Sunday, April 30, 2017

GLAAD’s Sarah Kate Ellis-Henderson Speaks OUT (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Sarah Kate Ellis-Henderson President and CEO of GLAAD the world’s LGBTQ media advocacy organization. GLAAD works through entertainment, news and digital media industries to share stories from the LGBTQ community that accelerate global acceptance. On Saturday May 6th the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City took place at the New York Hilton Midtown. GLAAD honoring fierce LGBTQ ally Debra Messing with the Excellence in Media Award which is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people. Previous Excellence in Media Award honorees include Robert De Niro, Russell Simmons, Kelly Ripa, Patti LaBelle, Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, and Diane Sawyer. Billy Porter the Tony and Grammy Award-winning actor and singer was honored with the Vito Russo Award which is presented to an openly LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance. The Award is named for Vito Russo, a founder of GLAAD and celebrated ACT UP activist, who pushed open the door for news and entertainment industries to include LGBTQ performers and stories. Previous Vito Russo honorees include Anderson Cooper, Ricky Martin, George Takei, Cynthia Nixon, Rosie O’Donnell, RuPaul, Tom Ford, Thomas Roberts, Suze Orman and Alan Cumming. Ross Mathews will host the event and Whoopi Goldberg, Don Lemon, Rami Malek, Janet Mock, Trevor Noah and Christian Slater are attending among others at this fabulous LGBTQ Awards Show. We talked to Sarah Kate about GLAAD’s agenda for the next year and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked how she sees our LGBTQ community moving forward in a Trump administration Ellis-Henderson stated, “You know we’re fighters; that has always been our lexi as a community and we’re going to get louder, more vocal, more visible as this administration continues to try and erase us. The other thing that is especially inspiring in these harder times is how the various communities and social movements are locking arms. I’m finding the power in working together. We actually launched a campaign right before the election which is called our “Together” campaign and the symbol is an ampersand because we know that no one is one identity and we will not get through this without helping each other and supporting each other and an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”

Sarah Kate Ellis-Henderson was named President and CEO of GLAAD in early 2014 after a successful career as a media executive. Since then she has commissioned GLAAD's annual Accelerating Acceptance report providing a window into national sentiment towards the LGBTQ community. She also ensured that national and local media would be held accountable when reporting on Caitlyn Jenner, while GLAAD also provided resources to journalists and media organizations following Jenner's prominent Diane Sawyer interview. Ellis-Henderson was included on Variety’s 2016 New Power of New York List, a collection of 50 movers and shakers who are upending the entertainment business in Manhattan and beyond. She was named one of OUT Magazine’s OUT100 and was also one of Family Circles’ 20 most influential moms, ranked 20th on the Guardian’s World Power Pride list and was named an Agent of Change by Washington D.C.’s largest LGBT publication, Metro Weekly. Sarah and her wife Kristen are also the proud mothers of two adorable children.
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Hollywood Lesbians From Garbo To Foster (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with author Boze Hadleigh about his new updated edition of “Hollywood Lesbians: From Garbo To Foster” published by Riverdale Ave Books. This is a rare collection of exclusive interviews with Hollywood icons from the Golden Age of movies and TV including Dame Judith Anderson, Barbara Stanwyck, Capucine, Ann B. Davis, Nancy Kulp, Sandy Dennis, Agnes Moorehead, Edith Head and Patsy Kelly among others. There’s also fabulous stories and insight about Jodie Foster, Rosie O'Donnell, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch, Ellen Page and more. Renowned entertainment journalist and historian Hadleigh goes straight to the source and opens the film world and television’s closet door of yesteryear and brings it full circle to today with new fabulous material. This is a fascinating exploration of our LGBTQ community’s depiction and survival in the entertainment industry over the past century to present day. We talked to Boze about his inspiration for revising “Hollywood Lesbians: From Garbo To Foster” and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked how he sees our LGBTQ community moving forward in a Trump administration Hadleigh stated, “The most important thing for the LGBTQ community is simply to be out, to be open because the more people that admit that they are gay the less that can be done against us simply from numbers; number are so important. It use to be thought back when everyone was in the closet that hardly anyone was gay. It was like one person out of a hundred or a thousand, you know one freak something like that as opposed to a legitimate minority like let’s say left-handed people where you don’t always know who they are. So just coming out is the most important thing and of course in the case of having a leader like this who was elected by the Electoral College and not by the people and the Electoral College is an anachronism and it does go back to a time when the founding fathers, only fathers, no mothers, were in charge and calling injustices involved. That should not exist anymore; that’s one of the things people need to push for the abolition of the Electoral College so as in a true democracy the people elect their leader. That’s one thing and also about resisting you know in other words write to your congress person, resist anything that is unfair that is put out by this administration which almost everything they put out is unfair. Unfortunately there was nothing that could be done with the Supreme Court situation but again just being active because this is one thing that I’ve always believed that when you’re gay and that always includes of course LGBTQ, you’re either part of the problem or part of the solution. There is no fence sitting. Either you’re helping moving forward simply by being out for instance and by writing a letter or making a phone call, sending an email or you’re in the closet or you never do anything about it or say ‘Well that’s a terrible antigay thing.’ But what are you going to do about it? Are you saying anything about it? So to be more active to first of all be out of course and be more active about it because it doesn’t take a lot of time especially in this electronic age. So just be out there.”

