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Volume 7 Issue 8 April 15 - 28, 2016

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Keeping cool with EarthFair


Embrace the planet in advance of Earth Day Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

her life, she has evolved into a force that many have already reckoned with. In 2011, she walked away from professional surfing and received national headlines when she publicly boycotted the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour in China, because the country “openly engages in human-rights violations, specifically those of women.” In 2013, Schumacher launched a successful campaign against Roxy for their “hyper-sexualization of elite female professional surfers,” gathering 21,000 signatures worldwide. Today, Schumacher can be more clearly defined a myriad of ways: as the devoted wife of Maria Cerda; a North County resident; an environmental activist; an

If you aren’t already doing it in your daily life, it’s that time of the year to feel connected to the Earth again, as the annual EarthFair 2016 heads to Balboa Park on April 17 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Though the internationally recognized Earth Day is actually the following Friday, April 22, San Diego Earth Works — the nonprofit that has produced the annual local homage to planet Earth since 1990, the 20th anniversary of the Earth Day — likes to gets a jump on things. Dubbed the “largest free annual environmental fair in the world” by organizers, it certainly is a large draw locally, attracting nearly 600,000 visitors to Balboa Park every year for the one-day festival. In comparison, organizers say the first event in 1990 drew 60,000. This year’s EarthFair is themed “Vote Cool,” a spin on the current presidential election season. “Not only do we need to support ways to cool global warming, we need cooler heads in our politics,” said Carolyn Chase, chief

see Schumacher, pg 17

see Earth Day, pg 8

A debate and a beer

q THEATER Schumacher (foreground) waves a California state flag as she marches in protest of Measure A. (Photo by Maria Cerda)

A city in flux A hot groin and a tricep


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Conservative Carlsbad heals a lesbian activist and spawns a City Council candidate Morgan M. Hurley | Editor Cori Schumacher wants change; she’s pushed for change around the world for most of her life, but now she wants the residents of Carlsbad to give her the opportunity to effect change. Schumacher is probably most well known as a three-time world champion professional longboard surfer (2000, 2001 and 2010). And while that notoriety and years of experience have surely framed

A fun outing for a serious cause Mama’s Day reaches its golden anniversary By Dave Fidlin

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Mama’s Kitchen celebrated its golden birthday last year, and on the heels of that milestone is the 25th anniversary of Mama’s Day — the annual fundraiser founded with a Mother’s Day theme — which provides the bulk of the funding necessary to bring quality meals — free of charge — into the hands of people who vitally need such services. Mama’s Day returns May 6, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., to its annual home at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, located at 3777 La Jolla Village Drive. To the San Diego men, women and chil-

dren affected by AIDS and cancer, the nutrient-filled meals are of the utmost importance, particularly since their immune systems are usually compromised. With a milestone on the horizon, Cortés cannot help but wax nostalgic as he reflects on how Mama’s Kitchen has stayed true to its roots, yet dually grown and evolved in the past quarter century. “We’ve added components [to the mission statement] here and there, but it really hasn’t changed that much,” Cortés said. “It’s stood durable over time.”

see Mama’s Day, pg 9

(back, l to r) Chef Julie Darling of Just Call Us Volunteers and Chef Chris Decker with (front) two student chef volunteers at Mama’s Day 2015 (Courtesy Decker Brothers Gourmet Soup)



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When suds and politics unite Grab a craft beer during the District 3 debate in East Village Ken Williams | Contributing Editor Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, the two top contenders in the race to fill the District 3 City Council seat being vacated by termed-out Councilmember Todd Gloria, will face off in an unusual debate where the audience will be able to order a craft beer while learning more about the candidates. The debate will be held April 28 at the Moniker Warehouse in the historic Snowflake Bakery Building, located at 705 16th St. in the East Village. Doors will open at 5:45 pm., and the debate is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in the multipurpose arts and creative center. Craft beer and wine will be sold, with all proceeds made during the event going to the Business Improvement District Foundation to help fund several small-business districts. NBC 7 news anchor Gene Cubbison will moderate the debate between the two Democrats. A third candidate, Scott Sanborn, who is running a nonpartisan campaign, was not invited to participate, according to organizers. For Bernal and Ward, debates are a vital way to reach voters ahead of the June 7 primary. Interest is already heightened this year because of the presidential campaign, and California's pri-

Craft beer will be for sale at the debate (Photo by SDCNN) mary vote could push one or more candidates over the top in the delegate count. Early voting, via mail-in ballot, begins May 9. “I think it’s important for voters and residents to hear the different perspectives of each candidate,” Bernal said. “From day one, I have based my campaign on the thoughts, concerns and opinions of D3 constituents. Community debates and forums provide another avenue for me to connect with residents and that’s why I value them.” “Many voters receive their ballots in four weeks and have an important choice to make in who is going to represent their interests at City Hall for the next four years,” Ward said. “Debates are one of the best ways for voters to hear how the candidates deal with complex questions facing our communities,

what their values and decision making process are, and to whom they are accountable,” Ward continued. “I am proud to have participated in every forum and debate that I have been invited to, so voters in every neighborhood can hear my vision for our neighborhoods.” In Bernal and Ward, District 3 voters have two candidates who are considered highly qualified for the job. Each was asked to convince readers why they would be the best choice. “I remind voters of my experience and that is my great advantage in this race,” Bernal said. “I have been working for Councilmember Todd Gloria and Council District 3 for the past seven years. The history, background knowledge and professional relationships I have acquired offer a seamless transition in leadership

and a continuation of the quality service residents have come to expect from City Hall. “Further, I'm not a politician,” he continued. “I don’t come from a highly political environment like the State Legislature. Rather, I’m running because I genuinely want to continue our City’s progress and deliver results for residents. I am capable of doing all this and more starting on day one.” “I believe I have a greater breadth of experience and regional relationships to provide accomplishments for Council District 3,” Ward said. “Being a councilmember is more than providing constituent casework for one neighborhood at a time. Todd Gloria knew that from his work as Congresswoman Davis’s district director, and outside roles prepared him well. “As chief of staff to [state] Senator Marty Block, I have managed an office of individuals — roughly the same size as a council office — working on policy development, constituent case work, and public budgeting for a district of almost 1 million San Diegans, including all neighborhoods of District 3 simultaneously. I was previously an environmental planner developing the very housing elements, community plans, CEQA documents and more that our councilmembers are tasked with reviewing and understand-

Anthony Bernal

Chris Ward ing. My own volunteerism extends to leadership roles through my planning group and non-profit community organizations, not an extension of my paid job. The organizations and individuals that have looked at the field in this race and endorsed me have done so because they believe I have the experience and relationships to exercise leadership for the district on day one.” Debate sponsors — the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA), Gaslamp Quarter Association, Downtown San Diego Partnership, East Village Association,

see Debate, pg 6


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A decade of ‘Dining Out’ Volunteers still needed for the annual ‘foodie fundraiser’ By Margie M. Palmer The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s 10th annual Dining Out for Life San Diego (DOFL) is fast approaching, and this year, more than five dozen restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs have signed on to donate 25 to 100 percent of sales to The Center’s HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. The event has grown tremendously since its inception, noted Ian Johnson, The Center’s director of events. “The inaugural year had 31 participating locations and now that has more than doubled with close to 70 locations participating in 2016,” he said, adding that between 15,000 and 20,000 San Diegans are expected to participate in the food and drink-based fundraiser this year. “What is amazing about Dining Out For Life is that it starts the conversation about HIV. New infections are still happening, people aren’t getting tested and some are still suffering. HIV hasn’t gone away.” This year, a dozen restaurants including Adams Avenue Grill, Barrio Star, Crest Café, Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream, Mariposa Ice Cream, Martinis Above Fourth, The Mission (North Park), Napizza Hillcrest, Napizza Little Italy, Park & Rec, Ritual Kitchen, Tavern & Garden

and Waypoint Pubic have all signed on to donate 50 percent of DOFL sales. Adams Avenue Grill will be donating 50 percent through May 1. Napizza owner Giulia Colmignoli said he hopes their participation will not only help raise HIV awareness, but strengthen local HIV services and encourage people to access HIV services. “We believe that coming together for a cause is a beautiful way to help shed light and awareness and aid to benefit our community,” Colmignoli said. “We did not even think twice about participating. We felt moved by the opportunity and we look forward to being a supportive extension for Dining Out For Life.” Restaurateur John Pani said he first heard about DOFL in 2014 when he opened Waypoint Public. “I learned about it through The Center’s marketing efforts and decided I wanted to get involved,” Pani said, adding that while he hadn’t previously had knowledge about DOFL, he was well aware of the work The Center has done for the local LGBT community. “It just felt like a good opportunity to give back to the community.” Pani, who also owns University Heights-based Park & Rec, said that having both locations participate was something he felt strongly about.

A large group including District 3 candidate Chris Ward (fourth from right) is shown participating at DOFL. (Photo by Big Mike) “The restaurants and bars are obviously supported by the community and by those of us who live and spend time in these neighborhoods,” he said. “Participating as a business, it just seemed like a good opportunity to give back some of the generosity that our patrons give to us. “We’re very lucky to be operating in [North Park and University Heights] and I think we’re fortunate to have the chance to participate in an event that encourages people to go out and spend money, and to be able to turn around and put that into something that is much bigger than hanging out in a bar.” Johnson said that part of what excites him about DOFL is that everyone who participates — diners, volunteers and the restaurant and bar staff, are enthusiastic about the event. “They are bring-

(l to r) Volunteer Ambassadors Prabha Singh and William Pontius at last year’s DOFL (Photo by Cali Griebel) ing awareness to the cause, they are coming out together to fight HIV and they are helping raise much-needed funds for HIV services and programs,” he said. “It’s great to see the restaurant staff

getting into the day and to see the locations decked out in red. It’s amazing to see the thousands of San Diegans come together and come out for Dining Out For Life.” The Center’s 10th annual Dining Out for Life San Diego will take place on Thursday, April 28. The full list of participating restaurants can be found at A number of volunteer opportunities are still available. For more information on how you can get involved, contact Sarah Merk-Benitez at —Margie M. Palmer is a San Diego-based freelance writer who has been racking up bylines in a myriad of news publications for the past 10 years. You can write to her at margiep@alumni. pitt. edu.▼

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Stonewall isn’t over A look at international trans rights through the eyes of a Malaysian diplomat Profiles in Advocacy Ian Morton Remember that time in 1969 when a police raid on a New York bar called The Stonewall Inn became a catalytic event in the U.S. LGBTQ civil rights movement? Yet in 2016, we can still find these types of situations happening in some countries,. On March 29, Malaysian transgender activist Nisha Ayub was honored by Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington, D.C., as one of 14 International Women of Courage. Mere days later back in Malaysia, a transgender beauty pageant and private dinner fundraiser held for Nisha’s HIV foundation and her transgender / gender non-conforming civil rights organization was raided by police and one of the organizers retained. While Nisha may have begun her 2016 U.S. tour in our nation’s capital, through the efforts of the San Diego Diplomacy Council (SDDC), she was recently brought here as part of the U.S. State Department’s International Leadership Program. As a result, I had the privilege — along with leaders from the San Diego LGBT Community Center, San Diego Pride and the SDDC — to sit down and meet this amazing young woman.

