Iowa’s Anniversary Chloe Belle’s 6th Annual Capital City of Gay Marriage interview by Angela Geno-Stumme Pride Benefit interview
This month Iowa celebrates the 5th year of marriage equali t y. Camilla Taylor was the lead counsel on the Varnum v. Brien case that affirmed the legality of samesex marriage in Iowa. Camilla took the time to answer a few questions about Camilla Taylor Iowa’s place in Photo courtesy of Lambda Legal history, changes in the past five years, and other aspects of marriage equal-
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My inspiration was to get directly involved with my community. I’ve always felt very passionate for Pride events, and this was a way I knew I could help build a bigger and better pride.... and I love to throw a party! It started as just Chloe Belle. a show with 4 or 5 entertainers the Photo courtesy of Billy Dean Porter Jr. first year, then I added a 50/50 raffle, and then a silent
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Drag Kings in Local Students Talk about Bullying Sequins or Leather? interview by Angela Geno-Stumme Interview by Angela Geno-Stumme 319 Drag Kings
In recognition of Day of Silence ACCESSline asked 7 teens and pre-teens a series of questions about bullying. Their answers may sound familiar to you and don’t be surprised to find tears in your eyes after reading them. The National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.
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Ever wanted to know a drag king’s guilty pleasure? Members of the 319 Drag King troupe shared this answer and many more! The 319 Drag Kings are a King drag troupe that does shows in the 319 area code of Iowa. These male impersonators have done shows in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo, and Dubuque, Iowa as special guests or as a group. What has been your favorite show? Star E Knight: My favorite show is when I performed ‘Water’ by Brad Paisley. I got to bring my floaties on stage and made a fool out of myself a little bit—I do it for my fans. JD Lesbiani: I would have to say the night they surprised me for my birthday that was a great night and show. Charlie Diamond: It’s hard for me to choose a favorite show, they all have been great! Especially with out of town guests and our fans—we always see regular faces
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Section 1: News & Politics
Remarkables by Jonathan Wilson The Varnum Family interview by Angela Geno-Stumme Shrink Rap by Loren A Olson MD Now is the Time by Chaplain Royal Bush Warren’s Words by Warren J. Blumenfeld Minor Details by Robert Minor Ask Lambda Legal by Greg Nevins Iowan Advocacy by Tami Haught Ask Lambda Legal by Karen Loewy Taking Advantage of the System by Tony Dillon-Hansen In the Name of Religion by Rev. Irene Monroe
Section 2: Fun Guide
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Entertainment Picks for the Month 11 Gabriel Kahane: The Moment We Are In interview by Arthur Breur 11 Skirting the Issues by Ellen Krug 12 Honor Your Body, Honor You by Davey Wavey 12 Wired This Way by Rachel Eliason 14 ALPHAs 15 Comics and Crossword Puzzle 15-16 Our Stories review by Sarah Hoskins 16 ONE AND EVERY-ONE by Juan Carlos Herrera 18
Section 3: Community
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Remarkables by Jonathan Wilson Tribute to Fred Phelps
I commemorate the passing of one of our most infamous detractors, the disgraced, ex-communicated, and disbarred “Rev.” Fred Phelps. He was noted for protesting against gay people in general, and later the funerals of Matthew Shepard and then US soldiers unconnected in any known way to the gay community. His protests were characterized by headline-grabbing signs like “God Hates Fags.” He drew a great deal of media attention and did get people to talking. Therein lies the power and positive contribution his lies made in advancing the cause of equality for law-abiding gay children of God. He got people talking. He drew the line between us and our detractors so far to the extreme that folks who had no idea they were on our side found themselves there thanks to the way Fred Phelps framed the debate. The gay community wins when and if folks will have dialogue about us; the truth really does set us free. See Jesus at John 8:32. Beyond that big-picture, longerrange contribution made by Phelps, he also contributed on a more tangible level. Several years ago, and for two years in a row, he and his entourage showed up in central Iowa to protest the First Friday Breakfast Club, an association of gay and bisexual men. Annually it gives scholarships of $2500 apiece to Iowa high school students who have done significant things to reduce homophobia in their schools and communities. It has awarded over $170,000 in scholarships to students who have been busy spreading enlightenment on this subject throughout the state of
Iowa. It has been making a difference—a positive difference—in part, thanks to Fred Phelps. The Lord truly does work in mysterious ways. Each year he was here protesting, the First Friday Breakfast Club sponsored a fund raiser dubbed, “Phelps Helps,” on the premise that if you take the “P” out of Phelps, it “helps.” And help it did. We sought pledges of scholarship contributions for every minute Phelps was here protesting in the exercise of his First Amendment rights. The longer he protested, the more money we raised. The longer he exercised his rights, the more we could legitimately celebrate those rights that are so critically important to our democracy. The longer and louder he spoke evil and hatred in the public arena, the more parents of gays and lesbians declared that enough is enough, and good-hearted Iowans flocked to support us. In the course of those two years we raised over $22,000 in scholarship funds, making Phelps the single largest contributor to our scholarship fund ever. He and his ilk never came back again, so he was missed long before he died. It is said that we are known by the friends we keep. The corollary is also true: we are known by the enemies we make. I consider it a high compliment to be counted among those Fred Phelps saw as enemies. That first year when Fred Phelps protested the First Friday Breakfast Club outside Hoyt Sherman Place where it meets on the first Friday of every month, we had all of our scholarship recipients and their supportive families there for the meeting.
His protests were characterized by headlinegrabbing signs like “God Hates Fags.”
Jonathan Wilson is an attorney at the Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines, and chairs the First Friday Breakfast Club (ffbciowa.org), an educational, non-profit corporation for gay men in Iowa who gather on the first Friday of every month to provide mutual support, to be educated on community affairs, and to further educate community opinion leaders with more positive images of gay men. It is the largest breakfast club in the state of Iowa. He can be contacted at JonathanWilson@DavisBrownLaw.com. Our guest speaker was Ambassador James Hormel, the first openly gay person ever appointed as a US ambassador. Inside it was cozy, warm, and about as gay-supportive as it possibly could be. Outside, where Phelps and his lackeys were protesting on the sidewalk, there was a cold, pouring rain making them, literally and figuratively, all wet. The Lord works in mysterious, sometimes wonderful, ways. We’ve lost one of the single best friends of the gay community. Fred Phelps violated the law against unintended consequences. The Lord really does work in mysterious ways. I hope Bob Vander Plaats, Reverend Keith Ratliff, and Father Frank Bisignano are paying attention. Bishop Tutu has said that he’d rather go to Hell than spend eternity in an antigay Heaven. If I were to have the choice, I’d rather spend eternity with Bishop Tutu than Vander Plaats, Ratliff, Bisignano, or Fred Phelps.
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The Varnum Family interview by Angela Geno-Stumme Five Years after Varnum v. Brien
Kate and Trish Varnum filed a marriage lawsuit in 2005 that would take them into the history books. Kate and Trish were one of 6 couples in the case of Varnum v. Brien. It took 4 years for a decision to be unanimously made in 2009 by the Iowa Supreme Court, but the ruling stated that denying same-sex couples the right to marry is unconstitutional. It has been five years now and Kate and Trish spoke about the case, their family, and changes in the past five years. What was it like being the lead plaintiffs in Varnum v. Brien? Trish: I really don’t feel we were in the spotlight—we were all part of the case. Kate: I think we were in the spotlight a little bit, it was our name as lead plaintiffs but otherwise it was a group. What are some of the things you were looking to have in the Varnum v. Brien decision? Trish: Well one of the big things is we were able to adopt our son jointly instead of having to have one parent adopt him and have a second parent adopt him separately.
We were able to actually adopt together as a couple, like anyone else would do. Kate: The other thing is that Trish had major surgery last year and I was able to be her advocate during that time. And if we weren’t able to get married I don’t know if that would have happened, I am not certain that would have happened. When you want somebody to be an advocate for you and that advocate should be your spouse, your husband or your wife. A few years ago we had a situation where I wasn’t able to be an advocate for Trish and being able to be an advocate now was a big deal. The hospital recognized me as her spouse. We were thrilled with the Windsor case last summer and so happy that we were able to not have to lie on our federal taxes this year. That was a big deal. Do you feel that legalizing your marriage brought legitimacy to your family in the eyes of society? Trish: That’s kind of hard to say, it was more of legitimacy in the eyes of our government. That’s what we were looking for to be recognized with all of the same rights. I think here in Iowa people recognized our family and I think they did before. It’s a
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ANNIVERSARY ity that we continue to fight for. This year is the fifth anniversary of the decision in Varnum v. Brien where you were lead counsel. You have also continued to represent same-sex couples in Iowa who are fighting for equality, such as Gartner v. the Iowa Department of Public Health. I think you have a unique perspective of the last five years. What changes have you seen in this time period in Iowa? I’ve seen many families that I love and care about, and families I’ve gotten to know as a development of litigation be able to get married. And seeing what it meant to them and their children. And that brings us great joy. Obviously, we still have issues on our plate ahead; because you end a discriminatory exclusion with respect to marriage doesn’t end all forms of discrimination. The struggle for the freedom to marry and potentially, it’s the struggle for human dignity and for equality. And we have a long way to go to end discrimination and to make sure that we achieve that in reality, not just the promise of it. That we achieve equality in fact. And the Gartner case is an example to achieve challenges we face in Iowa in making sure that this promise of equality in the Iowa constitution becomes a reality in practical terms for families. The Buntemeyer Case is a particularly heart breaking case that we’ve brought in Iowa. And it’s been a great joy for me to see the Buntemeyer family grow, they now have a son, Liam, who’s the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. He’s really an amazing baby. And then there’s still backlash in Iowa with a lack of understanding of what it means to achieve equality on the part of many people. So, trying to make sure
that people don’t continue discrimination against lesbian and Gay couples, by trying to seek exemptions from non-discrimination laws. That continues to be a very important struggle. I think the biggest thing that has changed in the last five years is simply that one of the couples we represented described, in a blog post, that they had spent their time before marriage equality trying to defend who they were as a family and to prove who they were, that they were good people. Now they can just be who they were and who they are without having to concern themselves with defending the fact that they are in a gay marriage. It’s an intangible thing but I think it makes a huge difference not just for the couples themselves but for their kids, they are no longer telling their government there is something wrong with their family. In your work for marriage equality has there been a pivotal moment where you’ve thought, “This will change everything”? I think the unanimous decision in Iowa did change everything, it changed the country! You can describe any number of moments in our movement as being ‘the moment’ when everything changed. Certainly there are a number of those: the Lawrence v Texas decision at the U.S. Supreme court was one such moment, the Goodrich decision in Massachusetts was another such moment, the Proposition 8 was a moment like that, and the Varnum decision—the first decision off of the coasts, the decision that told the country that the freedom to marry was essential everywhere including the heartland of our country. It previewed the fact to the
From L/R: Trish, Alex, and Kate Varnum. matter of giving voice and recognition to that through the government of the rights everyone should enjoy. What are some of the changes in your life these past five years? Kate: I think the biggest change is that we now have a son—we adopted him shortly after birth. He’s definitely the biggest change in our lives. The other thing is that I lost my job in 2011 and Trish changed jobs at the
entire nation that ultimately history would record our position as the right one and the country was going to change. We were going to see the freedom to marry coast to coast and everywhere in between. And that this was inevitable. It was a moment when the community was particularly beaten down after Proposition 8 and there was a lot of discouragement there was a feeling that we were out resourced outnumbered and there were a lot of people being hurt. And then the amazing decision came down and it was unanimous, and it was issued in the heart of the country and in a state that many people, outside the Midwest had discounted in some way and assumed it would not go well for us. It was written in strong and simple terms that everyone could understand and I think it made a huge difference. It became a lot easier after Varnum to win victories in courts around the country. Can you tell me Lambda Legal’s mission towards marriage equality? We’re the oldest and largest organization, legal organization that works to advance the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexual, transgender people and people with HIV. And one aspect of our mission is to seek equality in relationship recognition including the freedom to marry. What we seek is equal treatment for lesbian and gay people, so when lesbian and gay couples fall in love and build their family the law respects them and accords them equal dignity. What are some of the lesser known battles in the fight for marriage equality? Marriage is just one element of how we live our lives and who we are as people.
I think the unanimous decision in Iowa did change everything, it changed the country!
same time. When Alex was born we decided that I would stay home with him for awhile and go back to school. So I could get a better degree and he could stay home with me and grow that way for awhile. He goes to daycare now but it was nice to have those first few months with him. Have you traveled outside of Iowa to states that don’t recognize your
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Some of us choose to marry and some don’t, but discrimination is something that lesbian and gay people encounter in many aspects of their lives. There may be continued discrimination that has to do with recognition of people’s relationships in various contexts and the Gardner and Buntemeyer cases are examples of that. There can be discrimination in employment contexts, discrimination in schools when gay kids are harassed and come out, there is plenty of work to do to try and insure that transgender people are safe and they can be who they are at work without fear of reprisal. And then we have a lot of work to do, including a recent case that one of my colleagues argued in the HIV context before the Iowa Supreme court just a couple of weeks ago. What should Iowans feel on this Anniversary of Varnum v. Brien? I think they should feel a lot of pride in the role that Iowa played in this movement and how it spurred onto further victories around the country. I think they should feel pride at Iowa’s leadership. I think we should remember how brave Iowa’s six plaintiff couples were in joining that lawsuit and standing up for themselves, for their children, for their communities. Those were early days and when that lawsuit was filed it was 2005 and only one state in the country allowed same-sex couples to marry and that was Massachusetts. But they realized a dream in Iowa, in being able to be married and Iowa has been this beacon of hope for the rest of the country while other states have gradually come along so people have come from all over the country to celebrate their relationships in Iowa and be legally married. I think that’s something that people should feel really proud of. For more information on the Varnum v. Brien case and to learn more about Lambda Legal go to LambdaLegal.org.
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Shrink Rap by Loren A Olson MD Accepting Your Age
Dr. Olson, I was a 52 year old, gay, virgin when I met my partner four years ago. I was never a young man, but you should see my collection of Converse Sneakers…orange, grey, green and red. I feel so gay. But my partner is 16 years younger than I am and I can’t stop worrying that because of my inexperience and age he will leave me for a younger man. Gay Virgin Dear Gay Virgin, Even with your collection of Converse Sneakers, just because you’ve made the difficult decision to come out doesn’t mean that you know everything there is to know about being a gay man. I didn’t come out until I was forty and I bought some very short shorts and some blue and white striped jeans. Looking back, I probably looked like a caricature of what a forty year old man who was mostly a gay virgin thought a gay man should look like. For my 71st birthday, I received a card that said, “You don’t need a motorcycle or a tattoo to look younger. You need to be born later.” We must accept that we were born when we were born, and because we thought we were straight, we missed out on a special part of being gay adolescents. We’re still wearing our gay training
wheels in midlife. Most of us who came out late don’t regret what has transpired in our lives before we came out. I am blessed to have an ex-wife and kids who are very supportive. All of us have learned to live our lives more authentically. Being inexperienced as a gay lover can be difficult, and I sense that your lacking confidence about holding your partner’s interest because of your inexperience. And if you’ve been together for four years, some of the passion dies. Things become a bit predictable and routine if you’re not careful. If he’s more sexually experienced, he can help you. If not, I would recommend a book called The Joy of Gay Sex. That can teach you some of the basics. One of my friends speaks about the “compression of time” as we get older; you and your partner will experience time in different ways. He had this to say: Days are clicking by you like mileposts on a superhighway. Tues, Thurs, July, Autumn, 2014... In your perception, you are still doing things at the same apparent interval you’ve always done them... even as a kid. But in reality, much more time is rushing by you between those events. As an older man you may have a greater sense of urgency, a great need to
hurry and get your inexperience behind you, wanting to know it all now and experience it as quickly as possible. But slow down. Take some time. Learn to make love in slow time. Tell him what you like and don’t like and ask him what he wants from you. Many of us are afraid to have these conversations with the people we are closest too. What are the rules of the relationship? What is acceptable and what is not? What are your secret fantasies? Open yourself to these discussions; make yourself vulnerable. These discussions will sometimes cause conflict, but once resolved, they lead to a deeper and more meaningful relationship. You have some insecurities, understandably. It isn’t up to him to fix those for you. You must develop a confidence in yourself that you are the person you want to be. Your insecurities about being older are probably more related to your discomforts with your age than his. As my friend Paul said, “I know that my time-compression will reach avalanche speeds. So, I don’t want to waste those events with people I don’t care about. I want everything to count. They are highvalue to me.” If you’re having great sex, rejoice in that. If it’s not enough for either
The next topic I would like to touch on is sensitivity within our own community. There are enough people outside the LGBTQ community that are standing in line to tear us down, rip us apart and tell us how unloved, unworthy and unwelcomed we are, we do NOT need it from within our own community. It is true that our “alphabet” (LGBTQ) community is vast, diverse, and ever changing. There are sub groups within most every group. The L we use to describe those who identify as lesbian. The G we use to describe those who identify as gay. The B we use to describe those who identify as bi-sexual. The T we use to describe those who identify as being transgender. And, Q for those who identify as queer, and or those who fit in a category that is not specifically listed (kind of catch all if you will, please). Everyone has a coming out story, some are positive, drama and trauma free, and some are not. We never know what the
person next to us has gone through, is going through or is about to go through. So when “one of our own” uses a descriptive word, incorrect pronoun, or words of hate to describe someone within the same community, it hurts a bit more and sets our progress back a bit. If we don’t respect ourselves, how in the heck can we expect others to respect us? We can’t! Hurt people, hurt people… SO DON’T HURT PEOPLE! I submit to you, that some of the work that is needed to achieve equality in the United States begins with a grass root effort in each of our lives, in each of our communities that will benefit the rest of the world. Now is the time for us to come to the aid of one another by building bridges, tearing down walls and sharing hope. You are beautiful, you are loved, and
We’re still wearing our gay training wheels in midlife.
