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he recent wildfires that tore through Northern California were devastating to say the least. The damage estimates include at least 42 people dead, over 8000 structures destroyed and over $1 billion dollars will be needed to repair the devastation. However, not all was lost, and now the best that we, as Californians, can do is to help them rebuild, by helping them continue to do business. With this issue, and the three following issues, Outword California has reached out to LGBT-friendly businesses in the effected areas and offered to run ads, free of charge, so they can let people in our community know that they are open for business. We hope that more businesses will take us up on our offer, but for now, you will know their ads by the red border around them. We wish our friends to the northeast the very best, and a speedy recovery, as well as our sincere condolences for their losses.

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FGG Picks Hong Kong As 2022 Gay Games XI Host


he Federation of Gay Games (FGG) General Assembly voted on October 30th in Paris to name Hong Kong as the 2022 Gay Games XI presumptive host city.

Site inspections of the three finalist cities took place June & July 2017 by a team of inspectors from Australia, Germany, Canada, and the USA. The team spent 3.5 days in each city, toured all venues and attended local supporter civic events. A record number of 17 cities expressed interest in the 2022 Gay Games XI. Five of these cities made it to the semi-final round (Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Salt Lake City, UT, and San Francisco, CA). In the first phase, an additional nine cities had expressed interest: Cape Town, South Africa, Tel Aviv, Israel and U.S. cities Anaheim, CA, Atlanta, GA, Des Moines, IA, Los Angeles, CA, Madison, WI, Minneapolis, MN, and San Antonio, TX. The impact that the Gay Games has in host cities is incredible in terms of culture, sport, economic impact, history and most importantly elevating all matters of LGBT+ equality. The Paris 2018 — Gay Games 10 takes place August 4th 4-12th, and will feature 36 sports, 14 cultural events, academic conferences and up to 15,000 participants from 70 countries. Visit for more information. Since 1982, the FGG mission promotes equality and is the largest sport and culture event in the world open to all. Its legacy changes social, and political attitudes towards LGBT+ people through the core principles of “Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best”. The Gay Games was conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and was first held in San Francisco in 1982. Subsequent Gay Games are San Francisco (1986), Vancouver (1990), New York (1994), Amsterdam (1998), Sydney (2002), Chicago (2006), Cologne (2010), Cleveland+Akron (2014), and Paris (2018).

LGBTQ History Programs Address Identity, Activism, Family, Gender, Race


he GLBT Historical Society will highlight a new documentary on LGBTQ history, identity and activism, along with a talk on early 20th-century lesbians and panel discussions on evolving gender identities and on race in the queer community.

The History Talk, “She Made My Daughter Do It”: Lesbian Inheritance & Family Conflict, tells the story of Marie Equi and Harriet Speckart and Gail Laughlin and Mary A. Sperry who were well-known West Coast couples in the early 20th century. When inheritances came into play, the mothers of two of the women launched widely publicized court battles to block the bequests, asserting that “unnatural” and “manipulative” lesbians could make no legitimate claim to family assets. Independent scholar Paula Lichtenberg will discuss Laughlin and Sperry, and Equi biographer Michael Helquist will recount the story of Equi and Speckart. The speakers also will look at how the couples presented their relationships publicly at a time when discretion was required and will sketch the women’s activist lives, especially Laughlin’s career as a suffragist, attorney and state legislator and Equi’s advocacy for reproductive rights, suffrage, workers and the anti-war movement. The talks are presented in conjunction with we are indeed , a new exhibit in the Main Gallery of the GLBT History Museum that looks at LGBTQ lives in Northern California before 1930;

