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IN THIS ISSUE MARCH/APRIL 2017 - VOLUME 5, ISSUE 3

1 COVER 3 IN THIS ISSUE OUT ON LI: 6 HUNDREDS ATTEND LONG ISLAND’S 21ST ANNUAL LGBT CONFERENCE 7 PITCHING IN TO STRIKE OUT BULLYING 8 MOST IMPORTANT LONG ISLAND PRIDE CELEBRATION COMES TO LONG BEACH 9 THE LGBT NETWORK STANDS UP FOR EQUALITY IN THE NEWS: 10 NATIONAL 14 INTERNATIONAL CALENDAR SPECIAL INSERT: 17 SPRING 2017 LGBT BUSINESS DIRECTORY

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OUT FRONT: 38 HAVING HIS CAKE AND EATING IT TOO BE SCENE: 40 21ST ANNUAL LI LGBT CONFERENCE 41 TRANSGENDER DAY OF VISIBILITY OUT AND ABOUT: 42 Q-MUSIC: 21ST CENTURY WOMEN 44 SCREEN SAVOR\: THE EDGE OF MANCHESTER BY MOONLIGHT 47 INTERVIEW: HALLELUJAH! RUFUS WAINWRIGHT IS STILL THE GAY MESSIAH POINT OF VIEW: 49 MILO YIANNOPOULOS’S TRASH TALKING TANKS LIVING SMART: 50 HOROSCOPES: MARCH 2017 51 HOROSCOPES: APRIL 2017

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Hundreds Attend Long Island’s 21st Annual LGBT Conference More than 300 attended The LGBT Network’s 21th Annual Long Island LGBT Conference on Tuesday, March 28th at the Stony Brook University Charles B. Wang Center. The annual Long Island LGBT Conference is Long Island’s only LGBT-specific conference that seeks to educate and empower students, educators, health and human service providers, and other members of the community to address the needs of LGBT people throughout the lifespan in their schools and communities. The Long Island LGBT Conference offered attendees a broad range of workshops with topics of interest to students, educators, activists, professionals, and community members. Over 25 workshops were offered at the conference which was both interactive and innovative. Addressing bullying was a central theme and the LGBT Network’s Aaron Braun and Lyndsay Smith led interactive sessions of the "Upstander training: Don’t stand by, Stand up!” This workshop trained and empowered hundreds of youth on techniques of intervening when they witness bullying. Through role-play, participants were able to understand bystander behavior and have the opportunity to practice effective yet appropriate responses to addressing bullying. Health promotion and prevention were also big topic areas as the LGBT Network’s Stephanie Buxbaum and Christopher Polistena, led sessions for participants to “Know your (sexual) rights!" New York State laws on HIV/STD testing, age of consent, access to condoms and other issues were discussed. A Name Change Clinic was led by a transgender legal advocacy organization to assist those that wanted to change their names to correspond with their gender identity. Since 1996, The Long Island LGBT Conference has provided an opportunity for thousands of middle, high school and college students, educators, higher education professionals, health and human service providers and community members each year to discuss the unique needs of the community, learn how to become better advocates and create positive change.

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Pitching in to Strike Out Bullying The LGBT Network and the New York Mets are celebrating the 2nd Annual “Pride Night at Citi Field”, on Saturday, June 17th (4:10pm game) that creates an exciting, memorable experience for thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community members and allies.

sales will go to help fund the LGBT Network’s safe schools initiative which promotes antibullying efforts in Long Island and Queen. Starting at 1:30pm the LGBT Network will host a pre-game, rally and mini pride festival in Mets Plaza, outside the Jackie Robinson Rotunda Main Gate. Various entertainers will perform and will be able to meet and greet fellow community members and Mets fans. Tickets are now available for this year’s game vs. the Mets main division rivals, the Washington Nationals. The first 800 ticket purchasers will get a free tee-shirt and will be invited on the field to join in the pregame festivities during the National Anthem!

Last year, The Mets made Citi Field a true home for the LGBT Community. From Rainbow Flags flying over the stadium, to openly gay former Major League player Billy Bean throwing out the first pitch, to honoring an LGBT Veteran between innings during the game with a US Flag presentation by Mets Pitcher and Long Island native, Steven Matz. For the first time ever, the “Kiss Cam” featured same-sex couples to tunderous applause. Bean says the Mets are sending “a great message not only to their fans, but for all of baseball.”

Tickets are available in the Field Reserve, Bud Light Landing & Promenade Reserve sections of the ballpark. Enhanced experiences in luxury suites are also available. Commemorative Tee-Shirts will also be available for purchase. To purchase your tickets, go to www. lgbtnetwork.org/pridenight. Groups are encouraged to contact Paul Sanders, Pride Events Manager at 516.493.9654 to set up group pages to help with ticket sales or anyone who has general questions.

Pride Night at Citi Field was widely recognized both locally and nationally and has become an empowering event for our community. Lou DePaoli, the Mets’ executive vice president and chief revenue officer, calls New York a “diverse and inclusive city”, and says “we are particularly proud to welcome the LGBT community.” A portion of the ticket

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Most Important Long Island Pride Celebration Comes to Long Beach transgender community that has contributed so much to make Long Island such a great place to live,” said Anthony Eramo, the Vice President of the Long Beach City Council. The Long Island Pride Parade and Festival has been celebrated in various ways in the 26 years since it was founded. From its earliest beginnings as a march brought forward after suing for the right to take to the streets, to stand up and be visible, to the relatively celebratory times of the past 8 years – one constant has remained – Pride is a powerful showing of the beautiful diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community of Long Island. In 2017, we are celebrating just a bit more. Long Island Pride is becoming “Pride on the Beach”, a 3-day weekend event in the City of Long Beach, it’s new home after 26 years in the Town of Huntington. “The Long Island Pride Weekend is a great opportunity for families all across Long Island to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and

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The City of Long Beach is a natural Eco-Tourism destination which allows Long Island Pride to expand into an event that showcases and utilizes both the Beach and Boardwalk in Long Beach, one of the more famous beaches in the world. Long Island Pride is now the only weekend Pride Event in the Northeastern United States to be held directly on a beach. The annual “Pridefest” is morphing into two events running next to each other with a Market Fair all day Sunday along the boardwalk, showcasing businesses and vendors, with a special section highlighting “Shop & Eat Long Beach” and a Concert on the Beach on Sunday afternoon. The Long Island Pride Parade, presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union will wind its way through the streets of the city and arrive directly on the beach for the Market Fair and Concert. The parade steps off at 12 noon

and will feature a multitude of entrants including for the first time in many years, marching bands! This year’s theme is “Rise with Pride” – From Selma to Stonewall, we have marched for our freedoms, this year we march and “Rise with Pride” to add our voices to the strong legacy of our community standing for justice, equity and equality. TD Bank presents the Beach Club directly on the beach for our Saturday “Pride Beach Party”. “Our event just keeps getting better every year, and we are truly excited to bring the festivities to the south shore for the first time. The City, the Chamber of Commerce, and the community have been extremely supportive, allowing us to transform the event into a weekend-long celebration.” Said David Kilmnick, LGBT Network CEO To register to march in the Parade, to secure a vendor spot at the Market Fair or to become a 2017 “Pride on the Beach Sponsor”, please visit www. lipride.org for more details. Also keep watching the website for more details on the expanded event line up.

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The LGBT Network Stands Up for Equality In February, the Trump Administration began its attack on the LGBT community by rescinding an Obama administration policy that any school that receives federal money must treat a student’s gender identity as his or her sex. This meant that transgender students were protected under Title IX, the statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Trump has put these protections in jeopardy, leaving transgender students open to discriminatory and dangerous interpretations of Title IX.

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Oklahoma tribe approves gay marriage as Native American groups debate issue

Americans oppose bathroom laws limiting transgender rights The majority of respondents to a new U.S. poll opposed laws barring transgender people from using bathrooms consistent with their gender identities and indicated growing acceptance for gay rights, a nonpartisan research group said on Friday. Fifty-three percent of the Americans surveyed oppose laws requiring transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond to their sex at birth, according to the national poll by the Public Religion Research Institute. The survey showed that 39 percent of respondents favored such laws, and almost one in 10 of the 2,031 adults surveyed in February by telephone had no opinion. The issue of transgender bathroom rights has become the latest flashpoint in the long U.S. battle over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. The U.S. Supreme Court this week sidestepped a major ruling on whether transgender students are entitled to bathroom choice under federal anti-discrimination law. That decision followed Republican President Donald Trump's swift move to rescind a 2016 directive by former Democratic President Barack Obama's administration to open up bathroom access in U.S. public schools.

Teen advocate Jazz Jennings inspires first transgender doll CNN WIRE - NEW YORK Like any other girl, 16-year-old Jazz Jennings always loved dolls and dresses. But unlike many others, Jazz, who is transgender, couldn’t find one that truly represented her. That’s all about to change. As one of the youngest transgender people to be extensively documented on social media, Jazz has garnered a large following that includes nearly half a million Instagram followers, and the latest installment of this appreciative fandom is a doll version of the teen. The Tonner Doll Company, which specializes in adult collectibles and high fashion dolls, is releasing a Jazz Jennings doll that was designed and sculpted by the founder of the company, Robert Tonner. 10

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The doll will come with a pink shirt and jean shorts, mirroring the outfit that Jazz wears on the cover of her memoir, Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen. It debuted at the New York Toy Fair. “Jazz stands for everything I respect from a human nature point of view,” Tonner said in a statement. “She’s incredibly brave, intelligent, warm-hearted and creative.” The company is marketing the doll to children, instead of as an adult collectible. It has also created a red-carpet ready Jazz doll, wearing a sparkling white ballerina dress. The dolls will be available for purchase in July. “I hope that it can place transgender people in a positive light by showing that we are just like all other people,” Jazz said

Reuters - PAWHUSKA, OKLA. A Native American tribe in Oklahoma has voted to allow same-sex marriage, joining a small group of prominent tribes changing their law in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2015 decision making the practice legal in all states. The same-sex case known as Obergefell v Hodges has rippled through the 567 federally recognized Indian Nations. As sovereign entities, they are not necessarily bound by the Supreme Court decision, leaving many in the precarious position of trying to decide whether to make the hot-button issue part of their traditional law. "Tribes don’t have to follow Obergefell. Tribes should, unless they have a good reason not to," said Robert Clinton, a professor specializing in tribal law at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Unofficial results of the special election in the Osage Nation in northern Oklahoma showed 52 percent approved a referendum amending the definition of marriage in the tribe’s legal code to include same-sex couples, officials said. The vote allows the tribe's judicial branch to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. The Osage Nation has more than 20,000 citizens and is one of Oklahoma's larger tribes.

