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Film Addresses Being Catholic & LGBTQ
Father James Martin and director Shannon Post talk about their documentary “Building a Bridge” with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks. The documentary named after the book by Father Martin “Building a Bridge” follows a priest on his mission to make the Catholic Church more accepting of our LGBTQ community despite loud opposition from both inside and outside the Church. The film tells the stories of people whose lives intersect in emotional and complicated ways with Father Martin’s journey as a voice for acceptance within the Church and the conflict between conservative and liberal Catholics over LGBTQ issues including Pope Francis. One of the highlights of the film is when Father Martin talks about how horrified he was by Catholic leaders’ silence in the wake of the Pulse Nightclub Massacre. He addresses this issue with a grieving Pulse mother Christine Leinonen whose son Dru was killed in the massacre. The film also follows Father Martin and the lives he has impacted including a family with three LGBTQ siblings and a college student trying to reconcile his gay and Catholic identities. Shannon co-directed and produced the film with Evan Mascagni a Catholic who was disenchanted by the Church but inspired by Father Martin’s message of building a bridge between the Church and our LGBTQ community that also resonated with Shannon as a queer person. The film came to the attention of Martin Scorsese who served as Executive Producer of “Building a Bridge” which premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. We talked to Father James and Shannon about what they hope to accomplish with this film and their spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Father James Martin is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, consultor to the Vatican's Dicastery for Communication and the author of many books including the New York Times bestsellers “Jesus: A Pilgrimage”, “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything” and “Learning to Pray”. A graduate of the Wharton School of Business Father Martin worked in corporate America before entering the Jesuits. Currently he recently launched Outreach a new website designed to help LGBTQ Catholics, their families and friends with respect, compassion and sensitivity. For More Info… Shannon Post is a queer documentary filmmaker and is currently producing a documentary feature supported by The Redford Center. She co-founded the film production company Player Piano Productions which creates social impact documentary films. "Building a Bridge" is now available on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vimeo and YouTube. The film will launch on AMC+ on June 21st and have its broadcast premiere on Sundance TV on June 26th.
|May 16, 2022|
New Film ”100 Years Of Men In Love”
David Millbern, Emmy winning actor-producer talks about his fabulous must-see documentary “100 Years Of Men In Love: The Accidental Collection” with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™. The film focuses on Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell’s extensive collection of vintage photographs of men in love from 1859 to 1959. They accumulated their vintage photos over the years from flea markets, family archives and estate sales across the country. The film captures a time period when male partnerships were illegal so the poses were often subtle but still a bold statement of their bonds. It’s also a history of photography from professional portraits created on tintypes to amateur snapshots taken by these brave gay couples who wanted to capture their relationships in this new medium regardless of the possible consequences. Millbern was attracted to this subject matter after discovering an old tintype of his great uncles that he has now framed and proudly displays in his home. The project was a huge undertaking for David chronicling Nini and Treadwell’s collection of over 3700 photos into an hour long moving documentary that reflects our LGBTQ community’s history of loving relationships spanning over 10 decades. It’s crucial for all generations from all races and sexualities to see this fascinating film to further understand that our LGBTQ community has always existed and that love is universal. Set to music with narration by Millbern and interviews with the curators of the collection Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell, “100 Years Of Men In Love” was produced by William Clift, Paul Colichman and Millbern. We talked to David about his inspiration for creating this film and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.
David Millbern first emerged as a child actor and by the age of 17 he had already studied and worked with famed acting guru Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio in NYC. After graduating from Northwestern University a role on ABC’s “General Hospital” brought him to Los Angeles where he was discovered by Roger Corman who starred David in his first feature film “The Slumber Party Massacre” which became a cult favorite and produced 2 sequels. Many more feature film roles followed including Sir Ian McKellen’s doctor in the Oscar-winning “Gods and Monsters”. He has also appeared in numerous Lifetime Network movies. In 2021 Millbern won the Daytime Emmy Award for “Girls' Voices Now” in the Outstanding Short Form Children's Programing Category. “Girls' Voices Now” amplifies the voices of young women from underrepresented communities in Los Angeles by teaching documentary filmmaking. “100 Years Of Men In Love: The Accidental Collection” is currently available on HERE-TV. For More Info...
|May 03, 2022|
Fighting Transgender Discrimination Bills
Amberlyn Boiter, human rights activist talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about the South Carolina House passing H.4608 a bill that seeks to restrict transgender students in middle school, high school and college from participating in school athletics. Even after powerful testimony from community members opposing the bill the subcommittee voted 3-1 to advance S.531 to the full committee with a favorable ruling. The bill is now awaiting discussion on the South Carolina Senate floor. This year marks the first time in years that explicitly anti-LGBTQ legislation has passed a full chamber in South Carolina. This is not the only state to consider or pass harmful legislation against our LGBTQ community. So far in 2022 legislative session dozens of states are considering similar legislation related to LGBTQ discrimination including Florida that passed House Bill 1557 known as the “Don’t Say Gay” law and Alabama’s governor signing a bill criminalizing transgender health care for minors. This marks the third state in the country to pass a restriction on gender-affirming care for minors and the first to include criminal penalties. The Alabama bill could put doctors in prison for up to 10 years for prescribing puberty blockers or hormonal treatment to trans kids under 19. It is crucial that our LGBTQ community and straight allies speak out against these horrific hateful bills and call out the hypocrisy of anti-transgender legislators. Already in Florida legal action has been filed challenging the “Don’t Say Gay” law. In his State Of The Union President Biden stated, “The onslaught of state laws targeting transgender Americans and their families is simply wrong.” More affirmative action is needed and The Equality Act must be passed. We talked to Amberlyn about what action needs to happen to make this country safe for our transgender community and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Amberlyn Boiter is the Vice President of PFLAG Spartanburg, SC and a facilitator for Uplift Outreach Center - an LGBTQ+ youth center and safe space in the upstate of South Carolina. She is a fervent advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and regularly works with various coalitions to affect policy in her home state of South Carolina. A trans woman who came out later in life Amberlyn was stalled by her upbringing in fundamentalist evangelical churches and encourages others to share their stories of religious trauma to bring more attention to the issue. She lives in South Carolina with her wife and daughter. For More Info… South Carolina United for Justice and Equality advocates for the passage of legislation to protect LGBTQ community members and opposes anti-LGBTQ legislation. For More Info…
|Apr 23, 2022|
Free Political Pawn Brittney Griner
LGBTQ ally Aron Solomon chief legal analyst at Esquire Digital gives his spin to Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about WNBA star Brittney Griner’s detainment in Russia. A short summary of this unfortunate situation is that Brittney Griner was arrested on February 17th 2022 in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport upon arrival during her seventh season playing professional basketball in Russia during the WNBA’s off-season. Griner was arrested for allegedly possessing cartridges containing 'liquid with hashish oil' according to the customs service. She is currently facing charges that could carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. Since her arrest Griner's legal team has had access to her and been able to see her several times a week. Last Thursday it was announced that she would be held without trial until at least May 19th and then finally after over a month an official from the US embassy in Moscow was granted consular access to check on her condition. What they reported is that she is being held with two other first time detainees and in good condition. Of course we all fear that Griner is being used as a political pawn especially with Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine and that this case did not get the attention it deserved because Brittney is a Black LGBTQ athlete. If this happened to a high profile male professional basketball player like Kyrie Irving or Stephen Curry it would be an entirely different situation. It’s also extremely concerning with Russia’s notorious treatment of our LGBTQ community when Brittney will be safely returned to the United States and her wife. We talked to Aron about how this case has been handled up to now and where it may go from here.
Brittney Yevette Griner is a professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Griner led the United States Women's Olympic team to a gold medal victory in 2016 at the Rio Olympics. In 2021 Griner was named to the United States Women's National Team for the 2020 Olympics where she won her second gold medal. Griner married Cherelle Watson in 2019 who changed her name to Cherelle Griner. Aron Solomon, JD has taught entrepreneurship at McGill University and the University of Pennsylvania and was elected to Fastcase 50 recognizing the top 50 legal innovators in the world. Aron has been featured in CBS News, CNBC, USA Today, ESPN, TechCrunch, The Hill, BuzzFeed, Fortune, Venture Beat, The Independent, Fortune China, Yahoo!, ABA Journal, Law.com, The Boston Globe, NewsBreak and many other leading publications.
|Apr 02, 2022|
New Documentary “Queer Genius”
Award winning poet Eileen Myles (they/them) talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about their work and appearing in the new documentary “Queer Genius” distributed by Frameline. Directed by award winning filmmaker Chet Pancake “Queer Genius” chronicles five visionary queer artists including the late iconic lesbian filmmaker and producer Barbara Hammer, performance artist and actor Jibz Cameron, Black Quantum Futurism (Rasheedah Phillips and Camae Ayewa A.K.A. Moor Mother, literary and artistic creatives) and Myles who unapologetically break down barriers in their creative fields outside of mainstream culture. These intimate portraits resonate across generations as critically acclaimed and notoriously radical queer artists who have overcome personal and political obstacles to find new ways to live and share their visionary creative practices. In the lens of queer women and our LGBTQ culture the film confronts fame, failure, censorship, family, gender and sexuality. The documentary explores each artist’s “Genius” sharing their thought process, creativity and experiences as expressed through their art and embraces communal possibilities of “Genius” from a queer and generational perspective. “Queer Genius” won the Boundary Breaker Award at Buffalo International Film Festival (2020) and the Audience Award-Best Picture at Q-Fest Houston (2020). “Queer Genius” is currently available virtually at San Francisco’s Roxie Theatre nationwide. We talked to Eileen about their involvement with “Queer Genius” and spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Eileen Myles came to NYC from Boston in 1974 to be a poet. Their books include “I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems” and “Chelsea Girls”. Myles is the recipient of four Lambda Literary Awards and was honored with Lambda’s Pioneer Award in 2016. Recently Eileen edited “Pathetic Literature” an anthology which includes the work of over 100 writers that will be released from Grove Press in November 2022. Eileen has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2021 was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters. They live in New York and Marfa, TX. (Photo credit: Peggy O'Brien)
|Mar 21, 2022|
The Shoah Foundation Next Generation
Actor-activist Yuval David talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about his involvement with The Shoah Foundation. Yuval is the first descendant of Holocaust survivors to be interviewed by The Shoah Foundation for its Next Generation Project a series telling the survivors' stories from their children and grandchildren's perspective. The Shoah Foundation was founded by Stephen Spielberg in 1994 to videotape and preserve interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. In his video testimony Yuval a celebrated and award-winning actor, host, director and filmmaker shares how his grandmother and grandfather told their Holocaust survival story to The Shoah Foundation while he was growing up with a special focus on how their lives and experiences inspired his own. The Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive is one of the largest digital collections of its kind in the world and the Next Generation Project tells the stories passed down through generations emphasizing the power of history and how the experiences of survivors affect the lives of their descendants. Inspired by his grandparents and family Yuval has engaged in Jewish advocacy and helping other marginalized and victimized people as his duty to help his people, his community and all those in need. As an impassioned public speaker, social and LGBTQ activist he has partnered with US, Israeli and international organizations as a keynote speaker, ambassador and advocate collaborating in their mutual initiatives. We talked to Yuval about his impression of the rise of Anti-Semitism globally and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Yuval David’s creative mantra is "to entertain, uplift and inspire." As a filmmaker Yuval directs and writes short and feature films, documentaries, web-series as well as digital and TV content. In addition to his work in entertainment and media, Yuval is a passionate advocate and activist. Advocacy for the marginalized and underrepresented is a driving force along with his focus on Jewish, LGBTQ, humanitarian, arts and creative initiatives. The Shoah Foundation based at the University of Southern California is a nonprofit org dedicated to making and sharing an audio-visual library of testimonies that include personal history before, during and after firsthand experience with genocide. Yuval uses his creative work as a vehicle for the greater good on behalf of highly respected American, Israeli and international organizations. For More Info…
|Mar 04, 2022|
New LGBTQ Film ”The Estate” On Hulu
Chris Baker talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about his new film “The Estate” a dark comedic thriller about real people doing despicable things. If you love movies like John Water’s “Serial Mom” this must-see film delivers in the same guilty-pleasure vein. Written and starring Baker the film centers on the spoiled son and the newest wife (Eliza Coupe) of a billionaire patriarch (Eric Roberts) who plot to murder him forming a psychosexual bond with their brutally handsome hitman (Greg Finlay) as they kill in their quest for wealth and recognition. Baker also talks about when he was growing up all he ever wanted to do was to make movies and while he was an avid consumer he noticed the lack of films that reflected our LGBTQ community. When his director and producer asked what kind of film he wanted to do he remembered all the movies like “Cruel Intentions” and “Wild Things” and “Scream” and movies that had that balance of tone where things could be very funny but they could also kill people so Chris came back with the script for “The Estate”. The stellar cast also includes Heather Matarazzo, Rif Hutton, Alexander Billings, Kyle Rezzarday and Ezra Buzzington. The film is directed by James Kapner and produced by Rod Hamilton, Adam Makowka and Alixandra von Renner. We talked to Chris about his inspiration for writing “The Estate” and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Chris Baker is a New York City native and Harvard graduate where he completed his thesis on the works of the New Queer Cinema auteur Todd Haynes. Baker first found success as a pop singer collecting millions of views on YouTube. He then studied with LA’s best at the Upright Citizens Brigade and the Groundlings and had bit parts on Shondaland’s “The Catch” and the NBC series “Marry Me” before writing and starring in his 2017 Funny or Die web series “Baker Daily” where he plays an inept cable news anchor who inadvertently gets Trump impeached. “The Estate” is available on Hulu and most VOD streaming outlets.
