Cue Pittsburgh October 2009
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INDEX 12 18 ALL THE KINGS MEN STYLE 12 FLAVOR 14 TRAVEL 18 NEWS 22 THE LIST: GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL 26 COVER STORY 30 POP CULTURE 32 EDITORIAL 34 BARTENDER OF THE MONTH 36 MUSIC 38 SEXPERT 40 MAP 42 DIARY OF A QUEEN 44 26 30 6 SCENE 8, 10, 19, 20, 33 ...................................... CUE PITTSBURGH is published monthly by Vollkommen, Inc. 1525 Park Manor Blvd #250 Pittsburgh, PA 15205. SUBSCRIPTIONS Rates are $35.00 for 12 issues (one year); $55.00 for 24 issues (two years); $85.00 for 36 issues (three years). Please include payment with order. TO SUBSCRIBE orders can be faxed to 412.678.0596. To order by mail, send your name, shipping address, billing address (if different) credit card number, expiration date and issues requested to CUE SUBSCRIPTIONS: 1525 Park Manor Blvd #250 Pittsburgh, PA 15205. To order online, visit www.cuepittsburgh.com. COPYRIGHT © 2009 VOLLKOMMEN, INC. All rights reserved. Cue Pittsburgh is published 12 times per year by Vollkommen, Inc. 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CONTRIBUTORS Joe C President Joe.firstname.lastname@example.org David Rogers Featured Columnist email@example.com P I T T S B U RG H Joshua Beadle Art Director/Designer firstname.lastname@example.org Sam Badger Editorial email@example.com Joe King Featured Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org CUE PITTSBURGH 1525 Park Manor Blvd. #250 Pittsburgh, PA 15205 email@example.com www.cuepittsburgh.com 1.866.638.3822 Cover: MODELS Craig Allen Jessica Craig Jeff Ramsey Hair/Make-up Kylee Kohler Florencio Sunga Photographer: R. Alan Adams Talent supplied by The Talent Group Andrea Maynard Advertising firstname.lastname@example.org Philip Ezzo Featured Columnist email@example.com Photography Alex Palau Adam Milliron Adam Bouska Illustrator/Designer Jeremy Gray Contributing Writers Miz Cotton David Brunner Alan Jones Shawn Collins Paul Georg 4 | cuepittsburgh.com | OCTOBER 2009 ALL THE KINGS MEN Gem of the city. Anyone who has ventured downtown recently has witnessed the transformation of the newly constructed August Wilson Center. I was invited on September 17th to the official grand opening VIP celebration to christen the crowning jewel of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust crown. The magnificent structure boasts art galleries, classrooms and education centers, tons of open space and a grand state of the art theater with 480+ seats all dedicated to Pittsburgh native and playwright, August Wilson. The auspicious event attracted celebrities (many of whom have appeared in August Wilson plays on Broadway) including Felicia Rashad, and event hosts Delroy Lindo and Anna Marie Horsford who introduced guest soloist Billy Porter who delivered a powerful ballad; “I believe I can fly” dedicated to the members of the community who worked tirelessly to make the center a reality. The Harlem Quartet, the August Wilson Center World Chorus and August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble along with the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra ensured that there was music and life in every corner of the building for the World Premiere Tribute Celebration. Local dignitaries including Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and City of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and August Wilson Center founding President and CEO Neil A. Barclay welcomed guests including Co-presenters Constanza Romero Wilson and Oliver W. Byrd. Also in attendance Bonnie and Thomas VanKirk, Karen Farmer White, Elaine Effort, Dr. Nancy Washington, Dr. Mulugetta Birru, Yvonne Cook, Valerie McDonald-Roberts, Richard Parsakian and Dr. Larry Leahy along with City Theater Artistic Director Tracy Brigden and guest artist Sean Jones, Anita Levels & James Zeigler and Greer Reed Jones. Guests were invited to a preview of “In my father’s house” an exciting art installation presented by UPMC. The BNY Mellon Gallery exhibition “Pittsburgh: Reclaim, Renew, Remix” presented by Alcoa Foundation featured interactive opportunities including a Gris-Gris Station where visitors could make a special African blessing and good luck charm to take with them or leave behind as an offering to the prosperity of the AWC. The soul food buffet stations catered by Shallot Custom Events and All in Good Taste Productions were spot on and featured real soul/comfort food, including a to die for Spoon-bread that would make “Joe Turner” come back for seconds. A diverse schedule of guest artists, performers, shows, workshops, and other activities are planned well into next year and feature jazz concerts, forums, films, educational summits as well as groundbreaking performances. The August Wilson Center for African American Culture engages regional and national audiences in its mission of preserving, presenting, interpreting, celebrating and shaping the art, culture and history of African Americans in Western Pennsylvania and people of African descent throughout the world. Visit the website for complete schedules, hours and upcoming events at: www.augustwilsoncenter. org 6 | cuepittsburgh.com | Joe K!ng and Felicia Rashad celebrate August Wilson Thirty never looked so good. It was an evening fit for a king as Gregory Bohanon II welcomed guests to a private reception held at Bossa Nova to celebrate his thirtieth birthday. The affair to remember was top drawer from the start with guests receiving invites by Papyrus which set the tone for the party. Bossa Nova catered the delicious spread of hors d’oeuvres and delicacies. Prantl’s bakery personalized a crown cake in gold and royal blue icing complete with a band of bejeweled cupcakes. More than fifty guests bestowed kisses and congratulations on the birthday boy who beamed in a custom tailored tuxedo with his special someone “A.” by his side. Guests included brother Steven Nelson and dear friends Anthony Wroten, Sabin Blake, Jason Stagand, Rha Kuyken, Jerald Tisdale, Brett Madden, Andrew Bender and Sean Mooney, Bob Davis and John Barron, Michael Ritchie, Clint Schultz and Paul Smallwood and Tonya Artim and Bradford Yahrling to name a few. (There was no sign of the notorious Mahogany Reason from Cleveland Ohio, but her laughter could be heard everywhere…ohhh baby!) The party train continued well into the evening at The Rivers Casino, no word if there were any big winners. Check out additional pics on page 20. OCTOBER 2009 Birthday Boy Gregory Bohanon II WITH JOE KING Off the wall Caption: Bob McGrogan, Betty Hill and Ryan Tinn looking picture perfect at Image Box Gallery Persad Center hosted a “Red Tag” liquidation sale of art work left over from their May charity art auction “Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art” at the Image Box studios on September 19th. The sale featured many pieces, which had not sold or were not picked up at the Carnegie event. Newly appointed Special Events Director Bob McGrogan was on hand along with Persad’s Executive Director Betty Hill and Ryan Tinn and Host Dan Iddings to help patrons select a one of a kind piece from the overstock. Image Box gallery owner John Mahood and wife Tracy could be seen throughout the gallery space refilling drinks, snapping pictures and offering their respected opinions on the donated art work while helping to raise funds for Persad center. What’s next for Persad? SPELL, the annual Haunted, Howlingly good time Halloween costume party on October 31st! This years theme: “Zombie Prom.” Dig up a date and come out to support. Visit www.spellpgh.org for more info. Joe K!ng and Lonnie Love with Paul Georg style in the newly remodeled second floor club with entertainment provided by Lady Rose, Tamara Knight and “Nitro”. Specialty cocktails served with a smile from bartender Freddy (who is also responsible for the much improved décor…BRAVO!) NIGHT LIFE Wrap-up It seems as though everyone was trying to squeeze out that last little bit of summer last month with multiple events happening all over the city. At the Eagle, (yes its open for special events) they welcomed hard porn star Josh West for a soft opening…or was it the other way around? Josh West heats up the crowd at the Eagle Lucky’s hosted Jezebel Bebbington D’Opulence and Marsha Mellow and