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PRIDE MEANS TEAMWORK What another fantastic week to be living in South Florida! I hope you took the time to get out there and enjoy the many events that took place from West Palm Beach to Miami, including the Tortuga Music Festival on Fort Lauderdale Beach and the spectacular Miami Beach Gay Pride. Congratulations to the organizers who worked tirelessly to make these events so successful once again this year! I was fortunate to be part of both the parade and festival in Miami Beach, and I want to express my deepest appreciation to the amazing Hotspots team, who work so hard to pull everything together, with a special shout out to Eddie, Don, Wayne, and Shawn (AKA Kitty Meow)! This year we are particularly proud to be giving away a VIP concert package to see Britney Spears' “Piece of Me” Tour at the Hard Rock — including

backstage passes! The show takes place on July 29, so stay tuned: If you missed us in Miami Beach, there will be more chances coming up to enter to win this once-in-alifetime experience! I'd also like to extend a warm welcome to the newest member of the Hotspots Media Group family, Mr. Bill Henning. I am very proud to introduce Bill as our Editor across all platforms. Bill's impressive career includes stints leading groundbreaking magazines, including HX in New York City, Genre, and POZ. I could not be more delighted to welcome Bill to our team as we take Hotspots and Marks List to the next level, serving our vibrant LGBT community across Florida and beyond! Have a wonderful week. And enjoy this latest edition of Hotspots!

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o you remember My Big Gay Italian Wedding? The 2003 play that shared an off-Broadway theater with Naked Boys Singing? The one that was revived in 2010 and starred The Amazing Race’s Reichen Lehmkuhl (remember huh?) and, eventually, a rotating cast of Real Housewives, then soap stars, then drag queens? You do? Well, fugheddaboutit! We’re here to talk about the new film, which is a completely different animal. My Big Gay Italian Wedding is the Americanmarket name given to an Italian romantic comedy originally titled Puoi Baciare Lo Sposo (You May Kiss the Groom). The film is in Italian (with English subtitles), so naturally the action opens in… Berlin, where we meet Antonio (Cristiano Caccamo), a handsome, twenty-something Italian actor. And we feel like we really are meeting Antonio since the opening scene is shot POV-style as Antonio, in voiceover, reminisces about his future boyfriend sweetly hitting on him at a

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café. The montage continues as Antonio recalls their first date (and kiss); visits to the beach, the market, and a park with friends; waking up in bed together; having a heated argument in, and outside of, a car; blowing out the candles on a birthday cake; and sampling red sauce from a wooden spoon. All the while, we view the couple’s romance and life together through the eyes of Antonio’s lover. By the time the camera finally spins around, almost three minutes into the film, and we finally meet Antonio’s adorable “Neapolitan oaf,” the bearish bartender Paolo (Salvatore Esposito), in the kitchen of the Berlin apartment they share, the love between the two has been well established. Which is good, since Antonio has just popped the question. Paolo is an enthusiastic yes. But he wants to meet Antonio’s parents before the wedding. Conveniently, Antonio is leaving the next day to visit his parents in Italy for Easter. Inconveniently, he has yet to come out to his family. And perhaps his reluctance is justified: Paolo’s


LET’S TALK SEATING CHARTS Fiancés Antonio (Cristiano Caccamo) and Paolo (Salvatore Esposito) sandwiched between Antonio’s mama (Monica Guerritore) and real-life reality-TV wedding planner Enzo Miccio

Antonio hails from Civita di Bagnoregio, a tiny town tucked inside the walls of a rocky fortress perched high on a volcanic outcropping in the Tiber River valley. His father, Roberto (Diego Abatantuono, a tan version of Orson Welles in those late ’70s ads for Paul Masson wine), is Civita’s mayor and is not pleased when Antonio announces that he and Paolo love each other and are getting married. His mother, Anna (Monica Guerritore, a nononsense Italian Annette Bening), tells the couple she is happy for them. But Mama also has a few conditions that must be met if the prospective grooms want her blessing: They’ve got to hire (real-life) reality-TV wedding

planner Enzo Miccio; Paolo’s mother must attend; the ceremony will be held in Civita; and… Roberto must officiate. And you thought coming out was going to be the only challenge Antonio would face on the way to a happy ending! No, in the space of a single speech at breakfast, Mama manages to unload an entre arsenal of plot complications into the second act. Just add one stalkerish ex-girlfriend, and away we go! The ensuing hijinks, including a detour to Naples, an oracular goat, and a spare mother at the wedding, are charming and good fun. Occasionally, the farce falls flat (a brief, unlikely plot twist involving Benedetta and Donato comes to mind). And the story, by director Alessandro Genovesi, would have benefited from the addition of a little exposition — and redemption! — between the story’s surprisingly villainous nadir and it’s Mamma Mia!-esque finale. But the production design is lush; the cinematography, vibrant; the performances, strong; and the characters surprisingly relatable. It’s no wonder My Big Gay Italian Wedding’s a hit in Italy: Released last month, the film racked up $2.2 million in ticket sales in its first two weeks alone. Next stop? South Florida, for its international premiere. Or you can catch it in theaters later this year. THE WEDDING PARTY My Big Gay Italian Wedding opens the 20th Miami edition of the OUTshine Film Festival on Friday, April 20. The screening — the Italian film’s international premiere — includes a swell after-party (Tito’s Vodka open bar and nibbly bits, ladies!), both held at the Scottish Rite Temple (471 NW 3rd St, Miami). Advance tix ($55 members/$65 guests): outshinefilm.com.

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mother, in Naples, hasn’t spoken to her son since he came out to her three years prior. After some resistance, Antonio agrees to let Paolo join him for the family holiday. Also along for the ride is Benedetta (Diana Del Bufalo), the couple’s mildly wacky chestnut-haired roommate — and landlord — also Italian. Benedetta has money: “I’m rich, and I don’t need to work.” She enjoys shopping and, apparently, company because, despite her wealth, when we meet Bene, she’s interviewing a prospective flatmate she found online. Donato (Dino Abbrescia) is a white-haired, mustachioed bus driver (readers of a certain age may find Donato’s overall look very Captain Kangaroo), who’s left Italy because he needs time to sort things out after his wife and daughter caught him crossdressing. Although Donato is flying solo, he doesn’t want to be left alone in the Berlin apartment, so he persuades Antonio to let him join the roommates on their Italian odyssey.

