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Changing Gears Following her El Tour de Tucson victory, Jillian Bearden launches the first transgender sports team in the world.


The Highlight Reel Desperado LGBT Film Festival brings a colorful cast of characters to one Valley screen.

COMMUNITY 52 Talking Bodies 54 All Over The Map

ON THE COVER Transgender cyclist and 2016 El Tour de Tucson champion Jillian Bearden. Photo by Sarah Bearden.


Out of the Closet & Onto the Big Screen Sundance Film Festival to introduce 11 titles starring LGBTQ themes at 2017 event.


Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Classically trained ballet dancer Alberto Pretto brings dual roles to life at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.


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House of Stairs Local jazz-based collective’s lead singer shares what playing live at Desperado means to the band.

Strike A Pose Award-winning documentary highlighting the reunion of Madonna’s dancers, to screen at Desperado LGBT Film Festival.

Opening Nights Echo’s theater expert rounds up the top eight productions heading Arizona stages this month.

After Orlando Phoenix Theatre and ASU bring international stage project, including 12 short plays, to the Valley.

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letter from the editor By KJ Philp



f you’re reading this, congrats, we made it to 2017! While #NewYearNewMe is almost a tonguein-cheek way of referring to the resolutions we set, the reality is that this year is bringing a considerable amount of inevitable changes with it. With these changes, Team Echo will continue to reevaluate what you – our readers and our community – need from us and how to best deliver that to you. As always, we value and appreciate your feedback, so don’t be shy. Along the same lines, it’s that time of year where we ask you for your expertise on EVERYTHING local. Yes, I’m talking about the 2017 Echo Readers’ Choice Awards! And, as a result of your feedback, we’ve made a few changes to this year’s campaign. First, we’ve nearly doubled the quantity of categories since last year. Now you have 28 opportunities to nominate (through Feb. 28) and vote (March 6-April 7) for your favorites.

There’s one more big change: This year’s winners, as determined by your votes, will be revealed in the May issue of Echo Magazine, which comes out April 20, rather than our long tradition of hosting an awards ceremony. We’re excited about these changes and we invite you to read more on page 14 or by visiting erca-2017. Now, onto the incredible stories we have for you in the pages ahead. For this issue, we had the pleasure of catching up with transgender cyclist Jillian Bearden on the heels of her 2016 El Tour de Tucson victory. She’s making some moves in the world of sports

that we’re eager to share with you in “Changing Gears” on page 20. Then, we’re celebrating the Desperado LGBT Film Festival, which is headed to Paradise Valley Community College Jan. 27-29. We have a full festival preview, reviews and more beginning in “The Highlight Reel” on page 26. Before the credits roll, we also have a preview of the LGBTQ themes, titles, cast and crew heading to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival Jan. 19-29 in Park City, Utah. Cut to “Out of the Closet & Onto the Big Screen” on page 34 to find out which titles you’ll want to add to your must-see list later this year. Just as the world’s foremost allmale comic ballet company dances its way to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Jan. 26-27, we had an opportunity to chat with Alberto Pretto. This Italian-born and classically-trained dancer tells us what he loves most about his unique dual role in “Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo” on page 38. That just about covers it for this issue, but the truth is that we haven’t even scratched the surface yet. We’re heading into a fierce event-filled spring and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on what’s to come, so stay tuned.

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one•n•ten Announces Staffing Addition, Changes for 2017 To kick off 2017, one•n•ten announced Jan. 13 that the nonprofit will add a new position to accommodate the growth, success and demands on its services. Executive director Linda Elliott and board of directors made the decision to elevate the work of Nate Rhoton by promoting him to the new role of finance/operations director. Additionally, Travis Shumake has been hired to fill the role of development director. Rhoton has been serving as the development director since 2015 and was the first development staff member for the organization. He helped grow one•n•ten’s fundraising capacity, events and community outreach efforts to position it effectively to serve more LGBTQ youth throughout the Valley. “Nate is well-suited for this important role in our organization,” Elliott said.

“He not only did great work in his previous position, he exceeded expectations allowing us to meet the growing needs of a group of youth who seek services and support to enable them to become productive adults.” As finance/operations director, Rhoton will help drive the overall goals of the organization, as well as manage its dayto-day activities including operations, finance and HR initiatives.

According to a one•n•ten press release, Shumake is the consummate community cheerleader and will transition into the

The addition of Shumake brings the nonprofit’s staff to 15. For more information on one•n•ten, visit

The report includes information about LGBTQ students’ experiences with hearing anti-LGBT remarks, verbal and physical harassment, discriminatory policies and practices and lack of access to in-school supports and resources. Findings from the GLSEN 2015 National School Climate Survey demonstrate that Arizona schools were not safe for most lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) secondary school students. In addition, many LGBTQ students in Arizona did not have access to important school resources, such as having Gay-Straight Alliances or similar student clubs, and were not protected by comprehensive anti-bullying/harassment school policies. FACT: The vast majority of LGBTQ students in Arizona regularly heard anti-LGBT remarks. Many also regularly heard school staff make homophobic remarks (14%) and negative remarks about someone’s gender expression (30%). For more information on GLSEN’s “National School Climate Survey,” visit state-state-research. |

development director. Shumake was most recently the general manager of the CityScape Residences in downtown Phoenix, contributing to many national and regional awards, such as Arizona Multihousing Association’s 2015 Development of the Year. “I can’t think of a better, more dynamic person to take over this role than Travis,” Rhoton said. “He will bring a great deal of energy and experience to generate the resources needed to serve our LGBTQ youth and young adults.”

State-level data from the latest edition of GLSEN’s “National School Climate Survey,” the definitive study of the middle and high school experiences of LGBTQ youth across the country, was released Jan. 11.


Travis Shumake.

Shumake, who will resign from the one•n•ten board of directors and assume Rhoton’s prior position Jan. 23, has been passionate about the organization’s mission for years.

GLSEN Releases State Snapshots from Nat’l School Climate Survey


Nate Rhoton.

Local attorney receives Frances Perkins Public Service Award The American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law selected Jeff Brodin and Brodin HR Law to receive the 2016 Frances Perkins Public Service Award. The award “recognizes the leadership and representation Brodin and his firm have provided in the arena of civil-rights advocacy,” according to a December press release. In accepting the award in November, Brodin credited his immigrant grandparents for their example. “Their story is about instilling in their children and grandchildren two key principles,” Brodin noted. “First, be the best you can be at whatever it is you choose to do; and secondly, give of your knowledge, talents and skills to help those in need.” As a young attorney, Brodin worked to help those affected by HIV and AIDS-related illnesses. Seeking to expand the

number of HIV/AIDS-affected individuals who could receive much-needed legal assistance, Brodin partnered with fellow Phoenix lawyer Barb Dawson to co-found the HIV/AIDS Law Project (HALP). “At the same time HALP clients were struggling to stay alive, they were also consumed with stress over legal issues,” said Brodin. “We were able to help them with pro bono services for things like creditor’s-rights issues, the drafting of wills and health-care powers of attorney so they could focus on their health.” Brodin wrote a grant proposal for HALP that garnered funding from the Ryan White Care Act, and also served on the board of directors for Phoenix Body Positive.

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Your Community, Your Voice Echo Magazine launches 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards Each year, the Echo Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards recognize community favorites, chosen by you! From local leaders and performers to staged productions and places to wine and dine, we want you to tell us who is deserving of this honor in 2017. This year, to switch things up a little bit we’ve nearly doubled the number of categories we had last year. What that means is that you have 28 opportunities to nominate and vote for your favorites, as you’ll find four categories under each of the following titles: • Community • Local Heroes • Drag • Gayborhood Bars

• Cocktails and Dining • Out & About • Music For a complete listing of the 2017 categories, see page 24. And, for a brief description of each category, visit echomag. com/erca-2017. Nominate: Jan. 19 – Feb. 28 You’re invited to nominate your local favorites in all 28 categories at noms. Nominate once a day (per IP address) to ensure your nominees are among the top five in each category that will proceed on to the voting phase. Vote: March 6 – April 7

which you’re invited to visit to cast your votes once a day (per IP address).

The top five finalists in each category will continue on to the voting phase, during

Don’t forget to spread the word via social media and use #EchoMagAZ.

Winners, as determined by your votes, will be revealed in the May issue of Echo Magazine, which comes out April 20. So mark your calendars and stay tuned for additional details.

OUT & ABOUT United Against Hate Coalition’s 2017 People’s State of the State Address Jan. 9 at Arizona State Capitol. Photos by Bill Gemmill.

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datebook Jan. 27

8 a.m. | Diversity Leadership Alliance Workshop (see event below) 7:30 p.m. | A Million Happy Nows jan. 28

Noon | Real Boy 1:45 p.m. | Mixed Shorts 3 p.m. | Live painting demonstration by Tricky Burns 3:30 p.m. | Strike a Pose 5:30 p.m. | AWOL 7:05 p.m. | “Best of” Shorts, free outdoor screening 8:15 p.m. | Do You Take This Man

Jan. 27-29

The eighth annual Desperado LGBT Film Festival, which will include screenings, Q&A discussions and special guests, at Paradise Valley Community College’s Center for the Performing Arts, 18401 N. 32nd St. in Phoenix. (See story, page 26.)

jan. 29

12:15 p.m. | El Canto del Colibri, free screening & discussion 2 p.m. | Jonathan 3:30 p.m. | Live performance by House of Stairs 4 p.m. | Heartland 6 p.m. | Fair Haven, followed by a discussion with actor Gregory Harrison


through feb. 4

Nearly Naked Theatre presents Threesome, a fierce drama masquerading as a hilarious comedy that follows ArabAmerican couple Leila and Rashid as they try to prove they can be just as “American” as any couple and attempt to solve their relationship issues by bringing a stranger with them into the bedroom, at Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix.

jan. 26

You’re invited to the zine launch party for Queer Fear, a new art and literature zine dedicated to the non-conforming, will place from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Listening Room, 4614 N. Seventh St., in Phoenix. jan. 26-27

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the world’s foremost all-male comic ballet company, will take the stage at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., in Scottsdale. (See story, page 38.) jan. 29 events

feb. 10 - march 19

Conceived as a fundraiser in 1984, Alwun House presents Exotic Art Show 34, a collection of exotic art, erotic poetry, provocative performances, opening with its signature Phantasmagorical Spectacular and more. Alwun House Foundation, 1204 E. Roosevelt St., in Phoenix.

feb. 17-19

“Nasty Women: Phoenix Unite,” an art exhibition benefiting Planned Parenthood, will include a dance performance (6-10 p.m. Jan. 20) and a reading night (8-10 p.m. Jan. 21) at Grand ArtHaus, 1501 S. Grand Ave., in Phoenix.

