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popular clothing company involved in a safe-sex campaign has recently touted its work with a bareback porn actor. Andrew Christian, Inc., which is well known for its scantily clad male underwear models, has recently been involved in a campaign to promote condom use during sex. But in a May 6 news release, the company announced its “Miami Car Wash” promotional video ( watch?v=qPwQEOv2yMQ) featured a well-known bareback porn performer. The ad shows about a dozen buff guys showing off their skivvies as they use one man’s body to scrub a red convertible. “Andrew Christian turn (sic) up the Latin heat with super hung


he San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee has announced celebrity grand marshals and other honorees expected to join this year’s parade. It has also scheduled a community meeting for Friday night (May 31) to discuss its decision to rescind a grand marshal honor to the gay soldier who leaked a large cache of U.S. State Department cables and other documents to the online site WikiLeaks. This year’s celebrity grand marshals are out lesbian Tabatha Coffey, host of TV star the Bravo TV show Tabatha Coffey Tabatha Takes Over; out actor, singer, and songwriter Cheyenne Jackson (Glee, Xanadu); gay actor Alex Newell (Glee); gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts; and gay Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Roger Ross Williams (Music by Prudence, God Loves Uganda). The 43rd annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade and celebration is set for June 29-30. Pride CEO Earl Plante said in a statement, “It is a great privilege and honor to salute the official 2013 celebrity (grand) marshals as they particularly reflect this year’s distinctive theme of ‘Embrace, Encourage, and Empower.’” In an email from a spokeswoman, the 44-year-old Coffey said, “I have always enjoyed visiting San Francisco and I am honored to be the grand marshal” for the parade. “I hear SF is one of the best Pride events in the world and I can’t wait to be a part of the parade,” added the Australian-born hairstylist. Along with the parade, main stage performances are usually another focus of the Pride festivities. Current events are expected to have a special impact on this year’s programming. Around the time of the Pride celebration, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce whether it’s found California’s Proposition 8 same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional. It will also determine if a section of the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act should be struck down, thus allowing federal recognition of same-sex marriages. “There will be a huge production number” concerning the Supreme Court’s decision, See page 16 >>

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bareback porn star Antonio Biaggi,” stated the news release. There’s plenty of foreplay and bare butts in the video, but no actual sex. Asked about the mixed messaging regarding safe sex, Andrew Christian spokesman Jeff White emailed a statement to the Bay Area Reporter that said, “We were not trying to make any statement about bareback porn, we don’t recommend having bareback sex, and obviously our videos aren’t any endorsement of bareback sex.” The company chose Biaggi, who’s 34 and lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, because “we wanted to cast some sexy ‘Miami looking’ Latino actors who could really fill out the underwear,” explained White’s statement. “We also liked the fact that [he] was a little older than most of our modSee page 11 >>

LYRIC seeks funds for school program by Matthew S. Bajko


he 19 middle school students, a mix of seventh and eighth graders, had gathered for the last time May 14 to review what they had learned over the course of the school year. One by one the preteens raised their hands, introduced themselves, and stated the gender pronoun they prefer before relaying to their classmates and teacher what lessons struck them the most. Topics ranged from stereotypes and various genders found in the animal world to gender expectations and how to be an ally. Next they discussed what they had enjoyed about the previous week’s activities held to celebrate LGBT Pride at San Francisco’s Everett Middle School, located on Church Street between the city’s gay Castro district and the Latino Mission district. One boy acknowledged he liked being a leader during the Pride day workshops. A girl explained that she had come to understand not to judge people based on their appearance and actions for “everything lies on a spectrum.” Asked to explain the importance of the class, Luorong Lamu, 13, said it helped her to learn about a new community. “I didn’t know much about the LGBT community,” said the seventh grader, adding that what she will take with her is that “you can’t judge people or bully.” Lamu said she plans to teach other students

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The mostly 8th grade leadership class at Everett Middle School in early May celebrated the last day of its LGBT-focused curriculum taught by a LYRIC staffer.

why they shouldn’t “call other people gay or a fag.” Fellow seventh grader Kian Lonergan, 12, agreed that the class had helped him to appreciate people’s differences and not to judge others. “I think the purpose is to learn about the LGBTQ community and teach everybody else the good information and not the hallway trash,” said Lonergan. The class was one of several taught at three of the city’s public schools, two middle schools and one high school, by the Lavender Youth Recre-


ation and Information Center. The LGBT youth agency’s school-based initiative aims to teach students and their families, as well as the faculty and staff at the participating schools, about the LGBT community. Begun three years ago, it is designed to leave a lasting impact on not only the individual students but also within the three schools. Rather than hold one or two day seminars about LGBT issues, LYRIC realized it needed to conduct more in-depth training to ensure that the lessons See page 15 >>

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y collecting enough pennies and other coins to be the first school to reach a total fundraising haul of $40,00 for the annual Every Penny Counts Campaign, Ralston Middle School in Belmont not only raised money to support people living with AIDS and HIV but also netted $250 to help pay for a school project.

Representatives from the San Francisco-based AIDS Emergency Fund and Wells Fargo Bank, which donated the cash prize, honored students at the Peninsula school Friday, May 24. This school year Ralston collected $4,063.08 during the penny campaign, bringing its grand total during its 14 years of participating to $44,063.08.

Fundraiser set for trans street naming

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ackers of an effort to rename a segment of Turk Street in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood after a deceased transgender performer are hosting a fundraiser this weekend. The plan calls for designating the 100 block of Turk after Vicki Marlane, who died in 2011 at the age of 76 due to AIDS-related complications. For years Marlane hosted a popular drag revue show at the gay bar Aunt Charlie’s, 133 Turk between Jones and Taylor. Born Donald Sterger in Crookston, Minnesota, Marlane started out as a traveling circus performer before settling in San Francisco in 1966. She underwent sex reassignment surgery in the 1980s. Last summer the B.A.R.’s Political Notebook reported on efforts by the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club to honor Marlane and suggested renaming that block of Turk as Vicki Marlane Way. Initially, Milk club members had planned to petition the city to officially call that portion of the street Vicky Mar-Lane. But earlier this year it was decided an easier route would be to alter the street signs to include Vicky Marlane in parenthesis under the word Turk. In that way mailing addresses would not need to be changed. The Sunday, June 2 event will take place at Aunt Charlie’s and feature food and a performance. Doors open at 4 p.m. with the drag show starting at 5 p.m. There is no cover for the event. The performers will donate their tips to the street naming campaign and raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win prizes.

Church holds marriage equality talk

As more jurisdictions legalize same-sex marriage, the Episcopal Diocese of California’s Grace Cathedral is hosting a talk about Christianity and marriage equality. The featured speakers will be University of Manchester Professor Kate Cooper, an historian of early Christianity, and the Very Reverend Dr. Jane Shaw, an out lesbian and modern historian who is dean of the San Francisco church. They will discuss the biblical legacy and Christian tradition on marriage and gender equality.

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The event begins at 6 p.m., Monday, June 3 in the Dining Room at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, atop Nob Hill. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

Free cancer screening

Anyone worried their sunbathing may be leading to a risk for skin cancer can access free cancer screenings this weekend. UCSF and gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener are cohosting the daylong offering from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at the Castro Mission Health Center. The clinic is located at 3850 17th Street at Noe. No appointment or insurance is necessary.

TV star’s costume to be auctioned off

A track suit worn by the actress Jane Lynch, an out lesbian, on the Fox show Glee, where she portrays cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, will be auctioned off at a local fundraiser. The June 2 event is to raise money for the Illinois State University LGBT Student Support Fund. Lynch attended the school and donated the costume to several alumni who live in San Francisco and are hosting the fundraiser. The fund helps provide a lifeline to queer ISU students who have been cut off from their families due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. “Some people have asked, ‘Why do a fundraiser for queer kids in Illinois who have been cut off from their families and why not for the queer homeless kids in San Francisco?’ My answer has been this: If you want to donate to queer homeless youth in San Francisco, please, please do so,” stated Jack Davis, an

ISU alumni. “Please try not to think of this as ‘either, or’ but ‘both, and.’ And if a queer college kid has to leave home and school because they have no support from their family, one of the places they might end up is the streets of San Francisco.” Fellow ISU alum Steve Mounce and Shar Rednour, who attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, are co-hosts of the fundraiser with Davis. Lynch’s autographed track suit will be among the silent auction items attendees will be able to bid on. Other items up for grabs include tickets to Beach Blanket Babylon; a signed poster from David Weissman’s AIDS documentary We Were Here; and a gift basket from sex shop Good Vibrations. Called “Normal,” partly because the ISU campus is in Normal, Illinois, the event will also feature performances from a number of acts, such as Princeton, Jackie Strano, and Vagina Jenkins. The fundraiser begins at 8 p.m. at Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th Street at Mission in San Francisco. Tickets cost $25 and can be bought online at For more information about the event, visit https://www.facebook. com/events/176499699172125/.

East Bay trans group marks anniversary

A transgender program in the East Bay is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a gala celebration next week as it kicks off Pride month. The occasion is to mark a decade of transgender services delivered by the TransVision Program. It launched in response to the killing of Newark transgender teenager Gwen Araujo, who died at the age See page 5 >>

Correction Due to a layout glitch, part of a sentence was missing in the May 23 guest opinion “Smoke-free bars have broad support” in the printed editions of the Bay Area Reporter. The full sentence should have read: Tobacco ads aimed at us have implied that smoking and accepting an LGBT identity are both “choices” (when smoking is hardly a choice for the 70 percent of smokers who want to quit), and suggested that tobacco companies support our struggle for equality (while giving the lion’s share of their political donations to right-wing politicians).

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Castro gay elements no sure thing


or years members of San Francisco’s LGBT community have expressed concerns about the “de-gayification” of the city’s Castro district. Multiple forces have led to the gayborhood’s losing its LGBT residents and the shuttering of businesses catering to LGBT customers. Skyrocketing real estate prices and owner move-in evictions have conspired to push out long-term LGBT tenants while making the area unaffordable to low-income queer youth. Changing consumer trends and rising rents have led numerous gayowned businesses to close. Others have had to overhaul their business plans to attract a new customer base as more straight people moved into the Castro and catering to LGBT visitors became more important to the bottom line. Ideas for how to maintain the Castro’s gay identity have varied over the years, from suggestions of turning Castro Street’s sidewalks into faux yellowbrick roads to constructing affordable housing designated for people living with HIV and AIDS, LGBT youths and seniors. Yet adding gay elements to the Castro is no easy sell. In recent weeks two projects planned for the Castro aimed directly at gay men have generated a surprising number of negative reactions. And several gay-oriented elements proposed for the redesign of Castro Street and its sidewalks were dropped from the initial plans due to cost constraints. Let’s start with the two brick-and-mortar projects. As the Bay Area Reporter has been covering since October, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation wants to build a nearly 15,000 square foot gay men’s health center in the heart of the Castro. But to do so, the city’s largest AIDS agency needs to raise anywhere from $8 million to $10 million to pay for the construction costs and will then need to annually cover the operational expenses. The city’s Planning Commission also must sign off on the needed permits as well as a zoning change to allow a non-commercial use

of that size in the Castro. The plans to add a recessed third floor addition to the building at 474 Castro Street have raised some objections among adjacent residents. And despite their recent vote to support the project and zoning change, members of the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro did voice concerns about the final design for the center, which will combine three of the AIDS foundation’s programs based in the Castro into one location. We hope that foundation officials stay true to their pledges to continue working with Castro merchants and residents as they refine their plans and the project’s design. The second proposal for what is billed as a gay male burlesque venue has elicited far more hostile reactions. Called RRSF, which stands for Randy Rooster, the group of investors has offered $7.7 million to buy 400 Castro Street, where clothing chain Diesel had been housed. The proponents behind the new business venture, however, have been their own worst enemy. The lack of public information about their plans for the flagship location of what is billed to be a

national chain allowed local bloggers to label it a gay strip club and raise eyebrows in the neighborhood. Their presentation this month to Castro merchants left more questions than answers. It was described as an upscale gay gentlemen’s club, with dining available throughout the day. But the entertainment was likened to that at Paris’ Crazy Horse, which features half-naked female performers, despite pledges there would be no nudity at RR-SF. While it makes sense for the company to covet such a prime location in the Castro, more will need to be disclosed before the planned chain of clubs can win over its skeptics. The one plan that has generated substantial support is to install rainbow crosswalks and embed LGBT factoids (and non-gay facts) about the gayborhood’s history into the sidewalks along Castro Street as part of the city’s makeover of the area’s streetscape. But because of limited funding for the $4 million project, planners nixed those LGBT-centric elements from the plan. If bids on the street makeover come in lower than expected later this year, then there could be enough funding to add those details back into the plan. We hope so, as it will be one small step toward ensuring the Castro remains gay-identified for years to come.t

West Hollywood added rainbow crosswalks to its gay business district.

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Achieving some tax fairness for LGBT households in California

by Philip Y. Ting


he struggle to achieve marriage equality for all is a long and difficult journey. Across the most basic aspects of everyday life, same-sex couples have faced entrenched discriminatory policies. From denial of hospital visitation rights and the right to make medical decisions for loved ones, to the right to be adoptive parents, our LGBT friends and family members have been wrongly and unfairly subjected to unequal treatment under the law. I fought against those discriminatory policies, and am proud to be a part of the social movement that is striving to change thousands of other injustices that continue to face the LGBT community, one by one, law by law, and tax by tax. It may take some time for the courts to ultimately resolve the moral imperative of marriage equality, as the legal challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 are decided. In the meantime, those of us on the frontlines of the movement to achieve parity for same-sex couples must dedicate ourselves to overturning the long list of remaining laws and policies that make life harder, more expensive and less fair for members of the LGBT community.  This month, as we mark the 83rd birthday of the late gay San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and celebrate the 4th Annual Harvey Milk Day, we should take to heart his words spoken nearly 40 years ago: “It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions.” His visionary comments ring true today, and remind us our work is not done until full equality is achieved for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation.  Nowhere is the unfair treatment of same-sex couples more prevalent than in our tax laws. Pri-

Assemblyman Phil Ting

or to serving in the state Assembly, as San Francisco’s assessor-recorder, I fought to bring fairness to the laws governing taxation of homes owned by unregistered domestic partners. Prior to my reforms, property was automatically reassessed when one partner passed away, leaving the remaining partner with a huge property tax bill that often forced him or her out of their own home. We changed that policy, and now property tax increases triggered by tragedy are no longer the rule. Today, in the state Legislature, I am working to change other tax policies that result in unfair treatment of same-sex couples. I authored legislation, Assembly Bill 362, to correct the unfair taxation of same-sex couples that happens when an employer reimburses them for extra federal taxes they must pay because they received health insurance coverage for the employee’s partner and his or her children. These employers are doing the decent and honorable thing, and we are fortunate to have

companies such as Facebook, Google and the Kimpton Hotels provide this type of reimbursement to employees in same-sex relationships. And, I am grateful to San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell who led the effort to pass an ordinance requiring the City and County of San Francisco to reimburse its employees for these federal taxes as well. But as the saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished. Here is how the unfair tax comes about; John and Tim are a legally married California couple. John’s employer provides health care coverage for the entire family, including their two children. Because they are not married in the eyes of the federal government, John is required to pay federal taxes on these health care benefits. In recognition of the unfair treatment of this couple, John’s employer generously reimburses him for the extra federal income taxes. In California, as soon as John’s employer helps him pay the federal taxes, the state steps in and taxes this payment as income. As a result, John pays about $540 more in state taxes than his co-workers in opposite-sex marriages. It is a classic case of a state tax policy that is discriminatory and just plain wrong.  To correct this injustice, my legislation will change state law so that John and Tim will no longer have to pay taxes on the income they receive from their employer to offset the federal taxes on the health insurance benefits. It is a simple, but meaningful, reform that is part of a larger effort to chip away at similar injustices across the board. The quest for marriage equality marches on. The road is long, with many a winding turn, but working together we will prevail. The key is to stay true to Harvey Milk’s admonition of no compromise - that’s what we will do - one by one, law by law, and tax by tax.t  Assemblyman Phil Ting represents the 19th Assembly District covering parts of San Francisco and the cities of Colma, Daly City and South San Francisco. 


