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Most LGBT Adults Concerned About Long-Term Care


hen it comes to aging-related concerns, older LGBT adults worry most about having adequate family and other social support to rely on as they age, discrimination in long-term care (LTC) facilities, and access to LGBT-sensitive services for seniors, according to a new AARP survey.

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Black and Latino LGBT adults report the greatest concern about future family and social supports, and greater worry about potential abuse in LTC facilities because of their race/ethnicity and sexual orientation/ gender identity. The survey, “Maintaining Dignity: Understanding and Responding to the Challenges Facing Older LGBT Americans,”

found gay men and lesbians have similar concerns about whether they’ll have enough family and/or social support. However, gay men are more likely than lesbians to be single, live alone, and have smaller support systems, which may put them at higher risk for isolation as they age. Transgender adults also report smaller support systems and are at an increased risk

of isolation, while bisexuals are least likely to be “out” within health systems. “Older LGBT adults often have serious concerns about aging with dignity, compounded primarily by fears of discrimination and lack of social support,” said Nii-Quartelai Quartey, Ed.D., AARP Senior Advisor and LGBT Liaison. “LGBT adults are clearly saying that they want LGBT-sensitive long-term care and other services.” Over half (52 percent) of LGBT adults said they fear discrimination in health care as they age. A majority are especially concerned about facing neglect, abuse, and verbal or physical harassment in LTC facilities, with Black LGBT adults reporting the highest level of concern. Most LGBT adults (88 percent) want providers in LTC facilities who are specifically trained to meet LGBT patient needs. They also want some providers or staff who are themselves LGBT. Nearly one-third of older LGBT adults were at least somewhat worried about having to hide their LGBT identity in order to have access to suitable housing options. “With well over a million LGBT seniors in the U.S., a number that will double by 2030, this is an opportunity for the health care and housing industries to step up and meet the needs of this growing demographic that aspires to thrive not hide as they age” said Quartey. Full survey results are here: dignitysurvey as well as the guide LGBT Pride: AARP’s Online Resources for the LGBT Community.

Beach Blanket Babylon Holds Scholarship For The Arts


he 16th annual Steve Silver Foundation and Beach Blanket Babylon Scholarship for the Arts program is now accepting applications from high school seniors throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Producer Jo Schuman Silver, The Steve Silver Foundation and Beach Blanket Babylon — the world’s longest-running musical revue created the Scholarship for the Arts in 2002 as part of its commitment to the arts. Since then program has grown into an annual event eagerly anticipated by San Francisco Bay Area high school seniors. “Encouraging young artists to follow their dreams and express their creativity was very important to Steve Silver,” said Schuman Silver. “We are proud to be able to honor his legacy with this outstanding program.” Last year’s program proved, once again, to be extremely successful, with Beach Blanket Babylon receiving a record number of submissions. Yongfeng Lim (Dance) from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, Peter Stielstra (Acting) from Lowell High School in San Francisco, and Emilie Kealani Suarez (Voice) from Independence High School in San Francisco, each walked away with $15,000 towards their college education. High school seniors throughout the San Francisco Bay Area are asked to submit a completed entry form along with a threeminute performance in one of three

made up of their family and friends. One winner from each category will be presented with a $15,000 check from The Steve Silver Foundation and Beach Blanket

Producer Jo Schuman Silver and Beach Blanket Babylon cast member Tammy Nelson with winners of the 2017 Scholarship for the Arts. Photo by Rick Markovich.

categories: singing, acting or dancing. Nine finalists — three from each category — will be selected by a panel of performing arts professionals. The finalists will perform their three-minute performance live at Club Fugazi (home of Beach Blanket Babylon) on Monday, June 4, 2018 in front of a panel of celebrity judges and an invited audience

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Babylon toward their higher education. The Scholarship for the Arts is based entirely on talent; grades and financial needs are not factors. For complete rules and guidelines, or to download an entry form, visit www.

Trump-Pence Continue Push for Transgender Military Ban


he Trump-Pence administration has announced an implementation plan for a ban on transgender military service, continuing to push to implement a categorical transgender ban on military service. “The President’s action was a foregone conclusion, and the result is the same ban that has already been repeatedly enjoined,” said Peter Perkowski, Legal Director of OutServe-SLDN. “The Pentagon merely delivered a recommendation that the President asked for back in August — namely, that transgender people be categorically prohibited from serving. Anything the Pentagon is using to support this announcement is just transparent window dressing developed for the express purpose of justifying the President’s demand from last summer. It is worthless.” OutServe-SLDN and Lambda Legal are currently representing the American Military Partner Association, Human Rights Campaign, Gender Justice League, and nine individual plaintiffs in Karnoski v.

