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LGBT Network Leads Action Against Trump Following Transgender Ban Hundreds of people joined the protest to show solidarity with the community and to fight back against the aggressively anti-LGBT agenda being pushed by Trump’s administration.

Following President Trump’s move to ban transgender people from the military, the LGBT Network and members of the community spoke out and pushed back, vowing to fight the policy reversal.

“Today we are all LGBT. Today, we are all immigrants. Today, we are all Muslim. Today, we are all Women. We are standing together to show Trump he is not welcome here,” said David Kilmnick.

“These cowardly, disgraceful and un-American comments by President Trump, attacking thousands of brave transgender service members who protect our country every day, are just another shameful distraction from a failed administration,” said David Kilmnick, President and CEO of the LGBT Network. On Friday, July 28, the LGBT Network lead a massive protest of the President’s visit to Brentwood. The protest was joined by numerous public officials, community groups, and advocates for immigration rights and reproductive rights.

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The LGBT Network is in full swing celebrating summer in the Hamptons! On July 22nd, the Annual Sunset on the Harbor event welcomed over 250 friends, supporters, and allies to the Breakwater Yacht Club in Sag Harbor for a cocktail reception featuring live music by Audrey Snow. Sunset on the Harbor raised over $50,000 for the East End work of the LGBT Network with its Hamptons Center located Sag Harbor. The Hamptons Center provides a range of life-saving and community-building services that provide support, reduce isolation, and ultimately give a home to LGBT youth, adults, older adults, and families. It is the only LGBT community center on the East End of Long Island. The event included a silent auction, generously donated by many east end companies and stores, an ice cream cart from Bay Brothers Catering, and a tequila tasting with representatives from Casa Dragones. The beautiful weather was matched by the view of yachts and boats See photos from the event at within Sag Harbor. the LGBT Network Flickr page

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U.S. Justice Department under Jeff Sessions says anti-bias law does not protect gay workers

Reuters - The Trump administration told a U.S. appeals court that federal law does not ban discrimination against gay employees, a sharp reversal of the position former President Barack Obama took on a key civil rights issue. The U.S. Department of Justice, in a friend of the court brief, told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Wednesday that Congress never intended Title VII, which bans sex discrimination in the workplace, to apply to gay workers. The department also said the court owed no deference to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that enforces Title VII and has argued since 2012 that the law bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The brief came hours after President Donald Trump said he would ban transgender people from serving in the military. That would reverse a 2016 policy adopted by Obama.

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In first, U.S. pro teams unite to bolster LGBT inclusion Reuters - Five big Seattle professional sports teams were poised to kick off a mass offensive against LGBT discrimination in sports, a first initiative of its kind in the United States. Seattle's Mariners, Seahawks, Sounders FC, Storm and Reign said they had coordinated back-to-back matches and other activities this week to mark LGBT Pride Month, a celebration of LGBT people. The first pride match will pit the Sounders, a soccer club that competes in the top men's soccer league in the United States and Canada, against Orlando City SC. Other pride matches were to feature Major League Baseball team the Mariners hosting the Detroit Tigers, Women's National Basketball Association team the Storm playing the Phoenix Mercury, and National Women's Soccer League team the Reign hosting FC Kansas City. The Seahawks, a professional American football franchise, would not host a pride match because it was off season. But it was planning other events, including lighting its stadium's iconic arches in the rainbow colors that symbolize LGBT pride, a team spokesman said. The teams said they had come together in the hope of spreading a message of acceptance to as many fans as possible. "With the unique place that sport has in our culture, it's incredibly important that teams take advantage of their platforms in order to make a difference," said Adrian Hanauer, the owner of the Sounders FC in a statement. It was the first time that the entire professional sports roster of a city was banding together to champion LGBT rights, said Hudson Taylor, the executive director of non-profit Athlete Ally, which helped bring the teams together. Discrimination against LGBT athletes was most visible in locker rooms, with only one openly out athlete competing in U.S. professional men's sports leagues among some 4,000 of his peers, he said at the press conference. "Locker rooms continue to be among the least safe spaces for LGBTQ youth," said Taylor. "Every day we hear from members of the athletic community who remained scared about competing as their true selves. LIVING OUT

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Judge refuses to block Mississippi anti-LGBT law (Reuters) - A federal judge in Mississippi has allowed to stand a new state law that permits people to deny wedding services to same-sex couples based on religious objections. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves argued in his four-page order that since none of the lawsuit's plaintiffs would be harmed by the law in the immediate future, a preliminary injunction would be inappropriate. "Here, none of the plaintiffs are at imminent risk of injury," Reeves wrote. The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi said the measureunconstitutionally discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The ACLU is suing on behalf of state residents Nykolas Alford and Stephen Thomas, a gay couple engaged to be married within the next three years, arguing the law violates their 14th Amendment rights. The ACLU is also suing on behalf of at least one of its members, who plans to marry a same-sex partner next year, the order said.

Florida LGBT rights push reflects changing times (Reuters) - A Republican, a Democrat and a lobbyist for leading businesses in Florida huddled this spring at the state Capitol, mapping out the next move in a campaign to enact the first statewide LGBT anti-discrimination law in the U.S. South. A record number of Republican lawmakers had thrown their support behind proposed protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and hundreds of companies backed the cause. While the bill has so far fallen short with time running out on the legislative session, its lead backers were heartened by their progress and determined to retool for next year. "We definitely need to ramp up the grassroots," said Joseph Salzverg, a lobbyist for Florida Competes, a group of more than 450 state businesses supporting LGBT protections. "There's a lot of Republicans that agree with the policy but are worried about the effect it has back home." A year after transgender bathroom access erupted as a U.S. culture wars flashpoint, Florida is among the conservative statehouses where LGBT activists see momentum building for affirmative legislation. The nation's third most-populous state, Florida could offer the next breakthrough in a national movement to advance LGBT civil-rights protections, viewed by advocates as stepping stones to their ultimate goal of federal anti-discrimination law. Only 18 states, mostly concentrated in the U.S. West and Northeast, and the District of Columbia have laws that fully guard against LGBT people being fired from jobs, kicked out of housing or denied services in restaurants, hotels and other businesses. This fight continues even after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June 2015 that legalized same-sex marriage nationally. Florida's strategy, years in the making, aims to build bipartisan support with economic arguments and the passage of similar measures locally that show the LGBT protections can succeed. The bill's backers must convince a Republican-controlled state legislature that all of Florida benefits from LGBT protections.

