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Volume 8 Issue 8


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By David Dixon

The history of our LGBT newspapers


The Very Reverend Penny Bridges (center) at San Diego Pride in 2014. (Courtesy St. Paul’s Cathedral)

A Very Reverend reverend

Broadway to R&B


Diversity is the life and focus of local Episcopal Church leader


By Joyell Nevins The goal of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Bankers Hill is to see dignity and to “seek and serve Christ in all people.” And the church’s dean, the Very Reverend Penny Bridges, is leading that charge of inclusiveness. At St. Paul’s, it doesn’t matter your gender identity, sexual orientation, the place where

you sleep, or any other box you could check — they just want you to worship with them. “We put aside labels and rejections and see the humanity in each person,” Bridges explained. “You are welcome whoever you are, wherever you are, on your journey of faith.” The Very Reverend Bridges, so named for her Episcopal theological title equivalent of “dean,”

has spanned many bridges of her own. She entered seminary as a mother of young children, is one of only 10 female deans in the United States — out of nearly 100 cathedrals — and part of the 7 percent of priests that are female. She has embraced the LGBTQ community in both

see Reverend, pg 11

The hilarious musical comedy, “The Full Monty,” is coming to San Diego, with irreverent jokes intact. Taking place in Buffalo, New York, in the early 2000s, it is a story about a few average men who were fired from their jobs and struggle to make ends meet. A divorced loser, Jerry Lubowski (Tug Watson) and his pal, Dave Bukatinsky (Jonathan Brugioni), try to figure out a way to make money quickly. Jerry decides that they, along with a few new friends, will become male strippers. One particular subplot in the San Diego State MFA-adaptation deals with a same-sex relationship. If handled poorly, the two gay characters from the 2000 comedy would be considered a cliché or dated. However, Watson loves how subtle this aspect of the show remains in 2017. At the beginning of the story, Jerry is a casual homophobe who isn’t afraid to make hateful comments. Throughout the night, he ends up becoming a more tolerant and caring man.

see Full Monty pg 19

Nordy’s premier nosh spot

Out with the brass, in with the new


Hillcrest’s oldest LGBT bar enters the modern age By Frank Sabatini Jr.

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What stands today as The Rail on the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and Robinson Street in Hillcrest has made two previous moves from its original Downtown location, attracted a solid LGBT clientele along the way, and for a time greeted customers with a sunken bar defined by a long, brass foot rail. From its early beginnings in 1934 and until July of last year, the nomadic establishment operated as The Brass Rail.

“There was even a brass pole from floor to ceiling at one end of the bar that made no sense,” said owner Gayle Santillan, who temporarily closed the business following San Diego Pride weekend to make sweeping design changes beckoning to the decade it was founded. After enlisting the services of locally based Bailey Bishop Design, she reopened it a few weeks later as The Rail with the help of her son and general

see Bar, pg 8

A new look and name for a historic bar in Hillcrest (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)



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Dining and donating Two new Hillcrest businesses jump in for the cause By Dave Fidlin Before he even opened the doors to his new Hillcrest establishment, Ron Kazemaini knew he wanted to do more than serve beverages and his signature “light bites.” “I want my business to be a part of the community,” said Kazemaini, who opened The Kouch Lounge on Fourth Avenue on April 1. “Because the community is so important to me, I think this should be a place that gives back in any way possible.” The Kouch Lounge is one of nearly 70 bars, coffee shops and restaurants throughout the city taking part in this year’s Dining Out for Life San Diego fundraising event, which is in its 11th year. Many participants are veteran businesses in Hillcrest and other communities across San Diego. But entrepreneurs such as Kazemaini with young operations are also taking a leap of faith with their infant businesses. Patrons visiting participating restaurants on Thursday, April 27 will have an opportunity to combat HIV/AIDS by way of The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s prevention and services programs. Most participants have pledged 25 percent of their total proceeds for the day to the cause, with more than a

dozen pledging 50 percent. Kazemaini said he was so inspired by the principles behind DOFL, he is upping the ante. With a full day of offerings — including breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails and late night bites — Kazemaini will be donating 75 percent of the day’s income, a first for the event. “Kouch is truly going above and beyond,” said Ian Johnson, The Center’s director of development. “Ron is so passionate about contributing to the campaign to end new cases of HIV, and his energy and willingness to support the community is amazing. We’re very glad to be working with him!” “It’s such an important cause,” Kazemaini said of HIV/ AIDS services. “It touches everyone, whether you are gay, straight, black or white.” In its first few weeks in operation, Kazemaini said he is pleased with the reception The Kouch Lounge has received in Hillcrest. “I think we have a unique vision,” Kazemaini said, referring to the disparate beverage selections, which include a full array of coffee and espresso drinks, local craft beers, an array of wines and handcrafted cocktails. The Kouch Lounge also has a variety of small plate food items. Another new Hillcrest establishment, Bull & Grain Bar and Grill, is also taking part

in this year’s program. The 7-month-old eatery is donating 25 percent of their dinner and cocktail sales for DOFL. When first asked take part, Simon Wolujewicz — who co-owns Bull & Grain at with wife Karly — said the decision was easy. “This community is very important to us,” Wolujewicz said. “AIDS and HIV is a horrible disease, and we want to help out in any way we can. We hope we can do our part in helping find a solution.” As Bull & Grain begins the second half of its journey toward a one-year anniversary, Wolujewicz said he has been heartened by the response from the community. “We strive to offer a ridiculously great dining experience and people have been telling us that’s what they’re getting,” he said. While Dining Out for Life has been a part of the San Diego landscape for a little more than a decade, the program’s roots go back more than a quarter of a century. In 1991, as the HIV/AIDS crisis hit epic levels, organizers at Philadelphia-based Action Wellness (known then as Action AIDS) had the first-ever DOFL fundraiser in their home base city. In the years and decades since, the program has spread elsewhere. This year, an estimated 3,000 establishments — including the nearly 70 in San Diego — are taking part in Dining Out for Life fundraisers in more than 60 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

The Kouch Lounge, only open two weeks, has pledged to give 75 percent of its sales for DOFL San Diego. (Courtesy Ron Kazemaini) According to Dining Out for Life’s international website, more than $4 million is raised annually to assist in AIDS/HIV prevention and research efforts through such organizations as The Center. The Kouch Lounge is located at 3852 Fourth Ave., Suite 100, just steps from the Hillcrest sign. Bull & Grain is located on the other end of Hillcrest, at 1263 University

Ave., a stone’s throw from the Hillcrest Pride Flag. For a full list of all of the establishments participating in this year’s fundraiser, visit tinyurl. com/mmktvxj. Want to volunteer? Visit —Dave Fidlin is a freelance journalist with a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.fidlin@▼


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Digitization gives new life to archived news Out of the Archives Archives Staff LGBTQ newspapers, magazines, and newsletters that have informed and enlightened the San Diego LGBTQ community for decades are among the most-accessed collections in the holdings of Lambda Archives. Dozens of researchers have flipped page after page of newspapers on a quest to learn the specifics of our collective past. Hours of page turning by Kate Clark of Parkeology turned up articles for her history of the Balboa Park “Fruit Loop.” Paul Detwiler has sought articles and advertisements pertaining to early gay bars for an upcoming documentary. Our own historian-in-residence, Lillian Faderman, has spent hours scouring our papers searching for material while conducting research for her books. With several publications of many hundreds of editions

This newspaper distribution box from the Gay & Lesbian Times is now housed in the Archives.|

each, searching for specific stories has required knowledge of specific publications and dates of newsworthy events. Prior to taping a segment for NBC’s “Dateline” about the 20th anniversary of Andrew Cunanan’s 1997 killing spree, Roman Jimenez, former editor of Update, recently reviewed the articles he had written about the tragedy decades ago. While Jimenez was able to find these stories without significant effort, for most visitors to the Archives, searches can take hours and often involve a luckyneedle-in-a-haystack approach, rather than a targeted pursuit, and important information may be missed. Soon our archived periodicals will be easier to access and search than ever before. Digitizing our community’s historical periodicals will allow greater access for researchers and community members alike, and will open opportunities for remote access of materials currently stored exclusively in the Archives. Lambda Archives is finalizing a deal to digitize many of our periodicals at a sufficiently-high resolution to create a word-searchable database, making it possible to enter search terms to find specific subjects. Through agreements with the original copyright-holders, many of our community’s papers will be widely searchable and their content will live on. Some of the publications to be digitized include Update and Bravo! Newsmagazine. Update was a long-running weekly newspaper operating from 1979 to 2006. Publisher Tom Ellerbrock still resides in San Diego and is allowing the Archives to digitize the paper which, given its longevity, will be a great boon to researchers. San Diego Scene was first published as a bi-weekly paper, and later a weekly paper, from March 1986 until it folded in


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November 1987. Nicole Murray Ramirez was among its columnists, as was the late, great Queen Eddie Conlan. Tony Zampella gave us the rights to scan Scene and Bravo! Newsmagazine, which he published from 1987 to 1993. Other periodicals in our collection range from long-published familiar papers to more obscure newsletters. For over 22 years, from 1988 to 2010, the weekly Gay and Lesbian Times served the community and was Update’s primary competitor. We have a full set of the newspaper, many of its files (including photos and article notes), as well as many of the publisher’s personal notes and papers. The Gayzette was published from September 1982 until September 1986. Christine Kehoe served as editor of the newspaper and was able to draw on her increased public profile to become the first LGBTQ person to successfully seek public office in San Diego. One of the other earliest publications we have is The Prodigal, which was produced by the Metropolitan Community Church. Our collection covers 1970-1994. As far as a general interest newspaper, one of the oldest we have is The San Diego Son, which was published from 1973-1997 and then again for a while in 1980. There are also some more unusual entries in our collection including the newsletter of the American Gay & Lesbian Atheist, 1990-1995. We also have numerous Latino/a LGBTQ papers, many in Spanish, from Tijuana and across Mexico. We only have a few copies of most of these, either because the papers didn’t last long or we were only able to get a few editions. Among the titles represented are San Diego’s La Voz de Pacto; Baja California’s Frontera Gay, ?Y Que?; and from Los Angeles: De Ambiente, Mexico City and Nuevo Ambiente. We look forward to making these papers more accessible for future generations. —Lambda Archives, a 501(c) (3) dedicated to collecting, preserving and teaching the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in San Diego and the Northern Baja California region, is located at 4545 Park Blvd., in University Heights. To learn more, stop in or visit their website at▼

Susan Jester, who is still very active on the local scene today, was featured on the cover of San Diego Scene May 7, 1986. (Photos courtesy Lambda Archives)

Tom Ellerbrock, publisher of Update, is featured on the cover of one of the last issues of the newspaper.

