Thursday, October 3, 2019

Esther Newton Talks “My Butch Career A Memoir” (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Esther Newton about her book “My Butch Career A Memoir” that addresses her gender identity and exploration during a particularly intense time of homophobic persecution in the twentieth century. Newton’s story is compelling, disarming and at times carnal as she struggles to write, teach and find love. From being molested as a child to her failed attempts to live a “normal” straight life in high school and college she became an influential figure in the LGBTQ history movement and a powerful reminder of just how recently it has been possible to be an openly queer academic. With humor and grace she describes her introduction to middle-class lesbian life and her love affairs including one with a well-known abstract painter and another with a French academic she encountered in Mexico and traveled with throughout France and Switzerland. Newton's narrative ends in her forties when she begins to achieve personal and scholarly stability in the company of the first politicized generation of out lesbian and gay scholars with whom she helped create gender and sexuality studies. We talked to Esther about her inspiration for writing “My Butch Career A Memoir” and give us her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Esther Newton is a founder of and leading scholar in LGBTQ studies. She received her BA at the University of Michigan in history before starting graduate work in anthropology at the University of Chicago. In 1968 her courageous PhD dissertation entitled “The Drag Queens: A Study in Urban Anthropology” examined the experiences, social interactions and culture of drag queens of mostly gay men that was later published under the title “Mother Camp” in 1972. Her second book “Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years in America's First Gay and Lesbian Town” was published in 1993. Newton was active in Second Wave Feminism, Gay Liberation and the Lesbian/Feminist movements. Her work has been translated into French, Spanish, Hebrew, Polish and Slovak. Currently Newton is the subject of a documentary of her life story and contributing to a book of photography with acclaimed photographer Eva Weiss.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Alecia Orsini Talks Women In Film & Video New England (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Alecia Orsini, President of Women In Film & Video New England (WIFVNE) about what this relevant organization hopes to accomplish to advance women in the film industry. WIFVNE was founded in 1981 by eleven women all Boston-based media professionals that came together to form the New England chapter of Women in Film. WIFVNE is a member of an umbrella group of Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI) with a global network comprised of some 44 Women in Film chapters worldwide and more than 13,000 members dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video and other screen-based media. WIFVNE’s upcoming Annual Meeting takes place on October 2nd at WGBH Yawkey Theater One Guest Street in Brighton, MA at 6P. This is an opportunity to join WIFVNE members and the New England filmmaking community for a celebration of women storytellers and the great work that is happening in New England. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Michele Meek writer, filmmaker, professor and the founder/publisher of Special guests will include Lisa Simmons Director and Curator of the Roxbury International Film Festival now in its 21st year and Carol Conley Assistant to the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office a division of the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts. Liz Cheng WGBH-TV General Manager will be the welcoming speaker. There will also be refreshments in WGBH's Yawkey Atrium and advice tables with peer experts Genine Tillitson and Adam Pachter addressing screenwriting questions, Irene Waschler answering your tax credit and business accounting inquiries and Melissa Paradice demystifying casting. Abbey Knoll Photography will be on hand and for $20 you can update your headshot. Then there will be fabulous raffle prizes including two concert tickets for Pink Martini at Berklee Performance Center in Boston on October 26th.

Alecia Orsini is an award-winning multi-media professional with over 12 years experience working in the film industry and is the CEO of video agency Good Natured Dog Productions. She is a prominent voice in the region's film community as President of Women in Film and Video of New England and she also uses her voice, marketing and development skills working for NPR station WCAI. Women In Film & Video New England is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to supporting the accomplishments of women working in the film, video and new media industries. They provide an educational forum for media professionals and a valuable network for exchange of ideas and resources.


