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San Diegans on the ‘watch’ Morgan M. Hurley | Editor This past week, six HIVpositive individuals who work or volunteer within San Diego’s LGBTQA community traveled to Washington, D.C. for AIDS Watch — called “the largest national constituent-based advocacy event focused on HIV and AIDS in the U.S.” — thanks to a matching grant from the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. The six-member delegation joined hundreds of other HIV-positive delegates at this multi-day event, which ran Feb. 29 – March 1, to educate members of Congress and their staffs about HIV/ AIDS and to advocate for their support when it comes to granting additional funding for the national programs that trickle down to San Diego. “This is something that was initially started with executive director Tony Freeman who would come to AIDS Watch to be part of the conversation,” said Ian Morton, senior program analyst at SDHDF, who attended AIDS Watch this year as part of the delegation. “When John [Brown] came on board as executive director in 2013, he recommended that we should actually take consumers living with HIV. The first year SDHDF brought consumers was 2014.” Morton said SDHDF now reaches out annually to the various local HIV/AIDS service agencies they provide funding to and asks them to consider nominating staff or volunteers they think

would benefit from being a part of AIDS Watch. Once an individual is nominated, the individual writes an essay about themselves, and explain what they believe they could bring to the table in Washington. “Then the nonprofit writes a letter of recommendation explaining how they think the individual could grow and become a local or even far-reaching advocate for HIV,” Morton said. This year’s local delegates included Tracie Jada O’Brien, Anthony Mendivil, Paul Robles, Raphael Rubalcaba, Priscilla Mahannah and Dennis Vega. Many of the delegates told Gay San Diego that they hope their personal experiences living with HIV can help our congressional leaders see the bigger picture. “I want to bring a human quality, a face, a person, a reallife, ‘3D’ version of what they read in reports,” Vega said. “It’s one thing to read the facts that someone else gives you to learn in a few moments before you rule on a bill. But it’s a much bigger impact when someone is in your face and you can see the emotion, the pain, and the struggle in someone’s eyes.” Vega volunteered at the San Ysidro Health Center’s “Our Place” HIV service center as a peer advocate for eight years and is currently a full-time employee there as a health/educator and outreach coordinator. “I use my talents to educate the community about HIV and normalize HIV testing in our tra-

ditionally undeserved — primarily African-American and Latino — communities,” he said. Vega said he hopes to bring back “new ideas and strategies” from delegates he expects to meet from around the country and learn from their experiences. Anthony Mendivil, who said he is passionate about helping others living with AIDS/HIV who are in recovery, was nominated by Stepping Stone San Diego. Mendivil, who completed Stepping Stone’s residential recovery program in 2014, said he immediately began to volunteer at the nonprofit. He shuttles residents to events, appointments and meetings, and is an active member of Stepping Stone’s Alumni board. “I mentor younger clients struggling with coming to terms with their HIV status and speak with potential clients looking to enter treatment at the facility,” he said. “I feel like my personal story will resonate with people. I have struggled with addiction for most of my life but since my HIV diagnosis I have changed my life for the better. “San Diego has a great drug epidemic happening now, which causes many of us to engage in reckless behavior,” he continued. “I feel like once being a part of that lifestyle and being able to turn my life around can inspire others who struggle with addiction and who are living with HIV/AIDS.” Another delegate, Priscilla Mahannah, is excited about the conference.

AIDS Watch 2016 delegates: (top to bottom) Tracie Jada O’Brien; Anthony Mendivil; Dennis Vega; Paul Robles; Raphael Rubalcaba; and Priscilla Mahannah. (Courtesy SDHDF) “[I’m] so inspired and rejuvenated and ready to be part of the change that is so much greater than me,” she said. Mahannah was nominated by Christie’s Place, where she volunteers as a peer navigator, advocating for other HIV-positive women who are newly diagnosed, need emotional support at a doctor’s appointment, or have “fallen out of care.” “We also educate the clients about HIV and the importance of taking medication and what [it] does in the body,” she said. “We also educate on breaking the stigma and how [clients can be] an advocate for themselves.” She said she plans to help the leaders she meets to better understand what it is like to live with the disease. “While expressing the importance of the funding that is

provided to people like me living with HIV and sharing with them how these services or programs have helped me with my health and so many other areas of my life as well.” Raphael Rubalcaba, director of HIV services and education at the North County LBGTQ Center, is returning for his second year as a delegate and “couldn’t wait” to return. “I hope to educate my community in the process and teach them that every voice is heard if we speak,” he said. To learn more about the delegates and to help SDHDF with the funding that went into sending these delegates to Washington, D.C., visit donate-now/aids-watch. —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at morgan@ sdcnn. com.▼


‘Spin’ is the word The Dinah is on deck Morgan M. Hurley | Editor Club Skirts’ Dinah Shore Weekend has been giving lesbians across the world a reason to head to the desert for pool parties, dance parties, fabulous comedy, top notch entertainment (Katy Perry and Lady Gaga the same year!) for 26 years. With a quarter-century of fun tucked neatly in their belt, Club Skirts is putting the focus on DJs this year. For those early arrivers, a Dinah “Official Pre-Party” will be held at the main host hotel, Hilton Palm Springs, located at 400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Then the main curtain on the weekend both opens and closes at Zelda’s, located at 611 Palm Canyon Drive. The Dinah Opening Party pops the weekend’s official cork there on March 31, which is a Thursday, and the fun lasts through Sunday evening, April 3, with a final blowout and “Official Closing Party,” at the same venue. In between there are a host of other “official” activities, plenty of entertainment to keep you busy and even time for lounging by the pool. In this 26th year the staff of Club Skirts has put more than a few “spins” on the five-day lineup — where changes abound and DJs and their decks are all the rage.

