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06 Guys Night Out 16 Bar Guide 24 Happy Hour Guide 28 Poff Culture 32 Sunshine Rodeo 36 Adam & Ease 40 Guy Dining

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bar guide ALIBI 2266 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors oGayborhood tradition since 1997. Comfortable, inviting atmosphere with indoor video bars, outdoor drinking and dining. Drink specials all week, with mammoth 22-ounce Long Island Iced Teas for $3 on Thursdays. BILL’S FILLING STATION 2209 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors oVideos, pool tables, dart boards, dance floor, happy hour, live shows, Tuesday and Thursday karaoke – and great burgers to boot. Fun and friendly truck-stop-themed bar, great staff. BOARDWALK 1721 N Andrews Ave Fort Lauderdale oOver 100 of the sexiest men from all over the world. Go-go dancers, cages, billiards, 2-4-1 Happy Hours. Drag emcees and did we mention the boys? BOOM 2232 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors oThe bar with two names features a dance club and Gayborhood bar. Drag Bingo on Mondays, karaoke Mondays and Tuesdays, dance music Fridays and Saturdays, and (indoor) Sunday T-Dance.

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Fort Lauderdale / Wilton Manors

CORNER PUB 1915 N Andrews Ave Wilton Manors oFriendly atmosphere, unpretentious clientele and staff. Next to Island City Pizza (so you can get your drink AND your slice on).

DUDES 3270 NE 33rd St Fort Lauderdale oMen dancing for men. Hot go-go boys in an upscale atmosphere, piano lounge for more quiet interludes. Steamy shower shows.

CUBBY HOLE 823 N Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale oButch bar and grill with a rockin’ daytime crowd (and a fun nighttime one, too). Fifty-cent pool, 2-for-1 drinks all day every day, video games, hot movies on HDTV and DirecTV. Thursdays it’s Bare Bear Chest Night, and every Friday and Saturday, the fur flies with Hot Bears on Poles (where the Grizzlies Grind)!

JOHNNY’S 1116 W Broward Blvd Fort Lauderdale oClub, bar, lounge. Male dancers and the men who love (to ogle) them. Sunday amateur strip contest (and karaoke!).

DEPOT CABANA BAR AND GRILL 2935 N Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale oAdjacent to the America’s Best Inn and Suites. Pool open daily - No Cover or Day Pass. Great food, daily happy hour, Sunday afternoon T-Dance Poolside. Karaoke and live music. Open daily at 11:30 a.m.

LIPS 1421 E Oakland Park Blvd Oakland Park oThe Ultimate in Drag Dining. Dinner and shows six nights a week. Sunday Gospel Brunch with the Sisters of Sequins. THE MANOR 2345 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors oWeHo vibe (think: LA’s The Abbey) in the heart of the Gayborhood. Dine, drink, dance, play, mingle. Theme rooms (salsa and merengue every weekend in the Latin Quarter!). Live dancing and dining.


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Fort Lauderdale / Wilton Manors

MATTY’S ON THE DRIVE 2426 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors oDrink specials, billiards, and a chill gayborhood vibe. 75 cent drinks on Wednesdays. No Drama, No Smoking.

ROSIE’S BAR & GRILL 2449 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors oNexus of the A-Gay List. Be Seen in the Scene (without making one). Food, folks, libations, and a killer Sunday Funday.

MONKEY BUSINESS 2740 N Andrews Ave Fort Lauderdale oCozy neighborhood bar. Karaoke, drags shows, Patio Bar – and open at 9 a.m. daily.

SCANDALS SALOON 3073 NE 6th Ave Wilton Manors oA line-dancin’, tight blue jeans-wearin’ good time. Country and western music, twosteppin’, three-steppin’, pool tables, and themed events year ‘round. Cowboys and Indians was never this much fun, Pilgrim.

MONA’S 502 E Sunrise Blvd Fort Lauderdale oCocktail Lounge in the heart of Searstown. Fun customers, fun bar- tenders and fun proprietor (the Leg- endary Jerry). Outside patio. Wednesday karaoke, Thursday Speedball Tournament. NAKED GRAPE 2163 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors oRelaxing, friendly, hip, unique-the alternative gathering place on Wilton Dr. Now serving tapas nightly. Social Hour features & In The Biz all the time. RAMROD 1508 NE 4th Ave Fort Lauderdale oVoted World’s Favorite Leather Bar. Pig Dance first Saturday of the month – South Florida’s Busiest, Craziest Monthly Party (with caged hunks at midnight on Saturdays – Is there a downside to this?).

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SIDELINES 2031 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors oWhere sports come first. Nationally known destination sports bar with TVs streaming NFL, MLB, NBA and college games. Pool tables, dart boards and large indoor (and now smokefree) fa- cility. Outdoor patio features area for smokers. Mixed crowd of gay men and women (who would have thought?). Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek and recommended by LOGO. SLAMMER 321 W Sunrise Blvd Fort Lauderdale oPrivate Men’s Club. Pay cover, then uncover. Monday In the Biz, Thursday Leather Nights. They bring the party (and the mattresses), you bring the booze.

SMARTY PANTS 2400 E Oakland Park Blvd Fort Lauderdale oCozy neighborhood bar with daily happy hour, and regular patrons. Show night Thursdays at 9 p.m. Karaoke Friday and Saturday nights, with matinee on Sunday afternoon. THE STABLE 205 E Oakland Park Blvd Fort Lauderdale oLevis-and-leather neighborhood bar, where the bears line dance and the cowboys are VERY friendly. TORPEDO 2829 W Broward Blvd Fort Lauderdale oDance, shoot pool, drink til 4 a.m., 7 nights a week. Doors open at midnight; dance til dawn. WILTON’S BIER GARDEN 2245 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors o German cuisine meets Der Gayborhood, in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Upstairs dining, downstairs outdoor patio and bar, DJ music, and a fun staff make one of Wilton Manors’ newest venues a good time to be had by all.


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bar guide CLUB SUGAR 2301 SW 32nd Ave Miami oGay Latin scene, with Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Hip Hop and House music always playing.

Miami / Miami Beach

Road, never a cover. Drink specials all week long, live DJs, high energy music and a fun crowd getting their dance on til late.

