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TALLAHASSEE PRIDEFEST 2011 ››› ONE MONTH TO GO!

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There’s Still Work To Be Done

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by Andy Janecek • Branching Out Production Team Late last month, the Obama administration announced that the federal government would no longer defend Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), the section that requires the federal government to ignore and discriminate against the marriages of same-sex couples, because they have concluded it is unconstitutional. While this action is historic in the fight for LGBT equality, there is still much work to be done. DOMA is still in effect and will remain so until it is defeated in court or repealed. While the federal government has agreed not to waste any additional time and taxpayer money to defend this act in court, the best way to put it to rest is to repeal it. It’s possible that Congress will seek to intervene to defend DOMA, so it’s important that each of us reach out to our elected leaders in Congress and make sure they know that we support the repeal of DOMA. In 1917, William Tyler Page, a descendant of Carter Braxton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote the American’s Creed as a submission to a nationwide patriotic contest. The goal of the contest was to have a concise but complete statement of American political faith. His submission was chosen out of over 3,000 submissions and the U.S. House of Representatives accepted it in 1918 on behalf of the American people. It reads, in part: “I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.” It’s our responsibility, as people who still, in 2011, face discrimination everyday, to make sure our elected leaders remember that America was founded on the principles of “freedom, equality, justice and humanity.”

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THE LGBT COMMUNITY AT LARGE Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus Elects New President On February 26, 2011 the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus elected their new leadership team. The elections took place at the annual Winter Conference held in Tallahassee, Florida. The conference, titled Progress & Pride in the Capital, was hosted by the Capital City GLBTA Democratic Caucus, a chapter of the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus. Guest speakers included Congressman Allen Boyd, Tallahassee City Commissioner Andrew Gillum, Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier, and State Representative Michelle RehwinkelVasilinda. “I am honored and humbled at the trust you have put in me to have elected me your President” said Sally Phillips after

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being elected President of the Democratic organization, “but I will not be doing this alone.”

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Other positions filled through this election were Vice President Terry Fleming, Treasurer Marilyn Cappiello, Secretary Karlene Kos, Communications Director Bobby Poth , Membership Director Robert Prather, Legislative Director Michael Rajner, and Campaign Director Ron Mills. The new leadership will serve two-year terms and were voted in by the members. For more information about the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus, or to get involved, visit http://www. floridaglbtdemocrats.org/.

Sally Phillips of Tampa speaks to the crowd at the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus Winter Conference.

Ebony Recognizes Same-Sex Couple in Feb. 2011 Edition

by Margeaux Mutz • Branching Out Production Team

Ebony’s “Black Love Edition” (Feb. 2011) features “15 Hottest Couples” which of course are all male-female relationships. The magazine does step out and recognize a same–sex couple in their “Meet Our Couples” section (pg. 74-75). Yanette L. Freeman and Willa Walker are interviewed about their relationship. Yanette (42) says “I’m in a relationship; it’s complicated. Her (Willa) special needs daughter lives with us and we get the stares.” Willa interjects; “When meeting my lover (1998) ---- that’s what I call her, because that’s what I do (LOVE HER), I was in a bad relationship with my husband. My lover and I grew closer over the years, and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. You’re a woman who loves women, and I’m the woman who loves you, and we can take on the world. We’re in love. Is that so complicated?”

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR OF EVENTS compiled by Andy Janecek • Branching Out Production Team

March 10, 2011

PFLAG Tallahassee March Meeting 6:00 – 8:00pm March Madness means one thing in the NCAA Basketball world, but in Tallahassee, it means the start of the Legislative Session. Come hear Mallory Wells, Public Policy Director for Equality Florida as she details the plans for Lobby Days and other legislative activities. St. John’s Episcopal Church 211 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee

March 12, 2011

Local Business Saturday at Railroad Square Art Park 12:00 – 6:00pm The second Saturday of each month will be a ‘Local Business Saturday’, where residents are encouraged to purchase at least one product or service from a local business. To provide an added incentive for customers, businesses are encouraged to offer special sales or promotions on ‘Local Business Saturday’. Over 50+ galleries, shops, cafe, etc. to peruse during Local Business Saturday. Railroad Square Art Park McDonnell Drive, Tallahassee FMI: www.communityatrailroadsquare.org

