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.
For More Info: danforcolorado.com

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.
For More Info & Tix: reaf-sf.org


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.
For More Info: ptown.org


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Over 500 Podcasts With LGBTQ Leaders & Celebrities (AUDIO)

Since we launched OUTTAKE VOICES™ our weekly podcast series in 2008 we have accumulated over 500+ episodes with LGBTQ leaders, celebrities & allies hosted by Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson. We recently updated the entire site, including digital MP3 players and added our new Podcast Search feature to make the entire experience more user-friendly. Our celebrity guests have included Alan Ball, Ricky Martin, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Rep Barney Frank, Trans Activist Michaela Mendelsohn, Kyra Sedgwick, Kathleen Turner, Ted Allen, Supreme Mary Wilson, John Waters, Dustin Lance Black, Tab Hunter, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Columnist Michael Musto, Loni Anderson and comedians Kate Clinton and Margaret Cho to name a few. Listen to the last 50 podcasts or just search by name or organization. You can also download our interviews on your iPhone Podcast icon by simply entering OUTTAKE VOICES.

Organizations that have participated on podcasts include: GLAAD, Dining Out For Life, The LGBTQ Task Force, Peter Tatchell Foundation, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, Matthew Shepard Foundation, Richmond Ermet Aid Foundation, LPAC (Lesbian Political Action Committee), The Dru Project, GLAD, Greater Fort Lauderdale, Lambda Legal, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, Equality Federation, Alice Austen House Museum, LGBT Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care, Action Illinois, Provincetown Film Society, PBS WORLD Channel, Provincetown Inspiration Weekend, OutServe-SLDN, Provincetown International Film Festival, Groundswell Fund, Wicked Queer Boston’s LGBT Film Festival, Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, GLSEN, The Theater Offensive, OutRight Action International, National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Gender Diversity, Equality Florida, National Gay Blood Drive, LGBTQ Center For American Progress, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Marriage Equality USA, Groundswell LGBT Retreat Center, Care Resource White Party, AIDS Action Committee, Interfaith Alliance, Harbor to the Bay AIDS Benefit, Boston Pride, Elton John AIDS Foundation, GO! Athletes, NOH8 Campaign, American Foundation for Equal Rights, InterPride, BAGLY The Boston Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Youth, Provincetown Harbor Swim For Life & Paddler Flotilla, Aqua Foundation, Equality Forum, DignityUSA, True Colors United, Community Servings, Pye/Harris Legacy Project, GLBT Historical Society, The Creative Coalition, Trevor Project, SpeakOUT, MAC Multicultural AIDS Coalition, GMHC, Boston LGBTQ Aging Project, Fenway Health, SAGE, AIDS Foundation of Chicago and more.

In May we launched our new boutique LGBTQ streaming network OUTTAKE MEDIA™ and have upgraded our news network OUTTAKE BLOG™. The new sites are all user-friendly and device savvy. We want to thank the expertise of Chris Andrews at Andrews Consulting for bringing the new OUTTAKE VOICES™ to life.
To Access All Sites: outtakeonline.com


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Lynette Molnar Talks Provincetown Girl Splash July 23-27 (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with event producer Lynette Molnar the force behind Girl Power Productions about Girl Splash A Summer Week For Women that takes place July 23rd to July 27th in Provincetown, Massachusetts. This year there will be a full lineup of parties, performers and lots of special events including a women-only chartered tour of Provincetown, a women’s whale watch and the Girl Splash infamous Cape Cod clambake. Molnar talks about the stellar lineup of performers that includes Lucie Arnaz celebrating a life on stage, The Julie Wheeler Show, Tony winner Lillias White and America's Got Talent Yoli Mayor. Comedians performing during the week include Vickie Shaw, Karen Williams, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Poppy Champlin, Judy Gold and activist Amy Siskind. Some of the special parties this year will be Girl Splash Idol, Provincetown Scavenger Hunt, Shoal Hope Cider tasting, Girl Splash Pool Party at The Crown & Anchor, Cape Cod Clambake at the beach, Over The Rainbow Bingo, Sunset Dune Tour and a Schooner Champagne Sunset Sail. There will also be dance parties including the White Party and Pride Party celebrating Stonewall 50th with DJ Rockaway. We talked to Lynette about what she hopes to accomplish with Girl Splash Week and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

