Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Desmond Child Performs For LGBT Love & Acceptance

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Grammy winning songwriter producer Desmond Child about his upcoming performance at Ty Herndon and GLAAD’s Concert for Love and Acceptance that takes place at City Winery in Nashville, Tennessee on June 12th. Child will join other celebrities and artists including country music legend Crystal Gayle, Melinda Doolittle, the lesbian alternative-country rock band Antigone Rising, Shelly Fairchild, Billy Gilman, Jennifer Knapp, Jamie O'Neal and Pastor Stan Mitchell of GracePointe Church. This inaugural country music event takes place during the 2015 CMA Music Festival and will be co-hosted by Herndon and fierce LGBT ally Meghan McCain. The event will also kick off GLAAD's Southern Stories Summer Tour. Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD President & CEO stated, "Music connects us and transcends our differences. For the first time in Music City, artists will join together to voice support for the LGBT community and help us accelerate acceptance, not only in country music, but across the nation." We talked to Desmond about how he became involved in this groundbreaking concert event and his spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what his personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Child stated, “I personally do as many things as I can regarding our fight for marriage equality and every aspect of our lives. I’m married to my partner of 26 years now and we actually got married about a year and a half ago. We have 13 year-old sons Roman and Nyro and we had struggled to get married long ago in California then they stopped the marriages and so we finally did it in Central Park and our sons were our ‘best men’. So we want our family to be acknowledged as legitimate; sometimes we’re so marginalized. When people talk about LGBT families it’s like Yeah, yeah but they’re not like real families like the kind that have rights and stuff and we want to put a face on what we are doing. We’ve always been part of Family Pride and we also made a movie called TWO: The Story Of Roman and Nyro to talk about the 12 year journey of having a family.”

For nearly three decades songwriter/producer Desmond Child has reigned as one of music’s most successful creative forces. His list of accolades includes Grammy awards, 70 Top 40 singles and songs that have sold over 300 million albums worldwide. His collaborations have included Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Ricky Martin, KISS and Cher. His hits as a songwriter include "I Hate Myself for Loving You", "Livin' on a Prayer", "You Give Love a Bad Name", "Bad Medicine", "I Was Made for Lovin' You", "Dude (Looks Like a Lady), "Angel", "What it Takes", "Crazy", "The Cup Of Life" and "Livin' la Vida Loca". His latest projects include Joss Stone, Kelly Clarkson, The Scorpions, Hilary Duff, Meatloaf, Ace Young and Bon Jovi. Desmond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008. Child lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his husband Curtis Shaw and their twin sons, Roman and Nyro.  
For Info & Concert Tix: glaad.org/nashville


Monday, May 18, 2015

Boston AIDS Walk & 5K Run 30th Anniversary June 7th

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Liz Page founder of the AIDS Walk Boston & 5K Run that’s in its 30th year and takes place on Sunday June 7th. When the AIDS crisis hit Liz became a dedicated volunteer at the AIDS Action Committee where she launched the AIDS Walk previously known as From All Walks of Life which she managed for 5 years leading the team that raised consciousness and millions of dollars towards fighting the AIDS epidemic. This year the event returns to its roots on the Boston Common where it continues to be New England’s largest HIV/AIDS awareness raiser attracting thousands of participants who walk for different reasons but walk together for one common cause: to support AIDS Action and its work to prevent new infections, maximize the health outcomes of those infected and to end the epidemic here in Massachusetts. The Walk is 6.2 miles and the 5K Run is a competitive, timed event fully sanctioned by the USA Track & Field Association. AIDS Action expects to raise approximately $1 million from the event. We talked to Liz about her inspiration for this event and her spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what she would like to see happen for LGBT equality in the next few years Page stated, “I’d love to see any federal barriers dropped as far as complete equal rights for equal marriage so my wife and I can feel fully protected under the law as far as our estate and any financial protections that we might be being denied right now. I hope all of that for the sake of our daughter will be completely ironed out and we’re always trying to fight discrimination. I am excited about all the transgender focus right now because I think there are so many people who are just starting to realize the pain they have lived through. I myself have a first cousin who several years ago at 57 years old said to his wife, 'I need to tell you either I’m going to make a transition to be a woman as I’ve always felt in my heart or I’m going to kill myself and you need to help me make this decision because I cannot live like this any longer.' So right now I’m a big proponent of fair protection for transgender people.”

