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Volume 5 Issue 6 April 4–17, 2014 Follow us on Facebook and Twitter






Obelisk comes of age


Longtime business celebrates new beginnings Morgan M. Hurley | GSD Editor


19th century Mexico

9 DINING Attendees at Jeffrey Sanker's White Party Palm Springs 2013 (Photo by David A. Lee)

East is best


Awaken your senses


The ultimate gay mecca returns White Party turns 25 Morgan M. Hurley | GSD Editor Gay men have been making the pilgrimage to nearby Palm Springs for the annual White Party for more than two decades, and this Easter season, they’ll be helping promoters celebrate the big two-five. “What began as a gathering for 300 of my closest friends celebrating the rites of spring 25 years ago, has evolved into 30,000 men from across the world coming together and re-defining the meaning of ‘Desert Heat,’” said Jeffrey Sanker, founder and producer in a press release.

Coined as the “largest gay dance music festival in the world,” this year Sanker’s White Party takes place just three weekends after what is also known as the largest lesbian gathering in the world —Dinah Shore Weekend — and in the same city. Sanker’s event will again be headquartered at The Renaissance Palm Springs Resort, located at 888 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way in the heart of this desert oasis. In addition, overflow attendees will also take over the new Hard Rock Hotel (formerly Hotel Zoso) and the newly renovated Palm Springs Hilton Hotel, both nearby. On March 13, Sanker — joined by Carmen Electra

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On Friday, March 28, the community celebrated the 21st anniversary of a Hillcrest business that quite literally raised itself from the ashes last summer. Obelisk Mercantile, formerly known as Obelisk Shoppe and Obelisk Bookstore, had operated for nearly 18 years at 1029 University Ave. before a catastrophic fire in 2011 forced its closure for just over two years. In August 2013, it reopened a few doors east, at 1037 University Ave. Brett Serwalt purchased the business in 2010, just 18 months before the fire, and had already started to shift the focus from that

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Modeling Obelisk’s clothing options (Photo by Sharon Cho)

A solid foundation

Pride Center empowers SDSU’s LGBT community Hutton Marshall | GSD Assistant Editor

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At the beginning of San Diego State's spring semester in January, the gated, blank-walled "Student Org Annex Building" got a new tenant: The Pride Center at SDSU. While it doesn't look like much on the outside, San Diego State has reached a huge milestone by opening up its first LGBT resource center. Having moved into the building just a few months ago, The Pride Center is now fully staffed and operational. And despite an exterior that lacks the flair one might expect of a facility made especially for the LGBT community, the facility is already bustling with activity on the inside. Aside from organizing several regularly meeting groups, coordinating with existing LGBT organizations on campus to create new programming, and fostering greater off-campus partnerships, it’s gearing up for a leading role in SDSU’s Trans* Week of Empowerment, which runs from April 7 – 11. The Pride Center’s agenda is enormously ambitious when you consider it has only one full-time

staff person: its coordinator, Anthony Keen, a San Diego native who previously oversaw one of SDSU’s largest residence halls. All that he and the Pride Center have on their plate is even more impressive considering plans for the facility were only finalized in November of last year; the culmination of a broad advisory board and an initiative by SDSU President Elliot Hirshman that resulted in dedicated funding for the Pride Center’s operations. Keen is quick to credit much of The Pride Center’s great leap to action to the proactive LGBT community at SDSU, which has pushed for a resource center for decades. Finding The Pride Center’s niche within this community and working with its organizations in a complementary way is key, he said. “This is not the first LGBT thing happening on campus; there is a long, long history here, so none of it is really working from the ground up,” Keen said. “We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel when we already have so many wonderful things that already exist.” But a physical location on campus with staff operating full time has

Pride Center Coordinator Anthony Keen (top left) with Center Assistants (l-r) Wesley Ortiz, Haeli Williamson and Brittany Wood, behind The Pride Center's front desk at San Diego State (Photo by Hutton Marshall) several benefits that SDSU’s LGBT community didn’t have before. Not only does it increase visibility, and consequently, awareness for the community on campus, The Pride Center can act as a central hub, a place to pool, coordinate and strengthen the resources existing on campus. “It’s a collaborative community effort, but we’re doing our best to fill the holes where a full-time organization can actually do that,” Keen said. “We recognize for a lot other organizations, this is just a part of their daily responsibilities, where for us it’s full time.” The Pride Center has already partnered with prominent LGBT organizations on campus — such as the Queer Student Union (QSU), the LGBT Research Consortium,

SafeZones@SDSU, as well as queerfriendly Greek organizations — hosting several of their educational and social events, and providing a helping hand with promotions and coordination. Psychology junior Haeli Sinclair is one of nine undergrads working part time at The Pride Center, primarily creating promotional material, like the weekly newsletter and brochures. As an LGBT minor and certified SafeZones member who hopes to provide resources and support to LGBT youth after graduation, she appreciates the safe space the Pride Center has become for its visitors. “Considering that this is the first pride center that SDSU has had on

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GAY SAN DIEGO April 4–17, 2014 “Addicted to White” underwear party. DJs for this party will be Chris Cox, Tony Moran and in the Boudoir Lounge, ChiChi La Rue. General Admission for this party is $85 and it is also included in both the Weekend and VIP Pass. Saturday, April 25 will see another Splash Pool Party, with DJ Joshua D. and DJ Manny Lehman. This party is presented by FLEX SPAS with lots of giveaways, photo booths and live performances throughout the day. General ad-

Weekend and VIP passes. Saturday Afterhours from 4 – 9 a.m. offers the music of Alex Acosta and Ivan Gomez, back at the Renaissance Hotel. Admission — received his own Golden Palm to this “after the White Party” Star on the Palm Springs Walk of event is $60 and is included in the Stars. Walk of Stars President Bob VIP Pass. Alexander presented Sanker with Sunday brings the fun back to the honor, which can be found on the Renaissance pool, as the weekthe southeast corner of Arenas end winds down with the Splash Road and Palm Canyon Drive. Sunday Pool Party, from 11 a.m. According to a press release – 4 p.m., featuring DJ Dani Toro about the ceremony, Sanker chose spinning. General admission is $20 the ceremony to anwith hotel guests $15. nounce that Electra would Sunday afternoon step be crowned “Queen of the into the largest outdoor White Party” at this year’s T-dance in the world, or 25th anniversary event, at least that we may ever April 14 – 26. see, when Circus Icon — For the big anniverthe 25 year celebration sary, Sanker has planned — takes place at White “a non-stop cavalcade” of Party Park from 3 – 10 entertainment with ambip.m. Featuring the music tious light, sound and of Grind, Wayne G. and audiovisual displays. Ralphi Rosario. Don’t The pool parties will miss the views from the take place at the Renaistop of the White Party sance Hotel, with the Ferris Wheel and SankRenaissance Hotel, the er’s special fireworks disWhite Party “Queen” Carmen Electra with founder Palm Springs Convention play choreographed to a and producer Jeffrey Sanker (Photo by David A. Lee) Center, and the White special anniversary remix Party Park — located by Wayne G. If you don’t across from the Palm Springs mission for this pool party is $30 have the VIP or the Weekend Convention Center — acting as and hotel guests are $25. Admispass, general admission is $150. hosts for the main events, many of sion is included in the Weekend That party may have sounded which will last until the wee hours and VIP Pass. like the climax but the fun isn’t of the morning. Saturday night the 25th anover yet. The Closing Party takes Friday’s Splash Pool Party will niversary celebration moves to the place back at the Renaissance feature the music of Shane Stiel Palm Springs Convention Center, Hotel from 10 p.m. – 8 a.m., and from 12 – 6 p.m. Friday is generlocated at 277 N. Avenida Cabalfeatures the music of Guy Scheially the day the masses arrive, leros. The party will feature the man and the legendary DJ Abel. get settled in and ready for the debut of “Bent Collective,” with General Admission is $100 and this evening’s festivities. General adDanny Verde and Steven Redant. event is included in the VIP Pass. mission is $20 while cost to hotel There will be a “White Party Iconic For more information, tickets guests is $15. These tickets are Dance Lounge” outside of the Conand passes, visit not available in advance but are vention Center, featuring the music For a full list of Icon Award included in the VIP Pass. Friday of Gustavo Scorpio. General admisrecipients, which will be presented night, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., in the sion for this celebratory event is on Saturday's Red Carpet, visit Renaissance Ballroom hosting the $160 and it is included in both the



