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Pittsburgh’s majestic movie palaces remembered —page 15

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What about ‘NO’ doesn’t the court understand?—page 7

A Link to Pittsburgh’s Pride past Pride 2010 set a record. Pride 2011 promises to be even bigger and better. Check out the list of Pride events on page 3.

Who’s spotted There? —page 35

Butterflies, botanical drawing and nude youth Gay artist’s secret life takes flight in major exhibit by Matthew Kolas

These vamps really suck —page 11

“There are two people in the story,” says my guide. “One holds an official role.” She points to a portrait of Andrey Avinoff, painted by his sister, in which he dons his University of Pittsburgh robes. “This is the guy I’m interested in,” she tells me, pointing to the much smaller Self-Portrait with Butterfly Eye, drawn by Avinoff with graphite on an envelope scrap. A butterfly is substituted for his left eye. “This is how he saw himself,” she notes. Even my private tour of Andrey Avinoff: In Pursuit of Beauty with the Carnegie Art Museum’s curator Louise Lippincott will not be enough to answer all of my questions about the gay man who served as director of the museum from 1926 until 1945. Avinoff was equally renowned for his accomplishments in entomology as he was for his

work as a commercial artist. Da Vinci meets Warhol, and so much more. Andrey Avinoff was born into a wealthy Russian military family under the rule of Alexander III on February 14, 1884. His fascination with butterflies began as a child, when he began not only painting them but also collecting them. He went on the receive a traditional Russian education, completing a law degree in 1905. From his matriculation at Moscow University, Avinoff began a career that embodied his dual nature: his official persona as a government bureaucrat and his passion for butterflies as a side profession. In 1908, he used an inheritance to finance his first butterfly-collecting expedition to Russian Turkestan and Pamir. He later traveled to Kashmir and Tibet in 1912. Through his own travels and 44 other exContinued on page 16

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FACES AND PLACES

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Set Men. I’ve never watched the reality series on which this porn is based, Jersey Shore, however, the media has kept me up to date on the antics of cast members, like “Snookie,” Pauly D and “the Situation,” but I have no clue how accurate the portrayals in Jersey Score are. When Andrew Blue inquires about a room for rent, Mike “The Stimulation” (played by Dean Coxx) requires an odd deposit—although after some oral action, it’s Coxx who makes the down payment. Meanwhile Trent Diesel and Josh Logan are getting impatient with Pauly G (played by Kevin Cavalli), who is spending way too much time perfecting his hairstyle. When the two accuse him of wanking off, their playful tussling leads to a threeway with Diesel bottoming for his roomies.

Staying true to the MTV original, Jersey heads to a bar where a brawl erupts as the “guidos” trades blows— and blow jobs. Hayden Stephens gets to ride Jarred King; Derrick Vinyard gives it up for Coxx. Jersey Score is a porn flick that works on all levels: a popular parody with buff Stallions, Italian sausage and serious sex. The back cover promises: “All straight boys, all Guidos, hair gel not included.” Ha ha! This was just what the doctor ordered. To order the DVDs reviewed, visit the websites or call them toll-free and tell them you read the review in the May issue—or in one case, the June ’10 and May ’11 issues—of Pittsburgh’s Out: Hot House at HotHouse.com, 800-8844687; Raging Stallion Studios at ragingstallion.com, 877327-0707; and Jet Set at jetsetmen.com, 800-522-5557.

Out at There The Pegasus crew (Nathan Carroll, Chet Campbell, Jerry Hockman and Andrew Ellifritz) hangin’ at There.

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Newcomers from Arkansas, partners Daniel Stahoviak and Chris Harris check out Pegasus.

Out at Vice Versa All hugs and smiles at Vice Versa are Rhonda Stout and Matthew Ferrell.

Photos by John Colombo

Out at Club Pittsburgh Visiting Club Pittsburgh from Cleveland are Ryan Corrigan and Michael Dingess.

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LOCAL NEWS

Is it déjà vu—or amnesia—for Out ’s porn reviewer?

Pride 2011 almost here—with a new attitude!

by Samuel Davidson I need help. Have I written this column before? Or maybe I just reviewed some of these porn flicks before? Am I misidentifying men and movies in the heat of the moment? Can someone help me?

DVDs

Those lips, those eyes. How could Davidson forget this twink?

Horsehung Kyle King plugs Cameron Marshall in a number of different positions before both deliver the goods. Rick van Sant rides Jock Derrek Diamond’s derrick, before the duo flip-flops. And the finale features a nude Josh West being interrupted mid-wank by Ross Hurston and Craig Reynolds, ending in a threeway with Reynolds stretched out on a table in order to play bottom for both. There’s no story, just hot action between muscular men, which is what Director Steven Scarborough is known for. So if I’ve seen this film before, I didn’t mind seeing it again. More deja vu with Private Resort. This one’s as outdoors light as Reckless was indoors dark. The twinks meet

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ner. The Delta Foundation is still finalizing all of the details for the events slated for June 3-12, but a very special guest has been booked as the featured entertainer for “Pride in the Street” on June 121. It’s none other than R&B legend Patti LaBelle. A long-time supporter of the LGBT community, LaBelle has served as a spokesperson for the National Minority AIDS Council “Live Long Sugar” campaign. In 2007 she was presented with the GLAAD Excellence in Media Award. Her 1974 mega-hit “Lady Marmalade” is still a staple in any Pride music mix. On June 11 LaBelle will perform a 45-minute show on the outdoor stage at Liberty Avenue between 9th and 10th streets.

Trust Me, I’m a Doctor is a playful prescription Then later the pool gets more use as Ridge Michaels and Hunter Vance frolic in the water. It’s not until they rinse off in the outdoor shower that the two succumb to twink meat, flip-flopping as top and bottom. Raz finally does get to the pool alone, but no matter since Justin Taylor is there. Raz plays the bottom role again, but uh oh, here comes his boyfriend Defendi—who’s surprisingly good natured about BF’s indiscretion. In fact, he joins in. As for me, the entire movie was a been-there, watched-that feeling again. Luckily the bonus disc has a number of solo sessions and interviews with the lads. If that’s your thing. Another selection from Raging Stallion Studios is Stag Fight, a first and early release from their Stag Homme division. I know I never watched this one before—more on that coming up. This porn came out a few years ago, and I know I’ve never watched this because it kind of gave me the creeps. There are six different tales, each one unrelated to the other, and the emphasis is on more forceful sex. But talk about bait-and-switch! The cover alone would sell the film: Francesco D’Macho and Damien Crosse look like extras in Spartacus: Gods of the Arena: big buff, bronzed gods with impressive pecs and packages. Inside it’s a different matter. “Stockholm Syndrome” stars hunky Dennis De Nello, who’s been abducted and dragged to an undisclosed location by a somewhat doughly masked terrorist—well, he terrorized me! But once the mask is off, the abductor turns out to be Crosse, looking not quite as fit as on the cover. I’m totally put off by scenes of simulated abduction, cruelty and/or forcible sex; so even though this movie’s mild in comparison to a few others I’ve seen, I had no interest in watching the entire film. Mostly a bound and gagged De Nello gets his pecs punched by Crosse’s fist, which turns him on—although not me. At the end of their sex scene, if you listen carefully, it turns out that this is just a game played by this duo, who takes turns being the aggressor. Then “Numero Tres” has Pedro Andreas and Damien breaking into Francesco D’Macho’s home and… well, into Francesco D’Macho—both at one time! Couple that with poor lighting and editing, it’s not a great beginning for a company’s debut. Maybe more recent releases will win me back… Now I’m really in a foul mood. After I finished my review of Fight, Collier reminded me that he already reviewed this film in the June 2010 issue of Out! Now I’m doing memory exercises and taking fish oil caplets by the handful. If ever I needed medical attention, it’s now. So I believed Hot House when they promised Trust Me I’m a Doctor. Could this be the cure? Hell, yeah!

Events leading up to Pride May 29, noon-6pm—A long-standing Pittsburgh tradition is the annual Memorial Day Picnic in North Park. For the 36th time, summer will start with this landmark event. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the gate. June 3—The Pride Advocacy Rally will be held on the steps of the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street. Speakers are still being confirmed for the rally. June 9—The always popular pool party Splash! Advance tickets are $65; tickets at the door are $80. June 9—Also marks a TransPride event at Cattivo. Pride weekend June 10—Check out over 13 hot bars in town during Pub Crawl. Tickets for this event are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the Pub Crawl.

Check into this Private Resort.

Nine well-built studs are lined up on the back cover, with two very delicious samplings on the front: John Magnum—his last name doesn’t exaggerate—and Craig Reynolds. Where is this hospital, ’cause I’m checking in! Having been the main course in a Reckless 2 threeway, Reynolds is back, but this time he’s the nurse who assists Dr. Hogan Wade. The beefy doc has him flustered, and once Reynolds drops and then bends over to retrieve a box of rubber gloves, Wade has dropped as well—to the floor for some butt-munching. Then the good doc pulls out an assortment of butt toys, starting with a double-headed dildo. Reynolds always seems to wind up on a table, this time an exam table where Wade brings out one toy after the other, to Reynolds’s noisy delight. Kevin Armstrong gets a prostate exam by Nikko Alexander before Dr. Alexander utilizes several measuring tools to check Armstrong’s chute. It all proves too much for the patient, who yanks the doc’s scrubs down for some oral action before Alexander begins plowing, eliciting Armstrong’s cry, “You’re the best doctor!” Christian Wilde would disagree. That cutie has a serious ailment: “My dick stopped working.” Fortunately, Dr. John Magnum is on the case—and also onto the cock. A quick check of the patient’s balls leads to an instant cure, but this prescription includes follow up care: the oral services of hunky tattooed Nurse Rod Daily. Soon Magnum gets in on the action. Both Wilde and Magnum take turns plugging Daily, and then all deliver. Trust Me I’m a Doctor is a playful prescription for anything that ails you, like bad porn selections or my memory loss. With well filmed action and hot buff studs, Trust Me should get a rise out of your spirits in no time. And one last playful selection for you reality fans— and you know who you are: Jersey Score from Jet Continued on page 35

June 10—Also fire up a Lez Liquor Hour at Cattivo. Contact Victoria Bradley at vbradley@ pittsburghpride.org to get all the details for this event. June 11—Pride in the Streets: Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh, we got a new attitude! Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the gate and are on sale now at www.pittsburghpride.org/tickets. To attend the event, you must be 18 or older. June 12—Pittsburgh Pride 2011 March and PrideFest, a street festival on Liberty Avenue. The march will begin at the same spot as last year—the corner of Blvd. of the Allies and Grant Street. It will then proceed

down Grant and make a left onto Fifth Avenue to Liberty Avenue. Last year the Delta Foundation reported that the last two days of Pride 2010 drew more than 30,000 individuals, setting an all-time record for Pittsburgh’s largest Pride festival. Pride 2011 hopes to break this record. For anyone interested in attending more than one event, a Pride Pass includes one ticket to the Pub Crawl, one ticket to Pride in the Street and one ticket to PrideFest Beer Garden for only $50. These are available only online.

Gertrude Stein Club makes endorsements The Gertrude Stein Political Club, Pittsburgh’s multi-partisan LGBT and feminist organization, has released its slate of endorsements for the May 17 election. In the race for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Barbara Ernsberger is the endorsed candidate. For County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald got the club’s nod. Valerie McDonald Roberts is the choice for County Controller. Nicholas Futules (District 7) and Barbara Daly Danko (District 11) won endorsements for Allegheny County Council. Two seats are open for Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. The group selected Alex Bicket and Eleanor Bush. In city races, Michael Lamb is the club’s choice for City Controller, while for City Council, endorsements

went to Darlene Harris (District 1), Bruce Kraus (District 3), Chris Zurawsky (District 5), Patrick Dowd (District 7) and Lucille Prater-Holliday (District 9) Hugh McGough is the choice for District Judge 5-235. According to Todd Bryner, Stein Club president, “This was a painful endorsement vote for us because so many old and new friends [of the Stein Club and the community] are going head-to-head.” Bryner added, “We have many candidates who are strong on our issues. That’s good news!” The organization will be holding a pre-election “bar night” and is always interested in welcoming new members. Contact them at GSPCGP@gmail.com to find out how you can get involved.

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A mind is a terrible thing to lose. Recently, I’ve wondered where I replaced mine. That’s what occurred to me while I was watching Reckless 2 (Hot House Video) and Private Resort—Boys in the Sun (Raging Stallion). I can’t find any notes or the actual reviews, but I swear I’ve watched these films before. OK, it’s not a leap to believe that Reckless 2 may be similar to its predecessor, which I could have reviewed awhile back. And any film with “boys” in the title surely focuses on young, slim twinks—who do tend to look alike to someone my age. Except for their endowments. So if I’m repeating myself with these reviews, please bear with me. Reckless takes place in a warehouse that gets very busy after hours. Rod Daily (the stud with a Mohawk) gets fed Tony Mecelli’s meat before taking a ride on it. Scott Tanner uses his big dick to do the same to Paul Wagner, who expertly services the brute’s tool.

June and Pittsburgh Pride are just around the cor-

poolside but typically end up in the bedrooms of this resort. A vacationing couple, Tommy Defendi and Ryan Raz, check in but take some time checking each other out before they head for the pool—with Raz taking Defendi’s pole everywhichway and then showing his appreciation. Unable to resist little Cody Springs, who’s sunbathing by the pool, Felix Andrews manages to talk him out of his trunks. Springs is no fool, and soon he’s bending over for the Latino stud.

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RESOURCES

NATIONAL NEWS New estimates for LGBT population in U.S.

Delaware Legislature passes civil-union bill, governor to sign

Gay demographer Gary Gates from the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, a think tank at the University of California, Los Angeles, has attempted to estimate the number of American adults who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Gathering information from existing population surveys, Gates came up with a figure of nearly 9 million. The research suggests that 1.7 percent of American adults identify as gay or lesbian, 1.8 percent identify as bisexual and 0.3 percent identify as transgender. Many more women than men say they are bisexual. Gates also found that 8.2 percent of American adults “report that they have engaged in same-sex sexual behavior” and 11 percent “acknowledge at least some same-sex sexual attraction.” In response to the data, some LGBT activists and commentators said that surveying people about gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender identity, behavior or feelings results in an undercount of the LGBT population because many people do not answer honestly.

Delaware’s Senate and House of Representatives passed a civil-union bill April 7 and April 14 respectively. The Senate vote was 13-6. The House vote was 25-16. The measure grants same-sex couples the state-level rights, benefits and obligations of marriage, and recognizes same-sex civil unions and marriages from other states, treating them as Delaware civil unions. “I congratulate everyone who worked so hard to make these rights real and look forward to signing this bill into law,” Gov. Jack Markell said April 14. “When it came to this legislation, it was clear that it was about rights, it was about opportunity and it was about time.” Seven other states have similar laws, and five states and Washington, D.C., let same-sex couples marry. Five additional states recognize people married in other states and countries as married. Same-sex marriage is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C. Same-sex marriages from elsewhere are recognized as marriages in Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and California (if the marriage took place before Proposition 8 passed). The states with civil-union laws that grant all marriage rights are California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington. The Hawaii and Illinois laws were passed recently and have not come into force. Five other states have gay-union laws that extend some rights of marriage: Colorado, Hawaii (an older law), Maine, Maryland and Wisconsin.

Two recurring LGBT-rights measures were introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in April—the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the Uniting American Families Act. ENDA would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in workplaces that have 15 or more employees. UAFA would give U.S. citizens and permanent residents the right to sponsor a same-sex permanent partner for U.S. residence—a right that is available to opposite-sex binational spouses. “Thousands of committed same-sex couples are needlessly suffering because of unequal treatment under our immigration laws, and this is an outrage,” U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said in announcing UAFA’s introduction. Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese said: “Our nation’s discriminatory immigration laws force binational same-sex families to decide between breaking up or living in exile. No American family should face this decision.” According to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, at least 25 nations allow residents to sponsor samesex permanent partners for legal immigration, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. ENDA and UAFA may face a tough road in Congress, in part because Republicans control the House of Representatives. Laws similar to ENDA exist in 21 states and Washington, D.C., for sexual orientation and in 12 states and D.C. for gender identity.

Chicago elects 2nd gay alderman Chicago voters elected the city’s second openly gay alderman April 5. James Cappleman will represent the 46th Ward on the North Side. Gay Alderman Tom Tunney has represented the heavily gay 44th Ward, just south of the 46th, since 2003. In the Illinois state capital, Springfield, voters also elected an openly gay alderman April 5. Republican Cory Jobe will represent the city’s 6th Ward.

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Prop 8 judge comes out The judge who struck down California’s Proposition 8 last August came out to reporters April 6 in San Francisco. Former U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker also said he’s in a relationship with a doctor. Walker said his sexuality was irrelevant to his handling of the Prop 8 case, and that things such as gender, ethnicity and national origin also should not affect which cases judges hear. Walker’s strikedown of Prop 8, which amended the state constitution in 2008 to re-ban same-sex marriage, is on appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The case has been delayed because the people who were sued—including California’s governor and attorney general—have no interest in defending Prop 8. As a result, the people who put Prop 8 on the ballot have intervened in the case to defend it, but it’s unclear at this time if they have legal “standing” to defend the amendment in federal court. The 9th Circuit recently asked the California Supreme Court for its opinion on the “standing” question. The California court is not expected to give an answer until late this year at the soonest.

Maryland trans rights bill dies A transgender nondiscrimination bill that had passed the Maryland House of Delegates died in the Senate on April 11. Senators voted 27-20 to return it to committee. The development took state LGBT activists by surprise, as they believed they had lined up the needed votes for passage. In the end, 16 Democrats voted with the majority. “Senators... took a walk on justice and fairness today and turned their backs on the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Equality Maryland Executive Director Morgan Meneses-Sheets.

Activists who oppose gay rights are more riled up than usual about a bill working its way through the California Legislature, says Equality California, which has shepherded 76 pro-LGBT measures through the Legislature and seen 42 of them signed into law. (Twenty other measures were resolutions that didn’t need the governor’s signature. Fourteen of the group’s bills were vetoed.) SB 48, “The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act,” would amend the Education Code to require that schools provide “a study of the role and contributions of both men and women, Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of other ethnic and cultural groups, to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States of America, with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.” It also would prohibit classroom instruction and school-sponsored activities that “promote ... a discriminatory bias on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, nationality, [or] sexual orientation.” The bill requires that social-sciences textbooks and other social-sciences instructional material used in California adhere to the proposed law’s requirements. Sponsored by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, the measure passed the Senate Education Committee 6-3 in late March and passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 32 on April 5. “It is one of our priority bills and I believe it will pass [the full Legislature],” said EQCA Interim Executive Director Jim Carroll. “The EQCA-PAC’s policy of only endorsing candidates who are 100-percent on our issues, including education, has resulted in enough legislators who will support this bill to get it to Gov. [Jerry] Brown’s desk. And the governor’s preference for local control is met in the bill’s language, so I think he’ll sign it.” Carroll said that should the bill pass, he wouldn’t be surprised to see opponents attempt to repeal it at the ballot box. In 2008, such activists repealed same-sex marriage in California by convincing voters to amend the state constitution. “I assume that some leaders of the more fundamentalist segments of our society will try to use SB 48 and any bill that tries to protect youth to raise money and drum up support for their sad position,” he said. “They tried in 2008 to gather signatures to overturn another Equality California-sponsored education bill... and failed miserably. I assume they might try to qualify for the ballot again around SB 48 or even try to reverse all our safe-schools protections.” Recently retired EQCA Executive Director Geoff Kors was present at the Senate Education Committee session on March 23 as SB 48 passed. He was disturbed, he said, that pro-gay legislators on the committee seemed tolerant of the anti-gay activists’ statements. “Even among those who voted for us, they said they appreciated how respectful all the people who testified were, meaning no one was yelling or booing,” he said. “It’s time for elected officials who support us to stop saying that this is respectful debate. There’s nothing respectful about saying that LGBT people are immoral, about saying that homosexuality can be changed, that it goes against God’s plan... Homophobic and transphobic people who testify this way are not respectful.”

