remember that there are still countless cases of Catholic schools firing teachers for being gay & Catholic adoption agencies fighting to exclude gay & lesbian parents as we covered yesterday that will go before the US Supreme Court November 4th in Fulton v. Philadelphia.

Supreme Court Case & LGBTQ Families

The day after the 2020 presidential election the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Fulton v. Philadelphia a case that could give religious agencies that receive taxpayer dollars a broad license to discriminate against our LGBTQ cummunity. The case challenges Philadelphia’s nondiscrimination ordinance which prohibits any entity that contracts with the city from denying service on the basis of sexual orientation among other characteristics. One of the plaintiffs in the case is Catholic Social Services (CSS) which sued the city after its contract was revoked for refusing to allow gay & lesbian couples to be foster parents arguing that it has a constitutional right to do business with the city even when it refuses to comply with the city’s nondiscrimination rules. Recent data from a nationally representative survey conducted jointly by the Center for American Progress & NORC at the University of Chicago show that LGBTQ Americans avoid needed services to avoid discrimination & should they be denied access to taxpayer-funded services many would be unable to access services at alternative locations. Caroline Medina, Policy Analyst for the LGBTQ Research & Communications Project at CAP stated, “Our survey findings reveal the existing challenges that LGBTQ people face when accessing basic public services in civil society. To misuse religious liberty as a license to discriminate would set a harmful precedent & inflict critical damage on the rights of LGBTQ individuals & religious minorities, exacerbating discriminatory barriers they already encounter in their everyday lives. Justices Clarence Thomas & Samuel Alito recently attacked marriage equality under the guise of religious liberty. This case demonstrates the urgent risks to the basic rights of LGBTQ people if their extreme views are adopted as the stance of the court’s majority.” Read Full Report…

Hollywood LGBTQ Council Voters March

On Saturday October 24th The Hollywood LGBTQ+ Council will lead a march of "Equality Voters to the Polls" beginning at 9A from 2131 Hollywood Blvd. to the Hollywood Branch Library for Early Voting. With LGBTQ equality on the ballot this year from the oval office at the top all the way down to the last candidate the Hollywood LGBTQ Council is hoping by mobilizing local voters that support our equality will ensure we retain & expand our hard-won rights. Todd Delmay, The Hollywood LGBTQ+ Council President stated, "Winning the rights associated with Equality is not enough. We must continue to support candidates & the issues that will safeguard & expand those rights. If you don't think they are at risk, just consider for a moment there are Supreme Court justices interested in revisiting Obergefell (the landmark 2015 decision that brought marriage equality to all 50 States) & matters of Equality are very much local issues as well. Municipalities, Counties & our State all have opportunities to choose Equality every day. Whether they are serving people of color, people of LGBTQ+ experience or those from other marginalized communities, the choice must always be on the side of Equality if we are to fulfill on the ideals of our Founders." The Council is inviting all voters & candidates that support Equality to march with them, whether they have already voted or not. The Council's members (80% of which self-identify as LGBTQ+) & guests should all wear a mask & maintain social distancing guidelines. Marchers are to meet at 8:30A & the event begins at 9A.           For More Info: lgbtqcouncil.com

AIDS Memorial Quilt Virtual Exhibition

The National AIDS Memorial has announced a virtual exhibition of the AIDS Memorial Quilt that will feature more than 10,000 Quilt panels representing all 50 states & U.S. territories. Panel makers, individuals, businesses & non-profit organizations from across the country are invited to host a display of the Quilt. Each display host will be able to feature a selection of beautiful Quilt blocks of their choice & curate a personalized display narrative that will accompany each display. John Cunningham, National AIDS Memorial Executive Director stated, “World AIDS Day is taking on new meaning this year, as COVID-19 has brought an enormous loss of life & grief to millions of people. During the darkest days of the AIDS crisis, the Quilt was a source of immense comfort, inspiration & used as a tool for social activism to open the eyes of the nation to injustice & to help survivors grieve & heal. Through this exhibition, we hope the power & beauty of the Quilt can serve that same purpose for those who are experiencing loss & grief due to COVID-19.” On World AIDS Day on December 1st the National AIDS Memorial will bring together powerful voices from both pandemics for an important conversation about health justice, social activism, remembrance, hope & resilience. Applications to participate must be received by November 1st 2020 to be part of the current exhibition. The fee to participate as a virtual display host is $500 with proceeds from the exhibition to be used to ensure the continued care & conservation of more than 48,000 individual panels of this national treasure. 

