Thursday, October 25, 2018

Brynn Tannehill Talks New Transgender Handbook (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with author and activist Brynn Tannehill about her new book “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask)” that really does tell you everything you need to know about transgender issues and serves as a valuable reference source to debunk many of the untruths circulating about our transgender community. This book truly breaks down misconceptions about trans people across all aspects of life and provides readers with a deeper understanding of what it means to be transgender. Coming from an analytical military background Brynn approached her book like a manual or handbook for transgender people as well as for the cisgender community. Tannehill graduated from the Naval Academy and earned her Naval Aviator wings piloting SH-60B helicopters and P-3C maritime patrol aircraft during three deployments between 2000 and 2004. After serving as a campaign analyst Brynn earned a masters degree in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology. She then transferred from active duty to the Naval Reserves and began working as a senior defense research scientist in the private sector as she began her transition. We talked to Brynn about what led her to write this timely informative book and give us her spin on our LGBTQ issues especially with the Trump administration’s recent attempt to erase our trans community.

When asked about her personal commitment to LGBTQ civil rights Tannehill stated, “One thing that I wish people understood and particularly lesbian, gay and bisexual people who are cisgender is that if the transgender movement fails, if we lose our rights, if we are successfully driven out of public life through policy and legislation and impact litigation by groups like The Alliance Defending Freedom, lesbians and gays are next. If they can kick all the transgender people out of the military because they feel like it they can bring back ‘Don’t ask Don’t Tell’. If they can rule that my marriage isn’t valid they can rule that your marriage isn’t valid. If they can ban people from bathrooms because the idea of sharing a bathroom with a transgender person scares straight people guess what, during ‘Don’t ask Don’t Tell’ the primary argument was that sharing a bathroom or a shower or a locker room with a gay person scares straight people and we can go straight back that is verification to discriminate against lesbians and gays. This is a unified fight whether we like it or not. The only difference is that we will go down first because we are the primary target now and once we lose, if we lose, the same methods, tactics and impact litigation that took us down will be used to do the same thing to lesbians and gays in America. Make no mistake about it the anti LGBT hate groups haven’t forgotten about lesbians and gays. They’re just having to recognize that there is greater acceptance for lesbians and gays in our society and more protections of them and are going for the low hanging fruit first which is us.”

Brynn Tannehill is a leading trans activist and essayist and has written for The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Bilerico, Slate, Salon, USA Today, The Advocate, LGBTQ Nation and The New Civil Rights Movement. Her new book "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask)” is being published just in time for Transgender Awareness Week November 17th to 21st and can be preordered on Amazon. 
For More Info: brynntannehill.com


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

MBCC To Honor Charlotte Robinson At Annual Event (AUDIO)

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition has announced it will honor Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson with the MBCC Appreciation Award at their 21st annual fundraising event Lesbians & Friends LGBTQ Dance Party For Prevention that takes place in Brookline, Massachusetts on October 20th. In these challenging times it is important to come together with hundreds of LGBTQ individuals and allies to celebrate life and the impact MBCC has achieved toward their goal of breast cancer prevention. In this exclusive audio interview Cheryl Osimo MBCC Executive Director talks about how MBCC was founded in 1992 by a few savvy lesbian women to establish the only breast cancer non-profit working closely with a research and sister organization Silent Spring Institute to investigate preventable and environmental causes of the disease. This work is funded through annual fundraising events like the upcoming Lesbians & Friends Dance: A Party for Prevention. Since 1994 Silent Spring Institute has conducted scientifically sound and environmentally focused breast cancer prevention research. Honoree Charlotte Robinson who is a breast cancer survivor talks about how breast cancer impacted her life and inspired her to establish OUTTAKE VOICES™ the online news network that for the last ten years has broadcasted to millions globally and has provided a voice for thousands of LGBTQ organizations and allies including MBCC.

When asked about being honored this year by MBCC Robinson stated, “It means a lot to me. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 22 years ago. It changed the course of my life. One of the things that really got me through it was someone told me that the Chinese believe that ‘When disease manifests itself it’s the beginning of healing’. So I took the journey of explore what in my life I needed to change in order to get back on a healthier course. In my exploration since breast cancer does not run genetically in my family I truly believe that it may exist in the water we drink because before 1996 I never drank filtered or spring water. I have since then and I have been cancer free for the last 22 years.”

The 21st Annual Lesbians and Friends LGBTQ Dance Party For Prevention takes place on Saturday October 20th from 8P to12A at the Brookline-Boston Holiday Inn located at 1200 Beacon Street in Brookline, MA. Hundreds of women will come together to celebrate and hope for a future free of breast cancer. Their goal is to raise at least $20,000. Directly before the event dance instructor Liz Nania will lead a free Merengue dance workshop for all interested participants from 7P to 8P. Refreshments including complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will also be provided to all attendees. There will be a silent auction and DJ Shelly Cullen will provide the music. Tickets are $45 and $20 for students purchased in advance online and available at the door on the evening of the dance for $50 and $25 for students.
For More Info & Tix: mbcc.org