Volume 4 Issue 7 April 5–April 18, 2013
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SAN DIEGO SERVING OUR LGBT COMMUNITY
SUPREME COURT EDITION
Courtside: Prop 8
Roller coaster ride over standing and merits By Lisa Keen | Keen News Service
Hedda’s literary limbo, from which it appears there is no escape, is inhabited by others, including Jesus, two gay men that might be fugitives from “The Boys in the Band,” and Jar Jar Binks. On the distaff, we meet Medea, Tosca and Mammy. That’s right, Mammy of “Gone With the Wind.” Mammy is not politically correct these days, and thereby hangs a tale. Rising star Yolanda Franklin, seen of late in “Trip to Bountiful” at New Village Arts, “The Little Flower of East Orange” at ion theatre, and “Sugar Witch” at OnStage Playhouse, said she was not in the least bothered with the prospect of playing the stereotypical Mam-
The U.S. Supreme Court took the marriage equality issue on a roller coaster ride March 26 as it heard almost 90 minutes of argument in the case testing the constitutionality of California’s ban on same-sex marriage. For supporters, the highs included Justice Sonia Sotomayor asking whether there was any context other than marriage where there would be a rational basis for using sexual orientation as a factor in denying rights to gay people, to which Yes on 8 attorney Charles Cooper conceded “I do not have anything to offer.” Highs also included Justice Anthony Kennedy commenting on the importance of considering the “immediate legal injury” that 40,000 children in California suffer because their same-sex parents are not allowed to marry. The lows included the considerable time justices spent wrangling over whether the Yes on 8 supporters of Proposition 8 have proper legal standing to appeal the case. It included Chief Justice John Roberts saying the debate was “just about the label” marriage. And it included Justice Antonin Scalia repeatedly interrupting marriage equality attorney Ted Olson demanding that he identify “when did it become unconstitutional to exclude homosexuals” from marriage. But none of the three attorneys had an easy day. Chief Justice Roberts tackled Solicitor General Donald Verrilli over his brief to the court, saying it was “inconsistent.” Roberts noted that Verrilli was arguing that the children of same-sex couples do as well as the children of male-female couples, while also arguing that Proposition 8 harms the children of same-sex couples. “Which is it?” asked Roberts. Cooper stumbled, too, when Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan challenged his argument that marriage is all about regulating procreation. If so, asked Kagan, why allow people over 55 to get married? Cooper, to much laughter in the courtroom, offered that it was “very rare” that both parties in such marriages are infertile. Olson, lead attorney with David Boies of the American Foundation for Equal Rights team representing two same-sex couples, got into the most prolonged exchange of the session when Justice Scalia demanded to know when it became unconstitutional to exclude gays from marriage. Scalia repeatedly insisted Olson identify a “specific date in time.” Olson tried several times to answer the question and eventually shot back, “you’ve never required that before.” Gay legal activists seemed impressed with the overall discussion and were most enthusiastic about Justice Sotomayor’s pointed question to Cooper concerning other areas where gays could be excluded from rights. “It was basically asking him whether it’s permissible to treat gay people differently from everyone
see Hedda, pg 13
see Prop8, pg 14
A group of supporters rally at the Federal Courthouse Downtown on March 25. (Photo by Jim Winsor / SDPIX)
Influencing the Court Marriage equality rally held Downtown seen as last chance to unite; SAME Alliance will continue LGBT advocacy after Supreme Court decisions
Hillcrest Market expands
Breaking through the house
By Anthony King | GSD Editor Hundreds of marriage equality supporters descended on the steps of the Federal Courthouse building in Downtown San Diego March 25, joining a nation-wide rally in part to influence Supreme Court Justices set to hear two days of testimony in landmark LGBT-rights cases. The San Diego rally was one of many under the umbrella of United for Marriage: Light the Way to Justice, a coalition of organizations fighting for marriage rights for LGBT couples. Sean Bohac, founding member and current president of SAME Alliance, helped organize one contingent for the March 25 rally, and said it was seen as a last chance to affect the court’s decision before the hearings. He said he was impressed with the turnout. “Many of us felt like this is probably the last opportunity to influence the thinking of the Supreme Court,” he said. “We had a discussion where we resolved that yes, the Supreme Court does pay attention to public opinion.” SAME member Zakiya Khabir agreed with Bohac’s sentiment, saying history has shown Justices are affected
by public opinion, yet are often slow in making change. “The Supreme Court has a clear history of leading from behind on landmark issues such as voting rights and miscegenation,” she said in a statement announcing the rally. “Loud public support will make a difference in this case.” Speakers included Dr. Lori Hensic of the American Military Partner Association and Richard McCullen of Mission Gathering Christian Church. Organizing a separate contingent for the March 25 rally, activist Sean Sala said Hensic is dedicated to strengthening LGBT military family representation in politics. “Now more than ever, it’s important for people who support the freedom to marry to come together and show their support,” Sala said in a separate press release. Community members across San Diego showed their support for marriage equality leading up to and during the Supreme Court hearings March 26 and 27. Gallery owner Alexander Salazar hung the red and pink Human Rights Campaign logo in the windows of his
see Rally, pg 14
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(l to r) Lynaé DePriest, Tony Houck, Jacque Wilke, Luke Jacobs, Shana Wride, Andrew Oswald and Dangerfield G. Moore in Diversionary's 'The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler' (Photo by Ken Jacques)
Journeying to the very end Rising star Yolanda Franklin takes on controversial character in Diversionary Theatre’s latest By Charlene Baldridge | GSD Reporter To be presented by Diversionary Theatre through April 28, Jeff Whitty’s “The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler” is a witty literary romp replete with characters other than Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda. By the time the commissioned play premiered at South Coast Repertory Theatre in 2006, the openly gay Whitty – one of the creators of “Avenue Q” – had overcome his
bitterness about never being cast as Hedda. In addition to Hedda, “Further Adventures” playgoers will find Eilert Lovborg and George Tesman, Hedda’s suicide lover and her surviving husband, respectively. They hover around her as she seeks to change her fate in Whitty’s frantic comedy. So long as she is remembered by anyone alive, Hedda is destined to commit suicide unceasingly.
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CDC: Smoking is 70 percent higher in the LGBT community Multimedia campaign to expose tragic health impact of smoking By Ken Williams | SDGLN Editor in Chief Ellie Nicholas, who calls herself a people lover, thoroughly enjoyed bartending in New York. Whether working in gay bars or straight pubs, she was good at her job and earned a comfortable living. Then she started getting sick. So sick that she had to be hospitalized for several days at a time. “I had trouble breathing,” she said. “It was terrifying.” Doctors would diagnose that she had asthma, a condition that still bothers her more than two decades later. “I never smoked a day in my life,” Nicholas said. “My parents smoked when I was a kid, and I never liked it.” But in the 1980s, bars and restaurants typically allowed smoking. Every night at work, she would breathe in second-hand smoke. In 1990, doctors told her that her job was the root of her health problems because she was inhaling other people’s cigarette smoke. After 10 years in working in bars, including as a bartending teacher, Nicholas had enough of the second-hand smoke because she knew about its negative impact on her health. “I decided to quit my job and find a new line of work,” she said, taking an economic hit when she left behind bartending. Nicholas moved to Florida, where she eventually found work in a smokefree restaurant. Nicholas and others who are impacted by the negative effects of smoking are featured in a new multimedia campaign, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which launched Monday, April 1. Dr. Tim McAfee, director of the CDC’s Office on Smoke and Health, also spoke about the horrific statistics, showing that smoking is 70 percent higher in the LGBT community than in the straight world. “This is a big, big health burden,” he said, adding that the CDC is dedicated to reducing smoking rates in the LGBT community. “We think the campaign will save lives and it will save LGBT lives,” he said. Perhaps the most startling statement McAfee made is that the latest research from Scandinavia shows HIV-positive smokers, who have stable health because they take their antiviral medication, are
Ellie Nicholas is featured in the CDC’s new secondhand smoke campaign. (Courtesy CDC) now dying from smoking-related diseases, not from AIDS. “We need to pull back the curtain on this issue,” McAfee said, stressing that HIV-positive people can expect a long lifetime if they take their medicine, exercise and avoid smoking. “Smoking itself is bad,” he added. “But when you mix in HIV, it’s ... like adding kerosene to a fire.” He blasted the tobacco industry for targeting LGBT people, particularly youth, and contributing to the rise in smoking in the gay community. “This is a health justice and equity issue,” McAfee said. “We at the CDC are committed to this cause.” Like McAfee, Nicholas believes that smoking is prevalent in the
LGBT community in part because of widespread marketing and advertising. She said she thinks many gay Americans, growing up in a world of rejection and bullying, are often socially insecure and see smoking as “something cool to do.” “Cigarettes are a crutch,” she said. “A lot of gay people, particularly among the youth, have a problem with smoking. Once you start smoking, it is difficult to quit.” Since the 1990s, Nicholas has asked family, friends and strangers not to smoke in her presence. She still uses an inhaler daily to control her asthma, and she doesn’t wish her condition on anybody else. “Tips from Former Smokers” is the second series of ads from the CDC. The ads are funded by the
Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund. The campaign features compelling stories of former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities. The ads will run for at least 12 weeks on television, radio, billboards and online as well
as in theaters, magazines and newspapers nationwide. “This campaign is saving lives and saving dollars by giving people the facts about smoking in an easy-to-understand way that encourages quitting,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. More than 440,000 Americans each year lose their lives to smoking-related diseases, and for every one death 20 more continue living with one or more serious illnesses from smoking. Nearly 70 percent of smokers say they want to quit. The new CDC ads feature smoking-related health conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, more severe adult asthma, and complications from diabetes, such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and amputation. To get help in quitting smoking, call 800-QUIT-NOW, a toll-free number to access support across the country. Visit cdc.gov/tips to view the personal stories from the campaign and for free help quitting. —Ken Williams is Editor in Chief of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News (SDGLN). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, @KenSanDiego on Twitter, or by calling 888-4429639, ext. 713.t