Trump — one of four lawsuits challenging the transgender military ban in court. “The implementation is a continuation of the same – a naked attack and ban on transgender service members and those who wish to serve. It dishonors the sacrifice and diminishes the lives of transgender men and women in uniform, by perpetuating the lie that transgender people are unit to serve,” said Natalie Nardecchia, Senior Attorney with Lambda Legal. “It also provides a so-called choice that the government cannot require one to make – to live authentically and openly and get kicked out of the military, or conceal one’s identity and continue to serve in silence. The ban continues to be enjoined by four courts and we will press on to end it once and for all.”

Delaine Eastin Endorsed by SF LGBT Democratic Club


elaine Eastin, Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction and candidate for Governor of California has announced her most recent endorsement from the heart and soul of Newsom territory: San Francisco’s Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club of San Francisco.

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Conversion Therapy Banned in Washington State

Democratic Governor Jay Inslee signed into law on March 28 a bill banning licensed therapists from attempting conversion therapy on minors. Washington becomes the 11th state in the nation to ban the practice. “Today, Washington State takes a huge step forward in protecting LGBTQ children by banning this backwards practice, which not only puts the lives of LGBTQ children at risk, but has been rejected by the medical community time and again,” said DNC LGBTQ Media Director Lucas Acosta. Last fall, Washington voters elected Manka Dhingra to the state Senate, which flipped control of the chamber and gave Democrats full control of the state government. In just a few months, Washington Democrats expanded protections for the LGBTQ community and fought for voting rights, equal pay, gun safety and net neutrality.

Forced Anal Examinations for Gay Men to End in Kenya

On March 22nd a Court of Appeals in Kenya, led by a five judge bench, ruled that forced anal examinations are contrary to the law. Forced anal examinations have largely been used to “prove” whether or not a man is homosexual in countries where homosexuality is criminalized. This practice has been decried by organizations across the globe as dehumanizing and as amounting to torture, not to mention being discredited by the scientific community as holding no value as proof. “Forced anal examinations amount to torture, and no one should ever be exposed to such a degrading and dehumanizing experience,” said Jessica Stern, Executive Director, OutRight Action International. “The Kenyan Courts ruled in favor of international law and in favor of human dignity. Other countries should follow suit and put an end to this discredited practice.”

Connecticut GOP Vows to Block Chief Justice Nominee Who Would Become the States First Openly Gay Chief Justice

All 18 Republicans in the Connecticut Senate will unilaterally block the appointment of Andrew McDonald as Connecticut’s Supreme Court chief justice. If confirmed, McDonald would be the first openly gay man to lead any state Supreme Court in the United States, but despite his qualifications, Republicans are blocking his confirmation. “Every single one of the 18 GOP Connecticut senators who will vote against Andrew McDonald’s confirmation today should be ashamed,” said DNC LGBTQ Media Director Lucas Acosta. “McDonald is eminently and unquestionably qualified to serve as the state’s chief justice. He has decades of experience in Connecticut, including five years as an associate justice on the Connecticut Supreme Court – a position he was appointed to with overwhelming bipartisan support. By blocking McDonald’s confirmation, Republicans are sending a clear message on their misplaced priorities.”

Netflix’s Queer Eye Renewed for Second Season

Netflix’s new Fab Five forges relationships with men and women from a wide array of backgrounds and beliefs often contrary to their own, touching on everything from LGBTQ rights and social commentary to how to make the best farm-to-table guacamole and more. The new Fab Five are Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine), Bobby Berk (Interior Design), Karamo Brown (Culture), Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming) and Tan France (Fashion).

Railroad Museum Encourages Interested Volunteers to Attend Special Open House on April 14 Delaine Eastin (center) was endorsed by the San Francisco Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club of San Francisco. She is pictured here with Mia Satya, Candidate for San Francisco Board of Education and Brad Joseph Chapin, Executive Board Member of the Harvey Milk Democratic Club.