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US sends "pro-family" group to UN fueling fears over LGBT rights REUTERS NEW YORK, March 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United States has sent a pro-family lobbying group listed as a "hate group" by civil rights activists in its delegation to key United Nations meetings, advocates said on Wednesday, fuelling fears over rolling back gay rights. The Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) was named this week by the U.S. State Department to attend the U.N.'s Commission on the Status of Women, an annual set of high-level meetings on women's equality and empowerment. C-FAM has been listed as an anti-LGBT hate group by nonprofit civil rights group the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for at least five years, said Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC's Intelligence Project. "The way you get on our anti-gay hate list is basically if you demonize the gay population," Beirich told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "That's how they ended up on the list." The move comes as decisions by President Donald Trump's new administration raise fears of a rollback of LGBT rights. Trump has voiced support for LGBT rights, but his administration has revoked federal guidelines that let transgender students use bathrooms of their choice. Vice President Mike Pence has expressed staunch opposition to gay rights.. On its website, C-FAM says its mission is "to defend life and family at international institutions". Beirich said the inclusion of C-FAM "is taking the State Department in a very ugly direction" and failing to address the violence and discrimination faced by LGBT people in some places. "When you take this anti-gay tone openly, that provides an opening for people to continue those horrible practices," she said. "We want the State Department to be a beacon of freedom and safety for communities, and this is the opposite of that."

Disney to feature first gay scene in Beauty and the Beast LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Disney will feature its first gay scene when a character is seen struggling with his sexuality in the liveaction remake of 'Beauty and the Beast', according to the film's director. The film's stars will be heterosexual - British actors Emma Watson and Dan Stevens play the title roles - and manservant LeFou, sidekick to the film's macho main man Gaston, will grapple with his own sexuality. "LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston," director Bill Condon told gay magazine Attitude. "He's confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realizing that he has these feelings. It is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie," he told the British magazine. Attitude editor-in-chief Matt Cain said it was an important step towards fair representation of LGBT people in the media. "By representing same-sex attraction in this short but explicitly gay scene, the studio is sending out a message that this is normal and natural – and this is a message that will be heard in every country of the world, even countries where it's still socially unacceptable or even illegal to be gay," he said. 'Beauty and the Beast' tells the story of a prince who is transformed into a beast, and a young woman who is imprisoned in his castle, as he tries to win her love.

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Transgender students decry 'dangerous' Trump decision AFP - Activists, parents and transgender students vowed to resist the Trump administration's "dangerous" reversal of federal protections of bathroom rights, warning it risked exposing young people to hate-fueled violence. The White House decision to allow states and school districts to decide whether students can access bathrooms of their choice violates civil rights that should be enshrined at the national level, they said. Fewer than half of all states currently ban public accommodation discrimination based on gender identity while four Republican states actively restrict bathroom access or restrict laws that would allow it. "Things I never imagined happening are just blowing my mind," said Lauren Bocketti, mother of 10-year-old Zach, whose needs she says were always treated fairly at school on Long Island, New York. "We've been lucky and want everybody to feel lucky," she told a news conference of Long Island parents and transgender students who joined an avalanche of human rights groups already criticizing the move. "It's not a choice. It's who he is. He knew by two years old who he is. He is a boy. He's a boy trapped in a girl's body," she said. Madeline Bruni, 18, who began

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transitioning in middle school, said even in a state as liberal as New York, which now enshrines bathroom rights, life was not easy. A year and a half ago, a restaurant called the police when she used the women's restroom. - 'Boggles my mind' "In this day and age, it just boggles my mind that is something that still goes on," she told reporters. Ethan Diaz, 16, said that while he had never had a problem, the decision made him angry on behalf of others who had experienced fear and anxiety about using the bathroom. "New York is a great place to transition, people do feel comfortable," he said. "But for people not in New York, that's the fear." Toxic schools contribute to higher rates of depression, suicide, homelessness and HIV infection for transgender young people, activists say. New York LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnick warned that the decision will increase the stigma attached to transgender youths and put them at "greater risk for hate-motivated violence." "What this policy does is increase the likelihood of that violence taking place," he told the news conference. "Refusing to

protect our most vulnerable youth is both deplorable and dangerous." Three quarters of transgender students report feeling unsafe at school, more than 40 percent have been physically abused at school and over half report skipping school to avoid bullying, Kilmnick said. He dismissed arguments put forward by conservatives that the protections put in place by former president Barack Obama's administration had put other children at risk. - 'High risk' of assault "We know that the transgender community is not at risk for committing sexual assault, the transgender community is at high risk of being a victim of sexual assault," Kilmnick said. His network, which he founded 24 years ago, set up a 24-hour hotline on Thursday and is now assembling a team of lawyers to take action against institutions or the federal government if warranted. The issue will be a rallying cry at a national LGBT march on Washington scheduled for June 11 and Kilmnick said there is an increased urgency for all marginalized groups to unite in protest. On Thursday, several hundred protesters filled the block outside the historic Stonewall Inn, a landmark of the gay rights movement in New York's Greenwich Village, in support of transgender students. The crowd held signs proclaiming "Resist," "Protect Trans Youth" and "Trans Rights Are Human Rights," chanting, "Stand up, fight back!" Bathroom rights are a hot-button social issue at the center of a broader cultural battle between conservatives and liberals. When North Carolina passed a law requiring transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates, a string of companies and sports teams boycotted the state. The US Supreme Court is set next month to consider the case of a 17-year-old in Virginia who was born a female but identifies as a male and filed suit to be able to use the boys' bathroom at his high school. LIVING OUT

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Thai contestant crowned Miss International Queen in transgender pageant REUTERS - Thai contestant Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin was crowned Miss International Queen 2016 at a contest billed as the world's largest and most popular transgender pageant. The 25-year-old beat 24 other contestants for the crown, with the second and third place going to contestants from Brazil and Venezuela, respectively. The pageant, which brings together transgender people from around the world, was launched over a decade ago to help transgender women feel more accepted by society. "It's like a new category, but the gender already existed a long time ago," said Jiratchaya, donning a white glittering and black side rim evening gown. The contest, in its 12th year, was held at the Tiffany's nightclub in the Thai seaside town of Pattaya, which is famous for its transvestite cabaret. Like other beauty pageants, contestants paraded in national costumes, evening gowns and swimsuits. For many, the contest represents a springboard for future opportunities. Thailand remains a largely conservative society, with no laws recognizing same-sex unions though it has a prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The 2016 show was postponed from November last year due to Thailand's mourning period of its late King Bhumibol Adulyadej who died at age 88 on Oct. 13.

Germany's Social Democrats, Greens press for same-sex marriage REUTERS - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), junior partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition, said on they would launch a new push to legalize same-sex marriage in Germany, a move opposed in the past by Merkel's Christian Democrats. Thomas Oppermann, who heads the SPD's parliamentary faction, told Der Spiegel magazine his party would raise the issue at the next meeting of the right-centre coalition, a move welcomed by the pro-environment Green party. The issue could help the SPD differentiate itself from Merkel's conservatives as the uneasy coalition partners ramp up campaigning ahead of Sept. 24 national elections. Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and its CSU Bavarian sister party edged ahead of the SPD in the latest poll conducted by Emnid for the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag. The SPD, which saw a surge in the polls after it nominated former European Parliament President Martin Schulz as its chancellor candidate, is hoping to win enough votes to form a new government with smaller allies such as the Green party. Oppermann told the magazine that the party would also press for rehabilitation and compensation of people charged under a law that criminalized homosexuality which was in effect in postwar West Germany until 1969. "For years, we've seen nothing but hot air from the conservatives and the SPD," she said in a statement. German Family Minister Manuela Schwesig, a Social Democrat, said legalizing same-sex marriage would mark important societal progress. "It's time for the conservatives to move on this issue. It must stop putting the brakes on modernization," she said in a statement, citing widespread support for such a move. The coalition government in 2015 agreed to small changes in same-sex civil partnership rules, but staunch opposition from the conservatives prevented approval of gay marriage. A study by Germany's Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency in January found that 83 percent of Germans supported legal equality for samesex marriage. Thirteen European countries now recognize and perform same-sex marriages - Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Britain.

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YouTube admits that LGBT videos are hidden in its "restricted mode", apologies for confusion INDEPENDENT TECH The Google-owned video company offers a "restricted mode" that aims to "screen out potentially objectionable content". But a number of prominent YouTubers noticed that LGBTQ videos appeared to be hidden as part of that rule – provoking huge protests. Now YouTube has admitted that such videos are being hidden, but says that it only does so to ensure that people don't see videos that deal with "more sensitive issues". "We are so proud to represent LGBTQ+ voices on our platform – they're a key part of what YouTube is all about," a Twitter post on the YouTube Creators account read. "The intention of Restricted Mode is to filter out mature content for the tiny subset of users who want a more limited experience. "LGBTQ+ videos are available in Restricted Mode, but videos that discuss more sensitive issues may not be. We regret any confusion this has caused and are looking into your concerns." A YouTube spokesperson later clarified that those more sensitive issues are particularly videos that cover subjects like "health, politics and sexuality". Many of the videos being hidden don't appear to deal with anything explicit or adult. Videos including those looking at LGBT models or make-up tutorials posted by trans users were hidden, according to their creators. YouTuber Rowan Ellis was among the first to point out that videos covering things like relationships or crushes were being filtered out of restricted mode, apparently without their creators' knowledge, in a video titled 'YouTube Is Anti-LGBT?'. YouTube advertises restricted mode as a way for children and families to avoid seeing "potentially objectionable content". It flags such videos using "community flagging, age-restrictions, and other signals to identify and filter out potentially inappropriate content", it writes on the page advertising it.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS SAGE-LI Spring Fling Dance Saturday, April 8th, 6:00 p.m. Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore

Join us at the Center at Bay Shore for an evening of great company, good food, music, and dancing -- all to welcome Spring! We encourage you to bring your family, friends, and loved ones. Admission is $12 and includes dinner and beverages.

