Many Civic Groups Object to the Passage of Prop. 8 in California
Barack Obama Wins! What a night. The crowd is going wild here at Human Rights Campaign Election Headquarters. While many races have yet to be called, including ballot iniatitives in Arizona, Florida, Arkansas and California, I felt the need to tell you that tonight, we made history. Because of you, because of everything you did, 2008 will forever be the Year We Won! Historians will point to this election as a turning point in the long struggle for civil rights. Eight years of White House hostility toward LGBT Americans are ﬁnally over. Here’s what we know right now: •We will ﬁnally have an LGBT-friendly
White House: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. •At this time, we helped elect new fair-minded allies in the Senate and in the House - including HRC endorsees Betsy Markey, Kay Hagan and cousins Tom and Mark Udall. •We can now pass critical LGBT equality measures like the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act and begin unraveling the damage of the last eight years. •Kay Hagaan of North Carolina won over Elizabeth Dole and survive an antipLGBT attack mail to win the seat held by Jesse Helms for 30 years. •Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire,
who signed a repeal of the state’s ban on gay adoption and enacted a law to ban workplace discrimination, won as Governor. •Mark Udall of Colorado, defeated former Rep. Bob Shaffer who held a 0% HRC rating. Together we have made a profound difference in 2008 and will continue to work toward equality in 2009. Unfortunately, anti-gay marriage amandments, although close, seems to have passed in California, Arizona, Florida, and Arkansas. From Joe Solmonese, President, Human Rights Campaign. Website: www.hrc.org. Banner courtesy of the Obama Campaign
3,000 Rally Against the Passage of Prop 8
For many, the news that equality for the gay community has met an obstacle has brought heartbreaking news. Gay Americans who live in California, Florida, and Arizona can no longer obtain equal civil rights to those granted to straight couples who get married. Even though a broad coalition of Americans support fundamental rights for everyone, the ballot issue that will modify the constitution of the State of California will now keep same-sex couples for getting the all important marriage license. Parents & Friends of Gays& Lesbians In a letter from PFLAG national, “Families are deﬁned by a love and commitment that is beyond the barriers of a ballot.” While our families have encountered a heartbreaking obstacle on the road to full equality in California and other states, the broad coalition of Americans who support fundamental rights for everyone will continue to work towards a day when the dignity of every American is respected. Millions of Californians and others have stood with PFLAG families across the United States and valiantly tried to beat back a mean-spirited, un-American attack on LGBT people. If we continue the critical work we began this year, it will be unthinkable, a decade from now, that anyone would not endorse marriage equality at the ballot box. (From a letter from Steve Ralls, PFLAG) The Family Equality Council: The Family Equality Council, a national LGBT parent organization, also denounced the discriminatory measures passed in Califonria, Florida, Arizona, and Arkansas. In each state, measures were apMARRIAGE continued page 12
Connecticut Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples
LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Some 3,000 people protested the passage of Proposition 8 outside the Mormon Temple Complex in Los Angeles’ Westwood district Nov. 6. At the urging of church leaders, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may have contributed more money to the campaign to pass Prop 8 -- as much as $70
million -- more than any other identiﬁable group. The demonstration created rush-hour trafﬁc jams on the city’s west side when portions of Santa Monica, Westwood and Wilshire boulevards, as well as exit ramps from the 405 freeway, were closed down. The campaign against Prop 8 included a TV ad showing San Francisco Mayor Gavin
Newson saying California is going to have same-sex marriage (whether you like it or not.” The Ad is credited with ﬂipping poll numbers to favor Prop 8, intended to undo the state Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage. The ad accused the judges of ignoring 4 million voters and imposed same-sex marriage on California.
(Hartford, CT, Friday, October 10, 2008) Lambda Legal applauds today’s decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court awarding full access to marriage to the state’s gay and lesbian residents, making Connecticut the third state in the nation to grant marriage equality to same-sex couples. “We applaud the Connecticut Supreme Court for bringing an end to the inequality same-sex couples and their families currently endure and congratulate our colleagues at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and the plaintiffs in the case for their tremendous victory for equality,” said Leslie Gabel-Brett, Director of Education and Public Affairs at Lambda Legal and a founding member of CONNECTICUT continued page 8
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Iowa NEws Iowa Supreme Court Sets Date for Oral Arguments on Marriage Equality Lawsuit (Des Moines, October 3, 2008) The Iowa Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral arguments on Tuesday, December 9 at 10:00 a.m. in Lambda Legal’s lawsuit seeking marriage equality for same-sex couples in Iowa. Each side will be allotted 30 minutes to present their side. “We are pleased to be making our arguments to the Iowa Supreme Court,” said Camilla Taylor, Senior Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal’s Midwest Regional Ofﬁce in Chicago. In the coming weeks Lambda Legal will issue a more detailed advisory outlining the media availability of the plaintiffs and attorneys on oral argument day. Background In December 2005, Lambda Legal ﬁled a lawsuit with the Polk County Court on behalf of six same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses in Iowa, arguing
that denying marriage to same-sex couples violates the liberty and equality guarantees in the Iowa State Constitution. In August of 2007 the district court ruled that denying marriage to same-sex couples is unconstitutional. In March 2008, 15 friend-of-thecourt briefs were ﬁled supporting same-sex couples seeking the right to marry, and the right of their children to have the protection and support of married parents. Those briefs were signed by hundreds of Iowans including former Lieutenant Governors Joy Corning and Sally Pederson. The ﬁnal decision in this case will be made by the Iowa Supreme Court. The Iowa case is: Varnum v. Brien. Camilla Taylor, Senior Staff Attorney and Kenneth Upton, Senior Staff Attorney are handling the case for Lambda Legal. They are joined by former Iowa Solicitor General Dennis Johnson of Dorsey and Whitney in Des Moines.
Looking at the Future of ACCESSline After 23 years of service to the Gay and Lesbian Community, ACCESSline will be taking a break. John Wilson, the editor, and his partner, Paul Danielsen, business manager, will be retiring from the paper after 13 years of service. The paper was started 23 years ago mainly to provide information to the community about HIV/AIDS which the popular press seldom even mentioned. The group, ACCESS worked to educate the community about “safer sex.” ACCESS is an acronym for “a concerned community for education,
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Thanks to Gregory Photography for his pictures of the Des Moines Capital City Pride Celebration, printed in this issue on page 20.
L to R: John Wilson, Editor and Paul Danielsen, Publisher & ﬁnance Manager. They have produced and managed the paper for 13 years, and partners for 19 years this December.
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NEWS BRIEFS Judy Shepard Wins Prestridgeous 2008 Walter Cronkite Faith And Freedom Award!
Washington, DC Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, President of IInterfaith Alliance and Interfaith Alliance Foundation announced today the 2008 recipients of the Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award. This yearâ€™s honorees are Judy Shepard, Asra Nomani, and Rabbi Irwin Kula. Rev. Gaddy and Mr. Cronkite will present the awards at a ceremony in New York City on November 11 at the world famous Rainbow Room. The Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award recognizes individuals whose actions have embodied the values of civility, tolerance, diversity and cooperation in the advancement of public dialogue and public policy on traditionally controversial and divisive issues. The award is presented by the Interfaith Alliance Foundation, an organization dedicated to championing religious freedom by respecting individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism and build common ground. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) notfor-proﬁt organization. About this year’s honorees: • Judy Shepard lost her son, Matthew Shepard, in a murder mottivated by anti-gay hate. That tragedy became a symbol of the need to pass national hate crimes legislation. Mrs. Shepard is an international spokeswoman, activist and executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. She is focused on a vision to replace hate with compassion, acceptance and understanding. • Asra Nomani led the Pearl Project, an investigation into thhe murder of Daniel Pearl, who was a guest at her home in Pakistan when he was kidnapped and killed in 2002. As the leader of the Pearl Project at Georgetown University, Ms. Nomani brought together students to explore the tough questions surrounding the murder, including the underlying politics of the crime and the lessons we can draw from this tragic intersection of cultures. She is the author of Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam. • Rabbi Irwin Kula, as President of CLAL: The National Jewishh Center for Learning and Leadership, is at the forefront of the discussion of religious expression in this country. Known as both a provocative religious leader and a respected spiritual iconoclast, Rabbi Kula has inspired thousands nationwide using Jewish wisdom in ways that speak to modern life. He is the author of Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life and is a regular guest on “The Today Show.”
Colorado sends openly gay man to Congress (by Rex Wockner)
Openly gay Jared Polis was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 4 from Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, which encompasses areas north and west of Denver, including the city of Boulder. Polis, a 33-year-old Democrat, is the ﬁrst openly gay man elected to Congress who was out when elected for the ﬁrst time. U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., holds the female distinction in that regard.
“The voters of our district have spoken clearly that they want change brought to Washington,” Polis told the Denver Post. “I look forward to taking my out-of-the-box approach and creative ideas to help shake up Washington.” In his primary-election victory speech in August, Polis introduced his partner, made reference to being gay, and said, “I always worried that that would get in the way (of) giving back and contributing to our society.” A millionaire who made his money in online ventures, Polis spent $5.6 million of his own funds in the campaign. Polis becomes the sixth open gay to serve in the House of Representatives, following in the footsteps of Baldwin, current Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), and former Reps. Gerry Studds (D-Mass.), who is deceased, Steve Gunderson (R-Wis.) and Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.). Frank, 68, is now the powerful chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. Frank told the Post in August, “We are reaching that point where among Democratic voters sexual orientation of a candidate is not a factor.” He also said that once he’s no longer the only gay male congressman, he won’t feel as much pressure to be a role model and plans to start smoking cigars in public again. “I can start indulging some bad habits,” Frank said. “Let the young gay people ﬁnd someone else to emulate.” Equality Ride Faced Vandalism And Intimidation West Palm Beach, FL -- October, 13, 08 -- Sixteen young adults arrived at the DeSantis Family Chapel on the campus of Palm Beach Atlantic University. The Equality Riders were immediately restricted to the far side of the sidewalk and were greeted by an organized group of parents. During the conversations that ensued, a few students did join the group and one came out as a lesbian who is in her ﬁrst year at PBAU. She was able to speak ﬁrsthand about the lack of safety that is provided for her as a lesbian on campus, which afﬁrms Soulforce Q’s reasons for visiting the Christian school. At 11:00 am EST, the sixteen Equality Riders walked to the DeSantis Family Chapel doors and were confronted by city police at the doors. School ofﬁcials read a
statement that barred the young adults from participating in the worship service with the students with whom they had been talking. A similar statement followed from the West Palm Beach Police Department. Inspired by the conversations that they had with students during a picnic hosted by the Equality Ride on Sunday, the Riders moved forward with good faith that they would be allowed into Chapel. As ten of the Riders were turned away, six remained and were arrested, one by one. Students looked on as the young adults were placed in handcuffs and moved into a police van. Today’s visit to PBAU comes after a night of harassment for participants of the Equality Ride. Sunday evening, the glass door of the bus was bashed in with a hard object. Two panes of glass were shattered and small portions of the vinyl wrap were scratched off. A police report of the incident was ﬁled. Since 2006, the Equality Ride has visited 50 schools, hosting public forums, participating in panel discussions, and taking part in worship services and Bible studies. The goal is to inspire further conversation and to empower students, faculty, and administrators to make their school welcoming to all students. The organizers of the Equality Ride use a collaborative approach, writing to college administrators months in advance and inviting them to work together to design programming that examines diverse points of view -- including points of view that afﬁrm gay and transgender students. London Wins World Pride in 2012 London has won the right to host World Pride in 2012. Led by London Pride with support from Visit London and the Mayor of London, London beat tough competition to be awarded World Pride status in 2012. World Pride will be held in the capital during the summer of 2012, just ahead of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. Organized by InterPride, World Pride promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues on an international level through parades, festivals and other cultural activities. The announcement comes at a good time for London’’s LGBT community, as Britain was recently named the No. 1 mostvisited destination outside of North America among 4,000 LGBT American travellers
surveyed by Community Marketing, Inc., a San Francisco-based research ﬁrm. London’’s World Pride in 2012 is expected to attract over one million visitors. The two-week festivities will most likely take place from June 23 to July 8, 2012, with the main parade held on July 7. Visit London Deputy Chief Executive, Sally Chatterjee said: ““This is a tremendous win for the capital. London Pride is an annual highlight of the cultural festival calendar and hosting World Pride in 2012 is a proud triumph for our city. There really will be no other place on earth to be in 2012 than right here in London.”” Chair of Pride London, Paul Birrell said: “We are delighted that London was successful in its bid for World Pride. This is a great achievement for London and coming in 2012, it will be a glorious year for our city. Pride London has grown over the years to be one of the UK’’s largest cultural events and this is tremendous achievement for the LGBT community.” Legal Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Proposition 8 SAN FRANCISCO --- The American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights ﬁled a writ petition before the California Supreme Court urging the court to invalidate Proposition 8. The petition charges that Proposition 8 is invalid because the initiative process was improperly used in an attempt to undo the constitution’s core commitment to equality for everyone by eliminating a fundamental right from just one group –– lesbian and gay Californians. Proposition 8 also improperly attempts to prevent the courts from exercising their essential constitutional role of protecting the equal protection rights of minorities. According to the California Constitution, such radical changes to the organizing principles of state government cannot be made by simple majority vote through the initiative process, but instead must, at a minimum, go through the state legislature ﬁrst. The California Constitution itself sets out two ways to alter the document that sets the most basic rules about how state government works. Through the initiative process, voters can make relatively small changes to the constitution. But any measure that would change the underlying principles of the constitution must ﬁrst be approved by the legislature before being submitted to the voters. That didn’t happen with Proposition 8, and that’s why it’s invalid. “If the voters approved an initiative that took the right to free speech away from women, but not from men, everyone would agree that such a measure conﬂicts with the basic ideals of equality enshrined in our constitution. Proposition 8 suffers from the same ﬂaw –– it removes a protected constitutional rright --- here, the right to marry --- not from all Californians, but just from one group of us,” said Jenny Pizer, Senior Counsel with Lambda Legal. “That’s too big a change in the principles of our constitution to be made just by a bare majority of voters.” “A major purpose of the constitution is to protect minorities from majorities,” added Elizabeth Gill, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Northern California. “Prop 8 should never have been on the ballot in the ﬁrst place.” (From Lambda Legal)
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International News by Rex Wockner Spain’s Queen Sofía In Hot Water With Gays
Spain’s Queen Sofía is in hot water with gays after the newspaper El País published excerpts Oct. 29 from an upcoming biography of the queen by journalist Pilar Urbano. In “The Queen Up Close” (“La Reina muy de cerca”), Sofía, 69, is quoted as saying: “I can understand, accept and respect that there are persons of other sexual tendencies, but should they feel proud to be gay? Should they ride on a parade ﬂoat and come out in demonstrations? If all of those of us who aren’t gay came out in protest we would halt trafﬁc.” She went on: “If those persons want to live together, dress up as bride and groom and marry, they could have a right to do so, or not, according to the laws of their country, but they shouldn’t call this matrimony, because it isn’t. There are many possible names: social contract, union contract.” Spain is one of six countries where same-sex couples have access to full marriage. A royal spokesperson complained that the quotations are not “exactly” accurate. The State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals demanded that Sofía recant her reported statements.
Singapore Gay Pride Event Postponed
Singapore’s ﬁrst outdoor gay pride event, which had been scheduled for Nov. 15 at Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park, has been postponed until early 2009, the Straits Times reported Oct. 31. Key organizer Roy Tan said interest in the event was greater than anticipated and organizers need “more time to organize a better event ... to ensure that all interested parties -- straight, gay and queer -- have the opportunity to participate in this landmark occasion.” Among other things, the event is expected to serve as a protest against Penal Code Section 377A, which bans gay-male sex. It states, “Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or abets the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years.”
Activists From 40 Nations Attend Ilga-europe Conference
Some 230 activists from 40 nations took part in the 12th annual conference of the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 in Vienna. Attendees included the Council of Europe’s human-rights commissioner, Thomas Hammarberg; the director of the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency, Morten Kjærum; and Belinda Pyke, director of the European Commission’s DirectorateGeneral for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. Austrian President Heinz Fischer served as an honorary patron of the gathering, and Austrian Minister of Justice Maria Berger attended the opening session. Vienna Mayor Michael Häupl hosted a reception for del-
egates at City Hall. ILGA-Europe’s 2009 conference will be in Malta and the 2010 meeting will be in The Hague, Netherlands.
Guatemalan Gay Event Bombed With Tear Gas
A GLBT event in Samayac, Guatemala, was bombed with tear gas Oct. 18. No one was seriously injured in the attack on the “Our Gay Beauty” gathering, but some people fainted and many people cried. “Despite the fact that complaints have been made to the authorities, there has been no response” to the incident, said the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. A similar attack took place last year at a GLBT festival in the town of La Blanca.
Irish President Condemns Anti-gay Bullying
Speaking at a GLBT youth forum in Galway on Oct. 30, Irish President Mary McAleese condemned anti-gay bullying. “Homophobic bullying continues to be a societywide issue, including in our schools, and the link between it and suicide sends a clear message that this trend must be reversed,” she said. “By refusing to go along with loudly voiced prejudices, we can overcome the bias and hostility experienced by many young gay people throughout the country.” McAleese also said people don’t choose to be gay but rather discover that they’re gay.
Haider’s Male Deputy Says They Had A Relationship
The top deputy to the late Austrian rightist leader Jörg Haider created speculation Oct. 22 that he and Haider had been lovers. Haider crashed his car and died Oct. 11 after leaving a gay bar drunk. Stefan Petzner, 27, who replaced Haider as leader of the right-wing party Alliance for the Future of Austria after Haider’s death, told a radio program: “We had a relationship that went far beyond friendship. Jörg and I were connected by something truly special. He was the man of my life. (Haider’s wife, Claudia,) loved him as a woman. He loved her as a man. I loved him in a completely different and personal way. She understood that.” Reports said party ofﬁcials unsuccessfully attempted to prevent the interview from being broadcast, blocked further press access to Petzner, passed him over in choosing a leader for the party’s parliamentary group, but kept him on as the party’s overall leader. Haider, 58, was outed in 2000 by gay activists and newspapers in Austria, Germany and England. At the time, he had just stepped down from 15 years as head of the populist/nationalist Freedom Party, which was one-half of Austria’s governing coalition from 2000 to 2002. An Oct. 24 Associated Press story, titled “Was Austrian far-right leader Jörg Haider gay?” said Haider had praised aspects of Adolf Hitler’s labor policies; criticized immigrants as lazy, criminal and corrupt; and seemed contemptuous of Jews, but had never
spoken against gay people or promoted socalled traditional family values.
Australian De Facto Couples Who Split To Be Treated As Divorced Australia’s Senate passed a bill Oct. 16 to treat unmarried couples who break up the same as married couples who divorce. The measure, which was returned to the lower house for approval of Senate amendments, will create a uniform national standard for separating de facto couples, gay and straight, sending them to federal familylaw courts to work out property settlements, pension splits and other issues. Attorney-General Robert McClelland said the changes are “long overdue.”
Former UK Soccer Star Cites 12 Gay Current Players
Former UK professional soccer player Paul Elliott, who was the Scottish Player of the Year in 1990-1991, said Oct. 16 that he knows 12 current top players who are gay but not out. Elliott spoke at a forum called “Homophobia -- Football’s Final Taboo” organized by the group Kick It Out, which is funded by soccer’s governing bodies and “works throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge racism and work for positive change,” according to its Web site. Elliott said the players are reluctant to come out for fear of homophobic chanting at games and other negative reactions. “I’ve known a dozen players who are gay,” he said. “I understand why they do not want to come out. Like racism, there is no place for homophobia in sport.”
Jerusalem Gay Center In Financial Crisis
Jerusalem’s GLBT community center, Jerusalem Open House, is in “ﬁnancial crisis,” the board of directors said in an open letter to the community Oct. 22. “As an organization that a high percentage of its annual budget is built on grants and gifts from abroad (mainly the USA), we are already feeling the pinch, as the ﬂow of funds slows down from donors abroad,” wrote Chairman of the Board Mikie Goldstein. “During the ﬁrst half of this year, we suffered the drastic fall in the value of the U.S. dollar, which shrank our dollar income by 20%. ... We were then struck by ... the collapse of banks and stock exchanges around the world. Some of our supporters have lost much money, others less; but they all feel intuitively less wealthy, and are therefore donating less, or waiting to see what happens.” Goldstein said the “serious cash ﬂow situation” has left the center unable to pay
staff salaries and forced it to reduce all employees’ hours by half. “We request your crucial help in ensuring the continuation of this singular institution,” he said.
Gay Couple Arrested In Mexico For Kissing And Hugging
Two male U.S. citizens were arrested in Playa del Carmen, in Mexico’s Quintana Roo state, for kissing and hugging in public, the Mexico City daily El Universal reported Oct. 22. Eric Schroeder, 22, and José Méndez, 35, were accused of committing “a moral misdeed” (una falta a la moral), jailed for 15 hours and ﬁned 2,000 pesos ($148). Schroeder told the paper that on Oct. 10 the couple was “resolving some differences that we had” and, as they walked out of the house, “there were a few hugs and a kiss out front.” At that point, police arrived, handcuffed them, then drove them around while they “picked up more people who presumably had committed other crimes,” he said. “They wanted money and realizing they weren’t going to get it, they drove us around,” Schroeder said. The couple’s eventual incarceration at the main police station ended after they paid a cop a 300-peso fee to take one of their credit cards and withdraw money to pay the 2,000-peso ﬁne, Schroeder said.
