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IN MEMORIAM Thank you, Matt Kailey … With Love Author, activist, professor, and beloved friend of the community Matt Kailey passed away in the early hours of May 18. Matt was an inspiration to many and as one of the country’s first trans journalists, he blazed trails not only for future trans writers, but for all who struggled to give voice to the silent T in LGBT. Matt was a staff writer here at Out Front for a number of years before taking the reigns as managing editor. He stepped down in 2011, after eight years of dutiful service to our community. We offer our condolences to the friends and family of a truly inspirational man and stand in solidarity when we say: he will be dearly, dearly missed. didn’t know it then, but it was a moment so incredibly, quintessentially, and adorably Matt Kailey. It was three weeks into his new class, Writing Your Gender, at Metropolitan State University of Denver. The assigned reading for the course was his Lambda Literary-nominated memoir, “Just Add Hormones.” As a number of college professors do, Kailey had been quizzing us to be sure we were reading each week’s chapters. But this week he stopped. “I’m embarrassed,” he told us, explaining that he felt too narcissistic forcing us to carefully remember intimate details of his life thoroughly enough to pass tests about it. I was struck by his humility. His book was truly a fascinating and worthy read, as his life had been nothing short of inspiring. Kailey had published two award-winning books, started a popular blog, taught pioneering courses on transgender issues and history, appeared in several documentaries, lent his voice to countless news outlets, served as the managing editor of Out Front, counted iconic celebrities and trans activists such as Calpernia Addams and Chaz Bono among his friends, and touched the lives — so many lives — of those who came to know him. Of course, as I am sitting here rattling off his many accomplishments, I know he’d, again, be embarrassed. I’d tell him to keep blushing. His kindness, beauty, and courageousness will forever be deserving of recognition. I know I speak for many — for those in the Colorado LGBTQ community, and for those around the world whom he reached with his words — when I say Matt Kailey will be missed. Terribly. With gratitude, Kristin Ziegler, student, friend, and colleague.
don’t think I can even come close to doing Matt justice; he was so many things to so many people. But if he taught me anything, it was to use my words to help bring what I’m feeling and thinking to the surface. I will do my best. I first met Matt nearly seven years ago. He was at CU Boulder for an event. I was nineteen or twenty, just starting my own transition, and going through a rough patch. I remember being in awe of Matt; here was a guy who had embarked on a journey similar to my own and had come out on the other side. Over the next few years, I ran across Matt a few more times, usually when we were both speaking on a panel. I was always honored to speak alongside him. His eloquence, candor, and sense of humor endeared him to many people, and he had an unbelievable ability to make people relate to his story and experiences. But my strongest memories of Matt are of him as a teacher. When I was a sophomore in college, I was fortunate enough to be a part of his inaugural Writing Your Gender course. Even though, as a social worker, my education was filled with courses designed to promote reflection and force me to confront my demons, Matt’s class always stood out. I remember writing assignments that helped me access the raw pain of my experiences as a transgender man. I remember lecture material that challenged us to reexamine our assumptions, and class discussions so thoughtprovoking that my classmates and I would linger in the halls after class, or go to a bar solely to continue our conversations. If the mark of a good teacher is the ability to instill an eagerness to learn, then he was one of the best. Matt Kailey was truly one of a kind. For me, he was a teacher, a mentor, and a friend. For our community, he was an advocate and trailblazer who helped create a safer, better world for transgender people. For our allies, he was an approachable, honest, and unwavering voice of guidance and support. We will all miss him. I know we will all honor his memory by continuing to strive to do our best for ourselves, our community, and our world. Jason Marquez, friend and student.
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o speak of Matt Kailey in the past tense is more than just changing tenses; it’s learning how to verbalize the impact of his unfortunate and untimely passing. It’s realizing he is gone. It has been an honor to work with Matt Kailey over the last four years as a student, professor, guest lecturer, and friend. Matt has been a strong ally for me during my undergraduate degree at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. In March 2013, he published a highly political article concerning trans issues in Out Front, of which I was both a subject and a cover model. Matt has been instrumental in assisting and developing my academic passion in postgraduate studies at the University of Colorado Denver, and it has been pleasure to have worked with an individual who possessed such tenacity, affability, and talent in abundance. The trans community has lost one of its strongest voices. Thus, I pray we find the strength to process and deal with his passing. Words cannot express the dismay and heartbreak many of us share with this tragedy, but I can only hope our community will understand the impact he made. To Matt, I am humble and speechless. I know that you are at peace. Please know you are deeply missed. Thank you for inspiring me to take pride in who I am as a trans woman and how the intersectionality of my identity frames who I am and what I can be. Thank you for helping me achieve some of the highest educational goals by fighting stereotypes of black trans women. With this, I will say: it is not a time to engage in trans politics, but a time of celebration of your life and wonderful achievements. And for these, I thank you. Peace be with you. You will be forever missed. Savannah Sanburg, friend, student, and colleague.
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LOCAL GAY VET WILL RETURN TO MILITARY SERVICE AFTER DADT DISCHARGE 12 years ago, Judson Smith was kicked out of the military under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Now he serves as an openly gay officer in the Air Force. Mike Yost
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“I still, to this day, just can’t wrap my head around the thought process of why,” says Smith, reflecting on that day in 2002 when his career in the Air Force came to an abrupt end. “Why did this have to happen? I always exceeded my performance evaluations. I always went above and beyond.” Born and raised in the small town of Potosi, Missouri, Smith was the first in his family to enlist in the military. He joined in 1999, and the Air Force trained him as a firefighter and paramedic. He was stationed with the 45th Space Wing Space Shuttle Support Team at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. Smith dreamed of one day training to be a pilot, but his plans were shattered in 2001 when he was called into his first sergeant’s office. “My commanding officer received an anonymous email,” says Smith. “To this day, I still don’t know who it came from.” The email claimed Smith was gay, and the Air Force launched an investigation. Smith was interviewed by a captain, a rocket launch specialist assigned to the case. “He did all the things you weren’t supposed to do,” says Smith. “He asked me if I was gay, if I’d ever been to a gay bar, [if I’d ever] had sex with a girl.” Smith answered honestly, feeling it was important to adhere to one of the Air Force’s core values: Integrity first. 34 airmen he worked with at the squadron’s fire department — including the fire chief — wrote letters of support regarding Smith’s exemplary military service. Still, in April of 2002, Smith was discharged from the Air Force under the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy (DADT). He never saw the email that ended his military career. Smith was represented by the nonprofit, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), and received an honorable discharge, JUDSON SMITH which allowed him to keep most of his veteran benefits — with the exception of his education tuition assistance, withheld because Smith’s separation from the military was not voluntary. “I would be about four years from retirement,” says Smith, reflecting on how different his life would be if he was still in the Air Force. “I went through different stages of anger and denial, and I finally had to reason at some point that the only thing I can do is be part of something that helps change it.” Smith launched his post-military life as an advocate for change, traveling across the nation, sharing his story, and raising funds to support the work of SLDN. More than 14,000 servicemembers were discharged under DADT, signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993. In January of 2010, President Obama announced in a state of the union address that he would end DADT, and on December 18, 2010, the US Senate voted to repeal the 17-year-old policy. “I remember where I was the day it happened,” says Smith, who was working as a flight paramedic in St. Louis at the time. “As a matter of fact, as the news came on, we were getting a flight request, so I had to catch the rest of the news story when we dropped the patient off at the hospital.” CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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GAY VET RETURNS: CONTINUED After finishing his graduate degree at Lindenwood University in 2012, Smith moved to Denver for a job and excitedly began the process of rejoining the military — this time as an officer in the Air Force Reserves. But Smith ran into more road blocks. Though qualified as a paramedic and firefighter and having a master’s degree in healthcare management, he was told he was unqualified. Luckily, the Air Force recruiter happened upon Smith’s file. “The recruiter reached out to me and said, ‘I was just blown away that they disqualified you, because you’re overqualified.’” Smith’s application was then rejected because of medical issues he had in the ‘90s. “I had stomach problems that I disclosed back when I enlisted,” says Smith. “And I got approved then, no problem.” His recruiter was able to issue a medical waiver, and Smith was approved for commissioning by the Secretary of the Air Force on May 14. He will be sworn in at Buckley AFB. “It was a pretty surreal experience,” says Smith, reflecting on the phone call he received from his recruiter. “I was caught off guard. I had been told no so much. As soon I hung up the phone I called my partner, Matt, and of course he was really excited and supportive.” One of Smith’s greatest sources of strength has been his aunt, the first person he contacted when he was kicked
out of the military. “She actually emailed me back almost immediately and said, ‘I known you’ve been gay your whole life. I love you for who you are and the person you’ve become.’” Then she gave him some advice Smith follows to this day. “She said, ‘Don’t let this one event set the course for the rest of your life. Times change, people change, and they will see they’ve made a big mistake, and one day you will get the opportunity to show them.’” Smith will be a first lieutenant at Peterson AFB with the 34th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. “The biggest thing I’m looking forward to is the culture and being a part of something much bigger than myself.” Despite the repeal of DADT, many LGBT servicemembers still face challenges. Countries such as Japan and Germany do not recognize same-sex marriage, revoking exemptions for spouses of gay and lesbian servicemembers regarding visa and passport requirements. Idaho recently denied a lesbian veteran the right to be buried with her wife in a veteran cemetery. Transgender servicemembers are still banned from serving openly. Smith is optimistic that total LGBT equality in the military will one day be a reality, and that veterans and servicemembers who are discriminated against should continue to fight for change. “You just can’t give up. I think the biggest thing I can say — and I remember this from my aunt — is don’t let it define the person you are.”