Hosted at The Center by Dr. Delores Jacobs, during the meeting we all came to understand the lengths one will go to live an authentic life and how resilience can be a bridge to advocacy. “The visits of global LGBTQ community leaders and activists to San Diego are not just a matter of cultural and professional exchange,” said Fabienne Perlov, SDCC executive director, on behalf of the organization that coordinates these important visits. “Already ambassadors of change in their own country, these individuals travel to the U.S. as citizen diplomats on a mission. The reverberating impact of a visit like Nisha’s has far-reaching implications for social change. Her time in our community is used to leverage media and communities, to influence government, societies, and individuals, in an effort to improve LGBTQ rights around the world.” Nisha’s journey into advocacy began at the age of 21, when she was arrested in Malaysia for dressing in women’s clothing and sentenced to three months in a men’s prison. Though sexually and verbally assaulted during her incarceration, instead of letting this time define her as a victim, Nisha’s ordeal galvanized her resolve to stand up to a nation that would allow the Malaysian transgender population to be abused.

(l to r) Ian Morton (SDHDF), Sarafina Scapicchio (San Diego Pride), Rebekah Hook-Held (The Center) and Nisha Ayub (Photo by Katie Berriochoa)

(l to r) Nisha Ayub with SDHDF Board President Jocelyn Harris (Photo by Katie Berriochoa)

Her organization, Justice for Sisters, addresses a spectrum of injustices, from “micro-aggressions” — such as mis-gendering trans victims in the press — to the government allowing Penang Sharia Law to trump State Law in the prosecution of non-Muslim transgender community members. The specific goals of Justice for Sisters include addressing legislation issues of transwomen and reforming laws that discriminate based on gender expression, such as the Sharia law that forbids crossdressing. Additionally, Nisha addresses the challenges of HIV/ AIDS through SEED, a registered

nonprofit organization that works with marginalized communities, such as the transgender community, female sex workers, the homeless, and People Living With HIV. Spearheaded by Nisha and her team, this Trans-led organization provides a safe space, capacity building training, information dissemination, and referrals to health, social welfare, employment and even peer to peer support group. Despite prejudice and lack of government support, Nisha continues the fight and was justly recognized as the first transgender woman to receive an International Women of Courage Award. During our meeting at The Center, she disclosed to us that to date, the U.S. Embassy has been continually supportive toward her effort to create an enabling and safe environment for the transgender community in Malaysia. Her hope is that she may use the honor bestowed by Secretary Kerry as a platform to spark international conversations about the plight of LGBTQ communities in nations that are considered “developing” countries. Nisha’s April visit also afforded San Diego’s leaders the opportunity to honor and support her work, including having April 5 proclaimed Nisha Ayub Day by Mayor Kevin Faulconer, congressional recognition from the office of Rep. Scott Peters, and the Jose Julio Sarria Civil Rights Award, presented by City Commissioner and Queen Mother of the Imperial Court of the Americas, Nicole Murray Ramirez. Graciously humble while accepting all the acclaim, Nisha reminded us that she was not doing this alone, and

while her visibility might offer a measure of protection, her community in Malaysia still faces life-threatening discrimination on a daily basis. “This prestigious award has given us, the transgender community, recognition of our preferred gender identity,” Nisha said. “To have such support from a powerful country such as the U.S. gives the community hope towards positive changes in the near future. My trip in the U.S. has widened my knowledge in so many ways towards advocating for transgender rights in my country. Thank you to the United State of America for giving the community a sense of acceptance and hope towards the betterment of the community around the world.” In the wake of LGBTQ discrimination measures being paraded as “religious liberty” laws in our own states, we must feel an acute solidarity with Nisha and her cause. I am proud to stand, on behalf of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, with The Center, San Diego Pride and the San Diego Diplomacy Council to lend our voices and resources to Nisha’s advocacy work, and hope that the larger San Diego LGBTQ community will join us in following the developments in Malaysia, and supporting our brothers and sisters who suffer, but continue to fight! —Ian D. Morton is s freelance grant writer and the producer of Y.E.S. San Diego, an LGBTQ youth empowerment conference. To nominate an individual or nonprofit for this column, please email the information to ian@▼

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Successes, new ventures ‘The Untethered Soul’ and local LGBT history Life Beyond Out of the Archives Archives Staff Thank you for making our “Heroines, Pioneers, and Trailblazers” gala a huge success at the San Diego Woman’s Club on March 19. Nearly 180 attendees honored the work of our 11 honorees and the women they represented. Congresswoman Susan Davis introduced former Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, who in her “no holds barred” style, delivered an impassioned speech about HIV/AIDS and the need to continue the fight. Honorary co-chair Katherine Stuart Faulconer delivered a proclamation from the Mayor declaring March 19, 2016 “Lambda Archives Day” in the city of San Diego. City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez, another honorary co-chair, gave a very heartfelt and moving “thank you” to the honorees for their work on behalf of the gay men’s community in the 1980s and ’90s. It was truly an afternoon to be remembered. You can see the video at our website thanks to Meredith Vezina and Ellen Holzman of TransNarratives. On Saturday, April 30, you are invited to the first Hillcrest LGBT Historical Walking Tour presented by Lambda Archives. The tour will include tidbits on LGBT history, as well as the architecture, art and places that make Hillcrest — often called the “gayborhood” and one of the oldest neighborhoods in San Diego — unique. To be included in this very first tour, check out our Facebook page, call 619-260-1522, or email info@LambdaArchives. org. Another interesting upcoming presentation of LGBT history you may want to check out is “Parkeology.” This is a site-specific art installation that aims to uncover the lesser-known historical aspects of Balboa Park. On April 30, from 6 – 11 p.m. in the Marston Point parking lot in Balboa Park, artist Kate Clark and her team will present a multimedia presentation about the checkered past of Queens Circle, also known as “The Fruit Loop.” In the days before internet and phone app hook-up sites, the area was known as a place for men to cruise for sex, resulting in police sweeps and even some murders. Gates and locked bathrooms still offer silent testimony to those times, but on this special evening, tape recordings and photographs will tell the tale.

The Flame (in 1984) will be on the walking tour. (Courtesy Lambda Archives)

“Working with Lambda Archives has been wonderful,” Clark said. “Normally when doing these kinds of art projects, I often feel like an outsider trying to convince an organization to do something out of their comfort zone — not the case with Lambda! From the moment they agreed to meet about the project, they've been nothing but supportive.” We were glad to offer help to this unique venture celebrating a unique aspect of the history of Balboa Park. Lambda Archives continues to be involved in many other ways as well, including working with the Community Leadership Council, collaborating with community organizations, area universities, researchers, and any other organizations or individuals we can help.

Bridget Wilson (right) and her life partner Kim McAlister kiss at San Diego Pride’s 2015 Stonewall Awards, where they were named Inspirational Couple. (Courtesy San Diego Pride)

We recently worked with the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association, which will honor local attorney and activist Bridget Wilson at their April 14 gala. Wilson was honored as a “Hero, Pioneer, and Trailblazer” in 2008 for her lifelong efforts in lesbian activism and supporting AIDS patients and LGBT military veterans. As a registered nurse, Wilson assisted Dr. Brad Truax deliver care to AIDS patients when others refused to touch them. Later, Wilson became an attorney and donated countless hours to help discharged veterans and helped change the face of the military, and indeed, our country, through the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. In addition, the Archives will assist the San Diego Unified School District to provide LGBT education in the classroom curriculum in compliance with the California “Fair Act.” We are excited by this opportunity to help educators and Gay/Straight Alliances be inclusive and supportive of our vulnerable LGBTQ students and their parents and allies. If you have a particular question or project, please reach out to us. Likewise, we are always in search of volunteers to help with the sexy parts of historic research and archiving, as well as the more mundane but necessary functions of data entry, general cleaning, and other routine office tasks. And Pride season is just around the corner, so there will be plenty to do. See you soon. —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▼