UK To Give Lesbians Equal Access To Fertility Treatment
A controversial bill that passed Britain’s House of Commons Oct. 22, authorizing stem-cell research that implants human cells into animal eggs creating human-animal hybrids, also cleared the way for lesbians to access fertility treatment and for a lesbian couple to be named on a birth certiﬁcate as a child’s parents. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill passed the House of Commons 355129 and is unlikely to be further modiﬁed before becoming law. “We’ve always thought it scandalous that lesbian couples could lawfully be excluded from the safety of (National Health Service) clinics, for which we all pay,” said Ben Summerskill, chief executive of leading gay lobby group Stonewall. “Often they’ve been forced to use unregulated backstreet services instead.” “Children in lesbian and gay families develop in exactly the same social and intellectual way as any others,” he said. “This latest step forward for our communities is an important reminder that lesbian and gay families are every bit as loving and tender and magical as any other.” Assistance: Bill Kelley
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The Coming of Armageddon For once I agree with the Religious Right. In a July 30 conference call to ministers, fundamentalist leader Chuck Colson called the campaign to take away the right to marry from millions of Californians “the Armageddon of the culture war.” I couldn’t agree more, although I suspect Colson wouldn’t view the campaign to pass Proposition 8 the same way I do. To understand my embrace of an idea promoted by the far right, you have to realize that every time marriage is on a ballot - as it is in three states in November - we’re ﬁghting two battles. The ﬁrst is a straight-up political ﬁght where GLBT Americans and heterosexual allies struggle to identify supporters, sway the reachable middle, and get out the vote. Winning this battle takes money, volunteers, political savvy, and organization. Victory for GLBT Americans - particularly in California, where the right to marry already exists - means security for our families. It means we can’t be barred from the hospital rooms of our loved ones, among many other beneﬁts. The second battle doesn’t confer any legal rights, but it is the most important ﬁght of all. This is the battle over deﬁnition. The Religious Right understands this well. In that conference call to rally anti-equality pastors in Florida, Arizona, and California, their leaders were hard at work describing, classifying, and labeling. Judging by that call, equality-minded Americans have enlisted in the army of Satan. The ﬁght for marriage equality, in these pastors’ words, is an effort to censor the Bible and force churches to do the Devil’s bidding. These leaders portray millions of Americans as demons of a sort, bent on
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indoctrinating children, destroying churches and taking away Christians’ freedom to believe and live as they wish. In the past, we’ve responded to this kind of rhetoric by laughing. I know I’ve chuckled. Other times, we’ve responded by pointing to the millions of dollars fundamentalist leaders make from fear-mongering. We label them hypocrites and declare that they’re only in the antigay business to make money. That may be true, but campaigning against hypocrisy is not a winning strategy. Victory in the culture war means winning people’s hearts. That won’t happen unless we win the battle over deﬁnition. To understand how hard this is, you might want to engage in an exercise of imagination. To do this, close your eyes, and imagine that you’re not only straight and a member of a fundamentalist church, but that you have never met or had a real conversation with an out GLBT individual or even one of our heterosexual allies. Now imagine that you believe someone really is coming to attack your children. You believe that the Bible, which gave you comfort, will be ripped out of your hands. You believe your church - an institution that has provided friends, community, and support - will be taken over by the government and turned into something you don’t recognize. You believe that your entire life will be destroyed. Frightened yet? When I take that trip into my imagination, I discover how much deﬁnitions matter to people’s peace of mind. They may say they hate the sin and love the sinner, but if they really believe we want to destroy them, how can they not feel like they have been thrown into a life-and-death battle? By the way, when I take that trip into my mind, I also
discover how much I have in common with the people who are ﬁghting so hard to hurt me. We both fear losing our families. We both worry that the government will be turned into a weapon against us. I fear the leaders of the Religious Right, but not as much as I worry about the rank-and-ﬁle members of their churches who believe what their pastors are peddling. These everyday people are the voters who hurt our families on election days. These are the nurses, doctors, and bureaucrats who keep us from the deathbeds of our spouses, as they kept Janice Langbehn from seeing her dying partner, Lisa Pond, in a Miami hospital last year. These are the teachers who inﬂuence our children, and the barroom brawlers who take any excuse to bash us. All of these people will never be able to see past the devil masks their leaders have placed on our faces until they understand that we love, just like they do. We have families, just like they do. We are human beings, just like them. Colson is right: The struggle over marriage is Armageddon - the ﬁnal battle between the forces of good and evil. But this struggle doesn’t pit demons against saints, Satan against Christians, or even gays against fascist fundamentalists. This battle pits truth against fear. The Religious Right only wins if people stay afraid. It’s up to us to make certain they don’t succeed. Diane Silver is a former newspaper reporter and magazine editor, whose freelance writing has appeared in Ms. magazine, Salon.com, and other national publications. She can be reached care of this publication or at LesbianNotions@qsyndicate.com.
Marking the 10th Year of the Death of Matthew Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard Foundation It’s hard to believe that it has been ten years since Matthew’s death. So much has changed yet so much remains the same. I want to thank all of THE individuals and organizations that have given us the Foundation and our family their unwavering support. Our work is far from over. I don’t mean the work of the Foundation only, I mean the work we all need to do at a personal level. We need to continue talking to our friends, families and co-workers. Unless we are honest about who we are and are able to share with those who love us what our lives are like, they will not know how to help us. We need those allies in this struggle to achieve equality across the board to realize all of our civil rights. Great advances have been made in changing people’s attitudes and eliminating ignorance about the gay community even in my wonderful state of Wyoming. At least I thought so, until I read the readers’ comments following an article about the ten year observance of Matt’s death in the Cheyenne, Wyoming newspaper. I understand that the readers who take the time to write in are doing so because they absolutely disagree with the article and those who do agree won’t bother to write com-
ments. However, it brought home to me how much work is left to do to make the world an accepting place. The level of ignorance is astounding. The continuing belief that what happened to Matt was not a hate crime and the notion that “special people shouldn’t have special rights”, is beyond my comprehension. The level of “hate” is frightening.
Our family and the Foundation staff are committed to doing all they can to ensure the message - “erase hate”- is one that is known to the community and its allies as well as those who are trying learn more about the Foundation and the LGBT community at large. It is ignorance that ultimately results in hate and that may escalate into physical violence. The only way to combat that ignorance is to educate and tell our stories. We are all aware of how important this election cycle
is to all of us. Please take the time to know the issues and what is at stake for the LGBT community. Share your stories with those who care about you. It is the only way they will know how to vote to support you. The privilege of having the right to vote is also a responsibility. We must remember that we voted not only for a new President but also for representatives at the local, county, state and national level. Now, we need to let these new ofﬁcials know of our views and concerns. Apathy is unacceptable, ignorance is clearly our concern. We are at a cross roads in the movement and we need to show our support for those who support the LGBT community. We are all hoping the next ten years will be our time. If you wish to learn more about the Foundation and the work we are doing now, please visit www.MatthewShepard.org. Editor’s Comment: Judy Shepard is one of the winners of this year’s Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award, recognizing inﬁciduals whose actions have furthered public dialogue and policy on traditionally controversial and diverse issues.
The Dispair of the Gay or Lesbian Teenager!
Brent Childers, Executive Director, Faith in America
There are over 1.5 million gay teenagers who are experiencing a slow motion nervous breakdown this evening. Many of these teenagers have been sitting in their parents’ homes listening to the ﬁnal Presidential Debate between Barack Obama and John McCain. I have observed commentary over last month that suggests McCain may fall back on tried and trued “family values.” We know how apt they are to do this when the chips are down. How much did John McCain resort to anti-gay code language in an attempt to use the divisive politics of the past in order to scare independent and moderate voters into supporting him? But there is a much more important question as it relates to the gay or lesbian teenager who, without friends or family, is considering ending his or her life out of despair. For all those who seek an end to this national moral failing, the
question for us is: Will we begin to question and therefore expose this horrible hypocrisy? The gay teenager’s despair and emotional trauma is not because God created them without affection for the opposite sex –– it’s because society says they should be rejected, condemned and deemed unworthy, inferior or immoral because of the way God created them. For far too many years groups like James Dobson’s Focus on the Family and Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council have used words and phrases that on the surface appear innocuous and somewhat meaningless but upon basic scrutiny reveal hostility and prejudice toward gay and lesbian citizens.
All of us –– private citizens, public ofﬁcials and the media –– must do a better job as caretakers of the words and phrases that are used to communicate issues and positions related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens. We have hoped that Senator McCain would choose not to use the anti-gay establishment’s CODE LANGUAGE. But if he does, even if he continues as a senator, we urge you to hold him accountable for his use of these words and phrases. It only takes but a few simple follow-up questions to expose the true intent behind these words and phrases –– and please take my word as a for member of the antigay Christian Right, the intent is NOT love, understanding, compassion and respect. Brent Childers can be reached at Faith in America. com.
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President Elect Obama: An Inspiration! by William R. Kapfer, Ph.D. Vice President & Publsher, Genre Magazine. God Bless America!
Last night, our community’’s joyful promise of change was realized with Senator Barack Obama being elected President of the United States. I am still absolutely awe-struck and overwhelmed that we’ve both elected a Democrat to the White House, but even more so that we’ve elected the ﬁrst African American President in the history of the USA. Whatever one’s political afﬁliation, I hope all Americans are experiencing the same pride I am — pride in our country to make such a brave and hopeful step into the future. We’ve seen a remarkable transformation that I believe will change the America we live in, and help create that more “perfect union” that the ﬁrst sentence the US Constitution speaks of. I can’t do justice to the moment, but on the night before he was Editorial assassinated, Martin Luther King said: “And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. Joe Solmonese, Human Rights Campaign But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.” WASHINGTON– You can’t take this and who opposes discriminatory amendWe may not be to the Promised Land away from me: Proposition 8 broke our ments. as a nation yet, but I think we just took a hearts, but it did not end our ﬁght. Yet on Proposition 8 we lost at the ballot tremendous step toward it. Like many in our movement, I found box, and I think that says something about myself in Southern California last weekend. this middle place where we ﬁnd ourselves God Bless America! The Senator’’s statements of support There, I had the opportunity to speak with a at this moment. In 2003, twelve states still for civil unions, adoption rights for gay and man who said that Proposition 8 completely had sodomy laws on the books, and only lesbian parents, and an inclusive Employ- changed the way he saw his own neighbor- one state had civil unions. Four years ago, ment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), hood. Every “Yes on 8” sign was a slap. marriage was used to rile up a right-wing as well as his stated intentions to repeal For this man, for me, for the 18,000 couples base, and we were branded as a bigger threat “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the Defense of who married in California, to LGBT people than terrorism. In 2008, most people know Marriage Act (DOMA) makes the hope of and the people who love us, its passage was that we are not a threat. Proposition 8 did full equality for all Americans a more real worse than a slap in the face. It was nothing not result from a popular groundswell of short of heartbreaking. opposition to our rights, but was the work possibility for all of us! But it is not the end. Fifty-two percent of a small core of people who fought to get God Bless America! of the voters of California voted to deny us it on the ballot. As President Elect Obama begins creat- our equality on Tuesday, but they did not vote The anti-LGBT message didn’t rally ing his blueprint for “chance” —“change” our families or the power of our love out of people to the polls, but unfortunately when rooted in the tenets of a new generation of existence; they did not vote us away. people got to the polls, too many of them leaders that is sweeping over our nations As free and equal human beings, we had no problem with hurting us. Faced — one that understands that the paradigmatic were born with the right to equal families. with an economy in turmoil and two wars, change must come from the bottom up. The courts did not give us this right—they most Californians didn’t choose the culture Last night, I witnessed the country come simply recognized it. And although Califor- war. But faced with the question—brought alive with the energy and enthusiasm that nia has ceased to grant us marriage licenses, to them by a small cadre of anti-LGBT many Americans had been lacking during our rights are not subject to anyone’s ap- hardliners – of whether our families should the previous presidential regime. Well, those proval. We will keep ﬁghting for them. They be treated differently from theirs, too many days are over — extraordinary Americans are as real and as enduring as the love that said yes. will not soon forget their individual strug- moves us to form families in the ﬁrst place. But even before we do the hard work gles, but rather redeﬁne them as collective There are many roads to marriage equality, of deconstructing this campaign and readyopportunities for a “united” people. and no single roadblock will prevent us from ing for the future, it’s clear to me that our continuing mandate is to show our neighbors ultimately getting there. God Bless America! And yet there is no denying, as we pick who we are. We have reached a time that will alJustice Lewis Powell was the swing vote low us to create spaces within the all our ourselves up after losing this most recent, communities and within society where the hard-fought battle, that we’ve been injured, in Bowers, the case that upheld Georgia’s voices and stories of of all “Americans” many of us by neighbors who claim to respect sodomy law and that was reversed by Lawcan be heard and where their life stories can us. We see them in the supermarkets, on the rence v. Texas ﬁve years ago. When Bowers was pending, Powell told one of his clerks “I serve as the foundation for change for the sidewalk, and think “how could you?” By the same token, we know that we don’t believe I’ve ever met a homosexual.” hearts and minds of our newly enlightened are moving in the right direction. In 2000, Ironically, that clerk was gay, and had never country and society. Senator Barack Obama’’s election bid California voters passed Proposition 22 by a come out to the Justice. A decade later, coming to fruition is not only a source of margin of 61.4% to 38.6%. On Tuesday, fully Powell admitted his vote to uphold Georgia’s great pride for me, but it has truly trans- 48% of Californians rejected Proposition 8. sodomy law was a mistake. Everything we’ve learned points to one formed the political landscape for genera- It wasn’t enough, but it was a massive shift. Nationally, although two other anti-marriage simple fact: people who know us are more tions to come. ballot measures won, Connecticut defeated likely to support our equality. God Bless American! an effort to hold a constitutional convention In recent years, I’ve been delivering this ending marriage, New York’s state legislature gained the seats necessary to consider positive message: tell your story. Share who a marriage law, and FMA architect Marilyn you are. And in fact, as our families become Musgrave lost her seat in Congress. We also more familiar, support for us increases. But elected a president who supports protecting make no mistake: I do not think we have to the entire community from discrimination audition for equality. Rather, I believe that
“On the Defeat of Proposition 8”
Joe Solmonese, President Human Rights Campaign each and every one of us who has been hurt by this hateful ballot measure, and each and every one of us who is still ﬁghting to be equal, has to confront the neighbors who hurt us. We have to say to the man with the Yes on 8 sign—you disrespected my humanity, and I am not giving you a pass. I am not giving you a pass for explaining that you tolerate me, while at the same time denying that my family has a right to exist. I do not give you permission to say you have me as a “gay friend” when you cast a vote against my family, and my rights. Wherever you are, tell a neighbor what the California Supreme Court so wisely afﬁrmed: that you are equal, you are human, and that being denied equality harms you materially. Although I, like our whole community, am shaken by Prop 8’s passage, I am not yet ready to believe that anyone who knows us as human beings and understands what is at stake would consciously vote to harm us. This is not over. In California, our legal rights have been lost, but our human rights endure, and we will continue to ﬁght for them. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
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Connecticut Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Couples
Connecticut-based Love Makes a Family. In a 4-3 decision, the court stated: “Interpreting our state constitutional provisions in accordance with ﬁrmly established equal protection principles leads inevitably to the conclusion that gay persons are entitled to marry the otherwise qualiﬁed same sex partner of their choice. To decide otherwise would require us to apply one set of constitutional principles to gay persons and another to all others.” “Today, Conneticut has joined a growing list of governments in this country and around the world that recognize that same-sex couples are entitled to justice and equality under the law. Lambda Legal supported this case through a friend of the court brief which the court noted with approval in their decision,” said David Buckel, Marriage Project Director at Lambda Legal. “Now lesbian and gay couples in Connecticut will join those in Massachusetts in being able to marry their loved one. We hope the high court in Iowa will follow the examples set by the courts in Massachusetts and Connecticut.” In its decision the court further stated: “We agree with the following point made by the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., in its amicus brief: ‘Any married couple [reasonably] would feel that they had lost something precious and irreplaceable if the government were to tell them that they no longer were ‘married’ and instead were in a ‘civil union.’ The sense of being ‘married’ — what this conveys to a couple and their community, and the security of having others clearly understand the fact of their marriage and all it signiﬁes — would be taken from them. These losses are part of what same sex couples are denied when government assigns them a ‘civil union’ status. If the tables were turned, very few heterosexuals would countenance being told that they could enter only civil unions and that marriage is reserved for lesbian and gay couples. Surely there is [a] constitutional injury when the majority imposes on the minority that which it would not accept for itself.” Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) ﬁled suit in 2004 on behalf of eight Connecticut same-sex couples denied licenses to marry. The lower court ruled against the couples, and GLAD appealed the case to the state’s high court. Meanwhile, in 2005, the state legislature passed the civil union law, which, while giving same-sex couples many of the rights and responsibilities of marriage, stopped short of awarding them marriage equality. Lambda Legal ﬁled a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the plaintiffs, saying that by barring same-sex couples from marriage and forcing them into a different and inferior status under the civil unions law, the state was violating the equal protection guarantee of the Connecticut Constitution. With this decision, Connecticut joins Massachusetts and California as the only states in the country to recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry. Lambda Legal has a similar case before the state supreme court in Iowa, (Varnum v. Brien), which is currently on appeal after the trial court ruled in August 2007 that the state constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry. Oral arguments are scheduled for Tuesday, December 9, 2008. The case is Kerrigan v. State of Connecticut.
How Same-Sex Marriage Affects Gay Couples: A Tale Of Two Research Studies A study conducted 13 months after same-sex marriage in Massachusetts became legal found that obtaining legal protections and making a public statement of commitment were the most often mentioned motivations for same-sex marriage. It also found that lack of family approval and difﬁculties planning and paying for the wedding were the most noted obstacles to marriage. The study, “Attractions and Obstacles While Considering Legally Recognized Same-Sex Marriage,” was conducted by Pamela J. Lannutti, PhD, associate professor of communication at Boston College and was published in the Journal of GLBT Family Studies, Vol. 4(2), 2008.
November/December 2008 “The arrival of same-sex marriage brings up many issues that often lurk in the background in families. It forces same-sex couples and their parents to confront their deepest feelings about same-sex love,” said Robert-Jay Green, PhD, executive director of Rockway Institute, a national center for psychology research, education, and public policy on sexual orientation and gender issues. For this study, Lannutti’s sample of 263 partners in same-sex couples had an average relationship duration of 7.5 years. Seventy-two percent had gotten legally married in the 13 months after same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts, and 28 percent planned to marry within 16 months. Attractions to marriage listed by the respondents included legal protections (24 percent), making a public statement of commitment (20 percent), feelings for partner (15 percent), means to acknowledgement from family (14 percent), legal protection for help in having children (13 percent), means to acknowledgement from friends (eight percent), political reasons (four percent) and religious reasons (two percent). The couples’ comments converged around the theme that security was an important motivation for marriage. One person said “We thought we should get married so that we could take better care of each other as we got older; or if someone got sick… nobody could take our right to provide for each other away.” Another concern was raising children. One man who had adopted a son with his partner said “It felt like maybe after that marriage, nobody could threaten our family.” Couples mentioned a desire to declare their commitment publicly. They also mentioned the need to make a public statement. “It seemed wrong to be a committed couple with the right (to marry) and not use it,” said one. Another said “we want our presence felt when they try to take marriage away from us in the future.” Obstacles to marriage included lack of family approval (41 percent), difﬁculties in funding and planning the ceremony and reception (27 percent), philosophical or political objections to marriage (14 percent), the legal limitations of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts such as no federal recognition or beneﬁts of marriage ( (10 percent), lack of approval from friends (four percent), or unresolved previous relationships (four percent). “Lack of family approval” usually meant parents’ approval, Lannutti reported. “We almost didn’t get married because my parents were so angry and mean about it,” said one female participant. “We almost changed our minds about getting married,” said a male participant, “We thought our families were OK with us as a couple, but when we wanted to send out wedding invitations, his parents freaked out.” Couples reported their most frequent strategy for overcoming these obstacles was to ignore them (58 percent). Participants reported that the “possibility of legal marriage” made them feel different about the place of their relationship in the larger society, “making the relationship more real, serious or secure.” Said one participant: “The prospect of same-sex marriage becoming legal not only makes me take my relationship more seriously, it’s making me take my country more seriously.” After always feeling on the outside of the law, “my relationship counts and I count, too.” Many participants reported the possibility of legal marriage made them feel their relationship was more legitimate. The lead researcher: Pamela Lannutti, PhD, at Pamela.email@example.com
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Reﬂections on the Passing of A President It’s hard to believe that W’s reign of terror is ﬁnally coming to an end. It seems like an eternity ago when we were anxiously waiting the results of the 2000 election, waiting on election judges, hanging chads, hand counting votes, and recounting, and recounting. It never seemed like it was going to end. Unfortunately, it did, with George Bush the declared winner. Not that I was a huge Al Gore fan by any means. Personally, I thought the guy was rather bland, although a Don Juan compared to John Kerry in 2004. Still, there was no way I wanted Bush to win. But, somehow, win he did. I watched in terror, as he marched from behind stage to the podium to declare himself the new president. I remember thinking that he didn’t look like he even wanted the job, but more that someone (mom or dad?) was shooing him out there. “Come on, George, you can do it!” His movements looked staged, his words rehearsed. Ten paces up to the podium, scripted words with a quick turn to the left, one to the right. Then, just as quickly as he appeared - poof, he was gone. Perhaps a short script was all he could handle. But one thing stood out: He declared himself the winner, and he meant business. Eight years of hell was about to begin. From the get-go, my impression of George Bush has been that of a marionette, someone who’s told what to do, what to say, and how to say it. This was never more evident
than in the footage from the movie, “Fahrenheit 9/11.” In it, we see a George Bush reading to school children on that fateful morning of September 11, 2001, when his advisors came into the classroom to inform him of the terrorist attacks. He sat with his upside-down book, looking in complete terror for the help he so desperately needed. “What do I do now?” screamed his panicked eye. “Anyone? Please!! What the hell do I do now?!?” Now, granted, I don’t envy any American president, or any world leader for that matter, who’s faced with a crisis of that magnitude. Why anyone would want that kind of responsibility is beyond me. I have all I can handle supervising twenty or so employees at the casino I work at, trying to juggle everyone’s wants and needs, taking care of day-to-day operations, listening to irate customers bitch about everything under the sun, and making judgment calls left and right, all the while trying not to break too many rules (at least not the state-regulated ones.) I can’t begin to fathom what it’s like to be president with the whole world watching your every move. To my knowledge, the presidency doesn’t come with an instruction manual, especially one that trouble-shoots terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Still, to see George Bush’s sheer helplessness made me feel the only twinge of compassion and I’ve ever felt for him, but all that was lost in the plethora of blunders that have ruled the past eight years. I could go on and on about how I thought the whole war idea was messed up from the beginning, ﬁnishing what his father started some ten years earlier. What bothers me most, however, is the arrogance I’ve seen from his administration, and the complete disregard for anyone who disagrees with him. From the latest polls, that looks like the vast majority of us (almost 75%, according to a recent CNN poll.) But Bush, love him or hate him, has never been swayed by survey polls or public opinion. Why? Apparently, Bush has God on his side. Early in his presidency, Bush said, when asked about what authority he bases his decisions, that he answers to a higher power. Who better to give you direction than God Himself? Does God want us to crash planes into buildings and kill thousands of people, as witnessed on 9/11? Praise Allah! Does God want us to demean women, suppress African-Americans, send Jews
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to the concentration camps by the millions, kill abortion doctors, or “convert” gays and lesbians into God-fearing heterosexuals, no matter the cost? Praise God! Bush’s camp requires us to seek revenge on those who’ve hurt us, and so we’ve been at war for seven long years and cost thousands of American lives, and shows no signs of giving up. Why? God only knows. When it comes to Fundamentalism, whether it’s Bush’s Fundamentalism or Osama Bin Laden’s, you don’t ask questions. You just follow orders. Everyone else is the enemy, and only you know the “true” way. To the rest of the world, it may seem illogical at best or diabolical at worst, but if God’s a terrorist, then so be it. I just wish I knew which God to follow. Apparently He comes in assorted shapes and sizes, depending on which model you prefer. And, He can be made to justify any cause or belief. One of my friends says, “You know you’ve made God in your own image when God hates everyone you do.” But, alas, I wander. I can hardly wait until January 20, 2009, when Bush leaves the White House for the last time as president. I’m really hoping his replacement will be Barack Obama. He’s someone I believe in, and someone I think will help lead us out of the hellhole we’ve gotten ourselves in the past eight years. Perhaps we’ll earn a respectable place in the world once again, after eight years of living under truly Ugly Americans who’ve showed the world how little we care for anyone who’s not in our “national interest.” Obama is someone I think can reach across the aisle and at least attempt to make peace, not as a weakness but as a strength. The worst sin is not to hate someone, but to ignore them, and I believe most of us have felt ignored by this administration. If Bush’s god is what being a Christian is all about, I’ll take atheism any day. America is a resilient nation and has seen its share of troubled times, today being no exception, with our economy in shambles. I have hopes that if we can survive eight years of Bush, however, we can survive just about anything, as long as McCain doesn’t win. To paraphrase Dr. Phil, the only thing worse than eight years of bullshit is eight years and one day. Don Faust, firstname.lastname@example.org
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World AIDS Day This August, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the number of new HIV infections in the United States is actually 40 percent higher than originally expected. The good news is, this increase (from 40,000 to 56,300) is attributed to a new blood test and better statistical methods, rather than a rapid increase in people contracting the virus. In 2007, in the state of Iowa, there were approximately 128 new cases of HIV – the highest number recorded since the state began collecting the information in 1998. As more and more people get tested and start to ask questions, they are learning HIV is no longer an automatic death sentence. HIV/AIDS is also very preventable. Each year, on Dec. 1, individuals across the globe celebrate World AIDS Day to draw attention to the AIDS epidemic and bolster awareness around prevention and treatment options. It is also a day to show our support for those affected by HIV/AIDS and remember those who have passed on. This year, marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Since 1988, the face and response to AIDS has greatly changed. While many of these changes are positive, we must continue to educate our communities against common misconceptions: FALSE: HIV can be spread by kissing,
hugging, using the same plate or glass or using the restroom. TRUE: HIV is spread through blood, semen, vaginal ﬂuids and breast milk. FALSE: HIV only affects African Americans. It can’t happen to me. TRUE: HIV does not discriminate regardless of race, ethnicity, age, social economic status or sexual orientation. HIV can happen to anyone who engages in activities placing them at risk. As of June 30, 2008 there were 2,056 people living in Iowa with HIV or AIDS. Among them, 189 individuals live in Johnson County. The Iowa Center for AIDS Resources and Education (ICARE) provides a variety of services to those living in Eastern World AIDS Day continued page 12
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HEALTH & HIV/AIDS BRIEFS More than 1,000 Journalists Enlisted in Fight Against HIV/AIDS
WASHINGTON, D.C.——In some countries, lime juice is thought to ward off HIV/AIDS. In others, homosexuality is not publicly discussed. Against such a backdrop of misinformation and stigma, how can developing countries ﬁght a virus that has already killed tens of millions of people? Part of the answer is to enlist the power of the local news media, says Internews Network, an international media development nonproﬁt that has provided in-depth training and mentoring to over 1,000 journalists. Leaders of the program from four countries -- India, Nigeria, Kenya, and Ethiopia -will gather in Washington, D.C. to discuss their work at the National Press Club on Sept. 9. Registration and refreshments are from 8:30-9:00 a.m., and the special briefing, ââ€€œœWhy Local Media Matters for Public Health,ââ€€ runs from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. The media is invited to attend. “We estimate that these 1,000 journalists we trained reached a combined audience of 150 million people. So you can make the case that one journalist trained in HIV/AIDS reporting can singlehandedly, on average, reach 150,000 people. That’s a tremendously effective use of resources,” says Dr. Laurie Zivetz, director of Internews’ HIV/AIDS media training and mentoring project, and one of the panelists at the Sept. 9 presentation. Three decades after HIV was ﬁrst clinically identiﬁed, ordinary citizens living in many developing countries still lag far behind countries like the United States when it comes to receiving accurate information about how to prevent infection. Discrimina-
tion and stigma further complicate efforts to encourage prevention and treatment. “Journalists are the prism through which far greater populations learn about this disease, so it’s vitally important that they get the information correct,” Dr. Zivetz says. “As the messenger, journalists have the ability -- literally——to to save lives.” New Anti-HIV Drug Target Discovered Scientists at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles (USC) have uncovered the atomic structure of our bodies’ natural built-in antiviral factor, called APOBEC-3G. The discovery could possibly clear an extra pathway for developing new antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, according to a letter about the process published in the journal Nature. Now, however, a USC team of molecular and computational biologists have uncovered the atomic structure of the active portion of APOBEC-3G to which the VIF protein binds. This could now allow chemists to design drugs that would bind to the VIF protein; that, in turn, would keep VIF from disabling APOBEC-3G, thus allowing the body’s naturally occurring antiretroviral to ﬁght HIV. Strength Training Burns More Fat Than Endurance Exercise in HIV Strength training—which primarily involves lifting weights—leads to greater loss of total body fat than endurance training—including activities such as running and biking—in people living with HIV, according to a study published in the October issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. While these ﬁndings may be good news for people with fat increases
associated with lipodystrophy, they also suggest a heightened risk of additional fat loss in people with lipoatrophy. Both types of exercise have been examined to determine how well they protect against or reverse metabolic disorders such as diabetes and gut fat accumulation in HIV-negative patients. The two have never been compared head-to-head, however, to determine which might be better for a variety of HIV-related problems such as controlling blood sugar, eliminating gut fat and preserving fat in the face and limbs. Birgitte Lindegaard, MD, PhD, and her colleagues from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark enrolled 18 sedentary HIV-positive men who had experienced loss of fat in their face, buttocks or limbs and at least one other marker of lipodystrophy, including elevated cholesterol, reduced insulin sensitivity and gut fat accumulation. Eight of the men were randomized to undergo supervised endurance exercise training three times per week for 16 weeks, and 10 men were randomized to undergo supervised strength training three times per week for 16 weeks. The average age in both groups was 47, and the average body mass index was in the normal range. Lindegaard’s team found that both groups improved in how well their bodies processed blood sugar. However, the strength-training group had a signiﬁcant total loss of body fat and weight—including additional loss of limb fat—even though the men also gained lean muscle mass. The endurance-training group did not lose a signiﬁcant amount of fat or weight, nor did those men gain lean muscle mass. They did have reductions in a number of markers of immune inﬂammation, which are associ-
ated with both diabetes and cardiovascular disease, while the strength-training group did not. Drug-Resistant Staph: Growing Concern Among People With HIV Skin infections caused by drug-resistant staph are more common and more likely to recur in people living with HIV, according to three new studies reported at the 2008 joint meeting of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) and the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) last week in Washington, DC. The new data also suggest that the number of new infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has increased in recent years and that it is most likely to involve the buttocks and genital area in HIV-positive people. The majority of MRSA infections occur in hospitals or other health care settings. A growing concern, however, is an upswing in the number of community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) infections. Like hospital-acquired MRSA (HA-MRSA), CA-MRSA is more difﬁcult to treat than typical staph infections. CA-MRSA is, however, potentially more dangerous because it contains a toxin that attacks white blood cells and can lead to serious skin and soft tissue infections and a serious form of pneumonia. HIV infection has been said to be a risk factor for CA-MRSA, notably skin and soft tissue infections. Although CA-MRSA can be treated, certain antibiotics must be used cautiously in people living with HIV because drug interactions and allergic reactions are common. There also appears to be a higher CA-MRSA recurrence rate among HIV-positive people.
