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As we prepare to step off at the 26th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run, look back at how far we’ve come, plus updated facts you might not know that offer huge hope for the future.



With the release of Joanne now days away, our own Marc J. Cubs devotes his Beatbox column to all things Gaga, how the new work is so her, and why her gays will always have her back.



Jerusalem House sets the standard for gay Halloween parties with its annual costume party for fun and funds. Take a look at this year’s event, plus ideas to nail the 2016 Night on Broadway theme.



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what to do this week CHERRY BOMB The one and only Wild Cherry Sucret has resurrected her drag persona to host this fun end to your weekend every Sunday. She and her cast of crazies are always welcoming special guests, and they guarantee a good show, often with a do-gooding premise. Sunday Oct. 16, 8 p.m. • Jungle • 2115 Faulkner Road NE •

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GENTLEMEN’S BALL The Gentlemen’s Foundation dots its whole calendar with special events, and this is the cream of the crop. The local group for gay men of color throws its biggest fundraiser of the year with a fancy-dress gala on Saturday flanked by other fun mixers all weekend. Friday, Oct 14 – Sunday, Oct. 16 • Atlanta Marriott Marquis • 265 Peachtree Center Ave. NE

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You know you’re all about anything called ‘Kickin It For Joining Hearts.’ Put your foot down and prove it. The first of what organizers hope is many more kickball tournaments hits the park to benefit Joining Hearts and see which teams come out on top.

An annual art opening that keeps its gays coming back year after year. Nine diverse, gay-inclusive artists deck the walls in photography at this gay owned gallery. From nature and the human form to abstract depictions and beyond, come see and be seen in the art crowd.

Put one foot in front of the other while you help the movement to end HIV do the same. Thousands register and donate to the annual walk and 5K run, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for organizer AID Atlanta and some twodozen smaller organizations.

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Lady Gaga channels spirit of Joanne by DJ Marc J. Cubs

Lady Gaga has been quoted that the backlash from the album was “hurtful at times. … It doesn’t feel good when you put that much time and work and effort into things, and people make fun of them, or shame you for things you’ve created.” But all wasn’t lost. She decided to do some pretty savvy things – following in the steps of her idol David Bowie – and did a complete 180. She released a jazz album with Tony Bennett that earned her a Grammy, jumped into more acting with American Horror Story: Hotel and earned a Golden Globe), plus she got an Oscar nomination for an original song about college campus sexual assault. So yeah, I think she did OK despite this “setback.” LADY GAGA’S TRIUMPHANT RETURN to pop music began with Joanne’s debut song “Perfect Illusion” last month. It was quickly met with lots of … “dafuqs” and “Thoughts and Prayers.” People felt like this wasn’t the real Lady Gaga. But you know what, this is.