Liz Page is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and in 1994 she opened Liz Page Associates a fundraising and special event production company. Under her leadership, LPA has built a reputation for producing special events for nonprofits and corporations that not only meet but exceed significant financial, marketing and employee engagement goals. Liz and her team create signature experiences with unforgettable power and style to help organizations reach their next level of success and visibility. The AIDS Walk & 5K Run will begin and end at Boston Common on June 7th 2015. Registration and check-in begins at 7:30A. After opening ceremonies at 9A the 5K Run begins at 9:50A and the Walk sets off at 10A. WCVB-TV’s openly gay newscaster Randy Price will emcee the event which also includes a Wellness Festival and a post-walk celebration of healthy living. There isn’t a registration fee or a minimum fundraising requirement to participate in the Walk, however there is a $30 registration fee for the 5K Run.
For More Info: action.aac.org




Tuesday, May 12, 2015

GLAAD Celebrity Activists Talk LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio montage Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with celebrities on the Red Carpet at the 26th GLAAD Media Awards in NYC. First we spoke with Steven Petrow an award-winning journalist, author and host of "Modern Manners Expert" for Hilton Worldwide which is a fierce sponsor for the GLAAD Media Awards and our LGBT community. Next we talked to ESPN’s Christina Kahrl who’s also a GLAAD Board Member. Kahrl who is currently writing and editing for ESPN talked about the importance of trans issues and supporting LGBT athletes especially for our younger generation. Then we talked with Police Chief Crystal Moore who was unfairly fired by the Mayor of Latta, South Carolina. Moore accepted the GLAAD Award for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: "Fired for Being Gay?" MSNBC Live (MSNBC) with MSNBC reporter Craig Melvin. She attended with her partner Kristi Isgett on her left in our photo. We were then joined by Jenny Boylan, Co-Chair GLAAD Board of Directors whose autobiography “She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders” was the first book by an openly transgender American to become a bestseller.
Sarah Kate Ellis President & CEO of GLAAD and her wife Kristen Henderson founding member of the all female popular rock band Antigone Rising then stopped by to share news about GLAAD’s upcoming Nashville event “The Concert for Love and Acceptance” that’s happening June 12th in Nashville and their plans for a bus tour through our Southern states to continue their work towards national LGBT equality. Then we chatted with LGBT ally actress Louise Sorel who played the villainous role of Donatella Stewart on the Soap “Days of Our Lives” for 10 years followed by her friend actress and LGBT ally Crystal Chappell actress from “The Bold and the Beautiful” who is committed to LGBT youth. The Emmy-winning actress-producer Chappell is Ambassador for Harvey Milk High School in NYC and Ambassador for the Hetrick-Martin Institute. Next we talked to Trans actress Trace Lysette who plays the sassy yoga instructor Shea on “Transparent” and has been living out her acting dreams since she landed her role in the trans-themed Amazon breakout hit. Then Cory Wade from the 20th cycle of America's Next Top Model stopped by to give us his spin on our LGBT issues.
Ugandan LGBT Activist Pepe Julian Onziema who accepted the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode: "Pepe Julian Onziema" for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO chatted with us about the struggle for LGBT civil rights in his country. Then model Rain Dove talked about the importance of being yourself. Rain is the firefighter turned fashion model who has leant her image to designers like Malan Breton, Vivienne Hu, Chromat and Rochambeau at the recent Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week and doesn’t care if you think she’s a man or a woman. Next we caught up with Laverne Cox who’s had an amazing year from appearing on the cover of Time magazine, named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015, won a SAG Award for “Orange Is the New Black” and the Daytime Emmy for her documentary Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word. MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts who received the 2015 Vito Russo Award talked about how honored he is to be recognized with this award named for one of the founders of GLAAD and how he believes ENDA needs to be addressed and passed to ensure workplace protections for our LGBT community. Then country music singer Ty Herndon who performed at the Awards talked about coming out last year and being embraced by his fans. He also discussed GLAAD’s Nashville: The Concert for Love and Acceptance happening Friday, June 12th in Nashville which he will headline. Television personality Ross Matthews who hosted the GLAAD Awards stopped by to talk about the importance of taking a moment to celebrate our LGBT advancements. Then actress and LGBT ally Lynda Carter who was there to present Thomas Roberts with the Vito Russo Award talked about how honored she was to do so as well as give us her spin on LGBT equality. We concluded our Red Carpet coverage with fierce LGBT allies actors Judith Light and Jeffrey Tambor from the hit Amazon series “Transparent” who both talked about the importance of using their celebrity to make change for LGBT and gender equality stating, “What is most important is that lives are being saved.” Kelly Ripa was also honored with GLAAD's Excellence in Media Award. (Photos by Marilyn Rosen)
For More Info: GLAAD.org




