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OMG Volume 1 • Issue 1
P U B L I S H E R ’S
For decades now, there have been various publications catering to the gay community in Central Florida. They have all done a good job in their efforts, yet one specific region has been very often either ignored or not concentrated upon... until now.
So what is OMG! Magazine? It’s about changing the status quo. It’s about offering the best of both worlds by providing our readers with both engaging content and stimulating entertainment. It’s a platform that highlights the Central Florida GLBT community (and our allies) in a way that truly grabs attention and makes you exclaim, “Oh My God!” OMG! is fresh, edgy, ambitious and, most of all, a publication unlike anything you’ve seen before.
OMG! Magazine caters to Central Florida, including Tampa, St. Petersburg and Orlando. We are based in Central Florida and our readers are our top priority, whether they are local, visiting or on the Web. We, as publishers, have put all of our energy into developing this product both in print and online. We are proud to be actively involved in the gay community, both socially and intellectually. Together with our other gay owned and operated ventures, we will work hard to keep OMG! Magazine the source for all of your needs.
So here it is: our first issue. We hope you enjoy it and find that it brings something new to the table. Let us know what you think, where we can improve, what you liked, what you didn’t, and what you would like to see in issues to come, so we can continue to make you say OMG! Sincerely,
Publisher James Clark James@omgmag.com
Managing Editor René Perez Rene@omgmag.com
Web Administrator Rocky Segarra
Graphic Designers Travis Sedler Tameka McDonald George Menendez Perez
Sales Cassandra Hair Eric Liebman Contributors Mark & Carrie Sally Phillips Andrew Powell Irene Bridges
Writers Mike Halterman Maria Vargas Alan Phillips JoJo Thompson Jorge Alvarado Carlos Lopez
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09RECIPE 10CHEAPER THAN THERAPY
13SPORTS 17EVENT PHOTOS 22LOL GAY DAYS 2009 FEATURE ARTICLE 30MODEL SPREAD 35FASHION
36GOSSIP 39UNDOMESTICATED 42HEALTH 43HOROSCOPES
Strawberry Lovin’ By: Cassandra Hair
With Gay Days and the equally steamy summer months coming up, I’m gonna share with y’all my top secret, boy grabbin’, man makin’, Strawberry Salsa recipe. Also, I’m giving y’all a Frozen Nipple ... It’s a refreshing frozen drink, get your mind out of the gutter! I am gonna warn you though, these recipes should only be used with extreme caution, ‘cause once friends taste them, they won’t leave!
Strawberry Salsa 2c fresh strawberries diced 1 ripe avocado diced 1 ripe mango diced 1c red onion diced 3 tbsp cilantro minced 1 hot pepper (any kind), seeded and minced 1 oz agave tequila (and a little extra for yourself ) 2 limes zested and juiced Salt and pepper to taste Small dice the strawberries, avocado, mango and red onion. Mix well with the next three ingredients. Then add limejuice, zest and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with tri-colored chips and enjoy! Tip: you can make this a couple of hours ahead of time. Just use a little more limejuice and store with plastic wrap pressed on top so the avocado doesn’t turn brown.
Frozen Nipple 2oz 4oz 4oz
vodka partly frozen, sliced strawberries cranberry cocktail
Add all ingredients to a blender and let it rip ‘till it is smooth. Pour into a frosted glass and enjoy. You can also use mango or pineapple instead of the berries, if you prefer. Y’all have fun during Gay Days, and please heed my warning...