Now is the Time by Chaplain Royal Bush
They say that April showers bring May flowers. I say April TV ads will make you mad! Now is the time of year for mid-term elections, and that will fill the gaps with: finger pointing, blame, lies, manipulation and promises to do this and that. I am not sure what is more sad; the fact that most registered voters will not vote (less than half will) OR at one time, an American Idol received more votes than ANY US President. The tide is changing slowly and our work is not done, you know, that LGBTQ agenda that we keep pushing on America (little do they know; we don’t collaborate well in most cities let alone form a national agenda!). Listen, we have work to do! I have always said we have a duty to come out of the closets whenever, and however we can. We need to be the face that our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, fellow students, and others think of when election time rolls around. Will it make a difference every time with every person you know? No. But it will make a difference, slowly and intentionally. It IS about building relationships and networks with our allies. We MUST remember that there is not enough of the LGBTQ community in this country to single handedly vote change, if we affect big and lasting change it will ONLY be with the help of us uniting with allies.
We never know what the person next to us has gone through, is going through or is about to go through.
Loren A. Olson MD is a board certified psychiatrist in the clinical practice of psychiatry for over 35 years. Dr. Olson has conducted research on mature gay and bisexual men for his book, Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight, a Psychiatrist’s Own Story. He has presented on this subject at conferences across the United States and Internationally. His blog, MagneticFire. com, has a strong following among mature gay and bisexual men. He established Prime Timers of Central Iowa, a social organization for mature gay/bisexual men. For more information go to FinallyOutBook.com or contact him on Facebook.com. of you, figure out what is an acceptable way of dealing with the differences that don’t compromise your relationship.
To connect with Chaplain Royal, find him on Facebook or visit www.inclusivelife.org you are worthy. May peace, love and compassion be with you. And always from you.
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Warren’s Words by Warren J. Blumenfeld An Open Letter to Franklin Graham Regarding His View on Homosexuality
Hey Franklin, How’s it going? By the way, can I call you Frank? So Frank, I read your March 2014 column in Decision Magazine, the organ of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association named in honor of your father. In your column you took President Barack Obama to task while praising Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, for its stand against homosexuality and homosexual propaganda. “It’s obvious that President Obama and his administration are pushing the gaylesbian agenda in America today and have sold themselves completely to that which is contrary to God’s teaching. Isn’t it sad, though, that America’s own morality has fallen so far that on this issue—protecting children from any homosexual agenda or propaganda—Russia’s standard is higher than our own? In my opinion, Putin is right on these issues….[H]e has taken a stand to protect his nation’s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda.” As you know Frank, you are referring to last June when the Russian Parliament passed and President Putin signed what has come to be known as the “Anti-Homosexual Propaganda Law” outlawing “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors. Among its provisions, the law forbids LGBT Pride marches, positive media depictions of same-sex relationships and public displays of same-sex affection, and discussions in the schools. It carries a fine of up to 5,000 rubles ($156) for individuals and up to 1 million rubles ($31,000) for media outlets. Frank, you think Putin is great? Well, I could direct you to other Russian leaders who would literally blow your socks off! Going back to the early 17th century, you would get a real kick out of Czar Alexis Mikhailovich who made it routine to round up males and females accused of homosexuality and burnt them to a crisp. Hey, he needed kindling to keep the palace at a reasonable room temperature. Tsar Peter the Great (at what?) continued the crackdown by banning homosexual
relations in the Russian military, and he criminalized sexual relations between males in the larger Russian society. I’m sure, Frank, you were extremely upset to learn that following the Russian Revolution of 1917, leaders jettisoned the former anti-homosexual laws in Russia. Openly gay and lesbian people even served in Vladimir Lenin’s government. But fret not Frank, when Joseph Stalin took control, he recriminalized homosexuality with eight years imprisonment or exile to Siberia. Actually, untold numbers never returned since Uncle Joe had them killed. Frank, if your socks have not already been blown from your toasty toes, you may be pleased to know that Russia is not the only place in the world that currently protects its youth from the evils of love and relations between people of the same sex. You might even consider moving to the country of Uganda where its righteous Parliament passed on December 20, 2013 and President Yoweri Museveni signed this February a law criminalizing homosexual relations with up to life imprisonment. You probably like this new twist: the law even doles out punishments to friends and relatives of suspected homosexuals if they fail to turn them in to authorities. As you can imagine, the Uganda “homosexual agenda” has been exiled. But Frank, you don’t even have to go over the oceans and the seas to find supportive role models since we have so many here at home in the U. S. of A. For example, Rev. Charles L. Worley of the Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina, during a 2012 sermon, argued for the building of a large fence some 150 miles long to place inside “lesbians” in one section and “queers and homosexuals” in another section. “And have that fence electrified ‘til they can’t get out. Feed ‘em. And you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out. Do you know why? They can’t reproduce.” The Sunday following Worley’s sermon going viral on YouTube, his congregation gave him a standing ovation in support for his directives. And Rev. Sean Harris of Berean Baptist Church of Fayetteville, North Carolina had
the young people’s needs in mind when he loudly and vehemently lectured during his Sunday sermon (April 29, 2012) that parent’s must enforce strict gender role behaviors, their duty before God, on their children. “Dads,” Harris commanded, “the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and you crack that wrist. Man up! Give him a good punch.” He directed fathers to say to their sons: “Okay? You’re not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male.” He also instructed that parents should be “squashing that like a cockroach.” He warned that “the word of God makes it clear that effeminate behavior is ungodly.” And to parents directing their daughters, Harris shouted and flailed: “And when your daughter starts acting too butch, you rein her in, and you say, oh, no. oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you’re going to act like a girl, and walk like a girl, and talk like a girl, and smell like a girl, and that means you’re going to be beautiful. You’re going to be attractive. You’re going to dress yourself up!” Oh Frank, I’m sure you are grieving over the death this week of your buddy, Rev. Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas. As you know, he and his followers traveled around the country protesting funerals of fallen soldiers (most of whom are apparently heterosexual) claiming that these deaths are God’s punishment against a country that tolerates homosexuality. Phelps is also (in) famous for his 1998 protest of the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a college student from the University of Wyoming in Laramie murdered in a brutal homophobic assault. On his website, godhatesfags.com, Phelps made a connection, here linking his own version of homophobia with antiJewish oppression. Phelps and company directed their protests a few summers back in my then home state of Iowa against “… the Jews…[who] arrested, falsely accused, prosecuted and then sentenced [Jesus] to death…” and because “God hates Iowa” for being “the first to begin giving $ to little
“And have that fence electrified ‘til they can’t get out. Feed ‘em. And you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out. Do you know why? They can’t reproduce.”
Warren J. Blumenfeld is author of Warren’s Words: Smart Commentary on Social Justice (Purple Press); editor of Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price (Beacon Press), and co-editor of Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (Routledge) and Investigating Christian Privilege and Religious Oppression in the United States (Sense). www.warrenblumenfeld.com [homosexual] perverts for no other reason than they brag about being little perverts.” So as you can appreciate, Frank, you have plenty of people to admire. Don’t worry, since marriage for same-sex couples remains illegal in 33 U.S. states and most countries throughout the planet, and antigay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender attitudes and statutes are alive and well in our country and abroad. Oh, Frank, you have much to be thankful for. http://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/march-2014/putins-olympic-controversy/ h t t p : / / w w w. h u f f i n g t o n p o s t . com/2012/05/21/north-carolina-pastorgay-rant-starvation_n_1533463.html http://thinkprogress.org/ lgbt/2012/05/02/474809/amendmentone-pastor-crack-your-four-year-old-sonslimp-wrist/ http://thinkprogress.org/ lgbt/2012/05/02/474809/amendmentone-pastor-crack-your-four-year-old-sonslimp-wrist/
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Minor Details by Robert Minor
The Conclusions of a Progressive Democrat’s Self-Reflection
On June 3rd, voters in California’s 33rd Congressional District will have the chance to vote in their state primary for an independent candidate known internationally for her writing and speaking on spirituality, not her politics. Her work is so influential that six of her ten books were New York Times bestsellers and Time magazine included her with yoga and cabala as three things that “have been taken up by those seeking a relationship with God that is not strictly tethered to Christianity.” Marianne Williamson, a life-long progressive Democrat running as an independent, will hear the usual complaints from true believer Democrats, saying it will ruin their chances to do whatever Democrats swear they will do while giving their usual excuses for not doing it. Running makes spiritual sense to her: “While many seekers have turned away from politics, viewing spiritual and political pursuits as mutually exclusive, I agree with Mahatma Gandhi that ‘Anyone who thinks religion doesn’t have anything to do with politics doesn’t understand religion.’ I don’t believe we can afford to be ‘selectively conscious,’ applying more enlightened principles to only some aspects of human endeavor.” In a March 11th radio interview with
John Fugelsang, Williamson described her progressive history, decades of fidelity to the Democratic Party, and past support of the current president. But, as she puts it, today “progressives have a codependent relationship to the Democratic Party.” In 2010, years before launching her candidacy, she wrote: “I see so many people now—many of them men, interestingly enough—tangled up in an almost schoolgirlish, co-dependent, apologetic relationship with this President. As though ‘poor baby’ should be tacked onto the end of every description of his failures.” “I remember Bobby and I remember Martin. I remember when there was a moral force at the center of the Democratic Party. I see it sometimes still, in a Sherrod Brown, a Dennis Kucinich, an Anthony Weiner, a Marcy Kaptur and an Alan Grayson [today she’d add Elizabeth Warren]. “But they’re not reflective of the general tenor of the Democratic Party anymore, and I think we would all do well to wake up to that fact. We elected Obama and then he sort of became someone else. He’s doing a lot of good things in various areas, but he’s certainly not changing the new bottom line: that corporations get to run the world.” Now, can those of us who’ve put so much hope in the Democratic Party consider that she could be right? Are we willing to listen
to her? Or will we respond with the same old codependent excuses that abused spouses give for their abusers? I can hear them now: But you don’t know, or give him credit for, the troubles he faces. But he’s doing the best he can. But you just need to be more supportive. But you just need to be more understanding, loving, forgiving. But you just need to better communicate. But he promises to do better (just listen to his speeches). But aren’t you expecting too much from him? But he’s better than the alternative—infidelity is better than death. From outside codependency, Williamson appears right. And what that means is that her analysis is crucial to an honest debate that we must encourage, not stifle. It means we’ll need to pick our battles and our candidates. Fred Phelps, after all, ran for governor on the Democratic ticket in Kansas because he too was a lifelong Democrat. It means we need to speak up loudly, showing we disagree with those for whom we still might cast our vote. It means we need to recognize that in both major political parties the squeaky wheel is big business. It means that we might have to protest in the meetings of both major parties. Various communities have learned that parties seldom respond to quiet, rational requests. Protesters, for example, have regularly called President Obama, who has deported 57% more undocumented immigrants per month than his predecessor, the “Deporter in Chief.” Though they’ve been criticized with all the above, though he ran on immigration reform twice, garnering 70% of Latino votes, and though he continued to respond that he had no power to end his reign as the president who’ll win the award for the most deportations; unexpectedly on March 13 the White House changed its tune and told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that it will review “more humane” procedures, signaling finally that it might slow down the number. Protests work. Being nice doesn’t when you’re up against moneyed interests buying both parties. We must face the fact that both parties are part of the power structure that supports what author Mike Lofgren told Bill Moyers is the “deep state” behind the real one. And
It means we need to recognize that in both major political parties the squeaky wheel is big business.
Robert N. Minor, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas, is author of When Religion Is an Addiction; Scared Straight: Why It’s So Hard to Accept Gay People and Why It’s So Hard to Be Human and Gay & Healthy in a Sick Society. Contact him at www.FairnessProject.org. that, as Frederick Douglass told us: “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” It means that we recognize all elections are important. The Republicans have given up on the functioning of the federal government. Their method is to maintain enough of a rein on national Democrats so that they’ll accomplish nothing. Whether they field a viable presidential candidate has lost importance. The Republicans and their funders, like the Koch brothers, have turned to the states and municipalities to enact their will. Controlling statehouses, governorships, school boards, and county offices, they believe, will give them the power they want. This further means that we have to be the change we want. We’ll have to run for offices and encourage other progressives to do so. In 2010 Williamson concluded: “Should we re-brand the Green Party perhaps, or draft another Democrat to challenge Obama in the primaries in 2012? I don’t know what we should do, but I know one thing that we shouldn’t do: pretend to ourselves that this man is delivering on what he promised when he first won our hearts.” So what will we do to change things? In 2014, Williamson’s decided that she’ll just run for Congress herself.
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Ask Lambda Legal by Greg Nevins
Greg Nevins, Counsel and Workplace Fairness Program Strategist for Lambda Legal.
Job Seeking While Openly Gay
Dear Lambda Legal, Q: I just graduated college, and am looking for my first full-time job. I was very active on campus advocating for LGBT
rights, and I’m concerned about how that may affect my chance to find employment. What are my rights with regards to being out while job seeking? A: Congratulation on getting your degree, and good luck with your job hunt! Despite the progress our community makes every day in gaining acceptance and equality, it’s very common for out and active people such as you to have these concerns. Unfortunately, the short answer to your question is: it depends. There are 29 states without statutes prohibiting sexual orientation employment discrimination; when such mistreatment occurs in the private sector (meaning non-government jobs), it is challenging to take action against the offending employer. Discrimination is much easier to challenge in the public sector; many states prohibit such discrimination, and the federal constitution also provides protection against irrational anti-gay actions taken by public sector managers. If you’d like to find out more information about a specific location, look at a stateby-state breakdown on our website here: http://lambdalegal.org/states-regions The patchwork of employment protections for lesbian, gay and bisexual
people is a problem that could be fixed nationwide on a federal level with ENDA, the long-delayed Employment Non Discrimination Act. This was recently made perfectly clear when the talented Missouri University football player Michael Sam came out of the closet months ahead of the start of NFL draft. Michael Sam is a highly qualified gay man looking for a job. If Sam is skipped over and not drafted by any NFL team, Sam would be the victim of employment discrimination. Sam’s situation clearly illuminates the complications that we are currently enduring without ENDA. The NFL, like many private employers, has its own policy that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation: the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”). However, it’s not clear if the CBA applies to potential draftees. After that, Sam could invoke the state anti-discrimination statute in New York, the site of the draft, to hold all the teams accountable. If that doesn’t work,
supporting social justice and civil rights movements and has proven to be a strong ally in this work. Grinnell is enthusiastic to host the conference and is offering steeply discounted rates for the venue, lodging and meals. The conference will feature workshops, presentations and panels over the course of three days, including: Grassroots Organizing and State Legal Advocacy, HIV Criminalization 101; Understanding the Legal and Medical Implications of HIV; How criminalization Drives Stigma; Strategies to Engage Public Health Officials to Address Criminalization; Promising Practices for Community Engagement and Mobilization; Legislator Education; and others. HIV is Not a Crime may become an annual gathering, which will fill a critical void in current HIV advocacy. While
important in their own way, other HIV conferences are typically geared towards professionals working within the HIV service delivery infrastructure. HIV is Not a Crime will focus on uplifting the work of people with HIV and networks of people with HIV, as well as grassroots activists already engaged in HIV and other intersecting issues (LGBT, drug policy, sex work, etc.). It will provide an opportunity to coalesce networks of people with HIV from around the country on a policy issue. As a result of HIV is Not a Crime, individual and organizational participants will be better equipped to initiate or advance advocacy in their home states addressing HIV-related criminalization, stigma and discrimination. The conference will help to rebuild and reenergize state-based HIV advocacy efforts. HIV is Not a Crime will also play a key role in helping to integrate state-based LGBT efforts and other issues along with resurgent local HIV advocacy networks. One Iowa, Iowa’s statewide equality organization, is playing a critical role in organizing HIV is Not a Crime, including its executive director, Donna Red Wing, serving as the conference program
Iowan Advocacy by Tami Haught
HIV is Not a Crime: The Grinnell Gathering
The HIV is Not a Crime conference is a first-time national gathering to bring together community organizers, advocates, experts in law and policy, and individuals living with HIV from across the country, united in a common cause to end the criminalization of people with HIV. HIV is Not a Crime will take place on June 2-5, 2014 at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. For several years, advocates in Iowa have worked to reform that state’s criminalization statute; extensive grassroots, legal and policy advocacy have all taken place in tandem in recent years, and a reform measure is presently pending in the legislature. HIV criminalization reform advocacy may be more advanced in Iowa than in any other US state and can provide important information and lessons for organizers elsewhere. Grinnell College itself has a long history of
13 of the 32 teams in the NFL are in states with nondiscrimination statutes. To hold the other 19 teams accountable, he could turn to local ordinances but would wrestle with the absence of ordinances in Charlotte, Nashville, and Jacksonville. Also, while Washington D.C. has a nondiscrimination ordinance, the Washington NFL franchise’s headquarters is in Virginia, whose legislature makes local governments ask permission to enact nondiscrimination laws and always responds “no.” We need a clear federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression that applies to all employers and job seekers across the country. Congress should pass the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) now. If you have any questions, or feel you have been discriminated against because of your sexual orientation, contact Lambda Legal’s Help Desk1-866-542-8336 or http://www.lambdalegal.org/help
The patchwork of employment protections for lesbian, gay and bisexual people is a problem that could be fixed nationwide on a federal level with ENDA, the long-delayed Employment Non Discrimination Act.
