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Volume 8 Issue 15 July 21 – Aug. 3, 2017

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Ponce’s takes top spot as Atkins honors local small businesses


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Peruse LGBT-owned classics Alexander Salazar dressed up as Glinda the Good Witch, thanks to the creative genius of Carlos Ramirez. Salazar said it was lifechanging. (Photos by Big Mike)


Pride moments

Community members share what made this hi P Pride id special i l Morgan M. Hurley | Editor For the first time in many years I watched the Pride

An ally spreads diversity


Parade from the sidelines rather than partake in it in the contingents. We had just launched our @Gay_SD Instagram

see Moments pg 7

Where the girls run the show Local lesbian musician helps mentor girls in the ways of rock n roll


By Joyell Nevins S-A-N Diego, wuh oh! Where the rock meets the roll S-A-N Diego, wuh oh! Where the girls run the show

A madcap night of theater

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Laura Payne, shown here performing with Rhythm and the Method at South Bay Pride, will teach girls bass at the Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls. (Photo by Traci Smith)

Damn right. As a girl, I might be slightly biased. As an aunt, though, and a member of society, I am justifiably ecstatic by the presence of a “Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls” in San Diego, of which the above is part of their theme song. Melissa Grove and her dedicated team of volunteers — including local musician and proud activist Laura Payne — have taken a concept started by Girls Rock Camp Alliance and made it thrive in San Diego. Forty girls from the ages of 8 to 17 come to the camp

for one week. With the help of band coaches, mentors, and “roadies” (camp support team), they get an instrument, form a band, get a name, a logo, and a song. Then they get to perform that song live on stage at the House of Blues at the end of camp. Seeing the power of music and how it moves and changes the girls is one of the reasons Payne signed up. “I started learning music at age 7 and found it to really fill my heart and soul like nothing else,” Payne said. “I was a shy kid, so music was my preferred way to express myself. To this day, I simply could not live without it in my life.” Payne continues to use music to express herself

see Girls Camp pg 9

Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant, located in the Kensington neighborhood of Uptown, received a top honor June 6 by Sen. Toni G. Atkins. During the annual California Small Business Day luncheon in Sacramento, Atkins bestowed the 39th Senatorial District’s 2017 “Small Business of the Year” on the local Mexican restaurant, held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Ponce’s was fi rst opened in 1969, by Ponciano Meza, and while the business has expanded since then, it is still in the same location. The Meza family believes their staff to be their most important asset and have always supported a living wage and health care benefits for all. They also believe in making an investment into their local community, and do so regularly by sponsoring Little League teams, participating in beach cleanups, The San Diego Community Center’s annual Dining Out For Life, and various other community projects. Representing Ponce’s in Sacramento were current owner Ponce Meza Jr. and Mikey Knab, director of operations. On June 23, Sen. Atkins then held her annual Small Business of the Year mixer at The Studio Door in North Park, where she honored 19 other small businesses from the 39th District. Owned by LGBT artist Patric Stillman, the gallery was in the midst of its “PROUD” exhibition at the time of the small business event. Following are some of the businesses honored that are more relevant to our community:

see Businesses pg 19

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Car lovers will soon be able to enjoy their hobby on a regular basis and right in their own back yard. On Saturday, July 22 from 2–6 p.m., the Pride Plaza — located on Normal Street at the Hillcrest Pride Flag — will host the inaugural Hillcrest Classic Car Show. Nearly 20 classic cars will converge upon the site, available for enthusiasts to see, appreciate and interact with the owners. Sponsored by MO’s Universe, the Hillcrest Classic Car Show is presented by Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) and Great Autos of Yesteryear.

“MO’s Universe is happy to sponsor another fabulous event taking place in Hillcrest,” said Chris Shaw, owner of the five restaurants that currently make up MO’s Universe. “We are a vibrant community full of safe, fun and welcoming people. The Hillcrest Classic Car Show will be a perfect addition to the neighborhood.” After the inaugural event, the Hillcrest Classic Car Show will become a regular fixture at Pride Plaza, when different cars from the club will rotate in on the third Saturday of each month starting in August. “This monthly car show is exactly what Hillcrest needs,” said Ben Nicholls, executive director of the HBA. “It is a low key, nostalgic event that will bring regular fun for our neighborhood’s diverse families.” With nearly 1,000 members,

Great Autos of Yesteryear is the largest LGBT car club on the West Coast, with more than 2,600 cars owned between members combined. Formed in 1983 by Ted Davidson and Herb Rothman, the club serves as a means of bringing together LGBT car enthusiasts, preserving automobiles, and offering a social gathering place, all at the same time. “Since moving here from Salt Lake City in 1984 with my 1952 Ford convertible, the club’s car shows have given me a space to share my love of classic cars, kick tires and form camaraderie with other car enthusiasts,” said member Kimball Vincent. “It’s been a pressure-free space to meet people with a common interest.” To facilitate all the cars in the show, Normal Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between University Avenue and Harvey Milk Street on the afternoon of July 22 and for each afternoon on the third Saturday of each month, thereafter. For more details, visit or follow them on Instagram @ FabHillcrest.


A Classic Car group with LGBT membership launches a car show in Hillcrest July 22. (Courtesy HBA)

The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus will be bringing all the divas you’ve ever known along for their summer concert — and no last names are required. From Barbra, Dolly and Aretha, to Whitney, Beyonce and Lady Gaga, SDGMC will be belting out

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(l to r) Chris Mueller and Cheryl Houk of Stepping Stone with Bob Lehman, executive director of San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, at the rehabilitation facility. Stepping Stone is SDGMC’s outreach partner for DIVAS, and will benefit from donations during the summer series of shows. (Courtesy SDGMC) their songs on the historic Balboa Theatre stage for their summer show Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30. The 200-strong chorus will sing anthems, power ballads, and pop hits, adding a bit of attitude and hairspray at the same time. As with every SDGMC show, there is an outreach partner as benefactor. This summer’s show will benefit Stepping Stone, San Diego’s LGBT-focused addiction and recovery facility. “It all started in 1976 with a couch and a couple of gay men opening their home to friends who needed help in healing from addiction. Today, nearly 41 years later, those first acts

of kindness have blossomed to become Stepping Stone of San Diego — a beacon of hope as one of the nation’s only alcohol and drug recovery programs specifically for the LGBTQ community.” The organization specializes in those suffering through addition who also may be struggling with HIV. They are proud to say that no one is ever turned away due to finances. Staff members of Stepping Stone will be in the audience for the DIVAS and donations will be accepted during the show. For more information

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Transforming UC San Diego, inside and out Profiles in Advocacy Ian Morton The specific issue was whether or not a business should have to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony. The broader ramifications were whether a privately owned business could deny services based on the patron’s perceived sexuality or gender identity. As a former pharmacy technician, I remember wondering what would happen if a small town’s local pharmacy or private medical practice were suddenly allowed to deny services or medications based on these factors, and how horrifying that would be for LGBTQ individuals. Health care, and access to it, is a national hot-button issue right now. Leading the charge locally for inclusive policies at UC San Diego Health Systems, — with a large campus located in Hillcrest — is the 2017 Spirit of Stonewall “Friend of Pride” awardee Zach Schlagel. A native of San Diego and a fan of the diverse population, Zach was motivated by the platforms presented in the 2000 elections and ended up transferring to the political science program at UC San Diego from Grossmont College. This led to an opportunity through the UC – DC program, during which Zach had an opportunity to travel

to Washington, D.C. as an intern for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. After graduating in 2004, he joined Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry’s Oklahoma campaign team, where he saw first-hand the pushback against marriage equality outside of California and the political ramifications for supporting it. Upon his return to San Diego, he met then-City Councilmember Todd Gloria, and in part through that connection, was linked to Mayor Bob Filner’s office. During Filner’s tenure, there was a push to move the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest to La Jolla, and Zach represented the mayor’s office at many of the accompanying community meetings. Once the plan was pulled in 2007, UC San Diego determined they needed a community affairs liaison, and Zach was well-positioned to serve. Zach noticed that most of the service models specifically serving the LGBTQ community centered around HIV and the Owen Clinic, but these strategies did not translate to broader healthcare needs. He began seeking out mentors in the community, including Dr. Shaun Travers, director of UC San Diego’s LGBT Resource Center. “Ever since Zach began at UC San Diego, he has been committed to our community,” Travers said. “He has been

The Schlagel family enjoy the San Diego Pride Parade on July 15. (Photo by Kyle Dykes) involved in almost every committee, working group, and gathering of people where we were discussing LGBT issues in relation to UC San Diego’s medical centers.” Zach also sought the advice of San Diego LGBT Community Center’s CEO, Dr. Delores Jacobs. While she was very critical of UC San Diego’s lack of inclusion in healthcare policy, she recommended Zach look at the Human Rights Campaign’s Health Equality Index criteria as a roadmap to improvement. “We took Dr. Jacobs’ words to heart, and to the UCSD leadership’s credit, they gave me carte blanche to make changes,” Zach said. “We overhauled the patient bill of rights, admission and visitation

policies, and really instilled the language of equality in those items, which led to UCSD receiving a 100 percent score on the HRC equality index in 2011, and we have maintained that designation every year since.” Building on this momentum, Zach also began the push for UC San Diego to become more engaged with San Diego LGBT Pride, which the leadership wholeheartedly supported. Sarafi na Scapicchio, former development director for San Diego Pride, spoke to this relationship. “Zach spearheaded the fi rst-ever hospital sponsorship of the San Diego Pride Parade and Festival in 2011,” Scapicchio said. “He has served as the team captain


