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Trans & Gender Diverse Health Guide

Fenway Health has released the first case-based textbook to address the comprehensive health care needs of transgender & gender diverse adults. The guide entitled “Transgender & Gender Diverse Health Care: The Fenway Guide” is published by McGraw Hill & co-edited by Drs. Alex S. Keuroghlian, Jennifer Potter & Sari L. Reisner of The Fenway Institute. Dr. Alex S. Keuroghlian, Director of the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center at The Fenway Institute, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School & Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Gender Identity Program stated, “Demand for state-of-the-art health care services for transgender & gender diverse people is rapidly increasing. This textbook is an invaluable resource to all clinicians who care for transgender & gender diverse adults.” Dr. Jennifer Potter, Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School added, “Medical providers have a responsibility to be familiar with the most up-to-date scientific & clinical information & they can find all of that information & more in this guide, which highlights key aspects of gender identity emergence across the lifespan & provides much-needed guidance on both hormonal & surgical gender affirmation.” Sari L. Reisner, Sc.D, Director of Transgender Health Research at The Fenway Institute, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School & Director of Transgender Research at Brigham & Women’s Hospital concluded, “We have long known that transgender & gender diverse adults experience health care disparities largely rooted in stigma, including acts of discrimination that take place in health care settings. Our textbook applies a health-equity model of care & provides guidance for clinicians when addressing health needs of transgender & gender diverse communities.” For More Info…

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SAGE 25th Annual Awards Gala (AUDIO)

SAGE the nation’s largest & oldest org dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ elders is celebrating its 25th Annual SAGE Awards & Gala on October 18th in person from 5P to 8P EST at Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall Street in NYC. This year’s honorees include Dr. Rachel Levine, Assistant Secretary for Health & a longtime champion of elders in the LGBTQ community. They will also recognize the work of Watermark Retirement Communities with the Jack Watters Corporate Advocate Award. Watermark is the first nationwide senior living company to be certified SAGE Care platinum requiring staff across the country to be trained in LGBTQ+ cultural competency to better meet the needs of their LGBTQ+ residents. SAGE will also honor the resiliency of LGBTQ+ elders by highlighting the stories of SAGE community members across the country including long-time constituents Pat & Paulette Martin. They have changed this year’s format from their traditional sit-down dinner to an elegant cocktail affair with passed hors d’oeuvres & plentiful seating to give guests ample opportunity to connect & also remain socially distant. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for all in-person attendees. In an effort to make everyone as comfortable as possible the event room will be at 50% capacity & presented in a cabaret-style format. Color-coded wristbands will be available for everyone to denote their social distancing comfort level. There will be plenty of food, drink & celebration of the honorees. In January I was on a press conference call with Dr. Rachel Levine & Winnie Stachelberg, Center for American Progress Executive Vice President, External Affairs who intros Dr. Rachel Levine. LISTEN

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Texas Passing Trans Kids Discrimination

In Texas transphobic legislators are successfully attempting to ban our transgender kids from school sports under the deception of leveling the playing field. However this bill is not about fairness but rather about stigmatizing & harming our trans youth. Now this horrendous Texas legislation HB 25 that will restrict transgender students from competing in athletic competitions with their own gender groups has passed through the Calendars Committee to the full House of Representatives. Ricardo Martinez, Chief Executive Officer of Equality Texas stated, “The Texas Legislature’s unrelenting assault on transgender children continued today as the House Calendars Committee voted to move HB 25 to the full House without deliberation. The only word to describe this move is cruel. Despite unequivocal evidence of the harm filing, hearing & debating anti-trans bills has caused trans kids & their families & overwhelming community opposition at each & every hearing, legislators choose to ignore the voices of the people. They are putting politics above people — above innocent children. The majority of Texans believe discrimination against LGBTQ+ people is wrong. Common sense policy doesn’t seek to harm Texans or ignore the negative implications of bills being proposed. Transgender children participating in sports is not a national emergency or a Texas emergency; these attacks on trans kids & the ongoing trauma to the trans community certainly are. This is unconscionable. We will continue to show up to the Capitol in opposition of these bills & will do everything we can to ensure they are defeated once & for all.” Equality Texas is the largest statewide organization working to secure full equality for LGBTQ Texans through political action, education, community organizing & collaboration. 

