Page 1

Life’s a Feast

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

“Deliciously Wicked” by Allister Dean

Phillip & Vee: a Story

One Iowa’s Transgender News

APRIL 2017

Letter from the Editor Dear Co community,

Last month marked half a year of Co-ZINE! This is our seventh issue and we are very excited. With less than five consistent staffers, staying afloat can be a little strenuous. Sometimes, things get a little crazy. For instance, today is launch day - April 4th. The photo for our cover story was shot this morning. The shoot was arranged at about 10pm last night. Very serious thanks to Tamara from Luminous Portraits. We would have been in trouble without her! At any rate, even amid struggling, things somehow seem to work out they way they should. I am grateful to be part of a community that bands together to solve problems - like the one we had last night, or the big, serious problems like LGBTQ+ rights. We will continue to work together for the next seven months and more. If you have any questions, would like to help with or submit to Co-ZINE, I can always be reached at As always, thank you for reading! We love you!

Andrea Becker, editor in chief

Submit to Co-ZINE! Send your art, photography, personal stories, creative writing and more to

April 2017 | Co-ZINE




7 Area Events 10 Life’s a Feast 12 proudJOBS 20 Hepatitis C in Iowa 22

Transgender News

“Deliciously Wicked” Book Review

24 Phillip and Vincent 28 Dubuque’s Film Festival 30 Ally Sticker 33 Zodiac 36 4



Co-ZINE is a monthly, online publication. Links to this publication are found at, but Co-ZINE is not an affiliate of Co Dubuque. The views represented in Co-ZINE are strictly those of their authors and do not represent the views of Co-ZINE or Co Dubuque staff members or volunteers. Advertisements involving products or services are not investigated by Co-ZINE, and Co-ZINE does not claim responsibility for these products or services. © 2017 Community Productions

Community Productions 299 Main Street #44 Dubuque, IA 52001 Editor in Chief

Andrea Becker Layout and Design

Alina Crow Publisher

Luis Morteo Owner

Cindy Lewis Contact Co-ZINE

We consider submissions from members of the LGBTQ+ and ally community. .


 • Personal Experiences  • Opinion Pieces  • Photography/Art  • Journalism  • …and more!

Submit to


Applicants will be notified by April 25th, 2017.


Call for Writers and Artists


April 2017 | Co-ZINE


Resources Unite strengthens communities by creating connections. We connect people to volunteer opportunities and resources that lead to a happier and more engaged way of life.


11,748 300+

individuals were connected to volunteer opportunities through RU.

local nonprofit organizations were strengthened through our marketing, strategic planning and connection to volunteers.

RESOURCE CENTER 1900 JFK Rd, Dubuque / (563) 231-6280

One Iowa Holds Press Conference on New Iowa-Specific Data from the Largest Survey of Transgender Life in America March 30, 2017 Erica Barz, Jay Wu [Des Moines] — On Friday, March 31 (International Transgender Day of Visibility), One Iowa held a press conference to present and discuss new, Iowa-specific data from the National Center for Transgender Equality’s 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. The press conference was held on Pomerantz Stage in the Olmsted Center at Drake University at 1 p.m. Speakers included: Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel (One Iowa executive director), Sophia Stone (president of Transformations Iowa), Norio Umezu (Networking Project Coordinator at Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa), Renee Thomas (One Iowa board member designate, Drake Rainbow Union representative). “This report includes the most in-depth data describing the lives of transgender Iowans to date, and the picture it paints is inexcusable,” Hoffman-Zinnel said. “We must all take responsibility and work to create a safe and supportive environment for transgender people in our state. This report will be an invaluable resource as we do that important and necessary work. We chose to formally release this data on Transgender Day of Visibility to fully embrace the day’s intent to shine a spotlight on the transgender community.” Highlights from the Iowa report included the following, alarming statistics: 24 percent of respondents reported liv-

ing in poverty; overall, 25 percent of respondents who had a job in the past year reported being fired, being denied a promotion, or experiencing some other form of mistreatment related to their gender identity or expression during that year; 27 percent of respondents experienced homelessness at some point in their lives; 56 percent of respondents avoided using a public restroom in the past year because they were afraid of confrontations or other problems they might experience; and 51 percent of respondents said they would feel uncomfortable asking the police for help if they needed it. As the largest survey of transgender people ever conducted, the report includes critical information on the experiences of over 27,000 transgender Americans from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. military bases overseas. The data revealed disturbing discrimination trends and a range of disparities between transgender people and the rest of the United States in areas such as violence, education, economic hardship and health. “In the face of dangerous legislation popping up in states all over the nation, our work to educate the public is more important than ever before,” Mara Keisling, executive director of National Center for Transgender Equality, said. “Our survey speaks to what we already know: transgender people experience rampant discrimination and endure substantial obstacles to meeting their most fundamental needs. We hope this state-specific information will inspire policymakers on the local, state and federal levels to enact policies that improve lives, not make them worse.”

