Tuesday, June 30, 2009

GLAAD's New Leader Speaks OUT (Audio)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson chats with Jarrett Barrios about what he hopes to accomplish in his new position as President of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and his vision for the future of LGBT civil rights in America. Barrios will begin his tenure at GLAAD in September 2009. LGBT advocate and author David Mixner said "The selection by GLAAD of Jarrett Barrios to lead them in their invaluable work is simply brilliant. As an openly gay man, a father, husband, former legislator and son of immigrants from Cuba, no one understands more than Jarrett what is at stake in this powerful moment in our history." Barrios brings an enormous amount of experience to our LGBT community. A former member of both the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts Senate, Barrios was a key player in the passage of gay marriage in Massachusetts. He brings to the table a wealth of knowledge of what it takes to educate and achieve basic civil rights for our LGBT community. GLAAD’s mission of “Changing Hearts and Minds” has found a great advocate and voice to attain their goal in Jarrett. When asked what his hopes are for our LGBT community in the Obama administration, Barrios simply answered, "Full Equality. Full protections for our LGBT families in marriage, the military, the workplace, health benefits and providing safe schools for our LGBT youth."
Barrios is married to communications consultant and Democratic political operative Doug Hattaway. They have two sons.
For More Info: GLAAD.org

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Anti Diva Carole Pope...Audio Interview

Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson interviews Carole Pope, Canadian Rock Icon. Carole openly discusses her love relationship with Legendary Dusty Springfield, ties with Second City’s cast members including Gilda Radner, working with Divine & chats about her must-read autobiography “Anti Diva.”

We recently caught her on her cell in NYC where she candidly shared her insights on love, sex, the music scene & lots of celebrity dish…..:) With three Juno Awards (Canadian Grammy), a Genie Award, (Canadian Oscar), four Gold , one Platinum & one double Platinum records to her credit, Carole Pope is an icon of transgressive music. A film based on her best selling autobiography “Anti Diva” is in development. Carole’s infamous band “Rough Trade” has also been inducted into the Indy Hall of Fame. She has contributed music to film & television, including The L Word, The Trailer Park Boys Movie, This Revolution, Queer As Folk, The Five Senses, The Silencer, Cruising, A&E, The History Channel, MTV, & VH1. Throughout her career, Carole has blazed a trail for the anti-diva in all of us. In sharing her thoughts on sexuality & sexual politics her music makes you “Think & Dance @ the same time.” Warning: Pope's lyrics are relevant & extremely hot.....:)
To Purchase CD: CarolePope.com or ITunes....

Check-OUT her renowned Retro Video:
"High School Confidential"
From her infamous band "Rough Trade"....:)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Provincetown International Film Fest '09

Check OUT 2009 P-Town Film Fest Winners In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson chats with Gabrielle Hanna, Executive Director of the Provincetown International Film Festival. This prestigious film festival takes place in Provincetown, Massachusetts this week from June 17-21. The 2009 Filmmaker on the Edge Award will be awarded to writer/director Guy Maddin (“My Winnipeg,” “The Saddest Music in the World,” “Careful”). Actor Alessandro Nivola (“Junebug,” “Laurel Canyon,” and the upcoming 2009 films “Coco Before Chanel” and “Howl”) will receive the Excellence in Acting Award and Strand Releasing will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Opening Night Film will be Woody Allen’s WHATEVER WORKS (New England Premiere) starring Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson and Ed Begley, Jr. This year there will be over 50 feature films, documentaries and shorts viewed at numerous venues including Thursday Night at the Wellfleet Drive In.
The Provincetown International Film Festival was first produced in 1999, the same year Provincetown celebrated its 100th anniversary as America’s oldest art colony. The PIFF is on the edge both artistically and geographically. Provincetown takes pride in embracing creativity and diversity in a thriving and increasingly year round tourist, business and art economy. For decades, Provincetown has attracted legendary artists, writers and filmmakers to this furthest tip of Cape Cod. Eugene O’Neill, Norman Mailer, Lily Tomlin, John Waters, Connie Francis, Helen Hayes, Billie Holiday, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Richard Gere, and Eartha Kitt have all worked and performed in Provincetown to the delight of the town’s cosmopolitan visitors and residents. There are also fabulous restaurants and shops in case you’re not into viewing films 24/7. The festival will close with Jay DiPietro’s PETER AND VANDY (East Coast Premiere), starring Jason Ritter, Jess Weixler and Zak Orth.
Presenting Sponsors of the film festival are (Art House, Bacardi Dragonberry, Crown & Anchor, HBO. PIFF is also supported by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Provincetown Tourism Fund).
For More Info & Tix @ ptownfilmfest.com

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Boston Pride Celebrates the "T" in LGBT

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson chats with Keri Aulita, Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Boston Pride Committee, about this year’s Boston Pride events. Boston’s Pride celebration began June 5th & runs through Sunday June 14th with festivities happening all week long. Interestingly, June 1st, the White House released a National Proclamation honoring the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion & officially recognized June as LGBT Pride Month. Though this is a step forward for the Obama administration to acknowledge the contributions our LGBT community has made & continues to make in strengthening the fabric of American society, most LGBT Americans are more concerned about what legislation Obama will pass to provide equal rights, benefits & protections for their families. When asked if Boston Pride had planned any events to honor Stonewall, Aulita explained. “This year's theme "Trans-forming Our Community” is long overdue. We need to support and acknowledge our Transsexual community after all they are the “T” in LGBT." Aulita continued to say that Pride Week is meant to be about socializing & celebrating the LGBT community with parties, music & other cultural events, but it's also a vehicle for promoting awareness. "We've always been committed to trying to get people to think. We want people to come out & really think about what it's like to be out & how lucky we are to live in a place like Massachusetts."
Next year Boston Pride will be celebrating its fortieth anniversary.

More Info: Boston Pride.org

Monday, June 1, 2009

Gay Activists to Rally in California (Audio)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson talks with Robin McGehee, Lead Organizer of Meet in the Middle 4 Equality, about their first statewide demonstration following the California Supreme Court rulings which upheld the ban on gay marriage. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) advocates & allies gathered in Fresno, California Saturday, May 30th in solidarity to support full federal equality. This all-inclusive event brought supporters of social justice & equality from across California & ask them to renew their dedication to fight for the rights of LGBT individuals who currently struggle to have their rights protected. Progressive leaders & activists set goals for a new movement which will call upon organizers & attendees to continue the fight & call upon the Obama administration & the federal government to provide full equality to LGBT individuals. Meet in the Middle is the beginning of a civil rights movement for today’s generation. In a symbolic sign of respect to the social movements of the past & present, the event began with a 5 hour, 14.5 mile Equality March from Selma, California to downtown Fresno, California. The march & rally are the result of a major grassroots effort, modeled after President Obama’s campaign relying on the Internet & word of mouth. Traditionally, the LGBT rights movement has concentrated efforts in major metropolitan cities, but California voter demographics from November 2008 reflect that this approach did not garner the expected results. Consequently, organizers for Meet in the Middle have created an inward-working-out geographic strategy based upon the belief that the “Selma” or “Montgomery” of the LGBT rights movement will be in smaller communities needing equality education, resources and support – communities like Fresno which are at the epicenter of middle-American values. McGehee was one of the 18, 000 gay couples legally married in California in 2008.