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chemically alter his feelings. You can use alcohol, recreational drugs or any number of ways to numb yourself from the challenges of getting older. As Bette Davis said, “Getting old is not for sissies.” So then, what can you do when you feel young and alive inside but appear old and elderly on the outside? Start with finding your joy. How do you allow that little kid — that young person who lives inside of you — to have fun? If, like my client, you don’t find people your age to be good company, find people you do. It doesn’t matter how old they are, all that matters is that they are a good fit for you. Ideally, as LGBT elders, we can offer mentoring/giving back to our community. No matter how easy or hard our life has been, we have wisdom from all the experiences we’ve lived through and we can share it. And, younger people want it. The challenge, though, is, how to make it happen. Lecturing younger people isn’t helpful; living by example is the best way. Let yourself be around younger LGBT folks and allow them to see how you operate, hear how you speak and

feel how it feels to be you. So many young people are told that getting old is a horrible thing — this is a basic tenet of the advertising world — and you, wise, kind and funny elder that you are, may be the perfect person to offer them the antidote to that youth-obsession poison. Aging happily is an art — you can be youthful in spirit and wise in behavior. Keep an open mind, try new things, don’t judge people and keep making your life bigger. Take good care of your body, because if you don’t, that will severely limit your options. And don’t give up on your peers. They may be waiting for someone with your joie de vivre (love of life), but don’t know it yet. While not everyone wants to give up their “ain’t old age awful” lament, there are many others like you, who want to focus on what’s good about life, making the second half of life much better than the first. —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▼

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SDCNN is proud to announce that Michael Kimmel, our resident psychotherapist, is about to release his first published book. Titled “The Gay Man’s Guide to Open and Monogamous Marriage,” the 298-page book is expected to hit bookstores on June 8. Kimmel has written a popular column, called “Life Beyond Therapy,” for Gay San Diego since November 2010. Kimmel — a psychotherapist who sees patients out of his Kensington-based office — conducted numerous interviews while researching “The Gay Man’s Guide to Open and Monogamous Marriage.” Gay San Diego contributing editor Ken Williams is currently reviewing the book and will provide a full story about the book and the work Kimmel put into it, in a future issue. Stay tuned. Kimmel (LCSW 20738) specializes in helping LGBT

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see Briefs, pg 10




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Letters Climate change for the people

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Current surveys show that more than 75 percent of the country believes climate change is not only real and that human activities are the cause behind it, but that it’s a serious hazard for the young generation and the coming generations. Unfortunately, a radical part of that remaining 25 percent currently holds sway over environmental policy right now. Silence at this moment tells them that we’re okay with their deeply self-interested policies,

see Letters, pg 23

Guest Editorial

It’s up to us How immigration status affects children By Dr. Trish Hatch Studies show there are more than 11 million people currently residing in the United States that do not have legal status or authorization from the government to be here. Of that 11 million, approximately 3.9 of them are children. Children, at no fault of their own, are at great risk regarding the impacts of deportation, with the total numbers of “undocumented” parents — one or both — rising for children K-12. In a guide they wrote for schools regarding the stress that immigration status has on children, Marquette University educators Lisa M. Edwards, Phd, department of counselor education and counseling psychology, and Jacki Black, MA Ed, associate director for Hispanic initiatives, focused on a number of specific areas of concern when it comes to these children. They drilled down on subjects, including the context of immigration stress; how detention and deportation affects children; toxic stress: how the threat of detention and deportation affects children; EDITOR Morgan M. Hurley (619) 961-1960 CONTRIBUTING EDITORS (619) 519-7775 Ken Williams, x102 Jeff Clemetson, x119 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Chris Azzopardi Lambda Archives Staff Charlene Baldridge David Dixon Dave Fidlin William E. Kelly Michael Kimmel Margie M. Palmer Joyell Nevins Frank Sabatini Jr. Web and Social Media Sara Butler, x111

behavioral/emotional signs of immigration status-related stress in the classroom; and they offered a list of ways school personnel can support students in the classroom and their families. While Edwards and Black agree that every child is different, they state that every child that suffers the loss of one or both parents to deporation, or are hindered by the threat of losing them, can show various negative symptoms or behaviors at school. Many of these are akin to PTSD-like symptoms and can include withdrawal; anger and aggression; hyper-arousal or hyper-vigilance; difficulties focusing at school; somatic complaints; crying and sadness’ poor appetite; poor or disrupted sleep; anxiety and academic decline. The Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership (CESCaL) is a nonprofit Center within San Diego State Universities College of Education. CESCal’s mission, in addition of promoting excellence in the field of school counseling, is to assist school counselors, their schools and their central office administrators as they design, implement and evaluate their school counseling programs. COPY EDITOR Dustin Lothspeich SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR Mike Rosensteel (619) 961-1958 ADVERTISING CONSULTANTS (619) 519-7775 Andrew Bagley, x106 Annie Burchard, x 105 Heather Fine, x107 Sloan Gomez, x104 John Watson, x113 INTERNS Alex Ehrie Christian Gurrola Jennifer Gotschalk Yesenia Luna Lexi Taketa

Over the years to supplement our regular services, we have held various conferences to further assist school counselors who support ESL students, special needs students, and LGBTQ students, where we bring myriad resources together in one place that may not be otherwise be as readily available. In April 2016, CESCaL hosted the first annual conference to ensure access and equity to higher education for immigrant and undocumented youth by ensuring those who work with them received expert training on how to mentor, counsel, and advise future college candidates. CESCaL chose to address this specific student population due to CESCaL’s commitment to advocate for marginalized student groups, improve effective practices among educators, provide a forum for collaboration and networking, problem solve critical training issues,

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and provide ongoing professional development. Later this month, CESCaL will present the second annual conference of this type, called: “Supporting Access to Higher Education for Immigrant and Undocumented Students.” Currently, millions of undocumented immigrant students and families are eager to pursue postsecondary education but they face significant barriers to educational attainment. Most are unaware of the fi nancial opportunities available to them and are subject to institutional gatekeeping that impacts access to post-secondary opportunities. Undocumented immigrant students also graduate at drastically lower rates than U.S. born citizens and only 5–10 percent of undocumented high school graduates go on to enroll in college, according to the College Board, 2009. There is much work to be done. A pre-survey of conference attendees revealed that more than 40 percent of the school counselors and college access partners who responded reported lacked the knowledge of the laws and rights and undocumented and/or immigrant students. Similarly, more than 40 percent reported lacking the knowledge of the college application process for undocumented and/or immigrant

students, and only 47.68 percent felt confident advising undocumented and/or immigrant students regarding the college application process. Average school counselors know far less. The goal of the upcoming conference is to teach and empower school counselors and college access partners with this information as well as the attitudes necessary to take personal responsibility as advocates for immigrant and undocumented students. We will also provide them with the skills to navigate the college application process, locate funding options, access post-secondary opportunities, and utilize culturally competent techniques to mentor, counsel, and advice future college candidates. This three-day conference will kick-off on Sunday, April 23 at 5 p.m. with an awards ceremony and conclude Tuesday, April 25, with workshops and a school counselor college fair at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center in San Diego State University. —Trish Hatch, PhD, is a professor at SDSU and former director of the school counseling program (2004-2015). For more information about this conference, contact Dr. Diana Camilo, coordinator of special projects, at or visit▼

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Farmer’s Fix: Healthy eating made easy By Margie M. Palmer Farmer’s Fix is not your average meal-delivery service. The concept, which was hatched by Tawei David Lin and Doug Murphy, stemmed from their joint desire to have fresh, healthy food options available for on-demand meals. “We met playing on a beach volleyball league and we talked about our past, working office jobs,” said Murphy, who lives in La Mesa. “When you’re in an office all day and you’re busy, lunch isn’t something you have time for. I would always go for the fastest and easiest thing and I ate terrible food as a result.” Not only does this lead to weight gain, it also contributes to the uncomfortable afternoon lull. That, Murphy said, is why he jumped at the idea to co-found Farmer’s Fix. “We realized there wasn’t anything out there like this so we decided we’d do it ourselves,” he said. “We make food that tastes really good and it’s really healthy and we deliver it in a way that the end user, a person like us who is squeezing in a 60-hour work week and has 12 minutes to have lunch. It’s something that you can just grab and eat without interrupting your day.” Lin, who worked in the banking and finance industry

in New York City before moving to Hillcrest, agrees the company fills an important void when it comes to meal delivery options. “[When I was working in New York] I didn’t plan ahead, and for a while, I was working many hours and gaining weight. I’m 5-foot-8 and at one point, I was up to 180 pounds,” he said. “I trained for the New York Marathon and I lost the weight, but I realized it’s not just the exercise part. I asked myself how I could make myself eat better but it just took too much time to make something and eat it.” When the pair met, he pitched the idea of an autosubscription food delivery service that specialized in fresh, delicious meals. “People are much more likely to reach for a healthier food choice if it’s always available,” he said. Sourced locally, delivered fresh All their ingredients are sourced locally, Murphy said, adding that all salads are made, and delivered the same day Farmer’s Fresh gets their ingredients. “We pick up [our produce] at 8 a.m. on Sunday and all of our customers get their deliveries between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday,” Murphy said. “We

definitely built it so people would get their food on Sunday so they’d be ready for the work week.” As for who came up with the salad concepts, Lin said they worked on those together. “We did a lot of testing and what we really focus on is delivering salads that people can’t get anywhere else,” Lin said. “One of our customer favorites is Kalefornia Dreamin’ which blends and balances our Smoky Pomegranate salad dressing and baby kale, which you can’t order anywhere else. We also use a lot of ingredients that you don’t see in grocery stores, which we’re particularly proud of.” Their Pearl Couscous salad, which boasts spinach, couscous, cherry tomato, slivered almonds, red bell peppers, feta, scallion and mint is Their Pearl Couscous salad, which boasts spinach, couscous, cherry tomatoes, slivered almonds, red bell peppers, feta, scallion and mint, is also a top seller. Murphy said that particular salad is paired with their balsamic dressing, which customers rave about. “I don’t know how people can’t get the texture we get; it coats and sticks to everything and it makes every bite delicious,” he said. The company didn’t initially offer an animal protein option, Lin said, but they soon made that change due to customer demand. But even before that,

