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LGBTQs Make History in Democratic Primaries


GBTQ people across the country are making history. Just this year, Democrats have nominated more LGBTQ people to statewide office than ever before including three gubernatorial nominees in Colorado, Texas and Oregon. Coloradans made history by choosing Jared Polis to be the Democratic gubernatorial nominee. If Polis wins in November, he would be the first openly gay governor elected in the nation. Here’s a snapshot of some of the new LGBTQ candidate successes so far this primary season that are close to home: California: Ricardo Lara (CA Insurance Commissioner): If elected, Lara will become California’s first LGBTQ statewide elected official, and the only LGBTQ person of color elected to statewide office in the nation: Katie Hill (CA-25): If Hill prevails over Republican Steve Knight, she will become California’s first openly LGBTQ congresswoman; Numerous LGBTQ Senator Ricardo Lara

candidates are poised to make the California state legislature even more diverse including: Joy Silver (SD-28), Sonia Aery (AD-3); Jackie Smith (AD-6); and Sunday Gover (AD-77) Colorado: Jared Polis (Governor): If elected, Polis will become the first openly gay governor elected in the nation; Brianna Titone (HD-27): If elected, Titone will become the first openly transgender state legislator in Colorado; Alex Valdez (HD- 05): If elected, Valdez will expand the already diverse LGBTQ caucus of the Colorado House of Representatives, adding an important LGBTQ Latinx voice to the table. Nevada: Nelson Araujo (Secretary of State): If elected, Araujo will not only flip the Secretary of State’s office from red to blue but also become the state’s first openly LGBTQ statewide official and one of the first LGBTQ people of color elected to statewide office in the nation. Oregon: Jamie McLeodSkinner (OR-02): McLeod-Skinner was the first out lesbian elected to the Santa Clara City Council and will be taking on Congressman Greg Walden, former chair of the NRCC. If elected, McLeod Skinner would become the first openly LGBTQ person elected to Congress from Oregon.

Montanans Reject Trans Discrimination Initiative


ontana voters stood shoulder to shoulder with the LGBTQ community and rejected a ballot initiative intended to intimidate and harm transgender and non-binary Montanans. I-183 failed to gather the necessary 25,468 signatures to make it on the November ballot. “Transgender and non-binary Montanans have been powerful examples of bravery and authenticity in leading the fight against I-183” said SK Rossi, Director of Advocacy and Policy for ACLU of Montana. “We anchored our campaign against I-183 in the voices of the community most impacted by this costly and unnecessary measure. And in those voices, people heard their friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers.” I-183 sought to block transgender and non-binary Montanans from public life. The initiative would have prevented them from using public facilities that correspond with their gender identity in places such as libraries, parks, and schools. The state legislature rejected an almost identical measure in 2017. Last July, the ACLU of Montana successfully challenged the legal sufficiency of I-183’s ballot statement. The Montana Supreme Court agreed that the statement did not accurately describe I-183’s intended


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and unintended consequences. The court invalidated the ballot statement, voiding “thousands of signatures” according to the initiative proponents. The campaign to legalize discrimination never recovered. After the ballot statement was revised, the ACLU of Montana filed a lawsuit challenging I-183 as unconstitutional. Ten LGBTQ Montanans, the City of Missoula, and the City of Bozeman appeared as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. With the ballot measure failing to collect the required signatures, the ACLU of Montana will likely move to dismiss the lawsuit. “Courts across the country have found measures like I-183 to be unconstitutional, and voters in a growing number of states have rejected similar attempts to legalize discrimination,” said Caitlin Borgmann, Executive Director. “If an effort to discriminate against LGBTQ Montanans rears its ugly head again, we will be there to fight back on behalf of the transgender and non-binary community.”

