Your inside connection to all the LGBT-related news that matters in Ohio and beyond!

Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

The Other Side: LGBTQ Youth of Color – Are the stats telling the whole story?

I’ve been commissioned by Outlook Columbus, Central Ohio’s premiere lgbt publication, to write a new monthly column titled “The Other Side” that will offer stories and detailed analysis about the plights faced by gay people of color. I’ll be posting an excerpt from the story here each month with a link to the full story on Outlook’s Web site. Please support those who support us! 

Take a quick look at any set of statistics studying LGBTQ youth (ages 16-24) who are persons of color, and you’ll typically get a pretty bleak picture. Black and Latino LGBTQ youth consistently report having the highest HIV infection rates, the highest suicide rates and represent a majority of America’s homeless youth population.

According to the numbers, if you’re young, gay and of color, you don’t stand a chance. But as we know, statistics breed stereotypes and we must remember that this isn’t everyone’s story…

Finish this article at OutlookColumbus.com

Advertisements

Queer Minded #12: Multicultural PRIDE/Shane Bitney Crone

Queer Minded is a new online talk radio show that I host featuring local and national LGBT news and entertainment. Airing Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 p.m. and podcasted at TalktainmentRadio.com! Visit Queer Minded on FacebookTwitter and YouTube

This week we packed the show with special guests! The top of the show featured our Black Pride Panel with Troy Harris (United Way of Central Ohio) and Aaron Riley (New Leaf Columbus), both from the Columbus Urban Pride planning committee, and Earl Fowlkes, President of the International Federation of Black Prides. We discuss Multicultural Pride events in Columbus and around the country and offer insight into the Black Pride Movement.

Our Queer News Break features an exclusive interview with Shane Bitney Crone, the man behind the viral video “It Could Happen To You,” telling the story of his partner, Tom, who tragically passed away suddenly, leaving Shane with no rights to Tom’s body or his assets. Tom’s bigoted family wouldn’t even let Shane attend the funeral. Now Shane is leading a national movement for gay marriage rights and the issues faced when a same-sex partner passes with his new organization Equal Love Equal Rights.

Listen to the full show at the link below:

http://www.talktainmentradio.com/podcasts/061112%20Queer%20Minded.mp3

Queer Minded #11: PRIDE 2012

Queer Minded is a new online talk radio show that I host featuring local and national LGBT news and entertainment. Airing Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 p.m. and podcasted at TalktainmentRadio.com! Visit Queer Minded on FacebookTwitter and YouTube

This week we kicked off our Pride 2012 Pride celebrations! We chat with Karla Rothan, Executive Director of Stonewall Columbus, about their plans for Columbus Pride 2012. The theme this year is Equality and Allies, honoring high profile allies in our community. Mayor Michael Coleman makes history as the first the time a sitting mayor has been the Pride Parade’s Grand Marshal.

Orie Givens, of Outlook Columbus, also joins us as this week’s guest host to discuss 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Pride and we kiki it up about our sordid Pride pasts.

Listen to the full show at the link below:

http://www.talktainmentradio.com/podcasts/060412%20Queer%20Minded.mp3

The Other Side: Black Gay Pride – National movement makes way to Columbus

I’ve been commissioned by Outlook Columbus, Central Ohio’s premiere lgbt publication, to write a new monthly column titled “The Other Side” that will offer stories and detailed analysis about the plights faced by gay people of color. I’ll be posting an excerpt from the story here each month with a link to the full story on Outlook’s Web site. Please support those who support us! 

It’s a well-known fact to the readers of this magazine that Columbus hosts one of the Midwest’s largest Pride Festival each year. Yet a lesser-known fact is that in the minds of many LGBT people of color, it’s never quite lived up to expectations. The beautifully gay pomp and circumstance that takes over Columbus for two days each June has typically been void of culturally competent events geared towards the black gay community.

In an age where Black Pride has become nearly as popular as the mainstream festival in cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington DC, Columbus has never quite had anything outside of a few well-planned bar raves to celebrate the national movement that is Black Pride each year.

Until now…

Finish this article at OutlookColumbus.com

Review: ‘The House at Pooh Corner’ by The Phoenix Theatre for Children

For their pre-spring children’s showcase The Phoenix Theatre for Children is bundling up in animal fur for their presentation of “The House at Pooh Corner,” showing through March 11 in Studio One of the Vern Rifffe Center, 77 S. High Street, Columbus.