Monday, May 4, 2015

Interfaith Alliance “Everyone Only” Anti Discrimination Project

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Rabbi Jack Moline, Executive Director of Interfaith Alliance about an inspirational campaign recently launched by Interfaith Alliance called the “Everyone Only” project. The concept is to place “We Serve Everyone Only” signs in businesses across the country to demonstrate that no matter what legal rights we may have these businesses will remain open to all. The signs have already been displayed in stores from Oklahoma to Washington, D.C. and will shortly be sent to more than 20,000 supporters across the country. Recently Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams became the first national chain to hang these signs in more than 30 stores across the country. Mitchell Gold stated, “I grew up in the 1960’s and remember all too well the signs that said ‘we serve whites only’ and the other visible signs of discrimination against African-Americans, minority religious groups and more. This sign is a signal to our customers and employees that we embrace serving everyone. If a gay or straight couple, or individual, walks in our store to make their house a home, we stand ready to serve them…equally!” We talked to Rabbi Moline about what he hopes to accomplish with the “Everyone Only” project and his spin on out LGBT issues.

When asked what his personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Rabbi Moline stated, “I am a deep believer in the inalienable rights in the Declaration of Independence: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness but I’m 62 years old and I was not raised in an enlightened era when it came to LGBT issues. My family was a loving family and I thought relatively unprejudiced but I know what my attitudes were coming out of that family and it really took my kids who are now in their twenties and thirties to open my eyes to intellectually what I knew, but in my heart I don’t think it had penetrated yet. Once I thought it through and came to understand the organic nature of sexual orientation and gender identity I realized that these civil rights and the equality of all people are not different for civil rights of Jews or Blacks or Latinos or any other group and when rights are denied to a class of people in society it makes for a mandate to focus on especially rectifying that discrimination. So with that long explanation if I had to put myself on a scale of one to ten I probably started out somewhere around six or seven but I’m a solid ten by now.”

Rabbi Jack Moline has advised and written for many public figures including President Bill Clinton for whom he provided advice on international affairs as well as the President’s personal challenges. He was also invited to offer a blessing to the Obama and Biden families before the 2013 presidential inauguration. Besides being Executive Director of Interfaith Alliance he’s the Rabbi Emeritus of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia and serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Virginia Theological Seminary. Rabbi Moline lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife Ann of 37 years and is the father of three grown children.
For More Info & Download Sign: everyone-only.org




Monday, April 27, 2015

Serafina Palandech Co-Founder Hip Chick Farms Speaks OUT

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Serafina Palandech, Co-Founder of Hip Chick Farms a California based LGBT owned organic, frozen poultry product company providing easy meal solutions for busy families. Hip Chick Farms was recently featured on the Food Network's "Food Fortunes" where they joined food savvy entrepreneurs from across the nation to seek startup funding. The startup company was founded by Serafina Palandech and her wife Jennifer Johnson a former sous chef at Chez Panisse under Alice Waters who was credited with starting the global sustainable foods movement. For the last 14 years Jen has served as the Executive Chef for Ann and Gordon Getty in San Francisco. Hip Chick Farms makes healthy gourmet, artisan frozen products that provide time-crunched families delicious and easy food solutions. At present they have four free-range chicken products including gluten-free chicken nuggets, chicken meatballs, gluten-free chicken wings and organic chicken fingers. They recently developed a partnership with Whole Foods and will be expanding their product line as well as increasing availability in other supermarket venues nationwide. We talked to Serafina about she would like to accomplish with Hip Chicks Farms and her spin on our LGBT issues.

Now that marriage equality is in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court we asked what she would like to see happen for LGBT equality in the next few years. Palandech stated, “Jen and I spoke about this at length and we both share that marriage equality is incredibly important and that we’re happy to see it progressing the way that it is but we also believe that trans issues and equal equality for trans folk are incredibly important within the LGBTQ community. We need to shift our focus there and more of our energy to ensuring access to education, access to jobs, safety and equality under the law for trans people. Secondly, I would say that women’s equality within the LGBTQ movement sometimes does not get as promoted. So equality, equal pay for women is a very important issue to us as well.”

