Volume 5 Issue 22 Oct. 31–Nov. 13, 2014 Follow us on Facebook and Twitter sdcnn.com
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CicloSDias takes Hillcrest Bicycling festival to close Hillcrest streets on Nov. 9 Hutton Marshall | Contributing Editor
Park in the early-90s — has enjoyed high levels of awareness as it traveled through the heart of the city of Palm Springs,” said Palm Springs Pride’s Executive Director Ron deHarte. “The two-day festival will now enjoy significantly greater visibility as it moves out from behind the walls at Sunrise Stadium to the world famous Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs. The stadium has been a wonderful home but a gay mecca like Palm Springs deserves a Pride celebration that’s highly visible and in the heart of the city.” Not only is the festival on the move, the parade will be changing locations —and directions — too. Still on Palm Canyon Drive, the
Every Sunday, Bogota, Columbia, turns its streets into the most bikefriendly city on the planet. Known as Ciclovia, the city-run event closes down traffic lanes weekly to create a 120 km network of car-free streets. Two million people (one-third of the city’s population) participate regularly. The celebration of active transportation has spread globally, especially in South America. The U.S. and Canada both have regular events in many major cities, although none with Bogota’s expanse. Last summer, San Diego held its inaugural CicloSDias beginning in City Heights which moved down 30th Street through North Park, South Park and into Sherman Heights. Under the guidance of the newly elected — and soon-to-resign — Mayor Bob Filner, his bicycle initiatives manager, and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition (SDCBC), 5.2 miles of city streets were completely closed off for cyclists, runners and any other human-powered mode of transportation. The bike coalition held a similar event earlier this summer in Pacific Beach, and now, the organization has teamed up with the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) to do the same on the streets of Hillcrest Nov. 9.
see Pride, pg 10
see CicloSDias, pg 13
w THEATER The Palm Springs Pride Parade and Festival have been revamped and rerouted. (Courtesy Palm Springs Pride)
Palm Springs Pride
rerouted, retooled and recharged A different kind of Henry
Morgan M. Hurley | Editor Just a hop, skip and a jump away is the beautiful oasis in the desert that many San Diegans know as their “backyard,” Palm Springs. This quaint, palm tree-lined village that once attracted celebrities in droves, is our own little home away from home with exciting events — such as Dinah Shore Weekend, White Party, its LGBT Film Festival, Pride and more — that beckon us several times a year. Next weekend, this jewel of the Coachella Valley will celebrate its
One Book, One San Diego profiles LGBT author Tenorio visits to promote his work By Walter G. Meyer
The Comeback comes back
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28th annual Pride celebration — the last of the nation’s six-month pride season due to its climate — Nov. 7 – 9. Though this year’s theme pays homage to the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York, the bigger news is all the changes afoot this year in Palm Springs. Pride organizers are moving their two-day festival from its longtime home at Sunrise Park, several miles from where the annual Pride parade has always been, also to the center of town. “Through the years, the Pride Parade — which circled Demuth
For the first time in its eightyear histor y, One Book, One San Diego has chosen a gay author. On Oct. 14, L ysley Tenorio, author of “Monstress,” came to the Diversionar y Theater at the invitation of the San Diego Multicultural LGBT Literar y Foundation and One Book, One San Diego. About 25 people attended the reading and Q&A, most of whom stayed after ward to buy a copy of the book. One Book, One San Diego is a collaboration of the San Diego Public Librar y and KPBS. A San Diego resident has to nominate the book selected.
“We had over 800 nominations from county residents and the committee reads lots and lots and lots of books,” said Marc Cher y, branch manager of the Downtown Central Librar y and coordinator of the One Book project. “And it was my pleasure to introduce the book to the committee. From the moment we read it, we knew it was going to be in contention. “One Book is a wonderful program and we try to get the entire county to read the same and we try to pick a book that will appeal to the entire community,” Chery said. “Part of the idea of One Book is to try to
see One Book, pg 8
Lysley Tenorio discusses “Monstress” at Diversionary. (Photo by Walter Meyer)
GAY SAN DIEGO Oct. 31–Nov. 13, 2014
LGBT candidate stats nationwide The Keen Files Lisa Keen This year’s election night is likely to be an important one for the LGBT history books: Voters in Massachusetts are expected to elect the nation’s first gay state attorney general, and voters in Maine could very well elect the nation’s first gay governor. One of two candidates for Congress could well become the first openly gay Republican elected to the U.S. House and, if they both succeed, they will join what will number as the largest ever contingent of openly LGBT members of Congress — up from seven to as many as 12 — if all newcomers are successful. Add to this mix a large number of openly LGBT candidates around the country for various state and local offices. These are the top 10 races to keep an eye on Nov. 4: 1. Maine: U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is holding onto a narrow lead over incumbent Republican Paul LePage and progressive independent Eliot Cutler in a race for the governorship. If he’s successful, Michaud will become the first-ever openly gay person elected governor. Collectively, the latest polls (see RealClearPolitics) show a virtual tie between Michaud and LePage, with Cutler siphoning off 16 points. But the latest poll from Bangor Daily News interestingly showed Michaud up by six points over LePage. (Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey came out as gay in 2004 while governor, then promptly resigned.) Michaud came out as gay one year ago in an Op-Ed, saying he didn’t want his campaign for governor to be undermined by “whisper campaigns.” 2. Massachusetts: Attorney Maura Healey, a first-time candidate, won a stunning victory in the September primary against a well-entrenched incumbent Democrat — even pro-LGBT Governor Deval Patrick endorsed the incumbent. But Healey trounced former state Sen. Warren Tolman by more than 24 points. She is largely expected to do the same with the Republican Party’s nominee John Miller. And if successful, Healey will become the nation’s first openly gay person elected as a state attorney general. She is best known in the LGBT community for her work as assistant attorney general on the Massachusetts challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, a lawsuit complementary to one led by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders. 3. Massachusetts: Former state Senator Richard Tisei almost made history two years ago when he narrowly missed becoming the first openly gay Republican to be elected to Congress. He’s back this year, seeking the same seat, and he’s holding on to a slight lead in some polls. The Democratic incumbent was the surprising loser in the September primary, so Tisei’s competition is Iraq War veteran Seth Moulton, another Democrat. LGBT newspaper publisher Sue O’Connell is backing Tisei; former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank is backing Moulton. Congress
has had gay Republicans before — Steve Gunderson and Jim Kolbe. If elected, Tisei would become the first openly gay Republican elected to Congress (Editor’s note: the other two came out years after being elected). 4. California: Carl DeMaio is the second person vying to become the first openly gay Republican elected to Congress, but his efforts have been losing traction — first, by failing to win the support of the LGBT community, and second, by being waylaid by a former campaign aide’s claim that DeMaio sexually harassed him. (San Diego County prosecutors announced just this week that they would not be pressing charges, but the former staffer said he plans to file a civil suit.) DeMaio, a former member of the San Diego City Council, is up against incumbent Democrat Scott Peters who has won endorsement from the Human Rights Campaign. Congressional District 52 is said to be evenly split between Democrats and Republicans. The latest poll, in early October, showed DeMaio with a three-point lead. (Editor’s Note: current polls show DeMaio and Peters neck-and-neck.) 5. New York: First-term U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY18) is in a tough fight for re-election against a Republican opponent he beat two years ago. Maloney won his first-term by defeating incumbent Republican Nan Hayworth, who’s back for another round. Hayworth earned only a 71 rating from HRC in her one Congressional term. 6. North Carolina: Openly gay American Idol star Clay Aiken, a Democrat, is struggling to replace incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, who represents the 2nd Congressional District in North Carolina and earned a zero rating from HRC for two terms. Aiken has done well in fundraising from individuals, while Ellmers has relied on party funding, but polls still show Ellmers with a sizeable lead. 7. Massachusetts: A former aide to the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy is hoping to become the nation’s first openly gay person elected as a state lieutenant governor. Kerrigan has paid his dues through much work in both the public sector and the Democratic Party. He’s currently president of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, a group that serves the families of servicemembers who have died in action. But his fate and his campaign signs are tied closely to that of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley who is struggling to overcome a highly-funded Republican bid for the so-called “corner office.” 8. New York: Sean Eldridge is making an uphill climb to become a member of the LGBT Congressional Caucus representing New York’s 19th District covering Hudson Valley. His opponent is two-term Republican Chris Gibson. Eldridge, the spouse of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, has been criticized repeatedly for using the couple’s personal wealth to fund his campaign, while little mention is made that Gibson’s campaign depends primarily on finance, insurance, and investment entities. Eldridge is, of course, pro-same-sex
marriage; Gibson supports only civil unions, claiming that marriage is a religious institution. Gibson earned a 76 rating from HRC in the last Congressional session and a zero in his first term. Eldridge’s camp released a poll Tuesday showing that he had closed a 28-point lead by Gibson in September to 10 points as of Oct. 19. 9. California: Former State sen. Sheila Kuehl is in a tight race against Bobby Shriver, a nephew of the late President Kennedy, for the District 3 seat on the powerful Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Despite her long history with the LGBT community, Kuehl is struggling to keep up with Shriver, who has raised twice the cash she has and won the backing of gay media mogul David Geffen. But she did win the most votes in the June primary. And if elected to the seat, she would become the first openly gay person to serve on the board. 10. Washington, D.C.: Popular openly gay D.C. Councilmember David Catania is mounting a strong campaign to become the capitol city’s first openly gay mayor. Catania has been haunted somewhat by the fact that he was a Republican in the heavily Democratic district, but he switched to independent 10 years ago after a long-standing dispute with the Republicans over their anti-gay policies. Catania has earned a good reputation in his 17 years on the Council, but his efforts may be hurt by the independent campaign of another former Republican Councilmember Carol Schwartz. And both Catania and Schwartz are up against the African American Democrat Muriel Bowser, who won the endorsement of the local gay Democratic club. —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
GAY SAN DIEGO Oct. 31–Nov. 13, 2014
A scene from “Squared,” one of “Shorts: Gay of Thrones”(Courtesy SDAFF)
A plethora of queer Asian cinema Morgan M. Hurley | Editor The San Diego Asian Film Festival, produced by the San DiegoPacific Arts Movement (Pac-Arts) and one of the largest film festivals on the West Coast, returns Nov. 6 – 15 for its 15th year, taking over venues throughout San Diego County. In addition to the festival’s home base at Hazard Center’s UltraStar Cinemas in Mission Valley, films will also be screened at eight other venues, including Reading Cinemas Gaslamp, UC San Diego’s new Structural Mechanic and Engineering (SME) building, UCSD’s CalLit2 Atkinson Hall Auditorium, La Jolla’s Sherwood Auditorium at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas, ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla, USD’s Shiley Theater, and the San Diego School for the Performing Arts. The festival’s awards gala will be held at the Town and Country Hotel in Mission Valley on Nov. 8. Among this year’s field of 140 films from 21 different countries, the festival has a sizable LGBT-themed offering, including a five-film retrospective called “Remembering Queer Korea,” covering five decades of queer images in Korean film with historical LGBT themes dating back to the 1950s. According to organizers, it has only been recently that sexual minorities have become much more visible in
see Asian Film, pg 8
GAY SAN DIEGO Oct. 31–Nov. 13, 2014
Healthy boundaries Life Beyond Therapy Michael Kimmel If you listen to any kind of psychological advice show — from Dr. Phil to Dr. Drew — you’ll hear the therapist talking about “healthy boundaries.” A boundar y is a marker, a dividing line. It tells me where my property stops and yours starts. Psychologically, it tells me when something is okay with me and when it’s not. A boundar y is a kind of defense: it’s a way for me to take care of myself. Taken too far, however, it can be a way for me to not let anyone into my world. People who have been hurt deeply often carr y wounds that keep their boundaries ver y strong: “I’ll never let anyone hurt me again.” Rigid boundaries may keep us from getting hurt, but they also keep us from getting love. We want to let more love in, but we’re too afraid, so we keep people at a distance, never letting anyone get too close. Holding on to rigid boundaries for a long time makes us into bitter, cynical, isolated LGBT elders. Flexible boundaries let some people in, but not ever yone. Flexible boundaries let us decide, in the moment, what we are able and willing to accept. Today I may be able to let my best friend vent for an hour about what her girlfriend did last night. Tomorrow, I may only be able to tolerate listening
for a few minutes. People with flexible boundaries usually take good care of themselves and have strong, long-lasting friendships. Wimpy boundaries are too weak. We want to stand up for ourselves, but we don’t. My Grandma in Ohio used to call it “not having a backbone.” People with wimpy boundaries are often seen as easy to manipulate (lend you money, drive you to the airport at 3 a.m.) because it’s hard for them to say “no.” They are also known as “people-pleasers” who are terrified of any type of conflict or disagreement. If your boundaries are flexible, hooray for you! You’re probably enjoying yourself, have plenty of friends and feel pretty good about your life. But, if your boundaries are rigid or wimpy, what can you do? If your boundaries are rigid, notice how fearful you are and how you keep people at a distance. Your rigidity was probably a good thing at one time: it kept you safe in unsafe times. However, what once was your friend has now become a problem: You’ve outgrown it. Ask yourself, “When did I start to be so rigid? What was going on in my life back then?” You became this rigid person so you could feel safe. The good news is there are other ways to feel safe. Tr y this exercise: Find a picture of yourself at the age that you were the most frightened (it’s usually childhood). Take that picture out and start to talk to this scared little child. Find out what terrified
him or her. Let this child speak to you. You are carr ying this child around with you and it is their fear that has kept your rigid boundaries in place. Begin to tell this child that they are safe, that you — the big, strong adult — will take care of them from now on. As your frightened inner child begins to feel safer, the rigid boundaries also begin to come down. And what if your boundaries are too wimpy? Somewhere in your early life you were taught that you had no right to have needs or want things. You believed this and let this become your credo … up until now. Most wimpy people have a lot of unexpressed anger and are afraid that if they let it out, it will over whelm them and they’ll become evil, vengeful people. They won’t, but that’s the fear. Find a picture of yourself at the age when you started to become a wimp and talk to this child. Tell them that they have a right to say “no,” to be angr y, and that it’s safe to begin to let that anger out. Listen to their anger: it’s in there and it needs to come out! Once your inner child starts to express their anger, the wimpyness will begin to melt and your boundaries will become stronger, more useful and flexible. Tr y it and let me know how it works for you. —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. Reach him through lifebeyondtherapy.com. t
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“SPAMALOT” COMES TO THE CORONADO PLAYHOUSE The Monty Python musical opened last week at Coronado Playhouse Theatre (1835 Strand Way, Coronado) and will run through Nov. 30 with performances Thursday through Sunday nights. The theater will host several special events on certain nights of the show’s run, including one for LGBT community. For Halloween on Friday, Oct. 31 the night will start with drink specials at 7 p.m., the show at 8 p.m., a costume contest with prizes during intermission and a party with the cast after the show. In honor of Dia de los Muertos on Saturday, Nov. 1 the show will include a “Not Dead Yet” happy hour starting at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. On
gay-sd.com Thursday, Nov. 6 the Playhouse invites LGBT theater lovers to attend for OUT at Coronado Playhouse. A pre-show mixer starting at 6:30 p.m. will include free beer and wine plus cocktail specials, with the show starting at 8 p.m. Ticket prices start at $20. Visit coronadoplayhouse. com for tickets and more info.
