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Brooklyn Pride Mission Statement

Brooklyn Pride PO Box 150508 Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-928-3320

B OA R D O F D I R E C TO R S Officers: Chair Zully Rolan

Secretary Diane Taylor

The mission of Brooklyn Pride, Inc. is to produce Pride and community events that commemorate, educate, promote and celebrate the spirit of the Stonewall Riots. This is a year round endeavor, culminating with an Annual 5K Fun Run, Multicultural Festival; Parade and After-Pride Parties. A significant percentage of the net proceeds from these events are invested to support other organizations and events that celebrate the strength, diversity and reaffirm the value of all LGBT Brooklynites; groups and all others who support the struggle for equal rights. Brooklyn Pride is the premier LGBT community based-service organization in Brooklyn, serving the 45 neighborhood communities, from Bay Ridge to Wingate.

H O N O R A RY A DV I S O RY CO M M I T T E E Jerry Allred Borough President’s Office Todd Berman President, Clearview Festival Productions Alan Fleishman Director of Community Relations NYC Comptroller William Thompson, Jr.’s Office Lydia L. Denworth President, Park Slope Civic Council Craig Hammerman District Manager Community Board 6 Irene Lo Re Aunt Suzie Fonda Sara President, Park Slope Chamber of Commerce

Treasurer Doreen DeJesus

Coordinators: Entertainment Fran Rolan

Communications/Media Doreen DeJesus

Festival & Parade Zully Rolan Milly Ramos

Fundraising & Development Diane Taylor

Volunteer & Outreach Fran Rolan


Volunteer Opportunities

Clearview Festival Productions

Is this the Job for You? The Brooklyn Pride Guide is published by Brooklyn Pride, Inc. Reproduction or use of editorial or advertising contents in any manner without the permission of Brooklyn Pride, Inc. is strictly prohibited. Publication in the Newsletter or Guide of the name or photograph of any person or organization is not to be construed as any indication of sexual orientation or opinions of said person or organization. Brooklyn Pride, Inc. shall not be held responsible for any typographical or reproduction errors provided by the advertisers. Cover Design Rori Baldari

Production Linda Wheeler

© 2007 Brooklyn Pride, Inc., Brooklyn, New York Printed by Expedi Printing, Inc., Brooklyn, NY


Volunteer opportunities with Brooklyn Pride can be just for fun, or they can look good on your resume.



Plan & staff events Merchandising Corporate Sponsorship Grant writing Obtain raffle prizes

Work on our newsletter & Pride Guide Write press releases Produce graphic art for flyers, posters Develop media contacts Maintain our web page Ad sales



Phone tree (expenses reimbursed) Staff BP table at events Recruit & place volunteers Lick-n-Stick bulk mailings (refreshments!) Distribute newsletters Update Mailing List

This is the biggest event of our year. There is plenty of work to do in the coming months to ensure a happy event. And there are unlimited ways to contribute on the date of the festival and night parade. We need you!

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A Salute to Past Grand Marshals We salute you, our past Grand Marshalls, for your contributions, service and dedication to end discrimination and to preserve the civil rights of every citizen in our society.

1997 Jill Harris Dr. Marjorie Hill Chris Rodriguez

1998 Rev. Zachary G. Jones Debra Silber Carmen Vazquez

1999 Alan Fleishman Regina Shavers Joo-Hyun Kang

2000 Rosalyne Blumenstein Daisy De Jesus Colin M. Robinson Paul Schindler

2001 Ralph “Chaz” Crowder Dorothy Deringer Terry Maroney Leona Williams

2 0 0 7 G U I D E CO N T E N T S 2007 Grand Marshals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Board of Directors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 Greetings from the Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Where We Stand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 The Girl Defines Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 A Glimpse of LGBT Issues 10 Years Ago – 1997 . . . . . . . . . . . .17 The Rainbow Flag and its History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Official After Party Hosts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 It’s All About Brooklyn, the year with Brooklyn Pride . . . . . .25 Pride Week in Brooklyn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Parade Route, Festival Map & Schedule of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Brooklyn Pride Thanks You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Sponsors, Street Banners, Rainbow Arch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Images of Pride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30-31 The Festival Stage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-36 Music delights. Music soothes. Music entertains. Music educates. Music unites. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Because Getting Home Safely Shouldn’t Be a Luxury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Pet Pride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Community Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50-55 Advertisers Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

2002 Hon. Marty Markowitz Stonewall Veterans Association GOAL – Gay Officers Action League FireFLAG – Fire Friends of Lesbians and Gays

2003 Dr. Dan Sendzik Griot Circle Irene Lo Re

2004 Marriage Equality NY Lesbian Herstory Archives

2005 Katherine Acey Park Slope Geriatric Day Center Clarence Patton

2006 Craig Hammerman Ivy Botini Caribbean People International Collective (CPIC) Lambda Independent Democrats (LID)

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Grand Marshals 2007 Dee Paris Perez

Christine Quinn

In January 2006, City Council Members overwhelmingly chose Christine C. Quinn to be Speaker. Speaker Quinn has set a proactive agenda for the Council to be an incubator for new ideas, and to be an initiator of legislative and policy initiatives that improve people’s lives. She has also pledged to be a five-borough Speaker. In her first six months as Speaker, she has secured numerous budgetary gains and pushed through laws and policies on such critical issues as public safety, early childhood education, hunger and nutrition, garbage disposal, and economic development. She has also made significant strides to improve the City’s budget process, and to end the annual


“budget dance” by pursuing a much more constructive negotiation process between the City Council and the Mayor’s Office. Since 1999, Speaker Quinn has served as the representative for the 3rd Council District of Manhattan. Before becoming Speaker, she served as the Health Committee chairperson. Speaker Quinn has been rated one of the fifty most powerful women in New York City by the New York Post and one of the most influential New Yorkers by New York Magazine. She and her partner, Kim Catullo, live in Chelsea with their dogs Andy and Sadie.

The founder and director of GLOBE, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) initiative of Make the Road by Walking, Dee Perez has lived and worked in Bushwick, Brooklyn her entire life. As a transgender woman, she knows first hand the discrimination that LGBTQQ people face in Bushwick and has made it her life’s work to fight for acceptance and equal treatment for all. Miss Perez founded GLOBE in 1999 and worked as a volunteer director until 2005 when GLOBE received a grant that enabled her to become a full time organizer. It was, and remains, the only LGBTQQ advocacy and support group in Bushwick. GLOBE has done much to better the lives of its members in the almost ten years it has been in existence. Among GLOBE’s many projects are a trans-worker’s rights campaign focusing on exposing discriminatory hiring practices of businesses based on an applicant’s perceived or actual gender identity. GLOBE has recently begun to address the threat of HIV/AIDS in their neighborhood by training GLOBE mem-

bers to become peer educators. Members go out into Brooklyn and the other boroughs handing out condoms and other safer sex materials outside bars, nightclubs, barbershops and other places where people congregate. GLOBE members also encourage those they meet to get tested and provide information on how to do so. GLOBE's newest program will begin to educate the larger community through HIV/AIDS training including how to negotiate safer sex practices with partners, domestic violence issues, and LGBTQQ specific issues. GLOBE also works with three area high schools to address homophobia and transphobia. Members facilitate workshops in the schools and help organize Pride Week events and Anti-Homophobia Days throughout the school year. GLOBE also offers access to Make the Road by Walking’s legal department, name change clinics, and assistance with changing gender on government forms. GLOBE holds weekly meetings at Make the Road by Walking every Friday starting at 6:30 p.m.

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Brooklyn Pride Parade Rori Baldari

NYC Gay Men's Chorus The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus is currently celebrating its 27th season. and will conclude the season with a performance, Take the A Train: The Music of Billy Strayhorn, on June 18 at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square. The Chorus has been acclaimed by America’s leading music critics as a men’s chorus of outstanding musical accomplishment, and has established itself as a cornerstone in the musical life of New York City, bearing a message of equality and freedom by openly gay performers. It has engaged leading composers to illuminate its mission, including John Corigliano, David Conte, William Bolcom, Libby Larsen and Ned Rorem, leading to over 60 premieres, adding significantly to the repertory of choral music. In addition to its subscription series, the chorus performs with such major symphony orchestras as the Boston Pops, New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, and Brooklyn Philharmonic. They perform also with local groups such as

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The Collegiate Chorale and Opera Orchestra of New York. Frequent appearances on television and at local community events raise the level of acceptance for openly gay performers. The NYCGMC has brought its musicianship and professionalism worldwide with inspiring concerts on three European tours and in many American cities. Affirming its world-class status is a roster of classical and contemporary artists who have graced the stage with the Chorus: Marilyn Horne, Roberta Peters, Liza Minnelli, Stephen Sondheim, Barbara Cook, Carol Channing, Jerry Herman, Eartha Kitt, Joel Grey—to name just a few. In addition to the full chorus, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus includes the chamber group The Ambassador Chorus which serves as a community outreach ensemble. The Chorus has been led this season by interim Co-Music Directors Casey J. Hayes and Gary Miller. For more information, please contact the Chorus office at 212-344-1777 or