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Zach Schlagel receives the “Friend of Pride” award at the Spirit of Stonewall Rally, Friday, July 14. (Photo by Kyle Dykes)

each and every year since then, bringing over a hundred of their employees, including their CEO, to ride and walk in the Parade. He also ensures that the festival includes free HIV/AIDS screenings every year at the UCSD tent.” In addition, Zach has coordinated the lighting of the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest in rainbow colors — during June, the official “Month of Pride” — as an outward reflection of their inclusive policies. This year, he was thrilled to bring California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to preside over this tradition. When not creating positive change at UC San Diego, Zach is also a husband and father, and we spoke about how his professional life has impacted his private life. He reflected on how receiving this award is a chance for him to teach his children about diversity and equality. “I [was] humbled and excited about the opportunity to take my kids on stage with me for this honor,” Zach explained. “My son is now 5 and a half years of age, and this is a great venue for me to educate him about the values of Pride.” San Diego Pride’s Spirit of Stonewall honorees are nominated by the public, starting in January of each year, and the final awards are selected by Pride’s board of directors. The definition of the “Friend of Pride” is an individual who does not identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, but who has stalwartly supported the LGBT community over an extended period of years and/or has made an exceptional contribution in the past year. Kathie Moehlig, founder of Trans Family Support Services, also received the “Friend of Pride” honor this year. For a full list of 2017 Spirit of Stonewall awardees, visit —Ian D. Morton is the director of operations at San Diego Human Dignity Foundation and produces the Y.E.S. San Diego LGBTQ youth conference. To nominate an individual or nonprofit for this column, email the information to ian@▼


How to say goodbye Life Beyond Therapy Michael Kimmel I just saw the documentary “Restless Creature” at the Digital Gym in North Park. In the film, New York City Ballet star Wendy Whelan talks about ending her 30-plus year career as a prima ballerina. At the age of 47, Ms. Whelan’s body told her that it was time to say goodbye to her ballet career. Ms. Whelan is sad, afraid, and excited as she says goodbye to the only world she’s ever known and moves into a new world: She starts her own production company, choses the choreographers and pays all the bills. She leaves ballet behind and jumps into something new: modern dance. You needn’t be a retiring ballerina to find this relevant: We ALL have to say goodbye, over and over again, regardless of our age or situation. Haven’t you had to say goodbye to: ● Places you’ve lived, whether towns, houses, apartments, or even countries. ● Friends you’ve loved. ● Pets you adored. ● Youthful dreams/hopes/ fantasies. ● Lovers and partners. ● You’ve probably even said goodbye to your flat stomach, small waist, perfect skin, amazing biceps, perfect vision and/or thick hair. We all have to say goodbye, repeatedly, from our youth to our old age, but how do we do it well? Sometimes, saying goodbye is a choice and it seems easier: you get a new job; you think it’s best to end your relationship; or you decide to move to San Diego from Sacramento. It’s nice when you have the option to make a change and it doesn’t feel “forced” on you. When saying goodbye isn’t your choice, it’s usually more difficult: you get laid off; your lover finds someone new; your low-rent apartment goes condo; or your dear dog/cat/beloved pet dies. This isn’t at all what you wanted, but, voila, here it is … your new reality. How do you say goodbye and keep your sanity? How do you plan for what’s next? How to you “move on,” as the Stephen Sondheim song goes. First of all, expect to feel a lot of emotions. I’ve ended relationships and had lovers end them on me, and both were painful. I’ve been fired from jobs (twice) and quit more than a few. After a really bad car accident, my body hurt for quite a while, and until I recovered, I was very frightened. Years ago, I watched one of my closest friends get hooked on crystal meth until I was forced by his repeated denial of the problem — and his verbal cruelty — to let him go. And I did. And it still hurts. And I still think of him. And I know that I did the right thing. I still miss my cat who ran out into the road and was killed

when a friend house-sat for me and left the front door open for too long. You too? It’s hard to say goodbye with no regrets, isn’t it? Maybe it’s not possible, but we can aspire to live in the present and not dwell in the past. Since saying goodbye is a part of life, why not learn to do it more skillfully? The next time you have to say goodbye, you could: Focus on the present and what feels good/exciting to you now. It’s okay to make some (fairly loose) plans for the future, but stay in the present as much as possible. Grieve the past: consider creating a ritual to do it justice. When my pets die — or my friends died of AIDS or cancer — I did a ritual for each one who passed on. When I move to a new place, I do a little ritual saying “goodbye” to the old home and “hello” to the new one. Acknowledge that saying goodbye is both exciting and scary: You don’t get excitement without some fear coming along for the ride. Let yourself feel all of your emotions: painful, joyful and everything in-between. Denying them just pushes them underground, where you’ll have to deal with them later. Don’t go there. Let them be felt now. Whether we want to or not, life continually forces us to say goodbye to people, places and experiences. How we do it will greatly affect the quality of our life. Can we do it with skill and awareness, or will we go kicking and screaming? The choice is ours. —Michael Kimmel is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in helping LGBT clients achieve their goals and deal with anxiety, depression, grief, sexually addictive behavior, coming out, relationship challenges and homophobia. Contact him at 619-955-3311 or visit▼

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Identifying affirmative senior communities Senior Matters William E. Kelly There are various local, state and national laws, statutes and guidelines across these United States of America specific to senior housing and care. The challenge is monitoring and achieving strict adherence to them. Identifying LGBTQ affirming and supportive senior housing, services, programs and care is easy to identify in word but far more onerous to identify in practice. The object of this article is to provide a logical set of questions by which LGBTQ seniors, their loved ones and supporters can assess for themselves just how welcoming any senior community provider, their employees and residents might actually be to an openly LGBTQ senior or senior couple. The answers to four very direct questions will go a very long way to telling you all you need to know as to whether the community, care, service or program you are considering is truly and actively LGBTQ affirming and supportive. Ask to see their written policies regarding cultural sensitivity training and requirements for all employees and the service and program providers they use. Even if those policies exist, you need to probe further to assess just how seriously they are taken and enforced. Inquire of the administrators if they have any sense as to how many, if any, openly LGBTQ seniors and senior couples

are living in their community. Often the response is that they can’t ask that question of residents so they can’t estimate a number but are certain they must have LGBTQ residents. Be cautious of that answer, as it is quite likely that this is a sure sign any LGBTQ residents they might have are closeted. Are there are any visible signs of LGBTQ acceptance and affirmation, i.e. have the administrators witnessed the kind of affirming displays of public affection, hand holding or a kissing on the lips being exchanged between two same-sex residents? Have conversations between openly LGBTQ residents about their youth as openly gay people been heard? Are the photos of residents displayed show openly same-sex husbands, wives or significant others visible in their residents. Do they show photos of their lives at openly LGBTQ events with friends and spouses? Probe for activities that indicate there are events that specifically address and recognize the celebration of LGBT Pride and events that are LGBTQ related or important to a satisfying open LGBTQ life. Ideally, ask to visit with random community members to fi nd out if there is a high degree of homophobia among heterosexual staff or residents. If the replies to any of these

inquires are questionable or negative, think carefully as to how happy you could be living a full and open life in that community as a proud and open LGBTQ person. The September Senior Matters column will explore the laws, ordinances, statutes and guidelines within the state of California, San Diego City and San Diego County that protect the rights of LGBTQ seniors, as well as the national protections. It will seek to include existing and proposed legal protections being looked into and a look at counter measures to reduce, reverse or otherwise legally deny LGBTQ seniors the care and acceptance granted their heterosexual counterparts. In addition, once the San Diego LGBT Community Center has finalized its draft of a plan for services and programs that it will provide residents of the LGBTQ senior affirming North Park Apartments scheduled for occupancy near the end of December, a future article will discuss that plan and steps to be taken. —Bill Kelly is a longtime local activist who currently focuses on LGBT senior issues and moderates the Caring for our LGBT Seniors in San Diego Facebook page. Access to the group is free to all seniors, their advocates, families, friends and caregivers. Reach Bill at▼


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Letters #NoJusticeNoPride

[Ref: “Analysis: Status of a Pride Parade,” online only at] I am soo happy that the much needed dialog has begun … I would love to attend a function to learn more about #NoJusticeNoPride. After the rally as an “elder” and fighter, I am very interested in empowering the voice of the unheard! —Tracie Jada O’Brien

decades of activism laying the groundwork for the open and flourishing community that we enjoy today; instead he focused on her political leanings. In his letter, which I have chosen not to give full attention to here, he made many accusations and demanded that Jester publicly disavow her party and tried to hold her personally responsible By Elizabeth Hannon for the faults of every Republican president in her lifetime. Editor’s note: Our community Following is a letter received is quite interesting. Sometimes, in response to that letter. I am no matter how hard we fight running this instead, because as alongside each other, we still a community, I feel we need to tend to eat our own at the drop rally together and focus on the of a hat. I guess that is typical positive in each other, so we can of any group, but sometimes continue to find the way forward. the spite and hate we put forth This letter is from a member of toward other members within our community who identifies as our community takes my breath “a nearly radical activist, socialaway. We don’t have to agree ist-leaning liberal” who proudly with each other on every point, chose to ride in the car during but we are a community — an the parade with Jester. incredible, sprawling, creative, loving, passionate village of Susan and I met by chance people from every walk of life at a Spirit of Stonewall event in that all identify as LGBTQ 2012 and became fast friends. — and dammit, we need to reOur friendship began with member that the enemy is on hours of conversations over the outside, not within. lunch, over drinks, over dinA couple weeks ago, one parners learning about our comticularly angry member of our mon life experiences and our community questioned — in a many differences, especially jarring letter to all local media when it came to politics. I am and San Diego Pride — why a staunch life-long Democrat. lifelong activist Susan Jester Susan is a Republican — she is would be chosen as one of two more than someone who votes Community Grand Marshals in Republican, she’s a successful the Spirit of Stonewall Award. political advisor, strategist and He completely dismissed her campaign manager. We do not