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Courtside: DOMA LGBT legal activists cautious but optimistic Supreme Court will rule federal law unconstitutional By Lisa Keen | Keen News Service The March 27 argument in the U.S. Supreme Court over the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) sounded at times as if President Obama was on trial for enforcing the law even though he considers it unconstitutional. At other times, it sounded like Congress was on trial, for attempting to cloak its moral disapproval of gay people under the guise of seeking “uniformity.” And at the end of two hours, LGBT legal activists seemed cautious but optimistic that there are five votes to find DOMA unconstitutional. The case, U.S. v. Windsor, posed the question of whether Section 3 of DOMA violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. New York lesbian Edith Windsor filed the lawsuit with the help of the ACLU when the federal government demanded she pay more than $360,000 in estate taxes
after her same-sex spouse died. Sur viving spouses in male-female marriages do not have to pay estate taxes. The first 50 minutes of the two-hour argument was given to a discussion of whether the case was properly before the court, given procedural questions. On the issue of whether DOMA’s constitutionality, former George W. Bush Solicitor General Paul Clement, an attorney hired by the Republican-led Bipartisan Legal Advisor y Group (BLAG), said Congress, in passing the law in 1996, did not discriminate against gays but simply decided to define the term “marriage” “solely for federal law” in order to ensure “uniformity” in the deliverance of benefits. “It’s rational for Congress to say it’s treating same-sex couples in New York the same as samesex couples in Nebraska,” said Clement. That assertion did not go
unchallenged. Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg all questioned Clement on it. “What gives the federal government the right to be concerned at all about the definition of marriage?” asked Sotomayor, noting that marriage has always been considered an area of state law. She suggested members of Congress appeared to create a law to disfavor a “class they don’t like.” When Clement suggested Congress was helping the states by putting the issue on “pause” and letting the states work through the democratic process in deciding the law in each state, Kennedy noted that DOMA seemed instead to be “helping states if they do what [members of Congress] want them to do.” Justice Kagan perhaps hit the hardest note when she said the record of House proceedings around DOMA in 1996 seemed to indicate Congress “had some-
thing else in mind than uniformity, … something that’s never been done before.” She quoted a passage of the House report that said DOMA was intended to express “moral disapproval” of marriage for same-sex couples. “That’s a pretty good red flag,” Kagan said. Clement seemed to be caught off guard by the excerpt. “Does the House Report say that?” he asked. The challengers of DOMA appeared off guard at times, too. Chief Justice John Roberts asked both Solicitor General Donald Verilli and plaintiff’s attorney Roberta Kaplan whether it would be permissible for Congress to adopt a definition for federal purposes that included gay couples, rather than excluded them. Verilli said the House Report excerpt “makes glaringly clear” that DOMA was intended to exclude lawfully married same-sex couples. “Are you saying that 84 sena-
tors were motivated by animus?” asked Chief Justice Roberts in follow-up to both Verilli and Kaplan. Both Verilli and Kaplan clearly avoided saying that think DOMA was motivated by animus. “It could have been a lack of reflection or an instinctive response,” said Verilli. But, he added emphatically, “Section 3 discriminates and it’s time for this court to recognize that discrimination cannot be reconciled with our fundamental commitment to equal protection of the law.” It was during questioning about the procedural matters that Roberts and other conser vative justices hammered on what came across as much as a political jousting as it was a legal matter. Roberts wondered why President Obama didn’t have “the courage of his convictions” that DOMA was unconstitutional and “instead, wait until the Supreme Court” rules it so. Mar y Bonauto, head of civil rights for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, said she thought the questioning was “vigorous” on the procedural issue of standing. On the issue of DOMA’s constitutionality, she said she thought Justice Kagan “called out” the discriminator y statement in the House report. “Overall, they were asking the right questions and the right themes were in play,” Bonauto said. Jenny Pizer, a Lambda Legal attorney who followed the case at the three-week trial in San Francisco, said she thought it was clear that the argument of uniformity made “no sense at all.” “It was surprising to me the suggestion from some of the conser vative justices that the administration should not enforce laws when they have questions about constitutionality or have a view of constitutionality different from previous administrations have said. That seems immensely impractical,” Pizer said. “One thing that did seem clear yesterday and today,” she said, “is that we’re witnessing a moment of recognition of anti-gay discrimination and the government tr ying to come to terms with how it should change. Perhaps we shouldn’t be that surprised that some justices are resistant to addressing the merits of question, but the justices are particularly well situated to address them.” In both this case and the March 26 Proposition 8 case, both sides see Justice Kennedy as the most likely justice to provide a fifth vote for the winning side. But Tuesday’s argument in the Proposition 8 case left many speculating that the court may decide that opponents of marriage quality did not have proper legal standing to appeal the case. Legal standing was an issue in the Windsor case, too, because the Obama administration appealed the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that DOMA violates the equal protection clause of the constitution. A party bringing an appeal must show it is injured by the lower court holding. Editor’s note: Lisa Keen is a renowned international journalist repor ting on issues per tinent to the LGBT community, who was granted a select seat inside the cour troom for the March 26 and 27 Supreme Cour t hearings. This is the four th in a multiple-par t series called History in the High Cour t.t
GAY NEWS BRIEFS DELORES JACOBS ONE OF EIGHT WOMEN HONORED BY TONI ATKINS Assemblymember Toni Atkins honored eight women from the 78th District during Women’s History Month, including The San Diego LGBT Center Executive Director Dr. Delores Jacobs. “The women I am honoring today have worked tirelessly to improve their communities and the lives of others,” Atkins said in a press release. Jacobs was honored with Lee Haydu, Del Mar City Council; Mary Herron, former Coronado mayor and councilmember; Carrie Downey, former Coronado councilmember; Sara Moser, supporter of Planned Parenthood and family planning; Lesa Heeber, current Solana Beach councilmember and former mayor; Patricia McCoy, former Imperial Beach councilmember; and Diane Rose, former councilmember and mayor of Imperial Beach. A reception was held at the Assemblymember’s office where each received their award. “They are ideal role models for both young women and young men who aspire to make a difference through service,” Atkins said. “I thank them all for helping to make the 78th Assembly District a vibrant, diverse and outstanding place to live.” CRENSHAW ADVANCES IN DISTRICT FOUR COUNCIL RACE San Diego LGBT Pride Executive Director Dwayne Crenshaw will join Myrtle Cole in a special runoff election for the San Diego Council District Four seat after neither candidate received the majority of votes to win the position outright in the election held March 26. Cole, a former police officer and current United Domestic Workers coordinator, received 32 percent of the vote; Crenshaw received 15 percent. In a letter published by San Diego Gay & Lesbian News on March 21, Crenshaw addressed an anti-gay statement in the local newspaper “Voice & Viewpoint” that used Crenshaw’s sexuality against him in not gaining their endorsement. “Have no doubt, I am ready for this fight,” Crenshaw said in the letter. “I have the courage, strength and pride … to see this campaign through to victory. I look forward to serving the community I grew up in and love as a member of the City Council.” Other candidates in the March 26 election included Barry Pollard, Ray Smith, Blanca Lopez Brown, Sandy Spackman, Bruce Williams and Tony Villafranca. The seat became vacant after former Council President Tony Young resigned late last year, and the runoff election will be held late May or early June. SD PRIDE APPOINTS FOUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS San Diego LGBT Pride welcomed four new members to the organization’s board of directors that focus on youth and diversity, representatives announced March 22. “The board of directors of San Diego LGBT Pride is now more diverse with regard to age and ethnicity than any in our 39 year history,” said William Rodriguez-Kennedy, Pride co-chair, in the announcement. “These four new members and this board represent a new generation of leadership for Pride and San Diego’s LGBT community.” Joining the board are Rick Cervantes, Cassandra Perando, Carlos Salazar and Matthew Verdeflor, all aged 25 – 26 years old. Cervantes has been volunteering for Pride for seven years, and is the currently on the marketing and public relations team at Mo’s Universe. Perando joins the board as
see Briefs, pg 6
if we gain Being the change “Even a legal equal stand-
DA E E L L I OT T
SOUTH BAY ALLIANCE If you are like me, you spent the last week holding your breath and looking for clues as to how the Supreme Court will move on the two cases covering marriage equality. Optimistically, we could see access to marriage for samesex couples become the law of the land. Certainly, it looks like we will see it become legal here in California once again, and very possibly those that are married will start receiving the federal benefits other married couples receive. Yet, the Supreme Court’s ideological makeup ensures we cannot anticipate the results. So we wait. In waiting, I have to say, no matter the outcome look how far
we have gone. When the Supreme Court gives us their decision, it will have been 44 years since the Stonewall Riots. In that time, our community has gone from a shadowy existence, so marginalized that expressing our most personal desires was a criminal offense and people had to hide in order to stay employed. Just recently, the “don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy was overturned, and many of our politicians and citizens have started to rethink their stand. Polls suggest we have reached a tipping point, with a majority of people in the U.S. agreeing with marriage equality and the idea that sexual orientation should not be a matter for discrimination. No matter how the court rules, we have gained an enormous amount of momentum in the changing attitudes about the LGBT community. On the other hand, even if the Supreme Court does a comprehensive ruling that would open the doors to marriage equality nationally, we have far to go. In the world, there are many countries in which the LGBT community is still criminalized. In our own nation, state and communities, there are still pockets of intolerance where the LGBT community faces extreme marginalization, homophobia and hatred. Studies show that this marginalization impacts our youth especially hard.
ing, as with all marginalized groups, we need to continue the struggle to change our attitude to one where being LGBT is not a reason to be treated with less respect.”
