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THIS ISSUE 28 Out & Proud

36 CAMP Houses

STEFANI DEOUL

RICH BARNETT

The Vaccination Game

44 Straight Talk

FAY JACOBS

DAVID GARRETT

32 It’s My Life Song for a Future Generation

4 In Brief

MICHAEL THOMAS FORD

6 Intentionally Inclusive Celebrate Women All Year Long WES COMBS

8 CAMP News

Murray Archibald Receives Heroes Award FAY JACOBS

10 Membership Matters CAMP Rehoboth ImpACT

34 Out & About

12 Who’s That? That’s CAMP!

Just Like Greenwich

30 Before The Beach Dottie Cirelli—Health Care and Activism

Ides of Gender 1, photo by Zach Oren. See page 60.

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A Culture of Consequence ERIC PETERSON

The Most Introverted Extroverts You’ll Ever Meet! ANITA BROCCOLINO

20 More CAMP News 22 Community News 24 A Call To Protect Trans Students Christina Trans Youth Precedent

The Disappearing Lesbians

46 Historical Headliners

Living Large: Marion Barbara “Joe” Carstairs ANN APTAKER

48 Celebrity Interview

Angelica Ross: Actor, Musician—Uniquely Fierce MICHAEL COOK

50 LGBTQ+ YA

Yes! Transgender Students Have Rights in Sex-Segregated Areas ANDREA RASHBAUM

52 CAMPshots Spring Fever!

56 Dining Out

Take a Break from the Ordinary at Shorebreak Lodge FAY JACOBS

60 CAMP Arts DOUG YETTER

62 Booked Solid Eleanor

TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER

68 The Real Dirt

Look to Those Who Inspire ERIC W. WAHL

72 Q-Puzzle

Fostering Age Reversal

74 We Remember

ON THE COVER

Salute to Broadwalk Photo: Murray Archibald

MATTY BROWN

26 Health & Wellness

Eat, Drink, and Be— Less Healthy? MARJ SHANNON

See page 48

Letters from CAMP Rehoboth welcomes submissions. Email editor@camprehoboth.com. Photographs must be high resolution (300 dpi). Documents should be sent as attachments in Microsoft Word®. Deadline for submissions is two weeks prior to the issue release date.

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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 Matty Brown DISTRIBUTION Mark Wolf CONTRIBUTORS Ann Aptaker, Murray Archibald, Rich Barnett, Anita Broccolino, Matty Brown, Wes Combs, Michael Cook, Stefani Deoul, Michael Thomas Ford, David Garrett, Fay Jacobs, Tricia Massella, Eric Peterson, Mary Beth Ramsey, Andrea Rashbaum, Terri Schlichenmeyer, Marj Shannon, Eric W. Wahl, Doug Yetter

Letters from CAMP Rehoboth is published 11 times per year, between February and December, as a program of CAMP Rehoboth Inc., a non-profit community service organization. CAMP Rehoboth seeks to create a more positive environment of cooperation and understanding among all people. Revenue generated by advertisements supports CAMP Rehoboth’s purpose as outlined in our mission statement.

The inclusion or mention of any person, group, or business in Letters from CAMP Rehoboth does not, nor is it intended to in any way, indicate sexual orientation. The content of the columns are the views and opinions of the writers and may not indicate the position of CAMP Rehoboth, Inc. © 2021 by CAMP Rehoboth, Inc. All rights reserved by CAMP Rehoboth. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the prior written permission of the editor.


CAMP REHOBOTH

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

CAMP REHOBOTH 37 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 tel 302-227-5620 | fax 302-227-5604 email editor@camprehoboth.com | www.camprehoboth.com

The Way I See It BY BETH SHOCKLEY, EDITOR

I LOVED MRS. FONTAINE. SHE WAS MY FIRST-GRADE TEACHER BACK IN THE STONE AGE WHEN so-called “desegregation” was a divisive issue in my small town. She was the first Black person I had ever met. She was loving and kind, and her smile and laughter were the bright spots of my days. I just knew that she loved me as much as my classmates, both Black and white. She hugged us, was patient with us (especially this wild-child), and she tried to teach me math. Today, I realize how huge a challenge it must have been for her and how much scrutiny she must have been under as the first Black woman to teach in North Salisbury Elementary School in 1966. I looked up to her as a child and her memory inspires me still. It may sound trite, but in tough situations, I sometimes find myself asking “What would Mrs. Fontaine do”? I also wonder whether she would be satisfied with the progress we are making toward racial and women’s equality. Women and our male allies have heroes. Kamala Harris, our vice president, became the highest-ranking female official in US history, as well as the first African American and first Asian American to be elected to serve in the post. The elevation of Dr. Rachel Levine as the nation’s assistant secretary of health makes her the first openly transgender federal official confirmed by the Senate. Delaware’s own Sarah McBride—the first transgender state senator in the country—is the highest-ranking transgender elected official in history. We all know there are so many major hurdles yet to overcome, especially when it comes to systemic racism and LGBTQ equality. But we are making some progress, at least when it comes to parity for women. There have always been women, many of whom are transgender and lesbians—and our allies—at the forefront in the fight. Audre Lord, Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton, Laverne Cox, and so many others. We have heroes in Delaware, too. We can be proud of women like Mary Ann Shadd Cary, an anti-slavery activist, journalist, publisher, teacher, and lawyer. She was the first Black woman publisher in North America and promoted equality for all people. Mabel Vernon was a member of the American Woman Suffrage Association and one of the principal members of the Congressional Union for Women Suffrage. There are numerous other Delaware women who shattered glass ceilings and spoke out for equality. This issue of Letters is about women like these—those who have influenced, motivated, and encouraged us to be more, do more, and demand more. Women like the luminous actor and singer Angelica Ross, featured in this issue, are rewriting narratives and demanding transgender representation. We also spotlight the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, Maya Lin—who went on to create the Civil Rights Memorial in Alabama, and many others. Then there are our CAMP Rehoboth heroes highlighted in this edition, like Kathy Wiz and Muriel Hogan, the architects and founders in 2011 of Broadwalk on the Boardwalk as part of Women’s FEST. And Kim Nelson, a Founders Circle member of CAMP Rehoboth who, during the pandemic, has been volunteering as a CAMPcierge and a CROP (CAMP Rehoboth Outreach Program) volunteer, delivering meals to families being housed through A Sheltering Heart. These women, and so many others, are moving all of us forward. On a related topic about breaking barriers, we also feature an exclusive overview of the Christina School District’s enactment of a new policy protecting transgender students in this northern Delaware school district. Also in this issue, in true Letters tradition, we offer articles about our many other dedicated members and volunteers, new places to dine out, the latest on the arts scene, and so much more. So enjoy and stay safe!

CAMP Rehoboth, Inc. is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to CAMP Rehoboth are considered charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes and may be deducted to the fullest extent of the law. A copy of our exemption document is available for public inspection.

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CROP Volunteers at Lighthouse for Broken Wings

A group of CROP volunteers helps feed the homeless through A Sheltering Heart program.

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hanks to a team of 13 fantastic CROP volunteers, our plan to help feed the homeless was executed without a hitch on March 25-26. We responded to a need from A Sheltering Heart, part of Lighthouse for Broken Wings, to provide meals to the homeless. Team members shopped for the food items on our menu. Then more team members prepared and delivered delicious meals to 62 folks in need, including 26 children, at the AmericInn in Rehoboth. Toni Short, Director of A Sheltering Heart, was thrilled to receive the meals of pulled pork, chicken tenders, mac & cheese, sliced fresh veggies, applesauce, and brownies. It doesn’t get any more rewarding than that! Many thanks also to all who donated funds for the meal via Give Lively. Your generous donations covered the entire cost of the meals! ▼

FREE HIV/STI TESTING Whenever you need it! Testing is available at multiple sites—and at convenient hours—in Sussex County. Contact Salvatore at CAMP Rehoboth (salvatore@ camprehoboth.com) to make an appointment.! ▼

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Will They or Won’t They?

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ith a Baltimore Avenue streetscape renovation being considered, the City of Rehoboth is studying the best way to achieve the most improvements. The avenue is home to the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center and lots of popular restaurants and businesses, including those on Second Street, which will also be included in the project. In addition, two blocks of Wilmington Avenue are slated for a new streetscape as well. A City of Rehoboth task force has been set up to study the plans and according to news reports, a contractor has recommended not to bury the electric lines as part of the project. The electric lines were buried during the major streetscape project for Rehoboth Avenue in the early 2000s. According to the city, the goal of the project is to improve commercial viability, safety, ambiance, and access for pedestrians and bicycles. A meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, to discuss possible streetscape design concepts, which could include utilizing one-way streets, undergrounding of utilities, utilizing limited vehicle access zones, and enhancing the current street layout. Rehoboth Beach Mayor Stan Mills noted that starting the actual construction of street improvements may be way off, but the city wants to be ready in case, as happened in 2002, DelDOT or another entity is ready to partner on the project. ▼

Good News in US, Bad News in Russia

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n March 31, President Biden, in a first for any US president, issued a formal presidential proclamation recognizing the Transgender Day of Visibility. The document commended their “struggle, activism, and courage.” While several US states are debating or enacting laws to keep transgender girls from participating in school sports and restrict access to transition-related care for transgender youth, Biden showed his support for the transgender community. And Biden called ongoing violence against transgender people “a stain on our nation’s conscience.”

But…. To no one’s surprise, on Monday, April 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a constitutional amendment that formally defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The Associated Press wrote that upwards of 78 percent of Russian voters backed the amendments in a July referendum. ▼


Become a Member of CAMP Rehoboth DID YOU KNOW? CAMP Rehoboth has nearly 1,800 members! With over 83 percent of them residing in and around Rehoboth Beach and Lewes, that means almost 30 percent of all who reside in the surrounding areas are members of CAMP Rehoboth. Are you one? We hope you are already part of what makes Creating A More Positive (CAMP) Rehoboth the amazing place we all call home, or your home away from home. If not, you can join. We are kicking-off Membership Awareness Season. Now that we’ve crossed that 30th anniversary milestone, we’ve launched a new Membership Visibility Campaign, and it includes the added opportunity for all to show our shared welcoming and inclusive values. All members in 2021 will receive a Rainbow Level-colored window cling to proudly display on their cars, or business doors, or even at their homes. The Membership Committee has led a valiant effort in membership growth over the years. Despite the difficult year caused by the pandemic, they are setting the bar even higher—with a reach goal to achieve 2,023 members by 2023! Join CAMP Rehoboth today! Go to camprehoboth.com/membership or call 302-227-5620 and ask to speak with Anita. Or, email: anita@ camprehoboth.com. ▼

Journalism Scholarship for LGBTQ Youth CAMP Rehoboth has started the Fay Jacobs LGBTQ Youth Journalism Scholarship Fund. The goal is to raise $15,000 to establish a permanent, endowed fund with the Delaware Community Foundation. This money will be used to provide an annual scholarship to an LGBTQ young writer residing in Delaware. In the first year, the fund will provide a $500 scholarship, with the expectation that the amount of the scholarship will grow in the future as the fund grows. The fund was set up to honor long-time Letters writer Fay Jacobs and her many years of service to both CAMP Rehoboth and the Rehoboth Beach community. Donations may be made online at camprehoboth.com, or checks may be sent to the CAMP Rehoboth office, 39 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth 19971, or to the fund directly at Delaware Community Foundation, 36 The Circle, Georgetown, 19947. If you’re sending to Georgetown, checks should be made payable to Delaware Community Foundation and must note on the memo line: “Fay Jacobs Fund.” ▼

Thank You, Corky Fitzpatrick

Y FEST Art 2021! An exhibition celebrating women in the arts and their supporters at CAMP Rehoboth is running through April 26. This year’s show is one of the best and biggest yet, featuring work by 30 talented artists in a variety of mediums, including paintings, sculpture, photography, and more. See page 60 for more information.

ou may have seen Corky Fitzpatrick out in the community carrying a stack of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth. Corky is the faithful volunteer that refills the magazine boxes in between issues when they are running low. He is retiring from this role and all of us at CAMP Rehoboth are grateful for his many years of service. Corky isn’t going anywhere, however. You may even see him in a new role as a CAMPcierge! Thank you, Corky. ▼

Photo: Climb Up by Mara Rago

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Intentionally Inclusive

BY WESLEY COMBS

Let’s Make Sure We Celebrate Women All Year Long

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his is the time of year that CAMP Rehoboth shines a big spotlight on women in the LGBTQ community and those who support them during Women’s FEST. This would have been the 21st year of what has become the largest women’s event in the mid-Atlantic. What many people may not know is that this now-annual event started at the turn of the millennium as a halfday event in April 2001. Known then as the Women’s Conference, it hosted speakers addressing topics such as health, financial planning, and legal protection for lesbian couples banned from legal marriages. The morning conference, upstairs at the Rehoboth Library, was a sell-out at 75 women. In 2019, the event now known as Women’s FEST had grown to four days of programming, attracting more than 2,000 women to downtown Rehoboth featuring celebrity comics and musicians, a welcome dance party, a giant tea dance, golf outing, pickleball and cornhole tourneys, book signings by well-known authors, an art show, and well-known guest speakers. While the pandemic has interrupted the planned event again this year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on a speech made in commemoration of the recently celebrated International Women’s Day. This is my way of bringing attention to not only the contributions women make in the world around us every day but also to the barriers to full inclusion that still remain. I was fortunate to attend an event hosted by my former employer, Accenture, where actress Viola Davis was the keynote speaker. As they say, “she had me at hello.” Her ability to bring characters to life and show us their true humanity is what made me a huge fan. But it is her honest and passionate outspokenness about the unequal opportunities and compensation for Letters 6 APRIL 16, 2021

women of color in Hollywood that matters most to me. During a conversation with Tina Brown in 2018 as part of the Women in the World Summit, Davis said, “we get paid probably a tenth of what a Caucasian woman gets.” She spoke about how she has to constantly get on the phone and fight for not only the opportunity to play a role but to get compensated at the same level as actors of similar caliber like Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore.

