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is not your typical 18year old. How many teenagers do you know who have written and directed a mini-series â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and one that focuses on the intertwining lives of teens amidst political turmoil? Oliver, who lives in Lawrence, wrote and directed A Band Apart, a seven-episode series that wrapped up ÂżOPLQJDWWKHHQGRI-XQH Oliver says she filmed the series in six weeks with a cast and crew of volunteers between the ages of 12 and 65. Currently, the series is in the post-production stage. Oliver describes A Band Apart as an R-rated teen drama miniseries set in the year 2016/2017 that follows the complex lives and relationships of 15 teenagers

as the threat of political turmoil looms and a new president takes RIÂżFH 7KH FDVW LV PDGH XS RI mostly high school-age students. Oliver worked with almost no budget, but had the support of generous and knowledgeable volunteers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was very fortunate to have the full support of Dan Ginavan with LightLyre Films, LLC,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has supported me from day one by graciously lending me his equipment and guiding me WKURXJKWKHÂżOPLQJSURFHVV,Q addition to that, he is allowing me to edit the series in his editing studio. He was on set with me almost every day for over two months and taught me how to use the camera and would give me advice and encouragement daily.â&#x20AC;? Even before she began writing the series, Oliver knew she wanted to create a show in a high school setting, with the primary focus on the characters

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7KHYDOXHRIDUHODWLRQVKLSZLWK\RXUILQDQFLDODGYLVRU things. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The advisor doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t focus on the financial aspect of the conversation upfront,â&#x20AC;? Shiveley s a y s . R a t h e r, h e continues, the conversation is based on the clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dreams about what they want their future to look like. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about understanding goals.â&#x20AC;? Advisors can help with all factors that may impact retirement planning. For example, Shiveley is seeing more and more clients dealing with the reality of caring for an aging parent or an adult child. Clients may also be caught off guard by inflation. With life spans increasing, Shiveley finds that LQĂ&#x20AC;DWLRQ FDQ SOD\ D EHFRPHVDSDUWRIWKHÂżQDQFLDOFRQYHUVDWLRQ huge role in a clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to maintain By Ginny Gaylor A high level of openness also helps the their purchasing power over 30 years or oney can be a topic people are advisor craft a plan that addresses not only more of post-retirement life. reluctant to discuss, but having an the clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hopes for the future, but also his In addition, a Financial Advisor can help open, transparent dialogue about or her tolerance for risk. Should any goals craft plans to provide for further education, your finances should be the goal when require going beyond a clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tolerance for for clients as well as for their children and it comes to your relationship with your risk, the Financial Advisor and client can grandchildren. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clients have goals for Financial Advisor. An integral part of the ZRUNWRJHWKHUWRFKDQJHWKHJRDOVWRKHOSÂżW themselves,â&#x20AC;? says Shiveley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Schooling may client-advisor relationship is dependent the risk tolerance. be a smart part of that. Education is holistic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Generally, the more openness there is in Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just about children; it could be about on your advisor knowing the ins and outs RI \RXU RYHUDOO ÂżQDQFLDO VLWXDWLRQ DV ZHOO the conversation, the better everybody walks the clients themselves.â&#x20AC;? An advisor can help as your goals for the future. Arming your away,â&#x20AC;? Shiveley says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If clients arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t open the client navigate these issues. advisor with this information helps ensure in putting everything on the table about what Finally, clients should remember that that he or she can provide you with the most they want their life to look like in their post- having an open conversation with their retirement years, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really hard for their advisor in the beginning of the relationship appropriate resources and strategies. advisor to work with them to help allow them doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean they are finished. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When to do those things. Advisors have to know change happens, clients need to know that Share your goals what is important and what the clients want they can and should go back to their advisor â&#x20AC;&#x153;These conversations often times are deeply to achieve.â&#x20AC;? and talk about those changes and how they personal, about the things clients hold most impact their plan,â&#x20AC;? Shiveley says. O Map out your future dear, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not always an easy conversation Ginny Gaylor is a freelance writer based in Greensboro, for clients to have,â&#x20AC;? says Greg Shiveley, First Vice President for the Financial Advisor The EnvisionÂŽ planning process can help N.C. Platform Team and Strategic Solutions create an open dialogue between clients EnvisionÂŽ is a registered service mark of Wells Fargo and their Financial Advisors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Envision & Company and used under license. Group of Wells Fargo Advisors.  +HÂżQGVFOLHQWVPD\KROGEDFNEHFDXVH process can give clients a huge advantage, they have a goal that they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even because it is designed to help clients live the This article was written by Wells Fargo Advisors and courtesy of W. Brian Martz, CFPÂŽ, CIMAÂŽ, discussed with their partner yet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bringing one life they have, the best way they can,â&#x20AC;? provided ADPAsm, First Vice President-Investments, in Wichita, that up with a third party in the room, Shiveley says. KS at 316-267-0300. The process starts with giving the the Financial Advisor, may be a little intimidating,â&#x20AC;? the St. Louisâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;based Shiveley Financial Advisor an understanding of who Š 2013 Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. All rights reserved. notes. But, the more open clients are with the client is, what they want to achieve and their Financial Advisors, the more everyone what their concerns are about achieving those

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PERFORMANCE SERIES 2013 - 2014 Foreigner A powerhouse band delivers powerhouse hits.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8

The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel

The Wonder Bread Years with Pat Hazell

Green Day’s American Idiot

A fresh and funny slice of Americana and pop culture.

The groundbreaking Broadway musical.

4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, Forum Hall in the K-State Student Union

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Earth Harp Meets Oud

An Evening with Bernadette Peters

William Close, earth harp; Yuval Ron, oud

A mash-up of radio theater and comic book adventure.

Bach’s Own St. Thomas Boys Choir of Leipzig

Book One: Target Earth 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18

A tradition-rich choir dedicated to the legacy of J.S. Bach.

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Blue Man Group

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, First United Methodist Church, Manhattan, Kan.

Brian Regan

Experience the phenomenon!

An evening of side-splitting laughter.

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Momix Botanica Ingenious dance, illusion and spellbinding beauty.

Beyond Glory, starring Stephen Lang The story of eight men of incredible valor.

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7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13

ACS: Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding

Memphis

Hypnotic, bold and stylish contemporary jazz.

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The World Blues Tour: Taj Mahal and Guests An amazing evening of blues from around the world.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24

One of America’s most enchanting entertainers.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31

Quixotic A hypnotic fusion of dance, live music, aerial acrobatics, visual effects and high fashion.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7

McCain Student Showcase K-State students share their creativity and achievement.

4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9

The Addams Family Come meet the family. We’ll leave the lights off for you.

