Ty Herndon Love & Acceptance Concert

• June 5th, 2019

Ty Herndon the award winning country singer talks about the 2019 Concert for Love & Acceptance at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee on June 6th with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™. The 5th annual concert takes place during the legendary Country Music Association Festival and will be hosted by Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning artist Herndon and CMT’s Cody Alan. The concert features a coalition of artists and celebrities appearing and performing to accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ people. Herndon co-founded the concert with GLAAD the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization in 2015 and will also perform along with Antigone Rising, Daughtry, Harper Grae, Tayla Lynn, Brody Ray, Brandon Stansell, Rita Wilson, Chely Wright, Tyler Rich, Lee Brice, Mickey Guyton and more. Anita Cochran is returning as a performer and musical director for the show. We talked to Ty about his inspiration for The Concert for Love & Acceptance and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked as we approach the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall how he sees our LGBTQ community moving forward in this Trump administration Herndon stated, “You know that’s a big question. In this administration today I know there have been many challenges. I pretty much try to focus my attention on the kids and where we are in the South. We have seen the suicide rate go down but there’s so much work to be done educating not only the kids but educating the parents out there that don’t want to lose their kids. When I first started doing this even in a political environment it was hard to get people to listen to me. You’d go ‘Hey, do you know how may LGBTQ suicides you had in your state alone this last year?’ I had a number of people go, that’s not correct and I’m like no go look it up, it is correct. So when it comes to having power at all, it comes to the children...”

Ty Herndon’s career spans two decades with 20 Billboard charted singles and 5 million albums sold. He continuously performs shows and maintains a heavy appearance schedule proving Herndon as unstoppable. In 2014 Ty was the first major male country artist to publicly come out as gay. Shortly after he made history when he hosted the first country music event, The Concert for Love and Acceptance. The event is designed to bring attention and support to at-risk youth. Since the launch of the event Herndon has partnered with GLAAD to produce the event each year using his celebrity influence for the better good. GLAAD announced that a grant named after Herndon was being offered to support young people for their commitment to enhancing LGBTQ inclusion and representation in music. The recipient of the Ty Herndon Rising Stars Grant receives $2,500 to further fund their work and initiatives. We’ll be covering the 2019 Concert for Love & Acceptance that takes place at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee on June 6th.
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GLAAD Nashville Concert June 6th

• May 30th, 2019

Zeke Stokes, GLAAD Chief Programs Officer talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about GLAAD + Ty Herndon’s The Concert for Love & Acceptance at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee on June 6th. The concert features a coalition of artists and celebrities appearing and performing to accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ people. The 5th annual concert will take place during the legendary Country Music Association Festival and will be hosted by Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning artist Ty Herndon and CMT’s Cody Alan. Herndon who co-founded the concert with GLAAD in 2015 will also perform along with Antigone Rising, Daughtry, Harper Grae, Tayla Lynn, Brody Ray, Brandon Stansell, Rita Wilson, Chely Wright, Tyler Rich, Lee Brice, Mickey Guyton and more. We talked to Zeke who is also the Executive Producer of The Concert for Love & Acceptance about the inspiration for this amazing concert and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what he would like to accomplish with this event Stokes stated, “This is really important because it allows us to reach into the fan base of the country music community which is an enormous fan base. It’s the most popular format of music in the country behind R&B and so reaching country fans at a place they can be at each year at the Country Music Association Festival in Nashville to shine a light on stories of acceptance and LGBTQ equality is super important. A lot of people across this country haven’t made up their minds yet how they feel about LGBTQ equality and may be with us on marriage equality but they may not understand the transgender experience just yet. We’re bringing all those a message to the fan base because we want them to see what we know which is that if you’re not loving and accepting LGBTQ friends, family, community, church members, the people at work then you’re living in the past and not in the future and that’s where we’re trying to go.”