She does what she wants, unapologetically. And if she wants to make a dancerock lead single from her album, she’s goAFTER HITTING A MINOR BUMP IN THE ROAD WITH ARTPOP THAT ing to do it. It’s definitely not a huge hit “Bad Romance” or “Born This Way,” LEFT BOTH HARDCORE LADY GAGA FANS AND CRITICS CONFUSED AND like but damnit, it’s a great track nonetheless. DISAPPOINTED, MOTHER MONSTER IS BACK WITH A NEW ATTITUDE. There is also zero pitch correction on the track, so what you hear is 100 percent JOANNE, LADY GAGA’S 5TH STUDIO forever remind her of the incredibly “good Gaga. album is slated for release on the 21st, woman” that she was. Just because her first song and music vidand it’s no surprise that the album is being hyped as one of the most anticipated The date is also important, because it eo from the album is a lot less past-Gaga wasn’t until Gaga turned the same age doesn’t mean that there won’t be any of albums this year. that Joanne was at her passing that Lady the showman we love to come. There defiFor now, there are no more meat dresses, Gaga really started to hustle and try to nitely will be some sparks and pizzaz and portable egg ships and muppet dresses. make it big. Playing at every open mic crazyass costumes. In case you’ve been Lady Gaga wants us to get to know night that she could and performing in disconnected from everything digital and Joanne – the good girl. That’s Gaga’s real dive bars all around New York, she really living in your step mom’s basement (no middle name, and it’s also the Italian res- wanted to make sure she made it to honor judgement), Lady Gaga is set to headline taurant that her parent’s owned in New Joanne. Fast forward 11 years, and Lady next year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, so York. Most importantly, though, it’s the Gaga is one of the biggest artist in the we can all expect there will be some oldschool Gaga in the very near future. name of her dad’s sister who passed away world – thanks to Joanne. at the age of 19 from lupus complications. Lady Gaga wasn’t born until 12 years after BEING ONE OF THE BIGGEST ACTS The album will feature numerous hit makthe tragic passing, but it still affects her in the world comes with a shit-ton of pres- ers and uber-talented musicians like Beck, sure to always succeed. Gotta stay No. 1. Florence Welch, Father John Misty, Mark family to this day. Gotta sell the most records. Gotta stay Ronson, Josh Homme, and more. And deLady Gaga’s given name is Stefani Joanne relevant. And lezbehonest, unfortunately spite all the feedback from her lead single Germanotta, which is an inversion of her ARTPOP was a misstep that she openly ad- and first impressions, it comes back to late aunt’s name Joanne Stefani. Even mits. Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters stayed Joanne and how Gaga would want her though the two never physically met, loyal, but a lot of her other “fans” quickly late aunt to feel about what she’s created. Gaga states that they share a bond like left the singer faster than Trump’s toupee no other. The singer even has the date in a hurricane. The critics weren’t all that We are all ready to connect with you, Lady Gaga. of her aunt passing tattooed on her to supportive of her either. 18 | 10.12.16

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AS THE ANNUAL ATLANTA AIDS WALK & 5K RUN PREPARES TO STEP OFF FROM PIEDMONT PARK, WE UPDATE 5 THINGS EVEN THE STAUNCHEST ADVOCATES MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT HIV By Mike Fleming If you haven’t already, the time is now to register and donate to the annual AIDS Walk. The local coming together remains as necessary today as ever. Without much fanfare, gay men passed one of the most important anniversaries in LGBT history in June. No, not Stonewall. It was June 3, 1981 when the New aYork Times first reported a “rare cancer seen in 41 homosexuals.”

Two days later, the CDC confirmed five cases of gay men with severe pneumonia. For the next 14 years, AIDS was all but a death sentence. Anti-Retroviral medications changed the face of HIV, but it’s far from over. There’s as much hope as heartache these days. So as we take on yet another AIDS Walk on Oct. 16 in Piedmont Park with AID Atlanta and dozens of smaller agencies, here are 5 pieces of info you might not realize as AIDS enters its 36th year.

HEPATITIS C IS A BIGGER THREAT You’re statistically more likely to contract sexually transmitted Hepatitis C than HIV, and Hep C is the biggest killer among all infectious diseases in the U.S. A CURE IS COMING There is one person officially “cured” of HIV, and several are in what scientists call “HIV remission.” Doctors finally believe that they are hot on the trail of the culprit. PREP IS NOT HELPING ENOUGH Awareness of Truvada as a preventative is high and rising. Actual widespread use of it is not. Financial access for most at-risk people is still questionable. MOST TRANSMISSIONS ARE BETWEEN REGULAR PARTNERS Some 68 percent of new transmissions occur within relationships or between regular sex partners. That jumps to 79 percent for guys aged 16-24. HIV RATES ARE DROPPING, UNLESS YOU’RE GAY Diagnoses among all others dropped 19 percent in a decade. Among gay men, new infections are “leveling off,” but not dropping.

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ATLANTA’S BIG GAY HALLOWEEN WEEK ALWAYS KICKS OFF WITH THE STANDARD-BEARING JERUSALEM HOUSE COSTUME PARTY. GET READY TO BRING YOUR BEST. If you’re not high aloft in a gay frenzy in October, you’re doing it wrong. Just as your head stops spinning from Pride, it’s time to start thinking AIDS Walk and Halloween. And if you want your costume to shine in gay Atlanta, the time is now.

now. You’ll need a head start in either group or individual categories if you want a piece of the $3,000 cash and prizes going out to the top three.

