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Phoenix Earns Perfect Score On LGBTQ Inclusion For Eighth Year In A Row
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced this December 10 that the city of Phoenix earned a perfect score of 100 for its ongoing efforts to ensure equal treatment of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.
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The HRC uses the Municipal Equality Index (MEI) score to examine how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work in each city. The MEI evaluates 506 cities nationwide for LGBTQ inclusion based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership’s public position on equality. “The City of Phoenix is one that values and accepts the individuality of every resident. Earning a perfect score of 100 for the eighth year in a row highlights the fulfillment of our promise to be a city that works for everyone,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “While we still have work to do, this announcement is cause to celebrate a win not just for Phoenix but for equality.” “As a city, we have so much to celebrate with eight consecutive years of a perfect score,” said Phoenix Vice Mayor Betty Guardado.
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elcome back! 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. But America will always rebound and build back better. The Arizona LGBTQ community was not immune to this pain and devastation. But like America, we will rise from the ashes. Like many businesses/organizations, ION Arizona closed our offices in March. It was a tough decision. But now, ION Arizona is announcing some major changes at relaunch: We have a 16-page print preview and this 100+ page digital issue available exclusively online, Facebook and on the ION APP. We redesigned ION magazine and our new website is coming soon. Both designed from the ground up. More photos, new fun features, more city event guides all in a clean easy to read format. The January 2021 issue of ION will be a full print version. 19 years ago, we created a magazine that fit in your pocket and was an easy to use guide to the Arizona LGBTQ community. Now we added a community mobile APP thatâ€™s already in your pocket and an easier to use guide. It continues our tradition of helping you navigate our community. Your community in your pants, 24/7. Always on, always on YOU! Support the businesses that support our community. Now, more than ever, they need your help. If you are a business/organization that wants to reach out to our fabulous community, e-mail me directly today. The best is yet to come. WEâ€™RE BACK!
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Phoenix ZooLights Baboons and raccoons! Eels and seals! Ferrets and parrots! Minks and skinks! The Animal Kingdom joins in the fun at Phoenix ZooLights! (Well, some critters are sleeping.) But see their habitat turned into a dazzling electrified and illuminated wonderland! Enjoy a nighttime walk or enjoy it from the comfort of your own car. Now until January 31. For details and tix visit PhoenixZoo.org.
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Experience the wonder of the holidays while you drive across 1.2 miles of five million sparkling lights … and all that Christmas music you love hearing over and over will be simulcast into your car. Don’t you wish it would last forever? No? See it now thru’ December 31 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd. in Scottsdale. Get your tickets at HolidayLightsSRF.com
Arizona History Happy Hour Marshall Shore, Arizona’s very own Hip Historian, gives you a lesson you’ll love about everything Arizona every Thursday night from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Think history is dry? Think again! Marshall offers up a cocktail recipe that’ll tickle you pink. Trivia, music, and a Bar-Cam! History was never so fun! Follow Marshall Shore or check out Arizona History Happy Hour on Facebook. Best of all, there’s no tests!
Charlie’s Drag Shows Damn the Pandemic! Full speed ahead! Catch your favorite queens dancing and singing (well, lip synching) for your entertainment and viewing pleasure. Claudia B’s Karaoke Cabaret on on Monday, Piper M’Shay on Thursdays, Fridays with Aubrey Galichi, Saturday Stars, and Pussy LeHoot on Sundays, natch. 737 E. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix. 14
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Democrat’s Democrat, Salvador took advantage of the opportunity to turn Arizona Blue with his dedication to campaign for President-elect Biden. He served as Arizona Democratic Party’s Precinct Committeeperson for Legislative District 24, and as a member of the LatinX Leadership Council for Arizona for Biden. Salvador’s “Ridin’ for Biden” weekend bicycle caravans and pop-up campaign tents were hot tickets all over the Valley. Sal lives in the Coronado Historic District with his two Great Danes, Greta and Gilda.