I always loved to draw. Inspired by my talented brother who taught me as a child to draw my favorite superhero Superman, I learned that I could do this for a living. After graduating from Rutgers University in 1981 with a B.A. in Fine Art, I was fortunate enough to find work pretty quickly. My early job history gave me the wonderful opportunity to illustrate and design graphics for game companies which produced titles that included The Star Wars Roleplaying Game and Dr. Ruth's Game of Good Sex. This was back in the 1980s when we still used such ancient drawing tools as ink pens, paintbrushes and hands to create art. But alas, the game company relocated, and I found myself in the uncomfortable position of freelance artist. This however afforded me the opportunity to design my own line of New Age and Astrological greeting cards, fueled by my love of the stars. Ten years later with the advent of the computer, I managed to carve a comfortable niche for myself as a package designer in the less-than-exciting world of home fashion. After a time, designing inserts for window treatments and pil-

low cases left me longing to try my visual skills at something completely different. During this time I had also begun designing ads, logos, tee shirts and tournament programs for the International Women's Flag Football Association which was founded by a friend of mine. In an uncharacteristic flash of inspiration in 1999, I decided I needed to volunteer for something. It was not until the following year that I contacted Brooklyn Pride to see about offering my services as a graphic artist. Since this was my profession I felt I could give more in that particular area than in some other type of volunteer work. I was immediately welcomed into Brooklyn Pride by Chairperson Sonia Galarza. I am extremely thankful to Sonia for encouraging me to design the cover for the 2000 Pride Guide. Much to my surprise, I was contacted the next year and again requested to do another cover design for 2001. And so it began. I had no idea when I first volunteered that I would become the cover design person for Brooklyn Pride. I remain thrilled and grateful for having the extraordinary opportunity to give back to the community in this way.



Fran Rolan Entertainment Volunteer & Outreach I welcome all newcomers to Brooklyn Pride and all our regulars, you know who I am and how I do things. We had another year of serious challenges that we tackled head on and overcame. Unfortunately, I was faced with the shocking realization that although I believe in people, there are those who will let you down by actions never expected. But there are those dedicated and true to what we believe in that help keep me going and strong. So, we have pulled it together to bring you another year of pride. This year, Brooklyn Pride with its new board is determined to become a more thriving yearround organization. We had another year of celebration during the holidays with Kianga House where we shared a night of dinner prepared by residents of the house and gift giving from the money raised at various fundraising events for the children. Then it was back to our teens at SCO with gifts from their wish lists. We at Brooklyn Pride enjoy the fact that we are making a difference in someone’s life. For all those who supported and helped, thank you again. I want to say thanks to all the merchants, bars and pubs for your support for Brooklyn Pride by


your generosity through your sponsorship and partnership of Brooklyn Pride. We are looking forward to working more closely, including on our new Day of Pet Pride coming in August. My sincere thanks go out to all the performers that give their talent in support of pride. It has been a pleasure taking on this task for it has given me the opportunity of meeting and becoming friends with really great people. Through your creativity we get to put on a fabulous show for Brooklyn Pride and all its guest. Special thanks to those special in my life for sharing me with this time-consuming organization. Bria keep up the good work in school. You make me proud! Tammy I wish you the best luck with your new place and new adventures. Love you always, Mom. Most of all, I want to thank Zully and Doreen, Brooklyn Pride’s new board members, for their commitment and dedication, and Diane for coming back to help and putting together some fun-filled fundraising events, especially our bus rides to Atlantic City. If you hear that Brooklyn Pride is having a bus ride make sure you get yourself a ticket. Lets keep pride going strong! Happy, healthy and safe pride to all.

Doreen DeJesus Treasurer Communications & Media As a new member of the Board of Directors of Brooklyn Pride, it is an honor and a privilege to introduce myself to Brooklyn’s LGBT community. I was born in Brooklyn but raised in the South. I moved my family back to Brooklyn 15 years ago and have never looked back. By day, I work in the financial industry as a Client Services Manager for a Hedge Fund while my evenings are spent giving back to the LGBT community in every way possible. When I joined Brooklyn Pride in September, I came on as their much needed Communications / Media Chair. I immediately began by giving Brooklyn Pride a whole new look online as well as starting their MySpace page helping expand their presence on the world wide web. When the board was faced with a difficult challenge midway through the year, I also assumed the responsibility of Treasurer. I have learned a lot this year from my fellow board members and the most important lesson out of them all was perseverance. I am very proud to be sitting on a board with individuals who know how to face a challenge head on and get what needs to be done accom-

plished. I take my hat off to Zully, Fran and Diane. Thank you for not only making being on this board fun, but for teaching me along the way. I would also like to thank Carmen, my partner of 10 years for her understanding and for standing by me through all the emergency meetings and many events. My love to Marcus and Nakeshia, my children, for being open minded, never judgmental and accepting me and my community for who we are. As you enjoy the festivities we have planned for everyone, I ask that you keep in mind that Brooklyn Pride works hard yearround not only to give the LGBT community Pride Day, but we strive to make a difference in the LGBT community. If you have the heart, the willingness to commit and the time I encourage you to come join us in our work. Here’s wishing you and yours a happy and healthy PRIDE!

Did You Know? In 1999 President Bill Clinton proclaimed June to be “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.”

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Diane Taylor Secretary Fundraising & Development Happy Pride to all! As a long time friend of Brooklyn Pride, I chose to come back this year and get involved again. Initially, I came back to help out good friends since I knew first hand how difficult it is putting these events together. After a few months, I realized how great it felt to give back to the community, and welcomed my homecoming to Brooklyn Pride. I started with Brooklyn Pride many years ago and have worked festival, stage, and parade throughout the years. This year I am the Fundraising Chair as well as the Executive Secretary. I would love to hand over the Executive Secretary position to someone really interested and available to handle such an important position for this organization. If this sounds like you, please don’t hesitate to step up to the plate. I have had the pleasure of putting together some great events this year for Brooklyn Pride. The most memorable are our three bus rides to Atlantic City. If you haven’t been on one of our bus rides, and you hear Brooklyn Pride is going to Atlantic City, don’t dare miss the bus as every trip is different. Please keep a look out on Brooklyn Pride’s web page and our myspace page for our calendar of events which features all our fundraising efforts for the year. I look forward to planning many more events that will keep us in touch and deep in pride throughout the year. Have a Happy and Peaceful Pride — Diane

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Zully Rolan It is with pride that I welcome you to Brooklyn Pride’s 11th Annual LGBTQ Multicultural Festival and Night Parade. I am honored to introduce myself to Brooklyn’s LGBTQ community. I am a born and bred Brooklynite who has dedicated my life’s work to the fight for affordable housing throughout the City of New York— but more specifically in the Williamsburg / Greenpoint communities of Brooklyn. As my community became ever so trendy and my single-mindedness expanded to other interests; I searched for an opportunity to serve, the LGBTQ community with the same energy and dedication. Joining the Board of Brooklyn Pride fulfilled that yearning with an explosion of activity, events, crises and people with a drive to succeed that I haven’t experienced since my first housing demonstration so many years ago. It’s been a BLAST! The members of the Board of Directors of Brooklyn Pride are a deeply dedicated group of volunteers who give every waking moment to making Brooklyn’s LGBTQ Community proud. I extend my deepest gratitude and admiration to their commitment and I am proud to serve with them. In that same light, Brooklyn Pride extends its gratitude and appreciation to the residents, businesses, elected officials, civic and volunteer organizations of Park Slope. Without your unwavering support Brooklyn Pride could not produce our annual Festival, 5K Run or Night Parade. We

are in your debt and work hard to make you proud to host Pride in Brooklyn. As Brooklyn Pride embarks on the journey toward another decade of Pride Celebrations, we look back on all the LGBTQ community has gained since that first parade in 1970. The Parade marked the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, and 38 years later the fight for equality rages on. We have won many battles, but the war is not yet won. Hatred, intolerance and ignorance are ever present; the tragic death of Brooklyn’s Michael Sandy reminds us every day how close it really is. Brooklyn’s Annual Pride Celebration is an integral part of that rebellion so many years ago, part of a powerful message shouted across America, we are proud of who we are, we will not live in shame or lies, and we will not tolerate discrimination or violence. As you peruse the pages of this year’ Pride Guide, note the businesses—gay or straight owned—friends and sponsors who support our community, often in the face of opposition. Find a way to show your appreciation of their support. Join Brooklyn Pride and other LGBTQ organizations, clubs or groups working to advance our fight. Many are listed in the resource directory in the Guide. Celebrate our diversity every day, and most importantly “Build a Bridge to Pride” throughout Brooklyn across America and the world. ▲

A Salute to Past Co-Chairs It is with our deepest appreciation that we thank our Founder and past CoChairs for all their contributions, vision, leadership and service to Brooklyn Pride and our community over the years. Founder Dale Gates Co-Chairs Jerry Allred Sonia Galarza Fran Rolan Steve Gradman Donna Guzzardi Curt W. Taylor Ira Ortiz Jean Ambroise