“Contest winners are always original,” says Jon Santos, director of development for Not only do you need time to put together Jerusalem House. “They stand out for being something amazing to wear, you need to do unique, extraordinary, and self-explanatory.” it on theme too. That’s because Halloween here at home starts a week early each year Even if you have the perfect costume but with the Jerusalem House Halloween Bash. it won’t be on theme, JH partiers will be This year’s Night on Broadway theme sets there in costumes of all types. Entry into the the tone, so get to it. contest is included for all guests, so bring your best – like Jerusalem House does all If you’re thinking Hamilton and the – year. inexplicable or awesome – revival of Cats, you’re on the right track, but it may take To do what it does so well, the organization more imagination to rock it over everyone counts on the costumed fun you’re else. How do you make it gay as hell and guaranteed to have on Oct. 22 at the W. It imaginative enough to win one of the most started in 1988 and grew into the largest coveted contests of the year? Start thinking provider of permanent supportive housing

for people living with and affected by HIV in Atlanta, and the Halloween Bash is one of its key, signature fundraisers. In addition to the contest, hoards of gay men working costumes, and all those do-goodin-the-gayborhood vibes you’re racking up, veteran gay Atlanta DJ Bill Berdeaux kicks the beat, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka lubricates the crowd. That should be enough to make sure you secure your tickets now. Speaking of tickets, the prices go up at the door, so advance online sales are lively before the big event. While you’re there reserving your spot, you can learn more about the organization that makes it happen and see examples of the costume awesomeness of years past

Keep turning the page for this year's most popular Broadway shows and their inherent costume ideas.

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WHEN JERUSALEM HOUSE ANNOUNCES ITS HALLOWEEN THEME, GAY GEARS START TURNING. HERE’S A LOOK AT SOME OF THIS YEAR’S MOST LIKELY JUMPING OFF POINTS FOR COSTUMES AT THE OCT. 22 BASH. Dressing up for Halloween is always a challenge. When you’re gay and live in Atlanta, it’s a monumental task when so many guys bring their A-game. Luckily, there are a ton of great jumping off points with this year’s Jerusalem House Halloween “Night on Broadway” theme in mind. Remember: These are jumping off points. Make it gay, make it original, and make it jarringly accurate for a chance at the costume contest prizes.



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Worst. Ever!


by Mike Fleming

REAL STORIES OF GAY ATLANTA DOUCHEBAGS, DOLTS, AND DISMAL DATES We’ve all had one – or you know, way more than one. Bad dates are part of life, but some are so epic, they earn their own place in the annals of gay time immemorial. Here we collect stories from willing participants ready to share their woes in hopes you never, ever, have to go through one of these terrible, horrible, no good, very bad dates.


“After a bad breakup, I let my mom set me up with the son of one of her friends. I knew nothing about him other than his name and the fact that he was “a little older than” me. I like Daddies so I agreed. Turns out he was 22 years older and kept trying to make outdated pop culture references in an attempt to get in my pants. Thanks, Mom.”


“So I had an OK conversation on Tinder with this cute guy, and agreed to meet him for coffee. It went OK, and we set a real date for dinner. Halfway into his third martini, he starts talking hyperstereotypical baby talk.