SAGE-LI Yoga with Jordan Hope Miller Monday, April 10th, 12-1 p.m. Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore

David Bohnett CyberCenter Monday-Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore

The David Bohnett CyberCenter at LIGALY offers hands on experience and classes in various software environments from productivity to creative design on the PC and Mac platforms. The classes range from introductory, intermediate, and advance levels. www.lgbtnetwork.org, 631.665.2300

Drop-In HIV/STD Testing: Wednesdays, 5-8 p.m. Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. Nassau: Center at Woodbury, 20 Crossways Park Dr. North, Suite 110, Woodbury By Appointment. East End: The Hamptons LGBT Center, 44 Union St., Sag Harbor

Join us at the Center for a beginner’s yoga course taught by community member Jordan Hope Miller. Join us for an exploration of mind, body, and spirit as we dive into the ancient science of yoga. Jordan incorporates knowledge of the human body, meditation techniques, live music, and yoga asana to meet his students half way so that he may serve them to the best of his abilities. This class will be a gentle and light-hearted Free and confidential testing for HIV, Syphilis, experience for beginners. Bring a mat, chair, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Hepatitis C. blanket or cushion and an open mind. www.lgbtnetwork.org, 631.665.2300

LIGALY’s Got Big Talent (LGBT) Auditions Friday, April 14th, 21st & 28th 7:00 - 9:00 pm Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) is seeking talented youth to preform for exciting prizes at its annual talent competition, "LIGALY's Got Big Talent (L.G.B.T.)" There are talented youth across Long Island who do not get a chance to show off their skills! L.G.B.T. is a great opportunity for students to gain valuable performance experience in front of a live audience and be recognized for their exceptional talents. Plus, there are cash prizes for the competition's winners!

OUTdoors Trip to Bayard Cutting Fields Arboretum Friday, April 21st, 11:00 a.m. Bayard Cutting Arboretum 440 Montauk Highway Great River, NY 11739

Come join us for our first nature adventure of Spring! We will be going to Bayard Cutting Arboretum (440 Montauk Highway, Great River, NY 11739) for a private grounds tour, as well as lunch at the Hidden Oak Cafe. The cost of the tour is $5 per person, as well as $19.95 for a prix fix lunch, both of which can be paid to SAGE-LI prior to the event. Please RSVP and provide payment to SAGE-LI Program Coordinator Amy Angelone, LMSW, by Wednesday, April 12th.

Night of Noise Friday, April 21st, 6-10 p.m Suffolk: Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore

On the evening of Day of Silence, join LIGALY and hundreds of LGBT youth and allies to make some noise and BREAK the silence and release the tension on this powerful day of reckoning! Enjoy refreshments, music, friends, and the destruction of hate Join us on Friday, April 17th from 6pm-10pm at The Center at Bay Shore and let your voice be heard! *Admission is $2.00. For more information contact info@ligaly.org

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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For more information, or to apply today, contact:

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*Bethpage Bonus Checking Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is 1.00% effective 9/19/2016 and is subject to change without notice. Interest will be posted monthly for each month that member is signed up for Online Banking with eStatements, receives direct deposit and makes 10 point-of-sale debit card transactions. Membership requires a $5 minimum share account.

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ABOUT THIS BUSINESS DIRECTORY The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Business Directory is the exclusive listing of LGBT-friendly businesses on Long Island and Queens. The Business Directory is a publication of the LGBT Network.

us: we strongly encourage you to patronize our Partners in Pride members.

Each business listed within the directory is a member of the LGBT Network’s Partners in Pride business program. Each business has provided financial support to the LGBT Network, and we thank each business for their participation. Please support those who support

If you are a business owner or manager, or if you know a business or business leader that should be involved with Partners in Pride, please contact the Development Department at 516.323.0011.

The LGBT Business Directory can also be viewed online by visiting: www.lgbtnetwork.org/directory.

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BUSINESS CATEGORY ACCOUNTANTS ATTORNEYS AUTOMOTIVE BANKING CATERING CRUISE & TRAVEL EMPLOYMENT AGENCY ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE FINANCIAL ADVISORS GIFT SHOP HEALTHCARE & WELLNESS

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Denotes company has made an annual commitment of $10,000 or more to the LGBT Network.

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Be Part of World Class Cancer Care on Long Island.

Robert Nicoletti, Chief Operating Officer Phone: (631) 751-3000 | Email: rnicoletti@nycancer.com 235 Belle Mead Rd, Setauket, NY 11733 | www.nycancer.com VIEW THE BUSINESS DIRECTORY ONLINE AT LGBTNETWORK.ORG/DIRECTORY

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We expose medical errors to make medical care safer for everyone. Visit us for health news.www.pegalisanderickson.com Please join us on Social Media

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ACCOUNTANTS Robert A. Corsentino, CPA, PC

105 Maxess Rd. S124 Melville, NY 11747 tel. �����������������������������������(631) 574-4500 fax. ���������������������������������(631) 574-4501 email. . . . . . . bob@corsentinocpa.com web. . . . . . . . . . . . . corsentinocpa.com All tax services for married and unmarried LGBT taxpayers. Look for our ad on page 3

Steven M. Ostrer, J.D., MBA

20 Crossways Park Drive N., Ste. 110 Woodbury, NY 11797 tel. �����������������������������������(516) 448-4714 email. . . . . . . . . . . s.ostrer@yahoo.com

Law Office of Vishnick McGovern Milizio, LLP

ATTORNEYS Pegalis & Erickson Attorneys at Law

Capell Barnett Matalon & Schoenfeld, LLP

Gregory Matalon, Partner 100 Jericho Quadrangle, Suite 233 Jericho, NY 11753 tel. �����������������������������������(516) 931-8100 email. . . . . . . gmatalon@cbmslaw.com web �����������������������������������cbmslaw.com Look for our ad on this page

Providing tax, financial & estate planning services for the LGBT community

1 Hollow Lane Lake Success, NY 11042 tel. �����������������������������������(516) 684-2900 fax. ���������������������������������(516) 684-2939 email . . . . . . . . . info@pegalisanderickson.com

web. . . . . . . . . pegalisanderickson.com Representing Plaintiffs in Medical Malpractice Actions Look for our ad on page 4

Howard E. Sayetta

Attorney at Law 235 Southwood Circle Syosset, NY 11791 tel. �����������������������������������(516) 921-0556 Adoptions, Family Court, Business and Real Estate Closings, Wills, Estates, and Consumer Disputes - 35+ Years Experience Serving the LGBT Community

Mejias Milgrim and Alvarado, P.C.

Dave Mejias 1 Dosoris Lane Glen Cove, NY 11542 tel. �����������������������������������(516) 333-7777 web. . . . . . . . . . . . mygotolawyers.com Proudly serving the LGBT community

Law Office of Adam B. Grossman

Joseph G. Milizio, Esq., 3000 Marcus Avenue, Suite 1E9 Lake Success, NY 10042 tel. �����������������������������������(516) 437-4385 email. . . . . . . . . . . . jmilizio@vmmlegal.com web ����������������������������������������vmmlegal.com Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP, with offices in Lake Success, NYC, and New Jersey, is a full service law firm with a dedicated LGBT practice area, lead by the firm's Managing Partner, Joe Milizio.

Quatela, Hargraves & Chimeri, PLLC

Christopher J. Chimeri, Esq., 888 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Ste. 530 Hauppauge, NY 11788 tel. �����������������������������������(631) 482-9700 email ����������������������������cjc@qhclaw.com web. . . . . . . . . longislandlawyerny.com Personally servicing Long Island's LGBT community for over 25 years and assisting in meeting its diverse and unique legal needs, including family matters, employment issues, and business matters.

Adam B. Grossman, Esq., Sole Practitioner P.O. Box 155 120 Court Sreet Riverhead, NY 11901 tel. �����������������������������������(631) 727-4200 fax. ���������������������������������(631) 369-4080 email. . . . . . . . . . . agrossman2@verizon.net

web. . . . . . . . . adamgrossmanlawyer.com Estate planning for LGBT couples and singles, Real Estate, Probate

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Last Wills and Testaments and Trusts Estate Administration Business and Contracts Tax Planning Asset Protection Elder Advocacy Not-for-Profit and Religious Corporations Offices on Long Island and in New York City www.cbmslaw.com (516) 931-8100

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BANKING

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Honda City

Dennis Buchanan 3859 Hempstead Turnpike Levittown, NY 11756 tel. ������������������������������������(516)717-4762 web �������������������������������� hondacityli.com What Smart Money Drives! Look for our ad on page 9

Competition Subaru Smithtown

Vincent Battista 463 Middle Country Road St. James, NY 11780 tel. �����������������������������������(631) 361-4500 fax. ���������������������������������(631) 361-4550 email . . . vbattista@competitionsubaru.com email . . . ckelleher@competitionsubaru.com web ������������������competitionsubaru.com Your Destination for the Subaru – Best Price Guarantee

Bethpage Federal Credit Union

Robert Suarez, AVP Community Development 899 S. Oyster Bay Road Bethpage, NY 11714 tel �����������������������������������(516) 349-6826 email. . . . . rsuarez@bethpagefcu.com web �������������������������� lovebethpage.com Built to give you more. Look for our ad on page 2

Claudia Pilato, VP, Director of Marketing 2200 Montauk Highway P.O. Box 3005 Bridgehampton, NY 11932 tel �����������������������������������(631) 537-1000 email ����������������� cpilato@bridgenb.com web ������������������������ www.bridgenb.com Community banking from Montauk to Manhattan Look for our ad on this page

• Huntington, Levittown • Lynbrook • Massapequa • Melville • Mineola • North Babylon • Patchogue

• Port Jefferson • Roosevelt • Seaford • Smithtown • West Babylon • Westbury

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TD Bank

tel �����������������������������������(888) 751-9000 web �������������������������������������� tdbank.com America’s most convenient bank Look for our ad on page 6

Porsche Roslyn

Sam Gadkar 22 Mineola Avenue Roslyn Heights, NY 11577 tel. �����������������������������������(516) 476-0167 email �������������� sam@porscheroslyn.com web ������������������������������� samgadkar.com

Tony Cotignola 431 East Main Street Riverhead, NY 11901 tel �����������������������������������(631) 574-8008 fax �����������������������������������(631) 208-3012 email ��������������������tony.cotignola@hyatt.com web. . . . . atlantisbanquetsandevents.com Located within the Aquarium, a unique setting for your special events.

