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Philadelphia Gay News Nov. 19 - 25, 2010

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Vol. 34 No. 47

Weiss sentenced to house arrest, fine By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer

PRIDE AND PAGEANTRY: Twenty men from around the country put on their best smiles for the U.S. Mr. Gay competition last weekend, visiting the Liberty Bell on Nov. 12 before they took part in a question-and-answer session later that night and the formalwear and swimsuit contests the next night at Voyeur. Judges included out celebs Michael Musto, David Evangelista and Terence Noonan. Philadelphia Mr. Gay Ryan Mattis (center) was first runner-up, beat out by Eddie Rabon (second from left), who represented South Carolina. Photo: Scott A. Drake

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Second person arrested in Omni murder By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer Police arrested a second person this week in connection with the murder of a man in a Center City hotel for which a transgender sex worker has already been charged. Richard Collins, 20, was arrested Monday at his home in Bridgeton, N.J., and is accused of attempting to help the suspect cover up the murder. Peaches Burton, 22, is accused of beating and strangling Patrick Michael Brady, 49, in Brady’s room Oct. 30 at the Omni Hotel. Brady, a married father from Thorndale, was an IT worker at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital who police say often stayed at the Omni, at Fourth and Chestnut, when he had early-morning work meetings. Fire and rescue workers were called to the hotel shortly after 10 a.m. Oct. 31 for a report of a small fire in an eighth-floor room, where they eventually found Brady’s body. The Medical Examiner COLLINS d e t e r m i n e d B r a d y

died by manual strangulation and suffered trauma to his face, hands and neck. Brady let Burton into his room v o l u n t a r i l y, a l t h o u g h p o l i c e a r e unsure how the pair met and what led to the altercation between them. Police believe that after Burton allegedly killed Brady, the suspect called Collins for help. Police spokesperson Lt. Ray Evers said Burton and Collins attempted to make Brady’s death look like an accident. “Collins helped Burton move the body from one place in the room to another, but I’m not sure what they did to manipulate the body in any certain way,” Evers said. Burton is accused of setting Brady’s body on fire before leaving the room. The pair also took Brady’s credit cards, cell phone and identification, and Collins allegedly stole a radio belonging to the hotel. Evers said investigators were led to Collins after tracing Burton’s whereabouts before and after the murder. He was unsure whether Collins also identifies as transgender. Collins was charged with theft, receivSee OMNI MURDER, Page 15

A federal judge this week sentenced local bar owner Michael Weiss to one year of house arrest for improperly reporting the earnings of one of his nightclubs. Judge Jan DuBois on Tuesday ordered Weiss to three years of probation, with the first 12 months spent under house arrest with an electronic ankle monitor. Weiss must also pay a fine of $30,000 within the next month and complete 300 hours of community service. Weiss, who co-owns Woody’s with his brother and serves as president of the board of Voyeur, was indicted in January on three counts of tax fraud stemming from his involvement with the Palmer Social Club, an after-hours club on Spring Garden Street. The indictment stated that Weiss underreported the club’s earnings on its 2004 and 2005 tax filings by $1.6 million. Weiss pleaded guilty in June to corrupt endeavor to impede the due administration of the tax code. The judge dismissed two counts of aiding and abetting the preparation and filing of false tax returns. During the sentencing hearing this week,

DuBois also imposed a $562,000 fine against the club, of which Weiss’ father, Barnett Weiss, is president and director. The club was placed on five-years’ probation and must pay the IRS back taxes since WEISS 2004 that it did not pay because it was deemed a tax-exempt nonprofit, a status the club agreed to give up this week. Tom Bergstrom, attorney for Weiss and the club, called the sentences “very fair.” Bergstrom noted that the change in tax status may affect the club’s ability to function as an after-hours locale, although he said such details will need to be worked out. Bergstrom said he also needs to determine the specifications of Weiss’ house arrest. DuBois said Tuesday that Weiss would be permitted to leave his home to work, seek medical treatment, attend religious services, shop for necessities and complete his required community service. Weiss is also permitted to leave his house for another reason if the plan is pre-approved by his probaSee SENTENCING, Page 14

PREPPING FOR PIES: Employees and volunteers of the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutritional Alliance, including CEO Richard Keaveney (center, in blue) and Mayor Nutter (to the right of Keaveney) took their only two-minute break of the day from cooking and packaging food last Thanksgiving. MANNA is in the final day of its annual Pie in the Sky sale, in which it is offering three types of gourmet pies and three varieties of cakes, at $25 each, with proceeds going to provide nutritional meals to local residents facing life-threatening illnesses, such as HIV/AIDS. Orders must be placed by noon on Nov. 19 by calling (215) 496-2662 or visiting File Photo: Scott A. Drake



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Police committee sees need for Gayborhood surveillance By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer Members of the Police Liaison Committee met with representatives of the Sixth Police District this week to address ongoing issues like prostitution and drug dealing in the Gayborhood, suggesting personal and electronic surveillance are needed to monitor crime in the area. Sixth District Capt. Brian Korn acknowledged that “crime has come back strong” in the Gayborhood after the summer, but noted that, although police have pushed for surveillance cameras — and a plan was underway several years ago to install such devices in the area — funding fell short, indefinitely stalling the project. Korn did not have information on how much cameras would cost, but said the equipment itself is not too expensive — but connecting the cameras to a monitoring station, and ensuring the cameras are monitored around the clock, could be. Committeemembers said they would work with other neighborhood and civic associations in the area, as well as lobby local lawmakers, to garner funding for such a project. In addition to electronic surveillance, Community Relations Officer Brown said the committee and community members should form an “eyes and ears” program, in which they work together to monitor the neighborhood on foot and share information about trends they observe with the police, an idea committeemembers were interested in pursuing. Korn noted that residents, business owners and visitors to the area also need to take an active role in ensuring their own safety. Even simple methods like refraining from placing a cell phone down beside you or walking while texting can be safeguards against crime, Korn said. “These phones are like gold to people,” he added. “They could be worth $300, $400, $500. And

if you’re not paying attention and put it down on a table, someone’s going to take it. You have to hold onto it.” Committeemembers raised concerns that, when a crime is committed, community members often report that the police response time is lengthy. Korn noted that, when the department transitioned to its new Police Service Area format — in which a small core group of officers are assigned to a section of the district — they knew one of the disadvantages could be longer response times. Since the same officers are responding to crimes within the area — as opposed to any available officers responding — he explained that it may take them a bit longer to go from one job to the next, as they have to prioritize the calls. Korn advised that if a call has not been answered in a sufficient amount of time, citizens should call back and inquire. He also said community members should be making calls when they believe they’ve witnessed drug activity. He said the district doesn’t receive much information about suspected drug deals in the neighborhood, but can work more effectively to target certain individuals and areas if they’re supplied with witness information. Currently, however, Korn said the police are unable to increase patrols in the area, as the human capital is not available. The Sixth District did recently amp up its ability to combat prostitution in the neighborhood, as several of its members were trained in Vice and, as such, are now qualified to perform prostitution arrests — a task previously undertaken only by the Vice Unit. “We don’t have to depend on an outside unit now,” Korn said. “We have to make the undesirables know that they can’t do business here. We have to make this an area that they wouldn’t want to be.” ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at

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U.S. Mr. Gay crowned in Philly By Scott A. Drake PGN Art Director A Lexington, S.C., native took the 2011 U.S. Mr. Gay title last weekend in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection when, for the first time, Philadelphia played host to the national competition. Eddie Rabon bested 19 other competitors to take the national title, which included a question-and-answer portion and formalwear and swimsuit contests. The competition was slated to have 21 contestants, but Chicago’s entrant came down with pneumonia and wasn’t able to attend. Rabon, 25, is not required to fulfill any fundraising obligations during his tenure as U.S. Mr. Gay, but will likely make numerous charity appearances throughout the year at LGBT-focused events. Rabon will compete in the International Mr. Gay competition, although details about that event have not yet been released. Philadelphia Mr. Gay, Ryan Mattis, was first runner-up and Rehoboth representative and Philadelphia resident Charlie Biggs was crowned Mr. Fitness. New York City and New Brunswick, N.J., rounded out the top five positions. While East Coast cities made up more than half of the participants this year, competitors came from various cities across the country such as San Francisco, San Diego and Nashville, Tenn. Before the formal contest began, the contestants assembled at the Liberty Bell for a photo shoot coordinated by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and the National Park Service to promote the “Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay” advertising campaign. Q Lounge hosted the question-and-answer part of the competition on Nov. 12, followed the next night by the formalwear, swimsuit and final crowning at Voyeur — which organizers said drew an estimated 400 people. Still reeling from his win less than a day earlier, Rabon sat with PGN for his first interview since claiming his new title. The current New York City resident originally moved to The Big Apple to work in musical theater and now works at a private school for celebrity and high-profile children, as

PGN: How did that go? ER: Pretty well. It was a little odd calling a family conference since we’d never had one before. My mom thought it was going to be about wanting my brother’s car. It was a little unsettled around the house for a few days. Then my mom took me to our church counselor. We talked for about five minutes and he called my mom in and told her she should be proud to have a son so well adjusted to his lifestyle. PGN: What do you do in New York? ER: I started by going up to be in musical theater. A hip injury sidelined me. Now I’m working with others and helping them move toward their dreams. It’s very rewarding helping others attain their goals. Recently, I was part of getting a young man a job touring with “Billy Elliot.” I really like my job.

well as volunteers for Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, an AIDS services and advocacy organization based in New York City. PGN: First off, congratulations. How do you feel about all this now that you’ve had a day? RABON ER: Thanks. It’s still sinking in. It’s going to take a few days. PGN: So do you prefer to be called Eddie? Ed? Edward? ER: Eddie. Oh, yes, Ed was a horse and I only get called Edward when I’m in trouble. PGN: Your mom? ER: Of course. She came up from South Carolina to spend the weekend with me. She’s my biggest supporter. I love my mom. PGN: When did you come out? ER: I came out to my older brother when I was 16. He was a cadet in the Air Force at the time. We talked and he convinced me to sit down with our parents and tell them.

PGN: Do you have anything special you’d like to do with your new title? ER: I want to give back to the community more, like my work with Broadway Cares. My goal for the next year is to draw some visibility and a positive image not only to the title but also to the community as a whole. I want to work with youth groups, The Trevor Project and other organizations, to stop bullying and cyber-bullying. PGN: Was this your first visit to Philadelphia and would you come back for Pride or OutFest? ER: I was here once before for a few hours on a layover. This is the first time I’ve spent any real time here. Everyone is so friendly and hospitable. It’s a great city and I am definitely looking forward to coming back. Yes, I would like to come back for Pride or OutFest. ■


News Briefing Out attorney wins award The Philadelphia Business Journal recently named Deborah Willig, the openly lesbian managing partner of a local law firm, as one of its 2010 Women of Distinction. The publication selects 25 women yearly for the honor, based on professional and community achievements. Willig co-founded labor law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson in 1979 and has served as the firm’s managing partner since, focusing her practice on labor relations and employment law. Honorees will be recognized at an awards banquet Nov. 30 at the Sheraton City Center. To purchase tickets, visit http://events.

Cartoon cat contest for charity Research center City of Hope will host a one-of-a-kind competition this weekend to raise money for its cancer and HIV/AIDS work. City of Hope’s Fourth Annual Hair Stylist Competition will kick off at 8 p.m. Nov. 20 at Voyeur, 1221 St. James St., with a feline-focused theme. Stylists will primp and preen models to style them after popular cartoon kitties, including costumes, makeup and hair. Tickets are $25 or $35 for VIP. For more information, contact Harry Giordano at or call (800) 344-8169.

Youth dance for AIDS awareness Philadelphia FIGHT’s Youth Health Empowerment Project will join local youth with performers from around the world next week for a unique awarenessraising dance show. The grand finale of the Heart Connection Tour will take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 27 at the University of the Arts Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad St. The tour, organized by Dutch-based dance4life, educates youth on HIV/ AIDS prevention and motivates them to be active in their community. The finale will include live satellite performances from dancers in 28 countries. Y-HEP, a health and leadership-development program for at-risk teens, is the only U.S. site in the project. For more information, visit www. ■ — Jen Colletta



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William Way holds last public board meeting of 2010 By Larry Nichols PGN Staff Writer T h e Wi l l i a m Wa y L G B T Community Center board held the last of its four public board meetings for the year Nov. 16 at 1315 Spruce St., discussing upcoming events, the senior-center project and center finances. Co-chairs Emilie Carr and David Michelson, treasurer Ann Butchart, secretary Eric Ashton and members Al Besse, Ted Greenberg, Leon King, Matt O’Malley, Jeff Sotland and Diane George were in attendance. Members Joe Dougherty, Deb Francesco, Stephanie Gross and Moira Mulroney did not attend. Kristen Myers resigned from the board Nov. 1. At the meeting, executive director Chris Bartlett reported on the center’s fundraising efforts, noting the center will use social media and well as traditional means for its end-of-year fundraising efforts. Bartlett also reported that the center’s membership is down by 175 households, a 17-percent decrease from last year. However, Cornerstone membership is up by six households, an 8-percent increase from last year. Director of center services Candice Thompson reported on the center‘s recent and upcoming events and art exhibitions. The center’s volunteer recognition event drew 65 of the approximately 300 center volunteers Oct. 24 to North Bowl in Northern Liberties. This weekend, the center will hold a tea dance for the Transgender Day of Remembrance at 5 p.m. Nov. 21, to celebrate the culture and contributions of the transgender community. T h e c e n t e r ’s a n n u a l Thanksgiving Day potluck is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Nov. 25. Those interested in attending should call the center for details on what they can bring. The center’s first exhibition in 2011 will be a collaborative effort celebrating 30 years of Men of All Colors Together. The center’s new director of facilities, Avis Albaladejo, reported there were no changes in staff for the month of October. Albaladejo, who has been serving in an interim capacity since August, was promoted on Nov.

