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CONTENTS: 10/06/11

FEATURES 20

INTRODUCTION

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FASHION

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EVENTS

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PRIDE ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP PARADE ROUTE

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NIGHTLIFE

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URBAN CULTURE

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Proud Survival Skimming through the mundane examinations of picturesque captures of wild life in cold Russia online, I stumbled upon an image of a rare baby albino seal that was utilizing its raw instinct to survive under a log all by itself. Alone, wet, with near blind eyesight because of its inherited albinism, he looked dazed and seemingly to have just discovered ways to glide across the chilly sand upon the arrival to this world. No other seals were in sight. No little seals to play with. No adult seals to get assistance from. No friends. No mother or father. No one. This cute ginger-colored baby seal was abandoned by his colony because he was different. What happened to the baby seal paints a correlated picture of what most of us go through as we grow up to understand what it means to be “different”. Being different in our case is being gay, but what sort of preconceived notion does an individual have to call on what is deemed different in his eyes? Just because the bible or the social norm dictates that marriage is between a man and a woman then thou shall not lay with another man if you are a man? Marriage equality is a sensitive subject, but I merely want to understand why people respond to something different with fear, and thus reject its existence by abandoning it altogether. This is when I call upon the wisdom of the founding fathers of gay movements back before most of us were born. New York City, 1969, Stonewall Inn. At 1:20AM, four policemen, two patrol officers, one detective and one deputy inspector barged in through the double doors and wreaked havoc upon the (now) famed gay club. None of the officers were following protocols. Men were being pushed, shoved and women were being bullied. It was a massive confusion and conundrum. Weeks leading up to this raid, the NYC officers had already ransacked other gay friendly places without any justification. Anger brooded and sorrow soared. It was what they called, “the last straw.” Michael Fader, one of the many people who accounted this event, recalled: We weren’t going to be walking meekly in the night and letting them shove us around. There was something in the air, freedom a

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long time overdue, and we’re going to fight for it. It took different forms, but the bottom line was, we weren’t going to go away. And we didn’t. Fader and the many people who shared his ideal gallantly fought for what they believed in. While we all learned the many things that transpired after that fateful night, we, as a homosexual society can’t afford to relinquish what Fader and company have taught us: Freedom and the will to fight for the right for being who you are. I want to ask the reader, as a gay individual, what aspect of being gay stands out that you are most proud of? It could be anything. As for our baby seal, his only worry was to have the will to live. He should be proud of his courage. The near blind baby seal didn’t flinch when he was left behind. He was doing his best to survive, even if his chances were slim. He hid under the log to seek shelter. He learned to glide across the sand to run from the photographers. Even though no other seals cared for him he fought for the life that was given to him and he succeeded. Comments email: pengperspective@yahoo. com The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Fenuxe Magazine.


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Local Hero:Jon Santos I approached Fenuxe Magazine with the idea of writing about individuals doing good work in our community. With the passing of Allen Thornell and Philip Rush I wanted give these people recognition while they were alive and not a sad afterthought. I have a list of people including Allen & Phil I wanted to write about. With the energy of Atlanta Pride in the air it seemed the appropriate time to start the series. My first subject is Jon Santos - How does one warrant being the type of individual significant enough to have the president of the United States of America read, acknowledge and respond to an email, let alone be included in the book Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President by Eli Saslow? Imagine the President participating in the “It Gets Better Campaign” and being so impressed, you email him, share your own “It gets better story” and have him respond. Imagine being so shocked when someone contacts you from White House Communications, not believing that person or Eli Saslow, when asked if you’re willing to have your story included in a book about letters to the President. Imagine Eli coming to visit and spending several days with you and your friends to get enough background material to fill a chapter in that same book. Jon Santos is one of those people.

Does anybody remember the movie “American President” with Michael Douglas and Annette Bening? Michael Douglas, the President calls Annette to ask her out, she hangs up, he calls her again and not believing him says “Yeah right, who is this really?” Well, that was Jon’s reaction to the White House call. His language was a little more colorful, but you get my drift. Fast forward, he agrees to have someone talk to him and we have his introduction to Eli Saslow, the author of the book. Jon was thinking a short interview and some page time. Anyone who knows Jon can confirm Jon warrants more the a little page time. Eli learned firsthand what it is like walking in Jon’s shoes or at least next to him by sharing several days with him and seeing what life with Jon might be like. Eli will agree; Jon lives his life and his work with equal passion. I spent quality time with Jon preparing for this article. I am fortunate enough to consider Jon my friend. I always knew Jon was a “one in a million” type of individual. The fact that he is included in the book “Ten Letters…” is proof. The President has a staff member choose ten pieces of correspondence for him to read over dinner each night. He gets thousands of communications every day. There was something about Jon’s email that struck a chord with not only the staffer, but the President as well. Jon will tell you he loves his job, is surprised that others are not that lucky. He would be involved as much if not more even if what he does for a living was not his job.

