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Vol.2 Issue 2 Nov. & Dec. 2017 Ever y Issue is FREE

Inside this issue: 1 COMMUNITY PRIDE

A Holiday Wish: By Tami Haught Pg 16-17


UI Campus Resources Pg 18


Op/Ed “I Want To Be Heard in My Healthcare” By Josh Robbins Pg 18


LGBTQ Workplace Summit Pg 22


Feature: Joel Hall Pg 23-24

6 FREETIME Holiday Gift Ideas Pg 6-7

The Mirage @ IMU Pg 28

Holiday Dining Suggestions from Lucky ’s Market Pg 11-12 Holiday Gift Pages from Iowa City Downtown District Pg 8-10


4 Note from Publisher 5 News Briefs 6 Holiday Gift Suggestions


Holiday Issue Vol.2 Issue 2 Nov. & Dec. 2017 THE AREA’S LGBTQ RESOURCE GUIDE

11 Holiday Dinning 14 Queer Quips By Nolan Petersen 16 Community Pride A Holiday Wish By Tami Haught 18 Education Campus Resources 19 Health “I want to Be Heard in My Healthcare” an op/ed By Josh Robbins 22 Community Organizations Eastern Iowa Workplace Summit hosted by One Iowa 23 FreeStyle Arts & Entertainment Meet Joel Hall By Tim Nedoba 25 The Film Reel By Spencer Williams

GOGUiDE Staff Publisher & Editor Tim Nedoba Assistant Editor Spencer Williams Business Operations Gregory Cameron Contributors Casey Bartley Gregory Cameron Nolan Petersen Josh Robbins Spencer Williams Creative Director Melinda Ragona The Stevens Company

26 Iowa City Beats By Gregory Cameron

Local sales • (319) 519-2161

27 Book review sponsored by Prairie Lights Bookstore

National Advertising Sales Rivendell Media • (212) 242-6863

28 FreeTime Guide To Local Nightlife The Mirage 29 My Perfectly Imperfect World By Casey Bartley

Reach Out Marketing, LLC President Tim Nedoba Vice President Gregory Cameron

31 Readers Choice Awards Best-in-Community Backcover GoGuide Cares: This holiday season let’s take time to remember all those who need a helping hand. Live. Life. Generously. GoGUIDE is available throughout Johnson County and beyond. GoGUIDE is available free of charge via regular mail. No more than one copy may be sent to the same address. For contact information please call (319) 519-2161, email or visit All rights reserved. Publication of the name, photograph or likeness of any person, organization or business in this publication is not to be constructed as an indication of the sexual orientation or preference of that person, organization or business. The opinions expressed by writers and other contributors are their own and are not necessarily those of this magazine, publishers or its staff. GoGUIDE published by Reach Out Marketing, LLC. ROMLLC reserves the right to refuse advertising from any entity that is deemed incompatible with the mission of the magazine. For more information please email


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Note from Publisher First, I would like to wish everyone a very happy and joyous holiday season. I also want to welcome everyone to the first annual GoGuide Gift Guide Issue. A special thank you goes to the Iowa City Downtown District in helping make this gift guide so special. Please shop locally by supporting your local community and enjoy shopping downtown Iowa City this holiday season. I have important news on some major upgrades that have been made at GoGuide Magazine and at Both the magazine and the website have gone through major upgrades with this issue. The Stevens Company has made this possible. I hope you like the improvements. Also, this issue officially launches the online nominating and voting process for our first ever Readers Choice Best-in-Community awards. This process will run from Nov. 15, 2017, through January 15, 2018.

All nominating and voting will take place online at The winners will be announced in the Feb. 15 print issue of GoGuide Magazine.

News Briefs

Finally, the next print issue of GoGuide will be February 15, 2018. GoGuide along with all the other members of the community will be enjoying an extended holiday break.  However, will remain active during this break. Several new articles and features are already scheduled to appear during this time while print takes a break.  Of course, our Facebook page will also remain active and will let everyone know when new items have been posted online. Thank you, everyone, for your support of GoGuide throughout 2017. This magazine would not be possible without our loyal readers and our marketing and advertising sponsors and partners. These are the people who deserve all the thanks! -Tim Nedoba

A Community Conversation Around LGBTQ+ Tobacco use and Exposure

Meet Austin Frerick, a Candidate for U.S. Congress in Iowa’s Third District Recently, GoGuide had the opportunity to have a one-on-one discussion with Austin Frerick, the Democratic candidate hoping to represent Iowa’s third district in Congress. Republican David Young currently holds the House seat. As of now, there are seven candidates running in the Democratic primary. The Primary election is June 5, 2018. Mr. Frerick is actively courting the LGBTQ vote. During the interview, he stated, “Over the last month, I’ve been reaching out to LGBTQ groups all over the state. If I haven’t reached out to your group, please contact my campaign.” In theme with GoGuide’s Holiday Issue, I asked Mr. Frerick about his childhood holiday memories. He said, “Dad’s Christmas lights. Have you seen the movie Christmas Vacation? That’s my dad’s house. He’s only fallen off the roof once.” The complete interview can be found online.