company for a bachelorette party with only the fiercest divas including the bride to be strutting their stuff on the dance floor. Talk about a wild night to remember. Another bachelorette/drag party is planned for Oct. 18th from 6-9pm at the Center for the Arts. Check out the pics on page 33. Over at the Improv in Homestead comedian Lonnie Love welcomed Cue Pittsburgh Magazine backstage for a meet and greet and shared inside dish on working with Chelsea Handler and her “boo” doctor Drew Pinski. Club Dance (formerly Donnies Place second floor) hosted a private birthday party for Patrick Connors and Bartender/ boy Tommy Gerstner. The long time friends celebrated their combined birthdays in Tommy, Master Mike and Patrick celebrate in style at Club Dance. You know I love me a good drag show... Marsha Mellow and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts hosted the Divas of Drag last month and showcased ALL the girls including Mahogany as Prince, Anna Steezia as Candy Kane, Veruca La Piranha as Pete Burns, Sharron Needles as Dr. Frank N. Furter, Cherri Baum as Janis Joplin and Jezebel Bebbington D’Opulence as Tina Turner. Special thanks to pre-show hosts Jerry and Sean for the flamingos and the wonderful night, it was a great wrap up to summer. Note: Last month I mistakenly mentioned that Veruca was 30... oops! For the record, She’s 25..never believe a rival queen, they lie. CONTACT: Need a maid of honor?” Send invites and coverage requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org Follow me on Twitter imjustjoeking OCTOBER 2009 | cuepittsburgh.com | 7 SCENE Persad Centerâ€™s Red Tag Sale @ Image Box Photos By Joe K!ng 8 | cuepittsburgh.com | OCTOBER 2009 Visit www.glccpgh.org for more information. SCENE Grand Opening Celebration August Wilson Center Photos By Joe K!ng 10 | cuepittsburgh.com | OCTOBER 2009 STYLE By Joshua Beadle It seems like more so than ever, the hottest accessory is the technology your sporting. Slim cameras, portable laptops and the Mac daddy of them all, the iPhone. Here are some of our suggestions to make your iPhone super stylish and super handy. CHECK F L E S R U O Y OUT! Mirror, Mirror! Everything important needs protection. We’ve learned this all through life. Our iphones are no exception to the rule. While browsing the internet for the hottest iphone accessories we found this mirror screen protector that prevents your LCD screen from getting scratched. It looks and works like a mirror when your phone’s screen is off. Once the screen is activated, screen contents appear like normal. We say this is a must for any gay iPhone user. $7.99 Cardstar If you are anything like us, you have a number of reward, club, and loyalty cards, but find it highly inconvenient to carry all of them around on your key chain or in your wallet. CardStar is the answer. Use CardStar to store your membership card information for numerous national and regional merchants (including CVS, Blockbuster, PetSmart Giant Eagle and more). And when needed, effortlessly access your cards on-the-fly with a single touch from the CardStar home screen. 12 | cuepittsburgh.com | OCTOBER 2009 Whether you’re at the grocery store, making your travel plans online, or visiting your local gym, don’t get caught without your membership cards again. Lighten your load and get rid of all that plastic baggage — scan your cards from your mobile device with CardStar! Available for download in the iTunes app store for Free! OCTOBER 2009 | cuepittsburgh.com | 13 FLAVOR By David Rogers “La Casa is a great little casablanca-esque vacation for the taste buds.” î La Casa La Casa, tapas and wine bar, located at 5884 Ellsworth Ave, is a quaint little eatery in Shadyside with a charming atmosphere and exquisite cuisine. My Mother, and partner in crime, Sandra and I decided to go on Monday September 7th, which was Labor Day. It was a slightly cool evening but we were able to sit outside on the patio and it is covered so we didn’t have to worry about a sudden shower. The first thing I noticed when walking in the door was the delicious smells. Rich, fragrant aromas wafted from the kitchen, which caused my salivary glands to wriggle with anticipation. the eggplant for Mom. Each order had two so we shared. The pepper was tender and flavorful without too much heat and the stuffing of meat and spices was perfectly flavored. You can tell how good the food is by our clearly audible “Mmmmm!” We can’t help it, when we like something, we make noise. I’d say at least 6 “Mmmmm”s between the two of us with this dish. Mom’s baked eggplant was prepared with manchego cheese in the center and the flavors merged nicely. There was a small salad that accompanied the eggplant that featured their delicious balsamic vinegar reduction dressing. It made a crisp, yummy pallet cleanser. The table next to us had a family of four, who seemed to be enjoying themselves and the other table was just finishing up, but looking happy and satiated. The trickle of the Koi pond added a relaxing quality. We started off with some cocktails as we perused the menu, which contained a myriad of colorfully described items. The philosophy, according to the website is, “eat when you drink, drink when you eat” which is very chill (as the kids say these days). Next round was baked artichokes. Let’s just say we had the Mmmmm machine in over-drive. Crispy outside, but in no way greasy, the flavor of the artichoke erupted from the crisp breading. I could have ordered another round easily. This was the dish where we said, “We are definitely coming back, if for nothing else, the artichokes.” First off was an order of their delicious stuffed banana peppers with sweet sausage for me and 14 | cuepittsburgh.com Then we had some of these delicious little savory, baked “tartaletas” with ham and | OCTOBER 2009 spinach. Yum. Another round of drinks, and more conversations of great meals past, and we decide on the meat skewers at possibly our last tapas, which consisted of chicken, pork, lamb, and beef skewers. The meat was flavorful and delicious, but we agreed the Chicken and Pork were a lot better than the Lamb and beef. We decided to go for some desert. I chose cinnamon vanilla crème brulee, and Mom chose the profiteroles, which had scoops of ice cream between crisp pastry with melted chocolate and slivered almonds. The crème brulee had a delicious, crisp, caramelized coating and an almost nostalgictasting custard that elicited feelings of Thanksgiving. A delicious cup of coffee finished off everything. The staff was laid back but far from lazy or inattentive. The decor and atmosphere is appealing both inside at a table or at the bar, or outside on the patio. Open 7 nights, La Casa is a great little casablanca-esque vacation for the taste buds. There are tons of food choices from salads and cold tapas, to hot tapas and entrees, which scream to be shared but can sometimes be just a little too delicious to not keep to yourself. Luckily everyone can order their own. Everything is made fresh and you can definitely taste it. Have some wine or a cocktail with some friends and share some delicious food at La Casa. 5884 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA (412) 441-3090 OCTOBER 2009 | cuepittsburgh.com | 15 TRAVEL D R O F D E B SPRINGS By Paul Georg In July, after being closed for 21 years, the circa 1796 Bedford Springs Resort re-opened after a $120-million restoration and expansion. In its heyday, the resort hosted United States presidents, political figures and celebrities, including President James Buchanan who treated the property as his “summer White House.” In fact, in 1858, Buchanan received the first transatlantic cable on the resort grounds from his good friend Queen Victoria. As you can see from the photos, the restoration and expansion are breathtaking! The resort 18 | cuepittsburgh.com | OCTOBER 2009 now boasts 216 guest rooms, including two hospitality suites. All the rooms are elegantly appointed and many feature sunny porches where guests may sit and relax while enjoying gorgeous views of the 2,200 acres of pristine grounds. Even better than the setting is the delicious food! The resort’s traditional American fare features fresh ingredients grown locally and regionally. Other amenities include golf on the Bedford Springs Old Course; state-of-the-art