MBCC Silent Auction Is Live (AUDIO)

The fabulous Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition online silent auction is now live through their premier fundraising event the Lesbians & Friends LGBTQ Dance Party For Prevention that takes place virtually on October 24th from 7P to 9P via Zoom. This auction is not to be missed with great items all supporting MBCC the only breast cancer non-profit dedicated to preventing environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research advocacy & changes to public policy. The MBCC Lesbians & Friends LGBTQ Dance Party on October 24th will also feature a guest appearance & award presentation to long-time environmental activist, comedian & actress Lily Tomlin. The MBCC Environmental Activist Award will be presented to Ms. Tomlin in acknowledgment of her passion & work on many environmental issues. Cheryl Osimo, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition stated, “We are constantly inspired by trailblazers like Ms. Tomlin who have fearlessly & relentlessly paved the way of putting the greater good of our planet & families first. Including her in MBCC’s history of individuals dedicated to making a positive impact in the world is thrilling news.” The online event will also include laughs with guest comedian Karen Williams & dance lessons with OUT to Dance's Liz Nania where you can learn to dance the cha-cha, rhumba, salsa or merengue with no partner needed. DJ Shelly Cullen will be spinning the tunes throughout the virtual event with the Silent Auction that runs now through October 24th at 8P. Tickets to attend the virtual event for adults are on a sliding scale of $15, $30, or $45 with tickets for students $10. I talked to Cheryl Osimo about what she hopes to accomplish with her work at MBCC & her spin on our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN  

For More Info & Tix: mbcc.org

LGBTQ Health Care In Serious Jeopardy

For LGBTQ people who rely on the Affordable Care Act our community will join the most vulnerable Americans who stand to lose the most if the ACA is overturned. Overturning the law would jeopardize health insurance for 20 million Americans & strip away protections for an estimated 135 million Americans with preexisting conditions & those effects will only be amplified for the most at-risk populations. The LGBTQ community, communities of color & people with disabilities have spent the past decade making progress toward increased health coverage, lowered medical expenses, protection for preexisting conditions & added nondiscrimination protections. Caroline Medina, policy analyst for the LGBTQ Research & Communications Project at Center for American Progress stated, “Despite crucial gains in health coverage & benefits for LGBTQ communities under the ACA, transgender adults—particularly transgender people of color—continue to face substantial & unique discriminatory barriers to accessing health insurance & services. The data reveal both the depth of harm that LGBTQ Americans would encounter under the ACA’s repeal as well as the need to continue combating discrimination in health care settings. At this critical juncture, the ACA’s protections should be expanded, not undermined.” As the Senate Republicans rush to confirm a third U.S. Supreme Court nominee much of the country has turned its focus on the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Obama’s landmark legislative accomplishment that expanded access to health care for millions of Americans. For years congressional Republicans have sought to overturn the law either through legislation or judicial activism. However all that could change next month when the conservative packed Supreme Court hears California v. Texas on November 10th. For More Info...

Spirit Day Against LGBTQ Youth Bullying

For 10 years OUTTAKE MEDIA has supported Spirit Day celebrated this year on Thursday October 15th. Spirit Day began in 2010 when a high school student Brittany McMillan created a tumblr post asking students to wear purple following the suicide deaths of several LGBTQ young people. Since then thanks to GLAAD hundreds of celebrities, media outlets, brands, landmarks, sports leagues, tech leaders, influencers, faith groups, school districts, organizations, colleges & universities have become the most visible anti LGBTQ bullying campaign & united show of support for our LGBTQ youth. Purple symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO stated, “From the effects of COVID-19, to the social uprising against racial injustice & police brutality, to the Trump administration’s consistent attacks on LGBTQ people, this year has presented unprecedented challenges & crises, all of which continue to uniquely & disproportionately impact LGBTQ youth. At a time when LGBTQ youth may be isolating in homes that are not affirming or do not have access to their usual support systems, this year’s Spirit Day is a chance for LGBTQ people & allies to send messages of acceptance & support to LGBTQ youth when they need it most.” Studios, networks, shows & streaming services partaking in 2020 Spirit Day include Access Hollywood, Disney/ABC, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, the casts of FBI & FBI: Most Wanted, iHeartMedia, Hulu, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Spotify, Sony Pictures, ViacomCBS, WarnerMedia, & more. Celebrities participating in Spirit Day include Cher, The Chicks, Halle Berry, Connie Britton, Ted Danson, Daughtry, Gigi Gorgeous Getty, Carlie Hanson, Megan Hilty, Jazz Jennings, LeAnn Rimes, Adam Rippon, Tegan & Sara, Brandon Stansell, Mary Steenburgen among others are set to participate in the world’s largest & most visible LGBTQ anti-bullying campaign. 