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ner@diningoutpgh.org or www.diningoutpgh.org ·Dykes on Bikes Pittsburgh Chapter, www.pittsburghdykesonbikes.com. ·Flying Colors, www.geocities.com/cyclepgh; email: cyclepgh@yahoo.com; 731-8198. ·Friends of All Colors Together; 427-7053. ·Frontrunners, gay, lesbian running group; 2431781;www.pittsburgh-frontrunners.org. ·G2H2 Gay Guys Happy Hours, www.g2h2pittsburgh.com. ·Gay Anglo and Latino Alliance/La Alianza de Latinos y Anglos Gay, 362-5451. ·GLBT Youth Program-Gay & Lesbian Community Center; 422-0114. ·Greater Pgh. Men’s Society; 481-3402. ·Iron City Squares, gay, lesbian square dancing; 724-464-4324. ·ISMIR (International Sexual Minorities Information Resource). PO Box 81869, Pgh., 152170869; 422-3060. ·Lesbians Are Parents; 371-2383. ·Pgh. Gay Book Club. pittsburghgaybookclub.blogspot.com ·Pgh. Gay Motorcyclists; 531-8303, http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/PghGayMotorcyclists. ·Pgh. General Health Professionals Assn.; 3613557. ·Pgh. Lesbian & Gay Film Society, PO Box 81237,Pgh., 15217; 422-6776. www.plgfs.org. ·Pgh. Men’s Collective, 2226 Delaware Ave., 15218; 421-6405. ·Pgh. Transsexual Support Group; 661-7030. ·Pgh. Prime Timers, PO Box 99292, Pgh., 15233-9200; 519-4320; e-mail: contact@ pittsburghprimetimers.com. www.pittsburgh primetimers.com. ·PONY Gay Rodeo Assn., PO Box 99321, Pgh., 15233; 370-1548. ·Renaissance City Choirs, 116 S. Highland Ave.,Pgh.,15206;362-9484. www.rccpittsburgh.org ·Sex/Love Addicts Anonymous; 441-0956. ·Staying Positive: Pittsburgh. http://stayingpostivepgh@inpgh.org;stayingpositivepgh@gmail.c om ·Steel City Bowling League; PO Box 16220, Pgh. 772-8243. ·Steel City Softball League, PO Box 99493. Pgh., 15233, 683-7676. ·Steel City Tennis League; 681-6831. ·Steel City Volleyball League, 506-3187. ·Three Rivers Leather Club, PO Box 5298, Pgh. 15206; www.trlc.net. ·TransFamily Support Group, 962 Rockdale Rd, Butler,16002; (724)758-3578. ·TransPitt, cross dressers, transvestites, transsexuals. PO Box 3214, Pgh., 15230; 454-5557. ·TREAT (Three Rivers Eastern Area Tournament), PO Box 99604, Pgh., 15233; 922-8308. ·Youth Adult Services of PA, PO Box 3539, Pgh., 15230. ·Youth Empowerment Project, PO Box 7319, Pgh., 15213; 624-5508. Organizations-Student/academic ·GLBT Allies at CMU; http://allies.andrew.cmu.edu. 268-9994. ·Gay, Lesbian Law Caucus of the University of Pgh. School of Law. 3900 Forbes Ave., Pgh., 15260; 648-1388. ·Gay-Straight Allaince at Community College of Allegheny County, Office of Student Activities. 808 Ridge Ave., Pgh., 15212; 237-2675. ·GLSEN Pittsburgh, PO Box 110288, Pgh. 15232; 361-6996. ·Pride at Carlow University, (GLBT, Straight Alliance), 3333 Fifth Ave., Pgh., 15213; pride@carlow.edu ·Rainbow Alliance, University of Pittsburgh, 611 William Pitt Union; 412-648-2105. Professional Services ·Lisa Anderson, Northwood Realty. 367-3200, ext. 340. ·Biancheria, Eriksen, Maliver and Angell, P.C. Attorneys-at-Law. 401 Wood Street, Ste, 1600, Pittsburgh PA 15222; 394-1001. ·Evolve Counseling and Coaching, 773-1220 or 818-0312. ·Edward Jasiewicz, Prundential Preferred Reality, 521-5500.

·Leone’s Florist, 5504 Center Ave. Shadyside. 687-1595. ·Lowtide Swimwear and Apparel. 2614 Lincoln Way, White Oak PA 15131. 412-751-4799. ·Weishouse Home Furnishings. 324 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside. 412-441-8888. Pennsylvania Bars, clubs, restaurants ·Chumley’s, 108 W. College Ave., State College;(814) 238-4446 (mixed). ·Club 231. 231 Pittsburgh St., Uniontown; (724) 430-1477. ·Escapade, 2523 Union Ave., Altoona, 16602; (814) 946-8195. ·Lucille’s, 520 Washington St., Johnstown; (814) 539-4448 ·Michael’s Café, 1413 11th Ave., Altoona, 16601; (814) 941-0803. ·Papermoon, 1325 State St., Erie, 16501; (814) 455-7766. ·Rumors in Town, 1413 11th Ave., rear, Altoona, 16602; (814) 941-0803. ·The Zone, 133 W. 18th St., Erie; (814) 452-0125. Organizations ·AIDS Intervention Project, PO Box 352, Altoona, 16603; 1-800-445-6262. ·Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Help line of Altoona, (814) 942-8101. ·Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Task Force, c/o Family & Children’s Service, 2022 Broad Ave., Altoona 16601; (814) 944-3583. ·Gay, Lesbian Switchboard, PO Box 805, State College, 16804; (814) 237-1950, 6-9pm. ·Gay, Lesbian Switchboard of North Central Pa., c/o Susquehanna Lambda, PO Box 2510, Williamsport, 17703; (717) 327-1411. ·IUP Alliance, 724-357-2598. ·Laurel Highlands Gay and Lesbian Alliance, PO Box 145, Somerset, 15501. ·Lawrence County AIDS Network, PO Box 1674, New Castle, 16103; 800-359-AIDS. ·League of G/L Voters, Erie. PO Box 8083, Erie, 16505; (814) 833-3258. ·League of G/L Voters, State College regional chapter. PO Box 10986, State College, 16805; (814) 237-5520. ·LGBTA Resource Center at Bloomsburg University, 266 Students Services Center, 400 East Second St. Bloomsburg PA 17815. ·LGBTA at Penn State, 101 Boucke Bldg. University Park, 16802, 814-863-1248. ·LGBA, PO Box 444, Slippery Rock, 16057; (724) 738-2939. ·Log Cabin Republican Clubs of Pennsylvania, 1903 Walnut St., Suite 175, Phila., 19103; (215) 247-6344. ·Mon Valley AIDS Task Force, Box 416, Monessen,15063;(724)258-1270. ·PA. Council for Sexual Minorities, 238 Main Capital Bldg., Harrisburg, 17120. ·Penn State Sexual Health Awareness Program, Ritenour Health Center, University Park, 16803; (814) 865-TALK. ·P-FLAG (Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbian and Gays) New Castle; (724) 658-3578. ·Project HOPE, 697 State Street, Beaver PA 15009; (724) 581-6825 or (724) 728-8220; projecthope_2009@yahoo.com. ·State College Gay Men’s Alliance, PO Box 545, State College, 16804. ·UPJ Alliance. 814-269-7065. Ext.7180. Ohio Bars, clubs, restaurants ·Adams St., 73-77 N. Adams St., Akron; (330) 434-9794. ·Club MAXX, 122 N. Sixth St., Steubenville; (740) 284-1291. ·Crew, 304 Cherry Ave. NE, Canton; (330) 4522739. ·The Grid, 1437 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland; (216) 623-0113. ·Interbelt, 70 N. Howard St., Arkon; (330) 2535700. ·PJ’s at the FED, 169 N 4th St., St., Steubenville; (740) 283-2747. ·Tear-EZ, 360 S. Main St., Akron; (330) 3760011. ·Utopia, 817 E. Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown; (330) 781-9000.

Lodging ·Circle JJ Ranch, 1104 Amsterdam Rd., Scio; (330) 627-3101. ·Freedom Valley, 1875 US 250 S, New London, OH; (419) 929-8100. Organizations ·Brotherhood Leather United Equal, Steubenville; www.blueohio.net. ·Live and Let Live, gay alcoholics, St. Newman Center, 26 Rayen Ave., Youngstown, 44503. ·Mahoning County Area Task Force on AIDS, PO Box 1143, Youngstown, 44501; (216) 742-8811. ·The Ohio State University Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Alumni Society, PO Box 2012, Columbus, OH 43216; Jim Ryan, (614) 421-9389. ·Washington County AIDS Task Force, Marietta; (614) 374-9119. West Virginia Bars, clubs, restaurants ·Broadway, 210 Broad St., Charleston, 25301; (304) 343-2162. ·Driftwood, 1121 7th Ave., Huntington; (304) 6969858. ·Eagle’s Nest Club, 1500 Brinker Road, Wellsburg WV 26070. ·Lee St. Deli & Bar, 1111 Lee St. East, Charleston, 25301; (304) 343-3354. ·The New Electric Flag, 1044 Market St., Wheeling, 26003; (304) 639-8390. ·O-Zone, 1107 Main St., Wheeling; (304) 2320068. ·Polo Club, 1037 7Th Ave., Huntington, 25705; (304) 522-3146. ·Stonewall Club, 820 7th Ave. (alley entrance), Huntington, 25701; (304) 523-2242 ·Tap Room, 1022 Quarrier St., Charleston, 25301; (304) 342-9563. ·Trax, 504 Washington St., W., Charleston, 25302; (304) 345-8931. ·True Colors, 515 Market St. (rear), Parkersburg, 26101. (304) 428-8783 (TRUE). ·Vice Versa, 335 High St. (rear), Morgantown, 26505; (304) 292-2010. ·Weezies, 3438 University Ave., Morgantown, 26505; (304) 598-0088. ·WoodStarr Nightclub. 322 5th St. Parkersburg; (304) 422-3711. Lodging ·Eagle’s Nest, (412) 417-1099. ·Long Fork Campgrounds, Walton; www.longfork.com; (304) 577-9347. ·Roseland Resort, RD 1, Box 185B, Proctor, 26055; www.roselandWV.com; (304) 455-3838. Organizations ·AIDS Task Force of the Upper Ohio Valley/Buddy Program, PO Box 6360, Wheeling, 26003; (304) 232-6822. ·BiGLT Mountaineers WVU, Morgantown, 26506;(304) 293-8200; BiGLTM@hotmail.com ·Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Mountaineers (BiGLM), PO Box 6444, SOW, WVU Morgantown 26506 (304) 293-8200. ·Charleston AIDS Network, PO Box 1024, Charleston, 25324; (304) 345-4673; www.aidsnet.net. ·Friends Who Care, PWHIV support, Joni Constante, (304) 292-8234. ·G/L Alcoholics Anonymous, Wednes-days, 7pm; St. John’s Espiscopal Church, 1105 Quarrier St, Charleston, 25301. ·Huntington AIDS Task Force, PO Box 2981, Huntington, 25728; (304) 522-4357. ·Mid-Ohio Valley AIDS Task Force, PO Box 1184, Parkersburg, 26101; (304) 485-4803. ·Mountain State AIDS Network, 235 High St., #306, Morgantown, 26505; 800-585-4444. ·PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbian and Gays) Parkersburg, PO Box 836, Parkersburg, 26102; (304) 428-8089. ·P-FLAG (Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbian and Gays) Wheeling, 115 18th St., Wheeling, 26003; Liz (304) 232-8743 or (740) 484-4141. ·Together in Pride, PO Box 836, Parkersburg, 26102. ·WV Coalition for Lesbian, Gay Rights, PO Box 11033, Charleston, 25339; (304) 343-7305.

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Then a new question emerged: whether ballot-measure sponsors have legal “standing” to appeal a federal court’s strikedown of a state ballot measure. None of the people who were sued in the case—including California’s previous and current governors and attorneys general— had or has any interest in defending Prop 8. They consider it to be unconstitutional. The 9th Circuit eventually decided it was unwilling to answer the “standing” question on its own and, in February, officially queried the California Supreme Court on whether ballot-measure proponents have any right under state law to defend their measures when they are struck down. That’s where the case stands now. The California Supreme Court has said it will not hear oral arguments on the question sent to it by the 9th Circuit until September at the soonest. “Because legal experts are advising that the Proposition 8 federal challenge could take years to resolve, Equality California is launching a community engagement initiative to start a discussion on whether to return to the ballot in 2012 to repeal the marriage ban or whether to wait for a final decision by the courts,” the group said. “Before making any recommendation, Equality California will survey its membership, hold 10 town halls across the state and an online town hall, conduct a poll of likely 2012 voters, consult with political experts, coalition partners and engage with its members and the LGBT community. Equality California will announce results of polling and analysis by Labor Day.” EQCA Interim Executive Director Jim Carroll said: “We were truly optimistic that the court case to overturn Prop 8 would restore marriage equality by the end of 2010 or early this year, making a ballot measure unnecessary. Despite the amazing work of the dedicated lawyers leading this effort, there is no guarantee how or when the courts will ultimately rule. As a community, we will figure out together whether we wait until the courts rule or whether we repeal Prop 8 at the ballot box.” “The courts... are passing the case back and forth to different courts and refusing to allow same-sex couples to marry as they delay acting on our rights,” he said. Equality California was harshly criticized over its leadership role in the costly 2008 campaign that failed to stop Prop 8 at the ballot box. The new effort to consult with the community about a possible 2012 campaign was launched just four days after then-EQCA Executive Direc-

tor Geoff Kors stepped down from the job he had held since 2002. Although numerous organizations and activists were involved in running the failed No on 8 campaign, EQCA and Kors, in particular, bore the brunt of LGBT community anger over the loss. In an interview April 4, Kors said the timing of his departure from EQCA was a matter of his partner’s decision to retire from his job at this time. He also said he wanted the new EQCA executive director, who has yet to be selected, “to have enough time in the position prior to the 2012 election cycle, as redistricting and potential ballot measures will impact LGBT rights.” Critics of the 2008 campaign said it failed to engage key voting blocs, including people of color, didn’t have enough door-to-door contact with voters, turned over too much power to outside consultants and big donors, and produced TV ads that were disastrously awful. Notably, however, a year later when Maine activists mounted a major campaign to prevent voter revocation of same-sex marriage rights there, the Maine activists corrected for many of the California activists’ perceived errors—and lost nonetheless, by a slightly larger margin. At a January 2009 meeting in Los Angeles, Kors acknowledged some of the No on 8 campaign’s mistakes. He said: “When I look at what was the biggest mistake, when I lie awake at night prepping my emails I’m going to send to all of you and I think about the biggest mistake that we made, it’s that we’ve turned everything over to political experts and political consultants. And I would never ever do that again. “You know, when we started Equality California, everyone was, like, ‘Hire professional lobbyists to go lobby on LGBT issues,’ and I was, like: ‘You gotta be kidding. We’re going to do our own lobbying because it’s about our lives and we know what we’re talking about and we know how to do this.’” He concluded, “One thing, you know, that I would never do again... we should have been in the strategy room and part of those [consultants’] conversations, and that was a huge mistake.” Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center CEO Lorri Jean, another key member of the No on 8 leadership team, was similarly forthcoming at the 2009 meeting. “How could we have realized earlier that professional, high-paid consultants were not delivering product?” Jean asked. “I’m trying to say this and not be too provocative, since we have so many professional political campaign consultants in the room. But, you know, there is an approach that people who are professionals use to do this. And I think one of our challenges as a community, given that issues of relevance to our community are different than anything else that goes on the ballot because of the emotion and the other things that are associated with them, we have got to find a completely different way than business as usual to do this work.”

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Equality Matters reports that 42 percent of Americans now live in states that recognize same-sex couples’ relationships, and that 30 percent live in states where marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships give same-sex couples the same state-level rights as married people. All gay couples, however, still are denied the more than 1,100 federal rights and benefits of marriage, because of the Defense of Marriage Act. “[D]espite the best efforts of anti-gay groups and politicians, the LGBT community has made rapid progress across the United States,” Equality Matters said. “As public support for marriage equality continues to rise, it’s only a matter of time before every American has the right to have their loving commitments recognized and respected by their state and federal governments.”

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on March 28 said it had temporarily suspended enforcement of the Defense of Marriage Act as it applies to U.S. citizens’ foreign same-sex spouses. Then, two days later, the agency said the suspension was over and that it would continue to enforce DOMA against foreigners who seek a green card based on their legal marriage to an American of the same-sex. Opposite-sex foreign spouses of U.S. citizens ordinarily qualify automatically for a green card, but DOMA prohibits the federal government from recognizing any married same-sex couples, including binational ones, as actually married. The brief suspension followed the recent decision by the Justice Department and President Barack Obama to stop defending in court the portion of DOMA that prohibits the federal government from recognizing U.S. states’ same-sex marriages. On Feb. 23, Obama and Justice said that that portion of DOMA is unconstitutional and that any governmental discrimination based on sexual orientation, like discrimination based on race or religion, is automatically unconstitutional absent some important governmental need for treating gay people differently. A CIS spokesman told the D.C. LGBT publication Metro Weekly that the hiccup in the agency’s enforcement of DOMA had stemmed from a wait for “final guidance related to distinct legal issues.”

Ind. to ban same-sex marriage Indiana’s Senate voted 40-10 on March 29 to send voters a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions. The measure previously passed the House of Representatives, but would need to pass both chambers again before it could appear on the ballot in three years’ time. Indiana law already bans gay couples from marrying, but some legislators want to create a stronger ban that would be harder to undo.

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•Male dancers: P-Town, Real Luck Cafe •Worship: Metropolitan Community Church. Friends Meeting House, Shadyside. 7pm. Info: 412-683-2994. •Worship: Dignity. Roman Catholic mass followed by social. Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 7pm. Info: 412-362-4334. •Worship: Gay-welcoming Holy Eucharist. St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 304 Morewood Ave., Shadyside. 11am. Info: 412-682-3342. •Worship: Allegheny Open Arms United Church of Christ, 707 East St., North Side. 10:30am, Info: 412-321-1328, www.alleghenyopenarms.org. •Worship: OneChurch. Bricolage Theater, 937 Liberty Ave., downtown. 1pm. Info: 412-390-5400. •Worship: Community House Presbyterian Church, 120 Parkhurst St, North Side. 10:45am. 412-321-3900. •Meditation, worship: Pittsburgh Center for Spiritual Living, 5655 Bryant St., Highland Park. 10am. Info: 412-362-5096, www.oneintruth.com. •YOGA with Mike! GLCC. 4:30-6:30pm. 412-422-0114.

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•Talk It OUT, live chat, guests, current events. Noon. www.outonline.com. •Male Dancers: Real Luck Café. •Rapid oral HIV testing: Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, 5913 Penn Ave., East Liberty. 9am-5pm. Info: 412-345-7456, www.patf.org. •TransPitt phone line: 7-9:30pm. Info: 412-454-5557 or transpitt_org@yahoo.com. •Recovery: Into Action AA, Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 7:30pm. •Support: Sex, Love Addicts Anonymous: Calvary Episcopal Church, Shady Avenue and Walnut Street, Shadyside. 7pm. Info: 412-441-0956.

•Talk It OUT, live chat, guests, current events. Noon. www.outonline.com. •Inqueery, Live chat, guests, current events for the queer community. 1pm. www.outonline.com. •Male dancers: Images. 6-8pm, 10:30pm. •Frontrunners: meet at Columbus statue in Schenley Park, 7pm; run at 7:10pm. Info: 412-481-5549, www.pittsburgh-frontrunners.org. •Worship: supper, 6pm; gay-welcoming Holy Eucharist, 7pm. St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 304 Morewood Ave., Shadyside. Info: 412-682-3342. •Support: Just for Today AA, First United Methodist Church, Centre and South Aiken Avenues, Shadyside. 7:30pm. •Radio: This Way Out. WYEP 91.3. 7:30pm. •Afterschool for youth, GLCC, 3-7pm. 412-422-0114.

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•Talk It OUT, live chat, guests, current events. Noon. www.outonline.com. •Out on the Town, live chat, guests, LGBT bar reviews. 1pm. www.outonline.com. •Dinner:Shepherd Wellness Community. 6pm. 412-683-4477 or www.swconline.org. •Flying Colors GLBT bicycle riding group: meet at statue in front of Phipps Conservatory, Oakland; rides depart at 6:45pm. Info: send e-mail to pghbikeguy@verizon.net. •Gospel singing: with the OneVoice Choir. Wood Street Galleries, Sixth and Wood Streets, downtown. 6:30pm. Info: 412-281-4655. •Recovery: Gay, Lesbian, Friends AA. Fayette County Health Center, 100 New Salem Rd., Uniontown. 8pm. Info: 724-439-3173. •Recovery: Sober as Folk AA. Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 7:30pm. Info: 412-373-3739. •Support: Sex, Love Addicts Anonymous. West View United Methodist Church, Princeton and Center Avenues, West View. 12:15pm; St. Peter’s Church, 720 Arch St., North Side. 6:30pm. Info: 412-441-0956. •Nude Male Yoga. 7pm. 115 Sedgewick Street, Millvale. •Male dancers: Real Luck Café, P-Town.

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•Talk It OUT, live chat, guests, current events. Noon. www.outonline.com. •Positive OUTlook. Health issues in the LGBT community. 1pm. www.outonline.com. •Karaoke: Images. 9:30pm.

•Rapid oral HIV testing: by Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. Women only: Miryam’s, 1410 Fifth Ave., Uptown, 11am-3pm; all welcome: GLCC, 6-9pm. Info: 412-2422500, www.patf.org. •Frontrunners: meet at Columbus statue in Schenley Park, 7pm; run at 7:10pm. Info: 412-481-5549, www.pittsburgh-frontrunners.org. •Recovery: Celebrate Sobriety AA, First Unitarian Church, Ellsworth and Morewood Avenues, Oakland. 8pm; Beaver County AA/NA meeting, 2pm, Info: 724-375-0760. •Afterschool for youth, GLCC, 3-7pm. 412-422-0114. •Free rapid HIV testing, 6-9pm, GLCC, 412-422-0114. •Male dancers: P-Town. •Yoga for HIV+ people. 5:15pm. Shepherd Wellness Center. 412-683-4477.

