Archive for June 2009

Hear Ray Cunningham Discuss Being BET’s First Openly Gay Personality

Tonight at 8pm on SistersTalk Radio, we interviewed Ray Cunningham – best known for being the first openly gay personality featured in BET’s history.

Ray Cunningham, a Virginia native, is one of eight cast members featured on season 3 of BET’s College Hill reality series. Ray is the first openly gay personality to be featured on BET in its 25 year history. He has been featured as a commentator on networks like VH1, E!, Logo, HERE!, BET and on TV shows such as Access Hollywood, 106 & Park, Reality Binge, Reality Remix and The Dr Phil Show. He currently works as a blogger and editor of Bleu Magazine, completing his semi-autobiography and appearing in two film projects, one directed by NAACP Image Award nominated director, Maurice Jamal.

Hear Ray discuss:

* His experience on BET’s College Hill
* His work promoting cultural diversity and awareness in the black gay community
* His appearance on Dr. Phil
* His career goals
* His coming out story

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Did You Miss Model, Actor Jesse Lewis IV on SistersTalk Radio?

Tonight at 7pm, we interviewed model and actor Jesse Lewis IV on SistersTalk Radio.

Jesse Lewis IV is known best for his role on VH1’s America’s Smartest Model. This model turned actor has transcended from reality star to a first-class actor and entertainer. Lewis’ most recent accomplishments include: signing a worldwide contract with Panasonic/Japan; multiple fashion campaigns and, appearances in Black Dynamite, Meet The Spartans, and The Wedding Bells. Currently, Jesse is starring in In the Moment, a series of webisodes sponsored by the City of West Hollywood for AIDS prevention and education in the Gay community.

The interview was insanely funny. Jesse was making a mad dash to Subway while we talked so you’ll get to hear him order his footlong sandwich (mayo, no cucumbers.) Hear Jesse discuss:

* His appearance on VH1′s America’s Smartest Model
* His hair!
* Working with Carmen Electra in Meet the Spartans
* His role in Black Dynamite
* How a Black man became the face of Panasonic in Japan
* His coming out story

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ACTION ALERT: Demand Apology from Radio Show Hosts Advocating Violence Against Transgender Kids

On May 28, 2009, radio show hosts Rob Williams and Arnie States of KRXQ Sacramento encouraged violence against transgender children (story here):

Williams and States took turns referring to gender dysphoric children as “idiots” and “freaks,” who were just out “for attention” and had “a mental disorder that just needs to somehow be gotten out of them,” either by verbal abuse on the part of the parents, or even shock therapy.

“Allowing transgenders to exist, pretty soon it becomes normal to fall in love with the animals,” they said.

For his part, States bragged that if his own son were to ever dare put on a pair of high heels, States would beat his son with one of his own shoes. He urged parents whose own little boys expressed a desire to wear a dress to verbally abuse and degrade them as a viable response. “Because you know what? Boys don’t wear high heel shoes. And in my house, they definitely don’t wear high heels.

In response to Williams and States’ comments, GLAAD has issued the following Action Alert:

Please contact KRXQ management in Sacramento, California, where the show is produced and demand that radio show hosts Rob Williams and Arnie States publicly apologize. Call on KRXQ to hold Williams and States accountable for their remarks and establish clear standards to ensure their media platform will not be used to condone or promote violence against any parts of the communities they serve.

John Geary
Vice President & General Manager
KRXQ-FM
(916) 339-4209
jgeary@entercom.com

Arnie States
On Air Personality
KRXQ-FM
(916) 334-7777
rad@robarnieanddawn.com

Rob Williams
On Air Personality
KRXQ-FM
(916) 334-7777
rwilliams@entercom.com

GLAAD asks that you refrain from abusive or violent language when you make your phone call.

Daily Tweet Digest

What I Posted on Twitter Yesterday:

  • 13:26 @LadySway Sorry I missed your reply earlier. With the economy, I don’t know which telecoms are still open and doing well. #
  • 13:28 RT @PrideFdn Do you own Wal-Mart stock? Vote yes (by June 4) on your proxy to add gender identity protections. bit.ly/VZNW8 #
  • 13:49 Summertime is near. Lots of single lezzys lookin’ for summer love. The pickup lines are getting dumber & dumber. #
  • 14:18 On SistersTalk Radio tonight: Byron Nease – 1700 shows as leading man in Phantom of the Opera. tr.im/ncuA #
  • 15:30 *Anti-Gay Group Says White House Is Celebrating Gay Sinnin’ tr.im/ncNj #
  • 15:40 @StageStar I’m looking forward to our chat this evening as well. #
  • 16:17 @writesfortea Obama was recognizing June as Gay Pride Month, not establishing it. It’s the least Clintons could do after DOMA and DADT. #
  • 16:18 @andobrien We have a gay rights agenda. Wouldn’t you agree? #
  • 16:22 @badkitty812 Lots of gays love Hillary, even though she helped write DOMA. So why not love Cheney? #
  • 18:26 * Conservatives Warn Gays Will Get Quick Sex Change So They Can Marry tr.im/ndZR #
  • 18:31 @glennishamorgan It’s an Onion production, in classic Onion style. #
  • 19:01 Where were these jeans when I loved goin’ without undies? Commando Jeans: tr.im/n7xd #
  • 19:54 * Broadway Star Byron Nease on SistersTalk Lesbian & Gay Radio tr.im/nerj #

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