|Feb 17, 2022|
Estate Planning For The Marginalized
Portia Wood a generational wealth-planning attorney based in Los Angeles, California talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™. Portia leads the Wood Legal Group a woman-owned and operated law firm specializing in estate planning, probate and elder law that she runs with her mother and law partner Robin Wood. They’re on a quest to normalize the idea of Black, Latinx and LGBTQ families using trusts to build generational wealth. They serve all communities with special attention to the unique needs of Black, Brown and our LGBTQ families. Of course people of color who are also LGBTQ face a unique set of challenges and the Wood Legal Group is passionately focused on helping marginalized communities grow and protect wealth by being a trusted resource for accurate information and comprehensive, culturally competent estate planning. No one likes to address our mortality but with COVID taking its toll these past few years it is crucial to get proper estate planning that will ensure we all get the state and federal benefits of our marriages while avoiding probate, maintaining our privacy and protecting our assets. An LGBTQ couple can avoid numerous problems through proper estate planning and Portia explains that trusts aren't reserved just for the wealthy. They're for a variety of people and can solve many estate-planning problems. So if you’ve been avoiding getting your life in order during these challenging pandemic times perhaps this may help you to become more proactive for yourself and your families. We talked to Portia about her inspiration for creating the Wood Legal Group and as a fierce ally her spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Portia Wood is a member of the California State Bar, the Maryland State Bar, the American Bar Association, the California Association of Black Lawyers and the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. She is also a frequent speaker at legacy wealth planning seminars. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from University of Maryland in 2011 where she served as president of her class. Portia also earned a Master of Law and Letters from the Pepperdine University School of Law. She was awarded a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Pan African Studies from California State University, Northridge. She is committed to closing America's wealth gap for marginalized communities.
|Feb 10, 2022|
The Lineup Tuesdays At Birdland In NYC
Susie Mosher talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about her fabulous live weekly show The Lineup at the world famous Birdland at 315 West 44th Street in New York, NY Tuesday nights at 8:30P. The Lineup is a wild anything-goes variety show featuring entertainers from the Broadway, cabaret and comedy scenes. Mosher hosts this spontaneous extravaganza every Tuesday and each week the show is unique and promises to deliver an unforgettable night of quintessential NYC entertainment. Broadway veteran Jim Caruso approached Mosher and asked if she would be interested in creating an original show at Birdland and Mosher jumped at the opportunity. A contrast from Caruso’s Cast Party the long running songfest that plays Birdland every Monday night, The Lineup has a hand-picked roster hosted by the versatile and hilarious Mosher with musical director Brad Simmons and featuring Jon Miller on bass and Clint De Ganon on drums. The next show is on Tuesday January 18th with Donna Vivino, Gianmarco Soresi, Christina Wheeler, Connor Antico, Ari Axelrod, Benny Benack The III, Pascal Pastrana and Robbie Rozelle. There is a $20 cover and a $20 minimum so come early and enjoy their food and beverage menu. Birdland is a fully vaccinated venue and all patrons must bring and show proof of vaccine to attend the show. We talked to Susie about her inspiration for creating The Lineup and her spin on our LGBTQ Issues.
Susie Mosher has been performing professionally since she was sixteen in the west coast premiere of Godspell at The Old Globe Theatre. Nightclubs, theater, television and movies have been along her checkered path including films Lost Souls, View from The Top, It’s Pat, The Wedding Planner and Bear City 2. She has been seen on television in Beverly Hills 90210, Snoops, Veronica’s Closet, The L Word and Nurse Jackie. Susie finally obtained her childhood dream of being on Broadway when she was cast in Hairspray playing Prudy Pingleton for the last two years of its amazing six-year run. Mosher lives in NYC with her wife of twenty-seven years and their two-year old son. (Photo by Gene Reed)
|Jan 25, 2022|
National LGBTQ Women’s Community Survey
Urvashi Vaid, President of The Vaid Group talks about the National LGBTQ+ Women’s Community Survey with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™. This groundbreaking survey is a long overdue effort to learn and collect data from the experiences of women who partner with other women. Garnering over 5,000 respondents to date this unique effort is led by veteran queer, lesbian, bi, trans, non-binary, researchers and activists. The survey is designed to discover all we know and what we need to know about the life experience of LGBTQ women. Their goal is to reach 20,000 participants for the study by the end of March 2022. The survey will help us better understand the unique and amazing ways we form and support our families and how our community is surviving discrimination and harassment at work. The survey also addresses what forms of economic and social safety nets we create for ourselves given that the government, corporations and even non-profit employers largely do a poor job of this for black and brown LGBTQ+ women who love women. It also covers surviving the policing of our family members and ourselves as well as how racism, sexual violence and gender discrimination come together in our lives in ways that feel like gaslighting and can seem unimportant to our allies. This is an extremely important survey that will provide information our nation needs to understand so we can evolve and bring forward real life experience to inform policy change, service delivery and action to support LGBTQ+ women. We talked to Urvashi about her inspiration for creating the National LGBTQ+ Women’s Community Survey and give us her spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Urvashi Vaid is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and Vassar College. She created The Vaid Group LLC that works with global and domestic organizations to advance equity, justice and inclusion. Vaid is co-founder of the Donors of Color Network, the first cross-racial network connecting individuals of color to leverage their giving for racial equity; co-founder of the National LGBTQ Anti-Poverty Action Network, the National LGBT/HIV Criminal Justice Working Group, LPAC, the Equality Federation, the National Religious Leadership Roundtable and the Creating Change Conference of the National LGBTQ Task Force, among other networks and projects. Urvashi Vaid will be honored with the Susan J. Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement at the 34th Creating Change Conference.
|Dec 29, 2021|
The Task Force Creating Change & More
Mayra Hidalgo Salazar, Deputy Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force talks about their upcoming events with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ including the 34th Creating Change Conference entitled “Reunite Reignite” that takes place in person in New Orleans, Louisiana from January 12th to 16th at the Hilton Riverside. The Creating Change Conference is the foremost political leadership and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ social justice movement. Since 1988 Creating Change has created networking opportunities and inspiration for thousands of committed people to develop and hone their activist skills. With the continual impact of COVID-19 the Task Force invites their Creating Change family prepare for a new and different conference experience. Conference attendees will be required to always wear a mask in all shared conference spaces except when actively eating or drinking and all attendees, media and other participants will provide valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival and check-in. At Creating Change 2022 though it will be a bit smaller with the capacity set at 2000 participants, there will still be plenty of opportunity to attend workshops, training sessions, meetings and special events. Non-binary writer, performer and public speaker ALOK will be the keynote speaker and new this year there will be a day-long program focused exclusively on queering climate justice as well as a conference schedule with over 100 workshops and caucuses. We talked to Mayra about what she hopes to accomplish at the National LGBTQ Task Force and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Mayra Hidalgo Salazar comes to the Deputy Executive Director role at the National LGBTQ Task Force with over 13 years of experience working for social justice. Originally from Naranjo, Alajuela, Costa Rica her journey as a queer and formerly undocumented woman laid the groundwork for her commitment to organizing spear headed by queer, immigrant youth of color. A former board member and youth organizer for the Florida Immigrant Coalition Mayra is part of the first generation of undocumented youth in Florida that began publicly sharing their stories. She is a Co-founder of United We Dream Action and has served on both the United We Dream and United We Dream Action Board of Directors for 10 years combined. The National LGBTQ Task Force was founded in 1973 and works to advance full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people.
|Dec 20, 2021|
“Mayor Pete” Documentary On Amazon
Filmmaker Jesse Moss talks about his new documentary “Mayor Pete” with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™. “Mayor Pete” is available worldwide on Amazon’s Prime Video. This riveting film takes viewers inside Pete Buttigieg’s historic campaign as the first openly gay democratic Presidential candidate’s bid for the highest office of the United States. From the earliest days of the campaign to his unexpected triumph in Iowa and beyond, this documentary reveals an intimate insider’s inquiry of what takes place behind the scenes in a significant political campaign and how it impacts the lives of those involved. We all know Buttigieg’s story from a little known Mayor from South Bend, Indiana to his Presidential bid for the White House and his Biden Administration appointment as the first openly LGBTQ Cabinet member in U.S. history as U.S. Secretary of Transportation. In this film Moss provides a modern cinéma vérité experience that explores the reality of what takes place behind the curtain in a high profile political campaign including the emotional roller coaster ride it provided for Buttigieg’s staff, family, friends and especially how it affected his relationship with his husband Chasten. “Mayor Pete” has been making the film festival circuit to rave reviews and is directed, written and produced by Moss in collaboration with writers Jeff Gilbert, Amanda McBaine and produced by Dan Cogan, Amanda McBaine, Jon Bardin and Laurie David. We talked to Jesse about his inspiration for taking on this must-see film “Mayor Pete” and as a fierce gay ally his spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Jesse Moss is an Emmy and Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning director. His last film “Boys State” co-directed with his wife Amanda McBaine premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize and released by Apple Original Films and A24. The film was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary and nominated for two Primetime Emmys. It won the 2021 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Documentary. Moss has twice been nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. “Mayor Pete” will be released globally by Amazon Studios on Prime Video November 12th.
|Nov 29, 2021|
“The Rainbow Lullaby” New LGBTQ Album
Ryan Bauer-Walsh talk about “The Rainbow Lullaby” the world’s first LGBTQ lullaby album released on Broadway Records with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™. The recording includes songs by fifteen LGBTQ writers including Bauer-Walsh, Marc Shaiman (Hairspray) and Debra Barsha (Radiant Baby) with performances by over thirty LGBTQ artists. “The Rainbow Lullaby” features performances by Michael Buchanan (The Book of Mormon), Klea Blackhurst (Party Face), Jonathan Burke (The Inheritance), Jamie Cepero (Smash) Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk winner Jenn Collela (Come From Away), Madge Dietrich (Kinky Boots), Matt Doyle (Company), Christine Dwyer (Wicked), Taylor Frey (The View Upstairs), Zachary James (The Addams Family), Natalie Joy Johnson (Kinky Boots), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Our Town), Aury Krebs (A Letter To Harvey Milk), Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Tony Award nominee Caitlin Kinnunen (The Prom), Jo Lampert (Hundred Days), L. Morgan Lee (A Strange Loop), Richie Leone, Michael Longoria (Jersey Boys), Kyle Dean Massey (Wicked), John Charles Mclaughlin (Crackskull Row), Susie Mosher (Hairspray), Shakina Nayfack (Musical Theatre Factory), Kyler O’Neal (Pity Party), Lauren Patten (Jagged Little Pill), Ernie Pruneda (Sister Act), Jelani Remy (Ain’t Too Proud), Chris Rice-Thomson (Pretty Woman), Clay Rice-Thomson (Matilda), Marissa Rosen (Kristin Chenoweth: For The Girls), Marty Thomas (Wicked), Katie Thompson (R.R.R.E.D.) & The First Presbyterian Church of New York City Choir. We talked to Ryan about the inspiration for creating “The Rainbow Lullaby” album and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Ryan Bauer-Walsh is a New York based artist that has appeared in numerous stage shows including Billy Elliot (National Tour), Most Happy Fella (Encores), Les Miserables and Miss Saigon. Ryan has originated multiple roles off-Broadway including the internationally acclaimed production of Death For Five Voices with Prospect Theater Company. In addition to performing Ryan is also a writer, composer, artist and community activist. Ryan’s artwork can be found in private collections, publications including The New York Times and in children’s literature. Ryan’s most recent children’s books include “Rusty The Rescue” and “Three Men in a Boat.” Working in their signature Retro Vintage Surrealist style, Ryan’s paintings have recently been made into a gender-neutral clothing line for adults and children in collaboration with TinPin. “The Rainbow Lullaby” is available on Broadway Records.