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Section 1: News & Politics
Sex Talk: Politics Back in the 1960s, feminists coined the phrase “The personal is political.” And that still goes, notably in the case of the very personal matter of male/male sex. From New York to New Delhi, lawmakers wrangle over issues ranging from samesex marriage to legalizing gay sex. And, conversely, private playing can be colored by political considerations. Says one man who’s been a gay activist for decades, “There have been plenty of attempts to legislate morality on issues like divorce, birth control, and use of drugs and alcohol. Hell, until a couple of years back, it was illegal to sell dildos in Texas. Queer sex, though, seems to generate an exceptional amount of heat, maybe because many people’s sense of identity is so dependent on gender and family. In the U.S.A., the idea that some folks are using their bodies in ways that others don’t approve of has fueled the seemingly endless ‘culture war,’ which is largely a ﬁght over two issues: abortion and male/male sex.” In advanced industrialized democracies, penis-on-penis pleasure is usually permissible. Many European nations even allow gay marriage and queers in the military, while in other parts of the world, orthodox theocracies put men to death for giving head. Geographical generalizations aren’t absolute, of course: While gay rights are enshrined in South Africa’s constitution, it took a Supreme Court decision to legalize sodomy in parts of the United States, and that took place just a few years ago. Though conventional wisdom says that queers tend to be on the liberal side of the spectrum, there have been many notable
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queer conservatives, and even, as was the case with famed author Yukio Mishima, gays who veer toward fascism. There’s also the “doth protest too much” closet factor; it’s no surprise that a number of prominent antigay politicians have been caught with their pants down, both metaphorically and literally, while cruising for sex. Governmental policy isn’t the only place where penises and politics intersect. When guys get it on, touchy subjects like race, class, and age often join them in bed. “Sorry, but I don’t get turned on by men who are as old as my father,” says one 20something fellow. “Maybe that makes me prejudiced, but I like what I like.” Still, while none but the most doctrinaire would propose a dingus-based afﬁrmative action program, it does help to keep an open mind. Even then, there are pitfalls. “Having a racial preference can be kind of a ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ situation,” says an observer of the scene. “Face it, when it comes to sex, many of us - even if we’re otherwise unprejudiced - have ethnic turn-ons and turn-offs. But if a white guy, for example, doesn’t care to play with Asian men, that leaves him open to charges of racism. If he prefers Asians, though, he might be accused of racial objectiﬁcation.” Stickier still is the subject of politically touchy fetishes. What if you’re a paciﬁst whose dick springs to attention at the sight of a man in uniform, a animal-rights activist who loves men in black leather, or a member of Amnesty International who secretly gets off on POW porn? And how about verbal scenes that include racist or sexist slurs? From SM to incest roleplay, kink can be quite controversial. Feigned abuse of
power is an intrinsic part of sadomasochistic scenes, and forbidden fantasies can be very tempting. “This black friend of mine likes to be a slave in role-playing scenes,” says one Jewish man. “And that’s his choice. I mean, safe, sane, and consensual, right? But though it’s all well and good to argue that politics stops at the bedroom door, I myself am totally grossed out by Nazithemed porn.” Inconveniently, though, the beyond-the-pale, taboo nature of a truly transgressive scene can be precisely what makes it so hot. What to do? Whether at the ballot box or at a bathhouse, politics can make strange bedfellows. So perhaps when it comes to penis, it’s simpler to be pragmatic than policy-oriented. As our 20-something says, “I’m usually a conscientious citizen, and I always vote. But if I’m cruising a cute guy, I’m much more interested in his penis than in his political party.” In the best of all possible worlds, we would all be colorblind and totally tolerant of each other’s views, singing “Kumbaya” in one big circle jerk. In this world, though, sexual desire can be gnarly, contradictory, even offensive. Maybe the best a conscientious shaft-sucker can do is aim for consensual, caring hook-ups that leave the participants feeling good about themselves...and ready to vote. Simon Sheppard is the editor of Leathermen and Homosex: Sixty Years of Gay Erotica, and the author of Sex Parties 101, Kinkorama, and In Deep: Erotic Stories, and can be reached at SexTalk@ qsyndicate.com. Visit Simon at www.simonsheppard.com.
From page 10: World AIDS Day Iowa, including but not limited to: Housing and medication assistance, support groups, prevention programs, HIV testing, transportation and emotional health services. In 2007, ICARE provided 72 people with case management services, administered 169 HIV and Hepatitis C tests, and held a variety of prevention and education groups. The following is a testimonial from a client who has been touched by ICARE’s willingness to help: When I was too ill to work I started to worry about my mortgage payment. I tried to contact other agencies in town for help and they turned me away. I didn’t know what to do. I called ICARE and they said they would be happy to help me. What a relief that was. I met with them and received assistance with my mortgage until I was able to get back on my feet. I am so grateful for the help that ICARE provided. I don’t know what I would have done without them. –ICARE Client ICARE is working hard to spread the word locally about HIV/AIDS prevention and education. On Monday, Dec. 1 they will open a number of temporary satellite testing sites in Iowa City. Community members are encouraged to stop by and receive a free HIV test. For a list of World AIDS Day testing sites please visit www.icareiowa.org. ICARE’s goal is to arm individuals with information and empower them to get tested, practice safe sex and seek access to treatment if necessary. Knowing your rights is important and taking preventative action against the transmission of HIV is essential. As we continue to pursue our global 2010 goal, please remember, HIV/AIDS is a preventable disease. We can all take an active role in stopping the spread of HIV. Contact: Heidi Cuda, ICARE Program Manager, 430 Southgate Ave., Iowa City, IA 52240
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Many Civic Groups Object to the Passage of Prop. 8 in California
proved that limited the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trnsgender Americans. California’s Proposition 8 actually took away previously recognized the right of same-sex couples to marry. Arkansas also passed an initiative that bars unmarried couples -- gay or straight -- from serving as foster parents or adopting children. “We are deeply disappointed and saddened that the fundamental civil right to marry and form a family were denied to millions of Americans this Election Day,” said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Family Equality Council. “While the election of President-Elect Barack Obama has inspired hope, the results from these propositions were devastating for the millions of LGBT parents raising children in this country and their extended family and friends.” Advocates in California have already
ﬁled suit challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, and Attorney General Jerry Brown has stated that he will not nullify the 18,000 same-sex marriages performed in the state since June of this year. (From a letter from the Family Equality Council, Boston, MA) Human Rights Campaign Unfortunate news has dimmed the exhilaration of this historic, life-changing election. We are deeply disappointed to report that anti-LGBT marriage bans were passed in Florida, California and Arizona; and Arkansas voted to bar all unmarried people, LGBT or straight, from adopting children or serving as foster parents. It is indeed a bitter pill to swallow. But we cannot allow distorted facts or shallow tactics -- the foundation on which our op-
ponents built their campaigns -- to break our spirits. We are on the right side of history -- and we will continue this journey. I vow to you today that HRC will not give up, nor will we retreat. We will continue our efforts to win incremental victories for relationship recognition, so that legally married lesbian and gay couples will have full standing under federal law; the same holds true for civil unions and domestic partnerships in places like New Hampshire, Vermont and Oregon. An unfortunate majority of voters stood with the most extreme and negative elements of society to deny the rights of loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. But remember, our marriages didn’t begin with a decision of the court, and they will not end with a vote of the people. (From a letter by Joe Solmonese, President, HRC) National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Needless to say, this is a bittersweet day in our community. An estimated 400,000 votes separate yes from no on Prop. 8 -- out of 100 million votes tallied. We are waiting to hear from California’s secretary of state regarding the tally of any outstanding votes. Whatever happens, we’re picking ourselves back up, dusting ourselves off, and getting right back into the ﬁght for equality and freedom. The bright spot of this election thus far is that our fellow Americans overwhelmingly voted for change by electing Barack Obama to the White House, and brought more LBGT-=friendly members to the House and Senate, and to a signiﬁcant number of state legislatures across the country. You can bet that we’ll be continuing our work to
• ensure that government programs in health, family issues, tax policy and other concerns are inclusive of LGBT people; • ﬁnally pass a comprehensive and inclusive Employment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA) that leaves no one behind; • overturn “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and the “Defense of Marriage Act”; • enact aggressive and far-reaching hate crimes legislation; • contribute to a national strategy on HIV/AIDS; and • continue the ﬁght in California -- and in every state -- for the freedom to marry. I have great hope for the direction this country is moving in and am proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together -- even in the face of great adversity -- as together we bring about more positive change in the years to come. (From a letter by Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund) Editor’s comment So, whose against same-sex marriage? While a lot of money may have come from the Mormon Church, who also supported the negative campaign? It is no surprise that a large list of Evangelical leaders gethered together in California November 1 to rally support for Proposition 8. Speakers included Lou Engle, founder of TheCall, Dr., James Dobson, Founder of Focus on the Family, Tony Perkins, Family Research Council, Jim Garlow, Senior Pastor of Skyuline Wesleyan Church. But, isn’t the Christian ethic “love your neighbor as yourself” and not “try to control your neighbor as a means to seek power and political strength”? (JT Wilson, Editor, ACCESSline)
ACCESSline’s fun guide Civic Music Association presents Andreas Klein November 21, 2008 –– 7:30 pm (Des Moines, IA) Civic Music Association is proud to present classical pianist Andreas Klein on Friday, November 21, 2008, at 7:30 pm in Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University. There will be a free pre-concert talk starting at 6:45 pm by Sophia Ahmad, Online Entertainment Report for the Des Moines Register. Andreas Klein has performed at many prestigious places including the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. The New York Times acclaimed him as “A fascinating artist with all the indispensable qualities: temperament, taste, touch, tone, the four T’s of pianism.” Andreas Klein studied and graduated from the famous Juilliard School of music and is known to be a captivating and poetic performer.Concert information including the evening’s program can be found at www.civicmusic.org/klein.htm In addition to the concert, Civic Music Association will host a master class with Andreas Klein on Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 4 pm at the Temple for Performing Arts. Andreas Klein will work with selected performers from Drake University and the Des Moines Symphony Academy showing his unique poetic style on the piano and answering questions. This event is free and open to the public.
by Jackson Grey Civic Center of Greater DM (515) 246-2300. 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. “Dolly Parton” November 19, 7:30. Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com.
ences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage. For more information on the Playhouse and “Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business,” contact The Playhouse box ofﬁce at 515-277-6261. Also at the Playhouse:
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Concert Information: Andreas Klein November 21, 2008, 7:30 pm Sheslow Auditorium, Jordan Stage Drake University 2507 University Ave. Des Moines, IA 50311 Pre-Concert Talk- 6:45 pm, at Sheslow Auditorium by Sophia Ahmad, Online Entertainment Reporter for the Des Moines Register Concert Ticket Prices: Adults - $35.00 + $2 (ticketing fee). Students - $15.00 + $2 (ticketing fee). Student rush tickets - $7.00 + $2 (ticketing fee) available one-hour prior to the concert with a valid student id (subject to availability). Tickets can also be bought at -Civic Music Association ofﬁce -1620 Pleasant Street, Suite 244 By calling 515-280-4020 Iowatix.com
New York City Ballet: Bringing Balanchine Back! NEW YORK, NEW YORK, -- Narrated by Kevin Kline, a new DVD, New York City Ballet: Bringing Balanchine Back follows New York City Ballet’s historic 2003 journey to St. Petersburg, Russia, the birthplace of its founder, George Balanchine, the man who more than anyone else shaped 20th-century dance. A must-have for all dance lovers, the DVD of this extraordinary trip will be available from City Lights Home Entertainment on November 11th, and contains 40 minutes of additional content not seen on its 2006 public television broadcast. Filmed on location in Saratoga Springs, New York, New York City and St. Petersburg, Russia, the ﬁlm captures intimate backstage moments, dramatic rehearsals, and the company’s performances at the legendary Mariinsky Theatre, where Balanchine and many other great Russian ballet stars danced. The eagerly anticipated trip, which took place during virtually 24-hours of daylight as St. Petersburg presented its annual White Nights festival, was marked by various mishaps and miscommunications: the Mariinsky Theatre staff and New York City Ballet company working through their sometimes frustrating, and often amusing, cultural differences; the company rehearsing and performing in a foreign town on an unfamiliar raked stage; and Mariinsky Theatre patrons eager to compare the New York City Ballet to their own world-renowned Kirov Ballet. The ﬁlm features extraordinary performance footage of works by Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and current Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins --- portions of Balanchine’s Symphony in C, Symphony in Three Movements, Western Symphony, and Agon, Robbins’ Glass Pieces, and Martins’
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Tall tales and laughter await audiences at The Des Moines Playhouse! “Escanaba in Da Moonlight,” a new comedy by Jeff Daniels of “Dumb and Dumber,” will be presented in the Mainstage theatre, Nov. 7-23. Tickets are now on sale at The Playhouse ticket ofﬁce, by phone at 515-277-6261, and online
Des Moines -- The Civic Center is presenting Dolly Parton on November 19th aat 7:30pm (See ad on page 17). Dolly Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certiﬁed gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records world-wide.
Des Moines Playhouse “JunieB. Jones and a Little Monkey Business” November 15, 22, 29,30.