7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14

Turn up that dial…

7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15

The Sound of Christmas starring Elisabeth von Trapp with the Carolian Brass Celebrate the joyful sounds of the season.

4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1

7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11

Everybody’s Hero: The Jackie Robinson Story An inspirational story of a brave man’s struggle for equality.

4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19

A timeless love story with choreography that sizzles.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3

4 p.m. Sunday, April 6

The Cashore Marionettes Wonders of engineering unmatched in artistry, grace and beauty of movement.

Simple Gifts 5 p.m. Sunday, April 13, Forum Hall, K-State Student Union Life in Motion 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, Forum Hall, K-State Student Union

Cameron Carpenter, Organ The rock star of the classical digital organ.

Bleu! The Mediterranean Sea Compagnia T.P.O.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19

Visual, emotional and highly interactive children’s theater.

Shakespeare’s tragic tale told with the beauty and splendor of the Russian ballet tradition.

7 p.m. Wed.-Fri., Feb. 19-21 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23

Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company: Dynasties and Beyond A visually stunning blend of traditional and contemporary Chinese dance.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28

Moscow Festival Ballet Romeo and Juliet

4 p.m. Sunday, April 27

American Legacies: Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band Two national treasures together in a stunning season finale!

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13

Danú A rousingly authentic musical journey to Ireland.

7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7

Soweto Gospel Choir A soul-touching evening of pure joy.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30

McCainAuditorium |

Kids 18 and under are half-price except for Blue Man Group and Brian Regan. K-State students are half price or more for all shows. K-State faculty/staff, senior and military discounts available. Call for details.

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+HDUWODQG0HQ¡V&KRUXVGLUHFWRU WDNHV/$MRE KANSAS CITY - Heartland Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus (HMC) Artistic Director Dr. Joe Nadeau was recently appointed Artistic Director of the Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Los Angeles. He began his new post in August and will lead HMCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artistic efforts through the December 2013 concert.

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A national search for the next artistic director of Heartland Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus will commence in early fall, with the goal to announce the new appointment in early 2014. Nadeau joined the HMC staff in 1998. During his 15-year tenure, the Chorus has grown dramatically in terms of members/ singers, audience, and local and national recognition. More than 140 men now perform in a concert cycle to consistently sold-out houses. A three-concert, four performance season has increased to a seven performance season, drawing the largest audiences for choral programming in the region.

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and founder of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;It Gets Betterâ&#x20AC;? campaign, Dan Savage will give a presentation Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30pm in Pittsburg Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine. Admission is free for PSU students; $10 for the general public; and $7 for PSU faculty/ staff and senior citizens Tickets can be SXUFKDVHGDWZZZSLWWVWDWHHGXRIÂżFH tickets/. To order by phone, call (620) 235-4796. In September 2010, Savage created a YouTube video with his husband Terry Miller to inspire hope for LGBT young people facing harassment. In response to a number of students taking their own lives, Savage and Miller wanted to create a personal message to let LGBT youth know that â&#x20AC;&#x153;it gets better.â&#x20AC;? Today, the It Gets Better Project (www.itgetsbetter.org) has become a global movement, inspiring more than 50,000 It Gets Better videos viewed over 50 million times. The It Gets Better book, co-edited by Savage and Miller, was published in March 2011, and an MTV documentary special, It Gets Better, aired in February 2012.

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boxes a person checks off on dating sites. And while Scott does over-romanticize â&#x20AC;&#x153;the way things were,â&#x20AC;? he talks about a time when people met, talked and found a connection, as opposed to narrowing a search down by predetermined types vivid recollection and places you KDSSHQHGWRVH[XDOĂ&#x20AC;DPER\DQFH and hoping for a connection. in the world of the book. These and gender liberation, an end to Some of the essays are more are some of the things I look for marriage, the military, and the florid and read like romance in a book that is worth a read, or nuclear family?â&#x20AC;? So I took the novels that take you nowhere, even a listen. EDLWDQGGRZQORDGHGWKHÂżOHRQ but there is some great prose in Audio books have been my phone. this collection. I have to say, I around for about 80 years, and I was treated to eight hours was more drawn to the essays thanks to the digital revolution and thirty minutes of essays about the foibles of modern a person no longer needs a ranging in topic from online culture â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Death by Masculinity box of cassette tapes or CDs. dating to the masculine boxes by Ail Abbas, which questions C o m p a n i e s l i k e A u d i b l e . gay men put themselves in; the Caucasian male norm in U.S. com bring audio books to our recounts of one night stands to gay culture is another favorite. Faggots on Tape computers, tablets, and even life before AIDS. Sycamore acts There is something for everyone phones. I usually have two or as editor and curator for these in this collection. By Ben Rivers three books Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m reading and one stories. She is outspoken in her I am torn on suggesting audio book at one time. My most opposition to gay marriage â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the audio book over the print Print version: Why are Faggots so Afraid of recent listen is this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book something she says does nothing version. This could be a to address the â&#x20AC;&#x153;fundamental knockout audio experience, akin Faggots? Flaming Challenges review. Why are Faggots so Afraid of problems of inequalityâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and to the great episodes of Snap WR0DVFXOLQLW\2EMHFWLÂżFDWLRQ and the Desire to Conform by Faggots? Flaming Challenges was involved in Act Up in the Judgment and This American Life. While this is not a podcast Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore WR0DVFXOLQLW\2EMHFWLÂżFDWLRQ early 90s. and the Desire to Conform by While I disagree with her the writing just begs to have that (AK Press, $17.95) Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore stance on gay marriage, I was kind of treatment, with sincerity is not a fresh pressed book. The Ă&#x20AC;RRUHG E\ KRZ PXFK DFWLYLVP breathed into it. The entire Audio book: Narrated by Mark Bachman print version was published in she has done in the San Francisco collection is read by one man 2012. The audio book, however, Bay area, and how little I had who does a valiant effort trying (Audible.com, $19.95) was released in March of this heard of her. to convey the subtle differences The essays are not all brilliant, in tone and voice in each piece, f I review a book, there is year, so I feel this can be a fresh but the first one, Fierce.net: but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reach its full something redeeming to it. ÂżQGIRUVRPHIRONV The brilliant title is what Imagining a Faggotty Web, by potential. The characters are enticing; My suggestion, if you have a people you want to know, or drew me in. I had never heard D. Travers Scott has to be my people you know and avoid. of Sycamore before, but was favorite. Scott skewers the norms long drive or need something to The writing hooks you and is intrigued by the Audile.com of online dating, especially the listen to at the gym, download an intoxicating drug you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blurb that derided current gay notions of â&#x20AC;&#x153;topsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;bottoms,â&#x20AC;? the audio book. Otherwise, stick give up. The story is told with culture and asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatever â&#x20AC;&#x153;dadsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;lads,â&#x20AC;? and such with the print version. O

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new school year is starting. It will be the eighth school year since I moved into a little house across the street from a school. I was so excited that I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to move into an apartment, what with beginning my transition and all. Coming and going. Sometimes as Steven. Sometimes as Stephanie. I worried a bit about sometimes presenting as male, sometimes as female, and how that would work out. It is an elementary school. Would some teacher or parent notice and realize there was a transgender person living so close to where their children played on the playground? Of course, being transgender does not increase the likelihood that a person will be or do anything inappropriate. Unfortunately, many people believe that it does. There are many people who think that transgender people are a danger to children. There is no doubt that being publicly transgender increases the likelihood that I will meet with violence.