|Nov 08, 2021|
New LGBTQ Memoir ”A Tale of Two Omars”
Omar Sharif Jr. talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about his new memoir “A Tale of Two Omars: A Memoir of Family, Revolution and Coming Out During the Arab Spring” published by Counterpoint Press. In this must-read memoir Omar shares intimate details of his personal story along with the lessons he inherited from his family that have helped prepare him to become a global leader in our fight for LGBTQ equality. He writes with brutal honesty about his upbringing and adolescence as well as the traumas and heartbreaks of his adult life. From bullying and sexual assault to being unable to return to Egypt after announcing he was gay this is a powerful and highly readable personal story from a writer with such a diverse background. The grandson of Hollywood royalty Omar Sharif on his father’s side and Holocaust survivors on his mother’s, Sharif learned early on how to move between worlds from the Montreal suburbs to the glamorous orbit of his grandparents’ Cairo. His famous name always protected him wherever he went. Then in the wake of the Arab Spring he made the difficult decision to come out in the pages of The Advocate in 2012 that changed his life forever. “A Tale of Two Omars” also provides lots of Hollywood insider stories and intriguing gossip over the decades. We talked to Omar about his inspiration for writing “A Tale of Two Omars: A Memoir of Family, Revolution and Coming Out During the Arab Spring” and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Omar Sharif Jr. is an Egyptian Canadian actor, model, author and LGBTQ activist who currently lives in the United States. He is the grandson of actor Omar Sharif and actress Faten Hamama. He appeared in the 2017 short film “11th Hour” at the Tribeca Film Festival and was the face of Coca-Cola for the Arabic world and appeared in a major Calvin Klein print campaign in Egypt. Currently, he is appearing in Assi Azar’s hit TV Series “The Baker and The Beauty” that’s airing on Keshet in Israel and on Amazon Prime globally. “A Tale of Two Omars: A Memoir of Family, Revolution and Coming Out During the Arab Spring” is available on Counterpoint Press.
|Oct 26, 2021|
National LGBTQ Task Force Gala In Miami
Activist Robin J. Schwartz talks to Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about receiving 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 and founding board member of the Dade Human Rights Foundation. Robin is an activist and 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 and driven to achieve results all with a big heart and a strong voice. Robin founded Aqua Foundation for Women where she served from 2010 to 2019. Currently she is the Donor Relations and Program Manager at Equality Florida and serves on the LGBTQ Advisory Committee for the City of Miami Beach. Also being honored will be activist and 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 and drinks, a silent auction, live entertainment, the awards ceremony and 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 and will be temperature checked upon arrival. We talked to Robin about what it means to her to be honored at the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Robin J. Schwartz has been an outspoken advocate for marginalized communities lobbying LGBTQ leaders and organizations to give them a seat at the table for decades. The many causes she has championed include the advancement of LGBTQ women, support for young people who find themselves homeless and racial justice. Proceeds from the 2021 National LGBTQ Task Force Gala will support The Miami Foundation’s LGBTQ Community Fund where like-minded community service organizations are funded through a grant-making process and The Task Force’s “All of Me, All the Time” campaign a nationwide effort to educate elected officials and the general public about the urgent need for federal non-discrimination protections.
|Oct 18, 2021|
New Lesbian Memoir “The Audacity of a Kiss”
Leslie Cohen talks about her new must-read memoir “The Audacity of a Kiss: Love, Art and Liberation” with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ that's published by Rutgers University Press. This is an important read that tells the historic love story of a gay woman who broke through the oppressive roles expected for women in the 1950’s and 1960’s and came out on top in the 1970’s. Not only for women but remember in the 1950’s being LGBTQ was illegal and listed as an illness by the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). It was not until 1973 that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) finally removed the diagnosis of “homosexuality” from the second edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). It was at this time that Cohen with three of her friends Michelle Florea, Linda Goldfarb and Barbara Russo created New York City’s first upscale women’s club Sahara that showcased women in art, politics and music. From May of 1976 to December of 1979 on Manhattan’s fashionable Upper East Side Sahara was the first club fronted by lesbian women instead of being controlled by Mafia Bosses. Creating a safe space for women attracted many celebrities and luminaries of the era including Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Pat Benatar, Ntozake Shange, Rita Mae Brown, Adrienne Rich, Patti Smith, Bella Abzug, Jane Fonda to name a few who performed and held special events at Sahara. This led to Leslie and her partner Beth Suskin becoming the models in 1979 for the iconic sculpture “Gay Liberation” in Greenwich Village that commemorates the Stonewall Riots and was declared a national monument by President Obama in 2016. We talked to Leslie about how Sahara changed the course of her life and her spin on the future of our LGBTQ civil rights.
Leslie Cohen has been a museum curator, a nightclub owner and promoter, a limousine driver and a lawyer, as well as a writer whose work has appeared in such publications as Curve and The New York Times Style Magazine. Now retired she and her wife Beth live in Miami, Florida with their cat Birdie.
|Oct 01, 2021|
Producing The Dinah Safely In 2021
Mariah Hanson, founder and producer of the legendary Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about celebrating The Dinah's 30th anniversary that takes place September 29th through October 3rd in Palm Springs, CA. The Dinah is back on track for an exceptional 5-day event with an epic slate of Top Ten Billboard headliners, rising pop stars and celebrities. In compliance with the City of Palm Springs COVID safety protocol, all attendees, entertainers and staff are required to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test result or proof of full vaccinations to attend the festival. That said headlining The Dinah is Grammy-award winner Macy Gray on Saturday October 2nd at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Gray’s unmistakable rasp, unshakable grasp on soul and funky spirit has ensured Macy’s status as a 21st century icon since her arrival with the triple-platinum How Life Is in 1999. Selling over 25 million total albums globally, winning a GRAMMY® Award and two BRIT Awards and collaborating with everyone from Ariana Grande to Galactic her voice has consistently resounded throughout pop culture. Sharing the stage with Gray is another Grammy-award winner, Yung Baby Tate. Tate may have inherited some of her mother’s musical gift with her mother, Dionne Farris best known for being a member of Arrested Development but she’s built her own path to pop stardom using her own creativity and talent. Making a splash at the Girl Spot Pool Party on Friday, October 1st is leading non-binary artist and actor Kat Cunning with a traffic-stopping voice and powerful presence. The Dinah has discovered so many emerging talents and is now excited to present two bands to watch in 2021 including Boi Band and Smeared Lipstick who will respectively headline the opening and closing parties at AsiaSF Palm Springs. Both bands are part of The Dinah's “Emerging Artist Contest” created as a commitment to the community to offer women and non-binary talents coveted stage time and exposure. We talked to Hanson about what she hopes to accomplish with The Dinah in these difficult times and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Mariah Hanson has continuously utilized The Dinah as a platform to mobilize our LGBTQ community around humanitarian projects and social issues. An exemplary community leader she has single-handedly revolutionized her industry, overturned tradition and raised the bar on female achievement with an event that is entirely produced by women for women. OUTTAKE MEDIA has been a proud Media Sponsor of The Dinah for the last 5 years.
|Sep 15, 2021|
New Book "Bar Time: A Lesbian Rite of Passage"
Author Sarah F. Pearlman talks about “Bar Time: A Lesbian Rite of Passage: Bar Stories by Older Lesbians” with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™. "Bar Time" is a new collection of writings by twenty-six older lesbians telling their not-to-be-erased lesbian history through stories, poetry, a play and a collection of beloved disco songs. “Bar Time” is produced by the Boston OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change) editorial team including Alice Fisher, Sarah F. Pearlman and Sue Reamer. The stories mostly come from the Boston area but also include contributors from New Hampshire, Connecticut, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Minnesota, California, Washington and Melbourne, Australia. Pearlman stated, “Some of our writers were adolescents when they entered their first lesbian bar. To our generation, lesbian bars were a part of our lives and an opportunity to meet women different than ourselves. Where lesbian-feminists met bar dykes.” For most lesbians of our older LGBTQ generation bars were the only place to go to connect with other women to have their first meeting of other lesbians and connect with a lesbian social world. Before Stonewall since it was illegal to be LGBTQ, bar owners had to pay off the police to keep bars from being raided because selling liquor to gay men and lesbians was also illegal. After Stonewall things slowly changed for our LGBTQ community and by 1987 there were an estimated two hundred lesbian bars nationwide. That number has dwindled to a mere fifteen lesbian bars left in 2021. We talked to Sarah about what she hopes to accomplish with “Bar Time: A Lesbian Rite of Passage” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Sarah F. Pearlman is a teacher, writer and lesbian-feminist activist, nationally recognized for her pioneering role in establishing a psychology of lesbians. She was a founder and the primary coordinator of Boston OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change), coordinated the Boston-based conference “To Bed or Not to Bed: Sex and the Older Lesbian” and was a member of the OLOC editing team that produced the booklet of the same name along with subsequent booklets of writings by older lesbians including “Erasing Lesbians and Virus Time”. She is the author of “Mother-Talk: Conversations with Mothers of Lesbian Daughters and FTM Transgender Children” (2012), “The Lesbian Erotic: Bad Girl Persona and Other Poems” (2013) and must-read novel about pre-historic lesbians “Where There Are Mountains” (2019). The booklet for “Bar Time: A Lesbian Rite of Passage” will be released in a few week but you can request a PDF.
|Aug 09, 2021|
Ann Hampton Callaway Live In 2021
Ann Hampton Callaway one of America’s most gifted artists in pop and jazz talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about her upcoming live performances as COVID restrictions continue to be lifted. First up Ann will be performing her very popular one woman show "The Streisand Songbook" on July 13th at 8P at a new venue on Cape Cod, The Music Room Gallery & Wine Bar in West Yarmouth, MA. With over 100 Symphony performances to rave reviews, this show is 90 minutes of soaring, sizzling hits and gems of the diva of divas so definitely check it out. Then it’s on to the Patio Stage at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD where she will be joined by Billy Stritch to perform “The Linda Ronstadt Songbook” on July 16th. Ann will then be traveling across the country to Costa Mesa, CA to perform “The Linda Ronstadt Songbook” on July 25th at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. On July 29th she will perform at the Vail Jazz Festival and finish the month with her popular virtual show Callaway Hideaway live stream "Ann Hampton Callaway Sings The 70's" on July 31st. Continuing her national tour on August 13th and 14th she will be performing "Ann Hampton Callaway - Broadway Classics" at the Arts Garage in Delray, FL and will end the month virtually with Callaway Hideaway live stream on August 29th presenting "Ann Hampton Callaway - Songs I Wish I'd Written". Then if COVID restrictions continue to lift globally she will be off to the UK to perform “The Judy Garland Songbook" and "Ann Hampton Callaway - Cinematic Serenade" in London. We talked to Ann about what she hopes to accomplish with her work and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Ann Hampton Callaway is a leading champion of the Great American Songbook. She’s made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Voted by Broadway World as “Performer of the Year” and two years in a row as “Best Jazz Vocalist” Ann is a born entertainer. She is best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical “Swing!” and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series “The Nanny.” Callaway’s performances and recordings have garnered her The Theater World Award, 15 MAC Awards, several Bistro Awards, The Mabel Mercer Award, The Johnny Mercer Award for Songwriting and The Blanton Peale Award for Positive Thinking.
|Jul 24, 2021|
13TH GEN LGBTQ Driven Film Company
Marc Smolowitz a multi-award-winning independent filmmaker based in San Francisco talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about his company 13TH GEN. 13TH GEN is an entrepreneurial boutique company with a current slate of some 10-15 high quality projects both fiction and nonfiction all at different stages. 13TH GEN works with a dynamic range of independent film partners to oversee the financing, production, post-production, marketing, sales and distribution efforts of a vibrant portfolio of films and filmmakers. Recently his documentary “Being BeBe” directed by Emily Branham was showcased at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be the closing film at the Provincetown International Film Festival on June 24th. “Being BeBe” is about Marshall Ngwa (a.k.a. renowned drag performer BeBe Zahara Benet) who travels to the United States from homophobic Cameroon with dreams of a better life and became the first winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2009. With over 15 years of unfettered and intimate access to Marshall’s story, the film presents his unique love affair with performance alongside his unstoppable sense of persistence and purpose, offering an unprecedented portrait of an artist who chooses to live a creative life against all odds. Smolowitz's career focuses on powerful social issue films and filmmaking across all genres. We talked to Marc about what he hopes to accomplish with his company 13TH GEN and his commitment to our LGBTQ issues.