Hallelujah Junction are included --- and interviews with Martins, Valery Gergiev, Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, as well as current and former New York City Ballet dancers and artistic staff, including principal dancers Darci Kistler, Benjamin Millepied and Wendy Whelan, and former principal dancers Alexandra Ansanelli and Jock Soto. George Balanchine (1904-1983) died before most of the young members of the current company were born, yet his heritage, history and style continue to drive the New York City Ballet. Together with dance connoisseur Lincoln Kirstein, Balanchine envisioned an American ballet where young native dancers could train under the guidance of the world’s greatest ballet masters to perform a new, modern repertory, rather than relying on touring groups of imported artists. Their shared vision is much in evidence in New York City Ballet: Bringing Balanchine Back. Street Date: November 11, 2008 ,DVD Pricing: $19.95, Feature Running Time: 80 minutes, MPAA Rating: Unrated
The Des Moines Playhouse has added performances of “Junie B. Jones and a ittle Monkey Business.” “Junie B. Jones” is sponsored by MomsLikeMe.com. The pre-opening ticket sales have resulted in four additional performances: 4:00 PM, Saturday, Nov. 15; 4:00 PM, Saturday, Nov. 22; 4:00 PM, Saturday, Nov. 29; and 4:00 PM, Sunday, Nov. 30. Tickets are also available for the riginally scheduled performances, Nov. 14-30. Tickets are $12-$15 and may be purchased at the Playhouse box ofﬁce, by phone at 515-277-6261, and online at dmplayhouse.com. Junie B. Jones is told she’s getting a present. She can’t help but be disappointed when she discovers the “present” is a baby brother. She overhears her grandmother call her brother a little monkey, and tells all her friends at school about her monkey brother. The play, featuring high energy music, follows Junie’s adventures with her friends, That Grace, Lucille, Meanie Jim, and Crybaby William, parents, and beloved Grampa Miller. The Playhouse is Iowa’s oldest and largest producing theatre. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experi-
at dmplayhouse.com. Tickets are $35-20. “Escanaba in Da Moonlight,” a hilarious new comedy, will have audiences holding their sides with laughter! When the Soady clan reunites for the opening day of deer season at their Upper Peninsula, Michigan, camp, 35-year-old Reuben Soady carries the infamous reputation of being the oldest Soady in history never to bag a buck. In a hunting story to beat all hunting stories, “Escanaba” is an uproarious comedy where the quest to hunt, drink a few beers, and tell each other stories is interrupted by an uproarious tall tale. The “Escanaba in Da Moonlight” cast, under the direction of Ron Ziegler (“Grease”) features Micheal Davenport (“Enchanted April”) as Reuben Soady. Other cast members include Eric Bench, Cody Schug, John Cisar, Jason Thomas Rainwater, and Megan Walz. For more information on “Escanaba in Da Moonlight” contact The Playhouse ticket ofﬁce at 515-277-6261. “Escanaba in Da Moonlight” Performances: Nov. 7-23, 2008 7:30 PM Wednesday/Thursday 8:00 PM Friday/Saturday 2:00 PM Sunday “Escanaba in Da Moonlight” Tickets: Available through The Playhouse ticket ofﬁce, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312; by phone at 515-2776261; and online at www.dmplayhouse.com $35 Adult Section A / $20 Adult Section B $32 Senior (62+) Section A / $20 Senior Section B $20 Student
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Howdy folks! This is a list of Iowa’s live music, arts, social events and culture for, by, featuring, and of interest to women and friends for November and December. To submit events or to sign up a friend to receive this list by e-mail, e-mail iowalisa@ juno.com To view an updated list on-line, go to www.myspace. com/iowalilsa or http://iowalisa. bogster.com. ANNOUNCEMENTS: OUTLOOK MAGAZINE, Iowa City’s own LGBT magazine, is looking for volunteer photographers, copy writers and advertising salespeople. Get involved in our June edition. Great people, great experience! Contact Scott Hoffman for more information. Meetings starting soon! snhoffman@ mchsi.com. U. of IOWA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL IS UNDERWAY! The dates for this season are: 11/16, 11/22-23, 12/7, 12/11, 12/28, 1/11, 1/18, 1/26, 2/1, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, and the NCAA First/ Second Round on 3/22-24.Visit www. hawkeyesports.com for more info. ONE IOWA, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy organization, is dedicated to supporting full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals living in Iowa through grassroots education and advocacy. Check out their website, donate, volunteer, and become involved: http://www. oneiowa.org/web/ GRADYKES PICKUP BASKETBALL: Saturday mornings (except Nov. 8) 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the U of I Fieldhouse South Gym.All skill levels are welcome! For more information, contact Sylvea at: sylvea.hollis@gmail. com. OLD CAPITOL CITY ROLLER GIRLS: Iowa City is starting a roller derby team and is recruiting new members. For more info, contact: Sarah Carter (Huzzie Lecher #FU), Coach, Asst. Team Manager at 515201-0161 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Amanda Sergent (Kila Kaylola #H8), Team Manager, Asst. Coach at 515201-4743 or email@example.com. Visit the Old. Capitol City Roller Girls at http://www.myspace.com/oldcapitalrollergirls or e-mail occrgirls@yahoo. com. Practices are Sundays 6-9 p.m. at Grant Wood Elementary School (1930 Lakeside Dr. Iowa City) and Wednesdays 9-10 p.m. at Robert A. Lee Rec. Center (220 S. Gilbert St. Iowa City). IN THE GALLERIES AT LEGION ARTS:ART 365, at CSPS, 1103 Third St SE, Cedar Rapids. Showing Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., FREE admission. What would you get if you gave an artist $10,000 and a year to work? Six Oklahoma artists received just such an opportunity. “Art 365,” a new exhibition from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, shows the results. Join us for the opening of this exciting exhibit. All six artists will be present. Visit http://www.legionarts. org/art/365htm. Come support CSPS, which needs you after the challenging ﬂoods in the New Bohemia district. NEW WOMEN IN MUSIC CDs! Pick up these great titles:
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Melissa Etheridge’s “A New Thought for Christmas,” Loreena McKennitt’s “A Midwinter Night’s Dream,” Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “Come Darkness, Come Light,” Janis Ian’s “The Best of Janis Ian, An Autobiography Collection” which coincides with her new autobiographical book, Amy’s Ray’s “Didn’t It Feel Kinder,” Ani DiFranco’s “Red LetterYear,” Catie Curtis’ “Sweet Life,” Dar Williams’ “Promised Land,” Sarah MacLachlan’s “Closer: The Best Of…,” and so much more! Visit www. laderslipper.org for the best of women in music! FREE SONG DOWNLOAD FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY:“A Thousand Hands (Wedding Song ‘08)” is a love song written for Rebecca Riots’ Eve’s wedding 8 years ago and revived in order to sing it at some of the historic same-sex weddings that have been happening in California since it was made legal. Since then, Rebecca Riots have played it at shows and plan to include it on their forthcoming CD. But as the Proposition 8 campaign heated up, they were so appalled by the scare tactics and lies by Proposition 8 proponents - and so inspired by record-breaking marriage equality volunteerism, that they wanted to give something back to the people who are willing to stand up for what is right.Thus, they are offering everyone a free download of the song at http://rebeccariots.com. Enjoy! May it be inspiring for everyone to continue the ﬁght for marriage equality! PATRICE PIKE’S GRACE FOUNDATION: IWMF 2008 headliner Patrice Pike has been doing some great philanthropy lately as a co-founder of a wonderful non-proﬁt organization, and I want to let you know about it. Check out www.thegracefoundationfaustin. org. The Grace Foundation is aimed at helping individuals whose lives have been affected by abuse and poverty, causing them to become homeless at a young age.This choice affects their ability to stay in school, maintain proper health, make a consistent income and contribute to society in a positive manner. The Grace Foundation helps young adults who have demonstrated a desire to leave the streets in order to begin cultivating a more fulﬁlling life. By partnering with other organizations, the Grace Foundation is able to provide multiple avenues for job placement, career training, college funding and health and dental treatment. DO YOU GET LC? Lesbian Connection is the free worldwide forum of news, ideas, and information for, by, and about lesbians, with info on festivals, travel, conferences, retirement communities, books, and much more. Ambitious Amazons have been publishing since 1974, and they mail issues out every other month in plain brown envelopes. If you’d like to start receiving LC for free, all you need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and mailing address. It’s a great grassroots magazine with the scoop on everything “L”! WEBSITE FOR MIDWESTERN EVENTS: If you want to know what’s going on in neighboring states for women, check out Kai Phillipi’s website www.lambdabuzz.com. CONNECTIONS, the Iowa City organization that provides social and networking opportunities for GLBT folks and friends with a range of interests, is
in full swing. Connections offers it all (a nature group, a spiritual group, a chess group, a movie night group, a cooking group, and a sewing group, just to name a few), and what it doesn’t offer can be arranged! Check out the Connections website at www.queerconnections.org. For more info, e-mail queerconnections@ yahoo.com. IOWA PRIDE NETWORK: If you are interested in getting more involved and active in Iowa’s GLBTQ community, focusing on safe schools and LGBT student leadership and development, check out the Iowa Pride Network’s new website http://www. iowapridenetwork.org. Register at http://iowapridenetwork.org/jointhenetwork htm to join this LGBT and Allied network of students and supporters. WOMEN’S CULTURAL COLLECTIVE: Check out the happenings in Des Moines and the surrounding areas that are sponsored or supported by the Women’s Cultural Collective (WCC) at www.iowawcc.org. COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD: Kelly Carrell has created a new community bulletin board for events of interest to LGBT people and advocates. To view or post events, go to http://www.kellycarrell.com/bb.
ONE-TIME EVENTS: Friday, November 14, 6-8 p.m., FALL WINE TASTING at
Vineria Wine Shop, 264 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids, 319-373-6141, www,vuberuawubesgio,cinm vuberuaAmchsi.com. This special tasting is designed to help you choose your wines for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Advanced tickets by November 12 ar $20. After November 12, tickets are $25. Get $5 back when you purchase two or more bottles of the wines being sampled. Friday, November 14, 7-10 p.m., Cedar Rapids Museum of Art FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL, at Cabinet Studio, 700 16th St. NE, Cedar Rapids. Guests will savor the specialties of four local chefs (from Zins, Lincoln Café and Wine Bar, Daniel Arthur’s, and CR Catering) with wine (from First Avenue Wine House) to complement the cornucopia of ﬂavors. For more information or to make your reservations, contact Special Events Coordinator, Beth Roof at 319-366-7503 ext. 213 or email@example.com. Friday, November 14, 8 p.m., MOTHER BANJO with Chad Elliot at Ritual Café, 13th St. and Locust St., downtown Des Moines. Ritual Café is Des Moines’ best coffeehouse, and it’s women owned and operated. Mother Banjo is from Minnesota and is a Mountain Stage NewSong Contest Midwest Finalist. Check out www.myspace.com/motherbanjo and www/rotualcafe/cpm. Friday-Saturday, November 1415, 8 p.m., PAULA WEST at Campbell Steele Art Gallery on the Marion downtown strip. Doors at 7 p.m. All tickets $25. For more info, call 319-373-9211 or visit www.campbellssteele.com. Saturday, November 15, 7 p.m., AIDS AWARENESS BAR CRAWL, downtown Iowa City. For more info, contact Jim Curry at AMSACurry@ gmail.com. Saturday, November 15, 9 p.m., THE ROSEBUDS, from Raleigh, NC, at The Picador, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa City. Visit http://eventful. com/performers/the-rosebuds-/PO001-0000025090-5. Satudray, November 15, 9 p.m., RONNIE NYLES at Hamburger Mary’s, behind 2nd Wind off of 1st Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids. $10 per table reservation. $5 cover starting at 8 p.m. For reservations or more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Saturday, November 15, 1 p.m., 4th ANNUAL QCAD DIVERSITY FILM FESTIVAL, at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. Paid admission to the
festival includes admission to the museum. Start the day off with a casual lunch at 1 p.m., served in the museum dining room for $20. Celebrate the evening with a reception, cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. for $25 in the Figge Lobby. Films include The World Unseen at 2 p.m. ($10), On the Other Hand, Death at 4 p.m. ($10), Ice Blues at 7 p.m. ($10), and Holding Trevor at 9 p.m. ($10). For more info, e-mail qcad.ortforgood@ gmail.com. Monday, November 17, 5-7 p.m., PTDN WELCOME RECEPTION at the Englert Theatre, 221 E.Washington St., downtown Iowa City. Join us for announcement of nominees for this year ICKY Awards. The ICKY is our local award to honor cultural event achievements in the Corridor. The ICKY’s will be presented at a gala event in January at The Englert. New community leaders will also be introduced, including the new city managers for Iowa City and North Liberty, new executives at the Iowa City hospital and others. Co-sponsored by Access Iowa, Diversity Focus, EIHRA, ICCA, and PTDN. PTDN is the Professional, Technical & Diversity Network. Everyone is invited. Tuesday, November 18, 7-9 p.m., AMES MARRIAGE EQUALITY PUBLIC FORUM, at Ames Municipal Auditorium, City Hall, 515 Clark Avenue, Ames. Hosted by One Iowa and Lambda Legal. Welcome from Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, Iowa State Representative, and Panelists: Tim and Sean McQuillan, Iowa’s only legally married same-sex couple; Camilla Taylor, Lambda Legal, Senior Staff Attorney; Linda Trudeau, Ph.D.,Ames PFLAG President and proud parent of a lesbian daughter; Rev. Brian Eslinger, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames. For more info about the forums or to get involved, contact One Iowa at 515-288-4019 or email@example.com. Wednesday, November 19, 7-9 p.m., IOWA CITY MARRIAGE EQUALITY PUBLIC FORUM, hosted by One Iowa and Lambda Legal at the Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St., Iowa City. Hear updates on the historic Supreme Court case in Iowa that could make gay marriage legal this next year. Welcome from Kim Painter, Johnson County Recorder, and Panelists: Jen and Dawn BarbouRoske, same-sex plaintiff couple inVarnum vs. Brien case; Camilla Taylor, Lambda Legal, Senior Staff Attorney; Tom Koeppel, proud parent of a lesbian daughter; Dr. Rev. Rich McCarty, ordained minister and Professor of Religion. For more info about the forums or to get involved, contact One Iowa at 515-288-4019 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Wednesday, November 19, 7:30 pm., DOLLY PARTON, the most honored female country performer of all time, at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. For tix, visit www. ticketmaster.com. Thursday, November 20, 7-9 p.m., OPEN MIC hosted by MARY MCADAMS at Ritual Café, on 13th St. between Locust and Grand, downtown Des Moines. Check out www.ritualcafe. com or www.myspace.com/ritualcafeopenmic. No cover. Friday, November 21, 8 p.m., JOE AND VICKI PRICE at The Mill Restaurant, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. $7 cover. Visit http://www.joepriceblues. com/indes.htm and www.icmill.com. Friday-Saturday, November 2122, 8 p.m., fabulous singer-songwriterdiva JANELLE LAUER at CSPS, 1103 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. She played for Iowa Women’s Music Festival last year to a very awed crowd. Come see her in an intimate setting at CSPS, when she sings the roof off! For more info, call 319-364-1580, e-mail info@ legionarts.org or visit www.legionarts. org. This fabulous night includes a CD release concert and reception! Saturday, November 22, 7:30 p.m., LORIE LINE HOLIDAY EXTRAVA-
GANZA at The Englert Theatre, 221 E.Washington St., Iowa City, 319-6882653. Visit www.englert.org Saturday, November 22, 7 p.m., CEDAR RAPIDS ROLLERGIRLS vs. BIG MOUTH MICKIES in another Roller Derby Bout! At the US Cellular Center, 370 1st Ave. NE, downtown Cedar Rapids. For info or tix, visit www.ticketmaster.com. Tix $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Sunday, November 23, 3-6 p.m., A NIGHT OF ILLUSIONS, Kirkwood Community College Unity Club’s ﬁrst-ever drag show, at Ballantyne Auditorium on the KCC campus, Cedar Rapids. Wednesday, November 26, INTRODUCTORY & INTERMEDIATE LEVEL WINE CLASS, taught by Jose Reyes at Vineria Wine Shop, 264 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids, 319-373-6141, www.vineriawineshop. com, email@example.com. Enroll by Saturday November 22 and pay $25. After Saturday November 22, the class is $30. This is a class for the beginner as well as the wine enthusiast who wishes to broaden his or her understanding of wine. Comprehensive tasting at this class. Glasses provided. Light appetizers offered. Seating is limited 16 people. Reservations required at 319373-6141 or Vineria@mchsi.com. Wednesday-Saturday, December 3-6, 8 p.m., TRIBUTE at CSPS, 1103 Third St SE, Cedar Rapids. All tickets $25. Tribute marks its tenth anniversary! Get your tickets now for this popular holiday show featuring KATHY DONNELLY, CAROL MONTAG, NINA SWANSON, and a stageful of outstanding instrumentalists.Tickets on sale now, only at CSPS. Call 319-364-1580 or visit www. legionarts.org. Friday-Saturday, December 5-6, 8 p.m., PRUDENCE JOHNSON at Campbell Steele Art Gallery on the Marion downtown strip. Doors at 7 p.m. All tickets $25. For more info, call 319-373-9211 or visit www. campbellsteele,com. Saturday, December 6, 8 p.m., GAYLA DRAKE PAUL at Fun Fun Fun at 138 Main St. in Wyoming, Iowa. For more info about Fun Fun Fun,Check out www.myspace.com/gayladrakepaul. Thursday, December 11, AN EVENING WITH THE MAIA QUARTET at The Mill Restaurant, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. For more info, visit www.icmill.com and www. maiaquartet.com. Friday, December 12, KATHY MATTEA at Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa. For more info, go to www.gbpac.org. Friday-Sunday, December 12-14, A DECEMBER TO REMEMBER, UI Opera Theatre performance at The Englert, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City. For tickets or more info, visit www.englert.org. Check out Keegan O’Berry, the cutest little guy in Iowa City, on stage in his theatrical debut! Thursday, December 18, 7:30 p.m., MANHATTAN TRANSFER with the Des Moines Symphony at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. For tix, go to www.ticketmaster.com. Thursday, December 18, 8 p.m., PIETA BROWN and HALEY BONAR at The Mill Restaurant, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. Fresh off a tour with Ani DiFranco, Pieta Brown returns to the Mill for an Iowa City show to celebrate the release of her new CD, Flight Time.The critical swell behind Pieta has been quite astounding in the last year, with press like NPR, Daytrotter, and the Wall Street Journal praising her seductive folk-pop songwriting. Guest artist Haley Bonar is a Minneapolis pop treasure. Cover $10. Check out www.icmill.com and www. myspace.com /pietabrown. Saturday, December 20, 8 p.m., CSPS hosts their occasional but very entertaining and unique OPEN MIC,
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Deep Inside Hollywood by Romeo San Vicente
Cynthia Nixon Dresses Up for NakedSequel Without making too much of a fuss about it, Cynthia Nixon is proving that actors can come out and still play straight characters. What’s also notable about Nixon is how she’ll go from blockbuster Hollywood
movie to well-received stage appearance to TV guest-star role with the greatest of ease. Next up for her is a turn as real-life performance artist and scenester Penny Arcade in An Englishman in New York, a sequel to the groundbreaking 1975 TV movie The Naked Civil Servant, about the gay life and even gayer times of the legendary Quentin Crisp. John Hurt returns as Crisp, and the cast also features Jonathan Tucker (The Deep End) and Swoosie Kurtz. No date yet on when Englishman currently shooting in London nd Manhattan, will hit screens. Rosie O’Donnell Pursues America You may miss seeing Rosie O’Donnell taking Elisabeth Hasselbeck down a peg or two on The Viewevery day, but Rosie’s keeping herself very busy on the small screen. Following her recent hilarious appearance on Little Britain USA and her upcoming gig hosting a new NBC variety special, Rosie will be starring in and executive-producing America, a new movie for the Lifetime network. Based on the book by E.R. Frank, America tells the story of a troubled 16year-old and his struggles with the foster at 1103 3 St. SE, Cedar Rapids. $5 gets you in, and the money is shared between the night’s performers. Want to perform? Sign up in advance; get info at http://www.legionarts.org/events/ Ocb10.htm. rd
RECURRING EVENTS: Every Sunday, 5-6 p.m., GLBT AA, First Baptist Church at 500 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. For more info about Intergroup and Alcoholics Anonymous call the 24-Hour Answering Service at 319-338-9111 or visit the AA-IC website: http://aa-ic.org. Every Sunday, 6-8:30 p.m., THE QUIRE: Eastern Iowa’s GLBT Chorus Rehearsals, at Zion Lutheran Church, 310 N. Johnson St, Iowa City. Membership is open to all GLBT folks, as well as allies who support the community. There are no auditions; you only need to be willing to attend rehearsals regularly and learn your music. The Quire prepares two full concerts each year in the winter and spring, and occasionally performs shorter programs at events in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area. The Quire is a member of Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA), and has developed a reputation for excellence and variety in its concert programs. For more info, visit http://www.thequire.org. Second Sunday of the month, 3-4
care system. The title role of the teenager hasn’t been cast, but O’Donnell will play his therapist, and Oscar nominee Ruby Dee has signed on as the boy’s caretaker. Yves Simoneau (HBO’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee) will direct. See America ﬁrst in February. At Last, The Big Gay Musical Gays and musicals go together like chocolate and peanut butter, so it seemed inevitable that someone would combine the two. And so we have The Big Gay Musical, which started shooting in October. Directed by Casper Andreas (whose Slutty Summer and A Four-Letter Word were popular on the gay ﬁlm-festival circuit), Big Gay Musical tells the story of two gay song-and-dance men. One of them has abandoned the search for Mr. Right and chooses instead to get slutty, like all the chorus boys he knows, while the other copes with issues of family and faith. The cast includes vets from just about every recent Broadway show, from A Chorus Line and Mamma Mia! to Wicked and Xanadu Look for Musical to pop up at next summer’s fests. Zeta-Jones Walks - and Dances - Like an Egyptian What do Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hugh
Jackman, Steven Soderbergh, Cleopatra,
p.m., IOWA CITY PRIDE PLANNING COMMITTEE, Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room E. Come help plan the 2009 Iowa City Pride Festival. For more info, contact Bridget at malone. bridget!gmail.com. Every Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m., CONNECTIONS INCLUSIVE BALLROOM at Old Brick 26 E. Market St, Iowa City. An equal opportunity social dance workshop/rehearsal for LGBT people. All skill levels are welcome. American social dance, Latin, a mix of dance from the last 100 years. For more info, contact Mark McCusker at firstname.lastname@example.org. 319-621-8530 or Nora Garda at 319-400-4695, or visit http://iowadancefest.blogspot.com/. Second Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8 p.m., GLRC OF CEDAR RAPIDS BOARD MEETING at 6300 Rockwell Dr, Cedar Rapids. Meetings are open to the general public. For more info, call 319-366-2055 or visit: http://crglrc.org. Every Wednesday, 7-9 p.m., U OF I GAY LESBIAN BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER AND ALLIES UNION MEETINGS at U of I LGBT Center, 125 Grand Ave Ct., Iowa City. For more info, visit http://www.uiota. edu/-glbtau/. First, third, and ﬁfth Thursdays of each month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., EVENINGS FOR SPIRIT at SpiritHill Retreat, 604 Cedar Valley Road, West
choreography, and 3D glasses have in common? If you guessed “everything,” then you have even more strangely speciﬁc Busby Berkeley dreams than Soderbergh, whose next big idea involves just that. The acclaimed ﬁlmmaker wants to stage an all-singing, all-dancing, all-3D, big-budget musical version of Cleopatra, starring ZetaJones and Jackman, and is in talks with those stars to make his vision a reality. There are no other details at the moment, but the very idea that this could take place should be enough to warm the heart and excite the over-the-top imagination of Chicago-loving, Wolverine-lusting, musical-loving queers (not to mention all those Jaws 3D fans in desperate need of stuff fake-ﬂying off the screen) everywhere. More two-dimensional details coming soon. Hayes, Hathaway May Make Promises! Promises! Now that Mad Men has made 1960s ofﬁce politics sexy all over again, perhaps it’s no surprise that gay producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago) are talking about reviving the Burt Bacharach musical Promises! Promises! on Broadway. A tuneful take on the Billy Wilder classic The Apartment, P!P! was a big hit on the Great White Way in the late ‘60s. (It’s also the show that gave us “Turkey Lurkey Time,” so memorably performed in the recent movie Camp.) While no one has yet signed on the dotted line, Sean Hayes and Anne Hathaway recently participated in a workshop reading in New York and are presumed (read: fervently hoped) to be the ﬁrst picks for the lead roles. Since it’s still early in the process, an opening date has yet to be promised. Cynthia Nixon Dresses Up for Naked Sequel Without making too much of a fuss about it, Cynthia Nixon is proving that actors can come out and still play straight characters. What’s also notable about Nixon is how she’ll go from blockbuster Hollywood movie to well-received stage appearance to TV guest-star role with the greatest of ease. Next up for her is a turn as real-life perfor-
Branch. Women gather at SpiritHill to share our spiritual experiences, visions and longings.The evenings include time for sharing and time for silence. Laughter, tears and singing are often shared as well. No speciﬁc spiritual practice is followed. This event is always open to newcomers. For more info, call 319-643-2613, or e-mail spirit-hill@ earthlink.net. Every Friday, 6 p.m., “What the Bleep Do We Know” Happy Hour at Ritual Café, on 13th St. between Grand & Locust, downtown Des Moines, 515-288-4872. Join your Ritual Café friends “down the rabbit hole” and redeﬁne happy hour as we meet weekly to explore science and spirituality. No Cover. Every Tuesday, 8 p.m., OPEN CIRCLE DRUMMING with Rusty Ekland, www.malikan.com, at Ritual Café, on 13th St. between Grand & Locust, downtown Des Moines, 515288-4872. Drumming is in the world, traditional West African style. Free. Second Wednesday of every month, 6:30-8 p.m., STONEWALL DEMOCRATS, the GLBT Caucus of the Democratic Party, meets at Hamburger Mary’s, behind 2ndWind off of 1st Ave SE in Cedar Rapids. For more info, contact GregWilliams, President of the Linn Co. Chapter, at linnstonewall@ mchsi.com or call 319-389-0093. Second Tuesday of every month,
mance artist and scenester Penny Arcade in An Englishman in New York, a sequel to the groundbreaking 1975 TV movie The Naked Civil Servant, about the gay life and even gayer times of the legendary Quentin Crisp. John Hurt returns as Crisp, and the cast also features Jonathan Tucker (The Deep End) and Swoosie Kurtz. No date yet on when Englishman, currently shooting in London and Manhattan, will hit screens. Parker Finds Love and Danger with Grant Relax, gays - Sarah Jessica Parker knows you’re all slavering for a follow-up to this summer’s hit Sex and the City movie.