Hitting the pool Pool parties — which are what The Dinah originally cut its teeth on — are always a mainstay; besides, when in Palm Springs, you gotta hit the pool, right? Well, you’ll have opportunities all day long Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Hilton Palm Springs. Friday’s pool party — this year renamed the “Hot as L! Pool Party” — is always fun, as most everyone is arriving in droves that day, and people watching is the No. 1 thing to do as you lounge by the pool or grab a bite on the veranda nearby. They should call it the “meet and greet” pool party of the weekend, because in addition to checking out the arrivals, there will be some real “meet and greets” with special appearances by ladies from “The L Word” and “The Real L Word” (TRLW). Then at 5:30 p.m., Hunter Valentine, the New York-based band that dropped itself on the lesbian radar screen in the third season of TRLW, will perform. While there have been a few changes to the band since TRLW, front woman Kiyomi McCloskey will be there belting out her original songs and Laura Petracca will be supporting her on drums. McCloskey recently told AfterEllen that this will be Hunter Valentine’s last performance at The Dinah, as the band is currently on their farewell tour. For “The Cabana Girl Party” on Saturday, the focus is on

deejays, starting with a “battle of the DJs” at noon. Next up, a live DJ performance by The X Names with more ladies from The L Word also making appearances. Sunday’s pool party, called “Wet and Wild,” often gets the highest attendance, due in part to all the lesbians who live within an hour’s drive who crash the party; but also those who’ve been in town all weekend but been too distracted by the city of Palm Springs itself, to actually find the time to make their way to the pool. Performing at Sunday’s pool party is Madison Paige at 11 a.m., followed by the finals of the “battle of the DJs,” before “Orange is the New Black” star Taryn Manning takes the stage to spin live at 3 p.m. Music and Comedy Friday night, Elle King is the star of the White Party at the Palm Springs Convention Center, located at 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, just a couple blocks from the Hilton. Following Elle’s performance is Madonna’s DJ, DJ Mary Mac, with a set that will take you into the wee hours of the morning. Gone this year is the popular Thursday night comedy show, but comedy fans will be thrilled to find out that headlining The Dinah’s Saturday (April 2) night extravaganza at the Palm Springs Convention Center will be “Lea DeLaria: An evening of comedy and music.” Most know DeLaria from her character Big Boo

GAY SAN DIEGO March 4 – 17, 2016 on Netflix’s hit show, “Orange is the New Black,” but DeLaria has been a standup comedian, a musician, and an actor on both television and the Great White Way, for decades. She can claim being the “first openly gay comic” to hit the late night talk show circuit, with her 1993 appearance on Arsenio Hall’s show, where, according to Wikipedia, she said, “It’s the 1990s … it’s hip to be queer, and I’m a biiiiig dyke.” In recent years DeLaria has focused on her musical roots — her father was a jazz musician — and with a number of records to her credit, she enjoys integrating music into her comedic performances. DeLaria’s show will take place at 8 p.m., prior to the infamous Hollywood Party, which starts at 9 p.m., both at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Angel Haze will give a live performance at 11 p.m., and then DJ Samantha Ronson will take the stage at midnight. Ronson has spun for celebrities, clubs and high profile events all over the world, and is one of the premier DJs of her generation. For tickets to this fabulous weekend or to learn more about the entertainment and lineup, visit thedinah. com and be sure to use #thedinah #thedinah2016, and #dinah2016 when you post on socia media. —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at morgan@sdcnn. com.▼


Spend an evening of music and comedy with Big Boo (Photo by Sophy Holland)

Samantha Ronson spins Saturday night THE DINAH 2016

Wednesday, March 30

The Dinah Official Pre-Party Hilton Palm Springs (8 p.m. – midnight) no cover

Thursday, March 31

The Dinah Opening Party Zelda’s Nightclub (9 p.m. – 2 a.m.)

Friday, April 1

Hot as L! Friday Pool Party Hilton Palm Springs (12 – 6 p.m.) • Hunter Valentine (5:30 p.m.) • Elizabeth Keener, Clementine Ford, and Tracy Ryerson The White Party (8 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.) Palm Springs Convention Center • Elle King in concert (9 p.m.) • Madonna’s DJ Mary Mac spinning live (11 p.m.)

Saturday, April 2

The Cabana Girl Pool Party Hilton Palm Springs (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) • Battle of the DJs (12 p.m.) • Live DJ — The X Names (4 p.m.) • Kate Moennig and Camila Grey Lea Delaria: An Evening of Comedy and Music Palm Springs Convention Center (8 p.m.) Hollywood Party Palm Springs Convention Center (9 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.) • Star-studded Red Carpet (10:30 p.m.) • Live performance Angel Haze (11 p.m.) • DJ Samantha Ronson spins live (midnight)

Sunday, April 3

The Wet and Wild Pool Party Hilton Palm Springs (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) • Madison Paige performs live (11 a.m.) • DJ Taryn Manning spins live (3 p.m.) The Dinah Official Closing Party Zelda’s Nightclub (9 p.m. – 2 p.m.) • Jolivi performs live (11 p.m.)



p.m. at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center Celebration Room, located at 404 Euclid Ave. Tickets cost from $25 to $45, and tables of 10 are $450. The event is open to the public but registration is required. Event sponsorships are still being accepted. Visit or call 619-233-7963.