In partnership with the Desperado LGBT Film Festival, Diversity Leadership Alliance presents a screening of Real Boy (see review, page 28), at 8 a.m., followed by an afternoon discussion led by informational guests at Paradise Valley Community College’s Center for the Performing Arts, 18401 N. 32nd St. in Phoenix. after-orlando

jan. 20-21

jan. 29

be available on a first come, first served basis. (See story at

The 32nd annual Arizona Gay Rodeo, an International Gay Rodeo Associationsanctioned event, will take place from Corona Ranch and Rodeo Grounds, 7611 S. 29th Ave., in Laveen, Ariz. feb. 17-19

The eighth annual Fresh Brunch, one•n•ten’s signature fundraising event, will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., in Phoenix.

After Orlando, a free theater experience that will include the participation of more than 30 local artists and a keynote speech from State Representative-Elect Daniel Hernandez, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Phoenix Theatre’s Hormel Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road, in Phoenix. Admission will

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What is TRUVADA for PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis)?

uYou may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or serious liver problems

TRUVADA is a prescription medicine that can be used for PrEP to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection when used together with safer sex practices. This use is only for adults who are at high risk of getting HIV-1 through sex. This includes HIV-negative men who have sex with men and who are at high risk of getting infected with HIV-1 through sex, and malefemale sex partners when one partner has HIV-1 infection and the other does not. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about how to prevent getting HIV-1. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body fluids. Never reuse or share needles or other items that have body fluids on them.

Who should not take TRUVADA for PrEP?

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION What is the most important information I should know about TRUVADA for PrEP?

Before taking TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce your risk of getting HIV-1 infection: uYou must be HIV-negative. You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1 infection. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are confirmed to be HIV-negative. uMany HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has recently become infected. If you have flu-like symptoms, you could have recently become infected with HIV-1. Tell your healthcare provider if you had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting TRUVADA for PrEP or at any time while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. While taking TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce your risk of getting HIV-1 infection: uYou must continue using safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep you from getting HIV-1. uYou must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. uTo further help reduce your risk of getting HIV-1: • Know your HIV-1 status and the HIV-1 status of your partners. • Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months or when your healthcare provider tells you. • Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV-1 to infect you. • Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior. • Have fewer sex partners. • Do not miss any doses of TRUVADA. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection. • If you think you were exposed to HIV-1, tell your healthcare provider right away. uIf you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. TRUVADA can cause serious side effects: uToo much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, nausea, vomiting, stomach-area pain, cold or blue hands and feet, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or fast or abnormal heartbeats. uSerious liver problems. Your liver may become large and tender, and you may develop fat in your liver. Symptoms of liver problems include your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, lightcolored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach-area pain.

if you are female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking TRUVADA for a long time. In some cases, these serious conditions have led to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of these conditions. uWorsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you also have HBV and take TRUVADA, your hepatitis may become worse if you stop taking TRUVADA. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without first talking to your healthcare provider. If your healthcare provider tells you to stop taking TRUVADA, they will need to watch you closely for several months to monitor your health. TRUVADA is not approved for the treatment of HBV. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP if you already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status. If you are HIV-1 positive, you need to take other medicines with TRUVADA to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP if you also take lamivudine (Epivir-HBV) or adefovir (HEPSERA).

What are the other possible side effects of TRUVADA for PrEP?

Serious side effects of TRUVADA may also include: uKidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your kidneys before and during treatment with TRUVADA for PrEP. If you develop kidney problems, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking TRUVADA for PrEP. uBone problems, including bone pain or bones getting soft or thin, may lead to fractures. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your bones. uChanges in body fat, which can happen in people taking TRUVADA or medicines like TRUVADA. Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP are stomacharea (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking TRUVADA for PrEP?

uAll your health problems. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you

have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis virus infection. uIf you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if TRUVADA can harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while taking TRUVADA for PrEP, talk to your healthcare provider to decide if you should keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Pregnancy Registry: A pregnancy registry collects information about your health and the health of your baby. There is a pregnancy registry for women who take medicines to prevent HIV-1 during pregnancy. For more information about the registry and how it works, talk to your healthcare provider. uIf you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. The medicines in TRUVADA can pass to your baby in breast milk. If you become HIV-1 positive, HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in breast milk. uAll the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. TRUVADA may interact with other medicines. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. uIf you take certain other medicines with TRUVADA for PrEP, your healthcare provider may need to check you more often or change your dose. These medicines include ledipasvir with sofosbuvir (HARVONI). You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see Important Facts about TRUVADA for PrEP including important warnings on the following page.

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The once-daily prescription medicine that can help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 when used with safer sex practices. • TRUVADA for PrEP is only for adults who are at high risk of getting HIV through sex. • You must be HIV-negative before you start taking TRUVADA. Ask your doctor about your risk of getting HIV-1 infection and if TRUVADA for PrEP may be right for you.



This is only a brief summary of important information about taking TRUVADA for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection. This does not replace talking to your healthcare provider about your medicine.



Before starting TRUVADA for PrEP to help reduce your risk of getting HIV-1 infection: • You must be HIV-1 negative. You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1 infection. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are confirmed to be HIV-1 negative. • Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has recently become infected. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include flu-like symptoms, tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. Tell your healthcare provider if you have had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting TRUVADA for PrEP.

TRUVADA can cause serious side effects, including: • Those in the “Most Important Information About TRUVADA for PrEP" section. • New or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure. • Bone problems. • Changes in body fat.

While taking TRUVADA for PrEP to help reduce your risk of getting HIV-1 infection: • You must continue using safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep you from getting HIV-1. • You must stay HIV-1 negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. • Tell your healthcare provider if you have a flu-like illness while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. • If you think you were exposed to HIV-1, tell your healthcare provider right away. • If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. • See the “How to Further Reduce Your Risk” section for more information. TRUVADA may cause serious side effects, including: • Buildup of lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency that can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, nausea, vomiting, stomach-area pain, cold or blue hands and feet, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or fast or abnormal heartbeats. • Severe liver problems, which in some cases can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach-area pain. • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you have HBV and take TRUVADA, your hepatitis may become worse if you stop taking TRUVADA. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health regularly for several months. You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or severe liver problems if you are female, very overweight, or have been taking TRUVADA for a long time.

ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP (PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS) TRUVADA is a prescription medicine used with safer sex practices for PrEP to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection in adults at high risk: • HIV-1 negative men who have sex with men and who are at high risk of getting infected with HIV-1 through sex. • Male-female sex partners when one partner has HIV-1 infection and the other does not. To help determine your risk, talk openly with your doctor about your sexual health. Do NOT take TRUVADA for PrEP if you: • Already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status. • Take lamivudine (Epivir-HBV) or adefovir (HEPSERA). TRUVADA, the TRUVADA Logo, TRUVADA FOR PREP, GILEAD, the GILEAD Logo, and HEPSERA are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc., or its related companies. All other marks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners. Version date: April 2016 © 2016 Gilead Sciences, Inc. All rights reserved. TVDC0050 09/16

Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP include stomach-area (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. These are not all the possible side effects of TRUVADA. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any new symptoms while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Your healthcare provider will need to do tests to monitor your health before and during treatment with TRUVADA for PrEP.

BEFORE TAKING TRUVADA FOR PrEP Tell your healthcare provider if you: • Have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis infection. • Have any other medical conditions. • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. • Are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you become HIV-1 positive because of the risk of passing HIV-1 to your baby. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take: • Keep a list that includes all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist. • Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should not be taken with TRUVADA for PrEP.

HOW TO TAKE TRUVADA FOR PrEP • Take 1 tablet once a day, every day, not just when you think you have been exposed to HIV-1. • Do not miss any doses. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection. • You must practice safer sex by using condoms and you must stay HIV-1 negative.

HOW TO FURTHER REDUCE YOUR RISK • Know your HIV-1 status and the HIV-1 status of your partners. • Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months or when your healthcare provider tells you. • Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV-1 to infect you. • Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior. • Have fewer sex partners. • Do not share needles or personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them.

GET MORE INFORMATION • This is only a brief summary of important information about TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist to learn more, including how to prevent HIV-1 infection. • Go to or call 1-800-GILEAD-5 • If you need help paying for your medicine, visit for program information.

OUT & ABOUT First Friday Art Walk Jan. 6 at Roosevelt Row, Phoenix. Photos by KJ Philp.

