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Tonight, we hosted a completely live show with some incredible guests. Jeff Basham talked with Ted Ellquist about his return to Sonoma County and a new social group is formed called, “Out and About Santa Rosa.” This is a group for adult members of the LGBT community to meet up for hikes, bike rides, dinners, and other kinds of social gathers. Learn more by going to checking out their web page at www.meetup.com/Out-and-About-Santa-Rosa/. On Outbeat Youth, Greg Miraglia talked with Joey Abrego and Julia Caplan from Montgomery High School and Austin Bellach from Maria Carillo High School. These incredible young people talked about what it’s like to have come out in middle school and high school. All of them have been well received by their family and friends. Joey told us about the drama department’s upcoming trip to Scotland and their fund raising efforts. Learn more at www.montgomerydrama.com. Austin told us about his role as the president of the school’s Gay Straight Alliance. They have 35 to 40 members! It was a great show, so check it out.
This month we celebrated the one-year anniversary of Outbeat Now! and Outbeat Youth. It’s hard to believe we’ve been on the air for 12 months already. This month Jeff Basham had scheduled for an interview about hate crimes and bullying in the schools Sonoma County District Attorney to be, Jill Ravitch. Unfortunately, Ms. Ravitch declined to be interviewed at the last minute. Instead, we talked about the string of recent LGBT teen suicides and introduced the “It Gets Better Campaign.” Several elected officials, including City Council member Joel Burns of Texas and President Obama have shown great courage by speaking out and taking a stand against school bullying. On Outbeat Youth, Greg Miraglia was joined by special guests Judy and Dennis Shepard who talked about their memories of their son Matthew who died 12 years ago this month after a vicious hate crime in Laramie Wyoming. The Shepards talked about the importance of coming out and for parents to support their LGBT children.
We were joined by Jessie Funes, the Grant Coordinator for Positive Images, who told us about the new mental health grant she is working with to promote a better understanding of LGBT issues within the Spanish speaking community and other identity groups of color. Rachel Gardner from Food for Thought was also on to talk about Calabash coming up on October 3, 2010. On Outbeat Youth, Greg Miraglia talked with Victor Romos, our correspondent from Positive Images, about Queer Coming. We also played an interview with members of the Montgomery High School GSA.