CHEAPERthan By: Alan Phillips
Naked in the backseat of a Volvo with a pair of legs on my shoulders, I began thinking about this column. Small beads of sweat glistened in the soft glow from a nearby streetlamp, dotting the smooth, muscular thighs pressed against my chest. The image pulled me from my alcohol-induced haze and forced me into reality. He is not a boyfriend. We aren’t even on a date. I ran into him earlier at the beach. I couldn’t help but wonder if other people get themselves in situations like this. My values are deficient, my priorities are misaligned, and my morals are questionable at best. I am shallow yet neurotic. I subscribe to the idea that if everything looks good on the outside, the mess inside is tolerable. In short, I’m a 30-year-old child being forced to grow up too soon, and fighting progress every step of the way. Completely naked, twisted into potentially harmful positions in what is ironically considered the safest car in the world, my mind filled with random thoughts: Can I get arrested for this? Is special soap required to clean the leather, or can he just wipe it down with Armor All? Look … a cup holder! All thoughts were, I suspect, an effort to avoid the real question: why is a reasonably intelligent, arguably stable man in his 30s involved in such adolescent circumstances? Glancing at my clothes, crumpled in a pile on the floorboard, the level of my exposure began to sink in. My friends often find humor in my tales of indiscretion. It’s a pretty sweet arrangement: I recount my alcohol-induced, foolish attempts to grasp happiness from the most unlikely situations, and they, like good friends, laugh along pretending they’re not silently judging me. I have become quite comfortable with this relationship. But when my thoughts turned to this column, I couldn’t help but ask, am I really willing to bare it all? Will opening birthday cards from my grandmother over the trashcan seem cold-hearted or simply efficient? Will making a co-worker cry by saying her outfit made her look fat render me an asshole or a good Samaritan trying to help my fellow man? Will having sex with someone I don’t like just so the date isn’t a total loss portray me as a slut or a nouveau, practical thinker? In the end, I suppose if I can press my bare ass against a steamy car window in a public parking lot, I can own up to it … and ultimately commit it to print. So, I’ve decided to share my stories, no-holds-barred, with complete strangers in the hope that maybe you’ll laugh along. Maybe you’ll feel better about yourself. Maybe you’ll even take away some piece of wisdom, which is a nice, albeit disturbing, thought.
But, maybe in the end you’ll simply judge, even pity, this poor, misguided author … and that’s ok. Frankly, telling you my sordid tales is definitely cheaper than therapy.
Happenings in GLBT Sports By: Carlos Anthony
The Suncoast Softball season is coming to the end. The top teams will be going to the Gay Softball World Series on Labor Day for one full week. Congrats to the B Division - Live Wire, C Division - Mojo, and the two top teams from the D Division - Aces & Inferno, who will all represent Tampa in this year’s Gay Softball World Series being held Labor Day week August 29-September 7 in Milwaukee, WI. The Saturday Softball League is proud to host the 33rd Annual NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series! They expect as many as 200 teams and 4,000 players, fans, and friends to converge on Milwaukee from across the United States and Canada for the largest annual gay sporting event. Milwaukee is known as the “City of Festivals” and in that spirit, we are proud to present NAGAAAFest 2009. In addition to a stellar softball tournament, NAGAAAFest will be a series of events, celebrations and parties for the entire community. The Diamond Divas will be entertaining at the Opening Ceremonies of NAGAAAFest on Monday, August 31. The Opening Ceremonies will take place on the shores of Lake Michigan. Admission is FREE to all GSWS softball players on the rosters (18) and the two designated non-players on each roster. Additional tickets will be available for sale before and on the day of the event. For more info on the GSWS visit www.nagaaafest.com. Changes are coming for Suncoast Softball. Elections for a new Team Council Committee were held and the Team Council Committee Winners are: New Commissioner - Bobby Tencza Asst. Commissioners: B Div. - DJ Brown C Div. - Chuck Heath D Div. - Allen Reynolds Treasurer - Scott Lenker Secretary - Doug Hamilton The Summer 2009 Softball Season begins June 14. Anyone interested in playing softball in Tampa can visit www.suncoastsoftball.org. This article will continue to grow and have some great coverage of GLBT sports and will also feature some of our local jocks of the Tampa Bay area, so stay tuned!