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Changing Gears Trans cyclist’s path leads to El Tour de Tucson victory By Liz Massey

Photo courtesy of transgender-cyclist-story-jillian-bearden.


rom the time she was a child, cycling always offered Jillian Bearden a sense of freedom – a way to feel independent and powerful. As she grew up, and realized the male gender she’d been assigned at birth didn’t match how she felt, cycling offered a powerful escape from gender dysphoria and other difficult life situations.

– the final category before a cyclist can go pro under USA Cycling (USAC) rules. In the past two years, as her life path has diverged from the one society might have originally expected for her, Bearden has continued to make a difference, emerging as a trailblazer.

Cycling was also a place for Bearden to make a difference.

Bearden’s pre-transition success and connections as a cyclist opened the door to work closely with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and USAC to clarify competition guidelines for posttransition transgender female athletes. She’s also become an advocate for transgender females competing in cycling events, which led her to enter the El Tour de Tucson, a 106-mile race that skirts the perimeter of southern Arizona’s Old Pueblo on Nov. 19, 2016.

When competing as a male, before transitioning in 2014, she moved up from a Category 4 mountain biker to a Category 1

Competing in the event as part of “Team SAGA,” a team sponsored by the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (,

“Cycling has always been a safe spot for me. Colorado Springs, where I grew up, had lots of mountain biking trails, so I was always out in the woods,” Bearden, 36, said. “By my mid-20s, I turned to cycling to cope. I was hiding behind the bike, but it was also a safe place for me to work things out on the trail.”




Bearden won her first-ever victory as a female racer, and brought new visibility to the issue of transgender women competing on an equal basis with cisgender female athletes.

The Long Road to Authenticity Bearden said she had considered transitioning in her early 20s, but societal disapproval kept her from exploring that option further. Cycling offered some relief from gender dysphoria, she said, normalizing such things as wearing tightfitting cycling clothes and shaving her legs. After using the sport as a tool for coping with various life stressors, she said that she became intrigued by the cycling road and mountain bike races. As time went on, Bearden married a woman, started a family and maintained a full-time job, but she was still able to dedicate much of her free time to cycling. Beyond becoming an feature story

elite Category 1 mountain biker, she also worked as a licensed coach before her transition, overseeing the progress of the Front Rangers Junior Cycling team. But by the time Bearden reached her mid-30s, even cycling could not quell her gender struggles, and she made the decision to transition in 2014. For nearly a year after she began her transition process, she did no racing as a cyclist, although she did participate in several running races and continued to train on her bike. Then, in late 2015, the IOC shook up the athletic world by issuing a statement on the eligibility of transgender female athletes to compete at the Olympic level. Bearden knew that USAC was under the umbrella of the IOC, so the organization would eventually take up the issue as it pertained to the women’s category in cycling events. April 2016 marked one year of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for Bearden, which is also the requirement for eligibility, and she was ready to return to competitive cycling. “I needed to find a racing category where I could be competitive [as a woman], and yet not win every event,” she said. “I reached out to USAC and started to build a dialog with them.”

Testing Her Own Limits Bearden spoke with several experts associated with the IOC, including medical physicist Joanna Harper, and essentially became a case study for them. Because she was tested regularly as a male cyclist before her transition, she was able to offer “before and after” evidence of her performance times and blood work to verify the long-held thesis by transgender supporters that when an athlete identified as male early in life confirms her female gender and receives standard hormonal treatment, she will see a change in physical performance that puts her in a similar competitive range with cisgender female athletes.

“That shows that it’s possible to suppress testosterone to a desired level and keep it there,” she said. “That counters the argument that trans female athletes can’t hold a T level.”

Gearing Up for Trans Visibility Because she was the only out transgender female athlete that she knew of in the Denver area, Bearden said that some reporters who had covered her athletic exploits as a male were interested in writing about her transition in a supportive light. As a result, that media coverage helped her connect with other transgender athletes throughout the country. In June 2016, she co-founded the Transnational Women’s Cycling Team and immediately went to work securing team sponsors and putting the team’s policies down in writing. The team’s official website ( and social media followed thereafter. “Media led to [interest and] participation, it was kind of a grassroots thing.” Bearden said, adding that her efforts in establishing this team have opened doors for her to connect with transgender women cyclists throughout the U.S. and internationally. “We have the athletic thing and the transition thing to talk about.” As a direct result of this network Bearden has established, she was invited to participate in the El Tour de Tucson on Team SAGA.

Pedal to the Mettle According to Claire Swinford, a board member for SAGA, local transgender female cyclist Anna Lisk suggested that the organization sponsor a team for the race. As part of the team-building process, Bearden’s name came up, and it became clear that inviting her to participate as part of the team fit well with the

organization’s strategy. “The more I read about the work [Jillian] was doing with USA Cycling and the IOC, the more I realized that she was truly driving a huge change in competitive sport on behalf of the trans community,” Swinford said. “As an activist, her dedication to creating positive change really impressed me … Since we were trying to create visibility for the trans community with this event, it was only logical to invite the most visible trans woman in the field.” By the time of the El Tour de Tucson race, Bearden had experienced a wide range of finishes since her transition. Never having a set expectation going into a race for how she would do was one of the lessons Bearden had learned throughout her years competing in the sport. Heading to Tucson, she said she had hoped to make the top 10, but nothing truly prepared her for being neck and neck with the one of the top female racers, Anna Sparks, going into the last half-mile. “I could see that Anna was important as the race progressed, and I positioned myself to her right. I wasn’t boxed in by other racers, so I started to hit it and accelerate,” Bearden said. “Someone yelled ‘up, up, up’ at her to let her know I was coming … but a lot of things came together for me. I came out ahead by less than half a tire length. That’s maybe one pedal stroke.” Because the El Tour de Tucson is not a sanctioned USAC race, the win won’t help Bearden move up to Category 1 as a female racer, but the victory sent a shock wave through both the cycling and the transgender communities. While Bearden said she has had to deal with some negative articles and social media comments from anti-trans critics, she’s been greatly encouraged by the number of supportive people she heard from.

“Having worked as a coach with junior cyclists, I knew where my abilities lay,” she said. “I told them ‘I believe I’m a Category 2 female cyclist now.’” Throughout the rest of 2016, Bearden submitted blood work and her finishing times in the USAC races in which she competed. She noted that, according to the results, her power output has dropped approximately 11 percent from her baseline when competing as a male – the same differential as has been found between cisgender male and cisgender female athletes. Another significant finding has been that Bearden has seen her testosterone level drop to a stable level since starting HRT. feature story

Members of SAGA with Jillian Bearden (second from right). Courtesy photo.




“Many, many people reached out in support after the Tucson victory,” she said. “I heard from several trans women who had not begun their transition because they were afraid of losing their connection to their bike, but who now feel OK to begin their transition.”

confirmed her gender, she didn’t hesitate to recommend competing openly as a transgender person to others.

Making a Place for Everyone

According to Swinford, who began cycling to participate with Team SAGA and was involved in powerlifting before transitioning, encountering Bearden and the Trans National Women’s Cycling Team had provided a constant source of inspiration.

While Bearden raced as part of Naked Women’s Racing throughout 2016, 100 percent of her focus has shifted to the Trans National Women’s Cycling Team for 2017. In addition to training, attaining 501(c)3 status, conducting board meetings, coordinating a team camp at Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort in Colorado Springs and team races will be Bearden’s focus in the year ahead. “I definitely want to move up to Category 1; that will happen, maybe this season,” she said. Additionally, she plans to continue providing data for the IOC and USAC, both to help herself and other transgender athletes. “I’m happy to help,” she said. “I’m a giver and a helper.” While Bearden said there had been numerous physical and mental adjustments she had to make to be successful as a cyclist once she had




“Don’t hesitate for a second – it’s your life, you have to live it. The satisfaction it can bring is unreal,” she said. “It’s important for us to be who we are.”

Swinford also said the experiences with the El Tour de Tucson demonstrated that transgender individuals should expect to be able to enjoy athletic competition after transitioning. “Get out there and do it! Transition does not mean we have to give up the things we love,” Swinford said. “If you love a sport, or anything really, then that is a part of you, and not your gender. There's a place for all of it, and if not, we'll make that place.” Liz Massey has been involved in LGBTQ community-building activities in Kansas City and the Valley of the Sun, and is a former managing editor of Echo Magazine. She can be reached at

Trans National Women's Cycling Team Founded in June 2016, but just recently launched for 2017 racing, the Trans National Women's Cycling Team is the first transgender sports team in the world. The team currently has 15 cyclists representing various states from coast-to-coast and, according to Bearden, has “great sponsorship” for being in only its first year. “The work I have done with the IOC and USAC have opened up doors for a team like this,” Bearden said, adding that this is easily the most controversial sports team in the world at this time. “This is an allwomen transgender club and race team we have also partnered up with Trans Lifeline to help give back and save lives!” For more information on the Trans National Women's Cycling Team, visit or look for them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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The Highlight Reel

Desperado LGBT Film Festival brings a colorful cast of characters to one Valley screen By Hans Pedersen


he eighth annual Desperado LGBT Film Festival, Arizona’s biggest showcase of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning cinema, (b-) rolls into town from Jan. 27-29 at Paradise Valley Community College’s Center for the Performing Arts.

the festival,” Marttini said.

Each year, proceeds from the festival helps fund scholarships and events for the school’s LGBTQ community.

“Since the end of last year our film selection committee has taken the time to review and bring the best and newest LGBT films to our festival,” she added. “We believe this is our best line up ever.”

