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Saturday, October 22 Calling to the stage Roxie Hart, Sweeney Todd, Elphaba and more for “A Night on Broadway: Razzle Dazzle,” Jerusalem House’s premier open bar Halloween party. This year’s fundraiser will feature more bars, more gourmet lite bites, DJ Bill Berdeaux spinning dance floor beats, and the famous costume contest featuring over $3,000 in cash and prizes. 7PM, The W Atlanta

NOT TODAY SATAN, NOT TODAY Tuesday, October 25 Bianca Del Rio, the alter ego of seasoned comic Roy Haylock & Ru Paul Drag Race winner, is a self-professed “clown in a gown.” This hilariously hateful comic is known for her foul mouth and unapologetic humor, but her victims hardly have time to feel the sting before she zips on to the next topic. Join her at Variety Playhouse for a night you’ll never forget! Ticketmaster.com from $37 MUSIC

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Friday, October 28 Watch Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas while the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs the award-winning soundtrack live! Woodruff Arts Center 1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

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TRIUMEQ is a once-a-day pill used to treat HIV-1. In some people, TRIUMEQ should not be used by itself. Take TRIUMEQ exactly as your healthcare provider tells you. APPROVED USES TRIUMEQ is a prescription HIV-1 (Human Immunodeficiency Virus-type 1) medicine used alone or with other antiretroviral medicines to treat HIV-1 infection in adults. HIV-1 is the virus that causes AIDS. TRIUMEQ is not for use by itself in people who have or have had resistance to abacavir, dolutegravir, or lamivudine. TRIUMEQ should not be used in children under the age of 18. TRIUMEQ does not cure HIV-1 or AIDS. You must keep taking HIV-1 medicines to control HIV-1 infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION What is the most important information I should know about TRIUMEQ? TRIUMEQ can cause serious side effects, including: • Serious allergic reactions (hypersensitivity reaction) that can cause death have happened with TRIUMEQ and other abacavir-containing products. Your risk of this allergic reaction to abacavir is much higher if you have a gene variation called HLA-B*5701. Your healthcare provider can determine with a blood test if you have this gene variation. If you get symptoms from 2 or more of the following groups while taking TRIUMEQ, call your healthcare provider right away: 1. fever; 2. rash; 3. nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain; 4. generally ill feeling, extreme tiredness, or achiness; 5. shortness of breath, cough, or sore throat. Your pharmacist will give you a Warning Card with a list of these symptoms. Carry this Warning Card with you at all times. If you stop taking TRIUMEQ because of an allergic reaction, never take TRIUMEQ or any other abacavir- or dolutegravir-containing medicines again. If you take TRIUMEQ or any other abacavir-containing medicine again after you have had an allergic reaction, within hours you may get lifethreatening symptoms that may include very low blood pressure or death. If you stop TRIUMEQ for any other reason, even for a few days, and you are not allergic to TRIUMEQ, talk with your healthcare provider before taking it again. Taking TRIUMEQ again can cause a serious allergic or life-threatening reaction, even if you never had an allergic reaction to it before. If your healthcare provider tells you that you can take TRIUMEQ again, start taking it when you are around medical help or people who can call a healthcare provider if you need one. • A buildup of acid in your blood (lactic acidosis). Lactic acidosis can happen in some people who take TRIUMEQ. This serious medical emergency can cause death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you feel very weak or tired; have unusual muscle pain; have trouble breathing; have stomach pain with nausea and vomiting; feel cold, especially in your arms and legs; feel dizzy/light-headed; or have a fast/irregular heartbeat. • Serious liver problems can happen in people who take TRIUMEQ. In some cases, these serious liver problems can lead to death. You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or serious liver problems if you are female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking nucleoside analogue medicines for a long time. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any of the following signs or symptoms: • yellow skin, or the white part of the eyes turns yellow (jaundice); dark urine; light-colored stools; loss of appetite for several days or longer; nausea; pain, aching, or tenderness on the right side of your stomach area • Worsening of hepatitis B virus in people who have HIV-1 infection. If you have HIV-1 and hepatitis B virus (HBV), your HBV may get worse (flare-up) if you stop taking TRIUMEQ. A “flare-up” is when your HBV suddenly returns in a worse way than before. Worsening liver disease can be serious and may lead to death. Do not stop taking TRIUMEQ without first talking to your healthcare provider, so he or she can monitor your health. • Resistant hepatitis B virus. If you have HIV-1 and hepatitis B, the hepatitis B virus can change (mutate) during your treatment with TRIUMEQ and become harder to treat (resistant). ©2016 ViiV Healthcare group of companies. All rights reserved. Printed in USA. 723601R0 August 2016