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I learned Jon spent much of his life in Hawaii and Southern California. He was bullied in high school and contemplated suicide. He went to Loyola Marymount, a Catholic University where “Sister Peg” had a major impact on Jon’s life, defined his value as a human being and had a large bearing on his life and the direction it took. She recognized Jon’s value as a “man of service”, told him


President Obama and Eli Saslow that he was and taking that to heart Jon has made that his life. Lucky for us he spent time here during the 1996 Olympics or he might be the jewel in some other non-profit’s crown in Seattle, WA. He is a passionate human being whose energy is contagious, sometimes manic. He wears his emotions on his sleeve. He freely admits he cries every day. The tears may be of joy or of sorrow. He is not embarrassed by them.

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What My Husband Doesn’t Know (Opening Night): Cobb Energy 8PM DJ Mike Pope: Heretic 9PM “Night of the Comet”: Plaza Theatre 9:30PM

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 5th Annual Empty Bowl Project: Wired & Fired ALL DAY Monday Evening Run with Atlanta Front Runners: 905 Juniper St. 7:30PM


CALENDAR : 10/06 - 10/19 Songwriter’s Open Mic: Eddie’s Attic 7:30PM Movies at Dusk “Another Gay Movie”: Joe’s DUSK Live Piano with David Reeb: Mixx 8PM

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 AGLCC Business Builder Luncheon: Carpe Diem (Decatur) 11:50AM Exploring Sacred Space with Ben Johnson: Charis 7:30PM Artic Monkeys: Tabernacle 8PM

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12 AGLCC Business Builder Luncheon: SOHO (Vinings)11:30AM PALS Bingo Night: Jungle 6:30PM Cyndi Lauper and Dr. John: Cobb Energy 7PM Bingo with Heather Daniels: Le Buzz 10:30PM

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 “The Big Year” In theatres: Citywide “Footloose” In Theaters: Citywide “The Thing”: In Theaters: Citywide Sex Drive (Opening Night): The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center 11AM Mike Howard Good Ole Boy (Opening Night): The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center 11AM Food Truck Fridays: Atlantic Station 11AM Martinis & IMAX: Fernbank 6:30PM Frisky Money CD Release Party: Red Light Café 7:30PM Bob Mould: Eddie’s Attic 7:30PM Rock out with Rockapella: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 8PM Picasso at the Lapin Agile: OnStage Atlanta 8PM Duran Duran: Chastain 8PM

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 Atlanta Fall Fit Fest with Stepp Stewart and Dr. Oz: Convention Center 9AM The Great ARTdoors Festival: Hambridge Center 10AM

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anti-bullying initiatives. I had a good friend named Phillip Rush who supported me for Mayor and who supported me when I was in the state senate and general assembly. He is really the individual who educated me about bullying issues related to young girls and boys who were gay or lesbian who were coming out and what a traumatic experience that is for many of them. I have known about it for a long time. I was, less than 8 weeks ago, at Sutton Middle School joining with the anti-defamation league on their “No Place for Hate” campaign. I am using the office of the Mayor to expand those programs. Obviously that is the purview of the Atlanta public school system, but I have the ability to draw attention to the topic. And I have been doing that as recently as the last 100 days. I am going to continue to do that. We really need the anti-bullying and “No Place for Hate” campaign in every single public school in the APS system. As you know, right now, it is in less than a dozen schools. I am working through my relationships with the leaders of APS to expand the “No Place for Hate” campaign and the anti-bullying campaign to every school in the APS system. Fenuxe: You have been Mayor for almost two years. Do you feel you have accomplished what you set out to accomplish when you took the oath of office? Reed: I think we have accomplished a lot. When I became Mayor the city was facing an unfunded pension liability of $1.5 billion that if we had had the same actual performance that we had over the last ten years would have grown to $4 billion dollars which was putting the city in a position of fiscal peril. I think we have solved the biggest pension obligation challenge the city ever faced. Our pensions were funded as low as 51%. During my time in office we have now reversed that and put the city on a path to paying down the billion and half liability. [We] Improved the city’s balance sheet from 25 million to 32 million a year and we have not raised property taxes. Speaking specifically to the LGBT community, I received some criticism when I placed Jack Dalton in as leader, elevated Major Probst, who is very happy at the APD now and is in a deputy chief position. Jack Dalton just won one of the awards as being one of the best police officers of the year. And crime is down in zone 6 (midtown) by 18%. We have grown cash reserves from 7.4 million from when I was here to more than 70 million now. That is 56 million audited and verified. When we close out the next set of books we will be at 70 million. Speaking to Zone 6 area we completed the transaction for the sale city hall east. 2 million square foot building that was an eye sore. It is now going to be taken over by Jamsetown