April 2017 | Co-ZINE



IA & Tri-States Cedar Rapids Events PFLAG Monthly Meeting April 13th, 7pm – 9pm Grant Wood Area Education, 4401 6th St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Belle’s Basix Drag Show $5 Every Friday and Saturday 9pm 3916 1st Ave NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 (319) 363-3194 Vinegar Tom ($21-30) Theatre Cedar Rapids March 31st to April 16th 102 3rd Street SE Cedar Rapids, 52401 Examines gender and power relationships through the lens of the 17th Century witchcraft trials. vinegar-tom/all/

Des Moines Events Meetings for Parents of GenderCreative Kids Children’s Library, Plymouth Church 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6pm 4126 Ingersoll Ave Des Moines, IA 50312

10 Co-ZINE |

Fun Home $35 Des Moines Civic Center 233 Center St, Des Moines, IA April 4th 7:30 PM The Maie Intellect: An Oxymoron? The Temple Theater ($20-$38) April 25th to May 14th Robert Dubac seamlessly transforms himself to five hysterical boneheads who each offer sidesplitting advice on how to straddle the gender gap—all while drinking a beer. Des Moines Diversity Chorus Welcomes New Singers Westminster Presbyterian Church Monday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30pm. 4114 Allison Ave, Des Moines, IA Des Moines Vet Center LGBTQ Support Group 2nd Monday of every month The Des Moines Vet Center 1821 22nd Street #115 West Des Moines, Iowa 50266 Discussion topics include anger management, relationship issues, communication skills, readjustment issues, coping skills, and stress and anxiety relief. Call (515) 284-4929 for more information.

PFLAG in Des Moines Unitarian Universalist Church 3rd Tuesday of the month 7pm 1800 Bell Ave, Des Moines, IA For more information, please contact Sue at First Friday Breakfast Club (FFBC) Hoyt Sherman Place, 1st Fridays 7:00am 1501 Woodland Ave, Des Moines, IA FFBC is an educational group for gay, bisexual and transgender men. FFBC gathers on the first Friday of every month in Des Moines for breakfast, fellowship and a speaker. LGBTQIA Sexual Assault Support Group 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month; 7:00pm 3030 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310 Transformative healing and crisis intervention, activities, coping strategy sharing, and community building. Free and confidential. POCQAT Monsoon Community Resource Center 1st Sunday of the month from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. 4952 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA POCQAT (a local queer people of color gathering group) meets monthly in Des Moines, Iowa that provides a safe space for LGBTQA people of color through community organizing, socializing, and engaging in dialogue about issues of queer people of color. Please contact or for info. Transformations Iowa Community Room of the Mickle Center Every Wednesday at 7:00pm and every 2nd Saturday of the month at 1:00pm Wednesdays: Community Room of the Mickle Center, 1620 Pleasant St, Des Moines, IA Saturdays: Urbandale United Church of Christ, 3530 70th St, Urbandale, IA Contact Sophia Stone at sophia.transformations@ or call (515)745-6766

Quad Cities February Events Connections Game Night Every Wednesday Night! 822 W 2nd St. Davenport, IA

Connections Drag Show Every Friday Night at 11:00PM Connections Night Club 822 W 2nd St. Davenport, IA Mary’s on 2nd St. Sunday Funday with Bobby! Euchre Tournament every Sunday at 5pm Sharp 832 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA 52802 $5 buy in. Contact (563) 884-8014 Magic Men Live! ($23-$73) Adler Theatre, April 21st 8:00pm (563)326-8500 136 E. 3rd Street, Davenport, IA Magic Men Live invites ladies to let loose in an empowering, fun-filled environment.Thrilling choreographic displays and themed acts set to the hottest music and original compositions. Adler Theatre Box Office (800)745-3000 STOMP ($38-$58) Adler Theatre, April 25th 7:30pm 136 E. 3rd Street, Davenport, IA (563)326-8500 See what all the noise is about.

Iowa City Events GLBTQ Movie Open to Public for FREE Every Monday at 4:00 p.m Doors open at 3:30 Iowa City Senior Center 28 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA Discussion may follow the movie. For more information, email Larry at RELATIVITY ($28-$30) Riverside Theatre April 14th-30th 213 N GILBERT STREET, IOWA CITY Examines the mysterious disappearance of Albert Einstein’s daughter. Sasha Belle Friday Drag & Dance Party Every Friday, 8pm Studio 13 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA

April 2017 | Co-ZINE




12 Co-ZINE |

Life’s a Feast

Talking food and love with Angela Linton and Carolyn Canfield

I am 46 years old and I live outside of Elizabeth Illinois. I am a private chef, caterer, food educator, writer, photographer, activist and Mom. My degree is in Early Childhood Education and although I cook for a living; I am able to utilize my education in combination with cooking to teach children and families about food. I am currently working on my Food Literacy Certification. Oh...and I love chickens!