The conference will help to rebuild and reenergize state-based HIV advocacy efforts.
Tami Haught has been living with HIV for almost 20 years. She is the CHAIN Community Organizer, President for PITCH, and new member of the SERO Project Board of Directors. Tami started speaking out about her HIV status when her son started school hoping that providing education and facts would make life easier for her son, by fighting the stigma, discrimination, isolation, and criminalization people living with HIV/AIDS face daily. Contact info: tami. firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.pitchiowa.com committee’s co-chair (along with Scott Schoettes, from Lambda Legal, and Robert Suttle, from The Sero Project). We will need many people to be a part of the Iowa Host Committee, around 50 volunteers will be needed for Monday, June 2nd as people are arriving from across the nation. If you are willing to volunteer to make the conference run smoothly and provide a big Iowa welcome, please contact: Tami Haught, Conference Coordinator at email@example.com.
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Taking Advantage of the System by Tony Dillon-Hansen Most people can agree they would like not to be poor, underemployed, or unemployed. When that does happen, we do our best to get out of those situations because we have bills to pay, mouths to feed and simply would like to not worry about how to afford our basic need, the next item or next meal. We would like to be able to work to have more than simple foods on the table. With wages as they are today and life’s basic bills, these are real concerns for Americans, especially those trying to get started in the workforce. Yet, there are people that abuse the system for personal benefit, and as a result of some high profile cases, Americans have become suspicious about any government proposals that claim to reduce poverty. Are the attacks on poverty programs warranted? We know that there are some people who in those unfortunate situations feel entitled to milk any resources from wherever they are being distributed without care. There is a plain lazy, selfish and greedy aspect that is driving that set of people. They provide a great example used by the supposed righteous among us to paint the picture of what all people do with government funds (never mind the actions of those doing this painting.) Selfishness and greed is, however, not a feature only of the unfortunate and the
destitute. It is no mistake that some have hid behind religion to elucidate their motives for abusing the system. Those supposed righteous people then persuade large swaths of the American people (using conjured inferences of facts, distorted media and cherry-picked phrases from religion) to look at the other “sinners” while they pillage the public treasury. The righteous want a society that is comfortable with exclusion from access or even from recognition. They will divert attention from the pillage by showcasing differences in society (race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.) They amass great wealth claiming the parable of talents as an excuse to hoard cash and while having contempt for the Sermon on the Mount by suggesting that poor people want to be poor and meek. You have to wonder about these people doing the complaining because the loudest complainers are likely the guiltiest. There is little doubt that they are taking advantage of the system, but they are blaming the meager ones on the bottom rung of society for their mischievous actions. There are farmers, landowners, businesses and corporate moguls that will use the levers they have in reach to squeeze out a little (actually billions) more
They scare the rest of Americans into thinking that supporting the poor will somehow make everyone poorer.
for themselves. They, then, point fingers at families of the lower class that may claim collectively a mere fraction of what a single oil company or family like the Koch brothers will suck from the system. They use these people that are grabbing after the scraps of society to scare the middle class into voting against middle class. They will have the middle class be more suspicious of the government, which is incidentally the only institution in our society that can guarantee equal access for everyone to quality education, health care, or even safe cars to drive. Providing help to low-income (poverty) in America including the cost of Medicaid (which primarily goes to elderly and disabled citizens rather than people with children), Federal housing (WIC), TANF, child tax credits, SNAP, free lunch program, and the children’s health insurance program (CHIP) combined are no match for the cost of oil subsidies, farm subsidies, and defense spending. Yet, the people receiving the large oil, farm and defense spending want to yell the loudest about others getting taxpayer money because apparently no one should benefit unless you have millions to spend. The yellers are part of the richest and most powerful elites. They are part of country’s financial decisions, but they want to blame financial woes on those with the least power. Then, they scare the rest of Americans into thinking that supporting the poor will somehow make everyone poorer. Further, there are the people that
Tony E Dillon-Hansen is a web developer, organizer, researcher, writer, martial artist, and vocalist from Des Moines. are supposedly in support of the poor and meek are mishandling the programs, and that provides even more fodder for the critics of poverty programs. In a capitalist society, no rational person would stop trying to acquire wealth. Regardless of an economic policy or social leaning, there is always an avenue to make money. People are able to become wealthy through strategic planning and use of resources (including people). Without those resources, people could not get wealthy. The Republican establishment, along with many Democrats, realizes this and realizes that people with money in hand are likely to
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In the Name of Religion by Rev. Irene Monroe White gay men are not the culprits gentrifying Harlem
Building 1644 on Park Avenue is gone. So, too, is building 1646. On March 12th witnesses and residents of the area all reported hearing an explosion before the buildings leveled leaving plumes of dust where they once stood. Tremors from the fiery blast were felt more than a mile away. The night before the conflagration the smell of gas was detectable. These two buildings, like the many surrounding ones, housed NYC’s poor and low-income families on 116th Street in an enclave renownedly known as Spanish Harlem. News spun of a possible terrorist attack. But the story had no legs. And lifelong Harlem residents knew better. With landlords refusing to repair their buildings and blatantly violating building codes—especially of rent control buildings—news of a possible terrorist attack or accidental explosion divert attention of any suspicion of arson as a tactic to expedite gentrification goals. And now Park Avenue even at 115th and 116th Streets is prime real estate in a shifting landscape brought on by gentrification. In expressing his outrage that so many Harlemites felt, Keith Boykin, a renowned African American gay activist, tweeted, “This is the 3rd building collapse in Harlem in the past 5 years.” In the past five years, Harlem’s empty lots and burned-out buildings have sprung up luxury condos, upscale restaurants, boutique shops, hotels, B&Bs, and unimaginable improved services in an area the city had long forgotten. And the resentment of this shift has targeted both Harlem’s recent and life-long LGBTQ communities. “Obama has released the homo demons on the black man. Look out black woman. A white homo may take your man” a towering sign hung for months outside of ATLAH World Missionary Church on West 123rd and Lenox. The pastor of ATLAH, Rev. James David Manning opposes the gentrification going
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DILLON-HANSEN spend that money when they have some left over after bills. Major companies, like Wal-Mart, base their business model upon this premise. Volume sales require volumes of people with money to spend. The poverty programs help people have something to spend besides necessities of housing, food, education or health care. Additionally, those dollars turn into jobs. The programs also provide the safety net for those that get tossed out of the capitalist markets (e.g. unemployment.) Further, educated people bring skills to work and tend to spend more money
on in Harlem and has implored its residents and his congregants to boycott the new luxury condos, upscale restaurants, boutique shops, and hotels. According to Rev. Manning the boycott would maim the “white homo” where it hurts him the most- his pockets. And Manning expounded as to why on the church’s online video. “Black woman let me say something to you: you have a very hard time competing against a white homosexual male. He’s usually got money—a white homo usually has an American Express card. He usually has an opportunity at the theater—homos love the theater. They love to go out to dinners, parties, they love that kind of a thing... “ Raymond Madson of New Mexico corroborates with Rev. Manning about gays being the crux of the problem, and shared his sinister thoughts with me in an email on how to resolve the matter. “It’s about time someone spoke to the bad effect “gays” are having on housing, commerce, culture and all the other facets of American Society. “Save Harlem. Kill the Gays.” Or at least relegate them to their own ghettos and don’t let them out.” If Manning and Madson were merely lone opponents on gentrification whose homophobic expressions were perceived as on the lunatic fringe they could then simply be dismissed. But their public diatribes are what many are not expressing but sadly are also harboring. For example, let’s not forget the murder of Islan Nettles. In the pre-dawn hours of a Saturday in August, Islan Nettles, 21, was strolling and lollygagging with a group of her sister-friends on Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 147th and 148th Streets in Harlem. When she and the girls were recognized as transgender women, Paris Wilson, 20, began spewing homophobic epithets. Enraged by the sight of the women, Wilson crossed the street to where the women were and savagely
pummeled Nettles, resulting in her death, because he’d allegedly been teased for flirting with a transgender woman. The query raised by many Harlem residents is why their neighborhood, that has been long forgotten and completely disinvested from public/private businesses and real estate interests, is suddenly a hot land grab? The prevailing thought today in the area of urban development and city planning is that if you want to revitalize a decaying city and get rid of its urban plight you create gayborhoods. And new studies reveals that these enclaves have overall positive economic and cultural effects. For example, in February I was on the HuffPo Live show “Why We Still Need Gayborhoods.” Also on the show was Janice Madden, a Professor of Regional Science, Sociology, Urban Studies, and Real Estate at UPenn, to discuss her new book “Gayborhoods: Economic Development and the Concentration of Same-sex Couples in Neighborhoods Within Large American Cities.” Madden revealed that gay white men on the Northeast and West coasts had significantly greater income to created gayborhoods that are “close to or have easy access to the downtown and had older housing.” But not every African American and Latino who opposes gentrification in his or her neighborhoods blame white gay men. Filmmaker Spike Lee’s beef with gentrification in black and brown enclaves throughout NYC is the permanent dislocation not only of a people but also of the inimitable culture and lifestyle they created. Truth be told, Harlem is not only being gentrified by the supposedly demographic group Rev. Manning labels “white homo.” African American professionals -straight and LGBTQ- are moving in, too. “I’ve seen empty lots get filled with condos. I was fortunate to purchase one,” Media professional Barion Grant told
“It’s about time someone spoke to the bad effect “gays” are having on housing, commerce, culture and all the other facets of American Society.
because they theoretically have more money. To deny the masses something like affordable, quality public-education through promotion of private and charter schools instead, like the TEA party proposes, means that families will be limited to basic needs and their children will not be able to afford proper education-the access to the ladder to success. This can perpetuate a divide in our society between those who have and who have not. Yes, Americans should be cautious of more spending, but all programs should be scrutinized. If we are concerned about welfare fraud, we should be more concerned with the fraud, in billions, blown on companies that do not need the money.
…families will be limited to basic needs and their children will not be able to afford proper education…
Rev. Irene Monroe is a graduate from Wellesley College and Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, and she has served as a pastor at an AfricanAmerican church before coming to Harvard Divinity School for her doctorate as Ford Fellow. She is a syndicated queer religion columnist who tries to inform the public of the role religion plays in discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. Her website is irenemonroe.com. The Root. “I’m a college-educated person from New Jersey who has moved to this community, so I’m fine with identifying myself as a gentrifier. But at the same time I’m re-investing in this community, mostly via my church, First Corinthian Baptist Church.” Buildings 1644 and 1646 on Park Avenue are now empty lots. A luxury condo, or upscale restaurant, or boutique shops, or hotels or B&Bs will be placed there. The people who once resided in those buildings have been relocated to what most likely will now be their new permanent address. Since the fire, however, Rev. Manning has taken down his invective sign to replace it with another. In expanding his thoughts on who the actually culprits are responsible for gentrification going on in Harlem he no longer blames white gay men only. And it’s reflected in the new towering sign outside the church that now reads: “Jesus Would Stone Homos. Stoning Is Still The Law.”
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Our Picks for April 3/21-4/13, Des Moines, Iowa, Des Moines Playhouse, Les Misérables, DMPlayhouse.com 3/21-4/21, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Theatre Cedar Rapids, To Kill a Mockingbird, TheatreCR.org 4/5, Iowa City, Iowa, Studio 13, Elation Dance Party, SThirteen.com 4/5, Johnston, Iowa, Dining for the Arts: A Taste of Spring, MetroArts.org 4/5-6, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Paramount Theatre, The Rite of Spring, ParamountTheatreCR.com 4/5-6 & 4/12-13, Dubuque, Iowa, Grand Opera House, Swan Lake, TheGrandOperaHouse.com 4/6, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Legion Arts, Red Molly, Legionarts.org 4/6, Des Moines, Iowa, Le Boi Bar, Mr LeBoi 2014 Competition, LeBoiBar.com 4/11, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Club David, Brittany Does Dallas…The Sequel, Facebook.com 4/12, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Vets Memorial Coliseum, CVDD Double Header, CVDerbyDivas.com 4/13, Des Moines, Iowa, The Blazing Saddle, Ms Iowa Leather Beer Bust & Bingo, TheBlazingSaddle.com 4/19, Des Moines, Iowa, Lime Lounge, E&E Ball for Reign XXI, ImperialCourtofIowa.org 4/21, Coralville, Iowa, Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, Comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer, CoralvilleArts.com 4/24-25, Iowa City, Iowa, Hancher, Gallim Dance, Hancher.UIowa.edu 4/24, Cleveland, Ohio, Sheraton Cleveland Hotel, CLAW 14, CLAWInfo.org 4/26, Des Moines, Iowa, The Temple Theater, Gabriel Kahane, DesMoinesPerformingArts.org 4/27, Iowa City, Iowa, Studio 13, Miss Pickle Competition, SThirteen.com
5/1, Des Moines, Iowa, The Blazing Saddle,
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Matthew & Muffy’s Tupperware Party,
Gabriel Kahane: The Moment We Are In interview by Arthur Breur
Gabriel Kahane Songwriter, singer, pianist, composer, guitarist, and occasional banjo player, Gabriel Kahane’s style has been called eclectic. Arthur Breur interviewed Gabriel about his sound, the intricacies of his composition, what’s on his play list, his inspiration and his upcoming show! Gabriel is performing with Rob Moose, Saturday, April 26th at The Temple Theater in Des Moines, Iowa. As a composer of concert works, Kahane has been commissioned by, among others, Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, and Kronos Quartet. Gabriel has performed or recorded with artists ranging from Sufjan Stevens and Rufus Wainwright to Jeremy Denk and composer/conductor John Adams. His new release, ‘The Ambassador’ releases June 3rd. You’re performing in Iowa on April 26th, at the Des Moines Performing Arts. How is your tour been going so far? I’m actually not on tour at the moment. I’m at home. The concert that I am doing in Des Moines is part of a brief run of duo shows that I am doing with my friend and colleague Rob Moose, who is a wonderful multi-instrumentalist, guitarist, and violinist, primarily. They’re in a sense, orphan gigs that are leading up to the release of my new album, ‘The Ambassador’, which is coming out June 3rd on the Masterworks label. These dates are kind of scattered, and not connected to any particular tour. Although, the show in Des Moines will be an opportunity for people to hear some sort of preview of some elements from the new record. Ok. I apologize. I was going off the tour page of your website.