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Denver Comic Con and the Push for Tolerance
Do gay people go to Comic Con? (Do lesbians love Subaru?) Of course they do! And now, for the first time ever, Denver Comic Con is reaching out to the community with a lovable, nerdy “Bring it on!” Berlin Sylvestre DENVER COMIC CON IS BIG — bigger than Beer Fest, even — and if you consider that it’s known for attracting social outliers who like to dress up and safely flit about in a virtual fantasy (hello, Tracks Thursdays!), you can see how the 75,000-strong convention might appeal to folks like us. “I’ve been to more than 100 Cons across the country,” Bruce MacIntosh, director of programming for Denver Comic Con, says. “I love them, I do, but I really began to notice something: There’s a lack of culture and content for anyone who isn’t your typical [comic book] fanboy.” He shakes his head, exasperatedly. “Nothing for kids, nothing for families, nothing for women, nothing for LGBT fans. Everything was geared toward the fanboys. I want to try and change that.” So Bruce created the very first diversity program for the convention and he’s debuting it next month. In order to bolster the presence of those who aren’t well-represented, he’s pushing for more awareness via a multitude of in-theknow panelists of various backgrounds and orientations speaking on myriad topics that affect our visibility in both comic books and (story) boardrooms He says that when it comes to comic books, there’s very little LGBT presence — just enough characters to count on your hands, even. So what’s in store? Bruce has arranged for two huge rooms to be opened as one for an enormous gathering of the non-fanboy. Rooms 102/104 of the Colorado Convention Center will host the non-stop forum and workshop for those whose voices are in need of a mic. Everyone is invited to attend the ‘round-theclock presentations. “It’s full steam ahead with the panels,” Bruce says. “We’ve got 23 panelists who’ll speak on LGBT comics, being gay in pop culture, men gender comics, women in geekery, and all sorts of stuff in
between. From 10:30am to 10:30pm every single day of the event, we’re going to be educating people in the realms of diversity and we welcome everyone to attend.” His eyes sparkle behind chic specs. “I’m on a mission to push [comic book] publishers into the 21st century, both in characters and creators,” he confides. “To be fair, the fanboys are the publishers’ bread and butter, but I think it’s time for outreach. DC and Marvel have been slow, but they’re picking up some speed,” he admits. “What we’ve created at Denver Comic Con is ultimately a safe space,” he says. “There have been some real issues in the past concerning the harassment of women at the events. The culture used to be heavily male-dominated, but now as many as half the participants are women. We want to expand the idea of embracing the atypical fan, of giving them a voice and showing them, ‘We’re here for you, too.’ We also want everyone to feel free to express themselves — we’re not going to put up with any type of harassment. We’re fully aware that the LGBT community has been here all along and we’re here to welcome you to step on out — it’s safe!” But for all the fun and games, Denver Comic Con is actually the social butterfly of a noble, clandestine mission: promoting kids’ literacy through pop culture. In fact, all the proceeds from the event go to Comic Book Classroom, a Colorado-based non-profit organization set on instilling a love for reading in youth by introducing innovative, pop-culture-tinged works into their classrooms. Comic Book Classroom also educates teachers on ways to get the kiddos to tear through their books with gusto and provides plenty of materials to assist with that process. Who knew? So feel extra warm and fuzzy while breaking out your “True Blood” fangs or fashioning yourself à la “Penny Dreadful” (am I the only one who watches “Penny Dreadful,” darn it?) and representing your LGBT brethren at Denver Comic Con.
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Charlie’s Denver corrals support for MaxFund Phil McPeck DOG LOVERS, some with four-legged companions leading the way, brought hope to homeless hounds on Sunday, May 25. They descended on Charlie’s Denver, the Capitol Hill night spot and sponsor of Charlie’s Annual K-9 Korral, to benefit the MaxFund Animal Adoption Center — a true no-kill shelter. MaxFund’s mobile adoption van delivered Vance, a 6-month-old miniature pinscher, Nelson, a 2-year-old Chihuahua mix who sported a teal-colored kerchief, and others to the parking lot festivities. Domestic shorthair cats Milo, an orange tabby, and Natasha, a gray tabby, took in the day from their windowed cages in the van. Volunteer veterinarians offered pet vaccinations and volunteers mingled to share information about the animals and MaxFund’s three adjacent facilities: the Dog Adoption Center at 1005 Galapago St.; the Cat Adoption Center at 720 W. 10th Ave.; and MaxFund Wellness Clinic at 1000 Inca St. MaxFund adoption counselors, along with Charlie’s volunteers and aficionados, kept the day-long event lively, with its barbecue, 50-50 raffles, obstacle course for dogs, and 10
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high-heels race for humans. Inside the LGBT-friendly bar at 900 E. Colfax Ave. a silent auction was held for canines and people, too, with pet-themed baskets, wine and other libations, dog beds, artwork ranging from prints to jewelry and statuary, high-end kitchen accessories, and more. Such mobile adoption events are the preference of MaxFund volunteer Heather Somerville, a Denver woman who works in property management. Somerville said that when it came to volunteering, she sought an animal shelter near home. “MaxFund was a very good fit for me.” Lakewood partners Erik Clear, 23, and Geoffrey Gutierrez, 28, were at Charlie’s specifically for the K-9 Korral. Under a strong, earlyafternoon sun they quickly warmed up to Nelson, the Chihuahua mix. Charlie’s volunteer Chad Bryan, 38, of Denver, said he’s been involved with the K-9 Korral for 10 years and it began at least five years before that. Two of his three dogs are MaxFund alums. “I truly believe in the cause of animals that might not have a future,” Bryan said. “It’s worth every effort.”
