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Team tennis Local doubles duo take GLTA by storm Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

He painted it as he saw it


An optical affair (l to r) Managing optician Kristy Cambone, Dr. Gary Klein, and optician Nathan Caracter surrounded by their boutique designer frames at Urban Optiks Optometry in Hillcrest. (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley)

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Trunk show to raise glasses, awareness and funds for needy Morgan M. Hurley | Editor Two Hillcrest businesses are pairing their creative juices together and framing up a stylish, eye-popping event that will not only serve as a fundraiser, but also celebrate success and honor customer loyalty. Urban Optiks Optometry is presenting “Raise Your Glasses” — a vendor trunk show expo — on Feb. 24 from 5 – 9 p.m. at Martinis Above Fourth | Table & Stage.

The expo will present 13 of Urban Optiks’ 18 exclusive eye care vendors, all coming together in one place to raise awareness and financial support for Optometry Cares — the nonprofit arm of the American Optometric Association (AOA) — which offers eye exams and services to underserved individuals as well as assessments for infants born with eye issues. Dr. Gary Klein, optometrist and proprietor of Urban Optiks, is excited about the expo, which will also celebrate the patients he credits for his seven years in business. “This is the first time we’ve done a trunk show outside of Urban Optiks and we’ve never done anything this

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Bears for good


Local group to celebrate two decades of frisky fun and charity

large before,” he said. “This is big.” Martinis Above Fourth is no stranger to nonprofit events, and Klein’s partner Devon Neubauer, general manager of Martinis, recognized the fit immediately. “We have lots of charity events here,” Neubauer said. “This trunk show is creating a buzz in the optometric world and really has the opportunity to take wings. The annual wreath auction [supporting Queen Eddie Conlon’s youth programs, which Martinis has hosted for years] started out making a couple thousand dollars and now they are raising $30,000 and it keeps going up.”

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Priscilla Martinez with her GLTA World Tour Championship trophy (Photo by Jay Palma)

similar description. “In general, a bear is a guy who is a little bit bigger than the average gay guy, usually possessing varying amounts of facial and body hair,” he said. “A bear is usually defined as a gay man who is furry or hairy,” said Jeff Rosenfeld, another Bears San Diego

Placing in each of those tournaments offers players points towards qualifying for the “invitation-only” GLTA World Tour Championship, held in a different city every year. If a city’s open tournament is designated as a “master’s” tournament, double points can be accrued. Three San Diegans were recently chosen for the most recent GLTA World Championship — held President’s Day weekend at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage — and two of them emerged as top winners in their divisions. Only the best eight players in each of the five divisions (Open, A, B, C and D) — internationally — are invited to the World Championship, and SDTF members Allen Sanchez, Priscilla Martinez and Jay Palma were all sent qualification letters for the prestigious event. Palma and Martinez were thrilled to be going to the tournament together.

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George Vernon | Contributor Within the LGBTQ spectrum, there are several subgroups and subcultures that help the many diverse types of people express their uniqueness. One such sub-group of the gay male community is the “bears.” The term is said to have first popularized in 1987 by Richard Bulger and Chris Nelson when they founded Bear Magazine. However, The Advocate — a national LGBT-centric magazine — typically takes credit for coining the term in a July 26, 1979 piece titled “Who’s Who at the Zoo?” by illustrator and cartoonist Gerard Donelan. The article categorized gay men and lesbians as different types of animals that can be found in the zoo, and started by describing “hunky, chunky types reminiscent of railroad engineers and former football greats” as bears. Jeff Breeze, social chairman of Bears San Diego — a local social and charitable organization which is gearing up to celebrate its 20th anniversary next month — has a

San Diego is home to the San Diego Tennis Federation (SDTF), the gay-centric, year-round tennis league based out of the Balboa Tennis Club located at Morley Field. In addition to SDTF matches several days per week and on weekends, the league hosts the San Diego Open Tennis Tournament every June, and members also participate in various tournaments sanctioned by the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Association (GLTA), an international organization that boasts thousands of members and holds 70 tournaments around the world annually.

(l to r) Jeff Breeze, Jeff Ferguson, Phil Leggitt at the Mr. Bear San Diego 2014 contest at The Hole (Courtesy Bears San Diego)



GAY SAN DIEGO Feb. 20-March 5, 2015

The Spreckels Organ Pavilion, acrylic on paper, 2014 (Courtesy SOHO/artwork by RD Riccoboni)

The 100-year journey SOHO produces an artful portrait of San Diego’s crown jewel Margie M. Palmer | Contributor The Balboa Park Centennial celebration is nearly under way. To commemorate the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) has partnered with local artist RD “Randy” Riccoboni and award-winning writer Ann Jarmusch to create the first-ever art traveler’s guide to Balboa Park. Riccoboni, who has a longstanding reputation for donating his time and talent to charitable organizations, said “The Art Traveler’s Guide: A Portrait of Balboa Park” has been a decade in the making. “About 10 years ago, I gave myself a personal challenge to create 100 paintings of Balboa Park in advance of the Centennial,” Riccoboni said. “When I was done, I started to wonder what I’d do with all of them. I’ve always loved SOHO and all the work they do, so I thought it would be great to partner with them to create an educational outreach program using the artwork I’d created.”

The brilliantly colored paintings span ever ything from the park’s museums, to its gardens and most-beloved landmarks. Although some may wonder if Riccoboni had a hard time deciding which landmarks to depict, the artist said it wasn’t difficult at all; he started by painting his favorite spots. “I think a lot of my favorite places within the park are also the favorites of others,” he said. SOHO Director of Education and Communications Alana Coons said the portable, softcover, saddle-stitched chapbook was designed for walking tours or as a handsome histor y-and-art portfolio that can ser ve as a valuable reference. “It is so nice it really deser ved to be a hardcover book, but then we had our goal always in mind, that we want people to really use it, to be able to toss it in a backpack or purse, and easily carr y it by bicycle or wheelchair,” Coons said. Though the full walking tour in the book would take approximately three hours to complete,

Coons said it can easily be broken up into several visits. “[Using the guide] I think people will be able to discover things about the park that might other wise go unnoticed. It gives them a chance to look at Balboa Park in a different way, whether they do it on foot or by bike.” Jarmusch, who won numerous journalism and preser vation awards during her time as the San Diego Union-Tribune’s architecture critic, provided the text for the guide that accompanies the artwork. Historic preser vation has always been a personal passion, she said, and she’s enjoyed being able to partner with SOHO and do some writing for the cause. “I love art, architecture and historic preser vation equally, so for me, this guide is a bonanza,” Jarmusch said. “You can’t help but be captivated by Randy’s vivid paintings, made with intelligence, love and passion. “I think of the guide first as a sumptuous art portfolio to be enjoyed anywhere, anytime,” she continued. “Then, as a source of basic historic information about the main exposition buildings and other familiar park spaces, accompanied by a map for a walking tour.” With SOHO publishing the guidebook just in time to celebrate the Centennial, Jarmusch said she hopes it will engage people, especially those just discovering the park. “So they recognize its deep historic roots and significance, and support its preser vation in whatever way they can,” she said. And while the guide covers the histor y of the park in a fun, entertaining and visual way, Jarmusch said they were diligent in making sure the text was historically accurate. “The research and writing totaled about six month’s work over about two years; there is so much to learn about the park’s histor y,” she said. “Then, two Balboa Park experts reviewed the text and made excellent suggestions and some corrections.” The revisions took another couple of weeks to complete, but the

The front cover of the chapbook, a detail of the Cabrillo Bridge and the California Tower, acrylic on canvas, 2012 (Courtesy SOHO/artwork by RD Riccoboni) guidance, she said, was invaluable. Coons, who edited the booklet and whose husband Br uce Coons — SOHO’s executive director — wrote the for ward, said she thinks the guide fits in per fectly with the park’s Centennial celebration, par ticularly for the ar t and preser vation communities. “You can look at the historical buildings and cultural landscape and the fact that Balboa Park is a national historic landmark [and] one of the highest and finest forms of art in the county,” Coons said. “It is a beautiful

piece and a great gift.” “The Ar t Traveler’s Guide: A Por trait of Balboa Park” was released Jan. 11 and is available for purchase at SOHO’s Museum Shop at the Marston House Museum and Garden in Balboa Park, and at all SOHO Museum shops, for $10.95. For more information about the guide, visit To learn more about SOHO, visit —Margie Palmer is a San Diego-based freelance writer who has been racking up bylines in a myriad of news publications for the past 10 years. You can write to her at Editor’s note: It’s Macy’s Museum Month, created to promote awareness of the region’s museums, historical sites, educational institutions, and cultural offerings. Participants can pick up a free museum month pass at any local Macy’s store to get half-off admission through the month of February.t



