View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: Staff View post tag: Briefing The Chief of the Spanish Defense Staff (JEMAD), Admiral Fernando García Sánchez, visited FFG ‘Numancia’ on July 1st. The ship is deployed in Djibouti and integrated in EUNAVFOR’s operation ‘Atalanta’ since April 6th, fighting piracy in the Indian Ocean.Once on board, JEMAD addressed the ship’s crew on behalf of the Minister of Defense and on his own behalf, to thank on their endeavors and congratulate them for the success of the operation. He encouraged them not to lower their guard despite the fact that piracy is now in its weakest moments.Before concluding the visit, the commanding officer of the ‘Numancia’, Commander Luis Díaz-Bedia, briefed JEMAD on the details of the operation within which 31 vessels have been challenged and searched, and two medical evacuations were also arranged. So far, the ship has been 101 days out of base since her departure from Rota Naval Base sailing nearly 20,000 miles in 84-day runs.[mappress]Press Release, July 5, 2013; Image: Spanish Navy July 5, 2013 View post tag: ATALANTA JEMAD Receives Briefing on FFG Numancia’s Role in Atalanta View post tag: Numancia View post tag: Spanish View post tag: FFG View post tag: Naval View post tag: JEMAD View post tag: Defence Share this article View post tag: chief View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: role View post tag: receives Back to overview,Home naval-today JEMAD Receives Briefing on FFG Numancia’s Role in Atalanta
View post tag: Type 23 Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today New anti-air missiles on Type 23 frigates put on display for sailors Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates were given a major anti-air capability upgrade with the Sea Ceptor missile which was recently put on display to soldiers in charge of shooting down enemy aircraft.The HMS Westminster is in the closing stages of a major overhaul in Portsmouth Naval Base which has seen her become one of the first ships in the Fleet to receive Sea Ceptor, the new short-range shield against air attack.The weapon and its supporting radar system will gradually replace the ageing Seawolf missiles fitted across the Type 23 frigate flotilla.In its place, the vertically-launched supersonic Sea Ceptor which is slightly heavier than its predecessor and has a much greater range: more than 25km (15 miles), two and a half times the distance of Seawolf.Westminster is the first ship to receive the Navy’s new shield against air attack system which is also being installed on sister ships Argyll and Montrose during their revamps in Devonport.Rapier is on the verge of retirement, in favour of a ground-based version of Sea Ceptor (short for interceptor).The large trackers which guided the old system have been removed and replaced with its successor’s smaller, more powerful sensors.And the silo has been adapted to accommodate the new supersonic missiles, heavier, over one meter longer and with a range of more than 25km (15 miles), more than twice that of Seawolf.In addition, engineers have installed the Artisan radar which is rapidly becoming prevalent on the Type 23s – it can track more than 800 objects simultaneously as close as 200 meters and as far away as 200,000 (200km, 125 miles, or from Portsmouth to Calais as the crow flies).The gunners of 16 Regiment Royal Artillery, based at Thorney Island – just along the coast from Portsmouth – currently use the veteran Rapier missile to provide their infantry and armoured comrades with cover on the battlefield.Officers and senior non-commissioned officers from 16 Regiment, led by Lieutenant Colonel James Mardlin, made the short trip to Portsmouth to hear both from the ship’s company and from the new missile’s developers MBDA about progress with the system to date and what the future might hold in store for Ceptor.“We are excited about being able to work together over the next few years,” said Lieutenant Commander Chris L’Amie, Westminster’s Senior Naval Officer.“The introduction of Ceptor is a real opportunity for both us and 16 Regiment to learn from each other. We will continue to foster a strong working relationship with our closest military neighbours.”His ship will return to the Fleet next year with a new look and as the Royal Navy’s premier submarine hunter. View post tag: Sea Ceptor New anti-air missiles on Type 23 frigates put on display for sailors Authorities View post tag: Royal Navy September 12, 2016
