Friday, November 15, 2019

Joshua Lyon Talks New Edie Windsor Memoir (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with author Joshua Lyon about Edie Windsor’s memoir “A Wild And Precious Life” published by St. Martin’s Press. Lyon began collaborating with Windsor before her passing in 2017 and completed the memoir with cooperation from Edie’s spouse Judith Kasen-Windsor who provided Edie’s extensive archive of personal papers dating back to the 1940s. “A Wild And Precious Life” shares intimate fascinating details of Windsor’s personal life, career pursuits and loves from her adventures in Greenwich Village lesbian bars in the 1950s while pursuing a master’s degree in mathematics at NYU to her extensive work at IBM as well as her activist awakening and epic love affair with Thea Spyer. Edie met Spyer in the 1960’s whose Dutch Jewish family had fled the Nazis and went on to become a successful clinical psychologist whose work was crucial during the AIDS crisis counseling our LGBTQ community. Their partnership lasted 44 years until Thea’s passing in 2009. With the federal government refusing to acknowledge their Canadian marriage Windsor was then required to pay $363,053 in federal estate taxes on her wife's estate which led to the 2013 Supreme Court case United States v. Windsor that successfully overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act leading to marriage equality becoming the law of the land in 2015. Edie found love again marrying Judith Kasen-Windsor in 2016 who stated, “With irreverent and unexpected stories this memoir chronicles the struggles and passions that drove her extraordinary life. It’s an important part of her legacy, a gift to all who will continue her message of hope, strength and courage. Edie proved that love does, in fact, win.” We talked to Joshua about what he hopes to accomplish with this book and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

 Joshua Lyon is an American journalist and the author of “Pill Head: The Secret Life of a Painkiller Addict”. He has ghostwritten several New York Times bestselling memoirs for celebrities and LGBTQ icons and activists. Lyon stated, “Collaborating with Edie was the most thrilling and humbling experience of my career. I’m so excited for the world to learn even more about this fiercely intelligent and wildly funny woman, a true lover and fighter who continues to inspire.” The title of the memoir “A Wild And Precious Life” comes from a line in the poem “A Summer Day” by Mary Oliver which Hillary Clinton quoted in her eulogy for Edie.
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Monday, October 28, 2019

