Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Gay Activist Josh Rosenzweig Speaks OUT

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In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Josh Rosenzweig host of “Just Josh” which made its worldwide television debut January 28th on here! TV and on here! Online. The show is filmed on location throughout New York City where Josh gives the traditional talk show format a new twist. From celebrity interviews to premiere VIP events, Josh brings his own brand of humor and his intense love of New York City to the small screen, treating the audience to a unique and entertaining spin on pop culture. The premier episode features an in-depth interview with writer, actor and drag legend Charles Busch. Additionally, Josh explores the work of celebrity photographer Johnny Rosza, currently being featured at New York’s Christopher Henry Gallery, and visits the trendy Alias restaurant.

When asked what he would like to see happen in 2011 for LGBT civil rights, Josh stated, “That all states pass marriage equality laws, for sure. And really in a general way I would like to see the continual visibility of powerful, successful, happy, gay men and (gay) women. I think that one of the things I know that stood in the way, that was a real hurdle for me to overcome was with my own mother and father, who are very traditional liberals not conservative at all but very liberal, sort of New York intellectual Jews, but still they thought that being gay was a road of unhappiness. There was just no possible way for you to be happy. And you know what? You can live and be successful and you can be admired and you can achieve great things personally and achieve great things spiritually and you can achieve great things professionally and still be openly gay. Be yourself, that’s the message. And that’s what I hope for 2011. We just keep moving forward in that direction.”

We had an opportunity to talk about “The Kids Are All Right”, the torch bearer for gay visibility at this year's Academy Awards and who would be on Josh’s guest wish list like David Bowie, Meryl Streep and gay icons like Bette Midler and Madonna. Celebrities that will be appearing in upcoming shows include rock legends Duran Duran, screen beauty Isabella Rossellini, Emmy Award nominee Molly Shannon, Tabatha’s Salon Takeover star Tabatha Coffey and New York staples Sherry Vine and Joey Arias.
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