 Lynette Molnar has created hundreds of events for our LGBTQ community including Holly Folly, Single Women's Weekend, Women of Color Weekend, Girl Splash, The Kiss-In and the First Good Old Fashioned Lesbian Revival among many others. Lynette has also contributed to our LGBTQ community nationally through her work with HRC, GLAD, NCLR and The Task Force. She is the recipient of numerous honors including The Task Force’s Community Service Award as well as several business and creative awards. When it comes to social activism Molnar stated, "I’m really driven by social change and that passion has fueled me my whole life." It is that passion that compelled her to come out of the closet at 15, to later serve on the Human Rights Campaign Board of Governors, to help lead any number of actions for LBGTQ rights and to Provincetown For Women.
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Friday, June 21, 2019

Lisa Cannistraci Talks Henrietta Hudson Stonewall Events & More (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Lisa Cannistraci owner of the legendary Henrietta Hudson which has been Manhattan’s number-one lesbian bar for over twenty five years. Cannistraci is officially partnering with WorldPride | Stonewall 50 and presenting two fabulous must-attend parties at a venue she has created at Watermark Pier 15 at the South Street Seaport, 78 South Street in NYC to accommodate “Pride Soup” or "Queer on the Pier" on June 28th from 9P to 4A and “Siren” which takes place on June 29th from 9P to 4A. “Pride Soup” will be the queerest party of the year according to Lisa with over 2000 LGBTQIA+ friends and allies. The event will be hosted by model/actor Rain Dove and Devin-Norelle NYC trendsetter, influencer, Teen Vogue and OUT magazine journalist. There will be performances by singing sensations Nina Sky and singer model Laith Ashley and dance to DJ Amber Valentine - The Woods, DJ MaryMac, Madonna’s Tour DJ and DJ AVG JO-NYC. Then the following night “Siren” will be presented for a night of dancing and debauchery at the most famous lesbian-centric party of the year hosted by Harlem Globetrotter Crissa Ace and Kiyomi Valentine from Real L Word. Join 2000+ LGBTQIA+ friends and allies with a coast-to-coast stellar line up including singing sensation Mindy Jones, lead singer for Moby headlining and DJs Whitney Day LA/NYC, Denver’s Tatiana and MO from NYC. Then on June 30th from 12P on the iconic street party “Occupy Hudson” takes place which is the “go to” spot for lesbians and their friends and allies. For this event Henrietta Hudson has booked NYC’s finest DJ’s to take you through the day with DJ Tikka Masala, DJ RosyQ, DJ BK Storm and DJ Christie. We talked to Lisa about her upcoming events, her relationship with Stormé DeLarverie who threw the first punch at the historic Stonewall Inn Riot on June 28th in 1969 and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Lisa Cannistraci landed in Greenwich Village, NYC in March of 1985 and immediately felt at home. She was hired as a bartender at The Cubby Hole which is now Henrietta Hudson while finishing her Bachelor Science degree from St. John’s University in Psychology. Her LGBTQ activism rose during the AIDS epidemic joining ACT UP and began engaging in their radical demonstrations to get the government to help save our lives. Cannistraci’s fight for LGBTQ equality continued as Vice President of Marriage Equality USA leading to the U.S. Supreme Court DOMA case with her dear friend Edie Windsor that changed history forever. Currently Lisa is engaged in the fight for transgender equality as our trans brothers and sisters are being attacked daily by the government and citizens alike. She believes that intersectionality must be a part of our continued movement stating, “You hurt one of us. You hurt all of us.”
For More Info: henriettahudson.com