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Flag football will have its debut in the games this August and who better to showcase it then a Denver squad? Our fastest and finest will introduce international spectators to the sport where scoring is the same as traditional football, but instead of tackling, defenders pull flags off players’ waists in order to stop play. This means more agility, and less FEBRUARY WAS A TOUGH MONTH for gay athaggression. Fewer players on the field makes for letes, as Russia’s anti-gay laws persecuted those quicker action and the ever-entertaining chance who were out and forced many to remain closeted. of missing the flag while grabbing something else The 2014 Winter Olympics showed that the light instead. It’s the full package. on sexual equality is still Of the expected 10,000 participants dimly lit in many homes (nearly equivalent to and countries. But in just a few months, at the 2014 the athlete count in the Gay Games, the world’s Summer Olympics), Denver’s very own biggest multi-sport event G ay and Lesbian this year, countries can Flag Football League (and will!) wave the rainbow flag that unites (DGLFFL) will be sending us all. 16 of their players. The The Gay Games, first challenge: The league started in 1982, follow the needs $15,000 to cover format of the Olympics: air, hotel, transportaDGLFFL • PHOTO: CHARLES BROSHOUS tion, and registration cities and countries bid fees. How you can help: Donate to the league for their location, athletes and cultural participants wait every four years for the events, and coloror sponsor individual players on their website, ful opening and closing ceremonies celebrate DenverGayFlagFootball.com. The perk: Your diversity. This year, the Gay Games will be held in donation is tax deductible! The bigger perk: Cleveland, a city not widely considered a mecca The league will be hosting an underwear run for LGBT communities. But in this town of great and underwear auction at the Denver Eagle sports venues, the Gay Games committee hopes to this summer to fundraise. Keep your eyes (and make a change with the week-long festival. Hosting wallets) open. and planning an event with such vast involvement Learn more about the Gay games at will show that the people and their surrounding GG9cle.com and tune in on August 9 to watch communities are informed, educated, and evolved. DGFFL pull flags as we pull for the medal.
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Challenge-Round Charity THE DENVER AREA TENNIS ENTHUSIASTS (DATE) is hosting a charity tournament (the Rocky Mountain Open) to benefit Project Angel Heart. The mission? To deliver nutritious meals to improve quality of life, at no cost, for those coping with life-threatening illness. Last year, DATE increased their contributions to Project Angel Heart significantly and are looking to build on that. This year’s tournament will be held at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver on June 13, 14, and 15. “We anticipate a draw of about 80 participants from around the United States,” says David Richter, the tournament director of the Rocky Mountain Open. In addition to outstanding tennis, DATE is throwing a Draw Party, a Saturday night banquet, and finals/trophy presentations to conclude on Sunday. The tournament is sanctioned by the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA), which promotes LGBT tennis in America. Numerous GLTA tournaments are held throughout the U.S., all of which benefit local nonprofits. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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OUTFIELD: CONTINUED The Draw Party will be held at Charlie’s on Thursday, June 12 at 5:30pm. Registered players get the chance to meet and mingle; out-of-towners get the scoop on who they’re going to play and learn where to party, dine, and discover Denver. The banquet on Saturday evening includes a silent auction and a raffle for free tournament entries, and features a Colorado-style bbq — all benefiting Project Angel Heart. Registration ends June 7, so head on over to DenverAreaTennis.net and create a racket.
Getting Fit: It’s Going Swimmingly WITH MORE THAN 80 MEMBERS and practices three times a week, SQUID (Swimming Queers United in Denver) is the squad to join if you’re looking to get back in the water this summer. The squad begins outdoor practice at La Alma Recreation Center on W. 11th Avenue on Tuesdays and Thursday from 6 - 7:30pm, beginning June 8, and Sunday mornings at 9am beginning June 15. There are also open water swims from 4:30 - 7pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 7:30 - 10pm on Saturdays at Chatfield Reservoir. This August, SQUID will attend its second Gay Games in Cleveland, where swimmers will compete both indoors at university facilities and in open water at Lake Erie. It’s not too late to register. You could be part of the world’s largest LGBT sporting event. Look for the team floating down the pavement at Pridefest and for the “Shop with Squid” fundraiser on June 8 where those fishes out of water will be modeling Speedos and swimwear at Pleasures at the Park. See SquidSwimTeam.org for more info or contact Captain Keith Pryor at kpryor12@ gmail.com.
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THE BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS OF BIRTHDAYS
ach year, if we are fortunate, we have a birthday … and although having a birthday is truly a blessing, many people perceive getting older as a curse! There are whole industries devoted to creating the appearance of youth. (Even I’ve become a bit obsessed with how many people get Botox to virtually stop time.) But the funny/not-so-funny part about this is, unless you move every five years to a place where no one knows you, then change your identity, people will know you’re getting older, because years pass and you’re still around. I have known some people who truly avoid celebrating their birthday. I find this fascinating … and sad. For whatever reason, the idea of celebrating the gift of another year is akin to going to the dentist for some. I’ve mentioned to a friend that it’s almost his/her birthday and gotten, “Oh, don’t remind me.” What? Are you kidding? Why would you dread this? Not to be a downer, but many people will never have another birthday and their loved ones would do anything to celebrate that day with them. Let’s change that, starting with the idea that there are no rules to how you celebrate your blessing. If you don’t want to have a big shindig with gobs of people, don’t. If you don’t like being the center of attention, don’t make yourself the center of attention. If the only place you want to be is home, stay home. The point isn’t what you do; the point is that you do something. This isn’t about how other people celebrate you; the point is that you celebrate yourself. Your life is a gift, for you and for others. On the
occasion of my __th birthday, my mother gave me one of the best birthday gifts ever, apart from my life of course. She told me that I was the birthday gift she gave herself. The idea that I had been a gift to someone at birth completely changed my perspective. Before that, I only looked at my birth day/week/month as an opportunity to be Princess – have what I want, do what I want, it’s all about me. After she dropped that beautiful sentiment on me, all I could think about was living up to the idea of being a gift. So celebrate the blessing of your continued years! I know that I, for one, am very grateful you’re here. I love that my birthday is in the same month as Pride. I spend the entire month of June dancing and celebrating all of my favorite parts of myself with people that bring me joy. Typically people ask, “What do you want for your birthday?” This year, my answer is: 1. Buy tickets and attend the BolderLife Gala, June 5, 2014. With a motto “Be Bold. Dream Loud,” they are an organization that truly believes in celebrating life. The gala will benefit the Women’s Leadership Programs of the BolderLife Festival and SafeHouse Denver. In the words of Diane Feliciano, program director, “We’ve set a course for programming that transcends age, race, class, culture, and sexual identity. Our goal is to empower women from all walks of life to recognize and increase their inner strength, validate their emotional intelligence, develop their leadership skills, and become agents of change. We want to celebrate the
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inherent spirit, drive, and resilience in women from around the world and use this to ignite perPHOTO: FLOR BLAKE sonal and group transformation. The outcome THE LESBIAN SOCIALITE we seek is to Robyn Vie-Carpenter equip women with skills for action in the real world, whether at a personal level, within their career, or in and around their community.” BolderLifeFestival.com 2. Join me to celebrate my Gay Anniversary, June 17, 2014. To celebrate the year I realized I belong to this great, big, amazing queer community, I have decided to start celebrating my Gay Anniversary. I have friends traveling from near and far. On the guestlist: the one and only Rose Garcia from “The Real L Word,” Chef Khristianne Uy (Chef K) from “The Taste” and “Millionaire Matchmaker,” and her beautiful fiancé Brittany Weiner, will be traveling all the way from LA to celebrate with me. I hope you can join us! ofcnow.co/robyn Robyn Vie-Carpenter is a social columnist on the local and national LGBT community. See more of Robyn’s columns online at ofcnow.co/TLS or find her on Twitter @TheLesSocialite.