URBANOPTIKS Klein said that generally when a trunk show is offered for the public, it’s done at the retail store with one vendor’s frame line and no competition. At the “Raise Your Glass” event, however, 11 different frame vendors will participate side-by-side at Martinis in a u-shaped layout that encourages attendees to move from table to table talking to each vendor and perusing literally thousands of frames, many manufactured in Paris, while listening to live entertainment and sipping on a cocktail. “It’s really a rare treat that the vendors would all get together and do something like this,” Klein said. In addition, two high-definition digital lens manufacturers, Shamir Optical and Carl Zeiss Vision, will be on hand to explain the technology behind their high-quality lenses and a representative from the charity will give a presentation. “Really this whole thing snowballed because actually it’s our seventh anniversary at Urban Optiks, so we wanted to have sort of a celebration and a ‘thank you’ to our patients for those years. We thought, ‘What can we do that’s fun? Let’s try to get a trunk show together and see if all our of our vendors who have supported us would be willing to do that,’ and they were all on board about it,” Klein said, adding that finding a worthy and relevant charity was equally important. Devon said the two businesses began brainstorming ideas about six months ago and formulated the key ingredients to a successful event. The theme came together progressively. “Raise your [martini] glasses” to celebrate the anniversary, raise awareness to eye health issues, and raise money for those in need. “Gary is so modest but he really gives so much back to the community,” Neubauer said. “He is so willing to work with patients and he’s in business for much broader reasons than just bringing in money.” That modest and caring nature is apparent when you meet Klein, but the 30-year optometrist is truly in his element when explaining each of the precision instruments he has at his disposal. For those who have spent any time at an eye doctor, the technology behind his state-of-theart equipment is mind blowing. And Klein is proud of the four ways he said Urban Optiks redefines eye care — with fashion: carrying classic, modern and vintage-inspired frames from all over the world; technology: of-

Urban Optiks is not your typical eye doctor office. (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley) fering the latest in diagnostic and digital lens equipment; expertise: having a highly skilled staff; and experience: giving the upmost in personalized attention and care. Four opticians round out the staff at Urban Optiks — Nathan Caracter, Erika Caesar, Holly Linden and manager Kristy Cambone.

One would never know they are walking into an eye doctor’s office from the care Klein and his staff have taken to create a warm and inviting boutique-style space in the Cairo building on Park Boulevard. “This was a commitment to bringing in the best eye wear and the best technology available

together in one location,” Klein said. “People wear their glasses every day; they want them to look good and to last.” Klein calls the boutique’s motif “technology meets vintage” and said customers travel great distances to search out the many unique frame lines he carries on site. Each frame manufacturer has a story behind them, and he and his staff are eager to share them with customers. Urban Optik vendors participating at the trunk show include Anne & Valentin (Paris), Booth & Bruce (England), FACE ä FACE (Paris), Claire Goldsmith (London), Oliver Goldsmith (London), Gold & Wood (Paris), ic! Berlin (Germany), l.a.eyeworks (USA), Matsuda (Japan), Tom Davies (London), and Traction Productions (Paris). This unique event will kick of f with a “Ver y Impor tant Patient” (VIP) reception from 5 – 7 p.m. with hosted hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a oneon-one shopping experience, to thank patients for their years of patronage. Others wishing to attend the VIP reception can do so for $15. The trunk show itself will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Entertainment will be provided by Martinis regulars Ria Carey and Don L., and raffle tickets will be sold with progressive opportunity drawings happening throughout the evening. Martinis Above Fourth is located at 3940 Fourth Ave., on the second floor. For more information and to register, visit —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at

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One of the girls Raising the Bar Jeremy Ogul A six-foot-tall drag queen in a sequined cocktail dress and five-inch stiletto heels flicks a smartphone screen on a quiet Bankers Hill street corner. To the oblivious passerby, she sticks out like an untucked testicle. But to the crowd gathered inside the nearby SRO Lounge, she’s just one of the girls. Saturday night is Girls’ Night Out at the hole-in-the-wall dive, and by 10 p.m., the bar’s name — short for “standing room only” — is at least as fitting as the corset one patron is wearing. The small bar fills quickly with weekend revelers, many of whom are transgender women or men dressed in drag. Others are straight women dressed to the nines, and there are plenty of men who would not look out of place at a straight dive. Guests are greeted at the door by Rhonda, the bouncer, who served 20 years as a cryptologic technician in the U. S. Navy. Rhonda was part of the core group of cross-dressers and “T-girls” who started Girls’ Night Out more than 12 years ago. Back then, there were few good options for the gender-bending crowd; cabaret shows at Lips and the occasional

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The 8 kinds of love Alliance San Diego: for the Life Beyond Therapy Michael Kimmel Now that Valentine’s Day has passed, many of us are wondering: What exactly is “love” anyway? I recently went to a workshop where many different aspects of love were addressed and we, the participants, were encouraged to examine how these different aspects of love appear (or don’t) in our lives. Excited by this, I sat down and wrote about the eight kinds of love that I think are the most interesting and how they enrich or impoverish our lives. Most of these names are from the original Greek words, so they may not be familiar to you. Phllalautia — This is selflove, how we feel about ourselves. In the Greek definition, it has two sides: narcissism and self-respect. I think narcissism is often misunderstood. It can mean thinking that you’re so much smarter, better, more beautiful than everyone else (which will inevitably lead you into trouble) or it can mean that you do think you’re smart, beautiful and talented … but then, so is everyone else! See the difference? Storge — This word is pronounced “stor-gay” (nice, isn’t it?). This kind of love is a parental, mentoring love. It has a protective vibe. I feel this when I see a young LGBT couple eating at a restaurant, holding hands, and some homophobic guy at the next table glares disapprovingly at their expressions of love. I feel very protective of the young couple: This is the essence of storge. Pragma — This word describes a deep, long-lasting, committed love, the kind you see in the best kinds of long-term relationships. It’s not easy to achieve, but there is a depth here that helps us get through the disagreements and disappointments that any long-lasting loving relationship is bound to experience. Platonic — You may think you know what this means, but I was told that it means loving the beauty inside people, not their external presentation. This has an interesting implication for friendship: Do you love your friends because of their inner beauty (kindness, sensitivity) or must someone be physical beautiful to be your friend? Eros — This is sexual, passionate love, often manifested in

the physical. This may be the kind of love you are most familiar with. If so, you might explore the others a bit more. On the other hand, if you have little eros in your life, you probably feel pretty low-energy. Eros — in healthy moderation — recharges our batteries. Ludus — This is a word that was new to me. I was told it is a playful, flirting, teasing love. Perhaps ludus leads to eros (or vice-versa). Ludus can also relate to playing games and sports, giving another aspect to the playful quality. Ludus has a lightness to it, a youthful energy. If you find yourself not very light or playful, a little ludus just might be the thing for you. Agape — In the spiritual world, this is quite a popular term. It is hard to define, but is about unconditional love, like how we are told God loves us mortal humans. Regardless of whether you believe in God or not, agape is something we can all strive for in our loving relationships. To love with agape means we forgive easily and understand that everyone we love will screw things up at some point. Will we still love them? Can we easily forgive them their humanness? Epithumia — I wasn’t familiar with this term. I was told it is an obsessive kind of desire, where you find yourself saying things like: “You are my life; I can’t live without you” to someone you allegedly “love.” Let’s be clear: Obsession is not love. Obsession is a very unhealthy form of insecure self-centeredness, where other people exist only to make you happy. After reading through the list of the many types of love, I suggest you try this exercise: Look at each kind of love and ask yourself these questions: • Do I have this in my life? • Do I want more of it or less of it? • How could I make that happen? Have fun with it. Experiment with it. And now that Valentine’s Day is over, why not have an entire month/year full of many kinds of enriching, enlivening love? —Michael Kimmel is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in helping LGBT clients achieve their goals and deal with anxiety, depression, grief, sexually addictive behavior, coming out, relationship challenges and homophobia. Contact him at 619-955-3311 or visit

community, by the community Profiles in Advocacy Ian Morton No doubt, 2013–14 were turbulent years for racial relations, due in no small part, to the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown and the subsequent lack of criminal justice. We also saw key sections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act struck down in 2013, under the auspices that the protections this legislation afforded communities of color were no longer necessary or relevant. Our first black President, bearing a title that historically commands a reasonable level of respect within the United States, is lampooned with racist caricatures by national media. How can communities of color trust that the “powers” behind the mechanisms of this country actually care about them? I feel it is reasonable to say that they (and I) can’t just trust that the system is designed to not only allow, but encourage all segments of our population to be a part of the political decision-making process. In the same year that the movie “Selma” reminds us of the price paid for active integration and the right to vote unencumbered and the now gutted Voting Rights Act would have seen its 50th anniversary, discussions both academic and activist-driven address the questions of inequality and “white/ class privilege.” In 2007, Alliance San Diego began turning these discussions into actions. Armed with their mission, “Alliance San Diego is the community empowerment organization that builds coalitions to promote justice and social change,” they began a serious examination of San Diego and how its diverse communities were both engaged and served by school systems, voting access and immigration rights. The genesis of this effort found the intersection of these issues as a collective and inter-dependent set of institutional inequalities that continually fed the undermining of minority voices. I had the fortune of attending the 2015 All Peoples Celebration, where Assemblymember Shirley Weber and Keynote Speaker Ryan Haygood, deputy director of litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, took to the

podium to speak of this journey. They spoke of the changes they dreamed would transform our nation and I am excited about those happening at Alliance San Diego, in the city I call “home.” While there, I had an opportunity to sit down with Christopher Wilson, civic engagement director and Fofie Bashir, director of operations, to delve a bit more into Alliance, their goals and how they create a roadmap in this daunting arena. ers, whose voices were not being heard in our elections. “A lot of the people in these communities did not understand that they could vote for more than a candidate; that there were initiatives and propositions on the ballot that could more directly change their daily lives,” Wilson said. The Alliance process of engagement is framed with many layers of sensitivity, taking into consideration cultural, economic and educational factors as they work diligently to empower these underserved communities. Their leadership team understands that their volunteer canvassers must reflect the diverse communities they serve. This strategy has shown