Even if we gain a legal equal standing, as with all marginalized groups, we need to continue the struggle to change our neighbor’s, city’s, state’s, nation’s, and even our world’s attitude, to one where being LGBT is not a reason to be treated with less respect or as less human. This can only be done by people willing to step up to the plate. I am proud to say one of those people is the new secretary on our board at South Bay Alliance, Nikki Eddy. Nikki has been an English and philosophy teacher at Castle Park High
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School for eight years, and has been the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance Club advisor for six. She serves on the board for San Diego PFLAG, is a member of the Association of Raza Educators, and is a board member for the Cooper Family Juneteenth Organization. Her involvement with the community and encouragement of her students as future leaders makes her an exemplar y model of leadership. South Bay Alliance is ver y fortunate to have her on our board. Nikki will also be taking over as South Bay Pride’s volunteer organizer. If you want to volunteer to assist with South Bay Pride, email email@example.com. Thank you San Diego Drag Kings for hosting our first fundraiser last month, and Sister Ida and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for assisting us in our opportunity-prize drawing. Our next fundraiser is planned for the first week in May hosted by Laura Jane. Check back for details at our website – SouthBayPride.org – and remember Gandhi’s adage: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” —Dae Elliott is a sociologist and lecturer working at SDSU since 1994. She is one of the founding executive committee members and current chair of South Bay Alliance. South Bay Alliance has been the organizer of South Bay Pride Art and Music Festival since 2007. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wednesday, april 17
hillcrest Wind ensemble Spring Concert
Central San Diego regional Community Meeting
7 pm, First Unitarian Universalist Church
11 am - 1 pm, the Center
The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble will present its 2013 Spring concert at the First Unitarian Universalist Church near UCSD hospital. The concert will feature music of Europe. The band will also perform the three winning pieces from their “Call For Scores” composition contest. tickets are $15 and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.hillcrestwindensemble.com.
This is an opportunity for consumers, providers and interested citizens who work or live in the Central Region to share which HIV services are most important to you. Join us to talk about the services you access most, the quality of services you access, problems that prevent you from accessing services, etc. The HIV Planning Council uses this information during its priority setting and budget allocation process. For more information, visit www.sdplanning.org or contact Kenneth riley at email@example.com.
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Lunch & Learn: Important hIV Medical Information for Seniors
Dining Out for Life® San Diego
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Don’t miss The Center’s seventh annual Dining Out for Life® San Diego! On Thursday, April 25, more than 100 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in San Diego will donate a minimum of 25% of sales for The Center’s HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. Grab your family and friends and make plans to Dine Out and Fight AIDS for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, cocktails and more! For more information, visit http:// events.thecentersd.org/DOFL.
This presentation will show you where to find the currently approved HIV medicines and descriptions of what they do. You will also learn about Clinical Trials – what’s being investigated, and where, and how to volunteer for a local clinical trial. For further information, please contact Larue Fields at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619.692.2077 x205.
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BRIEFS one of three military veterans, after serving with the United States Navy. Salazar, a current finance consultant, has studied political science, nonprofit management and marketing. Verdeflor is an associate with a local accounting firm, and organizers said he will bring “valuable accounting skills” to the board. “You can expect great things from this group of dedicated leaders, and it will be my honor lead them as we move forward,” Rodriguez-Kennedy said. Cervantes, Perando, Salazar and Verdeflor join Rodriguez-Kennedy on the board along with Ebony Aldridge, Dion Brown, Jaime Carrillo, Romer De Los Santos, Tiffany Gonzalez, Joe Mayer and Jennifer Sieber. Board emeriti are Jeri Dilno, Debra McEntee, Doug Moore and Judi Schaim.
Waiting for history What the Supreme Court marriage cases will mean for equality By Abby Dees As the Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of Prop 8 and DOMA, I’ve heard the following question a lot: “Do you think they’re going to legalize same-sex marriage or strike it down?” My answer is, “Neither.” There is so much nuance in these cases, having to do with centuries of legal analysis, states’ rights and a fair amount of dr y legal technicalities, that I doubt that this issue – one that seems so ver y simple to us – will be decided at all simply. First, existing same-sex marriage rights will not – indeed, cannot – be struck down. The most the Supremes can do is uphold existing bans and say that the states and the federal government are free to decide on marriage equality for themselves. Pretty much how things are today, only with the blessings of the Court. There’s also a slim chance that the Supremes will rule that same-sex marriage is lawful across the board. This would mean not only that same-sex marriage rights would be the law of the land, but also that any
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation will now be held to the same rigorous scrutiny as gender discrimination or even racial discrimination. Court-watchers and I aren’t betting they will go this far. The Supremes have never been fond of being on the cutting edge. For example, in the pivotal cases about racial discrimination (segregation in the 1950s and interracial marriage in the 1960s) most states were already clear that such unfounded distinctions between people were wrong. The Court’s ruling affected only the minority of states that were unwilling to get with the program. But right now, 41 states still limit marriage to heterosexual couples. I would be shocked, albeit thrilled, if they changed this in one fell swoop. Nope, nothing so tidy. Instead, I think it’s going to come down like this: they will strike down DOMA, opening the door to federal marriage recognition. Not because of any inequality, but because it smacks of overreach by the federal government into what has always been the domain of the states: marriage. And we all know how much conser vatives hate
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government meddling in state affairs. This last point gives me some per verse pleasure as, for once, I’m in line with my rightwing brothers and sisters on a point of law. States will then be free to do what they want with regard to their own marriages, but they may then be compelled to recognize legal marriages of any stripe that happened in other states. Oh, watch the fur fly! Prop 8 will be overturned too, but the ruling will probably apply only to California. California is unique among states with marriage bans in that it did have real same-sex marriages and then the voters stopped it. In our legal histor y, there has never been much tolerance for the yanking away of existing rights. In non-legal terms, it’s just mean. There are a few dark horse
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possibilities too. First, the Court could punt on one or both of these cases though a technicality called “standing.” This means essentially that the wrong people are parties to the case because they don’t have a direct stake in the outcome, and it would be quite a cop out. I believe the Supremes agreed to hear these cases because they’re ready to address the substantive questions for the first time in our histor y. Second, the Court could split the baby by applying Prop 8 to a broader swath of states with laws like California’s, in which all the rights of marriage are accorded except for the name “marriage.” There are currently eight such states, but I think this outcome is also unlikely because it will create a disincentive for states down the road to offer full civil unions or “marriage in all but name.” So no, I don’t think we will soon have the satisfaction of knowing that our marriages and our lives have full value under the law. But as laws move forward, so too does public opinion, which has already changed dramatically in the last year alone. It’s not time to celebrate yet, but perhaps start looking for a fabulous party outfit. —Abby is a civil rights attorney-turned-author who has been in the LGBT rights trenches for 25+ years. She can be reached through her website: queerquestionsstraighttalk.com.t
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SOHO PRESENTS HISTORIC HOME TOUR WEEKEND APRIL 13 – 14 Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) will host their annual Historic Home Tour Weekend April 13 and 14, where participants can get an inside look at five historic Mission Hills homes that feature architectural styles dating from 1914 to 1949. In addition to the early 20th-century Mission Hills home tour on April 14, the nonprofit has organized bicycle and walking tours, as well as an arts and crafts embroidery workshop on April 13. The bicycle tours start at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m., and the walking tours are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All tours are 90 minutes and leave from Powers Plumbing, located at 1705 Lewis St. Organizers said there will be no trolley service this year as the homes are all in one area. “Highlighted are many early architects … including Joel L. Brown, William Templeton Johnson, Frank Mead and Richard Requa, and Alexander Schreiber,” they said. Tickets for each tour cost $15. The workshop, also April 13, will be led by Natalie Richards and held at the Marston House, 3525 Seventh Ave. Cost is $95 for SOHO members and $105 for guests. For the five-mansion home tour April 14, the self-guided event will show off home interiors and includes sites by Morris Irvin, Requa and John Lloyd Wright. “Mission Hills is one of our great San Diego neighborhoods where a prolific number of works by locally and nationally significant architects can all be found in one geographic area,” organizers said. The tours run 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. A program with maps and background information will be included with each ticket purchase, which range from $30 – $50, depending on date of purchase. There are several locations for ticket pickup and purchase. For full ticket information visit sohosandiego.org or call 619-297-9327.t
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Prop 8 at the Supreme Court One piece of the puzzle
PAU L M C G U I R E
LEGALLY LGBT The Supreme Court of the United States recently heard oral arguments on DOMA and Proposition 8. Because Prop 8 remains more difficult to predict after oral arguments, I will focus on it. There are five options the Court has to resolve Prop 8. First, they could decide that the official proponents of Prop 8 do not have standing. This would be a way of saying that they have no good reason to be allowed to defend Prop 8 any more than the general public. The difficulty with this outcome is that it would leave the state attorney general with the power to refuse to defend a proposition. This is troubling because the point of the proposition process is to give the people the power to pass laws that the government doesn’t want to. From the arguments, it seems a number of justices were concerned about this result. If the Court finds a lack of standing, it would leave the original court decision as the only one. It is unclear if this would be limited to the original parties or if Prop 8 would be invalidated throughout California, thus broadly allowing same-sex couples to marry. Second, the Court could dismiss the case and say that they shouldn’t have agreed to hear it in the first place. This doesn’t seem very likely but would affirm the Ninth Circuit’s limited ruling. Third, the Court could decide that it is unconstitutional to deny marriage when a state offers civil unions or domestic partnerships because it creates a situation of separate but equal. From the arguments, it seems many of the justices are concerned with such a result because it would penalize states for recognizing same-sex couples. The attorneys making this argument seemed unable to provide a convincing answer to the justices for why they thought this made
sense. After all, same-sex couples in states that don’t provide civil unions or marriage are left without any benefits, state or federal. Fourth, the Court could broadly declare same-sex marriage a right and require all states to recognize it. Fifth, the Court could uphold Prop 8 as a valid exercise of the traditional rights of the state to define marriage. I discuss these together because there is a split between the liberal justices who seem ready to support marriage equality and the conservative justices who view same-sex marriage as a novel idea that would be too early to support. Once again, Justice Anthony Kennedy is the deciding vote. It is unclear which direction he will take. He appeared to express some concern that the idea of same-sex marriage is relatively new but at the same time recognized that there are a lot of children raised by same-sex couples who could benefit from the added stability of marriage. Between the liberal and conservative view is a big distinction of their understanding of the role of the courts and the structure of our system. The conservative justices value the rights of states to experiment with social changes before applying it to the entire country. Thus they might rule in a way that allows the debate on same-sex marriage to continue. Many of the conservative justices seemed concerned that allowing same-sex couples to marry would fundamentally change the meaning of marriage. The liberal justices view the Court’s role more broadly and as a tool to prevent injustices. They appeared already convinced that discrimination against same-sex couples is improper without a good reason. The supporters of Prop 8 were unable to articulate any harm that would result if same-sex couples were allowed to marry. Many of the arguments made by the proponents focused on the connection between marriage and procreation, but the liberal judges were not convinced. With so many different ways to decide the case, it is hard to predict the outcome. What does seem likely is either a decision that Prop 8 is constitutional or a decision that all states are required to recognize marriage equality. No matter what happens, it will likely leave many questions unanswered. —Paul D. McGuire is an openly bisexual family law attorney in San Diego who assists families dealing with dissolution of marriage and domestic partnerships. He writes a blog on family law and LGBT issues at paul-mcguire.com.t
