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Jussie Smollett Will Headline Long Beach Pride page 14

Kim Novak Comes To The Castro page 4

Where and When to Find Your Pride Celebrations page 21

It’s Time for Hot Rodeo In Palm Springs page 18

San Francisco Free Admission on Harvey Milk Day at SF’s GLBT Museum T

he State of California annually marks Harvey Milk’s birthday, May 22, as a statewide day of significance and the GLBT History Museum will honor the occasion this year by offering free admission to all visitors throughout the day. Harvey Milk (1930-1978) was the first openly gay elected official in California and one of the first in the United States. He served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for 11 months before he and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were shot to death on November 27, 1978, by Dan White, a former board colleague of Milk’s. “Queer Past Becomes Present,” the long-term exhibition in the museum’s Main Gallery, includes a display on Milk’s life and death. Among the historical objects exhibited are a “Harvey Milk for Supervisor” t-shirt from Milk’s own wardrobe, as well as the suit he was wearing at the moment he was assassinated. Visitors also can hear Milk’s voice in the political will he recorded just days before his death. In addition, the museum shop offers a reproduction of a t-shirt produced by the committee that raised funds to defend protesters arrested during the White Night Riot, an uprising that took place at San Francisco City Hall in 1979 after a jury found Dan White guilty of manslaughter instead of murder in the killings of Milk and Moscone. Also available are reproductions of Milk’s 1977 campaign t-shirt, as well as postcards of photographs of Milk. The museum is located at 4127 18th St. in San Francisco’s Castro District. It will be open 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Harvey Milk Day. Free tickets are available online at For more information on the GLBT History Museum, visit

A young visitor to the GLBT History Museum listens attentively to Harvey Milk’s recorded political will. A portrait of Milk is in the background. Photo by Gerard Koskovich; courtesy GLBT Historical Society.

SF Pride Names 2018 Grand Marshals and Honorees


he theme for San Francisco Pride 2018 is Generations of Strength, and with that in mind the pride Committee has selected as its Grand Marshalls and Honorees an array of individuals who have been fighting for the community from Stonewall to today. “Generations of Strength encourages us to express our gratitude to those before us who organized against and stood up to injustice, recognize those among us who advocate tirelessly for our progress, and lend our support to those who will lead us into the future,” said San Francisco Pride Executive Director George Ridgely, Jr. “In this spirit of solidarity and strength, San Francisco Pride is pleased to be honoring this exemplary collection of individuals and organizations. Our communities are, have been, and will be better for their contributions.” Congratulations to: Community Grand Marshals: Brian ‘Chickpea’ Busta; Billy Curtis; Kin Folkz; Jewelle Gomez; San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band; and Soni Wolf. Heritage of Pride Award Recipients: Shaun Haines; Jen Orthwein; Aria Sa’id; and Carolyn Wysinger. Commemoration Award Recipients; FAIR Education Act Implementation Coalition; Kate Kendell; Ali MarreroCalderon; and Pamela Peniston. San Francisco Pride Festival and Parade will be held June 23rd and 24th. For more information and to learn more about the honorees and grand marshals, visit www.

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Kim Novak Comes To The Castro


iving legend and screen icon Kim Novak will make a rare public appearance this May 20th when San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre marks the 60th Anniversary of her most famous film with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, currently ranked by Sight & Sound magazine as the greatest film of all time.

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Kim Novak as Madeline in the Alfred Hitchcock classic Vertigo

Novak will appear in person for her tribute and will participate in a live on-stage interview about her life and career — and the making of Vertigo — to be conducted by Eddie Muller of TCM (Turner Classic Movies). This once-in-a-lifetime gala event also features a cornucopia of Kim Novak clips, a musical medley of tunes from Pal Joey by award-winning song stylist Paula West, and a Picnic-inspired dance performance by Rory Davis. The gala climaxes with a screening of Vertigo (1958), a haunting love story and mystery, which features the iconic sights and sounds of San Francisco in the late 50’s. In the dual role of Madeline and Judy, Novak has never been better or more beautiful, and her chemistry with Vertigo co-star Jimmy Stewart is breathtaking. Plus at noon, also in celebration of Kim Novak, there will be a free matinee showing on the Castro big screen of her 1955 classic film Picnic, based on William Inge’s play, directed by Joshua Logan, and costarring the great William Holden. This free matinee features a performance by the extraordinary San Francisco performer Matthew Martin, channeling Rosalind Russell’s over-the-top portrayal of the movie’s schoolmarm, Miss Rosemary. Advance tickets for the evening screening of Vertigo are available for purchase at