Fofie Bashir, director of operations at Alliance San Diego (Courtesy Fofie Bashir) Wilson talked about one of their first victories, pushing through the “A-G Requirements” for graduation in San Diego Unified and Sweetwater high schools. These curriculum pieces are considered necessary for consideration by colleges and universities. “What we were seeing was that nearly 80 percent of the A-G required classes were happening north of the 8 [freeway] and 20 percent were offered south of the 8. This inequity directly impacted student ability to complete these future-determining courses and access to higher education. When these requirements were passed, it determined that all students would be college-ready, should they choose that path.” A cornerstone of their current effort is their voter engagement work. The first step was to study voting trends and pinpoint communities of “low-propensity voters,” defined as those with a 50 percent or less turnout rate in the prior six elections. After identifying these San Diegans, they then began a personal (and often multi-visit) campaign to reach as many of the 300,000-plus individuals as possible. Since 2009, Alliance San Diego canvassers have knocked on doors to engage directly with these vot-

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significant results, including a 10 percent increase in African-American voters and a 6 – 8 percent increase in 18-24-year-old voters in the last election, adding more than 5,000 votes. The task remains daunting, but the changes Bashir and Wilson see on a daily basis provide the fuel to continue. Bashir spoke to the personal satisfaction she experiences with Alliance’s staff and volunteers. “To me, what is amazing is the impact we can have on a micro level, with the people who work with us,” she said. “The education, the politicization, the empowerment and the passion that is instilled in the people; that is some of the most amazing work we can do in San Diego.” It is easy to feel complacent as we live in a state that, on the surface, seems minimally impacted by the issues of voter repression. But Alliance looks to create resourcesensitive engagement strategies that can be exported outside of California, specifically to resourcepoor states where this oppression is alive and well. This Black History Month, I encourage you to take a step through the doors of Alliance San Diego, at their new offices at 4443 30th St., Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92116. Meet the team that looks to transform a community and see what place you may have in this effort! For more information, visit —Ian D. Morton is s freelance grant writer and the producer of Y.E.S. San Diego, an LGBTQ youth empowerment conference. To nominate an individual or nonprofit for this column, please email the information to


GAY NEWS BRIEFS HILLCREST CLEAN UP SCHEDULED The annual Great Hillcrest Spring Clean event is scheduled for Feb. 28. The Hillcrest Town Council (HTC), Hillcrest History Guild (HHG) and the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) along with UCSD Medical Center are co-sponsoring the cleanup. “We like to do this every spring,” said Luke Terpstra, chair of HTC, when announcing the cleanup at the HTC’s February meeting. The event will start at 8 a.m. in two different locations; the “core/medical district” group will meet at the Hillcrest Shell Station, located at the northwest corner of Fourth Avenue and Washington Street, and Ben Nicholls, executive director of the HBA, will be directing that group. The group tackling the eastern side will meet at Heat Bar and Kitchen, located on Park Boulevard near Essex Street, and Luke Terpstra, chair of the HTC, will direct that effort. There will be coffee and donuts at each location and all necessary supplies will be provided. “HTC Clean T.E.A.M (together everyone achieves more)” T-shirts will be provided to new volunteers as long as supplies last. Previous volunteers are encouraged to wear their shirts. Cleanup will begin between 8:30 — 9 a.m. “We will work together until about noon, then all join up at Hillcrest Brewing Company for a little happy hour lunch,” Terpstra said. “We call it ‘talking trash’ — it’s a way to debrief what we’ve done that morning.” For more information visit or find “The Great Hillcrest Spring Clean” event on Facebook.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR SEEKS ENTERTAINERS With 2015 marking the centennial celebration of the PanamaCalifornia Exposition in Balboa Park, it is not a surprise that San Diego County Fair chose to help celebrate it with this year’s theme “A Fair to Remember, A Celebration of World’s Fairs and Balboa Park.” Presented by Albertsons/ Vons, the fair is currently seeking talent to fill up its performance schedule on eight stages throughout the fairgrounds. They are seeking San Diegans who can perform family-friendly and appropriate shows for their captive audiences, including soloist or dance ensembles, high school or club dance troupes, ventriloquists, and more. The fair, the largest annual event in San Diego County, will run 25 days from June 5 through July 5, with closures on Mondays and the first two Tuesdays. Entertainers wishing to apply should visit sdfair. com/specialevents. OCEANSIDE FILM FEST SEEKS SHORT LGBT-THEMED FILMS The Oceanside International Film Festival, held ever y August, is seeking LGBTQ-themed films or PSAs about Oceanside for participation in the free “Oceanside Spotlight” video contest. The contest, which is not limited to Oceanside residents, takes place on social media and the winner will be shown at the film festival. Submission to the “spotlight” is free and the five-minute films — which should have something to do with Oceanside and be a documentar y, music video, narrative fictional stor y, historic account or LGBTQ-themed PSA — are being accepted through June 15. Those

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Opposition still strong against Florence Elementary name change Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

BROADWAY/SAN DIEGO ANNOUNCES 2015-2016 LINEUP With a blend of Broadway classics and new favorites coming to town straight from New York, Broadway/San Diego’s lineup for the 2015-16 season is full of stateof-the-art experiences. The classic “The Phantom of the Opera” (Oct. 2015) will open the season with new special effects, lighting designs, staging and choreography. Also in the lineup, “Annie” (Nov. 2015); “If/Then” (Jan. 2016); “Wizard of Oz” (March 2016); Disney’s “Newsies” (May/June 2016); and “Beautiful — The Car-

The Hillcrest Town Council (HTC) offered an open forum at their February meeting, held at the Joyce Beers Community Center, regarding the proposed name change to Florence Elementary School. The GLBT Historic Task Force has proposed changing the name of Florence Elementary after former state Sen. Christine Kehoe, a local politician who was the first openly gay city councilmember in San Diego and later moved up into state politics. The school, located on the western edge of Hillcrest at the corner of University Avenue and First Street, was named after the city of Florence, Italy, nearly 150 years ago. Luke Terpstra, chair of the HTC, opened the forum, saying they’d received a lot of feedback from concerned community members wishing to comment and ask questions. Nicole Murray Ramirez, representing the Task Force, reminded the group that the Task Force was behind getting the first city street in the nation named after Harvey Milk, involved in getting the Harvey Milk U.S. postage stamp, and are now behind the proposed San Diego AIDS Memorial effort. He stated that their focus is to recognize local LGBT role models. He called Kehoe a “champion” of education, women’s rights and equality who was worthy of such a name change. But, he said, the task force members were misled by a high-ranking education official regarding how those invested would be notified and how easy the process would be. He noted the task force has since formed a close relationship with the school, offering groceries, support and possibly computers in the future, regardless of the outcome of the name change. “This is not about a political or power play, as some have said,” Ramirez said. “It’s about us discovering this school, with outstanding and caring teachers and high achieving students in our own back yard, Hillcrest,” he said, adding they still believed the name change would be a good fit. Mary Hope Estill, principal of Florence Elementary, along with a staff teacher, both explained that the school as a whole is now supportive of the name change, though it took time to get there. In September, when the proposal first came to light, a planning committee was formed by the school district, where parents, community members, teachers and central office staff were all invited to be a part of the meetings. She said they looked at Christine Kehoe’s bio and her accomplishments and saw her as a role model. They also considered their current name and asked themselves, “Where can we go to make

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Californians need ‘death with dignity’ law

From the ‘back seat’

By Judy Waterman I am writing in strong suppor t of the “End of Life Option Act” (SB-128). This legislation would allow a mentally competent, terminally ill person in the final stages of their disease to request medication from a physician to bring about a peaceful death. The availability of this option can also provide peace of mind to those who are dying and for their families. Aid in dying is a ver y important issue to me and I’d like to tell you why. At the end of my mother’s life, she was in excruciating pain from cancer. Her life had become unbearable. One night, alone, she went to her garage and took her life with a gun. A ver y violent act, that is hard to erase from my mind. She would not have had to do it if the “end of life option” had been in place in California. SB 128 is modeled after Oregon’s 1997 “Death with Dignity Act.” The extensive — and impor tant — safeguards in SB-128 will ensure that the choice made by a terminally ill person to access aid in dying is informed,

deliberate and voluntar y. Oregon’s experience demonstrates that this law, with safeguards to protect against any abuse, can improve end-oflife pain management and health care for all terminally ill people whether choosing to access aid in dying or not. We should always provide quality end-of-life care for people who are suffering from an incurable and irreversible terminal illness. Yet if a person has only months, weeks or even days to live, when there is nothing else that medicine can treat and it becomes impossible to provide relief from pain, we should allow that person the option to end their pain and suffering by shortening their dying process. I urge you to suppor t this impor tant bill. For more information, contact   —Judy Waterman is a local retired freelance ar tist and photographer who is now dedicating her time to the passage of California›s SB-128, the End-of-Life Option Act. She can be reached at