A L L A N AC E V E D O
It was heart warming to see so many of my friends, gay and straight, change their Facebook profile to the red and pink Human Rights Campaign logo. The social media solidarity that was established this week underscores how salient of an issue this campaign for full marriage equality has become. We must remember that much like the wedding rings we are aspiring to call our own, marriage is a symbol. It is an aspirational right, yet there are also so many more tangible and pressing needs that are not being met for the LGBT community. The media has been inundated with stories of the woman challenging the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the DOMA case, sued the U.S. government in part because she did not believe she should have to pay $363,000 in federal taxes after the death of her wife. Windsor’s case is unique in that it involves well over a quarter million dollars in taxes she would not other wise have to pay if her same-sex marriage were legal under federal law. It is telling that this is the case that may bring down DOMA, as it involves more money than most same-sex couples may ever see in their lives. The fight for marriage equality, while significant, is incomplete if we do not recognize it as a piece of a much larger puzzle for equality. We must continue to look for places where LGBT Americans are treated unequally, whether through the institutional oppressions such
as marriage rights or through a culture we promote that continues to ignore the needs of the LGBT community, such as the needs of homeless LGBT youth. A study conducted by the web-based LGBT Homeless Youth Provider sur vey – a collaboration between The Palette Fund, True Colors Fund and the Williams Institute – found that 40 percent of LGBT youth are homeless. The study indicated that LGBT youth make up no more than 10 percent of the population, so making up 40 percent of the homeless youth population should be striking to anyone. They are disproportionately represented among youth, without access to shelter and food. The study found 68 percent of respondents cited family rejection as a major factor contributing to their homelessness. This is clearly where work needs to be done, and where we must fight to ensure that our LGBT youth are not left in the streets because of the rejection of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. Information from Lambda Legal regarding LGBT youth stated that gay youth are four times more likely than their non-gay peers to have attempted suicide. Almost a third had stated they had missed a day of school in the last month through fear of bullying or harassment because of their sexual orientation. These figures are alarming and impactful to the lives of many more LGBT Americans than how much one has to pay in taxes, yet it is the egalitarian fight for equality that usually gets prioritized. I am reminded of civil rights leader Anne Moody. Moody wrote her biography “Coming of Age in Mississippi,” describing growing up poor and AfricanAmerican in the South. She went on to be the first in her family to go to college, where she became involved with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She fought for voting rights for African-Americans, and subsequently had her life threatened many times. Reading her biography was moving because she talked about a sense of guilt she felt in
fighting for voting rights when she realized that there were children going to school hungr y and without adequate clothes. Moody recognized the need to get basic needs met for underser ved communities before more egalitarian issues could be confronted. When there is a part of our community that is disproportionately suffering, we must look to see what factors are contributing to that and combat them. Before homeless LGBT youth, who are likely to drop out of high school, can begin to think about marriage, they must have their basic needs met. This is our community and we must be fighting to protect all of them. Marriage may be the right that we’re fighting for today, but we must remember that there are portions of our community who are poor, young and unable to pursue their education. What are we doing to fight for them? —Allan Acevedo is cofounder and president emeritus of Stonewall Young Democrats of San Diego. He has worked on multiple political campaigns and served on numerous boards including the San Diego Democratic Club, California Young Democrats, Gay-Straight Alliant Network and Equality California PAC. Follow @allanacevedo on Twitter.t
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YOU SAID A MOUTHFUL Across 1 Disneyland feature 5 R. Nureyev’s land, once 9 Bug spray victim 13 Bucatinsky’s “All ___ the Guy” 14 Icy coating 15 Buffalo’s lake 16 Silents vamp Theda 17 Boy Scout ties 19 Start of a rebuke made to Thomas on “Downton Abbey” 21 Sulu portrayer George 22 Twin to Jacob 23 Drop of the head 26 “Why should ___ you?” 29 Portland daily, with “The” 35 Russian river 37 End of the rebuke 39 Milk-colored gem 40 Witches in “Macbeth,” e.g.
41 They get lipstick lesbians started 43 Marseilles moniker 44 Dust Bowl refugee 47 Bridge declaration 52 Response to the rebuke? 57 Appetizer from the land of Pasolini 58 Serious sign 59 ___ all-time high 60 Hawaiian wedding party, perhaps 61 Merge metals 62 “Star Trek” villain 63 “___ we forget” 64 The L.A. Sparks strip them Down 1 Man with a steel rod 2 An ex of the Donald 3 McDreamy on “Grey’s Anatomy” 4 Use a rubber 5 Bear that may be a minor
You Said A Mouthful solution on page 15 6 Ledge 7 Word from Bruce Weber, perhaps 8 Some used cars 9 Real swingers? 10 Switch end 11 www.stopaids.org, e.g. 12 Della’s angel 18 1957 movie river 20 Tipplers 24 Heavy burden 25 Bas relief of Eleanor’s husband 27 Stats from “A League of Their Own” 28 Bit of filming 29 Mrs. Lennon 30 Style of gold chain 31 Series ender 32 Like a stallion in a hurry 33 Baldwin’s “The ___ Corner” 34 Roman fiddler 36 “___ Miserables”
38 Fork over 42 Bound gaily 45 “I knew ___ along!” 46 Come next 48 Popular resort, briefly 49 Singing Mann 50 Refine metal 51 Turns on 52 Sad-sounding European auto maker 53 Not taken in by 54 “Sex and the City” creator Darren 55 Schedule guesses, briefly 56 Mark through
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Men, sex and open relationships
LIFE BEYOND THERAPY Have you ever questioned if monogamy was a good fit for you, or what an open relationship might be like? If so, this column is for you. Over the years, many of the couples I see in my private practice have explored these questions. For male-male couples, the rules about sex may be different from male-female or female-female couples. When you have two men together, you have double the testosterone. Testosterone is a kind of chemical excitement; it’s the biological essence of masculine physical development. For adult men, testosterone gives us energy, called libido, which is often directed toward sex. For gay, bisexual and transsexual men, I’d like to ask you: what role does sex play in your relationships, past or present? For some guys, it’s not a big deal; for others, it’s very important. There’s really no right or wrong, what matters is what works for you, right? Or does it? For example: is it
realistic to only have sex with one person for the rest of your life? With conversations about marriage equality so prominent, it might be worthwhile to examine if marriage and monogamy per the heterosexual model is a good fit for us. Let’s define our terms: “monogamy” is a relationship where both people only have sex with each other; “open relationship” is one where both people have sex with each other and other people; and “emotional monogamy” is remaining emotionally committed to one person while in an open relationship. For many of us, emotional monogamy is not something we have thought much about. It hasn’t been a big part of middle-class, American hetero culture, yet I believe that it has been a largely unspoken part of gay culture. There are some obvious benefits to emotional monogamy. It could, for example, address these common relationship challenges: •When you and your partner have incompatible sexual desires: for example, you’re both tops, one of you likes anal sex and the other doesn’t, or you like wild, animal-like sex and he or she likes it tender and gentle. •Repetition and boredom: after having sex with someone for months and years sustaining excitement and passion can be difficult. •Incompatible libidos: you want to do it once a day minimum, and your partner is happy with once a month. On the other hand, there are certainly challenges, including how to handle feelings of jealousy and insecurity; what happens if you fall in love with someone else; and if your relationship isn’t solid to begin with, opening it up could make things
worse, not better. If you were my client, I’d ask you how you feel about heterosexual marriage. What about it works and doesn’t work for you? If the LGBT community uses heterosexual marriage as a model for same-sex marriage, it would be wise to examine this model quite carefully. If traditional heterosexual marriage is a good model for you, that’s great. But if it’s not, what are your options? I frequently ask my clients to describe their ideal relationship: sexually, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Few of us ever consider such an open-ended question, and the answers might surprise you. Doing it with your partner could be even more enlightening. To address these kinds of questions, I am offering a Monogamy or Open Relationship? workshop at The LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., on Wednesday, April 10 and Friday, April 12. Both evenings start at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 for either evening, or $25 for both. The workshop content each night will be unique, so you can come to either night or both. No reservations are required. Please note: the workshops are not lectures. You’ll be moving around the room, talking with other men and interacting with a group, at your own comfort level. This is a serious subject, but let’s not take it too seriously. For more information visit lifebeyondtherapy.com. —Michael Kimmel is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in helping LGBT clients achieve their goals and deal with anxiety, depression, grief, sexually addictive behavior, coming out, relationship challenges and homophobia. Michael is currently accepting new clients. Contact him at 619-955-3311 or visit lifebeyondtherapy.com.t
‘Woman Who Owned the Shadows’ CA L E B R A I N E Y OUT ON THE PAGE Editor’s note: Gay San Diego is happy to welcome Caleb Rainey, the founder of the San Diego Multicultural LGBT Book Club. Rainey will be writing a monthly column highlighting the book club’s current selection and discussing its major themes. April’s selection is “Woman Who Owned the Shadows” by Paula Gunn Allen. “The descendants of the strangers now said when Ephanie would tell them the history of this place, ‘But we didn’t do it. Don’t blame us.’ And she knew that they believed what they were saying, that they did not see the connections, did not know that every time they turned on the water or the lights, an Indian died. Not long ago, but now.” This scene, taken from Native American lesbian novelist Paula Gunn Allen’s “Woman Who Owned the Shadows” encapsulates a recurring theme of the novel: the importance of memory. The main character, Ephanie, struggles throughout to remember her personal past, her people’s past, and her early experiences of sexual desire for her childhood companion Elena. Gunn Allen makes frequent use of shadows to describe the way Ephanie seems to be constantly looking through a haze as she attempts to put the pieces of her life together. One of these pieces is Ephanie’s sexual identity. Gunn Allen paints a picture of lesbian identity that is more
complicated than typical portrayals tend to be. For instance, Ephanie is married with two children by the time her husband leaves, and she subsequently has two more longterm relationships with men. All the while she feels as though something is missing, as if she is never fully visible to herself or the men. This picture allows for a lesbian identity that is not based on disgust of the male body, but rather a deep connection to the world of women; this is a concept that was and still is very popular within certain lesbian feminist circles. Indeed, it seems as though Ephanie’s body is seeking to remember her first sexually charged connections with Elena in order to make herself feel real. Ephanie is constantly described as trying to remember things she should know, and she struggles to make herself visible in a world that has limited and racist expectations for what a Native woman is or can be. Through Ephanie’s story, Gunn Allen attempts to combat the widespread stereotype of Native peoples as always disappearing and as never existing in any relevant or important ways in modern society. Indeed, Gunn Allen implicitly argues that U.S. whites have an investment in forgetting Native genocide during the colonial period and Native peoples’ impoverishment and mistreatment at the hands of our government today. To truly remember and deal with the implications of the memory of Native genocide, forced relocation, and antiNative racism would undoubtedly cause white Americans like myself discomfort and guilt.
