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New Mexico, the Best of the SouthWest page 18

Satisfy Your Wanderlust page 8

Visit Gay Palm Springs page 9

Scotland: A Lot More Than Whisky & Kilts page 10

A Blockbuster Bonanza In Theaters page 16


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Restoring Hope During a Pandemic Do Your Part By Paulina Angel


hen the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, no one had any idea how severe it was going to be, and more importantly, how long it would last. As case numbers increased to the thousands, we found ourselves entering a new but temporary norm where community events, concerts, movie theatres and basically anything that has to do with gatherings being put on hold. The most important and vulnerable aspect of the human species is community, and being deprived of social interaction can be damaging to a person’s mental health. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer Community was hit particularly hard. As we’ve seen community events such as Prides around the world being canceled, to LGBTQ community centers closing their doors, and adding the political climate of GOP-led states passing Anti-LGBTQ laws, definitely put a strain on the community’s mental well-being. Now that we are entering a post-COVID world, even though cases are currently on the rise with the new Delta Variant, there is a new project that has been established to provide peer crisis support as part of recovery efforts for California, CalHOPE. Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and run by the California Department of Health Care Services, California Hope or CalHOPE, provides free outreach, crisis counseling and support services to Californians that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A couple of ways that we provide services to individuals are our CalHOPE

Connect online chat that can be accessed via a computer, smartphone or tablet. The other option is our Warm Line, which individuals can call and speak with one of our counselors. CalHOPE is made up of many teams of Peer Crisis Counselors located in many areas throughout the Golden State such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. We have counselors that specialize in many communities such as Veterans, AfricanAmericans, Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders, Parents & Caregivers, Latinx, Youth & Young Adults, and lastly the LGBTQ community. CalHOPE also provides support groups and workshops, created personally by our many counselors accessible via Zoom or Google Meet. These workshops include topics such as coping with loss, which can range from losing your job to losing a loved one, dealing with anxiety, stress reduction, and more. Currently, as social distancing restrictions are being lifted, CalHOPE counselors are getting ready to start going out into the community and talk to folks at local community gatherings. A lot of our counselors have so far spoken to folks at vaccination sites and city council meetings, as well as some of the Mini-Pride events that have occurred towards the end of June. Since the establishment of CalHOPE, we have seen support from organizations that are focused on medical and mental health, local city councils, elected officials, and several universities in California, as well as the Los Angeles Kings, San Francisco 49ers, and performers such as Sofia Carson, Los Lobos, Laura Marano, Krewella, and Grace Potter. CalHOPE and its many groups throughout California are happy and honored to do this work and to ensure many Californians that they are not alone, there is someone here that is ready to help you or lend an ear. For more information on how you can utilize our services, visit us at www.CalHOPE.org

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Run, walk, jog or jeté along the racecourse in Sacramento’s shady William Land Park, then stay for the free Arts Festival with food, hands-on booths and plenty of entertainment. Race for the Arts raises funds and awareness for California nonprofit visual, performing, cultural, literary and culinary arts organizations, and school music, drama, literary, art and culinary arts programs. Visit www.raceforthearts.com

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Students Have a Right to Learn About Our Past


n light of the ongoing attempts to whitewash and erase the history of the United States, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with 79 civil rights and education organizations, today released a response condemning the attacks on critical race theory, culturally responsive curricula, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“All students deserve access to an education that prepares them to succeed in college, career, and life and to fully exercise their social, political, and economic rights. Attempting to gag educators and whitewash the aspects of U.S. history that rightfully make people uncomfortable undermines that basic principle. For too long, we have denied Black, Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and Native students, LGBTQ students, women and girls, students with disabilities, religious minorities, and other marginalized people the opportunity to see themselves reflected in the story of our nation — both as builders and as those who were shut out. At the same time, we have too often denied White students the opportunity to learn about and grapple with the difficult


reality that the work of building a United States that is as good as its ideals is unfinished. “Proponents of discrimination and exclusion — who seek to deny access to voting, housing, employment, and health care — have once again set their sights on education. Policymakers are attacking critical race theory, culturally responsive curricula, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. These attacks build on a history of criminalizing literacy for Black people, knowing the liberation that an education provides; practicing cultural genocide on Native communities by removing children from their homes; and punishing immigrants for speaking more than one language. The vocabulary has changed, but the agenda has not. “Because we have the advantage of knowing our history, we know that no lie can live forever; that right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant; and that you cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. The determination to legislate ignorance, to prevent critical thinking, and to erase the complicated and difficult history of our nation will fail once again.” The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.