East Wind Long Island

5720 Route 25A Wading River, NY 11792 tel �����������������������������������(631) 929-3500 fax �����������������������������������(631) 929-4975 email. . . . weddings@eastwindlongisland.com web ���������������� eastwindlongisland.com

Find a branch near you: • Bay Shore • Bethpage • Central Islip • Commack • Elmont • Farmingdale • Freeport • Glen Cove • Hempstead

Atlantis Banquets & Events

From intimate to extravagant, we cater to your every whim.

The BBQ King

Mario Spirou 87 Carlough Road Bohemia, NY 11716 tel ���������������������� (866) 800-FOOD(3006) fax �����������������������������������(631) 589-2918 email ����������� thebbqking@outlook.com web �������������������� thebarbequeking.com “We do it all, while you have a ball!"

I am proud to serve the Porsche needs for the community to which I belong.

Where can our passion take your business?

Our expanded network of more than 40 branches means we can bring our passion for community banking to businesses from Montauk to Manhattan. Member FDIC

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Robert Half is proud to support the LGBT Network. Founded in 1948, Robert Half is the world’s first and largest staffing firm with more than 340 staffing locations worldwide. We believe working happy is the only way to work, and we have made it our mission to help people find fulfilling jobs and help companies build happy, productive teams.

Uniondale: 1.516.357.2000 • Hauppauge: 1.631.231.6711 roberthalf.com © 2017 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. RH-0317

CRUISE & TRAVEL Jetset Vacations

Kin Guillen 330 Motor Parkway, Suite 203 Hauppauge, NY 11788 tel . . . . . . . 800-JET(538)-9188 ext.7032 email ������������������� kin@jetsetvacations.com web ������������������������ jetsetvacations.com Serving the LGBT community for all Caribbean, Costa Rica & Mexico, travel needs.

ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE

Janet Clark 330 Motor Parkway, Suite 203 Hauppauge, NY 11788 tel �����������������������������������(631) 951-3900 email. . . . . jclark@discoverlongisland.com web ����������������� discoverlongisland.com Ocean beaches, wineries, history, more. Free Long Island Travel Guide.

EMPLOYMENT AGENCY

tel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (516) 705-5289 email. . . . . . . imauntbarbara@aol.com web�������� my.tupperware.com/auntbarbara Everyone's favorite relative, Tupperware lady, and Party Hostess for hire.

250 Main St Northport, NY 11768 tel �����������������������������������(631) 261-9700 web ���������������������engemantheater.com

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

960 Brush Hollow Road Westbury, NY 11590 tel �����������������������������������(516) 334-0800 fax �����������������������������������(516) 333-7991 email �������������� infotaw@livenation.com web. . . . . . . thetheatreatwestbury.com Long Island’s Best Concert Venue – Comedy, Rock, Pop, Variety

FINANCIAL AGENCY

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wit & whim 6 Carlton Avenue Port Washington, NY 11050 tel �����������������������������������(516) 944-9200 email ��������������witandwhim@gmail.com web �������������������������� wit-and-whim.com A unique philanthropic gift shop where edgy meets chic & artsy meets affordable Look for our ad on page 9

Adolescent-Young Adult Medicine of Great Neck

Dr. Jonathan Trager 29 Barstow Road, Suite #201 Great Neck, NY 11021 tel �����������������������������������(516) 482-5400 fax �����������������������������������(516) 482-5401 email ������������������ doctrager@gmail.com web ����������������������������������tragermd.com

Nelida Electrolysis

Nelida Papadimitriou Westbury, NY 11590 tel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (917) 656-1785 email�����������������nelidatwin@gmail.com

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Paul Pitsironis, CMT 888 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Ste 230 Hauppauge, NY 11788 tel �����������������������������������(631) 382-3807 tel �����������������������������������(631) 979-3154 email . . . . . . paul.pitsironis@wfadvisors.com web . . . . . . thepminvestmentgroup.com

Custom Closets Direct

145 East Merrick Road Freeport, NY 11520 tel �����������������������������������(516) 223-2232 fax �����������������������������������(516) 223-2143 email. . . . . curt@customclosetsdirect.com web ��������������� customclosetsdirect.com Custom closets, home offices, entertainment

HEALTHCARE & WELLNESS

Pediatrics and Adolescent-Young Adult Medicine Adolescent Gynecology

Robert Half

Gabrielle Petitto 522 RXR Plaza, 5th Floor Uniondale, NY 11556 tel �����������������������������������(516) 357-2010 email. . . gabrielle.petitto@officeteam.com web �������������������������������� roberthalf.com

HOME SERVICES

Aunt Barbara

John W. Engeman Theater

Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau & Sports Commission

GIFT SHOP

Electrolysis services for all, specializing in PCOS, Transgender and the entire LGBT community. All services provided in a private one on one setting. Permanent make-up. Over 25 years of experience. Fluent in Spanish.

Sunation Solar Systems Christina Mathieson, Vice President of Marketing 1217 Montauk Highway Oakdale, NY 11769 tel �����������������������������������(631) 750-9454 fax �����������������������������������(631) 750-9455 email. . . . . christina@sunationsolarsystems.com web. . . . . . . sunationsolarsystems.com Solar Panel Installation Look for our ad on page 15

Symmetry Closets

Bonnie Reich, President 104G Allen Blvd. Farmingdale, NY 11735 tel �����������������������������������(631) 608-8999 fax �����������������������������������(631) 824-9282 email. . . . . bonnie@symmetryclosets.com web �������������������� symmetryclosets.com By appointment please. LGBT owned & operated. Custom designed & installed just for you.

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HOTEL & CATERING Hotel Indigo

Tiffany Tuzzolo 1830 West Main Street, Route 25 Riverhead, NY 11901 tel �����������������������������������(631) 369-2200 fax �����������������������������������(631) 369-1202 email �������������stay@indigoeastend.com email. . . . . . weddings@indigoeastend.com web ������������������������� indigoeastend.com Our boutique hotel offers a chic, contemporary and cosmopolitan setting for your private event or escape to Long Island’s famous East End.

INSURANCE

New York Life

Leslie J. Larson MS., LUTCF 576 Broad Hollow Road Melville, NY 11747 tel �����������������������������������(516) 972-4463 fax �����������������������������������(516) 221-3729 email. . . . . ljlarson@ft.newyorklife.com web ������������������������������ leslielarson.com Serving the LGBT community for all Life Insurance, Medicare Advantage, Supplements and Part D Programs

State Farm Insurance

Nicole Eliopoulos - Setauket tel �����������������������������������(631) 689-7120 email ������������ nicole@nicoleinsuresme.com John Fischer - Selden tel �����������������������������������(631) 696-9800 email �������������������������� john@jpfischer.com Ted Kosmidis - Commack tel �����������������������������������(631) 499-2901 email ������������������������ ted@sfcommack.com

NON-PROFIT

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Family Residences and Essential Enterprises Inc.

Christopher Long, Ed.D. 191 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Road Old Bethpage, NY 11804 tel �����������������������������������(516) 870-1648 email�����������������clong01@familyres.org web������������������������������������familyres.org

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MEDIA

Prudential

Allyson Swidler 530 RXR Plaza, 5th Floor, West Tower Uniondale, NY 11556 tel �����������������������������������(516) 507-5093 fax �����������������������������������(516) 357-8891 email. . . . . allyson.swidler@prudential.com web�������������������������������� prudential.com Look for our ad on page 15

Long Island Pulse Magazine

Nada Marjanovich 1 Terry St., Suite 1 Patchogue, NY 11772 tel �����������������������������������(631) 289-4315 email �������������������������nada@lipulse.com web ���������������������������������������lipulse.com dining - the arts - lifestyle - business Look for our ad on page 10

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THE SPRING 2017 LGBT BUSINESS DIRECTORY

Alzheimer's Association LGBT Network

20 Crossways Park Drive N., Ste. 110 Woodbury, NY 11797 tel �����������������������������������(516) 323-0011 fax �����������������������������������(516) 750-4715 34 Park Avenue Bay Shore, NY 11706 tel �����������������������������������(631) 655-2300 fax �����������������������������������(631) 665-7874 (Opening 2018) 7 Crossway Boulevard Patchogue, NY 11772 44 Union Street Sag Harbor, NY 11963 tel �����������������������������������(631) 899-4950 58-20 Little Neck Parkway Little Neck, NY 11362 tel �����������������������������������(516) 323-0011 email ������������������ info@lgbtnetwork.org web �������������������������������lgbtnetwork.org The LGBT Network is an association of nonprofit organizations, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), Long Island LGBT Community Center (The Center), Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders - Long Island (SAGE-LI), & Q Center: Queens LGBT Community Center – serving the LGBT community throughout the lifespan and across Long Island and Queens. For more information, visit page 19

PHYSICIANS & HEALTH SERVICES

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THERAPISTS & COUNSELORS Dennis Damato Psychotherapy

Dennis Damato, M.ED, LCSW 221 Woodycrest Drive Holtsville, NY 11742-1714 tel �����������������������������������(631) 758-0418 fax�����������������������������������(631) 654-4726 email������������dentomato@hotmail.com Treating adults, children, teens, families, and couples

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Mary Macaluso Team 175 Crossways Park Drive West Woodbury, NY 11797 Mary Macaluso, LAB tel �����������������������������������(516) 410-6193 Lainie Greenberg, LSA tel �����������������������������������(917) 687-5435 Gina Fiorenze, LSA tel �����������������������������������(516) 637-4405 email ������������������� patl@century21aa.com web ��������������� marymacalusohomes.com

Doris Starr, LCSW

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Dr. Joan Rubinstein, M.D.