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Boy Scouts vote misguided

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documents, Bradley Manning’s actions embodied the moral courage inherent in queer spirit. We have the right to know what the government and military are doing with the money they take out of our pockets at the expense of continual poverty, hunger, homelessness, declining schools, out of reach health care and environmental destruction. Manning’s stance against the American war machine is equal to that of the lone man who stood in that square against the Chinese government tanks years ago. Anyone who blindly accepts government authority and shuns Manning because he has been charged with “war crimes” has lost touch with the deep love for all humanity that is the signature of queer spirit, a love that transcends national boundaries and ideologies. Our queer history is rife with acts of loving the so-called enemy. A love that was once used to justify charges of “sex crimes.” Today, it’s “war crimes.” I quit attending Pride marches and events long ago because corporate interests hijacked what was once a liberation movement flowering out of the cultural revolt of the 1960’s for justice, freedom, and authenticity and turned it into an overwrought, commercialized business, blunting the cutting edge of our movement with obsessive marketing of booze, sex, and trinkets. Queer became a brand. Manning’s actions defy all that. We should be grateful to him for reminding us that queer love-spirit often places us in deep moral quandaries with which we wrestle in solitude or loneliness. He reminds us humanity is inter-dependent and war, militarism, violence anywhere requires non-violent acts of moral conscience. We show our queer pride when we come out of the closet. It takes far greater moral courage to look beyond self-interest and come out of the closet for truth and humanity’s right to know it because political ignorance starves our freedom of substance, puts it at risk. Manning is our hero. He is an example of ourselves at our best. We should embrace him, lift him up, and show the world our principles. Ironically, his actions have not only illuminated the lack of moral courage among the Pride leadership but also the opportunity to express it. If they fail at it, reproach them with a boycott this year, don’t give them any money, and don’t pay to get into anything. A little humbling is good. If you must march, join the Bradley Manning grand marshal contingent. This young hero needs to know he’s not alone. You still remember what that feels like, don’t you?

By bringing to the world’s attention secret government

Adrian Murillo Berkeley

Bigotry is bigotry, whether it’s targeting adults or children. With its vote to allow gay scouts but not gay leaders, the Boy Scouts of America took their opportunity to right a discriminatory policy, which was wrong, and instead, they underscored their original message. By their actions, they send a message to other hate groups that what they do is acceptable and to continue their bigotry. In the meanwhile, members of the LGBT community get hurt or killed, daily, simply for being who we are. I’m nonplussed that anyone believes that to be acceptable, but I’m not surprised. People who have never experienced bigotry are always making excuses that allow them to continue to cause suffering with impunity. Last week’s vote was a perfect opportunity to do the right thing and, instead, the bigotry of the organization has been proven to be inherent. Think about what this decision means, in plain simple terms. It means that kids will still grow up believing that who they are is bad. Now, gay children who love the scouts will hide who they are more vigorously just so they can stay in the organization that hates them. It’s bizarre that anyone buys any of this. It’s such a shortsighted, myopic and obvious cop-out that I think it’s appalling that any sentient being actually buys it. What about this ridiculous bigoted policy is supportable? You try to walk a child through the logic of this policy and they will know it’s full of shit. That some of you don’t is a bit mindblowing. What is the message that the scouts sent out today? Bottom line it and then explain what is right about that decision when all it leads to is more discrimination, more bigotry, more suffering, more isolation and more violence. This was the biggest, dumbest, meanest and most irresponsible thing they could have done. History will bear that out. Sadly, more kids are going to be hurt because of the BSA, a rightfully named hate group. It’s unconscionable that any parent would allow children to be subject to this abuse and to be a part of something like this. Shame on any of you who support this decision. Your excuses and praise of “baby steps” is repugnant and insulting and it is not acceptable. You can’t take baby steps when you’re running for your life, any fool knows this, and because of you, more innocent children will continue to find that out.

Pride wrong to snub Manning


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of 17. Overseen by the Tri-City Health Center in Fremont, TransVision is now a countywide program and resource for the transgender community in Alameda County and northern California. The free event will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6 at Oakland City Hall. It is billed as the first time that the transgender community has ever been celebrated in the historic seat of government. There will be dancing, light food and a wine bar. The event will also feature an awards/appreciation ceremony. “This will not be a fundraiser, it will be free ensuring that trans community members have access and not have to worry about affording tickets,” stated TransVision Coordinator Tiffany Woods. Sponsors include lesbian Oakland City Council President Pro Tem Rebecca D. Kaplan; Kaiser Permanente; The Bodine Group; and the gay nightclub Bench and Bar, where an after party will take place. To RSVP for the City Hall party, join the event page on Facebook at!/ events/129065013957028/. For more information about the services TransVision offers, visit

Low-cost divorce seminars offered in SF, East Bay

This weekend a low-cost statewide divorce education program that now includes LGBT couples will relaunch. Local gay attorney Charlie Spiegel has spent the last year working with members of Collaborative Practice California and its San Francisco chapter on revamping

the course so that it is fully inclusive of same-sex couples. The aim is to educate couples on what options they have to dissolve their marriages (or domestic partnerships) amicably without having to litigate a divorce in court proceedings, where things can turn nasty and become quite expensive. “Legal recognition of our relationships makes us subject to California divorce laws when we need to break them up,” stated Spiegel. “While the LGBT community will have our really bad divorces, I firmly believe that as a community we can do our marriages better, and even our unwelcome dissolutions better.” The Divorce Options workshop is three hours with several professionals leading it and costs $45 per attendee. The first LGBT-inclusive one will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at the Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street in San Francisco. To RSVP email DivorceOptionsSF@ Oakland LGBT mediator-attorney Emily Doskow will facilitate a workshop for East Bay couples from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive in Lafayette. For more information, visit

Panel addresses Social Security and LGBTs

A number of agencies are co-hosting a panel discussion about the disparities and real life consequences of present Social Security law for samesex couples and their children. Due to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which bans federal regulation of same-sex marriages, LGBT couples face discriminatory rules when it

comes to Social Security. The June 3 symposium will highlight a number of ways for how existing law is unfair to same-sex couples seeking benefits through the federal program. It will also focus on the findings of the report “Living Outside the Safety Net ­LGBT Families and Social Security.” The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation, along with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, issued the report in February. It followed the introduction of the federal Social Security Equality Act of 2012 by Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-Lakewood) aimed at addressing the issue. “This is simply a matter of fairness. Anyone paying into the Social Security system should be entitled to the same benefits as anyone else, regardless of lifestyle. It’s long past time that federal law is changed to meet reality,” stated Max Richtman, president and CEO of the national committee. The two foundations have teamed with the UCSF Institute for Health and Aging and a number of local LGBT nonprofits to present the 90-minute discussion moderated by retired television host and journalist Belva Davis. Panelists include Richtman; Shane Snowdon, director of health and aging at the HRCF and past director of the UCSF LGBT Center for Health and Equity; and national committee board chair Carroll Estes, Ph.D., professor emerita of sociology and founding and first director of the UCSF aging institute. It will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Laurel Heights Auditorium at UCSF’s Laurel Heights Campus, 3333 California Street in San Francisco.t


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Uganda arrests LGBT activists at media rally by Heather Cassell


wo LGBT activists peacefully protesting Uganda’s government black out of independent media, along with three human rights activists and one photojournalist, were arrested May 23. The protest was in response to Ugandan officials shutting down independent newspaper and radio outlets. Police surrounded the protesters, Ugandan LGBT activists Richard Lusimbo and Komugisha Shawn, along with American photojournalist Tim McCarthy, for an estimated 40 minutes after a peaceful rally demanding freedom of the press, wrote Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, in an emailed response to the Bay Area Reporter. The activists were arrested and taken to Kabalagala Police Station. Mugisha and other representatives of SMUG, along with several lawyers, arrived at the police station after the arrest. The activists, including McCar-

thy, who was bruised from falling during the police round up, were released three hours later. McCarthy immediately received first aid and is doing well, wrote Mugisha. The police did not detain anyone, he added. The arrested protesters were requested to report to the police station on May 27 at 9 a.m. They did and were asked to report back again on June 7. At the same time, Ugandan LGBT and human rights activists remain on edge as Uganda’s Members of Parliament closed the second session on May 23 without discussing the so-called “Kill the Gays” bill. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill continues to drop down the list of important issues for members of Uganda’s Parliament to discuss and vote on. By the close of the country’s second Parliamentary session on May 23, the bill had dropped from the high position of 5th place in March to 9th place as of May 21 and disappeared from the topics of discussion after that date. Uganda has been yo-yoing the

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A member of an organization for transgender women holds up a centerfold in the February 24 issue of the popular tabloid Red Pepper that attacked LGBT Ugandans. The African country’s media outlets have a long history of inciting prejudice and violence against members of the LGBTI community in Uganda.

legislation dubbed the “Kill the Gays” bill, which was introduced in 2009 by Member of Parliament David Bahati, for years, trotting it out usually when issues of corruption are discussed, said Gitta Zomoraodi, program officer of Africa at the American Jewish World Services. LGBT Ugandans, AJWS and other human rights organizations remain hopeful in spite of the current criminalization of homosexuality in the African nation and the AntiHomosexuality Bill continuing to hang over the country’s LGBT community. “One thing that is a little bit hopeful, the president of Uganda has said that the bill is not politically smart for Uganda in terms of its international relations,” said Zomoraodi. The Jewish organization has made LGBT rights one of the key issues in its mission to help marginalized communities. It’s particularly important to Laura Talmus, executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Western Region for AJWS. Representing one of the largest U.S. LGBT and Jewish populations, Talmus said LGBT global rights are a high priority for AJWS members in her region. AJWS supports a number of Ugandan and other grassroots organizations through grants. Currently, LGBT organizations in Uganda have received anywhere from $5,000 to $30,000 in funding, said Zomoraodi. The funds, along with optional trainings, help strengthen the organizations. For some groups the AJWS grants are the only funding the organizations receive, said Zomoraodi, a 34-year-old straight ally. Currently, AJWS is partnered with seven organizations, three of which are LGBT ally organizations, said Zomoraodi, who’s visited Uganda half a dozen times since 2009. In addition to funding local activists and organizations, the AJWS San Francisco Bay Area and Western Region office keeps the conversation going by bringing Ugandan activists to the West Coast. Last week, a crowd came out to view the film God Loves Uganda and participate in a discussion afterward that filled up the 550-seat auditorium at the SFJazz Center on May 22. AJWS and the Horizons Foundation, an LGBT grantmaking nonprofit, co-produced the event to celebrate Harvey Milk Day and the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia that occurs May 17. Talmus believes it’s important to

keep the conversation going and continue the organization’s mission to help some of the most marginalized people in the global south. “It’s essential that people meet the folks that are fighting for rights on the ground and make them available to as many people as we can,” said Talmus, a straight ally who declined to provide her age. Zomoraodi agreed, noting that because America’s cultural wars are being exported to other countries, local activists overseas and in the U.S. have to work together to fight back against the anti-gay laws being proposed. “It’s really important for people to be informed, not just in Uganda, but anywhere where these issues are happening,” she said. Talmus is following up the Uganda film event by bringing Julius Kaggwa, executive director of Support Initiative for People with Atypical Sex Development, to the Bay Area June 5 and 6. SIPD is a grassroots organization promoting human rights for intersex adults and children in Uganda. Kaggwa will tour the West Coast and stop in Portland, Oregon, said Talmus. The organization is also launching a yearlong global justice fellowship program that will include a 10-day trip to Uganda in February 2014. Recruitment is set to begin this fall. Individuals interested in applying can contact Erica Hymen at To learn more, visit http://ajws. org.

UK marriage bill closer to passage

The British House of Commons late on May 21 passed the third and final reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales 366-161 after two days of embittered debates by conservatives. The bill will now move to the House of Lords, the upper chamber of parliament, to be debated again in June. Prime Minister David Cameron, who supports the bill and is pushing it through the political process, hopes it will become law soon. If the bill is adopted, then the first weddings could potentially begin in the summer of 2014, reported Gay Star News. Conservatives bitterly fought to water down the bill by allowing marriage registrars to opt out of conducting same-sex marriages and educators to not have to teach students that same-sex marriage is legal. Both proposals were rejected.

Religious organizations will be able to opt out of performing marriages for same-sex couples. Civil partnerships between heterosexual couples were also not included in the bill, according to media reports. Such unions for LGBT couples were passed in 2004 in order to grant them similar legal rights as heterosexual married couples. In what appeared to be a protest against Parliament’s vote on samesex marriage, a woman drove her car into the House of Commons around 7:15 p.m. on May 21, reported GSN. The woman, who was reported to be in her 40s and dressed in a hijab, drove her red Volkswagen into the parliamentary estate at the Carriage Gates. The car was stopped by a security ramp, according to the news outlet. The woman at first resisted arrest. She was eventually removed from the car and arrested for “trespassing on a designated site,” reported GSN.

Activist Shivananda Khan dead at 65

Shivananda Khan, an LGBT and HIV/AIDS activist, was found dead in his Lucknow home in India in the morning of May 20. The cause of death is unknown. The Times of India reported that Khan was suffering from a heart condition for several months. HIV/AIDS experts and LGBT activists around the world mourned as news of his death spread. Khan was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2005 for his tireless work on behalf of LGBT issues and HIV/ AIDS. Khan was the founder and chief executive of Naz Foundation International, chairperson of the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health, and a founding member of the Global Forum on MSM and HIV. NFI successfully challenged India’s anti-sodomy law known as Section 377 and won. The Delhi High Court struck down the antigay law in 2009. “Shiv was unafraid and fierce in his advocacy on behalf of gay men and transgender people,” said Dr. George Ayala, executive director of the MSMGF, based in Oakland, in a May 21 news release. “He was a fiery powerhouse who deliberately mixed piercing cultural analysis with wit and humor to model effective activism.” Representatives from APCOM stated that Kahn “forged a pioneering path across the decades in helping achieve rights and equality for LGBT individuals and communities in diverse geographies and sociocultural environments from Europe to Asia and the Pacific.” Khan, known to friends as Shiv, was born in India in 1948 to AngloIndian parents. He moved to England at the age of 10 and graduated from a Manchester university in the 1960s. He founded Shakti, a UK South Asian gay and lesbian organization in 1988. A few years later he founded NFI after witnessing the death due to AIDS of a gay Muslim man, whose family had rejected him, reported Gay Star News. Khan is survived by his partner, Ravindra Yadav.t Got international LGBT news tips? Call or send them to Heather Cassell at 00+1-415-2213541, Skype: heather.cassell, or


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May 30-June 5, 2013 • Bay Area Reporter • 7

Out candidates seek East Bay Assembly seat by Matthew S. Bajko


oters in the East Bay will once again have a chance to elect an out person to the state Assembly when they head to the polls in 2014. Two out candidates, so far, have jumped into the race to succeed Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (DBerkeley), a longtime LGBT ally who has a lesbian daughter. Due to term limits, Skinner is barred from running for another two-year term in the Assembly. Her 15th Assembly District includes portions of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, including the cities of Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont, El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, the community of Kensington, and a portion of Oakland, including Montclair and North Oakland. Since the seat will be open next year, the race to replace Skinner is expected to draw a crowded field of candidates. Already, five Democrats have either launched campaigns or indicated they are interested in the seat. Among them are lesbian campaign consultant Peggy Moore, an Oakland resident who worked on President Barack Obama’s re-election last year, and bisexual East Bay Municipal Utility District board member Andy Katz, a Berkeley resident who is the government affairs director at Breathe California. Also in the candidate mix are Oakland resident Elizabeth Echols, a former regional administrator for the Small Business Administration appointed by Obama; Emeryville resident Sam Kang, general counsel at the Greenlining Institute; former Richmond City Councilman Tony Thurmond, who previously ran for the seat and is a director at the Lincoln Child Center; and current West Contra Costa Unified School District board member Charles Ramsey, who lives in El Cerrito. In recent weeks Katz and Moore both formally entered the Assembly race. On May 16 Katz, 33, wrote on his Facebook account that “it’s official” and included a link to his campaign website at “Your continued friendship and support will mean so much as we begin this campaign,” Katz wrote in a May 16 email sent to supporters in which he asked for donations to his campaign. “An open Assembly seat doesn’t come along often, so this promises to be an incredibly competitive race. Let’s get this campaign off to a strong start.” Also in early May, Moore, 49, created an event page on Facebook to kickoff her Assembly campaign, noting that she is “running for office.” Her first official event was held May 19 in Edmond, Oklahoma at her aunt and uncle’s house. “This was not an easy decision for me as I have been on the campaign trail for a while now. But after nearly five years of running the California political department for President Obama and his campaign, I realize our work together is not done,” Moore wrote in a message announcing the event. It is not the first time Moore has sought political office. In 2005 she unsuccessfully ran for the District 2 seat on the Oakland City Council after Danny Wan, the first out LGBT person to serve on the council, resigned to care for his ailing parents. Since then she has built up her political connections in the East Bay and throughout the state by working for Obama’s campaign and taking a