Serafina Palandech graduated University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Women’s Studies and Art. She’s a veteran nonprofit executive, project manager, strategic planner and event organizer who before co-founding Hip Chick Farms spent more than fifteen years helping nonprofit organizations access private funding streams through event production and corporate/donor relationships. In her role as Event Director for MZA Events, Inc., she oversaw the planning and execution of AIDS Walk San Francisco, a 1.5 million dollar campaign that raised more than 3.7 million dollars per year with some 25,000 registrants and 400,000 individual donors. Just prior to launching Hip Chicks, Jen founded and ran Tugboat Events, a boutique event production company which produced charity events for organizations in the Bay Area. Serafina, Jen and daughter Ruby Rose live on their farm the Ramblin’ Rose in Sebastopol, California. They believe in the value of family and together building a business that helps their local economy, farmers and suppliers.
For More Info: hipchickfarms.com




Friday, April 17, 2015

Daisy Martinez Is Dining Out For Life To Fight HIV/AIDS

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Daisy Martinez, chef, television personality, author and spokesperson for Dining Out For Life the HIV/AIDS fundraiser. Dining Out For Life hosted by Subaru® will take place Thursday April 30th in 60 cities across North America. The event was conceived 25 years ago in Philadelphia and the concept is quite simple. More than 3,000 participating restaurants donate a generous percentage of that day’s proceeds to support service providers in their region to fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential HIV/AIDS services. An estimated $4 million will be raised in just one day of dining. Last year Dining Out For Life assisted over 350,000 people, delivered over 1.8 million meals and provided housing for 8,097 clients. It also fulfilled vital health services with 5,572 patients receiving health insurance, 5,491 receiving pharmacy assistance and 1,948 were provided with dental aid. We talked to Daisy about being a spokesperson for this fabulous event and her spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Martinez stated, “I was a child of the seventies so I lived through losing too many friends to the AIDS scourge. In addition I have various family members that are gay that I support 120%. It’s really funny because in my circles I’m know as ‘The Lady of The Gay’ because most of my friends are gay, I think I have one token straight friend. The LGBT community has been very supportive to the Daisy brand. They come to my classes; they buy my books; they show up for book signings. I get tons of fan mail from them. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t like to differentiate. I don’t like to say LGBT because they’re my friends and I don’t make that distinction. They’re my friends and that’s it.”

Daisy Martinez attended the French Culinary Institute in New York to study Culinary Arts where she received first prize for her final project “The Passionate Palate”. Upon graduation, Daisy worked as a prep-kitchen chef on the set of PBS’ Lidia’s Italian American Table for her long time mentor chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich as well as a private chef in New York City and as the owner of a small, boutique catering business also called The Passionate Palate. In 2005 Daisy launched her new career with “Daisy Cooks!” on PBS and her cookbook “Daisy Cooks! Latin Flavors That Will Rock Your World” was an IACP nominee and American category finalist, as well as the winner of the Best Latino Cuisine Cookbook in the world by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. As Daisy’s star ascended she met Rachael Ray at an event which led Ray’s production company to produce "Viva Daisy!” which debuted on the Food Network in January 2009. 2015 will mark Daisy’s fourth year as spokesperson for Dining Out For Life. She’s joined by three other celebrity spokespeople for this fabulous fundraiser including actor Pam Grier (Foxy Brown, The L Word), designer Mondo Guerra, winner of Project Runway All-Stars and Ted Allen host of the Food Network series “Chopped”.
For More Info: diningoutforlife.com 