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Diane Sterritt’s editorial in Gay San Diego [Vol. 6, Issue 3, “Editorial: the impact of ridesharing”] laments the rise of transpor tation companies like Uber and L yft at the expense of the regular taxi industr y in San Diego. She outlines the requirements for licensing and insurance for traditional cabs and their drivers, and compares these with the lack of regulation that Uber and Lyft work under. What she does not discuss is why these “outlaw” companies have gained in popularity. I have a few insights to offer on that topic and I can do so by describing my last taxi ride. I was coming home from the airport, got into the next cab in the queue and told him my address. I live, according to Google Maps, 3.3 miles from the terminal. That turned out to be a $12 ride. When we reached my front door, I handed the driver a $20. He announced that he had no change (!) “No problem,” I said. “See that market up the street? I’ll just go there and get change.” Lots of hunting around in his stuff up front and miraculously he came up with the change. It was clear to me that he expected an $8 tip for a $12 ride. I felt as if I had just been the

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victim of a would-be robber. I got my bag out of his trunk and left. No tip. Period. When I have told this story, I’ve heard others that have had to deal with surly drivers who are angry at having short trips from the airport, speak no English, dangerously drive as if they have no concept of traffic laws, have dirty cabs and provide expensive trips to begin with. I realize that taxi drivers have a lot of taxes and fees to pay, but that situation is not the fault of the unsuspecting passenger who merely wants to get from one place to another without being denigrated because he doesn’t live somewhere distant like Jamul, or be expected to pay for the cab’s rental that month. In short, taxi drivers in this city have brought a lot of the troubles they encounter these days — Sterritt reports a drastic decline in their business — on themselves. Instead of complaining about the competition, they might consider actually competing with it, and providing reliable service at decent prices. Maybe their union can help if their fees are high, but it’s not up to the public to put up with the attitude that we owe them a living merely because they have a license. —Robert in Mission Hills, via email

Support of community This is so great for our community! [Vol. 6, Issue 3, “Building a solid foundation”]. This building is one our community’s treasures and I’m so glad it’ll be in good hands for a long time! —Benny Cartwright, via

Chee Chee Art I’m so glad Alexander is bringing art to the Chee Chee [Vol. 6, Issue 3, “The Chee Chee Club lives”]. Not only does it highlight some great art, but it puts a spotlight on the Chee Chee, which has such a rich history with San Diego’s LGBT community that has been forgotten by many! —Benny Cartwright, via

Outpouring continues Hey Jeff. Please let me know if Mike needs to regain his ability to read [Vol. 6, Issue 3, “Dugout Chatter: tragedy on the field, triumph of the spirit”]. We have a great program in Carlsbad that is happy to help. There is no charge for services. We would assign our best people to Mike. —Jose Cruz, via gay-sd.comt

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BEARS member. “This can be chest, body and/or facial hair. It is truly a state of mind. Cubs tend to be younger and less hairy but aspire to be and/ or admire bears.” In the last few years, the bear community has gained an incredible amount of visibility within the gay community, when in the beginning, Breeze said, it was considered to be something of a fringe element. “Bear nights” are now commonplace at local gay bars and nightclubs, large-scale national

and is highly regarded in the local LGBT community. David Ferguson, who was selected as Mr. Bear San Diego for 2014-15, said the charitable element is especially important to him and a big part of the reason he ran for the title. The charities he selected for his term include Special Delivery and Stepping Stone. “I picked these two charities because I have loved ones who are living with and fighting HIV and other life-threatening problems,” Ferguson said. “Since I was 19 years old in the early 1980s, I have had lots of friends and loved ones pass away.” Ferguson said there have been people in the community who

“What I found is a group who has in many ways become a second family to me, and something I consider myself very proud to be a leader of and represent in any capacity I can,” he said. Breeze, Ferguson and the entire Bears San Diego family are looking for ward to the organization’s upcoming 20th anniversar y. In fact, Breeze said the 20th anniversar y is an impor tant milestone because the local organization has followed a path similar to that of the greater bear community. “I see [the anniversary and milestone] as a validation of our motto: ‘Frisky, Friendly, and Attitude-Free,’” Breeze said. “We have

(l to r) Marceliano Hernandez (Mr. So Cal Bear 2013), Colt Everyday (Ms. San Diego Leather 2013), David Ferguson (Mr. Bear San Diego 2014), Sister Ghana Maria and Everardo Aguilar (Mr. Bear San Diego 2001) at The Hole (Courtesy Bears San Diego) bear-themed events like Lazy Bear Weekend are held annually, and several publications and smartphone apps such as Scruff cater to the bear community. One local hotspot for the community is Pecs bar, which is known by many as “bear country” with bears hanging out there at all times. Others include The Hole’s beer bust on Sunday afternoons, as well as the monthly bear dance nights at Numbers and Rich’s. Breeze said though the transformation to being more mainstream has been most evident over the last five years, Bears San Diego has provided an outlet for local bears to meet others and get involved in the community since October 1994. The organization credits Wayne Dietz, Lee Albert, Robert Sokolowski and John Winkleman as its founding members, who created the group to welcome people of all shapes and sizes. With the exception of Albert, who passed away last year, all the other founders remain active members. “Our events are open to all who are interested,” Breeze said. “From guys who are big and burly, to those who may not look like a bear but find them attractive, all are welcome. We even have had the occasional lesbian in the mix.” Breeze said group members and participants regularly get together for dinners, movie and game nights, potlucks (which they call “den parties”), pool parties, group road trips to Los Angeles and the San Diego County Fair, and outings to places such as the tide pools and museums. The organization is also very focused on charity work and regularly organizes and participates in fundraisers like the Mr. Bear San Diego Contest and BearQuake. Rosenfeld said the organization currently has over 70 members

helped him get through those dark times and he wanted to honor them by giving back, and being part of Bears San Diego gives him the platform to do so. Breeze said that Bears San Diego became an official 501(c) (3) organization in 2006, and since then, the organization has raised over $10,000 each year for local charities such as Special Delivery, Being Alive, Stepping Stone, The Center, The Hillcrest Youth Center, The Matthew Shepard Foundation, The Trevor Project, Mama’s Kitchen, Family Health Centers and many others. “Each year at the Mr. Bear SD contest, we hand out checks to the organizations we have been raising money for over the past year, and the person who wins the title gets to choose which charity or charities they would like to support for the following year,” Breeze said. “Basically, I am not a fancy type of person, plus I like what the bear community stands for — we are just a bunch of men who do almost normal things around the city and we accept all kinds of people,” Ferguson said, explaining why he originally joined the group. Breeze shared similar sentiments and said he was looking for a place to fit in, but what he needed didn’t seem to exist in the greater community.

undergone a lot of changes over the years. People come and go, some unfortunately are no longer with us, but we are still here, which means on some level we are doing something right.” For those interested in getting involved with Bears San Diego, Rosenfeld suggests first attending a dinner night or den party to get to know the group. The entire community is welcome to Bears San Diego’s 20th anniversary celebration, March 7 at Numbers Nightclub, 3811 Park Blvd., in Hillcrest. At the event, founders Dietz, Sokolowski and Winkleman will be honored, and Dietz will also serve as the evening’s emcee. There will be live entertainment and the annual green underwear contest (in honor of St. Patrick’s Day) will be held. Refreshments and a no host bar will be available. A $5 donation at the door will benefit this year’s charities: Special Delivery, Stepping Stone and The San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. For more information, find the event on Facebook. Bears San Diego can be found online at bearssd. org or on Facebook. —George Vernon is a local freelance writer. He can be reached at

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GAY SAN DIEGO Feb. 20-March 5, 2015

The Los Angeles-based chain eatery, Lemonade, will debut two locations in San Diego; first in Hillcrest and then inside University Town Center. Company reps, however, remained vague on their openings, with one of them telling us “summer or late fall” and adding “we don’t want our lemonade to become a consumer focus.” With six hard-to-ignore flavors in the offing, such as cucumber-mint and ginger-peach, the seasonal food menu will encompass a giant selection of “market” ingredients for custom-made salads, plus crafty sandwiches and “land and sea” proteins for meal plates. Its Hillcrest spot will go into the double-storefront vacated earlier this year by Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria. 3958 Fifth Ave.,

Selina Khan says of her new Pakistani-Indian restaurant in Hillcrest: “It’s a campaign for real curry, the way we make it at home in Pakistan.” Since opening House of Khan in early February in the space formerly occupied by Mama Testa, the full-service restaurant has been serving lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. The big sellers so far are kabob rolls and chicken curry plates. “Everything’s made in-house,” assures Khan, who started the business several years ago as a pop-up eatery in the College Area. In her new space, she’s installed industrial lighting and artwork from the subcontinent. 1417 University Ave., 760-580-9024.

The recently opened tasting room in North Park by Rip Current Brewing now offers salads, sandwiches, pizzas and small plates from Sublime, a local vendor that operates the property’s kitchen. In addition, the San Marcosbased brewer has just re-introduced its lauded double IPA, Red Flag. The tasting room will officially hold its grand opening sometime in March and plans to add five more handles to the dozen-plus lineup. 4101 30th St., 619-793-4777. San Diegans can soon add “Canadian” to their list of ethnic dining options when Mess Royale Poutine & Bagels opens in Hillcrest in late March (and hopefully no later). The much-anticipated eater y, conceived by an entreprene 0ur from northeast Canada, will offer poutine made in classic French-Canadian style, which translates to cheese curds and light-brown gravy lopped onto a pile of French fries. Fancier versions using lobster and grilled chicken will be available as well, along with sandwiches made with bagels shipped in from a Montreal baker y. 142 University Ave

Chef and beer aficionado Oz Blackaller (Courtesy Cueva Bar)

A stylish, new food emporium in Little Italy (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

Chef Oz Blackaller of Cueva Bar in University Heights is kicking off a four-part “Meet the Brewer” series beginning March 7 at his restaurant. The featured beers will be paired to various tapas created by Blackaller such as pork belly chilaquiles, rockfish tostadas and crab-stuffed piquillo peppers. First up is New English by Sorrento Valley Brewer y. Brewmaster Simon Lacey will be on hand from noon to 3 p.m. to discuss the product. The series continues in April, May and June on dates to be announced. 2123 Adams Ave., 619-269-6612.