March 12 – 13, 2011

The White Night (White Party) at Out & Out Saturday 10:00pm – 3:00am Join Carben Entertainment along with WooHim.com and CockTheVote.com as we present our first “Rolling Party” - the White Night / White Party at Paradigm in Tallahassee along with parties in NY, NJ and LA!! The festivities kick off at Tribecca in Fort Lee, NJ on March 3 then starts rolling south ending at Paradigm in Tallahassee just in time to ring in daylight savings time on March 12! Paradigm 115 West College Avenue, Tallahassee

March 18 – 19, 2011

The Florida Wine Festival 2011 March 18: 7:00 – 10:00pm; March 19: 12:00 – 4:00pm On Friday, March 18, 2011 to Saturday, March 19, 2011, The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science will be hosting The Florida Wine Festival for its ninth year. The Wine Festival Reception will be held on

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Friday, March 18 and the Community Festival will be held on Saturday, March 19. Attendees will be able to explore 2 days of fine wines, food, and live musical performances offered by the Tallahassee community. The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science 350 South Duval Street, Tallahassee FMI: www.thebrogan.org

March 18, 2011

This Filthy World: An Evening with John Waters in the Union Ballrooms 8:30 – 11:00pm Union Productions and the PRIDE Student Union, along with the FSU film school and the SLC, are proud to present an evening with the illustrious John Waters on Friday, March 18. Select audience members will have the opportunity to win admission to a reception/book signing with Waters after the event. A renowned writer, director, photographer (among countless other titles), Waters will perform his spoken-word lecture, “This Filthy World.” Reviled and lauded in equal measure, Waters has been stirring up dissension since his teenage years. Known for both cult-classics (his breakthrough, “Pink Flamingos”) and popular mainstream works (“Hairspray”), John Waters is an icon of American popular culture. 18+ event.

March 19 – 20, 2011

WVFS and Aloe Present the V89 Vquinox 9:00pm – 2:00am WVFS and Aloe present the V89 Vquinox featuring Sunshine Jones with Tre Damit, Earl Lemacs, Grande Queso Blanco, Brad Ashwell & guests...with body painting by Graceyy Mayer. The Engine Room 809 Railroad Avenue, Tallahassee

March 21, 2011

Happy Birthday, Murphy Reinert!

March 21, 2011

Community Share Event at On the Border 11:30am – 10:00pm Print the flyer from our website and bring it to On The Border. Have your server attach the flyer to your bill and On The Border will give a

portion of your bill as a donation to The Family Tree! FMI: www.familytreecenter.org

March 21 – 22, 2011

Mamma Mia! Tallahassee Broadway Series 7:30pm Over 40 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! Tickets are now on sale. Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center 505 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee FMI: www.tlccc.org

March 28 – 29, 2011

Equality Florida Lobby Days 2011 9:30am – 6:00pm The 2011 legislative session is right around the corner and Equality Florida has been working hard to introduce legislation that will ensure equality for Florida’s LGBT community. To support the passage of these vital bills, Equality Florida will be hosting our annual Lobby Days in Tallahassee so that LGBT and allied Floridians can meet with their legislators and ask them to support pro-equality legislation. FMI: www.eqfl.org/lobbyweek/

March 28 – April 1, 2011

TCC HIV Awareness Week 9:30pm – 10:00pm TCC Pride is heading a push from Tallahassee Community College to promote HIV/AIDS awareness on campus. Throughout the week Big Bend Cares and the Leon County Health Dept will be providing FREE HIV testing to the community. The week will include a history of HIV day, a HIV positive panel, a HIV/AIDS memorial, a showing of the film “Philadelphia” with Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.

March 29, 2011

Queer Music Showcase 8:30pm Featuring Shunda K of Yo! Majesty Club Downunder FSU Campus, Tallahassee

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JOHN WATER’S FILTHY WORLD COMES TO TALLAHASSSEE

“Eggman! Eggman!” shouts Edith Massey barely dressed, sitting in a crib in a decaying motor home with her face smeared with random egg products dripping into her oversized cleavage. Thus we enter the twisted and crazy world of John Waters. Known for his whacked out sense of filmic style and his “alternative” views on current events and politics, John Waters has had a pretty successful career for a man of trashy taste. Famed for his early “trash trilogy” consisting of the notorious Pink Flamingos, the tragic Female Trouble, and the dirty Desperate Living which all gained notoriety and brought the John Waters brand name into the homes of many Americans. However it was his later films that would make him a player in Hollywood. Films like Cry-Baby with Johnny Depp, Pecker with Edward Furlong, and of course Hairspray which inspired the smash-hit Broadway musical which then in turn spurred a Hollywood musical movie as well.

does celebrate legendaries like Tennessee Williams, he also bows at the feet of Johnny Mathis, the romantic jazz singer, and is best friends with Leslie Van Houten, one of those notorious “Manson girls”.

