Film Addresses Being Catholic & LGBTQ

• May 16th, 2022

Father James Martin and director Shannon Post talk about their documentary “Building a Bridge” with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks. The documentary named after the book by Father Martin “Building a Bridge” follows a priest on his mission to make the Catholic Church more accepting of our LGBTQ community despite loud opposition from both inside and outside the Church. The film tells the stories of people whose lives intersect in emotional and complicated ways with Father Martin’s journey as a voice for acceptance within the Church and the conflict between conservative and liberal Catholics over LGBTQ issues including Pope Francis. One of the highlights of the film is when Father Martin talks about how horrified he was by Catholic leaders’ silence in the wake of the Pulse Nightclub Massacre. He addresses this issue with a grieving Pulse mother Christine Leinonen whose son Dru was killed in the massacre. The film also follows Father Martin and the lives he has impacted including a family with three LGBTQ siblings and a college student trying to reconcile his gay and Catholic identities. Shannon co-directed and produced the film with Evan Mascagni a Catholic who was disenchanted by the Church but inspired by Father Martin’s message of building a bridge between the Church and our LGBTQ community that also resonated with Shannon as a queer person. The film came to the attention of Martin Scorsese who served as Executive Producer of “Building a Bridge” which premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. We talked to Father James and Shannon about what they hope to accomplish with this film and their spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

Father James Martin is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, consultor to the Vatican's Dicastery for Communication and the author of many books including the New York Times bestsellers “Jesus: A Pilgrimage”, “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything” and “Learning to Pray”. A graduate of the Wharton School of Business Father Martin worked in corporate America before entering the Jesuits. Currently he recently launched Outreach a new website designed to help LGBTQ Catholics, their families and friends with respect, compassion and sensitivity. For More Info… Shannon Post is a queer documentary filmmaker and is currently producing a documentary feature supported by The Redford Center. She co-founded the film production company Player Piano Productions which creates social impact documentary films. "Building a Bridge" is now available on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vimeo and YouTube. The film will launch on AMC+ on June 21st and have its broadcast premiere on Sundance TV on June 26th.  

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New Film ”100 Years Of Men In Love”

• May 3rd, 2022

David Millbern, Emmy winning actor-producer talks about his fabulous must-see documentary “100 Years Of Men In Love: The Accidental Collection” with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™. The film focuses on Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell’s extensive collection of vintage photographs of men in love from 1859 to 1959. They accumulated their vintage photos over the years from flea markets, family archives and estate sales across the country. The film captures a time period when male partnerships were illegal so the poses were often subtle but still a bold statement of their bonds. It’s also a history of photography from professional portraits created on tintypes to amateur snapshots taken by these brave gay couples who wanted to capture their relationships in this new medium regardless of the possible consequences. Millbern was attracted to this subject matter after discovering an old tintype of his great uncles that he has now framed and proudly displays in his home. The project was a huge undertaking for David chronicling Nini and Treadwell’s collection of over 3700 photos into an hour long moving documentary that reflects our LGBTQ community’s history of loving relationships spanning over 10 decades. It’s crucial for all generations from all races and sexualities to see this fascinating film to further understand that our LGBTQ community has always existed and that love is universal. Set to music with narration by Millbern and interviews with the curators of the collection Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell, “100 Years Of Men In Love” was produced by William Clift, Paul Colichman and Millbern. We talked to David about his inspiration for creating this film and his spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

David Millbern first emerged as a child actor and by the age of 17 he had already studied and worked with famed acting guru Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio in NYC. After graduating from Northwestern University a role on ABC’s “General Hospital” brought him to Los Angeles where he was discovered by Roger Corman who starred David in his first feature film “The Slumber Party Massacre” which became a cult favorite and produced 2 sequels. Many more feature film roles followed including Sir Ian McKellen’s doctor in the Oscar-winning “Gods and Monsters”. He has also appeared in numerous Lifetime Network movies. In 2021 Millbern won the Daytime Emmy Award for “Girls' Voices Now” in the Outstanding Short Form Children's Programing Category. “Girls' Voices Now” amplifies the voices of young women from underrepresented communities in Los Angeles by teaching documentary filmmaking. “100 Years Of Men In Love: The Accidental Collection” is currently available on HERE-TV. For More Info...