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yelled again. Hey, lady! As I looked up, I realized they were yelling at me. Hey, lady! Will you get us the ball? I immediately jumped to my feet and ran to the ball. No doubt there was great joy on my face as I tossed the ball back over the fence. Not long after that, a friend of mine, a teacher at the school, saw me arrive home for lunch. She yelled, Stephanie! She came up to the fence, several children in tow, and she introduced them to me as her friend. How T h e s e w e r e t h e f i r s t , wonderful to feel completely frightening days outside the comfortable while standing there closet. Finally living in the and visiting. A few years later, I was daylight, but feeling very travelling the state doing exposed and very vulnerable. Trying to be careful and aware, presentations about what it especially when the children was like to be transgender and working through political were in the schoolyard.  %\WKHHQGRIWKDWÂżUVWVFKRRO activism to help make legislative year, I was living full-time as change. When people would Stephanie, and I was much more ÂżQGRXWWKDW,LGHQWLÂżHGDVERWK comfortable, but still cautious. transgender and Christian, they would sometimes ask me questions about how I reconcile the two identities. If you ask m e , i t â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a l o t like reconciling the fact that I like chocolate with the fact that I like cats. There is nothing to reconcile. H o w e v e r, f o r some people, it does not seem to be that simple. I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get into the long version of my answer 6WLOO QRW FRPSOHWHO\ FRQÂżGHQW in my true person. I remember to such questions. one day in particular, when the  6XIÂżFHLWWRVD\WKDW,ZRXOG children were outside playing ask the same question to anyone DQG,ZDVSODQWLQJVRPHĂ&#x20AC;RZHUV ZKRLGHQWLÂżHVDV&KULVWLDQEXW works to prevent equality for in the yard. I heard the children yelling. people who are lesbian, gay, Hey, lady. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay much bisexual, or transgender. How attention to it. Then the children do you reconcile being Christian with discriminating against any group of human beings? As I realized that identifying as both transgender and Christian was intriguing to some people, I decided to be more public about these two (of my many) identities. I went to makestickers.com and ordered a bumper sticker that said Transgender and Christian. Of course, I thought about how that would be received with my car parked in front of the house across the street from

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the school. About that time, I WHVWLÂżHGDWWKHORFDOVFKRROERDUG meeting about the need to have protections for LGBT students and staff. And of course, I selfidentified as transgender and Christian. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty sure it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a secret anymore. I have come to understand that being publicly transgender not only increases the likelihood that I will meet with violence. It also decreases the likelihood that other transgender people will meet with violence. The fact that I live across the street from a school makes that oh-so-muchmore important. Needless to say, the new bumper sticker went on the car. Next to the bumper sticker that said The Equality Car. And I parked it in front of my house. From time to time, a parent would stop to look at it as they were walking their child to the school. A few weeks ago, a gentleman in another car made a left turn into the side of the Equality Car. The gentlemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insurance company determined that my FDUZRXOGFRVWPRUHWRÂż[WKDQ she was worth, so they gave me some money and towed her away. The sadness of that day was somewhat tempered by the purchase of the successor to the Equality Car. I thought long and hard about whether or not to put a new Transgender and Christian bumper sticker on the Equality Car II. Neighbors next door and all that. Kansas highways and what not. Still across the street from the school. In the end, it came down to one thing, and there was no real choice about the bumper sticker. I am not ashamed of who I am. There is nothing wrong with who I am. In my educational presentations, it is not uncommon for someone to ask me, Why would a person be public about being transgender? 6XIÂżFHLWWRVD\WKDW,DQVZHUWKDW question with another. Why not? A new school year is starting. It will be the eighth school year since I moved into a little house across the street from a school. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to see how it goes! O Stephanie Mott is a transgender woman from Topeka. She is the executive director of the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project and state chair of the Kansas Equality Coalition. Reach her at stephanieequality@yahoo.com.


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Freedoms when they prevented Olympic Committee, the U.S. to watch unless an open and Coors and Miller are owned gay pride parades in Moscow in Olympic Committee or the other proud LGBT athlete is in the by a South African company, 2007, 2008, and 2009. But the Olympic committees, if they event. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the least we can do if Budweiser by a Belgian/ anti-gay crackdown continued, weighed in on this, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we think it matters. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the least Brazilian company, and Stoli and in May 2013 authorities in this law would have been signed we can do to support our sisters Vodka by a Latvian company Moscow refused to allow a pride by Putin or passed by the Duma. and brothers who are suffering WKDWÂśVFXUUHQWO\ÂżJKWLQJZLWKWKH parade because, according to an If they had leaned on [Russia] in Russia today. O Russian government. 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AM: How long have you been doing drag? Also tell me about \RXUÂżUVWWLPHGRLQJ drag. ER: I have been doing drag 11 years. My first drag show was a Brown Sugar talent night. It was my BFFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday, X-Rated, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of Wichitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ÂżUVWNLQJV AM: That was a while ago! Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to start doing drag? ER: My advice for anyone who wants to do drag - I say like Nike - Just Do It. You might love it or hate it, but at least you tried it.

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ello once again friends, family, and foes! Happy Pride to everyone! I hope you all are making big plans for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pride Celebration. This month, in honor of Pride, I have your current Miss Gay Wichita. You all know her and love her; so letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get to know the lovely EEEEEEROTICA! Audrey McQueen: Hello Erotica, thank you so much for doing an interview with me on such short notice! Erotica Romance: Hi Audrey and thank you for this chance. It lets people in the community get to know me. AM: How did you come up with you drag name? ER: I got my drag name from a Madonna song, believe it or not! Erotica Romance. AM: I never knew that! Do you have and current titles or awards? ER: I am your current-reigning Miss Gay Wichita.

