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efense Secretary Robert Gates sent mixed signals Tuesday in releasing the Pentagon’s long-awaited study about how to implement repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He said repeal “can and should be done,” but he urged Congress to consider the views of allmale combat units who expressed concern about negative conse- Defense Secretary Robert Gates quences. He said the concerns of those combat units were “not an insurmountable barrier” to repealing the ban on openly gay people in the mili-

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David Jensen leaves a note for his boyfriend, who died 20 years ago, but whose name was only recently inscribed into the Circle of Friends at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park. As part of its World AIDS Day commemorations this year, the AIDS Grove held its first nighttime event Tuesday, November 30.

Looking at mortality, the number of AIDSrelated deaths worldwide decreased by about one-fifth, from 2.1 million in 2004 to 1.8 million in 2009. The total number of people living with HIV/AIDS increased slightly in the past year -

from 32.8 million to 33.3 million - but this is actually good news, reflecting the fact that more HIV positive people are living longer thanks to effective antiretroviral therapy.

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espite the lack of major treatment breakthroughs, 2010 is shaping up to be a pivotal year in the history of the AIDS epidemic. Two key trials have recently provided the first evidence that biomedical prevention methods can help reduce new infections, the latest UNAIDS figures suggest that HIV incidence and death have finally started to decline, and a growing number of experts are even starting to talk about the prospect of a cure. To mark the 23rd commemoration of World AIDS Day on December 1, UNAIDS released its latest global epidemiology report, revealing that new HIV infections have fallen by nearly 20 percent over the past decade, while the number of AIDS-related deaths have dropped by a similar percentage during the past five years. Looking at data from 182 countries, the authors estimated that some 2.6 million people were newly infected in 2009, compared with 3.1 million in 1999. More than 50 countries saw their infection rates stabilize or decrease. Four African countries with especially large local epidemics - Ethiopia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe - saw drops of more than 25 percent. But Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where the AIDS epidemic is largely fueled by injection drug use, did not fare as well.

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Advocate Porn company’s ‘role models’ draw concerns of AIDS advocates Randy Allgaier T dies at 53

barebacking from pornography, and so I think it’s important to use this particular film as an edhe pornography company ucational opportunity.” Treasure Island Media is Kyriell Noon, executive direcpromoting a couple that tor of the Stop AIDS Project, includes an HIV-negative and an questioned calling Roscoe and HIV-positive partner having unMcGuire role models. He said he protected sex as “role models.” wouldn’t advise other sero-disThey are believed to be the first cordant couples to follow their sero-discordant barebacking couexample. ple to be advertised as porn stars. “Consenting adults have the According to a Treasure Isobligation and the right to make land statement, the acting couinformed decisions about their ple’s James Roscoe is HIV-posisexual health,” said Noon, adding tive, while Brad McGuire is HIVthat Treasure Island “should start negative. In a scene featuring a conversation about making inRoscoe and McGuire on a Treaformed decisions.” sure Island website, Roscoe is the Those discussions, said Noon, receptive anal sex partner or botshould include the possibility of tom. HIV infection. “The two are a real-life, longMorris wrote in his e-mail term, promiscuous, bareback that he’s committed “to the nocouple,” stated the company in a tion that porn can’t and shouldpress release. n’t be reduced to an ‘educational’ In the statement, which was Brad McGuire and James Roscoe are porn’s first sero-discordant couple. genre. The unendurable lonelidated October 27, Paul Morris, ness, boredom and anger that the studio’s owner, spoke of deyoung queer people experience molishing “the HIV-positive closet” and said, to the couple’s sex practices without any appar- can be dealt with only through the development “We know exactly what we’re doing and we will ent effort to educate people, especially young gay of a flourishing creative and inclusively positive not allow reactionary individuals and organiza- and bi men, about the risks. culture, not through a tighter control of expres“This is the first time a company has made it sion and honest information. … In good part tions to dictate our behavior. James and Brad are fitting role models for young gay men. They are clear they’re pairing up an HIV-positive and an due to the residual damage of ongoing and HIV-negative couple, and so it raises some in- pointless viral-panic, young queers are taught living their lives with honesty and integrity.” In written responses to e-mailed questions, teresting questions,” said Dana Van Gorder, ex- that as they grow up their futures will be limited: Morris told the Bay Area Reporter that coming ecutive director of the San Francisco-based Pro- they can look forward to being a strident safeout of the poz-closet “signals (for each man who ject Inform. living prude, an assimilationist hetero-normaHe said he’d like to see Treasure Island join tive married person, or a drag queen.” has had the experience) a shift in the nature of the struggle: the virus is a fact of life for the poz with prevention agencies to educate people Neither Roscoe nor McGuire responded to man, no more or less manageable than other about what they should know when considering interview requests e-mailed to them. chronic life-long factors. The real battle is against unprotected sex with a sero-discordant partner. Van Gorder does give Roscoe and McGuire There’s a “general absence of prevention mes- credit for knowing their status and disclosing it prejudice, ignorance and unfounded and useless saging,” said Van Gorder. “Gay men, and partic- to each other. He also noted that risk is lowered fear.” Porn showing sex without condoms, known ularly young gay men, are taking a lot of their when the bottom is positive. Transmission is also as barebacking, isn’t new. But there is concern cues about what is safe or not safe and what are page 8 about Treasure Island working to draw attention community norms as well around safe sex or

by Liz Highleyman IV and healthcare advocate Randy Allgaier passed away early Saturday morning, November 27, at Davies Medical Center in the Castro. A long-term HIV and hepatitis C survivor who also recently battled anal cancer, Mr. Allgaier died from complications of intestinal obstruction and organ failure. He was 53. Over the past two decades Mr. Randy Allgaier Allgaier played a key role in shaping public policy related to HIV/AIDS and, more recently, viral hepatitis, serving on nearly a dozen committees, councils, and boards. “Few people understood the intricacies of national HIV/AIDS policy better than Randy Allgaier,” stated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco). “He dedicated his career to enhancing the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in every aspect, working quietly and tirelessly to shape national policy, increase funding, and improve systems of care.” Mr. Allgaier was born in September of 1957 in Ramsey, New Jersey, growing up

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Lyon-Martin names interim executive director by Seth Hemmelgarn he medical director of a San Francisco clinic that provides health care to women and transgender people, regardless of their ability to pay, will oversee the agency on an interim basis following the resignation of its executive director last month. Teri McGinnis, 39, had been with Lyon-Martin Health Services for six years but resigned as its executive director November 15. Her departure comes as the agency faces decreases in funding. McGinnis, an out lesbian, said she doesn’t have another job lined up and she’s not sure what she’s going to do now, but she said her resignation was “truly a personal decision” and she’s “excited about exploring other opportunities.” Nobody asked her to resign, she said. She said that as she thought back on her sixth anniversary with LyonMartin, “I was amazed at all the change that occurred,” such as growth in staff and services at the agency, “and realized it was time for more change at Lyon-Martin.” Dr. Dawn Harbatkin, Lyon-Martin’s medical director, has been appointed to serve as interim director. An out lesbian, Harbatkin has been with Lyon-Martin since January 2006 and praised McGinnis for her leadership of the clinic. “She’s been an amazing colleague to have here and has been phenomenal with our patients,” said Harbatkin, 42. “You could see in her work and in her attitude how much

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she loved being here, how much she loved our patients, and how committed she was to our mission.” Lyon-Martin’s tax documents for 2009 list McGinnis’s compensation as $90,000. Harbatkin’s compensation was $159,000, according to the documents. Harbatkin said that her salary as medical director was reduced this year to $145,000 due to budget cuts and would not be increased for serving as interim director. She also said McGinnis’s resignation was voluntary and that the resignation wasn’t related to Lyon-Martin’s finances, but she couldn’t provide more details about the resignation. “I think that [McGinnis’s] lead-

ership is what got us to the place we are,” said Harbatkin. She said LyonMartin saw 2,300 people in 2009, which is approximately quadruple the number they saw when she first joined the clinic. Their staff grew from eight people to more than 30, she said. The 2010 budget for the clinic, which operates on a calendar year basis, is approximately $2.2 million, down from about $2.3 million in 2009, said Harbatkin. She said the 2011 budget hasn’t been determined. She estimated that about 40 to 60 percent of Lyon-Martin’s funding comes from patient revenue, 20 to 30 percent is from government contracts, and the rest comes from private sources such as individuals or foundations. She said all of those areas have been hit, but fundraising has suffered the most. “We are struggling to pay for the services that our patients need,” said Harbatkin. The clinic’s consolidated some positions, but she said they don’t plan on cutting any programs or services. One key characteristic the agency is looking for in a new director, said Harbatkin, “is someone who can not only take on the challenges of health care reform and the systems needed to do that, but also someone who has strong fundraising skills and can really invigorate the community and get more involvement from the community in Lyon-Martin.” She estimated the search for a new director could take six months to a year.▼

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Oakland Pride appears to have budget deficit by Seth Hemmelgarn he volunteer group behind the return of Oakland’s Pride celebration called the event a “hot” time in a statement last month and declared it was “one step closer” to opening an LGBT Community Center in the East Bay city. But it looks like, financially at least, they’ve got a long way to go. The group, officially known as Oakland Pride Inc., had planned to use any money left over from the September 5 outdoor celebration for establishing a community center. In an October 28 interview, however, Oakland Pride Treasurer Frank Ciglar said, “We’re in the hole right now ... probably somewhere between $10,000 and $25,000.” He added that the event had cost $150,000 to put on, “give or take $20,000.” Renee Huff, legal counsel to Oakland Pride and a member of Pride’s executive board, said last week that she didn’t know exact details about Oakland Pride’s finances, including if there’s currently a deficit. “We were not in the black after the event, but we have been working diligently with community partners and other sponsors to improve our financial position,” she said. More money has been collected in recent weeks, Huff said, “but we definitely do still need a tremendous amount of support from the community.” Joe Hawkins, an Oakland Pride cochair, has previously estimated the budget for a center would be about $300,000 to $400,000 a year. Huff asked the Bay Area Reporter to send her questions about Oakland Pride’s finances, and she said she would find answers. But in response to queries e-mailed to her and copied to Ciglar, she wrote, “The financial state-

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ment for Oakland Pride 2010 is expected before the end of this year.“ She said she’d contact the B.A.R. when that statement is ready. In October, Ciglar had said sponsorship money that had been promised still had not come in to the Pride committee. He said he didn’t have all the records in front of him, but sponsors had pledged from $30,000 to $50,000 altogether, and $30,000 had actually come in. He indicated those amounts didn’t include non-cash contributions such as office space. Asked if the group would be fiscally sound once the sponsorship money arrived, Ciglar said, “I cringe every day that we at least break even and aren’t in debt.” The LGBTQ Oakland Pride Festival, which was held over Labor Day Weekend and drew the likes of soul legend Chaka Khan, marked the city’s first full-fledged Pride event since 2003. Hawkins previously said the group expected 50,000 or more people to attend the event, but Ciglar said last month there had been less than that. He declined to provide an estimate.

He said donations at the gate had come to about $50,000. Admission to the festival was $5. Despite the apparent financial disappointment, Huff, an out lesbian, said the event was “an absolute success beyond my wildest expectations,” and there would be another Oakland Pride next year. Oakland Mayor-elect Jean Quan has already pledged her administration’s support, telling the B.A.R. in an interview last month that she wanted to see the LGBT celebration grow into a regional event. In their statement last month, the Pride committee said it had received a donation of 3,000 square feet of planning space for another year. That information couldn’t be confirmed with the donor last week. Oakland Pride will have a volunteer appreciation and holiday party from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 4 at 495 Embarcadero, Jack London Square, Oakland. The free party will include performances, food, and drinks. RSVP via email to pk@oaklandpride.com or call (510) 465-7433.▼

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usty Pierce, Rich Maxwell as Santa, San Francisco Police Sergeant Chuck Limbert, and Jimmer Cassiol as Elf take part in the annual Castro Christmas tree lighting ceremony Monday, November 29. Area merchants, who sponsored the artificial tree in the plaza at 18th and Castro Streets, hope it attracts holiday shoppers to the city’s LGBT business district.

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late justices take up the Proposition 8 lawsuit. Beginning at 10 a.m. that day a three-judge panel on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments for and against a lower court ruling that found California’s voter-approved ban against samesex marriage, known as Prop 8, is unconstitutional. Lawyers on behalf of two unmarried same-sex couples sued the state in federal court claiming their clients’ rights were being violated by the antigay measure. Supporters of the pro-gay ruling issued this summer by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker will begin gathering at 7:30 a.m. outside the N EWS James R. Browning Federal Courthouse located at 95 7th Street. Speakers will include community leaders and couples wishing to be married, while choirs and musicians are scheduled to perform. Marriage Equality USA, which is organizing the event, will provide coffee. The case is known as Perry vs. Schwarzenegger.

San Francisco law firm of Curiale Hirschfeld Kraemer, has joined the national LGBT legal group’s board. Her legal focus includes workplace litigation, including discrimination, sexual harassment, and other issues. Narbaitz has been a member of Lambda Legal’s San Francisco Host Committee since 2003 and on its National Leadership Council since 2006. “I am thrilled to be a member of Lambda Legal’s Board of Directors,” stated Narbaitz. “Lambda Legal does important and amazing work, from youth outreach to fighting for marriage rights. I am proud to have the opportunity to continue my support as a board member.” B RIEFS Also joining the board is Vincent Jones, senior program officer for the Liberty Hill Foundation in Los Angeles. He has served on Lambda Legal’s L.A. Leadership Committee since 2008 and was instrumental in launching “Marriage Watch,” a response to the passage of Proposition 8. “Few, if any, organizations have done more than Lambda Legal to advance LGBT equality,” stated Jones. “I’m looking forward to doing my part to make the case for equality with Lambda Legal on a national scale.”

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Die-in planned to combat bullying LGBT advocates are planning to host their second “Homophobia Kills Die-In” in San Francisco this Friday, December 3 to bring awareness to the anti-gay bullying students face in schools. The event is meant to highlight the need for passage of federal legislation such as the Safe Schools Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which would protect LGBT students. The Poz Activists Network is overseeing the protest and is asking participants to meet at 6 p.m. in front of the fountain at the Embarcadero across from the Ferry Building. The plan is for the die-in to be a quick action and not for people to be arrested.

San Franciscan joins Lambda board A local lawyer has been elected to the national board of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. Dena Narbaitz, a partner at the

Hayward LGBT center expands hours The Lighthouse Community Center in Hayward is now open five days a week. The 10-year-old LGBT center in the East Bay has struggled to remain open due to funding cuts and is being run by an all-volunteer board. As the Bay Area Reporter reported in September, the building had only been available three days a week. Now the center’s doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Volunteers will be staffing the center on those days. A new website is still under development and is expected to be launched in January. Visitors are still advised to call ahead before coming to the facility, located at 1217 A Street in downtown Hayward. Its phone number is 510-881-8167.▼


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Benni Rodriguez tests the new HIV prevention mobile application STD411.

HIV prevention goes mobile by Matt Baume IDS advocacy organizations are increasingly building high-tech online tools to keep safer sex at the top of San Franciscans’ minds. Among those new tools are a sexeducation app for the iPhone and iPad, condom-locators, a conference on youth media and sexual health, and a revamped website for the San Francisco AIDS foundation. The digital emphasis coincides with two new studies in the journal AIDS and Behavior that indicate a need for more online outreach. One study found that men who pursue “online partnerships” are more likely to engage in unsafe sex. Although Internet hookups themselves do not necessarily cause riskier behavior, the authors concluded, online usage may be a “marker” of a tendency towards heightened risk-taking. Another study found that 85 percent of men who use the Internet to find partners check their partners’ online profiles to determine their HIV status. A close percentage ask verbally prior to sex, but nearly half ask after sex and nearly a third of Internet-using gay men simply guess. Reaching and educating that third, the study concluded, is critical to stemming the tide of HIV transmissions. San Francisco’s Department of Public Health hopes to do just that. Local health officials recently unveiled STD411, a new app for the iPhone and iPad that provides users with quick access to information about sexual practices and diseases. The app cost about $4,000 to develop and was paid for with a federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Users are presented with a chart that indicates the risk of transmitting various STDs based on different sex acts. An array of multicolored flashing condoms indicates risk levels. For example, users who tap “oral sex” along with “syphilis” receive the message, “if there is no sore, there may still be an infection. Having routine STD screening every 3 to 6 months is the best way to know.” STD411 can be downloaded from the iTunes store or at bit.ly/std411. On a recent evening in the Castro, prospective users checked out the new app and mostly gave it high marks. “It’s a great idea,” said San Francisco resident Benni Rodriguez. As he scrolled through the list of STDs, he added, “There’s some stuff I didn’t know about.” “I like that it’s an app,” said Brittney Caraway, visiting the Castro from Las Vegas. Caraway pointed out that the interface isn’t intuitive, since the explanation of the color-coded condoms is difficult to find and there’s no indication that lists are

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scrollable and tappable. As she spent a few minutes browsing the STDs and sex acts, she added, “I don’t even know what half of these things are.” Phillip and Liam, two young men who asked to be identified only by first name, were surprised to learn that even masturbation can carry a risk of transmitting syphilis if sex toys are shared. They spent a few minutes engrossed by STD411 before closing it with a shrug, saying that they probably wouldn’t use it. “I learned pretty much everything I need to know in 7th and 8th grade,” said Phillip. The key to connecting with users is approaching them in the proper context, said Deb Levine, executive director of the Oakland nonprofit Internet Sexuality Information Services. For the last decade ISIS has specialized in providing sex education through emerging media channels. “One of the things we’ve learned at ISIS over the last 10 years is that interventions don’t work in isolation,” Levine said. “Technology works best when there’s some physical location component.” One recent ISIS success involved recruitment for a sero-sorting study. Participants were initially approached in person with a survey, rather than online, which doubled the rate of follow-up response. Levine expressed concern that STD411 would have difficulty gaining widespread adoption, comparing it to outreach that ISIS performed in Toronto for an app called M2Men. “Here we go back to ‘what’s the context,’” she said. “I might take an STD quiz online if there’s a context, but to download to my phone and keep it on my phone, I don’t really understand the benefit of that process. In Toronto, they went out to the community, and said, ‘Here you go, download our app.’” Dr. Susan Philip, deputy health officer and director of STD prevention and control services at San Francisco’s health department, said that her section would engage with users via LGBT media such as the Frameline film festival, Gay.com and the Bay Area Reporter, as well as with banner ads on adult sites such as Hot House Studios. Philip said she is also open to sharing STD411 with other organizations. “We try as much as possible to reach out to partners in our previous work with other websites,” she said. Another online strategy that could see a revamp soon is the longrunning “Ask Dr. K” feature on the website of the San Francisco health department’s STD section. The department’s longtime STD chief Dr. Jeffrey Klausner had been the “Dr. The Political Notebook will return next Thursday, December 9.

