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Importance of Black History Month page 2

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Celebrates Black History page 4

Love Yourself Love Your Partner page 8

Baby Dolls On Blu-ray page 15

Big Gay Valentine’s Gift Guide 2021 page 16

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e are proud to honor and celebrate the lives, contributions and voices of Black LGBTQ people in our nation’s past, present, and future. The California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus cannot give enough thanks to black LGBTQ people, many of whom fought for the rights we have today. We honor their sacrifices made in service to their communities and the nation at large. The Black community, and more specifically Black LGBTQ people, have been at the forefront of social justice movements since the inception of our country. From the Underground Railroad to the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s to the Black Lives Matter movement of today, every advance in

racial progress and equality was led in some fashion by a Black person. We understand that Black activism has so often been born out of necessity, so that Black people can live and thrive in a nation built by their ancestors. We are committed to continuing to work with the Black community in an effort to end all forms of oppression. And we are reminded of the words said by our sister in

the LGBTQ community, Audre Lorde: ‘When I dare to be powerful — to use my strength in the service of my vision — then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.’ We in the LGBTQ ommunity know, more than most, what it means to ‘dare to be powerful’ and we are eternally grateful to the Black community for helping to lead the way in this mission.”

Celebrate Black History Month & Cicely Tyson


ust look at that fierce photo on the cover of her recently released autobiography -- it tells you everything you need to know about the late, great Cicely Tyson, who was just as beautiful with her head shaved as she was with a full crop of hair. Long before “Black Panther” was ever dreamed of, the actress was the original Wakanda woman warrior.

By Chris Narloch

Ms. Tyson, who died this January 28 at the ripe old age of 96, was one of the finest actors of her generation (or any generation). She possessed both a blazing talent and a trailblazing spirit. Ms. Tyson always seemed to have perfect timing, and so it seems oddly fitting that she would pass just before Black History Month, since she was a legend of black cinema, as well as the stage and the small screen. I first took notice of Ms. Tyson’s towering talent in the Oscar-nominated 1972 film “Sounder,” a terrific movie about a family of sharecroppers in the Depression-era Deep South, which brought the actress her only Academy Award nomination as Best Actress. Later that same decade, Ms. Tyson graced the small screen with legendary performances in two of the finest television movies ever made, “Roots” and “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” An activist as well as an actress, Cicely Tyson kept performing into her ‘90s, and she still had the magic when I saw her on Broadway in her late 80s, in the 2013 production of “The Trip to Bountiful.” I am currently tearing through Ms. Tyson’s new autobiography, “Just As I Am,” and so far it is as graceful and moving as I had hoped. If you don’t already have the book, you may have to wait a bit, since both the hardcover and audio versions were out of stock on Amazon as I wrote this. While you wait to get your hands on a copy of “Just As I Am,” I recommend celebrating Black History Month by watching any (or all three) of the aforementioned films Ms. Tyson made in the ‘70s. The actress and her best roles were Black History personified.


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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Celebrates the Sounds of Black History Throughout February


he Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating Black History Month with a series of virtual events and programs honoring the extraordinary contributions that African Americans have made to rock & roll music. Fans can also head to the museum, which is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, to amplify their experience with the Rock Hall’s featured exhibit “It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope & Empowerment.”

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Vault podcast episodes Subscribe on the iHeart Radio App, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your favorite podcasts: Throughout February enjoy new podcast episodes honoring the legacies of African American Inductees with unfiltered access to iconic Induction speeches. Episodes include Gladys Knight and the Pips inducted by Mariah Carey (Feb. 5), Public Enemy inducted by Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte (Feb. 12), The Miracles inducted by Smokey Robinson (Feb. 19), and Buddy Guy inducted by B.B. King and Eric Clapton (Feb. 26).