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Fighting Transgender Discrimination Bills

• April 23rd, 2022

Amberlyn Boiter, human rights activist talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about the South Carolina House passing H.4608 a bill that seeks to restrict transgender students in middle school, high school and college from participating in school athletics. Even after powerful testimony from community members opposing the bill the subcommittee voted 3-1 to advance S.531 to the full committee with a favorable ruling. The bill is now awaiting discussion on the South Carolina Senate floor. This year marks the first time in years that explicitly anti-LGBTQ legislation has passed a full chamber in South Carolina. This is not the only state to consider or pass harmful legislation against our LGBTQ community. So far in 2022 legislative session dozens of states are considering similar legislation related to LGBTQ discrimination including Florida that passed House Bill 1557 known as the “Don’t Say Gay” law and Alabama’s governor signing a bill criminalizing transgender health care for minors. This marks the third state in the country to pass a restriction on gender-affirming care for minors and the first to include criminal penalties. The Alabama bill could put doctors in prison for up to 10 years for prescribing puberty blockers or hormonal treatment to trans kids under 19. It is crucial that our LGBTQ community and straight allies speak out against these horrific hateful bills and call out the hypocrisy of anti-transgender legislators. Already in Florida legal action has been filed challenging the “Don’t Say Gay” law. In his State Of The Union President Biden stated, “The onslaught of state laws targeting transgender Americans and their families is simply wrong.” More affirmative action is needed and The Equality Act must be passed. We talked to Amberlyn about what action needs to happen to make this country safe for our transgender community and her spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

Amberlyn Boiter is the Vice President of PFLAG Spartanburg, SC and a facilitator for Uplift Outreach Center - an LGBTQ+ youth center and safe space in the upstate of South Carolina. She is a fervent advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and regularly works with various coalitions to affect policy in her home state of South Carolina. A trans woman who came out later in life Amberlyn was stalled by her upbringing in fundamentalist evangelical churches and encourages others to share their stories of religious trauma to bring more attention to the issue. She lives in South Carolina with her wife and daughter. For More Info…  South Carolina United for Justice and Equality advocates for the passage of legislation to protect LGBTQ community members and opposes anti-LGBTQ legislation. For More Info… 

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Free Political Pawn Brittney Griner

• April 2nd, 2022

LGBTQ ally Aron Solomon chief legal analyst at Esquire Digital gives his spin to Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about WNBA star Brittney Griner’s detainment in Russia. A short summary of this unfortunate situation is that Brittney Griner was arrested on February 17th 2022 in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport upon arrival during her seventh season playing professional basketball in Russia during the WNBA’s off-season. Griner was arrested for allegedly possessing cartridges containing 'liquid with hashish oil' according to the customs service. She is currently facing charges that could carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. Since her arrest Griner's legal team has had access to her and been able to see her several times a week. Last Thursday it was announced that she would be held without trial until at least May 19th and then finally after over a month an official from the US embassy in Moscow was granted consular access to check on her condition. What they reported is that she is being held with two other first time detainees and in good condition. Of course we all fear that Griner is being used as a political pawn especially with Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine and that this case did not get the attention it deserved because Brittney is a Black LGBTQ athlete. If this happened to a high profile male professional basketball player like Kyrie Irving or Stephen Curry it would be an entirely different situation. It’s also extremely concerning with Russia’s notorious treatment of our LGBTQ community when Brittney will be safely returned to the United States and her wife. We talked to Aron about how this case has been handled up to now and where it may go from here. 

