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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ani DiFranco & Pride on Screen 2013

Two exciting celebratory specials:

Ani DiFranco
The bi indie icon talks with Rosie Wilby from Resonance FM’s Out In South London about how she got into the music biz and her early career -- including gigs in London at age 19 that first billed her as "Arne" -- why she remains fiercely independent, the challenges of touring, and the cameo by legendary singer/songwriter Pete Seeger on her latest (and 17th) studio album, Which Side Are You On? (includes the title track and Amendment).

To listen to the Ani DiFranco special, click here!

Pride on Screen 2013
Before counting down his list of the top ten LGBT movies on the big screen in 2013, our multi-award-winning entertainment reporter Steve Pride provides a brief history of queer representations on the Silver Screen through the 1970’s, including clips from Victim, The Children’s Hour, Advise & Consent, The Detective, The Boys In The Band, Cabaret, The Ritz, and Making Love.  He singles out Whatever This Is and Orange Is The New Black as 2013’s best queer offerings on the small screen. And with clips and comments by their makers, Steve reveals his picks for the Top 10 LGBT moving images on the big screen in 2013 - sometimes needing English translations: Out In The Dark, I’m So Excited, Call Me Kuchu, Yossi, Dallas Buyers Club, God Loves Uganda, Concussion, Kill Your Darlings, I Do, and Pit Stop.

To listen to Pride on Screen 2013, click here!

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Add Your Voice!

What LGBT-related events meant the most to you this year?  What movies did you see or books did you read?  What people made news … for good or for ill?

In 2013 -- and for the past 25 years -- if it's had an impact on the international LGBT community, you've heard about it on This Way Out!

As the year draws to a close, we need to hear YOUR voice!  The very existence of this non-profit, volunteer-driven, community radio program -- the only broadcast outlet for LGBT voices like it anywhere in the world -- depends on the financial contributions of our listener-supporters.

Our budget is relatively small, but the need for your generous response is great.  This Way Out brings the sounds of liberation to people who live in isolation, it educates people who would not otherwise hear such information, and it inspires people in the trenches of the movement to carry on.  You fuel the engine that makes it all happen!

When you Add Your Voice our 2013 Year End Campaign, please choose from a selection of "thank you gifts" from our audio archives:
  • *NEW* Ani DiFranco - an intimate chat with the bi feminist music icon with tracks from her Which Side Are You On album
  • *NEW* Pride on Screen 2013 - our picks of the best LGBT-inclusive images on TV and the Top Ten LGBT Movies the year
  • A Conversation with Harvey Milk - a 1978 interview with the then newly-elected San Francisco Supervisor and gay martyr 
  • The National March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights Radio Documentary - an “audio scrapbook” of the first LGBT march on the U.S. capital in 1979, as rich with the music and culture of the period as it is with the politics
  • Diminished Capacity - the impact of the lenient sentence for the killer of Harvey Milk, which led to the White Night Riots 
  • The Biggest Queer News Stories of 2003 - A 10-year anniversary keepsake collection of reports during a landmark year for LGBT rights
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A Quarter Century of Service!

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, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean.

Hi, I’m Jon Beaupre from “This Way Out” with a message to anyone who thinks it is 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; out American opera countertenor David Daniels; venerable gay playwright/performer/activist Harvey Fierstein; trailblazing lesbian singer/songwriter Tret Fure; openly gay Bristol, England Lord Mayor Peter Main; and veteran lesbian human rights activist Urvashi Vaid.

=> 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”; Julian E. Farris’ “The Sin Warriors";  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” and professional homophobe Scott Lively's outrageous assertions; 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.

=> 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 the week of December 30th for award-winning entertainment reporter Steve Pride’s picks for the most compelling LGBT moving images of the year, with comments by the their makers and copious audio clips, in the 2013 edition of “Pride On Screen”.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

"Are The Kids Alright?"

Children's literature expert BJ Epstein lifts tolerance-teaching strategies off the printed page in her study of LGBTQ characters (interviewed by Emma Marvin and Andy Thomas on Bristol Community FM’s ShoutOut).

Plus Crystal Bowersox's "Coming Out for Christmas" single comes with a coming out as bisexual announcement.

And in NewsWrap:  India's top court re-criminalizes gay sex, Australia's high court annuls territorial marriage equality, Britain sets date for same-gender weddings, Croatia proposes "life partnerships," U.S. Southern states succumb to National Guard ID orders, and more news reported by Pamela Brooks and Michael Allan (produced by Steve Pride).

