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Volume 5 Issue 6 March 21–April 3, 2014

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SAN DIEGO SERVING OUR LGBT COMMUNITY

The National Minority AIDS Council: ‘They will be heard’

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Morgan M. Hurley | GSD Editor The San Diego LGBT Center’s most recent fundraising strategy merges the popularity of social media with the gratitude of local community members. The initiative, which will be active for the month of March, asks prospective donors to identify a dollar amount they would be willing to offer The Center on a monthly basis, take a “selfie” of themselves, upload it to the LGBT Center’s Facebook page (facebook.com/At.The.Center) using “#CenterSupporter” and add a short explanation as to why they are choosing to donate. Hashtags (#) are hyperlink symbols used on Twitter and now

Facebook to associate and highlight related tweets and posts with the click of a mouse. The #CenterSupporter initiative was the brainchild of Rick Cervantes, a member of The Center’s development team. “As we take pictures of our food, give thumbs up to status updates, break a sweat at the gym, and down bottomless mimosas on #SundayFunday, it can be easy to forget that each day there are teens being bullied, someone learning they are #HIV+, an LGBT senior going back into the closet, and people in need. I’m a #CenterSupporter because I have compassion for my #LGBT community and want to make sure these needs continue to be met every day,” Cervantes said on

his #CenterSupporter selfie. With two weeks left to meet their stated goal of 50 for the month of March, the initiative has already spawned more than 30 new #CenterSupporters. Cervantes and other staffers plan to be out in the community at various locations through the end of March to sign people up. “I think it’s important that The Center is out there meeting people and acquainting new faces with the services and programs we offer,” Cervantes said. To become a monthly #CenterSupporter, follow the steps outlined above and then visit events.thecentersd.org/donate. See more #CenterSupporters in this issue on pages 10 and 11.t

A healing ‘shot in the arm’

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A new “shot bar and lounge” opened in Hillcrest with a guarantee that you won’t end up with a hangover after indulging in the liquids. Modern and spa-like, Spark sets itself apart from drinking establishments by greeting patrons with vitamin formulas, syringes and leather IV recliner chairs instead of booze, martini glasses and bar stools. The facility, located at 1010 University Ave., #C-201, marks the first advanced natural medicine clinic to arrive in Uptown. Popular with the rich and famous for years, the “injectable cocktails” administered in this stylish suite flood the body with various combinations of B and C vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Unlike swallowing supplements or eating vitamin-

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on hormones or drugs in their various formulas. The shots contain three cubic centimeters of nutrients, administered into the glute muscles (buttocks) by a medical assistant. Available in 14 different formulas, as well as customized versions, they range from $25 to $40 per injection. In an eyebrow-raising promotion, however, the clinic rich foods, naturopathic doctors assert that our features happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesbodies wholly absorb such nutrients when shot days and Fridays, when the shots are $10 off their directly into muscles or veins, thus leaving regular prices. recipients feeling both physically and optUnlike the quick needle injections, those opt mentally revitalized foring for IVs receive 300ccs of for afterwards. mula through the forearm. The injection The 45-minute treatments and IV menus at are overseen by Spark’s Spark read like a medical director, Dr. Aliza ticket to the FounCicerone, who earned her tain of Youth. MediDoctorate of Naturopathic Medi They’re tailored cine from the National College of to everything Natural Medicine in Portland, Ore. A nutrient-rich fruit bowl from jetlag recovery and Licensed through California’s at Spark’s front desk Naturopathic Medicine Committee, pre-sport endurance to increasing brain power, enhancing libido and re- (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) see Spark, pg 4 lieving hangovers, all without relying

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The numbers in the United States continue to show communities of color disproportionately infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Words like “stigma,” “down-low,” “ignorance” and even “religion” are banded about as factors that contribute to these higher infection rates. When we look at the history of the founding of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), a basic, fundamental truth becomes more obvious: These communities were not invited to the discussion table. In 1986, the American Public Health Association (APHA) had its first AIDS workshop, and neglected to invite any HIV/AIDS or medical leaders of color to the event. This lack of recognition of communities of color galvanized a group of leaders coming together to represent faces that they knew were missing. That day, board member Craig Harris crashed the APHA meeting, taking the stage and the microphone from Dr. Merv Silverman, the San Francisco Health Commissioner, stating, “I will be heard.” This was the genesis of a national

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PROFILES movement. NMAC quickly became a voice for communities of color, spreading awareness of the disproportionate impact that HIV/AIDS had on their communities. They were also instrumental in the historic HIV/AIDS report penned by U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and, within three years of formation, worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help build the capacity of small faith- and community-based organizations (F/CBOs) delivering HIV/ AIDS services into communities of color. Today, boasting a membership of over 3,000 F/CBOs across the nation, NMAC has graduated from a grassroots organization trying to raise awareness of the effect of HIV/ AIDS on minority populations to a catalyst of policy change. Their members’ voices are heard on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures as they recommend solutions to better serve communities of color living with HIV while also combatting the social, economic and behavioral risk factors that contribute to high infection rates. NMAC’s policy initiatives span from HIV testing to prison outreach to discouragement of homophobia in communities of color. They understand that a multi-pronged approach is needed to fight HIV and one perspective will not effect the needed change. In addition to policy building, NMAC also recognizes the importance of the voices of the smaller agencies being heard. The level of cultural sensitivity that they know is necessary for progress, can only flourish when these voices are both heard and respected. One of the enduring programs of NMAC is the annual U.S. Conference of AIDS (USCA), a conference that looks to highlight both the challenges and triumphs of dealing with the HIV/AIDS epidemic on a national scale. This multi-day event invites agencies and projects, large and small, to submit abstracts and workshops to present to a gather-

ing of more than 2,000 attendees from across the nation. Each year it travels from city to city and on this, its 18th year, USCA comes to San Diego, CA. From October 2 – 5, USCA will not only bring a national spotlight on our city, it will offer a platform to discuss our unique HIV challenges and how we have made progress, despite the obstacles. We will also hear from our colleagues from other states and cities who can teach us what they have learned to be more effective. This synergistic approach speaks to NMAC’s continued commitment to capacity building. They understand that when we share our knowledge, we lose nothing, but can gain so much. The mission and USCA are benchmarks of NMAC’s success, but their programs run deeper and warrant research. The HIV Prevention Leadership Summit (HPLS) is a biannual meeting to bolster HIV prevention methods around the country. The Men’s Institute of Leadership Excellence and Service (MILES), works to build leaders from the African-American gay, bisexual and MSM, men that often fall through the cracks. Additional efforts include vaccine awareness, linkage and retention in care and treatment adherence. African-Americans make up approximately 18 percent of the U.S. population, but in 2008, the CDC showed they comprised 52 percent of new HIV infections. To end HIV/AIDS, we need education, socially and culturally sensitive programs and access to treatment for this community. NMAC takes up that battle and pushes toward a world without AIDS. To find out more, including information about the 2014 U.S. Conference on AIDS, visit nmac.org. —Ian Morton has worked in the HIV field since 1994 when he began volunteering with AIDS Response Knoxville. He currently serves as outreach liaison for the AIDS Research Institute at UCSD. To nominate a person or organization to be featured in Profiles in Advocacy, please submit name, affiliation and contact information to imorton@ucsd.edu.t

The new middle age happier or more neurotic and bitter? According to Marianne Williamson, author of “The Age of Miracles: Introducing the New Midlife”: “The need for change as we get older is a human phenomenon, neither male nor female. There simply comes a time in our lives — not fundamentally different from the way puberty separates childhood from adulthood — when it’s time for one part of ourselves to die and for something new to be born.”