Military Leadership Says that Inclusive Trans Policy Works


une 30th marked two years since the U.S. military officially began allowing transgender individuals to serve openly in its ranks, and those service members have compiled a record of distinction and earned consistent support from the highest ranks of the nation’s military leadership. “While the culture wars are fought out on Donald Trump’s Twitter account, transgender service members have compiled a two-year record of achievement serving America on the front lines. They are proving every day what military leaders and medical professionals told us: that inclusive service strengthens the U.S. military and makes our country safer,” said Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center. The consensus in support of open service puts virtually the entire military chain of command at odds with the political leadership of the armed forces, as President Donald Trump and his Defense Secretary, James Mattis, have called for reinstituting a ban on transgender service members. Federal judges have repeatedly blocked the ban from going into effect as the issue works its way through the courts. Patriotic transgender men and women have been serving openly with honor and distinction. Examples include: Air Force Staff Sergeant Ashleigh Buch, whose commander, Lt. Col. David “Bo” Rice, said of her: “She means the world to this unit. She makes us better. And we would have done that [supported gender transition] for any airman but it made it really easy for one of your best.” Air Force Staff Sergeant Brandon Rodriguez, who has deployed three times in his 11 years of service and currently works in ground transportation at Kirtland Air Force Base. Rodriguez said his commander has been “nothing but supportive.” His commander, Col. Richard Gibbs, said, “How we choose to define ourselves doesn’t really

matter to me. It’s all about the people who choose to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. The rest of it is just treating each other well.” Air Force Staff Sergeant Logan Ireland, who was awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, was named a Non-Commissioned Officer of the Quarter and is a Combat Leader Course graduate. Ireland deployed to Qatar and to Afghanistan to conduct counter-intelligence missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Marine Lance Corporal Aaron Wixson, whose commanding officer, Col. Walker Field, said that Wixson’s decision to forgo an athletic scholarship and enlist showed his “exceptional character and patriotism,” adding that: “We are lucky to have such talent in our ranks and will benefit from his retention … Enabling LCpl Wixson to openly serve as a transgender Marine necessarily increases readiness and broadens the overall talent of the organization.” Army Captain Jennifer Peace, who deployed to Iraq and to Afghanistan as a military intelligence officer with the 4thInfantry Division. She was named the Distinguished Honor Graduate of the Intelligence Career Course and became the primary staff intelligence officer in her Infantry battalion during the “Pathway to the Pacific” mission to Asia, where she was rated #1 out of 11 intelligence officers. The rationale for the transgender ban has now been repudiated by the American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, and the American Psychiatric Association.

The New York Times Publishes a Collection of Stories in Celebration of Pride 2018

Covering topics from “How a Pastor and a Popcorn Shop Owner Helped Save Pride in Starkville” (above) to “Queer Love in Color,” the New York Times has published nine articles that will appear in a special section on line, that was also in print on Sunday, June 24. Read them online at www.

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Panic at the Disco Frontman Brendon Urie Pledges $1 Million For Youth


LSEN and Panic! at the Disco, a critically-acclaimed rock band fronted by Brendon Urie, have announced a new alliance in support of the creation of student-led GSA clubs in every high school across America, to support LGBTQ youth and advocate for inclusive schools.

occurs. About half of LGBTQ youth report having a GSA in their school. Urie’s pledge aims to ensure every child, in every school, has access to this life-saving resource. Given the Trump Administration’s efforts to erase LGBTQ youth from government services, GLSEN is the leading education Foundation to support the efforts of noneliminating existing guidance to schools on organization working to create safe and profit organizations that lead, develop, and protecting trans youth, and Education inclusive K-12 schools for LGBTQ youth, and advocate support for human rights for all Secretary Betsy DeVos’ refusal to allow the the GSA (Gender & Sexuality/Gay-Straight people and communities subject to Office for Civil Rights to investigate Alliance) is a nationwide organization of discrimination or abuse on the basis of complaints of discrimination from trans grassroot clubs and safe-spaces for LGBT gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and youth, the support a GSA can offer LGBTQ youth. gender identity. GLSEN is the foundation’s youth is both critical and life-changing. To help realize this goal, Brendon Urie has first beneficiary, with more to follow. “For years my fans have inspired me with pledged a one million dollar gift to GLSEN GLSEN Research shows how LGBTQ their determination and creativity as they to provide resources, training, and support to youth attending schools with a GSA are less have created a safe and inclusive students working to create student-led GSA likely to hear anti-LGBTQ remarks, less community,” said Brendon Urie. “I felt the clubs in their K-12 schools, through his likely to feel unsafe, less likely to be time had come for me to join them boldly, to Highest Hopes Foundation. victimized, and are more likely to report staff bring that energy and power to bear on the Urie founded the Highest Hopes intervention when bullying or harassment huge challenges facing our whole society. Launching the Highest Hopes Foundation with GLSEN as our first cause feels natural to the DNA of P!ATD, I am beyond excited to see what we can do together. Some of the most inspiring leaders out there right now have come from GSAs. Working firsthand with GLSEN, student leaders everywhere, and all my fans, I want to make sure that every one of our future leaders out there has the support they need to form their own GSA and begin their work to make a better world.” Panic! at the Disco’s Pray for the Wicked Tour kicks off on July 11 with special guests Arizona and Hayley Kiyoko. Sacramento is slated for a concert on the second leg of the tour on February 20, 2019 at Golden 1 Center The full list of tour dates and tickets can be found at Brendon Urie. Photo by Jimmy Fontaine.