“For 2017, our tremendous film committee has come up with an exciting lineup that covers a broad range of topics,” said Alan East, Desperado LGBT Film Festival organizer. “Filmmakers always surprise us with their wildly different outlook on the world and we love bringing these stories to Phoenix.” With the goal of offering “something for everyone in the LGBTQ community,” East explained that the Desperado team selected nine feature-length films and several shorts out of more than 200 options. “Films are more than entertainment, they come from life, fantasy and the art of our social culture,” said Maryanne Marttini, a Valley-based stand-up comic and one of the selection committee members. In addition to the screenings, this year’s festival entertainment will include artist Tricky Burns with a live painting demonstration at 3 p.m. Jan. 28 and a live performance by Phoenix-based jazz, soul, pop, and funk band House of Stairs at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 29. (Read Echo’s interview with House of Stars lead vocalist Holly Pyle at house-of-stairs.) “We have always tried to add some visual art [and] music to the event [as a way] to feature artists from PVCC and add to the atmosphere of




In Marttini’s estimation, Desperado, as well as the Maricopa Community Colleges, are among the most diverse and LGBTQ-welcoming spaces in the country, which is why this event is such an ideal opportunity to come together and celebrate LGBTQ cinema.

Roll Credits The opening night selection, A Million Happy Nows, is the story of two women whose world slowly changes after one of them is diagnosed with the early onset of Alzheimer’s. Lainey (Crystal Chappell) is a soap opera actress who is losing her memory, and she and her partner, Eva (Jessica Leccia), must make the most of their life before the disease takes its toll. This tearjerker screens at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27. A Million Happy Nows.

The compelling documentary Real Boy, by director Shaleece Haas, on two dates, follows singer Bennett Wallace for three and a half years as he undergoes the steps toward gender reassignment surgery. Audiences bear witness to the support Wallace receives from his friends and watch his mother grasp only a fleeting comprehension that her daughter has already become her son.

good reason: the insightful documentary methodically follows a transgender singer. Real Boy screens on both Jan. 27 and 28, the first screening of which is free and takes place as part of the Diversity Leadership Alliance Workshop, which will focus on the transgender community in the workplace (the workshop begins at 8 a.m. and requires advance registration) the ticketed screening, which is open to the public, takes place at noon Jan. 28. Next up, Madonna fans are invited on a trip down memory lane in the muchanticipated Strike a Pose, a documentary that reunites the dancers from the 1990 doumentary Madonna: Truth or Dare as well as the Queen of Pop’s “Blonde Ambition” tour. Strike a Pose may be a tough sell for folks unfamiliar with the material girl’s original documentary. Yet, full of insights and inspiring stories, this selection epitomizes the impact one movie can have on an entire community’s identity and self-perception. Strike a Pose screens Jan. 28 at 3:30 p.m.

Real Boy earned the Audience Award at the Frameline LGBTQ Film Festival, along with 15 other accolades, and with

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A free screening of El Canto del Colibri, an acclaimed Spanish-language documentary, kicks off the Jan. 29 lineup at 12:15 p.m. The documentary will be followed by a discussion with Alberto Olivas from Arizona State University’s Center for Public Policy. El Canto del Colibri. Strike a Pose.

“Desperado LGBT Film Festival is not only an event to see great films,” Marttini said, “but also a place to meet up with friends and make new ones.”

Two other full-length films screen Jan. 28: AWOL at 5:30 p.m. and Do You Take This Man at 8:15 p.m. AWOL, a drama that was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Tribeca Festival, focuses on a woman named Joey, who lives in a small town and finds direction in life once she considers enlisting in the U.S. Army, but her plan changes when she meets Rayna, an alluring married woman.


New this year, PVCC Student Life will sponsor a free outdoor screening of the best shorts from previous festivals beginning at 7:05 p.m. Jan. 28. According to Marttini, attendees are advised to bring blankets and lawn chairs. The final Jan. 28 screening will be Do You Take This Man, a the narrative feature starring Anthony Rapp (Rent), is about two guys who are preparing to tie the knot when, on the night before their wedding, they endure a series of trials that test their strength.

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abusive practices and the agenda of the radical right, Phoenix Pride will sponsor a related discussion and Q&A with Harrison.

“It’s an excellent documentary that we’re following a 30-minute discussion,” East explained, adding that El Canto del Colibri “takes a look at Latino fathers and their LGBTQ children.” Another standout Desperado selection showing thereafter is Heartland, a skillfully directed film by Maura Anderson. The drama follows Lauren, an artist, as she moves in with her homophobic mom while coping with the death of her girlfriend. When Lauren’s brother and his girlfriend drop by for a few days, the newcomer to the family grows intrigued by the mourning lesbian. The selfassured director wisely avoids painting conservative characters with broad strokes, which strengthens this film. Next up is the German-language movie Jonathan, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best New Feature at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. The story centers on a young man who’s helping his father out on the family farm, as his dad’s secret gay past comes to light. Finally, closing out this year’s festival is Fair Haven, an award-winning drama about a gifted young piano player named James who has returned home from ex-gay conversion therapy. James tries ignoring his ex-lover while coping with his abusive dad, played by Tom Wopat (TV’s “Dukes of Hazzard”). In flashbacks, we see how the facility operates as Dr. Gallagher, played by ’80s star Gregory Harrison, tries to brainwash the patient. Following the screening of this emotional and potent reminder of the

Hans Pedersen is a freelance writer based in Phoenix.

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Desperado LGBT Film Festival 2017 Schedule Jan. 27 8 a.m. Diversity Workshop with Real Boy screening 7:30 p.m. A Million Happy Nows Jan. 28 Noon 1:45 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 8:15 p.m.

Real Boy Mixed Shorts Live painting demonstration by Tricky Burns Strike a Pose AWOL “Best of” Shorts, free outdoor screening Do You Take This Man

Jan. 31 12:15 p.m. 2 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. 6 p.m.

El Canto del Colibri, free screening & discussion Jonathan Live performance by House of Stairs Heartland Fair Haven, followed by a discussion with actor Gregory Harrison




Bennett Wallace (right) and Joe Stevens. Photo courtesy of Shaleece Haas.

somewhat intolerant mother changes her tune a bit. In interviews, Bennett recalls how, growing up, self-mutilation and drugs were, sadly, part of the norm. The recollections are accompanied by archival Hi-8 videos that show how much Rachel identified with being a boy back then. The performer recalls that, after getting sober and recognizing that he wanted to start a transition, Rachel became Bennett and never looked back. The first part of the movie chronicles Bennett’s plans for gender reassignment surgery, although it appears Suzy will not be there for the procedure. Bennett and Dylan book their top surgeries together for the same day so they can offer moral support and recover together, prior to starting college in the fall. The movie documents their adventures, but also shares a subplot about how Bennett gets to bunk with singer Joe Stevens, his idol. Joe has several months of sobriety under his belt, but what thrills the young musician most of all is how the singer (of Coyote Grace fame) takes him under his wing, offering guidance, and the chance to collaborate. Joe shares not only musical ideas and instruction, but also tidbits like how to tie a tie. Over the course of the 72-minute documentary, audiences observe the hormonal, appearance and voice changes, Bennett experiences. Ultimately, he and Dylan prepare for their big procedures, but the question remains: will Bennett’s mother show up for the surgery?

Real Boy Coming-of-age documentary follows young musician through transition By Hans Pedersen


he tattoo inscription on Bennett Wallace’s arm – Real Boy – spells it all out for you in the opening scene.

At another point in this documentary, Bennett (Ben) and his transgender buddy, Dylan, are busy Skyping while doing their testosterone shots together. It’s a moment that not only defines the story, but also feels quintessentially contemporary. Produced and directed by documentary filmmaker Shaleece Haas, this eye-opening, award-winning film is a thoughtfully crafted story about a 19-year-old who sheds the remnants of girlhood and transitions into manhood.

footage chronicles how Bennett transforms from a self-effacing performer into a confident and talented musician. It also documents the reaction of Bennett’s mother, Suzy, to her child’s final stages of gender reassignment. Suzy seems to want to keep her offspring frozen in time as her quirky tomboy daughter, Rachel. “I am literally a boy with the wrong body parts,” Bennett explains to his mother Suzy in a scene where he’s 19-years-old. “I think there’s an argument to be made that you’re not,” she counters weakly. But the film shows how, over time, his

In the meantime, parents of other transgender children try to offer Suzy advice and support. What’s interesting is that, despite a solid progressive upbringing (Suzy’s mother was very active in Planned Parenthood), this modern mom does not seem well-equipped to handle her child’s transition. Still, the willingness of Bennett and his family to share their lives with the cameras demonstrates tremendous bravery and, as a result, the authenticity in Haas’ film shines through like a beacon. This inspiring storyline about the camaraderie among transgender folks and the deep connections they share is like a steel backbone supporting the film, buttressed by an equally strong subplot about a mom trying to come to terms with her child’s truth. Real Boy is an insightful exploration of what gender means, told with incredible honesty and skill. Real Boy screens Jan. 28 at noon.