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Long Island Institute of Sex Therapy (LIIST)

Rosara Torrisi, LCSW, MEd, CST 100 Manetto Hill Road, Suite 205 Plainview, NY 11803 New Manhasset location: 75 Plandome Road, Suite 5 Manhasset, NY 11030 tel �����������������������������������(516) 690-6779 email. . . . rosaratorrisilcsw@gmail.com web. . . . . . . sextherapylongisland.com The Team at LIIST is LGBT affirmative, poly inclusive, and kink aware.

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Robin Barrack - Gestalt Psychotherapist, M.S.,DAPA

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The Freedman Center For Clinical Social Work

Diane E. Freedman, PhD, LCSW Donna Riley, LCSW-R 2233 Nesconset Highway, Suite 104 Lake Grove, NY 11755 tel �����������������������������������(631) 737-5559 fax �����������������������������������(631) 737-0001 Jennifer Kelsch, LCSW-R 991 Main Street, Suite 201 Holbrook, NY 11741 tel �����������������������������������(631) 588-8900 fax �����������������������������������(631) 588-8901 Clinical Social Work, Therapy, Mental Health

Veronica Harkins, LCSW

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WEDDING SERVICES

DTAC Productions

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Artisan Photography & Media Group

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LGBT NETWORK

Since 1993, the LGBT Network has been a lifeline to Nassau and Suffolk Counties’ LGBT population, providing education, advocacy, and social support services to our members and their families. Network Circle members provide support for the organizations of the LGBT Network to serve more than 10,000 LGBT annually and operate Long Island’s 3 LGBT community centers and the Q Center: Queens LGBT Community Center, the LGBT Network’s first center in Queens.

Your Membership changes lives. Throughout the year we provide a place for people of all ages to call home when they might not have a supportive family to turn to. Our much-needed educational programming, support services, inclusive social events, and welcoming community centers are some of the main ingredients to providing that safe, comfortable place many people do not find at home.

Your support is vital to our success.

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LGBT BUSINESS DIRECTORY (a Partners in Pride program)

The LGBT Business Directory, the only directory of its kind on Long Island and Queens, connects LGBT-welcoming businesses with LGBT consumers.

The directory is printed twice a year and online listings are updated regularly with marketing directly to 15,000 households and 75,000 unique web site visitors.

Basic Membership $199 LGBT Business Directory PRINT • Business listing with company name, tagline, contact name, address, phone, e-mail address, and web site address (no logo placement) • Two full color printings per year LGBT Business Directory ONLINE • Business listing with company name, tagline, contact name, address, phone, and e-mail address (no logo placement) Other Marketing • New and returning members receive a welcome mention in one Partners in Pride e-blast • 20% discount on ads in Living Out, The Network’s monthly publication

Premium Membership $1,000 LGBT Business Directory PRINT • Business listing with company name, tagline, contact name, address, phone, e-mail address, and web site address • Highlighted featured business listing with logo placement added to your listing • Business card ad • Two full color printings per year LGBT Business Directory ONLINE • Business listing with company name, tagline, contact name, address, phone, e-mail address, and web site address with web link to your web site • Logo with web link to your web site Other Marketing • New and returning members receive a welcome mention in one Partners in Pride e-blast • 20% discount on ads in Living Out, The Network’s monthly publication

ADD-ONS Prices listed reflect both printings

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• Half-page ad – $1,000

• Upgrade to Quarter-page ad – $300

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• Upgrade to Half-page ad – $800 • Upgrade to Full-page ad – $1,200

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CORPORATE PARTNERS The Network’s Corporate Partners are businesses that make a year-long commitment to support The Network with an annual contribution of $10,000 or more. Corporate Partners have the opportunity to develop strategic partnerships with the LGBT Network, which include hosting and sponsoring special events, developing affinity programs, establishing collaborations, and overall aligning their brands with ours. Interested in having your business or organization become a Corporate Partner? Contact the Development Department at 516.323.0011 or e-mail development@lgbtnetwork.org.

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THE LGBT NETWORK The LGBT Network is an association of non-profit organizations serving the LGBT community of Long Island and Queens throughout the lifespan. Together, each organization works to end homophobia and transphobia, to provide a home and safe space for the LGBT community, and to advocate for equality. The LGBT Network and its organizations operate Long Island’s only three LGBT community centers in Woodbury, Bay Shore, and Sag Harbor and recently opened its first community center in the borough of Queens, Q Center: Queens LGBT Community Center.

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) provides a safe space for LGBT youth, and empowers LGBT and straight-ally youth to create change in their schools and communities.

The Long Island LGBT Community Center (The Center) builds community for LGBT adults and families through social, cultural, and health programming.

Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders - Long Island (SAGE-LI) provides LGBT seniors ages 50+ with social support and health programming.

Queens LGBT Community Center (Q Center) offers programs and services to LGBT and straightallies of all ages in a safe and empowering environment.

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HAVING HIS CAKE AND EATING IT TOO JOE JONAS ON ‘FUN’ GAY RUMORS, BARBRA STREISAND FANDOM AND THE PLEASURES OF S&M BY CHRIS AZZOPARDI Why is Joe Jonas talking about whips and leather? Apart from recalling his experience with both, the answer is simply because he can. Because the former baby-faced JoBro is all man now, from his 5 o’clock shadow to his steel physique, which he’s not been shy about showing off. While making the promotional rounds for his debut as lead singer of Los Angelesformed collective DNCE, the newly liberated 27-year-old hasn’t merely shifted away from the much-publicized “purity ring” of his youth, taking on a kinky array of topics including porn, boners and penis size – he’s erased its very existence. Like younger brother Nick, middle sibling Joe wasn’t done destroying any traces of his Disney halo when he freewheeled through our recent talk. Read on as he chats about his fondness for S&M, gay fans who send him pics of their privates and preferring an “older, mature” man play his hypothetical onscreen lover. It’s been surprising to hear you talk so salaciously while promoting this album. But 38

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then again, I keep forgetting you’re not 17 anymore. (Laughs) A lot of people do! What about your current professional life differs from your career as a Jonas Brother? The biggest difference is the writing. I’m proud of the stuff I did with my brothers, but you grow up and go through a lot of different things, so you may be talking about something very innocent – a first kiss, taking somebody out for the first time – when you’re that age. But cut to when you’re 27, and you’re going through things that are a bit more mature, sexually or what not, and that’s what you’re gonna write about. A song from your new album, “Be Mean,” is essentially about S&M. Tell me about your decision to be so sexually liberated in your music. Some people say, “We finally can talk about these kinds of things, and we want to go wild and crazy,” but really, it’s just stuff we’re going through. I feel like I’m

free in my life to speak about it, and yeah, everyone should try a little bit of something new in the bedroom. It’s definitely fun when you bring some whips and leather and whatever you may be into – a little bit of S&M – into the bedroom. I wrote it about me and someone I was getting wild with, and maybe (we) busted some outfits out – you know, you get a little crazy. It’s a fun song, and I hope people can have fun with it and learn from it. What do you want them to learn? (Laughs) Well... I would love for them to learn that it’s good to try new things. Maybe you should teach them, Joe. I’ll do a handbook. Have your brother, Nick, write the foreword. Exactly. I expect you to be one of the reviewers. Were there moments before when people were trying to guide you to be something different than who you felt you were? I would say “yeah” to that. Yes, because

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it may have been subconscious; it could just be friends you’ve surrounded yourself with, or on a deeper level it could be music people around you saying, “This is the right direction for you, and this is where you should go next.” I remember when I did a short run of a solo project (2011’s Fastlife, released on Disney Music Group’s Hollywood Records), all signs were pointing to a very R&B, smooth, sexy vibe for an album, and I listened without taking time for myself to really utilize influences that I love. I learned from it, but at the same time, it was jarring. But I feel really comfortable in my life and career right now. I definitely feel like the best version of myself, and I’m glad I can have a good label now that allows me to spread my wings and create music that really is, for all of us (in the band), unique and special. Another change: Your body. What inspired the muscles? I wanted a change of pace and to put myself through a challenge. It’s easy to eat junk food and party every night on tour, so I put myself through a season where I challenged myself physically, and I really enjoyed it. There were days that were tough, but seeing your body slowly changing, you just want to keep on it. I had a trainer on tour with me – this amazing boxer Ava Knight – and she came out and busted my ass, and I was really enjoying it. Has your beefier body gotten you more attention from gay men? I think so! Probably, yeah. I’m seeing it just through DMs. It’s quite funny. But I take it as a compliment. It’s cool. At the end of the day, for me, it goes back to the music, and DNCE has done a lot of cool concerts, like Pride shows. We have a lot of gay fans, and we love that they’re so supportive, so hey, if that makes them happy, it’s all good. What do gay men DM you? I bet you could take a wild guess. (Laughs) It’s all over the map, from selfies to youknow-what. It’s funny, too, because you can’t really tell what people are sending because everything now is blurred out, and I like to read some of the DMs and hear stories. But, of course, sometimes there are crazy ones, and it’s just straight nudity. You have to just find something good in it – or laugh, depending on what it is. I have to say, few things are making me feel optimistic about the current state of America, but your album is one of them.