Brittney Yevette Griner is a professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Griner led the United States Women's Olympic team to a gold medal victory in 2016 at the Rio Olympics. In 2021 Griner was named to the United States Women's National Team for the 2020 Olympics where she won her second gold medal. Griner married Cherelle Watson in 2019 who changed her name to Cherelle Griner. Aron Solomon, JD has taught entrepreneurship at McGill University and the University of Pennsylvania and was elected to Fastcase 50 recognizing the top 50 legal innovators in the world. Aron has been featured in CBS News, CNBC, USA Today, ESPN, TechCrunch, The Hill, BuzzFeed, Fortune, Venture Beat, The Independent, Fortune China, Yahoo!, ABA Journal, Law.com, The Boston Globe, NewsBreak and many other leading publications.

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New Documentary “Queer Genius”

• March 21st, 2022

Award winning poet Eileen Myles (they/them) talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about their work and appearing in the new documentary “Queer Genius” distributed by Frameline. Directed by award winning filmmaker Chet Pancake “Queer Genius” chronicles five visionary queer artists including the late iconic lesbian filmmaker and producer Barbara Hammer, performance artist and actor Jibz Cameron, Black Quantum Futurism (Rasheedah Phillips and Camae Ayewa A.K.A. Moor Mother, literary and artistic creatives) and Myles who unapologetically break down barriers in their creative fields outside of mainstream culture. These intimate portraits resonate across generations as critically acclaimed and notoriously radical queer artists who have overcome personal and political obstacles to find new ways to live and share their visionary creative practices. In the lens of queer women and our LGBTQ culture the film confronts fame, failure, censorship, family, gender and sexuality. The documentary explores each artist’s “Genius” sharing their thought process, creativity and experiences as expressed through their art and embraces communal possibilities of “Genius” from a queer and generational perspective. “Queer Genius” won the Boundary Breaker Award at Buffalo International Film Festival (2020) and the Audience Award-Best Picture at Q-Fest Houston (2020). “Queer Genius” is currently available virtually at San Francisco’s Roxie Theatre nationwide. We talked to Eileen about their involvement with “Queer Genius” and spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

Eileen Myles came to NYC from Boston in 1974 to be a poet. Their books include “I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems” and “Chelsea Girls”. Myles is the recipient of four Lambda Literary Awards and was honored with Lambda’s Pioneer Award in 2016. Recently Eileen edited “Pathetic Literature” an anthology which includes the work of over 100 writers that will be released from Grove Press in November 2022. Eileen has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2021 was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters. They live in New York and Marfa, TX. (Photo credit: Peggy O'Brien)

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The Shoah Foundation Next Generation

• March 4th, 2022

Actor-activist Yuval David talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about his involvement with The Shoah Foundation. Yuval is the first descendant of Holocaust survivors to be interviewed by The Shoah Foundation for its Next Generation Project a series telling the survivors' stories from their children and grandchildren's perspective. The Shoah Foundation was founded by Stephen Spielberg in 1994 to videotape and preserve interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. In his video testimony Yuval a celebrated and award-winning actor, host, director and filmmaker shares how his grandmother and grandfather told their Holocaust survival story to The Shoah Foundation while he was growing up with a special focus on how their lives and experiences inspired his own. The Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive is one of the largest digital collections of its kind in the world and the Next Generation Project tells the stories passed down through generations emphasizing the power of history and how the experiences of survivors affect the lives of their descendants. Inspired by his grandparents and family Yuval has engaged in Jewish advocacy and helping other marginalized and victimized people as his duty to help his people, his community and all those in need. As an impassioned public speaker, social and LGBTQ activist he has partnered with US, Israeli and international organizations as a keynote speaker, ambassador and advocate collaborating in their mutual initiatives. We talked to Yuval about his impression of the rise of Anti-Semitism globally and his spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