Properties and this will see $180 million in direct investment to rehab it. Probably generate a billion dollars in economic benefit and will help revitalize the Ponce De Leon core. I think that was a big win for us. We just left today EUE/Screen Gems which is contributing to a growing motion picture film entertainment business. Every single sound stage is full. At EUE we have passed a billion dollar mark in terms of the number of the numbers of films and TV that are done in any given year. We did the deal to bring Porsche North America to the city of Atlanta. They are building a $100 million headquarters. 300 people will be employed with an average salary of $65,000 and that will be in city of Atlanta proper. We have done all these things in less than 22 months in office, so I feel okay. Fenuxe: Where do see the city headed in 5-10 years? Reed: I think at the end of the day the country is going to be divided into 8 mega regions that are driven by powerful cities. I believe we’re going to be the center of the southern mega region. I think we will be the logistics center for the western hemisphere. Not in 5 years, in about 15 years, but the bones will be laid for that. That is why the port of Savannah is so important because it will give us a port that can handle Panama Canal freight which is 3 times the size of what it is today by 2014. All that will come through Savannah and then be dispersed throughout the southeast. I think the city will be stronger financially than it has been in its history. I believe my successor will just have a great job being mayor. I inherited this job at the worst time in our lifetime. There has never been a worse time to be Mayor than today. Fenuxe: Gay pride is a huge event for the city as well as the entire state. It is a chance for the city to shine. What tips do you have for people who have never been to Atlanta? Reed: Well, of course, they have to start at Outwrite, Phil Rafshoon’s place. Outwrite is the center of gravity. I like the restaurant Einstein’s which I think they have to stop by. I think those would be the two starting points to get to know the lay of the land. Everything that is by 14th street, the Four Seasons, the Loews will be the center of gravity. I think that is the place to launch from and make that home base then go from there. Fenuxe: What pride events are you attending in official capacity or just for fun? Reed: I’ll play it by ear. I attended the events last year. I have never seen the Georgia Aquarium look like it did last year. I plan on going back there for sure to see if they can pull that off twice. FENUXE.COM : 61


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Pride Primer with JP Sheffield Most people who attend pride festivals have no idea how much work goes into making them fabulous. Truth be told an endless amount of effort makes them successful. Atlanta Pride is lucky to have James Parker Sheffield as their executive director. JP took a few minutes out of his hectic pre-pride schedule to give Fenuxe the inside scoop of what to expect at this yearʼs festival. Fenuxe: Do you feel people are more receptive and understanding of having pride in October? JP: Absolutely. The feedback becomes more positive each year. We had the best weather in the history of the event last year and that did a lot for the enthusiasm around the new weekend. Fenuxe: Last year we noticed a lot more diversity at the festival. Are you feeling that the same way? JP: The goal is inclusion. Diversity can be a hard thing to measure, so I always find it the safest bet to just operate from a place of “it could be better.” Fenuxe: You have already sold out all the vendor booths. Why do you think it happened sooner this year? JP: Vendors love the new date. They love the weather. They love the crowds. They love not having to decide between coming to Atlanta Pride, New York Pride, or San Francisco Pride. Fenuxe: You have an impressive list of performers lined-up for the festival this year! JP: We’ve always booked great acts, they just haven’t always been well known at the time they play our event. People like the Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins, and Jennifer Nettles all graced our stages early in their careers Fenuxe: Obviously there will be a lot of buzz around Deborah Cox, Wynter Gordon and Ari Gold, but of the lesser known acts who do you think is a must see? JP: DEMIZES. He’s played our event a few times now. Last year he performed after missing a couple of prides. I’ve never seen a crowd response like that before.

