Category: Politics

Women’s March on DC

womens-marchBy Kate Kight

Washington D.C. (The Hollywood Times) 1/21/17 – After one of the most divisive elections in our nation’s  history it is no shock that Trump’s inauguration was a day of confusion, misinformation, and uncalled-for violence.

Yes on Saturday morning,  Washington, D.C. dawned gloomy but unseasonably warm, to thousands upon thousands of pink pussy hats making their way towards the National Mall.

The Women’s march on Washington grew out of a passion and frustration in the aftermath of a contentious election. It lacked formal leadership, organization, and defining principles. When a platform began to tentatively grow, it’s lack of diversity was an instant flashpoint. In the days leading up t the march, pro-life groups quietly infiltrated the ranks of allied groups, threatening a carefully curated, progressive platform. Continue reading “Women’s March on DC”

VidAngel Responds to 9th Circuit Decision, Now Calls on Supporters to Call Their Members of Congress

 vidangel2(Provo, UT—January 4, 2016) VidAngel, the market-leading entertainment platform empowering users to filter language, nudity, violence, and other content from movies and TV shows, is engaged in a high-profile legal battle with Disney, Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, and Lucasfilm. These Hollywood studios have taken legal action in an effort to eviscerate the 2005 Family Movie Act and prevent VidAngel from lawfully empowering parents and families to filter content on modern devices. Continue reading “VidAngel Responds to 9th Circuit Decision, Now Calls on Supporters to Call Their Members of Congress”



Features Unprecedented Access and Interviews With Members of President Obama’s Staff and Congress Including: Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Treasury Tim Geithner, Attorney General Eric Holder, National Security Advisor Amb. Susan Rice, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarett, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, Former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor 

Extensive Eight-Part Oral History With Commentary From 24 Members Of The President Obama Administration To Launch on on Thursday, January 12

New York, NY – January 4, 2017 – HISTORY premieres “The 44th President: In His Own Words,” President Barack Obama’s first-hand account on his time in office – his successes, his failures, difficulties with Congress, race relations during his tenure and what a Trump Presidency ultimately means to his legacy. In profound and candid new interviews with the POTUS conducted both before and after the 2016 Presidential election, the two-hour special is a unique examination of the Obama presidency from the inside out.  “The 44th President: In His Own Words” features President Obama’s final and most comprehensive one-on-one television interview in office conducted over nearly two hours of conversation inside the White House and premieres Sunday, January 15 at 9PM ET/PT on HISTORY. Continue reading “PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S CANDID LOOK ON HIS LEGACY IN THE MOST IN-DEPTH FINAL TV INTERVIEW OF HIS PRESIDENCY”


Although we have a lot to be grateful for this season, we also have witnessed growing resentment of minority, women’s and LGBT rights around the world.  So three of the Warwick Rowers went to Westminster, the seat of British government, to strip down (in the cold!) and send a naked Christmas message our world leaders.
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The Human Rights Campaign’s 5th Annual Chefs for Equality

cfe-2016-homepage-1600x900By Kate Kight

Washington, DC (The Hollywood Times) 10/27/16 – Just two weeks before a divisive national election that will greatly impact the future of LGBT rights, one might expect palpable stress at an HRC event. Yet if the DC politicos attending the event were carrying the weight of the election, it dissipated quickly. Chefs for Equality was a moment of unrepentant joy in the midst of election gloom, celebrating the artistry of D.C.’s foodie culture and the strength of D.C.’s LGBT community. Continue reading “The Human Rights Campaign’s 5th Annual Chefs for Equality”

Senator Barbara Boxer received the Vanguard Leadership Award at the 2016 Palm Springs Equality Awards from community leader and philanthropist Barbara Keller.

Chris Schmitt Photography.

On Saturday, October 15, the ballroom at the Riviera Palm Springs was filled with about 500 supporters ready to show the love to Equality California (EQCA,) on the final stop of its annual, five-city Equality Awards tour of gratitude and outreach.