meeting facilities; nature trails; a gold medal trout stream; indoor and outdoor swimming pools; the Springs Eternal Spa; and more. Just 90 minutes from Pittsburgh, the Bedford Springs Resort is located near the intersection of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 70. For reservations, visit bedfordspringsresort.com or dial 1.866.623.8168. SCENE Center for the Arts hosts the Divas of Drag Photos By Joe K!ng OCTOBER 2009 | cuepittsburgh.com | 19 SCENE Gregory L. Bohanon II 30th Birthday Celebration @ Bossa Nova Photos By Joe K!ng 20 | cuepittsburgh.com | OCTOBER 2009 NEWS S I O H W A K S U O B M A AD On November 4th, 2008 Proposition 8 passed, amending the state Constitution to ban samesex marriage in California. In the wake of the defeat, there has been a groundswell of initiative from within the community at a grassroots level. Seizing this opportunity, new political and protest organizations are forming almost daily. The NOH8 Campaign 22 | cuepittsburgh.com | is a photo project & silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. The campaign started with portraits of everyday Californians who support Marriage Equality and soon rose to celebrities, military personnel, brothers & sisters, law enforcement, lesbian OCTOBER 2009 mothers, directors, politicians, newlyweds, and more. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths symbolizing their voices not being heard and NOH8 painted on one cheek in protest. The images are being used now for viral/grassroots movements on Facebook. com and other social sites. Eventually they are expecting to be compiled for a billboard campaign as well as multiple magazine spreads. They are currently a Non-Profit organization seeking 501( c )(3) status. All dontations will be used to provide tools to educate the community. TAKE PART PITTSBURGH NOH8 PHOTO TOUR A benefit for Shepherd Wellness. î OCTOBER 2009 DETAILS ON PAGE 29 | cuepittsburgh.com | 23 24 | cuepittsburgh.com | OCTOBER 2009 OCTOBER 2009 | cuepittsburgh.com | 25 THE LIST By Philip Ezzo 2009 esbian Gay & L tival Guide s e F m l i F The Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival has finally arrived, and just in time to break up the monotony of the current film cycle. With full-length features and film shorts, this year promises to be filled with quality entertainment. Here is your all-access pass to every film being shown. The Big Gay Movie Musical, Ghosted, & I Can’t Think Straight, are on my list. What about yours? And Then Came Lola Friday, October 23, 9:00 p.m. SouthSide Works Cinema With an exhilarating climax and pumping pop/rock lesbian soundtrack, this 2009 American film is a fun-filled lesbian romantic comedy complete with inside jokes and sexy bedroom scenes. Time is running out, and Lola (Ashleigh Sumner) has only one chance to salvage a job and save her relationship with new girlfriend, Casey (Jill Bennett). But to do so, she must navigate San Francisco like a treacherous video game. Lola has mere minutes to tame the domineering meter maid, avoid the canine-wielding park chick, grab the photos, sidestep the ex and deliver the proofs to the bar where girlfriend Casey is meeting with a prospective client (and her ex), the euro-hottie Danielle (Cathy DeBuono). Thrust on a relationship crash course, Lola grows ever more determined to deliver and claim her girlfriend from the potential rival. From the Embarcadero to Dolores Park to Chinatown, Lola sprints, bikes, hitches rides and flirts her way through the streets and back rooms of San Francisco. Time grows short. Will Lola make it? Will she come at all? The film was directed by Ellen Seidler and Megan Siler. Annul Victory Saturday, October 17, 5:00 p.m. SouthSide Works Cinema Through stunning news footage and eloquent and articulate interviews, this 2009 documentary explores the strange duality that occurred for the GLBT community at the 2008 election: Barack Obama’s stunning victory --- and the passing of Proposition 8 in California. The film starts on May 16th, 2008 with Mayor Gavin Newsom on the steps of San Francisco City Hall giving a stirring and uplifting speech celebrating the fact that the California Supreme Court had just made same-sex marriage legal. The movie continues the story through the election right up to the California Court’s ruling that Proposition 8 is constitutional. Witness first hand the tens of thousands of people throughout the state who took to the streets in massive protests for the days and weeks that followed the election --- and the unsurprised disappointed at the court’s ruling. Celebrities like Liza Minelli, Jane Lynch, George Takai, Margaret Cho, Cyndi Lauper, Eric McCormack and Loni Anderson, among many others, appear. The Big Gay Movie Musical Friday, October 16, 9:30 p.m. SouthSide Works Cinema From the wonderfully queer mind of Casper Andreas --- the filmmaker behind past festival hits like “Slutty Summer” and “Between Love & Goodbye” --- comes this deliriously campy 2009 musical. The film mixes elements of a staged musical with the stories of Paul and Eddie. They have just begun previews for the new Off-Broadway musical “Adam and Steve Just the Way God Made ‘Em” and a turning point has been reached in each man’s life. After yet another disastrous dating experience, Paul has an epiphany. He is done dating and just wants to be a slut like the sexy chorus boys that share his dressing room. Eddie has to tell his parents that he’s gay and is starring in a show that calls the bible the “Breeder’s Informational Book of Living Examples”. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned: Eddie’s parents are destroyed by the news and Paul can’t even have a good one-night stand. But after musical numbers with scantly clad tap dancing angels, a retelling of Genesis, tele-evangelists, a camp that attempts to turn gay kids straight and a bunch of show tunes, everyone realizes that life gets better once they accept who they really are. And they are just the way God made ‘em. Drool Saturday, October 18, 9:00 p.m. SouthSide Works Cinema. With its outrageous plot, which includes racism, domestic violence, high school blowjobs, homicide and lots of masturbation, this 2009 American film is a sweet-natured story of familial love. Say hello to the miserable Fleece family. Dad abuses mom, Anora. daughter Tabby storms around in a teenaged snit. Son Pete is bullied at school. But things start to change when Imogene, a cosmetics saleswoman, moves in next door to peddle products for the cocoa-skinned woman. Despite her arrival in a neighborhood not too keen on cocoa-skinned anything, the unstoppable Imogene proceeds to give the family a radical makeover, starting with hand lotion and ending with a road trip in her purple car. Along the way, Imogene swiftly replaces the fantasy man who’s been starring in frustrated Anora’s steamy daydreams --- and before you can say “purple eye shadow” the daydream turns into reality. Directed by Nancy Kissam, the cast includes Jill Marie Jones, Laura Harring and Dalton Alfortish. 26 | cuepittsburgh.com | OCTOBER 2009 Eating Out 3: All You Can Eat Saturday, October 17, 9:30 p.m. SouthSide Works Cinema Introducing six hunky openly gay actors, this wildly sexy and funny 2009 film is the third installment in a series that has been a festival favorite. Wacky Tiffani (Rebekah Kochan reprising her role) and her friend Casey try to lure the gorgeous Zack with a phony online profile using the image of Tiffani’s buff ex, Ryan --- which works fine until the real Ryan shows up. Only through some fancy footwork, advice from his Aunt Helen (Mink Stole) and mentor Harry (Leslie Jordan), and a daring sexual escapade can Casey figure out how to set things right and perhaps even find the love he’s been seeking. Directed by Glenn Gaylord, the film offers visual eye candy and lots of laughs. Gender Redesigner Saturday, October 17, 3:00 p.m. | SouthSide Works Cinema | This fascinating and inspiring 2007 documentary film follows a young woman as she makes the challenging transition to manhood. Filmmaker John Bergmann follows his friend and subject, who now calls himself fAe, in his amazing five year journey. As the dream becomes a reality, the complexities of the surgery become more apparent and fAe makes a startling discovery about the balance between masculine