Daley's splash + Jones-ing for Xmas music + LGBT news
Aussie crooner Nathan Leigh Jones re-invents holiday classics;
Early 1970s U.S. gay activism is recalled in a "Rainbow Minute";
British Olympian Tom Daley dives into a gay relationship;
Russia's highest court upholds the country's "no promo homo" laws, Croatian voters and the Greek government slam same-gender couples,
U.S. and U.K. courts order bias-free public services, and more LGBT news
We interrupt your regularly scheduled life for this important message.
It's been a year of tremendous celebrations, with marriage equality now the law of the land in nearly a third of the United States and in all or parts of sixteen other countries. It's also been a time of setbacks and tragedy, with laws either on the books or under consideration that would make LGBT people and their relationships illegal in parts of Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.
Hi, I'm Jon Beaupre from "This Way Out" with a message to anyone who thinks it's important to get wide-ranging, carefully researched and fair-minded information about LGBT people around the planet. "This Way Out" programs in 2013 included:
Conversations with Russian lesbian journalist Masha Gessen and leading gay activist Nikolai Alekseev; entertainer Leslie Jordan; U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; gay meat-packing heir/former Ambassador/philanthropist James Hormel; out "Glee" star and filmmaker Chris Colfer; now-retired openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson; venerable gay playwright/performer/activist Harvey Fierstein; out American opera countertenor David Daniels; trailblazing lesbian singer/songwriter Tret Fure; openly gay Bristol, England Lord Mayor Peter Main; and veteran lesbian human rights activist Urvashi Vaid.
The filmmakers behind "Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton", "The Happy Sad", "Out in the Dark", "Petunia", "The New Black", "Kill Your Darlings", and "Dallas Buyers Club" discussed their work and brought preview clips… and be sure to tune in to "This Way Out" the week of December 30th for award-winning entertainment reporter Steve Pride's picks for the most compelling LGBT moving images this year, with comments by the their makers and copious audio clips, in the 2013 edition of "Pride On Screen".
Globetrotting "Sapphic Nomads" Katie Cook and Maggie Young sent us "audio postcards" from the road about LGBT life in Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan and Nepal.
"Queer Life & Literature" Commentator Janet Mason turned the pages of Madhavi Menon's "Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare"; Ellis Avery's "The Last Nude"; James Baldwin's recently-reissued "Notes of a Native Son"; and President Obama's openly gay 2013 inaugural poet Richard Blanco's latest collection, "Looking for the Gulf Motel".
"Rainbow Minutes" profiled U.K. rights pioneer Allan Horsfall, Russian mathematician Sofia Kovalevskaya, Canadian artist Steven Walker, and Britain's King James I.
We charted the development of the cases against California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) at the U.S. Supreme Court, capped off by the high court's historic pro-gay rulings in late June; we had on-scene reports from the marriage equality debate and its final passage in France, and in the U.S. state of Minnesota; coverage of Congressional hearings on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), leading up to its historic passage in the U.S. Senate; we played some of rabidly anti-gay televangelist Pat Robertson's "greatest hits"; witnessed the first observance of LGBT Pride month in a post-"Don't Ask Don't Tell" U.S. military deployed environment at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan; passionate arguments for marriage equality in Britain's House of Commons by MP David Lammy, in the New Zealand Parliament by MP Maurice Williamson, and in the U.S. state of Rhode Island by Senator Maryellen Goodwin; and we continue to follow the impending clash of Russia's law banning so-called "gay propaganda" and the February 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian seacoast city of Sochi.
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Thank You Gift CDs (all donations are in U.S. dollars)
Choose one of these half-hour programs for each donation of $25; choose two for $50, etc:
PRIDE ON SCREEN 2012
With copious clips and comments by their makers, our multi-award-winning entertainment reporter Steve Pride offers his annual picks of the best LGBT-inclusive moving images on big and small screens during 2012, including "Modern Family", "Gays Anatomy" and Steve's fave on the small screen, "The Outs", and then his Top Ten LGBT Movies Of The Year: "Wish Me Away", "The Most Fun I've Ever Had With My Pants On", "Going Down In La-La Land", "From Hollywood To Dollywood", "Any Day Now","Gayby", "How To Survive A Plague", "Laurence Anyways", "Vito", and "Keep The Lights On"... with comments by Adam Goldman, Chely Wright, Drew Denny, Casper Andreas, Matthew Ludwinski, Gary & Larry Lane, Alan Cumming, Jonathan Lisecki, David France, Xavier Dolan, Jeffrey Schwarz, and Ira Sachs.