DISCOTEKKA 950 NE 2nd Ave Miami oHot music, hot scene, hot bartenders, and hot patrons in the hot heart of Downtown Miami.

PALACE BAR 1200 Ocean Drive Miami Beach oThis bar and restaurant in the heart of South Beach’s Art Deco District. Mouthwatering burgers, boys (and girls!). Weekend cabaret shows Thursday through Sunday.

JOHNNY’S MIAMI 63 NE 14th Street Downtown Miami oThe second location of the infamous Club, bar, lounge. Male dancers and the men who love (to ogle) them. Multiple weekly events including Latin Thursdays and Drag Queen Mondays and no cover.

SCORE 727 Lincoln Rd Miami Beach oDance, drink, party all night on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road. Tons of events throughout the year, including fundraisers for Winter Party, White Party, and Miami Beach Gay Pride.

MOVA LOUNGE 1625 Michigan Ave Miami Beach oOn Miami Beach’s famed Lincoln

SPACE 34 NE 11th St Miami oMingle and mix with gays and str8s in

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the heart of Downtown Miami. Indoor dance floors and outdoor rooftop bar, spectacular light show. SWINGING RICHARDS 17450 Biscayne Blvd N Miami oThe only gay strip club in Southern Florida to offer FULLY NUDE dancers. Smokin’ hot dancers all week long. TWIST 1057 Washington Ave Miami Beach oGreat music, friendly staff, hot tourists and locals. Never a cover, always a groove. Bungalow Bar = Hot Men. In SoBe’s Art Deco District. VLADA LOUNGE 3215 NE 2nd Ave Miami oUrban, sophisticated and chic in Midtown Miami with a bar that ices over. New York pedigree meets Miami attitude. Nightly DJs, never a cover.


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happy hours BILL’S FILLING STATION 2209 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors o Happy Hour half-off drink prices from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, with an additional halfprice “Bear Necessities” Happy Hour on Friday nights from Midnight to close. BOARDWALK 1721 N Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale o Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with 2-4-1 mixed drinks and brew. BOOM 2232 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors o Half-priced drink Happy Hours Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., as well as $7 premium martinis all day long. CORNER PUB 1915 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors o Seven-day Happy Hour from 11 a.m. til 9:30 p.m., with $1.75 domestic drafts, $2.50 domestic bottles, $2.75 imports, $2.50 well drinks, $2.75 calls, $3 premiums, and $4.75 Jaeger shots. CUBBY HOLE 823 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale) o Happy Hour with 2-4-1 drinks all day every day. The Depot Cabana Bar and Grill (2935 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale): Happy Hour features halfprice drinks, Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. til 8 p.m. DUDES ON THE BEACH 3270 NE 33rd St., Fort Lauderdale o Happy Hour features a seven day a week 2-4-1 special from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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GEORGIE’S ALIBI 2266 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors o 2-4-1 Happy Hour Monday through Friday. JOHNNY’S CLUB, BAR, AND LOUNGE 1116 W Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale o Happy Hour runs seven days, Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., with varying drink specials depending the day, and discounted drinks starting at $4. THE MANOR RESTAURANT AND NIGHTCLUB 2345 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors o Happy Hour Wednesday through Friday from open ‘til 9 p.m., 2-4-1 drinks and $5 tapas. MATTY’S ON THE DRIVE 2426 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors o 2-4-1 Happy Hour Monday through Saturday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., and a drink chip that’s good through 10 p.m.! MONA’S COCKTAIL LOUNGE (next to Lisa’s Backyard) 502 E Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale o Happy Hour is celebrated seven days a week from noon till 9 p.m., with $2.50 domestic beers and well drinks, and $1.25 drafts. MONKEY BUSINESS 2740 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors o Happy Hour runs through 9 p.m., seven days, with drinks specials that average about $1-$1.50 off per mixed drink or brew. NAKED GRAPE WINE BAR 2163 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors o “Social Hour” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with $5 glasses of house wine, and $5 bar bites. On Thursdays, get social with an expanded 5-to-close Social Hour, including $5 house wine glasses and bar bites.


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PINCHÉ TAQUERIA 2045 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors o A NYC-by-way-of-Tijuana-transplant, offering great outdoor atmosphere and a daily 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Happy Hour with $4 well drinks, $5 Pinché margaritas, and $20 margarita pitchers, as well as half-priced appetizers from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PJ’S CORNER POCKET 924 N Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale o Monday through Friday Happy Hour with $1 off every drink, as well as an everyday five 7 oz. Bud Lights for $5 special. RAMROD 1508 NE 4th Ave. Fort Lauderdale o Fort Lauderdale’s oldest gay bar under the same ownership, a leather, Levis, and uniform bar with hot men and a 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily 2-4-1 Happy Hour (weekends included!). RODEO RESTAURANT AND BAR 2033 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors o Select Happy Hour specials menu: 50% off bottles of wine, Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; half-price martinis on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursday Ladies Nights, with half-price well drinks, beer, and wine glasses. ROSIE’S BAR & GRILL 2249 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors o Happy Hour Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with half-priced premium well, beer, and house wines and $1 off all other cocktails (excluding premium wines). SCANDALS SALOON 3073 NE 6th Ave., Wilton Manors o Happy Hour at the main bar that runs Monday through Saturday from noon to 9 p.m., with $1-to-$2 drink special discounts, depending on what beverages you’re enjoying. All-day Happy Hour on Sundays.

SIDELINES SPORTS BAR 2031-A Wilton Drive Wilton Manors o Happy Hour runs daily—for the first time!—from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. with half-price drinks (the other popular Gayborhood-variation on the split-level-drink-price), followed by a back-half Happy Hour from Midnight-toclose, also with (according to their Web site) half-price libations. SMARTY PANTS 3038 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale o Happy Hour seven days a week, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing through 8 p.m., with daily specials and discounts off their low drink prices. THE STABLE COUNTRY WESTERN BAR 205 E Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale o Happy Hour Monday through Thursday 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, noon through 9 p.m., with at least $1 off their regular prices on libations.

TROPICS 2000 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors o Happy Hour starts at 4 p.m. and runs through 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Drinks are two-for-theprice-of-one (hereinafter, 2-4-1). WILTON’S BIER GARDEN 2245 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors o Happy Hour including 2-4-1 domestic draft beer, 2-4-1 well drinks, and 2-4-1 Coastal Vines house wine selections.

