Friday, April 29, 2016

Activists Address LGBTQ Homeless Youth Crisis

In this exclusive audio broadcast Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ participated in a conference call with The National LGBTQ Task Force and the True Colors Fund announcing a new tool for individuals and communities working to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning youth experiencing homelessness. “At The Intersections” is the new online resource written by 47 contributors that provides a comprehensive guide for advocates, policymakers, service providers and funders working to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth. The first-of-its-kind online publication highlights innovative approaches to supporting youth experiencing homelessness, provides successful case studies as well as concrete solutions to ending LGBTQ youth homelessness. In this country up to 40 percent of young people experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ although they represent less than 10 percent of the general youth population. Participating on the call were Meghan Maury, Criminal & Economic Justice Project Director with National LGBTQ Task Force, Christa Price, MSW Program Officer with True Colors Fund, Jama Shelton, LMSW PhD, Deputy Executive Director at True Colors Fund, Coco Wheeler, Community Organizing Student with True Colors Fund, Sassafras Lowery, Author & Advocate, Thomas Wilson an LGBTQ youth who has experienced homelessness and hosted by Jorge Amaro Media and Public Relations Director for The Task Force to talk about this new resource and discuss continued efforts to support LGBTQ youth.

Meghan Maury stated, “Close to 40 percent of youth that experience homelessness identify as LGBTQ. There are many factors that contribute to LGBTQ youth homelessness, including family rejection, abuse, aging out of foster care, economic hardship, bullying and school harassment. This guide calls for a nuanced understanding in order to inform the creation of effective systems and programs that will meet the needs of the diverse population of LGBTQ young people experiencing homelessness.” Christa Price concluded, “The needs and wants of each young person who is experiencing homelessness differ greatly. In some cities there may be a relatively large amount of shelter space for young people but significant gaps in access to physical and mental health care. In other cities there may be a more robust system of care but a higher likelihood of justice system involvement. ‘At the Intersections’ gives providers a framework on how to respond to the individual needs of young people and the systemic gaps they have identified locally.”

LGBTQ youth suffer higher rates of physical and sexual assault than heterosexual youth experiencing homelessness. In order to survive, 28 percent of homeless LGBTQ youth report trading sex for basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. Additionally LGBTQ youth are twice as likely as non-LGBTQ youth to attempt suicide. This new online resource also examines the relationship between racism and LGBTQ youth homelessness, the impact of immigration on LGBTQ young people and the systemic barriers faced by transgender and gender non-conforming youth experiencing homelessness. The National LGBTQ Task Force works to secure full freedom, justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. For over forty years, they have been at the forefront of the social justice movement by training thousands of organizers and advocating for change at the federal, state, and local level. Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, the True Colors Fund works nationally to end homelessness among LGBT youth. Through a broad continuum of public engagement, public policy, youth collaboration, research and community organizing programs, the True Colors Fund is creating a world in which young people can be their true selves.
For More Info: attheintersections.org

Monday, April 25, 2016

Filmmaker JD Disalvatore Speaks OUT

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with filmmaker JD Disalvatore about her upcoming documentary entitled “How To Save A Dog” which she hopes will contribute to making Los Angeles, California a no-kill city. “How To Save A Dog” is a feature-length documentary project that provides a compelling inside look at what it takes to rescue animals in America. Though cats and dogs are considered family members millions are killed every year just because they are unwanted. In Los Angeles the rescue community has been working on a movement to make the city no-kill which means that animals wouldn’t be euthanized for space. Having been diagnosed with terminal Stage IV cancer four years ago, Disalvatore never slowed down and even amped up her volunteer time at her local LA City Animal Shelter which was the inspiration for the project. In addition to the feature documentary, 20-30 educational videos will be made for social media to educate and engage anyone interested in helping make our nation no-kill. We talked to JD about her motivation for “How To Save A Dog” and her spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what she would you like to see happen for LGBT equality in the next few years Disalvatore stated, “I think what we’re doing now is stamping out the last embers of those who seek to oppose us. I think all the really horrible laws we’re seeing in the last couple of weeks are direct reaction to the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. So it took a couple of years for them to get these laws in action. They want to ban the bathroom issues, they want to ban services to LGBT people and the reaction is huge corporations like Pay Pal and Lionsgate Films and rock stars like Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr are saying, guess what, we’re not coming to your state because you’re bloody bigots, and that’s really great to see. It’s like we reached a tipping point where this is unacceptable. So I think right now we have to concentrate on smashing out these last ashes of discrimination because the worst thing they can do is teach the next generation that this is okay. We could completely go backwards depending on how the next election goes and how the local elections go. I mean everywhere there’s a problem these people were elected. So if they’re doing things you don’t agree with you need to get out and campaign and vote if you do nothing else. We have to stamp out these anti LGBT laws and movements and I think we’re doing that. In the old days people like us had to go out and march in the streets and bear the brunt of all sorts of hate mail and now Bruce Springsteen is doing it for us.”