GLAD CHANGES NAME Christine Kehoe (right), shown with Councilmember Todd Gloria and her wife Julie Warren, will soon get a HOF nod. (Courtesy Christine Kehoe)


The Women’s Museum of California will induct five women to its San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame on March 6. Christine Kehoe, San Diego’s first openly gay city councilmember, will join four other women as this year’s inductees. The five women were recognized in five different categories, including: Kehoe, Trailblazer; Maria Garcia, Historian; Elizabeth Lou, Empowerer of Women; Sally Wong-Avery, J.D., Bridge Builder; and Evon Seron Schulze, Activist. “[These women] have selflessly and courageously contributed to San Diego and the world at large,” said Ashley Gardner, the Women’s Museum’s executive director. “Their lifetime work and achievements have improved lives and have left a lasting impact. They are the role-models of our time.” The women — chosen based on values, trailblazing, empowerment, activism, cultural competency and historical preservation — were among a field of 200 nominees. Event chair Moriah GonzalezMeeks touted Kehoe’s accomplishments in a released statement. “This year, Trailblazer Christine Kehoe is being recognized for her activism on many fronts. She was a pioneer activist in 1978 with the Center for Women’s Studies and Services and in 1980 was San Diego County’s chair for the campaign to defeat the Lyndon LaRouche AIDS discrimination initiative. Elected to the San Diego City Council, Kehoe fought crime, supported small businesses, worked to make neighborhoods clean and safe, and to improve public schools. “In the California State Assembly, Kehoe was the second woman ever elected Assembly Speaker pro Tempore, the Assembly’s second highest-ranking position, and the first member to chair the Legislature’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender caucus. Christine Kehoe has been at the forefront of environmental issues and has led efforts to improve and beautify San Diego, reduce street crime, and improve recreational opportunities for families.” Founded to raise awareness of the contributions and accomplishments of local women, the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame — a collaboration between the Women’s Museum, the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women, the Department of Women’s Studies and San Diego State, and the Women’s Center at UC San Diego — has inducted 78 women since 2001. This year’s induction ceremony will be held March 6 at 2:30

The national legal organization Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), founded in 1978 after a sting operation aimed at the LGBT community at the Boston Public Library, has changed its name. Now the GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders, the organization promises to continue serving the community on a national scale with “groundbreaking precedents.” Adopted unanimously by the new board, the new name was also fully supported by the organization’s staff. When first launched nearly 40 years ago in Massachusetts, the organization’s founders purposely put the words “gay” and “lesbian” into the name, wanting it proudly and prominently displayed in the courtroom and throughout the legal system, for all to see. Since then, three GLAD attorneys have argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. “GLAD has blazed a trail of legal victories for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people across New England and the nation,” said Janson Wu, the organization’s executive director. “As we continue our pioneering

work, we’re proud to bring all of our communities into our name.” The organization, while continuing its core mission, plans to expand its work to focus on economic and racial equity, strengthening its partnerships and seeking access to justice for all. “We’re excited about the work ahead, and the prospect of bringing our experience, expertise, and passion to the project of making our world more just and more fair,” said Diane Phillips, board chair.

Rich’s Colin Wood competes in the 2015 Key West Cocktail Challenge (Facebook) STOLI COCKTAIL CLASSIC RETURNS

This weekend, clever bartenders across San Diego will begin practicing the creation of their most creative cocktails ever, with the hopes to win the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic during Key West Pride, June 11, hosted by the Key West Business Guild. San Diego is one of 15 participating cities and bartenders are tasked with using Stoli vodka as their primary spirit, while creating a drink that will get them through to the next round and on to the finals. In addition to its flagship Stolichnaya brand, Stoli has a

GAY SAN DIEGO March 4 – 17, 2016 wide selection of flavored vodkas, including Ohranj, Razberi and Vanil, as well as the new “ultrapremium luxury vodka” — elit. Only one winner will be crowned the 2016 champion. That bartender will receive a $500 Andrew Christian shopping spree; a three-day, all-expensespaid trip to Spain for Stoli’s elit Ibiza weekend this fall; $10,000 for their favorite charity; honorary grand marshal in June’s Key West Pride Parade; and a victory celebration at their home bar. “I’m thrilled to be a part of Stoli Vodka’s commitment to stand strong and proud with the global LGBT community and to host the third consecutive Key West Cocktail Classic,” said Patrik Gallineaux, the National LGBT Ambassador for Stoli. “We are the only spirits brand to annually host an LGBT bartending competition that recognizes the creativity and ingenuity of the community’s most talented mixologists. The Cocktail Classic’s message and popularity has allowed us to expand our regional events to more cities and to increase our charitable contributions.” While the official competition for San Diego is not until March 18, preliminary challenges will take place at other locations leading up to the main event. Judges for San Diego’s competition include Jai Rodriguez (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”); Gallineaux; San Diego’s 2015 champion Colin Wood of Rich’s; SDGLN/SDPIX Publisher Johnathan Hale; and Hillcrest Business Association’s lifestyle and events director, Marisa Romero. The 15-city event kicked off Feb. 24 in New York City.


Other participating cities include New York, Boston, Miami, Toronto, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Philadelphia, Vancouver, and Portland, Oregon. A maximum of six bartenders will be selected to participate in each local cocktail challenge, with one lucky bartender heading to Key West in June. Key West Pride takes place June 8 – 12. The local challenge will take place March 18 at 7 p.m. at Rich’s Nightclub, 1051 University Ave., in Hillcrest. For more information, visit cocktailclassic/about.


