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On this special Outbeat Extra, we talked with Shane Windmeyer, the executive director of Campus Pride, the nations leading LGBT advocacy organization supporting college and university students and staff. Shane shared some advice for LGBT students who are heading off to college this month, perhaps leaving home for the first time. He also talked about Camp Pride, the only national leadership training camp for LGBT student leaders. Shane also talked about the Campus Pride Campus Index, which can help high school students search for the perfect LGBT friend college.
We also talked with film maker Ron Rogers about his new documentary about the life of local singer-songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine. This new documentary premiered this month at Santa Rosa Junior College in Petaluma and is being featured at the Wine Country Film Festival in September. Ron was joined by Stephen Ashton from the Wine Country Film Festival.
A new LGBT political group is forming in Napa and Solano County. Craig Scott, Judith Learner, Andy Pembrook, and David Crumrine joined us to talk about this new civic organization modeled after the Stonewall Democrats. This group is calling themselves the Bayard Rustin LGBT Political Club. Craig told us how this group hopes to unite the LGBT communities in both Napa and Solano County by providing a regular meeting space that will provide a platform for activism as well as venue for social events.
For this month’s Outbeat Youth segment, we went on location to the Napa Valley College Cooking School to meet Jermel Elliott, a student in this year’s professional culinary program. Jermel shared his coming out story and told us about his passion for food. He’s quite a guy! We also talked with one of his instructors, Chef Maggie, who talked about how young people interested in food can best prepare for the program at Napa Valley College.
This year seen some of the most amazing gains in LGBT equality especially around marriage equality. While there are still many conservative scrooges out there fighting to prevent more states from recognizing same-sex relationships, it’s pretty clear the kids get it.
We also shared some original holiday music from our good friends Randi Driscoll and Bobby Jo Valentine.
We celebrating the final implementation of the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and talked with three LGBT members of the military including Josh Robinson, William Rodriguez-Kennedy, and Matt Avila. Josh and William served the Marine Corps and Matt the Navy. Williams was discharged three years ago under DADT. All three of the brave members of our military marched openly in San Diego’s pride parade. They talked with us about what life was like hiding while protecting our nations freedoms and told us about how things have changed. Josh also talked being a founding member of Protect and Defend, an organization supporting LGBT members of law enforcement and the military.
On the Outbeat Youth segment, Greg Miraglia talked with local singer-song writer Bobby Jo Valentine who shared, for the first time on the radio, his coming out story. He told us about how his experience growing up in a conservative religious family and being gay influences the music he writes.