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As always, diversity is an abundant beauty in our community. Part of our diversity is the willingness to try and establish our love for many different vices. Some people love to cook, some people enjoy mastering the perfect martini. Some gays like to spice things up in the bedroom, quite often, and some of us enjoy shopping addictions which would thrill any Capital One executive.
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Cirque De Soleil is a band of roaming performers which combine dance, music and circus-style acrobatics into an impressive live art piece that shocks and awes every audience with death defying acts. Dralion draws inspiration from the Eastern philosophy about the never ending quest for harmony between nature and humans. The name Dralion is derived by combing the dragon (symbolizing the East) and the lion (symbolizing the West). According to ancient philosophers, the world is governed by four elements: air, water, ﬁre, and earth. In Dralion each element is represented by a color that takes human form. From there cultures blend, Man and Nature become one and balance is achieved. If you have the time you should deﬁnitely check out one or both of these amazing shows! Both shows will take you on fantastic journeys of music and dance!
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Atlantans are very lucky to live close to some of the best casinos in the country. It’s only a few hour drive to Harrah’s Cherokee and only a short ﬂight to the Beau Rivage or the Hard Rock in Biloxi. But if you don’t want to spend the time commuting or waste ﬂight dollars there are a few local joints that can help you get your gambling ﬁx.
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The Rest Is History By Sam Peng Gazing into the mirror, Paul looks at himself staring back at him, getting ready to start his day with a tooth brush in his hand. Paul, a partner in a prestigious Atlanta law ﬁrm and a responsible citizen of the world when it comes to drinking, is a friend everyone loves to have. He is very well aware of what his limit is when he sips on his favorite pinot grigio and knows when to stop. He collects wines as a hobby and loves to generously share this passion with his colleagues. As much as he loves wine, Paul only takes on this pleasure exactly twice a week, on Friday and Sunday nights, to “cleanse the soul.” He understands that over-indulging will lead to dangerous outcomes, but when it comes to alcohol and if consumed methodically, it has a few healthy results for the human mind and body. Drinking remains at times a stigma to speak of when the discussion arises, mainly because it conceals itself a culprit behind most trafﬁc crimes and domestic abuses. But an average conscientious person must speculate that there must be another spectrum of pros as opposed to the mounting cons when it comes to drinking. And that inquisitive mind is absolutely right. Furthermore, there are quite a few positive effects of responsible drinking. Drinking a glass of red wine or your favorite clear liquor mixed cocktail once every two days will actually “decrease your chances from dying from a heart attack,” as alcohol has the ability to “reduce calciﬁcation of the arteries,” as stated by the Mayo Clinic, a nonproﬁt medical care organization. Also, the National Institute of Health continues to report alcohol will lower the risk for stroke as it has “anti-clotting properties that may prevent clots in the blood vessels.” No heart attacks and no stroke from drinking? Are we absolutely certain about these ﬁndings? The answer, from documented researches, conﬁrms them one hundred percent. And the positive effects of drinking don’t just stop there. 22 FENUXE.COM
Gallstone, those nasty little cholesterol solidiﬁed deposits which sit inside gallbladders can be avoided with light alcohol consumption. According to the 2003’s Nurse’s Health Study, the alcohol composition prevents the forming of gallstones. On the other hand, overdrinking will also accelerate the formation of gallstones, thus this ﬁnding is yet inconclusive, but remains to be an optimistic discovery regardless. Another, study conducted by Harvard Medical School ﬁnds light alcohol intake will “reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.” One can safely assume that, indeed, alcohol isn’t so bad after all if consumed in a healthy and responsible manner, which is what Paul has been proudly doing during his life. But his story continues. All day, Paul has been working on a rather difﬁcult case involving a bank swindler. He isn’t able to come up with the defending evidences and it has taken him almost three weeks. The trial is deadlocked. At nine o’clock that evening, he enters a restaurant he seldom frequents and orders a glass of red wine to go with his late dinner. He orders a second glass as a night cap. Then it hits him. Stress mounts, pressure looms, and he orders a third glass at ten o’clock. By this time, the alcohol he consumes has contracted his brain tissue and depressed his central nervous system. He is now not able to process his thoughts coherently. What am I going to do? He thinks about his job. When he walks out of the restaurant after his ﬁfth glass at 10:45pm, the communication between his nerve cells and brain has broken down, causing him to appear sluggish. With the alcohol now running through his blood stream, it takes over the functions of his cerebellum, which controls his movements. His hands, feet and body are no longer coordinating. He takes out his keys and gets into his car. The rest is history. After he ﬁnishes brushing his teeth, he looks at himself in the mirror again. On cue, he hears the bell, which is followed by the opening of his prison cell door. He walks out of the jail cell and joins the others for a roll call.