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leadership role in the LGBT-focused East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club. Moore is also well known within queer women’s circles as the co-founder of the Sistahs Steppin’ in Pride Dyke March that was held for a decade in Oakland and ended in 2011. Moore did not return a call seeking comment this week. Following her Midwest fundraiser, which occurred amid devastating tornados, Moore posted a thank you onto Facebook. “Special shout out to those family and friends here who made it out in the middle of the storm. The foundation has been set and I am forever grateful,” wrote Moore, adding that “our prayers” are with those hit by the tornado that destroyed the town of Moore, Oklahoma. As for Katz, he was first elected to the East Bay Municipal Utility District in 2006, representing Ward 4, which includes Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington, and North Oakland. He currently serves as president of the EBMUD board and his current term will expire December 31, 2014. In his announcement email he pledged to “fight tirelessly to ensure our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender sisters and brothers throughout the state are afforded the equal rights we all deserve.” He told the Bay Area Reporter in a phone interview that he started coming out publicly shortly after his last election. With as many as four or more likely opponents, he said it was important to start campaigning now to build up support. “I am exited about the race because it is an opportunity to bring my expertise in energy and environmental issues and health care to the state legislature,” said Katz. “I think it may seem early but community members are starting to pay attention and this is an important seat.” He earned a BA and his master’s degree in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley, and a law degree from Santa Clara University. He is a former chair of the Sierra Club California and has been involved in passing clean energy legislation in Sacramento. “My experience makes me uniquely qualified for this office. I’ve worked to protect our environment, clean up our air, support working families, and create jobs,” wrote Katz in his email to supporters. “I have a deep commitment to education, to social justice, and to improving the lives of those I serve. My values reflect the progressive values of our district.” Under the state’s top-two primary system, Katz and Moore must first survive the June primary next year and advance to the run-off in November. The two candidates with the

highest vote counts, regardless of their political party affiliation, will face-off in the fall election. It is not the first time an out candidate has sought an East Bay Assembly seat, though none have succeeded in winning their race. Last fall Oakland resident Abel Guillen, who identifies as two spirit and dates both men and women, lost his bid for the 18th Assembly District seat in a campaign that saw his opponent and eventual winner, former Alameda City Councilman Rob Bonta, play up his being a married father with kids in his campaign literature. Back in 2007 gay Berkeley City Councilman Kriss Worthington announced he planned to seek the seat that Skinner holds when it was last up for grabs. A push poll in that race asked voters about Worthington’s sexual orientation and gay issues; he ended up in third place in the June 2008 primary in which Skinner placed first and Thurmond second.t

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8 • Bay Area Reporter • May 30-June 5, 2013

Los Angeles shows off its Pride by Ed Walsh


ride season kicks off today, Thursday, May 30, in Los Angeles County. West Hollywood will mark the day with a City Hall press conference with Carolyn Sherer, photographer of the show “Living in Limbo: Lesbian Families in the Deep South.” Her photographs will be on display through July in the city’s stunning new library that opened less than two years ago. LA Pride’s two-day festival in West Hollywood Park begins Saturday, June 8. The pride parade through West Hollywood starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 9. The LA Pride parade is in its 43rd year and boasts that it was the first pride event in the world to call itself a parade. When it was first held in Hollywood, organizers had to battle authorities in court to get a permit to march down Hollywood Boulevard. While Los Angeles seldom gets credit for advancing LGBT rights, three years before Stonewall, on New Year’s Eve 1966, gays stood up to police against a raid on the Black Cat bar in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood. Even earlier, in 1959, LGBTs rioted against police in downtown Los Angeles. The LAPD had to call for back up after gays threw donuts at them at Cooper’s Doughnuts, a gay hangout at the time. So take that New York and San Francisco. The history of gay LA is kept alive by Jim Anzide’s Out and About Tours (

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A giant eye stands guard across the street from West Hollywood’s landmark Pacific Design Center.

His tours are a must for anyone who wants an entertaining history lesson on Los Angeles from an LGBT perspective. Out and About Tours offers weekend walking tours of both downtown LA and Hollywood, with bus tours and a brunch tour on the last Saturday of the month. His company also provides fascinating private tours tailored to your interests. As you will learn on the tour, while WeHo is one of the gayest cities in the world now, LGBT history has deeper roots in downtown LA

and Silver Lake. By the way, West Hollywood wasn’t incorporated as its own city until 1984. WeHo is just under two square miles in area and has a population of 35,000. West Hollywood is also a good base camp for LGBTs who want to check out everything the Greater Los Angeles Area has to offer. WeHo is very walkable. In fact, the Web site named it California’s most walkable city. Although LA’s subway service doesn’t run to West Hollywood, bus service is fast and frequent. Buses in LA move a lot faster than Muni with fewer stops. For first timers to LA, the Starline Hop-On-Hop-Off bus is a good way to see everything without getting lost and you can pick up the bus in West Hollywood. The tour offers a number of loops that will guide you through Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, The Grove, the city’s Farmer’s Market, the LA Museum of Art, the La Brea Tar Pits and, of course, Hollywood. The Hollywood City Pass is a good way to go. It only costs $59 and includes one of Starline’s bus or openair tram tours, admission to the fabulous Madame Tussands Hollywood, a Redline Tours walking tour of Hollywood, and your choice of a tour of the Dolby Theater, where the Oscars originate, or admission to the Hollywood Museum. If you haven’t been to WeHo in a few years, be sure to check out the new library just across from the Pacific Design Center. A glass wall on the library’s east side offers a perfect view of the design center and has be-

come a landmark in its own right. If you want to check out a book for the beach, you don’t have to be a resident. Just show your ID and fill out a one-page form to get a library card on the spot. The WeHo library offers free validated parking in the city’s attached parking garage for up to three hours. Some have already figured out that’s a way to beat the system when you can’t find parking on the street. As long as the library is open, the check out desk will validate parking. Speaking of the beach, LA’s gay beach is about a 25-minute drive from WeHo. It is a section of Will Rogers State Beach opposite Entrada Drive and West Channel Road. If you are driving, take Sunset Boulevard west to the Pacific Coast Highway. Make a left on PCH and then turn left onto either Entrada Drive or West Channel Road. There is usually free street parking available. There are a couple of pay parking lots nearby, including a public parking lot at the beach. It is about 45 minutes if you take the bus. You can take the #4 or #704 bus to Broadway and 4th streets in Santa Monica, then transfer to the #9 bus to Entrada and PCH.

Nightlife options abound

Next month marks the end of an era in West Hollywood. The city’s only lesbian bar, The Palms, will close on June 15 after 46 years in business. A developer plans to tear down the building and remake that part of the block with new retail and housing. But most of the other


bars in West Hollywood, while predominately male, are very women friendly. The Revolver bar has a women’s night on Tuesday, the Abbey has a women’s night on Wednesdays, and the Here Lounge caters to women on Friday nights. Rage has a lesbian night the first Saturday of every month. The biggest concentration of gay bars in southern California is in West Hollywood. The mainstay bars there remain the open-air Abbey restaurant and bar, Mickey’s, Eleven, Fiesta Cantina, Mother Lode, Rage, and the Factory nightclub space on Robertson, which hosts various weekend dance parties and special events. The Rage is 18 and up Thursday-Sunday. While you are enjoying WeHo’s gay nightlife, why not get checked for HIV? LA makes it easy with a mobile test site that gives free tests nightly. The van is usually parked on Santa Monica Boulevard to catch the bar-hopping WeHo crowd. West of WeHo, Silver Lake is home to a number of gay bars and is a more affordable gayborhood for gays not willing to pay a premium for living in WeHo. The Silver Lake neighborhood was hard-hit by the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. It was once dotted with gay bathhouses that have since been replaced with other businesses. Los Angeles opened the first AIDS ward in the country in 1982. The aforementioned Black Cat is no longer there, but in a nod to history, the Black Cat sign still stands. Akbar, MJ’s, the Eagle LA and the Latin drag bar Silverlake Lounge are among the more popular gay bars in the area. In Hollywood, the Circus Disco and Arena on Santa Monica Boulevard packs them in every weekend. Mr. Black takes over the Bardot Hollywood space on 1737 Vine Street on Tuesday nights.


The 108-room Ramada Plaza Hotel is in a perfect location in the heart of gay West Hollywood. It is on the famed Santa Monica Boulevard, WeHo’s main street, where you will find most of the city’s gay bars, cafés, nightclubs and restaurants. The hotel has a small pool and fitness room. The rooms are stylishly decorated with hardwood floors and larger than life portraits of Hollywood legends. WiFi is free. The hotel maintains an LGBT Web site at If you have the budget to splurge, See page 11 >>

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The street scene on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood remains lively and is where the van parked at right can be found most nights offering free HIV tests.

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the 200-room, all-suite London Hotel is just a couple of blocks above Santa Monica Boulevard next to West Hollywood’s famed Sunset Strip. Unlike most high-end hotels, The London gives it away. The hotel offers free WiFi, free buffet breakfast, and free calls to London. The rooftop pool, bar and restaurant offers the best view in town of West Hollywood. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the rooftop restaurant hosts the very popular Wednesdays at Sunset happy-hour mixer starting at 6 p.m. It is reservation-only. The 249-room Andaz Hotel on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of the Sunset Strip has long attracted some of Hollywood’s wildest personalities. The stories of rock bands throwing televisions out the window are legendary. The hotel’s top-notch gourmet restaurant is a great place to splurge.t


May 30-June 5, 2013 • Bay Area Reporter • 11

Safe-sex messages

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els and he is super masculine, which also fits the ‘gay-for-pay’ roles that we were casting in this video.” The message also said that since early February, Andrew Christian has been including a postcard in customer shipments that encourages condom use. The postcard was produced in conjunction with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The clothing brand has also distributed more than 27,000 condoms donated by Wet Lubricants to customers. Jim Key, chief public affairs officer for the LA Gay and Lesbian Center, said in a phone interview that he doesn’t know anything about Biaggi and “I make no judgments against him personally.” However, he said, “What concerns us is when a company that explicitly markets to gay youth touts and promotes in its marketing materials that it’s turning up the heat by featuring a bareback porn star, in essence glorifying the acts of someone who has unprotected sex on camera, that concerns us, and it surprises us considering their partnership with AIDS Healthcare Foundation.” In a response to a story that ran on the website Queerty, Biaggi himself addressed the issue on his blog - http://antoniobiaggixxx.blogspot. com. “I guess you think that Im a bad influence by been in (sic) a Andrew Christian (video), and that me been in (sic) that underwear video promotes bareback sex, really how stupid can you be, there is no BB sex they are doing a underwear video (sic),” Biaggi wrote in a May 13 post. Asked in a Facebook exchange with the B.A.R. about Andrew Christian being hypocritical by promoting safe sex and then touting his status as a bareback porn star, Biaggi said many people are hypocritical in the porn industry “that start promoting safe sex and they do partys (sic) and behind scenes they are into bareback, I don’t think [Christian] is a hypocrate (sic), they are intelligent business people they know that it will create controversy and more eyes to there (sic) company.” Biaggi, whose last name appears on Facebook as Biaggi Segundo, said he gets tested for HIV every month. He said he uses condoms with his husband “all the time” and only has sex outside the relationship when he’s making videos. Biaggi is a top, which he said puts him at less risk for getting infected. “In the bareback industry people know everyone’s status,” Biaggi said. He added that he doesn’t care whether someone’s HIV-positive or negative, and he’s dated two HIVpositive men. “I never got HIV from them, people are ignorant and thats why

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Bartender John Claus mixes it up at the Revolver bar on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.

all this tabu (sic),” he said. Biaggi doesn’t have a contract with Andrew Christian but is “doing some shows around the country” with them, he said. AIDS Healthcare Foundation has been vocal about the need for porn stars to use condoms on shoots. It was a main sponsor of Assembly Bill 332, which would require condom use in all adult films produced in California. The proposal, modeled after an AHF-sponsored ballot measure that Los Angeles County voters adopted last fall, has stalled in the Assembly, the Sacramento Bee reported last week. Asked about Andrew Christian promoting Biaggi’s status as a bareback star, AHF spokeswoman Lori Yeghiayan would say little other than, “We don’t really think there’s a story here.” Yeghiayan said she’s “not aware” of what the current status of AHF’s partnership with the clothing line is.

AHF pushes SF drug pricing measure

The Los Angeles-based AHF is sponsoring a ballot measure this fall to encourage San Francisco officials to call for cheaper drug prices. According to the measure’s title and summary, San Francisco purchases prescription drugs for city-run medical programs and spends over $23 million a year on prescription drugs. That includes about $3.5 million annually for antiretroviral medications for inpatients with HIV and related conditions. In a May 28 email exchange, Yeghiayan said, “We are looking forward to the vote in November.” AHF needed to gather 9,703 valid signatures to get the measure on the fall ballot and started the collection last November. In a statement dated March 1, the agency said the measure had qualified as it gathered 17,800 signatures from San Francisco residents. “We are thrilled to have formal notice that our prescription drug

purchasing initiative has qualified for the ballot,” AHF President Michael Weinstein was quoted as saying. “As government programs pay for the vast majority of drug purchases in this country, we believe a state as vast and powerful as California - and a city and county like San Francisco - can and should use its clout to stand up to and rein in runaway pricing of drug companies. That is why we are now taking this issue directly to the people of San Francisco in November through this ballot measure.” The press release also quoted Board of Supervisors President David Chiu as “look(ing) forward” to helping pass the measure. “Prescription drug costs place an enormous - and growing - financial burden not only on our residents and employers, but also on local governments who pay for the safety net that protects the most vulnerable within our community,” stated Chiu. Local AIDS-related nonprofit officials, however, expressed some uncertainty about the proposed ballot measure. Courtney Mulhern-Pearson, director of state and local affairs for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, said, “We support overall the goal of lowering drug pricing,” but “we don’t think this proposal is the most effective way to get that done.” She said city officials “just don’t have enough purchasing power, particularly when it comes to HIV.” Brian Basinger, director of the AIDS Housing Alliance-San Francisco, said, “Like all things, the devil is in the details,” and he’d want to “vet the language with a skeptical eye.” However, he said, “In general, I’m supportive of the concept that I think that we need to be looking at how we can create greater efficiencies in the system. … The price inflation in HIV drugs is atrocious and is a burden to the public health care system, and it takes away from critical needs like housing and other services that folks need.”t

A scene from the video “Miami Car Wash” produced by clothier Andrew Christian that features a bareback porn star.