Authorities View post tag: US Navy Ukraine hosts 17 nations for Black Sea drill Sea Breeze July 10, 2017 Defense forces from 17 countries are attending the multinational Black Sea exercise Sea Breeze which is taking place from July 10 to 22, in Ukraine.The exercise is co-hosted by the U.S. and Ukraine and will involve air, land, sea, and amphibious forces.The annual recurring multinational exercise is in its 17th edition and will focus on a variety of warfare areas to include maritime interdiction operations, air defense, anti-submarine warfare, damage control tactics, search and rescue, and amphibious warfare.Sea Breeze is designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, strengthen combined response capabilities, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner nation forces to ensure stability in the Black Sea region.This year’s participating nations include: Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.Participating U.S. Navy units will include the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) in addition to other units. Back to overview,Home naval-today Ukraine hosts 17 nations for Black Sea drill Sea Breeze View post tag: SEA BREEZE View post tag: Ukraine Share this article
Baylor College of Medicine and Department Summary:Baylor College of Medicine and the NCI-designated ComprehensiveCancer Center are affiliated with five major teaching hospitals inthe Texas Medical Center including Baylor St Luke’s Medical Center,The Ben Taub General Hospital and the Michael E DeBakey VA MedicalCenter. Ample laboratory space is available in the Cancer Center.The 450 members of the DLDCCC generate more than $170M annually incancer related research funding including more than $51M from theNCI. Two long-term SPORE grants in breast cancer and lymphoma, athird SPORE with MD Anderson in Brain tumors, and a LeukemiaLymphoma SCOR Grant are among 85 multi-investigator awards, halffrom NCI.Cancer researchers in Texas may apply for research funding to theCancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (a state agencycharged with supporting innovation in cancer research in Texas withfunding of 3 billion dollars over the next 10 years). Generousrecruitment awards are also available on a competitive basis fromCPRIT. DLDCCC is composed of 7 outstanding research programsincluding Nuclear Receptor, Transcription and Chromatin Biology,Pediatric Oncology, Cancer Prevention and Population Science, CellSignaling and Metabolism, Mechanisms of Cancer Evolvability, BreastCancer, and Cancer Cell and Gene Therapy. Cancer specific DiseaseWorking Groups in 10 different cancer sites bring basic scientistsand clinical researchers together for collaborative translationalresearch. Several new initiatives are in development includingexpanded experimental therapeutics with early phase clinicaltrials, and precision cancer medicine and proteogenomics. TenShared Resources are available to Cancer Center members, and theHuman Genome Sequencing Center, the Center for Drug Discovery, andthe Therapeutic Innovation Center focusing on drug development areadditional unique resources. The Center is the recipient of a $100Mnaming gift from the Duncan family. A new ambulatory care buildingprimarily for cancer and new inpatient hospital are underconstruction.SummaryThe Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center (DLDCCC; recentlyre-funded for 5 years) and the Department of Medicine at BaylorCollege of Medicine in Houston, Texas, is currently seekingapplications from board-certified or board-eligible oncologists fora faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor or AssociateProfessor emphasizing clinical care and clinical research in thefield of gastrointestinal oncology. This faculty member would be anactive member of a multidisciplinary group that deliverspatient-centered care, conducts clinical and translationalresearch, and engages learners at all stages of medicaltraining.Minimum QualificationsInterested candidates will have an MD or MD/PhD degree and shouldbe board eligible or board certified in hematology and/or oncology.Applications should upload a letter outlining the candidate’sacademic interests in addition to a curriculum vitae and the namesof four references.Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.5777CA; CH
Facebook Google+ Facebook Nappanee Apple Festival cancelled for 2020 The Nappanee Apple Festival is the latest Michiana event to fall victim to the pandemic. As the Apple Festival Core Committee announced that health and safety concerns led to the decision.Below is the full statement from the committee: Pinterest Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Twitter WhatsApp Twitter By Carl Stutsman – July 14, 2020 0 356 Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleMan arrested for using stolen ID to take money from bankNext articleMichigan tops 70,000 positive COVID-19 cases Carl Stutsman