K” answering people’s sexual health questions. Klausner resigned from the job earlier this year to work on AIDS issues in Africa. But he has continued to post responses to people’s queries as an unpaid volunteer. Philip, who permanently replaced Klausner in July, was asked in a recent interview with the B.A.R. if the online Q&A feature would be renamed “Ask Dr. P.” She said she is currently reviewing her section’s web presence and the social media platforms it is using. “We are looking at all of those things,” said Philip. “We know there is a lot of interest in ‘Ask Dr. K’ and there are still questions that need to be answered.”▼

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Fund what works in AIDS fight forum’s senior education associate. “Today’s findost in last week’s news about a “breakings reinforce the fact that we can’t even get conthrough” in HIV prevention doms and lube to more than half of MSM a combination pill of two AIDS drugs has around the world.” been shown to protect HIV negative gay and biWhile it is easy to think this is primarily a sexual men from contracting the virus problem gay men face overseas in developing and was proof that a far simpler strategy can be dethird-world countries, the reality is that this hits ployed in confronting AIDS. close to home. Just this week it was learned Amid the data from the study of prethat the Silicon Valley AIDS Leadership exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, was Center, the sole organization in Santa the fact that the 2,500 participants in Clara County focused exclusively on the trial didn’t engage in more highfighting HIV/AIDS, is closing its doors risk behavior because they were taking due to lack of funding. the pills. Instead, they reported more Thankfully, Magnet, the gay men’s condom use and fewer sex partners. health center in San Francisco’s Castro Their behavior was likely influenced by the District, continues to operate and, state-of-the-art prevention services, in January, is set to expand its hours. including risk-reduction counseling E DITORIAL HIV prevention services also conand free condoms, that they had access tinue to be offered through the to by taking part in the trial. health department’s City Clinic. While it is an old message, and one many gay Yet demand will likely continue to exceed and bisexual men are likely tired of hearing, the Magnet’s capacity. Its clients already include men truth remains that condoms continue to be one from San Jose and Sacramento due to the closure of the best strategies men can use to protect of clinics in those cities, and it can take up to a themselves from HIV. And when given access to week to get an appointment. them, as documented in the PrEP study, gay men While research into new HIV prevention will not only use condoms but are receptive to tools is certainly needed and should not be curother HIV prevention messages. tailed, it is also essential that basic health services Yet gay and bisexual men lack adequate access to these life-saving tools. As a new global survey released ahead of World AIDS Day shows, the majority of men who have sex with men find it difficult or impossible to access HIV testing, HIV counseling, free condoms and free lubricant. Conducted by the Global Forum on MSM and HIV in collaboration with Dr. Patrick Wilson, assistant professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, the online survey of more than 5,000 participants worldwide found that fewer than half of MSM worldwide have access to even the most basic HIV prevention and services. Only 39 percent reported easy access to free condoms and barely one in four reported easy access to free lubricant. A full 25 percent said free lubricant was completely unavailable. Large percentages of men reported that it was difficult or impossible to access other essential services as well, including HIV testing (57 percent), HIV education materials (66 percent) and HIV treatment (70 percent). “With the excitement surrounding the promise of pre-exposure prophylaxis, it can be easy to forget that we already have a rich selection of prevention measures that we know work right now,” stated Patrick Hebert, the global

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such as condoms and HIV tests be made available to gay and bisexual men. It is critical that political leaders at the local, state and federal levels continue to view HIV services as a high priority despite the need to make cuts in their budgets. Agencies receiving public money should also be required to distribute condoms to their clients. Other simple steps can be taken to fight AIDS. We were heartened to see this week that state Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) plans to reintroduce his Senate Bill 1029, which will bring California in line with every state, except two, to no longer prohibit pharmacists from selling a syringe without a prescription. Under an existing pilot program, pharmacies in Los Angeles County, San Francisco, and some other parts of the state are allowed to sell syringes up until 2018, when the program will sunset. Yee’s legislation would not only remove that sunset clause but also expand the program to the rest of the state. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill, despite the fact that providing injection drug users with clean needles is a proven HIV prevention strategy. We urge the newly elected lawmakers and Governor-elect Jerry Brown to adopt this common-sense approach to fighting AIDS.▼

Assembly speaker pledges humane budget cuts by John A. Perez s we approach the next Legislative Session of the Assembly, California is facing a number of challenges. Clearly, the state budget deficit will be one of the most immediate of those challenges, and we have already begun working with Governor-Elect Jerry Brown to close the deficit responsibly and humanely. We must also continue to make every effort to address California’s job situation. Our unemployment rate has been above 12 percent for more than a year, and 2.3 million Californians remain unemployed. Until the job market recovers, and the unemployment rate falls, our state will continue to struggle with chronic budget deficits. We have reached a point where all three problems - the current deficit, the long-term structural deficit and the unemployment rate - are so intertwined they must be solved together. This year, however, our approach to solving the deficit will be fundamentally different. In their wisdom, the voters have approved Proposition 25, which lowers the requirement to approve a budget from a two-thirds majority to a simple majority. This change brings California budget policy in line with 46 other states, as well as the federal government. I believe the voters approved of this change for two reasons: to decrease the gridlock and increase accountability. For years, California voters have been frustrated by their government’s tardiness in putting together a budget. Those frustrations were only compounded by the fact that there were no clear lines of accountability inherent in a two-thirds system. In effect, the voters have decided that the majority party in the Legislature must be given

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adequate tools to govern. I believe this is a major step forward for California, as it allows us to take a longer view of the budget crisis and find real solutions to our problems. But it also means that we have a clear responsibility to get it right. Last year, after the longest budget process in California history, we produced a document that while not perfect - and in the era of the Great Recession, a perfect budget is an illusory concept - it was nonetheless a budget that clearly reflected California’s values and priorities. Namely, it was a budget that protected the jobs of 400,000 teachers, cops, firefighters, healthcare workers, childcare providers and small business owners. It maintained education funding and rejected massive cuts to education. It was a docuG UEST ment informed by more than 100 public hearings at the Capitol, as well as seven regional forums throughout the state that gave everyday Californians the opportunity to look us in the eye and tell us what their priorities are. They wanted us to protect jobs, and to maintain investments in the institutions, like our higher education systems, that California values. As we move forward on closing the coming year’s deficit, we must continue to find creative solutions that protect our values and close the deficit. I am looking forward to working with Governor-Elect Brown and my colleagues in the Legislature to find those solutions. We recognize that it will not be easy. In fact, we are likely faced with another year of difficult and painful decisions. I firmly believe that no matter how difficult or painful a particular vote might be, it doesn’t

compare to the pain Californians are suffering on a daily basis due to the jobs crisis. We have the responsibility and the tools to lead, so now we must govern. We must be focused on job creation and ending the budget deficit. Those are the two most urgent priorities facing California. It’s vital that every Californian be a part of this process because quite frankly, we got into this situation as a state, and we need to work our way out of it as a state. That means the Legislature needs to be more open and transparent in our deliberations. Over the past year, I’ve taken a number of steps to increase transparency and accountability in the process. More transparency in our deliberations is a good thing O PINION in and of itself, but it also has the effect of engaging more Californians in the process. Given the enormity of the challenges we face, this is a critical component to finding genuine solutions that will close our deficit and put Californians back to work. Despite the challenges facing our state, this can be a very productive year for California. We have been reeling from the Great Recession for two years now. This must be the year where we stop reeling and start healing our state. In doing so, we can close the chronic deficits and put Californians back to work. That is our most urgent priority, and I am very much looking forward to getting to work with a new Legislature and the new governor. ▼

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Poland has its first openly gay elected official join the rally. Around 10 counterdemonstrators were taken into custody. There is raw video of the showdown at granitv.ru/entries/1479/. Russia’s routine bans on public gay events recently were struck down by the European Court of Human Rights, in a series of cases brought by Alekseev.

ay activist and club owner Krystian Legierski was elected to the Warsaw City Council from the city’s Mokotow district in the November 21 election. He is Poland’s first openly gay elected leader. Although he is a member of the Green Party, Legierski was a candidate on the Social Democrats’ party list. As in many countries, parties rank their candidates on a list and then the number of the candidates who win office is a matter of the percentage of votes the party receives overall. Legierski also is black, “a very rare feature in Polish homogeneous society,” said veteran gay activist Slawek Starosta. In an interview for this column, Legierski said, “In Poland there are so few blacks that nobody has ever done research on how many there are. It would not pay to do it. But without a black-emancipation movement, and without a strong organization of sexual minorities, after just 20 years of democracy, we have achieved what elsewhere sometimes took generations. Poland showed its tolerant and nondiscriminatory face.”

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freedom of movement must be guaranteed for all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation.” “Claims that mutual recognition will undermine national sovereignty are plain wrong; it won’t affect national marriage or partnership laws, but simply recognize civil unions that already exist,” Cashman said. Member nations of the European Union are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, EU countries must Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, recognize all marriages Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, The European Parliament said Spain, Sweden and the United KingNovember 23 that civil documents dom. birth and death certificates, Currently seeking to marriage certificates, etc. – join the EU are Albania, must be recognized the Bosnia and Herzegovsame in every European ina, Croatia, Iceland, Union nation. Kosovo, Macedonia, That means counMontenegro, Serbia tries that don’t allow and Turkey. same-sex marriage or Same-sex marriage is civil unions are expectin Belgium, Iceland, ed to recognize such W OCKNER’ S legal the Netherlands, Norway, unions from countries W ORLD Portugal, Spain and Swethat do. den. Elsewhere, it is legal The Parliament said in Argentina, Canada, South Africa, it “strongly supports plans to enable Mexico City, Connecticut, Iowa, the mutual recognition of the effects Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Verof civil status documents” and mont and Washington, D.C. “stresses the need to ensure mutual recognition” of them. Russian pride event attacked The next step is for the European About 100 people demonstrated Commission to propose ways to against Russia’s first legal gay pride achieve mutual recognition of all event November 20 in St. Petersburg. partnerships and marriages throughSome of the counterprotesters threw out the EU. eggs at the 15 gay ralliers, tore up “This is a great development for signs, damaged a rainbow flag, the many couples and families who shouted insults and sang religious see their fundamental rights diminhymns. ished every day when crossing a borOrganizers expressed disappointder inside the EU,” said Ulrike Lument at the level of police protection nacek, co-president of the European of the event. Parliament Intergroup on LGBT “Police had to evacuate particiRights. pants and they are all safe,” said Co-President Michael Cashman Moscow Pride founder Nikolai Aleksaid the statement adopted by the seev, who drove 10 hours “on the icy Parliament “follows the Commisroad with snow and many trucks” to sion’s assertion in September that

Masked men tear-gas Ukraine trans event Ten men in masks attacked thirty attendees at a Transgender Day of Remembrance event in Kiev, Ukraine, with tear gas November 20. In addition, activist Timur Lysenko from the group Insight was beaten at the gathering at the Visual Culture Center. The incident occurred inside the building as the group watched the film Boys Don’t Cry. Victims are filing police complaints and pushing to have the incident classified as a hate crime rather than hooliganism, which was officials’ preliminary assessment.

Aussie PM refuses to OK gay marriage despite public support Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard continues to oppose legalization of same-sex marriage despite polls that show the public supports it. The latest Sydney Morning Herald/Nielsen poll, released November 22, found that only 37 percent of Australians oppose same-sex marriage while 57 percent support it. Among Australians who belong to Gillard’s Labor Party, two-thirds support same-sex marriage and among Greens party voters, 86 percent support it. Pollsters questioned 1,400 voters.

Vienna gay ball set for imperial palace Vienna’s traditional LGBT Rainbow Ball will take place in the Hofburg imperial palace in February. “For the first time, the LGBT community will paint the imperial staterooms of the Habsburgs’ winter residency in rainbow colors,” announced organizer Homosexual Initiative Vienna, or HOSI Wien. Three thousand attendees are expected. “As the Parkhotel Schönbrunn is closed for refurbishing works next year, we had to find an alternative location for the ball,” said HOSI President Christian Högl. “We seized this occasion to secure the most prestigious venue for balls in Vienna (where) we expect to be able to almost double the number of guests.” For more information in English, see tinyurl.com/2bk3glq.▼ Bill Kelley assisted with this report.

About 100 people demonstrated against Russia’s first legal gay pride event November 20 in St. Petersburg.

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A stronger community, not stronger words by Gwendolyn Ann Smith t is seductively easy to use the slurs that one might otherwise fear being called, isn’t it? Like a seemingly endless string of hard right-wing, anti-gay politicians and preachers being forced out of their closets, it takes little work to find transgender people trying to denigrate one another using the same sort of language one might view as hate speech if it wasn’t another example of horizontal hostility. While I’m sure that any community can point to its own examples, I oftentimes feel that the transgender community is particularly susceptible to this and other forms of selfsabotage. In the world of identity politics, it is very common for us to tities. The word “pervert” gets eat our own. bandied about, again to try and claim Take for example the recent dustthat one’s choice of identity is someup over the term “tranny.” A term how inferior and twisted compared that originally came out of drag cirto another’s. cles as a slightly-skewed form of enIt’s as if all these good people, dearment, the term is now bandied after so many years of being attacked about as hate speech rivaling the “N” for their own identity choices, have word. Transgender groups and indidecided that the only way to viduals have spoken out about its beat ‘em is to join ‘em. use, and GLAAD has gone so far Rather than being strong as to asterisk out letters less in their own identity, anyone accuse them of being they’re opting to buoy bigoted. themselves up on the One of the concerns I shoulders of those they tear have with this ongoing issue down. is simple: by censorYet - like Audre ing it out of our Lorde said about speech, hiding letT RANSMISSIONS racism in the femiters, and building nist movement – the term into the “The master’s tools will never disworst thing since Mark Fuhrman mantle the master’s house.” When spoke at the O.J. Simpson trial, we one attempts to strip another transgive the word power. We only serve gender person’s identity from them, to make it worse than it ever should or opts to cast doubt on their “realbe, and far beyond what it was ever ness,” all you have succeeded in doing intended to be. is aiding those who would seek to do Now I’m not going to champion the same to you. You’ve said that it is the use of the term. Language somehow acceptable to question evolves, and while the original uses anyone’s gender identity — includand meanings of the word have merit ing your own. - and people still use these terms in I mean, it’s easy to toss around pethe same way today - I also know joratives, especially onto people you there are people who have faced the don’t know personally. Maybe, for a word “tranny” spoken in hate. moment, you can feel smug - yet in Perhaps some day it will be rethe end, those same pejoratives still claimed much like “queer” was in rehang over you, dripping their venom. cent years - or maybe it will become Like I said above, we are in danas antiquated as phrases like “autogger of turning one term into someynephile” is today. thing much worse, and much Yet in the midst of the kerfuffle stronger, that it was ever intended. By about the use of “tranny,” I’ve also the same token, attacking ourselves, seen transgender people out others, misgendering each other, and attackusing language meant to hurt. ing our gay and lesbian allies for their Misgendering is a common tactic, own gender presentations will only particularly if one wants to somehow serve to make such attacks stronger. claim they’re more “man” or The key here is not to learn to “woman” than another. Transsexuals “use the master’s tools.” Rather than get labeled as crossdressers in an atturning around and using the words tempt to deride their lives and iden-

