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March 19, 2021 Volume 31, Number 2 camprehoboth.com
inside 4 In Brief
20 CAMP Houses
6 Out in Delaware
News & Notes DAVID MARINER
8 Intentionally Inclusive
Being Intentional: What Arne Sorenson Taught Us
24 My Body is My Own
16 It’s My Life The Year of Living Tediously
MICHAEL THOMAS FORD
18 Who’s That? That’s CAMP!
Here’s To Our Health: Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935) ANN APTAKER
The Highly Bearable Lightness of Being (Vaccinated)
10 CAMP News
14 Community News
48 Historical Headliners
22 Health & Wellness MARJ SHANNON
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Christopher Peterson at Home (and in Rehoboth)
12 A Shot in the Arm
52 The Real Dirt
Corey Wheatley, Sean Huber, and Lori Kline at SeanCorey Art Gallery in the CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard. See page 42.
26 Dining OUT
Coho’s is Here, Ready to Provide and Delight FAY JACOBS
28 Out & About
Single: Not Ready to Mingle ERIC PETERSON
What Goes on Stage? A Lot Backstage ANITA BROCCOLINO
30 Out & Proud The Wrong E-Ticket STEFANI DEOUL
32 Straight Talk
Just for the Health of It DAVID GARRETT
40 HRC Survey
Rehoboth “110%” Committed to Raising MEI Score
ERIC W. WAHL
56 We Remember 58 Q-Puzzle
38 LGBTQ+ YA
Whose Under Those Masks?
DOVER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT
44 CAMP Arts
Our Evolving Landscapes
ON THE COVER CAMP Counselors Photo: Murray Archibald
46 Booked Solid Gay Bar: Why We Went Out
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PUBLISHER David Mariner EDITOR Beth Shockley COPY EDITOR Marj Shannon DESIGN AND LAYOUT Mary Beth Ramsey ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Tricia Massella ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT Kerry Hallett, Barb Ralph DISTRIBUTION Corky Fitzpatrick, Mark Wolf CONTRIBUTORS Ann Aptaker, Murray Archibald, Rich Barnett, Anita Broccolino, Matty Brown, Ed Castelli, Wes Combs, Stefani Deoul, Clarence Fluker, Michael Thomas Ford, David Garrett, Fay Jacobs, David Mariner, Tricia Massella, Eric Peterson, Mary Beth Ramsey, Terri Schlichenmeyer, Marj Shannon, Eric W. Wahl, Doug Yetter
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MISSION STATEMENT AND PURPOSE CAMP Rehoboth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community service organization dedicated to creating a positive environment inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities in Rehoboth Beach and its related communities. We seek to promote cooperation and understanding among all people as we work to build a safer community with room for all. We seek to promote community well-being on all levels; to foster the development of community groups; to develop community space; to promote human and civil rights; to work against prejudice and discrimination; to lessen tensions among the community at large; and to help foster the economic growth of the area. We work toward these ends through activities such as the following:
Fundraising for other organizations,
such as AIDS service organizations, gay and lesbian community organizations, recycling programs, environmental projects, literacy training, and other ventures for the general betterment of the community.
Networking resources and information
by publishing a newsletter, and functioning as an alternative tourist bureau and information center.
Promoting artistic expressions and creative thinking,
and giving aid to artists and craftspeople with an emphasis on the works of lesbians and gay men.
Education and outreach to the larger community,
including sensitivity training seminars, and printed materials to promote positive images of gay and lesbian people and others.
Promoting political awareness to build safe and inclusive community
through voter information, education, and registration; and analysis of issues and candidates.
PRESIDENT Chris Beagle VICE PRESIDENT Wesley Combs SECRETARY Mike DeFlavia TREASURER Natalie Moss, CPA AT-LARGE DIRECTORS Pat Catanzariti, Jason Darion Mathis-White, David Garrett, Leslie Ledogar, David Mariner (non-voting), Tara Sheldon, and Leslie Sinclair EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR David Mariner HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAM DIRECTOR Salvatore Seeley DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR Anita Broccolino
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The Way I See It BY BETH SHOCKLEY, EDITOR
Hi, Letters readers! I’m Beth Shockley—your new editor—and I’m more than thrilled and humbled to take the helm of this amazing and wonderful magazine. I’ve been in the communications and journalism business for 40 years, but I’ve never had the chance to write/edit as an out lesbian, so this is an incredible opportunity and one I look forward to more than you can know. I was born and raised on the Delmarva Peninsula but surprisingly, growing up, I didn’t know that Rehoboth Beach was a gay haven. So, when I came out in my 20s, I began visiting from DC, where I lived at the time. I can’t tell you how thrilling it was to discover CAMP Rehoboth years later and especially Letters. Every time I’d come back, I would look for the white boxes and grab a copy. It made me feel part of the community—like I was home. And it still does. So, let’s take a look at what’s inside this issue. This month we focus on health and wellness. We’re hearing a lot about “corona-exhaustion”—all-COVID-all-the-time. But there’s no way around exploring our feelings about it, and we have numerous stories that do just that. Experiences are important to share, whether good or bad. We present a hopeful account from a man on the frontlines volunteering in the effort to provide COVID-19 vaccines to the people who need them most. Also, a first-hand account of what it’s like to get the vaccine. In addition, we have a guest column from Clarence Fluker about his relationship with his body’s health and well-being. Lots of folks in this issue are talking about what this past year has been like for them, from complete isolation to meeting in their safe companion pods, and venturing out—following CDC guidelines—to take walks on our beloved beach. But, in keeping with the spirit of CAMP Rehoboth, this issue is not all-COVID-allthe-time. We have a new column from CAMP Rehoboth Executive Director David Mariner, who will be bringing us LGBTQ related news and ideas—especially what’s happening in our great state of Delaware. He opens his new column, “Out in Delaware,” with a rundown on anti-discrimination bills pending at Legislative Hall. In addition, we’ve got the personality-filled column by Development Director Anita Broccolino, called “Who’s That,” which features a few of the hard-working supporters who help CAMP Rehoboth succeed. We hope the features in this issue will keep you thinking and entertained. That’s my goal, anyway. And although we have no further news at the moment, the US House of Representatives did pass the Equality Act, banning discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It now heads to the US Senate for an uncertain future. We will keep you posted. Here’s hoping it can become the law of the land. Enjoy this issue of Letters and stay safe, please.
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ON THE COVER
Celebrating Sal and Barbara
rom the very beginning, born of the AIDS epidemic, CAMP Rehoboth was set up to have a positive impact on the health of the community. Over the years the organization has expanded beyond HIV issues and testing (although there is still a very active testing program) to counseling, health programs like yoga and support groups, and much more. With this issue, the Letters cover celebrates Salvatore Seeley and Barbara Antlitz, two staff members driving CAMP Rehoboth’s health and wellness programs. Sal, who has been on staff for more than 20 years and built the program, began his career at CAMP Rehoboth as Program Director of the CAMPsafe program and the CAMP Rehoboth HIV/AIDS prevention program. In addition to the HIV prevention programs, Sal created the Health and Wellness Initiative at CAMP Rehoboth in 2004 and now serves as Director of Health and Wellness Programs. Barbara Antlitz, CAMP Rehoboth Youth Coordinator since 2019, works with Gender & Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) in middle and high schools in Kent and Sussex Counties, and with other groups supporting LGBTQ+ youth. She plans intersectionality Zooms and other youth and adult programs. Barbara has her master’s degree in health and has had a long career in public health. Letters salutes Salvatore and Barbara! ▼
Handmade Art Market to Return in April The CAMP Rehoboth Handmade Art Market returns on April 9, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The market features local artists and artisans selling a variety of handmade items and will take place outside in the open-air CAMP Rehoboth courtyard to allow for social distancing. Foot traffic will be directed along a specific route. Vendors and guests must adhere to CDC guidelines and wear masks at all times. Entry is free and open to the public. ▼
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CAMP Rehoboth Uses Art to Shine a Light
AMP Rehoboth has launched its new arts initiative, “Shine a Light,” where we are focusing on themes that give light to our community’s unique history and culture, and which serve to further diversity, equity, and inclusion, and build unity and understanding. A powerful show in February—Black Histories, Future Visions—received media attention and was featured on WMDT and WRDE. Beginning March 8, a new exhibit, CommUNITY, connects generations by displaying the work of student artists alongside that of artists age 55+. In April, FEST ART 2021! will illuminate the exceptional talent of our community artists. See Spotlight on the Arts (page 44) for additional information. ▼
Special Concert Benefits CAMP Rehoboth
AMP Rehoboth hosted a sold out and very special Valentine’s concert with Tret Fure and Christine Havrilla on February 14. The response was so great, it maxed out capacity and brought in a significant amount of money to help these two performers who have given so much and all freely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. “In true fashion, while CAMP Rehoboth was giving back to the community
and the performers by producing this concert, Tret and Christine gave back to CAMP Rehoboth as well. They generously offered a small portion of their proceeds back to us as a fundraiser,” said Anita Broccolino, Development Director at CAMP Rehoboth. “And the concert was so amazing we have added it to our CAMP Rehoboth YouTube page for everyone to enjoy!” The show, which lasted almost two
hours, with each performer playing a 45-minute set, was capped off by these two music greats performing together for the first time. During breaks, CAMP Rehoboth offered free raffle prizes, including tickets to next year’s CAMP Rehoboth Women’s FEST, the performers’ CDs, and fun gear. To watch the show at your leisure, go to: https://youtu.be/1HioiIRJmq8. ▼
CROP in Action
team of four CAMP Rehoboth Outreach Program (CROP) volunteers spent a day at the Children's Beach House in Lewes on February 24, painting the interior of their facility. They painted a large portion of wainscoting and office doors in the front entrance area of the building. Executive Director Richard Garrett and the staff repeatedly expressed their appreciation for the volunteer assistance and hard work with the week-long painting project. And wow, what a difference a fresh coat of paint made! After the shift, Richard provided an informative tour of the facility. Many thanks to the CROP team and new volunteers Lauren and Margaret ▼
oin the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC for “Genderosity,” a glam-rock spectacle celebrating self-expression realness. This will be a reimagined virtual version (streaming online through March 28) of their postponed concert from last season, complete with over-the-top costumes, never-before-seen virtual performances, six new dance numbers featuring 17th Street Dance, music from the GenOUT Youth Chorus, and much more, all celebrating the phenomenal spectrum of gender expression. So, grab your best outfit and your favorite beverage and join us for a fabulous celebration right in the comfort of your living room. Visit the website (gmcw.org) for more info and tickets. ▼ MARCH 19, 2021
OUT in Delaware BY DAVID MARINER, CAMP REHOBOTH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Addressing Discrimination in Delaware
iscrimination has many faces. We are lucky to live in a state that has broad anti-discrimination protections in housing, employment, and public accommodation. The work of preventing discrimination, however, is far from complete. As Delaware convenes the 2021 legislative session, state legislators are working to strengthen and expand our understanding of discrimination Delawareans experience, and to prevent it. Three new bills have been introduced that would expand who is protected in Delaware, and give the Delaware Division of Human Relations and the State Human Relations Commission new tools they need to make Delaware a more welcoming place for all. The CROWN Act
A coalition of organizations is seeking to end hairbased discrimination in Delaware and around the country. The coalition includes the NAACP, National Urban League, and Of Change. The State legislators are working Color CROWN Act (Creating to strengthen and expand a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) our understanding of would prohibit racebased hair discriminadiscrimination Delawareans tion due to hair texture experience, and to prevent it. or protective hairstyles including braids, locks, and twists. Eight states have already passed this legislation including, most recently, Connecticut. The CROWN coalition conducted a study of 2,000 women in 2019. They found that Black women are 30 percent more likely to be made aware of a formal workplace appearance policy. Eighty percent of Black women state they have had to change their hair from its natural state to fit in at the office. The primary sponsor of the CROWN Act in Delaware (Senate Bill 32) is Senator Darius Brown. This legislation has passed the Senate and is awaiting action in the House. Addressing PrEP-based Discrimination Representative Sean M. Lynn is the primary sponsor of legislation aimed at preventing discrimination against individuals who take PrEP for HIV prevention. PrEP, or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is a medication for those at high risk of acquiring the HIV virus and can reduce the risk of HIV transmission by up to Letters 6 MARCH 19, 2021
99 percent when taken as prescribed. While still a relatively small group, the number of Delawareans on PrEP has been rising steadily since about 2013. House Bill 111 would prevent discrimination against individuals who take PrEP when seeking disability, long term care, and life insurance. The bill is currently in the House Economic Development/ Banking/Insurance & Commerce Committee. The Religious Freedom for All Act Senate Bill 72, the Religious Freedom for All Act, clarifies that discrimination against any person on the basis of their religion is illegal under the Delaware Equal Accommodations Act. The Act currently includes a prohibition on discrimination based on ‘creed,’ which is interpreted as religion. This bill, however, would clarify that issue and include religious discrimination to include all aspects of religious observance and practice, not just belief. The primary sponsor of this legislation is Senator Sarah McBride, who stated, “At a time of rising religion-based hate crimes, it is critical that we fight for true religious freedom: a shield to protect, not a sword to inflict harm. I’m proud to introduce the Religious Freedom for All Act, adding religion to our state’s equal accommodations protections.” SB 72 is currently in committee awaiting further action. Staying Engaged The Delaware General Assembly (the legislature of the state of Delaware) convened in January and will adjourn on June 30, 2021. The status of some of these bills may have changed since this was written. Check for updates online at legis.delaware.gov. ▼ The State Human Relations Commission works to eliminate discrimination and to foster amicable relations among the diverse population in Delaware. Its next public meeting takes place Thursday, April 8, via Zoom. LEARN MORE ONLINE AT: statehumanrelations.