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see eye-to-eye on many political issues. We do not follow the same spiritual path; I’m a Buddhist, she’s a Christian. We do, however, have amazing respectful conversations about these aspects of our life; particularly the politics in our city, our state and our nation. Like many others, I wanted to understand how she could be a lesbian and a Republican! It is through conversations with Susan that I understand not only where she is coming from, but have gained tremendous insights on the schools of thought embraced by the “other” party. Let me share with you how gay Republicans, and specifically Susan, have impacted our LGBT community and deserve the honor being bestowed upon her. In 1983, police were arresting (via entrapment) gay men in Balboa Park. These arrests were all over the headlines. Susan sat with a group of lesbians who were asking her to take the issue up with the politicians she knew, as the community was “getting a really bad rap.” At the time, the City Council (six of seven), the County Board of Supervisors (four of five), the entire congressional delegation (except one), the mayor, the governor and the president were all Republicans. Unfortunately, the gay community could not stand by and wait until the next election; we

had to act. To win the hearts and minds of conservative Republican political persons successfully, it was necessary to send in another conservative, not a liberal who would attack their views. Susan was that person. She secured the meetings and persuaded opinions of the Republican leaders. Susan was elected Ms. Gay San Diego and used that platform to inform and educate politicians and the community at large. Things began to shift. Susan also helped to organize the Log Cabin Republicans (gay Republicans) in San Diego to attend Republican Party events, to work phone banks, and steer various political campaigns as out-gay Republicans. It was the first time that these rightheavy politicians engaged with LGBT people and they began to take notice of our community’s issues. Beliefs began to shift. Working with others, Susan also established the Gay/Lesbian Police Liaison Committee, which provided an open channel of communication between our community and the police. Religious groups began to show up and demonstrate with their hate-speech for our gay community during the peak of the AIDS crisis. With our

I agree with #NoJusticeNoPride — the erasure of brown and black lives matters, but San Diego is actually really good about this. The police — no; but San Diego — yes. Honor that. Let’s also honor the trans women we have lost to homicide, and trans youth we continue to lose year after year to suicide. Regarding the corporate sponsorship of Pride. It seems to me that $20 for the entertainment portion of the event, is fair, given the value derived, especially when the money goes to [community] grants, to typically the small, unfundable, and necessary programs that help people in our community, and a portion internationally in places where people face death or worse for it. The [Spirit of Stonewall] Rally on Friday is to me the part that matters most, and it is free — where are y’all then? The parade as well is free. About the festival, the money-making part of Pride … without corporate sponsors, either the ticket price goes up (you will hate that I am assuming) or it will turn into a picnic, which is cool, but then you lose out on being one of if not the largest civic events in San Diego, and one of the leading ones in the nation, in tone and practice; and the jobs for black, brown, and all other colors in San Diego that are created are important, especially sex workers who make a large portion of that income over the weekend. Let’s be real and direct petulance to where it belongs, but love and cherish the beautiful thing we have going. Pride the entertainment event, could eventually be free if folks got together and found the right equation. All this anti-corporatist hate (who feeds and jobs you), racism, and anti-trans BS has got to go. Show up to be community. Or stay home ...

see Jester, pg 9 see Letters, pg 8

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MOMENTS saw, so I could upload to our Instagram account. And what an amazing day it was (until the Verizon cell towers maxed out of capacity and I lost my phone in an Uber for the rest of the weekend). But despite possible protests, division over longtime community leaders, political battles over new hirings and future departures, and the conflict of our divided nation, this was a Pride celebration for the record books. I had so much to report on and share, but I saw so many members of our community truly enjoying themselves last weekend, I decided to ask random members of the community for their favorite “moment,” and here is what I received: The Thursday before Pride, when we were finishing up the broad strokes of the build-out, 11 Iraqi high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 — who are traveling the country as a part of the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State — came to the festival site to meet with Pride staff and youth leaders from the Pride Youth Lunch Bunch program, which is managed Fernando Lopez, Alex Villafuerte and Josh Coyne. I was told to expect them, so I was at the gate for their arrival and their first meeting with our local youth. The Iraqi youth seemed a bit apprehensive at first, but most of them were friendly towards our youth. Most of the visitors wanted to pose for a picture with the Pride staff and youth leaders (a

few didn’t, but my understanding is that it was more of a cultural problem with photography than a snub to our LGBTQ+ youth). The group of guests and hosts then walked through the festival site to the Youth Zone, where they sat around in a circle and had a wide-ranging conversation led by the youth. I wasn’t a part of the conversation, but I was copied on the follow-up emails where the San Diego Diplomacy Council, who had organized the exchange, told us that the Iraqi youth had absolutely loved their meeting with the Pride youth, and that 10 out of 11 of the Iraqi youth had changed their views on LGBT people. —Dan Horan, San Diego Pride volunteer festival manager Winning Mr. Gay Pride. It was something separate from what I’m used to. I think I won because of my answer; halfway through it, everyone started to clap when I talked about serving another community [Seattle] for 10 years and now I call this community my home. The “moment” was having Mr. Gay Leather San Diego put my sash over me, hearing everyone screaming and chanting to kiss. So we kissed on stage. —William Pontius, Mr. San Diego Gay Pride My favorite moment is simple but some take it for granted. I saw a couple walking down the street on my way to the Parade. One woman leaned over, kissed her partner and they walked happily down the street. I love that being yourself is comfortable for everyone during Pride. —Omar Passons, candidate for County Supervisor, District 4

I wish I could pick just one. The thing I love about Pride is that it is by far the most diverse event in our community. Perhaps I can say that my favorite part is all the people. It is a long way from a nervous 200 [marchers] in 1974 to this. I just soak up my “Gay Day” urrounded by a city of us. surrounded

My favorite part was seeing people from all over the world come into town. From friends and family members to new encounters; everyone puts MO’s on their to-do list. We continue to be a beacon of love and light; we support people to just be themselves and feel at home in their skin. I am honored to be part of such an incredible family we call MO’s Universe. —Glitz Glam, gender queer drag queen, manager at Urban MO’s Little did I know that with choosing such an icon also came with much responsibility and much attitude to preserve what Glinda the Good Witch means to the LGBT world. I walked around and soon realized that I was actually Glinda to many, many children — and with that, I needed to offer myself to the children as someone that assured them safety and comfort. It was the little boy that smiled and stared at me for an entire block after I hit his tiny head with my magic wand and said to him “You are free now.” He believed it. And at that moment — I actually felt myself free as well. In other words, we accepted one another and walked feeling a little better about ourselves. I also encountered many adults that asked to be “blessed” with my magic star. I believe in

GAY SAN DIEGO July 21 – Aug. 3, 2017 God and I have a master’s degree from Harvard in religion; yet, for the first time, I understood what religion meant to children. It means acceptance in every sense of the word; being loved, regardless. I was crying by the end of Pride. The best Pride experience I’ve ever had ... ever. There was love everywhere. But the children were my highlight. They gave me hope that our community is headed in the right direction. And Glinda walked for eight hours in the heat. With makeup running, eye lashes falling and with a dedicated goal of being there for them — the kids and adults that just needed a bit of magic and love. Thank you, San Diego. Thank you. —Alexander Salazar, artist and gallery owner I would say my favorite celebration was at the Torque Moto Cafe with all the guests and the comedians, along with the joy the women felt all being together at the events. The only “moments” were when others were telling me how thankful they were for the events. It made an impact on me. —Sally Hall, promoter, Girls Night Out events Pride got so much coverage this year and had an awesome turnout. I was surprised to see how big the crowd was on Sunday, I had never been to the closing day of the festival. It was bananas. I’m not too much of a selfie guy, but there was something very special about EnVogue asking fans to take a pic with them. Everyone immediately turned around and the gals posed for our phones directly behind us. It was fun to see the fans united. —Tony Uribe, Captura Agency

(Photos by Big Mike Phillips)


The Log Cabin Republicans of San Diego reached out to me to do a joint fundraiser in support of the onePULSE Foundation. This issue is near and dear to my heart as I went to high school in Orlando, and Pulse Nightclub was one of my first. In fact, I knew two of the victims. So the executive board of the San Diego Democrats for Equality voted to support the effort. We volunteered to print to banners with the logos of both organizations [Democrats for Equality and Log Cabin Republicans of San Diego] side-by-side in the spirit of bipartisanship. People would come and sign the banner and donate to the onePULSE Foundation. It wasn’t much but in a time where there is so much division and partisan vitriol it is good to know that there are things that we can come together around and that there truly is more that unites us than divides us. My favorite moment of the weekend was the parade. Seeing so many people come out is always a highlight for me. —William Kennedy Rodriguez, president, Democrats for Equality Watching the Parade with my “framily” (friends and family). Most were straight and seeing their delight. Especially when our military passed through. Out of the 13 of us, five were veterans and we had one sheriff. It made my heart appy. happy.

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LETTERS these people put the event on for free so you can show up and have a platform. Use it wisely. —J, via Another attempt to stop peaceful protests. What a sham! Nice tactic by Pride and others, to all the protesters, raise that fist in opposition. Raise it high! —XStacy, via Fantastic work by Fernando, Ian and Syra! Each of us need to follow their lead and have conversations … only through listening and sharing, will we find avenues for acceptance and change. Fantastic article, Morgan. Thank you. —Elizabeth Hannon, via This article gives misleading information on the status of #NoJusticeNoPride. The article makes it appear that #NoJusticeNoPride will not be holding a rally Saturday because of the conversation between Syra, Fernando and Ian. This is in fact incorrect. Firstly, there was never a plan to blockade and shut down Pride. Secondly, we will be hosting a peaceful rally on Saturday in solidarity with #NoJusticeNoPride movements across the country. We are hosting the rally to resist corporate sponsorship of Pride, fight the erasure of black and brown lives, and honor the trans women we have lost. —Jen DeVries, via email and

Thank you for commenting and clarifying the intention of #NoJusticeNoPride, a national movement, which of course belongs to no single individual. As a black gay man, I thank you for your commitment to fighting the erasure of black and brown LGBTQ lives. I hope that, in addition to your rally, you will consider being a part of the conversations that follow. In my younger days, I experienced both the “gatekeepers” who had no interest in what I brought to the table, and the allies who worked to amplify my voice. My goal is to always be the latter, whenever I can. —Ian Morton, in response to Jen DeVries

More on ‘Pride, Inc.’

[Ref: “Guest editorial: Celebrate our corporate allies,” Vol. 8, Issue 14, or online at Note: This opinion piece was in response to “Guest editorial: Pride, Incorporated,” Issue #13, located online at] Dave, I fully agree with the points that you are making. As we baby boomers age, the next generation fails to appreciate how much society has changed and takes the acceptance we appreciate for granted. Living in Southern California, we also forget that we are blessed not with just the sunshine, but with society’s acceptance. Having my employer allow me to have domestic partner benefits as well as a Council on Diversity is truly evidence of ongoing evolution of society. But we need to remember, and be aware, that there is a huge demographic that

does not share in the benefits of society’s evolution. Corporate support and sponsorship helps to bring insight and acceptance to those areas where such evolution is lacking. —Scott, via

Tracing our history

[Ref: “Out of the Archives: Tracing San Diego’s queer history,” Vol. 8, Issue 14, or online at].