Fresh burrata drizzled with lemon infused olive oil, served with fruit and bread

Meet Angela & Carolyn. Tell us a little bit about who you both are. When and where did you meet each other? Well, considering I am still trying to figure out who I am, I will focus on how we met. Angela and I met at work in Chicago, at a high-end restaurant named Mango. I was the bartender and she was a server. I had actually come in to apply for a job at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s restaurant, Rhapsody, which the chef from Mango was opening. We did not realize it but we both had a mutual friend that also worked at Mango. He was always teasing Angela about how “she was a lesbian” and that “we would make a great couple”. Angela would respond with, “Stop it, I am married.” But, one night, we decided that if we were going to be a couple, we should play the Honeymooners Game. Throughout the night we would ask each other questions, breakfast or brunch (brunch), dogs or cats (both), football or basketball (football), air travel or road trip (road trip). Somewhere throughout the night it became inherently more evident that we had an immense amount more of similarities than differences.

Carolyn and I met in 1997, at a restaurant in Chicago, called Mango. I opened the restaurant and she applied for a bartending job a few months later. Although I was currently married to a man, I was in a transition in my life. I had my three year old twins, and was also raising my nieces, a four year old and two-year-old twins, but I also knew my marriage was over and it had been for a while. I knew the day I met her that this woman would have a huge impact on my life; within weeks, I knew we were meant to be together through this journey of life. We have been ever since.

How different is your life in the Driftless area than it’s been in other places? QUIET and delightfully boring! But, truthfully it is very different from Chicago or San Francisco or Oakland; there is no a rat race, it’s more of a tortoise race, which is exactly what we were looking for when we moved. In the Driftless area, you have the opportunity to make deeper connections with people because there is time. Here, we have the opportunity to get to know our fellow artisans and farmers. We are supported, from an artistic level. That is something you just don’t see in a more urban area, unless you are a big name chef. There is an incredible sense of community in the Driftless area, and it is pretty special.

You have some cool stories about working with and cooking for high profile people. Share a few of the most surprising, special, or memorable moments in your career together. Well, together, we are both very proud of the mere fact that, in the middle of the greatest recession since the Great Depression, we moved to a new area and started a catering company that had long been a dream of Angela’s. We

April 2017 | Co-ZINE


could not be prouder of that. We are the American Dream, a true Mom & Mom organization. In our business, we have done some great things, but we have had the honor of working with an amazing wine maker to create a wine dinner that benefits Mercy Foundation, for Mercy Hospital in Dubuque. John Bookwalter and Bookwalter Winery are from Washington State and John is considered the best wine maker in the state, and we agree. His wine is phenomenal. This dinner always pushes our limits in creativity and skill, as we create a multi-course meal that accentuates the wine and challenges peoples’ senses. He has never repeated a vintage and we have never repeated a dish, in the six years we have done this dinner. For a chef, these are things that dreams are made of; I mean, how many other reasons do you have to poach a rack of lamb in duck fat? When we worked together in Chicago, at Mango as well as Rhapsody, on any given night we could be serving Master Conductor Zubin Metha and his wife, with Itzak Perlman, or Gary Fensik from the Chicago Bears or Steve Kerr of the Chicago Bulls, politicians to actors, chefs and even Julia Child! it was a constant stream of ‘notables’ through the 3 1/2 star restaurant. Separately, I believe that Angela will always tell people about how she served Robert Redford chocolate and touched his back as he walked away in linen pants down

Cheese and charcuterie table for a rehearsal dinner

the driveway of the winery that the event was held in, in California. He gazed into her eyes longingly as if he had more to say...well, that is her version. Could have been he just needed some chocolate, but she doubts it, and that is the story I stick with, because that is marriage. While living in San Francisco I worked at Fog City Diner and Lauren Hutton was having lunch with a friend who is a regular client of the restaurant. I asked Ms. Hutton how she was doing, she had just recovered from a really bad motorcycle accident: Lauren likes to ride Ducatis, considered the fastest motorcycle on Earth. She said she was doing really well but had one problem. She had busted her watch, her Fog City Diner watch! Wondering if I had any black ones in the case that she could buy, I ran and got one toot-sweet! She gave me her credit card and I placed the watch on her wrist. It was a little too big, so Ms. Hutton asked me, “Carolyn this is too big and I know you have a hammer in the back. Could you punch a hole in the wristband?” So, here I am in the bakery pounding a new hole with a hammer into the Fog City Diner watchband that will walk away with Lauren Hutton. I will forever remain on her wrist! I also had to bust Carrie Fischer once for smoking in the bathroom.

