Lavender Hill: 6/2/13

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Lavender Hill is Lincoln’s first and only LGBTQA news and talk program. Hosted by Corwin and Phil every Sunday morning on KZUM, bringing you news, views and interviews from the LGBTQA community with a focus on Lincoln and Omaha, NE.

This week’s edition jumped around from Lincoln and Omaha to Illinois to Nepal to Puerto Rico and elsewhere around the globe.

Articles and Links Talked About

The Music

  1. (What If We Are) Just Like/Shannon’s and Lisa’s Song 
  2. Lesbian Bus Crash – Waxed

The President’s Pride Month Proclomation:

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2013 — BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

For more than two centuries, our Nation has struggled to transform the ideals of liberty and equality from founding promise into lasting reality. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender(LGBT) Americans and their allies have been hard at work on the next great chapter of that history — from the patrons of The Stonewall Inn who sparked a movement to service members who can finally be honest about who they love to brave young people who come out and speak out every day.

This year, we celebrate LGBT Pride Month at a moment of great hope and progress, recognizing that more needs to be done. Support for LGBT equality is growing, led by a generation which understands that, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” In the past year, for the first time, voters in multiple States affirmed marriage equality for same-sex couples. State and local governments have taken important steps to provide much-needed protections for transgender Americans.

My Administration is a proud partner in the journey toward LGBT equality. We extended hate crimes protections to include attacks based on sexual orientation or gender identity and repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” We lifted the HIV entry ban and ensured hospital visitation rights for LGBT patients. Together, we have investigated and addressed pervasive bullying faced by LGBT students, prohibiteddiscrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Federal housing, and extended benefits for same-sex domestic partners. Earlier this year, I signed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in the implementation of any VAWA-funded program. And because LGBT rights are human rights, my Administration is implementing the first-ever Federal strategy to advance equality for LGBT people around the world.

We have witnessed real and lasting change, but our work is not complete. I continue to support a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, as well as the Respect for Marriage Act. My Administration continues to implement the Affordable Care Act, which beginning in 2014, prohibits insurers from denying coverage to consumers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which addresses the disparate impact of the HIV epidemic among certain LGBT sub-communities. We have a long way to go, but if we continue on this path together, I am confident that one day soon, from coast to coast, all of our young people will look to the future with the same sense of promise and possibility. I am confident because I have seen the talent, passion, and commitment of LGBT advocates and their allies, and I know that when voices are joined in common purpose, they cannot be stopped.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2013 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

BARACK OBAMA

Lavender Hill: Finally Out with Dr Olson

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On Sunday 26 May 2013, both Corwin and Phil were out of town at a festival. Kate baby sat the boards while a previously recorded interview was aired. A big thanks to Kate for making sure everything played smoothly at the station.

On 23  April 2013, Phil interviewed author and psychiatrist Dr. Loren A. Olson regarding his book Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight, a psychiatrists own story. You can read Phil’s review of the book here.

From the back cover: Loren A. Olson, M.D. is a gay psychiatrist who came out at forty. A Finally Outfather and grandfather, he is also a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a recipient of the “Exemplary Psychiatrist Award” from the National Alliance of Mental Illness. He has presented findings from his research on mature gay men at the World Congress of Psychiatry in Prague. In 2009, Dr. Olson legally married Doug Mortimer, his partner of twenty-four years. They live on a farm in Iowa where they produce grass-fed beef from their herd of Belted Galloway cattle. Dr. olson blogs at www.MagneticFire.com.

Music from this Episode of Lavender Hill

  1. Matt Gold – Oh Joe – Drown Before You Swim 
  2. Jamie Anderson – No Closet – Center of Balance 

Lavender Hill airs live every Sunday at 11am Central on Lincoln, NE’s KZUM-HD 89.3FM and on the web at http://www.kzum.org. The hosts of Lavender Hill can be reached via email at lavenderhill89.3@gmail.com. Like Lavender Hill on Facebook.

 

International Day Against Homophobia

IDAHOT logoFriday the 17th of May is the International Day Against Homo/Bi/Transphobia. Official referred to as the International Day Against Homophobia, it is a day to take whatever steps you feel necessary (within reason) to combat homo/bi/transphobia in your community. Even the United Nations Human Rights Office has stepped up and gotten involved by releasing a video.  This little video is only one thing that you can share to spread the word against h/b/t-phobia.

On Lavender Hill we do what we can to spread the word about intolerance, bigotry, persecution and violence against members of the LGBTQA+ community. Corwin and Phil are both openly out in the community and often take a stand on these issues, both on and off the air. It can be as simple as stepping up and defending someone against hateful words or as extreme as marching on the Capital steps to demonstrate in support of LGBTQ+ issues.

Around the globe their organizations that can help you get involved:

Around the blogosphere there are a number of articles covering IDAHO, here are just a few:international-day-against-homophobia

How are you going to step up and take a stand on Friday?

Lavender Hill 5 May 2013

Close-up of 1st Anniversary CakeLavender Hill is Lincoln, NE’s only (and as far as we know, the first) LGBTQA+ news and talk program. Hosted by Corwin and Phil on KZUM every Sunday at 11am Central, LH brings the listener news, views, and interviews from around the LGBTQA+ community with a focus on Lincoln and Omaha, NE. Only having a thirty minute time slot makes it difficult for Corwin and Phil to cover everything that they want, sometimes they have to gloss over things or just skip them all together. In this posting you will find links to some of the stories that they covered in this week’s edition, as well as one or two that were totally skipped. You can also visit the show’s Facebook page for additional news and opinion pieces, as well as videos and pictures.

The hosts can be reached through email. Feel free to contact them with comments, questions, and suggestions for the show.