David Mariner is CAMP Rehoboth’s Executive Director.
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BY WESLEY COMBS
What Arne Sorenson Taught Us
n February 15, the world lost an amazing human being. As CEO of Marriott International, Arne Sorenson was as committed to making the world a better place at work as he was at home and in the community. I was fortunate enough to call him a client as well as a friend. But more importantly, he was a personal role model of the highest standard possible. My husband Greg and former business partner Bob Witeck are two others who also epitomize what it means to always seek to make the world a better place by making impact, something they have in common with Arne. Those of you who know me are familiar with the collective work Bob and I did with helping corporations create diverse and inclusive workplaces for LGBTQ people. Marriott was a longtime client who from the start was committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion for LGBTQ people. In the work that I do, you measure a client’s progress by the degree to which their employees—and in Marriott’s case, also their guests—feel like they are valued and welcomed in their workplace and their hotels. Achieving success happens when three things are present: 1) an organization takes actions that demonstrate it is authentically committed to making change a reality; 2) they are transparent throughout the process by communicating openly and consistently with stakeholders; and 3) they hold everyone accountable for reaching the goal. Like other companies there were some bumps along the way, but for the most part Marriott is a shining example of what it means to be a best place to work for diversity. Having a leader like Arne at the helm is what held all of this together. Let me share with you some examples of how Arne talked the talk and walked the walk. Authenticity: When the state of North Carolina passed HB2, a bill that sanctioned LGBTQ discrimination across the state, Arne immediately knew what he Letters 8 MARCH 19, 2021
had to do. As a CEO who had stated publicly that LGBTQ equality was a priority, he immediately spoke out in opposition. “For Marriott and for me, this was an easy call,” he said. “The law does not reflect our values or a basic principle that helps drive new jobs and economic growth in North Carolina and beyond: everyone deserves to be welcome. We are disappointed with the unusual speed that was given to passing and signing this legislation into law, undoubtedly an attempt to minimize public outcry.” Values matter, especially at times like this. Making a public statement demonstrated Marriott’s and Arne’s authentic commitment to creating a truly equitable world.
Defining workplace conduct and holding employees accountable are the ways you build trust with stakeholders— that you take diversity, equity, and inclusion seriously. Otherwise, your word and your reputation mean nothing. Transparency: What I loved about Arne was his approachability. He instantly made you feel like he was your friend, always willing to pause and attentively listen regardless of who you were. I witnessed this firsthand at Augustana Lutheran Church where Arne, his family, and my husband Greg belong. Arne regularly attended a monthly breakfast of about a dozen members and sometimes their spouses who came together to discuss the issues of the day. Regardless of the topic, Arne was always curious what others thought before he shared his point of view. He spoke in a calm, non-judgmental way which provided a safe space for a true conversation
to occur. His transparency is what made him so effective as a communicator. He understood that progress is not possible unless we are able to talk with each other openly and consistently. Accountability: When LGBTQ people check into a hotel, they want to be treated the same way heterosexuals are… with respect. That is not always the case. There were times when a front desk person offered my husband and me a room with two queen beds instead of one king bed. The subsequent conversation was awkward at best and humiliating at worst. The situation is different at a Marriott property. Marriott and Arne knew that being known as a preferred hotel brand meant that every customer had to feel welcome. That’s why Marriott invested in LGBTQ awareness training for frontline staff that defined what exceptional customer service looked like and made clear that failing to meet this standard would unacceptable. Defining workplace conduct and holding employees accountable are the ways you build trust with stakeholders—that you take diversity, equity, and inclusion seriously. Otherwise, your word and your reputation mean nothing. While it is still so hard to believe that Arne is no longer with us, I am comforted knowing that he leaves behind a powerful legacy. While I am not sure if Arne would expect us to carry on where he left off, I do know the world will be a much better place if we do. I hope you will join me in this important work of being intentionally inclusive. ▼ Wesley Combs, a CAMP Rehoboth Board member, is a diversity and inclusion expert, executive coach, and a passionate social justice advocate. He is the founding principal of Combs Advisory Services where he works with clients who share his values of enabling equity, equality, and opportunity in the workplace and the community.
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BY SALVATORE SEELEY
Goodbye, Barb Ralph!
oodbye, Barb Ralph, and thank you for all your years at CAMP Rehoboth! It is with personal sadness and regret but warm wishes that I want to let readers know that Barb Ralph has retired from her front office post at CAMP Rehoboth. She will truly be missed by all the people who have come through the doors here at the community center. Barb started at CAMP Rehoboth as many do, by walking through the doors and asking how she could volunteer. Barb started helping Kathy Weir, Steve Elkins, and Murray Archibald at Sundance, and was a huge help to the CAMPsafe program. She helped our condom-stuffing team—that’s the job of getting packets of condoms ready for distribution to bars, restaurants, and at events. In 2013 Barb made the move to
join Camp Rehoboth as an employee, assisting with the organization’s financial affairs as well as taking her place at the front office, helping all who came to seek help, sign up for membership, and more. More than a numbers cruncher, Barb was always on hand to provide whatever assistance was needed, whether it was giving out information about programs and events, selling tickets, or anything else that was needed. I want to personally thank Barb for all the work she has done at CAMP Rehoboth and most specifically for the health and wellness programs. Barb made a difference in so many lives— people who needed something right away, or helping someone who needed a hand to hold before an HIV test. All the best, Barb, on your welldeserved retirement! ▼
So many people will miss Barb and wish her well! Here are just a few of the things heard around CAMPus... “Barb was a part of the CAMP Rehoboth family for many years—both as a volunteer and a staff member. From a personal perspective, I will never forget her faithful friendship and support of Steve and me as we struggled through the devastating months of his cancer treatment, and continued for me in the painful time following his death. Thank you, Barb!” MURRAY ARCHIBALD
“Barb’s dedication and loyalty—both to work and friends— are simply unmatched. Once we started working together, I was quickly taken under her wing and dubbed her ‘little sis.’ Her generous spirit truly knows no bounds!” KERRY HALLET
“I loved working and talking with Barb! Barb always had her fingers on the pulse of CAMP. I appreciated her knowledge and admired her passion for CAMP. Barb is a walking CAMP HISTORY book! I wish her the best in the next chapter of her life!”
“When we met Barb for the first time, we were immediately taken in by her generous nature and willingness to help anyone in need. She has given amazing support to CAMP programs—checking to see “What more do you need?” She was always ready with a hug when you needed it, or an invitation to her home to share ‘a pot of stuff’ that was always on her stovetop. Barb was most fun when she led us in decorating for the holidays.”
“She always welcomed me when I was at CAMP. She ALWAYS complimented the youth program and noted how successful it was in such a short amount of time. I believe she sincerely cares about our community.”
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BY ED CASTELLI
A Shot in the Arm
ike most everyone I know, it wasn’t long into the pandemic that I felt a keen sense of loss, isolation, and even depression. I missed our friends, our family, and the shoulder-to-shoulder happy hours at Aqua. I’m not one to wallow. Instead, I analyze whatever’s going on my life, and seek ways to make it better. But with COVID-19 I couldn’t seem to rise above my sadness. My husband and I had every reason to be happy. We were safe. We were employed. We never went hungry. Meanwhile, in the world around us, many suffered or worse. I realized much of my sadness was rooted in a frustrating cycle of feeling helpless. Other than following guidelines like masking and distancing, it felt like all we could do was wait out this pandemic. And wow, it was going to be a long wait. Every news story slowly chipped away a piece of our lives. So we increased our charitable giving severalfold. We gave to organizations that would help those less fortunate, especially those involved with buying or getting food. And our tipping became almost comical. If a server did nothing more than pull our order from the takeout counter to the cash register, we tipped 30 percent. It helped, but we still didn’t feel we were doing enough. When my husband started working crazy-long hours and weekends, I decided to take one “risk” per week and started volunteering for a local food bank. I did everything from filling boxes to heavy lifting. I wore flannel. I learned the jargon—words like palletize, floater, and box-taper-upper. I even learned how to use an electric jack, the closest I’ll ever get to operating a manly power tool. The experience was amazing and uplifting. My mental health improved immediately. So much, in fact, it made me want to volunteer more. I’m very passionate about COVID-19 vaccines. I feel they are our strongest hope to save lives and eradicate this once and for all. Local clinics were starting to
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form and I wondered if they needed help. Memories of my grade school days as a crossing guard took over. And my time performing in various color guards conjured visions of me directing traffic with a neon orange swing flag. I would wrangle a crowd like no other. No one would get
Around 500 people got vaccinated that first day. It was emotional. The relief, the appreciation. A few cried. Congratulations were shared. The eyes above the masks were smiling. in the wrong line on my watch. I would spin, twirl, and toss that flag if it ensured more shots got delivered with my help! Back to reality. A simple internet search and some networking revealed many opportunities to help as a non-medical volunteer. Some close friends joined me, and we were soon “hired” at UPMC Pinnacle in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Their staff has some of the best people I’ll ever work with in my life. Dedicated, caring folks pulling together from all over the organization to work these clinics. I am continuously in awe of them. On my first day I was posted with my dear friend Ray at the after-shot station.
We assigned people to various waiting rooms to get their next appointments. But now, all us volunteers are willing to do whatever pops up. We became jacks of all trades to meet the goal of “more shots in more arms.” The work was fun. So much better than my sedentary, lonely day job. Around 500 people got vaccinated that first day. It was emotional. The relief, the appreciation. A few cried. Congratulations were shared. The eyes above the masks were smiling. There was a lightness in the air I haven’t felt in a very long time. Of course, every clinic comes with hiccups. A leaky pipe that closes a bathroom. A computer glitch that results in longer lines. Recipients with creative questions. But I’m learning hurdles are surmountable with compassion and understanding. In the process of helping others, I’m healing myself. And if all else fails, there’s humor. Lots of it. Meanwhile I was handing folks bottled water. People laughed. They were more at ease. So was I. One of my favorite moments involves a gentleman firefighter. The burly type. Covered in tattoos but scared to death of needles. Folks in line bonded with him and quietly cheered when he got vaccinated without fainting (they really are small needles). I asked him about the tattoos and he said those needles involved bravery of the alcohol kind. You have to love our first responders. Our health and wellness is everything in this life. When it’s your turn, do get vaccinated if you’re able. And consider volunteering. Better yet bring a friend. It pays dividends. It does for me. ▼ Ed and his husband, Jerry, split their time between homes near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Bethany Beach. Ed builds websites to pay the bills but loves to cook, garden, hike, and dote on their dog Atticus.
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CommunityNews Delaware Stonewall PAC Announces New Members
t its annual membership meeting, Delaware Stonewall PAC elected several new members to its Board: Erik Raser-Schramm, former Chair of the Delaware Democratic Party, was elected as Political Vice-President. Also added to the Board were Dwayne Bensing, ACLU legal staff member, and Anthony Purcell, a clinical social worker. These three join Peter Schott, reelected Chair, Scott Strickler, Treasurer, and At-Large members Tara Sheldon and Martin Rendon. Delaware Stonewall PAC is a non-partisan political organization committed to advocate and educate on behalf of issues important to the LGBT Community of Delaware. Find out more at delawarestonewall.org. ▼
Transgender Awareness Dialogue
n honor of Transgender Awareness Visibility Week, Salisbury PFLAG and Transliance will host a community dialogue moderated by Delaware State Senator Sarah McBride. The event is scheduled for March 27 at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the Salisbury PFLAG Facebook page at facebook.com/ SalisburyPFLAG/. The event will be focused on the needs of, and issues faced by, the gender spectrum community. Transgender Visibility/
Streetscape Task Force Forms The City of Rehoboth is planning streetscape improvements in our neighborhood. The focus will be on the first two blocks of Baltimore and Wilmington Avenues, as well as First Street and Second Street between Baltimore and Wilmington Avenues. In accordance with the city’s comprehensive development plan, the city plans to create an ambiance that is appealing to visitors and residents alike, and to promote commercial viability, safety, and pedestrian access. A Wilmington/Baltimore Avenue Streetscape Task Force is currently being formed to assist in this effort. ▼
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Awareness Week is March 24-31, culminating with Trans Day of Visibility on March 31. This annual event serves as a global celebration of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, recognizing their accomplishments and contributions to society as well as providing an opportunity to raise awareness of the urgent need to work to end the prevailing discrimination, lack of resources, and violence faced by the transgender community. ▼
Freddie’s Bar Opening Soon A new LGBTQ, straight-friendly restaurant and bar is moving into the South First Street location where The Pond used to be. Work is being completed for Freddie’s Beach Bar, based in Arlington, Virginia, to open—hopefully by Memorial Day—for the season. Owner Freddie Lutz says he’s been looking to move to Rehoboth for two decades. He says, “Look for lots of pink and purple paint, glitter and glitz, a shelf for dolls near the top, karaoke, and drag queens. And don’t forget—fun.” ▼
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BY MICHAEL THOMAS FORD
The Year of Living Tediously
year ago this week, a friend of mine who is in a position to know about things like this, sent me an ominous text: “Just got word that the whole country might be going into lockdown because of the virus. You might want to stock up on enough stuff for a couple of weeks.” My first thought was that this is how so many sci-fi movies begin. My second thought was that we didn’t have nearly enough SpaghettiOs in the house to last that long. I was sure my friend was wellmeaning but probably overreacting. Still, off I went to the grocery, just in case. We all know what happened next. The toilet paper debacle. The empty shelves. The panic. And seriously, who bought all the SpaghettiOs, anyway, because I couldn’t find more than a couple of cans in those first weeks, none of them with meatballs. In all seriousness, we were lucky. The grocery situation here was rough, but not horrific. I set up our unused coat closet as what I called the Pandemic Pantry and filled it with canned goods, pasta, and the 24 cans of every flavor of SPAM that Cubby had given me as a joke for Christmas. Then I settled in. I confess that part of me was secretly thrilled at having an excuse not to leave the house. Because of the virus, I no longer had to worry about not wanting to be social. Also, I was absolutely certain that I would use the quarantine time to get a lot of writing done. I had two books under contract already, and ideas for more. By the time the “virus thing” was over with and life was back to normal, I thought, I would be way ahead of the game. Well. Here we are a year later. A year, y’all. Twelve months. Fifty-two weeks. Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes, as every selfrespecting theater queen can tell you. And what do I have to show for it? Not a lot. I did finish one book. Two, actually. But not the big one I was supposed to finish. I haven’t written a
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word on that one. And everything else was late. As in months late. And I have no excuse other than…I was exhausted. It started okay. Yes, we had to celebrate Cubby’s birthday alone at home, just the two of us. But that was only two weeks into quarantine, and we didn’t mind so much. “Next year,” I assured him, “we’ll have a big party with all of our friends.” Then the weather warmed up and we distracted ourselves by working in the garden. We only moved into this house in January of 2020, so there was a lot to do during our first year here, and that was a distraction.