True Colors Fund Unveils Resource for Homeless Youth


yndi Lauper and the True Colors Fund, in partnership with the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, have releeased the State Index on Youth Homelessness –a firstof-its-kind resource that evaluates all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness.

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is our dream for this State Index to help each state amp up its work to ensure these young people can reach their full potential.” According to a recent study by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, one in 30 youth ages 13 to 17 and one in 10 young adults ages 18 to 25 endure some form of The two organizations have also launched efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness in the U.S. each year. a campaign to empower the public to contact homelessness. The study also found that LGBTQ youth their governors to improve their state’s index “It doesn’t matter if you’re from Kansas or are 120 percent more likely to experience scores. California. In the United States of America, homelessness than non-LGBTQ youth. The The State Index on Youth Homelessness everyone deserves a place to call home. As State Index on Youth Homelessness takes provides a snapshot of some of the legal, Americans, we have a responsibility to LGBTQ inclusion into account in its findings systemic, and environmental barriers that protect the safety, health, and dignity of and provides recommendations on how youth experiencing homelessness face. The every young person experiencing states can address the unique needs of State Index assigns all 50 states and the homelessness,” said Cyndi Lauper, co-founder LGBTQ youth. District of Columbia a score of up to 100 and and board member of the True Colors Fund. Cyndi Lauper, the True Colors Fund, and provides concrete steps that states can take “Youth who experience homelessness are the National Law Center on Homelessness and to protect the safety, development, health, some of the most resilient people I know. It Poverty are asking the public to take action and dignity of youth experiencing by contacting their governor over email and homelessness. Twitter to improve their state’s index scores. The State Index will be updated annually You can see the index and take action in a and will act as a barometer of the progress matter of seconds at each state makes year over year in their

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Kroger & Robotics to Change the Future of Shopping

Wells Fargo Re-Establishes Its Support of LGBTQ Nonprofits


he Kroger Co. and Nuro have announced a new partnership to redefine the grocery customer experience for Americans by piloting an on-road, fully autonomous delivery experience.

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Together, America’s largest supermarket retailer Kroger and Nuro, maker of the world’s first fully unmanned road vehicle, are working to make the convenience of grocery delivery accessible and affordable for customers everywhere. Through this innovative partnership, customers can place same-day delivery orders through Kroger’s ClickList ordering system and Nuro’s app. During the test, orders will be delivered by Nuro’s fleet of autonomous vehicles. This is the first application and deployment of Nuro’s hardware and software. The pilot market will be announced soon and is expected to begin this fall. Kroger’s expansive retail footprint of 2,800 stores in 35 states combined with Nuro’s technology platform will change the status quo of grocery delivery through convenience at a low price. This allows customers to get what they need, when they need it, wherever they are.

“We are incredibly excited about the potential of our innovative partnership with Nuro to bring the future of grocery delivery to customers today,” says Yael Cosset, Kroger’s chief digital officer. “As part of Restock Kroger, we have already started to redefine the grocery customer experience and expand the coverage area for our anything, anytime and anywhere offering. Partnering with Nuro, a leading technology company, will create customer value by providing Americans access to fast and convenient delivery at a fair price.” “Unmanned delivery will be a gamechanger for local commerce, and together with Kroger, we’re thrilled to test this new delivery experience to bring grocery customers new levels of convenience and value,” said Dave Ferguson, Co-Founder, Nuro. “Our safe, reliable, and affordable service, combined with Kroger’s ubiquitous brand, is a powerful first step in our mission to accelerate the benefits of robotics for everyday life.”