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COVID testing at the Midtown Sacramento LGBT Community Center is available Mondays from 5 – 7 p.m. and at the Marsha P. Johnson Center South Sacramento location on Thursdays from 12 – 8 p.m. For more information about the Sacramento LGBT Community Center can be found by visiting www.saccenter.org, calling (916) 442-0185, or emailing info@ saccenter.org. Marsha P. Johnson Center South Sacramento Location is now open. On June 22, The Marsha P. Johnson Center South opened its doors and began its mission to bridge the gap of health disparities that exist in south Sacramento’s Black and Brown Queer and Trans communities, while providing culturallycompetent and equitable healthcare. Folx in South Sacramento are encouraged to visit The Marsha P. Johnson Center for: • HIV Testing and Counseling • COVID Testing • PrEP referrals and services • STI Testing • Sexual Health Services • Queer and Trans Healthcare • Educational and Emotional Counseling on LGBTQ+ Healthcare issues • And more! Marsha P. Johnson Center South is open Monday through Friday from 12 – 6 p.m. and offers COVID-testing every Thursday from 12 – 8 p.m. Sacramento to host the National Trans Visibility March Sacramento has been named one of five host cities for this year’s National Trans Visibility March (NTVM) scheduled for October 9, 2021, with the Sacramento LGBT Community Center chosen as the host organization who will serve as lead

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collaborator on the west coast. The NTVM will be led and organized by a steering committee of representatives from various Trans and Gender NonConforming Community Serving Organizations which includes: The Trans and Queer Youth Collective, the Trans Queer Liberation Movement, Sacramento Queer Dems, Capitol LGBTQ+ Staff Association, the Gender Health Center, Sacramento Native American Health Center, and the Transgender District SF. Sacramento will be the only host city representing the western United States, a kick-off event, before the actual NTVM event, to celebrate Trans visibility is scheduled for October 6, 2021. For more information go to https://www. nationaltransmarch.com/, to volunteer please email lauren.pulido@saccenter.org. Fentanyl Testing Strips Now Available at Midtown and South Sacramento Center Locations The Sacramento LGBT Community Center is now offering Fentanyl testing kits as a part of the Center’s Harm Reduction Services. Folx can pick up Fentanyl test strips at their Sacramento LGBT Community Center in Midtown and the Marsha P. Johnson Center South, or have test strips mailed-out in discreet packaging. Reach out to leslie.parada@saccenter.org for more information. Underwear Day 2021 at Marsha P. Johnson Center South. Celebrate Underwear Day 2021 on Thursday, August 12 at Marsha P. Johnson Center South. We will be giving out three (yes, three!) free pairs of sexy underwear with every HIV test along with other goodies! Reach out to leslie.parada@ saccenter.org for more information. outwordmagazine.com

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The Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus Welcomes New Artistic Director


fter more than 18 months of being shuttered by the COVID19 pandemic, Christian Bohm will lead SGMC’s Big Comeback as we return to live rehearsals and performances with our Holiday Show in December — exactly two years since our last live concert.


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Christian is a musical director, pianist, and vocal coach whose three-decade career has spanned the worlds of Broadway, cabaret, and choral music. Christian spent five years as the principal accompanist and assistant conductor for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, where he served as a vocal coach and accompanist to Alan Cumming, Rita Moreno, Sharon Gless, and many other guest artists. Christian has devoted his talents to many seasons at Sacramento’s Broadway At Music Circus as a singer/actor, rehearsal accompanist, and pit musician. This fall, he begins his 27th year as a high school music teacher, specializing in chorus and music theory. He has traveled with his choruses to Italy, Paris, Israel, London, and across the United States, winning festivals and competitions along the way. “During our extensive search process, Christian showed us that he not only possesses impressive musical skills and conducting experience but also approaches this position with a delightful demeanor and style,” said James Dahlen, SGMC President. “The Board of Directors is

absolutely thrilled he accepted the position, and we are very excited for the great things coming in our 37th Season.” Christian has a strong passion for social justice and equality but fostering the love and understanding of choral music is his main ethos and vocation in life. Christian states, “I am delighted to be at the helm of the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus.” About the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus (SGMC) In 1984, the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus (SGMC) began as a singing group aiming to foster a sense of community and provide support for gay men in the Sacramento area. Since then, the chorus has grown into an integral part of the Sacramento music community, as well as a voice for the wide scope of LGBTQ+ folk in the greater Sacramento area. Our mission: Fostering pride and enhancing lives, one song at a time. Our vision: To build a community where no one will be afraid to sing one’s own song. SGMC is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit: Federal Tax ID #68-0234567. SacGayMensChorus.org

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Satisfy Your Wanderlust This Fall with New Routes from SMF


By Mark Haneke

s we all sat at home and watched the world come to a halt last year, travel seemed like a lost luxury. As restrictions relaxed this summer, wanderlust came back – for some stronger than ever. The Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is rebounding from the pandemic faster than originally expected and is on track for a full recovery. New nonstops and additional routes are being added to help fill out your fall travel wish list. Southwest Airlines is adding twice daily nonstop flights to Palm Springs.