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Where We Stand By Darryl Burgdorf mazing progress has been made in the 37 years since the Stonewall riots. Indeed, it is often noted that the American GLBT civil rights movement has accomplished more in less time than any other such movement in history, a fact which is all the more amazing given the vitriolic infighting that so long characterized the relationships between some of its factions. Gays and lesbians today are visible everywhere, in politics, religion and every other walk of life, as well as on television and in movies. U.S. citizens in general, and especially younger Americans, have become much more open to GLBT concerns. But much remains to be done. For all their visibility, open gays and lesbians account for less than one-tenth of one percent of public officeholders in the United States. And GLBT folk have been able to secure their rights in only a relative handful of municipalities. No federal laws currently prohibit employment or other discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and only a few states offer such protection. In more than 30 states, gay men and lesbians can still be fired from their jobs, refused apartments or houses, or denied service at restaurants, shops, hotels, hospitals and other public accommodations just for being who they are. Transgender individuals are still subject to such legal discrimination in almost every state. Gays and lesbians are still not allowed


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to serve openly in the U.S. military. (The United States is the only founding member of NATO in which such a ban still exists.) Many employers still refuse to offer partner benefits to gay or lesbian employees. Efforts are underway in more than a dozen states to limit the ability of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and same-sex couples to adopt children. Only the state of Massachusetts allows gay and lesbian couples to marry, and only six other states (California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey and Vermont) and the District of Columbia currently allow such couples to be united in domestic partnerships or civil unions which grant at least some of the rights and protections enjoyed by married couples. Many other states have enacted laws or even amended their constitutions to keep same-sex couples from marrying and to prevent their relationships from being legally recognized. The federal government does not recognize those relationships in any way. Internationally, same-sex marriage is now legal in Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands and Spain. Courts have ruled it legal in South Africa, but the legislature has not yet modified the country's laws accordingly. Civil unions are available in Andorra, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, and in some regions of Argentina, Australia, Brazil and Italy. Unfortunately, for every country willing to acknowledge the validity of gay and

lesbian relationships, there are others in which GLBT individuals are still routinely imprisoned, tortured or even executed. While an increasing number of churches of all Christian denominations are becoming more accepting, the majority continue to preach the old message that homosexuality is sin. Schools in the U.S. remain less safe for GLBT youths than for others, and dropout and suicide rates among GLBT teens are still significantly higher than among other teens. Only eight states have laws banning discrimination in education, and only two states have laws banning harassment and bullying in education. AIDS remains a major health concern both within the GLBT community and in the wider population, and no cure has yet been found. The global AIDS epidemic has already killed 25 million people, and over 40 million more are HIV-positive. It is estimated that in 2006, some three million people—8,000 per day—will die from the disease. The death toll is especially high in Africa, but even in the U.S. and Australia, epidemics that were once under control are starting to surge again, because of complacency and a reduction in resources. Yes, much progress has been made, but clearly, much more work remains. Those who support true equality under law for all Americans cannot afford to become complacent, especially now that President Bush has succeeded in moving the U.S. Supreme Court toward a more conservative stance. Even what's already been gained could all too easily be lost. ▲


The Girl Defines Beauty By Nakeshia Jones

The girl defines beauty outside and in She is my homie, my buddy, she is my closest friend Moments we shared remembered in laughs The only female with whom I did not clash Personality of an angel and looks of a goddess The perfect chick from any angle regardless She's all about fun and she loves to dance But never has she been one for romance Never had a boyfriend or anyone that stood in the way So we were always free to go out and play So much time spent together we hated to be apart As a matter of fact she has gained a place in my heart When we weren’t together we were always on the phone She had this funny way of never making me feel alone I never did understand why she didn’t have a man But I'm glad because he wouldn't have fit into our plans

I started to miss her more and more when we were apart It almost felt like a broken heart I tried to make it stop but the feelings were strong I hope they were right when they said love was never wrong Cuz' she is a woman and so am I And I swear without her I don’t know where my purpose lies The girl defines beauty outside and in She is my love my passion my sin Friends for so long I didn’t know how to say Baby I love you too but in a different way Would she be mad, feel betrayed or would she cry Because she felt the same way but was scared to comply So the hell with it I told her and you wouldn’t guess what she said I've been waiting so long to hear you say that and she winked toward the bed

The girl defines beauty inside and out She is my smile my family my happiness without a doubt

As her body touched mine it felt so right Are you kidding I could do this every night

When I told her I loved her it wasn’t a lie And she was always quick with the same reply

That's when I knew she was mine ‘til the end But now how do I tell my family and friends

I love you too baby, why did that always sound so good My feelings were changing I never understood

Will they all turn their backs because my love is a she? Who cares it’s 2007 everyone can love and feel free

If you can’t see where this is going... here’s where the dilemma begins When I no longer saw her as just my closest friend I always knew she was pretty but sexy she became Maybe it was just the way that she said my name

So there’s my dilemma which isn't really a dilemma after all Because I am the one in love so it's my call My girl defines beauty inside and out She is my life my lover my world without a doubt This poem was written as a tribute to my two mothers and their love. —NJ

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A Glimpse of LGBT Issues 10 Years Ago – 1997 By Darryl C. Burgdorf


IDS-related deaths in the U.S. declined by more than 40% compared to the prior year, largely due to highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), which had been in use since the approval of the first protease inhibitor, saquinavir, in 1995. Ellen DeGeneres and her television character, Ellen Morgan, came out publicly. “Ellen” thus became the first prime-time show to feature an openly gay or lesbian lead character. Religious groups called for a boycott of ABC and its “anti-family” parent company, Disney. In “In & Out,” Kevin Kline played Howard Brackett, an English literature teacher outed on the eve of his wedding by a former student at the Academy Awards. The revelation of his homosexuality came as just as much of a surprise to Brackett himself as to anyone else in his town, and much mayhem followed. The film was one of Hollywood’s few successful attempts at a comedic “gay movie,” and was widely noted at the time for its same-sex kiss between Kline and co-star Tom Selleck. The plot was inspired by Tom Hanks’ acceptance speech at the 1994 Academy Awards (for his Oscar for “Philadelphia”), in which he outed his high school drama coach and a former classmate. Kline himself, who is straight, took another prominent gay role in 2004, when he starred as famed composer Cole Porter in “De-Lovely.” At a rally in Sacramento, California, Alveda Celeste King, a niece of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “To equate homosexuality with race is to give a death sentence to civil rights. No one is enslaving homosexuals or making them sit at the back of the bus.” Members of the American Psychological Association voted to limit attempts to “cure” homosexuality, and agreed to require the reading of a statement to gay patients affirming that being gay is normal

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and healthy. Charles Socarides, president of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), said it was an attempt to brainwash people, and called homosexuality a “purple menace” which threatens proper gender distinction. (His openly gay son, Richard Socarides, was the White House liaison to the gay community.) In The San Francisco Examiner, Rev. Billy Graham was quoted as saying of gays, “Their lifestyle, I’m going to quote from the Bible, is a sin. But why jump on that sin? There are worse sins.” An article by Milton Diamond and Keith Sigmundson in the June issue of The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine cast serious doubt on the theories of John Money and also on his credibility as a researcher. It reported that Money’s most famous patient, David Reimer, a twin boy who had been raised as a girl after his penis was accidentally severed during a circumcision, far from living a happy life as a woman as Money had long claimed, had in fact threatened suicide at the age of 14 if not allowed to dress and act as a boy, and was at the time of the article’s publication living as a man, with a wife and three adopted children. (Reimer committed suicide in 2004, at the age of 38.) The revelation that Money had knowingly perpetrated a fraud by concealing the fact that his most famous experiment was a failure brought his career to an ignominious end. Walt Whitman Community School, the nation’s first private school for gays and lesbians, opened in Dallas, Texas. Rev. Jimmy Creech, senior pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Omaha, Nebraska, performed a covenanting service for a lesbian couple in September. He had conducted many similar union ceremonies over the previous seven years, but this was the first since a 1996 addition to the church’s Book of Discipline which specifically banned “ceremonies that celebrate

Did You Know? In 1995 October was celebrated for the first time as GLBT History Month.

homosexual unions.” He was tried within the church in 1998 for “disobedience to the Order and Discipline of the United Methodist Church,” but argued successfully that the code of social principles which prohibited union ceremonies contained only guidelines for pastors, and not rules, and was acquitted. In response, the UMC Judicial Council, the highest judicial body in the denomination, declared that the church’s social principles were in fact binding rules, thereby overturning the decision of the jury and finding Rev. Creech guilty. In 1999, he was tried a second time, after performing a union ceremony for a gay couple in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. That time, he was found guilty by unanimous decision, and was defrocked. A Superior Court judge in Vermont dismissed a suit by three same-sex couples seeking the right to marry. The reason Judge Linda Levitt gave was that same-sex relationships do not facilitate the raising of children, and therefore are not beneficial to the social construct. Judge John Fruscrante upheld Florida’s ban on adoption by same-sex couples. He stated that the research on gay parents, which shows that they are just as capable of being good parents as straight parents, was “inadequate.” In December, Regan Wolf, a lesbian in Lancaster, South Carolina, was knocked unconscious by three men who brutally beat her and strung her up from her front porch, on which they spray-painted the message, “Jesus weren’t born for you, faggot.” Despite the fact that she was able to identify all three men, the sheriff’s office took no action. She was attacked again, more severely, five months later. Adding insult to injury (literally), the sheriff’s office then accused her of staging the incidents. Many suspected that the accusation was made as a means of shielding the police from criticism of their mishandling of the continued on page 19



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The Rainbow Flag and its History By Darryl Burgdorf


he rainbow flag was designed by Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco artist, who created the flag in response to a local activist’s call for a community symbol to offer an optimistic alternative to the pink triangle. Borrowing symbolism from the

hippie movement and black civil rights groups, Baker designed a flag with eight stripes, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, representing, respectively, sexuality, life, healing, sun, nature, art, harmony and spirit. Baker hand-

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In 1901 the death of Murray Hall revealed that the respected New York politician of over 30 years was in fact one Mary Anderson.