Lichtenberg is co-curator of the display. The programs take place at the GLBT History Museum at 4127 18th St. in San Francisco on Wednesday, November 8 from 7:00 — 9:00 p.m. Admission is $5. Before Homosexuals: From Ancient Times to Victorian Crimes is a special San Francisco premiere of John Scagliotti’s new feature-length documentary presented by Pride of the Ocean and the Center for Independent Documentary on Saturday, November 11 from 4:00 — 5:30 p.m. at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco. Admission is $15.00. The film takes viewers on a tour of same-sex desire from antiquity to the 19th century via interviews with researchers and artists who have recovered the stories of this erotic history. Emmy Award-winning director Scagliotti has produced numerous films, radio programs and television shows, including the pioneering LGBTQ magazine series on PBS, In the Life. The screening is a benefit for the GLBT Historical Society and is sponsored by Pride of the Ocean’s Saving History Film Festival Cruise. After the film-showing, the director will take part in a Q&A and discussion with

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the audience. To purchase tickets, visit www. Additionally, the latest in the GLBT Historical Society’s monthly “Fighting Back” series will explore contemporary queercommunity issues in a historical context, with the program Race and the LGBTQ Community offering a multigenerational conversation about race relations among LGBTQ people. A panel of historians, veteran organizers and younger activists will discuss how the LGBTQ community has dealt with issues of race over time and how this history of challenges and successes can help inform today’s intersectional resistance movements. The program will be on Tuesday, November 28, from 7:00 — 9:00 p.m. at the The GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco. Admission is free, $5 donation is welcome. For more information, visit www.

Gift Giving for the Creativity-Impaired


e’ve all been there. The shake weights. The toilet seat with a nightlight. The t-shirt that says, “I’m not a gynecologist, but I’ll take a look.”

Many river cruises visiting Budapest do a night cruise past the incredible riverfront palaces.

Coming up with innovative Christmas presents when you’ve been with your partner for a while can be a challenge akin to turning down a makeout session with Chris Hemsworth. So, I’d like to suggest a gift that’s a little more costly, but will never, ever end up buried at the bottom of a sack headed for the local gay thrift store. Travel.

An all-gay river cruise or land tour can give you and your partner something to look forward to for months. It can rekindle your relationship. And you get to bask in your incredible generosity while knowing that this gift benefits you just as much as it does them. How about a cruise through the Adriatic Sea in Europe?

Or down the romantic Danube? Or on the exotic Amazon, with a trek to Machu Picchu? When I give my husband the gift of a trip, I combine his birthday, our anniversary and Christmas, so I’m knocking out three holidays with one present. I call it “gift amortization”. (Just not to his face.) Then, each holiday, I give him some little

thing for the trip: a travel guide, a travel power strip, a sleep mask so he doesn’t have to see the “comfy” clothes I put on for overnight flights. (I call that one the relationship saver.) Travel gives you incredible memories. And photos you can you can use as screensavers to invoke envy in perfect strangers. And traveling with an all-gay group gives you the opportunity to make new friends and have free places to stay around the world – a big bonus when those friends live in cities where hotel prices are equivalent to a Bentley payment. This Christmas, I’m giving my husband a summer river cruise down the Rhine in Europe, from Amsterdam to Prague. It’s a Brand g Vacations cruise, so everyone on the boat will be a ‘mo. The great thing about river cruises is that the group is small – river ships generally hold 200 or less – so you can really get to know people. And since river cruise ships essentially dock right downtown, you walk off the ship and you’re right in the middle of the city. None of the two-hour bus ride BS you encounter on ocean cruises, where you dock in some industrial port a hundred miles from nowhere. Giving a trip isn’t, of course, in everyone’s budget. But if you want to win brownie points, or you have a special birthday or anniversary coming up, consider my “amortization” concept. Your partner might even turn a blind eye to those dinosaur slippers you insist on wearing on the plane.

Eric Poole is Director of Marketing for Brand g Vacations, the leader in allLGBT river cruises and land tours.

Amador Winefest to Showcase Feather Sculpture


orra Lee Rose is perhaps the only artist in the world creating life-size human-like sculptures totally in feathers. Her work is internationally known and for this year’s 20th annual Winefest in Amador County she will show her recently created lifesize feather sculpture of a fairy.