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Director offers behind-the-scenes insight on Real Boy Cameras are skilled at discerning truth, and when subjects of a documentary open up their lives to a filmmaker, the result can be incredible. One such example is Real Boy, a documentary that chronicles a young transgender musician’s journey into adulthood as he works to make his body match his mind, heart and soul through hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and gender reassignment surgery from female to male, despite the lack of support from his mother. Echo Magazine caught up with the film’s director, Shaleece Haas, who is also an instructor at University of California Berkeley’s Advanced Media Institute, to chat about how she befriended the family and began documenting Bennett Wallace’s journey to share with audiences. Echo: How did you first meet Bennett and decide to make a film about his transition? Haas: I first met Bennett through Joe [Stevens] when I went to see Joe in concert, and Bennett was there opening for him. They had met at a sober conference for young people and had developed a friendship, and I was really moved by their relationship/mentorship. I was struck by the music and by the relationship that he and Joe had, and I asked if I could interview him on camera and we started to make the film. Echo: Can you talk a little about the process of getting Suzy on camera and the decision to include her story in the documentary as well? Haas: When I first met Suzy, she wasn’t terribly excited about being in a film. Things were really hard between her and Bennett, but over time we developed a relationship. I also promised her that I was going to stick around long enough to see her and Bennett though this really difficult period in their relationship, because I could see even then they had a lot of love for each other, even though at times it was difficult for them to express it to one another … To her credit, she allowed me to come back again and again, and now she loves the film and has said on multiple occasions [that] the process of being in the film, and being asked about her feelings over time, is one of the things that helped her get to that place of acceptance a little bit faster. desperado 2017 feature film

Echo: Were there challenges to documenting such a personal story as Bennett’s transition? Haas: Certainly. I had to balance my role as filmmaker and my role as friend in a lot of places. I felt a tremendous amount of responsibility to these people who had opened up – some of them, the most intimate parts of their lives – to me and my camera. And so I spent a lot of time thinking about how to honor their experience, tell the story, but really take a lot of care with it. And it was a pretty emotional process for me, too. There were definitely moments I’d be there filming with Bennett and his mom and they would fight, and I would go home and feel really drained emotionally for a period of time, because I felt like I’d had a fight with my own mother. And I think in some ways, as a filmmaker, my intimacy and my close relations with the people in the film, is part of what brings audiences closer. Echo: What was it like shooting over the course of three and a half years, revisiting the family again and again? Haas: We all got to know each other pretty well. We spent a lot of time together off camera as well as on camera. When you meet Bennett he’s 19, and the film follows him until he’s 23. It’s not just his transition, as Bennett goes from adolescence to young adulthood, [and] as his mother makes her own journey to acceptance of her son, but all of the relationships in the film, they evolved in ways we couldn’t

Real Boy director Shaleece Haas. Photo by Sarah Deragon.

necessarily predict … Part of the process is being present to all of that and figuring out how to tell a story in only 72 minutes, out of four years of someone’s life, while still being as true to what I experienced of that as possible … Being able to witness the way everyone changed over such a long period of time is part of the richness of the film.

READ THE REST For Echo’s full interview with Real Boy director Shaleece Haas, visit

Hans Pedersen is a freelance writer based in Phoenix.

Suzy and Bennett. Photo courtesy Suzy Reinke.




Fair Haven

Award-winning indie tackles the dangers of ex-gay conversion therapy By Megan Wadding


he opening shots of Fair Haven reveal the stunning Vermont countryside. Here we’re introduced to James Grant (Michael Grant), who we later learn is returning home to his family’s apple orchard after a long stay in ex-gay conversion therapy. James’ widowed father (Tom Wopat), who is never openly homophobic, seems loving as he shows great interest in his son’s future, and is particularly concerned with what he believes is James’ inherited obligation to someday also run the farm. After James’ father reveals that he spent his son’s college fund on his wife’s (James’ mother’s) funeral and other expenses, the talented young pianist dismisses his dream of studying music in Boston in favor of agreeing to help his father with the farm and enrolling in a community college. It’s not long before James crosses paths with his former boyfriend, Charlie (Josh Green), as he is delivering apples to the small market where Charlie works. The chance encounter leads James to doubt if he is truly “cured” of his gayness, which is demonstrated through his attitude and slight aggression toward Charlie. From there, we observe James’ struggle to be straight as he goes on a couple of awkward dates with the local pastor’s sweet, young daughter, Suzy (Lily Anne Harrison), which turns out heartbreakingly disastrous for her.

beautiful overhead shots of him lying in his bed punctuated by a series of perfectly timed and smoothly sequenced flashbacks of his ex-gay conversion therapy, which serve as the missing puzzle pieces that explain why things turned out as they did for all characters involved and also help maintain the pace of the story. Although we never get much of backstory on the relationship between James and Charlie, except for a glimpse of some photos found in a shoe box, it becomes glaringly obvious that both boys still have feelings for the other. As James struggles to come to terms with the fact that he is still gay, he also attempts to fight off his attraction for Charlie, although that is very short-lived. After an incident, James offers to begin taking Charlie home after work. This turn of events is the catalyst for the boys becoming close again. Having a tough time trying to keep his two emerging lives separate, everything eventually comes crashing down on James, leaving him with a tough decision to make. Grant (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) is extremely expressive in this role, which allows him to convey emotion perfectly, even in scenes without much dialogue. He also does broody quite well, which we see throughout most of the film. His dialogue

sometimes comes out stilted or unsure, but his emotional performance makes up for it. Cinematographer Jason Beasley gives viewers a palpable feel for how remote this town is through landscape shots of the orchard and the surrounding countryside. The dialogue is not always smooth and sometimes seems out of place, but the music makes up for it, with the original score by Christopher Farrell enhancing the many emotional scenes. We also get to see James, an aspiring pianist, play a song at the end of the film. Directed by Kerstin Karlhuber and co-written by Karlhuber and Jack Bryant, Fair Haven is a fascinating and heartfelt story – not only for the rare glimpse into the life after ex-gay conversion therapy that it offers, but also because we rarely get to see a positive ending for an LGBTQ child from a small town with deeply conservative and religious parents. While these circumstances are not often portrayed in film, they are a reality for so many members of our community. Fair Haven screens at 6 p.m. Jan. 29. For more information, visit desperadofilmfestival. com/event/fair-haven. Megan Wadding is a freelance writer and travel addict with a degree in journalism. Follow her on Twitter at @MeganWadding.

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Heartland A trio of female leads star in this family affair By Megan Wadding


n her feature directorial debut, Heartland, Maura Anderson (producer of Winter’s Bone, Would You Rather) introduces a trio of strong female leads in a complex storyline that’s about more than merely sexual identity.

their respective lives, trying hard to hold it all together. Lauren seems stuck, broken-hearted and desperate for some kind of escape. Carrie seems young, a bit immature and longing to find her calling in life.

In the immediate aftermath of her partner’s death, Lauren (Velinda Godfrey) finds herself jobless and evicted in their small Oklahoma town. With nowhere left to turn, the young artist moves in with her conservative mother, Crystal (Beth Grant), who busies herself with scrapbooking and praying Lauren will live a straight life now that her partner has passed.

So, when a meeting takes Justin back to California, Carrie and Lauren get to know each other over a few drinks – which ends in an unprotested kiss. Both women chalk it up to a drunken encounter and try to ignore it.

Shortly thereafter, Lauren’s uptight, business-driven brother, Justin (Aaron Leddick), and his self-help obsessed Californian fiancée, Carrie (Laura Spencer), also come to stay as they attempt to launch a local branch of the Napa Valley winery that belongs to Carrie’s family. Subsequently, Justin offers Lauren the job of designing wine labels, more out of pity than actual need. While we know Lauren is deeply mourning, she only shows her emotions after a few drinks. Meanwhile, Carrie is a fish out of water in the small Oklahoma town, but she’s making an effort to learn about the family and also heed their advice ahead of her and Justin’s upcoming nuptials. Both women seem to be flailing in

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Then, after a party, the women find themselves in the back of a friend’s pickup and a make out session ensues. Neither woman seems to want to address the attraction, but they allow it to build, without any regard for Justin. When a tornado unexpectedly rolls through town, the terrified women hunker down together in the house. As they lie next to each other in the dark, a steamy sexual encounter is followed by an emotional moment from Lauren (which we assume is a result of her first encounter with a women since the passing of her partner). Carrie comforts her, but remains emotion and guilt free. Upon Justin’s return, Carrie realizes the magnitude of her actions and goes to Lauren’s room to tell her that it was all a mistake and it should remain a secret. This leads to an unexpected series of events and an abrupt conclusion to the story.

Written by Velinda Godfrey and Todd Waring, Heartland offers an excellent storyline (reminiscent of the Swedish lesbian film Kiss Me), with a stellar cast whose emotions seem genuine and heartfelt. The only downside of having a great storyline is that invested viewers want to see it play out, which doesn’t happen here, as the movie ends right as the climax occurs. The conclusion is abrupt and the story is left largely unresolved. Cinematographer Michael Dallatorre’s scenery shots of the Oklahoma locale do a beautiful job of filling any voids in dialogue, while underscoring to the desperation that Lauren’s feeling and the culture shock that’s inevitable for Carrie. Ultimately, Heartland is a good example of “gay incidentalism.” Yet, with such thorough character development viewers are almost destined to be left longing for an attempt at resolving all or part of the conflict that drove the entire story – if even just one more scene. Heartland screens at 4 p.m. Jan. 29. For more information, visit heartland. Megan Wadding is a freelance writer and travel addict with a degree in journalism. Follow her on Twitter at @MeganWadding.





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Out of the Closet & Onto the Big Screen Sundance introduces 11 titles starring LGBTQ themes By Hans Pedersen


ach year, Echo kicks off the new year by offering our readers a sneak peak at some of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival projects that feature LGBTQ themes, along with a couple that were made by out directors and producers.

star into Gigi Gorgeous. Kopple follows this YouTube personality every step of the way in this selection in the festival’s Documentary Premiere category, shattering our assumptions about gender and family.