Did You Know? Illinois became the first state in the U.S. to decriminalize consensual homosex-ual sex.

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dyed and sewed the material for the first flags himself, and they flew at the 1978 San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade. Baker then approached San Francisco’s Paramount Flag Company about mass producing and selling his “gay flag” for the next year’s parade. Unfortunately, the color “hot pink” was not commercially available, and mass production of his eight-striped version was impossible. The flag was thus reduced to seven stripes. In November of 1978, San Francisco’s gay community was stunned when Harvey Milk was assassinated. Wishing to demonstrate the gay community’s strength and solidarity in the aftermath of this tragedy, the 1979 Pride Parade Committee decided to use Baker’s flag. The committee eliminated the indigo stripe, though, so they could divide the colors evenly along the parade route, with three colors on one side of the street and three on the other. The six colors were incorporated into a six-striped version that became popularized and that, today, is recognized by the International Congress of Flag Makers. The rainbow flag (or pride flag) is now the most popular and widely-recognized of all GLBT symbols. ▲

incidents. Wolf passed a lie detector test, and at least one doctor who examined her after the beatings stated unequivocally that the injuries she sustained could not have been inflicted by her supposed single accomplice. Wolf, who has since left South Carolina, entered what’s known as an “Alford plea” on a misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report and paid a trivial fine. The plea meant that Wolf maintained her innocence, but believed she would have been convicted had the case gone to court. “I think it’s best for all concerned because I wouldn’t have gotten a fair trial,” Wolf said at the time. “This is a political hotbed that got out of everyone’s control.” ▲


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Dancing for Georgie Porgie Board members at Queens Winter Pride Brooklyn Pride at Gay Expo, November 2006

Party at Ginger’s, April 2007

St. Patrick’s Day at Ginger’s, March 2007

The Year with Brooklyn Pride Tea Dance at Cattyshack, December 2006

Tables at the 2006 Health Fair

Atlantic City Bus Trip, November 2006

Brooklyn Pride Board Member Fran Rolan with kids at the SCO Christmas dinner

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Pride Week in Brooklyn This year the LGBT community of Brooklyn has come together to make June 3rd through June 9th Pride Week in Brooklyn. All organizations have been invited by Brooklyn Pride to coordinate events for the week. These efforts at inter-connecting the borough’s local organization and encouraging mutual cooperation between them are fundamental aspects of Brooklyn Pride’s mission. We would like to encourage all of our readers, friends and allies to participate and support all the planned activities. We also hope that throughout the month of June, you will find small ways to make this time meaningful for yourself and the neighborhood in which you live by displaying symbols of our pride.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2007


BROOKLYN PRIDE@QUEENS PRIDE Parade and Festival, 12:00 – 7:00 pm Jackson Heights, Queens Parade step off – noon, 37th Av & 89th St Festival – 37th Rd from 73rd to 77th Sts (E, F, V, R, G & 7 trains to Roosevelt Ave) Info:

INTERFAITH SERVICE co-sponsored by St. John-St MatthewEmmanual Lutheran Church & Brooklyn Pride, 7:00 p.m. 283 Prospect Ave. (btw 5th & 6th Aves.) 718-768-0528

THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2007 BOROUGH HALL RECEPTION co-sponsored by Borough President’s Office, Marty Markowitz & Brooklyn Pride 6:00 pm 209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn Info: or 718-928-3320

Upcoming Pride Events in 2007 Other June Pride Celebrations… Upcoming Pride Events in 2007 2nd – Staten Island Pride Midland Beach, Staten Island, NY 3rd – Queens Pride Jackson Heights, Queens 3rd – New Jersey Pride Asbury Park, NJ 9th–10th – Boston Pride 10th – Long Island Pride Heckscher Park, Huntington, NY 10th – Gay Pride Rockland Rockland County, NY 10th – Philly Pride Philadelphia, PA 17th–24th – Heritage of Pride Week New York, NY 17th – Heritage of Pride LGBT Rally Bryant Park, NYC 23rd – NYC Dyke March Bryant Park, NYC 24th – Heritage of Pride, Pride March New York City


…and Beyond August 2nd – 5th – Pride in the City Brooklyn, NY August 25th – Jersey City Pride Jersey City, NJ September 8th – Connecticut Pride Hartford, CT

Brooklyn Pride Meetings & Events 2007 (Please see our website for details: June 4th – General Membership Meeting, 10th – Brooklyn Pride Supports Long Island Pride 23rd – Brooklyn Pride Hosts the Bar at the Heritage of Pride’s Rapture Dance 30th – Volunteer Appreciation at Commonwealth Bar July NO GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING 28th – Brooklyn Pride Hosts a Luau at Cattyshack TBA – Community Service Event August 6th – General Membership Meeting 11th – Pet Pride 26th – Party at Excelsior TBA – Community Service Event September 7th – Gay Day at Great Adventure 10th – General Membership Meeting 11th to 26th – Nomination for Brooklyn Pride Board of Directors TBA – Fundraising Event at Secrets October 1st – Annual Meeting with Brooklyn Pride Board of Directors Election TBA – Masquerade Gala November 5th – General Membership Meeting TBA – Gay Life Expo TBA – Community Outreach Thanksgiving Dinner TBA – Fundraiser December 1st to 17th – Toy & Clothing Drive Fundraisers throughout Brooklyn 3rd – General Membership Meeting TBA – Annual Holiday Gift Drive/Shelters Party

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Multicultural Festival Saturday, June 9th, 2007 Prospect Park at Bartel-Pritchard Circle (F train to 15th Street/Prospect Park) For more information, to volunteer, to march or perform, call the Brooklyn Pride Hotline, 718-928-3320 All events are free & open to everyone 9:30 a.m. —5K Fun Run: PPW & 15th St. (co-sponsored by Park Slope Geriatric Day Center) 11:00–6:00 p.m. —Street Festival: vendors, food, along PPW from 15th to 9th Sts 12:00-4:00 p.m. —Children's Zone: Arts & crafts for children and families under a tent – enter at PPW & 15th St 12:00-6:00 p.m. —Stage performances in Prospect Park – enter at PPW & 15th St 8:30 p.m. —Night Parade: steps off from Bartell Pritchard Square, 15th St & PPW. For route, see map, left.

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Brooklyn Pride Thanks You… Brooklyn Pride offers our deepest gratitude and appreciation to the individuals, groups and organizations who provided us unwavering support and assistance in bringing this year’s pride event to Brooklyn. Without your support, encouragement and belief, Pride 2007 would not have been possible. The residents and businesses of Park Slope Craig Hammerman, District Manger Community Board #6 260 Baltic St., Brooklyn NY 11201 718-643-3027 Lydia Denworth, President The Park Slope Civic Council 357 Ninth St., Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-783-1723 The Park Slope Chamber of Commerce Samantha Delman-Caserta, President, Park Slope/5th Ave. Merchants Assoc. & Park Slope/5th Ave. BID Steering Committee 172 Fifth Avenue, Box 124, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Eric Thompson, Dept. of Transportation Special Events, Banner Unit 40 Worth St., Room 1215, New York, NY 10013 212-788-2109 Lynda & Jasmine and The Prospect Park Alliance, NYC Parks & Recreation 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-965-8974 Nancy J. Melissas, City of New York Parks and & Recreation Litchfield Villa 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-965-6993

Sergeant Tracey Servello, LGBT Liaison Unit, Office of the Chief of Community Affairs Bureau One Police Plaza, New York, NY 10038 646-235-1133 PO Newell, 78th Pct. Community Affairs Office 65 6th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217 718-636-6410 Jerry Allred, Office of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz Brooklyn Borough Hall 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 Todd Berman, Clearview Festival Productions 80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 415, NY, NY 10011 646-230-0713 Dori Sheilds, Casswood Insurance Agency, Five Halfmoon Executive Park, Clifton Park, NY 12065 516-373-8700

True Friends True Friends are those who are there for you unconditionally. Never do they question, but always offer support no matter what the circumstances are. Real Friendship is most notable in those times of trouble. In February, 2007 when Brooklyn Pride faced its darkest moment, your unwavering support, guidance, encouragement and belief in us and our organization provided us the courage, grit and determination to find the source within to bring Pride to Brooklyn this season. On behalf of the Board of Directors of Brooklyn Pride we are honored and proud to have you as a Friend. Jerry Allred, Office of Brooklyn Borough President Irene & Pat: Aunt Suzie Italian Restaurant Jersey Pride Long Island Pride Board of Directors, General Membership of NERP Sheila & Margarette: Gingers Bar

Matt Pintchik & Dale Garcia & The Park Slope Volunteer Ambulance Corp 453 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11217 718-398-4500

Steve Gradman, former Co-chair Brooklyn Pride

Park Slope Geriatric Day Center 199 14th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215

Danny Dromm, Queens Pride

Vivian & Daisy & Lipstick Production at Club Remix

Mickey Heller, Esq.

