Festival Archives - Out! Raleigh 2012
Some of the speakers for OutRaleigh 2012 include:
Rev. Jenna Zirbel is an activist in anti-bullying campaigns across the country and can best be described as a Minister of Love and Justice. Her ministry, Rainbow Community Cares, is centered in Cary. She serves as Co-Director of the LGBT Center of Raleigh’s Affirming Faith Forum group and is Lead for OutRaleigh 2012’s Faith Outreach effort.
R. Glen Medders is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the LGBT Center of Raleigh. He has been involved with the Center since its inception and continues to guide its overall mission behind all day-to-day programming. He is in private practice with Capital ENT in Raleigh.
Jen Jones, the communications director for the Coalition to Protect North Carolina Families, is participating in a statewide 322-mile run as part of “Race to the Ballot.” She will speak to OutRaleigh attendees about the importance of voting against the proposed amendment to the North Carolina State Constitution.
Madeline Goss is very active as a leader within the triangle transgender community and related LGBT community organizing. She has been an active member of the Triangle Human Rights Campaign Steering Committee and Equality North Carolina’s efforts in the Raleigh area.
John Paul Womble is the long-serving Executive Director of the Alliance of AIDS Services - Carolina (AAS-C) and well-known for his annual emceeing of the AIDS Walk+Ride. John Paul joins OutRaleigh’s stage to tell attendees about the future of AAS-C and the importance of coordinated resources for those living with HIV and AIDS within and beyond our community.
Kelly Spaulding has served on the Board of Trustees of the LGBT Center of Raleigh since early 2011. She is an outspoken ally of the LGBT community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Raleigh Business and Professional Network and with start-up magazine TRUTH for LGBT persons of color.
Jimmy Creech was an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and continues serving the LGBT community since he first performed a same-gender union in 1997. In 2011, Duke University Press published his book, Adam’s Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor’s Calling to Defy the Church’s Persecution of Lesbians and Gays. He is the 2011 recipient of the LGBT Center of Raleigh’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ryan Rowe is a respected minister and leader in the Methodist denomination. He joins the OutRaleigh stage in his role as Director of Faith Outreach for the Coalition to Protect All NC Families. He reminds us why, from a faith perspective, it is so very important to vote Against the proposed Amendment to NC’s state constitution.
Keith Poston is the current Director of Communications with Time Warner Cable. TWC is a proud Diamond Sponsor for OutRaleigh 2012 as TWC supports the mission statement that All Families Matter.
Alan King is the Chief Operating Officer for Workplace Options. WPO is proud Diamond Sponsor for OutRaleigh 2012 and was a presenting sponsor in 2011. Alan and WPO are proud to support diversity in the workplace and know the value of attracting and retaining out and proud LGBT employees and their families.
Out! Raleigh Clergy
- Rainbow Community Cares
- St John’s MCC
The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band
The ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band, Who’s Bad pays respects to the King of Pop through glitzy jackets, glittery gloves, and 80s regalia, but most importantly, an immaculate interpretation of the king’s greatest hits. Playing sold out shows all over the world, their live performance is a jaw-dropping musical extravaganza that pulls spans four decades of MJ’s extraordinary musical career. Who’s Bad possesses the uncanny ability to connect millions of people around the glob with each resurrection of our favorite Michael Jackson songs.
That mighty rumble you hear coming out of Alabama is none other than Kristy Lee. Her voice like thunder, rolling in before a sweet southern rain, instantly washes the world away. Kristy Lee's unique rhythms are absolutely nourishing, clean, pure, and unapologetic. This Alabama girl can pack a house in any state. Tough luck sticking her in a category, because when it comes to writing songs, she has no limits!
Mary Selvidge is a singer-songwriter from Baily, North Carolina. Playing and performing music since the age of sixteen, Mary Selvidge has paved her way into North Carolina’s musical spotlight. After entering into a singing contest called the Colgate Country Showdown, she was named the proud winner of the state finals. Opening for renowned artists such as George Strait, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Taylor Swift and more, Mary Selvidge continues to impress all of those who had the pleasure to hear her music.