FUNDRAISER BY LGBT SPORTS LEAGUES TO BENEFIT THREE CHARITIES The sixth annual “We Care” holiday mixer has been scheduled for Dec. 7 at Rich’s San Diego (1051 University Ave., Hillcrest). Several local LGBT sports leagues come together each year to hold the event including: San Diego American Flag Football League, SD Hoops Basketball, San Diego Tennis Federation, SAGA Ski/Snowboarders, Armada Rugby, SD High Rollers bowling league and AFCSL softball league. Different Strokes and Pride Fit are new additions to the fundraiser this year. League representatives will raffle off prizes from their respective leagues with proceeds from raffle ticket sales going to the San Diego LGBT Center and Memorial Prep Middle School in Barrio Logan. The event is free but guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the Imperial Court’s Toys for Kids drive. Between raffles there will be live entertainment with singer Kori Gillis and musical chairs. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. For more info, search for the event on Facebook. HBA HOLDS ANNUAL BOARD ELECTIONS The Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) held its annual members meeting and election Oct. 16 at Snooze, where it voted in
see Briefs, pg 5
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BRIEFS new officers and approved several amendments to the nonprofit’s bylaws. Johnathan Hale of Hale Media, publisher of SDGLN and SDPix magazine, was re-elected board president. Four new members were elected to the board: Tami Daiber of Carlton Management, Charles Kauffman of Bread and Cie, Frank Lechner of Harvey Milk’s American Diner and Janet Stucke of 100 Wines. HBA Executive Director Ben Nicholls said Lechner resigned from the board Oct. 20 to focus on his business and a board of directors vote will fill the vacancy created by his resignation. The bylaws were amended to allow any business paying Hillcrest’s business improvement district assessment — an annual fee split between the HBA and the city — to become a member. However, the organization also voted to adopt stricter measures determining eligible candidates for the board of directors. Under the new rules, only those with physical businesses operating in Hillcrest’s business improvement district are eligible to become board candidates, though Nicholls said this did not apply to special elections and filling vacancies. This follows previous efforts over the last few years by HBA leadership to prevent dues-paying members residing outside of Hillcrest to become voting HBA members. City staff ultimately forced the HBA to rescind a portion of their bylaws earlier this year enforcing the membership restriction.The organization also voted to remove a time limit mandating board vacancies had to be filled within three meetings.
RAPID TRANSIT BUS NOW RUNNING ON PARK The MTS Mid-City Rapid Transit Bus debuted on Park Boulevard in early October, offering a speedier bus route with its own dedicated traffic lane. The “Rapid 215” will run from San Diego State to Downtown San Diego. Earlier this year, Voice of San Diego reported that while a rapid transit bus system is considerably less expensive than other “high-end transit,” the mid-city line only reduces travel time by 10 to 22 percent during peak hours, which equates to shaving four to 11 minutes off a rider’s daily commute. SANDAG eventually plans to turn the route into a light-rail transit line by 2035, according to its Long-Term Transportation Plan, but the agency is currently fighting a lawsuit that claims the plan does not meet state-mandated
greenhouse gas-reduction targets. The “Rapid 215” runs seven days a week from 5 to 1 a.m., picking up every 10 minutes during rush hour.
LGBT VETERANS TO BE HONORED The San Diego LGBT Center has announced the selections for the 2014 Benjamin F. Dillingham, III & Bridget Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor ceremony. The following inductees will be added to the wall, located inside The Center’s main auditorium, on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m.: John Carlos Keasler, US Army; Robert A. Lehman, US Marine Corps; Thomas Joseph Sequine, US Navy; Dennis Michael Fiordaliso, US Navy; Frank Stefano, US Navy; and Robert Hall “Jess” Jessop (posthumously), US Navy. Veterans recognized are chosen by an advisory committee made up of other LGBT veterans, and selections are based on packages that outline each member’s service to the military and their contributions to the LGBT community. Candidates must have a connection to San Diego and show proof of honorable discharge, with the only exception allowing less favorable discharges due to the service member’s sexual orientation or preferred gender status. The ceremony, held the Thursday prior to Veterans Day, will include a presentation of military colors, the National Anthem, announcement of inductees, remarks from inductees and distinguished guests. Light refreshments will also be served. Rep. Susan Davis, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Council President Todd Gloria have all been invited. The ceremony is open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, contact Ben Cartwright at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-692-2077, x 106. HARVEY MILK’S SHUTTERS FOR GOOD A co-owner of Harvey Milk’s American Diner has issued a statement Wednesday announcing that the Hillcrest restaurant’s closure would be permanent, though he did not detail the reasons for the permanent closure. “Since the decision to close was made, our main concern was to get all of our
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employees paid for the hours they had worked,” Frank Lechner stated. “We are pleased to announce that as of today, Oct. 29, everyone has been paid. Harvey Milk’s American Diner will not reopen. We would like to thank all of our friends in the community for their support.” The statement alludes to various reports of bounced checks by employees and a check cashing business across the street from the diner. Lechner was elected to the Hillcrest Business Association board of directors on Oct. 16, shortly after the announcement of the restaurant’s temporary closure. He resigned just a few days later to focus on his business, according to HBA Executive Director Ben Nicholls. Harvey Milk’s opened at a corner location on University and Sixth avenues in August 2013. On Oct. 10, a Facebook post by Harvey Milk’s stated the restaurant would be closing temporarily to reorganize. It never reopened.
EVENT TO PROMOTE LOVE, COMPASSION AND UNITY Community Unity, a local community organization, will host an event to address issues of discrimination, bigotry, violence, sexual abuse and more on Friday, Nov. 14. The purpose is to “address these issues within various communities across San Diego.” The event will include guest speakers from local organizations, including Survivors for Solutions and UMTR2ME (You Matter To Me), who will share personal experiences with bullying and more. It will also be a place to share community resources. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. and be held at the San Diego LGBT Center (3909 Centre St., Hillcrest). For more information email amanda. email@example.com or call 860-338-4054.
GAY SAN DIEGO Oct. 31–Nov. 13, 2014
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ATKIN’S SNOOPY PLATE PROGRAM STILL NEEDS SALES TO DEBUT In February, the Department of Motor Vehicles in conjunction with the State of California’s launched “the Snoopy plate,” a California license plate that depicts a happy and dancing Snoopy and the phrase “museums are for everyone,” after a bill sponsored by Speaker Toni G. Atkins was passed. The wife of Snoopy’s creator, the late Charles M. Schultz, opened a museum in Santa Rosa in his honor and became aware of the need for additional funding. The family and other copyright holders of both Schultz and Peanuts are donating the royalties to benefit museums. Revenues from the plate, which would be managed by California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE), would help finance museums throughout California through a grant program. However, in order for a special interest plate to go into production, a designated minimum of 7,500 pre-paid orders must be collected. “The outpouring of interest and support has been fantastic,” said Celeste DeWald, executive director of the California Association of Museums in a press release. “We have already sold 4,600 license plates, and Californians are buying them every day. The sooner we sell another 2,900, the sooner DMV will start producing Snoopy plates and California museums will have a new funding source.” Special interest plates such as this cost $50 and are $40 per year to renew and a portion are considered tax deductible. These fees are attached to DMV vehicle registration. Should a purchaser wish to personalize the plate, the plate costs $98 with a $78 renewal. Proceeds from the plates will benefit California museums devoted to history, art, science, and natural history, as well as zoos, botanical gardens, and aquariums. If 7,500 orders are not received by February 2015, pending orders will either be refunded or the CCHE will request to extend the campaign for another year. For more information or to order your Snoopy Plate, visit Snoopyplate.comt
GAY SAN DIEGO Oct. 31–Nov. 13, 2014
No to name change
I am opposed to changing the name of Florence Elementar y School [See “Effort to rename Florence Elementar y meets resistance,” Vol. 5, Issue 21]. The proponents of the change have not explained what is wrong with the original name. The new name would be that of a living politician. What if there is a future scandal involving that politician? Will the name have to be changed again? What real connection does that politician have to the school? None that I can discern. And who would want the name of a school they attended long ago to have its name changed without their knowledge? I live within four blocks of Florence Elementar y School. Nobody informed me of the “community meeting” that your newspaper reported on. The activists and politicians might think they can fast track this deal behind the community’s back. I hope they do not succeed. And enough of these name changes that honor activists and politicians. Change the name of the school to that of a parent volunteer or distinguished teacher or alumnus if it must be changed at all. — Andrew Towne, via email
The evolution of ‘coming out’ Editorial
Bicycle and livability supporters fear coming out in Hillcrest amidst death threats By Bruce Shank Editor’s Note: This opinion piece first ran on the BikeSD.org Blog Oct. 16. Growing up I never imagined being in a position where I’d get more flak for being someone who prefers to ride a bicycle than I would for being a gay man. However, I get more hate directed at me from my fellow LGBTQ community in San Diego for being a bicycle advocate than I receive from the straight community for being queer. It reveals an interesting dichotomy of social acceptance and surprises me that such contempt emanates from our LGBTQ community. Recently while walking in Hillcrest, I happened across a member (let’s call this person “Jamie” for this purpose and not outing someone’s orientation) who is a leader in the LGBTQ community. This is someone I hold great love and respect for. We cordially greeted each other as usual with a smile, hug, and kiss, then Jamie felt the need to inform me how much he wished I wasn’t one of those “bike people.” This quickly soured our encounter. Jamie went on to say, “one of these days I’ll probably kill you or another of your friends. I don’t want to but it won’t matter which one of us would be right or wrong —you’d be
dead. Bikes shouldn’t be in the city or on the streets. We don’t want these bike lanes here, we’ve even booed [Council President] Todd Gloria for suggesting such a thing. Can’t you go ride your bike some place else?” Even before this encounter, BikeSD Executive Director Sam Ollinger faced similar backlash from another LGBTQ business leader and community figurehead. Ollinger was going around talking to local businesses about how they could support our advocacy efforts to improve and enhance bicycling in Hillcrest. At one establishment, the co-owner wished death on people riding bicycles to “teach them a lesson” — all because he’s occasionally seen bicycle riders roll through stop signs. I don’t know about you, but I would never wish harm or death against anyone driving a car just because I’ve witnessed drivers using their phone while driving, or violating the law while rolling through a stop sign, our own infamous “California stop.” This lack of scrutiny on driver behavior was addressed [on this blog] previously. Tens of thousands of Americans are killed each year by speeding and inattentive driving. Surely this is a far greater problem than bad behavior from people on bikes.