Campus Pride Names 2020 Best Colleges

Campus Pride released its 2020 BEST OF THE BEST LGBTQ-Friendly listing of colleges & universities. The announcement features forty campuses from six regions of the country who are deeply committed to LGBTQ students & who rate the highest for LGBTQ-inclusion in policy, program & practice. Tom Elliott, Campus Pride Board Chair stated, “On behalf of Campus Pride, I want to commend all the campuses featured among the 2020 ‘BEST OF THE BEST’ LGBTQ-friendly colleges & universities for their exemplary commitment & work to make their campuses safer & more welcoming. In times like these, we need to commit to creating safe & welcoming spaces for all students.” There are nearly 400 colleges who have “come out” on the index & hundreds of thousands who utilize the public search to find LGBTQ-friendly colleges & universities annually. Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director, Campus Pride concluded, “Today college campuses must ‘come out’ & be visible as LGBTQ-friendly. Students expect inclusive, equitable learning environments at colleges in all regions of the country & as a basic standard, they demand campuses have LGBTQ-inclusive policies, programs & services. These forty campuses, across six diverse regions, are leading the charge. Every student deserves to go to a college that is inclusive & a safe space to learn, live & grow. This October is LGBTQ History Month & National Coming Out Day was October 11th. Let us commit ourselves to LGBTQ inclusion, coming out & supporting LGBTQ youth in living full, authentic lives.” Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization for LGBTQ & ally college students as well as campus groups building future leaders & safer more LGBTQ-friendly colleges & universities. The organization provides resources and services to thousands of college students & nearly 1,400 campuses annually.                For Complete 2020 Best Campuses List… 

“If These Ovaries Could Talk” (AUDIO)

This week I talked with Robin Hopkins & Jaimie Kelton about their new book “If These Ovaries Could Talk: The Things We’ve Learned About Making An LGBTQ Family.” In part one of the book Robin & Jaimie cover topics on how you make your LGBTQ family from choosing an egg donor, sperm donor or surrogate to adoption & foster care. Part two of the book covers everything from growing up with gay parents to being out as a family & from talking to your kids about their LGBTQ family to the legalese of LGBTQ families. “If These Ovaries Could Talk: The Things We’ve Learned About Making An LGBTQ Family” is an amazing & humorously in-depth journey that is equal parts funny, serious, happy, sad, celebratory, cautionary & powerful. You’ll learn a lot & laugh even more along the way. Robin & Jaimie met at a Pride Family Picnic with their wives & kids in tow. That’s when then-pregnant Jaimie pitched Robin the idea to make a podcast about LGBTQ families. From doing their award-winning podcast “If These Ovaries Could Talk” they realized the world needed to know there was more than one way to make an LGBTQ family. The book is based on dozens of interviews full of insights & stories addressing recurring questions that came up during their podcast. Robin & Jaimie share their separate personal fertility journeys & their parenting adventures as the book shines a spotlight on all the different ways nontraditional families are made. In this exclusive audio interview I talked to Robin & Jaimie about their inspiration for writing “If These Ovaries Could Talk: The Things We’ve Learned About Making An LGBTQ Family” & their spin on our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN:  

For More Info: ovariestalk.com

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Event

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus is celebrating their 42nd birthday with a fabulous virtual celebration on Saturday October 17th from 6P PST to 7P PST. They will be featuring a mix of past performances, vignettes & ensemble pieces for this free event. Guests will also experience the world premiere of "What Will We Hear?" written by composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa ("I Am Harvey Milk") & performed by Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth who will appear virtually with the Chorus. In addition they will honor Chasten Buttigieg with the Inspiration Award to be presented by Pete Buttigieg for Chasten's work in arts education & bringing the struggles of LGBTQ youth. There will also be special appearances by Wanda Sykes, Opera Parallèle featuring Kenneth Kellogg, Sharon Stone, Martha Wash, Britney Coleman & Renée Lubin. Founded in 1978 the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus (SFGMC) became the world's first openly gay chorus, one of the world's largest male choruses & the group most often credited with creating the LGBTQ choral movement. The chorus was founded by gay music pioneer Jon Reed Sims. The eligibility requirements for SFGMC are to be at least 18 years of age, to self identify as a man & to pass the audition process defined by the Artistic Director. Today with a membership of over 300 voices the SFGMC continues to present a wide range of music & perform for many different kinds of audiences. The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus 42nd birthday virtual celebration on Saturday October 17th from 6P to 7P PST is free but you must register to stream this online event. To Register…

