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OutBoise Staff:

Behind The Camera 8

Gary Simpson: Publisher

Chris Mackenthun -10

Desmond Slowe

Paul Budge - 12

Guest Contributors:

Kallie Snyder - 14 Christian Mawson - 16 The Writers, The Contributors, The Guests - 18 A New Step -22 The Not-So-Straight Road to Drag -28

Photos: Christian Mawson Chris Mackenthun Paul Budge Kallie Snyder

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Publisher’s Corner Where does the time go? I ask myself this question all the time. In our day-to-day lives, most of us don’t bother to stop and take the time to look long enough to see how far we’ve really come. For me, I get a monthly reminder of exactly how far I’ve come. When I sit down in front of the computer, and I get ready to put everything together for a new edition of this magazine, In the depths of the memory on my laptop lay over two years worth of stories. Stories from people within our community put together by some great people I’ve come to know. Stories of the accomplishments I’ve helped to achieve, both small and big. I’m not here to brag about it though. I’m here to celebrate what has come out of it all. There are so many people who have touched my own life; people who have stepped up to the challenge, knowing there is no financial reward behind what we do, most of the time. It isn’t about personal recognition, and it isn’t about trying to build a better reputation for myself. Perhaps, in the beginning, that was part of my motivation, but it definitely isn’t what motivates me to get the job done any more. This magazine has grown from the first issue,

in so many ways, that it is hard to believe it is the same publication it was in the beginning. Our writers have grown and developed, and we’ve gone far beyond the cell phone pictures we used to take. This month, I wanted to take a unique look behind the curtain and show you some of the amazing people who have helped make this magazine a success. These people have helped out in any way they can, without asking for anything in return. And, for the most part, none of them have ever asked for an ounce of recongition. I wanted to give them all a moment to say thank you, and to show the community who all has been a part of this fantastic journey. ENJOY! - Gary Simpson, Publisher

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Behind the Camera

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One of the things most people don’t know, | Issue 19 | May 2016

Behind The Camera

when it comes to this magazine is that every

to mention, those who have stayed for as

single person working on the magazine, does

long as they have.

so on a volunteer-basis. The most important job, when it comes to Taking the time out of their own personal

building this magazine, every month, has

lives and busy schedules to show up some-

always, in my own opinion, been the visual

where to conduct an interview, or stay out

experience we are able to provide our read-

late at night to make sure the perfect shots

ers. And we’ve been lucky enough, over

of an event happening can be a lot to ask.

the last two years, to have some fantastic

And often times, the only recognition they

photographers step up to the task to help

get, is from me, the publisher.

capture the moments, the stories, and the people we include in every issue.

While gratitude can go a long way, it rarely gives people the credit they deserve.

While I, personally, have also taken to the task of picking up a camera, from time-

Before the first issue debuted in Novem-

to-time, it isn’t my main job. I felt it more

ber 2014, we spent several months putting

important to highlight the people who have

together our first issue. I have to give credit

put in the most work. You also get a chance

to these people for putting faith behind

to see some of the work each individual has

something that was just getting started. Not

contributed to the magazine.

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Chris Mackenthun

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Chris Mackenthun was the first photographer to join the OutBoise team. While photography is not his biggest passion, he takes great pride in the work he accomplishes. His “I’m not really here” approach when capturing moments allows his subjects to feel comfortable in the environment without feeling like they’re in front of a camera lens. And, he almost never says no when asked to step up to a challenge. You can see some of his past work, here, or on his Facebook page: | Issue 19 | May 2016

Behind The Camera

Jen Potcher: November 2014

Rebecca Scott: November - 2014

The Balcony Club’s Ad: 2014-2015

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Paul Budge

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Next on the team was Paul Budge. Paul is a professional photographer who spends a lot of time around the local theater circuit. His work includes taking pictures during the opening shows at Boise Little Theater. He was generous enough to provide us a great photo shoot for the cover of our very first issue, and also the postpride issue, as well. You can find more of his personal work at: | Issue 19 | May 2016