Thursday, February 18th at 7 p.m. EST Mr. Soul Documentary screening and panel discussion with Inductee Verdine White and Patti LaBelle RSVP at https://www.rockhall.com/events From 1968 to 1973, the public television variety show SOUL! Offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music and politics – voices that had few other options for national exposure. Enjoy this special screening followed by a panel discuss with Rock Hall



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Thursday, February 11th at 7 p.m. EST Jackie Venson performance and interview Follow and watch on Rock Hall’s Facebook and YouTube pages Texas native Jackie Venson, the first AfricanAmerican woman to win the category of “Best Guitarist” at the Austin Music Awards last year, performs a virtual 30-minute live set and post-show interview with Jason Hanley, Rock Hall’s Vice President of Education and Visitor Engagement, discussing her trailblazing career.

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A cornerstone to the Rock Hall’s programs and outreach, the Black History Month celebration highlights stories, provides opportunities for dialogue, and reflects on the contributions and legacies of African American artists. Inspired by the sounds of Black history, the Rock Hall’s virtual events and programs include: Every Friday in February New Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction

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(Continued from Page 4) Inductee Verdine White of Earth Wind & Fire, singer and actress Patti LaBelle, writer, director and producer Melissa Haizlipm, and Rock Hall’s Chief Curator, Nwaka Onwusa Saturday, February 20th at 7 p.m. EST Inductees from Sly & the Family Stone join episode of Tough Cookies hosted by Adam Weiner of Low Cut Connie For more info visit https://www.rockhall.com/events Rock Hall Inductees Freddie Stone, Rose Stone, Larry Graham, Jerry Martini and Greg Errico of Sly & the Family Stone are special guests on this month’s episode of Tough Cookies hosted by Adam Weiner, the charismatic leader of Philadelphia-based rock band Low Cut Connie. Join Adam as he interviews members of the band and performs several songs, plus take a tour through the Rock Hall’s Legends of Rock exhibit. The episode will broadcast through Low Cut Connie’s social channels. Monday, February 22nd at 7 p.m. EST Rewriting Rock: New Takes on Black Women in Rock & Pop History Follow and watch on Rock Hall’s Facebook and YouTube pages Authors Daphne Brooks (Liner Notes for

the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound) and Maureen Mahon (Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll) discuss their newly published books on Black women in pop music. These works are part of a wave of new writing on Black women in rock and pop that sheds light on how dominant views of gender, race, sexuality, and genre affected not only their careers, but how their stories were minimized or written out of music history. Presented in partnership with Case Western Reserve University’s Center for Popular Music Studies. Friday, February 26th at 7 p.m. EST Robert Randolph performance and interview Follow and watch on Rock Hall’s Facebook and YouTube pages Tune in for a virtual premier of the Rock Hall’s conversation and performance with Robert Randolph of The Family Band. Randolph discusses his Gospel roots and more with Jason Hanley, Rock Hall’s Vice President of Education and Visitor Experience, and performs a few songs from the Rock Hall’s Klipsch Audio Stage on his pedal steel guitar.

Equality California Congratulates Pete Buttigieg on Confirmation as Secretary of Transportation



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he U.S. Senate confirmed Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation by a vote of 86-13. Secretary Buttigieg became the first openly LGBTQ+ person to be confirmed by the Senate to a cabinet level position. Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, had previously endorsed his candidacy for president in the 2020 primary election before becoming the first LGBTQ+ organization to endorse then Vice President Joe Biden in the general. Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, released the following statement from Executive Director Rick Chavez Zbur: “Today is an historic day for our LGBTQ+ community and our nation. The confirmation of Pete Buttigieg signals to millions of LGBTQ+ kids across our country that anything is possible and that LGBTQ+ people belong in every seat of power. “I’ll never forget watching Pete Buttigieg during his trailblazing run for the White House help 9-year-old Zachary find the courage to come out as gay. It’s this kind of bravery and strength that Pete inspires in our entire country, but especially our LGBTQ+ young people. outwordmagazine.com

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Amend: The Fight For America new Netflix 6-episode series titled “Amend: The Fight for


America” will debut on February 17th. Each hour-long episode of the show will tackle the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which promises “liberty and equal protection for all persons.”