and feminine sides. What’s more, not only is fAe a drag kinging (who often performs at Pegasus nightclub), undergoing hormone treatment, and having his breasts removed, he’s doing it in rural Western Pennsylvania, leading to obvious social clashes. Note: John Bergmann and fAe will be available for a Q&A session after the screening. Warning: this film contains graphic medical-related scenes. Ghosted Thursday, October 22, 7:00 p.m. SouthSide Works Cinema This sexy 2009 German film is a genre-mixing romance that journeys into the Taiwanese connection between women and ghosts that uses only the lightest imagery to put across its heady, steamy lesbian drama. The unsolved murder of her young Taiwanese lover Ai-ling leaves the Hamburg artist Sophie Schmitt completely disoriented. She dedicates a video-installation to her and shows it in Taipei. During the opening she is approached by a mysterious journalist. Sophie is fascinated at first glance by Mei-li, the young journalist. Mei-li takes her to visit the famous Taipei night markets and tries to seduce the artist. Sophie, still mourning her lost lover, rejects Mei-li and returns immediately to Hamburg. Shortly afterwords Mei-li shows up on her doorstep, unannounced. Sophie takes her in and finally falls for her. But soon she realizes that her new lover is secretly investigating Ai-ling’s death. Strange happenings occur, sudden flashes of recollection come and go, and then Sophie finds out that there is no Mei-Li working for a Taiwanese newspaper and that no one by that name ever entered Germany. Who is the mysterious Taiwanese woman?Directed by Monkia Treut, the film is in German, English and Mandarin with English subtitles as needed. Hannah Free Friday, October 16, 7:00 p.m. | SouthSide Works Cinema | Adapted from one of Claudia Allen’s award-winning plays, this multi-layered and poignant 2009 American film tells the story of a decades-long love affair between two very different women. Set in a present day nursing home, Hannah (Sharon Gless) an adventurous, butch lesbian with gruff charm --- and forbidden from seeing her former lover Rachel (Maureen Gallagher), because she is not “family.” Through a series of flashbacks, Hannah reflects on passionate beginnings of their relationship, which was both tumultuous and enduring. The two grew up as little girls in the same small Midwest town, where traditional gender expectations eventually challenged their deep love for one another and they each take different roads in life: Hannah becomes an adventurous, unapologetic lesbian and Rachel a strong but quiet homemaker. But through it all, the women maintained their love affair despite a marriage, a world war, infidelities, and family denial Directed by Wendy Jo Carlton, the cast also includes Kelli Strickland and Ann Hagemann. I Can’t Think Straight Saturday, October 17, 7:00 p.m. SouthSide Works Cinema In a parody of classic Hollywood romances, this charming 2007 British film follows an Indian American couple in a marriage of convenience --- neither of whom admitting their secret identities. Part of the upper echelons of traditional Middle Eastern society, Reema and Omar prepare for the marriage of their daughter Tala. But back at work in London, Tala encounters Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is dating Tala’s best friend Ali. Tala sees something unique in the artless, clumsy, sensitive Leyla who secretly works to become a writer. As the women fall in love, Tala’s own sense of duty and cultural restraint cause her to pull away from Leyla and fly back to Jordan where the preparations for an ostentatious wedding are well under way. Directed by Shamim Sarif, the cast includes Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth. Make The Yuletide Gay Saturday, October 24, 9:30 p.m. | SouthSide Cinema Works | Rob Williams, the gifted filmmaker behind past festival hits like “Long-Term Relationship,” is back with this sexy 2009 film that proves it’s always better to give than to receive. Olaf “Gunn” Gunnunderson, an out-and-proud gay college student, crawls back into the closet to survive the holidays with his family. He keeps his cool as his quirky Midwestern-hearted parents try to set him up with his high school sweetheart, Abby. But when his boyfriend, Nathan, shows up at their doorstep unannounced, Gunn must put on a charade to keep the relationship a secret. With pressure mounting from all sides, will Gunn come out before the truth does? The talented cast includes TV favorites Ian Buchanan (“All My Children”) and Gates McFadden (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”). Night Fliers Saturday, October 24, 6:30 p.m. | SouthSide Works Cinema | Local filmmaker Sara St. Martin Lynne is back with this 2009 feature-length version of her festival favorite short “Rock in a Hard Place”. Already firmly in a life crisis at 12, things go from bad to worse for Jesse Hawthorne when her emotionally disconnected father moves the family to a rural town, a place whose beauty belies the toxic normality at its core. Jesse is almost immediately bullied by the local girls who find Jesse’s tomboy nature both repellent and yet somehow attractive. Her only ally is neighbor Jacob, who has his own demons (including an aggressive paint huffing brother) that he is trying to escape. Together they form likely friendships with the local super nerds, and, as puberty begins to hit their circle, everyone soon has a crush on each other, regardless of gender. Once Jesse and her outsider posse discover punk rock and sneaking out to shows, nothing will stop them as they embrace who they are and rise above the closed minds of their community. Complete with an infectious soundtrack, “Night Fliers” will remind you about the transformative power of friendships, and how salvation can come from unexpected places. The gifted young cast features Sasha Harrison and Daniel Zinna. OCTOBER 2009 | cuepittsburgh.com | 27 2009 esbian Gay & L tival Guide Film Fes Out In The Silence TICKET INFORMATION Rather than approaching homophobia with conflict, gay filmmakers/husbands Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer try something new for this 2009 film documentary: listen to the opposition. The result is both revealing and inspiring. When Joe and Dean send their wedding announcement to Joe’s hometown newspaper in Oil City, Pennsylvania, it catches the eye of Kathy Springer, whose son C.J. is being taunted for his sexuality in high school. While C.J. is a sports-loving jock, he’s constantly under threat of bodily harm at school from his bigoted classmates. Kathy reaches out to Joe and Dean who respond by grabbing their film equipment to see just what’s going on in this conservative rust-belt town. Among the people they meet is Diane Gramley, local organizer for the American Family Association, who incites the town against Kathy and C.J. to the point where they receive a death threat. But the filmmakers also develop an unlikely friendship with a fundamentalist preacher and his wife --- and the town itself begins to change: A lesbian couple whose renovation of a long-abandoned local theater inspires the town, which ignores the boycott of the theater called by the local bigots. GENERAL TICKETS & PASSES Tuesday, October 20 Carnegie Mellon University’s McConomy Auditorium Patrik, Age 1.5 Sunday, October 25, 7:00 p.m. | SouthSide Cinema Works | This beautifully shot 2008 Swedish film is a heartwarming drama --- dark in parts, sweet in others --- but always extremely genuine. On an idyllic street in a colorful neighborhood, Göran and Sven seem to want the same thing as their hetero-normative neighbors: leisurely afternoons at block parties, raising a family, creating a beautiful garden. But the flowers won’t grow, the neighborhood kids yell “homo” at them and Göran, prone to drinking, smoking and outbursts, is wary of their pending adoption, having already failed once as a father and husband. When news of a 1.5-year-old baby boy Patrik arrives, Sven is bubbling with anticipation and Göran even seems eager to welcome their adopted child into their home. Unfortunately, a typographical error has been made, and, instead of an infant, an embittered homophobic 15-year-old juvenile delinquent arrives on their tranquil street. The new gays on the block struggle to make it