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Stonewall Fitness Likes Your Tone THE TOP 5 WORKOUT MYTHS FOR BEGINNERS DAVID SMITH, STONEWALL FITNESS Elle Browning
ears ago, a significantly less fit, less confident David Smith sat in the break room of his crummy job mawing cake and watching superfit Olympians do their thing on TV. This was Day One of his weight-loss journey and the beginning of his fit lifestyle. As he looked at those toned athletes, David acknowledged his inner fitness freak and allowed it to take over. “My journey up to that point had been a downhill ride toward depression, weight gain, low self-image, and feeling like I had no real purpose,” David recalls. “Something had to change. I became super-motivated and excited.” He took that gumption, focused his newfound energy on improving his health, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science, accumulating a number of fitness certifications, and starting Stonewall Fitness for all of Denver’s health-hungry citizens. For all the break room cake-eaters out there, recognizing your own Day One can be tricky, especially with all the stigmas and misinformation about exercise we may take to heart. With David’s expert input, we’ve debunked five fitness myths and we’ll tell you why they’re rubbish. MYTH 1: OUT-OF-SHAPE PEOPLE GET MADE FUN OF AT THE GYM For this one, David reminds us that every gym rat was at one time a newbie: “My first visit to the gym, I didn’t even know where the locker rooms were, let alone anything about the etiquette. In my first group fitness class, I stayed toward the back of the class so others wouldn’t see my obvious incoordination since I had no idea what the hell I was doing.” No one pointed and laughed at his fancy footwork; instead, David found himself fitting in and enjoying a friendly atmosphere. “Instead of making fun of me, people would compliment me on the progress I was making and would often help out when I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing.” So if you’re gunshy about hitting the gym, don’t fall for this one. Chances are, you’ll meet people who encourage you and appreciate your commitment to self-improvement, no matter your skill level. “That first step is always the hardest and it’s easy to think other people 16
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are judging new members,” David says. “In the end I learned the people who really notice are the ones who want to see others succeed.” MYTH 2: ALL CARBS ARE FROM THE SEVENTH LEVEL OF HELL. The former low-fat fitness fads have given way to the age of CARBmaster yogurt and Unwiches, flag bearers for the war on carbohydrates that’s been around for a while. Books have been written on the glory of the low-carb lifestyle, success stories abound, and carb-free recipes decorate many a Pinterest board. But to those who proclaim carbs demonspawn, David responds with the fact that “carbs are your body’s primary fuel source; it’s what you burn up the majority of the time to maintain your systems and allows immediate fuel available for when you suddenly need to move fast. Plus, it is also the only fuel source for the brain.” Low carbers swear by the idea that once your body has no more carbs to burn, it will burn stored fat. But, according to David, this method has several hefty price tags in the form of mood changes, lethargy, lack of focus, and a possible increased risk of infection and disease. However, that third bagel is still a fitness no-no. There is such a thing as carb overload, which leads to unused carbs stored as fat in the body. To avoid the bulge, David recommends supplementing your carb intake with plenty of fiber and nutrient-dense foods such as whole grains, dark leafy greens, and fruits. MYTH 3: LIFTING HEAVY WEIGHTS IS AKIN TO CARDIO. You will feel your heart pumping as you lift, but don’t rely on lifting to maintain your cardiovascular health. Your heart is a muscle too, but unlike many other muscle groups, it’s on the job 24/7, so it needs a longer workout. David suggests a combination of weightlifting and cardio for a well-rounded fitness program because aerobic and anaerobic exercises challenge the body in different, yet complementary ways. “Lifting heavy weights and cardio are two completely different things and will have a much different effect on the body,” David says. “Weightlifting is an anaerobic exercise, which means
that the body is primarily burning carbohydrates (sugar) for the quick energy it needs to complete the exercise. It’ll burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time, but you will not be able to go for very long. [Cardio] is an aerobic exercise, which is designed for longer duration, less strain on the muscles, and primarily burns fat as its fuel source. The body doesn’t have to work very hard to turn fat into fuel and can go for extended periods of time without having to stop.” Weightlifting will also keep your metabolism high post-workout as your body works to replace carbs and repair muscles. Carb lovers, think about adding more lift time at the gym to burn that bread-bowl pasta you had with a side of mashed potatoes. Devote time to lifting if you want to develop muscular strength, endurance, and power, but do take a few steps on the treadmill or knock the rust off your bike. Working out with a high heart rate for an extended period leads to improved cardiovascular health, which decreases your chances of suffering from life-threatening health problems such as diabetes, stroke, and cardiac arrest. MYTH 4: WOMEN WHO LIFT WILL GET BULKY. This one is a myth unless you make it true with steroid supplementation. But if you ladies go that route, you may lose some feminine attributes (more chin hair, anyone?), not to mention roid rage and the whole illegality of dosing. Naturally, women just don’t produce enough testosterone to go full Arnold. “Exercise in general — but especially weightlifting — triggers the release of various hormones, most notably testosterone which helps to repair and rebuild muscle following exercise,” David explains. “Testosterone is what helps muscles become stronger, more defined, more efficient, and in some cases even bigger. It takes a lot of testosterone to really bulk up, more so than the most women can produce.” He does recommend lifting for women to increase muscle tone and definition. Ladies, pumping iron will make your muscles denser — not bulkier — so knock yourselves out with the free weights (ok, not literally, watch your nose on those bicep curls).
“That first step is always the hardest and it’s easy to think other people are judging new members,” David says. “In the end I learned the people who really notice are the ones who want to see others succeed.”
MYTH 5: IT IS IMPORTANT TO STRETCH BEFORE A WORKOUT. Take off that teal leotard and leg warmers and stop abusing those cold muscles. David points out that fitness gurus of the past encouraged pre-workout streeeeetching to loosen muscles and prevent injury. “However, this has been shown to actually increase injuries and decrease overall athletic performance,” he says. “Taking the cold, unused muscle and stretching really hard is like stretching a rubber band to its max. This increases the risk of injury, particularly in pulling a muscle because it isn’t quite able to take the pressure and impact from the load being put on it.” This type of static stretching is better for your muscles post-workout to promote flexibility and blood flow, and David suggests a more dynamic stretching session before you exercise: “A better [pre-workout] alternative is doing low-impact movements and exercises that slowly increase the range of motion while letting the muscles warm up.”
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he fit life is not the path of least resistance — pun intended. It takes dedication and damn hard work to reach and maintain fitness goals, but the rewards are palpable and easier to enjoy if you know how to go about exercising the right way. “Everybody has those days where they just want to sit inside, eat bonbons, and watch Oprah,” David admits, but his exercise routine was so instantly satisfying that he found himself craving workouts. “I started seeing results within the first week or so. I became so motivated that I really did go all in; the results I saw were more mental at first. My attitude changed. I was happier and more excited about life.” After several weeks of working out, the physical changes came next with loose clothes, a tighter tummy, and more toe visibility in the shower. Besides the personal self-image boost, David experienced social benefits of group exercise as well: “My favorite result was shortly after I started I joined an LGBT swim team called SQUID (Swimming Queers United In Denver). During the first few weeks I swam with them, people were noticing my changes in weight and size and they made sure to tell me. It was such a self-esteem boost and was so great to hear that other people noticed the changes that I was making for myself.” If you’re out of shape or just a fairweather exerciser, you may look at David now as he looked at those world-class athletes on the break room TV. But don’t admire his physique and think you can’t accomplish a similar transformation. David contends that you’re not too lazy or too old (one of his most successful clients is 84) or too ‘anything else’ that would make you incapable of setting and achieving personal fitness goals. When he first started exercising, David took stock of the individuality of fitness: “For the first time in my life I was focused on myself, not trying to impress anybody or prove myself to anyone. I set goals that I wanted to accomplish for my own reasons and started doing what I wanted and needed to do to achieve them.” Exercising is a great social avenue as well with buddy workouts, group classes, and team sports, but the goals and results are all your own. David invites anyone, regardless of fitness level, to join him in a group sesh at 10am every Sunday in Cheesman Park. The group meets by the pavilion (that Greeklookin’ structure) and gets down and dirty every week, rain or shine. Donations aren’t required, but show some love if you’re feelin’ it. Check out pics and hop aboard at facebook.com/stonewallfit. OUTFRONTONLINE.COM