Thanks for publishing this enlightening article. Big props to Angela for writing it and for all the great work she does at Lambda Archives. To paraphrase Angela, this is why preserving this history and documenting it in an accessible way matters. Kudos to all who work every day to create and to document! Onward in Pride! —Maureen Steiner, via Saying it again: The first Pride march in San Diego was in 1974. The ’74 March was as official as it gets, if the people who are marching are making that determination. It was not given a permit because the police refused to issue a parade permit to “criminals” and “deviants.” To imply that the first March was somehow not legitimate because the cops would not approve of it, does not change that it was the first Pride March in San Diego. I think Nicole [Murray Ramirez] would agree with me on this, we were there. And we feared for our safety. There were a lot of cops following us that day, when we were pushed onto the sidewalks; some

events ATTHECENTER Tuesdays, July 25 & August 8

Tuesday, Aug. 1

Free Legal Clinic

Community Food Bank

9:30-11:30 am, The Center

9 am, The Center

The Access to Law Initiative, tiative, a project of California Western School hool of Law, will hold legal clinics the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at The Center. At these clinics, attorneys will be available for free, 30-minute consultations to help evaluate legal issues. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 619.692.2077.

The San Diego LGBT Community Center hosts a distribution site once a month for the Community Cares Project of the San Diego Food Bank. On the first Tuesday of every month, 9-10:30am, visit The Center’s parking lot for emergency food. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website at

Tuesdays, August 1 & 15

Wednesday, Aug. 2

YA+ Discussion Group

Guys, Games & Grub

6 pm, The Center YA+ meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month. It is a bilingual discussion and support group for young people who are HIV+. For more information, contact Ricardo Gallego at or 619.692.2077 x116. The San Diego LGBT Community Center 3909 Centre Street • 619-692-2077

Twitter: @LGBTCenter

6-8:30 pm, The Center Everyone is welcome to The Center on the first Wednesday evening of each month for GGG! The popular board game and social night, presented by Men @ The Center, includes pizza, snacks, beer, wine, soft drinks, and hundreds of board games to choose from. Participants are welcome to come alone and meet new friends, or come with a group for a fun evening out. The popular Team Trivia game, hosted by John Lockhart, begins at 6:30 pm and everyone is welcome to drop in. Suggested donation of $5 is requested for admission. For more information contact Ben Cartwright at or 619.692.2077 x106. wore bags over their heads, for example, service members who would lose their careers if identified. We did not know if we would be arrested, or beaten. It insults those who risked their well-being to dismiss that 1974 march because we had to defy authority to do it. Our lives were criminal until 1976. The police viewed us as unapprehended criminals. The first Pride March was in 1974. The first to be issued a parade permit, under the threat of lawsuit from my friend, the late Tom Homann, was 1975. I was there for both and four decades more. —Bridget Wilson, via Please don’t use the word “queer” in your paper. It is a slur as ugly as “ni**er” and is impossible to “reclaim” without bringing all the hate and ugliness wit it. —Joe Doe, via email Thank you for writing this article reminding everyone about the meaning and history of the Stonewall Rally in San Diego. Connecting our past to the present provides our LGBTQ community with a foundation to move collectively forward to meet the challenges awaiting us. As a recipient, along with my wife Ellen, of this year’s “Inspirational Couple” award, the event has a special meaning of being connected to all those who have come before us. Whether Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Queer or Trans our history is interwoven together. At this year’s fourth annual Trans Pride, Ellen and I will be hosting a booth featuring a timeline of local trans history. The T has been ignored for too long and it is time that we take our place next to our LGBQ siblings. —Meredith Vezina, via

Location of AIDS memorial

[Ref: “Opinion: Where our AIDS Memorial belongs,” Vol. 8, Issue 10, or online at kul5bdr.] Another question is where are the funds? Nicole Murray Ramirez has been asked several times and she will not say where the funds are held. The public has a right to know where their donated money is going, and how it’s being handled. If you look at the SDAM Facebook

page it points to San Diego Human Dignity Foundation website, which doesn’t mention the memorial anywhere. —Scott Walters, via

Again, our LGBT bars

[Ref: “Out of the Archives: The history of our bars,” Vol. 8, Issue 6, or online at].

Before I ever went to Studio 9, there was an under-age alternative club with a mixture of sexually curious young adults: gays, cross dressers, late ’80s punk, got, late ’80s mods, and bi-curious. This place was named Club Cabaret. Most of us migrated to Studio 9 once Club Cabaret closed its door. —Burt Julio, via I was a cocktail waitress and bartender at Sorino’s Dance Palace for several years in the early ’80s. The Lafayette Hotel (to which the Mississippi Room was attached) was not happy about a gay bar on the premises but Sorino had a good contract so they did not eject him easily! A new manager took over and he changed the name to, I think the Copa or Copa Cabana? He wanted to attract a more male clientele. By this time, The Flame had opened up down the street, so we lost of lot of the women anyway. Many female staff were let go. I may have been the only female staff member left for a while, before I too was let go. I loved reading all these comments and I remember every one of these clubs! WCPC’s, Barbary Coast, Studio 9, The Club, The Box Office (I was more of a lipstick lesbian and did not feel as welcome at the Box Office). As a bar worker, I spent so much time at Gay Denny’s, right up the street on El Cajon Blvd; everyone went there for breakfast and/or for the fun scene at 2 a.m.! In 1984, a bar in Pacific Beach opened named the Manikin (spelling?) and it attracted a very mixed gay/straight crowd; great dancers b/c there was a dance studio nearby. Some of the staff were gay. Man, coming out in San Diego was the best. —Ruthie Coyote, via —Letters to the editor can be sent to Comments can also be made on our website or Facebook page.▼

CORRECTION Regrettably, this is the second correction for the same error. In our June 21 issue, our main front-page story was about a San Diego contingent that traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the National Equality March [“Marching with Pride,” Vol. 8, Issue 13, or online at]. In the caption below the photo, we incorrectly identified the owner of The Caliph in San Diego as Sheldon Ramirez. We attempted a correction in our last issue, No. 14, to Sherman Ramirez, which is still incorrect; his name is Sherman Mendoza.

(l to r) Former San Diego resident and LGBT activist Ben ChapmanGomez; Sherman Mendoza (owner of The Caliph); San Diego City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez; Bob Lehman (executive director of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus); and Josh Chapman-Gomez.


GIRLS CAMP emotionally, socially and even politically. She plays bass with the newly formed protest song cover band, The Resizters, whose mission is to #Resizt hate, intolerance, ignorance and greed, recently played a gig for the San Diego Area Chapter of NOW and performed to a rousing crowd at San Diego Pride’s SheFest on July 8. In addition to The Resizters, Payne also jams with indie-rock band Ingenue, rock and blues Rhythm and the Method, and the swing jazz Big Band Ambassadors. Each of the groups Payne plays bass with has a mission behind their music, just like the rockers at Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls. The woman behind the camp insists it’s more than simply teaching chords and stage presence. “I am a dream pusher,” Grove explained. Because while music is the vehicle — and what a rockin’ vehicle it is — the point that Grove and the other volunteers are driving home is one of strength and confidence. “This is an empowerment camp using music as a structure,” Grove said. “I want to show the girls that anything is possible.” The camp also includes workshops about self-defense, image and identity, and even a female music course called “Herstory.” Payne, who volunteers as a bass instructor, said she is grateful that her employer, Live Nation Entertainment, also sees the value of the camp, and gave her time off to mentor


JESTER brothers dying en mass, the protestors were in Hillcrest, camping in front of the Flame, lining up along the Pride Parade route and spewing very hurtful messages. Our community was under attack. Having been raised in an evangelical home, Susan served as a bridge between the two worlds. She stood toe-to-toe; nose-to-nose with the protestors. She worked with the police force and helped change these interactions. Our sense of security began to shift. Susan’s steadfast dedication to our LGBT community is one reason I am honored to be her friend; her ability to work on issues with those that attack and try to oppress our community, our freedoms and our rights. Susan has been able to navigate conversations with Republican and religious leaders for decades. Recently, she was instrumental in influencing the California Republican Party platform to change much of the language regarding gay rights and their definition of “family values,” and while there is still work to be done in California and nationwide, the California Republican Party is beginning to shift. This is YUGE.