(l to r) Farmer’s Fix cofounders are Tawei David Lin of Hillcrest, and Doug Murphy of La Mesa. (Courtesy of Farmer’s Fix) customers were giving the company high marks. “When we go and see the positive things people say about us on Yelp, or when people write us notes, we really appreciate that,” he said. “That is the fundamental feeling as to why we started this business. The most important thing to me is that we are feeding hundreds of people and making their lives

easier. Our dream was to be the easiest way to eat healthy.” In our next issue, editor Morgan M. Hurley will share her experience giving Farmer’s Fix a try. For more information on Farmer’s Fix, visit —Margie M. Palmer can be reached at margiep@alumni.▼

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THE RAIL manager, Dustin Santillan. They continued applying finishing touches to the property until their grand-reopening party in February. A few architectural tweaks were made in the preliminary redo such as the removal of claustrophobic drop ceilings. The taller, original ceiling now shows off a network of wood rafters and gives the impression of a dramatically larger space. In addition, wide accordion doors were installed along the building’s Fifth Avenue side, allowing the afternoon sunshine and nighttime street lights to pour in. Trailing the length of the bar are metal liquor racks suspended overhead. They match the industrial motif of the bar’s back wall, which uses bronze piping to frame a new tap system spotlighting 20 beers, most of them crafts. Amid fresh tile flooring and a whiskey-themed lounge section overlooking the dance floor are framed posters and photographs capturing cultural images from the 1930s. Santillan combed the internet to find them and ended up with

some pertaining to the end of Prohibition, as well as a blownup photo of Nat King Cole sitting at a piano in formal attire, and a wall-sized vinyl graphic of pinup model Zoe Mozert. “I looked for people and scenes and things pertaining to liquor that came out of the ’30s to reflect when The Brass Rail first opened,” Santillan said while pointing out an old double-door whiskey cabinet she incorporated into the décor. A reintroduction of food is also part of the club’s renaissance. It hasn’t been served here since the mid-’90s. Available during non-peak hours between 2 and 8 p.m. daily, the menu is limited to five different types of grilled cheese sandwiches,

though the offerings are due to expand soon with the introduction of weekend brunch. In the hopes of attracting a bigger craft-cocktail crowd, some old classics with crafty twists are slowly appearing on the chalkboard menu. They include spins on the Rob Roy, Paloma and mule — drinks that the bar’s regular customers rarely demanded while taking comfort in well drinks and domestic beer over the years. The business has been in Santillan’s family since 1993, when Gayle’s late father, Arthur Cunningham, purchased the bar at its existing address (3796 Fifth Ave.) from Louis Arko, who is also deceased. Arko had acquired The Brass Rail from a previous holder in the late-1950s and moved it in 1963 from Downtown (Sixth Avenue and B Street) to the northwest corner of Fifth and Robinson avenues, directly across the street from where it currently resides. Arko’s LGBT patrons had discretely followed him into Hillcrest, and they remained loyal when he moved the bar to its final location, which was sometime in the late ’70s according to Santillan’s records. “We don’t know who owned it before Louis Arko,” she said.

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Although it was during Cunningham’s ownership when the bar established deeper roots within the LGBT community. “When my father owned it, the late Hal Frost was the manager,” Santillan said. “He was known as Mother Hal and started Hip Hop Fridays and Latin nights on Saturdays. Both are still going strong. The Dreamgirls also performed here every week. I credit Hal for bringing ethnic diversity into the bar. He stayed on with me until 2004, four years after my father’s passing.”


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Cunningham had also expanded the bar’s square footage by nearly 50 percent after cutting into two adjacent spaces that housed a shoe store and travel agency. He added the side patio as well, which Santillan says “saved us after California’s no-smoking law went into effect a year or so later. That was a difficult time for nightclub owners.” The patio remains the same but sits under new exterior colors that changed from brown and yellow to gray and blue. In addition, the establishment’s tan-gold signage using a linear, vintage font adds bolder definition to the entrance. “I’m really excited to see that the owners took advantage of the city’s storefront improvement program,” said Ben Nicholls, executive director of the Hillcrest Business Association. “The Rail is one of Hillcrest’s original nightclub destinations and an important part of our community.” Santillan acknowledged the incentive program provided financial assistance for revitalizing the exterior, although she chose not to disclose how much she received from it or what she spent for other renovations. Looking ahead, she assures The Rail is here to stay despite rumors it was put on the market or recently changed hands. “I wouldn’t have taken on this large of a project if I didn’t plan on keeping it for a long time,” she said. “We’ve already seen a 10 to 20 percent increase since the remodel. As San Diego oldest gay bar, we want all walks of life to be comfortable coming in.” The Rail’s evening entertainment schedule includes Manic ’80s on Mondays; Boylesque on the third Thursday of every month and the Sinful Dames drag show on the fourth Thursday; hip-hop on Fridays except on the third Friday of every month when ManUpp presents “DILF” night. Also, Latin music and go-go dancers fuel the vibe on Saturdays, with Girls Night Out and their women’s dance on third Saturdays from 6–9 p.m., leading into the Latin nights. For more information, call 619-298-2233 or visit therail. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. You can reach him at▼


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Billy Porter: In full bloom Tony Award winner talks arts activism, his play on ‘the lost generation’ of gay men … and a possible return to ‘Kinky Boots’ Chris Azzopardi | Q-Syndicate Iconic soulstress Nina Simone questioned her place in the world as a black woman after learning of four young African-American girls who were killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. She responded defiantly with “Mississippi Goddamn,” a political anthem that acknowledged, “All I want is equality for my sister, my brother, my people and me.” Sociopolitical demonstrations have long been woven into various musical genres — even Katy Perry’s ironically shiny single, this year’s “Chained to the Rhythm,” like Simone’s “Mississippi Goddamn,” underscores continued minority suppression. In 2013, singer and theater performer Billy Porter left his mark on socially-conscious art while originating the role of Lola, a drag queen who finds common ground with a shoemaker, in the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots,” which garnered the Pittsburgh native a Tony Award for Best Actor. This year, just days before President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Porter married his longtime partner, Adam Smith — because what if he couldn’t after Trump took office? But acts of sociopolitical defiance in the face of a minority-deserting administration extend also to his latest album, “Billy Porter Presents: The Soul of Richard Rodgers.”

(CA) Which song of Richard’s do you feel closest to? (BP) Probably “Edelweiss” just because it means so much every time I sing it, and it makes me feel like I’m contributing. For some reason, society today thinks that artists should just shut up and not talk about politics and I don’t really understand that, because we’ve always been the people who illuminate — we speak truth to power in creative ways and create conversations and can change hearts and minds. So, I’m going back to that. You know, I’m just interested in the president not lying. I’m just interested in that. To go from what we had to this is just horrifying. (CA) As a recently married man, how does it feel to be “official” in Trump’s America knowing our rights may be in jeopardy? (BP) Well, you know, we got married before he took office for that very reason, because we just wanted to make that clear. I mean, it’s weird because it’s my job, you know? My job is to try to reach across and speak to people who we don’t normally speak to and come to an understanding. Music is universal, and it breaks down walls and barriers.

(CA) You say it’s your “job” to reach across the aisle — does that feel even truer after doing “Kinky Boots”? (BP) Yeah, because when I was doing “Kinky Boots” the first time, it was about being in the middle of change that (Chris Azzopardi | CA) was moving in our direction. Why end the album with Now, it’s about making sure our “Edelweiss”? (Billy Porter | BP) I rerights don’t get rolled back. It’s leased [that song] the day of a different climate. It’s a lesthe inauguration as a single. If son in understanding that it’s you’ve ever seen “The Sound of ongoing and forever. You have Music,” “Edelweiss” is the song to fight for the rights and then they sing as they try to escape defend the rights forever. If we Austria during the Nazi regime. didn’t learn that before, we I was making a very specific know it now. statement about that day. (CA) Are you going to any (CA) What statement were red-state cities on this tour? (BP) This first leg, yeah, I you making? am. I’m going to Florida and (BP) We need to pray and we need to engage, and we need Indiana, and some other places to be visible and we need to be all over the country. I’m excited like that Edelweiss flower and to do it because I lead with love still bloom in the darkest of and I feel like no matter what times, in the coldest of times. disagreement there may be, I’m leading with love. I’m here to (CA) What’s your past relahear you. I’m here to talk about tionship with Richard Rodgers’ it. And I’m here to actually music? have rational conversation. (BP) Richard Rodgers is But I’m not interested in from the “golden era” of musical having irrational conversations theater, when musical-theater and that needs to get called music was what was on the out. I think we have sort of radio. [He] had managed to begun the first steps of doing crack through the zeitgeist in a that — recalibrating. The press way that not a lot of composers thought he was such a joke can, because even to this day, that they didn’t pay attention his music is very popular, so to him, really, and then he got everybody knows a Richard away from us and the world Rodgers song. When you hear is in chaos. So, it’s a far more how we deconstruct the materi- political show than I have been al and try to update it for a new doing recently. millennium, you’ll hear them in a totally different way than (CA) Political how? before. (BP) I have some protest music in the old-school tradition

Tony Award-winning Billy Porter just released an R&B album (Photo by Ron Cadiz / Sony Music Entertainment) of the ones who came before me, like the Nina Simones, the Harry Belafontes and Curtis Mayfields — that movement of music that was about educating and speaking truth to power and making sure our voices were being heard. That kind of art needs to come back. (CA) Tell me how you wound up reimagining these songs within an R&B framework. (BP) It just kind of came together. It started out as an idea. We did a concert back in 2009 at a theater in Los Angeles, where the focus was

deconstructed arrangements. We went from jazz all the way through to modern hiphop, and so when the album came around, I thought we should really focus on being fresh and innovative in terms of sound. I thought the R&B and soul versions of these were something we hadn’t really heard a lot about. (CA) In the early aughts, you told The New York Times that you’re one of few Broadway performers to have an R&B album.