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Reinvention on Shelter Island DINING WITH
In my last visit to Humphreys Restaurant, I remember mauve colors and rattan furniture permeating the bayside dining room. “The Golden Girls” were already in rerun; although their home’s tropical 80s-style motif made famous in the show still hadn’t faded from Shelter Island. To the delight of concert goers, tourists or anyone looking for a harbor-view meal, Humphreys has changed. Dishes that are on the menu today, such as guava-pistachio salad and Caribbean-spiced organic chicken, mark a gentle revolution from the days of surfand-turf ser ved with steamed broccoli. Now the filet mignon is treated with Maker’s Mark bourbon and ser ved with goat cheese grits while seafood entrees come in the form of scallops over squash risotto or salmon complimented with rutabaga and carrot ragout. In addition, the meals comprise sustainable proteins and farm-fresh organics, and the wine list has grown to include solid choices from Napa Valley, Sonoma and France. Executive Chef Paul Murphy has entered the restaurant’s busiest time of year. Just this week the spring-summer entertainment lineup was announced for the restaurant’s on-site concert venue, which will have him cooking for fans of Jewel, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Rivers and others. Murphy’s menu changes seasonally as he mixes the basics with contemporar y accents. A salad of locally sourced field greens, for example, receives a dynamic lift from smoked Gouda, toasted pistachios and fruity guava dressing, which exceeded in novelty the raspberr y vinaigrette on a pear-endive salad. From the small plates menu, we passed over such offerings as the jumbo lump crab cake and piquillo pepper hummus in lieu of shrimp skewers flavored boldly with cilantro-key lime sauce. Both skewers contained two perfectly charred large shrimp that were plated over spunky Napa cabbage slaw harboring Creole spices and grapes. In a shareable portion of skirt steak with garlic mashed potatoes, the inspiring ingredient
2241 Shelter Island Drive (Shelter Island)
619-224-3577 Dinner prices: Salads and small plates, $7 to $16; entrees, $21 to $29 was fried ginger spiraled over the meat strips. Skirt steak is an inexpensive cut of beef that requires this kind of imagination to prevent you from craving suppler grades like tenderloin or filet. The spicy, crunchy snap from the ginger combined with a touch of honey cooked into the steak did the trick. By the time we ordered our entrees, darkness had descended on the idyllic view of copious boats bobbing in the harbor. The switch from vivid sunshine to dim interior lighting proved a difficult adjustment. Despite a comfortable, modernized dining room that borderlines on sterile without the view, I’m told the frosted light fixtures overhead will soon be replaced with several chandeliers. My companion chose the bourbon-infused filet mignon while sticking to her Avalon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a full-bodied wine with cedar notes that demands a velvety hunk of beef. In addition to bourbon, the chef also laces the demi glaze
Filet mignon draped with bourbon and wine demi glaze (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)
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FRANK SABATINI JR. with tempranillo wine. Paired with fresh veggies and goat cheese grits, the entrée matched in finesse anything you’d find in a reputable steakhouse. If there were any pasta dishes on the Humphreys menu in years past, it certainly wasn’t “forest floor pasta” sauced with black truffle and walnut-basil butter. Made with my favorite cut of noodle, wide, flat pappardelle, the creation offered a bouquet of chanterelle, morel and shitake mushrooms, though not as over-the-top earthy tasting as you might expect. A pinch of extra parmesan cheese gave the medley the exact tang it needed. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a dessert tray presented tableside instead of a menu. And I kind of miss it. Here, we perused plated samples of apple bread pudding, a chocolate bonbon and vanilla crème brulee. Our final choices, however, were lemon cheesecake that I would have preferred more citrus-y, plus a “chocolate trio” involving excellent chocolate-coated toffee, dipped strawberries and cocoa-dusted truffles, all made in-house. Humphreys Restaurant adjoins the busy Backstage Lounge fueled by younger crowds, DJs and live bands. And with the property’s concert schedule kicking off, a visit to this little peninsula easily turns into a one-stop destination on most evenings.t
Alchemy’s hush puppies (Courtesy Alchemy)
In addition to the long-established Heaven Sent Desserts, North Park has given way to another house of confections, Swoon Dessert Bar. The café features seating at a bar that allows you to interact with the pastry team as they plate some highly detailed desserts such as stout mousse with Marshmallow cream and graham crackers; sweet pea gelato with bacon shortbread; and sous vide cheesecake with rhubarb compote. Menus change weekly and usually include a few savory items. Dessert “flights” are also available. 3139 University Ave., 619-528-0875.
In what is the first partnership established between Whole Foods markets in San Diego and a local restaurant, the company has teamed up with the owners and chef of Alchemy in South Park to bring a new line of “street foods” into the stores. Chef Ricardo Heredia has created items such as quinoa hush puppies, vegan kimchee and chimichurri, which start rolling over the next few months in the prepared foods sections at Whole Foods in Hillcrest, La Jolla, Encinitas and Del Mar. Chef Karl Prohaska of the Handlery Hotel and Resort in Mission Valley is “bringing the South to your mouth” in his second annual Country Boil, scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. April 21 in the hotel’s garden area. Open to 250 attendees, Prohaska will prepare crawfish, shrimp, Andouille sausage and veggies in a traditional spiced broth. Belgian-style beers from Societe Brewing and live music will also be in the offing. Tickets are $25, which includes food and the first beer. Reservation are required and can be made online at countryboil.bpt.me. 950 Hotel Circle North, 619-298-0511.
Get your $5 tapas at Café 21’s new happy hour, which showcases 21 different shareable plates such as lemon beef skewers and potato pancake with lamb. The deals are offered from 3 to 6 p.m. daily and also include locally crafted beers for $3 and a variety of fruity house-made sangrias for $4 a glass. The café, which specializes Potato pancake in modern Azerbaijani cuisine, has (Courtesy BAM Communications) two locations: 2736 Adams Ave. in Normal Heights (619-640-2121) and 750 Fifth Ave. in the Gaslamp District (619-795-0721). The owner of Kensington Café, Lauren Passero, has just opened The Haven Pizzeria, a full-service eatery located a couple blocks from the café. A giant interior painting created by her husband Kelsey Brookes sets the stage for traditional pizzas as well as others showing off unique ingredients like Brussels sprouts, seasonal fresh onion mix and hazelnut pesto. The crust used for the pies is a hybrid, falling in between Neapolitan and traditional back-East style. 4051 Adams Ave., 619-281-1904.
Making a purchase at Fiji Yogurt in Hillcrest just got easier – and greener. The store recently installed in a new checkout system that integrates an iPad with an intricately designed bamboo register manufactured by Happy Owl Studios. Customers can now choose to have their receipts issued via text message or email. And if you’re the type always fishing through wallet clutter to find your credit card, the system also allows for a one-time sign up so that you can place subsequent orders using only your name. 1010 University Ave., 619-297-0850.t
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Friday, April 5
TRANSGENDER DAY OF EMPOWERMENT: Members of the transgender community are inviting everyone for the ninth annual Transgender Day of Empowerment, including an evening celebration at The LGBT Center featuring community awards, entertainment and the launch of the art exhibit “Visible Bodies.” Transgender Navy veteran TJ Seguine and actress Maria Roman will be keynote speakers. The ceremony is from 6 – 9 p.m. and The Center is located at 3909 Centre St. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 619-692-2077. DESERT ROSE PLAYHOUSE: Heading to the Coachella Valley and not going to The Dinah? The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Mart Crowley’s classic “The Boys in the Band” at the Commissary in Rancho Mirage, opening tonight for a five-week run. The original production opened off –Broadway in 1968 and ran for over 1,000 performances. Tickets for the show are $25, show times are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The Commissary is located 69620 Highway 111. For more information visit desertroseplayhouse.org or call 760-202-3000.
Saturday, April 6
VINDIEGO: Wine lovers listen up! Today’s San Diego Wine & Food Festival is the place to be to “savor the flavors and aromas”
of all the fine wines California can produce (there are over 75 award-winning wineries pouring more than 200 wines), as well as relish food samples from some of our great eateries. There will be seminars and a silent auction, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Freedom Station. The event takes over the Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 Harbor Dr. from 5 – 8 p.m. VIP tickets get you in special at 4 p.m. For more information and tickets visit vindiego. com or call 760-805-2131. HOT FLASH DANCES: Portland’s own DJ WildFire comes to the Brass Rail tonight for Hot Flash Dances Wildfire night, from 6 – 10 p.m. Come out early for the ladies dance night for the early bird special: $8 until 7:15 p.m. ($10 after). The Brass Rail is located at 3796 Fifth Ave. For more information visit hotflashdances.com.
Sunday, April 7
HILLCREST FARMERS MARKET: Today is the first day of our market’s new expansion, which now extends down to University Avenue along Normal Street. It’s a great way to bring the core of Hillcrest into the market, and I think big things are in store for the HBA weekly event. There is more parking too, with trolley service from the San Diego Unified district building, but it’s probably better to just walk. It is a farmers market, after all. The market is from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information visit hillcrestfarmersmarket.com.