Marc Smolowitz is a director, producer and executive producer who has been significantly involved in 50+ successful independent films wearing many hats across the entertainment industry. The combined footprint of his works has touched 200+ film festivals and markets on 5 continents, yielding substantial worldwide sales to theatrical, television and VOD outlets, notable box office receipts and numerous awards and nominations. His long list of credits includes films that have screened at top-tier festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca, Venice, Chicago, SF FILM, Palm Springs to name a few. In 2016 he received one of the prestigious IFP Fellowships to attend the Cannes Film Festival's Producers Network and Marche du Film marking him as one of the USA's most influential independent film producers. 13TH GEN believes strongly in the power and potential of beautifully produced social issue films to speak to every generation.
|Jul 05, 2021|
Provincetown International Film Festival
Lisa Viola, Artistic Director for the Provincetown International Film Festival talks to Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about the 23rd PIFF that takes place June 16th to 25th both virtually and in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The newly re-envisioned hybrid festival came together with the ingenuity and sheer determination of a world-class team of programmers including Andrew Peterson, Heidi Zwicker and Valérie Déus. Celebrating its 23rd year Richard Linklater will be this year’s Filmmaker on the Edge recipient in conversation with resident artist John Waters. Riz Ahmed, Academy Award Best Actor nominee for “Sound Of Metal” will receive this year’s Excellence in Acting Award in conversation with Vanity Fair Chief Critic Richard Lawson and queer actor/filmmaker Natalie Morales PIFF will receive the Next Wave Award in conversation with musician Holly Miranda. The hybrid festival will open with Jon M. Chu’s “In The Heights” at the Wellfleet Drive-In on June 16th and the festival will close with Emily Branham’s BeBe Zahara Benet documentary “Being BeBe” with guests of honor including director Emily Branham, producer Marc Smolowitz and the film’s subject and star BeBe Zahara Benet, the winner of the very first RuPaul’s Drag Race. Some other highlights will include a Filmmaker Celebration at Truro Vineyards with Christine Vachon who co-founded the impactful independent film and television production company Killer Films joined by director and writer Daniel Minahan on June 19th from 6P to 7:30. We talked to Lisa about what she hopes to accomplish at this year’s Provincetown International Film Festival and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Lisa Viola is the Artistic Director for the Provincetown International Film Festival and has been affiliated with the festival since its inception in 1999. Lisa also serves as the Director of Programming for the GlobeDocs Film Festival produced by The Boston Globe. Through January 2020 she was a Programming Associate for the Sundance Film Festival and has been programming there since 1992. Lisa graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Communication Arts and has consulted for other film festivals including the Nantucket Film Festival, True/False and served as a documentary juror at SXSW. The Provincetown Film Society (PFS) is an advocate for diverse representation in film, providing year-round programming and platforms that allow voices of all kinds to be heard via film. Through PFS’s work they have an ability to better understand and appreciate human struggles and triumphs by showcasing our similarities and differences in today’s diverse culture. Provincetown International Film Festival will be closely monitoring federal, state and local COVID-19 safety guidelines and will continue to adjust safety policies accordingly throughout the festival.
|Jun 21, 2021|
“Ahead Of The Curve” New Lesbian Film
Filmmaker Jen Rainin and Curve magazine founder Franco Stevens talk about their new documentary “Ahead Of The Curve” with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™. The film was release on digital platforms and Wolfe Video DVD on June 1st. The award-winning documentary features Melissa Etheridge, Lea DeLaria, Jewelle Gomez and Franco Stevens. “Ahead Of The Curve” tells the story of how Franco launched Curve, the best-selling lesbian magazine ever published with a fist full of credit cards, a lucky run at the horse track and chutzpah for days. The film tracks the power of lesbian visibility and community from the early ‘90s to the present day through the story of Stevens founding of the magazine. Decades later in the wake of a disabling injury Franco learns that Curve will fold within the year and questions the relevance of the magazine in the face of accelerating threats to our LGBTQ+ community. To forge a path forward Franco reaches out to women working in today’s queer spaces to understand what queer women need today and how Curve can continue to serve the community. “Ahead of the Curve” is directed and produced by Jen Rainin and Rivkah Beth Medow on behalf of Frankly Speaking Films and executive produced by Lindsey Dryden. We talked to Jen Rainin and Franco Stevens about what they hope to accomplish with “Ahead Of The Curve” and their spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Franco Stevens is the founder of Curve magazine that created the lesbian market for advertisers, helped the lesbian community accept femme-identifying lesbians, changed the way lesbians are seen by the mainstream, highlighted the transgender experience, brought attention to lesbian families, raised awareness of attacks on LGBTQ rights and amplified the work of lesbian activists. Her wife Jen Rainin founded Frankly Speaking Films with Rivkah Beth Medow in 2020 focusing filmmaking on building community, deepening understanding of social justice issues and telling great stories. Currently Curve has launched The Curve Foundation whose mission is to empower lesbian, queer women, trans women and non-binary people to share our culture and our stories, connect with each other and raise visibility. "Ahead Of The Curve" is now showing in select theaters and on Starz, Apple, Amazon and everywhere you watch movies in time for Pride Month.
|Jun 07, 2021|
Stephanie Battaglino New Trans Memoir
Stephanie Battaglino talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about her new memoir “Reflections From Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling: Finding My True Self in Corporate America” published by L’Oste Vineyard Press. After many years in the corporate world struggling to find her true self Battaglino went on to become New York Life’s first transgender officer. Her memoir delves into her journey to fulfillment both personally and professionally highlighting her efforts in fighting for gender equality and calling to attention the work that still needs to be accomplished. Stephanie now leads Diversity & Inclusion workshops, presentations and trainings sharing over 40 years of professional experience working with and within Fortune 100 companies. Retiring in 2019 from her position as Corporate Vice President at New York Life Insurance Company she is well versed in the ways of corporate America and has become a leader in the conversation surrounding workplace equality for transgender and non-binary people. Unfortunately the reality still remains that many of our LGBTQ community must make a choice between coming out in the workplace and assuring their job security. “Reflections From Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling: Finding My Authentic Self in Corporate America” is part memoir and also part cautionary tale of what it is like to experience a career on both sides of the gender divide. Stephanie's honest and vulnerable storytelling paints a vivid picture of what the intersection of gender and gender identity looks like from a decidedly unique point of view. We talked to Stephanie about her inspiration for writing this book and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Stephanie Battaglino is a major voice in the LGBTQ workplace equality movement focusing specifically on transgender and non-binary individuals. She currently sits on the Board of PFLAG National and is the Chair of their Business Advisory Council. Actually Brian K. Bond PFLAG National Executive Director wrote the forward to “Reflections From Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling: Finding My Authentic Self in Corporate America”. Battaglino has proudly served on the boards of the LGBT Community Center of New York and the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF). She is also a past member of the Transgender Advisory Committee of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. Stephanie resides in Palm Desert, California with her wife Mari.
|May 24, 2021|
New LGBTQ Book “No Way, They Were Gay?"
Author Lee Wind talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about his new book “No Way, They Were Gay?: Hidden Lives and Secret Loves” a Queer History Project published by Zest/Lerner. In “No Way, They Were Gay?” Wind takes the reader on a fascinating journey through primary sources of poetry, memoir, news clippings and images of ancient artwork to explore the hidden and often surprising Queer lives and loves of two dozen historical figures. History has often left out so many stories of our LGBTQ community and people who lived outside gender boundaries. Historians have even censored the lives and loves of some of the world's most famous people from William Shakespeare and Pharaoh Hatshepsut to Cary Grant and Eleanor Roosevelt. Wind skillfully revisits famous figures in the USA and world history by delving into primary sources and reassesses what's made legible about people's sexual and gender identities when the present and past are allowed to collide. The book is divided into three categories: men who loved men, women who loved women and people who lived outside of gender binaries. Wind not only delivers a long overdue education for everyone that reads this book but also helps our LGBTQ youth by providing role models that are among the most revered of leaders. We talked to Lee about what he hopes to accomplish with “No Way, They Were Gay?: Hidden Lives and Secret Loves” and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Lee Wind is the founding blogger and publisher of “I’m Here. I’m Queer. What The Hell Do I Read?” an award-winning website about books, culture and empowerment for LGBTQ youth and their allies. For over 11 years readers from 100-plus countries have racked up 2.6 million page views and counting. Lee’s debut novel “Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill” addressing the theory about Abraham Lincoln's close relationship with Joshua Fry Speed a Springfield, Illinois merchant who met Lincoln in 1837 one of Publishers Weekly’s top five independently published middle grade and young adult books of 2018. Currently Wind is Director of Marketing and Programming at the Independent Book Publishers Association and the official blogger for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Lee’s passion is writing stories to empower LGBTQ youth and their allies. Lee Wind lives in Los Angeles with his husband and their teenage daughter. “No Way, They Were Gay?: Hidden Lives and Secret Loves” is available everywhere books are sold.
|May 13, 2021|
“Mapplethorpe, The Director's Cut”
Filmmaker Ondi Timoner talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about the recently released “Mapplethorpe, The Director's Cut” featuring an all-new soundtrack, previously unseen footage and also addresses Robert Mapplethorpe’s important relationship with Patti Smith and his subsequent pivotal romance with powerhouse art collector Sam Wagstaff. The film stars Matt Smith in the title role, best known as Prince Philip in the Netflix series “The Crown.” The stellar cast includes Marianne Rendón as Patti Smith and John Benjamin Hickey as Sam Wagstaff. LGBTQ icon and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the most important and controversial artists of the 20th Century living his life boldly and authentically until his untimely death 1989 at age of 42 due to complications from HIV/AIDS. Mapplethorpe’s most controversial works documented and examined the gay male BDSM subculture of New York City in the late 1960s and early 1970s. His historic and provocative 1989 exhibition entitled “Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment” generated controversy and even sparked a Congressional debate when Senator Jesse Helms introduced legislation that attempted to stop the National Endowment for the Arts from funding artwork he considered “obscene.” Though Helms’ extreme measures did not pass, a compromise was reached in Congress placing restrictions on NEA funding procedures that’s still in effect today. “Mapplethorpe, The Director’s Cut” also includes restored scenes depicting Mapplethorpe’s childhood love of photography, his embattled relationship with his father and his lingering ambivalent connection to the Catholic faith. We talked to Ondi about her inspiration for creating “Mapplethorpe, The Director's Cut” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Ondi Timoner is one of the most outstanding talents in non-fiction filmmaking. She often takes on the stories of visionaries fighting against all odds with a gripping and unique mixed-media, narrative style. Ondi wrote, directed, produced and edited “Mapplethorpe” that won an Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically by Samuel Goldwyn in 2018. “Mapplethorpe, The Director’s Cut” is now available on Hulu, Amazon and various digital platforms. Currently she’s putting the finishing touches on a new screenplay “A Stroke of Genius” about the life and career of her late father Eli Timoner who in 1971 founded Air Florida an airline that saw remarkable rapid growth both at the time of its inception and afterwards before suffering a stroke and living the next forty years as a hemiplegic. Timoner is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the DGA, the PGA, the International Documentary Association, Film Fatales and Women in Film.
|Apr 19, 2021|
Carole Pope & Church of Trees New Single
Award-winning Canadian rock icon Carole Pope talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about her new single “World’s a Bitch” a collaboration with Canadian electro synth pop trio Church of Trees consisting of band members Bernard Frazer, Tara Hope and Allison Stanton. The song and music video relay a stirring sonic snapshot of the angst felt and coping mechanisms tapped when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic and the world’s desperate need for vaccine distribution. The song is mixed and mastered by Jordon Zadorozny whose credits include Blinker the Star, Courtney Love, Chris Cornell and Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac. The pairing of Pope with Church of Trees came by way of former Spoons/Honeymoon Suite keyboardist Rob Preuss. While working directly but separately with each artist he had a light bulb moment & suggested Frazer write something that might suit Pope’s voice. With her hit “High School Confidential'' recently inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Carole Pope is the award-winning vocalist of Rough Trade and also known for leveraging her iconic status to openly table discussions around LGBTQ sexuality in her lyrics starting in the ‘70s. “World’s a Bitch” is one of several musical projects Pope is currently working on including “Attitude: The Art Rock Musical” a stage production based on the life of her late brother Howard a New York-based musician who passed away of AIDS in 1996. We talked to Carole about what she hopes to accomplish with “World’s a Bitch” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Carole Pope has won three Juno Awards (Canada’s version of the Grammy), a Genie (Canada’s Oscar) and multiple gold and platinum records to her credit. Pope is a certified rock legend fronting the infamous post-punk band Rough Trade in the 1980’s and is now a successful solo artist. Throughout her career she's been known as a musical agent provocateur writing and performing songs that make you "think and dance at the same time." Pope has performed at the Brooklyn Museum, Joe's Pub and the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival as well as LGBTQ Pride festivals around the world. Her music has been featured in movies and television shows including Transparent, The L Word and Queer as Folk. “World’s A Bitch” with Church of Trees is now available everywhere.