Global collectors have discovered and fallen in love with her art. One look on November 11 in the Sutter Creek Auditorium and you’ll see why Lorra Lee Rose’s feather works are so much in demand. In her studio outside of Jackson CA in the Sierra foothills she’s been creating for three years the Feather Fairy, and she calls it her “monumental passion project.” The concept began in Oakland when she came upon a high-quality female mannequin that was in a sitting position, a rare find. She’s created male torsos, mermaids and even elaborate masks for the Seattle Museum’s Black and White Ball. She knew it was a no-brainer to transform the mannequin into a fairy using her vast 30-year collection of feathers. Her earliest works were begun in Livermore in 1986 when she was just 23. They were small, but now her life-size human figures, masks and crystals, which form the base for her smaller works, can be 6

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seen in museums, prestigious arts festivals and in a limited number of galleries, such as in Palm Desert, Sedona and Sutter Creek. She uses only natural, top quality, legally sourced feathers of varieties that most people don’t see every day. At Winefest you can even help artist Rose give the fairy a name. When asked if she has a motto, she replied with a laugh, “glue, time and patience.” The November 11th Winefest is the annual popular walk-about wine-tasting that takes place in Sutter Creek in Amador County. Over 20 Amador County wineries will each be pouring in the unique shops on Main Street. Check-in starts at 4:00 pm in the Sutter Creek Auditorium, 18 Main Street where you can pick up your wineglass and wristband and start bidding on the silent auctions of art, wines, and premier offerings of gifts and event packages. At 4:30 you can begin walking Main Street, sipping and shopping, but returning to the auditorium at

7 p.m. for live music, tastings of desserts and after-dinner wines, and final auction bidding. Winefest is a benefit for the acclaimed arts education programs of the non-profit

AmadorArts, established 35 years ago. Advance tickets of $40 may be ordered using PayPal at At the door, if still available, $45.

Lorra Lee Rose of Amador County used thousands of feathers for this sculpture of a fairy. Rose took three years to create this feather masterpiece. The wings are comprised of rare Great Argus Pheasant feathers and the hair is made from saddlehackle feathers, in Rose’s inventory for 15 years. If the fairy was standing it would be 5 feet, 8 inches tall.

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Two One-Of-A-Kind Holiday Events At Jack London Square


ack London Square has announced that Urban Air Market, the largest outdoor marketplace for sustainable design, will make its debut on the Oakland waterfront with two unique holiday events just in time for the gift-giving season. On Friday, December 1, from 6:30–8:30 p.m., guests are invited to Make Your Own Holiday Gift with Urban Air Market. The “Meet the Makers” happy crafting hour will include 20 DIY stations, providing everything needed to create screen-printed wrapping paper and flower pressed cards to artisan body products, terrariums, and one-of-a-kind accessories. Then on Sunday, December 3, from 11 a.m.–6 p.m., guests can shop at Urban Air Market: Holiday Show at Jack London Square, featuring Sustainable Fashion Alliance and Fair-Trade USA approved brands. This socially-conscious holiday market is a one-stop-shop for purchasing ethically-made gifts that give back. Both events will take place at 55 Harrison in Jack London Square in Oakland. A donation of $10 is suggested for Make Your Own Holiday Gift with Urban Air Market, and attendees can RSVP now at makeyourgift.eventbrite. com. Registration to attend Urban Air Market: Holiday Show is free and open now at On Sunday, December 3, Urban Air Market: Holiday Show at Jack London Square celebrates more than 100 curated

local vendors of clothing, jewelry, accessories, and home décor – all sustainable finds that make perfect gifts for socially-conscious friends and family. Shoppers can relax after their holiday shopping on the patio bar, enjoy bites from visiting food trucks, or take in Jack London Square’s thriving dining scene, home to contemporary restaurants including Forge Pizza, Plank, Lungomare, Rosenblum Cellars and more. Urban Air Market’s Holiday Show will also feature a photo booth, where attendees can snap a festive picture for holiday greeting cards. The season of holiday festivities kicks-off with Jack London Square’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 1, from 5 – 7 p.m. Return to Jack London Square on Saturday, December 2 for the best views of Oakland’s Lighted Yacht Parade and on Sunday, December 3 for your socially conscious holiday shopping. The festivities will continue throughout the holiday season at Jack London Square, making it the perfect destination for shopping, dining and celebrating the season! For ongoing updates visit www.facebook. com/events/315516128917762