(BP) That’s why I did this album, because that’s really the biggest point I’m making: which is, we sing like this. We do it like this. And we do it eight times a week. So, wake up and listen, ’cause this album stands up next to any R&B soul album ever made. It stands up to it and I know that. The new album, I’m really proud of it. We just need to embrace it and write more material now, and I think “Hamilton” kicked that door down. I’m writing a

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Lambda Archives of San Diego has announced a new program, “Historian-inResidence.” The two-year program plans to bestow the title on a “prominent or influential historian in the field of LGBTQ historic scholarship,” according to a press release. Their inaugural selection is the world-renown best-selling author, Lillian Faderman, who recently made her permanent home in San Diego with her partner Phyllis Irwin. “We are very honored to partner with Lillian Faderman as the first Lambda Archives of San Diego Historian-inResidence,” Jen LaBarbera, head archivist, said in the release. “Dr. Faderman has inspired my own work as a steward of our community’s stories and I am thrilled to work with her to further the mission of collecting, preserving, and teaching LGBTQ history.” Faderman, who is a professor emerita at Cal State Fresno, has received multiple honors and awards for her work in LGBTQ literature and history. Three of her books — including her most recent, “The Gay Revolution: The Story of Struggle” —have made it to The New York Times’ “Notable” list. Faderman is also known for other LGBT-themed books, such as “Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics and Lipstick Lesbians” (2006); “Naked in the Promised Land,” her 2003 memoir; “Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers” (1991); and “Surpassing the Love of Men” (1981). “I am really honored to be Lambda Archives’ first Historian-in-Residence,” Faderman said. “I’m excited about helping Lambda Archives communicate the importance of knowing the tremendous history of LGBTQ struggles and victories, and of preserving that history for future generations.” As part of the program, Lambda Archives will offer Faderman the opportunity to present public lectures, give her priority access to their archival collections along with research support, and the opportunity to present work-in-progress projects to a select audience.

Best selling author and historian Lillian Faderman (Photo by Phyllis Irwin) In turn, Faderman has agreed to give a number of public lectures; provide an intimate seminar discussion of LGBTQ history to a limited audience; and author contributions to their newspaper column in Gay San Diego. Lambda Archives of San Diego was founded in 1987 and is tasked with collecting, preserving and teaching the history of the LGBTQ community in San Diego, Imperial County, and Baja California. For more information, visit


Hillcrest History Guild (HHG) is joining forces to help the Save Our Heritage Organisation and Mission Hills Heritage in their legal challenge to the recent passing of the Uptown Community Plan Update. The two preservation-based organizations legally challenged the city’s approval of the plan in January, “due to significant deficiencies in the protection for historic resources” and the fact that the city approved the plan without offering a timeline, preservation incentives or protections and other guidelines. On March 19, the HHG held a fundraiser in the Bankers Hill home of the organization’s founders, Nancy Moors and Ann Garwood, and raised $15,000 for the legal defense fund. “It’s rewarding to see the community rally in support of this legal effort to hold city planners accountable,” HHG treasurer Susan Fosselman said in a press release. “Sadly, [former Councilmember] Todd Gloria let us down. The approved plan is not what the community worked on for years and it will reduce the quality of life for those living in Hillcrest’s core. In meeting our substantial financial goal, the Hillcrest History Guild puts developers and the city on notice that Hillcrest will not the tolerate inappropriate development, additional traffic and undue influence of commercial interests.”

Garwood, who serves as president of HHG, added that it wasn’t the first time local citizens needed to “fight the city to save our neighborhood” from density-based development projects. “But Hillcrest shouldn’t be the only neighborhood forced to take the new density,” Garwood said in the release. “The quality of life for residents continues to decrease as the city of San Diego adds more and more people (and traffic) to this once great community.” Garwood’s reference was to Hillcrest being named one of the nation’s 10 “great” neighborhoods by the American Planning Association in 2007. The HHG offered a $7,500 matching grant and were able to receive enough contributions to reach the $15,000 goal, but they are still taking donations to help SOHO and MHH in the “long and expensive” legal process they are undertaking. HHG encourages those who wish to donate send a check to Hillcrest History Guild, 3065 Third Ave., #3, San Diego, CA 92103, with “Uptown Legal Defense Fund” in the memo. For more information, visit


Flip for the Cure is returning April 29 and the competition is getting bigger, better, and fiercer than ever. Rich’s is hosting the event, DJ dirtyKURTY will be spinning during the competition and 100 percent of everything donated will go to the Cancer Research Institute ( Note: Just last year, Kurty’s brother Robert passed away from cancer, so the event is near and dear to her heart. Your donation will get you entry to the event, all of the beer for the event, and entrance into Rich’s WTF Party. For those who haven’t been to WTF night, organizers say it is one of the most fun nights at Rich’s and costumes are highly encouraged. To participate, choose a team of five people to compete in the Flip Cup tournament and then a name and a theme for your team. You can represent a country, a state, a city, an idea, or whatever. Dress up to represent your team (T-shirt with your name on it won’t cut it). There are rules for the event. Costumes are required. Organizers ask that participants be creative, ridiculous and respectful. Teams will compete in a single elimination tournament — winners will move to the next round; losers will be eliminated. Pre-registration, which ends at noon on April 29, is $30 per person. Cost will go up to $40 at the door, so pre-registration is highly encouraged through Paypal (FlipForTheCure2017@ or Venmo (FlipForTheCure). Be sure to include your name and your team name in the notes for either payment system. The event takes place Saturday, April 29, at Rich’s Nightclub, located at 1051 University Ave., Hillcrest. Tournament will start promptly at 7:30 p.m., with doors open at 7 p.m. Registration gets you entry to the event, beer for the event and admission to the popular WTF party at Rich’s later in the evening.▼



REVEREND words and actions and worked with leaders of several different faiths, including Rabbi Laurie Coskey, to help bring together women clergy in the region. Bridges is even the appointed “spiritual advisor” for the Imperial Court de San Diego, and has partnered with the court on several projects, recently performing the blessing at coronation. “She is a giant in heart and a powerful voice for light and right and good in all the world,” described friend Susan Jester. Bridges, who was reportedly orphaned at age 14, grew up in Belfast, Ireland, and intended to become a musician. She attended Cambridge University for viola and voice, but said she “stumbled” into computer programming as a viable career field. She and her then-husband came to the U.S. in 1985 for what was initially meant to be a temporary sojourn, and despite living through a New

The Bankers Hill church lit up for Pride Week (Courtesy St. Paul’s Cathedral)

Hampshire winter (which can be Bridges noted that the bitterly cold), decided they loved Episcopal Church itself has nevthe states and wanted to stay. er been one to believe in a set Bridges got involved in a local doctrine — the point is that you church working with the choir come together. It started in the (one of the reasons she loves St. 1500s after Henry VIII had sepPaul’s is its incredible organ), but arated from the Roman Catholic it wasn’t until 1992 that “the call” Church to establish his own — came. It was during a lunch with the Church of England — because her church’s assistant rector that the Pope refused to approve his the topic of ordination, and spedivorce. He then ruled the monarchy as the head of the new church. The decisions of the next two rulers of England, Edward VI and his half-sister Mary, helped deepen the rift between Protestant and Catholic leanings. When Elizabeth I came to power in 1558, she wanted to bring those two sides back together. That’s when the Book of Common Prayer was established, a book that is still in use at St. Paul’s today. “Elizabeth I said that what matters is we all worship together,” Bridges said. Bridges said one of the latest (l to r) Rev. Allisyon Thomas, Bishop James Mathes, Rev. Maryanne Lacey, movements of the Episcopal Dean Penny Bridges, all associated with the San Diego Episcopalian Diocese. Church and her own life has (Courtesy St. Paul’s Cathedral) been making sure transgender people also feel included. “Pastorally, my heart is with cifically ordination for women, the trans folks,” she said. came up. One of the ways they lit“It felt like I was holding a erally put their money where shoulder against the door and their mouth is was in St. Paul’s something had just opened St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral bathroom project. There are that door,” Bridges said. “Light 2728 Sixth Ave. 92103 now two gender-neutral bathflooded in. It was a very emorooms, both with diaper changtional experience.” April 14, Good Friday ing tables and dressing space. It was two years later, while • 12 p.m. Prayer service rememBridges said it had become reattending Yale Divinity School bering Jesus’s crucifixion and ally difficult for weddings with in New Haven, Connecticut, death with meditation and two brides; but now each bride where Bridges went from singing. Bishop James Mathes will be able to have their own accepting differences to empresides. dressing room area. bracing them. Her seminary • 7 p.m. This Good Friday liturgy Having inclusivity in their classmates ranged in age from service (no Eucharist) is chanted church is a novel and often 22 to 72 and they covered 45 and includes an invitation to life-changing experience for madifferent denominations. pray around the cross. ny of St. Paul’s members. “I learned everybody has “There are a lot of people at their own story,” she said. “It April 15, The Great Vigil St. Paul’s who have been rejected forced me to articulate my own of Easter by other churches in the past,” faith and my ideology.” • 8 p.m. Beginning in darkness, Bridges said. She also saw firsthand how retelling the stories of redempBut they all come together at rejection can debilitate. During tion, then the lights are raised the cathedral in Bankers Hill. training, Bridges was assigned and the Bishop will pronounce “We worship well,” Bridges to serve in transitional housEaster. The Cathedral Choir will enthused. “This congregation is ing for those with HIV/AIDS, sing a candle-lit vigil. Bishop energetic, committed, kind and where almost all of their clients James Mathes presides. imaginative. They’re a wonderful were addicted, mentally ill, or • A Champagne reception group of people to do ministry both. follows in the Great Hall. with.” The first funeral Bridges ever That “wonderful group,” led officiated was for one of those April 16, Easter Day by Bridges, is what drew Jester clients, a man who died of AIDS Sunday of the Resurrection to St. Paul’s. Not only a member and whose family was nowhere • 8 a.m. Eucharist of the congregation, Jester is now to be found. He was gay and she • 10:30 a.m. Eucharist with also a staff member and in trainsaid he had been “completely combined St. Cecilia Choir and ing to learn how to become even rejected” by his family during Cathedral Choristers. Bishop more involved. those final years of his life. James Mathes presides, Dean “I was drawn to the commuThough handling the funeral Penny Bridges preaches. nity of St Paul’s because of their was a tough assignment, she al• 12 p.m. Easter Fiesta with taso felt it was a very holy one; and welcoming and acceptance of all males, mariachis, a piñata, and a people in all walks of life who it cemented her path forward. bounce house wish to worship in an inclusive “[While officiating], I realized • 1 p.m. Misa en Espanol atmosphere of safety and sanc‘this is why I’m here; this is why tuary,” Jester said. “Penny is a I’m doing this,’” Bridges said.