How did you start cooking? How did food become your passion and your job? I started in the business by busing tables, moved into the kitchen working in Pastry and Pantry and then GrillSauteé and then to the Front of the House. I have worked every position within the industry and for me it is not so much the passion for cooking but the passion for service. I thrive on the craziness of the front of the house and customer-client relations. I am a junkie for solving problems on-the-fly and orchestrating what can be considered chaos in the eyes of the vast majority of individuals. Our business is not for the faint at heart, it is physical, demanding, stressful but the rewards are massive and failure is not an option; and that is just one night. I had a very chaotic childhood, and my center was always found in the kitchen. My mother was an executive in the 1980’s, which meant we did not see her much during the week. Sundays were her one day she really spent in the kitchen, and I found myself lingering in the kitchen more times than not. I always found comfort in the kitchen. When I had my kids, they were very premature and very ill. I knew I had to make as much of their food from scratch as I possible, to help boost their immune systems. As the chaos of my

14 Co-ZINE |

life continued, I discovered the kitchen as my safe place, it was the only place in my life where I had control over everything. Cooking became my therapy to combat the endless uncontrollables in my life. I lost myself and I forgot all the shit that was going on, as I focused on recreating flavors or concocting new soups or dishes, in my own little controllable world. Cooking was my safe place, my escape, my therapy. Cooking is not really work to me, and that is pretty awesome.

Is the source of your ingredients important to you? To your dishes? Tell us a little bit about sourcing ingredients and composing a meal from the ground up. Ingredients make everything. It is hard to make good food with sub-par products. It is hard to make anything of value with subpar products. Plus, this is a business of sales and if the end product does not meet the client’s value for the money, you will not be successful. People eat with their eyes first, nose second and mouth last. If it looks good and smells good, we have you 98% already there to liking the dish. One of the reasons we chose Dubuque is that there has been a large Farmer’s Market in place since 1846. There were more natural and organic farmers in a 50 to 100 mile distance around Dubuque than anywhere else in the country and no one else offers what we offer at Life’s a Feast.

How do your sexual identities help shape your careers? Have you ever faced discrimination from clients, competitors, or strangers?

petition is good for business, it keeps you on your toes and keeps your business ever evolving. We focus on the experience and the food for our clients, not what another catering company is doing. We try to keep our chins up. We have heard some riff-raff, but for us, that says nothing about us and and everything about the people talking. Strangers? Whatever! Haters gonna hate!

What is it like to share a career with your partner – stressful? fulfilling? a constant opportunity to learn? Please share examples! Some days are great, some days are challenging. We share all the successes and all the trips in the carpet. We met at work and from an early point in our relationship we realized that we could work and play together. It is terrifying and stressful to strike out on your own with no safety net or backing. Just the knowledge that the person that

Interestingly enough, our sexual identities didn’t really influence or impact our lives too much, because our industry is filled with people from every walk of life. It is almost a requirement to fly your “freak flag” and we mean that in the best way! Yes, discrimination happens. Trust us, we were out lesbian parents in the late 90’s: we got all kinds of discrimination, but not from our clients or in our industry. Our clients usually end up becoming our friends, we text, check on each other, and that is a gift, something we hold tight and that makes us proud of our business. As for competitors, if that is what they want to hang their hat on, the fact that we are gay and therefore ‘bad’, then that is on them. We don’t have time for that. But com-

Potato wrapped shrimp on a bed of lemon garlic spinach with a lemon cream sauce April 2017 | Co-ZINE


stands next to you has your back and will work just as tirelessly to succeed. Remember earlier I said, “Failure is not an option;” that is true for us. Not many can say that their company can cook on-site with no real kitchen, a couple of grills, some coolers, a couple of hot boxes and pull off a seven course wine tasting dinner overlooking the Mississippi River at dusk. We can, and that is because we trust and believe in each other. We share the whole event’s failures and successes, and we know every event is a learning experience, make it better, smoother, faster without giving up service. We even take the time to appreciate the little fox that joined our team as we cooked along the Mississippi river and kept watch over us as we worked that event. After nineteen years of living and working together, we have recognized that we are deeply connected. What are successes in our business are also successes in our relationship and we honor the good and learn from the not-so-good.

What’s the most difficult job you’ve ever taken on together, in your career or in life as a whole? Being parents when neither society nor our families were very supportive. I also had to learn how to understand issues of depression and anxiety so that I could support my wife and then later my children.

16 Co-ZINE |

Oh sweet mother... that is the $1,000,000.00 question… Starting this business was a walk in the park compared to bringing this amazing woman into my life, to have the joys and failure of parenthood of our children. Neither of our families were fully on board, our children’s father was three unicorns short of supportive, society didn’t know what to do with us, and our one daughter struggles significantly with mental health issues. Nothing about our lives were normal, and I have always joked that normal is boring. As for work-related, there have been a couple of events where I should have stuck to my gut and said no. But that is life, lessons are always there to teach you if you can just open your eyes. There will always be ‘the nasty

ones’, regardless of your industry. What is great about growing, as an individual AND a business, is knowing if you did your best, and your intent was pure, there will still be someone with an opinion... that is not reflective of who you really are, regardless of their words. PS - I thank my amazing therapist for those coping skills!

