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bloomingOUT – January 9, 2014

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Activist, writer, blogger, public speaker Reverend Irene Monroe talks about the significance to the black queer community of Robin Robert’s’ coming out, how Martin Luther King might have reacted to homophobia and other related issues. Casting Producer for America’s Got Talent Andrew Ward discusses his career and interesting aspects of a major talent show like AGT as well as announcing upcoming auditions to be held in Indianapolis 25-26 January at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Featured artist is Detroit MI recording artist KENN. Musical selection is “Empty” from his “We Killed KENN” CD.

www.irenemonroe.com
www.agtauditions.com
www.twitter.com/KennMusic

Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producers Sarah Hetrick & Nick Tumino
News Director Josh Vidrich
Original Theme Music Mikial Rlobertson
Announcer Sarah Hetrick

Bloomington City Council Passes Resolution Supporting Same-Sex Marriage in Response to HJR6

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The Bloomington City Council passed a resolution in support of same-sex marriage yesterday. The four-page resolution was a response to House Joint Resolution 6, which seeks to add a same-sex marriage ban to the Indiana Constitution. One of the resolution’s sponsors, Council Member Susan Sandberg, defended the council’s choice to take a position on the issue.

“This is the right thing to do at the right time in our history,” Sandberg said, “I stand up proudly for it and I will take any criticism from the media. We have plenty of time to take care of the ‘traditional’ city business but when it comes to resolutions, this council has always taken stands that people say are not in our jurisdiction, we take these opportunities to allow these to serve as public forums.”

11 members of the public spoke in favor of the resolution.

Faith Hawkins, a citizen, said she married her partner in 1996, but the marriage is not legally recognized. Hawkins declared that her reason for support is that she doesn’t want to be at the hospital not being able to find out her partner’s medical status because her next of kin relationship with her is not recognized.

Another member of the public, Glorianne Leck, said she and her partner traveled to New York to get married earlier this year. She said there were financial reasons for the marriage. She wants for her partner to be able to collect her social security but that the cost of the trip should have gone to regular wedding costs.

“I have long said that being queer is what I’m most proud of because I’m not conforming for anybody,” Leck said, “But now I’ve been hogtied into marriage because of the financial need we have as elders.”

Charlotte Zietlow also addressed the council. Zietlow is a member of the city’s Board of Public Works, and she served on the City Council in 1975, when the council voted to include sexual orientation in the city’s Human Rights Ordinance. She said the provision came up for discussion again during the 1990’s.

“I’m touched because those meetings were very conentious and hate-filled,” Zietlow said, “Tonight we have a group speaking from the heart without fear of being yelled at by other members of the community. That is such an incredible sign of progress we should be proud of.”

No one spoke against the resolution, and the council approved it unanimously.

Organization Day

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WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh checked in with local state representative Matt Pierce at the close of Organization Day at the Indiana Statehouse today to look ahead to the looming battle over Indiana HJR6 for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

bloomingOUT – November 7, 2013

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Authoress of Left Hander in London and President of Indy Rainbow Chamber JJ Gufredo is in studio to discuss her perspective on HJR6, societal ramifications of transitioning from male to female and also provides updates about her play! The Bloomington Peace Choir performs live in studio. Emily Nagoski talks about LGBT folks on an edition of It’s Only Sex and Nick Tumino chats with students in Conversations about Coming Out on a new edition of OUT & About in b-town.

www.lefthanderinlondon.com
www.bloomingtonpeacechoir.org

Produced Carol Fischer
Executive producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producers Sarah Hetrick and Nick Tumino
News Director Josh Vidrich,
Original theme music provided by Mikial Robertson
Announcer is Sarah Hetrick

bloomingOUT – October 31, 2013

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Campaign Manager for Freedom Indiana Megan Robertson discusses their state-wide organizational efforts  to defeat proposed anti-same sex marriage constitutional amendment HJR6. Emily Nagoski addresses bisexuality on an edition of “It’s Only Sex” and on a new edition of “OUT on the Street” Nick Tumino chats with attendees at the Judy Shepard lecture recently held on IUB campus. Featured artist is singer/songwriter Eli Conley. Musical selection is “Draw the Line” from his “At the Seams” CD.

www.FreedomIndiana.org

www.eliconley.com

Produced Carol Fischer

Executive producer Alycin Bektesh

Associate Producers Sarah Hetrick and Nick Tumino

News Director Josh Vidrich,

Original theme music provided by Mikial Robertson

Announcer Sarah Hetrick

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