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Johnson County Public Health and Iowa Cancer Consortium held a community conversation around LGBTQ+ tobacco use and exposure October 24th. The group discussed the higher smoking rates of LGB individuals. Nationally, nearly 1 in 4 LGB adults smoke cigarettes compared with about 1 in 6 straight adults. The average smoking rate among Iowans aged 18-24 who identify as LGB is 37.7%. We know the LGBTQ+ community is disproportionately affected by tobacco and wanted to learn more about why this disparity exists, uncover barriers standing in the way of reducing the tobacco use rate among this population and detail the positive outcomes of less tobacco use among those who are LGBTQ+.

LGBTQ Health Survey Update

The University of Iowa – College of Public Health, One Iowa and the Iowa Cancer Consortium have partnered together to learn more about the health of LGBTQ+ Iowans. This study is for Iowan’s only. It’s an important study which will the state of Iowa improve the quality of healthcare for the LGBTQ community for many, many years. According to University of Iowa professor Paul Gilbert, “we’re still plugging away and collecting surveys. We don’t have a firm date to close the survey but have planned to run until early December. After which we’ll start doing our analyses and have summaries to report back to the community.” TAKE THE SURVEY: lgbtqhealthsurvey 5

GO GUiDE Gift Ideas GO GUiDE staff selected many of the featured items.

New Pi’s Charcuturie gift box is perfect for holiday gift giving. Really, it’s a party in a box! This gift includes some of Iowa’s finest: Milton Creamery Old Style Cheddar Cheese from Milton, Iowa and La Quercia Nduja Spicy Prosciutto Spread from Norwalk, Iowa, joined by the delectable Olli Toscano Fennel Pollen Salame, Belletoil Garlic and Herbs Cheese Spread, and Field Day Traditional Water Crackers.

Our fruit boxes (available in large and small sizes) from New Pi will not disappoint! Friends and family are sure to enjoy this hand selected variety of organic produce that includes assorted apples, oranges, pears, kiwi, pomegranates, and grapefruit.

The Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Powermatic 80 is precision, luxury, traditional and contemporary all displayed in a superb timepiece. This watch is not only a practical timekeeping tool but will also stand out for the right reason on the wrist of any man.

Purifying Detox Body Wash every day in the bath or shower followed by our Firming Detox Body Cream. Our Exfoliating Detox Body Scrub is great to use 2-3 times per week, or as needed. Our Body Cream can be used as an all-over body cream, and our Body Wash doubles as a nourishing shaving gel.

Doll Parts Hardcover - Spend an evening getting intimate with Amanda Lepore, the internationally renowned walking work of art and New York City’s reigning queen of nightlife for three decades. Available at local bookstores and online.

Anne et Valentin works carefully to create a collection that shows many expressions: simple, happy, elegant, sensitive, and fun. Each frame is meticulously handcrafted in a process that has over 30 steps. The quality in Anne & Valentin’s manufacturing work is the result of a long, precise and detailed process. Women’s Radalie Parka $199, Fjord flannel $89, Women’s Slim Jean $99. Available at Active Endeavors downtown Iowa City

Bethany Young and Louise Rauh compilation, Aluminum flowers, freshwater pearl, various gemstones and sterling silver. Available at Iowa Artisans Gallery, downtown Iowa City. 6

Equal Before the Law: How Iowa Led Americans to Marriage Equality, published by the University of Iowa Press, tells the stories behind the critical battle in the fight for marriage equality in Iowa. The struggle began in 1998 with the easy passage of Iowa’s Defense of Marriage Act and took a turn, surprising to many, in 2005, when six ordinary Iowa couples signed on to Lambda Legal’s suit against the law. Their triumph in 2009 sparked a conservative backlash against the Supreme Court justices, three of whom faced tough retention elections that fall. Check out the LGBTQ collection of books at Prairie Lights, located downtown Iowa City. SAY IT WITH MOVIES! Gift cards are available in any denomination, though a $45 gift card is enough for two general admission evening tickets, two drinks and large popcorn. Redeemable for movies, concessions, merchandise, special events or even memberships. FilmScene is located downtown Iowa City.

