Podcast Featured Discussion: Impact of Prejudice & Invalidation

Original Air Date: August 20, 2012

Black, White & Gay in America – The Human Side, on WOLB TalkRadio 1010am Baltimore; Co-Hosts Lori & Bob Hollander and Pastor Larry Brumfield talk about the impact of prejudice towards, and invalidation of, LGBT people, especially in their quest for marriage equality. They also reveal the reasons behind their passion for: helping others, creating a kinder and more gentle world, and working as straight allies with the LGBT community.

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Podcast Featured Guest: Maryland Black Family Alliance

Original Air Date: August 13, 2012

Black, White & Gay in America – The Human Side, on WOLB TalkRadio 1010am Baltimore, Pastor Larry Brumfield hosts straight allies from the Maryland Black Family Alliance, Lea Gilmore, Rebecca Murphy, Lisa Gray and Meredith Curtis. The program will focus on the vital importance of straight allies to the LGBT community.

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Podcast: Featured Guest Shane Windmeyer

Original Air Date: August 6, 2012

Photo Shane L. WindmeyerShane L. Windmeyer, M.S., Ed., is a leading author on gay campus issues, national leader in gay and lesbian civil rights and a champion for LGBT issues on college campuses. He is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Campus Pride, the only national organization for student leaders and campus organizations working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. Read more about Shane.

Released Fall 2006 by Alyson Books, Windmeyer is the author of The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, the first-ever college guide profiling the “100 Best LGBT-Friendly Campuses.” He is also the editor of Brotherhood: Gay Life in College Fraternities and co-editor of the books Inspiration for LGBT Students & Allies, Out on Fraternity Row: Personal Accounts of Being Gay in a College Fraternity, and Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian & Bisexual in a College Sorority.

Windmeyer has been featured on IN THE LIFE TV and his work has been the focus of national attention from MSNBC’s The Situation with Tucker Carlson, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and TIME Magazine.

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Podcast: Corporations Weigh In on Same-Sex Marriage and Support for the LGBT Community

Original Air Date: July 30, 2012

Photo United States flag rainbown flagShould companies mix business with politics and religion? What happens when corporations like Chik-Fil-A, General Mills, Starbucks, JC Penney, and Gap weigh in on the debate about same-sex marriage and support – or non-support – for the LGBT community?

Listen to hear what happens to their brand and their sales when companies take a stand.

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Podcast: Featured Guest Carl Siciliano

Original Air Date: July 23, 2012

Photo Carl SicilianoCarl Siciliano, Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center, is a nationally recognized advocate and provider for homeless LGBT youth who has been dedicated to this population since 1994. His programs have been widely recognized for their quality and innovation.

From 1983 through 1988, Siciliano worked with the Catholic Worker Movement, where he assisted in the management of shelters, soup kitchens and residential programs for the homeless in New York City, Washington D.C. and Norwalk, CT. From 1988 through 1994, he helped the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter operate a residential program for homeless adults in New York City.

From 1994 to 2001, Siciliano worked as the Director of Homeless Youth Services for Safe Space NYC Inc. During that time, he created an innovative continuum of services for homeless teens including: a 24 hour drop-in center, a citywide street outreach program, a scattered site emergency housing program, and a residential program for HIV+ teens. The federal government officially designated Siciliano’s program a “Special Project of National Significance.”

In 2002, Siciliano founded the Ali Forney Center (AFC), which has grown to become the nation’s largest and most comprehensive housing program for homeless LGBT youth. The Ali Forney Center offers emergency housing, transitional housing, a drop-in center, a vocational/educational center and a mix of supportive services that help LGBT youth become successful, independent adults. AFC has been recognized for its exceptional work by various organizations including Gay Men’s Health Crisis (Humanitarian Award; 2004), the Anti Violence Project (Courage Award; 2006), the Empire State Pride Agenda (Community Service Award; 2006) and the Brooklyn Lambda Independent Democrats (LID Award; 2007).

Siciliano’s work has also received extensive coverage in local and national print and broadcast media. In 2002, he was named by OUT Magazine as one of the 100 Outstanding Gay Achievers. His work has also been recognized by the Stonewall Democrats of NYC in 2006, and in 2007 he was awarded the Brooke Astor Service Award which is given to someone who is relentless in his or her dedication to the city of New York and who has contributed substantially to its enrichment.