Reel Affirmations LGBTQ Film Festival

Washington D.C.’s International LGBTQ Film Festival returns for its 27th year on Wednesday October 21st with virtual screenings, Drive In screenings & virtual director talkbacks that will continue throughout the weekend ending on Sunday evening October 25th. The film festival’s five-day schedule includes 60 films from 15 countries on four continents encompassing many genres including comedy, drama, romance & documentaries. Kimberley Bush, Director of Arts & Cultural Programs & Acting Executive Director of The DC Center stated, “2020 has been an extraordinary & challenging year but we will not let that stop us from supporting & uplifting our LGBTQ+ Creatives by sharing & celebrating LGBTQ+ Lifestories on Film. Films make us laugh, cry, ponder, wonder & nod our heads in understanding & empathy & The DC Center embraces the continued opportunity to curate a collection of such empowering & enlightening films each year to share with the community & all communities at Reel Affirmations: Washington DC’s International LGBTQ Film Festival.” Reel Affirmations is a Washington DC-based nonprofit & the only International LGBTQ Film Festival in the region & a proud division of The DC Center’s Arts Program. The DC Center is Washington DC's Community Center for the LGBT Community. Reel Affirmations would not be possible without the generous support of AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation) & DC Commission on The Arts & Humanities. The Reel Affirmations: Washington DC's International LGBTQ Film Festival will be both feature length & short films that will screen on their Eventive Platform or at Union Market Drive In (TBA). General virtual admission tickets are $10 & Film Lover passes for the festival start as low as $25.  For More Info & Tix…

Activist Monica Roberts Tribute (AUDIO)

We were very sad to here about the passing of Monica Roberts. Monica was the founding editor of the award winning TransGriot Blog & a longtime award-winning human rights advocate. She advocated for the human rights of transgender people for more than 20 years with a focus on the issues affecting Black trans people. Her writing appeared at Ebony.com, the Advocate, Black Girl Dangerous, Dallas Voice & in the ‘Unapologetically Trans’ monthly column in Houston’s OutSmart magazine. Some of the honors that Roberts has received are the 2018 GLAAD Media Award, the Robert Coles Call of Service Award from Harvard University’s Phillips Brooks House Assn, the Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer Award, the Barbara Jordan Breaking Barriers Award from the Harris County Democratic Party, the IFGE Trinity Award & in January 2020 at the 32nd Creating Change Conference she received the Susan J. Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement. Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director stated, “This week, the LGBTQ+ community lost one of our fiercest voices in Monica Roberts, an activist who not only lifted up the stories of trans people & inspired generations of countless transgender & non-binary people but all those who knew her. She was a mother, sister, aunt, friend, protector & voice for the voiceless. Her journalism was groundbreaking, her advocacy impactful & her spirit and passion limitless. There are people – especially trans members of our community – who are alive and thriving today because of her work.” I talked to Monica last January about her spin on our LGBTQ issues in this exclusive audio interview. LISTEN:

LGBTQ Pump Up The Vote Campaign

The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund has announced an on-going “Queer The Vote” multi-faceted campaign to inform, educate & mobilize LGBTQ communities as we approach the November 3rd election. Rea Carey, Task Force Action Fund Executive Director stated, “This is about the power of US & the stakes could not be higher. It is not news to anyone how critical this election is. We hear it every day, every hour & from everyone. What you may not know is that at least 2 million people identify as LGBTQ+ are not registered to vote. At the Task Force, we believe that voting should be accessible for everyone. The ‘Queer The Vote’ campaign will provide everything one needs to vote successfully & make a difference. Only 50% of registered LGBTQ voters showed up to vote in 2016 & that cannot happen this November.” Kierra Johnson, Deputy Executive Director of the Task Force Action Fund concluded, “In short, our community’s participation could make the difference in who is elected in national, state & local elections this November. This is why we are devoting every day until November 3rd to actions to Queer The Vote. We have seen the erosion of hard-fought LGBTQ+ rights, especially for trans & non-binary people, a mismanaged pandemic that disproportionately impacts marginalized communities, a devastating economic turndown & an uprising crying out for racial justice that continues to grow. We must take our power & obligation to vote seriously, because this election has much more on the ballot than individual candidates, our very democracy is at stake.” 

