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September 2011 Issue No. 414
by Laura Kingsbury
See the falls--and get married--Oct. 7-9
Look which A-Lister's coming to town--page 24
Our girl Babs is back --page 19
In an effort to celebrate both love and New York's recent legal progression toward LGBT equality, Pittsburgh's Rev. Renee Waun is planning a Niagara Falls, NY, marriage bus trip Oct. 7-9. Motivated by the Empire State becoming the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage, the Unitarian Universalist minister wants to applaud the country's progress by taking couples to the popular honeymoon destination to legally recognize their commitment. Waun hopes to have at least 10 couples signed up by the Sept. 17th deadline and is eager to enter the final planning stages for the romantic weekend along with the event's sponsors, the Unitarian Universalists Ministers Association of Pittsburgh and the Westmoreland LGBTQ Interfaith Network. Waun believes this achievement is huge and in need of celebration--especially for the Unitarian Universalist churches that have been at the forefront of gay civil rights and marriage equality with their national campaign "Standing on the Side of Love." "I just thought, let's put together an event where we can all celebrate," said Waun. "I think it will attract couples who Continued on page 3
J.C. Calciano follows up the success of Is It Just Me? with eCupid, the romantic tale of a naughty app. It's just one of the films featured in next month's Pittsburgh International Lesbian And Gay Film Festival. Check out all the details in next month's Out.
The making of an activist: Vito Russo revisited by Mike Crawmer For about 20 years, until his death from AIDS in 1990, Vito Russo played a leading role in America's gay rights movement. A founding member of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and cofounder of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), Russo lived at the center of the most important gay cultural turning points in the 1970s and 1980s. Russo participated in "zaps" and organized Gay Activist Alliance (GAA) cabarets and dances, the first social alternative for New York City gays and lesbians to Mafiaowned bars. He was a journalist and critic-- a multi-tasker before that term was invented. But his legacy as a sharp, insightful, and valued voice for the American gay and lesbian community rests in large part on his ground-breaking study, The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies (1988), considered the most important book ever written about gays in popular culture. How Russo grew from the tormented older son of struggling Italian-American parents into a confidante of Broadway and Hollywood stars, innovative activist and respected writer is the subject of a muchneeded, heavily researched biography by Pittsburgh native, Michael Schiavi, Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo. Schiavi, a South Hills native, graduated from Chartiers Valley High School in Collier Township. He earned his bachelor's degree at American University, then continued his studies in New York City, where he now lives. Schiavi is an associate professor of English and coordinator of English as a second language at the New York Institute of Technology's Manhattan campus. His writings have appeared in Cinema Journal, Theatre, Journal, Modern Drama, and College Literature. Following is an interview with Schiavi conducted in early August. Out: What gave you the idea for writing a biography about Vito Russo in the first place? Michael Schiavi: I've really loved Vito for a long time. Reading The Celluloid Closet when I was a kid helped me feel better about being gay, that there was someone out there fighting against prejudice and stereotyping and trying to make a better Continued on page 16
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have been thinking about doing this for a long time. Maybe they are already living together or even had a holy union ceremony, but they just really like the feeling of having a marriage legal somewhere. It's that next level of commitment that many couples yearn for." And, said Waun, what better way to do so than on a beautiful autumn weekend in one of the nation's top scenic, romantic locations? In terms of the trip's itinerary, couples will meet at 6am, Friday, Oct. 7 at the Ross Park Township Park and Ride. Once in New York, the first stop will be City Hall to apply for the marriage licenses.
"The great thing about New York is [the short] waiting period," Waun said. "You don't have to go to a special licensing bureau. You just need the required documents, and then there's only a 24-hour period before the ceremony, but you get the marriage license immediately." After the technicalities are in order, the group will then begin their celebration that evening at the Holiday Inn Grand Island Resort & Conference Center, complete with sightseeing and views of the falls. Saturday will then be filled with a wedding briefing, wedding rehearsal and a ceremony at Goat Island, in full view of the falls, followed by a wedding banquet back at the hotel.