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was packed (just look at the his week was all buildings around Miami in buildings around Miami in was packed (just look at the his week was all pic of Adora). They also about the 10th rainbow hues. It was then rainbow hues. It was then pic of Adora). They also about the 10th anniversary of time to head on over to the time to head on over to the anniversary of Miami Beach Gay Faena Forum for the annual Faena Forum for the annual Miami Beach Gay Pride. Although Pride. Although there is so much to write there is so much to write about, I tried to stick with the about, I tried to stick with the major events. major events.

brought on stage all the brought on stage all the founding members of Miami Miss Miami Beach Gay Pride founding members of Miami Miss Miami Beach Gay Pride Beach Gay Pride (pictured). Pageant. This year they had Beach Gay Pride (pictured). Pageant. This year they had four contestants, and in the four contestants, and in the end, the new Miss Miami end, the new Miss Miami Beach Gay Pride was the one Beach Gay Pride was the one and only queen of the busses, and only queen of the busses, Elishaly D'Witshes. Elishaly D'Witshes. Last Monday was the Flag Last Monday was the Flag ​ Raising ceremony, and in ​ Raising ceremony, and in Saturday was Day One of attendance was Miami Beach Saturday was Day One of attendance was Miami Beach the festival, which was hosted Mayor Dan Gelber. After that it the festival, which was hosted Mayor Dan Gelber. After that it by comedian Julie Goldman was Light up the Night, where by comedian Julie Goldman was Light up the Night, where and girlfriend Brandy Howard. two survivors of the Pulse and girlfriend Brandy Howard. two survivors of the Pulse Thhe sexy Dan Slater was on Thhe sexy Dan Slater was on the turntables and Betty Who On Tuesday the MDGLCC the turntables and Betty Who On Tuesday the MDGLCC performed. (Miami Dade Gay Lesbian performed. (Miami Dade Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) held a Chamber of Commerce) held a Pride Mega Mixer at The Pride Mega Mixer at The Shore Club. Shore Club. Friday evening was the VIP Friday evening was the VIP Party at Faena Forum, and it Party at Faena Forum, and it massacre were on hand to flip was a who's who of South massacre were on hand to flip was a who's who of South the switch, lighting Lincoln Beach and beyond. I am sure Beach and beyond. I am sure the switch, lighting Lincoln Sunday started with the Road and by extension, dozens this was the busiest VIP party Sunday started with the Road and by extension, dozens this was the busiest VIP party parade, which was jam-packed of other structures and Pride has ever had. The place parade, which was jam-packed of other structures and Pride has ever had. The place 14 | Hotspots.LGBT


Everything you need plan your week Everything you need toto plan your week u FRIDAY u FRIDAY APR 13APR 13

Meghana Saoji at Meghana Saoji at Saoji@cclawpa.com or (954) Saoji@cclawpa.com or (954) 525-6566. To purchase ticket 525-6566. To purchase tickets to the Gala or to make a to the Gala or to make a contribution to the Fund if yo contribution to the Fund if you are not able to attend, go to are not able to attend, go to GLLN.org. GLLN.org.

and hosted by NBC 6's Jamie and hosted by NBC 6's Jamie Guirola and Tiffany Fantasia. Twist presents their Guirola and Tiffany Fantasia. Twist presents their Afterwards everyone went to monthly Flamboyance Party Afterwards everyone went to monthly Flamboyance Party the festival which lasted till starring superstar DJ Power the festival which lasted till starring superstar DJ Power 10pm. Highlights of the 10pm. Highlights of the Infiniti. Infiniti. festival were Grand Marshal festival were Grand Marshal Olympian Gus Kenworthy Olympian Gus Kenworthy The Pub presents Menergy: The Pub presents Menergy: crowd surfing (pictured) and Leather Vol 2, a social dance crowd surfing (pictured) and Leather Vol 2, a social dance Fort Lauderdale's Second Fort Lauderdale's Second performances by Taylor performances by Taylor party for those into leather Annual Taco Battle & Craft Beer party for those into leather Annual Taco Battle & Craft Bee Dane and Thelma Houton. and kink. The party gets Dane and Thelma Houton. and kink. The party gets Fest, sponsored by TabaĂąero Fest, sponsored by TabaĂąero rolling at 9:30pm. rolling at 9:30pm. Hot Sauce, returns to Hot Sauce, returns to downtown Fort Lauderdale downtown Fort Lauderdale u SATURDAY u SATURDAY APR 14APR 14 from 1 to 6pm. This year, from 1 to 6pm. This year, foodies and craft-beer foodies and craft-beer aficionados from all around aficionados from all around South Florida will be able to South Florida will be able to sample a bounty of craft sample a bounty of craft beverages as well as gourmet beverages as well as gourmet tacos from local restaurants tacos from local restaurants u THURSDAY APR 12 u THURSDAY APR 12 and food trucks vying for the and food trucks vying for the The Lakeworth Playhouse The Lakeworth Playhouse Best of the Best Award! This Best of the Best Award! This presents the award-winning presents the award-winning free, general admission, familyfree, general admission, family- musical adaptation of the musical adaptation of the and pet-friendly event has and pet-friendly event has classic Dicken's novel Oliver! GLLN is excited to host its classic Dicken's novel Oliver! GLLN is excited to host its something for everyone: from something for everyone: from which springs to life with 7th annual gala which springs to life with 7th annual gala at The at The live music to free kids activities live music to free kids activities, some of the most memorable Flagship, a historic venue in some of the most memorable Flagship, a historic venue in eclectic vendors and plenty of eclectic vendors and plenty of characters and songs ever to downtown Fort Lauderdale characters and songs ever to downtown Fort Lauderdale food. For information about food. For information about hit the stage. Follow Oliver's tonight from 4 to 7pm. hit the stage. Follow Oliver's tonight from 4 to 7pm. tickets and sponsorship tickets and sponsorship journey on the streets of journey on the streets of Proceeds from this year's gala, Proceeds from this year's gala, opportunities, please contact opportunities, please contact Victorian England from Victorian England from which, will go to Stonewall Elizabeth Slowey at which, will go to Stonewall Elizabeth Slowey at poorhouse to pickpocket and, National Museum & Archives. poorhouse to pickpocket and, National Museum & Archives. info@livework playsoflo.com or info@livework playsoflo.com o finally, the true love of family. Ticket prices are $125 per finally, the true love of family. Ticket prices are $125 per (954) 279-3362. (954) 279-3362. Oliver! Is a musical theater person. For a $1,000 Oliver! Is a musical theater person. For a $1,000 masterpiece. The show masterpiece. The show contribution, you will receive The Ramrod presents contribution, you will receive The Ramrod presents opens tonight and runs opens tonight and runs a reserved table, 5 tickets to Underground Invasion (2nd a reserved table, 5 tickets to Underground Invasion (2nd through April 29. Buy tickets the gala, 2 bottles of through April 29. Buy tickets the gala, 2 bottles of Saturday of the month), wher Saturday of the month), where online at online at champagne, and recognition it's all about the music. This champagne, and recognition it's all about the music. This Lakeworthplayhouse.org/Oli at the event. To order a VIP Lakeworthplayhouse.org/Oli at the event. To order a VIP month's edition stars DJ month's edition stars DJ ver.html or call (561) 586- package, please contact ver.html or call (561) 586package, please contact Tomas Arias. Tomas Arias. 6410. 6410. Hotspots.LGBT | 15


