Monday, February 27, 2017

INTERVIEW: Eliza Gibson Returns to The Rogue Festival






Bravo 25, a show by Eliza Gibson, will be at The Rogue Festival here in Fresno’s Tower District, at Mia Cuppa CafĂ©, March 3-11th. See the Facebook Event Page HERE. For dates and times check out the Facebook page or visit roguefestival.com  



Tell us about your history with The Rogue Festival in Fresno.

I premiered my last show, And Now, No Flip Flops?! at the Rogue Festival two years ago. People in Fresno are so friendly, great audiences, and the festival is an incredible opportunity to see shows and spend time with other solo performers. As I was getting Bravo 25 on its feet, I knew Fresno would be the place to come back to for its first run. Getting to perform at the historic Tower Theatre for the teaser show is incredible - such a beautiful, huge auditorium. I can't wait to have lunch at the Chicken Pie Shop!

What motivates you to perform? Where does your passion lie? 

The challenge and excitement of being totally present on stage and connected to an audience keeps me coming back for more. Good live theatre is magic - a world we get to inhabit that makes us think, feel and see things differently. And hopefully crack up at the absurdity of being human. I love embodying multiple characters, discovering how they move, how they feel and how they respond to each other. In Bravo 25, the hero is Lil Bit, a high functioning developmentally disabled adult who has recently lost her best friend, Cowboy.

Tell us about your new show, Bravo 25. What can people expect?

The first computer therapist was named Eliza (what a coincidence!). She was developed in the sixties. You can google her now and have a typewritten conversation. She’s not the best therapist. There are better A.I. therapists now. And Bravo 25 stars one of them. Her name is Amber. She’s running a support group for six humans. One of the humans is Cheryll, who is looking for an AA meeting. Cheryll is named after a Budget customer service rep who told me at 7 a.m. one morning, not-so-fresh off a red eye at the Logan Airport: “Now listen, you go out there and have some fun today.” Lil Bit is there, too, for support with her stages of grief. And Jeremy, Marsha, Tony and Victoria, a polyamorous lesbian who cannot wait for Amber to become Superintelligent. Life as we know it will change forever!

What do you hope people walk away from your show thinking about?

I hope people will take a moment to wonder about our relationship to technology. Is Artificial Intelligence helping us or hurting us? Can we forgive someone who is dead? What about someone who isn’t dead? Can we forgive an A.I. avatar?

What's next for you as a performer?

I’ll be performing Bravo 25 later this spring and summer in San Francisco and Hollywood. I intend to wear my orange glasses as much as possible. Orange is for success.

EVENT: Ritual - Madera


Queer Black Movie Wins at Oscars.

Yes, there was a moment of confusion... but the fact remains.

Moonlight, a movie focused on a queer black man won the Oscar for Best Picture last night.

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Congratulations to the film, the cast, and the crew.

Representation matters and this movie is one of only a handful of GBT Best Picture wins (Brokeback Mountain, Milk, and Philadelphia are in that small but distinguished club).




A copy will be available soon at the Fresno LGBT Community Center.

Equality 4 All

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Teen Suicide Attempts Fall due to Marriage Equality



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From USA TODAY Fewer U.S. teens attempted suicide in states where same-sex marriage was legal in the years leading up to the 2015 Supreme Court ruling upholding gay marriage, according to a new study.

Analyzing data from 1999 to 2015, researchers found a 7% reduction in suicide attempts among high school students in the 32 states that legalized same-sex marriage. There was a 14% declined among students categorized as sexual minorities, specifically gays, lesbians and bisexuals, according to the study.

More than 29% of gay, lesbian and bisexual high school students nationwide reported attempting suicide within the past 12 months, according to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System data, whose long-term data researchers relied on for the study. That's compared with about 6% of heterosexual students.

Laws that have the greatest impact on gay adults may make gay kids feel "more hopeful for the future," lead author Julia Raifman, a researcher at Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health, told the Associated Press.

The study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, didn't prove the drop in teen suicide attempts was caused by the implementation of same-sex marriage policies but suggested an association between the two factors. Researchers analyzed data from more than 700,000 adolescents across 47 states from 1999 and 2015, of which 231,413 identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual. The data didn't track students who identified as queer or transgender.

Researchers acknowledged the study was limited in that they relied on self-reported data from students. They also noted they couldn't account for socioeconomic status, religious affiliation, acceptance of sexual minorities and other factors outside of the legalization of same-sex marriage.

"There is a need for further research to understand the association between sexual minority rights, stigma and sexual minority health," the study stated.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

EVENT: CVIIC


EQUALITY 4 ALL

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