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happened to you – you are at the gym on an off night, your usual work out pals aren’t with you and you find yourself surrounded by all the straight boys, so you “butch” it up (after all you are the only one whose gym shorts match your sneakers, iphone case & water bottle). From the speakers “Dirt Road Anthem” by Jason Aldean is filling the room. You hustle to finish your routine so you can get to Joe’s on Juniper’s Trivia night when to your surprise your hips are sashaying wildly, you’ve thrown your arms up in the air and have cat walked around the gym twice before you realized what you are doing – and then you hear it - the music has changed - it’s your anthem screaming from the speakers
YES! It’s Gloria Gaynor belting out “I Will Survive”! This epic song will forever live in our hearts as it reflects to so many of us our struggles to survive - through sexuality, alcoholism, drugs, AIDS, relationships, acceptance, love, sexual abuse, success, aging, eating disorders, depression and so on…the following interview takes us through 30 years of survival within the lives of two beautiful men and what they have experienced together. Celebrated artist, Steve Bogdanoff & his partner of 30 years, Sotheby’s realtor, Arthur (Art) Stern share their personal struggles and long lived relationship in hopes of helping and assuring folks that it does get better. They survived and so will you. This lasting romance began in West Hollywood in 1981 with Steve, a cute 21 year old Jewish boy dancing a top a speaker in swim trunks at the “Mother Lode” club and Art, a tall, handsome 23 year old wasp from outside Boston. Tell me about the early 80’s and what it was like to deal with what was first known as GRIDS (Gay Related Immune Deficiency Syndrome) later AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) How did this contribute to your relationship? Art: It was new; we didn’t know what it was exactly. My friend who took me to the club where I met Steve contracted it and passed. Many folks died, we were scared – we both believed in monogamy but we had a sexual life before we met and we learned of the incubation period, so for a time we lived in fear. We were lucky, we were ok. Our relationship wasn’t changed by AIDS but we did actively begin to support the AIDS walk (thinking it would be a couple of years while the cure was 28 FENUXE.COM
found) and here we are decades later still supporting this important cause. Share with us your battle with alcohol & drugs Steve: I experimented with drugs but it was alcohol that I loved. It started at the age of 5 when my biological father would give me beer before he would molest me. I grew up in an abusive home. Later on in my teens, I would find ways of getting the alcohol even if I had to steal it. I knew well before I met Art that I had a problem and I then started needing alcohol to be comfortable in the gay environment as well. How did you deal with the abuse? Steve:Alcohol was my best friend but I also went through a period of hurting myself. I would tighten belts around me until the point of extreme pain; I developed the eating disorder anorexia, but it was alcohol that would numb the pain. Art did you realize what was happening? Art: I guess I didn’t want to see it, I didn’t recognize what was happening. I grew up in a happy home. It was the typical “Leave it to Beaver” family. I thought we were having fun when we drank. What opened my eyes were the black outs. Within the first 2-3 years it became chronic. We moved from Southern California to New Orleans and things got worse. Steve: I literally would disappear for hours and had no idea where I had been. I ended up in the emergency room once with a broken tail bone. I even had a DUI in Laguna Beach once but that didn’t stop me from drinking.
What finally was the breaking point? Steve: I rescued an abused dog from a crack house. I named him “Crackers”. (Laughter) realizing that being in and out of black outs wasn’t the best scene for this animal I had just rescued. I attended my first AA meeting. I was sober for about 30 days and I conveniently convinced myself I wasn’t one of “them”. The drinking got so intense after I quit AA that I wanted to die, I was suicidal. I then got help and on September 2, 1994 I began my life. My best life. How did you stay sober in New Orleans of all places? Steve: It wasn’t easy at first. I recall a bar not too far from where we lived in the French Quarter that would take your “chips” from the AA meetings and cash them in for free drinks. However, every morning when opening up my art gallery I would see all those lost souls walking around in an alcohol infused daze from the night before and I didn’t want to be that person anymore. I finally recognized that alcoholism is a progressive disease; I needed it every day. I chose a better life for me. I could never go back. “You can’t turn a pickle back into a cucumber” (Laughter). Then you faced yet another challenge called “Katrina”, tell me about that. Art: We had been in New Orleans 12 years and nothing had ever happened in relation to hurricanes. They always seem to veer off. The day before Katrina, I remember Steve wanting to stay. I felt like we needed to evacuate. The deal was if Mayor Nagin advised for evacuation and the category was upgraded to a 5, we would leave. Both factors came into play and we drove to a place south of Memphis. Steve: After the devastation we realized we couldn’t go back. Arts family home was empty in Marblehead, Mass. We ended living there for 9 1/2 weeks. I suffered severe post traumatic stress disorder from being forced from my home (my safe place) it triggered childhood traumas. I eventually headed to New Orleans desperate to see how our home and art gallery had faired and to save my $7000.00 sub zero refrigerator. I purchased a gas mask and trekked into the devastation. My home and gallery were fine. I did save the sub zero fridge despite the coffin-flies and rotting food. The