CBD Oil Balm for your skin. Skin care from the highest quality line of non-GMO products in the market. CBD Oil has naturally occurring Vitamin E, fatty acids and cannabinoids, of which contribute to meaningfully healthy skin. Nov. & Dec. 2017 - Holiday Issue - GO GUiDE

Housewares holder or new favorite toy? You will love trying out all of the shapes and possibilities of the Folding Wire Kitchen basket. The antiqued copper wire is twisted together to form a basket that is flexible and foldable. This inventive piece was created by metalworkers in Moradabad, known as India’s “brass city.” Our fair trade partner Noah’s Ark has helped makers develop innovative designs, incorporate alternative materials and find new markets for their work, keeping alive a craft passed down through generations. $39.99. Available at Ten Thousand Villages, Iowa City.

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TASTY Holiday

Recipes All recipes provided by Lucky’s Market”

Easy Wassail Punch 32 oz Apple Cider 3oz Lemon Juice 16oz Orange Juice 1 Cinnamon Stick 1 tsp. Allspice 1 tsp. Ground Ginger 1 tsp. Ground Nutmeg 1 tbl. Brown Sugar One-of-a-kind, handmade American art, consisting of unique home décor, jewelry, gifts and more!

Add all ingredients to a crock pot and allow to simmer on medium or low for 12 hours. Make it a cocktail by adding bourbon when serving!

Butternut Squash Walnut Feta Bake


Accepted at over 100 participating businesses or for parking at public garages and street meters. Purchase them at MidWestOne Bankdowntown location, The Englert Theatre, FilmScene Theatre, or online. 10

Flowers Created By Louise Rauh

Necklace Designed By Bethany Young

Full-service art gallery, offering phone orders, layaway and online orders on our new website. Located in the historic, light-filled  Paul-Helen Building in  Iowa City’s Downtown District.

IOWA ARTISANS GALLERY Celebrating 33 years as Iowa City’s “must-see” art gallery. Iowa Artisans Gallery 207 Washington Street, Iowa City Ph. 319.351.8686 Nov. & Dec. 2017 - Holiday Issue - GO GUiDE

1 Butternut Squash 1/3 cup chopped walnuts 1/3 cup feta cheese 1/3 cup olive oil 2 tsp. crushed garlic 1 tsp. dried thyme 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. black pepper Dice and seed the butternut squash and remove skin. In a large bowl, mix butternut squash, olive oil, garlic, thyme, salt, and black pepper. Pour squash mix into an 8x8-baking dish. Bake squash for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove from the oven and sprinkle walnuts and feta on the top. Return dish to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes. GO GUiDE - Holiday Issue - Nov. & Dec. 2017

Parmesan Mustard Roasted Carrots and Parsnips 1 lb. Parsnips 2 lbs. Carrots 1 tsp. Salt 1 tsp. Black Pepper 1 tbl. Whole Grain Mustard 1 tsp. Crushed Garlic 1 tsp. Dried Dill 2 tbl. Olive Oil 1/3 cup Shredded Parmesan In a bowl mix the olive oil, dill, garlic, mustard, salt and pepper. Cut the carrots and parsnips in approximately ½ inch thick pieces. Toss the carrots and the parsnips with the olive oil mixture. Lay the mixture out evenly on a sheet tray. Sprinkle parmesan on top. Bake for approximately 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender with a small amount of browning. 11

Holiday Dining Holiday Cooking suggestions and tips from the Culinary Manager at Lucky’s Market

By Tim Nedoba Recently GoGuide Magazine and had the opportunity to sit down with Rochelle Becker, Culinary Manager at Lucky’s Market, to discuss holiday dining ideas, tips, and suggestions. Rochelle has been at Lucky’s Market in Iowa City since the day it opened. She came to Lucky’s Market with a tremendous amount of local experience having worked more than 10 years combined at two local popular eating establishments before first joining the store as office manager.   I asked Rochelle about who influenced her most in her cooking career. Her answer came quickly. She said, “At a young age, I took a very early interest in cooking. I’m family taught. My grandmother did a lot of traditional cooking and our family shared recipes with each other over the years. I’m just continuing the family tradition.”   Rochelle also offered some helpful home cooking tips. She said, “Don’t go above yourself. Make easy recipes. They taste just as good anyways. And you have only your family to impress; you’re not cooking for a fancy magazine or restaurant reviewer. Your family will love your home cooking.”   She also suggested looking for recipes in magazines and on various websites.  She specifically mentioned a good source recipes.  I also personally know that has a number of good ideas as well. 12