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Trump: no transgender people will serve in U.S. military - Twitter (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he would not allow transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. military in any capacity. "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," Trump wrote in a series of Twitter posts. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail," the Republican president wrote. The Pentagon ended its ban on openly transgender people serving in the U.S. military in 2016 under Democratic President Barack Obama's administration. It was expected to start allowing transgender people to begin enlisting this year, provided they had been "stable" in their true gender for 18 months. Last month, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis approved a six-month delay in allowing transgender recruits to join the U.S. armed forces. The delay alarmed transgender advocates. Last year, then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter cited a study by the RAND Corporation think tank saying there were about 2,500 transgender active-duty service members and 1,500 reserve transgender service members.

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Tanzania threatens crackdown on LGBT advocates DAR ES SALAAM,(Reuters) - Tanzania has threatened to arrest and expel activists, as well as deregister all non-governmental organizations that campaign for gay rights. Homosexuality is a criminal offense in the East African nation, where the law states that suspects convicted of having "carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature" could face up to 30 years in jail. At a rally, Tanzania's Home Affairs Minister Mwigulu Nchemba said both domestic and foreign campaigners for gay rights would now face punitive measures in the country. "Those who want to campaign for gay rights should find another country that allows those things," Nchemba said in the capital Dodoma. "If we establish that any organization registered in our country is campaigning for gay rights ... I will deregister that organization. If a Tanzanian national is doing that campaign, we will arrest him and take him to court ... and if it is a foreigner, we will immediately order him to leave the country."

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Being A Proactive Consumer of Health Care Have you ever left a doctor’s appointment feeling you have unanswered questions? Or perhaps feeling more confused than when you arrived? Many people experience this and unfortunately, the results could lead to poor health consequences. Your health is your most precious commodity yet people enter healthcare systems often assuming that they are always in good hands. In reality, mistakes can and do happen in medical environments, and the results can be devastating. That is why it is important for you to become actively engaged in your own medical care and in the care of your loved ones. It isn’t necessary to go to medical school to understand basic health information. Being a proactive patient is crucial since utilizing the knowledge you gain, helps you make informed decisions and may help you recognize medical errors or improper care. Speak up, ask questions, follow up on test results, and get second opinions. Try following a few simple tips, such as asking your doctor for clarification when there is something you don’t understand. Bring a list of questions to your appointment and take notes during it. If English is not your first language, consider bringing a family member or close friend who speaks English fluently. The Pledges of a Proactive Patient: • I prepare for all doctors’ appointments by bringing a short list of concerns, an updated list of meds/supplements, and a list of questions in order of importance. • I ask questions about my diagnoses and about medications including supplements. • I bring a non-related friend to appointments to help take notes and ask questions if I have a serious health issue. • I speak up with details about my symptoms regardless of test results. • I call for lab results when no one calls me, to request a copy. • I remember that medical mistakes can and do happen, and therefore take precautions to minimize the possibility. With the year half over, summertime can be the time to review your state of health. It is crucial for people to be their own advocates for their healthcare because we cannot rely on medical professionals to do all the work. In fact, with medical errors the third leading cause of death in the US today, we all need to take proactive measures for our health. Ask your doctor about which preventive screenings you should have. Your primary care physician should recommend health screenings that are appropriate for you, but many doctors fail to stay on top of every patient’s records. Routine health screenings are a cornerstone of preventive healthcare because they allow doctors to detect medical problems as early as possible-often before symptoms develop. With early detection, patients can receive prompt treatment to support their wellness. Common health screenings include tests for blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood glucose. There are also routine cancer screening tests such as mammography, colonoscopy, PSA testing, and Pap Smears which should be discussed with your doctor. And on routine dental visits, your dentist should check for any abnormalities in the mouth, tongue, and salivary glands. In addition to routine health screenings, it’s important to report unusual changes to your doctor. Refusing to be a passive patient could save your life. If a medical mistake happens to you, be sure to seek a medical malpractice attorney immediately to learn your rights.

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“We’re serious bitches too,” says Amy Schumer, nearly in tears. The comic firecracker is seated next to national gay-loved treasure Goldie Hawn, and the screen icon has just made a touching revelation: She used to comfort men dying of AIDS. Perhaps that isn’t the kind of heartwarming reveal you’d expect during a sit-down for their action-comedy, Snatched, but as this onscreen mom-daughter duo joke about a potential gay-themed sequel (the ladies already have several queer-centric working titles; for Schumer, the joke writes itself), it’s clear nothing is off topic. They’re just happy to be here speaking to gay press, which has Schumer “very elated.” “This will be our favorite interview of the day,” the 35-year-old raves from a hotel bungalow in Santa Monica. Beaming, Hawn shares her enthusiasm: “It will be!” Snatched is Hawn’s first movie since 2002’s The Banger Sisters. But donning a signature frilly, shoulder-less, royal blue dress, it seems like just yesterday the 71-year-old’s frothy charm enraptured gay audiences on Laugh-In in the late ’60s, and later, in 1996’s First Wives Club and, of course, Death Becomes Her, in 1992. “It’s fun doing press with her,” says Schumer, as Hawn, en route, recharges at the hotel’s nearby buffet line before breezing in. “It’s also relaxing, because she’s like a mom – you’ll ask her something, and you’ll be looking for a sound bite and then we’re out of time and I’m like, ‘OK, cool. Good job.’” Before being snatched up for their next interview, Hawn and Schumer got real about their respective gay followings, how Hawn thinks Schumer still has time to pursue a lesbian relationship and their commitment to “fight to the death” for LGBT people. Why has it been important to you both to advocate for the LGBT community, especially now, in this political climate? Schumer: I can’t remember a time I didn’t. When I was in high school, people weren’t really out yet. I think it’s more now. It was a different time even then, but it was never a question. It was never a choice. It was, “Yeah, of course.” Hawn: Being an ally for LGBT people and an ally for all people, transgender or whatever – to me, that’s a human story. I feel there are injustices in the world that I’ll stand up for, and I think that it’s important to realize that the world is filled with these kinds of issues. We’re dealing with intolerance and what’s going on with deportation and what’s happening with Mexicans and what’s happening with people who are Muslim. There are so many things, and if you can’t stand up for it, then you’re not standing up for humankind. Because that’s who we are. We all have skin and blood, and we’re all made of the same things. I have a note that I will probably needlepoint one day: “Love knows no gender.” And it doesn’t. Love is something in the heart and in the mind, so why would you chastise anyone for that? And this is something that I feel very strongly about. 18