work as Sven reaches out, Göran’s trepidation escalates and Patrik flat-out refuses to live with his new parents. The film is screened in Swedish with English subtitles. Directed by Ella Lemhagen, the cast includes Gustaf Skarsgard and Torkel Petersson. Redwoods Thursday, October 22, 9:00 p.m. | SouthSide Works Cinema Set amidst the romantic splendor of California’s magnificent Russian River, this 2009 film portrays the difficult choices one faces when confronted with an unshakable love. Everett and Miles (Brendan Bradley and Tad Coughenour) share a comfortable but uneventful domesticity, sleepwalking through the mundane motions of daily life. It is clear to anyone that the intensity of their relationship has diminished, and all that holds them together now is a shared love for their learning disabled son Billy. When Miles and Billy go on a trip together, Everett meets Chase (Matthew Montgomery), a writer passing through town. Chase and Everett’s chemistry is evident from the start and Everett suddenly finds himself re-awakened to love. Questions of loyalty, family and desire become entwined as Everett and Chase discover their shared bonds. The admission to individual screenings is $8.50 per person and can be purchased at the theater. However, the festival also offers three great packages: • Diva Pass (all films): $125 • Scream Queen (10 tickets): $75 • Cheap Thrills (6 tickets): $45 OPENING NIGHT The festival opens on Friday, October 16 with a double-feature: “Hannah Free” and “The Big Gay Movie Musical”. There will be a party in the lobby of the SouthSide Works between the screenings. Admission to one film and the party is $25; admission to both films and the party is $30. CLOSING NIGHT The festival closes on Sunday, October 24 with a double-feature: “The Butch Factor” and “Patrik, 1.5”. Admission to both films is $15. Rivers Wash Over Me Sunday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. | SouthSide Works Cinema | This 2009 American film bravely asks: what happens if you live openly --damn the consequences --- and what can happen if you don’t? When his mother dies, 15-year-old Sequan Green must relocate from New York City to the rural south to live with extended family. For a sensitive boy who quotes Baldwin fluently, the folks he meets in North Carolina aren’t an easy fit, including his abusive cousin Michael, the drug dealer/basketball star Ahmed and the women in his family who live in perpetual denial. But he does find a friend in Ahmed’s girlfriend, Lori, the “bad girl” who admires Sequan’s brazen non-conformity. And he even finds a boy to love. In the center of the story is a crime: a gun has been stolen from the principal’s car. With this incident pushing the film towards its dramatic climax, each character is forced to confront the prisons built for him/herself. Directed by John G. Young, the cast includes the delightful Derrick L. Middleton as young Sequan. Training Rules Saturday, October 24, 3:30 p.m. | SouthSide Cinema Works Filmmakers Dee Mosbacher and Fawn Yacker have crafted this fine, compelling 2009 documentary about breaking barriers at Penn State University. With a powerful web of evidence, interviews and the heartbreaking stories of the people involved, the film describes how a sophomore took on the Penn State University women’s basketball coach Rene Portland. For 25 years, Coach Portland had three big rules: no drugs, no drinking --- and no lesbians. While the school administration turned a blind eye to Portland’s homophobic coaching philosophy, talented young players were harassed, threatened and even thrown off the team and stripped of their college scholarships --- forcing many young women into the closet or give up their basketball dreams. But in 2006, sophomore Jennifer Harris took on the Penn State machine and its iconic coach, and, with the assistance of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, sued for discrimination. Prior to the feature, the short film “More Than Volleyball” will be screened. Produced and directed by members of the Steel City Volleyball League, the documentary chronicles more than 25 years of local GLBT history. It is a moving testament to the friendship of communities and veritable kinship ties that can result from queer sports organizations. 28 || cuepittsburgh.com cuepittsburgh.com || OCTOBER OCTOBER 2009 2009 28 ADVANCE PURCHASES Purchase passes and tickets to the opening & closing nights in advance at these two convenient locations: (Downtown) Banner Coin Exchange 347 Fourth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (412) 261-5696 (Squirrel Hill) A Pleasant Present 2301 Murray Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15217 (412) 421-7104 OCTOBER 2009 | cuepittsburgh.com | 29 COVER STORY LAMBDA LAMBDA LAMBDA BASH LAMBDA BALL 2009 Saturday November 21st 2009 At the Priory Grand Hall 30 | cuepittsburgh.com | OCTOBER 2009 By Philip Ezzo For the past twenty-six years, the Lambda Foundation of Pittsburgh has been a stalwart presence in the LGBT community. Since its inception they have awarded more than $800,000 in grants to a number of organizations, individuals, and projects that have left a positive affect in the lives and careers of the lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgendered people living in this city. Where does this great support come from? Executive Director, Anne Bowman, who became director of the non-profit two years ago, was a long time board member. In her position, she is responsible for coordinating the events that will raise funds for their mission. The Lambda Ball, a black-tie event which takes place annually the first Saturday before Thanksgiving, is their biggest fundraiser. This is one of THE events of the year. It hearkens back to the glamour and sophistication of the Oil Barren’s Ball on the TV Series Dallas. It’s a time to get dolled-up and mingle with the big wigs. But, more importantly, it’s a time to be part of the mission. Although, this is the primary time to be a part of the fundraising, the Lambda Foundation offers other opportunities. Not long ago, the foundation brought in comedian, Joan Rivers for a show, and also did a meet and greet with the Indigo Girls this past summer. As of 1998, the Lambda Foundation of Pittsburgh is part of the Allegheny County United Way, which makes it even easier to donate. Find out more about donation by visiting their website. www. Lambda-pgh.org and enhancing organizations wouldn’t have the means to make a difference. LEFT: ANNE BOWMAN, JOAN RIVERS & SCOTT NOXON The gifting of academic scholarships is just one of the ways the Foundation is planning for the future. Since 1992, 14 undergraduate and/or graduate students have received $3,000 scholarships. By investing in the futures of these individuals, they have given them the most powerful tool to survive: education. RIGHT: INDIGO GIRLS, PAT LIDDY & STACEY EISNER Although they support many different groups, a couple of Ms. Bowman’s favorite charities are Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS), and The Shepherd Wellness Center. She recalls the dedicated support they gave to one of her loved ones. Back in the eighties it wasn’t just socially unacceptable to have HIV/AIDS, it was nearly impossible to afford the treatments, and the Shepherd Wellness Center helped negotiate with the insurance companies and health care providers at the time. This is just one example of how truly important the work of the Lambda Foundation is to this community. Without funds these life-changing In recent news, Tom Sokolowski, director of the Andy Warhol Museum, and Mrs. Debbie Frankel, wife of State Representative Dan Frankel, were voted in as two of the newest board members. The Foundation welcomes them with open arms. And, as 2009 draws to a close, 2010 can only get better with these two great additions. Now that the ball is only a month away, it’s time to start planning. Be a part of this wonderful mission and share their vision. For information on purchasing tickets, e-mail the Lambda Foundation of Pittsburgh at: lambdapgh@ mail.com or call 412-5215444. OCTOBER 2009 | cuepittsburgh.com | 31 POP By David Rogers Cheers for Queers The television show “Cheers” had its debut in 1982, when I was 10 years old and in 5th grade at the Carlow College Campus School. I remember