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ey, Kat! Everyone knows this face—with or without a mask. Since 2014 Kat’s been a champion cocktail creator at Kobalt where she’s a favorite of every souse in the house. When COVID reared its ugly head and bars were shuttered, Kat’s cottage industry kicked into overdrive making masks, gaiters, caps and beanies printed and embroidered with social commentary that keeps up with the times. Take your pick at HeyKat.co ... Shenanigans since 2018.
eople ask,“What Would Oscar Do?” He’d wear a mask, for starters. As an architect, designer, commentator, arbiter of trends, fashion commentator, and someone who knows what’s-what, Oscar knows and it shows. But what really motivates Oscar is activism and volunteering. “My passions are what identifies me. These define me as an immigrant, an American and as LGBT.” He lends his talents to the Arizona Council for the Arts, Valley Youth Theatre and more. He also spearheaded campaigns with Latinos for Biden for the 2020 Presidential election. That’s just part of “what Oscar does.” Be like Oscar.
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he Pandemic didn’t keep Benny down. He kept on creating and performing. Following up last year’s original “Tell Me, Tell Me,” singersongwriter Benny released a new original song and his first music video which he also co-produced this past August called “Give It To Me” feat. Chayle. Benny also performed in local fashion designer Roberto D’Silva’s runway show. Even the coronavirus can’t keep Benny down … and he always masks up, keepin’ it safe. And real.
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he Rainbow Revolution, Magnus Hastings’ extraordinary new book containing over 300 photographs of the LGBTQIA community. The LA-based British photographer spent two years photographing his subjects in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and London, asking them to pose in a custom-made white box which functioned as a 3-D canvas or stage on which to express their identities. Celebratory, confrontational, witty and political, the photographs develop Hastings’ exploration of gender performance, identity and the lived queer experience begun in his acclaimed, now iconic, first volume of photographs, Why Drag? (2016) in which the artists answered the book title’s question with fascinating results. For Rainbow Revolution Hastings went further, asking people about their childhoods and other challenges, and the result is a series of deeply personal essays that accompany the photographs. “As ever more gender 30
and sexual identities were being named, it felt important to listen to people’s stories,” he says. “Attitudes to gender and sexual identity are changing rapidly but the world is still a dangerous place for minorities,” he says. “Governments are increasingly right wing and our hard-won freedoms are being eroded. It’s crucial that we are seen and heard.” Hastings enlisted participants from a multiplicity of backgrounds including lawyers, vets, wedding planners, activists, drag queens and kings, handymen, plastic surgeons, musicians, historians and dog walkers, as well as a smattering of celebrities like pop icon Boy George, actor Luke Evans, singer Meow Meow, drag artist Alaska Thunderfuck and the actor and comedian Kathy Griffin, a beloved queer ally. Formal family portraits are touching in their conventionality and in their implicit flouting of it; couples pose in bondage, suits, plaid shirts or ballgowns; some bring pets, others feather boas, while surgeons wear scrubs, dancers contort their bodies and bend minds. There are nudes of all shapes, sizes and sexualities. While his subjects are ripping up the scripts they were handed at birth by choosing different ways to live and love, Hastings challenges the heteronormative world view by re-framing queerness as quite simply marvelously human.
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t’s funky. It’s can even be a little freaky—in a good way. They like to think of it as “Mayberry on Acid.” Once a mighty copper mining town, Bisbee was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco with over 20,000 residents in the early 1900s. There’s still plenty of colorful bars and saloons where you can wet your whistle and some seriously great restaurants, too. Though some events are on hiatus, there’s still lots to do.
Bisbee Farmers’ Market You can find some of the best comestibles here. Medjool dates from Yuma, mesquite flour, handmade soaps and lotions, veggies, bread, fine cuts of beef and sausages, fresh eggs and dairy, and more. Every Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vista Park Plaza, 100 W. Vista in the Warren District. Look for them on Facebook.
