Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Kendra TV Show Takes on LGBT Issues

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with actor Bill Brochtrup and producer Jon Avnet about their new television series “Kendra” on the WIGS Network which is the #1 channel for scripted drama on YouTube. Openly gay actor Bill Brochtrup played the gay temp, John Irvin on “NYPD Blue” and straight ally writer/director Jon Avnet is credited with decades of award winning television and film productions including “Black Swan” and “Fried Green Tomatoes”. Kendra is about a bi-sexual post-op nurse played by Sarah Jones (Vegas, Alcatraz) and set in a hospital recovery room known as “Twilight” where people coming off anesthesia are more vulnerable to their true self. Her roommates are a multi-racial gay couple Arnold and Kenny (Brochtrup and DeVaughn Nixon) all of whom served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. We talked to Brochtrup and Avnet about this edgy series that addresses “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and other LGBT topics.

When asked what his personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Brochtrup stated, “I’m gay. I’ve been an openly gay actor for many years since I began working on ‘NYPD Blue’. I’ve always been an optimist as far as history goes. I feel like things are moving quickly towards complete equal rights for LGBT people and it may seem slow sometimes to people who are out in the field fighting for these things but over the course of history we will realize that this has happened very quickly in this country and I’m proud to have played a small part in that. I think that images we see in the media can really move this zeitgeist and make people understand that LGBT people are just like everyone else and want the same things that everyone else wants. So I’ve always found the important thing people can do is come out, be themselves and lead an honest life and it’s been shown many times that the more the straight world gets to know gay people, they’re in their family, they’re in their workplace, we’re everywhere as part of the fabric of the community, the more people are accepting that it’s not that big a deal.”

WIGS Launched in May 2012 on YouTube and has 92,848 subscribers and 18,829,167 video views. It consists of provocative, edgy and addictive series, short films, and documentaries, featuring complex, compelling characters played by female leads. Created by Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia (“Albert Nobbs,” “In Treatment”) the channel combines Hollywood’s most successful creative minds with the innovation and power of the digital age to deliver consumers high-quality, original entertainment.
For More Info: youtube.com/wigs 


Monday, December 17, 2012

Kate Clinton: 2012 LGBT Review & 2013 Forecast

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Kate Clinton, our favorite lesbian political humorist. As we head into the New Year it’s time to reflect on 2012 and chat about what 2013 will bring our LGBT community. This has been an amazing year for LGBT people starting with Obama finally coming out in support of marriage equality, Tammy Baldwin being the first lesbian elected to the U.S. Senate and gay marriage passing in Washington, Maryland and Maine. Now with Obama being elected to another term and gay marriage and Proposition 8 headed to the U.S. Supreme Court we have a lot to look forward to in the coming year. We talked to Kate about these events and her spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what she would like to see happen for LGBT civil rights in the next four years, Clinton stated, “Well there’s a lot of things that still need work on and I think we can certainly keep pushing for marriage equality on the federal level. But, I think that we still have a lot of work to do on immigration, a lot of work to do on HIV/AIDS, a lot of work to pass ENDA, a trans inclusive ENDA because in so many states they don’t have non discrimination laws. So a federal nondiscrimination law would be a great start and it’s been stalled forever. There are those LGBT things to work on but I also think that… I’m not a physicist, I’m a metaphysicist… which is hard to say really. You know I think that there’s a certain amount of freedom and just a very finite amount and you know we gave some to the gays so we’re going to have to take it away from somewhere and it seems to be taken away from women. In a lot of ways, I think that women are the new gays. LGBT people need to be reminded, they do know it in their hearts, that our issues are also issues of choice and that we have to support the women’s movement and support women working against violence, for reproductive freedom and that those are our issues as well. In short we still have work to do.”

Join Kate Clinton for her world-famous 2013 SIS-BOOM-BAH TOUR! Once again, she'll be shaking her pom poms, pumping up the crowd, leading the cheers and jeers. Sis is for the sisters and others. Boom for the boomers and babes. Bah to anyone who doesn't have team spirit. Verbal stunts, tumbling in the aisles and laughing side-splits! Climb on the human pyramid of fun. Catch the spirit of SIS-BOOM-BAH!  
For More Info: kateclinton.com

Monday, December 10, 2012

LGBT Activist Laverne Cox Speaks OUT

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Laverne Cox, actress, producer and transgender advocate currently appearing in the new Susan Seidelman (Desperately Seeking Susan) film MUSICAL CHAIRS. This must-see film is a unique blend of dance, drama, and romance starring newcomers Leah Pipes and E.J. Bonilla as a pair of unlikely lovers in contemporary New York who must face a number of challenges both separately and together before finding one another and themselves. Also appearing is Tony-winner Priscilla Lopez, Jaime Tirelli, Morgan Spector, Auti Angel, Jerome Preston Bates, Nelson R. Landrieu and Angelic Zambrana, We talked to Laverne about the film, the GLAAD National Campaign "I AM: Trans People Speak" co-sponsored by The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition that she is involved with and her spin on our LGBT civil rights.