“We are proud to support Delaine Eastin for Governor of California. Eastin is the clear voice for our members and community,” said Tom Temprano, PAC Chair. “She has a long record of not just standing up for progressive and LGBT values, but getting things done.” During Delaine’s first race for the Assembly in 1986, she came out strongly against Santa Clara County’s Prop 64, a noxious attempt to classify AIDS as a communicable disease, which could have forced people into quarantine. As Superintendent of Public Instruction, Eastin convened the Department of Education’s first LGBT Task Force, one of the first in the nation, under the authority of AB 537 (The California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000). They published a radically progressive report that 6

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was slammed by conservatives. (Eastin herself received death threats.) Eastin was also the first Superintendent of Public Instruction to march in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade (along with her high school drama teacher and nephew), and, as a University of California Regent, she was one of the deciding votes against Pete Wilson’s attempt to take away domestic partnership rights from LGBTQ employees. “I am honored to receive the support of The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club of San Francisco,” Eastin said of the endorsement. In addition to the Harvey Milk LGBT Club, last week, at the historic Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, Eastin was the top vote getter, falling a few votes shy of the full endorsement.

All aboard for inspiration! California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation and Old Sacramento State Historic Park (SHP) are now recruiting adults (18 or older) who are interested in volunteering to help communicate the West’s fascinating heritage of railroading and the California Gold Rush. For those interested, a special, drop-in Volunteer Open House is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Stanford Gallery located at 111 I Street in Old Sacramento (next door to the California State Railroad Museum). Volunteer applications are being accepted now through April 16 and will be followed by an interview process. The next docent training session is scheduled to begin on May 5. For more information, please call 916-445-0269 or visit

UC Davis Med Center Named LGBTQ Equality Leader

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has named UC Davis Medical Center a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” in its 2018 Healthcare Equality Index report. This is the eighth year in a row that the medical center has been recognized for its role in advancing LGBT equality in the clinical care environment. The medical center earned the designation by again achieving a perfect score of 100 on the foundation’s core criteria for leadership excellence. These measures include having non-discrimination policies for patients and employees, equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, cultural competency training on LGBTQ patient-centered care and a demonstrated public commitment to the LGBTQ community. UC Davis became the first academic health system in the country to include sexual orientation and gender identity as standardized demographic information within its electronic health records system. For more information, visit

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New Programs Help Domestic Violence Survivors and Pets


edRover, a national animal welfare organization, has launched two new lifesaving programs through the RedRover Relief Domestic Violence Assistance Program: Safe Housing Startup grants and Safe Housing Off-site grants.

RedRover’s Safe Housing Startup grants will allow domestic violence shelters to create their own program to help victims of domestic violence and their pets escape together. These one-time grants, up to $20,000, are offered throughout the United States and can fund the proposed program for up to two years. Grant funds may be used to pay for the boarding costs associated with housing pets at an off-site veterinary clinic or pet boarding facility and may also be used for veterinary care such as vaccinations. RedRover Relief Safe Housing Off-Site grants enable domestic violence shelters to partner with another local organization, such as an animal shelter or rescue sanctuary, to build housing at their facility specifically for animals whose owners are staying at the domestic violence shelter. Grants, up to $20,000, are offered throughout the United States. Grant funds may be used to pay for building materials and supplies to create dedicated housing for the pets of people staying at a domestic violence shelter where pets are not allowed. “RedRover’s Safe Housing Startup Grants and Safe Housing Off-Site grants allow Domestic Violence shelters the flexibility to


determine what works best to help domestic violence survivors and their pets leave an abusive environment.,” said Nicole Forsyth, RedRover President & CEO. “We know that not one size fits all, so we hope these additional programs can get more people and their beloved pets to safety.” According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 70 percent of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters reported that their batterer had injured, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or psychological control. Up to 48 percent of domestic violence victims are unable to escape their abusers because they fear what will happen to their pets when they leave. According to Sheltering Animals and Families Together (SAF-T), only a fraction of shelters in the United States house animals on-site. RedRover is partnering with SAF-T to work toward the goal of having at least one pet-friendly domestic violence shelter in each state. Deadlines to apply for Safe Housing Startup and Safe Housing Off-Site grants are May 15 and October 15 each year. To learn more, visit