Someone's Sister has a rare blend of rich harmonies, vocal expression and a positive message which has taken them from their home in NC to their interview with NPR’s “All Things Considered” and to the stages of “Eddie’s Attic” in Atlanta, many music festivals and to the stage of New York’s, “The Bitter End”. With music that crosses barriers and challenges their listeners to think, the sisters use their music to “break the silence and stop the violence” of child abuse. Since their first CD release in 2004, supporters of their music and message anxiously awaited the release their second CD, “Calm in the Chaos”, which delves even deeper into life’s raw experiences, exposing the heart and soul of Someone's Sister.
Jason Dudey is a comedian from West Hollywood, California who has been described as “side-splitting” with material deriving from the gay community. Frequently performing at comedy clubs and the like, Jason Dudey has built a presence that has been nothing but well received by all critics and communities. If you’re in the market for a good laugh, take a listen to ineffable Jason Dudey.
Angelica's vision is to bring people together from all around the world. What better way than through music. Abandoning the ideas of male and female, us and them, Angelica delivers her debut album "When Two Worlds Collide", co-produced by Antonio Sage. This is where life becomes art. Her music is one of the many reflections of the beautiful complexity that is created when two worlds collide, Man & Woman. Angelica is ready to sing her stories to the world, and have those who feel her dance and sing along.
The Private Pageant
Hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina, The Private Pageant is an electronica dance-rock outfit that is sure to get you moving. With Depeche Mode and New Order as two of their biggest influences, The Private Pageant embellishes the influential electronic sound of the 80s and fuses it with a modern twist, creating a product that is both intelligent and entertaining. “Broadcasting from the future”, The Private Pageant is an act that will blast you to the past and reveal to you the future of music.
Pop Muzik: TeamMate
An indie pop/rock outfit from Los Angeles, California, TeamMate is a musical duo comprised of Scott Simons and Dani Buncher. Writing songs largely based on their previous relationship as a couple, their songs emit a true and emotional nature that anyone can appreciate. Their compositions consist of weighty themes accompanied by melodies that are surprisingly upbeat. A powerful and insightful indie duo, TeamMate offers something for everyone.
Comprised of Kristin Sayer and Carolyn McShane, Sayer McShane is an exciting two-piece band hailing from Detroit, Michigan. Nominated for several Detroit Music Awards, their shows are a fantastic blend of seasoned showmanship and pure, genuine musicianship. They capture a danceable, Motown/Beach feel that is richly steeped in the blues. As the girls say, “hearing is believing”, and Sayer McShane is a truly a fun and talented group worth checking out.
Team Don't H8
Team Don’t H8 is a dance team from Gastonia, North Carolina that strives to “recognize and celebrate each individuals differences” through their message of “one voice, one song, one dance” in a worldly attempt to make a positive change. The team has demonstrated their cause in communities of all race, religion, and beliefs. With their dream of world peace, they are making a deeply positive impact through their method of dance, song, and voice.
DV8, a group of teens from Burke County N.C., will be performing on the main stage of the OutRaleigh Festival (www.outraleigh.org) on Saturday, May 5, 2012. OutRaleigh is a program of the LGBT Center of Raleigh. The team of 12-18 year olds strives to be the change they wish to see in the world addressing issues of intolerance, inequality and rejection through song, dance, sign shows, and painting.
“DV8 is a group of ordinary teens from all walks of life with a powerful message for their peers and the adult community,” says Rusty Sutton, OutRaleigh Steering Committee member. “They are a perfect fit for a festival themed “All Families Matter.’”
One 14 yr old member of DV8 shared with the group, after rehearsals of an anti-suicide piece, that he tried to commit suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills. He said that the DV8 group is what gets him through when his parents “go nuts” on him, which is almost daily. You see, not too long ago he "came out" to his family and friends and it did not go well. To this day, his family has not accepted him for who he is. Research shows that as much as 40 percent of the homeless youth population is LGBT, many having been told to live somewhere else by family members or are treated so badly that they leave.
Formed from a youth club called the DASH Club, DV8 performances are unapologetic in their portrayal of bullying, teen suicide and HIV/AIDS. Unable to perform at local school functions, due to the nature of their performance material, the group has found a welcoming audience in the members of the local HIV/AIDS chapter. DV8 has written bios about kids who have been tested for HIV and what they were thinking about as they waited to hear the results; as well as performing educational panels staged in the form of a support group for people who are HIV positive.