The Hillcrest Youth Center, a program of the San Diego LGBT Community Center, will host an open house for LGBTQ+ youth, ages 10 – 13, on March 22, from 5 – 7 p.m. Courtney Ware, The Center’s coordinator and services navigator for youth programs, will offer tours of the safe-space facility and share information about the youth center’s new program for this age group. There will also be opportunities to meet the youth center’s staff and connect with other LGBTQ+ youth. Refreshments will also be served. The Hillcrest Youth Center is located at 1807 Robinson Ave., Suite 106, in Hillcrest. Attendees are requested to RSVP by March 18 to or 619-692-2077, x113.

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The “for lease” banner hanging alongside Olympic Café in the Mextex strip plaza on University Avenue at Texas Street has generated public concern the 30-year-old Greek restaurant is closing. Owner John Kotselas said that isn’t the case, although there is a possibility he will move to a different North Park location. “The landlord [Peggy Shapiro] isn’t renewing our long-term lease, and we’re only on a temporary lease right now,” he added. “She’s doing that to all of the tenants in the plaza for some reason. If she doesn’t negotiate, we’ll move.” Kotselas runs the popular eatery with his wife, Donna, who makes all of the desserts. In addition, their sons work off and on for the business, which Kotselas said attracts about 300 customers a day. 2340 University Ave., 619-692-9082,


The “S&P” plate for brunch at Vinavanti Urban Winery (Photo by Heather Newman)

Bears San Diego will hold their annual chili cookoff from 2 – 5 p.m., March 20, at Redwing Bar & Grill in North Park. Patrons pay $5 to sample the recipes and vote on their favorites. The event benefits Special Delivery, The Trevor Project and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. 4012 30th St., 619-281-8700, (Courtesy Delfe Group)

As of March 2, Heat Bar & Kitchen in Hillcrest became Pardon My French Bar & Kitchen, a new venture by Eric Fillion and his wife, Lindsey. The couple recently purchased Heat from Sam Khorish and


Pasqual Courtin, who opened the radiantly lit restaurant a few years ago after operating Urban Grind in the same space. “We love this place so much that we’re going to make only minor changes with the community in mind,” said Fillion, who plans on adding a “European vibe” through music, art, a boutique wine list, and a few French dishes that will include Croquemonsieur (and Madame) sandwiches and duck confit poutine. The Fillions have been active in the art world for the past several years in their efforts to spotlight various artists through social events at local hotels and restaurants. 3797 Park Blvd., 619-546-4328.

Chili for charitable LGBT causes coming to Redwing Bar & Grill (Facebook)

Duck confit poutine is one item in the works at Pardon My French, which replaces Heat Bar & Kitchen

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Brunch service was recently introduced at Vinavanti Urban Winery in Hillcrest, which celebrated its 100th-day anniversary on Feb. 27. The menu was conceived by winemaker Eric Van Drunen and general manager Adrienne Goppold. Their dishes include a charcuterie plate; orange

French toast with maple brandy sauce and almond cream; and the “S&P,” which is house-cured salmon accompanied by a curry potato pancake. In addition, all sparkling wines are $5 off. Brunch is served inside the winery and on the patio from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. 1477 University Ave., 619-484-6282, Ken Cassinelli of the former Apertivo in North Park has launched a catering business that specializes in many of the dishes diners came to know during the eight years he ran the restaurant — homemade ravioli, chicken Marsala, braised lamb shank and more. “I’m making food with fresh ingredients and old-fashion recipes, just like I did at Apertivo,” Cassinelli said. “I can also do Spanish, German, Mexican, corned beef and cabbage, you name it.”

Known for its Italian tapas, Cassinelli closed Apertivo three years ago after moving the business from 30th Street to El Cajon Boulevard. 619-261-0987, Adding to the roster of incoming tenants to Liberty Station are Nekter Juice Bar, a national chain, and Dirty Birds, a homegrown eatery rooted in Pacific Beach that specializes in chicken wings and craft beer. Both are due to take residence on the property this summer. In the meantime, look for March-April openings at Liberty Station of Fireside by the Patio, Liberty Public Market and Buona Forchetta, as well as Breakfast Republic in late spring. —Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at ▼


LOGO from as many diverse situations and backgrounds as possible. Inclusion and reaching through our differences to connect and support each other has been a fundamental goal of mine. I found that Tyler’s story had a universal quality that many people could relate to in some way. There was something about Tyler’s story that spoke to so many people I met. For this reason, we have decided to keep Tyler at the center of our mission, our programming and our identity as an organization. One afternoon a few weeks ago, I was sitting down for a cup of coffee with a friend, whose opinion I cherish, and I shared the new logo with her and awaited her thoughts. She immediately commented that the “C” in the initials looked to her like arms outstretched, embracing Tyler with a loving hug. I have since heard this interpretation from a number of sources. It was so interesting to me because this wasn’t our intention, and it never came up during the design process. I think this is another layer of meaning to our logo that makes it even richer and more heartfelt. I am excited to share this logo with the world, and look forward to seeing how it impacts even more people. —Jane Clementi is the co-founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation. For more information, visit ▼

What kind of yoga best suits you? By Erica Moe Ever seen a yogi twisted into a pretzel knot and wondered how that can improve your health? Are you convinced that there is no way you could ever hold a pose or balance on one leg? Well, let go of your preconceived notions, and give it a try. Yoga can offer something we all need — balance of mind, body and spirit. And, there are enough styles of yoga to accommodate anyone interested in relieving stress and reaping the benefits in strength and flexibility offered by a combination of breathing, meditation and movement.