The Miami Beach Botanical Gardens presents their Second Saturday Seminar: Ten Best Plants For Pollinators from 10am to noon. Barbara McAdam of Florida Yards and Neighborhoods will give a talk on how to beautify your garden while attracting bees and butterflies. Discover some of the best plants to attract pollinators that thrive in our South Florida climate. Attendees for workshop go home with plants to start attracting pollinators. The lecture is free, and the workshop, which starts at 11am, is $20. Register online at mbgarden.org/calendar/ tickets. u SUNDAY APR 15

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The Arsht Center for the Performing Arts presents Che Malambo at 8pm. This Argentina-based company

excites audiences through precise footwork and rhythmic stomping, drumming of the bombos, and singing and whirling boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end). Presenting a thrilling, percussive dance and music spectacle, the company's work celebrates the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho. Danced solely by men, the Malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that tested the skills of agility, strength, and dexterity. Zapeteo, their fast-paced footwork, is inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses in company's native Argentina. Tickets start at $30. Equality Florida presents their fifth annual Palm Beach Gala from 5:30pm to 8pm at Lakes Pavillion (101 South

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On April 20, Island Def Jam/UMe is set to properly fete Donna Summer, the undisputed Queen of Disco and The First Lady of Love, with Summer: The Original Hits. This catchy collection of chart toppers is a companion to Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, an exciting new Broadway musical based on her rich and storied life. Previews for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical began last month at the legendary Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

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Flagler Drive, WPB). All proceeds benefit Equality Florida's Safe and Healthy Schools Project (SHS). Tickets are $150 and can be purchased at Equalityflorida.org/ palmbeachgala or by calling (813) 870-3735. u TUESDAY APR 17

Wilton Manors Commissioner Julie Carson, Commissioner Tom Green, and Stephan Rioux, along with former Mayor Sandy Steen, Lillie Harris, Scott Herman, Sal Torre, Tom Runyan, George Castrataro, Scott Rivelli, Kenny Silverman, Cliff Esserman, and Timothy Christopher cordially invite the entire community to a Meet and Greet with Vice Mayor Justin Flippen, candidate for Wilton Manors Mayor. The event takes place from 5:30-7:30pm at DrYnk Bar and Lounge (2255 Wilton Dr). Suggested minimum

contribution: $50. Maximum contribution under Florida law: $1,000. The Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce presents their April Mixer at J Marks restaurant from 5:307:30pm. Admission is free for GFLGLCC members and only $10 for future members and includes one complimentary Reyka Vodka drink and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. For more information contact Ramond@gflglcc.org. The Pub presents Show Tunes Special Edition starring the Dynamic Duo (Eric Swanson and Gerianne Ditto) at 8pm. This will be followed by Show Tunes with Michael Scott and Nathan (the Hairy Pianist).

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in New York City, and the show opens on April 23. Summer's signature style is on full display on The Original Hits in such iconic tracks as the forever-seductive “Love To Love You Baby,” the defiantly declarative “Bad Girls,” the MTV-era female-empowerment anthem “She Works Hard For The Money,” the fiery dance/rock mesh of “Hot Stuff,” and the urgent ballad-to-crescendo disco blend of “Last Dance.” Summer's influential work is given a fresh, but respectful update with two rare remixes by renowned Grammy-nominated remix producer Ralphi Rosario: “MacArthur Park (Rosabel's Radio Mix),” a No. 1 Dance hit in 2013, and “Hot Stuff,” a

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new rework in collaboration with Erick Ibiza, that debuts on this collection. Another rarity on the album is the German-language rendition of “White Boys” that Summer recorded while in the German cast of Hair. Even though Summer sadly passed away in 2012, her cultural impact and sonic legacy carries ever onward; she garnered a welldeserved posthumous induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. If you're lookin' for some hot stuff to listen to this evening, look no further than Summer: The Original Hits. donnasummer.com

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pisode 3 of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 started with Ru telling the girls that the Mini Challenge would be a screen test for a provocative new RuPaul chocolate bar campaign. They then had 20 mins to get into quick drag and sell it to the camera. The winners were Blair, Monet and Monique, who then became the captains for the Maxi Challenge, which was to market a new and emerging app. The apps were: End of Days (Blair), Fibstr (Monique) and Madame Buttrface (Monet). They had to use their acting and writing skills to come up with a commercial for the app. The runway look was “Feather.� Although they competed as teams, they were judged individually, and the


top 3 were Blair, Eureka and Asia, with Asia taking the win (and snatching a $2,000 Casper gift card and a $3,000 Catherine D'lish gift card). The bottom two were Mayhem and Yuhua, with Yuhua sashaying away.

Q: At what age did drag become an interest, and how did you pick your name? I used to be scared of drag queens. My Asian culture taught me that drag queens were mentally ill. When I finally experienced drag, I fell in love with it. The name Yuhua is my given name, and I really admire the Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki, so I took her last name.

Q: How many times did you apply to be on RuPaul's Drag Race? How did it feel when you found out you had been chosen? I auditioned three times, and it felt amazing when I was chosen, as thousands of girls try out to be on the show. Q: Is there additional pressure now that RuPaul's Drag Race has been on for nine seasons plus three season of All Stars? Yes, because every year the competition gets stronger and tougher. You always want to do

better than the girls before you.

Q: Tell us about your Drag Race experience? It was a lot of hard work, but I am very grateful for the opportunity. It's been very rewarding.

Q: What's your marital status? If single, what are you looking for in a man? I am very single, and I am looking for someone funny and that I can relate to.

Q: Who do you want to win and why? I want a New York City girl to win, as they are my sisters. Then the crown will stay in NYC. Q: Tell us something people would be surprised to know about you. I am not a real woman either.

Q: What's ahead for Yuhua? Prostitution, since I lost RuPaul's Drag Race - and the $100,000. Also, please buy my single,. “The Ankh Song� on iTunes. For more on Yuhua Hamasaki, follow her at Instagram.com/yuhuahamasaki

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DANCE – CHE MALAMBO

This explosive all-male Argentinian dance company pounds the stage with percussive moves that blend precision steps, stomping, drumming and song that evolved from competitive duels among South American cowboys. What began as a 17th-century test of agility, strength and dexterity is now zapeteo, the fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses. Che Malambo will perform in two South Florida locations: Kravis Center (Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14) and Arsht Center (Sunday, April 15). MUSICAL – FUN HOME

Recent winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book of a Musical, tells the story of Alison’s father, a volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Through her work, she relives her unique upbringing in the family’s funeral home, her burgeoning sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father. Fun Home, which takes place at the Arsht center from Thursday, April 12 through Sunday May 13 is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. General admission is $50. ROYALTY – LORDE

brings her World Tour to American Airlines Arena on Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. Her special guests will be Run The Jewels and Mitski. Tickets starts at only $39.50. JAZZ – CHRIS BOTTI

is a commanding trumpet player and consummate showman. He reigns as the world’s top-selling jazz instrumentalist. Audience favorite When I Fall in Love, a reimagined take on a classic, highlights the talent and intensity of this charming virtuoso and his longtime band.n Chris will be playing in South Florida in 2 venues: April 17 at the Parker Playhouse and April 18 at the Kravis Center. CONCERT – MIAMI BASH 2018

Takes place at the American Airlines Arena on Saturday, April 14 and features: Daddy Yankee, Pitbull, Jacob Forever, J Balvin, Luis Fonsi, Alex Sensation, J Alvarez, Zion Y Lennox and Jowell & Randy. The concert begins at 8p.m. with tickets starting at $59.