“It is not what you leave for people, it is what you leave in them.” Davis recognizes her celebrity offers her a unique platform from which she can use her star power to draw attention to both the gender and racial equity gap that women face in the workplace. What I admire about her is that Davis understands that she also has an obligation to pay it forward and say the things so many other women are unable to, for fear of paying the proverbial price in the form of being denied a job, a promotion, or just the opportunity. She ended her Accenture remarks by offering this advice to the women in the audience about the impact they can have with those around them: “It is not what you leave for people, it is what you leave in them.” Davis lives by example and uses her voice in an intentional way to inspire, advocate, and educate those who will listen about what is possible when you take action. Of course, I realize that not everyone is in a position of strength like Viola Davis. But my point is that each of us

can use our voice every day to speak on behalf of those who cannot. There are countless situations when because of our unique privilege in that moment, others will listen to what we have to say. More importantly, it may be because of who we are that we can be a champion for others who need it most. As a diversity and inclusion consultant who happens to also be a white gay man, I engage with senior leaders on a regular basis who are seeking my advice on how to create more equitable workplaces. I have learned that when I am meeting with a white executive, they are more receptive to hearing honest feedback about how their approach may make people who are different from them, including women and people of color, feel not valued or excluded. One thing I have learned over the years is that the messenger makes a difference on whether the message is communicated and “heard.” I also believe that people like me have a responsibility to those who are marginalized to use our earned capital to effect change. This can happen when we see someone verbally attack a store clerk, or call out a co-worker when they make an insensitive comment to another colleague. The next time you confront injustice, ask yourself, “What would Viola Davis do?” Those are the performances I cannot wait to hear about. ▼ 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 FAY JACOBS

Murray Archibald Receives HEROS Award

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dding his name to a long line of amazing LGBTQ leaders and allies, CAMP Rehoboth Co-Founder Murray Archibald has been awarded the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) John Cunningham Lifetime Legacy HEROES Award. The award was bestowed by the Philadelphia area LGBTQ non-profit for Archibald’s “tremendous and unwavering commitment to the LGBTQ+ community.” Archibald follows in the footsteps of previous winners like activist pioneer Barbara Gittings, legislative allies Rep. Brian Sims and Rep. Patrick Murphy, as well as Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and activist Olympian Johnny Weir. Along with his late husband, Steve Elkins, Archibald founded CAMP Rehoboth over 30 years ago in Rehoboth Beach. At the time, amid the 1990s AIDS crisis, tensions were high between Rehoboth’s growing LGBTQ community and longtime Rehoboth residents. Archibald and Elkins are credited with bringing the community together, establishing understanding and friendship between the gay and straight communities, and working tirelessly to weave the LGBTQ community into the diverse fabric of Rehoboth Beach. Archibald, upon hearing about the award, told Letters “I am incredibly honored to be awarded the 2021 Lifetime Legacy HEROES award from Philadelphia’s Delaware Valley Legacy Fund. It was a lovely surprise, made even better when I see names like Barbara Gittings, Dr. Rachel Levine, Mel Heifetz, and Johnny Weir on the list of past award winners. My thanks for all who made this possible!” But it was Murray Archibald, along with his late husband, who made so many things possible. To list all of Murray’s accomplishments would be impossible, but the list must include the inspiration for and running of more than 30 years of the mega-fundraising event Sundance, the vision for the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center, historic events like CAMP Follies, LOVE Letters 8 APRIL 16, 2021

art auctions, and many magnificently produced and decorated circuit-partylike dance events. As word of the honor got around, Rehoboth Beach Police Chief Banks said “Murray means so much to our community. Many years ago, CAMP Rehoboth was brought in to speak to our officers during their training. Murray’s unwavering dedication to this annual program of cultural diversity has brought about a greater understanding of, and improved communication with,

HEROES identifies youth, adults, nonprofits, allies, local, regional/national businesses and a national person or project who have bold ideas, act with selfless intention, are admired for their integrity, and regarded as courageous in advancing equity and equality. the LGBTQ community and the police officers who serve the residents and visitors of Rehoboth Beach. Murray is a true friend and heart of our community.” A letter to Archibald from DVLF President Fernando Gonzalez, states “It gives me great pleasure to inform you that you have been selected to be honored as the 2021 Lifetime Legacy award recipient. Congratulations! “Through the nomination process, HEROES identifies youth, adults, nonprofits, allies, local, regional/national businesses and a national person or project who have bold ideas, act with selfless intention, are admired for their integrity and regarded as courageous in advancing equity and equality. DVLF celebrates these examples of character

and encourage others to act heroically… on behalf of DVLF, we hope you will accept this honor and join us as a DVLF HERO.” According to DVLF, the HEROES award was established by the organization in 2003 to spotlight and honor “the unwavering dedication of community leaders and organizations who advance the rights and wellbeing in the greater Philadelphia LGBTQ+ community—and beyond.” Nancy Alexander, currently the Executive Director of the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society, and formerly a director of the Rehoboth Art League, says “Of course Murray Archibald received an award for being an LGBTQ hero. Every day, including in his capacity as a board member of the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society, he demonstrates the way that love and acceptance can transform a community, and the way that perseverance and a belief in a better future give hope to everyone he meets.” There will be a virtual event on May 2 to bestow the award to Archibald who will take his place among the many LGBTQ leaders and allies, organizations, and businesses who have been tapped by DVLF for their contributions to the LGBTQ community. CAMP Rehoboth Board President Chris Beagle says, “The Board of Directors congratulates our co-founder, Murray Archibald, on this well-deserved recognition by the DVLF. For over three decades, Murray, along with his late husband, Steve Elkins, have been ‘heroes’ to so many of us in the LGBTQ community here and throughout Delaware. Their leadership, dedication, and vision allowed CAMP Rehoboth to grow into the successful organization it remains today. The Board also extends sincere thanks to the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund for honoring Murray in recognition of his remarkable work.” ▼


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MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

CAMP Rehoboth ImpACT If it is our ACTions that speak louder than words, then the ImpACT of CAMP Rehoboth is most evident not only in our advocacy work but in the day-to-day programs, classes, counseling, and health testing we offer. The Membership Team will highlight one ImpACT story in future issues of Letters to help exemplify and celebrate the successes that your membership gift makes possible. Stay tuned to see how even a minor ImpACT can have a huge affect on someone’s life! Artwork by Susan Frey, basket by student Maggie Wieber.

Celebrating Both the Young and Young at HeART Artists of Our Community The student-artist’s pride was evident as he stood before his artwork, hung in a real exhibit for the very first time. Even more evident: the pride his family took in him as they toured that recent CAMP Rehoboth art exhibit, commUNITY. He’d arranged the tour just so they could see his work, framed and hung in the context of others’ creations. It may well have been the first time this family ever visited an LGBTQ community center—but there they were, celebrating their artist’s success. Outreach at CAMP Rehoboth comes in many forms, especially during a pandemic. A multigenerational exhibit, commUNITY also featured works by artists age 55+. These older exhibitors may be more experienced artists than their student

counterparts. But they may be equally young to the freedoms found in CAMP Rehoboth’s welcoming environment. They may find themselves tackling subjects they never before considered. Or using art to express themselves in new ways. Radical acceptance can foster remarkable growth and change, whatever one’s age. CommUNITY—named to emphasize unity, even in a time of physical and social isolation—was just one exhibit to highlight the communities that compose CAMP Rehoboth. Others have celebrated the Bear Community, women, and more. Last year’s Breaking Barriers exhibit featured artists sharing how they’ve used art to address stereotypes, push through obstacles, and amplify their voices. Art enriches artists’ lives, the lives of all who view it, and the communities—such as CAMP Rehoboth—which inspire, value, and celebrate the arts. ▼

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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 help with chores around barn and prepare for the return of their riders. Limited Space.

Virtual Broadwalk on the Boardwalk Sunday April 25, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Pick up a feather boa at the CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard anytime between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Then run or walk in honor or memory of someone in your life who has been impacted by cancer at your own pace and wherever you choose. No minimum donation needed to participate. Get creative and have fun!

Women’s 9-Hole Tournament Friday April 23, 4:00 pm American Classic Golf Course. SOLD OUT. 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! Art Exhibit Tours Saturday April 24, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Exhibit is jurored by Nationally-noted artist & educator Joey Mánlapaz. On display at CAMP Rehoboth from April 3-26. Women’s Fest Sirens of Spring Concert Sunday April 25, 5:00 PM Virtual concert featuring Christine Havrilla with Gypsy Fuzz and Mama’s Black Sheep. Tune in to the concert on the Women’s FEST Facebook page.

Thank you Olivia Travel for your continued support!

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WHO’s That?... That’s CAMP! BY ANITA BROCCOLINO, CAMP REHOBOTH DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

The Most Introverted Extroverts You’ll Ever Meet!

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AMP Rehoboth’s Women’s FEST would not be WomBoardwalk, led by the two, has raised over $76,000 in donations en’s FEST without the Broadwalk on the Boardwalk. for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition during the 11 years So, when pondering yet another year of pandemsince its inception. ic-related restrictions, be it virtual or in person, the Again this year, there is no charge. If you are able, a $10 Broadwalk on the Boardwalk had to happen. And were we donation is suggested for a boa to help support Delaware lucky! Kathy Wiz and Muriel Hogan, who have been the driving Breast Cancer Coalition. (Boas are not returnable this year force and founders of the walk since it was conceived in 2011, due to COVID-19.) Swing by the CAMP Rehoboth courtyard on agreed to lead the efforts for one more year, before passing Sunday, April 25, between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to get a the baton. boa, then walk at your own pace, either in your neighborhood, This signature event evolved after Kathy’s sister, or on the boardwalk. Grab a photo or selfie and post Anne Marie, was diagnosed with breast cancer. it on Facebook or send them to me at CAMP Kathy was determined to do something to Rehoboth so we can share them in the next honor her sister, so she approached Sal issue of Letters! Seeley to discuss whether CAMP ReAs these sometimes shy, other hoboth could support a breast cantimes feisty, but always generous cer walk. He was supportive, but it women say, “Come out and volunwas Fay Jacobs who suggested teer! You might get tired or dirty, that the walk could become part but it’s a great way to become of Women’s FEST, which then involved in this unique and fabuinspired the name, “Broadwalk lous community. You will underon the Boardwalk.” stand the power of teamwork, Kathy and Muriel’s friends membership, and the pride in were super supportive. Kathy giving back. You will know the Davison became Kathy’s “coach” feeling of accomplishment by beand Joanne Kempton came up ing part of something bigger and with the idea of having a DJ in something important—like CAMP the courtyard and having the walk Rehoboth and the Delaware Breast support the Delaware Breast Cancer Cancer Coalition.” Coalition. The ever-generous members of And, if you’re inspired, consider “It’s about the people. our CAMP Rehoboth community began volunteering with CAMP Rehoboth. Help stepping up. It’s always about the people.” us keep this beautiful event going next From year one, Karen Gustafson was year and help us dream up even more fun Broadwalk’s premier sponsor. DJ Sharon events in the future. Muriel and Kathy both showed up to entertain us every Broadcommented, during our brief discussion, walk morning at 8:00 a.m., usually even after a late-night gig. how volunteering, membership in CAMP Rehoboth, and the Geri Dibiase ran (sometimes literally) from CAMP Rehoboth Founders Circle were the biggest factors in how well they were to the Greene Turtle to the south end of the boardwalk to able to integrate into the community. “It’s about the people. It’s capture the magic with her camera. Lori’s Café provided always about the people,” says Kathy. much-needed coffee for the walkers. And as Broadwalk grew, On behalf of the community, for all you have done for CAMP so did its needs. Jolly Trolley hopped on board, providing Rehoboth, those with cancer, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coarides for people who would have trouble walking from CAMP lition, and for making the community gentler, more positive, and Rehoboth to the end of the boardwalk for the ceremony on more welcoming, Kathy Wiz and Muriel Hogan, we thank you! ▼ the beach. So many others gave generously to make Broadwalk happen over the years. CAMP Rehoboth Development Director Anita Broccolino oversees and “That’s just the community we live in,” Muriel says. “It’s advances CAMP Rehoboth's development, fundraising, and communiwhy we love it here and why we enjoy being involved with cations efforts, while helping increase awareness in the community. If CAMP Rehoboth.” “And,” adds Kathy, “we have never charged you would like to learn more about CAMP Rehoboth, become a member, a registration fee to participate in the Broadwalk. We wanted or meet with Anita to discuss a donation, legacy, or planned giving gift, everyone to be able to participate, and those who could, have please call 302-227-5620 or email: anita@camprehoboth.com. been very generous over the years.” The CAMP Rehoboth Women’s FEST Broadwalk on the

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OUR SUPPORTERS MAKE IT HAPPEN PURPLE LEVEL Greg Albright & Wes Combs X Sondra N. Arkin X Aaron, Heather, Gia & Joe Book* Catherine Brennan Carol Bresler & Carolyn Billinghurst X Tony Burns X Edward Joseph Chrzanowski & Talmage Wesley Sykes* Skip Dye & Steven King* James W. Johnson & Matthew H. Shepard* Christine Lay X Diane & Chris Martin* Fred Munzert & J.P. Lacap Beth Pile & S.A. White X Mark Purpura & Matthew Adams* Chris Rinaldi & Brian Powers X Mary Rossettini & Kathleen Taylor Jennifer Rubenstein & Diane Scobey X Evie Simmons & Barb Thompson X Leslie Sinclair & Debbie Woods X Diane Sweeney* The Robert V. Hauff & John F. Dreeland Foundation X Jennifer Walker & Mary Ann Veitch X William Cross Foundation

INDIGO LEVEL Murray Archibald & In Memory of Steve Elkins X James Beal & In Memory of David Van Patter Wesley Blickenstaff* Jane Blue & Louisa Watrel X Joe Brannen & John Klomp X Tom Brown X John Camp Elizabeth Carl & Tori Hill X Pat Catanzariti & Carole Ramos* Richard Coss & Mike Hull* Donna Davis & Gail Jackson X Jim D’Orta & Jed Ross & AJ, Cubby & Maryrose Lou Fiore & Jim Burke* Jim & Tom Flower* Gary Gajewski - In Memory of Dr. John A. Boscia David & Marti Garrett* Fred Harke - In Memory of Robert Rougeau X Holly Horn & Kathleen Garrity X Claire Ippoliti X Peter Karsner X Melissa & Amanda Kaufman X Maureen Keenan & Teri Dunbar X Russell Koerwer & Stephen Schreiber X Roger Kramer Curtis J. Leciejewski, DDS, PA X David Mariner & Khusan Odilovich Thom Morris & Jim Slusher Natalie Moss & Evelyn Maurmeyer X Rick Mowery & Joe Conn X Tom Negran & Marc Anthony Worosilo X David Nelson & William McManus X John Newton & Mowry Spencer X

Mark Niehaus & Brooks Honeycutt X Kathleen Nilles & Camille Nichols* Jeanine O’Donnell - State Farm* Gwen Osborne & Katie Handy Signarama X The Pearsall Family* Richard Perry* Deborah Qualey & Karen Gustafson X Lori & Renee Rocheleau Mark Roush & Dave Banick* Mark Schweizer & Robert Voelker Gary Seiden & Ah Bashir X Susan Tobin & Cathy Martinson* Frank Vitrano X Mel W. & Linda Lee M. Weller Karen West & Melissa Clement* Ronald Wetzel & Nathan Hench Brian Yanofchick Chris Yochim Karl Zoric & Mark Pipkin X

BLUE LEVEL Ronald Bass & George Robbins X Rocky Bible & Kevin Bosley In Memory of Jackie Morris Tim & Meredith Birrittella Teresa Bolduc & Kim McGeown* Karen Brause & Kim Sheaffer Coleen Collins & Berdi Price X Richard Gamble & Paul Lindsey* Miguel Gomez Gail Gormley* Perry Gottlieb & Tim White* Harry Hallock Irene & Lou Katz* Nancy Kennedy & Tora Washington* Paul & Anne Michele Kuhns* Bob Mancuso & Doug Murray Alice & Robert Mazur* Rebecca Moscoso* Porter-Gordon Family* John Roane & Doug Lingenfelter In Memory of Jeff Hosley Chris Rouchard X Michael Shaffer & Benjamin Wilson X