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happy hours JOHNNY’S MIAMI 62 NE 14th St., Miami o $5 drinks all night, Wednesday through Sundays. PALACE BAR & GRILL 1200 Ocean Drive Miami Beach o Friday Happy Hour from 5-9 p.m. MAGNUM LOUNGE 709 NE 79th Street, Miami Happy Hour 5 p.m.-8 p.m. with $4 margaritas and drink specials every night of the week. TWIST 1057 Washington Ave., Miami Beach o Happy Hour 2-for-1 drink specials Friday through Wednesday, 1 p.m.-9 p.m. and all day Thursday. Eat and be merry with a free barbeque on Fridays and Sundays, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

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MOVA LOUNGE 1625 Michigan Ave. Miami Beach o Thursdays $4 Miller Lites and $6 Finlandia Vodka. Friday Happy Hour runs 6 p.m.-9 p.m. with half-priced cocktails. DISCOTEKKA 950 NE 2nd Ave., Miami o Sunday nights with “Drag’s a Bitch” and $3 Bud Lights and $5 well drinks. VLADA LOUNGE 3215 NE 2nd Ave., Miami o Daily Happy Hour two-for-one specials, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.


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MELODY THORNTON

est known for her role in the successful pop group, THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS, MELODY THORNTON left the band in 2010 to focus on her solo career. In an interview for The Source, she explained that her songs will be different from her previous group’s sound, but she’s not going to abandon the pop demographic she acquired with The Pussycat Dolls. “The kind of music I’m making […] is live instrumentation and it derives from ’60s influences. It’s just kind of what I was raised on.” Melody’s debut album is not due until later this year, but that has not stopped the young songstress from releasing a Mixtape already. In fact, the 10-track EP, titled P.O.Y.B.L. (Piss On Your Black List) can now be downloaded FREE via SoundCloud! Thornton has already released music videos for three of the tracks: the latest, “Someone To Believe,” as well as “Lipstick & Guilt” (a remake of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church In The Wild”) and my personal favorite, “Smoking Gun.” Make sure you get your FREE Mixtape today, and be on the lookout for her debut album “Hit The Ground Running,” later this year. Continued on Page 30

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CHRISTIAN BURNS

had every teenager singing “Until you’re back here baby” back in the year 2000, as the lead singer of the popular boy band, BBMAK. BBMAK sold over 3 million albums, scored a Number One single, landed multiple Top 10 songs here in the US and in the UK, all before they called it quits in 2003. Since then, Christian has collaborated with some of today’s biggest DJs & producers in the game! From Benny Benassi, Armin Van Buuren, & BT, to the world’s most popular DJ, TIESTO. Burns has showed no signs of stopping. In fact, he has recently joined forces with BT himself, to start a new band called ALL HAIL THE SILENCE! BT is a music legend. From producing the hit N’SYNC song, “Pop,” in 2001, to working with Britney Spears, David Bowie & Tori Amos, he is one of the most skilled artists of our time, “A Modern Day Mozart,” as some refer to him. All Hail The Silence is gearing up to release their debut album VERY soon, but until then, you can download their first song, “Looking Glass,” for FREE!!! Simply check their Twitter or Facebook accounts for a FREE DOWNLOAD!!!

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TOP DANCE/ AT THE MOMENT CLUB PLAY SONGS

MADONNA – GIRL GONE WILD DEV & ENRIQUE IGLESIAS – NAKED MELANIE AMARO – RESPECT DAVE AUDE – NEVER FORGET (FT. LENA KATINA) JACK BACK –WILD ONE TWO (FT. DAVID GUETTA, NICKY ROMERO, & SIA) KATY PERRY – PART OF ME BEYONCE – LOVE ON TOP JESSIE J – DOMINO NICKI MINAJ – STARSHIPS MADONNA – GIVE ME ALLYOUR LUVIN’ (FT. NICKI MINAJ & M.I.A.)

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KYLE POFFENBARGER IS A SOUTH FLORIDA-BASED DANCE/POP ARTIST AND WRITER. KPOFF.COM


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By DALE MADISON

It’s not easy being royalty. Just ask Kamilla Boles--Kami to her friends; Ms. International Gay Rodeo Association to us. She’s a member of the IGRA Royalty Team and will be donning her royal sash to prove the point this weekend when the 2012 Sunshine Stampede turns Fort Lauderdale into the rodeo capital of the world--or close to it.

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rom its host hotel base at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport, 1870 Griffin Road in Dania Beach to the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds on Davie Road in Davie, the 2012 Sunshine Stampede is a four-day event that mixes klitz and gravel. “I’ll be in the dirt,” Kami laughs, referring to her royal stint at the rodeo competition where she’ll act as Assistant Arena Crew Coordinator under Barry Richardson, who’s from the Missouri Gay Rodeo Association (MGRA)—which Kami represented when she won her crown. “I came to the Sunshine Stampede last year as a competitor from Missouri where I got my start with the gay rodeo and royalty program as Ms. Missouri Gay Rodeo Association. Last year at the rodeo, I was one of three Women’s Junior Bull Riders,” Kami told Guy Magazine. “Unfortunately, after my ride I was out of commission for the remainder of the weekend. But the Florida Gay Rodeo Association took great care of me.” The appreciation seems to be mutual. “My girlfriend is the vice-

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president of the FGRA, and the Assistant Rodeo Director. In the short time I have been back in Florida, the association has made feel at home and part of the family,” Kami said. Thursday night, the party begins with “Rhinestones & Wranglers,” an all-star celebration featuring 17 performers from the local Fort Lauderdale/Miami talent pool as well as IGRA and state titleholders. Look for Kami, ‘cause she’ll be there working the room, along with Nicolas Isaac Wells St. John, MsTer IGRA 2nd Runnerup. The fundraiser runs from 9 to 11 p.m. at The Manor in Wilton Manors, with no cover charge. Friday afternoon, the Welcome Pool Party and Mixer runs from 2-6:30 p.m. at the Hilton pool deck. It’s your chance to meet the cowpokes and cowgirls that have followed the sun to Fort Lauderdale. There is a cash bar at this non-ticketed event, which is immediately followed by Rodeo Registration in the hotel’s ballroom from 6-9 p.m. Friday is a busy night with the HomoRodeo.com Meet-and-Greet Party and Model Search happening at the Stable,