When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Cox stated, “I think about this and I really think it’s about me being an American and me being a proud American. I love this country and I love what this country in theory stands for. I believe that all our citizens are equal and should be treated and seen equally under that law and we know that’s not quite how it is for LGBT folk specifically trans folks because I’m trans I take it kind of personally. I’m discriminated against when the laws don’t necessarily accommodate the reality of my life. So my commitment really is a commitment to American values and what this country should be about. The commitment to equality and I just know from my own personal experience so often I’ve been made to feel less than because I’m trans and I don’t think anyone should be made to feel less than because of who they are on a fundamental level. So I think a lot of my commitment comes out of these things.”

Laverne Cox made television history when she became the first African American transgender woman to appear on a reality television program, VH1’s “I Wanna Work for Diddy” in 2008. Laverne is also the first African American transgender woman to produce and star in her own television show, VH1’s critically acclaimed “TRANSForm Me”. Laverne has garnered critical acclaim for her role in “Musical Chairs”. Keith Uhlich of “Time Out” wrote, “You leave remembering…Laverne Cox’s galvanizing mettle as a paraplegic transsexual who befriends Mia.” Laverne is currently in production in the upcoming Netflix original television prison series "Orange is the New Black" by the creator of "Weeds" Jenji Kohan premiering in 2013. Cox has appeared on NBC’s "Law and Order" and "Law and Order: SVU", as well as HBO’s "Bored to Death." Her other independent film credits include “Carla,” “36 Saints” and “The Exhibitionists.” She is also a regular contributor to Huffington Post.
For More Info: lavernecox.com 
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Monday, December 3, 2012

Gay Ally Vintage Trouble Speaks OUT

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with gay allies, lead singer Ty Taylor and bassist Rick Barrio Dill from the R & B band VINTAGE TROUBLE. We first met VINTAGE TROUBLE in October when they were partnering with groups to register voters at their concerts and at campaign events. At the time they were touring with Joss Stone. VINTAGE TROUBLE is currently on tour with the legendary rock band THE WHO. We talked to Ty and Rick about their music, touring with THE WHO and their spin on LGBT civil rights.

When asked what their reaction was to Obama being re-elected and gay marriage passing in Washington, Maryland and Maine Rick stated, “It was moving for us for a lot of reasons. Not only for a lot of our friends and family that this is an important issue but just as a country I think it’s imperative that we move forward. We’ve been very fortunate to travel to a lot of different countries and places and the viewpoint and the social sort of zeitgeist feels in a lot of places like it’s further then it is in America. So it was very important to see the progress and to see the progression of some of these issues like gay rights and even the continuation of a lot of the things this President is trying to lay out. It was great to just feel like we’re moving forward and we’re keeping the pedal to the metal as far as progress.” Ty added, “I was excited but also in my mind it’s just infuriating to be even dealing with issues like this anymore. More so than lesbian, gay, any of these kinds of issues, there should be a basic civil right issue and I can’t believe anyone is still trying to tell any particular group of people that they can’t marry anyone from any other group of people or from the same group of people. Just doesn’t make sense to me. So I’m excited that we got to add more states to the pool of states that have already realized that marriage should be marriage and I was excited that Obama was re-elected. All of these things should just be evident. It shouldn’t even be a question that Obama was the new President again and it shouldn’t be even a question that Washington DC should allow gay marriage. Every state should allow it. It’s just silly and almost, I hate to say the word ‘stupid’ or use stupidity because I try to be nonjudgmental but the idea that someone can’t marry someone is just ridiculous to me.”

Vintage Trouble released their studio album The Bomb Shelter Sessions in 2011 that won them the 2011 Classic Rock Award for "Best New Band." The band is from Hollywood, California and consists of lead singer Ty Taylor, Nalle Colt guitars/vocals, Rick Barrio Dill bass guitar/vocals and drummer Richard Danielson. Vintage Trouble is currently opening for legendary rock band The Who’s North American tour entitled ‘Quadrophenia & More’. Surviving members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are performing the 1973 album in its entirety along with other classic songs from their catalog. Pete’s brother Simon Townshend is on guitar. Replacing the late original drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle are Zakk Starkey, Ringo‘s son and Pino Palladino on bass. We caught this concert in Boston and it was brilliant. THE WHO is on a 37 US city-tour. Don’t miss it.
For More Info: vintagetrouble.com
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