overhearing my classmate Rachel talking to her friends about how good this new show was on Thursday nights. She was too cool to talk to me. Upon viewing the show, I was immediately hooked on the snappy dialogue and dynamic chemistry of the cast. I was not exactly ripe with friends in school, so the idea of a place where everyone knows your name was very appealing to me. located at 4740 Baum Blvd, was new and just as close to my house, and the guy I was dating loved it because of the pool table. The boyfriend is long gone (good riddance to bad rubbish), but P-Town continues to be a big part of my life. In fact, P-Town became an extended family of sorts for me while my Dad battled cancer. If I didn’t have P-Town, I don’t know if I could have made it. Somewhere along the way, I made the association with Cheer’s for a couple of reasons. In the gay community, having a bar where you can feel accepted wasn’t always an option. In 1810, The White Swan bar in London was raided, and resulted in 3 men being executed for sodomy. Julius Bar in New York City is considered the first modern gay bar, where the Mattachine Society staged what they called a “sip-in” on April 21, 1966, to challenge the New York State Liquor Authority rule prohibiting the serving of alcohol to gays on the basis that we were considered “disorderly”. 1. The bar is the same exact shape as the bar in the show, with the bartender having to serve 4 sides of customers. 2. There is a pool table. 3. Everyone knows my name. Then I thought of the title “Cheers for queers”, and it all started to fall in to place. I compared some of the cast members of the show with the “cast” from P-Town. Gays disorderly? Go figure. The court ruled that gays could peacefully assemble at bars. A block away, the Stonewall Inn opened 1967, and in 1969, the Stonewall Riots would give way to the Gay Rights Movement. First off, Joe Senatore, can you think of a better “Coach”? Coach was only on for the first few seasons, but he was considered, not necessarily the brains, but more the heart of the bar. Gary is definitely the “Sam Malone” of the bar, being loved by everyone, and Jeff is more Rebecca Howe than Diane Chambers. Sam Badger is kind of a combination of Diane, Carla, and Lilith Crane, with a touch of Auntie Mame and Judy Garland thrown in. I have been referred to, on occasion, as the Frasier The Stonewall riots were the first time a gay establishment decided to fight back against the police raids that happened frequently at the time. The Julius remains to this day the oldest, continuously operating gay bar in the world. When the oldest of Pittsburgh’s gay bars, the Holiday, closed a few years ago, I had to find a new base of operations. P-Town, 32 | cuepittsburgh.com | OCTOBER 2009 Crane. Shawn, the bartender is pretty much our “Woody”, but not nearly as dim. I don’t have a character for Bobby the bartender, but he is definitely part of the “cast”. As far as Norm and Cliff, that could be a lot of people and naming those suggestions might not sit well with everyone, so I will just say there are many “Norms” and many “Cliffs”. Like the show, there have been dynamic shouting matches, witty repartee, and of course, a little drama. I “tune-in” frequently to P-Town, and while it may not always be sitcom quality, there is almost always someone laughing, so it’s like a laugh track. As one of P-Town’s regulars, Henrietta (not his real name, but if you go to P-Town, he’ll be there) will tell you that there are 2 kinds of P-Towners, the professionals and the amatures. The amatures just come on the weekends or special events, the professionals are there all week long. Let’s just say I’m more “professional” some weeks than others. Some people seem to think that gay bars have become almost obsolete, with homosexuals feeling more comfortable in “Breeder” bars and such, but I hope they never go away. Everyone likes to belong. Everyone likes to be part of something. Gay bars were always one of my sanctuaries, a safe place, but P-Town has become more like a home. SCENE Lucky’s hosts “The Girls” for a bachelorette party Photos By Joe K!ng OCTOBER 2009 | cuepittsburgh.com | 33 EDITORIAL There are many pros and cons when it comes to being a gay man. By Samuel Badger î PRO: You are allowed to sleep with men. CON: Not all men are exactly Rock Hudson or Tab Hunter .................. PRO: Date someone your size you automatically double your wardrobe. CON: You some times never get your favorite shirt back because during a break up it ended up in the Ohio River. .................. PRO: Your Sundays aren’t absorbed by watching sports. CON: Some of the uniforms and men are sort of cute. .................. PRO: Nobody thinks anything about you being incredibly campy and socially delightful. CON: Except for the gang of thugs kicking your ass. .................. PRO: You have a lot more disposable income than your heterosexual peers. CON: You’ll probably waste your disposable income on porn and alcohol. .................. PRO: You’ll probably waste your disposable income on great porn and the finest alcohol. 34 | cuepittsburgh.com | OCTOBER 2009 In the words of the legendary Joel Grey delivering the Kander & Ebb insight, “Money makes the world go around, the world go around, the world go around. Money makes the world go around, it makes the world go ’round.” In other words, Nicolaus Copernicus and Galileo were clearly idiots. There are many pros and cons when it comes to being a gay man. See my list attached. According to a recent survey in a magazine I read in a doctors office a few months ago (if you’re not reading Highlights for Children, you’re missing out!), gay couples generally have more disposable income than do straight couples, due to the fact that they are much less likely than straight couples to have adopted or biological children. Who want's kids anyways! This probably isn’t surprising to anyone who is gay, has been gay, knows someone gay, or who has ever watched Will and Grace. Most people will agree that gay men are generally more stylesavvy, drink better wines and liquors, decorate better, know all of the primary colors such as teal, puce, mauve, and lilac, and overall have more money. In short, money is as important to gay men as oxygen is important to straight men (little known fact: Gay men breath vodka instead of oxygen). That having been said, is money TOO important to gay men? Is money running our lives? Several months ago I went out on a date with an interesting and wealthy man. He was confident, dashing, successful, wealthy and absolutely perfect ... for someone else. What he lacked in personality, he made up for in financial assets. Despite the fact that we had an enjoyable and expensive evening, I discovered that I was unable to relate to him at all. I’m a writer/bartender/ entertainer/socialite trying to make an impact on the world; he is a wealthy and successful businessman who is looser with money than Lindsay Lohan is with her sexuality. I realized that I had nothing in common with him, and only went out with him once. Although I didn’t get a new BMW out of the date, I couldn’t help but wonder what other gay men would have done in my situation. Would others have made it work based on that gentleman's change purse? It often seems as if in the gay community that we place an inordinate amount of weight on less important priorities, such as looks and money. Personality and ambition is far less important than a hot body and a large bank account; goals and happiness appear to be less worthwhile than do a large penis and a trust fund. Success is not quantitative, unless it can be measured in dollar signs or inches. Generally speaking. I recently had this conversation with one of the most judgmental yet smartest men in the world: my gay-mother. I mentioned that I felt that other boys my age were more concerned about money than a real relationship and I couldn’t imagine giving in on my personal morals and mores just for a few Euros. He reminded me that when he and my gay-father were first 'married' they lived the simple life, yet became successful, together, over the years. I’ve thought back on that and I’ve realized: I don’t want to find a sugar daddy. I don’t want to find somebody perfect. I want to find some who has flaws, but is trying to overcome them; I want to find someone who isn’t wealthy, but is willing to become successful with me over the years. We as a gay community have many goals: gay marriage, equal rights in the workplace, and (blah, blah, blah) many others. Yet it often appears that we have just one priority: have more money than that bitch next door. Perhaps if we focus less on having money ourselves and focus more on helping others, we might end up even more successful after all. If all else fails, I may just end up marrying Joel Grey. I heard that old queen has a ton of money. OCTOBER 2009 | cuepittsburgh.com | 35 “Thom” Manager/Bartender 1226 Herron Complex (formerly Donnies place) Thoms’ feature drink: Matador featuring Three Olive Cherry Vodka and Red Bull garnished with a cherry. 