UNBREAKABLE Concludes SFGMC’s 40th Season


he San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) concludes Season 40: Unstoppable with UNBREAKABLE, a groundbreaking world premiere work by Tony Awardnominated composer Andrew Lippa.

Starring Andrew Lippa, internationally acclaimed soprano Lisa Vroman, Broadway’s Britney Coleman and rising tenor Marcus Paige — and backed by the 250-member San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and a 10-piece chamber ensemble — this new musical presents a historical arc to the experiences of LGBTQ people over the last 12 decades. UNBREAKABLE is illuminated by four characters drawn from real-life stories from throughout LGBTQ history, and includes: Jane Adams, the first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 and an open lesbian activist; Lem Billings, JFK’s best friend, a closeted gay man seated at the side of the most powerful man on Earth; Sylvia Rivera and the transgender community she nurtured; and AIDS and its impact on a generation. Told in four scenes, the 70-minute work weaves together the themes of awareness and activism and seeks to illuminate decades of setbacks and progress in the United States and will be performed under the leadership

of Dr. Tim Seelig, Artistic Director and Christopher Verdugo, SFGMC Executive Director. Commissioned by SFGMC member Eddie Reynolds in loving memory of his longtime partner, Ed Jones, UNBREAKABLE features direction by Robert Kelley (Artistic Director of Silicon Valley’s TheatreWorks), book by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk, 8, When We Rise), orchestrations by Peter Seibert, choreography by Steve Valdez, and multimedia by Andrew Lazarov. UNBREAKABLE is produced by Bruce Cohen (Milk, When We Rise). “I am honored that Andrew Lippa has, once again, created a monumental world

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premiere for SFGMC,” says Verdugo: “UNBREAKABLE is a piece that speaks deeply to the LGBT experience and, in many ways, is a road map of our untold history. I can’t think of a better way to wrap up our wildly successful Season 40 than by celebrating the rich diversity of the LGBTQ community and commemorating those whose shoulders we stand upon in our ongoing fight for inclusivity, equality and acceptance.” UNBREAKABLE will be performed on Friday, June 22 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, June 23 (2:30 and 8 p.m.) at San Francisco’s Nourse Theater (275 Hayes Street). Tickets range in price from $25­–$99 and are available now by visiting or by calling City Box Office at 415-392-4400. For additional information on the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and UNBREAKABLE, visit

Bay Area

Oakland Art Month Coming to Jack London Square

Everyone On the Bus for the Return of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical at Theatre Rhinoceros


ack London Square will be the primary home for the inaugural Oakland Art Month, taking place throughout the month of May on the Oakland waterfront and throughout the city of Oakland.

The musical follows two drag queens and a transsexual (Tick, Adam, and Bernadette), who buy a run-down old bus (they call Priscilla) and set out on a road trip across the Australian Outback and encounter an array of Australian citizens, some of who aren’t receptive to their lifestyle, including incidents of homo and transphobia, while widening comfort zones, finding new horizons, and strengthening their own friendship. Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical plays May 3through June 30th at Theatre Rhino in SF. www.T