|Apr 01, 2021|
New Feature Film “Rain Beau's End”
Jennifer Cooney about her new feature film “Rain Beau's End” with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™. “Rain Beau's End” is an intimate drama set in the late 1990's depicting how a progressive lesbian couple's relationship is tested when their adopted son is mislabeled with a genetic predisposition for violence. The stellar cast includes Janelle Snow, Amanda Powell, Ed Asner, Sean Young, Christian Stolte, Melanie Chandra and Kirk Kelleykahn. The film tells the story of an evolving lesbian couple Hannah Driver and Jules Paradise who adopt a child named Beau who is subsequently diagnosed with 47, XYY - which was believed at that time to make boys more prone to aggressive behavior and years later was proved false. The couple rides the rough journey of Beau's apparent behavioral issues and how it not only affects his life and the small community they inhabit but markedly their relationship and their lives. As Beau gets older and research of his condition grows Hannah and Jules must face the reality of a self-fulfilling prophecy and the ghosts of their past. The film was directed by Tracy Wren and screenplay by Cooney from a story by Joe Orlandino. “Rain Beau's End” will have its global premiere online on Lesflicks Video on Demand platform Monday March 8th 2021 in celebration of International Women's Day. We talked to Jennifer about what she hopes to accomplish with “Rain Beau's End” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Jennifer Cooney received her education at the prestigious Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA where she received a Bachelor of the Arts Degree with a double major and two minors graduating with Honors. Post-graduation she received further accreditation by completing professional certification programs in screenwriting and photography. “Rain Beau's End” is her first feature film and she intends to produce and direct her original scripts all of which are in various stages of development through her production company HalfJack Generation. Aside from her passion for filmmaking and the arts she also owns and operates a small wellness center Wellness at Golden Pond in her home state of Pennsylvania where she lives with her wife and two dogs.
|Mar 22, 2021|
National LGBTQ Task Force Winter Party
Kierra Johnson the new Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about their upcoming virtual events and what she would you like to see happen for our LGBTQ community in the Biden-Harris administration. To begin with The National LGBTQ Task Force has announced that the 2021 Winter Party Festival, their largest annual fundraising event will be held virtually from March 4th through March 6th, 2021. Funds raised from the Festival will support the Task Force’s “All of Me, All the Time” campaign to secure nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. The Winter Party Festival will be hosted by Tina Burner a New York-based drag performer and comedian currently appearing on the 13th season of the hit VH1 series RuPaul’s Drag Race. The Festival will also feature a special appearance by Melbourne-based dance-pop diva Zoe Badwi debuting her new song “We Are” a collaboration with DJ Dan Slater who will open this year’s Main Event. Throughout the three-day festival Burner and other special guests will talk about the Task Force’s “All of Me, All the Time” campaign aimed at persuading people to contact their U.S. Senators and Representatives to pass the Equality Act. We talked to Kierra about what she hopes to accomplish at the National LGBTQ Task Force in her new role and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Kierra Johnson joined the Task Force in 2018 as Deputy Executive Director but was already engaged with the organization previously serving on the National LGBTQ Task Force’s board of directors and its National Action Council. As a bisexual Black woman, Johnson will become one of few out queer-identified women of color at the helm of a national LGBTQ organization. The National LGBTQ Task Force is building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives. Today despite all the progress they’ve made to end discrimination millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement and basic human rights. By training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation and fundraising events like the National LGBTQ Task Force Winter Party Festival they are committed to deliver a world where you can be you.
|Mar 02, 2021|
Out & Equal LGBTQ Workplace Advocates
Erin Uritus, CEO of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about the world’s premier nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving LGBTQ workplace equality. Celebrating 25 years Out & Equal partners with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies to provide executive leadership development, comprehensive training, consulting and professional networking opportunities that build inclusive and welcoming work environments. They work with executives, human resources professionals, employee resource groups and individuals to provide leadership and professional development, education and research to create workplaces free of discrimination. Out & Equal also hosts annual events and programs where employees and experts can share strategies and best practices to create workplace equality inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. Due to COVID-19 these events are being held virtually including their 2021 Executive Forum that will convene online April 13th to 15th for three days of interactive virtual learning and networking. The 3-day program features daily plenaries and networking opportunities. Attendees will have access to 9 sessions across three tracks: LGBTQ Leadership, DEI Best Practices and Intersectional Allyship. Their Workplace Summit, Brazil Forum, Southern States Forum, India Forum and China Forum will also be held virtually in 2021 with dates to be announced. We talked to Erin about what she hopes to accomplish at Out & Equal during the pro-equality Biden Harris Administration and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Erin Uritus has a Masters Degree in Organization Development (OD) from American University and two Masters certificates in Change Management and Performance Management from Johns Hopkins and Georgetown University. Erin has served on the board of directors for Out & Equal, co-found the Out & Equal DC Chapter Affiliate and served as Co-Chair for the Out & Equal Summit in 2007 before becoming Out & Equal’s CEO in 2018. Currently she lives in Washington DC with her two beautiful daughters Amira and Haneen.
|Feb 16, 2021|
Listen: Supreme Icon Mary Wilson Interview
I was very sad to hear that the legendary singer Mary Wilson had died. I talked to Mary in this exclusive audio interview when she was appearing at the Richmond Ermet Aid Foundation’s event “Help Is On The Way 24 Celebrating Music, Legends & Icons” in 2018. Wilson was a founding member & longest member of the legendary singing group The Supremes. Wilson remained with the group following the departures of other original members Florence Ballard in 1967 & Diana Ross in 1970 until the group disbanded in 1977. Since then she released three solo albums, five singles & two best-selling autobiographies, “Dreamgirl: My Life As a Supreme” & “Supreme Faith: Someday We'll Be Together”. Wilson also used her fame & flair to promote humanitarian efforts to end hunger, raise AIDS awareness & encourage world peace. When I asked what her personal commitment was to LGBTQ civil rights Wilson stated, “I have been involved in this fight against AIDS & HIV for years & now you know obviously it’s become something that we all are aware of. So a lot of my friends are in that community & so I want to be a part because they are my friends, my very dear friends. For me it wasn’t even a no brainer. I do it because it’s part of what I do for the people I love.” We also talked about the civil rights movement in this country & the heartbreak of LGBTQ teen suicide which as a mother & grandmother she addressed beautifully about the importance of strong family values in these difficult times. Rest In Peace Mary Wilson.
|Feb 11, 2021|
Creating Change Conference January 28-31
Andy Garcia, Director of Creating Change at the National LGBTQ Task Force talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about their 33rd annual conference entitled “The Power Of You” that takes place virtually from January 28th through January 31st 2021. Every year the Creating Change team curates a diverse, timely and provocative set of workshops and this year will be no exception despite the challenges of having the conference online. From activism to faith to fundraising with some timely twists on popular workshops like “Sex in the Times of COVID” the Creating Change Conference will have programs of interest to diverse activists and cover a lot of ground in this unique time for LGBTQ+ communities. There will also be keynote speakers and celebrities. Dominique Jackson best known for her leading role of Elektra Abundance on the FX television series Pose will be this year’s opening keynote speaker and there will be several performances by Big Freedia. Closing Keynote Speaker will be activist author adrienne maree brown and Sandra Valls will host the event. This will be the third Creating Change Conference managed by Andy and the first held virtually that will include four plenary sessions, 16 day long institutes and 48 workshop and caucus sessions. The four day long event run by the National LGBTQ Task Force is a space for learning, connecting and growing as LGBTQ activists, leaders, allies and changemakers. With all the insanity going on in our country this is a fabulous opportunity to connect with our community and help move our LGBTQ civil rights forward. We talked to Garcia about what he hopes to accomplish with this year’s Creating Change Conference and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Andy Garcia has been the Director of Creating Change at the National LGBTQ Task Force since 2018. Andy is a seasoned activist with over 25 years of experience working for social justice and LGBTQ movements. Creating Change is the country’s largest LGBTQ advocacy and activism conference with thousands expected to tune in globally to this unique virtual event. Creating Change is a place for our LGBTQ community to come together to learn and connect with each other and strives to ensure a welcoming space for queer and trans people. The National LGBTQ Task Force was founded in 1973 and works to advance full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. The Creating Change Conference is instrumental in their goal to train millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you.
|Jan 21, 2021|
New Thriller "The Girl In The Boston Box"
Chuck Latovich talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about his new must-read thriller "The Girl In The Boston Box" that follows two narratives linked by the urban legend of hidden rooms in the city’s historic buildings used for shocking crimes. First we meet Caitlyn Gautry pursuing a Harvard doctorate in architecture who chooses a controversial subject for her thesis based on the architectural myth of "The Boston Box". As she investigates this folklore she takes the reader on a contemporary and historical journey through the city of Boston as she uncovers this underlying mystery. The other narrative is Mark Chieswicz rejected by his family over twenty years ago because of his sexual orientation struggles to understand a cryptic clue about his estranged brother’s murder in a dangerous attempt to hold onto a life-changing but tainted inheritance. Eventually these two seemingly unrelated narratives cross paths as they expose tales of sex, death and scandal. "The Girl In The Boston Box" gives all readers whether heterosexual or LGBTQ a good time through a balance of an intriguing story with atmosphere, character and solid writing. One of the interesting factors about Mark Chieswicz’s narrative is that being gay is just part of the complexities of his character, not the story itself. We talked to Latovich about what he would like to accomplish with his new mystery novel "The Girl In The Boston Box" and his spin on our LGBTQ Issues.
Chuck Latovich moved to Boston after growing up in northeastern Pennsylvania to attend Boston University where he earned degrees in both Journalism and Education. Latovich has worked as a diversity and communications executive during his corporate life. Chuck has lived in the metropolitan Boston area most of his adult life and currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He loves to travel and often before visiting a country or city he likes to read books about his destinations which is one of the inspirations for writing his first published novel "The Girl In The Boston Box". Anyone who is interested in Boston for whatever reason will learn a good deal about the city by reading this captivating and entertaining book.
|Jan 08, 2021|
New Film “Ham: A Musical Memoir”
Sam Harris talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about his new must-see film “Ham: A Musical Memoir” based on the Tony Award nominee and multi-platinum recording artist’s critically acclaimed book. The Global Digital Releasing film is currently available on Laemmle’s virtual platform before heading to BroadwayHD the premiere subscription service for live theater where it will begin streaming exclusively January 7th, 2021. “Ham: A Musical Memoir” is produced by Suzi Dietz, directed for the screen by Andrew Putschoegl, directed for the stage by Ken Sawyer and features musical director/co-composer Todd Schroeder. The original stage production in which Harris plays twelve different characters was developed and directed by Tony and Emmy-Award winning actor Billy Porter. “Ham” ran in New York and Los Angeles and was filmed at The Pasadena Playhouse. The play received Ovation Awards for Best Musical, Best Actor and Best Musical Director. “Ham: A Musical Memoir” is the comic and poignant true story of Sam Harris’s life growing up gay in Oklahoma’s Bible Belt during the 60s and 70s as a sensitive and prodigiously talented kid who dreams of playing Helen Keller at age 5, wishes he was Jewish at 10, finds his voice in the black church at 15 and falls in love with a boy who looks just like Cary Grant which led to depression and a suicide attempt. Sam then fled to Los Angeles where he sang at every dump and dive in town until finally ending up on a new TV show called “Star Search” winning the hearts of America which led to opportunities on Broadway, television, albums and Carnegie Hall. But after the highs and lows of a life in show business Sam is finally forced to confront the merciless question: what is enough? We talked to Harris about what he hopes to accomplish with “Ham: A Musical Memoir” and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Sam Harris' career has spanned more than two decades from a singer/songwriter on stage, screen and television to acting, writing, producing and directing. Harris is a multimillion selling recording artist with nine studio albums to his credit. He can also be heard on numerous concert, guest artist and cast recordings. He has toured extensively in concert and has played to sold-out audiences at major venues including New York's Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre and London's West End. Harris has also had a stellar career on Broadway receiving a Tony, Outer Critic’s Circle and Drama Desk nominations for his work in Cy Coleman’s “The Life” along with a Drama League Award and Drama Desk nomination. Sam has recently released his first book of fiction “The Substance of All Things” to rave reviews. Harris lives in Los Angeles with his husband Danny Jacobsen and their son Cooper Atticus Harris-Jacobsen.