3 Bars-1 Location *Leather Central *1226 on Herron *Dance Central You can often find Thom running between floors at each of the THREE bars in the complex. Hours: 1226 on Herron ave is open Wed.& Thurs.6pm-Mid Fri.& Sat.6pm-2am A staple at Leather Central, we caught up with him in the newly renovated “Dance Central” on the second floor. “We want Dance Central to be the kind of club that welcomes everyone in the community.” “We welcome everyone to come check out the BIG changes that are taking place here.” Leather Central is open Fri.& Sat.9pm-2am Sun. 7pm-Mid Dance Central is open Sat.9pm-2am 36 | cuepittsburgh.com | OCTOBER 2009 “Being in business for 36 years has taught us one lesson... staying-power is actually a very good thing!” BAR STATS: 1226 Herron is located at 1226 Herron ave. (formerly Donnies Place) Pittsburgh, PA. 15219 Additional information: 412-682-6839 OCTOBER 2009 | cuepittsburgh.com | 37 MUSIC By Shawn Collins Makeba, and Julie McKnight. Go to www.davidguetta.com for information on this genius in the music scene, and buy “One Love” from itunes, or Amazon.com. Since last month’s article I basically ranted and raved about dj’s and music, I’m not going to step on my soapbox ( I’m currently doing laundry and I need it). There are some amazing cd’s that were just released and a few that are soon to be released. We are going to discuss two of them this month, and hopefully you will venture over to Itunes and give them a listen and perhaps purchase! î RETURN OF POP 38 | cuepittsburgh.com | OCTOBER 2009 French DJ/Producer David Guetta released a new cd called “One Love” this past month and is probably the best dance cd I’ve ever gotten. The entire cd is flawless and he has some pretty heavy talents singing on each song. The first single “When Love Takes Over” featuring singer Kelly Rowland was an international smash. With this as the lead single prior to release, we all couldn’t help but wonder what the rest of the cd was like. Mr. Guetta did not disappoint. Akon joins in on the single “Sexy Bitch” giving it a nice house feel with some hip hop flavor. Will.I.Am from the Black Eyed Peas is featured on “I Wanna Go Crazy” which is a heavy house song, that I’m sure will follow the footsteps of “When Love Takes Over”, and he also sings on the track “On the Dance floor”. One of the more unique tracks is a song called “Toyfriend” featuring Wynter Gordon. Wynter is the singer who sang with Flo-Rida in his hit song “Sugar”, and Toyfriend has a Middle Eastern, hip hop, dance combination that clearly is one of the best tracks on this cd. Kid Cudi helps out with “Memories” which samples Fatboy Slim, and my favorite track is the title song “One Love” with singer Estelle. “One Love” has something for everyone who loves dance, house, hardcore, and just plain great music. Other artists who help out on the cd are Chris Willis, Novel, Dirty South, One word, WHITNEY. Yes, Whitney Houston released “ I Look to You” and her comeback was set! The cd debuted at #1, and has been critically adored from track one to the end. Her new single “Million Dollar Bill” is classic Club Whitney, with a 70’s retro feel. I’ve added the remix version from the Freemasons in my sets and it’s a crowd pleaser for sure. Another song on the cd called “Nothing But Love” has a R & B Beat w/ a little club added and the result is my favorite song on the cd! There are some ballads as “ I Didn’t know my own Strenght” and “I Look to You”, which are simple but beautiful songs, just showing you her talent. Akon joins in on “Like I Never left”, and I’m anxious to see how many hits this cd will spawn. This is one everyone should go out and get. Blake Lewis became famous for being the runner up on the hit show American Idol, losing to Jordin Sparks. He gained many fans for his unique style of dance/funk/hip hop/ beat box and his new cd titled “Heartbreak on Vinyl” will be released October 6th on Tommy Boy Records. The lead single “Sad Song” has been added to satellite radio and some mainstream radio stations across the country. “Sad Song” is a song that clearly was inspired by BT or Darube, but added the “Blake” style. Heavy hitter dj’s have remixed the song and it’s climbing the club charts as we speak. The lead track “Heartbreak on Vinyl” is about a record store with that title, and the entire cd brings the whole 80’s DJ vinyl in retrospect. Blake has gained much respect in the club/Dj scene, he has led his support with vocals on tracks from Darube, KJ Swaka, and has toured w/ BT singing lead to many of BT’s songs live while he spun the tracks. Blake’s first CD “Audio Day Dream” was more pop dance, and basically put on the back burner due to Ms. Sparks. Blake wasn’t happy how the cd turned out, and wanted more freedom for his music. He was released from his contract from Clive Davis and singed to Tommy Boy Records. Blake has said in many interviews this cd is clearly going to smash “A.D.D.” and I’m hoping it does. You can Pre-order “Heartbreak on Vinyl” at www.tommyboy.com and for more information on Blake, visit www.blakelewisofficial.com n í DJ Shawn spins the hottest tracks every Friday Night at Pegasus SEXPERT By David Brunner and Alan Jones ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT BUSH FIRES î When it comes to sex, Lesbians do it just like everyone else… all sorts of ways. And just like everyone else, eloping females are also susceptible to sexually transmitted diseases or STDs. Let’s look at the STD classics and how females can reduce their risk of catching or spreading them while enjoying an intimate time together. HIV / AIDS – This one is rarely transmitted between female partners. It generally happens when there is blood or vaginal fluid on a shared toy or during oral sex while one partner has sores or cuts in the mouth. Dental dams during oral, and unshared or properly cleaned sex toys can eliminate this problem. To make this easy, you can put a condom over the toy for rapid fire application. Gonorrhea and Chlamydia – These are also uncommon in transmission between females, but happen when toys are shared or when the vertical lips kiss. Syphilis – This is very infections at the site of the chancre sore. Close skin to skin contact can smear the bacteria from the small painless syphilis sore to the partner’s body causing the syphilis to spread. Herpes – A very common STD in the general population, and no less prevalent among women who have sex with women. This is easily spread through contact with the herpes sore while it is active. Cold sores of the mouth are a form of herpes that can spread to the vagina and visa versa. These herpes sores are also contagious a day before visible signs are present. Dental 40 | cuepittsburgh.com | OCTOBER 2009 dams can reduce the risk of this STD as well as clean sex toys. Mutual masturbation can also spread herpes, so it is best for you to use one hand for yourself, while using one for your partner. You can label one hand “mine” and one hand “yours” before the session. Also, avoid kissing or sharing beverages while having an active herpes sore (cold sore) of the mouth. HPV (Genital Warts) – Another very common STD that is spread through close physical contact. HPV has also been linked to some forms of cervical cancer. There are vaccines available to prevent some forms of HPV. Having a protective barrier between you and your partner’s genitals is a great way to prevent HPV. This can be done with dry humping (frottage), using fetish clothing like rubber or using protective barriers like non microwavable saran wrap. Trichomonas – Notable by its