Mark & Richard, Excelsior Tom Fagan, Park Slope Board of Directors, General Membership & Staff of Heritage of Pride Detective Shy, 78th Pct Yolanda Norman, Washington Mutual Our Families, Partners, Children & Pets

Brooklyn Bars that generously support Brooklyn Pride — Brooklyn Pride salutes you! Cattyshack 249 4th Ave., Brooklyn (btw President & Carroll) 718-230-5740 Commonwealth 497 5th Ave., Brooklyn 718-768-2040


Excelsior 390 5th Ave., Brooklyn 718-832-1599 Ginger's Pub 363 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn 718-771-3340 Secrets 1321 Avenue Z, Brooklyn

And a special salute to Monster's in Manhattan for their continued support of Brooklyn Pride! Monster 80 Grove St. (Sheridan Sq) New York City 212-924-3558

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Platinum WKTU Gold BUD Light Next Magazine Christine Quinn Speaker, NYC Council V2 Vodka

Bronze Brooklyn Borough President’s Office

ST R E E T B A N N E R S Excelsior 200 Fifth Delices De Paris/Zana Café Crunch Starbucks State Farm Insurance Aunt Suzie

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State Farm Insurance

M A RC H I N G G RO U P S as of May 14, 2007 African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change, Inc. Audre Lorde Project Brooklyn Law Schools Outlaws Congregation Beth Elohim

Park Slope Geriatrics Center Park Slope United Methodist Church Secrets

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Senior Action in Gay Environment Inc.



Gay Men's Health Crisis

Stonewall Veterans' Association

Hetrick Martin Institute KTU Las Buenas Amigas Luthern Medical Center Matendo First Argentineau-Uruguayan

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The Center for AntiViolence Education The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center V2 Vodka


Images of Pride

Photos are by Ann Rosen Photography taken at the 2006 Brooklyn Pride Street Festival. You may look for Ann again this year.


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Images of Pride

Photos are by Ann Rosen Photography taken at the 2006 Brooklyn Pride Street Festival. You may look for Ann again this year.


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T H E F E ST I VA L MCs: Vanessa Valtre Ron B Luscious Lola

Performance Schedule: (subject to change) 12:00 Vanessa Valtre, MC 12:05 Dammit! – Jasmine Maldonado 12:25 New York City Gay Men's Chorus 12:40 Globe 12:50 Kat Devlin 1:05 Rod Young 1:15 Edie Jud 1:25 Papito 1:35 Shawn Hollenbach 1:50 Vanessa Valtre 1:55 Ron B, MC 2:05 Tomas 2:15 K*Star 2:30 Shorty Roc 2:40 Henry Hill 3:00 Enguard 3:10 Marty Markowitz 3:15 VIM Artist Deli 3:30 Ron B 3:35 Luscious Lola, MC 3:40 The Lesbian Overtones 3:55 Lovari 4:10 Switch 'n Play 4:25 Christian Cintron 4:35 Rasheeda Wallace 4:50 Luscious Lola 4:55 TBA 5:00 Jesse O 5:15 The Dyke Diva: Lori Michaels, Me & the Girls 5:50 Thanks from Brooklyn Pride

Vanessa Valtre Vanessa has been entertaining audiences in the Tri-State area for almost nine years. What started out as a Halloween joke has now made her a well respected entertainer with a plethora of attributes. As a former Ms. Big Apple and Miss Tri-States, she now hosts her own show at the Albatross Bar in Astoria every Friday and Saturday night. Though life has thrown her a couple of curve balls, her high resiliency factor has helped her maintain a respectful, humble and professional outlook in her work. Now participating in her fourth year at Brooklyn Pride, she’s been given the nod to be one of the hostesses at this year’s Brooklyn Pride Celebration in Prospect Park.

Dammit! Tribute to Blink 182 Just when you thought the youth was forgotten, Dammit has come to bless us with the music of one of the best punk rock bands in the history of music: Blink 182. Heartbroken by the demise of a unique band that rocked the world, and unable to find Blink 182’s resonance in Angels & Airwaves or +44, Jasmine Maldonado (bass, vocals) started building Dammit. Drummer, Steve Apostolo contributes a lot of heart, modesty, power and speed to the project. Best friend John Fuentes (guitar, vocals) fuels the energy of the band with his acrobatic jumps and spastic running around on stage. Nothing can stop them when they are up to their crazy antics, nutty jokes and wild shenanigans. The band’s in-between song “comedy act” and audience contests are as entertaining as the hard and fast punk rock that they rock out to. This is for the youth in all of us, for fans by fans!

NYC Gay Men’s Chorus

Did You Know? In 1966, The Pride Newsletter, the forerunner of The Advocate, began publication in Los Angeles.


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S TA G E Kat Devlin


With its combination of percussive guitar, deeply personal lyrics tinged with an abiding idealism, and angelic vocals, Kat Devlin’s musical style and stage presence might best be described as “dyke ingénue.” Like a Hammersteinian teenager on a rural porch swing, Devlin’s songs return again and again to the theme of love—though never in the same way twice. Devlin’s pitch-perfect vocals touch the listener with varying and sumptuous tones that echo both the pure-folk of Dar Williams and Emmylou Harris, and the pop-folk-rock of Ani DiFranco, Neko Case, and Jenny Lewis.

An alto/tenor, Papito has sung for Lavender Light Gay and Lesbian Gospel Choir, worked with the San Diego DragKing Troupe from 2000-03, sung with the Metropolitan Community Church choir in California for five years, and done various drag shows including comedy with the likes of King Macha and Vinnie. Papito started the Kings of Heart 2004 with Mistah and Ray-Ray. Performances include Platinum Lounge, WOW cafe Theater, Club Remix, Brooklyn Pride, Queen Pride, NYC Pride, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD). Additionally, Papito started a percussion ensemble named Traelo! with himself as lead singer. The Band branched out as PlayaPlayers. His motto: “Don’t be a hopeless romantic; be a hopeful one!”

Rod Young Rod Young is a talented singer, actor and performer. Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Rod dreamed of coming to the big city to find success. His accomplishments so far include overseas tours in Germany, South America and Denmark, appearing in theater, and a national Denny’s commercial. His new single “Bring Back the Love” has great crossover appeal and certainly will soon top the charts in the pop genre. Enjoy!

Shawn Hollenbach Shawn is a stand up comedian, improv actor, songwriter and, according to HX magazine, he’s adorable. Shawn is a co-producer of Mintyfresh and Thursgay. Mintyfresh has been featured in Time Out New York, and on the gawker to-do list more than once. He has written and performed in his one-man show, “Shawn Hollen…who?,” directed by Virginia Scott. Writing in third person makes Shawn uncomfortable. For all your Hollenbach needs go to

Ron B Edie Jud Masquerading as a school librarian in her day job, Edie has been performing since childhood. Having pursued a professional career in the arts in her early days, she has acted in many plays and musicals all around the tri-state area and sung in clubs and on cruise ships throughout the U.S., the Caribbean and Mexico. In addition to her stage credits, Edie has also designed costumes for a variety of theatrical and dance companies. She is grateful for this opportunity to celebrate her pride with all of you. Chin up, Bucky!

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The public relations person for Our Youth, a GLBT youth organization based out of New Jersey, Ron B is well known in artistic and in professional circles for his impersonation of the legendary Tina Turner. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has used his unique talent in major films such as Anger Management with Woody Harrelson and Jack Nicholson, HBO’s Angels in America. A multifaceted actor, he has appeared frequently on TV in Oz and Law and Order. Ron has also portrayed other divas such as Patti La Belle, Celia Cruz and Chaka Kahn, booking major venues throughout the Tri State area. He recently drove the crowd crazy at NYC GLBT Expo for the second year in a row. He received the Our Youth 2007 Outstanding Supporter of the Year award with the queen of clubland, Martha Wash. When Tina Turner said “Simply the Best” she definitly had Ron in mind!


T H E F E ST I VA L Tomas

Henry Hill

Tomas has been working almost non-stop since 1991. Beginning as an actor and choreographer, he traveled the US in touring productions and performed off-broadway and off-off broadway. Musically, Tomas has been compared to Prince, writing, producing and performing his own work. By combining powerful pop vocals with a story telling lyrical style, all served over infectious dance floor grooves, Tomas’ music moves both body mind mind. He is currently working on a new CD, expected out by July of 2007. Tomas is also putting together a summer tour to support the Rhythm for the Runway project.

Born and raised in Tappahannock, VA, Henry Hill moved to New York to pursue one of his passions aside from music; dance. He has produced his work a couple of times for the Hot! Festival at the Dixon Place Theater on the Lower East Side. He also teaches hip hop and salsa classes at the Brooklyn Dance Project ( located in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

K*Star Into a world that listens to music based upon image, not sound, emerge the latest “legends in the making.” Khaos Star and Kahlee Star, also known as K*Star, combine today’s fly appeal with yesterday’s soul and hiphop. Both women were seasoned solo artists prior to joining forces. Their first project together, DIPHERENT STROKEZ, is a collaboration of great music and a message for all who don’t feel they have to be a part of the status quo or the industry’s perception of what constitutes beauty. K*Star is a group for the people in a society who long to see themselves and hear their hearts through music. K*Star is here to show you why DIPHERENT is always better.