|Dec 28, 2020|
Inside the Hollywood Closet: A Book of Quotes
Boze Hadleigh talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about his new book “Inside the Hollywood Closet: A Book of Quotes” a fabulous gift for the holidays no matter what your sexual orientation may be. Hadleigh brings us inspirational quotes and statements from such stars as Rock Hudson, Truman Capote, Cary Grant, Neil Patrick Harris, k.d. lang, Ellen DeGeneres, Jodi Foster, Queen Latifah, Little Naz, Oscar Wilde, Sammy Davis Jr., Ellen Page, Rosie O’Donnell, Ian McKellan, Bea Arthur, Butterfly McQueen, Chaz Bono, Elton John, Remi Malik and Wanda Sykes among others. This is also a great book for every LGBTQ generation to reflect on what queer life in America use to be like and a reminder of just how far we’ve come. You can read this book from cover to cover or just open it anywhere for daily encouragement. Join legendary Hollywood scribe Boze Hadleigh in this journey back in time as he examines what it was like to be LGBTQ in Hollywood during Tinseltown’s heyday and what LGBTQ Hollywood looks like today. Boze examines both the obvious and hidden costs of being queer in Hollywood from both as an insider looking out and the outside looking in. This is a fascinating intimate exploration of our LGBTQ community’s survival in the entertainment industry over the past century. We talked to Boze about his inspiration for “Inside the Hollywood Closet: A Book of Quotes” a project that took him nineteen years to complete and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Boze Hadleigh has published 26 books primarily on show business. Though most of his books aren't gay-themed they are all LGBTQ inclusive. Boze is the #1 author on LGBTQ presence in and contributions to entertainment industry especially Hollywood. As he says #1 in quantity but quality is for others to judge. The Los Angeles Times dubbed him a "pop culture phenomenon." Hadleigh holds a master's in journalism, speaks five languages and won on the TV game show "Jeopardy!" “Inside the Hollywood Closet: A Book of Quotes” is published by Riverdale Avenue Books and is also available on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles Nook, iTunes and Kobo.
|Dec 13, 2020|
New LGBTQ Novel “No Place To Hide”
Life coach and author Opa Hysea Wise talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about her timely novel “No Place To Hide” a suspenseful page-turner that examines personal transformation amid violence and racial injustice. "No Place To Hide" besides being a must-read for mystery fans and crime junkies is also an unexpected source of inspiration and self-help. Heroine Smythe Windwalker Daniels anonymity is compromised when a threat is made against her life. She is soon confronted by the reality that this danger not only impacts her life but also the lives around her. She reluctantly accepts the FBI’s protection hoping that by doing the right thing her testimony will bring a promise of justice to a community. Then by learning from her past experiences new meaning enters into her present life and beauty appears in the midst of chaos. This kicks off a series of misadventures where she learns how all events are all woven together in this tapestry called “life.” In these challenging political times as a life coach Opa also sheds some light on how we all need to move forward together. It’s time that we all begin to dream again without fear and examine what we want out of our lives. Opa addresses how most people know what they don’t want in life but rarely tackle what they do want. This is also an opportunity to address belonging. Don’t buy into the fear that we don’t belong because we all belong. Stay in the present moment, focus on the moment and don’t get too far ahead of yourself. We talked to Opa about what she hopes to accomplish with “No Place To Hide” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Opa Hysea Wise is an American author born to mixed race parents. She grew up across the fabric of the United States and currently resides in Nevada. As an adult Opa understood the deep need for connection that we as humans have. Like so many people of color she came to experience a sense of “otherness” the longer she remained in the States. Those experiences fueled her desire to discuss diversity as the woven fabric within the American tapestry. She worked as a Training and Development specialist and manager in Government and Corporate organizations. Often tasked to develop and deliver diversity courses, Opa brought a sense of understanding, compassion and a call to action to her audience with the firm knowledge that returning to the connection we all have as one body in this universe would be but one step to returning to love. Whether you want to embark on a personal quest for self-discovery or just want to curl up with an action-packed mystery "No Place To Hide" delivers something for everyone.
|Nov 27, 2020|
A Broadcast Career Spanning 50 Years
Kent Ian Paterson a producer at KUNM-FM in Albuquerque, New Mexico talks to Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about her early years as a Progressive Rock DJ that kicked off her broadcasting career. Paterson contacted Robinson in August about a history he was compiling at KUNM to celebrate the station’s 54th anniversary. Once it was confirmed she was the same person that worked at KUNM back in the early 1970s the conversations began. When asked how she originally came to the University of New Mexico in 1969 and became involved with KUNM Robinson stated, “I went to UNM because they listed available courses in Radio & TV but when I got there I found out that those classes wouldn’t be offered for a few years. So I answered an ad on KUNM-FM looking for 'chicks to sharpen pencils'. When I applied they suggested I get my FCC license so I did. When I returned with my license they gave me a weekly shift on Thursdays from 1A to 3A. At the time UNM women had a 12 Midnight curfew and men did not. So the ACLU got involved and the curfew was lifted. I guess that was my first experience in the fight for equality.” It was the beginning of the Women’s Movement who adopted Charlotte as a role model because of the ACLU curfew resolve. Paterson added, “You and the other women who were at KUNM 50 years ago were trailblazers. Women became much more prominent at KUNM after the mid 1970s. The station's first female manager served from 1974 to 1976.” We then talked about how Robinson’s KUNM experience led her to her stellar career in broadcasting breaking the glass ceiling for women at WCVB-TV in Boston and then on to ABC, NBC and CBS TV Networks in New York, NY.
Charlotte Robinson launched OUTTAKE MEDIA LLC in 2007 and OUTTAKE VOICES™ in 2008 with over 500 podcast episodes that include Alan Ball, Ricky Martin, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Rep Barney Frank, Kyra Sedgwick, Kathleen Turner, John Waters, Dustin Lance Black, Tab Hunter, Sharon Gless, Loni Anderson and comedian Margaret Cho to name a few. Ms. Robinson was honored by the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition with the 2018-2019 MBCC Appreciation Award for providing a voice for hundreds of LGBTQ+ organizations and allies including MBCC. Currently Charlotte has partnered with Nicole Conn Films Global and serves on the Board of Women in Film and Video New England. Kent Ian Paterson is an independent journalist who covers issues in the U.S./Mexico border region. He was a 2017 fellow in the Journalist in Aging Fellowship Program sponsored by the Gerontological Society of America and New America Media.
|Nov 09, 2020|
New Book “If These Ovaries Could Talk"
Robin Hopkins and Jaimie Kelton talk with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ 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 and Jaimie cover topics on how you make your LGBTQ family from choosing an egg donor, sperm donor or surrogate to adoption and foster care. Part two of the book covers everything from growing up with gay parents to being out as a family and 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 and humorously in-depth journey that is equal parts funny, serious, happy, sad, celebratory, cautionary and powerful. You’ll learn a lot and laugh even more along the way. Robin and Jaimie met at a Pride Family Picnic with their wives and 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 and stories addressing recurring questions that came up during their podcast. Robin and Jaimie share their separate personal fertility journeys and their parenting adventures as the book shines a spotlight on all the different ways nontraditional families are made. We talked to Robin and Jaimie about their inspiration for writing “If These Ovaries Could Talk: The Things We’ve Learned About Making An LGBTQ Family” and their spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Robin Hopkins is an award-winning actor, writer, producer and podcast host. She began her career as a stand-up comic in New York City performing regularly at Caroline’s, Comic Strip Live, Gotham Comedy Club and Stand-Up New York. Her acting credits include Boardwalk Empire, Louie, Hindsight and Mi America. Jaimie Kelton is an award-winning actor, voiceover artist, producer and podcast host based in New York City. She has over 17 years of experience performing on stages in New York City, in Regional Theaters and on National Tours. Her voice can also be heard in Disney’s hit cartoon, The Octonauts (Tweak, Pinto, Twinkle the Sea Star), Amazon’s Bug Diaries (Scarlet Lily Beetle, Ant Leader) and Fairy Tale Forest (Gaby). Their mission with “If These Ovaries Could Talk” is to normalize, elevate and celebrate LGBTQ families confirming they’re just like other families.
|Oct 26, 2020|
MBCC Virtual Event Honoring Lily Tomlin
Cheryl Osimo, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about the 23rd anniversary of their premier fundraising event the Lesbians and Friends LGBTQ Dance Party For Prevention that takes place virtually on October 24th from 7P to 9P via Zoom. This year MBCC will feature a special guest appearance and award presentation to long-time environmental activist, comedian and actress Lily Tomlin. The MBCC Environmental Activist Award will be presented to Ms. Tomlin in acknowledgment of her passion and work on many environmental issues. Osimo stated, “We are constantly inspired by trailblazers like Ms. Tomlin who have fearlessly and relentlessly paved the way of putting the greater good of our planet and 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 and 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 a Silent Auction that will run from October 17th through October 24th. MBCC is the only breast cancer non-profit working closely with a research and sister organization Silent Spring Institute to investigate preventable environmental causes of the disease. This work is funded through annual fundraising events like the upcoming virtual Lesbians and Friends LGBTQ Dance Party For Prevention. We talked to Cheryl about what she hopes to accomplish with her work at MBCC and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Cheryl Osimo is a fierce LGBTQ ally and devoted breast cancer activist and advocate since 1991 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 41. She has been a catalyst in raising public awareness of the possible environmental links to breast cancer. Her commitment to breast cancer prevention and awareness benefits women worldwide. MBCC is currently working on crucial national health projects to address environmental causes of breast cancer including water testing and how PFAS enters groundwater from firefighting foams, wastewater and other pollution sources as well as their impacts on children’s health. The studies will also assess PFAS exposure on a range of health effects including immune response, kidney function, thyroid disease, liver disease, glycemic parameters, diabetes and neurobehavioral outcomes. Funds raised from the Lesbians and Friends LGBTQ Dance Party For Prevention will help support MBCC's community education programs and their local and national work toward breast cancer prevention. Tickets to attend the virtual event for adults are on a sliding scale of $15, $30, or $45 with tickets for students $10.
|Oct 14, 2020|
National LGBTQ Task Force Virtual Events
Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about their upcoming virtual events and how The Task Force is adjusting to the new normal in these challenging times with the COVID-19 pandemic. To begin with the 24th annual National LGBTQ Task Force Gala will stream virtually on Saturday October 3rd beginning at 8P EST in lieu of the customary gala held in Miami Beach, FL. This year’s theme is “The Power of US” which will focus on celebrating progress for LGBTQ people and their families. It will also emphasize the critical work of the National LGBTQ Task Force as they work to ensure that our LGBTQ community is counted through their “Queer the Census” campaign and the critical need to "Queer the Vote" in the upcoming election. The National LGBTQ Task Force Gala online event will be hosted by Latrice Royale of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame and the evening will include video messages from Pete Buttigieg, Alan Cumming, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, Sam Champion, Jai Rodriguez of the original “Queer Eye” cast and George Takei among others to be announced. The National Task Force Gala virtual event will also be more accessible nationally and globally for supporters and members of the Task Force family with no fixed ticket price this year so any donation will get you in and tables are not limited to just 10 people with the virtual table host feature there’s no limit to the number of guests at a given table. So put on your tux or your sweatpants and join in the fun that will help support this fabulous organization. Then following the gala the next virtual events will be the “Queering Racial Justice Institute” on October 10th, 2020 and the Creating Change Conference from January 27th to 31st, 2021. We talked to Rea about what she hopes to accomplish with the upcoming virtual events and her spin on our LGBTQ issues. Rea Carey is one of the most respected leaders in our LGBTQ movement. Since 2008 through her leadership Carey has advanced a vision of freedom for LGBTQ people and their families that is broad, inclusive and progressive. The National LGBTQ Task Force is building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives. Today despite all the progress they’ve made to end discrimination millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement and basic human rights. By training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation and fundraising events like the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala they are committed to deliver a world where you can be you. For More Info & Tix: thetaskforce.org
|Sep 29, 2020|
New Documentary “Surviving The Silence”
Filmmaker Cindy L. Abel, Colonel Patsy Thompson and Barbara Brass talk about their documentary “Surviving The Silence” with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™. In 1992 Colonel Thompson was a decorated Army nurse just two years away from her retirement after serving her country for over thirty years from conflict zones to working inside the Pentagon. At this trajectory of her career she was asked to preside over the military review board that eventually dismissed Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer for admitting she was a lesbian. For Thompson that trial was perhaps the hardest assignment in her long military career because she had to confront her own moral dilemma that she too was a lesbian and living privately with her life partner Barbara Brass for many years. After Colonel Cammermeyer’s dismissal she became a vocal opponent of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and eventually was reinstated thanks to Colonel Thompson’s handling of her military trial. This underlying story remained a secret until 2013 when Thompson and her now wife Barbara Brass decided to go public for the very first time at a college speaking engagement in Northern California. Much to their delight the speech received a resounding standing ovation empowering them to continue their journey as out and proud lesbians who are visibly committed to using their unique life experience in pursuit of social justice and activism. We asked Filmmaker Cindy L. Abel, Colonel Patsy Thompson and Barbara Brass what they hope to accomplish with “Surviving The Silence” and their spin on our LGBTQ issues. Filmmaker Cindy L. Abel formed Atlantis Moon Productions to develop projects that launch conversations and impact popular culture. She directed and produced the award-winning “Breaking Through” a documentary in which openly LGBTQ elected officials share their stories of self-doubt and triumph over multiple barriers, revealing a deeply personal, rarely seen side of LGBTQ politicians. Colonel Patsy Thompson’s journey from Troy, North Carolina to nursing school and then a distinguished military career led her to navigate living her life on her own terms. Barbara Brass as the daughter of Holocaust survivors and a pacifist is proud of Thompson’s ascension in the military while also feeling angry that they needed to be silent and invisible to protect her career. Currently they are all working hard to stop the hate in this country and get out the vote for the upcoming 2020 presidential election to protect our democracy. “Surviving The Silence” directed by Cindy L. Abel and produced by Marc Smolowitz with soundtrack provided by Denise Gentilini. For More Info: survivingthesilence.com LISTEN: 500+ LGBTQ Chats @OUTTAKE VOICES
|Sep 09, 2020|
“Smothered” New LGBTQ Comedy Series
Jason Stuart and Mitch Hara talk with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about their new must-watch comedy series “Smothered” currently available on Amazon Prime. With everything that’s happening in the world right now “Smothered” brings much needed comedic relief with a thirty-minute binge session of seven, five-minute episodes of outrageous, irreverent and laugh out loud bliss. Jason Stuart (The Birth Of A Nation) and Mitch Hara (Mutant Olive) have co-written, co-starred and co-produced this series about a longtime gay couple that cannot stand each other but can’t afford to get divorced. They decided to attempt to save their relationship by navigating their way through couple’s therapy. As the series unfolds through their uninhibited and often shocking therapy sessions, viewers discover how the couple of twenty years outrageously nit-pick and push each other’s buttons. Guest stars appearing as assorted brands of therapists include Dalila Ali Rajah (Criminal Minds), Erik Audé (American Sniper), Clent Bowers (Little Fockers), Erika Ervin (American Horror Story), Helen Hong (Silicon Valley), Scott Krinsky (Chuck), Pancho Moler (Ray Donovan) and Carole Ita White (Laverne & Shirley). “Smothered” is directed by Terri Hanauer (Sweet Talk) and won the Audience Award for Best Series in the International Film Festivals in Spain, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin. We talked to Jason and Mitch about what they hope to accomplish with their hysterical comedy series “Smothered” and their spin on our LGBTQ issues. Jason Stuart is one of the most prolific character actors who’s also an outrageous openly gay stand-up comedian. With over 150 credits his film work includes “The Birth Of A Nation” “Tangerine”, “Love Is Strange”, “Gia”, “Kindergarten Cop” and “Vegas Vacation” among his fan favorites. His TV work has wowed audiences with guest roles on such shows as “Sleepy Hollow”, “Entourage”, “The Closer”, “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “House”, “Everybody Hates Chris” and “Will & Grace” among others.