MICHAEL KIMMEL LIFE BEYOND THERAPY Consider these phrases: “Middle aged,” “over the hill” and “past your prime.” Do they inspire you to live a long, healthy and happy life? Me neither. I love the slogan of the organization Aging as Ourselves: “Age doesn’t define me; my attitude does.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? But how do we pull this off when contemporary LGBT culture encourages Image Obsession and Body Perfection in almost every image and tweet? To sell products — and play on our insecurities — we’re repeatedly told that youth and beauty is our ultimate goal. We are told to be afraid — very afraid— of aging. The advertising world has made it such a terrible thing to get old. How do we fight back and keep our sanity? Unless we die, we’re gonna get older; the question is: How will we age? How will we feel about ourselves? Will we become calmer and

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What we have traditionally called “middle age” used to be seen as a turning point toward sickness, poverty and death. This is no longer true. The “new middle age” can be a shift toward life as we’ve never known it, if we question old ideas about aging that were handed down to us by hundreds of years of heterosexist culture. Why not see ourselves as just getting started at 45 or 50? What we’ve learned by that time — from both our failures as well as our successes — has humbled us and made us wiser. When we were younger, we probably had lots of energy, but we were pretty clueless about what to do with it. As we age, we may have less energy, but now we understand how to use it. Once we move into the so-called “second half” of our life, it usually dawns on us that we don’t have an infinite number of years left. It’s a bit of a jolt, but a useful one if we see it clearly (and don’t panic). Indeed, from this perspective, it’s much easier to see what we want to do with the rest of our lives. If we’ve had a job or relationship or home that we hated for the past 20 years,

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KIMMEL can we let it go and move onto whatever’s next for us? Have we outgrown people, places and situations? Do we need to stay stuck in the same-old, same-old? Or can we use the motivation of middle age to kick ourselves in the butt and make some long-overdue changes? The “new middle age” can be a great time to reorganize our life’s priorities. Things that used to be important to us may be less important now. Many of my clients begin a shift from a life that emphasizes achievement and accumulation to a life of deeper meaning. Why not let go of the stuff we were told to chase by our parents and society — money, power, fame and image — and instead create a life of meaning; focused on serving and giving back. The “new middle age” ain’t your mom and dad’s middle age. We can do it differently. It can be the time of our greatest potential for happiness and fulfillment, not just the next step to the nursing home. We’re living in a time of great change; we can release old, limiting beliefs about growing older and learn new ways of thinking. As we do this, our loneliness, anger, fear and pain will decrease. Consider this quote from 87-year-old San Diego author and publishing maven Louise Hay: “I look forward to growing older. I choose to love myself at every age. Just because I am older doesn’t mean I have to get sick. Being older is normal and natural. I have the power to change myself and my world.” How can you enjoy your new middle age? —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

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We are taking it to the streets!

MAX DISPOSTI NORTH COUNTY UPDATE On March 17, we announced a new revamped North County Pride. Under the direction of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center and its new Pride Director Shannon Rose, Pride in North County is aiming for more visibility and growth. Originally started in a small gymnasium, in recent years Pride @ The Beach has established its reputation by being the closest venue to the beaches of Southern California. Actually, the celebrations were held right on the beach, between the landmark Oceanside Pier and the sand. However, that beautiful venue came with limitations; no easy access for vendors and participants, a small space and lack of visibility

for the thousands that have participated ever since. This is why this year the North County Pride celebration will be moved into the streets of downtown Oceanside, few blocks away from the beach, but next to City Hall in a venue that will be more visible and surrounded by businesses willing to support the event. In addition, there will be no entry fees for visitors and pedestrians this year — a decision that we hope will cause thousands to come stroll the new venue and spend a day celebrating North County diversity and inclusiveness. The new name, “North County Pride by The Beach” (vs. the former Pride @ The Beach) was chosen to signify a North County experience and representation that should not only be limited to the city of Oceanside. In fact, in future years we hope this Pride will become an attraction for locals and businesses throughout North

County and visitors from all over Southern California We are still in a unique position to be the closest venue to the beach where the presence of an increasing tourist economy and a revived downtown will give Pride room to grow and a chance to be a trailblazer of change. Why Trailblazers? Because while celebrating Pride means visibility in embracing all our diversities, Pride is also an opportunity to revisit our history and the continuing struggle for equality and acceptance throughout the world. We want Pride to be a venue for education, conversation and artistic expression as well. To this end, we have partnered with Cal State San Marcos and Palomar College Pride centers to make sure conversations around and about our LGBT community can also be held right there at Pride. In addition, the newly re-established Oceanside Artist Alley and the Hill Street Country Club (thehillstreetcountryclub.org) will

be providing a free open space and venue for arts and culture right next to our Pride festival location. Of course with a bigger venue there will be more music, more vendor space and more food also provided. This is certainly a Pride that even if you live in San Diego, you won’t want to miss. If you are interested in sponsoring the event or apply to become a vendor, visit our web page at northcountyrpide. com or email our Pride Director at shannon@northcountypride.com. —Max Disposti is a human rights activist, a community organizer and the founder and executive director of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center. He is currently also serving as a board member of the Oceanside City Library and of Main Street Oceanside and previously served on Oceanside’s Community Relations Commission. He can be reached at maxrome@cox.net.t


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SPARK she is also a fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. Recipients of the IVs must first submit to a detailed blood profile, which is provided by the clinic and covered by Medicare and most private-insurance carriers. “We want to know our patients’ medical histories through in-depth consultations before giving them the IV treatments,” Dr. Cicerone said, adding that vital signs are checked before, during and after the hookups. The IV cocktails are available in 14 types, such as “Energy Boost,” “Cellular Detox” and “Deep Sleep,” designed to calm the central ner vous system while balancing cortisol levels. Some of the formulas contain up to 18 ingredients that could include a range of B vitamins mixed with different ratios of selenium, magnesium and calcium for example, or the potent antioxidant synthesized from amino acids, called glutathione. Both the shot and IV formulas used at Spark are proprietary, which means their contents are conveyed to patients in general terms. They were devised by Dr. Paul Anderson, an authority in IV nutrient therapy based in Seattle. Compared to the popular fouringredient “Myers cocktail” (magnesium, calcium, B and C vitamins) established some 40 years ago by Baltimore physician John Myers, the mixtures at Spark are customized for specific outcomes. Bypassing the chic IV lounge — marked by silver orbs affixed to mossy green walls — I entered into a small, sunny room to get the maximum allowance of two injections per visit. I randomly chose the “B-Well” and “Zen Master” shots, leaving with a painless butt load of B vitamins and amino acids that included glycine, known for converting glucose into energy as well as repairing damaged muscle tissue and balancing brain

The comfy chairs of the IV lounge (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) chemistry. Skeptical about detecting any effects, I soon felt simultaneously relaxed and energized. My appetite was mildly curbed for the remainder of the day. More obvious was the chill that had infiltrated my body on this cool, cloudy morning, dissipated within 20 minutes without the support of a hot beverage, a sweater, a hike or anything. Was this the placebo effect? Or was it my body genuinely responding to these concentrated nutrients with the brevity of a dry sponge engulfing water? I’d like to think it was the latter. “Nobody has come back and said they didn’t feel any benefits from our shots and IVs,” said Dr. Cicerone, touting the feedback of a patient who recently received the “Body Recovery” shot after a weekend involving a CrossFit competition and snowboarding. “We gave him the shot on Monday and by Wednesday he reported that it made a huge difference in eliminating the soreness and inflammation he would normally expect,” she said. In the world of naturopathy, his speedy rebound could be partly credited to the inclu-

sion of acetyl L-carnitine in the formula, an amino acid critical for muscle function and repair. Spark’s co-founder, Aaron Keith, said he launched the clinic based specifically on results from vitamin injections he received after “traveling excessively, eating badly and enduring huge amounts of stress” from his primary job as a business coach. “I was gaining weight around the mid-section and running on low batteries no matter what I did,” he said. As a result, Keith said he turned to Bloom Natural Health in Encinitas and was given a treatment plan based on blood work that included a few dietary changes and vitamin shots to help boost his nutrient levels quickly. “By the end of the first week I felt so different, with more energy than I had in years,” he said, citing that he now receives the “Max Nutrition” IV at Spark every other week to maintain wellbeing. Injectable and IV vitamin therapies are ubiquitous in cities like Los Angeles and New York and remain a growing trend in clinics around the globe. Conventional doc-