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Fenuxe: This year’s pride is taking place the same weekend as Yom Kippur. What special steps has the Atlanta Pride Committee taken to ensure that the Jewish community is included in the events of the weekend? JP: We’ve worked very closely with Rabbi Josh Lesser and Congregation Bet Haverim throughout the year. A few of the things we worked out include moving the Commitment Ceremony from Saturday to Thursday, helping to promote the CBH activities, and providing free shuttle service from the park to Yom Kippur services Fenuxe: As a member of the trans community yourself, do you feel that the world is becoming a more accepting place for transgendered people? JP: I think there is a lot of work still to be done in terms of the trans community gaining acceptance, even within the LGB community. While there does seem to be a greater effort to include the “T,” it’s still often just in speech or writing, not in action. There are still plenty of people who don’t understand us and don’t think we belong as part of the community.


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This year’s Atlanta Pride entertainment line-up is a tasty buffet of fabulous treats. The cherry on top; dance music queen Deborah Cox. This woman has been pumping out booty-shaking beat after booty-shaking beat for more than a decade. The last few years has seen her shift her focus to the theater, but don’t worry she still plans on making fab music. Miss Cox took a few minutes from recording to give the low-down on her diva-self. Fenuxe: You do a lot of prides and other LGBT events and you have a ton of gay fans. Does your connection with the LGBT community go deeper than music? Deborah: Well, music is deep, to me, ya know, so to have such a following in the gay community is flattering because I know that they are the trend setters and they are the ones who set the standard of what is hot. I love that the fans have been so loyal throughout the years. Fenuxe: Have you been to Atlanta before? Deborah: Oh yeah, many time! I have just never done pride, but have been to Atlanta for different club events and radio station events. Fenuxe: What do you love most about our city? Deborah: Every time I go there I remember my first album. I spent like a good three months in Atlanta recording with Dallas Austin when we did “Sentimental”, “My Radio” 80 : OCTOBER 6, 2011

and songs from the first album. There were some really, really great times. I remember the Waffle House. (laughs) Fenuxe: We love the Waffle House. Deborah: (laughs) Yeah, we were just so young and just having so much fun. I remember the late, late nights in the studio. All I remember was there were too many damn Peachtrees. (laughs) It was very hard giving directions, but really good memories when I think about Atlanta. Fenuxe: GPS makes it a lot easier now, just so you know. Deborah: (laughs) Right exactly. (laughs) Fenuxe: What do you think has lead to your longevity while others have fallen by the way side? Deborah: I think the fact that I have never compromised my integrity or the style that I loved to do, which has been R&B, Pop,


Dance, Jazz. I do what I feel. I do what I love. I do the songs that resonate to me. I really kind of stick to my guns when it comes to music. I think that is why I am still here. I perform a lot. I do a lot of live shows and I show love back to the audience. I really appreciate all the fans that I have an, ya know, I don’t ever take advantage. Fenuxe: You’re slated to do “Josephine” on Broadway. Is doing theater something you always wanted to do? Or was it just something that appeared and you were like, “Cool, I’ll do it”? Deborah: A little bit of both. I did musicals in high school and I went to a performing arts high school. It wasn’t foreign to me, the stage and doing musicals and stuff like that. It was just a matter of what the part was. But when I did Aida it was an opportunity, really of a lifetime, to step into the role like that and do a show with Elton and Tim Rice’s music was a dream. It was like a Godsend it was just perfect timing on many levels. I jumped at the opportunity. Once I heard murmuring of producers, Ken Waissman, wanting me to do the role of Josephine I was like, “I have to do this.” It gives me the opportunity to originate a role. As an artist that is the biggest compliment to set the standard of what this woman’s life is going to be. To have me as part of that process is really, really gratifying. I am really looking forward to the show. Fenuxe: When does “Josephine” open? Deborah: Spring 2012. It has been a long process. The whole Broadway thing has taught me so much, especially originating a role. There are a lot of moving parts. There are a lot of people involved. The set designers, the costume designers, the director. There is a lot of work in progress. It is never really done until you put it up on stage. Fenuxe: Will the play cover all of Josephine Baker’s amazing life or just a small part? Deborah: It tells the story of Josephine Baker during four years of her life when she was getting ready to join the French resistance, when she was having her steamy affair with the prince of Sweden. It really shows the arch of her need for love and her distaste for racism during her upbringing in St. Louis in the early 20s. We focus on her fight and her patriotism to France and her journey of love. Fenuxe: Is the play a mix of music, dance and traditional theater or is it mostly singing and dancing? Deborah: We tell the story through song, but there is a lot of drama. A lot of drama!