12. He said the center’s upcoming maintenance projects include insulating the windows and hotwater supply and repainting the lobby after the current art exhibition closes. Albaladejo also reported that the center currently has a fourthfloor office suite available for lease. Occupancy is presently at 93 percent with 13 tenants. For the time period of October through Nov. 16, the center had 6,919 visitors. Treasurer Butchart delivered the center’s financial report and stated the center’s budgeted income for the next fiscal year is $662,496 and the expenses are the same, as the center plans to spend every penny.

Center numbers at a glance: Visitors from Oct. 1-Nov. 16: 6,919 Member households: 885 Tenants: 13 October revenue: $67,693 October expenses: $46,205 Net October income: $21,488 The center was down in its net income for the month of October, with $67,693.31, which was under budget by $86,079.69. The deficit was attributed to several factors. Fundraising from the Indigo Ball — which was expected to bring in $103,300 — has totaled $39,073 to date. Bartlett estimated there is $30,000 in receivables from Indigo Ball still coming in.

Grants were also below budget for the month of October at $11,969.45; the center had anticipated receiving $24,800 in grants for the month. This deficit was attributed to the timing of the center’s expected grants. Individual giving for the month of October totaled $5,451.42, about a third of the expected $15,335. This deficit was attributed to anticipation for Indigo Ball and the center expects the end-of-year campaign to ramp up charitable giving. Program revenue was up in October at $1,680, exceeding the estimated $590 that was expected. The excess funds were attributed to a high turnout for the center’s screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Expenses for October totaled $46,205.11, which was $1,126.89 below expectations. All expenses for the month came in under budget except the center’s operating expenses, which exceeded its expected budget of $4,010 by $2,192.47. This overage was due to expenses related to a consultant for the senior housing project. Regarding the senior housing, Bartlett said the board will make a final decision by Feb. 28 on whether the center will continue to proceed with the project. The board voted Nov. 1 to allow the project to proceed with grant applications. The center’s next public board meeting is scheduled for Jan. 8 and the board will announce the dates for 2011’s public meetings at that time. For more information, visit ■ Larry Nichols can be reached at


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Media Trail University defends firing of lesbian

STAND OFF ON DADT: Lt. Dan Choi (center) and others yell toward the White House on Nov. 15, after handcuffing themselves to the fence. The group demanded that President Obama keep his promise to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” On Wednesday, a White House spokesperson said Obama called Chairman Sander Levin (D-Mich.) to reiterate his commitment to repeal the military ban on openly gay servicemembers in the National Defense Authorization Act, and the need for the Senate to pass this legislation during the lame duck session. AP Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais

NJ lawmakers take steps to fight bullying By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer Panels in both chambers of the New Jersey General Assembly voted this week to move forward on a proposed anti-bullying law that takes a comprehensive approach to lessening classroom harassment. The Education Committee of both the Senate and Assembly approved the AntiBullying Bill of Rights Monday. The measure was introduced Oct. 25 by Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D) and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D). The bill, which has bipartisan support, currently has 28 cosponsors in the Senate and 46 in the Assembly, which is more than enough to pass. Both chambers are scheduled to vote on the measure Nov. 22. New Jersey has had an anti-bullying law in place since 2002, but the new measure would strengthen the law, setting up clear procedures and consequences for both students and educators. The legislation would mandate comprehensive training for school officials and create school-safety teams composed of students, faculty and staff to review bullying complaints. The measure strengthens accountability for bullying, as schools must compile an annual report of bullying incidents to the Commissioner of Education, who will grade each school on its ability to deal with the issues. Educators who do not properly respond to incidents of bullying could face disciplinary action, and students who bully others would also be subject to penalties such as suspension or expulsion. The bill, which extends bullying protec-

tions to off-school grounds, mentions student characteristics that most often attract bullies, including sexual orientation, although it notes that bullying for any reason is prohibited. Although Buono and Huttle introduced the measure days after the suicide of gay Rutgers University student Tyler

STANDING AGAINST BULLIES: John Otto (left), 17, of Haddonfield, N.J., listens to a question about his suffering through bullying at Haddonfield Memorial High School, as he stands at a podium with his mother Kim Otto on Nov. 15, in Trenton, N.J., as they join a group of people holding signs while standing outside the New Jersey Statehouse. Inside, lawmakers held hearings on a bill to strengthen New Jersey’s anti-bullying laws. AP Photo: Mel Evans

Clementi, the bill has been in the works since last December, when the New Jersey Commission on Bullying in Schools released a report finding high rates of school bullying in the state. Victims of school bullying took the

microphone at both committee hearings Monday, telling of the torment they have faced in their classrooms. Openly gay 16-year-old Matthew Zimmer, who attended Clementi’s high school, said he faced harassment from both students and teachers, and the school’s principal did little to stop the bullying. John Otto, 17, also said he was targeted after he came out, and then he considered suicide. There was some opposition, however, to the measure by agencies like New Jersey Family First, whose director of government affairs Gregory Quinlan objected to protected classes being included in the legislation, suggesting it limits free-speech rights. But Huttle emphasized to her fellow legislators that there are real consequences of school bullying. “Every day there is a student in an elementary school, high school or even college who feels a sense of fear and emotional dread every time he or she steps foot into the school building or signs onto the Internet,” she said. “For some students, it will hinder their academic performance. For others, it will mean something unspeakably worse.” Michelle Weinberg told lawmakers how her son, Larry, a high-school senior, hung himself after facing relentless bullying. “How could a kid who loved life as much as he did be driven to such despair? The pain and the humiliation overwhelmed him,” she testified. “As we are sitting in this room, there are hundreds and hundreds of kids in the state of New Jersey alone who are being bullied. We have to do something to stop this vile behavior.” ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at jen@epgn. com.

Illinois’ State Journal-Register reports officials are defending Benedictine University’s actions leading to the departure of the school’s education director. Laine Tadlock was forced out last month because her wedding to her partner, Kae Helstrom, was announced in the newspaper. The women were married in Iowa. Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield said officials decided it would not be consistent with the university’s mission as a Catholic institution for Tadlock to continue in her job. Paprocki said it was public disregard “for fundamental Catholic beliefs,” not sexual orientation, that prompted the decision.

Lesbians not allowed to graduate The Advocate reports two female students in Oklahoma are firing back at their school for refusing to let them graduate after discovering the two are a couple. Melissa McKenzie, 18, said she was kicked out of Del City High School when the principal found out she was living with her girlfriend. Kelsey Hicks, McKenzie’s girlfriend, dropped out of school but wanted to finish her education. Upon asking school leaders if she could return, she said they encouraged her to drop out. School administrators defended their stance, saying neither of the former students filed complaints.

ACLU challenges pay cut for discharged gays Yahoo News reports the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the government on behalf of a gay former Air Force sergeant denied full separation pay after he was forced out under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Staff Sgt. Richard Collins said he only wants what is given to other military veterans who leave involuntarily. The Air Force paid Collins $12,351 instead of the expected $25,702 when he was honorably discharged in March 2006 after nine years. Separation pay is granted to military personnel who served at least six years but were involuntarily discharged. But the Department of Defense has a list of conditions that trigger an automatic reduction in that pay, including homosexuality or homosexual conduct. The ACLU contends the policy could be changed as Congress did not enact it. ■ — Larry Nichols



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The Attic unveils fresh logo, new direction The Attic Youth Center hosted a small reception for a number of the agency’s continuous donors last week, during which the organization pulled back the curtains on its newly designed insignia. The new logo, unveiled at a Nov. 7 donor-appreciation brunch, was created through a lengthy discussion process, executive director Carrie Jacobs said, that included input from staff and youth members. “For years we’ve been looking for a logo that truly represents how we think of ourselves and what the youth want to see,” Jacobs said, adding that the new emblem fulfills those goals. “We have the three people holding each other up, and that shows the support you get here but also shows diversity because they’re all different shades,” she said. “And they’re not only holding each other up, they’re also reaching up to a brighter future, to the rainbow.”

Jacobs said the logo has gone over well with The Attic’s diverse group of supporters. “The response has been really great. People are really liking it. I’ve sent it to some designers and they really liked it, and I know the youth have liked it and are really excited to wear the new Attic pins we got with it on it.” In the next few months, The Attic will debut its new website, on which the logo will take center stage, Jacobs said. She noted that the reinvention of the symbol coincides with an upcoming organizational milestone. “This is reflective of us moving into a new area. We’re going to be 18 in April, so we feel this is very timely because one of the things about 18 is you’re moving onto new beginnings, and that’s how we see The Attic right now.” ■ A NEW ATTIC: Center executive director Carrie Jacobs and staffers unveil the new logo. Photo: Cathy Berry-Green

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Gayborhood Crime Watch The following incidents in the Midtown Village and Washington Square West areas were reported to the Sixth Police District between Nov. 1-7. Information is courtesy of Sixth District Capt. Brian Korn; Stacy Irving, senior director, Crime Prevention Service; Center City District; the Police Liaison Committee and Midtown Village Merchants Association.

by the DPR Unit via phone and police were not dispatched, therefore no prints were lifted.

REPORT: Between 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2 p.m. Nov. 2, complainant’s secured bicycle was stolen from the 300 block of South 10th Street.

ARRESTS: At 5:35 p.m. Nov. 4, a warrant was served on a room inside the Parker Spruce Hotel, 261 S. 13th St., after a joint investigation by Sixth District and Narcotic Unit officers into illegal narcotic sales from that room. Police recovered 17 packets of crack cocaine along with cash and arrested two males, ages 26 and 31, both with West Philadelphia addresses, and charged them with illegal sale of cocaine.

ARREST: At 12:30 a.m. Nov. 2, Sixth District uniformed officers arrested two males for summary offenses in the 300 block of South 12th Street.

ARRESTS: At 12:45 a.m. Nov. Sixth District officers arrested five males, ages 18-24, for summary offenses inside the parking lot at 1235 Locust St.

ARRESTS: On Nov. 3, Sixth District plainclothes officers arrested six males for obstruction of a highway related to prostitution between 10:40-11:45 p.m. at the following locations: 1200 Locust St., 1200 Spruce St., 200 S. 13th St., 1230 Locust St. and 247 S. 13th St. REPORT: At 6:35 p.m. Nov. 2, complainant left her handbag unattended inside the Last Drop Coffee House, 1300 Pine St., and a male took an iPhone from the bag and fled the premises. The alleged offender was described as white, early 20s and 5-foot-7, with a thin build and wearing a red plaid jacket, a black and white striped shirt and jeans. REPORT: Between midnight1:10 a.m. Nov. 4, out-of-town complainant’s unlocked 1995 Geo, parked in the paid lot at Juniper and Locust streets, had a wallet removed from the glove box, which showed no forced entry. Sixth District Officer Haberle attempted to lift fingerprints. REPORT: Between 7-8:15 a.m. Nov. 4, a 2008 Isuzu truck, parked in the 1000 block of Locust Street, had a lock cut on the rear door and a large quantity of coins were taken. This report was received


ARREST: At 11:40 a.m. Nov. 6, police were called to the 1300 block of Irving Street for a report of a group of males smoking drugs. Upon arrival, Sixth District Officer Walsh observed a male duck down behind a Dumpster; he was investigated and found to be in possession of four bags of marijuana. The 18-year-old suspect with a West Philadelphia address was charged with possession of marijuana. ARREST: At 7:50 p.m. Nov. 6, Sixth District plainclothes officers arrested a male for obstruction of a highway related to prostitution outside the Parker Spruce Hotel, 261 S. 13th St. ARRESTS: On Nov. 6, between 7:20-7:45 p.m., Sixth District

officers arrested four males, ages 21-45, for allegedly drinking alcoholic beverages on the highway at 400 S. 13th St. and 201 S. Camac St. REPORT: At 10:15 p.m. Nov. 6, complainant heard noise inside the residence in the 900 block of Clinton Street and then a male with a revolver entered the bedroom and demanded cash and jewelry. The complainant complied and was placed in the basement bathroom until the male left the property. The police were called and, when they arrived, checked the property for safety and held the scene for evidence processing by Central Detective Division. The offender was described as a black male, 40 years old, 6-feet, 200 pounds with a medium com-

plexion and wearing a brown coat with a hood, boots and gloves and carrying a flashlight. There were no injuries or forced entry; complainant reported losing a house key near the residence a short time prior. REPORT: At 1:50 a.m. Nov. 7, complainant was in an argument inside El Vez, 121 S. 13th St. when he was punched one time in the face, knocking out a tooth. The offender fled and was described as a black male, late 30s, 6-feet, 270 pounds, with a scruffy beard and wearing a yellow hoodie under a blue vest. REPORT: Between 7 p.m. Nov. 6 and 2:15 a.m. Nov. 7, complainant’s secured bicycle was stolen from outside 1021 Pine St. ■



