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February 2010

PUBLICATION INFORMATION Copyright © 2010 ACCESS in Northeast Iowa P.O. Box 2666 Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-2666 (319) 550-0957 www.ACCESSlineIOWA.com

ACCESSline Page 3 Section 1: News & Politics What’s Inside: ACCESSline masthead additions Section 1: News & Politics ACCESSline masthead additions.........3 ACCESSline call for submissions.........3 US News.................................................4 World News ..........................................5

ACCESSline is a monthly publication by ACCESS (A Concerned Community for Education, Safer-sex and Support) in Northeast Iowa, a registered non-profit organization in the State of Iowa and a federal non-profit organization under Section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code.

Arthur Breur, Editor in Chief Q Syndicate Rex Wockner News Service Contributors: Joshua Dagon; Rachel Eliason; Beau Fodor; Ellen Krug Jennifer Merriman; Lisa Schreihart (a.k.a IowaLisa); Brett Edward Stout; Connie Ryan Terrell

All rights reserved. Original material printed in ACCESSline (with the exception of information from other sources) may be “lifted” for use in other publications so long as proper credit is given. Publication of the name, photograph or likeness of any person, business or organization in ACCESSline is not to be construed as any indication of sexual orientation. Opinions expressed by columnists do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ACCESSline, ACCESS or the gay and lesbian community. Letters to the editor may be published. We cannot be responsible for errors in advertising copy. We welcome the submission of original materials, including line drawings and cartoons, news stories, poems, essays. They should be clearly labeled with author/artist name, address, and phone number. We reserve the right to edit letters and other material for reasons of profanity, space, or clarity. Materials will not be returned. A writer’s guide is available for those wishing to submit original work. Advertising rates and deadlines are available at ACCESSlineIOWA.com. All ads must be approved by ACCESSline’s editorial board.

Creep of the Week, with bonus creeps.... 6 Action Reaction:“Buying the Bullets”....7 Editorial by Rachel Eliason...................9

Section 2: Community HIV Stigma in the Heartland.............27 Inside Out by Ellen Krug........................28 Red Blue Purple Campaign................29 Interfaith Editorial...............................29 Catie Curtis/Gregory Douglass, CSPS..32 Business Directory........................ 33-34

ACCESSline’s

“Fun Guide” Deep Inside Hollywood.......................11 Our Picks for January..........................11 Outfield.................................................12 IowaLisa’s List......................................13 Joshua Dagon, “The Epic of Gil…”.....14 Hear Me Out........................................14 The Gay Wedding Planner..................16 Out of Town: Sydney, Australia...........21 An interview with Dorian Grey..........23 Comics and Crossword Puzzle...........24

A Pull-Out Section to Keep!

ACCESSline Wants To Hear From You!

Send in photos and reports of your events... especially benefits and conferences. Please send us information on any of the following: • Corrections to articles • Stories of LGBT interest, both in and outside of Iowa • Letters to the editor • Editorials or opinion pieces • Engagement and wedding ceremony announcements or photos • Questions on any topic we print • Photos and writeups about shows, events, pageants, and fundraisers Please email us at Editor@ACCESSlineIOWA.com. You may also contact us at our regular address: ACCESSline PO Box 2666 Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-2666

ACCESSline reserves the right to print letters to the editor and other feedback at the editor’s discretion.

A message from Arthur Breur, ACCESSline Editor in Chief Readers may have noticed last month’s addition of the Iowa state motto—“Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain”—to the ACCESSline masthead. I think it suits us nicely. Starting this month, ACCESSline’s official tagline is “Iowa’s LGBT+ Newspaper.” When I became editor for the paper, I decided to focus on inclusivity—both geographically and demographically. I wanted to make an extra effort to cover news and events from across the entire state, and to represent all of the varied components of our diverse community. With that in mind, my first change was to update the paper’s tagline from “Iowa’s Gay Newspaper” to “Iowa’s LGBT Newspaper.” I know there are many, many variations on LGBT, including GLBT, LGBTQ, LGBTI, MSGI and a personal (though not professional) favorite, FABGLITTER. But after many conversations with the paper’s readers, it became clear that LGBT is still not inclusive enough, for three reasons. First, ACCESSline started as a means to inform gay Iowans about HIV and AIDS. (ACCESS itself stands for “A Concerned Community for Education, Safer-sex and Support.”) While I have often promoted the paper as “Iowa’s newspaper for the LGBT and HIV+ communities,” the shorter tagline has left out this important, much cared-for population. Second, there are many people who consider themselves part of our community,

but who do not fit nicely into one of the four letters of this “preferred” acronym. The selfidentification of “queer,” for example, includes such a wide variety of people as to require its own very long acronym. However, even adding a Q to the tagline would leave out one more strong and important part of our audience and community. Which brings me to the third motivation for change, which is represented by the acronym SA. The articles in this paper are primarily about issues within our community, but they are of great interest and importance to an often-unappreciated population: namely those straight associates, friends, and family members who feel that an injustice done to one of “us” is an injustice done to everyone. Yes, we are directly affected by issues such as marriage rights, employment and housing discrimination, HIV, and the terrorist acts commonly called “hate crimes.” However, the straight allies in our lives still suffer when we feel hurt, and celebrate with us when we feel joy. I welcome them, as well, into the official ACCESSline audience. Therefore the new tagline simply ads a “plus” symbol. It stands, first, for the HIV-positive community which is part of ACCESSline’s founding mission. In addition (pun intended), it welcomes all the varieties of people who feel ourselves to be outside of the mainstream—as well as those who are in the mainstream, but who stand beside us in our efforts to someday achieve equality… in our rights and our liberties.

ACCESSline plans to showcase original art and poetry submissions, either created by members of the LGBT+ community or with subjects of LGBT+ interest. Last month, ACCESSline announced that we are actively seeking submissions from journalism and photography students. Preferable topics and subjects would be anything of LGBT or HIV+ interest, and local issues or items of relevance in the State of Iowa. However, creative or compelling work on any topic will be considered. Accepted submissions will be reviewed under the same criteria as other content

in the publication, and if approved, will be published either online or in the print edition of the paper. If not approved, submissions will be critiqued and, if time allows, returned with comments. Those interested in sending submissions in any category should contact Arthur Breur at editor@accesslineiowa.com or by phone at 319-550-0957. (Note that, in a great show of our own journalistic ability, the phone number in last month’s call for submissions was incorrect.)

ACCESSline expands call for artistic and journalistic submissions

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ACCESSline, Iowa's LGBT Newspaper, February 2010 Issue, Volume 24 No 2  

ACCESSlineIOWA - Iowa’s LGBT+ Newspaper. Gay and lesbian, bi, trans, and HIV+ news for Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo/Cedar...

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