Already in Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles, the Equality Awards had been recognizing the community leaders in those cities and beyond that had been helping advance EQCA’s important work in civil rights, addressing disparities in health and well-being, and for public education and civic engagement. Now, it was Palm Springs’ turn.

The crowd gave a warm welcome to event co-chairs Jackie Thomas & DeeAnn McCoy and Pjetur Sigurdson & Dimitri Bakakos. Thanks to the work of EQCA and many other organizations and individuals in the fight against Prop 8 and for same-sex marriage made law in all 50 states by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015, the couples were able to stand on stage as wife-and-wife and husband-and-husband.

The event emcee, Scott Turner Schofield, the first openly transgender actor to play a major role on daytime TV’s “The Bold and the Beautiful” put his own humorous twist on the fluidity of sexuality and how EQCA is helping us all understand that LGBT rights are an essential part of equal rights for everyone. Highlighting the evening for many in the politically-aware crowd was the video greeting from presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton who encouraged everyone to continue standing firm in the conviction that America is a place where everyone must have a place at the table.

After dinner, local State Farm insurance agent and EQCA supporter Thomas Gleeson introduced the husband-and-husband team of Palm Springs city council member Geoff Kors and Palm Springs Unified School District board member James G. Williamson. They presented the State Farm Good Neighbor Award to Lisa Middleton, whose status as a transgender woman has been little more than a footnote on a lengthy resume of tireless leadership in both the LGBT and broader communities. Her hard work has improved the lives of city residents through the Palm Springs Planning Commission, Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs, the LGBT Community Center of the Desert, and more.

Even though EQCA continues its vital work in helping California enact some of the world’s strongest laws protecting LGBT people, executive director Rick Zbur stressed the need to support EQCA’s continuing work for non-discriminatory civil rights, in creating a fair and just society for all. To help demonstrate its local partnership in Palm Springs, Darrell L. Tucci, chief development officer at Desert AIDS Project and EQCA board member, primed the crowd for continued financial support of EQCA’s work.

Tucci pointed to the important work EQCA has undertaken in recently spearheading three important efforts impacting those living with HIV: the HIV Organ and Tissue Donation Equity Act, the statewide HIV decriminalization effort, and EQCA’s #Take It: I’m PrEP’d, to increase awareness and uptake for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as a highly-effective tool against the transmission of HIV. Texting their donations in real time, which appeared on-screen to challenge friends, the audience helped to raise more than $300,000 in total for the evening.

A bittersweet moment followed when Kenny Cassady, EQCA director of development and corporate partnerships, introduced the inaugural George Zander Activist Award, to honor George Zander, the veteran political organizer who died in 2015, a month after he and his husband were beaten on leaving a Palm Springs nightclub. Paulina Angel, executive director of the Trans Community Project, read a moving acceptance of the award written byChris Zander on behalf of his late husband, whose energetic leadership in both LGBT and political circles will be greatly missed.

Thunderous applause and another standing ovation followed when two women named Barbara who are both beloved in Palm Springs came to the stage, as Barbara Keller introduced Senator Barbara Boxer who was being honored with the Vanguard Leadership Award. This was a crowd clearly in Boxer’s corner and sad that she will soon retire from the U.S. Senate at the end of her current term, after being a stalwart of equal rights for all Americans since being first elected to Congress in 1982.

Most in the audience know that Barbara and Stewart Boxer are already Palm Springs neighbors, just down the road in Rancho Mirage, where they are sure to continue sharing EQCA’s voice for sanity and equality. When someone in the crowd shouted “Reelection!” Boxer immediately returned with “I’m voting for Kamala Harris!” Already endorsed by EQCA for Boxer’s seat, California attorney general Harris had been the keynote speaker at the Los Angeles Equality Awards on September 17.