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am unbreakable, nothing can get on my mind.” One camper’s mother, Melissa Mitchell, blogged about her daughter’s transformation over the week: For her to go all day — all those days — without being sick, anxious or having to call mom was a true miracle … Friday night, after the last day, I took her to dinner. She told me she got to write her own fight song. She told me she’s brave now. She’s strong now. She won’t be scared of school now, and if she is, she knows she can get through it. — Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls’ band, Strange November (l to r) Sydney Palmer, That metamorphosis is what drums; Charlotte Coppo, electric guitar; Audri Castelli, electric bass guitar; Payne on stage at House of Blues first gave Grove the drive to Parys Townsend, vocals (Photo by Sharisse Coulter) (Photo by Stray Shots – Frank Rodrick) found San Diego’s Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls. The aunt of the girls. seven and great-aunty of 12 Once Grove made the learn to be advocates for our“I was fortunate to hear and growing girls took part in a decision to go for it, people selves and advocates for each see a few female-fronted bands “Ladies Camp” version up in Los came out of the woodwork to other.” like Suzi Quattro Heart and Angeles, hosted by her friends help, including parents, both Camp is ready to rock and Joan Jett when I was young in the band Raining Jane. mothers and fathers, friends, roll next week. The public is which inspired me to learn, “I walked in there, never family — and the support welcome to cheer the campers play and grow as a female arthaving played more than three she’s received has been on at the Rock n’ Roll Camp ist,” she said. “Knowing how notes in my life,” Grove said. “overwhelming.” Showcase at noon on Saturday, powerful this type of inspira“I was all uncomfortable and Payne was connected July 29, at the House of Blues, tion can be, I’d like to pay that insecure, but by [the end] I’m through fellow musician located at 1055 Fifth Ave., forward to the next generation on stage rocking those three Veronica May, who actually Downtown. of female musicians as best I notes in an original song in helped write the theme song. For tickets or more informacan.” front of 200 people. It was Grove had recruited May and tion, visit rockcampforgirlssd. Check out the song titles transformational.” other local musicians Megan org or email rockcampforfrom last year — bands such as She came back to San Diego Combs, Jessica Bell, and Go to the Funky Munkies, The Flaming and for several years kept Angela Trone to come up with “Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Pop Rocks Sunset and Xtreme 5 bringing up the idea of a camp a camp anthem. The women San Diego” YouTube channel wrote songs like “Stay Strong,” here to her friends who work in spent two days in a room to for performances from last “Capable,” “Superheroes,” and nonprofit — Grove herself works create something remarkable year’s camp. “Take a Chance.” in the marketing and nonprofit — and they did it without catIn “Stay Strong,” the lead field. Finally, those same friends fights or egos. —Joyell Nevins is a local sings, “They push you down, I turned it back on Grove. “That [session] set the freelance writer. Reach her get back up. They do it again, “They said, ‘who’s going to tone for the camp,” Grove at or find I fight for the love. I will stay start a San Diego version? Why, said. “There’s really no room her blog Small World, Big strong. Even when it’s tough, I you are!’” Grove recalled. for drama in this camp. We God at▼ get back up. I know who I am, without a doubt. Baby, make the sun come out.” “Take a Chance” has now been adopted as one of the band members’ fight songs, with lyrics like, “I want to be who I am, don’t want to be afraid” and “I

Speaking of YUGE … there’s our president. Herein lies another reason I love calling her my friend, she does not follow blindly. She does not support Trump’s approach, his lack of diplomacy, the ideals and actions he tweets about, nor the reactionary executive orders he signs. She has never supported him and is embarrassed by his outrageous comments and antics. In fact, she resigned from the Log Cabin Republicans state board because she so vehemently disagreed with their endorsement of candidate Trump last year. She was present at the Women’s March, she attends NOW events and works from within the party to persuade others to stand up to the direction of this administration. Over the weekend, while hanging out at SheFest, she told me that she will continue to speak loudly and clearly for LGBT equality within the ranks of the GOP — as she has been doing for over 32 years. “When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.” —Barack Obama —Elizabeth Hannon self-identifies as a lesbian, Democrat, activist, Buddhist, and proud friend of Susan Jester.▼


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What is TRUVADA for PrEP?

Who should not take TRUVADA for PrEP?

TRUVADA for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a prescription medicine that is used together with safer sex practices to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 through sex. This use is only for HIV-negative adults who are at high risk of getting HIV-1. To help determine your risk of getting HIV-1, talk openly with your healthcare provider about your sexual health.

Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP if you:

Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about how to prevent getting HIV. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body fluids. Never reuse or share needles or other items that have body fluids on them.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION What is the most important information I should know about TRUVADA for PrEP? Before taking TRUVADA for PrEP:  You must be HIV-negative before you start taking TRUVADA for PrEP. You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1. Do not take TRUVADA to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are confirmed to be HIV-negative.  Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has recently become infected. If you have flu-like symptoms, you could have recently become infected with HIV-1. Tell your healthcare provider if you had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting or at any time while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. While taking TRUVADA for PrEP:  You must continue to use safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep you from getting HIV-1.  You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP:  Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months.  If you think you were exposed to HIV-1, tell your healthcare provider right away.  To further help reduce your risk of getting HIV-1:  Know your HIV status and the HIV status of your partners.  Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV to infect you.  Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior, such as having fewer sex partners.  Do not miss any doses of TRUVADA. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection.  If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. TRUVADA can cause serious side effects:  Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. TRUVADA is not approved to treat HBV. If you have HBV and stop taking TRUVADA, your HBV may suddenly get worse. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to monitor your health.

 Already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status. If you are HIV-1 positive, you need to take other medicines with TRUVADA to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time.  Also take certain medicines to treat hepatitis B infection.

What are the other possible side effects of TRUVADA for PrEP? Serious side effects of TRUVADA may also include:  Kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your kidneys before and during treatment with TRUVADA. If you develop kidney problems, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking TRUVADA.  Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious but rare medical emergency that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat.  Severe liver problems, which in rare cases can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain.  Bone problems, including bone pain, softening, or thinning, which may lead to fractures. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your bones. Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP are stomach-area (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking TRUVADA for PrEP?  All your health problems. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis.  If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if TRUVADA can harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while taking TRUVADA for PrEP, talk to your healthcare provider to decide if you should keep taking TRUVADA.  If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. If you become HIV-positive, HIV can be passed to the baby in breast milk.  All the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. TRUVADA may interact with other medicines. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.  If you take certain other medicines with TRUVADA, your healthcare provider may need to check you more often or change your dose. These medicines include certain medicines to treat hepatitis C (HCV) infection. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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

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We’re adventurous, not reckless. We know who we are. And we make choices that fit our lives. TRUVADA for PrEP™ is a once-daily prescription medicine that can help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 when taken every day and used together with safer sex practices.  TRUVADA for PrEP is only for adults who are at high risk of getting HIV through sex.  You must be HIV-negative before you start taking TRUVADA for PrEP.

Ask your doctor about your risk of getting HIV-1 infection and if TRUVADA for PrEP may be right for you.

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



Before starting TRUVADA for PrEP:

• Those in the “Most Important Information About TRUVADA for PrEP” section. • New or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure. • Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious but rare medical emergency that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat. • Severe liver problems, which in rare cases can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain. • Bone problems.

• You must be HIV-1 negative. You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are confirmed to be HIV-1 negative. • Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has recently become infected. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include flu-like symptoms, tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. Tell your healthcare provider if you have had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting TRUVADA for PrEP. While taking TRUVADA for PrEP: • You must continue to use safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep you from getting HIV-1. • You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you think you were exposed to HIV-1 or have a flu-like illness while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. • If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. • See the “How To Further Reduce Your Risk” section for more information. TRUVADA may cause serious side effects, including: • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. TRUVADA is not approved to treat HBV. If you have HBV, your HBV may suddenly get worse if you stop taking TRUVADA. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health regularly for several months.

TRUVADA can cause serious side effects, including:

Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP include stomach-area (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. These are not all the possible side effects of TRUVADA. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any new symptoms while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Your healthcare provider will need to do tests to monitor your health before and during treatment with TRUVADA for PrEP.

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GAY SAN DIEGO July 21 – Aug. 3, 2017


‘Animal Crackers’ is bonkers! Theater Review Jean Lowerison “The world would not be in such a snarl, had Marx been Groucho instead of Karl.” —Irving Berlin Leave your critical and logical faculties at home when you head for Cygnet Theatre’s wild and woolly staging of the classic goofball Marx Brothers musical, “Animal Crackers.” Most people know the 1930 film “Animal Crackers,” a truncated version that cut most of the songs. Now, Cygnet Theatre recreates the era and brings back the brothers in Henry Wishcamper’s stage adaptation of the original 1928 Broadway musical. The show offers a paper-thin plot that exists for no other reason than to serve as a playpen for the zany Marx Brothers to play in, around and on. Nine actors play 22 characters; none of the plot makes much sense, and the show consists mostly of jokes — corny, clever, visual, punny, silly — you name it, this show delivers. Set designer Sean Fanning contributes the physical space: the huge, fancy house of Mrs. Rittenhouse, who this evening is giving a party in honor of Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding (aka Groucho), a celebrated explorer recently returned from Africa. Also on the dance card is the unveiling of a valuable Beaugard painting newly acquired by Mrs. Rittenhouse. For a public figure, Spaulding (played magnificently by Josh Odsess-Rubin) is a bit of an embarrassment, with his greasepaint mustache and eyebrows, stooped gait and willingness to skewer anybody or anything for a laugh. And there are plenty of characters around to make fun of. Take Russell Garrett as Mrs. Rittenhouse’s officious head butler Hives, who does a splendidly funny song — “Keep

Your Undershirt On” — with Mrs. R at the top of the second act. Garrett also plays snooty western millionaire Roscoe W. Chandler, who turns out to have a deliciously low-class secret. Mrs. Rittenhouse (played by Melinda Gilb with great humor and a full range of shocked expressions as the Brothers get more and more uncontrollable) is beginning to despair of marrying off daughter Arabella (Lauren King Thompson). “I do wish you’d take this more seriously,” she says. “Here you are a debutante. You’ve been out two months and you aren’t engaged to a single person.”

Josh Odsess-Rubin as Groucho Marx (Photo by Daren Scott)

Mom has gossip columnist Wally Winston (Chaz Feuerstine) in mind. Not a bad choice — he is pretty cute. He writes for Evening Traffic, the local rag, and is looking for a scandal to report on. He asks Arabella if she can contribute anything. Also along for tonight’s wild ride are Mrs. Whitehead (also played by Thompson) and her

friend Grace Carpenter (Amy Perkins), who inexplicably want to ruin the party for Mrs. Rittenhouse. Jealousy, perhaps? This brings us to the other major plot point: the painting that is unveiled is not real, but a faux Beaugard, setting off more hysteria, running around and even the arrival of police Sgt. Hennessy (Feuerstine) to investigate. Who could be responsible? It doesn’t matter, really, but it’s great fun to watch. Samantha Wynn Greenstone’s Harpo (with the fright wig) gets stuck with my least favorite comedy bit: the legin-lap bit, usually annoying Mrs. Rittenhouse, but me too after a while. But the scenes with the culinary hardware and with the harp almost make up for it. Spencer Rowe’s Emanuel Ravelli (Chico) is a good pianist with a bad Italian accent and a great deadpan delivery. Bryan Banville’s Zeppo, the youngest Marx brother, doesn’t get much solo comedy to do, but as Groucho’s assistant Horatius Jamison does get a hilarious turn at taking dictation from his loopy boss. And as John Parker, he gets to sing and dance (magnificently) with love interest Mary Stewart (Amy Perkins). Russell Garrett’s choreography is great fun, especially the timely ones like the tap duel between Arabella and Wally and a great Charleston-inflected number that also includes several other ensemble members. And talk about versatility — Garrett is also terrific as Hives and Chandler. Jennifer Brawn Gittings has designed some gorgeous Flapper-era costumes to put under those Peter Herman wigs. Kyle Montgomery’s lighting and Dylan Nielsen’s sound are excellent as well. Another first: The six-man orchestra is onstage rather than in the pit. It’s lovely to see music director Terry O’Donnell and his forces in front of us for a change.