smell in New Orleans was strange. The scene was surreal as military were everywhere, thousands of lives and homes destroyed, chaos was the theme. Steve, you are an internationally recognized artist because of your fresco secco-style artworks, your most notable print entitled “Vive la Nouvelle-Orléans” became a symbol for the strength and resiliency of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the city, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale helped raise funds to re-build the Louisiana SPCA which was severely damaged by the storm. Tell me where folks can find your unique artwork. Steve: Most of my art is found in private collections around the world but I do have a website at www.bogdanoff.com. My gallery is no longer in New Orleans as we now live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, considered one of the leading cities in the art world, and one of the least for natural disasters. Finally, Steve and Art what would you like to share with our readers regarding surviving being gay, surviving life. Art: Get out of where you are if it’s harmful or negative. Go where you can find love and affirmation. We survived all of our trials because we loved each other. As time goes on it does get better. We respected each other, gave each other space to grow, make mistakes and heal. We never settled but found comfort. Remember to keep open lines of communication. Steve: I echo Art’s words. By comfort we mean it is safe, it is positive, it is home. I also would like to share that I believe in marriage and equality for all. No one should be left to feel like a second class citizen. It does get better and one day the LGBT community will enjoy full rights. 30 years later and these men have not only succeeded in sustaining a beautiful, healthy romance with each other, but have learned to love themselves despite their many trials. No matter what challenges you face you must continue to forge forward. I thank the many folks who are sharing their personal stories so that others can find hope and not only survive but live. FENUXE.COM 29
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NEON HITCH By Michael Vorndran
BOYS AND GIRLS please allow us to introduce the next big thing… Neon Hitch (fyi that is her real name). You may be familiar with her earlier singles “Silly Girl” and “Get Over U”, but it is her latest single “Bad Dog” that will unleash what is sure to be a beast of a career! She took a few minutes away from her promotional tour to answer a few questions from Fenuxe. 56 FENUXE.COM
Fenuxe: Thanks for taking time to sit down and do an interview with us. Fenuxe is digging your music and we love the new single “Bad Dog”! Neon: Thanks for having me! I want your whole office woofing like bad dogs!! Fenuxe: Of course we have to start with your name. We know that it’s your given name, but do you have any idea what your parents inspiration was for naming you Neon? Neon: My dad is a lighting technician and was driving through Piccadilly Circus. As he was looking up at the neon signs, it came to him! I’m pretty lucky that ‘Neon’ was the final choice because the others were ‘Brown Rice’ or ‘Zizigeratzanzibarzandos’ ...No joke! Fenuxe: Is it true you grew up in a circus or is it just a rumor? Neon: Yeah... my Mum was a performer, so I got into it at a young age. I learned to do the trapeze and swing fire and that was my passion. We performed with a circus called Archaos, travelled with a freak show and performed at festivals every summer. You can see the documentary about me when I was younger on YouTube.com/neonhitchtv Fenuxe: How did you get your start in music? Neon: I was friends with Neneh Cherry’s daughter and she introduced me to Neneh and her husband Cameron, who was also in music. After speaking with Neneh’s husband about my interest in music, he told me to go make a demo. So, I found a producer in this music magazine called “The Stage” and from that demo, Cameron got me signed to 679 Recordings, the same label as The Streets. Fenuxe: What was your first big break? Neon: I’m still waiting for my BIG break... haha! Fenuxe: How did you end up with your record deal? Neon: It took me a while of style searching... When I made my way over to America, Benny Blanco brought me into a session with Kara DioGuardi to write. A few days later, I get a call from