• Use with interferon and ribavirin-based regimens. If you’re taking TRIUMEQ and interferon, with or without ribavirin, tell your healthcare provider about any new symptoms. Worsening of liver disease that has caused death has happened in people infected with both HIV-1 and hepatitis C who were taking antiretroviral medicines and interferon. Who should not take TRIUMEQ? • Do not take TRIUMEQ if you: • have the HLA-B*5701 gene variation • are allergic to abacavir, dolutegravir, or any of the ingredients in TRIUMEQ • take dofetilide (Tikosyn®) • have liver or kidney problems What are other possible side effects of TRIUMEQ? • People with a history of hepatitis B or C virus may have an increased risk of developing new or worsening changes in certain liver tests during treatment with TRIUMEQ. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your liver function before and during treatment with TRIUMEQ. • When you start taking HIV-1 medicines, your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections that have been hidden in your body for a long time. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you start having new symptoms after you start taking TRIUMEQ. • Changes in body fat can happen in people who take HIV-1 medicines. • Some HIV-1 medicines, including TRIUMEQ, may increase your risk of heart attack. The most common side effects of TRIUMEQ include: trouble sleeping, headache, tiredness These are not all the possible side effects of TRIUMEQ. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking TRIUMEQ? • Before you take TRIUMEQ, tell your healthcare provider if you: • have been tested and know whether or not you have a gene variation called HLA-B*5701 • have or have had liver problems, including hepatitis B or C infection; have kidney problems; have heart problems, smoke, or have diseases that increase your risk of heart disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes; drink alcohol or take medicines that contain alcohol • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if TRIUMEQ will harm your unborn baby • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you take TRIUMEQ • You should not take TRIUMEQ if you also take: • abacavir (EPZICOM®, TRIZIVIR®, or ZIAGEN®) • lamivudine (COMBIVIR®, DutrebisTM, EPIVIR®, EPIVIR-HBV®, EPZICOM, or TRIZIVIR) • emtricitabine (Emtriva®, Atripla®, Complera®, Stribild®, or Truvada®) Important Safety Information continued on next page


Peter Diagnosed with HIV in 2015

Garland Diagnosed with HIV in 2016

Leopold Diagnosed with HIV in 2003

Jeannette Diagnosed with HIV in 2011

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• Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements (for example, antacids or laxatives; vitamins such as iron or calcium supplements; anti-seizure medicines; other medicines to treat HIV-1, hepatitis, or tuberculosis; metformin; methadone; or St. John’s wort). Some medicines interact with TRIUMEQ. Keep a list of your medicines to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist. Do not start taking a new medicine without telling your healthcare provider. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Please see Important Facts about TRIUMEQ on the following pages.

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ABOUT TRIUMEQ

TRIUMEQ® may cause serious side effects, including: • Serious allergic reactions (hypersensitivity reaction) that can cause death have happened with TRIUMEQ and other abacavir-containing products. Your risk of this allergic reaction to abacavir is much higher if you have a gene variation called HLA-B*5701. Your healthcare provider can determine with a blood test if you have this gene variation. If you get symptoms from 2 or more of the following groups while taking TRIUMEQ, call your healthcare provider right away: 1. fever; 2. rash; 3. nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain; 4. generally ill feeling, extreme tiredness, or achiness; 5. shortness of breath, cough, or sore throat. A list of these symptoms is on the Warning Card your pharmacist gives you. Carry this Warning Card with you at all times. • If you stop taking TRIUMEQ because of an allergic reaction, never take TRIUMEQ or any other abacavir- or dolutegravircontaining medicines again. If you take TRIUMEQ or any other abacavir-containing medicine again after you have had an allergic reaction, within hours you may get life-threatening symptoms that may include very low blood pressure or death. If you stop TRIUMEQ for any other reason, even for a few days, and you are not allergic to TRIUMEQ, talk with your healthcare provider before taking it again. Taking TRIUMEQ again can cause a serious allergic or life-threatening reaction, even if you never had an allergic reaction to it before. If your healthcare provider tells you that you can take TRIUMEQ again, start taking it when you are around medical help or people who can call a healthcare provider if you need one. • Build-up 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: feeling very weak or tired, unusual muscle pain, trouble breathing, stomach pain with nausea or vomiting, feeling cold (especially in your arms and legs), feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or a fast or irregular heartbeat. • Serious 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 (jaundice), dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools (bowel movements), loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach pain on the right side. You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or severe liver problems if you are female, very overweight, or have been taking nucleoside analogues for a long time. • Worsening of Hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you have both HIV-1 and HBV, your HBV may suddenly get worse if you stop taking TRIUMEQ. Do not stop taking TRIUMEQ without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health regularly for several months. • Resistant HBV. If you have HIV-1 and HBV, the HBV can change (mutate) while you’re on TRIUMEQ and become harder to treat (resistant). • Use with interferon and ribavirin-based regimens. Worsening of liver disease that has caused death has happened in people infected with both HIV-1 and hepatitis C virus who are taking antiretroviral medicines and are also being treated for hepatitis C with interferon with or without ribavirin. If you are taking TRIUMEQ and interferon with or without ribavirin, tell your HCP if you have any new symptoms.

• TRIUMEQ is a prescription HIV-1 medicine used alone or with other antiretroviral medicines to treat HIV-1 infection in adults. TRIUMEQ is not for use by itself in people who have or have had resistance to abacavir, dolutegravir, or lamivudine. TRIUMEQ should not be used in children under the age of 18. • TRIUMEQ does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. You must keep taking HIV-1 medicines to control HIV-1 infection and decrease HIVrelated illnesses.