ontinuing its unwavering commitment to the LGBTQ community, Wells Fargo is partnering with influential members and allies, to bring to life the stories of four national nonprofits: Point Foundation, The Trevor Project, SAGE and GLSEN. Over the past year, these organizations have witnessed firsthand an increase in the number of crises experienced by LGBTQ youth and elders alike, and are working harder than ever to address these issues – but they need our support. The collaboration includes partnerships with Devon & Rob of Dads Not Daddies (pictured) and Scout Masterson, among others, who will be using their storytelling abilities and personal experiences to create content that generates awareness for these organizations and the work they seek to accomplish. Visit standingtogether

A 13-year-old Seminary Student Falls Under the Charms of an Older Priest in the Controversial Perfect Obedience

Based on a true story, Perfect Obedience tackles the dark topic of Catholic priests and their decades-long sexual abuse of boys. The impressionable 13-year-old Julian is sent to a seminary whose code of conduct is the complete unquestioning obedience to authority, where he soon becomes the target of desire for the seminary’s charismatic head in this lurid tale told in a deceptively non-judgemental fashion. Watch the trailer at perfect-obedience/

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Don’t Miss Alan Cumming At The Palace of Fine Arts


ans of popular television series such as Instinct and The Good Wife may not know that the gifted dramatic actor Alan Cumming is also a multi-talented singer and Tony Award-winning performer.

smorgasbord of genres, styles and tales; laughter, tears and, of course, provocation.” Cumming will cover songs made famous by female musical legends as diverse as Pink, Edith Piaf, Adele and Marlene Dietrich. Ever wanted to hear Schubert and Peggy Lee together in one song? You will! Cole Porter will make an appearance, as will Scottish treasures Robert Burns and The Proclaimers, and there might even be a Disney Princess medley sung without a drop of irony. The evening will end with Cumming inviting the audience to sing along with him to one of America’s best known and, in his opinion, most maligned anthems. Tickets for Legal Immigrant range in price from $75–$115. A limited number of meet-and-greet experiences are available for an additional $150 per ticket through OMG VIP — the leader in VIP fan experiences. VIP experiences include premium front seating, a post-show meet and greet event with Alan, one photo with Alan, an exclusive VIP laminate, and an exclusive autographed poster created by Grant Shaffer. Tickets are available now by calling 866-663-1063 or visiting

Cumming will bring his new concert show, Legal Immigrant, to San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco, on Wednesday, July 11 at 7 p.m. Presented by Feinstein’s Presents — Feinstein’s at the Nikko’s series showcasing world-class performers at larger venues throughout the Bay Area — this one-nightonly event will feature a set list as eclectic and idiosyncratic as Alan himself. Legal Immigrant, a collection of musings on Alan’s ten years as a U.S. citizen, growing older and what it feels like to be an immigrant in today’s America, begins with a show-stopping opening of Kander & Ebb’s “The Singer,” Stephen Sondheim’s “Old Friends” and “Not A Day Goes By” from ‘Merrily we Roll Along’ — all combined into one big amazing mash up. The show continues in a style Alan calls “a true old-fashioned cabaret, a

Leslie Jordan Will Share His Sordid Lives At Feinstein’s

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career, offering a charming and hilarious look back at his life experiences as a flamboyant youth raised as a Southern Baptist, as well as the “unbelievable real-life stories” and treasured anecdotes from his renowned stage and television performances. eslie Jordan, the Emmy His arrival in Hollywood back in Award-winning actor 1982 (with $1,500 sewn into his clothing by his steel magnolia who has played such mother) was the starting point. memorable characters as After a brief career as a jockey, Brother Boy in Sordid Lives and Jordan has enjoyed the full show Beverley Leslie, the deliciously business spectrum: the lean times, the acclaim, reaching the pinnacle flamboyant ‘frenemy’ of Karen of television performing with award (Megan Mullally) on Will & recognition, the ensuing victory Grace, will return to Feinstein’s laps, and the ever present threat of being “put out to pasture” by a at the Nikko in San Francisco with his latest show, EXPOSED, youth obsessed culture and industry. Through it all, Jordan has on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, remained constant, relevant and — July 14. above all — funny. His ability to take it all in stride has kept him moving Best known for his stand-out roles in Sordid Lives, American Horror Story and The onward, upward and forward. Tickets for Leslie Jordan’s shows Help, Jordan has charmed fans for over four at Feinstein’s range in price from decades and is one of the most consistently recognizable faces in popular entertainment. $30–$60 and are available now by calling 866-663-1063 or visiting In EXPOSED, Leslie invites audiences behind-the-scenes of his childhood and