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12 • Bay Area Reporter • May 30-June 5, 2013

Into it, deep by Roger Brigham


he members of Northern California Rainbow Divers don’t settle for beauty on the surface of things. They dive deep to see the beauty hidden submerged in the oceans, and in the process, dredge up needed funds for local organizations. “It’s like being in an aquarium and swimming,” said Dennis Nix, the diving group’s membership director. “It’s peaceful. I like going to the tropics, but I’m kind of high strung. This is a great way to go to the tropics, be with gay and lesbian people, and have something to do besides lying on the beach.” Nix, 58, is a retirement estate planner and moved to the Bay Area in 1980 from his native Staten Island. He said he was a “basic sissy” growing up and hadn’t been very involved with sports, but in 1996, he was headed

to Australia for an AIDS conference and wanted to explore the Great Barrier Reef. “Before I went, I called Rainbow Divers ahead of time. They helped me out and put me in connection with a gay scuba club there,” he recalled. The experience was enough to hook Nix for life. The Bay Area-based club has about 50 active members, 100 total, said Nix, and a 50-50 mix of lesbians and gay men. Club members make weekend dives in Monterey Bay nearly every month and plan extended excursions to other locations. Nix said he personally dives twice a year, but some members dive several times a month. The group holds a year-end party and a party during Pride. “The people are very welcoming,” Nix said. “It’s a lot of fun for people who are looking to travel and meet other people. The easiest thing for people who want to check us out is to go to one of the weekend Monterey dives and see how it feels. Some people call up and want to learn about diving. One of the most popular events we have is when we get together with all 15 active gay

scuba clubs around the world and we scuba dive in a benefit for AIDS.” Last year NCRD was able to bring back $14,000 for local organizations from Diving For Life, said Nix, using silent auctions, raffles and registrations to help AIDS research and treatment programs as well as other organizations, such as the Trevor Project and the Downtown Youth Clinic. The next Diving For Life is in September in Curacao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea off the Venezuelan coast. NCRD met last month to plan several warm water trips for the year. On the schedule are trips to Fiji and Seychelles in the fall and to Micronesia next March. Nix said the group is also exploring trips closer to home in Mexico, Hawaii or the Caribbean. A trip is also planned for July to the Channel Islands in Southern California. For more information about membership and events, visit www. or email Nix at

Rogers makes MLS debut

Openly gay soccer player Robbie Rogers ended his brief retirement Sunday, May 26 when he played in the closing minutes of the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 4-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders. “No pressure at all,” said the


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Members of Northern California Rainbow Divers join divers from across the globe gathered for last year’s Diving For Life fundraiser.

26-year-old midfielder who quit British soccer in February when he came out. “I got to totally enjoy myself and take it all in.” How significant Rogers’ appearance was depends on your point of view. Much has been made during the past year about the lack of “openly gay male athletes active in major U.S. pro team sports.” The restriction to “gay male” cuts out half of our species and such athletes as Sheryl Swoopes and Brittney Griner; the term “active” eliminates retirees such as David Kopay and technically does not include recently out Jason Collins until an NBA team picks up the free agent; the national restriction to the U.S. cuts out such folks as British soccer player Justin Fashnu; and “pro team” precludes

the likes of boxer Orlando Cruz. And the meaning of the term “major” is pretty arbitrary. It easily includes the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball; it is almost always taken to include the NHL; it is currently used to include Major League Soccer; but almost never Major League Lacrosse, which in 2005 gave us Andrew Goldstein, who had come out during his college career. No need to quibble over terminology as we recognize achievements, and no need to call every action a “milestone” or declare it the “first” at anything. Let’s call them benchmarks and respect them, admire them, for what they are: steps forward to a more accepting and inclusive sports world.t

Work with an emphasis on community organizing. He was fluent in French and Spanish, had a working knowledge of Italian and Portuguese, and a reading knowledge of German, Russian, Greek, and Hebrew. Bernie lived in Boulder, Colorado and Portland, Oregon before moving to San Francisco in 1969. He taught at St. Luke’s Parochial School and the Oregon Episcopal High School in Portland and then in San Francisco at the Cathedral School for Boys and the Towne School and for the San Francisco Unified School District. In 1971, he began work at the San Francisco Human Services Agency as an eligibility worker, retiring from it in 1992 after working for many years as a child protective services social worker. Subsequent to his retirement, he worked as an adult services social worker for Contra Costa County. Father Bernie had been a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of California since July 11, 1968. He was the Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Crockett, California from 1970 through his retirement from that position in December 2011. He volunteered for a number of projects associated with religion, including the United Religions Initiative, which facilitated people of different religions working on various projects to increase global peace and create a respectful understanding of different religious traditions. He served several years as an assistant night minister with the interdenominational San Francisco Night Ministry, providing crisis counseling, referral, and intervention on the streets in the middle of the night for persons in crisis or difficulty. Bernie was a Quiz Kid in Chicago, competing on the radio show when he was twelve, already demonstrating the vast extent of his knowledge. He was an avid world traveller and visited every continent. He had an incredible sense of humor. He enjoyed the symphony, theater, and opera and maintained his interest in history, literature, and languages his entire life. He will be missed by former colleagues and friends; by Houston, Gilbert, Don, Mary, Sara, and Tom; by his caregiver, Toby, who took care of him during his final illness; and by the members of the congregation of St. Mark’s in Crocket. A requiem Eucharist will be celebrated for Father Bernard at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7 at Grace Cathedral in the Chapel of Grace. The Right

Reverend Marc Andrus, Bishop of California, will preside. There will be a reception in the Cathedral Chapter House following the service.

Obituaries >> The Reverend Bernard Frederick Griesel December 13, 1933 - May 11, 2013

The Reverend Bernard F. Griesel died on May 11, 2013 in San Francisco. He was born on December 13,

1933 in Chicago, Illinois to Frederick and Florence Griesel, who predeceased him. He received an AB from the University of Chicago and a BA in English Literature, French Language and World History from the University of Colorado. He received an SBT in Theology from the University of Toronto and an MSW from San Francisco State University in Social

Franco Angelo Beneduce October 2, 1962 – May 19, 2013

Franco Beneduce, the visionary producer behind the annual Light in the Grove event in the National AIDS Memorial Grove and the Folsom Street Fair’s Magnitude after-hours dance party lived by the motto, “Go big or go home.” On May 19 Franco did both, taking his leave following a stroke caused by an aneurysm. Franco was a creative genius, whose love of beauty was matched only by the magnificence of his heart. He was born in Rhode Island, the youngest in an Italian family, and the first in his family to be born in the United States. In the mid 90’s, Franco co-hosted Closet-Free Radio, one of the first commercial gay/lesbian radio talk shows in the country. He also produced Rhode Island’s AIDS Walk, famously conscripting his family to make 5,000 sandwiches for the event, and creating T-shirts for walk volunteers that read simply: “Obey Me.” Franco lived in the Bay Area for two decades, where he continued to raise funds for LGBT nonprofits, including the Folsom Street Fair and National AIDS Memorial Grove. Besides his numerous creative achievements, Franco’s proudest accomplishments were the two boys he was helping to raise, Teo Surasky and Julian Hathaway-LaPointe, and his extensive community of friends. Franco was the devoted son of Rosa and the late Alessandro Beneduce. Loving brother of Fernando and Joan Beneduce; Lucio Beneduce and Nancy Sullivan; Virginia and Edwin Foster. Beloved uncle to Jasmyn Sullivan, and Mitch and Billy Foster. A public memorial service will be held at the National AIDS Memorial Grove on September 15. Details will be publicized when they become available. Friends are also invited to gather informally to remember Franco at 3 p.m. June 15 in the Circle of Friends at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park.



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In unity by Gwendolyn Ann Smith


une is rolling around, and with it Pride Month. Time to break out the rainbow flags and pink triangles, find the local parade and street festival, and whoop it up. It’s the time of year for celebrating who and what we are, for living without shame, and guilt, and fear. It’s a time to feel kinship, and joy, and inclusion. Meanwhile, pride itself seems to be changing. While it was once an event by the community and for the community, a radical reminder of the Stonewall riot and something clearly designed to be in the face of those not welcoming the LGBT community, it isn’t so much anymore. Corporations long since jumped on the bandwagon, and see pride as an excuse to market to our community. Even more shocking, perhaps, to those who took to the streets in the early 1970s is seeing pride shift into the Gay St. Patrick’s Day or Cinco de Mayo. Pride seems doomed to one day be yet another lightly themed beer bash, offering only lip service to its foundation while providing another excuse for hordes of straight, non-transgendered folks to party. I’m not altogether convinced, by the way, that this isn’t a



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seeped into not only the students it taught but also changed each school’s culture. Once a week during their elective class called leadership, the students at Everett and Buena Vista / Horace Mann, a K-8 school, are taught by a LYRIC staffer about LGBT topics. While the middle school students tend to identify more as straight allies, the majority of students taking a similar class at Balboa High School are LGBT. “We’ve seen a lot of kids take on leadership roles,” said Max Gardner, an eighth grade algebra teacher at Everett. “A lot of kids changed their perceptions and tell other kids ‘Don’t say fag that is offensive.’” During the Pride day celebration earlier this month, a handful of Everett students came out, said Gardner. One female student also approached teachers to ask them to use a genderneutral pronoun rather than she. “It’s been a cool experience watching it and being a part of it,” said Gardner, adding that he is hopeful LYRIC will return to the school in the fall. Anayvette Martinez, the director of the LYRIC program, noted that the students who came out were not enrolled in the leadership class. “It speaks to how this impacts the school,” said Martinez, 33, who identifies as queer and is raising two chil-

bad thing. Yet as this goes on, I feel it important to note that transgender people still often find themselves on the outside of most pride events. My local celebration is likely better than most at making sure the “T” is heard, or maybe I have that certain level of myopia that comes with hometown pride. We have a trans march, and a good one. We have trans booths and a transgender pavilion as part of the event. I doubt many other events have as much trans content going on. Yet I also see a larger community, even here, that still struggles at times. Much like the early 1970s, we see an ongoing rift between feminists and transwomen. The Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival remains trans unfriendly at best, and socalled Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists troll the Internet and elsewhere. Beyond this we see an overall disparity between the world of the larger LGBT movement and the transgender community, perhaps most obviously expressed in the focus on marriage rights while transgender people themselves face staggering issues with homicide, suicide, and economic disparity. I often feel that we missed one

dren with her partner. “We want it to be about a school transformation.” The students she taught this year at Balboa, for their required project in the class, petitioned the school to set aside a gender-neutral bathroom. Transgender issues are a key component of the classes, said Martinez, as data shows students struggling with their gender identity face a host of obstacles that can led to dropping out of school, drug use or suicide. “Trans youth are more susceptible to bullying, truancy and suicide,” she said. “With the youth, I want to start that conversation very young.” Data from surveys of students enrolled in the San Francisco Unified School District during the 2011-2012 school year found that 1.3 percent at the middle school level identified as transgender. School officials estimated the total population of transgender middle school students at 137. In high school, the data showed 1.6 percent of the student body identified as transgender, with a total population estimated at 259 students. Those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning was nearly 16 percent for a total of 1,639 middle school students, with most selecting “not sure.” In high school the percentage of LGB and questioning students was 11 percent for a total of 1,770 students. Sixty-two percent of transgender middle schoolers reported being See page 16 >>

of the most important lessons from the Stonewall rebellion that led to this whole movement. At the forefront of that fight were transwomen, fighting alongside gay men, lesbians, and other members of a widely diverse community. Without Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, and without such a varied community, we may never have made it past that night. Transgender people were there that night in June of 1969. We were at Compton’s Cafeteria in San Francisco in 1966. We were there in 1972 when Christopher Street Pride set up a “no drag” policy. We were there, showing support during the height of the AIDS crises in the 1980s. We were there - though usually begging to be included - in the early 1990s. We’re still here, and we always have been. The movement of the 1970s was, at both times, more serious than it is today and far, far less serious. In a time when going to a pride parade and being visible could cost a person everything, the community wore their post-hippie best. It was the time of the psychedelic drags known as the Cockettes. It was the decade that brought forth the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. It was a time of glitter, feathers, and the personal was very much political - and provocative. This was a time when those whom we might call transgender today were out in the streets with those whom we’d categorize as drag queens now. Then was a time when we might stand arm-in-arm with the larger community as a unified whole, understanding that there was great strength in numbers. Like I said above, the pride of today is not the same as yesterday. Many decades separate the two, and miles of bad road between the factions that make up the LGBT com-

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munity. We spend a lot of time looking for the slights, and at the same time, we all too often find them. Maybe, in the spirit of Stonewall, in this time before pride becomes an excuse for the mainstream community to wear a rainbow and grab a cheap brew in the park, we should look at pride as a time to once again come together. Beyond pride, there is so much we can accomplish together. We need to work on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and other federal legislation that can aid us all. We need to look at homelessness, poverty, homicide, suicide, and other ills that can affect any one of us, no matter what letter in the LGBT acronym we may identify with. Yes, we can also look at marriage, too. Transgender people seem to be

disproportionately targeted in those states with Defense of Marriage Act laws and have faced the erosion of rights from what were legal marriages. Let’s look at what our forbearers did back in 1969, and try to imagine a time when we could be one people: a convergence of people wanting to live their lives without hatred, prejudice, and discrimination. A people who not only wanted equality, but even more: a new world where we could truly be ourselves. Let’s take this notion of community and make it mean something; let’s go beyond the acronyms and learn to stand together - if only for one time in June. Let’s start something, together.t Gwen Smith believes in strength in numbers. You can find her on the web at

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SF Pride

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said Main Stage Producer Audrey Joseph. The plan is to “celebrate or protest,” depending on what the justices decide, Joseph said in an interview. “This is a very, very important year for San Francisco,” she said, noting that the Prop 8 case was prompted by events in the city. In 2004, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom kicked off what became known as the “Winter of Love” when he announced that San Francisco officials would perform same-sex marriages. Joseph said she’s working on getting a gospel choir to perform, and she’s hoping to enlist Newsom, current Mayor Ed Lee, and state Attorney General Kamala Harris as speakers. Harris, who refused to defend Prop 8 in court, is a 2013 grand marshal. This year’s Sunday main stage line-up will feature plenty of musical acts, including Peaches and Herb, best known for the 1970s hits “Reunited” and “Shake Your Groove Thing.” Joseph is expecting the duo to be part of the marriage production number. Other announced performers include DWV, LoveSick Radio, Raquel Rodriguez, Nina Sky, American Idol alum Kimberly Caldwell, and Xavier Toscano, who is gay and lives in San Jose. Toscano, whose music is dance-urban pop, will also perform this Sunday, June 2 at Santa Cruz Pride.



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teased because of gender, while 38 percent of trans high schoolers reported similar teasing. Close to 47 percent of trans middle schoolers stayed home from school because they didn’t feel safe, while nearly 30 percent of trans high schoolers skipped classes for

In a Facebook message, Toscano wrote, “I just want people to have a good time. Obviously, since it’s Pride, I would be rewarded if they felt joy that day. I want to be a part of that experience, and part of those happy memories from that day.” Previous Pride performers have included Lady Gaga and the Backstreet Boys. Joseph acknowledged the lack of a well-known main act this year. “I’m still negotiating for a headliner, but it’s very difficult,” she said. “… We are a free event, so we are constricted by our budget and time. We compete with other Prides that are not free and that have a larger budget.” (Although entrance to the Pride celebration is free, a donation of $5 is requested.) Joseph said her budget for two days of entertainment is $20,000.

in 1961. He founded the Imperial Court System in 1964. Pride officials also recently announced the group’s general membership selected Crystal Jang to be another grand marshal. According to Pride, Jang is a lesbian who has advocated for “greater visibility in response to witnessing racism in the LGBT community.” Pride organizers said Jang is the first out Asian/ Pacific Islander teacher in San Francisco.

Manning meeting set Jo-Lynn Otto

San Jose resident Xavier Toscano will perform at both Santa Cruz and San Francisco prides next month.