What do you think about food porn? We know food porn itself has nothing to do with love, but has there ever been an occasion when a food experience led to enrichment of your love? Good food is sexy and great food is orgasmic. There are wines and dishes that we have experienced that we will never forget; just like a good fuck.

Butter poached halibut with baby Yukon gold potatoes, green beans, and blistered tomatoes

Oh please…I am active Food Porn participant and aficionado! I often tell potential clients to check out my food porn on our Facebook page. Food is sexy, especially if someone takes the time to make it visually sexy. Food can absolutely trigger the same physical reactions as some heavy petting. For those who wonder whether food can truly be a sexual element, I implore you to watch 9 1/2 weeks, with Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke, because… wow! But truly, to me, food is sexy, seriously fucking sexy. I work to make a meal that lingers in a person’s mind. That is what it’s truly all about. I want my food to be memorable, a menu you could cite verbatim.

What advice can you offer us, your amateur readers, on eating well and using food as a force for good in our lives?

Table for a John Bookwalter Wines dinner

We are all keepers of our bodies. The only advice I have for readers is to respect your body like it is the only vessel you have… because it is! Now, we, ourselves, find this a great challenge, so it is important to note that this is a mission, not an amendment. But the journey is about learning to love ourselves, and feeding your body REAL foods is a big part of that. Our one advice is to learn a few basic kitchen skills and start drawing your main food source from your own kitchen, with natural fresh food, and every ingredient is enunciable. It seems scary, but it is really not. There is a deep satisfaction with cooking your own food; spiritually and financially, and it is easier and cheaper than most people realize.

Butter poached shrimp with avocado, salted tomato and lime cucumber salad

April 2017 | Co-ZINE


What are some of your favorite qualities in your partner? What advice can each of you offer to LGBTQ+ couples on facing adversity, working together, and maintaining a happy partnership? Angela is wicked smart and just as funny, her loyalties do not waver and although we both are Scorpios, she is the true Scorpio. Her love is all-inclusive, her energy infectious and she loves me wholly, good or bad, sick or well, asshole or not. I think that every couple at some point faces adversity, it is unavoidable. Remember that you are there together, not alone; lean on each other. As for working together, respect what each other brings to the table but because it is only the two of you, learn to know that one is not pushing the other out because of control or disrespect; it is just what needs to happen at the moment. My parents were married for over 60 years; seven children with all the trials and tribulations that accompany any family of this size. But they just as we committed to each other and took those vows seriously. Laughter and communication are paramount to a successful relationship, for life is difficult and you have got to be able to talk about situations that are not comfortable and respect that fact that it is not just about you; but about both of you and then about all of you. For the most part though, the most wonderful thing is to share the journey of life with someone who loves you, cares for you and would not think that life could be any better without them. This is how I feel about Angela. I am pretty sure I could write a novella on all the reasons I love Carolyn. I know, it is almost gross, our love and admiration for each other. I won’t bullshit you and tell you we don’t fight, my lord, we are both Scorpios, but in the end, I believe, regardless of our dispute, we both come out better human beings from it all, because we hold each other so accountable for our actions. Over the past nineteen years, we have learned the power of conversation. If you do not feel comfortable openly discussing your problems with your partner, you need to re-evaluate your relationship. Because, the reality is, nothing gets ‘easier’ and you cannot just pretend it isn’t an issue, because longevity in a relationship is based on honesty. Truths can be painful, but they are the only path to a future. PS - We had an amazing therapist help us with this and would be more than happy to share if people were interested.

What place does food hold in your relationship today? My world is food, from the potato wrapped shrimp on a bed of spinach with a lemon cream sauce for a client to the cream of tomato and garlic soup with a gruyere and fontina grilled cheese on a snowy day, because I had all the ingredients. I live food, I dream food, I breathe food…and I love every second of it!

18 Co-ZINE |

Everyday with food can be an adventure with us, but sometimes, you just need a burger from Paul’s!!!

Life’s a Feast Life’s a Feast Life’s a Feast

April 2017 | Co-ZINE


If you are organizing a pride event proudJOBS,’s new Visit to find searching for volunteers. proudOUT helping the LGBTQ+ community possible. Sometimes, pride organizers finding volunteers for their important

and need some helping hands, try service, to find volunteers for free. LGBT organizations and other NGOs is launching this service to continue worldwide in as many ways as and other NGOs have a lot of trouble work‌ proudJOBS is here to help.

Hepatitis C Virus


Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). HCV is the most common blood-borne illness in the United States, and new cases are on the rise. Hepatitis C can cause serious health problems including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and death.1


63% of people with hepatitis C reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health were among people between 45 and 64 years of age.