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205 E Oakland Park Blvd. in Oakland Park, from 7-11 p.m. Scrub up and see if you make the cut as a model for the latest “Men of HomoRodeo. com” calendar. HomoRodeo.com is an off-shoot of gay.com’s cowboy chat room. he official Opening Night Parties are split between two venues this year. Both Ramrod and Tropics will be official host bars for opening night, with free shuttles available to move cowboys—and girls— between the two clubs. 9 p.m. until closing. Saturday is the first day of the Rodeo Competition. For first-time riders, there is a mandatory meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds. Gates open for ticketholders at 8:45 a.m. with the first round of riding events scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Tickets for the rodeo are $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the event. There a special package offer as well: both days for $25 in advance, $35 on the day of. For those whose cowboy boots were made for prancing, the Midway Tent opens for dancing and entertainment at 1 p.m. Saturday night you can expect the traditional Hoedown. At press time the location was still a mystery. Wherever it’s held, it begins at 8 p.m. It’s always been a hot night of line-dancing and fraternizing, giving new meaning to yippie-yiyo-ki-yay. Check www.fgra.org/stampede for the latest word. Hopefully, you won’t stay out too late, for on Sunday the rodeo gates are flung wide at 8:45 a.m. for more competition and midway dancing. On Sunday afternoon, the always-a-hit “Scarlet O’Hara Race” will be run, complete with complimentary costumes. “This is a fun charity event where everyone, including those in the stands, can compete,” Kami told Guy Magazine. Teams are composed of three entrants. The “Gone with the Wind” theme insures that it’s impossible to overdress. “You pick an outfit from a trunk, be carried over ‘water,’ and ride in a wheel-barrow across the finish line.” There’s a $20 per team entrance fee, and

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the winner gets ½ of the money collected. At sundown, rinse off the dust in the nearest stream and put on your good chaps and spurs for the official Awards Ceremony and Dinner, held in the ballroom of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport. Starting at 7:30 p.m., this special event requires a separate dinner ticket available at the rodeo grounds or Friday night’s registration. Wrap up the weekend, present perfect, with “Rodeo Roundup,” the official Closing Night Party at The Manor. The shiny new buckles that 2012 ROYALTY KAMI BOLES will be on display are the result of a lot of hard work by the fortunate few who won the top prizes in categories like Junior Bull Riding, Calf Roping on Foot, Breakaway Roping, Chute Dogging, Pole Bending, Barrel Racing, Flag Racing, Bull Riding, Team Roping, Goat Dressing, Steer Decorating, and the Wild Drag Race. If you see Rodeo Director Voni Whitaker making the rounds, a standing ovation is not out of order. Such is the reward for a job well done. Money raised by the IGRA this year is earmarked by the Royalty Team for the “It Gets Better” anti-bullying campaign created by Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller, as well as “Get Real with Teal” an awareness effort from the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation. “Members of the IGRA Royalty team hand out teal and purple ribbons, and sell pins and other items to raise awareness of these causes as well as donate to each group at the end of the 2012 rodeo year,” according to Kami. Royals can never truly rest. Not even at the rodeo.


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Adam & Ease By ADAM STRONG

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y high school crush—we’ll call him “Chip”—was a (mostly) straight guy who took the majority of his fashion cues from Tony Manero (the John Travolta character in Saturday Night Fever—I know, I know, but hey, did I mention that I was in high school and in love?). Even more of an albatross-around-his-neck than his sense of style was his dad, “Mr. C” (“Mr. Ass****” would be a more descriptive sobriquet, but let’s leave something to the imagination), a “forwardthinking” former Navy non-commissioned officer of the “forward-thinking” sort who went ballistic when his son was cast as Rocky in the local “Rocky Horror Picture Show” (you don’t even want to know what happened when Chip purchased a “Queen” CD). Despite his otherwise near-perfect imitation of a Neanderthal, Mr. C—who had been stationed in the Japan during the Vietnam War—became something more like a human being on those rare occasions that he and his wife hosted a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. Known also as the “Way of Tea,” it is a cultural activity that involves the ceremonial preparation and presentation of powdered green tea, or matcha. In Japanese, the tea Ceremony is called chanoyu or chadō (also pronounced sadō). The actual art of performing the Tea Ceremony is called otemae, with the individual action involved— cleaning the utensils, examining the tea bowl, etc.— collectively known as temae.

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Tea first arrived in Japan in the 9th century, brought from China by a Buddhist monk who personally prepared and served unground green tea (sencha) for the Emperor Saga in the year 815. Zen Buddhist tenets and practices strongly influenced the development of the chanoyu or Tea Ceremony, in particular those elements that relate to selfcultivation and the harmony of nature, as well as enjoying tea in both formal and informal settings. By the 13th century, when Imperial Japan was ruled by the Shoguns, tea and the luxuries associated with it became a status symbol among the Samurai warrior class. Tea-tasting parties, or tōcha, became all the rage, with contestants competing for expensive prizes by guessing which the highest-quality tea was. Tea ceremonies come in two varieties: chakai and chaji. A chakai is a relatively laid-back affair consisting of light snacks (wagashi—sweets to offset the slight bitterness of the tea), a thin tea (usucha), and sometimes a simple meal. The chaji is a much more formal event which can last for several hours. It usually includes a traditional multicourse Japanese meal, or kaiseki, followed by dessert, a thick tea (koicha), and once again the thin usucha tea. In Japan, the Tea Ceremony is more than a tea party. It has an almost spiritual relevance, with chanoyu held in the most luxurious tea houses, or beautiful homes surrounded by exquisite gardens. The visual details help to evoke a magical setting that is just as much a part of the experience as the tea itself. Be prepared to let your inner geisha run wild as you select the proper elements to enhance the aesthetic elements of your Tea Ceremony. Before the chanoyu, you will want to put some thought into the type of artwork you will display as well as the Japanese tea cups you will use. Your goal is to create a perfect atmosphere for your guests. (What did you expect? This is a party with an Asian Continued on Page 38

