Monthly Archives: February 2012

Joe and Babe #63: Lots of C.A.R.E. and Film Festival Fun in Southern Arizona

Joe and Babe LIVEIt’s our “Southern Arizona Fried Chicken Special!!”  This week, we’re talking all about what’s going on south of Phoenix.  We’re joined in-studio by Christopher Jay Hall, interim President of Central Arizona Rainbow Eduction (C.A.R.E.) and via phone by Joe Sprague, Director of the Out in the Desert LGBT Film Festival.  From Casa Grande to Tucson, we’re talking to these great individuals who are making a difference in their local communities and we’re learning about their upcoming events!

Christopher Jay Hall worked to start the March for Equality in Casa Grande, which has evolved into a larger event including a festival with exhibitors and entertainment. How did it get started?  There was a need, of course!  In 2006, he wanted to start a gay-straight alliance at his high school, and things just ‘blossomed from there.’  C.A.R.E. is now an organization that serves the LGBTQ community in the rural areas of Central Arizona.  The upcoming 4th Annual March for Equality takes place on Saturday, March 31 from Noon to 4pm at Peart Park in Casa Grande.  The actual March itself will take place at 10am.  Both events are free admission are open to all-ages.

Central Arizona Rainbow Education and Out in the Desert Film FestivalJoe Sprague hails originally from Chicago and was involved in many years of LGBT film festivals before he moved to Tucson.  And now, he’s bringing his talents to The Old Pueblo and has created one of the largest (by number of films) LGBT film festivals in the entire country!  A total of 165 films will be shown at the Out in the Desert Film Festival at several locations in Tucson during the weekends of February 17-19 and February 24-26.  Over 40 VIPs from the films will be in Tucson to be a part of the festival.  It is shaping up to be an incredible festival and we’re excited that Tucson gets to take this giant leap into LGBT film festival history!

More information on Central Arizona Rainbow Education and the March for Equality

More information / tickets for Tucson’s Out in the Desert Film Festival

Compete Radio #3-2: Athlete of the Year David Rae and Eric’s Super Bowl Predictions!

Compete RadioThis week, we’ve got Compete Magazine’s 2011 Athlete of the Year David Rae as our featured guest, plus we’re talking about upcoming events, straight ally Hudson Taylor and predictions for the Super Bowl!

David Rae is incredibly involved in the gay community of Los Angeles and West Hollywood, although we’d have to say it extends far beyond just those cities!  He’s been involved in the AIDS/Life Cycle ride since 2008 as team captain of ‘Team Popular’.  On top of working to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for ALC, he’s involved in raising money for the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center.  His love of cycling meshes seamlessly with the ALC fundraising effort, and, his family’s background in sports (his dad, Mike Rae, was a NFL quarterback) definitely influenced his hyper-active lifestyle.

David RaeConnie is out this week so Eric and Joe talk it up this week about the latest from the Compete Network…   are sports players paid too much?  And what about baseball players?  Also, the latest with Hudson Taylor and his Athlete Ally organization which is working to eliminate homophobia in collegiate sports.

In local news, the Gay Rodeo is coming up!  The RoadRunner Regional Rodeo, put on by the A.G.R.A. is coming to Rawhide February 17-19!  Get your horse and favorite cowboy ready, well maybe not in that order!  And finally, Eric seeks out advice from the universe so he can bring you his famous Super Bowl Predictions!  It’s another great show on our third season of Compete Radio, right here at our new home on QTalk Arizona!