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Music duo SOFI TUKKER (Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern) have shared their latest single and video “Original Sin” and have also announced their forthcoming sophomore album WET TENNIS along with a world tour.
WET TENNIS is the highly anticipated follow-up to their 2018 GRAMMY nominated debut album Treehouse, due April 29th via Ultra/Sony Music.
SOFI TUKKER - Original Sin (Official Video) [Ultra Music] youtu.be
“Original Sin” is a mantra of being kind to yourself and rejecting imposed social mores. It’s a duet that parachutes you into the center of SOFI TUKKER’s world with a juggernaut rhythm and an instantly memorable hook.
“‘Original Sin’ is the perfect way to introduce the world of WET TENNIS and it's very emblematic of " the freak fam", our community. It says: we aren't meant to be saints. We aren't born sinners. We're just a bunch of freaks who make mistakes and keep trying to do our best. WET TENNIS is an acronym that stands for: "when everyone tries to evolve, nothing negative is safe" and that's what this song is all about. We live in a troubled world, it's not our fault if we have trouble sometimes. That's part of what makes us human. But when we evolve together and celebrate instead of judge each other, we can move through negativity into a more optimistic way of life." - SOFI TUKKER
The “Original Sin” video is steeped in playful eroticism and introduces the joyful and seductive iconography of WET TENNIS. In true SOFI TUKKER fashion, they decamped to a tropical location radiating lush greens and sunlight and realized the video in Oahu, Hawaii with director Aerin Moreno and creative direction by Amber Park (Camila Cabello, Madison Beer). They wear custom WET TENNIS outfits designed by Johnny Wujek (Katy Perry, HBO's Legendary) in the video’s very metaphorical and ecstatic tennis match.
"The 'Original Sin' video is the Garden of Eden of the WET TENNIS world. It's a place beaming with sexual freedom and colorful possibilities. At first, we see everybody in their traditional roles, wearing all white, clapping politely, acting as one "should" during a tennis match, but as the world unfolds, we see that everyone is a freak. At the end of the video, that freakiness is liberated as we all look up to the WET TENNIS statue in the sky.
SOFI TUKKER have achieved gold and platinum records in every continent other than Antarctica and their global audience began to coalesce around the streams, eventually creating a community that dubbed itself the Freak Fam. Along with activities related to the group, Freak Fam have helped each other during this difficult time in both emotional and material ways. When many members of Freak Fam had their prom canceled and were missing the big moments in their lives, SOFI TUKKER held a virtual prom and encouraged everyone attending to wear their freakiest wares. More recently, the Freak Fam has taken the form of a bi-weekly SiriusXM radio show, Freak Fam Radio, on Diplo’s Revolution Channel 52 that airs every other Wednesday at 10 PM ET/ 7 PM PT.
ABOUT SOFI TUKKER:
SOFI TUKKER, the genre-defying duo of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, is celebrated for their inclusive and global perspective on electronic music as well as their work's themes of liberation, unity, and self-empowerment. In 2021, SOFI TUKKER achieved their third Billboard Dance Airplay chart #1 for their collaboration with John Summit on "Sun Came Up," and they also released a tri-lingual collaboration with Amadou and Mariam, "Mon Cheri". The band is also frequently tapped for remixes by some of the biggest artists in the world including Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry. SOFI TUKKER are also passionate activists who have raised funds and awareness for Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Natural Resources Defense Council and the March for Our Lives. Their commitment to equality and fostering community while recombining the pillars of dance music into exciting new shapes has established them as a singular act.