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When my dinner came, he started cutting TMI my steak. When I excused myself to the “This guy who works at the restaurant restroom, he asked if I need help wiping. next to the one I work at asked me out. We went to a cute little bar, and I thought No I’m not kidding, and no I don’t know he was really cute. Just as we ordered what happened after I bolted.” drinks, he leans in and says, “I like Mountain Dew enemas.” I just blinked at CATFISH him until I got my wits back and walked “After a friendly phone call following an out.” online chat, my date looked nothing like his photo. Then he proceeds to talk about CRIME & PUNISHMENT how ugly he is and how no guys like him. “Playing pool with this guy and he’s gonna Then he asked if I thought he was ugly. I get some. We are hitting it off bigtime. did, but I talked around it and got out of Then this other guy walks up and throws a beer in my newly acquired date’s face. there. Then the police show up, arrest him, and Two days later, he sent a no-subject take me in for questioning about how I e-mail with nothing but a totally limp dick knew him. Turns out he is robbing guys he pic. I wish I was making this up.” meets at gay bars, and the other guy had it done to him the night before – at the DEPRESSED same bar!” “Met a guy at the dog park, and he worked hard to get me to then take our pups to SILENT TYPE brunch. That’s where he told me he can’t “So I meet a guy at a pretty nice mixedhave orgasms and almost can’t even get clientele bar in a hotel in Midtown. When it up because of his antidepressants. I first met him, he seemed shy and quiet, And oh, could I cover brunch, because he but personable. This time he was basically makes zero dollars. ignoring me. Every question I asked got a curt yes or no. Then out of nowhere, he I still can’t tell the story without rolling started chatting up a storm with a couple my eyes” next to us. I was miserable, but the part that gets me is he texted to ask me out again a couple days later.”



I’m chilling with the guy at a certain gay bar when his best friend walks up and starts egging him on to do shots, like a lot of them. Then they start writing a porn together out loud involving everyone around in the plot and positions, etc. They got so drunk, I called them an Uber – a separate from mine.


One thing led to another, and we went from making out to pulling things out to play with in the car outside the restaurant. I’m pretty into it, and next thing you know I am pulling on my pants while a cop escorts me from the vehicle. Bad enough, right? Then my date says I was instigating sex he didn’t want to have! I had to talk fast not to go to jail.


My ex in all his brilliance decided a good place to break up with me was while we were on the ferris wheel thingy downtown. Not only are we stuck there, he starts vomiting on me and other people. As we get off, he continues to vomit on people. I am still traumatized.again a couple days later.”

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the D list

David Atlanta’s weekly list of truths all gay men have come to know

10 Things Only Gay Guys Fully Get

Endless Grindr Banter

Headless Torsos

Super Bowl Halftime Divas

Bottom to Bottom

Straight Girls in Gay Bars

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The Phrase ‘PrEP Whore’

‘That’s So Gay’ Trick, 1999

When you are like, so right now, and he’s like so wanting to get to know each other, and you’re like… ugh.

Maybe the game is exciting, maybe the ads are good, but when the biggest pop stars hit that stage, you jump up.

We love our gal pals, but sometimes, well sometimes we want to be with out boys for… boy stuff. Just do.

When XTube and Porn Hub just assume you’re straight and show you things that are a total boner kill.

Everybody has to make a living, and it’s nice that they’re cool, but this can be cruel and unusual punishment.

It’s not funny. In fact, you’re uninformed at best, an awful person at worst. Just say no to shaming each other.

When guys refuse to share a face pic, and you can’t tell if you’re being catfished by the nicest D you’ve ever seen.

When you realize nobody here is a top, and bumping booties simply gets nobody where he needs to go.

It’s a different, awful thing for gay guys. Gay or straight, you’re into him and he just put you in the friend zone.

When You never we say got it, to we seesay the it“beer with authority. can” sized When member we hear of the straight star, people but when sayCoco it, they’re Peru being said itrude was and beautiful, offensive. you believed her.

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BLAKE’S TGIF with Doug & Brent 3-9pm • “Deadly Vixens” Drag Show 11pm • Bill Berdeaux Spins Street Level BURKHART’S FEMME FATALE with Destiny Brooks and Justice Taylor at 11PM CLUB RUSH “Got Leche” Free entry until 11pm 18 & up - Open until 4am COCKPIT $6.00 SkyFall Wine EAGLE DJ Dance Party HERETIC PUMP featuring Atlanta’s hottest deejays - Occasional special events. No cover b4 11 HIDEAWAY  $5 Smirnoff drinks & Martinis DJ Marc J. Cubs @10pm in back room JUNGLE The Other Show with Edie Cheezburger 9:30pm LIPS ATLANTA Glitz & Glamour Las Vegas Style MODEL T Texas Hold’em Poker 9pm OSCAR’S Music Video Night SWINGING RICHARDS Sexy dancers pack the strage early! Drink Specials all night. Free before 8PM. $10 Cover before 12 TEN ATLANTA Music & Videos by DJ Daryl Cox 10pm TRIPPS Jeremy Presents “Skin” 4pm - 2am WOOFS Fur Fridays