Bisbee After 5 Spend the weekend, because you won’t want to miss out on this artwalk. It happens every 2nd Saturday of the month when galleries, shops, and venues with live entertainment stay open ‘til 8 p.m. Shoppers will love the antique, gift and collectibles shop Finders Keepers on Main Street. Check out BisbeeAfter5.com
Screaming Banshee Once a filling station, this quirky restaurant has what critics consider to be some of the best pizza in Arizona. No kidding. They also have calzone, salads, sandwiches, and pasta, plus desserts. Only the freshest ingredients are used. Try one of their fabulous cocktails, like Lipstick on my Lover. 200 Tombstone Canyon. Phone: 520-432-1300 36
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fascinating history makes Tucson a southwestern gem. Once home to native people, then the Spanish, Mexico, and then the USA, this unique pueblo offers some of the best cuisine, and a variety of unique festivals, fairs and marketplaces. COVID-19 has closed down many annual events, but we’ve picked two that are bound to put you in the holiday mood! Be make sure you stay safe and don’t forget to wear a mask.
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Hang around the chimpanzees! Visit the dandy lions! And check out the hippopotamus from top to bottomus! Celebrate the season December 4-30 at the animal kingdom decorated with thousands of twinkling lights presented by Tucson Electric Power. They’ll even have a socially distant Santa. Tickets must be purchased in advance because, you know, Miss ‘Rona. 3400 Zoo Court. Ph: 520-7913204. More info and tix at ReidParkZoo.org
Wonderland: A Lighted Holiday Stroll The Tucson Botanical Gardens introduce a safe, socially distanced new holiday tradition in this enchanted garden featuring Luminarias, Korean lanterns, magical luminous lights and in what Reader’s Digest called one of top 10 best “secret gardens” in America. Every third Thurs, Fri, Sat. night thru January 3. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. TucsonBotanical.org 38
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Veneno This 8-part biography traces the story of Cristina Ortiz, known as “La Veneno” (“Poison”), a beloved 90’s Spanish transgender icon who achieved fame as a sex worker, singer, actress and media personality. Spanish, dubbed in English. A “must see.”
The Happiest Season
Dead-eyed mouth breather Kristen Stewart stars in this lesbian rom-com as Abby, who plans to proposing to her girlfriend Harper (Mackenzie Davis) at her family’s Christmas dinner. Guess what? They don’t know Harper is lesbian. They will now!
Uncle Frank Beth Bledsoe (Sophia Lillis) leaves her rural town to study in New York where her Uncle Frank (Paul Bettany) lives with his longtime partner Walid (Peter Macdissi). When Frank’s father dies, he faces a longburied trauma he’s spent his entire adult life running away from in this weepie.
Industry Young grads fueled by raw ambition, youth, romance, and drugs aim to impress their bosses in the world of international finance. We like the hot, interracial gay romance.
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It’s the holidays! Shopping is tough these days, so ION made
it easy for you! We picked out some great gifts you can order online. That adorable Coco St. James is here to get everyone in the mood! We invite you to join us and grab a hot mug of Coco, curl up with someone special and get into the Holiday Spirit! Want some more Coco? Come to “Babes & Brunch” at BS West every Sunday beginning December 20. $15 gets you a mimosa, brunch of choice and ticket to the show. Drinks and dining from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Showtime is 12 noon-2 p.m. Coco entertains along with Savannah Stevens. Call and reserve your table at 480-945-9028. See you there!