Oakland Art Month will feature unique events and specials that highlight the diversity of Oakland’s creative community, including the Cinco de Mayo Dance Festival, Oakland Mural Festival, Jack London Square Art & Wine Festival, Bay Area Mural Festival’s PopUp Gallery, cocktail specials at Jack London Square restaurants, and more. The Oakland Mural Festival PopUp Gallery, presented by Bay Area Mural Festival, will be held at 54 Washington Street in Jack London Square for the month of May. In addition to regular weekend hours, the gallery will be open for special weekday events featuring music and dance. The gallery will display the studio work of the muralists painting in the Oakland Mural Festival so visitors can see the difference between their public art practice and private studio practice. Many of these works will be for sale. The gallery will also act as a hub for the Oakland Mural Festival and be open every day during the week of the festival, May 12-19th. Visitors can stop by the popup gallery to see the art, ask questions about the project, and receive a map with the locations of the murals. TURFinc and Jack London Square will present the first-ever Cinco de Mayo Dance Festival on Saturday, May 5 from 12–7 p.m. The festival features turf battles hosted by Chuy Gomez, Randy McPhly and Johhny5, with live music from DJ NiQ and Freddy Flowpez. A separate dance competition will also be held which is open to the public. In addition to the TURFinc dance battles, there will be live Latin performances and entertainment including traditional Folklorico dancing from Ballet Folklorico, Quebradita dancing from the Allstar Dancers, Banda music from Codigo 30-30, dancing horses from Rancho Uva Blanka, and live painting from DJ AGANA and La Cocina Loca. Additional offerings include Chicano Lowrider Cars, BMX stunts, prize giveaways, and local vendors and eats. The Cinco de Mayo Dance Festival is open to the public of all ages and free to attend, with food and beverage available for purchase. 6

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One of the most anticipated events of Oakland Art Month is the inaugural Oakland Mural Festival. From May 12–19, at least seven murals will be painted simultaneously in Jack London Square, allowing visitors to witness live artwork being created. The closing celebration of the Oakland Mural Festival will be held on Saturday, May 19, adjacent to the Jack London Square Art & Wine Festival. It will feature community painting, performances by local musicians and dancers, kids’ activities, and bike tours of the new murals. The closing ceremony is free and open to the public. The Jack London Square Art & Wine Festival will also feature interactive art, live painting demonstrations, and local art for sale by independent vendors. In addition to the Jack London Square Art & Wine Festival on Saturday, May 19, there will be a VIP evening from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 18 that will feature Good Mother Gallery and Oakland Mural Festival Muralists. Many of the Jack London Square merchants will be celebrating Oakland Art Month by featuring a custom cocktail for the month of May only. The “Weekend at Bernie’s” is Forge Pizza’s newest addition to a cocktail lineup that is known to be downright addictive. Head bartender John Schreiner was looking for a new twist on the classic cocktail resurgence in Oakland, and so he began trying new variations of old time favorites. For the name of the drink, Schreiner’s inspiration came from his love of ‘80s culture. He threw in a nod to the Oakland A’s and the “Bernie” dance we all love to do. In addition to Forge, Lungomare will be introducing a special “Lost Souls” Mezcal-based cocktail, and Kincaid’s has created a Watermelon Cosmo. But that’s not all, Ben & Jerry’s is offering a special for Oakland Art Month as well, alcohol free, with a Banana Split Shake – a 20-ounce milkshake for $8. More information on each event can be found on their Facebook page, which will continue to be updated with new details: jacklondonsquare.

Father Comes Home from the Wars Is Explosively Powerful

Hero’s master offers him a terrible choice: earn freedom by fighting for the Confederacy, or stay with the woman he loves and remain enslaved in Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Suzan-Lori Parks’s Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), an explosively powerful and lyrical new play set amid the American Civil War that is funny and tragic, whimsical and lacerating, poetic and poignant. Plays at American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) through May 20th, tickets at 415-749-2228 or Photo by Joan Marcus.

Dating My Mother Is a Wry Look at Online Dating

Dating My Mother follows the intimate and tumultuous relationship between a single mother and her gay son as they navigate the dizzying world of online dating. While they search for their versions of Mr. Right, mother and son discover that sometimes you need to be apart in order to grow together. Available on VOD and across all other digital platforms on May 8. See the trailer at

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CA Musical Theatre Changes Name to Broadway Sacramento


roadway Sacramento President/C.E.O. Richard Lewis has announced that the name of the nonprofit arts organization he heads, formerly known as California Musical Theatre, has been changed to Broadway Sacramento.