Tuesday BLAKE’S Latin Night with Guest DJ’s • 1/2 Priced Menu ‘til Midnight BURKHART’S DRAG-EOKE with Angelica D’Paige at 10PM CLUB RUSH “Tipsy Tuesday” 18 & up - Open until 4am COCKPIT $5.00 Smirnoff Drinks FRIENDS  Let's Make A Deal with Ken 6pm HIDEAWAY Game night: Poker and blackjack 7:30 Trivia with Jason Walker 8:30 MODEL T Texas Hold’em Poker 7pm OSCAR’S Show Tune Tuesday SWINGING RICHARDS Titos Tuesdays! $6.25 Titos Cocktails with the hottest crowd in the ATL. Free before 8PM WOOFS Poker Professional Hour

Wednesday BLAKE’S Party Pop Hits w/ Doug 3-9pm. “Voyeur Wednesday” Go-go guys, 10 p.m. BURKHART’S HUMPDAY KARAOKE with Darlene at 10PM COCKPIT Karaoke - Humpday Specials FRIENDS Hump Night with Regina Simms 8pm HERETIC  WarpZone Video Game Night 7pm - Pig Dance Black Out Party DJ Stan Jackson 10pm-3am NO COVER HIDEAWAY Beauty and the beat! Ruby Redd Charity Bingo @8:30 free to play. karaoke W/ Tyler @ 11:00 $ 3.00 well drinks all day long LIPS ATLANTA Bitchy Bingo MODEL T Wonderful Wednesdays 7pm OSCAR'S JukeBox Wednesdays SWINGING RICHARDS Wasted Wednesdays! Free VIP Lounge. 2-4-1 VIP Rooms all night! TRIPPS Hump Day Buffet Free Food @ 5 pm w/ Drink Purchase WOOFS Trivia and Bear Hump Hour

Thursday BLAKE’S Texas Hold em Poker 7pm • #TBT 90's Divas with Shawnna Brooks 11pm BURKHART’S DANCEFLOOR DIVAS with Phoenix (RuPaul’s Drag Race s3) at 11:30PM COCKPIT Customer Appreciation Night EAGLE Blackout Night with Gerry FACES LOUNGE The All Star Cabaret Drag Show & Karaoke FRIENDS  Texas Hold'em 8:30pm; Regina hosts Ladies Nite 10pm HERETIC  3 Legged Cowboy Night 9pm Free dance lessons 8-9pm. No cover. HIDEAWAY  Hot Mic’ Comedy w/ Ian Aber at 10pm followed by Karaoke at 11:30. Draft Beer Special JUNGLE  True Thursday EDM Party 10pm LIPS ATLANTA Dinner with the Divas MODEL T Pre-Weekend Party! 7pm OSCAR’S Thirsty Thursday SWINGING RICHARDS 2-4-1 Entry and VIP All night! A Matthew & Billy Fav!! Fireball Shot Specials! WOOFS Country Music Night 7pm 54 | 10.12.16

Saturday 10TH & PIEDMONT Bottomless Mimosa Brunch BLAKE’S Open at 1pm • “Glitter Bomb” w Edie Cheezburger • Guest DJs Upstairs 10pm-close. BURKHART’S SYNERGY with Shawnna Brooks and Monica Van Pelt at 11PM CAMPAGNOLO Legendary Musician Robert Ray on the piano 10pm-1am COCKPIT Karaoke & $2.00 Tacos EAGLE DJ Dance Party FRIENDS Free Pool 2-6pm HERETIC Varies. EARLY COUNTRY (8pm-12:30am) & LATE NIGHT DANCE with Billboard DJ MIKE POPE @12:30-close. No cover except special events. HIDEAWAY $2.50 All Well Drinks JUNGLE Fantasy Girls 9pm; Club Night, Various Guest DJ's 10:30pm LIPS ATLANTA Glitz & Glamour Las Vegas Style MODEL T Texas Hold’em Poker 3pm OSCAR’S Music Video Night SWINGING RICHARDS T Shirt Review. Atlanta boys get crazy! Free before 8PM. $10 Cover before 12 TEN ATLANTA Music & Videos by DJ Rob Reum 10pm WOOFS Game Day