Therapy Michael Kimmel Have you ever wondered, “How can I become less reactive and impulsive?” or “How can I turn down the noisy voice(s) in my head and experience more peace of mind?” Michael A. Singer’s book “The Untethered Soul” answers questions like these. In the book, Singer walks us through our relationship with our thoughts and emotions and helps us become more of an observer of the noisy voices that I call our “monkey mind” — the part of your mind that’s continually analyzing and debating, “You should do this; no, you should do that,” destroying any chance for peace. Singer looks at the attention that we unconsciously give to our monkey mind, so that we can question it, instead of being run by it. An untethered soul, as he defines it, allows us to be more playful; we can experience life as an adventurous experiment, not a predictable set of circumstances that we have to somehow slog through. This wonderful book simplifies a very complex subject. Singer walks us through steps on how to free ourselves from habitual thoughts and emotions that limit our consciousness. I have just learned so much from this book that I’ve recommended it to clients, who have also found it helpful. While a lot of what Singer

talks about sounds really good, how do we actually do it? Here are some practical steps you can take to help calm your monkey mind and feel more peaceful and free (allow me to paraphrase Singer): Your monkey mind will never be content. It always has a problem with something. When was the last time you really had nothing bothering you? I thought so. And before that problem, there was another problem. And after this one’s gone, there will be another one. You’ll never be free of problems until you are free from the monkey mind that generates (and obsesses on) problems. The next time a problem is bugging you, don’t ask yourself, “What should I do about this?” That just feeds the monkey mind. Instead, ask, “What part of me is being disturbed by this?” If you ask, “What should I do about this?” you’re just encouraging your monkey mind to believe that there is a problem that you must deal with. For example, if you’re feeling jealous because you think that your partner is flirting with someone at a party, instead of trying to figure out what to “do” about it, you could ask yourself: “What part of me is jealous?” This encourages you to look inside and see that there’s a part of you that’s having a problem with jealousy. Once you clearly see the disturbed part, ask, “Who is it that sees this? Who notices this inner disturbance”? According to Singer, “Asking this [question] is the solution to your every problem. The very fact


that you can see the disturbance means that you are not it. The process of seeing something requires a subject-object relationship. The subject is called ‘the witness’ because it is the one who sees what’s happening. The object is what you are seeing, in this case, the inner disturbance. This act of maintaining objective awareness of the inner problem is always better than losing yourself in the outer situation.” By not identifying with your problem or feeling that you must do something about it, you get a bit of distance. You are pulling back from your monkey mind and watching it with some emotional neutrality and aren’t letting it run the show. As a result, you aren’t getting lost or confused by situations like you used to. You no longer allow the monkey mind to define your life as a series of “problems” that need to be “solved.” This may sound a bit heady, but it is very practical. If it intrigues you, I strongly recommend that you check out “The Untethered Soul”. In it, Singer walks you through a progression of steps to “untether” your soul from a constant need for problem solving, which never ends. The monkey mind can be tamed and this book can help. —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▼

events ATTHECENTER Monday, April 18 Tuesday, April 19 & May 3

National Transgender HIV Testing Day

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Join us at The Center for a workshop on HIV and the latest treatment and prevention methods, sponsored by the San Diego LGBT Community Center and Family Health Centers. Refreshments will be provided and free testing will be available specifically for the transgender community. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at 619.692.2077 x109 or

The Hillcrest Youth Center is a youth-only LGBTQ+ space now offering hours for youth. You’ll find computer access, creative and performing arts programming, amazing social activities and more. Tuesday nights will also include structured activities such as group games, arts and crafts and mini LGBTQ workshops and discussions. For more information, email

Tuesday, April 19

Young Women’s Discussion Group 7:30 pm, The Center Join other young women ages 18-30 on the third Tuesday of every month to discuss academics, careers, relationships, politics, social media, pop culture, community building, activism and ways to be more involved in the LGBT community. Meet like-minded people and share your experiences as a member of the LGBT community. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at 619.692.2077 x211, or The San Diego LGBT Community Center 3909 Centre Street • 619-692-2077

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Thursday, April 28 The Center’s 10th Annual

Dining Out for Life® San Diego Visit one of the dozens of participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in San Diego donating a minimum of 25% of sales for The Center’s HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs, and the HIV Funding Collaborative. Grab your family and friends and make plans to Dine Out and Fight AIDS for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, cocktails and more on Thursday, April 28! For more information, visit



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Correction In our last issue we ran a story about the San Diego LGBT Center’s Young Professional’s Council (YPC) Academy [see “Building leaders of the future,” Vol. 7, Issue 7 or at zv8xhqp].

In that article we stated that The Center’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Delores Jacobs, took over in 2010. This was a typo. Dr. Jacobs actually assumed her post in 2001. We fixed the error online immediately but not in time before it went to print. We regret the error.▼

Guest Editorial

Gender buttons By Lee Lynch Where do little kids get their urgent need to know my gender? Is it intrinsic, some part of survival of the species? Parents should at least teach them that their question is rude. But no, the parents are as unsettled by what they perceive to be gender nonconformance as their children. That leads to bullying, even at home. “Darling, you’re a pretty little girl! Wouldn’t you rather play with your dollies?” Well, no. I had not the slightest interest in dolls. Dressing them up? Pretending they were living infants? Bor-ing. I’ve been messing with gender all my life, preferring to present as androgynous. Perhaps it’s been rebellion, a slap in the face of anyone who asks the perennial question, is it a boy or a girl? Perhaps I just liked the look. I’m biologically female and have never wanted to be anything but a woman. At the same time, I have hated to wear female clothing since early childhood. It’s overpriced, often not well made, and uncomfortable. And I’m required to wear it because — it buttons to the left? Who makes these rules? In the March 27, 2015 Atlantic Magazine, MeEDITOR Morgan M. Hurley (619) 961-1960 CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Ken Williams, x102 Jeff Clemetson, x119 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Chris Azzopardi Charlene Baldridge Benny Cartwright David Dixon Dave Fidlin Michael Kimmel Walter G. Meyer Margie M. Palmer Frank Sabatini Jr. WEB & SOCIAL MEDIA Jen Van Tieghem, x118 COPY EDITOR Dustin Lothspeich

gan Garber wrote “Every day, millions of people are walking around with these little reminders of gender inequality emblazoned on their chests.” She explored the possible history of button placement to male use of weapons and shields, to class, to holding babies, and maybe even to Napoleon. Laughable, the way we button up traditions so they don’t go away. I don’t get angry easily, but I’ve always had a hair-trigger fury when confronted with gender assumptions. I had to hold in my anger — I was different and therefore wrong, wrong, wrong. Inside I was screaming, “How dare you—?” I didn’t know what to ask; I didn’t have the words. Why, why, why, did they have to know anyway? Today, I still ask. What is this need we have to categorize one another? Why separate, why pit category against category? Probably it goes back to defending ourselves when we set up housekeeping in caves. Gender labels are convenient, whether they once were prehistoric mating signals or are a way to protect today’s females from today’s males. Even as a kid, I wanted nothing to do with that mating stuff. The planet is EDITORIAL INTERNS Joseph Ciolino Tori Hahn ART DIRECTOR Todd Kammer

overpopulated enough. I have the maternal instincts of a sidewalk. Does this mean there’s something wrong with me? Again, how dare anyone define what is right or wrong in my inherent makeup. Once I was nominally a grownup and might have enjoyed the freedom of confident androgyny, many feminists, as unlearned as I had been, condemned the boyishness of butch and the spectacularness of femme. It took me a long, long time to re-recognize my natural attraction to girly girls and not condemn myself for it. I am terrifically grateful to the brave people who are speaking out on this subject in recent years, many of them young and fortunate to be more knowledgeable than I was at their age. Certainly, for most of them, reassignment to one extent or another is not the easy way out. I saw a meme yesterday that read: “Legality is a matter of power, not justice.” The fines and prison sentences that have been written into bathroom-use laws are a way of controlling those who the powerful fear: scary us. Wake up, legislators in North Carolina and Tennessee, we are not the people most likely to harm you or your kids. It’s okay to be ACCOUNTING Priscilla Umel-Martinez (619) 961-1962


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who you are and it’s okay to be who we are. Let go of that vestigial panic. But what kind of bad joke is this aging business? We grow heavy or dangerously thin, our bodies lose or grow (unwanted) hair. We’re prescribed medications that can numb our favorite drives and increase disfavored urges. Female and male become less distinct until, at the 50th anniversary celebration, longtime mixed gender couples look like each other. By end of life perhaps some begin to realize all the fuss over who was who and who did what never mattered. Many women have told me that they simply had no idea there were choices available to them: how to dress, who to love, whether or not to give birth, what work they could and could not do. Too many promising humans have been utterly crippled by primordial traditions and it’s time to quit mandating where our buttons go. —Lee Lynch is the awardwinning author of “The Swashbuckler,” “An American Queer,” “The Raid,” and has written many other gay and lesbianthemed novels over the course of her 30-year career. This opinion piece is from her nationally syndicated column, “The Amazon Trail.” To learn more about Lynch, visit leelynch6.▼


DEBATE and the Mission Hills Business Association — are business groups representing five of the neighborhoods that are part of District 3. The district includes Downtown, Bankers Hill, Park West, Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Medical District, Middletown, University Heights, North Park and Normal Heights. Benjamin Nicholls, executive director of the HBA, explained why his group got involved in this particular debate. “We co-sponsored it because we felt that the members of this coalition face similar issues as HBA and we thought our voice would be stronger if we partnered with like-minded groups. We also like to get together with our neighbors and talk about civic challenges and opportunities,” he said. Nicholls also shared why Sanborn was left out of the debate. “We didn’t discuss inviting Scott,” he said. “I don't think anyone on the organizing panel knows him and he certainly hasn’t been involved in the neighborhood business associations. We might have invited him if he had been more engaged with San Diego’s smallbusiness community.” The organizers also offered a good reason for the debate location. “East Village is central to the neighborhoods involved and we were looking for a place that represented the dynamism and excitement of these neighborhoods,” Nicholls said. “The facility at Snowflake is really exciting and represents the future for smallbusiness incubation. Plus, we can sell beer.” And that’s why this debate differs from so many other ones. “We’re selling beer and wine at the event,” Nicholls said. “The net proceeds will go to the BID Foundation. This group supports small neighborhood business groups that aren’t large enough to have a full-fledged BID. Neighborhoods supported by the BID Foundation include Bankers Hill, Barrio Logan, Thorn Street and South Park. Warren Simon is the chair of this group.” So order a beer, listen to the debate and help your neighborhood business groups. To submit possible questions for the candidates, send them to Nicholls at benjamin@hillcrestbia. org. Questions can also be submitted before the debate. —Ken Williams is editor of Uptown News and Mission Valley News and a contributing editor to Gay San Diego. He can be reached at▼

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The competition for the 44th annual Miss Gay America pageant — said to be the world’s first and longest running female impersonator pageant — is in full swing. That competition, held in Tennessee later this year, determines who will wear the 2017 crown.


The San Diego Wrestling Club (SDWC), also known as the Bulldogs — will hold their 10th annual wrestling tournament Saturday, April 23, at the San Diego LGBT Community Center, located at 3909 Centre St., in Hillcrest. Dozens of wrestlers from up and down the West Coast attend the three-day event, which begins on Thursday, April 21 with the club’s regular practice at 7 p.m. Friday night the Bulldogs host a skills and rules clinic, and the tournament, which begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, concludes the weekend. SDWC welcomes spectators to the Saturday afternoon amateur wrestling tournament for a $5 donation. Started in 1998 by members who are still involved in the club, SDWC is celebrating its 18th year as the only year-round, LGBT-friendly adult freestyle wrestling organization in San Diego and looking to expand its membership. Sanctioned by USA Wrestling — the national body for Olympic wrestling — all members will also be affiliated with USA Wrestling and require an active membership card to participate. All age groups (over 18), weights and skill levels are welcome. No one will be turned away.