Percentage (%)

HCV Diagnoses By Age Group 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0


9 45-64



Nationally, baby boomers - those born between 1945 through 1965 - have high rates of hepatitis C, but the reasons are not completely understood. It is thought that many may have been infected from contaminated blood before widespread screening of blood products and universal precautions in 1992. Most are believed to have become infected in the 1970s and 1980s when rates of hepatitis C were the highest.2

For more information on hepatitis C virus and to view the recently released profile on Hepatitis C in Iowa, please visit: Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis Iowa Department of Public Health 321 E 12th St. Des Moines, IA, 50319-0075

 

While anyone can get Hepatitis C, more than 75% of adults infected with HCV are baby boomers - people born from 1945 to 1965. Most infected baby boomers are unaware and undiagnosed. Hepatitis C kills more Americans, mostly baby boomers, each year than all other infectious diseases combined. Baby boomers are five times more likely to have hepatitis C. People with hepatitis C often have no symptoms, and can live with an infection for decades without feeling sick. Treatments are available that can cure hepatitis C and prevent liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer.


Those born between 1945 and 1965. Those who currently or have ever injected drugs. Those who received blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992. Those who are infected with HIV.2

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 1

Issued December 2016

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and CDC agree that all baby boomers should be tested once for HCV because:



Liver-related complications, such as liver cancer, liver failure, and related deaths, are expected to peak in the next decade because many baby boomers have lived with hepatitis C for 20-40 years.2







Cutting your friends from your life and treating guys like Ken Dolls may seem like an easy task to achieve...WRONG! It’s harder than you realize. Especially when you live in small city where the gay community consists of one hundred people. You’re bound to run into some drama. Recently single, Allister finds himself at a crossroad. He wants to try the dating scene again and hopes to find a better guy… one who won’t take him for granted or slip into the hook-up scene feeding his inner sex god. In this collection of witty essays, confessions, and diary entries, Allister finds out what it means to act on lust alone, coming face to face with a monster in the dark, and accepting Capricorn flaws as strengths. Move over, Carrie Bradshaw – there’s a new gay in the city.

24 Co-ZINE |

“Deliciously Wicked” is his first, and it’s a debut that’s both strong and sparkling – pulling the reader into a world that’s fun, sexy, honest, and relatable. It may seem rather difficult to believe, but “Bridget Jones’ Diary” was first published in book form 21 years ago. Whilst it sparked a revolution in how it recorded women’s lives, no-one has, to my knowledge, been able to emulate that style well in writing about men – certain changes must be made, and especially when writing about a man in this day and age, when diaries are less of a thing, but so many elements of our day to day lives are recorded in emails, texts, blogs, tweets, Instagram posts, dating site profiles… Allister Dean has collated all of those differing elements, and combined them into one book – making it a read that feels fresh and exciting, allowing the reader snippets that give them detailed glimpses into the lead characters life, and yet allow for the book to maintain a strong sense of pace – it excels at being a light read, yet it’s rather astonishing quite how much information you can gleam from just a few pages of text exchanges, snatched

conversations, sexual encounters and messages to ex boyfriends. It’s quite often that I read books wanting to have on the characters as a friend – but it’s rare to read one where it feels like the lead character is a friend from the off – regaling you with sexy stories, sassy asides and bitchy comments that make for hilarious reading. You shouldn’t just write this tale of as a shallow look at gay life though – it’s packed full of interesting insights and frank acknowledgements. Brilliant asides are peppered with chapters of story that move several different plots along, keeping the book moving at a rapid pace, but nevertheless, allowing the reader to get to know other characters who enter Allister’s life, and making this a far deeper read than it may initially appear. Fun, funny and filled with clever writing, catty characters and sexy situations, “Deliciously Wicked” is far more than the sum of its parts – a great read with a big glass of wine and a big bar of chocolate (or one of the delicious meals that you’ll find the recipes for within the pages of this book…) —the page is printed.

About the Author Born in Nevada—a place that should also be called Hell—Allister grew up on a steady diet of Sex and the City, Devil Wears Prada, & Queer as Folk. His first love was photography; however, he eventually became bedeviled with writing. Dipping into editorial first, Aries was built. Aries was a magazine for the everyday gay man, ranging in topic from how to excel at your job to sharpening your intimate side. After running the magazine for two years, it was time to take his writing a step further. Allister is currently migrating to Oregon to see where life takes him and to finish up his second book. ‘

April 2017 | Co-ZINE


We are not authentic! We are HOME COOKING!

1091 University Ave. • Dubuque, Iowa 52001


Mon.-Sat. 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM


26 Co-ZINE |


of the month “If fishes were wishes, we’d all have a pond.”