Sunday 10TH & PIEDMONT Bellini Brunch BLAKE’S Open at 1pm - Bloody Mary’s with Robin. Texas Hold em Poker Upstairs 2pm. • "Midtown Rouge" Drag Show w/ Peaches 8:30pm • High Energy with DJs Will Bryan & Bill Berdeaux. BURKHART’S Armorettes at Burkhart's, 7:30 p.m. before Tossed Salad • Tossed Salad hosted by Brigitte Bidet - Music & Drinks 10pm - Showtime 10:30pm CLUB RUSH Hip Hop and R&B - 18 & up - Open until 4am COCKPIT Movie Night FRIENDS Open Sunday 2pm-12am HIDEAWAY $3.50 wells JUNGLE Cherry Bomb with Wild Cherry Sucret 8pm LIPS ATLANTA Gospel Brunch w/ Bubba D. Licious LAS MARGARITAS Papi’s $17.95 Unlimited Brunch & Choice of Mimosas, Sangrias, Bloody Maria’s, & Mojitos OSCAR'S Sunday Funday TEN ATLANTA Brunch 11am & music by DJ Rob Reum inside and DJ Robert Ansley on the patio 4pm TRIPPS 2nd & 4th Sunday - Open Mike Show 6pm WOOFS Sunday Funday

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become resistant to meds, and harder to get rid of multiple strains when cures begin to appear for one of the ones you have. The CDC says we’re within years of the first “remission” and hot on the trail of a final answer.



What your new friend may know that you don’t is that Hepatitis C is now officially a bigger threat. You’re statistically more likely to get it than HIV, and it’s the biggest killer of all infectious diseases in the U.S. What’s more? It’s harder to treat and more dangerous if you’re also HIV-positive. Hey, Daddy! I make it a habit not to have sex with poz guys. Friends say I’m prejudiced. I say I’m careful. You know stuff. What’s the word?

Hey, Daddy!


Will Running Off Negate Ghastlies?

My partner and I are both HIV positive and undetectable. Having the same status takes stress off our sexual encounters with the other poz guys we hook up with.

So many myths, so little time. What better week than AIDS Walk Week to tackle some common misconceptions? Welcome to the front of the line of guys who can benefit from some truthtelling.


Since we already have it, we know the worst is done, and we can’t give it to each other or anyone else. But now this third guy we recently invited into our bed has us questioning the occasional “slips” we make into dirtier sex. He says we have to still act as if we are neg and be super safe because there’s other stuff “worse” than HIV/ AIDS. What is he talking about? Really It’s Decided, Now Doubt Randomly Tries Yapping

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The word you’re looking for is shortsighted. On the one hand, you miss good sex with some potentially great guys if you avoid the ones telling you Let’s stop thinking of sex as “dirty” and they’re positive. On the other, how do you “clean.” The stigma wreaks havoc on know the guy you’re doing is negative? gay men’s lives. From there, I bring no judgment on anyone who considers What if he lies? What if he thinks he’s condomless sex, only information to be negative but hasn’t been diagnosed yet? What if the same is true of you and you’re armed with if and when you do. exposing others? Food for thought. You’re partially right about HIV. Guys with undetectable viral loads have about zero Daddy Daddy loves his boys. He knows the answers chance of passing it on. And while it’s you need, and you’re going to get them. possible to contract multiple strains of Reach out to him with your burning questhe virus, “superinfection” isn’t a thing – tions via our editor, more than one strain doesn’t advance the progression of your infection. Warning: Advice given in this column is Still, it may be harder to treat now if you

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More details on your gay horoscope at by Barry Perlman.