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Everybody RISE for HRC’s Palm Springs Garden Party


ise the theme for this year’s Palm Springs Garden Party, is a fitting tribute to the hard work of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization with more than 2 million members.

The Silent Auction is one of the favorite parts of the Annual HRC Palm Springs Garden Party.

The Garden Party brings together more than 800 individuals (LGBTQ and Allies) for an afternoon of celebration and inspiration featuring an open cocktail reception, an extensive silent auction, thought-provoking speakers, and special celebrity guests and honorees. During the Party, The Advocate for Equality Award will be given to members of the local community who have demonstrated a history

of pro-active advocacy in the Coachella Valley., and this year it will be presented to two incredible and driving forces, Barbara Carpenter and Ron DeHarte. The 18th Annual HRC Palm Springs Garden Party will be held November 4, 2017 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Location will be given upon ticket purchase. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit: November 2, 2017 - December 7, 2017 • No. 11

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Luther Burbank Center to Reopen After NorCal Fires


he Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) has announced that the Center will reopen as planned on Monday, November 6, 2017, and that patrons will be issued refunds for all shows that were canceled as a result of the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa.

LBC is continuing to reschedule events that were affected by its closing and will release an updated show schedule as information becomes available. Patrons are able to buy tickets and access information about upcoming performances online at

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November 2, 2017 - December 7, 2017 • No. 11 All online ticket fees will be waived until the ticket office reopens on Monday, November 6. As previously reported, the main building remains intact, which includes the Ruth Finley Person Theatre, the Lytton Rancheria Lobby, the Carston Cabaret and Fireside Room, as well as box office area and conference rooms. The fire destroyed approximately 30,000 square feet of the Center’s 140,000 square foot campus, including the two-story classroom building, home to Anova Center for Education; the East Auditorium, home to North Bay Stage Company; the LBC’s storage and workshop building, including storage for Roustabout Theatre; as well as with much of the landscape and the irrigation system. Additionally, the Center’s Sculpture Garden suffered significant damage, which included monumental old-growth redwood sculptures by renowned local artist Bruce Johnson. For tickets purchased by credit card, the charges will be immediately credited back. Checks will be mailed to patrons who purchased tickets with cash or check once the Center’s ticket office has reopened. For more information, visit

Pamper Your Taste Buds at the Napa Truffle Festival


hether you’re a foodie with a passion for truffles, or a food voyager with a curiosity about one of the most expensive and exciting foods in the world, the Napa Truffle Festival has something for you. N A PA’ S B R I L L I A N T

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The Napa Truffle Festival offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the delicay - and better yet, to taste them.

With programs that offer an opportunity to explore and learn firsthand from experts about the gastronomy, science, history and mystery of truffles, you can become a truffle connoisseur as you taste, smell, learn and experience all things truffle at the eighth annual Napa Truffle Festival. You can also indulge in truffle dishes prepared by Michelin star chefs, take a wild mushroom foray, see cooking demos emceed by CBS Food Chap Liam Mayclem, meet the truffle dogs (petting allowed), and smell, taste and buy fresh truffles at every turn. For the foodies, the Dig Truffles? Experience at the Westin and the All About Truffles program at the CIA at Copia offer a fun and interactive experience that includes culinary and science components. For both programs, Michelin star Chef Ken Frank of La Toque will provide tips on how to select, store and prepare truffles, and world-renowned Chief Scientist Dr. Paul Thomas of American Truffle Company will share surprising and interesting aspects of truffle history, science and cultivation. Dig Truffles on Saturday will also include fascinating insights into the world of hunting truffles with CPDT-KA expert dog trainer Alana McGee, plus a Winery Truffle Lunch at the stunning Shadybrook Estate prepared by Michelin star chef Gabriel Kreuther and a truffle orchard tour/dog training demo at Robert Sinskey Vineyards Truffle Orchard (petting allowed). All About Truffles on Monday will also include truffle bites to complement a sampling of select wines, plus a meet and greet with Rico, our favorite truffle dog. If you can’t make one of the truffle programs, you can catch the free Monday Marketplace at Oxbow Public Market where