Here we are a year later. A year, y’all. Twelve months. Fifty-two weeks. Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes, as every self-respecting theater queen can tell you. And what do I have to show for it? Sometime in the fall, it hit me that maybe the whole staying home thing wasn’t as much fun, or as productive, as I’d expected it to be. As the days got shorter and there was less to do outside, we began looking ahead to the upcoming holidays and realizing that there would be no get-togethers. Thankfully, we weren’t tired of one another. Still, Cubby—in particular—likes parties and seeing people, and the idea of no Halloween or Thanksgiving or Christmas was disappointing. We were especially sad to miss out on our
village’s annual New Year’s Eve party, which involves the celebratory dropping of a taxidermy raccoon (our village mascot) to ring in the new year. Instead, we were asleep by 10:00. Then, of course, there was the whole election thing, which was just so tedious I can’t even think about it. Suffice it to say that November through February is pretty much a blur of checking FiveThirtyEight and CNN obsessively. And now here we are again in March. March! When did this happen? How can I possibly have to pay taxes again? Didn’t I just do it last week? No, friends, I did not use my quarantine year productively. I did not write those books I said I would. I did not learn a new language, or experiment in the kitchen, or paint my office. What did I do? I sat. I fretted. I watched 73,895 TikToks. I gained 30 pounds. Oh, and we got COVID. Well, Cubby did, which we expected he would since he works in healthcare. (He’s fine, thanks.) All in all, not a lot to write about in the annual holiday card. Cubby’s birthday is coming around again in a week or so. He’s been vaccinated now, but I haven’t, so once again this will likely be a sociallydistanced affair. Then maybe I’ll get started on that neglected to-do list. But probably not. ▼ Michael Thomas Ford is a much-published Lambda Literary award-winning author. Visit Michael at michaelthomasford.com
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WHO’s That?... That’s CAMP! BY ANITA BROCCOLINO, CAMP REHOBOTH DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
What Goes on Stage? A Lot Backstage
fun exploration, “Who’s That?...That’s CAMP!” takes a look at those who make up our dynamic community of CAMP Rehoboth members, supporters, sponsors, donors, and participants. Coming through via Zoom, and live from the Milton Theatre in Milton, Delaware…oh wait, no, make that…from Disney World? Yes, when I reached these two young-spirited and long-time supporters of CAMP Rehoboth, they moved the computer camera around to show me Cinderella’s castle! Anyone who knows Milton Theatre’s Fred Munzert and JP Lacap may find it hard to believe they were actually away, taking a break from all they do for the beach communities and the theatre. “Truth be told, we’re on a semi-business, semi-holiday type of trip,” said Fred. “But I have to admit it: I love Cinderella’s castle!” he jubilantly added. This month’s “Who’s That?..That’s CAMP,” brings us this great couple who only When I reached these two youngmarried barely three years spirited and long-time supporters ago. From the light-hearted quips and genuine smiles of CAMP Rehoboth, they moved the witnessed as they interacted computer camera around to show with one another, the honeyme Cinderella’s castle! moon phase hasn’t ended. While one is very much someone we would call “a Delaware local,” the other is from 8,522 miles away: Manila, Philippines to be exact. Interestingly, each arrived in Milton for a different reason, and for what were to be short visits. But then, neither ever left! Both men have remarkably fascinating backgrounds. Fred has lived around the country: Delaware, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles, Orlando, New York, and worked around the world, performing and producing. A fun little tidbit about Fred is that he is a professionally-trained classical theatre organist. And one day soon, intends to be the proud recipient of a rather large historic organ which is being given to him. JP grew up in a vastly different world and was on a corporate fast-track at the behemoth Reuters Letters 18 MARCH 19, 2021
News in Asia. While in that corporate sales position, he was in contact with high-level officials at various international companies. With much humility, JP imparted how he led efforts to form the very first LGBTQ group in Asia and then helped his company become the first company in the Philippines to include same-sex benefits. “Unfortunately, the Philippines are a generation or two behind us in LGBTQ+ rights,” said JP. Fred and JP shared why they love being top-level members and sponsors, in addition to advertising in Letters from CAMP Rehoboth. “CAMP Rehoboth provides a community everyone can be a part of, and we’re excited to hear you are bringing back the young professionals and professionals groups, and networking events.” JP said. “We especially love all that CAMP Rehoboth is doing for the youth and younger generation. CAMP Rehoboth’s advocacy is unique and so important because of the people who come here from all walks of life and places, but then go home to their own cities and towns with important experiences and messages about equality and inclusion,” said Fred. Fred openly shared how he would visit the Rehoboth Beach area two or three decades ago, and how different it was for gay people. “Back then, just walking the boardwalk, they had undercover vice police around who would arrest men who simply flirted with another man. It was pretty shocking when it happened, in front of me, to one of my friends,” said Fred. “And another time, I was personally confronted by the police and forced to empty my pockets for absolutely no reason. These were mostly the days before there was CAMP Rehoboth, but also why supporting CAMP Rehoboth was and continues to be so very important for all of us. CAMP Rehoboth was a big reason why the town became so welcoming and friendly all of those years ago.” Fred and JP—enjoy Disney and yes, we found your glass slipper on the front porch! ▼ CAMP Rehoboth Development Director Anita Broccolino oversees and advances CAMP Rehoboth’s development, fundraising, and communications efforts, while helping increase awareness in the community about the programs and activities CAMP Rehoboth offers. If you would like to learn more about CAMP Rehoboth, become a member, or meet with Anita to discuss a donation, legacy, or planned giving gift, please call: 302-227-5620 or email: anita@ camprehoboth.com
Join Us! Women’s FEST will return fully in 2022. In the meantime, join us this year for the following fun, virtual or socially distanced women’s events. Ten More Queer Women in Art and History Who Changed the World (Virtual Presentation) Thursday, April 22, 6:00 pm Liz Bradbury shares this brand new and hilarious online presentation starting at 6:00 pm. Annual Women’s FEST CROP Outing Friday April 23, 9:00 am to noon CROP heads to Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding (SDTR), to handle needed chores around the facility to help them prepare for the return of their riders. Space is limited. Register online at camprehoboth.com.
Virtual Broadwalk on the Boardwalk Sunday April 25, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm We are proud to support the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Visit camprehoboth.com to order a feather boa for pickup, and stroll the boardwalk (safely and distanced) at your leisure anytime during the day.
Women’s 9-Hole Tournament Friday, April 23, 4:00 pm Join us at the American Classic Golf Course. Space is limited. Register online at camprehoboth.com. Women’s FEST Handmade Art Market Saturday, April 24, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Join us in the CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard for the spring return of the Handmade Art Market. FEST ART 2021! Exhibit Opening Night Saturday April 24, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Nationally-noted artist and educator Joey Mánlapaz is the juror of this year’s exhibit at CAMP Rehoboth. The exhibit will be on display from April 3-26.
MARCH 19, 2021
BY RICH BARNETT
Christopher Peterson at Home (and in Rehoboth)
enowned female impersonator Christopher Peterson will be returning to Rehoboth this summer to star in the musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at Clear Space Theatre. Christopher, who will play the role of Bernadette, is also designing the costumes for the production. I caught up with Christopher recently on my winter sojourn to Key West. I wanted to hear more about his summer plans in the Nation’s Summer Capital and I was curious to see if his drag informs his design aesthetic at home. “I’ve always had a soft spot for Rehoboth,” Christopher says as he pours us both a glass of white wine and reclines back into an enormous green velvet sofa with his little dog, Benjamin. “Those days when I was a pretty young thing working the Renegade on Route One were magi-
cal. The place had such energy. If I hadn’t fallen in love with Key West and landed a steady gig at the La-Te-Da, I’d probably have settled down in Rehoboth.” Christopher made his full-time move to Key West 20 years ago and bought the modest prefab home he calls “The Manor on the Isle of Stock” six years ago after Hurricane Irma blasted the Florida Keys. It was a good time to make a change, he tells me, and to move from a condo to a house with more room. A lot of artists and folks in the hospitality industry have been moving out to Stock Island just north of Key West since Irma because it’s affordable. Housing in Key West, according to my research, is 143 percent higher than the national average and climbing. “The Manor is above the flood plain and it has a generator, so I feel safe. I know the wine will remain perfectly
“I always tell people that Marilyn, Judy, Liza, Cher, Madonna—all the ladies—paid for this house. They live here too, you know.”
chilled even if we lose power in the event of a hurricane. Seriously though, the main reason my late husband and I moved out here was so we could be close to work, and design and decorate the house just the way we wanted without breaking the bank.” From my position sitting upon a fringed tuffet, I sipped my wine and looked around. The house felt both roomy and cozy with its high tray ceilings, black Italian floor tiles, and rich color pallet of green, brown, and gold, with flashes of animal print. The focal point of the open concept living area is a custom-made, pit-style green velvet sofa with black piping above which hang three large-framed black and white photos of Christopher at age 23. A nearby chest showcases several awards, more photos, and a sequined crown. “I wanted to recreate a Las Vegas hotel suite,” Christopher explained with a dramatic wave of his hand. “Can’t you picture Marilyn curled up on the sofa and sipping a glass of wine after a show and a late-night supper?” I can, I say, looking at the man who has built quite a career bringing Marilyn Monroe and other iconic starlets to life. I asked to see where the magic happens and Christopher escorted me into his work studio, a room stacked with wigs, hats and beaded headdresses under construction, boas, standing dress forms, bolts of fabric, and cabinets full of buttons, feathers, thread, and sequins. Naturally, there was a professional grade sewing machine. The space reeks of energy and creativity. What catches my eye, however, are several large jewels. “I had them made in Hong Kong.” He handed me a large yellow cubic zirconia diamond. “This one is a replica of the famous Tiffany Diamond that Lady Gaga wore to the 2019 Oscars. Audrey Hepburn wore it in publicity photos for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I’m turning it into a necklace.” He held it to his throat. Continued on page 68
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The Highly Bearable Lightness of Being (Vaccinated)
y the time this is published, I will have received my second COVID-19 vaccination. I’ll even be long past any short-term side effects of same. Some people I know have had those, but no one has complained even once about the fatigue or headache or injection site tenderness. Everyone is just grateful to have passed this milestone on their way to our next normal. Even given a wait period of twoto-four weeks post-vaccination for antibodies to fully develop, I should be well-protected by the beginning of April. So—what does that next normal look like for me? Well, in truth, it looks—shortterm—pretty much the same as my current, pandemic normal. I’ll still have pockets stuffed with masks; will socially distance from most people; will frequent restaurants largely via take-out or outdoor dining. I won’t yet be convening my pre-pandemic dinner club for a meal in my dining room. Why all this caution, given vaccination should well-protect me from becoming seriously ill or dying from COVID-19? One reason: Delaware is still (in early-March) vaccinating only people who fall into certain groups. These groups include people such as healthcare workers, nursing home residents and staff, emergency responders, essential workers, and people age 65+. That means a LOT of Delawareans have yet to even qualify for vaccination; they remain very much at risk. Another reason: While it’s known that COVID-19 vaccination is highly effective at preventing serious illness and death, preventing disease does not necessarily mean preventing infection. People who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 may still become infected with COVID-19 and may still be able to transmit the infection to others, even though they themselves do not become ill. A third: The COVID-19 virus in mutating, as viruses do, and there’s still
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a lot to learn about how effective the existing vaccines are in preventing infection, disease, and transmission with these new variants. It appears the vaccines still prevent serious illness and death, but even mildly or moderately ill people can transmit the disease to others who—if unvaccinated—may become seriously ill. I want to be respectful of all those not-yet-vaccinated people. I want to be respectful of the virus and recognize it may mutate into something that is more infective and more transmissible. I want to avoid putting unvaccinated people at risk by abandoning all the practices that got me safely to the point of vaccination.