Zeke Stokes joined GLAAD as Vice President of Programs in 2014 and as Chief Programs Officer he oversees GLAAD's advocacy work to advance the stories of LGBTQ people that lead to positive cultural change in the United States and abroad. He leads a staff of media professionals in both Los Angeles and New York City charged with executing GLAAD's campaigns and initiatives in entertainment, news, youth engagement, Spanish language, transgender representation and more. GLAAD is the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization tackling tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change and accelerating acceptance for our LGBTQ community.
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OUTTAKE MEDIA Launches New Site

• May 22nd, 2019

Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson talks about the launch of her new boutique LGBTQ streaming network OUTTAKE MEDIA™. The site is very user-friendly and device savvy. The state of the art homepage is divided into three categories. First there is a widescreen video player that showcases original programming. Since this is the 15th anniversary of marriage equality in Massachusetts the first showcase highlighted is Charlotte’s short film OUTTAKE that chronicles the historic events that took place in 2004. The film was shot by Kirsten Martin and narrated by Arline Isaacson Co Chair of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus. The next category is “WE LOVE” and features organizations and companies that have been very supportive of our LGBTQ community. Kicking off this section includes “The Dinah” Palm Springs celebrating 30 years of this iconic lesbian event, “Marilyn Rosen Presents” that will be featuring performances and conversations with A-List artists and GLAAD the global LGBTQ media advocacy organization that has been supportive of OUTTAKE MEDIA™ since it first launched in 2007. The last section on the homepage is “VISIT” that highlights two LGBTQ destinations: Provincetown, Massachusetts and Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The new “STREAM” page features Filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz fabulous documentary “VITO” about pioneer gay activist Vito Russo, tello Films talk show “Happy Wife Happy Life” with Bridget McManus, Karman Kregloe, Cat Davis and Kristen Smith and concluding the streaming page is “TransMilitary” a must-watch documentary especially with the current administration’s assault on our transgender troops. All content on OUTTAKE MEDIA™ will be updated on a regular basis. We talked to Charlotte about her inspiration for creating this fabulous new media concept and how she designed it in a way that it will take on a life of its own.

Charlotte Robinson’s broadcast career spans over decades. She was the first woman audio engineer at WCVB-TV in Boston and then worked at ABC New York and NBC New York until she joined CBS New York where she was on staff for 5 years. She worked on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather and then joined CBS Sports where she earned an Emmy Award for NFL Today. She left CBS in the mid eighties to live authentically and pursue her producing ambitions. OUTTAKE MEDIA™ is fed first hand news and content by organizations and publicists receiving about 100 requests a day. Since 2007 it has built a huge global audience with millions of viewers. In these difficult political times Charlotte always understood that the media is extremely powerful. Unfortunately it has somewhat backfired by electing Trump and she hopes that OUTTAKE MEDIA™ continues providing some sanity for people living in an insane world. (Photo Credit Joel Benjamin)
New Streaming Site: OUTTAKEonline.com

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Leslie Cohen on 50 Years After Stonewall

• May 9th, 2019

Leslie Cohen talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about the legendary nightclub for women Sahara that she established with three of her friends in May of 1976 to December of 1979 at 1234 Second Avenue at East 65th Street on Manhattan’s fashionable Upper East Side. Cohen, Michelle Florea, Linda Goldfarb and Barbara Russo created New York City’s first upscale women’s club that showcased women in art, politics and music. On Thursday night the line went around the block when both men and women were invited in for political fundraisers and cabaret. Celebrities such as Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden, Patti Smith, Pat Benatar, Warren Beatty, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug and Elaine Noble, the first openly gay state Representative from Massachusetts appeared or performed there. This led to Leslie and her partner Beth Suskin becoming the models for the iconic sculpture “Gay Liberation,” in Greenwich Village which commemorates the Stonewall riots and was declared a national monument by President Obama in 2016. We talked to Leslie about how Sahara changed the course of her life and her spin on the future of our LGBTQ civil rights.

When asked what the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots means to her Cohen stated, “First of all it’s a celebration of how far we’ve come and it’s also a reminder of how precarious the rights that we have achieved have become under Trump who is consistently chipping away at everything we have fought for over the last 50 years. So this reminder is very important now to remind people to educate young people about how difficult it was and how much everyone has to fight for what we now have. I know the New York Historical Society, because I have been working with them, is putting together a major exhibition of Stonewall 50 and I would really encourage people to go. It’s going to have a section on Sahara which makes me very happy because it’s so important to know our history and to make sure our history is recorded and to continue pressuring for equal rights for ourselves and not only for ourselves now but for trans people who were so instrumental in Stonewall and the early gay rights movement because they were courageous and brave. We should also be very vigilant because these rights can be taken away. It’s important to stay visible and it’s important to be out there. Write your books, tell your stories, make sure that we are part of history and people can refer to it especially young people. This is so important for young people to see that there are many gays and lesbians who fought for their rights and have found joy and happiness. I’m happy being a lesbian. I’ve had a lot of joy and a lot of fun and I want young people to know that. I have found love. I’ve been with my now wife for 42 years and it’s possible. You will find happiness.”