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GAY SAN DIEGO April 14 – 27, 2017 loving and dynamic Christian leader who has the vision and the intellect to inspire her flock to carry out the stated Cathedral mission of loving Christ, serving others and welcoming all.” St. Paul’s stands behind that mission — whether it’s opening their doors during the St. Patrick’s Day parade; lighting up in the colors of San Diego Pride and marching in the parade; or hosting an interfaith book study with the Ohr Shalom synagogue and the Islamic Center of San Diego — the cathedral is continually trying to move beyond any man-made barriers. “For me, fear is the single greatest thing we are challenged with,” Bridges said. “Fear is at the bottom of every evil thing.” The clergy here also get outside the church walls, Bridges said, so if you’re reluctant to come to church, they will bring the church to you. On every Ash Wednesday for the last five years, Bridges and many of her leaders donned their robes, gathered the ashes and planted themselves in public places — City Hall, transit stations and even some


Starbucks — where the ministers offered ashes and prayers to anyone that desired it, in a program called “Ashes to Go.” To honor the Pulse shooting victims in Orlando, Bridges and St. Paul’s hosted a special midweek Eucharist service at Flicks in Hillcrest last summer. “It was making the statement that we are in community,” Bridges explained. Now that same inclusiveness is reaching out to the homeless, respecting their dignity and acknowledging that whether they choose to live in that position or life forced it upon them, they still enrich the life of St. Paul’s congregation. Meet Bridges and the St. Paul’s congregation for yourself or join the community by visiting the cathedral at 2728 Sixth Ave., on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Nutmeg Street, next to Balboa Park. For more information, visit or call 619-298-7261. —Joyell Nevins is a local freelance writer. Reach her at or follow her blog Small World, Big God at▼

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What is TRUVADA for PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis)? TRUVADA is a prescription medicine that can be used for PrEP to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection when used together with safer sex practices. This use is only for adults who are at high risk of getting HIV-1 through sex. This includes HIV-negative men who have sex with men and who are at high risk of getting infected with HIV-1 through sex, and male-female sex partners when one partner has HIV-1 infection and the other does not. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about how to prevent getting HIV-1. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body fluids. Never reuse or share needles or other items that have body fluids on them.


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Before taking TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce your risk of getting HIV-1 infection: ‹ You must be HIV-negative. You must get tested to make sure that you do  not already have HIV-1 infection. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce VJGTKUMQHIGVVKPI*+8WPNGUU[QWCTGEQPĆ’TOGFVQDG*+8PGICVKXG ‹ Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has  recently become infected. If you have flu-like symptoms, you could have recently become infected with HIV-1. Tell your healthcare provider if you had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting TRUVADA for PrEP or at any time while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. While taking TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce your risk of getting HIV-1 infection: ‹ You must continue using safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA  for PrEP may not keep you from getting HIV-1. ‹ You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP.  ‹ To further help reduce your risk of getting HIV-1:  • Know your HIV-1 status and the HIV-1 status of your partners. • Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months or when your healthcare provider tells you. • Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV-1 to infect you. • Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior. • Have fewer sex partners. • Do not miss any doses of TRUVADA. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection. • If you think you were exposed to HIV-1, tell your healthcare provider right away. ‹ If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than  TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. TRUVADA can cause serious side effects: ‹ Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a  serious medical emergency. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, nausea, vomiting, stomach-area pain, cold or blue hands and feet, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or fast or abnormal heartbeats. ‹ Serious liver problems. Your liver may become large and tender, and  you may develop fat in your liver. Symptoms of liver problems include your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-coloredâ€? urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach-area pain. ‹ You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or serious liver  problems if you are female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking TRUVADA for a long time. In some cases, these serious conditions have led to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of these conditions.

‹ Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you also have HBV and  take TRUVADA, your hepatitis may become worse if you stop taking 6478#&#&QPQVUVQRVCMKPI6478#&#YKVJQWVƒTUVVCNMKPIVQ[QWT healthcare provider. If your healthcare provider tells you to stop taking TRUVADA, they will need to watch you closely for several months to monitor your health. TRUVADA is not approved for the treatment of HBV.

Who should not take TRUVADA for PrEP? Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP if you already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status. If you are HIV-1 positive, you need to take other medicines with TRUVADA to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP if you also take lamivudine (Epivir-HBV) or adefovir (HEPSERA).

What are the other possible side effects of TRUVADA for PrEP? Serious side effects of TRUVADA may also include: ‹ Kidney problems, including kidney failure.  Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your kidneys before and during treatment with TRUVADA for PrEP. If you develop kidney problems, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking TRUVADA for PrEP. ‹ Bone problems, including bone pain or bones getting soft or thin, may lead  to fractures. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your bones. ‹ Changes in body fat, which can happen in people taking TRUVADA or  medicines like TRUVADA. Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP are stomach-area (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking TRUVADA for PrEP? ‹ All your health problems. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you  have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis virus infection. ‹ If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if  TRUVADA can harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while taking TRUVADA for PrEP, talk to your healthcare provider to decide if you should keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. 2TGIPCPE[4GIKUVT[ÇĄA pregnancy registry collects information about your health and the health of your baby. There is a pregnancy registry for women who take medicines to prevent HIV-1 during pregnancy. For more information about the registry and how it works, talk to your healthcare provider. ‹ If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not  breastfeed. The medicines in TRUVADA can pass to your baby in breast milk. If you become HIV-1 positive, HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in breast milk. ‹ All the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter  medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. TRUVADA may interact with other medicines. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. ‹ +H[QWVCMGEGTVCKPQVJGTOGFKEKPGUÇĄwith TRUVADA for PrEP, your  healthcare provider may need to check you more often or change your dose. These medicines include ledipasvir with sofosbuvir (HARVONI). You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs VQVJG(&#8KUKVÇĄYYY(&#IQXOGFYCVEJQTECNN(&#

Please see Important Facts about TRUVADA for PrEP including important warnings on the following page.

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The once-daily prescription medicine that can help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 when used with safer sex practices. • TRUVADA for PrEP is only for adults who are at high risk of getting HIV through sex. • You must be HIV-negative before you start taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Ask your doctor about your risk of getting HIV-1 infection and if TRUVADA for PrEP may be right for you.




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This is only a brief summary of important information about taking TRUVADA for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection. This does not replace talking to your healthcare provider about your medicine.



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While taking TRUVADA for PrEP to help reduce your risk of getting HIV-1 infection: • You must continue using safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep you from getting HIV-1. • You must stay HIV-1 negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. •8IPP]SYVLIEPXLGEVITVSZMHIVMJ]SYLEZIEƥYPMOIMPPRIWW[LMPIXEOMRK TRUVADA for PrEP. • If you think you were exposed to HIV-1, tell your healthcare provider right away. • If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. • See the “How to Further Reduce Your Risk” section for more information. TRUVADA may cause serious side effects, including: • Buildup of lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency that can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, nausea, vomiting, stomach-area pain, cold or blue hands and feet, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or fast or abnormal heartbeats. • Severe liver problems, which in some cases can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach-area pain. • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you have HBV and take TRUVADA, your hepatitis may become worse if you stop taking TRUVADA. (SRSXWXSTXEOMRK869:%(%[MXLSYXƤVWXXEPOMRKXS]SYVLIEPXLGEVI provider, as they will need to check your health regularly for several months. You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or severe liver problems if you are female, very overweight, or have been taking TRUVADA for a long time.

BEFORE TAKING TRUVADA FOR PrEP Tell your healthcare provider if you: • Have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis infection. • Have any other medical conditions. • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. • Are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you become HIV-1 positive because of the risk of passing HIV-1 to your baby. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take: • Keep a list that includes all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist. • Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should not be taken with TRUVADA for PrEP.

HOW TO TAKE TRUVADA FOR PrEP • Take 1 tablet once a day, every day, not just when you think you have been exposed to HIV-1. • Do not miss any doses. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection. • You must practice safer sex by using condoms and you must stay HIV-1 negative.

HOW TO FURTHER REDUCE YOUR RISK ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP (PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS) TRUVADA is a prescription medicine used with safer sex practices for PrEP to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection in adults at high risk: • HIV-1 negative men who have sex with men and who are at high risk of getting infected with HIV-1 through sex. • Male-female sex partners when one partner has HIV-1 infection and the other does not. To help determine your risk, talk openly with your doctor about your sexual health. Do NOT take TRUVADA for PrEP if you: • Already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status. • Take lamivudine (Epivir-HBV) or adefovir (HEPSERA).

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North Park senior housing applications

The focus of this article is information regarding the application process and instructions for those interested in applying, qualifying and living in one of the 76 apartments currently under construction in the first LGBTaffirming senior housing project in North Park. But first, it is important to know a little about how this project came about, because more are needed and it is up to the community to advocate for them if they are to be built. Scheduled to open sometime in December, the dream originated a decade ago on my 60th birthday and later found a nest in a room behind the front desk of The San Diego Community Center. Dr. Delores Jacobs granted my request for a meeting space to address the need for LGBTaffirmative and affordable senior housing. Spearheaded by the ad hoc volunteer grassroots committee of ordinary citizens and community organization leaders we assembled, the work began. It was a time of overwhelming demands on resources already battling the ravages of HIV/AIDS, marriage equality, health care, youth homelessness, LGBTQ civil equality, hunger, poverty and don’t ask, don’t tell. Inspired by the construction of such housing in much larger cities like Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, the group pushed forward raising the funds required for conducting an in-depth needs assessment that led to more meetings than could have ever been imagined. Years of meetings with government and neighborhood groups were held to make the case for San Diego Community HousingWorks’ North Park Senior Apartments. Collectively we owe this outcome to the incredibly long hours and dedication provided by hundreds of our community member volunteers, donors, government offices and officials and the community organizations that serve us all. Before sharing the application process, make no mistake, much more such housing is needed and this sign of success is not the end but the beginning. New blood needs to be brought into the ongoing efforts.