Shorty Roc Shorty Roc came on the scene in 2003 with his “Ten Gay Commandments” at Langston’s Night Club in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn bred rapper took his music to the gay hip hop circuit and has performed at many New York gay night clubs and Pride events from Atlanta to Philly. In 2004 he released a mixtape titled “Jackin Beats” where he rhymed over some of the hottest hip hop records out that year. Recently, he won third place in Next Magazine’s, “Next Gay Megastar.” He is just back from the first ever “Homorevolution Tour” where he performed in LA and San Diego. His new CD, “Personal,” is available on CDBaby and ITunes. Shorty Roc is known for his punchlines, street delivery and crowd moving perfomance. This is an artist to look out for.


Deli Deli is a 22-year-old from the Bronx singing professionally for the last six years studied opera for 10 years at the Singer Forum of Manhattan. "I am part of an organization called VIM Artist which is Lesbian Women working together to promote each others work. I have provided my services to support the LGBT Community and appeared at the Brooklyn Pride Festival of 2005 and 2006 and the 10th Anniversary Gala."

Luscious Lola My life as a performer started with Brooklyn Pride 10 years ago. I was involved with various benefits for the organization & worked with the entertainment coordinator for the first two years. Performing & recruiting acts for the stage show. I had the privilege of winning the title of “Miss Brooklyn Pride 1997” & rode in the parade with the Pride for my people representing all of the beauty that Brooklyn has to offer. From there my drag career took off. I have worked all over New York, New Jersey & Pennsylvania & hosted Bitchy Bingo in New Jersey & Staten Island. The various titles I have won are “Miss Gay Hudson County 2006” & “Miss Bayside 2006.” I am currently “Miss Secrets 07–08.” Which is where I Host my Drag review “Luscious Lola Presents” every third Saturday of the month. To find out more about me or where I’ll be performing visit Thank You Brooklyn Pride for the opportunity to give back to the organization that made me Luscious Lola. —Luscious Lola

Did You Know? In December 2005, “Dykes on Bikes” was officially trademarked with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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S TA G E , c o n t i n u e d En Guard!, NYC’s first and only GLBT Winter Guard and Color Guard is a dream of mine that started to become a reality this past fall. The group is led by Director Scott Redhead, with the assistance of Head Instructor Carl Kreft and Banner Instructor Christi De Larco. To date the group has or will perform at AIDS Walk NYC, Folsom Street East, the Harvey Milk GLBT School, as well as provided Half Time Shows for NYC’s Gotham Gay Volleyball Team, Ramblers Gay Soccer Team, NYC’s Gay Football Team and NYC’s Gay Basketball Team. My goal in forming this performance group was to bring together members of our Community who either had prior winter guard or color guard experience or who had a strong desire to learn. My more specific achievement goals for it were driven by several motivations, primary of which were a) to provide a vehicle by which to combat the homophobia that especially afflicts gay boys and men that enter an activity that has been traditionally viewed as and reserved for girls and women—in spite of the fact that many gay boys and men have used this activity as a means of coming out of the closet and coming to terms with their gayness— and b) to bring together members of our Community in order that we could showcase the contributions that our Community has long contributed to this activity, this “Sport of the Arts.” Lastly, I wanted to create a new performance group that would provide

additional opportunities to bring members of our Community together in order that we might not only build something meaningful together as a team, but that would allow us to build our own individual Pride and confidence as gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders, and that would also allow us to give something back to our Community by way of supporting important causes, events and needs in our Community.

The Lesbian Overtones The Lesbian Overtones, all Lesbian, all A Cappella, ALL THE TIME! Terry, Tiffani, Trinity and Tonya Tone are coming at you straight (oops, we mean directly) from Northampton, MA. The ‘Tones are bringing back lesbian standards in fourpart harmony! & www.

Did You Know? The first public protest by gays in the nation’s capital took place in 1965 by seven gay men and three lesbians. They picketed outside federal offices in Washington to protest the government’s employment discrimination against gays.

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Lovari Lovari is a native of Queens, New York. He enrolled in Queensborough College to study Music Therapy. His first major performance was on “The Jenny Jones Show.” Lovari’s debut single, “These Tears” was released in 2002 on Warlock Records, and received airplay on WKTU (103.5FM). In 2005, Lovari was the headliner at the nightclub Heaven for Pride Weekend. In 2006, he independently released his second single, “All I Want Is You,” which went to #1 on Hot 96 FM, on the GLBT station WKJCE FM and made the Top 20 on a number of internet and college radio stations across the U.S. In 2007, his single “I Feel You” reached #2 on Hot 96 FM. Lovari’s acting credits include “Love Monkey” (CBS/VH1), Sydney Pollack’s “The Interpreter” (2005) and Bruce Leddy’s “Sing Now” (2006). His original songs appeared in the independent films “David’s Apartment” (2007) and “Godlinks” (2006). He is currently in the process of directing his first film, “Shore Thing.” Lovari has headlined shows at The Continental, Suede, Plan B, and other nightspots and has performed at The NY Independent Film Festival (2005), SITC Film Marathon (2005/6/7), Gay Pride (20042006), Puerto Rican Pride (2006) and Maddyfest:Madonna Tribute Concert. Lovari’s debut album can be purchased on iTunes, CDBaby.Com and


T H E F E S T I VA L S TA G E , c o n t i n u e d Switch 'n Play

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A New York Drag Alliance As a drag group, we are interested in all forms of drag and gender performance & art. As an alliance we are open to and excited about working with Kings, Queens, Gender Variants & Outlaws, Queers, Allies, and groupies. We love collaborating with different artists and are excited to meet other performers. The drag scene in New York, particularly the drag king scene needs a kick in the pants and we’re ready to do it! We’re excited about what we’re doing and we hope you are too. Our group consists of four core members: Maximum Satisfaction, Chaz Harvey "Chaz Attack," Peter Bigs "Mr. Bigs," and Trey Baise. Check us out at:

Christian Cintron Christian Cintron is a stand-up comedian, freelance writer and producer. He works full time as the Senior Associate of a mobile marketing agency writing text messages and plays with cell phones. He has been included in MetroWeekly Magazine of Washington DC,, and He was born and raised in New York City where he developed his truly sunny disposition. His interests include writing, comic books, and tattoos. His dislikes include doing laundry, intolerance, and small children. He hopes to one day possess medical insurance. The highlights of his life include his new Hackberry mobile phone and the show Menage a Ha he produced at Pieces Bar Sunday nights at 9:00.

Rasheeda Wallace Edgy, Soulful & Classic are three words that can be used to describe the sounds of one of the most gifted and talented singers and songwriters in music history. Like all the greats before her, i.e., Ella, Patti, Chaka, Turner and Blige, Rasheeda Wallace has mastered and honed the ability, to tap into the collective conciousness of the masses and deliver a message through song. Whether that message is of love, joy or pain, or perhaps a combination of all three, her music has become food for the soul, for all those who seek to be uplifted, rejuvenated and healed. As a result of this divine capability, Rasheeda Wallace has been deemed, “The Queen of Street Soul.” Her lyrics, vocals and musical arrangements leaves each listener feeling a sense of self empowerment, in which we are always in need of and can use, time and time again.


Outmusic Award nominated recording artist Jesse O has opened for Sean Paul, Kelis, and Li’l Mo. He’s graced the stages of notable venues like Webster Hall and the Cutting Room, and has performed at many gay pride events over the tri-state area. He’s been featured in Next magazine, and his music can be heard on various radio programs including Pink Mafia Radio, Rutgers University Radio, and The Lab Radio. This year Jesse released his feel-good love anthem “I Think I’m Falling in Love” with Twist/Columbia. Born in Ghana, West Africa and raised in the Bronx, Jesse has a refreshing sound that incorporates pop, R&B, hip-hop, reggae and tribal rhythms.

Lori Michaels Affectionately and appropriately labeled, “THE Dyke Diva”—Lori Michaels has certainly managed to bring sexy OUT with her Me & The Girls shows—being hailed as “the must have act for anything going on OUT there!” Audiences everywhere can’t seem to get enough of this muli-talented lesbian. Her professional credits and accomplishments list on and on, but Ms. Michaels remains most proud of the efforts associated with her nonprofit organization, Reach Out, a charity, started by Lori at age 16. Her real labor of love and has evolved to focus primarily on wellness and diversity. In the midst of guest appearances, headlining events/shows and even producing entire major events, this Dream Makers Music recording artist is currently in the recording studio working on more tunes with award winning producers. This Jersey girl runs her own company, Lori Michaels Productions from her NYC office (and from her cell phone, while keeping busy on the road). She is thrilled and honored to be such a big part of Brooklyn Pride 2007!

Did You Know? The first kiss between two men on prime-time American network television occurred on NBC’s “Will and Grace.”