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Dr. Aliza Cicerone is Spark’s medical director (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) tors vary in their endorsements for them, with some insisting that the regimens are not magic bullets for combating anxiety, weight gain, fatigue and other ailments — at least not without the support of an all-around healthy lifestyle. Dr. Cicerone agrees: “Our patients are well educated and understand the importance of combining good nutrition and exercise with our services. It isn’t as though they get a shot, go eat at McDonald’s and think they’ll get skinny. We help people become active players in their health.” The company also operates a mobile clinic for shots, select IV treatments, blood draws and consultations. For a complete list of Spark’s services, call 888-207-1555 or visit mysparkhealth.com. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. He has since covered the culinary scene and other subjects for various print and broadcast media outlets in the area. You can reach him at fsabatini@san.rr.com.t


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Religious beliefs vs. religious organizations LISA KEEN THE KEEN FILES The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases next week that test the degree to which employers may use their personal religious beliefs to deny certain health coverage for employees. Neither case involves any LGBT-related health coverage, but the decisions in both may affect whether employers will be able to cite religious beliefs to deny such services as alternative insemination and gender reassignment. The cases, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood v. Health and Human Services (HHS), involve employers asserting religious beliefs as grounds for denying health insurance coverage for birth control. Both take issue with the Affordable Care Act. Hobby Lobby challenges the ACA implementing regulations that require employer health coverage plans provide women on their plans with the “full range” of “contraceptive methods.” Those regulations also authorize an exemption for “religious employer” and “religious non-profit organizations that have religious objections to providing coverage for some or all contraceptive services.” “A religious employer,” noted HHS’s brief to the Supreme Court, “is defined as a non-profit organization described in the Internal Revenue Code provision that refers to churches, their integrated auxiliaries, conventions or associations

of churches, and the exclusively religious activities of any religious order.” Hobby Lobby Stores and Mardel are two stores challenging the regulations. Hobby Lobby is a national chain of arts and craft supply stores; Mardel is an affiliated chain of Christian bookstores. Both stores are owned by five people (referred to as The Greens) who excluded contraceptive coverage from the health plans for their combined 13,372 employees, saying contraception goes against their religious belief that life begins “when sperm fertilizes an egg.” The Hobby Lobby-Mardel owners filed the lawsuit, arguing that the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act prohibits government from “substantially burden[ing] a person’s exercise of religion” unless the need to do so addresses a “compelling governmental interest” and is applied in the “least restrictive” way. The Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled for the Hobby Lobby-Mardel, saying they do count, under the Restoration Act, as “persons exercising religion” and that requiring them to provide contraceptive coverage does “compromise their religious beliefs.” HHS is appealing, saying the beliefs held by the owners of the two companies do not justify an exemption for the companies to a “generally applicable law that regulates only those corporations and not their individual owners.” The second case, Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius, is essentially the same, except that HHS won that case in the Third Circuit Court of

Appeals. The Conestoga Wood company is represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, which has been involved in pressing a number of lawsuits opposing equal treatment of same-sex couples with marriage licenses. In its brief, the Alliance argues that the ACA is “requiring private citizens to buy contraceptive insurance coverage for other citizens.” Their arguments often echo those used to defend recent efforts to pass bills in various states to allow citizens to discriminate based on various categories (including race, sexual orientation, and gender identity). “Because citizens exercise religion in every area of their lives,” wrote the Alliance in its brief to the high court, “this Court has recognized that individuals may exercise religion in business and that citizens may join together to exercise religion through corporations.” The family of Mennonite Christians Norman and Elizabeth Hahn operate Conestoga Wood in Lancaster, Pa., employing 950 employees making doors and cabinets. The family believes it is immoral to take a human life, including through abortion. Their health plan for employees excluded contraception. The company filed suit, asking for an injunction to avoid the contraception requirement. The Third Circuit identified Conestoga as a “for-profit secular corporation” and said such corporations “cannot engage in religious exercise.” LGBT groups weigh in Lambda Legal and two other groups filed a friend-of-the-court

brief in the two cases, saying they agree with the Obama administration that the ACA’s contraception coverage mandate “serve[s] compelling interests in public health and gender equality.” They also argue that allowing commercial enterprises, such as the Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood, to be vested with religious protections could be harmful. “[C]orporate entities do not hold religious beliefs and do not engage in worship,” states the Lambda brief, adding that paying for health coverage “is not an exercise of religion.” “This Court should reject the Companies’ demands for exemption from rules that protect employees’ ability to make for themselves ‘the most intimate and personal choices a person may make in a lifetime,’” including “decisions concerning intimate adult relationships … ” Allowing these commercial employers to claim a religious exemption, said Lambda, “would open the door to increased use of religion to deny LGBT persons, those with HIV, and other vulnerable minorities equal compensation, health care access, and other equitable treatment in commercial interactions.” Joining Lambda in the brief were the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and AFL-CIO group Pride at Work. The National Center for Lesbian Rights and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force signed onto a brief filed by the National Women’s Law Center. U.S. Reps. David Cicilline (D-RI.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.),

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and Mark Takano (D-Calif.) joined a brief signed by 91 members of the U.S. House. Marty Lederman, a Georgetown Law professor and regular contributor to scotusblog.com, tackled the potential impact of the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga cases on such things as the “religious freedom” bills that have been springing up in Arizona, Mississippi, and other state legislatures. Lederman said the eventual decisions are likely to have a “profound effect upon how other courts treat state and federal [Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA] claims in the commercial sector going forward.” “If the Court were to hold that RFRA requires an exemption in these cases — and were to hold, in particular, in the case brought by a very large for-profit employer, that the law substantially burdens plaintiffs’ religious exercise and that the government lacks a compelling interest in denying religious exemptions — that would be a groundbreaking departure from the judiciary’s (and Congress’s) historical practice, one that could pave the way for claims for ‘myriad exceptions flowing from a wide variety of religious beliefs’ (Lee) by commercial enterprises with respect to many other statutes, including nondiscrimination requirements, zoning regulations, taxes, and so on.” The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in both cases on March 25. —Lisa Keen is an award-winning journalist who spent 18 years as editor of the Washington Blade. See more news from Keen and other select veteran gay journalists at keennewsservice.com.t