In a release last week, Pride announced that Al Baum, a “longtime civil rights leader, philanthropist, and HIV/AIDS activist,” has been selected as lifetime achievement grand marshal. Pride officials stated that they are “proud to recognize Baum for his tireless dedication to the LGBT community.” According to the organization, Baum is a psychotherapist, Harvard-trained lawyer, retired city planner, and board leader with numerous community organizations. This year, Pride’s board also created the Jose Julio Sarria History

Maker Award to recognize Jay and Bryan Leffew, a legally married gay couple, and their two adopted children, Daniel and Selena. After Prop 8 passed in 2008, the Leffew family began posting their home videos on a YouTube channel called Gay Family Values to show how normal and loving a gay family could be. The Leffews “depict everyday Bay Area people who make extraordinary changes in the way society views the LGBT community,” Pride officials said in a statement. Sarria was the first out gay man to run for public office in California when he sought a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors

similar reasons. Trans students, whether in middle or high school, also self-reported far higher usage of illegal substances and suicide attempts compared to their male and female classmates. Kevin Gogin, the program manager for the district’s school health programs, cautioned that the data from the Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey is preliminary and covers a small set of transgender students. The survey also marked the first time students were asked about their gender identity – no other school district asks such questions - so there is no comparable data yet to mark trends within that student population. This fall the data from the 2012-

More grand marshals named

The Pride board and committee have been looking to draw attention away from the debacle about Bradley Manning, the gay Army private first class whistle-blower who leaked 700,000 classified government documents to WikiLeaks. Since April 30, a few days after the Manning controversy began, it has been rolling out its main stage line up and celebrity grand marshals with daily announcements on its Facebook page at The drip-drip-drip rollout has not dampened attention, though, from the organization’s announcement late last month that Pride’s board had rescinded the vote by its electoral college to make Manning a grand marshal. Days after his selection was announced, the nonprofit said he hadn’t been eligible because he wasn’t local. Widespread protest quickly erupted, and Pride officials have fumbled in their responses to

2013 school year will be released, and Gogin expects the information will begin to provide a better sense of the challenges trans students in San Francisco are facing. One challenge that will remain is school officials do not know the identities of the trans students unless they self disclose that information to their teachers or other district staff. “We are learning there is more we have to do around gender variant students,” he said. Gogin told the Bay Area Reporter he believes SFUSD is making progress, noting that other data points show less bullying and students feeling more attached to their schools. “We believe both our broader outreach attempts through our programs, policies and procedures and work with individual students and families are making headway in creating safer schools for all of our students including LGBTQ youth,” he said.

LYRIC seeks city funds

Believing it has found a successful approach to create safer schools for LGBTQ students, LYRIC hoped to expand its work to six schools this fall. It had applied for a $250,000 grant from the city’s Department of Children, Youth and their Families to help cover the expansion of its schoolbased work on LGBT issues during the 2013-2014 school year. But the department chose a different agency to work in three different schools than the one’s LYRIC has worked in since 2011. It also did not require that it include family engagement and professional development training for all school staff. Not being selected was a “huge disappointment,” said Martinez. “Our dream is to expand it and now that can’t happen.” Over the last five years LYRIC has seen its city funding decrease by 40 percent, or close to $300,000. The Castro-based agency is expected to receive $416,812 in city funding for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, which is equal to what it received during the current fiscal year. The money will fund LYRIC’s youth workforce development as well as one-on-one case management. The agency has been petitioning the Board of Supervisors and Mayor Ed Lee, who is expected to release his 2013-2014 budget proposal Friday,


the issue. Last week Pride announced plans for a community meeting to address the Manning controversy. The gathering is set to start at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 31 at Metropolitan Community Church-San Francisco, 150 Eureka Street. The facilitator will be Scott Shafer, host of KQED’s California Report. The meeting can’t run later than 9:30. In another effort to clean up the mess, the electoral college, a group of former grand marshals, recently chose drag chanteuse BeBe Sweetbriar as an individual community grand marshal instead of Manning. Sweetbriar, a San Francisco resident for nearly 20 years, has dedicated her talents to raising funds for local LGBT community-based organizations, according to a Pride release.

New rainbow flags to fly

Each June, rainbow flags adorn lampposts along Market Street to mark Pride Month. But the city’s main thoroughfare serves as a wind tunnel, and the 500 flags Pride hangs take a beating over time. It launched a fundraising campaign last year in order to buy new ones. The goal had been to raise $20,000 to replace the worn banners, but Pride CEO Plante said the campaign netted about $14,000. New flags have been ordered, however, and will be in place by June 3, he said. Flag contributions can still be made through

to fund its work in the public schools this fall with $150,000 from the general fund. “We will advocate for a supplemental from the mayor’s office to do this work but it will be on a smaller scale,” LYRIC Executive Director Jodi Schwartz told the B.A.R. earlier this month. “We will get that funding – I am not planning for not receiving it.” Schwartz said LYRIC would then match the city funding “dollar for dollar” from private sources and would be able to remain in the three public schools where it currently works. Without city support, she is unsure about the program’s survival. “I wouldn’t say I am confident we can do it without city investment. If I was confident, I wouldn’t be asking for it,” she said. “I am being honest with the city about what we need to do with this work.” Too often, noted Schwartz, city policies and the prioritization of resources “fail to commit to the deep institutional work that is required to shift organizational culture towards full LGBT acceptance.” What is needed, she added, is for the city “to take a stand for LGBTQQ youth and fund a model that is designed to bring about deep transformation and an organization that has the history and experience to ensure that transformation will happen.” Mission High School sophomore Rexy Amaral, 16, has seen first hand the impacts brought about by LYRIC’s school-based initiative. Amaral took part in the class while attending Buena Vista / Horace Mann. It led to Amaral coming out as gay during the school’s Pride assembly that year. “Before the program, I was kind of lost. I didn’t know who I was,” said Amaral. “After starting and going through the school-based initiative, I learned how to be an ally. It helped me realize who I was and that being gay is not a bad thing. Before I thought being gay was a sickness; after I realized it wasn’t.” School-wise, Amaral credits LYRIC’s class with fostering a gayfriendly atmosphere at the middle school. “I felt comfortable about myself and safe in my school,” said Amaral. t

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Vol. 43 • No. 22 • May 30-June 5, 2013

Dream & vision

Proudly gay & surreal

by Sura Wood

by David-Elijah Nahmod


till cool after all these years, the Beat Generation of the 1950s exerts a powerful hold on the romantic cultural imagination a half-century later. One need look no further than Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg, an engaging, very enjoyable exhibition now at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. “The poignancy of a photograph,” wrote Ginsberg in 1990, “comes from looking back to a fleeting moment in a floating world.” That desire to commit treasured ephemeral experience to posterity is the essence and emotional tenor of a show that’s essentially an essay in literary fellowship, lifelong friendship and nostalgia, Ginsberg’s and ours. Though most of the candid, intimate black & white photographs on display were taken between 1953-63, they were subsequently personally inscribed by Ginsberg in the 1980s, with pithy handwritten captions. Poetic, at times witty, he reflected on his band of brothers including his lifetime love, Peter Orlovsky, whom he met The Allen Ginsberg LLC in 1955, and friends poet Gregory Corso; Allen Ginsberg, utility man S.S. John Blair William Burroughs, an influential literary injust back from Galveston-Dakar doldrums novator and scion of a wealthy Midwestern trip (1947), gelatin silver print, printed family; the charismatic Neal Cassady (pictured 1984-97, by Allen Ginsberg. National Galwith “his love of that year” beneath a Market lery of Art, Gift of Gary S. Davis. See page 24 >>


ou couldn’t be website, www.alecmapa. more out than the com, to raise funds for delightfully funny his new pet project Baby Alec Mapa. His act and his Daddy, a proposed docuvery persona are all about mentary about his family. his experiences as an openKnown for wearing his ly gay Filipino man. heart on his sleeve, Mapa “I love being gay!” he has toured in I Remember announced, grandly, Mapa, an autobiographiwhen he hosted the Gaycal one-man-show in VN Awards broadcast which he shared his expeon Showtime. “And I riences of growing up in love porn!” The GayVN San Francisco. Awards are the gay porn Roles played by Mapa industry’s answer to the include Vern on Desperate Oscars. Housewives and flamboy“My weird, surreal life,” ant gossip show host SuzuMapa said in a phone ki St. Pierre on Ugly Betty. interview. “Hosting the In a clever comic twist, St. GayVN Awards, then Pierre was revealed to be driving my eight-year-old Byron Wu, a straight, marto school the next day.” ried man. Mapa has been with his Mapa approached his partner Jamison Hebert latest project with equal since 2002. The couple Alec Mapa is gay: Can you tell? aplomb. Starting May married in 2008 and now 23, AMC began airing have a son, adopted when the boy was five. the performer’s eight-episode reality series Mapa hopes to expedite the growing acShowville. ceptance of society towards LGBT families. “A lot of reality television is very meanHe’s launched a kickstarter campaign at his See page 32 >>

Meeting cute, 18 years later


’m practically sitting in the clouds, actually in a lovely suite at the Fairmont, with two of my favorite indie-film folks, Austin-based writer/director Richard Lin-

by David Lamble

two Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004). Halfway through our three-way chat, Linklater (better-known for the Jack Black hipster comedy School of Rock, and Bernie, Ethan Hawke and Julie with Black as a queer Delpy in director Richard Texas mortician) and Linklater’s Before Midnight. Delpy (who’s developed a following for her Two Days in Paris/ New York comedies) explain why the American/French couple in the Before films are still not married 18 years after their “cute meet” on a Budapestto-Paris express train. Our conversation, on the day Delaware legislature approves samesex marriage, leads to a wry exchange in which the director confesses to mock horror about how the marriageequality movement is putting a crimp in his 1960s-inspired rela-

klater and sassy French provocateur Julie Delpy. This professional couple is in town to promote Before Midnight, the third segment of a romantic trilogy, after episodes one and


tionship philosophy. “Julie and I are kind of against marriage –” “– except for gays.” “I used to say, because I don’t like the institution, I’ll only be married when everyone can be married. That was my line, but it’s approaching soon, so I might be called on that.” In Before Midnight, opening Friday at Landmark Theatres, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Delpy) are strolling through a paradise-on-earth slice of Greece on the way to a luxury-hotel suite reserved for them by friends from a writers’ retreat. The couple are working themselves up for either the best sex they’ve had in years or the biggest brawl, or maybe both. Linklater and Delpy, who write the films with their acting partner Hawke, note that Celine has in some ways wielded the whip-hand in the relationship ever since the couple’s unexpected reunion in the second film. In a powerful scene that is witty, insightful and profane, Celine pushes Jesse to declare whether he still finds her as alluring as he did on the train at 23. “If we were meeting for the first time today on the train, would you find me attractive?” “Of course.” See page 30 >>

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Name that playwright by Roberto Friedman


hat if we told you that we had just seen a play that combined investigations into chaos theory, English landscape design, Lord Byron literary scholarship and waltz lessons, and that it was a gentle romance? You’d say the playwright had to be Tom Stoppard, and you’d be right. The play is his Arcadia, in a return to ACT directed by ACT

artistic director and Stoppard enthusiast Carey Perloff, and it’s the master of cerebral confections presented at his most accessible and romantic. You don’t have to have any prior acquaintance with Fermat’s Last Theorem or the Second Law of Thermodynamics to understand the


play, though both scientific axioms do figure into its plot. For one thing, both scientific concepts are patiently explained, and secondly, they’re meant as metaphors, to describe loss, or the dying heat of a romantic alliance. In brief, an English country house is visited in two time

Kevin Berne

Jack Cutmore-Scott (Septimus Hodge) and Nicholas Pelczar (Ezra Chater) in A.C.T.’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, directed by Carey Perloff.

periods. In the 19th century, precocious student Thomasina Coverly (Rebekah Brockman) tends a crush on her tutor Septimus Hodge (Jack Cutmore-Scott), who is busy with his own erotic roundelays. In the present day, literary scholars including Hannah Jarvis (Gretchen Egolf) and Bernard Nightingale (Andy Murray) attempt to unravel some of the great house’s history, including a possible Byronic connection. As in any Stoppard creation, there’s plenty more going on than the above reduction would indicate. Also as usual, the ACT cast is first-rate, including all of the principals mentioned above, and Julia Coffey as the lady of the house, Nichols Pelczar as a fatuous poet, Adam O’Byrne as latter-generation gentry, and the ever-inventive Ken Ruta, who makes the most out of a small turn as the butler. As she has shown in previous productions of Indian Ink, The Invention of Love, Night and Day, Travesties and Rock ’n’ Roll, Perloff has a real feel for and connection to the masterworks of Tom Stoppard. Her Arcadia juggles lots of con-

tent, intellectual and emotional, but presents its plot and characters with passion and clarity. This is a play worth making a study of. Through June 9; tickets at (415) 749-2228 or

Social studies

What if we told you that we also attended a play last week that was a trenchant, knowing account of British suburban life, as revealed during a neighborly cocktail party circa the 1970s? You might guess the playwright is Mike Leigh, known for his “kitchen-sink realism” films like Secrets & Lies, Vera Drake and Another Year, and again you’d be right. San Francisco Playhouse’s production of Leigh’s Abigail’s Party, directed by Amy Glazer, opened last weekend with an ensemble cast of Julia Brothers, Susi Damilano, Patrick Jones, Remi Sandri and Allison White. The play itself is a product of the 70s, written in 1978, and artistic director Bill English’s amazing set design is a riot of groovy wallpaper and Danish modern furniture. Teenage girl Abigail, never seen, is throwing See page 32 >>

Jessica Palopoli

Inappropriate dancing between hostess Bev (Susi Damilano) and Tony (Patrick Kelly Jones) in San Francisco Playhouse’s production of Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party.


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Energetic concertizing by Philip Campbell


ecent weeks of concerts with the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall have proved yet again just how versatile and thoroughly professional the orchestra’s players are. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, just a grateful and beautifully demonstrated reminder. The repertoire runs the gamut in periods, genres and styles, and it never seems to faze them. Performances are always accomplished with loyal observance of the conductor’s wishes and clear dedication to their own musical integrity. In mid-May, guest conductor Marek Janowski led a weighty program of Central European fare, and his fairly conventional selections, the Brahms Double Concerto and Schumann Symphony No. 4 and Manfred Overture, are undoubtedly the lifeblood of most symphonic institutions. We can expect the musicians to respond to such assignments with all of their considerable training and experience in play. It was the always welcome return of guest conductor David Robertson last week, however, that offered total contrast in repertoire and a bolder emphasis on the personality of the players and their awesome range. If not really contemporary, Robertson’s entire bill was essentially modern in attitude and effect. Presenting a program that highlighted the impact of jazz in the concert hall on both sides

of the Atlantic was a good showcase for the orchestra, and especially for the terrific guest appearance of pianist Marc-André Hamelin. The outcome of the concert was also a rip-roaring way to start the Memorial Day weekend. Beginning with a sprightly and amusing introduction to listeners of the opening Variations for Orchestra by American composer Elliott Carter (“Hello, my name is David, and I will be your conductor this evening”), Robertson got the whole show off and running with just the right note of anticipation and understanding. Letting us know that the last time the Variations were heard with the SFS, Robertson was only five years old, helped to emphasize the complicated and rather difficult-listening (and performing) experience the piece presents. Putting the score into the context of the McCarthy era may have been a bit of a stretch, but it showed the conductor’s wish to personalize the music and give the audience an entry and insight to Carter’s intentions. The performance itself was clear, gorgeously articulated and engrossing. It will always be a challenging composition, but it turned out to be a lot less daunting than we might have feared. Enter Marc-André Hamelin for a marvelous rendition of Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, and the evening really caught fire. The jazzy sonorities of the Concerto (1930) were invented six years after Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

Broadway Jews

by John F. Karr


t’s typically Jewish of a documentary celebrating the contribution of Jews to Broadway to ask, “Why?” It’s not particularly Jewish to receive for an answer not much more than, “Why not?” So while the title Broadway Musicals – A Jewish Legacy seems to give Jews the somewhat deserved credit for the perpetuation of the Broadway musical, the documentary doesn’t intend to answer such a basic question. It gives a little lip service to Broadway as a refuge for outsiders, and a place to discuss assimilation. Then it skips gaily on to survey the careers of a select group of Jews, with a parade of famous names who tell good stories and illustrate how their Jewish sound-world was transferred into popular music. That Fiddler on the Roof theme? Borrowed (nearly plagiarized) from a Yiddish folk song! Though it’s a cliché that most of B’way’s composers and lyricists have been Jewish, actual statistics aren’t plentiful, a hole A Jewish Legacy should have filled. The website Jinfo. org calculates that 66% of Tonywinning composers were Jewish, 68% of lyricists, and 55% of librettists. I scrambled around for some non-Jews, but was stumped beyond Leroy Anderson, Vernon Duke and Noel Coward. Broadway Musicals – A Jewish Legacy was broadcast on PBS, and has now been released on DVD (Acorn Media, $39.99). I enjoyed the rare and delightful snippets of archival footage it includes. Although it too frequently illustrates Broadway with clips from Hollywood, we’re taken both on- and backstage at Wicked, La Cage, the original Gypsy and other shows. Yet it’s disappointing that the documentary doesn’t strive to be more than anecdotal. It

has a constricted range, focusing on a handful of names: Berlin, Bernstein, Styne, lots of Rodgers and Hammerstein (who wasn’t Jewish, but whose immediate forebears were), Bock & Harnick, and Herman. Some Kander, some Schwartz, with Marc Shaiman and Maury Yeston as frequent talking heads to analyze the work of other Jews, without their own being mentioned. I guess it’s enough they’re Jewish. The show is casual about context and is hardly comprehensive, neglecting decades of Jews: Sigmund Romberg, Arlen, Cy Coleman, Lane, Rome, both Dietz and Schwartz, Loesser, Adler and Ross, Ashman and Menken, and did you know they were Jewish, Rupert Holmes and Anthony Newley. With the exception of Shaiman, contemporary Jews seem to have dropped off the map. There’s not a mention of Lippa, Yazbeck, LaChiusa, Gordon, Hamlisch, Parker & Stone, Guettel, Jason Robert Brown, or even Frank Wildhorn (although any group that would wanna claim his kinship is mishuga). Look at that last list. All of them gay but the Book of Mormon guys. A better question might have been, See page 28 >>

(1924), and the influence of Gershwin’s bluesy and (dare we say?) ballsy inspiration is apparent everywhere. This is Ravel in a darker, stronger and angrier mode than we usually associate with him. Hamelin tore through the piece with intensity and power, but he didn’t stint on emotion and roughhewn beauty. When he finished the final dramatic credenza, I almost felt a sympathetic pain in my left hand. What a knockout punch! The second half brought the soloist back to the stage (presumably after icing his left hand during intermission) for a joyously lively performance of the aforementioned Rhapsody in Blue. Both conductor and soloist knew exactly what they wanted from Gershwin’s iconic score. What they achieved was a rhythmically taut tempo throughout that made all of the details of Ferde Grofé’s somewhat sumptuous orchestration sound bright and freshly-minted. The SFS sounded like a big, exciting dance band, and individual soloists, especially Carey Bell on clarinet nailing

San Francisco Symphony

Conductor David Robertson: essentially modern.

the famous introduction, proved they can really swing. The liberation of the Rhapsody from Pops concerts and Fourth of July celebrations, and placing it back on a symphony hall bill, along with Hamelin’s irresistible playing (catch some of his jazz-influenced albums on compact disc), made even the most staid audience members whoop and stomp with happiness.