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signature pencil mustache and wear ridiculous suits and socks. But personally, John Waters awoke my appreciation for film. Years ago, John curated a mini-film festival for here! which is a GLBTQ On-Demand TV service. I fondly remember starting to watch here! because of other trashy programs like Dante’s Cove when I was still a closeted teen. But then John Waters came along and opened my eyes to what possibilities there are in the world of film to capture your emotions. With films ranging from classic queer movies like Pink Narcissus and Criminal Lovers to incredibly emotional films like IRREVERSIBLE and Baxter, I was enraptured and started a new appreciation for cinema. As John says in the trailer to this program, “Your eyeballs will be scorched, and your mind will be fried. But your respect for dangerous film programming will be aroused and your hatred for Hollywood formulistic crap will harden”. All of this happened to me and more. When the Pride Student Union was trying to determine who best to bring to Florida State University after last year’s success with Dan Savage, we decided that we wanted to bring in the same type of person. Someone who inspires, creates, and makes the world a better place. John Waters is all three of those and more. As a filmmaker, artist, author, and comedian/lecturer, we know that John will takeover FSU’s campus with force and make it the trashiest night that Tallahassee has seen!

John Waters will be bringing his famed one man act, “This Filthy World: An Evening With John Waters” to the Florida State University Union Ballrooms on March 18th. For 40 years John has been touring the world, bringing together both the fringes of society along with the upper crust of high society together for an in depth look at neuroticism and trash in a satiric, but also very refreshing and smart way. Besides going over his extensive filmography with behind-the-scenes insider info, he also touches on current events and culture in society in classic John Waters style. Besides being a filmmaker, John Waters is also a very well known author and artist. His new book, Role Models, consists of interviews and profiles of the people that John himself looks up to in life. Of course his role models aren’t the kind of people your everyday Joe admires. While he

by Frank Jaffe • Special to Branching Out

John Waters has touched and inspired so many people in the world today in ways besides his films and writings. Most recently would have to be The Lonely Island/Nicki Minaj’s “The Creep” which played on Saturday Night Live where all the main characters or “creepers” tout John’s

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PRIDE is in the Air

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by Steven Hall • Chair, Board of Directors

We at the Tree are getting excited, and quite busy, looking forward to next month’s Tallahassee PRIDEFEST 2011. This year’s theme is “Educate. Liberate. Celebrate.” And that’s just what we plan to do! The April issue of Branching Out will feature everything that’s going on during the festival, but there’s a sneak peak in this issue. That said if you want to be involved somehow, whether as a volunteer, a sponsor, or a food or other vendor, it’s not too late! E-mail admin@ tallahasseepride.com or leave a message at the Tree, 850222-8555. There are a myriad of ways you can support and get involved. As I write this I am about to head to Pittsburgh for the first ever joint regional conference of InterPride, the international association of pride organizations, combining the annual northeastern and southeastern conferences into a single event. I’m very excited to meet with other organizers outside of our area to share ideas, learn from their experiences and find ways to collaborate. I hope Pittsburgh (interestingly enough, it was recently voted the 5th gayest city in the nation) is ready for that much gay! I’ll be sure to share more about the conference in future issues. For most of our readers, the next two months will be a busy and challenging 60 days. Florida’s legislative session opens up on March 8 and goes through May 6. During this time there will be many bills and other matters before the legislature that have an impact on our day-to-day lives, and I’m not just talking about LGBT issues. While we cannot encourage you to contact specific legislators on specific issues, we can, and do encourage you to keep up with the issues under discussion and to be as active as you are comfortable with. I noted a few organizations in last month’s column, but given the gravity of the issues under consideration, that information bears repeating. To stay up-to-the-minute with what’s going on during session with regard to LGBT issues and rights, we encourage you to check out information provided by a number of regional and national organizations (remember there’s a lot going on that the national level too!). Such organizations include the Capital City GLBTA Democratic Caucus, the Log Cabin Republicans (no local chapter that we are aware of), Equality Florida, and the Human Rights Campaign, to name a few. We encourage you to research these organizations and get involved as you deem appropriate. In the coming weeks there will undoubtedly be numerous events and rallies related to these issues, such as Equality Florida’s annual Lobby Days (March 28-29). These events can provide you with a chance to learn about these issues and policies in person, with a chance to ask questions. Regardless of the issue, LGBT-related or not, as fellow citizens, we encourage you to stay informed and to actively participate in the process. The future may be uncertain, but as active citizens you can help determine its shape. Indeed participation in government is paramount to our political process, our participatory democracy, and a right that was fought for by our forefathers. Be a voice. Educate yourself and others. Participate in the process. The themes in that last paragraph make this year’s PRIDEFEST theme all the more appropriate. Let’s Educate ourselves and others, as we work to Liberate the LGBT community and society at large of its many ills and injustices, so that we can Celebrate those gains together, as a community, united with the goal of equality for all.