Oh yes. I just refer to all concert dates as “tour dates”. I sort of think of a tour as when you don’t get to sleep in your own bed for more than one night out of ten nights. Your style is described as eclectic and I wholeheartedly stand behind that description. Do you have a particular comfort zone or a particular discomfort zone in your styles of music? No. I know people can get hung up on genre and so forth, but I think that I am primarily interested in telling stories through music. More and more, as I look back over the work I have done over the last decade, I think there is a preoccupation of storytelling. Whether it is in the context of an orchestral song cycle or performing a pop song or an orchestrated pop song or a three minute song on the guitar. So, I would say that storytelling is my comfort zone. And the toolbox or set of paints that I use to tell those stories varies from piece to piece. But generally, that is the kind of through-line I think of with most of the work that I do. I would say that I’m probably most out of my element, when I am writing strictly instrumental music. I feel very comfortable writing orchestral instruments. This is not to say that I do not think that I am a great orchestral composer. But the moment you take away the vocal line and text, I become more insecure when I think about what I am doing. Now, on the most recent album, for example the song, ‘Charming Disease’, the instrumentation on there is very layered and very subtle. It uses the instruments in a way that you normally don’t hear them used. You use some very interesting string effects, some
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Skirting the Issues by Ellen Krug Oasis
My day job involves running a Twin Cities nonprofit that helps low-income (read poor) people connect with lawyers and legal resources. Recently, our accomplishments were featured in a local newspaper article that quoted me repeatedly. Nowhere in the article is the any reference to me being transgender. When I later asked the reporter if she was even aware of my gender variant status, she answered, “yes.” She then added that it wasn’t relevant to the story about my nonprofit and thus she didn’t include it. My reaction: We’ve come a long way, baby! At least in the Twin Cities and Minnesota. Minneapolis, St. Paul and Minnesota each have laws which prohibit discrimination because of someone’s race, ethnicity, sex, gender, and all the other usual characteristics that make people different. Additionally, they’ve made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation—two boxes that I’d check in a Lady Gaga second. In other words, I live in an oasis with a capital “O.” Yes, it’s also the land of Ten Thousand Snowmen, but it’s an Oasis nonetheless. Given the breadth of freedom here, it’s easy to forget about the other forty-nine states. Every day, I interact with successful gay and lesbian people—legislators,
company owners, doctors, lawyers, and entrepreneurs. It’s nothing to hear about another man’s “hubby” or to see a lesbian gleefully sharing her daughter’s baby picture. There are at least three area nonprofits that are dedicated to transgender health— physical and emotional. There’s even a bar that trans folk have claimed as their own. I’m also living proof that it’s not only possible to survive as an “out” trans person, but actually thrive. My nonprofit job takes me into the bastions of traditional older white male privilege—law firms, the judiciary, and corporate America. Most of the people I encounter have never knowingly interacted with a transgender person before me. In nearly thirty months on the job, I can honestly count on three fingers the number of times someone’s used the wrong pronoun. What makes this even more remarkable is that while I look like a fairly attractive middle-aged woman (we call that “passing”), I can’t get rid of my darn man-voice. Thus, as I’m apt to admit, I’m only “98 percent passable.” Still, that doesn’t seem to matter to the people who deal with me. On occasion, I talk to groups about living as a trans person. I recently presented to a large national employer that’s headquartered in Minneapolis with a branch office, in of all places, Montana. After reminding the audience that transgender people have legal protection in
only eighteen states (including the District of Columbia), I offered a hypothetical: what if I worked for the employer and was such a good team member that the employer wanted to transfer me to Montana to head that office? I then asked the audience to consider that I wasn’t “legal” in Montana—without a city or state law to protect trans people like me, a landlord could legally deny me housing; an insurance agent could legitimately refuse to offer me car insurance; and the local gynecologist could safely deem me too exotic to treat. In other words, someone in power could say, “I don’t like who or what you are and I’m not going to do business with your kind.” The audience members registered shock. Their collective reaction: Really? Such discrimination—and attendant hatred—are possible today? And absolutely legal? My answer: Yup. They sure are. With this year’s brutal winter, I’ve given thought to moving somewhere warm. The problem? Nowhere south of the Mason-Dixon Line is there a state with laws that protect transgender people. Why would I ever want to move from somewhere that protects me to a place that doesn’t? To a place where hating me is legal? A year and a half ago, Vice President Biden called the push for transgender equality “the civil rights issue of our time.” Incrementally, we trans people are acquiring rights and protections. I’m confident that in twenty years, we’ll be talking about how most states, if not all, protect transgender folk. That’s twenty years from now. I may not be around then, but others will be.
through months of intense training. At the end of the training, the actors were administered the following test. Based on their time, the actors were each given a score. 25 pull-ups 50 deadlifts at 135 pounds 50 push-ups 50 box jumps with a 24-inch box 50 “floor wipers” at 135 pounds 50 “clean and press” at 36 pounds 25 more pull-ups It’s a grand total of 300 reps (just like the name of the movie) and it’s meant to be performed without any rest. Keep in mind, the ability to punch through this workout test was the result of months of training. If it seems daunting, work up to it over time. Completing the test can be a great fitness goal. If it all sounds like a lot of work, that’s because it is. Between training, massages and fight classes, many of the actors worked four hours per day to achieve their 300 look. For a lot of people, that might not be realistic–and that’s okay. At the end of the day, 300 can–at the very least–inspire each of us to build stronger, healthier bodies that are fueled by delicious and nourishing foods. We might
not end up looking like Greek gods, but we can certainly make progress toward our health and fitness goals. Love, Davey
Nowhere south of the Mason-Dixon Line is there a state with laws that protect transgender people.
Honor Your Body, Honor You by Davey Wavey How to Get Abs Like the Movie 300
Dear Davey, I’m a big fan of the movie 300 and I’m excited to see the new sequel. I’ve always been really envious of the actors’ bodies and especially their six pack abs, and I was wondering what their secret is? From, Ben Hey Ben, The chiseled, strong, oiled bodies of the men in 300 are a sight to behold–and can certainly serve as workout motivation and inspiration to the rest of us. The secret to getting a highly defined body (like those showcased in 300) really isn’t a secret at all. It can be summed up in two steps: Train hard. Eat fewer calories than you burn. The truth is all of us have abdominal muscles. Training hard means strengthening and developing those muscles. But even highly developed abdominal muscles will remain hidden if they’re covered by a layer of body fat. Eating fewer calories than you burn (while continuing to train hard) is all about leaning down to a lower body fat percentage. As you become leaner, the coveted six pack becomes visible. Exercise guru Mark Twight worked with the 300 actors to whip them into shape
Ellie Krug is the author of Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change. She welcomes your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. As we collectively march toward the goal of legal equality, please share with your family, friends, and most importantly, employers, about how it’s still possible for a landlord to deny housing to a trans person in most of the United States. It’s not right nor is it fair—most people readily understand this, regardless of where they stand on the gender spectrum. As for me, I’ll stick it out in the Oasis despite the snow, ice, and subzero temps. That’s way better than being kicked out of a warm-weather apartment because I sound like a dude.
Eat With a Purpose!
When we talk about fitness, exercise is only part of the equation. To get the fantastic results you really want, you’ll need to spend as much effort in the kitchen as you do in the gym. Though often neglected, nutrition is absolutely crucial. To elevate the importance of nutrition, I follow a simple rule: Eat with a purpose. When I eat with a purpose, it isn’t just to titillate my taste buds or to fill my stomach, it’s to fuel my body with the nutrients it needs. Consider this. Depending on your goal, you probably aim to consume somewhere between 1,750–3,000 calories per day. That’s not a lot, especially when you consider the amount of nutrients we require on a daily basis. There’s calcium and protein and vitamins and healthy fats and so on…
Between training, massages and fight classes, many of the actors worked four hours per day to achieve their 300 look.
In other words, each of those calories Davey Wavey is an AFPA certified personal trainer shares his passion for and knowledge of fitness, exercise, health and nutrition with the world. For more information go to DaveyWaveyFitness.com. is precious–and so it makes sense to spend them effectively and productively. You want to get the most bang for your buck. Sucking down an 18-ounce bottle of soda with 200 calories will take a serious bite out of your daily caloric allotment… and yet won’t provide any of the nutrients your body needs. When you eat with a purpose, soda just isn’t a wise choice. The bottom line: Just about everything you eat (except for the occasional treat) should have substantive nutritional value and serve your fitness goals. Eat with a purpose.
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Wired This Way by Rachel Eliason
Rachel Eliason is a forty two year old Transsexual woman. She was given her first computer, a Commodore Vic-20 when she was twelve and she has been fascinated by technology ever since. In the thirty years since that first computer she has watched in awe as the Internet has transformed the LGBT community. In addition to her column, Rachel has published a collection of short stories, Tales the Wind Told Me and is currently working on her debut novel, Run, Clarissa, Run. Rachel can be found all over the web, including on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Goodreads.
Farewell to XP April 8th, 2014 will mark the end of an era. Windows XP, the most popular version of Windows, will no longer be supported.
A short history of XP
Microsoft was formed in 1975. The company released its first computer operating system, MS-DOS in 1981. It was text based, you entered commands on the screen to make programs open or run. In 1985 they released Windows 1.0. Public reception of this new system was lukewarm at best. Apple had released the early Macintosh computers in 1984 and the joke when I was in college in 1989 was that Windows 2.0 was almost as good as those earlier apple computers. Still IBM’s were a lot cheaper than Apples and they came with Windows. Windows didn’t really take off until the mid nineties. Windows 3.0, followed by Windows 95 and 98 lead Microsoft to virtual domination of the personal computer market. This century has been marked by alternating hits and misses for the software giant. The millennium edition was panned
by both critics and consumers. XP, released in 2001 has proven the most reliable and popular version of Windows yet. Vista, released in 2006, was unpopular. Windows 7 has been lauded by tech reviewers as one of the best, most secure systems, but reception by consumers has been more reserved. Windows 8, the most current version, has struggled out of the gate. The adoption rate for Windows 8 has been lower than even Vista. As a testament to both the reliability and popularity of Windows XP, an estimated 500 million computers are still running the operating system. There are a number of reasons. Non-tech savvy consumers don’t like change. Problems with Vista and now 8 has scared some consumers away from upgrading. Changes in the electronic market are important as well, many consumers are opting to buy tablets and devices rather than new computers. Consumers are making due with older desktops.
the support hotline and you will be told to buy a new computer. Support for third party software is already becoming a dicey prospect. Third party software means all those games and programs you buy at the store or online. You have to read the fine print to see if they will run on XP and increasingly the answer will be no. Then there is internet explorer. Windows XP comes with IE 6. End of support for your browser will have most of the same consequences in terms of security. No more security updates and increasingly vulnerability. The web is slowly moving toward HTML 5 and web developers, like software companies, are less and less concerned with how their web applications work on older computers. You will still be able to browse the web for the foreseeable future, but more and more web pages will bring up errors or display incorrectly.
Save your boot disk. Guard those suckers with your life.
What does the end of support mean?
What faces the 500 million XP users on April 8th? Never fear, your computer will still boot up and it will still run. If you love your Windows XP computer you can keep right on using it, with a couple of warnings. Save your boot disk. Guard those suckers with your life. XP reached its “end of sales” period back in 2008, meaning you can’t buy an official copy. If you need a new computer, it won’t support XP anyway. But that’s only part of the equation. What end of support really means is that Microsoft will no longer issue patches for the system. Since the majority of patches are for security purposes that means XP computers will be increasingly vulnerable to viruses and hackers. But you have antivirus software. That should protect you right? Unfortunately anti-virus software requires constant updating as well. Once Microsoft has removed support its just matter of time before other companies follow suit. Keeping legacy systems operational isn’t a high priority for anyone. Tech support is going away as well. Call
What options are there?
You can always buy a new computer. That probably means making the leap to Windows 8. It’s a radical redesign but after the initial outcry (even tech people hate change) the verdict is that it’s not that bad. Give yourself some time to learn the new interface. One of the reasons that so many users have not upgraded their computers is the
tablet revolution. Many consumers don’t really need a computer anymore. Tablets have limited storage but otherwise they can meet most of the average person’s computing needs. They can surf the net, check email, stream video and facebook. Another option for consumers who mostly use their computers to surf the web is a chromebook. These netbooks come with their own custom operating system based on the Chrome web browser. They are fast, easy to use and cheap to buy. Despite Microsoft’s multimillion dollar “Scroogled” campaign, consumers are discovering and loving the chromebook. One report states as much as 23% of new computer sales are chromebooks. Now is also a great time to check out Linux. Linux is a free open source operating system. There are literal hundreds of versions available. Popular “distros” or distributions include Ubuntu, Mint, and Fedora. Linux is very efficient and requires fewer resources to run. That makes it ideal for keeping an older computer alive and running. There are multiple desktops, or user interfaces, available. Some, like LXDE, look and work a lot like the classic Windows interface. As I joked when Windows 8 came out, Linux is now more like Windows than Windows. Most versions of Linux can be downloaded and there are multiple tutorials on how to burn a boot disk and install it. The good news for XP users is that your computer isn’t going to stop running on the end date. You can start researching your options and make an informed decision.
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CHLOE BELLE auction. My goal each year is to raise more money than the year before, last year we raised about $2,200 and my goal this year is $2,500. My most memorable moment would be last year...Woolys donated their venue for free. It showed that they wanted to get involved with the LGBT community in Des Moines and that meant the world to me. I can’t thank them enough! This year...we are doing a meet and greet of the Capital City Pride Drag Race contestants at 7pm. Then the main show at 9pm with performers from all over the state. There will also be a silent auction of art items, only this year, from artists in Iowa. Some drawings, some pottery, stuff like that. All made here locally! There will also be shot boys and we are doing a small auction with a few very good looking gentlemen (and hopefully ladies) where you “buy” a date with them and we furnish the gift cards! That is new this year and I’m very excited for it! Performers this year include Cityview’s Best Drag Queen in Des Moines Tyona Diamond, Dominique Cass, The Saddle Boys, all of the pride drag race contestants, Satine LaChance, and many more! There isn’t really a theme this year. It’s on Easter Sunday night, so I guess you could say Easter is the theme—pastels...etc! I would like to thank ALL of the people donating their time, work, and talents in performing and auction items. I’d like to thank David Lewis and the crew at Le Boi for hosting the event. Beau Fodor of Panache for donating his time and talent decorating the event. And of course our community for coming together to build up each year! The Benefit is Sunday, April 20th at Le Boi Bar 508 Indianola Ave. To reserve tables for $20 each, email mschloebelle@yahoo. com (we only have a total of ten tables). Anybody that has donations (art, gift cards, etc) can email or drop them off at Le Boi and let them know it’s for the Pride Benefit! All donations are graciously accepted!
ALPHAs have a meet and greet every third (3rd) Friday of the month, held at Icon’s Martini Bar located at 124 18th Street in Rock Island. It’s a gathering for members of the LGBT community, supporters and friends to socialize, celebrate and get to know one another over martinis. Events are posted on Facebook at alphaselitecrew@ facebook.com or for more information contact email@example.com.
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Our Stories review by Sarah Hoskins out to stay alive and save whatever is left of the world. Who would ever have thought that a zombie apocalypse would be humorous? “‘One minute they were dead, the next, undead. Sort of. Like, uh, mostly dead but with privileges. And by the looks of things, they know we’re in here, and they look kinda hungry, if you ask me.’ Blondella pointed at Kit. ‘Buffet.’” The story is fun from start to finish. The “girls” are magnificent and they make the survivors they meet along the way a part of the fun. The determination and grit shown in the face of terror, with a little quip thrown in
here and there, is just another aspect of drag queens that stereotypes tear down. The author sets out to create a world where things can be better, showing that in the end we all really are alike, and that when in a living versus dead setting all bets are off and anyone can be your best ally. Rob Rosen brings to life the dramatic world in which drag queens are the center that brings and holds their community, any
community, together. Entertaining as they are, they are people too and this book highlights that in true drag fashion, with pure fun, hijinks, and drama. Rosen’s world is purely entertaining on the surface but he addresses many in the “now” issues that the LGBT community, and drag queens in particular, face every day. “Queens of the Apocalypse” by Rob Rosen is available as an e-book on Amazon.com.
Who would ever have thought that a zombie apocalypse would be humorous?