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•Talk It OUT, live chat, guests, current events. Noon. www.outonline.com. •Deep, Dark and Naked Fridays. Club Pittsburgh. 412-471-6790. •Male dancers: Images, Real Luck Café, and P-Town. •Recovery: New Hope, beginners and regular AA, Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill, 7pm; Joy of Living AA, Trinity Lutheran Church, North and Buena Vista Avenues, North Side, 8pm; Rainbow Bridge NA meeting, Persad Center, 7pm. •Support: Sex, Love Addicts Anonymous; East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Ave. 7:30pm. 412-441-0956. •HIV Wellness Dinner; 6pm; Shepherd Wellness Center, 412-683-4477 or www.swconline.org. Check for location. •Youth Drop-In. GLCC. 7-10pm. 412-422-0114.

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•Frontrunners: meet at Columbus statue, Schenley Park. 9am; run at 9:10am. Info: 412-481-5549, www.pittsburgh-frontrunners.org. •Support: Sex, Love Addicts Anonymous. Carnegie Library, South 22nd and Carson Streets, South Side. 10:30am. Info: 412-441-0956. •Male Dancers: Real Luck Café, P-Town. Due to space restrictions, Out’s “What’s Happening” calendar of events is unable to list cocktail/happy hours, beverage and complimentary food specials and most complimentary entertainment/games. Most businesses with the necessary facilities feature disc jockeys/dancing nightly when open. Check the ads in this issue for complete information regarding activities at area businesses.

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•STAGE: Superior Donuts through May 15. Pittsburgh Public Theatre. 412316-1600. •STAGE: The Marvelous Wonderettes through October 2. CLO Cabaret. 412456-6666.

Monday, May 2

•CLASS: Free meditation class for HIV+ people. 5:15pm. Shepherd Wellness. 412-683-4477.

Wednesday, May 4

•CLASS: Free hypnotherapy class for HIV+ people. 5:15pm. Shepherd Wellness. 412-683-4477.

Thursday, May 5

•PARTY: Cinco de Mayo. Real Luck Café. 412-471-7832.

Friday, May 6

•STAGE: Shining City through May 21. Off The Wall Theatre. 412-394-3353 or proartstickets.org. •PARTY: Birthday Party for Renee Saans and Lady Rose. Vice Versa. 304292-2010. •CAMPGROUND: Long Johns/Flannels. Camp Davis. 724-637-2402. •SHOW: Pride Prom and Drag Show. 8pm. Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. 814-421-8000. •BENEFIT: City Theatre AIDS Benefit. City Theatre.

•BENEFIT: Benefit show for Lady Jazelle Vancartier. Midnight. Eagle. •PARTY: Black Out Party. Midnight. Club Pittsburgh. 412-471-6790. •SHOW: Danyel Vasquez and Her Dolls. Vice Versa. 304-292-2010.

•MOVIE: Free movie night for HIV+ people. 5:15pm. Shepherd Wellness. 412-683-4477. •PAGEANT: Miss Pittsburgh Pride. 11pm. There. 412-642-4435.

•MEETING: PFLAG. 2pm. Third Presbyterian Church. 412-833-4556.

•SHOW: Kierra Darshell Show. Pegasus. 412-766-7222. •SHOW: The Elliots. Vice Versa. 304-292-2010.

Sunday, May 8

Monday, May 9

•DEADLINE: News deadline to Out. Info: 412-381-3350 or www.outonline.com. •DEADLINE: Display advertising, calendar information to Out. Info: 412381-3350 or www.outonline. •BENEFIT: Persad Center’s Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art. 6-11pm. August Wilson Center. PersadEvents.org.

Wednesday, May 11

•MEETING: ALPHA. 7pm. PAFT Office. alphapittsburgh@gmail.com. •BENEFIT: Spaghetti dinner benefit for Lady Jazelle Vancartier. 6:30pm. Home of Karlovich/Herforth. •CLASS: Free ceramics class for HIV+ people. 5:15pm. Shepherd Wellness. 412-683-4477.

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Saturday, May 7

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•BINGO: OUTrageous Bingo. 6:30pm. Rodef Shalom. 412-422-0114. •CAMPGROUND: Pajama Party. Camp Davis. 724-637-2402. •PAGEANT: Miss Gay Pittsburgh Pride. 11:30pm. Eagle. 412-766-7222. •PARTY: A Starry Night Prom. 7pm. Vertigo. facebook.com/VertigoButler. •SHOW: Alexander and His Boys. Vice Versa. 304-292-2010.

•BENEFIT: Pittsburgh Public Theatre Gala. Westin Convention Center Hotel. 412-316-8200.

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Sunday, May 15

•SHOW: The Mike and Angelique Variety Show. 11:30 and 12:30. There. 412642-4435.

Monday, May 16

•CLASS: Free meditation class for HIV+ people. 5:15pm. Shepherd Wellness. 412-683-4477.

Tuesday, May 17

•STAGE: West Side Story through May 22. Benedum Center. 412-456-6666.

Wednesday, May 18

•WORKSHOP: Creating a Successful Internship Program. 1-4pm. Allegheny Land Trust. mbaltzer@coropittsburgh.org.

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Saturday, May 21

•CAMPGROUND: Wigstock! Camp Davis. 724-637-2402. •PARTY: Cindy Shaffer CD release party. 6-8pm. GLCC. glccpgh.org. •PAGEANT: Miss Trailer Park Trash. 11:30pm. Eagle. 412-766-7222. •DANCE: Spin Cycle with DJ Billy. 11;30pm. Club Pittsburgh. 412-471-6790. •DANCE: Retro Dance Night. Vice Versa. 304-292-2010.

Sunday, May 22

•CONCERT: Justin Ryan. 4pm. Metropolitan Community Church. 412-683-2994.

Monday, May 23

•CLASS: Free meditation class for HIV+ people. 5:15pm. Shepherd Wellness. 412-683-4477.

Wednesday, May 25

•DISCUSSION: Healthy Relationships with HIV. 5:15pm. Shepherd Wellness. 412-683-4477. •PARTY: Kick Off Gay Pride. There. 412-642-4435.

Thursday, May 26

•PARTY: Happy Hour with Georgia Bea. 7pm. There. 412-642-4435.

Friday, May 27

•CAMPGROUND: Long Fork Campground Opening Weekend through May 30. 304-577-9347 or longfork.com. •SHOW: Male dancers. Real Luck Café. 412-471-7832. •SHOW: The Madhouse presents “Artificial.” Midnight. Pegasus. 412-7667222. •SHOW: “We Ain’t Dead Yet.” Vice Versa. 304-292-2010.

Saturday, May 28

•CAMPGROUND: Holiday Weekend. Camp Davis. 724-637-2402. •SHOW: Male Dancers. Real Luck Café. 412-471-7832. •DANCE: DJ 7 UP. Eagle. 412-766-7222. •PARTY: PJ and Panty Party. Midnight. Club Pittsburgh. 412-471-6790. •SHOW: Johnny, Evan and Justin. Vice Versa. 304-292-2010.

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Similar laws exist in 21 states and Washington, D.C., for sexual orientation and in 13 states and D.C. for gender identity. Given that last year’s elections handed control of the House to the Republican Party, the bill’s chances of passage are considered slim. “It’s time that the lawmakers we voted into office pass the fully inclusive ENDA and put an end to this appalling injustice,” said Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “We have to ensure that every member of Congress hears from LGBT people every day about the stress and indignity of not having basic workplace protections. We can’t let a single one of these elected officials off the hook.” Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart added: “Typically, workplace discrimination is the number one complaint among people seeking assistance from our Legal Help Desk... ENDA would provide a powerful tool for Lambda Legal to do what it does best: work through the courts to ensure equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people across the country.”

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Montana’s House of Representatives on March 29 failed to muster enough votes to force out of committee a bill that would have decriminalized gay sex by redefining “deviate sexual relations.” The committee had refused to act on the bill, which already had passed the full Senate. The state Supreme Court struck down the deviatesexual-conduct law in 1997, saying, “Having concluded that [the law] constitutes a governmental intrusion into Respondents’ right to privacy, guaranteed by Article II, Section 10 of Montana’s Constitution, and finding no compelling state interest for such an intrusion, we hold that [the law] is unconstitutional as applied to Respondents and other consenting adults engaging in private, samegender, non-commercial, sexual conduct.” Later, in 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively struck down all gay sex bans remaining in the U.S. Opponents of repealing the Montana law claimed it still could be useful in situations that involve gay sex that is nonconsensual, incestuous, in public, with minors or for pay.


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When a widower begins seeing the ghost of his dead wife, he turns to a therapist for help. But the therapist has bigger problems of his own in Shining City, running May 6-21 at Off The Wall Theatre in Washington PA. Written by Conor McPherson, the play is directed by John Shepherd. For tickets call 412-394-3353 or visit proartstickets.org.

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OUT AND ABOUT Mark your calendars Be sure to mark your calendars for one of the biggest LGBT events of the year. The Big Gay Picnic, sponsored by the Delta Foundation, will be held May 29. Enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers and all the beer you can drink from 126pm at the North Park Lodge. Learn all the details at PittsburghPride.org.

Great art, great cause The annual benefit for Persad Center’s Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art will be held May 9 from 6-11pm. The August Wilson Center for African American Culture will be the venue for this year’s event. Buy great art and help a worthy cause. For information, tickets or to become a volunteer, visit PersadEvents.org.

From Broadway to Pittsburgh The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced its 2011-2012 season for PNC Broadway Across America. Things kick off Nov. 1-6 with Million Dollar Quartet, followed by the holiday classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas Nov. 22-27. It’s the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis Dec. 27-Jan. 1. In 2012, another Tony-winner Billy Elliot, the Musical takes to the stage Feb. 1-12. The cross-dressing favorite La Cage aux Folles glitters March 13-18. Be amazed May 15-20 by Blue Man Group. From July 31-August 12, The Addams Family will creep out audiences. Call 412-4561390 now to subscribe and be eligible for several special events.

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Singer at MCC Singer Justin Ryan will perform in concert May 22 at 4pm at the Metropolitan Community Church of Pittsburgh. Ryan has six CD’s to his credit and is an upand-coming gay artist who performs gospel and country music. Following the concert, there will be a worship service at 7pm. Learn more by calling 412-683-2994.

Camp Davis is open The doors of Camp Davis are wide open for the 2011 camping season, filled with theme weekends! May 7 it’s Long Johns and Flannels. Wear your favorite PJ’s for the Pajama Party May 14. Celebrate Wigstock! on May 21. And enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend starting May 28. Call them at 724-637-2402.

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Are you special enough? It takes a special kind of person to be a foster parent and to give a child a loving home. May is National Foster Care Month. If you can help, call 1-800585-SWAN and help a child who needs you.

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It’s prom season…and now’s your chance to attend! The Keystone Alliance/Gaylife Newsletter and Allies Club is sponsoring the Pride Prom and Drag Show on May 6. From 8pm-11pm, the prom will feature dancing and entertainment at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Auditorium in Johnstown. Before the crowning of the King and Queen, there will be a drag show featuring Christian Diane and others. The event is free and open to the public. Call 814-421-8000 for more details.

I just met a girl named... The New Yorker called it “Bold, fresh and transcendent.” It’s the classic musical West Side Story playing May 17-22 at the Benedum Center. Whether you’re a Shark or a Jet, you’ll fall in love with Tony and Maria as this timeless story explodes on the stage. Book your seats now at 412-456-6666.

Time for a change No matter what your budget, Weisshouse can give you a great Italian kitchen for less dough. Let one of their designers show you how to have a “lobster alfredo” on a “pizza” budget. Visit them at 324 South Highland Avenue or call 412-441-8888.

Need an intern? On May 18, the Regional Internship Center will present a workshop Creating a Successful Internship Program from 1-4pm. Discover how you can find an intern that is the best fit for your organization. Cost of the workshop is $35, and it will be held at Allegheny Land Trust in Sewickley. To register or find out more, contact Michael Baltzer at mbaltzer @coropittsburgh.org. RIC is a program of Coro Pittsburgh which connects businesses and organizations with students seeking internship opportunities.

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Celebrate the CD On May 21 from 6-8pm, there will be a release party for Cindy Shaffer’s new CD which features such songs as “My Immortal” and “This Is My Now.” The reception will take place at the GLCC at 210 Grant Street. CDs will be available there as well as Spring Fling and the GLCC Booth at Pridefest. All proceeds benefit the GLCC.

Help a lady There will be, not one—but two benefit events for Lady Jazelle Vancartier as she vies for the Miss Pennsylvania Premiere crown. On May 7, there will be a show at the Eagle at midnight starring Whitney Paige, Jezelle and other Pittsburgh divas. Then at 6:30pm on May 11, there will be a spaghetti dinner at the home of Peter Karlovich and Steve Herforth. In addition to dinner, there will be entertainment featuring Eda Bagel. Tickets for the dinner are $20 in advance; $30 at the door.

Confetti Confetti, a five-year-old patch tabby domestic shorthair, is a shy girl. But she makes up for it by being very pretty. Once she trusts you, Confetti bonds tightly. This kitty enjoys peace and quiet and would be ideal for a household with an older person or a couple in need of warm, furry companionship. Because a newborn in her former home was allergic to her, Confetti lost her home. She has been patiently waiting for someone who will love her and show her all the affection she needs. Won't you come and meet her? Animal Friends is located at 562 Camp Horne Road, 412-8477002, www.ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org

by Richard Labonte Unnatural by Michael Griffo (Kensington Books, paperback)—Pallid boys, beautiful boys, jealous boys, closeted boys, boys who suck every which way: volume one of this young-adult trilogy tacks vampire lust onto the hoary theme of hormones running wild at a private boy’s school—and, as a vampire’s bite is wont to do, brings the sexy-school concept back from the dead.

books Nebraskan boy-next-door Michael, now the ward of his estranged British father after his American mother’s death, lands at Britain’s somewhat spooky Archangel Academy. He quickly befriends his dorky new dorm mate, Ciaron, but then falls hard for Ciaron’s big-man-on-campus older brother, Ronan, whose secret is not just that he’s a vampire, but that he’s born of a hybrid minority hated by your average, sun-wary vampire—a clever reinvention of the genre that invigorates the author’s take on a queer Twilight world. Griffo’s plot unfolds at a leisurely pace, as a large cast of characters is revealed, so readers ought to be patient— this book foreshadows epic battles (and anguished romance) in the sequels, Unafraid in September and Unwelcome in March 2012. True Stories: Portraits from My Past by Felice Picano (Chelsea Station Editions, paperback)—If you’ve read all of Picano’s nonfiction, and there’s a lot, portions of these “portraits from my past” will seem familiar—some essays are expanded from shorter versions that appeared in previous books, restoring text excised, most likely, by pagecount restrictions or editorial decisions. No matter. Picano is such a vibrant memoirist that every extra word is welcome. As a lithe youth he charmed “British auntie” W.H. Auden and an intimidating Diana Freeland, was physically aroused at the Continental Baths by Bette Midler crooning for near-naked boys at the dawn of her career, and later crossed paths with Tennessee Williams and revived the literary career of Charles Henri Ford—appealing anecdotes all. But the best essays reveal a less celebrity-centered side: Picano besting a boyhood bully; Picano reconnecting with his curmudgeonly father; Picano explicating with wrenching honesty his complex relationship with publishing partner Terry Helbing; and, most poignantly, Picano remembering men he played with, partied with and forged friendships with, men who died in the early days of AIDS, when it was a death sentence, and whose shortened lives Picano honors. Richard Labonte has been reading, editing, selling and writing about queer literature since the mid-’70s. He can be reached in care of this publication at out@outonline.com.

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result I ended up falling in love with one of them. I finally decided to confess my feelings to my close friend. He said it wouldn’t change our friendship, but it seems to be that it has and I’m not sure what to do about it. Should I back off? Should I try to change his mind? Or should I crawl under a rock? I’m not comfortable with having lots of friends, but being close to just a few people has its drawbacks. What should I do (other than become even more of a celibate and enter a monastery) to fix this? —Mr. Monk Dear Monk: Don’t circle around your friend like a dog, hoping that he’ll change his mind. You’ll retain your dignity (and probably the friendship) if you make it clear that you’d still like to be friends, and then take a step back to show you really mean it. Try to let go of any feelings of humiliation. You fell in love with someone who doesn’t feel the same way. You didn’t do anything wrong. (Unless you left out the part where you humped his leg at a party by way of explaining your attraction. Ms. Behavior doesn’t mean to offend you, but she does find that there’s often a crucial piece of missing information in the letters she receives.) If it turns out that he feels superior or gets weird because you expressed love or desire, then you don’t want him as a close friend anyway. If falling in love with friends is a pattern for you, you need to expand your social life. You may feel safest starting with a group of kindhearted lesbians, who will scoop you up into the warm bosom of their group without the risk of romantic stirrings. ©2011 Meryl Cohn. Visit www.msbehavior.com.


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Ask yourself: Are you just a big panty tease? Dear Ms. Behavior: I’m a lesbian who mostly hangs out with gay men. I would really like to have more female friends, but it never seems to work out for me. Just when I’m thrilled to have a gal pal, the flowers start coming. Then, my new friend confesses her feelings for me and wrecks everything. Should I just resign myself to the safety of friendships with the boys and not deal with lesbos and their unpredictable emotions? Or am I doing something wrong?

—Sabrina Dear Sabrina: Is the problem that all lesbians misunderstand your friendly gestures, or is it that your friendly gestures reek of seduction? Once in a great while, a woman is so compelling that no one can resist her. Such a woman has charisma, a spiritual gift and a way of making others feel that they have come home. This woman is a mother-like creature, a goddess, or maybe even a saint, and people—men, women, and children—can’t help falling in love with her. You may be such a woman.

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But another kind of woman also attracts a lot of attention. The second type unconsciously exudes messages of seduction in many of her interactions. She may not be aware of flirting, but she puts forth an energy that goes beyond “gal pals.” She shines her intense gaze on a friend, somehow manages to provide the intimacy of a lover (in what is supposed to be an ordinary friendship), and is titillated by the attention she receives in return. Then she acts surprised when the FTD flower truck pulls up. Frankly, Sabrina, the flowers are what seem most suspect to Ms. Behavior. It’s a big risk to send such a gift, and one that most people won’t take without feeling like they’ve been invited to do so. Someone who sends gifts to a genuinely baffled recipient is either: 1) spending too much time by the punch bowl; 2) incredibly unconscious; or, 3) confused by having been given a come-hither message. If this just happened once or twice, Ms. Behavior wouldn’t suggest that you did anything to excite or to entice your friend. However, it sounds like a pattern. So without judging you, Ms. Behavior would suggest you engage in a moment of self-examination. Please sit in front of your mirror and contemplate this question “Am I saint? Or am I just a big panty tease?”


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After several documentaries, two of them Oscar winners, Rob Epstein and his partner, Jeffrey Friedman, have taken a step toward narrative filmmaking with an experimental docudrama, Howl (Oscilloscope Laboratories), about gay poet Allen Ginsberg and the obscenity trial sparked by his 1955 poem of the same name. Ginsberg’s poetry, associated with the Beat Generation, is an acquired taste I’ve never acquired. That doesn’t mean it’s “bad,” any more than it’s “obscene” if you don’t like some of the words he used, but those who don’t appreciate it will have a hard time watching Howl. In addition to recitations from Howl, often accompanied by animation that occasionally sheds light on what it means (“granite cocks” are shown to be smokestacks), and scenes from the 1957 trial, there are excerpts from interviews with Ginsberg that reveal his backstory. His mother spent much of her life in mental institutions from the time Allen was six until, at 21, he signed the order for her lobotomy, which proved fatal. Around that time Allen was institutionalized for eight months himself. By promising to “become heterosexual” he avoided the drugs and shock treatment inflicted on fellow patient Carl Solomon. Ginsberg had crushes on a lot of straight men, including fellow beatniks Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. The latter traveled with Ginsberg and had sex with him for a time but never gave up women. Howl was written in 1955 when Ginsberg was 29, shortly after he met the love of his life, Peter Orlovsky, who would be with him until his death in 1997. (Orlovsky died in May 2010.)

A cry against conformity, Howl used a lot of crude language and sexual imagery, much of it gay. Oral and anal sex weren’t discussed or read about in polite company in 1955, and the book’s publisher, Lawrence Ferlinghetti was brought to trial two years later. Ginsberg, who was not charged, did not attend the trial. It’s an all-star courtroom, with David Strathairn as the prosecutor, Jon Hamm defending Ferlinghetti and Bob Balaban as the judge. Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels testify against the poem; Treat Williams and Alessandro Nivola for it. James Franco plays Ginsberg. He looks at times like Jeff Goldblum or Harvey Fierstein, either of whom would

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have been better casting if Howl had been made three decades ago. There’s not much characterization involved, just recitations of Ginsberg’s poetry and life story. The latter triggers some emotional responses, but no actor could have brought the poem to life for me. The poet’s explanations of his thought processes and some of the court testimony make sense of portions of the poem, but it’s mostly a wash as far as I’m concerned. Allen Ginsberg may have been the original rapper, and less homophobic than most who followed him, but if you don’t have an ear for free verse, you won’t like his poetry, and if you don’t like his poetry you won’t like Howl.