SOFI TUKKER: North American Tour
Sat, May 21 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
Mon, May 23 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Wed, May 25 - Brooklyn, NY @ Avant Gardner - The Brooklyn Mirage
Thu, May 26 - Boston, MA @ Roadrunner
Sat, May 28 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Bell Theater
Mon, May 30 - Montreal, QC @ MTELUS
Wed, June 1 - Toronto, ON @ HISTORY
Thu, June 2 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
Fri, June 3 - Chicago, IL @ Radius
Mon, June 6 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue - Mainroom
Wed, June 8 - Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom
Thu, June 9 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Sat, June 11 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Tue, June 14 - Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theatre
Thu, June 16 - Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
Sat, June 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Exposition Hall
Mon, June 20 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
Sat, March 5 - San Diego, CA @ CRSSD Festival (Live Set)
Fri, March 25 - Sat, March 27 - Miami, FL @ Ultra Music Festival (Live Set)
Thu, March 31 - Sun, April 3 - Cancun, Mexico @ Tiesto:The Trip (DJ Set)
Sat, July 9 - Barcelona, Spain @ Cruilla Festival (DJ Set)
Fri, July 15 - Lisbon, Portugal @ Super Bock Super Rock (DJ Set)Fri, July 22 - Byron Bay, NSW Australia @ Splendour in the Grass Festival (Live Set)
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Club Skirts presents The Dinah — the annual music festival and pool party weekend and the largest lesbian event worldwide — is taking over Palm Springs from September 21st through the 25th.
Now celebrating its 31st year, the star-studded weekend will kick off a five-day party known to draw in upwards of 15,000 women from around the world.
This year, for the first time ever, the event will take place in Palm Springs’ most iconic hotel, The Margaritaville — formerly The Riviera — famous in the ’60s for its role as celebrity central, drawing the likes of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy Davis Jr., and Sonny and Cher.
Photo courtesy of The Dinah
“I think it is definitely a rite of passage and a bucket list item,” said Mariah Hanson, ”and it’s a beacon in a way. I think that what we create there is so magical and so inspiring that you hear about it and you want to be a part of it because it’s life-changing.”
Hanson explained that the magic is intentional. She said along with her staff, they set to produce an event that is diverse, welcoming, and life-changing.
“We create a world for five days where people are united by the common theme of just acceptance and diversity and living in a world you want to live in,” Hanson said.
Hanson said she is proud to offer what she says is one of the “most diverse, inclusive, celebratory events.” She said The Dinah recognizes that our community is very diverse, and she wants everyone to feel welcome.
The festival includes various performances by nationally-renowned recording artists, massive pool parties with world-famous DJs and go-go dancers, red carpet events with celebrity guests and musicians, and meet-and-greets with lesbian celebrities.
The Dinah pool party
Photo courtesy of The Dinah
While in previous years, the Dinah events centered mostly on pool parties, the Dinah of the past decade has flawlessly amped up the pool parties, while also simultaneously becoming an enormous music festival, drawing in huge superstar artists over recent years, such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Chaka Khan, Meghan Trainor, Iggy Azalea, Eve, Salt ‘N Pepa and more, many of them while they were just on the cusp of hitting the big-time.
Hanson explained that she has a formula, a set of ever-changing criteria, that she uses to book acts. She has a knack for finding artists to perform at the Dinah who is on the cusp of enormous stardom.
“My favorite example is Lizzo, who headlined the Sunday afternoon pool party in 2017,” said Hanson. “Nobody really knew who she was, and she’s a major star now. No one will ever see her in that small of a venue.”
Hanson has another incredible all-female entertainment line-up again this year.
“I’m excited to offer the lineup we have. I think it’s powerful. It’s almost all queer except Taylor Dane, but she’s welcome because she’s so cool!” said Hanson.
Taylor Dane, 80s pop icon, is taking over the stage at Friday night’s Black & White Ball and is bringing her full band for a special Dinah performance. The GRAMMY-nominated powerhouse’s groundbreaking debut single "Tell It to My Heart" turned her into an overnight star in 1987. She followed the smash hit with 17 Top 20 singles including “Love Will Lead You Back.” Co-headlining Friday night is a breakout hip-hop artist, Haviah Mighty, who is poised to follow the footsteps of Lady Gaga, Bebe Rexha, Iggy Azalea, and Lizzo. She is the first Black woman to win the Polaris Music Prize.
On Saturday night’s Hollywood Party, Fletcher, one of the most electrifying queer artists to burst onto the scene, takes center stage. The GLAAD-nominated artist has a slew of hit singles including “Undrunk”, “Bitter”, “girls girls girls”, and “Cherry.” Her new single “Her Body is Bible” is out now and her debut album is being released this month.