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Crocker & BofA Partner To Conserve Thiebaud Paintings


his spring, the Crocker Art Museum, in conjunction with the Bank of America, is conducting a conservation project of five iconic paintings by one of America’s most beloved artists, Wayne Thiebaud. The oil-on-canvas paintings, which are among the most treasured works in the Crocker’s permanent collection, are currently being glazed and reframed thanks to a generous contribution of $15,000 from Bank of America’s Art Conservation Project. Often associated with the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, Sacramento artist Wayne Thiebaud (born 1920) is known for his distinctive paintings of food, common household items, figures, and landscapes. Known for his bright palette, consumerist imagery, and graphic presentation, Thiebaud’s paintings are thick with impasto, emphasizing the paint as a compositional element in and of itself. The Crocker Art Museum has these five signature Thiebaud paintings on canvas in its permanent collection: Pies, Pies, Pies; Boston Cremes; River Intersection; Street and Shadow: and Betty Jean Thiebaud and Book. “Not only are these paintings by Wayne Thiebaud some of the most important works of art ever produced in California, they have the power to connect future generations,”

said Scott A. Shields, the Crocker’s Associate Director and Chief Curator. “If we take preventive steps now, we can protect these treasures so that future generations will be able to enjoy and appreciate them, just as we do today.” “The Art Conservation Project is a major part of our commitment to provide pathways to greater cultural understanding and contribute to healthy economies around the globe, and reflects our belief that, ultimately, these treasures belong to us all,” said Rena DeSisto, Bank of America’s global arts and culture executive. To enjoy these paintings and other art work, visit the Crocker Art Museum at 216 O St. in downtown Sacramento or online at


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Premiere of Symphony for Our World at SF’s Davies Hall


ombining stunning National Geographic natural history footage with an original symphony and theme Symphony for Our World is a breathtaking musical journey through some of the world’s most incredible wildlife spectacles, and will be making its World premiere at Davies Hall in San Francisco.

Created by Emmy- and BAFTAnominated Bleeding Fingers Music and featuring composers Austin Fray and Andrew Christie, Symphony for Our World is a breathtaking musical journey through some of the world’s most incredible wildlife spectacles and will premiering this Earth Day, April 22. This inspiring 90-minute live orchestral performance will be presented in concert venues around the world starting in spring 2018, with groundbreaking imagery and storytelling from 130 years of beloved National Geographic history matched in perfect synchronization with a live orchestra and choir. The tour’s first performance is in conjunction with the television broadcast premiere of Symphony for Our World, an hour-long special which airs

free on the same day on Nat Geo WILD. The Symphony for Our World television event will premiere globally in 140 countries. “National Geographic has inspired generations to explore, understand and protect our world. Bringing this type of storytelling to life in symphony is an incredible honor,” said Jason Michael Paul, President of Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc. “We’re bringing together everything I’ve learned from over 20 years in music production with National Geographic to create something truly special.” Tickets are on sale for the inaugural performance at or by calling SHN Audience Services at 888-746-1799. For additional performance dates and ticket information, visit Additional updates are available on Twitter and Facebook. April 5, 2018 - May 3, 2018 • No. 16

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Annaleigh Ashford Returns To The Venetian in SF


by Chris Narloch

f you caught the recent FX series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace then you saw Annaleigh Ashford play the friend of Darren Criss’s Andrew Cunanan.

Ashford is the Broadway powerhouse who starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the recent, highly acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, and she originated the role of Lauren in Broadway’s Kinky Boots, opposite Billy Porter. The multi-talented actress and singer is also famous for her recurring role as Betty Dimello on the popular Showtime series Masters of Sex, and she was seen on Broadway in Wicked, Hair, Grease and Legally Blonde: The Musical. The 32-year-old performer was cast on the small screen as Columbia in Fox’s 2016 reboot of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and will be seen on the big screen in Jennifer Lopez’s upcoming film, Second Act. In the spring of 2015, Ashford made her West Coast concert debut with Bay Area Cabaret. Singing Broadway, pop music, standards and classic disco, she electrified the Venetian Room audience with her amazing voice, humor and energy, delivering a performance that demonstrated the infinite possibilities of the cabaret genre, and left her audience begging for an encore performance. Soon after her Bay Area Cabaret appearance, Ashford went on to sweep the awards season on Broadway, winning the Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Best Featured Actress in a Play, for her role in the revival of You Can’t Take It With You. This month, she returns to the Venetian Room, inside San Francisco’s historic Fairmont Hotel, for one night only, to perform her critically acclaimed cabaret show (Still!) Lost in the Stars. Don’t miss Annaleigh Ashford on Sunday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased at artist-Ashford18.html.

