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lite Tallahassee’s Monthly LGBT Newspaper VOL. XV, Issue 6 • June 2011

BIG BEND CARES’

ARTOPIA 2011 ART WITH A HEART

SATURDAY, JUNE 25TH

FSU TURNBULL CONFERENCE CENTER

The Queer as Faust IV Festival Featuring the “Faust with Benefits” Cabaret News Release

Tallahassee’s answer to the Gay Days of Mickey Mouse is a month-long celebration of all things queer and wonderful with the Mickee Faust Club in Railroad Square. The troupe, which produces original material and awardwinning videos and radio shows, highlights the LGBT community in skits, songs, and art during its “Queer As Faust IV” festival this June. The company dares to be truthful with the “Faust with Benefits” cabaret, a definite kiss-and-tell-all-your-friends performance the weekends of June 17, 18 and 24, 25. This is the show that doesn’t ask for much and will leave you happily satisfied at the end with send-ups of gay weddings, sex toys, and the real-life of bad bar scenes. Tickets to the cabaret are $15 general admission; $10 for

Pastor Paul is Leaving Tallahassee News Release

Since 1999, Rev. Paul Anway has sought to meet the spiritual needs of the LGBT community here in Tallahassee. He served as the Pastor of Gentle Shepherd MCC from 1999 until 2008 and during that brought the open and affirming congregations closer together. He also served for several years on the Board of Directors for the Family Tree and for the past two and half years was a chaplain with Big Bend Hospice. Rev. Anway has accepted a position with Florida Suncoast Hospice in Palm Harbor Florida and will move

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students, seniors/retirees and people with disabilities. All shows start at 9 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mickeefaust.com or at the door the night of the shows beginning at 7:30pm. Come listen to local musicians in our backyard, bring a picnic and have a drink with us before show time! The Faust troupe rounds out the month on the radio with “Mickee Faust’s It Gets Better?” on WVFS-FM 89.7. Enjoy queer comedy of the Faust kind on Wednesday, June 29th at 9 pm.

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down there at the end of July. On Sunday, July 24th from 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm the community is invited to an open house “Send Off ” party at the United Church of Christ in Tallahassee. Feel free to drop in as you are able to say your good-byes and blessings, donations of appetizers, beer, wine and soft drinks are appreciated. If you would like to contact him for more information, his email address is panway@comcast.net.

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he was alluding too was living a life that is not passive and filled with fear. All those people took a stand. They “went down swingin.” They lived lives meant for them, not for others. Their lives were filled with passion. Passivity was not an option. When we go out in the world as transgender people we are indeed at risk but allowing people to beat on us whether it is psychologically or physically is not the way to live life. Once again passivity is not an option. Hold your head up; throw your shoulders back, act as if you belong. Try it you might be amazed at the effect it has on people. Personally I don’t intend to live life without “swingin” a little! I wish the same for all of you!

by Steven Hall Branching Out Production Team Chair, The Family Tree Board of Directors Greetings! You’re probably thinking to yourself... “what’s going on?” Fear not, Branching Out will return to normal in July. Due to issues with printing, we are releasing what we like to call Branching Out: The Lite Version. All of your favorite articles will return next month as we gear up for the rest of summer and fall. We hope that you will pardon the change without notice. We hope that everyone is enjoying their summer so far. Since we’ve already hit record highs in May and June, it’s going to be a long HOT summer. For those of you traveling this summer, be sure to see if there’s a pride going on! While many communities have moved their pride festival to other times of the year, June and July is still full of pride throughout the US! You can check out www.interpride.org or just search Google to find one where you’re traveling. At The Family Tree we’re busy working on doing a few projects this summer. We hope to roll out some changes at the Center in August that we hope you’ll like. Once it’s all done we will host an open house so you can see them for yourself. We are also working on developing a full list of events throughout each month this fall, including collaborating more and more with other like-minded, LGBT allied groups. If you have any ideas for events or ways to collaborate with other groups, including recommending groups, please e-mail them to me! We are also in the process of reaching out to the local colleges for student volunteers and interns. We are also in need of non-student volunteers as well! If you want to find out how you can get involved, please feel free to e-mail me. There are all kinds of ways you can be involved without feeling like you’ve signed up for a huge time commitment. Oh and if you’re going to the Celebrate America 4th of July festival in Tom Brown Park, stop by our booth and say hi!