More than 150 community members turned out to celebrate Obelisk’s anniversary (Photo by Sharon Cho) FROM PAGE 1

OBELISK of an LGBT bookstore — which also happened to carry a large amount of porn — to more of a boutique outfit. At the anniversary party, Serwalt took a few moments to thank the crowd that gathered — which was estimated at 150 throughout the evening and included Council President Todd Gloria — and share his vision for this longtime fixture of the LGBT community. “My goal is to create a modern general store; a specialty boutique where a Hillcrester could find award-winning skincare, trendy watches and affordable jewelry, greeting cards and gift items,” Serwalt explained in an email a week after the anniversary. The celebration, which lasted from 7 – 11 p.m., included music provided by Rich’s popular DJ Marcel Hetu, a fashion show, complimentary wine, pizza from nearby Taste of Italy, and a secret signature drink the glowed a bright blue — created just for the anniversary — the Space Monkey Cocktail. Serwalt also offered special discounts on new merchandise to those who attended the four-hour celebration, and many took advantage of his generosity, but he has no regrets. “Our register sales were very strong the night of the party, the best night of the year,” he said. “I’ve never offered that much of a discount on newly arrived merchandise, but I wanted to go big for the special 21st anniversary party.” In an effort to show off the store’s large, stylish cache of clothing options, Serwalt also produced a fashion show as part of the celebration. Four models, three male and one female, took turns on a temporary runway inside the store. The models presented those in attendance with four different themes of what Serwalt called his “SoCal casual wear.” The labels included in the fashion show — some of which are sold exclusively at Obelisk — were: London brand Aware SOHO, which

(l to r) Council President Todd Gloria and Obelisk’s Brett Serwalt share a laugh (Photo by Sharon Cho) focuses on underwear, swimwear and athletic wear; a selection of lightweight unisex products from Alternative Apparel; high-quality outerwear products from another London-based supplier, Superdry, which included shoes, bags, shorts and hoodies; underwear and swimwear from both Aussiebum (Australia) and 2(X)IST; and Jack Adams, which Serwalk said is considered “a very ‘American jock’ type of underwear and athletic wear.” The fashion show also included “trendy tees” from Super Massive and Headline Shirts, ball caps from American Needle, and watches from Storm of London. “The goal was to show that guests can create complete looks from Obelisk Merchantile,” Serwalt said. “We have a wide range of apparel. Obelisk is not a one-note retailer like you may see in WeHo with stores that just sell underwear and swimsuits.” Serwalt also released a new customized loyalty app at the celebration, specifically for Obelisk Mercantile customers. Called “LoyalBlocks,” the app can be downloaded to a smartphone and offers discounts and free merchandize to returning customers. New customers get a one-time 20 percent off their entire purchase. A similar version of the app is also used for other area businesses, which makes it even more useful. Though the Obelisk website is still under construction, Serwalt encourages customers to “Like” the mercantile on Facebook, at to keep abreast of new merchandise.t


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‘City of Palaces’ well worth the wait CA L E B R A I N E Y OUT ON THE PAGE Michael Nava is perhaps best known for the “Henry Rios” mystery series, a collection of crime novels that was extremely popular during the ‘80s and ‘90s and featured a gay Chicano protagonist, a rarity in literature. The series earned Nava six Lambda Literary Awards and the Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award in LGBT Literature. His books have been reviewed and studied by professors and students across the country and he is, without a doubt, one of the most important writers in gay and lesbian writing. Nava has enjoyed considerable success with his work, especially considering the many barriers that gay Chicano men face in the arts generally and literature specifically. However, Nava has not written a new novel in 14 years, during which time he studied up on the Mexican Revolution and Mexican and U.S. culture during the tumultuous period of the late 19th and early 20th century. After having read his brand new novel, “The City of Palaces,” all I can say is that this was worth the wait! It is lush with vivid descriptions of 19th century Mexico, as Nava tells the story of the Revolution through the eyes of Alicia Gavilán, Miguel Sarmiento, and their son José. We also are treated to the thoughts and experiences of Jorge Luis, Miguel’s cousin who is banished because he is a “sodomite” and Alicia’s aristocratic family who are deeply tied to the old colonial regime and steadfastly resist any major changes to the system that has allowed them to live in comfort. “The City of Palaces” is undoubtedly a story about love. But for me, as I was privileged to listen in and experience the brilliant inner

worlds of the characters that Nava brings to life, I was struck by how “political awakening” or what feminists call “coming to consciousness” was also a major — if not the major — theme of this ingenious historical “intervention.” Miguel Sarmiento is a doctor who comes from a family that has lost most of the prestige and privilege it once possessed. Haunted by a terrible secret, Sarmiento dedicates his life to working to heal the Mexican peasant population and help implement modern sanitation methods in some of Mexico City’s poorest areas. In the beginning of the novel, Sarmiento views himself as “helping” the poor. He does not see or at least acknowledge that these starving and dirty people are part of his community, an extension of himself and indeed a group of people that his lavish lifestyle depends on. Because of this view, his compassion is limited, and he harbors the elitism and racism that is so prevalent in his aristocratic circle which in turn prevents him from being able to truly see the people he works with in all their wonderful individuality and work with the communities he is committed to serving. It is not until Sarmiento begins to see how he is involved in economic injustices, and how his privilege is tied to others oppression that he begins to openly reject the fruits of colonialism that have been given to him and to openly join in the revolutionary struggle to create a economically and racially just Mexico. In many ways, his political awakening is connected to the political awakening of his cousin, Jorge Luis, who, due to his “aberrant” sexuality, is thrust out of

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the protected circle that privilege provides and loses everything. The police interrupt a party for queer men that Luis attends, ruining his ability to closet himself and robbing him of his protected position as a senator’s son. Up until Luis is found out, he is openly hostile toward and disgusted by the poor Indians that serve him, even though his complexion closely resembles theirs. He revels in his wealth and has no time for political

matters that do not involve a party. Of course to fully enjoy his position, Luis must cover parts of himself, notably his same-sex desires. Once he is found out, Luis must leave the country for his own safety. While abroad he connects with other queer men and is influenced by socialist thinkers inspiring him to return to his homeland with the goal of fighting for a revolution that will make Mexico economically just. Luis now disdains the privileges he once reveled in and falls in love with an Indian man whom he treasures, a complete rac reversal of his original racist thinking. Luis’s political awakening is directly tied to his forced coming out con and it is through his connection to the homosexual “underworld” that his eyes are opened and his spirit liberated. While Sarmiento is brought to a heightened awareness of social injustice through his time spent with Luis, Alicia comes to consciousness through Sarmiento’s work in the medical field. Before she marries Sarmiento, Alicia helps the poor but like Sarmiento, she does not necessarily view herself as connected to them. Rather, she believes that she is serving God by helping those she deems “less fortunate.” It is not until she

discovers the plight of the Yucatán Indians that she really experiences her political awakening. She first learns of their struggle through the Native people and the priests that Sarmiento works with. It is through working alongside these people and learning of the depths of their oppression under Mexican rule, that Alicia truly commits herself to the cause of social justice and begins to struggle for Native sovereignty. These three characters each have journeys that are entirely theirs, but all of them come to a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of all people and as a result each character deepens their commitment to social and economic justice regardless of the cost. It is in creating a novel that manages to interweave beautiful love stories alongside radical political awakenings that Nava really shows his genius as a novelist. If you only read one book this year, make “The City of Palaces” that book. Be sure to order it online from the San Diego Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation at Every purchase goes towards supporting writers. —Caleb Rainey recently graduated with his master’s degree in cultural studies. He is a long-time activist, and the founder executive director of the San Diego Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation. Contact him at