After a great first night to open up their run at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Grand Prairie, TX, Phish returned to venue for to close out the two night stand.Tonight’s show was the last before Las Vegas, as anticipation continues to build for what is sure to be an incredible Halloween show. With so much excitement on the horizon, it was a bit strange that Phish responded with a more sentimental and reflective performance. The show was highlighted more by the few bust outs included than anything else, and never crossed the 10-minute mark in any single song during the second set. When was the last time the first and second set had the same number of songs?The first set brought some fun energy to the table, starting with the once-rare “Daniel Saw The Stone,” a traditional reggae influenced tune that hadn’t been played since 2012 before this year. Now in its third iteration of 2016, “Daniel” was an upbeat way to start the show, and both “The Moma Dance” and “Chalk Dust Torture” kept that energy running strongly through the start of the first set. A cover of Talking Heads’ “Cities” came next, as the band continued to rock out in Texas.Just a couple of days ago, phans everywhere had noticed that no songs from Phish’s studio debut, Junta, had been played yet on tour. While fans were hopeful for a classic album Halloween, the band broke out into “David Bowie” on the first night in Grand Prairie, effectively nixing the possibility. The real surprise came on night two, when Phish transitioned from “Cities” into the Junta composition “Foam.” Easily one of the most challenging songs in Phish’s repertoire, the band nailed this bust out version – it hadn’t been played since 2014 (70 shows).After the Mike Gordon led “Waking Up Dead” from Big Boat, the band put yet another Junta track in the first set: “Divided Sky.” The tour debut version was as captivating as ever, ending with an uplifting melodic jam out. Jon Fishman got the curtain call next, as the band went into the classic “I Didn’t Know” featuring the drummer with a great vacuum solo. Trey Anastasio was joking about Texas during the song as well, only adding to the silliness. From there, the band launched into James Gang’s “Walk Away,” another once-rare cover that returned in summer 2016 and reprised during tonight’s show. Trey was wailing on the funky cover, and Page McConnell led the song’s vocals nicely.After “Walk Away,” the band again brought out their drawling instrumental “What’s The Use?” for a slower moment of the set. Afterwards, Trey immediately started singing the lyrics to the Big Boat song “More,” pulsating love and light to the Texan crowd. It was quite the happy-go-lucky way to end a great set of music.Phish started their second set with a pair of Joy tracks, opening with the rocking “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan” before bringing out the first “Backwards Down The Number Line” of the tour. Amazingly, the band hadn’t played the song in 13 shows – the longest gap since its debut in 2009. Trey led an upbeat solo through the end of the song, and kept the mood sentimental with the first “Lifeboy” since 12/29/11 (189 shows) The song led into a nice ambient jam moment, before ending smoothly. Still, the energy level remained very low throughout the set.Page then brought out the organ introduction of fan-favorite “Meatstick,” another exciting tour debut for the fans in Texas. They kept the set rolling with “The Line,” playing the Fuego track for the first time on this fall tour, and maintained the mellow mood with Big Boat song “Tide Turns.” A lot of melodic Trey playing punctuated the first half of the second set, but the band pivoted with a great version of “Taste.” Trey teased “What’s The Use?” throughout the jam, essentially reprising the instrumental before completing the wind-up ending of “Taste.”The band offered up the next big bust out of the set, “Friday,” playing the song for the first time since 2004 – a gap of 325 shows. A song that many thought had been shelved for good, its return seems to be symbolic of Phish’s overall sentimental mindset. Big Boat was a pensive effort that saw the band’s members try their hand at reflective songwriting. “Friday” is certainly of a similar mentality, as the band last played it at Coventry – their final shows before breaking up. Sentimental, though it did very little to pick up the energy of the second set.“Waves” followed, offering the first real improvisation of the set. The jam was short-lived however, and the band finally brought some rock and roll to the show with the song “Julius.” Page had some nice piano solos during the early part of the jam, before Trey took the lead with some blues-rock inspired playing. They finished out the second set with a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times,” nailing it as per usual. Still, with no songs even crossing the 10 minute mark in the second set, it felt more like two first sets in Grand Prairie than anything else.To put the final nail in the coffin, the band returned for an encore of “Show Of Life.” Though the show did have some fun moments, it’s hard to not look at the setlist as a fairly sleepy collection of Phish songs. Perhaps they’re just saving the big-energy moments for Las Vegas, hopefully playing it safe while they continue to work on whatever is in store for Halloween. Whatever the case may be, we’re still excited to get to the MGM Grand.Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of Phish.net.Setlist: Phish at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX – 10/25/16Set 1: Daniel Saw the Stone, The Moma Dance > Chalk Dust Torture, Cities, Foam, Waking Up Dead, Divided Sky, I Didn’t Know, Walk Away > What’s the Use? > MoreSet 2: Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Backwards Down the Number Line > Lifeboy, Meatstick, The Line, Tide Turns > Taste, Friday, Waves > Julius > Good Times Bad TimesEncore: Show Of Life
68-year-old Geoff Nicholls has passed away this weekend after a long battle with lung cancer. The multi-instrumentalist joined Black Sabbath in 1979 as the band’s second guitarist until switching to bass when Geezer Butler took a brief departure. When the bassist returned, Nicholls filled the role of the band’s full-time keyboard player until 2004.Nicholls is featured on nine Black Sabbath studio albums. He is also known for composing the bassline for the band’s 1980 classic title track Heaven and Hell. The band’s guitarist Tony Iommi wrote in a Facebook post,Check out this footage of Black Sabbath in 1980 at Nassau Memorial Coliseum:
Hartford, CT’s long-running soul and blues program, Greasy Tracks, will host a very special broadcast honoring the late Gregg Allman this Saturday, March 17th on WRTC, based at Hartford, CT’s Trinity College. The radio program, hosted by Chris Cowles, has been broadcasting for more than 20 years, and has interviewed and paid tribute to countless music legends, including Gregg’s late brother, Duane Allman (hear the Greasy Tracks Duane Allman special here).According to WRTC, this four-hour special will include interviews with Gregg’s former bandmates, friends, and collaborators from throughout the years. The program will also include a variety of recordings of Allman from throughout the years as well as a full presentation of his Grammy-nominated posthumous final album, Southern Blood, complete with background and expert commentary.As the special’s announcement explains about Southern Blood:Of the 10 tracks on Southern Blood (Rounder Records) — regarded by many as his best-ever solo work — eight were covers painstakingly selected by Allman, manager/confidante Michael Lehman and producer Don Was. Allman and Lehman began the planning stages for the project in 2015 with a focus on defining Allman’s life, a pseudo-narrative, if you will, in music.Despite his rapidly declining health, Allman and his crack touring band had time booked at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and over a nine-day span in March 2016, recorded the album. … While Allman had originally planned on recording additional originals for the release, his condition prevented that and there were days, according to some of the musicians on the sessions, that Allman was only able to work for four hours at a time. In some cases, the band would lay tracks down and Allman would later add vocals to the lineup of interesting covers penned by Bob Dylan (“Going, Going, Gone”), Tim Buckley (“Once I Was”), Willie Dixon (“I Love The Life I Lead”), Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter (“Black Muddy River”), Lowell George (“Willin’”), Jackson Browne (“Song For Adam”), Jackie Avery (“Blind Bats and Swamp Rats”) and the great partnership of Alabamans Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn (“Out Of Left Field”).The special will go further in depth on Allman’s final project, including interviews with Allman’s guitarist/music director Scott Sharrard, veteran sax player Art Edmaiston (who joined Allman’s band in 2015), Michael Lehman, and Allman’s lifelong best friend Hewell “Chank” Middleton. In addition, copies of Southern Blood will also be given away to listeners throughout the program.The special four-hour Gregg Allman edition of Greasy Tracks with Chris Cowles airs this Saturday from 1:30-5:30 p.m. ET on 89.3 FM (local); streaming at www.wrtcfm.com.For more information, head to WRTC’s website.Tonight, Tuesday, March 13th, at New York City’s Irving Plaza, Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman) will lead a tribute to The Allman Brothers Band‘s iconic At Fillmore East along with guitarist Luther Dickinson and drummer Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars), keyboardist Peter Levin (Gregg Allman), frequent collaborator and guitarist Junior Mac, bassist Adam Minkoff (Dweezil Zappa), saxophonist Jay Collins (Gregg Allman), trumpeter Reggie Pittman, saxophonist Kris Jensen, drummer Tony Mason, bassist Brett Bass (Gregg Allman), and more. For more information about the two-set show, head here.