Asia O’Hara (Photo by Kristofer Reynolds) Coming up on Sunday, April 17 is the state preliminary competition, where Miss Gay California America will be crowned. The event takes place from 7 – 10 p.m. at Rich’s Nightclub, located at 1051 University Ave., in Hillcrest. The reigning Miss Gay America 2016, Asia O’Hara of Dallas, will be featured at the event and Kendra Monroe, Miss Gay California America 2014, will also be honored. Five categories will be judged — male interview, solo talent, evening gown, on-stage interview and talent (a large scale production number) — and the winner will not only take the California title, but be on their way to Memphis in October. Contestants for Miss Gay America must be men who live as men who achieve “a convincing feminine illusion solely through their own ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness.” Many design their own gowns and spend thousands of dollars to prepare for the contests, but female hormones, breast implants or injectable fillers are all strictly forbidden in the competition. The pageant was founded in Nashville in 1972 and more than 10,000 men have competed for the Miss Gay America title. Miss Gay California debuted in 2006. To get a peek inside what may be in store at Rich’s on April 17, check out this trailer from the award-winning film PAGEANT (2008): haw9e56. For more information visit

A match from last year (Courtesy SDWC) Those interested in learning more about the sport of freestyle wrestling are encouraged to come watch or even participate in the Bulldogs’ two weekly practice sessions — Thursday nights from 7 – 9 p.m. and Sundays from 4 – 7 p.m. — in the auditorium at The Center. The nonprofit club also hosts various fundraisers, BBQs, potlucks and other social mixers throughout the year and participates in freestyle wrestling tournaments hosted by other cities. For more information about the club or the tournament, contact Coach Tom at 619-569-7547 or visit


The Wine Pub in Point Loma is now offering customized wine tours to the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California. Located 20 miles north of Ensenada, the “Valle” is home to an association of winemakers, regional cuisine, and scores of premium grapes that lead to award-winning Mexican wines. Getting there can be challenging so Sandy Hanshaw, owner of The Wine Pub, located at 2907 Shelter Island Drive, #108, in Point Loma, wishes to make it easier. Taking a trip across the border for various reasons can be a challenge, including dirt roads, long waits at the border, and more, especially when drinking is involved. As such, the tour is especially suited to those wishing to spend the day there and not have to worry about navigation or drinking and driving. “When I first discovered Valle de

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EARTH DAY executive officer of Earth Works. “Be cool, do cool, VOTE COOL!” This year’s EarthFair attendees are in for another full day of exhibitors, kids activities, entertainment, sustainable energy and product demonstrations, art, food and more, all focused on sustaining the planet where we all live. There’s even a kid’s Earth parade and a concourse showing off the latest in electric cars. “It’s totally amazing to me each year all the new things people come up with to go green and help others do the next thing,” Chase said. “Also interesting is who sticks with it from year-to-year — what works and what doesn't.” The list of exhibitors on the EarthFair website – which are really the heart and soul of this event — is exhaustive. They include national and local brands and small mom-and-pop businesses, and include such unique vendors as Aunt Be Botanicals, Plant with a Purpose, Peace Pies, Herbal Apothecary, Temple Turmeric, the Friendly Feather Shop, Scenichouse, Urban Octupus and dozens of others. Also on hand will be local and state community and public service organizations, some with political leanings, and

A Sister of Perpetual Indulgence enjoys last year’s festival. the expected vendors, like Greenpeace, SDG&E, SolarCity, MTS, the Sierra Club and more. For a full list of exhibitors, visit tinyurl. com/ztwpcsd. “I make a list each year of the tables I’m going to visit with an empty backpack at the beginning of the day,” Chase said. “This year I hope to score a free tomato plant, sustainable dog treats for my dog Dozey and some of the most fantastic enviro-candles — and that’s just to start.” Entertainment this year will take place on five different stages throughout the park. There will be a Children’s Area with its own Children’s Stage, with lots of performances for kids when they

Hundreds of volunteers are needed every year. (Photos courtesy EarthFair)

are not occupied by the crafts, and a Magic Show stage will be set up in front of the lily pond, with entertainment by EarthFair mainstay “the Dr. Wilderness Family.” The children’s parade will start from Spanish Village at 10:30 a.m. and work its way to Pan American Plaza, near the Children’s Area. Other stages include the Sun Stage, located behind the Federal Building and the Moon Stage at Park Boulevard and President’s Way. Both will feature contemporary style music. Those interested in learning about everything imaginable that falls under the sustainable

umbrella will want to hit up the eHome exhibit area. Ways to get you off the grid, make your windows more energy efficient, and various alternative home building methods will all be on display with demonstrations and representatives to assist you. Sustainable, plant-based food can be found in the Food Pavilion. Always been curious about vegetarian and vegan fare? Here is your chance to check it out without too much of an investment. There will be no shortage of non-meat options. Remember EarthFair is a “zero waste” event — you can imagine a festival of this size has the potential to create a lot of

waste — but everything used is recycled. Organizers state that last year they were able to divert 90 percent of their waste from the landfill by keeping to this policy. That’s commendable, and you can do your part, too. Come lay on the grass, listen to music, eat meat-less food, and learn all the options available to make your life and home more sustainable. For more information about EarthFair, and information on alternative transportation options, visit —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at morgan@▼


MAMA’S DAY What has changed since Mama’s Kitchen was established in the early 1990s are some of the stigmas and misinformation concerning AIDS, HIV and other conditions that have impacted the LGBT and other communities. “That was right in the throws of the AIDS epidemic,” Cortés said of Mama’s Kitchen’s earliest days as an organization. “The number of diagnoses were still very high, and it was considered a deadly condition. There was an atmosphere and stigma of fear and a real lack of information. It was a real hostile time.” But as Cortés sees it, the organization’s importance in the community has been unwavering — even as society has evolved its attitudes. Humanizing the impact AIDS still has today is one of the fundamental goals behind the organization’s outreach efforts. While Cortés’ leadership with the organization only goes back 14 years, he said he has been an ardent supporter of Mama’s Day from the get-go. “At the time, it was unique because fundraisers were usually known to be more formal with speeches,” Cortés said. “I think we raised the bar and created a tradition other organizations have tried mimicking.” Since quality food is at the heart of Mama’s Kitchen’s mission, it is only fitting the same holds true for the annual Mama’s Day fundraisers. A hallmark of each year’s event are the range of chefs — many from some of San Diego’s finest and most notable

restaurants — who prepare samples of some of their top dishes for attendees to enjoy. While final pieces of the puzzle are still being assembled in the weeks leading up to the 25th annual fundraiser, Cortés said at least 55 local chefs have donated their time and talent for this year’s event. The figure is notable, Cortés pointed out, since the event takes place on a Friday — a time of the week when restaurants are usually bursting at the seams with customers. One of this year’s participating chefs is Chris Decker, who coowns Decker Brothers Gourmet Soup. As the company’s name suggests, Decker’s business partner is his brother, Karl. Together, the Deckers have been making a variety of health-conscious soup recipes inspired by their mom’s concoctions over the years, sold wholesale or distributed throughout various restaurants in San Diego. This is the sixth consecutive year Decker Brothers are participating in Mama’s Day. “It’s one of the most fun and impressive fundraisers out there,” Chris Decker said. “Everyone gets into it and has a blast.” Decker and brother Karl hail from the East Coast and came to San Diego to tap into their love of surfing. They also are long-time supporters of LGBT causes. In addition to their regular support of Mama’s Kitchen, the Deckers donate time and manpower to the Rob Benzon Foundation, which has regularly supported charitable causes, some benefiting the LGBT community. Speaking specifically to Mama’s Day, Chris Decker said

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Chef Bernard Guillas of the Marine Room prepares a dish for Mama’s Day 2015. (Courtesy Viera Photographics) he has witnessed an evolution within the fundraiser, particularly as a growing number of participants have volunteered and rallied behind the mission of Mama’s Kitchen. “[The event has] grown in popularity,” Decker said. “But we also see a lot of the same faces, year after year.” As an ever-evolving organization, Cortés said that he and other leaders constantly try and raise the bar so Mama’s Kitchen can serve as many San Diegans in critical need as possible. Last year’s Mama’s Day gala netted $176,000 in proceeds. The figure, in turn, enabled the organization to serve 57,680 meals, each one tailored to the recipient’s needs. In many cases, the meals are delivered straight to the recipient’s home. In a time filled with milestones, Cortés basks in one other notable statistic: Mama’s

(l to r) 2015 attendees Ron Oster, Dan Doeshall, and Kelly and Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien (Courtesy Viera Photographics) Kitchen recently served its 8 millionth meal. Despite that incredible achievement, the longtime executive director and all those associated with Mama’s Kitchen aren’t planning to stop too long to gaze at the laurel. “It’s a recognition that the work we do is absolutely critical,” Cortés said. “It all comes together because of a concerted community effort.” The 25th annual Mama’s Day fundraiser takes place Friday, May 6, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., at Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, 3777 La Jolla

Village Drive. Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien returns as the culinary host. Tickets are $150 per person in advance, $175 at the door and premium VIP tickets are available at $250, which allow entry at 5:30 p.m., and an exclusive pre-party and a special presentation by Zien. For more details on Mama’s Day or to learn more about Mama’s Kitchen, visit the organization’s website at —Dave Fidlin is a freelance journalist with a special affinity for San Diego and its people.▼



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A different kind of ‘Rocky’ Cygnet extends Frank ‘N’ Furter and the gang Theater Review Charlene Baldridge Anyone here not remember the plot of Richard O’Brien’s 1973 “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”? Soon after the show’s London debut, it was adapted into what became a classic cult film musical devoted to B movies and science fiction of earlier decades. My nearest seatmate at Cygnet Theatre’s March 19 opening of “Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show” had seen the film 10 times. Ask her. Or ask my teenage high school student just before she graduated high school in 1978. She dressed in drag at midnight every weekend and went with a girlfriend to see it. They had the show and all its moves memorized. At Cygnet’s concession stand, one may purchase “performance enhancer props” prior to the show. Feel free to shout out, as one woman did incessantly opening night, much to the annoyance (I think) of Artistic Director Sean Murray, who wears the sequin shoes, directs and plays the transvestite scientist who’s master of the castle, Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter. Also feel free to get on your feet and do the Time Warp at the end of the show. It will

fully take you back to another era and introduce those who weren’t there to the cult experience. It’s a rainy night and the car carrying the virginal Brad (Jacob Caltrider, who is really funny) and Janet (Amy Perkins, who looks great in her period white bra) breaks down in a rainstorm in the forest. They go to a nearby mansion to use the telephone (triple A, anyone?) and meet a bunch of people dressed in freaky duds who don’t seem interested in allowing them to use telephone. Brad and Janet feel threatened, although soon they lose their virginity (not with each other!), start to enjoy themselves and are not quite so eager to leave. It seems that Frank ‘N’ Furter, the chief dragster, having created the defective initial model from a guy named Eddie (played by Steve Gouveia, who also portrays a scientist who drops in at the 11th hour) has created a new boy toy for himself, by the name of Rocky Horror (Danny Hansen). Rocky, dressed miniscule gold lame, seems to have a mind (or at least half a one) and lusts of his own. He proceeds to pleasure others of both genders. Frank ‘N’ Furter takes his dis-pleasure out on all his minions, resulting in the (hysterically chaotic and visually amazing) destruction of the entire Rocky world.