My next normal is looking nearer and brighter than it has for some time. The question arises: if I’m still going to behave as I have during the past many months, why did I get vaccinated? I mean—wasn’t the point to be able to resume normal life? It was. And I will. I’ll just take my time in doing so. Of course, in some cases federal or state guidelines will require that I continue to wear a mask and socially distance in public places. But even where those guidelines don’t apply—say, at home—I’ll still proceed at a measured pace. I don’t want to suggest—by continuing to take precautions—that vaccination makes no difference, thereby discouraging vaccine uptake. Vaccination does make a difference; will—as more and more people are vaccinated—make a big enough difference in all our lives that our next
normal will begin to more closely resemble our pre-pandemic normal. Vaccination is already making a big difference in my life: I feel a certain “lightness” of being; a sense that a load has been lifted. That surprised me, as I’ve not been one of those who has been severely isolated during the pandemic. I’ve grocery shopped and kept in-person medical and dental appointments. I’ve gotten my hair cut since the salons reopened last year, and visited with my daughter— outdoors—at her home. I shared outdoor walks and meals with a miniscule pod I built over a period of months. And yet—the lightness. I think it’s the relief of feeling less vulnerable. I still might contract COVID-19—the vaccine is not a guarantee against infection—but it should manifest more at the level of a bad cold v. a deadly disease. My longer-term next normal differs from my short-term one, though the masks and social distancing may be around for some time. I’ll be convening the dinner club—maybe outdoors on the deck, but still, convening. I have a car trip planned for early May, and a longer trip—including air travel—for late-summer. My daughter may visit for a weekend—something she’s been unable to do for over a year. My next normal is looking nearer and brighter than it has for some time. Yours can, too. When it’s your turn— get vaccinated. Marj Shannon is an epidemiologist and wordsmith who has devoted her life to minutiae. She reports that yes, the devils are in the details.
Classes & Events—All Coming to You via Zoom MORNING MINDFULNESS Tuesdays | 8:00 a.m. Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom. us/meeting/register/tZAkcOmoqTIuH91Bja40U06Wuy8vIwnyOkj7 Start your Tuesdays off with Erin and CAMP Rehoboth. Erin will lead us through a mindful exercise or morning meditation for 30 minutes. CHAIR YOGA Tuesdays | 9:00 a.m. Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom. us/meeting/register/tZMrce-urDkrHtbP3sR4-J9vdSBtmKWQMdHT Everyone can access the health benefits of yoga in this Chair Yoga class with Erin. She’ll guide you to synchronize conscious breath and mindful movement. The sequence of poses is designed to energize and strengthen as well as relax and lengthen muscles. Reduce anxiety and stress, improve circulation, protect joints, build strength and balance and support your overall well-being. Yoga also can help reduce cravings and simply make us feel good.
MEN’S DISCUSSION GROUP 2nd/4th Wednesdays | 7:00 p.m. Zoom Meeting: https://us02web. zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItdGhqT8oEtLnNRbi1Q9U2_My_ WQV7bw6 The Men’s Discussion Group is a safe and nurturing space to start conversations important to our community. We celebrate who we are, we promote respect and understanding, and we accept each other’s differences with intention to build a more connected community. This discussion group is a safe space for gay, bisexual, transgender, and masculine center men to talk issues, values, and matters that make up our lives, free from stigma and judgments. WOMEN IN CIRCLE 1st/3rd Saturdays | 10:00 a.m. Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/ meeting/register/tZUlcOuqpjsuH9R3Y7CeFWWcAEySf6dq02X Women in Circle is a gathering of lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and feminine center women. The circle is welcoming, inclusive, and a positive place to meet, connect, and share with other women. Each week a different topic opens the circle to discuss, learn and support one other. Become a part of the growing community of the Women in Circle. LGBTQ BOOK CLUB March 29 at 5:30 p.m. Zoom Meeting: https://us02web. zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvd6orDsvGtw2naGKzHTmRYcr8Zf_Xt6F Hope you can join us for the book club this month. For more information about our book club and our book selections, please email: Salvatore@ camprehoboth.com.
CAMP REHOBOTH LGBTQ+ YOUTH DISCUSSION GROUP Thursdays in March Zoom Meeting: For ZOOM meeting ID and password contact Barbara at email@example.com CAMP Rehoboth LGBTQ+ Youth Discussion Group is a safe and nurturing space to start conversations important to our community. We celebrate who we are, we promote respect and understanding, and we accept each other’s differences with the intention to build a more connected community. This discussion group is a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth to talk about issues, values, and matters that make up our lives, free from stigma and judgments. Please be mindful these meetings are specifically open to youth ages 11-19. ▼
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BY CLARENCE FLUKER
My Body Is My Own
am fully aware that over the last 12 months, family members and other people I consider to be friends have criticized and made fun of me for being what they consider too cautious in my attempts to avoid COVID-19. Until recently, there were no vaccines, and there was no concrete way of preventing the spread of the airborne virus. And even today, the vaccines are not yet available to everyone who wants one. All we can do is try our best to keep socially distant, wear a mask, wash our hands, and be mindful of the air circulation wherever we are. While I acknowledge that one can do nothing without risk, I have done my best to mitigate the levels of exposure to this virus. Since the pandemic began, I have missed out on social functions, impromptu meet-ups, and spending time with people about whom I care deeply. It has perplexed them that I, known as a "social butterfly," have seemingly retreated into a cocoon. Despite their criticism, I have reveled in this newfound solitude. This time with myself has allowed for revelation, reflection, and rebellion. And frankly, I have enjoyed it. This time of reflection has made me think more about the temple that is my body. More than any other time in my life, I know and embrace that my body is my own, and I must protect it. I grew up poor, Black, and gay in a world that was not kind to people with any of those attributes. Throughout 2020, I was reminded almost daily that unfortunately, not much has changed. The news was a constant reminder of the senseless murder and death of Black bodies. African Americans were more likely to be infected with, hospitalized by, and die from COVID-19. I also was forced to reckon with the repeated murders of innocent Black people at the hands of law enforcement, such as Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Daniel Prude, and Breonna Taylor. These senseless murders sparked protests worldwide. The killing of Ahmaud Arbery reminded me that my body could be hunted, like an animal. Taken together, these things made me feel as though I was not often safe in my body. On January 6, 2021, I watched footage of the US Capitol insurrection. I was horrified by this blatant
It has perplexed them that I, known as a “social butterfly,” have seemingly retreated into a cocoon.
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attack on our democracy, aware of the damage to the building and the sense of security of people who worked there and the rest of the nation. Furthermore, I was shaken by the recognition of how much more deadly the outcome would have been if the majority of those who participated had not been white. Protesters with Black bodies would have been treated differently; they had been treated differently by law enforcement just months before during Back Lives Matter protests. The last 12 months have given me the time and space to reflect more deeply on my body and how it shows up, moves through the world, and with whom, when, and how I share it. I must love it, live in it, live with it, and be its protector. Audre Lorde once said, "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." Taking care of myself, nurturing and protecting my body, mind, and spirit as I see fit are rebellious acts within social, political, and economic systems and structures that were not designed for me. So yes, I have been in my cocoon for the last 12 months. But I do not apologize for creating boundaries to protect myself (and you). I feel no sense of shame or guilt for not providing anyone access to my body. In my cocoon, I have developed a more liberated sense of self. With my liberation comes my better understanding of myself and body, and respect for yours, too. We each get to make our own decisions about our bodies. When people ask how I am doing, I respond that I am whole and well by my own definitions. I wish the same for everyone. Embrace your body. Make decisions for yourself that are in your best interest. Decide what it means for you to be whole and well for you, and then pursue that. ▼ Clarence J. Fluker is a public affairs and social impact strategist. Since 2008, he's also been a contributing writer for Swerv, a lifestyle periodical celebrating African American LGBTQ culture and community. Follow him on Twitter: @CJFluker, or Instagram: Mr_CJFluker
MARCH 19, 2021
BY FAY JACOBS
Coho’s is Here, Ready to Provide and Delight
Coho’s Market & Grill 305 Rehoboth Avenue Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 (302) 227-2646 cohosmarket.com
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ho opens a gourmet market, carry-out, and casual dining spot during a pandemic? Calling it “madness,” Dave Lyons and Rick Hardy did. And surprisingly, it’s done really well—with even better days to come this spring and summer. Dave and Rick, a couple for almost 30 years and second homeowners in Rehoboth for a long time, always dreamed of running a small gourmet business in retirement. With Rick retiring from a career at Ikea and Dave about to finish up his government IT job, they heard of the perfect spot opening up on Rehoboth Avenue and jumped in. Coho’s Market and Grill, next to Loves Liquors, in the completely renovated spot once occupied by Grub Grocery, opened last April. The business serves up awesome sandwiches and provides a handy spot for townies who need to grab milk, bread, or eggs. They offer an array of cheeses, relishes, beverages, and everything needed for happy hour entertaining. They also offer marvelous lunches or even dinners (their specialty pot pie is soooo delicious). The deli offers a variety of cheeses, sliced meats, and salads by the pound, party trays, and specialty sandwiches, hot or cold. For lunch I sampled their signature Rehoboth turkey club on a fresh baked baguette—and not only was it delicious (lots of bacon), but it may just be the best baguette in the area. The Brooklyn, served hot, is a Ciabatta panini with prosciutto, pepperoni, sopressata, red onion, roasted tomato, mozzarella, and pepperoncini. It’s scrumptious and has a nice spicy kick. Sandwiches are named for Rehoboth’s famed streets like The Hickman, Delaware, and Bayard. My carry-out also included a Champagne cheddar and flat bread crackers, which made for a delightful happy hour at our house. Included as well was the aforementioned Chicken Pot Pie, easily serving the two of us,
which we heated up for supper and devoured. Pot pie is one of my wife Bonnie’s favorites and she gave this one an A+ rating.
For lunch I sampled their signature Rehoboth turkey club on a fresh baked baguette—and not only was it delicious (lots of bacon), but it may just be the best baguette in the area. Coho’s also has breakfast sandwiches, featuring a variety of egg and cheese combinations, plus The Pine Reach, consisting of creamy avocado toast topped with pico de gallo on a honey sriracha brioche. And there are salads, sides (regular, Cajun, or Old Bay Boardwalk Fries), Canal Tater Tots, and mozzarella sticks with marinara. There’s soup, plus “Heat and Eat” daily specials. Behind the scenes, Rick and staff cook while Dave handles the front of house. He reports that business has been brisk, even this winter (Coho’s is open year-round), and there’s a new deck and added outdoor seating planned for Spring. Now that Dave and Rick are here full-time, they look forward to getting more involved in the community and becoming part of Rehoboth’s foodieinspired dining scene. Welcome, guys! You can order online at Cohosmarket.com or call for carry-out at 302-227-2646 (COHO). ▼
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Out & About
BY ERIC C. PETERSON
Single: Not Ready to Mingle
s a professional Diversity & Inclusion practitioner, I spend a lot of my time talking about race and gender, two identities that personally afford me, a white man, a great deal of privilege. I spend less time talking about the identities where I am not in the privileged camp. I’m gay, and while I don’t claim that homophobia is dead and gone by any means, I must admit that in my coastal urban bubble, it doesn’t scare me nearly as much as it used to. Maybe that’s because society is improving, or I’ve just gotten used to myself, or perhaps a bit of both. I’m also an atheist, which generally only draws the scorn of holy roller evangelicals, and honestly, I don’t care so much what they think. But there’s one other identity that targets me—something about me that our culture holds a deep and abiding hatred for, and I hardly ever talk about that. I’m single. As someone who’s not actively looking for a partner, I suppose you could say that I’m single by choice at this point, although I might counter that I’m not averse to romantic love; it’s just difficult to date during a pandemic. And it’s also true that if I never find a partner, soul mate, main squeeze, etc., I’ve decided that I’ll be just fine. I’m happy by choice, if nothing else. But I do maintain that our culture hates us singletons, which makes my happiness anything but a default. In fact, it was a hardwon journey to be okay on my own. I’m funny, intelligent, very fun at parties, I have a wonderful community of friends, and quite frankly, my dog thinks I’m a god. But that’s always been true, and yet I’ve been miserable most of my adult life, sure that the only reason no one ever chose me was because I was essentially unlovable. It’s the one facet of my identity that family and friends alike have been eager to fix, usually without asking me if I want a romantic partner or if so, what I might be looking for in a relationship. Together was simply better than alone, full stop. I give Hollywood a fair share of blame for this. In virtually all the stories we consume, we cannot conceive of a happy ending unless it contains a
But there’s one other identity that targets me— something about me that our culture holds a deep and abiding hatred for, and I hardly ever talk about that. I’m single.
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burgeoning romance. In 1944’s Gaslight, Ingrid Bergman was married to Charles Boyer, a greedy sociopath who was determined to drive her insane. Watching him inflict his psychological abuse upon her for over an hour, you ache for her freedom. When she (SPOILER) finally recognizes him for the monster that he is and frees herself from his clutches, that should be enough to make anyone cheer, but oh no—Joseph Cotton as a young police detective is there to take her into his arms. The rest of the world swoons, but I’m thinking, “Maybe you should take a break, Sweetie. For a month, at least.” When I was a young single man, HBO’s Sex & the City was essential viewing among my friends. When the series finally ended in 2004, the writers insisted that just one of the four single women at the show’s center would be mated. Nope, all four of them needed to be coupled off for its audience to feel complete. And to this day, you cannot convince me that Mr. Big was a narcissistic monster that Carrie Bradshaw would have been much happier without. These are just two examples, but they’re indicative of the way we’ve been taught to see happiness. Over and over again, we’ve been conditioned to believe that only by finding one’s (usually straight, usually monogamous, usually beautiful) soul mate can a story truly end happily. And single people are not the only ones to suffer from this belief. I need both hands to count the number of close friends I’ve known who have stayed in abusive (emotionally, certainly, and some physically) relationships rather than join the dreaded, unloved singles of the world. I’ll end by saying this: if anyone reads this and their first instinct is to feel sorry for me, then they have entirely missed my point. I’m wonderfully happy, finally. But I do bristle slightly when I see yet another jot of evidence of a world that pities me. The pity of others used to console me; now I find it mildly irritating. But my heart goes out to all the other singletons out there who perhaps haven’t yet realized that they are not only worthy of love… chances are, they’re surrounded by it, if they only muster the strength to notice. ▼ Eric Peterson is a diversity and inclusion practitioner, novelist, and podcast host who lives in Washington, DC and visits Rehoboth as often as he can. Visit rewindpod.com for more on the podcast.
