Monday, October 27, 2014

Dr. Dain Heer Believes Being You Can Change The World

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Dr. Dain Heer who is the author of the bestselling book “Being You, Changing the World” that provides the tools and inspiration to uncover the real ‘you’ which in turn sparks new ideas, creates success and increases happiness and wellbeing. Dain is an international speaker, author and facilitator of advanced workshops in Access Consciousness worldwide. Heer’s unique and transforming points of view on change, bodies, sex and relationship transcends everything currently being taught. Dain believes that having the courage to be different can generate more success, heal your health, create more fulfilling relationships and even improve your financial situation. We talked to Dain about his book “Being You, Changing the World” and his spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what he would like to see happen for LGBT equality in the next few years Heer stated, “What I would love to see is our LGBT community wake-up and recognize that we are truly creating change in the world. You know the Supreme Court decision is one indication of that and it’s a large indication because of its impact in the United States. What I would like to see is marriage equality in every state but also I would like to see it around the world. You know there are many countries having this conversation and I think marriage equality is just one of the aspects of what is actually possible. Because what I would like to see is us no longer having to hide us, whatever that is, and actually realize that we have a unique possibility for functioning beyond judgment. You know what we can do is show everyone else Hey you know what, I have lived the trials and travails of judgment that this reality throws at me. I’m not only surviving but I’m thriving. So what I would like to see is what the marriage possibility, what that has opened the door to in actually spread to every other area of life and we have so many ways in which there isn’t equality, you know in the workplace and so many different things and I think what is possible is the unique perspective where it’s like Hey guys, I’ve lived it, you don’t have to make yourself wrong anymore.

Dain Heer has authored eight books on the topics of embodiment, healing, money and relationships. Dain’s work is now in 121 countries in which he facilitates people to tap into and recognize their own abilities and empowers them to know they are the creators of their own life. Gaining global attention, Dain has appeared on Fox News, Gaiam TV, Great Day Houston, The Collective Magazine, Natural Awakening, Om Times and San Diego Living among other media outlets.
For More Info: drdainheer.com

Monday, October 20, 2014

Filmmaker Stu Maddux Saving LGBT History

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Filmmaker Stu Maddux about his new documentary "Reel In The Closet” which takes a look for the first time at LGBT home movies dating back to the 1930s. These never before seen archival treasures are tragically being thrown away by friends and family who aren't aware of the hidden history they hold. Maddux has launched a Kickstarter campaign to complete this important film. Stu’s hoping that "Reel In The Closet” ignites a movement to preserve our LGBT history. We talked to Stu about the significance of "Reel In The Closet” and his spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what his personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Maddux stated, “You get handed opportunities every once in a while to become involved in things and I was that person who always saw my gayness as secondary. I was the person who said this is not all of who I am but then you know the rest of the world started really getting interested in that part of my life and started legislating about it and debating about it and that’s when I realized it was becoming a big personal commitment. The way that I could help that civil rights movement was to do what I do which is to make movies about things that are really important to the civil rights movement, so it’s a really personal commitment. It’s about making your own life better. I’m just trying to make my own life better and those around me too.”

Stu Maddux is an award-winning producer and director of documentaries about LGBT aging and history. His last film “Gen Silent” puts a face on what experts in the film call an epidemic when LGBT seniors are so afraid of being subject to discrimination or worse in long-term healthcare that many go back into the closet. His interest in LGBT aging and history grew from his 2006 documentary, “Bob and Jack’s 52-Year Adventure” about an army sergeant who began an affair with his commanding officer in 1952. The two men came out to the troops in their unit and are still together sixty years later. Maddux has evolved into an outspoken activist for LGBT elders and honoring their experience. He has addressed national conferences including the American Psychological Association, the American Society on Aging and Out & Equal. His latest project “Reel In The Closet” is about the importance to save and share the hidden history on the home movies and personal photos of LGBT people dating back a century. To complete his film in time for the 2015 film festival season he has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $15,000 by October 31st. This is a fabulous opportunity to get involved and help preserve our LGBT stories.
For More Info: stumaddux.com  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LGBT Activist Urvashi Vaid Speaks OUT