The charismatic Frank ‘N’ Furter swings both ways. (Courtesy Cygnet Theatre) The carnage is as vast as that of “Hamlet.” Cygnet Theatre was absolutely made for “The Rocky Horror Show,” much more so than past venues such as the Old Globe (audience was mostly dumbfounded in a wonderful way) and Diversionary, which were too small. The show has a great rock score with hits such as “Damn It, Janet” and “The Time Warp” and “Sweet Transvestite,” with music and lyrics by O’Brien. Perhaps more than any other seen by this observer, Murray breaks one’s heart, especially this time, as the thwarted, defeated Frank ‘N’ Furter. Sociologically, the film engendered talks we all needed to have regarding gender identification and acceptance of those different than we. I like to think it made my daughter and her friends

Frank is proud of the man he has “created.” (Courtesy Cygnet Theatre)

“Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show” Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. (Old Town) Wednesdays through Sundays Extended through May 7 Tickets start at $46 619-337-1525 better people. Others in the beautifully, lavishly produced, already extended Cygnet pro-

duction (who knew there were so many sequined shoes?) are Michael Cusimano as Riff Raff, Sarah Errington as Columbia, Jim Chovick as Criminologist, and Bets Malone as Magenta. Brian Banville and Katie Sapper are backup singers, who perform aloft, moves and all, with the crackerjack band conducted by Patrick Marion. David Brannen is choreographer, Jennifer Brawn Gittings engineers wondrous costumes, Peter Herman creates wigs, and Andrew Hull, the scenic design. Chris Luessman is sound designer and Chris Rynne the lighting designer. You may want to see it twice. —Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. Follow her blog at or reach her at▼


Boy problems Steve Grand talks new music, touchy-feely fans and moving beyond ‘All-American Boy’ By Chris Azzopardi Steve Grand can barely stand himself — that is, the superficial, internet-packaged version of the singer/songwriter/dreamboat presented to the public since even before his 2013 viral hit rocked our gay world. “I don’t like the me that most people probably see,” admitted Grand, 26. Now, the self-proclaimed “weird guy trapped in a douchey gym guy’s body” is tackling YouTube with a fun and frank smattering of endearing, noholds-barred confessionals. He takes on his constantly-criticized image … and also a half gallon of Breyers, which he (in)appropriately slurps as he dishes practical advice on clean bottoms. In another video, called “Steve and Trev PUMP it up at the GYM,” Grand delivers on the dream of him wearing compression pants over his jockstrap. As he preps new music, the “All-American Boy” is certainly less all-American-y these days. In our new freewheeling interview, Grand opened up about everything and anything. (Chris Azzopardi | CA) I have a confession to make: I like you better now than I did at the beginning of your career. (Steve Grand | SG) Fuck you! [Laughs] ... I’m kidding. (CA) Yeah, fuck me. I blame the internet. I got bits and pieces of you. The abs. The music. But now, through your YouTube videos, we’re finally seeing the real you. (SG) I’m not so bad. People have [such] incredibly low expectations of me, that I just need to show up. For my performances, I need to not be terrible and people will be impressed. I just know people have really, really low expectations of me and that’s what the internet does. I’m such an easy person to target. Young, good-looking, white, gay men — we love to hate those people. But there’s been a real person there the whole time. It’s weird. For a long time there’s been a big disconnect between how much I could expect to be understood by people and how much I actually was understood by people. I had this unreason-

able expectation that I was going to be understood by people and it took me a long time to get over that. I don’t make sense in any kind of headline, so I’ve kinda given up on that and I’m fine with it. The more you kind of give up and don’t care, the more people feel that and like that. (CA) When did you stop caring as much? (SG) Of course I do care. I revel in not caring, but I still am human. I’m not very good at crafting the public image version of me. I’m just not. I’m too messy of a person and I care too much about being able to be a real dimensional human being. (CA) Why do you say you’re “messy”? (SG) [Hesitates] There’s a good answer to this. Some people just make more sense in a headline. Taylor Swift — she’s an example of someone who’s not really messy. She’s a well-oiled machine. Everything about her is very comfortable and that’s one of the reasons she’s so massively successful. That’s not a criticism; it’s an objective observation. With me, I still am just a regular person operating in the same world as everyone else. I’m not rich and famous. And I think there’s a weird disconnect that, when someone has any degree of fame on social media or whatever, we discount them as being a real, complicated human being. I feel like I have always fought for myself to be seen as a complex, nuanced human being, to the point where I would rather not have lots of success and notoriety if it means that I can’t let all the messy edges of me show. (CA) “All-American Boy” categorized you as “country music’s first out gay male,” but then you didn’t make any “country” music after that and even resisted the label. Was that time in your career as confusing for you as it was for other people? (SG) What I’m mostly confused about is how important labels are to people. Music is music and maybe “All-American Boy” is a country song to some people and maybe it’s not to other people. I just never put much energy into thinking about what

it was classified as. I probably would’ve been smarter to, but I just genuinely don’t care about labels that much. I never called myself a country singer, so yeah, it was kind of confusing and another reason why you have to separate yourself from the way that you’re seen publicly. Even going down to the most basic details of who I am publicly, it’s not even correct. I never said I’m country and I never said I’m the first anything; those are all things that people associated with me and it had absolutely zero to do with anything that I said or did myself.

GAY SAN DIEGO April 15 - 28, 2016 People can’t just look at a picture of a hot guy and let it be beautiful. It has to be some statement about them. Let people just fucking appreciate what is beautiful and let things be beautiful if they’re beautiful. (CA) So, you never look at a photo of another guy and think, “I wish I could look that good”?


(SG) Oh my god — of course I do. But I try to take personal responsibility and not lash out at that person because they maybe make me feel less. I just fucking look at the picture and enjoy it. I’ve had a lot of moments where I’ve seen someone who is maybe more beautiful or someone who

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(CA) Do you regret having that song be country-tinged at all because it put you in a box that you didn’t want to be in? (SG) No — I have to learn everything through life experience. I didn’t have anyone taking me through this. It’d be so easy to get caught up in, “I regret this, I regret that.” We’re not all on the same playing field, and I’ve had certain advantages and I’ve also had certain disadvantages. One is that I really got into this on my own and I didn’t necessarily have the guidance that maybe would’ve made everything turn out a little differently. (CA) With that said, is the facial hair intended to shift you from the “All-American Boy” image? (SG) [Laughs] I’m really trying! I’m really, really trying. It’s not growing right! But it’s natural and nice. I just feel like it fits my personality to be more cuddly and look like a bear a little bit. Even having shitty facial hair fits my personality. [Laughs] (CA) Can you talk about the struggle to be taken seriously as a music artist when there are halfnaked photos of you circulating all over the internet? (SG) It used to be really frustrating, but I’ve readjusted my expectations. I don’t have that high of expectations for the general public — I mean, we don’t even understand things that really actually fucking matter, like, with this election. So why should I expect people to take the time to understand me? I don’t matter. And people don’t even care about things that do matter. I take my music seriously. I’m a good musician and I’m a good performer, and I also like to work out my body and show it off sometimes. It’s a fleeting thing; when I’m 50, I’m not gonna look like this. Everybody has to feel like they have to be a special snowflake.

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Dozens of restaurants throughout San Diego County are participating in this year’s Dining Out for Life, which supports HIV/AIDs programs at the San Diego LGBT Community Center. The restaurants taking part will donate a portion of their sales proceeds on April 28 to the cause, with some giving 50 percent (Crest Café, Napizza, Waypoint Public, The Mission, Martinis Above Fourth, and many more). For a complete list of participants, visit thecentersd. org/events.