Interest list and formal application process

The interest list registration is online and starts Monday, May 1 at 9 a.m. and will remain open until 5 p.m., May 7. Visit

—Bill Kelly is a longtime local activist who currently focuses on LGBT senior issues and moderates the Caring for our LGBT Seniors in San Diego Facebook page. Access to the group is free to all seniors, their advocates, families, friends and caregivers. Reach Bill at▼

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If you don’t have access to a computer, the Cyber Center at the San Diego LGBT Community Center, located at 3909 Centre St. in Hillcrest, will have staff and volunteers available to assist people with online registration from May 1–5, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Note that The Center will not be available over the weekend of May 6 and 7. Phone registrations for the interest list will not be accepted and duplicate applications will be removed. Once the interest registration is closed, a videotaped computer lottery witnessed by an independent third party will randomly select 125 names that will be mailed rental applications with clear instructions, which will be date- and time-stamped. Applicants will then be called in for preliminary interviews in the order the applications are received. This process will be completed no greater than 120 days prior to the Property Certificate of Occupancy. Once all units have been rented, the remaining applicants will go on a waiting list in the order they were received. The rental application packet will include directions as well as the location, date and time you are to bring the completed application for your formal interview. Applicants who cannot be present for their assigned interview date/time must follow the instructions for rescheduling that will be included. All household members must be present at the scheduled interview. A 24-hour advance notice is needed in order to cancel and reschedule your formal interview. At this time minimum requirements will be reviewed and income/asset documents reviewed. The process to verify income and assets will begin at this time. Please keep in mind that the average application processing time is three weeks from the date that all required documentation is supplied for processing. Based on the current timeline, formal interviews will be scheduled in August and September 2017, although all dates are subject to change without notice. For frequently asked questions about the project, visit

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Let them eat soup — at Nordstrom Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. It was one of those rare times that I took myself to lunch at a cost nearing what I’d pay for dinner in a moderately priced restaurant — $27 plus tip, to be exact.

For at least two decades I’ve heard from shoppers with loose purse strings about Nordstrom’s lovely third-floor restaurant, Marketplace Cafe, and its renowned tomato-basil soup, in particular. My preconception of the place being filled with gaggles of high-society women purchasing designer outfits and jewelry for their next charity

Penne Bolognese

Lemon-coconut cake

ball was a little off base. I learned later they mostly flock a few doors down at The Zodiac in Neiman Marcus, which is even pricier than dining at Nordie’s. The restaurant was bustling with all sorts of people, from young and mature to casual and smartly dressed. Small babies in strollers comprised a good portion of

pretty salads, sandwiches and entrees, a bill and ticket number is issued. Your choices are made to order and then delivered to your table, at which point full service takes effect should you require a drink refill, a glass of wine or beer, a condiment or dessert. From my two-top table and well-cushioned chair, I started with a cup of the tomato soup while awaiting a an order of penne Bo Bolognese. Sitting at arm’s length to my left a employee of the was an stor cosmetics destore’s pa partment, a petite 3 30-something woman also sipping the soup. With a glass of club soda parked alongside, she revealed it’s her go-to lunch.

Grilled artichokes displayed at the start of the food line

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By Lolita Chakrabarti Directed by Stafford Arima

Now – April 30

Nordstrom’s the famous stately tomato-basil soup dining room as well, although tattooed hipsters Her soup was loaded with were in short supply. basil. Mine not so much until Customers are greeted by she recommended I ask the freshly plated displays of the waiter for extra. I did, and menu items and weekly spewithin moments a chiffonade cials in what appears to be of the herb arrived in a raa cafeteria. But soup is the mekin, providing the necesonly dish served from the line, sary sweetness to offset the which ends at a few cash regsoup’s initial tartness. Good isters and soda machines that stuff, especially with the seem out of place against the restaurant’s upscale aesthetics. Parmesan-topped crostini on As you move along with top. But would I consider it your tray while deciding on the Cadillac of tomato soups?

Not really, as I prefer milkier, less-acidic versions. The penne was dressed in a creamy, luxurious red sauce that would require three times more meat to qualify it as Bolognese. The noodles were instead strewn sparingly with lean, spicy sausage although I knew this already when viewing the dish on display and I wasn’t disappointed with the outcome. By the time I finished the pasta, my chatty dining neighbor had departed and another young woman seized the quickly bussed table with a couple of shopping bags in tow. She too ordered the soup along with a fabulous-looking nicoise salad crowned with a hunk of wild salmon. I debated adding to my meal either the tempting grilled artichoke I saw glistening in the order line as a chef’s special or a slice of tall lemon-coco on-coconut cake from the dessert se section. I chose the latter and re reveled in every layer of lemon lemony curd without leaving behi behind a smear of the white, fluff uffy frosting speckled with swe sweet, dried coconut flakes. Sel Seldom do I eat dessert wit with such gusto. The meal concluded w with two Nordstrombrand chocolate-mint sticks presented on a small tray from the waiter, a customary send-off common in all of the company’s restaurants around the nation. I also learned during m visit that a freshly my bu store with a full-serbuilt vice restaurant is opening Oct. 1 12 in an added wing of Univer University Town Center on La Jolla V Village Drive. It will replace th the existing location within the m mall, and give me time to save up for another spendy lunch — or maybe dinner with wine if I’m feeling compulsive.

—Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. You can reach him at fsabatini@san.▼

Sean Dugan, Monique Gaffney, Albert Jones, and Allison Mack.

“Skeleton Crew is squarely in the tradition of Arthur Miller... A deeply moral and deeply American play.” The New York Times

Marketplace Café 6997 Friars Road (Nordstrom in Fashion Valley Mall) 619-295-4441

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Prices: Soups and salads, $3.95 to $16.95; pizzas and sandwiches, $10.50 to $14.95; pastas and entrees, $11.95 to $18.50

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Marketplace Café is tucked away on Nordstrom’s third floor (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

Food and wine extraordinaire Christian Gomez is preparing to open his second San Diego culinary project in Misson Hills. (Photo by Rikke Photograph) Christian Gomez, the owner of Wet Stone Wine Bar & Café in Bankers Hill, is aiming for a May opening of Fools and Kings in the space previously occupied by Mission Hills Coffee Company. The restaurant will showcase a bevy of globally inspired plates served within an Old World environment he’s tailoring after his travels to such cities as Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Lima and San Sebastian. In addition to a bar and tables made of live edge wood, customers can expect to see in the offing his house-made sangrias that have become famous at Wet Stone over the years. 4015 Goldfinch St.


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Chimney cakes and other obscure Eastern European foods are available at a new deli in Linda Vista. (Pinterest) If you’ve never eaten skinless ground beef sausages from Bucharest, known as mititei, or Transylvanian chimney cakes called kurtos, the new International Deli and Café in Linda Vista offers them in abundance. The deli, located in The Presidio plaza, specializes in a host of Hungarian and Romanian sausages made mostly in-house. It also stocks imported Eastern European cold cuts and groceries such as Estonaka kielbasa, Sweet Ann goulash cream and Univer paprika paste. The owners have a similar shop in Orange County and source their breads and pastries from a Romanian bakery for both locations. Made-to-order sandwiches and assorted fried flat breads are also available. 5201 Linda Vista Road, 619-294-5755, Bangkok native Vijit Pipatkhajonchai has opened 55 Thai Kitchen in the back of an unassuming liquor store in Golden Hill called San Diego Market Beer & Wine. His specialty is massaman chicken curry, although the menu also includes tom kha noodles, ginger stir-fry, Thai fried rice and other classic dishes he mastered when operating restaurants in Thailand. The small, sleekly designed space features a to-go counter Massaman chicken curry at the new and limited indoor-outdoor 55 Thai Kitchen (Photo by Kim Marcelo) seating. Pipatkhajonchai, who also owns J&T Thai Street Food in Linda Vista, plans to earmark a portion of his profits for children’s meals in both the local community and his homeland. 2601 Broadway, 619-955-5501,


A WORLD PREMIERE Based on the Award Winning Novel by Luís Alberto Urrea The 2012 One Book, One San Diego Selection


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A new multi-cultural café has opened in Hillcrest. (Facebook) The new Kouch Lounge in Hillcrest doesn’t have any couches. But it offers a relaxed, modern atmosphere for socializing over handcrafted lattes, espressos, cold nitro brews and a variety of unique noshes such as Brazilian cheese bread balls, ginger-chicken samosas, and rugulach and hamentashen pastries. The family-run café also offers beer on tap and wines from France, Portugal and Argentina. 3852 Fourth Ave., 619-255-4817, Artisan Bento in Mission Hills has quietly transitioned to become Hachi Ramen, which recently held its soft opening to showcase a variety of classic and contemporary ramen that was added to an established menu of bowls, bento boxes and sushi rolls. Owner Shihomi Borillo, who also runs the nearby Azuki Sushi, redesigned the space to include extra seating and a ramen bar. She also expanded the drink menu with sochu cocktails, craft beers and a variety of Baja wines by Villa Montefiori, Monte Xanic and other producers. 2505 Fifth Ave., 619-231-0700,


The buzz is growing for the Hillcrest arrival of a combined café and roasting facility. (Photo by Oveth Martinez) The two-story building at the corner of Ninth and University avenues in Hillcrest that was rumored to become a Japanese restaurant has been fully leased instead to Better Buzz Coffee Roasters. The Vista-based company is currently working with designers and architects to transform the house-like structure into a full-production roasting facility and café that will feature a “ring of seating” for customers to view the roasting process, said Daniel Greig, director of coffee production. At the center of the operation will be a restored Probat roaster dating back to the early 1900s. “We’ll also have a large tap tower for cold-brew coffee drinks and with the possibility of serving wine and beer,” he told Gay San Diego, adding that the still-unnamed project “might possibly open in the summer, but no guarantee.” The upper floor of the building will be designated as offices for the company’s management team as well as for public rental. Better Buzz has branched into seven locations in San Diego County through a mix of cafes, drive-thrus and a kiosk in Fashion Valley Mall. The Hillcrest project will be its biggest and offer an expanded menu compared to the other branches. 801 University Ave. —Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at▼



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A road well traveled SD Rep infuses local themes and gay characters Theater Review Charlene Baldridge Playing now through April 23 at San Diego Repertory Theatre is Karen Zacharías’ play, “Into the Beautiful North,” based on the novel by San Diego State grad and literary luminary Luis Alberto Urrea (b. 1955 in Tijuana). The comedy is set in many places familiar to those who know both sides of the border and features an appealing gay character, Tacho (played by Bryant Hernandez), who runs a taco shop and internet café called La Mano Caída (The Fallen Hand) in Tres Camarones (Three Shrimp), a small village in Sinaloa.