Lewis said the summer series of shows that take place in the Wells Fargo Pavilion, formerly known as Sacramento Music Circus, will now be called Broadway At Music Circus; and the series of touring Broadway productions that take place in the Community Center Theater, formerly known as Broadway Sacramento, will now be called Broadway On Tour. “We believe these names better articulate what we do as a company, which is to bring top Broadway talent to Sacramento — at Music Circus during the summer, at the Community Center Theater during the fall, winter and spring, and with our arts education programs throughout the year,” Lewis says. “We found that, despite its 67-year history, there are many people in the Sacramento region who are unfamiliar with Music Circus, likely because they’re

confused by the word ‘circus,’ mistakenly believing it has something to do with a circus in the traditional sense,” Lewis adds. “And the former company name didn’t properly convey the esteemed status Music Circus enjoys throughout the theatre industry, or the incredible Broadway talent involved in creating our shows, both onstage and behind the scenes, for both the Broadway At Music Circus and Broadway On Tour series.” “I hope the theatre community will join us in embracing these changes,” Lewis says. “One thing that will not change is the superb quality of our musical theatre productions. With Broadway At Music Circus, we’ll continue to create the spectacular shows our patrons have come to expect. And with Broadway On Tour, we’ll continue to present some of the most popular nationally touring Broadway shows available.”

Trixie Mattel’s Now With Moving Parts Tour Is Drag with a Bit of A Twang and it’s Coming to LA and SF

Country/folk music singer/drag star, Trixie Mattel, is coming to SF and LA this June on her Trixie Mattel - Now with Moving Parts tour! Recently, Trixie won the highly coveted crown on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars and had her album, One Stone debut at #1 on the iTunes Album Chart and #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart! Click to listen at

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Remember the Past, Create the Future at LB Pride


ong Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride will celebrate Pride under the theme “Remember the Past, Create the Future,” a nod to where we have come from and where we are going.

The next Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride celebration will be on May 19 & 20, from 11 am – 10 pm along Shoreline Drive, with the parade on Sunday, May 20th, with a start time of 10:30 am on Ocean Blvd. Over the past several years, the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration has become one of the premiere Pride events nationwide now attracting over 80,000 participants over the two days. The Festival Celebration includes six large dance areas including a main stage which has featured musical artists such as Grammy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Chaka Kahn, Maya, India.Arie., and Village People.

The entertainment line up for this year is still a work in progress, but the headliners include Jussie Smollet (see an interview with him by Chris Narloch in this issue), Sheila E., Amara La Negra, country heartthrob Brandon Stansell and Ana Barbara American actress, teacher, singer, and activist Alexandra Billings, who is among the first openly transgender women to have played a transgender character on television, will be the celebrity Grand Marshal. Alexandra stars as “Davina” in Amazon’s multi-award winning television series Transparent. Other Grand Marshals include:

20 at Shoreline Marina, Green Park, 450 E. Shoreline Drive in Long Beach. The parade will be held on Sunday, May 20th, with a 9:30 a.m. Pre-Parade Show at the Parade Grandstand located on Ocean Blvd between Cherry Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, the Port of Avenue and Junipero Avenue. The parade Long Beach, Reverend John P. Huffman, Porter step off is at 10:30 a.m. on Ocean at Lindero Gilbert, and married couple Jessie Haase and Avenue. Debbie Lambert. For more information, and tickets log onto The festival will take place from May 19 to

Empire’s Jussie Smollett Will Headline Long Beach Pride by Chris Narloch

Actor, singer and songwriter Jussie Smollett, star of Fox’s hit television series “Empire,” will showcase his musical talents at this year’s 35th Annual Long Beach Pride Festival.