Pick the right class

If you are taking a class for the first time, try hatha yoga or gentle yoga. Want an athletic version that will make you sweat? Try a power yoga class. Want less movement and more meditation? Try restorative yoga. If you’re looking for a class that can accommodate special needs like pregnancy, injury or mobility issues, try adaptive yoga. Yoga styles defined: • Hatha — Great for beginners and considered a gentle form of yoga. The term refers to the physical posters or poses, and these classes can provide a good environment to learn the basics. • Vinyasa — Classes focus on flow, or movement, without holding the poses as long as other

types. Expect a faster pace and continuous movement. • Kundalini — Combines physical and meditative techniques. Classes may include meditation, breathing and chanting. • Iyengar — Emphasis will be on detail, precision and alignment. Each posture will be held for a period of time. • Ashtanga — These classes follow a specific sequence of poses, with specific breathing techniques.

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back pain found yoga to be more effective than physical therapy for reducing pain, anxiety and depression, while improving spinal mobility. An Australian study of war veterans with moderate to severe post-traumatic stress disorder showed that yoga lowered their depression to mild to moderate. These results were still evident at a six-month follow-up.

types of yoga and 33 classes offered weekly at Mission Valley YMCA, including Yoga for Kids and Yoga for Families. All classes are included with membership. —Erica Moe is an ACSM certified exercise physiologist who writes on behalf of the Mission Valley YMCA, where she is a fitness director.▼

Where can I take a class? Yoga studios are bountiful in San Diego, and your general fitness facility may offer classes that as part of your membership. There are eight

Getting started

Equipment for yoga is simple. Get a good-quality yoga mat for cushion and traction, available at any sporting goods store. Be prepared to take off your socks and shoes so that you can connect with the ground. Wear loose, comfortable clothes. Some classes may require other tools like yoga blocks, yoga straps or blankets, however, most facilities will provide those, if needed.

Benefits of yoga

There is a great deal of research on the benefits of yoga. Numerous studies tout the positive effect it has on anxiety and depression. A study of pregnant women at UC Irvine found that yoga reduced stress, improved mood and even reduced postpartum-depression symptoms by lowering levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. A study in India of patients with chronic lower

Most people don’t realize there are various forms of yoga available. (Courtesy Mission Valley YMCA)



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LETTERS am a friend of many people who frequent the bar and even friends with several staff members, who I know would never accept this type of behavior. I’m embarrassed because my work through the LGBT Visitors Center is to send business to our LGBT friendly, welcoming and safe establishments, and over the course of the past year, and last six months especially, I have referred dozens and dozens of visitors to The Eagle. Now I question, “Is this is a place I should be sending business to?” Compounding my embarrassment is the fact that I spoke up and defended The Eagle and our LGBT bars and nightclubs when just last spring, media trucks and reporters swarmed The Eagle to report on the stabbing that took place there against another wellknown community activist. When the news media wanted to tear down and label the Eagle and other LGBT bars as “dangerous, seedy, drug-fueled, dirty” and/or a host of other obscenities, I jumped in my car, quickly threw on a pair of jeans, a sports coat and a shirt (that I purchased that night) with The Eagle logo printed on it —and I spoke up about The Eagle, Redwing, The Hole, Numbers and our other fabulous bars and clubs, describing them as welcoming, neighborly and having a friendly vibe towards everyone. Mind you — I did this after my own experience at The Eagle when a disorderly guest became upset with the bartender and decided to take out his rage on me by throwing punches at my face. Even after that experience — and thanks to Eagle bartender Rob Rod, patron Jay Heimbach, and others who stepped in on my defense — I still defended our community bars as safe and welcoming. Sir Nicholas owes our community an apology. And our community leaders, from Nicole Murray-Ramirez to patrons that frequent The Eagle, must all demand an apology from Sir Nicholas. Yes, The Eagle is a men’s bar, but that does not give him the right to discriminate. We deserve better, our community deserves better and our visitors deserve better. At the Visitors Center, I pride my company’s ability to form partnerships that highlight the best in San Diego — “We are your partners in business, in tourism, and in equality. Open for busi-

ness, means open for all.” So until that apology comes, sadly that is one less bar I’ll be referring visitors to. —Eddie Rey, via

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Insightful piece, if not inciteful. OK, here’s mine. I can’t remember if I was still writing news for the Lavender Lens and Bixi B. Craig, but one Pride Weekend, I was in Urban MO’s. You know how it gets then, with long lines for the restrooms. When I finally did make it into the women’s bathroom, much to my chagrin, there was a man in there with us. I said, “Don’t you know this the only place we have to ourselves?” He flippantly responded, “OH NO, honey, you’re in our house now!” Me: “Wow. Nice Pride unity attitude there." I could’ve gone all Bipolar-Aries-Italian on him (since none of those are known for backing down). But I didn’t. I’ve met owner Chris Shaw and that is definitely not the philosophy in any of his establishments. They’re so diverse they even employ straight staff. I think you’ll appreciate this West Hollywood tale, too. Decades ago, we used to go dancing at Studio 1. It wasn’t our favorite (Probe, a private club was.) But Studio had three large dance floors, all playing different kinds of music. The attitude at the door was brutal. Women had to present three!! forms of picture ID and get used to stowing matronly shoes in the car because no “opentoed shoes” were allowed. A “no hat” policy was designed to bar some ethnicities. So we endured this discrimination just to dance. Well payback as they say, is a b*t*h. During the immense LA Pride Parade, or Christopher Street West in West Hollywood, I had an unparalleled opportunity. Nearly a million people watch this spectacle as it winds down Santa Monica Boulevard and I was in a prime spot near Robertson by the former Blue Parrot (now Revolver). I was right up front and when I saw the Studio 1 float, much to my surprise, I saw they had chosen a Greek theme and were all wearing togas, and, you guessed it, sandals! Mustering my radio news voice, I pointed and shouted, “OPEN-TOED SHOES!” Hundreds heard it and hundreds laughed a knowing laugh. Attendance at the [club] dropped off dramatically after the LA Times wrote a piece about their racist-sexist policies. —Kimberley Monari, via email▼