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Editorial Remembering the trans community Every year, the Transgender Day of Remembrance is held on Nov. 20. This year, the day will have special significance locally, as the murderer of Stacey Blahnik, house mother for the House of Blahnik, remains at large. Blahnik was found dead in her home Oct. 11. The Day of Remembrance was started in 1999, in response to the murder of Chanelle Pickett in 1995 and Rita Hester three years later. Organizers founded it to be a solemn affair, to focus on the violence inflicted on these individuals, and how often their murders go unsolved by police. Since 1970, there have been 320 transgender deaths due to violence in the U.S. alone, including 11 in Philadelphia, according to The local deaths include the following: Chiron Collins (killed May 1984), Tianna Langley (March 1, 1985), Cortez Morris (April 17, 1985), Tina Arroyo (June 30, 1986), Tanya Streater (June 30, 1986), Eduardo Lora Vasallio (Aug. 11, 1990), Anna Francisco (Dec. 22, 1990), an unknown cross-dressed male (Jan. 1, 1995), Nizah Morris (Dec. 22, 2002) and Alexis King (Feb. 2, 2006). In addition to Blahnik, Nizah Morris’ 2002 death is still unsolved. The transgender and lesbian/gay factions of the sexual-minority community have long had an uneasy relationship. Some transgender folks feel they don’t fit in with gays and lesbians because they don’t have same-sex relationships. Some gays and lesbians don’t identify with transgender individuals because they have never experienced gender dysphoria. (Since they are attracted to people of the same sex, it may be even harder to imagine feeling “wrong” in their own bodies.) Transgender legal issues are different as well: They aren’t covered under sexual-orientation protections, but under gender identity, which is often closely tied to gender discrimination. Unfortunately, transgender individuals too often feel marginalized by both the gay and the heterosexual community. Perhaps using the analogy of “family” here would help inform some understanding. In a nuclear family, siblings are often different: They have different experiences, talents, likes, dislikes, interests and even values. They might squabble amongst themselves from time to time, but they usually make amends — because they are family. Because, in the end, they will stick up for one another and they will fight for one another. So, too, should the LGBT family stick together. Not everyone in the community will identify with everyone else. Not everyone will have the same experiences or interests. We won’t always understand one another. But we should respect each other and defend each other. No matter how the different aspects of the community align themselves, each one is stronger when we stand together. ■

Creep of the Week

D’Anne Witkowski

Cindy McCain For about a day, Cindy McCain was literally a poster woman against antigay bullying. She appears, along with a bunch of celebrities including Gene Simmons, Dr. Drew, Slash — and a lot of young and impossibly beautiful folks I have personally never heard of because I am too old — in a PSA for the NOH8 Campaign responding to the recent and muchpublicized string of gay kids committing suicide. Speaking earnestly while staring into the camera with her icy blue eyes, McCain says, “Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future. They can’t serve our country openly.” After cycling through a few more celebrities who share antigay “fun facts” (Dave Navarro: “They can’t get married.” Steph Jones: “They can’t donate blood.” Antonio Cromartie: “They’re not even allowed to adopt in certain states.”) Tom “Dancing with the Stars” Bergeron says, “What’s worse, these laws that legislate discrimination teach bullies that what they’re doing is acceptable.” This is followed by McCain saying, “Our government treats the LGBT community like second-class citizens, why shouldn’t they?” These are some mighty feisty

words coming from the wife of John “Filibuster to keep ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Alive” McCain. For Cindy to be part of the NOH8 Campaign seemed like a pretty big deal. NOH8 started as a response to the antigay Prop 8 in California. It featured celebs, including Cindy and Meghan McCain, with duct tape over their mouths and the NOH8 logo painted on their faces like they’d just escaped from the world’s most terrifying county fair. Well, it looks like Cindy should’ve kept her duct tape on. Right after the PSA went live, McCain took to Twitter and announced, “I fully support the NOH8 campaign and all it stands for and am proud to be a part of it.” Aww, isn’t that sweet? Well, not really. Because here’s the kicker: “But I stand by my husband’s stance on DADT.” Wait, what? You just got done telling us in a PSA that the government treats gays like second-class citizens and how that treatment trickles down into the nation’s collective psyche and how that’s basically waving a red cape in front of gay kids (in this analogy, the bullies are bulls. Get it?). And you very specifically, with your own mouth and voice and weirdly

tight face, named the ban on gays in the military as one of these biggest offenders. John Aravosis of America Blog was particularly incensed, as he’d just praised Cindy McCain for the ad the day before. “Did she lie today or lie yesterday? Either way, she’s a liar, and she should be removed from the NOH8 video because, as of right now, Cindy McCain is a hater,” he wrote. “Not to mention, great message she just sent to gay youth. If someone pressures you, cave and support hate.” My guess is that Grandpa McCain didn’t like it. Hence the Tweet indicating that Cindy is, at best, disingenuous and, at worst, totally clueless. Maybe she actually believes that the Cindy in the PSA and the Cindy with the Twitter account would make really good friends. Truth be told, they can’t. They’d fight all the time. In fact, I suspect Twitter Cindy would eventually kick PSA Cindy’s ass. You know, to show her who’s boss. ■ D’Anne Witkowski is a freelance writer and poet. When she’s not taking on the creeps of the world, she reviews rock ’n’ roll shows in Detroit with her twin sister.

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Mark My Words Mark Segal Fulfilling boyhood dreams First, let me correct an earlier column, especially since it is becoming widely known. A few months ago I wrote that the relationship I had for the last six-and-a-half years had ended. And as I wrote, it was mutual and on a very-friendly note. We both loved each other but for some reason, which neither of us could explain, we couldn’t make it work. About a month after that column — and our separation — we discovered that we both cared too much about each other and once again started to see each other. Guess it’s the old “Can’t live with him, can’t live without him” syndrome. So next time I read someone writing about their relationship, “It’s complicated,” Jason and I fully understand. I’m not sure where this is going, but it’s been six-and-a-half beautiful years. We make each other happy and we are each other’s best friend. So last Sunday, we decided to take a romantic ride in the country to see the changing of the leaves. For those of you who know me, you know this was Jason’s idea. We had a great brunch in Lambertville. Then we decided to go on a walk — a walk across the bridge to New Hope, then back to Lambertville to continue a hunt I’ve been on for decades. As a young boy of 12 or 13, I found myself one day walking around Center City. When I came to 17th Street, I discovered a picture in a window of an art gallery. The picture was of a figure on a carousel in a blur. It intrigued me and this young boy strolled

into the gallery to see the other oils in the show. It was the first time that I appreciated art, and it was due to this artist. His name was Hal Singer and, that day, I promised myself that one day I’d have a Hal Singer in my house. Writing that, I realize how gay that is, but it also tells me that at a very young age I appreciated art enough that I wanted to be surrounded by it. Singer was a regional artist. His art is known through the Northeast, mostly from New York through New Jersey and Pennsylvania. His main base was New Hope. So each time we find ourselves in that area, we hit the galleries to ask if they have a Hal Singer. For years, most not only did not have one, but didn’t even know who he was. It’s a sad state of affairs if the galleries in the area don’t even know about a regional artist. So last Sunday, on what I thought was yet another fruitless effort, Jason and I hit the galleries. After the fourth gallery, we found the Artfull Eye gallery and the owner actually knew of the artist, and by chance had recently gone through his storage and had begun to catalog his inventory. And presto, he had discovered one Hal Singer. Not only did he have a Hal Singer painting, he had known him. Long story short: Boyhood dreams can come true. The Hal Singer is hanging on my wall. And Jason and I have another experience to recall for many years. ■


Street Talk Will the lame-duck Congress repeal "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"?

Chelsea Lawyer student Washington Square West

Steven Olesnovich carpenter South Philadelphia

“No, I think they’ll let it slide. It’s fear, and a lack of compassion, that will prevent them from acting — which is completely regrettable. We’re talking about basic human rights and human dignity.”

“Yes. A lot of advances have been made by the gay community. The Democrats who are leaving [Congress] want to make a name for themselves. They’ll push through the repeal. Then, if they want to return later, they can use that victory to get votes.”

Matthew Ricchini sound engineer West Philadelphia

Jared Soldiviero musician New York City

“Logistically, I don’t think there’s enough time. There’s also strong resistance from the Republicans. They’ll push harder to block a repeal than the Democrats will push for the repeal.”

“I hope so. This is a chance for the Democrats to make amends. They didn’t do enough to pass comprehensive healthcare reform. Now they have an opportunity to at least reform the military. I think it’s very possible.”

Mark Segal is PGN publisher. He is the nation’s most-award-winning commentator in LGBT media, having received the 2010 Columnist of the Year Award from the 2,000-member Suburban Newspapers of America. He can be reached at

Letters and Feedback Editor: I am uncomfortable with HRC taking a leadership role on Transgender Day of Remembrance. HRC spent over a dozen years fighting transgender inclusion in the [Employment Non-Discrimination Act] bill and essentially made themselves the lesbian and gay enemy of the trans communities. Elizabeth Birch literally said gender identity would be included in ENDA over her dead body. The last ENDA scandal was not the first time HRC and Barney Frank acted to remove trans language from the bill. In the mid-’90s, the first time the ENDA bill was introduced, there was an uproar because the then-HRCF wanted trans language removed from the bill. Apparently they had asked Sen. Jeffords, who had sponsored the bill, to remove the wording. I asked the HRCF communications director about it and he said that was a lie and

to call Sen. Jeffords’ aide and he would tell me that was a lie. I called the aide and he told me that HRCF had asked him to remove the transgender language. He knew this because he had written the trans-inclusive language. Now HRC wants to present themselves as caring and trans inclusive. This feels disingenuous. What are they supposed to say: “We approve of killing transgender people”? The problem is not just me: Many transgender people who are acutely aware of HRC’s history with transgender issues want nothing to do with the organization and will not support any organization that works with it. This is like the John Birch Society organizing a memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There are events happening with Day of Remembrance that make no sense at all, such as a tea dance. This is a funeral for transgender murder victims and should be

regarded seriously. Before HRC takes a lead role on Transgender Day of Remembrance, they should first atone for the damage they have done to the trans communities. But personally, I have no idea how they would do that. Cei Bell Philadelphia Editor: Last week, when enjoying a night out with some coworkers of mine, a man assaulted me in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. After approaching him when he walked through my group of friends, he punched me in the face and then slammed my head down on the pavement. I blacked out for a few minutes, but my friends and a passerby came to my rescue. Thankfully, a police officer was stationed in the neighborhood See LETTERS, Page 15



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Pet Partners

Dr. Claudia Casavecchia

Lyme disease a bummer for Fido and friends Most dog owners in Philadelphia are aware that there are several diseases their companions can be exposed to on the streets and in the parks of Center City. Some of these diseases are airborne, like influenza and bordatella, or fecal-transmitted, like parvovirus and intestinal parasites. There is also a select class of diseases that rely on an insect vector to carry the disease to an unprotected dog. The most common and potential deadly infection seen in dogs is Lyme disease, transmitted to your companion by the deer tick. Lyme disease has been around in Europe since the late 1800s but made its first mark on America in Lyme, Conn., in 1975. The first cases in dogs were diagnosed in 1984. The Centers for Disease Control has reported over 24,000 human cases of Lyme disease in 2002, and Pennsylvania has had over 11,000 reported cases of Lyme in dogs. Lyme disease is caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, which matures in the digestive system of the deer tick, Ixodes scapularis. The deer tick’s life cycle consists of the egg, larva, nymph and adult stages. Both the nymph and adult forms of the tick can transmit Lyme disease to an unprotected dog or human. Both stages tend to feed from early spring to early winter. Philadelphia’s canine companions were thought to be at low risk of exposure to the Ixodes tick since its natural host, the deer, is not a common urban dweller. But more and more cases of Lyme disease have been diagnosed in Philadelphia’s canines over the past 20 years. Ticks are being carried into Center City parks, such as Rittenhouse and Washington squares, as owners and their dogs return from hikes on the Wissahickon and outside the city. Dogs that become infected with Lyme disease tend to not show signs at all or have very subtle changes that their owners don’t detect. Symptoms usually don’t start for weeks to months after exposure. Most visible signs of the disease are reluctance to move or a very stiff gait, pain throughout the body, swollen joints that are warm to the touch,

fever and fatigue with swollen lymph nodes. The most serious life-threatening manifestation of the disease is kidney damage. Labrador retrievers are at highest risk for this aspect of the disease. Testing for Lyme disease has improved over the years and your veterinarian should be able to run a simple blood test on your dog if any of the symptoms noted above are seen. Many dog owners are unaware that their pet was bit by a tick since the deer tick is very small and dogs do not show the typical “bulls-eye” skin change seen in humans. Treatment of a dog that tests positive and shows signs of Lyme usually consists of a 28-day course of the antibiotic Doxycycline. Additional testing may be recommended by your veterinarian on your dog’s urine to check for early kidney damage. Once Lyme disease is contracted in dogs, just like in humans, it can never be fully eradicated. Protecting your companion against Lyme disease is simple but relies on dog owners to use one of the effective monthly products. A missed dose, even in winter, leaves “Fido” exposed. Topical products kill the tick within 48 hours of attachment to your companion, thereby preventing transmission of the Borrelia spirochete. Additional protection, through Lyme vaccination, is available for your companions if you take them to tick-infested areas. Vaccination is not 100-percent effective, so the use of topical products is still recommended. Annual testing and yearlong protection is the best way to keep your canine companion and you aware of your potential exposure to Lyme disease. Having your companion tested allows you to share with your physician that you too could have Lyme disease. Be sure to share with your veterinarian where you have traveled with your companion to help the CDC track the incidence of the disease. And consult with your veterinarian to determine the best way to keep “Fido” and you safe from Borrelia. ■ Dr. Claudia Casavecchia, owner of Society Hill Veterinary Hospital, is vice president of the Pennsylvania SPCA.

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Philly plans Trans Day of Remembrance events By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer Several local LGBT groups will work together this weekend to pay tribute to transgender people around the world who’ve been killed due to violence and hatred. The 12th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance will be honored in Philadelphia with a series of events that memorialize those who’ve died and also seek to empower the transgender community to fight back against bigotry. Soda Nobuhle, co-convener of this year’s TDOR events alongside A. Dionne Stallworth, said organizers decided to incorporate a new angle this year, motivated in part by the recent murder of transgender leader Stacey Blahnik. “Obviously, all years are significant, but this year we wanted to expand our ideology around how we celebrate and pay homage to the people who’ve died,” she said. “We didn’t just want to honor the lives lost but also wanted to educate, because we felt that education is necessary to eradicate hatred. With the murder of Stacey Blahnik, we saw others who wanted to get involved this year to pay tribute to her and I think this education is a way for people to work to resolve this in their own lives.” The kickoff event was a panel discussion on gender identity and its relationship to other characteristics, like age and race, held from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 18 at Safeguards, 1700 Market St. on the 18th floor. On Nov. 19, the Transhealth Information Project will host an arts and culture event celebrating the trans community, beginning at 5 p.m. at 21 S. 12th St., on the 10th floor.