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A be the most seasoned or the fishiest queen in the history of dore Delano is pretty f*cking cool … and while she may not
“RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Delano quickly emerged as one of the show’s most dynamic and entertaining contestants. After receiving both high praise and harsh criticism in the race to become America’s next drag superstar, Delano took notes, cinched up that “hog body,” and clawed her way to the final three. With her June 20 Tracks Denver debut around the corner, the 23-year-old Azusa, CA queen took a break from her midday nap to chat about the show, her new album “Till Death Do Us Party,” mermaids, and all the other random topics we threw her way. On the show, there were times when the judges were really tough on you. How did that affect you? It actually made me a better queen. When you go into this competition you need to realize the whole concept — you signed up to be judged by judges. I knew I would have to apply everything they were telling me. They know what they’re f*cking saying, so just take it and roll with it. Don’t be a crybaby. What look you are most proud of from the competition? I think my Glitter Ball dress was f*cking cool. Thing is, it’s not about your execution being “amazing” (and I thought it was pretty f*cking cool for not knowing how to sew); the challenge is to create a concept and execute it. How do you feel about how you were portrayed? That’s exactly how I was on the show. Of course, the show is edited and things are taken out of context but if you said it, you f*cking said it — you’re giving them ammo. I naturally don’t like talking about other people, especially in a competition setting. There are things I said that were more like “funny shade” but never had dark undertones. It was always light and fun. If somebody was portrayed a certain way, it’s because they gave them a lot of ammunition to work with. [Laughs] That’s all I’m gonna say. Were you surprised you made it to the final three? Going into the competition I thought, ‘I’ll make it around third place and it’ll be really cool. I’m gonna fight with everybody and they’re gonna jump me like Serena ChaCha but that’s ok — I’ll just pee in their alcohol.’ But then I saw how much they all sucked … [Laughs] I’m kidding! To answer your question, I am shocked that I made it to the top three but then again I’m not. I put a lot of work into this show. CONTINUED ON PAGE 20
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ADORE DELANO: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18 You have an album, “Till Death Do Us Party,” coming out. What can we expect from your first single, “DTF,” and will you perform it for PrideFest? “DTF” is a grimy ass, slutty pop song. I’ll probably end up performing it, stripping naked, and crowd surfing. I’m hoping somebody fingers me like Iggy Azalea. That can be arranged! Since you’ve never been to Denver, what are your expectations for our Mile High City? I think it’s gonna be sexy. I hope there are hot boys. [Pause] I don’t even know why I just said that, I never hook up with anybody. I just like making out with people in the crowd. There are plenty of guys hot guys but keep your expectations low … just in case. I’ll definitely bring paper bags. And that’s perfect because that’s exactly what my single is about. I actually have a lyric, “Paper bag bitch busted in the face. Got that bomb dick, not a total waste.” I’m excited to sing it now! How do you feel about the word “fierce?” Can I be honest? Sometimes I think it’s f*cking stupid. It goes along with the word “fishy” and I hate the word fishy. You know why? Season five. They used that word more than I’ve ever heard before. Ok, bitch! Calm down! None of you smell like fish unless you don’t clean your penis. [Laughs] So yeah, I’m over it. LaGanja Estranja. Are you two still close? No. We’re cool, but we’re not close. Why do you always reference mermaids? There are two different answers to this question. When I was younger, I identified as transgender. I swore I was a woman until I had my first sexual experience and was like, “I’m a man and not only am I a man, but I like being a man.” There’s also a study that shows transgender children gravitate toward mermaids and I was always obsessed with mermaids when I was a kid. And then, when I first started [drag], my friend and I would go to gay bars and all the girls would say — and this might be why I hate the word fish — I’m fishy. Blah, blah. Fish this. Fish that. And we weren’t fish, we were f*cking mermaids. We were so punk rock. We will never forget when Bianca Del Rio lent you an extra cincher, but before the days of cinchers you were using duct tape. Duct tape rips your skin. You need to buy those high waisted “granny” panties that almost go to your nipples, and then tape over them. If you had a your own television show, what would you call it? I would call it “I Adore, Delano” and it would be a dating situation like “I Love New York.” Season Six’s final three are all very different. You’re the inspiration for young drag queens. And then there’s Bianca who is very seasoned. And finally there’s Courtney who is all about Courtney and being pretty. [Laughs] You did not just f*cking say that! That’s hilarious!
Five Fun Facts About Adore
1. Favorite Alumni Single: “Hot Couture” by Manila Luzon or “Ru Girl” by Alaska. 2. Guilty Pleasures: Smoking cigarettes and watching Bravo — especially “The Real Housewives.” 3. Celebrity Doppelganger: Miley Cyrus when I don’t have a lot of make-up. Or Katy Perry. Or Jessica Alba. 4. Future Collaboration Partner: Britney Spears. 5. Last Meal: Papa John’s pepperoni pizza with extra garlic sauce. 20
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What makes you stand out from Bianca or Courtney? I’m the future of drag and I’m exactly the key to breaking the mainstream circuit. I recorded an album before this is even going to air — I’ve got my shit setup. I’m very smart. I’m becoming a businesswoman. And I’m kicking ass right now. I’m working my ass off and it’s about time someone who has a penis and wears wigs knocks Gaga off the charts! Any last words for the people? I want everyone to know that I can’t wait to marry America! Till death do us party! Adore Delano, Courtney Act, and BenDeLaCreme are performing at Tracks June 20. For tickets and details, visit tracksdenver.com
Know your rights in Colorado
Although more legal rights and protections are needed to give LGBT Coloradoans true equality, being aware of laws that exist right now can help you protect yourself and your family, and help you know what to bring to an attorney to find out what options or recourse you have. CIVIL UNIONS The most well-known benefit Colorado provided lesbian and gay couples is the ability to join in a civil union, passed into law in 2013. Unmarried individuals who are of age can form a civil union with a same-sex partner to gain access to the same state-level rights and benefits enjoyed by a married couple. WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS Colorado’s Employment Nondiscrimination Act of 2007 bans employers from firing you, refusing to hire you, or making employment-related decisions based on your lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender identity. ABILITY TO ADOPT Single LGBT people can adopt children in Colorado, and since 2007 Colorado makes it possible for a second parent in a same-sex relationship to legally adopt a partner’s child as co-parents. PUBLIC ACCOMODATIONS & HOUSING PROTECTIONS Colorado law prohibits open-to-the-public establishments such as stores or restaurants from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender expression, whether it is your real identity or what they perceive you to be. The protections also apply in hotels, medical establishments, museums, public libraries and more, and also to housing. ¢ The opinions expressed in this article are general in nature. For specific legal advice about your particular situation, please contact an attorney.
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ou know what’s sexy? Grillmasters. The expertise by which they crack a beer, baby the grill flames, check on marinades, then place a beautiful slab of meat on the sizzler — all in that adorable Kiss the Cook apron. They make it look so easy! The secret? It is easy, so don’t be intimidated by the raw food and open flame. Take this article, place it on your kitchen counter, and let’s up the ante on your reputation as the ultimate party host, you sexy future-chef, you. Serves four. For your cookout, let’s go with steak, corn, asparagus, and grilled garlic bread. We’re gonna do New York Strip for two reasons: so you don’t have to research the jillions of cuts of steak available, and because strip is meaty enough to satisfy and marbled enough not to stick to the grill as easily. The morning of your grillout, secure four NY strip steaks cut at least an inch thick — the butcher at any grocery store can provide that — four ears of corn (still in the husk), two bundles of raw asparagus, and a loaf of ciabatta. Put the steaks on a plate, sprinkle both sides lightly with kosher salt, wrap them in cellophane, slam them in the fridge, and only take them out before you’re about to grill them. Note: Don’t pepper them yet; scorched pepper can ruin the flavor. Soak the corn in a big pot lightly salted water on the counter and walk away. Cut off the hard, “woody” ends of your asparagus, roll them around in ¼ cup of olive oil, three chopped garlic cloves, a teaspoon sesame oil (if you have some), and a tablespoon of soy sauce. Stick them in the fridge. Slice the ciabatta however you like, then drizzle with olive oil and rub with a peeled garlic clove. Fridge those too, then go about your day. It’s Grilling Time Hours have passed and everything’s seasoned perfectly. Let’s get heated. I prefer charcoal for the flavor of open flame it imparts onto the food.