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BENEFIT - FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVE: A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR PARKLAND USA

takes place at the BB&T Center on April 16 at 7p.m. This concert will feature musical performances and special appearances from a variety of Broadway and TV’s biggest names including Matthew Morrison, Rachel Bloom, Deborah Cox, Wayne Brady, Kirsten Maldonado, Noah Galvin, Justin Guarini and many more. The performers will be accompanied by the South Florida Symphony. Tickets are $50 MUSIC - SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY

Conductor Sebrina Alfonso leads the ensemble in a celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary. The program includes Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Nimrod Borenstein’s “If You Will It, It Is No Dream,” based on the writings of Thomas Herzl. Renowned Cuban pianist Aldo LópezGavilán joins the orchestra for Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G to end the ensemble’s 20th anniversary season. This concert takes place on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 pm at the Broward Center with tickets ranging from $35- $85.

JOURNALIST - DAN RATHER

comes to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30 pm. The famed newsman has spent more than 60 years chronicling our world and nation. “Rather Outspoken: What I’ve Learned From a Lifetime of Reporting” covers politics, the media, current events, pressing issues, leadership, education, social justice, civic involvement and philanthropy. Tickets range from $25.42 to $50.85

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MOVIES - OVERBOARD

This remake of the classic 1987 movie starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel is about a spoiled, wealthy yacht owner is thrown overboard and becomes the target of revenge from his mistreated employee. This comedy/ romance film is rated PG-13, hits theaters on Friday, April 13 and stars Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, Emily Maddison, Swoosie Kurtz

CONCERT - BIG SEAN

The Kanye West protege combines elements of hard rock, hip-hop, alternative metal, post-grunge and alternative rock into his raps. Also appearing are Playboi Carti, Shy Glizzy and Gashi. This concert takes place at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater on Saturday April 14 at 7p.m.

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“For anyone who has ever doubted themselves because of those scary three letters and one symbol, let me tell you this, you are somebody who matters. Your feelings, your thoughts, your emotions count. And don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. I’m Karl Schmid, and I’m an HIV-positive man!”

THE FRENCHIE REVOLUTION “Americans still love labs, but a new pup is crawling up the most popular dogs list.” -Miami’s NBC6 tweets (@NBC6) a link to its report on the American Kennel Club’s 2018 rankings of most popular dog breeds. The French bulldog has rocketed from 76th place to 4th in just 20 years. Hmmmm, we can’t imagine who’s adopting all those stubborn, gassy, little snugglepusses.

—Against the advice of some colleagues, Karl Schmid, on-air reporter for ABC7 in Los Angeles, comes out as HIV+ in a lengthy post on Facebook and Instagram (@karljschmid).

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“[A]s several privacy advocates pointed out, this is all troubling for an app that is used by 3.6 million active daily users who, in many places, could be in physical danger for using the app in the first place/ being gay/ being HIV positive…”

—After breaking the story that Grindr has been sharing members’ self-reported HIV status with two other companies, BuzzFeed reporter Azeen Ghorayshi (@azeen) takes to Twitter to highlight the tremendous risk posed by the privacy breach. Grindr later announced it would stop sharing HIV data.

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“I’m sorry but Christina Aguilera taking off all her petrifying drag makeup is a Reach Out To The Red States moment and I will not see my queen Man of the Woods’ed!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At least put red lowlights in your hair! Don’t let them win!!!!!” —Las Culturistas podcaster Matt Rogers (@MattRogersTho) tweets out one of the few negative responses to Christina Aguilera’s makeup-free, freckle-fabulous lewk on the cover of PAPER’s Transformation Issue.


HOTshots of the week

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MR. ALIBEAR

u Congratulations goes out to Fernando, Mr. AliBear 2018.

WE LOVE HIM

u Fans of Singer Evan Grushka enjoyed watching

him perform at Rumors on Easter Sunday.

PRIDE READY

u The Miami Beach Gay Pride Board were

onhand for the launch of Nike’s Equality line.

READY 2 MINGLE

u Steve McAleer, Paul Sorensen, &

Michael Murphy get ready for some fun at the latest GLBX After Hours Mixer at Lips.

1 LOVING MOTHER

u Nicole Halliwell goes a little crazy with her

performance during her Drink N’ Drag Saturdays at The Pub.


WINNERS!

AH

u Congrats to Husbands Roger & Don

the Gym Bunny Winners at the 4th Annual Bunnies on The Drive at Hunters.

COME ON IN!

u Artists Francisco Sheuat

& Julio Green show off their studio during the latest FAT Art Walk.

BUNNY BOYS

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u Boyfriends Alex & Peter have fun hopping

around and especially their latest stop--Rosie’s.

OUR MISSION: CARROTS!

u Whitney, Daisy Deadpetals, & Javier have fun

at Georgie’s Alibi/Monkey Bar’s Easter Sunday P-Town Tea Dance.

WALK FOR ME

u The Gay Vista Social Club recently held

FUSS (Fashion Underwear Swimsuit Show) at Creative Male Midtown.


My Top 5 Pics of the Week!

In their Easter Bonnets - On Parade.

Bill with Cole - On a daily walk.

Ron Aguilar RIP

Big Bob - My new neighbor

David of Drynk - Yes, a hunk

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WAITRESS

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By Scott Holland

to play at the Broward Center of the Performing Arts

roadway in Fort Lauderdale is thrilled to announce Waitress will play The Broward Center for the Performing Arts for a limited, two-week engagement April 11–22. Brought to life by a groundbreaking, allfemale creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), choreography by Lorin Latarro (Les Dangereuse Liasons, Waiting For Godot) and direction

by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin, Finding Neverland). Inspired by Adrienne Shellys beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the towns new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. The Tony-nominated musical Waitress,


has cast two young area actresses to take on the role of “Lulu” during the Fort Lauderdale engagement: Autumn Rae Sanchez, 4, of Miami, and Quinn Eden Titcomb, 5, of Fort Lauderdale will alternate the role of “Lulu,” the daughter of the production’s main character, Jenna. Both girls were chosen via an audition process held at the Broward Center on March 6. More than 50 girls participated in the auditions, which were presided over by a member of the Waitress Company. The character of “Lulu” is cast locally in each tour market and two girls are chosen to share the role. Each five-year-old girl chosen will perform in four performances during the engagement. “It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune. “Waitress is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire. Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie. It was a pleasure to sit down with Desi Oakley, who play’s Jenna, for this exclusive Hotspots interview.

or baked a pie?