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Just in time for Pride 2021 in November, Southwest Airlines is adding twice daily nonstop flights to Palm Springs (PSP) starting on October 7. The desert is a delight in the fall, with incredible temperatures, starry night skies, glimmering pools and trendy cocktails. Relax at the oasis’ mineral rich waters and colorful hotels, including the new Azure Palm Hot Springs and Casa Cody. Or dive into the brand-new waterpark, complete with a lazy river, at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells. When it’s time to get out of the sun, the brand-new Agua Caliente Culture Museum is part museum, part bathhouse and spa and celebrates the culture of the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians. The otherworldly landscape of Joshua Tree National Park is ideal for hiking, rock climbing and catching the sunrise. Palm Springs Pride 2021 runs from November 1 to 7 at venues throughout the greater Palm Springs area. Flights are available now on www.southwest.com. SMF continues to make accessing the Hawaiian islands straight from the Capital City. The airline is restoring its nonstop service to Kona (KOA) beginning December 19. The flights will depart at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and arrives at 11:25 a.m. just in time for a luau lunch and an afternoon at the beach. The Big Island has it all – history, beaches, shopping and nightlife. The Historic Kailua Village is home many historic sites, and the Kailua Pier is the starting and finishing point of the IRONMAN World Championship in October. The calm waters off Kona are perfect for snorkeling, diving and sailing – you might even catch a glimpse of one of Hawaii’s famous green sea turtles. In addition, SMF already offers nonstops on Hawaiian and Southwest Airlines to both Maui August 12, 2021 - August 26, 2021 • No. 678

and Oahu every day of the week. By December, SMF will have 35 weekly nonstop flights to three airports on three islands in Hawaii! Mahalo for flying to the Land of Aloha from SMF! Prefer the city to the beach? Experience some “Midwest Nice” with an autumn Chicago getaway. United Airlines has four nonstop flights a day between SMF and O’Hare Airport (ORD). If you add in service on American Airlines and Southwest, there are seven nonstop flights per day this fall to both ORD and Chicago Midway (MDW). The Windy City’s autumn weather averages around 70-degrees and the trees in Millennial Park sparkle in amber and gold. Hop on one of the famous architecture boat tours (Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper), snuggle under a blanket and marvel at the skyline or get ready for Halloween with a haunted city tour. Chicago is also known for its diverse cuisine and world class museums, like The Field Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. If you are looking forward to November and the revival of holiday travel, SMF has multiple daily flights to major U.S. hubs like Denver and Las Vegas, making it easy to visit anyone, anywhere in the country. Thank you for flying from SMF! Please make sure you ARRIVE EARLY! For more information, visit sacramento.aero. Mark Haneke is the Director of Air Service Development Marketing for Sacramento International Airport as well as a seasoned expert in air service development and a savvy world traveler. His travel column appears monthly in Outword to share news on new destinations from Sacramento International Airport, peppered with some of his own personal stories and travel recommendations. outwordmagazine.com

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alm Springs is the home to a thriving LGBTQ community that truly shapes the direction of the city. Here, you can let your hair down and immerse yourself under the desert sun, a powerful force that invigorates, illuminates and radiates all year long. When the sun sets, our dining and activities will help you continue the experience of our desert life.


916.505.4375 Midcentury architecture is a hallmark of the Palm Springs image, and is appreciated and embraced by both visitors and locals. Tours of homes and buildings designed by well-known architects are plentiful, and some of their designs will inspire you to embrace that look and feel. Want to see the homes of Hollywood stars? There are tours for that, too, so you can see where they spent their Summers poolside with a cocktail. Plus, in our downtown we have Forever Marilyn, the 26-foot-tall sculpture that’s a tribute to Marilyn Monroe depicting the iconic subway grate scene from The Seven-Year Itch. The Arenas District is known as the epicenter of local gay nightlife. Here, you will find many of our LGBTQ bars and restaurants, dancing and shopping. There are plenty of other places to dine and dance in Palm Springs and our neighboring cities where you will feel welcomed and can socialize with others in our communities. The weekly VillageFest Street Fair on Thursday evenings lets you saunter or sashay down our main drag while discovering items from local vendors that you didn’t know you needed. You can continue your stroll through the downtown corridor on Palm Canyon Drive where there are plenty of stores to get a new look, places to sit and sip, and showrooms and outwordmagazine.com