Behind The Camera

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Kallie Snyder

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Next up, was Kallie Snyder. When Kallie joined the team, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. Not only have I know her for a big part of my life, but I was incredibly impressed with her work. She started with us in February 2015, and her work with OutBoise helped to provide a much more professional look to every picture she took. Sharing my disdain for using Photoshop on anyone’s face, she brought a clarity to the color we needed to improve and grow. Her favorite task, when it came time to do photos for OutBoise, was when we had any food articles. Whether it was for a recipe, or a restaurant review, her photos always were able to capture exactly what our readers needed to see. In July of 2015, I was blessed, through the grace of my sister, of including Kallie into my own family, when my sister married Kallie’s sister. So I don’t just consider her to be a colleague. She’s family. You can find more of her work at: | Issue 19 | May 2016

Behind The Camera

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Christian Mawson

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Last, but certainly not least, Christian Mawson. Christian is the newest member of our team, and definitely the most dedicated. He joined our team after contacting our website, asking if we needed help. As an intern, Christian is looking to hone his skills as a photographer, and expand his portfolio. He almost never declines the task when it comes to taking event photos from around the community. His work has helped us expand our readership far more than I could have hoped. Not to mention, his skills have improved greatly in such a short time. You can find more of his work at: | Issue 19 | May 2016

Behind The Camera

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The Writers

The Guests

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The Contributors

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The Writers One of the most difficult tasks, every month, when it comes to putting together every issue of our magazine, is deciding what, and who, we plan to feature. Sometimes, a more difficult task can be finding someone to take on the task of taking on the challenge of writing an article that fits within the theme, within the time frame we need it by. In the past 19 issues, we’ve been blessed to have so many people dedicated to helping us make this magazine happen. From stories on local businesses, to features on great people in the local LGBT community, we’re never short when it comes to what we can talk about. Granted, we have, on occasion, raised a few eyebrows when it comes to what was written. While we never want to turn someone away for trying to help contribute, we also understand who our audience is, and we try our best not to drive them away. All of these things are contributing factors as to who we work with, and what content we decide to publish. Now, when the magazine began, we didn’t really have the focus and the drive we have today. A lot of our stories came from each person’s personal perspective, and - for a while - that worked | Issue 19 | May 2016

to keep our readers around. As time has passed, though, we’ve done our best to make sure we’re constantly improving what we do. While this can still be a challenge at times, we always open the opportunity to rite for our publication to anyone who is willing and able. And we’ve had some pretty fantastic people help us out along the way. Minerva Jayne I invited Minerva Jayne to write for OutBoise in our early months, as a way to help get the word out about OutBoise. As a self-proclaimed local celebrity, I knew her connections would, in some ways, help grow our audience. I also knew she was a talented writer and artist, and always has a way of making anything sound good. So I gave her the “Last Word.” Her column served as a tie-up to the end of every issue in the first few months, giving readers something positive and uplifting to think about each time. Minerva, has since, found a permanent position as Boise Weekly’s Advice Columnist, offering advice for “Those on the Verge.”

We appreciate all the work and the positivity Minerva brought to OutBoise while she was with us, ad appreciate everything she does for the community.

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Bonnie Davidson Bonnie was quick to join our team when she saw the amount of work I had on my plate. An expert in the field of journalism, she knows her way around. And when I put the word out, in the beginning, that I was in need of some help, she stepped in as my copy editor. Prior to Bonnie joining the team, there wasn’t a whole lot of work thrown in for anything other than spell check. But she didn’t just step in to make sure grammar and sentence structure were on point. In fact, she also, on occasion provided stories for us. To this day, whenever one of my writers needs help with an article, or if they need to find a resource that they may not know about, she always steps in to lend a hand. I have known Bonnie for most of my life, and I consider her to be a great friend. I couldn’t be more grateful for all the help she has given to ensure that this magazine comes together every month. Jerry Nabarrete-Stuart Jerry came to us with one goal in mind: FOOD. In the first year, Jerry provided us with a wide variety of recipes, as well as some reviews of local restaurants. His enthusiasm, and his dedication to the local LGBT Community have gone far beyond the work he did for OutBoise, though. Last June, he singlehandedly organized Boise’s first AIDS Walk. He is already been hard at work again this year | Issue 19 | May 2016

The Writers

to help put on a much bigger AIDS Walk, and has gone above and beyond what is needed to make sure that it happens successfully. We wish Jerry the best of luck with this endeavor, and thank him for being a part of our family. While I could go on about every single writer we have had the opportunity to work with, it is difficult to manage in limited space. So here’s a quick thank you to everyone who has contributed, locally, to OutBoise:

Ezikiel Coy

Gary Jensen

Laura Layton

Chance Fuerst-

Kris Muñoz


Kurt Perez

Javier Smith

Marlie Harris

Paycen McGahey

Jen Palumbo

Glitterati LaR-

Mike Hargrove


Gary Bell

Carmen Stanger

James Pipkin

Colin Howard

Joseph Kibbe

Desi Slowe

Amanda Goodell

Konrad Juengling

Carlos Negrete

Robert Collins

Chris Bidiman

Brian Fariss

Dianne Piggott

Keri Boyle

Nicole Weaver

Jeremy Quist

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A New Step

Breaking from the typical dance club schedule, OutBoise sought to bring a different dance routine to The Balcony Club on Thursday April 14. Dusting off their boots and hats, many people came out to test their skills and to be a part of Country Night, an event which the LGBT community in Boise hasn’t seen in almost a decade. | Issue 19 | May 2016

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While it wasn’t a large crowd that turned up for the first country night, the enthusiasm and spirit they brought helped fill the room with excitement. The music ranged from upbeat to romantic, from the 80’s through modern songs. As the small crowd of around 20 people turned out, there were many times throughout the night where everyone did their best to learn a few new dance routines. | Issue 19 | May 2016

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As the night progressed, there were many requests for songs, which OutBoise carefully researched and selected for the night, and, to the crowd’s delight, there was no disappointment. By 11 PM, when the music switched back to the typical Balcony Club playlist, there were further requests to keep the music going. Not only was there a demand for more that evening, but there were requests for another night of country music.

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In addition to asking for another country night, most of the people who turned out requested that the event stat earlier, and to have an instructor come in to teach several line dance routines, as well as two-stepping lessons. Most of them also said, next time, they would be sure to bring more of their friends along. | Issue 19 | May 2016

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OutBoise plans to make Country Night a much more enjoyable experience in the future, and will plan the next event some time in late June. You can find more pictures from Country night on our website or our Facebook page. And stay tuned for more fun from us!

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The Not-So-Straight Road to Drag By Desmond Slowe

“I thought, ‘Oh, my, God. What in the world is that?’” It was a drag queen. In particularly, it was Gem Empress 29 Reba McEnwhat. Sissy That Walk...

“I was in the old Lucky Dog, on Front [Street], with a friend and walks in this voluptuous blond in this fabulous blue gown. Biggest hair I ever saw; covered in jewelry. I’d never seen a drag queen before in my life. I‘d never been in a gay bar in my entire life. I had no idea what any of this was. I asked my friend, ‘What’s that?’” “My friend says, ‘I think her name is Reba. She is part of the Gem Court.” | Issue 19 | May 2016

Supermodel (You Better Work) I am sharing a small table with Jim and Scott at the Flying M on a Saturday afternoon. It is a table for two but we manage to saddle up three chairs to it with three drinks, two large pastries, my recorder and notebook on the tabletop. The intimacy doesn’t bother me; in fact, it makes the whole interview seem more personal. It is busy this Saturday and moments into our interview Jim and Scott greet friends who sit close to our table. This is the gay community. This is family. “I can give a quick background on me,” says Jim. “I was married 31 years. I got married clear back in 1977. I was going to school at Idaho State. My wife came down from the University of Idaho and finished up her teaching degree at Idaho State. She started teaching a local] elementary while I finished up my degrees. We had a daughter. In 2003, like most gay men that are in [opposite sex] marriages, you finally realize this is not where you are supposed to be. It crescendo and it was time.”

29  |  OutBoise Magazine  | NEWS “Our daughter had finished college, her Master’s degree, she was settled, and teaching school. I sat down with my wife and we talked. It was okay. We stayed together another four years until 2007 when my daughter got married. It was time for us to peacefully part company. It was so peaceful that we didn’t have to involve a lawyer. We were able to do it through the courthouse at $126.50.” “In 2007, I started spreading my wings.” Glamazon “So, I’m sitting there. Reba was across the room. I gave her this little finger flutter wave.”(Jim demonstrates this gesture by lifting his forearm and wiggling his fingers). This flirtatious ‘hello’ worked because it attracted Reba to come over to Jim. “She came over. She had a few cocktails and she was very gregarious. And that’s the way we met. We got to talking. My first impression was this is someone you would think is so unapproachable and so foreboding but was the complete opposite. Here was this wonderful person who was friendly.” Snapshot Scott sat directly across from me wearing a Superman-emblem baseball cap. Both Jim and Scott were wearing their retirement on their wrists and fingers; the gold and diamonds were almost blinding in that mid-morning light. It was gorgeous and exuded the fabulousness that they carry-over into their non-drag life. It was Scott’s turn to give me a little of his history. “I was born and raised in California. I went to college at Chico State, near Sacramento, met my wife, got married in 1979 and divorced in 1989. When I got divorced, I started going to the gay bars in Chico.” “I went into a small, corner bar and they were doing a drag show and I saw all these queens and I thought, ‘Oh, my, God. Look at that.’” “I think if you ever want to do drag, when you see a queen, it sparks your interest. You say, ‘I can do that; how cool is that; I can make that.’” | Issue 19 | May 2016