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less likely if the person who’s positive is on effective antiretroviral therapy. “They have made some decisions, as is entirely their right, about what level of risk they are prepared to assume,” said Van Gorder. In a November interview with the B.A.R., Dr. Susan Philip, director of STD Prevention and Control Services for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, said she was aware of the Treasure Island press release calling McGuire and Roscoe role models. But she said she could not comment directly on it because she did not know any specifics about their sexual activities in the film. Philip was part of a group of local doctors who published a study this fall that found serosorting among HIV negative men did not lead to increased risks for HIV infection. Serosorting refers to the practice of gay men choosing their sexual part-

ners based on a person’s known or perceived HIV status. Some HIV negative men will forgo condoms when having sex with other men they believe to be negative. But Philip said she and her colleagues did not conclude that the practice should be widely adopted or that gay and bisexual men should abandon using condoms. “We were very careful to say that the prevention community is not moving away from saying condoms and reducing partners are the best strategy. They have been shown over and over again to be the safest thing they could do,” said Philip. “We would not advise the other behaviors.” The concerns about the Treasure Island performers come as state officials and the adult entertainment industry are at odds on safeguards for the porn industry. The trade association for the adult entertainment industry, known as the Free Speech Coalition, has been fighting efforts by the state’s division of occupational safety and health in the de-

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you fear and hate, let those words hold no power over you. I’m not going to simplify this down to the level of “sticks and stones.” The level of pain and rage that has grown out of the arguments about the use of “tranny” tell me that there are people out there for whom names do indeed hurt them. That said, one could learn and grow, and end up in a place where that term or any other - does not sting. It’s not easy. I know that - particularly when one is just edging out of the closet door - even the slightest glance can feel like a mortal wound. We’re not supposed to stay at that stage though. At the end of the day, each person needs to deal with their own demons, and every time we tear down someone else with the words they themselves fear, all one accomplishes is feeding their own demons. Just don’t do it: face your demons instead. Rob them of their power to harm. In the end, the only people who can police one’s identity are themselves. We should never feel we have the power to claim that some other person is not “man” or “woman” enough, or call into question their identity or expression. That should be obvious - doubly so if you expect others to accept your own expression or identity at face value. In the end, it boils down to basic civility. As we reach the end of this year, and head into the seasonal holiday festivities, perhaps this is a good time to remember this. It will make you a stronger person, and help build a stronger community.▼ Gwen Smith never thought she’d put Audre Lorde and Mark Furhman in the same column. You can find her on the web at www.gwensmith.com.

partment of industrial relations, known as Cal-OSHA, to impose a mandate for the universal use of condoms in porn videos. Asked about Treasure Island’s promotion of McGuire and Roscoe by Xbiz.com, Diane Duke, who heads the coalition, said that despite her group’s opposition to a condom mandate, it “does not endorse the exploitation of potential HIV infection of performers for promotional purposes.” Duke told the B.A.R. that she doesn’t think Roscoe and McGuire are being exploited. Instead, she said, “I think the situation’s being exploited.” Nor did she think it was up to Treasure Island to provide HIV prevention messaging. “Talking about HIV and how it’s transmitted and giving accurate information to youth is for educators,” not for the entertainers to do, she said. Cal-OSHA senior safety engineer Deborah Gold said regulations do cover employees in the industry but

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lex Smith assembles a memorial to slain Supervisor Harvey Milk, the city’s first gay politician, as the annual Milk Moscone Candlelight March forms Saturday, November 27. Over a hundred people turned out for a short program of remembrances and encouragement by community leaders followed by a march through the Castro neighborhood ending at Milk’s former camera store on Castro Street. The march coincided with the 32nd anniversary of the murders of Milk and then-Mayor George Moscone by former Supervisor Dan White.

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don’t look specifically at serodiscordancy. “Anybody may be infected, therefore you have to treat everybody’s blood and other potential infectious materials [such as semen] as though it can be infectious” with HIV or other blood borne pathogens, said Gold. She said the agency has issued citations to Treasure Island for reasons related to employees having unprotected sex, among other things, but not for the scene in question. Treasure Island is appealing the citations.

Meeting uncertain Asked about meeting with Treasure Island, Van Gorder expressed willingness, but he hasn’t approached them. For one thing, he’s not sure it would be effective. He also wants to gather other San Francisco-based prevention agencies, but he appears to be having

Obituaries >> Alvin Marshall Taylor September 1, 1951 – May 19, 2010

Alvin Marshall Taylor, 58, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at CA Pacific Medical Center on Pacific Campus in San Francisco. After a courageous battle with gastric cancer, he passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving family and friends. He was born September 1, 1951 at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. His parents were Kathryn Elizabeth Marshall Taylor and Walter Gurney Taylor. Throughout his childhood in Somers, CT, Alvin, along with a sister and two brothers, was given all the tools for curiosity and education by a loving mom and dad. In his youth, Alvin worked at Frontier Fur Farms, his family’s mink farm. He began working at 5 cents an hour. He graduated from Somers High School as most outstanding student in music, acting, and English in June 1969. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in the School of Education, majoring in English and minoring in Theatre, at University of Connecticut in May, 1973. After a backpack trip through North Africa and Europe in 1974, Alvin moved to Tucson, Arizona with friends. There he taught dancing at Arthur Murray Dance Studios and did office work at University of Arizona. In August 1978, Alvin made his final move to San Francisco, where he lived happily for the rest of his life.

trouble finding others to join him. Van Gorder said James Loduca, a spokesman for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, had told him he couldn’t deal with the issue until January but he’d indicated he’d be willing to participate in a meeting if Van Gorder set one up. Loduca told the B.A.R. the conversation with Van Gorder involved the foundation’s goal of taking “the most responsible and effective approach to dealing with someone like Treasure Island.”

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In comments that Loduca emailed to the B.A.R., Bob Rybicki, the foundation’s vice president of programs and policy, said, “We’re encouraged that most major gay porn studios have been good citizens by regularly highlighting safer sex and harm reduction in their films. Unfortunately, there’s still work to do with smaller players which use unfortunate tactics like these to drive sales with no consideration for the harm they’re doing in our community’s response to HIV.”▼

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Sara being Sara by Roger Brigham ortunate are those who survive long enough to see the completion of karmic arcs launched early in life, see their efforts of decades ago now woven into the lives of younger generations, perhaps enabling them to launch new arcs of their own. We see such karma so frequently these days in LGBT sports, rewards reaped now from the efforts to organize and compete in the 1970s and 1980s, that we often forget to slow down and take notice or to give thanks. So I was delighted to have a chance during the Thanksgiving weekend this year to spend a little time with Sara Waddell Lewinstein. Understand, there are no short chats with Sara. Twenty minutes after the first hello, you are either ready to shoot yourself or sign up for whatever she is selling. Seldom coming J OCK up for air, she talks virtually nonstop with a sincere warmth and relentless intensity, offering insights and nuggets of information. Before you know it you are wandering through Sara World - and that is a very addictive place to be. For this visit we were sitting in her office at Serra Bowl in Daly City. Waddell Lewinstein started working there a couple of weeks ago as general manager - the same position she had at Park Bowl back in 1972 when she first moved to San Francisco. “I came out in Los Angeles right before I moved here,” she said. “I had no idea when I moved here there was any gay community in San Francisco. I felt proud to come out. I didn’t like the hard-core dykes and the butch women. I just wanted to be me. I didn’t like the role-playing back then. I was able to be me at the bowling alley.” Waddell Lewinstein had been an elite competitive bowler in her youth, not joining the pro circuit because she wanted to keep her amateur status in case the sport was added to the Olympics. When she got to San Francisco, she began bowling at Park Bowl and quickly went to work there. Within a few months she became the youngest general manager of any bowling alley in the country. “I was only 28 years old,” she said.

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“I managed the bar at the bowling alley, but I couldn’t have a drink.” She saw kids hanging out on the street, poor and with nothing to do, and she got them into the alley. The kids were often harassed as they left. “As the kids would leave the side door to the parking lot, people would be at their windows and they would start throwing things,” Waddell Lewinstein said. “They were yelling ‘nigger.’ One of my kid’s head was bleeding from getting hit. I kept calling to cops for days to get them out there and they finally set up a stakeout.” When the kids left the building and bottles started flying again, the police moved to action and discovered a veritable warren of racist White Panthers. “They busted them,” she said. “As they went in, they found a whole armory of guns and machine guns and rifles and hand grenades. They had made holes in the walls TALK between the buildings so they could move from one building to another. The cops arrested them and confiscated everything. That was the end of that. A sergeant asked me to join the force and I thought about it for a little bit.” It was a time of discovery for Waddell Lewinstein. “I was at Park Bowl from 1972 to 1977, when the owner passed away,” she said. “I was on the phone with him when he had a heart attack. I was really close with him and it was very emotional for me. I started getting into women’s things: sports, music, everything. There was a lot of separatism at the time. Gay bowling leagues were just starting then. I started Artemis Café and got into softball through that.” She joined the Gay Games board shortly after Dr. Tom Waddell began work on Gay Games I, and a romance bloomed between Sara and Tom and Sara and the Games. The pair married and had a daughter, Jessica. Sara became one of the Gay Games most vocal advocates. She was honored for her work for the games this past summer at Gay Games VIII in Cologne when she became the female recipient of the Waddell Award. She knows she is fortunate. She’s seen many colleagues and friends fall through the years. “We’ve lost so many mentors to AIDS or breast cancer or just plain burnout,” she said. But bowling has never strayed far from her thoughts. A few weeks ago she went to Serra Bowl to watch her partner, Sandy, compete. Mike Leon,

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one of her street kids all those years ago at Park Bowl spotted her – “I’d recognize those blue eyes anywhere,” he told her as they hugged - and offered her a job as general manager. “I came home and thought about it,” she said. “Serra Bowl used to be my biggest competitor. I thought about all of the bowling alleys that have been closing. We’re not replacing them with anything; we’re not putting in parks in their places. We’re replacing them with condos. “It’s not just bowling; it’s sports in general. What has happened to our city, to lose so many after-school programs, is something I find devastating,” she added. “I want the gay leagues back. I want these kids back bowling. I find myself in a position of being able to teach again. I want to be part of an outlet that can still give back.” And so now she is the GM at Serra Bowl. As John Denver might note, she’s back home to a place she’s never been before. She just held a giant community Turkey Bowl to raise food for the needy and is full of hopes to try to get LGBT groups and other community groups to use the facility for meetings, social gatherings and fundraising events. Her first Wednesday night at Serra, Sean Jackson, one of her protégés from the days of battling White Panthers across the street, bowled a perfect 300 game. Jackson, now a police sergeant working in the Tenderloin, was feted at the bowling alley and Waddell Lewinstein presented him with his prize check. Tears welled in her eyes when she recalled the moment. “He embraced me. He told me, ‘There were only two people who kept me alive all these years: you and my mother. If it weren’t for the two of you, I wouldn’t be alive,’” she said. “They still call me coach. That got my heart. Here they’ve grown up and had babies and they’re still calling me coach. It’s like a dream.”▼ More Jock Talk can be read online at ebar.com.


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there and in Tuxedo Park, New York. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1979 and a Master’s from Harvard University, both in English literature. Mr. Allgaier moved to San Francisco in 1988; he met his partner, Lee Hawn, that same year while both were Shanti volunteers. “Randy was in my life for 22 years, and what a great gift that has been,” said Hawn. “I will treasure my memories of him the rest of my life.” They were married on their 20th anniversary, in a City Hall ceremony officiated by openly gay state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), during the brief window when such unions were legally recognized in California. “Randy’s passing is a great loss to his husband Lee, to his many friends, and to his co-warriors in the battle against HIV/AIDS,” Leno told the Bay Area Reporter. In the early 1990s Mr. Allgaier worked as a philanthropy consultant and began his involvement in organizational governance, joining Shanti’s Board of Directors. He was hired by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1995 to head its HIV Advocacy Network, working on local and state policy and budget issues. During the same period Mr. Allgaier was founding director of the California Alliance for Pride and Equality (now Equality California) and served on the Human Rights Campaign’s National Board of Governors. For nearly a decade Mr. Allgaier was a member of the San Francisco HIV Health Services Planning Council (also known as the CARE Council), acting as co-chair during 20042006; he also sat on the city’s HIV Prevention Planning Council.

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“I knew Randy from his many stints on various HIV panels and councils and came to appreciate and respect his insider approach,” said long-time AIDS activist Michael Petrelis. “We argued, we often enough agreed, and we knew our respective roles in public advocacy.” At the national level, Mr. Allgaier was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Working Positive Coalition and the Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief (CAEAR) Coalition. He was known for his expertise on Medicare/Medicaid issues and was a strong proponent of increased AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) funding. “Randy was a role model for so many and was determined to live his life out loud, talking about his HIV, hepatitis C, or anal cancer so that other people might have an easier time,” said Laura Thomas, a fellow member of the CARE Council and CAEAR Coalition. “He also had a sharply tuned sense of humor and an enormous appreciation of the finer things in life, including Scotch, food, and opera.” Although he officially retired from full-time employment to attend to his health, Mr. Allgaier never ceased his policy and advocacy efforts. In 2009 he returned to work as director of the CARE Council and co-chair of the new Mayor’s Hepatitis C Task Force. “I will remember him most for his fierce commitment to ensuring that the voices of people living with HIV and hepatitis C were included during the development of programs and legislation that affected their lives,” said Ryan Clary, director of public policy at Project Inform. In 2008 Mr. Allgaier became a founding member of the Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy, which spearheaded the creation of the Obama administration’s HIV/AIDS plan; he was invited to the White House for its release this past July.

“Randy was a true mensch,” said SFAF Vice President Judith Auerbach, also a founder of the National AIDS Strategy group. “He was a smart, thoughtful, and caring colleague and friend to all of us working in the fight against AIDS.” Mr. Allgaier and Hawn adopted their beagle, Darwin, in 1998, and for the next decade organized the semiannual Northern California Beaglefests, which drew up to 200 hounds. In 2000 he became involved with Pets Are Wonderful Support, serving as a member and then president of the Board of Directors. “Randy was always a passionate and relentlessly driven advocate, leading by example in his work ethic and sense of justice for everyone living with and at risk for HIV,” said SFAF Legislative Director Ernest Hopkins. “His passion for health care was equaled by his love of beagles and more broadly, through PAWS, the ability of people with disabling diseases to have the love and support of dogs to enhance their quality of life.” Mr. Allgaier won many awards and commendations, including the National Association of People Living with AIDS Positive Leadership Award. He was named one of POZ magazine’s top 100 AIDS fighters in the December 2010 issue. “Randy was a fierce advocate with a huge heart and we will all miss him,” said Anne Donnelly, Project Inform’s director of health care policy. “The many people he mentored and befriended will surely carry on his example in their own work.” Mr. Allgaier is survived by Hawn; his father Richard; his sister Linda Van Der Stad; extended family members and many loving friends.▼ A memorial service for Mr. Allgaier is being planned. The CAEAR Coalition will honor him at a San Francisco reception in January. Donations in his memory may be made to Shanti or PAWS.