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The series will feature a “groundbreaking narrative format,” according to a press release, which includes celebrities reciting speeches and writings from the Fourteenth Amendment’s advocates and detractors. Samuel L. Jackson, Mahershala Ali, Diane Lane, Pedro Pascal, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Sterling K. Brown are among the stars who will deliver the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Andrew Johnson, and more figures of American history. Statement from Will Smith, Host & Executive Producer: “I am honored to present Amend: The Fight for America. We are living in unprecedented days as a society, as a country, and as a human family. I believe that the cultivation of personal and historical understanding is the imperative spark igniting the flames of desperately needed compassion and healing. As Americans, we endeavor to form a more perfect union that truly establishes justice and equality for all. I believe a deeper understanding of the 14th Amendment is a critical jumping off point. Our hope with this series is to illuminate the beauty that is the promise of America and to share a message of connection and shared humanity so that we will be able to better understand and celebrate our different experiences as Americans and promote progress toward the true equality promised

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to all persons under the 14th Amendment. I’m grateful to Netflix and the phenomenal group of people who came together both in front of and behind the camera to help us tell this story.” Synopsis: Amend: The Fight for America is a six-part docuseries that explores the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution - which, in 1868, promised liberty and equal protection for all persons - as America’s most enduring hallmark of democracy. Amenddeploys a groundbreaking narrative format featuring a number of luminaries (Mahershala Ali, Diane Lane, Samuel L. Jackson, Pedro Pascal, Yara Shahidi, and more) breathing life into speeches and writings by the Fourteenth Amendment’s most ardent advocates and foes (including Frederick Douglass, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Andrew Johnson) with insights from an inclusive array of contemporary thought leaders and experts. Executive produced and hosted by Oscar-nominated actor Will Smith and Emmy-winning writer Larry Wilmore, Amend is a powerful, multimedia journey through American history that encourages viewers to question what a “United States” really means. You can watch the series at this link on February 17th: www.netflix.com/AMEND. outwordmagazine.com

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ebruary 14th – Valentine’s Day – a time to share love and hearts. Capital City AIDS Fund (CCAF) promotes caring for one another – more than ever – during these challenging times. Our Play, But Play Safe team is back at Badlands and Faces distributing condoms – and now hand sanitizers – via our custom dispensers. During these difficult times of COVID-19, it is invaluable that we care for one another – more than ever. Love and compassion will get us through. And that means staying safe and preventing more cases of both COVID and HIV. We know both pandemics cause potentially deadly viruses. That is, unless we use prevention. That’s why CCAF continues to distribute condoms in bars. We encourage you to use them – and Play, But Play Safe. Condoms will not, however prevent Coronavirus. You must remain vigilant. Wear a mask. Use our free hand sanitizers given away via our dispensers in the bars. Social distance unless you’re with someone you know well. It’s not exactly the old days, but life is worth it. Have fun but getting sick or spreading virus to others, is not worth letting your guard down. CCAF embraces the U=U campaign and widely promotes it. The concept is yet another way of protecting yourself from contracting HIV. Testing for HIV is imperative to remain healthy while also keeping your partner safe. U=U means Undetectable=Untransmittable. In other words, if a person living with HIV is on HIV meds and has a consistently undetectable viral load, the virus cannot be transmitted to a sex partner. This is Treatment as Prevention. Again, it’s why knowing your status and taking action is imperative. So many positive steps forward have been taken with the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS. Still, researchers report that patients newly infected with HIV are being diagnosed in greater numbers now because they are showing up at hospitals with symptoms similar to COVID. We must remain vigilante. David Pitrak, MD of the University of Chicago reported that during the first eight months of the COVID-19 pandemic, his institution found new cases of HIV at a rate of nearly 15 percent per year. In contrast, the annual rate during the previous four years was 6.8 percent. The good news is that all of the newly diagnosed cases reportedly entered treatment.