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theme.) In the Japanese language, the perfect atmosphere is summed up by the phrase wa-kei-seijaku: “Harmony, reverence, purity, and tranquility.” For their part, it is the job of dutiful guests to try their hardest to support the philosophy of Ichigo Ichi-e: “We only have one chance to enjoy this present moment. Let’s do our best.” In Japan, the host of the Tea Ceremony will put extensive preparing into the event, paying special attention to practicing the quasi-ritual hand gestures and the necessary steps to performing a ceremony that is both simple and perfect in every detail. Décor for the chanoyu should be rustic in flavor, yet elegant, and should include hanging scrolls (kakemono) that feature well-known sayings. A beautiful flower arrangement (or two) and incense are also traditional elements. In the traditional Way of Tea, guests usually lounge in a waiting room (machiai) prior to the ceremony’s start, when the host receives them. Guests walk across dewy ground (roji) to symbolically rid themselves of the dust of the world. As a final purifying step, guests wash their mouths and hands with water from a stone basin (tsukubai). The Tea Ceremony begins with the preparation of the tea service utensils: the tea bowl (chawan), tea scoop (chashaku), and tea whisk (chasen) are cleaned by the host with concentration and graceful gestures. The tea is prepared by the host by adding matcha green tea powder—three scoops per guest—to the tea bowl, followed by hot water, which is ladled into the bowl and then whisked into a thin paste. For a soup-like consistency, add more water as needed.

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Once the tea is prepared, present the tea bowl to one of the guests, and exchange bows. The proper ceremonial response for the guest is to look with pleasure at the bowl, and rotate the bowl 180 degrees so as not to drink from the front. After taking a drink, the first guest wipes the rim of the tea bowl and offers it to the next guest, who repeats these movements. fter each guest has taken a drink, the host rinses clean the tea bowl, as well as the tea whisk and scoop. The guests may examine the service utensils before the host gathers them up. Because in Japan the utensils may be antiques or heirlooms, a special brocaded cloth is often used by guests to handle them. The final respectful bows of the departing guests mean that the Tea Ceremony has come to a close. An entire chanoyu can last for about four hours, depending on the type of ceremony, number of guests, and types of meal and tea that are served. It can take years of practice to master the Tea Ceremony (an imperfect translation of chanoyu— “tea lore,” “tea culture,” and even “tea arts” are preferred terms for many practitioners). In the home islands of Japan, students join clubs or enroll in classes to learn the common hosting duties like properly entering and exiting the tea room, the appropriate time and way to bow, proper cleaning and placement of the utensils, and appropriate guest etiquette. Long after they have acquired certifications in the Way of Tea, a student can spend his lifetime in pursuit of perfecting chanoyu. (And you thought finding a husband would be timeconsuming.) Shitsurei shimasu. Sayōnara.

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Guy Dining By RICHARD DAVID CHAMBERLAIN

Fresh Mexican by Way of South Beach

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here’s a bucket of menus at the front door of Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, the newest entry in Fort Lauderdale’s everexpanding freshly made South-of-the-Border-themed restaurants. That this chain started in 2004 some 40 miles away in South Beach makes its hometown ties that much stronger. By 2006, founder John Kunkel had expanded his concept to 42 restaurants, and sold ownership to the Ruby Tuesday chain for a caliente hot $24 mil. Ruby T, in turn closed 27 of those, while announcing plans to expand the franchise in other locations, the latest of which opened last month on N Federal Hgwy. All of which brings us back to the bucket of menus (shaped like limes, natch). The plan here is to scope out the selections, and know what you want to order by the time you reach the register, which is about two steps inside the front door. The restaurant itself is industrial strength, housed in a loft-sized space in what was formerly Bellini’s Coal Fired Pizza for about two minutes. Lime Fresh sprouted in its place like alfalfa one day, with shades of mustard and green predominating. An airy outside patio complements the bustling interior lined with high-tops and stools. On the day we visited, the orders were flying out of the exposed kitchen with the Taco Salad ($8.49) a clear winner if volume is any indication. It’s served in an enormous orange bowl the size of Tijuana, pairing ground beef on greens with housemade guacamole, black bean corn salsa, carrots, sour cream, shredded jack and cheddar cheeses, all topped with pico de gallo salsa and torilla strips. We heighten the heat of the dish by adding our own Habanero Salsa available by the scoopful from the nearby eight-flavor salsa bar. We can also vouch for the 8th Street Burrito ($7.99), a toasted flour tortilla jammed packed with chucks of white meat chicken, organic black beans, rice, bacon, sour cream, salsa, and tortilla strips. For an extra 50 cents, the chef will add grilled onions and peppers, which complement this two-handed taste treat. It’s our favorite on the menu, which features seven other burritos, including a veggie version at $6.99. The tortilla soup goes for $2.99 a cup or $3.99 a bowlful, and is a wonderfully spiced and simmered extravagance that only tastes like it should break the piggy bank. Ladened with chicken

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and a farm-fresh vegetables, this soup is topped with both the pre-requisite tortilla strips and a scoop of pico de gallo. Few Mexican chains serve up fish quesadillas, but at Lime Fresh, it’s a frequently ordered option. Combine a lite quesadilla (two whole wheat tortillas holding a fistful of melted jack and cheddar cheeses) with grilled fish for a delightful and succulent change of pace. It’s available in two sizes—regular at $7.49, or grande at $9.99. Both selections are served with warm tortilla chips that are thin and fried to a light golden brown, and so good that Doritos should steal the recipe. We’re a sucker for nachos, anyway they’re served. Here, you can choose to have it your way. For $5.99, the kitchen will layer cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses, black beans, jalapeños, lettuce, chopped tomatoes and housemade guacamole. Add chicken, steak, or ground beef for an extra $2.00; grilled onions and peppers for an additional 50 cents; and top the entire platter off with bacon bits for half a dollar more. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, look for $2.00 tacos and two-for-one beer, sangria and lime margaritas, served from 4-6 p.m. Come early and tell them Guy Magazine sent you.