I have never waitressed, so it’s new for me. As soon as I won this role, my mom flew to New York and taught me how to bake a pie, my grandmother’s cherry pie. I really enjoy baking, but my forte is cookies.

Other than this show, what has been your favorite role?

I did a lot of understudying, so I played a lot of iconic roles: Evita, Elphaba, Fantine etc. They are all so amazing, it’s hard to choose but I am a Disney girl at heart, so I have to say Ariel in The Little Mermaid, because she changes the audience’s life.

What is your dream role?

I want to play Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie. I love that role and the character. I am dying to play her.

Were you always a performer, even as a child, or when did it start?

Yes, I’ve been performing since I was 8 years old. It was more of an extracurricular activity. It didn’t become a care in my mind until I was in high school.

What was your first professional/paid gig?

I’ve been paid professionally since I was 14. I was an ensemble member of an Equity house [a theater that only hires members of Actors Equity Association, the stage actors union] called Music Theatre of Wichita. That theater gave me my Equity card.

When did you know singing and performing would be your career?

When I was 16, I was cast at my first lead, and that’s when I saw the doors starting to open. I realized I could really make a career out of performing-me, a girl out of Kansas.

How did you get cast in Waitress?

I’ve been with my agent since I moved to New York seven years ago, and they provided me with the opportunity to audition for many shows. I’ve been lucky enough to have steady work since then, and they got me the audition for Waitress.

Of course, I have to ask: Have you ever waitressed and/

What should our readers expect from the touring company of Waitress?

This production is so special, I feel there’s something in it for everyone. The story surprises people: While it is lighthearted and fun, it also makes audiences introspective. It touches them because it’s so real! It’s a very human story, a piece of theater the world needs to hear and witness right now. And there’s pie! So, what else could you ask for?

For more on Desi: Desioakley.com or go to her Instagram page: desioakley. Tickets for Waitress, which start at $40.25, are available at the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office, (201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale), on the website: browardcenter.org or by calling 954462-0222. Hotspots.LGBT | 39


GeorgieÂ’s Alibi/Monkey Bar

Mr. AliBear 2018 Pageant

Photos: Stephen R. Lang


Best of Miami Beach Gay Pride 2018

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Best of Miami Beach Gay Pride 2018

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genre latino | ESPECIAL

hispanicize 2018

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By M. Espinal

Hispanicize, es sin duda uno de los eventos que más refleja el crecimiento y fuerza de la comunidad Hispana en el país, y nuestra ciudad de Miami es el mejor escenario donde convergerán más de 2,500 de los oradores, profesionales, emprendedores, periodistas, influencers y artistas Latinos más destacados del momento. 54 | Hotspots.LGBT

Ya en su noveno año, Hispanicize 2018, se llevará a cabo del 17 al 19 de Abril / 7am – 11pm en el JW Marriott Marquis de Miami (255 Biscayne Boulevard) y es el evento anual para Latinos que hacen y son noticia en los medios digitales, mercadeo, entretenimiento y tecnología. En otras palabras, si quieres

relacionarte con personas que están en los medios de comunicacion y sus derivantes, asi como grandes nombres empresariales, debes asistir a Hispanicize en su totalidad ó ciertos de sus paneles. Una de las sorpresas este años es la presencia del ex secretario de HUD de Estados Unidos, Julián Castro, quien será el orador principal de su 5to evento anual VIP Premio Impacto Positivo, donde se celebra el extraordinario trabajo realizado por heroes comunitarios locales y a nivel nacional. Los Premios Tecla, en su cuarta edición, es otro de los eventos más esperado de Hispanicize. Con sus finalistas ya anunciados en el medio del entretenimiento y empresarial, “Los Premios Hispanicize Tecla reconocen esa dedicación a la entrega de contenido de calidad en formas culturalmente relevantes por parte de algunas de las mentes más creativas en toda la industria de las redes sociales. Es un honor para nosotros destacar el arduo trabajo de estos creadores pioneros “, dijo Katherine Johnson-Gunn, cofundadora de Hispanicize Media. Si de música nueva se trata, el salón de música comienza el primer día de la conferencia, el 17 de abril, y también incluirá paneles de música, sesiones de preguntas y respuestas con algunas de las mejores estrellas de la música latina y algunas actuaciones sorpresa ...


nunca se sabe quién va a aparecer en la etapa de Hispanicize LaMusica.

Para una lista completa de eventos diarios, horarios, invitados, boletos, costo y más, visitalos en hispanicizeevent.com. Hispanicize is undoubtedly one of the events that most reflects the growth and strength of the Hispanic community in the country, and our city of Miami is the best scenario where more than 2,500 speakers, professionals, entrepreneurs, journalists, influencers and Latin artists of the moment will become one. Now in its ninth year, Hispanicize 2018, will be held from April 17 to 19 / 7am - 11pm at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami (255 Biscayne Boulevard) and is the annual event for Latinos who are and make news in the media digital, marketing, entertainment and technology. In other words, if you want to connect with people who are in the media and its derivatives, as well as large business names, you must attend Hispanicize in its entirety or only certain of its events or workshops. One of the surprises this year is that of the former Secretary of HUD of the United States, Julián Castro who will be the keynote speaker of his 5th annual VIP Positive Impact Award, which celebrates the extraordinary work done by local community heroes and nationally. The Tecla Awards, in its fourth edition, is another one of the most anticipated events of Hispanicize. With its finalists already announced in the entertainment and business environment, “The Hispanicize Tecla Awards recognize that dedication to the delivery of quality content in culturally relevant ways by some of the most creative minds in the entire

social media industry. It is an honor for us to highlight the hard work of these pioneering creators, “said Katherine Johnson-Gunn, co-founder of Hispanicize Media. If it’s about new music and upcoming artists, the music room begins on the first day of the conference, on April 17, and will also include music panels, question and answer sessions with some of the best stars of Latin music and some surprise performances ... you never know who will appear in the stage of Hispanicize LaMusica.