Fenuxe: Who are your co-stars in the play? Deborah: This amazing actor, Broadway and theater actor, named Tristan Sturrock, who is out of London. He is the co-star, but I am not sure who else has been cast in the Broadway production. Fenuxe: Does this mean you are shifting your focus away from studio work and more on theater? Deborah: I hope to do it all. I hope to do both. I hope to continue to maintain what I do on CDs and in music and also do the show. As an artist I get really bored very quickly. (laughs) I like to keep it moving and like to do different things. I like to keep it interesting and I don’t like to do one genre. I am doing another Jazz album. Of course I am in the studio right now trying to finish up the R&B/Pop album. We have our dance single that is brewing as well. Fenuxe: What are the dance singles? Deborah: A couple singles actually. One I did with Tony Moran called “Tenderness” and another one called “If it Wasn’t for Love” with Mixin Marc. I think it has been the happiest I have ever been musically, artistically, in my life. I have so many platforms to do what I love to do. Ultimately it is singing. Whatever the style is, whatever the genre, whatever that entails I am the most happy. Fenuxe: Since you get bored very easily does the possibility of a three year run on Broadway terrify you? Deborah: You know it is funny because I have always said that if I were to go back on Broadway to do something long term it would have to be something I loved. And I have to love the music. In the case with Aida I loved the music. I loved being there every night singing those songs. It didn’t feel mundane. This role is the most challenging because it is dancing, it is acting, heavy intense acting, and singing. So, that is not going keep me bored at all. (laughs) Fenuxe: Thank you for taking the time away from the studio. We look forward to your performance at pride. Deborah: I am looking forward to it. I didn’t realize the show was going to be outdoors so I am going to mix up the set a little bit.

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I go to pride every year with my two best friends. For the most part we have a great time and I love them dearly. However, it seems that they always rely on me to be the “adult.” This means taking care of them if they get drunk, wiping away tears if they get dumped and calming them down if they feel duped. This year I don’t want to be the “adult,” I want to be the fool. I know they will be annoyed, but one of them must step up this year and take care of me. How do you think I should approach the subject?

At the risk of sounding like a total bitch, are you sure they want you to take care of them? I have a friend who does this any time she comes out – assumes the mother hen role. All right, so I might have had most of a bottle of Jameson and be unable to find my shoe, credit card, diaphragm, boyfriend, or the rest of the bottle of Jameson, but I really don’t need any help with that stuff. But mother hen starts clucking about finding it before someone uses it/sleeps with it/throws it away and then I have to leave my revelry to play drunken scavenger hunt. Which I hate even more than hung-over scavenger hunt--point is, your friends might not really want you drying their tears any more than you want to dry them.

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1510 Piedmont Ave.

465 Boulevard

Swinging Richards 1400 Northside Dr.

1492 Piedmont Ave.

Oscar’s

My Sister’s Room LeBuzz 1271 Glenwood Ave.

Mixx

PIEDMONT AVE.

2715 Buford Higway

2069 Cheshire Bridge Rd.

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Boy Next Door

1447 Piedmont Ave NE

Bellissima

560 Amsterdam Ave.

1510 Piedmont Ave.

Burkharts

585 Franklin Road

1510 Piedmont Ave. AMSTERDAM AVE.

14TH ST.

Amsterdam

302 Amsterdam Ave. 12TH ST.

Einstein’s

F.R.O.G.S.

1077 Juniper St.

931 Monroe Dr. 10TH ST.

1049 Juniper St.

TWELVE Boutique

Outwrite Bookstore 1510 Piedmont Ave.

PIEDMONT AVE.

JUNIPER ST.

PEACHTREE ST.

WEST PEACHTREE ST.

I-75 I-85

SPRING ST.

1000 Piedmont Ave. Ste. D

Bulldogs

Blake’s

227 10th St.

MONROE DR.

Joe’s On Juniper

Friends On Ponce

893 Peachtee St.

736 Ponce de Leon Ave.

PONCE DE LEON AVE.

Atlanta Eagle

308 Ponce de Leon Ave. NORTH AVE.

Model-T

669 Ponce de Leon Ave.

30% off All swimwear

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MONDAY Woofs – Texas Hold’em Poker – 7:30PM Mixx – Pianist David Reeb – 8PM Las Margaritas – Dragamundo – 8:30PM Jungle – Stars of the Century – 11PM Blake’s – Drag on the Edge – 11PM

TUESDAY

Swinging Richards – No Cover Tuesdays – 6:30PM Oscar’s – Show Tune Tuesdays - 8PM Mary’s – Mary-oke – 9PM Amsterdam – Evolve – 9PM Burkhart’s – Karaoke – 11:30PM

The latest and hottest events going on every week in gay Atlanta. For location information and a full list of venues, check out the Gay Atlanta Map