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Back to the encounter with Jamie: Once I recovered from the shock of realizing someone with whom I thought had mutual respect was instead callous about the value of my life and others because of our choice of transportation, I tried to explain the need for dedicated infrastructure to provide safe transportation for everyone. At BikeSD we work hard to educate our many communities about the need and importance for proper urban infrastructure. But it’s sometimes very slow going because it sometimes feels like our message falls on deaf ears. And it seems to lie in this false choice of choosing between the personal convenience of an automobile over safer streets. Sustainability is not just a buzzword. It’s a real thing. We can’t build ever-larger streets with unlimited parking. We have to focus our design and smart growth on promoting and enhancing the mobility options for pedestrians, bicycles, wheelchair users, skateboards and everyone else in order make our communities places to get out and live. Our communities should be destinations, not convenient drive-through thoroughfares like the interstate. This piece shouldn’t be taken as an over-generalization of the LGBTQ community’s response. There are some outside the LGBTQ [community of] Hillcrest who also do not support bicycle infrastructure or more livable cities for one reason or another. There are many more in the LGBTQ community that do support our efforts —
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Even though a great deal of progress has been made with regard to coming out, I do think any attention that can be given to the issue is still extremely important [See Editorial: Is National Coming Out Day still necessar y?” Vol. 5, Issue 21]. First, there are groups that would like for all of us to go back into the closet, and anything they can do to silence anything “gay” related would be considered a victor y. We mustn’t give them that kind of public victor y. Second, Coming Out is an evolving term. For many, it’s no longer a singular process, but one that is both linear and layered and involves multiple phases of both social and self-acceptance. Having a dialogue about this critical developmental stage for gay people can help ever yone be as supportive as possible to those who are coming out and transitioning to a new life based on embracing a sacred truth. Great editorial – I hope I have added something valuable to the discussion! —RestoretheRainbow.com via gay-sd.com
The wedding was beautiful [See “Wedding of the year,” Vol. 5, Issue 21]. I’ll always be glad I was there. Thank you, Gar y and Oscar, for allowing the people of Coronado to get to know you. —Betty Reynolds, via gay-sd.com It was a lovely wedding and so proud of Coronado for coming together to make this right. Cerrisa, Alisa, Rita, and Kate deser ve our gratitude! —Benny Cartwright, via gay-sd.comt
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EDITORIAL yet they do so in silence for fear of being outed as a bicycle supporter. Now that’s ironic. It saddens me to see this come from our community, my community — to hear comments wishing me death that I would more expect to hear from the likes of Westboro Baptist Church. It’s odd and surprises me that people with
a history of marginalization would be so quick to target others who are marginalized in their own way. Hillcrest and the Uptown area are on the precipice of a grand redesign of the heart of our LGBTQ community. We don’t need death threats. We need an infrastructure that benefits everyone. Improved sidewalks, urban parklets, and dedicated, protected bike lanes so people of any age can use their bicycles more to make urban trips and lessen their dependence on cars — which in turn lessens the
Moving from ‘or’ to ‘and’ By Rev. Jerry Troyer We in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer (LGBTQ) community have come a long way. Marriage equality is moving forward across the United States, and very soon, I am convinced, committed samesex couples will have the same rights and privileges that heterosexual couples enjoy. The opinion of the country is changing as well, and recent polls show that more than half of Americans polled approve of marriage equality. We have asked the country to change their minds, in that a person can be LGBTQ and legal married to their partner, and the country has done so. But I would suggest there is much work to be done within the LGBTQ community, in focusing on our commonalities, rather than our differences. Although I do not live in Congressional District 52, I have been distressed to hear and read about the alleged rift between openly gay candidate Carl DeMaio and the LGBTQ community. I say alleged because part of the “fun” of politics very often has to do with mud slinging, and if one can’t find any mud, one creates some. Good news and unity does not sell newspapers, or encourage comments on a website. Conflict and derision does. Part of the challenge of being in, or running for, public office, must have to do with the fact that comments, votes and activities for years and even decades are a matter of public record. We criticize our politicians for changing
—Rev. Jerry Troyer is a native San Diegan, the senior minister of the LGBT inclusive and affirming Joyful Living Spiritual Center, and the author of “Coming Out to Ourselves ... Admitting, Accepting and Embracing Who We Truly Are.” Earlier this year he founded the LGBTQ Spiritual Summit, bringing leaders of inclusive religious denominations and spiritual traditions together with members of the LGBTQ community, which held its first event at the San Diego LGBT Center on Aug 2. For more information or to contact him, visit revjerry.com or lgbtqspiritualsummit.org.t
In this apartment, LGBTQ history was made (Photo by Greg May)
The small saltbox house at the [northeastern] corner of Florida Street and El Cajon Boulevard is considered by many to be one of the earliest, if not one of the first, historic LGBTQ sites in San Diego. It was here in the early 1970s, in his apartment, that Bernie Michels, along with other wellknown and honored figures in the LGBTQ community: Jess Jessop, Thom Carey, Lloyd Dirk, Peggy Heathers, David Hollenbeck, Cynthia Lawrence, Jerr y Peterson, Gar y Vrooman, Pat Cluchey, Pat Byers, John Eberly, Don Johnson, and George Murphy, organized, planned, developed and wrote the initial planning and incorporation documents for the ver y first LGBTQ Center for Social Ser vices, now known as The San Diego LGBT Center. The LGBTQ community has recognized most of these individuals and their names appear on the Wall of Honor at the LGBT Center.
—Bruce Shank served on the BikeSD Board of Directors from 2012–2014 and stepped down from the board to focus on an unavoidable job relocation. He is also known as Sister Gaia Love, board chair of the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Reach him at sistergaialove@ gmail.com t
their minds, and yet, don’t we change ours? I would hope so. We learn something new; we allow ourselves to consider a different perspective. I want my elected officials to be willing to consider a new point of view, and adjust theirs when it is appropriate. The purpose of the LGBTQ Spiritual Summit, of which I am the founder, is to invite members of our community to consider that one can be LGBTQ and spiritual —including but not limited to Christian, or Catholic, or Buddhist, or Humanist. What if we opened our minds to the possibility that one could be gay and Republican? Again, I do not live in District 52, and am not endorsing either candidate. But I hope that voters will allow themselves to focus on the actual issues, and who is most qualified to serve in Congress, rather than being pulled into the nonsense. We are asking the heterosexual community to embrace and exist with us. It is time that we work to come together with our community.
Save ‘the birthplace’ of our community
By Charles Kaminsky
traffic and the parking burden on Hillcrest. And just think of all those great legs everyone will soon have!
One could almost say this was where the San Diego LGBTQ movement sprang forth from and wouldn’t go back into the closet. It was here that Bernie and others decided that our community needed to take care of ourselves and be proud of who we are. The entire 2000 block along El Cajon Boulevard between Florida Street to Alabama Street, along with its development entitlements, has now been acquired by Fenton Properties. This most likely will mean the demolition and loss of this historic LGBTQ site. When this property was approved for development in 2005 and in 2008, and yet again in 2011, there was no acknowledgement of the historic importance to the LGBTQ community of this apartment at 2004 El Cajon Blvd. This oversight of the LGBTQ connection to the building reinforces the opinion that the city has not yet recognized the historic significance of the
LGBTQ community in the social and political development of San Diego. It is now 2014 and it is time for the community to speak up and save and preser ve this historic LGBTQ site. This property needs the recognition it deser ves. Lambda Archives of San Diego supports an aggressive review of any proposed development by all community groups, public review boards, and requests definitive historic status for 2004 El Cajon Blvd. Mr. Michel’s apartment at 2004 El Cajon Blvd. is one of the earliest and one of the most important historic sites in the city to the LGBTQ community. —Charles (Chuck) Kaminski is an architect, a community activist and has been a resident of San Diego for 40 years. He has been on the board of Lambda Archives since 2013. email@example.com
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ASIANFILM South Korea, but there continues to be a great deal of hostility toward queer politics within the fundamentalist Christian segment of the country. The retrospective is part of an international symposium held in conjunction with UCSD’s Transnational Korean Studies program, which runs from Nov. 13 – 15 and also includes an art exhibit and an academic conference. Another new offering this year has LGBT film buffs in mind. Presented in partnership with the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, the “LGBT Dignity Pass” will provide access to all LGBT film screenings throughout the festival for just $75. Ticket prices without the pass are $9 per film for Pac-Arts members or $12 for non-members, or in four-packs for $44. The festival is also giving out $2 discounts on general admission tickets for San Diego Public Library patrons. Use the SDLIBRARY discount code during your online purchase. LGBT-themed films will be shown in three locations: UltraStar
Little Anita (right) falls for a beautiful older woman in “Anita’s Last Cha-Cha”; (below) In 1950s Korea women played all parts on stage (Courtesy SDAFF) in Hazard Center, UCSD’s Visual Arts Presentation Lab at the SME, and at UCSD’s Atkinson Hall, with the majority of films shown at UltraStar in Hazard Center. Proceeds from the gala awards dinner will benefit REEL VOICES, a high school documentary filmmaking program offered by PacArts for students in the San Diego area. REEL VOICES has a submission of shorts at this year’s festival. For more info or ticket packages, visit sdaff.org. —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
SCREENINGS American Asian Panorama LGBT Films: (All films screened at UltraStar Cinemas, 7510 Hazard Center Dr. #100. Mission Valley). “Eat With Me” Friday, Nov. 7 at 6:35 p.m. (2014 / 95 min) George Takei takes a back seat to Los Angeles with a cameo in this film about a mother and son forced to live together who use food to help them come to terms with their communication and intimacy issues, while exploring relationships of their own. “Limited Partnership” Saturday, Nov. 8 at 12:50 p.m. (2014 / 75 min) A love story that fueled a 43 year path to equal rights, this film follows Filipino-American Richard Adams and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan, the first couple to file a federal lawsuit seeking equal treatment for same sex marriage. Official Selection, 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival and Audience Award winner at 2014 Cinema Q Film Festival. “Appropriate Behavior” Saturday, Nov. 8 at 3:10 p.m. (2014 / 86 min) This film features Brooklyn dating with a humorous twist, by way of a bisexual daughter of Iranian immigrants. Director Desiree Akhavan is able to address and discuss sexual identity in a way that feels natural and fresh. Won Best Screenwriting at OUTFEST and an official selection at Sundance Film Festival this year. Filmmaker expected to attend for post-film discussion. “Shorts: Gay of Thrones” Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. From a divine princess and fierce drag queens to a king-sized dilemma, a royal dose of drama and fun awaits in these nine short films. “Kumu Hina” Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m. (2014 / 77 min) This documentary follows Kumu Hina, a māhā (“middle” or third gender person) teacher who passes on Hawaiian culture through hula to her students and inspires a young māhā to lead her class. Audience Award winner at 2014 Asian American International Film Festival, Best Documentary at Frameline Film Festival. Asia “Pop” LGBT Films: (Screened at UltraStar Cinemas, 7510 Hazard Center Dr. #100. Mission Valley.) “Anita’s Last Cha-Cha” Sunday, Nov. 9 at 7:55 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 10 at 6:40 p.m. (2013 / 110 min) Directed by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo. Set in a small village in the Philippines, dress-hating Anita falls in love for the first time when a beautiful older woman moves to her village. Winner of Best Picture and Best Actress in the 2013 CineFilipino Film Festival. “Masters” LGBT Film: (Screened at UCSD’s CalLit2 Atkinson Hall auditorium located at Voigt Drive and Equality Lane.)