For a complete list of events, schedules, guests, tickets and more, visit them at hispanicizeevent.com

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Gay Vista Social Club

FUSS Party at Creative Male Midtown

Photos: Stephen R. Lang


EATING OUT A SAMPLE OF FORT LAUDERDALE’S FAVORITE

RESTAURANTS ASIA BAY 1111 E. Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale asiabayrestaurants.com 954-848-9900 Elegant riverfront dining with a menu of Japanese and Thai dishes including creative sushi rolls. BEEFCAKES (at Boardwalk) 1721 N. Andrews Avenue Ft. Lauderdale BoardwalkBar.com 954-463-6969 Open daily from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. The best burgers and chicken wings in town. BONA ITALIAN RESTAURANT 2468 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors bonaitalianrestaurant.com 954-565-7222 Under new ownership! Fresh made Italian food. Signature dishes include Fazzoletti, (pasta purses with fontina cheese, cream sauce, peas/bacon), Chicken Cyriac or traditional Eggplant Parmigiana. CEVICHE BY THE SEA 2823 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Oakland Park CevicheByTheSea.com 954-999-0751 Intimate seafood and Peruvian cuisine. Recommended as

a “truly remarkable dining experience.” Reservations recommended. Open for lunch. Happy Hour M-F, 5-7 p.m. EAT 2150 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors Eatinwiltonmanors.com 954-626-0722 Menu offers everything from salmon to Chef Rosario’s meatloaf. Great $10 specialty drink menu. FLIP FLOPS DOCKSIDE EATERY 3051 NE 32nd Avenue Ft. Lauderdale FlipFlopsDocksideEatery.com 954-567-1672 Relax on the dock while sipping a specialty cocktail or eating a fresh, made-to-order item from the menu. GEORGIE’S ALIBI & MONKEY BAR 2266 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors AlibiWiltonManors.com 954-565-2526 Relaxed patio atmosphere with a full menu offering awardwinning burgers, wings, hot & cold sandwiches, sliders, flat bread, pizzas and fresh fish, shrimp and chicken entrees. Full bar. Check web site for weekend brunch entertainment schedules.

KALUZ KaluzRestaurant.com 3300 E. Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954-772-2209 Modern American dining with spectacular waterfront views from an elegant dining room or from a more casual patio and outdoor bar. LIPS 1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park Fladragshow.com 954-567-0987 A restaurant/cabaret that “dresses up” to entertain its guests! Fabulous drag and tons of fun! MIND YOUR MANORS 2045 Wilton Dr.,Wilton Manors 754-223-2172 MindYourManorsPub.com A fun, relaxing garden pub and wine bar serving comfort food and hospitality. Enjoy a wide range of creative cocktails, craft beers and a very unique wine list. NABU AMERICAN FUSION BUFFET 3485 N. Federal Hwy. Ft. Lauderdale 954-568-2208 NabuAmericanFusionBuffet.com This place offers it all: Japanese,

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EATING OUT American, Italian and Chinese. Incredible buffet. Q BAR 2362 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale qbarfl.com 954-565-2229 Live jazz & blues acts perform at this gastropub serving gourmet burgers & Creole-type dishes. ROSIE’S BAR & GRILL 2449 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors rosiesbng.com 954-563-0123 A Wilton Drive favorite, this place is known for its non-stop party every “Sunday Funday” with live DJs playing great music. Great burgers, fresh seafood and amazing Sunday Brunch10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

RUMORS BAR 2426 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors RumorsBarWiltonManors.com 954-565-8851 Full bar, restaurant and entertainment venue serving fresh, local ingredients in delicious dishes by awardwinning Cutthroat Kitchen chef Robyn Almodovar. SAGE 2378 N. Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale sagecafe.net 954-565-2229 Chic, intimate bistro delivering French country cooking in a romantic locale with patio seating. SHOOTERS WATERFRONT 3033 NE 32nd Avenue Fort Lauderdale

ShootersWaterfront.com 954-566-2855 Popular, spacious dining with a comprehensive menu and dining right on the Intracoastal. TEE JAY’S THAI SUSHI 2254 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors teejaythaisushi.com 954-537-7774 Casual locale for Thai & Japanese eats with Asian decorative touches and some traditional low tables. THAI SPICE 1514 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale thaispicefla.com 954-771-4535 Voted the “Best Thai Restaurant in South Florida 2015” by the Sun-Sentinel, this gem dishes up Thai

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EATING OUT Continued classics and specials by owner/chef Michael Tatton on a huge menu that includes Pan-Asian fare & steaks in a soothing space. Happy Hour with half-off appetizers and drinks from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. ThePUB 2284 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors ThePUBWM.com New Menu, New Chef. Stop by this center of the drive popular Bar and restaurant. Great small menu with appetizers and sandwiches, with daily menu specials.

ZUCKERELLO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 3017 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale zuckerellos.com 954-776-4282 Familiar Italian pastas and flavorful mainstays (plus early-bird specials) are offered up in this warm, inviting restaurant.


RosieÂ’s

Easter Sunday

Photos: Stephen R. Lang


Toni ton Brax

Smokin' and Unltered

Dropping a hot new album, Sex & Cigarettes, Toni Braxton dishes about her debut 25 years ago, nitpicky concert riders, and the diva duets that might've been.

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hen you have seven Grammys and an iconic voice that can drop to ocean depths, it's your God-given right to also have a no-wings-in-mydressing-room policy. This is Toni Braxton in 2018, still decrying the existence of pungent food in her midst before a concert. But sex? Cigars? Alkaline water? Unbreak Ms. Braxton's heart with any of the above. While talking up her irst solo album in eight years, Sex & Cigarettes, the 50-year-old R&B diva was in tell-all mode, whether the topic of discussion was the current generation's outspoken female artists, the Mariah and Janet duets that might've been (thanks a lot, bankruptcy and babies!), or the secret — hint: nose job — behind hitting those famous notes.

That album cover, Toni. You're on ire. Thank you. I feel good about it. You know, I was hungry while I was doing that. That was a little hard. But I love the album cover. I thought [photographer and director] Randee St Nicholas's choice of lighting was really superb.

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How would you describe your mood there? It's self-explanatory with that title: I'm feeling like sex and cigarettes. I feel sexy, like I need a puff afterwards.

You puff? I smoke cigars once or twice a year. Every year for my birthday I do, and sometimes around the holidays. Smoking is not my friend, with lupus and all, but you have to have a vice or two. A nice stogie, something I can chew. Something really hardy.

You're known for the deep end of your range, so a few puffs can't hurt. My voice is naturally smoky. But when I do the cigars, it's for my birthday, and I try not to work on my birthday. If I do [work], after my show I do a little puff-puff. Not a puff-puff-pass!

Some commenters on social media aren't keen on what you're wearing on the album cover. One wrote, “We as older women have to set an example for younger women.” Oh, that's cute. It doesn't really bother me. I


It's OK for people to have their opinion. I have my opinion, too, on things that I probably shouldn't. But I would never post it.

think if you look good, you can wear it. Any age. For me, personally, I don't wear midriffs. I think I'm too old to wear midriffs. To each his own. It's just me, my body shape, I'm sure. But I work hard on my body — not just because I'm older, because I like to be in great health. And it's OK for people to have their opinion. I have my opinion, too, on things that I probably shouldn't. But I would never post it.