you’ll get a chance to sample the extraordinary flavors of the mythic black truffle (aka black diamond) prepared in every sort of fabulous way — from wild mushroom goat cheese truffle enchiladas, truffled grilled oysters and pizza al tartufo to truffled French fries, chocolate truffles, and cookies and cream cupcakes with little pink pigs (as in: they hunt truffles). Also, taste wines, see cooking demos, meet the truffle dogs, and shop for specialty foods and products. Plus, buy your own fresh black truffle and sign up for a chance to win a real black diamond (truffle, that is)! For more information, visit | 707-320-6900 1600 Soscol Avenue, Napa, CA 94559

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Guerneville to Host Fire Relief Fundraisers commentary by Rodger A. Jensen


he world changed for many on Sunday, October 8th when wildfires spread across several counties in Northern California. This disaster has left numerous people without homes and without the day-to-day things that most of us take for granted.

Rodger’s Play Haus Productions, Lazy Bear Fund, and Guerneville Cares have teamed up to present a 4-day fundraising event to help those who lost everything. Similar to what we did for the Lake Co. fire ($18,000 raised) and the Pulse nightclub shootings ($16,000 raised), we plan to bring in even more money for our local friends and families. This 4-day Extravaganza Northern California Fire Relief Fundraiser consists of: Thursday, Nov. 9th, Rainbow Cattle Company will host a Give Back Thursday with buffet and raffle. Friday, Nov. 10th, The r3 Hotel hosts auctions (both live and silent) and a raffle mixed in with karaoke and live entertainment. Saturday, Nov. 11th, Timberline Restaurant will host “Fire-Aid Festival” featuring music, comedy and a drag show. This event will be broadcast live on social media with donation links. Sunday, Nov. 12th is a Beer & Bands event at Trio. We need your help to make this a success! A gift certificate or merchandise from you would be a fantastic addition to our auction

table or raffles. Alternatively, if you wish to contribute monetarily to this fundraiser, we will accept checks made out to Lazy Bear Fund with “fire relief” in the memo line. Besides making a significant monetary donation, the LBF is the 501(c)3 nonprofit fiscal sponsor and is waiving all administrative fees. One hundred 100 percent of what is raised will go to help those impacted by the fires. When thank you letters are mailed out, they will include their Tax ID number for your donation records. You can mail any certificates to The r3 Hotel, P.O.Box 450, Guerneville, CA 95446, attn: Rodger. If you have any questions about the fundraising event, or wish to arrange a pick-up for a donation, please email me at We would appreciate receiving your donation no later than Nov. 6, so we have time to set everything up to showcase and promote the event. Thank you so much for your consideration in supporting this fire relief fundraiser! Rodger A. Jensen for RPH Productions.

Fire Damage Closes di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art

Due to the recent Northern California wildfires, di Rosa Center for Contemporary art, is closed until further notice. di Rosa features three galleries, a sculpture park, a 35-acre lake, and a wildlife preserve, all located on 217 scenic acres in Napa Valley’s famed Carneros region. For more information, visit

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The Photographic Journey of Julia Child Comes to Napa


rance is a Feast – The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child is a world premiere exhibit that will feature notable and rarely seen photographs by Paul Child from the years 1948 to 1954, the period of time during which he and Julia Child lived in Paris.