Politics By: René Perez
I have to say I can’t think of a more exciting time in GLBT politics. I mean, we finally have a gay-friendly president in office in the form of rock-star-like Barack Obama. He specifically mentioned members of the GLBT community during his inspiring, election-night speech and even invited gay and lesbian families to this year’s Easter Egg Roll at the White House. Though not perfect by any means, Obama will definitely be someone to help our cause. Furthermore, gay marriage is gaining traction in multiple states, despite the recent California ruling that upheld Proposition 8 (which denied same-sex couples the right to wed). Though negative ballot measures passed in states like Florida and California, there is hope on the horizon. Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa and Maine have become the latest states to join Massachusetts in allowing gay marriage, and lawmakers in New York, New Jersey and New Hampshire appear on the verge of passing bills to give same-sex couples the right to marry. Furthermore, the Pentagon’s absurd policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which affects countless members of the GLBT community who are bravely serving in the military, finally appears on its way out. Though things are looking up for our community, this is no time to become complacent. There is much work to be done, and close-minded people are looking to take away fundamental rights and full equality. Regardless of your race, age, gender or anything else, this is no time for apathy, whether you think the issues affect you or not. The following is an excerpt from The Dallas Principles, a recently published document that I believe sums up the core of where our community needs to focus: The following eight guiding principles underlie our call to action. In order to achieve full civil rights now, we avow: 1. Full civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals must be enacted now. Delay and excuses are no longer acceptable. 2. We will not leave any part of our community behind. 3. Separate is never equal. 4. Religious beliefs are not a basis upon which to affirm or deny civil rights. 5. The establishment and guardianship of full civil rights is a non-partisan issue. 6. Individual involvement and grassroots action are paramount to success and must be encouraged. 7. Success is measured by the civil rights we all achieve, not by words, access or money raised. 8. Those who seek our support are expected to commit to these principles. OMG!
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Most of you that know me recognize me for my ass shaking routines at The Honeypot or my catwalk on the runway. When I am not be a total diva, I am scoping out Tampa and researching important women’s issues. In a same sex relationship for over a year, I have become engrossed in many issues that come with partnership. Sex, money and love (not in that order) are common topics that many lesbians are struggling with, whether they are single or not. While many gay men’s magazines flood the newsstands in Miami and New York the question arises, “What about the ladies?” Well that question is now answered with LOL. Besides literally laughing out loud to the scandalous situations and embarrassing
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month. From mortifying anonymously or have them published every moments to erotic stories, women can now be heard as well as seen. A fashionista, as most of you know, I also wanted to use my knowledge of fashion that I have acquired with my extensive modeling and through the pursuit of by BA in fashion retail management. Documented amazing outfits and fashion faux pas, my goal is to let lesbians know that they no longer need to wear graphic tees and plaid shorts. With photos displayed each month, readers can take tips and think outside the box, learning what to wear and definitely what not to wear. Lastly, each month I will choose an establishments and events that are not only lesbian friendly, but are also doing something positive for society. Local artists, designers and musicians will be featured along with upcoming events to aware readers of entertainment in the Tampa Bay area. From art exhibits to film festivals, the lesbian neighborhood can be participate in the cultural aspects and support talents of the community. So here it is, a column written for women, by women. Filling in all the gaps between that first kiss and “u-hauling.” I mean seriously, don’t you wonder why most lesbian relationships last a month? Well now you no longer have to. With guidance from what looks like a small 500 word column, you can have at least 500 tips to improve your style, relationship and peace of mind. And showcasing clubs that aren’t on Seventh Avenue broadens the audience of ladies that are in fact over thirty. Because let’s face it, it’s time us girls got something more than free drinks before eleven at G-Bar. From simple beauty tips (because we know not all of us wear make-up) and how to perform oral sex (yes ladies, there is a technique) every woman will be satisfied when they are done. But with me that happens all the time, lol. - JOJO
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GAY DAYS THEN & NOW
WTF? BY MIKE HA LTERMA
LIKE OMG.. The One With the Gay Texas Mayor A popular young mayor of a city in West Texas was elected to a fourth term this month. Before taking the oath of office, however, San Angelo Mayor J.W. Lown submitted his resignation. The reason? He was leaving the country to be with his gay lover, who apparently lived in the U.S. illegally after a student visa expired. Sounds like a story best served on Days of Our Lives! Lown, 32, was very popular among constituents in San Angelo (pop. 88,000), so the events came as a shock to the entire city. Lown told the San Angelo StandardTimes that he did not wish to remain in the mayor's office while â€œaiding and assistingâ€? an illegal immigrant. What's the more shocking part of this story: the "fleeing the country with my illegal immigrant lover" angle, or that there's an actual honest politician out there?