Tuesday, April 9
GSDBA LUNCHEON: Join Dr. Teresa Shanahan for today’s Greater San Diego Business Association luncheon, where she will present a lighthearted look at successful aging. The lunch is from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Wang’s North Park, 3029 University Ave. Tickets, which include lunch, are $25 pre-pay and $30 at the door. For more information visit gsdba.org or call 619-296-4543. EQUAL PAY DAY: The Lawyers Club of San Diego is hosting their first Equal Pay Day Leadership Luncheon, in part to recognize the date in the current year (today) through which women must work to earn the same amount their male counterparts earned the previous year. It’s April 9; you do the math. And get angry. The noon lunch is $25 for members, $40 for nonmembers and takes place at the Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave. Downtown. Early registration is required: lawywersclubsandiego.com.
Wednesday, April 10
GLBTQ SQUARE DANCING: San Diego’s Finest City Squares – the only GLBTQ square dance club in San Diego – starts a new class tonight, from 8 – 9 p.m. at the War Memorial Building in Balboa Park. “If you like puzzles and like to dance, then you’ll love square dancing,” they said. Lessons are every Wednesday ($5 per class) and the first two weeks are free if you sign up
beforehand. Dress? Totally casual. For more information email email@example.com or call 760-445-4377.
Thursday, April 11
LIVE AR TS FEST: Michael Mizerany and Friends presents the Live Arts Fest tonight at the White Box Theater, starting at 7:30 p.m. Mizerany, a recent recipient of Bravo San Diego’s Outstanding Choreographer Award, will premiere his newest “At Long Last … Love!” featuring sultr y and sexy performances by Stephanie Har vey, Andrew Holmes and Bradley Lundberg. He will also showcase “Tin Soldier” and the audience favorite, “Tethered,” and has asked Lundberg and Rayna Stohl, Blythe Barton, Spencer Powell and dancers from Visionar y Dance Theater to perform as well. It is bound to be a night not to miss. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door. The White Box is located at 2590 Truxton Rd. For more information and tickets visit sandiegodancetheater.org. BRYAN BATT SOLO: Martinis Above Fourth welcomes actor and author Bryan Batt for his solo show, “Batt on a Hot Tin Roof” for one time only. Batt, as you know, appeared in the first three seasons of “Mad Men” as an Italian-American closet homosexual, as well as the Broadway and movie productions of “Jeffrey.” He has lots to tell about the entertainment industry, and will be doing just that with his musical show tonight. MA4 is located at 3940
Fourth Ave. and tickets range from $25 – $35. The show starts at 8 p.m. For more information and tickets visit martinisabovefourth. com or call 619-400-4500. SWEENY TODD: For the 20th performance of UC San Diego’s Muir Musical Ensemble, the only student-run performance group on campus will present “Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” It’s revenge through a barbershop in this fullscale Broadway production, and runs tonight, April 11 through April 13 at the Mandeville Auditorium on the UC San Diego campus. Show times are 8 p.m. each night, and general admission tickets are $15. The auditorium is located at 9500 Gilman Dr. on the main UCSD campus in La Jolla. For more information visit muirmusical.wordpress.com or ucsdboxoffice.com.
Friday, April 12
DERBYWISE: It’s Circle Circle dot dot’s latest production, “DerbyWise,” and we definitely want to see this one. In collaboration with the all-alpha-female world of the San Diego Derby Darlings, it’s journey through the eyes of roller derby star “Jezebel.” The production began last week and runs Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. at the 10th Avenue Theater through April 22. Tickets are $20. For more information visit circle2dot2.com.
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CALENDAR Saturday, April 13
LIVING HEALTHY: Forget tr ying a get-fit fix before tank-top season, and learn how to make some real lifestyle changes at the Healthy Living Festival, today and tomorrow April 13 and 14 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. Now in their second year, the fair will welcome wellness experts and offer activities including cooking demonstrations, medical tests and screenings, belly dancing and kickboxing demonstrations. There will also be free yoga, Zumba and dancing class, as well as all the wellness topics you could want. Admission is free, and show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information visit healthylivingfestival. com or call 805-461-6700. TOURING THE CONTINENT: The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble will present Touring the Continent: Music of Europe tonight at 7 p.m. Directed by John Winkelman, the 45-piece ensemble will feature the winners of the 2013 HWE Composition Contest: “Pulse for Pulse” by Costas Dafnis, “Gems of Discovery” by Richard Williams and “Purposeful Play” by Harry Bulow. The performance takes place at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 Front St. Tickets are $15. For more information
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Sunday, April 14
THE REVISIONISTS: The Humanist Film Study & Discussion Group meets tonight to discuss “The Revisionists:” creationists who appeared at the Texas State legislature to talk them into dropping evolution from public school curriculums. The meetings are at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 Front St., at 1 p.m.
Monday, April 15
REVENGE OF THE NERDS: Tonight’s Manic Monday is all about the classic “Revenge of the Nerds,” where the nerdiest-nerd will be crowned nerd royalty, along with 80-cent drinks for the first 80 nerds and no cover for nerds, geeks, dorks or dweebs. Doors at 9 p.m.; wear your nerd clothes and have fun. The Brass Rail is located at 3796 Fifth Ave. For more information visit Facebook.com/brassrailsd
Tuesday, April 16
GSDBA SPRING MIXER: Head up to Hotel La Jolla for tonight’s Greater San Diego Business Association spring mixer, held tonight from 6 – 8 p.m. The fun is hosted by Hiatus Lounge, with tickets $10 for members and $25 for guests. The Lounge is located at 7955 La Jolla Shores Dr. For more information visit gsdba. org or call 619-296-4543.
Wednesday, April 17
AR T NIGHTS DOWNTOWN: One of our favorite art galleries, Alexander Salazar Fine Art, is presenting tonight’s Art Night Downtown, where three pop-up art installations will take over three restaurant hot spots. Three different artists will be featured at the restaurants – Richard Reyes at RA Sushi, Jarod Far ver at Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar and Erik Skoldberg at Saltbox Restaurant – and each will be on hand to talk about their work. You can start at any location, but don’t forget to pick up a passport to take back to Alexander Salazar Fine Art at 640 Broadway for a complimentar y toast and gift bag. The walkabout runs from 6 – 9 p.m. and organizers are asking for an RSVP at rsvp@thenthelement. com. For more information call the galler y at 619-531-8996. THE SHINING: If last month’s Hitchcock wasn’t quite enough for you, FilmOut San Diego will be screening the Stephen King horror flick “The Shining,” tonight at the Birch North Park Theatre. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, the film stars Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, and is one of the most requested titles to be screened by the LGBT film group. Expect a full – and spooked – crowd. The show starts at 7 p.m. and the Birch is located at 2891 University Ave. Tickets are $10 cash at the door, or online at filmoutsandiego.com.t
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Breaking out of the house Pure, dazzling entertainment marked by top-notch acting Director Kirsten Brandt returns to her San Diego roots in an new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” running all-too-briefly through April 14 at The Old Globe. Ibsen’s drama – a true example of psychological realism – premiered in 1879 in Denmark. The play speaks to marriage, and was quite controversial at the time. It underscores the fact that men controlled the actions of their wives, which allowed them no opportunity what so ever to discover who they really were. Usually presented as a threeact play, this newest adaptation by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey and Brandt is compacted into a two-act play that runs about two and a half hours, but feels much less because it is so very engaging. The characters in “A Doll’s House” are all victims, rather than villains. It is the outdated conventions in society that are the culprits in this classic. And with the contemporary adaptation, we understand them as never before. A top-notch cadre of actors fuels this powerhouse drama. Foremost amongst them is Gretchen Hall, who truly embodies the central figure of Nora with a multi-textured performance that is part tease, flatterer, cajoler and pouter. She employs unique language for each distinct voice of her character, giving a different verbal skill set for each situation. Nora’s husband Torvald is handled efficiently by Fred Arse-
(l to r) Richard Baird and Gretchen Hall (Photo by Henry DiRocco) nault; he begins as a loving and warm husband, but then moves into a complete control freak, with fear, cruelty and self-absorption displayed for all to observe. Kristine, Nora’s friend from the past, is played by Nisi Sturgis with straightforward determination; Richard Baird manages Nils with an iron will, and Jack Koenig plays the terminally ill Dr. Rank with subdued passion. Amanda Naughton’s AnneMarie and Katie Whalley’s Helene nicely assist the production, as nursemaid and maid respectively.