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#ForgivingFred Why I will not protest the death of Rev. Fred Phelps By Eddie Reynoso Death has a way of forcing us to face things that we would rather just sweep away. As I learned of Rev. Fred Phelps’ impending death this week, I was suddenly faced with emotions of anger, hate and revenge, feelings that I had long suppressed since the death of Matthew Shepard. But I won’t be one of those who wish to protest his death; instead, I’ll pray that he may rest in peace and that his death be quietly remembered as just another day. As I read the news and sat in the darkness of my living room, vivid images of Matthew Shepard flashed through my memories. I began to recall the fear in my younger mind and how the realization that choosing to come out could place me in great danger. As Matthew Shepard’s days came to an end early that October of 1998, the shock and sadness that had hit the nation soon turned to anger, hatred and revenge towards a “religious” group that showed up to protest Shepard’s funeral. Until that time, the Westboro Baptist Church was a little-known entity; but under the spiritual leadership of Rev. Fred Phelps, his ministry gained international notoriety that winter over its vile and hateful signs that would be plastered alongside Shepard’s face in newspapers and telecasts around the world. All those memories of anger and disgust

consumed me until I went to bed that night, but it was the images of how far our community has come that began to flood my mind and change those feelings into mercy and compassion. I came to the realization that the activist inside of me was born purely from that anger and passion to fight back to the messages of hate that the Westboro Baptist Church had spewed onto the world. As I looked at all the positive things I had done, as an activist and as an out-and-proud gay man, I suddenly felt a sense of gratitude for Phelps and the WBC. I went to bed thankful they had given me a reason to stand up; thankful they had given me a reason to come out; and thankful for a reason to be proud of all the work I had accomplished over the years. The next morning, as the LGBT community began to learn of Phelps’ impending death, I saw that I was not alone in my anger and hate for this man. Then I remembered the words of Dennis Shepard at the sentencing of his son’s killer, when he spoke of compassion at a time when all he wished for was death. Dennis said: “I would like nothing better than to see you die Mr. McKinney. However this is the time to begin the healing process. To show mercy to someone who refused to show any mercy.” So just as the sun rises and sets day after day, the words of Dennis Shepard had finally came full circle for me. With Phelps’ impending death, all the hatred that was born of Matthew Shepard’s killing was finally being laid to rest, and the mercy and compassion I wished for Matthew’s family and friends began to find peace. I had to find a way to use my anger and turn it into something positive, and in that

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moment of gratitude for the passion the Phelps clan and WBC had instilled in me, I found mercy and compassion for them. I felt sadness for their life of hatred, and I could not, in the name of Matthew, allow myself to become one of them. I could not bring feelings of hatred and revenge at a time that afforded the LGBT community the opportunity to respond with mercy, compassion and forgiveness. As a community that had once been vilified for the AIDS crisis, we now had a choice: We could continue to fight for the love and happiness we have been striving for in our march towards marriage equality, or we could make the choice to put down our message of love for one of hate and anger towards the man and ministry that forced a world to acknowledge the bigotry that still exists in the world towards people who were different and towards people living with AIDS. We must remember all of our triumphs, all the advances in AIDS we have reached, all the youth we have saved from suicide and all those victims of violent crime we have achieved justice for, and in their name, show compassion at the hour of his death. I believe it is the most powerful thing our community and those he has hurt can do to help put his chapter to rest, knowing he can’t hurt anyone ever again. May you rest in peace Rev. Fred Phelps, and may your death bring peace to those who your ministry has hurt. —Eddie Reynoso is a founding member of San Diego Remembers, a local nonprofit established in 2009 to honor the memory of Matthew Shepard and all victims of haterelated violence. For more information, visit sandiegoremembers.com.t

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Editor, Regarding the letter you published from Michel W. Jarvis in the March 7 edition of Gay San Diego, “‘Homosexual Civil Rights’ is an oxymoron,” I am really confused as to why you would publish such a blatantly homophobic, offensive letter in a paper intended for the Gay/ Lesbian community [See Opinion, Vol. 5, Issue 5]. We all know that there are people with Mr. Jarvis’s opinion in our society. Many of your readers have endured years of these kinds of ignorant, hurtful and unkind remarks. Why would you give Mr. Jarvis a prominent platform to express his homophobia with your gay/lesbian audience? I really question your editorial judgment and discretion, and feel you have perpetuated the harm that is done by these kind of remarks. There are many venues that would welcome Mr. Jarvis’s comments. By giving him space in your paper, you have exposed your audience to more of this type of hurtful attitude and stirred up negative emotions and rancor. Please use your paper to promote positive, encouraging stories and opinions for your Gay/Lesbian audience. I do not want to open a paper intended for a Gay/Lesbian audience, only to be abused by the letter you have published. I hope you take your role as editor seriously, and thoughtfully consider the impact letters like Mr. Jarvis’s have on your audience. Most of us know there are people with this attitude in out society, and have worked years to overcome the damage it has done; we don’t need to be exposed to more of it in a publication intended for a Gay/Lesbian audience. — David Osborn, North Park, via email Editor’s Note: After reading this email, I was pretty sure Mr. Osborn had not read my commentary explaining why I chose to run the Jarvis opinion piece that immediately preceded it on the same page. I replied to Mr. Osborn and redirected him to my commentary on the original page and also included a link to the online version of the commentary/opinion piece at gaysd.com. A short time later, I received the following response: I appreciate you taking my letter seriously. I did not see your introduction to the letter when I read the paper, I only saw Mr. Jarvis’s letter. I appreciate your original intention and respect your editorial choice. I personally don’t see value in engaging in emotionally charged arguments when neither side has any openness to changing their minds. But that’s just me. Thanks again for the response and continued success with your paper.t

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GAY NEWS BRIEFS HRC SEEKS SUMMER INTERNS Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest civil-rights organization working towards equality for LGBT Americans, is looking for motivated students and recent graduates to undertake summer internships in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1980, HRC now represents more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. Achievements include successfully fighting the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and 2006, garnering congressional votes to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and the organization remains at the forefront of the marriage equality fight today. Internships are offered in many fields, including graphic design, marketing, finance, membership outreach, global engagement and event coordination. All interns will be exposed to the daily work of HRC and can develop skills in their chosen field by working closely with their super visor. This is a volunteer program, however, there are a limited number of scholarships available for individuals who may not have the financial means to participate, but can demonstrate a commitment to diversity and equality in their own lives. Applications close March 28. For more information, visit hrc.org. ATKINS SWORN IN AS NEW SPEAKER On March 17, Democratic Assemblymember Toni Atkins was elected as the 69th speaker of the California State Assembly. The Democrat and former Assembly Leader will be the Assembly’s first openly lesbian speaker, succeeding current speaker John A. Pérez this spring. Elected unanimously by her colleagues, Atkins has been praised for her commitment to social justice, as well as the diversity she brings to the position. In her acceptance speech, Atkins stated a commitment to re-establishing the finan-

cial stability and effectiveness of the state government. She also expressed concern regarding the prevalence of homelessness and the scarcity of affordable housing for working families. In addition to these initiatives, she listed water infrastructure, overcrowded prisons and pension obligations as top priorities for the Assembly. The Speaker-elect’s colleagues attributed her concerns for the less fortunate to a humble upbringing, citing her childhood home in the Appalachia Mountains of Virginia, which had no running water. When asked how she felt becoming the first openly lesbian speaker, Atkins stated it felt “surreal.” Atkins’ spouse Jennifer LeSar sat beside her during the vote. Pérez previously stated that he intends to remain Assembly Speaker until the 2014 state budget is approved. ALVAREZ TO TAKE ACTIVE ROLE AT NEXT DEMS FOR EQUALITY MEETING At its upcoming board meeting on March 27, San Diego Democrats for Equality will swear in its 2014 officers, with Democratic Councilmember and former mayoral candidate David Alvarez officiating the annual process. The new leadership will include David Warmoth, president; William Rodriguez-Kennedy, vice president of resource development; Georgette Gomez, vice president for political action; Lyn Gwizdak, secretary; and Jeri Dilno, treasurer. The club will also be deciding endorsements for the upcoming June primary elections, which include races for state treasurer, secretary of state, San Diego County Sheriff and several others. The meeting will take place at the Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center, 3900 Vermont St., with a social halfhour before the 7 p.m. meeting. For more information, visit democratsforequality.org. NEW FACES ON NEW CHILDREN’S MUSEUM BOARD San Diego’s New Children’s Museum (NCM) announced that five new directors joined their board, joining the 15 other volunteers focused on NCM’s efforts to

nurture the creative potential in children and build tomorrow’s workforce. Several of the new directors bring renewed diversity to the board from the community. Among those are Don Epstein of Cornerstone Media Group, who has worked in the past with the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and the Human Rights Campaign. Ryland Madison, who heads product marketing for Cox Communications will also join the board, bringing with him years of experience at Family Matters San Diego, where he was president prior to its merging with The LGBT Center. Other new directors include Gretchen Shaffer of DLA Piper, L ynn Gorguze of Cameron Holdings Corporation, and marketing communications