Lily Tomlin & MBCC Event Goes Virtual

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is hosting their 24th Annual Lesbians & Friends LGBTQ Dance Party For Prevention virtually on Saturday October 23rd from 6P to 9:30P EST via Zoom. The event will feature a guest appearance from long-time environmental activist, actress & comedian Lily Tomlin. Last year Tomlin was the recipient of the MBCC Environmental Activist Award in appreciation for her tireless dedication to making the world a better place. Cheryl Osimo, MBCC’s Executive Director stated, “We are grateful to all of the talented MBCC friends who will help us raise funds toward MBCC’s focus on cancer prevention. Ultimately these individuals along with all MBCC dance supporters are helping us to make the world a better place for our children, grandchildren & future generations. We are honored & thrilled to have Lily Tomlin join us again for this special evening. We are constantly inspired by individuals, like Ms. Tomlin, who continuously spread positivity in many ways in the world.” Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is the state's leading breast cancer organization dedicated to preventing the environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research advocacy & changes to public policy. All proceeds from this event will benefit MBCC’s mission of breast cancer prevention. The event will also feature music with DJ Jodi Entertainment & dance lessons with Liz Nania the founder & director of OUT to Dance. Tickets to attend the virtual Lesbians & Friends LGBTQ Dance Party For Prevention is on a sliding scale of $15, $30 or $45. Tickets for students are $10. All proceeds from this event will benefit MBCC’s mission of breast cancer prevention. For More Info & Tix…

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Coming Out On Indigenous Peoples' Day

Since 1988 National Coming Out Day is acknowledged on October 11th which is the day that if you haven’t come out yet about your LGBTQ sexual orientation to your family, friends & colleagues it’s time to live as your authentic self & be counted. As Harvey Milk stated, “Burst down those closet doors once & for all, stand up & start to fight.” So here we are in 2021 still living in America without federal protection for our LGBTQ community on National Coming Out On Indigenous Peoples' Day. Let’s band together with our straight allies & once & for all make it safe for all people to be able to come out & live their authentic lives. It would be so refreshing for the next generation to be able to be themselves & not have to go through school denying their sexuality as I had to decades ago. Just think what it would be like to have an open the dialogue within our school systems & our community so that young people do not have to grow up holding a secret that makes them feel bad, guilty, ashamed & different. We need workplace national protections so that we can’t be fired because of who we love. Congress needs to pass The Equality Act so our children can grow-up in a world where it’s safe to be themselves instead of dealing with the fact that more than half of LGBTQ K-12 students reported feeling unsafe at school as a result of their sexual orientation & more than one-third reported feeling unsafe because of how they express their gender. We also need everyone to take a stand against LGBTQ bullying & make sure you wear purple on Spirit Day Thursday October 21st. 

Boston Wigged Halloween Drag Event

Just in time for Halloween Sky Casper Entertainment one of the Northeast's top producers of LGBTQ entertainment is presenting “Wigged Halloween Drag Show” with Sutton Lee Seymour & Cacophony Daniels at Boston's Club Cafe for one fabulous performance on October 30th at 7:30P. This Halloween drag cabaret event will feature the international headliners performing songs from such pumpkin-spiced favorites as Wicked, Hocus-Pocus, Rocky Horror & even a few anthems from Disney's most evil queens! Sky Casper the Friendly Host stated, "I'm thrilled to have Sutton & Cacophony hop on their broomsticks to travel from Broadway to Beantown. These two witches are some of my best ghoulfriends & I know they're going to leave Club Cafe buried alive in laughter. It would be a grave mistake to miss it!" Cacophony Daniels is the drag darling from NYC who has toured internationally with her cabaret shows in Fire Island, Provincetown & Puerto Vallarta as well as making regular appearances at Stonewall, The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama & aboard Atlantis Cruises. Sutton Lee Seymour is NYC’s award-winning comedy queen that has headlined on Atlantis Event’s Gay Cruise & Resort Vacations toured her shows through beach towns like Provincetown, Ogunquit & Saugatuck & has sold out in big cities such as NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco & Chicago. Doors creak open at Club Cafe at 209 Columbus Avenue in Boston at 6:30P for cocktails. The frightfully fun show starts at 7:30P. Tickets are $30 in advance & $35 cash at the door. Proof of COVID vaccination will be required for admission. 

