Monday, April 19, 2021

Lee Wind Talks LGBTQ Hidden Lives & Secret Loves (AUDIO)






In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with author Lee Wind about his new book “No Way, They Were Gay?: Hidden Lives and Secret Loves” a Queer History Project published by Zest/Lerner. In “No Way, They Were Gay?” Wind takes the reader on a fascinating journey through primary sources of poetry, memoir, news clippings and images of ancient artwork to explore the hidden and often surprising Queer lives and loves of two dozen historical figures. History has often left out so many stories of our LGBTQ community and people who lived outside gender boundaries. Historians have even censored the lives and loves of some of the world's most famous people from William Shakespeare and Pharaoh Hatshepsut to Cary Grant and Eleanor Roosevelt. Wind skillfully revisits famous figures in the USA and world history by delving into primary sources and reassesses what's made legible about people's sexual and gender identities when the present and past are allowed to collide. The book is divided into three categories: men who loved men, women who loved women and people who lived outside of gender binaries. Wind not only delivers a long overdue education for everyone that reads this book but also helps our LGBTQ youth by providing role models that are among the most revered of leaders. We talked to Lee about what he hopes to accomplish with “No Way, They Were Gay?: Hidden Lives and Secret Loves” and his spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

Lee Wind is the founding blogger and publisher of “I’m Here. I’m Queer. What The Hell Do I Read?” an award-winning website about books, culture and empowerment for LGBTQ youth and their allies. For over 11 years readers from 100-plus countries have racked up 2.6 million page views and counting. Lee’s debut novel “Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill” addressing the theory about Abraham Lincoln's close relationship with Joshua Fry Speed a Springfield, Illinois merchant who met Lincoln in 1837 one of Publishers Weekly’s top five independently published middle grade and young adult books of 2018. Currently Wind is Director of Marketing and Programming at the Independent Book Publishers Association and the official blogger for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Lee’s passion is writing stories to empower LGBTQ youth and their allies. Lee Wind lives in Los Angeles with his husband and their teenage daughter. “No Way, They Were Gay?: Hidden Lives and Secret Loves” is available everywhere books are sold. For More Info... 

Monday, April 5, 2021

Ondi Timoner Talks Mapplethorpe Director's Cut (AUDIO)







In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with filmmaker Ondi Timoner about the recently released “Mapplethorpe, The Director's Cut” featuring an all-new soundtrack, previously unseen footage and also addresses Robert Mapplethorpe’s important relationship with Patti Smith and his subsequent pivotal romance with powerhouse art collector Sam Wagstaff. The film stars Matt Smith in the title role, best known as Prince Philip in the Netflix series “The Crown.” The stellar cast includes Marianne Rendón as Patti Smith and John Benjamin Hickey as Sam Wagstaff. LGBTQ icon and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the most important and controversial artists of the 20th Century living his life boldly and authentically until his untimely death 1989 at age of 42 due to complications from HIV/AIDS. Mapplethorpe’s most controversial works documented and examined the gay male BDSM subculture of New York City in the late 1960s and early 1970s. His historic and provocative 1989 exhibition entitled “Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment” generated controversy and even sparked a Congressional debate when Senator Jesse Helms introduced legislation that attempted to stop the National Endowment for the Arts from funding artwork he considered “obscene.” Though Helms’ extreme measures did not pass, a compromise was reached in Congress placing restrictions on NEA funding procedures that’s still in effect today. “Mapplethorpe, The Director’s Cut” also includes restored scenes depicting Mapplethorpe’s childhood love of photography, his embattled relationship with his father and his lingering ambivalent connection to the Catholic faith. We talked to Ondi about her inspiration for creating “Mapplethorpe, The Director's Cut” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

Ondi Timoner is one of the most outstanding talents in non-fiction filmmaking. She often takes on the stories of visionaries fighting against all odds with a gripping and unique mixed-media, narrative style. Ondi wrote, directed, produced and edited “Mapplethorpe” that won an Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically by Samuel Goldwyn in 2018. “Mapplethorpe, The Director’s Cut” is now available on Hulu, Amazon and various digital platforms. Currently she’s putting the finishing touches on a new screenplay “A Stroke of Genius” about the life and career of her late father Eli Timoner who in 1971 founded Air Florida an airline that saw remarkable rapid growth both at the time of its inception and afterwards before suffering a stroke and living the next forty years as a hemiplegic. Timoner is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the DGA, the PGA, the International Documentary Association, Film Fatales and Women in Film. For More Info...    