A CONVERSATION WITH HARVEY MILK
In March 1978 now-"This Way Out" Coordinating Producer Greg Gordon traveled to Northern California to interview newly elected San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. Their conversation covered civil rights activism, politics, and some of the gay personalities of the day. The Oscar-winning movie generated renewed interest in this historic figure. And, as you'll hear in this illuminating and highly entertaining half-hour interview with the pioneering LGBT civil rights hero, much of what Harvey had to say still resonates today.
AUDIOFILE 2010 YEAR IN REVIEW
With bluesy/jazzy/country/pop/rock from the personal to the whimsical to the political, the music of Sonia & disappear fear ("Blood, Bones & Baltimore"), Ryan States ("Strange Town"), Roger Mapes ("House of Joy"), Kevin Wong ("The Pink in the Grey"), Sean Wiggins ("Naked Thursdays"), Avi Wisnia ("Something New"), Kristie Stremel ("Color of Stars") and Mike Rickard ("Sweat") is proudly featured in the "AUDIOFILE 2010 YEAR IN REVIEW" (written, produced and hosted by JD Doyle, Chris Wilson, Pam Marshall and Christopher David Trentham).
PRIDE ON SCREEN 2011
On an annual "This Way Out" tradition, award-winning entertainment journalist Steve Pride recalls some of the LGBT moving images that moved him most during the past year with his "Pride On Screen 2011" - including more multi-dimensional TV characters like "Max Blum" on "Happy Endings" (with an audio clip), and proliferating couples like the partnered hunky but unhappy ghosts on "American Horror Story" (another audio clip); then Steve counts down his picks for the Top Ten LGBT Movies of 2011 (from #10 to #1, with audio clips from each and comments by their makers): "The Wise Kids", "The Topp Twins: Unstoppable Girls", "We Were Here", "Gun Hill Road", "August", "Leave It On The Floor", "With You: The Mark Bingham Story", "Beginners", "Weekend", and "Pariah". So butter your popcorn and dim the house lights when you ask for this illuminating "thank you gift" CD.
STRANGER THAN STRAIGHT
The legendary American DJ known as "Dr. Demento" raised audio kitsch to an artform. As "Nurse Pimento", the late Southern California gay activist and radio producer David Fradkin added his own kind of spice to pursuing the peculiarities of popular culture in this early 1980s half-hour production, which features some offbeat queer words and music from Carroll "Archie Bunker" O'Connor, Groucho Marx, Perry Como, Laurel and Hardy, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, Tommy Smothers, Martin Mull, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Noel Coward, the poignant self-aware words of Holocaust teen diarist Anne Frank, Bessie Smith singing, and her niece Ruby telling interviewer Chris Albertson about, their especially entertaining visit to a "Buffet Flat" -- and more!
Choose one of these hour-long programs for each donation of $50; choose two for $100, etc:
THE NATIONAL MARCH ON WASHINGTON FOR LESBIAN & GAY RIGHTS RADIO DOCUMENTARY
This "audio scrapbook" of the first-ever national LGBT march and rally in the U.S. capital on October 14, 1979, produced by "This Way Out" Associate Producer Lucia Chappelle and Coordinating Producer Greg Gordon, illuminates the problems and the passion of the first demonstration of its kind. As rich with the music and culture of the period as it is with the politics, the hour traces the event from the initial planning conference and some activists' heartfelt and sometimes humorous cross-country trip to D.C. on a "Freedom Train" to the big day itself, and its coverage (or lack thereof) in the conventional media.
Alive with the sounds from the streets, this documentary, produced by "This Way Out" Coordinating Producer Greg Gordon, captures the enormous impact on the queer community of the November 1978 assassinations of openly gay San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and gay-friendly Mayor George Moscone. The "diminished capacity" defense (since eliminated legislatively) made it possible for former Supervisor Dan White to receive a very lenient sentence for the dual murders, a decision that sent shockwaves through the Castro District and led to what became known as the "White Night Riots." This fast-paced hour tracks the entire story through and including White's eventual suicide, with comments by many leading lesbian and gay activists and journalists of the time, and riveting thematic music by the Tom Robinson Band.
THE BIGGEST QUEER NEWS OF 2003
A keepsake collection of more than an hour of "This Way Out" reports during a landmark year for LGBT progress, with the voices of many of the activists involved, covering the advent of legal same gender marriage in Canada, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning state sodomy laws, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision opening legal marriage to queer couples, and a P-FLAG mom's "on scene" account of and sound from the historic consecration of openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson.
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