DO NOT TAKE TRIUMEQ IF YOU • have a certain type of gene variation called the HLA-B*5701 allele. Your HCP will test you for this before prescribing treatment with TRIUMEQ. • are allergic to abacavir, dolutegravir, or any of the ingredients in TRIUMEQ. See the full Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in TRIUMEQ. • take dofetilide (Tikosyn®). Taking TRIUMEQ and dofetilide (Tikosyn) can cause side effects that may be life-threatening. • have liver or kidney problems. • If you also take: abacavir (EPZICOM, TRIZIVIR, or ZIAGEN); lamivudine (COMBIVIR®, DutrebisTM, EPIVIR®, EPIVIR-HBV®, EPZICOM, or TRIZIVIR); emtricitabine (Atripla®, Complera®, Emtriva®, Stribild®, or Truvada®) abacavir (EPZICOM, TRIZIVIR, or ZIAGEN)

BEFORE TAKING TRIUMEQ Tell your healthcare provider if you: • have been tested and know if you have a particular gene variation called HLA-B*5701. • have or had any kidney or liver problems, including hepatitis B or C virus infection. • have heart problems, smoke, or have diseases that increase your risk of heart disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. • drink alcohol or take medicines that contain alcohol. • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if TRIUMEQ will harm your unborn baby. • are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you have HIV-1 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 TRIUMEQ. Do not start taking a new medicine without telling your healthcare provider


IMPORTANT FACTS (cont’d) The most common side effects of TRIUMEQ are: trouble sleeping, headache, and tiredness These are not all the possible side effects of TRIUMEQ. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any new symptoms while taking TRIUMEQ. Your healthcare provider will need to do tests to monitor your health before and during treatment with TRIUMEQ. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

MEDICINES THAT MIGHT INTERACT WITH TRIUMEQ • antacids, laxatives, or other medicines that contain aluminum, magnesium, sucralfate (Carafate®), or buffered medicines. TRIUMEQ should be taken at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after you take these medicines. • iron or calcium supplements taken by mouth may be taken at the same time with TRIUMEQ if taken with food. Otherwise, TRIUMEQ should be taken at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after you take these medicines • anti-seizure medicines: oxcarbazepine ( Trileptal ® ), phenytoin (Dilantin®, Dilantin® -125, Phenytek ®), phenobarbital, carbamazepine (Carbatrol®, Equetro ®, Tegretol®, Tegretol® -XR, Teril®, Epitol®) • any other medicine to treat HIV-1, medicines used to treat hepatitis virus infections (such as interferon or ribavirin), a medicine that contains metformin, methadone, rifampin (Rifater ®, Rifamate ®, Rimactane ®, Rifadin®), St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)

GET MORE INFORMATION • Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist • Go to TRIUMEQ.com or call 1-877-844-8872, where you can also get FDA-approved product labeling COMBIVIR, EPIVIR, EPZICOM, TIVICAY, TRIUMEQ, TRIZIVIR, and ZIAGEN are registered trademarks of the ViiV Healthcare group of companies. EPIVIR-HBV is a registered trademark of the GSK group of companies.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF TRIUMEQ

The other brands listed are trademarks of their respective owners and are not trademarks of the ViiV Healthcare group of companies. The makers of these brands are not affiliated with and do not endorse the ViiV Healthcare group of companies or its products.

TRIUMEQ can cause serious side effects including: • See “What is the most important information about TRIUMEQ?” section • Changes in liver tests. • Changes in your immune system • Changes in body fat • Some HIV-1 medicines including TRIUMEQ may increase your risk of heart attack. (cont’d)

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f course, it is natural to be curious when a moving truck rolls in to your O neighborhood. But, sometimes you’ll never know how much of a profound effect new next door neighbors can have on your life - this was especially apparent to new parents Dana Thompson and Mark Wootton.

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“Having kids was never high on our list,” Dana explained. “Well, at least not until James and Henry moved in next door with their son. We became good friends. They also made us realize, ‘our neighbors had a child, all our siblings have kids, maybe we should have kids?’” New neighbors James and Henry Parnell-Roy and their infant son, Jordan, turned out to be subtle yet very effective recruiters for children of the foster care system. “They showed us that fostering and adoption gives us the opportunity to make life better for children. We decided that’s what we were going to do,” Dana said. Dana, 52, is the owner of a company that provides physicians with medical coding and billing. He was in Atlanta in 2005 visiting a client when he happened to meet 35-year old Mark, who was in town visiting friends. “We actually met online. We started talking and found out we had so much in common, such as we were both raised in central Florida. A month later, he moved in and we’ve been together ever since. We aren’t married (yet), but we love each other and are dedicated to each other and we both want the best for our son,” Dana said.