Vinavanti Urban Winery in Hillcrest recently began selling made-to-order white and red sangria in pitchers. Customers seated at the bar get to see the various “allnatural” ingredients that go into them. The price per pitcher is $30, although during happy hour (4 – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday) they’re $10 off. In addition, the menu was revamped to include more items such as hearty salads, sandwiches and flat breads. 1477 UniWitness sangria in the making at Vinavanti Urban versity Ave., 877-484-6282, Winery. (Photo by Heather Newman) Monthly beer and wine “Sunday school” classes are back in session at Bankers Hill Bar + Grill, which resume on April 17 with an exploration into the different manifestations of wines made with the same grape varietals. The series continues May 15 with “floral whites for spring and summer,” followed by a July 17 tasting of suds from Modern Times Beer. Classes are held from 2 – 4:30 p.m. and cost $45 per person. 2202 Fourth Ave., 619-231-0222,

An eatery specializing in sweet and savory pies is coming to University Heights. (Photo by Gan Suebsarakham) An interior remodel is underway at a former hair salon in University Heights for Pop Pie Co., an eatery that will sell mini pies filled with everything from braised pork and curried vegetables to spiced apples and pastry cream incorporating Earl Grey tea. Due to open in early summer, the venture was conceived by local business banker Steven Torres, and baker Gan Suebsarakham, who fell in love with a specialty pie shop in his native Thailand before moving here. The savory pies measure five inches in diameter, with the sweet ones ringing in at three inches. Sidekicks will include mashed potatoes and gravy, citrus-pesto cauliflower, kale slaw, and more. Since starting the business last year, Torres says they’ve been making the pies mainly y for weddings and special events. 4404 Park Blvd., vd.,

New to Bankers Hill is Royal Stone, a seasonally based, European-inspired bistro launched by John and Jackie Stone. The couple took over the space previously occupied by Royal Café under different ownership. “After working in a corporate career, I wanted to follow my heart by opening a place with a warm and welcoming atmosphere,” Jackie said. “Business has been terrific.” The restaurant serves breakfast daily, and dinner on Wednesday through Sunday. It also offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. 3401 First Ave., 619-738-8550, —Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at▼

The signature “A Wreck” features four meats plus Swiss cheese. (Courtesy Potbelly Sandwich Shop) Coming perhaps to a neighborhood near you is Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Shop a national chain born in Chicago during the 1970s that is preparing to debut here late later th this year. Jackson Lewis of the public relations team said the company is eyeb eyeballing lli a host of locations throughout metro San Diego, including a space in the Gasla Gaslamp Quarter near the corner of Sixth Avenue and B Street. In addition to a pleth plethora of made-to-order sandwiches such as mushroom melts, meatball, and smoked ham tucked into assorted breads, the shops also serve soups, salads and milkshakes.

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STEVE GRAND sounds better than me or has written a song that I think is gorgeous — yeah, sometimes I have that envy and that jealousy rises up. I could either leave a really bitter comment about it on the internet or I could go work on my own shit and be the best I can be. (CA) Do you think your more risqué photos have helped or hurt your career? (SG) Oh, I don’t know. It is what it is. I’m just trying to be myself. (CA) Would you ever go back into modeling full time? (SG) I never was a model. I never got paid for any of it. I’m just another guy who has photos online of me in my underwear and that’s really all it is. It’s really true. I don’t know what qualifies as being a model anymore because we all have Instagram accounts. Max Emerson is a model. I’m not. I just wanted to take pictures of myself with my clothes off. (CA) You recently got naked for a promo advertising bassackwards tees. Tell me about that. (SG) I got with them and worked with them and we’re still

figuring out which organization it’s gonna benefit. It’s definitely gonna be an LGBT organization. If people are gonna click on this shit then yeah, I’ll be a part of this cool T-shirt [campaign] and we’ll give some of the proceeds to our cause and everyone wins. (CA) How do they decide how much butt to show in a video like that? (SG) Everyone’s seen my butt, but some days I’ll feel more like an instigator than other days; other days I want no part of that. With this, I don’t think I’d done anything that I hadn’t done before. I just wanted to make a video that was beautiful and sexy. (CA) Under what circumstances would you go completely au naturale? (SG) And show my dick? You can pretty much see it in some of the shots from the past, but I probably wouldn’t. I’d rather not. But if someone was like, “Here’s a million dollars,” I would be like, “Sure.” But, like, I don’t think my dick is that exciting. It’s just like, whatever. It’s pretty unremarkable. I think it’s good to be proud of what you have but I think there are more interesting things about me than my relatively … what’s the word I’m looking for? It’s very appropriately sized and shaped, that’s what I would say.

(CA) That’s gonna be the headline somewhere: “Steve Grand calls his dick ‘unremarkable’ and ‘appropriately sized.’” (SG) That’s fine. If it makes people happy … (CA) How has notoriety changed your life? (SG) That’s a big question. I don’t know. I have a Wikipedia page! Googling myself is a really scary thing that could have really adverse effects on my psyche! (CA) You’re not supposed to do that, Steve. (SG) I definitely don’t anymore. It took a long time. It’s been months since I’ve done it. I’m terrified of what’s out there. (CA) How has it changed dating for you? (SG) When “All-American Boy” came out I couldn’t be on dating apps without getting shit for it, but now it’s fine. It doesn’t really have any effect. (CA) Have you ever been faced with a flirty fan that made you uncomfortable? (SG) Someone was tickling me as we were taking a picture and I’d kind of had it, and I think they thought they were being sneaky about it. But I really reacted and made a scene. “That tickles!” And I jumped. There’s a picture of

Googling himself became a thing of the past once Grand realized he felt better not knowing what was out there. (Photo by Christopher Free) me reacting. It’s hilarious. I was gonna repost it but I didn’t wanna embarrass the guy. Like, it’s fine. He was tickling my side; I don’t know what he got out of that. Sometimes people, if they’re more drunk, their hand will lower to my ass and I’ll be like, OOOK. (CA) You have to slap their wrist? (SG) Yeah. [Tickling] is one of those things. I felt like tickling me was really presumptuous and I didn’t like it. It was uncomfortable. One time there was someone who was a fan and I was like, “You’re really hot,”

and, you know, that whole thing happened, but that doesn’t really happen. I just feel like I’m automatically put in a position when someone is a fan. I’m already something to them. There’s an expectation there. It freaks me out to think about if I’m having sex with someone they might be thinking about my music video, like that’s really weird to me. I wouldn’t like that. (CA) Or if they wanted to play your music during sex. (SG) My fear is that someone will start singing “All-American Boy” during it. People joke like, “Oh, I feel like we’re in your music video,” and that’s a boner kill. I like to keep those things separate. It’s so pure. What I put out there is so pure and I don’t want to think about purity when I’m actually having an intimate moment. (CA) What’s next for you? (SG) I really do wanna have something out in the next couple of months and I wanna move more quickly with getting content out there. I really want to put out a full album, so I’m working on that right now. I’m in a better frame of mind and what I’m putting out is gonna be about a lot of things that happened in the last two years. I’m more grown up and things are gonna be more stripped down. I just feel like I’m better and more comfortable with myself, so I’m letting the edges of me be present on the album and in the recordings more than before. I was always trying to round off my edges because I wasn’t comfortable with them. It’s gonna be a little more gritty. It’s gonna fuck up people's brains. (CA) So the “Anti All-American Boy”? (SG) Yeah, I have a rebellious spirit and that’s what made me want to do “All-American Boy” as my first thing, but now I’m rebelling against something different. I don’t feel like making a music video about two guys is an act of rebellion. So, what am I saying now? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself while making this music. It’s gonna be interesting. I’m grateful I’ve relieved myself of the burden of trying to be whatever expectations people had of me because I think I fucked all that up good enough to where I’m able to freely be myself now. —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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BRIEFS Guadalupe, I completely fell in love with the spirit of this nearly undiscovered wine and food destination,â&#x20AC;? Hanshaw said in a press release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to share that experience with other wine lovers and adventure seekers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hassle free.â&#x20AC;? The first tour â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which sold out â&#x20AC;&#x201D; took place on April 9 and the next event is scheduled for May 21. Organizers promise that each trip will be unique, with the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal wine connoisseur and host always tapping into a new set of guest winemakers, making each trip â&#x20AC;&#x153;a new intimate experience that [will be] impossible to duplicate.â&#x20AC;? Tours start at The Wine Pub at 8:30 a.m. and will include a breakfast stop in Tijuana, winery hopping in the valley at three different wineries and dinner at one of two area restaurants. Total tour cost is $195, which includes transportation, all food (breakfast and dinner), wine tastings, and border fast pass. Tips for driver and drinks during dinner are not included. Reservations and prepayment are required. For more information, visit or to buy tickets for the May tour, visit tinyurl. com/hupcqb4.

The one-day cleanse (Courtesy OH! Juice) OH! JUICE OPENS UP NC TASTING ROOM

One of the crowd favorites at Hillcrest Farmers Market, Little Italy Mercado and La Jolla Farmers Market is expanding into North County. OH! Juice â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a local, certified organic, cold-pressed juice company â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has opened up a tasting room at 5631 Palmer Way in Carlsbad. Launched in 2014, the company, run by CEO and trained nutritionist Hanna Gregor, got its start at the farmers markets and by offering a subscription service with home and office deliveries. They ran a Kickstarter effort last year to boost their offerings with a storefront. â&#x20AC;&#x153;OH! Juice strives to eliminate any fears associated with juice cleanses through proper education and creates a gateway for others to reach optimal health,â&#x20AC;? stated Gregor in a press release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are thrilled to open our own facility and provide consumers with the freshest juices on the market; we hope to empower locals to live a healthier lifestyle just by making small changes to their diet.â&#x20AC;? The juices are made from all-organic ingredients and are nutritionally dense. At the tasting room â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; those interested will be allowed to taste samples of various juices, ask questions and see the cold pressed process in action. For more information, visit


In its 2016 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Healthcare Equality Indexâ&#x20AC;? the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has honored Scripps hospitals and the VA San Diego Healthcare System with top marks for meeting nondiscrimination and training criteria that demonstrates the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families. It is the fifth year Scripps has received such high scores from the annual survey, which evaluates inclusive practices and policies as they relate to LGBT patients, visitors and employees. The marks put the local chain of hospitals in the elevated category of Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality, along with a select group of hospitals nationwide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At Scripps, we believe in treating every individual with dignity and respect,â&#x20AC;? said James LaBelle, M.D., Scripps chief medical officer, in a press release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This distinction by the HRC Foundation further demonstrates our commitment to delivering quality, compassionate care to our diverse patient population.â&#x20AC;? Those health care facilities that were awarded the elevated title met key criteria set for patient and employee policies; those which specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity, equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT education for key staff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Despite all the progress weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made, far too many LGBT people still lack inclusive and affirming health care,â&#x20AC;? said Chad Griffin, HRC president in the release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality are helping to change that, and, in the process, making the lives of LGBT patients and their families better each and every day.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;LGBT people have a right to be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrates Scripps Health [and VA San Diego Healthcare System] for its work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients,â&#x20AC;? Griffin stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very proud of this award and have worked very hard to promote non-discrimination policies and to improve the quality of care for LGBT Veterans,â&#x20AC;? stated Cynthia Abair, acting director of VA San Diego Healthcare System in a different release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very grateful to our LGBT Work Group for their leadership and all the work they do.â&#x20AC;? HRCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Healthcare Equality Index offers participating hospitals and service providers â&#x20AC;&#x153;unique and powerful resourcesâ&#x20AC;? which encourage and monitor the treatment of employees and patients, in a group that has long been overlooked. Training is imperative. The Department of Veterans Affairs office of Health Equity oversees the coordination of equitable health of all veterans. Scripps is a San Diego-based nonprofit integrated health system founded in 1924 that serves more than 600,000 patients annually. Employing more than 15,000 people throughout the region, Scripps also has 2,600 affiliated physicians, all providing health care services through their five acute-care hospital campuses, hospice and home health services, outpatient centers, various clinics and offices. For more information or to download a copy of the report, visit

Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scholarship winners and presenters (Courtesy SDHDF) SUPPORTING LGBT SCHOLARS

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SCHUMACHER LGBT activist; an advocate for the disenfranchised; an entrepreneur; a widely published writer; a speaker; a documentarian; a minimalist; and she remains a fierce critic of the world of women’s surfing. She recently decided to add another item to her long resume, something she never intended to do — become a candidate for political office. Last summer, Schumacher heard rumblings that the Carlsbad City Council was planning a meeting to decide whether or not area residents should be allowed to vote on a large development being proposed for the south shore of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, located just east of Interstate 5 off of Cannon Road and including the strawberry fields. Carlsbad voters had already decided in 2006 — through the passage of Proposition D — that the area in question was protected as “permanent open space.” Now a decade later the City Council was considering a request by billionaire land developer Rick Caruso to purchase the land from SDG&E and put a mall on 27 of the 177 acres designated for protection. Schumacher, 38, said she spoke at the meeting merely as a concerned North County resident and explained how her parent’s hometown of Huntington Beach had been ruined by over-development. In the end, the council decided no vote was needed and that they’d approve the development. Schumacher said the behavior of the City Council, the developer and his people at the meeting floored her. “I walked out of that City Council meeting and just became completely invested,” she said. “It was the first time that I’ve really — I’ve lived in Carlsbad for 10 years — it was the first time that I really turned around and started really paying attention to what was happening in my own backyard as an activist.” Already adept at signature gathering, she soon spearheaded a campaign to force the City Council to put the development up for a vote and knocked it out of the park. “I started to connect to different community members, my neighbors, people who are a part of the movement — and it really is a movement,” Schumacher said. “I started to become even more deeply invested in the heart and the spirit that I was interacting with as things rolled forward.” No one expected them to get the signatures required for the vote, but they did. “I think the City Council was really focused on the superficial economic value of the project when people here were really reflecting on, No. 1, how the process itself disenfranchised them and No. 2, how it would impact their quality of life,” she said. With enough votes gathered, the situation would now be determined through a special election in February 2016. The Citizens for North County (CNC) — an organized, environmentally-focused activist group— quickly stepped up to take the lead on “No on Measure A," filing the paperwork required while raising money to get out the vote, and Schumacher actively supported their efforts, until Westfield Malls dropped $75,000 into their bucket. It was at that time that the activist stepped away from CNC.

She said her past experience with corporate sponsorships in surfing and the pressure that comes along with it caused her to distance herself from that kind of leverage to keep her personal integrity intact. Instead, she began her own parallel, grassroots effort to get out the vote and used her connections to bring some heavy hitters on board. She reached out to Jim Moriarty, the former CEO of Surfrider, who was successful in saving Trestles surf beach from a toll road; and Marco Gonzales, the preeminent North County environmental lawyer. In November, the day after Thanksgiving, Schumacher and a dozen friends got on their surfboards and paddled out into the middle of Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Nearly 50 others also assembled along the shoreline, marking it her first public “No on A” gathering on the measure. Between November and February, Schumacher worked nonstop to educate people about the situation and get out the vote. She was more than successful. In a referendum campaign that saw local, seated council members first telling voters not to sign the petition, then going door to door with the developer and even had the mayor doing robo-calls in support of the measure, the people stood up and sided with the activists. In mid-February in the days leading up to the vote, Schumacher organized what ended up being the largest political protest in the history of Carlsbad: a peaceful march nearly 500-strong down the middle of Carlsbad Boulevard. The media, apparently nonplussed by the 50 people who assembled for the lagoon paddle out back in November, all but ignored that protest, but they couldn’t ignore the voter turnout for the special election a week later on Feb. 23. “Normally in a special election the expected turnout is 10 percent of registered voters, 30 percent max,” Schumacher said. “Carlsbad had 64 percent of registered voters turn out for this special election. That is the largest in history for San Diego County.” At final tally, certified March 11, No on Measure A had received 52 percent, with 20,542 votes, compared to 18,903 votes for yes. Schumacher is still smiling. And while she was poked and prodded during the process about whether she would run for City Council, she kept those thoughts at bay while focusing on the task at hand. Once the measure was defeated, however, the words of former Rep. Barney Frank “kept drumming” in her head and she thought long and hard not only about a conversation she’d had with him a year before but also the situation that had just unfolded in front of her. “[Congressmember Frank] said to me, ‘you’re either going to be somebody who stands out on the grass and tramples the grass, or you’re going to walk into the institutions that create policy and be a part of the change within those institutions making policy and setting policy.’ “I’m a full blown activist, I’ve never wanted to get involved with politics before because I just thought the whole thing was warped,” she said. “But this whole entire process has shown that an engaged community, even with millions of dollars and a system that nobody trusts, that a community that’s fully engaged with high voter turnout can actually work — that the system does work.”

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Schumacher addresses opponents of Measure A. (Photo by Maria Cerda) After the vote was certified and the opponents of the measure were celebrating together, Schumacher announced her candidacy and thanked the community of Carlsbad, not only for helping to defeat Measure A, but helping their new candidate to heal a heavy wound. “You have to understand that back in 2008, I would drive home every day on the coast and the ‘Yes on Proposition 8’ posters that were in Carlsbad were everywhere. Everywhere,” said Schumacher, who had married her wife during the five-month period that samesex marriage was first legal and had initiated the proposition in the first place. “I had such a deep sense of being heartbroken in the place where Maria and I lived. And from this feeling of being a complete outsider and hated, to be on this side as a member of this very diverse group of people who got together — Republicans, Democrats, environmentalists, pro-mall people — everybody came together and nothing else mattered but this issue overcoming this giant obstacle.” Schumacher said she’d never discussed her sexuality or feelings about Prop 8 during the sixmonth effort, but it was a powerful moment when she shared her backstory with the crowd that day in March. “I felt that it was important to acknowledge that this had been a really huge healing experience for me, being in Carlsbad working alongside these people and accomplishing something miraculous,” she said. Gonzales — who said he has known Schumacher since 1998 when they were hanging out alongside each other waiting between sets in the water off of Cardiff Reef — said he immediately admired Schumacher, not only for her surfing skills, but because she didn’t have the same “attitude” of the other professional surfers he’d met. “I often say each of us is just one small disaster away from becoming an activist,” Gonzales said. “Measure A was Cori’s ‘tipping point’ disaster in my opinion. While she has been involved with other issues in the past, I believe this was the one that really gave her a taste for public service and a target for her inner desire for helping achieve societal justice.” Gonzales said Schumacher and the others “pulled off the impossible,” defeating Measure A and considers her personal efforts “critical to the outcome.” “She showed up when it was most necessary and stayed engaged as part of the core leadership all the way along,” he said. “I’m very proud of what she accomplished, as well as her willingness to jump into the greater political fray.” Richard Riehl, a freelance writer and Carlsbad resident who followed Measure A and wrote about it for the San

(l to r) Cori Schumacher and her wife Maria Cerda at the march (Courtesy Maria Cerda) Diego Free Press, called the defeat “truly a David vs. Goliath story.” “For a group of volunteers to organize within weeks to put together a successful referendum campaign to demand a vote of the people after the developer spent $5 million in his deceptively-named ‘citizen-led’ dishonest initiative campaign to bypass voters was incredible in itself. “Cori Schumacher was a leader in the effort, a gifted public speaker who did her homework on the deceptive claims trumpeted by both the developer and Carlsbad's elected officials,” Riehl said. “Her candidacy for the council brings a much-needed youthful voice to the longtime, mostly ‘good old boys,’ network of city leaders.” There is so much to be debated about the ethics behind this initiative and the mayor of Carlsbad has since apologized, hoping to salvage some of his legacy. But what is important to note about Schumacher’s candidacy is that not only will she be the first openly gay candidate in the history of Carlsbad, but the city has not had a Democrat on the City Council in over 50 years. “When I sat with it and really looked at ‘how is this going to reshape my life?,’ I realized it’s just doing the work that I already do — which is activism, research, writing

and advocating on behalf of people who tend to be shut off in corners and silenced. But it will be taking that once step further.” Schumacher doesn’t plan on having rallies and meet-and-greets, but she will reach the voters the way she always has reached people, by including and engaging them. She plans on establishing think tanks and scheduling a host of workshops between now and November to focus on the issues important to Carlsbad residents. “If I am equivalent to tens of thousands of people, sitting on City Council, that far outweighs the three people who are representing their own self interests and the interests of a few in Carlsbad,” she said. While Cori for Council has officially launched, she said the website will not be up and running until June. Meanwhile, Cori for Council and Cori Schumacher for Carlsbad City Council pages have both popped up on Facebook and each are sharing news, videos and photos regarding the activist’s candidacy. For more information about Schumacher, visit her State of Flux blog at —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at▼


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Coachella streaming: Uptown Tavern will be streaming the music festival all weekend with high-quality video and audio. 1236 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit ‘Celebrating the life of Bill Beck’: This celebration of life will be held to honor LGBT leader Dr. William “Bill” Beck. Beck raised over $10 million for political campaigns over the past 30 years and donated thousands of dollars to support fighting HIV/AIDS, expanding civil rights, and supporting LGBT business groups. Beck passed away in February and is survived by his husband David Huskey. In lieu of flowers, donate to the Bill Beck Memorial Fund at billbeck. 2 p.m. First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, 4190 Front St. Hillcrest. Visit ‘Grandma’: Cinema Under the Stars presents this comedy starring Lily Tomlin and Julia Garner. 8 p.m. $15. Additional screening on Saturday, April 16. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. For more info, visit topspresents. com or call 619-295-4221.