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School of Rock - Pop, Rock and Broadway in SF


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Cast members from this hit Broadway show will be singing and dancing and rocking and rolling on Monday, July 16, 2018 at Brava Theater 2781 24th Street in San Francisco.. The kids will be rocking and the adults in the show will be singing Broadway and pop songs in this sure-to-be high energy fun. Also joining the cast as a guest star will be American Idol alum and recording star David Hernandez. Proceeds from this event will benefit REAF and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Tickets range from $35 to $65 with $65 tickets including the after party with the cast

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featuring wine tastings, Ketel One cocktails and lite bites. Songs from School of Rock will not be performed. School of Rock plays at Orpheum Theatre in SF through July 22, 2018 The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation has worked with over 50 touring casts to date to produce “One Night Only Cabaret” events. To date, REAF has distributed over $3.5 million to AIDS service agencies, hunger programs and programs for homeless youth. Tickets are available by phone by calling 415-273-1620 or online at ono-schoolofrock.

Are Uber and Lyft Good or Bad for the Environment? by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss, EarthTalk


etween fuel, maintenance and insurance, owning a vehicle is expensive—even more so in cities like New York, where residents pay an annual average of $430 for parking alone.

It may be no surprise then why the affordable, convenient enterprise of ridesharing, whereby you use a smartphone app to arrange a ride in a privately-owned vehicle, has gained massive popularity in recent years and is expected to see even further growth (22.9 percent) in 2019. But is this shift from car ownership to ridesharing good for the environment overall? Professor Daniela Rus of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, who focuses on ways to reduce traffic congestion and otherwise improve mobility in major cities, thinks so. “Ride-sharing services have enormous potential for positive societal impact with respect to congestion, pollution and energy consumption.” Perhaps the biggest environmental benefit to ridesharing is carpooling. Uber’s “POOL” option puts riders in the same car, with each individual rider paying less. Last year, Uber drivers served 35 million riders in POOL trips. If these riders had instead driven by themselves, cities might have seen an additional 314 million vehicle miles and 82,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Lyft has also set a goal to make

shared rides account for 50 percent of all trips on the Lyft platform by the end of 2020. Besides carpooling incentives, Uber is also expanding their app to provide customers with alternative forms of transport like electric bikes and buses. Their partnership with Jump Bikes, currently available in San Francisco, Sacramento and Santa Cruz, California and Washington, DC, can shift millions of trips from cars to bikes. “We realized that we shared Uber’s vision of multi-modal mobility and had the same goal of decreasing car ownership,” says Jump Bikes Founder and CEO Ryan Rzepecki. Uber is also working with transit agencies to help fill empty seats on buses and trains — which can be two to three times cleaner than a solo car drive—by allowing riders to book and use transit tickets in their app. Additionally, in April 2018, Lyft announced their commitment to immediately offset the carbon emissions from all Lyft rides globally. Their first-year, multi-million-dollar investment will make Lyft one of the top voluntary purchasers of carbon offsets in the world. Lyft plans to help achieve carbon neutrality through the direct funding of emission mitigation efforts in the U.S.,

Sharing rides with Uber and Lyft is a boon for the environmental if you factor in reduced congestion, pollution and energy consumption.

including emissions reductions in the automotive manufacturing process, renewable energy programs, forestry projects, and the capture of emissions from landfills. Lyft Co-Founders John Zimmer and Logan Green emphasize that this action is not the full solution, but a real step forward. “The more shared rides and clean vehicles on the platform, the fewer carbon offsets we will need to purchase,” they report. Enhancing the environmental benefits of ridesharing is an emerging effort across the entire industry. This past February, leading transport and ridesharing

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companies that account for a staggering 77 million passenger trips per day signed on to Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities, a coalition committed to prioritizing people over vehicles and reducing emissions in an increasingly congested and polluted urban environment. “Working together, we can have a real impact on congestion, making our cities easier to get around and more enjoyable to live in,” said Joseph Okpaku, Vice President of Public Policy at Lyft. EarthTalk is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss for the 501(c)3 nonprofit EarthTalk. To donate, visit

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2018 Outfest LA LGBTQ Film Festival’s Complete Lineup



elebrating its 36th Anniversary, Outfest – the Los Angelesbased nonprofit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBTQ stories on the screen – has announced the complete programming lineup for the 2018 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival presented by HBO.

don’t miss a thing.