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With coaching from James and Henry, Dana and Mark took the necessary foster-to-adopt training. They readied their home and waited for the phone to ring. They enrolled in the foster-to-adopt program, but a detour


from that plan ensured Dana and Mark had the opportunity to make life better for some other children first. Kids in Distress, the agency that trained Dana and Mark, soon called about three brothers, ages 5-9, who needed a temporary foster home but who would eventually be reunited with their mother. “It was amazing because Mark fell into a routine right away of getting them up and having breakfast, studying, playtime, and bedtime. It was so easy and, for a while, we were a family of five,” Dana recalled. The boys came to Dana and Mark in October, 2013 and stayed until June, 2014. On the day they moved in, Chase was born. “We were definitely going to be fathers to a son - we just didn’t know it yet,” Dana wryly said. Two months later Kids in Distress called once again with a plea for Dana and Mark to take in a baby boy who needed an immediate foster home placement. Born prematurely, Chase had respiratory issues and digestive problems. “He had terrible gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and threw up constantly… mostly on me,” Dana said with a chuckle. “But he’s completely outgrown those issues and today, he’s fine. “Of course we immediately agreed. We had always wanted a baby who could eventually be adopted after a time in foster care. Even at two months, he was so tiny. I could hold him in the palm of my hand. “We were ecstatic, but we knew there would be ups and down. By his first birthday, he was ours,” Mark said with pride. While the adoption of Chase was proceeding and before the judge struck his gavel to officially declare Chase Alexander Thompson-Wootton was his fathers’ son, the trio of brothers were reunited with their mother. She turned her life around and secured a home for her family. Angels James and Henry weren’t done yet, though. According to Dana, the Parnell-Roys went on a shopping spree for the family and even purchased furniture for the boys’ new home.

As difficult as it was to see the boys go, Dana said he and Mark were happy they could love and protect them during that time of their lives. The men hope they instilled some good qualities in the foster children that they will be able to rely on later in life. Today, Chase and his best buddies next door neighbors, Jordan and Victor, are happy, healthy boys beginning to explore the world around them and what it has to offer. The older boys attend pre-school together. “Chase is very well spoken and intelligent. He’s just getting into sports and, now, there is a baseball bat and mitt in the backyard that we practice with every night. That’s my job and it is an indescribable felling of joy,” Dana noted.

“We were ecstatic, but we knew there would be ups and down. By his first birthday, he was ours,” Mark said with pride.

“We owe a lot to James and Henry,” Dana mused. “If they hadn’t moved in next door, we would probably not be parents today. They encouraged us, helped us navigate the system and talked us through all the steps. With their guidance, we became Dads.” Dana said he and Mark are considering adding to their family. In the meantime, they are content, along with neighbors James and Henry, to be enthusiastic promoters of fostering and adoption. “When we run into people who want to know how our family came to pass, we tell them exactly how it was done. People are basically nice. Their reactions are typically happiness that Chase is loved and in a good home.

“As for the LGBT community, it just proves most of us want the consistency, stability and permanence of a family like anyone else,” Dana said. “There’s a very strong sense of pride when a child starts growing and basically turning into little versions of you. The love is unexplainable, really. People tell us we made a difference in one little boy’s life, but, you know what? He’s made a bigger difference in ours,” Dana admitted. Have you considered building a family? RaiseAChild is the nationwide leader in the recruitment and support of LGBT and all prospective parents interested in building families through fostering and adoption to meet the needs of the 415,000 children in the foster care system of the United States. RaiseAChild recruits, educates and nurtures supportive relationships equally with all prospective foster and adoptive parents while partnering with agencies to improve the process of advancing foster children to safe, loving and permanent homes. Take the Next Step to Parenthood at www. RaiseAChild.org or call us at (323) 417-1440.

Join RaiseAChild on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 for our 6th annual RaiseAChild HARVEST fundraiser at Mauro’s Café Fred Segal in Los Angeles, featuring performances by singer-songwriter Inara George; comedian Kira Soltanovich; and actor, comedian, and adoptive father Alec Mapa.


REVIEW

By: Terri Schlichenmeyer

BOOK REVIEW:

“THE ESSENTIAL RU PAUL”

T

he Queen has spoken.

Everyone listens because, well, how can they not? Her bearing, her stature, her very demeanor demand attention from all her subjects and in the new book “The Essential RuPaul” by John Davis, illustrations by Libby Vanderploeg, these queens have a lot to say. When RuPaul Andre Charles was a little boy, his mother told him that he would be a star someday, and she’d given him an unusual name, just so he’d stand out. That’s what he did, starting in his teens when he dropped out of the North Atlanta School of Performing Arts and began to “find his calling.” On his way, he was a member of a punk rock band, he performed as a go-go dancer, hosted a talkshow, and “hosted numerous local events” in Atlanta. Later, he moved to New York and acted in films. By 1989, after a few pauses in his fabulosity, he became “RuPaul the glamazon” and went on to even bigger fame in fashion, modeling, music, TV, and cosmetics. Following the 9/11 attacks, RuPaul briefly and “quietly” stepped back from show biz to “take a break,” but he couldn’t stay away long: in 2009, he launched RuPaul’s Drag Race, a television show that featured snarky judges and competitors in performance, sewing, comedy, and (of course) drag. In this book, we meet some of them… There’s Santino Rice, a Drag Race judge whose comments cut like a razor blade. Adore Delano, whose last-minute debut came on YouTube after her creator, Danny Noriega, appeared on American Idol. Alaska, a “Tacky Blonde Bombshell” who hailed from the state she was named after. There’s Cameroon native BeBe Zahara Benet, who arrived following a modeling gig from “an unexpected no-show of a female model.” Drag housewife BedDeLaCreme has created her own cosmetics line, featuring cruelty-free products. Following her taping of Drag Race in 2010, Carmen Carrera is now a trans TV star. Cher impersonator Chad Michaels has been fortunate to perform with Cher herself. Manila Luzon’s first appearance was as Cruella de Vil, and performer Nina Flowers enjoys her own “day” in the Denver 28: October 21, 2016