“Vive L’Amour” Sunday, Nov. 9 at 4:20 p.m. (1994 / 118 min) Digitally restored film that inspired many at its ’94 Venice Film Festival premiere, Vive L’Amour takes three people: a street crawler, a skirt-chasing hustler, and a real estate agent, and uses comedy and what has been called the director’s “courageous use of pacing and silence” to intersect their lives.
introduce new readers to the joy of reading. There was an elderly Filipino who said he was not a reader, but found out that the library was doing this [promotion] and he was so proud that it was a Filipino author. I will guarantee you that we’ll have a young person who may or may not be LGBT who will say ‘I never knew there were Filipino gay writers.’ We get that kind of reaction every year.” The San Diego LGBT Multicultural Literary Foundation is about to celebrate its second anniversary with a “literary gala” on Nov. 15. It was founded by Caleb Rainey in 2012 — initially as a book club — to focus on works by LGBT authors of color and who are Jewish, and encourage awareness to the diversity of the current body of gay writings. In the past year they have brought 13 authors to San Diego to showcase their work. “Marc Cher y asked
mand there would be for a story about gay and trans Filipinos. “Creative writing is an act of empathy,” Tenorio said during the Q&A. “You’re convincing a reader to be alone and spend time with a character who is different.” While most writing teachers preach, “Write what you know,” Tenorio said he prohibits his students from writing about college parties and bad relationships and people like themselves. He wants his students to get inside the head of someone different and try to see the world the way that person would. At the Diversionary event, Tenorio read from one of the short stories, “The Brothers,” about a Filipino man trying to come to terms with the death of his transgender brother. Asked about it afterward, he said “The brother understands that Eric, now Erica, is natural, how she was meant to be. Even though his brother was dead, he was living the life he wanted to have.” “Tenorio didn’t get a lot of coverage in the gay press, because he really wasn’t marketed as a gay author,” Rainey said. “Monstress” is Tenorio’s first book and is a collection of short stories, some of which
“Remembering Queer Korea” A historical retrospective on queer images in Korean film. Kick-off reception takes place at UCSD’s SME building on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. Attendees will enjoy refreshments and appetizers prior to the screening of “The Girl Princes.” “The Girl Princes” Thursday, Nov. 13, 6:45 p.m. (2012 / 79 min) Historical documentary with a musical bent, this film is set in South Korea in 1950s, when the rise and sudden fall of female “gukgeuk” — musical theater where women played all the roles. The performers, many of whom are profiled today, were idolized at the time but some explored the boundaries of their sexuality within their troupes and even found love. “The Pollen of Flowers” Friday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m. (1972 / 85 min) This is touted as one of the finest Korean films of the 1970s, and it was the first Korean film to feature a homosexual relationship and other scandalous themes. Directed by Ha Gil-jong, who produced the film after attending UC Los Angeles’ film school, it was recently digitally restored. “Sabangji” Friday, Nov. 14, 8:30 p.m. (1988 / 94 min) Set in the Choson dynasty, the lead character (Sabangji) is intersex (though the film nearly eliminates her masculine characteristics after the first scene) and after experiencing an identity crisis, soon explores her more female characteristics through homoeroticism. “Broken Branches” Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. (1996 / 96 min) This film is told in three parts, following the narrator from birth to adulthood (1950s – 90s). It depicts how one Korean family that might not necessarily accept homosexuality, cannot deny their gay sons, as all the while progress continues. It begins as a conservative historic film but morphs into a comedy. “Shorts: Uncle ‘Bar’ at Barbershop, Auld Lang Syne” Saturday, Nov. 15, 12:15 p.m. (22 min / 26 min) A light-hearted conversation turns explosive in a barbershop. After a chance encounter in a park, two men reconsider an old romance. These five films will be screened at UCSD’s Visual Arts Presentation Lab, located in Room 149 of the Structural and Materials Engineering building on Matthews Lane. Park in the Gilman lot. Parking free on Saturday.
Monstress cutline: Interested readers line up to purchase Tenorio's autographed book . (Photo by Walter Meyer) if we wanted to be involved in One Book, One San Diego,” Rainey said. “Tenorio grew up here and now teaches at St. Mar y’s College near San Francisco. It just happened that he was a gay author and they contacted us and asked if we’d like to do anything with it.” “I grew up in Mira Mesa, so to have my work embraced by my hometown means everything to me,” Tenorio said. “Writing is a solitary act, but to have it embraced by the community is an honor for me. I told them I’d be honored and happy to promote the program.” Tenorio said when he heard about the San Diego LGBT Multicultural Literary Foundation he found it “so important and so encouraging.” He said he wishes there had been something like it when he was a young gay Filipino and wondered just how many young people the organization was influencing. “I felt lucky to have any audience at all,” he said. “When I found out this was a city-wide project, I was thrilled to share these stories with a wider audience.” He wasn’t sure how much de-
had been previously published in “The Atlantic,” “Plowshares,” the “Chicago Tribune,” and the more controversial gay and transgender stories found a home in Manoa Magazine, a literary journal of the University of Hawaii that focuses on Asian-Pacific Islander stories. Four of the stories are now being adapted into stage plays in San Francisco and Tenorio is working on his first novel. To learn more about Tenorio’s work, visit lysleytenorio. com. To see the full list of the 2014 One Book, One San Diego events, visit sandiego.gov/publiclibrary/news-events/onebook. For more information about the LGBT Multicultural Literary Foundation, visit sdliteraryfoundation.org. —Walter G. Meyer is a local freelance writer who has written three published books, including the award-winning LGBT novel, “Rounding Third.” Several of his screenplays have been optioned and his stage play, GAM3RS, is being made into a web series. Reach him at email@example.com
Time travel DINING
Dining Review Frank Sabatini Jr. The year was 1980. President Ronald Reagan was elected to the White House in a Republican sweep. Ted Turner had launched CNN. And on Mission Gorge Road, a new Chinese restaurant opened its doors to meet the growing demand of consumers on the hunt for meals that exuded feistier flavors than standard, Cantonesestyle chow mein. Convoy Street aside, Szechuan Mandarin remains one of the last full-service restaurants in San Diego’s urban core specializing in classic, chili-laced dishes from China’s Sichuan Province. It’s where you’ll find spicy eggplant, crispy beef and Kung Pao chicken, not to mention fragrant, traditional crispy duck available in whole or half portions. Mandarin House in Bankers Hill was part of this league until shuttering last year. Currently, Hong Kong Restaurant, Jimmy Wong’s Golden Dragon Asian Bistro and Wang’s North Park come close, but they mix other styles of Asian cooking heavily into their menus. Flanked by car dealerships, the generically named restaurant shows its
(above, from top) Szechuan shrimp; dumplings in chili oil; Mandarin pork; (right) hot and sour soup (Photos by Frank Sabatini, Jr.)
age with a couple of aquariums, plastic flora and cultural wall art. Patrons are greeted by an intimate cocktail bar leading into three cozy dining sections that are kept clean and tidy. The steamed pork dumplings are among my favorites. Served eight to an order, their supple casings are filled with traditional ginger-infused ground pork and draped boldly in hot chili oil. Although if you’re intent on proceeding to other mouth burners, you’ll have to insist on “extra spicy” since all of the dishes listed in red are served medium by default. Soups by the bowl easily feed two people. The seaweed-tofu recipe features a deep, earthy flavor from the ocean greens, which I’ve found overused for my liking. Conversely, the hot and sour soup is addicting, with the peppery hotness battling equally with the sourness of rice vinegar. You get more poultry than peanuts in Szechuan Mandarin’s Kung Pao chicken. In classic Sichuan style, the ingredients are cloaked in a reddish and somewhat fruity tasting sauce achieved from chili paste. This compared to the lessthrilling recipes used in takeout joints where the red turns salty brown because of its reliance on soy sauce. The pungent chicken rarely disappoints. It incorporates just enough garlic, chilies and cilantro to maintain boldness. Deep-fried breast meat is used in the dish, but appeared rather sparingly when I last ordered it. In a recent visit, my companion’s Szechuan shrimp turned out to be the sweetest dish on our table, despite the menu designating it as spicy. A profuse amount of glossy red sauce resembling sweet and sour blanketed the mediumsize shrimp while completely camouflaging the finely chopped vegetables that were included in the scheme. He fished out the seafood and left the rest. Faint waves of heat emerged from my Mandarin pork, although the menu’s description of ginger in the sauce was undetectable. The meat was cut into thin strips, intermingled with crisp green bell peppers. For the most part, the pork
was tender and trimmed of its fat. In addition to the spicy options, tamer dishes include black bean filet of bass, crispy orange beef, walnut shrimp and almond chicken — the kind of meals that constituted as exotic fare to the steak-andpotato set of past generations. Several years ago the wine list at Szechuan Mandarin was surprisingly large and ambitious. It has since been scaled down to pedestrian labels such as Kendall Jackson, Woodbridge and the like, due perhaps to the fact that consumers don’t typically flock to Chinese restaurants for the vino. We slugged Mandarin martinis instead, which provided a sweet, stimulating offset to the spicy dumplings and my pork dish after raising its heat level with house chili sauce. But that isn’t to say you’ll need a fire hose to quell your palate if choosing a dish marked in red. The food is safely spiced and as warmly familiar as the inspiring message sitting inside your fortune cookie.
—Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. 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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start of the parade is moving further north to accommodate several blocks of space between Amado and Baristo roads on N. Palm Canyon Drive for the festival grounds. DeHarte said the new route, starting at Tachevah Drive and running south along Palm Canyon Drive into downtown, will now more prominently involve Palm Springs’ trendy Uptown Design District. “[The area] is home to cafés and bars and many gay-owned vintage and modern furniture stores, fashion boutiques, art galleries, and clothing shops which celebrate the city’s famed mid-century modernist roots,” he said. The parade now ends at Amado Road and Palm Canyon Drive, the new entrance to the festival. Having the two events intertwined in the center of the village will make the festival more convenient for parade spectators, something deHarte said will lead to greater attendance. His hunch could prove correct; after all, history shows that San Diego Pride’s festival has always seen greater attendance the day of its parade, which also ends near the festival’s entrance. Another big change this year is the cost of the Palm Springs Pride Festival: It’s free. Last year’s entrance fees were $15 per day or $25 for a two-day pass. DeHarte said the move from Sunrise Park allowed them to eliminate the fee altogether, something he said will not only make the festival more accessible to the entire community, but also create a “unique niche” for the organization, as all other largescale Pride festivals in Southern California still charge significant amounts to attend. “Go big or go home right? We know our attendees want to be downtown and by offering free admission along with a great Pride celebration, we will attract very large crowds,” he said, adding that they expect to exceed 25,000 to 30,000 participants daily. Like most pride celebrations, Palm Springs Pride started out with very humble beginnings. Thanks to the consistent support of the surrounding business community and its residents, the annual event has grown in leaps and bounds since. That support, coupled with organizers who have always listened to the concerns of local merchants and residents impacted by the festivities, has lead to great prosperity. “Huge kudos to the City Council, police, fire, traffic and events departments who have really made the move downtown possible,” deHarte said. “When we first started the conversation in 2011 about
(l to r) PS Pride Executive Director Ron deHarte with comedian Shann Carr at a previous festival (Courtesy Ron deHarte) moving the festival downtown the Main Street Palm Springs business association was very supportive. I think they were our first cheerleaders. Mayor Pougnet saw our vision from the very start and he’s been a great source of encouragement.” Palm Springs Pride’s success also extends to the helping hands of those in other cities as well. DeHarte has a large contingent of veteran pride volunteers coming in from Phoenix, Long Beach, Ventura County, and of course San Diego, that lend their personal services to the organization year after year. “Our volunteer crew from San Diego grows each year and we are very fortunate to have the support from so many seasoned Pride production volunteers,” said deHarte, a Phoenix native and former San Diego resident. “They make my job so much easier. Their skill and experience really help shape the event. We have a great time and we enjoy working together.” Ben Cartwright, director of outreach at the San Diego LGBT Center, is a longtime San Diego Pride volunteer who has been stepping in to help Palm Springs Pride since 2010. “It has given me the opportunity to meet so many great people who live and volunteer in Palm Springs and be a part of their celebration,” Cartwright said. “In the five years I’ve been involved, I’ve watched Palm Springs Pride grow from a pretty standard pride celebration to one of the most exciting such events on the ‘pride circuit.’” “I like volunteering for Palm Springs Pride because sometimes being in our own little community in San Diego, I forget that the community is actually all over the place,” said longtime San Diego-based volunteer Courtney Ware. “I like the differences between [our pride and their pride]. I like meeting new people and sharing great experiences while celebrating a special weekend. And ... I love Spurline and singing along to show tunes with a packed house at the end of a long
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day of volunteering.” In years past, Cartwright said the Saturday night Pride Block Party on Arenas Road served as a way to extend the festival into the evening. This year, the block party continues as one of the big attractions of the reimagined main event, which kicks off Friday night with Jeremiah Clark at the Stonewall Equality Concert. Amanda Lepore, celebrity grand marshal of the parade, will be one of many performers at the block party on Saturday night, with the final set by Frankmusik starting at 10:15 p.m. The two-day festival will include five additional stages, hosting dozens of entertainers and DJs throughout the weekend, with the 1980s English rock band The Psychedelic Furs scheduled to perform a full concert on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2:15 p.m. “I think what you will see is that downtown Palm Springs will come alive on Nov. 8 when the giant palm trees that shade the street as you stroll during the day are washed in rainbow colors when the sun goes down,” deHarte said “Disco balls will float from the sky at Arenas and Palm Canyon, and Walter, the massive two-story extra-large Volkswagen bus art car from Burning Man, will be a sight to see.” The two-story DJ stage “Kalliope,” also made popular at Burning Man and the Bonnaroo festival, is another “art car stage” that will be on hand both nights to delight revelers at the intersection of Tahquitz and Palm Canyon. “There is so much going on in Palm Springs,” deHarte said. “This is a year to experience Pride again for the very first time.” The 28th annual Palm Springs Pride will be celebrated Friday through Sunday, Nov. 7 – 9 in the heart of Palm Springs. For more information regarding festival lineup, schedules, direction, sponsors and parking, visit pspride.org. —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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GAY SAN DIEGO Oct. 31–Nov. 13, 2014
Henry V’s Richard Baird
Auspicious advent Theater Review Charlene Baldridge On St. Crispin’s day, Oct. 25, a certain corner in Hillcrest rang with the sound of bagpipes; to be precise the one-night-only pipes and drums of the Cameron Highlanders. Inside ion theatre’s black box theatre at Sixth and Pennsylvania avenues, the New Fortune Theatre Company, instituted by Richard Baird and Matthew Thompson, was about to unveil its inaugural production, William Shakespeare’s “Henry V.” Baird and Matthew Henerson co-direct the history play and also portray the lead characters. Baird provides an admirable, heroic and human King Henry V, who sports so real a wound under his left eye that one worries for the actor. Henerson assays the devious Archbishop of Canterbury and the Welsh captain, Fluellen, Shakespeare’s fictional, pedantic and lovable comic relief at the Battle of St. Crispin’s Day. Historically, the battle was waged at Agincourt, France, in 1415. In New Fortune’s production it takes place anywhere in time, yet is resonant with WWI, and has accouterments of modern warfare. The young Henry, having eschewed his youthful escapades with John Falstaff (an off-stage character in this play) — and the Eastcheap
characters; Nym, Pistol, Mistress Quickly and Bardolph (who appear in “Henry V”) — leads his army into battle with French forces that far outnumber his. They should be massacred, but they are not, and meanwhile Henry delivers some of Shakespeare’s greatest speeches and charmingly woos and wins the French princess, Katharine (Amanda Schaar, who also presents a fetching Boy on the battlefield). Boy is part of Fluellen’s cadre, along with the aforementioned reluctant and incompetent Nym (Marcus L. Overton), Pistol (John Tessmer), Bardolph (Walter Murray) and Nell Quickly (Dana Hooley). Adeptly, all play additional roles, most of them exceptionally well. Overton impresses as the French king, and Hooley and Schaar excel in the endearing scene in which Katharine attempts to learn English. Others in the company are Ed Hollingsworth, J. Tyler Jones, Neil McDonald, Jake Rosko, Matthew Thompson, and Rachael VanWormer. Depending on one’s point of view, “Henry V” is a great antiwar play and its title character, a hero. The opposing view is that he was a cruel warmonger. Baird’s emotionally involved Henry embodies the former view, especially when his Henry reads out the list of the French who died at Agincourt. Shakespeare seemingly takes no side in the matter, merely presents the circumstances,
“Henry V” by William Shakespeare through Nov. 9
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voiced by a Chorus of one (Jessica John, in a series of imaginative costumes), who invites us to see and judge for ourselves. Justin Lang’s scenic design consists of a bare, textured playing surface enhanced by the addition of an occasional throne, battlefield sandbags and Kacia Catelli’s props. Aaron Rumley’s lighting design, Matt Lescault-Wood’s sound design, and Castelli’s costumes consistently support the production. In the best of all worlds, the 14-person company’s diction would
(l to r) Ed Hollingsworth, Jake Rosko; (below) Matthew Henerson (Courtesy NFTC) be on the same page. That happens rarely, however, even in the world of lavish, professionally produced Shakespeare. As related to a friend, one hardly ever sees a perfect Shakespeare company, especially when celebrities are cast in hopes of attracting an audience. Closest to perfection was the Shakespeare Globe’s gender-crossed 2003 “Twelfth Night,” starring Mark Rylance as Olivia and seen at UCLA. Such repertory companies that consistently work together have the best shot at unity. Meanwhile, let us hope that New Fortune finds the financial support to assure future productions. Meanwhile, they intend to produce a series of readings while in residence at ion, where “Henr y V” plays through Nov. 9 only. Do not miss their inaugural effort.
— Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. Her book “San Diego, Jewel of the California Coast” (Northland Publishing) is currently available in bookstores. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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CICLOSDIAS From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a twomile route running along Sixth and University avenues and Normal Street will be dedicated exclusively to cyclists and pedestrians. Three “Periodic Crossings” filled with various physical activities and displays will be placed along the way. CicloSDias wears a few more hats than one might think: The event is part exercise, part advocacy and part small business promotion. Each component affects where and how it all takes place. Similar to the Pacific Beach CicloSDias, the Hillcrest route will pass nearly 300 storefronts along the bustling Hillcrest business corridor. SDCBC Executive Director Andy Hanshaw said a business community engaged with active transportation is crucial to the event’s success. “What we’re really trying to do is engage the businesses and get them involved with this — and they’re excited about it — because there’s going to be thousands of people outside their doors, and they’re coming from all over and may never have seen their business before — it’s an opportunity,” Hanshaw said. HBA Executive Director Ben Nicholls said local businesses are already onboard. “When Andy held the first [CicloSDias] … [the HBA] sent him a letter saying ‘please consider Hillcrest for future events,’” Nicholls said. “So this event came here at the request of Hillcrest businesses.” Nicholls cited the Uptown Parking District’s devotion of meter revenue to bicycle infrastructure like bike corrals as an example of the neighborhood’s support of bicycle initiatives. He said the HBA has long been a leader in this regard. “The HBA is the biggest supporter of bicycle infrastructure in Hillcrest,” Nicholls said. “We’ve done more than any other group to promote this as a bicycling neighborhood.” Both Hanshaw and Nicholls acknowledge the unique situation of hosting this CicloSDias in Hillcrest. SANDAG, a regional planning agency, plans to install a massive network of bike lanes throughout San Diego during the next several years, and its path through Hillcrest continues to face considerable opposition from the community. Business owners have expressed concern over parking spaces that may be sacrificed to install the protected bike lanes. Others worry about impact on traffic congestion. A Hillcrest CicloSDias may give businesses an opportunity to see the impact of an increase of cyclists
A mini cyclist at CicloSDias (Courtesy SDCBC)
around their storefronts. “I think this has the ability to demonstrate that people do want to bike and walk in the neighborhood … because it’s a chance to give things a test run and look at the possibilities,” Hanshaw said. In response to the SANDAG Uptown bike corridor, local architect Jim Frost created an alternative bike plan, though “alternative” is technically a misnomer as SANDAG has yet to unveil the specifics of their plan. KTU+A, a local architectural firm, will create temporary protected bikeways replicating those planned for both SANDAG’s and Frost’s corridors within the CicloSDias route, giving the neighborhood a visual of what such plans may look like if put into place. The plan calls for University Avenue to be reduced to a single lane of traffic through much of Hillcrest in order to create more space for parking and pedestrians. The HBA, the Hillcrest Town Council, the Uptown Planners and the Uptown Community Parking District have all requested that SANDAG perform a feasibility study on the plan. KTU+A will also create a temporary outline of the Pride Plaza design,
Bicyclists and walkers enjoy a recent CicloSDias in Pacific Beach (Courtesy SDCBC)
a pedestrian space envisioned around the Pride flag monument at University Avenue and Normal Street. With one CicloSDias in 2013 and two this year, Hanshaw hopes to continue steadily increasing their frequency, although that growth may be difficult to sustain if funding continues to depend on nonprofits like the HBA and the bike coalition. Bogota’s massive, weekly event is possible partially because of public funding. The county government did, however, provide funding to the bike coalition for the event through its Community Enhancement Program. According to the county’s website, the program awarded the bike coalition $4,500 during the 2013-14 period. Hanshaw said that while the event does not currently bring in any revenue to counterbalance the cost of hosting it, sponsorship interest has been increasing with the event’s growth. Hanshaw also has a policy to keep CicloSDias vendor-free.