30  |  OutBoise Magazine  | NEWS | Issue 19 | May 2016 them in an hour or less to see who has the ‘best transformation.’”) “They always call the one who puts you in drag your Drag Mother. She had done me up. It was about five years ago at the Neurolux.” “I really enjoyed it. It allows you to be somebody else. You are shedding this cocoon.” Jim needed a name so they came up with a funny, satirical name of Summers Eve Douché. Jealous of My Boogie

“I said I was going to do drag for Halloween. I became friends with the queens at the bar and one of them put me in drag for Halloween. That is when we first started the Court system in Chico.” “I met all of these people in the Court system. I met Bunny and Jolene Bixler, who were the dual Empresses of Boise. We became such good friends that they told me to move to Boise after my partner died. I was done with Chico; too many bad memories. I moved here in 2003 and became Empress in 2006.” Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous “When I first did drag, my friend, who was a hairdresser, got a red wig and just ratted it out to hell. Everybody said, ‘You look just like Reba McIntyre.’“ “Well, I said, ‘I’m not Reba McIntyre, I’m Reba McEnwhat.’ And that just stuck.” Reba was the Queen who put Jim in drag. “I did drag for the first time at Closet Ball. “ (I found the definition of the Closet Ball from The Imperial Sovereign Gem Court of Idaho’s website stating, “[the] Closet Ball is a fun, judged contest where those who don’t normally do drag have a Queen ’paint’

“We are lovingly referred to as ‘The Grannies.’ We are the two oldest in the Court.” “Reba has a plethora of drag – wigs, shoes, gowns and jewelry. We always wear fake nails – Lee Press-Ons, we do not use the glued ones. I would classify our drag as ‘high drag’ – you just want to wear lots of make-up, big hair, big jewelry. We just want to be over-the-top.”

31  |  OutBoise Magazine  | NEWS “The Court is our family.” I always know when Jim and Scott are out-and-about because of their adorable Mazda Miata, which will have its top down regularly in the summer. Scott is a semi-retired respiratory therapist and Jim has a few more years to reach the service retirement age with PERSI. They will be enjoying their golden years together in blissful harmony. They married in San Francisco when they went to The International Court System Coronation in 2014. When I look at them I am reminded of Rihanna’s lyrics from “We Found Love:” Yellow diamonds in the light We’re standing side by side House of Love When I opened an email from Scott with pictures of Reba and Summers, for this article, there was this quote attached: People wonder why I give so many compliments out to strangers. I’m not being fake and I am not looking for people to like me. But if I pass somebody and like something, I say it. “Love those shoes!” Or “Great hair!” Or “Wow, your eyes are beautiful!” ….Why? Because life can be hard and this world can be a shitty place and people can be mean. You never know how much these words mean to someone, you never know through what hell they may be going through and when you put positivity out there into the universe YOU yourself become a happier person. It is hard to be nice and be miserable yourself. It will reflect from the outside in. I am telling you random compliment giving will change your life and maybe someone else’s too. – Jordan Sarah Weather I am glad that he attached it. I feel it completely embodies who Reba McEnwhat and Summers Eve Douché are. Desmond Slowe is an avid home-participant of RuPaul’s Drag Race with a penchant for donning a frock on occasion and will join any conversation on the proviso that we ONLY bitch about people, talk about wigs, dresses, bust sizes, penises, drugs, night clubs and bloody ABBA. | Issue 19 | May 2016

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OutBoise Magazine - May 2016  

In this issue, we take a look back at the people in our local community who have helped us bring this magazine to you every month, and who h...

OutBoise Magazine - May 2016  

In this issue, we take a look back at the people in our local community who have helped us bring this magazine to you every month, and who h...