LGBT community. “The Essential RuPaul” is one really quirky book. Despite that its subtitle promises “Herstory” and more, there’s really very little here about RuPaul; four pages, to be exact, and one of those is almost totally just an illustration by artist Libby Vanderploeg. The rest of this book, alas, only has tentative relevance to RuPaul, through the drag queens that appeared on her show. And that’s fine – if that narrow subject is what you want. Author John Davis does a good job in bringing together a bedazzle of performers in this book, but the list is frustrating in its incompleteness and the minichapters with mini-biographies are woefully short and quite repetitious. That, plus the misleading title may frustrate some readers but yet, fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race probably won’t care. They’ll enjoy this book and if that’s you, then you’ll be happy when you find “The Essential RuPaul.” And long live the queens. By: Always Overbooked... Terri Schlichenmeyer The Bookworm Sez, LLC bookwormsez@gmail.com The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old and she never goes anywhere without a book.


FAITH

Spiritual Fitness:

SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

  piritual awakening is a sudden shift S in consciousness, sometimes drastic, mainly for a better life and or in a good direction. Webster’s Dictionary defines it as an enlightening realization. 

Some of us might be experiencing a spiritual awakening and not know it.  Here are 11 signs that indicate that you are experiencing and awakening or enlightening.   1. You are creating new belief systems.  2. You want more freedom and less stuff. 3. A sudden desire or change in life. 4. You find yourself drawn to inspiration & personal development. 5. You have a deep desire to connect with nature.  6. Experiencing usual burst and energy and unusual sleep patterns.  7. You have increased self talks or talks with your creator. 8. You are experiencing synchronicity. 9. You are having a greater feeling of

oneness. 10. You desire to take better care of the whole body. 11. Feeling of really deep emotions! John O’ Donahue has a famous quote: “Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving towards the summit of fulfillment”. This statement is so true. It’s kind of like an onion you begin to peel all the way to the core and begin to live again in a better way with great expression, and for people who don’t understand this it would seem very odd or crazy. That doesn’t matter because when you begin to open and shift your consciousness in a new better direction you begin to really be connected to oneself. When you are connected you are free! Finally when you are free,

BY JOSHUAH NEAL

connected and awaken you have no interest in judging others are worry about others judging you!  Spiritual awakening is also the 12th step (last step) in the TWELVE STEP PROGRAM for Alcoholic/ Substance Abuse Program or Rehab centers. The reason it is the final step is because you have to use the other 11 Steps to become awakened or enlighten. The 1st in the 12 step Program is admitting that you are powerless over alcohol and substance and you life has became unmanageable.   Therefore in the 12 Step Program you go from step 1 being powerless to the final step, step 12 being powerful and awaken of your life.   Personally I began my spiritually awakening not too long ago at all and still working on it in every single one of my affairs.  One my personal quotes that tend to refer to is: “I’m not the same soul I once was.  A lot has changed. A lot is still changing.  A lot had to have change. Therefore you can not expect out of my what I embodied in the past.  For that part of me no longer exist!” My spiritual awakening also includes daily talks with my Creator!  I’m so connected with myself right now that all I can do is just smile! Spiritual Awakening may not come when you want it to, but it will come. I promise! You may not realize it at the time it’s happening but once you start see. I hope this helps, Joshua Neal Behavioral Health Coach & Fitness Expert www.TinyHabits.com www.AnytimeFitness.com www.CrisisTextLine.com Behavioral Health & Development 2 Peachtree St NW Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 657-225


OPINION

WHY WE ARE WITH HER By Tom Tietjen

This election offers a stark choice between progressive evolution and all we have fought for as gay people and a regressive devolution of society Clinton has evolved and will continue knocking down barriers to LGBT equality. She supports passage of the Equality Act, which will amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to extend federal protections against discrimination of our community. She supports inclusion of transgender people serving in the military, and would end the practice of gay ‘conversion therapy’ on minors. Her understanding of HIV and AIDSrelated issues and concerns is unprecedented. As many have pointed out, Hillary supported gay marriage only after it was clear it was a winning issue, but she is willing to apologize and evolve on issues and become a fierce advocate. We need a President who can and will evolve in every way. Donald Trump has shown he has no loyalty to anyone on any issue, especially when it comes to LGBT issues. Trump likes to say he’d be a better President for the LGBT community and offers up donations and ties between the Clinton Foundation and donations from nations that routinely impose the death penalty for homosexuality as evidence. Yet, his selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence, the most notoriously anti-gay politician who ever ran on a national ticket, as his running mate, tells you everything you need to know about the ever devolving Donald Trump. He says he wants to make “America Great Again,” but that is a dog whistle of hate to forces who despise us and who vow to do all they can to reverse the political, legal and social gains LGBT people have made in the past several decades, particularly the past 8 years. Clinton has her faults, to be sure, but at her core she is an accomplished politician who will work to move the country forward in a positive direction for all, address income inequality, defend marriage equality, and, as she said during her recent rally in Oakland, “end discrimination against the LGBT community.” 30: October 21, 2016