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Filmmakers Talk “Stonewall Uprising” PBS Documentary (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner about their documentary Stonewall Uprising that will broadcast on PBS’s American Experience on Tuesday June 11th at 9P. The film is based on David Carter’s Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution and told through interviews with Stonewall patrons, reporters and the policeman who led the raid. Stonewall Uprising recalls the fervently hostile climate in which the gay community was forced to live when the vast majority of medical authorities decreed homosexuality a mental disorder and often prescribed brutal treatment, including lobotomy. This was a time when LGBTQ relationships were illegal in every state except Illinois and our community frequently found themselves being hauled off to jail and their names splashed in the next day’s newspaper. Police entrapment was rampant and being arrested meant that licenses to teach, practice law, medicine or even cosmetology might be denied or revoked. All that began to change on June 28th 1969 when the N.Y.P.D. raided the Stonewall Inn and the gay community experienced what one Village Voice reporter who was on the scene called it a "Rosa Parks moment.” For the first time patrons refused to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a violent uprising that contributed to launching the gay rights movement. Exactly one year later America saw its first Gay Pride Parade as thousands marched up Sixth Avenue in NYC. We talked to Kate and David about their inspiration for this must-see documentary and their spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what they hope to accomplish with this documentary Davis stated, “We hope that the film will help a general population actually across the country and maybe the world to incorporate gay history into American history.” Heilbroner concluded, “One of the things I hope our film can do besides reminding people where the pride parade comes from which is directly out of the Stonewall riots but also we should be grateful how far we have come even though we have a long way to go. It’s amazing how far America has come in the last fifty years.”

Filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner are Academy Award nominees for Traffic Stop (2018). They co-directed/co-produced The Newburgh Sting (Peabody Award), Stonewall Uprising (Peabody Award) for American Experience, The Cheshire Murders for HBO and Scopes: The Battle Over America’s Soul for The History Channel. Their most recent film, Say Her Name: The Life And Death Of Sandra Bland premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival, broadcasted on HBO and won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Television Documentary. Stonewall Uprising will broadcast on PBS’s American Experience on Tuesday June 11th at 9P and streaming. It will also be shown at Washington Square Park in NYC on June 26th at 8P during NYCPride.
 For More Info: pbs.org

Monday, June 3, 2019

Stoli Vodka Honors “Spirit of Stonewall” LGBTQ Milestone (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Stoli LGBTQ ambassador Patrik Gallineaux and artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer about Stoli Vodka’s special “Spirit of Stonewall” Limited Edition bottle designed by Thalhammer to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. The limited edition bottle will help raise funds for the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative in support of its mission to eliminate the social intolerances that impacts the lives of our LGBTQ community in America and abroad through awareness campaigns, educational programming, fundraising and public dialogue. Lisa Marie Thalhammer is an award-winning visual artist best known for her iconic 13-color rainbow "LOVE" mural located on Blagden Alley in Washington, D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood. For the Spirit of Stonewall bottle Thalhammer used a mural theme and incorporated emblematic LGBTQ imagery including five hands and three protest signs at the corner of Gay and Christopher Streets outside of the Stonewall Inn, a high heel to represent the transgender activists who initiated the 1969 uprising, a sign spelling out "LIBERATION" as a reference to the Gay Liberation Front that includes three gender symbols as well as a peace sign and protest fist holding a rainbow energy ribbon that swirls between fingers and brings the community together. Since 2010 Patrik has represented Stoli vodka as North American LGBTQ Manager and Ambassador for Stoli Group USA. We talked to Patrick and Lisa Marie about the Stoli “Spirit of Stonewall” campaign and their spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what she would like to accomplish with this campaign Thalhammer stated, “I really want my artwork to inspire people to join the movement for love. To really practice kindness with each other within the community and really value the diverse identities that we all have and then also hope that this artwork can celebrate you know where we have been and how far we have come. Just thinking about what happened at Stonewall Inn in 1969 and how many trials and tribulations LGBTQ people had to go through at that time and to think about the visibility that we have now. We still have so much further to go but it’s really inspiring to see the change that can be made just in a lifetime.”

Stoli will be hosting an event scheduled to take place on June 25th during World Pride in New York City. Additionally a piece of art commemorating the Spirit of Stonewall is planned for an unveiling ahead of the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic the world's largest annual LGBTQ bartending competition beginning on June 4th.
For More Info: stoli.com