MARCH 19, 2021
Out & Proud
BY STEFANI DEOUL
The Wrong E-Ticket
elcome to March. In the midst of the longest, coldest winter ever. Okay, perhaps a bit of hyperbole, but for those of us who believe playing loose and fast with a pandemic will not necessarily end well, it kind of feels that way. Ergo, when I review this month’s assignment and realize we are writing on health and wellness, I’m thinking, “what masochist thought this one up!” I do, however, realize that might be exactly the point. Alas. What to do? And while my sigh is big and deep, as I exhale, I realize I cannot be the only person to have bitter irony in their inbox. After all, March is when shorts and bathing suits begin to hit the outlets, and lord knows we won’t get that bikini bod unless we start now. Or maybe not. We may be too late. According to the International Food Information Council’s 2020 Food and Health Survey, as many as 85 percent of Americans made changes in the food they eat or how they prepare food because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The biggest change was that 60 percent of consumers reported cooking at home more, which sounds not only harmless enough, but like a rather good thing. One in three people said they are snacking more, which of course we know is a less good thing. And a quarter, well—they said they are thinking about food more than usual, which could be an understatement. Because I know how this goes. Get up in the morning, set up the coffee. While it perks, decide what will be for dinner. Is there something on hand, or does it warrant a trip to the market? Hmmmnm…not sure, but open the freezer and, voilà, there are frozen boneless, skinless chicken thighs in there. Last week, they were in an amazing Mexican instant pot with rice. The week before that, on the grill with the elixir called Dizzy Dust sprinkled generously along their surfaces. Today? Maybe Greek-style. Only then, I have Letters 30 MARCH 19, 2021
to go to the market because I’ll need lemons. Can’t do this without fresh lemons. But I was at the market just two days ago. So what else do I have here? Pantry says orzo! Bingo! I can do a Greek-Chicken soup. But then I need leeks and lemon. And a fresh baguette. So now I have three items I need, which leads to 1) the rule of three and 2) a realization…
Okay, deep, meditative breath. Remember vaccines are happening, spring is right around the corner, and we can refresh the veggie drawer, rather than the pantry. …yes, the Super G has become our new Disneyland. It’s now the happiest place on earth. It’s where we go out without feeling we’re breaking a COVIDcovenant, and bonus: it actually comes with human interface. And then, like a Silk Road, it sells all sorts of items that can make a person feel nourished. Apples for goodness, Devil Dogs for comfort, pretzels for crunch, potato chips for grease, and popcorn for movies. At this point in our rapidly changed, foodtastic world, what better place on earth can there be?! Definitely not where I went—the allinclusive Island of the Freshman Ten. The good news is you don’t need a passport to get there. The bad news is it’s very hard to leave. And that bad news gets even worse. You see, there’s a new book,
Burn, by evolutionary anthropologist Herman Pontzer. He argues that most of us simply can’t run, jog, or crunch ourselves slim; apparently two million years of evolution is conspiring to stop us. Per Pontzer, paleo, keto, anti-gluten, anti-grain, and even vegan, does not matter. All diets succeed or fail with one statement, “for shedding pounds, a calorie is a calorie.” Actually, this may be really good news, maybe even great news. Because honestly, we were never, ever, going to jog ourselves thin, were we? Okay, deep, meditative breath. Remember vaccines are happening, spring is right around the corner, and we can refresh the veggie drawer, rather than the pantry. We can get ready for warmer weather and end our dalliance with the fake glitter-false prophet supermarket Disney. And we can shape our way to our real, happiest place on earth, our beach. It awaits our return. So let’s phone a friend and work together to leave the Island of the Freshman Ten. It might be hard, but we are worth it. And if you need support, CAMP Rehoboth’s teamed up with Erin Shivone from Lankai Studio for virtual, free, chair yoga classes where we exercise our conscious breath while reducing anxiety and stress. Because, no judgement, we all know breaking up is hard to do. Breathe in. Breath out. Breathe free. See you at the beach. I’ll be the one wearing a mask. ▼ Stefani Deoul is a television producer and author of the award-winning YA mystery series Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventures, with On a LARP, Zero Sum Game, and Say Her Name.
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Just for the Health of It!
he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a major federal agency, monitoring and educating the American public as it faces a variety of health and illness risks each year. It is important for this agency to be aware of the dangers we face and to know the demographics of the people it serves, so it can remediate the causes and hopefully reduce the occurrence of such threats. According to the CDC, the LGBTQ community is notably at risk for COVID-19, due to a variety of factors. The CDC released its study in early February. The introduction reads, “People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) are members of every community. They are diverse, come from all walks of life, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of the United States. The perspectives and needs of LGBT people should be routinely considered in public health efforts to improve the overall health of every person and eliminate health disparities.” Early on in Trump's term, directives were given to cease using sexual orientation and gender identity as reference points in surveys of older Americans and their health practices. Thus, the data collection conducted under the Obama Administration came to a screeching halt with Trump. Key survey questions that identified a portion of the pool of those interviewed as LGBTQ simply disappeared. Michael Adams, CEO of Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE), spoke out vehemently about this omission. “This was a stealth effort to strip LGBT elders out of the survey without anybody noticing.... We hear over and over about LGBT elders who feel forced to go back into the closet to avoid mistreatment by caregivers and by other seniors. All of these aging service providers need to hear from this population.” Let’s get back to the CDC report Letters 32 MARCH 19, 2021
itself. Following a cursory introduction, the report splits its focus across the spectrum, and treats gay/bisexual, lesbian/bisexual, and transgender on their own terms. In the section on gay and bisexual men, one finds this broad summary: “Just like all other men, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men need to know how to protect their health throughout their life. For all men, heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death. However, compared to other men, gay, bisexual
Under the Biden Administration, the CDC will likely provide better data collection for the LGBTQ community. and other men who have sex with men are additionally affected by higher rates of HIV and other STDs, tobacco and drug use and depression.” The report pivots into a list of “Other factors that can negatively impact your health and ability to receive appropriate care: homophobia, stigma, discrimination, lack of access to culturally- and orientation-appropriate medical and support services, heightened concerns about confidentiality, fear of losing your job and fear of talking about your sexual preferences or orientation. These reasons and others may prevent you from seeking testing, prevention and treatment services, and support from friends and family.” The section that focuses on lesbian/bisexual women does not have the same commentary as that of gay/ bisexual men. A broad listing of re-
sources is provided for the reader. The first resource, and the one that seems most relevant, was compiled by GLMA, formerly known as the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. Today, their moniker is “GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality.” GLMA provides a list of the “Top Ten Things Lesbians Should discuss with Their Healthcare Provider.” The report begins, “Following are the health issues GLMA’s healthcare providers have identified as most commonly of concern for lesbians. While not all of these items apply to everyone, it’s wise to be aware of these issues.” They include: breast cancer, depression/anxiety, heart health, gynecological cancer, fitness, tobacco, alcohol, substance abuse, intimate partner violence, and sexual health. Once again, the information is focused across a broad spectrum of the lesbian/bisexual community and is outdated. The last revision to this document was in May 2012. The CDC report that reviews the transgender community is even less specific and comprehensive. This section also lists resources that are available from other venues. The report falls far short of fair and equal examination of health risks to transgender persons. One reason for this is that there were fewer involved in their survey to provide a good base sample. It is vital that everyone takes responsibility for their health and wellbeing. Under the Biden Administration, the CDC will likely provide better data collection for the LGBTQ community. Until it does, and we know the particular risks, take care of yourselves—just for the health of it! ▼ David Garrett is a straight advocate for equality and inclusion. He is also the proud father of an adult trans daughter. Email David Garrett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CAMP REHOBOTH BEACH GUIDE BEACH AREA LODGING Atlantic Sands Hotel, Boardwalk & Baltimore Ave.........................302-227-2511 Atlantis Inn, 154 Rehoboth Ave.....................................................302-227-9446 Breakers Hotel, 105 2nd St & Baltimore Ave.................................302-227-6688 Canalside Inn, 34 6th St.................................................................866-412-2625 Rehoboth Guest House, 40 Maryland Ave.....................................302-227-4117 Sea ‘n Stars Guest Suites, 44 Delaware Ave.................................302-226-2742 Summer Place Hotel, 1st St & Olive Ave........................................302-226-0766 The Shore Inn, 37239 Rehoboth Ave Ext.......................................302-227-8487
LEWES FOOD & DRINK Go Brit, 18388 Coastal Hwy...........................................................302-644-2250 Harbour Waterfront Dining, 134 West Market St...........................302-200-9522 Matt’s Fish Camp, 34401 Tenley Ct...............................................302-644-2267
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OTHER AREA FOOD & DRINK Bluecoast Seafood, 1111 Hwy One, Bethany................................302-539-7111 Catch 54, 54 Madison Ave, Fenwick..............................................302-436-8600 Matt’s Fish Camp, 28635 Coastal Hwy, Bethany...........................302-539-2267
SERVICES AT THE BEACH BUILDING/CLEANING/REMODELING/LANDSCAPING
REHOBOTH RETAIL SHOPS New Wave Spas, 20660 Coastal Hwy............................................302-227-8484 Unfinished Business, Rt. 1 behind Panera Bread..........................302-645-8700
REHOBOTH ART | GALLERIES | MUSEUMS Caroline Huff, Fine Artist ...................................................www.carolinehuff.com Gallery 50, 50 Wilmington Ave......................................................302-227-2050 Rehoboth Art League, 12 Dodds Ln...............................................302-227-8408 Rehoboth Beach Museum, 511 Rehoboth Ave..............................302-227-7310
REHOBOTH FOOD & DRINK 1776 Steakhouse, Midway Shopping Center................................302-645-9355 Back Porch Café, 59 Rehoboth Ave...............................................302-227-3674 Blue Moon, 35 Baltimore Ave........................................................302-227-6515 Café Azafran, 18 Baltimore Ave.....................................................302-227-8100 Café Papillon, Penny Lane Mall......................................................302-227-7568 Coho’s Market & Grill, 305 Rehoboth Ave......................................302-227-2646 Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave................................302-227-1023 Dos Locos, 208 Rehoboth Ave.......................................................302-227-3353 Go Fish, 24 Rehoboth Ave..............................................................302-226-1044 Goolee’s Grille, 11 South 1st St.....................................................302-227-7653 Just In Thyme, 38163 Robinsons Dr..............................................302-227-3100 Lori’s Café, 39 Baltimore Ave.........................................................302-226-3066 Loves Liquors, LLC, 305c Rehoboth Ave........................................302-227-6966 Lupo Italian Kitchen, 247 Rehoboth Ave.......................................302-226-2240 Penny Lane Liquors, 42 Rehoboth Ave..........................................302-567-5245 Purple Parrot Grill, 134 Rehoboth Ave...........................................302-226-1139 Rigby’s, 404 Rehoboth Ave............................................................302-227-6080 Shorebreak Lodge, 10 Wilmington Ave.........................................302-227-1007 The Pines, 56 Baltimore Avenue....................................................302-567-2726
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A.G. Renovations ...........................................................................302-947-4096 BSD, 18412 The Narrow Rd, Lewes...............................................302-684-8588 Country Life Homes, 34882 Picnic Basket Ct................................302-231-5001 Randall-Douglas.............................................................................302-245-1439 Ron’s Repairs..................................................................................302-727-3591
All Saints’ Episcopal, 18 Olive Ave.................................................302-227-7202 Epworth UMC, 19285 Holland Glade Rd.......................................302-227-7743 Grace of God Lutheran, ELCA, 20689 Shoppes at Long Neck.......302-947-1044 M.C.C. of Rehoboth, 19369 Plantation Rd.....................................302-645-4945 Seaside Jewish Community, 18970 Holland Glade Rd..................302-226-8977 St. Peter’s Episcopal, 2nd & Market Sts, Lewes.............................302-645-8479 Unitarian Universalist, 30486 Lewes-G’Town Hwy........................302-313-5838 Unity of Rehoboth, 98 Rudder Rd, Millsboro.................................717-579-2612 Westminster Presbyterian, 301 King Charles Ave.........................302-227-2109
AARP of Delaware (age 50+)..........................................................866-227-7441 ACLU of DE—Lesbian & Gay Civil Rights Project............................302-654-3966 CAMP Rehoboth Chorus—Program of CAMP Rehoboth................302-227-5620 CAMP Rehoboth—LGBTQ Community Service Org........................302-227-5620 CAMP Rehoboth Families—LGBTQ parents connect......................302-227-5620 CAMP Rehoboth Parents of Transgender & Gender Non-conforming Children............................................302-227-5620 Cape Henlopen Senior Center—Rehoboth (age 50+)....................302-227-2055 CHEER Centers of Sussex County (age 50+)..................................302-515-3040 Delaware Aging & Disability Resource Center...............................800-223-9074 Delaware Human Relations Commission Housing & public accommodation............................................877-544-8626 Delaware Information Line............................................................................2-1-1 Delaware Pride—Community events, annual Pride Festival..........302-265-3020 Delaware Transgender Resources—transdelaware.net, email@example.com Delaware Transgender Support.....................................................302-402-3033