For the 2017 Festival, which takes place Jan. 19-29 in Park City, Utah, 113 featurelength films were selected, representing 32 countries and 37 first-time filmmakers, including 20 in competition, according to These films were selected from 13,782 submissions including 4,068 feature-length films and 8,985 short films, and 98 of the feature films will be making world premieres. Of course, that’s far too many for us to cover. So, we’ve narrowed it down to 11 titles that we think you’ll enjoy. Here they are in no particular order:

This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous Directed by two-time Oscar-winner Barbara Kopple (American Dream, Harlan County U.S.A.), this documentary chronicles how a prominent diver from Canada became a YouTube star and transgender heroine. Gregory Lazzarato donned the name Gregory Gorgeous and earned legions of fans as he began broadcasting makeup tips from his bedroom. But the death of his beloved mother made the entertainer determined to make the big change: a 2013 video, titled “I Am Transgender,” officially transformed the 34



this drama follows Johnny Saxby, a young sheepherder who lost out on college and a city career in order to run his family’s farm for his ailing pop. Johnny engages in whatever casual sex he can find in the Yorkshire area, but when another guy, Gheorghe, is hired to help out with chores around the farm, he grows resentful. And soon enough, a steamy romance develops between the farm stud and his hunky helper. Despite the gloomy skies, love is most certainly blooming in this British drama, directed by Francis Lee that will screen in the World Dramatic Competition category.

Beach Rats Directed by Eliza Hittman, this film in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category gives us a look at the contradictions in a wandering teenage soul named Frankie. He’s a guy who goofs off with his hoodlum friends and tries wooing a young woman, but ultimately finds himself increasingly drawn to other men online and engaging in sexual activities in front of his webcam. Soon, Frankie is cruising for guys at the beach in this narrative feature that explores that rift between one’s actual life and the online worlds that folks inhabit.

God’s Own Country Set in a rural area of the United Kingdom,

Call Me By Your Name Forbidden love is the subject of this English-language selection in the Premiere category, which focuses on Elio Perlman, a 17-year-old boy who’s spending the summer at his AmericanItalian-French parents’ villa in the Italian countryside. But sparks start to fly when 24-year-old Oliver arrives at their countryside home to help Elio’s studious father with academic work. All the simmering sexual tension between the teen and the young scholar means viewers can expect to see some skin. Last year, director Luca Guadagnino told reporters that he was including a good dollop of nudity in this drama about a scandalous seven-year age difference. feature story

interactive virtual reality experience that makes homophobia more than crystalclear – it punches you in the gut. The visceral experience of abuse and hateful talk is then washed away by a different, uplifting virtual environment that was dreamed up by Pierce and three other LGBTQ youth.

Mudbound Out director Dee Rees made her featurefilm debut at Sundance with the acclaimed coming-out story Pariah, following it up with the award-winning Bessie. Rees returns to the festival with Mudbound, an entry in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, about two soldiers, one black and one white, who return home to rural Mississippi after World War II. While the white soldier returns to a community that greets him with welcoming arms, the black soldier must cope with hateful neighbors and Jim Crow laws. Battling post-traumatic stress, the veterans must rely on one another for friendship, further exacerbating racial tensions. Mary J. Blige and Carey Mulligan star as the soldiers’ family members in this drama about small-town life, segregation friendship and heritage.

XX One of the most thrilling selections at this year’s Sundance is the all-female horror anthology XX, which plays at the rowdiest of screenings, the Midnight category. XX features four frightening tales, starring such female leads as Melanie Lynskey (The Intervention), directed by four filmmakers: Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound), Karyn Kusama (Girlfight), Annie Clark (also known as St. Vincent) and Jovanka Vuckovic, (former editor of the publication Rue Morgue). All four filmmakers challenge the tired horror tropes that men have been rehashing in the genre for years; it’d be surprising if we don’t see at a little samesex action in this bewitching collection of terrifying tales.

The Little Hours Actress Aubrey Plaza and director Jeff Baena cracked audiences up with the horror comedy Life After Beth; now they team up for this sly comedy in the Midnight category that might be dubbed “Nuns Gone Wild.” Set in a medieval convent, the sisters pass their days with petty activities until the appearance of feature story

a new day laborer (Dave Franco) who’s secretly on the run. The hunky helper stirs up sexual energy in these repressed nuns, culminating in a romp that’s described as “pansexual horniness.” Just don’t expect these emotionally askew sisters to kiss and tell – what happens in the monastery stays in the monastery.

“The Chances”

Sueno en Otro Idioma (I Dream in Another Language) In the World Cinema Documentary Competition category, this cryptic film by director Ernesto Contreras explores a language that only two people on the planet can speak. Yet neither of them has uttered a word to each other in half a century. They evidently share a longstanding grudge over a woman they both loved. But a deeper reason they refuse to speak to each another comes into focus in this mysterious documentary, featuring LGBTQ content that is equally mysterious.

Since we are living in the new golden age of television (with brand new shows popping up faster than restaurants in central Phoenix), an increasing number of screenings at Sundance include television series excerpts. This exciting new dramatic comedy series, co-starring Wilson Cruz (“My So-Called Life”), focuses on two deaf best friends who are trying to cope with changes in their lives. Kate, who is recently married, and Michael, who recently experienced a break up with his boyfriend. It’s worth noting that the writers on this project are also deaf.

“The History of Comedy” Out actor and producer Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”) executive produces and stars in this CNN documentary series chronicling the history of what makes us chortle, touching on belly-achingly funny highlights from comedy history. With discussions with famous comedians and plenty of archival footage, Hayes’ guffawinfused series touches on how comedy impacts politics and world events.

“Out of Exile: Daniel’s Story” It’s not just films generating word of mouth at Sundance. Directed by Sara Ramirez, this virtual reality project in the New Frontier category has already stirred up a powerful buzz. Gay teenager Daniel Ashley Pierce came out to his homophobic family in Georgia and recorded audio of their brutal rejection of him. The audio of that horrible encounter fuels this

Editor’s Note: Stay tuned to future issue of Echo Magazine for details on when these, and other great LGBTQ projects, are released in theaters and via streaming services. For more information, including the 2017 Sundance Film Festival’s complete lineup, visit Hans Pedersen is a freelance writer based in Phoenix.




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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Dancer brings dual roles to life in classical ballet By Richard Schultz


arly in his career, classicallytrained dancer Alberto Pretto relished performing in world-class productions of timeless classics. Yet, something was missing. “I felt constricted in just dancing the male roles. I wanted more artistic freedom,” Pretto explained, adding that he knew he found his calling when he began to study en pointe. Upon joining Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in January 2011, Pretto found camaraderie in a troupe of male dancers who perform both male and female roles. The world’s foremost all-male comic ballet company (affectionately known as The Trocks) has entertained audiences for more than 30 years while establishing itself as a major dance phenomenon throughout the world. Putting a new spin on the art of dance, the 18-member company performs faithful renditions of the most celebrated works – from romantic ballets such as Swan Lake to the modern masterpieces of Martha Graham – fabulously costumed and delicately 38



balanced en pointe. With grace, charm and pure comic genius, The Trocks playfully brings to life the heroic characters and plots of these great works on stages around the globe – including the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Jan. 26-27. Pretto, who grew up playing sports in Italy, decided he wanted to study dance and started formal training at age 14. Admittedly, his parents were not “theater people” and did not understand his interest in dance – at first. In time, they became more supportive of his passion and undoubtedly proud of his accomplishments. After studying at the Académie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace, Monaco Montecarlo, Pretto danced with the English National Ballet in London and the Stadttheater Koblenz in Germany. By dancing en pointe, which Pretto admits is tough, a new repertoire of roles opened up for him. “Sometimes your feet swell and blisters are unavoidable,” he admitted. “There are injuries. Yet, you just push

through it all and perform because that’s the life of a ballerina.” When Pretto initially auditioned for The Trocks, there were no openings in the company. But within a few months an opening occurred and Pretto found his calling with the world-famous ballet company. As part of the The Trocks tradition, each dancer has two onstage personas; Pretto’s two characters are Nina Immobilashvili and Stanislas Kokitch. For more years than she cares to admit, Nina has been the Great Terror of the international ballet world. The omniscient and ubiquitous Nina is reputed to have extensive dossiers on every major dance figure, living and/ or dead. This amazing collection has assured her entree into the loftiest choreographic circles; the roles she has thus been able to create are too numerous to mention. Stanislas Kokitch, known as “The Forgotten Man” of ballet, is hardly ever mentioned in reviews by critics or in discussions by devoted balletomanes despite having created several important feature story

roles in now forgotten ballets. He is the author of “The Tragedy of My Life,” an autobiography that’s not at all reliable. Pretto relishes the humor that is part of every performance. “As we learn the choreography, we know where the jokes will be,” he said. “Yet, often in rehearsal, something will happen spontaneously and then that gets incorporated into the performance.” Ahead of his upcoming Arizona performances, Pretto emphasized that The Trocks is for everyone, and makes a great family outing. “Our performances are a great way to introduce audience members who are new to ballet. For dance aficionados, they appreciate our technical expertise while enjoying our distinctive approach to classical ballets like Giselle and La

Alberto Pretto

Birthplace: Vicenza, Italy Training: Academie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace, Monaco Montecarlo Joined Trockadero: February 2011 Other Companies: English National Ballet, Stadttheater Koblenz

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Esmeralda,” he said “Kids just love the show. They don’t have the filters like adults. So, the kids enjoy the humor and the spectacle.” The makeup and costumes are key elements in each performance, and Pretto confessed that it takes him about 45 minutes to apply the makeup. At first, it took him longer, but he now has it down to a routine that includes highlystylized stage makeup, long eyelashes and wigs. The company, Pretto explained, is comprised of gay men who range greatly in age and dance experience. The larger dancers often provide the support for lifts and other physical feats. Many of the dancers have been with the company for more than 20 years. With performances in more than 23

Nina Immobilashvili

For more years than she cares to admit, has been the Great Terror of the international ballet world. The omniscient and ubiquitous Immobilashvili is reputed to have extensive dossiers on every major dance figure, living and/ or dead. This amazing collection has assured her entree into the loftiest choreographic circles; the roles she has thus been able to create are too numerous to mention. We are honored to present this grand dame in her spectacular return to the ballet stage.

countries in six years under his belt, Pretto said he hopes for a long career with The Trocks. “There’s still a few more roles that I look forward to dancing in the future,” Pretto said. “I just love it all.”