Gay Media Around The Country Endorse Clinton: In Dallas, the Dallas Voice says “Clinton has said she will take the fight for LGBT equality to other nations, promoting LGBT human rights and making sure that America’s foreign policy is inclusive of LGBT people, including increasing the country’s investment in the Global Equality Fund to advance human rights.” This endorsement was the first in the newspapers 30 years. Gay City News in New York City says ” Clinton is a natural on the question of HIV/ AIDS given her lifelong commitment to expanding health care opportunities for all Americans. With the Affordable Care Act facing challenges from both continued Republican recalcitrance and the recent threats by some leading insurers to pull out, America needs a president committed to building on Obama’s progress, which for all the poisoned backlash aimed at it, has brought health care to more than 20 million Americans previously uninsured. Not enough, but not a record we can afford to retreat from.” Bay Windows in Boston says “Clinton has the most ambitious plan for LGBT Americans of any candidate ever. More than any candidate before her. She has vowed to fight for the federal Equality Act, work to outlaw dangerous “conversion therapy” for minors, ending the epidemic of transgender violence, and supporting HIV prevention and affordable treatment. Clinton will forward the success of the Obama administration.” Windy City Times in Chicago says “Just because Clinton is qualified to do this job does not mean she has not made mistakes. There is no one that makes it to that level of public service and achievement, living in the spotlight for five decades, without some baggage. Elizabeth Warren shines so bright because she has only recently entered the electoral arena. If she served longer, she would likely have made some compromises. Even Bernie Sanders made compromises on guns because of his electoral base, and his own political career had many years of non-participation. Clinton never stopped. She has had far more time in the spotlight—and as a woman that has meant an even tougher road. Perhaps not everyone


would make the same mistakes as Clinton, and her lapse in judgment about emails, speeches and the appearances of conflict at the Clinton Foundation are troubling, but these things do not disqualify her to be U.S. president.” Philadelphia Gay News, the newspaper that solicited Hillary’s op-ed below, extolls readers to realize they are key to her election…or the election of Donald Trump…since Pennsylvania is a swing state vital the election of either. “Just like our current president, Clinton’s stance on marriage equality evolved over the years, and she became a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage several years ago. Critics have pointed to her husband’s signing of the Defense of Marriage Act and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as indications of flip-flopping, but as has needed to be repeatedly pointed out this campaign season, Hillary, not Bill, Clinton is running for president. The America in which those two laws were signed two decades ago is vastly different from the America of 2016. Scores upon scores of political figures have moved forward on our community’s issues in recent years, rightfully pushed and pressed by our community. That a politician has completed that process, not necessarily on what day it happened, is the important factor.” But, with all the words the gay press can summon SHE makes her own best case: BY HILLARY CLINTON | More than half a century ago, at Independence Hall, participants at the first Annual Reminder march picketed, chanted and sang. They did this to show their fellow Philadelphians that the LGBT community lacked fundamental civil rights.

In the decades since those protests, our country has come a long way. Marriage equality is the law of the land. This year, the last state law prohibiting same-sex couples from adopting was finally struck down. And President Obama signed an executive order protecting federal workers from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. We should celebrate that progress. But the simple truth is that even now, in 2016, there are still too many states in America where LGBT people can be fired or evicted from their home because of who they are or who they love. Pennsylvania is one of them. Here, you can get married on Sunday and fired on Monday, just for being gay or transgender. That goes against everything we stand for as a country. We need to act on the federal level to take on discrimination in all its forms. That’s what I’ll do as President — with your help. But first, we have to win this election. Donald Trump must not be elected president. He would rip away so much of the progress we’ve made. He would appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn marriage equality and rescind many of President Obama’s executive orders — including those protecting LGBT people. It’s not just Trump’s policies that reveal the kind of president he would be. So does his choice of running mate. Mike Pence is one of the most anti-LGBT public officials in America. As governor of Indiana, Pence supported a bill that legalized discrimination against LGBT people. As a member of Congress, he voted against expanding the definition of hate