San Francisco Symphony

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin.

The evening ended with Robertson’s treatment of Ravel’s rueful backward glance at another vanished era, La Valse. The SFS obviously has a good rapport with David Robertson, and it shows. Even his curtain calls were entertaining, with the energetic conductor jumping from platform to platform to congratulate sections and players.t

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24 • Bay Area Reporter • May 30-June 5, 2013

Flightless birds by Erin Blackwell


emember those gay penguins who fathered another bird’s chick? And the heterosexual hawks who nested on the ledge of a brownstone? Marc Acito wrote a play about these two Manhattan miracles, which, in this New Conservatory Theatre Center production, registers as an exercise in stereotypes about long-term relationships, straight and gay. Birds of a Feather might be better entertainment than director Tom Bruett’s approach suggests. Then again, it might not. This diatribe on the universality of bickering couples wears its politics, such as they are, on its wing. Family Values humanizes two male Chinstrap penguins, Silo and Roy, until their penguinity is thoroughly eclipsed. The red-tailed hawks never get off the ground. Bruett’s stodgy staging is cramped by Dean Shibuya’s literal-minded set. Stage right, the phony wall of snow. Stage left, the window ledge, which doubles as a screen for intermittent


Allen Ginsberg

From page 21

Street movie marquee promoting The Wild One); and the handsome, pensive Jack Kerouac, for whom a cigarette was never far away. There’s even a 1992 image of a wary Bob Dylan, with whom Ginsberg had a quasi father-son relationship. Boy, wouldn’t it have been grand to be privy to conversations between those two? The anti-authoritarian, drug-addicted madman Burroughs, whom Ginsberg once called a “great teacher of the night,” is shown in multiple snapshots: on the roof of Ginsberg’s apartment building; posing next to “a brother Sphinx” at the

views of Central Park, the Zoo, and even the flaming World Trade Center. Yes, 9/11 gets dragged into an already cluttered chronology, even though it happened in 2001, after the penguins (1998), before the hawks (2002), and is irrelevant to the interpersonal goings-on. Two dozen scenes and monologues follow one another without generating suspense or even expectation. Things simply happen, or don’t, and throughout it all, characters keep up a steady barrage of verbiage uninflected by emotion, riddled with attitudes and accents. This isn’t acting but the kind of narrative show-andtell one associates with not-very-engaging children’s theater. Who is its intended audience? David Levine plays the fey penguin with some conviction, but why was he encouraged to make the hawk an unappealing brute from the Bronx? Spewing clichés about macho mating and hunting, Pale Male would benefit from some dignity or subtlety of delivery. His co-star Luke Taylor plays the butch penguin and

Metropolitan Museum; and later, in Tangier, where he was editing Naked Lunch and visiting in a villa courtyard with Corso, several young admirers, and the dapper author/composer Paul Bowles, of The Sheltering Sky fame. (Female Beat writers are absent, and aside from relatives, women are incidental footnotes or temporary companions.) Literary and artistic movements come and go, so why do many continue to care about this one? “They held out the promise that anyone could start with a dream and a vision and find glory without compromising their ideals,” explains San Francisco writer/ poet and Beat aficionado Alan Kaufman. “Free-

Roy (Dave Levine) tries to impress Silo (Luke Taylor) with his fantastic penguin moves and show tunes skills in Birds of a Feather.


dictable back-and-forth of the leads. Maybe that’s why they seem more adult. Elissa Beth Stebbins doubles as TV anchor Paula Zahn, inexplicably holding a curling iron instead of a microphone, and zookeeper Jane, a woman without a man. Christopher Morrell plays Mr. Paula Zahn and birdwatcher Joe, a guy without a life. They provide further variations on the theme of mating, as if we needed them. Assimilationist, bland and conventional, Birds seems designed to promote tolerance through mediocrity. Not a bad strategy for a troupe somewhere in the middle of the country. But it’s a bit mystifying why a queer theater in a queer-centric town like San Francisco would waste a coveted spot during the month of Pride on such a shallow, unchallenging amusement. Don’t tell me there aren’t more interesting plays out there.t

lady hawk. Busy behaving like sitcom characters, the duo forget to embody the intimate relationships that alone

might save this turkey. The supporting cast of two provides welcome relief from the pre-

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dom was inside, [it was] not where you lived and how much money you made.” But when it came to freedom, there was a disparity between myth and reality, especially with Kerouac, whose novel On the Road became bible and credo for the young, restless and footloose. (He also came up with the title for Ginsberg’s Howl, Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, and is given partial credit for giving the Beats their name.) It should be noted with a shade of irony that at 31, the author who epitomized the American hunger for unfettered adventure, sexual and otherwise, was still living with his parents in Queens. “I warned you as far back as 1945, if you keep go-

ing home to live with your Memere, you’ll find yourself wound tighter and tighter in her apron strings till you’re an old man and can’t escape,” writes Ginsberg on a 1953 photo of Kerouac being regaled by Burroughs. The product of Colorado reform schools, Neal Cassady lived hard and died young. He inspired the fast-talking, even faster-driving womanizer Dean Moriarty, the hero of On the Road, and later joined Ken Kesey’s psychedelic drug-infused Merry Pranksters. “Neal’s illuminated American automobile mania, ‘unspeakably enthusiastic’ friendship & erotic energy had already written his name in bright-lit signs of our literary imaginations before movies were made imitating his charm,” notes Ginsberg. Unapologetically gay and bi, and considered freaks and outsiders, the Beats stood in opposition to the rise of the corporation in the postwar era, and resisted the pressures of a conformist society. We’re presently in an age when sexually explicit content and profanity no longer shock or scandalize, but they lived free and wrote about it in the 1950s and 60s when doing either or both could get you arrested and your books banned. At the time, they were disparaged and dismissed by the literary establishment, but they’ve certainly had the last laugh on that score. The freedom they embodied and

“the openness about who they were came at a cost,” observes Kaufman. “Homosexuality, madness, suicide” and skirmishes with the law were all part of the landscape. The troubled writer Carl Solomon, a veteran of several stays at psychiatric hospitals to whom Ginsberg dedicated Howl, is seen “several years after we were locked up together,” smiling brightly and sitting cross-legged on a bed, looking like a science-class geek in his black-framed glasses. Mental illness, substance abuse and time took their toll. In the 1980s, Ginsberg returned to photography, shooting pictures of his aging confederates. If you’d prefer to remember these men, as I do, frozen in rebellious youth, the last gallery may be one to avoid. It’s touching and discomfiting to see them as older men, for those who managed to make it to middle-age, especially Kerouac. He’s photographed slumped in chair during his last visit to Ginsberg’s New York apartment in 1964, five years before his death at 47. “He looked by then like his late father,” Ginsberg recalls. “Red-faced corpulent W.C Fields shuddering with mortal horror, grimacing on D.M.T I’d brought back from visiting Timothy Leary.” And finally, there’s Ginsberg’s self-portrait, shot on the author’s 70th birthday: a picture of an elderly poet/radical who could be mistaken for the neighborhood rabbi. (Through Sept. 8.)t

The Allen Ginsberg LLC

We went uptown to look at Mayan Codices – here Egyptian wing William Burroughs with a brother Sphinx (1953), gelatin silver print, printed 1984-97, by Allen Ginsberg. National Gallery of Art, Gift of Gary S. Davis.


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May 30-June 5, 2013 • Bay Area Reporter • 25

‘The Rite’ stands revealed by Tim Pfaff


o say that Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du printemps), which had its premiere on May 29 100 years ago, has a special connection to the San Francisco Symphony may sound like the worst sort of parochialism. Yet Pierre Monteaux, the conductor of the premiere – whose authority on how the work should sound is as great as that of Stravinsky, who as conductor never achieved what he wanted with The Rite on recording – made two of the better of his several important recordings of the piece with the SFS while he was its musical director (1936-52). Then there’s MTT. To write personally for a moment, if I were restricted to the fingers of one hand to name the peak musical experiences of my life, one – and the first to “spring” to mind – would be the performance of Rite MTT led hours after he and the orchestra learned he would be its new music director. It was elemental, a cheeky force to unleash in earthquake country, and I had to write about it. At least I was drooling out of both sides of my mouth. A few days later that performance was broadcast, giving me the chance to see if I could believe my ears (I could), and the cassette I made, and burned onto my memory, survived a break-in of my Corolla but not the long arm of the Lao police, a story for another time. It’s still the Rite I “hear” when I’m not in front of the speakers, but MTT’s follow-up studio recording for RCA was my goto-the-shelf Rite – until the Keeping Score version. MTT’s spectacular 1972 recording of Rite with the Boston Symphony (then on DG) now reappears in an essential set, Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps, 100th Anni-

versary Collector’s Edition (Decca, 20 CDs). While it’s generally wise to steer clear of such omnibus collections, this one – limited only by contractual agreements – is nothing short of 38 perspectives on the work that changed music as decisively as Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde had. In addition to a recording of the Violin Concerto conducted by Stravinsky with its dedicatee, Samuel Dushkin, the set includes three recordings of The Rite scored for two pianos. The one with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Andrei Gavrilov may be the best thing Ashkenazy ever did (!). The 1956 Monteaux recording, not his most acute, does demonstrate that the work does not need to be played hell-bent-for-leather to make its mark. The early entrants in the survey, including such famous Rite interpreters as Eduard van Beinum and Ernest Ansermet (twice), are sometimes hampered by the limitations of the early LP – but sometimes not, too. The glorious 1950s end impressively here with Antal Dorati’s second, early-stereo 1959 recording with the Minneapolis Symphony, alive with detail along with drive. Something like a duel of the conducting Titans occurs on the disc with Herbert von Karajan’s first (Stravinsky called it “a pet savage rather than a real one”) and Colin Davis’ equally disciplined but more shrieking, foot-stamping version with the London Symphony, one of the set’s true high points. With the same orchestra in 1975, Claudio Abbado delivered a sleek cat of a Rite, claws manicured but constantly at your heels nevertheless. It’s a penetrating, disturbing prowl – you never relax into it – through a score that had lost some of its menace by dint of sheer familiarity. It left in the dust the first of the true Rite soundspectaculars, Georg Solti’s brash,

showy 1974 Batmobile with the Chicago Symphony, built to knock listeners down. Karajan’s deeper, if hardly grittier Rite of 1975-77 (such was his perfectionism) came as through a revolving door with a very young Simon Rattle’s first major recording, a 1977 Rite with a British youth orchestra. Karajan’s eventual successor as music director of the Berlin Philharmonic, Rattle was an already heavy-breathing breath of fresh air. Stravinsky kept careful track of Rite conductors on disc, and his comments are usually more acute than self-regarding. Of Leonard Bernstein’s 1958 recording with the New York Philharmonic (Columbia/Sony), his sole comment was “Wow.” (West Side Story veritably bleeds The Rite.) It’s still the musthave Rite if you’re going to have only one, but his 1988 recording with his beloved Israel Philharmonic in this set reflects his singular wizardry and power with the piece, even if the players can’t quite keep up with him. Also, it’s one of the few recordings in the set, with Rattle’s, to use the original, 1913 version rather than one of Stravinsky’s subsequent revisions. More recent recordings have had to contend with the weird reality that a work once thought to be a supreme test of an orchestra now is mandatory repertoire. What makes this set an amazing deal as well as a revealing path through The Rite is its inclusion of major recordings – by Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit, James Levine, and the distinctively, inimitably Russian Semyon Bychkov and Valery Gergiev – that would otherwise be available only at full price. And of composer-conductors, it includes the wonderfully individual and pithy interpretations of EsaPekka Salonen and Pierre Boulez, who truly open the work up.

Of the lot, the best by a margin is by Riccardo Chailly (conducting the ace Cleveland Orchestra in 1985, six years before Boulez does), the most underrated of conductors working today, though his genius is generally recognized. His version alone, among recent ones, reminds you that this music should happen at the limits of what you can bear.

Spending this spring with more than 40 recordings of The Rite has, for what that’s worth, only increased my awe at the splendors – and unfathomable power – of the piece. The centenary has brought its share of new recordings of The Rite, but the hands-down winner at this point in the year is Rattle’s new version with the Berlin Philharmonic (EMI Classics), recorded live last year. The work has never left his active repertory – or, it’s clear, his musical mind – and he’s now surpassed his own amazing second recording with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (1987) with this arresting new 1947 version. It can hold its own with any in terms of sonic spectacle and musical cogency, but it also takes that distinguishing, Nijinskian leap into the maw of The Rite of Spring – and a new future for it.t

<< Out&About

26 • Bay Area Reporter • May 30-June 5, 2013

Into the Woods, Sat 1


Krispy Kritters in the Scarlett Night @ Exit Theatre Cutting Ball Theater’s production of Andrew Saito’s poetic Beat-like family saga, full of eccentric characters. $10-$50. Thu 7:30. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 2pm, Sun 5pm. Thru June 16. Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor St. 525-1205.

Smuin Ballet @ Various Venues The SF modern ballet company tours East Bay and Carmel. $50-$70. May 22-26 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. May 31-June 1 at the Lesher Center, Walnut Creek, Civic & Locust Sts. June 7-8 at the Carmel Sunset Center. 556-5000.

Terminus @ Magic Theatre U.S. premiere of Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe’s poetic fantastical drama about three people ripped from their ordinary lives into a strange underworld of serial killers and lovesick demons. $20-$60. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun (& Sat June 1) at 2:30pm. Fort Mason Center, Bldg D., 3rd floor. 441-8822.

Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma @ The Hypnodrome Thrillpeddlers performs Scrumbly Koldewyn and Pam Tent’s new, full-length restored version of The Cockettes’ 1971 wacky drag musical comedy on the 42nd anniversary of the original production. $30-$35. Thu-Sat 8pm. Extended thru June 29. 575 10th St. at Bryant. (800) 838-3006.