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Board Members Chair - Steven Hall, steven@familytreecenter.org Vice-Chair - Andy Janecek, andy@familytreecenter.org Treasurer - Debbi Baldwin, debbi@familytreecenter.org Secretary - Margeaux Mutz, margeaux@familytreecenter.org Member-at-large - Greta Langley, greta@familytreecenter.org Member-at-large - Christy Baldwin, christy@familytreecenter.org Member-at-large- Dave Glaze, dave@familytreecenter.org Member-at-large - Joseph Ballard, joseph@familytreecenter.org Member-at-large - Vacant Position

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TRANS GENDER SCOPE

A Little Bit About a Lot of Things: by Margeaux Mutz • Branching Out Production Team

Did any of you notice that the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has changed their rules? It used to be that in order to play on the LPGA tour (besides having awesome talent); a person had to be born with a particular body part (vagina). Some would use the term biological but I am of the belief that who I am (transwoman) is a biological condition. Others such as Harry Benjamin author of the book “The Transsexual Phenomenon” and creator of the “Benjamin Standards of Care for Gender Identity Disorders” concur. Anyway, Lana Lawless a transwoman challenged the LPGA rules and in a vote of the tour membership the rule was changed dropping the words “female at birth.” Check it out at: (http://www. csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Sports/2010/1202/LanaLawless-gets-chance-to-compete-on-LPGA-Tour-withgender-requirement-change). Also on a positive note, Orange County, which includes Orlando, has passed a Human Rights Ordinance (HRO) based on the Leon County ordinance. Once again thanks to all who made it possible. Yes, it does include transgender protections. I received an email recently from a transwoman friend of mine who lived in Tallahassee for a short time. She has resurfaced on the West Coast. Her experience in Tally was not pleasant. The final straw occurred with an ugly altercation with police. She will admit to not being entirely blameless. Her mug shot showed the aftermath. I will say no more. I will let her do the talking: “I have been back and forth across the country a couple of times since I last saw you, 10-11 months ago? I have reestablished old friendships and old working relationships and I have made a lot of new friends in the theatre especially among the queer community. It is very interesting how far we have come re: Trans folk, in a very short time. I have to tell you that the young people (straight, queer, whatever) in the arts are a bastion of hope.”

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himself to begin his new life (part of that being a more male haircut) when he returns to Portland. On his return he will return to work as a male for the first time. The groundwork has been laid with his company personnel office (Kaiser Permanente), just another example of a company that has adopted non-discrimination policies. Will it be easy? Hell no, but he still has a job. The workforce will adjust, quite possibly not all of them but with nondiscrimination policies in place they will have to work it out or move on. It truly is their problem. Those two examples are just the tip of the iceberg but society’s non-acceptance is slowly melting away. According to the Human Rights Campaign as of Sept. 2009, 207 (41%) of the Fortune 500 companies had non-discrimination policies which include gender identity. I’m fairly certain that more have been added since then, or if they have not, the language is in the pipeline. Now with the help of local ordinances such as our own, we can help small businesses see the light also. Can you hear me Commissioners Desloge and Sauls (Leon County Commissioners who voted against the Leon County HRO)! It will take all of us! Margeaux Mutz is the facilitator of Transgender Tallahassee and owns a local salon – Hairvoyance. Reach her at margeaux@familytreecenter.org.

Instead of being asked a question I decided to ask a question of those in our Transgender Tallahassee Gender Chat group which meets the 2nd Tues of every month at The Family Tree. What thoughts or moments have been special or significant in admitting your transness to yourself or others? I have grouped the responses into those who consider themselves women and those who consider themselves men.