GREEN LEVEL Gerry Beaulieu & Bill Fuchs* Sharon Bembry & Lois Powell Alex Benjamin & Pete Grover* David Bower* Chris Bowers* David W. Briggs & John F. Benton X Charlie Browne & Rod Cook X Barry Bugg* Cheryl Buxton Jay Chalmers & John Potthast X Paul Christensen & Dennis Morgan* Beth Cohen & Fran Sneider X Stephen Corona Scott Davis & Chris Shaheen* Mike DeFlavia & Tony Sowers* Max Dick* Diane Dragositz Ann Evans* Kathy & Corky Fitzpatrick X Keven Fitzsimmons & Jeff Stroud X Cynthia Flynn & Deirdre Boyle X Connie Fox & Donna Adair

Tom Galloway & Les Diggs Richard Green & Asi Ohana X John Hackett & Tom Newton* David Hagelin & Andy Brangenberg* Harris Holden X Terry Hollinger & Mike May John Holohan & William Ensminger* Steve Hoult & Rick Bane X Karen Hugues & Cathy McCallister X Anthony Incalcatera & James Buswold Dorsey Johnson & Kay Jernigan* Jocelyn Kaplan & Idalie Adams X Linda Kemp* Deborah Kennedy & Beth Yocum* Jerry Kennedy & Robert Quinones X Eric Korpon & Steven Haber* Leslie Ledogar & Marilyn Hewitt* Stephen Manos X James Mease & Philip Vehslage* Richard Morgante & Edward McHale* Susan Morrison* Dennis Neason & Steve Bendyna* Kim Nelson & Lori Simmons X Fran O’Brien & David Gifford* Don Peterson & Jeff Richman X Keith Petrack & Michael Fetchko* Anne Pikolas & Jean Charles X Stephen Pleskach X Gail Purcell & Sandy Kraft* Tony Purcell & In Memory of Daniel Espejel Bill Rayman & Frank King* Keith & John Riley-Spillane X Kim Rutherford & Dalit Eyal Douglas Sellers & Mark Eubanks Scott Shaughnessy & John Hassell* William Snow & Richard Pagnotta X Joseph Steele & Chris Leady Angie Strano & Cindy Gruman David Streit & Scott Button* Anne Tracy & Mary Gilligan Peter Trost & John Worek Terry Vick & Billy Pat Clamp Margaret Wilkins* Kathy Wiz & Muriel Hogan X Jon Worthington & Bryan Houlette X Doug Yetter & Mark Horne Lisa Zimmerman X

YELLOW LEVEL Brenda Abell X Keith Anderson & Peter Bish X Dale Aultman & Paul Gibbs X Pamela Baker & Diane Dixson* Linda Balatti & Shirley Gilmer X Mike Ballenger & Martin Thomas* Miriam Barton* Chris Beagle & Eric Engelhart* Tom Beall Barbara Beavers & Kathy Carrell Sherry Berman & Deb Hamilton X Abby Bernstein & Karen Frank X Deborah Bosick Nancy Bouse & Norma Morrison X Michael Boyle & Greg Murphy X John Brady X David Carder Kathy Casey & Jean Burgess X Kate Cauley & Pat Newcomb

CAMP REHOBOTH MEMBERSHIP 2021 Bob Chambers* Jean Chlastawa & Susan Griesemer Jim Chupella & Jim Wigand* Dottie Cirelli & Myrna Kelley X Austin Clayton Steve Clayton & Brad Lentz Gary Colangelo & Gerald Duvall X Nancy Commisso* Thomas Conway & Thoth Weeda* Kay Creech & Sharon Still* Drexel Davison - Bad Hair Day?* Lewis & Greg Dawley-Becker* Robert Defendis & Ronald O. Dempsey* Anthony Delacruz & Ronald Mangano Ann DeLazaro & Annette Potemski Marianne DeLorenzo & Linda Van de Wiele* Fred DiBartolo & Steve Wood X Maureen Dolan & Karen McGavin* Frank Dorn & Edward Schumacher* Albert Drulis & Scott Silber* Sandy Duncan & Maddy Ewald Susan Eig & Ellen Schiff X Karen & Lisa Faber* Alice Fagans & Ruth Ann Mattingly* John Farley & Dennis Wilson X Dent Farr & Erick Lowe* Dee Farris* Jerry Filbin* Cecily Fisher & Loretta Higgins Diane Fisher & Kharma Amos Metropolitan Community Church of Rehoboth* Monica Fleischmann & Lona Crist X John Flournoy & Jim Chrobot John Furbush & Tom Feng Susan Goudy* Bill Graff & Jeff Schuck* Ken Green & Joe Kearney* Michael Green & Robert Schwerdtfeger* Patricia Guild Jo Hamilton & Donna Voigt* Harbor Healthcare* Pete & Joanne Harrigan* David Herring & Karl Hornberger Carol Holland - Holland Jewelers X Larry Hooker X Caroline Huff & Brenda Robertson* Pete Jakubowski* Philip Johnson* Marilyn Kates & Laura Glenn* Rose Korten & Brenda Pinkney Greg Kubiak* Susan Kutliroff & Barbara Snyder Carol Lazzara & Sheila Maden* Monica Lewis & Ann Zimmerman* Frank Liptak & Joe Schnetzka* Jim Lonsdale & Bryan Hoffman Patricia Magee & Anita Pettitt X Ellie Maher Harold Marmon & Robert Hill* John Marson Jill Masterman & Tammy Jackson* Tony Mazzarella Mickie McManamon* Howard Menaker & Patrick Gossett X Floyd Merchant

Ray Michener & Tom Carlson* Marvin Miller & Dan Kyle X Linda Miniscalco & Jeanne Drake* Sherril Moon & Louise Montgomery* Jack Morrison & Bob Dobbs* Rita Nelson & Ralph Peters Sandy Neverett & Pam Cranston X Robert Nowak & David Bergman X Judy Olsen & Joanne Kempton X Maggie Ottato X Dotti Outland & Diane Mead X Peninsula Gallery - Tony & Carol Boyd-Heron* John Piccirillo & Jonathan Rose Joanne Picone & Kathy Bostedo* Denny Pintello & Coke Farmer* Tom Poor & Tom Bachmann - Bin 66 Fine Wine* Jim Pressler X Sam Profeta X Lisa Rabigi & Bea Vuocolo* Joie Rake & Nan Flesher X Charlotte Reid & Polly Smale* Marty Rendon & John Cianciosi* Gene Roe X Thomas Rose & Thomas Sechowicz X Lucien Rossignol & Tom Harris* Mark Saunders & Bob Thoman* Gary Schell & Jim DiRago Betsy Schmidt X Sheryl Schulte & Jeanne LaVigne* Troy Senter & Stacey Chan* Mary Ann Slinkman & Sharyn Santel David Smith & Kenn Williams Susan Soderberg & Terri King X John Michael Sophos & Miss Dot Sophos* Diane Sozio & Patricia Hutchinson* Mary Spencer & Kathy Lingo* Greig Stewart & Jake Hudson* Russell & Patricia Stiles* Lenny Stumpf & John B. Pitchford* Brett Svensson & Bill Quinn Dust Doctors LLC* Gordon Tanner & Robert Patlan* Lana Warfield & Pamela Notarangelo X Cal Weible & Daniel Halvorsen X Michael Weinert X Douglas Werner & JD Pryor Joseph & Diane Wood Tony Wright & Mary Jo Bennett X Renee & Steven Wright DMD PA* Steven Wunder & Rod Hastie Jean Sutliff Young* Joanne Yurik* Larry Zeigler X John Zingo & Rick Johnson*

ORANGE LEVEL Gwen Atwell & Marla Hoon Shannon & Sarah Avery* Romulus Barba & Dean Yanchulis* Paul Barbera & Joseph Nolan Peter Bezrucik* Kathleen Biggs & Maria Campos Kathy Board & Jackie Maddalena Boland Family - In Memory of Michael J. Kelly* Continued on page 14

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Linda Bova & Bridget Bauer The Sea Bova Associates* William Briganti & Gary Moore* Anita Broccolino - In Memory of Cathy Fisher Wendy Bromfeld* Ronald Butt & Steve Cannon* William Byron & Ali Lazur Debbie Cali & Maddie Cunningham Michael Clement & Mac Gardner* Charlie Codacovi* Community Bank Delaware* Mark Conheady* Lois Cortese & Jill Stokes X Shawn & Jenny Crawford Kenneth Currier & Mike Tyler X John D’Amico* Joseph Davey & H. Ralph Fletcher Linda DeFeo X J. Lynne Dement & Lisa J. Snyder* Jim DiLalla & In Memory of Frederick Episcopo* Tony DiMichele & Jeff Smith* Joe DiSalvo* Donna Dolce* Arlyce Dubbin & Kathleen Heintz* Jeanne Embich* Maureen Ewadinger* Ellen Feinberg & Lesley Rogan X Barbara Fitzpatrick & Denise Centinaro Sara Ford & Anne Donick* Deb Fox & Deb Bonneau Charles Gable Christopher Galanty & James Apistolas Joan Glass X William Gluth & Channing Daniel Ed Gmoch* Mike Gordy & Ed Brubaker Joe Gottschall & Scott Woody Charles Graham* Deborah Grant & Carol Loewen* DiMitri Guy* Todd Hacker Wesley Hacker & David Block* Jen Hackler Siobhan Halmos & Beth McLean* Sharon Hansen X Tracey & Erica Hellman Nancy Hewish & Vicki Martina* Bill Hillegeist X Vance Hudgins & Denny Marcotte* John Hulse X Mary Huntt & Angela Creager Janet Idema & Patricia Higgins* Bob Kabel* Sharon Kanter & Cyndy Bennett* Mark Kehoe X Maryl Kerley & Pat Sagat X Bonnie Kirkland & Wanda Bair X Ruth Kloetzli & Lisa Scholl* Jay Kottoff & Mark Matey* Rob & Jean Krapf X Barbara Lang & Diane Grillo* Glenn Lash & Mark Paugh Jim Lesko Chip Logan Dale & Sue Lomas* John Mackerey & Donald Filicetti Duncan MacLellan & Glenn Reighart* Robb Mapou & Mike Zufall Marsha Mark & Judy Raynor* Marie Martinucci & Pam Kozey* Michael & Stephan Maybroda Kathy & Steve McGuiness* Kate McQueen*

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Julia Monaghan & Carissa Meiklejohn Margaret Moore & Sheree Mixell X Thomas Moore & Richard Bost* Robert Neighbour & Andrew Dan Pat Nickols* Donna Ohle & Susan Gaggiotti X Sandra Oropel & Linda Frese* Carolyn Ortwein & Ann Barry* Rutland Paal & Robert Mittleman* Sandra Pace & Barbara Passikoff X Steve Parker* Ellen Passman X Marilyn Pate & Dorothy Smith* Rina Pellegrini Colleen Perry & Jane Kuhfuss* Marianne Perry & Jeanette Laszczynski Deena Pers X Grace Pesikey & Janet Urdahl* Russ Phipps & Stephen Jacobs* Peter Pizzolongo & Carlos Prugue* Pat Powell Stephen Proctor Pierce Quinlan & Ginny Daly Jay Raksin Thomas Ramsey & Chris Murray Alex Reed & Jed Millard Susan Reinagel & Dawn Henderson* Pat Renninger & Tammy Plumley X Bill Rogers & Jeff Wilkinson Judy Rosenstein & Elva Weininger X Michael Safina & Tim Bean Katherine Sams* Richard Sargent* Laurie Schneider & Margie Ripalda* Teri Seaton & Rena Frampton-Seaton Michael Seifert & Harvey Holthaus* Craig Sencindiver & Gary Alexander* Sue Shevlin & Ren Culp* Frank Shockley & Arthur Henry Anita Smulyan Tina Snapp Christine Stanley & Joyce Rocko* Matthew Stensrud & Michael Cohen Caroline Stites & Elizabeth Coit X Robert Stoltzfus & Gerald Warhola* Brian Straka* Sandra Sullivan & Lorie Seaman* Terrence Sullivan David Szumski & James Carfagno Trudie Thompson Thrasher’s French Fries* Jeffrey Trunzo & Herman Goodyear* James Vernicek & Jeff Dailey* Tama Viola Don Wainwright & Tom Jamison* Elizabeth Way & Dorothy Dougherty* Donald Wessel William Wheatley* Ralph Wiest & Anthony Peraine* Daryle Williams & Steven Fretwell Melanie Wolfe & Monica Niccolai Sherri Wright & Dick Byrne* Niki Zaldivar & Cecil McNeil X Kathryn Zimmerman Helaine Zinaman & Roselyn Abitbol X

RED LEVEL Guy Abernathey X Adrienne & Kim* Jim Affonco X Mark Aguirre & Wayne Gleason X Bill Alldredge X Stephani Allison & Judith Gorra X Marge Amodei*

Alan Anderson X Daniel Anderson & Greg Melanson Lois Andreasen & Jean McCullough* Andrea Andrus & Maggie Shaw X Peter Antolini X Patricia Antonisse X Wanda Armwood & Illona Williams Judith & Wanda Ashbrook Jan Atwell Terry & Gayle August Jack Ay & James Krebsbach* Kathleen Bailey X David & Sandra Baker John Baker & Richard Latham X John D. Baker June Baker* Ruth Ball & Mary Ellen Jankowski* Susie Ball & Susan Delaney X Michael Barnes & Scott O’Neill Sarah Barnett Curtiss Barrows X Brian Bartels Eric Barton & Greg Nagel John Batchelor X Sherry Baxter & Robin O’Neil Karen Beck Beebe Medical Foundation* Mike Behringer & Nelson Correa* Sheryl Bender & Doreen DiLorenzo* George Benes & Michael Mallee X Suzanne Bennethum & Deborah Smith Jeri Berc X John Berdini X Joel Berelson & Charles Maples* Lisa Beske Christine Bielenda & Karen Feuchtenberger* Thomas Biesiadny X Deb Bievenour & Susan Shollenberger Lorraine Biros* Cathin Bishop & Laura Simon X Jason Blachek Ann Black & Kaye Wachsmuth X Carol Blair* Eric Blondin - State Farm Insurance Rehoboth Beach X Jacquelyn Blue X Rev. Dr. Tom Bohache & Tom Laughingwolf Simmons X Annabelle Boire* Carl Bomberger & Mike Rhoads Robin Bond & Leanna Johannes* Bob Bonitati X Joy Boone & Marina Simmers X Randall Borgerson X Pete Borsari X Laura Borsdorf X Darice Bowles & Gerry Sue Davis* David & Donna Bowman X Deni Boyer & Loretta Imbrogono Brian Boyle & Larry Gee X Beth Bozman & Dottie Pope Jim Brady & Mike Hays X Victor Branham & Mark Clark Kelly Brennan & Susan McVey* Susan Brinsfield & Barbara Devenport John & Bud Broda-Knudsen Debora Brooke * Kevin Brown X Lyn Brown & Winsome Boyd Mathew Brown Diane Bruce & Annie Sorvillo* Daniel Brumer & Tim Beymer Marilyn Bryant Donald Bucher & Kevin Paul Al Bulliner X