The Equality Act Protects All Americans

Passing the Equality Act would provide federal legislation that will modernize & improve our nation’s civil rights laws by including explicit, permanent protections for LGBTQ people as well as women, people of color & people of all faiths. A new survey released by Public Religion Research Institute found that a large majority of Americans (82%) favor laws that protect our LGBTQ community from discrimination in jobs, public accommodations & housing. The proportion of Americans who support nondiscrimination legislation has risen more than 10 percentage points since 2015. More than 400 major U.S. companies including Coca-Cola, Apple, General Mills & others have endorsed the Equality Act because they believe it’s good for their employees & their businesses. Erin Uritus, CEO of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates stated, “It is time for Congress to act. Every day that passes without the Equality Act means our nation’s laws are woefully lagging behind our basic ideals of equality & fairness. LGBTQ Americans are vulnerable to discrimination & having their protections hang in the balance across virtually every sphere of daily life. Nobody should have to live in fear of discrimination because of who we are or who we love.” Kierra Johnson, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund stated, “The lives of millions of LGBTQ people in this country & our families would be improved through the Equality Act.” Brian K. Bond, Executive Director, PFLAG National concluded, “Parents of LGBTQ+ people want for their children what all parents want for their children: The opportunity to live, learn, work, pray & play safely, fairly & free from discrimination, harassment & harm.” For More Info…

Provincetown Women’s Week Film Fest

For over 30 years Provincetown has hosted Women's Week that was founded in 1984 by several entrepreneurial & fabulous lesbian innkeepers. It began as an intimate clambake & has become one of the longest & largest running lesbian events in history. This year Women's Week takes place October 11th to 17th with 150+ events including an exciting program of diverse films & conversations by emerging female filmmakers. It wouldn't be Women's Week without the annual screening of “Clambake” that documents Women's Week in Provincetown’s 30-year journey with archival footage, photos & interviews directed by Andrea Myerson who will be on hand for a Q&A on October 14th. Another highlight among the feature films & short programs that will be presented during the week is “Ahead Of The Curve” to be screened with Lea Delaria’s short film “The Lesbian Bar Project”. Director Jen Rainin stated, “The quintessential lesbian documentary “Ahead Of The Curve” is screening at Waters Edge Cinema in PTown for Women's Week. The film tells the story of Franco Stevens’ wild ride as she launched Curve magazine in 1990 with a handful of credit cards & a lucky run at the horse track. Franco & Lea DeLaria will join the filmmakers for a Q&A after the October 12th show.” Also joining the Q&A will be filmmakers Rivkah Beth Medow & Jen Rainin. Last May I talked to Jen & Franco Stevens about what they hope to accomplish with “Ahead Of The Curve”, their newly created Curve Foundation & their spin on our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN  

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New LGBTQ BIPOC Talent Agency

Jason Rodriguez the unequivocal face for the new generation of dancers as seen on Ryan Murphy's Emmy & Golden Globe Award-nominated television series “POSE ” & Ricardo Sebastián his longtime manager turned business partner & a community organizer who recently came out as nonbinary, have announced the inaugural roster of their newly formed Arraygency a talent agency representing BIPOC, LGBTQ & Trans creatives. The initial Arraygency roster includes six creatives including dancer Azusa Crawford, youth leader, queer & trans artist & journalist Sage Dolan-Sandrino, actor, dancer, writer & producer Morticia Godiva, music artist, songwriter, model, public speaker & trans advocate Iman Hill, dance artist & model José Lapaz-Rodriguez & dancer & model Babou Sanneh. Rodriguez & Sebastián stated, “We are thrilled with the very first roster at Arraygency! It’s been an exciting few weeks since our announcement & we were inspired by all the responses & submissions we received. We are eager to introduce each of these talents to the world & look forward to welcoming even more creative talent to Arraygency in the future.” Rodriguez & Sebastián formed Arraygency in August with the singular mission of bringing BIPOC, Queer & Trans people to the forefront of all creative industries. Since announcing they have received over 650 submissions for representation. Arraygency places an important & specific spotlight on equity, diversity & inclusion to better meet the needs of BIPOC, LGBTQ, Queer & Trans creatives in the entertainment industry & ensure equal access to opportunities for all. Photo By Alex Webster. For More Info…

Born Perfect & Enfranchisement Video

Born Perfect & Enfranchisement have released a new video entitled “Bobby’s Big Problem” with an all-star cast including Patton Oswalt, D’Arcy Carden, Jasika Nicole & RB Butcher to combat Anti-LGBTQ Conversion Therapy. Using puppets the film satirizes a conversion therapy session to highlight its absurdity & provide a glimpse into this dangerous practice. Mathew Shurka, Born Perfect co-founder stated, “We are proud of the work we’ve accomplished so far with 20 states passing conversion therapy bans for minors. Increasingly, conversion therapists are marketing this abusive practice online. This video is about exposing those efforts & telling the truth about conversion therapy. We made this video as a public education tool to help raise public awareness about the absurdity of conversion therapy & to help LGBTQ young people & their families recognize this fraudulent so-called ‘therapy’ when they see it.” The film is written & directed by Carly Usdin who concluded, “I’m so grateful Born Perfect trusted me with this project & with helping to expose the truth of what happens behind closed doors when LGBTQ youth are subjected to this atrocious practice.” The film was produced by Rudy Jansen. Every leading medical & mental health organization in the country has warned that conversion therapy for minors is dangerous & ineffective. Research shows that 63% of LGBTQ youth who are sent to conversion therapy have attempted suicide. Born Perfect is a survivor-led campaign created by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) in 2014 to end conversion therapy by passing laws across the country that protect LGBTQ children & young people fighting in courtrooms to ensure their safety & raising awareness about the serious harms caused by these dangerous practices. WATCH VIDEO  