Two agencies will sponsor activities on Saturday, one of which is an annual event and another that is new this year. From 5:30-7 p.m., the community is invited to the Colours Organization Inc., in the second-floor conference room at 112 N. Broad St., for a memorial service to honor those in the trans community who’ve lost their lives — an event that drew more than 200 people last year. Then, from 7-9 p.m., the University of Pennsylvania will host its inaugural TDOR memorial service in the Carriage House, 3905 Spruce St. The William Way LGBT C o m m u n i t y C e n t e r, 1 3 1 5 Spruce St., will host an event Sunday that, while memorializing those who have died, will also celebrate their lives and the community as a whole. The community will gather from 57 p.m. Nov. 21 at the center to join in song and dance as a tribute. Nobuhle noted that non-trans community members are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the weekend’s events. “In some way, we’ve all been affected by this,” she said. “Just like 9/11, even if we didn’t know the folks who were killed personally, we were still affected. No matter if you’re straight, trans, gender queer or gender variant, that’s not the thought. The thought is that we need to start banding together to decide what we’re going to do about this. Lives have been lost and our spirit has been torn, but we have to do our best to come together and honor those people and have a conversation about how we can work to resolve ignorance that has led to these lives being lost.” ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at


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tion officer. Weiss owns several businesses and restaurants in San Diego, and Bergstrom said the order does not appear to preclude him from traveling to California to attend to business, although he needs to further evaluate that stipulation. Weiss could have faced 10-16 months in prison, but the judge elected to sentence him outside of those guidelines.

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Attorneys for both sides took part in a lengthy discussion prior to the sentencing on if Weiss’ crime constituted an “abuse of trust.” The judge, citing a dearth of prior case law, granted Bergstrom’s motion to remove the violation. DuBois told Weiss he was “fortunate” the government produced no evidence he had taken the $1.6 million personally, an aspect that he said factored into the sentence. “A lot has been suggested, but nothing’s been proven,” DuBois said. “A lot of people want to

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know what happened to that $1.6 million, at least this person does, but I’ve seen no evidence that you took the $1.6 million, you weren’t charged with tax evasion and that’s not what you pled guilty to.” Bergstrom offered the same view in his final remarks before the sentencing. “We can’t run from the elephant in the room: What happened to the money?” he said. “I don’t know. But those are not the charges. There’s not a shred of evidence that Michael Weiss took that money. The truth is Michael Weiss doesn’t owe the government a dime.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Floyd Miller noted that when investigators executed a search warrant of Weiss’ Cherry Street apartment in January 2007, they found $300,000 in cash. However, the cash was not confiscated, as there was no proof it was connected to wrongdoing. DuBois said he also took note of the community support he saw for Weiss, including the full gallery at the sentencing hearing. The judge said he received dozens of letters of support from Weiss’ friends, community and business leaders in Philadelphia and California, and political leaders including a Philadelphia City Councilmember, many of whom cited Weiss’ commitment to donating money and energy to LGBT and HIV/AIDS causes. Such sentiments were echoed during the hearing by the witness testimony of Tre Rios, general manager of Voyeur; Weiss’ neighbor and friend Joe Vilano; San Diego LGBT activist and city commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez and Tom Bender, a friend of Weiss who is blind and HIV-positive and who testified that Weiss frequently assists him in paying his mortgage and other expenses. “He’s involved in every facet of community life,” Bergstrom said. “He’s dedicated, he’s generous and he focuses on those who are ill and poor. That’s what he does.” DuBois told Weiss his community involvement and his clean record factored into his decision. “Sentencing is difficult, particularly in a case like this,” he said. “You’ve been generous with your money and generous with your time and supported causes that may have been otherwise overlooked. In imposing this sentence, I had to consider both the good things you’ve done and the bad things you’ve done.” ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at

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OMNI MURDER From Page 1 ing stolen property, conspiracy and abuse of a corpse. In the past, he has been charged with theft, assault, reckless endangerment and loitering and obstruction of a highway, charges usually related to prostitution. Both suspects are currently in custody at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. Burton will be arraigned at 9 a.m. Nov. 24 in Room 306 of the Criminal Justice Center, 1301 Filbert St., and Collins at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17 in Room 404. ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at

LETTERS From Page 11 and arrested the individual. When arrested, he repeatedly said, “He was coming on to me.” I suffered a bloody nose, black eye, cuts on my face, broken glasses, a concussion and a bruised side. These wounds will heal. But I won’t allow this to scar my soul and change me from being the proud person I strive to be. And this incident will not change that. My parents automatically pinned this individual as crazy. That is too easy. To say that this person acted out on insane impulses excuses the behavior and makes it the exception when I think this is a reality. There are many people who would physically assault someone because they are gay and assume they are coming on to them. This gay-panic defense only fuels intolerance, ignorance and homophobia. When these become the norm in our society, that is when insanity is achieved. My response has been that I want to process this incident, deal with it, share my side of the story and move on. Hopefully in sharing my story, others will learn that we live in a world where we are not the same, but still all equal. While I continue to watch these amazing “It Gets Better” videos on YouTube, I want to initiate a conversation that we still have a long way to go. I wish I could have told Asher Brown, Seth Walsh and Tyler Clementi, “We need you. We need you here to witness that evolution of progress in this society. But it is still a process. Even when it gets better, some days it is hard, and that makes it feel worse. But, that’s OK. That is life. And we all want you here to experience it.” Alexander Kacala South Philadelphia



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Philly-based House celebrates 20 years By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer When the House of Prestige was founded, it sought to provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere for LGBT young people to grow as individuals and community members. Twenty years later, the organization still abides by those same principles — a commitment that one of its founders says has helped fuel its longevity. The ballroom organization will celebrate its 20th anniversary Renaissance Ball Nov. 27 at Old Pine Community Center, 401 S. Lombard St. Co-founder Alvernian Prestige said that shortly after the ballroom scene came to Philadelphia in 1989, he decided to branch out and launch his own house. Collaborators Carlos and Ali Prestige worked with Alvernian to create the organization, suggesting the name “Prestige,” as opposed to naming the house after fashion designers, like many of the other groups. “They came up with the name, because they wanted the house to represent success and achievement,” he said, noting that the House of Prestige has, since its inception, had a decidedly unique focus. “We wanted to be more than just a ballroom organization. We wanted to be a family and do

social activities both in and outside of the ballroom community. I’m old-school, and I believe education and awareness should come first and then ballroom second. Ballroom is part of our culture and part of our life, we can’t deny that, but it’s so important to us that our members get a good education.” Prestige said members must either have a job or be in school to join and also need to participate in a community-service program. Many members have worked on HIV/AIDS-related projects, Prestige said, noting that the house has long worked to promote prevention messages among its members. The house currently has about 150 members throughout the country, with about 30 based in Philadelphia. While most of the members are over 18, Prestige said the house does have a handful of members who are still in high school and has made sure to keep the families of the students involved and informed. “In order for us to have members who are 16 or 17, we have to get permission from their parents. A lot of houses will take kids with their parents not knowing what they’re doing or where they are,

but we have a rule that they must let their parents know,” he said. “And we have developed a very close relationship with the teens that we have and a good rapport with their families.” While Prestige noted that many of the members’ families

are accepting, the house gives the members a different outlet to explore their identity. “We want people to feel comfortable being themselves with us,” he said. “Even though their parents know and may be OK with it, they can probably never really fully understand the lifestyle. I’m a real biological parent and a house parent, so I try to help people to open up and be comfortable expressing themselves in a way that they might not have felt comfortable

with around their parents.” Prestige noted that the house’s emphasis on personal achievement has been effective in keeping the members on the right track, while still immersing them in the fun and entertainment of the ballroom scene. “I think they’ve had their morals and their values changed. Kids get peer pressure from all different places, and they do things because it’s the popular thing to do. We want the kids to have fun, but we also want to tell them that the ballroom lifestyle is always going to be there and that they need to go to school and get an education first. We help them as much as we can to stay in school and accomplish their goals. We keep them focused on what’s important.” Many of the members whose lives have been touched by House of Prestige are expected to attend the Renaissance Ball, with an estimated guest list of more than 500 people. The house usually hosts one ball a year, but Prestige said the organization is planning to change the event to be held every two or three years, so this will be the last ball for some time. Renaissance will include a

Grand March of all House of Prestige members, who will perform a mini-play for the guests, as well as a drag show, dinner and the competition itself. The winner of the ball will take home a $5,000 prize — a much larger award than at most balls, Prestige noted. In following with the house’s emphasis on education, the ball will play host to numerous area HIV/AIDS service organizations, who will offer information and free testing services. Several agencies will offer gift cards and other incentives for those who are tested, and the first 10 guests who get tested will receive free admission. The event will also feature an awards ceremony, with recognition going to such community leaders as Gloria Casarez, Jay Blahnik, Matthew Miller, Tony Revlon, James Khan, Keona Evisu, the University of Pennsylvania Research Department and The SafeGuards Project. Tickets to the ball are $30 or $50 for open bar. House of Prestige is giving away 10 free tickets to the ball. For more information, contact Alvernian Prestige at (215) 843-1834, (267) 235-1970 or ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at

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Wis. inmate seeks state-funded sex-change By Ryan J. Foley The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — A transgender inmate wants to reject an agreement that would make her the first in Wisconsin given stateissued women’s underwear in a male prison and instead continue her lawsuit seeking a taxpayerfunded sex change. The settlement, obtained by The Associated Press under the openrecords law, would end years of litigation involving the inmate formerly known as Scott Konitzer, who filed a lawsuit in 2003 challenging Wisconsin’s practice of not paying for inmates’ sex changes. But Konitzer, an armed robber who now calls herself Donna Dawn, is trying to back out by saying she was coerced into accepting the agreement. Konitzer, 45, has asked a judge to allow her to continue the lawsuit. Transgender rights’ advocates say she is trying to be the nation’s first transgender inmate to obtain a court-ordered sex change. A Massachusetts inmate also has a case pending. Wisconsin officials said last Wednesday they have already started to implement the settlement and will oppose any attempt to reopen the case. Ineligible for parole until 2026, Konitzer has received state-funded hormone therapy for years under the prison system’s policy to treat gender-identity disorder. Konitzer believes she’s a woman trapped in a man’s body, and the hormones have made her develop breasts and other feminine traits. She says she is suffering cruel and unusual punishment by not being allowed to have surgery to complete the change to female. U.S. District Judge Charles Clevert ruled in May that her lawsuit could proceed to trial. He wrote that a jury could find prison officials “were deliberately indifferent to Konitzer’s serious medical need” when they failed to give her the real-life experience of living as a woman, the next step of treatment for gender-identity disorder. Konitzer complained that prison officials did not allow her to wear female undergarments, use makeup, body-hair removal products and anti-baldness medicine or refer to her as a woman. Konitzer has attempted to commit suicide

and to castrate herself in prison. Prison officials had refused to allow Konitzer to wear female undergarments, saying that would make Konitzer a target for potential sexual assault and other inmates would want to follow suit. “If you let one inmate wear a bra and panties, they’ll all want to wear a bra and panties,” a prison security official testified during the case. Clevert rejected those arguments. He noted medical experts determined she needed a bra and that a vest she had been given didn’t provide support and was painful. The judge also struck down as unconstitutional a state law, the only one of its kind in the nation and passed in response to Konitzer’s lawsuit, that specified tax dollars could not be used to pay for inmates’ sex changes or hormone treatments. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has appealed. After his rulings, Clevert ordered mediation to try to settle Konitzer’s claims. Under an agreement reached in September, Konitzer would be allowed to select from prison catalogs the underwear available to Wisconsin’s female inmates. The settlement would keep Konitzer at a male prison, Columbia Correctional Institution, but give her a private toilet and

shower. The state would not oppose Konitzer’s name change, would forgive $5,000 in debt including some legal fees and restitution and provide her with a sixmonth supply of Propecia to fight baldness. Larry Dupuis, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, said the settlement would be “a step forward” for transgender inmates. Prisons elsewhere have shown they can allow transgender inmates to live in their preferred genders without jeopardizing security, he said. Dupuis said the settlement would not have closed the door on sex-change surgery. The settlement said Konitzer’s hormone therapy would continue and prison officials would hire an outside medical specialist to evaluate her and make treatment recommendations. But Konitzer asked Clevert last month to throw out the agreement. She claimed she was coerced into accepting the deal because the trial was set for two weeks after mediation, which did not leave her enough time to find a lawyer if she did not reach an agreement. Her original legal team withdrew in June. Wisconsin Department of Justice spokesperson Bill Cosh said the state believes the settlement is a “binding contract” and will oppose reopening the case. ■



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A departure from the ordinary


‘Burlesque’ may make director a star By Gary M. Kramer PGN Contributor “Burlesque,” the new romantic musical drama featuring Cher and Christina Aguilera, is a labor of love for the film’s passionate writer and director, Steve Antin. On the phone from Los Angeles, Antin explains what prompted him to create this film, about a young girl named Ali (Aguilera), who goes to Los Angeles in search of her dreams and finds work in a failing burlesque lounge run by Tess (Cher). “I love song and dance entertainment, and feel-good movies,” Antin says enthusiastically. “The original world of burlesque lends itself to a musical feature because of the nature of it — it’s a pastiche of original entertainment, a homage taken from the popular/current zeitgeist of the time.” The filmmaker becomes more ani-

mated as he describes “Burlesque” further: “It’s a throwback to the musicals of the Hollywood era, a Broadway musical come to life, a fun, sexy movie that appeals to mass culture. The original form was from 1700s Europe. I wanted to make a film like that, with a real linear thread that connects back to what Burlesque originally was.” Antin’s own career started in front of the camera as an actor when he was 9. He achieved considerable exposure in the 1982 teen sex comedy “The Last American Virgin,” where his character engaged in a penis-measuring contest, lost his virginity and got a case of crabs. A few years later, he had a supporting part in the 1985 cult favorite “The Goonies,” which featured a scene in which his bullying character gets his come-uppance on an exploding commode. These comedies were perhaps a bit of burlesque themselves — broadly humorous and grotesquely exaggerated, but commercially appealing.