“Queens of the Apocalypse” by Rob Rosen This witty, sarcastic tale of 3 queens going on the adventure of a lifetime, while tackling the zombie apocalypse, is an engrossing comedy. It is well written and embraces stereotypes about drag queens and turns them into a bridge to a new understanding of the inner sanctum of the drag community. The book is riddled with amusing quips, glimpses of true vulnerability, feats of emotional and character strengths and an adventure that compels you to finish. From the dressing room of a seedy gay bar in San Francisco, on a jaunt across country to New York battling zombies, Miss Kit Kat, Blondella and Destiny St. James set
1 Where boxers are visible 5 Prick 9 Regarding 13 Chocolate sandwich 14 Part used in forking around 15 Direction from Stephen Pyles 16 Last name in out talk-show hosts 18 Emulate Clay Aiken 19 Start of a Dallas Buyers Club med comment 21 Wilde country 24 The Wizard of Oz scorer Harold 25 Balls in battle 26 Whitman and Proust 28 Wolfson of Freedom to Marry 29 Bethlehem product 31 End of a Dallas Buyers Club med comment 36 Sentence subjects, often 37 Like Palm Springs’ climate 39 No one can collect it 43 One ruled by a dictator? 44 Freudian slip follower 45 Lickety-split 47 Character who made the comment 50 Disney sci-fi flick 51 Rita Mae Brown novel 55 Type of crime 56 A girl named Frank 57 Singer Anita 58 You might ride one in Aspen 59 Monster’s loch 60 Fairy godmother’s stick
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3 Master of photog. 4 Tries for a Hail Mary 5 Howard, who went drag for Miss America
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319 DRAG or even new faces. Jayden Knight: My favorite show so far has been our last show—March Mystery Madness. A good friend of mine, Frank Lee Overit, performed alongside us. Plus, it was my first time back since I had taken a break to work on some things. What is your favorite costume and why? Charlie Diamond: Batman footie PJs was probably my favorite! Jayden Knight: My favorite costume would be my Marilyn Manson outfit. I get real into it, white face paint, fake blood, a leather trench coat, ripped bloody clothes—the whole nine yards! JD Lesbiani: It would be my Elvis outfit, it took a lot to make it and it is a blast to be the king! Star E Knight: My favorite costume would be my red button down shirt with my vest. I also wear my skinny jeans and my skater shoes—I love the way I look when I dress up! It may or may not have a tie but I feel famous when I wear it. Would you pick sequins or leather? JD Lesbiani: Maybe both. You can never have too many sequins! [Laughs] Charlie Diamond: Sequins or leather, hmm…I would have to pass on both of those—not really my style. Star E Knight: I wouldn’t wear sequins unless I was doing a Prince Song, but I would definitely wear leather! I love motorcycles and I like leather jackets too. Jayden Knight: Leather all the way! Reminds me of Adam Lambert. If you could learn any dance move, which one would it be? Charlie Diamond: Not too sure about this…but I would probably pick the Freddie! [Laughs] Star E Knight: Out of all the dance moves I can think of I would love to be able to break dance! I think it would take my performance to the next level and I don’t see a lot of people who can do it. My second choice would be to learn how to liquid
Charlie Diamond dance—I’m just not that graceful though. Jayden Knight: The Shuffle JD Lesbiani: Not sure not much of a dancer so maybe… just learn to dance. I also love to do funny songs. Who would you dance with if you could pick anyone in the world, past or present? Jayden Knight: It would be a tough decision it would be between, dancing with Marilyn Monroe and performing along side of Joey D. Drag King! JD Lesbiani: That is a hard one. I really have no idea. Maybe Elvis so I could learn more of his moves. Charlie Diamond: I would love to dance with my girlfriend Sara; she would be my only dance partner
You get to experience a whole new world—women into men, gender bending.
in my life. Star E Knight: I’m not much of a dancer but I would like to dance with my grandmother. She died before I was born and I’m not sure what she would think about my lifestyle, but just to see her once and get to know her would be the biggest gift in my life. Tell me one of your guilty pleasures? Charlie Diamond: Cake would be a big one—Charlie loves cake! Just a fare warning. [Laughs] Star E Knight: I love to read. If I had a couple hours in the day and a book lying around, I would read it. It brings out my imagination and makes me apart of the story.
Star E Knight Jayden Knight: I would say watching movies at home and eating junk food— everybody has to have that little bad side! JD Lesbiani: CHOCOLATE! [Laughs] What’s a great reason to see a Drag King performance? Charlie Diamond: A great reason to see a drag king performance. Well, they are so much different than a queen show that you just don’t know what you’ll be seeing until you get there! There’s a lot of great talent out there with new or old kings, they still strut their stuff to make everyone happy. Star E Knight: Until a year ago, I had never seen a drag show in my life! Before I met Jayden I was going to go to a pride festival with some of my friends—just to see just how it happened. In these shows there is no judgment and there is lots of diversity! You get to meet a lot of people and maybe even you meet your soul mate…that’s kind of what happened to me. But I met my soul mate two months before, and I got to perform in the pride festival with him! JD Lesbiani: To see the outfits and the performance itself. Nothing better than being at a show, seeing someone take the stage and kill it with the perfect music and outfit. Jayden Knight: Because you get to experience a whole new world—women into men, gender bending. Plus, it’s always fun to see what new acts they are going to perform! Also I just want to shout out to my fans. Thanks for the love and support, staying by my side through my journey as a king—you mean the world to me. To learn more about the 319 Drag Kings find them on Facebook.com.
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ONE AND EVERY-ONE by Juan Carlos Herrera Five years after the Supreme Court of Iowa declared that it was “firmly convinced” that “the exclusion of gay and lesbian people from the institution of civil marriage” [….] “excluded a historically disfavored class of persons from a supremely important civil institution without a constitutionally sufficient justification”, ONE AND EVERY-ONE is a series of photos produced by photographer Juan Carlos Herrera to celebrate the fifth year of equal rights in the Heart of America. ONE AND EVERY-ONE is a series of photo portraits
of members of the Iowa LGBT community (including Drag Kings and Queens) that will be continued through the week before Pride. While he lived his teens and twenties surrounded by the Latin American synchronic cultural experience that is tied to the Caribbean Sea, Juan Carlos Herrera spent his childhood in the Midwest. In Venezuela, he graduated from the Universidad Central de Venezuela with a BA in Literature, and studied photography with Latin American visual artists like Nelson Garrido. It can be
said that his experience reading and writing between two cultures expresses itself also in his photography. With a background in fashion and artistic photography in Venezuela, and a journalistic background acquired in the Midwest, where he came back to get his MA in Latin American literature with a focus on visual arts and gender/sexual identity, among the themes that Juan explores since his early years in Venezuela are gender, sexual and cultural identity. The series ONE and EVERY-ONE is a series of portraits of
members of the Iowa LGBT community that challenge and celebrate identity, love and marriage as unquestionable rights for EVERYONE. They are portraits of a community that celebrates uniqueness and love for everyone and everybody. The photos are a celebration of Marriage and Identity in Iowa’s LGBT community. If you have an interest in being a part of this project, please contact Juan Carlos Herrera on Facebook or follow him on twitter at @Vagamundo35mm.
Above: Maxxx E. Mum of the I.C. Kings
Above and below: Elizabeth Jackson.
Above and left: Franky D. Lover of the I.C. Kings
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Above left and below: Maxxx E. Mum of the I.C. Kings, Above right and below: Laura Ruebling.
Above: Holden Cider of the 319 Drag Kings Below: Olly Wood
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Above: JD Lesbiani of the 319 Kings, Below: Kat Cannon.
Above: Maeby Darling, Below: Maxxx E. Mum of the I.C. Kings .
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FFBC: Live Healthy, Live Proud, Get Covered by Bruce Carr
rights for all. “It’s a non-issue for them,” she said, “It’s a Meh…!” Same-sex marriage is the New Normal in Iowa. Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel is One Iowa’s Health and Wellness Coordinator, to which
One Iowa Executive Director, Donna Red Wing. Our guest speaker on Friday morning, March 7, 2014, was Donna Red Wing, Executive Director of One Iowa. It was Red Wing’s third appearance before our group; she had been one of our very first speakers, in April 1999, and returned again in August 2012 shortly after she moved to Iowa. Red Wing brought with her this time her colleague Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, LGBT Health & Wellness Coordinator for One Iowa. Red Wing and Hoffman-Zinnel’s mission on March 7 was to present to us—as part of an informational series sponsored by the Iowa Insurance Division—the specifics of the federal government’s new Affordable Care Act as they relate to LGBT citizens. Starting in 2014, she noted, every individual must have minimum essential coverage, or else must pay a tax penalty. The Health Insurance Marketplace (www.HealthCare.gov) is a great way for people to explore a wide range of coverage plans with a single application. Applicants shopping for insurance on the Marketplace will have the choice of multiple insurers, and all plans offered will meet the minimal essential coverage requirements. Red Wing was particularly excited that certain preventive services particularly important to LGBT people are to be covered by insurance as Essential Health Benefits, including HIV testing, depression screening, and tobacco use screening. In addition, subsidies will allow millions of working-class people, including LGBT people, to afford to buy health insurance for the first time. The most moving moment of the presentation came right at the beginning, when Red Wing pointed to that very morning’s frontpage Iowa Poll, reporting that a plurality of Iowans now have no objection to marriage
Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, One Iowa’s Health and Wellness Coordinator. he brings seven years of non-profit experience. Currently he is Chair of the LGBT Health Initiative of Iowa and has been a coalition member since 2008. In addition, he is Co-Chair of the Health Equity and Disparities Committee of the Iowa Cancer Consortium, and has worked with the Iowa Cancer Consortium on the Iowa CommunityBased Cancer Prevention Project. He was the Karen Packer Spirit of Collaboration Award recipient at the 2012 Iowa Cancer Summit. Hoffman-Zinnel received his Master of Arts in Health Studies from the University of Alabama and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. He can be reached at daniel@ oneiowa.org. Donna Red Wing has decades of experience in working for full equality for LGBT people across the country, serving as Executive Director of Grassroots Leadership before she moved here to head up One Iowa two years ago. In her years as a visionary leader, she was Executive Director of Interfaith Alliance, Policy Director of The Gill Foundation, National Field Director for the Human Rights Campaign, the National Field Director for The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and Executive Director of The Lesbian Community Project. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 515-288-4019.
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From the Pastor’s Pen by Rev. Jonathan Page Talking About the “S” Word
Sin. There, I said it. It is a word that none of us like to hear. I cannot recall meeting anyone who likes to talk about sin, either their own or that of others. It brings up so many feelings of guilt and self-loathing. As a gay man, the word sin is particularly repulsive. Who among us has not felt some degree of shame for being gay, and how often has that been linked to the concept of sin? It is remarkable to see how many churches today agree with that assessment. Starting in the early 20th century, liberal Christian churches began to alter or remove their confessions of sin from Sunday morning service. Today in many evangelical churches, they leave out the confession of sin in spite of the fact that they claim to embrace a robust concept of sin. Confessions of sin are inconvenient. They make us feel bad. So, leave it out. Recently, however, I have been doing some reading that has challenged me to think some more about sin. Specifically, I have been reading about oil producing countries in West Africa. A little random, I know, but it has been fascinating. Take the example of Nigeria. Oil was discovered in Nigeria in 1956. Four years later the country secured independence from Great Britain. Initially, half the revenue from oil was going to be directed at the local communities who supplied the oil. In 1966, there was a mili-
tary coup, and things took a dramatic turn for the worse. By 1990, only 3% of the oil revenue was allocated to the communities that supplied the oil, usually in the form of “development” schemes that were more of a way to enrich the government cronies who carried out the contracts. The oil region was one of the most polluted areas on the planet and one of the poorest areas in Nigeria. Then, in the early 1990s, a non-violent, grassroots movement emerged in the Niger Delta. That movement brought international attention to the suffering of the people as a result of the oil industry. The government played along for a while, but in 1995 they executed the leaders of this movement on trumped up charges. Through it all, the oil continued to flow uninterrupted. Unsurprisingly, the movement that had begun as a peaceful movement, turned violent. They did targeted kidnapping of oil workers and sabotaged the production of oil where they could. In response, the Bush administration denounced this movement as a terrorist group and showed their full support for our ally—Nigeria. In the wake of 9/11, the US needed to secure its nonMiddle Eastern sources of oil. That meant supporting Nigeria, Angola, Chad, and Equatorial Guinea no matter what their level of corruption or the number of human rights violations. Every time we go to the gas station to fill
up, we support the worldwide oil industry. Who among us would advocate for higher gas prices if only we could avoid supporting corrupt and abusive regimes? The reality is that the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations have taken the same position visà-vis the oil producing countries of West Africa. We want their oil, and so we make moral compromises to get it. The vast majority of us consider ourselves to be good people. We try to abide by some version of the Golden Rule: do unto others as we would have them do unto us. What does that mean for our tacit support of the oil industry? We live in the United States. We have few options. We are not actively harming others, but we are supporting a system that does bad things. What about the corrupt government officials in Nigeria? They are trying to support their families and get ahead while functioning within their society. They cannot singlehandedly change the system. For them, that means corruption and protecting the oil in the Niger Delta. The rebels in the Niger Delta are also trying to do what they think is right, even if it means perpetrating violence against innocent oil workers. The oil companies are merely trying to make profits for their shareholders. That means they have to work with bad governments. Are they to blame? This brings me back to the concept of sin. How do we describe the complex
As a gay man, the word sin is particularly repulsive.
FFBC member Jonathan Page. web of moral choices that makes up the world? How can we hold up the good in the midst of our society? Perhaps the first step is an honest acknowledgment that we are involved in bad things. We do mess up. If we can begin there, maybe we can have a dialogue about how to move beyond it and make ourselves, and the world, better.
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2014 Mr & Miss Blazing Saddle interview by Angela Geno-Stumme
Miss Blazing Saddle Janeeda DeMornay Diamond & Mr Blazing Saddle Aaron Albright. Photo courtesy of Greg Tew. Aaron Albright and Janeeda DeMornay Diamond won the right to represent the Blazing Saddle Saturday, March 29th. Mr & Miss Blazing Saddle 2013, Des and Kata Klysmic, stepped down for Mr & Miss Blazing Saddle 2014. Aaron and Janeeda took the time to answer a few questions on the competition, surprises during the night, and their responsibilities during their reign. How did you feel competing for Miss Blazing Saddle? Competing for Miss Blazing Saddle
Janeeda DeMornay Diamond during the talent portion of Miss Blazing Saddle competition. Photo courtesy of Greg Tew.
was a personal test for me. I felt great about competing in it and honestly it didn’t even feel like a competition, it felt more like a show that I got to do with my drag sisters. How did you feel competing for Mr. Blazing Saddle? I love the Saddle. I consider it a second home of sorts… my family. I was honored to play a part in the evening and work to gain the responsibility of representing the bar… and I love the stage, so any opportunity to perform is a good night by me. What did you do to compete? Janeeda DeMornay Diamond: What I did to compete was just relax. I took the month off from doing other shows and just focused on me. I took time to make sure everything was prepared and lined up and not last minute (that’s usually how I roll). Aaron Albright: The competition is made up of 3 parts: talent, bar-wear and onstage question. I’m a member of the burlesque troupe The Fox Family, so for my talent performance my dance partner, Satine LaChance, and I did a routine to Lana Del Ray’s “American”. A performance in which I played a disheveled, drug addicted doll maker, dressing and then undressing Satine in order to construct the perfect companion… the perfect drug. For bar-wear, I whipped out some leather gear and spruced it up with a bedazzled blazer while I rattled off the address to the Blazing Saddle which was the answer to my (very simple) onstage trivia question
Have you ever competed before? Aaron Albright: Just recently I competed against local and non-local male performers for the title of Mr. Supernova 2014, a preliminary title to Mr. Gay Iowa. I was flattered to have won that title as it was my first real taste of performance competition as opposed to merely performing for the love of performing. Janeeda DeMornay Diamond: I have competed in a handful of competition and I always ended up being the bridesmaid and not the bride. There has been Miss Teen Iowa, AAG (All American Goddess), and Miss Le-Boi. All of the competition helped me to grow and learn from my mistakes. What was your favorite part of the competition? Janeeda DeMornay Diamond: I would have to say my favorite part of the competition would have to be the whole thing! The friendships and the sisterhood made the whole thing enjoyable and well worth it. Aaron Albright: Like I mentioned, I love the stage. I can dress up and parade myself around until my legs fall off, but as a musician and an entertainer my heart will always be in the performance. The adrenaline I receive in an attempt to depict a story to my audience through music, by trying to make my audience feel an emotion… that will always be my favorite part. Were there any surprises for you during the competition? Aaron Albright: Realizing I’d forgotten part of my costume for my performance number minutes before the show. Thank God drag queens wear boys’ clothes sometimes. [Laughs] Janeeda, your new Miss
Aaron Albright & Satine LaChance during the talent portion of Mr Blazing Saddle competition. Photo courtesy of Greg Tew. Blazing Saddle 2014, stepped in and lent me a stand-in garment. Gotta love that encouraging and generous attitude of Saddle goers. It’s quite a common quality within their patrons. Janeeda DeMornay Diamond: There were not really any surprises. Maybe the onstage question? But I had that in the bag! What will you do as Mr Blazing Saddle 2014? Albright: My responsibilities are simple: march in the pride parade and
Crowning of the new Miss Blazing Saddle. Photo courtesy of Greg Tew. throw a fundraising benefit show during the year. Both of these requirements were already in the works. Next month, The Fox Family and my other entertainment family, The Saddle Boys, will put on a benefit show where a portion of the proceeds will be donated to local families suffering from domestic violence. The Saddle Boys will also be throwing shows throughout 2014 to raise money for various causes near and dear to us. If I can play a part, however big or small, and be a source of help and relief to others just by performing and doing what I love to do, I can’t think of a way I’d rather spend my time. If the Blazing Saddle’s taught me anything in the few short years I’ve been a patron there, it’s the fact that community isn’t just an important thing, it’s everything. In times of need, it can be all we have. As Mr. Blazing Saddle 2014, I’m ecstatic for the year to come and beyond grateful for the opportunity to represent an establishment that has welcomed me and countless others into their family with open arms. Janeeda DeMornay Diamond: The sky is the limit for me since becoming Miss Blazing Saddle. I have so much in store and plan on great things for this community. Are there any people you would like to thank? Janeeda DeMornay Diamond: I would like to thank the Blazing Saddle, Kata Kylsmic, The Diamonds, and everyone’s support. Aaron Albright: I’d love nothing more than to get mushy with my response, but I’ll try to tame it down. Kata Klysmic (Miss Gay Iowa 2013)… whatever I am today was hiding, camped out deep inside of me somewhere just a short year ago. When I’d let myself be defeated, you resurrected whatever ambition in me that had died. Thank you. Thank you Saddle Boys and Fox Family for sharing equally in my love and unbridled passion for creativity and performance. The list goes on, but in an effort to be short and sweet, I’ll conclude by thanking the Blazing Saddle. Thanks for being the family I’d been looking for. For more information you can find Aaron and Janeeda on Facebook.com.