In addition to Jussie Smollett, Long Beach Pride will feature a variety of musical talent that ranges from pop, rhythm and blues, and country to rap, hip-hop, urban soul and much more. The acclaimed performer will headline the administration’s policies by highlighting Festival’s Main Stage on Saturday night injustices around racial prejudice and the Each year, more than 80,000 people during the two-day event, which will take fight for religious, human and LGBTQ rights. attend the festival, which was founded by place on May 19 and 20 at Shoreline Marina, Fans and music critics alike were moved longtime community members Bob Crow, in the heart of downtown Long Beach. by the song’s and the video’s honest Marilyn Barlow and Judith Doyle who Soon after achieving stardom as Jamal, the depiction of a society gone awry and established the event in 1983 as a way to gay son on “Empire,” Smollett himself came dutifully impressed with Smollett’s role as empower and support the local gay and out as gay in an interview with Ellen director, which he has now taken to the set LGBTQ community. DeGeneres on her daytime talk show, of “Empire.” The event is marking its 35th year with “Ellen.” He told her: “There has never been a closet that I’ve been in.” Smollett released his debut full-length studio album, “Sum Of My Music,” in March of this year. An offering from his own company, Music Of Sound, the CD also marks his debut as an independent artist and executive producer. Steeped in soulful R&B, pop and hip-hop, and seasoned beautifully with Jussie’s soaring vocals, “Sum Of My Music” represents a body of work he has been preparing for his entire life. Fans of “Empire,” the first mainstream hit television show to marry hip-hop and homosexuality, had already been privy to what Jussie can do musically when the “Empire” soundtrack, for which Smollett was both a writer and vocalist, went to number one on the Billboard charts and was subsequently nominated for a Grammy. Jamal (Jussie Smollett combined musicality with Smollett) and his activism on March 17, 2017 with the release boyfriend (Rafael de la Fuente) in Empire. of “F.U.W.”, a smoldering song and video that took a hard stand against the current 14 Outword California

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a variety of activities such as the acclaimed Long Beach Pride Parade, on May 20, as well as games, raffles, food and drink booths, art exhibits, children’s activities as well as special presentations from its organizers and community leaders. The dance floors will be hopping and the DJ’s will be working overtime at Long Beach Pride. Tickets for the event are $20 for general admission online and $25 at the gate. For tickets and additional information, visit

Los Angeles

1st Annual RuPaul’s DragCon Pageant Coming to LA


uPaul’s annual convention celebrating “the art of drag, queer culture and self-expression for all” returns to downtown Los Angeles with three sickening performance nights for the weekend long extravaganza: Battle on the Runway, WORLD OF QUEENS and the 1st annual RuPaul’s DragCon Pageant.

The festivities kick-off Friday night, May 11th, with a unique interactive experience, Battle on the Runway. Drag fans will have the opportunity to sashay around the massive runway, custom built through the center of the historic Belasco Theater (1050 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015). Then they will watch a legendary battle of Looks versus Dance! as the entire cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 take the runway for an unforgettable show combining fashion with death drops and high-energy dance performances. Hosted by Shangela. On Saturday night, May 12th, after the convention, drag fans will travel the globe at WORLD OF QUEENS, taking off at The Orpheum Theatre (842 South Broadway) with stops at the favorite countries of Acid Betty, Detox, Kim Chi,

Kennedy Davenport, Latrice Royale, Violet Chachki and Valentina. Doors open at 8:00pm and performances start at 9:00pm. Then on Sunday, May 13th, it’s the premiere of the 1st annual RuPaul’s DragCon PAGEANT at The Orpheum Theatre (842 South Broadway), featuring the first eliminated queens from various seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, including Coco Montrese, Jaymes Mansfield, Naysha Lopez, Pandora Boxx, Porkchop, Tempest Dujour, Vanessa Mateo and Venus D’Lite. The ladies will display their charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent to earn fan votes in the first annual DragCon PAGEANT, hosted by Michelle Visage. For more information on Battle on the Runway, WORLD OF QUEENS and the 1st annual RuPaul’s DragCon PAGEANT, visit or call 888-885-VOSS.