While the awards were over, many in the crowd stayed for desert and dancing, as the screens again rolled EQCA’s gratitude to those who helped make the evening possible …

Statewide Sponsors for the Equality Awards in all five cities included AT&T, the Coca-Cola Foundation, Gilead, La Crema, PG&E, Prophet, Sempra Energy, Southwest Airlines, and State Farm. Presenting Sponsors includedBrownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Comcast, and Roberta Conroy. They were joined by Platinum Sponsors Laurie Hasencamp & Mike Lurey and Titanium Sponsors Grace Helen Spearman Charitable Foundation andJeffrey Towns. Gold Sponsors included Burke|Rix Communications, theCity of Palm Springs, Contour Dermatology, Desert AIDS Project, Desert Regional Medical Center, Edison International, The Five Hundred,Frontier Communications, Hon. Geoff Kors & Hon. James G. Williamson,Harold Matzner, Lisa Middleton, Susan McCabe & Antoinette DeVargas,Oranj Palm Vacation Homes, Palm Springs LGBT Center on behalf of David Hood & Greg Sellers, Bill Scheffler & Ann Sheffer, Skinn Cosmetics,Time-Warner Cable, TRIO Restaurant, Union Bank, Gina Warren, andWells Fargo. Silver Sponsors were Avista Audio Visual Rentals, Hollywood Home, Target, and Zynger Event Designs. Media Sponsor was Imagine It! Media.

Host Committee for the 2016 Palm Springs Equality Awards included Jimmy Boegle, Sean Borg, Beth Collins-Burgard, Brad Fuhr, Laurie Hasencamp & Mike Lurey, Barbara & Jerry Keller, Susan McCabe, Andreas Meyer, Lisa Middleton & Cheryl O’Callaghan, Margaret Raven, Ernie Santora, Ann Sheffer & Bill Scheffler, Matthew Thompson, Darrell L. Tucci, and Hon. James G. Williamson.

Table Hosts and Captains included 1st Community Insurance, The Agency, Dimitri Bakakos, Carl Baker, Contempo Lending, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, Lulu California Bistro, Nexus, Brian Rix, Joe Simeone,Thomboy Properties, Laurie & Larry Weitz, Jeffrey Ewell & Alfie Pettit,Charlie McBrearty, Margaret Raven, and Darrell L. Tucci.

For more information or to make a donation to Equality California, visit


the-uncondemedby Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural
An Unlikely Team.  An Unprecedented Case.  A Fight For Justice.
West Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/2/16 – On Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 the City of West Hollywood will host a pre-premiere screening of the new documentary film THE UNCONDEMNED at 7 p.m. in the West Hollywood City Council Chambers located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.  The screening is part of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speaker Series.  It will be co-hosted by Women in Film Los Angeles and moderated by Mayor Pro Tempore John Heilman. 

Continue reading “THE UNCONDEMNED–”

PlayBook Cocktails: An Evening with Representative John Lewis (GA-05)

playbook_leftBy Kate Kight

Washington D.C., (The Hollywood Times) 9/22/16 – Sponsored by Bank of America, Politico Playbook events are a staple bring together D.C insiders, political officials, and thought leaders to discuss current events. Free and often accompanied by an open bar, they are a favorite spot for interns to rub shoulders with D.C.’s elite. Continue reading “PlayBook Cocktails: An Evening with Representative John Lewis (GA-05)”

Designated Survivor (ABC) – Kiefer Sutherland

kieferBy: Judy Shields

Beverly Hills, California (The Hollywood Times) 9/19/16 –  “I knew about the first designated survivor before I read the script, I knew about that policy.  I did not know that there was actually two.  There is a representative of each party, so in our scenario our party is democratic and I was a member of the cabinet and the republicans have a designated survivor as well.” Kiefer Sutherland told a group of journalists at the ABC after party at the Beverly Hills Hotel, which he was a part of the first panel at TCA a few weeks ago.

Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the U.S. Capitol during the State of the Union

Designated Survivor premieres tomorrow night at 10:00 pm.  Click the link below for a sneak peek of Designated Survivor:

Kiefer told THT, TCA and other journalists that he knew Mark for twenty years and when his daughter was born he would walk her in the carriage across the street from Mark and they became friends and they became friends. “I have huge respect for all the work that he has done.  Having said that, I had no intention of doing a TV show and I was very busy, and I had to explain with some intelligence why I couldn’t do it and I caught myself on page 22 and I never sank a ship. I had to go back and start from the beginning because it was shaping so beautifully and remember getting to the very end of the script and realizing that I was potentially holding the next ten years of my life in my hands.” Continue reading “Designated Survivor (ABC) – Kiefer Sutherland”


quantumby Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural
West Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/4/16 – Lesley L. Smith holds a plethora of degrees, including an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Elementary Particle Physics.  In 2012 she added to her collection by completing an MFA in WriHYPERLINK.
Dr. Smith’s short fiction has been published in several venues including “Analog Science Fiction and FactHYPERLINK” and NANO MEETS MACRO.  She is an active member of the Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers of America  (SFWA) and Rocky Mountain Science Fiction Writers  (RMFW) and is also the founder and editor of Electric Spec.
Dr. Smith has held a variety of scientific jobs where she investigated dark matter, extrasolar planets, clouds, atmospheric chemistry, and global warming.  She has worked for a variety of research institutions and her nonfiction articles have been published in venues that include the PHYSICAL REVIEW and MODERN PHYSICS LETTERS.  Smith is a longtime member of The American Physical SocietyHYPERLINK and The American Geophysical Union  (AGU).

Continue reading “THE QUANTUM COP–”

Obama in China–

Obamaby Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural
West Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/4/16 – U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Asia on Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 for diplomatic meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping.  This will be his final Presidential trip to Asia.
Obama and Xi submitted their nations’ plans to reduce carbon emissions to the United Nations, officially ratifying a G20 agreement forged last year in Paris to curb climate change.  “I believe that history will judge today’s efforts as pivotal,” said Obama.
In talks with Xi after the announcement, Obama was expected to raise controversial areas such as Asia’s territorial aspirations in the South China Sea; its engagement in cyber warfare; a monetary policy often unwelcome in the West; and longstanding concerns over human rights abuses.

Continue reading “Obama in China–”

Equal Means Equal!–

Kamala Lopez, Patricia Arquette, (Photo: THT)
Kamala Lopez, Patricia Arquette, Nicolette Sheridan (Photo: THT)

by Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural & Valerie Milano

Milano interviewing, with other reporters, Gloria Allred (Photo: THT)
Milano interviewing, with other reporters, Gloria Allred (Photo: THT)

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/29/16 – On August 26th, 1920 the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution granting women the right to vote was certified as law.  The amendment was first introduced many years earlier in 1878.

Every U.S. President has published a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day since 1972, the year after legislation was first introduced in Congress by Bella Abzug.  This resolution was passed in 1971 designating August 26th of each year as Women’s Equality Day.

But are U.S. women really equal?  Director Kamala Lopez examines this controversial question in her documentary EQUAL MEANS EQUAL, which screened on the evening of Friday, August 26th, 2016 at Laemmle’s Music Hall Theatre located at 9036 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

The unrated one hour and thirty-three-minute film was preceded by an all-star red carpet graced by actress Nicolette Sheridan and followed by a panel discussion to promote Women’s Equality Day.  Director Kamala Lopez and Executive Producer Patricia Arquette were front and center on the red carpet to discuss the film.

“This is the civics class we’re never given in school,” said Patricia Arquette at the panel discussion, which also included Kamala Lopez and Gloria Allred among others.  Allred is a lawyer known for taking on high-profile women’s rights cases who was born in Philadelphia and received degrees from the University of

Bamby Salcedo is the founder of the Los Angeles-based TransLatin@ Coalition, which according to its website "is an organization form[ed] by Trans Latin@ immigrant leaders who have come together (Photo: THT)
Bamby Salcedo is the founder of the Los Angeles-based TransLatin@ Coalition, which according to its website “is an organization form[ed] by Trans Latin@ immigrant leaders who have come together (Photo: THT)
Pennsylvania, New York University, and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.  Noted Hispanic playwright and human rights activist Josefina Lopez (REAL WOMEN DON’T HAVE CURVES) was on hand to moderate.