Tacho could easily be played as a gay stereotype but in Hernandez’s hands he has depth, humanity, and when push comes to shove, practicality of nature. One of Tacho’s employees and his best friend is 19-year-old Nayeli (Kenia Ramirez) whose father, like most of the men in Tres Camarones, has fled to the “beautiful north” to work. This leaves the women of the village undefended from the bandidos who threaten to take over the territory and the women. Those threatened are Nayeli; her Goth, ukulele-strumming girlfriend, Vampi (Jennifer Parades); and her no-nonsense aunt Irma (Catalina Maynard), who is the town’s first female mayor. A screening of “The Magnificent Seven” at the local


The courtesan Violetta has finally found true love, but will dark currents of family judgment and illness doom it from the start? Set in the Roaring Twenties, Verdi’s most beloved opera is filled with memorable music and heartbreaking drama.

(l to r) Jorge Rodriguez, Jennifer Paredes, Kenia Ramirez in a scene from “Into the Beautiful North” (Photo by Daren Scott) cinema inspires Nayeli, who sets off to find her father and recruit her own magnificent seven; Sinaloan men willing to return south of the border to defend them. Vampi and Tacho accompany Nayeli on a road trip that stretches from Tres Camarones to the Tijuana dumps to suburban Kankakee, Illinois, and The Bahia Hotel in San Diego. Jorge Rodriguez, Herbert Siguenza, Kavi Moreno and Javier Guerrero play all the border agents, coyotes and decent people the trio meets along the way, with the handsome Rodriguez scoring as Atomiko, the warrior of the Tijuana garbage dump. However much we love the character, Atomiko’s shtick risks going over the border. Thanks to Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse, he does not. Rodriguez is also funny as Johnny Depp, Nayeli’s recurring fantasy. Some of the best, most poignant scenes in the play are those that involve Siguenza and Maynard as former lovers. Jennifer Brawn-Gittings’ spot-on costumes enhance these characters mightily, with assistance from Michael Roth’s appropriate original music and soundscape, Ian Wallace’s barebones scenic design and projections, and Lonnie Alcaraz’s lighting.

Perhaps because of the musical numbers sprinkled throughout the show, sound designer Matt Lescault-Wood mics some, if not all, of the company. This enhances understanding of the spoken word considerably. And yet, one cannot help but feel something is missing amid all the miles covered and all the character encountered. I felt the length of the road trip; that we would never get there, wherever there is. Chalk it up to a lack of dramaturgical urgency, a certain lack of compelling charisma in Ramirez (was she merely fatigued?), to the difficulty of transferring narrative, descriptive fiction to drama. The same dis-ease or feeling that something is lacking has plagued several like endeavors, great and gripping as their literary foundations are. Urrea’s endearing book is a great favorite of many people (he’s written 16 books with another forthcoming soon), and his life story is almost as gripping as his prose and characters. Currently, he is distinguished professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Also having premiered in Portland, Oregon, Berkeley, California, and Berwyn, Illinois, “Into the Beautiful North” is the 57th rolling world

“Into the Beautiful North” By Karen Zacharías Directed by Sam Woodhouse Wednesdays through Sundays through April 23 San Diego Repertory Theatre 79 Horton Plaza Downtown San Diego Tickets $38-$65 or 619-544-1000 premiere underwritten by the National New Play Network. —Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. You can follow her blog at charlenecriticism. or reach her at▼

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MFA Musical Theatre class of 2018 with Robert Meffe (seated) and Stephen Brotebeck (standing right) (Photo by Ken Jacques) “I’ve been able to be introduced to people who are influSince being a faculty ential and am learning more member at San Diego State, about the different organizaStephen Brotebeck has directed tions that are out there,” he several acclaimed productions, said. including highly successful In rehearsals, Broteback interpretations of “The Drowsy gave the ensemble plenty of Chaperone” and “Jesus Christ advice to help them make the Superstar in Concert.” roles their own. One performer His next show will be the who learned a lot from him is Broadway adaptation of “The Full Leo Yu-Ning Chang, who porMonty,” which he not only directs, trays foreman turned choreogbut will also act as choreographer rapher, Harold Nichols. for the fun and salty play. “I’m not from the United Before coming to San Diego, States and English isn’t my Brotebeck was known for his fi rst language,” Chang said. accomplishments on the Great “Brotebeck told me to just be White Way. He worked on myself and not worry about “Peter and the Starcatcher” as using an American accent.” a movement associate, and was Another major player, Vinh an assistant director on “Ghost: Nguyen, respects Brotebeck’s The Musical.” decision to feature a more For the most part, Brotebeck diverse cast than what is trafelt like he easily got into the ditionally expected from “The swing of things when working Full Monty.” Nguyen is feaat SDSU. tured as the depressed mama’s “I’ve always gone back and boy, Malcom MacGregor. forth between the academic “Neither the roles that world and professional world,” Chang or I depict are tradihe said. “I thrive on being busy.” tionally performed by Asian Brotebeck has wanted to artists,” he said. “I’m glad direct “The Full Monty” for a that’s happening here.” long time. However, owing to After the run of “The Full Monty,” Brotebeck is schedthe nudity in the story, it isn’t an easy sell on many campuses. uled to direct regional renditions of the tales he previously In this version, as the main worked on, “Peter and the cast consists of graduate stuStarcatcher” and “Ghost.” In dents, he doesn’t have to worry addition, he’ll direct/choreoabout the risqué content in the graph the Kander and Ebb R-rated evening. revue, “And the World Goes Another plus of having grad students as the main characters ’Round.” While he is working on is that they can aid the underplenty of theatrical events, grad triple threats. Brotebeck Brotebeck hopes to direct a feels this will add to the quality professional San Diego muof his take on the material. sical sometime in the not too Although he said he watched distant future. the original movie years ago, At SDSU, he will continue Brotebeck had never seen “The working with the MFA stuFull Monty” onstage. He said dents. In December, he helped he became a fan after listening helm the premiere of a stage to the original cast recordadaptation of “Mr. Holland’s ing and reading the script by Opus,” written by BD Wong Terrence McNally and songand composed by Wayne writer, David Yazbek. Ironically, the hit adaptation Barker. Brotebeck said he can’t wait of the film premiered in San Diego in 2000 at The Old Globe. to present “The Full Monty,” which features a cast of 21, As Brotebeck notes, plenty of including undergrads, grad New York hits have started in students and two guest artists. America’s Finest City. SDSU is lucky to have such a “I kind of feel that all roads highly respected storyteller. to Broadway lead through San Diego,” he said. —David Dixon is a freeOutside of his involvement lance film and theater writer. at SDSU, Brotebeck is starting He can be reached at daviddixto learn more about the San▼ Diego’s LGBT community. By David Dixon


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FULL MONTY “The way Jerry changes is very topical for how people generally accept homosexuals today,” Watson said. One of the lead performers is Domonique D. Evans, who plays middle-aged man, Noah “Horse” T. Simmons, who teams up with Jerry in the script. Evans, as Akasha Plenty, is the current titleholder of Miss San Diego Gay Pride 2016, has been active with the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and volunteers at the San Diego LGBT Community Center. “What I appreciate about ‘The Full Monty’ is that the gay characters aren’t caricatures,” he said. “The two men just happen to fall in love with each other.” With hilarious songs, an extremely talented cast and moving messages, you’re sure to have a memorable experience. And bring some extra cash. The dancers are expecting tips. Directed by Stephen Brotebeck, “The Full Monty” will be performed April 2130 at SDSU’s Don Powell Theatre, located at 5500 Campanille Drive. For tickets or more information, visit ttf. or call 619-594-6884. —David Dixon is a freelance film and theater writer. He can be reached at▼

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(CA) This piece on the lost generation — what’s your role in its development? (BP) I wrote it. It’s in development right now, so it’s the very beginning stages. But I’m also sort of speaking about it because that’s how shit happens — you gotta speak it into action. (CA) Do you miss “Kinky Boots”? (BP) I do. Especially now, because I feel like doing “Kinky Boots” in this political climate is an act of resistance. And it’s the best kind, because, once again, it reaches out with love. It leads with love — it’s art, so it opens up a different side of the blinds. People hear differently, people see differently. (CA) Do you have any interest in ever returning to that role? (BP) I do and I may at some point in the very near future. And that’s all I’ll say about that. [Laughs] (CA) Late last year, Vice President Mike Pence attended a performance of “Hamilton” and actor Brandon Victor Dixon spoke out during the curtain call about whether this administration will protect minorities. If Pence attended “Kinky Boots,” how do you think you would’ve handled the situation? (BP) I think Brandon was unbelievable. It’s like, you represent us, you work for us and I hope that you remember that. There are a lot of people who are nervous about what you may or may not do. The politics you ran on do not feel like they include us, so we just want you to know that as you move forward. Remember us. The thing about Trump’s response was, you can’t be a dictator, boo. You can’t. We’re not gonna do that. Whatever it takes, we’ve done it before, so pull it together, people, and let’s start fighting. We gotta come together. —Chris Azzopardi is the editor of Q Syndicate, the international LGBT wire service. Reach him via his website at and on Twitter, @chrisazzopardi.▼

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Project Trans Resource Fair: Learn about the resources for the trans/gender non-conforming communities to prep for the Day of Empowerment. Free admission and kid friendly. 3-5 p.m. The Center, 3909 Centre St. Visit bit. ly/2p1Uh1r or contact The San Diego Transgender Day of Empowerment: Celebrate the rich diversity of the local transgender community! The event includes speakers, entertainment, refreshments, awards and the announcement of scholarship recipients. 6–9 p.m. at The Center, 3909 Centre St. Visit bit. ly/2omRgpv. Ladies ‘Bourbon St. Revival’ Happy Hour: Stop by Redwing every Friday for happy hour, just like we used to do. Enjoy a girl’s night of food, drinks and karaoke. 5–8 p.m. Redwing Bar and Grill, 4012 30th St. Visit mj55xbh. Hillcrest Ghost Tour: The San Diego LGBT Visitors Center and the Hillcrest Town Council present a lantern-led neighborhood walking tour of the haunted spots of Fabulous Hillcrest. Advance ticket purchase of $25 required. All ages. Group will meet at 6:15 p.m. in front of the Scripps Mercy Hospital fountains for a two-and-a-halfhour tour. Visit h5l5sbx.