Miss California Strikes Again In other dramatic news, the world keeps on turning for beauty queen Carrie Prejean, who became infamous (or famous, depending on who you ask) for her Anita Bryant-esque stance against gay marriage at the Miss USA pageant. After aligning with "family integrity" groups and narrowly avoiding being stripped of her Miss California title, the Prejean media circus was about to die down ... until a woman came forward claiming to be the lesbian lover of Prejean's mother! Valerie Vetrano, in an exclusive interview with the tabloid Star, alleges that she is the longtime lover of Prejean's mother, Francine Coppola, and that the relationship ended just a few short weeks before Prejean uttered the fateful words "opposite marriage" at Miss USA. Vetrano told ABC News, "I did date her. I'm not going to deny it, but I'm not going to say anything else." Prejean and Coppola, who sure loved to talk before, are now refusing to comment. OMG!
.. SHUT UP! The Adventures of Adam Lambert Even in its eighth year, American Idol has proven to be a ratings behemoth and fodder for water-cooler conversations across America. This year, the contestant with the most buzz was Adam Lambert, the glam rocker with the painted face who makes out with boys but may or may not be gay. Widely expected to win the title before falling to folksy Arkansan Kris Allen in the season finale, Lambert continued to draw press even after the finale on two fronts. First, former Idol runner-up Clay Aiken, who everyone knew was "family" before he cared to acknowledge it, trashed Lambert on his blog, writing "I thought my ears would bleed. Contrived, awful and slightly frightening," in regards to Lambertâ€™s widely-discussed performance of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire." Someone get Clay some Meow Mix and tell him to wash that down with some Haterade! For his part, Lambert responded to the slam and said, "I'm glad he's getting headlines now because he wasn't before. If he wants to ride my coattails about it, good for him." Double bitchy! I think both of these queens need some cheese with their whine. On The View, Idol judge Kara DioGuardi made a seemingly innocuous comment on Lambert's sexuality with "I don't think that Adam was ever in [the closet]. I think he was always openly out." His response? "Calm down. Keep speculating." The attention whoring bit is not cute, dearest; just say you are or you aren't. Whether you're gay or not, be sure to enjoy your 15 minutes.
BY: MIKE HALTERMAN
Ignorance is not Bliss
What your mother should have told you. A few weeks ago, one of the contestants on Make Me a Supermodel mentioned walking around naked in front of her toddler son because, “No offense, but I don’t want my son to grow up to be like, gay.” She rescinded the comment later, and of course mentioned that she has gay friends. (You know, as a way to make it all better.) It seems like every time you hear that someone has gay friends, he or she is trying to explain his or her tolerance, or better yet—explain away an intolerant comment. I never want to be that girl. But in some ways, I am that girl. The girl who hung out with the gay boys in high school, working backstage in the Thespian club. The girl who not-sosecretly thinks two men getting it on is extremely arousing. The girl who believes in same-sex marriage and has lesbian friends with kids. As cheesy as that bumper sticker sentiment is, I’m straight—but not narrow. I don’t understand settling for tolerance. To me, the word implies politely dealing with something. The LGBT community shouldn’t be tolerated, but accepted. I hate saying, “A lot of my friends are gay,” because it makes me sound like an asshole. My friends are just my friends. Highschool gay-straight alliances are one of the most important movements I’ve seen develop since I graduated. We need to be sharing. We need to be learning. Our kids need to be exposed to the difficulties and prejudices facing their peers. Hell, adults could use a good gay-straight alliance too. I know that I have plenty to learn. (And no one but Google to turn to when I’m not sure what an acronym means or if I’m using an offensive term.) Ignorance is not bliss. What does undomesticated mean to me? I’m married (to a man) and I have two young boys. Yes, I change