Transmen: Wearing no shirt in public Noticing muscle development Voice change from T (testosterone) Getting facial hair Finding new hairs on body Realizing I can’t sing Led Zeppelin anymore Being called sir Starting injections

Transwomen: Getting nails done Being called bitch Waking after surgery First dose of estrogen pills Getting ears pierced Being called ma’am Putting on makeup Wearing pantyhose Shaving legs Bi-experiences Playing Barbies Feeling like a lady Letter of recommendation from therapist for hormones Hearing sound of high heels on floor and knowing the sound was made by me No beard in cold weather Going to SCC in Atlanta We also had one partner of a transman to whom she is now married who said that he told her he was transsexual when he was drunk and that she thought it was kind of cool! We also had the response of one person who does not like to be labeled who said that going from straight to gay to straight was interesting but that being called a straight “girl”was not appreciated! Thank you for sharing!

Her writing sounds happy and full of hope, a far cry from the person I knew. A person whose personal experiences as a transwoman, in the theatre and elsewhere, were sketchy at best. I too feel her hope and believe in the capacity for acceptance in our youth. Her words have made me think about all of those like me (trans), who are coming out at very young ages. It has been one of my goals to make their transition easier and more welcomed by society than mine, and others like my friend. Sometimes it worries me that society is still not ready; that this younger generation will pay the price for not having suitable infrastructure in place. Specifically, I speak of the workplace. It is so critical, as we all know, to have meaningful work available to those who desire it. Having extra impediments (besides the general employment outlook) in your path because of misunderstanding and non-acceptance makes it extraordinarily hard to prove oneself to be responsible and capable of constructive living. Without independent means of caring for ourselves we are incapable of ending the much held belief that we are nothing but shiftless druggies and streetwalkers. My friend’s hopeful letter aside, I see other reasons for optimism. Recently, one of our own Transgender Tallahassee members was hired by Earth Fare Corporation here in Tallahassee. She was hired as an open transwoman. I was used as a reference and received a call from a representative in their North Carolina corporate offices. Their obvious attempt to be inclusive is part of their nondiscrimination policy. It also was very gratifying and reason for a brighter future. Also recently I received notice of a phone call that was forwarded to me through Patrick, Andy and David at the Family Tree, just another example of what the Family Tree does. It truly is one at a time! But back to the phone call, a call from a transman in Portland, Oregon who was inquiring about Trans friendly hairdressers in Tallahassee. His daughter lives here. His coming to Tally is to familiarize her with the beginnings of his transition and prepare

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handsome new editions. Of the three, the best is the first (and gay inclusive), Death in the Fifth Position.

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Vidal was well acquainted with the NYC dance world and dated, among others, Harold Lang (the lead in Fancy Free) and John Kriza (the lead in Billy the Kid). Death in the Fifth Position is short (in length, not story), acerbic and witty; full of colorful characters and theatre “types” such as the ingénue, the prima donna, the impresario, the hard nosed cop, and a cavalcade of queens – most notably the lecherous male soloist Louis Giraud. The mystery is well plotted, moves at an impressive pace and is, most importantly, absorbing and fun from start to finish.

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Peter Cutler Sargeant III is a NYC press agent hired by the Grand Saint Petersburg Ballet in hopes that he can put a positive spin on the company’s celebrated choreographer Jed Wilbur, one time member of the Communist Party. Set during the time of HUAC and the blacklists, Communist ties quickly become secondary to murder, and our PR man finds himself an amateur detective intimately mixed up with various members of the troupe.

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard will release Death in the Fifth Position, Death before Bedtime and Death Likes it Hot March 22; now, if they would just re-issue Thieves Fall Out, another gay-inclusive mystery Vidal penned (this time as Cameron Cay), what a treat that would be.