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Robert Glatter, MD, of Lennox Hill Hospital School of Medicine in New York City said that since the COVID pandemic began, he has not seen a significant increase in the number of patients testing positive for HIV. “That said,” he continued, “I have taken care of a few patients in the emergency room with newly diagnosed COVID-19 who incidentally tested positive for HIV. HIV is part of the diagnostic and lab evaluation when we evaluate patients at high risk for COVID-19, or who are found to be positive for COVID-19. It is vital to know their HIV status in the setting of such a viral illness.” Neither of the pandemics has gone away. Still, on both fronts there are things you can do to protect yourself. Be proactive, test regularly for HIV and test for COVID if you suspect exposure. Get vaccinated for Coronavirus when you are able, and always seek treatment if you are diagnosed with HIV or COVID. We don’t want to see more people dying from either virus. We know love will win. When you love yourself.


Trans and Queer Youth Advocacy: A Family for Everyone


By Judah Joslyn (He/Him/His)

020 was a challenging year for everyone; from social reckonings to Covid-19, many people felt the harsh effects that 2020 brought. For Trans and Queer youth, the isolation and decrease community connections were met with a decline in mental health. But through the pandemic one organization in Sacramento has been a place to call home.

The Trans and Queer Youth Collective (TQYC), which serves Trans and Queer youth in grades 6-12, provides free affirming and therapeutic services to the greater Sacramento area and beyond. Started in 2019, the goal of TQYC has been to provide free mental health services to young Queer and Trans people. Since its start, it has been able to grow and provide a wide range of affirming resources. In August of 2020, TQYC hired Judah Joslyn as the Transgender Advocacy Director to further the program’s efforts to provide safe and affirming care to Trans youth. “Becoming a part of TQYC has been one of the most fulfilling career choices I have ever made”, says Judah. “As a Trans man, I didn’t have access to these kinds of programs growing up, and if I had, it might have lessened the struggle I faced at that age.” His position has enabled the program to add a mentorship program, additional support groups, and expanded crisis support services. “2020 and even now in 2021 Trans and Queer youth are struggling. In some cases, they are stuck at home with families that do not support them and

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the impact of not supporting their kids and its toll on the youth. And this impact has been even greater over the last year during the pandemic because these youth are home “My goal is to create all the time with their families struggling to spaces for youth to be feel love and acceptance.” The goal of TQYC has always been to themselves...” provide affirming and safe spaces for Trans and Queer youth. This goal has been even dealing with reduced access to affirming more important over the past year as mental support and care,” said Judah. With his health issues have increased and isolation position and the switch to a virtual platform, has become the norm. But fortunately for TQYC has provided a safe haven for the everyone involved in TQYC, they have all youth and even helps the youth have tough been able to create a family of love and and uncomfortable conversations with their support to help everyone thrive through even families. As the Transgender Advocacy the most difficult of circumstances. As Judah Director and lead on the mentorship puts it, “My favorite part about TQYC is that program, Judah expanded the programs’ it isn’t just a 9-5 job, but rather it a place to ability to reach past the youth and help find yourself and your chosen family. These bring education about Trans and Queer youth help me through everything issues to their families, schools, and happening just as much as I help them, and communities. together we can thrive”. “My goal is to create spaces for youth to To donate, get involved, or learn more be themselves and more often than not help about TQYC, please go to Facebook create safe spaces where they can advocate @tqyouthcollective, Instagram for themselves about their needs as Trans @transqueeryouthcollective, or email youth. So often, parents do not understand tqyouthcollective@gmail.com. outwordmagazine.com

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Enchanting Carousel Joins the Waterfront Wheel at the Old Sacramento Waterfront


n addition to the 65’ Waterfront Wheel that has been safely and spectacularly entertaining visitors to the Old Sacramento Waterfront since it debuted in October 2020, a Front Street Carousel is now in place to further dazzle and delight the community. Both operated by Brass Ring Amusements, the attractions are located in Waterfront Park (on Front Street in front of Rio City Café). To help keep the community safe, safety protocols are in place that include physically distanced line queues, regularly sanitized carts (with employee disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, restraints after patrons disembark, etc.), and contactless payment and admission.