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AIDS WATCH Barbara Peabody, who had recently lost her son to AIDS. Meeting her was a lifesaver for me; the bond was immediate. Here was a woman that totally understood what it was like to lose your child to such a horrible disease. Barbara and I decided to join together to form Mothers of AIDS Patients (M.A.P.) to offer support for families and individuals living with AIDS.”

The Blood Sisters

Barbara Vick has long been a regular blood donor and in 1983 when she encountered questions at the Blood Bank that excluded gay men from giving blood, she decided to establish an account with the Blood Bank that gay men could draw upon if they needed blood. Not only would she donate to this fund, she said, but she’d also ask her friends to do the same. After all, she had just become a member of the Women’s Caucus of the San Diego Democratic Club. She quickly saw this newly formed group as a resource and the response was immediate. “My enthusiasm for the idea coupled with the vast resources of the seasoned activists in the Women’s Caucus created a momentum that expanded beyond what we could have imagined,” she said. “This truly was a collaborative effort. Looking back, the evolution to ‘Blood Sisters’ feels inspired. “The Blood Sisters drive demonstrated our ultimate unity as a community of heroes,” she continued. “First in the confluence of resources, next in the overflow turnout, and later, it’s

Members of Blood Sisters gather to give blood in 1983 at the San Diego Blood Bank. (Courtesy Lambda Archives) expansion to other cities.”

Founding AIDS Walk

Susan Jester’s professional career in politics began in 1978 when she signed on to be the campaign manager for a San Diego congressional candidate. She was raised in a strict evangelical home and struggled with her sexuality until finally coming out at age 40 in 1983. Because of her political background, Jester quickly dove into the LGBT rights issues and became a well-known lesbian activist. When the AIDS epidemic struck the gay men’s community, Jester used her organizing skills and political experience to raise public awareness, calm the public fears and raise critically needed money. In 1986 she mobilized the LGBT community and numerous straight allies to produced the first of what has become AIDS Walk San Diego. At the time, she noted, there was no government funding, medical care, or disability status for people with HIV/AIDS and they were dying by the hundreds. Because of the fear and stigma around HIV and its unknown transmission sources, the Walk was initially named San Diego

Walks for Life. “There were people sick and dying all around me, I could not be silent or do nothing,” she said. “I was angry and heartbroken all at the same time. I knew an AIDS Walk could turn the tide in terms of public support and awareness so I began to organize and motivate and twist arms at City Hall. “Many people helped and caught my vision of what could be,” she continued. “I couldn’t let all those people down in such a time of terrible rejection and devastating illness. They were, after all, my friends, my brothers.”

GAY SAN DIEGO March 4 – 17, 2016 of grief was never-ending. I had to do something, anything to fight the helplessness and anger of not being able to help my brothers who took care of me as a baby dyke.” She participated in the Blood Sisters blood drives and is a founding member of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT – UP San Diego) and volunteered to help with the Clean Needle Exchange program. She was also involved for five years in the West Coast Women’s Music and Comedy Festival where she facilitated a healing circle workshop called ‘Lesbian Caregivers in the AIDS Crisis.’ Since that time, Biegeleisen has been involved with a myriad of AIDS activist groups, includ-

ing Concerned Citizens for AIDS Patients (CCAP), Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilts and the AIDS Foundation. U. S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders will be the featured speaker at the gala brunch, which will be held at noon on March 19 at the San Diego Women’s Club, located at 2557 Third Ave., in Bankers Hill. Advance tickets are on sale now at —Margie M. 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 margiep@alumni.▼

Acting up and out

Wendy Sue Biegeleisen describes herself as being an open, out, proud, and radical lesbian who has been a peace, pro-choice and AIDS activist for the past 35 to 40 years. In the early 1980s, she said, the gay community started hearing about gay-related immune deficiency (GRIDS) and the gay cancer. “In 1982 I knew someone who died too soon and I had another friend die one year later,” Biegeleisen said. “I stopped counting in 1987 after the number hit 50. The cycle


An old AIDS Foundation ad, featuring an honoree (Courtesy Wendy Sue Biegeleisen)

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SDAFFL jersey party: The flag football league’s captains will hand out official team jerseys and t-shirts while players enjoy wine and appetizers by sponsor Négociant Winery. The season kicks off the next morning. 6 p.m. Négociant Winery, 2419 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. Visit ‘First Fridays: Latin/Salsa/ Hip-Hop Dance’: The debut of this monthly women/girls/ladies/ bois dance night featuring the aforementioned genres spun by DJ Kiki in one room and DJ Fariba in a second room. Drink specials throughout the night. Doors open at 7 p.m. Numb3rs, 3811 Park Blvd., Hillcrest. Visit ‘The Danish Girl’: Cinema Under the Stars presents this film starring Eddie Redmayne as Danish artist Lili Elbe, who was one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery in the 1920s. $15. 8 p.m. Additional screening Saturday, March 5. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. For more info, visit topspresents. com or call 619-295-4221.