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There were two Oz machines, both occupied. I waited until one became free and sat down to play. Ruby slippers, good witches and wizards spun past my eyes. I doubled my money. I was content and was ready to leave, but my new companion at the machine, Lucy, urged me to continue. Against my judgment I played until my $20 was gone. Then I inserted two of my own dollars. Which I lost as well. And that, my friends, is how gambling works. Let’s say I went for broke all in the name of journalism. The casino staff was courteous and made everyone feel like a high roller. Their customer service skills were exemplary. As press I was required to check in with security first before I could write or shoot, and I was assigned my own security personal, John Stokes, who escorted me around for the first part of my evening. He was professional, engaging and entertaining. As I left I thanked him and told him about the Wizard

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of Oz machine and the gay connection. His reply, “Oh, there’s a Sex and the City Machine as well.” A reason to return. At G2H2: Jon Smith, Harry Jannetti, Shawn Grove, Aaron Pfeiffer, Michael Walitorski, Chris Rodehaver and my Chris Bryan. On April 9 Persad held its 23rd annual patron party for Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art at Montage Design Studio in Homewood. One of the bars set up featured all natural pre-prohibition style cocktails. Mike Hirshberg and Seth Cross chaired the party. Persad’s Betty Hill was also in attendance, and she told me more art was donated this year than ever, over 200 individual pieces! Celebrate Life will be held May 9. Note: Celebrate Life is not at the Carnegie Museum this year; it moves to the August Wilson Center on Liberty Ave. downtown. Seen: Caroline Fletcher, JJ Cox, Erin Simson, Eric Roboch, Arrianna Powell, Abby Gross, Dave Landers, Chris Skelly and my Chris Bryan—who now I definitely know is stalking me. Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Guild’s annual “Pinktini” party was held April 14 at the home of members Claude and Laura Kronk of Sewickley Heights. The party is the pre-event to the CLO’s Pink Frolic Gala, which raises money for the CLO. The party was co chaired by Judy Woffington and Dani Grego. Guests were treated to a lovely sit-down buffet in the grand hall, and the Guild’s signature drink, the Pinktini, was served in addition to red and white wines. According to Guild member Violet Gallo, the preview parties started out as afternoon teas. For its 50th ball in 2005, the event became an evening cocktail party, and that tradition lives on today. Formally headed up by the late Dolores Bold, who was a big supporter of the LGBT community, this year’s event was taken over by her friend Patty Matty. Rick Purcell provided the music, Savoy (a new restaurant opening in the Strip soon) catered and Hens and Chicks, Shadyside’s newest florists, on Ellsworth Ave., contributed lovely floral arrangements. The Pink Frolic gala will be held this year on June 18 at Westin Convention Center Hotel. At the Pinktini party: Melanie Crockard, Kim Marie, Dolly Warwick, Richard Mushinsky and Larry Leahay with partner John Van Degrift. And, to my relief, Christine was not in attendance! Email invites, social events and rumors, or just say hi: john@outonline.com

There was a time when avid movie goers caught firstrun features in the most lavish, elaborate and attractive theaters. People were drawn to these movie palaces to witness flamboyant architectural styles, bright lights and huge marquees. Although that time is lost forever, Jim Kastner of Murrysville, PA, shares this historical movie-going experience in his self-published book, Where the Movies Played in Downtown Pittsburg(h). Kastner covers a 100-year history of theatres in downtown Pittsburgh, beginning in 1896 when images first moved on a screen to 1996 when it was rare if one of these gems had escaped demolition. Through a collection of his memories, gathered facts and trivia, illustrations and lots of movie titles, Kastner has found a creative way to make us say, “Oh my gosh, I never knew that,” or “I remember that.” As a member of the Theatre Historical Society of America, Kastner has devoted more than 20 years of his life to his work while sitting on a wooden chair buried under microfilm in the Carnegie Library. “There is a treasure in that library, and I would have never been able to complete the type of book I really wanted without it,” says Kastner. “This book is meant to entertain and educate. It’s a piece of history in Pittsburgh that’s never been written.” Obsessed with the project, the more Kastner researched, the more he found out about every theater that ever existed in the city. This includes the Harris Theater in the Penn-Liberty Historic District, the Stanley Theater, Perry on Perrysville Avenue, the Sheridan Square in East

Liberty and the Hollywood in Dormont. Kastner also pays tribute to the Fulton Theatre, where he held a job as usher while in junior high school. “I loved it. It was my favorite job ever,” he said. “I’m so glad I grew up in the era I did. I feel bad that kids growing up now cannot experience the way movies were intended to be seen.”

“It’s a piece of history...that’s never been written.” Born on the North Side, schooled on Spring Hill, Troy Hill and in downtown Pittsburgh, Kastner was always fascinated by movie advertisements in the Pittsburgh Press. “Images of these ads are burned into my head, and for some reason it’s never left me,” he says, adding that is one of his inspirations for the book. The other inspiration is the late Frederick M. Beall, who Kastner met at a 1988 Theatre Historical Society gathering in Columbus, Ohio. The primary inspiration of Kastner’s book, Beall photographed every theatre in downtown Pittsburgh in 1948, when he was 17 years old. Forty years later, after Beall shared his story, he presented Kastner his set of slides taken with a Kodak Jiffy camera. According to Kastner, this slide collection is the only one of its type. “It’s a privilege to share my work now,” Kastner says. “I wanted to make a contribution and do something different. I have loved this experience.” Where the Movies Played in Downtown Pittsburg(h) by James Kastner is available for purchase at www.rosedogbookstore.com or www.amazon.com.

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ing, socializing and soaking in a hot tub with a lush view of the city. I wish all of us could have grown up with so much support. Students from the Art Institute, Point Park, Pitt, Duquesne and CMU attended the party, including Tricia Dougherty, Dwayne Wiggins, Breanna Venavle, Marvin Middletor, Hakeem Allen, Shanai Sloan, Fiona Hensley, Charquinta McCray and Vincent Rugani. And Chris Bryan. On April 8 G2H2 held its monthly outing, this time packing Rivers Casino’s Drum Bar with around 400 people—which is usually the case with a G2H2 event. No matter how large the space, they always fill it. Everyone received a free $10 voucher. While this was my third trip to the casino, it was my first time to play. I asked a veteran for the most gay popular slot machine and was told that after the bars close you can find gay men playing the Wizard of Oz machine. So off I went to find it. Between the hum and the flashing lights, I was happy and lost wandering around the slot machines, and three times I forgot about my goal.

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald (D) County Controller Valerie McDonald Roberts (D) Allegheny Co. Council Dist. 7 Nicholas Futules Allegheny Co. Council Dist. 11 Barbara Daly Danko Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas (two seats) Alex Bicket Eleanor Bush Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb (D) PGH City Council District 1 Darlene Harris (D)

PGH City Council District 3 Bruce Kraus (D)

PGH City Council District 5 Chris Zurawsky (D)

PGH City Council District 7 Patrick Dowd (D)

PGH City Council District 9 Lucille Prater-Holliday (D) District Judge 5-2-35 Hugh McGough

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FEATURE Butterflies, botanical drawing and nude youth: Gay artist’s secret life takes flight in major exhibit peditions which he launched, Avinoff came to hold the largest collection of butterflies in Europe, with 80,000 species documented. By the age of 30, he had discovered a new species, which he named with a nod to Czar Nicholas II, Parnassius autocrator. His government career advanced alongside his scientific one. In 1911 he became a gentleman-in-waiting to the czar, eventually coming to the United States to purchase war supplies during WWI. Near the end of his visit, Andrey attended a performance of Spectre de la Rose by the Ballets Russes, which starred openly gay dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. The ballet that night turned out to be a life changing experience for Avinoff when he met the dancer backstage. He depicted the encounter in Reminiscences of the Ballet (Spectre de la Rose). The painting features Nijinsky in draggish garb striking a graceful pose; Avinoff is depicted as a tree stump made of crooked hands and faces. Avinoff’s self-depiction would become a standard symbol, which the artist used to represent himself in later works. “The meeting began a decades-long obsession with Nijinsky,” says Lippincott. Avinoff painted him two more times. Nijinsky as Faun features the dancer as a half-faun with his genitals obscured by a hawkmoth. His 1947 portrait Vaslav Nijinsky (Spectre de la Rose) offers a much darker twist. Lippincott says, “He imagines his idol as a wrinkled old man [in an insane asylum] clutching a rose.” That drawing marks the end of his 30year spiritual affair with Nijinsky. Russian culture during the time of Avinoff’s government service was generally tolerant of homosexuality. Moscow was home to a thriving bathhouse culture. “Avinoff was certainly an habitue of Russian bathhouses,” says Lippincott. He later wrote to Alfred Kinsey about the private rooms where “they used to have some young masseurs, 16 to 20 years old, who were always available—one or two at a time, to lend their willing services to clients.” Following the overthrow of the czar in 1917, Avinoff left Russia again. He never returned. He was soon joined in United States by his sister and her family. His brother Nicholas, who had been an instrumental politician during the provisional years, refused to leave Russia. He later disappeared during the Stalinist purges. The journey from Russia to America is characterized by Reminiscences of the House in Russia. The painting illustrates Avinoff’s transition from childhood beginnings in the Russian privileged class to his new life as a Russian émigré to America. In the United States, Avinoff’s Russian law degree was rendered useless. Instead, he worked as an advertiser,

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producing promotional artwork for America’s emerging corporate aristocracy. One of his campaigns was for Colgate’s Cashmere Bouquet soap. Andrey’s commercial success provided a lucrative income. It also brought sharp reminders of a culture less tolerant of homosexuality. In 1922, he designed a cover of The Machinist, which depicted a nude worker with a gymnast’s physique swinging a pick, his physique partially obscured by industrial smog. The publisher rejected it, Avinoff quipped, for its abundant “display of masculine charms.”

Until now, Andrey Avinoff has been one of the unsung heroes of our gay history. The profitable wages of an advertising man were reason enough for Avinoff to twice decline offers at the Carnegie Museum’s Entomology Department, but in 1924 be accepted a position as an associate curator of entomology, and in 1926 he became the museum’s director. Throughout his service to the museum, Avinoff continued to produce surrealist art, as well as detailed scientific illustrations for Wild Flowers of Western Pennsylvania and the Upper Ohio Basin. Eventually he found a way for his two personas to mutually benefit one another, using the money earned from the sale of art to purchase new specimens for the museum, saying “flowers [that I paint] turn into butterflies.” He even lived out his internal metamorphosis, attending a party in 1927 dressed in a butterfly costume. Avinoff was an active gay man throughout his life, socializing with a group of closeted men whose names are now reserved for street signs and academic foundations.

Beyond concerns for privacy, Avinoff himself was quite conservative describing his politics as “right of the Republican party,” a far cry from the drag queens and street radicals who came to define the liberation movement 20 years after his death. In his new country, Avinoff was not only an outsider as an exiled aristocrat, but also as a homosexual. Regardless, he was socially accepted because of his artistic and scientific achievements. Avinoff’s most celebrated work is an ode to the relatively liberal society from which he fled to start a new life where anti-gay bigotry was on the rise. The series of illustrations with nude male youths depicts The Fall of Atlantis, based on George V. Golokhvastoff’s epic poem. According to Lippincottt, “The Death of the High Priest” is the most famous of the illustrations, serving as a reminder of the survival of the androgynous spirit. Avinoff also produced an extensive private collection of homoerotic art that has just recently been made public. It’s much spicier than the flower paintings he sold to his friends in high society—think Bel Ami boys in watercolor. In Male Nude as Apocalyptic Angel he used one of his research assistants as a model. The completely nude, muscular young man is painted with angel wings and his head aflame, holding in his right hand an egg which contains yet another smaller scale male nude. In 1945, a heart attack ended Avinoff’s career at the museum. His own mortality more real than ever, he destroyed 150 of his homoerotic paintings for fear that his sister would one day have to sort through them. He later referred to the destruction as his “Holocaust.” Leaving his life in Pittsburgh to settle with his sister on Long Island, his greatest inspiration was yet to come. When Alfred Kinsey published Sexual Behavior in the Human Male in 1948, Avinoff’s spirit took flight. “He wrote Kinsey a fan letter,” says Lippincott. Avinoff brought Kinsey to the New York gay scene, introducing him to dancers and artists. He also explained to Kinsey his plans for an organization that would “bring together congenial people with similar emotional patterns and esthetic philosophy.” The specific methods he proposed were enough to make the today’s bourgeois gay establishment shudder, but Andrey was anything but bourgeois “He wanted to start a club in New York and initiate young men into sex orgies,” says Lippincott. One man, now 88, has written to share the experience of having been a young man when Avinoff offered to lay him in a bath and pour warm water on him until orgasm. Avinoff’s sexual escapades were nothing more than the continuation of the gay life he led in Moscow as a young man. Lippincott describes Avinoff’s organization as his “last great project, a rebirth of the brilliant homosexual culture of Silver Age St. Petersburg in postwar New York.” Until now, Andrey Avinoff has been one of the unsung heroes of our gay history. This exhibit and the opening of his private art collection and letters to Kinsey should change all that—allowing us to view him through his butterfly eye, lending fantastic insight to a man whose life was as complex as his surrealist art. The exhibit Andrey Avinoff: In Pursuit of Beauty runs until July 24 at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Everyone should see the exhibit and buy its catalog by Louise Lippincott.

Colombo takes a gamble—and gains a stalker! by John Colombo Hot off the heels of its 25th year anniversary benefit—with guest celebrity Alan Cumming—the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force held its annual meeting March 23 to recognize volunteers and staff. This year’s event was moved to The Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Libery. Tallulah’s Catering provided a lovely spread, and the bar was manned by PATF volunteers Tiffany Thompson, Nicole Barer and Rig Rush, Persad’s M2M project prevention specialist. The ceremony opened with PATF’s John Musser performing as his drag persona “Veronica Bleaus” to a high kicking dance number to “You’ve Got to Have Friends.” Then Bleaus introduced PATF Director Kathi Boyle, who delivered her upbeat musings on the year in review. Various awards were presented, and later the evening ended with a video presentation on living with HIV and AIDS by Kristin Martz. Seen at the event: Audrey Schlicht, Edward Witt, Darrel Phillips, Neil Parham, Claudia Bohman, Matt Ometz and Terry Anderson. On March 31 Pitt’s Rainbow Alliance hosted its annual drag show at the University of Pittsburgh’s student Union in Oakland, in a week of Pitt’s Pride festivities. The Alliance started this show 15 years ago with the help of Marsha Monster Mellow. The show was such a success that it eventually led to a whole week of pride at Pitt. There were 16 performers that night: fem performers, drag queens and drag kings. Only two guest performers or

groups are allowed each year, and this year Marsha returned to Pitt’s stage, joined by the drag king performance troupe Hot Metal Hardware. Alliance President James Weaver and Vice President Dylan Drobish watched over the performers and darted in and out of the room to deal with other aspects of the show. Out in the hallway, a line snaked all the way out of the building—the show is so popular it sells out every year. All the money raised that night was donated to PATF. With standing room only, the audience went nuts, laughing, dancing and enjoying every moment of what was presented that night. In one bit Dylan came out dressed as a woman—OK, sometimes it’s even hard for me to wrap my mind around this: a transgendered female-to-male drag performer acting the part of a gay male performing as a drag queen, get it? Oy! Anyway, Dylan dons a dress in a routine to teach drag show virgins how to tip performers. The crowd didn’t seem to need a lot of prompting and was very eager to hand over dollar bills to all the performers. One of my favorite performances that evening was by Ginger Snaps, a Pitt employee, who burned the stage up as a showgirl in a USO tour. I’d like to congratulate Pitt Rainbow Alliance for putting on such a fine performance, and I hope to be in attendance next year. By the end of the show they had raised $1,300. Students seen: Spencer Choi, Kate Behr, Kelsy Harrah, Greg Knavel, Dan Wolf and the Delta Foundation’s lady-about-town Christine Bryan, who I swear is stalking me. SNAP (Student Network Across Pennsylvania) hosted

Mike Hirsberg and Seth Cross chaired Persad’s patron party

Pitt’s Pride wrap-up party on April 1 at a party at a private residence on Mt. Washington. SNAP has three goals: encourage student activism around local and statewide measures, provide resources for LGBTQA students throughout Pennsylvania and create networking opportunities to share ideas and encourage interactions between activists across the state. In case you didn’t notice, their LGBT has made two new friends: “Q” for questioning (although I was told it also stood for “queer,” which is the way some of today’s youth prefer to identify) and “A” for allies. SNAP is dived into seven regions in Pennsylvania that are completely youth organized and led. It was such a joy to watch the college students dancContinued on page 22

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She’s hooking up with an ex even though she knows she shouldn’t on “Inside Out,” admiring a man’s massive package on “(Drop Dead) Beautiful” and, on the insanely catchy “I Wanna Go,” letting go of her inhibitions. “Shame on me,” she sings—without any shame at all. Indeed, Britney’s a bad girl, but who’s gonna fault her? Femme Fatale, her seventh studio album, is near-perfect pop—hooky, horny and heavy on the bangin’ beats, but how much of that’s because of Britney is still, a decade into her career, unclear. (Let’s be real: She can’t sing. She can’t write—remember that song about her baby? Uh yeah.) Spears is the finger puppet played by a team responsible for putting on the show—producers, songwriters, even the photographer who took that fittingly flirty cover pic. Sometimes they do her right (Blackout). Sometimes they do her wrong (Circus). Here, they’re right—oh so right, actually, that Femme Fatale is Britney’s masterwork, boosted by one of those career best-ofs: “Criminal,” a flute-flecked song about falling for a bad boy that echoes early Madonna. Next to “Hold It Against Me,” “Till the World Ends,” a dreamy dance-floor concoction co-written by Ke$ha, is obviously the better of the two singles. It’s only a matter of time, fingers crossed anyway, before “How I Roll” becomes one—it’s dirtied-up bubblegum pop with f-bombs and irresistible clickety-clacks. On it, she sings one of the album’s truest lines: “I got nine lives like a kitty cat.” Hear her purr. B+ Jennifer Hudson, I Remember Me—According to Jennifer Hudson’s new album, she hasn’t forgotten who she is. But anyone who heard her generic, mishandled debut—from a music perspective anyway—probably did. Seems, however, that the super-lunged singer has a better handle on her own self after tragedy struck her family, she had her first kid, she got married, she lost a lot of weight— “some things,” as she refers to them on the disc opener. Her second CD feels more like the star-making moment expected from her debut, and if ever an album said “and I am telling you I’m not going,” it’s this one. It escapes the trendy tinkering of her first disc for something more Jenny from the block, helping Hudson to channel her old-soul on songs like Elton-esque “No One Gonna Love You” and the easy-going “Why Is It So Hard.” That it’s hard to separate J. Hud “The Singer” from J. Hud “The Human” only works in her favor—Diane Warren’s fromthe-recycling-bin ballad “Still Here” is given far more weight because of a vocal driven by personal pain and passion. B Reach Chris Azzopardi at chris@pridesource.com.

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Thursday May 5 Cinco De Drag Queen; a birthday celebration for Kevin King! With Sasha, Sharon Needles, Shamya Banx, Alaska Thunderfuck and Akasha LeStat. Georgia Bea Cummings and Mark Robert Cash will be co-hosting this event at 7pm! Cash prizes and drinks, oh my!

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Monday May 9 is a wine tasting to start off the Boss’s Birthday! Happy Birthday, Scott! Come and enjoy some Rex-Goliath 47 Pound (Cock) Rooster. Complimentary tasting, but if you would like to purchase a glass, it is only $4.70 from 4pm til 7pm tonight.

Sunday May 15 is The Mike and Angelique Variety Show.

Saturday May 14

Show Nate some love tonight from 11pm til 1am.

Friday May 6 Show us your ticket stub that you supported the Shepherd Wellness Community Fundraiser tonight and get a complimentary beverage courtesy of the owner. 18+ night, Under 21, $5 Cover, DJ Ronnie

Saturday May 7

Monday May 2 Shawn’s Guest Bartender Monday with NINJA NATE!

Friday May 13 18+ night, Under 21, $5 Cover, DJ Bryan

This event starts at 10pm with the first show at 11:30pm and the second show at 12:30am

Monday May 16 Shawn’s Guest Bartender Monday with Russian George! Leave your rubles at home, we only accept US currency. Join George and the INS for fun from 11pm til 1am.

Friday May 20

Kierra Darshell Show $5 Cover, DJ Ronnie

Wednesday May 18 is Miss Pittsburgh Pride Stepdown/Coronation.

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Monday May 23 Shawn’s Guest Bartender Monday with Marsha Monster Mellow!

The MadHouse presents

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Bring your coin, girl, and share some with Marsha from 11pm til 1am.

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Every Wednesday is HOT MESS Wednesday All Day! $3 Captain Cocktails. DJ Tanner at 10pm

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Hosted by Marsha Monster Mellow (Miss Trash 1998). Showtime 11:30pm. $5 Cover, DJ Bryan Saturday May 28

DJ 7 UP

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Saturday May 28

Served up right with Molly Belle Cummings, Chance Encounters, Sharon Needles, Tayla LaShay, Tasha Salad and emcee Mark Robert Cash. Spa package Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 5pm-7pm. $2 Domestics and $2 Well Cocktails giveaway and Prizes! Showtime 7pm. Every Tuesday Night is Karaoke 9pm-Close. $4 Karaoke Bombs. DJ Fischer

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A show benefiting Lady Jezelle VanCartier in her quest for Miss PA Premiere Continental. Hosted by Jezelle and the Eyes of Texas, Miss Whitney Paige. Showtime Midnight. DJ Bryan, $5 Cover

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Georgia Bea Cummings, Miss Pittsburgh Pride 2010 will be passing the baton to Miss Pittsburgh Pride 2011. Also featuring Shantel Cummings and Molly Belle Cummings with emcee Mark Robert Cash. Spa package giveaways and other prizes! You don’t want to miss this! Showtime 11pm.