 Leslie Cohen moved to Miami to practice law in 1992 and is now retired. She has just finished a memoir about her life during the time of Sahara, the creation and controversy over the “Gay Liberation” sculpture and her enduring love affair with her partner and now wife of 42 years, Beth.
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Goddess: The Fall and Rise Of Showgirls

• April 30th, 2019

Producer Lotti Pharriss Knowles talks about her new project “Goddess: The Fall and Rise Of Showgirls” with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ that she is producing with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz.  A pivotal interviewee already announced is “Showgirls” director Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Starship Troopers, Elle) who has also given this project his full blessing. Director Jeffrey Schwarz stated, “It’s been a longtime dream to make the definitive documentary about a film that has fascinated and flabbergasted audiences since its release in 1995. ‘Showgirls’ is a misunderstood masterpiece and although it is a gaudy, over the top spectacle, it wrestles with issues of sex, power and the American Dream. ‘Goddess’ will dig deep into the intentions of its creators, recount the negative reaction by the press and the public and chronicle how the cult of ‘Showgirls’ has grown over the years.” We talked to Lotti about her inspiration for producing this significant documentary “Goddess: The Fall & Rise Of Showgirls” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what she hopes to accomplish with her work, Pharriss Knowles stated, “All of my work has a similar angle to it which is to entertain my audience. I always have that in the forefront of my mind but I also always want to work in something that has some kind of social commentary or message. Kind of once people finish the ice cream cone maybe there’s a little nut at the center that they’re like ‘oh that was fun but now I’m thinking about something.’ I’ve been an activist and someone interested in social issues my whole life. I mean that was stuff my parents and I would talk about around the dinner table. So I just can’t help that I always have a little bit of that or a lot of that in any piece of work that I’m involved in or creating.”

Lotti Pharriss Knowles is a writer and Emmy-nominated producer based in Los Angeles. She is the writer and producer of horror-comedy feature film “Chastity Bites” and with documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz she produced “I Am Divine”, “The Fabulous Allan Carr” and HBO Documentary Films’ “Vito”. Her play “Because They Have No Words” was nominated by Los Angeles Stage Alliance’s Ovation Awards for World Premiere Play and was published by Northwestern University Press in the anthology titled “Katrina On Stage”. Lotti is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and Producers Guild of America.
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Brandon Uranowitz In “Burn This”

• April 19th, 2019

Tony nominee actor Brandon Uranowitz is appearing in “Burn This” alongside Academy Award nominee Adam Driver and Golden Globe winner Keri Russell currently on Broadway at the Hudson Theater at 141 W 44th Street in New York City talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™. The fabulous play by Lanford Wilson begins shortly after the funeral of Robbie a young gay dancer who drowns in a boating accident with his lover Dom. Robbie’s other roommates Anna played by Russell, a dancer/choreographer and Larry a confident gay ad man played by Uranowitz are joined by screenwriter Burton, Anna's longtime lover and Pale played by Driver, Robbie's hyperactive restaurant manager brother. Thrown together in this shared tragedy the quartet attempts to make sense of their lives and reconsider their own identities and relationships. “Burn This” is a smoldering story of love and raw attraction by one of the most vital playwrights of the modern era. It’s directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer and also costars Tony nominee David Furr. We talked to Brandon about how he got involved in this openly gay role and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what his personal commitment is to LGBTQ civil rights especially with the 50th anniversary of Stonewall coming up Uranowitz stated, “It is extremely important to me. I mean I think it’s probably the most important thing to me particularly trans rights. I think trans visibility is of the utmost importance now. It’s sort of at the top of my priority list I guess if I was to have one and you know it’s a funny question only because I can’t imagine someone in my position that there’s anything less than a 100% commitment. So I guess it’s hard for me to answer because it just feels organic and natural for me to make that my mission to be a representative for our community and make sure that we are seen and heard and we are accepted and equality is something that we fight for and we win. We were winning but it looks like we’re taking a few steps back but I will be on the frontline with my colleagues to make sure that we fight always. It would be weird that anyone would say otherwise.”

