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Monday, December 31, 2012

More LGBT Holiday Music, Movies, More Gifts!

All of us at This Way Out hope you're enjoying your holidays! If you haven't heard our special program of music for the season by LGBT artists, you can still catch the podcast and let JD Doyle serve up a festive menu including the Therapy Sisters, Magnus Carlsson, the Indigo Girls, Kevin Wong, and more!

Coming up this week, Steve Pride reviews the year in LGBT moving images on TV, in theaters and online.

In the midst of the celebrating, there's still time to get in your gifts to help keep us on the air -- and qualify for a US 2012 tax deduction! You probably won't hear from us again this year, but we still need to hear from you! Don't let us start 2013 with fundraising ground to make up!

Everything we said before is still true. Now it's your turn! From a one-time $10 contribution, to a pledge to give $10 or more a month … whatever you can afford!

See you next year with more international LGBT news, culture and politics … thanks to our dedicated listener-supporters!

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Friday, December 28, 2012

This Way Out needs "HELP!!!"

The 2012 finish line is only a few days away … and This Way Out is still far behind our projected donations for this year! Our "immediate family" -- lesbian, gay, bisexual and transpeople and our outstanding allies -- has never failed to come through with the financial support we need to keep broadcasting our own true stories to the world beyond our supportive enclaves.

If there's one thing the progress of the LGBT rights movement has proven, it's that silence is *not* the affirmative. Any contribution, small or large, Says Something! Please speak up so that we can hear you -- and so that This Way Out can go on being heard at this pivotal moment in our history!

My colleague Jon Beaupre's letter says much more about our year-end fundraising campaign. Or just go to right now and make a (U.S. tax-deductible) donation!

Happy Holidays … and thank you for being part of our prosperous New Year!

Lucia Chappelle
Associate Producer of This Way Out
Overnight Productions, Inc. Board Chair

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

If you could make the world better for ten bucks …

... wouldn’t you want to do it?
Read this letter to find out how!

December 2012

Dear friend and ally:

Pause a second and think back a little.  As recently as 1998, Houston police broke into the home of John Lawrence and found him in bed with his lover Tyron Garner.  Lawrence and Garner were both arrested on a 1973 law that did not apply to straight couples.  In 2003 the Supreme Court upheld Lawrence’s position that what he was doing in the privacy of his own home was not and should not be considered illegal.

Some names from the era have become legendary:  Wyoming student Matthew Shephard, Navy Midshipman Joe Steffan, entertainer Ellen DeGeneres, Army nurse Margarethe Cammermeyer, and dozens of other gay folks who have changed history.

Good grief, have things changed…

In 2000, then President Bill Clinton declared June ‘Gay & Lesbian Pride Month.’

In 2010 Houston’s lesbian mayor Annise Parker insisted that Police Chief Charles McClelland allow his officers to participate – as they had for years already – in the city’s LGBT pride festivities.

The battles have been fast and furious.

What do the following ten states have in common:  Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington?  Did you only count nine states?  Well, that tenth ‘state’ is the state of marriage for same-gender couples, legal now in those states – inconceivable when cops broke into John Lawrence’s home in 1998.

And it’s not all in the U.S.

    •    Since 2000, eleven countries and several smaller jurisdictions (parts of Mexico and the US) began to allow same-gender couples to marry.*

    •    Berlin and Paris have both had gay mayors.

    •    At the same time, vitriolic African leaders call for violence against LGBT people, and the president of Iran believes there are no gay people in his country.

With the Supreme Court of the U.S. set to make historic decisions on the future of marriage equality, it is almost too much to absorb.

Now, more than half the people in the U.S. think that marriage equality is a good idea, led by our president himself.

When it comes to LGBT news, how do you know what is important?  While celebrities who come out get attention, is that more important than states allowing adoptions by lesbian and gay parents?  Is it more important to know about the latest TV show featuring LGBT characters or that suicide rates among queer youth are alarmingly high?  Maybe you need to know all these stories?

That is why This Way Out, the International Lesbian & Gay Radio Magazine has broadcast LGBT news, reviews, stories, music and commentary for nearly a quarter century, on radio, and increasingly online.  The writing is concise, the priorities are clear and even handed, and the production is professional and engaging.