Can you talk about the pressure on you and other women to dress and look a certain way? Have those industry expectations changed with age? Gosh, you know, I feel forever 25. It's kind of weird. Parts of me are 25. Probably. [Laughs.] I feel good about myself. In this industry, I would be disappointed if women [tried to tell other women how to dress]. I mean, guys don't know, but women — we should embrace each other. I look at Madonna; she's still doing it, and Madonna's almost 60. Who cares? Or look at me, Janet [Jackson] or Halle Berry. We're all in the same group. So, I think it's all about how you feel about yourself. I like that now people look younger than their age. I think that people today really see people; they're thinking [about] age less and aren't thinking numbers. Numbers, to me, just determine how long you've been on the Earth. But

I'm OK with it. The women's movement, to me, is great. I'm excited about that part.

Yeah? I'm really excited about that because my generation in the '90s, when I peaked, when my career was at its height, we were taught to be a little aloof. You had to be mysterious. The younger generation, which I love, they're my favorite because they speak as loud as they want. They're like, “We will not be missed.” Rihanna, she's my favorite. I just love that about the new generation. It's just nice to live your life out loud.

How are the #MeToo stories resonating with you? I think it's good, I think it's about time. It doesn't only affect women, though. I mean, I've heard guys who've been in situations where they can say “me too,” but guys feel like they can't say it. I like that people are [now] able to speak out about things that have happened to them, like, “We're not having it anymore.” But as a woman, I'm proud of my species.

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Do you have a #MeToo story? I don't have a #MeToo story, thank goodness. I have close friends who have stories. Most of them have chosen not to talk about it because they have kids, and they're like, “It's behind me, but it happened to me too.” But I'm very lucky that I don't have any stories like that.

Going back to the elusiveness of '90s artists: Did that stop you from being yourself? Early on I was allowed to be myself and express myself through fashion. I always kind of pushed the envelope on my sexuality. I think it's de initely different rules for women, compared to rules

Sometimes I forget to be a girl; I forget to keep it feminine. But my boys remind me to be a girl, to be fabulous about it.

for guys. And we had to ride the wave a little bit, the women of our generation; if we said anything, we were being a bitch. Of course now it's just a term of endearment: “That bitch is hot.” And even now the word “diva” is coming back in style, and it's OK to be a diva. It's a great moment to be a girl. Are you a diva? Oh, all of us are sometimes, absolutely.

What are you most diva-ish about? I am very, very particular about my [set up] when I go on stage. I don't like having to adjust my mic when I start performing. I think it's tacky. Instead of starting off singing, you gotta adjust your mic because they think you're 5′6″. I'm 5′1″ and three-fourths. You would think my people would know that, but sometimes they forget.


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That doesn't seem like too much to ask. It's not like you're requesting a speci ic brand of water. Well, I'm particular about that, too, sometimes. As long as it's high alkaline, [I'm OK], but I think the world is about that water now. But they know that, so they get it. I don't really have this big rider [I attach to my contract for a performance]. I don't have anything like that. But I don't like food in my [dressing] room. Do not have food in my room! I do not want to go on stage smelling like food.

About Sex & Cigarettes: I hear a lot of people have different takes on the title of your song “Deadwood,” and are asking you, “Toni, why is the wood dead?” Why do I have a hunch these people might be your gay friends? [Laughs.] Yes, they are.

That is true. That's kind of the '90s — when it was still coming off the '80s. It was a bit more pookie then.

Do you have a gay posse you have to consult before you release new music? It's more about my look. My boys usually get my look together for me. I have height envy: I like a particular type of shoe so I can be taller. And they'll go, “We have to ind something [else] that will give you height because those platforms are out. Stop wearing those.” But I wanna be 5′6″. I try to keep it taller and keep current. But they say: “You gotta be ahead of the season, Toni. You can't do that. We should do this look. OK, we'll let you [wear] that little thing because that's kind of indicative of who you are as an artist, so we'll give you that one dated thing.” They keep me up with the times.

Tell me more. They were asking me that! But it's just an appropriate title! I know what deadwood is; I lived in Maryland. And being in the suburbs, as kids, you would see the wood and kick it. “Don't bring that deadwood in the house.” So, for me, it makes sense and it's something you just disregard and throw away. You didn't care about it. But a lot of people were asking me, “Why the wood dead?” And I guess they've got a point.

You told me once that your gay boys make you a better girl. It's so true. Sometimes I forget to be a girl; I forget to keep it feminine. But my boys remind me to be a girl, to be fabulous about it: “Why are you standing like that? Why are you standing with your shoulders down?” The little things. They just remind me to be a girl. I love it. The cover of your debut album, with your short hair, denim and that leather jacket, wasn't exactly your most femme moment.

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I don't like food in my dressing room. Do not have food in my room! I do not want to go on stage smelling like food.


What was the last really dated thing you couldn't live without? I wear sweatsuits with high-heeled shoes all the time. You'll never catch me in a sweatsuit without a high-heeled shoe. I'll never wear sneakers unless I'm going to the gym.

2018 marks your 25th year in the music business; your irst album was released in 1993. I was a little gay boy when I bought it on cassette tape. You did not say cassette tape. That's taking me back.

What don't people know about the making of your debut? Well, it was just before I got my nose job. Might be too much information, but yeah: We hadn't inished the album, so I was singing with a fresh nose job, which [was] virtually impossible because it hurt so bad. I don't know how they do nose jobs now; I think they do it from the inside. Well, [mine] was from the inside too, but you had to wear this little thing on it, and after they took it off, it was so sore. You can't hardly move the skin between your nose and lips, and I remember it was really dif icult to sing.

Did it become easier to hit the high notes or the low notes after the nose job? The high notes got easier. I had rhinoplasty, but I also had sinus surgery. I know, everybody says that! But it's really true. Mine was a nose job, but I lucked out, and my doctor ixed my sinuses as well. I didn't go in there for my sinuses — no. I went in to get my nose ixed, and they also ixed my sinuses. So, I'm telling the truth. Truth: I went in for a nose job. OK, pumpkin?

Why did we get a Whitney and Mariah duet and never a Mariah and Toni duet? You know, Mariah reached out to me about doing a duet, but unfortunately, it was just before the bankruptcy was gonna happen [Braxton iled for bankruptcy in 1998, and again in 2010], but no one in the world knew. So when she asked me about doing a song together, immediately I wanted to say yes, but I couldn't because of what was about to unfold.