WEDNESDAY FROGS – Trivia – 7:30PM Joe’s on Juniper – Crazy Bitch Bingo – 8PM Model T – Karaoke Singalong – 9:30PM Mary’s – The Honey Pot – 9PM Blake’s – Feathers & Flesh – 11PM

THURSDAY Las Margaritas – Crazy Bitch Bingo – 7:30PM Joe’s on Juniper – Trivia – 8PM Heretic – Three Legged Cowboy - 8PM Gilbert’s – Etcetera – 10PM Felix’s – Karaoke – 10PM

FRIDAY Woofs - Cocktail Night - 5PM Jungle - The Wild Mustang - 7PM Mixx – WTF Fridays – 10PM The Heretic – DJ Lydia Prim – 10PM Blake’s – Kitty LeClaw’s Meow Mix – 11PM

SATURDAY

Mary’s – Hot Mess – 9PM Blake’s – Jealouse’s Daring Divas – 11PM LeBuzz – Saturday Night Fever – 11PM Jungle - Special Guest DJ’s Dance Party - 11PM Burkhart’s – P.O.P. – 11:30PM

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Blake’s – Jazz Brunch– 12PM The Hideaway – Bloody Mary Bar – 12:30PM Midtown Tavern – Hair of the Dog Brunch – 12:30PM Gilbert’s – Karaoke – 6:30PM Burkhart’s – The Armorettes – 7PM 96 : OCTOBER 6, 2011


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PARTIES // EVENTS FRIDAY OCTOBER 7

THURSDAY OCTOBER 6

2011 ATLANTA PRIDE COMMITMENT CEREMONY W ATLANTA MIDTOWN 6:30PM

THURSDAY OCTOBER 6

STRIDE INTO PRIDE

WHISKEY PARK INSIDE W ATLANTA MIDTOWN 8PM

“OUT ON FILM’S” official Closing Event, Calendar Release Party for Photographer Edward Matthews. Special appearance by Shangela.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 7

THE OFFICIAL ATLANTA PRIDE KICKOFF PARTY

THE GEORGIA AQUARIUM JUJUBEE’S LOUNGE 6:30PM

DJ Corey Craig/DJay McCraken

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THE OFFICIAL ATLANTA PRIDE KICKOFF AFTER PARTY JUNGLE CLUB ATLANTA 9PM

DJ Ed Bailey presented by Jungle Club atlanta

SATURDAY OCTOBER 8

CELEBRATE PRIDE IN STYLE ATLANTA

RENAISSANCE HOTEL MIDTOWN 6PM

Proceeds for this Event will go to Joining Hearts, Performance by Shangela

SATURDAY OCTOBER 8

PEACH MEGA DANCE PARTY

CENTER STAGE/ THE LOFT 9PM

Presented by Curve Magazine DJ Lisa Pittman


SUNDAY OCTOBER 9 SATURDAY OCTOBER 8

PRIDE @ THE RENAISSANCE

RENAISSANCE ATLANTA MIDTOWN 8PM

Hosted by Nicole Paige Brooks, Performance by EvaFe, DJ Scorpio

SATURDAY OCTOBER 8

STARLIGHT CABARET

PIEDMONT PARK/COCA-COLA STAGE 7:05PM

SUNDAY OCTOBER 9

THE OFFICIAL ATLANTA PRIDE CLOSING PARTY OPERA NIGHT CLUB 8PM

THE ONE AND ONLY TONY MORAN

DJ Scorpio, DJ Los, DJ Chus + Ceballos

Hosted by Nicole Brooks, Performance by EvaFe, DJ Scorpio

SUNDAY OCTOBER 9

JUNGLE NIGHTCLUB 9PM

DJ TWISTED DEE HERETIC 10PM

SATURDAY OCTOBER 8

FRUITS OF THE LOOM: THE UNDERWEAR PARTY PRIMAL ATLANTA 9PM

Hosted by Princess Charles, DJ Shane V

First 200 People in Free/1st 100 People get a FREE Twisted Dee CD

SUNDAY OCTOBER 9

LATE NIGHT AFTER PARTY

OPERA NIGHTCLUB BALLROOM 2:30AM

DJ Hector Fonseca

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HEy Girl HEy Holler y’all, ‘cause it’s time for Pride again! I’m sliding on my rainbow Pride panties to celebrate our community, and I hope everyone will join in with me. As a young, not-so-little drag queen, I confess that I didn’t really understand what “Pride” was really all about. “Oh, another excuse for parties, some half naked guys, and a chance to see a parade,” I thought, and while it was and is all of those things, it wasn’t until years later I understood what precipitated the original gathering we now call “Pride.” We should always know who came before us, and what the foundation was that they laid for us to live our lives today. It’s an interesting story of police, drag queens, riots and civil rights, and I encourage everyone to study our history. Imagine asking a group of people what pride means to them, and you would have unique answers based on each person’s experiences and where they feel they “fit” into the community. Twenty years ago, I was so eager to be around other gay people that I thought of it as a huge party, but as I’ve gotten older and seen the struggles we’ve overcome, and the battles we