Local Theatre: 3/3: Spring Awakening the gay inclusive Tony Award winning musical plays the Leon County Civic Center for one night only. For tickets call: 222-0400. The show also plays Gainesville’s Phillip Center March 22nd (tickets: 352-392-2787) and Jacksonville’s Time Union Center March 24th (tickets: 904/633-6110). 3/21 & 22: Mama Mia! the gay inclusive mega hit musical plays the Leon County Civic Center. Broadway: 3/20: Already a huge hit in Australia, England and Canada, Bette Midler (yes, The Divine Miss M) presents Priscilla: Queen of the Desert the musical. Passages: Noted gay author Reynolds Price died January 20th. Price is best known for his novels A Long and Happy Life (1962), Kate Vaiden (1986; winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award) and, most recently, the memoir Ardent Spirits: Leaving Home, Coming Back (2009). Price was prolific in fiction, essays, poetry and playwriting and was a frequent contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered. Coming soon: DVD: 3/1: Ethel Merman in Cole Porter’s Anything Goes; Cher in Burlesque; 3/8: Vampire Boys; Bazaar Bizarre: The Strange Case of Serial Killer Bob Berdella; 3/29: Mike Leigh’s Academy Award nominated not-gay-per-se Topsy-Turvy about Gilbert & Sullivan and the first staging of The Mikado; 4/5: I Love You Phillip Morris. Books: 3/1: United: A Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering by Meredith Baxter; The L Life: Extraordinary Lesbians Making a Difference by Erin McHugh and Jennifer May; A Saving Remnant: The Radical Lives of Barbara Deming and David Reynolds by Martin Duberman; 3/8: Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead by Paula Byrne (now in paperback); We Think the World of You paperback reissue of the gay classic by J. R. Ackerley; 3/22: It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living by Dan Savage and Terry Miller; 3/29: The School of Night by Louis Bayard. CD: 3/8: Collapse into Now R.E.M; 3/15: Priscilla: Queen of the Desert – Original Broadway Cast recording; 4/5: The Lowdown George Michael. Book Review: Death in the Fifth Position by Gore Vidal (writing as Edgar Box). Earlier this year I wrote a review of Nancy Mitford’s classic Love in a Cold Climate and praised Vintage for re-issuing it and other Mitford novels. Well, they’re at it again, this time re-issuing Gore Vidal’s three Edgar Box mysteries in

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Branching Out is very proud to announce a new regular feature, GayZings! Though patterned after the Tallahassee Democrats’ Zings column, GayZings! is different in that its content is specific to LGBT issues. Our hope is that the feature will be interactive through input from you, the reader. This month it is created entirely by our Branching Out Production Team member Margeaux Mutz and her partner Sarah Tso and is their response to some misguided and sometimes hateful rhetoric. “I am not endorsing Gay Marriage, I’m not endorsing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. I will be the harshest critic of the activist gay left who I fear more than Al-Qaida.” • Andrew Breitbart, appointed to the Board of GOProud, a group for gay conservatives and their allies (Jan 21, 2011) GZ: With a guy like that on their board do you think they are promoting gay rights? Probably got a better chance of that happening with Osama Bin Laden on the Board! “They (Democrats and the media) actually wanted us to believe that Reagan had the disease (AIDS), was sneaking into gay people’s houses at night and impregnating them with the disease and running out.” • Rush Limbaugh (Jan 18, 2011) GZ: I suppose the Democrats and the media “impregnated” Ronnie with Alzheimer’s too. Speaking of which, have you had a neurological examination lately, Rush? Your memory of what is really happening around you is definitely skewed! “But certainly many parents bring their children to me because they would prefer that they not grow up to be gay.” • Kenneth Zucker, leading proponent of reversion therapy on children with Gender Identity Disorder (GID) GZ: Somebody forgot to tell Kenneth that GID is Gender Identity Disorder, that’s as in Gender Identity not Sexual Orientation. Transgender Tallahassee has a nice little brochure that will explain the difference to him. Anybody got his address? I’m not sure that I want to waste the postage on him though! “Hey all of you can direct all of your hate towards me, please. We are protesting the vagina monologues because it promotes pedophilia and rape and is based on shock humor. No public academic institutions such as ours should be promoting such an anti-intellectual piece of offensive garbage.” --- more from this intellectual— “Tranny is just a shortened form of transsexual. I don’t care about political correctness. A lot of violence against trannys are (not a misprint) because they trick men into having sex with them without telling them the truh (once again not a misprint). Though I agree if you want to mutilate your genitalia and live a lie, that’s your right to do so, as long as you don’t deceive people. • John Plakon of FSU College Republicans (Feb.16, 2011) GZ: Well, I will say John that no one will be deceived by your intelligence! Please people, if you ever question why you side with the Democrats; make sure you re-read these quotes!

Have something you’d like to see in next month’s GayZings!? Email us at branchingout@ familytreecenter.org.