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OutRight Global Summit Goes Virtual

OutRight Action International is presenting its seventh annual OutSummit entitled “Human Rights For LGBTIQ People Everywhere” virtually from December 8th to 10th 2021 to reflect on the LGBTQ organizing, strategize collectively & celebrate queer people globally. OutSummit has been held for the past six years around Human Rights Day on December 10th to acknowledge the human rights of LGBTQ people that are still criminalized in 67 countries with 13 countries criminalizing trans people & another 37 countries targeting trans people through vagrancy, prostitution, morality or other laws. Presently only 5 countries ban sexual orientation & gender identity change practices which often use brutal psychological & physical force to attempt to change, suppress, divert or reorient someone's sexual orientation or gender identity. Maria Sjödin OutRight Acting Executive Director stated, “For the seventh year in a row we are gearing up to host OutSummit, our annual global convening for LGBTIQ equality. For the second time it will be held virtually, enabling diverse stakeholders from our movement across the world to participate. I’m excited to announce that our first keynote speaker this year will be Gigi Chao, a prominent & publicly outspoken advocate for LGBTIQ rights in Asia. Gigi is co-founder of Hong Kong Marriage Equality & founder of Faith in Love Foundation. I’m thrilled that she will be sharing her story with us!” The first virtual OutSummit brought together more than 1600 people from 100+ countries for 30+ keynotes & sessions in 2020. For 30 years, OutRight Action International has documented, defended & advanced human rights for our global LGBTQ community. 

NMAC Capitol Hill Champions Awards

NMAC has announced that Congresswoman Maxine Waters & U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Marcia Fudge will be honored with the 2021 Capitol Hill Champions Awards at their virtual event in December. In honor of the late John Lewis & Elijah Cummings NMAC will present awards in their names for their lifelong commitment to racial justice & creating equality for all. Paul Kawata NMAC Executive Director stated, “NMAC’s mission is to lead with race to end racial inequities in health care that prolong the HIV epidemic. Chairwoman Waters & Secretary Fudge have dedicated their years in public service to those same goals. It is a great honor to recognize these amazing women for their commitment & service to our nation & to our goal of ending the HIV epidemic.” The John Lewis Good Trouble Award will be awarded to Chairwoman Waters who embodies John Lewis' dedication to racial equality on all fronts. Throughout Waters’s 40 years of public service she has been at the foreground of tackling controversial & difficult issues. She has been a champion of human rights & embodiment of dedication to racial equality. The award will be presented by last year's recipient Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Elijah Cummings Award for Minority Health Equality will be presented to Secretary Fudge who dedicated her congressional career to fighting for healthcare equality & equity for minority communities. The award will be presented by Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings. NMAC leads the race to urgently fight for health equity & racial justice to end the HIV epidemic in America. Since 1987, NMAC has advanced their mission through a variety of programs & services. For More Info…

LGBTQ Task Force Miami Gala (AUDIO)

This week I talked with activist Robin J. Schwartz who will receive the 2021 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award at the 25th edition of the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala in Miami, Florida on Saturday October 23rd. The Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award is named after the late activist & founding board member of the Dade Human Rights Foundation. Robin is an activist & community leader who has served the LGBTQ community in multiple capacities over the past 20 years. Throughout her professional life whether it be for profit or non-profit Robin takes great pride in being proactive & driven to achieve results all with a big heart & a strong voice. Robin founded Aqua Foundation for Women where she served from 2010 to 2019. Currently she is the Donor Relations & Program Manager at Equality Florida & serves on the LGBTQ Advisory Committee for the City of Miami Beach. Also being honored is activist & entertainer Billy Eichner who will be awarded the 2021 National Leadership Award. The Task Force Gala will be held in-person at the newly renovated Grand Ballroom at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This fundraising event promises great company, delicious food & drinks, a silent auction, live entertainment, the awards ceremony & an after-party. All guests will be required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event, sign a liability waiver prior to check-in & will be temperature checked upon arrival. I talked to Robin about what it means to her to be honored at the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala & her spin on our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN  

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