galleries to find the perfect furnishings and art to take Palm Springs home with you. Enjoy the many great hiking trails on our valley floor, as well as riding the Palm Springs Tramway to the top of Mt. San Jacinto where you will get a bird’s eye view of the beauty of the entire Coachella Valley. Down below is our Living Desert Zoo and Gardens that preserves, conserves, and interprets the desert and all its varied plant and animal life. Getting married? Palm Springs is the perfect place for a ceremony with the mountain as a backdrop. You can also visit for your honeymoon, or even just to break away and relax. Stay in one of the small mainstream boutique inns, clothing-optional resorts, or luxury hotels, or rent a short-term private home and enjoy life as if you lived here. You can have the right place to fit your needs and wants. It’s easy to get here, too, with direct flights from many cities, including Sacramento on Southwest Airlines starting October 1st. If you prefer to drive, it can easily be done in one day from the greater Sacramento area. Plan your getaway today at VisitGayPalmSprings.com and experience all that our desert has waiting for you. Come for the weekend and stay for the week, working remotely poolside by day and enjoying the area’s hospitality at night. August 12, 2021 - August 26, 2021 • No. 678

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Scotland: A Lot More Than Whisky & Kilts

By Eric Poole


ind you, a man in a kilt is nothing to sneeze at. I’ve personally tried to lure more than my share of Scots onto a subway grate for that Marilyn Monroe moment.

But this beautiful country that’s part of the U.K. has a lot more to offer than just whisky distilleries and men in tartan. You can easily spend two weeks here trying to cover the major sights, sounds and experiences. Here are just a few highlights:

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Castles, Castles and more Castles No country in Europe does castles like Scotland, where they seem to take the term “over the top” as a personal challenge. Many date back over 1,000 years and are incredibly well-preserved. We should all be so lucky. They include: • Glamis Castle (https://www.glamis-castle.co.uk/), childhood home of the Queen Mother, where you can literally touch the dinner ware the Royal Family used (it wasn’t easy to curtail my desire to steal a serving piece – my husband’s “are you f-ing kidding me?” look helped). • Stirling Castle (https://www.stirlingcastle.scot/), a spectacular hilltop castle which was the site of at least eight military sieges over the centuries. • Edinburgh Castle, (https://www.edinburghcastle.scot/), the second most-visited attraction in the entire U.K. thanks to the huge variety of museums, memorials and experiences contained within its fortified walls. You can easily spend most of a day here.

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Loch Ness Loch Ness, home of the famous mythical monster, is a freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands known for its gorgeous scenery. Here, you can sail through the passage known as Neptune’s Staircase, a dramatic stretch that takes you past Britain’s highest mountain and through a series of eight canal locks. (https://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/locations/neptunesstaircase/) The best way to sail the rivers of Scotland is on a river cruise like the 5-star Lord of the Glens (https://bit.ly/3ydiZvX), a Lindblad/National Geographic cruise ship which gay tour operator Brand g Vacations charters for its Scotland’s Royal Majesty Cruise and Exploration vacations. (www.brandgvacations.com) See the Communities That Time Forgot If you take a river cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to sail to tiny islands like Eigg, where you can see how communities of less than 100 people live a lifestyle that is very much a throwback to centuries past. It’s both charming and inspirational and reminds us how addicted we Americans are to technology and material things and peanut butter cups (maybe that last one is just me).

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe If you travel to Scotland in August, you can hit the world’s biggest arts festival – more than 50,000 shows in over 300 venues. Many stars were born at this festival, like Eddie Izzard, Dudley Moore and Phoebe Waller Bridge, whose one-woman show became the Amazon series, Fleabag. Warning – hotel rates during the festival period will approximate a mortgage payment, but without the attendant tax benefits. (https://www.edfringe.com/) Specially Arranged Events If you book a 5-star tour package, some operators plan exceptional – and quintessentially Scottish – experiences, like Brand g’s luxury state dinner aboard the Queen’s former private yacht, the Brittania. Here, you’ll dress in a formal kilt you’ve pre-selected just for the occasion (which is yours to keep). (https://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/exclusive-use/food-drink/) And finally, there are those fabulous whisky distilleries (Scotland produces many of the finest whiskies on the planet, like Balvenie, Dalmore, Bowmore and Glenfiddich, estate bottles of which can run $50,000) and yes, those men in kilts. But whatever you do, don’t refer to them as “skirts”. Trust me - they hate that. Eric Poole is Director of Marketing for Brand g Vacations, the premier operator of allLGBT river cruise and land tour vacations. www.brandgvacations.com August 12, 2021 - August 26, 2021 • No. 678



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Music Festival Travel Experience


lastonbury, Coachella and Bonnaroo are but a few of the music festivals that draw thousands of concertgoers from around the globe. Not only are there festivals for nearly every kind of music enthusiast, but it is a great excuse to plan your next vacation around this incredible experience.