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on the road. And I’ve had a bunch of gay couples say, “I wanna propose at your show,” and I get really psyched! Ha! You’re like, “Yes!” Not because, “Oh, good, that’s a market”; it’s like, that’s who you want to love you. I feel really grateful and lucky, and the love is mutual. Hawn: A really good friend of mine, who is gay, married her girlfriend and they wanted to get married in my house. All our friends were there, and it was the most beautiful thing. It was just so emotional, and (my son) Oliver, who is 40 now – at that time he was about 20-something – basically went, “Mom, I want a gay marriage!” Ha! I was like, “I know! It’s so beautiful.” Schumer: I’m always walking around in every town I’m in and I’ll find a park, and there are always people having their engagement pictures. I’m like, “Can I be in this photo?” I want in on the fun! Schumer: Also, we’re both people who will stand up to the death for our gay friends and gay people and what’s going on in Chechnya and the fear of what will happen in the coming years. We’ll be there to fight alongside our gay friends. Hawn: You know what I used to do? This is interesting. When we went through the AIDS period, it was a very scary time, and I would go visit guys and I’d get in bed with them just to be there with them. Schumer: Come on, think about that. Hawn: Oh, I just remember. Schumer: Aw, Goldie. And great – now we’re all crying. Amy, on behalf of gays everywhere, thank you for being instrumental in bringing Goldie back to the big screen. Hawn: Awwww! Schumer: You’re welcome! Hawn: Oh my god, so sweet. You were missed, Goldie. Schumer: Dude, yeah. I completely agree, and I feel the same way. I just stayed on her, and we did it together. Hawn: You were the one, I gotta tell you. It really was Amy. When in your career did you two first know you had a big gay following? Hawn: Gosh, honey, this is a long time ago. I think when I first came on – it started then. The early days. There wasn’t a moment in my career, never a moment. I was a dancer, and I grew up and that’s who I was. There was no issue. I mean, I had a tremendous amount of gay friends, so my whole life was basically like that while dancing. So, I never noticed who was gay or who was straight. For me, it was like that. Now, later on, you started seeing more, maybe excitement, around it. But I’ll tell you, I don’t pay much attention. You can’t pay too much attention to those things and live a full life. It can’t be just about that. So, I don’t pay a lot of attention to things. I have a little bit of blinders on. Schumer: I’ve been on the road for 15 years. What I would do after shows is go dance at gay bars, and I started noticing, because even the worst towns have a fun gay bar, people being like, “We were at the show.” I remember it was a realization for me going

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As someone who used to dance in gay bars, were your dance moves in Snatched gay-inspired? And how about Goldie’s? Schumer: Oh, definitely. Also, just to watch Goldie dance is one of the great joys of my life. Honestly, to see that live. Hawn: Ha!

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Goldie, with your dance scenes in this movie, were you having flashbacks to your iconic dancing in First Wives Club at that lesbian bar? Hawn: Oh, right! I danced in a lot of movies! It’s weird but it happened and it’s good. Schumer: To have you not dance in a movie is a crime. Both of you have experience in a lesbian bar. Goldie in First Wives Club, and Amy, you were a bartender at one before your comedy career took off. Is this maybe a potential jumping-off point for a second movie starring both of you? Schumer: There’s our sequel: The Real Snatched. Hawn: Ha! Snatched Unhinged!Snatched Uncensored! Schumer: And Uncut! How do you think this film may resonate with gay people and the relationships they do or don’t have with their parents? Schumer: That’s a good question. Hawn: Very good question. Schumer: I definitely haven’t thought about how different sort of lifestyles could experience it because it does feel pretty universal, but I get it. I think it really will bring together people who have had a struggle with a parent – that idea of, we’re both doing the best we can. LIVING OUT

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the one in little twinkle shoes. She’d go out with me and I’d say, “Now are you gonna wear your suit and your man shoes because we’re quite a couple!” Ha! But my best girlfriend is gay, and this is the girl I laugh with like crazy. And my nephew! Naturally, Goldie, everyone around you is gay, and with a résumé that includes First Wives Club and Death Becomes Her, I’d expect nothing less. Which of those films do you think earned you the most gay cred? Hawn: That’s really interesting. Probably First Wives Club. But Death Becomes Her was pretty gay.

As kids, you’re just so, “Oh, my mom just loves me.” We all take our parents for granted, and the goal is to be able to accept that they just love the shit out of me and did the best they could. And maybe it wasn’t enough, but (it’s important) to find peace for yourself in that and to get rid of some of the anger. I hope this movie brings kids and parents together – I think it will. Hawn: The other thing you’re dealing with is a very strong rejection and it is arguably very, very important to find forgiveness. This movie may or may not touch a little on that, but we’re talking about a relationship between a mother and a daughter. It’s kind of like a fraught relationship, and we do get into it. I’d like the idea that perhaps whether you’re gay or not that you’re able to go in and say, “Maybe I should call my dad, maybe I’m gonna call my mom.” One of the realities is that if you don’t make peace, they’re gonna die one day, and it’s really important to know that, because moms and dads don’t last forever. If you’ve got unfinished business, we need to face that, and that’s not easy. And a lot of parents are stoic and won’t give, and if they don’t give it’s a very sad story, because you know why? Every child wants to love their mother and their father. Love is the most important thing, and when they feel rejected and unloved that hole can never be filled by anyone else.

Did you know Death Becomes Her would eventually become a gay cult film? Hawn: Not at all! I just thought that it was gonna be a cult film forever because it’s all about staying alive and staying young forever, and (director) Bob Zemeckis was way ahead of his time. So, for me, it was just a general commentary on where we’re going, because everyone wants to stay young and no one wants to get old and what is the elixir and what can I drink? When did you realize that it was adored by gay audiences? Hawn: I never thought of it! But I love that. Schumer: I hope this becomes a gay cult movie. Hawn: That would be awesome! I mean, basically anything that Goldie touches, right? Hawn: Well, my god, that’s quite a compliment. Schumer: We should all be so lucky!

Amy, in the movie, you tell your brother that he’s “so gay for mom.” Schumer: I wondered what the experience would be of that line. Who are you gay for in your lives? Schumer: I’m gay for so many people that I think I may be just gay. Hawn: Ha! Schumer: I love my girlfriends so much that I’ve kissed girls – but I’ve never had, like, a lesbian experience. Not yet. But I’m sure. The life is young. Hawn: I was gonna say: There’s a lot of time! Schumer: There’s time left. But you know how you just think your friends are so beautiful, and (with) my really good girlfriends, over the years I’ve had confusing feelings because I just love them so much. I just think they’re so beautiful, so I’m gay for my friends. Hawn: My best girlfriend is gay… and my other girlfriend probably could’ve been! She wore man shoes all the time, and I was always

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On May 3rd, the LGBT Network held its Annual Gala, honoring Robert Zimmerman. Proceeds support the LGBT Network’s programs establishing and supporting Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Clubs to create safe spaces for LGBT youth and allies in schools.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 17TH, 2017 AT CITI FIELD

more than 5,000 LGBT people, allies, and their friends and families filled Citi Field for the 2nd Annual Pride Night at Citi Field, which supports the LGBT Network’s anti-bullying programs in Long Island and NYC schools.

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saturday, July 22nd at the breakwater yacht club in sag harbor

hundreds of supporters enjoyed the sunset with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Breakwater Yacht Club in Sag Harbor. Proceeds support the LGBT Network’s Hamptons LGBT Center in Sag Harbor that provides services and a safe space for LGBT youth, adults, older adults, and LGBT-headed families of the East End throughout the year.