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Body Fascism

MICHAEL KIMMEL LIFE BEYOND THERAPY Many men and women I work with are afraid not to be thin, muscular or both (after all, we live in Southern California). You too? How did we become so critical of our bodies? Years ago, body image was much more relaxed. Look at videos from the 70s and 80s; we didn’t have such perfect bodies, white teeth or defined abs, we were attractive and yet not perfect. Not model-looking. And even models from that era weren’t so perfect (I know because I was a model in the early 80s and it really wasn’t such a big deal). Today, porn stars, popular singers and almost any celebrity has an amazing body. And we look at their photos and think: “What’s wrong with me? I guess I’m lazy or lack self-discipline. Oh well, I give up. Let’s have some more Oreos.” You might think the word “fascism” is a bit extreme. From Wikipedia: “Fascist movements share cer-

tain common features, including the veneration of the state and a devotion to a strong leader. Fascism views political violence and war as a means to achieve national rejuvenation and asserts that stronger nations have the right to expand their territory by displacing weaker nations.” Let’s apply this to how we see our bodies: we share certain common features, including veneration of the perfect body image and devotion to celebrities who “lead” us to see what is “right.” We view personal war and violence to our own bodies as a means to achieve personal rejuvenation. We assert that stronger, healthier-looking bodies have the right to displace (and replace) weaker, less perfect-looking bodies. Sadly, we are often so extremist in how harshly and rigidly we view our poor, innocent bodies that the word “fascism” may fit. Plastic surgery and less drastic forms of body altering are heavily promoted in the media. Injecting Botox (a poison) into your body is considered perfectly normal. We don’t seem to care what the doctor injects into us, as long as we get fewer wrinkles. One form that body fascism takes on is called “body dysmorphia.” If you’re suffering from body dysmorphia, you’re preoccupied with an imagined or trivial defect in your appearance and it really bothers you. My clients with body dysmorphia wish they could change some aspect(s) of their physical appearance, even though other people find them to be attractive. A typical way that they handle this? For women, it’s often to obsess on getting slimmer. For men, it’s often to become addicted to being more muscular. Unfortunately, these strategies don’t work, because you never ac-

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tually achieve your goal. You can’t, because your problem is in your head, not your body. No matter how much you change your appearance, it’s never good enough. The way out? To address and work with your own form of body fascism and your distorted ideas about your body. If you only focus on changing your body — and not your mind — you’re doomed to eventual despair. Plastic surgery, botox, extreme diets and bodybuilding: this stuff is temporary. It doesn’t last. The only thing that really lasts — and is likely to improve as you age — is your mental health. One of the best books I’ve ever read that addressed body fascism is “Good in Bed” by Jennifer Weiner. Her quasi-fictional heroine struggles with her (presumed) overweight body and finally, through many trials and tribulations, realizes that there are much more important things to focus on than the shape of your thighs or extra flesh at your waist. I highly recommend the book (plus, it’s a funny, easy read). I’d like to close with a quote from one of my sheroes, Maya Rupert: writer, activist and policy director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. She addresses body fascism for women but I think it’s equally apropos for men: “Female beauty is not a zerosum game, a scarce commodity, or something only some of us are allowed to have. We have to think ourselves beautiful — not prettier than or less pretty. We have to believe that female beauty is limitless, and love our bodies for our own sake.” Amen, Sister.

DA E E L L I OT T SOUTH BAY ALLIANCE First, SBA wants to welcome Patty Boman as our newest board member and secretary. We all know Patty’s great work with PFLAG and her expertise and insights about our South Bay community will certainly be appreciated. The board has shaped up to be an excellent team of very capable people with strong ties to the South Bay. Their amazing work is exciting and this year’s South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival can’t help to be anything but absolutely fantastic! The committee for South Bay Pride has flown into high gear. Current plans are to have not only two entertainment stages and two 21+ beverage gardens, but also, extend the festival’s hours from 12 – 10 p.m. in order to allow for more music and fun. We will also be taking up a larger section of the Bayfront Park and “hopefully” extending the celebration to include water sports to take advantage of the gorgeous bay. The northern tip of Bayfront Park will be set

—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. Michael is currently accepting new clients. Contact him at 619-955-3311 or visit




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aside for the stages, beverage gardens while the southwest leg will focus more on the arts and crafts as well as a larger variety of entertainment for the kiddos in our Children’s Garden. And of course, we have expanded our offerings for vendor/exhibitors. This year’s vendor/exhibitors will be provided with their canopy and membership in our new SBA Business Association as part of the package. Applications for vendor/exhibitors will be available starting May 1, on our website Also available on May 1 will be applications for entertainment, as well as artists to show their talent at the Sept. 13 celebration. Our always-fabulous Laura Jane will be returning as emcee but we will also be expanding the DJ’s and as usual, we will be recruiting for our exceedingly talented local music scene for our entertainment. Rhythm and the Method will be returning to our stage after Rhythm’s long absence. Rhythm and the Method have performed at South Bay Pride since we began in 2008 and we missed hearing them the last few years. Everyone is looking forward to hearing all of the new music that came out of her travels in Asia. If you haven’t heard, their first show after her return is May 30 at Queen Bee’s starting at 7 p.m. Check out for further details. Welcome home Rhythm! Keep a look out for our next mixer/fundraiser, coming up in early May (does it look like everything starts then?) as we are arranging another. One of our goals is to have a mixer/fundraiser in each area throughout the South Bay over the year. If you are a business that would like to sponsor or host one of these mixers, contact us at SouthBayAlliance@gmail. com. As announced last month, the creation of SBA Business Association — ser ving the needs of LGBT and their allies in South San Diego County — is ongoing and further developments will be announced as they happen. And a final note if you haven’t heard, this coming week is Trans* Week of Empowerment at SDSU. There are many activities going on that are open to the public and very worthwhile. Check out the Trans* panel discussion from 5 – 7 p.m. on April 8 at Scripps Cottage or “Trans,” a documentary feature film and discussion panel from 6 – 9 p.m. on Wed., April 9 at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theater. — Dae Elliott is a sociologist and lecturer working at SDSU since 1994. She is one of the founding executive committee members and current chair of South Bay Alliance, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organized in 2006 with the purpose of building a coalition of the LGBT community and allies for social networking, business promotion and political awareness in South San Diego County. South Bay Alliance has been the organizer of South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival since 2007. Contact her at


LISA KEEN THE KEEN FILES Important health-related risks identified A report released March 27 by the Boston-based Fenway Institute has found important health-related risks within the LGB community that are not well documented or well known and not addressed by prevention and treatment programs. Many studies have shown that gay men have a higher risk of HIV infection and that LGBT youth are at higher risk of being bullied and considering suicide. But the new policy brief from Fenway found that the LGB community has a higher rate of tobacco use than the general public, that lesbians have an increased risk of being overweight, and that LGB elders have an increased risk of disability. The Fenway report is based on data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through an annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Surveys (BRFSS) in all 50 states, reaching 506,000 people. CDC provides the

core questionnaire for each state to administer, asking questions about such health-related matters as diet, physical activity, smoking, immunization, and sleep, but does not ask about sexual orientation. Only 27 states have, on their own initiative, begun asking questions about sexual orientation and/or same-sex sexual behavior, according to the Fenway report. Because sexual orientation data is not collected in all 50 states, “it is impossible to compare their health behaviors to those of other groups,” said the report. “Without this information, states may miss the opportunity to develop programs, policies, and ser vices to address local health disparities.” The Fenway report urges all states “to include, at a minimum, a sexual identity measure, and, whenever possible, to also include a sexual behavior measure.” Due to the “nuances and complexity of measuring gender identity, and the unique and understudied health disparities transgender people face,” said the Fenway report, “a comprehensive assessment of these issues” requires another report. Some of the specific findings of Fenway’s analysis of data collected by the 27 states that do ask questions about sexual identity and/or same-sex sexual behavior include: • Lesbians and bisexual women are less likely than heterosexual women to obtain mammograms and Pap tests; • Gay men have higher rates of alcohol and drug use; • LGB people have higher rates of tobacco use and are more likely to lack health insurance; • LGB older adults have increased risk of disability, excessive

drinking, and smoking; • 18 percent of doctors in California are “sometimes” or “often” uncomfortable treating gay patients; • 9.4 percent of men who identified themselves as “straight” in New York City had sex with another man during the past year; and • 76 percent of self-identified lesbian sexually active adolescents reported having had sex with a male. Of the 27 states, some have asked the question about sexual orientation in only one year; some every year. Those states include: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. The Fenway report urges all 50 states going forward to begin asking about sexual orientation. “Collecting sexual orientation data at the state level can propel the federal initiative forward and enhance states’ ability to document and work toward eliminating health disparities experienced by their own populations,” the report said. Gay Rhode Island Speaker resigns Gordon Fox, the openly gay speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, abruptly resigned his leadership position March 22 following a police raid on his home March 21 for a criminal investigation. The subjection of the investigation has yet to be disclosed.