For the last five years, I have attended the Rewind Festival in the UK. Rewind highlights the best in 1980s, mostly British, New Wave bands such as OMD, Howard Jones, Thompson Twins, Adam Ant, Go West, Level 42, Midge Ure, Thomas Dolby and Jimmy Sommerville. This festival brings out the music loving 16-year-old in myself and 20,000 other attendees each year. Americans invented the summer music festival, but the Brits have perfected them. Organizers at most of the venues also make it easy for travelers beyond their borders to attend and enjoy. The three-day Rewind festival takes place each August in Henley-on-Thames, about an hour west of London’s Heathrow Airport and a quick British Rail journey away. The train station is in the heart of picturesque Henley-on-Thames with several small hotels and Airbnb within walking distance. Of course, if you really want to dive into the festive atmosphere, “Glamping” options abound on the festival grounds themselves. If you are concerned about bringing a tent and sleeping bag on your 10-hour flight from America, fear not. You can reserve an on-site tent, cabin or even an

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ponchos for the inevitable English summertime drizzle. Just pack your toothbrush and Choose Life t-shirt. Just to put more of the Glam in Glamping, luxury toilets (posh loos) and hot showers are available. The numerous cubicles are cleaned out after each use.

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Airstream trailer with all the comforts of home. The accommodations are all set up and ready upon arrival. And there is no camp clean up after your indulgent weekend. Totally awesome! Glamping packages offer beds, linens, towels, electricity, camping chairs and even rain

They even have hair-drying and primping stations for the “Glampers” to pump up your 80’s hairstyle and apply the mandatory, face glitter. Very civilized. To complete your festival look, just follow the lead of our hosts. The Brits adore dressing up in outrageous 80’s themed

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Words and Image by Jody Pribyl costumes each day at the festival. Do not be surprised if you see a group of Baywatch lifeguards, Rubik’s cubes and a dozen Freddie Mercurys wandering around. People watching at Rewind is insane. If you do not own a pink neon ripped sweatshirt and matching “Madonna” tutu, you can pick them up at one of the many festival merchandise stalls. After you settle in on the first evening, you will need food and beverages. At Rewind, there is an abundance of healthy and not-so-healthy food options from around the world via dozens of amazing food trucks. And there are so many pop-up bars at Rewind, you can enjoy the traditional Gin and tonic, pints of lager, or any imaginable cocktail all weekend long. Take a break from the Main Stage during the festival and you will find carnival rides, smaller stages with tribute bands and the greatest silent disco tent on the planet. (That is where you can find me post-concert each night) Over the years, I have invited several American pals to join me on this adventure and have also made many British friends at the festival, whom I look forward to dancing with every August. I usually fly out to London the week before the festival to play tourist and venture around one of my favorite cities. The 80s Rewind Festival has become the highlight of every summer and I look forward to Rewind 2021 even more this year.


This is Why Dallas is Texas’ LGBTQ Travel Destination


his year, safe travel and tourism is a primary concern for everyone. In Dallas, the hospitality community has gone above and beyond to ensure visitors’ safety by collectively seeking Global Biorisk Advisory Council STAR accreditation – the gold standard for cleaning and infection prevention protocols. Dallas led the nation by becoming the first destination to seek the accreditation designating Dallas hotels, airports and major venues as sanitary and safe.  Flags in front of Dallas City Hall

There is so much to safely do and experience in Dallas, from reimagined arts and culture experiences to new outdoor spaces and a thriving dining scene. Don’t miss out on some of the city’s renowned attractions, like the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, and the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden. The heart of Dallas’ LGBTQ community is located in the Oak Lawn neighborhood. You’ll hear locals refer to it as the Gayborhood, the Strip, Oak Lawn, Cedar Springs or the Crossroads, but it’s all the same area. The main stretch of the district runs down Cedar Springs Road from its intersection at Oak Lawn Avenue, where the Legacy of Love Monument and the first of ten rainbow crosswalks welcome everyone into the diverse community. This thriving community that has earned the title of “the best gayborhood in the United States.” With vibrant bars, dining and clubs, this historic area draws big crowds, but there’s also plenty to do before the sun goes down. Near Downtown, you will find the Dallas Arts District, the nation’s largest contiguous arts district. It is home to many awardwinning institutions, such as the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Crow Museum of Asian Art and the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The Dallas Arts District runs parallel to one of Dallas’ unique treasures, Klyde Warren Park. This beautiful green space was created “out of thin air”. The 5.2-acre deck park sits atop an eight-lane freeway, connecting Dallas’ vibrant Uptown neighborhood with its awardwinning Arts District and downtown outwordmagazine.com