SATURDAY, April 15

Taste of Hillcrest: More than 30 restaurants will participate in the annual Taste of Hillcrest, running noon–4 p.m. Sample bites of food from various cuisines around the neighborhood. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 on the day of the event. Visit Girls Night Out Dance: Grab your friends and hit the dance floor. Celebrate Susanne and Sherry L. Cater’s farewell party and welcome back DJ Susu Jones. 7–10 p.m. The Rail, 3796 Fifth Ave. Overdrive: April’s installment features Dirty Kurty and Pumpkin Spice, and the much-awaited return of Overdrive founder DJ Trisan Jaxx after his stage hiatus. No shortage of signature lighting, lasers and drinks. Happy hour 10 p.m.–12 p.m. $15 presale tickets online. 10 p.m.–5 a.m. Spin San Diego, 2028 Hancock St. Visit bit. ly/2nBgweB.


Ian & Aaron at Bistro Sixty: Enjoy Easter night with wonderful food, wine and tunes. Ian and Aaron will be performing jazz, pop, soul and country songs as well as music from the Great American Songbook. Reserve a table online to sit outside on the live-music patio. 6:309 p.m. Bistro Sixty & San Diego Desserts, 5987 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa. Visit


‘The Last Time I Saw Paris’: Write Out Loud presents the fifth story concert of their 10th anniversary season. Inspired by Shakespeare and Company, a bookstore on Paris’ West Bank opened by Sylvia Beach in 1919, which served as a gathering place for famous American writers. Stories selected explore sex, love and the people and places of Paris. 6:15 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. curtain. $20. Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. Visit


Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece of “Pink Lotus.” $45, all supplies included, registration is required. Food and drink available for purchase. 21-and-older. 6–9 p.m. Little Italy’s Loading Doc (Formerly 98 Bottles), 2440 Kettner Blvd. #110, North Little Italy. Visit bit. ly/2omOBMs.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 Exploring the Trans Experience Through Theatre: Attend an exclusive preview event to meet the cast, author and director of trans-themed play

“Ballast.” Enjoy a reception, script reading, brief discussion and audience questions. 6–7:30 p.m. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights. Visit bit. ly/2ooYJpL. Out Above The Park III: This isn’t your average business mixer. Strachota Insurance and GSDBA host the third annual mixer that lets you watch the Padres game while you network and features food, open bar, music and giveaways. 5:30–7:30 p.m. Strachota Insurance San Diego, 350 10th Ave., 10th floor, East Village. Visit


Let’s Work It: Marketing and solicitations, where to begin? This training aims to help businesses with the marketing and soliciting part of the LGBTE certification process. Registration required. No fee. Free parking available. 9 a.m.–12 p.m. SD/IV SBDC, 880 National City Blvd., Suite 7100. Visit or bit. ly/2oVtjsx. Mixer in honor of Prop 64 (and in spite of Jeff Sessions): In lieu of April’s meeting, San Diego Democrats for Equality and Association of Cannabis Professionals will host a 4/20 mixer. The mixer aims to celebrate Prop 64’s victory and educate the community about its effect. Guest speaker Councilmember Chris Ward will also provide a rundown on local marijuana politics. 6:30–9 p.m. Spitz, 3515 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit Big Drag & Talent Show: Grossmont SOGI (Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity) Club invites you to a night of drag, talent, music, comedy and more. Free admission. Snacks available for purchase. 5–7 p.m. Grossmont College, Room 26-220, 8800 Grossmont College Drive. Visit bit. ly/2oVz0GN.


Free family movie night: Join families at the San Diego LGBT Community Center for a free family movie night featuring the film “Dr.

Strange.” Come in your favorite pajamas and bring your sleeping bags, blankets and pillows. Popcorn, snacks and drinks will be served. 6:30– 8:30 p.m. 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit ‘Out at the Park’: Grab your friends, families and rainbows! San Diego Pride and the San Diego Padres host “Out at the Park” to celebrate pride and baseball at the Padres/ Marlins game. Tickets $25 online and include a seat, pre-game VIP seat, Padres hat and more (some items subject to availability). 5–10 p.m. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd. Visit


‘Broadway Now!’: San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Broadway Now!,” a performance with all the fun and flair SDGMC is known for. The show features a collection of hits from contemporary Broadway productions including “Hamilton” and “The Book of Mormon.” Tickets start at $25. Shows at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22 with a 3 p.m. matinee on April 23. Balboa Theater, 868 Fourth Ave., Downtown. Visit Laces & Lashes Ball 2017: Sam Diego American Flag Football League presents the fourth annual Laces & Lashes Ball. Come early for the red carpet event and cocktail hour before the show. $15 advance tickets or $20 at the door. 5:30–9:30 p.m. Rich’s San Diego, 1051 University Ave. Visit Birthday bash/ fundraiser for Leather Foundation: Celebrate Mr. San Diego Eagle’s 49th birthday and support the Leather Foundation! The party will also serve as a fundraiser for Leather Foundation’s Hepatitis Integrated Programs and Services (HIPS). There will be door prizes, a drawing and more. 9 p.m.–1 a.m. Eagle, 3040 North Park Way. Visit


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Mazing Mondays at the Caliph: Come sing along to the songs of your past with Carol Curtis from 5–8 p.m. and enjoy karaoke with Danny from 8:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m. at this “easy-going” cocktail bar and lounge that has been in our community since 1960. Happy hour 4:30 p.m.–1 a.m. The Caliph, 3100 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Visit


National Transgender HIV Testing Day: Stop by The Center for free HIV testing, presentations from local trans community leaders and PrEP resources, food, giveaways and more. 6–8 p.m. 3909 Centre St. Visit


Welcome back Wednesdays at the Caliph: Come out and enjoy Kenny Ard live on the piano from 8–11 p.m. at this “easy-going” cocktail bar and lounge that has been in our community since 1960. “Early bird” hours, noon–4:30 p.m., Tuesday–Friday; 1–4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Regular happy hour (daily): 4:30–8:30 p.m. The Caliph, 3100 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Visit


Dining Out for Life San Diego: Dine out to fight AIDS. Restaurants and bars around San Diego will donate a percentage of their daily sales to benefit HIV/ AIDS services and prevention programs at The Center. Stop by a participating location, grab a bite and lend a hand! Visit Ole! A night of Flamenco: #1 Fifth Avenue welcomes back Flamenco Sur for a night of fun, dance and passion! Free admission. 8:30–10 p.m. #1 Fifth Avenue, 3845 Fifth Ave. Visit



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awareness for senior dogs and cats in need. After the bath, cuddle up with some adorable animals up for adoption. 9 a.m.–6 p.m. South Bark Dog Wash, 2037 30th St., South Park. Visit

42 Water, to Debussy 43 Melville novel 45 AAA way 46 A girl named Frank 47 More of the advice 52 Message sender of old 53 The active crowd 54 Forest feline 56 Geer role 59 End of the advice 63 Without give 64 Nickname of jazzman Earl Hines 65 Bound gaily 66 Basketball to Eliza Doolittle? 67 Group that goes cruising 68 Rank Amelie Mauresmo, e.g.

1 George Takei’s role on “Star Trek” 2 About to blow 3 Sum up 4 Hocking site 5 What hangs from a Cuban 6 Goes lickety-split 7 In need of a backrub 8 Like a Mapplethorpe photo 9 Org. for your first mate 10 Gives a larger bosom, e.g. 11 Close of “Serving in Silence” 12 Anouk of film 13 Hard six and more, in Vegas 21 “Java” trumpeter Al 24 Burial site of Macbeth 26 Sometime Capote associate Chaplin 27 Former Chicago Cub Sammy 30 Owl’s cry 31 Gomer Pyle’s branch 32 Rock Hudson’s “Gun Fury,” for one 34 Big stick where Boy Scouts sleep

together 35 ___ Christian Andersen 36 Wicks once of the WNBA 39 Dangerous meat-eater 40 Telecommunications giant 41 Have an opening for 44 Egg concoctions 46 Like most of the moons of Uranus 48 Novel idea 49 Excuse 50 Like skim milk 51 Linda Hunt’s “The ___ of Living Dangerously” 54 Guy that goes either way? 55 “So long!” 57 “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” singer 58 Big Apple enforcement org. 60 Hoedown honey 61 Summer for Rimbaud 62 Margaret Cho’s “I’m ___ One That I Want”


LETTERS so silence we cannot have. On April 29, marches will be held across the country marking the end of Trump’s first 100 days — the People’s March. Here in San Diego, the march will be held at Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway (by the County Administration Building), beginning at 10 a.m.

Music and speeches will precede a march that will take us on a 1 mile, looped route that returns to the park. Come raise your voices with us; make those who think only of themselves, hear from us. Save the date and join us! April 29 — the People’s Climate March — in conjunction with the national march. —Mark Hughes, editor,, via email

Confused on stances

[Ref: “Profiles in Advocacy: Transformations at The Center,”

Vol. 8, Issue 7, or online at].

the leather community have contributed to The Center, in both volunteer hours and cash. I am delighted to see The After decades of fighting for Center address trans rights in sexual freedom, our community a comprehensive way. There is doesn’t even think in terms of horrific discrimination against “kink rights.” There is no “K” trans people and they are too or “S” in any of the variations often the target of violence. of LGBTQIA, as in “K” for On the other hand, the leather kink” or — as I prefer — “S” for community is notably missing Spicy (which does not have the from The Center’s newsletters, undertone of deviant, bent or community programs, commuperverse that “kink” has). nity outreach, or even outreach People who come out as through their counseling services. enjoying spicy sex or having a For many decades members of spicy orientation or identity face

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a much greater discrimination than those who come out as LGB. Spicy people have no protection against losing their jobs, or losing their children in custody disputes. The failure of The Center to publicly support programs and include “BDSM rights” in their official mission is shameful. —John McConnell, via —Letters to the editor can be sent to Comments can also be made on our website or Facebook page.▼


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