The Providence Journal reported Saturday night that federal and state police agents with search warrants entered Fox’s home and State House office Friday and took away “boxes of evidence.” As of March 23, the State House website and Fox’s website as speaker contained no statements concerning the investigation, but the local NBC affiliate said Fox issued a statement, saying he was resigning the speaker position so that “yesterday’s events” would not “distract my colleagues from addressing the challenges facing Rhode Island.” He said he would serve out the remainder of his term as state representative, but would not seek another term. “My personal focus going forward will be on my family and dealing with the investigation,” Fox stated. “Because of the nature of this matter, I will not be commenting further.” According to various news reports, Fox has twice been ordered to pay civil fines to the state ethics commission. One involved a failure to disclose that his law firm would benefit from his vote for a lottery vendor seeking a state contract. The other, just this year, involved his failure to report that his law firm profited from work done for Providence’s economic develop-

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ment agency. He also suffered political backlash for supporting a $75 million state loan guarantee for a former Red Sox player’s video game company that went bankrupt. Fox won a seat in the House of Representatives in 1992 and rose to become speaker in 2010. According to the Boston Globe, Fox came out as gay in 2004 “in an unplanned announcement, while addressing a gay marriage rally at the Statehouse.” It angered many LGBT people in 2011 when he refused to let a marriage equality bill to the floor because he said there was “no realistic chance for passage of the bill in the Senate.” But two years later, he was seen as playing a critical role in passage of the bill in the House and persuading Senate President Teresa Weed to let the bill onto the Senate floor. The marriage equality bill passed the House in January 2013, then the Senate, and was signed into law by Governor Lincoln Chafee on May 2, 2013. —Lisa Keen is an award-winning journalist who spent 18 years as editor of the Washington Blade. See more news from Keen and other select veteran gay journalists at



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The future looks bright for San Diego’s tourism economy By Kevin Konopasek and Joe Terzi This year marks the 60th anniversary of the San Diego Tourism Authority (previously known as the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau — CONVIS) and we San Diegans certainly have much to celebrate. After a challenging 2013, the Tourism Authority is back running at full throttle, aggressively selling San Diego across the country and around the world, and booking meetings, conventions and hotel room nights. We recently embarked on the city’s largest-ever seasonal marketing campaign — a $12 million blitz featuring national television and digital campaigns, print advertising in major cities across the western United States,

as well as special online promotions on a variety of travel web sites. This investment in our tourism economy has proven to be money well spent. We know that for each dollar used to promote San Diego to potential visitors, the return on investment for San Diego is a robust $24. As we all found out last year, advertising is vitally important. Because we were out of the market in 2013 due to a lack of funds, San Diego fell behind its main competitors – Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Francisco – who were able to capture a greater share of the travel market. The bottom line: San Diego must constantly sell itself to keep our tourism economy strong.

Taking on “Hobby Lobby” By Kelly Culwell On March 25, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a pair of cases that challenge the birth control benefit — Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius. In each of these cases, employers at for-profit corporations want to deny their employees legally mandated insurance coverage for birth control, based on the bosses’ personal religious beliefs. At Planned Parenthood, we see firsthand ever y day why these case matters so much. Planned Parenthood health care providers across the countr y see the benefits of affordable birth control ever y day. We also hear from women who are forced to choose between groceries or filling their prescription — between paying the rent, or choosing the form of birth control that’s right for them. Birth control is only a “social issue” if you’ve never had to pay for it. Here are the facts. Ninety-nine percent of American women between the ages of 15 and 44 who are sexually active have used birth control at some point in their lives

— and providing access to it is commonsense and mainstream health care. Birth control is tremendously important to women for all kinds of reasons, including to control certain medical conditions including endometriosis and to plan our families. In fact, according to the Guttmacher Institute, nearly 60 percent of birth control pill users cite health benefits a contributing factor for using the birth control pill. We also know that birth control can be expensive — with some of the most effective methods costing upwards of $1,000. But when women have access to the full range of contraception methods — without cost barriers — we can actually reduce unintended pregnancy rates and the need for abortion. We also know that access to affordable birth control is just smart for everyone. For every dollar spent on family planning, taxpayers save nearly $6 in public money. That’s why, after decades of discriminator y coverage by insurance companies and at the recommendation of leading medical groups, the Affordable Care Act requires all insurance policies to cover the full range of FDA approved birth control methods with no out-of-pocket cost to women — because it’s part of preventive care. Yet we still face an ongoing fight over birth control in this countr y. There are people — politicians, special

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And strong it is. Second only to our military and innovation sectors, tourism in San Diego employs more than 165,000 people, pumps $18.7 billion a year into our regional economy, and generates $157 million a year — every dime of which goes to fund services across the city, such as street resurfacing, police, fire, parks and libraries. To grow our tourism economy, the Tourism Authority this year is launching several exciting initiatives. To take advantage of the growing international travel market, we’ll soon begin extensive marketing efforts in China, the most populous nation on earth. We’re also strengthening our online presence with the launch of the “Guides to the

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Good Stuff” digital campaign. The ads will feature local celebrities, and will be distributed on Youtube and to our more than 50,000 Twitter followers and more than 320,000 fans on Facebook. We’re also working with National Geographic television on the development of a one-hour documentary showcasing San Diego, which will air in more than ten countries and reach a global audience of 140 million. With an aggressive marketing campaign and these new initiatives, the outlook for San Diego’s tourism economy couldn’t be brighter. So get out your sunglasses and spread on some sunscreen. It’s going to be one hot year for tourism in San Diego. —Konopasek is chair of the San Diego Tourism Authority Board of Directors. Terzi is its president and CEO.t

interest groups, and now bosses — who want to take away access to affordable birth control. Based on nothing more than their personal beliefs, employers at for-profit corporations have gone all the way to the Supreme Court to tr y to stop their employees from getting access to this important care they need. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the corporations, it could jeopardize the birth control coverage that millions of women rely on. It could give bosses a free pass to discriminate and create a slipper y slope in which employers, based solely on their personal religious beliefs, could deny coverage of any medical treatment or procedure to their employees that they disagree with — including mental health ser vices, vaccines, surger y, blood transfusions, and more. That’s why we’ve seen so many people, including doctors and medical groups speak out against these efforts and why Planned Parenthood, no matter what the court decides, will continue to stand alongside women and their families to ensure they get the health care they need — without interference from their bosses. —Kelly Culwell, M.D., M.P.H. is the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest.t

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GAY NEWS BRIEFS MEET THE MAYOR AT THE CENTER Mayor Kevin Faulconer will be at The San Diego LGBT Community Center on April 22 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. This event will be a continuation of his “Meet the Mayor” public forum series where San Diego City residents can interact with the City’s top executive. The event is free and open to all. “The best way to run the City is to hear directly from the people you serve,” Faulconer said in a press release. “I want to talk with community leaders and everyday San Diegans about what the City can do to make their lives and neighborhoods better. I know how busy people are, so I plan to take the conversation to them.” The Center is located at 3909 Centre St. in Hillcrest. For more info visit Sober Easter Bonnet event The Live and Let Live Alano Club will hold a sober Easter bonnet social event on April 20 at its University Heights location. The event will feature food, as well as an Easter bonnet contest with cash prizes for the winners. Located at 1730 Monroe Ave., the Live and Let Live Alano Club is the fifth oldest sober gay community center in the country. It has provided a safe, clean and sober environment for individuals in twelve step and other recovery programs since 1983. For more information, go to GAY MEN’S CHORUS PARTNERS WITH MVPA The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (SDGMC) announced that the School of Media, Visual, and Performing Arts (MVPA) has been selected as the outreach partner for their 2014 Spring concert. The