business center. Sports enthusiasts may never want to leave Dallas, home to many a world-famous team. The winner’s list includes the 2011 NBA World Champions, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Dallas Stars (NHL), FC Dallas (MLS) and the 2010 & 2011 American League Champions, the Texas Rangers (MLB) In addition to the finest museums, visitors to Dallas can also enjoy the world-renowned Dallas Opera and Dallas Symphony Orchestra, both in the Dallas Arts District. If you are a fan of dance (not to be confused with fan dancing) you will enjoy Dallas Black Dance Theater and TITAS/Dance Unbound. For those who love their arts a bit more gay, Uptown Players produces a full season of Broadway-quality productions, most with LGBT themes or sensibilities. Dallas is also home to Turtle Creek Chorale, one of the world’s premier gay men’s choruses with more than 150 members, performing in concerts throughout the year. To wrap up any day in Dallas, take a tour on the Margarita Mile, a collection of the city’s best and brightest margaritas. 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of the frozen margarita machine by a creative Dallas chef, Mario Martinez! The Margarita Mile is one of the best ways to experience Dallas’ various neighborhoods and cultures. Dallas is a place where its bold residents with maverick ideas and big hearts have made this city a place of legend. They’ve long been known for Texan hospitality and it’s easy to find at around every corner. To plan your next trip, visit www.visitdallas.com. August 12, 2021 - August 26, 2021 • No. 678

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A Sea Of Red Shirts – Gay Days Anaheim Preview


By Christopher J. Beale

sea of red shirts fills Main Street USA at the Disneyland Resort each year during Gay Days. For queer Disney fans in California, this expression of strength, solidarity and community is our Pride. For more than a year the gates to the Happiest Place On Earth were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There was no Gay Days in 2020, and with the delta variant working it’s way through (mostly) the unvaccinated population...who knows what 2022 has in store? Add to that an obvious need to connect with each other after so long, and this year’s Gay Days feels more important than ever. Gay Days at the Disneyland Resort hosts thousands of LGBTQIA visitors each year with the main event being Saturday’s Gay Day at Disneyland Park. There are various in-park meetup opportunities including a scavenger hunt, a group photo, a lesbian ice cream social, as well as special gatherings for families, teens, bears, etc. This part of the weekend as well as Sunday at Disney California Adventure, is completely family friendly. Friday night at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, Gay Days will host two events for Broadway fans. “An Intimate Conversation with Chita Rivera” will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Then, “An Evening with Audra McDonald” will feature the six-time Tony winner performing in an intimate setting. Of course, once you’ve spent the day with the princesses of Disneyland, Gay Days hosts a plethora of nighttime entertainment

starring...queens! The weekend’s festivities will be hosted by Jackie Cox from Season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Saturday night at KINGDOM — the weekend’s signature party at House of Blues Anaheim — Cox will present her show “JackieVision” twice before DJ Kimberly S. takes over for the rest of the night. Sunday afternoon and evening is PLUNGE, the weekend’s closing pool party where Nina West, and Jan Sport from RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 6 will perform. Gay Days offers theme park and hotel discounts through their website, and a new concierge service where their “fairies” will book all of your weekend festivities for you. Disneyland is following CDC guidance on COVID-19, which currently means masking indoors. Gay Days and it’s off-site venues will likely follow suit, so remember to pack your most stylish masks and get vaccinated. If you need a little extra magic in your life right now, head to the Disneyland Resort September 17 and spend two days frolicking with the sea of queers in red shirts celebrating pride at the Happiest Place On Earth! Christopher Beale (@realchrisjbeale) is an independent journalist, radio host and producer. His new LGBTQIA audio stories podcast “Stereotypes - Straight Talk from Queer Voices” is out now at StereotypesPodcast.org.

2021 Is The Year Of Brandi Carlile

By Chris Narloch


his looks to be the year of Brandi Carlile, thanks to the recent release of the talented singer-songwriter’s memoir “Broken Horses” and a highly-anticipated new CD, “In These Silent Days.” That album won’t be released until October 1, but Carlile’s fans can get a taste of those new songs and her terrific back-catalog during a livestream concert from Washington’s legendary Gorge Amphitheatre, this August 14. None other than Sheryl Crow will join Carlile for that virtual show, and you can get all the details at www.brandicarlile.com 14 Outword Magazine

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New Orleans – 10 LGBTQ Must-Dos


amed the second “Most Welcoming City” 2 years in a row and “Best Festival Destination” by GayCities, New Orleans welcomes LGBTQ visitors with open arms. You’ll create countless stories while there; here’s our top 10 list to get you started.

The Corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets Known as the dance and party center for both local and visiting LGBTQs, Bourbon at St. Ann offers a vibrant club scene. The Bourbon Pub & Parade and Oz are both multi-level bars with dance floors, wraparound balconies and drag shows. Paddleboarding on the Bayou Explore the wonders of Bayou St. John via paddle board. Rent your board from NOLA Paddleboards and paddle your way up the bayou towards Lake Pontchartrain.You can also get your vinyasa on with yoga by Bayou PaddleSports. Elizabeth’s One of our favorite neighborhood brunch spots is a short walk from beautiful Crescent Park. Elizabeth’s has an eclectic and uniquely New Orleans vibe, which only adds to its charm. They serve sassy drinks and will fill you up with great food. Monkey Board A trendy rooftop bar with breathtaking views of the city, Monkey Board is the ideal spot for casual cocktails. The bar is located atop The Troubadour Hotel, which is also a great place to stay while here.

Good Friends Drink a few beers at Good Friends - a favorite hangout among gay locals. Definitely enjoy at least one of your drinks on the balcony which overlooks a beautiful part of the French Quarter. Drifter Hotel Mid City’s Drifter Hotel has become an unexpected hotspot in recent years. Pool guests have access to the bars, a local food truck or two, and great music.

Magazine Street Art Galleries and Shops New Orleans is a fantastic place to discover fine art and antiques, and with over six miles of local shops, Magazine Street is perfect just for that. The art galleries carry a wide range of different art styles, from classical fine art to eclectic modern art to rare local finds. The AllWays Lounge & Theatre The AllWays Lounge is home to weekly performances by some of the best burlesque, cabaret and drag performers in the city. AllWays is also the de facto home venue of the New Orleans Drag Workshop, run by storied drag performer and musician Vinsantos.


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The Café Lafitte in Exile Our final pick for LGBTQ must-dos is America’s oldest gay bar, rich with LGBTQ history. The Café Lafitte in Exile dates back to 1933 (the end of Prohibition) and boasts famous, frequent patronage of icons like Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote throughout the years.

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A Blockbuster Bonanza In Theaters


by Chris Narloch

lockbusters are coming at us “fast and furious” this summer, as movie studios unleash the glut of films held up last year by the pandemic.

Now that theaters are open again, screens are filled with summer sequels and superhero cinema while studios figure out which titles to release in theaters and which ones to allow audiences to watch at home. I had hoped that we would get the cream of the crop on the big screen after the break, and the duds would get relegated to the streaming graveyard, but it hasn’t worked out that way, as evidenced by my recent misfortune reviewing M. Night Shyamalan’s latest bomb, “Old,” on a supersized screen during its wide release in theaters. Not all blockbusters are bad, however, and I have several recommendations below that aim to prevent you from wasting your hard-earned money on crap like the new “Space Jam” movie.

The Suicide Squad

An all-star cast that includes Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, John Cena, Viola Davis and Nathan Fillion star in this wild superhero saga, which is superior in every way to David Ayer’s dreadful 2016 movie of (almost) the same name. (The earlier film omitted the “The” and was just titled “Suicide Squad.”) Incredibly violent but also very funny, the new movie is not for young kids, but I enjoyed its over-the-top, comic book mayhem, and the gigantic, pink and blue, starfish-with-eyeball monster that the squad has to defeat is inspired. “The Suicide Squad” is junk, but it’s fun junk.

Jungle Cruise

Mix “The African Queen” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” in a blender, then add a little “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and -- voila! -- you’ve got “Jungle Cruise.” What next? “Space Mountain the Movie”? “Matterhorn the Musical”? To be fair, Disney’s latest attempt to squeeze cash out of one of their theme park rides is much better than I expected. The less said about the silly supernatural subplot the better, but the chemistry between stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt is gold, and the movie is very expensive-looking and surprisingly entertaining. With superhero movies getting increasingly violent, it’s nice to see an oldfashioned family film like “Jungle Cruise” in theaters.

The Green Knight

If you’re in the mood for something dark and weird, check out this trippy adventure starring handsome Dev Patel as King Arthur’s nephew, who embarks on a dangerous quest to confront the Green Knight, a mysterious giant. Patel is committed and very charismatic in the lead role, and the movie unfolds like a two-hour dream that proceeds from one strange surreal sequence to the next.

Nine Days

This overrated indie film was a hit at Sundance earlier this year, probably for its spirituality and its acting, but I found it to be sluggish and pretentious. Winston Duke is admittedly great though as a gatekeeper living in a remote house who interviews five unborn “souls” and then chooses one who will be given life on Earth. Those not chosen are allowed to relive a single memory from their lives before they pass, which results in some very moving moments that are well-played by an expert cast. The problem I have with “Nine Days” is how overly serious the movie is, particularly in its early scenes, which are as slow as molasses. “Nine Days” opened at Sacramento’s Tower Theatre on August 6th. 16 Outword Magazine


Matt Damon convincingly plays a red-state, blue-collar dad in this overlong but absorbing adult drama from director Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”) that was reportedly inspired by the Italian legal debacle of Amanda Knox. “Stillwater” transfers the action to France, where Damon’s daughter (Abigail Breslin) is doing time for a murder that she claims she did not commit. The trailer for the film made the movie look like one of those awful Liam Neeson thrillers, but thankfully this film is more complex than that, and Damon and Breslin are both excellent.