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Queer Quips Making a Case for Winter

By Nolan Petersen So often, people talk about escaping the cold for warmer climates. The notion that as frost grips Iowa and everything runs for cover, those places where shorts are worn yearround seem more appealing. And while I will grant that there is definitely nothing wrong with a warmer climate, and there are moments where feeling my toes seems like a preferable choice to frostbite, I also would like to share my reasoning for why, in fact, cold weather is such a critical part of the “Iowa Nice” tradition. The cold brings us back to our senses. Just as a cold shower has been known to be suggested for folks whose thoughts are straying, so too does Mother Nature’s arctic chill bring an entire section of the country back to reality. Cold weather starts by making us more efficient. To avoid the cold, we hurry and scurry from the car to our house, from building to building--from one warm oasis to another. We hustle with outdoor chores both to keep warm and to find out way back to the comfort of anything over 65 degrees. Which brings me to another point--cold weather 14

can make us more productive. Think of the multitude of projects you can cross off your list during the winter season. Sure, some of that is hampered by the potential breaks for holiday decorating, celebrating, and de-icing of any surface outdoors… but think of the benefits to your to-do list when spring rolls around! But what winter really seems to do for the Midwest is build up that sense of community. Now, I’m not saying that other places don’t have this, but winter brings out the hint of primal survival, coupled with a communal agreement that “this sucks” when the windchill hits -10. It brings folks together who would otherwise be strangers--such as when you see someone stranded on the road at 9 pm and there is more snow about to fall. Winter, in my experience, builds up a sense of empathy in small ways--because we’re all suffering it together--and that is one reason I think I will always look to live in a place where the air hurts my face for almost half the year.

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Holiday Wish

“I was living in extreme poverty, with no insurance to manage a deadly virus. In addition, there was no humanity, and no dignity.”

By staff writer

GoGuide Profiles Tami Haught A leading organizer and champion of rights for people living with HIV.

If I had a holiday wish, what is something I would wish for? Right now, with the uncertainty of healthcare, I would wish for healthcare for all. Healthcare is a human right, not a privilege. I am frustrated we came so far in gaining access to insurance and healthcare. The fact that we are going backward is so demoralizing. I don’t understand why some people feel healthcare shouldn’t be for everyone, and not just for those who are lucky enough to receive it from an employer or those who can afford their own insurance. I remember pre-ACA. Back then, paying for healthcare was doable, but it wasn’t fair. I couldn’t see a local doctor. Instead, I had to go to the University of Iowa for any medical condition. It wasn’t too bad, unless I was


deathly sick and had to have someone else drive me there. That happened way too much, especially when my son was younger. My sister-in-law had to run me to the doctor twice, which meant we had to bundle up my son and my sister-in-law’s three daughters, I was usually sick in the winter. I also had five to six different sources for my medications. AIDS Drug Assistance Program provided my HIV meds, the easiest med for me to get. I utilized at least three different Patient Assistant Programs with different criteria for all of them. Some were refilled monthly, some bi-monthly. I had to get a new prescription every three months for another drug. Other meds I got over the counter. I know I am not the only person to have this issue, but for someone who is med adherent and who is fairly well organized the whole process required hyper-awareness and intense preparation. The ACA changed all of that. I now receive all my medications monthly from one pharmacy. It is such an easy process and one that allows me to be adherent.

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October is always a bad month for me. Oct. 12th is the 21st anniversary of the day my husband passed away. Twenty-one years ago, I was living in extreme poverty, with no insurance to manage a deadly virus. In addition, there was no humanity, and no dignity. It was a time with a lot of uncertainty. We depended on the ER for medical care. One-night, Roger, my late husband, was put in isolation for TB. I could come and go from the room with no mask or other protection measures because I don’t think the staff even tested him. Why did they put him in isolation? To this day, I don’t know. He was released the next morning with no new medications. I have lived a part of my life without insurance and without access to quality medical care. It is terrifying, knowing there is nothing you could do but go to the ER and hope they will see you. I have seen the worst of our sick care/ health care system.

to medical care and treatment. I wish that for everyone. This world and this life is so much better for all of us when people know they have an option, a chance, and a hope. Biographical information from Tami Haught, Sero’s Organizing, and Training Coordinator, was diagnosed in 1993 and lived with HIV in silence for six years, before embracing advocacy and HIV education. She is the President of PITCH (Positive Iowans Taking Charge) and as CHAIN (Community HIV/Hepatitis Advocates of Iowa Network) Community Organizer, from 2012 to 2014, managed the successful campaign to reform Iowa’s HIV criminalization statement. Tami is also a steering committee member of the US PLHIV Caucus, a member of the Positive Women’s Network -USA and was inducted into the 2020 Leading Women’s Society in 2015.