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Migguel Anggelo Talks Provincetown Afterglow Festival (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Migguel Anggelo about his performance at the Afterglow Festival that takes place September 10th through September 14th at the Art House at 214 Commercial Street in Provincetown, MA. Migguel will present his latest show “LatinXoxo” to close the festival on September 14th at 9:30P. “LatinXoxo” shatters the boundaries of gender in a striptease of the stereotypes his machismo father put upon him from birth. He still remembers the sting of the words his father uttered “I’d rather have a prostitute for a daughter than a gay son.” Then at the age of 12 Migguel witnessed his father’s death by electrocution in the backyard in their home in Valencia, Venezuela forcing him to face the dichotomy between love and hate he felt toward him. Through the dialogue in “LatinXoxo” Anggelo comes to terms with that and faces the Virgin/Whore and Femme/Macho dichotomies his father saw in him and eventually comes to peace with the man he has become. Also performing at the Afterglow Festival at The Art House are Quinn Cox on Tuesday, September 10th at 9:30P, Rick Berlin on Wednesday September 11th at 7P followed by Gene Dante at 9:30P, Trevor Bachman on Thursday September 12th at 7P followed by John Jarboe & The Bearded Ladies at 9P, Fauxnique on Friday, September 13th at 7P followed by Molly Pope at 9:30P, Kareem M. Lucas on Saturday, September 14th 7P and concludes with Migguel Anggelo at 9:30P. We talked to Migguel about the inspiration for his music and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Migguel Anggelo first fell in love with the theater as a child playing Pinocchio in a touring production of the show. As a Latin American theater star Migguel perfected his commanding stage presence and electric performances after studying opera at the Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Germany. He received an invitation to attend after being discovered performing on the street and trained for a dozen years in classical ballet, falling in love with the drama and discipline of opera and the explosive whimsy of pop. Anggelo expresses himself through costume, musical composition and solo theater work, evoking the showmanship of Desi Arnaz and the performance art of Klaus Nomi. Migguel is currently developing several new shows and recording projects including an album entitled “English with an Accent” and a multi-character, immigrant-driven musical entitled “The Last Supper”.
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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Jan Dee Gordon Talks New Book “LGBTQ of Steel” (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with photographer Jan Dee Gordon about her new book “LGBTQ of Steel” which is a compilation of striking portraits and personal profiles that captures the energy, optimism and resiliency of fifty LGBTQ heroes. Gordon celebrates LGBTQ individuals who bravely and without hesitation overcame unimaginable obstacles that threatened to hold them back, block their path and completely destroy their lives. The unmovable ribbon of steel symbolizes their individual struggles, hardships and ultimate triumphs. Some of the celebrities featured in the book include actor Alec Mapa, comedian Margaret Cho, The Daily Show’s Frank De Caro, former mayor of West Hollywood John Duran and 93 year-old Bob Clement who was at the Stonewall Inn Riot in 1969. Jan dedicated “LGBTQ of Steel” to her brother Ben Lewis who died of complications from AIDS in 1994. Unfortunately Ben was unable to live his life authentically and be true to himself as president of a bank and married with a daughter. He led a double life until he became ill. In his memory Jan shares these inspirational stories of people in his community who were able to finally and joyfully live openly including his daughter Soozin Lewis and her partner Brigit Biagiotti who are both in the book. In his memory a portion of the proceeds will be donated to AIDS research. We talked to Jan about what she hopes to accomplish with “LGBTQ of Steel” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Jan Dee Gordon’s study of photography began in Paris, France and continued in New York at the International Center for Photography and then in Los Angeles at UCLA. Her distinctive pictures have appeared in magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and in several museums and galleries. They have also been selected by designers to decorate building lobbies and have been sold in stores throughout the United States. “LGBTQ of Steel” is the second book in her “Humanity of Steel” series. Her first was “Women of Steel” and currently she is developing the timely “Immigrants of Steel” to continue her theme of people using their inner strength to overcome life obstacles, using the comparison of the toughness of steel to successfully bend into their chosen paths.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Dan Baer Talks Running For U.S. Senate In Colorado (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Dan Baer, former US Ambassador for the Obama administration and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate about his campaign to defeat Republican Senator Cory Gardner in Colorado. Dan has earned the endorsements of LGBTQ Victory Fund and Foreign Policy for America Action Network and if elected he will become the first openly gay man to serve in the US Senate. In a record-breaking initial second quarter his U.S. Senate FEC report shows $1,355,256 in total receipts with $1,111,530 in total contributions and $1,008,342 cash on hand which has been powered by a strong grassroots performance with 87% of donations in amounts of $100 or less and an average online contribution of $25. This is the largest initial report for an LGBTQ candidate running for the U.S. Senate or U.S. House in history. Baer stated, “I’m proud that thousands and thousands of people are rising to meet this moment with us because they believe Colorado and our country can do better than the failed leadership of Cory Gardner, Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump." As you know it’s crucial not only to defeat Trump in the upcoming 2020 election but we must also flip the Senate and win back a democratic majority. We talked to Dan about his groundbreaking campaign and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Dan Baer graduated from Harvard University with a degree in social studies and African American studies and was then a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University where he earned masters and doctoral degrees in international relations. Baer served in the Obama administration's State Department, first as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor under Secretary Clinton and Secretary Kerry from 2009 to 2013 and then as the youngest United States Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe from 2013 to 2017. In 2018 Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Baer as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Dan lives in Denver with his husband Brian Walsh a climate economist.