Kim Petras to Perform at 2018 LA Pride Festival


im Petras, widely praised as one to watch for 2018, will perform at the 2018 LA Pride Festival and will mesmerize Festival goers with her lovelorn story lines, addictive melodies, and imaginative on-stage artistry. Promo shot for GBF

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Kim Petras to Perform at 2018 LA Pride Festival

The German born transgender singersongwriter will join Kehlani, Tove Lo, Eve, Natalia Jimenez, Icona Pop and Keri Hilson for what’s shaping up to be one of the most diverse lineups in LA Pride Festival history. Advanced tickets for the two-day festival June 9 & 10 are now on sale for this not-to-be-missed Pride event of the year. Proceeds from ticket sales support events like the LA Pride Parade and city-wide programs like the CSW philanthropy, Casa del Sol, a joint project with APLA Health that provides low-income housing to people living with HIV/AIDS. “I am so excited to be part of this year’s LA Pride!” says Kim. “There is no better place to come together to celebrate diversity, fight for equality, and of course 16 Outword California

have some FUN, and I can’t wait to see everyone there!” Kim recently dropped her latest single, the shimmering pop confessional “Heart To Break” ( i6WS1Hs) which has quickly racked up more than 4 million Spotify streams and drew praise from the likes of V Magazine, I-D, Paper, Nylon, MTV TRL, NY Mag’s The Cut, Out, Popcrush and many more. Kim made a splash last month with her SXSW debut followed by her guest appearance on stage with Charli XCX in Brooklyn. Kim collaborated with Charli on “Unlock It” (ft. Kim Petras and Jay Park) for the Pop 2 mixtape. For more informationa about LA Pride,and tickets, visit

mazon has announced that over 60 official selections of feature films from Outfest are now available on Prime Video. The collection of films are made available through Prime Video Direct, a self-publishing program which enables rights holders, from filmmakers to distributors, to make their content available to Prime members and earn royalties based on customer engagement. “These are challenging times for many and reports of violence against LGBTQ citizens are on the rise,” said Christopher Racster, Executive Director of Outfest. “I still believe though in the power of our stories to change that narrative be it for a young teen in Iowa can watch a fully developed LGBTQ character to see a path forward for their own life, to a parent turning on the TV to better understand their child, to the millions who have attended any of our Outfest film festivals over the past 35 years who want to relive a favorite Outfest moment or see something they missed. It is a relationship like this with Prime Video Direct that will carry our stories across the widest network and reach the most individuals.” The official selections from past Outfest

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Film Festival’s currently streaming on Prime Video include: A Sinner in Mecca, winner of 2015 Outfest Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary; Open, the first American film to win the Teddy Jury prize at the Berlin Film Festival; The Gymnast, winner of 2006 Outfest Grand Jury Award: Outstanding American Narrative Feature; GBF, Outfest Screenwriting Lab script and 2013 Outfest Los Angeles Closing Night Film; Women Who Kill, nominated for Film Independent’s 2018 Best First Screenplay; and many more Prime members will be able to stream the films via the Prime Video app for compatible TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices, and online at com/primevideo.

Palm Springs | Coachella It’s Time for Hot Rodeo 2018 In Palm Springs


t’s Cowboy Up time in Palm Springs as Cowboys and Cowgirls from across California and the Southwest head to the Arena in the Desert for a weekend of rodeo action, with a few dances and pool parties thrown in to cool things down. Hot Rodeo 2018 runs Saturday, May 12th through Sunday May 13th with full days of IGRA rodeo action from 9 a.m until the last cowboy/cowgirl rides that bull to the end. Events include the favorites: Calf Roping on Foot, Chute Dogging, Steer Riding Wild Drag Race, Bull Riding and more. And of course there will be plenty of parties and entertainment too, beginning with the Hot Rodeo Dance contest on Thursday, May 10 with DJ Rick Dominguez spiing for you two steppers

and line dancers and awarding ribbons and a Dance Contest Buckle. The Hot Rodeo Pool Party will be held Friday starting at 1 p.m. with DJ Rick Dominguez and Country artist Brandon Stansell will be providing the entertainment at the free concert Out Behind the Shed Friday night at 9 p.m. For a complete list of events and more information about the Hot Rodeo 2018, visit the center pages at document/view/59929245/the-fight-socalslgbtq-monthly-magazine-april-2018

Brandon Stansell will be the entertainment headliner for Palm Springs Hot Rodeo 2018 with the free concert Behind the Shed. Get a taste of his music at