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Jan. 26-27 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale Tickets: $35-$69; 480-499-8587

Richard Schultz is a playwright, actor, director and freelance writer based in Phoenix.

Stanislas Kokitch

“The Forgotten Man” of ballet, is hardly ever mentioned in reviews by critics or in discussions by devoted balletomanes despite having created several important roles in now forgotten ballets. He is the author of “The Tragedy of My Life,” an autobiography not at all reliable. Source: alberto-pretto.




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Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar Story and photos by Rachel Verbits


here’s an old-school oasis nestled above the sights and sounds of Old Town Scottsdale, away from the foot traffic of tourists and pub-crawlers. In fact, there’s a good chance you might miss it if you weren’t intentionally seeking it out. Lucky for us, we knew just what to look for when we arrived at Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar, as our first “Without Reservations” stop of the New Year. Located at on the southwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Third Avenue (go past The Gelato Spot), a Second Story hostess was waiting to escort us seekers up an unmarked flight of stairs – which I knew was the start of a completely unique experience.

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As I took my seat in a corner booth, the atmosphere enveloped me completely in no time at all. The bustle of the outside world melted away, and forgot the concerns of my day as I turned my attention to the focal point: the bar. Compared to the vast number of bars in the area, Second Story stands in a class of its own. The wide selection of barware, such as martini glasses and copper mugs, perched perfectly in an aesthetically dazzling display of what an old-fashioned cocktail bar should look like. With well over 100 different types of whisky to choose from, I quickly discovered The Conquistador.

Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar 4166 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 480-945-5555 Hours: 4-10 p.m. Mon-Tue 4-11 p.m. Wed-Thurs 4-midnight Fri-Sat Closed Sunday Rachel Verbits is a published writer and a selfproclaimed foodie who spends her time exploring all the amazing eats Arizona has to offer.

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Is He Dead?

Local actor pairs drag with Mark Twain play By Richard Schultz


n his latest role, recent Valley transplant Jeff Deglow spends a good portion of stage time in drag – a challenge he’s thrilled about, though he readily acknowledges that it took some adjustment to adapt to 19th Century women’s attire. “I had to laugh at the first time I was in my rehearsal dress and shoes,” he recalled. “Within a few of hours, I had ripped my petticoat, tore the back out of my dress and earned the expected blisters from those heels. I really don’t know how women perform in this stuff? But it has been such a joy to learn and play within it!” Deglow is playing the dual lead role of Jean-François Millet and widow Daisy Tillou in Hale Centre Theatre’s production of Is He Dead?, which runs through Feb. 11. This madcap comedy is based on Mark Twain’s play and adapted by versatile playwright David Ives (All in the Timing, Polish Joke). Written in 1898, Is He Dead? remained unpublished until it was rediscovered in 2002 by noted Twain scholar Shelley Fisher Fishkin. Set in Paris in 1846, where everyone knows that only dead painters achieve fame and fortune, Jean-Francois Millet must fake his death in order to escape debtor’s prison and save the love of his life, Marie Leroux. By takes on the role of an imaginary twin sister, Daisy Tillou, he attempts to collect the rewards on his art. Ultimately, he must find a way to return to life and marry Marie. “One of greatest challenges is the fact that once I step onstage there is no going back and no leaving,” Deglow said. “It’s a 46



fast-paced show with characters coming and going through a multitude of entrances. As one set of characters exits, the next set arrives with a new problem. I certainly earn my 10-minute intermission break when it finally comes.” Originally from Canada, Deglow moved to Arizona, by way of New York City, a year ago. While he had hoped to enjoy a brief hiatus sitting by a pool, practicing yoga and reading, he instead found himself busier than ever. “This role is monster. It is basically two different characters, as opposite as can be, strung together with a single story line,” he said. “The first is a man suffering the affliction of being a starving artist and the other is like a bottle of champagne ready to burst!” For this dual role, Deglow said he spent a considerable amount studying original source material by Twain. “Preparing for this role has been quite the commitment,” he said. “This character is based on the actual acclaimed painter Jean-Francois Millet, who I researched. However, [the] only remnants of the actual painter in this story are the use of his name and art works … what you’ll see on stage is a compilation of hours of research of the environment and customs of the time.” Deglow’s favorite moment occurs in a hilarious climactic scene, which he calls “The Deconstruction of Daisy Tillou. “It is so funny that we, as actors, hardly keep it together ourselves,” he said. “Director Seth Reines created a ‘Carol Burnett’ moment to allow my character, the rest

of the cast and the audience a moment to laugh at ourselves and at the situation. I live for this moment and never had this much fun on stage!” Additionally, Deglow believes this show tackles such themes as fame, legacy, artistic ownership and the power of love over money. He feels the greatest insights lie in the exploration of societal influences and expectations of gender, as his character is forced to navigate the world through the opposite gender’s limitations. “This play is just a rumpus good time,” Deglow said. “In a world where we are finally celebrating the culture of cross-dressing, such as in ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ this play takes it one step further. It is fun to see a person explore the many facets of their personality. I believe we are all complex beings. It’s a joy to play a character who is able to let go of his inhibitions and to explore the world from another perspective. We all have a little Millet and a little Tillou inside of us!” Is He Dead? Through Feb. 11 Hale Centre Theatre 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert Tickets: $18-$30; 480-497-1181

Richard Schultz is a playwright, actor, director and freelance writer based in Phoenix. theater

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Seth Rudetsky

Charismatic Broadway personality returns to the Valley By Richard Schultz


e’s charming and witty. He’s irreverent and insightful at the same time. He excels at clever banter and possesses a keen eye for satire. His name is Seth Rudetsky (pictured below) and he’s returning to the Valley with six-time Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Audra McDonald and her husband, Tonynominated Broadway star Will Swenson. Rudetsky is the afternoon Broadway DJ and host of “On Broadway” and “Seth Speaks” on SiriusXM Radio. As a pianist, he’s played for more than a dozen Broadway shows including Ragtime, Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera. He was the artistic producer/music director for the first five annual Actors Fund Fall Concerts, including Dreamgirls with Audra MacDonald and Hair with Jennifer Hudson. In 2007, he made his Broadway acting debut playing Sheldon in The Ritz, directed by Joe Mantello for The Roundabout Theater. As a comedy writer, he has three Emmy nominations for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” Recently, he co-wrote and starred in Disaster! and currently writes a weekly column on Ahead of his return to the Valley for a Jan.




28 performance at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Echo caught up with Rudetsky to find out more about his latest project and what he has in store for 2017. Echo: What should we expect when you share the stage with Audra MacDonald and Will Swenson? Rudetsky: This is a show that’s a combination of stunning music and hilarious inside show biz scoop. Audra and Will sing up a storm and, instead of boring patter between songs, I interview them. I do these types of shows all over the country, as well as London. They’re never the same because the questions and answers are always different. Each audience sees a completely unique show. If you know me from SiriusXM, you know that there is a lot of comedy throughout the night. Echo: What’s favorite part of the show? Rudetsky: I love asking about onstage mistakes. Every big star I work with has hilarious stories about things going wrong because that’s what happens during live theater. Audra and I did Ragtime together on Broadway and I’m going to make her ¬– I mean, ask her – to tell the story about her wig falling off onstage. Echo: What’s your role in creating this unique performance? Rudetsky: I look at all the songs the singer has and pick the ones I think will appeal most to that particular audience. I then put them in an order that I think will have the best flow. I always make sure we have a sassy encore in case the crowd goes wild! Echo: What new projects are you working on now? Rudetsky: I have a series of books called Seth’s Broadway Diary which is a collection of my Playbill columns where I write about all my celebrity interviews and my various interactions with Broadway stars and divas. Volume one and two came out over the last two years and I’m in the middle of editing

volume three, Echo: What’s on your wish list for 2017? Rudetsky: I really hope there’s a great rise in activism for social justice. Echo: How will the Scottsdale performance appeal to your fans from the LGBTQ community? Rudetsky: LGBT[Q] audiences seem to have an affinity for the Broadway diva. This show is extra fun because there are the diva singing moments, but then you get to see the mask come off. The audience will find out how hilarious Audra is. She has a mortifying story about being at a lunch at Oprah’s house and being busted accidentally by Chaka Khan. Just hearing all those names onstage should be enough to make LGBT people come out in droves! And if you want one more reason for the LGBT audience to come, forget his fabulous singing! Just Google a picture of Will Swenson. Hubba hubba!