crimes to include sexual orientation and gender identity. He opposed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” saying doing so would be “social experimentation.” And he’s said that homosexuality would bring about “societal collapse.” That’s why the stakes in this election are so high. If I’m fortunate enough to be elected president, I’ll protect the progress we’ve fought so hard to achieve — and I’ll keep fighting until every American can live free from discrimination and prejudice. That means working to pass the Equality Act. It would finally provide LGBT people full federal nondiscrimination protections in housing, employment and so much more. I know that differences of opinion on LGBT equality still exist in the hearts of some Americans, but they should not exist under our laws. As president, I’ll be your partner in bringing about the vision of the inclusive nation that advocates, activists and allies have been seeking for decades. I also believe we must address the ongoing issue of violence against the LGBT community. LGBT people are now more likely than any other group to be the target of a hate crime. America saw the effects of hate in Orlando, with the attack on the Pulse nightclub — the deadliest mass shooting by a single person in our history. The danger is compounded for LGBT people of color, who face intersectional pressures and dangers, particularly transgender people of color. Last year, more than 20 transgender women were killed in America. Recently, three were murdered right here in Philadelphia. We need to stop the violence and save LGBT lives. We need to collect more data around gender identity and sexual orientation in hate crimes, so we can stop them in a smarter, more effective way. And we need to finally pass commonsense reforms to address the gun violence epidemic. Along with the vast majority of Americans, I believe that we can protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners while still making sure that guns don’t fall into the wrong hands. Finally, we need to continue our fight to achieve our goal of an AIDS-free generation. HIV and AIDS still disproportionately impact gay and bisexual men, communities of color, transgender people and young people. We need to increase research, expand the use of effective prevention medications like PrEP, cap out-of-pocket drug costs and reform outdated HIV-criminalization laws. Like many, I’ve lost friends and loved ones to AIDS. We owe it to them — the people we love and miss, and the people whose names we’ll never know — to continue this fight. As First Lady and Senator, I fought to significantly expand funding for AIDS research. As Secretary of State, I changed the rules so that State Department employees in same-sex relationships were treated the same as their colleagues and so that transgender Americans could obtain passports that reflected their true gender identity. So these fights aren’t new to me. And as president, I’ll keep fighting for LGBT rights, because — as I told the world in one of the most important speeches I gave as Secretary — they are human rights. And I won’t quit until all our laws reflect that basic reality. FENUXE.COM : 31


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Hey Girl Hey! Holler Poodles! I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by--Pride just happened and now Halloween is just around the corner. It has been a great year so far and I can’t wait for the holiday season to start. By the way, if you need your makeup done for Halloween weekend, please email me at maryedith99@gmail.com to book an appointment. From drag to prosthetics and airbrushing or anything in between, let me help you bring your creation to life. If you are having trouble coming up with a creative idea, let me know and we can come up with something together. Of course I tend to go for costumes with humor but mashups of different characters are very popular right now. Speaking of creations, I’m excited to announce I got a small role (in drag) in a short form movie last week. I didn’t necessarily want to be “Mary Edith Pitts” so I did a toned down version of her for the film. Since I wanted to create a different look, I knew I needed a new wig for the movie. Of course I headed over to Norcostco Atlanta Costume--my favorite store for makeup and costumes who now carry fabulous ROCK STAR WIGS! I have never been more impressed with a wig “out of the box” ever!!! Ladies--these wigs are FULL of hair and heavier than any wig I’ve ever bought! No need to sew in additional tracks because this wig is thick!!! If you need a great wig for Halloween, come check out their selection of lace front and hard front wigs at Atlanta Costume. They really are impressive!! Love and Lashes,

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Gay News At A Glance GAY ENTREPRENEUR BEHIND PAYPAL DONATES TO TRUMP CAMPAIGN

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Peter Thiel is not backing away from the Republican presidential candidate. Numerous news organizations report the gay co-founder of PayPal is making a $1.25 million donation to Donald Trump’s campaign. According to CBS News, this is the entrepreneur’s first donation to the GOP nominee. The money will go directly to the campaign and super PACs supporting Trump. Super political action committees are independent organizations committed to helping candidates win elections. Super PACs cannot give directly to a campaign or coordinate how funds will be spent. Their work must be focused on ads, robocalls, and voter turnout efforts. Unlike regular political action committees, super PACs have no limits on donations. Additionally, they can receive funds from corporations and labor unions. In early September, Thiel wrote an op-ed

NC NEWSPAPER OPPOSES MCCRORY FOR FIRST TIME IN 25 YEARS For the first time in 25 years, a North Carolina newspaper is not endorsing Pat McCrory in an election. The reason? The governor’s support of HB2, dubbed the ‘bathroom bill. 38: October 21, 2016

arguing the reality star/businessman could shake up the government with his economic vision. ‘The establishment doesn’t want to admit it, but Trump’s heretical denial of Republican dogma about government incapacity is exactly what we need to move the party — and the country — in a new direction,’ Thiel said in the Washington Post. ‘For the Republican Party to be a credible alternative to the Democrats’ enabling, it must stand for effective government, not for giving up on government,’ he continued. ‘I believe that effective government will require less bureaucracy and less rule making; we may need to have fewer public servants, and we might need to pay some of them more.’ This past July, Thiel was the first openly gay speaker to address the Republican National Convention. He told delegates he was ‘proud to be gay’ and ‘proud to be Republican’. He added he did not agree with the party’s platform, which includes support for ‘conversion therapy’ and a call to end marriage equality. ‘I don’t pretend to agree with every plank in our party’s platform,’ Thiel said. ‘But fake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline. And nobody in this race is being honest about it except

Donald Trump.’ This donation comes at a troubled time for the Republican leader. A growing number of woman are accusing him improper sexual contact. According to Vox, 12 women have come forward, claiming Trump, in the past, either kissed, groped, or assaulted them.