show, titled “WOW! The Chorus Sings the ‘90s,” will be held April 5 – 6 at the JCC Garfield Theater in La Jolla. MVPA is a program located at San Diego High School, which is designed for students who wish to explore media arts as a career. This year’s show will honor MVPA’s vision that students explore a broad range of media, music, and theatre while preparing for college. Donations for the school will be collected in a giant ruby red slipper in the lobby, as well as from chorus members during rehearsals. SDGMC Treasurer Joe Florence is very excited about supporting MVPA at this year’s show. “I have witnessed the power of art and music in transforming students’ lives. I am pleased that SDGMC has decided to join our community to support us in this way.” Tickets for the show are available by calling the box office at 858-362-1348 or at The Garfield Theatre is located at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Dr. in La Jolla. ANNUAL ‘MAMA’S DAY’ RETURNS Mama’s Kitchen will hold their annual Mama’s Day fundraiser on May 9, at the Hyatt Regency in La Jolla. This poolside culinary soirée is a key source of funding for the local non-profit organization, which cooks and delivers free hot, nutrition-specific meals adults and children affected by AIDS or cancer in San Diego County. Held the Friday evening before Mother’s Day, the event will feature more than 55 of San Diego’s premier restaurants, hotels, wineries and catering companies who provide delicious samples for nearly 700 guests. The event will feature food and music, as well as a silent auction. TV personality Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien will return for his sixth consecutive year as the event’s host. Tickets are

$125 in advance and $150 at the door. Premium VIP tickets are also available for $250 per person. VIP guests will enjoy a hosted bar sponsored by Stone Brewing Co., St. Petersburg Vodka and Groundswell Brewing Company. The VIP reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the main event starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at GOLD, MAPA TO PERFORM IN PALM SPRINGS DURING FAMED LGBT EVENTS Two renowned LGBT comics will be descending upon Palm Springs and performing concurrently with two of the largest lesbian and gay events held every spring in the popular desert town, though neither comic is associated with the other festivities. Judy Gold, a veteran lesbian comic based out

GAY SAN DIEGO April 4–17, 2014 of New York, will be performing three nights, April 4 – 6, at the Copa Palm Springs Nightclub and Lounge, located at 244 E. Amado Rd. Gold’s performances occur the same weekend as Club Skirts’ Dinah Shore Weekend and the LPGA’s Kraft Nabisco women’s golf tournament, but she is not tied to either event. There is a two-drink minimum for each performance. It will be Gold’s first appearance in the region. Her Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8 p.m.; on Sunday, April 6 she performs at 7:30 p.m. For more information about Judy Gold visit Popular screen star Alec Mapa will also bring his stand-up comedy to the Copa for two nights during Jeffrey Sanker’s White Party later in the month. Mapa performs Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, April 25


at 8 p.m. There is also a two-drink minimum for Mapa’s performances. For more info about Mapa, visit For tickets to either event, visit SAN DIEGO SUBMITS A BID FOR 2024 OLYMPICS America’s Finest City submitted an 80-page bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, and is now waiting to hear back from the U. S. Olympic Committee. The USOC will wade through the many submissions and narrow them down to three, which will be announced next month. Vincent Mudd, chairman of the San Diego exploratory committee, told U-T San Diego that if San Diego is not selected this time, they will

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gear up for another bid for 2032. Though former mayor Filner made much of San Diego’s ties with Mexico, the events would all be held in venues that already exist in San Diego, including Fiesta Island. Mudd estimated it would cost the City $4 billion to host the Olympics. According to the U-T, the public may be asked to choose a mascot and create a logo as early as next week. For more information, visit FAULCONER JOINS MARRIAGE EQUALITY LEADERSHIP Mayor Kevin Faulconer was recently appointed as one of seven co-chairs of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, making him the only republican on the twoyear old organization promoting marriage equality nationwide. The organization consists of 400 mayors from 38 states. Other cochairs include Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. Chamber of Commerce CEO Jerry Sanders was also a co-chair of the organization during his tenure as San Diego’s mayor. “I am a strong supporter of marriage equality,” Faulconer stated in a press release. “I came to my decision after speaking with my fellow San Diegans about the importance of ensuring that everyone in love has access to the respect, dignity and protections offered by marriage.” According to a recent Pew Research poll, 61 percent of republicans under the age of 30 support same-sex marriage, which is now legal in 17 states.t


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he New York and Boston natives who started Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria in the Bay Area are helping to end the incessant whining from fellow Southern California transplants about the “flaws” of West Coast pizza. Based on the success of their first San Diego location in La Jolla, they just opened a second local kitchen in Hillcrest, complete with a scorching brick oven that cooks the pie crusts to a crispy, dark finish. From their San Mateo headquarters, Mike Forter and Peter Cooperstein have expanded Amici’s to a dozen locations throughout California. Unraveling the backEast secrets to dough making was their number one priority when launching the business in the mid1980s. Despite the fact that nobody in the company will reveal them, a New Jersey native in our group declared after biting into a sausagegarlic pizza, “This crust is exactly like what I grew up eating in pizzerias back home.” Having acquired my pizza snobbery in Buffalo, N.Y., where the crusts are generally a tad thicker and cooked on pizza tins at 550 degrees rather than directly on oven floors at 720 degrees, the Amici’s recipe nonetheless hit some of my own critical benchmarks in terms of flavor and texture. Present were the yeasty undertones that sadly go missing in so many California pizzerias, even in those claiming New York roots. Also, the crust was chewy instead of cracker-like while still breaking down easily in the mouth, a telling clue that the dough receives extra kneeding compared to what Left Coast pizza makers give it. And this includes spin stretching it into the air by the masters in Amici’s exhibition kitchen. Bright, house-made red sauce and whole-milk mozzarella are among the classic foundations as


well. In terms of quality and price, these pizzas aren’t cheap. A mini seven-inch with pepperoni costs $9.50, graduating to $23.25 for a large 15-incher. The size scale also encompasses 10-inch smalls and 13-inch mediums on both customer-crafted and specialty pies. Tender, fried eggplant graced the “Boston,” which didn’t disappoint. We also ordered a pizza with mozzarella, Provolone, roasted garlic and Italian sausage. Red pepper flakes lurking beneath the cheese added a lively spark. It was excellent. Both pizzas were 10-inches, which sated this foursome but without leaving us overly filled as we sometimes like to feel when it comes to good pizza. Other choices include the “Philly” with peppers, onions and hot or mild sausage; a veggie pizza with roasted green peppers, mushrooms, onions and black olives; and the “Manhattan” with clams and garlic. Several of the specialty pizzas are sauceless, such as the “Pollo” with chicken breast and baby spinach or the “Greek

Isle” crowned with feta, mozzarella, artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes. Among the starters we tried, a trio of all-beef meatballs was my favorite — tender, lean and nurturing. Gnocchi in butter and Parmesan didn’t reveal any butter, although we liked the slightly crispy sear on the dumplings. As beautiful salads passed our table, we caved to the artichoke panzanella bread salad featuring a garden’s worth of fresh veggies and Tuscan-style bread cubes dressed in very light vinaigrette. Our only complaints were that we felt it needed mozzarella to tie everything together. And fresh, grilled artichokes rather than brined would have made it sensational. Amici’s remodel to what was Freebirds World Burrito is bright and open, with a soothing color palette of gray, soft brown and white. The fiery brick oven at the center of the stainless-steel kitchen is always in eyeshot. Beer and wine is also available, along with two desserts currently in the offing: tuxedo cake, and as we would expect from back-East proprietors, New York-style cheesecake. Next time for sure. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. He has since covered the culinary scene and other subjects for various print and broadcast media outlets in the area. You can reach him at fsabatini@san.

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BY FRANK SABATINI JR. Restaurateur Raj Syal says the concept for his new Rockfire Grill in Hillcrest “doesn’t exist anywhere else.” Indeed, his eclectic menu looks promising. At the center of the kitchen is an artisan grill filled with hot stones that is used for cooking flatbreads to order. The hot, fresh bread encompasses everything from burgers and chipotle chicken to Jack cheese with green onions. It also serves as an accouterment to grass-fed beef kabobs, carne asada and chicken with lemon-cilantro buerre blanc sauce. Located in the former Kasi eatery, Syal also operates an Indian restaurant in Los Angeles and has owned Italian and Mexican kitchens. As the bill of fare shows, he is trained in both Eastern and Western cuisine. 3803 Fifth Ave., 619-295-8555.