With the implementation of the ACA, I felt we actually turned a corner to start with health care. Now, all I want for Christmas is access

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Diversity Resources at UI By staff writer

Diversity, as defined by the UI website, is essential to the educational experience and central to all parts of the University’s mission. The University of Iowa embraces our responsibility to create a welcoming environment for all members of the community, including underrepresented faculty, staff, and students; persons with disabilities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons; persons of disadvantaged socioeconomic status; and nontraditional and international students. Here are just a few of the many resources available on UI campus. More can be found at


UI Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa River Landing 105 E. 9th Street Coralville, IA 52241 (855) 467- 3700 (toll free)

LGBTQ Resource Center 125 Grand Avenue C Iowa City, IA 52246 (319) 335-7123

Chief Diversity Office 111 Jessup Hall 5 West Jefferson Street Iowa City, IA 52242-1316 319-335-0124

“I Want To Be

Heard in My Healthcare” By: Josh Robbins An op/ed special to GoGuide Josh Robbins is a GLAAD Award nominated blogger for and an HIV positive patient advocate. He is a paid spokesperson for #MyHIVThankYou campaign sponsored by Napo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., makers of Mytesi. He lives in Nashville and is single and ready to mingle. Follow him @imstilljosh

It is really as simple as that. I just want to be heard. More specifically, I want to be heard in my healthcare. I want my healthcare delivered to me to be personal, derived specifically for me, and the exact opposite of communitywide healthcare. I don’t want to be a statistic anymore and I could care less what risk pool in which I’ve previously been placed or grouped. Sometimes the labels and words like ‘MSM’ (men who have sex with men) and ‘high risk’ (sexually) completely veil my identity within my own health. And it isn’t okay, anymore. I am an individual first, and my healthcare needs to be mine. I want to be heard. As a cisgender white male, I have substantial privilege, obviously. I completely accept that, as neither my fault nor my reward. I cannot 18

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affect it. But as an HIV-positive queer trying to navigate healthcare, at times, I feel I am losing. I have yet to find health equity--and I’m putting in the work. Since being diagnosed with HIV in 2012, almost every time I have a minor illness or issue arise, I sometimes cringe when telling any non-HIV specialized doctor or nurse practitioner that I am positive because it immediately changes how they treat me both literally and medically. Usually the moment that I disclose that I am positive, everything is attributed to the virus. I understand, accept, and believe that [HIV treatment works] ( campaigns/hivtreatmentworks/index.html)-but not every minor issue is related to living with HIV. As much as we are told to stand up and fight for social issues, to rise up and speak against inequalities, and to do the important work to bring justice and equity to all people--I realize that each of us has the right and needs to be heard as an individual in our own personal healthcare. I will be heard. You should be heard, as well. Let’s fight to make it happen. Editor’s note: This has been edited for space. The complete version will be made available online at 19

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Co mmuni t y O rg a n i z a tions 1st Annual Eastern Iowa LGBTQ Workplace Summit hosted by One Iowa

Meet Joel Hall: Acclaimed Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher & Activist

Photo’s By Tim Nedoba

On October 26, One Iowa hosted the first annual Eastern Iowa LGBTQ Workplace Summit at Kirkwood Regional Center. About 50 local business professionals attended the event. Speakers included many local Iowa City and Cedar Rapids business leaders. Since the event took place so close to deadline, GoGuide invites you to visit for a complete event recap.

By Tim Nedoba

Lindsey Clark, HRC Senior Regional Field Organizer, was one of the event speakers

GO GUiDE Magazine will be taking a holiday break. The next issue of GO GUiDE will be Feb. 15, 2018. It’s the Readers Choice Best-in-Community issue. Of course, the issue will still have all the usual columns and information that all GO GUiDE’s contain like, Community Pride, Education, Health, Community Organizations, FreeStyle, and FreeTime. However, is not taking a holiday break.  New articles and updates will be posted throughout the holidays. Updates will also be posted on the GoGuide Facebook page. Look for these new online-only extras.


