Monday, May 20, 2013

“The Real L Word” Somer Bingham Speaks OUT

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with openly gay Somer Bingham the punk-edged musician we got to know last season on Showtime’s hit TV series “The Real L Word”. Somer’s gutsy performance style and authenticity led to her being cast on Showtime’s reality series “The Real L Word” where the lesbian community got to know her as relatable and uncompromising. Showtime then chose Somer to create a weekly video blog to accompany the series, calling it “Somer Fridays.” After two million views it’s success exceeded all expectations. Now she’s started a new music project “Clinical Trials” and will be performing at a Female-Fronted Music Takeover at TT the Bear's Place in Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 30th. We talked to Somer about life after “The Real L Word”, her upcoming music event and her spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT Equality Bingham stated, “I think just by being out that’s the first step that anyone can take. I happened to be on the show which was an exposure and saying I’m a proud out lesbian. But I actually put on a couple of shows that were just for youth who were questioning or who were struggling, or might have been bullied. There’s an organization in Long Island called ‘Pride For Youth’ that I went to one of their charity events and I’m going back to just hang out with the girls. I want to be exposed and I want to be out in that way that makes other people feel less lonely.”

 Somer Bingham will be appearing as part of the all Female-Fronted Music Takeover at TT the Bear's Place, Cambridge, MA on May 30th. Nothing quite compares to a night of incredible bands led by women of rock and for music fans who also love supporting LGBTQ artists. Each band happens to include queer and lesbian-identifying members. The bands are: “Sugar Bomb!” Boston-based alternative/pop rock band spawned from the glorious brain of frontwoman Kat Hamilton, Somer’s band “Clinical Trials” inspired by the energy of Nirvana and Patti Smith, the blues-influenced grunge band “Slothrust” and “Licious”, largely inspired by Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor and Portishead. Tickets are only $8 and the event is for ages 18+. Doors open at 8P. Somer Bingham lives in Brooklyn, NY with her wife Donna and their two mini-wolves.
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