Red it by Jim Provenzano


o many shows to see, concerts to hear, films to fascinate. One could spend every night of the week hopping to early and late shows, stopping by a trendy food truck here or there. Too often I’ve double-booked a night, or forgotten to even ask a pal to go with me to another show. A wasted press ticket makes me see red; the nightly jumble of absorbing, engaging, alluring events, and the occasionally awful bit of blunder. It’s worth the risk to find art, to be amongst the rabble, ain’t it? Just to get your blood flowing, as it were.

Thu 30 Arcadia @ American Conservatory Theatre Tom Stoppard’s masterpiece of romance and literary intrigue, with 19th and 20thcentury scenes in an English country house, is performed in a new production directed by Carey Perloff. $25-$200. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. (some Sun 7pm or 8pm, weekdays matinees 2pm). Thru June 9. 415 Geary St. 749-2228. http://www.act-sf. org/1213/arcadia/index.html

Black Watch @ Armory Community Center American Conservatory Theatre presents the National Theatre of Scotland’s globally acclaimed military drama-dance performance work, appropriately staged in the enormous Mission District Armory’s Drill Court. $44-$82. Tue-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Sun 7pm. Thru June 9. 333 14th St. at Mission. 749-2228.

Burqavaganza @ Brava Theatre Vidhu Singh’s satire of political and religious oppression, banned in Pakistan, gets an acclaimed local production performed by Ajoka Theatre Company. $12-$17. ThuSat 8pm Sun 3pm. (May 26, 7pm ). Thru June 2. 2781 24th st.

The Decameron @ Fort Mason Center Ten-day series of café-style storytelling theatre; site-specific performances of chapters in Boccaccio’s fanciful classic work of literature. Various nights 8:30pm, thru June 9. $35. The Firehouse, Bay St. at Buchanan. 424-7249.

Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? @ The Costume Shop Politics and sex go together in Theatre Rhinoceros’ production of Caryl Churchill’s provocative play about gay men obsessed and in love. Also, two short one-acts, Seven Jewish Children (by Churchill) and Seven Palestinian Children (by Deborah S. Margolin). $15-$30. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru June 16. 1117 Market St. (800) 838-3006.

Fri 31 Abigail's Party @ SF Playhouse Mike Leigh’s biting comedy pokes fun at straight suburban Brits in the ‘70s disco era, where a cocktail party goes overboard. $30-$100. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Also Sat 3pm. Thru July 6. 450 Post St. 2nd. floor of Kensington Park Hotel. 677-9596.

Agents of Chaos @ Castro Theatre Book release party for Tales of the San Francisco Cacaphony Society ; live music performances by the Yes Men, Polly Superstar and her sparkleponies Jamie DeWolf of Tourette’s without Regrets, Chicken John, Lera Boroditsky and much more hosted by Sub-Genius founder Ivan Stang; screening of the film Circus Redickuless. $20-$30. 7:30pm. 429 Castro St. 621-6120.

Birds of a Feather @ New Conservatory Theatre Marc Acito’s comic play about Central Park Zoo’s gay penguins, Fifth Avenue hawks, and the silly human reactions to such flighty families. $22-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru June 2. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level. 861-8972.

By & By @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley

The Commonwealth Club presents a Nofilter Conversation with Mike Krieger and Kevin Systron, the cofounders of Instagram. $15-$65. 7pm. 429 Castro St.

Shotgun Players’ production of Lauren Gunderson’s scifi thriller drama about an eccentric professor of cloning who puts his skills to use after a family tragedy. $20-$30. Wed & Thu7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru June 23. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley. (510) 841-6500.

Joe Goode Performance Group @ Z Space

Carmen @ Cinnabar Theatre, Petaluma

Preview showings of Hush, a dance-musictheatre work-in-progress that blends sound effects with the idea of societal “hushing.” $20. 8pm. Thru June 1, 401 Alabama St at 17th.

The Inland Bay theatre company stages an English translation of the Bizet opera. $25$35. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru June 16. 3333 Petaluma Blvd., North, Petaluma. (707) 763-8920.

InForum @ Castro Theatre

Dear Elizabeth @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Scott Wells and Dancers at the Walking Distance Festival, Fri 31 David Papas

The Ella Effect @ Vima Ballroom

Walking Distance Dance Festival @ ODC Theater

Joshua Klipp and the Klipptones, along with Freeplay Dance Crew, present a performance work inspired by Ella Fitzgerald’s jazz hits. $15-$20. 8pm. 820 26th St.

Morris Bobrow’s musical comedy revue of songs and sketches about food. $32-$34. Fri & Sat 8pm. Open run. 533 Sutter St. (800) 838-3006.

Two-day dance festival of vibrant and diverse performances in adjoining venues by Brian Brooks Moving Company; casebolt and smith; Nicole Klaymoon’s Embodiment Project; ODC/Dance; Rachael Lincoln and Leslie Seiters; Kate Weare and Company; and Scott Wells and Dancers. $20-$75 (includes season subscription). May 31, 7pm, June 1, hourly 4pm-9pm. ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St. and ODC Theater, 3153 17th St. 863-9834.

Friday Nights @ De Young Museum

We Steal Secrets @ Embarcadero Center 5

Foodies, the Musical @ Shelton Theater

Season 9 of the popular weekly early evening museum parties continues, with live music and performance, exhibit-themed workshops and food and drinks. 5pm-8:30pm. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. 750-3600.

Javier Rocabado @ Magnet Closing reception for the exhibit of striking paintings that blend portraits of gay local people and somber religious icons. Reception 9pm. 4122 18th St.

Marin Home & Garden Expo @ Marin Center Fairground See exhibits of fabulous indoor and outdoor gardens, home renovations, live muisc performances, demos and lectures, supplies and products and the annual large-scale home and garden show. Free$10. 10am-5pm Also June 2. 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael, 507-1537.

The Medea Hypothesis @ Berkeley City Club Three actors play several roles in Marian Berges’ modern adaptation of Euripedes’ Medea. $15-$28. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley. (510) 5581381.

San Francisco Lesbian/ Gay Freedom Band @ Ebenezer HerChurch “Through Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall,” a concert titled after President Obama’s inaugural re-election speech excerpt, includes musical and multi-media tributes to civil rights achievements, speeches recited by former Navy JAG Christopher J. Bakes and Commander Zoe Dunning, USN (ret.). Pete Nowlen conducts. Free. 8pm. 678 Portola Drive.

Sarah Ruhl and Les Waters’ new play based on the letters between 20th-century poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. $29-$72. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru July 7. Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949.

Charles Busch’s musical comedy parody of every Hollywood nun movie gets a local production, with drag-music stars Joe Wicht (Trauma Flintstone), J. Conrad Frank (Katya Smirnoff-Skky), David Bicha ( Christmas With the Crawfords) and other talents. $25-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm Sun 2pm. Thru June 29. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. 861-8972.

Kent Taylor


Sat 1 Hedwig and the Angry Inch @ Boxcar Theatre Special 100th performance of the hit local production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s popular transgender rock operetta, with multiple actor-singers performing the lead, including Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, Jason Brock, Arturo Galster and Trixxie Carr. Post-show after-party with champagne, DJed music and VIPs. $25-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Sat 5pm. Extended with open-ended run. 505 Natoma St. 967-2227.

Impressionists on the Water @ Legion of Honor New touring exhibit of French Impressionaist aquatic works. Also, Gifts From the Gods: Art and the Olympic Ideal (thru June 23); Darren Waterston: A Compendium of Creatures (thru Dec), and permanent exhibits (ongoing). $10-$25. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Aver. 750-3600.

Into the Woods @ Eureka Theatre Ray of Light Theatre’s new production of the whimsical dramatic fairy tale-gonewrong musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. $15-$36. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru June 29. 215 Jackson St. at Battery. 788-7469.

SF Hiking Club @ Sunol Regional Park Join GLBT hikers for an 8-mile hike around Sunol Regional Park with beautiful oakstudded hills, lots of great views of the Southern Alameda County countryside, grazing cattle, bright sunshine, as well as a good workout. Bring lunch, water, hat, sunscreen, sturdy boots. Carpool meets 9:15 at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. (510) 599-4056.

The Divine Sister @ New Conservatory Theatre

Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, Thu 30

The fascinating Wikileaks story, about Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, government censorship and leaks, is explored in this independent documentary. One Embarcadero Center, promenade level. 352-0835.

Sun 2 The Bakla Show @ Bindlestiff Studios Screening of performance footage from the popular 2011 show The Bakla Show 2: Myths Retold, Realities Unfold, about Filipino gay life stories told through mythology. Post-screening Q&As. $7-$15. 1pm & 4pm. 185 Sixth St at Howard.

Javier Rocabado, Fri 31



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May 30-June 5, 2013 • Bay Area Reporter • 27

Fela!, Tue 4

Migrating Archives @ GLBT History Museum Migrating Archives: LGBT Delegates From Collections Around the World features historical items from nearly a dozen countries and archives, each showcasing an archive of prominent LGBT persons. $5. Reg hours Mon & Wed-Sat 11am-7pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St.

Radar Superstars @ SF Public Library Innovative writers and artists are welcomed at a popular panel hosted by author Michelle Tea. 6pm. Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room, lower level. 100 Larkin St.

Temple Grandin @ Nourse Theatre Prominent author ( Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation ) and professor, (known also for her autism and memoir, which became an award-winning film) discusses her work and life in conversation with Adam Savage. $27. 7:30pm. 275 Hayes St.

Cabaret Showcase Showdown @ Martuni’s

Gloria Steinem @ Nourse Theater

The singing competition continues, this month with Best Male Crooner; guest judges Russ Lorenson, and singer Donald Arquilla. Katya Smirnoff-Skyy and Mrs. Trauma Flintstone cohost. 7pm. 4 Valencia St. 241-0205.

Ms. Magazine founder and prominent feminist has a discussion with author Letty Cottin Pogrebin. $17. 7:30pm. 275 Hayes St.

Dancing Queen @ Beatbox Kick off Pride month at the fundraiser Tdance for the AIDS Emergency Fund, with DJ Russ Rich. $20-$25. 4pm-8pm. 314 11th st.

Lesbian/Gay Chorus of SF @ Sausage Factory Enjoy dinner, a no-host bar, and the LGCSF singing a cappella at this fundraiser. $40. 7pm. 517 Castro St.

Marvin Hamlisch Tribute @ The Venetian Room Bay Area Cabaret’s tribute to the legendary late composer includes performances by Broadway stars Lisa Vroman, Karen Mason, Grammy winner Billy Stritch, plus Bobby Conte Thornton, Oscar-winning songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and other guests. $75-$100. (optional buffet dinner at Laurel Court $40). 8pm. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St. 392-4400.

Normal @ Dance Mission Theater Fundraiser for the LGBT Student Support Fund at Illinois State University in Normal IL, which supports queer college students cut off from their families. $25. 8pm silent auction, including fascinating gay art, and an autographed track suit from Jane Lynch (“Sue Sylvester,” Glee ), 8:30pm performances by DavEnd, Princeton, Jackie Strano, Vagina Jenkins, Rotimi Agbabiaka, Tessa Wills and a duet choreographed by Dana Lawton. 3316 24th St. at Mission.

Outlook Video @ Channel 29 Monthly LGBT news show; this month SF Pride Parade Committee, LGBTQ youth space, San Jose Pride board and a preview of the Frameline SF International LGBT Film Festival. 5pm and streaming online.

San Francisco City Chorus @ Lakeside Presbyterian Church A concert of Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes is performed by the chorus. $12-$20. 7pm. 201 Eucalyptus St. at 19th Ave.

Vicki Marlane Campaign @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge Fundraiser for a campaign to add a street name in honor of Vicki Marlane. Gina La Divina hosts; food (4pm), show (5pm) raffles includes $50 and $100 gift cards. 133 Turk St. 441-2922.

Vital Signs @ The Marsh Alison Whittaker’s solo show about her career as a nurse. $15-$450. Sundays, 7pm. Thru June 16. Upstairs Studio Theatre, 1062 Valencia St. 282-3055.

Mon 3 California Native Plant Bloom @ SF Botanical Gardens Seasonal flowering of hundreds of species of native wildflowers in a century-old grove of towering Coast Redwoods. Free$15. Daily thru May 15. Golden Gate Park. 6612-1316.


Tue 4 America's Most Unwanted @ SF Public Library Documentary film about LGBT youth’s struggles in foster care and Bay Area juvenile courts, and a panel discussion with Director Shani Heckman and former foster kids. Free. 6pm. Koret Auditorium, lower level. 100 Larkin St.

Local Heroes Awards @ Castro Theatre KQED and Union Bank honor local LGBT heroes Michael V. Discepola (The Stonewall Project; SF AIDS Foundation), Jodi L. Schwartz (LYRIC), Dawn Harbatkin (LyonMartin Health Services) and Stu Smith (Tin Pan Alley Productions), with hosts Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge ( The Fabulous Beekman Boys, The Amazing Race ); performances by 42nd Street Moon, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, and Voices Lesbian Choral Ensemble. 6:30pm. 429 Castro St. RSVP: 553-2383.

Fela! @ Paramount Theatre, Oakland The national touring production of Bill T. Jones’ hit Broadway Tony-winning musical about the African pop music star returns. $37-$77. Tue-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Also Sun 7:30pm. Thru June 9. 2025 Broadway, Oakland. (800) 745-3000.

The News @ SOMArts Cultural Center Fresh queer performance by Bay Area artists: Philip Huang and Peter Max Lawrence cohost the themed show “This is What I Hate,” with acts by Philip Anderson, Jaime Cortez, Tessa Fleming, Michelle L. Morby, Daniel Redman, Phatima Rude, Kevin Seaman, Irrelevant Transmission and Kolmel With Love. $5. 7:30pm. 934 Brannan St.

Veronica Klaus @ Martuni’s The local chanteuse’s new weekly concerts, thru June, feature new and classic music. $15. 7pm. 4 Valencia St.

Wed 5 Butterflies & Blooms @ Conservatory of Flowers Popular exhibit transforms the floral gallery into a fluttering garden with 20 species of butterflies and moths. Free-$7. Tue-Sun 10am-4:30pm. Thru Oct. 20. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park. 831-2090.

Ricky Stein @ Hotel Utah Hunky young Blues singer from Austin rocks live, totally. $6-$8. 8pm. 21+. 500 4th St.

Headlands Center Art Auction @ Herbst International Exhibition Hall, The Presidio Choose from dozens of varied local artists’ donated works at the fab bash for the cool arts space in the Marin Headlands. Bid on unique dining experiences, and art tours. $125 and up. VIP preview 5:30pm. Party 6:30pm. 385 Moraga Ave.

Temple Grandin, Wed 5

Thu 6 99% Gay Comedy Festival @ Esta Noche Comedy Bodega celebrates Pride month with a new weekly series of stand-up acts. This week: Micia Mosely, Marga Gomez, Miss Persia, David Hawkins, Loren Kraut and Robert Parra. 8pm-9:30pm. 3079 16th St. at Mission.

Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage @ San Jose Museum of Art Exhibit of works by the popular portrait photographer, but this time of objects of famous people and awe-inspiring nature scenes. $5-$8. Tue-Sun 11am-5pm. Thru Sept 8. 110 South Market St.

Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg @ Contemp Jewish Museum New exhibit of vintage prints taken by gay Beat poet of his friends Jack Kerouac and others. Thru Sept. 8. Free (members)-$12. Thu-Tue 11am-5pm (Thu 1pm-8pm) 736 Mission St. 655-7800.

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 night June 6 with the SF Gay Men’s Chorus in the audience. Reg: $25-$130. Wed, Thu, Fri at 8pm. Sat 6:30, 9:30pm. Sun 2pm, 5pm. (Beer/wine served; cash only). 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd (Green St.). 421-4222.

Rova Saxophone Quartet @ Kanbar Hall The jazz-experimental ensemble performs in collaboration with Gino Robair and visual artist Ikue Mori. $12-$20. 8pm. Also June 7. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St. 292-1200.