Sarah Jessica Paraker But she’s got to stay busy while the Sex sequel goes through development, so in the meantime, Parker will be teaming up with the ever-charming Hugh Grant for a new romantic comedy. The untitled ﬁlm will star the toothy twosome as an estranged, highpowered New York couple who are put into the Witness Protection Program after they observe a murder being committed. Stuck together in a small town in Wyoming - where Parker’s character will trade couture for ﬂannel - they rekindle their love while dodging the murderers. No release date yet on the movie, which will reunite Grant with Two Weeks Notice and Music and Lyrics writerdirector Marc Lawrence. Until Sarah Jessie P. reunites with Big, this will do just ﬁne.
Romeo San Vicente has been known to launch into numbers from “Merrily We Roll Along” at the most inopportune moments imaginable. can be reached at
5:30-7 p.m., EQUALITY IOWA’S HAPPY HOUR is held at Ritual Café, 1301 E. Locust St., downtown Des Moines. Come get to know what EqIA has to offer you and how you can get involved with changing the lives of the LGBT community in Iowa. Equality Iowa is working tirelessly in Des Moines and around the state to improve the civil rights of LGBT people through lobbying, education, and public policy work. For more info about Equality Iowa, contact SandyVopalka at PoiiticinA@aol.com or 515-537-3126 or visit www.equalityiowa.org Ritual Cafe is a women-owned establishment, smoke-free, with a great atmosphere. For more info about Ritual Cafe, e-mail ritualcafe@aolcom or call 515-288-4872. Every Saturday, noon to 1 p.m., WOMEN FOR PEACE IOWA host Weekly Street CornerVigils for peace, rain or shine. Meet at the corner of 1st Ave. and Collins Rd. SE (in front of Granite City Brewery), Cedar Rapids. Show your support for our troops by calling for their return from Iraq. For more info, e-mail email@example.com. Second Tuesday of every month, WOMEN FOR PEACE KNITTERS meet for knitting, crocheting, and discussion, 9:30-11 a.m. at Prairiewoods, 120 E. Boyson Rd., Hiawatha. For more info, call 319-377-3252 or go to www. somenforpeace-iowa.org..
Fourth Tuesday of every month, WOMEN FOR PEACE KNITTERS meet for knitting, crocheting, and discussion (yes, a second day of the month!), 7-8:30 p.m. at the Marion Public Library, 1095 6th Ave., Marion. For more info, call 319-377-3252 or go to www.womenfopeace-iowa.org. Every Tuesday evening, 7:30-9:30 p.m., ARGENTINE TANGO practice and open dance, at the Wesley Center, 120 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City. A donation of $1-2 per person is requested for use of theWesley Center. For more info, contact Karen Jackson at 319447-1445 or e-mail kledgewood@ msn.com. Every Saturday, 3:30 p.m., SALSA LESSONS taught by Gloria Zmolek, at CSPS, 1103 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. No experience or partner necessary. Lessons are free; donations accepted. For more info, contact Gloria at 319-3659611 or visit www.bailelatino.org. First Friday of the month, FAIRFIELD ART WALK. For more info, visit www.FairﬁeldArtWalk.com. Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the each month at 7 p.m., a DRUMMING CIRCLE meets at the Unity Center of Cedar Rapids, 3791 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. For more info, call 319-393-5422. Thanks for supporting live music, women in the arts, and your community! Lisa, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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RECENT MOVIES: Changeling In 1928 Pasadena, Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) returns home to ﬁnd her 9-year-old son Walter missing. Months later, LAPD police captain J.J. Jones (Jeffrey Donovan) announces that the child has been found - only Christine insists the boy is not Walter. Jones refuses to reopen Walter’s case and starts a vicious campaign against Christine when she raises a public fuss. Director Clint Eastwood has done a masterful job in re-creating the era, from Christine’s Marcel wave to telephone operators on roller skates. Some risible dialogue aside, Eastwood has created an effective, affecting drama that is part suspenseful thriller, part tearjerker. And he has handed Jolie quite a gift with her best role since her Oscar-winning turn in Girl, Interrupted - as the grieving but determined mother, she is absolutely stunning. Grade: A-
Kinsey Scale: 1.5 (In her younger days, Jolie was open about her bisexuality. She played a lesbian supermodel in Gia and appeared in Alexander. Among the costars, John Malkovich had roles in Shadow of the Vampire and The Libertine; Amy Ryan appeared in Capote; and gay actor Denis O’Hare played a recurring character on Brother & Sisters, and took part in The Anniversary Party, Heights, and Milk_ as well as the plays Cabaret and Take Me Out. Eastwood previously made Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. What Just Happened? Hollywood producer Ben (Robert De Niro) may be rich and powerful, but he’s got problems: He has to make a temperamental British director (Michael Wincott) change the ending of the new Sean Penn movie in time for the Cannes Film Festival, while convincing Bruce Willis to shave off his beard and lose weight before the studio pulls the plug on their new project. Meanwhile, his most recent ex-wife (Robin Wright Penn) is sleeping with his best friend (Stanley Tucci), and he’s getting no assistance whatsoever from a hard-as-nails studio executive (Catherine Keener). What Just Happened? is navel-gazing even by the standards of previous movies-about-moviemaking, and neither director Barry Levinson nor his talented cast will make you care about any of these spoiled, selﬁsh rich people. Rent The Player instead.Grade: CKinsey Scale: 1 (Based on this movie, you’d think there were no gay people in Hollywood, which everyone knows couldn’t be further from the truth. De Niro starred in Flawless, while Tucci played fairy godfa-
the fun guide ther to Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada. Keener played bisexual in Being John Malkovich, and portrayed Harper Lee, the best friend of gay author Truman Capote, in Capote_)
Zack and Miri Make a Porno When 20-somethings Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) ﬁnd themselves falling behind on their rent and utility payments, they decide that desperate times call for desperate measures. The two go into the porn business with some seed money from one of Zack’s co-workers, and assemble a small but enthusiastic cast and crew. What the two lifelong platonic friends don’t see coming is that having sex for the ﬁrst time - in front of a camera, no less - will change their relationship forever. Written and directed by the wonderfully profane Kevin Smith, Zack and Miri mines lots of humor from sexuality and the mechanics of naked ﬁlmmaking, but there’s a sweet side to the ﬁlm, too. Rogen and Banks make a lovely couple who travel a very unusual path to romance.Grade: AKinsey Scale: 4 (Zack and Miri are inspired to make smut after meeting gay porn star Brandon - played by the hilarious Justin Long - who is the boyfriend of former football jock and Miri’s teen crush Bobby - played by Brandon Routh, who’s funnier than you’d imagine - at their high school reunion. The fake gay porn titles Brandon mentions are both accurate and hysterical.) ALSO IN THEATERS: Eagle Eye A stranger’s voice on the phone warns slacker Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) that the FBI is after him, just as agents burst through his door. The same voice threatens to kill single-mom Rachel Holloman’s (Michelle Monaghan) son unless she does what she is told. The two are soon on the run together, the voice forcing them ever deeper into a violent conspiracy. This paranoid thriller begins with an arresting premise: that the government’s surveillance equipment, meant to monitor for terrorists, could be turned against ordinary American citizens. Unfortunately, the movie never pauses long enough from the frantic stew of car chases, explosions, and lavish special effects to fully explore those implications, morphing instead into a ﬂabby, barely suspenseful, and depressingly routine action adventure. Grade: C Kinsey Scale: 1 (Monaghan starred in the comic thriller with a queer twist Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Among the co-stars, Anthony Mackie starred in She Hate Me; Ethan Embry was Reese Witherspoon’s closeted best friend in Sweet Home Alabama_ Lynn Cohen has a recurring role on Sex and the City; and Rosario Dawson has multiple queer credits, including roles in Rent and Alexander.)
Max Payne Max Payne (played by a stone-like Mark Wahlberg) is a cop whose wife and child have been murdered, their case grown cold. Obsessed with ﬁnding the killer and exacting revenge, he pores over every detail, alone in his need to ﬁnd an answer. When new murders take place that provide the smallest hint of a clue, Payne is off on the hunt and realizes that a pharmaceutical company conspiracy may lie at the end of his journey. Along the way, a lot of people get harmed by-the-numbers - his last name isn’t a homonym for nothing - but the somewhat preposterous action and predictable outcome, from the on-cue vengeance to the easily seen “who” in the whodunit, is tarted up with attractive visuals like shadowy mood camerawork, a stark urban winter landscape, and bullet’s-eye views of doom. You’ll have seen it all before many times, but it still packs a good-looking, zeitgeist-y, somewhat anticorporate punch. Grade: BKinsey Scale: 1 (Wahlberg’s pornstar character in Boogie Nights eventually becomes a male hustler. As a Calvin Klein underwear model early in his career, Wahlberg provided plenty of gay male eye candy. Co-star Beau Bridges appeared in the gaythemed indie comedy Sordid Lives.) Nick and Norah’s Inﬁnite Playlist New Jersey high school student Nick (Michael Cera) makes mix CDs for his girlfriend Tris (Alexis Dziena) long after she’s dumped him. He doesn’t know that Tris’ sometime-friend Norah (Kat Dennings), who’s got ex-boyfriend troubles of her own, rescues the CDs from the trash for Nick’s perfect musical taste. And when Nick and Norah are accidentally thrown into each other’s lives on a typical teen excursion into New York City to see a band, they discover budding romance amidst chaotic surroundings, unreliable drunken friends, and emotional blackmail from exes. Call it Sixteen Candles 2008, as the premise of “one wacky night that changes everything” used by countless high school comedies gets a scruffy update. Meanwhile, the infusion of sweet, low-key charm and the underplayed comic talents of Cera and Dennings save it from being just another teen movie and make it cause for minor celebration.Grade: B Kinsey Scale: 3 (Nick’s best friends are gay, and their adventures over the course of the New York City evening are part of ﬁlm’s main subplot.)
Nights in Rodanthe Wife and mom Adrienne (Diane Lane) can’t decide whether or not to take back her estranged, philandering husband (Christopher Meloni). Troubled doctor Paul (Richard Gere) wants to face up to his mistakes and mend his broken relationship with his son (James Franco). When Adrienne and Paul meet - she’s running an inn for her vacationing friend, he’s the only guest - they brood, stare at the sea, and bond. And because they’re played by Diane Lane and Richard Gere, they have Earth-shattering sex and
heal each other’s emotional wounds. Even if you’re a sucker for chick ﬂicks and/or tearjerkers, Nights in Rodanthe is so overthe-top - they fall into each other’s arms as a hurricane hits! - that you’ll ﬁnd it difﬁcult to stiﬂe the giggles. Lane delivers another great performance, but she’s too good for this material.Grade: C+ Kinsey Scale: 1 (Gay director George C. Wolfe makes his theatrical feature debut here, having directed Lackawanna Blues for HBO, and Angels in America and Caroline, or Change on Broadway. Meloni was in the cast of Oz, while Gere starred in American Gigolo and Chicago, and Lane played Stella in the TV version of A Streetcar Named Desire.) The Secret Life of Bees Unhappy 14-year-old Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) ﬂees her abusive father (Paul Bettany) and South Carolina hometown with family housekeeper Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson) after the latter tangles with local racists. In nearby Tiburon, the pair ﬁnds refuge with beekeeper August Boatwright (Queen Latifah) and her sisters. Set in 1964, this handsome, warmhearted melodrama based on Sue Monk Kidd’s bestseller catalogs the racial injustice boiling over in the wake of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. At the same time, it never loses sight of the human story, as August and her siblings welcome these two damaged souls into their family, and in the process, help heal their psychic wounds. A glorious ensemble of awesome women delivers powerful performances that transcend the tale’s soap opera aspects. Grade: B+ Kinsey Scale: 1 (Fanning played a young Ellen DeGeneres in an episode of The Ellen Show. Hudson was in Sex and the City. Latifah was Oscar-nominated for Chicago and appeared in Set It Off_and Hairspray Among the co-stars, Alicia Keys played a lesbian hit woman in Smokin’Aces, Paul Bettany had a small role in Bent, and Sophie Okonedo was in Scenes of a Sexual Nature.) Synecdoche, New York Theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) can’t stop the degeneration of his own body or the disintegration of his marriage to artist Adele (Catherine Keener). But he can control what happens on stage, so when he gets a fat MacArthur genius grant check, he creates a smaller, detailed recreation of his hometown of Schenectady, N.Y., one where he can call all the shots. This willfully, wonderfully strange directorial debut of acclaimed screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is a dazzling and dizzying exploration of life and death, love and loss, and artists torn between narcissism and their search for the truth. The cast - Hoffman, Keener, Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Samantha Morton, to name just a few - is uniformly extraordinary, and Synecdoche’s deadpan humor and moving exploration of the human condition will stay with you long after the lights come up.Grade: A Kinsey Scale: 4 (Hoffman won an Oscar for his portrayal of legendary gay author Truman Capote in Capote, while Keener was nominated for her bisexual role in Being John Malkovich, also written by Kaufman, and Williams was nominated for playing the wife of a gay cowboy in Brokeback Mountain. Synecdoche also offers a lesbian subplot.)
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CAAP Raises $13.500 for AIDS
Funds help those with HIV/AIDS through CASS Outreach Services WATERLOO/CEDAR FALLS -- With a brisk light dusting of snow, the warmth of the evening was clearly in the many friendships among the LGBT community that gathered at Kings and Queens on Friday, November 7, and then at the Electric Park Ballroom on Saturday, November 8. The event was the annual Community Aids Assistant Project (CAAP) fund-raiser events. It All Began at Kings and Queen Tap At Kings and Queens on Friday, the annual “Cake Walk”, organized by DeLon Gobeli, top center in the collage on the next page, gave the festivities a great start. Over 35 cakes, pies and cookies were donated for the event, which one could buy for $15 or buy a rafﬂe ticket for $1 each and try to win one of the sweet treats. Meanwhile, the DJ played a variety of music mixing some really old favorites with some more recent artists. Following the “Cake Walk”, the show cast entertained with a great variety of performances. Some performers also sang live, which is always well received at the bar. Performances included Jamie Lynn, Ruby James, Courtney Michaels, Ebony Powers, and many others. Courtney wore one of the patron’s favorite outﬁts .... Her dress with beaded-fringe, beads were attached in short strands all over the dress and would rattle and make a smooth sound at times when Courtney would give ‘em a good shake! And then On to The Electric Park! The party moved on Saturday into Waterloo’s Electric Park Ballroom. The partiers came from mostly Waterloo/Cedar Falls but also some were there from Des Moines, Dubuque, Quad Cities, Cedar Rapids and Western Iowa. Entertainment was kept at a brisk pace by three Masters of Ceremonies, carried out by two favorite drag queens: Jessica Tyler, Summer Knight, and out of drag
Tim Walker (aka; Sauntra Truitt when in drag). Money raised by the entertainment was deposited in the all-too familiar ﬁsh tanks, then gathered up by board members including Jona, and then totaled and announced to the audience by the ever popular “tote board.” Watching the total grow was also an incentive to chip-in more dollars. The evening provided an opportunity to learn more about CASS and also CAAP. Most of the moneys raised by CAAP are given to CASS, an outreach service funded in part by grants and associated with Covenant Hospital. CASS in turns uses the funds to pay certain bills for persons with HIV/AIDS including, on occasion, their electric bill, food, rent, and other items that can’t be paid for by other grants and medical funds. Although it is not intended that the event become a fashion show, some comments are due concerning the very stylish and extraordinary outﬁts. On the top of the list is the “Queen of Hearts” dress worn by Ruby James. Also tops was the Las Vegas show girl outﬁt worn by Dena Cass, complete with a pink and black feather head piece that extended 3-4 feet tall a with a matching back-tail piece. Summer Knight wore a beautiful, blue sheath with a beaded pattern. .Pretty Bell Performed “Puttin on the Ritz” dressed in a white coat and black skirt. Miss Dominique Cass, Miss Gay Iowa USofA, won the award for “tallest crown.” It is always a treat to hear live singing at these events. Jeff Allen was dressed as a crooner of the 60’s ,and sang, “You Don’t Love Me”, a song that took full advantage of his smooth, melodic voice. And then there was Courtney Michaels performing a rather athletic number in her now famous “ripped and patched and holey jeans.” Waterloo’s own Ebony Marie Powers graced the stage as did Rachael Starr who wore a pink dress with silver decorations. Annie from Oelwein also performed
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Corn Haulers Win the 2008 Keeper of the Wings Award
2008 Keeper of the Wings winner .was presented to Corn Haulers of Des Moines by last year’s winner, DeLon Gobeli. Pictured are Randy Kallensrud, Bob Eckleberry (Mongo), and Babs and the CAAP board.The Corn Haulers have contributed to many charities and are best known for their weekly Sunday Beer Bust at the Blazing Saddle Bar in Des Moines.
wearing a short grey sheath and tall black boots. An audience pleaser was the comic routine from Saturday Night Live performed by Cowboy Mike and Tammy. Performers also included members of the Iowa Imperial Court from the Des Moines Area. Others came from Cedar Rapids and Western and Eastern Iowa. Cash donations were received from the Imperial Court of Iowa ($2500), Veridian Credit Union ($500), and also from Stella’s Guest House. And, all the tips collected by the entertainers! ---By Jackson Grey, reporter to ACCESSline.
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All Iowa AIDS Beneﬁt Raises Over $35,000 Funds Help Iowans Living with HIV/AIDS With Their Basic Neesds
DES MOINES -- The 22nd Annual All Iowa AIDS Beneﬁt was held on October 26 at the Embassy Suites on the River in Des Moines. The event -- which is the state’s largest AIDS fund-raiser -- brought in over $35,000 to help Iowans living with HIV and AIDS. Red ribbons and white ﬂowers sent a message of awareness and hope to the people in attendance. Informing people about AIDS and services available for people with AIDS was a key purpose of the beneﬁt. Money raised from the auction, ticket sales, tips, donations and the reservations of VIP tables at the beneﬁt will to service agencies in Iowa that help people who have HIV and AIDS, especially those people who need medical insurance, transportation and emergencies. A pre-show party for the beneﬁt began at 4:30pm with musical entertainment , followed by a silent auction from 5:00 to 7:00pm, and a variety show from 6:00 to 10:00pm. Attendees paid $20 for tickets to the variety show which featured more than 30 performers. They also purchased a variety of valuable art and objects “you can’t live without” available during the silent auction. During the show, Leonard Boswell, congressman -- and here, the auctioneer, auctioned off several very ﬁne items including pictures, stained glass, and a quilt. Early in the beneﬁt, Bob Eikelberry (a.k.a Emperor Mongo), owner of the Blazing Saddle bar, announced several community awards. A live auction was held for special, highticket items, including a quilt and, framed special art work. Special community Service Awards were made to Brian of the East Village Association, to Tony and the crew of the Garden Night Club for raising AIAB dollars within the Garden Nightclub, and to Bud Shaw, of Buddies Corral, for his work with the condom crusade and food pantry. The Imperial Court of Iowa, rein 15 ended in September. The Princess and Emperor from Rein 15 presented a check of $2500 to the All Iowa Aids Beneﬁt. Bubbles, the new Empress for Rein 16, “sang” “I will always love you.” Miss Stephanie Steel, dressed in a purple dress with a rhinestone pattern on the skirt. performed “Let the Children”. Empress 2, Lilly White, wearing her crown and dressed in a black gown with small ﬁgures, performed “It’s who I am.” By 7:10pm,, the beneﬁt had raised $6,500. A thoughtful gift was made by the Blazing Saddle of $2000 and an additional $300 in memory of Aramis. Live singers are few, but in this case, Michael Miller was treat singing live, “Simply the Best,” a Tina Turner song! Craig Roberts, from the Cornhaulers of Iowa, made their gift to the All Iowa AIDS Beneﬁt of $2000. Another show-stopping live performance of “And All that Jazz” was given by Amy Bergmeier, who was also a performer at Stage West in “Refer Madness.” Another performer from Stage West was Justin Thomas performing “Often Walked Down This Street Before”. Angela Cavalier deserves big applause for her live performance “I’ll Come running.” It was an enjoyable evening.
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The Outfield Out Of The Pocket, And Into Today
Bill Konigsberg’s high school years were confusing. He loved baseball, but was attracted to guys. He’d never heard of gay athletes; he thought he was the only one on the planet. Years later, the world seemed a different place. Gay sports boomed; there were openly gay athletes everywhere, particularly at the college and high school levels. When Konigsberg began researching his ﬁrst novel, Out of the Pocket - about a gay high school quarterback - he talked with football players at an elite private high school in New York. All were very thoughtful, Konigsberg says; all seemed to be straight. The conversation moved along well - until the author asked what would happen if a best friend came out. One player replied instantly: “I’d kill him.” “He knew I was gay,” Konigsberg recalls. “That shocked me.” Pressing for a reason, Konigsberg discovered the player would feel “betrayed.” Konigsberg notes, “I really had to think about that. On face value, it was frightening. But I think he was trying, inarticulately, to say something about friendship, sports, secrets, and masculinity. He was not hateful. He was thoughtful the rest of the time. So I took what he said, and tried to write a book without villains.” High school sports - and growing up gay - was familiar territory for the New York native. He played baseball only because he
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was too skinny for his favorite sport, football. But without gay athletes as role models, he ﬂoundered. “I didn’t know how to be who I was,” he says today. At Columbia University, he covered sports for the Spectator. In 1994, shortly after graduation, Major League Baseball players went on strike. With sports pages starving for news, Konigsberg began simulating the rest of the season. Newspapers like the New York Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle and Miami Herald bought his intriguing stories. Dateline NBC came to Konigsberg’s small Chelsea apartment for an interview. Meeting Konigsberg’s male “roommate,” and seeing just one bed, a producer asked where Konigsberg slept. “I panicked,” he says. “But that incident played a huge role in my coming out in sports.” Yet in early 2001, when he worked at ESPN.com as an assistant editor feeding baseball news to online fanatics, he was out to only ﬁve colleagues. That May the editor-in-chief of _Out_ magazine ignited a sports ﬁrestorm by revealing his affair with an unnamed major league baseball player. Konigsberg banged out a story for ESPN. com’s front page. In it, he outed himself to all his co-workers - and millions of sports fans around the world. “That changed my life,” Konigsberg says simply. “There were no repercussions whatsoever. Since then, I’ve been exactly who I am.” He left ESPN.com the next year, and entered Arizona State University’s graduate creative writing program. While there he wrote the ﬁrst draft of Out of the Pocket,
and two other books. Out of the Pocket began as a short story called “Audibles.” It was an updated version of the life of Ed Gallagher, a friend of Konigsberg’s who tried to commit suicide after a tormented career as a college football player. Jumping from a dam, Gallagher became a quadriplegic. “I tried to imagine being a gay quarterback, what it would feel like,” Konigsberg says. “Ed’s story was terrible, but things had changed since the 1980s. Then I went back to the short story, and took it from there.” Konigsberg’s research encompassed more than speaking with straight high school football players. His nephew - a high school student himself - is gay. “I watched his coming-out process while editing the book,” Konigsberg says. “He lives in a very
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conservative area, but things went well. That changed the book a lot. The ﬁrst draft was very tragic. I found out there are a lot of other possibilities besides suicide.” Would Konigsberg have written a different book if he focused on another sport? “Sure,” he says. “But I’m not sure how. The team dynamic in football works against coming out. But for reasons I don’t understand, football may also be better for being gay. I’ve heard worse stories in baseball, and basketball is pretty bad, too.” What makes high school football tough, Konigsberg says, is “the intensity of the team experience. There’s a much stronger level of bonding than in baseball or basketball.” That bonding, he says, led the player he interviewed to say he would “kill” a friend who came out. But, Konigsberg makes clear, that was an isolated outburst. At the end of the meeting, he says, “I felt conﬁdent that kids today - including athletes - are better prepared for dealing with gay people in sports than my generation was. Despite that one comment, I’m ﬁlled with optimism.” He’s not the only one. A few days earlier, Konigsberg heard from a gay college athlete who came out to his captains. “He said reading my book made him very hopeful,” Konigsberg notes with pride. Dan Woog is a journalist, educator, soccer coach, gay activist, and author of the “Jocks” series of books on gay male athletes. Visit his website at www.danwoog.com. He can be reached care of this publication or at OutField@qsyndicate.com.