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Arts & Entertainment

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Recently, GoGuide Magazine and had the privilege to conduct a phone interview with Joel Hall. Joel Hall is an institution in Chicago and is well known internationally. Hall is a native of Chicago’s infamous Cabrini Green neighborhood. However, this didn’t hold him back from becoming a successful, dancer, choreographer and teacher. In 1993, Hall was inducted into the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame. According to their Facebook page, “Induction into the Hall of Fame symbolizes that the recipient either has made a contribution with far-reaching effects on the quality of life for Chicago’s lesbian and gay community or the city of Chicago, or has made a significant long-term contribution to the well-being of Chicago’s LGBT communities.” According to, by a formal resolution — adopted by the Chicago City Council and signed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel — Saturday, November 21, 2015 was officially recognized as “Joel Hall Day” throughout Chicago. And, most recently, on Friday, May 6th, 2016 the corner of Clark Street and Thorndale Avenue in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood was officially and permanently designated “Honorary Joel Hall Way.” The historic distinction commemorates Joel Hall’s 40+ years of service to the Chicago community — and a lifetime of artistic achievements and contributions to the dance world. GO GUiDE - Holiday Issue - Nov. & Dec. 2017

Hall has been further saluted by The Chicago Dance & Music Alliance with their prestigious “Lifetime Achievement for Service to the Field” award — and has also earned a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Jazz Dance World Congress. During the past 40 years, Hall has achieved an international reputation for his dance company and acclaim as a choreographer whose work, in his own unique dance style based in jazz, expresses a rich vocabulary embracing both the classical and modern dance idioms. Hall is the Artistic Director and choreographer for his dance company and the Chief Dance Instructor for the training studio. This unique performing arts organization includes the Chicago City Theatre Company, the Joel Hall Dancers, and a training facility, the Joel Hall Dancers & Center. Since the 70’s, Joel Hall has created more than seventy ballets for his own company and is noted in two major books on the contemporary dance arts; Black Dance by Edward Thorpe, dance critic for The London Standard, and The Black Tradition in American Dance by Richard Long. Susan and Thomas D. Kuczmarski note Hall in the book Apples are Square: Thinking Differently About Leadership, and he is featured in Black Theater is Black Life, by Harvey Young and Queen Meccasia Zabriskie. 23

Q&A GoGuide (GG): What should the LGBTQ community of Iowa City know about Joel Hall? Joel Hall (JH): Artists are at the forefront. Artists are the vanguard of culture and are the storytellers. Artists tell a story today and through art, preserve the history for future generations. Remember, the real vanguard of the gay movement were the flamboyant drag queens in New York City GG: Could you explain that a bit further? JH: We’re living in different times now. People are afraid. Younger people have no reference on how to act up. 24

However, my younger people are very aware and are aware of their responsibilities as artists. GG: You talk about art as personal. What does that mean to you?

The Film Reel A column by Spencer Williams Diverse Film Programming Courtesy of the Bijou Film Board

GG: What does the future hold for Joel Hall?

The Bijou Film Board, a student organization in partnership with FilmScene at the University of Iowa, gives students an opportunity to win a $1,500 study abroad scholarship each semester, as part of their Bijou Horizons programming. The Bijou Horizons program offers an eclectic mix of foreign/art-house films from countries other than the U.S. These films, which generally receive limited release in the U.S, provide viewers with contemplative and surreal glimpses into complex societies that rarely grace the typical movie theater screen.

JH: I plan to write a book. I’m also thinking about retiring next year… maybe semi- retiring. I’m also working on building a lasting legacy. I want the programs I’ve started to be able to continue and to grow after my full retirement.

Past screenings have included films like The Ornithologist, a 2016 Portuguese surrealist drama about a gay ornithologist who experiences strange visions in the woods while searching for black storks, and From Afar, a 2015 Venezuelan drama about a middle-aged gay man who finds companionship in a street-wise teenager. Future programming includes the 2017 Brazilian film Nise: The Heart of Madness, which is about a female doctor who works in

JH: My work is gay because I am gay. My work is black because I am black.