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

NewsWrap for the week ending December 14, 2013


Repression Rewind - India's Supreme Court re-criminalizes private consensual adult same-gender sex by overturning the 2009 Delhi High Court ruling that had struck down the colonial-era Penal Code Section 377 that outlaws "carnal intercourse against the order of nature" …

Instant Annulments - Australia's High Court overturns the marriage equality law passed by the Australian Capital Territory …

First Shall Be Last - the U.K. government announces that the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act 2013, approved by parliament in July, will take effect in England and Wales on 29 March 2014, but military couples and those already in civil partnerships will have to wait longer to be legally married …

More Than One Way - even though two in three Croatians voted to constitutionally ban marriage equality earlier this month, the center-left government of Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic introduces a "life partnership" bill that would give same-gender couples a few marriage–like rights …

Rebellious Phase Passes - with Mississippi being the last to end its defiance of a Pentagon order this week, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announces that legally married lesbian and gay National Guard enlistees will now have access in all 50 states to the same spousal benefits as their heterosexual peers …

Malicious Mouthpiece - Russian President Vladimir Putin shuts down his nation's venerable state-run news agency RIA Novosti, replacing it with a Kremlin-controlled multimedia venture called Russia Today, and tapping to head it up a leading TV anchor who infamously called for burning the hearts of dead gay people …

Plant-Based Polemic - Putin defends the national so-called "no promo homo law" during his annual address to both chambers of Parliament, saying that Russia needs to be protected from "genderless and fruitless so-called tolerance" …

Maiden Who Protest Too Much - a Putin spokesman dismisses as "rubbish" claims by the founder of a Moscow-based think tank that President Putin may be a latent homosexual ….

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Daley's Splash & "Brand New Christmas"

British Olympian Tom Daley announces his dive into a gay relationship.

Aussie crooner Nathan Leigh Jones re-invents holiday classics, and tells Queer Music Heritage honcho JD Doyle how he does it.

Plus: Dr. Brown's Prescription for early 1970s U.S. activism is recounted in a Rainbow Minute (produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns, read by Dan Roberts).

And in NewsWrap:  Russia's highest court upholds "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 news reported by Michael LeBeau and Tanya Kane-Parry (produced by Steve Pride).

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

NewsWrap for the week ending December 7, 2013


Ironclad Bias - Russia's highest court rules that laws criminalizing the dissemination of "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors" do not violate the national constitution, while a court in Murmansk is believed to be the first to convict violators of the federal "no promo homo" law …

Who's Gaming Now - representatives of several Russian LGBT advocacy groups have an unsatisfying meeting with new IOC President Thomas Bach in Paris about Russian President Putin's vague assurances that LGBT athletes and spectators will be safe at the Winter Games in Sochi …

Bench Warmers - major corporate sponsors of those Games are being pressured to overtly oppose Russia's repressive attacks on gay rights …

Heart on Your Sleeve - American Apparel teams up with two LGBT advocacy groups for a "Principle 6" clothing line …

Homophobia in Hrvatska - to no one's surprise, heavily Roman Catholic Croatians overwhelmingly vote a ban on marriage equality into their national constitution …

Greeced Pig - the Greek government caves to conservative and religious pressure by scrapping a proposal to open the country's civil unions to same-gender couples …

Wedding Window - gay and lesbian couples start legally marrying in the Australian Capital Territory on December 7th, but they could all be annulled by a High Court ruling on December 12th …

Happy Homomoon - researchers estimate a 217 million dollar tourism bonanza for Hawai'i over the next three years with the advent of marriage equality in the "Aloha State" on December 2nd …

Madiba's Rainbow - LGBT people join the world in mourning the death of iconic South African human rights advocate Nelson Mandela, who created a "Rainbow Nation" with the help of the late gay anti-apartheid and AIDS activist Simon Nkoli …

Glad to Accommodate -a court in the U.S. state of Colorado and the U.K. Supreme Court each decide that gay and lesbian couples deserve to be treated equally under the law ….

Complete NewsWrap text and this week's podcast to be posted December 10, 2013.

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Friday, December 06, 2013

MA's 10th Anniversary & "The End of San Francisco”

A decade of marriage equality begins in Massachusetts:  in a review of our coverage of the historic ruling, the reaction and the politics are discussed by then-Governor Mitt Romney, U.S. Congressman Barney Frank, and legal eagle Mary Bonauto.

Genderqueer writer and activist Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore discusses the perils of assimilation and the status quo, and his new book, The End of San Francisco, with correspondent Steve Pride.

(NewsWrap returns next week!)

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