The bar at Polite Provisions will serve as the classroom for mixology lessons starting this month. (Photo courtesy Polite Provisions) A series of intimate mixology classes at Polite Provisions in Normal Heights kicks off on April 7 with “cocktails 101,” which repeats on May 19 and June 9. Utilizing Polite’s award-winning bar setup, stocked with house-made bitters and syrups, general manager and partner Erick Castro will lead groups of 12 into making three classic cocktails while covering the tools of the trade. Classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $60 per person. Early reservations are recommended. 4696 30th St., 619-677-3784.

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After making her mark at restaurants like The Glass Door in Little Italy, Cosmopolitan in Old Town, The Shores in La Jolla and the former Laurel in Bankers Hill, Chef Amy DiBiase sails in to Tidal at the west shore of Paradise Point Resort & Spa in Mission Bay. Situated in a former private residence built by Hollywood producer Jack Skirball in the 1960s, the 3,000-squarefoot restaurant opens April 10 to the tune of modern seafood dishes, chicken confit, ricotta gnudi, a variety of oysters and more. 1404 Vacation Road, 858-274-4630.

From whoever decides what foods we pay tribute to throughout the calendar year, April is National Grilled Cheese Month. And Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill is showing off a recipe for the occasion. In a decadent twist, the chef offers a construct of buffalo mozzarella and Asiago on Parmesan butter-crusted lemon bread. 505 Laurel St., 619-239-2222. The brew master dinner series at Waypoint Public in North Park continues as Executive Chef Amanda Baumgarten teams up with a beer maker from Hess Brewing Co. at 6:30 p.m. on April 16. The four-course dinner paired to beer tastings and a digestif at the end will be held inside Waypoint’s newly constructed private dining area dubbed “the bear den.” The cost is $65 per person. 3794 30th St., 619-255-8778.

Through at least the next month, Bite San Diego will conduct walking culinary tours along El Cajon Boulevard to five restaurants from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday. The 1.5-mile hike features stops at The Lafayette Hotel, Flavors of East Africa, Lips, Tiger! Tiger!, the Chicken Pie Shop and Pizzeria Luigi’s. Each restaurant will offer generous samples of their signature dishes and/or beverages. Guests will also learn about the history of the establishments along the way. Tickets are $65 per person. Advanced reservations are required. 619-634-8476;

its campus, we’ve seen a plethora of people come in and out of our doors and it’s become a very comfortable space,” Sinclair said. “And that’s mainly what we were aiming for: to be an inclusive, comfortable space for students and faculty alike.” The Pride Center hosts several different discussion groups regularly, where students and faculty can meet with people they can identify with in a safe space. One group that has grown particularly active is the “Trans Talk” group, which invites transgender individuals or those questioning their gender identity to The Pride Center on a weekly basis. “I know some other universities with more established groups are excited when they have three people show up, and we’ve had on average about six to eight,” Keen said. To Keen, this group has shown a need for increased transgender awareness and visibility, as well as basic, cut-and-dry education about the transgender community. While Transgender Day of Empowerment usually occurs on April 4, organizations on campus decided to push back SDSU’s celebration of it because of Spring Break. Then they decided to make it a significantly bigger orchestration. The Trans* Week of Empowerment will be a cross-campus event with The Pride Center playing a pivotal role in its execution. Luckily, as Keen envisions for future programming, Trans* Week will build on several well-established events, helping to connect them and create a more cohesive theme throughout the week. Also enveloped into Trans* Week will be the Womyn’s Outreach Organization’s Take Back the Night, which raises awareness about violence against women, and the week will end with The Day of Silence and a candlelight vigil. QSU will screen “Trans,” a documentary feature film, hosting a discussion afterward. In addition to holding a flagraising ceremony to kickoff the week, The Pride Center will host daily classes each of the five days during Trans* Week. The “Trans 101” classes will cater to the campus at large with hopes of clearing misconceptions and confusion surrounding the transgender community. It will also teach students, faculty and staff how to be allies to their transgender peers, or to a friend who might be questioning their gender identity. “Often times, the transgender community is the least understood among the LGBT community; people often think just ‘G’ and ‘L,’” Keen said. “So we really want to highlight what’s really the invisibility of the transgender community on campus.” Playing a role in Trans* Week is just one of the many ways The Pride Center is shaping its goals toward the needs of the campus. Keen said the organization will further refine its goals when it publishes the results of its Climate Campus Survey, which will help determine what programming will be most beneficial to the campus. It hopes to hold a town hall discussion on campus this spring once the findings are finalized. For more information about The Pride Center or the Trans* Week of Empowerment, find “The Pride Center at SDSU” on Facebook.t

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Friday, April 4

TRANSGENDER DAY OF EMPOWERMENT: Join the San Diego LGBT Center for the 11th annual celebration. It will be an evening of education and entertainment, with inspiring speakers, artwork, live music, awards and light refreshments. 6 – 9 p.m. Free. The Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. TRICKS: A play by Bryant Hernandez, directed by Sandra Ruiz presented by the Chronos Theatre Group. Based on a story in the San Diego Reader about a young man rejected by his family when he came out (for mature audiences, contains brief nudity, strong language and sexual content). Tickets GA $20, Seniors/Military $15, Student rush tix (half hour before curtain) $10. Tenth Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Ave., Downtown. Visit DINAH SHORE WEEKEND: The fun has already started – if you are not already there, you’ll want to get there soon for the 24th annual festivities in Palm Springs. It’s all going down at the Hilton Palm Springs, 400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs. For more info visit

Saturday, April 5

MISSION HILLS COMMUNITY STREET FESTIVAL: Celebrating Powers Plumbing’s anniversary. Live music (Hot Pstromi), exhibitors, raffles, contests and activities for kids, photo booth, games, prizes, power walk tours, and more. Food and cash donations go to Special Delivery. 11:30 – 3:30 p.m. Mission Hills at 1705 W. Lewis St. STOLI ORIGINAL KEY WEST COCKTAIL CLASSIC: Glitz Glam hosts with live entertainment as you watch some SD’s top nightlife bar professionals go head-to-head to make the best cocktail for Stoli’s National LGBT Ambassador Patrik Gallineaux and a panel of other local celebrity judges. Winner gets an all-expenses-paid trip to Key West for the finale, in May. All the fun is at

Urban MO’s, 308 University Ave., Hillcrest. 4 – 6 p.m. No cover, early bird Stoli specials from 3 – 5 p.m. For more info visit SDGMC SPRING CONCERT: The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, “WOW! The Chorus Sings the ‘90s” which benefits San Diego High School’s School of Media, Visual and Performing Arts (MVPA). The 160-member chorus, led by new musical director RC Haus, will be serving up songs from throughout the 1990s for your listening pleasure. 8 p.m. Garfield Theater (located at Lawrence Family JCC), 4126 Executive Dr. in La Jolla. For tickets or more info visit or call box office at 858-362-1348.

Sunday, April 6

SDGMC SPRING CONCERT: The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, “WOW! The Chorus Sings the ‘90s” which benefits San Diego High School’s School of Media, Visual and Performing Arts (MVPA). The 160-member chorus, led by new musical director RC Haus, will be serving up songs from the 1990s for your listening pleasure. 3 p.m. Garfield Theater (located at Lawrence Family JCC), 4126 Executive Dr. in La Jolla. For tickets or info visit or call box office at 858-362-1348. MISS GULCH RETURNS: Final night of limited engagement collaboration between Diversionary Theatre and Martinis Above Fourth — first time a Diversionary play has been presented in a cabaret environment. Tickets begin at $22 with a $15 food and beverage minimum. 7 p.m. Martinis Above Fourth | Table & Stage is at 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. For tickets visit or call 619-220-0097.