continue to fight–I can’t help but feel... PRIDE [a deeper love, pride, a deeper love] It may sound silly to you, but that’s my unique feeling about Pride ...my pride. I’m proud of the tremendous accomplishments we have made in twenty years! I’m proud to be an entertainer, drag queen, educator, fundraiser, comedian, teacher, board member, nurturer, and the list continues... I’m proud youth are being accepted and embraced earlier by family and friends. I’m proud we’ve expanded our own definition to be inclusive of our own diversity. I’m proud we question everything and don’t accept something just because we are told to. I’m proud I can now serve openly in the military [Can you imagine Mary Edith riding on the cannon of a tank?] I’m proud that as a sign of progress, in some states, I can marry who I love. However, this girl, will not be wearing virginal white. I’m most proud of the progress we have made in taking what was a terminal disease and making it a manageable illness. We still have many hills still to climb–for each child who is supported in their decision to be honest about who they are, there are still many others who are bullied. I thank so many who have used their celebrity status in helping to put bullying in the spotlight. Particularly, I think of Ryan Murphy, writer, director, creator of “Glee” who posed the question to millions of viewers, “If you’re bullying someone who is gay, are you hiding something yourself?” It is up to each of us to make our collective voice heard. That one collective voice is made up of ALL of us. What will you do? Love and lashes,

Mary Edith Pitts

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Ultra LIBRA September 23 to October 22 Money issues are paramount right now. Pace yourself and be realistic. If you can’t afford to pay cash...don’t buy it.

SCORPIO October 23 to November 22 Like a neon sign, you are all abuzz with brilliance these days. Shine on!

HOROSCOPES : AQUARIUS January 20 to February 18 Sometimes in life a little rain must fall. Open your rainbow umbrella and dance in the puddles. It’s celebration time!

PISCES February 19 to March 20 Your loving and kind-hearted nature is about to pay off. Reap the dividends but don’t forget to make timely deposits. Ahem.

SAGITTARIUS November 23 to December 21 Forget about what’s really important, have fun and just concentrate on that perfect hook-up. You know you’re going to anyway.

GEMINI May 21 to June 20 There are leaders and followers in this world. Pick up your pompoms and lead the band!

CANCER June 21 to July 22 If there was ever a time to come out to your family, this week is the one. You’ve got lots of support out there.

LEO ARIES March 21 to April 19 Sometimes it’s fine to be the turtle rather than the hare. Especially when you’re in the front of a parade.

July 23 to August 22 Your wonderful examples of how to be the metro man are an inspiration to the newbies. Keep it up.

VIRGO

CAPRICORN December 22 to January 19 Take a nap because the early morning hours are going to be the most ‘awakening’ for you this week.

October 6 - October 19

TAURUS April 20 to May 20 Have fun and let it all hang out. This is your time to show off your best asset(s).

August 23 to September 22 People are counting on your inner strength. You know you’ve got it so don’t be afraid to share it.

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WYNTER gordon words by Michael Vorndran

The Atlanta Pride committee has outdone themselves with this year’s Atlanta Pride entertainment line-up. One of the can’t miss performances will come from rising star Wynter Gordon. If you have been to a dance club recently you have definitely heard one of her hits “Dirty Talk” or “’Til Death.” She took a few minutes away from recording her latest album, With the Music I Die, to give Fenuxe the scoop on her past, present and future. Fenuxe: You are one of the main acts at this year’s Atlanta Pride. Have you been to Atlanta before? Wynter: I’ve spent quite a lot of time in Atlanta! My favorite thing to do is hit up all the great food places like Pappadeaux Fenuxe: Have you played a lot of gay pride festivals? Wynter: I’m a veteran at this point. (laughs) Fenuxe: You have a family member who recently came out to you. Is it getting better for them and how has their struggle affected you? Wynter: With love and knowing that the people who count most in their life accepts and supports them, they have become more free. It hasn’t gotten easier for me; I see the stares and the people judging. I’m so protective of my “baby”. I wanna strangle those people who judge without even knowing someone’s heart.

Wynter: At first it did. But as I developed my own relationship with God, I realized my job on this earth is to love. I know that people are born that way from experience.