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a psychiatric hospital and fights against the employment of electroshock treatment for schizophrenic patients, and The Innocents, a 2016 French film about a nurse who must deliver babies in secret for a convent of nuns following World War II. UI students who attend all five screenings during any semester are eligible to be entered to win the scholarship. In addition to Bijou Horizons, the Bijou Film Board also screens weekly late-night cult classics as part of Bijou After Hours, and documentary screenings followed by Q&As with faculty and community members as part of Bijou Film Forum. Bijou After Hours runs every week at 11pm on Saturday, and Bijou Horizons and Film Forum screenings are on alternating Tuesdays at 6pm. All Bijou screenings are free for UI students and tickets are available for purchase for the general public, and are shown at FilmScene, Iowa City’s only nonprofit independent cinema. More information can be found at Bijou’s website, 25

Book Review Sponsored by Prairie Lights Lesbian Decadence Representations in Art and Literature of Fin de siècle France By Nicole G. Albert,

translated by Nancy Erber and William A. Peniston Columbia University Press, 2016 Lesbian Decadence, now available in English for the first time, provides a new analysis and synthesis of the depiction of lesbianism as a social phenomenon and a symptom of social malaise as well as a fantasy in that most vibrant place and period in history. The critics are praising this newly translated work.

Iowa City Beats A column by Gregory Cameron

Lesbian Decadence combines literary, artistic and historical analysis of sources from the mainstream to the rare, from scholarly studies to popular culture. The English translation provides a core of reference/text for those interested in the Decadent movement, in literary history, in French history and social history. It is well suited for courses in gender studies, women’s studies, LGBT history, and lesbianism in literature and art.

Belinda Carlisle

She was just 22 when the Go Go’s were formed. Being an all-girl band the group had hard time finding a record label. Finally, I.R.S. Records gave them their firs shot. It turned out to be a good investment. In total, the Go Go’s have sold more than 10 million albums. Eventually, the band decided to part ways.

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Belinda went on to make 5 solo albums. This past September she released the album Wilder Shores on Spirit Voyage Records. Overall, the album has received very good reviews. As a solo artist, she has sold more than 8 million records worldwide. My favorite is still the Go Go’s “Vacation.”

of Food Rescued This Year


Beck is back and everyone is back on the dance floor. On October 13, 2017 Beck released his latest album Colors. This new release is from Capitol records. I give it 4.5 stars. Beck was recently asked why it took so long to put out a new album. He said, “I needed some time off.” In the future, he plans to release more albums at a much quicker pace. According to the website www.stereogum. com, the top ten best Beck singles are:


1. Lost Cause 2. Pay No Mind (Snoozer) 3. Loser 4. Devil’s Haircut 5. Sleeping Bag 6. Nobody’s Fault but my Own 7. Chemtrails 8. Strange Apparition 9. Asshole 10. Bogusflow

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Table to Table builds vital connections between abundance and hunger in Johnson County. Volunteers rescue and transport wholesome food that would otherwise go to waste to community agencies who feed those in need.


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By staff writer Raising awareness on World AIDS Day What started out as a simple suggestion during an annual February Condom Crawl has now grown into an annual event expecting to draw as many as 900 people to Iowa Memorial Union on World AIDS Day, according to Steph Beecher, Senior Behavioral Health Consultant at UI Student Health & Wellness. This event is free to students, faculty, staff, and the community. The goal of The Mirage is to promote diversity and inclusion at the University of Iowa, raise awareness for World AIDS Day through education and FREE HIV testing, and bring students, faculty, staff, and the community together for an entertaining evening! Event activities: From 9-10 pm: condom casino. From 10-11 pm: amateur drag show. From 11 pm-1 am: professional drag show performance (drag kings, drag queens,


9PM - 1AM | 2ND Floor Ballroom, IMU

Condom Casino HIV Testing


former Mr. Gay Iowa. Sexual health education will be mixed in during both drag shows. Free and anonymous HIV testing available throughout the night.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Student Health & Wellness in advance at 319-335-8094.

Event partners include: · Student Health & Wellness · Women’s Resource & Action Center · LGBTQ Resource Center · Center for Diversity & Enrichment · Center for Student Involvement and Leadership · Johnson County Public Health · Iowa Department of Public Health · UISG · Spectrum UI

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“In a frank exchange early in our courtship, I told my girlfriend that I have no kinks. As a faithful reader of Savage Love, I’m obviously not opposed to kinks— but I’ve never had any inclinations in that direction and am probably a typical vanilla………”

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My Perfectly Imperfect World A column By Casey Bartley