April 2017 | Co-ZINE


Phillip & Vincent T

he moon had set hours earlier. The trees stood only as silent silhouettes, illuminated by scant starlight and the occasional wayward beam of a flashlight. Thudding footsteps and the high, shrill screams of cicadas were the only sounds filling the pleasantly cool night air. “Are you sure we’re going the right way?” Phillip asked, pausing for a moment. He moved his flashlight in a wide arc, surveying their surroundings. It seemed as though there was nothing to mark their progression along the path, save for trees and underbrush. “Oh, definitely.” Vincent, or Vee, stopped and turned around smiling. “We’re actually almost there. We’ve gotta hurry if we want to make it, though.”

Phillip nodded in response, and they were off again. For ten minutes, after leaving their car in an empty parking lot, the two had been climbing steadily uphill towards a destination that Vee had chosen to keep a secret. Truth be told, he wasn’t entirely sure where they were, or where they were heading. There’s a joy and downfall in having almost no sense of direction: every destination is a surprise. Vee logically figured that if they continued heading

28 Co-ZINE |

upward, they’d eventually reach the top of the hill which was exactly where they wanted to be. While his eyes followed the flashlight’s beam back and forth, surveying the path for possible hazards, Vee allowed his mind to wander. It had ben years, longer than he and Phillip had been together, since he’d been hiking in that particular spot. There had also been daylight at the time, so now the dark surroundings seemed even more alien. The biggest change, though, and the one that made the most difference between the two, was that he’d been drunk. It made Vee smile, thinking of all the things that had changed since he’d met Phillip. He was no longer what might have been referred to as a high functioning alcoholic. He had a decent job, making enough to support himself. He was even on the right track to return to school that fall. And, Vee thought, it was all thanks to Phillip. Up ahead, Vee saw a light orange tint beginning to fill the sky through a break in the trees. He smiled, and pointed with his flashlight. “Right up there. Looks like we’re just in time!” He started off at a brisker pace. From the sounds of his footsteps, Vee could tell Phillip had done the same.

Vee often wondered, given all that Phillip had done for him, if he did enough to return the favor. When they’d met, Phillip had seemed to have his life together. A steady job, working on his degree, and a strong safety net of friends and family. There hadn’t been much for Vee to offer, except his companionship. Though it was a partnership, equal terms, he couldn’t help but feel that it was almost painfully one sided. They finally made it through the gap in the trees to the clearing. Opposite them was a steep, fenced-off cliff, overlooking the Mississippi. Past the river, on the horizon, the sun was just beginning to rise above the far off hills, filling the sky with orange, and shifting the black of night into gradients of purple. On both sides of the river, as though spurred on by the light, the city was slowly coming to life. The two moved up to the fence, taking in the scene before them. Vee’s worries not entirely forgotten, he held Phillip’s hand and snuck a peek at his face. Phillip was standing, gazing, the subtle hint of an awe-inspired smile on his lips. That sight, more than any other, made Vee smile. Some motion or thought caught Phillip’s attention. The look in his eyes, his softened expression, was enough to melt Vee’s worries away. Phillip leaned over, and planted a soft kiss on Vee’s cheek. “I love you.”


eremy Stough is an Iowa native, currently living in Dubuque with his partner Scott, and their guinea pig, Chabi. This is his third piece of fiction published in Co-ZINE. You can read his story “Nostalgia” in the December 2016 issue, and the first part of Phillip and Vee’s story in last month’s issue - March 2017.

April 2017 | Co-ZINE


Dubuque’s Film Festival TICKET AND EVENT PRICING Film Tickets $10.00 All Access Pass: $250.00 Free access to all films, evening events, panels and filmmaker lounge, VIP access to Synimatica, view the films you missed on Synimatica. Online streaming of the JDIFF Official Selection for 2 weeks (April 24–May 8).

Thursday, 4/20 Opening Night Film – FREE Five Flags Theater 6:30 pm Doors open 7:30 pm Film begins, followed by Q&A “The Land of Rock and Gold” In a remote woodland community, a young Cree mother and her 7-year old son find themselves on the run in the wake of the mysterious disappearance of her boyfriend. In partnership with Canadian Consulate Celebrate Canada after party - FREE 9:30 pm Riverboat Lounge – Hotel Julien Enjoy the Funk, Blues and Rock sound of our musical guests, The Lovebenders

Friday, 4/21 Panel – FREE Making, Distributing, Marketing & Watching: What’s the Impact of Digital? 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Five Flags Bijou Panelists: Eric Stein: MODERATOR, founder, Impact Global Media; Michael Dunaway: Film editor, Paste Magazine; Matthew Stibbe: Digital Development & Marketing Executive; Dion Eusepi: Synimatica. Silent Film Showcase - $25.00 / $35.00 Includes Drunk on Disney VIP experience Five Flags Theater 6:30pm Doors open 7:30pm Film begins

30 Co-ZINE |

“The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog” by Alfred Hitchcock Live music with original score by Ceili Rain During a rash of gruesome murders by a serial killer known only as “The Avenger”, a mysterious stranger arrives in London and rents a room with the Bunting family. Drunk on Disney VIP Experience - $15.00 (or $10.00 if purchased silent film ticket) Holiday Inn – Blue Moon Room 9:30 pm - Midnight Hosts: Dana Snyder, voiceover actor such as Master Shake “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”, Dr. Colossal “The Thundermans”, Granny “Squidbillies” and more. Guy Hutchinson, public speaker, broadcaster & author.