AM: Where can we see you perform? ER: You guys and girls can see me perform at the Our Fantasy Complex every Thursday night. AM: Do you have a favorite quote or motto you live by? ER: My motto in life is: Go Hard or Go Home. AM: You definitely live by that! Ha! Do you have any hobbies outside of drag? ER: Besides drag, my favorite hobby is doing hair. AM: How does it feel going to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pride as Miss Gay Wichita? ER: It feels really good to be Miss Wichita. I think it was long overdue. As far as pride, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to turn up and have a great time with my LGBT community! AM: Do you have anything else you would like to say before we are done? ER: I would just like to say to the readers, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Thank you for reading and supporting your community. God bless all of you!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Thank you so much Erotica! Make sure you all go on Facebook and like Audrey Asks! Next month we will be AM: Awesome! It was such an celebrating one year of Audrey honor to crown you that night! Asks and we will be doing a Who are your inspirations? special interview with Brown ER::HOOÂżUVW*RGVHFRQGP\ Sugar! This has been what mother, who is passed away, and Audrey Asked! Happy Pride!! O all my drag family/friends.

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Yes, I did hear about it. I do not have pets myself, but that guy is one sick sucker. He should be beaten with a bat or put in a room with a vicious dog (maybe In all my years of living I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the puppyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother) and let her believe all the new words in the rip him to shreds! I have no idea last 15 years that have become why anyone would want to hurt a word. I actually had my a living animal or human. If you grandson Google it for me. It ask me they should not have any said and I quote â&#x20AC;&#x153;a metrosexual rights at all. I say he should not PLJKWEHRIÂżFLDOO\JD\VWUDLJKW turn around and go drown. or bisexual.â&#x20AC;? Hmmm! I think it means Ms. Mama, the person that considers him/ My friend never wants to do herself one, does not know what anything but go to the bar. I the hell they want, but sure does get tired of that all the time. I look and dress nice. So now I like to hang out with her, but have a new word to start going she never wants to do anything around. It is Mamasexual; the but sit at the bar. What should meaning is a mama that is very I do? Stuck at the Club well groomed and hot as hell! Put that in your dictionaries and I like to go to the Bigger Jigger GHÂżQHLW myself once in awhile, but every day would get old fast. If she Hi Mama, wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything else then let What did you think of all the her be. You go do your activities Ă&#x20AC;RRGLQJ")ORDWLQJ with other friends, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s her loss. I bet your friend is sitting next I thought I was going to have to Eunice at the bar! There is an to build an ark and I really did old country song that would be not want to let Eunice on it! your friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called We needed the rain, but I live Queen of the Silver Dollar by in Wichita not freaking Seattle. 'DYHDQG6XJDU\RXFDQÂżQGLW To all those idiots out there on YouTube. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite amusing! who do not pay attention to signs RUWKHRIÂżFLDOZDUQLQJV,IWKH\ Mama, say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;turn around, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drownâ&#x20AC;? If you could change just one they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just kidding. Why thing in your life, what would the hell would you not listen? it be? Curious If the water is high go another way! Good lord, somebody Seriously?! Just one thing? I arrest these people and make have a list three pages long at my them watch Honey Boo Boo age. Since I have only one thing for punishment! Listen to the to change it would be to keep officials, people, they know you from asking this question. what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you have more important 7KDWÂśVZK\WKH\ÂśUHRIÂżFLDOVDQG things to do besides dreaming youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not! Gulp (big swig of about changing things from your beer). past? Get a life! Mama, Did you hear about the guy that beat the puppy to death with a baseball bat? It saddens me so, what do you think of this? Animal Lover

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keeping it as concise as possible. what was it like working with Rozz Petrozz: Jamming out a him? It seems like you guys song is the best! Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty really upped your game for much my take on the whole this EP. writing process. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s honestly .DWLH )RUG Johnny has this how most songs feel to me, at amazing ability to take all of least from a percussive stance. your ideas that you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even Promoting Kickstarter was a sure you have, and actually Members of Grenadina, from left, Stef â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rozzâ&#x20AC;? Petrozz, Katie Ford (held), Steph Castor, and Mia Morrow. Photo by Reckless Robot Photography WDGGLIÂżFXOWDSHWSHHYHRIPLQH verbalize and deliver them. He is to ask for money. Personally DOVRFDQKHDUVRPHWKLQJÂżJXUH separate ideas and parts, our end I kept my begging down to out what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lacking, and work By Ciara Reid, staff reporter product was more honed in and Facebook statuses. In the end, the solution seamlessly into the LAWRENCE - Lawrence all- seemingly planned out than our I was more than taken aback by song like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been part of it all girl band Grenadina â&#x20AC;&#x201C; comprised ÂżUVW (3 7KH .LFNVWDUWHU ZHQW how generous all of our friends along. of Steph Castor, Katie Ford, surprisingly well! It was a little and loved ones were. We have Stef â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rozzâ&#x20AC;? Petrozz, and Mia overwhelming how much love some great people in our lives. LP: Talk a little bit about Marrow - is back with a new we received from the people filming the music video for EP Get Shallow, which will be in our lives. We set a very LP: How did Johnny Burke Locomotion. Who came up released Sept. 3. With this EP, hopeful goal of $1,000 dollars (producer of other bands with the treatment, and was Grenadina shows their audience with the mentality of â&#x20AC;&#x153;if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re including Abandon All Hope, everyone comfortable with the how much theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve grown as a putting ourselves out there, we 0RGHUQ'D\(VFDSH)RUHYHU continued on page 32 band and that they have no plans should see how far we can take in Terror) come into play, and it.â&#x20AC;? Actually reaching and to slow down. Get Shallow, the follow-up surpassing that goal was an to their debut EP Pretend for incredible and humbling Find more information @ Me, not only demonstrates the experience. our website www.woolfks.com bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maturity as musicians Steph Castor: Our friend Or @: facebook.com/Wichta and songwriters, but also makes Brittany Smith put it bestâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; OrganizationOfLeatherFetishes a solid statement: Grenadina is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like you guys just And @ Twitter: @Woolf_Events passionate about their music and jammed out a song.â&#x20AC;? From what I hear, a lot of bands pretty talented too. The band paused from their will have one member, busy schedule to answer a few usually the guitarist, who will questions about the EP and bring a full song idea to the table. From there, everyone upcoming plans: WICHITA ORGANZATION OF LEATHER FETISHES will build upon it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never Liberty Press: Tell me a little really been like that with bit about the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s process us. Everything we do is so Presents for writing and recording the involved. We really hate to new EP - I love that you guyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exclude any one member in September 21st, 2013 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Violet Wand by Rex Moser used a Kickstarter campaign the baby steps. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny though, because and used it well! If you can, October 19th, 2013 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Canning by Master Malik can you give me some details we started writing Get about how you promoted the Shallow about a year ago. September 14th, 2013 Đž Board Meeting @ 6pm Kickstarter campaign, what Katie had actually left the your goal was, and how much state for three weeks for job All classes are held at 1602 E. Waterman in Wichita, KSâ&#x20AC;Ś. training. For the first time you received? .DWLH)RUGThe writing process ever, we had a few satellite unless otherwise stated. is always a little funky. One songs, and I think it really of us has an idea, the rest help changed the way we shaped WOOLF is dedicated to the education and development of the leather and fetish bend, tweak, and add to it. This our music. It helped us learn community. We are a pansexual group, open to gay, straight, and bi-sexual persons. EP was no exception to that. to dig deep for what we were Somehow, even with everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really trying to say, all while


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word and have others sponsor their walking teams. According to Brandon Eisman, this year’s Walk chairperson, the fundraising goal is $10,000.