“A Doll’s House” Through April 21 Old Globe Theatre Tues & Wed 7 p.m. Thurs & Fri 8 p.m. Sat 2 & 8 p.m. Sun 2 & 7 p.m. 619-234-5623 oldglobe.org This production is done in the round with Sean Fanning designing a simple livingroom to accommodate the action, allowing for entrances and exits from literally every possible side of the stage. Paul Peterson provided an effective sound design, evocative of a brewing tempest that assuredly will cause great havoc. Brandt’s direction is solid. She never allowed her principal actors to remain as one-dimensional characters; she provided direction that not only extended their emotional behaviors but also made them real, complex and believable. Sometimes it’s necessary to break out of the dollhouse, where prized possessions look all too pretty and neat. With this newest adaptation, Ibsen’s classic has managed to break out and move into new theatrical territory that will overwhelm theatregoers with pure, dazzling entertainment.t
Splendid eavesdropping Southern California premiere staged with gusto and precision
“Grey Gardens” Through April 20 ion theatre’s BLKBOX Thurs & Fri 8 p.m. Sat 4 & 8 p.m. 619-600-5020 iontheatre.com ion theatre company’s “Grey Gardens” is a page cut from the front-page tabloids brought to glorious life. This titillating story displays the gritty fall from grace of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter “Little Eddie” Beale. With book by Doug Wright – adapted from the 1975 Maysles brother’s documentary – lyrics by Michael Korie and music by Scott Frankel, we inhabit the Bouvier Beale estate for two acts of splendid eavesdropping. The first act allows us to preview these two eccentrics in the better times of 1941, when Grey Gardens flourished and competed well with other East Hampton highbrow neighbors and their well-kept mansions. It’s a prelude for the squalid times to come in the second act, set in 1973 when the mother-daughter team fell from grace through the loss of their financial resources and family contributions. Kim Strassburger does exceptionally fine work as director, balancing the zaniness and camp of the characters with a real-life connection to everyday people. She employs her nine-member cast in full cho-
rus or in singular fashion, and uses every inch of the stage for purposes of storytelling: executing over 20 musical numbers. Linda Libby plays Edith in the first act, and Little Eddie in the second, both with gusto and precision. She covers a lot of dramatic and musical territory, and defines much of her character when she sings “The Cake I Had,” a song that underscores her consumption of life, friends and family. Annie Hinton plays the aged Edith in the second act with a wry acceptance of her diminished circumstances, while Charlene Koepf handles the role of Little Eddie in the first act with restrained and guarded trepidation. Ruff Yeager, a towering figure within the confined space of the theater, plays Edith’s long-time friend, George Gould Strong, with the panache of a Noel Coward. Rounding out the cast is Ralph Johnson playing Edith’s stern father, Emma and Lou Rasse playing Jacqueline and Lee Bouvier, Charles Evans handling the dual roles of Joe Kennedy and Jerry, and Kevane La’Marr Coleman playing the long-suffering, dedicated family servant. Janie Prim is credited as music director, with Wendy Thompson playing the score on piano. Claudio Raygoza’s set design, along the assistance of Karin Filijan’s lighting prowess, magically transforms the elegance of the first act into the off-putting decay of the second act. It’s truly amazing what he does within such a limited space, and a nod must go to Erick Sundquist for costumes both elegant and ragged. Beneath all the tabloid, misery and detritus, “Grey Gardens” is a story of a family. It’s a story of a mother and daughter who care enough about one another to stand side by side to the bitter end, no matter the number of cats, raccoons and fleas that inhabit their lives.t
(l to r) Annie Hinton and Linda Libby (Photo by Ken Jacques)
Singing our songs Gay Men’s Chorus presents music of Elton John April 13 & 14 By Anthony King | GSD Editor The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (SDGMC) opens their 2013 season with a production devoted to musician and LGBT icon, Elton John. With “Rocket Man—The Music of Elton John,” the chorus will highlight several decades of music – from 1970’s “Your Song,” and “Philadelphia Freedom” to a revived “Candle in the Wind” and “The Last Song” – that speaks to the heart of the LGBT community. “We chose ‘Rocket Man’ because it speaks to us,” said SDGMC Artistic Director Gar y Holt in a press release written by Tom Felkner. “The music tells the loneliness, confusion and ultimately the empowerment of people coming to terms with being gay,” Holt said. Penned by longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, much of John’s music from the 1970s is now viewed as some of the first to represent homosexual themes, including “Daniel,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Your Song.” “I understand ‘Your Song’ was written for another man long before he was out publically,” said Don Palmer in the release. Palmer is a North Park resident and sings first tenor in the group. “The touching lyrics are universal and timeless,” he said. SDGMC has selected Mama’s Kitchen as its community partner for the April 13 and 14 shows, which will take place at the Birch North Park Theatre. Mama’s Kitchen, ser ving meals to people and families affected by HIV, AIDS and cancer since 1990, will benefit from donations given to the chorus during the group’s two shows. HIV and AIDS has been a hallmark for John’s activism, in part culminating with founding the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992. That same year, John and Taupin released “The Last Song,” which ser ved as the first single to benefit the new foundation. “It’s the stor y of a man struggling with his feelings as he nears death, presumably from AIDS. As he does so, he finds resolution in the relationship with his father, coming to understand that he is truly loved by this man,” said Jason Schildhaus, who sings bass in the chorus, in the release. “It is a beautiful and haunting melody that deals with real life issues, ones [with which] many of us as gay men have had to contend.” The song is dedicated to Ryan White, the Indiana teenager who died of HIV/AIDS-related complications. White was 18 years old when he died on April 8, 1990, and John honored the boy’s memor y both in song as well as an open letter, written in 2010. “I would gladly give my fame and fortune if only I could have one more conversation with you, the friend who changed my life as well as the lives of millions living with HIV,” John wrote to White April 25, 2010. The letter was published in the Washington Post, and marked 20 years since White died. This year White would have turned 41 years old. The SDGMC show “Rocket
‘Rocket Man’ (Courtesy SDGMC) Man—The Music of Elton John” will take place at the Birch North Park Theatre April 13 at 8 p.m. and April 14 at 3 p.m. The theater is located at 2891 University Ave. Tickets start at $21 and can be purchased at sdgmc. org or by calling 877-296-7664.t
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HEDDA my. In fact she’s delighted. Interviewed after the start of previews, Franklin told of a letter received by Diversionary stating the play is racist and should be taken down. The letter writer admitted leaving after Act I. Franklin believes he should have stayed. What she loves most about the role is Mammy’s Act II transformation from Civil War “Gone With the Wind” slave to strong, self-possessed woman. This part of the play requires Franklin to sing – really sing whole songs, she said – and she has not done that on stage before. Franklin is also elated over the company she keeps. She declares that cast mates Tony Houck (gay stereotype Steven), Jacque Wilke (Hedda) and Shana Wride (Medea) are master comedians. “We crack each other up all the time,” Franklin said, “and I am learning so much from them.” She also praised the detailed direction of Matt McGrath. Franklin has been acting quite some time, but only recently came to be so firmly and positively entrenched in the theater community’s consciousness. She said the turning point came when Sean Murray cast her as one of the mothers in his
(l to r) Andrew Oswald, Yolanda Franklin, Luke Jacobs and Tony Houck: Franklin portrays the non-politically correct 'Mammy.' (Photo by Ken Jacques) production of “Our Town.” “Then I did shows at ion, Moxie and New Village Arts, and suddenly the critics noticed me,” Franklin said, who has always been passionate about acting and theatre. Prior to Murray’s call she honed her craft at Point Loma Actors Theatre, Common Ground Theatre and the Ira Aldridge Players. Franklin might be called ecstatic. She admits to being aggressive in going after what she wants, saying she is grateful for the turned corner, the roles she’s played, and for the inroads she’s made in film, television and commercial work. “I’m not sure why I’ve been blessed, but I have worked hard and will continue to work hard in this field I’m so passionate about,” she said. In the world outside
theater, she has a government job that involves a lot of math and organization, both of which are great practical skills for an actor. As for that letter, she said, “The gentleman who left didn’t get to see Mammy’s transformation and the storyline about her bravery, her courage and her love for herself. He didn’t get to see her journey to the very end. That is what this play is about for me, seeking out a positive change, and no matter where you end up, seeing the journey to the very end.” “The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler” plays now through April 28 at Diversionary Theatre, located at 4545 Park Blvd. For more information and tickets visit diversionary.org or call 619-220-0097.t
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RALLY Downtown fine art gallery. Politically, Rep. Susan Davis was one of 212 Congressmembers who signed an amicus brief on the DOMA case asking for DOMA to be stricken down, and Council President Todd Gloria released his own statement March 25 saying he is anxious for the Court to rule. “The message to the Justices is very simple: America is ready,” Gloria said. “Like millions of LGBT Americans and our straight allies, I am anxious for the Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8 and DOMA, and add to the Court’s long history of ensuring equality for all citizens.” SAME was founded in 2008, “inspired by” the passage of California’s Proposition 8 that revoked marriage rights to samesex couples, Bohac said. Almost five years later, their advocacy has grown to encompass transgender rights and awareness, immigration and labor-rights groups, among others. Originally called the San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality, the group changed their name to SAME Alliance to better reflect their current focus of reaching beyond marriage rights. Bohac said members are currently reviewing their mission statement, and will remain focused on fighting for all LGBT issues. “SAME has never been just a marriage-equality organization,” he said. “We believe that an injustice to one is an injustice to all, and build-
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PROP8 else in anything else other than marriage,” said Mary Bonauto. “And [Cooper] said, ‘I can’t think of anything, no.’ “I thought that was extremely important in terms of acknowledging equal treatment,” Bonauto said. Jon Davidson, legal director for Lambda Legal Defense, said a high point for him was Kennedy’s remark about the “legal impact” on children of same-sex couples. “I was really encouraged that he was thinking about the children of same-sex marriage,” Davidson said. “That is a very good sign.” Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said she was a little surprised by the “rather heated exchange” between Scalia and Olson. “What Ted Olson should have said is, ‘It’s always been a violation of the constitution but, like in many of the other cases [involving rights withheld from other groups], it took a while for us to recognize that this right always existed for these people that we treated differently in the past.’ “I doubt that if any other lawyer had been up there it would have been as heated,” said Kendell, who said the exchange was like “two old friends” having a debate.
The rally showed solidarity for marriage equality. (Photo by Jim Winsor / SDPIX) ing coalitions is the way that we’re continue to educate ourselves and really gonna make a dent in the raise our voices loud enough that work that needs to be done to make the Justices can hear what we mean LGBT people more equal.” when we demand equal treatment In preparation for the rally under the law.”t and hearings, SAME organized several meetings to help educate the public on the cases as well as the next steps after the court rules. One discussion, held March 18, included a guest panel of local LGBT advocates and was called “Love and the Law.” Bohac said SAME will continue their advocacy work after the Supreme Court announces their final decision later this year. He does not, however, want to predict that outcome. “It’s been very empowering to hear the courts and the Constitution acting as the vessel for the delivery of equal treatment for gays and The March 25 rally brought out hundreds of lesbians,” he said. “It supporters. (Photo by Jim Winsor / SDPIX) is our responsibility to But each of the legal activists cautioned that it’s important not to read too much into what the justices said or asked. Though none mentioned it, it must have been somewhat worrisome for marriage equality supporters to hear Justice Kennedy say, “the problem with this case” is that it is asking the court to “go into uncharted waters.” That mantra was repeated by several other justices during the argument in the case, called Hollingsworth v. Perry. Justice Samuel Alito echoed it when he told Verrilli that marriage for same-sex couples is a “very new” phenomenon, newer than cell phones. “You want us to step into” this debate, he said, when “we don’t have the ability to see into the future. Why not leave it to the people?” But hearing it from Kennedy was even more worrisome because he is considered the most likely fifth vote to provide a majority on one side or the other. Kennedy has been listing toward the conser vative wing of the court recently, leading its dissent against President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and leading its majority ruling to allow corporations to contribute without limits to political campaign activities. And in a speech in Sacramento, Calif. March 6, he worried many marriage equality supporters when he told reporters he thinks
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FITNESS Many serious runners and triathletes are looking for that edge that will translate into better race times. While some supplements and sports products have their place in the training regimen, most products will not provide an athlete with the winning formula. Supplement manufacturers are not FDA regulated and tend to over-market and over-state the voracity of their product and its benefits. Supplements are exactly that; products that are intended to supplement a healthy activity-based diet, not be a diet alone. Most top racers succeed because of two main ingredients: quality training fueled by good nutrition. So what exactly is “good nutrition” for this type of training? It’s all in the percentages. The three macronutrients that provide calories in our diet are: carbohydrates, fat and protein. The average unfit American eats a diet containing approximately 49 percent carbohydrates, 34 percent fats and 12-15 percent protein. This percentage profile is not advised for endurance athletes and will definitely hinder performance. The best percentage profile for runners and triathletes to promote optimum performance consists of approximately 55-65 percent carbohydrates, 12-15 percent protein and 20-30 percent fats. Carbohydrates: the main fuel Carbohydrate-rich foods are the best fuel source for the endurance athlete. Maintaining a high carbohydrate diet during training is crucial for storing, preserving and replacing muscle glycogen, the storage form of a carbohydrate, and the body’s primary energy source during exercise. The body can store approximately 2,000 calories in the form of glycogen. If you deplete your stores then be prepared to hit the wall. If stores
dietary problem among athletes is not a deficit of protein but instead failing to consume enough carbohydrates to support their active lifestyle.”