ARIES (Mar. 21 – Apr. 19):

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21):

GEMINI (May 21- Jun. 20):

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The negative impact of big actions you take career-wise may be blown up, lit by the glare of the outer-world spotlight. If you don't want to cause 'a bigger deal' than necessary, include other players in your process. That doesn't necessarily mean you'll agree, nor that you ought to compromise, but going around them won't cut it.

Speak up if you see a serious problem with the premise of a course-change or the ethics of carrying it out. It’s easy to tune out principles when there's already plenty of work to do, but you don’t want to pour sweat-equity into a bum approach. Still, don’t be so staunch that you thwart the ability to get much of anything accomplished.

There's a lot more at stake than a few 'innocent' moments of self-gratification. There's nothing 'fun' about harboring an unspoken concern you fear would bring an unceremonious crisis-point. Handle your anxieties about it in tandem with others or risk being the proverbial party-pooper. Withholding your truth smacks of a dangerous power differential.

You don’t have to talk through anything you wish not to discuss just because that's what a certain someone wants. You’re likelier to gain perspective by taking some quiet time for all the latest developments to organically cohere into a sense of clarity. Refuse to get involved until then. They may try to cast you as being difficult, that’s their problem.

Take the lead on time-management rather than letting others consume large chunks of your workday. A supposedly short chat with a friend-in-'crisis' (notice the quotes) may easily extend far beyond the limited time-slot you carved out. Don't dispense with the expected courtesies, but be responsible about how much time you let them take up.

You're experiencing a prominent rise in your 'I want what I want' appetite. That’s OK, but this also happens to be a great time to secure your footing by offering yourself up as a resource to others. You can decide not to pursue exactly what you want right now and invest in incremental gains that buy more fulfillment later.

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You’re ready to start putting the perfect words to whatever conclusions have coalesced into unambiguous clarity. Once you do speak your mind, results may prove louder or bolder than you realize. That's not an excuse for staying mum—just a warning that more of your emotional intensity will make it to the surface. Adjust accordingly.

Your offhand remarks or casual asides could strike others with unintended force, leading to awkward turns in which one or both 'retaliates' by hitting in a spot more tender than the situation warrants. You’re better suited to behind-thescenes reflections than outward-aimed transmissions. Steer away from too many words or too direct a tone.

What’s ideal for you may not be what's best for collaborators. Be aware of this tension, since you might not notice it until after you’re in the thick of something that doesn’t represent your stance. Don’t offer help from the get-go, and you won't feel as beholden to serving others' needs later if you really aren't available.

Your self-possession has more potential to come across more overconfident than you intend. Your justifiable confidence comes off as a desire to hog the spotlight, grandstand or dominate. Resist arguing should someone snip or snivel at you. You have things to do, so reserve your energy, understanding others may lack their own right now.

Stay on the vision level for now. With fresh shoots of sprouting optimism poking their eager heads out, nurture their expression of vulnerable new life without prematurely exposing them to the harsh conditions of the outside world. You’ll be able to get fledgling ideas off the ground in November, so spend this month getting really excited.

Try to isolate your interpersonal affinities from the larger social matrix of overlapping personalities of your nearestand-dearests. You may trust someone in the context of your relationship with them and not agree about everything and everybody else. Build intimacy with close ones by discussing your contrasting views about a particular figure.


SESSION If I'm mad enough to go straight past tears to laughing, you should just start running.

Ewww. You got bitterness and jealousy all over my happy contentedness.

You strike me as someone whose bullshit several Atlanta therapists have heard all about. MIDTOWN MUSCLE: It's not my job to play out those tired scenarios from when you peaked in high school.

No matter how hot he is, someone somewhere is sick of his shit.

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You're pretty uppity for someone who doesn't have a job.

The real winner of the debate was Hillary's colorist. When I read Bitch Session and am so glad none of you are my friends, then realize you totally could be and I wouldn't know it.

I don't meet the low height requirement to ride your emotional roller coaster.

I can't quite tell if you people are on too many drugs or not enough.

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