JD Disalvatore brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from her involvement as an activist for our LGBT community and as an accomplished award-winning filmmaker to her current project “How To Save A Dog”. Her film credits include “Eating Out 2”, “A Marine Story”, “Gay Propaganda”, “Elena Undone” and “Shelter” for which she won the GLAAD Media Award for best feature film in limited release in 2009. Now is the time for everyone who cares about making America a no-kill zone for our pets to get involved. This documentary will definitely take you on that journey.
For Info & To Contribute: howtosaveadog.com

Thursday, April 14, 2016

David Millbern Hosts New Game Show “Modd Couples”

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with David Millbern who hosts Here TV’s outrageous new game show “Modd Couples” where straight and LGBTQ couples compete for a fabulous prize. With his co-host comedian Olivia Harewood, “Modd Couples” features two couples one gay and one straight battling it out over three rounds to win fabulous prizes. All six episodes are currently available on Here TV as well as on various streaming services including Here TV’s Hulu channel and YouTube Premium channel. “Modd Couples” brings couples together to prove how well they know one another and over the course of each episode the couples rely on that intimate knowledge as they compete across three rounds of play with escalating challenges. The result is groundbreaking with some of the most hilarious and unexpected antics on TV. The three competitive rounds include Couples Speak, That’s Super Awkward and The Lightning List that begins with the “Kiss Off” segment where the couples get intimate by kissing for 10 seconds then David and Olivia judge which couple had the hottest kiss and that couple begins the final round. We talked to David about his inspiration for “Modd Couples” and his spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what he would like to see happen for LGBT equality in the next few years Millbern stated, “Well with marriage equality being the law of the land that is such a celebration but there are still many things that are left to be dealt with. Religious Freedom Laws are coming about trying to counteract that (marriage equality) are very disturbing and I’m very proud of Hollywood banding together and pulling productions from those states that pass such laws. Certainly discrimination in the workplace is still an area that needs work. The fight is not over but we certainly had a big win and now is not the time to give up because there are situations out there that still need our attention and again with a show like “Modd Couples” a fun comedy show, I think we can bridge that gap with positive role images showing that you know what, we’re all alike, everyone can be who they want to be and everyone can get the respect that they deserve. That kind of feeling in this country needs constant vigilance and that’s what I want to do. That’s what Here Media does every day 24/7 and I’m very proud to be part of that movement.”

David Millbern first emerged as a child actor and by the age of 17 he had already studied and worked with famed acting guru Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio in NYC. After graduating from Northwestern University a role on ABC’s “General Hospital” brought him to Los Angeles where he was discovered by Roger Corman who starred David in his first feature film “The Slumber Party Massacre” which became a cult favorite and produced 2 sequels. Many more feature film roles followed including Sir Ian McKellen’s doctor in the Oscar-winning “Gods and Monsters”. He has also appeared in numerous Lifetime Network movies. Recently David produced the female thriller “The Nurse” starring Emmy nominee John Heard and the upcoming “Hush-Up Sweet Charlotte” a comedic parody that’s playing the film festival circuit. Currently as director of programming for Here TV Millbern produces “Cinema Conversations” as well as their sit-com, “From here! on OUT” starring Terry Ray and Emmy-winning Juliet Mills which has been picked up for a second season and his new game show “Modd Couples” created by Paul Colichman, Millbern, and Terry Ray. Colichman and Stephen P. Jarchow are the Executive Producers. Millbern is the producer and directs the series along with Mike Scantlan.
For More Info: heretv.com