L AW R E N C E - T h i s y e a r supporters of the Douglas County AIDS Project (DCAP) will be lining up to raise money in the 2013 DCAP AIDS Walk on The 411: a new day of the week. What: DCAP AIDS Walk 2013 Sunday, Sept. 22 marks When: Sunday, Sept. 22 the annual event, which Registration begins at 10am also has a new time. Walk starts at 11am Participants can sleep Where: Maceli’s in a bit before registering 1031 New Hampshire St. for the walk, which opens at 10am at Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire St. The walk DCAP AIDS walks have been starts at 11am. Participants will raising HIV/AIDS awareness then partake in a two-mile walk f o r o v e r 2 0 y e a r s . T h e followed by a relaxing brunch proceeds from the walks help fund DCAP’s many programs provided by NetworQ. Walkers are encouraged to dedicated to caring for those pre-register a fundraising team living with HIV/AIDS. “Over the past 30 years the online through DCAP’s website -www.douglascountyaidsproject. face of HIV/AIDS has changed com. After registering a team, and so has DCAP,” Eisman said. participants can spread the “Although HIV/AIDS is no


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longer a terminal illness, those DIÀLFWHG ZLWK WKLV GLVHDVH VWLOO need assistance. DCAP is here for them.” DCAP provides AIDS

awareness, HIV-prevention education, free HIV testing, and direct services to individuals and families infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Such services include financial and transportation assistance, supportive counseling, and family education. “Your participation in this year’s walk helps fund these efforts,” Eisman added. For more information about this year’s walk, visit the DCAP website or call (785) 843-0040. O

Sunday Worship, 10 AM Shawn Thomas - Voice of Worship Tour Saturday, September 7, 7pm FREE concert Sunday, September 8, 10am in worship

FREE Community Meal Saturday, September 14, 5-6pm

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     By Helen Barnes Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: The following is the ÂżUVW LQ D WKUHHSDUW VHULHV RQ VXLFLGH The names of some people have been omitted to protect them and the people who love them.

Luckily the farmer let A. in, bloody mess that she was, otherwise, she would have died right there on his porch out in the middle of nowhere. She had gotten to the point where she couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take the relationship struggles anymore and had driven herself out into the country. After shooting herself in the stomach, A. had changed her mind. It had been a long walk to the nearest house and she couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember how long it took to get there. B. was an inveterate reader of comic books. She loved Vampirella, Conan, all the new stuff. If anyone needed anything, B. was the â&#x20AC;&#x153;go toâ&#x20AC;? gal. The world changed forever the day B.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lover found her in the tub bleeding through the scars of previous attempts. B. was cremated with one of her favorite comics. The military meant everything to C. When she found out that she wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to re-up, she went home, packed a box for her daughter, put together a donation for the local museum of some of her memorabilia, and shot herself in the mouth with her service revolver.

Sad stories, these. Many of us know (or knew) someone just like this. Some were successful in their attempt at suicide, some changed their minds. That time. According to the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Report, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a previous suicide attempt is a known predictor of suicide death.â&#x20AC;? Overall, suicide rates are climbing, so much so that the CDC released a study on May 2 (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) of this year showing that more Americans kill themselves than die in car accidents. They also added these statistics concerning increasing suicide rates: Â&#x2021; Â&#x2021; Â&#x2021; Â&#x2021;

+28% for ages 35-64 +48% for ages 50-54 +49% for ages 55-59 +40% for white nonHispanics Â&#x2021; +65% for American Indian and Alaska Natives Â&#x2021; +23% or more across all four major regions of the United States Â&#x2021; +81% for hanging/ suffocation, +14% for ÂżUHDUPVE\ poisoning Multiple reports note that suicide is escalating among other groups also: veterans, those with long-term health problems apart from mental disorders, and teens who have had a friend (or friends) commit suicide. Other groups are suspected

of having rising suicide rates, such as the LBGT population, but there simply hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been consistent information on how much peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sexual orientation or gender identity might have contributed: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not something SXWRQWKHGHDWKFHUWLÂżFDWH However, there has been global research on survivors of non-fatal attempts noting that there seems to be a relationship between sexual orientation and the likelihood of a suicide attempt. Transgender populations are still not part of the demographics in suicide studies, but a 2009 National Transgender Discrimination Survey reported that 41% of their respondents had attempted suicide at least once. The 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention report posits that for LBGT populations, suicidal behaviors tend to be related to â&#x20AC;&#x153;minority stress,â&#x20AC;? which stems from the cultural and social prejudice attached to minority sexual orientation and gender identity. This stress includes individual experiences of prejudice or discrimination, such as family rejection, harassment, bullying, violence, and victimization. Increasingly recognized as an aspect ofminority stress is â&#x20AC;&#x153;institutional discriminationâ&#x20AC;? resulting from laws and public policies that create inequities or omit LGBT people from benefits and protections afforded others. (pg. 122)