“We don’t bring out vendors, we encourage people to eat, drink and shop at the local businesses,” Hanshaw said. He added that both the city and the county have been very supportive of the bike coalition’s efforts with CicloSDias and other active transportation initiatives throughout the city. Hanshaw also pointed out that Mayor Kevin Faulconer is a known cyclist, and that the CicloSDias got a muchappreciated mention in the city’s Bicycle Master Plan. San Diego State and UC San Diego co-authored an evaluation of San Diego’s first CicloSDias event, which they released earlier this year. The report states that approximately 8,311 people attended, half of which got their recommended 150 minutes of physical activity during the event. Eighty-four percent of attendees shopped or purchased food or drink during the event, and 50 percent of businesses reported the event had a positive impact on their business. When attendees were asked why they attended, 70 percent said it was the ability to bike without traffic, only 31 percent attended to “support bicycling” and 18 percent to “visit store/ restaurant.” Attendees were allowed to select multiple answers.
A citywide survey conducted in the report found overwhelming support for improving the city’s bicycle infrastructure. Latinos, non-whites and lower-income respondents showed slightly stronger support (87 percent) than white and higher income respondents (84 percent). The former subgroups were also found to be significantly more likely to use a bicycle share program. DecoBike, the city’s bicycle sharing program expected to be unveiled in the coming months, will have a display at CicloSDias. But when the Hillcrest streets are temporarily closed off on Nov. 9, city initiatives, traffic congestion and bike lane shortages can be temporarily forgotten, because more than anything, Hanshaw said, CicloSDias is simply about the community enjoying public space in a rare, relaxed way. “This is about more than just biking and walking: It’s about the communities of Bankers Hill and Hillcrest,” Hanshaw said. “It’s about getting out and enjoying the streets.” Visit ciclowsdias.com to learn more about the event. —Contact Hutton Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org
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FRIDAY, OCT. 31
A Night of Evil Queens: This ultimate drag dining experience includes dinner and show hosted by Tootie and a costume contest with $100 cash prize. Lips San Diego, 3036 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. Visit lipssd.com. SDGMC Halloween Fundraiser “Dusk”: Costumed event featuring hosted bar, munchies and more. Funds will send San Diego youth to attend the Chorus’ Holiday Spectacular in December. 7 – 10 p.m. 2961 First Ave., Bankers Hill. Visit sdgmc.org. Clean and Sober Halloween Dance: This 18-andup event includes a costume contest with several categories and a pumpkin-car ving contest with cash prizes. 8 – 11 p.m. Live and Let Live Alano Club, 1730 Monroe Ave., University Heights. Visit lllac.org. She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D: A sendup of the femme fatales and B-movie horror stories of the 1950s. Costume contest and Halloween party tonight. 8 p.m. and midnight. Diversionar y Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights. Tickets diversionar y.org or call 619-220-0097. Young Frankenstein: Cinema Under the Stars presents Mel Brooks’ spoof of the classic tale starring Gene Wilder, Madeline Khan and more. 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Movie shows all weekend long. For more info visit topspresents.com or call 619-295-4221.
SATURDAY, NOV. 1
Dia de los Muertos at Liberty Station: The Women’s Museum of California will host a Retablo painting workshop during the special event featuring open artist studios, galleries and more throughout NTC Arts and Culture District. 2730 Historic Decatur Rd, Barracks 16, Liberty Station. Visit womensmuseumca.org and libertystation.com.
SUNDAY, NOV. 2
She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D: A send-up of the femme fatales and B-movie hor ror stories of the 1950s. Final per formance. 2 p.m. Diversionar y Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights. Tickets diversionar y.org or call 619-220-0097.
Dia de los Muertos with The Sisters: Join Sister Amanda Reckinwith and the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for their annual gathering to remember friends and family who have passed away. 9 p.m., Hillcrest Pride Flag, University Avenue and Normal Street, Hillcrest. Visit sdsisters.org.
Tuesdays of the month. Sign ups at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit Martinisabovefourth.com. Old Hollywood Handsome: Celebrating the upcoming Bing Crosby Del Mar Racing season, this event will feature handmade hats, barbering, entertainment and libations. 6 – 9 p.m. Mister Brown’s, 3064 University Ave., North Park. Visit jillcourtemanche.com.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5
Modern Military Affiliation Group: Monthly (every first Wednesday) meeting of group that supports LGBTQ Military and their families. The North County LGBTQ Resource Center, 510 North Coast Hwy., Oceanside. Visit ncresourcecenter.org or email email@example.com.
THURSDAY, NOV. 6
Celebrate those who were lost (Courtesy Amanda Reckinwith)
MONDAY, NOV. 3
Transgender Coming Out Group: Welcoming transgender people in all stages of exploring their gender identity, and their friends, family and loved ones. 7 – 8:30 p.m. San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit thecentersd.org.
TUESDAY, NOV. 4
Election Day: Don’t miss the chance to help make a difference. Visit sdvote.com to find your polling place. Community Food Distribution: The first Tuesday of the month, receive emergency food, pre-screen for food stamps and sign up for a range of other services, including employment and medical and well as low-cost utility programs. The Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit TheCenterSD.org and Sandiegofoodbank. org. GSDBA Professional development group: Engaging aging: Greater San Diego Business Association’s program designed to provide professional development and education for members in professions that serve the aging population. RSVP required. 12 – 1:30 p.m. Vi at La Jolla Villas, 8515 Costa Verde Blvd., La Jolla. Visit gsdba.org. “Grab a Mic”: Open mic night hosted by singer/actor Sasha Weiss on the first and third
LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor 2014 Induction Ceremony: The Benjamin F. Dillingham and Bridget Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor recognizes LGBT veterans with ties to San Diego. Event will include celebration of military colors, announcement of inductees and more. 5:30 – 7 p.m., San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit thecentersd.org and RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Live Music: Singer-songwriter Spencer Day performs songs from his album “Daybreak,” an homage to music of the 1960s. Doors 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Tickets visit martinisabovefourth.com. OUT at Coronado Playhouse: A performance of Monty Python musical “Spamalot” for theater lovers in the LGBT community. Pre-show mixer includes complimentary beer and wine, and cocktail specials. Mixer at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Visit coronadoplayhouse.com. Maleficent: Cinema Under the Stars presents the reimagining of Sleeping Beauty starring Angelina Jolie. 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Movie shows all weekend long. For more info visit topspresents. com or call 619-295-4221.
FRIDAY, NOV. 7
Live Music – Sue Palmer: Enjoy a fun Friday with Sue Palmer starting at 7 p.m. in the Expatriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest.com.
The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later: Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project return to Laramie, Wyoming ten years after the death of Matthew Shepard in the sequel to The Laramie Project play. 7:30 p.m. (second performance on Saturday, Nov. 8), First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, 4190 Front St., Hillcrest. Visit lookingglasssd.blogspot.com. Malashock Dance presents “RAW5”: Dance performance with uniquely physical choreography. 8 p.m. (second performance, Saturday, Nov. 8). Lyceum Theater, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown. Visit sdrep. org and malashockdance.org.
SATURDAY, NOV. 8
She Fest 2015 Mixer: Get involved with She Fest 2015 and network with other women in the community. Broke Girls Coffee Bar, 3562 Adams Ave., Normal Heights. For more info email email@example.com.
SUNDAY, NOV. 9
CicloSDias: An open-street event to connect local communities and encourage mobility. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sections of streets in Hillcrest and Bankers Hill will be closed. For map and more info visit ciclosdias.com. Sunday Bust in North County: Every Sunday Hill St. Café turns into a safe space for all LGBT and allies to gather. Food is vegan-friendly, and they serve beer, wine and sake. Fifteen percent of proceeds go to the North County LGBTQ Resource Center. 3 – 9 p.m. at Hill St. Café, 524 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside. Visit ncresourcecenter.org.
Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. Today – “California Wine Country” at 98 Bottles. 6 – 9 p.m. 21+. Cost $45, all supplies included, registration required. Corkage fee $15 if you bring your own wine. 2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. Visit paintingandvino.com.
THURSDAY, NOV. 13
GSDBA Social Club Holiday Kickof f and Toy Drive: A monthly gathering “unlike a traditional networking event,” hosted by the Greater San Diego Business Association. This month includes a toy drive for entry and cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres. 6 – 8 p.m. Kitchen and Bath Experts, 7475 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Suite 100A, Kearny Mesa. Visit gsdba.org. Live Music: Carol Welsman in “Reflections of Peggy Lee,” a tribute to the popular singer. Doors 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Tickets visit martinisabovefourth.com.
Broke Ass Mondays: Happy hour cocktails and food $4 all night. 2 p.m. to close, every Monday. Urban MO’s, 308 University Ave., Hillcrest Visit urbanmos.com.
TUESDAY, NOV. 11
Lesbian Meet-up: Weekly early morning business networking meeting, offering a chance to share and support each other’s business and passions. All lesbians in community are invited. 7:30 — 8:30 a.m. Caffé Calabria, 3933 30th St., North Park.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12
Wicked: The popular Oz-inspired musical returns to San Diego through Dec. 7. 7 p.m. San Diego Civic Theatre, 3666 Fourth Ave., Downtown. Visit broadwaysd.com.