There are no paid reporters, bureaus, or expensive equipment.
What’s most remarkable, however, is that This Way Out is on the air (not to mention on cable, satellite and online) at all.  Producers Greg Gordon and Lucia Chappelle survive on essentially symbolic salaries.

Everything goes into production and distribution of this vital show, heard on more than 200 local stations around the world, via satellite to cable and home receivers in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and online via our podcasts.  It’s miraculous what we are able to do with a practically non-existent budget.

We know that you get hit up for donations all the time, and of course,
there are dozens of worthy causes to support.

But we’re asking – begging, really – that you make a generous a donation to This Way Out so it stays on the air.  Even $10 would mean that we might be able to cover the ‘Out Games’ in Montreal, or ‘Parma’ a group that works with sexually marginalized women in India.  It would mean that we could continue to cover stories like Ugandan activist John Wambere and his uphill battle for LGBT rights, or the work of fierce Jamaican-Chinese lesbian poet-activist Stacyann Chin, as well as those endless stories we just don’t have the people or budgets to cover.

It couldn’t be easier:  go to and choose either automatic monthly donations (starting at a modest $10) or make a one-time donation -- both buttons are in the "Season's Greetings" text on the front page.  You’ll be done in just a few moments, and you can be proud to support the volunteers who make the show vital and inevitable, the production work here in California, and anyone you believe should stay informed about LGBT matters around the world.

Jon Beaupré
Board Member

PS:  Encourage not only your LGBT friends, but also our straight allies to do their part to keep the show on the air!  We have a number of thank you gifts to offer as well, which also make terrific and unique holiday gifts -- they're all described on our website.

*Source:  Wikipedia

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Music for Whatever You're Having

JD Doyle of Queer Music Heritage and OutRadio fame brings us some tasty seasonal music by LGBT artists from around the world: Happy Whatever You're Having by the Therapy Sisters; It May Be Winter Outside by Magnus Carlsson; Your Holiday Song by the Indigo Girls; River by Andy Monroe; Baby It's Cold Outside by Mister Chase & Chris Salvatore; Next Year by Kevin Wong; Amazing by Jason Gould; This Time of Year by Melissa Ferrick.

[NewsWrap returns after the holiday season.]

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Ricky Martin at the UN

The international pop star enjoyed La Vida Activista at a Human Rights Day press conference with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who called for an end to anti-LGBT violence and discrimination around the world.

Queer Life and Literature Commentator Janet Mason reveals the SAGE wisdom hidden in her Tea Leaves.

Plus: Extended Rainbow Minutes review some leading lights who came out in 2012, and some who flickered out.

And in NewsWrap: Uruguay lawmakers leap for marriage equality in landslide, equality activists summon Obama to Supreme showdown, Ukrainian homophobes attack "no promo" demo, Uganda's Parliament won't "Kill the Gays" this year, and more news reported by Christopher Gaal and Pamela Brooks (produced by Steve Pride).

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NewsWrap for the week ending December 15, 2012


Equality on the Way - The Uruguay House overwhelmingly passes a marriage equality bill that most believe will be approved in the Senate and signed into law by the president in early 2013 …

Friend or Foe - pressure grows on the Obama administration to file friend of the court briefs supporting marriage equality in the two cases coming before the Supreme Court next year …

Good Money After Bad - the Republican majority in the U.S. House ups the ante to 2 million taxpayer dollars in its legal defense of the equality-banning Defense of Marriage Act …

Dominoes - Western Australia becomes the latest state or territory "Down Under" to have marriage equality on the parliamentary agenda …

Business of Love - honeymooners make tourism phones ring off the hook following the first legal marriage of a gay male couple on the Dutch Caribbean island of Saba…

Proud of Prejudice - an avowedly anti-gay Ukrainian political party brags about assaulting and gassing a peaceful LGBT rights demonstration in Kyiv …

Rate Hike for Bed and Bias - a court in Chile fines a motel for sexual orientation-based discrimination in the first such case since the enactment of the country's long-languishing anti-bias law earlier this year …

Curses and Blessings - Uganda's parliament adjourns, possibly until as late as February 2013, without considering the so-called "Kill the Gays Bill," while the nation's homophobic House Speaker Rebecca Kadaga is ironically blessed by anti-LGBT Pope Benedict XVI at a so-called "human rights conference" in Rome ....