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tary, but said the military should be given “sufficient time” to exercise “an abundance of care and preparation” in rolling out that repeal. And neither he nor any other top Pentagon official were willing to give even a vague estimate of how much time would be sufficient. But in a statement released Tuesday evening, President Obama urged the Senate to act “as soon as possible,” saying he is “absolutely confident” troops “will adapt to this change and remain the best led, best trained, best equipped fighting force the world has ever known.” The president reportedly spoke to Republican and Democratic leaders about the antigay military policy during a meeting at the White House Tuesday, November 30 to discuss a number of issues. Details of those discussions were not available. Gates’ remarks and the report released by the Pentagon Tuesday on how best to implement repeal of DADT will provide both proponents

and opponents of repeal plenty of political ammunition once the Senate takes up the issue sometime this month. The 256-page study is called the Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The report includes 20 pages of recommendations, presented in essay form, and 112 pages discussing and illustrating the results of surveys conducted of servicemembers and their families. Most media reports focused on the survey results, but the recommendations have, perhaps, the greatest importance for the LGBT community. The most significant of the recommendations include: • issuing “an extensive set of new or revised standards of conduct” for servicemembers while in uniform, including for such matters as “public displays of affection,” dress and appearance, and harassment, and that those standards “apply to all servicemembers, regardless of sexual orientation;” • that military law not add sexual orientation “alongside race, color, religion, sex, and national origin as a

class eligible for various diversity programs or complaint resolution processes.” Instead, the report recommends DOD “make clear that sexual orientation may not, in and of itself, be a factor in accession, promotion, or other personnel decision-making.” Complaints regarding discrimination based on sexual orientation would be addressed through “mechanisms” available for complaints other than those involving race, color, sex, religion, or national origin – “namely, the chain of command…and other means as may be determined by the Services.” • repeal Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice to the extent it prohibits consensual sodomy, regardless whether it is same-sex or heterosexual; • amend the code to “ensure sexual orientation-neutral application” with regards to sexual offenses. For instance Article 134, prohibiting adultery, would be rewritten to include a married female servicemember having sex with another woman who was not her spouse; • no separate housing or bathroom facilities for gay or lesbian servicemembers and no assignments of sleeping or housing facilities based on sexual orientation “except that commanders should retain the authority to alter… assignments on an individualized, case-by-case basis, in the interest of maintaining morale, good order, and discipline, and consistent with performance of mission;” • no revision “at this time” of regulations to add same-sex committed relationships to the current definition of “family members” or “dependents” in regards to military benefits, such as housing, but to revisit the issue at a later date; • review benefits “that may, where justified from a policy, fiscal, and feasibility standpoint,” be revised to enable a servicemember to designate “whomever he or she wants as a beneficiary;” • evaluate requests for re-entry into

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thousands of family members. And Mullen said the data “is very compelling.” But Graham also told Fox News Sunday on November 28 that he doesn’t believe there is “anywhere near the votes” to repeal DADT “on the Republican side.” Democrats don’t really need Republican votes to repeal DADT; it takes only 51 and, with Independents, they have 58. But many took Graham’s remarks to suggest that Republicans would stand together as a party to block the Senate from even considering the Defense Authorization bill that contains the DADT repeal language. “I think we’ll be united in the lame duck,” said Graham of Republican senators, “so I think in a lame duck setting, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is not going anywhere.” And that’s where the uncertainty lies: Will Democrats have 60 votes to break a Republican filibuster in order to begin deliberation on the FY 2011 Defense Authorization bill? Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said he expects McCain and others to try and thwart repeal. He said he was hopeful Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would be able to reach an agreement with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on some number of amendments either party could offer on the annual Defense Authorization bill containing the repeal language. Among those amendments, said Sarvis, will almost certainly be one to strip the repeal language from the bill, but Sarvis said he does not believe there are enough votes to do that. Sarvis also made clear during a telephone press conference with reporters Tuesday morning that his group is not going to put all its eggs in the lame duck basket. Sarvis said his organization would - “early next week” - file at least one lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco to continue pressure for eliminating the ban on openly gay people in the military. He said the group would likely file two more lawsuits soon after that. Each lawsuit, he said, would represent the interests of different groups affected by the law - those on active duty, those who have been discharged and seek reinstatement, and those who would like to join the service. Gates and President Obama have both spoken out against lawsuits currently pending in the 9th Circuit seeking to challenge DADT - one from the Log Cabin Republicans (challenging the law on its face) and one from Air Force nurse Margaret Witt (challenging the law as applied). Both have been successful, thus far. In an interview with ABC News, released November 9, Gates said he thinks the end of DADT is “inevitable.” “My hope, frankly,” he said, “is that…if we can make the case that having this struck down by the courts is the worst outcome, because it gives us no flexibility, that people will think I’m called a realist, a pragmatist. I’m looking at this realistically. This thing is gonna go, one way or the other.” In the end, it may take more than just one showdown vote in the Senate. In addition to needing 60 votes to begin debate on the defense spending bill, SLDN’s Sarvis said Tuesday he expects Senate Democrats will need 60 votes to force a vote to end debate as well. Then a final version of the bill must be hammered out in a House-Senate conference committee and returned to both chambers for a final vote.▼

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billion was devoted to HIV/AIDS in 2009, but this fell about $10 billion short of the amount required for 2010. U.S. and global treatment activists warn that this shortfall is likely to worsen, as wealthy countries cut back on their funding commitments in the wake of the ongoing worldwide financial crisis. “We can say with confidence and conviction that we have broken the trajectory of the AIDS pandemic,”

the military from those servicemembers discharged under DADT “according to the same criteria as other former servicemembers seeking reentry;” and • no release from obligations of service for military personnel who oppose serving alongside gay and lesbian servicemembers. The survey part of the report indicates: • 69 percent of servicemembers believed they had already served with someone they knew to be gay; • 70 percent to 76 percent said repeal would have “a positive, a mixed, or no effect” on task cohesion; and 67 percent to 78 percent said it would have positive, mixed or no effect on “social cohesion;” • 92 percent of those servicemembers who said they served alongside a gay person said they did not consider the gay servicemember’s presence to have created any problems for unit cohesion; and • 26 percent said they would take a shower at a different time than a gay servicemember. The report noted that the responses of Marines Combat Arms units (fighting forces on the ground) were “more negative” than the forces overall concerning how gay servicemembers would affect unit cohesion. Overall, 21 percent said gays in the unit would negatively affect their unit’s readiness, while 43.5 percent of Marine Combat Arms said so. Both Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen also underscored a need to move slowly and carefully to implement repeal, should Congress approve it. In doing so, Gates highlighted a finding that between 40 percent and 60 percent of allmale combat arms and special operations units predicted a negative effect of repeal on unit cohesion. He said this finding was a concern for him and for the Chiefs of the various branches of service. And he urged Congress to consider this in its deliberations. But Gates said he did not consider that finding to be an “insurmountable barrier” and said he does believe repeal “can and should be done without posing a serious threat to military readiness.” Even before the report was officially released at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network said it expected the report to be “overwhelmingly positive” and “one of the best tools that repeal advocates can use” in the lame duck Congress. The report will be the subject of two days of hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee today (Thursday, December 2) and Friday, December 3. Republican opponents of repeal, led by Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), are expected to challenge the legitimacy of the study and to tweak out information within it to support their position against repealing the law. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), who had been considered a potential vote for repeal, surprised many over the weekend when he began to parrot a criticism of the study that McCain raised in recent days that the Pentagon studied “how” to repeal DADT, not “whether” to repeal it. Gates rebuffed this criticism previously and again during today’s press conference. “This report does provide a sound basis for making decisions on this law,” said Gates. “It’s hard for me to imagine you could come up with a more comprehensive approach.” More than 400,000 servicemembers responded to the survey, as did

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said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe, but the “gains are fragile” and could be reversed without sustained effort.

Prevention promise Even with improved access to treatment, for every individual who starts antiretroviral therapy, two additional people become newly infected, according to the UNAIDS report. With growing evidence that we cannot “treat our way out of this epidemic,” as philanthropist Bill Gates put it this summer at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, public health experts are increasingly turning their attention to improved prevention. The past three decades of biomedical prevention research have produced little but frustration. Countless HIV vaccine candidates have failed at early stages of testing, Merck’s V520 vaccine was actually associated with an apparent increase in the risk of infection in the STEP trial, and a combination vaccine trial in Thailand announced with much fanfare in 2009 did not live up to the hype. But this year prevention research finally turned a corner. At the Vienna AIDS Conference, Salim Abdool Karim reported results from the CAPRISA 004 trial, which tested a vaginal microbicide gel containing 1 percent tenofovir (the same drug in Gilead Sciences’ Viread). South African women who applied the gel before and after sex had a 39 percent lower risk of HIV infection than women who used an inactive placebo gel, reaching 54 percent for those who used it as directed most often. Notwithstanding the modest protective effect, these results were widely hailed as a major breakthrough. A similar wave of enthusiasm greeted last week’s news that pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, using the oral form of tenofovir plus emtricitabine (the drugs in the Truvada combination pill) could also lower the likelihood of HIV infection. In the international iPrEx trial which enrolled nearly 2,500 participants worldwide, including 140 in San Francisco - gay and bisexual men who took Truvada every day had a 44 percent lower risk of infection than men who took a placebo pill, or 73 percent lower for those with the best adherence. “Today marks a major step forward in our quest to combat HIV among MSM and other populations,” Kevin Robert Frost, the CEO of the American Foundation for AIDS Research, said in response to the findings.

Cost and controversy Researchers, public health officials, and community advocates alike lauded the CAPRISA and iPrEx findings, but not everyone joined the celebration. Misgivings about PrEP, in particular, echo some of the concerns arising from the announcement this past spring that San Francisco General Hospital and other facilities run by the city’s Department of Public Health would now offer antiretroviral therapy to everyone diagnosed with HIV, regardless of CD4 T-cell count. Current U.S. guidelines call for starting antiretroviral therapy when CD4 cells fall into the 350 to 500 range, but half the expert panel setting the standard favored treatment even above this level. The San Francisco decision was influenced by a growing body of evidence suggesting that early treatment can help prevent persistent inflammation and other damaging effects of HIV infection that occur well before CD4 counts fall into the danger zone for opportunistic infections. “We should perhaps think of AIDS as acquired inflammatory disease syndrome,” said SFGH researcher Steven Deeks. “The old paradigm was that drugs are toxic so we should wait as long as possible. The new paradigm is that while today’s drugs are not totally benign, they are less toxic than the virus.” As an added benefit, early treatment can reduce “community viral

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load,” and mathematical models and some real-world evidence suggest that a “test-and-treat” approach has the potential to lower the overall rate of HIV transmission. One World Health Organization model even showed that universal regular testing and treatment of everyone infected could essentially halt the epidemic within 50 years. But starting therapy sooner carries the risk of unknown long-term side effects, and some advocates fear HIV positive people could be pressured to start treatment before they need it for their own health, in order to serve public health goals. In the case of PrEP, some skeptics worry that susceptible individuals will come to regard drugs as a substitute for condom use and other behavioral risk-reduction measures, even though the protective effect in iPrEX was modest and participants also received state-of-the-art prevention support including frequent testing, counseling, and free condoms. Amid the PrEP enthusiasm, a new survey conducted by the Global Forum on MSM and HIV found that a majority of men who have sex with men worldwide have trouble accessing basic prevention services such as HIV testing, counseling, and affordable condoms and lubricant. “With the excitement surrounding the promise of pre-exposure prophylaxis, it can be easy to forget that we already have a rich selection of prevention measures that we know work right now,” said researcher Patrick Hebert. “[These] findings reinforce the fact that we can’t even get condoms and lube to more than half of MSM around the world.” Both early treatment and PrEP raise issues of cost and access. How can we justify giving expensive antiretroviral drugs to HIV positive people who are still healthy - not to mention people who are not even infected - when so many people with HIV worldwide cannot access or afford the treatment they need to prevent disease progression in accordance with current guidelines? And what about the role of the pharmaceutical industry? “It is as though a decision has been made to redirect the country’s public health response to AIDS from proven behavioral interventions, like condoms and prevention education, to the use of antiretroviral medications,” wrote POZ magazine founder Sean Strub in response to San Francisco’s early treatment announcement. “Public health officials’ focus on treatment as prevention and the pharmaceutical industry’s incentive to expand markets are now in dangerously perfect alignment.”

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Kathleen McGuire conducts the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.

SF Gay Men’s Chorus conductor Kathleen McGuire moves on ~ by Philip Gambone ~ hen Kathleen McGuire conducts the last of a trio of Christmas Eve concerts at the Castro Theatre this month, she will put the finishing flourish on a decade-long tenure as the first female conductor of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. She’s going out with a bang. McGuire promises that the program, A Soulful Celebration, will rock. “Lots of gospel-style music,” she said one recent afternoon as she hurried to get ready for a re-

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hearsal. “My first major appearance with SFGMC was the holiday concert in 2000, so these concerts are a fitting way to end. It will be very uplifting. The chorus will totally lift the roof!” McGuire is stepping down in order to “take a leap of faith to follow my heart.” In September, she became the director of Singers of the Street (S.O.S.), a community choir for people living on the margins of society, especially the homeless. “S.O.S. is something I’ve been thinking about

for a couple of years,” McGuire says. She credits a visit to the Choir of Hope and Inspiration, an Australian community chorus for the homeless and disadvantaged, with giving her the idea to mount a similar project in this country. “I am passionate about trying to help those who are marginalized in our society.” For the next few weeks, however, McGuire will concentrate her energies on preparing her swansong with SFGMC. Asked what her legacy will be, McGuire is quick to note that she was instrumental in “bringing SFGMS back into the community.” She points to the outreach program she launched in 2001, which took the chorus into venues where it had not previously appeared, including schools, women’s organizations, churches, the Special Olympics, the Gospel Academy

Awards Ceremony and the California Freedom Tour. Under her leadership, the chorus has raised almost $500,000 for charities. “It has become the most important thing that SFGMC does,” she declares. McGuire had been conducting a mixed gay and lesbian chorus at the University of Colorado when, in 1999, she began scouting out professional jobs. Her partner at the time pleaded with her not to try for another conductorship with a gay chorus, because it was “such difficult, challenging work.” But when McGuire learned of the position with SFGMC, she decided to apply. “Just to mess with them. I mean, it was a male bastion. I really didn’t think in my wildest dreams they

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Physiques, by George!

“Shore Leave” by George Quaintance.

~ by John F. Karr ~ e was “The Master Painter of the Male Physique,” and the long-awaited book that pays tribute is tremendous, in size and importance. For many, it will be fondly embraced nostalgia. For some, it will be an eye-opening first look at what came before the gay sexplosion. The erotic paintings of George Quaintance are campy, kitschy, culturally significant and quite beautiful. And they’re all here. The whoppingly big (11 ½” x 16”) art book is called, simply, Quaintance (Taschen, hardbound, $99.99). The sumptuously reproduced paintings look glorious in such large dimensions; in size and scope, Quaintance is handsome and appropriate. Its 170 pages deliver a brief but solid résumé of the artist’s curious life written by Reed Massengill, wellknown photographer and author/editor of a number of books of gay photography. Following a long section that enlarges detailed sections of the paintings, The Complete Works are offered in chronological order, with succinct commentary by university professor and porn blogger extraordinaire Ken Furtado. It’s sad that, at two to a page, the artist’s entire

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by Roberto Friedman t’s Thanksgiving week, and Out There is scribbling away, sitting in the courtyard of the building that houses the Smithsonian Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in Washington, DC. We’re waiting for a friend, here to see Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, the first major museum exhibition to examine sexual identity in modern American portraits (through Feb 13, 2011). It was co-curated by Jonathan David Katz, director of the doctoral program in visual studies at SUNY/Buffalo, and NPG historian David C. Ward.

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sonator before her famous singing career. But the show’s paintings are even more revealing than its photos. There are whole worlds contained in Charles Henry Demuth’s watercolors of samesex dancing in the Harlem Renaissance (Cabaret Interior with Carl Van Vechten, 1918, and Dancing Sailors, 1917), or in John Singer Sargent‘s charcoal drawing of a hotel bellhop, Nude Male Standing (Thomas Mc Keller) (1917-20). Pre-Stonewall America picks up the pace, with pieces such as Andy Warhol’s drawing Truman Capote’s Shoe, in gold leaf and ink (1955), and a rare Robert Rauschenberg self-portrait from 1965. RR’s lover Jasper Johns’ Ventriloquist (1983) looks back to this era, when gay people had to speak the truth of their existence through indirection or other means. Stand-out works in this exhibit are too plentiful for us to be anywhere near comprehensive, but they include the Jess collage The Mouse’s Tale (1951-54), Beauford Delaney’s portrait of James Baldwin (1963), and rare figurative studies of lovers from Ellsworth Kelly and Agnes Martin. There’s a painting by David Hockney, who was courageously out in his life and art in the early 60s, when homosexuality was still illegal in Britain. We Two Boys Together Clinging, from 1961, refers to the poem by Walt Whitman, whose image, in a photograph taken by Eakins in 1891, presides over the show like a guardian spirit. AIDS-era masterworks include Jerome Caja’s Charles Devouring Himself (1991), painted with his friend’s ashes mixed with nail-polish; Interim Couple (1164) (1994), an out-of-focus impression of the world since AIDS by art photographer Bill Jacobson; and mere dips into the deep wells of inspiration in works by Robert Mapplethorpe, Duane Michals, David Wojnarowicz, Peter Hujar, Mark Morrisroe, Tee Corinne, Keith Haring, Catherine Opie, Nan Goldin and AA Bronson. When we tell you that we have merely scratched the surface of the show O UT with these gay artists’ contributions to the world of portraiture, you know that any upcoming visit to DC should include a visit to the NPG. Its website is found at npg.si.edu. PS: A complementary exhibition, Lost and Found: The Lesbian and Gay Presence in the Archives of American

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Portrait of the artist as a gay man

Salutat by Thomas Cowperthwaite Eakins (oil on canvas, 1898).

Art, presents letters, photos and printed materials that provide glimpses into the lives of gay American artists, at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, also through Feb. 13 of next year.