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Oh, man. Thanks! You know, honestly, that’s what we’re all about: taking people out of a place they don’t wanna be in and bringing some joy to a situation. Why is it important for you and the band to perform at Pride events or, like you did recently, at a club like G-A-Y in London? In the world we live in now more than ever, it’s especially important that, like you said, our music can take you out of that. I think, what is a better time than now for everyone coming together and being stronger together, whatever your thoughts are on the election? It can be a heartache for some. I think for DNCE we try to bring some joy to you and happiness and share the love, and that’s what it’s all about for us. If we can put a smile on your face, that’s what’s important to us. And look, our gay fans are awesome and we want to give back in every way we can, so we’re putting on shows for them. How have you been processing the election outcome? I’ve been able to see a lot of different viewpoints. What I mean is, I just presented at the Glamour Women of the Year event, and it was a pretty somber crowd, obviously. Toward the end, there was a bit of hope. Bono actually won Man of the Year, and he said it best when he was like, I shouldn’t even be up here, but now more than ever, men and women should be uniting and coming together. It was interesting to see how they’re handling it, but for me, personally, I was bummed. Now, it’s time to come together, and there’s going to be some positive things hopefully. It may suck, but I love this country and I think that’s what it’s about. There are several videos online of paparazzi chasing you down and asking if you’re gay. Why do people think you’re gay?

I don’t know the real answer to it. I don’t have an issue with it. I think it’s a compliment. I have a lot of gay fans. It’s not like it bothers me. Some people handle it differently, but at the end of the day, I’m cool with it and think it’s kind of funny. You have to learn to laugh; people are gonna create a story out of anything. You know, it’s probably because I’m in touch with my feminine side. Look, I love fashion; I love to dress well. I love certain things like that. And I have a lot of gay friends, as well, so that could probably point them in that direction. But again, the gay community is something that is close to my heart, so I don’t mind. Hey, if they wanna think I’m gay, it’s fun. Reinforcing those rumors: the fact that you want to collaborate with Barbra Streisand. Yeaaah! I love Barbra Streisand. It’s so funny: Our stylist is like the biggest Barbra Streisand fan in the world, and it’s amazing because I always make sure we play the song “Barbra Streisand” when we walk in the room before a fitting. Do you have a favorite Barbra album? That’s tough to say. Look, I love theater as well. I had the opportunity to be on Broadway when I was younger, and I hope to be able to do it again one day. So, I would say the theatrical side of Barbra, I really love. You’ve also dabbled in acting. If you ever followed in your brother Nick’s footsteps and played gay, who’s on your shortlist of male romantic interests? That’s a great question. I’d say for sure Daniel Craig. I think Matthew McConaughey is a hunk of a man. I’d have to go with George Clooney. Older, mature men. What message do you hope to send to people who are reluctant to support LGBT issues? Look, we’re all human. Some of the best friends in my life are gay, and we don’t look at each other any differently, and it’s not like there’s any separation of who we are as people. Love is love. And if you have a problem with that, then you can just get out of this world – first trip to the moon, first trip to space – because I honestly feel like life’s too short to worry about dumb things like that. People are people, and I’m gonna help out in any way I can. And what better time than now?

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21st Annual LI LGBT Conference MARCH 28, 2017, STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

More than 300 people attended the LGBT Network’s 21st Annual Long Island LGBT Conference at the Stony Brook University Charles B. Wang Center. The annual Long Island LGBT Conference is Long Island’s only LGBT specific conference that seeks to educate and empower students, educators, health and human service providers, and other members of the community, to address the needs of LGBT people throughout the lifespan in their schools and communities.

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MARCH 29, 2017, LGBT NETWORK CENTER AT BAY SHORE

The LGBT Network held Long Island’s first Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), a celebration of the lives and accomplishments of Transgender identified people. Guests enjoyed an evening of fun with music, a comedian, and speakers along with informative, experiential, and community created installations created by members of LITE (Long Island Transgender Experience) promoting love and support.

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OUT AND ABOUT

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by gregg shapiro

21st century

WOMEN Would we have Mitski without queer artist St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark)? Possibly, but it’s hard to ignore St. Vincent’s influence. Nevertheless, Mitski is boldly and brilliantly her own artist on Puberty 2 (Dead Oceans); beginning with the stuttering beat and fluttering vocal of the bizarre “Happy,” a song that morphs from experimental to pure pop and back again. Her loud/quiet/loud approach on “Best American Girl” suits the drama of the subject matter. Listeners would be wise to prepare themselves for the shift from the string-busting, shrieking punk of “My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars” to the exquisite ballad “Thursday Girl.” Like puberty, there is never a dull moment on this album and Mitski makes nothing less than an indelible impression with songs such as “Crack Baby,” “Dan the Dancer” and “Fireworks”.

Mitski performs on April 29 in Brooklyn at Brooklyn Steel and on July 29 in NYC at Panorama. Jesca Hoop released her debut album in 2007. Ten years later, she’s finally getting the recognition that she deserves with Memories Are Now (Sub Pop), her latest album. Memories Are Now arrives on the coattails of 2016’s Love Letter for Fire, a well-received collaboration with Sam Beam of Iron & Wine. Hoop, who has never really fit neatly into a musical category, continues to be unconventional in the best possible way. The opening title cut is one of the more accessible tunes, but it’s no cookie-cutter Katy Perry song. It’s a bare-bones affair augmented by layered choral vocals. The aptly named “Animal Kingdom Chaotic” is sure to appeal LGBT fans of Little Britain with its “computer says no” echo. Other standouts include “Unsaid,” “Pegasi” and “Simon Says.”

Endorsed by Hillary Clinton’s former running mate Tim Kaine, Lucy Dacus makes her debut with No Burden (Matador). You have to admit that that’s quite a distinction and after one listen to the album it’s easy to understand the appeal. Dacus’ honey and smoke voice conveys every inch of an emotion, which is a good thing since her songs, beginning with opener “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore,” pack an emotional wallop. “Troublemaker Doppelganger,” for example, alternates between the blues and a modern rock gallop, while “Strange Torpedo” is subtly explosive.

Lucy Dacus performs May 18 in Brooklyn at Brooklyn Steel.

Medicine For Birds (Warner Brothers), the debut album by young singer/ songwriter Angelica Garcia is just the thing for what ails you. Garcia is a natural folkie (“Bridge On Fire”), frontporch stomper (“Woman, I’m Hollerin’”), modern blues blaster (“Orange Flower”), balladeer (“Loretta Lynn”) and twangy torch singer (“Call Me Later”). The dozen songs on Medicine For Birds are a fine introduction to an artist with much to offer listeners. 42

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Sallie Ford performs on April 12 in Brooklyn at The Bell House The rocky coast photo on the cover of Sallie Ford’s Soul Sick (Vanguard) is an indication that these songs are a different kind of beach music. The vintage vibe of “Screw Up,” “Loneliness Is Power,” “Failure,” “Middle Child” and “Hurts So Bad,” might have you thinking about doing The Swim or The Jerk in a polka-dot bikini atop a crowded beach blanket. However, you’d be wise to pay attention to the lyrics which are about more than hot rods and finding the perfect wave. Don’t neglect to dig that Farfisa on “Get Out” and the horn section on “Rapid Eyes.”

If the name Beth Hart sounds familiar, it’s because 20 or so years ago she had a hit single titled “L.A. Song (Out of this Town),” from her second album Screamin’ For My Supper. In the years that followed, Hart followed her blues passion, releasing a number of albums closely associated with the genre. Fire on the Floor (Provogue), her latest, breaks up the blues with pleasing pop-soul (“Let’s Get Together”), jazz balladry (“Woman You’ve Been Dreaming Of”), piano-driven power-pop (“Picture in a Frame”) and stunning piano/vocal closer “No Place Like Home”.

Taking its title, Freedom Highway (Nonesuch), from the “Pops” Staples song that closes the disc, Rhiannon Giddens’ stellar second solo album, like Ford’s, mines a vintage vein. Also like Ford, Giddens writes and performs in a style that honors the past. Never one to shy away from important subject matter, Giddens opens the recording with “At The Purchaser’s Option.” There is much to admire here, especially in the way that she’s able to strike a balance between styles of folk and soul music that call on the past (“We Could Fly,” “Hey Bébé,” “The Love We Almost Had”) and the present (“Birmingham Sunday” and “Better Get It Right The First Time”), sometimes within the same song.

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OUT AND ABOUT

Screen Savor

by gregg shapiro

THE EDGE OF MANCHESTER BY MOONLIGHT Not to be confused with the classic 1998 gay movie Edge of Seventeen, The Edge of Seventeen (STX/Universal), now available in a double-disc Bluray+DVD+Digital HD version, is the directorial debut by writer/filmmaker Kelly Fremon Craig. t is a good example of a movie that, upon its initial 2016 theatrical was well-received by critics, so much so that one might be led to believe that it’s better than it is. Mostly it’s sloppy and meandering, beginning with the narration near the opening of the film that is abandoned shortly thereafter. As a second grader, Nadine (Hailee Sternfeld) realized there were two kinds of people; those who radiate confidence and naturally excel at life and the people who hope all those people die in a big explosion. Nadine’s older brother Darien (Blake Jenner) fits into the first group while the socially inept Nadine belongs to the second. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Nadine and her mother Mona (Kyra Sedgwick) are always at odds. Mona’s on team Darien. Nadine’s father Tom (Eric Keenleyside) is on her team, that is until he dies. Additionally, Nadine is bullied at school. She’s friendless until she meets Krista (Haley Lu Richardson), and the two outcasts help get the other through the next few years. Adolescence isn’t much better, as Darien kept getting better looking, while Nadine goes through a series of awkward stages. At 17, and as high school juniors, Nadine and Krista are still friends. Nadine has an antagonistic relationship with her favorite teacher Mr. Bruner (Woody Harrelson). She flirts with classmate Erwin (Hayden Szeto) and crushes out on fellow student Nick (Alexander