“You don’t want to miss any of these acts,” Hanson said.
Club Skirts The Dinah pool party
Photo courtesy of The Dinah
All of the weekend’s pool parties, night parties, and concerts will take place at the Margaritaville. The opening and closing parties will both be held at AsiaSF, a new hotspot to both kick-start and close the weekend.
Hanson said she is excited for the Dinah this year and hopes it will, as always, be an amazing experience for all who attend.
Hanson said her message for attendees, other than to pace themselves, is always the same.
“Don’t be afraid to meet new people. Don’t be afraid to reach out and share your stories and listen to other people's stories because there’s people from all over the world coming.”
Hanson negotiated some great rates with the host hotel, Margaritaville, and it currently has a waiting list. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the Dinah discount and to add your name to the waiting list.
For more information and for tickets, please visit The Dinah.
The Dobbs decision, otherwise known as the court case that overturned Roe v. Wade, has resulted in confusing medical situations for many patients. On top of affecting access to abortions for straight, cisgender women, it presents heightened risks for LGBTQ+ healthcare as a whole. Flipping the switch on reproductive rights and privacy rights is a far-reaching act that makes quality care harder to find for an already underserved community.
As the fight against the Dobbs decision continues, it’s important to shed light on the full breadth of its impact. We’ll discuss specific ways that the decision can affect LGBTQ+ healthcare and offer strategies for overcoming these challenges.
How the Right to Bodily Privacy Affects LGBTQ+ Healthcare
When the original Roe v. Wade decision was made, the bodily privacy of people across the United States was protected. Now that bodily autonomy is no longer guaranteed, the LGBTQ+ community must brace itself for a potential loss of healthcare rights beyond abortions. This includes services like feminizing and masculinizing hormone therapy (particularly for transgender youth) that conservative lawmakers have been fighting against this year, as well as transition-related procedures. Without privacy, gender-affirming care may be difficult to access without documentation of sex as “proof” of gender.
As essential services for the LGBTQ+ community become more difficult to access, perhaps the most immediate effect we’ll see is eroding trust between healthcare providers and LGBTQ+ patients. When providers aren’t working in the best interest of patients — just like in cases of children and rape victims denied abortions — patients may further avoid preventative care in a community that already faces discrimination in doctor’s offices.
The Dobbs Decision Isn’t Just a Women’s Issue
While the Dobbs decision is often framed as a women's issue — specifically, one that affects cisgender women — it impacts the transgender and non-binary community just as much. All people who are capable of carrying a pregnancy to term have lost at least some ability to choose whether or not to give birth in the U.S.
For transgender and non-binary individuals, this decision comes with the added complexity of body dysmorphia. Without abortion rights, pregnant trans men and some non-binary people may be forced to see their bodies change, and be treated as women by healthcare providers and society as a result.
The Dobbs decision also opens up the possibility for government bodies to determine when life begins — and perhaps even to add legal protections for zygotes and embryos. This puts contraceptives at risk, which could make it more difficult to access gender-affirming care while getting the right contraceptives based on sex for LGBTQ+ individuals.
Overturning Reproductive Rights Puts IVF at Risk
Queer couples that dream of having their own children often have limited options beyond adoption. One such option is in vitro fertilization, or IVF, which involves implanting a fertilized egg into a uterus.
While IVF isn’t directly affected by the Dobbs decision, it could fall into a legal gray area depending on when states determine that life begins. Texas, for example, is already barring abortions as early as six weeks. To reduce embryo destruction, which often occurs when patients no longer want more children, limits could be placed on the number of eggs that can be frozen at once.
Any restrictions on IVF will also affect the availability of surrogacy as an option for building a family.
How Can LGBTQ+ Individuals Overcome Healthcare Barriers?
While the Dobbs decision may primarily impact abortion rights today, its potential to worsen LGBTQ+ healthcare as a whole is jarring. So how can the community be prepared?
If you’re struggling to find LGBTQ+-friendly providers near you, using telemedicine now can be an incredibly effective way to start developing strong relationships with far-away healthcare professionals. Telemedicine eliminates the barrier of geography and can be especially helpful for accessing inclusive primary care and therapy. Be sure to check if your insurance provider covers telemedicine.