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f only the bar and its back-wall mantelpiece at Brian’s 24 could talk! They are the first design features that stand out upon entering, with the exception of a gaudy crystal chandelier hanging in awkward contrast to the tinstamped ceiling. What most patrons don’t realize is that the dark-wood bar and matching shelving unit once belonged to the late screen legend Joan Crawford, thus marking the eatery’s first, vague connection to the LGBT community, given Crawford’s once-iconic status in drag bars throughout the country. The property — formerly known as the St. James Hotel — that houses this 24/7 ground-floor diner acquired the stately furnishings years ago for its main lobby. They were shipped directly from Crawford’s home in Italy, where she was rumored to have danced on the bar in high heels, as indicated by the dimples you see in its surface near the beer taps. Brian’s more definitive LGBT roots, however, date back to when gay restaurateurs Brian Stout and Brian Savage owned it under the name of Brians’ Eatery and Drinkery, an offshoot at the time of their former Brians’ American Eatery in Hillcrest. They sold the Downtown operation in 2009, and remarkably, the current owner’s name is also Brian; last name Epstein. Bravo to the cooks and waiters who work the graveyard shift here, especially on Friday and Saturday nights when droves of tipsy Gaslamp clubbers line up outside the door for things like chicken and waffles, jumbo

burgers and plump club sandwiches. The pancakes are particularly notable, light and fluffy with a distinct buttermilk flavor. Prior to 11 p.m., you’re greeted with a six-page menu. After that, it’s pared down to two pages until 4 a.m., though with plenty of breakfast, lunch and dinner options still available. “Drunks don’t need six pages of choices,” our highly efficient waitress quipped. And nor did we, despite arriving sober and ahead of the 2 a.m. feeding frenzy. Long Island ice teas and toasted ravioli kicked off our evening meal. The cocktails were big and feisty. And the ravioli, served eight to an order with house-made marinara on the side, oozed with four cheeses: ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan and Asiago. To our delight, they were full-sized, like ravioli used to be made before they all turned mini. Even better, they didn’t taste Costco-ish. To our choosing, a saturated-fat storm ensued. My companion ordered the peanut butter burger, a half-pound patty crowned also with American cheese and bacon. The menu description advises, “Don’t be afraid.” And you shouldn’t because the ingredients are exceptionally compatible, even if it means dieting on apples and celery sticks for a few days afterwards to shed the calorie intake. As a side component, he substituted

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portions introduced by the original Brians remain in place. The milkshakes that flew by us, for example, are served in 32-ounce mugs. Club sandwiches are triple-decked. And pretty much anything involving meat — Philly cheese steaks, pastrami Reubens, chicken and waffles — are weighed out in half-pound measures. Brian’s also caters to competitive eaters with its “pancake monster.” The dish features five hotcakes layered with four strips of bacon, two sausage patties, an eight-ounce ham steak and a regular fried steak. The concoction sits on a bed of home fries and is topped with three eggs. It’s free if you eat the whole thing in an hour or less. Otherwise the cost is $29.99. Pass the Tums, please.t


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BRIEFS veteran Tiffany Archer. To learn more about NCM, visit thinkplaycreate.org. CHANGES FOR NORTH COUNTY PRIDE After six years hosting Pride @ the Beach, North County Pride announced it will move to a new location a couple blocks east to accommodate its growth. North County Pride 2014 will take place on Oct. 11, from 6 – 11 p.m. in downtown Oceanside on Pier View Street next to City Hall. The new location will not only offer expanded space for vendors, an art alley, educational presentations and a kids garden, this year the pride festival will also be free to the public. Along with the many changes to the festival also comes a new Pride Director, Shannon Rose, who will head the five-person executive committee. Each year, Pride @ the Beach funds North County Pride’s Annual Gay/Straight Alliance Awards, which recognize Gay/ Straight Alliance clubs in North County middle schools and high schools. For more information, visit northcountypride.com. ‘OUT AT THE PARK’ TICKETS NOW ON SALE Tickets are now available for Out at the Park, San Diego LGBT Pride’s annual event at a San Diego Padres game, which will take place on April 19 at Petco Park in Downtown San Diego. The game begins at 5:40 p.m., with a tailgate starting at 2:30 p.m. San Diego Women’s Chorus will sing the National Anthem at the game. Tailgate tickets are $10 each and come with a hotdog, chips and a drink. Discounted game tickets can be purchased online for $15, and picked up at the San Diego Pride office, 3620 30th St., on April 14 or at the tailgate prior to the game. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit sdpride.org. FAULCONER RESCINDS PROPOSED EMAIL PURGE Soon after taking office on March 3, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced he was suspending a recent policy that would delete City emails more than a year old, pending further review. Faulconer then rescinded the highly criticized Administrative Regulation 90.67 on March 18. The policy was first proposed by Council President Todd Gloria in his final weeks ser ving as interim mayor. The proposal came after the City switched to a new email archive system in Januar y, which allowed for the preser vation of emails for an unlimited amount of time. Concerns arose regarding how the City would maintain such a large amount of data, but  Faulconer said his office is now working to develop the most costeffective way to store City email data permanently.t

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Chronicles Dinah Shore Weekend returns for 24th year with another film festival Morgan M. Hurley | GSD Editor Hey Dinah fans, Dinah virgins and even you Dinah ho’s, I thought I’d do this a bit more off the cuff than usual, as I plan to attend the festivities and there will be so much to write about before, during and after the big event. In case you just haven’t been paying attention, the 2014 Club Skirts Presents Dinah Shore Weekend takes place April 2 – 6 in Palm Springs, Calif. Though always scheduled concurrently with the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship held at Mission Hills Country Club in nearby Rancho Mirage, most participating in the Dinah Shore festivities don’t even know there is a golf tournament going on across the Valley. That’s because for 23 years now, women have traveled from destinations all over the world to partake in the largest lesbian event of its kind. They come for the high-energy dance parties; the outrageous pool parties; the celebrity sightings all throughout town; live musical entertainment from some of the biggest names in the business; the best of the best in lesbian comedy; and there’s even a poker tournament and a lesbian film festival. Where it once was all about the golf and a few random pool parties, it isn’t any more. In years past, Dinah Shore Weekend has taken over The Riviera, the Wyndham (now the Renaissance Hotel), the Hilton Hotel and Hotel Zoso (now the Hard Rock Hotel), among others. Each location has its own charm, and this year the festivities return to the Palm Springs Hilton, right in the heart of Palm Springs, and the property has undergone a multimilliondollar renovation just in time for this 24th anniversary. Dinah Shore Weekend used to be a quick weekend of dancing and pool parties galore, but it has expanded to five full days of fun, making it the ultimate destination. Exciting surprise guests and unexpected performers are always the norm, and this year is no exception. Those who are lucky enough to arrive on Wednesday will be greeted by a free poolside welcoming party. For at lease the last decade, Thursday night has always been the Comedy Show, and this year’s lineup can’t be beat. A few of these comics have swung through San Diego over the years, including Gina Yashere, who was part of the Queer Queens of Qomedy show at the Birch North Park Theatre a few years back, Fortune Feimster who aside from being a writer and frequent roundtable guest on Chelsey Lately, also performed with the Queer Queens of Qomedy in San Diego, and is now a Dinah