Saturday, 4/22 Awards Gala, A Red Carpet event - $25 Includes after-party Five Flags Theater & Arena 7:00pm Doors open 8:00pm Show starts Hosted by Dana Snyder, Guy Hutchinson and Brooks Braselman. With musical guests and many surprises! Sponsored by American Trust After party, music by Ceili Rain Complimentary food and cash bar

Sunday, 4/23 Kids’ Day Sponsored by Laura & Chad Chandlee 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm music by Dubuque Fiddlers 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Fun Reading with Guy Hutchinson, author of “Mean Merle and the Pigeon of Frizzante Park” and “ Sesame Place” & Dana Snyder; book signing to follow. 2:30 pm Animated Kids Films with the Matter Creative Mobile (in partnership with Matter Creative) Closing Party 6:30-8pm Novelty Iron Works Event Center Food by L.MAY Complimentary food and cash bar Announcement of the Audience Choice Award for 2017

ABOUT The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival brings filmmakers and storytellers together for its annual program of Documentaries, Features & Shorts. Add that in 2016 we were voted as one of theTOP 50 FILM FESTIVALS worth the submission fee by Movie Maker. This is chosen out of over 3,500 film festivals. In 2013, just in it’s 3rd year, JDIFF was voted as one of the TOP 25 COOLEST FILM FESTIVALS IN THE WORLD by Movie Maker Magazine. In a short amount of time, the Festival has gained much recognition and some of the films that have screened at JDIFF and won in their category, have received distribution and reached a larger audience. Films will be shown in different venues throughout Main Street, downtown Dubuque. You can purchase Individual film tickets or All Access Passes, depending on how many films and events you want to see and attend throughout this 4 day event.

This is a Festival you want to be part of. NOT JUST AN EVENT, IT’S AN ADVENTURE.

April 2017 | Co-ZINE


32 Co-ZINE |

ALLY STICKER The Ally Sticker is NOT a Safe Zone sticker and NOT and Ally Training Sticker. It serves as a mere reminder that our Community is supportive. It is a symbol of support. It means that we are inclusive and and will work together as an Ally Community does. This simple reminder acknowledges that we are not alone and have allies standing alongside us, especially in these uncharted days ahead. For $10, you can purchase and Ally Sticker for your home, office, car, or business. All funds raised help support Co-ZINE Please write to for more information.

April 2017 | Co-ZINE




What Does Your Zodiac Sign Say?

Aries Some days are better than others, but this month is good. It feels good, it looks good and it is the start of good things. Be grateful.

Libra Where have you gone? You’ve disappeared or something. People miss you. Go have fun and run amok. You do like social interactions.

Taurus Trot along and keep the pace going. It will all pay off in the end. To reach your destination, do not speed or slow: you will stop.

Scorpio Be mindful of your family. They need your help and support, even if you don’t like to be around them. They need you like you needed them before. Don’t forget that.

Gemini It’s good to make amends with those with Sagittarius whom you dispute. They can help you grow Spiteful and vengeful. Be careful which webs further, or teach you a thing or two. you weave... you aren’t on your turf and there are many eyes on you. Karma will come. Cancer Things will pay off for you. Things are going Capricorn well and you’ll find someone who pays atten- Don’t neglect responsibility. It is key that you tion to you the way you secretly want. do what is required to make living better. That means paying your own bills. Leo Stay strong and fight the good fight. You will Aquarius do well so long as you keep it together and be Rebrand yourself. Lots of haters hope to see diligent. Things are really tough; accept help you fail. Just remember that you have done from those who love you. amazing things that none of them have. Virgo Many things are going through your head. Stability, finances and security. The best option will present itself to you and you will begin a new journey.

36 Co-ZINE |

Pisces We understand that we mess up. Give yourself credit. You’ve done well. Those jabs hurt and you don’t entirely know that you are the one stabbing.

The L.I.F.E System Biofeedback Unit is the most advanced, non-invasive, health screening unit designed to aid in the reduction of stress and muscle relaxation. • May improve well-being • Can help alleviate pain • Take charge of your health today! Contact Karen Egan Appointments: Saturdays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Weekday Evenings available upon request. Cell: 563-543-5667







Co-ZINE April 2017  

The April edition of Co-ZINE, Dubuque and Iowa's own LGBTQ+ magazine.

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you