From the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming the rights of gay couples to marry to the increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer people in all facets of the media, the acceptance of the LGBTQ community is gaining ground across the nation.But even with the hard-fought successes, challenges remain on the path to equality and tolerance. Many of those issues were at the center of a recent conference at Harvard University co-sponsored by the Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus and the Harvard Alumni Association. “What Should We Do After ‘I Do’?: Conversations on the Challenges that Remain for the LGBTQ Community” focused on topics ranging from the future of the movement to the health and well-being of its members.Desiree Flores, M.P.A. ’11, director of the U.S. Social Justice Program of the Arcus Foundation; Michael Bronski, professor of the practice in media and activism in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality; and Marco Chan ’11, co-president of the Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus and a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School, participated in several of the panel discussions at the conference, which ran Sept. 25-27. The Gazette recently spoke with them about issues facing the LGBTQ community. GAZETTE: The LGBTQ community is very diverse but seems to speak with a collective voice about equality and other issues. Is there a single community, and what happens to that voice as the LGBTQ community becomes more accepted and begins to blend into larger society?FLORES: The LGBTQ community is incredibly diverse, with a variety of perspectives and priorities. While it may seem as though marriage equality was the singular issue the entire movement rallied behind — no doubt an incredible win many never thought possible in their lifetimes — there have always been and will always be multi-issue agendas that reflect the lived experiences of the most marginalized. One only has to look to the UndocuQueer or “Black Lives Matter” movements as examples. Both have authentic and powerful LGBTQ leadership at all levels and are seamlessly integrating queer and trans identities and concrete priorities in their sophisticated political and movement agendas. There is an incredible “movement moment” happening led by LGBTQ younger leaders who don’t subscribe to single-issue politics. It may not be linear, but it is absolutely changing the game.BRONSKI: There is no single voice for any community. What we most often hear from the LGBT “community” is a voice — mostly white and male — from national nonprofit organizations. The movement began with grassroots organizing, and we still have some, but the “voice” in the national media is a near-corporate voice of national groups, often called Gay Inc. by their LGBT detractors.CHAN: We are getting better at speaking with a more inclusive voice. For too long, people of color, women, bisexual, asexual, intersex, trans [an umbrella term for all transgender identities within the gender-identity spectrum], and many other folks were not fully part of this LGBTQ community and voice. Even today, many of us don’t feel represented or empowered by the “mainstream” gay voice from the pulpits of major nonprofits or political leaders. So I contest the characterization that we speak with a collective voice. A united push for full equality emerges only as people from across many intersections listen to and respect the diverse voices. As some LGBTQ people assimilate more into broader society, we have to remember who gets to do so. Largely, they are those who have more in common with dominant powers, e.g., white, affluent, cisgender folks. [A cisgender person’s self-identity aligns with the gender they were assigned at birth.] As such, the LGBTQ community’s ability to stay inclusive and cohesive will be further challenged as certain segments get to or want to assimilate.GAZETTE: The struggle for acceptance for LGBTQ youth takes a toll every year in the number of young people who are bullied, face discrimination, are victimized, and commit suicide. Why is this segment of the community still at a greater risk for these types of issues, and what can the LGBTQ community do to make sure fewer young people fall through the cracks?CHAN: Our youth are especially vulnerable because they are often at the mercy of their families and community institutions. Sadly, many families abuse, neglect, reject, and eject their LGBTQ children. A wide swath of community institutions, including schools, places of worship, and youth services, also fail to meet the needs of LGBTQ youth. At best, they do not know how to properly accommodate LGBTQ youth. At worst, they are explicitly and vehemently antagonistic, with devastating anachronisms like “reparative therapy.” There is much work to be done across policy and implementation.BRONSKI: I think it is a mistake to single out LGBT youth — who are at, in many ways, a disadvantage — because to a large degree U.S. culture disparages and harms most young people in any number of ways. America does not treat youth with respect or as having intelligence and integrity. Any solution to the problems of LGBT youth — often problems faced by older LGBT people, but magnified for the young — is to address first the problems of younger people in general. These include access to information about sexuality, reproductive information, and many forms of contraception, more personal freedom to learn and experiment to become productive and happy adults, access to decently paying jobs, access to personal space, and access to better forms of education.FLORES: Although we’ve made incredible policy and cultural advances, LGBTQ people still face a society that views them as subhuman on many levels. Sadly, there isn’t one single solution that will fix everything. In addition to increased social protections at the local, state, and national levels, we need to continue telling the stories of and humanizing LGBTQ young people and their families. Additionally, we need the stories to be true, culturally competent, and reflective of the diverse lived experiences that make up the community.GAZETTE: There is an increasing presence of LGBTQ parents in popular media such