(l to r) Spencer Rowe (Chico Marx) and Samantha Wynn Greenstone (Harpo Marx) flank an unwitting character in Cygnet's "Animal Crackers" (Photo by Daren Scott)

The Marx Brothers (Chico, Zeppo, Groucho and Harpo) are on wild display in Cygnet's newest (Photo by Daren Scott) There’s just one problem with this show: At a runtime of two hours 20 minutes, it’s too long, and the second act seems to drag to the point of inspiring watch-watching. But how can you do anything but giggle at deathless Groucho-isms like this: “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know.” Irving Berlin was right. Hooray for Capt. Spaulding! How about Groucho for president? (Never mind that he died in 1977. A mere detail.) — Jean Lowerison is a long-standing member of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle and can be reached at▼

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GAY SAN DIEGO July 21 – Aug. 3, 2017

Backseat dining Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. It was a reservation for two. “We have the car for you,” said the hostess to our bewilderment, while leading us toward the rear section of the warehouse-style dining room and past a busy, open kitchen. Within moments a shiny red Fiat perched a couple feet off the ground came into view. Its front seats were missing and the side doors were ajar. Implanted inside was our table, an attention-getting perch that sent my tall spouse into a moment of panic.

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“How am I going to fit into that thing?” he whispered to me in disbelief as I hopped in ahead of him. “Just get in,” I insisted. “It’s roomier in here than you think.” Indeed, we became the umpteenth occupants of this showy, intimate table at Officine Buona Forchetta in Liberty Station, which opened earlier this year as the larger, more playful offshoot to Buona Forchetta in South Park. Italian transplant and owner, Matteo Cattaneo, teamed up with Mario Casseneri of Bice Ristorante for the venture. They added “officine” to the name, a word that translates to “garage.” The Fiat, along with a matching red Vespa perched above the bar, blend rather stylishly with potted herbs and antique farming tools strewn throughout the building. There’s also a sizable patio in front and a playground for kids in the back. Officine’s menu is loaded with pizza choices. They’re baked in a 900-degree oven fueled by white oak. A matching oven also gilded in tiles runs a few hundred degrees lower in temperature. That one is used for roasting meats and vegetables. Both were made in Naples and they’re name-tagged after Cattaneo’s parents: Sergio and Augusta. Never have I consumed prosecco and anchovy focaccia in the back seat of a car. The tasteful combo marked the first course to our stationary ride

that included some excellent dishes served by animated European servers. Ours was a young, expressive type from France with a rolling accent clearly adopted by his Italian coworkers. His enthusiastic, detailed descriptions of various menu items immediately put us as ease amid customers pointing their phone cameras as us. cheese accented by intensely yellow garlic-saffron sauce splotching the plate as though it weree an inting. Alberto Biasi painting. Garnished with pistachio nuts, it put us on aven. a highway to heaven. ed So did a stuffed bone-in pork chop we shared. Inside the succulent cut of meat was melty

Roasted artichokes with fresh herbs A plate of longstemmed artichoke hearts dressed simply in fresh herbs and olive oil qualified as an appetizer you’d encounter at a roadside trattoria in rural Italy. Slightly brined and kissed by the oven’s woodsy fumes, the dish proved that Italians doo wonders with artichokes. Another appetizer, Burrata Sorrentina, is a special that’s available about twice a week. Per our waiter’s fervent insistence to try it, we lucked out with a puck of the soft, creamy

Stuffed pork chop with brandymushroom sauce scamorza cheese, offering a buttery tang that falls somewhere between mozzarella and Provolone. It mingled with crispy pieces of speck (cured pork) as an outstanding brandy-mushroom

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sauce blanketing the chop cascaded down the sides. The entrée was supported by tenderly roasted potatoes and lightly dressed arugula strewn with Parmesan shavings. Skipping over several fried pizza options — a Neapolitan tradition in which stretched dough is briefly deep fried before it’s sauced, topped and baked — we opted instead for one of the many pies that fasttrack into the oven. Listed as the “Nicola,” it was drizzled appreciably with truffle oil, which gave praise to salty and thinly sliced prosciutto de Parma along with fresh mozzarella mantling plops of non-acidic red sauce. The flavors were simple and enticing, although the pizza scored higher after we reheated the leftovers on our oven rack the following day, thus resulting in a crispier crust. A couple pours of feisty Limoncello paired toothsomely to plates of lemon pannacotta and millefoglie (a stacking of super-airy pastry fingers layered with cream). They marked the final destination of a memorable culinary road trip through Officine Buona Forchetta’s whacky and endearing take on Italian dining. Note: The restaurant is holding a “mortadella festival” through July 23 with an exclusive menu incorporating the celebrated salami of Bologna, Italy. The owners will donate $2 from each of the various dishes sold to Loma Portal Elementary School. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. You can reach him at ▼


Due to open July 27 in Liberty Station is Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria, a 5,000-square-foot restaurant spotlighting Peruvian cuisine and cocktails, as well as wines and beers from several South American regions. The venture is backed by restaurateur Sami Ladeki of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and executive chef Emmanuel Piqueras, who last worked at Panca in New York City and is an occasional host of “Sabor y Fusion,” a popular cooking show aired throughout Latin America. 2401 Truxtun Road, #102, 619-222-3111.

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A brewery and restaurant on a scenic perch has opened in Del Mar (Photo by William Perls) Hanna’s Gourmet in Normal Heights recently obtained a full liquor license and has since introduced a selection of internationally inspired cocktails and small plates. The new drinks include a rum-based “bashful Havana” with coconut and pureed cherries; a Bangkok pear martini; a Peruvian pisco sour and more. The list is complemented by dishes such as Turkish lamb kofta; B’stilla Moroccan chicken with dates and almond triangles; and fried mussels brochettes. 2864 Adams Ave., 619-280-5600,


Del Mar’s first craft brewery has arrived with a tasting room, restaurant and views of the San Dieguito Wetlands. Founded by local chef and home brewer Charles Koll, the new Viewpoint Brewing Co. features signature pale ales, IPAs and a saison, in addition to several beers on tap from local, boutique breweries such as Duck Foot, Eppig, and Societe. Set within a 7,000-square-foot space that previously housed a commercial pottery studio, the food offerings include pretzel bao buns, steak frites with coffee stout demi glace, and steelhead trout with roasted tomatoes and soybean puree. Heading the kitchen is Gunnar Planter, who trained under acclaimed chef Martin Woesle at Mille Fleurs. Many of Planter’s recipes incorporate beer from Viewpoint. 2201 San Dieguito Drive, Del Mar, 858-356-9346,

A variety of multicultural food and drinks debuts at Hanna’s Gourmet (Photo by Hanna Tesfamichael)

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Cajun shrimp Benedict at The Rail’s new weekend brunch (Courtesy Alternative Strategies) Novel spins on traditional brunch dishes were recently introduced at The Rail in Hillcrest by two chefs who worked at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas: Chad Brunette and John Hamaker. Their brunch service, which is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, feature donuts made with coffee-cured bacon; fig-prosciutto flatbread; Cajun shrimp Benedict with cornbread waffles; and more. The chefs are in the process of developing a daily lunch menu, due to roll out in the next month or two. 3796 Fifth Ave., 619-298-2233,

Ceviche from both sides of the border will be spotlighted in an upcoming competition (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

“No borders!” is the theme of this year’s fourth annual Ceviche Showdown, to be held from 1 to 4 p.m., Aug. 13, at Fifty Seven Degrees in Middletown. The event includes for the first time restaurants from Mexico that will compete against chefs from several local establishments such as Old Town Tequila Factory, Red Card Café, Coasterra, Dobson’s Bar & Restaurant, The Blind Burro and more. South-of-theborder challengers include Villa Saverios from Tijuana and Finca Altozano from Ensenada. Attendees can roam the venue freely to sample the ceviches and vote on them. The creations run the gamut from traditional to nouveau. A people’s choice award will be given in addition to “best ceviche” honors decided by a panel of judges. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. 1735 Hancock St., 619-234-5757,



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BRIEFS about Stepping Stone visit DIVAS will hit the stage for two performances, Saturday, July 29 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 30 at 3 p.m. The Balboa Theatre is located at 868 Fourth Ave., Downtown. For tickets, visit


The Lambda Archives of San Diego just announced details of their annual gala. This year’s event will be held Sept. 16 at the historic Lafayette Hotel, and will celebrate the 30 years the Archives have preserved the history of the LGBT communities of San Diego County, Imperial County and Baja, California. Early bird pricing for the gala is now available online and the Archives are seeking cash and in kind sponsorships as well as donations for their silent auction. Tickets are $100 for a single seat (plus a processing fee); VIP tickets for a single seat are $250 (plus fee); and sponsored tables seating up to 10 are $1,250 (plus fee). The anniversary celebration will start with a VIP reception at 5 p.m. in the Mississippi Room, immediately followed by the regular program from 6–8 p.m. The Lafayette Hotel is located at 2223 El Cajon Blvd., in North Park. If interested in sponsorship or donating to their silent auction, contact the Archives at events@lambdaarchives. org. To purchase tickets, visit


On Thursday, July 13, Eddie Reynoso, founder of the San Diego LGBT Visitors Center, and City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez presented the fi rst-ever “Honorary Rainbow Key to the City” award to Patrik Gallineaux, LGBT Ambassador and manager for Stoli Vodka.