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

SCOTUS to Mull Marriage

Comprehensive coverage and analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court's December 6th announcement that it will hear both the case against California's Proposition 8 and a challenge to a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

And in NewsWrap: Mexican Supreme Court's Oaxaca ruling portends national wedding rights, elder lesbians first in line for Washington marriage license, Black gay couple joins Jet set, Israeli gay couple finally gets permission to end Canadian union, "Sulu" advocates among the "Archies," and more news reported by Wenzel Jones and Carole Meyers (produced by Steve Pride).

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Monday, December 10, 2012

NewsWrap for the week ending December 8, 2012


Wedding Win - Mexico's Supreme Court overturns a law in the state of Oaxaca that defined marriage as exclusively heterosexual …

Supreme Showdown - U.S. Supreme Court agrees to review both California's marriage equality-banning Proposition 8 and one of several eligible cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

Separating Church and State - county judge rejects a request by church groups and a right-wing "family" group to intervene in a lawsuit challenging Illinois' ban on civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples …

Al-ki Is Now - longtime lesbian couple becomes the first to get a marriage license in the state of Washington at the stroke of midnight on December 6th, the first hour that they became available to same-gender couples …

Taking "Dirigo" Seriously - Portland plans to be the first city in Maine to issue licenses to and perform weddings of gay and lesbian couples when that state's marriage equality law takes effect at midnight on December 29th …

Choosing the Harder Right - lesbian West Point graduate marries her longtime partner in the U.S. Military Academy's iconic Cadet Chapel, becoming the first same-gender couple to wed there since the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and the advent of marriage equality in the state of New York …

Jet Set - gay male couple becomes the first to have their wedding celebrated in the pages of "Jet," the venerable biweekly magazine aimed primarily at African-American readers …

Crossing A Great Divide - family court judge in Israel approves the first divorce of a Canadian-married gay couple whose legal union had been recognized by order of Israel's High Court of Justice …

At the Helm - the iconic Hikaru Sulu beams down to the mythical comic book town of Riverdale ….

Complete NewsWrap text and this week's podcast to be posted December 11th.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

"Strong Love" & "Rhapsody"/"Tea Leaves"

Aussie producer Guy Blackman's new tribute compilation features trailblazing 1970s gay artists from the UK and US. JD Doyle of Queer Music Heritage reviews the album and interviews Blackman.

Queer Life and Literature Commentator Janet Mason waxes rhapsodic about KG MacGregor's new lesbian romance novel Rhapsody.

Gordon Wilson reports from Melbourne's Joy 94.9 on his reading of Janet Mason's recently published Tea Leaves.

And in NewsWrap: UN moves to block trans executions, gay couples sue for happiness in Singapore and Taiwan, Nevada federal judge decides that marriage equality scares off straights, and more news reported by Johnnie Torres and Tanya Kane-Parry (produced by Steve Pride).

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NewsWrap for the week ending December 1, 2012


No Kill I - A U.N. human rights committee includes sexual orientation - and for the first time gender identity – in a resolution against extrajudicial executions …

Thought You Were Human? - the Association of Southeast Asian Nations omits sexual orientation and gender identity in its human rights declaration …

Suitable Responses - a gay couple in Singapore challenges the nation-state's gross indecency law in court, while a Taiwan gay couple sues the capital city of Taipei for a marriage license …

Easily Discouraged - U.S. federal judge upholds Nevada's state ban on civil marriage for same-gender couples because opening the institution to them might reduce the number of heterosexual couples who want to get married …

Suspended Animation - there's no news as of November 30th from the U.S. Supreme Court about their disposition of Prop 8 and DOMA cases …

The Even Freer State - lesbian and gay Marylanders can begin getting marriage licenses on December 6th …

Bad Chicken Soup - the Southern Poverty Law Center sues a New Jersey-based Jewish "ex-gay therapy" business for fraud …

As-salamu Alaykum - a woman- and gay-friendly mosque opens in Paris ….

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