Welsman salutes Lee (Courtesy MA4) Begin Again: Cinema Under the Stars presents this musical rom-com starring Keira Knightly, Adam Levine and more. 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Movie shows all weekend long. For more info visit topspresents.com or call 619-295-4221. —Email calendar items to Morgan@sdcnn.com.t
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On a main drag in San Diego, Lips turns 15 Timothy Rawles | SDGLN Editor’s Note: This first ran online with our media partner San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, sdgln.com, on Oct. 21. The neon kiss that lights up historic El Cajon Boulevard at night is a monument to a drag entertainment institution that is 15 years in the making. Lips San Diego has an affectionate presence on the outside and on the inside, and that is what makes its history and creation so important. Lips, which also has locations in New York, Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta, is not only an essential destination for San Diego drag entertainment, but its existence has improved the quality of life in North Park and the lives of the people who work there. In 1999, Lips moved into its first location, the old IBM building on Fifth Avenue. The building, now home to Croce’s Park West, would become the genesis of a San Diego staple: a drag show with New York character and San Diego appeal. Under the tutelage of Lips owner and founder Yvonne Lame, the mononymous Tootie helped create an enchanted distraction for not only the gay community, but for the straight one as well. Mitch Albert is the managing partner and Glen Wise is the general manager, but Tootie is a spokeswoman for the showplace. In the late 1990s, San Diego was just
Tootie performs (Facebook.com/lipssd)
finding its own character as a metropolis. With only a few skyscrapers and hotels to outline the cityscape, the urban gay nightlife was trying hard to find its own way and establish the identity it is known for today. When Lips extended its New York show to San Diego in 1999, several of its drag performers flew to the West Coast to help out. Tootie said it wasn’t long before they noticed that the busy, active nightlife of the Big Apple was missing from the streets of America’s Finest City. They screamed, “‘It’s 8 o’clock and the roads are bare! There’s nobody out!” “Fifteen years ago,” Tootie said, “San Diego was still a ver y small town, so we were a small town playing dress-up.” And dress up they did. Lame and Tootie began to bond. They would discover not only their life-experience similarities, but what the essence of Lips San Diego would eventually become. “She saw something in me that she liked, and so I said, ‘awesome let’s do this,’” Tootie said. “So we started working together and I learned so much. The first thing we did together prior to opening 15 years ago [was] an inter view for NPR radio … And so it was reassuring to be working with
somebody like that and as glamorous and as beautiful as she is, y’know.” Transforming a building into a showplace But their new franchise location on Fifth Avenue was not so glamorous. Inside, the building was daunting to a performer as several architectural obstacles obscured the stage, making it difficult for some guests to see the performances. “Our location on Fifth Avenue was sort of a hand-medown location,” Tootie said. “We took over from WD’s. They were more of a dinner house, which incidentally, I started the drag show there at WD’s. I knew that room very well when we moved in. Except there were levels and barriers.” For seven years, Lips San Diego occupied the Fifth Avenue building. Moving to The Boulevard Despite the challenges, Lips grew, and eventually it was time for a big change. They would close the Fifth Avenue site and transform a Chinese buffet on El Cajon Boulevard into a smorgasbord of drag queens, food, music and fun. The signature neon Lips sign found a new neighborhood to kiss, but like its previous location, the setting was far from perfect. The building has had a long life on El Cajon Boulevard, and Tootie recalled its history: “This was originally the Carnation Ice Cream Parlor back in the early ’50s to I think early ’60s, and then it was a Bob’s Big Boy and then it was a Sizzler and then we bought it from a Chinese buffet.” With designer Brenda Starr by her side, Tootie began to design the interior of Lips to accommodate the drag performers, the dining patrons and the ambiance of the venue. “With this place, I got to design more like a showroom, and everybody has a great view in here,” Tootie said. “You can sit up on our Lips couches, which are a takeoff of a Marilyn Monroe couch that was done by Dali, and I just knocked that off. We put more glitter in here than you can shake a
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Lisa Kudrow on Valerie’s return, ‘superhuman’ gays and the future of ‘Romy and Michele’
Lisa Kudrow returns (Courtesy Gilles Toucas)
By Chris Azzopardi | Q Syndicate Ten years without our favorite cupcake-wearing gonzo, Valerie Cherish, is 10 years too long. But the wait’s over. You were heard. A decade after “The Comeback” first premiered, the hilariously cringe-y HBO trailblazer that lasted just one season in 2005 — and starred Lisa Kudrow as Val, a Dlister reaching for (everything underneath) the stars — returns to the network with the “Friends” actress back as our beloved hot mess. (Chris Azzopardi – CA:) Lisa, you don’t know how tempting it is to say “hello” three times to you right now. How often do people quote Valerie in your presence? And how often are they gay men? (Lisa Kudrow – LK:) [Laughs] Frequently and frequently. You know who the next group is after gay men? College students. (CA): Are you surprised by that? (LK): I was surprised … until I got used to it! But it’s fantastic. That’s really thrilling, and then it struck me: “Well, of course! They grew up with ‘Housewives’ of everywhere, and people humiliating themselves on reality TV. When “The Comeback” first came out, I think that gay men were the only ones who were like, “Yes. I understand. I get it. It’s great, and I understand.” [Laughs] You know, those are the people I care about the most — the people who really loved the show. That was my only fear after it was all done. Doing it, writing it, shooting it, it was, “Yeah, this is right, this is right.” Then afterwards, “Uh oh, what if it’s not?” (CA): When it comes to Valerie Cherish, what is it about her exactly that we gay men are so drawn to? (LK): I’ve been asking myself that, too — not cause it’s a mystery, but I wonder why. I was watching “Will & Grace” once and there was this hilarious episode where Karen’s at a theater and she throws her flask and it hits someone in the head, and there’s this joke that gay men wouldn’t care because, “Eh, all in a day.” [Laughs] Getting, like, smacked with something is “all in a day.” So I wonder if that’s what it is,
because Valerie gets, you know, humiliated — or humiliates herself — all the time. And it’s like, “Yeah, well, that’s the world.” The other thing that I love about Valerie is, “All right, someone said something not nice, but you know what, can’t use that. Got this other thing I gotta do.” She just ignores that that happened and keeps going.
(CA): That’s what it is too: She perseveres. (LK): Completely perseveres! You can agree with her goal or not, but she’s got it and nothing is getting in her way. There’s something admirable about that; there just is. Except, you know, she’s willing to put up with a lot. (CA): When was it first apparent to you that gays were on board with “The Comeback”? Did you know instantly? (LK): Yeah, pretty much. [“The Comeback” co-creator] Michael Patrick King said, “You understand how this will go: First it’s gonna be the gays, then the women, then everyone else.” (CA): RuPaul makes a cameo in the pilot episode … (LK): I know. Oh my god — so good! (CA): This means that Valerie could appear as a guest judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” right? (LK): You know, I’ve been asked to, but I don’t know how Valerie works on a talk show or as a judge. I don’t know. I’m thinking about it. I’m tr ying to figure out how it works. I don’t wanna say no! (CA): And you obviously shouldn’t. All I’m saying is that I see many opportunities for you to say, “Note to self: I don’t need to see that!” (LK): [Laughs] But she could say all kinds of — I don’t know what we’re allowed to [say on “Drag Race”]. I mean, she’s indelicate and gets things wrong and, you know, I don’t know how offensive she’s gonna be. (CA): Valerie is surrounded by gays, and so much of your career has been gay adjacent. You did “Happy Endings.” You turned Meryl Streep into a gay conversion therapist for “Web Therapy.” And then, of course, there’s “The Comeback.” Are you as immersed in the gay community as your career would lead us to believe? (LK): Yes and no. The people I work with are gay. I don’t know who I’m going to offend by leaving them out, but I need to say that I think
gay men are superior beings in my mind. I do believe that. (CA): I would love to hear why. (LK): It’s all so tricky. I studied biology and the brains are anatomically different. They just are. There’s a stronger connection with the corpus callosum [in gay men]. The two sides of the brain communicate better than a straight man’s, and I think that has to be really important. They’re not women — they’re still men — and women also have thicker corpus callosums, so I think it’s the combination of those qualities that makes them like a superhuman to me. (CA): Even more apparent during this season of “The Comeback” is the inherent commentary on celebrity culture and age and gender discrimination. When it comes to ageism in the industry — the fact that there are so many talented older actresses not getting starring roles — what do you hope “The Comeback” accomplishes in spotlighting that issue? (LK): I don’t know what to say about that. It’s something that just is. I think it’s gonna be a much longer process. I’m really not a revolutionary-type personality, you know what I mean? I’m not the activist type, but mmm, my god. I’m really bad at this — communicating this stuff. But we still … we still … [laughs] Women still have a different place in our society, and it’s changing slowly but it’s still real slow. Because we’re so interested in the male audience more than the female audience, the requirement for women in entertainment is that she turns men on. That really hasn’t changed much. (CA): That’s particularly the focus of the third episode when — spoiler alert — you simulate oral sex on Seth Rogen. (LK): Right! And then you have the two [completely naked] girls standing there for an uncomfortably long time. (CA): Did it feel uncomfortable for you on set? (LK): Well, the girls seemed OK. But, you know, [it’s] always just about making sure everyone’s being treated with respect, right? (CA): Have you ever experienced the ageism that Val experiences in your own career? Roles you didn’t get because of your age? (LK): Not that I know of. I don’t know how to put it, but one of my biggest failings is that I accept things the way they are, and then I just try to adapt. I think it’s incredible people who say, “No, no. It doesn’t have to be this way, though.” It’s like, “Oh. Well, wow.” (CA): Have you worked with someone like Valerie Cherish? (LK): Yes! These people exist. There were people who were like, “Oh, I think I know who this is,” and the answer is, “You don’t know who this is, because this isn’t one person.” (CA): Did you have anyone
GAY SAN DIEGO Oct. 31–Nov. 13, 2014 in mind when you created the character? (LK): No, not one person, because it’s an amalgam of people — men and women. (CA): What do you have in common with Val? (LK): Well, a lot. I think I do have a thing where, if something negative is happening and it’s not serving me, then I’m really not gonna let it in and address it because I gotta keep going. If something’s happening that’s negative, I try to think, “What’s OK about this?” so that I don’t get distracted by having to do something about that. (CA): Which is exactly a Val characteristic. (LK): Right. And then it’s just exaggerated and heightened in her. (CA): Could you ever imagine turning your own life into a reality show? (LK): No. [Laughs] The closest I came was doing an episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” (CA): Do you watch reality shows? Are you a fan at all? (LK): I do watch them. They’re so fascinating to me. I like “Top Chef,” “Project Runway” — still like that. I watch “America’s Next Top Model.” And then I watch the “Housewives.” I watch certain “Housewives” of places. I am fascinated with the level of criticism young people can handle. I could not have handled it. I think I would’ve shriveled up in a ball, so on one level I really admire the Teflon part of them that’s able to say, “OK. Thank you. Good note.” I constantly try to work against that judgmental part of me, and it’s not [easy], especially when it’s the judgmental part that gives you your sense of humor. (CA): And all this is research for “The Comeback,” of course. (LK): Well, yeah, I can’t really say that. [Laughs] It’s not research, but I am fascinated. I also do have this other theory that, thanks to those “Housewives,” we finally do have a point of reference for how women behave. We need to. It can’t just be reasonable, good behavior, because that’s how we depict the downtrodden so that no one thinks
we’re sexist or racist, so you end up with all of these subgroups in our society that have to be dull. They’re not allowed to have any flaws, otherwise whoever wrote [that depiction] is accused of having bad feelings about them. To me, that’s when things are finally OK — when everyone’s allowed to have flaws depicted in entertainment. (CA): Mira Sorvino recently brought up a sequel to “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.” What are your thoughts on one, and do you think it’ll happen at this point? (LK): I have no idea. Robin Schiff wrote and produced “Romy and Michele,” and we all did get together years ago with a great idea: “Romy and Michele Get Married.” And yeah, Disney wasn’t interested in it at the time. Now, I don’t know what it would be. My worry is, you know, wouldn’t it involve plastic surgery? [Laughs] (CA): With a sequel like “Romy and Michele Get Married,” does that mean they end up being lesbian lovers because of the pact they made to marry each other in the original? (LK): No, they’re not, but that’s always the other meaning. Because that’s the relationship. That is the relationship. But I think by now it’d have to be “Romy and Michele Get Divorced … Again.” (CA): In the spirit of the meta show a la “The Comeback,” if you could play a version of yourself playing Phoebe from “Friends” years later, what would that character be like? (LK): Well, I did play a version of myself playing Phoebe. [Laughs] Phoebe is a version of myself. Valerie’s a version. And Fiona Wallace [of “Web Therapy”] is a version. And, well, Michele Weinberger is not a version, I have to say. I don’t know. I have a feeling if Phoebe had to be revisited, she’d be closer to me. (CA): Why do you say that? (LK): I don’t know about you, but I don’t wanna see a woman my age saying “floopy,” trying to be cute. No, uh-uh. It’s too Baby Jane. —Chris Azzopardi is the editor of Q Syndicate, the international LGBT wire service. Reach him via his website at chris-azzopardi.com.t
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stick at. We had a lot of fun.” The showroom has a theater layout with a stage up front and a bar to the rear. A Phantom-like chandelier hangs over the dining room like a scene from “Beauty And The Beast.” With splashes of color, gold ornamented statues, and legs with decorated high-heeled shoes dangling from the showroom eaves, Lips establishes its flair for the outrageous as soon as one enters the pious palace. Helping to change the neighborhood With the stage newly set and ready for an audience, there was still one thing that needed to be done: changing the atmosphere of the defiled El Cajon Boulevard. Tootie became involved with altering the community, eventually joining the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association and becoming its secretary. She now challenges people to find a hooker on The Boulevard, and is working with developers to add other reputable businesses to the grid. One big family Now with the homestead in place, and the venue in full swing, the San Diego drag community had a place to call home. And like most homes, inside there are families with needs of their own. “We are a family and drag is very familial like that,” Tootie said. “Y’know we all take care of each other, we all share our experiences from years and years of doing
it, and it’s sort of passed down. Make-up tips and hair tips and song choices and all that kind of stuff is passed down from generation to generation.” It is that family atmosphere that has given Lips its 15 years of success. With various shows running from Tuesday through Saturday and the biggest show — a gospelinspired revival and brunch — happening on Sundays, Lips continues to celebrate birthdays, bachelorette parties and drag enthusiasts alike. When asked what keeps people coming back to Lips year after year, Tootie was clear. “That’s easy,” she said. “Fun. It’s that fun and humor that breaks through all these barriers and preconceived ideas about what we do.” Disco Dolly, a drag queen performer and an eight-year veteran, said it’s important to be true to yourself and never forget who you are, but also to have fun at the same time. “This is a place where you can come and you can do drag, and you can be who you are on the inside and project it on the outside, and just be who you are,” Dolly said. “And there is nowhere else in … really the world that I know of that you can do that as a full-time day job. There’s no other place like it in the world, and I don’t know what I would have done without Lips in my life.” Looking to the future As for the future of Lips, Tootie said it’s very bright. “These girls are coming in with one foot up already because they get RuPaul in their livingrooms once a week. They’ve been to see the Lips show since they were 12.