Both the Waterfront Wheel and Front Street Carousel are operating every day, seven days a week as conditions allow. Hours of operation for both are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (with special holiday hours upon occasion). Cost to ride either attraction is $6 per rider per ride. Waterfront Wheel riders must be at least 42” to ride alone and all must be in the same household in each open-air cart (that holds up to four people). With 30 horses and two sleighs from which to choose, Front Street Carousel riders must be at least 36” to ride alone and children under 36” in height 10 Outword Magazine

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may ride if adult is standing next to them holding them as they ride (one paid ticket allows for adult + child). For physical distancing purposes, middle horses will be closed to riders, allowing only the inside and outside horses to be ridden. All Waterfront Wheel and Front Street Carousel rides are first come, first served. Due to the popularity of the entertaining attractions, the vision is to continue both outdoor attractions until further notice. To add to the fun and share the experience with others, riders are encouraged to capture images of riding the whimsical attractions, post them on social media and tag @DowntownSac and @OldSac. outwordmagazine.com

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The 2021 International Winemakers Summit Honors Diverse Winemakers


inemaking is a centuries old profession originating in Old World France and yet, in 2021 little is still known about the rapidly increasing growth of diversity in the industry. With an estimated 80,000 wineries worldwide, the US is 4th in the world in wine production.

“I’m so excited to celebrate 12 Black winemakers, to honor them for their contributions in the wine industry and being the face of possibilities for the next generation of Black winemakers. There are over 10,000 wineries in the US. Winemakers of African descent represent less than 1% of this industry,” said IWS and The Black Winemakers Scholarship Fund founder, Marcia Jones. “With the increase of wine sales last year, I feel it’s time to celebrate Black professionals across all industries, and my goal for Black History Month and beyond is to encourage consumers to support Black winemakers.” Often absent from the narrative are the independently run, Black-owned wineries with In addition to supporting winemakers of color, the International Winemakers Summit will roots dating back as far as the early 1940’s with John June Lewis, Sr. of Virginia. Serving as host a virtual brunch with three award-winning chefs, Chef Jerome Brown, author of a vehicle to further increase awareness of the diversity in the wine industry, Urban Carolina Soul, and competitor on Extreme Chef and the Food Network; Chef Sabrina Connoisseurs is partnering with Uncorked & Cultured a lifestyle media platform, to host the Tinsley, co-owner of Osteria La Spiga and Iron Chef contender against Bobby Flay; and inaugural 2021 International Winemakers Summit (IWS), a virtual 3-day event highlighting Ricky Simpson, Jr., chef to the Atlanta Hawks and 8th Place winner of the World Food some of the world’s most esteemed winemakers of African descent. Competition. Placing an emphasis on diversity, the 2021 International Winemakers Summit sessions Throughout Black History Month, Urban Connoisseurs in partnership with Uncorked & will educate consumers on varietals available in a virtual marketplace, informative panels Cultured are embarking on a #BuyBlackWine campaign that involves the upcoming Urban moderated by world-class Sommeliers and will feature 12 Black award-winning winemakers Connoisseurs Wine Club offering members the opportunity to receive quarterly shipments of from around the world. The Sommeliers will cover topics such as Wine Trends; Terroir and four varieties of wines from four different Black winemakers. In addition, Uncorked & The Difference; The Diverse Aromas and Flavors in Wine; and so much more. The 3-day Cultured will host weekly interview segments of wine industry professionals, distributors, summit will educate everyone from the novice to the connoisseur and will take place wine shops, and wine reviews from winemakers of African descent. The multi platform February 19-21, 2021. campaign will create experiences for consumers to understand the growing legacy of diverse winemakers, and a directory as a resource for wine enthusiasts to be intentional in supporting the advancement of equity in the wine industry. Website: https://www.internationalwinemakerssummit.com/ About Urban Connoisseurs The mission of Urban Connoisseurs is to affect sustainable growth in the wine community by increasing the number of American winemakers of African descent in the US, create opportunities for the next generation to pursue various careers in the wine industry, and maintain brand and legacy for the Generation After Next. About Uncorked & Cultured Uncorked & Cultured is a media company that curates original content, e-commerce and experiences to consciously create a destination for consumers and brands that share the same ideals. With a mission to authentically and unapologetically connect Black consumers to wine, wellness, culture and adventure lifestyle.