The Napa Valley Museum is present the exhibit which is inspired by and is shown in conjunction with the release of the book, France Is A Feast by Paul Child’s great-nephew, Alex Prud’homme, and Katie Pratt, longtime friend and colleague of Paul and Julia Child, who also curates the museum installation. The images include not only those of his, as yet, unknown wife but of architecture, street scenes, river scenes, fishermen, cats and more that explore the effects of light and shadow, modernism and abstraction. Among the collection will be the images selected by Edward Steichen for the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Through his work as a cultural attaché at the US embassy in Paris and later at the U.S. Consulate in Marseille, Paul, a disciplined and ambitious artist, met and was influenced by many of the leading photographers of the day including Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Man Ray, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Robert Doisneau and Brassai. In addition to many of the images that that would later help define Julia Child in the public mind and prove integral to her success, the exhibit will feature examples and images of the notebooks, logs and letters meticulously maintained by Paul that provide a vivid record of his daily life in France, his love of Julia, and the evolution of his artistic sensibility. Paul’s camera and maps — the tools of his art — and other forms of his artwork, including drawings, paintings, stained glass, and personal Valentines will bring this unique period of life and time into the 21st century. The exhibit will be held from November 11, 2017 through February 18, 2018. For more information on France is a Feast – The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child and the Napa Valley Museum, please visit the website at 12 Outword California

France is a Feast – The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child is an exhibition of extraordinary and intimate photographs by Paul Child, depicting his life with wife Julia Child in France.

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Rebels on Pointe Dances Its Way into Los Angeles


obbi Jo Hart’s Rebels on Pointe, the first film about Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo (the “Trocks”), will open theatrically on the west coast at Laemmle’s Music Hall in Los Angeles on November 24, then in cities nationwide.

Winner of Best Documentary Awards at the 2017 San Francisco International Dance Film Festival and San Luis Obispo and Mifo Miami LGBT film festivals, Rebels on Pointe is also an official selection at the upcoming DOC NYC Festival, where it will have one screening on November 11th. Rebels on Pointe introduces audiences to New York City’s unique and widely acclaimed all-male ballet company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The drag dance company, affectionately known as “The Trocks,” was founded over 40 years ago on the heels of the Stonewall riots, and has since developed a passionate following around the globe. Exploring universal themes of identity, dreams and family, Rebels on Pointe juxtaposes intimate behind-the-scenes access, rich archives and history, engaging character driven stories, and dance performances shot in North America, Europe and Japan. Described as having “real heart and soul” by Get Reel, and “laugh out loud funny” by POV Magazine, Rebels on Pointe is a creative blend of gender-bending artistic expression, diversity, and passion that ultimately shows that a ballerina can be an act of revolution in a tutu. Montreal filmmaker Bobbi Jo Hart has directed and produced documentaries since 1997 filming in countries including Pakistan, Russia, Great Britain, Guatemala, Zimbabwe and Romania. Hart’s last feature documentary, I Am Not a Rock Star, was nominated for three and won two prestigious Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Performing Arts Documentary, Best Editing and Best Direction. You can watch the trailer at

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Ultra Naté & Quentin Harris’ Release Club Remixes


ouse music legends Ultra Naté and Quentin Harris recently released their first collaborative album, Ultra Naté and Quentin Harris as Black Stereo Faith, a vibe-y, experimentally unapologetic and loose blend of R&B, house, rock and electronics.