Gay/Lesbian Alcoholics Anonymous—add’l schedules..................302-856-6452 Saturdays 6 pm: Epworth UMC, 19285 Holland Glade Rd (step meeting) Saturdays 7:30 pm: All Saints’ Church, 18 Olive Ave (step meeting) Tuesdays noon: St. Peter’s Church, 211 Mulberry St, Lewes (step meeting) Thursdays noon: CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Ave (open discussion) Sundays 9 am: CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Ave (open discussion) Tuesdays 8 pm: CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Ave (Young Persons) Gay Men’s Discussion Group—Program of CAMP Rehoboth.........302-227-5620 Lesbian Support Group—Program of CAMP Rehoboth..................302-227-5620 Lewes Senior Activity Center (age 50+).........................................302-645-9293 LGBTQ Student Union—University of DE, Newark.........................302-831-8066 Meals on Wheels Lewes-Rehoboth................................................302-645-7449 PFLAG-Rehoboth—2nd Tuesdays, Public Library, 111 Adams Ave, Lewes............................................................302-841-1339 SLAA and SAA—Thursdays, 7:30 pm, All Saints’ Church 18 Olive Ave ............................................................................302-745-7929 Social Security Administration—Lewes office................................800-772-1213 TransLiance of DE—Rehoboth—4th Tuesdays at 7 pm, MCC of Rehoboth; contact: TransLiance@gmail.com
Steven B. Wright, D.M.D., 18912 J.J. Williams Hwy............. 302-645-6671 The Aesthetic Center......................................................................302-827-2125
Jewish Family Services........................................................ 302-478-9411 Karen Abato, ATR-BC, LPAT, Licensed Art Psychotherapist... 302-232-5330 Kevin J. Bliss, Personal/Professional Coaching.............................302-754-1954 Time to Heal Counseling & Consulting, Lewes ............................302-574-6954
Flair................................................................................................302-930-0709 Palate Bistro & Catering.................................................................302-249-8489 Plate Catering.................................................................................302-644-1200
Bell Rock Capital, 19606 Coastal Hwy..........................................302-227-7608 Black Diamond Financial Solutions,19409 Plantation Rd..............302-265-2236 Community Pride Financial............................................................302-227-2939 County Bank, 19927 Shuttle Rd.......................................... 302-226-9800 Jenn Harpel, Morgan Stanley.........................................................302-644-6620
Eric Blondin, State Farm...................................................... 302-644-3276 George Bunting, State Farm................................................ 302-227-3891 Jeanine O’Donnell, State Farm............................................ 302-645-7283
Lawson Firm, 402 Rehoboth Ave...................................................302-226-3700 PWW Law, 1519 Savannah Rd, Lewes.......................................... 302-703-6993 Steven Falcone CPA, Taxes & Planning..........................................302-644-8634
Rock Lock/Robin Rohr/Your Community Locksmith.......................302-386-9166
Midway Fitness & Racquetball, Midway Center.............................302-645-0407 One Spirit Massage, 169 Rehoboth Ave........................................302-226-3552 Rehoboth Massage/Alignment.......................................................302-727-8428 Allure Outdoor Lighting, allureoutdoorlighting.com......................302-226-2532
Critter Beach, 156 Rehoboth Ave..................................................302-226-2690 Pet Portraits by Monique................................................................717-650-4626
Brandywine Valley SPCA, 22918 Dupont Blvd, G’twn.......... 302-856-6361 Delaware Humane Association, 18675 Coastal Hwy........... 302-200-7159 Parsell Pet Crematorium, 16961 Kings Hwy, Lewes............ 302-645-7445
Beach Cuts, 214 Rehoboth Ave...........................................302-226-ROBB Gregory Meyers Hair Studio, 20245 Bay Vista Rd & Rt 1..............302-727-5331 Stephan & Co Salon & Spa, 19266 Coastal Hwy................... 302-260-9478
Allen Jarmon, NextHome Tomorrow Realty...................................302-745-5122 Bill Peiffer, Patterson Schwartz, 18958 Coastal Hwy....................302-703-6987 Chris Beagle, Berkshire Hathaway, 37230 Rehoboth Ave............302-227-6101 Debbie Reed Team, 319 Rehoboth Ave.........................................800-263-5648 Donna Whiteside, Berkshire Hathaway, 16712 Kings Hwy...........302-381-4871 Eric Atkins, Patterson-Schwartz, 18958 Coastal Hwy...................302-727-1456 Hugh Fuller, Realtor........................................................................302-745-1866 John Black, Patterson Schwartz, 18958 Coastal Hwy...................302-703-6987 Lana Warfield, Berkshire Hathaway, 37230 Rehoboth Ave...........302-227-6101 Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, 16698 Kings Hwy....................... 302-645-6664 Lingo Realty, 246 Rehoboth Ave....................................................302-227-3883 McGuiness Group, 246 Rehoboth Ave...........................................302-227-3883 Randy Mason/Shirley Kalvinsky, Lingo Realty................................302-227-3883 Sea Bova Associates, 20250 Coastal Hwy........................... 302-227-1222 Troy Roberts, Mann & Sons, 414 Rehoboth Ave............................302-228-7422
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Bayberry Florist..............................................................................302-227-5725 Windsor’s Florist, 20326 Coastal Hwy...........................................302-227-9481
Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium................................ 302-645-9520
HAIR SALONS/TATTOO & PIERCING
AIDS Delaware – Kent & Sussex Counties.....................................302-226-3519 AIDS Delaware – New Castle County............................................302-652-6776 AIDS Hotline – Delaware statewide...............................................800-422-0429 Brandywine Urology Consultants...................................................302-824-7039 Beebe Healthcare, 26744 J.J. Williams Hwy.................................302-645-3300 CAMPsafe AIDS education & prevention program of CAMP Rehoboth ..................................................................................................302-227-5620 Christiana Care HIV Wellness Clinic ..............................................302-933-3420 Christiana Care LGBTQ Health Initiatives.......................................302-733-1227 Delaware HIV Consortium - Statewide..........................................302-654-5471 Delaware Hospice..........................................................................800-838-9800 Delaware Total Foot & Ankle Center.................................... 302-297-8431 National Alliance on Mental Illness of DE (NAMI)...........................302-427-0787 Rehoboth Beach Dental, 19643 Blue Bird Ln....................... 302-226-0300
Springpoint Choice, 17028 Cadbury Cir, Lewes............................302-313-6658 The Lodge at Truitt Homestead, 36233 Farm Ln...........................302-232-6372
TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION
Accent On Travel, 37156 Rehoboth Ave.............................. 302-278-6100 CHEER Transportation (age 50+)....................................................302-856-4909 ITN Southern Delaware (age 60+ or disabled)...............................302-448-8486 Jolly Trolley Shuttle from Rehoboth Ave & Boardwalk...................302-644-0400 Olivia Travel...........................................................800-631-6277 ext. 696
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LGBTQ+ YA Column
BY A DOVER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT
Talk Less “Talk less, smile more, don’t let them know what you’re against or what you’re for, you can’t be serious, you want to get ahead, fools that run their minds off wind up dead.” A quote from the musical Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda that entirely encompasses the killings of our people’s leaders. Martin Luther King, ASSASSINATED, well i guess he should have talked less. Malcolm X, ASSASSINATED, well I guess he should have smiled more. Sandra Bland, ASSASSINATED, well I guess she shouldn’t have run her mouth off. For decades we have been told “you want too much” “you’re going too fast” “you should be happy for what you have been given” Why should I be happy? Why? Because I have basic human rights, those rights from which you stole from my ancestors when you brought them here on crowded ships yearning for just a bit of fresh air. Why should I talk less? Why? Because I can go to the same school, restaurant, or water fountain as those that are a lighter complexion than me. But if I had wanted to do this only decades ago i would have been beaten and taken to prison. Why should i be silent when mothers are crying at the graves of their babies who were shot by the men in blue because “they looked suspicious.” Why is it that when Black people want to talk about their struggle and say that our lives matter we are told to GET OVER IT. You would never tell a Jewish person to get over the Holocaust, yet you tell me to get over it when i speak about racism. Then i come to learn that Hitler took his inspiration for the Holocaust from the United States and its treatment of Black and Indigenous peoples. And I’m told to get over it. We hardly learn that Black people were used as guinea pigs in scientific Letters 38 MARCH 19, 2021
experiments in the 1800s and 1900s because of our status as three-fifths of a man we were not seen as human. Though the crazy thing is that you treated your dog better than us, but we are told to get over it. I have generational scars that I will never lose. I want to talk but I have a fear deep ingrained in the depths of my soul that I will not survive. But then i think of the strength of my ancestors in the face of death and torture they retaliated. They took up arms physical and verbal and they marched Marched for the freedom of their future generations They knew they may not have seen the fruits of their labor in their lifetime but they definitely did not talk less. Martin Luther King did not talk less in any point of his activism every time they tried to kill him or jail him he became stronger until his untimely death and final breath. In the words of Martin Luther King: “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” Well though i am not obligated to make that sacrifice for i was the oppressed, not the oppressor, i shall. For I know that i will never talk less, I will never smile and consent to my oppression, I will not be content until Black mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters are treated with respect and dignity in this country. Oh I will not talk less. ▼
The author (they/them) of “Talk Less” is an artist of many talents; they sing, they dance, and they act. They are in the 11th grade. They are thinking about aspiring to a political career someday. I believe that progress is being made by giving our young people a voice to advocate for social and racial justice. It is a privilege to work alongside these young adults and give them an outlet to be heard. – BARBARA ANTLITZ
BARBARA ANTLITZ, CAMP REHOBOTH YOUTH COORDINATOR, works with Gender & Sexualities Alliances (GSAs) in middle and high schools in Kent and Sussex Counties, and with other groups supporting LGBTQ+ youth. Barbara can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LOOKING AT THE SCORE
BY MATTY BROWN
Rehoboth Is 110% Committed to Raising MEI Score
hen the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released the 2020 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) in January, the findings may have struck many local residents as surprising. Rehoboth Beach, an LGBTQ haven for many in the mid-Atlantic area, ranked below the national average for how inclusive its laws, policies, and services are for LGBTQ folks who live and work here. While the national average is 64, Rehoboth only earned 58 points on the scorecard. Specifically, the MEI measures five different aspects of a city’s inclusivity of its LGBTQ community. These measurements include: nondiscrimination laws, municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and the city’s leadership public position on equality. From the findings of the report, Rehoboth has ample room to improve in each area. City Manager Sharon Lynn expressed the need to do better, noting that the score is “definitely unacceptable.” “The City of Rehoboth Beach is a very welcoming place and has been for many years. A score like this is not acceptable to the Mayor’s Office or to me,” the City Manager said. “And we’re working with HRC to increase our score,” Lynn added. Upon reviewing HRC’s scorecard, CAMP Rehoboth has identified several steps the city can take to raise our score in coming years. For example, in the non-discrimination laws section, Rehoboth can increase its score by implementing single-occupancy allgender restrooms to be more inclusive to the trans community. According to Lynn, restroom reform is a priority for the city, noting that, “Family restrooms for the Boardwalk at Delaware Avenue were in this fiscal year’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).” As with many plans within this past year, the pandemic halted this step. “Due to COVID, and reduced revenues, certain items in the CIP had Letters 40 MARCH 19, 2021
to be delayed,” she explained. “These restrooms were delayed and are on the radar again for next fiscal year’s budget, which begins April 1, 2021.” Looking further into the report, Rehoboth scored lowest in the municipal services, municipality as an employer, and leadership on LGBTQ equality sections of the index. In terms of municipal services, implementing a youth bullying prevention policy for city services is a surefire way to earn points. Rehoboth’s score for municipality as an employer could also improve once the city provides transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits to its employees. The HRC notes that procedures, hormone therapy, mental health services, and any other form of gender-affirming care are “routinely not covered” under the average healthcare plan.
“The City of Rehoboth Beach is a very welcoming place and has been for many years. A score like this is not acceptable to the Mayor’s Office or to me,” the City Manager said. Yet, such a plan is a requirement under Delaware Domestic/Foreign Insurers Bulletin No. 86, a law which stipulates that “it is an unlawful practice for any insurance company licensed to do work in Delaware to discriminate in any way based on an individual’s gender identity.” Further assistance with this matter is available through CAMP Rehoboth. Earning more than half the allotted points in the law enforcement section, Rehoboth can bump up this score by establishing an LGBTQ liaison with
the police department. Though CAMP Rehoboth enjoys a healthy relationship with law enforcement, it could only be strengthened by this act. Rehoboth’s leadership on LGBTQ equality registered at zero, according to HRC. This section charges Rehoboth’s leaders to publicly express support for specific LGBTQ policies and laws needed in Rehoboth, or express support for state-level laws under consideration. “We are 110% committed to raising that score,” Lynn promised. “When the next scorecard comes out, we will be higher.” If the steps outlined above are implemented, Rehoboth’s score will match that of Wilmington, which at 88 was the highest-scoring city in Delaware. All considered, Lynn vowed to be even better than second best: “We need to be the highest in the state, and quite frankly, we need to be one of the highest in the country, so we’re committed to doing that.” Now, the MEI’s findings do not totally reflect Rehoboth’s LGBTQ inclusivity. “(The MEI) is an evaluation of the city’s law and policies, and an examination of how inclusive city services are of LGBTQ people. Some high-scoring cities may not feel truly welcoming for all LGBTQ people, and some low-scoring cities may feel more welcoming than their policies might reflect,” the report said. Thirty years of CAMP Rehoboth, plus a history of LGBTQ-owned businesses, demonstrate our city as a sanctuary for the community. But now it’s time our laws and services reflect that inclusivity, as Rehoboth strives to create a more positive city. Rehoboth’s scorecard and the full Municipal Equality Index can be found on HRC’s website: hrc.org. ▼ Matty Brown is a journalist, recent graduate of Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, and social media volunteer for CAMP Rehoboth.