Belinda Buras & Linda Simeone Geoffrey Burkhart & Bruce Williams* Carol L. Burnett X Rob Burns & Cris Hamer* Timothy B. Bush X Randy Butt & Emerson Bramble* James Byrnes X Chris Cahill X Robertine Cale Ingrid Callmann & Karen Askins* Leslie Calman & Jane Gruenebaum* Michele Campisi & Julie A. Slick X Matt Carey X Jim Carlo X Justine Carpenter X Shirley Carpenter & Mary Coldren X John Carr & Billy Cox* Lisa Carrol & Deb Dubois X Marianna Carson & Laura Bobo Alice Casey Jo Cason & Peggy Neidlinger Teresa Cason & Lynda Schepler X Sara Cavendish & Wendy Bunce X Denis Chandler & Sebastion DiMauro Linda Chaney & Irene Lawlor* Helen Chang & Pat Avery Dr. Harvey J. Chasser X Mike Chateauneuf X Dan Childers & Ted Hernandez* Tom Childers & John Hall X Sandra Chinchilla & Michelle Holmes X Curt Christensen & Ellen Heald* Billy J. Christian X Dennis Chupella & Rob White X Norma K. Clark X Rob Cline Barbara Clipper Amy Clouse & Betty Long X Carolyn Cole & Sandy McDevitt X Stuart Comstock-Gay X Inez Conover X Bill Cooley & Ken Watkins DVM X Josh Cooper & Steve Rathburn Jeffery A. Coover X Michael Cornell X Mary Costa & Kris Nygaard Becky & Tom Craft X Wendy Cramer & Carolyn Baranowski* Theresa-Ann Crivelli & Angela Murray Robert Crocetti X Bill Cross & David McCall X Richard Culver Mark Cunningham & Ken Tattersall X Rich Custer Howard Cyr & Lynn Ashley* Susan Daily William T. Darley X Jeff Davidson & Steve Yahn Debra Davies & Joanne Saltzberg Jeremiah Davis Marsha Davis & Bev Lesher X Kathy Davison & Ruth Dickerson X Scott & Donna de Kuyper Hotel Blue* Frederick Dean & Steven Swierzy X Linda Dean & Donna Whiteside* Penny Lee Dean Scott Dechen & James Maino Michael Decker X Michael DeGraffenreid Susan Deise & Jerri Budzinski Bernie Delia X Frank Dell’Aquila X Claire Dente & Leslie Campo*

Karen DeSantis & Carol Brice* Nancy DeToma & Meg Smith* David DeVargas & Steven Champion X Barbara Devenport & Susan Brinsfield Carolyn DeVito Dawn Devries & Helen Krum Henry & Marcia DeWitt X Geri Dibiase Photography* Julie Dickson X Richard Dietz Phyllis Dillinger Mary Dipietro & Wendy Schadt* Deb Dobransky & Ketty Bennett* Arthur Dochterman X David & Lizann Dockety X Peg Dolan & Mary McDevitt X Debbie & Karen Dorris* Kathryn Downs Frances Doyle X Paul Dradransky X Michael Driscoll & Ben McOmber X Susan Dube & Diana Patterson* Deanna Duby & Carol Bruce Barry Dunkin Brenda Dunn & Karen Anderson Deborah Duran Gene Dvornick X Sue Early X Frank Echols & Robert Robinson Eden Restaurant X Gail Elliott & Bea Hickey* Pamela Elliott W. Kay Ellis Susan Farr & Joanne Pozzo Rene Fechter & Cynthia Smith Larry & Ro Fedorka Karen Ferguson Virginia Fessler & Chris Patton Jayne & Ro Fetterman* Irene & Edward Fick* Allen Fred Fielding X Joe Filipek & Larry Richardson X Mark Finkelstein & Michael Zeik X Paul Finn & Joseph Porporino Rick Fischer X Barbara Fischetti & Janet Thoden Gary Fisher & Josh Bushey* Chuck Flanagan & George Whitehouse X David Flohr & Steven Kuschuck* Paul Florentino & Chris Pedersen X Sandra Fluck & Beverly Morgan* Mary Ford & Judy Hedrick X Anthony Forrest & Glyn Edwards Roland Forster & David McDonald Beebe Frazer X Phil Fretz X Billiemichelle & Evelyn Friel* Neil Frock & Bob Harrison* Marilyn Fuller & Teresa Marigliano June Rose Futcher Lorraine Gaasche & Jill Mayer* Frank Gainer & Ramon Santos* Lynn Gaites & Faye Koslow X Nina Galerstein* Marcia Gallo & Ann Cammett Jerry Gallucci & Conrad Welch Karen Gantz & Jeanie Geist Kathryn Gantz & Kathryn Gehret Don Gardiner X Cheri Garnet & Cynthia Arno Mindy Gasthalter* Wilson Gates X Charles George & Dennis Rivard X Tracey Gersh & Amy Johnson Gary Gillard X Continued on page 16


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Jordan Gipple & Paul Weppner* Ron Glick & Tien Pham* Karen Glooch X Ronald Gluck Jane Godfrey* Randall Godwin X Jackie Goff & Mary Vogt X Dave Gold & In Memory of James Yiaski X Robert Gold X Mel Goldberg Suzanne Goldstein & Dana Greenwald X Milton Gordon & Bill Hromnak X Teresa Gordy & Barb Ford X Dan Goren & Peter Robinson X Anita Gossett & Ronnie Smith* Amy Grace & Karen Blood* Lisa & Raymond Graff* Paul R. Grant & Marc Watrel* Linda Gregory Harvey Grider Kenneth Grier* Richard Grifasi X John Grillone & Paul Schlear Jr. X Joseph Gritz X Jeffrey Groenheide Wendy Grooms & Barbara Fishel X Carol Gross X James Gross X Richard & Frances Grote* Paula Grubbs X Helene Guilfoy X Bill Gunning & Joe Greoski X Bob Gurwin & John Rourke Marie & Ken Haag* Jay Haddock & Hector Torres* Gerard M. Haley & George D. Zahner X Cynthia Hall X Mark Hare & Mike Newman X Kelley Harp X David Harrer & Floyd Kanagy* Tanya Harris Pat Harte & Nancy Sigman Mary Hartman & Laurie Nelson Jeff Haslow X Janece Hausch* John & Mary Havrilla* John Hawkins & Silvia Ritchie Nancy Hawpe Daniel F.C. Hayes* Gail Hecky* Barb & Len Hedges-Goetti Leslie Hegamaster & Jerry Stansberry* Linda Heisner X Mary Helms & George Beckerman* Steve & Maria Hendricks David Herchik & Richard Looman X Fred Hertrich X Howard Hicks & Stephen Carey X Barbara Hines & Nancy Froome X Howard C. Hines, MD X Janel Hino & Patricia Ann Scully X Connie Holdridge* Robert Holloran & Ed Davis* Brad Holsinger & Ed Moore Mod Cottage* Chris Holt & Emory Bevill X Mary Anne Hoopes & Dianna Johnston* James T. Hopkins X Elaine Horan & Debbie Sciallo X Kenneth Horn Frank Hornstein & Mark Henckel X James Hospital & Jack Fraker* Robert Hotes X

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Rehoboth Outreach Program) event is on Friday, along with the Women’s Nine-Hole Golf Outing at American Classic. Saturday, April 24 is all about the arts. Women’s FEST handmade market will take place in the CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard from 4-8 p.m. And from 6-8 p.m., Women’s FEST Art 2021 will host exhibit tours in the Gallery and Elkins-Archibald Atrium at CAMP Rehoboth. Sunday, April 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. will be the virtual Broadwalk on the Boardwalk. Grab a feather boa from

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hey’re back. Thanks to Rehoboth Beach Main Street’s fundraising campaign, businesses in downtown Rehoboth Beach didn’t have to pay for the installation of the bright orange pedestrian barriers that appeared last summer—and planters are included. The barriers were put in place last year in response to the pandemic, to encourage support for restaurants by enabling diners to eat outside, while creating safe passage for pedestrians. More than the $30,000 goal was reached to fund the effort. ▼ DELAWARE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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he Delaware Historical Society is collecting photos of queer history in the First State, from the past and present. They are asking community members to share any and all photos of queer life in Delaware. Photos can be submitted online. To find out more, or submit photos, visit tinyurl.com/DEQueerHistory. Direct any questions to carolannedeal@gmail. com. Please note, they are not accepting photos of anyone currently under the age of 18. ▼

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A CALL TO PROTECT TRANS STUDENTS

BY MATTY BROWN

Christina Sets Precedent for Protections for Trans Youth The following is the first installment of a three-part series on the Christina School District’s protections for trans youth in Delaware schools.

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arlier this year, the Christina School District enacted a new policy protecting transgender students within this northern Delaware public school district. The policy addresses protections concerning a student’s name/pronoun identification, and the use of bathrooms and facilities according to the student’s gender identity. It also covers the practice of using students’ legal names for parents unless specified and deferring all athletics to the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA), which generally allows athletes to compete on the team that matches their gender identity. The policy comes after the failed Regulation 225, which was met with resistance from conservative groups when introduced in 2018. Those tribulations make Christina’s policy a sweet little victory, and a remarkable precedent for statewide change in Delaware. “I think it is a sign of progress,” said Andrea Rashbaum, a mother of a trans child. See more in her LGBTQ+ YA column on page 50. Another advocate and mother of a trans child, who chose to remain anonymous, also sees the new policy as a step in the right direction. “Now we have a precedent in one district, where somebody has codified what is already the law,” she said. “We have something to point to with Christina.” Across many of the state’s districts, trans students are not explicitly protected under any guidelines, including in Cape Henlopen School District. The lack of formal policy leaves room for bullying, discrimination, and insecurity among one of the most vulnerable communities in Letters 24 APRIL 16, 2021

schools. It should be a simple truth: trans youth deserve protections, and safety in their classrooms. “We can’t be the only state without guidance,” said the advocating mother, who recently moved back to Delaware having grown up here. “It’s deeply embarrassing.” Notably, Delaware is currently surrounded by states and districts that have guidelines for trans students, including Maryland, DC, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania’s bordering district. The recognition of those protections trace back to 2016 with the Obama administration’s interpretation of Title IX, widening the scope of the law’s protection against sex-based discrimination to include transgender students. The administration sent a letter to districts nationwide outlining this interpretation, yet many districts still did not subscribe. Ultimately, Cape Henlopen School District opted to judge the protections on a case-by-case basis. That lack of clarity demanded more explicit action in Delaware, leading to Regulation 225. Ordered by Gov. John Carney in 2017, the proposed law attempted to make explicit protections against gender-based discrimination. Rashbaum, who is also an English teacher in Delaware, worked on the team drafting the regulation. “It was very disappointing to see how far we’ve come, with the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage, and the state of Delaware saying that LGBTQ people have rights, and that transgender adults have rights in the workplace. And yet we’re not protecting our most vulnerable population, which is the kids who can’t always advocate for themselves,” said Rashbaum. Part of the problem for Rashbaum was not seeing enough queer youth representation on the committee. “That’s why it’s so important to know who your community is,” said Barbara Antlitz, Youth Coordinator with CAMP Rehoboth’s YOUTH Up program since

2019. Since that time, Antlitz has worked to establish Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) in Kent and Sussex County schools, providing opportunities to bring LGBTQ+ youth together and share their voices. “Bringing the youth to the table is really imperative to hear their voices and give them active roles in the solution,” said Antlitz. The road to progress is often derailed by the opposition’s tendency to focus on one issue. A few years ago, a fixation on bathrooms sparked national debate, turning the conversation from human rights into a discussion about deviant behavior. But according to Rashbaum, “the things that stand out to people, like bathrooms and locker rooms, are not what necessarily stand out to the youth, and not necessarily what stands out to each individual trans student.” For Regulation 225, the momentum was halted by groups demanding parental consent, since the law would have allowed students to use a different name at school than at home. For Rashbaum, that issue boils down to concerns over safety for the trans child. “How can I put a child in a situation where there might be some sort of verbal abuse, neglect, physical abuse, or being thrown out of home? How can I—if a child tells me they’re afraid to tell their parents—how, as a mandatory reporter, can I knowingly put them in a harmful situation?” asks Rashbaum. As an educator, Rashbaum defers to her responsibility as a mandatory reporter, a duty that calls teachers to report instances of neglect up the chain. With that in mind, putting the student in danger isn’t a viable option. Indeed, it isn’t safe for every trans or non-binary student to come out at home. There, trans youth often face a lack of understanding at best, and neglect at worst. Trans students may still encounter reparative or conversion therapies, usually faith-based treatments, that the


Human Rights Campaign has cited as psychologically harmful, and which has been rejected by the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, and many other respected organizations. The latest fixation is with sports, as cited by Alethea Smith-Tucker, the only board member in opposition to the new Christina policy. According to the Delaware mother who recently moved back to her home state, “The fear is that trans girls are going to take over sports,” she said. “There are some trans girls interested in sports, but that’s really not even the cliché. The stereotype is the opposite. They’re interested in arts, theatre, and dance.” While there are certainly talented athletes among trans girls, the fixation over one kind of athlete should not be the dominant talking point. “I’m tired of talking about the mythic superhuman athlete. I want to talk about the average trans kid’s experience.” In other words, the issue is “about not understanding who trans girls are,” the mother said. “It’s just another distraction—distracting from the fact that these are human rights,” said the mother. Distractions or complacency should not be options, especially when major tides are turning. Last November, Sarah McBride was elected as the first transgender State Senator in US history, serving Delaware’s First District. When Antlitz organized a Zoom meeting in early February with Kent and Sussex County GSAs, McBride shared her powerful story and moved some to tears. McBride’s background—transitioning years ago, advocating and becoming instrumental in passing non-discrimination legislation for trans individuals in the workplace, falling in love and losing her late husband to cancer—resonated with the courageous spirits of trans youth in Delaware. Sarah’s bravery is fueled by the memory of her husband and the passion to share her story in an effort to not only inspire others, but also deepen the empathy of the opposition. “Sharing stories is the only way to build empathy,” McBride said. At the same time, McBride recognizes that there is inherent privilege in sharing oneself with others, one not afforded to trans youth who feel that coming out is not a safe option. Still, “it’s difficult to hate someone whose story you know,” said McBride. Next month, this column will continue with stories from three trans and non-binary Delaware students who share McBride’s courageous spirit, and will offer their experiences, perspectives, and hopes for future change.▼,  Matty Brown is a gay man, journalist, and Operations Administrator at CAMP Rehoboth. This article was made possible through consultation with Barbara Antlitz, Youth Coordinator of YOUTH Up, CAMP Rehoboth’s youth program.

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health+wellness

By Marj Shannon

Eat, Drink, and Be—Less Healthy?

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urrently, we have only glimpses into how lesbians’ health compares to that of heterosexual women. That’s because collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data is a recent addition to many research studies and nationally representative surveys. Some of that progress was eroded during the Trump administration, leaving gaps in the data we do have. But what do those glimpses we do have tell us? Well, lesbians are more likely to report poorer general health, higher numbers of chronic health conditions, and higher rates of asthma, some cancers, and cardiovascular disease than are their heterosexual counterparts.1 Lesbians develop type 2 diabetes at younger ages than heterosexual women.2 It’s not because there’s some unavoidable genetic link between lesbianism and poor health. Rather, lesbians’ poorer health likely derives largely from the combined impact of the “social determinates of health,” and lesbians’ personal health risk behaviors. The social determinates of health are defined by the CDC as the “…conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health and quality-of-life risks and outcomes.” The CDC identifies five social determinates as “key”: healthcare access and quality, education access and quality, social and community context, economic stability, and neighborhood/built environment. But why might these factors disproportionately impact lesbians in ways that result in poorer health? For one, living within a family or community where LGBTQ people are unwelcome or vilified can keep people closeted or—if they emerge—can subject them to ostracism, bullying, or violence. No matter the choice, the situation is very stressful; chronic stress can impact physical health. Secondly, healthcare access and quality rely on many things, including an adequate supply of healthcare

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providers and affordability. Many areas of the US have a shortage of healthcare providers. That impacts everyone, regardless of sexual orientation. But it may impact lesbians more, as it adds yet another level of difficulty in the search for a provider who is truly welcoming and knowledgeable.