Gretchen Wylder Talks Comedy Series “These Thems” (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Gretchen Wylder the creator and writer of “These Thems” an award-winning intersectional queer comedy series. “These Thems” directed by Jett Garrison is a seven episode fully narrative digital series that follows the lives of a newly out lesbian making up for lost time, a non-binary educator intent on training the straights, a transgender man who is comfortably in the closet and a lovelorn gay best friend. In our world where plenty of people are living beyond the gender binary very few explicitly non-binary characters are represented in mainstream media. Non-binary gender identity may be one of the least understood labels falling under the LGBTQ+ umbrella simply because it’s also one of the least visible. Wylder is among the very few writers and show creators paying consideration to non-binary identities and gender non-conformity that’s moving the needle for accurate depiction. “These Thems” explores themes of queerness, gender identity, coming out, sexual empowerment, acceptance and self expression taking the audience through New York's vibrant LGBTQ+ community. Since its U.S. Premiere at Outfest the series has traveled the festival circuit winning a Jury Award for Best Series and an Audience Award for Best Comedy Film. The series tells the story of Gretchen played by Wylder who after realizing she may be a lesbian quickly befriends non-binary dog walker Vero (Victoria “Vico” Ortiz) who decides to stop training dogs and start training the straights. Vero takes Gretchen under their wing and introduces Gretchen to the queer world as she navigates what it's like to be newly out at the age of 30. Vero's childhood friend Asher (Shaan Dasani) isn't out as trans at work and is faced with the decision to out himself when an opportunity for an LGBTQ account pops up. Gretchen's gay best friend and roommate Kevin (Nick Park) is looking for love and may have found it in Asher. We talked to Wylder about what she hopes to accomplish with “These Thems” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Gretchen Wylder recently relocated to Los Angeles after being a working actor in NYC for the past nine years and in Chicago six years prior to that. She has originated roles in musical comedies Off-Broadway, regionally and internationally. In addition to working with legends Kathy Griffin, Julie Andrews, Anthony Rapp and Judy Gold, Gretchen has performed sketch and improv at UCB NYC, the PIT Magnet and Second City. Wylder’s theatre credits include Avenue Q, Rent, The Wild Party and Bedbugs The Musical.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Cheryl Osimo Talks MBCC Party For Prevention & More (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Cheryl Osimo Executive Director of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition about the 22nd anniversary of their premier fundraising event the Lesbians and Friends LGBTQ Dance Party For Prevention that takes place at The Inn at Brookline at 1200 Beacon Street in Brookline, Massachusetts on October 26th from 8P to 12P. This year MBCC is proud to be honoring Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Osimo stated, "Attorney General Healey has worked tirelessly for the citizens of Massachusetts across so many important issues. We admire all that she has accomplished and continues to work towards on behalf of her constituents and look forward to honoring her at this year’s event." AG Healey will not be present at the event but will be appearing in a special video presentation to be shown during the evening’s festivities. MBCC will also be recognizing longtime MBCC supporter Laura Diamond owner of Diamond Physical Therapy Associates and Moving Violations Motorcycle Club the oldest women’s motorcycle club in New England. In Massachusetts breast cancer incidence rates are 12% higher than the national average which estimates that 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. However the most commonly cited risk factors, genetic inheritance and lifestyle factors, are present in only 20-30% of breast cancer cases. This leaves 70-80% of cases unexplained. MBCC is the only breast cancer non-profit working closely with a research and sister organization Silent Spring Institute to investigate preventable environmental causes of the disease. This work is funded through annual fundraising events like the upcoming Lesbians & Friends Dance: A Party for Prevention. We talked to Cheryl about what she hopes to accomplish with her work at MBCC and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Cheryl Osimo is a fierce LGBTQ ally and devoted breast cancer activist and advocate since 1991 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 41. She has been a catalyst in raising public awareness of the possible environmental links to breast cancer. Her commitment to breast cancer prevention and awareness benefits women worldwide. The Lesbians and Friends LGBTQ Dance Party For Prevention features DJ Shelly Cullen, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a silent auction with items donated from LGBTQ+ friendly businesses across New England. To kick off the event longtime supporter Liz Nania of Out to Dance will lead a free one-hour dance workshop for all interested participants from 7P to 8P. Tickets are $45 general and $20 for students online or on the day of the event $50 general and $25 for students at the door. Halloween Costumes are optional.
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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Esther Newton Talks “My Butch Career A Memoir” (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Esther Newton about her book “My Butch Career A Memoir” that addresses her gender identity and exploration during a particularly intense time of homophobic persecution in the twentieth century. Newton’s story is compelling, disarming and at times carnal as she struggles to write, teach and find love. From being molested as a child to her failed attempts to live a “normal” straight life in high school and college she became an influential figure in the LGBTQ history movement and a powerful reminder of just how recently it has been possible to be an openly queer academic. With humor and grace she describes her introduction to middle-class lesbian life and her love affairs including one with a well-known abstract painter and another with a French academic she encountered in Mexico and traveled with throughout France and Switzerland. Newton's narrative ends in her forties when she begins to achieve personal and scholarly stability in the company of the first politicized generation of out lesbian and gay scholars with whom she helped create gender and sexuality studies. We talked to Esther about her inspiration for writing “My Butch Career A Memoir” and give us her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Esther Newton is a founder of and leading scholar in LGBTQ studies. She received her BA at the University of Michigan in history before starting graduate work in anthropology at the University of Chicago. In 1968 her courageous PhD dissertation entitled “The Drag Queens: A Study in Urban Anthropology” examined the experiences, social interactions and culture of drag queens of mostly gay men that was later published under the title “Mother Camp” in 1972. Her second book “Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years in America's First Gay and Lesbian Town” was published in 1993. Newton was active in Second Wave Feminism, Gay Liberation and the Lesbian/Feminist movements. Her work has been translated into French, Spanish, Hebrew, Polish and Slovak. Currently Newton is the subject of a documentary of her life story and contributing to a book of photography with acclaimed photographer Eva Weiss.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Alecia Orsini Talks Women In Film & Video New England (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Alecia Orsini, President of Women In Film & Video New England (WIFVNE) about what this relevant organization hopes to accomplish to advance women in the film industry. WIFVNE was founded in 1981 by eleven women all Boston-based media professionals that came together to form the New England chapter of Women in Film. WIFVNE is a member of an umbrella group of Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI) with a global network comprised of some 44 Women in Film chapters worldwide and more than 13,000 members dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video and other screen-based media. WIFVNE’s upcoming Annual Meeting takes place on October 2nd at WGBH Yawkey Theater One Guest Street in Brighton, MA at 6P. This is an opportunity to join WIFVNE members and the New England filmmaking community for a celebration of women storytellers and the great work that is happening in New England. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Michele Meek writer, filmmaker, professor and the founder/publisher of Special guests will include Lisa Simmons Director and Curator of the Roxbury International Film Festival now in its 21st year and Carol Conley Assistant to the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office a division of the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts. Liz Cheng WGBH-TV General Manager will be the welcoming speaker. There will also be refreshments in WGBH's Yawkey Atrium and advice tables with peer experts Genine Tillitson and Adam Pachter addressing screenwriting questions, Irene Waschler answering your tax credit and business accounting inquiries and Melissa Paradice demystifying casting. Abbey Knoll Photography will be on hand and for $20 you can update your headshot. Then there will be fabulous raffle prizes including two concert tickets for Pink Martini at Berklee Performance Center in Boston on October 26th.