make an attempt. N o w, r e s e a r c h e r s a r e discovering that those formerly â&#x20AC;&#x153;targetedâ&#x20AC;? groups are not the only ones who might try to kill themselves. The problem has become to determine who might make a premeditated attempt and who might make an impulsive one. Unfortunately, there seems to be little indication for mental health professionals that either â&#x20AC;&#x153;styleâ&#x20AC;? of attempt is related to an individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personality. In the U.S., suicide has become so epidemic that it was a subject for the National Conference on Mental Health at the White House on June 03, 2013. President Barack Obama opened the conference by asking for a focus on mental health issues and for a broadening of access to proper care for mental illness. He has made it a part of the Administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort to launch a national conversation to increase understanding and awareness of mental health. There is a global focus on suicide prevention as well. The World Health Organization (WHO) has marked Sept. 10 as World Suicide Prevention Day. National groups and local organizations plan activities in association with WHO in order to educate the public and reach out to those in need. For those who have friends or loved ones that might be considering suicide, the best thing to do is be as supportive as possible and get help for them as soon as possible. This is a sensitive subject and observers of potentially suicidal behavior A p a r t f r o m â&#x20AC;&#x153; m i n o r i t y can be worried about when to stress,â&#x20AC;? suffered by LBGT jump in and help. people, researchers say that The website www.helpguide. the population at large may org/mental/suicide_prevention. be developing an increased htm provides a list of warning risk of suicide because of signs along with ways to start the economic downturn, an the conversation about suicide. underfunded mental health Local and national resources are system, as well as an increasing available as well. inability to distinguish the point In Sedgwick County, the at which help should be offered Suicide Prevention Hotline is to individuals. open 24 hours a day/7 days a K e e p i n g p e o p l e f r o m week at (316) 660-7500. attempting suicide is even more In Lawrence and across the GLIÂżFXOW VLQFH WKH ULVN IDFWRUV state, Headquarters Counseling are changing: it used to be Center also takes calls 24/7 at that depression, hopelessness, (785) 841-2345 or 1-800-784and mental illness were key 2433 or 1-800-273-8255. O indicators that someone might


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For additional help and information, investigate w w w. s e d g w i c k c o u n t y. org/comcare/suicide_ prevention.asp For a listing of a variety of sites for youth and others, check out www. suicidehotlines.com/kansas. html T h e B o r n T h i s Wa y Foundation site is at bornthiswayfoundation.org LBGT Resources from the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention report: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: LGBT Initiative www.afsp.org This initiative works on suicide prevention among the LGBT population in a number of ways, including producing a conference, funding research grants, working to improve how the media covers anti-gay bullying, helping its chapter volunteers bring understanding of suicide into their local LGBT communities, and creating LGBT mental health educational resources and training tools. Stop Bullying Website www.stopbullying.gov A website that provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how individuals can prevent and respond to bullying. Suicide Prevention Among LGBT Youth: A Workshop for Professionals Who Serve Youth w w w. s p r c . o rg / t r a i n i n g institute/lgbt-youthworkshop This is a free workshop kit to help staff in schools, youthserving organizations, and suicide prevention programs take action to reduce suicidal behavior among LGBT youth. It contains a Leader’s Guide, sample agenda, PowerPoint presentations, sample script, and handouts. The Trevor Project www.thetrevorproject.org

This national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth provides a 24-hour, toll-free, crisis intervention phone line (1–866–488–7386); an online, social networking community for LGBTQ youth aged 13-24; educational programs for schools; and advocacy initiatives.

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Leather Life

SEPTEMBER 2013

By Nolin Christensen aka Master C

This column is dedicated to explaining to others what the Leather lifestyle is about and what we do.

Poly Relationships Over the next few months, I’m going to talk about the various types and dynamics of polygamy relationships within the Leather community. Where monogamy is a committed relationship between two individuals, polygamy, or poly for short, is a general term used to describe any relationship (sexual or not) where there are more than

two partners in the committed relationship. Polygamy is a term that is used most frequently in society. And most people think of Mormons and their multiple wives. But there are various types of poly relationships in the poly lifestyle. The correct term for a man with multiple wives is polygyny. When a woman has more than one husband it is called polyandry. In both of these, only the primary person has sex with the partners. The partners themselves do not have sex with the other partners. While there are both polygyny and polyandry relationships in the community there are also other types. One of these is referred to as Group Marriage or polyamorous relationships. Polyamory means “loving more than one.” Polyamory is also sometimes referred to as a triad because it is most common to have three individuals in the relationship. In a polyamorous relationship all individuals of the relationship have sexual relations with all of the other partners.

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classes taught by Master Tallen, Master Hardy, J-Lube Jack, and OkieNawa. Class topics were: Massive Edge Play, Troubleshooting the

WICHITA - The Wichita Organization of Leather Fetishes (WOOLF) concluded its annual Leather Camp 9 Aug. 18. This year’s event had attendees from all over the Midwest. Thursday night kicked off the weekend with a Submissive Panel discussion. The panel consisted of four local senior and alpha submissives (slaves, girls and boys), Members of Mama Reinhardt’s “family,” a breast cancer charity group, along with 1995 Int’l Slave gather at Leather Camp. Courtesy Photo Tom Stice, who answered Master-Slave relationship, questions from the audience. Deep Tissue Bruising and Friday continued the event Impact Play, Abduction and with a Meet and Greet held Interrogation, Blood Sex and at the Fantasy Complex, Steel, the Invisible Leash WOOLF’s home bar, with – guide to protocols, Floor food provided by the Wichita Work – For Love/Hate Sex Bears. Following the Meet Pain, Putting the Sex back in and Greet was a dungeon play SM. Saturday evening started party held at the host hotel. Saturday there were eight continued on page 33


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But what are the various dynamics within the Leather community? The list I’m about to give goes beyond the traditional poly-type relationships listed above. In the Leather community there is both sexual and nonsexual type relationships. There are monogamous relationships and there are open relationships. Open relationships are where the partners are allowed to have sex with individuals outside the committed partners. In the Leather community, coupled along with the monogamy, polygyny, polyandry and polyamory relationships, there are also very special relationship dynamics amongst

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the partners. It is these dynamics we will be discussing over the next several months. Here are some of the various relationships dynamics that can exist in the Leather community, although this is the most common list, it is by no means a complete list: Master/slave, Sir/boy, Sir/ girl, Ma’am/girl, Ma’am/boy, Master/puppy, Mistress/sub (slave, boy, or girl). I will discuss the various components of these relationships, the complications, the characteristics, the remarkable bond that develops between the partners and most of all the love one gets from being in that type of relationship. O

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Student groups )UHH6WDWH+LJK6FKRRO*6$, Lawrence, (785) 832-6050, phatcher@usd497.org, welcomes all queer, questioning and straight ally youth to talk about issues. Meets Wednesdays.