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Featured winemakers across the African diaspora, include: 1. Chris Christensen - Bodkin Wines (Sonoma, CA) 2. Phil Long - Longevity Wines (Livermore Valley, CA) 3. Theodora Lee - Theopolis Vineyards (Yorkville, CA) 4. Marie-Inès Romelle - Marie Césaire Champagne (Champagne, FR) 5. Raymond Smith - Indigené Cellars (Paso Robles, CA) 6. Cheramie Law - Cheramie Wines (TX) 7. J ames Moss - J Moss Wines (Napa Valley, CA) 8. Tinashe Nyamudoka - Kumusha Wines (Breedekloof Valley, SA) 9. Steve Byfield - Nyarai Cellars (Niagara, CN) 10. Nicole Kearney - Sip and Share Wines (IN) 11. Shae Frichette - Frichette Winery (Red Mountain, WA) 12. Dan Glover - L’Objet Wines (Healdsburg, CA)

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Warm Up Valentine’s Night by Mixing Cocktails Like A Pro


hake, rattle and roll…make season cocktails red hot after learning to mix cocktails like a pro and warming up that special Valentine with tempting cocktail recipes from Tahoe Blue Vodka. The possibilities are endless with mouth-watering drinks such as the (let’s get) Dirty Vodka Martini, the classy Red, White & Night or even the tasty Tahoe Blue Hard Lemonade. With Tahoe Blue Vodka consumption up a whopping 40 percent more compared to just one year ago, local adults are clearly enjoying the smooth taste more than ever before. In short, TAHOE BLUE TASTES BETTER. Tahoe Blue lovers are in good company supporting the award-winning vodka that is based locally in the Sacramento area (Rancho Cordova). In fact, Tahoe Blue is currently the fastest growing vodka brand in Northern California and Northern Nevada. Based on sales data, more and more consumers are learning the art of mixing up cocktails at home – which is no surprise given bars have been closed for nearly a year – and Valentine’s night is a perfect time to drink in the hot new trend while impressing that thirsty Valentine at the same time. Dirty Vodka Martini Ingredients 3 oz Tahoe Blue Vodka 1 oz Dry Vermouth 3 Cocktail Olives Ice Directions Fill shaker halfway with ice Pour 3 oz Tahoe Blue Vodka over the ice Add 1 oz of Dry Vermouth Top shaker with ice Shake for 5-10 seconds Pour into martini glass Garnish with cocktail olives Red, White & Night Ingredients 2 oz Cabernet Sauvignon Wine 2 oz Tahoe Blue Vodka 1 oz Simple syrup 1 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice 4 Blueberries 3 Blackberries 1 Lemon Wedge Directions Add all ingredients over ice and stir Garnish with blueberries, blackberries, and a lemon wedge

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Baby Dolls On Blu-ray


By Chris Narloch

lder men lusting after younger women has been a thing in Hollywood (on and off-screen) since the earliest days of silent films. Some of those scenarios have produced terrific entertainments that comment on our society’s obsession with youth and beauty. The two films below would make a dynamite doublebill that I’m calling “Baby Dolls On Blu-ray.”

Sue Lyon stars in “Lolita.”

Carroll Baker stars in “Baby Doll.”