frothy itchy discharge, this STD can be passed on during contact with the infected vagina. Yeast Infection & Bacterial Vaginosis – These two ailments of the down under are caused by an overgrowth of yeast and bacteria respectively. Luckily they are not readily transmitted between partners but can cause irritation to the other partner if the pungent discharge is shared. Remember that this is not a complete list. There are many more STDs of the equatorial flower that should be kept in mind and many of the STDs do not show symptoms. Use clean hands and toys, use protective barriers, get regular pap smears, screenings for STDs, and always Play Safe! SHOW US YOUR MONSTER Monster Mash infinite possibilities 8 5 01 on e l l s w o r t h VIDEO LOUNGE AND CAFÉ SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 ST THE FUN BEGINS AT 10 PM DANCING! DRINKS! OPEN DAILY AT 4:00 P M HAPPY HOUR FROM 6:00 – 8:00 P M PHONE: 412.661.5600 WEB SITE: FUN! WWW.5801.US 5801 ELLSWORTH AVENUE OCTOBER 2009 | cuepittsburgh.com | 41 279 Ave. 65 Perrysville MAP 24 Sp g rin Ga 19 ve nA rde 79 I-2 e. ll Av V HO sha Mar . Ln io Oh er Riv d Blv 31 th ia Av e. d. on R ht Brig 28 e. h Av rt E. No ort W. N St io ua ill M re Sm Bl vd Ex 51 19 7 ďƒ¨ 22 837 tS t. ert yA ve 279 E. Carson St Lib nt r ee Gr n Li 22 W Rd ee n n Pe 22 of t he Allie s St S 10th n Ru 837 p n l co Blvd Forbes Av e dg w Sa Sq ith f n Fifth Ave Ave. Forbe Forbes s Ave. Ave e n it tP r Fo so Centre Ave. ert yB ri els n un tT 4 579 Lib 19 at ies Bri dg St ar All 11 10 St W .C the . Ave e 22 rty Libe ield 837 51 do f . Ave Gr an En We st Blv 12 S 6 1. K S Kennedy Floral | 848 Western Ave. | 412.322.7673 7. Michael Whitlinger Designs | 800 Brookline Blvd | 412.343.3450 2. The Parador Inn | 939 Western Ave. | 412.231.4800 8. Sonoma Grille | 947 Penn Ave | 412.697.1336 3. Andy Warhol Museum | 117 Sandusky St. | 412.237.8300 9. Images | 965 Liberty Ave | 412.391.9990 4. Izzazu Salon | 343 Blvd. of the Allies | 412.325.1600 10. Saloon & Tilden | 941 Liberty Ave | 412.281.5222 5. Pegasus | 818 Liberty Ave | 412.281.2131 11. There Video Lounge | 931 Liberty Ave | 412.642.4435 6. Banner Coin Exchange | 347 4th Ave | 412.261.5696 12. Club Pittsburgh | 1139 Penn Ave | 412.471.6790 42 || cuepittsburgh.com cuepittsburgh.com || OCTOBER OCTOBER 2009 2009 42 380 ck 279 Blv tri nS t d. low e Big 9 . Blvd n Pen Li e. Av pa rso ty r be Kir S in Ma Fort W. Ca . St sne ue Duq St. 837 8 St. 65 7th t. ral S Fede dB ri 279 13 5 65 dg . 3 om S. C 9th St e n ge so rid ar s mon ns W .C io S t. .B Oh e. rn Av Weste St est m N. Co e. Av th 1W n n Pe 16 Ave. 2 h EO mons o omm W. C heny 51 t. io S e. h Av Alleg 19 ge 279 l St. rn rid E Federa lifo .B Oh io St . . Ca 65 St E. Carson St Gr an 21 28 St tA ve E Oh io 20 40 St .B 44 th rid ge St ge id Br ld m fie oo Bl 380 d lv wB 17 380 380 Pe n n Av e ve eA ntr ve Fifth A N th Fif lki ns e. y Av Av e. e Av C Shad Wi ley Fifth Ave. e Av g Ne S. St. St ve nA ig Cra le evil N. N N. e Aik S. e. Av rth wo Ells . Ave St. Beeler Forbes Ave. e. Av e. Av S Bo ug ue tS t. St Ba t Murray Ave. es e. Forbes Ave Forbes Ave . Fo Ave. rb Murray es Wilkins Ave. Blvd of the Allies Blvd o f the A llies. Brady S t. 376 22 Hobart St 22 23 376 22 30 ard rw Fo Ave . St h ft Fi S Dallas Av e n ro He Ce e. Av e Av 30 837 E. Ca sA ve t ig S 380 d lv mB Bau lla Cra 16 18 Da N. 380 re d lv mB Bau elo Big t en d 15 e Av be Li 19 Blv ve rty A Libe 14 y rt ton ng shi Wa Penn A ve Ave Penn Tilbury th Penn Lincoln Pkwy rs on St 13. The Real Luck Cafe | 1519 Penn Ave | 412.566.8988 19. Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force | 5913 Penn Ave | 412.345.7456 14. Brewers Hotel | 3315 Liberty Ave | 412.681.7991 20. Cattivo | 146 44th St. | 412.687.2157 15. Donnyâ€™s Place - Leather Central | 1226 Herron Ave | 412.682.9869 21. The Blue Moon on Butler St. | 5115 Butler St. | 412.781.1119 16. P-Town | 4740 Baum Blvd | 412.621.0111 22. A Pleasant Present | 2301 Murray Ave | 412.421.7104 17. Spin Bartini & Ultra Lounge | 5744 Ellsworth Ave | 412.362.7746 23. Gay & Lesbian Community Center | 5808 Forward Ave | 412.422.0114 18. 5801 Video Lounge & Cafe | 5801 Ellsworth Ave | 412.661.5600 24. The Pittsburgh Eagle | 1740 Eckert St | 412.766.7222 OCTOBER 2009 2009 || cuepittsburgh.com cuepittsburgh.com || 43 43 OCTOBER DIARY OF A QUEEN A Star Is Born îBoys and girls…. Can you believe it…? Miz Cotton has become a SUPERSTAR! The old thing has become so popular CUE Magazine has had to almost triple its printing to keep up with demand for Miz Cotton’s articles. And just look at her…. Isn’t she STUNNING? And I believe she has lost weight. You know all those public appearances and autograph signings have left little time for a girl to eat. All this and now her promoters have booked her on a 20-city tour beginning this fall in Paducah, KY. Right now, the finishing touches are being put on her tour bus and she’s getting ready for the road. Tickets go on sale for her “Campers and Caves” tour on Oct 1st and are available at www.mizcotton.com/ campersandcaves.htm For those of you local folks trying to catch her act live on stage, SORRY, but the closest MC’s tour is coming to the ‘Burg is Steubenville, OH. So jump on Route 22/30 and head on out there! It is hard to believe Pittsburghers have been so starved for TRUE talent. The reception has just been marvelous. You’d think the locals had never even seen an inkling of talent in their lives. It’s hard for the old girl to even perform as the adoring crowd keeps chanting, “COT-TEN, COTTEN!” With any luck, you’ll be seeing more of her soon on a weekly show at the E! network. Move over Chelsea Lately and the Kardashians, here comes Miz Cotton! Negotiations are taking place as we speak, so look for her next season. So, before the tour starts, I decided to take a little backto-nature weekend. You know — find myself. Not that it’s that hard; there does seem to be quite a bit of me. I packed up the trunk of my Corniche, gave my driver the day off and headed to the wilderness. Once there, I poured myself a cocktail, pitched my tent and prepared to relax. It was so nice to be away from the glare of the paparazzi and all those flash bulbs going off in my face. Not that I didn’t bring along my own staff photographer and crew, so moments from my camping trip could be captured for all my fans. (You know, I only do all of this for the fans, as Miz Cotton is really just a shy girl who hates the camera and all the attention.) Thank God that Haddad’s was open over the holiday weekend and able to supply support trailers for my staff and me. You know hair, makeup and wardrobe. We started setting up in the early afternoon and shot well into the evening with the best pictures coming at dusk. Being a country girl, I thought I would have held up better on this location. Between the heat, smoke, generator exhaust and the BUGS…! All I can say is that after all of this, I had to make a spa appointment with Terminix. And once my panties get moist, the girl gets cranky. It’s all downhill after that, but one has to remember to remain professional and keep going until the director yells, “CUT.” Before the tour starts, I will be making local stops around the city for public appearances. Keep an eye open and maybe you, too, can get a photo op and an autograph with MC. And for those of you who’ve Now, enough about ME…. played along and actually Well, if truth be told, you can signed on to www.mizcotton. never have enough of Miz com/campersandcaves.htm Cotton and there is PLENTY for tickets.…. Well, do you of her to go around. But remember Bobby Ewing’s dream moving on, summer has sequence on the hit 1980s show come to an end and it’s time “DALLAS”…? I guess it’s time for to get the furs out of storage all of you to wake up…. and start thinking about new fall fashions. Madison Thanks for playing along! Avenue had better look out as Miz Cotton is on her way to get a new fall As I have said before: wardrobe and she needs yardage. I sure hope they don’t charge extra for plus sizes. Even Pretty Aint Easy. with the weight loss, Miz C still has more of a Rubenesque XOXO - Miz Cotton figure. Similar to a Botticelli painting. Oh, if those were still the days, I would be a classic. email@example.com 44 | cuepittsburgh.com | OCTOBER 2009 OCTOBER 2009 | cuepittsburgh.com | 45