Taste of Hillcrest: This annual event features more than 35 restaurants spanning 12 blocks in Hillcrest. Ticket holders will go on a self-guided culinary tour to try everything from Italian to Mexican to Middle Eastern cuisines. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of. Noon – check-in locations: Rite Aid Pharmacy, 535 Robinson Ave. and Gossip Grill, 1220 University Ave. Visit fabuloushillcrest. com. ‘Art Exonerated’ opening: This exhibit curated by Alexander Salazar features art by prison inmates and 25 percent of the profits of the show will be donated to the Houston Victims Fund in honor of the studio owner’s father, Ramiro Salazar Sr. who was shot in the head in front of him in 1991. Exhibit ends April 30. Opening from 4 – 9 p.m. Alexander Fine Art, 1040 Seventh Ave., Downtown. Visit ‘Girls Night Out’ dance: Monthly dance for the local women’s community, consisting of a night filled with dance music with DJ Susu. 7 p.m. Brass Rail, 3796 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit

‘San Diego Kings Club’s Drag King Show’: Join the kings as they drag it out at their monthly show every third Saturday of the month. 7 – 9 p.m. Numb3rs Nightclub, 3811 Park Blvd., Hillcrest. Visit facebook. com/SanDiegoKingsClub. Overdrive: Monthly afterhours dance event, no cover before 11 p.m. $5 Svedka vodka happy hour from 10 p.m. – midnight, featuring DJ Tristan Jaxx with DJ Dan De Leon. 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. Spin Nightclub, 2028 Hancock St., Middletown. Visit


2nd annual WeSupportU Cancer awareness 5K run/ walk: This charity run/walk for cancer patients also features a health fair and beer garden. 8 a.m. Chula Vista Bayside Park, 999 Bayside Parkway, Chula Vista. Visit EarthFair 2016: In honor of Earth Day, this annual festival will feature vendors sharing environmentally friendly products, services and volunteer opportunities. The event will feature live music, a food pavilion and much more. Free to the public and manned by volunteers — sign up at There will also be a children’s Earth Day Parade, which marches down El Prado East starting at 10:30 a.m.; the parade ends at the children’s area of the EarthFair. The parade is also free to enter. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado. Visit EarthFair.html. Live music: The Social Animal will celebrate their debut full-length record “Struck by Lust” with a release party featuring opener Jessie May at 6 p.m. and The Social Animal following. Cover is $3 and there will be $4.25 Three Olives cocktails all night. 5:30 p.m. Gossip Grill, 1220 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit


National Transgender HIV Testing Day: The Center will host a special presentation and offer HIV testing throughout the day at The Center and at partner testing sites. The program from 7 – 8:30 p.m. will feature: Tracie Jada O’Brien of Family Health Centers of San Diego discussing HIV prevention and tools like PrEP and PEP; Prizila Vidal sharing her personal story of

living with HIV; and Connor Maddocks of The Center discussing what it’s like to be an HIV test counselor. San Diego LGBT Community Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit TGCenter.


San Diego Opera presents ‘Madama Butterfly’: One of a few remaining performances of Puccini’s tragedy. Tickets start at $45. 7 p.m. Additional performances on Friday, April 22 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, April 24 (2 p.m.) San Diego Civic Theater, 233 A St. Suite 500, Downtown. Visit Butterfly.


Imperial Court de San Diego monthly informational meeting: Find out what the Imperial Court is, how they support the community and how to join. This inclusive organization has been around over 40 years. 7 – 8:30 p.m. San Diego LGBT Community Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit


Out at the Globe: A preplay mixer for LGBT theater lovers includes three drinks from a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes. 6:30 p.m. $24 plus cost of a ticket to “Rain” or “Constellations.” Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. For more information visit or call 619-234-5623. ‘Club Papi San Diego 14th anniversary’: Hosted by Ms. Lola the party will feature Papi go-go dancers, DJs Sebastian and Ben, and a special midnight performance by belanova. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Visit


Earth Day – e-waste recycling: San Diego Pride is partnering with Urban Corps to collect electronic waste and raise money for Pride. Drop off e-waste from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the San Diego Pride office, 3620 30th St., North Park. Visit sdpride. org/ewaste for list of acceptable items.


Live music: Celeste Barbier will perform new music at an

intimate venue. There will be happy hour specials featured during the performance as well. 3:30 – 7 p.m. Mr. Peabody’s Encinitas, 136 Encinitas Blvd. Visit ‘Hops Over The Vine’: Features tastings of boutique craft beer, wine and spirits from local producers and gourmet bites provided by San Diego eateries. Everything will be served under the stars with views of the ocean and city plus live entertainment. Along with ticket sales, a silent auction and raffle will be held to benefit the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation. This event fundraises for the park’s programs and celebrates the foundation’s 60th birthday. Tickets are $60 for members and $75 for nonmembers. Each ticket comes with eight wine, beer and/ or food tastings. 6:30 – 10 p.m. Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, Point Loma Visit ‘California Dreamin’’: The program for this concert by San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus celebrates songs “in the key of CA.” Expect some Disney princess pop along with classics by Tony Bennett and Brian Wilson, plus powerful anthems by Katy Perry and Adele. The concerts will each feature a special appearance by the San Diego Women’s Chorus. Tickets start at $34. Tonight at 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Downtown. Visit


Richard O’Brien’s ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show Live’: This cult classic satirical musical celebrates the science fiction and B-list horror genres. These performances are rated R for mature humor, language, sexual content and partial nudity. The show has been extended through May 7. 2 and 7 p.m. 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town. Tickets 619-337-1525 or


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

Trivia Tuesday: Every Tuesday come alone or with a group of friends for a chance to win valuable HBC gift cards. 7:30 – 10 p.m. Hillcrest Brewing Company, 1458 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit or call 619269- 4323.


HRC Connect: A monthly social event for networking and learning about topics of interest to the LGBT community. This month will feature PepsiCo's Dana Gray with a presentation on the company's "EQUAL" program and “ALLY” project. 7 – 9 p.m. Uptown Tavern, 1236 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit ‘Dreamgirls Revue’: A weekly revue with a rotating cast of performers and featuring drink specials. $8 cover. Showtime is 8 p.m. Urban Mo’s, 308 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit


Dining Out for Life (DOFL): The Center presents the 10th annual Dining Out for Life San Diego with more than 100 participating restaurants, bars, coffee houses and nightclubs. These locations pledge 25 –100 percent of their proceeds for the day to The Center’s HIV/ AIDS services and prevention programs. Visit for a full list of restaurants. District 3 Candidates Debate: This debate will be hosted by several neighborhood associations in the Downtown area. Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward – who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council – will discuss issues facing urban neighborhoods. Media members are encouraged to attend. 5:45 – 8 p.m. Snowflake Bakery, 705 16th St., East Village. Visit ‘Slam and Glam’ wine event: Laser Café and Negociant Winery present an event where small local businesses will showcase their wares. 6 – 8:30 p.m. Negociant Winery, 2419 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. Visit

—Compiled by Jen Van Tieghem. Email calendar items to or jen@▼


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Deep Inside Hollywood By Romeo San Vicente

Viola at Tribeca

Writer-director James Lapine is a man with three Tony Awards, one of them for Best Book of a Musical for “Into The Woods.” But he hasn’t directed a theatrically released feature film since 1993’s Michael J. Fox vehicle, “Life with Mikey.” No matter, he stays busy, most recently as a co-director of the HBO documentary “Six by Sondheim.” And now his next film, “Custody,” will take a bow at the Tribeca Film Festival. Starring Viola Davis as a family court judge, the cast includes Hayden Panettiere, Ellen Burstyn, and Catalina Sandino Moreno as women whose lives intersect in the context of various custody battles. There are some men here, too, like Raul Esparza, Tony Shalhoub and Dan Fogler, as well as a bit of currently unspecified queer content, but you’ll have to watch the movie to learn about all that. It should open sometime later this year.

in Washington, D.C., a group of young friends between the ages of 14 and 22 decided that enough was enough. They formed Check It, which may be the first organized LGBT gang, a crew of young queer people of color who keep each other safe. They aren’t afraid of fighting back against their attackers with the same aggression they’ve been victims of themselves; nor are they afraid of the camera, cooperating with documentary filmmakers Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer (“The Nine Lives of Marion Berry”) for their project, also known as “Check It.” The movie, which will soon premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, explores the family dynamic of the gang and follows them as they build their own fashion business in the hopes of moving up and out of poverty and violence. Watch out for this one; it’s sure to start a few heated debates.

“Looking’s” Russell Tovey plays the field Bella Thorne moves on from Disney in a big way (Photo by KathClick)

(Photo by Richard Foreman/HBO)

All grown up and ready for action

We assume the title of the new movie, “The Pass,” refers to several of that word’s definitions. In the British production, “Looking” star Russell Tovey plays a professional footballer (“soccer player” to you) struggling to come out of the closet and failing. So basically, he’s passing balls on the field, making passes at guys off the field, and since his character is afraid to deal with his own sexuality and would prefer not to be known as gay, he’s also passing for heterosexual. The debut feature from filmmaker Ben A. Williams — one that knows its target audience very well and does not neglect to put the actors in their underwear, so thanks, movie — “The Pass” also stars “EastEnders” regular Arinze Kene. It’s already available to be seen across the Atlantic, which means we’ll get it over here, eventually.

Modeling since the age of 6 weeks and acting since the age of 6 years, Bella Thorne was never going to let a Disney Channel sitcom define her. She was one of the stars of that network’s kid-friendly “Shake It Up,” but now she’s 18 and ready to take on adult roles. And if the actor’s own description of her upcoming thriller, “The Babysitter,” is any indication, her career is going to get very adult very fast. According to Thorne, she will be involved in a same-sex encounter in that film, a project she calls “controversial.” And when that’s wrapped up, she’s taking a role in the new movie from queer Canadian auteur Xavier Dolan. In “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” she’ll play Jessica Chastain’s sister and co-star alongside Kit Harington, Nicholas Hoult, Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton, and Natalie Portman. The story involves the dark side of fame, fandom and scandals that arise from both, a subject most actors know plenty about.

Coming soon: An LGBT gang documentary

The idea of “bashing back” is often more of a wish than a reality, especially when individual queer people find themselves outnumbered, experiencing violence at the hands of more than one non-LGBT abuser. But

Tovey makes a 'Pass'

—Romeo San Vicente bends it like (Victoria) Beckham. He can be reached care of this publication or at▼

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