Sony PlayStation® 5 Play has no limits. Well, sometimes you need a “safe word.” But that’s something completely different. For 4KTV gaming, and new levels of realism, this is it! Experience lightning-fast loading with an ultra-high speed SSD, deeper immersion with support for haptic feedback, adaptive triggers and 3D Audio*, and an all-new generation of incredible PlayStation® games, plus Netflix and Disney+ (with subscriptions.) Good luck finding one! Available for pre-order at fine retailers near you. Standard Edition: $500 Digital Edition: $400 For more info visit Playstation.com
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Pulse Duo III Hey guys! Experience intense, hands-free fun with this fantastic GuyBrator.™ Let the Pulse Duo III do all the hard work so you can concentrate on hitting the “Big O” whether you’re flying solo or have a partner. The adjustable controls assure you’ll get the right level of stimulation with a simple push on the remote control button allowing you to tailor the vibrations with a choice of six settings that’ll rock your world. You can even climax hands-free! It’ll blow your ... mind! $149 Available at LoveLifeToys.com
Baci One for the ladies! What could be a better gift than the ultimate stress reliever? The perfect orgasm! Lora DiCarlo makes the most innovative pleasure products that lead to earth-shattering orgasms for women regardless of your sexual preferences, anatomy or desires featuring five â€œpersonal satisfactionâ€? products. Try the best-selling, easy to use Baci, delivering two types of clitoral stimulation simultaneously. Microrobotics create the sensation of lips and tongue while a unique full-coverage design and smooth ridges provide rhythmic thrumming. Go to town, ladies! $160. Online coupon available plus an easy payment plan. LoraDiCarlo.com
Alpha Male Cosmetics Spice this holiday with make-up for men from Alpha Male Cosmetics. The full line consists of nine all-water based products that seamlessly blend with a man’s complexion, covering up blemishes while giving skin a clear and fresh, bright glow. Light coverage means you can keep your scruff! The liquid foundations, concealer pot, and liquid concealers come in 24 shades–more than any other male brand– making it easier for guys to discover their perfect shade so that no one will ever detect he is wearing anything. Well ... except for maybe a drop of cologne behind each ear. Attractively priced & available individually. Shown here:The AlphaMax Pack $150 AlphaMaleCosmetics.com
Chunky Knit Blanket Get warm, cuddly and snuggly this winter. The hot gift this year is the Chunky Knit Blanket. They come in a variety of sizes, colors and made out of different synthetic or natural materials with a price point for just about any budget. Our suggestion: support an artist and pick your blanket out on Etsy, made especially by hand for you with quality craftsmanship. And love. (Hint: this blanket works even better with someone special wrapped in it with you!)
Luv-Pak This season is all about Love and Kindness, right? This is the perfect gift for someone who has everything, but might need something they canâ€™t ask for. Itâ€™s a Luv-Pak. Choose from three individual series: Empowerment, Wellness, or Love. Each special jar has 30 special messages of encouragement, inspiration or a simple word that might mean everything or just let them know how much they matter. Best of all, Luv-Pak is created by Phoenix designer and artist Rocco Menaguale. Follow him on Facebook. Spread the love! $45 + s&h Luv-Pak.com
Loving: A Photographic History of Men In Love, 1850s-1950s From the Collection of Hugh Nini & Neal Treadwell This moving and joyful photo book presents over 300 vintage photographs of male couples in love taken over a period of 100 years spanning the Civil War and WWII when male partnerships were often illegal. These photos were discovered at flea markets, in shoe boxes, family archives, old suitcases, and online auctions. These touching, tender images span over a century of social history that reflect changing fashion, styles, and societal norms, as well as the development of photography. Challenging boundaries and overwhelming in impact, Loving speaks to our spirit and resilience, our capacity for bliss, and our longing for the shared truths of love. Published by 5 Continents Editions $58.50 Hardcover, 336 pp., 9” x 11” Available on Amazon
Andy Warhol Love, Sex and Desire Drawings 1950-1962 Well before Andy Warhol’s rise to the pinnacle of Pop Art, the famous soup cans and Marilyns, the quirky, enigmatic artist created and exhibited seductive drawings celebrating male beauty with the intention of one day publishing these charming, exquisite line drawings in a book which has now finally been realized. Featuring over 300 of these rarely seen risqué renderings that highlight the future Pop artist’s effortless style, fascination with the male form, droll humor, and ironic detachment. This dazzling book is a perfect gift for art lovers everywhere ... and especially for your boyfriend or husband. $100 Famous First Edition: First printing of 7,500 numbered copies Hardcover, 11” x 13.3”, 7.02 lb, 392 pages TASCHEN.com
Crossnet Hey, boys & girls! Get your Sporty Spice on with the world’s first foursquare volleyball game! This innovative take on volleyball is a foursquare model that folds up easily and can be played indoors or on the go! Arizona’s perfect winter weather makes this game a winner for Holiday season and year ‘round. Crossnet sets up in minutes in sand, grass or indoors. Great for the park, beach or your own backyard! This high quality, durable kit is easily portable and includes a travel backpack, volleyball and pump. Adjustable heights make it great for all ages. This innovative game is the “musthave” gift of 2020 and beyond! $149.99 available on CrossnetGame.com Also available at Amazon, Target, Walmart, DICKS, Scheels, Academy and 1500 other locations nationwide!