The nation’s leading LGBTQ festival will be held July 12-22, 2018. As previously announced, the 2018 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival opens at the Orpheum Theatre with Kino Lorber’s Studio 54, Matt Tyrnauer’s vibrantly nostalgic documentary; and closes with FilmRise’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner starring Chloë Grace Moretz. With two thirds of this year’s content directed by women, people of color and trans filmmakers, Outfest Los Angeles once again brings together the highest quality of LGBTQ films in the world. “I am incredibly proud of all the ways Outfest Los Angeles continues to step onto a Bao Bao


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larger stage. This year, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences named Outfest as an Academy-Award qualifying film festival for their Short Film Awards,” stated Christopher Racster, Outfest Executive Director. “This recognition acknowledges our long history of discovering extraordinary short films, and the talented filmmakers who have used Outfest as a platform to launch their careers, “Providing access to content remains at the heart of what we do as an organization. This year we have worked to ensure that all of our community — and our allies — can access our July 5, 2018 - August 2, 2018 • No. 19

programming. With that in mind, this year’s festival will be in more of Los Angeles neighborhoods than ever before. We are thrilled to be at new venues for festival including Plaza de la Raza, the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater, the California African American Museum, Regal Cinemas at LA Live, and to be returning to newly renovated Ford Theatres for screenings under the stars.” The festival features five world premieres including the deeply felt film from Taiwan, Bao Bao; Bright Colors and Bold Patterns directed by Michael Urie with a hilarious performance from Drew Droege; Laura Madalinski’s Two in the Bush: A Love Story a polyamorous love story; Jamie Patterson’s new feature film Tucked about two drag performers connecting across generations; and Room to Grow a documentary looking at the lives of queer teenagers today. As well as North American and U.S. Premieres, Eva & Candela, Sodom, and Daddy Issues. Outfest Los Angeles’ documentary section shines a light on unsung communities, including Alina Skrzesewska’s Game Girls which follows a couple as they struggle to navigate life in Los Angeles’ Skid Row, to the much anticipated SXSW Audience Award winner Transmilitary about those fighting for an equal chance to service their country. The proactive experimental film section, “This year, Outfest Los Angeles is marking the shift in the way that society tells and consumes stories, by launching our first dedicated episodic section. With 221 films and 13 TV series, this festival’s lineup is bursting at the seams with the most anticipated queer and trans stories of the year. Notable reoccurring themes in 2018 include escapism and sexual liberation, and we continue to raise the bar in non-fiction storytelling, as we shine a spotlight on unsung LGBTQ communities in our documentary competition,” commented Lucy Mukerjee, Outfest Director of Programming. Lastly, OutSet: The Young Filmmakers Project from Los Angeles LGBT Center and Outfest, will be premiering five new shorts on Sunday, July 22nd. Now in its sixth year, the OutSet program empowers youth ages 16-24 to share their stories though film. For more information and for a complete listing of films in 2018 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival, log on to or call 213-480-7065, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To watch the official trailer, visit NWmbwhf5oHg

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LA Master Chorale Hosts Big Sing CA Across the State


his July the Los Angeles Master Chorale and choral music superstar Eric Whitacre will present the largest free group singing event in California history — Big Sing California.

Big Sing California culminates in a concert in Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, July 21st at 2 p.m. The full 100-voice Master Chorale will perform from the stage and the 2,200-person audience will sing-along to selected works on the program. The concert in Los Angeles will be broadcast live to five venues across the state where more singers will join the performance experience by viewing the concert on large screens and singing from the audience. Hub leaders drawn from the local choral communities have been engaged to coordinate the events and rehearse the singers leading up to the performance day. The concert will be conducted by Whitacre, Grant Gershon, the Master Chorale’s Kiki & David Gindler Artistic Director, and guest conductors Moira Smiley and Rollo Dilworth. Whitacre, who is currently the Master Chorale’s Swan Family Artist-in-Residence — and who has a huge global audience through his Virtual Choir projects, popular choral compositions, and Grammy Awardwinning recordings — will also serve as the event’s host. The five California hub cities are Sacramento at the Community Center Theater with ub leader Donald Kendrick and San Diego, San Francisco, Fresno and Riverside. People can register online now at to attend the Los Angeles concert or any of the five hub broadcast venues. Once capacity has been reached, a wait-list will be created for each venue, and ticket vouchers will be distributed 10 days prior to the performance. Live feeds will take place during the concert, connecting the participants in the hub cities to Whitacre and the Master Chorale in Los Angeles. The event’s reach is further expanded with the concert being