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Thursday May 5 Cinco De Drag Queen; a birthday celebration for Kevin King! With Sasha, Sharon Needles, Shamya Banx, Alaska Thunderfuck and Akasha LeStat. Georgia Bea Cummings and Mark Robert Cash will be co-hosting this event at 7pm! Cash prizes and drinks, oh my!

MAY 2

Monday May 9 is a wine tasting to start off the Boss’s Birthday! Happy Birthday, Scott! Come and enjoy some Rex-Goliath 47 Pound (Cock) Rooster. Complimentary tasting, but if you would like to purchase a glass, it is only $4.70 from 4pm til 7pm tonight.

Sunday May 15 is The Mike and Angelique Variety Show.

Saturday May 14

Show Nate some love tonight from 11pm til 1am.

Friday May 6 Show us your ticket stub that you supported the Shepherd Wellness Community Fundraiser tonight and get a complimentary beverage courtesy of the owner. 18+ night, Under 21, $5 Cover, DJ Ronnie

Saturday May 7

Monday May 2 Shawn’s Guest Bartender Monday with NINJA NATE!

Friday May 13 18+ night, Under 21, $5 Cover, DJ Bryan

This event starts at 10pm with the first show at 11:30pm and the second show at 12:30am

Monday May 16 Shawn’s Guest Bartender Monday with Russian George! Leave your rubles at home, we only accept US currency. Join George and the INS for fun from 11pm til 1am.

Friday May 20

Kierra Darshell Show $5 Cover, DJ Ronnie

Wednesday May 18 is Miss Pittsburgh Pride Stepdown/Coronation.

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The MadHouse presents

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Featuring Chadwick, The One and Only Sasha and Angelique Young Directed by Joe D. Nick. Showtime Midnight. $5 Cover, DJ Bryan

Bring your coin, girl, and share some with Marsha from 11pm til 1am.

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Thursday May 26 Happy Hour with Georgia Bea.

Every Wednesday is HOT MESS Wednesday All Day! $3 Captain Cocktails. DJ Tanner at 10pm

Weekly Specials:

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Mondays: $2 Bud Light Bottles Tuesdays: $4 Karaoke Bombs Wednesdays: $3 Captain Cocktails Thursdays: $4 Absolut Flavors Fridays: $2 Coors Light Bottles Saturdays: $2 Miller Lite Bottles Sundays: $2 I.C. Light Bottles

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Hosted by Marsha Monster Mellow (Miss Trash 1998). Showtime 11:30pm. $5 Cover, DJ Bryan Saturday May 28

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Saturday May 28

Served up right with Molly Belle Cummings, Chance Encounters, Sharon Needles, Tayla LaShay, Tasha Salad and emcee Mark Robert Cash. Spa package Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 5pm-7pm. $2 Domestics and $2 Well Cocktails giveaway and Prizes! Showtime 7pm. Every Tuesday Night is Karaoke 9pm-Close. $4 Karaoke Bombs. DJ Fischer

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A show benefiting Lady Jezelle VanCartier in her quest for Miss PA Premiere Continental. Hosted by Jezelle and the Eyes of Texas, Miss Whitney Paige. Showtime Midnight. DJ Bryan, $5 Cover

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Georgia Bea Cummings, Miss Pittsburgh Pride 2010 will be passing the baton to Miss Pittsburgh Pride 2011. Also featuring Shantel Cummings and Molly Belle Cummings with emcee Mark Robert Cash. Spa package giveaways and other prizes! You don’t want to miss this! Showtime 11pm.

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Britney Spears, Femme Fatale—Razors stowed and sanity in check, pop’s queen of comebacks is ready to forget about her tabloid-making troubles—and have sex. Lots and lots of sex.

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the always-popular pool party held on Mt. Washington

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She’s hooking up with an ex even though she knows she shouldn’t on “Inside Out,” admiring a man’s massive package on “(Drop Dead) Beautiful” and, on the insanely catchy “I Wanna Go,” letting go of her inhibitions. “Shame on me,” she sings—without any shame at all. Indeed, Britney’s a bad girl, but who’s gonna fault her? Femme Fatale, her seventh studio album, is near-perfect pop—hooky, horny and heavy on the bangin’ beats, but how much of that’s because of Britney is still, a decade into her career, unclear. (Let’s be real: She can’t sing. She can’t write—remember that song about her baby? Uh yeah.) Spears is the finger puppet played by a team responsible for putting on the show—producers, songwriters, even the photographer who took that fittingly flirty cover pic. Sometimes they do her right (Blackout). Sometimes they do her wrong (Circus). Here, they’re right—oh so right, actually, that Femme Fatale is Britney’s masterwork, boosted by one of those career best-ofs: “Criminal,” a flute-flecked song about falling for a bad boy that echoes early Madonna. Next to “Hold It Against Me,” “Till the World Ends,” a dreamy dance-floor concoction co-written by Ke$ha, is obviously the better of the two singles. It’s only a matter of time, fingers crossed anyway, before “How I Roll” becomes one—it’s dirtied-up bubblegum pop with f-bombs and irresistible clickety-clacks. On it, she sings one of the album’s truest lines: “I got nine lives like a kitty cat.” Hear her purr. B+ Jennifer Hudson, I Remember Me—According to Jennifer Hudson’s new album, she hasn’t forgotten who she is. But anyone who heard her generic, mishandled debut—from a music perspective anyway—probably did. Seems, however, that the super-lunged singer has a better handle on her own self after tragedy struck her family, she had her first kid, she got married, she lost a lot of weight— “some things,” as she refers to them on the disc opener. Her second CD feels more like the star-making moment expected from her debut, and if ever an album said “and I am telling you I’m not going,” it’s this one. It escapes the trendy tinkering of her first disc for something more Jenny from the block, helping Hudson to channel her old-soul on songs like Elton-esque “No One Gonna Love You” and the easy-going “Why Is It So Hard.” That it’s hard to separate J. Hud “The Singer” from J. Hud “The Human” only works in her favor—Diane Warren’s fromthe-recycling-bin ballad “Still Here” is given far more weight because of a vocal driven by personal pain and passion. B Reach Chris Azzopardi at chris@pridesource.com.

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FEATURE Butterflies, botanical drawing and nude youth: Gay artist’s secret life takes flight in major exhibit peditions which he launched, Avinoff came to hold the largest collection of butterflies in Europe, with 80,000 species documented. By the age of 30, he had discovered a new species, which he named with a nod to Czar Nicholas II, Parnassius autocrator. His government career advanced alongside his scientific one. In 1911 he became a gentleman-in-waiting to the czar, eventually coming to the United States to purchase war supplies during WWI. Near the end of his visit, Andrey attended a performance of Spectre de la Rose by the Ballets Russes, which starred openly gay dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. The ballet that night turned out to be a life changing experience for Avinoff when he met the dancer backstage. He depicted the encounter in Reminiscences of the Ballet (Spectre de la Rose). The painting features Nijinsky in draggish garb striking a graceful pose; Avinoff is depicted as a tree stump made of crooked hands and faces. Avinoff’s self-depiction would become a standard symbol, which the artist used to represent himself in later works. “The meeting began a decades-long obsession with Nijinsky,” says Lippincott. Avinoff painted him two more times. Nijinsky as Faun features the dancer as a half-faun with his genitals obscured by a hawkmoth. His 1947 portrait Vaslav Nijinsky (Spectre de la Rose) offers a much darker twist. Lippincott says, “He imagines his idol as a wrinkled old man [in an insane asylum] clutching a rose.” That drawing marks the end of his 30year spiritual affair with Nijinsky. Russian culture during the time of Avinoff’s government service was generally tolerant of homosexuality. Moscow was home to a thriving bathhouse culture. “Avinoff was certainly an habitue of Russian bathhouses,” says Lippincott. He later wrote to Alfred Kinsey about the private rooms where “they used to have some young masseurs, 16 to 20 years old, who were always available—one or two at a time, to lend their willing services to clients.” Following the overthrow of the czar in 1917, Avinoff left Russia again. He never returned. He was soon joined in United States by his sister and her family. His brother Nicholas, who had been an instrumental politician during the provisional years, refused to leave Russia. He later disappeared during the Stalinist purges. The journey from Russia to America is characterized by Reminiscences of the House in Russia. The painting illustrates Avinoff’s transition from childhood beginnings in the Russian privileged class to his new life as a Russian émigré to America. In the United States, Avinoff’s Russian law degree was rendered useless. Instead, he worked as an advertiser,

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producing promotional artwork for America’s emerging corporate aristocracy. One of his campaigns was for Colgate’s Cashmere Bouquet soap. Andrey’s commercial success provided a lucrative income. It also brought sharp reminders of a culture less tolerant of homosexuality. In 1922, he designed a cover of The Machinist, which depicted a nude worker with a gymnast’s physique swinging a pick, his physique partially obscured by industrial smog. The publisher rejected it, Avinoff quipped, for its abundant “display of masculine charms.”

Until now, Andrey Avinoff has been one of the unsung heroes of our gay history. The profitable wages of an advertising man were reason enough for Avinoff to twice decline offers at the Carnegie Museum’s Entomology Department, but in 1924 be accepted a position as an associate curator of entomology, and in 1926 he became the museum’s director. Throughout his service to the museum, Avinoff continued to produce surrealist art, as well as detailed scientific illustrations for Wild Flowers of Western Pennsylvania and the Upper Ohio Basin. Eventually he found a way for his two personas to mutually benefit one another, using the money earned from the sale of art to purchase new specimens for the museum, saying “flowers [that I paint] turn into butterflies.” He even lived out his internal metamorphosis, attending a party in 1927 dressed in a butterfly costume. Avinoff was an active gay man throughout his life, socializing with a group of closeted men whose names are now reserved for street signs and academic foundations.

Beyond concerns for privacy, Avinoff himself was quite conservative describing his politics as “right of the Republican party,” a far cry from the drag queens and street radicals who came to define the liberation movement 20 years after his death. In his new country, Avinoff was not only an outsider as an exiled aristocrat, but also as a homosexual. Regardless, he was socially accepted because of his artistic and scientific achievements. Avinoff’s most celebrated work is an ode to the relatively liberal society from which he fled to start a new life where anti-gay bigotry was on the rise. The series of illustrations with nude male youths depicts The Fall of Atlantis, based on George V. Golokhvastoff’s epic poem. According to Lippincottt, “The Death of the High Priest” is the most famous of the illustrations, serving as a reminder of the survival of the androgynous spirit. Avinoff also produced an extensive private collection of homoerotic art that has just recently been made public. It’s much spicier than the flower paintings he sold to his friends in high society—think Bel Ami boys in watercolor. In Male Nude as Apocalyptic Angel he used one of his research assistants as a model. The completely nude, muscular young man is painted with angel wings and his head aflame, holding in his right hand an egg which contains yet another smaller scale male nude. In 1945, a heart attack ended Avinoff’s career at the museum. His own mortality more real than ever, he destroyed 150 of his homoerotic paintings for fear that his sister would one day have to sort through them. He later referred to the destruction as his “Holocaust.” Leaving his life in Pittsburgh to settle with his sister on Long Island, his greatest inspiration was yet to come. When Alfred Kinsey published Sexual Behavior in the Human Male in 1948, Avinoff’s spirit took flight. “He wrote Kinsey a fan letter,” says Lippincott. Avinoff brought Kinsey to the New York gay scene, introducing him to dancers and artists. He also explained to Kinsey his plans for an organization that would “bring together congenial people with similar emotional patterns and esthetic philosophy.” The specific methods he proposed were enough to make the today’s bourgeois gay establishment shudder, but Andrey was anything but bourgeois “He wanted to start a club in New York and initiate young men into sex orgies,” says Lippincott. One man, now 88, has written to share the experience of having been a young man when Avinoff offered to lay him in a bath and pour warm water on him until orgasm. Avinoff’s sexual escapades were nothing more than the continuation of the gay life he led in Moscow as a young man. Lippincott describes Avinoff’s organization as his “last great project, a rebirth of the brilliant homosexual culture of Silver Age St. Petersburg in postwar New York.” Until now, Andrey Avinoff has been one of the unsung heroes of our gay history. This exhibit and the opening of his private art collection and letters to Kinsey should change all that—allowing us to view him through his butterfly eye, lending fantastic insight to a man whose life was as complex as his surrealist art. The exhibit Andrey Avinoff: In Pursuit of Beauty runs until July 24 at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Everyone should see the exhibit and buy its catalog by Louise Lippincott.

Colombo takes a gamble—and gains a stalker! by John Colombo Hot off the heels of its 25th year anniversary benefit—with guest celebrity Alan Cumming—the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force held its annual meeting March 23 to recognize volunteers and staff. This year’s event was moved to The Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Libery. Tallulah’s Catering provided a lovely spread, and the bar was manned by PATF volunteers Tiffany Thompson, Nicole Barer and Rig Rush, Persad’s M2M project prevention specialist. The ceremony opened with PATF’s John Musser performing as his drag persona “Veronica Bleaus” to a high kicking dance number to “You’ve Got to Have Friends.” Then Bleaus introduced PATF Director Kathi Boyle, who delivered her upbeat musings on the year in review. Various awards were presented, and later the evening ended with a video presentation on living with HIV and AIDS by Kristin Martz. Seen at the event: Audrey Schlicht, Edward Witt, Darrel Phillips, Neil Parham, Claudia Bohman, Matt Ometz and Terry Anderson. On March 31 Pitt’s Rainbow Alliance hosted its annual drag show at the University of Pittsburgh’s student Union in Oakland, in a week of Pitt’s Pride festivities. The Alliance started this show 15 years ago with the help of Marsha Monster Mellow. The show was such a success that it eventually led to a whole week of pride at Pitt. There were 16 performers that night: fem performers, drag queens and drag kings. Only two guest performers or

groups are allowed each year, and this year Marsha returned to Pitt’s stage, joined by the drag king performance troupe Hot Metal Hardware. Alliance President James Weaver and Vice President Dylan Drobish watched over the performers and darted in and out of the room to deal with other aspects of the show. Out in the hallway, a line snaked all the way out of the building—the show is so popular it sells out every year. All the money raised that night was donated to PATF. With standing room only, the audience went nuts, laughing, dancing and enjoying every moment of what was presented that night. In one bit Dylan came out dressed as a woman—OK, sometimes it’s even hard for me to wrap my mind around this: a transgendered female-to-male drag performer acting the part of a gay male performing as a drag queen, get it? Oy! Anyway, Dylan dons a dress in a routine to teach drag show virgins how to tip performers. The crowd didn’t seem to need a lot of prompting and was very eager to hand over dollar bills to all the performers. One of my favorite performances that evening was by Ginger Snaps, a Pitt employee, who burned the stage up as a showgirl in a USO tour. I’d like to congratulate Pitt Rainbow Alliance for putting on such a fine performance, and I hope to be in attendance next year. By the end of the show they had raised $1,300. Students seen: Spencer Choi, Kate Behr, Kelsy Harrah, Greg Knavel, Dan Wolf and the Delta Foundation’s lady-about-town Christine Bryan, who I swear is stalking me. SNAP (Student Network Across Pennsylvania) hosted

Mike Hirsberg and Seth Cross chaired Persad’s patron party

Pitt’s Pride wrap-up party on April 1 at a party at a private residence on Mt. Washington. SNAP has three goals: encourage student activism around local and statewide measures, provide resources for LGBTQA students throughout Pennsylvania and create networking opportunities to share ideas and encourage interactions between activists across the state. In case you didn’t notice, their LGBT has made two new friends: “Q” for questioning (although I was told it also stood for “queer,” which is the way some of today’s youth prefer to identify) and “A” for allies. SNAP is dived into seven regions in Pennsylvania that are completely youth organized and led. It was such a joy to watch the college students dancContinued on page 22

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Movie palaces gone, but memories linger in new book

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Pinktini’s host Laura Kronk with party chairs Judy Woffington and Dani Grego

There were two Oz machines, both occupied. I waited until one became free and sat down to play. Ruby slippers, good witches and wizards spun past my eyes. I doubled my money. I was content and was ready to leave, but my new companion at the machine, Lucy, urged me to continue. Against my judgment I played until my $20 was gone. Then I inserted two of my own dollars. Which I lost as well. And that, my friends, is how gambling works. Let’s say I went for broke all in the name of journalism. The casino staff was courteous and made everyone feel like a high roller. Their customer service skills were exemplary. As press I was required to check in with security first before I could write or shoot, and I was assigned my own security personal, John Stokes, who escorted me around for the first part of my evening. He was professional, engaging and entertaining. As I left I thanked him and told him about the Wizard

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G2H2’s David Bush, Les Lagnese and Tim McVay

of Oz machine and the gay connection. His reply, “Oh, there’s a Sex and the City Machine as well.” A reason to return. At G2H2: Jon Smith, Harry Jannetti, Shawn Grove, Aaron Pfeiffer, Michael Walitorski, Chris Rodehaver and my Chris Bryan. On April 9 Persad held its 23rd annual patron party for Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art at Montage Design Studio in Homewood. One of the bars set up featured all natural pre-prohibition style cocktails. Mike Hirshberg and Seth Cross chaired the party. Persad’s Betty Hill was also in attendance, and she told me more art was donated this year than ever, over 200 individual pieces! Celebrate Life will be held May 9. Note: Celebrate Life is not at the Carnegie Museum this year; it moves to the August Wilson Center on Liberty Ave. downtown. Seen: Caroline Fletcher, JJ Cox, Erin Simson, Eric Roboch, Arrianna Powell, Abby Gross, Dave Landers, Chris Skelly and my Chris Bryan—who now I definitely know is stalking me. Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Guild’s annual “Pinktini” party was held April 14 at the home of members Claude and Laura Kronk of Sewickley Heights. The party is the pre-event to the CLO’s Pink Frolic Gala, which raises money for the CLO. The party was co chaired by Judy Woffington and Dani Grego. Guests were treated to a lovely sit-down buffet in the grand hall, and the Guild’s signature drink, the Pinktini, was served in addition to red and white wines. According to Guild member Violet Gallo, the preview parties started out as afternoon teas. For its 50th ball in 2005, the event became an evening cocktail party, and that tradition lives on today. Formally headed up by the late Dolores Bold, who was a big supporter of the LGBT community, this year’s event was taken over by her friend Patty Matty. Rick Purcell provided the music, Savoy (a new restaurant opening in the Strip soon) catered and Hens and Chicks, Shadyside’s newest florists, on Ellsworth Ave., contributed lovely floral arrangements. The Pink Frolic gala will be held this year on June 18 at Westin Convention Center Hotel. At the Pinktini party: Melanie Crockard, Kim Marie, Dolly Warwick, Richard Mushinsky and Larry Leahay with partner John Van Degrift. And, to my relief, Christine was not in attendance! Email invites, social events and rumors, or just say hi: john@outonline.com

There was a time when avid movie goers caught firstrun features in the most lavish, elaborate and attractive theaters. People were drawn to these movie palaces to witness flamboyant architectural styles, bright lights and huge marquees. Although that time is lost forever, Jim Kastner of Murrysville, PA, shares this historical movie-going experience in his self-published book, Where the Movies Played in Downtown Pittsburg(h). Kastner covers a 100-year history of theatres in downtown Pittsburgh, beginning in 1896 when images first moved on a screen to 1996 when it was rare if one of these gems had escaped demolition. Through a collection of his memories, gathered facts and trivia, illustrations and lots of movie titles, Kastner has found a creative way to make us say, “Oh my gosh, I never knew that,” or “I remember that.” As a member of the Theatre Historical Society of America, Kastner has devoted more than 20 years of his life to his work while sitting on a wooden chair buried under microfilm in the Carnegie Library. “There is a treasure in that library, and I would have never been able to complete the type of book I really wanted without it,” says Kastner. “This book is meant to entertain and educate. It’s a piece of history in Pittsburgh that’s never been written.” Obsessed with the project, the more Kastner researched, the more he found out about every theater that ever existed in the city. This includes the Harris Theater in the Penn-Liberty Historic District, the Stanley Theater, Perry on Perrysville Avenue, the Sheridan Square in East

Liberty and the Hollywood in Dormont. Kastner also pays tribute to the Fulton Theatre, where he held a job as usher while in junior high school. “I loved it. It was my favorite job ever,” he said. “I’m so glad I grew up in the era I did. I feel bad that kids growing up now cannot experience the way movies were intended to be seen.”

“It’s a piece of history...that’s never been written.” Born on the North Side, schooled on Spring Hill, Troy Hill and in downtown Pittsburgh, Kastner was always fascinated by movie advertisements in the Pittsburgh Press. “Images of these ads are burned into my head, and for some reason it’s never left me,” he says, adding that is one of his inspirations for the book. The other inspiration is the late Frederick M. Beall, who Kastner met at a 1988 Theatre Historical Society gathering in Columbus, Ohio. The primary inspiration of Kastner’s book, Beall photographed every theatre in downtown Pittsburgh in 1948, when he was 17 years old. Forty years later, after Beall shared his story, he presented Kastner his set of slides taken with a Kodak Jiffy camera. According to Kastner, this slide collection is the only one of its type. “It’s a privilege to share my work now,” Kastner says. “I wanted to make a contribution and do something different. I have loved this experience.” Where the Movies Played in Downtown Pittsburg(h) by James Kastner is available for purchase at www.rosedogbookstore.com or www.amazon.com.