Yuval David’s creative mantra is "to entertain, uplift and inspire." As a filmmaker Yuval directs and writes short and feature films, documentaries, web-series as well as digital and TV content. In addition to his work in entertainment and media, Yuval is a passionate advocate and activist. Advocacy for the marginalized and underrepresented is a driving force along with his focus on Jewish, LGBTQ, humanitarian, arts and creative initiatives. The Shoah Foundation based at the University of Southern California is a nonprofit org dedicated to making and sharing an audio-visual library of testimonies that include personal history before, during and after firsthand experience with genocide. Yuval uses his creative work as a vehicle for the greater good on behalf of highly respected American, Israeli and international organizations. For More Info… 

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New LGBTQ Film ”The Estate” On Hulu

• February 17th, 2022

Chris Baker talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about his new film “The Estate” a dark comedic thriller about real people doing despicable things. If you love movies like John Water’s “Serial Mom” this must-see film delivers in the same guilty-pleasure vein. Written and starring Baker the film centers on the spoiled son and the newest wife (Eliza Coupe) of a billionaire patriarch (Eric Roberts) who plot to murder him forming a psychosexual bond with their brutally handsome hitman (Greg Finlay) as they kill in their quest for wealth and recognition. Baker also talks about when he was growing up all he ever wanted to do was to make movies and while he was an avid consumer he noticed the lack of films that reflected our LGBTQ community. When his director and producer asked what kind of film he wanted to do he remembered all the movies like “Cruel Intentions” and “Wild Things” and “Scream” and movies that had that balance of tone where things could be very funny but they could also kill people so Chris came back with the script for “The Estate”. The stellar cast also includes Heather Matarazzo, Rif Hutton, Alexander Billings, Kyle Rezzarday and Ezra Buzzington. The film is directed by James Kapner and produced by Rod Hamilton, Adam Makowka and Alixandra von Renner. We talked to Chris about his inspiration for writing “The Estate” and his spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

 Chris Baker is a New York City native and Harvard graduate where he completed his thesis on the works of the New Queer Cinema auteur Todd Haynes. Baker first found success as a pop singer collecting millions of views on YouTube. He then studied with LA’s best at the Upright Citizens Brigade and the Groundlings and had bit parts on Shondaland’s “The Catch” and the NBC series “Marry Me” before writing and starring in his 2017 Funny or Die web series “Baker Daily” where he plays an inept cable news anchor who inadvertently gets Trump impeached. “The Estate” is available on Hulu and most VOD streaming outlets.

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Estate Planning For The Marginalized

• February 10th, 2022

Portia Wood a generational wealth-planning attorney based in Los Angeles, California talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™. Portia leads the Wood Legal Group a woman-owned and operated law firm specializing in estate planning, probate and elder law that she runs with her mother and law partner Robin Wood. They’re on a quest to normalize the idea of Black, Latinx and LGBTQ families using trusts to build generational wealth. They serve all communities with special attention to the unique needs of Black, Brown and our LGBTQ families. Of course people of color who are also LGBTQ face a unique set of challenges and the Wood Legal Group is passionately focused on helping marginalized communities grow and protect wealth by being a trusted resource for accurate information and comprehensive, culturally competent estate planning. No one likes to address our mortality but with COVID taking its toll these past few years it is crucial to get proper estate planning that will ensure we all get the state and federal benefits of our marriages while avoiding probate, maintaining our privacy and protecting our assets. An LGBTQ couple can avoid numerous problems through proper estate planning and Portia explains that trusts aren't reserved just for the wealthy. They're for a variety of people and can solve many estate-planning problems. So if you’ve been avoiding getting your life in order during these challenging pandemic times perhaps this may help you to become more proactive for yourself and your families. We talked to Portia about her inspiration for creating the Wood Legal Group and as a fierce ally her spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

Portia Wood is a member of the California State Bar, the Maryland State Bar, the American Bar Association, the California Association of Black Lawyers and the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. She is also a frequent speaker at legacy wealth planning seminars. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from University of Maryland in 2011 where she served as president of her class. Portia also earned a Master of Law and Letters from the Pepperdine University School of Law. She was awarded a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Pan African Studies from California State University, Northridge. She is committed to closing America's wealth gap for marginalized communities.