11th annual Cherry Blossom Festival: A yearly celebration of spring and Japanese culture. Guests can view the iconic cherry blossoms as well as the koi pond and waterfall at the Japanese Friendship Garden. There will also be cultural performances, authentic Japanese street food, unique crafts and gift, and a beer and sake garden. Kids can enjoy an area just for little ones with hands-on arts and crafts and activities. $8. The festival continues Sunday, March 6. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. Japanese Friendship Garden, 2215 Pan American Road Suite E, Balboa Park. Visit Live music — Atreyu: Metalcore band Atreyu headlines this all-ages show with heavy metal and rock ‘n’ roll supporting acts, Devil You Know, From Ashes to New, and Cane Hill. $25. Doors at 5 p.m.; show at 7 p.m. The Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave., North Park. Visit observatorysd. com. YPC Academy reunion: Young Professionals Council Academy graduates will gather at a mixer to meet the 2016 Academy class after the new class has their first session. An evening of drinks (happy hour pricing until 6 p.m.), mingling and fun, while sharing expe-

riences about the program. Contact YPC co-chairs Rick Cervantes and Prabha Singh at for more information. 4 – 6 p.m. Gossip Grill, 1220 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit YPCSD.


Women’s spring sports season kickoff party: San Diego women’s sports leagues including softball, football and Varsity Gay League will gather to celebrate the start of a new season. DJ Dida will provide music (2 – 6 p.m.) followed by entertainment by Karen Crusher (6 – 8 p.m.). Gossip Grill, 1220 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit


‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 8 viewing party: Hosted by Chad Michaels every Monday starting tonight and featuring guest hosts Paris Sukomi Max and Glitz Glam. There will be a “Dueling Divas” contest following the show with $50 weekly prizes and a $500 grand prize. 8 p.m. Urban MO’s 308 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit


International Women’s Day march and rally: Women around the world will be gathering and marching today to rise up against abuse, exploitation and other oppressions. 11:30 a.m. Symphony Hall Towers, 750 B St., Downtown. Visit Hillcrest Town Council special monthly meeting: The HTC will honor outgoing Chair Luke Terpstra for his service to community. There will also be a candidate debate for District 3 City Council between Chris Ward and Anthony Bernal and board elections to fill two vacancies on the HTC board. 6:30 p.m. Joyce Beers Community center, 3900 Vermont St. Hillcrest. Visit


‘Now or Later’: A matinee performance of this political drama exploring American freedoms and political backlash. Runs through March 13. 11 a.m. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights. Visit

Miss Coco Peru in ‘A Gentle Reminder’: YouTube sensation Coco Peru’s new show gives the audience a step-by-step guide a “somewhat happy life” through song and story. Doors 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. Additional performance on Thursday, March 10. $30 – $40 reserved seating with $15 food/ drink minimum. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit ‘Altar Boyz’: This musical full of “sharp parody, sinfully spectacular dancing, and irreverent humor” opens tonight for a four-night run. It tells the story of five small-town boys taking their pious pop act on the road after finding success in Ohio. Michael Mizerany will choreograph and direct. $20. 8 p.m. Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado. Visit


‘Cine Gay Film Showcase’: Part of the 2016 San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 10 – 20), this showcase with feature several LGBT-centric films over the course of the 10-day festival. “Made in Bangkok” is a Mexican documentary about a transgender opera singer competing in the Miss International Queen competition in Bangkok. “Viva” is a Cuban drama about a makeup artist for drag performers in Havana who dreams of being on stage himself. Screenings take place at AMC Fashion Valley 18 (7037 Friars Road, Fashion Valley) and Digital Gym (2921 El Cajon Blvd., North Park). Individual film tickets are $11.50 with multi-film passes starting at $40. Visit MARYAH 2016 Casino Royale & Poker Tournament: Metro Area Real Estate Professionals for Young Adult Housing’s annual tournament raises funds for The Center’s youth housing project with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and casinostyle gaming. There will be prizes and giveaways throughout the night. $30 –¬ $60. 6 – 9 p.m. Sunset Temple, 3911 Kansas St., North Park. Visit ‘Vegan Drinks’: The March edition of a meet up for vegetarians, vegans and “veg-curious” San Diegans to socialize, network and meet new friends. 7 – 10 p.m. Park & Rec, 4612 Park Blvd., University Heights. Visit


‘Feminist Food for Thought: Spoken-word poet, artist and activist Diana Cervera and her project “Mujer Mariposa” will be featured. She will share her art and conduct a writing workshop. Free event with food and drinks included. 1 p.m. Women’s Resource Center at SDSU, 5141 Campanile Drive, College Area. Visit ‘Trumbo’: Cinema Under the Stars presents this film starring Bryan Cranston as legendary screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and co-stars Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, John Goodman and Elle Fanning. $15. 8 p.m. Additional screening on Saturday, March 12. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. For more info, visit topspresents. com or call 619-295-4221. ‘WaistWatchers the Musical’: This show takes a lighthearted look at four women dealing with food and body image issues while parodying over 22 popular songs. 90 minutes (no intermission). Runs through March 27. 8 p.m. Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown. Visit