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Dolly Parton, Songteller My Life in Lyrics Told by Dolly Parton in her own words, find out the stories behind her biggest hits and explore the lyrics of 175 songs that have defined St. Dolly’s journey over 60 years of songwriting. Illustrated throughout with previously unpublished images from Dolly’s personal and business archives. Weighing in at a whopping five poundsplus, this is a “must” for Dolly lovers everywhere. Hint: Available at Costco for $30. $50 SRP
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Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass by Lana Del Rey It’s all too much for us. A book of poetry for you beautiful people with beautiful problems from everyone’s favorite weepy Melancholy Dame, eternally depressed chanteuse and gay diva, Lana Del Rey. This breathtaking collection of more than 30 poems solidifies Lana as “the essential writer of her times,” says The Atlantic. Wow! The beautiful hardcover edition showcases Lana’s typewritten manuscript pages alongside her original photography. We. Can’t. Even! $24.99 SRP published by Simon & Schuster Hardcover, 128 pp., 4-color throughout 5 1/2” x 8 3/8” Available on Amazon.com $12.48
100 Things to Do ... Before You Die Secret Tucson/Secret Phoenix Camelback Mountain, check. Sabino Canyon, check ... Think you know everything about Phoenix and/or Tucson? Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. These handy guides by Clark Norton and Christine Bailey to sites, buildings, landmarks and to the weird, wonderful and obscure are full of helpful hints and all sorts of suggestions and stories. Great books to give to someone who’s planning on visiting or moving here. You might find out something you never knew, too. $16 to $21 or bundle for bigger discount 5.5” x 8.5” softcover ReedyPress.com
Alpeaks Custom Topograph Models Got a special mountain, lake or location that’s near and dear to your heart? Alpeaks makes dozens of landmarks around the world, each one CNC machined out of solid aluminum making 3D models produced with USGS topographical data. Each model has a diameter of 3.5” and the height of up to 1.75” The many facets shimmer beautifully. Made in the USA. Arizona’s own Grand Canyon, Camelback Mountain, Meteor Crater, Mt. Lemmon and Picacho Peak are available. Most are $79 with free shipping within the USA.
NiLu NiLu is a Black-owned lifestyle gift stop based in Harlem for over 20 years. They have an eclectic array of home décor, art, jewelry and gifts made by Black and multi-cultural creators. NiLu is offering a way to support Black and multi-cultural makers and artists. Following the recent BLM protests and the current financial crisis from Covid-19, they’re committed to uplifting these communities this holiday season. Not only are they showcasing their wares but many of these makers won’t be taking any commission or profit. When someone buys a gift from NiLu, they’re supporting the maker of the product, as well as their community. ION believes that #BlackLivesMatter and encourages you to shop thoughtfully. Here’s a few of our favorites! Check out ShopNiLu.com for lots more! Afro Blue Tea: $20 Harlem Candle Company: $45 Black AF 365 Candle: $35 Black AF Small Tote Bad: $25 Flo + Theo Lavender Body Butter: $28
Moon UltraLight The portable lighting gadget is controlled by touch offering users the ability to brighten and enhance photos & videos with this simple, user-friendly, adaptable & attachable lighting device. Moon UltraLight fits all phones, tablets and laptops. It’s power optimized & rechargeable, plus it’s always bright no matter how much battery life remains. Make your smart phone’s photos look better than ever! Time called it one of the best inventions of 2020. Available in New Moon (Gloss Black) and Full Moon (Gloss White) $59.99 + free shipping Available at MoonUltra.com
Nomadix Towels One towel. Any activity. Camping, yoga, poolside, beach, or bath time, this towel is the “Do Anything” towel. In an age of disposable everything, Nomadix has an eye on sustainability. 30 plastic bottles go into making one full-size towel. Available in a variety of patterns, designs and sizes, you’ll find the perfect towel from “do anything” 16” x 40” fitness towels to full-size 30” x 72” towels. We’re in love with the super absorbent, soft State Parks towels dedicated to the Grand Canyon and those with traditional Native American patterns. Pssst! Check out their cool ponchos, too! Starting at $29.95 Nomadix.co