Little Italy’s culinary explosion continues with the recent opening of Pan Bon (“good bread”) by sibling bakers Luciano and Giancarlo Anselmi. The brothers previously ran a bread shop in Verona, Italy, although their U.S. venture on the ground floor of Ariel Suites is a massive 10,000-squarefoot market of gorgeous confections, deli specialties and prepared foods reminiscent of the displays you’d find at indoor markets throughout Europe. There’s also breads made with wild yeast imported from Italy plus pizzas and various pasta dishes made onsite. 1450 Kettner Blvd., 619-373-5780.



Imperial Court de San Diego pageant weren’t cutting it. “The transgender crowd was always like the last rung of the ladder,” Rhonda said. “We wanted a place where if you wanted to dress up you could come and not feel like a freak.” Rhonda and her friends approached the owners of several local gay bars with a proposal to start a regular trans-friendly event. They were mostly met with suspicion and thinly veiled disdain. “They were like, ‘Why do you want to do that?’” Rhonda said. When they approached SRO Lounge, however, owner John Sanfilippo said he was willing to give them a chance. Some of the regulars

—Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at were not thrilled with the idea, but they quickly adjusted and the event took off. Now, it attracts both a regular weekend clientele as well as visitors from as far away as Europe. The rainbow of the LGBT community is on full, brilliant display at SRO Lounge on a Friday or Saturday night. The clientele is diverse in just about every sense of the word — ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, occupation and fashion sense. “I’ve been all over the country and there’s no place like this place,” said Taylor Hearts, a local drag queen who wore an exceptionally revealing lace dress on a recent Friday night. Unlike the other gay bars that Hearts frequents, SRO Lounge tends to attract more straight men who have a taste for transgender women — one reason Hearts likes stopping by. But it’s also a place where men of all ages who are just beginning to explore a drag or transgender identity can do it safely, with the support of those with more experience, Hearts said. “If they went to a regular gay bar people would be like ‘What is this?’” she said. “Here, it’s like, ‘If you don’t like it, get out.’” As the popularity of Girls’ Night Out has increased over the last 12 years, the clientele has also evolved. “It’s becoming more of a mixed crowd,” said bartender Ernesto Barajas. One reason for that could be the bar’s unique location in Bankers Hill. It’s nearly two miles south of the gay bars on University Avenue in Hillcrest, about 11 blocks north of the Gaslamp and just a few doors down from the Tin Can [which will soon rebrand as the Balboa]. While SRO Lounge is best

known for its gender-bending Girls’ Night Out, it’s much more of a neighborhood bar that is popular among older patrons during the day. Some of the daytime regulars, in fact, have been around since the days of the Press Room, which was the bar John Sanfilippo owned Downtown in the late 1970s, before he opened SRO Lounge. The Press Room was named for its proximity to the old office of the San Diego Union (U-T San Diego’s predecessor). “When John bought it [sometime in the 1970s], it was straight during the day and gay at night,” said Bryan Galvin, Sanfilippo’s partner. “A lot of people weren’t out, but boy did they have fun back then.” Around 1982, Sanfilippo sold the Press Room to Paul Dobson, who turned it into Dobson’s, which still exists today across the street from the NBC building and Horton Plaza. With the money from the sale, Sanfilippo bought a new bar at 1807 Fifth Ave., which was then known as Uncle Bill’s, a true dive bar that literally had holes in the walls, Galvin said. Uncle Bill’s was popular among the cast and crew of the Old Globe Theatre, so when Sanfilippo took over and remodeled, he named it SRO Lounge in a nod to the theatrical term “standing room only.” Unfortunately, Sanfilippo, a smoker, died in 2012 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but Galvin took over and has kept the bar running. While Sanfilippo’s personality was a big part of what made the bar successful for so long, SRO has taken on an identity and a life of its own, no doubt thanks to the high-heeled outcasts he welcomed with open arms. —Jeremy Ogul can be reached at



icture it: La Jolla, 1941. A snazzy, oceanfront restaurant opens so close to the water that the waves lap dangerously against the windows during high tides and winter storms. The menu debuts with 35-cent martinis and dinners such as lobster Newburg and trout amandine, each priced under $1.50. What customers don’t realize as they pull up in their new widebodied Fords is that The Marine Room will continue swooning diners for more than 70 years to come, but with triple-reinforced glass to avoid the disaster of 1982, when the pounding surf of El Nino busted through the panes and flooded the restaurant. After a few extensive remodels and many generations later, the hypnotic water views remain for the taking. And there isn’t a bad table in the house. Even after sunset, outdoor floodlights illuminate the sands to a snowy hue while brightening the froth of approaching waves. When tides rise above 5.5 feet, the beach disappears, giving the impression you’re dining aboard a ship, or in extreme cases, a submarine. Morning and evening high tides spur various meal specials, which are listed under the “events calendar” on the web site, The Marine Room’s cuisine was particularly elevated 20 years ago by the arrival of Chef Bernard Guillas, who was born into a family of butchers and bakers in Brittany, France. When he isn’t appearing on morning television shows or exploring gastronomy overseas or autographing copies of his latest seafood-centric cookbook, “Two Chefs, One Catch” (co-authored with his longstanding chef de cuisine, Ron Oliver), he’s planted squarely in the kitchen creating dishes that resemble paintings by Kandinsky. Preludes on the winter menu we tried ranged from intricate to homey. Raw candy cane beets flaunting red, pinwheel stripes paired brilliantly to paper-thin American prosciutto carpeting the plate. The arrangement also featured multi-colored cooked beets


Culinary art on the sands

The Marine Room circa 1949 (Courtesy The Marine Room)

Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr.

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The Marine Room

and drizzles 2000 Spindrift Drive (La Jolla) of pistachio labne (strained 855-881-6718 yogurt). GuilDinner prices: las and Oliver Appetizers, soups and salads, prove that melon $15 to $21; and cheese aren’t the only bedfellows entrees, $27 to $47 for prosciutto. Another appetizer — mushroom casserole with black garlic, pecans and butterball potatoes — makes you touches. My companion, how however, was a happy camper. feel as though you’ve curled up The veal was rich and velvety, beside a crackling fire. Ser ved taking residence in a fabulous Grgenerously in a casserole pot, a enache wine sauce. The accompariot of locally grown mushrooms niments were equally noteworthy: such as king oysters and beecha densely constructed corn cake woods united with the other and a divine Parmesan puff bound ingredients in Marsala wine simply with bread and butter, a sauce capturing varied textures recipe that Guillas said is a reand deep flavors. It’s the kind of quired lesson in French cooking. appetizer that can lead you into A focused and non-generic canceling your entrée order in wine list supports the restaulieu of a second portion. rant’s white-linen ambience and Also rocking our first course polished wait ser vice. From the were a couple fillets of cobia glass offerings, we lucked out glazed with Malahat Spiced Rum, with a well-structured Washinga novel flavor enhancement comton State Cabernet by Kiona and pared to butter and citrus that eva voluptuous Syrah blend from er yone else uses to lift this white Mi Sueno Winer y in Napa Valley. fish from its blandness. Guillas Neither paired awkwardly with goes even further by ser ving it the seafood dishes we ate. with cranberr y gastrique, roasted The kitchen’s haute plate eggplant and purple potatoes. presentations with their linear After whizzing through The streaks of sauce and kaleidoscopMarine Room’s sweet and famous ic colors carried through to deslobster bisque and a picturesque sert. Red kuri squash comprises salad of gem lettuce hearts, Hunthe core in butterscotch pumpkin garian feta and elderflower dresstorte while banana anglaise and a ing, we proceeded to entrees that sipper glass filled with pomegranwere new to our palates. ate nectar gave rise to the praline This was my companion’s first chocolate pyramid. time eating monkfish and my first In the end, Guillas’ culinar y time encountering veal tenderloin philosophy becomes clear: “You presented with the thickness of eat with your eyes, and then we New York strip steak. deliver the flavors and textures.” The fish was complimented by bright-green absinthe sauce, —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the aufennel confit and honey-spiced thor of “Secret San Diego” (ECW farro. The flavors were finesse, Press), and began his local writing but only when avoiding the career more than two decades ago heirloom bacon wrapped around as a staf fer for the former San each piece of the fish. As much Diego Tribune. You can reach him as I adore bacon, it invariably at upstages whatever seafood it

(from top) Bacon-wrapped monkfish; “little gem” lettuce salad; free-range veal tenderloin; chocolate pyramid with shot of pomegranate nectar (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

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Rise Urban Breakfast Club: The topic for this month’s breakfast meeting is: “Stadiums, Convention Centers & Infrastructure: So What for Urban Communities?” $20 includes breakfast and program. 8:30 – 10 a.m. War Memorial Building, 3325 Zoo Dr., Balboa Park. bfastRISE. The Royal Drag Show: Miracosta College’s GSA presents their first-ever drag show for “kings, queens and ever ybody in between.” The event is free and includes food, fun and lots of entertainment. 6 – 8 p.m. Miracosta College Cafeteria, 1 Barnard Dr., Oceanside. Visit San Diego Bike Party — Warm Hearts Ride: This love-themed community ride is open to all cyclists and will be moderately paced. Starts at Balboa Park Fountain. 8 p.m. Find the event on Facebook under “San Diego Bike Party.” Wang’s Three-Year Anniversar y: This free party celebrates the Chinese New Year and the restaurant’s anniversar y with passed hor d’oeuvres of “lucky” New Year’s dishes, sake samples, a special menu and traditional lion dancers at 9 p.m. Wang’s North Park, 3029 University Ave., North Park. Visit “Birdman”: Cinema Under the Stars presents the Oscar-nominated movie starring Michael Keaton and an ensemble cast. 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Movie also screens Saturday. For more info visit or call 619-295-4221.