Alecia Orsini is an award-winning multi-media professional with over 12 years experience working in the film industry and is the CEO of video agency Good Natured Dog Productions. She is a prominent voice in the region's film community as President of Women in Film and Video of New England and she also uses her voice, marketing and development skills working for NPR station WCAI. Women In Film & Video New England is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to supporting the accomplishments of women working in the film, video and new media industries. They provide an educational forum for media professionals and a valuable network for exchange of ideas and resources.


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Migguel Anggelo Talks Provincetown Afterglow Festival (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Migguel Anggelo about his performance at the Afterglow Festival that takes place September 10th through September 14th at the Art House at 214 Commercial Street in Provincetown, MA. Migguel will present his latest show “LatinXoxo” to close the festival on September 14th at 9:30P. “LatinXoxo” shatters the boundaries of gender in a striptease of the stereotypes his machismo father put upon him from birth. He still remembers the sting of the words his father uttered “I’d rather have a prostitute for a daughter than a gay son.” Then at the age of 12 Migguel witnessed his father’s death by electrocution in the backyard in their home in Valencia, Venezuela forcing him to face the dichotomy between love and hate he felt toward him. Through the dialogue in “LatinXoxo” Anggelo comes to terms with that and faces the Virgin/Whore and Femme/Macho dichotomies his father saw in him and eventually comes to peace with the man he has become. Also performing at the Afterglow Festival at The Art House are Quinn Cox on Tuesday, September 10th at 9:30P, Rick Berlin on Wednesday September 11th at 7P followed by Gene Dante at 9:30P, Trevor Bachman on Thursday September 12th at 7P followed by John Jarboe & The Bearded Ladies at 9P, Fauxnique on Friday, September 13th at 7P followed by Molly Pope at 9:30P, Kareem M. Lucas on Saturday, September 14th 7P and concludes with Migguel Anggelo at 9:30P. We talked to Migguel about the inspiration for his music and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Migguel Anggelo first fell in love with the theater as a child playing Pinocchio in a touring production of the show. As a Latin American theater star Migguel perfected his commanding stage presence and electric performances after studying opera at the Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Germany. He received an invitation to attend after being discovered performing on the street and trained for a dozen years in classical ballet, falling in love with the drama and discipline of opera and the explosive whimsy of pop. Anggelo expresses himself through costume, musical composition and solo theater work, evoking the showmanship of Desi Arnaz and the performance art of Klaus Nomi. Migguel is currently developing several new shows and recording projects including an album entitled “English with an Accent” and a multi-character, immigrant-driven musical entitled “The Last Supper”.
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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Jan Dee Gordon Talks New Book “LGBTQ of Steel” (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with photographer Jan Dee Gordon about her new book “LGBTQ of Steel” which is a compilation of striking portraits and personal profiles that captures the energy, optimism and resiliency of fifty LGBTQ heroes. Gordon celebrates LGBTQ individuals who bravely and without hesitation overcame unimaginable obstacles that threatened to hold them back, block their path and completely destroy their lives. The unmovable ribbon of steel symbolizes their individual struggles, hardships and ultimate triumphs. Some of the celebrities featured in the book include actor Alec Mapa, comedian Margaret Cho, The Daily Show’s Frank De Caro, former mayor of West Hollywood John Duran and 93 year-old Bob Clement who was at the Stonewall Inn Riot in 1969. Jan dedicated “LGBTQ of Steel” to her brother Ben Lewis who died of complications from AIDS in 1994. Unfortunately Ben was unable to live his life authentically and be true to himself as president of a bank and married with a daughter. He led a double life until he became ill. In his memory Jan shares these inspirational stories of people in his community who were able to finally and joyfully live openly including his daughter Soozin Lewis and her partner Brigit Biagiotti who are both in the book. In his memory a portion of the proceeds will be donated to AIDS research. We talked to Jan about what she hopes to accomplish with “LGBTQ of Steel” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Jan Dee Gordon’s study of photography began in Paris, France and continued in New York at the International Center for Photography and then in Los Angeles at UCLA. Her distinctive pictures have appeared in magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and in several museums and galleries. They have also been selected by designers to decorate building lobbies and have been sold in stores throughout the United States. “LGBTQ of Steel” is the second book in her “Humanity of Steel” series. Her first was “Women of Steel” and currently she is developing the timely “Immigrants of Steel” to continue her theme of people using their inner strength to overcome life obstacles, using the comparison of the toughness of steel to successfully bend into their chosen paths.
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