Patrik Gallineaux of Stoli Group, was presented with the inaugural Honorary Rainbow Key to the City on July 14. (Photo by Isaiah Walter)

Gallineaux received the award for his significant contributions to the advancement of LGBT equality. Friday, July 14, was also proclaimed “Patrik Gallineaux Day” in the city of San Diego. “Patrik has used his role at Stoli Group to help advance and elevate the visibility of the San Diego LGBT community through generous sponsorships of various LGBT and allied organizations, including the Hillcrest Business Association, San Diego LGBT Visitors Center, Hillcrest Pride Flag, and the Amazing High Heel Race,” stated a Stoli rep via email. “Most recently, Patrik has lead the charge behind Stoli’s largest LGBT initiative called Raising the Bar, an initiative dedicated to advance the movement for LGBT equality and build upon the brand’s 35-year commitment to support the LGBT community.” The inaugural Rainbow Key ceremony took place at Gossip Grill during an Pride Business Mixer sponsored by Marci Bair, the LGBT Diversity Alliance and the San Diego LGBT Visitor Center. Two more Rainbow Keys were given out Pride weekend on the Pride Music Festival stages. The second rainbow key went to America’s Got Talent singer, Brian Justin Crum, who sang the National Anthem on Friday during the Spirit of Stonewall Rally and also performed on the Stonewall Main Stage on July 16. Crum also had July 15 proclaimed as “Justin Crum Day” in San Diego. The third honorary Rainbow Key was given to Latina activist and soap opera star, Lucia Mendez, on the Mundo Latino stage in front of a huge crowd showering Mendez with putting their hands together in the form of hearts during a mass selfie from the stage. There are plans to give out more rainbow keys — based on public nominations — to local business and community leaders during CityFest in August. To learn more, visit bit. ly/2tKRpUV.


The corporate office of Mattress Firm, with a store at the corner of University Avenue and Richmond Street in Hillcrest, is seeking donations for area foster children in advance of the next school year. Foster children are often heading to a new family or a new school at the beginning of a school year and may not be properly equipped with the necessary school supplies required to take on the challenges of learning. By sponsoring the “School Supply Drive,” Mattress Firm wants to help in this endeavor and offer an easy way for the community to get involved. Through Sunday, Aug. 27, able San Diegans can donate various school supplies and drop them off at any Mattress Firm store. The most requested items are three-ring binders, packages of pens, packages of pencils, multi-subject

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Thanks to a generous donation from the David Bohnett Foundation, The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s public computer lab just received all new equipment. In addition, Cox Communications

GAY SAN DIEGO July 21 – Aug. 3, 2017 has donated a technology grant to benefit seniors who use The Center. Worth $1,000, the grant offers one-on-one computer training and online assistance for seniors who need to search the internet for services, benefits and other information. The new and improved computer lab, now called, “The David Bohnett Cyber Center, Powered by Cox,” reopened July 10. “Since 2001, The David Bohnett Foundation has provided state of the art computing that has made The Center’s David Bohnett Cyber Center possible and we are grateful,” said Cara Dessert, The Center’s chief development and community engagement officer. “This year, The Center


is delighted to have Cox Communications join the David Bohnett Foundation in its effort to enrich society through technology and innovation, and provide additional support.” David Bohnett and his foundation pursue their mission of improving society through social activism by providing funding, state-of-the-art technology and technical support organizations and institutions that share their vision. Visit to learn more. Cox Communications is also committed to bringing broadband access and computer training to underserved neighborhoods and residents. For more information about The Center, visit


GAY SAN DIEGO July 21 – Aug. 3, 2017

Friday, July 21 Free Family Movie Night: Snuggle up with trolls! Join families at the San Diego LGBT Community Center for a free family movie night featuring the film “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric,” followed by a panel discussion. Feel free to bring questions for panelists. RSVP required to 6:00–8:30 p.m. 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit bit. ly/2uvSXXm. ‘The Graduate’: Mike Nichols won the Oscar for Best Director in this 1967 cultural milestone that launched Dustin Hoffman’s career and made “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon & Garfunkel a forever hit. Still relevant satire of disaffected youth, conformity and consumerism. Also stars Anne Bancroft, Katherine Ross. 106 minutes. 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. For more info, visit or call 619-295-4221. Ladies Happy Hour: Every Friday enjoy a full bar, large outdoor patio, no-smoking areas, lots of parking, and come hungry for $5 paninis. 5–8 p.m. Brick Bar, 1475 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit tinyurl. com/m39e9as.

Saturday, July 22

South Park Walkabout: The quarterly fun-filled evening festival in South Park showcases the unique and independent businesses within the neighborhood. Enjoy complimentary treats, live entertainment and special offers. The fun takes place on 30th and Fern streets between Kalmia Drive on north end to Beech Street on the south end. Info booth, maps and free walking guides available at corner of Juniper and 30th streets. Completely walkable, bikeable or take a free trolley every 15 minutes. Visit Drag Kings Pride Show: Don’t put the flamingos and rainbows away just yet; the San Diego Drag Kings will continue to celebrate at their annual Pride show with their usual crew and some special extras. Join Rudy Ramrod, Smokey Gonzales, Sammy Evil, Lady Ajax and Lisa Raye and special guests Harvey Spectre, Hugh G. Rection, Ri Zen and more. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. $5 cover. Numbers Nightclub, 3811 Park Blvd., where Hillcrest meets North Park. Visit bit. ly/2vzcEtW. Comic-Con Cosplay Battle: Don’t have a ticket for Comic-Con? Never fear cuz Kickxy is here. Start getting those spandex suits, capes and cosplay gear ready! The “Kickxy Comic Con Cosplay Battle Extravaganza” is going down. Performances by PAris, Keex Rose and Israel Ballesteros with judges Abe, Robert and Joe Phillips. 8–10 p.m. Categories include Marvel, DC Comics, Gaymer, Sci-Fi It, Steampunk and winner of each gets $50. Grand prize winner gets $500 cash. Urban MO’s, 308 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit bit. ly/2vyU7Ok. Hillcrest Classic Car Show: Are you a car enthusiast? Come check out nearly two-dozen LGBTowned classic cars at the inaugural Hillcrest Classic Car Show, held on Normal Street, between University Avenue and Harvey Milk Street, under the Pride Flag. Meet the owners, kick the tires, look inside and socialize. Sponsored by MO’s Universe, the Hillcrest Classic Car Show is presented by Hillcrest Business Association and Great Autos of Yesteryear. Normal Street will be closed to vehicular traffic during this time. 2–6 p.m. the Pride Plaza — located on Normal Street at the Hillcrest Pride Flag — will host the inaugural Hillcrest Classic Car Show. Other cars will rotate into the show on a monthly basis, starting the third Saturday of August. Visit

Sunday, July 23

Super Hero Pool Party: Continue your Comic-Con weekend at the historic Johnny Weismuller pool, presented by LE Parties

and SDPix. Full bar, VIP poolside bottle service, free water gun with pre-sale ticket. DJ Taj spinning. Noon–5 p.m. Street parking. The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. Visit

Monday, July 24

Mobile Medical Unit at The Center: The Family Health Centers of San Diego Mobile Medical Unit will be located in The Center’s parking lot every Monday from 3-7 p.m. Services include basic primary care, immunizations, PEP & PrEP (through Rx), STD screening and treatment, chest/ breast cancer screening, family planning, pap smears, pregnancy testing, hormone therapy and sick and well visits. The Center is located at 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. To make an appointment, call 619-692-2077 ext. 208.

Tuesday, July 25

Wine & Canvas: Come out for some artsy fun at the remaining Wine Steals in San Diego and choose from 300 wine selections. You don’t have to be an artist to have fun. Admission $35 and includes all necessary art materials, including easels, paints, brushes, aprons, step-by-step instruction and a 16-by-20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas. Wine and food not included. Tonight’s art selection is “A Bottle of Wine for Two.” Street parking. 6–9 p.m. Wine Steals, 1953 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff. Visit tinyurl. com/jhjhqev.

Wednesday, July 26

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

Thursday, July 27 ‘Vertigo’: Cinema Under the Stars presents Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 spine-tingling take on sexual obsession, manipulation and fear. Kim Novak plays a mysterious woman and Jimmy Stewart portrays an ex-detective suffering from vertigo and a fear of heights. The thriller runs 120 minutes. 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfi nch St., Mission Hills. Additional screening on Friday, July 28. For more info, visit or call 619-295-4221.

Friday, July 28

Top of the Bay at the Porta Vista: Meet on the fi fth floor Ripassi Rooftop for Top of the Bay San Diego — the original LGBT happy hour — with beautiful harbor views. The T-dance starts at 6 p.m. with a social hour, followed by rotating DJs at 7 p.m. Free round-trip shuttle service from 5–10 p.m. from Caliph, Loft, Rich’s and MO’s. Attendees also receive a hand stamp (ask at front desk), which is good for free entry into Rich’s 10 p.m.–midnight that same Friday. Porto Vista Hotel, 1835 Columbia St. in Little Italy. Visit Glitz and Glam: Hosted by Tootie every Friday and Saturday, this glamorous show will get you ready for your weekend. Lots of big hair, high heels and fun. Two seatings: first between 6:30 –7 p.m. and second between 9:30 –9:45 p.m. Reservations recommended. $10 cover, $15 food minimum per person. Lips, 3036 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. Visit

Saturday, July 29

North County Sandwich Social: Join the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for a meet and greet and sandwich social to support their annual convention, Sisters Conclave 2017. 6–8 p.m. North County LGBTQ Resource Center, 3220 Mission Ave., Suite 2, Oceanside. Visit bit. ly/2tcCnaL

Sunday, July 30

Live Music — Joey Arias: Internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist, fashion icon and drag artist Joey Arias hits the MA4 stage premiering “Ain’t Misbehaving,” an intimate show with jazz pianist Peter Smith. It’s a musical journey from The Beatles to Billie Holiday. $25–30 reserved seating and $15 per person food/ drink minimum. Doors open 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit bit. ly/2u6ZfLP.