Brandon Uranowitz is a two-time Tony Award nominee for his performances in “An American in Paris” and “Falsettos.” In 2018 he was acclaimed for his starring roles as Otto Kringelein in “Grand Hotel” at New York City Center Encores! and Itzik in the Tony Award winning Best Musical “The Band’s Visit.” His upcoming film credits include “The Kitchen,” starring Melissa McCarthy and “Stage Fright.” On television Brandon has a recurring role in season two of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Additionally, he has made guest starring appearances on “Dietland”, “Blue Bloods" and “Inside Amy Schumer”. Currently in previews “Burn This” runs April 16th to July 14th.
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Dining Out For Life April 25th

• April 10th, 2019

Ted Allen, television personality and host of Food Network’s “Chopped” talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about Dining Out For Life the HIV/AIDS fundraiser. Dining Out For Life hosted by Subaru® takes place in 60 cities across North America on Thursday, April 25th. The event was conceived 28 years ago in Philadelphia and the concept is quite simple. More than 3,000 participating restaurants donate a generous percentage of that day’s proceeds to support service providers in their region to fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential HIV/AIDS services. This year over 3,000 participating restaurants, thousands of volunteers and an expected 300,000+ diners will be served to raise over $4 million for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States and Canada. We talked to Ted about being a spokesperson for this fabulous event and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what he would like Dining Out For Life to accomplish this year Allen stated, “Well I think the model has long been proven, it raises a lot of money. What I think we would like to accomplish this year is to raise more money than we ever had before and we are talking about millions and millions of dollars that you are helping to raise that stays in your community. The money that is raised in Houston is spent in Houston helping your own neighbors, people down the block and I think that’s another thing that people feel really good about with this technique of fundraising.”

Emmy and James Beard Award winner Ted Allen is the host of “Chopped” and “Chopped Junior” the Food Network’s hit primetime culinary competition shows and the author of two cookbooks, “In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks” and “The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes" both published by Clarkson-Potter. Previously he was the food and wine specialist on the Emmy-winning Bravo series “Queer Eye” and a regular judge on both Food Network's “Iron Chef America” and Bravo’s “Top Chef.” This is the twelfth year he has served as a volunteer celebrity spokesperson for Dining Out For Life along with actor/activist Pam Grier (Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown) & HIV positive designer Mondo Guerra, winner of Project Runway All-Stars and host of the new streaming series “Runway Remake”. Ted lives in Brooklyn with his husband Barry Rice.
For More Info: diningoutforlife.com

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Wicked Queer LGBT Film Festival

• April 3rd, 2019

Shawn Cotter the new Executive Director of Wicked Queer Boston's LGBT Film Festival talks to Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about its 35th year bringing the latest in queer cinema from across the globe and runs from March 28th to April 7th. There are over 169 features and shorts participating in this year’s film festival with 7 premieres, 2 world premieres and 5 U.S. premieres. Opening night on Thursday March 28th will feature Ellen Smit's lighthearted Dutch romance “Just Friends” at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts at 7:30P followed by an opening night party at Beat Brew Hall in Harvard Square. With this being the 50th anniversary of Stonewall there will also be a special emphasis on our LGBTQ history addressing those who made it and looking forward to our future with Wicked Queer Throwbacks revisiting some of the classics of queer cinema. There will also be an abundance of lesbian and transgender feature and short films. The closing night film will be “The Heiresses” (Las Herederas) on Saturday April 6th at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA at 7P co-presented by Boston Latino International Film Festival, LatinX Pride and The Theatre Offensive with an after-party at Serafina in Downtown Boston. We talked to Shawn about the importance of the Wicked Queer Film Festival in the current political climate and his spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked how he sees our LGBTQ community moving forward in this Trump administration Cotter stated, “I feel like our history and our identities are being slowly erased and eroded. We fought so long for different rights, marriage equality, LGBT people in the military, trying to get workers rights, all of those kind of things are slowly being eroded by our government. So I feel like what is on us is to take back to the community, the local community and build support and grow and get strong because we have a fight ahead of us. You know nothing is easily won or easily gained. We still have a bit to go…”