Boston Women's Film Festival Online

The Boston Women's Film Festival returns virtually this year for their third annual event with 11 days of films directed by women from October 8th to the 18th. All films are available to watch from the comfort of your own home via Eventive. Wicked Queer the Boston LGBTQ Film Festival will be co-presenting “Ahead Of The Curve” the documentary film about Frances "Franco" Stevens who founded the lesbian magazine Curve & by doing so helped accelerate the political & social evolution of the nation. In 1990 in San Francisco Stevens with a fist full of credit cards, a lucky run at the horse track & a title that called to mind a certain French film star first published the magazine as Deneuve but it was renamed in 1996 after a trademark dispute with French actress Catherine Deneuve. The first-ever glossy magazine for lesbians has since become the most successful publication of its kind. “Ahead of the Curve” tells the story of Curve’s rise to popularity in the ’90s & Stevens’s tangible impact on lesbian culture. “Ahead of the Curve” is directed by Jen Rainin & produced by Rivkah Beth Medow who takes you on a personal journey that follows Stevens process grappling with questions of community & legacy. Linking lesbian histories with contemporary viewpoints the film moves between interviews with LGBTQ tastemakers, “celesbians” (including Jewelle Gomez, Kate Kendell & Lea DeLaria) & rich archival footage. Jen Rainin lovingly uplifts the personal & political struggles, adventure & community that birthed an institution, honoring its visionary legacy while exploring whether a groundbreaking print publication remains relevant in a digital age. For More Info & Tix…

Supreme Court Heartbreaking Agenda

In the midst of Trump’s death defying COVID theatrics Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas & Justice Samuel Alito have indicated their desire to overturn Obergefell v. Hodges the case making marriage equality for LGBTQ people the law of the land. The Obergefell decision was a close win & is vulnerable following the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Kevin Jennings, Lambda Legal CEO stated, “The nightmare of a hostile Supreme Court majority is already here. The confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett haven’t even started yet & Justices Thomas & Alito are already creating a laundry list of cases they want to overturn. And unsurprisingly, marriage equality is first on the chopping block. Confirming Judge Barrett would be the final puzzle piece they need in order to make it happen. Overturning our right to legally marry the person we love & to protect our families would only be the beginning; none of the hard-fought rights that we have won in the courts are safe. That includes the right to marry, to work, or to be recognized as the legal parents of our children. But we will not be forced back into the closet. Lambda Legal has taken on tough fights before, beginning in 1973 when we had to sue for our very right to exist under New York law & we’re ready for this one, too. We have come too far in the 47 years since we were founded to turn back now.” Lambda Legal is committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ people & everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education & public policy work.    For More Info: lambdalegal.org

Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Center Benefit

The 11th Annual SV/SF LGBTQ ERG Alliance Benefit for the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center will take place Sunday October 25th at the Capitol Drive-In at 3630 Hillcap Avenue in San Jose, California. With COVID's devastating effects the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center has been physically closed since March. The Center is not shut down & continues to keep hope alive in our LGBTQ community through communications, virtual groups & community engagement. Maintenance & operational expenses for the building continue so support is urgently needed to help ensure the Center continues to thrive during these challenging times & is well positioned for when it physically reopens. The Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Center benefit event will present top rated movies from this year's LGBTQ California Film Festivals on West Wind Capitol Drive-In's biggest screen. For this open-air event they will have food & beverages available for purchase from specially decked-out food trucks which Drag Queens will deliver to VIP ticket holders’ vehicles. Screening area will be at 50% vehicle capacity [200 max] per local regulation & masks & social distancing required outside of vehicles. Since 1981 the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center has provided community, leadership, advocacy, services & support to the Silicon Valley’s LGBTQ People & their Allies. The Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center strives to be the community's premier resource hub & a recognized leader in promoting health, strength, diversity & inclusiveness. Please support this fabulous org by purchasing your tickets today. Tickets per vehicle are $300 for VIP, $175 Deluxe & $75 for general admission. 
For More Info & Tix: defrankcenter.org