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community resources

RECURRING

EVENTS Prime Timers Happy Hour 6pm+, Wednesdays Ming Tree Restaurant, 1435 East Lafayette Street

Dinner Potluck and Service Last Sunday of every month, a potluck at 5:30p.m. and then religious service. Gentle Shepherd MCC. 4738 Thomasville Road. (850) 878- 3001. Noon Potluck and Service First Sunday of every month, a religious service at 10:45a.m. and potluck at 12p.m. Gentle Shepherd MCC. 4738 Thomasville Road. (850) 878- 3001. LGBT Business Partners First Thursdays, 12noon luncheon Third Thirsdays, 5:30p.m. - 8:30p.m. social. Locations and times vary. Contact Greta@FamilyTreeCenter.org for information about upcoming meetings. Sunday Morning Service Every Sun. at 11a.m. at Gentle Shepherd MCC 4738 Thomasville Road. (850) 878-3001. Sunday Worship Service at UCT Contemporary Music ­— 9am Traditional Music — 11am Every Sunday at United Church in Tallahassee 1834 Mahan Drive, (850) 878-7385 Other Events at UCT:

“Faith Space” Sunday School at UCT 11:00am, Sundays Meditation at UCT 12:10pm, Wednesdays Contemporary Sunday Service at Lake Jackson UMC 6:00pm, Sundays Dinner served, live band, casual dress. 4223 North Monroe Street, (850) 562-1759 Lesbian Spiritual Group Every other Monday, 7-9pm. Marcy or Rebecca, (850) 878-8997 Family Tree Board Meeting Second Monday of every month at 6:30 5126-C Woodlane Circle

Community Resource Directory Community Organizations • • • • • • • • • • •

Pride Student Union PSU—FSU’s Lesbian/Gay/ Bisexual/Transgender Student Union 850-644-8804, www.fsu.edu/~sga/pride Youth Group A group for youth/teens 850-222-8555 youthgroup@familytreecenter.org Prime Timers A club for mature men over 21 850-877-4479, www.groups.yahoo.com/group/talprime Tallahassee Area Lesbian Moms rainbowshappen@lycos.com Big Bend Cares Support Group, www.bigbendcares.org For HIV-positive members Mondays, 7-8 Healthline 211 (Telephone Counseling and Referral Service) Crisis intervention and referrals 24 hours a day, 850-224-NEED (850-224-6333) Refuge House Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center, www.refugehouse. com, e-mail refuge.house@tallahassee.net, 24 Hr Hotline: 850-681-2111, LGBT Program: 850-395-7631 Safe Zone Tallahassee, A program designed to identify people who consider themselves to be open to and knowledgeable about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered issues, 850-644-2003 Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), 850-597-2374 North Florida Lesbians Listserve: nfll@yahoogroups.com GLAAM: Gays, Lesbians and Allies Advancing Medicine - Florida State College of Medicine GLAAM is a student group at FSU College of Medicine that promotes equality in healthcare. ­— jmo09@med.fsu.edu

Religious Support All Saints Catholic Community............................................................................656-3777 Gentle Shepherd Metropolitan Community Church...................................878-3001 Nichiren Buddhism (contact Carol)....................................................................878-8467 Quaker Meeting.......................................................................................................878-3620 St. Catherine of Siena (Catholic)..........................................................................421-0447 Unitarian Universalist Church.............................................................................385-5115 St. Stephen Lutheran Church..............................................................................385-2728 United Church in Tallahassee...............................................................................878-7385 Temple Israel.............................................................................................................877-3517 First Presbyterian Church of Tallahassee..........................................................222-4505 Lake Jackson United Methodist Church 4223 North Monroe Street...................................................................................562-1759

Submit your organization for the resource directory! Email staff@familytreecenter.org or call (850) 222-8555

Gender Chat Second Tuesdays. 7p.m. The Family Tree - 5126-C Woodlane Circle Margeaux.mutz@comcast.net Women’s Chat Wednesdays, 7-8:30p.m. Location TBA Patrice Brown, partrician1@aol.com PFLAG - Tallahassee 2nd Thursday of each month - 6pm St. John’s Episcopal Church 211 North Monroe Street Contact: Susan Gage, 850-597-2374

Tallahassee Prime Timers A social group for mature men, featuring gatherings, house parties, monthly dinners and weekly happy hours PrimeTimersWW.org/talprime

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