Community Centers The Center, 1602 E. Waterman, Wichita Kansas State University LGBT Resource Center, 207 A/B Holton Hall, Manhattan, (785) 532-5299, www.kstate-edu/lgbt Open Roads LGBT Community Center, Hays, (785) 259-6526, openroadslgbt@gmail.com, www. openroadslgbt.org

Health Douglas County AIDS Project, 346 Maine, Suite 160, Lawrence, (785) 8430040, www.douglascountyaidsproject. org Hunter Health Clinic, 2318 E. Central, Wichita, (316) 262-3611, FREE HIV FRQÂżGHQWLDORUDQRQ\PRXVWHVWLQJZLWK Spanish and Vietnamese interpreters. KU Internal Medicine-Midtown, KU School of Medicine, 1001 N. Minneapolis, Wichita, (316) 293-1840, (877) 472-8227 toll-free, (316) 293-2652 HIV Program LGBT Health Coalition of Sedgwick County, Wichita, (316) 285-0007, www. sedgwickcountylgbt.org Positive Connections, 1001 SW *DUÂżHOG$YHWKLUGĂ&#x20AC;RRU7RSHND   232-3100, www.pcneks.org

Haskell Shout OUT, Haskell Indian Nations University, Bobby. crowfeather@haskell.edu, dedicated to actively seeking to bridge the Native LGBTQ community and their straight allies by promoting Openness, Understanding, and Tolerance. Meets Thursdays at 6pm in Stidham Union. KU Queers & Allies, University of Kansas, Lawrence, (785) 864-3091, qanda@ku.edu, www.ku.edu/~qanda Lawrence High School GSA, (785) 330-2391, ArlaKan@usd497.org, welcomes all LGBT, questioning and straight youth to talk about issues. Meets almost every Friday at 3:05pm in the LHS library. Manhattan High School GSA, mhs_ gsa@hotmail.com Pitt State GSA, Pittsburg State University, pittstategaystraightalliance@ gmail.com

Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project, (785) 215-7436, stephanie.mott@k-step.org, www.kstep.org, provides transgender education and resources.

Pine Valley Christian Church, 5620 E. 21st St., Wichita, (316) 685-2421, churchoffice@pvcconline.org, www. pvcconline.org

Support Central Plains Area Agency on Aging, 2622 W. Central Suite 500, Wichita, (316) 660-5120, www.cpaaa.org, CPAAA is available to assist seniors, caregivers, and adults with disabilities through lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transitions and with various levels of support. COMCARE Crisis Intervention Services, 934 N. Water, Wichita, (316) 660-7500 free 24/7, www. sedgwickcounty.org

O n e D a y A t A Ti m e , Wi c h i t a , Alcoholics Anonymous meetings held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm at First MCC, 156 S. Kansas. 3)/$* +XWFKLQVRQ, PO Box 2488, Hutchinson, (620) 899-2345, SĂ&#x20AC;DJKXWFK#JPDLOFRP 3)/$* /DZUHQFH7RSHND, (785) 235-3831, sffeist@msn.com, www. SĂ&#x20AC;DJQHNDQVDVRUJ PHHWV VW 6XQGD\V 2-4pm at MCC of Topeka, 4425 SW 19th. Transgender Resource and Awareness Network (TRAN), www.thefaceoftrans. com, provides resources, information, and news regarding transgender issues in Wichita. TransYouth of Kansas, Topeka, tyks@ cox.net, www.tyks.org, providing support for transgender youth and their families.

Heart of America Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus, Wichita, (316) 708-4837, www.hoamc. org

Get Connected, Wichita, (316) 4913778, LGBTQIA youth group for ages 12-21. Meets at The Center, 1602 E.

Wichita Transgender Coalition, wichitatranscoalition@gmail.com, wichitatrans.webs.com/. O

Junction City Teddy Bears, www. jctbears.com/index.htm NetworQ, Lawrence, KansasNetworQ@ yahoo.com, www.KansasNetworQ.org, meets at Maceliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1031 New Hampshire Wichita Bears, presidentwichitabears@ yahoo.com, www.wichitabears.org

Wichita Prime Timers, ICTPrimeTimers@aol.com, www. primetimersww.org/Wichita, social group for mature gay men.

Kansas Equality Coalition, www. kansasequalitycoalition.org, chapters across the state.

Metropolitan Community Church of Topeka, 4425 SW 19th, (785) 2721442, office@mcctopeka.org, www. MCCTopeka.org, services Sundays at 10am.

HIV+ Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Support Group, Wichita, (316) 293-3405, mmadecky@kumc.edu

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Regional AIDS Project, Manhattan, (785) 587-1999 or (785) 238-5338 -XQFWLRQ&LW\UDS#Ă&#x20AC;LQWKLOOVFRP

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Lutheran Campus Ministry, 1421 W. 19th, Lawrence, lutheran@ku.edu

Headquarters Counseling Center, Lawrence, (785) 841-2345 free 24/7, www.hqcc.lawrence.ks.us

)OLQW+LOOV3)/$*, Manhattan, (785) IKSĂ&#x20AC;DJ#VEFJOREDOQHWZZZ IKSĂ&#x20AC;DJRUJ PHHWV UG7XHVGD\V SP First Congregational Church, 700 Poyntz Ave.

That Gay Group!, Wichita State U n i v e r s i t y, ( 3 1 6 ) 9 7 8 - 7 0 1 0 , thatgaygroup@gmail.com, www. wichita.edu/tgg

Wichita Organization of Leather )HWLVKHV, (316) 201-6242, www. woolfks.com

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Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center, 721 W. 13th St., Wichita, (316) 263-1533, info@meditateinkansas.org, www.meditateinkansas.org

SEPTEMBER 2013 Waterman, every Friday from 7-9pm.

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Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas, 1407 N. Topeka, Wichita, (316) 263-5886, director@ wichitapeace.org, www.wichitapeace. org

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A Band Apart, the heterosexual characters embrace their gay friends without ever really referring to their sexuality or questioning it at all. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just part of everyday life.â&#x20AC;? Oliver hopes the LGBTQ community enjoys the honesty of the series. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a refreshing take on a high school drama series and that the audience will be impressed that so many young people were willing to not only take on roles as gay characters, but they also worked hard to make them not stereotypical or overgeneralized.â&#x20AC;? Molly Weisgrau, who plays a religious lesbian character named Annie, says that playing a gay character was a little intimidating initially. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was LQWLPLGDWLQJ DW ÂżUVW EHFDXVH LW was out of my comfort zone, but once we started working it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really a big deal anymore. There are so many characters that are part of the LGBTQ community, which I think is awesome. I hope the LGBTQ community sees that Grace was aiming to make realistic characters and break

stereotypes stereotypes, which I think she GLGZLWKĂ&#x20AC;\LQJFRORUV´ Sam Callan was Oliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s filming partner who did the cinematography, sound, and co-directing for the series. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While on set everyone was very mature and professional about their characters regardless of their role,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It made production much easier and smoother.â&#x20AC;? Oliver hopes to have the series edited by December so she can show several test screenings throughout winter break in order to improve the look and feel of the series. The ultimate goal, Oliver says, is to enter the show in television series festivals and sell it to a company to get a second season. If all else fails, she plans to post it as a web series. O Grenadina continued from page 25