Safe schools summit: This annual summit by GLSEN San Diego County is a fun-filled day of educational and inspiring workshops with LGBT students and allies. 8:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Roosevelt Middle School, 3366 Park Blvd., Balboa Park. Visit Shoreline Cleanup Day: Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins invites volunteers to join Wildcoast, US Fish and Wildlife Ser vice and Volunteer with Cheli for a cleanup of the South Bay Shoreline and tidelands. 9:30 a.m. – noon. Meet at Seventh Street and Boulevard Avenue, Impe-

rial Beach. Visit or find the event on Facebook. Overdrive: Monthly afterhours dance event with open bar from 11 p.m. – midnight, $10 cover before midnight and $20 cover after. Featuring DJ Tristan Jaxx with DJ J Warren. 11 p.m. – 6 a.m. Spin Nightclub, 2028 Hancock St., Middletown. Visit


The Oscars at Oscar’s: The new Irish pub will host an Academy Awards party with prizes and $4 Oscarthemed drink specials. 4 p.m. Oscar Wilde’s Irish Pub, 1440 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit Wang’s Red Carpet Party: This event includes buffet dinner, Champagne, entertainment raffles, contest, prizes and more all benefitting the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus. The Academy Awards will be shown on screens throughout the restaurant, including a giant screen on the west wall. 4 p.m. $35. Wang’s North Park, 3029 University Ave., North Park. Visit


“Casa del Haha”: A onenight-only cabaret fundraiser for Diversionar y Theatre and their next production “Baby with the Bathwater.” “Casa del Haha” will include sketch comedy and musical entertainment. 8 p.m. $15. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Tickets visit


Raise Your Glasses: Seventh anniversar y celebration of Urban Optiks and vendor trunk show expo to benefit Optometr y Cares. 5 – 9 p.m. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. See full stor y in this paper. Visit Meet Nelson’s Photographer of the Month: Nelson Photo Supplies will host a meet-and-greet event with their photographer of the month John Thurston and showcase his work (on display all month). Wine and cheese to be ser ved. 5:30 p.m. Nelson Photo Supplies, 1909 India St., Little Italy. Visit LGBT Militar y Family Support Group: For LGBT active duty ser vice members

and their families — meeting on the fourth Tuesday of ever y month. Open for couples with or without children. 6 – 7:30 p.m. For more information contact Caroline Bender at 619-222-5586 or caroline. San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit


Feeling Fit Club: New 50 or Better class for older adults and suitable for all levels, Mondays & Wednesdays. Improve balance, strength, flexibility, etc. Exercises can be done sitting or standing. 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Contact La Rue Fields at The Center, 3903 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit HIV testing: Lead the Way is offering this free and confidential ser vice ever y Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Walgreens, 301 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit


GSDBA Advocacy Committee Meeting: Fighting for public policies consistent with GSDBA mission and core values, the current priorities of premier concern are attaining full business equality for GSDBA members and full equality for LGBT persons. 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. GSDBA Conference Room, 3737 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit gsdba. org. “Baby with the Bathwater”: Previews start for the comedy by Christopher Durang; directed by Andrew Oswald. Opens March 7; runs through March. 29. 7 p.m. Use code GAYSD05 for $5 off tickets. Diversionar y Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights. Tickets diversionar y. org or call 619-220-0097. 


Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Honors: Sponsored by the GLBT Historic Task Force, Nicole MurrayRamirez Latino Ser vices at The Center, San Diego Human Dignity Foundation and Imperial Court de San Diego, this event recognizes contributions by local leaders to the LGBT community. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients are Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber, Stan Lewis and Phyllis Jackson; Civil Rights Honorees are

LaRue Fields, Christopher Wilson, Tanisha Conwright, and John Gwynn. A $10 donation includes a soul food buffet that benefits the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir, the Bayard Rustin US Postage Stamp Campaign and the San Diego LGBT Community Center. 6 – 8 p.m. San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit “The Theor y of Ever ything”: Cinema Under the Stars presents the Oscar-nominated movie starring Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones as his first wife Jane Wilde. 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Movie also screens on Saturday. For more info visit or call 619-295-4221.


GSDBA Pedal, Network, Prosper Social Club: A way for GSDBA members to socialize while bicycling around San Diego. The ride will begin at the De Anza Cove in Mission Bay. 20-mile ride starts at 8:30 a.m., 10-mile ride starts at 9:30 a.m. Coffee, pastries and healthy snacks will be provided after the ride. Register online. Visit Gay for Good volunteer activity with Dignity Deliver y: All are welcome to help in this day of volunteering. Dignity Deliver y hand-delivers personal hygiene items to the homeless community. A quick orientation precedes the event and an informal social will follow. 12:45 p.m. University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Ave., Hillcrest. Find the Gay for Good group on Facebook. San Diego’s Bowling for Equality: HRC and MO’s Universe present the seventh annual Bowling for Equality event, full of fun and prizes. 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Kearny Mesa Bowl, 7585 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Clairemont. Visit hrc. org/sandiegobowling. Bearracuda three-year anniversar y party: Hosted by Matt Bearracuda, the event will feature music courtesy of DJ Ryan Jones. $5 before 10 p.m., $10 after. The Merrow, 1271 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit san-diego.


Sunday Night Supper Club: Weekly fine dining and entertainment series with seat-

ings at 7 & 9 p.m. Featured local musician Celeste Barbier performs at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Gossip Grill 1220 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit gossip-supper-club.


Live Music – Nina Francis: Enjoy a “Music Monday” in the Expatriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. 6 p.m. Call 619-233-4355 or visit


Fish Par ty XXXI: Celebrating all Pisces on local musician Laura Jane’s actual bir thday. Featuring bands The Tighten Ups, ThunderLux and The Honkys. No cover. 7 p.m. The Merrow, 1271 University Ave., Hillcrest. Find the Fish Par ty XXXI event on Facebook.


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FLORENCE our school move to the future?” Estill noted the many magnet schools in the surrounding area and how the staff at Florence has wanted to create a greater identity for the school. “As the world continues to change, Florence needs something to hold on to and think for the future so that our students can continue to grow and benefit from all the things that happen in this community,” she said. The planning committee recently agreed that they would like to go forward with the name “Christine Kehoe Leadership Academy,” a name that would not only better reflect ‘the interests and cares’ of its surrounding community, but also offer them more visibility for grants and special programs. Florence is a “choice school” meaning they have children from throughout the region, not just the immediate vicinity. In fact, only 30 percent of their students come from the surrounding Hillcrest neighborhood, so they need to attract more students with those

specialty programs. The Florence Elementary School teacher with Estill, whose name was not made clear, said she was there to represent the teachers and the planning committee. She said the school has had a hard time connecting to the community and been challenged with attracting parents because they are not high profile enough, which causes them to lose students to the magnet schools. “We think that a change in name and partnering with some of the community organizations would be helpful with that,” the teacher said. Despite the positive remarks from the school’s staff, opponents of the name change streamed to the lectern one after another, with the majority taking issue with the fact that Kehoe is still a living politician. Several who had previously attended the school, spoke of “losing their identity” should the school be renamed. Estill clarified that the school itself cannot make the name change, she said the decision will be made by the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education; Florence staff were merely presenting their position to the community. Moises Aguirre, executive director of district relations for the