Today Siciliano continues to fight for the rights and empowerment of homeless LGBT youth through the growth and outreach of the Ali Forney Center.

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Podcast: Featured Guest FranShon Reid

Original Air Date: July 16, 2012

Photo FranShon ReidFranShon Reid is the daughter of Dr. Frank Madison Reid III & First Lady Marlaa Reid. FranShon currently serves as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Bethel A.M.E. Church. Consistently affected by her father’s heart and passion for the Greater Baltimore Washington Community, FranShon has committed her life to impacting and empowering women across the globe through the realm of theatre, motivational speaking, and the word of God.

In May 2009, FranShon received her BA in Theatre from Spelman College, where she graduated with a plethora of honors including her induction into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. From there, FranShon continued with her mission to change the world. In the Fall of 2010 FranShon kicked-off the Doll2Moguls Mentoring Program, a 24 hours mentoring service, based in the inner city, for young women with an intense desire to WIN in life. Over the past four years FranShon has also been fortunate to tour the country. It is always FranShon’s prayer that when she stands that they never see her, but they hear and see the God inside of her.

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Podcast: Featured Guest Jesse Brooks

Original Air Date: July 9, 2012

Photo Jesse BrooksJesse Brooks was featured in a new two-hour FRONTLINE documentary which aired on PBS July 10th at 9pm. This groundbreaking film called ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America explores one of our country’s most urgent, preventable health crises and uncovers the truth about how and why HIV is so much worse in black America. It reveals how prejudice, silence and stigma have allowed the virus to spread deep into the black community. Jesse is one of the people who will share his story in the film.

Jesse Brooks was born in Los Angeles, but claims Oakland as his home-town, living there most of his life. School President of his class, Jesse graduated from Oakland Technical High School and was a member of the National Guard in Fort Dix, New Jersey from 1981 to 1983.

Through all of his accomplishments, he struggled with many internal battles including drug addiction and acceptance of his sexuality. Having overcome a drug addition, come to terms with his sexuality, and accept that he is HIV positive, Jesse now uses his voice to educate Oakland’s urban communities. He was campaign spokesmodel for: “HIV Stops with Us” 2006 campaign, “I Choose to Disclose” 2008 campaign, and was on Billboards in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland for the Aids Healthcare Foundation (the Magic Johnson Clinic).

For three years, Jesse has been a journalist for the Post Newsgroup, the largest African American paper in the Bay area reaching 50,000 readers weekly, writing columns about AIDS in The African American community.

Obtaining a certification and degree in Paralegal studies, Jesse is always at the forefront of events pertaining to HIV/AIDS, lobbying on Capitol Hill, rallying at protests, public speaking at numerous churches, universities, and events. He was a featured speaker at The National Minority AIDS Coalition’s annual conference in 2009. In 2010 he received “The Pioneer Award,” given to people who are making a difference in their community. His 30 minute docu-drama “The Ceremony,” played at the 2006 Black LGBT Film Festival.

Jesse was part of “The Cornerstone Theater Group” of Los Angeles performing short plays inside Santa Rita Jails to educate inmates about HIV/AIDS in 2010.

He chairs and sits on many boards that focus on decreasing health disparities in the African American community including:

  • the Bay Area Regional African American HIV/AIDS State of Emergency Coalition,
  • the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies Advisory Board., & Policy, Education and Review Committee, Alameda Planning Council
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Podcast: Featured Guests Patrick Henderson and Wayno AmonRa

Original Air Date: July 2, 2012

Photo Patrick HendersonPatrick Henderson is a native Texan, who is a composer/record producer by profession. His music can be heard around the world from such artists as Aretha Franklin, Patty Labelle, Michael McDonald, Michael Boltin, the Commodores, Tremaine Hawkins, Brooklyn Tabernacle the Oslo Gospel Choir and the Mighty Clouds of Joy. He has lived in Baltimore since 1998, and presently serves as pastor of The Church of Spirit and Truth. By pioneering the advent of Praise and Worship Music in 1989 into the African American church, he is widely considered the father of the seismic shift that changed the style of black church worship music. He is Phi Theta Kappa and served as President of Student Governance and Student Trustee Representative at the Baltimore City Community College. Read more about Patrick.

Mr. Henderson also serves as host to Patrick Henderson’s Meet the People, a weekly talk radio show on Radio One’s Spirit 1400.

