Monday, February 25, 2019

Molly Adele Brown Talks Singing For Diversity & Equality (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with singer/songwriter Molly Adele Brown about performing at the Vanderbilt LGBTQ Health Symposium that takes place in Nashville, Tennessee on March 2nd to engage providers, students and community members throughout the region on a variety of topics to better serve sexual and gender minority patients and families. Brown will perform at the beginning of the symposium that runs from 9A to 5P stating, “I’m so excited to kick off the Vanderbilt LGBTQ Health Symposium. This is such a timely and important topic. The fact that they are devoting an entire day to help better serve the LGBTQ community as it relates to health care is simply amazing.” Molly also lends her voice to numerous causes including our LGBTQ rights, the #MeToo movement and is aiming to help aid Nashville’s homeless population. We talked to Molly about the inspiration for her music and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked as an activist and musician what she hopes to accomplish with her music Brown stated, “The funny thing is that I’ve honestly gone back and forth a lot about this. What do I want to do; how do I want to do it; and what do I want my message to be? Throughout the past couple of years I’ve really noticed that there is such a need for love and community in music. So my goal is to use something that I believe I’m good at and that would be my music to help advocate for people who don’t necessarily have a voice. So I’m extremely lucky in the fact that I’m surrounded by so much support and so much love and so I want to use my music to bring up topics that people don’t want to talk about or people just forget to talk about and I want to bring this forward. I also want to be somewhat inspirational through it all. I want to make sure that giving a voice to everybody who wouldn’t necessarily have one yet staying true to myself. Honestly I’m a true believer in positivity and so I do like to have somewhat of a positive spin on some serious topics.”

Molly Adele Brown is a New York native who studied theater performance at Wagner College in New York City and relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in August of 2017. Since her arrival she has had the privilege of working with some fabulous LGBTQ artists and songwriters in Nashville including Stasney Mav and Nell Maynard, two artists who are making a splash in the Nashville community. Molly dreams and aspires to make a difference in this world through her music. For Vanderbilt LGBTQ Health Symposium Info & Tix...
For Info & Performances: mollyadelebrown.com


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Mariah Hanson Talks The Dinah Palm Springs 29th Year (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Mariah Hanson, founder and producer of the legendary Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend that’s in its 29th year and takes place in Palm Springs, California from April 3rd through April 7th. The Dinah is the largest and most iconic girl party music festival in the world as tens of thousands of lesbian identifying women from around the world make the annual pilgrimage to celebrate, unite, empower and live OutLoud at this infamous 5 day event. The festivities includes high profile performances by nationally renowned recording artists, massive pool parties with world famous DJs, go-go dancers, red carpet events with celebrity guests, dance parties, meet and greets with your favorite celesbians and so much more. It’s been recently announced that Philadelphia-based rapper, singer, producer, engineer and multi-instrumentalist Bri Steves and genre-norm bending pop star Dorian Electra are the newest additions to the performance lineup which already includes Grammy Award winner Daya, enigmatic musician Leikeli47, hip-hop sensations Kodie Shane and Diiamon'd Royalty. Comedians Fortune Feimster and Chaunte Wayans will headline "The Dinah Comedy Night" and special celebian guests will include Big Brother winner Kaycee Clark, massively popular tattoo artist TouShai and Bad Girls Club actress Kat Florek are all set to make appearances. We talked to Mariah about her inspiration for this year’s Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what question she wished people would ask about The Dinah Hanson stated, “I love when people who have never been to The Dinah write and ask what to expect or what events to go to. Of course my answer is to go to every event but I also think it’s really such an incredible weekend and my advise is to just get there and at least go to one event because the sense of community there is so empowering you just leave feeling like you can take over the world, that anything is possible…So at least go to one if not all and come experience this incredibly empowering, inspirational, energetic weekend that leaves people feeling like they can’t wait until next year.”

Mariah Hanson has continuously utilized The Dinah as a platform to mobilize our LGBTQ community around humanitarian projects and social issues. An exemplary community leader she has single-handedly revolutionized her industry, overturned tradition and raised the bar on female achievement with an event that is entirely produced by women for women. For many, The Dinah has become an annual tradition between friends; for others it is a bucket-list goal or a pilgrimage to our very own mecca that every queer woman should make at least once in her life.
For More Info & Tix: theDinah.com

Monday, February 4, 2019

Lee Wind Talks New Novel “Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill” (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with author Lee Wind about his novel “Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill” that centers around Wyatt a fifteen year old dealing with his sexuality in a homophobic small town of Lincolnville, Oregon where nobody knows that he’s gay, not even his best friend Mackenzie who accidentally and conveniently becomes his girlfriend. Wyatt then discovers the theory about Abraham Lincoln's close relationship with Joshua Fry Speed a Springfield, Illinois merchant who met Lincoln in 1837. At the time Lincoln was a successful attorney and member of Illinois' House of Representatives. The two men lived together for four years during which time they occupied the same bed and developed a friendship that would last until their deaths. Wyatt feels since everyone loves Abraham Lincoln that if the world knew about this relationship they would treat gay people differently and it would solve everything about his life. So Wyatt outs Lincoln online triggering a media firestorm that threatens to destroy everything he cares about and he has to pretend more than ever that he’s straight. Then he meets Martin who is openly gay and who just might be the guy Wyatt’s been hoping to find. We talked to Lee about his inspiration for writing “Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill” and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Lee Wind is the founding blogger and publisher of “I’m Here. I’m Queer. What The Hell Do I Read?” an award-winning website about books, culture and empowerment for LGBTQ youth and their allies. For over 11 years readers from 100-plus countries have racked up 2.6 million page views and counting. “Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill” is Lee’s debut novel and readers describe it as “a love letter for history geeks” that “perfectly captures teen angst,” “had my heart racing” and helped them feel “less alone.” Selected as the September 2018 Publishers Weekly “Indie Success Story” over 900 copies of “Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill” have been donated to LGBTQ and allied teens. It was also named a BookLife Prize semi-finalist one of Publishers Weekly’s top five independently published middle grade and young adult books of 2018. Currently Wind is Director of Marketing and Programming at the Independent Book Publishers Association and the official blogger for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Lee’s passion is writing stories to empower LGBTQ youth and their allies. He lives in Los Angeles with his husband and their teenage daughter.
For More Info: leewind.org