Queerocracy, Homeless Youth Programs Slashed, Two-Spirit News, and the Latest on the Fight Against Occupation
Listen here to this week's show.
Up first, Queerocracy: Michael Tikili discusses the new queer group Queerocracy, "a non-normative grassroots organization working to promote social justice and fight the global AIDS crisis through direct action, advocacy, and education."
We also hear about Governor Cuomo's extreme budget cuts to programs for homeless queer youth, from youth advocates Carl Siciliano and Kate Barnhart.
Harlen Pruden also brings us the latest about a needs study of native people in NY for drug treatment and HIV services called Reclaiming our Voices: Two-spirit Health and Human Service Needs in NY State. Some findings are startling.
Finally, we get the latest on a range of issues having to do with fighting the occupation of Palestine, including an update on the LGBT Center controversy.
On Saturday, March 12, at the Judson Church, hundreds of activists, artists, and community members honored artist and activist Chloe Dzubilo, who died February 18.
Chloe's life and work as an artist, performer, and pioneering transgender and AIDS activist was celebrated via song, storytelling, and calls to action by artists, activists, and friends including Rosario Dawson, Antony Hegarty, Justin Bond, Viva Ruiz, Katrina Del Mar, and Barbara Warren. They also gifted Chloe's art to local organizations she was involved with and passionate about.
Listen here to a full recording of the 2 hour and 15 minute community celebration. (note: the sound has problems for the first minute of the recording)
Listen here to a 23-minute edit of the celebration.
Listen here to this week's hour-long program, the second half of which is devoted to Chloe.
After the jump are videos and photos from the event.
Listen here to Out-FM's interview with Gregg Araki.
Gregg Araki, writer/director of cutting-edge films like Mysterious Skin and the Doom Generation, discusses his newest sexually charged comedy/adventure, Kaboom. As he describes it to Out-FM, "Kaboom is a sort of bisexual Twin Peaks set in college." Starring Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Heroes), it premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the first ever Queer Palm Award for its contribution to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues. In the interview, Araki discusses his personal take on sexual identity, deleted subplots in Kaboom, and why he doesn't like going to gay bars any more.