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Photography by Brooke Nipar

Fenuxe: Did your super religious upbringing challenge your acceptance of gays?


Fenuxe: You went to LaGuardia High also known as the Fame High School. Is it as intense as it is made out to be? Wynter: LAG was a blessing. It’s a school for kids who all feel out of place in the world and brings them to a place where weird is normal. It was a home, a breeding ground and incubator for talented youth. I loved every minute and it made a huge difference in my life. Fenuxe: Okay now on to your music…You have spent most of your career writing music for other people. Is writing for yourself easier or harder than writing for other people? Wynter: It’s about the same for me. Music is music. Fenuxe: Are there any songs out there that you wrote for other people that you wish you could record now for yourself?

horizon if you know what I mean. (laughs) Fenuxe: What is your song writing process? Do the words just hit you out of nowhere or do you need to set the mood? Wynter: They kinda come from God. I hear words all day. People think I’m crazy because my brain doesn’t stop giving. Fenuxe: You have done a few covers of other people’s music. Is there a song out there that you would love to record? Wynter: Eagle Eye Cherry’s “Save Tonight”. Fenuxe: Who or what inspires you? Wynter: Tina Turner, Beyonce, Will Smith’s work ethic and Oprah. Fenuxe: What is your guilty pleasure?

Wynter: Not really, I’m pretty secure on the songs I have placed on other artists. It’s been a blessing to work with them all.

Wynter: I have no vices... I’m probably gonna fly off the deep end at some point because I don’t indulge in things I lust for.

Fenuxe: Do you think growing up in the Jamaica area of Queens had a big influence on your music?

Fenuxe: What music are you listening to these days?

Wynter: Not the type of music I make, but it gave me a reason to keep pushing for my dreams. I have no place to go but up. Fenuxe: Tell us what we can expect from your album? When is it set to be released? Wynter: Secrets are fun aren’t they? All I can say is I’ve grown as a musician and writer and I’m gonna be giving you a great album that is classic.

Wynter: Oldies. Anything Pre-1995.

Get Wynter Gordon’s new Remix album “Buy My Love” on www.Beatport.com www.wyntergordon.com

Fenuxe: Your first big break was writing the title track to Mary J Blige’s “the Breakthrough” what was it like when you found out she was not only going to sing your song, but also name her album after it? Wynter: Kinda like an Ashton Kutcher Punk’d moment. Fenuxe: You now find yourself working with some of the biggest people in the business like David Guetta and Rhythm Masters and playing large music festivals. All accounts say that you are fitting in rather well. Has the rise been bumpy or smooth? Wynter: I feel like I’ve been traveling on the Underground Railroad ... It’s been scary hard and long and I still haven’t made it to freedom. I’m close though, Canada is on the FENUXE.COM : 103


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OUR WICKED, WICKED WAYS September 26 14th Street Theatre Members of the touring company of Wicked threw a cabaret to benefit Broadway Cares and Joining Hearts. The audience packed the theatre and opened their wallets for a record setting performance.

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‘DON’T ASK DONT TELL’ REPEAL CEREMONY September 19 Piedmont Park LGBT veterans joined a crowd of about 200 people to celebrate the official end to the military’s ban on openly gay servicemembers. For more photos go to ProjectQAtlanta.com, your online source for LGBT news, events, dish and buzz.

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A WEEKEND AT BURKHART’S September 23-25 Burkhart’s Anything can and will happen during a weekend at the pub. It started with an Out on Film preview party and ended with the lovely Armorettes.

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OUT! Thursday 7-10 pm

10.20.11

Join us for cocktails, music and giveaways at the Grand Opening of Look Young Atlanta in Midtown.

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BEARS FOR BOOBS September 16 Alexan Metrowest Bear 4 Boobs held a festive event to raise money for their team in the Atlanta 2 Day Breast Cancer Walk held on September 24 and 25. The group racked in an estimated $500 for the cause.

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FALL FLING September 22 Hotel Melia Out & Equal, AEN, and the AGLCC Presented the Fall Fling, gay Atlanta’s largest networking event.

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EQUALLY WED LOVE IS LOVE SHOW September 18 W Atlanta Midtown Online wedding magazine Equally Wed hosted its first showcase of wedding vendors who cater to same-sex couples. For more photos go to ProjectQAtlanta.com, your online source for LGBT news, events, dish and buzz.

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CAZWELL September 15 Jungle The boys and girls were excited to see the best gay rapper in the world. And they were not disappointed as Cazwell put on a great show.

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