Black Stereo Faith

Ten years in the making, Black Stereo Faith highlights Quentin Harris’ production and arrangement skills while offering a stylistic nod to the unvarnished passion of singer-songwriter Ultra Naté’s acclaimed 1990 debut, Blue Notes in The Basement. The collection features two tracks from the album, I’m Too Sexy (Touch This Skin) and SNL, reworked and reimagined by some of the biggest DJ/producers on the planet. The remixes are on iTunes, Spotify and all digital platforms from BluFire/Epod/ Peace Bisquit. “We held off on releasing the remixes because we wanted people to hear the originals in their intended forms first,” explains Ultra Naté from her Baltimore studio. “We needed to let the album breathe a bit; have some room so fans would listen to the songs in all aspects of their lives beyond the 2am dance floor moment.” 14 Outword California

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“Ultra and I are both known in clubland and we knew immediate remixes would be expected,” adds Harris. “We never want to do what’s expected.” Also included in the “I’m Too Sexy (Touch This Skin)” package are specially crafted Black Stereo Faith Bootleg mixes that combine classic hip hop and pop. Busta Rhymes’ “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” and George Michael’s “Too Funky” somehow manage to sit perfectly under Quentin and Ultra’s low slung vocal styling. “We’ve been working on getting this package together all summer,” says Ultra Naté. “The end of October is the perfect time to get it out as the remixes serve all the tricks and treats.” Visit, and

Trans Artist ‘Shoots The Un-Cutes’ in New Club Single


traight shooting hip hop trans artist Epiphany Mattel takes aim at pretty people who make themselves ugly by refusing to wear the most important accessory — a smile — in her hot new single, #FIXYOFACE, out now.

The track is a beat-driven hip-hop club banger with an important message. “It’s about everyone going above and beyond with their appearance to stand out and be noticed at clubs today, but then they bring their scowl, a ‘resting bitch face,’ that makes them unapproachable,” explains Mattel. “They’re so insecure with themselves, they push that negative energy on the rest of the party and make everyone else uncomfortable. It’s a party bitches… lighten the hell up.” Along with the track, Mattel has released a music video for #FIXYOFACE, directed by Assad Yacoub, the director of the hit film, Cherry Pop. Mattel’s #FIXYOFACE is available on iTunes, Spotify and all digital platforms. The music video is at “Everyone should believe they are the proverbial ‘shit,’” Mattel continues from her Phoenix, Arizona home. “You have to if you want others to.” The message of #FIXYOFACE is one she lives by. As a music artist, Mattel is raw, unapologetic, and provocative. She stirs pots and fixes plates by speaking her truth and not caring if people receive it or not, as long as they hear her. Mattel grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. Her parents raised her to be confident and speak her mind, that is, until she told them that she was girl. Her mother, a devout Baptist, took the religious “God doesn’t make mistakes” and “let’s pray the demon out” path, sending her to priests, psychiatrists and other medical professionals to fix the problem. Her father’s approach was more physical. He sought to beat the trans out of Mattel and would tease, taunt and shame her. At one point, he even shaved her head. Most surprisingly, her father was a gay man who harbored a strong hate towards transgendered people. He viewed them as freaks, criminals and sexual deviants. “He would say to me, ‘if you are gay, that’s fine, I can help you with that, but why in hell do you wanna be one of those things?’” “My message is to respect yourself first and foremost and then use that power to spread love and light,” she explains. Mattel has big dreams. She aims to create a movement in sound; something similar to Neyo, The Dream, and Kanye West where other artists might create similar songs but fans will always recognize it as an Epiphany Mattel joint. “What I hope fans take away from my music is that they are not alone,” she says. “That there is someone out there that goes through the same bullshit they do. I hope they hear a voice representing them and their experience. I also hope that by listening to my music, they learn how to finesse their way through adversity, and if not, that at least they walk away with some sickening reads and one liners.”

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Billy Winn Returns To Music With a Bang in Crash


rash is the first single from out artist Billy Winn since he split with his record label two years ago, and is a super intense, emotional, and dynamic electro pop record, similar to his previous hit records, “Cruel Intentions” and “He Won’t Do,” but with less of a dance focus.


