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THE HOLLYWOOD TIMES INTERVIEW WITH MARIAH HANSON ON THE “DIRTY 30”

By Jennifer Corday

Palm Springs, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/5/21

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“If you’re going to lead your community, you gotta feel your community.” –Mariah Hanson

“You get to be who you are, when you are, living out loud, empowered. And that feels really good.  I can’t have a better gift.” –Mariah Hanson

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JC: So wow, it’s been thirty years, what’s the biggest change?

MH: To look back on thirty years and get to where I am today and how beautiful this event feels and how joyous and loving and kind it is, that’s some serious, serious reflection…

It feels really good to be at thirty years and to know that everything about this event has so softened up. You get to be who you are, when you are, living out loud, empowered. And that feels really good.  I can’t have a better gift.

Mariah Hanson and Jennifer Corday (Photo: THT)

JC: Yea, it’s rare. You have created such a safe space. And this year I learned so much about the transgender and non-binary community. The old days are gone. Now it’s just ‘Be You.”

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MH: Be you!

JC: That seems to be the evolution of the gay community. You were hip enough to know the lesbian community has changed, that times have changed…

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MH: You have to. You have to feel your community. If you’re going to lead your community, you gotta feel your community.

JC: How do you know so much about the community?

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MH: I live every day trying to be the best and highest being I can be. And I realized I’ve been given this platform which is incredible. I have to honor it and rise up to it.

JC: As such an icon, I love that you are being humble and acknowledging the learning curve…

MH: I’ve realized that I didn’t always know how to present it. I have done a lot of work to be able to present it the way I am able to present it today.

JC: Well you did it right!

(Photo: THT)

MH: You never get it right. You just practice.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board as a chief organizer of the Television Critics Association’s press tours, held twice a year in Beverly Hills and Pasadena. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and the Desert Aids Project, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been an active member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.