Epic epidemic Looking ahead to the new year, we’re pleased to pass along an announcement for the commercial release of a popular success from this year’s Frameline fest, director David Weissman’s We Were Here, which is set to open at the Castro Theatre in SF on Feb. 25, 2011. Here’s the 411: “We Were Here is the first film to take a deep T HERE and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco. It explores how the city’s inhabitants were affected by, and responded to, that unprecedented calamity. The film tells an epic story through only five voices. All the interviewees lived in San Francisco prior to the epidemic, their relationships to SF formed in more exuberant

times. Their stories of how the epidemic altered their lives are not only intensely personal, but also address the much larger historic and metaphoric themes – the political and sexual complexities, the terrible emotional toll, and the role of women, particularly lesbians, in caring for and fighting for their gay brothers. “We Were Here explores what was not so easy to discern in the midst of it all – the parallel histories of suffering and loss, and of community coalescence and growth. Despite legitimate fears of being forced back into the closet by AIDS, the gay community was in many ways greatly empowered by the challenges that the epidemic presented. Though an SFbased story, the issues addressed in the film extend not only beyond SF, but also beyond AIDS itself. We Were Here speaks to our societal relationship to death and illness, our capacity as individuals to rise to the occasion, and the importance of community in addressing unimaginable crises.” The work-in-progress version that screened at the film festival garnered raves. We’re already looking forward to the Castro run.▼


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would look at me seriously. Even when I was down to one of the last three candidates, I thought they were paying lip service.” She smiles. “I was wrong.” McGuire’s first years as director engendered some attrition and even outright hostility among a cohort of disgruntled members. There is no rancor in her voice as she recalls this rocky honeymoon, calling it “the usual stuff you get with transition.” McGuire weathered the storm and quickly established herself as a conductor not only of intelligence, taste and high standards, but one also known for her ability to win over audiences. Her motto: Who’s afraid of a choir? “People often say to me, ‘This chorus has been here 30 years. Why do you still exist? The laws are changing. It’s so much easier than it used to be.’ But as long as we don’t have equal rights, we still have much to sing about. And when we do get equal rights, we can sing in celebration of our successes. LGBT choruses provide an important family for those who participate. I think that will always be the case.” A self-declared “tomboy from Day One,” McGuire grew up in Melbourne, Australia, into a family she characterizes as not especially musical. In college, she majored in music composition. By her senior year, she had “some inkling” that she might be gay, but not until she happened by chance to see the 1985 film Desert Hearts, based on the Jane Rule novel, did McGuire “snap out of whatever I was in.” The next year, after a car accident nearly took her life, she “suddenly had this strong feeling that I have to stop lying to myself. And within a week I’d had an experience with a woman.” During the next several years, McGuire continued her musical studies in Australia. As scholarly-minded as she is (McGuire has published articles on various topics in classical music, including one on tempo problems in Arnold Schoenberg’s Kammersymphonie No. 1), she is not above jamming in a gospel band or playing bass guitar and singing back-up in a rock band, an experience she says was “a great fit for what I do now.” She moved to the States in 1995 to pursue a relationship with a woman she met on Match.com. When their relationship didn’t work out, McGuire decided to stay on in the US, where the opportunities for conductorships seemed better. She recalls going for an interview at the University of Colorado on the day that the US Supreme Court struck down Colorado’s notorious Amendment 2, which had de-

nied homosexuals protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation. “I was walking around campus that day thinking, ‘What’s going on? Everyone looks so gay!’” Making her way to the main student square, she came upon a rally where the news was just being announced. It was the day before her birthday. McGuire thought, “Wow, I guess this thing’s going to work out here.” McGuire is fond of saying that she “came to America as a conductor and became an activist.” She acknowledges that there can be a professional stigma attached to heading up a gay musical group, but quickly adds that once she started to embrace “the activism piece of it,” she started to enjoy the position even more. She mentions a conducting colleague who “felt envious of me because when we make music, our being there has changed somebody’s life – it’s beyond music. The change that we make is seeing somebody say, ‘Wow, now I can come out to my grandmother.’ Before we go on stage, I say, ‘Tonight you will change somebody’s life.’” McGuire’s enthusiasm for the nexus of music and activism has extended to many other projects. She is the founder of the GLAM Youth Show Choir, a chorus for LBGTQ youth and their supportive peers; she conducts the all-female Community Women’s Orchestra; she has been in the 545mile AIDS/LifeCycle ride. In 2006, she served as Community Grand Marshal for the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade and Celebration. McGuire confesses to feeling “bittersweet” about stepping down as director of the Gay Men’s Chorus. “SFGMC is my family. On the other hand, I’m looking forward to a change.” That will include putting more energy into securing grants, recruiting more singers, and getting support from City Hall for the fledgling S.O.S. choir. McGuire will also continue to conduct the Oakland-based Community Women’s Orchestra, and undertake “plenty of arranging,” including a major project with Seattle Women’s Chorus. In recalling her visit to the Choir of Hope and Inspiration, McGuire notes how welcoming those homeless men and women were, “people who previously I had been afraid of. I’ll never forget how I felt that day. It was a huge turnaround for me. The power of song is huge.”▼ Philip Gambone’s latest book is Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans (U. Wisconsin Press).

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The long & the short of it avid F.M. Vaughn is kicking up his heels in Shrek the Musical, but when you’re vertically challenged, you can only kick so high. As the comically villainous Lord Farquaad in the touring musical now at the Orpheum Theatre, Vaughn plays the entire show on his knees in a contraption with little feet that can tap away while the actor is actually tapping with his knees. “It’s amazing how this rig is built,” Vaughn said of the 25-pound body harness. “There are all kinds of springs and stuff inside so when I lift my knee it hits a little tab that slaps a foot down.” Vaughn was a member of the original Broadway cast of the 2008 big-budget adaptation of the animated hit about a gentle green ogre with a penchant for fart jokes. As a swing performer in New York, Vaughn covered 19 roles, including several appearances as Lord Farquaad. Even so, he was surprised when he was offered the Farquaad role full-time after the tour had already begun performances in the summer of 2010. “When the tour started in Chicago,” Vaughn said from a tour stop in Denver, “I was playing the Big Bad Wolf. The actor playing the role on tour was let go after the Saturday

performance, and I was in the role the very next night. I felt terrible for the actor, because he is a good friend of mine. I also felt very happy, very nervous, and very under-prepared. But it turned out to be a great thing.” The musical, with songs by Jeanine Tesori and a book by David Lindsay-Abaire, is way-gay friendly even without any invocation of LGBT terminology. After all, when Lord Farquaad banishes all the fairytale characters from his kingdom, Pinocchio proclaims, “I‘m wood, I’m good, get used to it.” And the Big Bad Wolf laments, “They tore my cotton granny dress, and called me a hot and tranny mess.” While Vaughn has been out as a gay man from the start of his career, and while there is a certain light-inhis-size-2-loafers manner to Lord Farquaad, Vaughn said the character is not gay. “He’s foppish. He’s only gay in the way that those sorts of kings were gay in their powdered wigs. They can say anything and be as flamboyant as they want, because no one would dare tell them not to. He’s more in love with power than with women, but he’s definitely not gay.” Farquaad’s love interest, such that it is, is Princess Fiona. He can become king is she marries him, and it falls to exiled ogre Shrek to deliver the princess to Farquaad in exchange for his and his fairytale friends’ freedom to leave the swamp that they have

called home. As with its animated precursor, the material is designed to draw in the young crowd while giving grown-ups winks, jokes, and references that fly over smaller heads. “A show like this comes with some baggage,” Vaughn said. “Not only are you a musical based on a movie, but you’re coming from a big company called DreamWorks that people kind of associate with Disney things. People say, ‘Oh, it’s one of those commercial kid shows,’ and kids do enjoy it and it’s very commercial, but this is the only show I’ve seen where parents and their 9-year-old child can go and belly laugh together.” Tapping into the show’s message and youthful fan base, the Shrek touring company has made a video supporting the “It Gets Better” antibullying campaign, with gay cast members describing earlier harassments and the much-freer lives they can now lead. You can see it at broadwayworld.com/videoplay.php?colid=181801. Vaughn, who appears in the video, can attest to the truth behind the “It Gets Better” sentiment. “In middle school, kids were constantly calling me ‘faggot.’ I felt my entire middle-school years were spent trying not to be noticed. But high school was a little better, and then you get into college, where differences are celebrated.” Vaughn found another kind of rejection at Florida State University. “I was actually denied admission to the musical theater program,” he said. “When I asked why, they said my dancing wasn’t strong enough, and then the woman turned to me and said, ‘You weren’t even close to getting in.’ I was really crushed, but then I pulled myself up. It ended up benefiting me, because I had to work so hard and got a really good training.” While at FSU, Vaughn did community theater and appeared in op-

David F.M. Vaughn plays the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad on his knees in the touring version of Shrek the Musical.

eras staged by the school’s music department. After graduating, he got his first professional job thanks to his college director, who was staging Candide for the Dayton Opera. After that, Vaughn was cast in the tour of Saturday Night Fever, and he made his Broadway debut in 2008 with Shrek. While the sets have been downscaled for the road, the original Broadway creators looked at the tour as a way of improving what had met with mixed reviews on Broadway. Vaughn has been there for the entire journey of the musical. “One of the things I love about this company is that they’re never quite satisfied. A lot of shows just pack up what opened on Broadway and take it on the road. But this has been quite a bold transformation.” The show has booking through most of next year, though Vaughn’s current contract is up in May. “I would love to stay in the show as long as my body holds up,” he said. “One of the paradoxes of a performer is that jobs are hard to come by, and you want to keep them, but you also have to propel your career, which is hard when you’re on the road. But my love of the job is bigger than my concern about the momentum.”

Jamie Sanford

by Richard Dodds

Joan Marcus

Meet David F.M. Vaughn of ‘Shrek the Musical’

David F.M. Vaughn helps promote the “It Gets Better” campaign with other gay cast members from Shrek the Musical.

Audiences do get to see the fullsize Vaughn at the curtain call and several encore numbers. “It’s very nice,” he conceded, “to finally appear as a grown man.”▼ Shrek the Musical will run at the Orpheum Theatre through Jan. 2 Tickets are $30-$99. Call (888) SHN-1799 or go to www.shnsf.com.

Try this at home by Jim Piechota Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People by Amy Sedaris; Grand Central Publishing, $27.99

my Sedaris beams from the front cover of her latest kooky creation, a wonderfully wacky follow-up to the 2008 hostess guidebook, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. Splashed across 300 colorful, glossy pages, the Strangers with Candy comedic actress channels her inner Martha Stewart (with a sarcastic twist) and brings oddly eccentric, home-sewn arts and crafts to life. “Each morning,” Sedaris jokes, “after a long night’s sleep upon my Queen Coil Plush-O-Pedic mattress, a breakfast of croquet monsieur, and a fullbody facial, I am faced with the daunting task of being creative for creative’s sake.” The author admits that handi-crafting has been a “delightful pastime” of hers, and that to hand-design a “lovely something that nobody needs” is a creative outlet for the unattractive set (“ugly people craft, and attractive people have sex”). The opening chapter asks some intriguing questions (“How would shells look glued to that toilet seat? What would glitter look like in that fish tank?”) and warns of the most common crafting accidents, like feather asphyxia and “decoupage fatigue blackout.” Along with this peculiar peek in-

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side the haphazard mind of a crafting wunderkind, we meet Jean and Gene Woodchuck, the pot-smoking, elderly “handy hints folks” who count taxidermy and a “Self-Esteem Shell Collage” among their greatest accomplishments. Both have been failing at simple home improvements for so long they feel entitled to offer Sedaris

helpful advice as she makes her way creating Doodie Dungeons (for when you need to crap in the woods), a “Milk Carton Skid Row,” a “Dropout Crab Claw Roach Clip,” tampon ghosts, and the intensely personal artform of genital “fornicrafting” (hands down, the most hilarious section of the book). There’s also a chapter on

the advent of “feeble-crafting” for shut-ins (think “shuffle slippers” and an interactive nut village). In describing the frenetic hell of crafting while “ramped up on amphetamines,” she emphasizes the importance of safety measures like preproject organization, stretching before and after creating, and using drugs and alcohol to “enhance the crafting experience.” Sedaris has been rumored to sell her amusingly decorated cupcakes at finer New York City restaurants, so pages of recipes (seemingly serious ones) come as no surprise. Cookies, fudge, crock-pot beef and vegetables, cake, and hot dogs (roasted in the fireplace on the end of a rake) will appeal to those who find themselves in the kitchen when creative inspiration strikes. There simply isn’t enough space to gush over the amazing amount of artistically-challenged material contained in Simple Times. Sedaris truly outdoes herself this time in bringing laughter, bad jokes, insane self-portraitures, wildly screwy ideas, and a kaleidoscope of zany pictures and ideas to the page. Much more than your standard coffee-table book, this is comic excellence in print, with an inside joke at every turn (don’t miss the priceless 70s shag-shab, or Indian-inspired author photos on the dust jacket) and tongue-in-cheek commentary that shimmers.▼


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Monday, Dec. 6th 7:30pm

Mission Dolores Basilica, SF Tickets: City Box Office (415) 392-4400 or www.cityboxoffice.com. Group discounts available via phone only. Discounts for students & groups of 8 or more. For more information. please call 415-401-9229 or visit our website at www.sfsinfonietta.org

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra music director Nicholas McGegan.

Double baroque anniversary by Jason Victor Serinus merica’s premier baroque orchestra celebrates two anniversaries this year. At the same time that Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO) turns 30, the man who has shepherded it to success, Nicholas McGegan, celebrates his 25th anniversary as Music Director. Speaking from Toronto, where he was preparing to conduct Saint-Saëns and Beethoven, the English-born McGegan acknowledged his more recent honor, being made an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) “for services to music overseas.” The honor, which is just a sword and tiara away from knighthood and damehood, was awarded close to four years after McGegan wed his longtime partner, cellist and recording engineer David R. Bowles, in a civil partnership ceremony in the UK. Next summer, McGegan will relinquish his 20-year position as Artistic Director of the International Handel Festival Göttingen in Germany. “I’ve done nearly 20 Handel operas there,” he explained, “and have been to more long German board meetings than I care to recall. This will give me a bit more time at home, and more time to devote to Philharmonia Baroque.” He’ll need the extra hours, given PBO’s ambitious 30th anniversary plans. At a time when many organizations are scaling back, PBO is attracting so many new people to its Bay Area venues that it has expanded its season from seven to eight concerts. It is also preparing for a summer tour that will raise its profile through concerts in Orlando, Lincoln Center, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and Tanglewood. “I’m thrilled to have been here for 25 years,” says McGegan. “I suppose I will have to lay down my baton sometime, but I don’t have one to lay down. When I do pass it on, I’ll do so knowing that an orchestra that’s survived the first 30 years can look forward to a good future. Philharmonia Baroque is now grown up. What we really have to do now is go out and get the next generation of our audience.” In the past decade, McGegan has expanded the orchestra’s repertoire to encompass the full range of music that a period instrument orchestra can perform. The one area awaiting attention is staged opera. “When you have the name ‘baroque’ in your title, you need to embrace the ultimate baroque art form, which is opera,” he says. “Our European equivalent, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, plays all the Mozart and pre-Mozart operas for Glynde-

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bourne, and all the pre-Mozart operas at Covent Garden. We regularly perform ballet suites and arias from operas, and perform an opera in concert version every other year. But because staging opera is a very expensive proposition, we’ve only staged three so far: Platée and Dido and Aeneas with Mark Morris, and Handel’s Justino. Our goal is to stage a Handel opera every other year.” This is where the Philharmonia Baroque Chorus will play a major role. Begun by John Butt in 1995, and conducted since 1997 by Bruce Lamott, each of its 24 singers is a soloist in their own right. “Nic and I both demand dramatic engagement from chorus members,” Lamott explained by phone. “They aren’t a singing wall. They need to have the same presence and engagement with the text that we would expect of a soloist.” Lamott, who teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and University High School when not working with the chorus or relaxing at home with his partner of 37 years, San Francisco Opera Director of Music Administration Clifford (Kip) Cranna, believes that “baroque music speaks directly to the passions. Anybody who sings baroque vocal music is especially lucky, because it’s the last historic period in which vocal music still had preeminence. It’s heaven for choralists.” McGegan goes one step farther. “Baroque music is some of the most approachable music that there is. It’s also, in a funny way, some of the wildest. One is apt to think that 18thcentury music is very prissy and Earl Grey tea, but it’s actually wild, extravagant, passionate stuff. “PBO has all its correctness credentials, but we check them at the door when we play. I don’t know where people got the idea that this free-spirited music – some of the most passionate and engaging music in the Western tradition – is for 80-year-old straight and proper people.” This season, PBO augments its eight-concert season with a series of three Sunday matinee chamber music concerts at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, beginning Jan. 23. It has also initiated a series of master class partnerships with SFCOM, and will present very out countertenor David Daniels on Jan. 19. Upcoming concerts include Messiah, Dec. 3-7; Handel, Telemann and Vivaldi with Daniels, Jan. 15-21; Rebel, Gluck, Rameau, and Nathanial Stookey with Frederica von Stade, March 4-9; and Haydn’s Creation, Apr. 8-13. For more info, see www. philharmoniabaroque.org.▼


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Nathaniel Stookey; directed by Tony Taccone. $14.50-$73. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Thu, Sat, Sun 2pm. Thru Jan. 15. (510) 647-2949. www.berkeleyrep.org