Monday, March 22, 2021

Carole Pope Talks New Single With Church of Trees (AUDIO)


In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with award-winning Canadian rock icon Carole Pope about her new single “World’s a Bitch” a collaboration with Canadian electro synth pop trio Church of Trees consisting of band members Bernard Frazer, Tara Hope and Allison Stanton. The song and music video relay a stirring sonic snapshot of the angst felt and coping mechanisms tapped when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic and the world’s desperate need for vaccine distribution. The song is mixed and mastered by Jordon Zadorozny whose credits include Blinker the Star, Courtney Love, Chris Cornell and Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac. The pairing of Pope with Church of Trees came by way of former Spoons/Honeymoon Suite keyboardist Rob Preuss. While working directly but separately with each artist he had a light bulb moment & suggested Frazer write something that might suit Pope’s voice. With her hit “High School Confidential'' recently inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Carole Pope is the award-winning vocalist of Rough Trade and also known for leveraging her iconic status to openly table discussions around LGBTQ sexuality in her lyrics starting in the ‘70s. “World’s a Bitch” is one of several musical projects Pope is currently working on including “Attitude: The Art Rock Musical” a stage production based on the life of her late brother Howard a New York-based musician who passed away of AIDS in 1996. We talked to Carole about what she hopes to accomplish with “World’s a Bitch” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

Carole Pope has won three Juno Awards (Canada’s version of the Grammy), a Genie (Canada’s Oscar) and multiple gold and platinum records to her credit. Pope is a certified rock legend fronting the infamous post-punk band Rough Trade in the 1980’s and is now a successful solo artist. Throughout her career she's been known as a musical agent provocateur writing and performing songs that make you "think and dance at the same time." Pope has performed at the Brooklyn Museum, Joe's Pub and the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival as well as LGBTQ Pride festivals around the world. Her music has been featured in movies and television shows including Transparent, The L Word and Queer as Folk. 

“World’s A Bitch” with Church of Trees is now available everywhere. For More Info...

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Filmmaker Jennifer Cooney Talks “Rain Beau's End” (AUDIO)








In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Filmmaker Jennifer Cooney about her new feature film “Rain Beau's End”. “Rain Beau's End” is an intimate drama set in the late 1990's depicting how a progressive lesbian couple's relationship is tested when their adopted son is mislabeled with a genetic predisposition for violence. The stellar cast includes Janelle Snow, Amanda Powell, Ed Asner, Sean Young, Christian Stolte, Melanie Chandra and Kirk Kelleykahn. The film tells the story of an evolving lesbian couple Hannah Driver and Jules Paradise who adopt a child named Beau who is subsequently diagnosed with 47, XYY - which was believed at that time to make boys more prone to aggressive behavior and years later was proved false. The couple rides the rough journey of Beau's apparent behavioral issues and how it not only affects his life and the small community they inhabit but markedly their relationship and their lives. As Beau gets older and research of his condition grows Hannah and Jules must face the reality of a self-fulfilling prophecy and the ghosts of their past. The film was directed by Tracy Wren and screenplay by Cooney from a story by Joe Orlandino. “Rain Beau's End” will have its global premiere online on Lesflicks Video on Demand platform Monday March 8th 2021 in celebration of International Women's Day. We talked to Jennifer about what she hopes to accomplish with “Rain Beau's End” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

Jennifer Cooney received her education at the prestigious Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA where she received a Bachelor of the Arts Degree with a double major and two minors graduating with Honors. Post-graduation she received further accreditation by completing professional certification programs in screenwriting and photography. “Rain Beau's End” is her first feature film and she intends to produce and direct her original scripts all of which are in various stages of development through her production company HalfJack Generation. Aside from her passion for filmmaking and the arts she also owns and operates a small wellness center Wellness at Golden Pond in her home state of Pennsylvania where she lives with her wife and two dogs. For More Info...


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Kierra Johnson Leads The National LGBTQ Task Force (AUDIO)








In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Kierra Johnson the new Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force about their upcoming virtual events and what she would you like to see happen for our LGBTQ community in the Biden-Harris administration. To begin with The National LGBTQ Task Force has announced that the 2021 Winter Party Festival, their largest annual fundraising event will be held virtually from March 4th through March 6th, 2021. Funds raised from the Festival will support the Task Force’s “All of Me, All the Time” campaign to secure nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. The Winter Party Festival will be hosted by Tina Burner a New York-based drag performer and comedian currently appearing on the 13th season of the hit VH1 series RuPaul’s Drag Race. The Festival will also feature a special appearance by Melbourne-based dance-pop diva Zoe Badwi debuting her new song “We Are” a collaboration with DJ Dan Slater who will open this year’s Main Event. Throughout the three-day festival Burner and other special guests will talk about the Task Force’s “All of Me, All the Time” campaign aimed at persuading people to contact their U.S. Senators and Representatives to pass the Equality Act. We talked to Kierra about what she hopes to accomplish at the National LGBTQ Task Force in her new role and her spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