Lesbians’ poorer health likely derives largely from the combined impact of the “social determinates of health,” and lesbians’ personal health risk behaviors. Healthcare affordability often depends on the availability of health insurance. Before passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Supreme Court’s decisions recognizing same-sex marriage, it could be harder for lesbians to obtain good health insurance—e.g., while a heterosexual spouse could be insured under their spouse’s employer-based plan, the same was seldom true of a lesbian partner. And for a third, economic stability might depend upon a choice between remaining closeted—but employed, and being authentic—but out of a job. Again, a recipe for chronic stress and (if you lost your job) limited or no access to health insurance. It’s not uncommon for an individual to be challenged across many of the determinates—e.g., to have a non-supportive family; no luck finding a welcoming, knowledgeable healthcare provider; and employer-sponsored health insurance that depends on secrecy. The negative impact on a person’s health can be compounded as the challenges pile up. The social determinates can and

do change in positive ways. But these changes arrive over the long term. So meanwhile, what can a person do to be as healthy as possible? Reducing personal risk factors— which are largely within an individual’s control—is a good place to start. Those risk factors include tobacco use, excessive drinking, and weight gain. Some are more prevalent among lesbians. A CDC study found that nearly 50 percent of lesbians reported drinking to excess during the past year, compared to 34 percent of heterosexual women. Twenty-five percent of lesbians were current cigarette smokers v. 14 percent of heterosexual women. Seventy percent of lesbians were overweight or obese, compared to 63 percent of heterosexual women.3 Smoking, excessive drinking, and obesity play a role in the development of several cancers and cardiovascular disease. Obesity is a factor in the development of type 2 diabetes, which is also implicated in cardiovascular disease. Since lesbians have higher rates of personal risk factors for developing these diseases than heterosexual women, it’s not surprising they have higher rates of disease. Societal change most often arrives slowly. But individual change can come in an instant and can yield substantial individual health benefits. There’s that saying about changing the things one can; choosing healthy behaviors is a great place to start. ▼ 1 Health and Access to Care and Coverage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals in the US, Kaiser Family Foundation Issue Brief, May 2018 2 Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Among Lesbian, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Women: Finding from the Nurses’ Health Study II, Diabetes Care, July 2018 3 Prevalence of Five Health-Related Behaviors for Chronic Disease Prevention Among Sexual and Gender Minority Adults—25 US States and Guam, 2016, CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, August 17, 2018

Marj Shannon is an epidemiologist and wordsmith who has devoted her life to minutiae. She reports that yes, the devils are in the details.


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WOMEN IN CIRCLE 1st/3rd Saturdays | 10:00 a.m. Zoom Meeting: https://us02web. zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUlcOuqpjsuH9R3Y7-CeFWWcAEySf6dq02X## Women in Circle is a gathering of lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and feminine of center women. The circle is a welcoming, inclusive, and positive place to meet, connect, and share. Each week a different topic opens the circle for women to discuss, learn from, and support each other. ▼

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27 Letters


Out & Proud

BY STEFANI DEOUL

The Vaccination Game

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ifty-eight days into the administration of Joe Biden, what this line might have been before non-contact, our local lad turned President of the United States, instant readout digital thermometers. we achieved his promised milestone. He promised So far, so good. But Paperwork Plaza still lies ahead, “100 million shots for the virus in the first 100 days of ofand with it, a major risk. Did you bring your completed fice—100 million shots in 100 days,” and he delivered them forms? Say yes, and you will be given a golden ticket, in 58. aka a vaccination card, and a straight shot to Vaccination But he didn’t do it alone. We did it—together. Valley. Answer no and uh oh, it’s the Desert of Despair, Beginning with White House Corona Coordinator Jeff aka a dirt pullout, where you take a penalty to fill out the Zients and ending in Manatee County, Florida, at the Depaperwork you should have filled out earlier in the game. partment of Health Drive-Through Vaccination Clinic, where But as the hundreds of daily players navigate those Dr. Edwin Hernandez, Eddie Rosa, Geoff Cordes, and Serlines, we see bits of joy and magic happen. Emotions gio, Diana, Jackie, Alex, Deb, Sean, Candace, and so many overflow—tears of joy, sighs of relief, words of gratitude. others, including myself, we have become an army out to Soon our players will be able to kiss a son or a daughter, vanquish a common enemy. hug a grandchild, and embark upon the new normal, with We are foot soldiers, blisters and all, working tirelessour world a little bit safer. ly, along with others at so many other sites throughout the And the players are our heart and soul: a man born in country, all believing deeply in the service we are providing. 1919, who drove himself to the game! A man in an electric Service. The word echoes deep. When I was fortunate wheelchair who made his way through our line. Children enough to join the Manatee County group, it was this belief driving parents. Couples with puppies in tow. Friends who of “service” which made the proverbial, (and quite literal), 10 brought friends. A deaf couple for whom I stepped further miles of bad road we walk, and occasionalback and pulled down my mask so they ly run, every single day worth every ache could read my lips. and pain. We take paper, check paper, reAnd then there are those who give vise paper, and issue new paper. We do this back to us. A man who arrived for all by moving ourselves, and lines of cars, his second dose with cases of water Soon our players will be through station after station, as we run on because last time, he saw us running so able to kiss a son or a asphalt, dodging belching car exhaust, for hard in the heat. A woman brought us a 10 hours a day. bag of mini-Snickers, another homemade daughter, hug a grandchild, Two thoughts: One, my Apple watch cookies. Another woman, an artist, and embark upon the new may never recover. Two, there’s a terrific painted a small, flat rock for us—“to the normal, with our world a board game aspect to this whole thing, a Covid heroes.” It’s now our cherished kind of special, limited-edition version of paperweight, a reminder in the midst of little bit safer. Candyland. I will call it Covidland. Players, the paper piles. aka drivers, helped by live-action coachCOVID heroes. There are so many. es, aka staff, navigate curves and straightFrom doctors and nurses fighting to keep aways until finally reaching Vaccination Valley where they re- us alive until we got this vaccination “game” going. Scientists ceive the much-coveted COVID-19 vaccination shot for the win. worldwide who raced to find answers. Grocery workers and More than 2,000 people a day, in the safety of their vehi- postal workers and food truckers and yes, the toilet paper cles, take their place at the starting line and we jockey them manufacturers! through the gauntlet of paperwork. With each added signature And 100 million people now vaccinated. An army of WE they reach their penultimate plateau, and then coast to their THE PEOPLE! final option, left or right—arm, that is. President Joe Biden is asking us to double down and hit Of course, like all good games, there are setbacks. First, the 200 million-vaccinated mark. Get your friends. Get your players must seek entrance at our gate, which is well guarded. family. Get it done! Get in the Covidland game. Together, we’re If you can prove you are you, and that you have an appointmaking wellness. ▼ ment, you will move into the next straightaway—unless modern technology messed with your digital appointment; aka, Stefani Deoul is a television producer and author of the award-winning glitches happen. YA mystery series Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventures, with On a LARP, Successful navigation at the entrance leads you directly to Zero Sum Game, and Say Her Name. the Isle of Rising Temp, aka the Thermometer People. Here, modern technology truly is your new best friend—just imagine

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29 Letters


Before the Beach

BY FAY JACOBS

Dottie Cirelli—Health Care and Activism EDITOR’S NOTE: Hundreds of people retire to the Rehoboth area and we know them socially, through CAMP Rehoboth or in their “second” careers. But what did they do before moving here? Hence, we are reviving Letters’ popular Before the Beach column.

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ottie is well-known as one of the Women’s FEST volunteer co-chairs, who worked tirelessly to produce the event between 2010 and 2020. Born and raised in Philadelphia, by high school Dottie “joined every club I could, to keep from going home” because, like many of us, she was struggling to find her identity and future path. She was Student Council president, yearbook co-editor, co-captain of the field hockey and basketball teams, in the Glee Club, and more. She had no idea what to do next, with her parents “aghast at my desire to become a ‘bride of Christ’ at the convent.” They insisted she apply to college. “My father accused me of wanting to run away, which in retrospect was probably correct, but I wasn’t in touch with the feelings fueling my urge to withdraw.” She wound up in Buffalo, New York, graduating college with a degree in psychology and special education—and she was starting to explore her feelings “of running away.” After graduation she returned to Philadelphia to work at the state hospital. “It was a true snake pit.” But it was there she met her first partner, a nurse. They moved to Richmond, Virginia, far from Philly, as she was still very closeted and didn’t want her family to know she was gay. “During my internship at the Virginia Commonwealth Counseling Center, I came out and invited Rita Mae Brown, who had just published Rubyfruit Jungle, to be keynote speaker at a university event. Brown’s visit and address helped several of us establish the school’s first gay student group, which still exists to this day.”

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One move and one relationship later, she was in Washington, DC, working as a substance abuse counselor. Over 30 years ago she and a colleague started a counseling group and spoke at medical schools and community organizations about “what it meant to be gay.” Since then, she’s marched for civil rights, come out to family, and participated in many LGBTQ and human rights events. The bulk of her career, 28 years, was spent at the National Institutes of Health. She started as a psychologist, working to establish the inpatient research program for the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse. Then, she spent 15 years as a hospital administrator for the NIH Clinical Center, a research hospital. Dottie was administrator for several inpatient units caring for AIDS and cancer patients. “Early on, I saw friends admitted to the AIDS units and die. I saw scientists struggling around the clock to come up with a treatment. NIH was a refuge for those who had run out of options and I feel fortunate to have worked there.” In those early years, Dottie worked and became friends with Maggie Edson who won the Pulitzer prize for her acclaimed play, WIT. For Dottie’s last decade at NIH she directed the Clinical Center’s Patient Recruitment office, responsible for the recruitment and preliminary screening of potential research participants for about a thousand clinical trials. During the late 80s, Dottie met her wife, Myrna, and in the 90s, friends introduced them to Rehoboth. They fell in love with the town and purchased a weekend home here 20 years ago. “We loved the look of the town, the unique cottages, the green space, the proximity of the ocean, and of course, the fact that it was so gay-friendly.” Dottie and Myrna enjoyed Rehoboth weekends, but didn’t become involved with CAMP Rehoboth until they both retired, and moved here full-time. Join-

ing the Women’s Weekend Committee in 2010, Dottie, along with a committee of energetic women, saw the weekend expand to become Women’s FEST, bringing in a stream of well-known speakers and continuing the tradition of hosting nationally known entertainers. Dottie was also involved early on with the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus and still sings with the group. Over two decades Dottie watched CAMP Rehoboth founders, Steve Elkins and Murray Archibald, build the organization to become, what Dottie says, is “an integral part of the larger community, educating people about LGBTQ issues. Oh, and brings the gay community together with the most wonderful events and programs.” Now, she says, “I don’t take acceptance for granted and think that organizations like CAMP Rehoboth are necessary to make progress and meet our needs. And I love living here!” ▼ Fay Jacobs is the author five published books of humor and LGBTQ advocacy essays. Her new book, Big Girls Don’t Fry, will be published next winter.


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31 Letters


It’s My Life

BY MICHAEL THOMAS FORD

Song for a Future Generation

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n the night of February 23, 1983, I was sitting on the couch watching the 25th annual Grammy Awards with my 74-year-old grandmother when Marvin Gaye slinked onstage in a black tux. “Oh my,” my grandmother said as the music started to play. “He’s a good-looking man.” Then Marvin launched into his chart-topping “Sexual Healing.” Familiar with the song from hearing it on the radio, I felt my 14-year-old self cringe internally as Gaye declared he was hot like an oven and couldn’t hold it in much longer. As he approached the chorus, I glanced at my grandmother and saw the expression on her face turn dark. And when the man she had so recently complimented informed her that he needed the titular remedy, Estelle Rose Mahoney Barnard turned positively crimson. “I can’t believe they allow this kind of thing on television,” she said primly. “It’s indecent.” Fast forward to 2021. I haven’t watched the Grammy Awards in years. But the day after this year’s televised ceremony, my social media was lit up by people complaining about another supposedly indecent performance. This time it was Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s rendition of their megahit “WAP” that had folks in a tizzy. If you don’t know what “WAP” stands for, well, you can do a quick search and find out. I’ll wait. All caught up? Okay, so listen. I get that the lyrics to “WAP” are maybe a little bit…descriptive. And no, it’s definitely not “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me).” But on the Grammy performance, pretty much every potentially blush-inducing word was either changed to something innocuous (there were a lot of “cookies” being eaten) or left out altogether. The lyrics that were sung were largely meaningless, and unless you knew the song ahead of time, not much of what aired was all that scandalous.

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And yet, people were outraged that two women were daring to be sexual on stage and singing frankly about how their vaginas drive men crazy. I remember when Madonna writhing around fully clothed in a wedding dressing singing about wanting to feel like a virgin again was going to bring about the end of the world. Had my grandmother seen Cardi B and Megan popping their Ps on a giant bed, she probably would have had a heart attack.

…outrage at sexuality in music lyrics is nothing new. Not long after this, Lil Nas X, an out queer rapper who had one of the biggest crossover hits of recent years with “Old Town Road,” debuted the video for his song “Montero (Call Me by Your Name),” in which among other things he gives a lap dance to Satan. The song’s lyrics, while not quite as in-your-face as those of “WAP,” are nonetheless filled with frank declarations of queer desire and sexuality. Again, people were outraged. Now, outrage at sexuality in music lyrics is nothing new. In 1985, Tipper Gore founded the Parents Music Resource Center because she was so upset about Prince talking about masturbation in “Darling Nikki,” and Cyndi Lauper extolling the joys of self-love in “She Bop.” Most of us thought Gore was a joke, and she was, but she was absolutely convinced that hearing people sing about getting off was going to turn the youth of America into sex-crazed perverts. The outrage over “WAP” and “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” is more insidious. It feels like attacks not just on sexuality, but specifically

on the sexuality of women (especially women of color) and queer people. Men—particularly straight white men— have sung about their penises since, well, probably forever. When Black men started to do it, especially Black rappers, people got a little edgy. They were still straight men, though, so they got over it. But when Black women do it, or queer men? Then it’s apparently a problem. Songs like “WAP” and “Montero (Call Me by My Name)” aren’t just about shocking. They’re about putting female and queer sexuality in the spotlight. They’re about not remaining quiet. That they upset some people isn’t just about prudishness. It’s about fear of people who have historically been controlled taking that control back. That the artists who recorded the songs also wrote them is important. As a queer teenager, I watched performers like Bowie and Annie Lennox and Boy George on MTV and felt a glimmer of hope for my own life. While their antics and lyrics seem positively quaint compared to those of Cardi B and Lil Nas X, I think these songs do the same thing in a more direct way. They demand our attention. They say, “This is who we are, we’re not ashamed, and we’re not going away.” Good for them. ▼ Michael Thomas Ford is a much-published Lambda Literary award-winning author. Visit Michael at michaelthomasford.com.