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Palm Springs to Host Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast


he Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Committee has announced that the 7th Annual Coachella Valley Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast will be held on Friday, May 18, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The breakfast will honor the memory of Harvey Milk, an American hero, and strengthen coalitions among the many diverse community organizations that support justice and equality for all individuals. The Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award will be presented to human rigths activist Cleve Jones, founder of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. The Harvey B. Milk Legacy Award will be presented to Mandy Carter, co-founder of the Natioanl Black Justice Coalition and Southerners On New Ground. Senator Dianne Feinstein will sned a

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welcome from Washington D.C. and there will be a special performance by Garrett Hoy. The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast will be held on Friday, May 18, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros. Tickets for the event are available online at cfm?id=268035&cart. Proceeds benefit Coachella Valley youth through GayStraight Alliance clubs and LGBT youth related programs. For more information call 760-416-8711 or email

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Where and When to Find Your Pride Celebrations


rom our own backyard to around the globe, Pride Celebrations are seemingly everywhere — and that’s a good thing because not only do the lets us gather together to celebrate, but they serve as a catalyst to promote LGBT rights. While events take place throughout the year, the majority take place during the months of June, July and August. Some of the cities and pride organizations on the list here are also IGLTA members, which indicates a city’s willingness to actively welcome the LGBTQ community to that destination. The IGLTA has published a calendar to inform the LGBTQ community of important gay pride events and parades globally to offer a complete source for planning your travel. This calendar includes more than 150 listings, Outword has only listed a few of them here that were of particular interest to us on the day we put this together — just as simple as that. But you can find the whole list, with recent updates and links to the cities’ Pride websites and sort and filter the list by region and date to determine where you want to go or when to plan your trip at April 26 - 29 — Philadelphia Black Pride July 01 — LA Black Pride April 27 — Dallas Southern Pride July 07 — Pride London April 29 - May 07 — Tokyo Rainbow Pride July 14 - 15 — San Diego LGBT Pride May 03 - 08 — Houston Splash July 14 - 15 — Munich Gay Pride May 19 - August 20 — Long Beach Pride July 19 - 29 — Pride London Festival May 19 — Belgian Pride July 20 - 22 — Frankfurt Pride May 20 - 27 — Puerto Vallarta Pride July 20 - 22 — PDX Latinx Pride Annual May 25 - 28 — Washington DC Black Pride Festival, Portland June 01 - 03 — Kansas City Gay Pride July 24 - 29 — Hotter Than July, Detroit, June 01 - 09 — Say It Loud! Black & Latino July 25 - 29 — Charlotte Black Pride Gay Pride, Albany, July 27 - August 05 — Stockholm Pride June 01 - 03 — Sonoma Pride July 28 — Nice Pink Parade, Nice, France June 02 — Guadalajara Pride July 28 — Berlin Christopher Street Day June 03 - 09 — Brooklyn Pride July 28 — August 05 Amsterdam Pride June 03 — Rio De Janeiro Gay Pride July 29 - 02 — Chicago Black Pride June 03 - 10 — Tel Aviv Pride August 05 — Vancouver Pride June 06 - 10 — Key West Pride August 06 — 12 Prague Pride Parade June 07 - 10 — Capital Pride, Washington, DC August 09 — 19 Montreal LGBTQ Pride June 08 - 10 — New Orleans Pride August 10 — 19 Charlotte Pride June 08 - 17 — Pride Portland August 11 — 17 Provincetown Carnival June 08 - 18 — Shanghai Pride August 11 — Eugene Oregon US Pride June 09 - 10 — LA Pride August 12 — Antwerp Pride June 09 — Rome Pride August 13 - 19 — Copenhagen Pride June 10 — Sacramento Pride August 25 — Pacific Pride Festival, Santa June 15 - 17 — Zurich Pride Festival Barbara June 15 - 18 — Memphis Tri-State Black Pride August 25 — Austin Pride June 16 - 17 — Denver Pridefest September 09 - 17 — Hamilton Pride NZ June 17 - 25 — Chicago Pride September 15 - 16 — Dallas Pride June 21 - 30 — Dublin LGBTQ Pride September 15 - 22 — Caribbean Pride, Punta June 22 - 24 — Pride Toronto Cana, Dominican Republic June 23 - 24 — San Francisco Pride September 22 — Charleston Pride June 23 — Houston Pride September 29 — Blue Ridge Pride Festival June 23 — Pride Serbia, Belgrade Asheville, North Carolina June 24 — NYC Pride October 13 - 14 — Atlanta Pride June 24 — Seattle Pride October 14 — Come Out With Pride Orlando June 27 - 30 — Oslo Pride October 19 — Las Vegas Pride June 30 — Lexington Pride Festival October 20 — Honolulu Pride June 30 - July 05 — Mexico City Gay Pride November 04 — Greater Palm Springs Pride June 30 — Marche Des Fiertés. Paris