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Community Notes Imperial Court Of Iowa, Has A Successful Year by Rick J. Smith, Secretary to BOD for Reign XVI
For those of you who do not know the name, The Imperial Court of Iowa (I.C.IA, Inc.) is a 501(c)3 non-proﬁt organization that was established in 1992 as an organization that would serve the people of the State of Iowa by conducting projects of a public community service or charitable nature to beneﬁt legitimate charities. The I.C.IA, Inc. belongs to an international organization which includes over 70 Imperial Courts, Ducal & Barony Kingdoms reaching from Canada to Mexico, New York to California. In 1992 Naomi del Ray & Bob “Mongo” Eickelberry became our 1st Emperor and Empress of all of Iowa and with their guidance I.C.IA, Inc. has grown into what is now considered the premier fundraising organization in the State of Iowa for the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, & Transgendered (GLBT) community. The I.C.IA, Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors and represented by 2 Monarchs each year. Along with the BOD the ofﬁces of the Emperor and Empress are ﬁlled by individuals who spend their year (reign) overseeing the fundraising efforts of the organization. Over the past years we have donated to many charities. Each year the reigning Emperor & Empress choose charities that they want to donate to, and along with that some fund raisers held by general members are also earmarked for speciﬁc charities that they have chosen.
During Reign XV Emperor Sebastian T. Aleczander Stahr and Empress Prunella D. DeVille and their royale family members, along with the BOD and all the members and friends of the I.C.IA, Inc. had a very successful year and would like to thank everyone for their support helping Reign XV be so successful.
Donations made from Reign XV: AIDS Project of Central Iowa: $31.50; AIDS Project of Central Iowa (Condom Crusade): $924.00; AIDS Project of Central Iowa (Food Pantry): $292.50 ; All Iowa AIDS Benefit: $2,500.00; All Iowa AIDS Benefit (Christmas Baskets): $2,092.13; CAAP (Community AIDS Assistance Program): $2,558.50; Give Kids the World: $607.50; Habitat for Humanity: $2,500.00 ;Hospice of Central Iowa: $1,375.00; MS Society: $1,100.00; SLAAP (Siouxland Area AIDS Project): $2,923.75 Cedar Rapids GLRC: $618.75; Youth Emergency Services & Shelter: $100.00; The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation: $719.25
The Des Moines Gay Mens Chorus The Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus proudly presents “Winter Solstice 2008”Thursday, December 18 – 7:30 p.m.<& Friday, December 19 – 7:30 p.m. At The Temple for Performing Arts, 1011 Locust Street, Des Moines. Advance Tickets:Adults, $10, Children 12 & under, $5., Tickets at the Door $15 and $10.
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Chocolate Bread Pudding: 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (12 oz.) 1 cup brown sugar 1 stick butter, cubed 2 cups whole milk 3 eggs 2 T. Vanilla 2 tsp. Instant espresso powder 13 slices Texas toast, staled and cut into 1” cubes Place bread cubes in large bowl. Melt choc chips with sugar and butter in saucepan over low heat. Stir frequently until chips are smooth. Whisk milk, eggs, espresso together and pour over bread cubes, stir until bread absorbs most of liquid and begins to lose its shape. Fold chocolate mixture into bread mixture, pour into greased pan. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees or until center springs back when gently pressed. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes, remove the sides of the pan, and slice. Serve with chocolate sauce.
German Chocolate Sauce 2 T. Butter ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup heavy cream 1 egg yolk 1/4 cup chopped pecans 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut 2-3 tsp. Brandy, optional Melt butter with sugar in small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in cream, yolk and boil for 1 minute. Take off heat and stir in pecans, coconut and brandy. Cool to room temperature.
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Bake, uncovered, at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees. Bake for 2-3 hours or until meat reaches desired doneness. Baste with pan drippings every 30 minutes. Let stand 10-15 minutes before slicing. Meanwhile combine the sauce ingredients. Serve with beef. White Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes 1 medium onion ﬁnely chopped 1/4 cup butter, cubed 1/4 cup ﬂour 1 tsp dried parsley ﬂakes 1 tsp salt ½ tsp pepper ½ tsp thyme 3 cups milk 1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted 1 cup sour cream 8 cups thinly sliced peeled potatoes 3 ½ cups fully cooked ham 2 cups (8 oz) shredded white cheddar cheese In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in the ﬂour, parsley, salt, pepper and thyme until blended. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in soup. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream until blended. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes and ham. In a greased 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan, layer half of the potato mixture, cheese and white sauce. Repeat layers. Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 40-50 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender.
Country Style Chicken 6 boneless-skinless chicken breast halves (6 oz each) 1 egg 1 T water 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 envelope onion soup mix 1 T butter, melted Flatten the chicken to ½ in thickness. In a shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and soup mix. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then coat with crumb mixture. Place in greased 15 x 10 x 1inch baking dish. Drizzle with butter. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the cooking juices run clear.
Fried Mustard Cube Steaks 1 jar (10 oz) Dijion mustard 1 /4 cups water 6 beef cube steaks (about 2 pounds) 2 cups ﬂour ½ tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper oil for frying In large resealable bag, combine the mustard and water; add cube steaks. Seal the bag and turn to coat; let stand for 10 minutes. Drain and discard marinade. In a shallow bowl combine the ﬂour, salt and pepper. Dip steaks in ﬂour mixture. In an electric skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil to 375 degrees. Fry two steaks at a time for 3-4 minutes on each side or until crisp and lightly browned.
Prime Rib with Horseradish Sauce 1 semi- boneless beef rib roast (4-6lbs.) 1 T olive oil 1-2 tsp coarsely ground pepper Horseradish sauce: 1 cup sour cream (8 oz) 3-4 T prepared horseradish 1 tsp pepper 1/8 tsp Worcestershire sauce Brush roast with oil; rub with pepper. Place fat side up in a shallow roasting pan.
Ham and Bean Soup 1 pound dried navy beans 2 medium onions, chopped 2 tsp vegetable oil 2 stalks celery chopped 10 cups water 1 cup mashed potatoes (without added milk and butter) ½ cup shredded carrots 2 T. Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp salt ½ tsp thyme
½ tsp pepper 2 bay leaves 1 meaty ham bone or 2 smoked ham hocks Place beans in a Dutch oven or soup kettle; and water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. In the same pan, saute onions in oil for 2 minutes. Add celery; cook until tender. Stir in beans, water, ham, potatoes, carrots, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and bay leaves. Add ham bone. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-2 hours or until beans are tender. Remove ham bone; when cool enough to handle, remove ham form bone and cut into cubes. Return to soup. Discard ham bone and bay leaves. Chocolate -Covered Cherry Brownies 1 package brownie mix 2 cups miniature marshmallows 1 jar (10 oz) maraschino cherries, chopped and well drained ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips 1-2 T heavy whipping cream Make brownies according to package direction. When almost done sprinkle with marshmallows and bake 1-2 minutes or until marshmallows are soft but not browned. Sprinkle with cherries. Cool. In microwave melt chocolate chips and cream until smooth. Drizzle over brownies. Let stand until chocolate is set.
Salisbury Steak 1 egg 1/4 cup milk 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs 1 envelope brown gravy mix, divided 1 tsp dried minced onion ½ pound ground beef ½ cup water 1 T prepared mustard In bowl, whisk the egg and milk. Add bread crumbs, 1 T gravy mix and onion. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into two patties about 3/4 inch thick. Broil 3-4 in. From the heat for 6-7 minutes on each side . Place rest of gravy mix in small saucepan; stir in the water and mustard. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened. Serve over patties. Egg Drop Soup 5 cups chicken broth (Can use powdered chicken broth and mix according to directions) ½ tsp sugar 1 egg, slightly beaten 1/3 cup fresh spinach sliced 2 green onions, sliced In a large saucepan, bring the broth and sugar to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low. Drizzle egg into hot broth. Remove from the heat; stir in spinach and onions. Corny Potato Chowder 4 bacon strips, diced ½ cup chopped onion 1 can (15 oz) whole potatoes, drained and diced 2 cups milk 1 can (14 3/4 oz) cream-style corn ½ tsp garlic salt 1/8 tsp pepper In large saucepan, cook bacon and onion until bacon is almost crisp; drain. Add potatoes; saute 2-3 minutes. Stir in the milk, corn, garlic salt and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, until heated through.
Crab Alfredo 1 pkg (16 oz) penne or medium tube pasta ½ cup chopped onion 1/4 cup butter 2 cups (16 oz) sour cream 1 can (10-3/4 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted ½ cup milk ½ tsp salt ½ tsp Italian seasoning 1/4 tsp pepper 2 pkgs (8 oz each) imitation crabmeat, ﬂaked 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 T minced fresh parsley Cook pasta according to directions. Meanwhile in a large skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. Whisk in sour cream, soup, milk, salt, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Cook and stir until heated through (do not boil). Stir in crab; heat through. Drain pasta; top with crab sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley. Sweet and Sour Pork 2/3 cup packed brown sugar 2/3 cup cider vinegar 2/3 cup ketchup 2 tsp soy sauce 1 pound boneless pork loin cut into 1inch cubes 1 T oil 1 medium onion, cut into chunks 2 medium carrots, sliced 1 medium green pepper cut into 1 inch pieces ½ tsp minced garlic 1/4 tsp ground ginger 1 can (8oz) pineapple chunks, drained Hot cooked rice optional In small bowl, combine the brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup, and soy sauce. Pour half into a resealable bag; add pork. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 30 minutes. Set remaining marinade aside. Drain and discard marinade from pork. In a large skillet, cook pork in oil for 3 minutes. Add onion, carrots, green pepper, garlic and ginger; saute until pork is no longer pink. Add reserved marinade. Bring to a boil; cook for 1 minute. Stir in pineapple. Serve with rice. Note: can use chicken or shrimp in place of pork Triple Tier Brownies 1 pkg fudge brownie mix (13 x 9 inch pan size) 1 pkg (11 ½ oz) milk chocolate chips 1 cup peanut butter 3 cups crisp rice cereal 1 can (16 oz) cream cheese frosting 1 cup salted peanuts, chopped Prepare brownies according to package directions. Cool. In a large saucepan, combine the chocolate chips and peanut butter. Cook over low heat until blended. Stir in cereal. Set aside. Spread frosting over brownies. Sprinkle with peanuts. Spread with peanut butter mixture. Chill for 30 minutes before cutting. Brownie Mufﬁns 2 cup semisweet chocolate chips 10 T butter 4 large eggs lightly beaten 3/4 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla 1/4 tsp salt 1 cup ﬂour 2 cups milk chocolate chips, divided 1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped Melt semisweet chips and butter together until smooth. Let cool slightly. Whisk egg, sugar, vanilla, and salt into the melted chocolate. Fold in ﬂour just until incorporated. Add 1 cup milk chocolate chips and nuts. Fill mufﬁn cups about 1/3 cup batter then top each one with a heaping spoonful of batter. Lightly press milk chocolate chips onto each mufﬁn before baking.Bake 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
Dear Auntie Emm: My two young sons (ages 7 and 6) live with me and my lover ... we are both lesbians. They seem to be OK around us, but I notice some changes in their “free time” play behavior. While they still like active play, like basketball, soccer, they also seem to be mimicking “girlish” behavior once and a while. I don’t want to make an issue of this unless I should be concerned. Do you think they might be having a problem being boys in a lesbian household? Will this make them gay? Debby in Dubuque Dear Debby: Well, dear, the ﬁrst question Auntie Emm thinks that you need to answer is whether or not it would be a problem for your children to be gay…This is something that you probably need to think about. As for whether your sons are having a problem being boys in a lesbian household, Auntie Emm doubts it. All children display interest in the behaviors that they associate with their own and with different sexes and genders. Their interest in such things will shift and change over time, depending on their growth and development; all children play around with this. If you make a big deal out of their behavior, it’s going to be a big deal for them, and they may start feeling ashamed of who they are. Auntie Emm doesn’t think that your children’s sexuality is up to you; your sons are going to be who they are, no matter what kind of household they live in. After all, Auntie Emm and all of her gay and lesbian friends grew up in heterosexual homes, and we turned out beautifully, deliciously, and happily queer!
Dear Auntie Emm: I am in my forties, and I am in my second marriage to a great woman. We do not have any children. But, I am curious because I have some interest and sexual attraction to other men around my age (and younger). Maybe I’m bisexual. I’d like to discuss the feelings I have with another man in a similar situation, but am not sure where or how to ﬁnd one willing to talk about such feelings. Or, should I just try to ignore the feelings and enjoy those I hold for my wife? Charles in Central City Dear Charles, Auntie Emm thinks that, unless you know another man in your situation, you are probably going to have a difﬁcult time ﬁnding him. Auntie Emm suggests that you talk to a therapist, who should be able to help you begin to sort out your feelings. Auntie Emm also believes that exploring your feelings for men could lead to signiﬁcant changes in your life, so if you do decide to examine these feelings more closely, you need to be aware of that. In the best of all possible worlds, Auntie Emm would hope that you could have an open and honest conversation about your feelings with your
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Dear Auntie Emm: I’m a regular church goer and I’m a gay man. My church can be best described as “middle of the road,” ... not really conservative, but not too liberal. I am comfortable with my sexual orientation and my relationship to Christianity. But, this election seems to have brought out all the anti-queers, calling us sinful, forever condemned to Hell ... Especially the writings of Dobson and others of his group-ness really make me wonder if they are really Christian, or politicians (or subversives) taking advantage of their “Christianity” for political reasons. They seem to be trying to push basic laws of the “anti-gay” category, including anti-gay marriage and anti-gay rights amendments. And, does the bible really condemn us gay people? Frankly, after some discussion with my pastor, I think they will probably be in Hell far ahead of me because of their twisted use of the bible. Allen in Altoona Dear Allen, Well, as Auntie Emm has said before, there are always going to be people who spout such nonsense. Many people who use the Bible to condemn gay people fail to notice that there are many more passages in the Bible that condemn adultery than deal with homosexuality. Since the world that we live in doesn’t spend too much time condemning the adulterer, it appears to Auntie Emm that these twisted uses of the Bible are, as you so smartly suggest, good examples of people using Christianity to support ideas that they already hold, and to express certain political views. Auntie Emm knows of a few really good books on homosexuality and the Bible. She recommends Daniel Helminiak’s, What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality (Alamo Square Distributers, 2000).
Personal Note to Gay Gary: Far be it from Auntie Emm to pass judgement on what will get people into Heaven or Hell; she’ll leave that up to forces greater than herself to decide. From Auntie Emm’s reading of the New Testament, though, it seems to me that an individual’s personal relationhip with God is what matters. There are only ﬁve (yes, only ﬁve) references to homosexuality in the Bible. This says to Auntie Emm that there are other things going on in our culture that mkes homosexuality the scapegoat for everything bad. All Auntie Emm can say to you is that if you don’t like hearing from your church that you’re going to Hell, you need to say something to your pastor about it. You may have to ﬁnd a different church where people are more accepting. People’s perceptions about homosexuality aren’t going to change unless we start standing up and telling them so.
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DVD Reviews Now Available on DVD
“Kiss of the Spider Woman” is now available on DVD in a special collector’s edition two-disc set (and b lue-ray) that includes a new full-length documentary: “Tangled Web: Making Kiss of the Spider Woman.” The Academy Award-winning
ﬁlm, previously availale only from Amazon, will be avaliable at traditional retail outlets. The ﬁlm debuted in 1985, and was the ﬁrst independent movie ever to receive the top four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Hector Babenco. It wa adapted for the screen by Leonard Schrader from Manuel Puig’s novel of the same name. The ﬁlm takes a penetrating look at the role of sex and politics under an oppressive right-wing regime. William Hurt and Raul Julia are two prisoners in a South-American prison. The ﬁrst for being gay and the second one for political reasons. As they share the same prison cell, they develop a relationship that
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November/December 2008 DVD Review Continued will affect them in many ways. Synopsis. Luis Molina (William Hurt) is a lonely sensitive drag queen locked up in an Argintina prison with political prisoner Valentin Arregui (Raul Julia). To pass the time, Luis tells stories from movies he had seen to Valentin, who in turn fantasizes about his girlfriend in each scene. The stories they share features a similiar woman, the “Spider Woman.” Luis was actually put in with Valentin to extract information about his political movement ot get parolled. The two men eventually do what men do in prisons. Luis falls in love with Valentin . While you can’t see them having sex, as it is a very tasteful movie, they do kiss each other from time to time. William Hurt’s Oscar-winning performance is a captivating tribute to the power of ﬁllm and fantasy as a means to escape inhumane conditions. The ﬁlm is a study of relationships. It is a wonderful look as how two completely different men come to understand one another and the unselﬁshness of love and how it can transcent sexual preference. The ﬁlm is also about much more than it ﬁrst appears. It is obviously a metaphor for any dictatorship as dictators will impresion both politiocal dissidents and homosexuals. The movie is considered an all-time great by most ﬁlm-lovers. It exccells as a superb movie because it is has superb acting and direction; and although the story is dad, it has been received with many honors. But it’s not just the performance alone that makes this movie good, it’s so may other things as well. It was re-released after 16 years and remains a very powerful movie. Reviews commonly comment of the dazzling acting by the two leads, William Hurt and the sadly deceased, Raul Julia. Many people have not heard of this movie, but hopefully, its release give the movie the attention it well deserves. Feature Running Time: 120 minutes, Rating R. , DVD pricing standard: $34.98, Blu-ray: $39.98. Available from Amazon and some local sources. Thanks to Allison Bechdel for special permission to include one of her “Dykes to Watch Out For” comic strips as she retires from drawing the strip to spend more time on her special projects.
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Got ‘Til It’s Gone, by Larry Duplechan. Arsenal Pulp Press, 212 pages, $17.95 paper. Fifteen years is a long time to wait for a sequel - but patience is rewarded with publication of this novel, a rare blend of sexy plotting and intelligent writing. Duplechan last wrote about exuberantly black and comfortably gay Johnnie Ray Rousseau, born of Louisiana Creole parents, in 1992’s Captain Swing. Rousseau was 35 then, mourning the loss of his longtime lover. Now he’s 48, still alone, fretting about nearing 50, sexing it up with one-night stands and occasional couplings with sexual buddies, lonely but not doing much about it - until he ﬁnds himself playing Daddy to a reformed hustler and porn star young enough to be his son (except he’s white). Meanwhile, his mother is dying of cancer, his best straight friend has had a midlife-crisis affair, and he’s blind to the fact that his best gay friend is hopelessly, helplessly, in love with him. That barebones plot description has a melodramatic ring to it, but Duplechan ﬂeshes out his warm story with prose that alternates laugh-out-loud scenes with moments of profound introspection. Nothing Pink, by Mark Hardy. Front Street Books, 112 pages, $16.95 hardcover. Young Vincent is a queer kid who’s never kissed another boy, never even held hands with another boy. But he sure does dream of spending his life with another boy. His father is a ﬁre-and-brimstone preacher, though, and he’s been raised with the “truth” that homosexuality is one sin God can never forgive pounded into his psyche. Then
Vincent meets handsome Robert at an after-church potluck - and his paralyzing spiritual crisis slams into something blissfully physical. At ﬁrst the two lads pass off their attraction as boyish friendship - they hike together, groom and ride a neighbor’s horse together, listen to forbidden music together. But when Vincent’s mother ﬁnds a copy of _First Hand_ hidden under his mattress - every teen boy’s reliable masturbatory treasure - religious belief confronts the need for self-honesty. Hardy’s young adult novel focuses on the stiﬂing role that hardhearted religion plays in the coming-out process with a minimalist intensity that makes it a breeze to read, and with a poetic maturity that makes it as accessible to adults as to teens. I Dare You_, by Larkin Rose. Bold Stroke Books, 192 pages, $14.95 paper. Ball-busting, power-suitwearing corporate raider by day, sensuous pole dancer and stripper by night: Kelsey Billings is one conﬂicted gal, determined to keep her disparate lives from overlapping. Complications are compounded when she falls hard for hot-blooded lesbian karate champion Jordan Porter - and it turns out that Jordan’s mother lost her job, and her home, when Kelsey’s company bought out the Porter family’s struggling business. Toss in the mercurial stripper-bar boss who lusts after her, and the malevolent stalker who is leaving her death threats, and Kelsey is having some seriously uneasy days. What to do? Reveal the secret of her day job and lose the love she’s wanted for so long? This being an erotic romance, there can be no doubt that Kelsey and Jordan navigate assorted emotional mineﬁelds on their way to a happy-ever-after togetherness. But Rose’s well-crafted debut novel is erotica with beneﬁts - plausible plotting, a fast pace, and well-deﬁned secondary characters, including an engaging gay drag queen whose sturdy shoulder is always there when Kelsey needs grounded queer advice. Manly, by Dale Lazarov and Amy Colburn. Bruno Gmunder, 80 pages, $28.99 hardcover. A picture is worth a thousand words, right? So when the pictures are as sexy as those in this erotic graphic collection, who needs words? Not Lazarov, the gifted storyteller who crafted the dialogue-free scripts for Manly’s three sizzling short stories, illustrated with exuberant, hyper-masculine inventiveness by Colburn (with color inking by Dominic Cordoba). In “Busted,” a civilian who helps a beefy police-
November/December 2008 man catch a ﬂeeing fugitive connects with his fantasy man in uniform. In “Clinch,” two ﬁercely competitive muscled boxers get it on outside the ring. In “Hot Librarian,” a melancholy leatherman ﬁnds his object of desire behind a library reference desk. The trio of tales - featuring a multiracial cast of white, black, and Latino studs - all end with the kind of over-the-top orgasmic fulﬁllment that brings to mind the art-porn work of Tom of Finland or The Hun. But Lazarov’s evocative storylines also depict an underlying tenderness that adds lovely grace notes - and a certain amount of soul - to the torrid man-on-man action. Featured Excerpt Robert leans in and meets me eye to eye. I try to avoid his stare by looking off to the right, but when I turn back he’s still staring. “I’m gay, Vincent,” he says. “And I think you’re gay too.” I’ve never looked anyone so squarely in the eye. Not even myself in the mirror. Tears well up in his eyes and in mine. I don’t know where the power comes from, but it rushes like a mighty wind, and I tell Robert Ingle what I’ve never told another living soul, not even God. From Nothing Pink, by Mark Hardy Footnotes ROCK LEGEND BOB MOULD, founder of the pioneering punk bank Husker Du in 1979, has signed to pen a memoir - in collaboration with rock writer Michael Azerrad - in which he’ll discuss his struggle with coming out as a queer rocker. “For many years, people have asked if and when I would write my autobiography. I have always looked forward to this point in time, where I could tell my stories, to answer the many questions about the music and my lifestyle, and how they inform the creative process,” said Mould about his book, coming from Little, Brown in 2010. Mould, who led the ‘90s indie rock band Sugar and has produced music by Soul Asylum and Magnapop, will also write about his foray into the weird world of pro wrestling as a creative consultant, though the focus will be his rock career... THREE OF THE FIVE nominees for the National Book Award for poetry are gay: Frank Bidart, whose ﬁrst collection was published in 1973, for Watching the Spring Festival; Mark Doty, also author of a series of memoirs, for Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems; and Richard Howard, author of more than 20 books - including 17 poetry collections, starting with Quantities in 1962 - for Without Saying. Patricia Smith and Reginald Gibbons are the other nominees; the winner will be announced Nov. 19. Richard Labonte has been reading, editing, selling, and writing about queer literature since the mid-’70s. He can be reached in care of this publication or at BookMarks@ qsyndicate.com.