Photo Wayno AmonRaWayno AmonRa has a straight out of Baltimore demeanor with a Ph.D. conversation. He was once considered a criminal, he has paid his dues, and is now one of the biggest voices for equality, education and saving our children, by rebuilding the black family. Wayno has worked with numerous schools in the Baltimore & D.C. area, talking to kids about his mistakes and how they can make better choices. At the same time has conducted an after school programs at Baltimore City Community College, and works with various summer camps around the city, bringing his Matheletics and Science pep rallies to motivate the youth to take their education serous. He currently studies African History & Geography at Coppin State University. Read more about Wayno.

Wayno is a member of the Board of “Alexander & Alexander Youth Works,” Vice President of the “Patrick Henderson’s Family Garden Project,” and the Co-Founder of Unification Solutions. Wayno co-hosts “Patrick Henderson’s Meet the People” every Sunday at 2:30 on Radio One’s Spirit 1400 am and Mondays at 11:30 AM on WOLB 1010 AM.

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Podcast: Featured Guest Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III

Original Air Date: June 18, 2012

Photo Rev. Dr. Frederick Haynes, IIIDr. Frederick D. Haynes, III Senior Pastor of the Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas for now 28 years, leads with a commitment to Christ, passion for people and yearning for community transformation. To that end, he has grown Friendship-West to nearly 12,000 during his tenure as Pastor.

Possessing a commitment to education he has a Bachelors Degree from Bishop College, a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation.

Dr. Haynes is an author, radio show host and foremost a Pastor.  In all he does he exudes the mantra of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – believing in the urgency of now, marrying theology with a call to impact our sociological issues.  Dr. Haynes serves in various leadership capacities for organizations who champion social change he is Trustee Chair – Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference; Board of Directors – National Action Network; and Board of Directors – Conference of National Black Churches, just to name a few; and demonstrates a commitment to intellectual excellence in both the church and academia as he is a Board Member of Paul Quinn College where he has also acted as adjunct professor.  Further, as a demonstration of his academic, social and oratorical prowess he was afforded the opportunity to serve as Speaker for the 2011 Congressional Black Caucus Prayer Breakfast – a most esteemed opportunity.

Dr. Haynes is married to Debra Peek-Haynes, founder and president of Quorum Commercial, a Dallas commercial real estate firm. They are the parents of one beautiful daughter, Abeni Jewel Haynes.

A special “shout out” to Rev. Dr. Delman Coates, Senior Pastor at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, Clinton, MD, and Sharon Lettman Hicks, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Black Justice Coalition, for calling in to welcome Rev. Dr. Haynes to Maryland. Delman and Sharon were also kind enough to join in on our conversation with Rev. Dr. Haynes. A big “Thank You!” to both of them.

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Podcast: The Shifting Social and Political Landscape

Original Air Date: June 11, 2012

Photo gay rights flag with wedding bandsThe hosts of Black, White & Gay in America – The Human Side Lori and Bob Hollander, licensed therapists, and Pastor Larry Brumfield talked about how opinions are changing about same-sex marriage across the country and in Maryland.

The show’s major discussion points were:

A CNN/ORC International survey released…

  • The number of Americans who have a close friend or family member who is gay has jumped from 49% in 2010 to 60% today.
  • According to the survey, 54% now say that marriages between gay and lesbian couples should be recognized as valid by law, with 42% opposed.

In religious organizations…

MORMON

More than 300 Mormon church members who are not gay marched in the Utah Gay Pride Parade in downtown Salt Lake City. The largest group of Mormons ever joined the annual parade Sunday to send a message of love to Utah’s LGBT community.

JEWISH

The Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, which sets policy for the Conservative movement, has voted unanimously 13-0 to provide guidelines on performing same-sex marriages.

The move is an official sanction of the ceremonies by the movement.

Maryland News…

Though the MARYLAND MARRIAGE ALLIANCE turned in enough petition signatures to get the new MD law (protecting Civil Marriage between same-sex couples) on the ballot, we reported that their effort was funded primarily by National Organization for Marriage – an out of state group that is on the Southern Poverty Law Centers list of “hate groups.”

  • National Org for Marriage contributed            $73000
  • MD Marriage Alliance contributed                  $36000
  • MD Catholic Conference contributed             $4300
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