diapers and spoon baby food and wipe asses. I also stay connected to my friends online, frequently “forget” how to operate my dishwasher, and wholeheartedly reject the notion that parenthood pigeonholes you into a certain set of beliefs and behaviors. I don’t think being the cool mom means buying my kids beer when they’re freshmen in high school. I believe it means embracing my responsibility to raise boys who love and respect the differences that make all of us cool. In the meantime, I’ll be mourning the fact that Ru Paul’s Drag Race had such a short season. I’ll be secretly writing stories about Sherlock Holmes doing Watson six ways from Sunday. And I’ll be sharing my take on the world as a mother, a woman, and a writer. -Maria V. OMG
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1. Hydrate. Florida is hot and humid. Orlando is huge. Theme parks are epic. Dehydration will totally ruin your day. Bring a reusable water bottle (preferably with a clip) so you can fill it at fountains instead of paying $5 for a bottle you’ll throw away. 2. Dress smart. Be prepared for rain, swimming, sweat. Even in the summer, layers are appropriate. Indoor events and theme park attractions can be surprisingly chilly—and layers can help you avoid sunburns. 3. Do your homework. Take a quick look at Google Maps before you head out to Orlando. Map a few routes and get a general sense of where you’ll be. You don’t want to waste time getting lost or scrambling for directions once you’re there. 4.
Play safely. Wrap it up. ‘Nuff said.
5. Take it easy. Take advantage of your hotel room. Skip lunchtime at the theme parksthe crowds and heat are unbearable. Take a nap. Grab a quick shower. You will get burned out if you do too much each day. 6. Use the buddy system. Really. Make sure someone knows where you’ll be or where you’re heading. Do the same for a friend. Check in with someone if you go off the grid for a couple of days. 7. Don’t try to do everything. Pick a couple of must-attend events and play it by ear after that. Leave room in case you stumble on something fun or you just want to bake by the pool for ten hours straight. 8. Program a local cab number into your phone. A safe ride back to your hotel should be a speed dial number away. You already know this—but don’t drink and drive. 9. Have a sense of humor. Something will go wrong—whether it’s a four-hour line for the only ride you want to go on at the Magic Kingdom, or lost luggage at the airport. Laugh it off and move on. 10. Bring a swag bag. Between free stuff and shopping, you’ll need an extra bag to haul your loot home. OMG!
GAY DAYS 2009 HOROSCOPES
You will start acting very promiscous trying to play hard to get, yet you are ready to be a total bottom for some hot stallion. Itʼs time to settle down, but yet you still want to have fun. Why not just find a man and be his bitch, thats always fun. Hmmm... Something BIG is coming your way. Maybe around 3 am while youʼre tipsy.
Stop trying to be the dominate one and just give in. You never know, you might like it from the other end.
Time for squats, if you keep the direction your heading, youʼll end up with trains using you as a tunnel.
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Try something new. Whether it be whips and chains or maybe even a nice relaxing hobbie. Actually, stick with the whips and chains, you know you want to. Late hours mean trouble for you. Meaning youʼll either run into another top or youʼll break the condom while putting it on. DONʼT YOU JUST HATE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS. Time for the pill. Yah you know it. Your 3rd leg is probably just worn out and cant stay kicking for long anymore. :( Drop what youʼre doing. Go to the closest gas station and pick up a Kit Kat bar, CAUSE YOUR ASS NEEDS A BREAK! QUEEN! WHATS WRONG WITH YOU! The future says some nasty thing about you. Letʼs just say it involves a cucumber, a video camera, and ... a jar of elbow grease.
It will be one of the following three: 1, a good man. SAGITTARIUS 2,special. some money. 3, a BIG penis. You are one lucky person. Youʼre gonna find something
Time to move on, from one thing to the next. Try not to let it out of your reach, though, ʻcause you never know when that itch is calling.
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