Eric Poole Slips Into Someone More Comfortable


ric Poole’s first memoir, Where’s My Wand?, received rave reviews and was developed as a television series for ABC. Recently, he has spent more time than he would like penning commercials for everything from McRibs to tampons to TV shows about celebrities boxing. So he decided it was time to write a new memoir, Excuse Me While I Slip Into Someone More Comfortable. This one is about a young man’s search for his creative and personal identities, and luckily for Outword’s readers he has decided to share an excerpt with us. The excerpt begins midway through the book: the year is 1984, and the sexuality part of the equation is about to come to a really unfortunate head: “Oh, my GOD!” My girlfriend Deb held up the ring, a marquis-shaped ruby encircled in stunning pave cubic zirconias, as tears formed in her frosted blue eye-shadowed eyes. “Yes! Oh, yes!” She hugged me tightly. I was alternately delighted and mystified by her response. She obviously liked her Christmas present, but I hadn’t asked her anything. As I began wondering what question she could possibly be answering (Would Wham be the new Beatles? Is Dominique Devereaux actually a Carrington?), she flew up the stairs. “I have to tell Dolly!” Dolly Martin, a brassy combination of Mama Rose and Ma Kettle, who farted at meals and made announcements like, “I’m saving myself for my fifth husband” (in front of her fourth), was Deb’s mother. Bawdy, liberal and rich, thanks to a thriving dental practice and good divorce lawyers, she was a fifthyish blond who was built like a buxom linebacker. And she was unlike any maternal figure I had ever met. She had kept the surname of husband number two, wisely figuring that, by number three, all bets were off. I heard squeals from across the house. “Get your ass in here, mister!” Dolly grabbed me and hugged me tightly, rocking back and forth as she began to cry. I knew that she adored me, as I did her, for she treated me like one of the family. (When Deb and I had sex in Deb’s downstairs bedroom, Dolly would throw open the door at the top of the stairs and scream “Go, team!”) But this reaction to Deb’s Christmas present, albeit an expensive gift, seemed over the top even for her. What was I

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supposed to do, I wondered? Bow? Curtsy? Pass around a tip jar? “What do you think about the Westborough Country Club?” Dolly said, handing me a glass of Asti Spumante. “Well,” I replied, “I’m not really dressed for it, but maybe they have a clip-on tie I can borrow…? “I mean for the reception.” “Reception?” My smile froze.

Dolly pulled out a photo album and opened it to pictures of a lodge-like home. “You can honeymoon at my brother’s vacation house in Lake Tahoe. Isn’t it gorgeous? Six bedrooms, two hot tubs, indoor pool. It’s so big you need Sherpa guides.” I felt dizzy. And nauseous. I had somehow climbed aboard a runaway train, and Dolly was driving. And so the journey begins. Or as George Takei says, “Oh, my … Eric Poole’s journey of self-delusion and self-discovery had me laughing one minute, crying the next, and rooting for him every second.“ Excuse Me While I Slip Into Someone More Comfortable is available through all fine booksellers and you can learn more and see some trailers at excuse-me/ Outword California 21

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Pride Season is upon us and Long Beach Pride, which is celebrating their 35th year, is one of the first on the scene. Check out what they ha...

17 long beach pride outca  

Pride Season is upon us and Long Beach Pride, which is celebrating their 35th year, is one of the first on the scene. Check out what they ha...