January 19th, 2013
Uganda’s treatment of homosexuals is one end of a wide range of approaches to gay rights around the world. Even as several U.S. states recently voted on same-sex unions, and the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in two different cases, rights for the LGBT community differ from country to country, from full recognition of same-sex marriages, even up to the death penalty for homosexual acts. As gay rights supporters push for more acceptance, the issue is increasingly being framed worldwide as one of fundamental human rights. The above is from the Yahoo website for the Amanpour show. The heroic work of advocates working around the world demands our respect. To read the full [...]
May 14th, 2012
Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy There are a number of other clips from this show on the MSNBC web site.
November 15th, 2011
Writer Brian McNaught does a series of interviews on Provincetown TV called Stonewall Portraits. This was posted in November of 2010. Stonewall Portraits: An Interview with Urvashi Vaid from Provincetown Community TV on Vimeo.
April 1st, 2011
Lila Downs Rocks the House from UVaid on Vimeo.Lila Downs performs at City Winery in NYC March 23, 2011.
December 23rd, 2010
Laura Flanders is a remarkable journalist and writer. With little fanfare and even less mainstream support, she has created an amazing resource with GritTV. GritTV (go to GritTV.org) is a fascinating daily TV show, built and funded independently that regularly engages issues, voices, and progressive ideas that are largely invisible in the mainstream media. I appeared on Grit recently (see below), and seeing how hard her small team works, and the high quality of work they produce was inspiring. Check out her web site and donate! You will be supporting community based journalism and critical thinking. More GRITtv
November 6th, 2010
It's hard to imagine a more timely play than Lisa Kron's excellent, smart and riveting critique of liberalism, the astonishing In The Wake, at the Public Theater (in a LIMITED run only till late November, so go NOW). Lisa is a brave and ferociously talented writer who has taken on racism (in WELL), and done a wide range of queer work as a performance artist and writer for years. I appreciate her ability to hold a mirror to herself and people like me who are progressive -- at our smug certainty, at our idealism and naivete, and at our faith in an America despite all evidence that we encounter that there is no chance of the system working for the folks we want it to work for (the poor, [...]
October 12th, 2010
Elizabeth Streb performs "Man Walking Down Side of Building" by Trisha Brown from UVaid on Vimeo.On Sunday, October 4, 2010 at 1:30, Streb walked down the outside of the Whitney Museum of Art, a piece that Trisha Brown originally choreographed in 1970. Soundtrack added by me is Le Tigre doing "They Want Us to Make A Symphony Out of The Sound of Women Swallowing Their Own Tongues" Elizabeth Streb is an astonishing choreographer whose work is a challenge to the idea of dance, performance, audience and spectacle. She creates work that places her at odds with so many traditions in modern and even experimental dance -- there is often no narrative, the movements blend and bend every [...]
September 21st, 2010
He lost it. In response to questions from the Advocate's Kerry Eleveld and Metro Weekly's Chris Geidner, McCain lost it. Here is a transcript.... MCCAIN: We do not go out and seek. Regulations are, we do not go out and seek to find out if someone’s sexual orientation. We do not! ELEVELD: But senator, that’s not… MCCAIN: That is the fact! That is the fact. Now ma’am, I know the military very well, and I know what’s being done. And what is being done is that they are not seeking out people who are gay. And I don’t care what you say, I know it’s a fact. ELEVELD: It’s not what I say. MCCAIN: I dont’ care what you say! And I don’t care what others say. I’ve seen [...]
September 13th, 2010
Dean Spade is a brilliant organizer, creative teacher and effective leader in the grassroots social justice movement. He is currently Assistant Professsor at the University of Seattle School of Law. He is a member of Transforming Justice, an organization that works on transgender, gender variant and gender nonconforming people affected by the prison-criminal-detention systems. He is a founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project in 2002. Dean is a ferociously clear and critical thinker about the economy, the detention apparatus in the US, the neo-liberal state, immigrant rights, the limitations of the politics of identity and of the current racial and gender politics in the LGBT [...]
September 3rd, 2010
This interview with Brian McNaught was taped in the summer of 2010 in Provincetown and broadcast on Provincetown TV. It is part of a series of portraits that Brian is taping with activists in the LGBT movement. Stonewall Portraits: An Interview with Urvashi Vaid from Provincetown Community TV on Vimeo.