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The Empire Strips Back – A Burlesque Parody Hits CA


The Vagina Monologues Is Coming To North Hollywood


n light of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, The Vagina irect from Australia, The Empire Strips Back- A Burlesque Monologues is even more relevant today, and you’ll be moved to Parody is launching its premiere tour in the U.S. The tears and laughter, energized and inspired, motivated to make a audacious, cheeky smash-hit, fresh from a sold-out national difference, and ready to take action to stop the violence now! tour, will take to the stage for a limited six-city California run. Maxie Solters, Studio City native and founder of V-Day Studio City, is bringing author/activist Eve Ensler’s award winning play, The Vagina Monologues, to The Federal Bar in North Hollywood on Saturday, April 7 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 8 at 1 p.m.. Based on Ensler’s interviews, which she conducted with women and girls from around the world, The Vagina Monologues is a provocative, stimulating, poignant piece depicting true stories about women’s attempts to overcome society’s stigmas through embracing and celebrating their sexuality. The New York Times called The Vagina Monologues, “probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade.” The play, first performed Off-Broadway and in locations around the world by Ms. Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement in women’s experiences.

The small but mighty Solters produces the eye-opening, hysterical, heart-wrenching play, for the eleventh consecutive year. Solters co-stars with Allie Altschuler, Adolfo Anderson, Michelle Appezzato, Jo Crandall, Debra Graff, Julienne Irons, Lauren Rodriguez, Nan Savage, Emily Short, and Andrew Watie. A highlight of the evening is the acclaimed fake orgasm contest, which always brings the audience to their feet roaring with guffaws. Winners receive exciting erotic prizes. Gift bags will be raffled with fabulous sex toys donated by sponsors LELO, Romantix, and We-Vibe. Guests can enjoy scrumptious Chocolate Vagina Lollipops and Handcrafted Vagina Pins. All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood, St. Johns Transgender Health Program, and V-Day International. Tickets are $20 cash at the door or in advance by ordering online www.facebook. com/events/155870961742272/

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Chewy and Han getting down in The Empire Strips Back – A Burlesque Parody

Featuring all of the classic Star Wars characters, The Empire Strips Back – A Burlesque Parody takes audiences to a galaxy far, far away, creating one of the most unforgettable (and unauthorized) theatrical versions of the beloved franchise. Combining striptease, song and dance, troupe routines and plenty of Aussie humor, audiences are transported into the world of burlesque to witness a menacing troop of seriously sexy Stormtroopers, a dangerously seductive Boba Fett, tantalizing Twi’leks, a delightfully lukewarm Taun Taun, a lady-like Skywalker, and of course, scantily clad and daring Droids. Even Darth Vader will explore her feminine side with a fantastical twist. The original production was booked in a small, 150 seat room in Sydney for a one-off, three-night run. Fast-forward to six national sold-out Australian tours, an enthusiastic audience of over 60,000, and a 2016 Huffington Post video feature boasting 20+ million viral views, TESB is set to entertain U.S. fans with a live entertainment experience like no other. “It’s been an amazing journey from the

little stage we started on to the majestic theatres we play now,” says the show’s creator Russall S. Beattie. “We never stop developing the show – always trying to make it bigger and crazier, and, yes, reach the standard of quality of the films. Everywhere we go, our fans are passionate and excited, and they deserve an unforgettable, fun night out.” The Empire Strips Back celebrates the resurgence of burlesque, while delivering a powerful experience for fans of the art form as well as the classic film series. The artistic direction guiding every Star Wars-inspired burlesque show has its’ own personality, giving audiences the opportunity to appreciate different versions of the genre. The 2018 California Tour will come to these cities on: Thursday, May 31, Riverside; Friday, June 1, Los Angeles; Saturday, June 2, San Diego; Thursday, June 7 San Jose: Friday, June 8, Sacramento; and Saturday, June, 9, San Francisco. For theatre information and tickets, visit where you can also see a trailer for the production.


he Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus next concert is Cruzin’ – Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock and it highlights all the magic and excitement of the Summer of Love along with the intensity and life-changing experience of Woodstock.