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The ACCESSline is expanding our resource directory to include heartland resources outside of Iowa. Please bear with us as we continue improving our resource directory. NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Breur Media Corporation : Website Consultation, Design, Programming, and Hosting. HIV and STD Testing Sites near You, including places where you can get tested for free: hivtest.org/ Crisis or Suicide National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: suicidepreventionlifeline.org Information on Mental Health National Alliance on Mental Illness: nami.org Counseling, Information and Resources about Sexual Orientation GLBT National Help Center: glnh.org or 1-888-843-4564 Information on Mental Health for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender nami.org Information on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health, cdc.gov Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund 1133 15th Street NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20005, victoryfund.org 202-VICTORY [842-8679] Human Rights Campaign, National political organization, lobbies congress for lesbian & gay issues, political training state and local, hrc.org, 1-800-777-HRCF Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund I I E. Adams, Suite 1008, Chicago, IL 60603 lambdalegal.org, 312-663-4413 Rivendell Media National Advertising 212-242-6863, email@example.com National Gay & Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) ngltf.org - taskforce.org 1325 Massachusetts Ave NW, Ste 600, Washington, DC, 20005 National Organization for Women (NOW) 733 15th ST NW, 2nd Floor Washington, DC 20005, now.org 202-628-8669 PFLAG National Offices 1133 15th Street NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20005, firstname.lastname@example.org - pflag.org, 202-4678180 The Trevor Lifeline |Crisis and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. (866) 4-U-TREVOR - (866) 488-7386 Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All calls are toll-free and confidential thetrevorproject.org/
Equality Iowa P.O. Box 18, Indianola, IA 50125, equalityiowa. org - 515-537-3126 Faithful Voices Interfaith Alliance of Iowa’s marriage equality project. faithfulvoices.org Imperial Court of Iowa Non-profit fundraising & social, statewide organization with members from across the State of Iowa. PO Box 1491, Des Moines, IA 50306-1491 imperialcourtofiowa.org Iowa Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) Janis Bowden, President, IA NOW email@example.com PO Box 41114, Des Moines, IA 503111 Iowa Gay Rodeo Association (IAGRA) 921 Diagonal Rd, Malcom, IA 50157 firstname.lastname@example.org 641-990-1411
Section 3: Community Iowa PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gay) State Council, PO Box 18, Indianola, IA 50125 http://community.pflag.org/Page. aspx?pid=194&srcid=-2 515-537-3126 or 641-583-2024 Iowa Pride Network 777 Third Street, Suite 312, Des Moines, Iowa 50309 - Iowapridenetwork.org, Executive Director: 515-471-8062, Outreach Coordinator: 515-471-8063 LGBT Youth in Iowa Schools Task Force PO Box 1997, Des Moines, 50306 515-243-1221 One Iowa 500 East Locust St, Ste 300, Des Moines, IA 50309 - 515-288-4019 - OneIowa.org PrimeTimers of Central Iowa. A social group for mature gay/bi men and their admirers. Several social events during each month. Find us on Facebook: “PrimeTimers of Central Iowa”. Email: PrimeTimersIowa@gmail.com. The Quire Eastern Iowa’s GLBT chorus, thequire.org
NEBRASKA ORGANIZATIONS (LIST IN PROGRESS)
Citizens For Equal Protection-402-398-3027 1105 Howard St, Suite #2, Omaha, NE 68102. cfep-ne.org - email@example.com The Imperial Court of Nebraska Meets the third Monday of Every month at the Rainbow Outreach Resource Center at 17th and Leavenworth in Omaha, NE. Meetings start at 6pm and are open to the public. PO Box 3772, Omaha, NE 68103 Nebraska AIDS Project Omaha Office (Home Office) 250 South 77th Street Suite A Omaha, NE 68114 (402) 552-9260 - Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org (also serving Southwest Iowa)
Collegiate United Methodist Church / Wesley Foundation, 2622 Lincoln Way, 50014, School Year worship Sunday 8:30am, 11:00 am and 5:30 pm followed by fellowship www. cwames.org or find us on facebook. First United Methodist Church 516 Kellogg Ave, Ames, IA 50010, Contemporary worship Sat 5:30; Sun 8:30 & 11am acswebnetworks.com/firstunitedmcames/ 515232-2750 ISU LGBTA Alliance GLBT Support, Activism, Social Events, Newsletter - 515-344-4478 L East Student Office Space,2229 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50014-7163, email@example.com - alliance.stuorg.iastate.edu Living with HIV Program, MICA 230 SE 16th Street, Ames, IA 50010, Ask for Helen (Director), 515-956-3333 ext. 106 or 800-890-8230 Lord of Life Lutheran - 515-233-2350 2126 Gable Lane, Ames 50014, Services Sundays at 9:00a.m.; Wed. 7:00pm. PFLAG Ames at Youth and Shelter Services Offices, 420 Kellogg Ave. 50010, 2nd Tuesday, 7 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on facebook. Romantics Pleasure Palace 117 Kellogg Street, Ames, IA 50010-3315 romantixonline.com 515-232-7717 United Church of Christ-Congregational 217 6th Street, Ames, Iowa, 50010, Sunday Continental Breakfast, 9:00am; Sunday School, 9:30am; Worship 10:45am. office@amesucc. org 515-232-9323 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames 1015 Hyland Ave. Summer services: 10:00 am, Sunday. Services 10 a.m. for the rest of the summer. Contact email@example.com and www. uufames.org or call 515-231-8150. Unity Church of Ames - unityofames.com 226 9th St, Ames, IA 50010-6210, Sunday service and Sunday school 10:30am. Wednesday mediation 6:30pm Daily dial-a-blessing 515-233-1613
ARNOLDS PARK, OKOBOJI, SPENCER, SPIRIT LAKE, IOWA
The Royal Wedding Chapel 504 Church Street, Royal, IA 51357 712-933-2223 TheRoyalWeddingChapel.com Wilson Resource Center An Iowa Great Lakes area gay-owned, nonprofit community based organization. PO Box 486, 597 W. Okoboji Rd., Arnolds Park IA 513310486 - 712-332-5043 F.JosephWilson@aol.com. wilsonresource.org
Arrowhead Motel - arrowheadia.com 2520 Mount Pleasant St, Burlington, IA 526012118 - 319-752-6353 Faith Lutheran Church E L C A 3109 Sunnyside Ave, Burlington, IA 52601
HIV/AIDS Screening @ Des Moines County Health Department in Burlington, 522 N 3rd By appointment between 8:00am to 4:30 319-753-8217 Confidential PFLAG Burlington at Zion United Church of Christ, 412 N. 5th St., 52601, (319)671-0332. Meetings held the 3rd thursday at 7PM. RISQUES IV (adult store) 421 Dry Creek Ave, West Burlington, IA 52601 (319) 753-5455, Sun - Wed 8am-Midnight Thurs - Sat Open 24 Hours, LoversPlayground. com Steve’s Place, 852 Washington St, Burlington, 319-754-5868 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Services start at 10:30 am, 625 N 6th St, Burlington, IA 52601-5032, (319) 753-1895 uuburlington.org
CEDAR FALLS - WATERLOO, IOWA
Adult Cinema 315 E 4th St, Waterloo, IA 50703-4703, (319) 234-7459 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 fl), Waterloo 50703 319-291 -2413 Cedar AIDS Support System (CASS) Service, support groups & trained volunteers for persons with HIV/AIDS in Waterloo/CF call Elizabeth or Karla, 319-272-AIDS(2437). firstname.lastname@example.org Cedar Valley Counseling Services Promoting personal growth and development in a strengths-based environment, Joan E. Farstad, MA, Director. 319-240-4615, cvcounseling.com email@example.com. Cedar Valley Episcopal Campus Ministry. In Lutheran Center, 2616 College St, Cedar Falls, IA - 319-415-5747, firstname.lastname@example.org, episcopalcampus.org Community AIDS Assistance Project (CAAP) - PO Box 36, Waterloo, IA 50704 LGBTA Support Group at Hawkeye Community College, Call Carol at 319-296-4014 or email@example.com Iowa Legal Aid Free civil legal service available to low income persons who qualify under income/asset guidelines. 607 Sycamore, #206, Waterloo, IA 50703 1-800-772-0039 or 319-235-7008 Kings & Queens 304 W. 4th St, Waterloo, IA, 319-232-3001 Romantix Waterloo (Adult Emporium) 1507 La Porte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702 319-234-9340, romantixonline.com Stellas Guesthouse 324 Summit Ave, Waterloo, IA Private B&B, Overnight accommodations for adults only. 319-232-2122 St. Lukes Episcopal Church - 319-277-8520 2410 Melrose Dr, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 Services: Sunday 8:00 & 10:15, Thurs 11:30 st-lukes-episcopal.org St. Timothys United Methodist Church 3220 Terrace Drive, Cedar Falls, 50613 sttims-umc.org, 319-266-0464, info@sttimsumc-org, “Welcome of all persons, including those of all sexual orientations and gender identities.” Together For Youth 233 Vold Dr, Waterloo, IA 50703, TogetherForYouth.net 319-274-6768 UNI-LGBTA Alliance-Student Organization, Center/Maucker Union, CM 0167, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA firstname.lastname@example.org 319-222-0003 United Church of Christ Cedar Falls 9204 University Avenue, Cedar Falls 319-366-9686 Unitarian Universalist Society of Black Hawk County - 319-266-5640 3912 Cedar Heights Dr, Cedar Falls, IA
CEDAR RAPIDS/MARION, IOWA
Adult Shop 630 66th Ave SW, 319-362-4939 Adult Shop North 5539 Crane Lane, 319-294-5360 CRPrideFest (formerly Cedar Rapids Unity) Social activities, non-profit Pride festival organization. PO Box 1643 Cedar Rapids 52406-1643 - CRPrideFest.com Christ Episcopal Church “We have a place for you.” 220 40th Street NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, 319-363-2029 ChristEpiscopal.org Belle’s Basix - 319-363-3194 Open 5pm to 2am M-F, Sat & Sun 3pm-2am 3916 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids
Club CO2, A GLBTQA Nightclub, 616 2nd Ave SE, 319-365-0225, Open 7 days a week 4PM2AM, Happy hour from 4-8 pm, club-co2.com Coe Alliance GLBTQ and straight students, staff and people from the community. Coe College, 1220 First Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402. coealliance@ coe.edu or Erica Geers, faculty advisor at 319-861-6025 Community Health Free Clinic 947 14th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 319-363-0416 - communityhfc.org Free Medical Services provided for the uninsured and underserved patients of Cedar Rapids, Marion and the surrounding areas in Eastern Iowa. CSPS Legion Arts Contemporary Arts Center - 319-364-1580 1103 3rd St. SE, email@example.com Diversity Focus, 222 2nd Street SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401, 319-363-3707, DiversityFocus.org, Lead in the promotion of diversity, cultural awareness, and inclusion in the Corridor community. Eden United Church of Christ 351 8th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404 (319) 362-7805 Sunday School 9am - Worship 10:15am Foundation 2 Crisis Counseling 24-hour telephone crisis counseling. firstname.lastname@example.org or www.f2online.org 1540 2nd Ave. SE Cedar Rapids, IA 319-362-2174 or 800-332-4224 Linn County Public Health 501 13th NW, Free confidential HIV testing, 319-892-6000 Linn County Stonewall Democrats For more info, contact linnstonewall@ gmail.com People’s Church Unitarian Universalist A welcoming congregation. 4980 Gordon Ave NW, Cedar Rapids, IA. Worship starts at 10 AM and Adult and Children Religious Education is at 11:15 AM on Sundays. 319-362-9827 - peoplesuu.org PFLAG CR, Linn Co and Beyond Support Group meets on the 2nd Thursday at 7pm - call for details. 319-431-0673, email@example.com, www.pflagcr.com The Linn County Stonewall Democrats Meet 2nd Wednesdays, Blue Strawberry, 118 2nd St SE in Cedar Rapids, IA. Contact Harvey S. Ross, HRoss007@aol.com. Tri-ess, Iota Kappa Phi Chapter P.O. Box 8605, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52408 We are a transgendered organization supporting crossdressers, their families, and friends. - riess.org, 319-390-6376, georgia523@yahoo. com - firstname.lastname@example.org Unity Center of Cedar Rapids “A center of positive, practical Christianity.” 4980 Gordon NE, Cedar Rapids unitycr.org - (319) 393-5422
18 and Beyond (aka ABC Books), 135 5th Ave South, 563-242-7687 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clinton 309 30th Avenue North, Clinton, IA 52732 (563) 242-4972 - uuclinton.org, Sunday services at 10:30 (year-round), Where YOUR spiritual and ethical journey is welcome! Rev. Ruby Nancy, minister
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA
Council Bluffs Community Alliance “…will promote the city of Council Bluffs as a developing gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender family community, & to assure the equality of all Council Bluffs’ residents.” CouncilBluffsCommunityAlliance.org Council Bluffs NOW PO Box 3325, Omaha, NE 68103-0325 Romantix Council Bluffs (North) (Adult Emporium) 3216 1st Ave, Council Bluffs, IA 51501-3353-romantixonline.com-515-9559756 Romantix Council Bluffs (South) (Romantix After Dark) 50662 189th St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503 romantixonline.com, 712-366-1764
Decorah Human Rights Commission Contact: City Clerk, 400 Clairborne Dr, Decorah, 563-382-3651, Meetings: First Tuesdays, 5:30pm Luther College Student Congregation Contact Office for College Ministry 700 College Dr, Decorah, IA 52101, 563-3871040. Luther College PRIDE-Diversity Center, 700 College Dr, Decorah, IA 52101 Contact Charles 563-210-6570 PFLAG Northeast IA (Waukon/Decorah) Meets 4th Monday of the month at 7 PM in Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center, 119 Winnebago St., Decorah. Contact Ellen C. at 563-380-4626.
APRIL 2014 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Meets alternating Sundays at 10:30am, Decorah Senior Center, 806 River St, Call Bill at 563382-3458.