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ing, socializing and soaking in a hot tub with a lush view of the city. I wish all of us could have grown up with so much support. Students from the Art Institute, Point Park, Pitt, Duquesne and CMU attended the party, including Tricia Dougherty, Dwayne Wiggins, Breanna Venavle, Marvin Middletor, Hakeem Allen, Shanai Sloan, Fiona Hensley, Charquinta McCray and Vincent Rugani. And Chris Bryan. On April 8 G2H2 held its monthly outing, this time packing Rivers Casino’s Drum Bar with around 400 people—which is usually the case with a G2H2 event. No matter how large the space, they always fill it. Everyone received a free $10 voucher. While this was my third trip to the casino, it was my first time to play. I asked a veteran for the most gay popular slot machine and was told that after the bars close you can find gay men playing the Wizard of Oz machine. So off I went to find it. Between the hum and the flashing lights, I was happy and lost wandering around the slot machines, and three times I forgot about my goal.

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald (D) County Controller Valerie McDonald Roberts (D) Allegheny Co. Council Dist. 7 Nicholas Futules Allegheny Co. Council Dist. 11 Barbara Daly Danko Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas (two seats) Alex Bicket Eleanor Bush Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb (D) PGH City Council District 1 Darlene Harris (D)

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Not into Ginsberg’s poetry? Howl couldn’t be verse by Steve Warren

After several documentaries, two of them Oscar winners, Rob Epstein and his partner, Jeffrey Friedman, have taken a step toward narrative filmmaking with an experimental docudrama, Howl (Oscilloscope Laboratories), about gay poet Allen Ginsberg and the obscenity trial sparked by his 1955 poem of the same name. Ginsberg’s poetry, associated with the Beat Generation, is an acquired taste I’ve never acquired. That doesn’t mean it’s “bad,” any more than it’s “obscene” if you don’t like some of the words he used, but those who don’t appreciate it will have a hard time watching Howl. In addition to recitations from Howl, often accompanied by animation that occasionally sheds light on what it means (“granite cocks” are shown to be smokestacks), and scenes from the 1957 trial, there are excerpts from interviews with Ginsberg that reveal his backstory. His mother spent much of her life in mental institutions from the time Allen was six until, at 21, he signed the order for her lobotomy, which proved fatal. Around that time Allen was institutionalized for eight months himself. By promising to “become heterosexual” he avoided the drugs and shock treatment inflicted on fellow patient Carl Solomon. Ginsberg had crushes on a lot of straight men, including fellow beatniks Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. The latter traveled with Ginsberg and had sex with him for a time but never gave up women. Howl was written in 1955 when Ginsberg was 29, shortly after he met the love of his life, Peter Orlovsky, who would be with him until his death in 1997. (Orlovsky died in May 2010.)

A cry against conformity, Howl used a lot of crude language and sexual imagery, much of it gay. Oral and anal sex weren’t discussed or read about in polite company in 1955, and the book’s publisher, Lawrence Ferlinghetti was brought to trial two years later. Ginsberg, who was not charged, did not attend the trial. It’s an all-star courtroom, with David Strathairn as the prosecutor, Jon Hamm defending Ferlinghetti and Bob Balaban as the judge. Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels testify against the poem; Treat Williams and Alessandro Nivola for it. James Franco plays Ginsberg. He looks at times like Jeff Goldblum or Harvey Fierstein, either of whom would

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have been better casting if Howl had been made three decades ago. There’s not much characterization involved, just recitations of Ginsberg’s poetry and life story. The latter triggers some emotional responses, but no actor could have brought the poem to life for me. The poet’s explanations of his thought processes and some of the court testimony make sense of portions of the poem, but it’s mostly a wash as far as I’m concerned. Allen Ginsberg may have been the original rapper, and less homophobic than most who followed him, but if you don’t have an ear for free verse, you won’t like his poetry, and if you don’t like his poetry you won’t like Howl.

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Ask yourself: Are you just a big panty tease? Dear Ms. Behavior: I’m a lesbian who mostly hangs out with gay men. I would really like to have more female friends, but it never seems to work out for me. Just when I’m thrilled to have a gal pal, the flowers start coming. Then, my new friend confesses her feelings for me and wrecks everything. Should I just resign myself to the safety of friendships with the boys and not deal with lesbos and their unpredictable emotions? Or am I doing something wrong?

—Sabrina Dear Sabrina: Is the problem that all lesbians misunderstand your friendly gestures, or is it that your friendly gestures reek of seduction? Once in a great while, a woman is so compelling that no one can resist her. Such a woman has charisma, a spiritual gift and a way of making others feel that they have come home. This woman is a mother-like creature, a goddess, or maybe even a saint, and people—men, women, and children—can’t help falling in love with her. You may be such a woman.

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But another kind of woman also attracts a lot of attention. The second type unconsciously exudes messages of seduction in many of her interactions. She may not be aware of flirting, but she puts forth an energy that goes beyond “gal pals.” She shines her intense gaze on a friend, somehow manages to provide the intimacy of a lover (in what is supposed to be an ordinary friendship), and is titillated by the attention she receives in return. Then she acts surprised when the FTD flower truck pulls up. Frankly, Sabrina, the flowers are what seem most suspect to Ms. Behavior. It’s a big risk to send such a gift, and one that most people won’t take without feeling like they’ve been invited to do so. Someone who sends gifts to a genuinely baffled recipient is either: 1) spending too much time by the punch bowl; 2) incredibly unconscious; or, 3) confused by having been given a come-hither message. If this just happened once or twice, Ms. Behavior wouldn’t suggest that you did anything to excite or to entice your friend. However, it sounds like a pattern. So without judging you, Ms. Behavior would suggest you engage in a moment of self-examination. Please sit in front of your mirror and contemplate this question “Am I saint? Or am I just a big panty tease?”


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OUT AND ABOUT Mark your calendars Be sure to mark your calendars for one of the biggest LGBT events of the year. The Big Gay Picnic, sponsored by the Delta Foundation, will be held May 29. Enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers and all the beer you can drink from 126pm at the North Park Lodge. Learn all the details at PittsburghPride.org.

Great art, great cause The annual benefit for Persad Center’s Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art will be held May 9 from 6-11pm. The August Wilson Center for African American Culture will be the venue for this year’s event. Buy great art and help a worthy cause. For information, tickets or to become a volunteer, visit PersadEvents.org.

From Broadway to Pittsburgh The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced its 2011-2012 season for PNC Broadway Across America. Things kick off Nov. 1-6 with Million Dollar Quartet, followed by the holiday classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas Nov. 22-27. It’s the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis Dec. 27-Jan. 1. In 2012, another Tony-winner Billy Elliot, the Musical takes to the stage Feb. 1-12. The cross-dressing favorite La Cage aux Folles glitters March 13-18. Be amazed May 15-20 by Blue Man Group. From July 31-August 12, The Addams Family will creep out audiences. Call 412-4561390 now to subscribe and be eligible for several special events.

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Singer at MCC Singer Justin Ryan will perform in concert May 22 at 4pm at the Metropolitan Community Church of Pittsburgh. Ryan has six CD’s to his credit and is an upand-coming gay artist who performs gospel and country music. Following the concert, there will be a worship service at 7pm. Learn more by calling 412-683-2994.

Camp Davis is open The doors of Camp Davis are wide open for the 2011 camping season, filled with theme weekends! May 7 it’s Long Johns and Flannels. Wear your favorite PJ’s for the Pajama Party May 14. Celebrate Wigstock! on May 21. And enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend starting May 28. Call them at 724-637-2402.

A new watering hole... The grand opening of the Male Pouch Saloon will be part of the festivities as the Long Fork Campground celebrates their Official Summer Kick-Off. When else but Memorial Day Weekend? Join them for all the fun May 2730. Learn more at longfork.com.

Are you special enough? It takes a special kind of person to be a foster parent and to give a child a loving home. May is National Foster Care Month. If you can help, call 1-800585-SWAN and help a child who needs you.

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It’s prom season…and now’s your chance to attend! The Keystone Alliance/Gaylife Newsletter and Allies Club is sponsoring the Pride Prom and Drag Show on May 6. From 8pm-11pm, the prom will feature dancing and entertainment at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Auditorium in Johnstown. Before the crowning of the King and Queen, there will be a drag show featuring Christian Diane and others. The event is free and open to the public. Call 814-421-8000 for more details.

I just met a girl named... The New Yorker called it “Bold, fresh and transcendent.” It’s the classic musical West Side Story playing May 17-22 at the Benedum Center. Whether you’re a Shark or a Jet, you’ll fall in love with Tony and Maria as this timeless story explodes on the stage. Book your seats now at 412-456-6666.

Time for a change No matter what your budget, Weisshouse can give you a great Italian kitchen for less dough. Let one of their designers show you how to have a “lobster alfredo” on a “pizza” budget. Visit them at 324 South Highland Avenue or call 412-441-8888.

Need an intern? On May 18, the Regional Internship Center will present a workshop Creating a Successful Internship Program from 1-4pm. Discover how you can find an intern that is the best fit for your organization. Cost of the workshop is $35, and it will be held at Allegheny Land Trust in Sewickley. To register or find out more, contact Michael Baltzer at mbaltzer @coropittsburgh.org. RIC is a program of Coro Pittsburgh which connects businesses and organizations with students seeking internship opportunities.

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Celebrate the CD On May 21 from 6-8pm, there will be a release party for Cindy Shaffer’s new CD which features such songs as “My Immortal” and “This Is My Now.” The reception will take place at the GLCC at 210 Grant Street. CDs will be available there as well as Spring Fling and the GLCC Booth at Pridefest. All proceeds benefit the GLCC.

Help a lady There will be, not one—but two benefit events for Lady Jazelle Vancartier as she vies for the Miss Pennsylvania Premiere crown. On May 7, there will be a show at the Eagle at midnight starring Whitney Paige, Jezelle and other Pittsburgh divas. Then at 6:30pm on May 11, there will be a spaghetti dinner at the home of Peter Karlovich and Steve Herforth. In addition to dinner, there will be entertainment featuring Eda Bagel. Tickets for the dinner are $20 in advance; $30 at the door.

Confetti Confetti, a five-year-old patch tabby domestic shorthair, is a shy girl. But she makes up for it by being very pretty. Once she trusts you, Confetti bonds tightly. This kitty enjoys peace and quiet and would be ideal for a household with an older person or a couple in need of warm, furry companionship. Because a newborn in her former home was allergic to her, Confetti lost her home. She has been patiently waiting for someone who will love her and show her all the affection she needs. Won't you come and meet her? Animal Friends is located at 562 Camp Horne Road, 412-8477002, www.ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org

by Richard Labonte Unnatural by Michael Griffo (Kensington Books, paperback)—Pallid boys, beautiful boys, jealous boys, closeted boys, boys who suck every which way: volume one of this young-adult trilogy tacks vampire lust onto the hoary theme of hormones running wild at a private boy’s school—and, as a vampire’s bite is wont to do, brings the sexy-school concept back from the dead.

books Nebraskan boy-next-door Michael, now the ward of his estranged British father after his American mother’s death, lands at Britain’s somewhat spooky Archangel Academy. He quickly befriends his dorky new dorm mate, Ciaron, but then falls hard for Ciaron’s big-man-on-campus older brother, Ronan, whose secret is not just that he’s a vampire, but that he’s born of a hybrid minority hated by your average, sun-wary vampire—a clever reinvention of the genre that invigorates the author’s take on a queer Twilight world. Griffo’s plot unfolds at a leisurely pace, as a large cast of characters is revealed, so readers ought to be patient— this book foreshadows epic battles (and anguished romance) in the sequels, Unafraid in September and Unwelcome in March 2012. True Stories: Portraits from My Past by Felice Picano (Chelsea Station Editions, paperback)—If you’ve read all of Picano’s nonfiction, and there’s a lot, portions of these “portraits from my past” will seem familiar—some essays are expanded from shorter versions that appeared in previous books, restoring text excised, most likely, by pagecount restrictions or editorial decisions. No matter. Picano is such a vibrant memoirist that every extra word is welcome. As a lithe youth he charmed “British auntie” W.H. Auden and an intimidating Diana Freeland, was physically aroused at the Continental Baths by Bette Midler crooning for near-naked boys at the dawn of her career, and later crossed paths with Tennessee Williams and revived the literary career of Charles Henri Ford—appealing anecdotes all. But the best essays reveal a less celebrity-centered side: Picano besting a boyhood bully; Picano reconnecting with his curmudgeonly father; Picano explicating with wrenching honesty his complex relationship with publishing partner Terry Helbing; and, most poignantly, Picano remembering men he played with, partied with and forged friendships with, men who died in the early days of AIDS, when it was a death sentence, and whose shortened lives Picano honors. Richard Labonte has been reading, editing, selling and writing about queer literature since the mid-’70s. He can be reached in care of this publication at out@outonline.com.

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result I ended up falling in love with one of them. I finally decided to confess my feelings to my close friend. He said it wouldn’t change our friendship, but it seems to be that it has and I’m not sure what to do about it. Should I back off? Should I try to change his mind? Or should I crawl under a rock? I’m not comfortable with having lots of friends, but being close to just a few people has its drawbacks. What should I do (other than become even more of a celibate and enter a monastery) to fix this? —Mr. Monk Dear Monk: Don’t circle around your friend like a dog, hoping that he’ll change his mind. You’ll retain your dignity (and probably the friendship) if you make it clear that you’d still like to be friends, and then take a step back to show you really mean it. Try to let go of any feelings of humiliation. You fell in love with someone who doesn’t feel the same way. You didn’t do anything wrong. (Unless you left out the part where you humped his leg at a party by way of explaining your attraction. Ms. Behavior doesn’t mean to offend you, but she does find that there’s often a crucial piece of missing information in the letters she receives.) If it turns out that he feels superior or gets weird because you expressed love or desire, then you don’t want him as a close friend anyway. If falling in love with friends is a pattern for you, you need to expand your social life. You may feel safest starting with a group of kindhearted lesbians, who will scoop you up into the warm bosom of their group without the risk of romantic stirrings. ©2011 Meryl Cohn. Visit www.msbehavior.com.


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Similar laws exist in 21 states and Washington, D.C., for sexual orientation and in 13 states and D.C. for gender identity. Given that last year’s elections handed control of the House to the Republican Party, the bill’s chances of passage are considered slim. “It’s time that the lawmakers we voted into office pass the fully inclusive ENDA and put an end to this appalling injustice,” said Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “We have to ensure that every member of Congress hears from LGBT people every day about the stress and indignity of not having basic workplace protections. We can’t let a single one of these elected officials off the hook.” Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart added: “Typically, workplace discrimination is the number one complaint among people seeking assistance from our Legal Help Desk... ENDA would provide a powerful tool for Lambda Legal to do what it does best: work through the courts to ensure equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people across the country.”

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Montana’s House of Representatives on March 29 failed to muster enough votes to force out of committee a bill that would have decriminalized gay sex by redefining “deviate sexual relations.” The committee had refused to act on the bill, which already had passed the full Senate. The state Supreme Court struck down the deviatesexual-conduct law in 1997, saying, “Having concluded that [the law] constitutes a governmental intrusion into Respondents’ right to privacy, guaranteed by Article II, Section 10 of Montana’s Constitution, and finding no compelling state interest for such an intrusion, we hold that [the law] is unconstitutional as applied to Respondents and other consenting adults engaging in private, samegender, non-commercial, sexual conduct.” Later, in 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively struck down all gay sex bans remaining in the U.S. Opponents of repealing the Montana law claimed it still could be useful in situations that involve gay sex that is nonconsensual, incestuous, in public, with minors or for pay.


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Stats: 42% of Americans live in states that recognize gay couples

“What’s Happening” is compiled from information supplied by business advertisers and event sponsors. Efforts are made to ensure accuracy, but sponsors and readers are urged to inform Out of changes, cancellations and incorrect or outdated listings. Send e-mail to calendar@outonline.com or write to Calendar Editor, Out, 801 Bingham St., Suite 100, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. Consult Out’s “Resources” guide in this issue or at www.outonline.com for addresses and phone numbers of businesses and organizations where not listed. The Gay and Lesbian Community Center is open Tuesday through Thursday, 6-9pm; Saturday, noon-9pm; and Sunday, noon-6pm. The GLCC is located at 210 Grant Street, downtown; call 412-422-0114 or www.glcc.org for more info.

Equality Matters reports that 42 percent of Americans now live in states that recognize same-sex couples’ relationships, and that 30 percent live in states where marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships give same-sex couples the same state-level rights as married people. All gay couples, however, still are denied the more than 1,100 federal rights and benefits of marriage, because of the Defense of Marriage Act. “[D]espite the best efforts of anti-gay groups and politicians, the LGBT community has made rapid progress across the United States,” Equality Matters said. “As public support for marriage equality continues to rise, it’s only a matter of time before every American has the right to have their loving commitments recognized and respected by their state and federal governments.”

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on March 28 said it had temporarily suspended enforcement of the Defense of Marriage Act as it applies to U.S. citizens’ foreign same-sex spouses. Then, two days later, the agency said the suspension was over and that it would continue to enforce DOMA against foreigners who seek a green card based on their legal marriage to an American of the same-sex. Opposite-sex foreign spouses of U.S. citizens ordinarily qualify automatically for a green card, but DOMA prohibits the federal government from recognizing any married same-sex couples, including binational ones, as actually married. The brief suspension followed the recent decision by the Justice Department and President Barack Obama to stop defending in court the portion of DOMA that prohibits the federal government from recognizing U.S. states’ same-sex marriages. On Feb. 23, Obama and Justice said that that portion of DOMA is unconstitutional and that any governmental discrimination based on sexual orientation, like discrimination based on race or religion, is automatically unconstitutional absent some important governmental need for treating gay people differently. A CIS spokesman told the D.C. LGBT publication Metro Weekly that the hiccup in the agency’s enforcement of DOMA had stemmed from a wait for “final guidance related to distinct legal issues.”

Ind. to ban same-sex marriage Indiana’s Senate voted 40-10 on March 29 to send voters a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions. The measure previously passed the House of Representatives, but would need to pass both chambers again before it could appear on the ballot in three years’ time. Indiana law already bans gay couples from marrying, but some legislators want to create a stronger ban that would be harder to undo.

ENDA to be introduced again Gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said March 30 that he plans to reintroduce the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. It would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in workplaces that have 15 or more employees. Continued on page 9

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•Male dancers: P-Town, Real Luck Cafe •Worship: Metropolitan Community Church. Friends Meeting House, Shadyside. 7pm. Info: 412-683-2994. •Worship: Dignity. Roman Catholic mass followed by social. Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 7pm. Info: 412-362-4334. •Worship: Gay-welcoming Holy Eucharist. St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 304 Morewood Ave., Shadyside. 11am. Info: 412-682-3342. •Worship: Allegheny Open Arms United Church of Christ, 707 East St., North Side. 10:30am, Info: 412-321-1328, www.alleghenyopenarms.org. •Worship: OneChurch. Bricolage Theater, 937 Liberty Ave., downtown. 1pm. Info: 412-390-5400. •Worship: Community House Presbyterian Church, 120 Parkhurst St, North Side. 10:45am. 412-321-3900. •Meditation, worship: Pittsburgh Center for Spiritual Living, 5655 Bryant St., Highland Park. 10am. Info: 412-362-5096, www.oneintruth.com. •YOGA with Mike! GLCC. 4:30-6:30pm. 412-422-0114.

Every Monday in May

•Talk It OUT, live chat, guests, current events. Noon. www.outonline.com. •Male Dancers: Real Luck Café. •Rapid oral HIV testing: Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, 5913 Penn Ave., East Liberty. 9am-5pm. Info: 412-345-7456, www.patf.org. •TransPitt phone line: 7-9:30pm. Info: 412-454-5557 or transpitt_org@yahoo.com. •Recovery: Into Action AA, Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 7:30pm. •Support: Sex, Love Addicts Anonymous: Calvary Episcopal Church, Shady Avenue and Walnut Street, Shadyside. 7pm. Info: 412-441-0956.

•Talk It OUT, live chat, guests, current events. Noon. www.outonline.com. •Inqueery, Live chat, guests, current events for the queer community. 1pm. www.outonline.com. •Male dancers: Images. 6-8pm, 10:30pm. •Frontrunners: meet at Columbus statue in Schenley Park, 7pm; run at 7:10pm. Info: 412-481-5549, www.pittsburgh-frontrunners.org. •Worship: supper, 6pm; gay-welcoming Holy Eucharist, 7pm. St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 304 Morewood Ave., Shadyside. Info: 412-682-3342. •Support: Just for Today AA, First United Methodist Church, Centre and South Aiken Avenues, Shadyside. 7:30pm. •Radio: This Way Out. WYEP 91.3. 7:30pm. •Afterschool for youth, GLCC, 3-7pm. 412-422-0114.