This period of time created milestones in the musical path of the 60’s and 70’s, and new genres of music were created by the artistry of such mavericks as Simon and Garfunkel, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Drifters, Righteous Brothers, Mamas and Papas, Martha and the Vandellas, Everly Brothers, The Association and The Beach Boys. New TV programs Soul Train and Dick Clark’s American Band Stand made these performers household names. Hitch a ride on the Love Bus and take a journey down memory lane. Cruzin’ – Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock will be performed April 6 & 7 at 8 p.m., and April 8 at 3 p.m., at the Annenberg Theatre. Tickets are $25 — $50 at

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Designing in a Neutral Palette by Alexis Michalovich


eutral designs in homes and commercial businesses are all the rage right now and with the popularity of palettes of gray colors, full white kitchens, and simple/minimalist looks, everyone is gravitating towards the neutral design palette.

Walking into a space and seeing clean white lines with unfinished wood tones creates a sense of brightness, harmony and balance. The cleancrisp look of a neutral space is almost something you can smell like clean white linens hanging up to dry. When determining if and when to add pops of color, designing in a neutral palette can be difficult but not impossible Do you lean towards dark grays? You may be more into cool undertones. Do you prefer warm espressos? You may lean towards warm undertones. This will be important to understand when designing your space. The great thing about designing in a neutral palette is that you don’t have to stress about all the colors in the room matching. The best way to build a neutral palette is to start with one neutral piece. Maybe it is the cream couch you bought or the gray paint you love. Once you identify

bringing outdoor materials inside, adding in texture from tiles or stone gives more dimension to the space. Texture can be layered with throws, rugs and other textiles. Mixing the same color in different textures really creates interest and no pieces, even though they may have the same undertone, will look the same. Designing in a neutral design allows for specific pieces to pop. Maybe you want to make one bold statement by designing your bedroom in all neutrals and creams, but then to make a real splash, you add in a bright navy chair. The chair will work nicely with all the other neutrals in the room and will really stand out with the neutrals being your backdrop. I find that neutral palettes always seem to give a sense of calmness or harmony whenever done properly. A monochromatic design is a good starting point to refreshing

Designing in a neutral design allows for specific pieces to pop.

A neutral pallette creates a sense of brightness, harmony and balance.

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that piece, start to build from there. If you love the light gray walls you just painted, try pairing it with a charcoal couch. Want to spice it up a bit? Add in elements from the outdoors. Again, if you are building off the gray palette, find times where you can incorporate a gray slate tile or gray stone into your design. If you’re building off a warm beige couch, how can you incorporate unfinished wood that is the same tone into your design? Could you add raw wood bookshelves or tie in some natural marble floors? You can also add in texture. Create interest by mixing high gloss items like metallics into the space. The difference in sheen will give a lot of visual interest. Don’t forget that you can include various textures or metallics by adding a pop of wallpaper. Just like I mentioned above, similar to April 5, 2018 - May 3, 2018 • No. 16

a space, and you can always add color later on with fresh furniture or accessories. Happy Designing. Alexis Michalovich is the founder and principal interior designer for G. Everett Interior Design & Project Services, located in Columbus, Ohio, serving both residential and commercial design projects all across the U.S. She studied Interior Design at The Ohio State University and has over ten plus years of experience in retail, commercial and residential projects. Alexis is a proud mom to two young children. What Alexis loves most about designing is the belief that an object or a single piece of furniture has the power to transform an entire room and bring inspiration to your space. She believes no two clients have the same needs, approaching each in a unique and different way.

Is Tesla’s New Solar Roof a Good Deal? by E-The Environmental Magazine


t would be a stretch to call Tesla’s new Solar Roof a “good deal” given that it costs more than just about any other rooftop solar option, but there are some scenarios where it might make sense anyway.

For instance, some housing developments or homeowners’ associations don’t allow traditional photovoltaic panels to muck up roof sightlines for aesthetic or other reasons, so solar collectors integrated into a traditional looking roof may be worth the extra expense. Forward Labs, a venture-backed Silicon Valley start-up, is one of a small number of companies vying to compete with Tesla on so-called “solar roof” technology. According to EnergySage, replacing a roof on a 3,000 square foot home in Southern California with another regular roof and then adding photovoltaic panels on top would run around $34,000 in gross costs all told. Meanwhile, gross costs for putting in a full Tesla Solar Roof top out over $50,000, a 33 percent price premium for the sleeker look and added cool factor. But given all the turbulence in the solar industry in recent years, Tesla customers are also happy to pay a premium for the peace of mind of knowing they are dealing with a company that won’t be going out of business anytime soon. Tesla is already the dominant force in the sector given its 2016 acquisition of leading residential solar installer SolarCity and vertical integration with electric cars and lithium-ion battery arrays.