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CELEBRITY SCENE

BRAD “SCOOP” CASEY

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rad Casey has been a name synonymous with the publication business in South Florida for over 20 years. Having started out with his deep, dulcet voice on AM radio (yes, it was in the Stone Age) Casey quickly rose to the top of his game in broadcast. Then a new offer came along that made him think of a career change. Hot Shots, yes Hot Shots, publisher Jason Bell approached Casey and offered him the position of Sales Manager for the new publication. “At that time, there were maybe 4 gay bars in the city and several gay friendly establishments and that was about it” recounts Casey. “I took on the position as it was something new, I mean, sales is sales whether it’s cars, real estate or advertising. I did well. But after about a year and a half, I decided if I am going to do this, why not do it for me?” Casey says. His first publication was Scoop, which started out as just a one page, mimeographed newsletter. “I had some content on the first page writing basically about what was going on in the bars in town. On the flip side, I printed business card size ads which most I ran for free. Then the paper began to really catch on. In the beginning, Jason Bell was printing the Scoop for me. The first time I went in to get the paper printed I asked Jason, “How much is this gonna cost me?” “I don’t know,” said Bell. “How much do you have on you?

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“$52.00,” I said. “Then it’s going to cost you $52.00.” That’s the way things were done in those days. Scoop was born at that moment. “Everything was going great and I started getting requests from bars in Miami, so, I then started Scoop Magazine. I found a graphic artist by the name of Bill Huelsman, who many of you probably know is the other half to Terry DeCarlo, public relations director at Broward House, to help with the creation of ads. In 2 years, I went from just a newsletter to an 8 ½ x 11” full color, glossy publication. Our first edition was only 32 pages and we kept growing. I kept it local, and gossipy. I remember recruiting Pompano Bill for photos and I remember another young (at the time) entrepreneur by the name of Dale Madison who started writing a column called “Pinkies Up” that dealt with local events. Along with others such as Interior Designer, Joe Gallant and Mrs. Beasley, we grew the publication,” Brad beams. Then, according to Casey, the economy began to turn. One of his Miami Sales reps named Tony Lambreau teamed up with photographer Jose Antonio to start a new magazine named Outlook, taking advertisers from his list of clients. That’s when Casey received an offer “I couldn’t refuse” from his former employer, Jason Bell, now of HotSpots! Magazine. “I was offered the chance to stay on for a while which I did, and then finally decided it was time to move on,” states Casey. “It has been a wonderful 40 years here in the South Florida media. I will say this, “You have not heard the last of Brad Casey.”


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Guy Bytes By DUNCAN ST. THIBAULT

“NEXT ISSUE”:

An Android App for Magazine Lovers

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he digital business model began with the

Android tablets). The designer plans to submit an iPad

collaboration of TV content providers that

version next month for Apple’s approval, although Apple

originator Hulu.com has spawned into an app

offers its own magazine app, so there’s no guarantee.

with a print-related slant, NEXT ISSUE.

The app has some problems when it comes to operation.

An effort by five magazine publishers—Condé Nast,

For most of the magazine titles, the user swipes a finger

Hearst, Meredith, News Corporation, and Time Inc.—

across the Android screen to turn an onscreen page. But

NEXT ISSUE gives you access to digital versions of 27

there are unique idiosyncrasies with some of the brands:

magazine titles for one monthly rate. The magazines

People and Vanity Fair require you to scroll horizontally for certain pages, and vertically within articles. TIME

include such household names as Better Homes and

Gardens, Car and Driver, Esquire, Fitness, Fortune, Glamour, Money, Parents, Popular Mechanics, TIME, and Vanity Fair.

magazine’s layout runs the gamut of orientations, with horizontal swipes needed to turn some pages and certain articles that scroll vertically. NEXT ISSUE isn’t very hard to

Although most big publications already market

use, but there are some things the designer could have

their own apps, NEXT ISSUE is the first one to put

done to make it more user-friendly. For instance, there is

all of these titles and more in one convenient digital

no search engine mechanism for finding a word or phrase.

spot, incorporating a standard set of controls and a

PRICE TAG: For a $10 monthly fee, you have access to

consistent design. That having been said, the individual

the latest COMPLETE issues of 27 magazine titles (articles

magazines vary from title to title in terms of mechanics

and ads included), as well as back issues to the beginning

and layout accessibility.

of the year. Because most of the titles are for monthly

NEXT ISSUE is currently only available for Android

magazines, you can upgrade for $5 a month more—$180

tablets--in particular, only seven and 10-inch models,

a year—to the Ultimate plan, which includes an additional

and only for those that run the 3.0 or 4.0 versions of

number of popular weekly titles, including Entertainment

Android (which represents about 6 percent of current

Weekly, People, and Sports Illustrated. The developer

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says that by the end of the year, the catalog of titles

peers, as well as to make bidding choices. Trulia and

should include two or three times the current number of

Zillow already have apps on the market that, among

magazines.

other things, help buyers find homes and look into their

For those with more moderate reading appetites, NEXT ISSUE allows you subscribe to individual magazine titles

backgrounds. These apps are free for Apple and Android, and contain many user-friendly features.

for $2 to $10 a month. You can also purchase individual

House Hunter also offers a free Lite version (available

issues at the regular newsstand rate, usually $3 to $6 for

for Apple only) of its fully-loaded $4 app. Both are worth

each individual title. On the other hand, if you already

a look, but particularly the pay version, which is invaluable

subscribe to a magazine’s print edition, most offer the

for buyers evaluating more than one house. The app helps organize what you learn during a walkthrough, offering a detailed list of approximately 80 house features, and a simple way to score them. Its flexibility permits homeowners to add their own

digital edition for free. There is a 30-day free trial for the relatively small percentage of tablet users who can currently utilize NEXT ISSUE. For the rest of us, we can hope that the developer

works out the bugs before the app gets the go-ahead from Apple. Or borrow the gym’s copy of Vanity Fair before you hit the treadmill. An App that takes the ‘Guess’ out of a Home Assessment A dear friend of mine likes to call Wilton Manors “a two-square-mile realtor farm.” It’s true that in the Gayborhood, real estate seems to have surpassed the “traditional” gay occupations (at least as defined by Hollywood) of hair dresser and interior decorator. With the rise of the real estate professional came the increase of real estate investors. Whether you are buying a single home for you and family, or five of them at a time to flip, in this current real estate market, potential buyers need every edge you can to get the most out of what is likely to be your single largest investment. There already are apps to assist home buyers choose the right house more quickly than their tech-challenged

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features, for things like a backyard fire pit, or a tennis court. Features are ranked on a 1 to 10 scale by order of importance. Once the features of each house are listed and evaluated individually the app rate the home with a total score. There is also a mortgage calculator and user comments and pictures can be stored within the software. Each of these apps—Zillow, Trulia, and House Hunter—contains a variety of strong features that are worth downloading for the serious real estate buyer. Unlike Trulia, Zillow lets you draw a line on the map and search only for neighborhood houses that are on the market. Like House Hunter, it has a mortgage calculator, in addition to a place to find local mortgage rates. None of these apps is perfect, but—like a human real estate pro—they could make the difference in providing that X-factor for finding your perfect home.