Baby Doll This movie was hot stuff in 1956 -- so much so that it was denounced by the Legion of Decency -- and it still sizzles today. Times are tough for cotton miller Archie (Karl Malden), but at least he has his teenaged child bride (Carroll Baker), who’ll soon be his wife in title and truth. The one-year agreement keeping the couple under the same roof – yet never in

the same bed – is about to expire, and a fight with a sly business rival (Eli Wallach) for baby doll’s affections is about to begin. In “Baby Doll,” as in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” director Elia Kazan and writer Tennessee Williams broke new ground in depicting sexual situations, and as a result, the movie was banned in many countries and condemned by Time magazine. Ultimately, the film also earned laurels too:

Mason, Peter Sellers, Shelley Winters, and Sue Lyon (as Lolita) hits it out of the park under Kubrick’s expert direction. Mason plays Humbert Humbert, a European professor who relocates to an American suburb and proceeds to marry a lonely widow (Winters) in order to get close to her sexy teenaged daughter. Only Nabokov’s screenplay was Oscarnominated, but “Lolita” is now considered one of Kubrick’s finest films. The Blu-ray of this title has been out for some time and is currently available. To purchase these and other great Warner Bros. titles, please visit www.wbshop.com/warnerarchive

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Athleisure Pleaser fivebyfive athleisure brand’s Origin tank tops are made from sustainable bamboo while its Purpose collection tanks, tees, and shorts are comprised of 100% recycled post-consumer plastic. All items are ethically produced in facilities that have a proven track record of safe and fair labor practices and packaged in recycled materials so when you break a sweat you’re helping save the planet. $45-$59, fivebyfive.cc

Booze-Free Bevvies If Dry January did a body good, extend the respite into deeper winter – without completely depriving yourself. Crystal-infused wine alternative Rock Grace promotes beauty, energy, and wellness in a non-alcoholic rosé that’s all natural, calorie and sugar free, while Hairless Dog Brewing offers mixed cases for suds lovers who crave that satisfying beer taste sans the bloat. $25, rockgrace.com; $44, drinkhairlessdog.com

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Wild Fires Each of Wildwood Candle Co.’s nine USA-sourced, vegan scents represents different trails found throughout Portland, Oregon’s Forest Park, the longest of which is the company’s namesake. Specific trail details and GPS coordinates are listed under each scent’s description so adventurous couples (or thruples – we don’t judge around here) can find and explore that trail in person someday. Five-percent of profits are donated to the Forest Park Conservancy. $28, wildwoodcandleco.com February 11, 2021 - February 25, 2021 • No. 665.5


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Fearless Bracelet Alex and Ani’s rainbow “Fearless” bracelet in shiny gold lets would-be harassers know straight out the gate that the 100% That Bitch who’s wearing it is an out-and-proud champion of kickin’ ass and takin’ names. $28.50, alexandani.com Netflix & Chilled Social-distancing protocol may keep you away from bars and restaurants this V-Day, so make the most of a romantic night in. Plum’s wine appliance holds two standard bottles of vino, automatically identifies varietals using artificial intelligence, chills each bottle to its ideal serving temperature, and preserves wine for 90 days. But you hostin’ happy hour, not amateur hour. $2,499, shop.plum.wine

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New Queer Cinema Reviewed


still get excited when good gay movies come along, because I am old enough to remember a time when LGBTQ films were few and far between (and often bad). Thankfully, times have changed for the better, and this month’s queer movie reviews include five tremendous titles.

By Chris Narloch The Strong Ones Another terrific queer Chilean film, “The Strong Ones” (“Los Fuertes”) follows Lucas, who travels to visit his sister in a remote city in Southern Chile and falls in love with Antonio, a foreman on a local fishing boat. Sensitive, intimate and romantic, “The Strong Ones” is an excellent love story about two men who form a strong bond despite their differences. To watch “The Strong Ones,” visit https://www.bgpics.com/movies/the-strong-ones/

Two of Us This thrilling lesbian drama keeps racking up rave reviews and award nominations, and you’ll understand why. Filippo Meneghetti does an amazing job directing a wonderful story about two older female neighbors who have kept their relationship a secret for decades, until an unforeseen event forces their love into the light. Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier are perfect as the lovers, and “Two of Us” has a real shot at being nominated for an Oscar this year as France’s submission for Best International Feature Film. You can watch “Two of Us” On Demand.