What is it with McDonalds? I haven’t eaten there more than 8 or 9 times in the past year, usually to assuage my French fry addiction. Nevertheless in that time I’ve been propositioned twice by customers and once was treated so rudely by an employee that I will never return to that particular establishment. With that kind of percentage I can expect to be propositioned or treated rudely once out of every three times that I set foot in a McDonalds. I hesitate to blame Mickey D’s. I’m sure they don’t train their employees to be rude and their customers to be jerks. It must be the nature of corporate fast food that brings out the worst in people. Thank goodness I take most of my business to small local businesses anyway (read the end of this article for just another reason why). Hopefully you do so also; for help with that check out the LGBT Community Resource Guide published by The Family Tree and the LGBT Business Partners. That being said Mickey D’s does have an obligation to protect its customers. It failed miserably on April 18 of this year when a transgender woman was shown on a video taken by an employee as she was being beaten by two teenage women. The scene was viewed by employees, customers and the manager who basically did nothing. In the video the woman is seen being kicked, punched and dragged by the hair around the building as only one elderly woman attempted to intervene. At the end of the video the trans woman is seen convulsing on the floor. Horrified? Yes I was, but maybe not for the reason that you might think. I am no longer surprised by man’s inhumanity to man. I am not surprised that a group of people could sit idly by as another person was being beaten for having the audacity to be herself. Hell, every November during the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) we read off the names of those in the transgender community who have been brutally murdered. I know it happens. I am not unaware. What I was unaware of, until I watched the video, was the docility with which some of us accept our fate. It was almost as if the woman accepted being a victim. I am not passing judgment, I do not know the victim or her thought processes in the moment but I hope that those of you who read this don’t think so little of yourself that you would play the victim before you are even victimized. One of the greatest tips I ever received, long before I ever transitioned was “act as if you belong!” You do! We all do! If people won’t buy into that then do as Tom Petty says in a song on his “Echo” cd… “Go (went) down swingin.” In the song Petty mentions Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Sammy Davis. He only names one boxer, Sonny Liston (that I can remember) so he wasn’t singing about brawling. What

As I wrote earlier I take most of my business to small locally run establishments. Not surprisingly, shabby treatment from a customer to our Gender Chat Group was dealt with swiftly and effectively by the staff at Ray’s Steel City Saloon. Because of their actions one hurtful smartass comment “looks like Halloween has come early” did not unleash repressed hatred for a person or group, namely us. In this instance the guy was immediately called on it by Ray’s staff. Kudos to them for being standup guys and gals! No Tom, we didn’t “go down swingin like Sonny Liston!” We didn’t need to. What we did do though, was carve out a little more space for ourselves and others like us to be ourselves… All The Time… not just in the secrecy of our own homes! Margeaux Mutz is the facilitator of Transgender Tallahassee and owns a local salon – Hairvoyance. Reach her at margeaux@familytreecenter.org.

Context makes all the difference. Last month the news came that the Presbytery of Twin Cities Area became the 87th presbytery to approve an amendment that will remove the constitutional requirement that all ministers, elders, and deacons live in “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness” (G-6.0106b in the church’s Book of Order). In practice, the old language singled out gay Presbyterians as unfit for ordination. For me the news felt welcomed but redundant. Our congregation and session have already “been there” (in the struggle to be faithful to the Bible and to the lordship of Christ) and “done that” (declared our openness to ordain those whom the Lord calls and who demonstrate the gifts required for office). The new language reads, “Standards for ordained service reflect the church’s desire to submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life (G-1.0000). The governing body responsible for ordination and/or installation (G.14.0240; G-14.0450) shall examine each candidate’s calling, gifts, preparation, and suitability for the responsibilities of office. The examination shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of the candidate’s ability and commitment to fulfill all requirements as expressed in the constitutional questions for ordination and installation (W-4.4003). Governing bodies shall be guided by


Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to individual candidates.” In other words, the new language permits, but does not require, the ordination of people who are willing and able “to submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life” – single, married, gay or straight. I have colleagues who have been bombarded with phone calls from angry parishioners. I, on the other hand, have only had congratulatory notes and expression of gratitude. The PC(USA) will no doubt lose some members and congregations over this decision. That’s a shame. It’s not as though Presbyterians went to bed on May 9 and woke up the on May 10 a different church. We’re still the same folks – sinners in need of grace and disciples called to serve. We can continue to be in mission together, if only those on the losing side were as gracious and as faithful as those who, after 30 years of struggle, are on the winning side.

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

During the spring and summer months we find ourselves being invited to picnics and barbecues. The weather is heating up and when that happens I tend to lean towards light, refreshing dishes. After all, you want to be out enjoying your day-not stuck in a food coma for the rest of the afternoon! Try this chopped salad recipe. It’s sure to impress and you can make it your own just by getting creative with the ingredients! 1 head of Romaine lettuce 1 package of grape tomatoes 1 cucumber 3 hard boiled eggs 1 small package of REAL bacon pieces 1 package of bleu cheese OR feta crumbles Chop lettuce, cucumber, eggs into small pieces. Cut tomatoes in half. Fill a large bowl with lettuce first, then top with all other ingredients. Optional additions: carrots, zucchini, green onion, Craisins, walnuts, almond slivers, squash, croutons, apple, green pepper….for a Southwest twist, use avocado, corn, black beans and cilantro….the possibilities are endless! If you choose to add croutons, wait until just before serving.

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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


All proceeds benefit Big Bend Cares

Saturday, June 25, 2011—Starting at 6:30 p.m. The Turnbull Conference Center at Florida State University

Live artist demonstrations

Convenient and free parking

Tallahassee Ford Lincoln car showcase

Entertainment

Drinks (cash bar)

Food catered by Classic Fare

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Tickets: $25

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Artwork and crafts donated by local and regional artists— artists—there’s something for everyone! Gift certificates and merchandise donated by local businesses. Staggered silent auctions (easy and fun to bid!) in multiple galleries

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