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Fortune Feimster (Courtesy Club Skirts The Dinah) staple. Suzanne Westenhoefer has been to San Diego many times, I remember L Word that Dinah Shore Weekend was seeing her at the old Egyptian Theatre in introduced to the masses (there was a the 1990s. Erin Foley hasn’t made it to San time when it was a little secret of those Diego, but she’s a pretty funny gal and of us lesbians who live (or have lived) in I’ve seen her at a number of events. These the Southwest.) Once the Dinah Shore four women will all be on the same bill Weekend was highlighted on The L Word and I dare you to not crack a rib. (an entire episode was dedicated to it) and Something Club Skirts Dinah Shore attendance doubled the following year and Weekend founder Mariah Hanson added it changed the event forever. last year was the Dinah Film Festival, and This means the 10th anniversary is a it is back this year with a vengeance. Two pretty big deal, so it’s only fitting that a full hours of clips, shorts and celebrities, partial reunion of The L Word cast would including Q&As. take place in the desert to pay homage to Now we all know that the men have both the series and The Dinah’s debut. their White Party — which is the name of Look forward to seeing Kate Moennig an entire weekend timed around Easter (Shane), Leisha Hailey (Alice), and Laurel every year — but Dinah Shore Weekend Holloman (Tina) reunite on Saturday at has its very own White Party on Friday the pool party. Some of you may rememnight at the Palm Springs Convention Cen- ber that Leisha and her band Uh Huh Her ter. This year’s Friday night White Party was on hand last year for a special closing headliner is L.A.-based hip-hop artist Iggy night concert and they rocked it. Rumor Azalea. This rising star has toured with has it that Laurel will bring samples of her Beyonce, been called an “Artist to Watch” abstract expressionist art from her very by MTV, sealed a record deal with Island own art studio, LaurelHollomanStudio.net. Def Jam records, and is about to drop her She’s shown her artwork in exhibitions all first album. over the world and now she’s sharing her On Saturday night, April 5, the popular talent with us and will be autographing lesbian duo, Tegan and Sara, will headline posters of her work. The Black Party, also at the Palm Springs Also in honor of the show’s 10th anConvention Center. These identical niversary, Netflicks is now streaming The twins have apparently never performed L Word for its members’ viewing pleasure; at a lesbian event. Let’s hope they enjoy just remember to brace yourself for when themselves. The sisters just released their Jenny starts taking over all those storyseventh studio album, “Heartthrob,” so lines again. expect a lot of tracks from that. ContributThe Real L Word will also be reping writer Sandy Chase interviewed Tegan resented again this year, with not only and Sara for a cover story that appeared Kiyomi McCloskey and Hunter Valentine in Gay San Diego last January (see Vol. 5, performing and turning up at events, but Issue 2). also Lauren Bedford Russell and Tracy Another amazing artist on hand for Ryerson. the Black Party is Grammy-winning rap I said so much already but I haven’t artist Eve. Other performers I can’t wait to even mentioned all the fun we’ll have at see are Thea Austin, Evelyn Champagne the pool parties, or at the celebrity dodge King, and the one I’m most excited about ball game, or the celebrity poker match, or is Mary Lambert. Yes, she is the female all the other things that make up a memovoice on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ rable Dinah Shore Weekend. Guess you’ll “Same Love” song, but I want to ask that just have to come and see for yourself. Oh, woman what it was like to sing on stage and maybe you can make some time for with Madonna during that huge same-sex golf, too. wedding at this year’s Grammy’s. Missed Dinah Shore Weekend takes place it? Shame on you. April 2 – 6 at the Palm Springs Hilton HoSpeaking of missing things, I miss tel, located at 400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way seeing lesbians on TV. Hard to believe it, and the Palm Springs Convention Center, but this year is the 10th anniversary of the located at 277 N. Avenida Caballeros. The first season of Showtime’s The L Word, opening and closing parties will be held at the fictional drama about West Hollywood Zelda’s, 611 S. Palm Canyon Dr. lesbians that we loved to hate but then You can pick and choose the events totally missed it when it was gone. I used you want to partake in, but your best to love analyzing each episode in the option for Dinah Shore Weekend tickets Showtime website fan threads. really are the passes. For a complete Dinah Shore Weekend fans have many timeline of the action and more informareasons to celebrate this anniversary. For tion about each event, weekend passes or one thing, it was that first season of The individual tickets, visit thedinah.com.t

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VOICE OF PRIDE 2014 KICKOFF: Fashioned after the popular TV show, Voice of Pride is a singing contest sponsored by San Diego Pride. Winner of the series will get $1,000 cash and open for the headliner at this year’s Pride Festival. Hosted by Dayamis Von Däniken Styles. 6 – 10 p.m. Numbers Nightclub, 3811 Park Blvd. For competition rules and guidelines sdpride.org/voice, more info Voice@sdpride.org BOYS & GIRLS: A human comedy about LGBT family drama that’s ahead of its time. Final weekend. 8 p.m. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., #101, University Heights. Tickets visit Diversionary.org or call 619-220-0097.

Saturday, March 29: Metcalf is a tribute artist who goes the extra mile to pay proper homage to his namesake; this is not your run of the mill classic rock cover band. Metcalf has not only painstakingly recreated over a dozen of Elton John’s costumes, in many cases adding the sequins himself, but the man who for years designed Elton John’s glasses frames, is now the source for Metcalf’s stage glasses as well. He and The Early Years Band together recreate the magic that was Elton John’s thrilling over-the-top music and stage performances of the 1970s and ‘80s. A hit on the tribute bands circuit craze, Metcalf and his band recently won “Best Tribute Show of the Year” at the Los Angeles Music Awards. On March 15, Metcalf travelled to Santa Fe, N.M. for the Consolidated Association of Pride, Inc. (CAPI) convention, and as a result will be playing at various Pride Festivals around the countr y throughout the coming 2014 Pride season. House of Blues is located at 1055 Fifth Ave., Downtown. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. Meet and Greet after the show. General Admission starts at $15, reser ved at $30. For tickets, visit houseofblues.com/sandiego.

Saturday, March 22

“WHAT HAPPENED HERE”: Official book launch for local author Bonnie ZoBell’s novella about current day North Park residents all somehow connected to the 1978 PSA crash. Hear excerpts from the book, feast on food and music, meet other writers and enjoy the salon venue. 5 – 7 p.m. House of Imago, 3585 Adams Ave. SOUTH PARK WALKABOUT: South Park Business Group presents spring walkabout, which highlights the neighborhood’s businesses and food and drink establishments in a festive, open house-style environment from 6 – 10 p.m. Attendees can expect lots of free giveaways, raffles, special discounts, a sidewalk BBQ, live entertainment, a free shuttle,

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(top) Kenny Metcalf as Elton (bottom) One of Metcalf’s many custom shoes; (right) Metcalf in a replica of Elton’s 1975 Dodger Stadium costume (All photos courtesy Kenny Metcalf) and much more. To learn more visit southparkscene.com. TABOO AT LIPS: Taboo, a midnight “dirty, nasty” performance, called the “forbidden show” due to its late night curtain and its “sticky, sweaty and spicey” appeal. Cover $5 and $15 drink or food minimum pp.

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Sunday, March 23

SDGMC BACHELOR AUCTION: Fun-raiser for the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus has you meet and then bid on a bachelor of your choice (13 available) for a special dinner

date immediately following at Wang’s or Kous Kous. Hosted by Erika Odessa and LaLa Too of the Imperial Court. 4:30 p.m. Meet & Greet, 5:30 p.m. Auction. Flicks Bar, 1017 University Ave. To find bios of the 13 bachelors, visit facebook.com/SDGMC. GOSPEL BRUNCH: Host-

ed by Tootie, Kiki and more, this is one heck of a brunch for $17.95. 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Lips San Diego, located at 3036 El Cajon Blvd. Must RSVP. For more info visit lipssd.com or call 619-295-7900.

