Thursday, June 24, 2010

CNN's "Gary & Tony Have A Baby" Premieres tonight!

Talking to Gary & Tony and their adorable baby Nicholas
Tonight @ 8pm CNN's continues thier "In America" series with "Gary & Tony Have A Baby". Last week I went to GLAAD and CNN's screening of the documentary, and got to meet the happy and loving family. It was a very touching and well done piece. I would rather have two loving, attentitive gay parents, then two unhappy, workaholic "straight" parents on their 3rd divorce each, just sayin'.
CNN's Solidad O'Brian (no, we're not sisters, but I wish we were!)
w/ my friends Cindi Creager (GLAAD) and her wife Rainie Cole

All the panelists after the screening
Gary, Tony, their baby Nicholas, and GLAAD'S ED Jarrett Barrios

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

"Trans Party"! All trans musician concert and party hosted by Frameline!

Last night Frameline hosted one of the funnest trans music parties ever called "Trans Party" at the chic hot spot "Supperclub". The party was immediately following the festival's screening of "Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Variance in Music Performance", called a "transfabulous rocku-mentary", and featured many popular trans performers including Katastophe, Joshua Klipp, Lipstick Conspiracy, Shawna Virago who all performed on stage at "Trans Party".

Hanging out with the all trans girl rock band Lipstick Conspiracy. They opened up the lineup, and were on fire!

With my friend, music artist and dancer Joshua Klipp (middle)

Singer Joshua Klipp ended the concert, and of course all the girls rushed him after his set! Klipp is a favorite of MTV's Logo, and is a regular on Logo's "New, Now, Next" music show, and even hosts the show from time to time. Check him out:
The all trans girl rock band "Lipstick Conspiracy" opened up the concert for a whole hour. Listen to their music:

With activist Allison D. Laureano and musician Imogen Binnie

I saw my friend Imogen Binnie, a punk rock musician and trans advocate. She was one of my first friends I met the first time I came to San Fran. I came to SF a few years ago for the Transgender Leadership Summit, and she was sitting next to me in a workshop, and we both had similar ideas and clicked. I kid with her and call her "the trans Chloe Sevigny", which she totally looks like! Last year Imogen performed a song at the Trans March that protested the anti-trans slur "tra**y", and I was happy she understood the stigma and dehumanization that the pejorative inspires.

Trans musician pioneer Shawna Virago rocks the house at the "Trans Party"

Friday, June 18, 2010

Frameline SF LGBT Film Festival Opening Night!

I'm so happy to be in California for a 10 week get away from the craziness and concrete jungle of New York City. First I am in San Fran for 3 weeks to go to Frameline Film Festival, and go to Pride. I'm making my first film! I have 3 LGBT characters in my screenplay, and wanted to be around other LGBT filmmakers. This is my 3rd time attending Frameline, and Opening Night is always so fun!
"> The Opening Night film was "The Secret Diary of Ann Lister", the true story of a lesbian woman in the early 1800's who defied society and did not conceal her sexuality at a time when most lesbian women married men as a means of surival. It was such a well done film, and I really felt the pain and challenges that the multiple women characters went through to be, or viel, who they were in a judgemental and superficial society.
With some friends I met a couple years ago when I was an organizer of the SF Trans March

The opening night gala was at the beautiful Botanical Gardens at Golden Gate Park. I ran into dozens of friends, some from SF, some from LA, and even a few from NY, and abroad. There was yummy food, fruity drinks and groovy music. It was like a family reunion, and was super fun.
With Tiffany Woods (producer of new doco "Trans Francisco"), her wife, and the director of the film and his wife.

with Andrea Krauss of Regent Films