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ACROSS 1 “I’m not in the ___!” 5 Left to pirates 9 “Rubyfruit Jungle” writer Rita Mae 14 Shakespeare’s Hathaway 15 US citizen 16 The sound of music? 17 One who does it just for the money 19 “___ and tigers and bears ...” 20 MLK associate and LGBT advocate 22 Verdi opera 23 Math degree 24 “Till There ___ You” 27 Work unit 29 Cowboy’s job in “The Boys in the Band” 32 Nine inches 36 “Zami” author 39 Star in Perseus 41 Leave open-mouthed 42 Sing part of “The Lonely Goatherd” 43 San Francisco activist

Bingo Fundraiser: “This ain’t your grandma’s bingo” with host Landa Plenty calling your numbers and raising funds for the Red Dress Party San Diego. Prizes include gift certificates for iFly Indoor Skydiving, Barry’s Bootcamp, Harley Gray, Flicks, Regal Cinemas, Mankind, Birch Aquarium, Chiropractique and many more. One bingo card $5, three for $10. Check in 12:30 p.m. then mingle until the numbers begin to roll. 1–5 p.m. Urban MO’s, 308 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit bit. ly/2uzOv9C. SDGMC – DIVAS!: The San Diego Men’s Chorus performs their summer extravaganza, Divas, presented by Sycuan Casino. Expect 200 men singing power ballads, anthems and pop hits with attitude and hairspray thrown in. Think of any famous Diva you’ve known and she will undoubtedly be represented! Visit bit. ly/2u75Ohi. Art Exhibit — Person, Place or Thing: The Studio Door founder Patric Stillman places a spotlight on gay male identity using the visual iconography of film noir in this intimate exhibition. Also on display, Stillman’s “The Making of the Brother hood Tarot.” 6–8 p.m. through July 30. The Studio Door, 3750 30th St. North Park. Visit bit. ly/2qWNEMl or contact

46 Daly of “Judging Amy” 47 Time of frigidity 48 Gay rodeo affirmative 50 One who goes after your honey 51 Jude of “The Talented Mr. Ripley” 54 Bit of dental work 59 Stonewall veteran drag queen 62 On the ocean 65 Type of leather from a reptile 66 Lindsay of “Liz & Dick” 67 Inedible Apple 68 It’s a gas on Broadway 69 Former congressman Barney 70 Like young Abe Lincoln 71 Venus de Milo’s lack

1 Latin dance 2 “___ at time!” (serial monogamy motto) 3 Way to serve your meat 4 Kid’s “tattoo,” for example 5 Eve counterpart on Lesbos 6 Nicky, in “Funny Girl” 7 “The Golden Girls” episode 8 No-tell motel meeting 9 Start of a song from “South Pacific” 10 Totally screw 11 Rene Auberjonois role 12 Come out on top 13 Sixty-nine and others (abbr.) 18 Gardner of mystery 21 “Of ___ I Sing” 24 Long-winded 25 Shakespearean forest 26 Ancient erection 28 One of the Marianas 30 Like a cunning linguist 31 Crotchety sort 32 Sir, in India

33 “Melrose ___” 34 “Hollywood Squares” choice 35 PBS science show 37 Motoristís offense, briefly 38 Trust, with “on” 40 Stocking stuffer? 44 “We’re here! We’re queer!” e.g. 45 “Spartacus” director 49 Nice Nellie 52 To no ___ (in vain) 53 Sprinter Rudolph 55 Trump ex 56 Try to put a restraint on 57 One who handles your horse 58 Picks up 59 Jack portrayer Hayes 60 Tug 61 “Six Feet Under” creator Ball 62 TV character from beyond Uranus 63 Rocky top 64 Singing syllable Carmel Valley — Hera Labs: Hera Labs serves as an entrepreneurial accelerator for female business owners and advocates fiercely Tierrasanta — Industrial for their success. Located in Grind Coffee: Since first Carmel Valley, Hera Labs is opening its doors in a small run by its CEO, Silvia Mah, nook on Park Boulevard in 2011, who was born in Caracas, Industrial Grind has become Venezuela, and joined Hera a staple in the Hillcrest and Labs after graduating with Tierrasanta neighborhoods. an MBA from UC San Diego. After both having spent deThe mission of Hera Labs is cades serving in the U.S. Navy, to propel female founders to longtime couple Kathy Hansen successfully launch, grow and and Barb Jeanine decided to sustain their businesses effifulfill their lifelong dream of ciently and effectively, thereby opening a coffee shop upon enhancing the economy at retirement. Their attention to every level. Hera Labs also detail and welcoming environprovides invaluable resources ment has allowed Industrial to women business owners, Grind to expand to three losuch as workshops, textbooks, cations in six years, including classes and other tools that two in Hillcrest, and the inprovide information and adtroduction of their own gluten vice for success. free bakery, IG Bakery. Hillcrest — Shell Gas Point Loma — The Wine Station: Owners Nick Dalour Pub: The Wine Pub is a reand Nancy Younan have nowned wine bar, restaurant been business owners in the and retail shop located in Uptown community since 1978 the village of Point Loma, and are both active volunteers owned and operated by Sandy of the Hillcrest Business Hanshaw. Not only do they Association. They take their offer more than 30 types of volunteer positions very seriamazing wine, but also panin- ously and work hard to foster is, sliders, salads and a list of a harmonious relationship great desserts. You can bring among the local business ownyour four-legged friends to ers, residents and visitors to The Wine Pub, too. To give the neighborhood. back to the community, Sandy La Jolla — Warwick’s – a breast-cancer survivor – Bookstore: The country’s often hosts fundraisers to sup- oldest family-owned and -opport The Breast Cancer Fund, erated bookstore, Warwick’s and she will be hosting her dates all the way back to 1896. fi fth annual Bike for Boobs The bookstore in La Jolla is event this October. The Wine home to thousands of books Pub has also been an annual of all genres that continue to participant in The Center’s impress even the most avid Dining Out For Life. readers. Even more notable South Park — Kindred: than the book selection is the This unique bar and staff of dedicated employees, restaurant, which replaced who are extremely skilled in Alchemy in South Park, was assisting customers in fi nding a San Diego Architecture the exact book that they deFoundation Orchid Award sire. This historic bookstore winner for interior design in has attracted author book 2016. The goal of the plantsignings from all walks of based eatery — which has life — from Ozzy Osbourne to made huge waves since it Hillary Clinton. Additionally, opened in 2015 — is to not on- Warwick’s offers a coffee-andly astound you with its gothic treats session every second architecture but also with the Tuesday to discuss books and variety of food and drink on offers a generous 20-percent the menu. It is often referred discount off of any of the to as a “death metal vegan.” books discussed. Owner Kory Stetina has creNorth Park — A7D: A ated a truly magical permatrusted and resourceful marnent eatery and bar in South keting and graphic-design Park. It’s no wonder residents fi rm, A7D Creative Group is in the neighborhood and San located in the heart of North Diegans from afar flock to Park. This creative fi rm has Kindred’s doors. been actively behind the reMission Hills — brand of North Park as a San Meshuggah Shack: From Diego destination. Owned their central Mission Hills loby Anna and David Gamboa, cation on the southwest corner A7D offers brand development, of Goldfi nch Street and Fort menu design, website deStockton Drive, Meshuggah sign, social-media campaign Shack serves up a selection management and much more. of tasty beverages and pasThey attribute much of North tries. This culturally dynamic Park’s growth to the unconshop proudly displays an “All ditional support and camaare welcome sign” that was raderie of fellow North Park installed to assure people business owners. A7D believes of all backgrounds that they that without the thoughtare welcome and appreciated. fulness and creativity each Most noted by customers is business owner lends to North the style and design of the Park as a whole, the commuhip decorations that cover the nity would not be what it is stand, including paintings, today. David is the past board pictures, figures, stickers president of North Park Main and other items. Meshuggah Street, and Anna has been Shack’s unique style and recently recognized by Wells success in transforming a Fargo as one of San Diego’s once-empty street corner into “Leading Ladies in Business.” a vibrant neighborhood destination earned it an Orchid Other 2017 honorees Award from the San Diego include: College Area, Pesto Architectural Foundation. Italian Craft Kitchen;



NEWS Coronado, Root 75 Flower Shop; Downtown, Café Chole; Mira Mesa, Collins Family Jewelers; Normal Heights, Blind Lady Ale House; a second winner in North Park is Live Wire; Oak Park, Louie’s Marketplace; Ocean Beach, Lighthouse Ice Cream; Pacific Beach, Mr. Frostie; Rancho Bernardo, the Barrel Room; Rancho Pensaquitos, Christensen Realty; and Rolando Park, Wei Wei Express. —The staff of the office of Senator Toni G. Atkins contributed to this story. —Have a story tip? Reach the editors of our SDCNN newspapers at▼

GAY SAN DIEGO July 21 – Aug. 3, 2017




GAY SAN DIEGO July 21 – Aug. 3, 2017


CALENDAR Monday, July 31

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

Ave., Bankers Hill. Visit

Tuesday, Aug. 1

Showtunes Spaghetti Tuesday: Enjoy musical clips from your favorite movie and stage productions for Showtunes Spaghetti Tuesdays, 6-10 p.m. Feast on an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner for $6 per person from 5 p.m. until closing. Pop videos rock the house from 10 p.m. until closing. Urban MO’s Bar & Grill 308

University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit

Wednesday, Aug. 2

Live Music: Andy Anderson and San Diego native Nathan Fry, a “musical blend of baritone/tenor, preparation/ improvisation, control/mayhem, head/heart and accident/intention,” according to Anderson. 7–10 p.m. No cover. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit ma4sd. com/nocover. Bitchy Bingo at LIPS: Landa Plenty and Cadillac Monroe host a fabulous drag show followed by a few rounds of bingo with a chance to win prizes. $5 cover; $15 food minimum per person. Seating is between 7 and 7:30 p.m. Lips, 3036 El Cajon Blvd.,North Park. Visit

Thursday, Aug. 3

Evita! by the REP: People see Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic again and again, and San Diego REP

is bringing it to the Lyceum stage starting tonight through Aug. 27. “’Evita!’ is more than a musical masterpiece. The story is amazingly relevant today – a true story about a charismatic personality with no governing experience who rides ambition, opportunity and a wave of populism to political triumph and power,” said Sam Woodhouse, the director and SD REP’s artistic director. Tickets $20–59. 8 p.m. SD REP at Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown. Visit bit. ly/2uC0KTO.

Gay San Diego - July 21, 2017  
Gay San Diego - July 21, 2017