Then Antin took what became one of his most notorious roles, as one of Jodie Foster’s rapists in 1988’s “The Accused.” Looking back on these early projects, Antin admits with candor that he often took parts to keep working. “I didn’t know how to do anything else, and it seemed natural for me to [act]. I never became a movie star. I went from job to job to job. I didn’t have the luxury to say, ‘I want to do this,’ or ‘I don’t want to do that,’ I took what came my way.” Now that he is working behind the camera, does the actor have regrets about what he once had to do on screen? “It’s hard to do movies where you have no clothes on, or where you are playing a rapist, but I was an actor and I had a job to do. I enjoyed the roles, and I was fortunate I was working. I was young and I didn’t think about it.” He admits in retrospect that he might have turned down some of these parts, but says each job provided him with experi-

ence he used to develop as both a writer and director. “I learned how to dialogue and interact with actors. I learned from [some] directors who were really incredible and taught me communication. That informed so much of what I do as a director. The process of exploring a character and what happens when you are creating a scene or a dynamic in a movie. I love the process. I revel in it!” Given that his first theatrically released film has what some are calling a “comeback” role for Cher, was Antin intimidated about directing her? How does one even tell Cher what to do? The filmmaker laughs, explaining, “That’s not the case — telling [Cher] what to do. ‘Directing’ her is collaborating, and getting the actor to a place that is going to work on film and deliver what you need to be a storyteller. Of course it was intimidating and daunting, but I’ve been making movies for a really long time and I saw

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the human element.” He adds: “It wasn’t the icon of Cher or Christina — they were actors and I respected them and developed relationships with them. I was always reminded [of who they are] when Cher did her solo or Christina sang. I was in awe behind the camera.” Hopefully audiences will be enthralled by “Burlesque” in the same way fans appreciated a musical like “Moulin Rouge.” Antin is hardly worried about

his film becoming a camp classic of “Showgirls” proportions — “not even a little bit. My film is different than ‘Showgirls.’ It’s an inspirational fun-filled fantasy.” The filmmaker likens the pastiche of song-and-dance romance of “Burlesque” to mixing up the food on his plate or varying the clothes on his back. “I put a little current music, some throwback music, and a little hip-hop into ‘Burlesque.’ The music really represents that old-meets-new-meets-somewherein-between. The costumes are period but with contemporary shoes; the make-up is contemporary with period hairstyles.” Antin admits he has wanted to make a musical for “a really long time.” He mentions that one project he penned 10 years ago, entitled “Proud Mary,” was in the vein of “Glee.” Before he started writing “Burlesque” — which Antin reveals he did “on spec” (meaning: for free; the project wasn’t commissioned by a studio) — he wrote a musical for Disney about a highschool marching band. Happily for Antin, both the Disney film and “Burlesque”


were greenlit the same week. He chose to make “Burlesque,” indicating the obvious appeal of the project. The hope is that “Burlesque” will make Antin’s name in Hollywood. The filmmaker has written several movies and TV shows over the years with varying results. He created and produced a TV series on the then-WB Network entitled “Young Americans” in 2000. The show did well with critics and in the ratings, but it was a “summer series,” and only scheduled for nine episodes. In contrast, Antin’s two studio screenplays — the 1999 remake of “Gloria” starring Sharon Stone and the 2003 Latino comedy “Chasing Papi” — were less than successful critically and commercially. The writer acknowledges that what he pitched to the studio in both cases was far different than what ended up on screen. He laments, “A director was put on [both projects] and each took on a whole other life.” The experience prompted Antin to make a rule to either direct what he writes or direct a project someone else writes. “There are some great projects out there.” One wonders what might have been if Antin had directed his screenwriting debut, the 1992 indie comedy, “Inside Monkey Zetterland,” in which he played a screenwriter in therapy, juggling an assortment of wacky family members, friends and romantic relationships. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but featured a notable ensemble cast. Significantly, “Zetterland” co-starred several queer actors and characters, including Rupert Everett and Sandra Bernhard, while actresses Patricia Arquette and Sofia Coppola played a lesbian couple. In fact, Antin has made several films with queer characters and cast members, from the aforementioned “The Accused” to appearing in Sandra Bernhard’s “Without You, I’m Nothing,” and the 1996 HIV drama “It’s My Party.” “Burlesque” feaChristina Aguilera and Cher Burlesque Soundtrack Sony Music

The “Burlesque” soundtrack is at its best when Aguilera and Cher move away from the slick, electronic, auto-tuned pop on their latest respective solo efforts. And, for the most part, it is a breath of fresh air. Without the futuristic gloss, there’s a May West, juke-joint energy to tracks such as “Guy What Takes His Time” and “Tough Love.” Old-school R&B gets a nod as well with a by-the-numbers rendi-


Burlesque 101: Cher shows Chrstina Aguilera the musical ropes in the new film (left); Aguilera proves to be a quick study, above and below Photos: Stephen Vaughan

tures out actor Alan Cumming in a supporting role. Yet Antin is adamant that an actor’s sexuality or a film or TV show’s queer content is not a criteria for his involvement. “I don’t see people for their sexuality. I connect with people and their humanity. I grew up in a liberal family, and have people from all walks of life in my life. I’ve done projects where sexuality had nothing to do with the characters.” He cites two examples: his role as Nick Savino, a homicide detective on “NYPD Blue” and his ACE Award-nominated performance as a rescued soldier in “Vietnam War Story: The Last Days.” This subject of sexuality prompts a discussion of Antin’s personal life, a topic that makes him cagey. When asked if being out has influenced or changed his career, Antin offers, “It didn’t change my career. I never officially came out, or did not come out, or had a discussion of my personal life or

sexuality. I feel it’s irrelevant. I respect people who do [come out] but I live in a rarified world. It doesn’t seem to matter much in the world I travel in what your sexuality is, or what your skin color is.” When pressed about being linked romantically in the past to media mogul David Geffen, Antin offers only, “It was a lifetime ago.” He vaguely responds about his current relationship status to being involved with “a lot of people,” repeating, “I feel like my personal life is so irrelevant. There are people who have an appetite for this [personal information], but I’m not interested in reading this about people. I’m not sure why people are interested in reading it about me. What’s interesting about me is that I’m a filmmaker focused on my work. I love making movies, and telling stories and making 500 people in a theater laugh or cry. I have great relationships, a beautiful family and people who are incredibly supportive.” With “Burlesque,” Antin will hopefully continue to receive support and have opportunities to continue making films. He certainly has many more stories to tell. ■

tion of Etta James’ “Something’s Got a Hold on Me.” The retro vibe works for Cher as well. She only has two songs on the soundtrack but both play to her strengths. “Welcome To Burlesque” has a playful and cheeky carnival vibe. “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” is more modern and a decentenough pop song that her longtime fans can appreciate. When Aguilera strays from the Motown vibe, things fall flat as show-tune turns such as “But I Am a Good Girl” don’t bristle with the same energy. But Aguilera can still kick ass on a ballad. “Bound to

You” is quite excellent and romantic. When the cookie-cutter pop sound returns, it’s not nearly as fun. “Express” sounds like a leftover from her last album — and there are plenty of baby divas out there doing that kind of thing a lot better. Things get downright awful when Aguilera co-ops Marilyn Manson’s anthemic “The Beautiful People” and reinvents it into a toothless throwaway bubblegum song. Shame on you, Manson, for letting her destroy your best song. ■ — Larry Nichols



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Out playwright brings ‘Songs’ back to the area By Larry Nichols PGN Staff Writer “Old Wicked Songs,” a musical drama written by out playwright Jon Maran, has returned to the area where it premiered over a decade ago, running through Dec. 5 at Bristol Riverside Theatre. “Songs,” which features music by 19th-century composer Robert Schumann, follows Stephen Hoffman, a disillusioned piano prodigy who travels to Vienna in a last-ditch effort to rekindle his love for the instrument. Once there, he studies under an older and abrasive vocal professor with whom he has little in common. Maran, who also wrote 2009’s “The Tempermentals,” which chronicles the founding of the first sustained LGBT-rights organization in the U.S., said that “Old Wicked Songs” is based on his own experiences. “I was a student in Vienna so there’s definitely an autobiographical aspect to the play about my

just got done everywhere after that.” He added that the reaction of Philadelphia audiences helped propel its success. PLAYWRIGHT “It was sort JON MARAN of startling, to be honest,” he said about the response to those first performances. “Both of the men played the piano and they were in this intimate room. You thought you were in the middle of this whole experience. We were all sort of surprised at the strong reaction we got, which helped us get into New York after that.” The play’s appeal stems from pulling the audience into the struggles and conflicts between the two main characters. “It’s a big journey play. It’s two men who go on a very large jour-


experience, how I went there and fell in love with the city,” he said. “And then, I started to see some of the darker aspects of Vienna. And it was just such an education when I was 20 years old.” After premiering at the Prince Music Theater, “Old Wicked Songs” went on to be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1996, win a L.A. Drama-Logue Award and grace stages in more than a dozen countries. Maran said despite the acclaim his play would achieve, it took time to get anyone to believe in it. “I couldn’t get anybody to do this play for quite a long time,” he said. “Everybody turned it down. Once it got done in New York, it

ney,” he said. “Both of the characters have not dealt with their past and what happened previously. Even though it’s quite intimate, it’s also sort of oddly operatic at the same time. The song cycle of the play is about a young man who falls in love passionately and then he loses that love and he has to deal with all of the grief that one has to deal with and the mourning process in order to move past it.” “Old Wicked Songs” runs through Dec. 5 at Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol. For more information, call (215) 785-0100. ■ Larry Nichols can be reached at

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Family Portraits

Suzi Nash

One of my favorite writers has finally published his autobiography — a mere 100 years after his death. Mark Twain had some radical things to say, including some choice words about a certain upcoming November holiday. “Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for — annually, not oftener — that they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous 12 months instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all done by the white man’s side and consequently the Lord’s side, consequently it was proper to thank the Lord for it.” I shared the quote with a friend, Adah Bush, who finally agreed to share her story with me. (I’ve been pestering her for years to do a Portrait.) An easygoing woman with a quick laugh, Bush shared her thoughts about Thanksgiving, politics and life on a reservation. PGN: So where are you from? AB: I was born in Utah on the Uintah and Ouray reservation. PGN: Family? AB: I was an only child, but I have a halfbrother and -sister that I met when I was 16. I knew about them and all that, but they were from a second marriage after a not-so-good divorce from my mother when I was 6. No, wait: He died when I was 6, divorced when I was 2. Death, divorce, so easy to mix up! PGN: What did the folks do? AB: My father was a police officer and he was killed in the line of duty. My mother did a lot of different things but primarily did administrative work for the tribe. Then she worked for a law office, tracking vital statistics, etc. PGN: My knowledge of life on a reservation is basically based on “F-Troop” and “Bonanza” re-runs. My understanding is that the reservations provide their own law enforcement not regulated by U.S. government. Is that true? AB: Not really true. We have an internal police force, and a lot of it gets mixed up between the reservations and the many towns in between that are populated by local ... um ... PGN: White people? AB: [Laughs.] Yes. Non-Indians. There was/is a lot of animosity and jurisdiction struggles, i.e., if a Ute tribal member was arrested in the town, how was it handled, etc. PGN: Now I notice you use the term

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“Indians.” When I used to work with people from the United American Indians of the Delaware Valley, I noticed that white people get offended if you use the term, but not most Native Americans/American Indians. What do you prefer? AB: It’s funny: We tend to use our tribal affiliation. So if someone asks, “What are you?” I’d respond Uintah Ute. Or if you asked someone from a different tribe, they might say Dineh or Navajo. The broader term doesn’t matter as much: We’ve gone through Indian, Native American, American Indian, you name it. On the reservations, most people say Indian, or Indin! When people ask me which to use, I say that it depends on the attitude of the person using the word.

vation life? AB: Two things: People either think that we live in teepees or that we have these horrible lives. I mean, many of the reservations are impoverished, but it isn’t that bad. PGN: Is there still a big problem with alcohol? AB: Yes. The life expectancy of a Native American used to be 40 years; now it’s a bit longer, but it’s still a big problem. Our life-expectancy rates are still way below the dominant-culture average. We have a higher proportion of Native Americans in prison, a high rate of diabetes leading to kidney failure, etc. The schools are not

PGN: Only-child syndrome? AB: Yup! For sure. I didn’t like getting teased so I’d get bent out of shape and that would make kids tease me even more. [Laughs.] I was a little brat. PGN: Do you remember your first book? AB: “Ramona the Pest” and the other Ramona books in the Beverly Cleary series. I loved Ramona. She was a little girl who always tried to do things well and invariably failed, but in the end came through. I loved her: She reminded me of me. I did some silly things too, but I always had good intentions.

PGN: You went from psychology to pharmaceuticals. What did you want to be when you grew up? AB: I haven’t quite figured that out yet. I think the basic thing that guides me is that I want to leave the world a better place than when I came in. In Utah, I worked in the nonprofit arena. The last job I had before coming to Philadelphia was with an organization doing HIV/AIDS prevention focusing on ethnic communities. PGN: How did you end up in Philly? AB: My partner got a job here and I came with her. We’ve been here for 11 years. PGN: When did you first realize that you were “different from the other girls?” AB: In elementary school, I remember thinking that the little boys were cute, but also felt that little girls were pretty cute as well. Later I remember watching movies and thinking how pretty the women were. More than pretty, hot! But I never acted on it. Years later, there was a woman at work who used to flirt with me. I thought it was flattering, then I started thinking, hmm, maybe I ought to try this. And that was the beginning!