DES MOINES, IOWA
AIDS Project of Central Iowa Free HIV testing, prevention supplies, care services, food pantry, information. 711 E. 2nd, Des Moines, IA 50309, 515-284-0245 Blazing Saddle 416 E 5th St, Des Moines, IA theblazingsaddle.com - 515-246-1299 Buddies Corral 418 E 5th St, Des Moines, IA - 515-244-7140 Des Moines Diversity Chorus [A gay-friendly mixed chorus] Rehearsals on Mondays at 7 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Beaver Ave. at Franklin St., Des Moines. All are welcome, no auditions. PO Box 65312, West Des Moines, IA 50265, Julie Murphy, Artistic Director email@example.com, 515-255-3576, desmoinesdiversitychorus.org Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus 515-953-1540, 4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines - firstname.lastname@example.org Des Moines Pride Center @ One Iowa (temporary location) 419 SW, 8th St., Des Moines, IA 50309 Family Practice Center - 515-953-7560 Safe, supportive LGBT health care. 200 Army Post Road, Ste 26, ppgi.org First Friday Breakfast Club Educational breakfast club for gay/bisexual men. Meets first Friday of each month. Contact Jonathan Wilson for meeting topic and place. 515-288-2500 email@example.com ffbciowa.org First Unitarian Church 1800 Bell Avenue, Services Sundays at 9:30 & 11am - 515-244-8603, ucdsm.org Franklin Family Practice Dr. Joe Freund, MD 4908 Franklin Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310 515-280-4930, firstname.lastname@example.org, UCSOnline.org/FranklinFamilyPractice The Gallery (adult store) 1000 Cherry St, Des Moines, IA 50309-4227 - (515) 244-2916 Open 24 Hrs, LoversPlayground.com The Garden 112 SE 4th Des Moines, IA, 515-243-3965 Wed-Sun. 8pm-2am grdn.com Gay & Lesbian AA & AI-Anonymous Mon 7pm; Tue-Thu 6pm; Sat. 5:30pm, at Drake Ministries in Ed. Bldg. 28th & University Gay and Lesbian Issues Committee 4211 Grand Avenue, Level-3, Des Moines, IA 50312 - 515-277-1117 Lavender Victory Fund Financial assistance for women in need for medical emergencies. email@example.com Le Boi Bar 508 Indianola Rd, Des Moines, IA Liberty Gifts 333 E. Grand Ave, Loft 105, Des Moines, IA Gay owned specialty clothing, jewelry, home decor. 515-508-0825 MINX Show Palace - 515-266-2744 1510 NE Broadway, Des Moines, IA 50313 MCC of Central Iowa 2500 University Ave, 2nd Floor Chapel, Worship, Sunday at 11:00 am, Pastor’s Email: MCCofCentralIowa@gmail.com, 515-393-7565 North Star Gay Rodeo Association of IGRA, Iowa Division of North Star, NSGRA@NSGRA. org or 612-82-RODEO Primary Health Care Inc., David Yurdin, 2353 SE 14th St., Des Moines, 503020, Works with GLBT ages 16 to geriatric, 25 years of experience. 515-248-1427 Rainbow Union, Drake University firstname.lastname@example.org PFLAG Des Moines - 515-243-0313 1300 Locust , Des Moines, IA 50312 Plymouth Congregational UCC Church and the Plymouth GLBT Community 4126 Ingersoll Ave. 515-255-3149 Services at 9am & I lam Sunday. PlymouthGLBT.com Polk County Health Department Free STD, HIV, and Hepatitis B & C testing. HIV. Rapid testing also offered. 1907 Carpenter, Des Moines, IA, 515-286-3798. Pride Alliance, AIB College of Business Gay and straight students celebrating diversity. Contact: Mike Smith, Advisor, PrideAlliance@aib.edu - aib.edu/pride Pride Bowling League for GLBT & Supporters - Every Wednesday, 7 PM, Air Lanes Bowling Center 4200 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 503212389. Email email@example.com or 515-447-2977.
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Raccoon River Resort Accommodations for men, women, or mixed in campgrounds, lodge, Teepees or Treehouses. Reservations: 515-996-2829 or 515-279-7312 Ritual Café - ritualcafe.com On 13th between Grand and Locust. Gay owned, great music, awesome food & coffee. 515-288-4872 firstname.lastname@example.org Romantix North Des Moines Iowa (Bachelor’s Library) 2020 E Euclid Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317, romantixonline.com 515266-7992 Spouses of Lesbians & Gays Support group for spouses of gays and lesbians. 515-277-7754 St. John’s Lutheran Church 600 6th Ave “A Church for All People.” Services Sat 5pm, Sun 7:45, 8:45 & 11am. See web page for other services. 515-243-7691 - StJohnsDSM.org TransformationsIOWA Meets every Wednesday at 7pm, 2nd saturday of each month at 1pm at OneIowa, 419 SW 8th St, Des Moines, IA. For more information email email@example.com or call 515-288-4019 x200 Trinity United Methodist Church 1548 Eighth Street - 515-288-4056 Services Sundays 10am, trinityumcdm.org Urbandale UCC - An open & affirming congregation. 3530 70th St., Urbandale, IA 50322, 515-276-0625, urbucc.org Walnut Hills UMC Join us at 9:30 am for Sunday worship. Sunday classes & group studies at 10:45 am. 515270-9226, 12321 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50323, whumc.org Westminster Presbyterian Church 4114 Allison Ave - WestPres.org Sunday services 8:45 and 11am. Of note is their GAY-LESBIAN-STRAIGHT AFFIRMATION GROUP, GLSA 515-274-1534 Women’s Culture Collective (WCC) A lesbian social group. Des Moines, IA iowawcc.org Word of God Ministries, Sunday service: 3:00pm, at 3120 E 24th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50317, Gay, lesbian & straight affirmation 515-707-5947. Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure Open daily. Gay-friendly, 515-244-7694 2723 Ingersoll, Des Moines, IA
920 Main 920 Main St., Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Tue - Sat: 8:00 pm - 2:00 am, (563) 583-2121 or dbq. firstname.lastname@example.org Adult Warehouse - 563-588-9814 975 Jackson St, Dubuque, IA Dubuque Friends Worship Group (Quakers) Join us at an unprogrammed worship service on Sunday at 10am. Welcoming and Affirming, 563-582-9388 St. Mark’s Community Center, 1201 White Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001 Rainbow Pride support and socialization group. For members of the LGBT+ community who want to expand their social circle, get support for LGBT specific issues, & help with advocacy. Meets Mondays at 1pm Hillcrest Wellness Center 225 W 6th St., Dubuque, IA 563-690-1239 PFLAG Dubuque/Tri-State Carnegie Stout Library, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 360 W. 11th St. 3rd Tuesday, 7pm 563-581-4606 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Dubuque - “The uncommon denomination.” general services at 10am. 1699 Iowa St, Dubuque, IA uuf-dbq.org 563-583-9910
Bethany Church (ELCA) - 563-245-1856 307 3rd St. NE, Elkader, IA 52043 Inclusive. Welcoming. A ‘ReconcilingWorks’ congregation. www.bethanychurchelkader.org email@example.com Schera’s Restaurant & Bar 107 S Main St, Elkader, IA 52043, Scheras.com, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fine dining featuring Algerian & American Cuisine. 563-245-1992
FORT DODGE, IOWA
Romantix Fort Dodge (Mini Cinema) Sun-Thu 10am-12am, Fri & Sat 10am-2am 15 N. 5th St, Fort Dodge, IA 50501-3801 RomantixOnline.com - 515-955-9756
Broad View Seed , BroadviewSeed.com, Manager/Owner: John C., email@example.com
Section 3: Community Saints Ephrem & Macrina Sunday services at 10am. (Affiliated with the Orthodox-Catholic Church of America.) Divine Liturgy is served Sundays during the College academic year 1:30 p.m., Herrick Chapel, Grinnell College Campus, 1226 Broad Street, Grinnell, IA, 641-236-0936 Stonewall Resource Center Open 4:30pm to 11:30pm, Sun through Thurs and by Appointment., Grinnell College, 1210 Park Street PO Box B-1, Grinnell, IA, 50112, srcenter@ grinnell.edu 641-269-3327 United Church of Christ-Congregational, ‘An open and affirming church.’ 902 Broad St, 641-236-3111
Crossroads United Church of Christ (UCC) An Open & affirming congregation. Services: Sunday 10:30am, Summer worship: June, July, Aug, @ 9:30 am, worshiping in the Lounge at Smith Chapel, Simpson College, corner of Buxton and Clinton. Mailing address: P.O. Box 811, Indianola, IA 50125 515-961-9370. crossroadsucc.org
IOWA CITY, IOWA
AA (GLBT) 319-338-9111 Meetings Sundays 5 - 6pm at First Baptist Church, 500 North Clinton Street. For more info, call IC Intergroup Answering Service, Congregational Church UCC An Open and Affirming Congregation, Sunday Worship 10:15 a.m. 30 N Clinton St (across from Ul Pentacrest) 319-337-4301 - uiccic.org Counseling Clinic 319-354-6238 Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sensitive and supportive counseling for individuals, couples, families and groups. Sliding Fee. 505 E Washington St., Iowa City, IA 52240 Counseling and Health Center Client-centered therapy. Les-Bi-Gay-Trans always welcome. 616 Bloomington St, Iowa City, IA - 319-337-1679 Crisis Center 319-351-0140 1121 Gilbert Ct, Iowa City, 52240 Emma Goldman Clinic 227 N. Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52245 319-337-2111or 1-800-848-7684. Faith United Church of Christ An open and affirming congregation. 1609 Deforest Street, Iowa City, 52240 Sunday Worship 9:30 AM 319-338-5238 firstname.lastname@example.org, faithucciowacity.org GLBTAU-U of lA Student support system and resource center, info, activism, events, and other community involvements. 203 IMU, University of IA, Iowa City, IA 522421317 - 319-335-3251 (voice mail) email@example.com Hope United Methodist Church Worship Service at 9:30am. 2929 E. Court St., Iowa City, IA - Contact Rev. Sherry Lohman. 319-338-9865 Human Rights Commission (City of Iowa City Human Rights Commission) 319-356-5022; 391-356-5015; 319-356-5014 Fax 319-887-6213 firstname.lastname@example.org ICARE (Iowa Center for AIDS Resources & Education) Practical & emotional support, youth programs, information, referrals and support groups. 319-338-2135 3211 E 1st Iowa City, IA 52240-4703 Iowa City Free Medical Clinic - 319-337-4459 Free & strictly confidential HIV Testing. 2440 Towncrest Dr Iowa City, Call for appointment Iowa City NOW PO Box 2944, Iowa City, IA 52244 Iowa Women’s Music Festival P.O. Box 3411, Iowa City, IA 52244 319-335-1486 Men Supporting Men 319-356-6038, Ext 2 HIV prevention program. Discussion Groups, Educational Series, Safer Sex Workshops, Book Club. Andy Weigel, email: email@example.com. ia.us New Song Episcopal Church 912 20th Ave, Coralville, IA. Sunday services at 10am. Jennifer Masada, Jane Stewart, and John Greve. 319-351-3577 Pride Committee WRAC, 130 N Madison, Iowa City, IA 52242 Bridget Malone - 319-338-0512 Charles Howes - 319-335-1486 Romantix Iowa City - 319-351-9444 (Pleasure Palace I) 315 Kirkwood Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-4722 - romantixonline.com Studio 13 13 S. Linn St. (in the Alley) Iowa City, IA Open 7pm ‘til 2am, daily 319-338-7145 U of I Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Staff & Faculty Association, c/o WRAC, 130 N Madison, Iowa City, IA 52242, 319-335-1486
Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City Inclusive & free religious community nurturing intellectual & spiritual growth & fostering ethical & social responsibility. uusic.org 10 S. Gilbert, Iowa City, IA Sunday services: 9:30am & 11:15am. 319-337-3443 United Action for Youth (UAY) A GLBTQA youth group providing support and counseling for teenagers and young adults processing sexual identity issues. Meets Mondays 7-9pm at UAY 410 Iowa Ave. Iowa City, IA. 319-338-7518 or Teen Line, 319-338-0559. The Ursine Group Bear Events in the Midwest. PO Box 1143, Iowa City, IA 52244-1143 - 319-338-5810 Women’s Resource Action Center (WRAC) Leads & collaborates on projects that serve U of l and the greater community, offers social & support services, including LGBT Coming Out Group. University of Iowa, 130 N Madison, Iowa City, IA 52242 - 319-335-1486
Adult Odyssey (Adult Video Store) 907 Iowa Ave E - 641-752-6550 Domestic Violence Alternatives/ Sexual Assault Center, Inc., 132 W Main St. 24 hour Crisis Line: 641-753-3513 or (instate only) 800-779-3512
MASON CITY, IOWA
Cerro Gordo County Dept. of Public Health 22 N. Georgia Ave, Ste 300 Mason City, IA 50401. Free confidential AIDS testing. 641-4219321 PFLAG North Iowa Chapter 641-583-2848, firstname.lastname@example.org, Carlos O’Kelly’s Mexican Cafe @ 7 p.m. Wed.
MOUNT VERNON, IOWA
Alliance Cornell College 810 Commons Cir # 2035 - email@example.com - orgs.cornellcollege.edu/alliance/
Carleton Family Medicine PLLC, Accepting and Affirming Health Care, Alison B. Carleton, MD, 1011 6th St. 50201, 515-231-3159
Common Ground (Central College) Support group for GLBT students and allies. Contact: Brandyn Woodard, Director of Intercultural Life firstname.lastname@example.org 641-628-5134
QUAD CITIES, IOWA
AIDS Project Quad Cities Info, education & support. Davenport, IA 52804, www.apqc4life.org 319-762-LIFE Black Hawk College Unity Alliance Serving GLBT community at Black Hawk College. 6600 34th Ave, Rock Island, IL 309716-0542. Connections Nightclub 563-322-1121 822 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA 52802 DeLaCerda House 309-786-7386 Provides housing & supportive services, advocacy and referrals for people living with HIV/ AIDS. P.O. Box 4551, Rock Island, Il. 61201 Good Samaritan Free Clinic 309-797-4688 Provides free primary medical care to patients age 16-64 who are working but have no medical insurance. email@example.com 602 35th Ave, Moline, IL GoodSamaritanFreeClinic.org The Hole-In-The-Wall 309-289-2375 A Private Membership Men’s Club, Located 3 miles east of Galesburg, IL. just north of I-74 at Exit 51. HoleInTheWallMensClub.org Holy Spirit Catholic Faith Community Meets one weekend a month for mass. Please visit our web site: www.transformationalcatholicchurch.com for more information or call: 309-278-7909. Lucky Shamrock 313 20th St, Rock Island, IL - 309-788-7426 An Irish Pub open to all types. Mary’s On 2nd 563-884-8014 832 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA MCC Quad Cities - Svcs Sun 11am, Bible study Wed 7pm 563-324-8281, 3019 N Harrison, Davenport, IA 52803 Men’s Coming Out/Being Out Group Meets 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7pm. QCAD. firstname.lastname@example.org 309-786-2580 PFLAG Quad Cities 563-285-4173 Eldridge United Methodist Church 604 S.2nd St., Eldridge 1st Monday, 6:30 pm Prism (Augustana College) 309-794-7406 Augustana Gay-Straight Alliance, Augustana Library - 639 38th St, Rock Island, IL, Contact Tom Bengston
Quad Citians Affirming Diversity (QCAD) Social & support groups for lesbian, bi, trans, and gay teens, adults, friends & families; newsletter. 309-786-2580 - Community Center located at 1608 2nd Ave, Rock Island. Quad Cities Pride Chorus (Call Don at 563-3240215) At the MCC Church in D’port, 7pm Wed. email@example.com Rainbow Gifts www.rainbowgifts.net - 309-764-0559 T.R. Video Adult books & video, 3727 Hickory Grove Rd, Davenport, IA. 563-386-7914 Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, Rev Jay Wolin, Sunday Service 11am - 563-359-0816 3707 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, IA 52807 Venus News (Adult) 902 W 3rd St, Davenport, IA. 563-322-7576
RED OAK, IOWA
First Congregational United Church of Christ (open and affirming) - 712-623-2794 608 E Reed St, Red Oak, IA 51566 Rev. Donald Morgan, Pastor www.redoakucc.org, firstname.lastname@example.org
PFLAG Shenandoah 1002 South Elm Street - 712-246-2824
SIOUX CITY, IOWA
Am. Business & Professional Guild. Gay Businessmen. Meets last Sat. of the month; ABPG, P. O. BOX 72, Sioux City, 51102 email@example.com Grace United Methodist Church 1735 Morningside Avenue - 712-276-3452. Jones Street Station (Bar) 712-258-6922 412 Jones St., Nightly 6:00pm to 2:00am. Mayflower Congregational Church 1407 West 18th St - 712-258-8278. Morningside College Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Alliance Contact Professor Gail Dooley, Advisor Morningside College GSA. 1501 Morningside Ave, Sioux City, IA 51106-1717 firstname.lastname@example.org - 712-274-5208 PFLAG Siouxland PO Box 1311, Sioux City, IA 51102 siouxlandPFLAG@aol.com Romantix Sioux City 712-277-8566 511 Pearl St, Sioux City, IA 51101-1217 St. Thomas Episcopal Church Service Sun 10:30am 406 12th St, Waverly, IA Rev Mary Christopher - 712-258-0141 Western Iowa Tech. GSA email@example.com for info.
SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
Center for Equality, PO box 2009 Sioux Falls, SD 57101-2009, 605-331-1153, centersforequalitysd.org
Cedar Valley Episcopal Campus Ministry. 717 W. Bremer, (St. Andrew’s Episcopal) episcoplcampus.org - 319-415-5747 Gay, Lesbian Bisexual Student Alliance Wartburg College, Waverly, IA 50677. Contact Susan Vallem - 319-352-8250 St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 717 W. Bremer. We welcome all to worship with us on Sunday at 10:30am. Bible discussion Wed. 6:45pm 319-352-1489 Rev. Maureen Doherty, Pastor
NEBRASKA (CONTENT IN PROGRESS) HASTINGS, NEBRASKA
PFLAG Hastings - firstname.lastname@example.org
Diviner Lighters of God, PO Box 22881, Support line for ex-Amish & ex-Mennonite. 402328-2339, evenings & afternoons. Indigo Bridge Books The Creamery Building, 701 P St, Ste 102, Lincoln, NE 68508 - 402-477 7770 “Indigo Bridge Books strives to provide a solid, relevant Gender Studies section with a focus on LGBT titles. indigobridgebooks.com Nebraska AIDS Project (Lincoln Office) 1921 South 17th Street, Lincoln, NE 68502 (402) 476-7000 - nap.org OUTLinc - outlinc.org Bringing Lincoln’s LGBT Community Together Panic - 402-435-8764 200 S 18th St, Lincoln, NE 68508 PFLAG Cornhusker Chapter PO Box 82034, Lincoln, NE 68501 Meetings 4th Tuesday, Unitarian Church of Lincoln, 6300 A St, 7-9pm pflagcornhusker.org PFLAG Helpline: 402-434-9880 - Confidential Support & Information - We’re Here For You !