Monday, April 7

ABBA MANIA: An evening with this Abba Tribute will keep you dancing more than a screening of Mamma Mia! 8 p.m. Belly Up, 143 Cedros Ave., Solana

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Tuesday, April 8

LESBIAN MEET-UP: Weekly early morning business networking meeting, offering a chance to share and support each other’s business or passions. All lesbians in community are invited. 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Caffe Calabria, 3933 30th St., North Park. SPAGHETTI & SHOWTUNES: When was the last time you had an all-you-can-eat plate of fabulous spaghetti for a mere $6? Now that’s a bargain. Plus showtunes and TV clips. 5 – 10 p.m. Urban MO’s, 308 University Ave. Visit

Wednesday, April 9

PICTIONARY: Come play with Tiger … and Sister Ida Know on the back patio. Match your skills, win fun prizes and raise money for good causes. 7:30 – 10 p.m. #1 on 5th, 3845 Fifth Ave. ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: The original movie presented by FilmOut San Diego, in a double feature with Shock Treatment, the RHPS sequel by Jim Sharman (director) and Richard O’Brien (Riff Raff). 7 p.m. & 9:15 p.m. North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave. Tickets $15, visit

Thursday, April 10

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CYGNEXT TWEET NIGHT: In order to reach a younger audience, CygNext will encorporate tweeting. In a twist, staff will tell those in attendance for “Spring Awakening” to “turn on” their phones during the performance, and will encourage them to tweet before, during and after, using the


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Annual MLB Preview Every year, when the calendar turns to April, I enjoy writing a predictions column for the upcoming Major League Baseball season. Doing so gives me a chance to interact with some of my readers, who have rightfully made fun of some of my less-than-stellar choices over the past few seasons. With as much reading about and watching of games that I do, one would think that I would have this prediction business down, by now. Of course, the same theory applies to NCAA March Madness pools, where I typically have to click on “Page 2” to find my place in the standings. Last year was the exception, when I nailed most of the division winners, including being one of the few people to pick Atlanta over Washington. NFL may be king of the television set, but baseball is my favorite sport because the season is long, and there is so much uncertainty. Did you know that six of the lowest ten payrolls in baseball made the playoffs in 2013? Without further adieu … National League East I do not know how Braves fans keep it together. For 20 years, Atlanta was a powerhouse (that only won one World Series when they should have won several), but now they are saddled with an ownership group that will not spend money. That would be one thing if the Braves stunk, but they have a ton of talent. They have the kind of roster where one or two big-money signings could push them over the top. Instead, they rely on depth. Unfortunately, a rash of horrific arm injuries this spring has decimated their starting rotation. So although Atlanta should have been a contender, the East is now Washington’s to lose. The Nationals boast a Top-2 rotation and a lineup that is better than what it produced in 2013. The Marlins and Mets will be better, but only mildly. The Phillies’ strategy is to sign players right before they check in at Shady Pines, pay them triple what they are worth, and then wonder what went wrong when they struggle to win 75 games. Division Champion: Washington National League Central Pittsburgh, it was a beautiful ride in 2013, as you returned to the postseason for the first time in 20 years. I don’t see you getting back this year. The names really have

not changed and Andrew McCutchen is a stud player. I just think that a little regression is coming. The Pirates should contend until September, but by cheaping out and not giving A.J. Burnett a qualifying offer which instigated his departure, the loss of his presence on the staff will be the difference (though I expect great things from Charlie Morton this year). The Cubs will be in contention — for the worst record in baseball. Check back in three years when they could be among the best. Milwaukee? No. Any team that was willing to give mean-ingful at-bats to Juan Francisco (before cutting him) and has little pitching, is going to struggle. Cincinnati, I just have one question for you: couldn’t you have found a way to retain Shin-Soo Choo? He made your lineup click. Votto and Bruce will not have anybody to drive in, as Brandon Phillips is in decline. But because they get to play the Cubs and Brewers so often, the Reds will get a wild card berth. This division belongs to the Cardinals, who do not possess a weakness. They could win by 10 games. Division Champion: St. Louis, Wild Card: Cincinnati National League West Spoiler Alert: I hate the Los Angeles Dodgers. As far as analysis, they have the best pitcher on the planet (Clayton Kershaw), who is already on the disabled list. They have the majors’ highest payroll, yet have Dee Gordon at 2B and a 3B (Hanley Ramirez) playing short. Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp all carry questions alongside their considerable talents. Adrian Gonzalez’s walk and power numbers are declining. On paper, the Dodgers are the most talented team in baseball. But a $240 million-dollar team should not have this many questions, and their manager stinks. They will earn a wild card, but I am giving the division to … the resurgent San Francisco Giants. It is an even-numbered year, so perhaps they can pull off an even-numbered year three-peat? What will get them to 90 wins is a little bit of bounce-back from players who suffered injuries or down years (Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum,

(above) Petco Park on a previous year's opening day; (left) the long sleeve Tee giveaway for the MLB Padres v. Detroit Tigers game on April 12 (Courtesy San Diego Padres) Angel Pagan), two quiet but significant signings (Tim Hudson, Michael Morse), and the closest thing to Kershaw in the league: stud southpaw Madison Bumgarner. The team can pitch, it can catch, and it will definitely score runs this year. I want to put the Padres in the playoffs badly, and there is no saying it will not happen. But boy did the injury to Josh Johnson hurt. This team is sneaky-loaded. No superstars, mind you, but they have depth they have not had in years. If they can hold ground until Johnson returns, they could steal the Reds’ wild card spot. Tyson Ross, no pressure or anything, but the team’s fate could rest on your shoulder. Hey Arizona, what the hell are you doing with your roster? You have jettisoned Justin Upton, Trevor Bauer, and Adam Eaton over the last two seasons, all in trades where GM Kevin Towers did not receive enough value. The Snakes want to be a gritty team. Congrats to them. I would rather have a winning team. Paul Goldschmidt can rake, Mark Trumbo will hit 40 bombs, and Miguel Montero is due to rebound. But losing Patrick Corbin for the year kills their already-shaky rotation. The Rockies? They will score runs, but not enough to offset their lousy pitching. Division Champion: San Francisco, Wild Card: Los Angeles American League Preview I do not watch American

League games nearly as much as NL games (I am even in an NL-only fantasy league). This is because my favorite team resides in the NL and I also absolutely despise the designated hitter. I prefer the strategy of maneuvering through lineups and double-switches over the softball games played in the AL. That said, I absolutely will stop to watch Mike Trout play baseball anytime, as he is the best player in baseball (sorry Miguel Cabrera, but defense and baserunning count too). My division winners this year are Boston (East), Detroit (Central), and Oakland (West). Yeah, the A’s have been decimated by injuries and the Angels can rake. The Rangers have been roasted by injuries, too. Any of these teams could win the division, but there is just something about Oakland that feels right (and I hate them). The Tigers win the Central by default, although I would love to see the Royals take that elusive final step towards contention. Tampa Bay will challenge Boston, and along with the Angels, they will earn a wild card berth. MLB Playoff Predictions NL Wild Card: Los Angeles over Cincinnati. LA has Kershaw, enough said. NLDS: St. Louis over LA (4 games): Kershaw would only be able to go once in this series, while Adam Wainwright goes twice. NLDS: San Francisco over Washington (5 games): If the Giants get to the postseason (a big if), they

have experienced guys who will get it done. NLCS: St. Louis over San Francisco (7 games): I feel dirty even picking this, but the Cardinals get their revenge over the 2012 NLCS collapse. AL Wild Card: Tampa Bay over Los Angeles. Could be Scioscia’s final game as Angels manager. ALDS: Tampa Bay over Detroit (6 games): The Tigers will be the favorite but the Rays are the better team, as they will have battled the beasts of the AL East all year, not the patsy Twins and White Sox. ALDS: Boston over Oakland (6 games): Oakland’s pitching depth concerns will be tested against the Red Sox. ALCS: Tampa Bay over Boston (7 games): Tampa Bay is due, aren’t they? Enjoy your final season in Florida, David Price. World Series: St. Louis over Tampa Bay (6 games): It just feels like their year. Hope I am wrong, because I would much prefer to see San Diego beat the Red Sox in the series. And another thing: it felt great to write a predictions column and not even mention the aging, irrelevant Yankees! —Jeff Praught is actively involved in the LGBT sports community, where he plays in the local softball (AFCSL), football (SDAFFL) and basketball (SD Hoops) leagues. He has served on AFCSL’s board of officers in various capacities and is currently the commissioner of SD Hoops. He can be reached at