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should just avoid eye contact with the camera altogether. We were all a little relieved to crawl back into the van and hide out in the studio with our equipment. Overall, it was SUREDEO\ H[DFWO\ ZKDW ¿OPLQJ D¿UVWHYHUPXVLFYLGHRVKRXOG be - lots of confusion and feeling very silly. Mia Marrow: Filming the music video was like a blown

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up version of our Kickstarter video. We were all nervous, yet giddy, hoping that we’d be able to convey our thoughts and feelings to the audience. Though actually filming the music video was a bit rocky, (pardon the pun) I’m really glad we chose Locomotion because it transcends so many different emotions in one song, yet still leaves you with a sense of wanting more. LP: What’s touring like for you guys this year? Any plans to do a regional or even nationwide tour in addition to local dates? Steph Castor: We are in the process of discussing some r e g i o n a l d a t e s . Wi c h i t a , Columbia, St. Louis, Chicago, Tulsa, Omaha, anything that we can reach in a weekend’s time. We all work full-time, so while touring for extended lengths is totally ideal, it’s just not in the cards this very second. Mia Marrow: We’ve all agreed that an east coast tour is on our list after getting some regional shows under our belt, but I’m still hoping for a Canadian tour! O

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with a Cigar Social followed by dinner catered by Fat Ernie’s. The show featured T.H., a local singer. During the show, the annual Leather Pride Award was presented to Dwight Dirk, aka boy dirk, who has been in the leather community as a slave for over 40 years. That was followed by Master C presenting Tom Stice with honorary membership to WOOLF. “We are proud to have Tom as a member of WOOLF. He has supported and helped this community for over nine years,” WOOLF President, Master C said. Throughout the evening several of the boys were working WKH ÀRRU VHOOLQJ WLFNHWV IRU WKH basket raffle. Following the show, folks again retired to the hotel ballroom for another night of dungeon play. Sunday capped the weekend with WOOLF’s Birthday Bash Party poolside at the Fantasy Complex. Lunch was provided b y Z i m m e r m a n ’s D e l i i n Marion, KS. Leather Camp X is scheduled for Aug. 15–17, 2014. More info at www.leathercamp. com. O

ARIES (MAR. 21 - APRIL 20) Even though you have many opinions about a certain relationship, you know better than to voice them this September. Gay Rams are advised to wait and see what happens before they bleat their displeasure. Who knows? Things may evolve to a state where you can sit back and be quiet. Maybe. Maybe not. But you have nothing to lose by listening . . . for now.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 23 - DEC. 22) LEO (JULY 24 - AUG. 23) (YHQDPLOGÀLUWDWLRXVDQGIULHQGO\FRPH Proud Lions may not be able to contain on gets totally out of control as friends themselves and that is because they are might misinterpret your intent. Confusion EULPPLQJZLWKHQHUJ\¿OOHGLGHDV,I reigns! Gay Archers often make an you only had an entourage to help you unintentional ruckus with their words, get things done! But you don’t. What \RXQHHGWRGRLV¿QGZD\VWRDFFRPSOLVKDORWZLWK but now it takes on a life of its own. Expect a platonic very few resources. Once you get the ball rolling, melee that upends your romantic plans. One day you will sit back and laugh at all of this. For now, have a beer. others will want to get in on your act. Start rolling.

TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 21) Work is not a quiet haven but that is okay. Queer Bulls can achieve nirvana if they FDQJHWRXWIURPWKHFHQWHURIDQ\RI¿FH politics. Consider taking a well-earned vacation. Or taking on a project where you can work on your own. If you are tossed into the storm, try to stay on the sidelines or pretend you have a FRQIHUHQFHFDOOLQ\RXURI¿FH

CAPRICORN (DEC. 23 - JAN. 20) VIRGO (AUG. 24 - SEPT. 23) Your ambitious professional plans may Can money buy you love? Maybe not, but come under greater scrutiny as the month it will be a tempting course of action for progresses. But that is not a bad thing, you this month. Queer Virgins are in love pink Cap. In fact, you probably need with love and enjoy lavishing partners a reality check to see if where you are with assorted trinkets. I hope you get what you think you are paying for once the champagne going is where you want to go. Make an excuse to take runs dry. Build your dreams on solid rock and not on a work break to relax and recharge at home. There are things (or folks) there that (or who) need your attention. shifting sand. Unless you like collecting shells . . .

GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21) Pink Twins are burning with great ideas, some of which will prove to be exciting and dramatic. So don’t hold yourself back from doing anything creative. Of course, too much time spent on imaginative antics could upset your staid professional image. It is hard to look seriously ambitious wearing nipple clamps and a Speedo. But if anyone can pull it off, you can.

LIBRA (SEPT. 24 - OCT. 23) It is possible to charm others to your way of thinking this month. But what will you do with all of your ardent admirers, some of whom are beginning to annoy you. Proud Libras need to be very discerning before they spread on their personal oil. Quality, not quantity is the secret to your personal success. And don’t slip on \RXURZQVOLSSHU\RYHUÀRZ

CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23) You make a startling entrance into any family reunion or gathering. Is it your VW\OH",VLW\RXUÀDLU"7KLVFRXOGFKDQJH people’s perceptions of you for years to come. So if you are meeting and greeting, EHVXUHWRFKHFN\RXUVHOILQWKHPLUURU¿UVWWRVHHLI\RX really are who you think you are. If you like who you see, go with it. If you need a revamp, now is the time to vamp.

3,6&(6 )(%0$5  SCORPIO (OCT. 24 - NOV. 22) Words of love and lust can take you to new If you listen very carefully, you will heights of passion. You become immersed in hear something secretive and juicy and the thrills, the spills and the chills of a certain totally surprising. But what will you lusty relationship. Whew! Is that what you do with this fascinating information? really want? If so, jump right in. If you are Rather than pass it on, let it sit and mull for a while. Things are still in transition and can seeking something more sedate now, be aware that what change very quickly. Queer Scorps are respected for you say can lead to mischief. Maybe you can use your their accuracy and acumen. Strength is in silence now. lips for something other than banter . . . Make noise later.

$48$5,86 -$1)(%  Pending legal issues can get a little out of control this month so see if you can rest your case quietly, without all the demands and theatrics. Compromise is good. Then, travel and see the world. Or travel and see the neighborhood. The most important thing is to expand your horizon so you can see love and life in a new light. Make it a glow and not a strobe, Aqueerius.

(c) 2013 THE STARRY EYE, LLC., All Rights Reserved. For Entertainment Purposes Only. Lichtenstein’s blog www.thestarryeye.typepad.com covers everything new age. Her astrology book HerScopes: A Guide to Astrology For Lesbians is the best in tongue-in-cheek astrology. Order now at tinyurl.com/Herscopes.


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