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Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 at the Crest Hollow Country Club Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) held its “Masquerade Ball” themed 17th Annual LGBT Prom. Over 120 youth came together for a night of dancing and dining, complete with mocktail hour, buffet dinner, dessert bar, DJ and the crowning of this year’s Rainbow Court!

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You are not alone, you are…FREE To BE FREE To BE is a community of men and women dedicated to socialization, advocacy, and education. We support a network that provides a safe environment to grow together. Socialization/Group Meetings FREE To BE provides an engaging space for LGBTQ individuals and friends, and we encourage all who are interested to come and join us. Meetings Include Inspirational guest speakers, workshops, open discussions, social events, and community involvement. Next Meetings Date: July 25th, 2017 & August 22nd, 2017 Time: 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Location: FREE, 191 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804 Fundraising Conference Room To learn more about FREE To BE or to become a member, please contact us at FREEToBE@FamilyRes.org Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc.

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SHOW YOUR PRIDE

CALENDAR OF EVENTS SAGE-LI Eisenhower Park Mingle Tuesday, August 1st, 11am-1 pm Eisenhower Park, East Meadow 1899 Park Blvd, Westbury

Instead of mingling at the Center at Woodbury, we will be at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow (1899 Park Blvd, Westbury) in Lot 3. Eisenhower Park is located directly next to the Security Building. Picnic tables are available but feel free to bring your own lawn chair. In the event of rain, the Mingles will be held at the Woodbury Center. Outdoor games always welcome.

Annual Family Event Saturday, August 5th, 1-5:00 p.m. East End: The Hamptons LGBT Center, 44 Union St., Sag Harbor

SAGE-LI Eisenhower Park Mingle Tuesday, August 22nd, 11am-1 pm Eisenhower Park, East Meadow 1899 Park Blvd, Westbury

Instead of mingling at the Center at Woodbury, we will be at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow (1899 Park Blvd, Westbury) in Lot 3. Eisenhower Park is located directly next to the Security Building. Picnic tables are available but feel free to bring your own lawn chair. In the event of rain, the Mingles will be held at the Woodbury Center. Outdoor games always welcome.

Under the Stars Party Thursday, August 24th, 6-10:00p.m. Two Mile Hollow Beach East Hampton, NY

Come join us for an Under the Stars Party at Two Mile Hollow Beach in East Hampton! Be sure to The Hamptons LGBT Center is hosting our annual family event on the from lawn of the Old bring your beach chair and a dish to share as this Whaler’s Church! There will be a barbecue, treats, is a potluck. Rain date is scheduled for Thursday, lawn games, and a bouncy house! Presented September 4th. RSVP along with the dish you by the Center Families Project, the event will also are bringing is required by Tuesday, August 23rd. serve as a collection site for school supplies to *Please note this event takes the place of the donate to local school districts. We will ask if you could provide a school supply or a suggested $5 Hampton Bays Mingle. donation to help toward this effort. Feel free to bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket and End of Summer BBQ join us for an afternoon of fun.

Hawaiian Shirt Day Monday, August 7th 11a.m. - 1p.m. Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore As the dog days of summer are upon us, come to the SAGE-LI Mingle wearing your summer apparel! In addition, pizza will be served!

Friday, August 25th, 6-10:00p.m. Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore

We welcome all youth ages 13-21 for fun games, music and delicious food! New youth always welcome. Bring a friend! $2 admision. This event is in place of the regularly scheduled OUTlet.

David Bohnett CyberCenter Monday-Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. Health & Wellness Workshop Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, Tuesday, August 8th, 12-1:00p.m. 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore The David Bohnett CyberCenter at LIGALY offers Nassau: Center at Woodbury, hands on experience and classes in various 20 Crossways Park Dr. North, software environments from productivity to Suite 110, Woodbury creative design on the PC and Mac platforms. Eileen Casey of Family and Children’s Association, The classes range from introductory, Expanded In-House Services for the Elderly intermediate, and advance levels. Presentation. Need assistance and not sure www.lgbtnetwork.org, 631.665.2300 where to turn? Family and Children’s Association Case managers will: Make home visits to evaluate your situation and assess needs. This Drop-In HIV/STD Testing: assessment is comprehensive and confidential. Wednesdays, 5-8 p.m. Case Manager’s work together with the client Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, to develop a care plan that is right for you. Case Manager’s will connect you with all the available 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. community resources such as Medicaid, Food Stamps, HEAP, senior housing, friendly visiting, Nassau: Center at Woodbury, Meals-on-Wheels. 20 Crossways Park Dr. North,

Chair Yoga with Sandra Rovira Monday, August 14th, 1-2:00 p.m. Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore

Sandra is a graduate of the 20-hour yoga teacher training program at Darshana Yoga Studio in West Babylon. Chair yoga is a gentle for of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. It is a great practice for everyone In addition to ding sitting and standing poses, or Asanas, the class will incorporate breathing techniques and ways of relaxation. Students will find that the practice deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness.

Fire Island Senior Invasion Wednesday, August 16th, 1:00 p.m Cherry Grove, Fire Island, NY

SAGE-LI joins the Queens Center for Gay Seniors, SAGE-NYC, The LOFT & LGBT Babyboomers of Northern NJ/Hudson Pride Connections Center, for our day trip to the ICE Palace at Cherry Grove. The total for this trip is $43, which includes a full Italian buffet, all day access to the Ice Palace pool, 2 free drinks, and a round trip ticket on the ferry. Please not that there is an additional fee if you park your car at the Sayville Ferry parking lot. SAGE-LI are meeting at 11am at the Sayville Ferry (41 River Rd). Van transportation from the Center at Bay Shore available upon request.

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Free and confidential testing for HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Hepatitis C. www.lgbtnetwork.org, 631.665.2300

Friday Night OUT 4th Fridays, 7-9 p.m. East End: The Hamptons LGBT Center, 44 Union St., Sag Harbor

Friday Night OUT is the place to be for East End LGBT youth and their allies on the Fourth Friday of every month at the Hamptons LGBT Center. Dance, play games, and have fun! www.lgbtnetwork.org, 631.899.4950

Hampton Bays Mingle 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 3-5 p.m. Hampton Bays Senior Center, 25 Ponquogue Ave., Hampton Bays SAGE-LI’s bi-monthly social for LGBT seniors 50+ on the East End. Dinner is served on the 4th Thursday of the month. www.lgbtnetwork.org, 631.665.2300

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LIFE in Nassau 2nd Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Nassau: Center at Woodbury, 20 Crossways Park Dr. North, Suite 110, Woodbury

LIFE in Nassau meets every second Thursday. Open to adults of all genders and orientations with an interest in BDSM topics.