For More Info: jasonstuart.com Mitch Hara is an actor/writer/director who joined the acclaimed Actors Studio when he was just 19. Mitch won Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Sister Coco Call-Me- Ishmael, a mental-patient-drag-queen-nun. He also co- wrote and directed Joe Manganiello in “One Night Stand.” Hara’s award-winning solo show “Mutant Olive” is playing to sold out houses in Beverly Hills, NYC, Chicago, London with rave reviews. For More Info: smotheredtv.com
|Aug 20, 2020|
Actor Phillip Keene & Project Wingman
Actor and philanthropist Phillip Keene best known as 'Buzz Watson' the tech savvy member of LAPD's exclusive squad on TNT's hit drama franchise "The Closer" and spin-off "Major Crimes" talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about his work with Project Wingman USA a COVID-19 charitable initiative mobilizing volunteers from the travel industry to support frontline health care heroes with pop-up lounges in hospitals. First launched with great success in the UK Project Wingman creates an area in hospitals where staff can come in before, during or after shifts to decompress, switch off and be looked after by uniformed aircrew for the duration of their break. Project Wingman crew volunteers provide snacks and refreshments as well as much needed sympathetic support having a shared experience of working in a highly disciplined, regulated and stressful environment. The lounges are located in a secluded, non-patient facing environment and the hospitals provide the volunteers with personal protective equipment such as facemasks and gloves. Keene a licensed pilot and once Pan Am flight attendant jumped on board when approached about the crucial need for Project Wingman programs and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic to help support the hospital frontline workers including doctors, nurses and staff working to save coronavirus patients. We talked to Phillip about his philanthropic work, LGBTQ representation in Hollywood and his spin on our LGBTQ issues. Phillip's love for his past career with Pan Am never faded and he has amassed one of the largest collections of the airline's iconic memorabilia. Since he began collecting in 1996 his collection has grown to over 3,500 pieces and includes matchboxes, posters, uniforms and tableware. Keene lives in California with long-time husband of 27 years James Duff creator of TNT's "Major Crimes” and "The Closer" and they are currently developing a new comedy series. For More Info: projectwingmanusa.com
|Aug 06, 2020|
NCLR “Born Perfect” Campaign
Shannon Minter, Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about his work with “Born Perfect” to end conversion therapy. NCLR launched “Born Perfect” in 2014 to protect LGBTQ children and young people by fighting in courtrooms to ensure their safety and raising awareness about the serious harms caused by these dangerous practices. Their efforts have led to banning conversion therapy in 20 states and over 70 municipalities in the United States. For over 20 years NCLR has been working to protect LGBTQ youth from these horrific practices by working with legislators and LGBTQ leaders in dozens of states to help bring similar protections to the rest of the country. They believe that every LGBTQ child is born perfect and that any young person’s identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender should be honored, celebrated and supported. “Born Perfect” is also led by Mathew Shurka, Co-Founder and Chief Strategist who is a survivor of conversion therapy when at 16 years old his father took him to a licensed therapist who claimed he could make gay people straight. It was the start of years of cruel and damaging “therapy” that left Mathew estranged from his family and his own identity. He then decided to take action posting his personal story on YouTube where it went viral. It was the start of his journey to forgive his father and therapist, reconcile with his family and lead a nationwide battle to end conversion therapy. We talked to Shannon about what he hopes to accomplish with “Born Perfect”, his reaction to the historic U. S. Supreme Court ruling that prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and his spin on our LGBTQ issues. Shannon Minter is one of the nation’s leading advocates for LGBTQ people. Minter was lead counsel for the landmark California marriage equality case which held that gay and lesbian couples have the fundamental right to marry and that laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation are inherently discriminatory and subject to the highest level of constitutional scrutiny. Shannon was named a California Lawyer of the Year in 2009 by California Lawyer. He also received the Dan Bradley Award from the National Gay and Lesbian Bar Association for outstanding work in marriage cases and was the recipient of the Cornell Law School Exemplary Public Service Award in 2008. In the United States over 700,000 people have been through conversion therapy. Through “Born Perfect” Mathew Shurka and Minter are working with legislators and LGBTQ leaders to end these dangerous and stigmatizing practices everywhere. For Info: bornperfect.org For More Info: nclrights.org
|Jul 11, 2020|
“PRIDE” New Historic Pictorial Book
Matthew Todd, UK writer-journalist talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about his exquisite new coffee table book “PRIDE: The Story Of The LGBTQ Equality Movement” published by Weldon Owen. The book documents the milestones in our fight for global LGBTQ equality from before Stonewall to the victories of activists over the last five decades that have led to the gradual acceptance of LGBTQ people in politics, sports and the media. It also chronicles the winning landmark court cases including marriage equality and significant legislation that have furthered our basic civil rights. This pictorial and wide-reaching text takes you on a journey covering key figures, heroes, notable moments, events and breakthroughs in a wealth of rare images and documents as well as providing moving essays from vital witnesses throughout our modern day movement. Though we still have a long way to go to achieve full equality, “PRIDE: The Story Of The LGBTQ Equality Movement” is a unique and comprehensive account of the ongoing challenges facing our LGBTQ community and a celebration of civil rights that have been won for many of us as a result of the sacrifices and passion of this mass movement. The book includes personal testimonies from many relevant activists and allies including Judy Shepard mother of Matthew Shepard, legendary photographer Nan Goldin, Reverend Troy Perry founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, novelist playwright essayist Darryl Pinckney, Jake Shears of The Scissor Sisters, activist and former Pride Award-winner Jonathan Blake, New Zealand politician Georgina Beyer the world’s first openly transgender Mayor and transgender member of Parliament, Deborah Brin one of the world’s first openly gay Rabbis and many more. We talked to Todd about his passion and inspiration for creating “PRIDE: The Story Of The LGBTQ Equality Movement” and his spin on our LGBTQ issues. Matthew Todd is a multi award winning writer and previous editor of “Attitude” a British gay lifestyle magazine from 2008 to 2016. His first book "Straight Jacket - Overcoming Society's Legacy of Gay Shame" was shortlisted for the Polari Prize in 2017 and was voted winner of the Boyz LGBT Book of the Year Award. His play “Blowing Whistles” has been performed in the UK, Australia and the United States. Todd’s fabulous new work “PRIDE: The Story Of The LGBTQ Equality Movement” (Weldon Owen) is currently available online and in stores. For More Info: matthewtodd.net
|Jun 25, 2020|
Black LGBTQ Leaders Virtual Town Hall
Equality Florida hosted a virtual Town Hall with Black LGBTQ leaders in response to a rash of attacks that have claimed Black lives including the brutal killing of George Floyd by white police officers in Minneapolis. The Black LGBTQ leaders included Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign President, Michele Rayner, Civil Rights Attorney who represented the McGlockton family following the murder of Markeis, Imani Rupert-Gordon, National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director, Andrea Jenkins, Minneapolis City Council Vice President and moderated by Nadine Smith, Equality Florida Executive Director. The Town Hall came after more than 500 LGBTQ organizations from across the country signed onto a letter condemning racial violence and committing to the fight against it. This important dialogue also comes on the heels of the murders of seven Black transgender women in Florida in less than two years, the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery by white vigilantes in Georgia and the weaponizing of race by a white woman against Christian Cooper a Black gay man bird watching in New York City’s Central Park and the disturbing questions raised in the recent police shooting death of Tony McDade a Black transgender man in Tallahassee. All the leaders during the Town Hall also addressed the fact that since 2013 over 170 transgender women and men have been murdered in this country with over 70% being of color. This is another stark reminder of the need for all civil right leaders who are speaking out against systemic racism and hate violence claiming Black lives must be LGBTQ inclusive.
Nadine Smith, Equality Florida Executive Director has been named one of Florida’s "Most Powerful and Influential Women" by the Florida Diversity Council. She has received the League of Women Voter's Woman of Distinction Award and in 2018 was named one of the 100 Most Influential Floridians by Influence Magazine. She currently serves as chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Florida Advisory Committee. She lives in St. Petersburg with her wife Andrea and son Logan. Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s LGBTQ community. Through education, grassroots organizing, coalition building and lobbying they are changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
|Jun 16, 2020|
New Lesbian Feature Film “Good Kisser”
Wendy Jo Carlton talk with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about her new feature film “Good Kisser” available now to purchase or rent on Wolfe Video. Kathy Wolfe, CEO & Founder at Wolfe Video stated, “We have wanted to work with Wendy Jo Carlton for years and are glad to have that opportunity with the release of her sexy new film ‘Good Kisser’. We are excited to share her portrayal of an authentic lesbian experience with our loyal Wolfe audience." “Good Kisser” features an ensemble cast starring Kari Alison Hodge (Jenna), Julia Eringer (Mia), Courtney McCullough (Yuka) and the feature debut of Rachel Paulson (Kate), who is the younger sister of actor Sarah Paulson. “Good Kisser” is about Kate and Jenna who want to spice up their relationship by opening it up to a third and plan a date with the enchanting Mia. Jenna becomes enthralled with Mia’s sexual confidence and charm and as they spend the evening dancing, drinking tequila and sharing secrets the women become entangled physically and emotionally. However what was intended as a night of fun soon exposes the cracks in Kate and Jenna’s relationship redefining being careful what you wish for. “Good Kisser” will have its DVD release June 16th and will stream on a variety of digital platforms including Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play and more. We talked to Wendy Jo about what she hopes to accomplish with “Good Kisser” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues. Wendy Jo Carlton directed her first feature “Hannah Free” starring Emmy-winner Sharon Gless in 2009. Her second feature “Jamie and Jessie are Not Together” is said to be the first lesbian RomCom musical with film critic Roger Ebert giving it a glowing review, and AutoStraddle.com listing “Jamie and Jessie are Not Together” as one of the “Top 100 Lesbian Movies of All Time”. Her award-winning lesbian web series “Easy Abby” received over 50 million views online and is now an Original Series on Revry.tv. Wendy Jo Carlton also served as an Associate Producer on the award-winning documentary “Circus of Books” executive produced by Ryan Murphy and recently released on Netflix. For More Info: goodkissermovie.com
|Jun 05, 2020|
“Bodies & Barriers: Queer Activists on Health”
Adrian Shanker talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about “Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health” the new critically acclaimed anthology that creates a road map for action that could improve LGBTQ health. With essays by twenty-six well-known and emerging LGBTQ activists the book challenges conventional wisdom about healthcare providers and probes deeply into the roots of the health disparities that worsens health outcomes for our LGBTQ community. This book couldn’t be more relevant as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the onset of HIV/AIDS in America LGBTQ people have struggled against healthcare bias and discrimination. Through contributing authors that include Alisa Bowman, Jack Harrison-Quintana, Liz Margolies, Robyn Ochs, Sean Strub, Justin Tanis, Ryan Thoreson, Imani Woody and more “Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health” provides us with crucial information to fight for health equity through clinical, behavioral and policy changes. Though our LGBTQ community has experienced great strides toward civil rights in this country our health as a community still lags. “Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health” provides an indispensable blueprint for change by some of the most passionate and important health activists in the LGBTQ movement today calling on clinicians to up their game when it comes to caring for sexual and gender minority people. We talked to Adrian about what he hopes to accomplish with “Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health” and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.