Friday, April 10, 2015

The Dinah Red Carpet Celebrities Celebrate 25 Years

In this exclusive audio montage Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with celebrities on the Red Carpet at The Dinah Palm Springs which recently celebrated its 25 anniversary. First we talked to comedian Dana Goldberg who performed at “The Dinah Comedy Night” hosted by Suzanne Westenhoefer with Gloria Bigelow and Dinah Leffert. Dana expressed her concerns about Indiana’s Religious Freedom Bill and gave us her spin on marriage equality headed to the U.S. Supreme Court later this month. Then we chatted with actress and producer Sarah Croce known for her sitcom “Unicorn Plan-It” about three lesbian co-workers living in West Hollywood. This was Sarah’s third year attending The Dinah. Next we talked to Michelle Bonilla who hosted a take-off show of Fashion Police during the event. Michelle was one of the first openly gay Latina actors in Hollywood when she appeared on NBC’s ER as the sexy Latina paramedic "Harms". Then we chatted with the cast of Showtime’s documentary “L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin”. While at The Dinah cast members Brandiilyne Dear and her partner Susan Mangum got married. We talked to them about that and their thoughts about LGBT equality.
Filmmaker Caryn K Hayes then talked to us about what she hoped to experience while at The Dinah. Caryn's most recent web series, “Entangled With You” has already won five awards with three other nominations and has just launched its second season. Additionally she has produced, written and coordinated numerous documentaries, short films, independent features, TV pilots and commercials. Pop recording artist Ivy Levan who performed at “The White Party” on Friday night to a packed crowd of thousands of lesbians also walked the red carpet. Next we were surrounded by the cast of “The Lphabet”, the web series that airs on AfterEllen. Brittany Ashley, Ever Mainard, Lindsay Hicks, Faith Choyce, Lianna Carrera, Fawzia Mirza and Amy Jackson Lewis were adorable and very vocal about creating a dialogue with our LGBT community and excited about marriage equality once again reaching the U.S. Supreme Court. We concluded with Billboard Top 40 superstar Christina Perri, the extraordinary voice behind the hits “Jar of Hearts” and “A Million Years” who headlined “The White Party”. Christina is a fierce straight ally and shared personal stories about how important LGBT equality is to her. When asked what advice she would give to LGBTQ teens who are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers Perri stated, “I feel like I could say a million things and it’s also related to honestly anyone who is having self-esteem issues. Specifically going through issues like that it’s about community. I think the thing to do is have people around you. You go where the love is, not where the love isn’t…”
The 25th anniversary of The Dinah brought together thousands of lesbians from around the world to celebrate and party with celebrities, celesbians and allies including headliner 2015 Grammy nominee Meghan Trainor known for her infectious hit “All About that Bass” who headlined “The Black Party” on Saturday. This was our first experience at The Dinah and we want to thank our host Mariah Hanson founder and producer of the event for such a fabulous experience.
For More Info: thedinah.com




Monday, March 30, 2015

Erica Kay-Webster Addressing LGBT Homeless Youth

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Erica Kay-Webster, Founder of the Foundation For International Justice about the epidemic of homeless LGBT youth in this country. According to a study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law approximately 40 percent of homeless young adults in the U.S. identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender with 46 percent of these children committing suicide by the time they reach their 26th birthday. On Friday April 17th at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston the first annual gala will take place to benefit the Promise Place School an initiative of the Foundation for International Justice. The Promise Place School will include a residential educational complex for homeless LGBTQ youth ages 12-24 in Massachusetts that will combine classroom settings with a safe home environment. The school will be staffed by qualified professionals, offering services including a safe and stable home environment, a healthy diet, clothing, medical services, mental health services, substance abuse education, recreational and physical fitness programs and HIV/STD testing. All students will be offered education from 6th grade and up including a GED program, guidance counseling, life skills education and vocational skills training, college prep classes, career counseling, full continuing education scholarships and more. We talked to Erica about her inspiration for Promise Place School and her spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Kay-Webster stated, “Foundation For International Justice mission is our commitment to addressing human rights violations and rooting out discrimination wherever it occurs through compassion and peaceful action that includes advocacy, education and promoting social justice. Although I am a member of the LGBT community I don’t believe that discrimination in any form should exist and I truly believe in advocating for a human amendment to the constitution to end discrimination on any level. Whether it’s the LGBT community, whether it’s the Hispanic community, immigrants coming into this country, women’s rights, it encompasses all of that and we continue to work on that front to move towards a greater future. When the Constitution was written it was written by men for men primarily and it’s time to see a fully inclusive amendment because we know that in the LGBT community equal rights have been moving forward at such an incredible pace now that it’s not going to be very long until we see full equal rights. The question becomes who’s the next group that’s going to be picked on? Our mission is to make sure no one ever has to go through those experiences again in this country and that they’re fully protected under the law.”

Erica Kay-Webster knows homeless first hand after being cast out by her family at age 15 because of her status as a transgender individual and found herself on the streets of New York City enduring unspeakable hardships and attempting suicide twice by the age of 17. Kay-Webster is also a veteran of the Stonewall Inn riots in New York City in 1969 which were the catalyst for the modern LGBT movement. Promise Place School’s 1st Annual Spring Gala on Friday, April 17th in Boston will be honoring Congressman Joe Kennedy, Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Diego Sanchez, Carl Sciortino, Joe Finn and Elisabeth Jackson for their continued support of the mission to help homeless LGBTQI youth.
For More Info: promiseplaceschool.org