LIGALY Advisory Board Mondays, 6-8 p.m. Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore

Youth help plan new programs and events at LIGALY. www.lgbtnetwork.org, 631.665.2300

LITE Social and Discussion Group 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7:30-9 p.m. Nassau: Center at Woodbury, 20 Crossways Park Dr. North, Suite 110, Woodbury

All Nassau County meetings are closed for transgender individuals only.

Wednesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore

1st, 3rd, and 5th meetings are closed for transgender individuals only. 2nd and 4th meetings are for transgender individuals and partners, family, friends, or loved ones.

2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. East End: The Hamptons LGBT Center, 44 Union St., Sag Harbor All East End meetings are closed for transgender individuals only. www.lgbtnetwork.org, 631.665.2300

OUTlet Fridays, 8 p.m.-Midnight Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore

Friday night social program for LGBT youth and their friends ages 13-21. $2 admission, transportation available. www.lgbtnetwork.org, 631.665.2300

Parent Support Group 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore 1st & 3rd Mondays, 6-7 p.m. Nassau: Center at Woodbury, 20 Crossways Park Dr. North, Suite 110, Woodbury

If you workand/or have engage Discussion group for parents of LGBT children. www.lgbtnetwork.org, 631.665.2300

PEP Teams – Suffolk Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore

Interactive leadership program promoting sexual health for LGBT young people. www.lgbtnetwork.org, 631.665.2300

POZ Experience 1st Monday, 2 - 3 p.m. 3rd Monday, 6:30- 7:30 p.m. Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore

POZ Experience is a support group for all people living with HIV/AIDS. Facilitated by an experienced social worker, this group is designed to offer support, listen and share stories of our experience, whether individuals are newly diagnosed or have been living with HIV/AIDS for years. This group is intended to foster peer support, in an LGBT affirming space, that promotes living one’s life to the fullest and healthiest For more information, call 631.665.2300 or email poz@lgbtnetwork.org

Q Center Senior Advisory Board 2nd Thurday, 12-1p.m. Q Center : 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, NY

This group provides feedback on current Q Center Senior Programming and offers ideas for future programming. All are welcome! Contact lsmith@lgbtnetwork.org www.lgbtnetwork.org, 631.665.2300

Q Center Senior Mingle Thursdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Q Center - 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, NY

Pack a lunch and join other LGBT older adults for great conversation over coffee. Contact lsmith@lgbtnetwork.org www.lgbtnetwork.org, 631.665.2300

Safe Schools Team Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore

Youth leadership program for young people committed to creating safer schools on Long Island. www.lgbtnetwork.org, 631.665.2300

SAGE-LI Evening Mingle 3rd Wednesday, 7-9 p.m. Nassau: Center at Woodbury, 20 Crossways Park Dr. North, Suite 110, Woodbury

If you workand/or have engagements during the day that limit you from attending the fabulous SAGE-LI daytime programming, this is the program for you. All are welcome! www.lgbtnetwork.org, 516.323.0011

SAGE-LI Monday Mingle Mondays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore

SAGE-LI’s weekly social for LGBT seniors 50+ at The Center at Bay Shore. www.lgbtnetwork.org, 631.665.2300

SAGE-LI Nassau Mingle Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nassau: Center at Woodbury, 20 Crossways Park Dr. North, Suite 110, Woodbury

SAGE-LI’s weekly social for LGBT seniors 50+ at The Center at Woodbury. www.lgbtnetwork.org, 516.323.0011

Senior Advocate First Monday, 11a.m.-1 p.m. Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore

A Senior Advocate from Suffolk County Office for the Aging is on-site each month to offer SAGE-LI members benefits and entitlement counseling. From Social Security to Food Stamps to Medicare Part D and everything in between, the Senior Advocate will be available during the Mingle to answer your questions and point you in the right direction. www.lgbtnetwork.org, 516.323.0011

Senior Focus Discussion Group Last Monday, 12pm-1 p.m. Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore

Part of a monthly series of coed peer-led, issuefocused discussion groups. www.lgbtnetwork.org, 516.323.0011

TRUE Calling Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. Nassau: Center at Woodbury 20 Crossways Park Dr. North, Suite 110, Woodbury

LIGALY is offering a great opportunity for LGBT youth and their friends to show off their skills! Sing, act, dance, or perform. www.lgbtnetwork.org, 516.323.0011

Women 2 Women Tuesdays, 7:15-8:45 p.m. Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore

W2W is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive space for lesbians age 40+.

You Gotta Believe Mondays, 6-9 p.m. Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore

The Long Island LGBT Community Center has partnered with You Gotta Believe, a non-profit organization that places teenagers into permanent adoptive homes, to provide Adoptive Parent Preparation Classes! If you are interested in participating, please call 631.665.2300. www.lgbtnetwork.org

Youth Squad Tuesdays, 5-7 p.m. East End: The Hamptons LGBT Center, 44 Union St., Sag Harbor

All East End youth should come check out this new hot LGBT spot. Every Tuesday is a fun interactive youth group: hang out with others in the lounge. You won’t want to miss it! www.lgbtnetwork.org, 631.899.4950

SAGE-LI Nassau Mingle Potluck First Tuesday, 1 p.m. Nassau: Center at Woodbury, 20 Crossways Park Dr. North, Suite 110, Woodbury

Bring your favorite dish and enjoy lunch over light refreshments and great conversation with friends. Please let us know if you plan on joining us and what you are going to bring to share . www.lgbtnetwork.org, 631.665.2300

SAGE-LI Women at Nassau Wednesdays, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Nassau: Center at Woodbury, 20 Crossways Park Dr. North, Suite 110, Woodbury

(SWAN) A social and discussion group for lesbian, bisexual, & transgender women as well as women questioning their identity. www.lgbtnetwork.org, 516.323.0011

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book guide

by gregg shapiro

Further reading:

Summer 2017

Whether you read at the beach, in the backyard, in bed or in the bathtub, these books will definitely enhance your summer reading experience.

Novel ideas The second installment in magazine editor and cultural writer Georgette Gouveia’s The Games Men Play series, The Penalty For Holding (Less Than Three Press, 2017) tells the story of backup quarterback Quinn Novak whose triumph on the playing field gets him noticed by Mal and Tam, players on opposing teams, leading to a different kind of scoring. Lesbian Y/A author Nina LaCour, who collaborated with gay Y/A novelist David Levithan on 2016’s You Know Me Well, returns with her new book We Are Okay (Dutton, 2017), in which best friends Marin and Mabel are reunited in New York after Marin left California with only her wallet, her phone and a photo of her mother. Queer Canadian visual artist and writer Shani Mootoo’s latest novel Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab (Akashic, 2014, 2017) follows the journey of writer Jonathan as he searches for the mother who left when his parents divorced.

