In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with author Paul Vitagliano about his new book "Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay” that features over 100 stories and photos of notable public figures from the LGBT community. The book includes Barney Frank the first openly gay member of Congress, Noah Michelson Editor of Gay Voices at Huffington Post, Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, actor/drag performer Miss Coco Peru and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton just to name a few. The book evolved from his blog of the same name that he launched in January 2011 as a way to decrease LGBTQ teen bullying and suicides. Paul stated, “I started the Born This Way project to show young gay kids that they’re not alone; many others have gone through everything they’re experiencing now. We must share our stories and play it forward for future generations. Being gay is as normal and natural as being straight. It is not a choice or a phase, it’s not something you learn and it’s certainly not something that can or should be “cured” or “fixed.” All children need love and nurturing and support.” We talked to Paul about his groundbreaking book and his spin on our LGBT issues.
When asked what he would like to see the Obama administration accomplish for our LGBT community in the next four years Vitagliano stated, “I think the Obama administration is going to do something pretty huge. I personally believe that this President believes in 100% full equality for the LGBT community and I know that in his heart of hearts that’s where he lies. I know now that in his second term you’re going to see that more of those true feelings are coming out and he just filed that he wants to strike down DOMA in the Supreme Court. I really believe that this President wants to leave office to be known as the President that enacted a sweeping gay rights bill similar to The Civil Rights Act which would basically say zero discrimination for the LGBT community and that includes marriage, housing, jobs and children adoption period. It is a sweeping type of bill or something on that level that finally gives us 100% equality.”
Paul Vitagliano (aka DJ Paul V) is also an institution in the Los Angeles and Silver Lake club scene whose eclectic club and radio DJ career has thrived for 30 years; first in Boston from 1982-1987 and currently in the Los Angeles vicinity since 1988.
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