Affordable Art for the Holidays @ City Art

The Lion in Winter @ Actors Theatre

Bob Maloney

Opening reception for a group collective exhibit of varied artists. 7pm-10pm. Exhibit thru Dec. 31. 12pm-9pm daily. 828 Valencia St. www.cutyartgallery.org

Margaret Cho

Sing out

by Jim Provenzano

ou’re on your way to making it through the holidays. Sing about it, sing along, or just enjoy the music of the season that’s much better than the jingle bell Muzak pumped into stores. Yes, she sings, too. Margaret Cho, everybody’s favorite smartass Korean faghag comic Dancing With the Stars contestant and totally leftwing freespeechin’ star, performs live at Masonic Hall. John Roberts opens. $29-$62. Saturday, December 4. 8pm. 1111 California St. www.margaretcho.com Liza Minnelli at Davies Hall. Yes, peeps, the Liza. The celebrated singer/actress and camp icon performs with a quartet. $15-$100. Sunday, December 5. 8pm. 201 Van Ness Ave. 864-6000. www.sfsymphony.org The Sing-Along Sound of Music at the Castro Theatre. How can you not sing along to “Doe, a Deer”? Enjoy the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical film starring Julie Andrews, in digital Cinemasope, with subtitles and a fun costume contest. Yodel-ay-hee-hoo! $10-$15. Thu & Fri 7pm. Also Sat & Sun at 1pm. Thru Dec. 5. 429 Castro St. 621-6120. www.castrotheatre.com Pump your lungs at the Sing-Along Messiah at Lakeside Presbyterian Church. Handel’s warhorse is performed by the SF City Chorus, and you sing-along. Bring your own score if you like. $10. Dec. 5, 3pm. Holiday fair with food and crafts for sale, 3:30-5:30pm. 201 Eucalyptus Drive at 19th Ave. 968-9523. www.sfcitychorus.org The Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus brings Yore on the Liza Minnelli Air, a musical tribute to holiday songs performed on 60s-80s TV variety shows, to the Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church. $20. Dec. 3, 8pm. 1578 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton. Also, Dec. 4, 7:30pm and Dec. 5, 6pm ($15$20) at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Ave., Oakland. (800) 706-2389. www.oebgmc.org Dec. 4, the San Francisco Bach Choir performs Psallite: A Candlelight Christmas, with music ranging from the Renaissance to Telemann, performed by three joined choirs. $15-$30. 8pm. Also Dec. 5 at 4pm. Calvary Presbyterian Churchm Fillmore St at Jackson. 441-4942. www.sfbach.org Dec. 5, Ragazzi Boys Choir performs carols and holiday songs, with the Sonos Handbell Ensemble. $14-$17. 4pm. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St. Also Dec. 4 in Palo Alto and Dec. 12 in San Mateo. 474-1608. www.Ragazzi.org Feeling not so holidayish? Join in at the Great Broadway Sing-Along at Kanbar Hall. Ellie Mednick leads the audience in the Jewish Community Center’s 7th annual sing-along to classic Broadway tunes. $26-$30. Dec. 8, 8pm. 3200 California St. 292-1233. www.jccsf.org For those who prefer to sit and listen, classical music concerts should soothe your spirit. Starting December 2, several concerts at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music make it easy to enjoy various classical works performed by students and faculty: Dec. 2, chamber music masterworks, 4pm & 8pm are free. Dec. 3, 7:30pm, Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel and Conte’s Gift of the Magi. Dec. 4, 8pm, orchestral and piano works by Ravel, Liszt and Shostakovich, $20. Dec. 6, 8pm, chamber music for winds. Dec. 7, 8pm, Brahms viola wand piano works. Dec. 8, 8pm, new works by students. Dec. 8, 8pm, J.S. Bach sonatas. See the schedule online for more. 50 Oak St. 503-6265. www.sfcm.edu Junghae Kim and Gilbert Martinez perform music of Bach, Vivaldi, Krebs and others in Dueling Harpsichords at Most Holy Redeemer. $20. Dec 4 at 2pm. 100 Diamond St. Also Dec. 5 at 5pm, at Music Sources, 1000 The Alameda, Berkeley. (510) 528-1685. www.musicsources.org And if you’re downtown, enjoy a probably gravity-impaired laughfest. Dec. 2, Drag Queens on Ice at Union Square Rink should cheer you up. Celebrate the holidays at the retail center of town, with a round of ice skating and a special show of drag queens skating. Free to watch. 8pm. to skate: $4.50-$9. 10am-10pm. Powell St. at Geary. Thru Jan. 17. www.unionsquareicerink.com▼

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Babes in Arms @ Eureka Theatre 42nd Street Moon’s production of the Rodgers and Hart vintage musical which inlcudes the songs, “My Funny Valentine” and “The Lady is a Tramp.” $24-$44. Wed 7pm, Thu-Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm, Sun 3pm. Thru Dec. 19. 215 Jackson St. 255-8207. www.42ndstmoon.org

Bass on Titles @ Oddball Film Short films and trailers featuring Saul Bass’ iconic graphics (Psycho); plus other odd short films. 8:30pm. Also, Dec. 4, 8:30pm, The 30-Second Dream, a fascinating collection of vintage commercials. Both shows $10. 275 Capp St. 5588117. www.oddballfilm.com

Cavalia @ AT&T Park Sweeping and acclaimed multimedia show in a gargantuan tent, with 100 human performers, 50 horses, music and pageantry, aerialists, acrobats, and family entertainment. $64.50-$229.50. 24 Willie Mays Plaza at Embarcadero. Thru Jan. 2. (866) 999-8111. www.cavalia.net

China Underground @ Viz Cinema Three-day series of seven provocative films and videos about the repressive Chinese regime, made by young cinematographers, in particular Queer China, Comrade China, a comprehensive historical account of the LGBT movement in modern China, at 7pm. post-screening Q&A and after-party. $10. www.vizcinema.com

A Christmas Carol @ American Conservatory Theatre ACT’s annual production of the popular stage version of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic returns. $15-$102. 7pm. some matiness 2pm & 1pm. Thru Dec. 24. 415 Geary St. 749-2228. www.act-sf.org

Coraline @ SF Playhouse Musical stage version of the story and animated film about a girl whose family changes in an alternate reality; extended thru Jan. 15. $30-$40. Tue-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 3pm. Some 7pm weeknights. 533 Sutter St. 677-9597. www.sfplayhouse.org

Dirty Little Showtunes @ New Conservatory Theatre Tom Orr’s wicked and wacky musical revue of campy parody songs includes six special guest performers. $24-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

Forever Tango @ Marines’ Memorial Theatre Luis Bravo’s dance show stars former local instructor (and Dancing With the Stars pro) Cheryl Burke, with 12 dancers, a live band, and hot tango dancing. $55-$100. Tue-Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm. Also Wed, Sat, Sun at 2pm. Thru Jan. 9. 609 Sutter St. 2nd floor. 771-6900. www.marinesmemorialtheatre.com

The Golden Girls @ CounterPulse Holiday edition of the popular drag stage version of two episodes of the classic TV show, with nightlife queens Heklina, Cookie Dough, Matthew Martin and Pollo Del Mar. Guest stars include former Gogos band member Jane Wiedlin. $25. Thu-Sat 7pm & 9pm (no shows Dec. 24/25). 1310 Mission St. at 9th. www.trannyshack.com

Holiday Art Sale @ Creativity Explored Opening reception for the exhibit and sale of art works by developmentally challenged artists. 6pm-9pm. Exhibit thru Dec. 22. Mon & Tue 10am-3pm. Wed-Fri 10am-7pm. Sat 12pm-6pm. 3245 16th St. 863-2108. www.creativityexplored.org

Left Coast Leaning Festival @ YBCA Dance-theatre works by Miwa Matreyek, José Navarrete & Violeta Luna, The 605 Collective, and Adia Tamar Whitaker. $10-$15. 8pm. Thru Dec. 4. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St. 978-2787. www.ybca.org

Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead @ Berkeley Rep A few members of the OaklandEast Bay Gay Men’s Chorus

Previews begin for the witty musical comedy based on the author’s orchestral narrative work; developed by Phantom Limb Company; music by

Local production of James Goldman’s intriguing play about 1183-era English royalty. $26-$38. Wed-Sat 8pm. Thru Dec. 18. 855 Bush St. at Taylor. 345-1287. www.actorstheatresf.org

Or @ Magic Theatre West Coast premiere of Liz Duffy Adams’ crossdressing political comedy inspired by 17th-century writer Aphra Behn, who may have also been a government spy. $30-$60. Tue 7pm. WedSat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2:30pm. Thru Dec. 5. Bldg D, Fort Mason Center, 3rd floor. www.magictheatre.org

Palomino @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley David Cale’s multi-character solo show about a Central Park carriage driver. $10-$55. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm, Tue & Sun 7pm. Thru Dec. 5. 2081 Addison St. (510) 843-4822. www.auroratheatre.org

A Perfect Ganesh @ New Conservatory Theatre Terrence McNally’s drama about two women who go on a trip to India in search of enlightenment. $22-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Dec. 19. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

The Play About the Naked Guy @ La Val’s Subterranean, Berkeley Evren Odcikin directs David Bell’s hilarious OffBroadway hit about schlocky empresarios who produce a Naked Boys show and strike a deal with a porn star to save their theatre. Yes, there will be male nudity. $10-$20. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Dec. 18. 1834 Euclid Ave. www.impacttheatre.com

Shrek, the Musical @ Orpheum Theatre The hit musical based on the Disney animated film plays through the holidays. $30-$99. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat, Sun 2pm. Sun 7:30pm. Thru Jan. 2. Market St. at 8th. www.shnsf.com/shows/shrek

Super 8 Hanukkah Festival @ Various Venues Eight Ways to Burn Bright, a weeklong celebration of Hanukkah, with food, films, music, comedy and more. Thru Dec. 8. www.jccsf.org/thehub

Swing Fest @ Hilton Hotel Big three-day dance event, with themed nights, dance competitions, classes, and a tribute to 91year-old swing dance pioneer Norma Miller. One night to full-festival classes and events: $15-$35 nightly; $200 full festival. Thru dec. 5. 723 Kearny St. www.SwingChampionships.com

Sat 4 >> Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi Musical comedy revue, now in its 35th year, with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. Special holiday shows, schedules, including under-21 matinees, thru Nov & Dec. $25-$80. Wed, Thu 8pm. Fri, Sat 6:30, 9:30pm. Sun 2pm, 5pm. (Beer/wine served; cash only). 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd. 421-4222. www.beachblanketbabylon.com

Celebration of Craftswomen @ Herbst Pavilion 32nd annual shocase of fine crafts by more than 200 women artists, many of them out lesbians. Jewelry, furinture, clothing, sculpture, ceramics, all for sale- are complimented by gourmet food,

Dirty Little Showtunes, Fri.

live music and a benefit silent auction for the Women’s Building. $7-$12. 10am-5pm. Also Dec. 5. Fort Mason Center, Buchanan St. at Marina Blvd. www.celebrationofcraftswomen.org

Christian Tetzlaff @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley Celebrated virtuoso violinist performs Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin. $62-$100. 6pm (with a one-hour break). Bancroft Way at Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus. (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

Cinderella Enchanted @ Julia Morgan Center, Berkeley Grammy nominee Frenchie Davis stars in Berkeley Playhouse’s production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, with aerial dancers, kids and animals and a diverse cast. $15-$25. Thru Dec. 6. 2640 College Ave. (510) 845-8542. www.berkeleyplayhouse.org

Forrest Williams @ Marx & Zavattero Gallery Fourth solo exhibition of contemplative male figure studies by the New York painter. Thru Dec. 18. Tue-Fri 10:30-5:30. Sat 11am-5pm. 77 Geary St. 2nd floor. 627-9111. www.marxzav.com

Go the Hell for the Holidays @ YBCA Gut-wrenching dramas and buckets of blood in a series of arty horror films. Dec 4, 7:30pm: Feast of the Assumption: BTK and the Otero Family Murders. Dec 5, 2pm: Wolf Creek. Dec 11, 7:30pm: Meat Grinder. Dec 17, 7pm: Night Train to Terror and at 9pm, A Night to Dismember. Dec 18, 7:30pm: Life and Death of a Porno Gang. $6-$8. 701 Mission St. www.ybca.org

Hot Glass Cold Beer @ Public Glass World-renowned glassblower Luca Rattazzi spins the hot art as you sip beer, enjoy music and get a souvenir glass; part of the ongoing artists series. $25. 6pm-10pm. 1750 Armstrong Ave. 671-4916. www.PublicGlass.org

Japanesque @ Legion of Honor Exhibit of Japanese prints from 1700-1900, and its relationship to Impressionism. Thru Jan. 9. $6$10. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. 100 34th Av. at Clement, Lincoln Park. www.legionofhonor.org

Little Gems @ Underglass Framing Opening reception for an exhibit of 17 small works by different artists. Sales proceeds benefit Visual Aid. Thru Jan. 7. Mon-Fri 11am-7pm. Sat 11am-5pm. 268 Church St. www.underglassframing.com

Marilyn Pittman @ The Marsh Popular local lesbian stand-up comedian and NPR host performs her personal and darkly comic solo show, It’s All the Rage, about a tragic family murder-suicide. $20-$50. Saturdays 8:30pm, Sundays 7pm. Thru Dec. 5. 1062 Valencia St. (800) 838-3006. www.themarsh.org

Nutcracker @ Zeum Mark Foehringer Dance Project’s hip shortened one-hour update on the classic Tchaikovsky ballet, with live music. $25. 11am, 2pm, 4pm. Sat & Sun at 11am, 2pm, 4pm (Sat only) thru Dec. 19. 221 Fourth St. www.mfdpsf.org www.zeum.org

Of the Earth @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley Shotgun Players’ production of Jon Tracy’s update on The Odyssey, with a focus on the insanity of war. $17-$30. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru Jan. 30. 1901 Ashby Ave. (510) 841-6500. www.shotgunplayers.org


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China Underground, Fri. sues. Mon-Fri 11:30am & 10:30pm, Sat & Sun 10:30pm. www.davidperry.com

Tue 7 >> Barb Jungr @ The Rrazz Room Acclaimed singer, called “the British Edith Piaf,” performs cabaret classics. $25-$35. 8pm. Also Dec. 8. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 468-3399. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Frank D’Ambrosio @ ArtHaus Broadway singer (Phantom of the Opera) showcases his expressionist paintings. Tue-Fri 11am6pm. Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru Dec. 23. 411 Brannan St. www.arthaus-sf.com

The Gay Blades @ Bottom of the Hill

Pearls Over Shanghai @ The Hypnodrome Thrillpeddlers’ revival of the comic mock operetta by Link Martin and Richard Koldewyn, performed by the gender-bending Cockettes decades ago, and loosely based on the 1926 play The Shanghai Gesture; with an all-star cast. $30-$69. 18 and over only! Extended, Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm, thru Dec 19. 575 10th St. at Division. (800) 838-3006. www.thrillpeddlers.com

Pilot 57 @ ODC Theater Emerging local choreographers Nathan Cottam, Amy Foley, Daria Kaufman, Elizabeth McSurdy, Raisa Punkki, and Charles Slender showcase new dances developed in an 11-week workshop. $12. 8pm. Also Dec. 5. 3153 17th St. 8639864. www.odctheater.org

Reprise @ Robert Tat Gallery Favorite photographs on display at the fine art gallery of historic prints. Thru Feb. 26. Tue-Sat 11am-5:30pm. 49 Geary St. #211. 781-1122. www.roberttat.com

Teatro Zinzanni @ Pier 29 License to Kiss II is the new show at the theatre-tent-dinner extravaganza with Kevin Kent, twin acrobats Ming and Rui, Vertical Tango rope dance, plus magic, comedy, a five-course dinner, and a lot of fun. $117-$145. Saturday 11:30am “Breve” show $63—$78. Wed-Sat 6pm (Sun 5pm). Pier 29 at Embarcadero Ave. 438-2668. www.teatrozinzanni.com

Winter Open Studios @ ICB Artists, Sausalito 42nd annual group exhibit of 80 artists’ work. Also Dec. 5. 11am-6pm. 480 Gate 5 Road. www.icbartists.com

Outlook Video @ Channel 29 LGBT news show; this month World AIDS Day, Dance-Along Nutcracker previews, AIDs orgs and more. 5pm. Also streaming online: www.outlookvideo.org

Santa Skivvies Run @ The Lookout Second annual benefit for the SF AIDS Foundation. Participants run around the Castro in red underwear, swim trunks, and not much else. You donate or register $25 and up. 1pm. 3600 16th St. at Market. www.greaterthanone.org /events/santa-run www.lookoutsf.com

Curious George Saves the Day @ Contemporary Jewish Museum Fascinating exhibit of 80 drawings by Margret and H.A. Rey, cocreators of the impish monkey books, and how their daring escape from the Nazis in Europe was aided by their drawings. Also, Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker and Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations (both thru March). Thu-Tue 11am-5pm. Thu 1pm-8pm. 736 Mission St. at 3rd. 655-7800. Thru March 13. www.thecjm.org

David Campbell @ The Rrazz Room Australian stage actor performs Broadway classics. $35. 7pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 468-3399. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Design & Wine 1976 to Now @ SF MOMA Exhibit of the rich culture of wine, with historical artifacts, art, installations designed by Diller Scofidio and Renfro. Special contests with prizes, including hotel stays in Napa, SF and Sonoma. 151 3rd St. www.sfmoma.org

Happy Hour @ Energy Talk Radio Interview show with gay writer Adam Sandel as host. 8pm. www.EnergyTalkRadio.com

Monteverdi Brass @ Old Saint Mary’s Brass quintet performs works by Purcell, Monteverdi, and more. $5. 12pm. 660 California St. at Grant. www.NoontimeConcerts.org

Yoga Classes @ The Sun Room Heated, healing weekly yoga classes in a new location. Suggested donation $10-20. 12pm1pm. Tue & Thu. 2390 Mission St, 3rd floor. 7944619. www.billmohleryoga.com

Sunday’s a Drag @ Starlight Room Donna Sachet and Harry Denton host the fabulous weekly brunch and drag show. $45. 11am, show at noon; 1:30pm, show at 2:30pm. 450 Powell St. in Union Square. 395-8595. www.harrydenton.com

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Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

Angels in America at 20 @ Museum of Performance & Design

Country-western dancing for the LGBT community and friends two night a week, every Sunday and Thursday. $5. 21+. Sundays 5pm-10:30pm, lessons 5:30–7:15pm. Thursdays 6:30–10:30pm, lessons 7pm-8pm. 550 Barneveld Ave., near Bayshore and Industrial. www.sundancesaloon.org

Exhibit documenting the award-winning Tony Kushner drama, with array of original costumes, props, manuscripts, video clips, photos, designs and audio interviews. Wed-Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru Mar. 26. 401 Van Ness Ave. 255-4800. www.mpdsf.org

Takacs Quartet @ Hertz Hall, Berkeley

Book Club @ Books Inc.