Scowling Through Sorrow As the holiday season approaches, we will have encounters with strangers on the streets, stores, and public transportation. It’s easy to make snap judgments based on facial expressions or the body language. Keep in mind that the stranger you are judging could be a person dealing with a hard situation that you are clueless about. The person who bumped you with their cart may not actually be inconsiderate. They may have a loved one in the hospital, so their mind may be elsewhere. During this holiday season don’t forget the old cliché “it’s better to give than to receive.” In that same spirit, let’s try to give some understanding and compassion to those that share our perfectly imperfect world. In return, we may receive the gift of true holiday spirit. While using public transportation there are so many life stories unfolding and happening right in front of you, you may not even realize that they are allowing you into their lives for GO GUiDE - Holiday Issue - Nov. & Dec. 2017

a brief moment. Some of these life events may be humorous, others, a bit mundane. Occasionally, you may witness one that is absolutely heartbreaking. I had been traveling home from work on my usual hour-long bus commute when a lady boarded the bus. It was with clear difficulty that the lady stepped onto the bus, lifting herself from the sidewalk by stiff joints riddled with arthritis. The door had barely closed behind her and her hand was still searching in the bag for bus fare. However, the driver decided he didn’t have time to wait for her to be safely seated before pulling back onto the street in a hurry to get to the next stop. The bus lunged forward, causing the newest passenger to take a slight stumble backward. “Please hold on tightly,” said the driver, without even giving a glance towards the lady, who was trying to maintain her balance. I noticed the scowl resting on her face, and something more. 29

There was a sadness that was trying hard not to be seen. It was about another 15 minutes into the ride when the bus had carried the sad, scowling lady as far as she wanted to go. She exited the bus with as much difficulty as she had entered. I decided that I would get off the bus a couple of stops later and walk back towards the stop where the lady who piqued my interest had gotten off. I was happy to see that she was stepping into a Starbucks and I quickly cooked up a plan. I walked in just a few seconds behind her. She and I were the only two in line and she had not yet placed her order. When the barista came to the counter and greeted each of us with the welcoming smile you find from most Starbucks employees, the woman’s expression warmed a few degrees. After she finished putting in her request for an afternoon caffeinated pick me up, I told the barista that I would like to pay for her tea. As I said this, there was a brief hesitation, but she agreed and gave me a halfcocked smile when she said: “thank you.” After paying for the drinks I sat down with mine and was pulling out my computer to do some writing when the lady asked if I would like some company. We introduced ourselves and I asked her how the day had been treating her so far. With one hand holding her beverage she reached across the table with the other and patted my arm saying “it’s getting better.

Thank you for the tea.” We made some small talk for a few minutes about where each of us was from originally, and about how we had each found our way to Chicago. My new friend that was so easily judged and dismissed by a bus driver and some passengers are still trying to adjust to a new way of life; one that doesn’t allow her to wake up next to her husband, and one that doesn’t include the children she wanted. She still talks to her husband every day, asks him for guidance, and tells him she loves him every night before drifting off to sleep. Today, before she got on the bus, she had been at the cemetery to have lunch with her husband. She sat next to his resting place as she ate. Having had a difficult time adjusting to eating alone, she visits the place where she can be the closest to her husband a few times a week. The scowl that I saw that day was simply a mask she wore in an effort to cover the sorrow that was just below the surface. May your holidays be filled with love, laughter, health, happiness, and memories to last a lifetime. Editors note: You can email Casey directly at

Welcome to first annual Best in Community Readers Choice Awards. These awards, of course, belong and will be given to the local LGBTQ community and friends. The best-of-the-best. The GoGuide readers will nominate and then vote for the best in each of 20 categories. GoGuide simply provides the platform for voting.

Nominating will begin November 15, 2017, online at Nominating and voting will run November 15, 2017, through January 15, 2018. The winners will be announced in the February 15, 2018, in the print issue of GoGuide Magazine and online at

Readers Choice Awards Best-in-Community THE C ATEGORIES 1.

Favorite local bar or club


Favorite local drag queen


Favorite local drag king


Favorite local DJ


Best local elected official


Which is the best local community to live, Iowa City, Coralville or NorthLiberty?


Best local live music venue


Best local live theater venue


Best local theater company

10. Favorite local author

12. Most effective community organization or non-profit 13. Best local restaurant 14. Best local place to get desert 15. Favorite Grocery store or market 16. Best national LGBTQ organization or advocate 17. Most inclusive local worship congregation 18. Best local medical clinic 19. Best local apartment or condo complex to live 20. Best local hotel

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This holiday season let’s take time to remember all those who need a helping hand.


Live. Life. Generously.

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