‘The Lunch Bunch’: Every second Saturday the San Diego Pride invites LGBTQ+ junior high and high school students to mingle with one another. Free lunch and beverages provided by San Diego Ambassadors of The Trevor Project. Noon – 2 p.m. Contact Josh Coyne at josh@ with questions. San Diego Pride office, 3620 30th St., North Park. Visit on.fb. me/1QlLGeW. ‘An Evening in Baja’: Wine connoisseur Fernando Gaxiola will guide this tasting of five wines from the Guadalupe Valley in Baja California along with paired snacks. $25. 5 – 7 p.m. The Wine Pub, 2907 Shelter Island Drive #108, Point Loma. Visit ‘Taboo’: A midnight “dirty show” with a late night curtain and a “sticky, sweaty and spicy” appeal. Cover $5 with $15 food/ drink minimum per person. Seating at 11:30 p.m. Lips San Diego, 3036 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. For reservations 619-295-7900. Visit


‘Together’: A new “Sunday Funday T Dance” event presented by MAN-UPP and dirtyKURTY. Beer bust (all you


Movie Madness Mondays: MA4 will screen this 2015 reboot of National Lampoon’s “Vacation” films which stars Christina Applegate, Ed Helms, Beverly D’Angelo and Chevy Chase. Happy hour all night. 8 p.m. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit


‘Raise Your Glasses’: Urban Optiks Optometry will host their second annual fundraising vendor trunk show. Over 15 vendors will showcase frames to view, try on and purchase. The event will include tray-passed hors d’ouevres, cocktails, giveaways, a silent auction and live entertainment. $10 suggested donation at the door. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit


FilmOut Screening: “Parting Glances” — the film starring John Bolger, Steve Buscemi and Richard Ganoung is celebrating 30 years. $10. 7 p.m., Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas, 3965 Fifth Ave. #200, Hillcrest. Visit


‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’: A screening in honor of Women’s History Month. The film explores the women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. 4 – 6 p.m. Women’s Resource Center at SDSU, 5500 Campanile Drive, College Area. Visit St. Patrick’s Day at Flicks: The festivities will include music by DJ Taj, hot go-go dancer leprechauns, drink specials and, of course, green beer. 9 p.m. Flicks, 1017 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit bit. ly/1QmFhjR. —Compiled by Jen Van Tieghem. Email calendar items to or jen@ sdcnn. com.▼



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URBAN OPTIKS “As this was our first event like this, we were very excited with the amount we raised and very proud to make a donation to such a worthy and important organization,” said Dr. Gary Klein, owner of Urban Optiks. “Optometry Cares was ecstatic and extremely appreciative. This type of fundraising event was something they had not seen done before in our industry.” Though last year included a VIP pre-party for loyal customers, this year everyone in attendance will get the same experience. A $10 donation is requested at the door for tray-passed hors d’ouerves, live entertainment, more than two-dozen frame vendors with special promotional items, and much more. A silent auction and an opportunity raffle will give attendees chances to win dozens of items donated from local businesses, eyewear vendors and individuals. Some of the items included last year were an iPad mini, gift cards to various dining and other entertainment destinations, sunglasses and gift baskets. Due to the national exposure the inaugural Raise Your Glasses event received, Klein said his frame vendors and community partners have come through in a much larger fashion this year, donating even more silent auction and raffle items. One unique new silent auction item is a limited edition 20th Century Collection Box Set, from Vinylize. It features an eyeglass frame that was hand-crafted

Dr. Gary Klein, owner of Urban Optiks in Hillcrest, and Dr. Joseph Mallinger, representative of Optometry Cares at last year's event (Photo by Angie Clement Photography)

from an original mint pressing of the “Destroyer” album, from the iconic musical group Kiss. “What started as a small organic event grew into something very special,” Klein said. “This year is set to be even grander with more vendors involved, a bigger and better silent auction and opportunity drawing donations and an overall elevated experience for all those that attend.” Last year’s event gained national attention from the optometric and optical world and elevated Urban Optiks’ visibility

in the industry; so much so, last summer, the Hillcrest practice was honored as one of Invision Magazine’s “Top 10 Finest Optical Retailers in America.” “Soon after [last year’s “Raise Your Glasses”] we received calls from other optometry practices wanting to replicate our event and asking questions about how one practice could mount such a large scale event featuring so many wonderful frame lines.” In addition to the regional sales reps that attended in 2015, Klein said many of the designer high-end frame lines that his

boutique shop carries are even sending in owners and designers from all over the world to attend. Klein and his staff point to the “strong support and loyalty” of their customers and patients; the “incredible relationships” they have with their many frame vendors; the “collective energy and support” of numerous sponsors and support staff; and their relationship with the venue itself; for making the “Raise Your Glasses” event such a success. “The partnership with Martinis Above Fourth has been wonderful,” Klein said. “Not

only are they experts at putting on events, the venue adds such sophisticated class for an event of this nature — providing a great atmosphere and space to bring all three experiences together in one place — shopping, fundraising and celebrating.” Urban Optiks is located at 3788 Park Blvd. in Hillcrest. In addition to being an awardwinning optometry practice (they have more than 100 five-star reviews on Yelp!), they carry high-end designer frames from vendors located all over the world, and are one of the few national boutiques to do so. They are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Vendors returning for the 2016 “Raise Your Glasses” 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). New vendors making their first appearance are Theo Belgium, Francis Klein Paris and Vinylize Budapest. “Raise Your Glasses” will take place Tuesday, March 15, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, located at 3940 Fourth Ave., in Hillcrest. A suggested donation is $10. Space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, visit —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at ▼

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