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Coming of age at CYGNET hen playwright Frank Wedekind wrote “Spring Awakenings” (plural correct) in 1891, the story stirred up tremendous controversy in contemporary Germany. It was not produced until 1906. No less incendiary, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s 2006 Tony Award-winning musical had a long road to Broadway but not for exactly the same reasons. Their musical, “Spring Awakening,” was based on Wedekind’s play. The creators chose to make it a rock musical, because they believed that rock music best exemplifies teenage angst and frustration. Sater and Sheik were told it would never work. Nonetheless, the piece received six 2007 Tony Awards including best musical, best book and best musical score, assuring further productions, starting off with a national tour that played San Diego’s Balboa Theatre. As soon as regional rights became available, Cygnet Theatre Company secured them; however, the Cygnet delayed until now because two local youth theaters’ productions intervened. Known for his prowess with musicals, co-founder and artistic director Sean Murray stages the work through April 27 at Cygnet’s Old Town venue. Terry O’Donnell is music director, and Michael Mizerany is the choreographer. The result is a kinetic, emotionally mov-

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ing, well-played, well-sung production that will become even more so as the run deepens. There were a few rocky spots, sound imbalances and musical imperfections opening night March 15, but that is to be expected in a work so complicated as performed by youthful singer/ actors, most between 15 and 24. A hidden six-person band plays the score with a relentless beat that follows one home, along with songs and lyrics that include “Mama Who Bore Me,” “The Bitch of Living,” “The Word of Your Body,” “Totally Fucked,” and “The Song of Purple Summer.” Matt Lescault-Wood is sound designer. The book revolves around three teens, Melchior (Dave Thomas Brown), Moritz (Charles Evans, Jr.) and Wendla (Taylor Aldrich). All three are excellent singer/actors possessed of exceptional talent. The chemistry between Brown and Aldrich is palpable and thrilling. Evans presents a deeply conflicted Moritz. Matt Thompson and Debra Wanger ably, sometimes frighteningly, portray all the adult characters — teachers, parents and preachers. Jacob Caltrider, William Corkery, Claire Keefer, Adi Mullen, Dylan Mulvaney, Amy Perkins, and Christopher Ruetter create specific, endearing young people, and Katy Tang is splendid as Ilse, the town’s free-spirited sexual pariah, who has great

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Tickets $37–$50 | | 619-337-1525 heart. Ilse sings the lovely ballad “Blue Wind” and with Perkins and Tang sings “The Dark I Know Well,” which concerns parental sexual abuse. Caltrider and Mulvaney are adorable as budding homosexuals and William Corkery, a 20-year-old student at Grossmont College, is a real find as the gauche Otto. His dance moves are brave. Mizerany asks much of the troupe and they deliver. Melchior is a gifted student, bright and inquisitive about all things, especially the burgeoning of feelings he and his peers experience, the lack of accurate information and suppression of what is known. When Moritz confides he’s troubled over “sticky dreams” of female legs, Melchior provides a handmade sex manual of his own devising. Wendla is not so fully or gently informed. Tired of her mother’s stork stories, she asks for the truth and is put off, and thus goes into relationship with Melchior, whom she loves, uninformed and unprepared. Ensuing events, though tempered with humor, rock ballads and anthems and dance, are truly tragic. The Cygnet production is

enhanced by Ryan Grossheim’s scenic design, Shirley Pierson’s period costumes, Peter Herman’s wig and makeup design, Chris Rynne’s lighting, and Angelica Ynfante’s props. Fans of the musical, who’ve seen it on numerous occasions, will no doubt return for another performance, so sensitively directed by Murray. —Charlene Baldridge can be reached at

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Jane Fonda to reunite with Tomlin (Courtesy Featureflash)

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin “Nine To Five” fanatics, are you ready to have your day made? Sure you are, and Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are about to do it. The two have signed on for “Grace and Frankie,” a Netflix original half-hour comedy series from “Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris. The show already has a 13-episode order and stars the venerable actresses as arch-nemeses who find themselves having to mend fences when their respective husbands come out as gay and leave them. For each other. Because it’s Netflix the show gets to be as adult as it wants — think “Orange is The New Black” — and, though it’s never good to jinx a project with sentiments like “How can this fail?” it’s got Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in it, so the answer is … it can’t. Now all that needs to happen during that first of many seasons is a Dolly Parton walk-on role as a Dolly Parton impersonator.


Hey kids, Willem Dafoe’s going to play Pasolini! Not ringing a bell? OK, then. Italian filmmaker, poet and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini, born in 1922, was one of the greatest directors of the 20th century, as praised for religious-themed dramas such as “The Gospel According to Matthew” as he was condemned for the sex and torturefilled “Salo: 120 Days of Sodom.” He was also openly gay and died under mysterious circumstances (run over repeatedly with his own car) in 1975. So it’s fitting that a partnership between two men not unacquainted with controversy, director Abel Ferrara (“Bad Lieutenant”) and Willem Dafoe (“The Last Temptation of Christ”), will result in the biopic “Pasolini.” Set during the last days of the director’s life, it’s currently filming in Italy and will probably see a wave of film festival inclusion sometime by the end of this year or beginning of 2015. This gives you plenty of time to get your auteur homework done. Just don’t blame us if “Salo” gives you nightmares. Is “The Comeback” coming back? Chances are you’re a fan of “The Comeback” — the HBO sitcom that starred Lisa Kudrow as a failed sitcom star named Valerie Cherish who does whatever it takes to get another shot at fame — but probably didn’t see it when it first aired nearly 10 years ago. It was cancelled after one season, in spite of Emmy nominations and critical praise, but in the past decade the show’s developed a cult following and now HBO might be in the mood to give “Comeback” a comeback of its own. Currently negotiating with creators Kudrow and Michael Patrick King to go back into production, it appears that the network is planning to position it as a limited series/event-style presentation, picking up Kudrow’s character where she is a decade later. Kudrow’s brainstorming ideas for the clueless Val-

erie: possibly taking some acting classes or appearing on a “Real Housewives” series. Deals aren’t done yet, but it’s all looking ver y likely. And really, wouldn’t it be nice if the striving Valerie finally got her shot after all?

A sequel for Brad Pitt’s World War Z? (Courtesy LaCameraChiara)

Brad Pitt’s undead reunion Remember in “World War Z” when Brad Pitt figured out how to dispense with those zombies that killed pretty much everyone except Brad Pitt and his pals? Well, obviously, when nearly half a billion dollars in box office receipts roll in, they manage to find a stray zombie or 12 still lurking in a sewer somewhere. So here comes the sequel (“WWZ2”? “WWZ, Too”? “WWAA”? Just guessing …), starring Pitt and a batch

of fresh undeads, but not directed by “Z” helmer Marc Forster. He’s out, thanks to what is most likely a confirmation of those feud rumors that circulated about him and Pitt, and in is gay director Juan Antonio Bayona. The Spanish filmmaker, who gave us the tsunami thriller “The Impossible,” will step in for the next installment after a script materializes and, more importantly, after he wraps up duties on “A Monster Calls,” his new film about a young boy who enlists a tree monster to help him deal with his mother’s terminal illness. Provided you’re not fully sick of the zombie genre by then, look for “WWWhatever” to show up sometime in 2016. Neil Patrick Harris is “Gone,” Girl On the occasion of their fifth wedding anniversar y, a husband reports his wife as missing, and so begins the myster y at the heart of Gillian Flynn’s worldwide best-selling novel “Gone Girl.” The muchanticipated film adaptation is also underway from acclaimed director David Fincher (“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”) and the ensemble cast is set: Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike playing the couple, joined by Scoot McNair y (“Non-Stop”), Tyler Perr y, Patrick Fugit, Sela Ward, “Happy Endings”’ Casey Wilson, Missi Pyle, Kim Dickens and, returning to serious drama after years of comedy and music, Neil Patrick Harris. Call it a return to his roots, the days of “Clara’s Heart” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” when the young actor was all about keeping a straight face, as it were. Maybe Fincher will turn him into identical twins like Armie Hammer in “The Social Network”? Then one of them can still sing and tell jokes. —Romeo San Vicente’s ratings remain solid, and he’s very successful at cutting in. He can be reached care of this publication or at

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