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Dinah Red Carpet Celebrities Speak OUT (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio montage Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with celebrities on the Red Carpet at The Dinah Hollywood Party in Palm Springs. First we talked to TV comedy trailblazer Amanda Bearse who for the last 25 years has directed and produced “MADtv”, “Dharma & Gregg”, “Jamie Foxx Show” and is also known for her role as Marcy D’Arcy in the Fox classic comedy “Married With Children” about her new tello Films digital series “Skirtchasers”. She was with Christin Baker Executive Producer and CEO of tello Films and writer Stan Zimmerman (“The Golden Girls”, “Gilmore Girls”, “The Brady Bunch” movies) who brings over 30 years of writing and producing experience to the project. Bearse will direct four of the “Skirtchasers” series with Zimmerman directing one. “Skirtchasers” stars Elizabeth Keener (“The L Word”, “My Generation”) as Robyn Samuels and Barry Bostwick (“Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “Spin City”) as her estranged father Damien Samuels and Meredith Baxter (“Family Ties”, “Young and the Restless”) as her divorced mom Lilah. Robyn is freshly single after a break-up with her long time girlfriend the day before their wedding. As Robyn deals with mending her broken heart, she realizes her issues delve further than her issues with commitment; they go way back, to her father. After the split of her parents, her best-selling novelist father remarried a much younger woman and became a father again, abandoning Robyn. We talked to the trio about their inspiration for “Skirtchasers” that premiers on tello Films May 22nd and their spin on our LGBT issues.
Next we chatted with the gorgeous Tucky Williams the creator, writer and star of the hit series “Girl/Girl Scene” and new tello Films series “Dagger Kiss”, a medieval fantasy sci-fi epic with lots of girls and corsets and kissing with new episodes every Sunday on tellofilms.com. Then we talked to “Orange is the New Black” star Taryn Manning (Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett) who was a celebrity DJ spinning at The Dinah Sunday Pool Party. When asked what she would like to see happen for LGBT equality Manning stated, “I think it’s happening. It’s one of those things where life isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. So it’s like if we try to expect results right away then you’re forcing something, perhaps. I think it’s actually evolving, unraveling and becoming more accepted as people can digest it the way God intended.” We then concluded with comedian, singer and actor Lea DeLaria who also stars in “Orange is the New Black” as “Big Boo” who headlined The Dinah Comedy Show Saturday night which was brilliant. We talked to Lea about her spin on the red states using religious freedom as an excuse to discriminate against our LGBT community and her spin on our issues. In this crucial presidential election year Lea was very compassionate and articulate about why she is supporting Hillary Clinton for President.

This was our second year as media sponsors of the famed Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend filled with unique moments, exceptional firsts, unforgettable milestones and unexpected surprises that created one of the most successful Dinah events on record. From Kate Moennig and Camila Grey (aka The X-Names) giving an exclusive surprise performance Friday night to Golden Globe winner and international pop icon Lady Gaga making her unexpected return to The Dinah enjoying a little fun in the sun at the Saturday Cabana Pool Party with buddy DJ Samantha Ronson, one thing for certain is that you never know what extraordinary thing might happen at The Dinah. (Photo Credit: Marilyn Rosen)
For More Info: TheDinah.com


Friday, April 1, 2016

Transgender Activist Michaela Mendelsohn Speaks OUT

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Michaela Mendelsohn, transgender activist, public speaker and businesswoman with over 40 years of entrepreneurial leadership experience. Mendelsohn is the CEO of Pollo West Corp one of the largest franchisees for El Pollo Loco restaurant in the Western Region of the United States and the founder of the California Transgender Workplace Program to promote transgender employment opportunities. After competing in the Ms. Senior California Pageant and serving as a consultant to Jenji Kohan in the development of Laverne Cox's character on "Orange is the New Black" most people would be content to rest on their laurels but not Michaela Mendelsohn. Instead she launched her important mission to make a difference for our transgender community. Michaela passionately advocates for working transgender women through her efforts with various California trade associations. Her personal mission is to help transgender women find employment, social acceptance and a path to raise families of their own. We talked to Michaela about what she hopes to accomplish with the California Transgender Workplace Program and give us her spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what she would like to see happen for LGBT equality in the next few years Mendelsohn stated, “We’ve made a lot of headway in certain areas but you know what we’re seeing is a lot of pushback. I think the polarity between the two major parties in this country right now exists largely because a) we have an Afro-American President and b) that we have had all this LGBT exposure in the last three or four years and I think we’re getting tremendous pushback from right-wing segments of this society and we’ve got a battle to fight. We know we have to keep pushing forward every attack we have to fend off and we can’t be lazy. A lot of this depends on who gets elected president but this next four years, eight years are going to be a crucial time for us to continue the momentum and this is very Pollyanna-ish but I’m hoping to see an evolution where we get to the point where these labels are just not needed anymore. Even the word trans I think eventually will disappear because it’s just another box we put ourselves into. I think gender nonconforming is a lot more open a term I would like to see.”

Michaela Mendelsohn was born in New York City and moved to Southern California as a child where she has remained. Michaela was married for over 30 years and is the proud parent of three grown children. In 2008 she legally changed her name to Michaela Irvi Mendelsohn and her gender to female. As a parent Michaela is also focused on outreach for our LGBTQ youth, speaking on issues specific to the transgender community and informing the community about the work of the Trevor Project where she serves on the board. Michaela is truly one of those rare individuals who works to make a difference in and for our community. She’s an admirable selfless human being and an inspiration for us all. Michaela lives with her partner Carmel and their two-year old son.
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