In a 14 October editorial, the Charlotte Observer noted the Republican has earned the newspaper’s support ‘in every one of his bids for office since 1991. That includes twice for City Council, seven times for mayor and twice for governor. That streak comes to an end today.’ The newspaper maintains one of the reasons for turning to the governor’s challenger, Democrat Roy Cooper, is HB2. The law was passed earlier this year. The controversial legislation prohibits transgender people using public bathroom facilities in fitting with their gender identity. McCrory signed the bill into law and has remained its most high-profile defender, even in the face of legal challenges and loss of several high-profile sporting events (including the 2017 NBA AllStar Game). ‘McCrory rushed to sign House Bill 2 on March 23, hours after the House and Senate rammed it

through,’ the newspaper argued. ‘North Carolina’s reputation has been melting ever since. McCrory adamantly defends the discriminatory measure and dismisses the NCAA, the ACC, scores of business executives and others who have condemned the legislation. It was a hateful and self-defeating bill, and it will be McCrory’s legacy.’ This anti-LGBTI legislation isn’t the only one the editorial board takes the governor to task for. He ‘supported new restrictions on abortion after promising he wouldn’t.’ He signed voting laws that US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled ‘target African Americans with almost surgical precision.’ The court eventually overturned many provisions of the regulation. One of the reasons why the governor has been willing to sign such controversial bills is ‘he’s has been spineless before Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speakers Thom Tillis and Tim Moore.’ According to the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in the US, Berger has argued federal judges could ‘forc[e] middle school-aged girls to share school locker rooms with boys.’ The newspaper notes McCrory has had a productive career as a public servant, ‘but he has climbed the ladder beyond his abilities. It is time for him to come home.’


TRUMP SUPPORT STICKER SHOWS REBEL FLAG BEATING UP GAY FLAG

Sometimes you have to marvel at the inventive ways people can think up to express themselves politically. In a photo shared online, a stick figure is shown colored as the confederate flag and beating up an LGBTI stick figure. The text underneath it reads: ‘Trump 2016.’ This seems to reference debates earlier this year on whether it should be legal to show support and pride in the confederate flag, with its ties to racism and slavery, and the large number of Americans still opposed to equal rights for LGBTI people. The bumper sticker is being sold by Fast Decals, a US-based decals vendor. There are two varieties being offered on the website. One shows a confederate flag kicking a rainbow flag, and the reverse is happening in the other. They are described simply as: ‘LGBT Rainbow Flag Kicking Confederate Flag Decal.’ There are options to custom the size and material. Fast Decals offers a huge catalog of different decals. Trump’s voting demographic includes gay men. Yesterday it emerged that a man wearing a ‘Gays for Trump‘ t-shirt assaulted protesters at a Trump rally.

GAY COUPLE ARRESTED

A gay couple was arrested for posting ‘pornographic’ photos on Facebook, police in Indonesia said. Two men, aged 22 and 24, kissed while shirtless in the image. The post read: ‘With my dear lover tonight. May our love last forever’. They could face up to 7 years in jail if found guilty of posting ‘lewd materials’ online. The two men admitted they were the people in the photos, police said. Indonesia has cracked down on homosexuality, making

several efforts to isolate and marginalize LGBTI people. Gay dating apps have been banned, as well as effeminate men on television and classifying homosexuality and transgender as a ‘mental disorder’ that can be ‘cured’. Just this week, the government posted an advert calling for youth ambassadors but said LGBTI people need not apply. They have also requested social networks like Twitter and Facebook to remove emoticons depicting same-sex couples. There have been growing calls to criminalize gay sex entirely.

via Facebook (Mark McCabe, left; Buck Cooke, right)

TWO FORMER NUNS GET MARRIED IN CIVIL CEREMONY IN ITALY

A gay couple was arrested for posting ‘pornographic’ photos on Facebook, police in Indonesia said today (13 October). Two men, aged 22 and 24, kissed while shirtless in the image. The post read: ‘With my dear lover tonight. May our love last forever’. They could face up to seven years in jail if found guilty of posting ‘lewd materials’ online. Police released a statement, according to About Croatia, confirming they had responded to ‘LGBT pornography in the form of two men canoodling’. The two men admitted they were the people in the photos, police said. Indonesia has cracked down on homosexuality, making several efforts to isolate and marginalize LGBTI people. Gay dating apps have been banned, as well as effeminate men on television and classifying homosexuality and transgender as a ‘mental disorder’ that can be ‘cured’. Just this week, the government posted an advert calling for youth ambassadors but said LGBTI people need not apply. They have also requested social networks like Twitter and Facebook to remove emoticons depicting same-sex couples. There have been growing calls to criminalize gay sex entirely. FENUXE.COM : 39


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