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Crash was written and produced by Billy and Mark A. Barrie of the production team Madscience. “Parting ways with Kaleidosphere was tough and I had to take some time away from music to figure out what was next for me,” Winn admits. “When I first heard Mark’s instrumental for what would become Crash, it sounded like a brand new start for me. “It was heart-wrenching, intensely erotic, atmospheric and a bit grown up from the sound of my previous tracks. I was ready to evolve musically and explore deeper topics of love that I had been experiencing as I’ve grown older and, supposedly, wiser. “So lyrically, I went to a place about a relationship built on lust, that was starting to


spill over into territories that are emotionally off-limits, for one reason or another. ” Winn’s Crash is available on iTunes, Spotify and all digital platforms. The song wonders: What is one supposed to do when feelings develop for someone you know in your heart is the wrong person for you? It’s a question asked by many people, especially in today’s digital age where casual hook-ups are as easy as picking up your phone. As a boy, Winn was often bullied because of his high voice. Kids would say he spoke like a girl and acted gay. At the time, he had no real idea what they meant but he associated ‘gay’ with something wrong. He tried to speak in a lower register and he was careful not to use effeminate words that might trigger ridicule. The teasing didn’t stop, but Billy was able to lean on a large family who appreciated him as an imaginatively artsy kid and did not try to stifle his creativity. He started writing songs when he was twelve, composing catchy pop and R&B melodies with big choruses. When he recorded them, he knew something was missing. A producer he was working with at the time suggested he step outside his box and experiment with other sounds, particularly electronic and dance music. It clicked right away. “I realized there were so many artists out there who looked alike, sounded alike, and made the same kind of music,” he says. “I never wanted to look or sound like anybody else. I never wanted to be the next anyone. I wanted to be the first Billy Winn.” For more information, visit or follow him on Facebook.

Gay Adult Video Awards Show Set for Las Vegas


he GayVN Awards, recognizing the best in gay adult video content, will return after a six-year hiatus on Sunday, January 21, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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“The 2018 GayVN Awards are the premier awards show for gay adult content, and we are very proud to be a part of the return of this great event,” said Jay Phillips Vice President of iWantEmpire which is sponsoring the awards. The event, which was last held in 2011, has been the premier awards show for gay erotica. The 2018 GayVN Awards will feature 15 industry award categories and 13 fan award categories, honoring excellence across the genre. Award Categories include: : Best Actor: Best All-Sex Movie: Best Bear Scene: Best Director - Feature: Best Director - Non-Feature: Best Duo Sex Scene: Best Ethnic Scene: Best Feature: Best Fetish Scene: Best Group Sex Scene: Best Marketing - Company Image: Best Newcomer: Best Supporting Actor: Best Twink Scene: and Performer of the Year. For more about the 2018 GayVN Awards Show, visit

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PS Exhibit Celebrates James Scott Geras Photogrphy


hotographer James Scott Geras debuted his third book of erotic male images at an artist’s reception and book-signing at a retrospecitve celebrating his 30 years of photography held at the Geras Tousignant Gallery in Palm Springs. The book, Erotic, encompasses his lifelong work capturing the male physique in sensual black and white that both celebrates and explores the details of the human body. “Some of my work may be seen as somewhat controversial, voyeuristic, and erotic, it is definitely sexual, but there is a playfulness to that sexuality, like a sirens song, it beckons the viewer to take part, but warns not to be fooled by the tease, it is not the dance, but only the invitation,” Geras said of his work. All images in the exhibit were shot using a Hasselblad camera, then developed and printed by hand on photographic paper. Erotic is available in several book formats

including a hard-bound coffee table size, eBook, Premium Magazine (soft-bound) and Mini hard-bound versions. Other Erotic merchandise — available online and at the gallery — includes phone cases for both iPhone and Samsung phones, custom wood boxes in a variety of sizes and finishes and greeting cards. The exhibit will be on dispaly through November 30th at the Geras Tousignant Gallery, located in the historic Henry Frank Arcade, 278-B N Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. For more information, visit and you can see a video at watch?time_continue=1&v=_d2vUz69cgw.

Photograph by James Scott Geras. Titled “Erotic 114”

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This is a special issue of Outword California, dedicated to everyone that was effected by the fires in Northern California.