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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Sharon Gless Talks “Help Is On The Way” Gala Event (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress Sharon Gless about her reunion with Tyne Daly at the Richmond Ermet Aid Foundation’s Silver Anniversary Gala event “Help Is On The Way 25 Celebrating Broadway” that takes place on Sunday August 18th with a concert and gala that benefits Meals on Wheels of San Francisco and Raphael House at the Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, California. Gless will be reunited with her “Cagney & Lacey” partner Tyne Daly in a reunion performance not to be missed. Also scheduled to appear will be Eileen Bourgade, Carole Cook, Franc D’ambrosio, Sam Harris, Kimberley Locke, Constantine Maroulis, Jai Rodriguez, Del Shores, Lisa Vroman, Bruce Vilanch, Paula West and the cast of the National Touring Company of “Hamilton”. Carole Cook a protégé of Lucille Ball who has starred on stage and screen for over 70 years will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at Help Is On the Way 25. For over twenty years the Richmond Ermet Aid Foundation has raised millions of dollars by producing Broadway quality entertainment events and galas to advance HIV treatments and support AIDS services until there is a cure. Since 2015 REAF has expanded its fundraising focus to the Bay Area’s growing demand for two new areas by providing food for the needy and programs that support homeless, disadvantaged and disenfranchised youth. We talked to Sharon about this tremendous organization and as a fierce ally her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Sharon Gless has entertained TV viewers worldwide as the iconic characters she has brought to life over the last five decades. However it was her breakout role on the CBS hit TV series Cagney and Lacey that won our hearts as over 30 million viewers each week watched Gless as NYPD detective Christine Cagney in the first hour-long drama to feature two females in the leading roles that ran for six Emmy-winning seasons from 1982 until 1988. Then another generation of viewers fell in love with Sharon’s portrayal of Debbie Novotny the outspoken devoted mom of a gay son and confidant and loyal supporter to his gay friends for all five seasons of Showtime’s daring smash series Queer As Folk. We also talked to Gless about the possibility of a Queer As Folk reunion. The Richmond Ermet Aid Foundation was founded by the late Barbara Richmond and Peggy Ermet in memory of their sons John Richmond and Doug Ermet who both lost their lives to AIDS. In 1995 the two women decided not to get mad but get even when they launched a musical AIDS benefit to honor their sons by raising funds for AIDS service organizations. "Help Is On The Way 25" is Northern California's largest annual benefit concert benefiting HIV/AIDS and hunger programs. It's an elegant evening of wonderful music, delicious food and beverage tastings and most of all fun.
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Monday, July 29, 2019

Bob Sanborn Talks Provincetown Business Guild & More (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Bob Sanborn, Interim Executive Director of The Provincetown Business Guild about what’s happening this summer in Provincetown, Massachusetts and beyond. From 20 members in 1978 to over 300 members today the Provincetown Business Guild (PBG) is the first tourism organization in the country whose primary mission is to promote and support tourism for LGBTQ visitors. The Guild is committed to improving the Provincetown community by advocating for the acceptance of diversity and tolerance through projects, programs and education. The Guild welcomes residents and visitors to experience America’s first LGBTQ tourist destination. One of the most popular events this summer is the Provincetown Carnival that takes place August 17th through the 24th. This year’s theme is The Enchanted Forest and for the 41st Annual Carnival Parade that takes place on August 22nd the Grand Marshals will be Lea Delaria and Trixie Mattel with David Velasco Bermudez who is a Stonewall Riots Survivor named as Honorary Grand Marshal. The parade begins at 3P along Commercial Street and you’re encouraged to come dressed in your most fabulous Carnival themed finery. We talked to Bob about what he hopes to accomplish with the Provincetown Business Guild and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Bob Sanborn comes from an accounting, financial services, marketing and risk management background. Following his corporate career he owned two Provincetown guest houses the Prince Albert and Queen Vic for 13 years. He has also served as the Town’s Tourism Director and served on the Town’s Visitor Services Board for a number of years. When the former Executive Director of the Provincetown Business Guild (PBG) resigned earlier this year he agreed to take the helm. The PBG’s mission is to promote and market Provincetown as an LBGTQ year round destination and to produce events such as PRIDE, Carnival, Holly Folly and First Light. In 2018 The Provincetown Business Guild and its separate 501(c)3 entity launched The Provincetown LGBTQ Welcome & Resource Center (“The Center”) with a new storefront for The Center at 368 Commercial Street. This is a great way to begin your Provincetown adventure so be sure to check it out.
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