If you’re seriously concerned about healthcare access in your area — especially if the Dobbs decision affects your whole state or you need regular in-person services that may be at risk — it may be time to consider moving now. While not everyone has the privilege to do so, relocating gives you the ability to settle in areas where lawmakers better serve your needs. However, this decision shouldn’t be taken lightly, so preparing and making progress on a moving checklist now can help you avoid issues later.
The Dobbs Decision Isn’t LGBTQ+-Friendly
The Supreme Court of the United States has proven the power of its conservative majority with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. However, the effects of the Dobbs decision don’t stop at affecting cisgender women’s abortion rights. In states with bans, it also leads to forced birth for trans men and non-binary individuals. Plus, the Dobbs decision increases the risk of other rights, like hormone therapy and IVF, being taken away.
Taking steps now, whether it’s choosing a virtual provider or considering a move, can help you improve your healthcare situation in the future.
On Saturday, August 20th beginning at 10:00 am EDT Strong Voices Television (SVTV Network) will make history by becoming the first television network to stream live coverage of the Amateur Sports Alliance of North America (ASANA) Softball World Series in Washington, D.C. Coverage of the ASANA Series will begin here on OUTvoices on Thursday, August 18 with early round and elimination tournament play — but for the Championship games the SVTV Network will have your exclusive ticket.
The live stream will include at least three championship games featuring instant replay, on-screen graphics, and player profiles. Calling the action will be veteran Queer broadcasters Roman Jimenez and ASANA Hall of Famer Rosalyn Bugg.
The live streams are the latest in a string of sporting events SVTV has carried exclusively as the LGBTQ+ subscription-based service continues to build its collection of live sports, most recently three games with the WTFL (Women’s Tackle Football League) including The Legacy Bowl, All-Star game, and Skills Challenge, as well as the Big Peach Softball Tournament.
“We are very excited to partner with SVTV to carry Championship Saturday at ASANA,” said Angela Smith, ASANA’s Executive Director. “Partnerships like these help make ASANA sustainable and the reach SVTV has to attract such a huge global audience is important to our growth strategies.”
“Our mission at SVTV Network is to be the home for LGBTQ+ sports because our community’s goals for equality should extend to the playing field too,” said Sheri Johnson, CEO of SVTV Network. “Opportunities for inclusion multiply when people see and ultimately respect and cheer on queer athletes in inspiring leagues such as ASANA. We are proud to be their partner and can’t wait to share the championship excitement from Washington D.C.”
SVTV subscribers will be able to log in and watch the coverage Saturday, August 20th starting at 10 am Eastern. For those non-subscribers wishing to catch the action, memberships are available starting at $5.99 each by going to svtvnetwork.com and creating an account.
SVTV’s coverage will wrap up an exciting week of softball in the Washington D.C. Metro Area as the 2022 ASANA Softball World Series puts a capstone on a big week. Teams will have come from as far away as Washington State, Southern California, Phoenix, Kansas City, Orlando, Nashville, and more. Games will have started on Wednesday with teams competing from sun-up to sundown. With most teams eliminated on Friday, only the championship teams will remain on Saturday, creating an exciting atmosphere for the players, coaches, and fans at the tournament complex, which will no doubt come across on the live streams.
SVTV Network is the streaming service that champions the underrepresented of the entire LGBTQ+ community by amplifying all of their voices in TV, film, sports, advocacy, and beyond. SVTV Network’s 10,000-hour library of original and acquired content is available by subscription via the web, iOS, Amazon FireTV, Android, AppleTV, Roku, and in conjunction with Google Chromecast. Be a part of our movement at SVTV.
ASANA — Amateur Sports Alliance of North America — was created in 2007 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of amateur athletics for all persons regardless of gender, age, race, creed, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation with a special emphasis on the participation of women, trans men, trans women, non-binary and agendered people. ASANA Softball currently has 25 member cities across the United States and hosts the annual ASANA Softball World Series that brings together over 70 teams for a 4-day championship tournament.