Why aren't you calling her right now? I'm gonna have to do that. There was talk of me and Janet doing a song together, but she was pregnant. But, hey, maybe me and Mariah. We were neighbors for a second, so I probably should've reached out to her then, but it's never too late. You're actually gonna spark me to maybe talk to her about doing a remix or something. That's actually a really good idea. What advice would “Sex & Cigarettes” Toni have for the Toni of 25 years ago? “Sex and Cigarettes” Toni would tell the Toni of 25 years ago to have more sex and smoke more cigars and have fun. And don't be afraid to be a bitch.

What else? The jeans [on the cover] were really too big for me, and they were pretty much cabled in the back. That was a true story. So many little tidbits I could tell.

As editor of Q Syndicate, the international LGBTQ wire service, Chris Azzopardi has interviewed a multitude of superstars, including Meryl Streep, Mariah Carey and Beyoncé . Reach him via his website at www.chris-azzopardi.com and on Twitter (@chrisazzopardi).

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DONALD TRUMP BY D’ANNE WITKOWSKI

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undreds of thousands of people took to the streets on March 24 to protest the despicable fact that the U.S. allows its children to be gunned down at school on the regular. Emma Gonzales, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior dismissed by a Republican candidate for the Maine House of Representatives, as a “skinhead lesbian,” gave a powerful speech at the March for Our Lives in Washington D.C., and countless others marched all over the country, and the world. Donald Trump heard them loud and clear. He did what any leader would do in this time of national crisis: He responded to this clarion call with (drumroll, please) a ban on transgender troops! What? Did you think he was going to ban guns? Yes, our coward in chief, a man who has never served in the military, has once again told trans troops to GTFO. You may recall Trump already tried this and was sued. So, while that first executive order is still being fought in court, he decided that a second try at a trans troop ban was needed to distract from the nation’s schoolchildren refusing to be used for target practice. The new ban is basically a blanket ban on trans troops. Ever been diagnosed with gender dysphoria? You’re out. Gone through any kind of gender transition? You’re out. Only transgenders who stay in the closet will be allowed to serve — as their biological sex dictates. According to James Mattis — still Secretary of Defense at the time of this writing — trans troops “undermine readiness, disrupt unit cohesion and impose an unreasonable burden on the military.” Which is some bullshit. Trump has whined in the past about the “tremendous medical costs” associated with trans troops. I wonder if he’s considered the tremendous medical costs that would stem from sending troops into war with North Korea or Iran, as he seems eager to do. Probably not. Let’s

Our coward in chief, a man who has never served in the military, has once again told trans troops to GTFO” face it: Trump doesn’t see transgender people as, well, people. He sees them as extras on an episode of some surgical reality show on TLC. There’s this idea on the right that if the U.S. allows transgender people in the military, crowds of Americans will stampede recruiting stations to get “free” gender affirmation surgery. Which is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. First, service members don’t get anything for free. They offer to make the ultimate sacrifice: their lives. And while we Americans talk a good game about taking care of our troops, we don’t actually do a great job of it: Just try Googling “homeless veterans.” So if someone is willing to serve, the least we can give them is the healthcare they need. Call your representatives and tell them you stand with trans troops. And then call the White House and ask Trump how is bone spurs are doing.

D’Anne Witkowski is a poet, writer and comedian living in Michigan with her wife and son. She has been writing about LGBT politics for over a decade. Follow her on Twitter @MamaDWitkowski.

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riceps make up two-thirds of your upper arm, therefore it makes perfect sense that the bigger and more defined these babies are, the more massive your arms will look. The triceps are used in every pushing, pulling and lifting movement as well as the extension of the elbow and rotation of the forearm. Because of their larger size and their importance in just about every

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by Tom Bonanti movement of the arm, you need to work tri's longer and harder than biceps. Hit triceps twice a week using 3-4 exercises of 3-4 sets of 8-12 repetitions.

Use free weights for triceps to give you a better range of motion and produce a fuller muscle. Machines are great in a pinch, but once again, free weights get better results. Always make sure to stretch your triceps especially as


you conclude the workout. Stretching helps you conclude the workout. Stretching helps bring out the separations and detail in the bring out the separations and detail in the muscle. muscle.

bar or lat machine bar. bar or lat machine bar.

Bent-over triceps kick backs: Don't be Bent-over triceps kick backs: Don't be surprised if, upon examination, you find that surprised if, upon examination, you find that one of your triceps is bigger or stronger than one of your triceps is bigger or stronger than the other, this is common and this exercise the other, this is common and this exercise will help build strength and symmetry in both will help build strength and symmetry in both arms. Hold a dumbbell in one hand and hold arms. Hold a dumbbell in one hand and hold on to a rack or bench with the other hand. on to a rack or bench with the other hand.

Close-grip bench presses: This exercise Close-grip bench presses: This exercise takes your triceps through their full range of takes your triceps through their full range of motion. Lie face up on a flat bench, feet motion. Lie face up on a flat bench, feet firmly planted on the floor. Take a barbell or firmly planted on the floor. Take a barbell or E Z curl bar from the rack (or have your E Z curl bar from the rack (or have your trainer or workout partner hand it to you). trainer or workout partner hand it to you). Use a narrow grip so that your hands are only Use a narrow grip so that your hands are only 2-3 inches apart. Keeping your elbows close 2-3 inches apart. Keeping your elbows close to your body, lower the weight to your lower to your body, lower the weight to your lower sternum, and immediately push upwards. sternum, and immediately push upwards. Raise and lower (kick back) the dumbbell at Raise and lower (kick back) the dumbbell at Always begin with a light warm-up set. This Always begin with a light warm-up set. This an even rate, keeping the upper arm in line an even rate, keeping the upper arm in line exercise is a great mass builder. exercise is a great mass builder. with your torso and parallel to the floor. Keep with your torso and parallel to the floor. Keep your upper arm tight against your upper arm tight against your waist throughout. your waist throughout. Lying triceps extensions Lying triceps extensions or “skull crushers”: Lie on or “skull crushers”: Lie on your back on a flat bench your back on a flat bench and hold a barbell or E Z curl and hold a barbell or E Z curl bar at arms length above bar at arms length above you. Lower it slowly to the you. Lower it slowly to the forehead and raise the bar forehead and raise the bar again to arm's length. This is again to arm's length. This is a more advanced exercise a more advanced exercise and you may have to wait and you may have to wait until your tri's are ready for until your tri's are ready for this one. this one.

Triceps extensions: Start this exercise by Triceps extensions: Start this exercise by holding a lat machine bar with your hands 2holding a lat machine bar with your hands 28 inches apart. Now press downwards from 8 inches apart. Now press downwards from your chin until your arms are straight (just your chin until your arms are straight (just barely locking out the elbow). Return and barely locking out the elbow). Return and repeat. Most bodybuilders keep their elbows repeat. Most bodybuilders keep their elbows tucked in at their sides during this tucked in at their sides during this movement. This exercise can also be movement. This exercise can also be performed with a rope instead of a straight performed with a rope instead of a straight ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

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