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33 Letters


Out & About

BY ERIC C. PETERSON

A Culture of Consequence

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here’s apparently something dark and insidious happening in our country today, a phenomenon that is determined to do away with free speech and diversity of thought. One that aims to turn us into a bunch of robotic zombies who can no longer think for themselves but are only capable of blurting out whatever is deemed acceptable by the Disney Company and the rest of the nation’s liberal overlords. I speak, of course, of “Cancel Culture.” And, naturally, I’m engaging in the tiniest bit of hyperbole. But only slightly. To those who believe in Cancel Culture, it’s truly something to be frightened of. According to its critics, Cancel Culture will punish anyone for any statements they’ve made, even decades ago, if they can be perceived today as racist, sexist, or even just garden variety mean to anyone else. This punishment will entail losing one’s livelihood and being “disappeared” the way the mob used to do— only this time, it’s the big, scary liberal mob you’ve heard so much about. To those who take a more moderate view of things, Cancel Culture is not anything to lose sleep over. First, they’ll be quick to point out, it’s nothing new. Remember what happened to the (Dixie) Chicks back in the 90s when they said one critical sentence about then-President George W. Bush on foreign soil? They were effectively banned from country radio, and stations held big celebrations where former fans could bring their CDs and watch them be crushed under the wheel of a giant steamroller. Those who decry Cancel Culture today didn’t seem to be too worried then about protecting their freedom of speech. Or to go even further back, let’s examine the “Red Scare” of 1947, when Senator Joseph McCarthy, on a mission to root out Communists in Hollywood, succeeded in “canceling” Charlie Chaplin, Lena Horne, Burgess Meredith, Arthur Miller, Langston Hughes, and Letters 34 APRIL 16, 2021

others, often by simply alleging that they harbored Communist sympathies. Second, moderates on the issue will be quick to point out that what is happening today is not at all equivalent to what was happening then. There is no liberal senator out to “cancel” Dr. Seuss (who, in fact, is no longer alive). What actually happened earlier this year was the Seuss estate willingly stopped publishing six rather obscure titles, because they “…portray people in ways that are harmful and wrong.” The rest of Seuss’s catalog remains in bookstores and library shelves, including the bestsellers Green Eggs & Ham, Fox in Socks, and The Cat in the Hat (which many scholars have argued is equally problematic—but the estate chose to leave it be, and it

It seems to me that in 2021, Americans’ freedom of speech is well and truly intact—but it now works both ways. remains available). Likewise, no senator called for the firing of Gina Carano, an actress in Disney’s The Mandalorian, even after several controversies on social media, including the time she compared being a Republican to being a Jew under Nazi occupation. No, Disney did that all by themselves, when her continued employment proved to be bad for business. And she wasn’t out of work long; the conservative website The Daily Wire is financing her next film. A cynical view of the entire situation suggests that some politicians want us to ignore voter suppression laws like the one recently passed in Georgia, or the

ones being drafted in Texas and Arizona. If that was the plan, it (thankfully) doesn’t seem to be working. A more generous view is that there might be something different about this moment in time that is truly worrisome. Is there such a thing as Cancel Culture? Woody Allen might have some thoughts on this. Decades after he betrayed his partner with her 20-year old daughter and credible allegations of child rape were made by his own daughter, his long and storied career finally seems to be truly over, as much as he’d like to continue making films. Alexi McCammond lost her gig at Teen Vogue before it even began because of tweets she posted over ten years ago—tweets she had deleted and apologized for. On the other hand, popular YouTuber Randy Rainbow recently found himself in a similar situation, but a heartfelt apology seemed to do the trick, and he’s now as popular as ever. It seems to me that in 2021, Americans’ freedom of speech is well and truly intact—but it now works both ways. With social media a much stronger cultural force, a corporation’s customer base has much more power over decisions made there than ever before. If a famous person says something that the fan base doesn’t like, they will hear a loud backlash. And perhaps the fans won’t always get everything right—but it’s clear they won’t be setting that megaphone down anytime soon. Eric Peterson is a diversity and inclusion practitioner, writer, and podcast host who lives in Washington DC and visits Rehoboth as often as he can. Visit rewindpod.com for more on the podcast.


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35 Letters


CAMP Houses

BY RICH BARNETT

Just Like Greenwich

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ou’ve probably heard the “how many lesbians does it take to change a light bulb” joke. One punch line is: seven. One to change it, three to organize the potluck, and three to film an empowering documentary. How many then do you think it takes to renovate a trailer home? Well, if you’re Bonnie Quesenberry and Fay Jacobs, the answer is two. Bonnie to do the drywalling, the tile work, and the painting, and Fay to make lunch and pour cocktails. Ba dum tsh. Bonnie and Fay need no introductions to most readers of this magazine. For 25 years, Fay has chronicled their escapades and activism beginning back when they literally motored into town on a 27-foot powerboat and docked in Rehoboth Bay. Since then, they’ve resided in a downtown condo, and a house in the ‘burbs. And since 2013, they’ve lived in a trailer home nestled among trees, lush lawns, and lots of gays and lesbians in a community called Aspen Meadows just off Coastal Highway north of Rehoboth. The gals fondly refer to it as the Greenwich, Connecticut of trailer parks. I thought it’d be fun to check out their “wheel estate” and see what they’re up to, now that they’ve returned from Florida. When I arrived, daffodils were blooming everywhere, and the cherry trees and teacup magnolias were just starting to bud. First things first, though, we fixed drinks. Scotch for Bonnie and vodka for Fay. I opted for bourbon. Very Greenwich. “Our friends thought we were crazy to buy this old trailer,” Fay tells me. “So did our realtor. But Bonnie had the vision. After living on a boat and tooling about in an RV, she was convinced it would work for us and we could turn it into something special without spending a lot of money. Never, in our 39 years together, had she let me down. So, we whipped out the check book and bought ourselves a trailer.” Trailers started off as a hobby for rich industrialists like Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. But the real explosion began in the 1950s, as compa-

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nies, especially in the Midwest, began manufacturing trailers that looked more like homes on the inside. The industry even began referring to them as “mobile homes” instead of “trailer coaches.” The first official mobile home subdivision opened in 1954 in Bradenton, Florida.

There’s a playful vibe about it all, not too serious, which is befitting for the playful couple. The gals show me some “before” photos of their 1980s-era trailer. Lord, child, it needed work. The place was dark with paneled walls, carpeting, and wallpaper. “The big problem was the ceiling. I’m only 5’2” and the place felt claustrophobic,” Bonnie says. “But I knew if we put in a cathedral ceiling with sky lights, blew out a wall and added some windows that it would open up the entire place and we could be very comfortable. After those big items, the rest would be easy.” As you might expect from a woman who ran her own dental lab and served in both the Army and the Navy, Bonnie rolled up her sleeves and went to work. With the help of a contractor, they raised the roof and expanded the living room. Bonnie opened up the small, cramped kitchen and even found a way to fit in a

nice-sized island with seating and pendant lighting. Now it’s all open concept. A neglected screened porch became a multi-season sunroom with outdoor seating and dining. When it was time to renew the loo in the master bathroom, Bonnie discovered the floor beneath the toilet was rotted from moisture (coming up from underneath, of course). “I’m convinced it was only a matter of time before I tumbled through in the middle of the night and ended up beneath the trailer,” says Fay. The end result of all their work is a place that feels light and roomy. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms there’s plenty of space for them and their multitudes of friends. The color palette they chose—tans and whites—provides a modern feel and really shows off their collection of local art and schnauzer paraphernalia. Yes, you heard me correct. The gals are mad for this intelligent, dignified-but-playful dog breed. Windsor now being the current schnauzer-in-chief. There’s a whimsical vibe about it all, not too serious, which befits the playful couple. I love the fact that they went out and bought big recliner chairs for binge watching shows during the pandemic, thereby creating their own version of a media room. And, despite the fact that Bonnie did the lionshare of the reno work, I know it was truly a team effort. So, what’s next? Fay is looking forward to the opening of the community pool this summer and getting up to New York whenever Broadway reopens. “Our goal when downsizing and moving to the trailer was to spend less time on house projects and more time traveling and having fun.” Bonnie concurs, then quietly shows me the popcorn ceiling in the master bedroom when Fay isn’t looking. “It won’t be too hard to sand down,” she says with a smile and a twinkle in her eye. “It’ll be fun.” With these two, I’m sure it will. ▼ Rich Barnett is the author of The Discreet Charms of a Bourgeois Beach Town, and Fun with Dick and James.


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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

Visit the Beach Guide Directory on the CAMP Rehoboth website to find links to these area businesses in BOLD. The Guide includes: Food and Wine, Shopping, Lodging, and Services—all at camprehoboth.com.

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 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 Philip Morton Gallery, 47 Baltimore Ave........................................302-727-0905 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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BUILDING/CLEANING/REMODELING/LANDSCAPING

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

CHURCHES/SYNAGOGUES

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

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

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, delawarelgbtq@gmail.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

COUNSELING/THERAPY/LIFE COACH

OUTDOOR LIGHTING

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

EVENT PLANNING/CATERING

Flair................................................................................................302-930-0709 Palate Bistro & Catering.................................................................302-249-8489 Plate Catering.................................................................................302-644-1200

FINANCIAL SERVICES

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

INSURANCE

Eric Blondin, State Farm...................................................... 302-644-3276 George Bunting, State Farm................................................ 302-227-3891 Jeanine O’Donnell, State Farm............................................ 302-645-7283

LEGAL/ACCOUNTING/TRUST SERVICES

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

LOCKSMITHS

Rock Lock/Robin Rohr/Your Community Locksmith.......................302-386-9166

MASSAGE THERAPY/FITNESS

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

PET RETAIL

Critter Beach, 156 Rehoboth Ave..................................................302-226-2690 Pet Portraits by Monique................................................................717-650-4626

PET SERVICES

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

REAL ESTATE

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

HEALTH-RELATED

RETIREMENT LIVING/SENIOR CARE FACILITIES

FLORISTS

Bayberry Florist..............................................................................302-227-5725 Windsor’s Florist, 20326 Coastal Hwy...........................................302-227-9481

FUNERAL SERVICES

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

POPULAR LGBTQ BEACHES

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Straight Talk

BY DAVID GARRETT

The Disappearing Lesbians

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here is an ongoing need for research and population-based trends of research within the LGBTQ constituencies. Readers saw in last month’s issue how critical this has been to properly informed CDC guidelines for the health and well-being of the group. Lynne Stahl has shone a spotlight on several writers who claim that “lesbians are ‘going to become extinct’ as individuals increasingly identify as trans.” This remarkable discovery has been put forth by the British LGB Alliance, and endorsed by others. Ms. Stahl is the humanities librarian at West Virginia University. She recently wrote an article for the Washington Post, titled, “The latest form of transphobia: Saying lesbians are going ‘extinct.’” She describes herself as “a lesbian researcher of tomboyism trained in queer theory.” That may sound like a mouthful, but as she clarifies, “I am a cisgender lesbian and I work in academia. In the context of the article, the line is meant to debunk [one writer’s] allegation that queer theory is somehow leading butch lesbians to transition.” Several journalists and writers claim that lesbians are leaving the sisterhood in order to transition. As Stahl writes, [another writer] “draws a direct line from disappearing lesbian bars to the extinction of lesbians themselves.” What drew Stahl to address this topic in the first place is the recent wave of transphobia rampant in our country. Trans people have been urging cis persons to fight this for years. “The claims that allowing trans kids to participate would ‘destroy women’s sports’ just makes me see red. Sexism and inequitable funding and the assumption that having a penis automatically makes somebody a better athlete than somebody who doesn’t have one hurt women’s sports. Trans girls and women don’t.” Stahl succinctly and successfully dismantles these writers’ premise of the disappearing lesbian. She writes, “Extinction anxieties have long fueled Letters 44 APRIL 16, 2021

nationalist, fascist and white-supremacist movements and often beget eugenicist agendas…. Lesbians face daily adversity on political and cultural fronts, but attributing our fears to the growing trans population dangerously redirects attention from the institutions that actually harm us.”

“Lesbians are not a species, and we feed existing racist, ableist and homophobic agendas when we invoke extinction. For me, ‘lesbian’ still fits.” In the interest of thorough research, it seemed apropos to reach out to several local out lesbians to get their insight into Stahl’s article. Dee Speck shared these thoughts: “I don’t feel either a desire or a need to voice my gender identity... what is so important that I need a label on social media identifying myself as a woman, man, cis, non-binary, etc.? I find those in our generation have not disappeared but are much more visible certainly because of the societal acceptance of gay people. [My wife and I] are two happily married lesbians who celebrate each day that we are not slammed in some closet someplace.” Lori Jacobs and Anne Davey, who comprise the band duo known as Bettenroo, also shared their perspective on Stahl’s article. Lori wrote, “I’ve never been keen on labels of any kind, but it sadly needs to be there to give visibility to our diversity as humans and to chip away at the oppression that goes along with being anything but a white straight male…. It’s excellent that people have safe avenues now to be who they are.”

Anne added, “I personally don’t care for the term ‘lesbian,’ probably because of the past labels. As a gay woman who used to be straight, I feel that having any label that a person identifies as is a good thing for now. Human beings are so complex. It’s not black or white. Personally, I do not feel threatened in any way, and I do not think that ‘lesbians’ will become extinct.” Diane Bruce offered her unique perspective. “I’m old school. I’m an old lesbian. Is it necessary to precisely categorize every possible nuance of a female’s gender, the subject of her sexual attraction, or her identity on a continuum? It just seems to me that too many folks are quickly assigning themselves a category, or creating new categories of identity, before living life. I was not a radical lesbian or a radical feminist. I made my way, and fortunately never suffered prejudice or discrimination because of my sexuality. Lesbians won’t disappear. We are Godmade.” Stahl sets the context of her research—and herself—into an inspiring pinnacle of hope and vision for a better world. She writes, “Lesbians are not a species, and we feed existing racist, ableist and homophobic agendas when we invoke extinction. For me, ‘lesbian’ still fits. And if fewer people call themselves lesbians in the future, it’s not necessarily a loss for lesbians, so long as we’re all free to move through the world as we want to and be called as we ask to be called....That’s cause for celebration.” We owe a debt to Lynne Stahl for pointing us in the right direction. It is, indeed, cause for celebration! David Garrett, a CAMP Rehoboth Board member, is a straight advocate for equality and inclusion. He is also the proud father of an adult trans daughter. Email David Garrett at davidg@camprehoboth.com.