Celebrated classical music ensemble performs works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Haydn. $56. 3pm. Bancroft Way at College Ave. UC Berkeley campus. (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

Toys for Tots @ St. Regis Ballroom

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Fun thrash rock duo perform. Also Girls With Guns and The Go-Going-Gone Girls. $10. 9pm. All ages. 1233 17th St. 621-4455. www.bottomofthehill.com

DJed music and a cash bar at the big annual party toy drive. Bring one or more unwrapped new toy. Festive holiday attire; no jeans or sneakers. RSVP ToysForTotsSF@gmail.com 3rd St. at Mission. www.stregis.com

Winterfest @ SOMArts Gallery SF Bicycle Coalition’s annual party, full of tasty beer, nibbly things, bikes and bike stuff galore, art and bike auctions, arts, restaurant and many other gift auctions, live musical and performance acts, and fun groovy cyclist people. $15-$40. 6pm-10:30pm. 934 Brannan St. at 8th. www.sfbike.org/winterfest

Discussion of David Sedaris’ Holidays on Ice. 7pm. 2275 Market St. at Noe. 864-6777. www.booksinc.net

Trashina Cann @ The Garage Legacy, a dance-theatre work with queer themes by Joie Rey and JanaLynn Cohen about abuse, prostitution and jail. $10-$20. 8pm. Also Dec. 9. 975 Howard St. 518-1517. www.975howard.com

Thu 9 >> Art Opening @ Good Vibrations Reception and exhibit of works by photographers Rink Foto and Kija Lucas, and painter Sholeh Asgary. 6pm-8pm. Thru Jan. 20. 1620 Polk St. at Sacramento. 345-0400. www.events.goodvibes.com

It’s all a Blur @ SOMArts Cultural Center

Mon 6 >> Linda Kosut @ The Rrazz Room Veteran singer combines jazz. Pop and folk by blending different songs with the same title. $25. 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 468-3399. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Q Comedy @ Martuni’s Gaylicious laughfest with David Hawkins, Ricky Luna, Erin Souza, Justin Kayser Simpson and Nick Leonard, plus Shakey Gibson and Wada Fuk, with hostess Cookie Dough. $5-$16. 8pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market. www.Qcomedy.com

Ten Percent @ Comcast 104 David Perry’s new talk show about LGBT local is-

Frenchie Davis in Cinderella Enchanted, Sat.

Opening reception for an exhibit of works by Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Dale Hoyt and Tony Labat, with food, wine and presentations by the artists. 6pm-9pm. Exhibit Tue-Fri 12pm-7pm. Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru Jan. 28. 934 Brannan St. at 8th. www.somarts.org

Lenny Williams @ The Rrazz Room Former lead vocalist for Tower of Power performs classic R&B songs. $35-$45. 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 3803095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences Weekly parties with different themes at the new museum of life sciences. Enjoy the exhibits while drinking and schmoozing, including Life: A Cosmic Story, narrated by Jodie Foster in the Planetarium. $12. (Reg, admission $20-$30). 21+. 6pm-10pm. Golden Gate Park. www.calacademy.org/nightlife

The Nutcracker @ War Memorial Opera House San Francisco Ballet’s production of the sugarysweet Tchaikovsky story-score about Clara’s hallucinogenic Christmas Eve. Opening night, 7pm. $39-$200. Tue-Sun 2pm and/or 7pm; some altertate times. Thru Dec. 27. 865-2000. www.sfballet.org

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Dance on the wild side by David Lamble while back, bad-boy director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream) had a wicked idea for a film: a love affair between a used-up pro wrestler and a nervous ballerina. Aronofsky later decided that this match was too over-the-top even for him, so the lug and the princess got their own films. Now, with the release of Black Swan, we get to decide if this was a good idea. If you love a mad ride with an insecure heroine who is as likely to be fitted for a straightjacket as a tutu by film’s end, then Black Swan is for you. It doesn’t hurt if you secretly think that ballet dancers are a little full of themselves. And if you think that after all the years that Hollywood denied the queer side of the dance world, it’s time to inject some old-fashioned narcissistic lesbian sex into the story, Black Swan is really for you. The story kicks off as the ballerinas of a prominent, never-named New York ballet company are complaining that their Svengali-like director needs to shake up the company if they’re to escape the blahs of a stale repertoire and an aging female lead, Beth Macintyre (Winona

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Natalie Portman in Black Swan: Nina starts to mistrust everybody.

Ryder). Sure enough, Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) announces that Beth is retiring and he’s looking for a new star for the season’s Swan Lake. Thomas’ methods are high-handed bordering on abusive (Cassel says he modeled his character after the autocratic George Balanchine) as he zeros in on the nervous Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) as his choice for the Swan Queen. Thomas, who conducts his auditions like a thinly veiled seduction, informs Nina that

while she’s perfect for the White Swan who’s waiting for the undying love of her prince to return her to a human body, she lacks the firepower to seduce the audience as the evil Black Swan. Enter Lily, the sexy, tattooed tramp from San Francisco who singles Nina out for friendship and an after-work dance on the wild side. Nina, who’s been practically a prisoner of her ex-dancer mom, Erica (Barbara Hershey), badly needs an adult social outlet, but her night on the town with Lily goes over the edge, and soon Nina and we are trapped in horror-film tropes. Nina starts to mistrust everybody in her world, and since we only know what she knows, so do we. One oppressive side of Aronofsky’s style is his over-reliance on tight close-ups, as if we are never to get an “objective” view of the proceedings. The close-ups also limit our appreciation for the dancing, coupled with the obvious limitations of using non-dancer actors who are often doubled in the few full-body shots in performance. The rollercoaster ride with an amusingly unreliable narrator is fun and sustainable for huge chunks of the movie: the nightly incarceration with Hershey’s deftly controlling mom, complete with harrowing manicures; Nina’s confessions to the hospitalized Beth (Ryder is a fright, which works for her dethroned ballet queen); and that wild night in bed, which Lily doesn’t recall. Nina is headed for a very public display of her dark side, where any number of minders would head off a true descent into madness. With both The Wrestler and Black Swan, Aronofsky delivers adrenaline-filled send-ups of arts where the hero/heroine is expected to sacrifice their bodies and sometimes much more to satisfy the dark side in us. In Aronofsky’s version, the male wrestlers come off as a lot nicer human beings than the ballerinas, who are all annihilating ambition and sharp elbows, on and off stage. In neither world is a homoerotic impulse honored: Randy “the Ram” and his steroid-bloated mates are too close to circus freaks to inspire lust, while Nina’s obsessive search for perfection has little room for male bodies, other than as human cranes. Black Swan is our age’s idea of high-minded adult escapism, and will surely grab its share of Oscar buzz, but I’m not sure if I could watch it again. It’s sad to see a version of Swan Lake where the ideal of undying human love of either orientation is not even an afterthought.▼

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Crazy love by Robert Julian teven Russell began life as an unwanted child, purchased from his birth-mother in a parking lot by adoptive parents who arrived with a bag of cash. He would go on to marry; play the organ in his local church; work as a policeman; come out of the closet in 1980s Miami; take a male lover who would die of AIDS; and – after numerous scams, frauds, embezzlement schemes, and a transformative automobile accident – meet the love of his life, Phillip Morris, in prison. That is where the fun begins in John Requa and Glenn Ficarra’s fierce black comedy I Love You Phillip Morris. The real Steven Russell could never place his genius-level IQ in the service of a mundane existence for long. And the compulsiveness of his outrageous larceny is matched only by his passionate attachment to Phillip Morris. Jim Carrey, in many ways, is the perfect choice to play Russell. Ewan McGregor settles nicely into the blue-eyed goofiness of Russell’s rather dim soulmate, Phillip Morris. Directing a screenplay they wrote on spec, Recqua and Ficarra (Bad Santa) deliver exactly what is required: an in-your-face gay love story that would be impossible to believe if it weren’t true. Although Carrey and McGregor don’t really convey the sexual passion suggested by the Russell/Morris amour fou, they more than adequately portray the co-dependent lunacy of the relationship. Nice supporting work comes from Leslie Mann as Russell’s wife, and handsome Rodrigo Santoro as Russell’s first lover. It would be too much of a spoiler to reveal what happens to Steven Russell, but his fate is one of the least surprising turns in the story. Investigative journalist Steve McVicker first detailed the incredible

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saga of Steven Russell and Phillip Morris for the Houston Chronicle, then followed it up with a book. But no one in Hollywood would provide film financing for I Love You Phillip Morris unless Requa and Ficarra made Morris a straight woman. The directors had to go to France for funding. Gus Van Sant, originally attached to the film, dropped out to shoot Milk, leaving the screenwriters to helm the project themselves. On the strength of Carrey’s participation, the French stepped in. “What the hell,” they reasoned, “we can always make our money back in Europe, promoting it

as a Jim Carrey comedy.” Thank God for French laissez faire. I Love You Phillip Morris is a blast, headed for cult-classic status. Those waiting for the film’s DVD release should reconsider their options. I Love You Phillip Morris is a film that deserves to be seen on the big screen with a live audience. It will leave you slack-jawed with astonishment. If the planets align properly, the real Phillip Morris will be making selected appearances as part of the film’s publicity tour. That possibility, however, remains in the hands of his parole officer. ▼

Larceny in their hearts by David Lamble nce you get past the fact that the new off-beat and very funny gay prison comedy I Love You Phillip Morris is not a 90minute stealth cigarette ad, enjoying this mad romp with two of the screen’s funniest leading men, Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, just takes a bit of relaxing, letting go of all the image-conscious pressures about what we’re supposed to enjoy as a queer audience, and allowing ourselves to savor a wildly improbably love story with more than a little larceny in its heart. Based on the book I Love You Phillip Morris: A True Story of Life, Love and Prison Breaks by Steve McVicker, written for the screen and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the movie begins with a shot of a fluffy white cloud, then switches to a prison hospital ward. Steven Jay Russell (Carrey) confesses that he’s dying, and eager to explain that this all began the day he learned he was adopted. He grows up to be a cop who’s obsessed with locating his birth mom, who refuses to speak to him. Jumpcut to life as a seemingly happily married Christian guy who has a terrible car wreck, which prompts an ambulance-scene coming

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out. This leads to a decadent queer boy living beyond his means, then a cutemeet moment in the prison law-library with the love of his life. The scene unfolds with aplomb as the men fumble with declarations of love. The plot dips, dives and hits so many hairpin turns that you may develop implausible-comedy reflux syndrome, but hang in there. As the caption in the puffy cloud assures us, “This really happened, it really did.” This is Carrey’s movie all the way, from loony asides to the spot-on con man assuming any role the story demands. Carrey’s Russell becomes a crackerjack jailhouse lawyer who learns to impersonate a criminal court judge to grant himself a huge bail reduction; a lawyer who springs his honey from the slammer; a corporate financial wizard who cooks up a brilliant résumé, then cooks the company’s books to the tune of almost a million bucks. No sooner does one harebrain scheme unravel than Russell has another to fall back on. The humor ranges from gags to politically incorrect hipster banter. The filmmakers apparently toned down the sex scenes to secure a US distributor; the European version has grossed more than $18 million. Be Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor in I Love You Phillip Morris.

prepared for some plot-twist whiplash involving Carrey faking an HIV death. But if you haven’t checked out by then, you’ll be able to deal. McGregor is amusingly demure as the object of desire, mounting the appropriate hissy-fits when required, and looking sporty in those tight little sweater outfits that only Southern boys who truly stick to their diets, or a bad meth habit, can pull off. If you’ve been waiting for a dizzy, oddly uplifting comedy romance where major stars let it all hang out in service to a weird true-life story, then don’t miss I Love You Phillip Morris, coming to a theatre near you.▼

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First time for everything by Scott Brogan ake believe it’s your first time, and I’ll make believe it’s mine.” That’s what Karen Carpenter sang a few decades ago. Yes, I love Karen. The song popped into my head recently when we were on our Big Gay Hawaiian Cruise. Being a Big Gay Cruise, there was a theme party every afternoon or night – or both. One of the themes was “Leather Night,” so of course my husband and I were in a quandary about what to wear, having more than enough to choose from. I ended up wearing my latex jock and an appropriately placed “World’s Most Comfortable” buttplug (courtesy of Mr. S Leather). I soon found out that was quite fascinating and a bit awe-inspiring to the rest of the partygoers. Those reactions, and the fact that several guys were excited about the event, saying things like, “I’ve never worn a harness before,” or, “I can’t wait to wear my first leather,” re“Atom” (center) of Mr. S Leather helps a few customers choose just the right minded me that we all start somefetishwear for their first immersion in the world of leather & kink. where. At some point we all took that first step into the community. “Back in my day” (did I just write that?) it at that age. Fantasized about? Yes. told me 30 years ago that I would wasn’t as easy (outside of the big Done? No! Thanks to several factors sport a skimpy latex jock, butt-plug cities) to procure pieces of leather (not least of which is the Internet), and boots (and a smile) at a public and fetishwear to show off one’s people are finding themselves much function, I would have laughed, scurnewly awakened fetish. Nor was it as earlier, and they’re so much more rying myself and my Calvins to the easy to find an outlet. When newempowered and confidant because of bar for another drink! So don’t comers make comments like it. It’s not all hush-hush or someridicule these innocent-sounding those above, sometimes we scoff thing that’s to be ashamed of. There newcomers who get excited and or even ridicule. But we’ve all is a new, exciting (and might I add maybe giggle over wearing a harbeen there. Think about it. “welcome”) energy out there. ness for the first time. Guide What was your first piece Where do we find fetishwear? Obthem along a bit. Rememof leather, fetish, or viously, the Internet is a huge reber, we were all there at one kinkwear? Does it seem source. But it’s no replacement for time or another. mild to what you wear the experience of physically going to These days (did I just today? Do you still have a shop. The smell of the leather write that?), it’s so much it? Did it really get you throughout the store is an aphrodisieasier to show off one’s laid? Did it empower ac. Add to that the smell of it on the newly awakened fetish to you? Mine was, stereostaff, mixed with their sweat, the world. I love how L EATHER mainstream so much of sales typically enough, a simand you have an unforgettable expeple leather armband that rience. Once you’re there, you’ll be our community has betold guys whether I was a top or botsurprised at the variety and the come. Sure, it has its negative points, tom for the night. Yes, there was a things you never knew existed. One but overall the positives outweigh time when I was 50/50. Really! I still more experience you can’t beat is trythem. The biggest positive for me is have it, and still wear it (can you ing things out and getting that perhow much earlier people are discovguess which side?). I then made the sonalized service from the staff to ering their kink. I meet men and natural progression to leather vests make sure things fit properly. You women not yet 30 who are into and harnesses, and so on. If you had fetishes I never would have explored page 35

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Coming up in leather & kink >> Thu., Dec. 2: Underwear Night at The Powerhouse (1347 Folsom), 10 p.m. Wet undie contest and drink specials. Go to www.powerhouse-sf.com. Thu., Dec. 2: Edges Wet Munch at Renegades Bar (501 W. Taylor St., San Jose), 7 p.m. Happy hour for the sex-positive and alternative communities from 4-7 p.m. Go to: www.edges.biz or www.renegadesbar.com. Thu, Dec. 2: Kinky Relationship Class with Angela and Iain at the SF Citadel (1277 Mission). Doors open at 7 p.m., program from 7:30-10:30 p.m. $15-$25 sliding scale admission. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org. Thu., Dec. 2: Red Hanky Night at Chaps Bar (1225 Folsom) sponsored by Hell Hole. Wear your red ankies. 9 p.m.-close. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com. Fri., Dec. 3: Bent: Black & Blue Gala – a Play Party for Kinky Youth hosted by Stefanos and Chey. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org. Fri., Dec. 3: Jockstraps at Chaps Bar. Go-Go Studs at 11:30 p.m. Free clothes check if you strip to your jock with the SOMA Guardians. Bootblack on duty. 9 p.m.-close. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com. Fri., Dec. 3: Pec Night at The Powerhouse. Starts at 10 p.m. Show off your pecs for drink specials. Go to www.powerhouse-sf.com. Sat., Dec. 4: Back Bar Action at The Eagle Tavern (398 12th St.). Back patio and bar open to all gear/fetish/leather. 10 p.m.-close. www.sf-eagle.com. Sat., Dec. 4: Alameda Co. Leather Corps presents Santa’s Slave Auction at the Turf Club (22519 Main St., Hayward). Starts at 6:30 p.m. An official drop-off point for Mama’s Toy Drive. Go to: www.aclcweb.org.