Kierra Johnson joined the Task Force in 2018 as Deputy Executive Director but was already engaged with the organization previously serving on the National LGBTQ Task Force’s board of directors and its National Action Council. As a bisexual Black woman, Johnson will become one of few out queer-identified women of color at the helm of a national LGBTQ organization. The National LGBTQ Task Force is building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives. Today despite all the progress they’ve made to end discrimination millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement and basic human rights. By training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation and fundraising events like the National LGBTQ Task Force Winter Party Festival they are committed to deliver a world where you can be you. For More Info & Tix: thetaskforce.org

Monday, February 1, 2021

Erin Uritus Talks Out & Equal LGBTQ Workplace Agenda (AUDIO)








In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Erin Uritus, CEO of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates the world’s premier nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving LGBTQ workplace equality. Celebrating 25 years Out & Equal partners with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies to provide executive leadership development, comprehensive training, consulting and professional networking opportunities that build inclusive and welcoming work environments. They work with executives, human resources professionals, employee resource groups and individuals to provide leadership and professional development, education and research to create workplaces free of discrimination. Out & Equal also hosts annual events and programs where employees and experts can share strategies and best practices to create workplace equality inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. Due to COVID-19 these events are being held virtually including their 2021 Executive Forum that will convene online April 13th to 15th for three days of interactive virtual learning and networking. The 3-day program features daily plenaries and networking opportunities. Attendees will have access to 9 sessions across three tracks: LGBTQ Leadership, DEI Best Practices and Intersectional Allyship. Their Workplace Summit, Brazil Forum, Southern States Forum, India Forum and China Forum will also be held virtually in 2021 with dates to be announced. We talked to Erin about what she hopes to accomplish at Out & Equal during the pro-equality Biden Harris Administration and her spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

Erin Uritus has a Masters Degree in Organization Development (OD) from American University and two Masters certificates in Change Management and Performance Management from Johns Hopkins and Georgetown University. Erin has served on the board of directors for Out & Equal, co-found the Out & Equal DC Chapter Affiliate and served as Co-Chair for the Out & Equal Summit in 2007 before becoming Out & Equal’s CEO in 2018. Currently she lives in Washington DC with her two beautiful daughters Amira and Haneen. For More Info: outandequal.org

Friday, January 8, 2021

Andy Garcia Talks Virtual Creating Change Conference (AUDIO)








In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Andy Garcia, Director of Creating Change at the National LGBTQ Task Force about their 33rd annual conference entitled “The Power Of You” that takes place virtually from January 28th through January 31st 2021. Every year the Creating Change team curates a diverse, timely and provocative set of workshops and this year will be no exception despite the challenges of having the conference online. From activism to faith to fundraising with some timely twists on popular workshops like “Sex in the Times of COVID” the Creating Change Conference will have programs of interest to diverse activists and cover a lot of ground in this unique time for LGBTQ+ communities. There will also be keynote speakers and celebrities. Dominique Jackson best known for her leading role of Elektra Abundance on the FX television series Pose will be this year’s opening keynote speaker and there will be several performances by Big Freedia. Closing Keynote Speaker will be activist author adrienne maree brown and Sandra Valls will host the event. This will be the third Creating Change Conference managed by Andy and the first held virtually that will include four plenary sessions, 16 day long institutes and 48 workshop and caucus sessions. The four day long event run by the National LGBTQ Task Force is a space for learning, connecting and growing as LGBTQ activists, leaders, allies and changemakers. With all the insanity going on in our country this is a fabulous opportunity to connect with our community and help move our LGBTQ civil rights forward. We talked to Garcia about what he hopes to accomplish with this year’s Creating Change Conference and his spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

Andy Garcia has been the Director of Creating Change at the National LGBTQ Task Force since 2018. Andy is a seasoned activist with over 25 years of experience working for social justice and LGBTQ movements. Creating Change is the country’s largest LGBTQ advocacy and activism conference with thousands expected to tune in globally to this unique virtual event. Creating Change is a place for our LGBTQ community to come together to learn and connect with each other and strives to ensure a welcoming space for queer and trans people. The National LGBTQ Task Force was founded in 1973 and works to advance full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. The Creating Change Conference is instrumental in their goal to train millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you. For More Info…