glycogen. Great endurance athletes are highly adept at using stored fat as an energy source along with carbohydrates. Because we have more than enough fat stored in our bodies (some more than others!) it is not necessary to aim for getting extra fat in your diet. Try to choose healthier fats such as olive and canola oils, nuts and avocados, and remember to keep your intake to no more than 30 percent.
run low because of a failure to eat a high enough carbohydrate-rich diet to replenish stores during weeks of heavy training, the athlete will be unable to perform up to par. They will fail to attain the peak fitness levels required for the athlete’s “personal best” during competition. This is termed “training muscle glycogen depletion.” Emphasis should be placed on eating a diet high in complex carbs – “good carbs” – such as whole-wheat breads and cereals, beans, wholewheat pasta and starchy vegetables such as corn and potatoes. Simple sugars like those in fruits, fruit juices, sugar and honey provide quick energy and are perfect for replenishing glycogen stores immediately after exercise. Sugary drinks such as soda or fruit juice should not be consumed during exercise, as they are far too concentrated and could result in gastrointestinal problems. Stick with the sports drinks instead.
Protein: repairing damaged muscle Protein is necessary for building and repairing damaged muscle as well as for synthesizing enzymes and other tissues. In some instances, such as in prolonged endurance events, the body uses a small amount of protein for energy to fuel the activity. Does this mean that you should load up on protein in your diet? No. While protein is an important nutrient, most Americans eat far more than they need. In fact, the main dietary problem among athletes is not a deficit of protein but instead failing to consume enough carbohydrates to support their active lifestyle. That said, healthy sources of protein include soy products, bean and carb combinations, fish, non-fat dairy products, egg whites and lean meats. The most successful runners and triathletes know the secret to competing at their best: fuel quality training with basic good nutrition. This means maintaining a high carbohydrate diet of whole foods, rich in fruits and vegetables and combined with lean protein sources and healthy fats.
Fat: the other fuel source During prolonged endurance events such as a marathon, the body resorts to using some of its fat stores to help fuel the exercise. Regular endurance training helps athletes improve their ability to burn fat as fuel. This in turn benefits performance as muscle glycogen is spared, allowing preservation of the limited supply of muscle
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Talking baseball Major League Baseball’s Opening Day offers fans a chance to make bold and biased predictions. Will anyone flop as badly as Boston did or shock the world as Baltimore did in 2012? Will the Dodgers and Yankees stink so the rest of the world can enjoy baseball? Without further ado, I shall attempt to sound smart by making mine.
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National League East The best team arguably resides in this division: the Nationals. Fortunately for us Giants fans, the best team does not always win the World Series, as we did twice in the last three years. But I digress. Washington has a stud-laden pitching staff, an emerging superstar (Bryce Harper) and a solid lineup. The Braves are right there with Washington. They bolstered their outfield with a pair of Uptons. They pitch well and have a strong farm system to draw from. And they have the best closer in baseball (Craig Kimbrel). The Phillies are aging. Roy Halladay might be hitting the wall in his otherwise remarkable pitching career. Ryan Howard will never produce enough to justify his budgetcrippling contract. Cole Hamels only pitches every fifth day. The Mets are recovering from financial disaster due to ownership’s ties to the Madoff investment scandal. They just do not have enough pitching and their outfield is embarrassingly bad. The Marlins were dismantled by their lecherous owner, who swindled taxpayers into funding a new ballpark with the promise of competitive payrolls; Miami traded away all of its stars in one offseason deal with Toronto. This race will come down to the wire, with Washington narrowly edging the wild card-winning Braves. National League Central Cincinnati has it all: pitching, power and the ability to put up crooked numbers. What they lack is a deep starting rotation and a viable centerfielder. Those things matter, and they are why I am not picking the Reds. Instead, I am going with St. Louis. Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran, Allen Craig, David Freese: man can this team hit. Their rotation is not fearsome but it is good enough. And
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For gay and lesbian Americans, this remembering of Native Americans’ oppression complicates our notions of freedom. As we eagerly await the marriage decision that will determine the future for some LGBT families and as we continue to build safe spaces through our clubs, bars, neighborhoods and organizations, we must always remember that we are achieving these political advances and
DUGOUT CHATTER SD Hoops champions: The Loft As I wrote previously, the top four seeds were each capable of winning the title and sure enough, number-four seeded Loft won it all. Their championship path was epic. It started with a thrilling double-overtime victory over top-seeded Bulls & Bears in the 6 p.m. game on March 27. They rested for two hours, watching Army of Happy take down Wsup Now in the other semifinal. After Wsup Now won the third-place game at 8 p.m., The Loft battled Army of Happy in another classic, with The Loft winning 71-70 in overtime. That victory culminated what was a fantastic season for SD Hoops. Congratulations to award winners Jeff Leas (MVP), Patrick Schoettler (Defensive Player of the Year), Tommy Miles (Best Big Man) and Bryan Leigh (Jeremy Parrish Spirit Award for player exhibiting sportsmanship). For more information about SD Hoops, visit sdhoops.net or email email@example.com.
Yadier Molina is a fantastic catcher. The Brewers will be competitive but tend to pitch underhanded. The Cubs are rebuilding. The Pirates have endured a ridiculous streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons. I want this to end because baseball needs Pittsburgh to be restored as a fantastic baseball town. Sadly, they signed Jonathan Sanchez, which shows just how desperate they are for pitching. National League West Keep spending money, Dodgers. It will not help you win a division. Actually, it might, if only because it drives salaries up for everyone else. But no team that gives regular playing time to Mark Ellis or Luis Cruz is going to scare me. What does is the visual of Hanley Ramirez attempting to play shortstop once he returns. The team may have eight starting pitchers, but Clayton Kershaw is the only ace. Zack Greinke is being paid like Kershaw, but that is where the similarities end. Do not buy into the negativity surrounding our local team. Manager Bud Black is excellent at his craft, and the lineup (once healthy) will be above league-average. The big question will be whether the team can pitch. Rookie infielder Jedd Gyorko is going to be fun to watch, and hopefully Chase Headley can continue progressing into a superstar. Looks like a .500 team to me, with a bright future lurking once the injured pitchers mend. Arizona chose to unload Justin Upton, preferring to find players they perceive to fit the “scrapper-gamer” mold of their manager, Kirk Gibson. They also traded potential ace rookie Trevor Bauer, for personality reasons. Call me crazy, but I prefer talent over grit. That leaves us with the Giants. Of course I am picking them to win the creating these safe spaces on ground soaked with Native blood. All of this LGBT advancement occurs simultaneously while LGBT Native Americans, and the communities from which they come, continue to be mired in poverty, face astronomical levels of violence, and have their reservation lands ravaged by corporate and industrial interests. The gay and lesbian community encompasses many Native Americans who need freedom and safety as Native Americans and LGBT people. I believe that Gunn Allen is pushing LGBT people to recognize that
division. Not out of bias, though, but out of respect. Respect for a team that has won two titles in three years playing more close games than anyone. Respect for a team whose pitching staff keeps the team in all games. Also, Buster Posey is better than you. American League I am not as big of a fan of American League baseball because it employs the designated hitter. I do love me some Mike Trout, though, because last year’s true most valuable player (Miguel Cabrera, sit down) resides in the AL West. The Angels’ lineup is devastating. If they can somehow pitch the ball, the Angels should be in the World Series. To get there, they will have to get through teams such as Texas, Tampa Bay, Toronto and Detroit. The Tigers mash it and have the game’s best right-hander in Justin Verlander. The Blue Jays stole all of Miami’s good players not named Giancarlo in the aforementioned trade. The Rays have young talent everywhere and a fantastic tactical manager (Joe Maddon). And even a Josh Hamilton-less Rangers lineup is going to light up the scoreboard. Final predictions My heart says San Francisco but my eyes tell me this will come down to Tampa Bay and Atlanta in the World Series. Let’s go with the Rays, in six. —Jeff Praught is a contributing writer for Gay San Diego and fan of most sports. He is actively involved in the LGBT sports community, where he plays in the local softball (AFCSL), football (SDAFFL) and basketball (SD Hoops) leagues. He has served on AFCSL’s board of officers in various capacities and is currently the commissioner of SD Hoops.t we will never be able to truly achieve justice and freedom until we as a community, and America as a nation, deal with the trauma caused by our unjust treatment of Native peoples. And as Gunn Allen knew, we cannot heal a wound if we refuse to remember it and we cannot heal from the traumas and violence of our past if we insist that Native oppression be left behind, invisible and silent. Even when the focus of LGBT events is on people of color, LGBT Native Americans are never the focus and their contributions to our community and culture are rarely, if ever, discussed. This is as much a loss of memory as Ephanie’s inability to remember the ways of her people. —Caleb Rainey recently graduated with his master’s degree in cultural studies. He is a long-time activist, and the current facilitator for the San Diego Multicultural LGBT Book Club. The club meets the first and third Sunday of each month at Bluestocking Books, 3817 Fifth Ave., at 7 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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