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HISTORICAL HEADLINERS

BY ANN APTAKER

LIVING LARGE

Marion Barbara “Joe” Carstairs (1900-1993)

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ome of us are born rich. Some of us are adventurous. Some are eccentric, undefinable, wild in spirit. If we are any one of those, life can be a blast. So just imagine the life of Marion Barbara “Joe” Carstairs, who was lucky enough to hit life’s trifecta: rich, adventurous, wild in spirit. Marion Barbara Carstairs was born in London to Captain Albert Carstairs and Frances Evelyn Bostwick, a Standard Oil heiress. Though Marion’s early life was certainly cushy, it was anything but stable. Her father deserted the family just before his daughter was born, and her mother subsequently remarried four times. As a mother, Frances was completely at sea regarding how to handle her rebellious tomboy daughter. As young as 11-years-old, Marion knew what she was about: she insisted on wearing only boys’ clothes and demanded to be called Joe, dispensing with her female names altogether. Her socialite mother regarded this behavior as unacceptable, even dishonorable, possibly nuts. She packed her daughter off to America, to a boarding school in Connecticut in the hope that the typical education for high-born females would rid the girl of her boyish ways. The charm school education failed. Joe Carstairs prevailed. Joe’s adventurous spirit served her— and the Allies—well during World War I. She was a Red Cross ambulance driver on the battlefields of France, serving with Oscar Wilde’s niece Dolly, who became her lover and with whom Joe lived in Paris. After the war, Joe and three women who served in the Women’s Legion Mechanical Transport opened the X Garage in London in 1920, a car-for-hire and chauffeur service staffed entirely by female drivers and auto mechanics. The business thrived, with X Garage cars and drivers popular with fashionable Londoners. But the daily responsibilities of maintaining a business were not Joe’s cuppa Letters 46 APRIL 16, 2021

tea, and in 1925, when Joe inherited the bulk of her mother’s vast Standard Oil wealth, she was free to live life exactly how she wanted. And the life Joe wanted was daring, adventurous, and frankly irreverent. She wore gentlemen’s bespoke suits from Savile Row, had her arms tattooed before tattooing was a thing, and openly romanced women. Many, many women.

Joe’s taste for adventure led her to speedboat racing. Her enormous wealth allowed her to crash the rather snooty, allmale world of racers, and her skill behind the wheel of fast boats further solidified her place at Britain’s highest levels of the sport. She won the Royal Motor Yacht Club International Race, the Bestise Cup, and in 1926 she won Britain’s top racing event, the Duke of York’s Trophy, earning her the sobriquet, “The fastest woman on the water.” Joe’s sporting spirit moved her to be generous to fellow sportsmen and women, often financing their boats or racing cars. Of note is Joe’s $10,000 financing of Sir Malcom Campbell’s famous Blue Bird land speed racer, at the time the most innovative racing car in the world. Despite her success in Britain’s speedboat racing and sporting world, by the 1930s Joe chafed at the encroaching conservativism in Europe as it faced the Nazi threat. In 1934 she bolted from the London scene and bought Whale Cay, a Bahamian island. With plenty of money

to toss around in this island paradise, Joe set up what can only be described as a benevolent and rather sexy fiefdom. She built a grand Spanish-style villa for herself, plus a schoolhouse, a cannery, a power plant, and a radio station. These enterprises provided education and employment for the local population, while her sumptuous estate hosted visiting sports figures, fishing enthusiasts, show business luminaries, grand parties, and many women lovers. Joe’s romantic escapades at Whale Cay included Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Tallulah Bankhead, and British socialite Ruth Baldwin. It was Baldwin who, back in 1920, gave Joe a leather doll of a boy, which Joe named Lord Tod Wadley. Joe ordered custom clothing from Savile Row for the doll, which became her constant companion. Her relationship to Lord Tod Wadley lasted longer than any of her romantic relationships with women. Her baronial life on Whale Cay continued for 40 years, until 1975, when at age 75 she sold the island and moved to Miami, Florida. Joe continued to live life in her irreverent way until her death in Naples, Florida at 93 years of age. Her last wish was to have her beloved Lord Tod Wadley cremated with her. In the annals of lesbian herstory, Joe Carstairs is certainly a colorful figure. Though not as political as some of our LGBTQ heroes, Joe’s insistence on living life as she pleased at a time when doing so risked ostracism or worse, marks her as a person with plenty of spark. True, her enormous wealth protected her from society’s worst abuses, but it wasn’t money that defined Joe Carstairs, it was Joe’s adventurous, wild-at-heart spirit. Let’s face it, if you’re lucky enough to win life’s trifecta, why not live it up? That’s exactly what Joe did. ▼ 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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Celebrity Interview

BY MICHAEL COOK

Angelica Ross Actor, Musician—Uniquely Fierce

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he word that can be used to describe Angelica Ross is an all-encompassing adjective: “luminous.” From emerging as one of the anchor characters on Pose (portraying the heartbreakingly raw and realistic Candy Ferocity) to becoming the ultimate survivor on the last season of American Horror Story, Ross is rewriting narratives and demanding representation. This year, 2021, looks to be the year that Ross tackles another passion: music. She joins two other dance legends on the throbbing single, “Fierce,” and is preparing to drop some of her own music. I sat down to talk with Ross about her small screen accomplishments, why representation behind the camera is as important as what appears on screen, and how she is using her advocacy to “pay it forward.”

From being the founder & CEO of TransTech to being one of the leading trans activists in the country to inhabiting the role of Candy Ferocity, to heading-up American Horror Story—life has certainly changed for you. What has the ride been like?

This has been the most exhilarating ride of my life. I am not someone that is a big fan of roller coasters, but if I had to describe it, it has been that. I have had these amazing highs and these dramatic drops. To be able to condition myself to that has been part of the process. I think that has been a sort of baked-in, ‘growing pains’ situation, and that’s life; such is life. You will have these amazing highs and these dramatic drops, but it really comes down to how you do with the whole ride. If you can really be someone that can enjoy the whole ride and be able to not completely be devastated by the lows and completely deluded by the highs.

I think it would go without saying that your new track, “Fierce,” with Ultra Naté and Mila Jam, would definitely be considered a “high.”

“Fierce” is a really big high for me. People that know me know that I have been dabbling in music for a really long time. It is really my first love, but it is one of those things that had to turn into my personal therapy for a long time because I just had to survive as a transwoman. Music was a luxury. Now that I am Letters 48 APRIL 16, 2021

back and able to create space for creativity, when I am not acting, I started recording music again. Now with “Fierce,” I have started recording six other songs and I am going to be releasing a full album this year.

Speaking of high highs and low lows, leaving Pose was probably extremely difficult, but leaving the way that you did, with Candy’s epic final episode, made truly remarkable, and now historic, television.

You know, I am so glad. Even though it would have been nice to have been recognized by any of the award shows for the performance that I put forward, but to be completely ignored by all of that for me, it just is a symptom of a bigger problem. I know from the audiences all over the world how much Candy and that performance affected folks. For me, it did what needed to be done, but it also came with a cost to me. In the sense that I as an actor, I don’t think people understand what it means. I vicariously went through a death and a huge loss. I went through an experience that nobody will ever have. I was laying in a casket while hearing words said about you that you would never hear when you were alive. While I was in the casket filming those scenes, the body in the casket is crying. I’m praying that the camera is not on me in those moments and obviously they cut out those moments. I was literally going through an experience, and even after I finished filming Pose I was in grieving for at least six months to a year. It took me a long time to fully get over the grief of losing Candy Ferocity.

You were the last one standing on American Horror Story last season. I know you can’t say too much, but anything you can say about the new season that is allegedly filming in the LGBTQ destination of Provincetown?

Yes! Usually in a horror story, the Black person is the first one to go but I think Ryan Murphy has been invested. I am with him at American Horror Story, helping create new narratives in horror. And yes, it’s coming; Miss Ross is coming to Provincetown!

As a part of American Horror Story, you are standing next to acclaimed performers like Sarah Paulson and Emma Roberts, truly making the change that you have wanted to make for so long.

I am very well aware of the power that I hold, so there is that. When I walked into Season One of Pose, I was


so adamant that Deja Smith became my makeup artist, who is a Black transwoman. There were not Black people or trans people in our hair and makeup trailer when I started. I was the one who pretty much, almost to the point of getting on people’s nerves, who was saying that “I need a Black transwoman on my face.” I also wanted someone Black on my hair, because I am the one with the kinkiest hair of this group and I needed someone with some institutional knowledge on how to work this hair, not someone that thinks they can do it. That was not an easy process or conversation to start with, but I know that is how I changed culture and how I changed things behind the scenes. Because

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This year I am actually releasing a lot of things. As an executive producer, I have a couple unscripted shows that are being sold to networks right now, so hopefully we see those very soon. I have a music project being dropped as well. Also, because I am so busy and because so many people do try to get time with me or want to speak with me, I am talking about people who are inspired by how I have overcome the challenges in my life. There are a lot of people who are also not necessarily ready for ‘me’— there are levels to this. There are things that people can learn without needing my undivided attention. I am creating space for people, I am creating cohorts, just like I teach with TransTech. That is a space that I recognize I want to siphon resources to marginalized communities. ▼ Michael Cook has been a part-time resident of Rehoboth Beach for over a decade. He is currently a contributor to Instinct Magazine, World of Wonder’s WOW Report, and South Florida Gay News. In between interviewing copious amounts of Real Housewives and RuPaul’s Drag Race queens, he has interviewed Liza Minnelli, Andy Cohen, RuPaul, Wendy Williams, and Debra Messing among others. Michael can be found on Instagram: instagram.com/cookie74/?hl=en

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BY ANDREA RASHBAUM

Yes! Transgender Students Have Rights in Sex-Segregated Areas

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uring the 2016-2017 school year Boyertown Area School District (BASD) in Pennsylvania updated their district policies. In order to create a more inclusive environment it was determined that transgender students could use the bathrooms and locker rooms that matched their gender identity. That school year went by without any complaints. In 2017, a cisgender student came forward and complained. He stated that his right to privacy was denied when he was forced to change in the same locker room as someone of the “opposite sex.” According to BASD, a student’s gender was not determined by their anatomy but by their identity. Counselors, administrators, and students sat down to discuss a transgender student’s status and determined the best course of action on a case-by-case basis. The school district upheld their decision to allow the transgender student to use the male facilities and also accommodated the cisgender student by stating that he could change in a private facility if that would make him more comfortable. This case went to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a federal court that sits in Center City Philadelphia. The case became known as Doe v. Boyertown Area School District. Three other cisgender students joined the lawsuit as plaintiffs. The District Court upheld the BASD’s decision in part because BASD receives funding from the federal government. Under Title IX regulations no school can discriminate on the basis of sex. Unhappy with this decision, the plaintiffs appealed their case to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The case was argued on May 24, 2018. The 3rd Circuit Court judges issued

their decision in less than one hour. The judges agreed to uphold the decision of the lower courts and went on to elaborate on their decision, a practice uncommon in such a case. The cisgender complainants had stated that their right to privacy under the 14th Amendment was violated. The Circuit Court explained that the district’s transgender policy was not unconstitutional because “the School District’s policy served a compelling interest; preventing discrimination against transgender students.” Furthermore, the court cited the harassment of transgender students as detrimental to the student’s well-being. “When transgender students face discrimination in schools, the risk to their well-being cannot be overstated—indeed, it can be life threatening. This record clearly supports the District Court’s conclusion that the School District had a compelling state interest in protecting transgender students from discrimination. Moreover, the School District’s policy fosters an environment of inclusivity, acceptance, and tolerance. Students in diverse learning environments have higher academic achievement leading to better outcomes for all students.” Why is this ruling important to our Delaware students? The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals is a federal court that has jurisdiction over Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the US Virgin Islands. Any decision made by that court becomes case law in Delaware and therefore must be upheld. A school district in violation of case law could face litigation. It is also important to note that on June 15, 2020, the US Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County. The plaintiff in this case was fired because of their transgender

status. The court determined that the employee was fired solely on the basis of transgender status and therefore their employer was in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It has long been debated whether “sex” includes gender identity. This is the first decision in which it was established that transgender individuals have protection under Title VII. This decision has strengthened the ruling in the Boyertown case. A student in Delaware must be permitted to use any sex-segregated facilities (bathrooms, locker rooms, etc.) that align with their gender identity. They must not be limited to a staff bathroom or a nurse’s facility. This is in violation of the case law established by the 3rd Circuit Court in Doe vs Boyertown Area School District. It is important that all school district employees be educated on this decision so that discrimination of transgender students no longer takes place. For further information, email: rashbauma@gmail.com. ▼

Andrea Rashaum is a mother, advocate, public school teacher, and mentor. Most importantly, Andrea is passionate about using her voice for our LGBTQ youth and ensuring schools are welcoming and inclusive environments where all students can flourish, including transgender students. It is our intention that in writing and sharing this piece, that organizations who support LGBTQ youth would do training and information will trickle down to staff including teachers, nurses, and counselors. – Barbara Antlitz

BARBARA ANTLITZ, CAMP REHOBOTH YOUTH COORDINATOR, works with Gender & Sexuality 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 bantlitz@camprehoboth.com. Letters 50 APRIL 16, 2021


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Dining Out

BY FAY JACOBS

Take a Break from the Ordinary at Shorebreak Lodge

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horebreak Lodge on Wilmington Avenue is just 133 steps from the ocean and I know those steps well. The site has been several restaurants during my 25 years of writing about coastal cuisine, and I’ve dined at them all— usually followed by a walk to the boardwalk (and often, admittedly, though sated from dinner, stopping at Royal Treat for ice cream along the way). Before Shorebreak arrived, I enjoyed numerous meals at two previous incarnations of 10 Wilmington: it was the home of Dos Locos before it moved to Rehoboth Avenue, and the much-missed Manos during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Shorebreak, which opened under the culinary talent of the late chef Rob Stitt a decade ago, was sold by Stitt in 2017 to Kate Wall. While she hired chef Mike Murty, the restaurant retained many of Stitt’s famous recipes and Murty is more than up to the task. Foodies still come to Shorebreak for Stitt’s legendary sauces and creations. In the kitchen, Dimas assists Murty and, as he has done since the beginning of Shorebreak, a decade ago, tends to the sauces. Inside Shorebreak, the front room is bright and airy, a casual look for a sophisticated menu. The back room, as it was long ago at Mano’s, is great for birthday or anniversary parties, group events (when we can have them again) and general dining on busy nights. But let’s get to the really good stuff. Under Murty’s purview, the food at Shorebreak is simply stupendous. On a sunny but cool afternoon, Bonnie and I sat by the enormous picture widow, looking out on Wilmington Avenue and sampling an absolute feast. We started with Wild Mushroom Bruschetta (a savory portion of wild mushrooms in a marvelous sauce on perfectly toasted, crispy bread) and the Brie N Naan which is one of Shorebreak’s signature dishes. The home-baked naan, with dried fruit, peppers, shaved Parmesan Reggiano and balsamic drizzle, warranted a photo op, followed by a heavenly tasting experience, followed by a to-go container for the remainder. Try it!!!