Church News MONROEVILLE, Pennsylvania (AP) – Clergy and lay members of the theologically conservative Pittsburgh diocese voted overwhelmingly Saturday to break from the liberal Episcopal Church. Of 159 clergy who voted, 121 favored leaving and 33 opposed, with ﬁve voters abstaining or casting disqualiﬁed ballots. The lay vote was closer, with 119 of 191 lay deputies voting for the split, 69 voting against and three abstaining. Asst. Bishop Henry Scriven said the vote means the Pittsburgh diocese is now more ﬁrmly aligned with the majority of the 77 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion, which is more conservative than the communion’s 2.2 million-member U.S. church. “I am delighted that what we have done today is bringing the diocese of Pittsburgh back into the mainstream of worldwide Anglicanism,” Scriven said. But the Rev. James Simons, who pastors one of at least 16 Pittsburgh-area churches that plan to remain in the Episcopal Church, called it a “sad day.” “A majority of deputies to the diocesan convention voted for the schism. They took the convention’s theme, ‘A House Divided
Against Itself Cannot Stand,’ and today caused the Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh to be divided indeed,” Simons said. The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the U.S. church, criticized the vote in a statement, saying, “There is room in this Church for all who desire to be members of it.” She also said schism is not an “honored tradition within Anglicanism” and has “frequently been seen as a more egregious error than charges of heresy.” The Pittsburgh diocese is one of several that disagrees with the U.S. church on Biblical teachings on salvation and other issues, including homosexuality. The Diocese of San Joaquin, based in Fresno, Calif., was the ﬁrst to leave the national church, in 2006. Dioceses based in Quincy, Ill., and Fort Worth, Texas, also are set to vote next month on leaving. The Pittsburgh diocese was led for 11 years by Bishop Robert Duncan. He was removed from ofﬁce by the national church’s House of Bishops last month. Many who opposed the split said the national church erred by disciplining Duncan before the vote. Simons said it “created enormous sympathy” for those voting to split.
Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson sang after his consecration services on Nov. 2, 2003, in Durham, N.H. He is the ﬁrst openly gay bishop. His appointment to bishop furthered much of the controversy in the church for the last several years. Duncan is among the leaders of a national network of theological conservatives who are breaking away from the liberal denomination in a dispute over Scripture. The long-simmering debate, similar to others going on in the mainline Presbyterian, Methodist and Lutheran denominations, erupted in 2003, when Episcopalians consecrated the ﬁrst openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson
of New Hampshire. Clergy and lay members on both sides were impassioned before Saturday’s vote. Several opposed to splitting from the national church acknowledged disagreeing with its more liberal teachings – including a more “inclusive” salvation that doesn’t rely on Christ’s cruciﬁxion alone. The Rev. Philip Wainwright, an Episcopal priest who opposed the split, said the personal salvation of those remaining in the national church is not compromised by its more liberal teachings, which can only be changed by remaining in the church. “If the gates of hell cannot prevail against this church, then a gay bishop and those who consecrated him cannot either,” Wainwright said. But those voting to leave argued they’re not being extreme, just faithful to Biblical teachings. “The church became as gray as the culture,” said Alison McFarland, who voted for the split. “Undeﬁned Christianity became the problem, and now the church is indistinguishable from the world.” Duncan expects 54 of the Pittsburgharea’s 74 congregations will be part of the breakaway diocese, while Simons said as many as a third – or 25 – might eventually remain. Some congregations may end up splitting themselves over the issue, Duncan said.
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Bloomington, a charming and historic city of about 70,000 and home to the main branch of Indiana University (IU), ranks among the most gay-friendly getaways in the Midwest - it’s a hilly, green, and rather idyllic community, and it’s within an afternoon’s drive of Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, and Cincinnati, and just an hour south of Indianapolis. This is the quintessential all-American college town yet with some big-city cultural attributes, from high-caliber theaters, galleries, museums, and live-music clubs to a nice selection of cafes and restaurants - there’s even a popular gay bar. Largely because of the major university presence, the city is quite progressive and possesses a visible lesbian and gay community. In late January, the city hosts a Pride Film Festival, and the local tourism ofﬁce - the Bloomington/Monroe County CVB - has become a leader among small U.S. cities in actively courting GLBT visitors. It produces an annual gay guide to the city as well as the helpful website, www.visitgaybloomington.com. IU ﬁgures signiﬁcantly in the city’s openness toward gays and lesbians, as it was here that Dr. Alfred Kinsey established the Kinsey Institute, whose studies of human sexuality helped greatly to increase the acceptance of homosexuality. His fascinating and complicated life was explored in the exceptional biographical movie, _Kinsey_, in 2004. IU has an active lesbian/gay political and social organization, and just about anywhere you walk around town you’re likely to bump into family. Like many Midwestern county seats, downtown Bloomington is set around a glorious courthouse square, over which looms the magniﬁcent classical revival copper-dome 1902 Monroe County Courthouse, from which emanate streets of engaging shops, music clubs, and eateries. Tall, three-story turreted Victorians are set throughout the residential neighborhoods, plus very good examples of the Craftsman style and other regional American architecture from the past century. This is a highly pedestrian-friendly community, and one that really bears exploring. If you’re interested in early architecture and IU history, drop by the Wylie House museum, the 1835 period-furnished home of the university’s ﬁrst president. Shoppers should check out Caveat Emptor, a great used bookstore with a decent selection of lesbian and gay titles. Gay-owned and with a rainbow-ﬂag insignia above the door, the Inner Chef is a ﬁne little shop for kitchen wizards - inside you’ll ﬁnd a great selection of cooking supplies. On Saturday mornings from May through November, check out the fresh produce and edibles at the fabulous Bloomington Farmers Market. The IU campus comprises nearly 1,900 acres and is notable for its grand, locally quarried limestone buildings designed in traditional collegiate Gothic. The Musical Arts Center has one of the top opera programs in the nation, and the IU Auditorium presents outstanding performing arts throughout the school year, from pop concerts to ballet to Broadway shows. There’s also the excellent I.M. Pei-designed IU Art Museum, whose 35,000 works include Picassos and Monets, and the Lilly Library, both in the Fine Arts Plaza. The must-see for GLBT visitors, however, is the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. You can drop by without an appointment on weekdays between 2 and 4 in the afternoon - just pick up a self-tour map from the receptionist. But the best way to explore this esteemed
facility is to take a guided tour - these are free and given on Fridays, roughly every other week, and reservations are required. The institute contains an art gallery with rotating exhibits; a library with an incredibly vast trove of erotic videos, photographs, periodicals, and books (ranging from clinical to pornographic); and research rooms in which interviews are still conducted on a variety of topics related to human sexuality. Bloomington is also the home of the Tibetan Cultural Center, which includes the nation’s only Tibetan monastery. The Tibetans operate three restaurants in town, the Snow Lion, which serves outstanding Tibetan and pan-Asian cuisine; Cafe Django, which serves light fare and often has live music; and Little Tibet, which also presents authentic Tibetan fare. Ethnic food is a specialty in this city, and you’ll ﬁnd a concentration of especially noteworthy options along the 400 block of East 4th Street, just west of campus. Little Tibet is along this block, as are eateries serving Indian, Thai, Turkish, Italian, and Chinese food. Bloomington’s most esteemed restaurant is Farm, a fancifully decorated spot downtown ﬁlled with vintage-farmhouse accessories but serving quite modern food - you might start with Anguillian-style tuna ceviche with coconut water and white-balsamic vinegar, followed by coffee-rubbed bison rib-eye with trufﬂe-mushroom grits. Save room for a slice of red-velvet cake with blood-orange sorbet. Another ﬁne option is the Limestone Grille, which is notable for its art-ﬁlled dining room and a huge mural carved of limestone - this elegant spot serves upscale American cuisine, from hefty steaks to grilled lamb chops with olive oil, rosemary, and Israeli couscous. As much fun for sipping stouts and ales as for digging in to platters of hearty oysters, clams, stews, steaks, and burgers, the Irish Lion ranks among the area’s favorite restaurants. Bloomington Bagel Co. has some of the best bagels around; try the asiago with olive cream cheese spread and you’ll understand the appeal. For the city’s juiciest and sloppiest burgers, head to Opie Taylor’s. Trojan Horse is a highly regarded Greek/American restaurant that students have been frequenting for years. And Laughing Planet presents a delectable assortment of tasty world-beat foods, from hefty Cal-style burritos to veggie burgers. Bloomington has one gay bar, Uncle Elizabeth’s, which moved into a newer and more pleasant space in 2008. It’s your typical college-town hangout, drawing a mix of students and locals. Another good bet for
socializing is Rachael’s Cafe, a cheery coffeehouse that’s very popular with the GLBT set and is open until 9 p.m. most nights. The Friday open-mike gatherings are especially popular. You can choose from a number of chain motels and hotels in Bloomington, plus a couple of stand-out B&Bs. Bear in mind that securing a room is tough on fall and winter weekends, when college football and basketball are in full swing. For its central location, attractive lobby lounge, and well-equipped, contemporary rooms, the Hilton Garden Inn makes an excellent choice. Courthouse Square is just a couple of blocks away from the Hilton, whose amenities include a pool, ﬁtness center, and business center. A particularly good but highly sought-after option is the Indiana Memorial Union - the nation’s largest student union contains an upscale 187-room hotel with attractive rooms. An added bonus, the huge IU Bookstore is just downstairs in case you need a little reading material before bed, and there are numerous restaurants to choose from. The romantic, 24-room Grant Street Inn dates to the 1880s and is ﬁlled with period antiques; some suites have whirlpool tubs and ﬁreplaces. It’s just four blocks from Courthouse Square. Another very charming, gay-friendly option is the Scholars Inn, a stately 19th-century brick mansion whose six romantic rooms are done with vintage furnishings and have TVs and VCRs, and comfy king-size beds. A lavish full breakfast is included. The same owners run a couple of restaurants in town, including the Bakehouse, which serves tasty American fare - including exceptional brunches on weekends - and has outdoor seating overlooking Courthouse Square. If you have time or you’re a serious fan of architecture, consider the short but highly rewarding excursion east to the architecturally prominent town of Columbus. You’ll ﬁnd a number of spots for biking, boating, and hiking along the way. The drive east on Rte. 46 passes through beautiful countryside that’s hilly and lushly forested, with several state parks. This is the sort of terrain that country drives seem made for, where you’ll ﬁnd the occasional ice cream shop or farm stand to break up the drive, and little else. It takes just under an hour to reach Columbus, one of the most architecturally ambitious towns in America (in 1991 the American Institute of Architects ranked this small city the 6th most important U.S. city in terms of architectural quality and innovation, following only Chicago, New York, Washington, San Francisco, and Boston). Downtown is dotted with provocative structures,
some successful, some not - it’s remarkable to walk it and observe the contrasts of historic and contemporary buildings. It all started in 1942 when a local business leader commissioned Eliel Saarinen to build the First Christian Church. Since then the likes of Richard Meier, I.M. Pei, Kevin Roche, Robert Venturi, and many more luminaries have added their own buildings. And don’t overlook the countless beautifully preserved historic buildings, many dating back to the mid-19th century. Two-hour guided tours leave from the visitor center daily (twice on Sat.). Columbus also has a substantial number of outlet shops, antiques and crafts boutiques, and other retail diversions. If you’re interested in spending the night, consider hip Hotel Indigo Columbus Architectural Center, a new outpost of the moderately priced, design-driven brand that’s been steadily developing a strong following among GLBT travelers. The sleek mid-rise hotel is right downtown, close to many of the town’s signiﬁcant buildings. Rooms are bright and airy and have such creature comforts as CD players, DVD players, and free Wi-Fi. On the ground level, you can ﬁnish off a day of exploring with a meal at the hotel’s whimsically decorated Phi Bar and Restaurant, which serves superb American fare. Andrew Collins is the author of Fodor’s Gay Guide to the USA and eight additional travel guides. He can be reached care of this publication or at OutofTown@qsyndicate.com.
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Scholars Inn Bakehouse (812-3316029, www.scholarsinn.com/BtownBakehouse). Bloomington Bagel Co. (812-3334653, www.bbcbagel.com). Bloomington Farmers Market (812-349-3700, www. bloomington.in.gov). Bloomington/Monroe County Convention & Visitors Bureau (866-333-0088, www.visitbloomington.com; gay/lesbian travel site, www.visitgaybloomington. com). Cafe Django (812-335-1297). Caveat Emptor (812-332-9995). Columbus Visitor Center (812-3782622 or 800-468-6564, www.columbus. in.us). Farm (812-323-0002, www.farmbloomington.com). Grant Street Inn (812-334-2353 or 800-328-4350, www. grantstinn.com). Hilton Garden Inn (812-331-1335, www.hiltongardeninn.com). Hotel Indigo Columbus Architectural Center (877-2701392, www.hotelindigo.com). Indiana Memorial Union Hotel (812856-6381 or 800-209-8145, www.imu. indiana.edu). Irish Lion (812-336-9076, www. irishlion.com). Laughing Planet Cafe (812-3232233). Limestone Grille (812-335-8110, www.limestonegrille.com). Little Tibet (812-331-0122, www. anyetsangs.com). Opie Taylor’s (812-333-7287). Rachael’s Cafe (812-330-1882). Scholars Inn (812-332-1892 or 800765-3466, www.scholarsinn.com/BedBreakfast). Snow Lion (812-336-0835). Trojan Horse (812-332-1101, www. thetrojanhorse.com). Uncle Elizabeth’s (812-331-0060).
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The Pastor’s Pen: The Butterﬂy: A Beautiful Icon
By Pastor Paul S. Downey, Episcopal Priest Recently, with 3 5 inches of snow forecast again, I felt weary of winter. I still prefer our winters to earthquakes, tsunamis, forest ﬁres, mud slides hurricanes, ﬂoods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and avalanches. But the thought that spring is some time away, but the thought of spring was comforting. So, I began to reﬂect on visions of spring a couple years ago. Spring will bring an occasional butterﬂy ﬂuttering its wings in my yard. The awesome Creator who ﬂung the stars and galaxies in their courses is also the Artist God toiling over the wings of a butterﬂy to give color and beauty and function, almost as if God had nothing better to do. The butterﬂy is a beautiful icon that is, a window through which we can glimpse something of the profound mystery of the Creator. It is also an icon of fundamental principles of the Creation. An Icon Of Diversity. The Web of Life stretched like a skin around Earth is like an incredibly complex and beautiful living tapestry. The butterﬂy is not the tapestry, but is a single vital thread in it. I will I sit in my yard on a warm sunny day, aware of other beautiful threads in that tapestry: a variety of butterﬂies, alighting upon different ﬂowers, a red cardinal, perched on a ﬂowering branch of a crabapple tree, a black cat wandering by, a woodchuck retreating to its den under the screen house, a black squirrel and a red squirrel chasing each other, gold ﬁsh swimming in my pond, happy songs of two sexually active frogs by the pond, conversations at lunch with a young gay man or with an African American woman, billions of microbes living in and on me to keep me alive and healthy, my Redbud tree in full bloom, and me! Each is a thread in a vast living tapestry. As one thread in the glorious mix of countless threads of differing textures and sizes and hues, the Butterﬂy is an Icon of Diversity in that awesome living tapestry. Yet, in all its beautiful Diversity, the tapestry is One.
the Universe. With its wings a butterﬂy moves the air slightly in Brazil, and helps spawn a Texas tornado. Every event and thing in the entire Universe is interconnected. I do not understand prayer, but I experience its reality which, perhaps, can be seen in terms of Butterﬂy Effect. But what does this say about terrorism, the spread of religious hatred at home and abroad, the will to war, and war itself? Or, in a more positive logical extension of the Butterﬂy Effect, perhaps any loving and godly one ﬂesh union is a kind of sacrament not only of their own union as persons, but of their union with every human being, every living thing, the Earth, the cosmos, and with God their Creator. The Butterﬂy is an Icon of Interconnectedness. An Icon Of Resurrection. By metamorphosis a larva emerges from the cocoon, a caterpillar soon takes wings, and the butterﬂy ﬂies. The butterﬂy is an icon of a third principal of the Creation: change; death and resurrection. The butterﬂy is an icon of a newborn baby emerging from the womb into new life; of a youth emerging from childhood, an adult emerging from youth; of an old man dodging bullets of three top male killers (cancer, coronary disease, and stroke), but ﬁnding the grace of God abundant for his ongoing call in a new life; of a young man breaking out of a cocoon of past hurt to ﬁnd a new life; of a gay man breaking out of a closet cocoon to ﬁnd liberation. Evolution is ceaseless change; it is death and resurrection. For Jews, Passover was liberation from an oppressive Egyptian cocoon for new life, and today is hope for liberation. For Christians, Easter is resurrection of Jesus. From the frozen cocoon of winter life erupts gloriously in ﬂowers and trees. Birds sing, frogs mate; and, bursting from a cocoon, the Butterﬂy is an Icon of Resurrection.
The Butterﬂy Is A Beautiful Icon, of the mystery of Creator and Creation. The Rev. Paul S. Downie is an An Icon Of Nterconnectedness. active Episcopal Church priest of Renowned physicist James Gleick, re- 48 years, taught 30 years at Lansing ferring to work of physicist Edward Lorenz, Community College until his retirespeaks of the Butterﬂy Effect. (James Gleik, Chaos, ch 1. Penguin Books, 1987.) It is as if ment May, 2005, and receied the to say that when a butterﬂy ﬂutters its wings, LAHR Prism Aweard as Ally of the its impact extends to the farthest reaches of Year for 2000.
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NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund 1705DeSales St NW, Suite 500,Washington, DC, 20036. 202-VICTORY [842-8679]. www. victoryfund.org. Human Rights Campaign National political organization, Lobbies congress for gay lesbian issues, political training state & local, 1-800-777-HRCF.Web site:www. hrc.org Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund. I I E. Adams, Suite 1008, Chicago, IL 60603-6303; 312-663-4413, fax: 312-663-4307. website: www.lambdalegal.org National Gay & Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) 1325 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC, 20005 web: www. ngltf. org / taskforce.org National Organization for Women (NOW) 733 15th ST NW 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20005. 202-628-8669. Website:www.now.org P-FLAG National Ofﬁces 1726 M St. NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036. 202-4678180. info@pﬂag.org. Website:www.pﬂag. org STATE ORGANIZATIONS Equality Iowa. Call Sandy V., 515-537-3126. P.O. Box 286, Carlisle, IA 50047. Imperial Court of Iowa Non-proﬁt fundraising and social, statewide organization with members from across the State of Iowa. PO Box 1491, Des Moines, IA 503061491 Iowa Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) David Steward, President of Iowa NOW, 1010 Charlotte Ave., Davenport, IA 52803. LGBTYouth in Iowa Schools Task Force. Contact Brad Clark,Project Coordinator, at 515-243-1221. PO Box 1997, Des Moines, 50306. Stonewall Democrats of Iowa 5661 Fleur Drive, Des Moines (50321) 515-244-7292 or 515-558-9580 Contact: Sharon Mahliero, email: IDP@iowademocrats.org AMES Central Iowa Bisexual Social Monthly meetings on Sundays at 5:30pm, call for location. Open to bisexuals and their friends. www.public.iastate.edu/ ~vraymond/BiSocial.html. 515-233-3189 First United Methodist Church. 6th & Kellogg. 515-232-2750. Contemporary worship Sat. 5:30; Sun at 8:30 and 11:00am. www.fumcames.org. Living with HIV Program. 126 S. Kellogg, Suite 1, 515-956-3312 ext 106 or I -800-8908230, Ask for Janelle (Coordinator) ISU LGBTA Alliance GLBT Support, Activism, Social Events, Newsletter. G-46 Memorial Union, ISU, Ames, IA. 50014. 515294-2104. firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www. alliance.stu.org.iastate.edu Lord of Life Lutheran 2126 Gable Lane, Ames 50014. Call 515-233-2350. Services Sundays at 9:00a.m.; Wed. 7:00pm. PFLAG Ames Call Carolyn at 515-292-8348 Email: email@example.com or write 2631 Ridgetop Rd., Ames, IA 50014. Romantics Pleasure Palace II I 17 Kellogg Street, Ames. 50010 515-232-7717. Web: www.fun69.com. Stonewall Democrats of Ames. Contacts: Terry Lowman, 515-292-3279, or Mary Goodwin, 515-292-0352, email: goodwinm@ istate.edu, or: firstname.lastname@example.org United Church of Christ-Congregational 6th & Kellogg, Ames, 50010. 515-232-9323. Sunday Continental Breakfast, 9:00am; Sunday School, 9:30am; Worship, 10:45am. Email: email@example.com. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of
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Ames 1015 Hyland Ave., 515-292-5960. Services: 9am and 11am, Sunday. email: uufa@ aol.com Unity Church of Ames 226 9th St. Sunday service and sunday school 10:30am. Wednesday mediation 6:30pm, class 7:15pm. Daily dial-a-blessing 515-233-1613. www. websyt/unity/ames.
ARNOLDS PARK, OKOBOJI, SPIRIT LAKE PFLAG Okoboji Call F. Joseph Wilson, PO Box 486, Arnolds Park, IA 51331-0486. 712332-5043, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Wilson Resource Center. An Iowa Great Lakes area gay-owned nonproﬁt community based organization. PO Box 486,Arnolds Park, 712-332-5043. F. JosephWilson@aol.com. BURLINGTON HIV/AIDS Screening. Des Moines County Health Department in Burlington at 522 N. 3rd. By appointment between 8:00am to 4:30. Call 319-753-8217 Conﬁdential. PFLAG Burlington/SE Iowa Chapter Call 319-753-1058 or write PO Box 480, West Burlington, IA 52655. Email: pﬂagseia@ yahoo.com Steve’s Place. 852Washington St, Burlington. 319-752-9109 CEDAR FALLS - WATERLOO Black Hawk Co. Health Department. Free HIV testing (donations accepted); MW, 1:00pm to 3:00pm; Thurs, 1:00pm to 4:45pm; 1407 Independence Ave. (5th ﬂoor),Waterloo 50703. Call 319-291 -2413. Cedar AIDS Support System (CASS). Service, support groups & trained volunteers for persons with HIV/AIDS inWaterloo/Cedar Falls area; call Elizabeth or Karla, 319-272-AIDS (2437). email: email@example.com Cedar Valley Counseling Services. Promoting personal growth and deelopment in a strengths-based environment. Joan E. Farstad, MA, Director. 319-240-4615. www. cvcounseling.com. farstd@cvcounseling. com. CedarValley Episcopal Campus Ministry. In Lutheran Center, 2616 College St.,, CF, 319-415-5747. firstname.lastname@example.org, www. episcopalcampus.org. All welcome! Community AIDS Assistance Program (CAAP). Funding for special personal needs, community projects, and small grants that are AIDS related. PO Box 36,Waterloo, IA 507040036. (no phone) LGBTA Support Group at Hawkeye Community College. Call Carol at 319296-4014 for time and location of meeting, email: email@example.com. Iowa Legal Aid. Free civil legal service available to low income persons who qualify under income/asset guidelines. 607 Sycamore, #708, W’loo 50703; 1-800-772-0039; 319235-7008 Kings & Queens Tap 304 W. 4th St., Waterloo. 319-232-3001. www.//myspace. com/kingsandqueensspace PFLAG Waterloo/Cedar Falls 317 Hartman Ave,Waterloo. 319-239-1096 or 319234-6531, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Stellas Guesthouse. 324 Summit Ave, Waterloo. Private B&B, Overnight accomodations for adults only. 319-2322122 St. Lukes Episcopal Church 2410 mwlrose Drive, Cedar Falls. www.st-lukes-episcopal. org. 319-277-8520. Sunday services 8:00 and 10:15,Thurs 11:30. Together ForYouth. Janelle Ballhagen, BSW, TFY Community Health Eductor. 3419-2355088. www.TogetherForYouth.net UNI-LGBTA. Alliance-Student Organization, 244A Bartlet Hall, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls 50613. Call 319-222-0003. email: email@example.com United Church of Christ Cedar Falls 9204 University Avenue, Cedar Falls. 319266-9686 Unitarian Universalist Society of Black Hawk County 3912 Cedar Heights Drive, Cedar Falls. 319-266-5640.