Since coming on board to the film festival in 2011 Shawn has had many roles in the operations of Wicked Queer. He started as a location manager and then served as Operations Manager and Director of Programming before taking his most recent position as Executive Director. Cotter is also an experimental handmade filmmaker whose Super 8mm films have shown internationally. Wicked Queer runs from March 28th to April 7th with screenings at the Museum of Fine Arts, The Brattle Theatre and The Paramount Theater at Emerson College.
For Info & Tix: wickedqueer.org

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Billie Lee From “Vanderpump Rules”

• March 26th, 2019

Billie Lee featured on Bravo TV’s hit series “Vanderpump Rules” and the newest official face of the luxury hair care company Regenix Hair talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™. Born and raised in Indiana Billie moved to California where she began her journey as a stylist working with many both in and outside of the entertainment industry. After finding success as a stylist Billie wanted to move on and create a place where people could find peace in their daily lives among the hectic city. She soon opened an organic cafe which she owned and operated for two years before she sold it in order to move forward in her LGBTQ activism. Since activism as we all know doesn’t pay very well she knew she needed to seek employment and it was then that she was introduced to Lisa Vanderpump who hired her as a hostess at her famed West Hollywood restaurant SUR. Billie Lee now together with Regenix has launched the “Billie Lee Bundle”, Billie's favorite damage control products and they're giving a portion of the proceeds to benefit Equality California. They'll be releasing a campaign later this year entitled "Beauty Has No Gender." We talked to Billie about her fabulous career from transgender role model to her gig on “Vanderpump Rules” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what she hopes to accomplish with her work Billie Lee stated, “ My work as an activist, I think it’s really important to be visible. So I think I’m doing my job by working at a restaurant on TV. At the same time personally I need to make money but as an activist I think it’s really important for trans people to be visible and also show people in America, the viewers that trans people are worthy of jobs and I feel like I’m doing that. I’m on the board of Equality California and I really try to speak for my community, be there for my community and be visible.”

After Billie Lee was first introduced by Tinder as their new “transgender” app feature she has been a spokesperson and model for our LGBTQ community. Currently she is on the board of Equality California and Trans Life LA, a non-profit which helps bring health and wellness to the trans community in the area. Besides appearing on “Vanderpump Rules” Billie Lee continues to work in the trans community to create content that aims to educate about trans issues and on her new campaign with Regenix Hair. 
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Broadway’s “The Prom” Caitlin Kinnunen

• March 15th, 2019

Caitlin Kinnunen, the lead actress in the current hit musical “The Prom” on Broadway talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™. “The Prom” is about Emma (Kinnunen) a small-town girl who just wants to bring her girlfriend to the prom. When she makes national headlines news because the PTA cancels the event rather than allow this to happen four Broadway stars whose theatrical production closed on opening night decide that this could be the break they need to get a little publicity for themselves so they decide to go to the small town in Indiana to save the day. “The Prom” was written by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin with a score by Beguelin and Matthew Sklar and features Tony winner Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, Christopher Sieber and Angie Schworer. You may remember that Caitlin made LGBTQ history last November when she performed a scene from “The Prom” at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and she kissed her co-star during the live performance. As a fierce ally we asked Caitlin about how she got involved in this groundbreaking role and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what she hopes to accomplish with her work Kinnunen stated, “I feel very lucky and fortunate that I’ve been part of pieces that really have a voice. I’ve gotten to do shows like “Spring Awakening” and “Next To Normal” and now this show “The Prom” and I’m really happy with that and I love being able to do theatre pieces that say something. I love being able to use my voice to open up conversations and really talk to people about their experiences. So I hope to continue to do work like that whether it is films, TV, plays, musicals, what have you. I think acting is such a great vehicle and conversation starter that people can see things that they normally wouldn’t see and can put up discussions that you normally wouldn’t have. I just hope to continue to do that.”

Caitlin Kinnunen was born and raised in Washington State. She moved to New York when she was 16 to make her Broadway debut in “Spring Awakening”. She later appeared on Broadway in “The Bridges of Madison County” and on the first national tour of “Next to Normal”. Kinnunen has also appeared in numerous film and television projects including “The Intern”, “It's Kind of a Funny Story”, “Sweet Little Lies”, “Younger”, “American Vandal”, “The Knic” and Law & Order: SVU.
For The Prom Info & Tix: theprommusical.com
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