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Get the “ready-light” variety and stack the coals into a loose pyramid. The fire might jump up a bit, so be careful. Leave the grill open for all the fuel in the coals to burn off. (Seriously, let the coals turn white before you even think about throwing food on; they’ll taste like lighter fluid if you’re impatient.) When your coals are whitehot, spread them with your tongs and close the grill for a few minutes. Come back with the corn and place them on. Isn’t that sizzle so summery? Close the lid and wait a few minutes before you rotate them. After ten minutes of spinnin’ those puppies, move them to the sides of the grill, where it’s not so hot. Brush a bit of olive oil in the centermost spot on the grill and carefully lay two steaks on. This is where you get nervous as a newbie, but don’t: the magic will happen, you’ve got this. After four minutes of turning the corn while the steaks are cooking, you’re going to rotate (not flip) your steaks. Grab a steak at the 6 o’clock position and rotate it to 3 o’clock. Same for the other. (This is where those amazing diamond-pattern sears come from.) Wait two minutes, then flip the steaks over completely. Wait three minutes, repeat the grilling marks trick, and in another two minutes, your steak is medium rare (perfect). If you like it done to medium, wait another two minutes. Anything over that and we’re no longer friends. Now, plate the steaks and corn and don’t touch them for at least five minutes. (Bonus badassery: as the steaks cool, place a pat of butter on them to seep into the meat.) Lay your asparagus on the grill perpendicular to the grates (so they don’t fall in) and close the lid. Go get your ciabatta and after three minutes, open your grill, move your asparagus to the sides, and put the bread on. Close. After a minute, open the lid, do the diamond trick to your bread, close, and wait another minute. Plate all those bad boys, ring the dinner bell, and roll in the compliments. You’ve done it.
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MILE HIGH FREEDOM BAND: CONTINUED “We have members of all identifications,” he says proudly. “Gay, lesbian, straight, transgender, and allies. We even have a couple of parents who play along with their children — a straight mom and her lesbian daughter, and a father who attended pride with his family and since joined the band with his daughter.” So what’s the band playing at the park? Their show, “Melodies of Pride,” is a pop concert with sing-along numbers and familiar music from film and theater. For the Pride parade (and for the children's parade on Saturday) the band is playing Pharrell's "Happy" and Fun's "Some Nights." The line-up has a wide mix of show tunes and songs from “Frozen” to “Camelot.” MHFB has played in all sorts of venues over the years. Locally, they play in churches and concert halls from Colorado Springs Pride to Boulder Pride. They also brought the house down at the national LGBT flag football tournament held recently in Denver. Clark adds: “As participants in national events with the Lesbian Gay Band Association, our members have performed in the last two presidential inaugural parades; as a mass band most recently in Indianapolis, Dallas, Seattle, and Atlanta for our annual conferences; performances in support of World AIDS Day in Washington DC; and in nearly all the Gay Games including Amsterdam, Sydney, Chicago, and Cologne.” Represent! You’ve got two chances to cut a rug to the band’s latest renditions absolutely free: • Melodies of Pride on June 17 at 6pm at the City Park Pavilion • Denver PrideFest on June 21 at Denver’s Civic Center Park Main Stage
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et lag has got me by the brain. Mr. Waste and I just rea la Star Trek. Other people want to get away from their turned from a trip to Tokyo, Japan, an amazing city in an stress-inducing world for rest and relaxation a la Love even more amazing country. If you notice a few mistyped Boat. Both types of vacations are valid. The trouble comes characters, it’s just my green wig crashing when each of you expect one type of getaway into the keyboard as I lose consciousness and get the other. A few years ago, Mr. Waste dragged me from lack of sleep and sustenance, having been up 24 hours flying home. kicking and screaming on our first relaxing The wooziness I feel could be the result vacation – an RSVP Vacations cruise ship. I was sure I would go stir crazy trapped on of time travel as well. We crossed the International Date Line, leaving Tokyo on a boat for an entire week with nothing to Sunday at 5:30pm, arriving in Denver at do but eat and lay by a pool, even if it was 4:30pm the very same day. (Cue "Twilight filled with half-naked gay men. Much to Zone" music here.) my surprise, I ended up having fun. Gays On our trip, Mr. Waste and I learned do know how to party, dance, and have a RADIOACTIVE VISION the hard way that we are very different fabulous time. Nuclia Waste vacation-ists. My idea of a fun vacation is With summer here and vacations an adventure in a foreign land, navigating looming, you need to figure out if you are a complicated roads, trains, and ancient stone paths to travel top or bottom. Are you someone who takes charge, temples. Mr. Waste prefers his vacations served up with a probing every nook and cranny, leaving no hole unexside of sand and sun while sipping on a margarita or three. plored? Or do you prefer to lay on your back, letting the waves, sun, and cabana boys lick you all over? Both can I dragged my husband through every toy and anime be fun. shop in Tokyo, through every ancient temple and shrine in Nikko and Kamakura. We ate our way through schools of So before you drag your husband or wife halfway sushi, slurped through bowls of udon, and sipped sake like around the world, take a minute to decide your vacation orientation. Whether you are a top or bottom, there’s a samurai. I scoured Harajuku and Yokohama for collectible trip out there calling your name. Travel safe and have a Pikachu charms and sought out the only store selling auradioactive good time! thentic jika-tabi shoes, the footwear of ninjas everywhere. Mr. Waste was not amused. Nuclia Waste, the Triple Nipple Drag Queen of Comedy, can I am the adventurer in the family. Mr. Waste is the 1/9/14 2:05 PM be reached through her website at NucliaWaste.com. relaxer. Some people want to explore strange new worlds
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FOLLOW MISS BLISS
WHO IS PANTI BLISS AND HOW DID IRELAND’S MOST FAMOUS DRAG QUEEN RISE TO WORLD ATTENTION? Steven Cruz HOW IT STARTED Rory O’Neill, creator of Panti Bliss, appeared on Irish television channel RTÉ as a guest of “The Saturday Night Show,” an interview program. ‘Homophobia in Ireland’ was the topic of discussion and in the course of the conversation, Rory used the opportunity to call out two anti-gay journalists and the Catholic think-tank Iona Institute as being homophobic. Fairly dry discussion; show over. But not so fast. The anti-gay journalists Panti referred to, Breda O'Brien and John Waters (not the film director), together with the Iona Institute, took serious offense. They claimed Rory’s characterization of their antigay activities and writings as “homophobic” was defamatory and threatened to sue, which isn’t as idle a threat as it is here in the states. The broadcast was quickly pulled from RTÉ’s online player, but after an uproar, the show was restored ... with the “offending portion” removed. Further, RTÉ ponied up appeasement (read: please go away) money to the tune of €85,000 ($114,000 USD) to the offended homophobes. (It should be noted that RTÉ is a government funded entity, and the hush money came from public funds.) With an election just three months away, every conservative anti-gay political idiot jumped on the issue and rode it around Parliament. Irish reporters began a chorus of scolding Rory/Panti. PANTI WON’T FOLD So what’s a drag queen to do when public voices and media rise against her? When she’s in the right, she gets louder and firmer. Facing five 32
potential defamation suits, Rory upped the ante and accepted an invitation to speak on the matter at the Abbey Theatre. Appearing in drag before the closing-night audience of “The Risen People,” a dramatic work about oppression of Irish workers in the early 20th Century, she began: “My name is Panti, and for the benefit of the visually impaired or the incredibly naïve, I am a drag queen, a performer, and an accidental and occasional gay rights activist. As you may have already gathered, I am also painfully middle-class.” Referring to the play’s account of Dublin workers in 1913, Panti connected to a different sort of oppression: the many forms of homophobia. For example, the oppression of “lads in a car” who throw things while yelling “FAG!” which, in turn, morphs into a self-hatred for being visibly gay. Or the oppression of seeing TV personalities debating whether people like us are trying to destroy marriage, or are suitable to raise children. Then she asks the crowd, “Have you ever been on a crowded train with your gay friend and a small part of you is cringing because he is being so gay, and you find yourself trying to compensate by nudging the conversation onto ‘straighter’ territory? This is you, who has spent 35 years trying to be the best gay possible and yet [you’re] embarrassed by his gayness! I hate myself, and that feels oppressive.” Panti continues: “Have you ever seen videos of people just like you in far away countries, and countries not far away at all, being beaten and imprisoned and tortured and murdered because
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they are just like you? That feels oppressive.” And finally: “I have been lectured by heterosexual people about what homophobia is and who should be allowed identify it. [I’ve been told that] a jumped-up queer like me should know that the word ‘homophobia’ is no longer available to gay people, which is a spectacular and neat Orwellian trick because now, it turns out, gay people are not the victims of homophobia – homophobes are.” It sounds dreafully reminiscent of the cries of persecution from people who believe it’s their right to refuse us service or keep us from equality because it’s against their religion, or they’re just uncomfortable with our “lifestyles.” Panti sums it up beautifully: homophobes feel they have become the victims. PANTI’S EVERYWHERE In his column entitled “Stupid Irish Homophobes and Their Big Homophobic Fail,” noted out-andproud journalist Dan Savage wrote: “No one in the North America had heard of Panti Bliss days ago. Now this Irish drag queen — Ireland’s most famous — is all over our blogs, our Facebook pages, our news programs, and our Twitter feeds. If you’re not among the [628,000] people who’ve watched the video already, you need to. If you’ve already watched it, watch it again. It’s amazing. Rory is amazing. Panti is amazing.” Michael Musto wrote in Out Magazine: “Panti Bliss has sent shock waves through the planet by being direct, articulate, and extremely well-accessorized.”