CEDAR RAPIDS/MARION Adult Shop 630 66th Ave SW, 319-3624939 Adult Shop North 5539 Grain Lane, 319294-5360 Club Basix Open 5pm to 2am M-F, Sat & Sun. 3pm to 2am 3916 1st Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, 319-363-3194. Website: www.clubbasix.com. Coe Alliance. Education, activism, & fun for GLBT and straight students, staff, faculty and people from the community. Regular meetings, call John Chaimov (contact) at 319-399-8594 for time & place. Coe College., 1220 First Ave. NE. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.Website: www.public.coe.edu/organizations/Alliance. CSPS Legion Arts Contemporary Arts Center, I 103 3rd St. SE. 319-364-1580. email: email@example.com Faith UMC 1000 30th Street NE, Cedar Rapids, 52402. Call 319-363-8454 or Pastor Kathy Moore, Sunday services at 11:00am. Visit our web page www.crfaithumc.org for information. Foundation 2 Crisis Counseling. 24- hour telephone crisis counseling. 319-362-2174 or 800-332-4224. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Web site: www.f2online.org. 1540 2nd Ave. SE GLRC of Cedar Rapids. Support, social activities. email: email@example.com Website: www.crglrc.org. Or, write to P.O. Box 1643, Cedar Rapids 52406-1643. Call 319-3662055 and leave a message -- all calls will be returned. Krug Law Firm 401 1st St SE, Suite 330, 319-297-7515 Linn County Public Health 501 13th NW, 319-892-6000 Free conﬁdential HIV testing, Rapid AIDS Grant Wood Area Red Cross, 3600 Rockwell Dr NE, Cedar Rapids, 52410. Call 319-393-9579. PFLAG Cedar Rapids Call Dot Shidlon at 319-362-1504 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. People’s Church Unitarian Universalist A welcoming congregation. 600 Third Avenue SE. Call 319-362-9827. 11AM Sunday. Stonewall Democrats of Linn County Contact Roy Porterﬁeld, 319-362-5281, email: email@example.com. COUNCIL BLUFFS, OMAHA(NE) AIDS Interfaith Network. 100 N. 62nd, Omaha. Call Br. Wm.. Woeger 402-558-3100 Citizens For Equal Protection 1105 Howard St, Suite #2, Omaha, NB 68102. Call 402-398-3027.www.cfep-ne.org Info@ cfep-ne.org Council Bluffs NOW Write PO Box 3325, Omaha, NE 68103-0325 for information & meeting times/places. DC’s Saloon 610 S. 14th St., Omaha. Call 402-344-3103. Everyday 2pm to 1am,. western/levi/leather. Diamond Bar 712 S. 16th St., Omaha. Call 402-342-9595. 10am - 1am, M-Sa, closed Sun Front Runners/Front Walkers Walking/ jogging club. P.O. Box 4583, Omaha 68104. Call 402-496-3658. Gilligan’s Pub and Grill 1407 Harney, Omaha. Call 402-449-9147. Everyday 4pm1am. Friday and Sat. After hours 12-4am GLBT Rainbow Outreach Omaha. Serving GLBT community in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. Excellent message and info, call 402-341-0330. Also ofﬁce for Imperial court of Nebraska. Website: www.rocc.org. 1719 Leavenworth St, Omaha. Heartland Gay Rodeo Association (HGRA) PO Box 3354, Omaha, NE 68103. 402-203-4680..Website: www.hgra.net HGRA serves both Iowa and Nebraska. Imperial Court of Nebraska P.O. Box 3772, Omaha 68103. 402-556-9907. L.E.O. (Leather Engineers of Omaha) Educational-social group for Gay Men with interest in Leather Lifestyle. Meets 2nd Saturday at Gilligan’s Pub at 7:00pm. Write L.E.O., Box 8101, Omaha, 68108. The Max 1417 Jackson at 15th, Omaha 68102. 6 bars. Call 402-346-4110. MCC of Omaha 819 South 22nd, P.O. Box 3173, Omaha, NB. 68103. Sun. 9 & 11 am. Contemporary Worship Service , Sat 7PM Call 402-345-2563.
ACCESSline Page 37 River City Mixed Chorus. Gay/lesbian chorus. Box 3267, Omaha 68103. Call Stan Brown, marketing, 402-341-7464. Youth Support Group for GLB Youth 13-21 meets twice monthly. Omaha Call 402-291- 6781. DECORAH Decorah Diversity Appreciation Team. Call Martin Klammer, Luther College, 700 College Dr., 52101. 563-387-2112. Luther College Student Congregation. Contact Ofﬁce for College Ministry, 700 College Drive, 52101. 563-387-1040. PFLAG Northeast IA ( Waukon/Decorah) PO Box 382, Decorah, IA 52101. Call Bill & Otter, 563-382-3458 or Jean, 563-535-7680, email: firstname.lastname@example.org PRIDE Luther College Diversisty Center, 700 College Dr., 52101. Contact Chris at 563387-2145 or Melanie at 563-387-1273 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Meets alternating Sundays at 10:30am, Decorah Senior Center, 806 River St. Call Bill at 563382-3458. DES MOINES AIDS Project of Central Iowa.Resources, buddy program, support groups, and newsletter. 730 E. 4th St., Suite 100. 50309. Call 515-284-0245. Buddies Corral 418 5th., Des Moines. 515-244-7140 Church of the Holy Spirit-MCC. Pastor Pat Esperanza Sunday service I0:30am at the 1st Christian Church, 2500 University, Questions? email: email@example.com or Call 515-287-9787. Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus. 515-9531540; PO Box 12269, Des Moines, IA 50312. email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Website: www. dmgmc.org. Family Practice Center. Safe, supportive LGBT health care. 200 Army Post Road, Ste 26. 515-953-7560. www.ppgi.org. First Friday Breakfast Club Educational breakfast club for gay/bisexual men. Meets ﬁrst Friday of each month. Contact JonathanWilson for meeting topic and place. 515-288-2500. email: Jonathanwilson@davisbrownlaw.com First Unitarian Church. 1800 Bell Avenue Call 515-244-8603. Services Sundays at 9:30 &1 1:00 a.m. The Garden 112 SE 4th, Des Moines. 515243-3965. Wed-Sun. 8pm-2amwww.grdn. com Gay & Lesbian AA & AI-Anon.Mon. 7 pm;Tues. - Thurs. 6 pm; Sat. 5:30 pm at Drake Ministries in Ed. Bldg. 28th & University Gay and Lesbian Issues Committee. 4211 Grand Avenue, Level-3 50312. 515277-1117. Heartland Gay Rodeo Midwest Division of the International Gay Rodeo Association. 402-203-4680 Impulse Night Club. 508 Indianola Ave, DM, 515-371-8586. Open Wed - Sun 8pm - 2am; Fri 5pm - 2am. www.Impulsenightclub.com. Iowa Afﬁrmation Lesbian/Gay United Methodist. Thoreau Center, 35th & Kingman Blvd.Write Afﬁrmation, Box 1726, Des Moines, 50309 Java Joe’s. Gay friendly. 214 4th St. 50309 515-288-5282 Kingman House Bed & Breakfast , 515279-7312 LavenderVictory Fund Financial assistance for women in need for medical emergencies. Contact Bonnie at 515-244-7946, 700 Rose Ave, Des Moines, 50315. Liberty Gifts. 333 E. Grand Ave., Loft 105, Des Moines. 515-508-0825. Gay owned specialty clothing, jewelry, home decor. Website: libertygiftsonline.com LGBT Community Center of Central Iowa Information/advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgendered community. Open center and lending library; newsletter and special programs. 3839 Merle Hay Road, Suite 227., Des Moines, 50310. email: dsm@ chsi.515-277-7884. Lesbian Independent Press Service (LIPS) Women’s monthly magazine. Contact Linda Smith, email: email@example.com. PO Box
ACCESSline Page 38 22233, Clive, 50325-4326. MINX Show Palace, 1510 N.E. Broadway., 515266-2744. Open 9am - 2am, M-Th; 9am - 4am, F-Sat. 10am -9pm Sun. National Association of Social Workers NOW (Nat’1 Organization of Women in Des Moines) “http://www.meetup.com/locale/us/ ia/desmoines” North Star Gay Rodeo Association of IGRA, Iowa Division of North Star, NSGRA@ NSGRA.org or 612-82RODEO Parents of Rainbow Teens (PORT). 515778-3668. Parent support group. Rainbow Union. Drake University, SaraGraham. firstname.lastname@example.org PFLAG Des Moines Call Howard Eldrenkamp at 515-271-6718 Email: howardﬂo@aolc.om or write 3520 Grand Ave #51, Des Moines, IA 50312. Plymouth Congregational UCC Church. and the Plymouth GLBT Community. 4126 Ingersoll Ave., 515-255-3149. Services at 5:30pm Sat, 9am & I lam Sunday. Visit our website at www.PlymouthGLBT.com Polk County Health Department. Free STD, HIV, and Hepatitis B & C testing. HIV Rapid testing also offered. 1907 Carpenter, DM, 515-286-3798. Raccoon River Resort. Accomodations for men, women, or mixed in campgrounds, lodge, TeePees or Treehouses. Reservations: 515-996-2829 or 515-279-7312 Rio’sVideo and Patio Bar. 1500 SE 1st, DM. 515-288-0381. www.riovideobar.com. Ritual Cafe. On 13th between Grand and Locust. 515-288-4872. Women owned, great music, awesome food and coffee. Spouses of Lesbians & Gays. Ruth Schanke, 515-277-3700 St. John’s Lutheran Church. 600 6th Ave,. “A Church for All People.” Services Sat 5pm, Sun 7:45, 8:45 & Ilam. See web page for other services. 515-243-7691. www. stjohnsdsm.org. Trans-Formations. Monthly meetings for the female to male and male to female transgender community and their signiﬁcant others. For location and info, email Jeff at frogestyie@aol. com or call Jordan at 515-284-0245 Trinity United Methodist Church 1548 Eighth Street, Services Sundays at 10a.m. 515-288-4056 Urbandale UCC. An open & afﬁrming congregation, 3530 70th St., Urbandale, 50322. 515-276-0625. Walnut Hills UMC. Join us at 8:30 or 10:30am for Sunday worship. Sunday classes and group studies are at 9:30am. 12321 Hickman Rd. 515-270-9226. Westminister Presbyterian Church. 4114 Allison Ave., www.westpres.org., 515274-1534. Sunday services 8:45 and 11am. Of note is their Gay Lesbian Straignt Afﬁrmation small group ministry. Word of God Ministries. Join us at 3:30 for Sunday Worship at 3120 E. 24th St. Mailing address: PO Box 4396, Des Moines IA 50333. 515-276-6614 Women’s Culture Collective. A lesbian social group. Call 515-830-1775, In Des Moines. www.iowawcc.org. Youth Alliance. Contact Sandy Vopalka, 515-689-5428. www.youthalliance.org. 705 E. 2nd St., Des Moines, 50309. Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure. Open daily. 2723 Ingersoll, 515-244-7694. DUBUQUE Adult Warehouse 975 Jackson St., 563-5889184. Club Phoenix. 920 Main Street. Dubuque. Open Mon - Sun, 7pm to 2am. Open Sundays only for special events. Visit our web: www. myspace.com/dbqclubphoenix or www. clubphoenixdbq.com. Call 563-557-7375. Dubuque Friends (Quaker) Worship Group An unprogrammed meeting at 10am Sunday through September May. Meeting at the Roberta Kuhn Center, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque. Call 563-556-3685 for info and directions. Dubuque Regional AIDS Coalition. Direct services, education. HIV+/AIDS support group and family/friends support group. Contact Kay Auderer or Connie Sprimont, Mercy Health
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Center, 563-589-9606. PFLAG Dubuque Call Roger or Kathy at 563-552-2296 or write P-FLAG, PO Box 524, Dubuque, Iowa 52004-052, PFLAG; In Fairﬁeld. Call Angie at 641-472-6925. email: lunaloba email@example.com. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Dubuque 1699 Iowa St. “The uncommon denomination.” Adult religious education meets Sunday at 9am before general services at 10am. Call 563-583-9910. See website: www.uuf-dbq.org. GRINNELL Saints Ephrem & Macrina Orthodox Mission. Welcoming worship in the Eastern Christian liturgical tradition. Sunday services at 10am. 1226 Broad Street, Grinnell. 641-2360936. Aafﬁliated with the Orthodox-Catholic Church of America. Stonewall Resource Center Open 4:30pm to 11:30pm, Sun through Thurs and by Appointment.. Grinnell College, 1210 Park Street, Box B-1, Grinnel, 50112 Call 641-2693327. email: firstname.lastname@example.org INDIANOLA Crossroads United Church of Christ (UCC) Open and afﬁrming congregation. Services: Sunday I0:30am, Summer worship: June, July,Aug, @ 9:30 am. Currently worshiping at Smith Chapel, Simpson College Campus, corner of Buxton and Clinton. Mailing address: P.O. Box 811, 50125. Church ofﬁce phone: 515-961-9370. First United Methodist Church. 307 W. Ashland Ave, Indianola, 50125. Day: 515961-5317 PFLAG Indianola Call 515-989-9218or write PO Box 137, Carlisle, IA 50047. or email:email@example.com
IOWA CITY AA (GLBT) Meetings Sundays 5 - 6pm at First Baptist Church, 500 North Clinton Street. For more info, call IC Intergroup Answering Service, 319-338-9111 Congregational Church UCC A registered “Open and Afﬁrming Congregation,” Sunday Worship 10:1 Sam. 30 N. Clinton St. (across from Ul Pentacrest) Contact::319-337-4301. Counseling Clinic. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sensitive and supportive counseling for individuals, couples, families and groups. Sliding Fee. 505 E Washington St., 52240, 319-354-6238. Counseling and Health Center Clientcentered therapy. Les-Bi-Gay-Trans always welcome. 616 Bloomington St., Iowa City. 319-337-6998. Crisis Center 1121 Gilbert Court, Iowa City, 52240. Call 3 19-351-0140. Emma Goldman Clinic 227 N. Dubuque St., 52245. 319-337-2111 or 1-800-848-7684. Faith United Church of Christ. 1609 De Forest Street, Call 319-338-5238. Services Sundays at 9:30 a.m. GLBTAU-UofI. Student support system and resource center, info, activism, events, and other community involvements. 203 IMU, University of IA, 52242-13 17. Call 319-3353251 (voice mail), firstname.lastname@example.org Hope United Methodist Church. Worship Service at 9:30am. 2929 E. Court St. 319-3389865. Contact Rev. Sherry Lohman. ICARE Iowa Center for AIDS Resources & Education. Practical and emotional support, youth programs, information, referrals and support groups. 3211 E 1st 52240-4703 Call 319-338-2135. Iowa City Bi-Group A discussion and support group for bisexual people and people exploring their sexuality. Meets bi-monthly. Call WRAC, 319-335-1486 Iowa City Free Medical Clinic Free and strictly conﬁdential HIV Testing. 2440 Towncrest Drive, Iowa City. Call for appointment . 319-337-4459. Iowa City NOW. Write PO Box 2944, Iowa City, IA 52244, for information & meeting times/places. Iowa Women’s Music Festival. P.O. Box 341 I, 52244. c/o 319-335-1486 Men Supporting Men HIV prevention program exploring issues that gay/bisexual men
deal with on a daily basis. Discussion Groups, Educational Series, Safer SexWorkshops, Book Club. Contact Andy Weigel, email: aweigel@ co.johnson.ia.us Call: 319-356-6038 Ext 2 New Song Episcopal Church. 912 20th Ave, Coralville. Sunday services at 1Oam. Call 319-351-3577. Rev. Elizabeth Coulter, Pastor; Rev. John Harper, Associate. PFLAG Iowa City-Hawkeye Chapter. Call Craig Jarvie at 319-338-8487 or email: hawkeyepﬂag@yahoo.com or write PO Box 652, Iowa City, Ia 52244-0652. Pride Committee. WRAC, I30 N. Madison, 52242. Bidget Malone, 319-338-0512. Charles Howes 319-335-1486. Studio 13. 13 S. Linn St. (in the Alley), Iowa City. 319-338-7145 Open 7pm ‘til 2am, daily Uof I Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Staff & Faculty Association c/o WRAC, 130 N. Madison, 52242. Call 319-335-1486 Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City. Inclusive and free religious community nurturing intellectual and spiritual growth and fostering ethical and social responsibility. 10 S. Gilbert, Sunday services: 9am & 10:45am. 319-337-3443. www.uusic.org United Action forYouth A GLBTQAYouth Group providing support and counseling for teenagers and young adults processing sexual identity issues. Meets Mondays 7-9pm at UAY, 410 Iowa Ave. Call 319-338-7518 or Teen Line, 319-338-0559. The Ursine Group. 319-338-5810, Bear Events in the Midwest. P.O. Box I 143, Iowa City, IA 52244-1 143. The Vortex 21 I E. Washington, downtown Iowa City, 319-337-3434 Women’s Resource Action Center (WRAC) Leads & collaborates on projects that serve Uoﬂ & the greater community, offers social & support services, including LGBT Coming Out Group. University of Iowa, 130 N. Madison, 52242 319-335-1486 MARSHALLTOWN Adult Odyssey [Adult Video] 907 Iowa Ave E., 641-752-6550 Domestic Violence Alternatives/Sexual Assult Center, Inc. 24 hour Crisis Line: 641753-351 3 or (instate only) 800-779-3512 MASON CITY Cerro Gordo County Dept. of Public Health 22 N. Georgia Ave, suite 300, Mason City –Iowa 50401. Free conﬁdential AIDS testing. 641-421-9306 PFLAG North Iowa Chapter. PO.Box 301, Mason City, IA 50402-0301. Meeting times: 1st or 2nd Mondays at 7:00pm, 1st Pres. Church, 100 S. Pierce Ave., Mason City. email: pﬂagmcni@yahoo.com. 641-583-2024. MOUNT VERNON Alliance Cornell College, 810 Commons Cir. #2035. email: email@example.com Web site: www.cornellcollege.edu/alliance contact person: Glynnis @ 319-895-5874
PELLA Common Ground (Central College) Support group for GLBT students and allies. Contact: Student Life, Tim Phillips, 641-6285249. firstname.lastname@example.org QUAD CITIES AIDS Project Quad Cities Info, education & support. Suite 360, 1351 Central Park West, Davenport, IA 52804. 563-421-4266. Augie’s Tap. 3 I 3 20th St., Rock Island (IL). 309-788-7389 Noon - 3am daily. Black Hawk College Unity Alliance. Serving GLBT community at Black Hawk College. 6600 34th Ave., Rock Island. Call 309-716-0542. DeLaCerda House. Provides housing and supportive services, advocacy and referrals for people living with HIV/AIDS. P.O. Box 4551, Rock Island, Ill. 61201. 309-786-7386. Holy Spirit Catholic Faith Community Meets one Sunday per month for Mass at 5:30pm at MCC-QC, 3025 N. Harrison St. For more info, call 563-340-7488 Mary’s On 2nd. 832 W. 2nd St., Davenport. 563-884-8014. MCC Quad Cities. Services Sun. I0am
and 12 noon. Bible study Wed. 7 pm. Write 3019 N. Harrison, Davenport 52803. Call 563-324-8281. Men’s Coming Out/Being Out Group. Meets 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7pm. Call Dennis, 309-755-7346. email: email@example.com. Prism (Augustana College), Augustana GayStraight Alliance for gay/lesbian students. Augustana Library, 639 38th St., Rock Island. Contact Tom Bengston, 309-794-7406. Quad Citians Afﬁrming Diversity (QCAD) Social & support groups for lesian, bi, and gay teens, adults, friends & families; newsletter. Call 309-786-2580. Community Center located at 1608 2nd Ave, Rock Island. Quad Cities Pride Chorus. MCC Church in D’port,. 3pm Sun @ MCC church Call Don at 563-324-0215 or firstname.lastname@example.org Rainbow Gifts. 309-764-0559 www. rainbowgifts.net. T.R.Video. Adult books & video. 3727 Hickory Grove Rd., Davenport, 563-386-7914. Venus News (Adult). 902 w. 3rd St., Davenport, 563-322-7576 SHENANDOAH PFLAG Shenandoah Call 712-246-2824, or write 1002 South Elm Street, Shenandoah, IA 51601. SIOUX CITY Am. Business & Professional Guild. Gay Businessmen. Meets last Sat. of the month; ABPG, P. O. BOX 72, 5 1 1 02. Email abpguild@ yahoo.com Grace United Methodist Church. 1735 Morningside Avenue, Call 712-276-3452. Jones Street Station (Bar). 412 Jones St., 712258-6922, Nightly 6:00pm to 2:00am. Mayﬂower Congregational Church. 1407 West 18th Street, Call 712-258-8278. Morningside College Lesbian/Gay/ Bisexual Alliance. Contact Professor Gail Dooley, Advisor, Morningside College GSA, 1501 Morningside Ave., Sioux City, IA 51 106-1717. email@example.com. Call 712-274-5208. PFLAG Siouxland Call 712-251-4157 or write PO Box 1311, Sioux City, IA 51102. email: siouxland PFLAG @aol.com. St.Thomas Episcopal Church. Service Sun 10:30am, 406 12th St., Rev Mary Christopher, 712-258-0141. Western IowaTech. GSA, email widemal@ juno.com for info. WAVERLY CedarValley Episcopal Campus Ministry. 717 W. Bremer, (St. Andrew’s Episcopal) 319415-5747. www.episcoplcampus.org. Gay, Lesbian Bisexual Student Alliance. Write:Alliance, Wartburg College, Contact Susan Vallem 50677. Call 319-352-8250 St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. 717 W. Bremer, 319-352-1489 We welcome all to worship with us on Sunday at I0:30am. Bible discussion Wed. 6:45. Rev. Maureen Doherty, Pastor.
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