San Diego Unified School District, emphasized that they are still in the process of gathering community input and that a third and final meeting would be held at the school campus that week. At the end of the session, Terpstra chastised Aguirre for a lack of outreach over the last few months regarding this topic. He stated that no one from the school district reached out to the Town Council, and that it was the HTC who reached out to them requesting their presence at the meeting. “Here at the Town Council we pay attention to these things, and we like to weigh in,” Terpstra said. “When you talk about community and Hillcrest, really, you should include the Hillcrest Town Council.” To allow the HTC to take a formal stand on the matter, Terpstra then asked for a motion. A motion was made to oppose the name change and it passed unanimously. Only those in attendance who were residents of Hillcrest were allowed to vote. The third and final public meeting on the renaming took place Feb. 12 at the school campus. It was more of the same. Aguirre, who facilitated the meeting for the school district, said all of the feedback received would be taken

to a committee for further discussion and then the Board of Education will make its decision. He added that it would take at least two months for the issue to reach the board. Board of Education member Richard Barrera told those in attendance that Florence is underenrolled, so anything to spark interest from the community will help the school, regardless of the school’s name. “The goal here is we want to do something that is not just respectful to the school community and respectful for the surrounding neighborhood, but to create something that is exciting that makes both the school and neighborhood better off,” Barrera said. As was the case at the HTC meeting, an overwhelming majority of the speakers opposed the name change. Only one person out of the 16 who spoke voiced her approval. “For us to have a school with such an important person of our community, it really helps the kids who are being raised by LGBT parents to really make them feel at home,” said Carolina Ramos in support of the change. Many in opposition felt the change would betray the school’s long history and connection to Ital-

ian heritage. “This is the most ludicrous proposal that’s ever been floated,” said Deirdre Lee. “It’s all about being politically correct and pandering to a certain part of the community. And we are a diverse community and welcome many people, but we are not a gay community and this is not a gay elementary school. It welcomes everybody.” Many felt the school and the district failed to reach out enough to the community; other attendees saw the proposition as a political statement and completely unnecessary. If passed, the GLBT Historic Task Force, which initially proposed the idea, would pay for any of the changes required due to the name change. “Whether you’re for or against it, I think there’s a lot of commitment in this room to support this school,” Aguirre said. “So I extend an invitation to come and volunteer [at Florence Elementary] and read to second graders. Come and talk to teachers and see if there’s something you can help out with.” —Reach Morgan M. Hurley at SDCNN intern KC Stanfield contributed to this report. t


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SD Hoops heads into PFLAG seeking annual scholarship applications playoff season GSD Staff

Dugout Chatter Jeff Praught Another regular season is in the books for SD Hoops, San Diego’s only basketball league for LGBT basketball players and their friends. And as it has been the case the last few years, the league’s been a showcase for impressive parity among its seven teams. Founded in 1999, SD Hoops has traditionally had eight teams during its fall season, which runs from October until March. This year’s fall season saw that team count drop down to seven, though the league has experienced quite a bit of turnover among its membership. Theories abound as to why the league could not fill eight rosters this year, but among them, the spectacular success of San Diego’s gay flag football league (SDAFFL) All-Star teams — which compete in October’s Gay Bowl every year — may have led to some burn out. Many of the SDAFFL players join SD Hoops after the Gay Bowl weekend tournament, but after winning a third consecutive national title this year, it is a good bet that many of those players simply need to give their bodies a rest. SDAFFL’s season runs March until June, and those players train during the summer for Gay Bowl. In addition, SD Hoops introduced its first-ever summer league in 2013, providing competitive basketball play almost year-round. Nonetheless, they still had yet another exciting basketball season, as the #1 seed was not locked down until the league’s final regular season week. John Crockett’s Loft team took that honor, and will enjoy a first-round bye in the playoffs. Crockett’s Loft teams have taken three of the last four league championships, a feat all the more impressive due to the fact that he has coached different rosters every season. SD Hoops is a draft-based league, so players do not remain with the same team every year as they do in softball. The Loft received quite a challenge from a pair of strong teams this year. David “Mona” Valenzuela made a return to coaching after many seasons away. You may remember Mona as the softball player who had his right leg amputated below the knee following a battle with an infection in late 2012. Not only has Mona recently returned to the softball field, he even took to the basketball court this year and contributed some minutes. His return to coaching has been a successful one, as he drafted a roster capable of winning a championship. MVP candidate Johnny Stultz was a top-five scorer and rebounder heading into the final week. Many consider him to not only be the best defender in the league, but also one of the best passers. He is definitely the key to Urban MO’s making a title run this year. David Piedra is another balanced scorer and rebounder for Valenzuela’s squad, which also includes all-star Ace Vieyra. Wells Fargo Advisers is coached by veteran point guard Paul Demke, who has been known in league circles for losing several title games, but he has actually won a few titles himself as well. Demke has been around SD Hoops as long

as anyone, and generally has the most disciplined teams. This year’s squad is no different, as Demke brought back one of the league’s original members, Dwight Dunn, and mixed him onto a team that includes two-time MVP Patrick Schoettler and all-star James Vidovich. If the latter is hitting his three pointers, Schoettler — who sits near the top of both the points and rebounds leaderboards this year — becomes almost impossible to guard inside or near the free throw line. Recent playoff history in SD Hoops shows that the top teams do not always meet in the championship game. Hillcrest Brewing Company, Pecs, and Flicks each have proven scorers who are capable of carrying a team on any given night. For HBC, that player is Noah Ingram, who is capable of dropping 30 points if he is hitting his three’s and making his free throws. Ingram’s teammate, Chris “Thor” Schoch, is a beat down in the paint, seemingly grabbing every rebound despite not being as tall as most centers. His athleticism and strength make him difficult to defend, and he is a double-double threat (10 points, 10 rebounds) every game. Pecs is a total wild card of a team, as they often take leads into the second half but have difficulty putting teams away, faltering late in games. Devin Timpson is the fastest guard in the league, and his defense puts tremendous pressure on teams who do not have reliable ball handlers. Trent Strong is a top-ten scorer in the league, while Darius Artiola and coach Marcus Lenihan play at a high level of intensity and battle for every loose ball. The Flicks team coached by Dave Batzer is frustratingly inconsistent. The roster boasts great scorers in Sam Marquez and Brandon Patchett, a reliable forward in Bob Iddings, and the tallest center in the league in Jeff Lehmann (recently out with an appendectomy) — but they just don’t seem to all “click” on the same night. That can change in the playoffs, however, as it did for Flicks during summer league when they made a surprising run to the championship game despite a poor record. Brett Drake’s Baja Betty’s team has endured a rough season, remaining winless into the final week after losing its best player and all-star Joe Mattia to a crosscountry relocation. It is hard to win when you cannot score, and Betty’s has also had difficulty defending its own basket. For a team that has endured a difficult season, it would be great to see them pull off a firstround upset in the playoffs. SD Hoops’ games are played at Golden Hills Rec Center (2600 Golf Course Drive) on Wednesday evenings. Upon the conclusion of the season, the league will take a brief break before holding Open Gym nights, where anyone can come play pick-up basketball with league members. Visit to keep up with the latest league dates of importance. —Jef f Praught is actively involved in the LGBT sports community, having participated in softball, basketball, football and pool as a player, serving on AFCSL’s board, and currently serving as the commissioner of SD Hoops. He can be reached at

For the 17th year, PFLAG San Diego County has teamed up with their members, non-profit supporters of LGBT youth, and individual sponsors to offer scholarships to San Diego County residents. The purpose of the scholarships is to recognize outstanding LGBT students — seniors in high school, undergraduates and graduate students — and not only encourage them to continue post-secondary education but also promote a positive image of LGBT youth. The application window is now open through March 16, and PFLAG San Diego invites eligible San Diego County LGBT students to apply.

This year, thanks to the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation — already a generous scholarship donor — there will be a scholarship awards ceremony and luncheon at UC San Diego, May 15, from noon – 2 p.m. This is a milestone for the chapter and the community.

Selections will be based upon commitment to the candidate’s goals in their chosen field, essay, financial need and academic achievement. Fur ther requirements include: LGBT high school senior continuing higher education or LGBT full-time undergraduate or graduate student; resident of San Diego County at time of application; minimum 3.0 GPA for high school seniors; minimum 2.8 GPA for undergraduate/ graduate students. To download the application, visit For more information, contact Kim Martinez, scholarship chair at


GAY SAN DIEGO Feb. 20-March 5, 2015

ROMEO SAN VICENTE Ellen’s sitcom factory The most popular daytime talk show, a line of household products, a real estate hobby that makes her even richer, and, oh yeah, that production company that keeps on aiming to dominate even more of your TV’s screen time — that’s the Ellen DeGeneres Entertainment & Lifestyle Industrial Complex and it is working overtime.


DEEP INSIDE HOLLYWOOD Next up: two new sitcoms given pilot orders. The first one is currently untitled, but will star “Parenthood’s” Monica Potter as a single mother with three ex-husbands who complicate her already busy life. The other one is moving for ward with the title “Happy Time” and will star Broadway star and “Let It Go” diva Idina Menzel. This one’s a little different, in that it focuses on a woman in the public eye, someone known for being happy, upbeat and funny all the time, who decides to get real and reveal her true self. We can’t begin to speculate on which talk show host inspired this, but we’re looking for ward to the day that the executive producer explains it all. Here’s hoping they go to series so that Ellen can keep buying up entire sections of the United States. We could use a lesbian king. Russell T. Davies remembers “The Boys” The man who reinvigorated “Doctor Who” and created “Queer as Folk,” Russell T. Davies, has plans to return to the dark days of the 1980s. In the larger cultural memor y, that was a decade of neoncolored clothes and partying, but for gay men it was a time of terror, due to the emergence of AIDS. And while TV films like “The Normal Heart,” and a few features

like “Longtime Companion” and “Parting Glances,” have visited that era, there simply hasn’t been much in the way of dramatic exploration of that time, considering the impact of the disease. Davies’ new project, “The Boys,” will approach that time in England from the position of both insider and outsider, with a female protagonist. It turns out that Davies has a female friend he’s known since his teen years, a woman who was friends with and caretaker to a group of gay men who died over those years, whom he describes as his “hero.” In the writing stage now, look for it on American cable sometime in the next couple of years. Baz Luhrmann makes plans to “Get Down” “Moulin Rouge!” director Baz Luhrmann has decided to follow up his extravagantly contemporar y take on “The Great Gatsby” with another “now” move: a show on Netflix. The streaming service has given the filmmaker a 13-episode order for a new series called “The Get Down.” Co-created with “The Shield’s” Shawn Ryan, the series will take place in 1970s New York City during the grimiest and most violent period of its recent histor y. A crew of South Bronx teenagers, on their own and going nowhere, take part in the invention of hip-hop and street art. In turn, they become a part of the larger cultural fabric that saw disco give way to punk rock, as a vibrant cross-pollination takes