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My Cousin Rachel (Sourcebooks Landmark, 1951/2017) by bisexual writer Daphne DuMaurier (Rebecca, Don’t Look Now and others), is now a film directed by Roger Michell and starring Rachel Weisz in the titular role. The novel has been reissued with an introduction by Michell. The tumultuous, creative and ultimately tragic life of Isadora Duncan, the bisexual mother of modern dance, is given the novel treatment in Isadora (FSG, 2017) by Amelia Gray. A fertile “crop” of writers, including Keith Glaeske, James Penha and Evey Brett, contributed to the “men and vegetation” anthology His Seed: An Arboretum of Erotica (Unzipped, 2017), edited by Steve Berman.

20 volumes of poetry, Ashbery received the Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. The Dog’s Last Walk (and Other Pieces) (Bloomsbury, 2017) by Howard Jacobson, author of the 2010 Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Finkler Question, is the second collection of the writer’s weekly columns for the Independent, which he wrote for the paper until it ceased publication in 2016. “Roger Ailes’s New Enlightened Code of Sexual Conduct”, “What I Saw At The Movies” and “Dream On, You Motherfucking Mother” are just a few of the hilarious essays in writer/performer Jenny Allen’s new book Would Everybody Please Stop?: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas (FSG, 2017). Mary Mann, author of Yawn: Adventures in Boredom (FSG, 2017), combines “interviews, research and personal experience” in writing about lethargy, tedium, mundanity, monotony and disenchantment.

Non-fiction now The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery’s Early Life (FSG, 2017) by Karin Roffman is described as “the first comprehensive biography of the early life” of gay poet John Ashbery, who turns 90 this summer. The author of

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Poetic style Jackknife: New and Selected Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017) by Jan Beatty opens with 22 new poems (such as “The World Between Jim Morrison’s Legs”) and features poems from her four prior books Mad River, Boneshaker, Red Sugar and the acclaimed The Switching/Yard (including “Dear American Poetry.”). With the “fully annotated and comprehensive” New Collected Poems (FSG, 2017), edited by Heather Cass White, Marianne Moore, one of the pioneers of poetic modernism, finally gets the thorough compendium that she has long deserved.

Award-winning Caribbean-American writer and Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam Champion Aja Monet takes us from East New York to the South Side of Chicago and beyond in her latest poetry collection My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter (Haymarket Books, 2017). A Grace Paley Reader: Stories, Essays, and Poetry (FSG, 2017), edited by Kevin Bowen and Nora Paley, with an introduction by George Saunders, compiles 34 of Grace Paley’s poems, along with some short stories from Paley’s acclaimed collections Later The Same Day, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute and The Little Disturbances of Man, as well as a number of her essay.

More words and pictures Endorsement blurbs from Alison Bechdel and Roz Chast adorn the back cover of Everything Is Flammable (Uncivilized Books, 2017), the full-length graphic memoir debut by Gabrielle Bell, about the New York-based alternative cartoonist’s attempts at improving her mother’s life following a fire that destroyed her home. Fans of Garbage (the band, of course) are going to be happy (and not only when it rains, as the song says) with the coffee-table book This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake (Akashic, 2017) written by Garbage (Shirley Manson, Butch Vig, Duke Erikson and Steve Marker) with Jason Cohen, and crammed full of color and black & white photos, band interviews and much more.

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Q-music

by gregg shapiro

Q-Music:

All summer long LGBTQ Pride playlist

Queer singer/songwriter Sia has been messing with her appearance on her album covers for years. It didn’t just start with 2014’s 1000 Forms of Fear or either version of 2016’s This Is Acting. For example, for 2010’s We Are Born her face was peppered with colored dots and colorful pipe cleaners were woven into her hair, making her look like a hipster Medusa. But it can all be traced back to her third album, 2008’s Some People Have Real Problems (Monkey Puzzle/ Concord), newly reissued in its first-ever vinyl pressing. On the cover, Sia is grasping a trio of magic markers with which she has drawn a heart and lines on her face. As for what’s contained inside, the songs on Some People Have Real Problems marked something of a turning point for Sia. Sounding more confident than ever, in total control of her powerful instrument, Sia belts out original numbers such as “The 30

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Girl You Lost to Cocaine”, “Day Too Soon”, a cover of The Kinks’ “I Go To Sleep”, and the CD hidden track “Buttons” (included on the LP). She’s also joined by Beck on “Academia” and “Death By Chocolate”. It’s easy to understand why, shortly after the release of this album, she not only became an increasingly in-demand guest vocalist on other people’s albums, but also a sought-after songwriter who would go on to provide a multitude of hit songs for others.

career high, Manilow’s schmaltzy vibrato is in full effect on this soaring set of originals and covers. The best of the Manilow tunes includes the show-stopping title cut and the bright and bouncy “Coney Island”, as well as “I Dig New York” and “On The Roof”. Manilow still has decent interpretive skills as you can hear on the “Downtown/ Uptown” pairing, the Bernstein/ Comden Green composition “Lonely Town” and the eight-song “NYC Medley”, which is as jam-packed as a rush hour subway car. To call the phenomenal No Shape (Matador) by the brilliant Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas) his most accessible album to date is really saying something. But it’s true. By no means abandoning the subversive nature of his previous albums, including 2012’s Put Your Back N 2 It (including the song “Hood” which featured the now-

King of the key change, the newly officially out Barry Manilow has released one of his best albums in many years. While the news of Manilow’s gayness might have shocked only a few devoted Fanilows, few can dispute his longstanding love affair with his hometown, which he celebrates affectionately on This Is My Town: Songs of New York (Decca). A

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deceased gay porn-star Arpad Miklos in the video) and 2014’s Too Bright (featuring the incredible single “Queen”), No Shape sounds like an altogether more soulful effort. There is another side to opener “Otherside”, and listeners would be wise to take note as it erupts from the speakers. “Slip Away” is the first of the album’s most irresistible future-pop numbers, as are “Wreath”, the stunning “Sides” (a duet with Weyes Blood), and the modern soul of “Die 4 You”. Also not to be missed are “Alan”, “Just Like Love” and “Choir”. Perfume Genius, along with Car Seat Headrest, Frank Ocean, John Grant, Shamir, and a few others, are redefining queer male pop music and setting the stage for what’s to come.

Palehound, led by Ellen Kempner, a lesbian singer/songwriter in the vein of straight artists Elliott Smith (listen to “If You Met Her”) and Liz Phair (ditto for “Silver Toaster”), as well as queer contemporaries SOAK and Tegan and Sara, returns with the outstanding second album A Place I’ll Always Go (Polyvinyl). A song-cycle of love and loss, the album features distinguished songs including the aforementioned “If You Met Her”, as well as “Room”, “Turning 21” and “Flowing Over”, and the heart-wrenching “Feeling Fruit”, followed by “At Night I’m All Right With You”, which conjures Angelo Badalamenti and Julee Cruise ( just in time for the Twin Peaks revival).