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Whose Under Those Masks? THIS PAGE: 1) at the Blue Moon: Chris Leedy, Joe Steele, Everett Hillman, Trish Hillman, Jim Simpers, Alon Porat, Donald Shaw, Will Tian, Anel Levinsky, George Stakias, Richard Norcross, Magnolia Applebottom, Jeff Housman, Rinaldo Martinez, Andrew Novak. Opposite Page: 2) at the Purple Parrot: Connor Sweeny, Travis York, Justin Zanetti, Mark Moore, Michael Zacherl. 3) at CAMP Rehoboth: Leslie Sinclair, Anita Broccolino, Mary Jo Tarallo, Linda Rikard. 4) at The Pines: Leslie Fazio, Joey Shlan, Greg Pappas, Matt Wehler, Kenny Mahan, Eric Tipton, Mike Tipton, Matt James, Richard Looman, Miki Snyder-Hall, Claire Snyder-Hall, Dennis Rodriguez, Peter Garneau, Bill Kroeschel, Pedro Delgado. (more CAMPshots on page 54)
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BY DOUG YETTER
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CAMP Rehoboth Puts Art at the Heart of Our Community
I’m Talking to You
ver the past year, we’ve all put a great deal of effort into staying alive. It hasn’t been easy and, unfortunately, not everyone has succeeded. Far too many friends have had to postpone non-essential surgeries and are still hobbling around on bad knees and hips waiting for a lull in this plague. Many of us have spent way too many frustrating hours trying to schedule our vaccina-
tions online, or relying on friends who found some magic site. Through no fault of my own, I’ve received both doses, and the VA has reached out to my husband to ensure he is fully inoculated over the next few weeks. While we’ve all been doing everything we can for our physical well-being, not enough of us are dealing with our mental health. We Americans have
never been great at scheduling time for ourselves, despite well-documented scientific evidence of the unlimited benefits that down time provides. Grab your planner, get online, and go on a mental vacation—even if it’s only for an hour a day. Lose yourself in an online concert or show, do chair yoga, if your knees are still good then take a walk, or learn to paint…do it for yourself. You deserve it.▼
CommUNITY—Connecting Generations through Art
FEST ART 2021!
At the CAMP Rehoboth Gallery: (Image right) From the Past by Logan Farro (Image above) Over the Past Year by Edward Alban
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his exhibit provides artists from two groups—students from schools which participate in CAMP Rehoboth’s youth programs and individuals age 55+—an opportunity to share their work and messages, while forging new connections. March 8-31. Sussex Central senior Edward Alban created Over the Past Year in response to a year of isolation. Sussex Tech’s Logan Farro housed a hand, heart, and flag in an old T.V. in From the Past. Ester Ponce Moreno (Cape Henlopen High) works with acrylics to create a colorful geometric abstract. In the 55+ sector, The Eyes of the Heart, by Sharon Marquart, is about oneness, peace, and love as seen through the heart. Guillermo Silveira created a digital rendering, while Olaive Jones’ In Our United States contains the names of just some of the Black Americans slain in the past few years. CAMP Rehoboth focuses on themes that give light to our community’s unique history and culture, and serve to further diversity, equity, and inclusion, and build unity and understanding. ▼
his juried exhibition features works by area women and artists of all genders, and serves as an outlet for creative expressions for all art forms— painting, drawing, sculpture, 3D, ceramics, photography, videography, mp4 files of performances, and more! April 3-April 26. ▼
Schedule an appointment for a small group or individual tour to see CAMP Rehoboth exhibitions by emailing artshow@CAMPRehoboth.com.
arts+entertainment reduced main floor seating capacity for social distancing, but are preparing to re-install the balcony seating. Their outdoor Quayside stage will be opening soon. Check their website for events. Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street, Milford; 302-422-0220/800-8383006; secondstreetplayers. com) spring offering is Faith County II—April 23-May 2. You can attend the show in person or stream it in the comfort of your living room.
GALLERIES & MUSEUMS CAMP Rehoboth Gallery (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-2275620; camprehoboth.com) features commUNITY— Connecting Generations through Art. (See listing elsewhere in this column.) Guitar Lessons by Dane Tilghman at Peninsula Gallery.
PERFORMING ARTS CAMP Rehoboth Open Mic Nights (CAMP Rehoboth Community Center Facebook page—under “videos”) 1st Fridays (7-8 p.m.) hosted by moi, featuring singers from CAMP Rehoboth Chorus, livestreamed and archived on the CAMP Rehoboth Facebook page.
Gallery 50 (50 Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050; gallery50art.com) offers complete framing services and a wide selection of works by artists they represent.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270; ClearSpaceTheatre.org) presents Peninsula Gallery (520 E. the “perfect musical,” Guys Savannah Road, Lewes; and Dolls—through March 28. Their Spotlight on Young 11th Grade by Ester Ponce Moreno Performers produce Seussical at CAMP Rehoboth Gallery. the Musical April 16-18.
Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington produced a virtual concert featuring 20 soloists entitled “Losing My Mind—A Celebration Cinema Art Theater (17701 of Stephen Sondheim,” in Dartmouth Drive, Lewes; honor of his 90th birthday. 302-313-4032; rehobothfilm. The concert is available com) has CDC guidelines in for viewing on the CAMP effect and reduced seating capacity for in-person viewing, Rehoboth Facebook page! as well as several films The Milton Theater (110 available for streaming. See Union Street, Milton; 302-684website for information. 3038; miltontheatre.com) has
302-645-0551; peninsulagallery.com) presents a solo exhibition by Dane Tilghman—through March 27. Opening April 3: Local Favorites—multiple artists paint the Lewes/Rehoboth area. Preview all shows on their website. Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane, Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408; rehobothartleague.org) has several new exhibits: Young at Art—works by Sussex County students through March 28; The Old and the New: A Retrospective—works by Anna Nergaard-Nammack; Pipes of Perception—works by Tad Sare; Micro/Macro—works by Caitlin Gill; Lee Wayne Mills Memorial Exhibition—all four shows through May 2. Visit their website for upcoming exhibitions and class offerings. ▼ Doug is the Artistic Director for CAMP Rehoboth Chorus, Director of Music Ministries at Epworth UMC, and co-founder and Artistic Director emeritus of the Clear Space Theater Company. Contact Doug at email@example.com if you want to add your events to the calendar. Check out CAMP Arts on our website at camprehoboth.com for links to all the listed theatres, galleries and museums.
This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.
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by Terri Schlichenmeyer
BOOKED SOLID Gay Bar: Why We Went Out by Jeremy Atherton Lin c. 2021, Little, Brown and Company $28.00/$36.00 Canada 320 pages The stool over by the window is all yours. Might be because you’ve spent a lot of time there. It’s the right height, you can easily watch the door from there, and the bartender knows your favorites, so why not? As in the new book Gay Bar by Jeremy Atherton Lin, it’s one of the best places to be. Long before it was legal for him to go there, Jeremy Atherton Lin, like most teenage boys, imagined going to the bar—though in his case, Lin imagined what it was like in a gay bar. Ironically, he says, “I can’t remember my first.” As someone with a foot in each of two continents, he does have favorites, places that are now closed, re-named, or been moved. He’s danced in them, had sex in them, drank and moved through gay bars with his “companion, the Famous Blue Raincoat,” and anonymously, and with friendsnot-friends. Some bars were carved out of a back room or basement, or a place that used to be something else, maybe another bar. They’re cavernous; or they’re small and packed with men dancing or doing drugs; or they’re thick with bachelorette parties and tourists, to the annoyance of the gay men who’ve claimed that bar. Those usurpers don’t know the legacy of feeling gay, but “[I]t goes pretty deep.” Some bars have opened just for the night. Others were
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raided once upon a time, or will close before a month has passed. Overall, they’re an important part of being a gay man, pre-Stonewall, pre-AIDS, post-epidemic, and now. And yet, says Lin, “...there does remain something embarrassing about a gay bar.” Still, try to stop him from fondly remembering nights in the Castro or Los Angeles or London…. Absolutely, you could be forgiven for wondering what you got yourself into while reading the first couple dozen pages of Gay Bar. Unabashedly, without preamble, author Jeremy Atherton Lin leaps right into a hazy description of a night out or two, in a chapter that seems fragmented, like a broken strobe light. Clarity comes, but later, and it’s fragile. Part of the haze might be due to the autobiographical nature of Lin’s story: there are bars in his tales, but the focus here is more going to bars, with the implied assumption that readers are familiar with those he mentions or others exactly like them. This, of course, may not be true; still, Lin’s sex-and-booze-filled tales of drag, dance, and la dolce vita are compelling, woven with gay history, interesting thenand-now comparisons, and blisteringly explicit tales of being a young gay man. And then again, while these stories take readers through the doors of a gay bar, once we’ve literarily entered, there are times when we’re abandoned, the music’s too loud, and we want to just go. Like a song you don’t particularly like, though, that won’t last long. Really, the surreality of Gay Bar is not insurmountable; in fact, if you wait it out, you’ll be mostly glad you did. So look for it—and take a seat. ▼
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BY ANN APTAKER
HERE’S TO OUR HEALTH
Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935)
n these COVID crazy days, health is a hot topic. Any little sneeze or tickle in the throat becomes a source of worry, even panic, and we rush to a COVID testing site, suffer a nail-biting 24 to 36 hours waiting for the result, and finally breathe easy when we’re reported negative. But what of our sexual health? The LGBTQ community has learned through tough times and health crises that we neglect our sexual health at our peril. And still today, many of us in less socially progressive areas of the country don’t have access to health care that meets our particular needs. It’s not only our physical and sexual health that’s at risk, our psychological health is also at risk when there’s little or no support services which address our sexuality. A century ago, German physician Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld recognized the neglect of LGBTQ sexual and psychological health issues by the mainstream medical establishment. Trained in the exacting standards of the German medical system, Hirschfeld brought scientific discipline to the study of sexuality. He also brought empathy earned through personal experience of discrimination as a gay man. Travel to the United States after obtaining his medical degree in 1892 introduced Hirschfeld to the universality of LGBTQ experience (at the time, all grouped under the banner term homosexual). Visiting Chicago for the World Columbian Exposition, he became active in that city’s homosexual life. He at once noticed the similarity to the Berlin gay life he was intimately familiar with. This understanding that homosexuality is not a cultural phenomenon or personal choice, but a natural trait in a percentage of the world’s human population, triggered Hirschfeld’s interest in deeper research into the physical, biological, and psychological aspects of homosexuality and its medical needs. Back in Berlin, and after years of research and advocacy for homosexual rights, Hirschfeld opened the Institute for
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Sexual Science in 1919. The institute was a radical enterprise, way ahead of its time in conducting rigorous research into the mysteries of sexuality. It was Hirschfeld who devised the questionnaire method
The life and work of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld pre-dates our current struggles toward social and sexual justice. of investigation later used by American researcher Alfred Kinsey in the late 1940s and early 1950s for his books Sexual Behavior in the Human Male and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. Counseling and psychological services were also available at Hirschfeld’s institute in order to provide the gay community with the tools needed to psychologically withstand the discrimination heaped upon them by straight society. Though the legendary culture of Berlin between the wars—the heady gay scene described by Christopher Isherwood (who visited the Institute)—was indeed a reality, it was nevertheless but a scant few years of freedom, and a tenuous freedom at that. As the 1920s lurched toward the 1930s, Hitler’s Nazi party and its violent
Fascists gained power and influence in Germany. Hirschfeld, who was gay and Jewish, was a ripe target for Nazi thugs. He was beaten by Fascist youth as early as 1920. The Nazis declared Hirschfeld’s Institute for Sexual Science a Jewish stain and its advocacy of gay rights “offensive to public morals.” The attacks became increasingly violent, and in May 1933, Nazis stormed the institute, beat up the staff of doctors and researchers, and shut it down. Hirschfeld escaped Germany, and embarked on an international speaking tour to advocate for his ideas and the need to confront the scourge of Fascism and its threat to the gay populations of the world. He eventually settled in France. One evening while attending a film in Paris, Hirschfeld saw a newsreel showing the burning of his books and research papers by Nazis in Berlin’s Opera Square. One can only imagine the horror he felt in that darkened theater. He never returned to Germany. In 1934 he moved to Nice in the south of France, where he died in 1935 at 67 years of age. Looking back from our vantage point of the 21st century, in an America beset by plague, the nation’s politics threatened by neo-Fascist elements, the life and work of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld pre-dates our current struggles toward social and sexual justice. Hirschfeld’s efforts to legitimize research into LGBTQ health issues, his establishment of support services for the LGBTQ community, and his research-based insistence that we are a natural part of human biological existence, provided the seedbed for the activists who came after, and into our own time. His was a full life, a courageous one, a life of robust exploration and scholarship, and most important, of deep caring. Be well. ▼ Ann Aptaker’s Cantor Gold crime/mystery series has won Lambda Literary and Goldie Awards. Her short stories appear in numerous publications and anthologies.
