- Published on Saturday, 01 December 2012 21:56
In the interview, Out-FM speaks with Gina Quattrocchi, CEO of the Bailey House, which is the oldest group in the country offering housing and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS. One of their most well known residences, the Bailey-Holt House on Christopher Street by the Hudson River, was made uninhabitable by Hurricane Sandy, and Quattrocchi discusses how they're recovering, sharing some personal stories of her displaced residents.
In the extended interview, she also discusses the Bailey House's brand new mental health clinic that opened in East Harlem on November 29th, how her residents will be spending the holidays this year, media coverage of Sandy, and challenges hard-hit groups like Bailey House face maintaining general interest in the work that needs to be done in Sandy's aftermath.
Click here to listen to more of Out-FM's coverage of Sandy's impact on the most vulnerable LGBT communities (such as homeless youth and adults).
Hurricane Sandy floodwaters filled the basement of the Bailey-Holt House in the West Village up to the ceiling. Photo courtesy DNAInfo.
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- Published on Tuesday, 20 November 2012 22:48
Listen here to our full, 72-minute interview with Urvashi Vaid, author of the new book Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics.
Vaid reflects on the state of the LGBT movement, what she sees as its future, and what she think needs to change. Along the way she shares revealing tidbits and insights from her decades of leadership and rabble-rousing.
- Published on Monday, 30 July 2012 05:00
WBAI producers John Riley and Bob Lederer interview journalists Kevin Gosztola and Adam Klasfeld about the 4-day pretrial hearing at Ft. Meade, MD, in the case of accused Army whistleblower Private Bradley Manning, charged with leaking 700,000+ documents and videos of U.S. war crimes and other misdeeds to Wikileaks. Also interviewed in part 1 of this 2-part series are members of the Bradley Manning Support Network, who demonstrated every day outside the base and brought supporters to the courtroom. This was first broadcast on WBAI/NY, 99.5 FM, on July 31, 2012.
- Published on Monday, 13 August 2012 23:44
LGBT youth, especially LGBT youth of color, have historically called the West Village and the Christopher Street Pier their home—a place where they can be who they are without the threat of fear or violence. Yet every day, LGBT youth continue to report sharp increases of police harassment, false arrest, and racial and gender profiling in the West Village.
In response, on Saturday, August 11th, FIERCE, a youth-led organization of LGBTQ youth of color, along with the Kiki Coalition and Friends of Hudson River Park, organized their fourth annual Know Your Rights kiki Ball on the pier. Kiki balls are youth-led extravaganzas featuring voguing and performing runway in various categories, as immortalized in the (problematic but influential) documentary Paris is Burning. Saturday's Know Your Rights kiki ball featured categories critiquing stop and frisk, the privatization of queer public space, and other issues relevant to this community.
Out-FM was there to speak with three members of FIERCE about Saturday's ball, the ballroom scene's significance to the LGBT youth of color communities that use the piers as queer public space, and FIERCE's work to preserve the community and the character of the piers.
Click here to listen to the 11-minute interview.
We also spoke with other participants at the kiki ball.
Click here to listen to our 3-minute interview with Dante, whose kiki category is schoolboy realness.
Click here to listen to our 3-minute interview with Platinum, who is a peer educator with the Hetrick Martin Institute and who walks runway, best-dressed labels, and face.
The photos below are courtesy Nerdscarf Photo. Check out more of their photos from the ball.
- Published on Sunday, 22 July 2012 23:01
Today the executive director of UNAIDS, the UN agency charged with ending the AIDS epidemic, told an audience of 7000 that AIDS related deaths have fallen by 30%, from 1.8 million deaths in 2005 to 1.2 million today. He said that while the big 4, Russia, China, India and Brazil, called BRIC for short, now fund 75% of their domestic AIDS responses and South Africa contributed almost $2 Billion, that “I am scared for the future of global solidarity. From many places in the developed world I am hearing, “We cannot afford to keep our promises, we have our own problems at home.” Sidibe continued, “Financial commitment from developed countries is declining and we have a funding gap of US $7 billion per year for HIV. This gap is killing people.” He decried a world where "death comes to the poor but not the rich".
Referring to ending the epidemic, Sidibe concluded, “Science is giving us great tools for treatment and prevention, and real hope for a vaccine and cure. Momentum is growing for a financial transaction tax. This can easily close the gap in global AIDS investments. I am encouraged by the leadership of the president of France, Francois Hollande, who is calling to transform this idea into a global reality, I am repeating my Call for a Robin Hood tax–now.”
“Sidibe’s call for a Robin Hood tax couldn’t come at a better time, just 2 days before a mass march on the White House demanding the Obama Administration and Congress support the passage of a Robin Hood tax to fund AIDS, health care, jobs, and the environment,” said ACT UP/NY member Vernon Dietz. “Activists in the US have joined the international movement for a tiny Financial Transaction Tax on stock, bond, currency and derivatives traded by Wall St. In the US alone such a tax could raise as much as $450 billion dollars.” 1500 AIDS activists from NY based AIDS service organizations demonstrated at Wall St in April demanding such a tax.
Sidibe noted that around the world over 80 low and middle income countries increased their domestic investment for AIDS by more than 50% between 2006 and 2011.