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•Talk It OUT, live chat, guests, current events. Noon. www.outonline.com. •Out on the Town, live chat, guests, LGBT bar reviews. 1pm. www.outonline.com. •Dinner:Shepherd Wellness Community. 6pm. 412-683-4477 or www.swconline.org. •Flying Colors GLBT bicycle riding group: meet at statue in front of Phipps Conservatory, Oakland; rides depart at 6:45pm. Info: send e-mail to pghbikeguy@verizon.net. •Gospel singing: with the OneVoice Choir. Wood Street Galleries, Sixth and Wood Streets, downtown. 6:30pm. Info: 412-281-4655. •Recovery: Gay, Lesbian, Friends AA. Fayette County Health Center, 100 New Salem Rd., Uniontown. 8pm. Info: 724-439-3173. •Recovery: Sober as Folk AA. Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 7:30pm. Info: 412-373-3739. •Support: Sex, Love Addicts Anonymous. West View United Methodist Church, Princeton and Center Avenues, West View. 12:15pm; St. Peter’s Church, 720 Arch St., North Side. 6:30pm. Info: 412-441-0956. •Nude Male Yoga. 7pm. 115 Sedgewick Street, Millvale. •Male dancers: Real Luck Café, P-Town.

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•Talk It OUT, live chat, guests, current events. Noon. www.outonline.com. •Positive OUTlook. Health issues in the LGBT community. 1pm. www.outonline.com. •Karaoke: Images. 9:30pm.

•Rapid oral HIV testing: by Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. Women only: Miryam’s, 1410 Fifth Ave., Uptown, 11am-3pm; all welcome: GLCC, 6-9pm. Info: 412-2422500, www.patf.org. •Frontrunners: meet at Columbus statue in Schenley Park, 7pm; run at 7:10pm. Info: 412-481-5549, www.pittsburgh-frontrunners.org. •Recovery: Celebrate Sobriety AA, First Unitarian Church, Ellsworth and Morewood Avenues, Oakland. 8pm; Beaver County AA/NA meeting, 2pm, Info: 724-375-0760. •Afterschool for youth, GLCC, 3-7pm. 412-422-0114. •Free rapid HIV testing, 6-9pm, GLCC, 412-422-0114. •Male dancers: P-Town. •Yoga for HIV+ people. 5:15pm. Shepherd Wellness Center. 412-683-4477.

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•Talk It OUT, live chat, guests, current events. Noon. www.outonline.com. •Deep, Dark and Naked Fridays. Club Pittsburgh. 412-471-6790. •Male dancers: Images, Real Luck Café, and P-Town. •Recovery: New Hope, beginners and regular AA, Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill, 7pm; Joy of Living AA, Trinity Lutheran Church, North and Buena Vista Avenues, North Side, 8pm; Rainbow Bridge NA meeting, Persad Center, 7pm. •Support: Sex, Love Addicts Anonymous; East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Ave. 7:30pm. 412-441-0956. •HIV Wellness Dinner; 6pm; Shepherd Wellness Center, 412-683-4477 or www.swconline.org. Check for location. •Youth Drop-In. GLCC. 7-10pm. 412-422-0114.

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•Frontrunners: meet at Columbus statue, Schenley Park. 9am; run at 9:10am. Info: 412-481-5549, www.pittsburgh-frontrunners.org. •Support: Sex, Love Addicts Anonymous. Carnegie Library, South 22nd and Carson Streets, South Side. 10:30am. Info: 412-441-0956. •Male Dancers: Real Luck Café, P-Town. Due to space restrictions, Out’s “What’s Happening” calendar of events is unable to list cocktail/happy hours, beverage and complimentary food specials and most complimentary entertainment/games. Most businesses with the necessary facilities feature disc jockeys/dancing nightly when open. Check the ads in this issue for complete information regarding activities at area businesses.

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•STAGE: Superior Donuts through May 15. Pittsburgh Public Theatre. 412316-1600. •STAGE: The Marvelous Wonderettes through October 2. CLO Cabaret. 412456-6666.

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Wednesday, May 4

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Thursday, May 5

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NATIONAL NEWS New estimates for LGBT population in U.S.

Delaware Legislature passes civil-union bill, governor to sign

Gay demographer Gary Gates from the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, a think tank at the University of California, Los Angeles, has attempted to estimate the number of American adults who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Gathering information from existing population surveys, Gates came up with a figure of nearly 9 million. The research suggests that 1.7 percent of American adults identify as gay or lesbian, 1.8 percent identify as bisexual and 0.3 percent identify as transgender. Many more women than men say they are bisexual. Gates also found that 8.2 percent of American adults “report that they have engaged in same-sex sexual behavior” and 11 percent “acknowledge at least some same-sex sexual attraction.” In response to the data, some LGBT activists and commentators said that surveying people about gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender identity, behavior or feelings results in an undercount of the LGBT population because many people do not answer honestly.

Delaware’s Senate and House of Representatives passed a civil-union bill April 7 and April 14 respectively. The Senate vote was 13-6. The House vote was 25-16. The measure grants same-sex couples the state-level rights, benefits and obligations of marriage, and recognizes same-sex civil unions and marriages from other states, treating them as Delaware civil unions. “I congratulate everyone who worked so hard to make these rights real and look forward to signing this bill into law,” Gov. Jack Markell said April 14. “When it came to this legislation, it was clear that it was about rights, it was about opportunity and it was about time.” Seven other states have similar laws, and five states and Washington, D.C., let same-sex couples marry. Five additional states recognize people married in other states and countries as married. Same-sex marriage is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C. Same-sex marriages from elsewhere are recognized as marriages in Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and California (if the marriage took place before Proposition 8 passed). The states with civil-union laws that grant all marriage rights are California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington. The Hawaii and Illinois laws were passed recently and have not come into force. Five other states have gay-union laws that extend some rights of marriage: Colorado, Hawaii (an older law), Maine, Maryland and Wisconsin.

Two recurring LGBT-rights measures were introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in April—the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the Uniting American Families Act. ENDA would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in workplaces that have 15 or more employees. UAFA would give U.S. citizens and permanent residents the right to sponsor a same-sex permanent partner for U.S. residence—a right that is available to opposite-sex binational spouses. “Thousands of committed same-sex couples are needlessly suffering because of unequal treatment under our immigration laws, and this is an outrage,” U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said in announcing UAFA’s introduction. Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese said: “Our nation’s discriminatory immigration laws force binational same-sex families to decide between breaking up or living in exile. No American family should face this decision.” According to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, at least 25 nations allow residents to sponsor samesex permanent partners for legal immigration, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. ENDA and UAFA may face a tough road in Congress, in part because Republicans control the House of Representatives. Laws similar to ENDA exist in 21 states and Washington, D.C., for sexual orientation and in 12 states and D.C. for gender identity.

Chicago elects 2nd gay alderman Chicago voters elected the city’s second openly gay alderman April 5. James Cappleman will represent the 46th Ward on the North Side. Gay Alderman Tom Tunney has represented the heavily gay 44th Ward, just south of the 46th, since 2003. In the Illinois state capital, Springfield, voters also elected an openly gay alderman April 5. Republican Cory Jobe will represent the city’s 6th Ward.

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Prop 8 judge comes out The judge who struck down California’s Proposition 8 last August came out to reporters April 6 in San Francisco. Former U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker also said he’s in a relationship with a doctor. Walker said his sexuality was irrelevant to his handling of the Prop 8 case, and that things such as gender, ethnicity and national origin also should not affect which cases judges hear. Walker’s strikedown of Prop 8, which amended the state constitution in 2008 to re-ban same-sex marriage, is on appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The case has been delayed because the people who were sued—including California’s governor and attorney general—have no interest in defending Prop 8. As a result, the people who put Prop 8 on the ballot have intervened in the case to defend it, but it’s unclear at this time if they have legal “standing” to defend the amendment in federal court. The 9th Circuit recently asked the California Supreme Court for its opinion on the “standing” question. The California court is not expected to give an answer until late this year at the soonest.

Maryland trans rights bill dies A transgender nondiscrimination bill that had passed the Maryland House of Delegates died in the Senate on April 11. Senators voted 27-20 to return it to committee. The development took state LGBT activists by surprise, as they believed they had lined up the needed votes for passage. In the end, 16 Democrats voted with the majority. “Senators... took a walk on justice and fairness today and turned their backs on the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Equality Maryland Executive Director Morgan Meneses-Sheets.

Activists who oppose gay rights are more riled up than usual about a bill working its way through the California Legislature, says Equality California, which has shepherded 76 pro-LGBT measures through the Legislature and seen 42 of them signed into law. (Twenty other measures were resolutions that didn’t need the governor’s signature. Fourteen of the group’s bills were vetoed.) SB 48, “The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act,” would amend the Education Code to require that schools provide “a study of the role and contributions of both men and women, Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of other ethnic and cultural groups, to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States of America, with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.” It also would prohibit classroom instruction and school-sponsored activities that “promote ... a discriminatory bias on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, nationality, [or] sexual orientation.” The bill requires that social-sciences textbooks and other social-sciences instructional material used in California adhere to the proposed law’s requirements. Sponsored by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, the measure passed the Senate Education Committee 6-3 in late March and passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 32 on April 5. “It is one of our priority bills and I believe it will pass [the full Legislature],” said EQCA Interim Executive Director Jim Carroll. “The EQCA-PAC’s policy of only endorsing candidates who are 100-percent on our issues, including education, has resulted in enough legislators who will support this bill to get it to Gov. [Jerry] Brown’s desk. And the governor’s preference for local control is met in the bill’s language, so I think he’ll sign it.” Carroll said that should the bill pass, he wouldn’t be surprised to see opponents attempt to repeal it at the ballot box. In 2008, such activists repealed same-sex marriage in California by convincing voters to amend the state constitution. “I assume that some leaders of the more fundamentalist segments of our society will try to use SB 48 and any bill that tries to protect youth to raise money and drum up support for their sad position,” he said. “They tried in 2008 to gather signatures to overturn another Equality California-sponsored education bill... and failed miserably. I assume they might try to qualify for the ballot again around SB 48 or even try to reverse all our safe-schools protections.” Recently retired EQCA Executive Director Geoff Kors was present at the Senate Education Committee session on March 23 as SB 48 passed. He was disturbed, he said, that pro-gay legislators on the committee seemed tolerant of the anti-gay activists’ statements. “Even among those who voted for us, they said they appreciated how respectful all the people who testified were, meaning no one was yelling or booing,” he said. “It’s time for elected officials who support us to stop saying that this is respectful debate. There’s nothing respectful about saying that LGBT people are immoral, about saying that homosexuality can be changed, that it goes against God’s plan... Homophobic and transphobic people who testify this way are not respectful.”

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Resources is provided as a convenient directory for the tri-state area. Information regarding changes, additions or deletions to this guide should be sent in writing to Out, 801 Bingham Street, Suite 100, Pittsburgh PA 15203, or e-mail at out@outonline.com. Area code for all phone numbers is 412 unless noted. Pittsburgh area codes: 412, 724, 878. Pittsburgh Area Bars, clubs, restaurants ·941 Saloon. 941 Liberty Ave. (Downtown);2815222. ·1226 on Herron, 1226 Herron Ave. (Polish Hill); 682-6839. ·5801 on Ellsworth, 5801 Ellsworth Ave. (Shadyside); 661-5600. ·Acanthus Fine Dining, 604 W North Ave. (North Side); 231-6544. ·Blue Moon, 5115 Butler St. (Lawrenceville); 7811119. ·Brewer’s Hotel, 3315 Liberty Ave. (Lawrenceville); 681-7991. ·Cattivo, 146 44th St. (Lawrenceville); 687-2157. ·Hoi Polloi Vegetarian Café, 1100 Galveston Ave. (North Side); 586-4567. ·Images Pgh., 965 Liberty Ave. (Downtown); 391-9990. ·Leather Central, 1226 Herron Ave. (Polish Hill); 682-9869. ·The Link, 91 Wendel Rd., Irwin (Herminie); (724) 446-7717. ·Longbada, 108 W. Pgh. St., Greensburg, 15601; (724) 837-6614. ·Pegasus, 1740 Eckert St. (North Side); 7667222. ·Pittsburgh Eagle, 1740 Eckert St. (North Side); 766-7222. ·P-Town, 4740 Baum Blvd. (Oakland); 621-0111, ptownpgh.com. ·Real Luck Cafe, 1519 Penn Ave. (Strip District); 471-7832. ·Remedy, 5121 Butler St. (Lawrenceville); 7816771 ·Spin Bartini/Ultra Lounge, 5744 Ellsworth Ave. (Shadyside); 362-SPIN. ·Square Café, 1137 South Braddock Ave. (Regent Square); 244.8002. ·There Ultra Lounge, 931 Liberty Ave. (Downtown); 642-4435. ·Tilden, 941 Liberty Ave., 2nd floor (Downtown); 391-0804. Baths ·Club Pittsburgh, 1139 Penn Ave.; 471-6790; www.clubpittsburgh.com. Counseling ·George Dalzell, LCSW, 904-1480. ·James Manzella, LCSW, MA 488-8102. ·Debbie Szajna, LPC, 412-877-3846. ·Persad Center Inc., 5150 Penn Ave., 15224; 441-9786. ·Sherri Williams, MSEd, NCC, LPC, CCDP; 5123135; www.thelovingchoice. Health/AIDS ·AIDS Info. Hotline,1-800-662-6080 . ·AIDS Leadership for Prevention and Health Awareness (ALPHA), PO Box 90097, Pgh, PA 15224; alphapittsburgh@gmail.com. ·Allegheny County Health Dept. STD Clinic, 3441 Forbes Ave.; 578-8080. ·Hemlock Society; 341-6459. ·National Org. of Restoring Men Foreskin Support Group, www.NORM.org; NORM.Pittsburgh@verizon.net. ·Pitt Men’s Study, PO Box 7319, Pgh., 15213; 624-2008. ·Pitt Treatment & Evaluation Unit, PO Box 7256, Pgh., 15213; 647-8125. ·Pgh. AIDS Task Force,5913 Penn Ave., Pgh.,15206; 345-7456. ·Positive Health Clinic; Allegheny Hospital; 3593360. ·Shepherd Wellness Community, 4800 Sciota St.,Pgh.,15224;683-4477; www.swconline.org. ·Southwestern Pa. AIDS Planning Coalition, 201 S. Highland Ave., Suite 101, Pgh. 15206; 363-1022 or 877-732-0401.

Lodging ·Arbors Bed & Breakfast, (Northside); 231-4643. ·The Inn on the Mexican War Streets (Northside); 231-6544. Organizations-Political/rights ·American Civil Liberties Union Committee for Lesbian and Gay Equality, 313 Atwood St.; 6817736. ·Equality Partners of Western Pennsylvania, 429 First Ave., Suite 1, Pgh. 1521;. 206-0874. ·Gertrude Stein Political Club of Greater Pgh., P.O. Box 8108,Pgh., 15217; gertrudesteinclub.org. ·Outright Libertarians of Greater Pgh., Jerry, 6541154. ·Resyst, radical queer project of the Thomas Merton Center; 361-3022. ·Steel-City Stonewall Democrats, www.steelcity.org or president@steel-city.org. ·Western PA Freedom to Marry Coalition, PO Box 81253, Pgh., 15217. Organizations-Religious ·A Common Bond (ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses), 127 Harrison Ave., Pgh., 15202. ·Bet Tikvah (Jewish)., 256-8317. ·Church of the Redeemer - Episcopal, Sundays, 8am and 10:30am. 5700 Forbes Ave.,Pgh.,15217;www.redeemerpittsburgh.org 422-7100. ·Dignity Pittsburgh (Roman Catholic), Box 362, Pgh., 15230; 362-4334. www.dignitypgh.org. ·Gay and Lesbian Alternative Dimensions, 6814222. ·Golden Triangle Church of Religious Science/Center for Positive Living; 362-6149. ·Lutherans Concerned. Info: (724)228-0914. ·Metropolitan Community Church of Pgh., 4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pgh., 15213; www.mccpittsburgh.com; 683-2994. ·More Light Presbyterians, PO Box 9022, Pgh., 15224. ·Open Arms Church, Sundays, 6:30pm. Smithfield United Church, 620 Smithfield St., downtown; 512-8913. ·Pgh. Church of Religious Science, 2nd Sundays, Nuin Center, Highland Park. 362-5096. ·Pgh. Friends (Quaker). Silent worship, Sundays, 10:30am. 4836 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside,15213; 683-2669. ·Rainbow Buddhists of Pgh.,www.zenbowpgh. com ·St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Sundays, 11am. 304 Morewood Ave., Shadyside; 682-3342. ·Three Rivers Interweave, c/o First Unitarian Church, Ellsworth and Morewood Aves.,15213; 343-2523. Organizations-Service ·Anti-Hate Hotline. 24-hour support service for hate activity due to sexual orientation; 820-0111. ·CONTACT Pgh.24-hour crisis/suicide hotline; 820-HELP. ·Gay Alcoholics Anonymous; 422-0114. ·G/L Community Center, 210 Grant St. Pgh PA 15217; 422-0114. Phone staffed Mon.-Fri., 6:309:30pm; Sat., 3-6pm. Send mail to : P O Box 5441, Pgh. 15219. www.glccpgh.org. ·Gay/Lesbian Community Food Bank, sponsored by MCC; 683-2994. ·GLENDA. Community volunteer organization; 422-1303; www.glenda.org. ·GLSEN, 210 Grant St. Pgh PA 15219 3616996. ·Lambda Foundation, PO Box 5169, Pgh., 15206; 521-5444. ·P-FLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). PO Box 5406, Pgh., 15206; 833-4556; email: PFLAGpgh@juno.com. Organizations-Social/recreational ·Asians & Friends International of Pgh., PO Box 99191, Pgh., 15233; 521-5451. ·’Burgh Bears, PO Box 81244, Pgh., 15217; www.burghbears.org. ·Delta Foundation/Pittsburgh Pride. PO Box 100057, Pgh., 15233. 246-4451. ·Dreams of Hope Youth Performance Group, 412-361-2065; www.dreamsofhope.org or info@dreamsofhope.org. ·Dining Out Pittsburgh, GLBT Supper Club: din-

ner@diningoutpgh.org or www.diningoutpgh.org ·Dykes on Bikes Pittsburgh Chapter, www.pittsburghdykesonbikes.com. ·Flying Colors, www.geocities.com/cyclepgh; email: cyclepgh@yahoo.com; 731-8198. ·Friends of All Colors Together; 427-7053. ·Frontrunners, gay, lesbian running group; 2431781;www.pittsburgh-frontrunners.org. ·G2H2 Gay Guys Happy Hours, www.g2h2pittsburgh.com. ·Gay Anglo and Latino Alliance/La Alianza de Latinos y Anglos Gay, 362-5451. ·GLBT Youth Program-Gay & Lesbian Community Center; 422-0114. ·Greater Pgh. Men’s Society; 481-3402. ·Iron City Squares, gay, lesbian square dancing; 724-464-4324. ·ISMIR (International Sexual Minorities Information Resource). PO Box 81869, Pgh., 152170869; 422-3060. ·Lesbians Are Parents; 371-2383. ·Pgh. Gay Book Club. pittsburghgaybookclub.blogspot.com ·Pgh. Gay Motorcyclists; 531-8303, http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/PghGayMotorcyclists. ·Pgh. General Health Professionals Assn.; 3613557. ·Pgh. Lesbian & Gay Film Society, PO Box 81237,Pgh., 15217; 422-6776. www.plgfs.org. ·Pgh. Men’s Collective, 2226 Delaware Ave., 15218; 421-6405. ·Pgh. Transsexual Support Group; 661-7030. ·Pgh. Prime Timers, PO Box 99292, Pgh., 15233-9200; 519-4320; e-mail: contact@ pittsburghprimetimers.com. www.pittsburgh primetimers.com. ·PONY Gay Rodeo Assn., PO Box 99321, Pgh., 15233; 370-1548. ·Renaissance City Choirs, 116 S. Highland Ave.,Pgh.,15206;362-9484. www.rccpittsburgh.org ·Sex/Love Addicts Anonymous; 441-0956. ·Staying Positive: Pittsburgh. http://stayingpostivepgh@inpgh.org;stayingpositivepgh@gmail.c om ·Steel City Bowling League; PO Box 16220, Pgh. 772-8243. ·Steel City Softball League, PO Box 99493. Pgh., 15233, 683-7676. ·Steel City Tennis League; 681-6831. ·Steel City Volleyball League, 506-3187. ·Three Rivers Leather Club, PO Box 5298, Pgh. 15206; www.trlc.net. ·TransFamily Support Group, 962 Rockdale Rd, Butler,16002; (724)758-3578. ·TransPitt, cross dressers, transvestites, transsexuals. PO Box 3214, Pgh., 15230; 454-5557. ·TREAT (Three Rivers Eastern Area Tournament), PO Box 99604, Pgh., 15233; 922-8308. ·Youth Adult Services of PA, PO Box 3539, Pgh., 15230. ·Youth Empowerment Project, PO Box 7319, Pgh., 15213; 624-5508. Organizations-Student/academic ·GLBT Allies at CMU; http://allies.andrew.cmu.edu. 268-9994. ·Gay, Lesbian Law Caucus of the University of Pgh. School of Law. 3900 Forbes Ave., Pgh., 15260; 648-1388. ·Gay-Straight Allaince at Community College of Allegheny County, Office of Student Activities. 808 Ridge Ave., Pgh., 15212; 237-2675. ·GLSEN Pittsburgh, PO Box 110288, Pgh. 15232; 361-6996. ·Pride at Carlow University, (GLBT, Straight Alliance), 3333 Fifth Ave., Pgh., 15213; pride@carlow.edu ·Rainbow Alliance, University of Pittsburgh, 611 William Pitt Union; 412-648-2105. Professional Services ·Lisa Anderson, Northwood Realty. 367-3200, ext. 340. ·Biancheria, Eriksen, Maliver and Angell, P.C. Attorneys-at-Law. 401 Wood Street, Ste, 1600, Pittsburgh PA 15222; 394-1001. ·Evolve Counseling and Coaching, 773-1220 or 818-0312. ·Edward Jasiewicz, Prundential Preferred Reality, 521-5500.