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See “Schmigadoon!” & Skip “Annette”


By Chris Narloch

think I realized I was gay the first time I saw Judy Garland go over the rainbow in “The Wizard of Oz” on TV when I was a kid. I have loved movie musicals and Broadway musicals ever since, and I can’t wait to see “Respect,” the upcoming biopic of Aretha Franklin starring Jennifer Hudson, which opens on August 13. This month I review two new musical projects currently available -- one a superb success and the other a total disaster. What went right and what went wrong? Read on for my thoughts.

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Annette I don’t know where to begin with this pretentious musical monstrosity from a wacky French director named Leos Carax, who has cast two of my favorite actors in his movie -Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard -- who, unfortunately, cannot carry a tune. Driver is especially flat and tone-deaf, and he gives a bizarre performance as a totally unlikable, confrontational comic who goes off the rails. To make matters worse, the story of two lovers’ star-crossed, opposites-attract relationship has almost none of the joy or uplift we associate with musicals. I was really looking forward to “Annette” because of the talent involved so it pains me to give the film such a negative review, but a dud is a dud. Sadly, the filmmakers make one bad choice after another, even using a puppet that looks like a cross between Chucky and Pinocchio to depict the couple’s child, Annette. From “Cabaret” to “Sweeney Todd,” there have been several dark-themed musicals that have succeeded and even thrilled audiences. I was hoping this movie might join their company, but there is nothing thrilling about “Annette,” which opened at the Tower on August 6th. outwordmagazine.com


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New Mexico, We Offer the Best of the SouthWest


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here are so many reasons to visit New Mexico. We are officially recognized as a minority majority state, our LGBTQ community is out, proud, and welcoming, the climate is close to perfect, and our food, particularly our New Mexico chili is like no other (blend in like a local and order it Christmas style).

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New Mexican cuisine really stands on its own. A unique blend of Spanish, Pueblo, Western and Mexican all come together to create a party for your palate. Chile, red and green, is the most defining ingredient of our cuisine, and we invite you to try it in cookies, pizza crust, burritos or on top of a cheeseburger. There are so many great restaurants all over our state such as: El Farol Restaurant in Santa Fe (elfarolsantafe.com), Black Bird Saloon in Los Cerrillos (blackbirdsaloon.com), and the Fork & Fig in Albuquerque (forkfig.com). Did you know that New Mexico wine developed first in 1629 making it the oldest wine producing region in the United States? From the very first grapes planted by the Spanish nearly 400 years ago along the banks of the Rio Grande, New Mexico’s wine and grape-growing culture has grown into one that today’s New Mexicans are fiercely proud of. Discover our wines on the New Mexico Wine Trail featuring such wineries as: Black Mesa Winery (blackmesawinery.com), Gruet Winery (gruetwinery.com), and Amaro Winery (amarowinerynm.com).

Do you prefer beer? We’ve got you covered! The New Mexico Ale Trail has been tabbed as one of the “Eight Best Booze Trails in North America” by Jetsetter.com. You can even walk or bike to brewery to brewery. Make sure your stops include. and breweries like La Cumbre Brewing Company (lacumbrebrewing.com) Santa Fe Brewing Company (santafebrewing.com), and Boxing Bear Brewing Company boxingbearbrewing.com Shopping is an experience in Santa Fe as well as exploring the historic landmarks and pueblos. Whether you’re looking for fashion, furniture, cowboy boots, concho belts, salsa or silver and turquoise jewelry, you’ll find that and so much more in this shopper’s paradise of Southwest specialties as well as wonders from around the world. Head to santafe.org/ shopping for more information. Albuquerque’s extensive array of shopping options will add New Mexican flair to your collection. Authentic Southwestern pottery, weavings, art and more fill the picturesque adobe shops and galleries of historic Old Town, often at prices that you won’t find anywhere else. New Mexico also attracts visitors for special events like The Green Chili Cheeseburger in September (ediblesmackdown.com), Way Out West (in October), which is the largest queer film fest in the Southwest (wayoutwestfilmfest.com), and the Albuquerque 2021 Pride Fest, scheduled for August 20 & 21, (abqpride.com). For those who love the nightlife, check out some of Albuquerque’s best hotspots. S4200 (s4200abq.com) and The Social Club (abqsocialclub.com) or Ibiza Urban Rooftop Lounge in the Andaluz Hotel (hotelandaluz. com/ibiza) Want to know more or considering a smart move to New Mexico? We have so much to offer. Our movie industry is booming, the cost of living is low, and we are waiting for you. Visit nmoba.org or email exec@nmoba.org to begin planning your trip.

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