Calvert). Nadine’s home life is messy, too, with her widowed mother attempting to meet men online. However, it’s when Darien starts dating Krista that Nadine’s world really begins to collapse. Craig has said that she found inspiration in the films of John Hughes, but there is such a lack of humor or insight here that it’s hard to see the connection. Not even the chance to gaze at Blake Jenner’s chiseled features makes it worth watching The Edge of Seventeen. In other words, don’t believe the hype. Bluray+DVD+Digital HD bonus features include deleted scenes and a gag reel. Writer/director (and occasional actor) Kenneth Lonergan has an ear for dialogue and the proven ability to transfer the way in which people speak and interact with each other from the page to the screen. It was vividly on display in his 2000 film You Can Count On Me, for which he received an Oscar nomination. Everything you’ve heard about Lonergan’s latest, the Oscarwinning Manchester By The Sea (Lionsgate/Amazon Studios), which earned Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay trophies, is true. Devastating, raw and real, the film features searing performances by Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Lucas Hedges. Manchester By The Sea weaves back and forth from the present to the past, in long and short sequences. In the present, Lee (Affleck giving the performance of his career) works as a handyman/ janitor at an apartment building near Boston in Quincy. He shovels snow in the winter, fixes leaky sinks and so on. He leads an almost monk-like existence in his basement apartment, although he has a tendency to drink too much at the neighborhood tap and get into fights. The death of Lee’s older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) in seaside Manchester, although not unexpected (he had been living with congestive heart failure for some time), still deals a blow to the younger brother. The brothers had been through a lot together, including the end of Joe’s marriage to alcoholic Elise (Gretchen Mol), the mother of Joe’s son Patrick (Hedges). The brothers were also as much comfort to each other as they could possibly be following an unthinkable tragedy that struck

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Meanwhile, Chiron’s best friend Kevin (Jaden Piner) takes it upon himself to try to toughen him up. Chiron’s living situation is increasingly unpleasant, so he begins hanging out at Juan and Teresa’s. Juan takes him to the beach and tries to teach him to swim. At home, Chiron discovers his mother doing drugs with a strange man. Things come full circle when Juan catches Paula freebasing in a car with the crack she bought from one of his sales associates. What follows is a devastating confrontation scene where Paula makes fun of Chiron as Juan defends him. Lee, his wife Randi (Williams) and their three young children. It is this horrifying event that both dissolves Lee’s marriage and leads him to move more than an hour south to the Boston area. Now Lee is forced to return to Manchester to not only take care of the arrangements for Joe’s funeral, but to tend to other matters. Among those matters is a meeting with Wes (Josh Hamilton), Joe’s lawyer, who informs Lee that he was named Patrick’s guardian in Joe’s will, something of which he was previously unaware. Patrick, who has lived in Manchester his whole life, has no interest in relocating. Because of this, and the fact that he’s a teenager with raging hormones (and two girlfriends), an active social, musical and sports circle, Patrick is constantly butting heads with Lee. To add insult to injury, Randi (who has since remarried) re-enters Lee’s life. The scenes between Lee and Randi, both pre- and post-tragedy, are the stuff of acting legend, with both performances achieving an aching authenticity.

Shortly after that, there is a scene at Juan and Theresa’s, where Chiron asks Juan “What’s a faggot”? To say that what follows is handled with grace and maturity is an understatement. Set during his high school years, the “Chiron” segment finds Chiron (Ashton Sanders) relentlessly bullied by Terrel (Patrick Decille). At this point, though Juan is dead, Kevin (Jharrell Jerome) is still his best friend. He continues to spend time at Teresa’s as his home situation deteriorates due to Paula’s increased drug use. Essentially homeless and sleeping where he can, Chiron runs into Kevin at the beach. With a delicate touch similar to the earlier “what’s a faggot?” scene, the sex scene that occurs is as erotic as it is sophisticated and artful. But such intimacy doesn’t last long when Kevin is pressured to beat up Chiron by the ever-bullying Terrel. The next day at school, Chiron finally explodes and assaults Terrel, and is arrested.

Manchester By The Sea is heavy duty and unflinching. Don’t watch it without a pocketful of tissues. Nevertheless, Lonergan finds ways to incorporate humorous touches throughout that allows his characters, as well as the audience, to breathe just a little easier. Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD special features include deleted scenes, a featurette and a conversation with Lonergan. Based on gay playwright Tarell McCraney’s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, screenwriter/director Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning Moonlight (A24), which took home Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay awards, is nothing less than a breathtaking cinematic achievement. Presented in three separate chapters, Moonlight tells the heartrending story of Chiron – as a child, a teen, and an adult —growing up gay in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood. In the chapter titled “Little”, Chiron (Alex Hibbert) is rescued from school bullies by drug kingpin Juan (Mahershala Ali), and fed and comforted by Juan’s girlfriend Teresa (Janelle Monae). Juan returns the painfully shy young Chiron to his single mother Paula (Naomie Harris) without so much as a thank you from her.

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In “Black,” the third and final section, set in Atlanta, the adult Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) is a fierce and muscular force, with a mouthful of gold fronts. He has taken up where Juan left off in terms of running a drug dealing operation. As a nod to Juan, he even has a similar crown-shaped air freshener on his dashboard. Kevin (Andre Holland) tracks Chiron down by phone and apologizes. He tells Chiron he was reminded of him when he heard a song on the jukebox at the diner where he is a cook. He invites Chiron to come down to Florida and see him. The call has an immeasurable effect on him. Following an emotional visit with Paula, who is in rehab, Chiron heads to Kevin’s place of work. From the moment of recognition that occurs between them to their reacquaintance, Moonlight shines brightly as it not only redefines gay cinema, but also black cinema in ways that must be seen to be believed. Suffice to say, that there’s not a false move or performance in the film. DVD special features include deleted scenes and three featurettes. LIVING OUT

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INTERVIEW

by gregg shapiro

Hallelujah!

Rufus Wainwright is still the gay messiah

In the world of queer music, Rufus Wainwright still reigns supreme. Whether he’s turning a cover tune into an instant and enduring classic (as he did handily with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”), revisiting the work of an icon (his recreation of Judy Garland’s Carnegie Hall concert), following his operatic passion (his opera Prima Donna) or writing and recording his own original pop gems over the course eight studio albums (including 2016’s Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets), there is no one else like Rufus. I had the pleasure of speaking with Rufus in March 2017 before he embarked on his latest concert tour.

person. What I would say is that I think he would be intrigued by the project, only because within his plays, and within the sonnets, there’s such a variety of atmosphere. Whether it’s comedy or tragedy or hatred or love. There’s such a wide range of emotions. I think that in my album there’s such a wide range of musical styles. He would have at least liked one of the songs; because I think they’re all so different. For him to dismiss the whole thing would be impossible. GS: What was involved in the process of selecting performing collaborators for the project, including Helena Bonham Carter, Florence Welch and William Shatner? RW: It was all very different. Florence Welch was a longtime candidate that we had to hunt down and carve out space with, because she is very occupied. In the end, she was incredibly gracious and it was wonderful working with her. Some of the other people, like Helena Bonham Carter, and Carrie Fisher who is sadly departed, they’re friends of mine and they were either in London or LA when I was making the record. I casually called them up and asked them if they wanted to pop over to the studio. Oftentimes we went over to see them, as well. A lot of the people who recited poems were just around which is definitely a sign of the glamorous life that I lead [laughs].

Gregg Shapiro: Rufus, next year is the 20th anniversary of the release of your eponymous debut album. When you look back at the album now, how do you feel about it? Rufus Wainwright: I’m beaming with pride! What can I say? What I’m finding out now, about a lot of my albums, is that at the time there was some kind of frustration that the material didn’t necessarily make it into the mainstream, per ser. It wasn’t on the radio and it didn’t make me oodles of cash. Now, at this point, it seems like there’s some kind of payback in terms of having really stuck to my guns in that era and made the records that I wanted to make and (being) totally focused on my own sound; people are now coming back to me and thanking me for that. I have a lot of pride about it, actually. GS: I know there’s no way of knowing, but what do you think William Shakespeare would have thought of your Take All My Loves album? RW: [Laughs] there really is no way of knowing. We don’t even know if he’s a he for that matter. There’s so little that’s understood about him as a

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GS: Speaking of glamor, we’re talking a few days after the Oscars, and La La Land had a big night, winning six awards. Do you have any interest in writing a movie musical? RW: Oh, yes! I’ve harbored that dream for arguably 35 years, since I was a kid and got into Judy Garland movies and Gene Kelly and stuff like that. GS: Is there one in the works? RW: Certainly now that La La Land did so well and we’re entering a possible wave of movie musicals, there’s definitely been a lot of interest. I’d be a fool not to embark on that kind of project, considering my music and how theatrical it is. GS: The current challenging political environment makes me think of your song “Going To A Town,” which I find to be one of your most political compositions. Are you finding inspirations for more such songs in the age of Trump?

Rufus performs on April 21 at Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington. RW: Let me just say that I’m writing an opera now about the Emperor Hadrian. There are certain songs that I’ve written that relate to the age of Trump. Some of which I’d like to release as soon as possible to get them out there and have people helped by them. But, in terms of writing the opera, what’s going on now is more akin to an operatic tale. It’s so dramatic and frightening and overbearing. It’s definitely hooking into all of my artistic pursuits. It’s scary, but on the other hand inspiring. GS: I recently saw Alan Cumming in concert in Miami and he performed your song “Dinner At Eight”. Do you have favorite cover versions of any of your songs? RW: George Michael did a beautiful cover of “Going To A Town.” I got to write a song for Shirley Bassey which was a lifetime dream. That was great! Shirley Bassey and George Michael, that’s not so bad. GS: Not at all! In addition to the opera, what other current or upcoming projects are you most excited about? RW: They’re doing my first opera, Prima Donna, in Paris in June. That’s a triumph for me. The opera is in French and takes place in Paris, so that will be a real homecoming of sorts. I’m also still working a lot with my sisters, singing with them whenever I can, doing a lot of family music. There’s always something going on. LIVING OUT

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POINTS OF VIEW

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H S A R T ’S S O L U MILO YIANNOPO KS TALKING TAN

