Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Peter Tatchell Talks LGBTQ Equality & Human Rights (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with United Kingdom’s legendary LGBTQ and human rights activist Peter Tatchell, director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation. Tatchell began campaigning for queer freedom in 1969 at age 17 inspired by the teaching of Mahatma Gandhi, Sylvia Pankurst, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X adapting their peaceful protest methods and actually inventing a few of his own. In 1971 Tatchell was a leading activist in the UK’s Gay Liberation Front and was the defeated Labour candidate in 1983 which turned out to be the most violent and homophobic British election in the last 100 years. In 1990 he helped found the queer rights group OutRage! which outed 10 Anglican bishops in 1994 accusing them of hypocrisy for publicly conspiring with the church’s homophobic stance. He went on to remove outdated UK laws against our LGBTQ community and eventually created the Peter Tatchell Foundation, an independent, non-party political organization based in the United Kingdom which promotes and protects the human rights of individuals, communities and nations in the UK and internationally in accordance with established national and international human rights law. We talked to Peter about what he hopes to accomplish with his work and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what his personal commitment is to LGBTQ civil rights Tatchell stated, “Well I have worked through in the early days the Gay Liberation Front in the 1990’s with OutRage! the queer rights direct action group and now as director of my own small human rights foundation the Peter Tatchell Foundation which works on both LGBT+ rights but also on other human rights issues as well supporting the struggle for democracy and human rights in countries like Russia, Pakistan, Uganda and many others. It’s very interesting the way in which my work on non LGBT issues has inadvertently helped raise the profile and awareness of LGBT rights. For example I’ve done work supporting the democracy movement in Pakistan and in particular the national liberation struggle of the people of Balochistan who have been occupied by Balochistan since the late 1940’s and because I am a gay man, an openly gay man and because I support LGBT rights even without mentioning it this has created an awareness, a mind change among many people in Pakistan who previously never met an openly gay person and who you know regarded LGBT people as demons or whatever. Because I have supported their struggle it’s helped bring about change in values and attitudes a much more sympathetic attitude towards LGBT+ rights.”

Recently during the 2018 World Cup games in Moscow, Russia Tatchell was arrested and released after bravely staging a one-man protest against Putin’s failure to act against Chechnya’s torture of our LGBTQ community that brought international attention to this issue. For almost fifty years Peter Tatchell has unselfishly fought for educating, advocating and lobbying for the elimination of exclusion and discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity, race, gender, disability, religion, belief, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic, social, cultural or refugee status.
For More Info: petertatchellfoundation.org

Friday, November 9, 2018

Singer Joey Suarez Talks Pop Hit “Dancing By Myself” (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with LGBTQ singer songwriter Joey Suarez about his new dance hit “Dancing By Myself” that just landed at #5 and climbing on the UK Upfront Club Chart. The song remixed by chart-topping UK-based HausUnited landed just behind superstars Calvin Harris and Sam Smith. Suarez talks about the inspiration behind “Dancing by Myself” and how it is a very self-descriptive portrayal of the feeling of being alone at a club after being in an eight year relationship and content with the idea that you are now alone. He hopes the song will be inspirational to listeners who are experiencing this kind of independence for the first time. He explains that the song grows and changes a lot like our emotions do when we are heart broken. With that said he hope this song finds those who feel alone and are trying to dance away their troubles. We talked to Joey about what he hopes to accomplish with his music and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what he hopes to accomplish with his music Suarez stated, “Honestly I believe my lifelong goal for music is to give my family something to hold on to. We are all foreigners, my parents come from different countries and so we don’t have a lot of history other than moving here. A big part of being in the music industry for me was to rewrite a lot of negative family history that brought us here and give us something to be proud of. So my main goal as a musician and my music is essentially to make all my thirteen nieces and nephews and eleven brothers and sisters to feel that have something else to be proud of other than all the negative things that exist in our world today.”

Joey Suarez is a classically-trained opera/choir singer with over ten years of classical vocal training. Suarez didn’t begin to explore pop music until he was 21 years old drawing from a wide range of musical influences including Linkin Park, Miley Cyrus and Daft Punk as he crafted a truly unique style of music. While most musicians tend to hide their sexuality at the beginning of their career for fear of rejection, Suarez consciously decided to live his life authentically as a proud gay man. His songs have generated over 200,000 streams and he is currently in the studio writing and recording more songs and creating new music projects that will be released in 2019.
For More Info: joeysuarez.com