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Young, queer “nu-folk” goddess Marika Hackman, and guest backing band the Big Moon, raise a ruckus on Hackman’s second album I’m Not Your Man (Sub Pop). Opening with a laugh, and inviting listeners in on the joke, “Boyfriend” is the musical equivalent of Gloria Steinem’s “like a fish needs a bicycle” quote. The only difference is that you can dance to “Boyfriend”. A close chum of queer model/actress Cara Delavigne, Hackman explores a range of female relationships throughout the album, and songs including “Good Intentions”, “Gina’s World”, “Time’s Been Reckless”, “Eastbound Train”, “So Long” and the incredible “My Lover Cindy”, earn Hackman the distinction of releasing one of the best albums of the year.

Marika Hackman performs on Aug. 16 at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn

Produced by Viktor Krauss (brother of Alison), Love Comes Back Around (Graylin) by lesbian singer/songwriter Jennifer Knapp (who famously began her career as a Christian musician), is the third album she has released as an openly queer artist. Now back in Nashville, after living in Australia for several years, Knapp can be heard embracing her country side. Songs such as the title tune, “Girl Thing”, “Roll Over Me” and “Roman Holiday” are among Knapp’s mostly proudly out numbers. You might not expect to find altmetal band Linkin Park in a column about LGBTQ music, but here they are. The explanation goes like this; the band’s 2012 album Living Things featured a collaboration with gay singer/songwriter Owen Pallett on the song “I’ll Be Gone”. Five years later, Linkin Park’s new album One More Light (WB) features another unexpected collaboration. The song “Heavy”, featuring vocals by Kiiara, was co-written by gay hit pop songwriter Justin Tranter. That song and “Sorry For Now,” and few others on the album, are distinct departures from Linkin Park’s trademark rap/rock sound.

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Q-music

by gregg shapiro

Q-Music:

Open to interpretation

Croatian string duo 2 Cellos first came to our attention with its rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” Since making its major-label debut in 2011, the pair has applied the classical crossover shtick to songs by Nine Inch Nails, U2, Sting, Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses, Kings of Leon, AC/DC, Coldplay, Radiohead, Muse and even The Magnetic Fields, to name a few. On Score (Portrait), 2 Cellos turns its attention to the music of the silver screen, and the work of legendary film composers such as Henry Mancini (“Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s), Ennio Morricone (“Cinema Paradiso”), Francis Lai (“Love Story”), Nino Rota (“Love Theme” from The Godfather), James Horner (“My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic), John Williams (“Main Theme” from Schindler’s List) and Vangelis (“Titles” from Chariots of Fire), among others, with a pleasing albeit safe outcome. Broadway actress and award-winning cabaret goddess Karen Mason returns with It’s About Time (Zevely), her first new studio album in nearly 10 years. A gifted chanteuse deserving of wide renown, Mason’s unparalleled interpretative skills are on full display here. The primary focus of the album’s 14 tracks (including two bonus cuts) is Broadway musicals. “Finding Wonderland” is from the Frank Wildhorn musical Wonderland (in which Mason appeared as the Queen of Hearts). She puts a fresh bloom on “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” (from Gypsy), and the medley of “Somewhere/Impossible Dream” (from West Side Story and Man of La Mancha, respectively) is a powerful pairing. Songs from musicals by composers not especially known for their Broadway work, such as Burt Bacharach and Hal David (“A House Is Not a Home” from Promises, Promises) and Alan & Marilyn Bergman (“Fifty Percent” from Ballroom) are also given their due. Gay fans are also sure to love the trio of Judy Garland songs (“Over The Rainbow,” “The Man That Got Away” and “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart”), as well as the title tune, a same-sex wedding anthem co-written by Mason’s husband Paul Rolnick. Los Straitjackets, the Mexican wrestling mask-wearing band from Nashville pay homage to living legend Nick Lowe on What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets (Yep Roc). What’s more the 13 selections are instrumental surf-rock renditions of both familiar and lesser-known tunes from Lowe’s impressive catalog. It may take you minute, but you’ll surely recognize “Cruel To Be Kind,” “Heart of the City,” “Shake and Pop,” “Half a Boy and Half a Man,” and, of course, “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding,” the song referenced in the album’s title. Also worth mentioning are “I Live On A Battlefield” and “Lately I’ve Let Things Slide.”

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Jazzmeia Horn performs on 8/25 at Medgar Evers Jazz Festival in Brooklyn. Winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition, Jazzmeia Horn makes her album debut on A Social Call (Concord). Touching on scat-singing, gospel, soul and, of course jazz, Horn blows her way into our consciousness. She pays homage to Betty Carter (the title tune and “Tight”) and combines tunes in unexpected ways to create outstanding medleys as with “Lift Every Voice and Sing/ Moanin’” and “Afro-Blue/Eye See You/Wade in The Water”. She also leaves her mark on contemporary statements-making R&B standards, including “People Make The World Go Round” and “I’m Going Down”. A Social Call is a welcome introduction. A “nostalgic musical stroll through the golden age of Italian popular song,” the 11-track various artists compilation Vintage Italia (Putumayo) is as delicious as your favorite bowl of pasta and sauce. Drawn from deep within Italian music’s vaults, songs such as “Bocccuccia di Rosa” performed by Fred Buscaglione, Renzo Abore’s rendition of “Ba…Ba…Baciami Piccina” (which some might recognize from Rosemary Clooney’s “Botch-a-Me” version), Flo Sandon’s “T’ho Voluto Bene (Non Dimenticar),” “Musetto” sung by Nicola Argiliano and “Picocolissima Serenata” by Jula de Palma,” will have you seeing visions of Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni zooming through the streets of Rome on Vespa. The addition of newer recordings such as Pink Martini’s version of “Ninna Nanna” and Quadro Nuevo’s cover of “Roma Nun Fa la Stupida Stasera” only add to the festive atmosphere. A couple of vocal duos team up for tributes. Burke Beautiful: The Songs of Johnny Burke (Harbinger) by Sharon Paige and Keith Ingham features 16 compositions with lyrics by Johnny Burke and music by James Van Heusen (“But Beautiful,” “Swinging On A Star” and “Like Someone In Love”), Duke Ellington (“One Hundred Dreams From Now”) and Bob Haggart (“What’s New?”), as well as Burke himself (“He Makes Me Feel I’m Lovely”). In honor of Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial, Comes Love: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass (River Lily) by Patrice Williamson + Jon Wheatley celebrates Fitzgerald and her collaboration with guitarist Pass, on songs including “Lush Life,” “One Note Samba,” “By Myself,” “You Turned the Tables on Me” and “Why Don’t You Do Right?”, as well as the title number.