A lot of times I have people come and they’re like, ‘I celebrated my 11th birthday here, and you said something to me like ‘all you need is a wig and you could start working here,’ and I thought about that this whole time.’ I’ve had drag kings that have come to me; we’re an equal opportunity enjoyer.” When asked if her future includes Lips San Diego, Tootie explained: “Right now it is. It depends where we open next. We’d like to open Los Angeles, we have an offer in Tokyo … I speak a little bit of Japanese … I’m open to whatever the future is.” From an old building on Fifth Avenue to a revitalized neighborhood in North Park, Lips is an institution that, for 15 years, has not only improved the lives of the people around it, it has embraced the lives of those who go within its doors. “It’s a jewel box sanctuary,” Tootie said, summing up the magic and spirit of Lips. That sanctuary will soon be enjoyed by the people of the Windy City, as Tootie revealed Lips will be opening a new venue in Chicago in the near future. Join Tootie tonight, Oct. 31, as she hosts “A Night of Evil Queens,” at Lips San Diego, located at 3036 El Cajon Blvd., in North Park. This special Halloween-inspired show will include dinner, a show and a costume contest with a $100 prize. For more information, including show themes, times and reservations, visit lipssd.com. —Timothy Rawles is a freelance writer and a current contributor to sdgln.t
Michael Arden (right) gets a kiss from his fiancé, Andy Mientus (Courtesy Michael Arden)
Deep Inside Hollywood Romeo San Vicente A gay villain from “Smash” for “The Flash”
“The Flash,” CW’s entry in the superheroes-on-TV sweepstakes, is getting a gay villain. Cast as Hartley Rathaway, aka The Pied Piper, will be “Smash” alum Andy Mientus, whose new job will involve making life difficult-er for Barry Allen, aka, The Flash (Grant Gustin). [Editor’s Note: Andy Mientus is the fiancé of Broadway star Michael Arden, currently performing in San Diego in the lead role of La Jolla Playhouse’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” See our interview with Arden in Vol. 5, Issue 21, Oct. 17.] See, Rathaway is hearing-impaired thanks to the same S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator that makes Barry so very good at running at the speed of light. And because he can’t hear so well, what better revenge weapons to devise than painful sonic assault machines? So this ought to be fun. And grumble all you like about gay villains; the bad old days when that was the only role gay people played in fiction are gone. Now we get to be heroes, villains, and now, best of all, “super”-villains. That’s progress. Cue the lunkheaded, hetero-fanboy Twitter freakouts in three … two ...
Sondheim characters to sing for their supper
Stephen Sondheim, musical theater god of everyone, has decided it’s time to gift the world with another of his witty, complex musicals. And in the trending tradition of turning movies into Broadway shows, he’s following suit – by adapting two biting satires from legendary Spanish arthouse filmmaker Luis Buñuel. Working alongside playwright David Ives (“Venus in Fur”), Sondheim will musically adapt “The Exterminating Angel” and “The Discreet Charm of The Bourgeoisie”: one of them about a group of people who cannot find a place to eat, and the other about people who find themselves trapped in an endlessly hellish dinner party. (So, basically, it’s the world’s greatest double feature turned into a caustically funny agony-musical.) Sondheim says it’ll be at least a year or so away, but we just want to know where to pre-buy tickets. Like right now.
Molly Ringwald goes back to the ’80s
Sometimes things that aren’t gay, when combined, turn gay. For example: Molly Ringwald? Not gay. “Jem and the Holograms”? Also, not (technically) gay. Molly Ringwald co-starring in the upcoming liveaction “Jem and the Holograms” movie? Sudden extreme gayness
everywhere. The written word cannot adequately express the excitement we feel over this announcement. Jon M. Chu, king of the “Step Up” series (perfect prep for this sort of thing) will direct and Ringwald will play the mom figure — Aunt Bailey, to be specific — to Jem and her Holograms. Reports are that the “Sixteen Candles” star, an accomplished jazz singer herself, will not be called on to carry any tunes, but that’s fine. We really just want to see her be her Royal Ringwaldness on the big screen once again. And the outfits. We also want to see the outfits.
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Monica Potter sticking around at NBC for Ellen
We love Monica Potter for a variety of possibly conflicting reasons. First, “Saw.” Always “Saw.” And then, on the other end of the spectrum, the way she made us cry so much on “Parenthood.” And, perhaps dumbly, we think it’s cool how if you close your eyes, she sounds exactly like Julia Roberts. (Consider all the prank phone calls she’s probably never made because she’s a better person than we would be in her situation.) But now “Parenthood” is winding down, and NBC would like to keep her in the family. Enter Ellen DeGeneres, who’ll be producing a sitcom pilot to star Potter. Written by “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer, the show is reported to be loosely based on Potter’s real life. We have no idea what that real life entails, of course, but we’re imagining a “30 Rock”-meets-“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” workplace comedy about being an actress that everyone confuses with another, more famous, actress. Go to series, please. —Romeo San Vicente always dresses as a superhero for Halloween. Because Spandex. He can be reached care of this publication or at DeepInsideHollywood@qsyndicate.com.t
NFL 2014 season predictions Dugout Chatter Jeff Praught We’ve reached the halfway point of the 2014 National Football League season, and as fans are apt to do, I have put the second-half schedule under a microscope and came up with predictions for how things will shake out in the playoff race following the conclusion of Week 17. Yes, this means that I went through the entire schedule, game by game, and made predictions. Yes, this means I had ample free time. Truth be told, it was a resuscitating and calming exercise performed by a Giants fan while waiting for Game 7 of the World Series to begin. As usual, I expect my picks to be 50 percent awful and 50 percent laughable. I would love to see a Chargers-49ers Super Bowl, but that bias held no bearing in making my picks. American Football Conference It is pretty clear by now that the Denver Broncos are the most complete team in the NFL, thanks in large part to the upgrades they made on defense after getting humiliated in last year’s Super Bowl. That said, all-world quarterback Peyton Manning has made a histor y of coming up small in the playoffs, so even a number-one seed should not completely terrify other AFC opponents. I do have the Broncos winning the AFC West and earning that top seed with a 13-3 record. Their only losses would be at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City (Week 13), and on Monday Night Football against playoff contender Cincinnati in Week 16. Collecting the second seed in the AFC will be the Indianapolis Colts (11-5). This team is solid but not spectacular, and a Week 11 victor y at home against the Patriots will do wonders for their seeding. Andrew Luck has the talent to become the next elite quarterback in the league, but so far has not been able to shake the occasional mind-boggling interception, as we saw in last year’s Wild Card game against the Chiefs. The AFC North is going to be a black-and-blue battle down until the end, with the Bengals (10-5-1) prevailing. Their tie against Carolina will prove to be the difference as they hold off
Pittsburgh (10-6) and Baltimore (10-6) despite losing at Pittsburgh in the final week. Winning the AFC East yet again will be the New England Patriots (10-6), who will play .500 ball the rest of the way to take the crown by one game over Buffalo. That edge will come in a Week 17 victor y over the Bills at home in Foxboro. There can only be two wild cards, and this year it will take a 10-6 record to earn those spots. Unfortunately for the locals, I do not have the Chargers (9-7) among the four teams who will end up tied, thanks to a Week 17 loss at Kansas City (10-6). Joining the Chiefs will be the Texans, along with the two aforementioned AFC North runner-ups. I sure hope I am wrong about this one. The Ravens will not qualify by virtue of their 6-6 conference record, while the other three teams produce a headache of a tiebreaker with their 8-4 conference records. When measuring up results against similar opponents, the next tiebreaker, Pittsburgh and Kansas City emerge. And because I have the Steelers beating the visiting Chiefs in Week 16, Pittsburgh gets the fifth seed while Kansas City takes the sixth. With these predictions, the AFC field would feature openinground matchups pitting Kansas City at Cincinnati and Pittsburgh at New England. For San Diego fans wondering how they arrive at a 9-7 record in my predictions, take a look at the back-end of their schedule. I do see the Chargers getting to 8-3 with three consecutive wins to start the second half. I even have them beating the Patriots here on Sunday Night Football in Week 14. But a home loss to the Broncos will be a killer, Baltimore is a tough road venue to win in, and winning at San Francisco and Kansas City to close the season is just too much to ask of this battered team. Again, I hope I am wrong. If you hate my picks, at least take solace in the fact that I have the Raiders going 0-16. Purple Light Vacations
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National Football Conference Before I get hit over the head with a bias brick, let me point out why I believe the 49ers (12-4) will end up taking the first overall seed in the NFC. The team is about to get much healthier, and
GAY SAN DIEGO Oct. 31–Nov. 13, 2014 Arizona has a couple of tough home games against Detroit and Seattle. They also play the Seahawks and 49ers on the road. The San Francisco team they beat in Week 2 was not the same unit they will face in Week 17.
“For Charger fans … If you hate my
picks, at least take solace in the fact that I have the Raiders going 0-16.” fast. They have had as many as six defensive starters out of their lineup due to injury or suspension. Love them or hate them, you need to respect that defense as a dominant force when it’s all together. Aldon Smith is going to provide a major boost to the pass rush.
Patrick Willis has had a bye week to heal. Navarro Bowman may be the best linebacker in the game, and he should be ready by Week 14. The Niners will win on Nov. 9 in New Orleans because I will be there (#analysis). Throw in a softer schedule than many, and San Francisco is about to get on a roll. They will split their homeand-home series with Seattle (11-5), as they usually do, but will also have to fend off the upstart Arizona Cardinals (11-5).
Finishing second in the NFC will be the team I hate more than any other: the Dallas Cowboys (12-4). The Niners victor y over the Cowboys in Dallas in Week 1 will give San Francisco the tiebreaker for the top seed. A banged-up Tony Romo at quarterback could completely blow my predictions for them up in my face. But for now, I only have them losing at the Giants and at home to the Colts the rest of the way. The NFC Central will come down to two teams, with the Packers (11-5) needing a Week 17 victory at home over the Lions (10-6) to win the division and the NFC’s third seed. Detroit’s defense is becoming a beast, but I just do not trust Matthew Stafford to avoid crucial picks in big games. Aaron Rodgers, he is not. The NFL’s ugliest division is the NFC South, one in which its occupants simply cannot win on the road. Ironically, I have the lackluster Saints (9-7) winning the division and the fourth seed with a Week 17 road victory at sadsack Tampa Bay. But that title will only come because the Falcons (5-11), who absolutely despise the Panthers (8-7-1), will knock off Carolina at home in Week 17. The Eagles and Lions finish at
10-6, but that is not good enough to top the Seahawks and Cardinals, who each finish 11-5. Seattle would earn the fifth seed by virtue of a series sweep of the Cardinals. With these predictions, the NFC opening-round matchups would include Arizona at Green Bay and Seattle at New Orleans. All of these playoff matchups would be fantastic for television ratings and fans. You might wonder how I have no wild card teams with a record worse than 10-6. This is unprecedented, but with the slew of awful and injured teams this year (Buccaneers, Jaguars, Jets, Raiders, Rams, Redskins), contenders will have plenty of punching bags to get healthy against. This was a fun exercise, and will be even more entertaining on Dec. 30 when the regular season ends and this piece is turned upside down. —Jef f Praught is actively involved in the LGBT sports community, having participated in softball, basketball, football and pool as a player, serving on AFCSL’s board, and currently serving as the commissioner of SD Hoops. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
GAY SAN DIEGO Oct. 31–Nov. 13, 2014