I believe free speech not only has its limits, but that it also has a level of responsibility to promote civil discourse for the welfare of others, and reject hate speech which is a precursor to violence. Milo Yiannopoulos, vulgarian, alt-right’s telegenic token gay and Breitbart’s polemical senior editor, last appearance on a national stage may have finally come. And, the bridge too far for even his audience wasn’t Yiannopoulos’s misogyny, xenophobia, racism, antiSemitism, Islamophobia or homophobia, to name a few, but rather his flippant and snarky remarks condoning if not giving a sly and coquettish nod to pedophilia and pederasty in a January 2016 clip of his interview on “Drunken Peasants.” “I’m grateful for Father Michael,” Yiannopoulos told his audience defending his molestation. “I wouldn’t give nearly such good [oral sex] if it wasn’t for him.” In a moment of contrition or perhaps a last-ditch effort to salvage his job, after a tsunami of criticism from even his co-workers at Brietbart, Yiannopoulos went on Facebook and uncharacteristically took responsibility for his faux pas. “I’m partly to blame. My own experiences as a victim led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous,” Yiannopoulos wrote. “I am certainly guilty of imprecise language, which I regret.” For too long Yiannopoulos felt he was unstoppable when it came to his unfettered free speech as an exercise of his First Amendment right. And why should Yiannopoulos not with a $250,000 book advance for his memoir “Dangerous,” an exploration of the issues of “political correctness” and free speech with Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster as the grand prize for trash talking. Simon & Schuster has now canceled Yiannopoulos’s “Dangerous.” Before Yiannopoulos became alt-right’s perfect poster-boy- gay and Jewish- who denounces dentity politics and “political correctness” a backlash from the Tea Party movement had been afoot for over a decade. But Tea Party and now alt-right folks are not alone expressing how “political correctness” infringes on their life, like the war on Christmas. The controversy first shows its face every early December with the inanity over the new design of Starbucks holiday cups that don’t have a Christmas theme or the greeting “Merry Christmas.” The ongoing feuding back and forth revealed in a July 2016 Pew Research Poll that 59 percent of American’s agree that “too many people are easily offended these days over the language that others use.” Liberal colleges and universities have been in the bull’s- eye of this ongoing debate with conservatives now emboldened with Trump’s presidency to challenge aggressively the politics of “political correctness.” Yiannopoulos’s cancelled visit to Berkeley due to student protests were spun by conservatives as antithetical to free speech and viewed by liberals as hate speech. “An epidemic of speech suppression has taken over college campuses,” Matt Schlapp chairman of the group which sponsors

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CPAC told the Hollywood Reporter of Yiannopoulos’ cancelled appearance at Berkeley.“ Milo has exposed their liberal thuggery and we think free speech includes hearing Milo’s important perspective.” Yiannopoulos has been uniquely positioned in transforming his public vitriol and provocation as the symbolic voice and victim of the not “politically correct” oppressed. He has deliberately exploited the tensions between the two camps, employing his brand of hate speech, to stretch the perimeters of how far he can go protected not only under the First Amendment, but also with his audience. As an infamous internet troll, for example, Twitter suspended Yiannopoulos account only after an onslaught of targeted racist and sexist diatribes hurled at Saturday Night Live comedian Leslie Jones was derided by an explosion of celebs coming to Jones’s defense. I believe free speech not only has its limits, but that it also has a level of responsibility to promote civil discourse for the welfare of others, and reject hate speech which is a precursor to violence. While we know, we cannot scream “fire’ in a crowded cinema, because of the potential harm it could create it is equally inappropriate to hurl epithets and threats which Yiannopoulos did unapologetically. And he engages in hate speech aimed at historically disenfranchised groups and individuals with the sole purpose of enflame divisions not only on college campuses but also across the country. When hate speech becomes an accepted norm we have a problem. Hate speech is not a passive form of public speech. And one of the signs of an intolerant society is its hate speech, whether used jokingly or intentionally, aimed at specific groups of people. Also, when this form of verbal abuse becomes part and parcel of the everyday parlance and exchange between people, we have created a society characterized by its zero-tolerance of inclusion and diversity, and where name-calling becomes an accepted norm. Language is a representation of culture, and it perpetuates ideas and assumptions about race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation that we consciously, and unconsciously, articulate in our everyday conversations about ourselves and the rest of the world, and consequently transmit generationally. The liberation of a people is also rooted in the liberation of abusive language in the form of hate hurled at them. Using epithets, especially jokingly, does not eradicate its historical baggage, and its existing social relations among us. Instead, using them dislodges these epithets from their historical context and makes us insensitive and arrogant to the historical injustices done to specific group of Americans. They allow all Americans to become numb to the use and abuse of the power of hate speech because of the currency these epithets still have. And lastly, hate speech thwarts the daily struggle in which many us engage in trying to ameliorate human relations - something Yiannopoulos was antithetical to. Time for a break. LIVING OUT

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HOROSCOPES

March 2017

HOROSCOPES

Aries – Pluto in your 10th house - your practical ambitious plans revolve around money. You’re more than willing to manage someone else’s money - and can do wonders with it. The accent now is on gaining the trust of an influential person who will provide backing. The lucky number is 8.

Scorpio – Pluto in your 3rd house - you’ll be more cautious about dealing with distant places and strangers. Go slow, don’t force yourself beyond a comfortable range. A visit to an old neighborhood provides nostalgic moments and a poignant meeting. Contact a Cancer person.

Taurus – Pluto in your 9th house - the sky’s the

Sagittarius – Pluto in your 2nd house - you

limit! You won’t be restricted by any petty thinking as you travel, make long-range plans, and expand mental boundaries. Leave the past and its problems behind; walk away instead of arguing. Aries and Libra are on hand.

attract someone with a taste for healthy, gourmet foods, and a peaceful atmosphere. Enjoy the month; you’ll benefit through a special gift that shows true depth of affection. A family matter will be adjusted smoothly; don’t worry about it. Number 6 pays off now.

Gemini – Pluto in your 8th house - you’ll get a chance to prove yourself to a partner, mate or associate. Curb a tendency to go out on a limb or make impulsive decisions. A low profile and steady solid efforts are most likely to impress another. Study a legal document thoroughly. The lucky number is 4.

Cancer –Pluto in your 7th house - your head will be in a spin. You’ll be witty, creative, and anxious to talk about the one you love. A group or organizational meeting is the scene of much wit and good feelings. Romantic wishes could come true in an unexpected way. Count on number 5.

Leo – Pluto in your 6th house - stick with strong conviction this month. You have a keen, good sense about a business proposition; figure out a shrewd plan of action before you make a move. It’s especially essential to know if a key executive is with you; you’ll find out in a confidential chat.

Virgo – Pluto in your 5th house - your sense of humor is spotlighted. You’ll feel free, unfettered, and will draw people to you who appreciate your happy-go-lucky attitude. A parent or parental figure may be a wet blanket but could keep you from over-extending your self. The lucky number is 5.

Libra – Pluto in your 4th house - don’t believe everything you hear. A financial offer has strings attached that are not visible now. You’re in the mood to believe the best of everyone. Your special sensitivity could be best used to investigate the mysteries of life. A Pisces offers insight. 50

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Capricorn – Pluto in your 1st house - a leadership role can take you places. You’ll see new sights and learn new facts. Your philosophy of life becomes more joyous and love-oriented. A romantic interest wants to travel with you and explore beyond your current boundaries. Number 1 is the best.

Aquarius – Pluto in your 12th house - you’ll work behind the scenes or in a matter requiring much secrecy. You’ll be a good detective, counselor, or researcher. Someone who comes to you with a tale of woe needs encouragement, not criticism. Offer valid suggestions. The lucky number is 7.

Pisces – Pluto in your 11th house - a public appearance requires your more serious, practical side. Someone in an authority position is watching to see if you carry through with tasks as promised. Shrewd thinking helps you overcome difficult obstacles that arise. Leo plays a major role.

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

April 2017

HOROSCOPES

Aries – Y ou’ll provide balance, warmth, and diplomacy that your family situation requires. Your wish for peace and harmony is strong now. Don’t insist on stubborn views if you want a celebration to go off as planned. Taurus, Libra and Scorpio are in the picture.

Taurus – This month’s emphasis is on humanitarian projects, charity drives, or other generous activities. You’ll operate best in private, not publicizing your generosity. A visit to one confined to a home or hospital will be particularly appreciated and useful. Number 9 is best.

Gemini – The lunar cycle is high, assuring you’ll be at your best. Dress in a glamorous style; project an image of confidence. You may be extra sensitive to sights, sounds and comments. Give yourself space if you need it. Mutual appreciation is heightened.

Cancer – Y ou’ll make a good impression or meet an important person. This could be an important month for love, money, and prestige. Your ability to lead others is spot-lighted, although there may be a great age difference in associates at this time. Try number 8 for luck.

Leo – A long search for an item of purchase will finally be concluded. You’ll get what you want but should avoid haggling over price. Generosity with others will pay off in future good will. The accent is also on your value systems. Aries shows you a new way to go.

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Scorpio –Accept a social situation that is offered. You won’t want to stay in one spot; you’ll circulate among people who are well-educated, traveled and open-minded. If you must decide among several ideas; choose only what is best for you. The lucky number is 3. Sagittarius – T his routine month allows you to review, revise and get better organized. A family member will help; all you have to do is ask, but you should not hand over details that need your personal attention. Your desire to escape is emphasized. Stick to each task and reap great rewards..

Capricorn – Your sense of freedom grows. You’ll benefit by a change of scenery and variety. Accept an invitation for a brief trip in your area, but make home the center of your attention otherwise. Someone who calls you has romance on the mind, plus good talk. Number 5 is the best.

Aquarius – You’ll make needed domestic adjustments, including a change of furniture or color scheme. Your creative talents are strong; you’ll enjoy beautifying your environment. A family member who was out of sorts will be more cooperative. Libra plays a major role.

Pisces – The emphasis this month is on romance, dreams, and unrealistic expectations. View a sentimental film, attend a theater, or listen to out-ofthis-world music for enjoyment.The lucky number is 7.

Virgo – Original ideas will be profitable. Forge ahead on a new path; don’t allow old concepts to limit your current creativity. Someone in some branch of show business can help you put thoughts into concrete form. Romance is favored. Look out for number 1.

Libra – Follow through on a hunch, especially in regard to a communication project. You’ll learn through teaching, explaining or otherwise helping others to gain knowledge. A neighbor has something vital to discuss with you. A Cancer appreciates your ideas.

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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 LIVING OUT

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