Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Gay Activist Ellen Hart Speaks OUT

Produced by Charlotte Robinson

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with mystery author, Ellen Hart about her latest book “The Mirror and the Mask.” Ellen is a five-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Mystery as well as a three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Best Popular Fiction. Entertainment Weekly recently named her one of the "101 movers and shakers in the gay entertainment industry."

Ellen lives in Minneapolis with her partner of 30 years. Recently, three gay couples challenged the Minnesota law that bans gay marriages and prohibits the state from recognizing gay marriages performed elsewhere. When asked what her thoughts were about this Hart stated, “I’m thrilled. I mean I think we have to do that everywhere. My partner and I could drive to Iowa and get married and we decided we’re going to stay put. We want to get married in Minnesota; we’re dug-in here. I mean this is where we live. We love it here. I love Minnesota. Minnesota has moved to the right in the last few years and I think the voices of the right are so loud and so insistent and I believe that they have managed to move even the general conversation to the right. The middle is to the right now but we want to get married and we want to get married here. That’s why we support everything we can that wants to bring civil rights to Minnesota. I mean it just fries me that if you’re a killer or any number of horrible things and heterosexual you can get married. But if you love somebody of the same gender, if you just love that person of the same gender, society somehow finds something wrong with that. To me that just fries me.”

“The Mirror and the Mask” is a must-read summer book and was nominated for a Lambda Award for Best Lesbian Mystery.
For More Info: ellenhart.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love what Hart says about everything here, but especially her awareness of how being outside the mainstream puts you in a position to have unique insights.