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It is with great pleasure that I join you for the 11th Annual Pride Parade


Joan L. Millman


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Music delights Music soothes Music entertains Music educates Music unites By Jim Vivyan ver the past 27 years, a special form of music has been bringing people together in America’s urban centers. The gatherings are unique in that the music is an amalgam of classic and contemporary choral music, the performers are male, and those performers proudly identify themselves as gay. The genesis of these choruses was reactive: to society’s perceptions and censures; to disenfranchisement in the body politic and certain religion’s intolerance; and, above all, to a health crisis of a magnitude not seen since the close of World War I. AIDS overwhelmed America, its gay populations, and disproportionately, the arts as many of our brightest and most talented succumbed to the ravages of the syndrome. The gay choral movement became a safe haven for information, support, psychic and physical healing and action. The Chorus became a very large extended family. The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC) came into being during this time, and, with the realization that the whole was greater than the sum of its parts, took on a life and power of its own. Moving into a mainstream performing arts group, NYCGMC, since its founding in 1980, has become a musical force in New York City and beyond. NYCGMC now comprises over 200 voices, performing three separate concerts each year, at Carnegie Hall as well as other venues throughout the city. Additionally, the chorus performs at many smaller concerts and events throughout the year, including benefits for community organizations such as the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), Empire Pride Agenda, and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. The Chorus celebrated their 25th Anniversary in 2005. In their first 25 seasons they have been at the forefront of the movement for equality. From their stand to have the Chorus name in full printed on a commissioned piece of music in 1983, through their successful appearance as the first openly gay chorus to perform at the regional American Choral Directors Association meeting in 1984, and the first New York celebrity AIDS fundraiser at the Metropolitan Opera in 1985. The Chorus was also the first gay chorus to receive a recording contract from a major label and has produced eight recordings—the most recent from their March 2007 Classically NYCGMC concert. The Chorus was also the first American gay chorus to tour Europe when they traveled in 1988. Subsequently they have made two additional European tours to successful acclaim.


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The Chorus has been featured on television specials including HBO’s Being Homosexual, and the PBS specials Walt Whitman and Salute to Oscar Hammerstein. In addition they have made appearances on In the Life, Sunday Today, Entertainment Tonight, Nightwatch, The Joan Rivers Show and Whoopi. The Chorus has also raised its collective voice for political causes from the 1987 National March on Washington, to the inauguration of Mayor David Dinkins of New York City, and a celebration of Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Ford Center in 1999. The Chorus has also donated to various charities over the years including Bailey House, GMHC, God’s Love We Deliver, Hetrick Martin Institute, LGBT Community Center, SAGE, and many others. In addition they have traveled regionally to bring their voices to Brooklyn, Bronx, Long Island, New Jersey, Nyack, Albany and Ithaca as well as other cities throughout America. In 2003, the NYCGMC, together with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York City, created the Youth Pride Chorus (YPC). YPC is made up of 14-to-21-year-olds identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered individuals, and their allies, and is the first chorus of its kind to be presented by an established adult chorus. NYCGMC is a member of GALA, the international gay and lesbian association of choruses ( For more information about NYCGMC, the Ambassadors, or the Youth Pride Chorus; to purchase tickets; or to find out how you can be a supporter, please call 212-344-1777 or visit our website, ▲

New York City Gay Men's Chorus "Take the A Train: The Music of Billy Strayhorn" A new work commissioned by the NYCGMC and the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles: a tribute to legendary gay jazz composer Billy Strayhorn (Lush Life, Take the A Train, Satin Doll). Guest stars Darius de Haas, Judy Blazer and Uptown Express. Stage direction by Tony winner Joanna Gleason; new arrangements by Grammy winner Alan Broadbent.

Monday, June 18, 2007, 8:00 p.m. Nokia Theatre, 1515 Broadway (at West 44th Street) Admission: $30-$67 Info: 212-344-1777. Tickets: 39


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Because Getting Home Safely Shouldn’t Be a Luxury By Doreen DeJesus


ightRides is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create safer communities by reducing the risk of harassment and sexual assaults. RightRides has been giving women, transgender identified and gender queer individuals, free SAFE rides home since August 2004. Founded by Oraia Reid and her life partner Consuelo Ruybal in direct response to an increase in sexual assaults on low-income women walking home by themselves in North Brooklyn neighborhoods, RightRides became their mission. Since its inception, RightRides has driven nearly 1,000 riders home, the majority being first-time passengers. Volunteer teams (comprised of a Driver and a Navigator—one of whom must identify as

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female) drive their riders home safely. The way it works is riders calling from home or going home within RightRides service area call the dispatch number (718-964-7781), and in approximately 20 minutes from the call a car will arrive. The team drives the rider home and before departing, they wait to make sure their Rider is safely inside their door before driving away. RightRides will not accept any cash from their riders, not even tips. In addition to the RightRides program,

they offer neighborhood safety meetings, free walking escorts to destinations during the warmer months of April through October as well as safety advocacy workshops. RightRides operates every Saturday night from midnight to 3:00 a.m. For additional information on the neighborhoods they service or to volunteer as a driver or navigator, you can visit them on the web at ▲



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COMMUNITY RESOURCES COLLEGE ORGANIZATIONS Gay & Lesbian Alliance of Brooklyn College Plaza Bldg, 1404 Bedford Ave Brooklyn, NY 11210 718-951-4234 Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Alliance of Kingsborough Community College 2001 Oriental Blvd Brooklyn, NY 11235 GLBs at Pratt 200 Willoughby Ave Brooklyn, NY 11205 718-636-3422

Did You Know? The first public protest by gays in the nation’s capital took place in 1965 by seven gay men and three lesbians. They picketed outside federal offices in Washington to protest the government’s employment discrimination against gays.


LEGALS (Brooklyn Law School Lesbian & Gay Alliance for Law Students) 250 Joralemon St Brooklyn, NY 11201 Women’s Center of Brooklyn College 227 New Ingersoll Hall Brooklyn, NY 11210 718-951-5777

CULTURAL / ETHNIC / SOCIAL The Audre Lorde Project 85 So Oxford St, 3rd Fl Brooklyn NY 11217 718-596-0342 Bi Perspective-NY Area Bisexual Network Meets 1st & 3rd Sundays, 3:00 p.m. at the center 212-459-4784 Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) 421 5th Avenue at 8th Street Brooklyn NY 11215 718-832-0018

The Brooklyn Historical Society 128 Pierrepont St Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-222-4111 Caribbean Lesbian & Gay Alliance c/o Audre Lorde Project 85 South Oxford Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 The Gay & Lesbian Arab Society c/o The Center, 208 West 13th St New York, NY 10011 212-620-7310 Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of NY P.O. Box 1608 Old Chelsea Sta New York, NY 10113 212-802-RICE (7423) Gays & Lesbians of Bushwick Empowered (GLOBE) 301 Grove Street Brooklyn, NY 11211 718-418-7690 Gays & Lesbians of Williamsburg (GLOW) 139 N 10th St Brooklyn NY 11211 718-782-3105

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES Greek Gay & Lesbian Association 6817 4th Ave #150 Brooklyn, NY 11220 212-255-6860 Las Buenas Amigas Lesbianas Latinas en NY c/o The Center, 208 West 13th St New York, NY 10011 212-614-2948 Latino Gay Men of New York 85 South Oxford Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 Latinos & Latinas de Ambiente — NY (LLANY) c/o The Center, 208 West 13th St New York, NY 10011 212-614-2945 Lavender & Green Alliance 4121 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11232 718-436-5756 Lesbian & Gay Natural History Group of NY 80 Garfield Pl Brooklyn NY 11215 718-965-0013 Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps 332 Bleecker St K48 New York, NY 10014 800 222-2786 Lesbian Herstory Education Foundation 391 6th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 Lesbian Herstory Archives P.O. Box 1258, New York, NY 10116 718-768-3953 The Lesbian, Gay, Bisextual, Transgender Community Center 208 West 13th St New York, NY 10011 212-620 7310 Men of All Colors Together–NY (MACT/NY) P.O. Box 907 Ansonia Sta. New York, NY 10023 212-330-7678

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People of Color in Crisis, Inc 468 Bergen Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 718-230-0770 South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association (SALGA) P.O. Box 1491, Old Chelsea Sta New York, NY 10113 212-358-5132 Shades of Lavender 470 Bergen St Brooklyn, NY 11217 718-783-0883 Sing Out! Brooklyn 224 W 132nd St #2 New York, NY 10027 718-783-0883 Sistahs in Search of Truth, Alliance, Harmony (SISTAH) 208 West 13th Street 212-479-7886 Sirens Motorcycle Club 208 West 13th Street New York, NY 10011 212-749-6177 Twenty Something c/o The Center, 208 W 13th St New York, NY 10011 212-620-7310 U-MEN Entertainment P.O. Box 20644 New York, NY 10129 718-346-3589 Women of Color Group of Brooklyn’s Women’s Martial Arts 421 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-788-1775

GOVERNMENT SERVICES NYC Office of Labor Relations Domestic Partner Health Benefits 40 Rector Street, 3rd flr New York, NY 10006 212-306-7736 NYC Domestic Partner Registry City Clerk 1 Centre Street, rm 265 New York, NY 10007