Illuminated Inflatable Chair Looking for furniture with a little flair and a little bit of 1970s chic? We’ve got the perfect solution! AirCandy inflatable chairs are lightweight and easy-to-inflate. You can control your comfort by adjusting the air pressure to the perfect level. You’ll feel like you’re floating on air—because you are! The LED illuminated chair features 120 color-changing, glowing, flashing options and comes with a remote. Buy one chair and the matching ottoman is free! It weighs less than three pounds but it’s tough and perfect for outdoors, too. We love it by the pool. Available in Leopard print and genuine faux Mongolian fur, too. $59.99 (as shown) PoolCandy.net
Saturday Night Live “Live! From New York! It’s Saturday Night!” This hilarious 12-disc set includes 33 complete episodes from the first five seasons from 1975-1980 of the irreverent sketch comedy show (back when it was funny) featuring the Not Ready for Prime Time Cast with Chevy Chase, Dan Ackroyd, Gilda Radner and others. Their classic characters like the Coneheads, John Belushi’s Samurai, Miss Emily Litella, the Blues Brothers and many others are all here, and just as wild and crazy as you remember. Incredible guest hosts and musical acts, rare behind-the-scenes footage, a 28-Page collector’s book, a bonus DVD and more. Perfect for SNL and TV history fans. 33 episodes on 12 DVDs for $99.95 free shipping 106 episodes on 37 DVDs for only $100 more free shipping Only available through TimeLife.com/SaturdayNightLive 78
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Phoenix Cooks Recipes from the Valley’s Finest Chefs Phoenix is becoming a “foodie haven” thanks to a growing stable of talented chefs, artisanal producers, and dedicated farmers. Awardwinning food writer Christina Barrueta presents 98 signature chef-tested recipes from the best restaurants, bistros and cafés across the Valley that you can make at home—even if you’re not Julia Child. Make your next meal this holiday season (or year ‘round) sparkle using recipes from this beautifully photographed cookbook. $32.99 SRP, 264 pp. hardcover, 8” x 10” $25.19 on Amazon
TASTE OF TUCSON: Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona. Tucson was designated as the first food capitol of gastronomy by UNESCO. Jackie Alpers presents a delicious love letter to the influential food of the Southwest with more than 70 recipes from her kitchen and 16 of her favorite regional restaurants and chefs combining a unique mix of cultures creating Southern Arizona’s incredible Sonoran-style cuisine. Building from tried-and-true basics and tutorials on tacos, enchiladas, carne asada, and huevos rancheros, Jackie reveals secrets to making the Tucson area’s most unique Sonoran style savories and sweets. $34.99 SRP, 192 pp. hardcover, 8” x 9” $22.83 on Amazon
DraftTop® Tired of washing your drinking glasses? Check this out! Just when you thought your fav canned beverage couldn’t get any better, along comes Draft Top! This amazing pocket-sized gift opens any aluminum can and safely turns it into a drinking cup with a safe, smooth lip. Great for the cold brew coffee lover, or the beer or soda fan! Bloody Mary, anyone? Open up the top of a can of V-8, add a splash of Tito’s Handmade Vodka – voilà! Brunch in a can! Best of all, no clean up! Remember to recycle! $24.99 DraftTop.com
Fortune Cookie Kit
“The world is your oyster.” Maybe. Write your own destiny, Grasshopper! With this fortune cookie kit you’ll learn how to fold this classic Chinese takeout treat in seconds. Plus, spread good fortune with personalized messages. Get creative: “You’ will be hungry again in one hour.” or “Money is in your future. It is not yours.” and “For rectal use only” are real crowdpleasers. This kit makes four batches of a dozen cookies, so you can get creative again and again! “The fortune you seek is in another cookie.” $27.99 GlobalGrub.com also offers kits to make Mochi Ice Cream, Ravioli, Tamales and Sushi.