T he lead actors in “T he Strong Ones”

Cowboys I am a big fan of Steve Zahn, and the handsome actor gives another compelling performance as a troubled, newly separated dad who unwisely takes his trans son into the Montana wilderness without telling mom, who is transphobic. In addition to Zahn, “Cowboys” features topnotch work from Jillian Bell as the mother and Ann Dowd as a sympathetic detective. “Cowboys” is available to stream via https://www.angelikaanywhere.com T he stars of “Two of Us”

The Prince There hasn’t been a good, homoerotic men-behind-bars movie in far too long, and “The Prince” (“El Principe”) is the one we’ve been waiting for. Filled with full frontal nudity, simulated gay sex, a surprisingly moving story and fine performances, the film follows a young man (sexy Juan Carlos Maldonado) who does what he has to do to survive behind bars. Desperation leads to love among strange bedfellows in “The Prince,” a gritty Chilean drama that I can recommend without reservation. “The Prince” is available to rent on YouTube and other platforms.

A still from “Cowboys”

Supernova Although it’s slow to get going and sometimes difficult to watch, this poignant drama features stellar performances by two great actors, Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth, who play longtime lovers facing the end of their relationship, as Tucci’s character slips into dementia. You have to be in the mood for something serious, but “Supernova” rewards viewers with a deep commitment to a challenging story about love and loss. “Supernova” will release On Digital beginning Feb. 16.

Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth star in “Supernova”

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6 HUGE Signs Your Partner is in Love with You this Valentines Day


eing in the honeymoon stage of a relationship is the most exciting feeling ever. However, after a turbulent year of social restrictions and couples self isolating together, it is difficult to keep the honeymoon spark alive. So, without throwing questions about your relationship at your other half and making things super awkward, what are the biggest signs to look out for which signify love is still in the air?

Slotsource.com has teamed up with leading body language expert Nick Davies to reveal the biggest signs you’re still making your partner hot under the collar even if you have a cucumber face mask on and haven’t changed out of your slacks the whole weekend. Below is a list of signs to look out for so you can put your mind at rest this Valentines Day: Maintaining Eye Contact Someone who is in love with you will gaze deep into your eyes, unable to break the eye contact - whether they know they’re doing it or not - when you are talking about something that is important to you. Communication A good indicator to see if someone loves you, is if their entire focus is on you and remain fully engaged with you in conversation because they genuinely like to hear you chat away. Touching Touch is a good indicator of love. Look to see if they pull your leg over theirs - or vice versa - when watching a film or notice to see if they hold your hand on the regular. Playing with their hair In the bedroom, Women will often play with their hair to show their neck, and display their wrists unconsciously to display their most vulnerable arteries to show their trust in you. Flex muscles Guys on the other hand might flex muscle groups unconsciously like shoulders, chest and arms to demonstrate strength to be able to protect you. Notice How they Look at You It would be impractical to always look at each other seductively when you’re in it for the long run and living together. But, it is important that it does still happen often, look out for them scanning your face, looking at each eye and then down to your mouth, occasionally pout slightly when they want to kiss you. You can find the full report on body language at: https://www.slotsource.com/poker-face

Yes, it’s still the age of COVID, so Outword Magazine is encouraging our readers to adopt a single friend this month. Single yourself? Adopt another person who is also single or living alone! It’s important (especially right now) to check in on your friends to make them feel more CONNECTED. Here’s some things to ask:

“So...What’s Going On With You?” “Can We Video Chat?” “Do You Know How Much I Love Talking To You?” Let’s just make sure we all know it is OK to not be OK and we are all in this TOGETHER.

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