Dutch jazz vocalist Fay Claassen gives listeners to reconsider familiar pop songs in new settings on Luck Child (Challenge). Her jazz vocal readings of songs by Paul Simon (“One Trick Pony”) and the Beatles (“Blackbird”) offer fresh takes on the tunes. The same is true for her rendition of traditional “Shenandoah,” in addition to Ennio Morricone’s “Cinema Paradiso” and recognizable jazz standards such as “God Bless The Child” and “In A Sentimental Mood.”

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HOROSCOPES

HOROSCOPES

Aries – Jupiter opposite natal Sun - someone who

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arrives from a distance plays a vital role in your personal affairs. There’s a new sense of gaiety and celebration around your home. Take special care with your appearance - your clothes, styles, colors. Sagittarius and Gemini people are in the picture.

Scorpio – ruling planet in the 3rd house - you’ll travel and investigate to get to the bottom of a mystery. Let someone else handle the details especially where money or possessions are concerned. You won’t have patience with small matters. An occult subject is intriguing.

Taurus – Ruling planet in the 2nd house - clear up

Sagittarius – Saturn conjunct natal Sun -

financial details early in the month. Later, you’ll be able to lay long-range plans for travel, education, teaching or publishing. Disciplined fields of study will appeal to you; you’ll be intrigued with the organization of material. An Aquarian plays a role.

Gemini – Venus conjunct natal Sun - you’ll feel more

follow your hunches about love or a physical attraction. You’ll be inclined to take a passive role drawing someone to you. A sentimental talk about the past is on this months agenda. So is old music and memories of another day and time. Share them with a Cancer.

Capricorn – Pluto conjunct natal Sun - you’ll

free, especially where an affair of the heart is concerned. The pace of your life becomes more rapid and exciting, with a change for a trip to a local point of interest. Make room for love, entertainment and recreation in your schedule. Another Gemini plays a key role.

feel a call of responsibility and duty. A loved one is especially desirous of your aid and wants you to prove your affection through applied effort. You’re building the foundation for future happiness. Don’t run off and desert your obligations now.

Cancer – During your Solar return, a feeling of

Aquarius – Ruling planet in the 3rd house - an

expansion grows. You’ll break away from old conditions and explore new ideas and philosophies. There is much information you can share with a wide audience - don’t hold the facts back. A fascinating stranger is in the picture.

Leo – Mercury conjunct natal Sun - greater cooperation and tact will calm down a co-worker who is feeling grouchy. Be willing to take on an increased work load but don’t let another impose too much on your good nature. A show of encouragement and affection melts the opposition.

aura of mystery surrounds the employment scene. You’ll wonder where you stand and may succumb to unncessary self-doubts. Focus on spiritual and artistic values instead. Be ready to inspire others with your faith, trust and devotion. Pisces play a vital role.

Pisces – Neptune conjunct natal Sun - a conflict arises between your independent streak and the security of long-term association. It’s all right to be more selfish about your rights and desires, but keep them in balance. Use our creativity to help you envision a brand new way to relate.

Virgo – Ruling planet in the 12th house - you’ll pull the strings from behind the scenes. Someone else may get the credit for your work but you may not wish for personal publicity at this time. A career that deals with glamour, illusion, film or health institutions are favored.

Libra – Jupiter conjunct natal Sun- a relative is restless to make a move to a new location. Investigate opportunities at a distance - or be willing to make big changes in your present home. Your cultural interests are highlighted; a visit to a museum, gallery or concert will please a loved one. 34

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IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL. Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. Self-taught, shebegan her studies in astrology when she was 8 yrs. old learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older and learned geometry, she searched for books onAstrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee.Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Namaste. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: www.astro-mate.org

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HOROSCOPES

Aries – Ruling planet in 5th house - a dynamic person with futuristic ideas inspires you. You’ll be helped to see where you’re headed by exposure to a larger, more universal viewpoint. Make a decision about a relationship that is going nowhere. Emphasize love, hope and generosity.

Scorpio – Ruling planet in the 3rd house - a relative or neighbor who held you back will pull out of the scene. You’ll feel more free to engage in a big project. Conclude petty deals or agreements. One with big plans phones or writes you for aid. Aries and Libra figure prominently.

Taurus – Ruling planet in the 3rd house - express

Sagittarius – Ruling planet in the 11th house -

yourself in an artistic or literal way. Your sense of beauty, color and form is enhanced. Beautification of your personal surroundings could become a crusade. Human relationships can also be improved by using diplomacy.

Gemini – Ruling planet in the 4th house - the accent is on home, family and security. Plans and dreams will be confided to you by a close kin; be encouraging. Show that you have not forgotten a favor done in the past. Celebrate a sentimental occasion with good food and relaxation.

Cancer – Saturn in the 6th house - be more perceptive about the purchase or sale of goods. Someone is trying to get something for nothing and could pull a fast one. Get your guarantees in writing; don’t trust to another’s good will. Stay away from mundane matters if you can - play the waiting game.

Leo – Mars conjunct natal Sun - a deeply felt relationship intensifies. You may be asked to take on extra duties, but the rewards will be great. Follow through on legal matters and promises made to a partner or business associate. A significant commitment will be made.

Virgo – ruling planet in the 1st house - the accent is on fun, adventure, and social events. A dramatic person you run into at a party has an unexpected compliment. You’ll set a new style in clothes, appearance, or ideas. Romance figures prominently. You’ll have a great allure for someone who has a eye on you.

Libra – Ruling planet in the 10th house - you gain money, prestige and greater control of your surroundings. A project you had an eye on is handed to you. You may be required to work longer hours and take on extra duties, but the rewards will be great. Make the most of this power-play day. Capricorn helps you.

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fulfillment of your hopes, dreams and plans is at hand. The full moon brings matters to a high point and gives you what you want if you can keep both home and the business world happy. A humanitarian companion is ready to stand up for you if needed.

Capricorn – Ruling planet in the 12th house - keep a light touch in spite of a serious, secretive purpose. You’ll do well in research, study and behindthe-scenes meetings. Try out an intellectual theory on a Sagittarian type who joins you for discussion. Keep happy; don’t fall into a negative mood.

Aquarius – ruling planet in the 2nd house timing is everything and much better for handling or discussing cash and money. You’ll have an instinct for what is right. Attend to practical matters, including a discussion of goals for the future. A powerful person has a tip that will enrich you. Pisces – Mercury opposite natal Sun - restrictions will soon disappear. Meanwhile, attend to details formerly overlooked and correct recent errors. A slow, steady pace will help you plow through even a major obstacle. Someone is standing in the wings watching your performance. IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL. Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. Self-taught, shebegan her studies in astrology when she was 8 yrs. old learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older and learned geometry, she searched for books onAstrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee.Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Namaste. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: www.astro-mate.org LIVING OUT

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