Del Monte’s Fresh PinkGlow™ Pineapple Think pink! Experience paradise with the most amazing gift of the season! Brand new on the market and 16 years in the making, this precious pineapple has a completely unique taste with sweeter, cotton candy-like finish. Sustainably grown, these juicy beauties are harvested by hand with their crowns replanted to increase the volume of crops and reduce waste. Each one comes with elegant packaging and is shipped direct-to-consumer, making it the perfect gift for those hard to shop for people. Ideal for fruitcake, a holiday “Pinka-Colado” cocktail, the Pinkglow™ Pineapple will be sure to make anyone feel special (even from a distance) this holiday season! PinkGlowPineapple.com
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According to the CDC, the spread of COVID-19 through your own household is more common and faster than at first thought, so how can you protect your space from spreading viruses? Are you tired of buying and breathing in caustic cleaning chemicals? Meet the UV Care ZAP—a rechargeable germ and virus busting tool that makes it easy to sterilize small spaces in just 5 minutes! The UV Care ZAP can be used in your car, kitchen, bathroom, and anywhere you’re looking for a little peace of mind. But, remember: it’s still a good idea to wear your mask. $45.99 Find out more at TheUVcare.com Available on Amazon.com
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For three decades the Southwest Center has been Arizona’s home for financially accessible, culturally competent, LGBTQ+ friendly healthcare. The Southwest Center family takes a compassionate, holistic approach to prevention, care and support services. Everyone there is devoted to creating a healthier, more vibrant Arizona. It can be scary to get tested for exposure to HIV/AIDS, but knowing your status gives you the power to make the best choices for your health. That’s why Southwest Center offers free, non-judgmental HIV and Sexually Transmitted Disease/Infection (STD/STI) testing in English, ASL, and Spanish at their clinic and off-site at several locations Valleywide. Whether you just got diagnosed or if you’ve been living with HIV, the Southwest Center’s medical team can help you get the care you need. For those who test HIV-positive in our clinic, they can often start you on anti-retroviral treatment the same day.
“Since the beginning of this epidemic, the fight against HIV has always been more than a search for a cure,” reflected Chuck Peterson, the Center’s Executive Director. “It’s been a battle for human dignity to demonstrate that each life, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, nation of origin, or religion has inherent value. HIV continues to this day to take the largest toll on our most marginalized communities. People should have the right to health care and the supports they need to live their best lives.” The Southwest Center can also identify syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea and prescribe the correct course of treatment. They also offer HIV prevention with PEP (Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), an emergency prevention method that can help stop HIV if you’ve been exposed to it within the last 72 hours. If you’re sexually active, Preexposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a once-a-day pill that helps prevent HIV. TeleTesting is a virtual way for you to meet their team and learn your HIV status. They will ship you a test kit and provide you with one-on-one guided support when you learn your results. In addition, their TRANS Program includes peer health navigation, HIV resources, stigma-free behavioral health counseling, and primary care including hormone therapy initiation and management. They also offer guidance and support including access to high-quality care for the transgender and gender non-conforming members of our community.
OUTREACH PROGRAMS IGNITE Your Status The IGNITE Your Status outreach project seeks to normalize the conversation and eliminate the stigma around safer sex and HIV. IGNITE’s leaders distributes safer sex materials, provides education & assistance with PrEP, and discusses safer sex, HIV, and STIs.
The TEA Phoenix The TEA Phoenix (Teaching, Empowering, and taking Action) is the Southwest Center’s Mpowerment project serving gay and bi men of color under age 30 in the Phoenix community. “I believe that together we are better,” affirms Peterson. “Together we will build healthy communities, reduce new HIV infections, and improve HIV-related health outcomes. Anyone who walks through our doors will feel welcomed and have the opportunity to build a healthy and thriving future.” Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Center now offers clinic care and counseling using telemedicine. Their staff is available to answer your questions about sexual health in their new video chat room, Southwest Center Online.