Monica Potter (Courtesy Shuttershock)

hold at the dawn of the ’80s. We don’t know anything about casting yet, but it’s safe to say we’ll see a lot of fresh young up-and-comers — if only to counteract the production costs this visionar y creator likes to run up in the name of making ever ything look really cool. The young Dan Savage chronicles From alternative weekly sex columnist to “This American Life” fixture to news pundit to creator of the “It Gets Better” project, Dan Savage’s career path has been idiosyncratic and totally independent, the picture of not being co-opted by large, powerful corporations. Except now he has a sitcom at ABC. OK, a sitcom “pilot,” but still, if it goes to series and is successful, you’ll be hearing a whole lot more from Dan Savage outside of his appearances on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” thanks to all that ABC marketing muscle. The project has no title just yet, but it’s based on Savage’s own childhood, and it revolves around a little gay

Baz Luhrmann (Photo by Debby Wong ) boy who comes out and turns his formerly “picture perfect” suburban family upside down. Another thing to think about if this goes to series: It will be the first time a gay kid has been the main character on an American sitcom. So let’s root for that. —Romeo San Vicente’s “It Gets Better” video was rated NC17 and banned from YouTube. He can be reached care of this publication or at


BRIEFS ole King Musical” (Aug. 2016). Added events: the Ben Vereen Awards/San Diego Competition (April 2015), Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” (Nov. 2015); “Riverdance” (Jan. 2016); “The Book of Mormon” will return (Feb./March 2016), and “Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles” (March/ April 2016). “I am thrilled with our 2015-2016 season which truly does have something for ever yone,” stated Joe Kobr yner, vice president of Broadway/ San Diego in a press release. “There’s a mix of new, directfrom-Broadway shows, as well as re-imagined returns of our audience favorites.” Broadway/San Diego performances take place at the Civic Theatre, located at 1100 Third Ave., Downtown, with the exception of the Ben Vereen Awards and “Rain,” which take place at Balboa Theatre, located at 868 Fourth Ave., Downtown. For season tickets, individual tickets or more information about the shows or available packages, visit

HBA PRESENTS PRIDE PLAZA DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS At the Februar y community meeting of the Hillcrest Town Council (HTC), Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) Executive Director Ben Nicholls and Walter Chambers of the Hillcrest Community Development Corporation (HCDC) made a presentation about plans to redevelop the Normal Street corridor, also known as “Pride Plaza.” Nicholls said the plan, which has been

unanimously approved by the HBA’s executive committee, involves creating a civic space within Hillcrest, and Normal Street, with its extra wide configuration, is the perfect solution. Not only is Normal Street used for the Hillcrest Farmers Market, the Pride Block Party, as a staging area for LGBT Pride Parade and Nightmare on Normal Street, Nicholls acknowledged that crowds attending various events throughout the year at the informal gathering space around Pride Plaza generally “spill out into the street and police have to close it.” He said development plans would extend the public space out into the area of University Avenue to help accommodate the needs of the plaza. Three options were presented at the meeting, each incorporating ideas from SANDAG bicycle lane requirements, input from the HCDC, and taking into account the needs of the Uptown Community Parking District and local businesses, something of great importance to the HBA. “To pay for a project like this, a variety of funding sources will need to be tapped,” Nicholls said. “Some decisions will require creative funding solutions. We may not get all that we want, but we may have to make sacrifices and trade-offs.”The plan would be addressed in phases, Nicholls said, with phase one encompassing the short block between University Avenue and Har vey Milk Street, the area closest to the business district. “HBA and Parking District money can pool funds for this phase one — there is a lot of money available if we format [the plans] in the right way,” he said. Phase two would be the long block between Har vey

Milk Street and Lincoln Avenue. Phase three would be the final block between Lincoln Avenue and Washington Street. Options presented included a variety of configurations, incorporating bike lanes, using café-style tables, light canopies, movable bollards to create a “flex-space” that could be used for parking by day and a gathering space by night, movable planters to create green space, and the use of textured pavement to denote multiple use areas. Nicholls pointed to the fact that the wide median currently in place forces those in wheelchairs to “go all the way around.” Textured pavement would provide delimiters for the multi-use areas and still allow for wheelchair accessibility. “None of these ideas are fixed,” Chambers said. “These are concepts and nothing is written in stone.”

GAY SAN DIEGO Feb. 20-March 5, 2015 Chambers added that the HCDC is encouraging community input through their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Nicholls said the HBA will be constructing a static display of the plans for the inside of their information booth at the Hillcrest Farmers Market — viewable throughout March and April — where community members can offer ideas and suggestions. He said they hope to take the community’s input and develop a phase one plan to move for ward with. Then they will create a “paint and planter pilot,” a temporar y, replicate version of the plan and install it on the street for six months, inviting traffic reviews, community and city involvement, etc. For more information, visit or find the CDC on Facebook under “Foundation for the Public Realm” or @HillcrestCDC on Twitter.t



GAY SAN DIEGO Feb. 20-March 5, 2015


A benefit for the San Diego LGBT Center Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015

The Observatory North Park

2015 winner: Ms. Flick’s (Jeremy Davies) (Photos by Big Mike)


TENNIS “Jay is my GBF [gay best friend],” Martinez said, laughing. Though Sanchez fell early in the round robin, Palma and Martinez, who generally play as doubles partners here in San Diego, both continued on. Martinez, who is currently ranked against males, went on to take first place in D division singles, playing a man from Thailand in the final. The two friends were able to use the luck of the draw to their favor, allowing them to also compete and win together in doubles, though it was not planned — by the GLTA, anyway. A member of SDTF for over 10 years, Palma said it wasn’t until November of 2013 that he decided to give tournaments a try. “This was my first invitation to the GLTA World Championships since I started playing in tournaments and it was an amazing experience,” he said. “Not only did we get a chance to play against the best of the best, but we also got to play with them in doubles.” Martinez — office manager and bookkeeper for San Diego Community News Network, the parent company of Gay San Diego — is an ally of the LGBT community. She first learned about SDTF by attending one of their “Friday Night Doubles” tournaments along with Anthony King, the former editor of Gay San Diego, in October of 2013. Friday Night Doubles events offer SDTF members — and nonmembers interested in the league — a chance to come out and

Priscilla Martinez and her doubles partner Jay Palma show their GLTA World Tour Championship trophy some love. (Photo by Priscilla Martinez) participate in doubles match play on a weekly basis. Martinez’ first tournament as a member of SDTF was the Los Angeles Open last spring, identified that year by the GLTA as a master’s tournament. Martinez took first in singles and in doubles in the men’s event and was the only woman to ever win two masters titles in one tournament. Those wins gave her extra qualifying points for the World Tour, and subsequent wins since, in both singles and doubles, in Long Beach and Palm Springs no doubt cemented her qualification. Martinez said she doesn’t like the handicaps offered to female players, so she chooses to remain rated along with the men. “When I got invited to this tournament the person that was running the tournament had asked me — I qualified for women’s singles and women’s doubles — and he

emailed me later and said ‘we don’t have enough women for a women’s event, can we put you in the men’s event?’ and I said, ‘I have a men’s rating so I was expecting to play in the men’s event all along.’” The 88 total attendees at the World Championship came from all over the world — many from Germany, London, Thailand — and the nation, such as Seattle, Cleveland, New York and Arizona. “One of the things I really liked about this tournament was that we had the opportunity to play on three services,” Martinez said. “We played on grass, clay and hard court. I’ve only ever played on hard court, never on clay or grass before. So everybody got to play two matches on grass on the first day, Friday, and then one on hard court; then on Saturday you got to play two matches on clay and one on hard court; and the third day was all on hard court —

if you made it that far.” She did, tallying up a total of nine matches over the long weekend, four of which were on Sunday. “Jay and I got lucky,” Martinez said. “I threw one of my matches so I didn’t have to play him in the semi-finals and then hopefully we’d play against each other in the final.” Though she did make it to the final and took first place in singles, Palma didn’t fare so well. Still, he placed second in singles after a tiebreaker, which still worked in their favor. “I was first in my group and Jay was second in his group, which got us partnered up as doubles; which is what we wanted,” Martinez said. “And we ended up winning together; which we also wanted.” Palma couldn’t have been hap-

pier with the outcome. “I’m so proud of my doubles partner for all her achievements in the past year, including winning singles and doubles in her first tournament,” he said. “I’m most proud, though, at her level of play during these championships. I couldn’t have done it without her.” Next up for Martinez and Palma is a doubles tournament in March, also in Palm Springs. On the horizon is the SDTF’s Open here in June, which will be designated as a master’s tournament this year, and then the West Coast Cup in August — also here in San Diego — where Martinez has her sights on captain. For more information about SDTF, visit —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at

Gay San Diego - February 20, 2015  
Gay San Diego - February 20, 2015