The stage is beautifully set in Hundred Acre Woods where Pooh and the gang are dealing with departure of their long-time friend Christopher Robin (he’s finally starting school). They decide to throw a farewell party but the plans are delayed by the calamity that is Tigger, a troublesome tiger cub who can’t seem to stop bouncing around.

The story directly follows that of the popular children’s tale by A. A. Milne, adapted for the stage by Bettye Knapp. Christopher Robin (Kelan Huffman), Winnie the Pooh (Joe Dallacqua), Piglet (Dionysia Williams), Eyore (Tom Patton), Rabbit (Cody Shope), Tigger (Josie Merkle), Kanga and little Roo (both played by Liz Wheeler) are all there, elaborately costumed by Tatjana Longerot.

All the casts’ faces are covered, as to not destroy the illusion, which could have made the show seem very stationary, but overly expressive movements and the extremely excitable Merkle as Tigger kept the audience of grade-schoolers intrigued. The play is also just over an hour, appropriately short for the attention spans of little ones.

Stephanie Gerckens’s set was one of the most elaborate I’ve seen from CATCO-Pheonix. Colorful and full of nuance it looked like you’d walked into a 3-D version of a Winnie the Pooh storybook.

My 4-year-old isn’t one to say still for longer than a few seconds, but “The House at Pooh Corner” cast and crew have created a show that kept him in his seat and wide-eyed for the duration. That’s a not a feat to be taken lightly.

“The House at Pooh Corner” by The Phoenix Theatre for Children runs through March 11, 2012 in Studio One of the Vern Riffe Center, 77 S. High Street, Columbus. Tickets are $10 for children and $20 for adults. For more information visit http://www.phoenix4kids.org. 

Queer Corner’s hitting the air waves in March!

Queer Corner is taking’s it’s shtick to the radio!

I’ll be hosting a new show with my friend Deo on TalktainmentRadio.com called “Queer Minded!” Heres’ a brief description:

Queer Minded is your weekly hub for all that’s queer and happening in Columbus, Ohio and around the nation. We give our take on the latest LGBT news and entertainment with spicy commentary, exciting guests and always interesting audience feedback. So come kiki it up with us each week with hosts Deo & Dwayne! There’s never a dull moment when you’re Queer Minded!

Each week “Queer Minded” will dedicate a section of the show to “Queer Corner,” which will features the week’s most important LGBT news bites from. Don’t worry loyal fans, I’ll still be posting my take on the LGBT news that matters here on Queer-Corner.com. But please be sure to also support my new endeavor!

Check out the video below announcing the details of our first show, “Safer Sex: How to Make Safe Sex Sexy”:

I’m really excited about this new opportunity and do hope that you’ll support “Queer Minded!” The first show is set to air an the end of March. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and stay tuned for the exact date of our premiere.

And make sure to send us all of your SAFE SEX stories/opinions, future show idea and any other questions you might have to deoanddwayne@gmail.com!

The Other Side: It’s Time We Start to Diversify the Message

I’ve been commissioned by Outlook Columbus, Central Ohio’s premiere lgbt publication, to write a new monthly column titled “The Other Side” that will offer stories and detailed analysis about the plights faced by gay people of color. I’ll be posting an excerpt from the story here each month with a link to the full story on Outlook’s Web site. Please support those who support us! 

When I think of the bicentennial celebrations laid out for Columbus this year, the festivities aren’t what immediately capture my attention. I think of this as period of reflection. How far has this city come and how far it still needs to go.

In December’s issue, Orie Givens wrote about the invisibility faced by LGBT people of color and how LGBT racial minorities are often left out of the mainstream LGBT conversation. As a black, gay, male writer growing up, and now living in this city I often think of all the stories that aren’t being told, especially among the LGBT people of color population.

As Givens mentioned, we’ve seen some success with shows like Noah’s Arc. But when I think back on the last few years and the LGBT stories that gripped the nation (i.e. Prop 8, Constance McMillen, gay bullying and the It Gets Better Project, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell), I mostly remember seeing white-washed coverage by the mainstream media.

Columbus is doubly guilty of this oversight. The Short North is an amazing, nationally recognized area that prominently features the LGBT community, but it’s also probably one of the least racially diverse areas of the city. And the number of times I’ve seen an openly gay person of color featured on a local news station, be it television, radio or newspaper, can be counted on my two hands.

Givens did a great job of detailing the issues faced by LGBT minorities and the disparities that exist within both the multicultural and LGBT community. Now that the conversation has been started, it’s time to hash out a solution. It’s time we started featuring other sides of the story…

Finish this article over at OutlookColumbus.com