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<< Leather

28 • Bay Area Reporter • May 30-June 5, 2013

Andy Cross is Int’l Mr. Leather 2013


by Scott Brogan


or the first time since Lenny Broberg won in 1992, the International Mr. Leather title comes back to the Bay Area thanks to Mr. SF Leather Andy Cross. The Bay Area rocked it in Chicago, with First Runner-Up going to Mr. Santa Clara County Leather Thib Guicherd-Callin. Robert Miller, Mr. Leather Man Toronto, secured Second Runner-Up. This was Broberg’s first time emceeing the contest, so it’s fitting that Mr. SF Leather won, meaning we rocked it on almost all fronts. International Bootblack 2013 went to Oil Tan Am from Portland, with First Runner-up going to Mike from Minneapolis. This paragraph was inserted after my deadline, more to come in my next column. Congratulations! Scavenging South of the Slot: Have you ever wanted to go on a madcap scavenger hunt like Carole Lombard did in My Man Godfrey, but wanted one with that special “edge” that only our community can provide? Well, now’s your chance! The first Great South of the Slot Scavenger Hunt takes place on Saturday, June 22. The Scavenger Hunt isn’t just a fun hunt through SoMa, it’s a chance to learn the varied and colorful history of the leather community beginning in 1962, when The Tool Box bar opened. The hunt starts at the Yerba Buena Gardens at 2 p.m., and ends at the SF Eagle at approximately 5 p.m., with a beer bust and silent auction hosted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. There are several ways you can participate: 1) Be a participant: Join the hunt! The goal is to have five costumed teams made up of five members each, three on foot and two on bike. The winning team will get $100 for each team member. Entry fee per team is $50. 2) Be a partner: Support is needed from neighborhood businesses to be checkpoints on the routes, or to make a donation towards a silent auction basket. 3) Be a sponsor: They are seeking sponsors to help defer the costs of creating maps and direction-markers used in the hunt. 4) Be a volunteer: Volunteers are needed to help with the logistics on foot, bike and online. The hunt is the mastermind of Jose Guevara, who has been researching and collecting data about “South of the Slot” for several years now. It’s co-produced by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the SOMA Guardians. Teams will be given their first clue to the hunt at the Yerba Buena Gardens. Each checkpoint will have the next clue for the next leg of the hunt. There are four routes dividing and surrounding the hunt, converging at various checkpoints. Points can also be gained by post-


Broadway Jews

From page 23

Why are so many of these Jews gay? The makers of Broadway Musicals would say that’s another documentary. It’s one that might give some of the same answers, although hopefully in greater depth. I’m surprised by the lack of gay names on Broadway previous to the current bumper crop. For the dozen gays I can name, I easily thought of more than several dozen who weren’t gay, starting with both Gerswhins, all three of DeSylva,

Rich Stadtmiller

IML winners (L-R): Robert Miller (Second Runner-Up), Andy Cross (Mr. SF Leather & IML 2013), Thib Cuicherd-Callin (First RunnerUp), Oil Can Sam (International Bootblack).

Drew Bourn

South of the Slot Scavenger Hunt mastermind Jose Guevara.

ing photos of the scavenger hunt on the Facebook page, answering trivia questions, and winning the “best team costume.” At the end, the final scoring will be done at the SF Eagle, including the audience judging of the team costumes. Three themed gift baskets will be auctioned off at the SF Eagle by the Sisters valued from $250 to $1,000 each. It might sound a bit confusing as I’ve written it here, but it’s not. It’ll be a blast, and I urge everyone to form teams, join a team, or volunteer in some way. If you know of a business in SoMa that you think might want to help, please let the organizers know. You can contact Jose at: Per the press release: “The mission of The Great South of the Slot Scavenger Hunt is to preserve and promote the history of South of Market, an area once referred to as ‘South of the Slot’ and ‘The Miracle Mile,’ now SoMa. At the core of the neighborhood is the heart of our BDSM/ Kink community, to which this event is dedicated. The hunt is a search for signposts to the past we

treasure and will always remember. “We commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The Tool Box, the first gay motorcycle bar, which opened in 1962, and remember the iconic image of ourselves featured in Life magazine, with the now-famous mural by Chuck Arnett. The enduring spirit of The Tool Box is a testament to the resilience of the community that has survived many tragedies and created new identities.” Erotic power: Be sure to make it to “Erotic Power” this Saturday (June 1) at the Powerhouse, from 8-10 p.m. It’s right after the Welcome Home (from International Mr. Leather) party for Mr. SF Leather 2013 Andy Cross. That takes place from 5-8 p.m. Pride Contingent monitors needed: SF Pride is right around the corner! It’s time to volunteer as a Wheel Monitor. Each vehicle needs two trained Wheel Monitors for each vehicle’s axle. Next contingent meeting is on Saturday, June 15, at the SF Eagle Patio, at 2:30 p.m. Go to: for details. I’d like to extend belated congratulations to Daddy Steve Gaynes and Luna for being named Grand Marshals of the Leather Contingent. You both more than deserve the honor.t

Brown & Henderson, and sweeping on through Weill, Jones & Schmidt, Parker and Stone, and Adam Guettel (although, with the middle name Millie, you might suspect Vincent Youmans). So, buy or rent A Jewish Legacy? In trading off scholarship for celebration, the fairly lightweight show discourages repeat viewings. But a couple of other elements make ownership of the package more enticing. It’s nicely put together. There’s a fairly substantial booklet in which the show’s producers offer a more pre-

cise summation of the Why? than the show itself. And here’s the keeper. On a second disc, there are three hours of stories not heard in the show from 26 people, some of whom didn’t make it past the editor. Like Hal David, and particularly Theodore Bikel (do I need to identify him as the original Captain von Trapp?), who “refutes” The Sound of Music and dishes its cast. And who wouldn’t want extended time with Sondheim, Prince, Kander, Yeston and even Jamie Bernstein, who could tell entertaining stories about her father for weeks.t


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Scouting life by John F. Karr


n Milwaukee, in 1960, I was trying to fit in. So I was a Cub Scout, and then a Boy Scout. Scouting taught me a lot of things, like knot-tying, pitching a pup tent, and a distrust and loathing of straight boys and their fathers. Was I 12 then? We were playing volleyball in the gym of my grade school. My ostensible friends, those brothers in scouting, didn’t bother to disguise that the balls they were throwing toward me were actually balls they were throwing at me. Missiles of ridicule and pain. As I tried to dodge them, I saw their fathers watching on the sidelines. Did they stop my attackers, or disguise their own smirks? Are you kidding? A little sissy torment is great sport. That’s my lifelong memory of the scouts. Fear and loathing on the volleyball court. Scouting and porn were a traditional mix until recently, when real-life controversy intruded. Not in Europe, however, where scouting is still a popular theme. Titles like Scouts on Patrol, Scouting Secrets and Scout’s Honor have been succeeded by Shameless Scouts, Bare Scouts, Raw Scouts. My favorite title is Scouting for Wood. Long time ago, Falcon revealed Secrets of Scouts, and in a segment of The Dark Side, sucking and fucking were how you earned a Merit Badge. My apprehension of hetero dads hasn’t stopped me from lusting after gay ones. And that’s why I like the Pantheon Productions parade of proud gay poppas. Pantheon has some younger dads, but their real specialty is the more mature sort. The ones we sometimes call Silver Foxes. True, some of their guys can’t sustain my porn fantasy – perhaps they’re too old for my taste, not

handsome enough, or too overweight. There are some mighty big bears at Pantheon. But my disappointment may be your delight. The Pantheon mix always has a guy or two I’d pass over, and a handful more who make me pass out. All Play and No Work delivers seven guys in five scenes. There’s no plot. Just men making out. The box cover shows Cameron Kincaid, the movie’s zesty “boy,” next to the impressively butch Blade Hunter, and Luciano, a

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Cameron Kincaid’s the shiny “boy” in Pantheon Production’s All Play and No Work.

bear with a firm Buddha belly and an even firmer, fat cock. The photo should have included ash-blond Jack Hartford – he’s a looker. Some praise for directors Chris Roma and Walter Romero is in order. Their approach only seems laid-back; it never lacks forward momentum. It also catches the performers’ personalities. Their men aren’t interchangeable porn commodities. Is age a factor in the models’ ability to relate to one another? At any rate, Pantheon rarely delivers sex that’s merely mechanical. Cameron Kincaid’s an attractive, younger fellow who’s been in a couple movies elsewhere (he’s eaten a lot of cum at one website, and been barebacked at another), and is seen to much better advantage at Pantheon. His sprightly personality and eagerness to smile are evident – this is a guy who has a good time – but take a back seat to his sex fervor. He plays the “boy” role just fine, but is also pretty studly. In his first of two scenes, he’s topped by single-named Luciano. There’s swell cocksucking. Cameron really works Luciano’s robust cockhead before becoming an eager, active bottom. Cameron’s back later on for a switcheroo in which he most thoroughly tops silver-topped, uncut Dick Ryan. Sexy Cameron quickly made me a fan, and I have no doubt that other companies will be checking him out. I’m a fall guy for butch, so I happily fell pretty heavy for Blade Hunter. He’s one butch bruiser. He seems familiar, but he’s only made one movie before this one (I’m disappointed it was a bareback feature, but I’m not holding it against him). The tattooed and furred dude’s got a stern expression, throws a stern fuck, and his chest has fine silver hair flowing around a great big pair of mouthwatering nipples. He spends his time with Jim Scott, who’s a little gnarly, but whose cock is hefty. He’s also muchly nipped. There’s heavy knob-twisting when these two guys get a grip on ’em. And if you like ’em pretty, you’ll join me in mooning over Jack Hartford, whose slight weathering is part of the attraction. Along with his cockring, his cocksucking, and the call of the wild his caboose coos toward Pantheon vet Jay Taylor, who’s the epitome of businessman daddy.t


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Dispatches from the cyberwars by David Lamble

poster boys for the dark side of the cyber-era information wars. Manning and Assange are portrayed without the benefit of sitdown chats, or in the case of the imprisoned Manning, any direct contact between filmmaker and subject. One benefit of this journalistic remove is that We Steal Secrets is a non-sensational depiction of each man’s claims to be the story’s true hero, while not red-lining the tabloid potential of their private stories. Assange first appears with Galahad-like purity, seemingly a selfless pursuer of justice through truthtelling. A onetime admirer calls him “a John Lennon-like revolutionary.” But as the drama heightens, Galahad unravels, and we see a slippery operator with layers of private agendas. The

turning point comes when two Swedish women accuse him of “sexual assault,” meaning sex without condoms. As Assange’s star fades, Manning becomes an increasingly sympathetic figure: the Oklahoma computer genius joins the army as a Bible Belt refugee from a town he describes as having “more pews than people.” Unlike the loquacious Assange, Manning never speaks onscreen. Instead, Gibney creates an ambush photo-montage – we see Manning on a workplace Coca Cola high, and in one short video at a hacker’s confab. Manning is standing next to a boyfriend. Glimpsing the camera, he strikes a flirty pose, recalling the boyfriend’s nickname for him, Jean Harlow. The gesture is poignant as Manning reveals his torturous inner debate about wanting to dress as a woman. One of the cruelest ironies of this internal gender-identity turmoil is the confession that he would almost welcome getting caught for his document dump to Assange, welcome a life sentence or even execution, except for the lasting legacy of his portrait plastered around the world in boy drag. We Steal Secrets is a dense film experience, with much of the narrative transmitted through shaky cellphonecamera chats. As the film’s titular heroes fade out, British journalist James Ball emerges. With a wry, schoolboy ambience, Ball explains a crucial conundrum of the cyber-age info wars. “Governments are more powerful and more vulnerable at exactly the same time. The fight is over who gets to control the Internet, gets to control information.”t

a wayside chapel containing ancient Christian relics. Their free-ranging conversation confronts what once would be major taboos of what a well-bred woman should allow to pass across her lips. “Okay, I’ll never suck another Turkish cock. Oh, I forgot, you’re a closet Christian. Is it okay to make blow-job jokes in church?” Still later, as the gloves come off for real in the hotel, Celine uses Jesse’s profession, a bestselling novelist whose first book mined choice tidbits from their first night together, to taunt him about his cocksmanship and reputation as a hot lover. “The way you write, people think I’ve hooked up with this Henry Miller type. But you’re so boring in bed, you’re no Henry Miller!” From a filmmaking perspective, Before Midnight is the most challenging segment of the trilogy, shot in extremely long takes in a fashion that violates the MTV quick-cutting style that has so dominated the last couple of decades of youth-oriented cinema. The film opens on a heart-tugging father/son scene. Jesse is sending his 13-year-old son Hank (Seamus

Davey-Fitzpatrick) home to Chicago and the care of his alcoholic ex-wife. At this moment we don’t know if Jesse is still with Celine, only that he’s an emotionally conflicted part-time dad who regrets that Hank’s prime kid years are slipping by, with him stuck 4,000 miles out of the loop. No sooner does Hank get his boarding pass than we follow Jesse curbside to a mini-van containing Celine and their schoolage twin daughters. What follows is a 14-minute, single-camera take of Jesse and Celine’s car chat, catching us up on their last nine years as a couple. We’re amused and horrified as they use Jesse’s trepidation about his son’s future, and a new job that would prevent Celine from following him to Chicago, to plumb the growing fissures in their bond. Linklater concedes that the nineyear gap between the first and second films, and the second and third, was a lovely accident. “If we don’t do another one, this feels fine as a trilogy. But we wouldn’t be surprised if the same amount of time goes by and we think, ‘Maybe Jesse and Celine are trying to express something about this new place in life.’”t


e Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, a new, intricately plotted, queer-friendly thriller, opens Friday at Landmark’s Embarcadero Cinemas. Clocking in at 130 minutes with a hard-R rating (for disturbing violent images, language and sexual images), it will be must-viewing for supporters of openly gay PFC Bradley Manning; an exercise in cultural nostalgia for those growing up self-identified as nerds, “Trekkies” or hackers; a bracing re-education for news junkies who thought they possessed the last word on WikiLeaks; and a complex portrait of charismatic cyberwarrior Julian Assange, once hailed or denounced as the most potent whistleblower since Daniel Ellsberg, and now increasingly viewed as having his own dark secrets. He’s a man best described by an early online handle, from Ovid: “Splendide Mendax,” or “noble liar.” Taking his title We Steal Secrets from a former CIA spy chief, director Alex Gibney confronts fans and foes alike with the modern world’s complexities and contradictions. It’s amusing to watch a filmmaker who can quote Star Trek commander Kirk on coping with no-win situations, as well as F. Scott Fitzgerald. “The test of first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” We Steal Secrets opens decades ago as NASA prepares to launch a controversial space probe with a plutonium-


Before Midnight

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“No, really, right now as I am. Would you start talking to me, would you ask me to get off the train

Bradley Manning made the CBS Evening News.

flavored cargo. NASA engineers are chagrined to discover a cyberworm attacking their launch-pad computers. The worm will be traced as far as Australia before the trail goes cold. Later a scruffy, longhaired, genius Aussie teen is arrested for hacking into computers supporting the Aussie/ American mutual defense treaty. The teen, raised in a series of makeshift homes and schools, is sentenced to probation and community service. As an adult, Julian Assange will regret the confession, declaring he wasn’t sorry at all. Assange goes to school, marries, divorces, raises a son as a single parent. Almost a generation after his adolescent shenanigans, Assange will emerge as the public face of an online organization dedicated to exposing superpower secrets. “I’m a combative

person, I like combating bastards!” While I’m not a big fan of filmmakers who text-message chunks of their story, Gibney brilliantly slips PFC Bradley Manning into the narrative in a series of e-mails to a former teen hacker. “Bradass87” describes his unique access to a treasure trove of American diplomatic documents and war reports. “Hi – I’m an army intelligence analyst. I don’t have anyone to talk to. I can’t believe what I’m telling you – an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available – it affects everybody on earth. Information should be free!” Later the messages from cyberspace will turn melancholy, even desperate: “I’m isolated and lonely as fuck! I’m a broken soul!” Gibney creates compelling portraits of two individuals who are

with you?” “You’re asking a theoretical question. I mean, what would my life situation be? Technically wouldn’t I be cheating on you?” “I wanted you to say something

romantic, and you blew it!” Delpy once confessed that she sees some of her screen characters as dangerous critters, like female versions of Raging Bull’s Jake La Motta. Celine confronts Jesse inside


WikiLeaks head Julian Assange: slippery operator.

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Julie Delpy and Before Midnight director Richard Linklater at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

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