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Guy Travel By ROBERT ELIAS DEATON

VENICE & PADUA La Dolce Vita Italian Style

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s Italian cities go, Venice is more dramatic than gay. While in America, the two qualities often go hand-in-hand, in Venice there is a certain chaotic energy that never really sleeps. Even in the middle of the night, voices can be heard drifting from secret alleys where laundry is hung between buildings and gondolas with tiny silver bells navigate the canals taking reclusive dowagers to bed before sunrise, lest someone actually see them in the daylight.

Padua It is not enough to visit Venice; one has to absorb it. Only then can you appreciate the food, wine, art and architecture, and the little family squabbles that overflow unto the street with the appearance of minor wars. These are actually just discussions in the guise of skirmish, for as we said, drama is everywhere here and continues to rise, right along with the tide in the romantic canals, and the cost of living everywhere else. There’s nothing in Venice that’s reasonable priced, particularly hotels, which think nothing of charging 400 or 500 dollars a night for a room the size of a walk-in closet. Venice is a city of islands connected by bridges, but there are bargains to be found, if you know which bridge to cross and where to look. Our favorite gay bed and breakfast is the Fujiyama (Calle Lunga San Barnaba 2727A in the Dorsoduro sestieri of Venice. It’s a superb place to unwind from the aforementioned drama of Venice, taking its cue not from Italy, but from Japan where the zen is all about calm, and teas, and things like that.

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Fujiyama At the Fujiyama, you can get a room from a low 60 euros during off-season, including AC, a private bath, continental breakfast with fresh cornetti and marmalade spreads, and share a lovely Japanese tea garden, with its fragrant jasmine and wisteria flowers, over which the largest room (The Shanghai) looks. Your hosts are Carlo and Wen-yu, and the boys will make you feel both Italian and Japanese within fifteen minutes of your arrival. Smaller, but with better views, the gay-owned Corte Gherardi (Cannaregio 5558) is in the San Marco sestieri just around the corner from the bridge over the Ponte di Rialto. Rooms here begin at 90 euros, with free wi-fi, and breakfast in bed. It doesn’t get much more mio amore than this. You can walk from both the Fujiyama and the Corte Gherardi to all the visual treats that Venice offers including Piazza San Marco, where the throngs go to feed the pigeons and buy their T-shirts. The place is named for the Bysantine confection at the far end of the square—the Basilica di San Marco, where the gold-laidened alter, the Pala d’Oro, is housed. Of course you’ll do the tourist thing in Piazza San Marco. Feel free to walk the streets in the neighborhood, losing yourself in the ambiance that is Venice and throwing yourself into haggling over prices on everything from bologna to designer knock-offs (which make great presents, but are frowned upon at customs). At Bacino Orseolo 1192), discover the smallest Hard Rock Café in all of Europe. It’s a photo op waiting to happen since the café is located at

Hard Rock Café Venice


Lido Venice

a gondola terminal—the blue-tarped boats lined up in show-stopping perfection. The bar/café serves all the menu items Americano style, calories included. Do not miss a side trip to the Palazzo Ducale (Piazza San Marco 1), the one-time home of the Dogé who was the grand poo-pah of Venice way back when. Now it’s a museum to the excess of Venice when it was the center of all things civil. For lunch, walk around the corner and find Vinovino (Ponte Delle Veste 2007/A) where gondoliers mix it up with baronesses to fight over the breadsticks and glasses of wines that number in the hundreds. And do not miss the opportunity to take the Vaporetta 1 (the water taxi that hits the hottest tourist spots) to the Riva di Biasio stop where you’ll find I Due Girasoli (San Stae 1908, Santa Croce), owned by two lesbians and is the only gay bar in town. Vaporetta 1 will also take you across the lagoon

to the Lido di Venezi, which was featured in the film “Death in Venice,” and the closest thing to a gay beach in town. From the gondola stop, walk to the Adriatic side of this six-mile long sandbar, where you’ll find the Petit Palais Lido di Venezia (Lungomare Marconi 56), a delightful boutique hotel where everyone seems to be either gay, gay-friendly, or gay adjacent. It’s where the boys are, doing their thing surfside.

If you really want to party, pack your bags and head to Padua (locally called Padova) which you can get to by train in less than half-an-hour. This walled city is home to the Scrovegni Chapel with its frescoes by Giotto, and the Basilica di Sant’Antonio where you must not miss the frescoes by Altichiero da Zevio in the St. James Chapel. The hotel value in the center of Padova is the newly remodeled Hotel Milano (Via Pilade Bronzetti 62), which mixes old and new in a seamless couture. Nearby Caffè Pedrocchi

is the largest café in all of Italy and perhaps the world. The Caffè Pedrocchi (Via VIII Febbraio 15) has a labyrinth of rooms in varying styles, all created in the 19th century by Italian architect Giuseppe Jappelli. At night, the gay scene in Padova thrives. The closest gay bar to the train station is Anima Drinks & More (Via Vicenza 15), which attracts the students from the University of Padova where being tri-sexual seems to be a major. Head to the western tip of Padua, and discover paradise in the form of The Flexo Club (Via Domenico Turazza 19) with its dance floor, outdoor café, and darkrooms, the adjacent Metro Sauna (popular with students), and the nasty but neat Hot Dog, the leather cruising bar where clothing is optional altogether. La

dolce vita. Robert Elias Deaton is a world-traveling epicure who enjoys the finer things in life. guymag.net

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AskArlen By DR. ARLEN LEIGHT