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MILE HIGH HOEDOWN DENVER MARRIOTT CITY CENTER Photos by Charles Broshous The International Association of Gay and Lesbian Country Western Dance Clubs held their 21st Annual Convention at the Marriott Denver City Center on May 22-25. The primary purpose of the IAGLCWDC is to promote country western dancing, activities, and music to all persons without regard to age, sex, gender or gender identity, religion, national or cultural origin, sexual orientation, disability, or HIV status. The event, dubbed the “Mile High Hoedown,” brought more than 250 people to Denver for workshops, lessons, competitions, and plenty of dancing. A portion of the proceeds were donated to Rainbow Alley, the Colorado Anti-Violence Program, and the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network.
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Even the gay super-group Pet Shop Boys released “The Best Gay Possible - Oppressive Dance Mix” featuring passages from Panti’s speech. POST PANTI The best, and most ironic, result of all this attention lies with the homophobes themselves. In an interview with The Irish Independent, Waters said he is now fearful for his personal safety after he was awarded roughly $55,000 by Irish state television. “I won’t go into Dublin’s city center at night,” he told the newspaper, visibly agitated. “When you have that kind of toxicity generated out of nothing, what are you going to do? It’s not worth it. I was walking down the street and a guy on a bicycle shouted ‘you f*cking homophobe’ at me before cycling on. I was in a coffee shop on another occasion and a woman waddled over to me with a [baby stroller] and told me I should be ashamed of myself before walking off. They are cowards. They shout something and keep walking; they don’t want to engage.” Interesting. Being menaced and marked for who you are might be new to you, Mr. Waters, but it’s simply day-to-day life for the gay community. One might hope it’ll teach you a little compassion going forward. Meanwhile, the election results have rolled in: one or two conservatives eked by for a seat, but the rest of the emboldened anti-gay voices have been shut down. Whether or not Panti’s speech had a direct effect at the polls, nobody knows, but her eloquent delivery of our plight was the speech heard ‘round the world. Good enough. OUTFRONTONLINE.COM
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ecently, high-end lingerie retailer La Perla received a slew of social media outrage when it displayed an emaciated mannequin in one of its New York City stores. With a visible rib cage and twig arms, many customers complained that it was “unhealthy” and “too thin.” The store reacted quickly, removing the mannequin and issuing a statement that it will not be used again in any La Perla boutique. La Perla isn’t the first retailer to face flack for using what some call “unhealthy” figures to display their clothes. Gap encountered scrutiny in 2011 when it used super-skinny mannequins to display their “Always Skinny” jeans. British mannequin designer Rootstein’s “Homme Nouveau” models were labeled “manorexic” in 2010, bearing a 35-inch chest and 22-inch waist. In flux with the self-acceptance trend and “love yourself” advertising campaigns, newer, plus-sized mannequins have appeared beside skinnier counterparts — outside plus-size departments, even. Sporting size 12 or 14 clothes, the inclusion of these models has been both praised (they represent “average” women) and condemned (we shouldn’t be promoting overweight sizes as “average”). Examining these mannequins side by side, the question I ask is: Where do I fit in? I’m guessing a lot of women would wonder the same thing. While it would take some serious stretching and pulling to get me into typical mannequin-sized clothes, I also think “average-sized” clothing would fall off my actually average frame. Fashion advertising seems to focus on the two extremes — ultra-skinny or large — when trying to represent the normal American woman, completely missing sizes that fall between 2 and 12. Perhaps this is the problem, trying to place a definition of normal or average when really, there shouldn’t be one at all. We can argue that the mean body size between males and females will be dubbed “average” on clothing labels, but do we really want to start rejecting anyone within a world already notorious for being shallow and exclusive? This elimination of normal would cause some problems, of course. After all, the notions of being “skinny” and “fat” are based off this accepted identifier: You’re either bigger or smaller than your average peers. Without this distinction, we would have to go beyond typical language to describe physical appearance, perhaps even forgoing the description altogether. Rather than being defined by our jean size or bra cup, we would actually be recognized by other attributes — the sound of our laughter or the generosity of our spirits. OUTFRONTONLINE.COM
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PLAYING THE GAYME: A FRIENDLY GUIDE the world of consumption and want to play, be sure to drop your keys in a bowl at door, get comfortable and plan on staying the night — if you’re WHEN GAME DEVELOPER AND DENVERITE MATT SAUVE first created playing correctly, you definitely shouldn’t be behind a steering wheel The Gayme, he wanted something to do with friends that sparked storytelling, anytime soon. If you’re going to sit at home with a bottle of wine and be gay anyway, a bit of naughty gossip, and maybe a smidge of drinking on a snowy day. And while it was originally intended you might as well grab a couple of to be a board game, it just didn’t quite your best buds, bust out The Gayme, and make it a night to remember. work. A year later, what began as a We’ve all played The Gayme (and little fun between friends has grown into a full-fledged party game that you yes, it’s pronounced like “game”) whether we knew it or not. How can own, thanks to Mr. Sauve and the 95 backers on Kickstarter. many times have we sat around with a drink in hand playing Never Have You don’t have to be gay to play I Ever to not-so-secretly find out the The Gayme, but trust us — it’s a lot dirty details of our friends’ sex lives? more fun if you are. Or how often do we quote lines from The Gayme is simple — if you can read, you can play. To begin, everyone “Mean Girls” to each other after a must have a drink. Each player pulls a drunken Sunday brunch? And let’s card from the hefty stack, reads it out not even count how many times we’ve loud, and follows the instructions. (For sat around swapping outrageous sex example: “Drink if you’ve ever slept stories and making fun of our friends with a co-worker,” or “Drink if you’re for being “such a bottom.” (You’ve LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GAYME AT: ofcnow.co/gayme wearing the tightest pants.”) Most of probably done all of the above on the cards are “All Play” and include the same day, admit it.) Well, kiddos, gay trivia, categories, and everyone’s favorite: story time. You should know someone finally combined all that goodness into a game. It sucks you didn’t these are not family-friendly cards you want the faint of heart listening in think of it sooner, right? on, so be sure to play in a location that won’t get you in too much trouble. With more than 500 cards, The Gayme is certainly worth the price of The game continues until you decide it’s time to call it quits or when the admission. And while a majority of the cards are targeted toward LGBT reading part gets too hard (because the words are blurred and you can’t culture (c’mon people it’s called The Gayme) it can easily be played with understand what anyone is saying). Tada! That’s all you need to know. anyone. But! Before you invite your best gal pal or your very straight For those of you self-proclaimed lightweights or emotional drinkers, bro-friend to play along, be sure to warn them that if they didn’t know too walk away now! You’ll be shit-faced before you know it and nobody wants much about your sex life before, they certainly will by night’s end … and to deal with that. Now, for those that define themselves as heavyweights in once you release those closet-skeletons, there’s no turning back. Noah L. Jordan
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fter many years of resistance, I was inspired by some small-town travel to finally download a few gay social-networking apps. I decided to be as blatantly upfront about my HIV status as I could and, to my surprise, these small town guys didn’t seem to mind. For an even larger surprise, a couple of guys asked me to come top them … bareback … and to please cum inside. When they confirmed they were indeed HIV-negative and not bug chasers, I felt more baffled than ever. And that’s when these gentlemen informed me of The Partner Study. I hadn’t heard of this yet, but according to them, it meant that an undetectable poz partner undergoing antiretroviral treatment has never transmitted the virus — bottom or top — to another person in the first two years after infection. For those unfamiliar with the study, as I was, this research was done by the National Institute for Health Research and partnered with many other organizations around Europe. They enrolled couples, both straight and gay, where one partner had HIV and the other partner did not.