Milano interviewing, with our reporters, Nicolette Sheridan (Photo: THT)
Milano interviewing, with other reporters, Nicolette Sheridan (Photo: THT)

Arquette, 48, used her 2015 Oscar acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress (BOYHOOD) as an opportunity to champion women’s rights in America.  “To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights.  It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America!”

In EQUAL MEANS EQUAL Kamala Lopez uncovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues such as workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, and the healthcare conglomerate to the judicial system.  Along the way, she reveals the inadequacy of present laws to protect women.

“I found laws that are incomplete, insufficient, and in some cases actually deleterious to the women they are supposed to be helping,” Lopez says in her Director’s Statement on the film’s official website.  “What are noticeably and shockingly absent are the basic explicit human and civil rights protections that men are afforded by the Constitution.”

For the complete statement and more information, please visit

Kamala Lopez and Gloria Allred (Photo: THT)
Kamala Lopez and Gloria Allred (Photo: THT)

In unflinching detail Lopez illustrates how the American system repeatedly fails women in their dual roles as underpaid wage earners and underserved mothers.  Possible solutions to “The War on Women” are presented in the form of the national Equal Rights Amendment and the international Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.  However, the United States is still far from adopting either of these.

Perhaps the most definitive statement on gender relations in the film came from Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Gloria Steinem, the world-famous publisher of MS. Magazine.  “We are linked, not ranked,” said Steinem.

THT prefers to keep the present article relatively short as EQUAL MEANS EQUAL will become available for house party screenings on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016.  Please see this fact-laden film for yourself and let it spur you to action during the two months remaining before the 2016 Presidential election!  Failure IS impossible.

Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee Tim Kaine & Rep. John Lewis to Speak at the 20th Annual HRC National Dinner

2016_NationalDinner_Speaker-1600x900Kaine, Lewis will address more than 3,600 guests at sold-out gala, additional speakers and talent to be announced soon

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization announced that Democratic Vice Presidential NomineeSenator Tim Kaine will deliver the keynote address at the 20th annual HRC National Dinner on Saturday, September 10, 2016, in Washington D.C. Civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) will also speak at this year’s sold-out event, which will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

“Vice Presidential Nominee Tim Kaine has spent his entire career fighting for the equal rights of all Americans,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “As part of the most pro-equality presidential ticket in American history, Tim Kaine will help ensure another four years of unprecedented progress for LGBTQ equality in this country and around the world.” Continue reading “Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee Tim Kaine & Rep. John Lewis to Speak at the 20th Annual HRC National Dinner”

The Creative Coalition Hosts Five Events During the DNC–

Pop star Fergie will headline a concert on July 27 in Philadelphia. (Jose Sena Goulao/European Pressphoto Agency)
Pop star Fergie will headline a concert on July 27 in Philadelphia. (Jose Sena Goulao/European Pressphoto Agency)

by Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural

West Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/25/16 – The following events will be hosted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the Democratic National Convention by the Creative Coalition Delegation which includes CC President Tim Daly (MADAM SECRETARY) along with Elizabeth Banks, Troian Bellisario, Lea DeLaria, Josh Gad, Diane Guerrero, Max Handelman, Ashley Judd, Kevin McHale, Niecy Nash, Dean Norris, Alison Pill, Reid Scott, Jenna Ushkowitz, and others TBA.
MADAM SECRETARY is a television series created by Barbara Hall and executive produced by Lori McCreary and Morgan Freeman for CBS.  It stars Tim Daly as the husband of Dr. Elizabeth McCord, the newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State, who is portrayed by Téa Leoni.  The third action-packed season of MADAM SECRETARY is set to premiere on October 2nd, 2016 during this election year dominated by a former female Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton!

Continue reading “The Creative Coalition Hosts Five Events During the DNC–”