PGN: What was a great memory from childhood? AB: One of our traditions is the Sundance. It’s so lovely and so beautiful. It happens during the summer and we get up really early: I remember it being so cold because it’s in the desert. In our tribe, it’s the men who do the Sundance. They sing to greet the sun as it comes up. You go into a big corral, with dirt on the ground. The men stand up and blow a whistle and people sing and dance. The energy is amazing. PGN: What were you like as a kid? AB: I was a nerd. One of those little book-reading kids. Whiny and spoiled.

AB: I work at a pharmaceutical company here in Philly.

PGN: What’s the LGBT culture like in the Native-American world? AB: Traditionally, homosexuality was not something that was frowned upon. LGBT people had a role in the tribe. The path that you were on was respected, as were you. As long as you followed the rules of society and the tribe, you were fine. The advent of Christianity with its notion that homosexuality was bad or a sin slowly influenced the attitudes of the people. ADAH BUSH Photo: Suzi Nash

always good and the health care on some reservations is also below standard. The reservations with casinos fare better, but the majority of reservations don’t have them. In Utah, the state doesn’t allow gaming, so we don’t have one. PGN: What’s something great about reservation life? AB: The heart of the people, the soul and the spirituality. PGN: Where did you go for continuing education? AB: I went to Hunter College in New York City.

PGN: When did you leave the reservation? AB: I left to go to high school in Salt Lake City.

PGN: What was your major? AB: I majored in psychology. I could get any minimum-wage job in New York I wanted!

PGN: What’s a misconception about reser-

PGN: What do you do currently?

PGN: Was that the whole two-spirit thing before Catholicism became an influence? AB: Yes, the two-spirit concept refers to a person whose body simultaneously houses a masculine spirit and a feminine spirit. In some tribes, male-bodied two-spirits held specific active roles such as healers or conveyors of oral traditions and songs. PGN: I know that you volunteer for the QFest each year. Where did you get your love for film? AB: When I was a child, we had one movie theater and they changed the movies on Sundays and Wednesdays. My mother loved the arts — movies, theater, all of it. We would go to the theater twice a week when they changed the films, not even knowing what the film was going to be. Some of my earliest memories are of watching movies with my mother. I loved it. PGN: Where do you think you got the desire to help people?

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AB: My mother. Volunteering was very important to her. Even as a single mother, she would take me along to do work in the community. She’d pack up crayons and toys and I’d sit there quietly during meetings. So I’d hear people who were impassioned about making a difference. My grandmother was also into volunteering, so it was just expected in the family. It was part of life to give back. PGN: Are both your parents from the same tribe? AB: Uh-huh, full-blooded Indian here. PGN: When I worked with people from the United American Indians of the Delaware Valley, there was a lot of tension about how much Indian made you Indian, especially with a lot of white people wanting to join ceremonial events because they were 1/25 Lenape on their mother’s grandmother’s great-uncle’s side. Does it bother you when people claim ancestry? AB: It actually fills me with pride. I always just tell people, come help us. If you think you’re part Indian, join us and do something to help the reservations. Write your representatives, saying that you think the treatment of Indians is deplorable and horrible and all that other ucky stuff. Try to get your Congressman to do something to help. When I went to undergraduate school in New York, my mom lived with me for a little while. People knew we were Native American and came up to us all the time, especially African Americans who would tell us that they were part

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Native American. I later learned that when many slaves escaped, they were taken in by Indian tribes, so it made sense. PGN: Switching to politics, you are a part of the Liberty City Democratic Club. What is your title? AB: I’m the female-identified co-chair. PGN: Very PC. AB: Yes, one of the things I like about Liberty City is that they make it their mission to have parity on the board. It’s in the by-laws that we have representation from various segments of the LGBT community, ethnically and as far as gender identification is concerned. PGN: So, after the last election, what do we do next? AB: There’s an interesting article circulating that the Democrats didn’t lose in this last election, that they instead used their political power to make the world a better place, passing health care despite the consequences. They didn’t put a political agenda ahead of the people. So, in fact, we the people won. I think that’s a great way to look at it. And Obama has done a lot for the LGBT community. He’s made a record number of openly gay administration appointments in much faster time than Bill Clinton: 150 appointments in less than two years with no fanfare. He’s appointed more openly gay people to policymaking posts both inside and outside the White House than Clinton and Bush combined. But for me personally, I’m gearing up for

the next election. PGN: So other than films and politics, what are some of your interests? AB: I’m into fashion, I love shopping. Anyone who knows me will tell you [sings] “I enjoy being a girl.” I also do some traditional Native-American dancing, but I mostly love ballroom dancing. My partner and I dance together. She likes salsa but I love the tango. Oh my God, it’s so erotic. PGN: Who clutches the rose in their teeth? AB: That’s me! But I’m notorious for doing a backwards lead. I’ll spin myself. I can’t help it: I love to twirl. PGN: What do you think about Sarah Palin’s daughter being on “Dancing with the Stars”? AB: I look at it this way: She brings another audience to the program, which brings more exposure to ballroom dancing. It’s exciting to see so many people get into it. Whoever thought it would become cool to dance the quickstep, the foxtrot or the rhumba? PGN: Any pets? AB: Micki the monster kitty. Her full name is Michaela Bush. PGN: With Thanksgiving coming up, what are your thoughts? AB: I’m always torn. I love turkey. Any time I get to eat turkey and apple pie and

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ice cream, it’s a good thing. Loading carbs with all the stuffing and mashed potatoes. Yum. It’s hard to find anything wrong with that, but of course the flip side is the fact that Thanksgiving wasn’t really a celebration between the pilgrims and the Native Americans, it was more of a celebration that the settlers killed more Indians than were killed by the Indians. So it’s always a strange time for me. PGN: And even for those who want to think about it as a celebration at the time, the blitzkrieg that came afterward — massacres, small pox, alcohol, typhoid fever, etc. — would be enough to kill off your appetite. AB: Yeah, I look back and think about the history. Native Americans could have totally annihilated the settlers when they came. But instead they welcomed the new people with open arms and, in a sense, got knifed in the back for their trust in their fellow man. PGN: Not in a sense — it was pretty literal. AB: Yeah, sometimes I get depressed and wonder what I can do to help. But then I realize that I might not be able to have an impact globally, but I can have an impact locally in small ways with my interactions with other people and work that I try to do. And I’m still hopeful about our future! ■ To suggest a community member for “Family Portraits,” write to



Outward Bound

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Jeff Guaracino

Great art in great vacation spaces Philly artist’s luxe NYC life A Philadelphia resident is living in grand luxury — well, at least his art is — at the famed Essex House (www.jumeriah. com) in New York City. With a prestigious Central Park address, the Art Deco hotel is considered a home away from home from celebrities, heads of state and the paintings of Mark Innerst. The Pennsylvania native is known for his paintings of “urban canyons” and, as part of the Essex’s $90-million renovation, Innerst agreed to paint his only large-scale commission on permanent view, “Columbus Circle Seen from the Essex House.” He also has four smaller paintings in the presidential suite, which has commanding views of the park. Outside his hotel residence, Innerst debuted this month in a new exhibition, through Dec. 18 at the DC Moore Gallery, 724 Fifth Ave., New York City. The pet-friendly, gay-friendly Essex is a patron of the arts and employs an art curator on staff. Through the end of the year, the hotel is displaying a photo exhibition by Alison Wright, who travels the globe to document the traditions of endangered cul-

tures. A royal sneak peak Annie Leibovitz, photography genius, reigns queen in the Royal Palm Suite at the Royal Palms gay guesthouse in Ft. Lauderdale. Look closely and you will find a rare autographed poster of her most famous works. Royal Palms founder Richard Gray gave me a hardhat tour of his latest innovation, the largest full-service luxury gay resort in North America, just steps from the Atlantic Ocean. Opening in February 2011, the new gay-men’s resort will offer free WiFi and iPads, a gym, spa, full bar, indoor/ outdoor café and two pools. No word from Gray yet on what works of art will adorn the walls or be found sunning themselves by the pool! ( Culture on the high seas You probably wouldn’t wear sandals and a bathing suit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but aboard Holland America’s newest ship, the 86,000-ton Nieuw Amsterdam, go ahead. Holland America Line has installed an array of works valued at over $3 million, ranging from antiques by traditional

Dutch masters to creations by renowned contemporary artists. The boutique collection includes works by celebrated artists Andy Warhol, Richard Estes and Roy Lichtenstein. A complimentary self-guided iPod art tour is available. RSVP is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a Caribbean cruise Feb. 13-20, 2011. ( Any time in your own backyard We live in a region with an incredibly rich collection of great art in great spaces. During the holiday vacation days, visit the Barnes Foundation in Lower Merion, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts on North Broad Street, the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford or the Rodin Museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. ■ Jeff Guaracino is a vice president for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and author of “Gay and Lesbian Tourism: The Essential Guide for Marketing.” He has learned how to find the best deals and travel resources out there for our community. If you’re traveling locally, check out


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After beating, victim builds a new life By Gary M. Kramer PGN Contributer “Marwencol,” opening at Ritz Nov. 19, is an absolutely spellbinding documentary about Mark Hogancamp, an unusual artist who creates and photographs a 1/6-scale World War II-era Belgian town in his backyard. He names the town Marwencol after himself, Mar(k), and two female friends, Wen(dy) and Col(leen). Building the town and creating a story for the “people” in it — all Barbie dolls and action figures — provides a way for Hogancamp to cope after being beaten senseless by five men on April 8, 2000. The attack left Hogancamp, then 38, in a coma for nine days. He needed to have his face rebuilt. He lost his memory and relies on old photographs and videos to remind himself that he was once married. A talented sketch artist, he required therapy to learn how to simply write again. Perhaps the one benefit of his debilitating brain injuries was that the once-alcoholic Hogancamp completely lost his taste for liquor. Filmmaker Jeff Malmberg does more than just provide a portrait of a unique individual who survived a terrible tragedy. “Marwencol” explores issues of identity — Mark goes from “Who am I?” to “Who I am” — as well as the difficult process of going public with something that is intensely personal. What is most astonishing about Hogancamp’s story is how this vulnerable man has been protected, not exploited, by the filmmaker and the folks he encounters in his recovery. “Marwencol” shrewdly tells two stories.

The first is about Mark himself — how he is given a second chance at life, and how he wants to take full advantage of this, despite his limitations. Whereas he used to draw beautifully, he now takes photographs. When David Naugle, a photographer, notices Mark and learns about his project, he helps Mark publish his photographs in the magazine “Esopus.” The publication’s editor appreciates not only the authenticity of Mark’s work, but also its lack of irony. This exposure eventually leads to an exhibit of his work at the White Columns gallery in Greenwich Village. Mark soon has to conquer his fear of showing his work in New York City. The film chronicles how he faces this challenge, and watching the anxious Mark muster his courage is both fascinating and rewarding. The other story is the narrative that takes place in the fictional town of Marwencol. Here, Mark uses his art as therapy. He populates his town with dolls, naming them after the friends, neighbors and coworkers each one resembles. (Amusingly, the Pussy Galore doll from the James Bond series is given his mother’s name, Edda.) Creating these “alter egos” and giving these characters storylines helps Mark work out not only his patience and dexterity — which were damaged in his attack — but also his imagination, which he feared was lost too. And just as Mark hopes to live fully in his real life, within the confines of his fantasy world, Mark allows his characters to do things they could never do in reality. He uses the dolls to work out his anger issues. When his Capt. Hogancamp is captured by the SS, he is tortured by five men — just

as Mark was. The doll has a scar on the right side of his face, where Mark himself was injured. But he exacts a nasty, satisfying revenge on his attackers, of which Mark can only dream. Tr u t h a n d fa ntasy may blend in Marwencol, but Mark seems adept at separating the two. There is a simplic- MARK HOGANCAMP IN THE DOCUMENTARY “MARWENCOL” ity and charm to the — likening it to coming out — with somefilm’s subject in his interviews, and Hogancamp is ingratiating. thing so personal can be cause for rejection, Malmberg presents Mark and his quirks misunderstanding and pain. The analogy without judgment, and viewers come to will especially resonate with queer viewers. “Marwencol” judiciously addresses respect and admire him. It may be a little odd that the adult “plays” with dolls, hug- Mark’s justified concerns. As he eventually ging them and telling them he loves them, and unexpectedly reveals what may be the but there are reasons for this behavior. It root of and cause of his fears, he also dishelps Mark cope with his trauma: He is not closes what may have been the motivation advocating that others emulate it, though he for his attack and the subsequent inspirawould like a girlfriend to play with him and tion for his town. (Chilling testimony from one of his assailants confirms this.) At this his town. Mark uses Marwencol to fantasize about point, Mark’s already-remarkable story the romance he would like to have. The takes another, greater dimension. Ultimately, Malmberg’s film is a testapoint of how the town creates a safe space for the damaged Mark is made, and it’s a ment to the strength of human resilience, and how people cope by finding a positive powerful message. As the film shows, Mark’s friends way of battling — if not overcoming — their applaud his elaborate art project, but there inner demons. Hogancamp’s story is truly is a concern that outsiders, who don’t know inspiring, and possibly the most extraordihim, will not understand it. This is where nary story — real or imagined — to be told “Marwencol” considers how going public all year. Don’t miss it! ■