Arlen: I must be getting old (or maybe I’m not old enough): I just read about something called “bug-chasing” which, if I read it correctly, I can’t give credence to in a modern context. What is it exactly, and, related to this, what is a “bug-chasing party?” Is this a real fetish or is someone pulling my leg? Signed, Bye, Curious

Dear Curious, I first heard about the bugchasing phenomena myself

A bugchasing party is a gathering of HIV-poz and

about 10 years ago with the same sort of reaction you are

HIV-neg men who engage in unprotected anal intercourse

having now. I am afraid to report that bugchasing is real, is

for the expressed purpose of spreading the virus. Various

still alive and well, as is a serious matter of grave concern

scenarios are possible, including having one HIV-neg man

to our community. Bugchasing refers to the activity of

being penetrated by multiple HIV-poz men, or a sort of

HIV-negative individuals purposely engaging in unprotected

Russian Roulette, where there are a number of negative

sexual activity with HIV-infected partners for the expressed

men and only one poz man who may have unprotected

purpose of becoming infected with the virus. The person

anal intercourse with several of the men but ultimately only

desiring infectivity is called a “bugchaser,” and the compliant

ejaculates in one (or maybe two).

HIV-poz partner is known as the “giftgiver.”

Obviously, bugchasing is a mental health problem

The bugchaser often engages in such activity as the

with serious implications for all of us who wish to contain

ultimate in risk-taking, dangerous and taboo sexual

and minimize the human suffering associated with HIV

adventure, and eroticism.

Others feel the risk of being

infectivity. Safer sex practices do minimize risk of exposure,

infected with HIV is inevitable and just want to get it over

so the “inevitability” of infection is a completely bogus

with so they can (in their minds) feel free to engage in sex

rationalization for engaging in bugchasing. Any bugchasers

without future concern about infection. Sometimes there is

thinking that HIV is not a big deal because there are

an unconscious desire, perceived by a disturbance in rational

medications that are extending life need to talk to a few

thinking, to be connected with an elite group that holds the

infected individuals who have to live on these meds.

power of infectivity (life and death) over others through sex.

Bugchasers and giftgivers alike who feel such a strong

Still others want to seroconvert in order to hold on to an

desire to engage in this high risk activity as a way to maximize

HIV-poz boyfriend who may be struggling with the fear of

sexual intensity, deal with HIV anxiety, retain a boyfriend

infecting his partner.

or release anger, shame, self-hatred or frustration need to

The so-called giftgiver may be willing to engage in the

seek mental health care. It is NOT okay to purposely put

bugchasing activity as the ultimate power play of sexual

yourself or others at serious risk of contracting a potentially

dominance. Others get involved as unconscious revenge

life threatening virus.

to release the personal anger associated with their own shame, guilt, and frustration about being poz or feeling like “damaged goods.” While many gay men bareback—engage in unprotected anal intercourse—bugchasers do so for the expressed purpose of putting themselves at risk for infection. Bareback behavior is always risky, but most barebackers do not actually seek out seroconversion.

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Best of luck, Arlen Keith Leight, PhD is a Licensed Psychotherapist and Board Certified Sex Therapist in private practice on the drive in Wilton Manors. He can be reached via email at DoctorLeight@aol.com, by phone at 954-7688000, or online at www. DoctorLeight.com.


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Guy Nutrition By ANDY KRESS

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he obesity epidemic across America has reached a new time high. Adults and children have grown into supersized versions of their former selves. These people are eating their way to an array of poor health conditions, as well as an early grave. The horrible selection of foods these individuals eat is mainly to blame. But are these people victims addicted to the foods that are killing them? A poor quality diet consists of foods that contain high saturated fat and trans fat. Saturated fats promote insulin and leptin resistance, making the body work harder to absorb the nutrients consumed. The body releases these chemicals so it can satisfy the brains demands to keep the body functioning and process the food into energy. Over time the body has to produce more of these hormones to compensate for the resistance. After years of keeping the body in this state, insulin and leptin producers and receivers start to wear out and become completely inefficient. Trans fatty acids keep the body in a state of systematic inflammation. Adding this to a body already struggling to produce and receive insulin and leptin and you have one toxic combination. The arteries start to become extremely clogged with fatty plaque and narrow, while the body starts to widen and put on fat. Once this cycle begins in the body, it is then trained to continue down this unhealthy path. This makes it easier for the individual to continue eating these unhealthy foods, because their body is immune to feeling lack of energy and nutrients from the food. Gaining weight, while continuing to eat foods low in nutrients, high in saturated fats and trans fats, create an addiction condition in the body from which most of these individuals will never escape. Settling into this lifestyle, the individual continues to slowly kill themselves—all the while teaching this addictive behavior to the people that surround them, especially children and young adults. Added sugar or syrups is also a major contributing factor to a poor quality diet. This includes not only white and brown sugar, raw sugar, corn syrup and corn syrup solids, high fructose corn syrup, maple syrup, malt syrup, pancake syrup, fructose sweetener, and liquid fructose, but also honey, molasses, anhydrous and crystal dextrose. Sugar sweetened

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beverages are by far the largest source of added sugar consumed on a daily basis. This can account for up to a whopping 50% of the calories consumed for the individual in a day. The sugar spikes from these sugary beverages are harmful to the insulin response system just like fat, burning out the receptors overtime aiding in Type II diabetes. Repeated exposure to high quantities of both of these highly palatable foods trigger addictive-like neuroadaptive responses in the brain reward circuit that drives the individual to compulsively eat. The phenomenon for the craving for these extremely palatable foods is similar to recreational drug-like addictions, in the way that they excite the brain’s dopamine-pleasure center. Overloading the brains dopamine-pleasure center can cause diet-induced deficits of dopamine D2 receptors and D2 signaling in the reward circuitry of the brain. The result is a downregulation or “hyposensitivity” to these receptors. Diet-induced reward hypofunctionality can have a pathiophysiological role in the development to the onset of obesity by increasing the motivation to consume such highreward or “obeseogenic” foods. This helps the individual ignore logical guilt or danger signs by rewarding the brain’s pleasure center with dopamine from food and drink. Junk food eats away at your health. Healthy choices equal healthy lives.

Andy Kress is a certified fitness trainer, yoga instructor and nutritional counselor in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more nutritional tips or inspired exercise routines, reach him at 954-789-3930 or via email at andyfitnesstrainer@gmail.com


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