Friday, June 21, 2019

Lisa Cannistraci Talks Henrietta Hudson Stonewall Events & More (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Lisa Cannistraci owner of the legendary Henrietta Hudson which has been Manhattan’s number-one lesbian bar for over twenty five years. Cannistraci is officially partnering with WorldPride | Stonewall 50 and presenting two fabulous must-attend parties at a venue she has created at Watermark Pier 15 at the South Street Seaport, 78 South Street in NYC to accommodate “Pride Soup” or "Queer on the Pier" on June 28th from 9P to 4A and “Siren” which takes place on June 29th from 9P to 4A. “Pride Soup” will be the queerest party of the year according to Lisa with over 2000 LGBTQIA+ friends and allies. The event will be hosted by model/actor Rain Dove and Devin-Norelle NYC trendsetter, influencer, Teen Vogue and OUT magazine journalist. There will be performances by singing sensations Nina Sky and singer model Laith Ashley and dance to DJ Amber Valentine - The Woods, DJ MaryMac, Madonna’s Tour DJ and DJ AVG JO-NYC. Then the following night “Siren” will be presented for a night of dancing and debauchery at the most famous lesbian-centric party of the year hosted by Harlem Globetrotter Crissa Ace and Kiyomi Valentine from Real L Word. Join 2000+ LGBTQIA+ friends and allies with a coast-to-coast stellar line up including singing sensation Mindy Jones, lead singer for Moby headlining and DJs Whitney Day LA/NYC, Denver’s Tatiana and MO from NYC. Then on June 30th from 12P on the iconic street party “Occupy Hudson” takes place which is the “go to” spot for lesbians and their friends and allies. For this event Henrietta Hudson has booked NYC’s finest DJ’s to take you through the day with DJ Tikka Masala, DJ RosyQ, DJ BK Storm and DJ Christie. We talked to Lisa about her upcoming events, her relationship with Stormé DeLarverie who threw the first punch at the historic Stonewall Inn Riot on June 28th in 1969 and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Lisa Cannistraci landed in Greenwich Village, NYC in March of 1985 and immediately felt at home. She was hired as a bartender at The Cubby Hole which is now Henrietta Hudson while finishing her Bachelor Science degree from St. John’s University in Psychology. Her LGBTQ activism rose during the AIDS epidemic joining ACT UP and began engaging in their radical demonstrations to get the government to help save our lives. Cannistraci’s fight for LGBTQ equality continued as Vice President of Marriage Equality USA leading to the U.S. Supreme Court DOMA case with her dear friend Edie Windsor that changed history forever. Currently Lisa is engaged in the fight for transgender equality as our trans brothers and sisters are being attacked daily by the government and citizens alike. She believes that intersectionality must be a part of our continued movement stating, “You hurt one of us. You hurt all of us.”
For More Info: henriettahudson.com


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Filmmakers Talk “Stonewall Uprising” PBS Documentary (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner about their documentary Stonewall Uprising that will broadcast on PBS’s American Experience on Tuesday June 11th at 9P. The film is based on David Carter’s Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution and told through interviews with Stonewall patrons, reporters and the policeman who led the raid. Stonewall Uprising recalls the fervently hostile climate in which the gay community was forced to live when the vast majority of medical authorities decreed homosexuality a mental disorder and often prescribed brutal treatment, including lobotomy. This was a time when LGBTQ relationships were illegal in every state except Illinois and our community frequently found themselves being hauled off to jail and their names splashed in the next day’s newspaper. Police entrapment was rampant and being arrested meant that licenses to teach, practice law, medicine or even cosmetology might be denied or revoked. All that began to change on June 28th 1969 when the N.Y.P.D. raided the Stonewall Inn and the gay community experienced what one Village Voice reporter who was on the scene called it a "Rosa Parks moment.” For the first time patrons refused to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a violent uprising that contributed to launching the gay rights movement. Exactly one year later America saw its first Gay Pride Parade as thousands marched up Sixth Avenue in NYC. We talked to Kate and David about their inspiration for this must-see documentary and their spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what they hope to accomplish with this documentary Davis stated, “We hope that the film will help a general population actually across the country and maybe the world to incorporate gay history into American history.” Heilbroner concluded, “One of the things I hope our film can do besides reminding people where the pride parade comes from which is directly out of the Stonewall riots but also we should be grateful how far we have come even though we have a long way to go. It’s amazing how far America has come in the last fifty years.”

Filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner are Academy Award nominees for Traffic Stop (2018). They co-directed/co-produced The Newburgh Sting (Peabody Award), Stonewall Uprising (Peabody Award) for American Experience, The Cheshire Murders for HBO and Scopes: The Battle Over America’s Soul for The History Channel. Their most recent film, Say Her Name: The Life And Death Of Sandra Bland premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival, broadcasted on HBO and won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Television Documentary. Stonewall Uprising will broadcast on PBS’s American Experience on Tuesday June 11th at 9P and streaming. It will also be shown at Washington Square Park in NYC on June 26th at 8P during NYCPride.
 For More Info: pbs.org

Monday, June 3, 2019

Stoli Vodka Honors “Spirit of Stonewall” LGBTQ Milestone (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Stoli LGBTQ ambassador Patrik Gallineaux and artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer about Stoli Vodka’s special “Spirit of Stonewall” Limited Edition bottle designed by Thalhammer to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. The limited edition bottle will help raise funds for the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative in support of its mission to eliminate the social intolerances that impacts the lives of our LGBTQ community in America and abroad through awareness campaigns, educational programming, fundraising and public dialogue. Lisa Marie Thalhammer is an award-winning visual artist best known for her iconic 13-color rainbow "LOVE" mural located on Blagden Alley in Washington, D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood. For the Spirit of Stonewall bottle Thalhammer used a mural theme and incorporated emblematic LGBTQ imagery including five hands and three protest signs at the corner of Gay and Christopher Streets outside of the Stonewall Inn, a high heel to represent the transgender activists who initiated the 1969 uprising, a sign spelling out "LIBERATION" as a reference to the Gay Liberation Front that includes three gender symbols as well as a peace sign and protest fist holding a rainbow energy ribbon that swirls between fingers and brings the community together. Since 2010 Patrik has represented Stoli vodka as North American LGBTQ Manager and Ambassador for Stoli Group USA. We talked to Patrick and Lisa Marie about the Stoli “Spirit of Stonewall” campaign and their spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what she would like to accomplish with this campaign Thalhammer stated, “I really want my artwork to inspire people to join the movement for love. To really practice kindness with each other within the community and really value the diverse identities that we all have and then also hope that this artwork can celebrate you know where we have been and how far we have come. Just thinking about what happened at Stonewall Inn in 1969 and how many trials and tribulations LGBTQ people had to go through at that time and to think about the visibility that we have now. We still have so much further to go but it’s really inspiring to see the change that can be made just in a lifetime.”

Stoli will be hosting an event scheduled to take place on June 25th during World Pride in New York City. Additionally a piece of art commemorating the Spirit of Stonewall is planned for an unveiling ahead of the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic the world's largest annual LGBTQ bartending competition beginning on June 4th.
For More Info: stoli.com