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We sampled perfectly-cooked PEI Mussels in chorizo broth, and Shrimp and Grits worthy of Bourbon Street. But the superstars were the Char-Grilled Octopus with a kohlrabi garbanzo slaw which was

Under Murty’s purview, the food at Shorebreak is simply stupendous. both unique and delicious. I’m not even a cheer-leader for octopus, but it was fabulous. So too were the Day-Boat Scallops atop roasted butternut squash, with house-cured bacon and red beet puree. It sounds fancy, but it was just simple, fresh ingredients presented beautifully. I may never have tasted better scallops anywhere. It’s worth noting that Shorebreak’s version of Surf and Turf includes those incredible scallops along with short ribs and deliciously creamy risotto. And as if we hadn’t tasted enough, the coda of moist, just-sweet-enough chocolate cake finished us off. Even if Royal Treat had been open (Memorial Day weekend, I suspect), we would have had to skip it. We were sated and happy CAMPers. And thanks to the city and Main Street teaming up to permit and provide those traffic barriers, Shorebreak’s outdoor seating has been greatly expanded for this season. Patrons can enjoy outside dining all season long—especially the special Happy Hours (3-5:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays) with goodies like Deviled Eggs, Hummus Dip, tacos, the Brie N Naan, that spicy octopus, and more at happy hour prices. So, let’s talk wine. Of course, I had to sample the Shorebreak Cooler-tini before my meal. It was great, although I admit I never met a tini I didn’t love. Since that was more than enough day drinking for us, we didn’t get to sample the wine. However, Shorebreak has an expansive wine list thanks to Kate’s interest and knowledge. They offer a myriad of wines by the glass, several wine flight choices at a wide range of prices, and you can order many of the wines at 4.5- and 6-ounce pours. Altogether, the Shorebreak Lodge is a worthy and wonderful stop along our culinary coast. And we’ll be back. ▼


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What is your favorite CAMP Rehoboth event? I have always enjoyed going to Women’s FEST. I especially loved the comedians, entertainers, and the different seminars you could attend. My favorite memory of Women’s FEST was when Lori and I had a bunch of girlfriends down and we had an amazing weekend. Unfortunately, Women’s FEST generally coincides with the Dinah Shore weekend in Palm Springs, and we have to choose. What volunteering have you done at CAMP Rehoboth? I began volunteering with CAMP Rehoboth in February 2021. Due to COVID-19, it was difficult to volunteer. Now that I have had my first COVID vaccine and with my second one fast approaching, I am able to volunteer more. Recently, I have been volunteering as a CAMPcierge, as well as helping CROP deliver dinner to families being housed through the organization A Sheltering Heart. I love being part of this community. Name a childhood mentor or someone who influenced you. My high school German teacher was someone who really influenced me. I remember her as being cute, dynamic, inspiring, and only 10 years older than myself. She later became a minister and officiated Lori’s and my wedding. Because of my high school German teacher, I acquired a love of languages and, in college, double-majored in German and international relations. During the pandemic, what have you learned most about yourself? Lori and I learned that we really love to be in each other’s company, and we also learned how to give space to each other. I also rediscovered that I love to read and now spend time catching up on all the books that I have missed. After the pandemic, what is one of the first things you want to do? I cannot wait to entertain again. I love

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entertaining and having friends over. I also cannot wait to go out to dinner inside a restaurant. I describe myself as very outgoing and friendly, so I cannot wait to get back out there. Since you began coming to Rehoboth, name the biggest change you’ve seen. I think the biggest change that I have seen is the turnover of founding and long-term staff at CAMP Rehoboth. I am hopeful that even through the pandemic and turnover, CAMP Rehoboth will continue to persevere. I love that CAMP Rehoboth has preserved its mission of being dedicated to creating a positive environment inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities. What is your fondest memory of your time in Rehoboth? One of my fondest annual memories is celebrating our anniversary over a champagne brunch at the Blue Moon (the restaurant that catered our wedding at Nassau Valley Vineyards). ▼ Karen Laitman is a member of CAMP Rehoboth’s Volunteer Development Committee.


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had a friend who grew weary of the daily features on women during March and asked, “So…when is it Men’s Month???” After resisting the urge to slap him into June, I responded, “Every month for the past 6,000 years, and it’s time for a change.” And we saw a HUGE change in March! For the first time, the majority of winners from this

year’s Grammy awards were women. Hallelujah! The list of biggest Grammy winners of all time includes only two women—Beyoncé (28 wins) and Alison Krauss (27). Conductor Georg Solti (dead) tops the list with 31, and 88-yearold producer Quincy Jones is tied with Beyoncé, so it’s very likely a woman will be #1 on that list soon. However, of the

25 wealthiest actors...no women. Drew Barrymore has the highest net worth of women actors, and she’s still worth $45M less than 25 of the men. Before I die, this old man would sure like to see women not only reach parity with their male counterparts, but exceed them. It’s time. Way past time…. ▼

FEST ART 2021! This juried exhibition celebrates women in the arts with works by 30 talented artists in a variety of mediums—painting, drawing, sculpture, 3D, ceramics, photography, videography, mp4 files of performances, and more! Noted artist and educator Joey Mánlapaz serves as juror for this year’s exhibit, and hosts a Virtual Gallery Talk on Saturday, April 17, at 2:30p.m. And artist and activist Liz Bradbury shares “Ten More Queer Women in Art and History Who Changed the World”—Thursday, April 22, at 6 p.m. Check the CAMP Rehoboth website for more information about these events. Through April 26.▼

Transcending Gender Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people have faced a long history of shared systematic oppression by gender and sexual norms. This exhibit examines ways that gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation intersect. The LGBTQ community is united by the shared value of every person’s right to a genuine expression of self. Transcending Gender will include several works by photographer Zach Oren, from his “Ides of Gender” photo essay which honors the beauty and diversity that is the trans community. Along with Oren’s photography, community art will be exhibited in the gallery. The Stonewall Museum’s Transcending Gender travelling show, consisting of 10 large panels, will be displayed in the Elkins-Archibald Atrium. May 1-31.

At the CAMP Rehoboth Gallery: (Top to bottom) Lobsta Suppa by Carol A. Yost; Ides of Gender 1 by Zach Oren.

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Schedule an appointment for a small group or individual tour to see CAMP Rehoboth exhibitions by emailing artshow@CAMPRehoboth.com.


arts+entertainment Their outdoor Quayside stage has opened for the season. Check their website for events. Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road, Georgetown; 302-856-4560; possumpointplayers.org) premieres Broadway Springs Back—April 16-18 on their new outdoor stage. One of my favorite new comedies—Vania and Sonia and Masha and Spike—runs May 7-16. Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre (In residence at Rehoboth Elementary; 302-226-6766; rehobothchildrenstheatre@gmail.com) is accepting fewer applications for their film and theatre camps than usual to ensure the safety of all participants.

After the Leaves Have Fallen by Nancy Allen at CAMP Rehoboth 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, live-streamed and archived on the CAMP Rehoboth Facebook and YouTube pages. Cinema Art Theater (17701 Dartmouth Drive, Lewes; 302-313-4032; rehobothfilm.com) has CDC guidelines in effect and reduced seating capacity for in-person viewing, as well as several films available for streaming. See website for information. Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270; ClearSpaceTheatre.org) presents their Spotlight on Young Performers’ production of Seussical the Musical April 16-18. Opening May 7—25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

GALLERIES & MUSEUMS CAMP Rehoboth Gallery (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620; camprehoboth. com) features FEST Art 2021! and Transcending Gender (See listing elsewhere in this column.) Gallery 50 (50 Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050; gallery50art.com) offers complete framing services and a wide selection of works by artists they represent. Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Road, Lewes; 302-645-0551; peninsula-gallery.com) presents Local Favorites—multiple artists paint the Lewes/Rehoboth area—through April 25. Opening May 1—I Am Woman—a

Climb Up by Mara Rago at CAMP Rehoboth Gallery.

Little Red Shed by JuneRose Futcher at CAMP Rehoboth Gallery.

group of women artists depict the female form. Preview all shows on their website. Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane, Henlopen Acres; 302-2278408; rehobothartleague.org) has several new exhibits: 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 dougyetter@gmail. 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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BOOKED SOLID Eleanor by David Michaelis c.2020, Simon & Schuster $35.00/$47.00 Canada 698 pagess Life, as they say, is an open book. When you’re born, someone else starts writing it for you, but it doesn’t take long for you to be your own author. Through the years, you’ll scribble ideas, compose thoughtfully, add chapters, and crumple pages. Your life’s book might be a series of quick notes, long essays, one-liners or, as in Eleanor by David Michaelis, you could build an epic story. In today’s world, we might call Eleanor Roosevelt’s mother abusive: Anna Hall Roosevelt never had a kind word to say to her daughter, often mockingly calling little Eleanor “Granny.” It’s true that Eleanor wasn’t lithe and beautiful like her mother; she was awkward and stern, a Daddy’s girl for an often-absent, alcoholic father. Orphaned by the time she was 12, Eleanor had long been told that she was homely and plain, but school chums knew her as a caring girl with a sharp mind. That intelligence later caught the eye of the dashing Franklin Roosevelt, a somewhat-distant cousin who courted her with the nose-holding approval of his mother. It was a good match, but only for a short while: too quickly, it was apparent that Eleanor and Franklin were colossally mismatched. She needed him to need her, but he couldn’t—not in the way she wanted, so she found love in the arms of another man and a woman. Her compassion for others, a rather

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acquired sense, helped buoy his ambition; his ambition gave her a reason to dig in and reach out to their fellow Americans in need. Despite that it invited controversy from Washington insiders, Roosevelt changed the office of the First Lady by ignoring what past First Ladies had done, once they reached the White House and beyond. Readers who are not deep historians are in for many layers of surprise inside Eleanor, the first being Roosevelt’s early life, and the racism she exhibited as a young woman. Famously, she was a champion of African Americans during the years of her husband’s time as president and beyond, and she strove for equality, but author David Michaelis shows a sort of axis of attitude that the former first lady experienced. His portrayal is balanced with compassion: Michaelis lets us see a transformation in the pages of this book and it’s fascinating to watch. Rather than romanticize Roosevelt, Michaelis paints her as someone with flaws that she may not have overtly acknowledged but that she learned to work around. This becomes abundantly clear in tales of the warmth Roosevelt craved but was denied by her husband and the relationships she enjoyed in open secret, including a passionate love she shared with reporter Lorena Hickock and a much-debated, possible affair with State Trooper Earl Miller. Such tales are told matter-of-factly and without salaciousness, though you may feel a whoop of delight at a supposedly staid Depression-era White House that really was a den of dalliance. Don’t let its heft frighten you away: Eleanor may be wide but so is its story. Indeed, you’ll be carried away when you open this book. ▼

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Attracting and retaining the best healthcare professionals is Beebe Healthcare’s top priority. We offer an excellent patient-focused environment, exciting career opportunities, and leading-edge technology with supportive, progressive leadership. Joining Beebe Healthcare means joining an exciting healthcare team that is deeply committed to the community. Our customer-service focus is recognized on a daily basis through our patient satisfaction surveys. Our clinical expertise strives to surpass patient expectations. A variety of work/pay options are designed to meet the needs of team members, including: • Flexible schedules and shifts available based on the needs of the department • Full-time/comprehensive benefits • Part-time/pro-rated benefits • Per diem incentive plan • Competitive shift differential Join us now to take advantage of our excellent benefits and compensation package. Beebe Healthcare is committed to hiring qualified professionals who provide the best patient care in the region.

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The REAL DIRT

BY ERIC W. WAHL

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ometimes we find inspiration in areas where we would not expect. It was my last semester at school, and our senior project was to be based on a person who inspired us. We had to apply this inspiration to a campus design project. This task was providing me much anxiety at the time. However, I had recently visited Washington DC and experienced the Vietnam Veterans Memorial which literally took my breath away. No other memorial or space had evoked such a strong response in me, which in this case was odd since I did not have any relatives who fought in this war. After doing research on the designer of the memorial, Maya Lin, I was inspired by her numerous designs across the country, including other memorials and much-loved public spaces, as well as her art installations. Maya Lin designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as part of a contest while she was attending architecture school. The competition was formatted so that the designers were anonymous and the judges who chose the winner did so without I wish I could have been there to hear prejudice. You can imagthat glass ceiling break in all its glory. ine the controversy when it became known that the designer of the Vietnam Memorial was an Asian-American. I wish I could have been there to hear that glass ceiling break in all its glory. It has now become one of the most visited and emotional memorials in our country. The basic design concept for the work is a scar upon the land. Imagine a large hand digging into the earth and scraping away a piece of it. The scar is hidden from view when standing on top of it, but the wound is exposed for all to see when descending into it. The polished black granite upon which the names of the dead and missing are written reflects

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like a mirror exposing our own scars and wounds back onto itself. This idea of scraping the earth and experiencing the space that lies within it inspired me to create a similar space for my campus design. I imagined the campus quad as a gathering and event space. For any event, we usually think of auditorium or bleacher seating. Outdoor amphitheaters are nothing new, but I wanted to push the idea of this tiered seating. I envisioned a hand digging into the ground and scraping away the earth exposing multiple tiers of varying widths; each one about 18 inches in depth (which is a very good seating height by the way.) These undulating waves of tier widths were all below the surrounding walkways so you would have to descend into the earth to take a seat. This project opened my eyes to how we can manipulate the ground and use landscape as art. I was hooked. This form of landscape as art and manipulating the ground can also be seen in Maya Lin’s work at the University of Michigan’s “Wave Field.” Based on an oceanic wave phenomenon, it is one of a three-part series of installations located across the country. Maya Lin has a large portfolio of projects, including the Civil Rights Memorial in Alabama; “Topo,” a topiary park in North Carolina; “Groundswell,” an art installation of 43 tons of glass pebbles in Ohio; and “The Women’s Table,” a sculpture celebrating the coeducation of women at Yale. Finding inspiration can sometimes be difficult, but keep looking in unexpected places. A public park, a memorial, or a simple flower can be all that you need to do great things. Stay safe, and let’s garden together. ▼ Eric W. Wahl is Landscape Architect at Pennoni Associates and the president of the Delaware Native Plant Society. Photo by Caleb Fisher on Unsplash


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Immanuel Shelter serves those experiencing homelessness in Rehoboth Beach, Lewes and surrounding areas. Your generous support allows us to continue our mission and helps our community provide assistance for those in need.

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Solution on Page 76 52 Richard Chamberlain’s The ___ Birds 54 End of the quote 59 Look from Snidely Whiplash 61 Iroquoian language 62 Jessica of The Illusionist 63 Chef Des Jardins 64 Long-jawed swimmers 65 Pasolini’s bone 66 Hooded jacket 67 Sapphic poems 68 Where movies are made DOWN 1 Poet Levertov 2 Ate away at 3 Pacific formations 4 Blue material, but not porn 5 Pay your share, with “up” 6 Bud of Harold and Maude 7 Threesomes 8 Like Shakespeare’s feet 9 Short punch 10 Aida, to Gomer? 11 Salad topper 12 Dramatist Eugene 13 Feniger’s main dishes 21 On the fritz 22 He played Lou Grant for MTM 26 Whole shebang

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WE REMEMBER Milbourn “Mel” B. Craig Jr.

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ilbourn “Mel” B. Craig Jr., 78, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at his home. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, August 20, 1942. Mel and his family lived in Oxnard, California, and Kilmarnock, Virginia, before settling in Ellicott City, Maryland. He was a graduate of Howard County Senior High School and was a member of the FFA and Lions Club. Mel also helped run a food booth at the Howard County fair and clerked for auctions. He worked for the State of Maryland as a commercial tax assessor for 29 years before retiring to Rehoboth Beach. Following his retirement, Mel began working for the City of Rehoboth Beach in Building and Licensing. He worked

there for two years before becoming Director of Public Works, a role he held for 15 additional years. Mel enjoyed riding the boardwalk in his city truck and talking with residents and workers of Rehoboth. He was also an original member of the First State Tractor Club. He kept the city streets, boardwalk, and beach clean and maintained. Mel sincerely loved working with his staff, the people of Rehoboth Beach, and the community in which he lived. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Mel was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Marie (Sempeck) Wolfel. He is survived by his beloved husband, Duane Willis; his cousin, Marjorie Gardner; and many dear friends.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, Delaware. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Mel’s memory to the Rehoboth Beach Rescue Squad, 219 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971, or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 200 2nd Street, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Please visit Mel’s Life Memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com. ▼

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