Sat., Dec. 4: Eclipse at the SF Citadel. 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Eclipse is the Citadel’s party for women and trans perverts! Party hosts are Ms. Cat and Ajax. $30 admission. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org. Sat., Dec. 4: Boots at Chaps Bar. Calling all boot pigs. Lots of drink specials. Bootblack on duty. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com. Sun., Dec. 5: Castrobear presents Sunday Furry Sunday at 440 Castro. 4-10 p.m. Go to: www.castrobear.com. Sun., Dec. 5: Scary Santa Competition presented by Mark Paladini at The Edge (4149 18th St). 4-8 p.m. Benefits Mama’s Toy Drive, plus a beer bust, raffles, XXX Christmas cookie-decorating, and more. Go to: www.mamasfamily.org. Mon., Dec. 6: Peer Rope Workshop at the SF Citadel. Madame Butterfly & Mr. Madame Butterfly host. $10 donation. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org. Tue., Dec. 7: Ink & Metal followed by Nasty at The Powerhouse, 9 p.m. Celebrate your tats and piercings, then have some nasty fun! Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com. Tue., Dec. 7: Skins n Punks at Chaps Bar. Lots of drink specials, skins and punks. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com. Wed., Dec. 7: Golden Shower Buddies at Blow Buddies. Doors open 8 p.m.-12 a.m., play til late. Go to: www.blowbuddies.com. Wed., Dec. 7: Busted! at Chaps Bar. Spanking hosted by Daddy Tony. Starts at 9 p.m. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com or www.HellHoleSF.com.

Sat., Dec. 4: Boot Lickin’ at The Powerhouse, 10 p.m. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com.

Wed., Dec. 7: Naughty Knitters, ladies’ crafting social time at the SF Citadel. 7-9 p.m. $5. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org.

Sat., Dec. 4: Castrobear presents 100% SOMA Beef & Co. All Beef Saturday Nights at The Lone Star Saloon (1354 Harrison). Go to: www.castrobear.com.

Wed., Dec. 7: SoMa Men’s Club, every Wed., the SoMa Clubs (Chaps, Powerhouse, Truck, Lone Star, Hole in the Wall, The Eagle) have specials for those who have the Men’s Club dogtags. See your favorite SoMa bar for details.

Sat., Dec. 4: Bearracuda San Francisco - Scruff Night! at Club 8 (1151 Folsom). With DJs Jason Kendig & Papa Tony. Live performance by Robot Bomb Shelter, plus up-

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stairs Puppy Bile and Drunk Santa. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Go to: www.bearracuda.com.

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Francois Sagat is the star of LA Zombie, a ‘gay hardcore zombie splatter porn movie’ from director Bruce LaBruce.

Splatter porn by John F. Karr ou can always trust porn to jump on a bandwagon. So, gay vampire porn? There have been at least a baker’s dozen. But of gay zombie porn, there’s been only one, the 1998 not-bad movie that had one of my all-time favorite titles, At Twilight Come the Flesheaters (sic). Now we have another. But don’t get excited just yet. Of LA Zombie, one reviewer wrote that it had “a transgressive edginess while eliciting an unexpected poignancy.” I saw sloppy indulgence eliciting unexpected boredom. It’s a movie I quickly came to resent. Writer and director Bruce LaBruce calls his movie “a gay hardcore zombie splatter porn movie.” While it fulfills its gore quotient with buckets of blood, its horror is too listless and its sex is too numbing. And without the mostly incomprehensible story that encumbers the porn, it sure couldn’t be called an art movie, and then it couldn’t play the Festival circuit, and Mr. LaB couldn’t be considered a filmmaker. He’d be just a mere pornographer. A rather piddling pornographer at that. FYI, the movie comes in two editions, softcore, and hardcore (adding that word to the title). So okay, the movie’s an attempt to meld zombie tropes with hardcore. But does LaBruce think he’s some sort of auteur? He doomed his movie by not writing a script and then treating the filming as an improv. Unable on the fly to mold a coherent narrative, he’s added as an escape-from-having-to-make-sense clause the suggestion that his Naked Alien Zombie is actually the halluci-

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ment, does a good job sucking nation of a schizophrenic, homeless Wolf ’s cock before sitting on it). A man. Now, I’d never have guessed homey (Eddie Diaz) is dumped this from viewing the movie. I know from a pick-up, a bullet through his it because LaBruce says so in a Spehead. Is NAZ gonna fuck him in the cial Feature interview. You should forehead? OMG, he is! Oh no, he just watch the guy explain that the whole rubs his prosthetic over it, stumbling movie happened and the dead guy springs rather by accident. One to life and sucks him off. crew member in another A junkie ODs (handinterview optimisticalsome salt-and-peppered ly said during the filmdad with big, pinchable ing, “All the pieces will nipples Andrew James), come together.” Not. and is brought back to life Here’s what hapwhen NAZ sits on his pens. A Naked Alien face. Four partying pornZombie wades out of stars interrupt their orgy the ocean. But it’s K ARRNAL to buy a brick of coke (an not just any old K NOWLEDGE entire brick?), and get naked alien zombie. shot. Wow, necrophiliac It’s a muscle stud NAZ gets to practice his fuck of life naked alien zombie. An uncircumon four guys at once! How’s this for cised, muscle, etc. (whom I’m now a Million Dollar Quartet: Adam Kilgoing to call NAZ), played by Franlian, Francesco D’Macho, Erik cois Sagat in his usual vacant mode. Rhodes and Matthew Rush. But for Suddenly he’s in the mountains, all the uninterested sex LaBruce where he gets a ride from a truck cares to elicit from them, it’s money driver (Rocco Giovanni) who down the drain. promptly hits a tree and kills himNAZ zombie-walks down the self. NAZ now gets to exhibit his parmiddle of a seemingly endless street, ticular brand of zombie-ness. The recalling all the dead men he’s endriver’s chest is blown open, and his countered. He cries tears of blood – heart dangles in the cold night air, he’s a zombie with a heart. After unbeating. So NAZ sticks his gigannearly two wearying hours, LA Zomtic, pig-type, ugly alien (prosthetic) dick in the bloody hole, and fucks bie fades away without resolution, the guy back to life. Betcha didn’t meaning that we’ll never know why know a zombie could do that. Well, NAZ is digging a grave. Frankly, my this one can. After all, he’s an alien dears, I didn’t give a damn. zombie. I got a kick outa one thing, Next, NAZ is in LA, digging though. It’s in a Behind the Scenes through dumpsters. Everywhere he bonus. An actual homeless man is goes, he finds dead people. A drug guarding his shopping cart beside the dealer is shot (Wolf Hudson, delivfreeway, and the film crew inquires if ering the movie’s best sex, although he wants to be in the movie. Sure – if that’s not saying much, when NAZ, they pay him a Cameo fee, and oh, a conveniently fang-less for the moLocation fee, too. Only in LA.▼

Leather + won’t get that online. Here in San Francisco, the top leather retailers are Mr. S Leather (385 8th St., www.mrs-leather.com) and Off Ramp Leathers (342 9th St., Ste. 205, www.offrampleathers.com). These two are your best bets for high-quality leather and fetishwear, whether off the rack or custom-made. As we head into the shopping craziness of the holiday season, be sure to visit – in person – your local leather retailer. Soak in the smells, and enjoy the experience. While you’re there, pick up something extra for that friend, neighbor, or acquaintance that’s curious. Who knows, the next time you see them, they could be sporting a latex jock and buttplug. Tis the season!▼

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A buddy assists Renegade 2010 George Schaeffer (right) with one of his favorite fetishes, which apparently involves clothespins and gear.

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Season’s greetings on Bay Area stages I

Chainsaws, Santas, and orphans

Combined Artform is presenting two cheeky solo shows at the Eureka Theatre. It’s the 10th year for David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries (Dec. 22-30), an adaptaNights to tion of the author’s acenlightenment count of his days as a Berkeley Rep heads Christmas elf at Macy’s. back to Persia for its holiDavid Sinaiko is again day offering with a revival playing the elf named of Arabian Nights (Dec. Crumpet. Will Franken is 11-30). A 2008 hit for the the author and star of theater, created by Tony Texas Chainsaw Yuletide Award-winning direc(Dec. 21-23), a onetor Mary Zimmerman, show by the Bay B ACKSTAGE man the theatrically imagiArea humorist that crenative adaptation of A ates new characters and Thousand and One revives Franken favorites. www. Nights weaves together selections of cafearts.com. famous folk tales that date back to the It’s a holiday mash-up in The Odd9th century. www.berkeleyrep.org. man Family Christwanzaakuh SpecThe Marsh travels to even more tacular (through Dec. 18), a new comdistant times and places for Sidedy by John Caldon and Joey Price at dhartha: The Bright Path (Dec. 10Exit Stage Left. Guerrilla Rep and Jan. 9) as the birth of Buddhism 2,500 Beards Beards Beards are co-produc-

Berkeley Rep celebrates the holidays with a return to Mary Zimmerman’s Arabian Nights, a 2008 hit for the theater.

ing the tale of a couple with 50 adopted kids and a scheme for the ultimate Hollywood holiday show. www. guerrillarep.org.

Music makers These friendly folks can help you troll the ancient yuletide carol. Connie Champagne will don her inim-

itable Judy Garland persona, and celebrate the release of a new CD, in Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas at the Rrazz Room (Dec. 20-21). Special guests are promised in this evocation of Judy’s 1963 Christmas TV special. www.rrazzroom.com. At New Conservatory Theatre Center, Katya Smirnoff-Skyy will re-

Stand-up comic Wendy Liebman is the headliner of this year’s Kung Pao Kosher Comedy show at the New Asia Restaurant.

turn with a benefit performance of Katya’s Holiday Spectacular! (Dec. 19). Katya, the creation of J. Conrad Frank, is a chattily self-involved mezzo soprano-countess-Macy’s salesgirl who has been known to serve up vodka shots to her audience. www.nctcs.org. Meg Mackay and Billy Philadelphia, singer and pianist, wife and husband, are back at the Aurora Theatre with Naughty & Nice: A Meg and Billy Christmas (Dec. 17-30). Holiday songs, traditional and otherwise, are mixed in with selections from the Great American Songbook in a show that inaugurates the Aurora’s Dashow Wing as a performance space. www.auroratheatre.org. A Shrektacular Holiday Musical Extravaganza (Dec. 13) is the latest “One Night Only” cabaret show benefiting the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation. Cast members from the touring musical Shrek will share the Theatre 39 stage (at Pier 39) with pop star Deborah Gibson and SF vocalist Jason Brock. www.helpisontheway.org. Of course, there is always the holiday edition of Beach Blanket Babylon (through Dec. 31) to lift spirits and distract relatives. The schedule includes several matinees when minors may attend, though majors will have to forego cocktails for the duration. www.beachblanketbabylon.com.

Clowns & Kosher comedy Sweet Can, the intimate, humanistic circus, has two productions aimed at the holiday crowd coming to the Dance Mission Theatre. Candid (Dec. 17-Jan. 9) uses everyday objects as props that turn into something more. Mittens and Mistletoe (Dec. 24-25) is a comic variety show aimed at all ages. www.sweetcanproductions.com. It’s the 18th year for Kung Pao Kosher Comedy (Dec. 23-26), an SF tradition created by host Lisa Geduldig around the Jewish custom of eating Chinese on Christmas. This year’s headliner is Wendy Liebman, a comic with appearances on Jay Leno, David Lettermen, Craig Ferguson, and Rosie O’Donnell’s talk shows to her credit. Also on the bill are 21-year-old comic Nathan Habib and Viet-Jewish comedian Joe Nguyen. The New Asia Restaurant is again the venue, with both dinner and cocktail shows available. www.koshercomedy.com.

The C-word The word “Christmas” itself rarely shows up in any holiday press releases, except if it’s in the title of the show. As in A Christmas Carol (through Dec. 24) at ACT. It’s the 34th year for the theater’s rendering of the Dickens tale, this year with consummate Bay Area actor James Carpenter returning to the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. www.act-sf.org. At TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, it’s a world-premiere musical as several Broadway veterans explore Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory (through Dec. 26). Music is by Larry Grossman,

t’s the most alternative time of the year. Bay Area theaters are busy celebrating the holidays with fare that acknowledges our seasonal urges but cuts a culturally wide path. You may not find much about the Baby Jesus in the following suggestions, but you can learn about the young Siddhartha, explore Arabian fables, and enjoy Jewish comics over a Chinese meal.

years ago and the spiritual concerns of a contemporary SF girl become intertwined. Director Lisa Quoresimo’s music- and dance-laced production, first seen in 2007, is performed by the Marsh Youth Theatre. www.themarsh.org.

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output fills only 28 pages. If only George Quaintance had started earlier and lived longer. He was born in 1902, to a southern family of farmers who surprisingly and wholeheartedly supported their son’s artistic nature. As for GQ, he badly wanted the broader world. After high school he embarked for New York, ostensibly to study art, but where his restless nature detained his ultimate calling. He became a dancer, and toured in vaudeville. Then he was a dance instructor, and after that, improbably, a hairdresser to the stars: Lily Pons, Jeanette MacDonald. This led to providing articles and artwork to women’s beauty magazines. With physique culture in its nascent days, he segued naturally to men’s magazines. From smaller self-help publications, he leaped to Joe Weider’s bodybuilder magazines, and quickly became art editor of Young Physique. The portraits of the stars of the day that he painted for the magazine’s covers cemented his fame as the master painter of the male physique. He moved to Los Angeles in 1947, and found an artistic home in Bob Mizer’s Physique Pictorial. Its audience welcomed his increasingly homoerotic work with passion. Remember, in those days, a penis could not be shown, and nudes could not

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mid-1950s. He died of a heart attack in 1957. Much of GQ’s work is flawed in the proportions and frequent stiffness of his subjects. But despite the flamboyance and faults of technique, Quaintance’s men were Men. In being simultaneously both masculine and homosexual, the depictions were not only ahead of their time, but are among the cornerstones of modern gay art. They were certainly an inspiration for all who followed, including Tom of Finland, Rip Colt (aka Jim French), Harry Bush, and others. Classical themes and mythology allowed GQ to display the male body. “Spartan Soldiers at the Baths,” from his artistic maturity of 1956, revels in the camaraderie of a pair of well-built men; GQ dares to show a puff of pubic hair on a blond who is a standin for the artist. “Hercules,” the last canvas GQ would complete, finds the many-headed Hydra not only standing in for the hero’s penis, but fantastically elongating it. GQ sure didn’t hide his preferences in his contemporary and western themes. Cowboys in several paintings are decidedly post-coital; others lie about with their buddies in naked languor. My favorite of them all is “Shore Leave.” Two sailors share a late-night drink in a cheap hotel. There’s no doubt what they’re up to. One pours a glass of whiskey for his buddy, who lies naked on the bed. This blond is, the commentator claims, “arguably the most voluptuous male nude Quaintance ever painted.” Oh, yeah. George was such a butt man. When male nudity was legalized in 1968 – oh, it took so long, so long – the flood of hard cocks and increasingly graphic sex made GQ’s artwork seem quaint. The originals slowly disappeared, into private collections and who knows where. Of GQ’s 55 completed canvases, 18 are lost. Taschen has restored 24 canvases for the book, which reproduces all 55, using perforce some period reproductions. These homoerotic love letters are unique male iconography.▼

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