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The REAL DIRT
BY ERIC W. WAHL
Our Evolving Landscapes
often get asked to design a low-maintenance garden, sometimes even a no-maintenance garden. Truth is, no man-made garden is maintenance-free. In fact, most of the landscapes where we live, work, and play require at least some level of upkeep. Most of our residential landscapes include lawn cover as the majority of the green space that surrounds us. This is not because it is the least or cheapest to maintain—it is because it’s the easiest to maintain. If you have a lawn mower, or are able to hire a person with one, voilà, you have a manicured landscape. But having a garden takes planning, patience, and work in order to create and keep the desired results ongoing. This is because all landscapes are in a perpetual cycle of evolution. They are always trying to get to the next stage. This journey is also called succession. The point at which we want that cycle to stop requires maintenance to do so. Take for example an ephemeral wetland, which I recently helped to design as part of a storm water management system. By its definition, ephemeral means transitory or quickly fading. Therefore, an ephemeral wetland is temporary and seasonal. The plants that inhabit and bloom are siteAll landscapes are in a perpetual specific and put on showy displays only at certain times, cycle of evolution. They are always usually when rain is plentiful trying to get to the next stage. and before the trees leaf out. However, when creating a wetland of this type, we need to maintain it so that it keeps providing the same level of storm water control for which it was intended. As previously mentioned, landscapes evolve and strive to succeed to their next stage. A farm, for instance, wants to be a forest, and if left to its own devices, will reach that stage over many decades and even centuries. It will go through numerous phases. The same holds true for created landscapes. Letters 52 MARCH 19, 2021
When an ephemeral wetland is created, it does not have a canopy cover of tall trees, so much more sun reaches the ground during all times of year. This provides a much different plant palette than a shady wetland. That old adage I’ve written about before comes back full circle: the right plant for the right spot. If left unattended, the plants that creep in will take advantage of the full sun and wet conditions of the site. Woody shrubs will grow on the perimeter such as buttonbush and winterberry. Trees will eventually make their presence known too, like red maple, willow, and certain types of oaks. With the trees, come shade and the entire groundcover mix of plants will change. Plants can be categorized as ephemeral too. Bluebells, trilliums, and some native orchids are a few of the more recognizable. Ephemeral plants have a very short life cycle. Bluebells, a spring woodland ephemeral, whose leaves will emerge very early followed by the blooms, will turn yellow and die back completely to the ground, usually by June. There are also desert ephemerals which are adapted to the narrow, wet season that many arid regions experience. For a very short time after rain events, the plants will bloom and create magical displays across the landscape like a painter’s brush washing over the sandy canvas. I am sure you have seen images from the American Southwest, as well as the paintings those inspire. I hope this information sparks a reason to do more research into the many different types of landscapes that exist, and how their maintenance or non-maintenance are sculpting the land we call home. Stay safe, and let’s garden together. ▼ Eric W. Wahl is a landscape architect at Pennoni Associates, and President of the Delaware Native Plant Society Photo by Jez Timms on Unsplash
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Michael Dale Bolling
ichael Bolling, a husband, son, and a true friend to so many, passed away suddenly on Christmas Eve, 2020 while visiting his loving parents who were by his side at the time of his passing. Michael is survived by his longtime partner and husband, Joe Vescio; his parents, Norris and Nancy Bolling; and so many close friends who will miss him dearly. Michael was a graduate of Northern Virginia Community College, earning an Associate Degree in Applied Science/Communication Design and Electronic Graphic Design. He also obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Individualized Study/Graphic Design from George Mason University. However, Michael’s true passion and focus were on his many positions supporting people with developmental disabilities, most recently working for the DC government. Prior to that, Michael worked for the nonprofit company Community Residences, also supporting people with intellectual challenges. Michael was quite proud of his family and upbringing, having grown up in the beautiful vistas of Wise, Virginia. He visited his hometown and family frequently, usually tooling around town in his VW convertible. That is where he was laid to rest, overlooking the trees on the magnificent mountainside of Virginia. Michael and his husband made Arlington, Virginia their primary home, but for the past 12 years, Rehoboth Beach became their second home and they had plans to retire together here in 2021. Michael loved the beach, the people, the area restaurants, and all of the beauty that the Delaware shore has to offer. He and Joe made many friends in Rehoboth and often enjoyed dinners in town, a good happy hour, plus nights out with friends at the local karaoke bar. Michael was a character indeed, and he loved to laugh and carry on. Michael was an eloquent speaker. A passionate man, he could articulate the most basic thought and somehow make it sound poetic. One of his favorite sayings was “And whether
or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should,” (from the “Desiderata,” by Max Ehrmann). Michael exuded positive energy in whatever he was doing. He was fun to be around, cheered you up when you might be down, and often brought you flowers from his garden. He was someone you enjoyed being with and could always depend on to listen and provide support. He looked on the positive side of things—you rarely heard him say anything negative about anyone. He was a generous and loving soul who always sought the best in people. He had an eye for design and could look at a blank canvas or a great old piece of furniture and envision endless possibilities. He also loved flea markets and tag sales and would take great pride in a good flea market find. His creativity and imagination knew no bounds. Michael and his husband loved to travel and spent many years exploring all corners of the globe. Whether it was exploring the geysers of Iceland, swimming with turtles and boogieing with blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos Islands, taking a train at Christmastime through Germany and Austria, cooking and dancing around Greece, or enjoying a relaxing riverboat cruise through Prague and Hungary, they surely loved adventure! Michael and Joe had an incredible, loving relationship for 36 years and were married in 2015. Together, they had a truly inspirational bond—you could see the love between them simply by how they looked at each other. We should all be so lucky. Michael Bolling, a true friend to all, has left us—but how fortunate we are to have been blessed with his love for the short time he was with us on this earth. His joyful spirit lives on in our hearts forever. Michael, you will be deeply missed; we love you. Donations in Michael’s memory can be made to the Arc of Northern Virginia, which benefits the intellectually challenged, or to a charity of your choice. ▼
Joseph ‘Joe’ M. Lachac
oseph “Joe” M. Lachac, 71, of Lewes, passed away Sunday, January 31, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He was born November 12, 1949, in Brooklyn, New York, son of the late Joseph F. and Julietta “Julia” (Saulle) Lachac. A devoted CAMP Rehoboth volunteer, Mr. Lachac worked for 18 years as a student assistance counselor and guidance counselor for the Middlesex Borough Schools. He loved baking, cooking, gardening, and travel. Mr. Lachac enjoyed collecting Fiesta dinnerware, and music. Letters 56 MARCH 19, 2021
He continued his passion for music by playing the piano. His interests also included politics and current events. Mr. Lachac volunteered for CAMP Rehoboth when he was physically able. In addition to his parents, Mr. Lachac was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Horn, of Brooklyn, New York; his uncle, Francis Saulle, of Staten Island, New York; and his niece, Denise Thompson. He is survived by his spouse, Harold “Chip” H. Johnson Jr. of Lewes; his sister, Lillian Thompson of Middlesex,
New Jersey; his nieces: Dierdre (Thompson) Brady, Deanna Muniz, and Danielle Thompson; his nephew, Eddie Thompson; and his many grandnieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Lachac’s memory to Rutgers University, 57 US Highway 1, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-8554, or CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. Visit Mr. Lachac’s Life Memorial Webpage and sign his virtual guestbook at parsellfuneralhomes.com. ▼
Duwayne R. Litz
uwayne Litz, 76, of Oakland Park, Florida, tragically passed on February 20, 2021. Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Robert and Velma Litz. Duwayne attended Millersville University, the University of Buffalo, and Temple University. As an educator for 27 years, Duwayne was a reading specialist and English teacher, as well as an adjunct professor, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After retirement, Duwayne became a Realtor. Duwayne touched the hearts of so many people with his infectious smile and laughter. He lived life to the fullest, traveling the world and visiting with friends and family. Duwayne enjoyed the beach, particularly his beloved Key West and Rehoboth Beach. Duwayne is survived by his partner, Steve Triglia; his three children: Adrienne
Barto, partner of Anthony Rovito; Jennifer Bates, wife of Thomas; and Justin Litz, husband of Chryssa; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two beloved dogs, Fendi and Gucci. He is also survived by a sister, Janet Sauerbry, wife of Christopher; a brother, Robert Litz, husband of Sandy; and many nieces and nephews. Duwayne was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, David Litz; and his beloved dog, Prada. The family will plan for a Celebration of Life at a later date. Information will be posted on Duwayne’s Memorial Page on Facebook. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Key West Art & Historical Society, 281 Front Street, Key West, Florida 33040. ▼
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Christopher, I learn, makes most of his own jewelry for his characters and for select clients. “It’s a lot of work, but nobody else on the drag circuit is doing anything like it.” He handed me three other huge diamonds that will eventually become a choker necklace for Marilyn. Will we see the big jewels in Rehoboth this summer? Christopher smiled, but refused to answer. He did tell me he’ll be doing a grand finale Eyecons show when he’s in town. And he’ll likely do an event with his long-time friend Freddie Lutz to celebrate the opening of Freddie’s at the Beach, the new gay bar and restaurant moving into the old Frogg Pond venue on First Street. “Come with me darling, I’ve got another room I want to show you.” We left the workroom, made a stop in the kitchen to refill our wine glasses, and
continued on into the bedroom. “This is where the real magic happens,” he says slyly. It looks like a hotel bedroom, connected to a marble and tile bathroom with double sinks and double Hollywood style vanity mirrors. We open a door and step into an enormous 10x20 walk-in closet. “Straight women—and quite a few men—orgasm when they see it. Not literally, of course, but you know what I mean.” Always the showman, Christopher posed demurely against a rack of jackets and dresses and a shelf of glamorous shoes so I can snap the perfect photo to accompany this column. We chatted a little more and finished our wine. I thanked Christopher for sharing his home with me and the readers of Letters, and I asked him one final question. Would he say that drag influences his home and his interior
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design sense? “Absolutely! Drag for me is about illusion, a little glam, and having fun. I think these sensibilities are well represented here within the walls of the Manor on the Isle of Stock. I always tell people that Marilyn, Judy, Liza, Cher, Madonna—all the ladies—paid for this house. They live here too, you know.” That I do. Rich Barnett is the author of The Discreet Charms of a Bourgeois Beach Town, and Fun with Dick and James.
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God’s Greyts Senior Greyhounds............................... 21 Hugh Fuller, Realtor.................................................... 34 Immanuel Shelter....................................................... 63 Jack Lingo, Real Estate.............................................. 11 Jenn Harpel, Morgan Stanley..................................... 17 Jolly Trolley................................................................ 41 Just In Thyme Restaurant........................................... 33 Lana Warfield, Realtor................................................ 31 Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, Realtors............................ 33 Lori’s Café.................................................................. 50 MERR Institute............................................................ 21 Midway Fitness & Racquetball................................... 71 Milton Theatre............................................................ 47 Olivia Travel...................................................................9 Palate Bistro & Catering ............................................ 55 PFLAG......................................................................... 50 Purple Parrot.............................................................. 35 PWW Law.................................................................... 33 Randall-Douglas......................................................... 53 Randy Mason/Shirley Kalvinsky, Realtors.................. 17 Rehoboth Beach Bears............................................... 65 Rehoboth Beach Dental............................................. 55 Rehoboth Guest House.............................................. 31 Rehoboth Massage & Alignment................................ 27
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JOHN MORRIS has been a trainer at Midway Motion & Fitness since 1985. JOHN MORRIS has been my personal trainer since 2006. I wholeheartedly recommend John. He has helped me so many times to regain my strength after surgeries and injuries. He is knowledgeable about physical therapy exercises. John tailors the exercises specifically to my needs. Honestly, if it were not for John’s help, I would be in a wheelchair. Instead, he has ensured that I am quite functional. – JEANNETTE WEBBER
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FRANKLIN SQUARE – Milford. 1993 2BR/1.5BA ‘twin’ home w/fenced yard. Kitchen opens to dining area & LV w/FP. Deck & shed. 0.11 acres. Near Little League fields. $162,500 (178722)
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home shown (38 Lakewood Dr.)
(177158) Lot Rent $591/mt.
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COLONIAL EAST - Rehoboth. 1980 3BR/2BA home has been nicely remodeled with a chic, cosmopolitan interior. Huge porch. Olympic-size pool. 4 miles to beach. Call for Price (NEW) Lot Rent $650/mt.
ANGOLA BEACH - Lewes. 1986 3BR/2BA has nice upgrades. Split BR plan. Small home office. Big screened porch Shed. 10 miles to the beach. Call for Price (NEW)
SILVER VIEW FARM Rehoboth. 1980 2BR/1.5BA. VinylTech porch w/cedar wall accents. Split BR plan. Partially furn. 3 miles to the boardwalk. Pool. $65,000
Lot Rent $652/mt.
(178372) Lot Rent $590/mt.
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LOCHWOOD - Lewes. New Construction - TBB. The Ethan is a 3BR/2BA 1,605 sq. ft. home. Popular open floor plan with a split-bedroom layout. Kitchen will feature stainless steel appliances & granite countertops. 0.41 acres. Deck & screen porch. 10 miles to beach. Low HOA fees - $240/year. Call for Price (163012)
SILVER VIEW FARM Rehoboth. 1983 3BR/2BA Fully remodeled! Split BR plan. Eat-in kitchen w/all new SS appliances. Shed. Pool & 3 miles to beach. $75,000 (176452) Lot Rent $590/mt.
CAMELOT MEADOWS Rehoboth. 1972 2BR/1BA w/sunroom & screen porch Furnished. Shed. ‘As Is”. Just 3.5 miles to beach. Community pool. $39,900
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(17607) Lot Rent $766/mt.
(NEW) Lot Rent $650/mt.
SILVER VIEW FARM Rehoboth. Cute 840sf 1979 2BR/1BA. Bright interior. Big eat-in kitchen. Shed. Across from the pool. 3 miles to beach. $49,900 (NEW)
Lot Rent $590/mt.
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