any color the customer chooses. The start-up claims its solar roofing technology can produce almost double the energy output of Tesla’s tiles while costing 33 percent less. While we know less about the technical details, the Japanese company Solar Frontier plans to roll out its own solar roof technology across Japan in 2019. Yet with all the hype about solar roofs, we can’t forget about the technology’s forebear, solar shingles. While not technically integrated into the roof, solar shingles lay flat on existing roofing, keeping a low-profile and requiring less installation time than traditional photovoltaic panels or fullyintegrated solar roofs. RGS Energy’s PowerHouse and CertainTeed’s Apollo have been around since 2011 and can achieve Forward Labs and Solar Frontier are two of the companies challenging Tesla’s efficiencies similar to traditional photovoltaic dominance in the nascent solar roof technology market. panels at a price point far below fully But Tesla is far from the only game in San Francisco Bay Area and plans to expand integrated solar roofing. E-The Environmental Magazine, answers town when it comes to so-called “building beyond California in 2019. questions on a wide range of environmental integrated” photovoltaics (BIPV). Forward Unlike Tesla’s tiled roof design, Forward topics, from rainforests to recycling and from Labs, a venture capital backed Silicon Valley Labs’ “single-surface” look — more akin in start-up, has started installing its own style to a metal roof — features layers of solar the global village to our own backyards, at integrated solar roofing systems around the cells and tempered glass that can take on

Tips for Selling Your Home While You Still Live in It


come into the home when you’re not there. elling your home can be difficult, and for most of us, living For the comfort and safety of everyone there while it’s on the market can be even harder. Trying to involved, please take your animals with schedule showings around your work and home schedule can you when you leave for showings. drive you crazy, even with a gay real estate professional working Clean, Clean, and Clean Some More You can never have your home too clean with you.

Here are a few tips that will make the entire process easier.

Leave When an Agent Is Showing the House

First, be ready to pick up and leave at any moment. It’s very difficult for a real estate agent to successfully show your home

when you’re sitting right there. Potential buyers will likely be much too nervous to really inspect the home and speak freely as they should. Fortunately, agents are required to schedule showings and let you know ahead of time when they will be by. This will let you know when you need to make arrangements to be somewhere else, so you’re not surprised in the middle of dinner and have to walk out of your own home.

Mind Your Pets

While some people love to meet curious dogs and playful kittens, others are allergic or simply aren’t pet people. Some of our trusted companions can be nervous and unpredictable when strangers

for showings. Since you’re living there, you’re always going to be making small messes all over the house. Even the smallest thing like a few dirty dishes in the sink needs to be taken care of before potential buyers arrive. This means you’re going to be sweeping and vacuuming much more often than you’re used to. In addition to cleaning, you also want to keep everything as organized as possible. Throw away or organize your mail each day, keep the kid’s room looking tidy, and get your closets, the garage, basement, and attic in order. That sounds like a lot of work, but if you make it a point to clean and organize every day, it won’t be that bad.

Put Away Confidential & Valuable Items

In an age where identity theft is more common than we’d like to admit, you can’t risk leaving out anything with identifying information on it. Put away any paperwork that has your date of birth, social security

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number, account number, or other information on it. Additionally, make sure your valuables are locked up. While a licensed real estate agent will be there with the potential buyers the entire time, you don’t want to take any unnecessary risks.

Remove Truly Personal Items

When a potential buyer sees something they find distasteful or that clashes with their beliefs, it can cause them to instantly dismiss your home from their shortlist of properties. While it’s true that your religion, political beliefs, or other beliefs have nothing to do with your home, people don’t always separate the two. To that end, it’s a good idea to remove anything that’s overly personal from sight. That doesn’t mean you have to scrub your home of personality, but take a critical look at your décor. You may want to take down or put away things that you could see someone else disliking. Your agent can assist you with staging your home so that it looks as bright and as spacious as possible, even while still serving as your living space. If you’re looking for a LGBTQ real estate agent, they’re not hard to find. You can search online at www.GayRealEstate. com for a list of agents in your city. Outword California 19

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