Boze Hadleigh is the foremost writer on LGBTQ Hollywood. His 22 books have been translated into 14 languages and yielded 11 TV documentaries and three plays. He holds a master’s degree in journalism, speaks five languages, has visited over 60 countries and even won on Jeopardy! His titles also include “Hollywood Gays”, “The Lavender Screen”, “Sing Out!”, “Broadway Babylon”, “Celebrity Lies!”, “Marilyn Forever” and “An Actor Succeeds” to name a few. “Hollywood Gays” and “Hollywood Lesbians: From Garbo To Foster” are available on Riverdale Ave Books.
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

“Jewel's Catch One” A Woman’s Fearless Journey

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with filmmaker C. Fitz and LGBTQ pioneer Jewel Thais-Williams about their documentary “Jewel's Catch One”. The film tells the story of Jewel Thais-Williams and her legendary “Jewel’s Catch One” nightclub often referred to as the Studio 54 of the West. It was a hub for cutting edge fashion and music for over 42 years in LA before it closed last year. When Jewel opened her club in 1972 to all races and sexual orientations the club became a target of racism and homophobia especially during the AIDS crisis. She even turned her parking lot into a soup kitchen during that time to make sure people could get care when so many were being ostracized. Jewel became a civil rights leader and then ultimately a healer who has now saved countless lives through her Village Healthcare Foundation. The film is narrated by CCH Pounder and features exclusive interviews with Sharon Stone, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Thelma Houston, Sandra Bernhard, Bonnie Pointer, Thea Austin, Jenifer Lewis and more as well as fabulous vintage footage that includes Madonna’s 2000 album release party where it was rumored that she learned to Vogue at the club. We talked to Fitz and Jewel about their inspirational must-see documentary and their spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked how she sees our LGBTQ community moving forward in a Trump administration Jewel stated, “United and on all fronts I feel is the key to it as well as being supportive of other groups. I think that we saw during the Civil Rights Protests and Campaign embrace every aspect of the human conditions and so we had folks joining from various and slightly different groups to support that cause and I feel if we can get that kind of support around our LGBTQ issues and we’re finding hope with millennials. We see them protesting things like Black Lives Matter and they might be Asian, Indian and Caucasian, whatever, this is the kind of support we need to face anything that is happening politically to us now. We all have to join together every facet of our Americana especially those people that are being discriminated against and of course we’re one of the main ones of that. If we all come together there’s power in numbers.”

Filmmaker C. Fitz met Jewel after volunteering to direct a 3-minute short for charity and realized there was a much greater story to tell. She has spent the last six years bringing “Jewel's Catch One” a labor of love and inspiration to fruition. Fitz is also a television and marketing veteran who through her creative agency “Dancing Pictures” has worked with many clients including HBO, Pepsi, FOX, Disney and Showtime where she has conceptualized and produced hundreds of international and domestic broadcast and social media campaigns. Early in her career Fitz was the producer behind the launch of the BRAVO series, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” where she helped introduce the ground-breaking new format as an international brand. In the late 1990’s Jewel Thais-Williams at age 56, driven by an overwhelming need to make a difference, enrolled in Samra University of Oriental Medicine and received a Master of Science degree. She went on to pass the state and national boards and is currently a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist at her new clinic at 4077 Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles, California under the same name Village Health Foundation.
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