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CALENDAR Monday, March 24

MOVIE MONDAY: Come nibble or dine and watch “Raising Arizona” with Holly Hunter and Nicholas Cage — in the new Expatriate Room. Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 for reser vations. For more info visit crocesparkwest.com. RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: Ever y Monday join Chad Michaels as host of the season six viewing party, starting at 9 p.m. on the big screens on the dance floor with extended happy hour. Sign up to be a Dueling Diva yourself: two contestants will compete each week at 10:30 p.m. — judged by the audience right after the show — until the end of the season. Urban MO’s, 308 University Ave. Visit urbanmos.com or call 619-491-0400. To become a contestant, visit chadmichaels.com.

Tuesday, March 25

LESBIAN MEET-UP: Weekly early morning business networking meeting, offering a chance to share and support each other’s business or passions. All lesbians in community are invited. 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Caffe Calabria, 3933 30th St., North Park. KARAOKE WITH LAURA JANE: Join the fabulous and funny Laura Jane as she hosts her monthly Tuesday on Spin

gay-sd.com Karaoke from 6 – 11 p.m. Plus, full menu drink specials. Gossip Grill is now located at 1220 University Ave. in Hillcrest. For more info, visit gossipgrill.com. TALKING TUESDAY: Fourcourse wine pairing dinner with the Iron Horse Wine Makers Collection, in the new Expatriate Room. $50 per person. Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call Croce’s Sommelier Michael Simpson 858-345-7379 or email bestofhouse6@gmail.com for reservations. For more info visit crocesparkwest.com.

Wednesday, March 26

PICTIONARY: Come play with Tiger … and Sister Ida Know on the back patio. Match your skills, win fun prizes and raise money for a good causes. 7:30 – 10 p.m. #1 on Fifth Ave., 3845 Fifth Ave. DREAMGIRLS REVUE: Ever y Wednesday join Chad Michaels and the DreamGirls, followed by DJs spinning dance music. 7 – 9:30 p.m. $7. Urban MO’s, 308 University Ave. Visit urbanmos.com or call 619-491-0400.

Thursday, March 27

GSDBA MARCH MIXER: New member Avant-Garde Weddings & Events, designed to cater to LGBT community needs, is hosting this month’s mixer with a spread of fruits, cheeses, hummus, olives and bread. Members even get a complimentar y adult beverage. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Jakes on 6th Wine Bar, 3755 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest. For more info, Jason@avantgardeweddings.com

or 619-980-9970. GROWLER PAINTING PAR TY: Bring in your HBC growler or buy one there and paint it with your favorite colors or scenes. Paint supplies provided. “Favorite” paint job wins a $25 HBC gift card. 7 – 10 p.m. Hillcrest Brewing Company, 1458 University Ave., Hillcrest. More info visit mosuniverse.com. #LEZ AT RICH’S: The women are at Rich’s tonight for DJ Kiki, hot go go girls. 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Rich’s is at 1051 University Ave. in Hillcrest. For more info, richssandiego.com/lez.

Friday, March 28

AR T & CRAFT BEER FEST: Join the Bankers Hill Business Group and a host of San Diego’s best craft breweries from 5 – 9 p.m. inside the historic Abbey. For more info, visit fridaysonfifth.com. $20 presale/ $30 standard / $35 at door. The Abbey, 2825 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill.

Saturday, March 29

BEATLES FAIR: Beatles memorabilia, Beatlemania movies, costume contest, raffles and live music – including Britain’s Finest (a Beatles tribute band), and three other bands. 12 – 10 p.m. Queen Bee’s Art and Culture Center, 3925 Ohio St., North Park. For more info visit Queenbeessd.com or call 619-255-5147. AR T CLASSES: Two art workshops presented by Sean Michael Robinson who will teach you a variety of techniques. Students of all levels are welcome. Cartooning (10:30 a.m. –

12:30 p.m.): Learn how to write, draw and ink your own comic or graphic novel. Watercolor and Wet Media/Mixed Media (1 – 3 p.m.): Learn greater brush control or experience in transparent media. $30 per two-hour class. Pre-register seanmichaelrobinson@gmail.com. Artist & Craftsman Supply, 3804 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. More info livingtheline.com. BIKES AND BEERS RIDE: Inaugural 26-mile challenging but scenic bike ride through North Park, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Little Italy, Gaslamp, East Village, Golden Hill and South Park that celebrates four major local craft breweries and raises money for BikeSD. Staggered departures beginning at 9:30 a.m. from Hess Brewer y, 3812 Grim Ave., North Park. Loop ends back at start. To register, visit bikesandbeerssd.com.

Sunday, March 30

SING ALONG BRUNCH: Enjoy the new brunch menu while singing along with memorable pop culture tunes. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gossip Grill, 1220 University Ave. GossipGrill.com

Monday, March 31

DINE IN MOVIE MONDAYS: Gossip Grill has a new address and a new Monday night. You can still get all you can eat spaghetti for just $5 from 6 – 11 p.m., but now you can enjoy it with a great movie inside the restaurant (patio mongers get music) and a popcorn bar starting at 8 p.m.

Gossip Grill is now located at 1220 University Ave., in Hillcrest. For more info, visit gossipgrill.com. FRONT RUNNERS AND WALKERS: Meet ever y Mon & Wed at 6 p.m. and Sat at 8 a.m. at southeast corner of Laurel and Sixth avenues in Balboa Park. With close to 200 members in ages ranging from 23 to 72, you won’t be alone. For more info visit frsdweb. org or call 619-835-9131.

Tuesday, April 1

LESBIAN MEET-UP: New weekly early morning business networking meeting, offering a chance to share and support each other’s business or passions. All lesbians in community are invited. 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Caffe Calabria, 3933 30th St., North Park. SPAGHETTI & SHOWTUNES: When was the last time you had an all-you-can-eat plate of fabulous spaghetti for a mere $6? Now that’s a bargain. 5 – 2 a.m. Urban MO’s, 308 University Ave. Visit urbanmos.com.

Wednesday, April 2

PICTIONARY: Come play with Tiger … and Sister Ida Know on the back patio. Match your skills, win fun prizes and raise money for a good causes. 7:30 – 10 p.m. #1 on Fifth Ave., 3845 Fifth Ave. GUYS, GAMES AND GRUB: A board game social extravaganza with pizza and other guys. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. The Center, 3903 Centre St. Hillcrest. Learn more at Thecentersd.org.

Thursday, April 3

AIDS LIFECYCLE FUNDY AT THE BIG KITCHEN: Come eat Judy the Beauty’s famous spinach lasagne dinner, enjoy live entertainment including out actress Traci Dinwiddie (Elena Undone), raffles, contests, a drum circle, chair massages and more, all for $25 advance (by 3/30), $30 at the door. 6 – 9 p.m. 3003 Grape St., South Park. For more info, email Karen at ked1sop1@yahoo.com. or call 619-659-1399. MALE BOX NIGHT: While the girls are playing at Rich’s ever y Thursday, the boys are invited across the street to Gossip Grill. Specials and rotating DJs. 9 p.m. Gossip Grill is now located at 1220 University Ave. For more info, visit gossipgrill.com. —For inclusion in the calendar, email morgan@sdcnn.com.t


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(l to r) Zack Bonin and Abby Fields in “Edgar & Annabel” (Courtesy ion theatre)