Queering Racial Justice Virtual Event

The National LGBTQ Task Force & Creating Change will hold a day-long virtual event exploring how Queer/Trans People of Color (QTPOC) activism is leading the resistance to state sanctioned violence on October 10th from 12P EST to 6:30P EST. The day will include a plenary, speakers, skills building sessions & discussion of community organizing strategies for collective liberation. The event will be moderated by Kierra Johnson, Task Force Deputy Executive Director with Candi Brings Plenty, ACLU of South Dakota, Dominique Morgan, Executive Director, Black & Pink & Monserrat Padilla, Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network. Kierra Johnson stated, “The National LGBTQ Task Force is honored to convene this day for community discussion, planning & organizing focusing on the violence we face as queer people of color. The national reckoning we are witnessing & the uprising of people of color & allies against state sanctioned violence, police brutality & institutional racism must include Queer people of color in the conversation & the work. As we move into a national election season, the on-going disproportionate impact of the pandemic & economic crisis on communities of color & the continued epidemic of violence against trans people of color, in particular trans women, it is vital we come together to discuss, organize & support each other in the work ahead.” Discussions & panels will include Resisting/No More State Sanctioned Violence, White Queer Colonizers, Organizing Towards Queer Racial Justice, Decolonizing Gender, What are You Fighting For?, Organizing from the Street to the Legislature & Growing from Movement to Movement. Tickets are Student/Independent: $10, Organizer: $50, Change Agent: $100, Movement Builder: $250 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.      For More Info & Tix: thetaskforce.org

Tyler Clementi Foundation Digital Event

The Tyler Clementi Foundation has announced that their Upstander Celebration honoring the 10th Anniversary of the Tyler Clementi Foundation will take place virtually on October 15th. Tyler Clementi was the young gay man who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge in 2010 after being outed & bullied at Rutgers University. In 2011 his family created the Tyler Clementi Foundation to address bullying challenges facing vulnerable populations especially our LGBTQ community & other victims of hostile social environments. The evening celebration will include reflections & conversations with the Tyler Clementi Foundation staff & Tyler’s family as well as cast members of Queer As Folk including Michelle Clunie, Scott Lowell, Robert Gant, Peter Paige, Randy Harrison & Sharon Gless plus special guest appearances. Thomas Roberts host of DailyMailTV will moderate the evening. Michelle Clunie stated, “Join me & my fellow castmates from Queer as Folk for The Tyler Clementi Foundation's Upstander Celebration 10th Anniversary Virtual Gala. We still have so much work to do in this area & that work never stops, no matter the state of the world. We need to push forward & keep making progress, always.” The virtual event on October 15th will begin with a VIP reception starting at 7P EST & general admission will begin at 7:30P EST to celebrate the Tyler Clementi Foundation’s amazing accomplishments as well as sharing their future plans to continue their mission to end all online & offline bullying, in schools, workplaces & faith communities. A online Silent Auction is also now live. For More Info & Tix… 


Provincetown Film Society Virtual Event

The Provincetown Film Society (PFS) has announced an online event The Collaborative Art of Filmmaking Virtual Festival featuring conversations with film creatives discussing their craft in the many departments that comprise the world of film. The pre-recorded conversations will stream 24 hours Thursday to Sunday October 8th to the 11th. The event is moderated by Christine Walker, Independent Spirit Award Nominated Producer & Director of Diversity Initiatives with conversations of many of her collaborators as they revisit a handful of films that have screened at the Provincetown Film Festival & Waters Edge Cinema over the years. The online festival will offer a unique first-hand behind-the-scenes perspective of the collaborative process. Topics will cover the areas of directing, producing, acting, cinematography, production design & post production & editing. Anthony Lawson Provincetown Film Society Board President stated, “During her tenure as the Executive Director & CEO of PFS, Christine Walker worked tirelessly to promote gender equity & diversity in film, both in front of & behind the camera. As a female producer of color, she has also distinguished herself among a small minority who have managed to produce films over more than two decades. In honor of Christine’s work, PFS is thrilled to offer this special residency program & continue to nurture underrepresented voices while supporting a more equitable future for the film industry. We could not be more pleased to offer this program & look forward to continuing her work in the years to come.” The event will feature conversations with Academy award winning filmmakers Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman among others.  Festival passes are $75.00 & individual tickets are $10.00.  For More Info & Tix: provincetownfilm.org

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