as television shows and advertising. Does this help change public perception and pave an easier path for LGBTQ couples and single parents who are raising children?FLORES: Mitch and Cam [a married gay couple in ABC’s comedy “Modern Family”] are wonderful trailblazers, and while we should celebrate the fact that those characters would have been impossible to fathom on prime-time television more than 10 years ago, it is important to see a diverse reflection of LGBTQ parenthood in mainstream media. It’s fascinating to know that, according to a 2013 Williams Institute report, states with the highest proportions of same-sex couples raising biological, adopted, or step-children include Mississippi, Wyoming, and Alaska. This is an incredible way of debunking the myth that LGBTQ parents are not racially diverse and only live in New York or L.A.BRONSKI: I don’t want to argue that images on TV don’t have power or influence, but they don’t change law or policy, and just because there are gay guys — highly stereotypical — on “Modern Family” does not mean that kids in fourth grade will have a greater understanding of treating other children and families with empathy and kindness. I find it hard to think that anything on TV, ultimately, leads to teaching kindness. These images don’t hurt, but we can’t be lulled into believing that a lesbian couple in a Honda ad or Rainbow Doritos chips is the same as political or social progress.CHAN: There is increasing representation of LGBTQ families, though this is coming from a low bar and doesn’t yet reflect the full complexity of LGBTQ families [multiracial, single, and multiple parents, etc.]. I think this visibility is helpful. But let’s keep in mind the reality: About six states permit discrimination against LGBTQ people in adoption or refuse to comply with nondiscrimination protections, including disputes about how adoption agencies — many religious ones — do or do not have to work with LGBTQ people. Finally, many barriers remain for LGBTQ families in expensive procedures, lack of benefits, and administrative hurdles.GAZETTE: The LGBTQ community is seeing success in campaigns to institute marriage equality and combat inequality on many other issues. Should the LGBTQ movement be more of a force in securing equality and social justice for all minority groups?BRONSKI: Yes, of course — and this has been a major failing of the gay-rights movement for decades. If the LGBTQ movement does not do this, it is going to find its numbers dwindling and any social importance it has gained eroded.FLORES: Absolutely. Not doing so completely ignores the fact that there are indeed many people of color who identify as LGBTQ and part of a larger movement. It also fails to build on the intersectional commonalities and potential constituency power that comes with making links between communities and issues. Opponents of LGBTQ rights don’t draw these silos and often see attacks on LGBTQ people as seamlessly tied to women, young people, and communities of color. There are exceptional young LGBTQ leaders at the forefront of current game-changing movements. For them, it is impossible to separate their identities and these movements.CHAN: Some issues we can only solve by working across lines, such as the stratospherically high HIV infection rates among black men who have sex with men. Apart from doing what is right, we also need to do it for survival — backlash to marriage equality and broader LGBTQ rights has come, and we need help from other allies.GAZETTE: What is the future of the LGBTQ movement, and what issues are still in the forefront on the agenda of the LGBTQ community?BRONSKI: The LGBTQ movement has to address the needs of all queer people in the country. If African-American and Latino citizens face impediments to voting because of the Republican attempts at voter suppression, the national LGBTQ groups need to address this. The same is true for issues of police violence, a living wage, and housing issues.CHAN: Much attention now has shifted to a legal/legislative focus on nondiscrimination protections across local, state, and federal levels. The movement and the media are also finally paying more attention to trans and gender-variant people. It’s early to say how the diverse, dispersed community will respond to different pushes, but I hope that we will disprove fears that people think “the job is done.” If anything, we need to increase our donations or activism to safeguard against backlash and work on what are arguably even more complex issues.FLORES: It won’t be a single-issue movement. It never has been nor will it ever be. Understanding what’s at the forefront requires listening to the many communities that make up the movement. The issues will include criminalization, immigration, and poverty, to name a few. I also believe the growing movement by and for transgender people to stop the violence in their community and assert their leadership is an incredible reflection of the moment we are in. Trans people have been fighting for years, but we are now at a time where we see many LGBTQ leaders and organizations — many in communities of color — stand up and demand the “T” isn’t silent, but authentically weaved into their political agendas.This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
View Comments Related Shows Mad Libs Live! Tickets are now available for the world premiere of Mad Libs Live! off-Broadway. You’ll need to bring your own nouns to the interactive new musical, which is inspired by the ultimate fill-in-the-blanks time passer. The production will begin performances on November 1 at New World Stages and features music by Jeff Thomson and a book and lyrics by Robin Rothstein.Mad Libs Live! follows four teenagers, Virtuosa, Gogo, Geyser and Merrily, as they band together to win a singing competition. But when they realize their songs have some holes, its up to the audience to help them out. So essentially, whether they win or not is up to you.The production, directed by Austin Regan, will feature choreography by Robin Levine, set design by Julia Noulin-Merat and costumes by Bobby Pearce. It is scheduled to play two performances on Saturdays and Sundays through January 3, 2016. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016