Friday, September 30, 2022

The Dinah All-Female Red Carpet Celebrities Speak OUT (AUDIO)


In this exclusive audio montage Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talked with The Dinah’s all-female celebrities on the Red Carpet at the legendary Black & White Ball and Hollywood Party in Palm Springs, CA. We had a blast chatting with these fabulous women about their music, what they hope to accomplish with their work and how they cope in these challenging times. 
First we talked with singer-songwriter Cassidy King who has built a reputation as a solo artist with her singles “Professional Smiler” and “Wasted”. Then we spoke to singer songwriter Riela who is the daughter of Cuban and Panamanian immigrants about performing at The Dinah. Next we spoke to entrepreneur Nik Kacy creator of footwear and accessories for all gender identities who was attending The Dinah for the 20th time. Then we chatted with Jeopardy! winner Amy Schneider about how she would like to see more federal protections for our LGBTQ community. Next we talked with content provider Breanne Williamson who is working on her first feature film after her short film "Coming Out" gained over 2 million views. Then we caught up with Rose Garcia from the Showtime hit “The Real L Word” about the importance of LGBTQ visibility. We were thrilled to talk with Taylor Dayne 80s pop icon who was headlining the Black & White Ball about her music and upcoming projects. Up next was Mariah Hanson founder and producer of the 31st Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend and her partner Maureen Vanderpool, Director of Special Education at Sonoma Valley Unified School District. Then we chatted with Canadian rapper Haviah Mighty who co-headlined the Black & White Ball. 
Next we talked with rapper Siya followed by queer pop sensation Zolita. Then we chatted with reality stars Cuppie, Haley Grable and Brianna Murphy from the hit lesbian series “Tampa Baes” currently on Amazon Prime. Next we talked with singer-songwriter IV4 who has signed with Warner Records followed by Siena Liggins who is one of Billboard’s Top Ten new LGBTQ artists of the year. Then DJ Alex D talked about spinning at The Dinah followed by the fabulous artist Melanie Posner who also appears on the hit lesbian reality series “Tampa Baes”. We concluded our coverage with singer songwriter Fletcher who headlined The Hollywood Party and just released her debut album “Girl Of My Dreams” on Capitol Records. (Photos by Marilyn Rosen) 


Thursday, September 15, 2022

Cory Silverberg Talks New Teen Sex Education Book (AUDIO)


In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Cory Silverberg about his new children's sex education book “You Know, Sex” that’s aimed at kids aged 10 to 14. “You Know, Sex: Bodies, Gender, Puberty And Other Things” is the first thoroughly modern sex ed book for any child navigating puberty and adolescence. Silverberg is a certified sex educator and former chair of sexuality educator certification for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. He’s created this fabulous manual that’s presented in a comic book genre illustrated by Fiona Smyth. This 400-page comprehensive work looks at sexuality, body differences, reproduction, hormones and development with an emphasis focusing on our LGBTQ teens and also addresses power, pleasure and how to be a decent human being. This is Silverberg and Smyth’s fourth collaboration following their other publications including “The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability”, “What Makes a Baby” and “Sex is a Funny Word” all available on Seven Stories Press. In “You Know, Sex” Silverberg focuses on young people’s thoughts and experiences exploring sex. Cory also includes chapters on body autonomy, disclosure, stigma, harassment, trauma, consent, boundaries and safety as well as puberty and reproduction that includes trans, non-binary and intersex bodies experiences and more. Fiona Smyth illustrations include racially and ethnically diverse characters providing an inclusive cross-disability experience that makes “You Know, Sex” a book for every kind of young person and every kind of family especially in these challenging times when the mere discussion of sexual orientation is being banned in states across America. We talked to Cory about what he hopes to accomplish with his timely new sex education book and his spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

Cory Silverberg was raised in the 1970s by a children's librarian and a sex therapist and grew up to be a sex educator, an author and queer person. Cory received a master's degree in education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Illustrator Fiona Smyth was inducted into the Doug Wright Awards' Giants of The North Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame alongside Alootook Ipellie in 2019. She teaches illustration and cartooning at OCAD U and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Cory and Fiona’s collaborations have been honored by ALA Stonewall Book Award and 2016 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction. For More Info…

Friday, September 2, 2022

Travis Shumake Talks Being The First Gay Drag Racer (AUDIO)


In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Travis Shumake, the first openly gay professional drag car racer who made his national racing debut during the Menards National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Nationals at Topeka’s Heartland Motorsports Park last month. Shumake in partnership with Visit Topeka and Pride Kansas crossed the NHRA Nationals finish line in a Pride Kansas-themed dragster to represent the state’s inaugural week-long Pride celebration that happens in Topeka September 17th to 24th. His 24-foot, 4,000-horsepower, nitromethane burning rocket also featured a modern geometric rainbow hood and matching rainbow parachutes. As a second-generation racer Travis grew up in competitive shifter-kart racing with his father Tripp Shumake who was a nationally renowned Funny Car racer who also competed in the NHRA. Last February Travis fully committed to the sport has spent the last several months finalizing his sponsorship opportunities and completing his vehicle licensing making him eligible to race at NHRA-sanctioned tracks and national events. One of those new sponsors is Grindr the gay dating app and when $8,000 of safety gear was stolen from Shumake’s pit Grindr stepped up and replaced the equipment. Shumake states that at 280 MPH he’s proud to be turning heads and raising eyebrows with Grindr as a partner and to represent our LGBTQ community in this sport that draws 30 million American drag racing fans each year. He’s also especially proud to serve as a role model for our LGBTQ youth. We talked to Travis about what he hopes to accomplish with his drag car racing career and his spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

Travis Shumake was born into a family forged at the racetrack. “Tripp” Shumake was a dominant force in Funny Car in the 70s and 80s winning multiple NHRA titles. His mother Susie was a mechanic and a member of the Arizona Drag Racing Hall of Fame in her own right. Tripp and Travis kept the family tradition alive racing competitive shifter karts until Tripp’s death in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident in 1999 when Travis was just 15 years old. Travis stayed close to racing always hoping he’d find a way into the driver’s seat. Then earlier this year he declared his intentions to challenge the status quo and continue the family legacy in drag racing while bringing visibility to the LGBTQ+ racing community. As a single foster parent and longtime advocate for homeless youth Travis hopes his passion for the next generation will open new channels of corporate social responsibility and educate a new segment of sports fans to the importance of equity and inclusion. For More Info…