live-streamed on the Big Sing California website, making it possible for people around the world to participate. (The combined capacity of the six venues is 9,800; over 10,000 singers are expected to participate including the live-stream audience.) In addition to providing ticket registration for the live events, the Big Sing California website enables participants to order the Big Sing California music book featuring the scores and lyrics for the songs they will sing, giving them the chance to learn and practice them before the event. The website also features video tutorials presented by singers of the Los Angeles Master Chorale demonstrating the four voice parts (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) of the songs. Guest artist Moira Smiley also presents a body percussion tutorial. The songs selected for the participants range from straightforward sing-alongs such as Lean On Me, This Land Is Your Land, and Hey Jude, to choral works by Eric Whitacre and Morten Lauridsen, and arrangements by Moira Smiley and Rollo Dilworth. The program also features an exclusive arrangement of Pentatonix’s “Sing” by Grammy Award-winning arranger Ben Bram (Pitch Perfect, Glee) created especially for Big Sing California. Watch the big sing california trailer at MDc3Ml82OTk3&l=b5414969-1c5d-e8118416-e41f1345a486 Big Sing California is made possible with lead support from The James Irvine Foundation. Major support provided by Terri & Jerry Kohl and Philip A. Swan. Additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the California Arts Council.

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My VW Westfalia Life by Stephan White


have always loved camping! I remember when we lived in Spain as kids we would take our Mercury Monarch (Ford Granada’s cousin) and pack all our gear in the trunk and we were off for the weekend and sometimes longer – memories made that can never be forgotten.

Getting out there with nature, star gazing at night, the wondrous smells of the earth waking up with me, cooking breakfast on a Coleman stove, eating lunches on the beach with actual sand in our sandwiches. It all just brings me to my happy place. Little did we know just how much planning it required to get all the camping gear together and hit the road. Those were the good old days when things were just done for us. We just had the hard task of being kids and to stay out of trouble. At an early age I knew was going to be an auto mechanic. My dad and I would do all the maintenance and repair to our vehicles on borrowed military base garages. I believe they were free to use to all military service people and the tools needed to do just about any repair. The only catch was the bay you were working on had to be spotless after you were complete. The “head guy” would inspect our bay after we were completed. This taught me the importance of a clean work area. In my automotive mechanic life, I stumbled across a Volkswagen Vanagon camper that had all the stuff that was needed to get out there and camp. WOW! This vehicle had everything already. A built in two burner stove, refrigerator, sink with a 14-gallon water tank and sleeps four (if your really friendly). It was amazing! It wasn’t too long after that I found one on the cheap that needed work. Right up my alley. It was heaven! We would take this VW on many trips. What a cool way to get out there with nature. All that was required was a road and we were there. We keep our VW Westfalia pretty much stocked with essentials. Sheets and sleeping bag, plates, utensils, cups, wine glasses (they are plastic), flashlights etc. I found out was there is still a lot to get ready and pack on every single trip. Stuff that mom used to do for us looked so easy! There is a check list for all the other items that we need to take with us. Like the gray water tank bucket, drinking water, sunscreen, carpet mats, step to get into the tall van, all the rope type LED lights (rainbow color of course), camping chairs, tables, extension cord (if needed), food, snacks, alcohol, towels for us and dishes, cell phone chargers and extra battery packs, portable shower kit. Then there are the normal items that at times get forgotten. Like make sure the water tank for the van is filled, propane for the heater and stove, batteries charged up and ready to go, washer fluid, fuel. Yes fuel! It’s like the last thing on my mind after we get all loaded up. Oh, let’s take the mountain bikes too! Okay. Let’s see. We need the bike carrier, bungie cords, tubes and tools for flats, tire pump, helmet, shoes, bike clothes, separate towel for possible road rash injuries. This tent camper on wheels is the perfect vehicle for the adventure type folks. There are people who we call “full timers” who live in their Westfalia’s full time. The only thing missing is the toilet (find a tree) and shower with endless supply of hot water. The coolest thing about this vehicle is when you see another one coming down the road. It’s like we know each other and must wave and smile. The gas station conversations are also fun with all walks of life! When not out rambling (Westfaliaing?) Stephan White can be found at his auto repair shop, Stephan’s Auto Haus, located at 3950 Attawa Ave. 95822, 916-456-3040, 16 Outword California