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Audra McDonald with special guest Will Swenson feat. Seth Rudetsky Jan. 28 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale Tickets: $55-$89; 480-499-8587

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Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History By Terri Schlichenmeyer


ou can’t bear to look at the score. Whatever it is, it’s going to be close. Both sides are playing well today, and they’re all very talented. Your team might win. They might lose. Or, as in the new book Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History by Molly Schiot, they might alter the way the whole thing’s played. Growing up, Schiot says, “I thought only men could be champions.” Most popular sports-themed movies indicated as much; so did TV before cable. Few tales of women in sports were widely known, so Schiot, a Hollywood director, searched until she found a “treasure trove of images” that “inspired me to pull theses stories out of the dark.” Take the story of Alice Marble. Marble was a Grand Slam championship tennis winner many times over, but her “posttennis life” was equally remarkable: shortly after losing both her husband and her baby, Marble became a spy for the Allies during World War II. Althea Gibson was the first tennis player to break the color barrier at the U.S. Open. But did you know that there were a lot of African American women who fought on the courts before her: Ruth Harris, Lillian Hardy, Alfreda Jackson, Clementine Redmond. Of course, this book includes such

athletes as Billie Jean King, Babe Didrikson Zaharaias, Nadia Comaneci, Renée Richards and Diana Nyad. You’ve heard about them, but you may not know that Olympian Abby Hoffman masqueraded as a boy when she was nine years old, in order to play hockey in Canada. You may not know about the abuse the first female professional baseball umpire got during ump school, the jeers the first female Boston Marathon runner endured or the record snatched from Kitty O’Neil. You might have seen an in-your-face move by skater Surya Bonaly, but you don’t know what bullfighter Conchita Cintrón did, or that Negro League baseballer Toni Stone cheekily befriended prostitutes while on the road. Because of what an autopsy revealed, you might not know about Stella Walsh at all. And there’s a chance that many of these women couldn’t have reached their goals or made history without the efforts of Bernice Sandler and Edith Green.

Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History by Molly Schiot. Simon & Schuster, 2016 | $25.

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Four Tips for Making the Most of an Injury By Tia Norris


ersonally, I’m convinced that I’ll to live forever, but there comes a time in every athletes career when they must face their mortality aka injury.

activity in time; ligaments and tendons get much trickier (I would recommend getting imaging done and seeing an orthopedic specialist).

It’s an unfortunate and seldom discussed reality of training; the more frequently and more intensely you train, the more likely you are to wind up injured. It is simply unavoidable.

But, whatever you do, stay off of the affected body part until you’ve talked to a professional! Don’t try to “work through it,” dumbass. For the last time: let it heal.

At first, an injury seems like it’s the end of the world, which is understandable because injuries affect your body and – even more dangerous – your mind. And trust me, when an injury gets into your head, then you’ve really lost. Trust me, I’ve spend the better part of this winter finding ways to manage an injury I sustained, while staying on track with my Ironman 2017 goals. So, here are my top four strategies to keep your mind right while allowing your body to fully heal through an injury: 1. Rest. Seriously. This might seem like a no-brainer, but even I have to constantly remind even myself to get proper rest. This is very difficult for most people, especially if you’re an exercise junkie! I have found that many clients don’t even know what the word rest means. Simply put, if you’ve had the bad luck of incurring a serious injury, you must let it heal completely. The alternative is chronic or worse injuries, and I promise the rest is worth it. Of course, each injury is different – muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons and so on – and, therefore, requires a different treatment protocol. Each type of injury should be treated differently, according to either your doctor or your trainer. Generally speaking, bone injuries require NO weight bearing; muscular injuries require complete rest at first and then lighter, high-volume 52



2. Stop Crying and Find What You Can Do. Now that you’ve agreed to rest the body parts affected by your injury, let’s take a survey of all the body parts you’ve got left. It’s easiest to think of your body in terms of halves: upper and lower. If you have a serious upper body injury, you can still work all things lower body, ranging from cardio (running, biking, ellipticizing, kickboxing, etc.), to weightlifting (squats, deadlifts, leg press, lunges, etc.), to certain forms of yoga and dance and so on. If you have a serious lower body injury, you can still work all things upper body, ranging from cardio (swimming, boxing, upper body cycling, rowing, etc.) to weightlifting (all lifts for shoulders, chest, back, and arms) and more. Get creative! Remember, the world of fitness is truly infinite. If you tell me you “have nothing to do when injured,” you’re just being lazy. Pull it together, and let go of the injury! Stop thinking about it and stop bitching about it. Feeding into the sob story of how you got injured is not going to make the recovery time go any faster. So own it and find something else to work on! 3. Find Other Outlets Of Expression. If you’re injured, particularly if you have a long recovery window, and you need to find other things in life that make you happy. For instance, even though I live for health and fitness, I have so many

other things that help me pass time and feel good about myself – making floral arrangements, cooking, home décor, my cats (I’m a true Cancer through and through), traveling and reading to name a few examples. Surely, you have other interests aside from health and fitness, as well. Find something else, even if it’s just one thing, that really captivates you and focus on that for a few weeks or months. The time will fly, I promise! 4. Find the Silver Lining. I always say, “injury is a great teacher.” Try to find the silver lining of the injury. Ask yourself such questions as: • Why did I injure myself in the first place? • Was I being reckless, or doing something in a way I shouldn’t have been doing it? • Was I overtraining? • Did I not pay attention to recovery, like massage, chiropractor, acupuncture? • What does the injury allow me to focus on now that I didn’t have time or energy for when I was training hard? There is a silver lining, which is the fact that there is something to learn. If you believe that everything happens for a reason, you must strive to figure out why this happened – or you’re doomed to repeat it in the future. Remember folks, injury is inevitable as you ramp up your frequency and performance. Accept it! Rest what hurts, work the hell out of what doesn’t hurt, find other ways to pass time while you’re recovering, and make sure you’ve learned your lesson for next time! Tia Norris is the president and head trainer at FitPro, LLC, a local fitness company. Find out more at health & fitness

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lot of LGBTQ adults will tell you their awareness of their sexualromantic attractions and/or gender uniqueness stretches back to their earliest memories. One of the clearest ways my protoqueerness reared its beautiful head when I was a youngster was through my crushes. My choice of celebrity role models and real-life infatuations provided ample evidence that “one of these things is not like the others,” and it was me. Take, for example, the interrogation I received when I was six and I was required to hang out with an age mate while my parents went to a party. This girl rhapsodized for at least 30 minutes on the many virtues of David Cassidy of “The Partridge Family” and was quite put out that I didn’t share her excitement about him. About 10 years later, I was jokingly accused of not being an “All-American girl” for being oblivious to the male starpower of Bruce Willis during his “Moonlighting” days. (He did have nice hair then.) In between those exposures as a romantic outlier, I was busy surreptitiously having crushes on an assortment of fetching girls and women, including: • Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter) I thought her outfit was too skimpy, but she was strong, had an invisible plane and fought Nazi spies! • The Bionic Woman (Lindsay Wagner) This heroine had extra-human strength and she, too, got to do cool spy stuff. • Jo from “The Facts of Life” (Nancy McKeon) She had a motorcycle and wore a leather jacket. That is all. (Swoon.) • Actress Kristy McNichol The actress who was the source of this crush combined girl-next-door looks with a sweet charm. If I had actually seen her and Tatum O’Neal in the movie “Little Darlings” when it came out in 1980, I think I would have spontaneously combusted. When it came to my real-life infatuations, I was a sucker for




a strong, sporty girl, or a smart, confident woman. While I didn’t have too many crushes who were secret agents (unless they were really good at keeping that secret!), I did have Gaby and Lisa, who were star athletes in soccer and basketball; Stephanie, who led our high school newsroom with both intelligence and a sense of humor; Allison, who wowed me in college with her guitar playing and out-lesbian charm; and my high school band director and journalism teacher, who set my musical and professional writing aspirations on a firm foundation. Looking back on all this, I’ve come to realize that crushes represent our projections of what we value, who we find attractive (very important for young LGBTQ hearts and minds!), and the sort of people we want to become. My sporty crushes reflected my love of being active. My spy crushes demonstrated the crafty and significant ways in which I wished to use my intelligence. The musician crushes connected my passion for the arts to the passion I felt for my talented musical friends. My crushes on my teachers gave me hope that I would some day develop into a professional who had something to give back to others. My motorcyclegal crushes … well … while I’m doing well to pedal around the neighborhood on my adult tricycle, I think those infatuations represent the wildness and subversiveness that lives beneath my suburban middle-class exterior. Lately, I have taken to consciously seeking out grown-up crushes and sharing my affinity for these fine women (and the occasional fellow, since there are a few gentlemen who also meet these aspirational criteria for me) with other besotted comrades. Currently my fangirl list is taken up by the following celebrities: • Rachel Maddow Rhodes scholar, out lesbian, policy wonk, pantsuit wearer extraordinaire and one of the most intelligent and incisive news commentators out there. What’s not to like? (And cute as a button, too.)

• Sarah McLachlan I’m a huge fan of Sarah’s unique songwriting and singing talents. I love the fact that she can turn even the most upbeat holiday song into a minor key dirge. I also love that she dealt with creepy deranged fans by writing the song “Possession,” which made her money off of their unwanted letters to her. • Claire (Caitriona Balfe) from the “Outlander” TV series No matter what century she’s in, Claire speaks up for what’s right, takes care of those more vulnerable than herself, and supports her equally sexy husband Jamie while looking fabulous in 18th century haute couture. • Jennifer Lawrence Because she is just a general badass. No matter how submissive or powerless her character starts out behaving in a movie (her role in Joy being a recent example), she finds a way for them to pursue their own destiny, often with a great deal of selfassertive flair. Filmmaker Wes Anderson has written about both the power and danger of crushes for early adolescents. “When you’re 11 or 12 years old, you can get so swept up in a book that you start to believe that the fantasy is reality,” he said. “I think when you have a giant crush when you’re in fifth grade, it becomes your whole world. It’s like being underwater; everything is different.” Adults have the option, given their more seasoned perspective, of coming up for air when they have a crush. We can dive deeply into the positive qualities our crushes represent to us – but also have the sense to realize that the strengths we see in them are also in us, and have been there the whole time, waiting to be discovered and expressed. Liz Massey has been involved in LGBTQ community-building activities in Kansas City and the Valley of the Sun, and is a former managing editor of Echo Magazine. She can be reached at COMMUNITY

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