these study results, I do worry that we are putting the cart before the horse. We shouldn’t be discarding our condoms just yet. Such studies give us valuable information, but that information should lead us to new questions rather than stone-cold conclusions. Now is not the time to give up on safer sex, but rather to figure out how to reframe it in the face of this fantastic information. I have been outspoken about the fact that HIV-positive people who adhere to treatment and remain undetectable are not the ones putting others at risk of exposure. In an ironic twist, these people are probably keeping everyone else safer. More often, the bigger risks come from people who say they are HIV-negative but are mistakenly carrying the virus. And it is estimated that about 20 percent of positive people aren’t even aware they have HIV. In fact, a couple occurrences in The Partner Study reflected this very scenario. Two study participants actually did contract HIV. However, they confirmed that the virus didn’t transmit from their poz partner, but rather from being sexually active outside their relationship with people of unknown HIV WH I LE I A M SO I N SAN E LY E XCI T E D status. BY THESE ST U DY R ESU LTS, I D O Unfortunately, we don’t live WO RRY TH AT W E AR E PU T T I N G in a perfect world. While all THE CA RT BE FO R E T H E H O RS E . study participants adhered to medications and kept a viral load of less than 200 copies The main rules included that the poz per ml, this doesn’t accurately reflect poz partner had to be on anti-retroviral treatlife for everyone. In my time as an HIV ment and the couple did not use condoms advocate, I have often met others who 100 percent of the time. struggled to adhere to medications and After two years, and out of more than lost their undetectable status. While most 700 couples, not a single person contracted I know are great at adherence, there are those who can let it slip. HIV from his/her partner. Without a single Then, of course, there is the fact that viral contraction, this information was nothing less than gigantic news. And the other STIs continue to exist outside of HIV. Hepatitis C and syphilis are still Grindr guys were right: this included participants where the poz partner did fairly prevalent. I also think about the ejaculate inside the negative partner, both time when HIV and AIDS didn’t exist. It vaginally and anally. caught the world completely off guard But as a friend of mine always says: and so many people died. As long as we “People trust the headlines, not the are freely sharing bodily fluids, we run the details.” This seems to be more true than risk that a new, even scarier virus could ever as I watch people take this informaone day emerge. tion and run in hundreds of directions The Partner Study has given us incredwith it. As we learned from my gay app ibly valuable information. It shows that sex suitors, many guys were already tossing between positive and negative partners, condoms out the window. To them, the with the strict presence of medications, proof was in the pudding (or, in this case, is even safer than we thought. But in the the semen). end, to eliminate all other means of safety While I am so insanely excited by is still a risk. 44
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COMPASSION ASK THE SEXPERT Shanna Katz Dear Shanna, I think I want to be in an open relationship, the type some people call polyamorous. When my partner gets hit on, or told how hot she is, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Can you tell me what’s going on? —Interested in Opening Up in Glendale. Dear Interested in Opening Up, What you are possibly feeling is an emotion called compersion. Compersion is sometimes referred as the “opposite” of jealousy. It’s a feeling of pleasure or happiness when your partner is getting his/her needs met, including when those needs are being met by other people. If your partner enjoys feeling wanted and desired, having other people tell her that she is hot can definitely help feed into her feeling sexy and wanted. However, just because you feel good when other folks flirt with your partner doesn’t mean you should just open your relationship all willy nilly. Consensual non-monogamy is perfect for some folks, and not quite right for others. Take some time to sit down and chat with you partner; share your thoughts and feelings about what is going on, and what you would like to happen, and make sure you are open-minded to hearing her thoughts, feelings, wants, and needs. If you decide that polyamory or an open relationship is the way to go, it’s time to set boundaries. What is ok to do with others? What isn’t? What does safer sex look like? How about timing, sleeping over, meeting each other’s other partners, sharing Google calendars, etc? The more you communicate about things in the beginning, the better expectations are set and (hopefully) met. Then, once you get going, make sure you keep checking in. Jealousy is a totally normal and ok emotion — when you touch base, you can decide how to handle it, whether it’s a show stopper or just something to work through. You can modify boundaries, change them up, strengthen them, or loosen them … whatever works for the two of you. Consider checking out Tristan Taormino’s book “Opening Up” for more hints, tips, and even checklists to try out. Best of luck! Shanna Have a question you’d like to ask Shanna (anonymously)? Email ShannaKatz@gmail.com. Shanna Katz, M.Ed, ACS is a Colorado-born fierce femme and board-certified sexologist. She believes strongly in open source, accessible sexuality education, and loves teaching adults how to optimize their sex lives. For more info, please visit www.ShannaKatz.com.
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hat are the best ways to turn choose to hear what they want to hear someone down? People have and ignore the words that come out of told me they aren’t interested in others’ mouths. Some general suggestions to keep hanging out in nice ways and ways that were really mean. I don’t want to in mind as you turn someone down is be a jerk, but there are just some guys to remain as polite as possible while who hit on me that I’m not interested standing firm. Be careful of sending in. I have yet to find a comfortable way mixed signals when you are saying to turn them down. no nicely. Beating around the bush I think it’s great that there are or being indirect to spare their feelstill some people out there who are ings confuses them and fails to get concerned about other peoples’ feelyour message across. You may be a HEINZESIGHT ings. One of the first words most of sweet person, but saying no and then Brent Heinze us learn is “no,” but when it comes to continuing to engage them in ways expressing disinterest about a person, that give them hope only keeps them coming back for more. it can bring up some emotional issues on both ends. I don’t think many of us enjoy that. In addition to being thoughtful about someone’s So the simple answer to your question would be feelings, you may also want to be honest with them about to just say: “Thank you, but I’m really not interested.” what disinterests you. Do you not want to date anyone Of course it is not that simple. Turning someone down or just him/her? There are also times where you don’t feel the need to explain and just want to get out of the not only involves concerns about how the other person situation. As much as it can suck to be turned down, takes it, but what it may bring up in us. We can evaluate why we feel the way we do and gauge whether our it’s good to know you’re barking up the wrong tree emotional reaction has something to do with our own so you can move on to the next conquest opportunity past rejections. It’s possible we have some self-esteem with someone else. None of us enjoy rejection, but it is issues or recollections of bad situations that continue helpful to be prepared when it comes up. to haunt our memories. At least you can be nice about it. Turning people down is further complicated when they have trouble with rejection, and respond aggresBrent Heinze, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor. sively. These people may not only feel their advances Get more HeinzeSight online at ofcnow.co/brent or send him a question for his column at are being rejected, but that they’re being rejected as PerspectiveShift@yahoo.com. people. Unfortunately, there are some people who
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