COMMUNITY RESOURCES Gay & Lesbian Health Office NYC Dept of Health125 Worth Street, cn 67 New York, NY 10013 212-442-6944

HEALTH / COUNSELING / SUPPORT SERVICES The Answer is Loving Counseling Center 1964 E 35 Street Brooklyn, NY 11234 718-998-2305 Black Women's Health Project P.O. Box 401037 Brooklyn, NY 11240 The Bright Back Center, NSA Chiropractic 300 8th Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-832-1830 Brooklyn’s Women Anti-Rape Exchange 190 Willoughby Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-330-0310


Brooklyn Aids Task Force 502 Bergen St Brooklyn, NY 11217 718-622-2910 Callen-Lorde Health Center 356 W 18th St (btwn 8th & 9th Avenues) New York, NY 10011 212-271-7200 CCM 810 Classon Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238 718-230-5100 Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) 421 Fifth Ave Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-788-1775 Gay & Lesbian National Hotline 800-THE-GLNH (843-4564 212-989-0999 Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) 119 West 24 Street 212-807-6655 (Hotline)

God’s Love We Deliver 166 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10013 212-294-8100 IAPI-International AIDS Prevention Initiative (AIDS Memorial Quilt) 75 Varick St, Suite 1404 New York, NY 10013 212-226-2292 Lesbian Cancer Support Group 212-673-7699 LG Immigration Rights Task Force 350 W 31st St, #505 New York, NY 10001 212-714-2904 Life Force Women Fighting Aids 175 Remsen Street, Suite#1100 Brooklyn, NY 11219 718-797-0937 PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays) Queens: 718-271-6663 NYC: 212-463-0629

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES Park Slope Center for Mental Health 348 13th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-788-2461 Park Slope Safe Homes Project PO Box 150429 Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-788-6947 Rainbow Heights Club 25 Flatbush Ave. 4th flr Brooklyn, NY 718-852-2584 Brooklyn Rainbows 718-499-1132 Dr. Siegel & Dr. Levy, Podiatrists 338 9th St. Brooklyn, NY 11215 78-788-2290 Touch Community Dinners, Inc P.O. Box 401032 Brooklyn, NY 11240 718-518-2806 Village Center for Care at Red Hook 83 Coffey Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 718-596-8144

LEGAL SERVICES South Brooklyn Legal Services HIV Project 105 Court Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-237-5500

MEDIA Dyke TV P.O. Box 170-163 Brooklyn, NY 11217 718-230-4770 Gay City News Gay Wired GO NYC HX Magazine Metrosource Magazine

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NEXT Magazine The NY Blade

POLITICAL / ACTIVISM ACT-UP New York 332 Bleecker St, Suite G5 New York, NY 10014 212-966-4873 American Civil Liberties Union Lesbian & Gay Rights Project 125 Broad St, 18th floor New York, NY 10004 212-549-2627 Amnesty International USA — Amnesty Members for Lesbian & Gay Concerns 322 8th Ave New York, NY 10001 212-807-8400 Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA) 647 Hudson St. New York, NY 10014 GLBT Political Coalition 1760 Lexington Ave, suite 10F New York, NY 10029 212-889-4262 Lambda Independent Democrats (LID) P.O. Box 150614 Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-361-3322 Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund 120 Wall Street, Suite 1500 New York, NY 10005-3904 212-809-8585 Log Cabin Republicans of New York 127 4th Ave., Apt Ph New York, NY 10003 212-886-1893 Marriage Equality of New York P.O. Box 121 Old Chelsea Station, NY 10113-0121 212-627-0305 New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP) 240 West 35th Street Ste 200 New York, NY 10001 212-714-1141

STONEWALL Veterans Association 70-A Greenwich Ave., Suite 120 New York, NY 10011 212-627-1969

PROFESSIONAL Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) P.O. Box 2038, Canal St Station New York, NY 10013 212-NY1-GOAL (212-691-4625) GLBT Vets NY (Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Veterans of Greater New York) 346 Broadway, wuite 803 New York, NY 10013 Gay, Lesbian & Straight Educators Network P.O. Box 551, Cathedral Station New York, NY 10025 212-749-6866

Did You Know? In 1985, U.S. Senators Pete Wilson and Alfonse D’Amato attempted to hold a briefing on AIDS for Republican senators. Not a single senator showed up for it.

Globe of Bell Atlantic 1095 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036-6797 800-232-0069 ext. 6887 Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press P.O. Box 40-4920 Brooklyn, NY 11240 Out Professionals c/o The Center, 208 West 13th St New York, NY 10011 212-462-9255 www.outprofessionals,org New York Cyberqueers (NYCQ) c/o The Center, 208 West 13th St New York, NY 10011 718-522-6553 Outmusic P.O. Box 1575 New York, NY 10013-1575 212-330-9197


COMMUNITY RESOURCES Pride At Work New York P.O. Box 20900, Thompson Square Station New York, NY 10009 718-596-5372 Stonewall Business Association P.O. Box 387 New York, NY 10028 212-439-1010 Village Playwrights % Bob Zolnerzak 167 Hicks Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-522-0591

RECREATION / SPORTS Front Runners New York P.O. Box 230087, Ansonia Station New York, NY 10023 212-724-9700 On The Move / Women In Biking 400 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-768-4998

SENIORS GRIOT Circle 25 Flabush Avenue, 5th flr Brooklyn, NY 11217 718-246-2775 Pride Senior Network 356 W 18th St New York, NY 10011 212-271-7288 Senior Action in a Gay Environment (SAGE) 305 7th Ave, 16th flr New York, NY 10001 212-741-2247 SPIRITUAL Affirmation NYC (Mormon) P.O. Box 40-2038 Brooklyn, NY 11240 (212) 853 9434

Brooklyn Brownstone Jewish Coalition 247 Garfield Place Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-832-6230 Brooklyn Heights Synagogue 131 Remsen Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 Dignity P.O. Box 021313 Brooklyn, NY 11202 212-627-6488, ext. 4 First Unitarian Church Of Brooklyn Gay Straight Alliance 50 Monroe Place Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-624-5466 Integrity / New York (Episcopalian) P.O. Box 20067 New York, NY 10011 212-691-7181 Lutherans Concerned St. John-St. Matthew-Emanuel Lutheran Church 283 Prospect Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-768-0528

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ADVERTISERS INDEX Metropolitan Community Church 446 West 36th St New York, NY 10018 212-629-7440 Park Slope United Methodist Church 8th St & 6th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-768-3093 Radical Faeries P.O. Box 150296 Brooklyn, NY 11215 212-679-2729 Unity Fellowship Church Of Christ 2578 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, NY 11207 718-385-2406

TRANSGENDER Imperial Court of New York 61 E 8th St, Box 149 New York, NY 10003 212-475-0838 Transgender Rights c/o The Center, 208 W 13th St New York, NY 10011 212-979-8547

YOUTH Bisexual Gay Lesbian Transgender Youth of NY (BIGLTNY) c/o The Center, 208 W 13th St New York, NY 10011 212-620-7310 Hetrick-Martin Institute 2 Astor Pl, New York, NY 10003 212-674-2400, 212-674-8695 TTY Youth Enrichment Services (YES) c/o The Center, 208 W 13th St New York, NY 10011 212-620-7310

accounting services

health services & products

Ellis Delvalle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50

IDLube . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57

activism / pride organizations


Heritage of Pride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Kid Space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Long Island Pride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Pet Pride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Puerto Rican Initiative to Develop Empowerment (PRIDE) . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Stonewall Veterans’ Association . . . . . . .21 The Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49

State Farm — Katherine Murray . . . . . . .52

clubs / bars Cattyshack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Commonwealth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Excelsior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Ginger's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Monster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Secrets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54

marketing GLBT Expo – RDP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44

media Best Buy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 GO NYC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 HX Magazine/The NY Blade . . . . . . . . .20 Next Magazine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 WKTU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .inside front

museum Brooklyn Museum (BMA) . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

pets Hope Veterinary Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24

design services

religious organizations

Rori Baldari . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40

Park Slope United Methodist Church . .16 St. John-St. Matthew-Emanuiel . . . . . . . .18 Unity Fellowship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

dignitaries James Brennan, NYS Assembly . . . . . . . .38 Joan Millman, NYS Assembly . . . . . . . . .38 Marty Markowitz, Bkln Boro Pres . . . . .38

entertainment The Very Good Coffeehouse –Coop night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47

food 200 Fifth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Aunt Suzie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Delices de Paris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Grecian Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Katina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Naidre's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Poland Spring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Starbucks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48

social organizations Brooklyn Rainbows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Griot Circle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40

sports & sports apparel Crunch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 iwffa (Women's Football) . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Slope Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54

wines & spirits Budweiser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .back cover Fermented Grapes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 V2 Vodka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .inside back

Did You Know? The first time the top of the Empire State Building was lit up in lavender for the Lesbian and Gay Pride Weekend in June was in 1990.

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Did You Know? In 1979 “ABC News Close-Up� featured a documentary on homosexuals. Fifteen affiliates refused to air it, and the network was not able to find a single commercial sponsor.


Did You Know? Lesbian marriages were celebrated in the Guangdong region of China during the later part of the Qing or Manchu dynasty (1616-1912). These marriages, continued to be celebrated until early in the twentieth century.

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