·Leone’s Florist, 5504 Center Ave. Shadyside. 687-1595. ·Lowtide Swimwear and Apparel. 2614 Lincoln Way, White Oak PA 15131. 412-751-4799. ·Weishouse Home Furnishings. 324 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside. 412-441-8888. Pennsylvania Bars, clubs, restaurants ·Chumley’s, 108 W. College Ave., State College;(814) 238-4446 (mixed). ·Club 231. 231 Pittsburgh St., Uniontown; (724) 430-1477. ·Escapade, 2523 Union Ave., Altoona, 16602; (814) 946-8195. ·Lucille’s, 520 Washington St., Johnstown; (814) 539-4448 ·Michael’s Café, 1413 11th Ave., Altoona, 16601; (814) 941-0803. ·Papermoon, 1325 State St., Erie, 16501; (814) 455-7766. ·Rumors in Town, 1413 11th Ave., rear, Altoona, 16602; (814) 941-0803. ·The Zone, 133 W. 18th St., Erie; (814) 452-0125. Organizations ·AIDS Intervention Project, PO Box 352, Altoona, 16603; 1-800-445-6262. ·Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Help line of Altoona, (814) 942-8101. ·Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Task Force, c/o Family & Children’s Service, 2022 Broad Ave., Altoona 16601; (814) 944-3583. ·Gay, Lesbian Switchboard, PO Box 805, State College, 16804; (814) 237-1950, 6-9pm. ·Gay, Lesbian Switchboard of North Central Pa., c/o Susquehanna Lambda, PO Box 2510, Williamsport, 17703; (717) 327-1411. ·IUP Alliance, 724-357-2598. ·Laurel Highlands Gay and Lesbian Alliance, PO Box 145, Somerset, 15501. ·Lawrence County AIDS Network, PO Box 1674, New Castle, 16103; 800-359-AIDS. ·League of G/L Voters, Erie. PO Box 8083, Erie, 16505; (814) 833-3258. ·League of G/L Voters, State College regional chapter. PO Box 10986, State College, 16805; (814) 237-5520. ·LGBTA Resource Center at Bloomsburg University, 266 Students Services Center, 400 East Second St. Bloomsburg PA 17815. ·LGBTA at Penn State, 101 Boucke Bldg. University Park, 16802, 814-863-1248. ·LGBA, PO Box 444, Slippery Rock, 16057; (724) 738-2939. ·Log Cabin Republican Clubs of Pennsylvania, 1903 Walnut St., Suite 175, Phila., 19103; (215) 247-6344. ·Mon Valley AIDS Task Force, Box 416, Monessen,15063;(724)258-1270. ·PA. Council for Sexual Minorities, 238 Main Capital Bldg., Harrisburg, 17120. ·Penn State Sexual Health Awareness Program, Ritenour Health Center, University Park, 16803; (814) 865-TALK. ·P-FLAG (Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbian and Gays) New Castle; (724) 658-3578. ·Project HOPE, 697 State Street, Beaver PA 15009; (724) 581-6825 or (724) 728-8220; projecthope_2009@yahoo.com. ·State College Gay Men’s Alliance, PO Box 545, State College, 16804. ·UPJ Alliance. 814-269-7065. Ext.7180. Ohio Bars, clubs, restaurants ·Adams St., 73-77 N. Adams St., Akron; (330) 434-9794. ·Club MAXX, 122 N. Sixth St., Steubenville; (740) 284-1291. ·Crew, 304 Cherry Ave. NE, Canton; (330) 4522739. ·The Grid, 1437 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland; (216) 623-0113. ·Interbelt, 70 N. Howard St., Arkon; (330) 2535700. ·PJ’s at the FED, 169 N 4th St., St., Steubenville; (740) 283-2747. ·Tear-EZ, 360 S. Main St., Akron; (330) 3760011. ·Utopia, 817 E. Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown; (330) 781-9000.

Lodging ·Circle JJ Ranch, 1104 Amsterdam Rd., Scio; (330) 627-3101. ·Freedom Valley, 1875 US 250 S, New London, OH; (419) 929-8100. Organizations ·Brotherhood Leather United Equal, Steubenville; www.blueohio.net. ·Live and Let Live, gay alcoholics, St. Newman Center, 26 Rayen Ave., Youngstown, 44503. ·Mahoning County Area Task Force on AIDS, PO Box 1143, Youngstown, 44501; (216) 742-8811. ·The Ohio State University Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Alumni Society, PO Box 2012, Columbus, OH 43216; Jim Ryan, (614) 421-9389. ·Washington County AIDS Task Force, Marietta; (614) 374-9119. West Virginia Bars, clubs, restaurants ·Broadway, 210 Broad St., Charleston, 25301; (304) 343-2162. ·Driftwood, 1121 7th Ave., Huntington; (304) 6969858. ·Eagle’s Nest Club, 1500 Brinker Road, Wellsburg WV 26070. ·Lee St. Deli & Bar, 1111 Lee St. East, Charleston, 25301; (304) 343-3354. ·The New Electric Flag, 1044 Market St., Wheeling, 26003; (304) 639-8390. ·O-Zone, 1107 Main St., Wheeling; (304) 2320068. ·Polo Club, 1037 7Th Ave., Huntington, 25705; (304) 522-3146. ·Stonewall Club, 820 7th Ave. (alley entrance), Huntington, 25701; (304) 523-2242 ·Tap Room, 1022 Quarrier St., Charleston, 25301; (304) 342-9563. ·Trax, 504 Washington St., W., Charleston, 25302; (304) 345-8931. ·True Colors, 515 Market St. (rear), Parkersburg, 26101. (304) 428-8783 (TRUE). ·Vice Versa, 335 High St. (rear), Morgantown, 26505; (304) 292-2010. ·Weezies, 3438 University Ave., Morgantown, 26505; (304) 598-0088. ·WoodStarr Nightclub. 322 5th St. Parkersburg; (304) 422-3711. Lodging ·Eagle’s Nest, (412) 417-1099. ·Long Fork Campgrounds, Walton; www.longfork.com; (304) 577-9347. ·Roseland Resort, RD 1, Box 185B, Proctor, 26055; www.roselandWV.com; (304) 455-3838. Organizations ·AIDS Task Force of the Upper Ohio Valley/Buddy Program, PO Box 6360, Wheeling, 26003; (304) 232-6822. ·BiGLT Mountaineers WVU, Morgantown, 26506;(304) 293-8200; BiGLTM@hotmail.com ·Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Mountaineers (BiGLM), PO Box 6444, SOW, WVU Morgantown 26506 (304) 293-8200. ·Charleston AIDS Network, PO Box 1024, Charleston, 25324; (304) 345-4673; www.aidsnet.net. ·Friends Who Care, PWHIV support, Joni Constante, (304) 292-8234. ·G/L Alcoholics Anonymous, Wednes-days, 7pm; St. John’s Espiscopal Church, 1105 Quarrier St, Charleston, 25301. ·Huntington AIDS Task Force, PO Box 2981, Huntington, 25728; (304) 522-4357. ·Mid-Ohio Valley AIDS Task Force, PO Box 1184, Parkersburg, 26101; (304) 485-4803. ·Mountain State AIDS Network, 235 High St., #306, Morgantown, 26505; 800-585-4444. ·PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbian and Gays) Parkersburg, PO Box 836, Parkersburg, 26102; (304) 428-8089. ·P-FLAG (Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbian and Gays) Wheeling, 115 18th St., Wheeling, 26003; Liz (304) 232-8743 or (740) 484-4141. ·Together in Pride, PO Box 836, Parkersburg, 26102. ·WV Coalition for Lesbian, Gay Rights, PO Box 11033, Charleston, 25339; (304) 343-7305.

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LOCAL NEWS

Is it déjà vu—or amnesia—for Out ’s porn reviewer?

Pride 2011 almost here—with a new attitude!

by Samuel Davidson I need help. Have I written this column before? Or maybe I just reviewed some of these porn flicks before? Am I misidentifying men and movies in the heat of the moment? Can someone help me?

DVDs

Those lips, those eyes. How could Davidson forget this twink?

Horsehung Kyle King plugs Cameron Marshall in a number of different positions before both deliver the goods. Rick van Sant rides Jock Derrek Diamond’s derrick, before the duo flip-flops. And the finale features a nude Josh West being interrupted mid-wank by Ross Hurston and Craig Reynolds, ending in a threeway with Reynolds stretched out on a table in order to play bottom for both. There’s no story, just hot action between muscular men, which is what Director Steven Scarborough is known for. So if I’ve seen this film before, I didn’t mind seeing it again. More deja vu with Private Resort. This one’s as outdoors light as Reckless was indoors dark. The twinks meet

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ner. The Delta Foundation is still finalizing all of the details for the events slated for June 3-12, but a very special guest has been booked as the featured entertainer for “Pride in the Street” on June 121. It’s none other than R&B legend Patti LaBelle. A long-time supporter of the LGBT community, LaBelle has served as a spokesperson for the National Minority AIDS Council “Live Long Sugar” campaign. In 2007 she was presented with the GLAAD Excellence in Media Award. Her 1974 mega-hit “Lady Marmalade” is still a staple in any Pride music mix. On June 11 LaBelle will perform a 45-minute show on the outdoor stage at Liberty Avenue between 9th and 10th streets.

Trust Me, I’m a Doctor is a playful prescription Then later the pool gets more use as Ridge Michaels and Hunter Vance frolic in the water. It’s not until they rinse off in the outdoor shower that the two succumb to twink meat, flip-flopping as top and bottom. Raz finally does get to the pool alone, but no matter since Justin Taylor is there. Raz plays the bottom role again, but uh oh, here comes his boyfriend Defendi—who’s surprisingly good natured about BF’s indiscretion. In fact, he joins in. As for me, the entire movie was a been-there, watched-that feeling again. Luckily the bonus disc has a number of solo sessions and interviews with the lads. If that’s your thing. Another selection from Raging Stallion Studios is Stag Fight, a first and early release from their Stag Homme division. I know I never watched this one before—more on that coming up. This porn came out a few years ago, and I know I’ve never watched this because it kind of gave me the creeps. There are six different tales, each one unrelated to the other, and the emphasis is on more forceful sex. But talk about bait-and-switch! The cover alone would sell the film: Francesco D’Macho and Damien Crosse look like extras in Spartacus: Gods of the Arena: big buff, bronzed gods with impressive pecs and packages. Inside it’s a different matter. “Stockholm Syndrome” stars hunky Dennis De Nello, who’s been abducted and dragged to an undisclosed location by a somewhat doughly masked terrorist—well, he terrorized me! But once the mask is off, the abductor turns out to be Crosse, looking not quite as fit as on the cover. I’m totally put off by scenes of simulated abduction, cruelty and/or forcible sex; so even though this movie’s mild in comparison to a few others I’ve seen, I had no interest in watching the entire film. Mostly a bound and gagged De Nello gets his pecs punched by Crosse’s fist, which turns him on—although not me. At the end of their sex scene, if you listen carefully, it turns out that this is just a game played by this duo, who takes turns being the aggressor. Then “Numero Tres” has Pedro Andreas and Damien breaking into Francesco D’Macho’s home and… well, into Francesco D’Macho—both at one time! Couple that with poor lighting and editing, it’s not a great beginning for a company’s debut. Maybe more recent releases will win me back… Now I’m really in a foul mood. After I finished my review of Fight, Collier reminded me that he already reviewed this film in the June 2010 issue of Out! Now I’m doing memory exercises and taking fish oil caplets by the handful. If ever I needed medical attention, it’s now. So I believed Hot House when they promised Trust Me I’m a Doctor. Could this be the cure? Hell, yeah!

Events leading up to Pride May 29, noon-6pm—A long-standing Pittsburgh tradition is the annual Memorial Day Picnic in North Park. For the 36th time, summer will start with this landmark event. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the gate. June 3—The Pride Advocacy Rally will be held on the steps of the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street. Speakers are still being confirmed for the rally. June 9—The always popular pool party Splash! Advance tickets are $65; tickets at the door are $80. June 9—Also marks a TransPride event at Cattivo. Pride weekend June 10—Check out over 13 hot bars in town during Pub Crawl. Tickets for this event are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the Pub Crawl.

Check into this Private Resort.

Nine well-built studs are lined up on the back cover, with two very delicious samplings on the front: John Magnum—his last name doesn’t exaggerate—and Craig Reynolds. Where is this hospital, ’cause I’m checking in! Having been the main course in a Reckless 2 threeway, Reynolds is back, but this time he’s the nurse who assists Dr. Hogan Wade. The beefy doc has him flustered, and once Reynolds drops and then bends over to retrieve a box of rubber gloves, Wade has dropped as well—to the floor for some butt-munching. Then the good doc pulls out an assortment of butt toys, starting with a double-headed dildo. Reynolds always seems to wind up on a table, this time an exam table where Wade brings out one toy after the other, to Reynolds’s noisy delight. Kevin Armstrong gets a prostate exam by Nikko Alexander before Dr. Alexander utilizes several measuring tools to check Armstrong’s chute. It all proves too much for the patient, who yanks the doc’s scrubs down for some oral action before Alexander begins plowing, eliciting Armstrong’s cry, “You’re the best doctor!” Christian Wilde would disagree. That cutie has a serious ailment: “My dick stopped working.” Fortunately, Dr. John Magnum is on the case—and also onto the cock. A quick check of the patient’s balls leads to an instant cure, but this prescription includes follow up care: the oral services of hunky tattooed Nurse Rod Daily. Soon Magnum gets in on the action. Both Wilde and Magnum take turns plugging Daily, and then all deliver. Trust Me I’m a Doctor is a playful prescription for anything that ails you, like bad porn selections or my memory loss. With well filmed action and hot buff studs, Trust Me should get a rise out of your spirits in no time. And one last playful selection for you reality fans— and you know who you are: Jersey Score from Jet Continued on page 35

June 10—Also fire up a Lez Liquor Hour at Cattivo. Contact Victoria Bradley at vbradley@ pittsburghpride.org to get all the details for this event. June 11—Pride in the Streets: Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh, we got a new attitude! Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the gate and are on sale now at www.pittsburghpride.org/tickets. To attend the event, you must be 18 or older. June 12—Pittsburgh Pride 2011 March and PrideFest, a street festival on Liberty Avenue. The march will begin at the same spot as last year—the corner of Blvd. of the Allies and Grant Street. It will then proceed

down Grant and make a left onto Fifth Avenue to Liberty Avenue. Last year the Delta Foundation reported that the last two days of Pride 2010 drew more than 30,000 individuals, setting an all-time record for Pittsburgh’s largest Pride festival. Pride 2011 hopes to break this record. For anyone interested in attending more than one event, a Pride Pass includes one ticket to the Pub Crawl, one ticket to Pride in the Street and one ticket to PrideFest Beer Garden for only $50. These are available only online.

Gertrude Stein Club makes endorsements The Gertrude Stein Political Club, Pittsburgh’s multi-partisan LGBT and feminist organization, has released its slate of endorsements for the May 17 election. In the race for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Barbara Ernsberger is the endorsed candidate. For County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald got the club’s nod. Valerie McDonald Roberts is the choice for County Controller. Nicholas Futules (District 7) and Barbara Daly Danko (District 11) won endorsements for Allegheny County Council. Two seats are open for Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. The group selected Alex Bicket and Eleanor Bush. In city races, Michael Lamb is the club’s choice for City Controller, while for City Council, endorsements

went to Darlene Harris (District 1), Bruce Kraus (District 3), Chris Zurawsky (District 5), Patrick Dowd (District 7) and Lucille Prater-Holliday (District 9) Hugh McGough is the choice for District Judge 5-235. According to Todd Bryner, Stein Club president, “This was a painful endorsement vote for us because so many old and new friends [of the Stein Club and the community] are going head-to-head.” Bryner added, “We have many candidates who are strong on our issues. That’s good news!” The organization will be holding a pre-election “bar night” and is always interested in welcoming new members. Contact them at GSPCGP@gmail.com to find out how you can get involved.

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A mind is a terrible thing to lose. Recently, I’ve wondered where I replaced mine. That’s what occurred to me while I was watching Reckless 2 (Hot House Video) and Private Resort—Boys in the Sun (Raging Stallion). I can’t find any notes or the actual reviews, but I swear I’ve watched these films before. OK, it’s not a leap to believe that Reckless 2 may be similar to its predecessor, which I could have reviewed awhile back. And any film with “boys” in the title surely focuses on young, slim twinks—who do tend to look alike to someone my age. Except for their endowments. So if I’m repeating myself with these reviews, please bear with me. Reckless takes place in a warehouse that gets very busy after hours. Rod Daily (the stud with a Mohawk) gets fed Tony Mecelli’s meat before taking a ride on it. Scott Tanner uses his big dick to do the same to Paul Wagner, who expertly services the brute’s tool.

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FACES AND PLACES

X-PHILES Continued from page 34

Set Men. I’ve never watched the reality series on which this porn is based, Jersey Shore, however, the media has kept me up to date on the antics of cast members, like “Snookie,” Pauly D and “the Situation,” but I have no clue how accurate the portrayals in Jersey Score are. When Andrew Blue inquires about a room for rent, Mike “The Stimulation” (played by Dean Coxx) requires an odd deposit—although after some oral action, it’s Coxx who makes the down payment. Meanwhile Trent Diesel and Josh Logan are getting impatient with Pauly G (played by Kevin Cavalli), who is spending way too much time perfecting his hairstyle. When the two accuse him of wanking off, their playful tussling leads to a threeway with Diesel bottoming for his roomies.

Staying true to the MTV original, Jersey heads to a bar where a brawl erupts as the “guidos” trades blows— and blow jobs. Hayden Stephens gets to ride Jarred King; Derrick Vinyard gives it up for Coxx. Jersey Score is a porn flick that works on all levels: a popular parody with buff Stallions, Italian sausage and serious sex. The back cover promises: “All straight boys, all Guidos, hair gel not included.” Ha ha! This was just what the doctor ordered. To order the DVDs reviewed, visit the websites or call them toll-free and tell them you read the review in the May issue—or in one case, the June ’10 and May ’11 issues—of Pittsburgh’s Out: Hot House at HotHouse.com, 800-8844687; Raging Stallion Studios at ragingstallion.com, 877327-0707; and Jet Set at jetsetmen.com, 800-522-5557.

Out at There The Pegasus crew (Nathan Carroll, Chet Campbell, Jerry Hockman and Andrew Ellifritz) hangin’ at There.

Out at Pegasus

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Newcomers from Arkansas, partners Daniel Stahoviak and Chris Harris check out Pegasus.

Out at Vice Versa All hugs and smiles at Vice Versa are Rhonda Stout and Matthew Ferrell.

Photos by John Colombo

Out at Club Pittsburgh Visiting Club Pittsburgh from Cleveland are Ryan Corrigan and Michael Dingess.

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May 2011 Issue No. 410

Pittsburgh’s majestic movie palaces remembered —page 15

FREE

What about ‘NO’ doesn’t the court understand?—page 7

A Link to Pittsburgh’s Pride past Pride 2010 set a record. Pride 2011 promises to be even bigger and better. Check out the list of Pride events on page 3.

Who’s spotted There? —page 35

Butterflies, botanical drawing and nude youth Gay artist’s secret life takes flight in major exhibit by Matthew Kolas

These vamps really suck —page 11

“There are two people in the story,” says my guide. “One holds an official role.” She points to a portrait of Andrey Avinoff, painted by his sister, in which he dons his University of Pittsburgh robes. “This is the guy I’m interested in,” she tells me, pointing to the much smaller Self-Portrait with Butterfly Eye, drawn by Avinoff with graphite on an envelope scrap. A butterfly is substituted for his left eye. “This is how he saw himself,” she notes. Even my private tour of Andrey Avinoff: In Pursuit of Beauty with the Carnegie Art Museum’s curator Louise Lippincott will not be enough to answer all of my questions about the gay man who served as director of the museum from 1926 until 1945. Avinoff was equally renowned for his accomplishments in entomology as he was for his

work as a commercial artist. Da Vinci meets Warhol, and so much more. Andrey Avinoff was born into a wealthy Russian military family under the rule of Alexander III on February 14, 1884. His fascination with butterflies began as a child, when he began not only painting them but also collecting them. He went on the receive a traditional Russian education, completing a law degree in 1905. From his matriculation at Moscow University, Avinoff began a career that embodied his dual nature: his official persona as a government bureaucrat and his passion for butterflies as a side profession. In 1908, he used an inheritance to finance his first butterfly-collecting expedition to Russian Turkestan and Pamir. He later traveled to Kashmir and Tibet in 1912. Through his own travels and 44 other exContinued on page 16

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