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Jim Kiley-Zufelt

Fall and fundraising can be fun I’ve been taking classes all day every Saturday since early October, which has made it a challenge getting out to all the great events going on this fall. But one thing I obviously couldn’t miss was Halloween. The Philadelphians MC bar crawl was a blast! A lot of our out-of-town friends came along for the fun, and we hit up a lot of bars that we haven’t gone to in a while. As a result, we got to meet and mingle with a whole new cast of characters. It’s with great pride and even greater horror that I report one of my club brothers, Phil, has received over 1.25 million hits on with his rendition of Lady GaGa’s signature meat dress, which he called the “meat-kini.” Yes, it was a bikini made out of steak. Check it out at The concept and execution were brilliant, and he totally deserved to win first place in Tavern on Camac’s costume contest, but up close and personal it was hands down one of the most disgusting and disturbing things I’ve ever seen. Which, of course, means I loved it! Diabolique Ball There’s one more big event this fall before Thanksgiving arrives and the holiday rollercoaster takes over our lives. Every year Diabolique Ball invites you to “Be Bad for a Good Cause.” Since 1997, Diabolique

has raised over $100,000 for local and national charities benefiting a wide range of causes, including HIV/AIDS, LGBT youth, women’s and men’s shelters and women’s and men’s health. This year’s theme is “Quack! Medical Mayhem and Chicanery.” That means plenty of naughty nurses, devious doctors and madhouse mischief. Costumes are required for entry, so don’t just slap on a pair of scrubs and think you’ll get past Diabolique’s infamous Fashion Police. Medical gear can be incorporated into your costume, but make sure you’re wearing something that appears on the “required attire” list, which includes leather or latex fetish gear, corsets, kilts, Victorian formalwear or underwear. If you have any questions about what is permitted, the fine folks at

Passional Boutique and Delicious Boutique will be more than happy to help you out. Don’t be late for the ball! The big event is from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nov. 20 at Shampoo Nightclub (on Willow Street between Seventh and Eighth), with a special meet-and-greet for ticket holders from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 19 at Sexploratorium, 620 S. Fifth St. Ticketholders can also receive special discounts on costumes and accessories at Passional Boutique, 704 S. Fifth St. and Delicious Boutique, 1040 N. American St., #901. This year’s ball will benefit the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation, Mazzoni Center’s LGBTQ Youth Drop-In Clinic and Project SAFE, which provides health care and safety services for Philadelphia sexworkers. In addition, Mazzoni Center will provide a trailer at the ball where you and your date can get fast, free and anonymous HIV and syphilis testing. For more information, see Philadelphia Leather Pride Night The second annual Philadelphia Leather Pride Night was another success. On Nov. 6, Voyeur was filled with over 250 men and women from the leather community in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. Official totals haven’t been released yet, but initial estimates state the live auction raised a little over $10,000 to benefit the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago and the Leather Heart Foundation here in Philadelphia, and the raffle and silent auction raised about another $1,000 for By The Grace Of George and the Carter/Johnson Leather Library. Other events were held at the host hotel and The Bike Stop, including a vendor mart, history lectures, a survivor’s brunch and a traveling display from the Leather Archives and Museum. The two highlights of the night

for me were catching up with an old friend from New York City and touring the art show on the second floor of Voyeur. The show featured a fascinating collection of photos, paintings, illustrations and sculptures that ranged from beautiful to disturbing and back again. What about the leather contest? Yes, this is the second year in a row Philly has not had a leather contest. But I have it on the best authority that the Mr./Ms. Philadelphia Leather contest is definitely coming back. No one knows exactly when or what it will look like when it returns, but rest assured that the new ownership of The Bike Stop does not want to see this tradition end. LOCAL CLUBS & EVENTS: — KEYSTONE BOYS OF LEATHER: Meets every third Thursday at The Bike Stop, 7:30 p.m.; — LIBERTY BEARS: Meetings (7-8 p.m.) and socials (8 p.m.midnight) first Saturdays at The Bike Stop; — PHILADELPHIANS MC: Meetings every first Monday at The Bike Stop, 7:30 p.m.; www. — WOOF! PHILLY: Every Sunday at 5 p.m. at 1416 Chancellor St.; www.woofphilly. com — DIABOLIQUE XIV: Annual fetish masquerade ball fundraiser, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nov. 20 at Shampoo Nightclub. This year’s theme is “Quack! Medical Mayhem and Chicanery;” www. ■ Questions? Comments? Contact Jim at LeatherLookout@gmail. com.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Philadelphia Theatre Company presents the award-winning tale of six kids in the throes of puberty vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime, through Dec. 5 at Suzanne Roberts Theater, 480 S. Broad St.; (215) 985-0420. Caesar’s Palace O’ Fun The Walnut Street Theatre presents a musical variety show centered around an outrageous lounge lothario, Nov. 23-Jan. 2 at Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 5743550. Girl Talk: The Musical The new show featuring hit songs from Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, P!nk, Carrie Underwood, the Pointer Sisters and more takes the stage, through Nov. 21 at Kimmel’s Innovation Studio, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Walnut Street Theatre presents an all-new production of the holiday Broadway musical, through Jan. 9, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550. Jersey Boys The Kimmel Center’s Broadway series presents the award-winning musical about Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, through Dec. 12 at Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; (215) 790-5847. Monty Python’s Spamalot PNC Arts Alive presents the popular and zany medieval comedy through Nov. 20, 915 White Horse Pike, Haddon Township, N.J.;

(856) 858-5230. My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy Society Hill Playhouse presents a comedic oneman show through Dec. 12, 507 S. Eighth St.; (215) 923-0210.




Kavakos Plays Tchaikovsky The Philadelphia Orchestra performs with Spanish-born conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Greek-born violin virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos, through Nov. 20 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Old Wicked Songs Bristol Riverside Theater presents out playwright Jon Maran’s Pulitzer Prizenominated drama about a piano prodigy who travels to Vienna desperate to regain his waning creative spark, through Dec. 5, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; (215) 785-0100. Rent 11th Hour Theater Company presents Jonathan Larson’s modern musical classic about young artists trying to survive in 1980s New York City, through Nov. 21 at Mandell Theater at Drexel University, 3300 Chestnut St.; www.11thhou Run, Mourner, Run Flashpoint Theatre Company and out playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney present the story of a poor young man from a rural community in North Carolina who is suddenly thrust into a power struggle between the two richest men in town, through Nov. 20 at Second Stage at The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St.; (215) 568-8077. The Scarlet Letter Academy of Vocal Arts presents the classic literary tale with a score by Philadelphia composer Margaret Garwood, through Nov. 21 at Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. Simulations Plays & Players Theatre presents a fantastical story

comedy cabaret-style production, through Nov. 20 at Bruce Montgomery Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; (215) 898-3900.

Boyz II Men The hit R&B group performs at 8 p.m. Nov 20 at Resorts Atlantic City’s Superstar Theater, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; (609) 344-6000.

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia hosts The National Dog Show Presented by Purina, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 20-21 at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks. One of the show’s highlights comes on Sunday with performances by the Freestyle Flying Disc dogs and Diving Dogs (pictured), who fly off an elevated dock into a 19,000-gallon swimming pool. For more information, visit www.nationaldogshow. com. Photo: See Spot Run Photography/Carson International, Inc./Nestle Purina

about a socially awkward woman who falls in love with her Sims character, through Nov. 21, 1714 Delancey Place; www. Sister’s Christmas Catechism The Kimmel Center’s Off Broadway Series presents the holiday-themed comedy, Nov. 23-28 at the Innovation Studio, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. South Pacific The Kimmel Center’s Broadway Series presents

the classic musical, Nov. 23-28 at the Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. Uncle Vanya Lantern Theater Company presents its first-ever production of a full-length Anton Chekhov work, through Nov. 21 at St. Stephen’s Theater, 923 Ludlow St.; (215) 8290395. Urinetown: The Musical The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the award-winning

6895. Best of Show University of the Arts hosts an exhibition of The Photo Review 2010 Competition Prize Winners, through Dec. 10 at Gallery 1401, 14th floor of Terra Hall, 211 S. Broad St.; (215) 717-6300. The Big Sea ArtStar Gallery presents an exhibition of works from artist Andrew Zangerle, through Nov. 21, 623 N. Second St.; (215) 238-1557. Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt The Franklin Institute presents an exhibition of 150 artifacts from Egypt, through Jan. 2, 20th Street and the Parkway; (215) 448-1200.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra The holiday-themed rock band performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; (800) 298-4200.

Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier GuerrandHermes Collection Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of jewelry and historic Chamber Music photographs from Algeria, Concert Libya, Morocco, Egypt The Philadelphia Orchestra and Tunisia, through Dec. performs with special guest 5, 26th Street and the artists in an intimate setting. Parkway; (215) 763-8100. 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 260 S. Eakins on Paper: Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. Drawings and Watercolors from the Michael Bublé Collection The hit Canadian singer Philadelphia Museum of performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; (800) 298-4200.



Art of the American Soldier The National Constitution Center presents the worlddebut exhibition of over 15,000 paintings and sketches created by 1,300 American soldiers in the line of duty, through Jan. 10, 525 Arch St.; (215) 409-

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Art presents an exhibition of 10 rarely seen drawings and watercolors that survey the early work of Thomas Eakins, through December, 26th Street and the Parkway; (215) 763-8100. A Glimpse of Paradise: Gold in Islamic Art Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition exploring the unique status of gold in Islam through a small group of objects drawn from the museum’s collection, through April 2011, 26th Street and the Parkway; (215) 763-8100. Object and Fields AxD Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Mike Stack and Carrie Patterson, through Dec. 4, 265 S. 10th St.; (215) 627-6250. Pleasures and Pastimes in Japanese Art Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of costumes, masks and poetry exploring the ways in which leisure time was interpreted across all social classes in Japanese art, through January, 26th Street and the Parkway; (215) 763-8100. The Visionary State: A Journey Through California’s Spiritual Landscape University of the Arts hosts an exhibition by photographer Michael Rauner taking the viewer on a tour of California’s more eccentric religious movements, through Dec. 10 at Gallery 1401, 15th floor of Terra Hall, 211 S. Broad St.; (215) 717-6300.


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The Curtis Opera Theatre presents a double-bill of mistaken identities and marriages turned upside-down, through Nov. 21 at Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; (215) 893-7902.


Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents a dance and musical performance exploring the history, culture and passion of Argentina, through Nov. 20 at Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; (215) 898-3900. BalletX Fall Series 2010 Dancer, choreographer and filmmaker Tobin Del Cuore presents the world premiere of “Beside Myself,” a dynamic exploration of consciousness and duality alongside other BalletX favorites, through Nov. 21 at The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.; (215) 546-7824.


The Forbidden Zone The 1980s cult film is screened at 9:45 p.m. Nov. 19 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 9170223. Bringing Up Baby The 1938 comedy film is screened at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223. The 39 Steps The Alfred Hitchcock film is screened at 2 p.m. Nov. 21 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.


Swingers The 1996 comedy film is screened at 8 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 9226888.


An Evening of Lesbian Romance Authors Jeanine Hoffman, Nann Dunne, S. Renée Bess and PJ Trebelhorn host a reading at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960.


“JUDY and LIZA Together Again” Tommy Femia and Rick Skye perform as Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Bob Egan’s New Hope, Ramada Inn, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 862-5225. Richard Catenacci The cabaret singer and friends celebrate his 70th birthday with a performance at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Bob Egan’s New Hope, Ramada Inn, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 862-5225.


George Lopez The comedian performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 893-1999. Craig Shoemaker The comedian performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 20 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

SEX AND CRACKERS: There’s a lot of interesting cabaret action to be had in Philly this weekend. Miss Martha Graham Cracker (aka Dito van Reigersberg) enlists for a special guest appearance 8 p.m. Nov. 19 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 20 for the “Back In The Army Cabaret,” the gender-bending military-themed cabaret show harkening back to the era of The Greatest Generation at Society Hill Playhouse’s Red Room, 507 S. Eighth St. The show, sans Cracker, runs through Nov. 28. For more information, visit or call (215) 923-0210. Also, in Northern Liberties, singer Karen Gross celebrates the fifth anniversary of her popular cabaret show, “Sex & The Single Singer,” with a performance and party featuring special guests and prizes at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at Ruba Hall, 414 Green St. For more information or tickets visit http://karengross.eventbrite. com. Photo: Karen Gross

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Community centers ■ The Attic Youth Center: For LGBT and questioning youth and their friends and allies. Groups meet and activities are held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; case management, HIV testing and smoking cessation are available Monday through Friday. See the Youth section for more events. 255 S. 16th St.; (215) 545-4331 ■ Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at the University of Pennsylvania 3907 Spruce St.; (215) 898-5044;, Summer hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. ■ Rainbow Room — Bucks County’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Allies Youth Center: 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays: Doylestown Planned Parenthood, The Atrium, Suite 2E, 301 S. Main St., Doylestown; (215) 348-0558 ext. 65; ■ William Way Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center: 1315 Spruce St.; (215) 732-2220; Peer counseling: Monday through Friday, 6-9 p.m. Library hours: Mondays 3-9 p.m., Tuesdays 3-6 p.m., Wednesdays 3-9 p.m., Thursdays 3-9 p.m., Fridays 3-9 p.m., Saturdays noon-6 p.m., Sundays noon-6 p.m. Volunteers: New Orientation: First Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.; Volunteer Velada, third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

Health Anonymous, free, confidential HIV testing Spanish/English counselors offer testing 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, 166 W. Lehigh Ave.; (215) 763-8870 ext. 6000. AIDS Services In Asian Communities Provides HIV-related services to Asians and Pacific Islanders at 340 N. 12th St., suite 205; (2215) 536-2424. Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative Free, anonymous HIV testing from 9:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays at 1207 Chestnut St., fifth floor; (215) 851-1822 or (866) 222-3871. Spanish/English. HIV testing Free, anonymous testing and counseling is offered from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment at AIDS Resource, 520 W. Fourth St., suite 2A, Williamsport; (570) 322-8448.