Kara and she says she wants to sign me to Warner Brothers! Fenuxe: What is it like working with such a brilliant mind as Kara DioGuardi? Do you feel like you are being judged all the time? Neon: Oh hell no! She is the big sister I’ve never had! She’s such an inspirational woman. Fenuxe: So far, of all the cool and talented people you have worked with, which of them was the most fun? Have any of them influenced your current style? Neon: I love working with Ke$ha. We always have so much fun... We’re both wild animals! HAHA! Fenuxe: Right now you are on a promotional tour. Neon: Yeah it’s just the beginning of this tour and I’m having the best time! Fenuxe: Have you ever been to Atlanta? Neon: I’ve never been, but I’d love to! Fenuxe: When is your first album going to hit the streets? Neon: We are planning to release it later this year. No firm release date set yet though. Fenuxe: What inspires your music? Neon: The life I’ve lived has really inspired my music... From living in the jungle and being homeless to falling in love... And I listen to a lot of the Beatles so that’s where the psychedelia comes from. Fenuxe: What music are you listening to the most these days? Neon: I listen to a lot of old Motown, but then I’ll listen to anything from Sia to Skrillex! Fenuxe: Thanks for taking the time! Have a great tour! Neon: Thank YOU so much!! Check out the tour dates on neonhitch.net and come party with the Neon Tribe! FENUXE.COM
HEy Girl HEy Hollah! Just got back from the Best of Atlanta party hosted by Fenuxe magazine at By Design and I’m excited to report that Jerusalem House received “Best Non Proﬁt.” As a board member, it means so much to me that our community is so supportive. I’m also really excited to be working with Fenuxe Magazine on my fundraiser for Jerusalem House. “Mary Edith Pitts’ 21st Birthday Party” is August 20th at the Jungle from 6:30 to 9:30pm with very special guest PANDORA BOXX from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Presale tickets are available for $10 at eventbrite.com or at the door the day of for $15. Sponsored by Fenuxe magazine, and Rokk Vodka, you know its going to be a blast! With your paid entry, you will receive two drink tickets courtesy of Rokk Vodka I’m asking in lieu of gifts, ﬂowers, cakes, etc. for you to bring your checkbooks and credit cards to make a tax-deductible donation made out to Jerusalem House and help me reach my goal. I hope to see you all there! Thought of the week: Do you ever feel unclear regarding your thoughts, conversations, relationships or jobs?
A lack of clarity often leads to unneeded stress. Take the time to ask yourself “What is my intention?” While it may seem trivial, asking that simple question can provide clarity where none currently exists. When you know you need to have a difﬁcult conversation with someone, be clear on what your intention is from the start. It often times disarms the other person and will help you both to get to the end result faster without all of the stress. It can also be helpful to look back on previous situations we’ve been hurt by to examine the other persons intention. Most people don’t set out to hurt others but it’s a guarantee at some point we will be hurt. Taking that extra step to reexamine their intention can often deﬂate that inﬂammatory situation. It can also lead to forgiveness, which is for us as much as the other person. In the midst of a heated argument, stop for a moment and ask yourself “What is my intention?” Ask them too! Sometimes people argue because that’s what they’re used to. However, you may ﬁnd the arguments decrease if you make your intention clear. It becomes so much easier to navigate the relationships around us when we are clear about our intention. I hope it becomes your intention to bring a big donation to my fundraiser August 20th from 6:30-9:30pm at the Jungle to support Jerusalem House! (Tongue in cheek) Love and lashes,
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Ultra: Leo July 23 to August 22 Take a pass on that third drink, second dessert or first weird sexual experimental liaison.
HOROSCOPES // August 11 - August 24 SAGITTARIUS
November 23 to December 21 When was the last time you put your needs first? Make an appointment with yourself and call it “Appreciate Me Day” or “Mani/Pedi Day”or “Screw this... I’m Calling in Sick Day.”
August 23 to September 22 Stop looking for hidden CAPRICORN meanings. Don’t put credence December 22 to January 19 in smoke and mirrors. Be more Financial fortune is strong attuned to what people say than for you right now. It can be what people do. anything from a windfall to avoiding that late fee.
March 21 to April 19 Don’t confuse fantasy with reality. Double check to be certain it is all not just an illusion, unless of course you are role playing and if that is the case...party on!
TAURUS April 20 to May 20 If you have to sell yourself, make sure the commission is worth it.
September 23 to October 22 AQUARIUS You can gain a great deal of satisfaction these days by using January 20 to February 18 your creativity... and your friends Scandal is only useful when it’s carefully mapped out. Don’t in high places! leave anything to chance. A well played reputation is a well SCORPIO planned reputation. October 23 to November 22 The time has finally arrived.... PISCES let go, let loose, and let live! February 19 to March 20 Oh, and let love too if that’s Don’t get bent out of shape what you really want. because you are feeling misunderstood. Get out of that yoga pose and make your intentions clear.
GEMINI May 21 to June 20 Get out of the back seat. You’re too old for this. Get in the front seat and make sure it’s a turbo!
CANCER June 21 to July 22 Don’t be a party pooper. Go out there and accept all the invitations. Better yet, host your own shin-dig.
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FOR THE KIDâ€™S BACKPACK IN THE PARK July 30 Piedmont Park People from all over the city brought backpacks filled with school supplies to be handed out to underprivileged children across the Atlanta Metro area. The crowd was entertained by carnival games, picnic-style food and beats from DJ. Vicki Powell.
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