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ou’ll find an eclectic fusion of fare from the home of the Red Dragon, the Land of the Rising Sun and a few tasty treats from Southeast Asia here in this cozy Scottsdale Catonese canteen. Shareable plates are the name of the game here, with all ingredients, including fresh fish, delivered daily. Appetizers like Seoul Spicy Wings, Crab Rangoon, Spring Rolls, Pork Egg Rolls, Seaweed Salad and all tastebud tempting. We chose traditional Fried Potstickers which did not disappoint at six for $7.29 For bigger plates with very; generous helpings, pick from entrées of Fried Rice, Teriyaki and noodle bowls with luscious Udon or Dan Dan Noodles, and a variety of Chow Mein and Pad Thai dishes filled with goodness. There’s more than enough for you, and plenty to go around. You’ll salute their sweet, spicy version of General Tso’s. Now, pick your own protein. We chose the traditional chicken for $12.29 and didn’t regret it. We opted for the nutty, crunchy brown rice for a little extra crunch. You’ll go gaga for their Mongolian with wok-seared mushrooms, scallions, garlic, and a rich, sweet, teriyaki-like soy sauce. We’re traditionalists so beef as our protein. Chicken, pork, shrimp are other options, with tofu and vegetables are there for non-meat eaters. Say, “Open, Sesame!” and you’ll get crispy, rice sesame stick noodles, battered tempura, all topped with sesame seeds. Take a wok on the wild side with Orange chicken. The Kung Pao is knock-out. Have a nibble ‘n’ nosh of Nippon! Try their sushi or sashimi and rolls. Personally, I’m a big fan of unagi (grilled freshwater eel, prized for its stamina-giving properties) and Wok ‘n’ Roll’s is the best I’ve had. Big, tender, plump and full o’ flavor. Looking for a deal? Ask about their Specials. Interested in sports? This is the place to be. Happy Hour is Mon-Sat from 3-6 p.m. Keep your Thursdays open, because it’s Drag Bingo with Tragique from 8-10 p.m. with fun for everyone! Who could ask for anything more? See you there! Chop! Chop!
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He was Marcellus Saunders, III on the dotted line, but we all knew him as the splashy, wild, irrepressible, very funny “Kiki Andrews.” Warm, funny, and talented, there wasn’t a stage big enough for her expansive personality. As a fun loving hostess at bars and clubs across town through the years, Kiki’s party wasn’t complete unless you had a seat at table where she always made sure you were welcome. And we know when Kiki made it to the Pearly Gates, she was running late. How could we ever forget you?
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conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn happens on Saturday, December 21. They haven’t been this close since 1623. This shakes things up politically, socially and personally. Expect events that feel like fate and explosions of growth. Your experience depends on how boldly you acted throughout the year. Did you take risks or try new things? Did you kick old habits? Skip the randos on Grindr? To make things freakier, it’s also the Winter Solstice. Anything can happen! ARIES Mar. 21 - Apr. 20 Start rockin’ around the Christmas tree! Saturn was snippy, but after the 18th everything levels out. A lot of your beliefs get a shakeup. Modify some, discard others, and keep an open mind. But there really is a Santa Claus. TAURUS April. 21 - May 20 Reveal a new look and a major transformation just in time for 2021. None of this happens by magic. Detox isn’t the worst idea. Expect something special in your stocking. Spoiler: it’s not a Rolex.
VIRGO Aug. 23 - Sep. 22 Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto give you an extreme makeover. Partly spiritual, partly physical, you’ll snap some necks at holiday Open Houses while making precious memories (and maybe naughty ones, too.) LIBRA Sep. 23 - Oct. 22 Hark! The herald angels sing! You won’t be away in a manger, but you can look forward to domestic situations to expand and grow–with extra room at the inn, plus it’s heated with a private bath in a good neighborhood. SCORPIO Oct. 23 - Nov.23 Three wise men—or women—will pay you a visit. (One might be your mom, so beware!) Don’t expect anything flashy, but you’ll get a karmic gift that’s, well, fit for a king! (Or queen.) SAGITTARIUS Nov. 23 - Dec. 23 Do you hear what I hear? It’s the Cosmos, baby. The full moon on the 29th leads you toward a major transformative moment. A new part of your personality is revealed. Birthday Sags might have to sacrifice some creature comforts, but it’s so worth it.
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