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Escaping Scientology

For years, Michelle LeClair, former President of Scientology’s international humanitarian organization, tried to reconcile her sexual orientation with the anti-gay ideology of the church. Michelle finally ends her horrific marriage, finds the love of her life, a woman, and ultimately leaves the Church. But the split comes at a terrible price. Her once pristine reputation is publicly dragged through the mud, the police raid her home, her ex-husband tries to gain full custody of their children, and the multi-million dollar business she built from scratch is utterly destroyed. In her tell-all memoir, Michelle offers an insider’s perspective on Scientology’s pervasive influence, secret rituals, and ruthless practices for keeping members in line. Michelle LeClair answers Norman B’s questions about her memoir, Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology and Fighting for the Woman I Love.

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Show #291

Yes. Yes. & Yes!

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Just as we were putting together the post production to touches to the latest edition of Life Elsewhere, news came in that the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriageInstantly, we decided we needed to hear from frequent contributors to the program and get their opinions on this landmark ruling. Sir Mix-A-Lot, the legendary rap artist, already booked to voice his opinions on the Charleston massacre, gladly gives his honest take on the Supreme Court’s edict. Mix who has a passion for fabulous cars, was taking one of his Italian roadsters for a spin, through the Cascades mountains, east of his home in Seattle, as the interview took place. It would seem the horsepower in his motor was a little too eager and quicker than our cell phone connection, but we did capture enough of Mix‘s opinions to make it worth your while to stay listening to the whole program.

We asked frequent contributors Audrey Bilger and David Warner to voice their opinions on the Supreme Court’s ruling. Audrey a professor of literature and co-author of Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage admits to being elated. While David Warner, editor-in-chief of Creative Loafing, Tampa, tearfully says he became giddy when he heard the news.

Also in the program Stephen Witt talks about his new book, How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy. This is the enthralling story of the birth of mp3’s, streaming music, the music piracy revolution and the mysterious man who almost singlehandedly took down the music industry. Coincidently, Taylor Swift‘s complaint against Apple happened as Stephen Witt‘s book is published. 

Plus, this week’s Hit That Never Was features Ashley MacIsaac, a Canadian fiddler, singer and songwriter from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. MacIsaac caused controversy back in the early 90’s by announcing he was gay, when that was just not done by an aspiring musical act. From his 2003 self-titled album, you’ll hear Lay Me Down, a terrific qualifier for the Hit That Never Was.

This is a bumper-packed edition of Life Elsewhere and we urge you not to miss one moment. Life Elsewhere airs Sunday, June 28 at 12 noon ET on The Source WMNF HD3 and Monday, June 29 at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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He Couldn’t Pray The Gay Away!

“I knew I couldn’t get God to like me, the real Brandon. So, I set out on a mission to create a fake-Brandon. This fake-Brandon would be the Brandon I presented to the world. I hoped that not only could I make the world like him, I could make God like him, too. Enough so that when I died, he would let me in to Heaven for all the good things that fake-Brandon did”.

The poignant words of Brandon Wallace, raised in the delta of Arkansas, who spent his entire life trying to hide behind a mask. Growing up, he knew only two things about himself: he was called to ministry and he was attracted to the same sex. Afraid that coming out would destroy his reputation, livelihood, and ministry, he hid his sexual identity in hopes of finding love and acceptance. Straight-Face is his memoir of that long and profound journey from hiding behind a mask to living an authentic life; from running from himself to accepting his orientation and ultimately his faith.

On the next edition of Life Elsewhere, while the Supreme Court debates one of the great civil rights issues of the age, same-sex marriage”Brandon Wallace explains to Norman B how he discovered, “There is one thing ex-gay ministries don’t tell you in their brochures: it’s not possible to pray the gay away”. Make sure you do not miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere and hear Brandon Wallace speak emotively about his life and struggles.

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Peter Tatchell Speaks Movingly On Anti-Gay Agenda At Sochi

Peter TatchellSpeaking from London, Peter Tatchell, political campaigner best known for his work with the LGBT social movements, spoke to Norman B about the International Olympic Committee allowing anti-gay agendas to be present at the Sochi Winter Games“We are raising two issues of homophobic discrimination that have not been acknowledged or remedied by the IOC. It very disturbing that the IOC has not sought to overturn the ban on Pride House, despite being urged to do so way back in 2012 when the Russians announced that it would not be permitted. I hope that even at this late stage the IOC will take action to uphold Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter, which prohibits discrimination,” says Peter Tatchell. In a  moving interview Peter eloquently tells of his past visits to Russia, being singled out and severely beaten because he is gay. The Peter Tatchell Foundation seeks to promote and protect the human rights of individuals, communities and nations, in the UK and internationally, in accordance with established national and international human rights law.

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The latest edition of Life Elsewhere is available for download, featuring the legendary Sir Mix-A-Lot who does not hold back in sharing his views on Syria, Gun Control, Ted Cruz, Obamacare and the President. Listen to Thrash aka Kris Weston, formerly of The Orb recall his time with the influential ambient band, Kris also discusses his new Kickstarter project. Jason Stewart president of TIGLFF (Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival) speaks about the upcoming event. Plus this week’s Hit That Never Was featuring a cut from Wire.

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