Photo by Charles Peer Camping is not the only use Stephan White has for his VWs, and he decked out this 1990 VW Vanagon to compete in the 24 Hours of Lemons, a race series where vehicles cost under $500 to build. He named his Wunder Bread, well, because it looks like a giant loaf of bread. His four drivers and crew are named “Gluten Free” and dress as bakers and they hand out PB&J Sandwiches at races. Watch them race at

Photo by Mark Hinte

Photo by Stephan White

July 5, 2018 - August 2, 2018 • No. 19

Home Is Not Your Average Cooking Show


The Five Lesbian Brothers’ Oedipus At Palm Springs Is a Queer Romp Through a Classic Story

ome, A Queer Cooking Series, invites you into LGBTQ people’s homes to listen to their stories, create community, discover new recipes, and have real discussions at the kitchen table. Based in NYC & London, Home features queer hat begins as a hilarious, gin-soaked weekend takes a activists, drag kings, drag queens, photographers, couples, medical horrific turn after a dark secret is revealed. Two parts professionals and more, with episodes discussing immigration, comedy with a shot of tragedy shaken over ice, Oedipus growing up in church, racism in the queer community, childhood at Palm Springs is a brave examination of the messy workings of memories, and of course, the comfort of home cooking. Watch full relationships. Plays July 12th - 22nd at SF’s Theatre Rhinoceros, episodes, about five minutes each, at

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July 5, 2018 - August 2, 2018 • No. 19

Fruit-inspired Fashion for a Juicier Summer by Mikey Rox


his summer’s sticky-sweet summerwear obsession is a tropical treasure trove of fruity prints, patterns, and palates that’ll make you look good enough to eat. That’s what you’re going for, isn’t it?

Novel Navels

Sink your toes into the eye-catching Sonnige Orange slip-ons, designed by lawyer-turned-artist Anny Cecilia Walt for BucketFeet, powered by enough Vitamin C to chase down the Vitamin D. $65,

Pucker Up

Show off your arm UZIs – you didn’t load those guns for nothin’ – in Bonobos’ shortsleeve Riviera shirt in this all-over lemonwedge print that’s as fun as it is fresh. Build a fabric fruit salad with additional styles in watermelon, banana, pineapple, and avocado. $88,

Zest Man

LINK UP’s cocktail-inspired lime-slice cufflinks, painted with rich pigmented enamel in a lip-puckering green, punch up your summer wedding attire and add a spritz of flair to sophisticasual white-party looks. $95,

Low-Hanging Fruit

There’s an urban legend that says an upside-down pineapple in your grocery cart signifies you’re a swinger on the prowl, but you can skip a trip to the supermarket (if that’s your thing) in Mr Turk’s pinã-colada-inyour-pants Clyde Slim Trouser. $268,

Chica Chica Boom Chic You’re just asking for a kween to wig when you put on Swatch’s aptly named So Frutti wristwatch, reminiscent of Miss Chiquita (and Carmen Miranda before her), part of the watchmaker’s Beach Swing collection designed for fashion and function with its illustrated face, silicone strap, and three-bar water resistance. $75, shop.

Daily Rind

There’s no bitterness to Frank and Oak’s poplin grapefruitprinted shirt in dress blue that pairs just as perfectly with chinos as it does California-wash denim to create an out-to-dinner getup with zing. $60,

Toe Jam

Can’t decide just how fruity you’re feeling today? Allow yourself options with Happy Socks’ Fruits Socks Gift Box, featuring four pairs of funky mid-calves in summer-ready watermelon, banana, pineapple and strawberry. $42,

Planting Seed

Smash or be smashed? That’s the question when you show off the goods in MeUndies’ thrice-softer-than-cotton avocado-printed briefs, boxers, and trunks that are practically begging for a freshness inspection. $24,

Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist and LGBT lifestyle expert whose work has been published in more than 100 outlets across the world. He spends his time writing from the beach with his dog Jaxon. Connect with Mikey on Twitter @mikeyrox. July 5, 2018 - August 2, 2018 • No. 19

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