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HIV treatment Free HIV/AIDS diagnosis and treatment for Philadelphia residents are available from 9 a.m.noon Mondays and 5-8 p.m. Thursdays at Health Center No. 2, 1720 S. Broad St.; (215) 685-1803. HIV health insurance help Access to free medications, confidential HIV testing available at 17 MacDade Blvd., suite 108, Collingdale; Medical Office Building, 722 Church Lane, Yeadon; and 630 S. 60th St.; (610) 586-9077. Mazzoni Center Free, anonymous HIV testing; HIV/AIDS care and treatment, case management and support groups; 1201 Chestnut St.; (215) 563-0652. www. Washington West Project Free, anonymous HIV testing. Walk-ins welcome 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; 1201 Locust St.; (215) 985-9206.; Fax: (215) 686-2555

■ AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania: (215) 587-9377

■ Mazzoni Center: (215) 563-0652; www.

■ AIDS Law Project of Southern New Jersey: (856) 933-9500 ext. 221

■ Mazzoni Center Family and Community Medicine: (215) 563-0658

■ AIDS Library: (215) 985-4851 ■ ACLU of Pennsylvania: (215) 592-1513

■ Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (Philadelphia): (215) 572-1833

■ AIDS Treatment hot line: (215) 5452212

■ Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations: (215) 686-4670

■ Barbara Gittings Gay and Lesbian Collection at the Independence Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library: (215) 685-1633

■ Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Task Force: (215) 772-2000

■ The COLOURS Organization Inc. 112 N. Broad St., 11th floor; (215) 4960330.

■ Philadelphia Police Department liaison — Chief Inspector James Tiano: (215) 685-3655 ■ Philadelphia Police Liaison Committee: (215) 600-0627;

■ Equality Advocates Pennsylvania: (215) 731-1447; (866) LGBTLAW

■ Philly Pride Presents: (215) 875-9288

■ Equality Forum: (215) 732-3378

■ SPARC — Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition: (717) 920-9537

■ Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Peer Counseling Services: (215) 732-TALK ■ Mayor’s liaison to LGBT communities: Gloria Casarez, (215) 686-2194; Gloria.

■ Transgender Health Action Coalition: (215) 732-1207 (staffed 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays, and 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays)


ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) Meets at 6 p.m. every Monday at St. Luke and the Epiphany Church, 330 S. 13th St.; (215) 3861981; Delaware Valley Chapter, Americans United for Separation of Church and State Seeks activists and supporters of church-state separation. Holds monthly meetings and events; (856) 863-3061; Equality Advocates Philadelphia Holds a volunteer night second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m., 1211 Chestnut St., Suite 605; (215) 731-1447; Green Party of Philadelphia Holds general meetings fourth Tuesday of each month (except April) at 6:30 p.m., 4134 Lancaster Ave.; (215) 243-7103; Log Cabin Republican Club of Philadelphia Meets at 7 p.m. third Wednesday of the month at the William Way Community Center; (215) 4655677; Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club Meets seasonally; (215) 760-7184; www.


Gay Men’s Book Discussion Group Meets at 6:30 p.m. first Wednesday of the month at the Independence Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 18 S. Seventh St.; (215) 685-1633. Library Book Club Meets to discuss a new book at 7 p.m. on third Wednesday of the month at the William Way Center. New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus Chorus rehearses at 7:30 p.m. Mondays in Princeton, N.J.; (609) 675-1998. Open-mic night An amateur poetry, music and storytelling event sponsored by The Pride Center of New Jersey, meets at 8 p.m. every third Friday at the George Street Playhouse, 1470 Jersey Ave., North Brunswick, N.J.; (732) 846-0715. Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus Chorus rehearses from 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays; (215) 731-9230; Philadelphia Gay Men’s Opera Club Meets to share and listen to recordings at 6:30 p.m. on last Saturday of the month; (215) 2246995. Philadelphia Voices of Pride Philadelphia’s first mixed GLBT chorus rehearses at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the William Way Center; (888) 505-7464; Queer Writer’s Collective Workshop and discussion group meets 4-6 p.m. on fourth Saturday of the month at the William Way Center. Women’s Book Group Meets first Thursday of the month at 6:45 p.m. at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.;


Diversity Dancers Ballroom dancers meet the first Sunday of the month for tea dance and lessons. Other events scheduled throughout the year; (215) 922-2129;

NOV. 19 - 25, 2010 Male Oenophile Group Male group forming to discuss, appreciate and taste various wines. Will meet once a month to investigate the nuances and glories of the fermented grape. Call (267) 230-6750 for more information. Mornings OUT LGBT Senior Social Activities for sexual-minority seniors are held every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the William Way Center. PhilaVentures Philadelphia’s GLBT outdoor group meets for a hike in Wissahickon Valley Park on Sundays at 2 p.m. at Borders Books, Music and Café, 8701 Germantown Ave.; (215) 271-8822. Rainbow Bridge Group Congenial group meets for supper and to play bridge monthly on a Monday at 6:30 p.m. Members rotate serving as host. New players welcome. For information call Gerry at (215) 592-1174. Rainbow Room A meeting/activity night held for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth and their friends Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. at the Rainbow Room of Planned Parenthood in Doylestown; (215) 348-0558.


Brandywine Women’s Rugby Club Meets for Tuesday and Thursday practice at Greene Field, Howell Street and Moore Road, West Chester; City of Brotherly Love Softball League GLBT softball league serves the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Games are played Sundays, beginning in April, in Fairmount Park; (215) 4622575; Frontrunners Running club meets Saturday mornings at 9:30 for a run and brunch. Lloyd Hall, No. 1 Boathouse Row; Gay and Lesbian Bowling League Bowls at 8 p.m. Thursdays in the Norristown area; call Doug Schneidig; (716) 864-4393. Philadelphia Falcons Soccer Club GLBT and allied soccer club; practices Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon and Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. at Edgeley Fields in Fairmount Park; Philadelphia Fins Swim Team Male and female swimmers meet at 7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays in Center City; (610) 564-6661; www. Philadelphia Gay Bowling League Meets 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays September through April at Brunswick Zone, 1328 Delsea Drive, Deptford, N.J.; (856) 889-1434; www. Philadelphia Gay Flag Football New group forming. Contact Jered at or (214) 770-5373. Philadelphia Gryphons Rugby Football Club Team seeks players; all skill levels welcome; (215) 913-7531; Philadelphia Liberty Tennis Association Meets at 7 p.m. every third Monday at William Way Center; Philadelphia Phoenix Women’s football team seeks players; (267) 6799535; Philly Gay Hockey Association Philadelphia Phury seeks players; (917) 656-1936;

Gay Bridge Club Non-beginners group meets Monday afternoons at the William Way Center; (215) 985-4835.

Rainbow Riders of the Delaware Valley Motorcycle club meets regularly; (215) 836-0440;

Gay-friendly Scrabble Club Meets from 6-11 p.m. in the P.I.C. Building, 42nd and Locust streets; (215) 382-0789.

Rainbow Rollers Gay and lesbian bowling league meets 9 p.m. on Tuesdays September-April at Laurel Lanes, 2825 Rte. 73 South, Maple Shade, N.J.; (856) 778-7467.

Gay and Lesbian Scrabble Players in the tri-state area gather for socializing and friendly/competitive games; Gay Opera Guys of Philly New group for opera appreciation meets last Sunday of the month at 2:30 p.m. in Roxborough/ Andorra area; (215) 483-1032. Humboldt Society: Lesbian and Gay Naturalists Meets second Thursday of the month at the William Way Center; (215) 985-1456; www. Indepedence Squares GLBT square dance club, modern Western square dancing. Monthly open house. Tuesday classes in the fall; Lutheran Church, 2111 Sansom St.; (215) 735-5812;


AIDS Law Project Provides free legal assistance to people with HIV/AIDS and sponsors free monthly seminars on work and housing; 1211 Chestnut St., suite 600; (215) 587-9377; BiUnity Philadelphia area social and support network for bisexuals, their family members and friends meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the William Way Center; www. Global A political, community and social group that also works to promote Bordentown as a gayfriendly community meets on the first Saturday of the month at Firehouse Gallery, 8 Walnut St., Bordentown, N.J.; Delaware Pride Meets at 7 p.m. on first Thursday of the month at the United Church of Christ, 300 E. Main St., Newark, Del.; (800) 292-0429. Delaware Valley Pink Pistols For LGBT people dedicated to legal, safe and responsible use of firearms for self-defense; meets at 2 p.m. on third Saturday of the month at Classic Indoor Range, 1310 Industrial Blvd., Southhampton; (267) 386-8907; www. Friday Feast and Fun Dinner hosted by St. John’s Lutheran Church at 6:30 p.m. second Friday of the month, 24 N. Ridge Ave., Ambler; (215) 576-8008. Haverford College’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance Open meetings 10-11 p.m. Mondays in the lounge in Jones Basement at Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave.; (610) 896-4938. Latina/o Virtual Community Local listserv offers various information and resources; (215) 808-2493; Zorros_mail@yahoo. com; LGBTQ and Friends Activity Group Meets at 7 p.m. on third Friday of the month to plan outings and potlucks at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County. Long Yang Club Philadelphia Social organization for gay Asians and their friends holds monthly socials; P.O. Box 401, Philadelphia, Pa. 19105; www.longyangclub. org/philadelphia. Our Night Out A casual social networking party of LGBT professionals, allied communities, friends and colleagues meets in a different Philadelphia hot spot each month. To receive monthly event invitations, send email to; Philadelphia Bar Association Legal Advice Offered from 5-8 p.m. on third Wednesday of the month; (215) 238-6333. Philadelphia Prime Timers Club for mature gay and bisexual men and their admirers meets regularly; (610) 344-0853; www. Philadelphians MC Club for leather men and women meets 7:30 p.m. first and third Mondays of the month at The Pit at The Bike Stop, 201 S. Quince St.; (215) 627-1662. Philly Paw Pals Gay and lesbian dog owners and their dogs meet on first Saturday of the month at a dog park; (215) 618-5290; Rainbow Amateur Radio Association ARRL affiliated; private; weekly HF nets, monthly newsletter, e-mail server; (302) 5392392;

South Jersey Gay Bowling League Gay and lesbian bowling league meets 7 p.m. on Fridays September-April at Laurel Lanes, 2825 Rte. 73 South, Maple Shade, N.J.; (856) 778-7467.

Rock ’n’ Roll Queer Bar Party A party for gay and lesbian rockers with host Psydde Delicious starts at 10 p.m. every second Wednesday at N. 3rd, Third and Brown streets; (215) 413-3666.

Spartan Wrestling Club The gay wresting team meets from 7-9 p.m. Mondays at the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.; (215) 732-4545; www.phillyspartans. com.

Silver Foxes Social and educational group for gays and lesbians 50 and older meets from 3-5 p.m. on fourth Sunday of the month at the William Way Center.

Team Philadelphia Meets at 8 p.m. second Wednesday of the month at the William Way Center; www.teamphiladelphia. org.

Stonewall Model Railroad Club Meets monthly; (215) 769-4230; k3k@yahoo. com.

Women’s Table Tennis New group forming. Interested women are encouraged to e-mail

Thirsty Third Tuesdays Collingswood Out in the Neighborhood meets at 7 p.m. on third Tuesday of the month for coffee, dessert and conversation at Three Beans, 40 N. Haddon Ave., Haddonfield N.J.; (215) 439-8337.

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Mortgage rates fall to fresh lows By Janna Herron The Associated Press

The mortgage rate bar is even lower, but few homebuyers are making the jump. Rates on fixed mortgages again fell to their lowest levels in decades last week, Freddie Mac said last Thursday, after the Federal Reserve unveiled a massive bond-buying program to help spur economic growth. That marked more than a halfyear of record lows. But housing activity has still faltered. “I have zero purchase deals,” said Wisconsin mortgage broker John Stearns. “That’s how it’s been for months.” Stiff headwinds — unemployment, foreclosures and tight credit — are undermining attractive rates and forcing buyers to the

sidelines. Home sales logged their worst summer in decades, with thirdquarter sales falling by 21 percent from a year ago, the National Association of Realtors said last Thursday. Median home prices fell in half of U.S. cities in the July-toSeptember period, up from a third in the previous quarter. And banks are on pace to take back more than 1 million homes this year, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said last week. Recent investigations into faulty paperwork have postponed some foreclosure sales, resulting in a 9-percent drop in home repossessions in October from the previous month. Major lenders temporarily halted some foreclosures while they reviewed their practices and attorney generals in all 50 states

launched a joint investigation into the issue. But many have resumed or plan to resume foreclosures soon. “While that put a pause in the foreclosure process, that doesn’t do anything to help delinquencies,” said LendingTree chief economist Cameron Findlay. Economic woes, such as unemployment or reduced income, continue to be the main catalysts for foreclosures. Borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth are also at high risk and their numbers are rising. Zillow Inc. said last Wednesday that the number of mortgage holders who are “upside down” on their home loans rose in the third quarter to 23 percent. Homeowners with negative equity have a harder time refinancing even though rates are enticingly

low. The average rate on 15-year fixed loans, a popular choice for refinancing, fell to 3.57 percent from 3.63 percent, Freddie Mac said. That’s the lowest since the survey began in 1991. The average rate for 30-year fixed loans fell to 4.17 percent from 4.24 percent last week. That’s the lowest on records dating back to 1971. The Federal Reserve detailed plans earlier this month to buy $600 billion in Treasury bonds. The central bank gave more details last Wednesday, saying it plans to purchase $105 billion in Treasurys over the next month. The extra demand means Treasurys will produce lower yields for investors. Mortgage rates tend to track those yields. To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac collects rates

from lenders across the country on Monday through Wednesday of each week. Rates often fluctuate significantly, even within a single day. Rates on five-year adjustablerate mortgages fell to their lowest level in at least five years. They averaged 3.25 percent, down from 3.39 percent a week earlier. It is the lowest rate on records dating back to January 2005. Rates on one-year adjustablerate home loans were unchanged at 3.26. The rates do not include add-on fees, known as points. One point is equal to 1 percent of the total loan amount. The average fee for 30-year and 15-year fixed loans in Freddie Mac’s survey was 0.8 point. It was 0.7 point for one-year and five-year mortgages. ■

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