In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Urvashi Vaid who has been a leader in the LGBT and social justice movements for nearly three decades. Urvashi is being honored by GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) with the Spirit of Justice Award on October 24th at Boston Marriott Copley Place. Vaid has made change for our LGBT community through her leadership of numerous LGBT organizations. Most recently she founded LPAC the first lesbian political action committee and her writings have advanced our LGBT movement to be expansive in its thinking and inclusive in its work. We talked to Urvashi about the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court recently denying review of marriage equality cases and her spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what she would like to see happen for LGBT equality in the next few years Vaid stated, “I would really like us to do two things. One is to take care of the parts of our community that are less powerful. That means low-income LGBT people, transgender people and our community’s women whose rights are getting the crap kicked out of them. Parts of our community across the board, kids, old gay people, parts of our community who are less powerful than middle or upper class professionals like me. For our organizations, donors, our foundations, our media outlets to focus the spotlight and focus their work on the full parts of our community. The second thing I would love to see happen is for the LGBT community to use its political power and access to create a more just society for all. We have done a great job advancing and pulling together and that kind of unity that got us to this point, I would like to see it sustain over the next few years so we can use that power that we’ve been organizing to push back some of the rightwing policies in this country and to push for a more inclusive and just society which really is the queer vision. LGBT people vote more progressive in general. LGBT people care about the environment. We care about leaving a better world for our children and for future generations. Those sets of values that we have of compassion, community building, of caring, of stepping up and shouldering responsibility which we have shown again and again, I hope are the qualities that will guide our movement in the coming years.”

Urvashi Vaid is a graduate of Vassar College and Northeastern University School of Law. She is currently Director of the Engaging Tradition Project at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. In 2012 Vaid authored “Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and The Assumptions of LGBT Politics” published by Magnus Books. On October 24th she will receive the prestigious GLAD’s Spirit of Justice Award at their annual fundraising dinner event in Boston, Massachusetts.
For More Info & Tix: glad.org

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2014

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Mark Gilbert, Interim Executive Director and Board Chair of the Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival which is in association with the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The sixth annual Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival has expanded to seven days and takes place Friday, October 10th through Sunday, October 12th and resumes Thursday, October 16th through Sunday, October 19th. This year FLGLFF 2014 is presenting fifty award-winning diverse feature films and shorts, along with special events and parties throughout the city, making it one of the most highly regarded LGBT film festivals in the nation. The Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s mission is to enrich, entertain and educate the public through the presentation of international and culturally diverse films that offer meaningful perspectives on the historic and contemporary gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. We talked to Mark about this year’s film festival and his spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what he would like to see happen for LGBT equality in the next few years Gilbert stated, “I would like to see the movement continue at the pace that it is. I mean my dream, my vision, I use to do editorials and talk about what I hope would be one day and we’re already seeing it. I’m a grandfather of two and my boys don’t know any different and when I say that of course I mean as a grandfather of two adorable, loving children and they’ll never know the difference that gay was ever anything to wonder about. They’ll only know that Papa’s gay and their grandfather and they love him. My dream is fifty years from today and even to take that to the next level where when they hear talk about marriage, gay marriage, marriage equality, if you will, they’re only going to know that there’s my two mommies, my two daddies, or Joey has two mommies or two daddies, or two grandmas, whatever it is they’re going to feel the same love for them, it’s not going to be something special or different. It will just be part of our every day lives that everyone will accept everyone for who they are and it will be a world of just equality.”

Presented by HBO, Merrill Lynch and The Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB/Broward Office of Film, Music & Entertainment, the sixth annual Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival promises to be a wealth of films, ranging from hilarious takes on relationships to compelling dramas and documentaries touching upon some of the more compelling issues of our LGBT community. There are also fabulous parties and events presented by Florida’s LGBT non-profits.
For More Info & Tix: flglff.com