A double bill for the ages Through March 29 only, the tiny ion theatre, located at Sixth and Pennsylvania in Hillcrest, presents a double bill guaranteed to mystify onlookers as well as knock their socks off. Rife with amusement of the non-guffaw type and in some cases, poetry, the works were written by contemporary British playwrights, both women. The familiar name is that of London Playwright Caryl Churchill, whose play Cloud Nine created quite a stir and was widely produced in the U.S. following its 1979 British premiere. The other playwright, Sam Holcroft, is currently writer-inresidence at the National Theatre Studio. Author of an opera libretto produced at Aix en Provence, she is commissioned by several prominent U.K theatres. Holcroft’s “Edgar and Annabel” is the first of the evening’s fascinating bafflements. Part of the joy in this genre is the not knowing, which provides mental gymnastics and suppositions that follow one home. Edgar and Annabel are aliases for Nick (Zack Bonin) and Marianne (Abby Fields), who are in actuality political dissidents living their lives as scripted by Miller (Robin Christ). From Nick/Edgar’s initial “Hi, honey, I’m home,” during which he hands that evenings script to Marianne/Annabel, the play is a 70 mile-per-hour hoot. For instance,

nothing visual, such as dinner (fish or chicken?), matches what the script presents. Apparently, despite the fact that the play is set “somewhere in the future,” whoever spies on the spies does so through audio only. According to Miller in one off-the-radar meeting, agents are being “disappeared” daily by a malevolent government. Presumably, the script — and even the actors playing Edgar and Annabel — is subject to change daily. Holcroft’s best scene involves another couple (Samantha Ginn and Jake Rosko) that comes over for wine and appetizers and performs karaoke while making pipe bombs. The shorter of the two plays, Churchill’s “Far Away,” concerns a mystery and non sequitur events (unless you pay close attention) that span some time in the life of a girl named Joan (Abby DeSpain), who sees what she should not. Tying this puzzle together is truly a joy, as is the pairing of these recent works intended to baffle and amuse. Needless to say, the aforementioned actors plus Hanz Enyeart and Rachael VanWormer are excellent, as is the staging by ion theatre company member Linda Libby. Glenn Paris and Claudio Raygoza’s production (with eerie and beautiful scenic design by Curtis Green) is precise and yet chameleon-like in its adaptations. Melanie Chen’s sound design,

punctuated by serial music, is suggestive and frantic, Karin Filijan’s lighting covers the world of espionage and mystery, and Mary Summerday clothes the multitudes. Special mention must be made of the hats and their parade in “Far Away” – far out indeed. One never knows what to expect from the ion troupe and its artistic leaders, Paris and Raygoza. “Edgar and Annabel” and “Far Away,” continue their tradition of the unusual and provocative. See these two productions while you may. Next up is Stephen Sondheim’s musical, “Passion,” set for April 19 – May 17.t

(l to r) Hanz Enyeart and Rachael VanWormer in “Far Away” (Courtesy ion theatre)

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The Loft wins third SD Hoops title in a row SD Hoops held its final two playoff games on March 19 at Golden Hill Rec Center, with the featured event being the championship tilt between second-seeded The Loft and sixth-seeded Hillcrest Brewing Company. Loft coach John Crockett proudly reminded league members on a weekly basis that his trophy case had room for more medals, despite having won the previous summer and fall season titles. His heavily favored squad seemed a sure bet to back their coach up when one-dimensional HBC surprised everyone by making the finals. HBC’s path to the title game was intense. A first round victory over Baja Betty’s was only secured when the third seed, despite holding a lead with just 50 seconds to go, could not ice the game from the free throw line. With Betty’s going 3-for-15 from the charity stripe, HBC was handed a four-point gift of a victory. HBC’s semifinal victory over top-seeded Wsup Now was even more spectacular. Wsup Now built a 12-point lead midway through the second half, but HBC coach and MVP candidate AC Carter teamed with Josh Madsen to hit a few three pointers to make the game close. Tommy Romani kept HBC competitive with an important three near the one-minute mark. HBC sent Wsup Now to the free throw line to try and get the ball back, but as the clock ticked down to just 1.5 seconds remaining with Wsup

The Loft defeated HBC to claim its third-straight SD Hoops title. (Photo by Jeff Hammond) Now in possession of the ball and a two-point lead, the game was all but over. Wsup Now simply needed to inbound the pass safely in their offensive end and the clock would expire. Instead, MVP candidate Jon Dyer underthrew a pass into his end, well down the court. It took a spectacular play, but Romani made it: He stole the long inbounds pass, turned, and buried a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded, giving HBC an epic 52-51 victory. The team that really only relies on two players had somehow found their way into the finals. The Loft’s path to the title game

was not as harried. Crockett’s teams are always well-coached, and have generally been the favorites in most games, regardless of their seed. After dispatching of Bulls & Bears in the opening round, The Loft had to face talented Pecs in the semifinals. Pecs tried to slow the game down and run a pick-and-pass away offense through center Tommy Miles, which kept the scoring low; Loft held a 20-14 lead at half. The Loft built a double-digit lead thanks to defensive whiz Johnny Stultz forcing Pecs into turnovers. Pecs changed gears and began firing up threes, but star guard Eric Reissner never found a

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hot hand. The game tightened up near the end, with The Loft missing key free throws, but they were able to hang on for an ugly 35-31 victory. Championship Game Stultz had his fingerprints all over this championship match, both in good and bad ways. A fantastic passer, he opened the game making a terrible one that led to a Chris “Thor” Schoch steal and layup that opened the scoring. Instead of compounding the error, Stultz nailed a three to get The Loft on the board. HBC’s offense is essentially Carter shooting everything in sight, with an occasional pass to Schoch or Madsen, but HBC actually spread the wealth to start this game. A couple of long-range shots by Romani and Sean Brunle banked in, giving HBC an early 9-3 lead that woke up Crockett’s team. The Loft began driving the lane and finding plenty of open space, breaking out of an early offensive slumber and building a 31-26 lead with three minutes remaining in the first. And then the scoring basically stopped. A sloppy finish to the first half saw HBC trailing by only three points. Each team opened up the second half ice cold. Four minutes into the second half, HBC still had not scored, but it was Crockett calling a time out, not liking what he was seeing on the court. At that point, The Loft was outscoring HBC 2-0 in the half. With 14:58 remaining in the game, Stultz hit a free throw that ended a horrid rut of basketball by both teams;

each team had scored a total of two points in eight minutes of game time. Two possessions later, at the 14:10 mark, Carter rebounded his own miss and scored, giving HBC its first field goal of the second half. Trailing 39-33 with just over seven minutes to play, Carter nailed a three and Schoch followed with a quick layup, bringing HBC within three and forcing Crockett to use another time out. This time, The Loft answered with five straight points of their own. But like in the semifinals, they were not able to put their opponent away at the line. The Loft missed six consecutive free throws, including five by capable scorer Joe Mattia, and HBC crept within 46-42 with 55 seconds remaining. Another free throw miss gave HBC the ball back, and Carter converted a layup to make it 46-44 with 23 seconds left. Mattia and Stultz each gained redemption at the charity stripe, however, nailing a pair of free throws each in the last 20 seconds, while HBC could not get threes to drop. The Loft prevailed, 50-44, in what Crockett would agree was an ugly but beautiful victory. Pecs takes consolation game The league traditionally holds a third-place game between the two teams who lose in the semifinals, and Pecs edged Wsup Now 80 – 77 in this year’s edition. The game was so high scoring because Pecs only had four players show up. Showing unsurprising good sportsmanship, Wsup Now coach James Vidovich only started four players on his own team, preferring to play a more competitive game. Fouron-four games are higher scoring because there is more open space on the floor to create plays, with fewer defenders. Reissner found the shooting touch he was missing in the semifinals, this time dropping in 46 points in leading Pecs to the win. SD Hoops (sdhoops.net) will hold its awards banquet on March 26, and then take a few weeks off before it begins its Open Gym season and, likely, its second annual Summer League. —Jeff Praught is actively involved in the LGBT sports community, where he plays in the local softball (AFCSL), football (SDAFFL) and basketball (SD Hoops) leagues. He has served on AFCSL’s board of officers in various capacities and is currently the commissioner of SD Hoops. He can be reached at dugoutchatter@gmail.com.t


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