Monday, December 28, 2020

Chuck Latovich Talks "The Girl In The Boston Box" (AUDIO)






In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with author Chuck Latovich about his new must-read thriller "The Girl In The Boston Box" that follows two narratives linked by the urban legend of hidden rooms in the city’s historic buildings used for shocking crimes. First we meet Caitlyn Gautry pursuing a Harvard doctorate in architecture who chooses a controversial subject for her thesis based on the architectural myth of "The Boston Box". As she investigates this folklore she takes the reader on a contemporary and historical journey through the city of Boston as she uncovers this underlying mystery. The other narrative is Mark Chieswicz rejected by his family over twenty years ago because of his sexual orientation struggles to understand a cryptic clue about his estranged brother’s murder in a dangerous attempt to hold onto a life-changing but tainted inheritance. Eventually these two seemingly unrelated narratives cross paths as they expose tales of sex, death and scandal. "The Girl In The Boston Box" gives all readers whether heterosexual or LGBTQ a good time through a balance of an intriguing story with atmosphere, character and solid writing. One of the interesting factors about Mark Chieswicz’s narrative is that being gay is just part of the complexities of his character, not the story itself. We talked to Latovich about what he would like to accomplish with his new mystery novel "The Girl In The Boston Box" and his spin on our LGBTQ Issues. 

Chuck Latovich moved to Boston after growing up in northeastern Pennsylvania to attend Boston University where he earned degrees in both Journalism and Education. Latovich has worked as a diversity and communications executive during his corporate life. Chuck has lived in the metropolitan Boston area most of his adult life and currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He loves to travel and often before visiting a country or city he likes to read books about his destinations which is one of the inspirations for writing his first published novel "The Girl In The Boston Box". Anyone who is interested in Boston for whatever reason will learn a good deal about the city by reading this captivating and entertaining book.  For More Info…

Monday, December 14, 2020

Sam Harris Talks New Film “Ham: A Musical Memoir” (AUDIO)








In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Sam Harris about his new must-see film “Ham: A Musical Memoir” based on the Tony Award nominee and multi-platinum recording artist’s critically acclaimed book. The Global Digital Releasing film is currently available on Laemmle’s virtual platform before heading to BroadwayHD the premiere subscription service for live theater where it will begin streaming exclusively January 7th, 2021. “Ham: A Musical Memoir” is produced by Suzi Dietz, directed for the screen by Andrew Putschoegl, directed for the stage by Ken Sawyer and features musical director/co-composer Todd Schroeder. The original stage production in which Harris plays twelve different characters was developed and directed by Tony and Emmy-Award winning actor Billy Porter. “Ham” ran in New York and Los Angeles and was filmed at The Pasadena Playhouse. The play received Ovation Awards for Best Musical, Best Actor and Best Musical Director. “Ham: A Musical Memoir” is the comic and poignant true story of Sam Harris’s life growing up gay in Oklahoma’s Bible Belt during the 60s and 70s as a sensitive and prodigiously talented kid who dreams of playing Helen Keller at age 5, wishes he was Jewish at 10, finds his voice in the black church at 15 and falls in love with a boy who looks just like Cary Grant which led to depression and a suicide attempt. Sam then fled to Los Angeles where he sang at every dump and dive in town until finally ending up on a new TV show called “Star Search” winning the hearts of America which led to opportunities on Broadway, television, albums and Carnegie Hall. But after the highs and lows of a life in show business Sam is finally forced to confront the merciless question: what is enough? We talked to Harris about what he hopes to accomplish with “Ham: A Musical Memoir” and his spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

Sam Harris' career has spanned more than two decades from a singer/songwriter on stage, screen and television to acting, writing, producing and directing. Harris is a multimillion selling recording artist with nine studio albums to his credit. He can also be heard on numerous concert, guest artist and cast recordings. He has toured extensively in concert and has played to sold-out audiences at major venues including New York's Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre and London's West End. Harris has also had a stellar career on Broadway receiving a Tony, Outer Critic’s Circle and Drama Desk nominations for his work in Cy Coleman’s “The Life” along with a Drama League Award and Drama Desk nomination. Sam has recently released his first book of fiction “The Substance of All Things” to rave reviews. Harris lives in Los Angeles with his husband Danny Jacobsen and their son Cooper Atticus Harris-Jacobsen. WATCH TRAILER


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