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The Lineup Tuesdays At Birdland In NYC

• January 25th, 2022

Susie Mosher talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about her fabulous live weekly show The Lineup at the world famous Birdland at 315 West 44th Street in New York, NY Tuesday nights at 8:30P. The Lineup is a wild anything-goes variety show featuring entertainers from the Broadway, cabaret and comedy scenes. Mosher hosts this spontaneous extravaganza every Tuesday and each week the show is unique and promises to deliver an unforgettable night of quintessential NYC entertainment. Broadway veteran Jim Caruso approached Mosher and asked if she would be interested in creating an original show at Birdland and Mosher jumped at the opportunity. A contrast from Caruso’s Cast Party the long running songfest that plays Birdland every Monday night, The Lineup has a hand-picked roster hosted by the versatile and hilarious Mosher with musical director Brad Simmons and featuring Jon Miller on bass and Clint De Ganon on drums. The next show is on Tuesday January 18th with Donna Vivino, Gianmarco Soresi, Christina Wheeler, Connor Antico, Ari Axelrod, Benny Benack The III, Pascal Pastrana and Robbie Rozelle. There is a $20 cover and a $20 minimum so come early and enjoy their food and beverage menu. Birdland is a fully vaccinated venue and all patrons must bring and show proof of vaccine to attend the show. We talked to Susie about her inspiration for creating The Lineup and her spin on our LGBTQ Issues. 

Susie Mosher has been performing professionally since she was sixteen in the west coast premiere of Godspell at The Old Globe Theatre. Nightclubs, theater, television and movies have been along her checkered path including films Lost Souls, View from The Top, It’s Pat, The Wedding Planner and Bear City 2. She has been seen on television in Beverly Hills 90210, Snoops, Veronica’s Closet, The L Word and Nurse Jackie. Susie finally obtained her childhood dream of being on Broadway when she was cast in Hairspray playing Prudy Pingleton for the last two years of its amazing six-year run. Mosher lives in NYC with her wife of twenty-seven years and their two-year old son. (Photo by Gene Reed)

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National LGBTQ Women’s Community Survey

• December 29th, 2021

Urvashi Vaid, President of The Vaid Group talks about the National LGBTQ+ Women’s Community Survey with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™. This groundbreaking survey is a long overdue effort to learn and collect data from the experiences of women who partner with other women. Garnering over 5,000 respondents to date this unique effort is led by veteran queer, lesbian, bi, trans, non-binary, researchers and activists. The survey is designed to discover all we know and what we need to know about the life experience of LGBTQ women. Their goal is to reach 20,000 participants for the study by the end of March 2022. The survey will help us better understand the unique and amazing ways we form and support our families and how our community is surviving discrimination and harassment at work. The survey also addresses what forms of economic and social safety nets we create for ourselves given that the government, corporations and even non-profit employers largely do a poor job of this for black and brown LGBTQ+ women who love women. It also covers surviving the policing of our family members and ourselves as well as how racism, sexual violence and gender discrimination come together in our lives in ways that feel like gaslighting and can seem unimportant to our allies. This is an extremely important survey that will provide information our nation needs to understand so we can evolve and bring forward real life experience to inform policy change, service delivery and action to support LGBTQ+ women. We talked to Urvashi about her inspiration for creating the National LGBTQ+ Women’s Community Survey and give us her spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

Urvashi Vaid is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and Vassar College. She created The Vaid Group LLC that works with global and domestic organizations to advance equity, justice and inclusion. Vaid is co-founder of the Donors of Color Network, the first cross-racial network connecting individuals of color to leverage their giving for racial equity; co-founder of the National LGBTQ Anti-Poverty Action Network, the National LGBT/HIV Criminal Justice Working Group, LPAC, the Equality Federation, the National Religious Leadership Roundtable and the Creating Change Conference of the National LGBTQ Task Force, among other networks and projects. Urvashi Vaid will be honored with the Susan J. Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement at the 34th Creating Change Conference.

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