Adrian Shanker earned a Graduate Certificate in LGBT Health Policy and Practice from George Washington University and serves as Executive Director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown, PA. A specialist in LGBTQ health policy he has developed leading-edge health promotion campaigns to advance health equity through behavioral, clinical and policy changes. Adrian administered data collection for the 2015, 2018 and 2020 Pennsylvania LGBTQ Health Needs Assessments. He co-authored “Queer and Quitting: Addressing Tobacco Use as an LGBTQ Issue” in The Routledge Handbook for LGBTQIA Administration and Policy. Adrian serves as Commissioner and Health Committee Co-Chair on the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. Previously he served on the Office of Health Equity Advisory Board at Pennsylvania Department of Health. He was named a “Healthcare Hero” by Lehigh Valley Business and twice named ‘Person of the Year’ by Philadelphia Gay News. “Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health” with Foreword by Rachel L. Levine, MD and Afterword by Kate Kendell is published by PM Press.
|May 27, 2020|
Alset Game Changing Gig Economy App
Robert Lo, CEO and Founder of Alset talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE about the game changing gig economy app where people can barter or charge for their services or offer them as a favor. With the arrival of COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders for nonessential workers our personal lives and careers have been altered. The impact of this pandemic has financially destroyed a large percentage of gig workers in the entertainment industry as well as hair stylists, caterers, party planners, trainers and more as their income has ceased to exist. Now is the time to reconsider what we thought we knew about work and the economy as we create a new normal. Life as we knew it will never be the same. This is an opportunity to take advantage of this universal reset and create a better world. The Alset app was invented to give local communities a chance to expand globally by connecting individuals through the beneficial exchange of their gifts, talents and contributions. If we can redistribute wealth in this country and globally and help enable people to advance their experience perhaps we can shift some cultural norms and hopefully transform our current economic system into a better future. That is what the Alset app is attempting to do. No one can say how long this pandemic will last. However we must choose our collective health over our financial security in order to defeat this pandemic. We talked to Robert about how the Alset app could help reshape our economy in these challenging times and his spin on our LGBTQ issues. Robert Lo is an LGBTQ tech founder and entrepreneur based in West Hollywood, California and holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Masters in Organization. Robert has reimagined the future of work in the 21st century through the new app Alset where people can barter or charge for their services or offer them as a favor. Lo stated, “Alset was created and established so we wouldn’t need to rely on the public or private sector in moments of fiscal upheaval. Freedom and autonomy have always belonged to the individuals within a community. Alset’s bartering and favors features are an open source system to allow individuals, communities and societies to define value for themselves and redefine value for successive generations.” As a leading thinker in augmenting the fiat currency, re-shifting the way society defines and redefines value and democratizing work, Robert is the visionary force behind Alset. Currently Robert also serves as the Chair of the City of West Hollywood's Business License Commission. For More Info: yourealset.com
|May 15, 2020|
“Queer As Folk” Virtual 20th Reunion Event
Actor Michelle Clunie talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about the “Queer As Folk” virtual 20th anniversary cast and crew reunion that takes place Friday May 1st at 11A PST/2P EST on YouTube. This must-attend livestream event is a fundraiser for CenterLink and its network of over 250 LGBTQ community centers. It’s hard to believe it was 20 years ago when we first entered the hallowed club Babylon and met Michael, Ben, Ted, Emmett, Melanie and the whole “Queer As Folk” gang. This Friday May 1st they’re back – better than ever - to celebrate the reunion of cast, crew, writers, directors and guest stars to raise awareness of the need to support LGBTQ centers all over the world. Scott Lowell (Ted) will host members of the “Queer As Folk” cast and crew including Clunie, Sharon Gless, Peter Paige, Hal Sparks, Randy Harrison and Robert Gant. Guest actors from your favorite episodes will also be joining as well as “Queer As Folk” creator executive producers Ron Cowen and Dan Lipman and more. During this pandemic LGBTQ community centers have continued to serve their communities providing vital often life-saving services such as medical care, mental health counseling, virtual support groups, filling prescriptions, providing hot meals and check-in phone calls for older adults. They are also serving as shelters for homeless youth, distributing nonperishable food items and hygiene products, case management, HIV testing and hosting virtual engagement activities to decrease social isolation. With cancelled galas, Pride events, fundraisers, etc. our LGBTQ community centers could be forced to shrink services, resulting in thousands of LGBTQ people going without care. We talked to Michelle about what she hopes to accomplish with this livestream fundraising event and her spin on our LGBTQ issues. Actor Michelle Clunie is best known for her role as Melanie Marcus on the Showtime groundbreaking hit show “Queer As Folk”. She is a fierce LGBTQ activist and is currently raising her son Dashiell. The livestream “Queer As Folk” Virtual Reunion will give fans an opportunity to chat live with their favorite stars and bid on “Queer As Folk” memorabilia with all proceeds supporting CenterLink. Serving over 250 LGBTQ community centers across the country in 45 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia as well as centers in Canada, China and Australia, CenterLink assists newly forming community centers and helps strengthen existing LGBTQ centers through networking opportunities for center leaders, peer-based technical assistance and training and more. During this challenging time we hope you will tune in for this fabulous May Day Home Stay event Friday May 1st at 11A PST/2P EST on YouTube and please Stay Safe and Healthy. For More Info: CenterLink.org
|May 01, 2020|
LGBTQ On MTV “Wrong Distance Relationship”
Jonathan Calixto talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about his part on MTV's new season of “Wrong Distance Relationship” currently on the Snapchat platform. The timely series produced by Hoff Productions follows four couples in long distance relationships balancing careers, everyday life and being away from the person they love as they question how far is too far when it comes to love. Jonathan Calixto and Brandon Reyes are the first LGBTQ couple to be featured on the series. Jonathan Calixto is a fashion and lifestyle correspondent from Bronx, New York and is in a relationship with forensic scientist Brandon Reyes from Manassas, Virginia. They met two years ago on Tinder and are navigating what it means to be 257 miles apart and in love. Jonathan is at the peak of his career as a correspondent and micro-influencer (@ThisisJCali) building his platform and experience in NYC as he aspires to be the next Ryan Seacrest while Brandon received his big break in a small town by landing his dream job in forensic science with no plans to relocate. We talked to Jonathan about what he hopes to accomplish with “Wrong Distance Relationship,” how he’s dealing with social distancing and stay home orders in NYC during the COVID-19 pandemic and his spin on our LGBTQ issues. Jonathan Calixto is a Fashion and Lifestyle Correspondent at BELLA Magazine. Staying on top of the latest happenings he has covered events like New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week and Miami Swim Week. Currently he’s working on hosting “BELLA Make it Work” sharing content from fashion, lifestyle and a peak into his Peruvian culture. He entered the industry as a styling assistant and has gone on to work in public relations and social media marketing giving him the knowledge to be a true social media guru. With the impact of COVID-19 he is focusing on helping brands and non-profit organizations to create a “new normal” with a solid foundation in social media. New episodes of MTV's “Wrong Distance Relationship” series on Snapchat air on Tuesdays. For More Info: thisisjcali.com
|Apr 28, 2020|
New Film More Beautiful For Having Been Broken
Filmmaker Nicole Conn talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about her new award-winning must-see feature film “More Beautiful For Having Been Broken” was released in partnership with Vision Films and Wolfe Video beginning April 7th talks with “More Beautiful For Having Been Broken” is a story about a distraught FBI agent suspended from her job and struggling with the death of her mother who escapes to the small mountain town she use to visit as a child. She is befriended by a special needs boy who possesses the extraordinary gift of healing others through his unbroken spirit and unique outlook on life. The film stars Australian actress, Zoë Ventoura (Home and Away, Packed to the Rafters), Kayla Radomski of “So You Think You Can Dance” fame and an amazing performance by 11-year-old Cale Ferrin who was diagnosed with Fanconi Anemia a rare genetic disease often marked by congenital defects and short stature. Joining the stellar cast are Bruce Davison (Star Trek / X-Men), French Stewart (3rd Rock from the Sun), Brooke Elliott (Drop Dead Diva), Harley Jane Kozak (Parenthood), Gaby Christian (South of Nowhere), Kay Lenz, Wally Kurth and Gabrielle Baba-Conn (Conn’s real-life daughter) who is making her feature debut. “More Beautiful For Having Been Broken" is very personal to Conn as it pays homage to Conn’s daughter and in particular to her son Nicholas who has special needs and is medically fragile. We talked to Nicole about what she hopes to accomplish with this film and how she and her family are adjusting to these challenging times. Iconic filmmaker Nicole Conn paved the way for lesbian themed cinema with her cult classic “Claire of the Moon” and also for her acclaimed features “Elena Undone” which boasts the longest screen kiss in cinema history and “A Perfect Ending”. Nicole understands the need for using her talent to change hearts and minds and hopes that “More Beautiful For Having Been Broken” will deliver a much needed message about our special needs community as well as our LGBTQ community and provide encouragement and healing in these difficult times. DVD NOW AVAILABLE For More Info: nicoleconn.com
|Apr 20, 2020|
Must-Read “Where There Are Mountains”
Sarah F. Pearlman talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about “Where There Are Mountains” her new novella that’s a perfect escape while hunkering down during the current pandemic. The novella brings to life the early Neolithic life about seven thousand years ago. This was a time of great migrations as numerous tribes left the cold and hunger of their northern homeland to travel a path south as they struggled past tribes that lived near the mountain passes of Mount Olympus. The novella focuses on the Matrilineal tribes that worshiped a female divinity. These tribes were peaceful, wanting only a place where there was food and warmth but others on the path were warrior people. These tribes came to conquer and enslave bringing their male gods and creating the beginning of patriarchal conquests. “Where There Are Mountains” is narrated by three women. The first woman tells her adventures traveling the path south through the mountain passes of what would become Greece. The second is her daughter who is captured by a war tribe. The third is a woman from a female-centered tribe perhaps the precursors of Amazons living in woodlands near the mountain passes. “Where There Are Mountains” is a story of captivity, resilience and escape. It was a time of violence but also love. Love of a mother for her daughter. Love between women of different tribes. We talked to Pearlman about her inspiration for writing “Where There Are Mountains” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues. Sarah F. Pearlman is a teacher, writer, occasional poet and lesbian-feminist activist, nationally recognized for her pioneering role in establishing a lesbian psychology. She was an editor and author of articles in Lesbian Psychologies: Exploration and Challenges, the first anthology exclusively on lesbianism and psychology that focused on identity, relationship and community issues that was published in 1987 by University of Illinois Press. Sarah completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Antioch New England Graduate School at age fifty-six and was employed at the University of Hartford. She is the author of “Mother-Talk: Conversations with Mothers of Lesbian Daughters and “FTM Transgender Children” (2012) and “The Lesbian Erotic: Bad Girl Persona and Other Poems” (2013). Pearlman has traveled extensively throughout Greece and Turkey which was the inspiration of “Where There Are Mountains” where she sought out goddess temple complexes, sacred caves and Neolithic villages confirming a world that existed long before our era of patriarchal domination. “Where There Are Mountains” is available on Amazon. (Artwork by Greg Spalenko) For More Info: sarahpearlman.com
|Apr 04, 2020|