ACCESSline Page 27 Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Sexual and Reproductive Health Care, Transgender Care - (402) 441-3302 2246 O St, Lincoln, NE 68510 The Rainbow Clinic in the UNL Psychological Consultation Center “…a specialty outreach service to the GLBTQ community. Psychological services, including individual, couples & family therapy, are provided within the UNL Psychological Consultation Center by regular PCC staff…open year round; day & evening appointments available. $10 for intake & $25 for therapy sessions. Application can be made for reduced fees based on federal poverty guidelines. 325 Burnett Hall, Lincoln, NE 68588 402-472-2351 unl.edu/psypage/pcc/ Star City Pride starcitypride.org - email@example.com The Unitarian Church of Lincoln 6300 A Street, Lincoln, NE 68510-5097 (402) 483-2213 - unitarianlincoln.org Sunday from 10am to 11am
AIDS Interfaith Network 100 N. 62nd, Omaha, NE Call Br. Wm. Woeger, 402-558-3100 Citizens For Equal Protection-402-398-3027 1105 Howard St, Suite #2, Omaha, NE 68102. cfep-ne.org - firstname.lastname@example.org Flixx Bar 1019 S. 10th Street www.flixxomaha.com Front Runners/Front Walkers Walking/jogging club. P.O. Box 4583, Omaha, NE 68104, 402-804-8720, frontrunners.org Greater Omaha GLBT Network - goglbt.org “…to advance growth & equality for its members, businesses & allies by providing educational, networking & community-building opportunities. Meetings 1st Thursday every month locations at a traveling location to see the community and be seen. For more info or to be included on the e-newsletter list, please email us at info@ goglbt.org. Heartland Gay Rodeo Association (HGRA) (Midwest Division of the International Gay Rodeo Association) PO Box 3354, Omaha, NE 68103, hgra.net - 402-203-4680, Serves Iowa and Nebraska Heartland Pride ”…to develop a high impact and relevant cultural festival & events annually that promotes equality & unity for the LGBTQ & Allies Communities of Western Iowa and Greater Nebraska. heartlandpride.org Imperial Court of Nebraska 402-556-9907 P.O. Box 3772, Omaha, NE 68103 Inclusive Life Pastoral Services Holistic Health-Weddings-FuneralsCoaching-Essential Oils-Holistic Health www. inclusivelife.org 402-575-7006 The Max 1417 Jackson at 15th, Omaha, NE 68102 6 bars in 1 - 402-346-4110 McLovin 1010 South 10 Street, Omaha, NE, 68108 email@example.com, MclovingStore.com 402-915-4002, A store for men. MCC Omaha 819 South 22nd, Omaha, NE 68103, Sun 9:30AM & 11:15 AM. Wednesday “ReCharge” Worship, Wed 7pm - 402-345-2563 PFLAG Omaha Mead Hall, First United Methodist Church, 7020 Cass St. (Omaha), 2nd Thursday, 7, 6:30 Social, 402-291-6781 Queer Nebraska Youth Network https://sites.google.com/site/theqnyn The QNYN is the only youth-focused, peer-led group providing social activities, connections to resources, and confidential online discussion to lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer youth in Nebraska River City Gender Alliance Peer support, friendship, and understanding for crossdressers, transgenderists, and transsexuals. PO Box 4083 Omaha, NE 68104, 402-291-6781, info@rcga. us - rcga.us River City Mixed Chorus Gay/lesbian chorus, PO Box 3267, Omaha, NE 68103, Call Stan Brown, 402-341-7464 Tri-ess Chapter, Kappa Phi Lambda Chapter, Omaha, NE 68107, Transgendered organization supporting crossdressers, their families, and friends. tri-ess.org, 402-960-9696, Judy firstname.lastname@example.org Youth Support Group for GLBT Youth 13-21, meets twice monthly. Omaha, NE - 402-291- 6781
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VARNUM marriage? Kate: Yes, our son was actually born in Texas. And even though our adoption was finalized in Iowa, Texas will not put both of his parents’ names on the birth certificate. We were told by the state of Texas that we needed to choose a mother. Were you happy with how your adoption proceeded? Kate: We only worked with an agency in our home city because our adoption was a kinship adoption. It was a little different; we already knew the birth mother and we pretty much handled things on our own. We found our own attorney in Texas who was great to work with, he was great to work with. And our attorney in Iowa was wonderful as well. Is Alex in school yet? And have you had any problems with daycares? Trish: He’s not in school yet, daycare is just fine and they don’t have any issues with two moms. We’ve had the opportunity to educate not only parents but children as well. When they say, “You can’t be his mom
Section 3: Community because that’s his mom!” But we’re both his mom, well how does that work? It’s been an opportunity to explain that he has two moms and he’s really lucky that way. You have a mommy and a daddy and you’re lucky that way. So it’s normalizing the situation for him. Do you have fears for Alex being bullied in the future? Kate: I don’t know… he’s going to be picked on for any reason. Kids pick on kids for any reason and whether it’s because he’s adopted, whether it’s because he has two moms, they’re going to find a reason. Our goal is to teach him to accept himself and accept the differences in other kids as well. Is there anything you want to talk about specifically with the Anniversary in April? Kate: We’re really happy to continue working with One Iowa to not only keep marriage alive in Iowa but to work on other issues that impact the LGBT community, such as; HIV/AIDS de-criminalization, working with you, and working with elder populations. We’re really proud of the work One Iowa has done over the years.
It’s been an opportunity to explain that he has two moms and he’s really lucky that way.
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KAHANE very subtle clarinet, and some interesting drum sounds. Are all the instrumentation and arrangements done by you? Yeah. Generally, the way I approach those kind of songs, I would say that very frequently, when I am doing a song, the initial sketch is just for a single instrument and voice. That is sort of my pencil drawing or series of sketches that precede the fully colored in picture, and then I start to conceive the arrangement around
that. Generally I sit, after having done a rough recording, and just sort of listen to the song. I sit in silence and think of how to color in the rest of the picture. Or to emphasize and highlight certain lines of text with certain coloration. The freedom that one has in the recording studio is that I think you can get away with denser arrangements than you can in a theater setting. Where the primacy of the text is so crucial and so important that the listener apprehends every line of the lyric. I had this experience when I wrote a piece for the public theater. I had a group of six musicians and over the course of the previews, I was just stripping away a lot of the color and lushness in the orchestration because I was finding it was hard to focus on the vocal line. Where when you have the luxury of a really detailed mix, when you are in the studio, you can have that kind of string harmony that you are referring to. And how it sits in a way where it is not competing with the vocal. I was going to say; incidentally, generally I record with a string section. But all of those strings were played by Rob Moose, the guy who is going to play with me in Des Moines.
From L/R: Kate, Alex, and Trish Varnum. He multi-tracked all of it. A lot of that is testament to his incredable sensitivity as a player. That leads me into the question about you performance. Tell us about the ensemble. A lot of what I do is very modular. I play a lot of shows solo. Rob and I have now, I would say a five year, actually, a six year history playing as a duo concert together. I play with a band, I play various chamber ensembles, and so these songs live in different arrangements, depending on who is there. With Rob, it’s very skeletal, I don’t mean skeletal in an aesthetic way. But rather, you really just get the bones of the song in a very distilled format. Rob and I both play electric guitar in these concerts, he plays violin, I play some banjo, I play piano and it’s really an opportunity to hear the songs in the most stripped down way possible. What can the audience expect from a Gabriel Kahane performance? Well, I will probably say some stupid things on stage, which I will regret immediately and Rob will be there to catch every one of them with that evil eye, or rather evil ear. I think folks who have experienced the duo concerts, it’s kind of chamber music of the 21st century. I think we are really trying to listen to each other, and we’re trying to be sensitive and responsive. I know some of the songs we are playing; we have played for several years. I do think it will be somewhat eclectic, repertoire wise. We’ll probably do some excerpts from ‘Craigslistlieder’, ‘This old cycle from 2006’, ‘On text from Craigslist’. We’ll do some songs from ‘We Are the Arms’. We’ll do, probably, some songs from the new album, ‘The Ambassador’, which is; all songs linked to street addresses in Los Angeles. It’s sort of an
inquiry of the underbelly of LA, through its architecture; and then sort of inquiries into films and literature, and the politics of Los Angeles—we’ll do some of those songs. I was going to ask what inspires you, but I think maybe for you, the more interesting question would be what doesn’t inspire you? You seem to have so many resources for the music and the inspiration that you write. So, what doesn’t inspire you in a way? What do you find completely uninteresting? I think the older I get, the less I find my own life interesting. I think I went through a very developmentally correct way of writing a lot of songs about myself, or people in my life. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become much more interested in turning the lens outward. I think of literature and history, which of course could not be broader. But I think a great deal of work that I do comes out of the written word. Either novels that I read, poetry that I’ve read, or historical accounts that I’ve read. I think I’m always interested in, whether on a very small scale or on a large scale, something historical—it forms the moment that we are in. I do hope to be part of the conversation, a broader conversation, of the time that we live in. But I find, in general, that I find myself more interested in engaging in the present with a kind of critical distance. I don’t think I am someone who is particularly interested in writing about current events in a literal way. I’m more interested in finding the analog in history and writing about that, or allowing people to connect it to the present or not. You mentioned, when you were working on ‘Gabriel’s Guide to the 48 States’, you were researching the recovery from the Great Depression.
Rob and I both play electric guitar in these concerts, he plays violin, I play some banjo, I play piano and it’s really an opportunity to hear the songs in the most stripped down way possible.
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KAHANE And as you were doing that, you were noticing parallels in the economy in the U.S.—current day. Absolutely. But there are actually more specific parallels that that were surprising. I think the initial impetus to do a piece about the New Deal’s W.P.A. project came from Orpheus, who commissioned me. They had asked for a piece about the W.P.A. project, and I think that part of their interest had to do with the fact that we were in the midst of this great recession and that the nearest analog economically was the Great Depression. The thing I thought was surprising in doing the research had to do with the conservative reaction to F. D. R. and the rhetoric that was spewed in his general direction. The discovery that I made, which the students of history would not be surprised by, is that a lot of the rhetoric around Socialism and Communism that was hurled at Obama around the health care bill and so forth. I think that there was a kind of dogma on the left, and I am very much politically on the left. That all of that invective was kind of masked racism, and I think it was a very popular opinion among liberals that actually made a lot of assumptions, and it was really unfair. And this was particularly borne out when I discovered the same kind of invective came at F. D. R. The same accusations of being a socialist, a communist, and harboring communists. There was a lesson for me in the kinds of judgments that we make, either as progressives or as conservatives, about trying to assign subtext to someone’s political positioning.
Gabriel Kahane It was somewhat sobering to me to make that discovery and that, of course; is the value of history—you study history and you may avoid some of the same mistakes. I just have a few random questions. What is the sound at the end of the song, ‘Merritt Pkwy’? ‘Charming Disease’ and ‘Merritt Pkwy’, the basic track channels of the vocal and main electric guitar were recorded as one. In the bridge of ‘Charming Disease’, Rob began to build this loop—essentially a sounds cape. That soundscape plays all the way through the end of ‘Charming Disease’, and at a very low volume through ‘Merritt Pkwy’. At the very end of ‘Merritt Pkwy’, he’s manipulating one of the effects pedals. He was basically creating a kind of feedback, turning up the intensity of the variables on the pedal, such that it
creates that kind of crescendo. Then he abruptly turns off the pedal, and that’s what that sound is. You have a sudden brass choir appearance in Calabash and Catamaran, how did that come around? That began as a rhythmic study. There was that clave that runs through the entire song, which is basically a three beat pattern of 7+7+7+9, which is 30 beats long and the kind of rhythmic etude of it. A lot of songs that I write start as kind of studies in one thing or another. It was basically how many different ways can I break up that pattern, 7+7+7+9, so you hear it initially with 5s implied by the banjo. Where 6 groups of 5 and then later in the song you hear in the chorus, it sort of straightens out and becomes groups of 4 and a group of 5. Then there’s also a
ACCESSline Page 29 moment where there’s a 6/8 implied by the backbeat of the guitar with 6 groups of 5 instead of 5 groups of 6. The idea with the brass sort of Balkan cadenza in the middle was just to really let that clave, 7+7+7+9, just speak really clearly. The song has this kind of jovial celebratory feel to it, it’s just one of those silly ideas I couldn’t walk away from. Who are your favorite artists to listen to? Well a record that I am really enjoying right now is the Bad Plus’s ‘Rite of Spring’ transcription that came out about 2 weeks ago. They were commissioned by Duke to make their own version for the 100th Anniversary of the Premiere of the Rite. They are a piano trio, nominally they are jazz piano trio but they are far beyond that and they’ve done everything from transcriptions of Badet, to Ligeti, to Nirvana, to the Pixies, and it’s the recording they have done of the ‘Rite of Spring’, which is part transcription and part improvisation. And I found both incredibly moving and intellectually stimulating. I’ve really, really loved about a third of the new Beyonce records and I think about a third of it is terrible, and the rest of it I can sort of take or leave. There’s a guy called Blake Mills out of Los Angeles who is a wonderful guitarist, he has a new record coming out soon that I was lucky enough to hear early. And I think it’s extraordinary and he’s a wonderful song writer, a wonderful singer and a really beautiful and very understated guitarist. For more information on Gabriel Kahane go to GabrielKahane.com and to purchase tickets go to DesMoinesPerformingArts.org.
Prime Timers of Central Iowa
Prime Timers Is a social organization of mature gay and bisexual men. Our only mission is to provide a variety of social activities for a diverse group of men. In March we initiated a Dine Out event. Thirty one men showed up to have a good time. Many have commented upon the number of new friendships they have
developed through our activities. We are planning a “Spring Fling” in May featuring food, fellowship and music to dance to from songs we know and love. More information will follow. Contact PrimeTimersIowa@gmail. com to learn more about us. It just may be the best investment you’ve ever made.
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Marcus, 16 years old
What is bullying? When you make someone feel bad and you know you are doing it. Have you ever been bullied? Yes. What did it feel like to be bullied? It hurt and made me angry. What did you do when you were bullied? Nothing If you could help another person who was being bullied, what would you say to them? What they say only has meaning if you let it.
Ciara, 15 years old
What is bullying? Intentionally hurting people.
Section 3: Community Have you ever been bullied? Yes. What did it feel like to be bullied? It made me want to do things and get in trouble, to make other people think about those things because they are half cool. What did you do when you were bullied? Got in trouble and ran away. If you could help another person who was being bullied, what would you say to them? I would say, “Stand your ground and never let them win.”
Blake, 13 years old
What is bullying? Being mean. Have you ever been bullied? Yes. What did it feel like to be bullied? I felt bad inside. What did you do when you were bullied? I got into fights.
If you could help another person who was being bullied, what would you say to them? Tell someone, fight back, and don’t change who you are.
Robert, 13 years old
What is bullying? Picking on someone smaller and different from you. Have you ever been bullied? Yes. What did it feel like to be bullied? It makes you think less of yourself. What did you do when you were bullied? I cried, I told but nobody did anything. If you could help another person who was being bullied, what would you say to them? Be yourself.
Becca, 13 years old What is bullying? Hateful people, who don’t like themselves, are bullies. Have you ever been bullied? Yes. What did it feel like to be bullied? I was upset and hurting every day. What did you do when you were bullied? I tried to hurt myself. If you could help another person who was being bullied, what would you say to them? I would say ignore them—they are stupid.
What is bullying? Hating on people.
Gracie 12, years old
What is bullying? Hating on people. Have you ever been bullied? Yes. What did it feel like to be bullied? I felt fat and ugly because of what they said. What did you do when you were bullied? I got scared and sad. If you could help another person who was being bullied, what would you say to them? Don’t listen.
Chris, 11 years old
What is bullying? Bullying is being mean to other people. Have you ever been bullied? Yes. What did it feel like to be bullied? Bad, I didn’t like myself. What did you do when you were bullied? I went to counseling and learned to love myself and not feel like a failure. If you could help another person who was being bullied, what would you say to them? Don’t listen, remember what a great person you are! If you have been bullied and need support or desire to report it, go to ReportBullyingIowa.com. Day of Silence is April 11, for more information go to DayofSilence.org.
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