Waun envisions a ceremony with a group opening followed by individual opportunities for couples to come forward and say their vows. As an ordained pastor who has done hundreds of weddings in her 30-plus years of ministry, she plans to officiate and speak to the holy commitment of marriage and the importance of the New York milestone for couples who have been long awaiting this opportunity. Waun said this trip was inspired by a group of 50 same-sex couples that were married in a group ceremony shortly after the New York marriage laws took effect. However, she hopes that with fewer people, more individual time for each couple will be possible. While each couple is legally required to have at least one witness, Waun says couples can invite whomever they want, though space on the bus is limited to 55 people. Costs are about $650 per couple, which includes accommodations, bus fares as well as banquet and ceremony fees. It does not include meals, sightseeing and bus and hotel fares for their witnesses and guests. Waun also asks that all those getting married on the trip be at least 21 years old. For more information on the trip, New York's marriage requirements and to register, visit http://newyorkweddingbus.wordpress.com/.
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Group launches campaign to stop anti-gay Calif. Referendum The Courage Campaign announced Aug. 1 that it has teamed up with Equality California and other organizations in an attempt to stop a ballot referendum on the new California law that requires schools to teach LGBT people's history. Courage said it will run a "decline-to-sign" campaign with EQCA, the California Federation of Teachers, the California Nurses Association, the Gay-Straight Alliance Network and the University of California Academic Student Employees Union. The goal is to prevent anti-gay forces from collecting 504,760 signatures from registered California voters by Oct. 12, which would qualify the proposed repeal referendum for next June's statewide ballot. "First our opponents wanted to ban love, so they invented Prop 8," said Courage Chair Rick Jacobs. "Now, they want to use the same fear tactics to prevent California high school students from learning history. They want to gloss over the fact that important people in history like Walt Whitman, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Bayard Rustin, Billie Jean King, Leonard Bernstein, James Baldwin, Willa Cather, Harvey Milk and even J. Edgar Hoover were gay." Jacobs said that as during the Prop 8 campaign, opponents will use "fear and prejudice to scare the voters." "If the folks who oppose [the teaching law] have their way, they'll put a referendum on the ballot to overturn allowing real history to be told," he said. The new law, which also is known as Senate Bill 48, takes effect in January. Current California law requires schools to teach about the history of Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans and members of other ethnic and cultural groups. SB 48 added LGBT people and people with disabilities to the list. On Aug. 5, Equality California announced it has launched an SB 48 hotline and created "truth squads" to interrupt signature-gathering--both on the LGBT referendum and other, unnamed anti-"progressive" campaigns. "We need your eyes and ears on the ground today," said EQCA Executive Director Roland Palencia. "If you spot anti-LGBT, anti-progressive signature gatherers, report them immediately by calling the toll-free `Decline to Sign Hotline' at 1-877-440-9585. We'll immediately disContinued on page 7
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patch a trained `truth squad' to make sure potential petition signers know the truth about these initiatives including the referendum on the FAIR Education Act." Meanwhile, Lambda Legal's legal director, Jon Davidson, said Aug. 1 that if the repeal referendum passes, it might be found unconstitutional. That's because in 1996, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that laws cannot single out gay people for disfavored treatment. "If the referendum qualifies for the ballot, and were it to receive more `no' than `yes' votes, not only would SB 48 not become law, but no measure that is essentially the
same as it could be adopted in the future," Davidson said. "In this way, the referendum could be characterized as quite similar to the measure that the U.S. Supreme Court held unconstitutional in Romer v. Evans. That measure repealed existing sexual orientation anti-discrimination protections for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals and prevented their passage in the future for that group and that group alone, which is what more no votes than yes on the referendum would do when it comes to having a fair and inclusive curriculum. Moreover, there no doubt would be significant evidence of anti-LGBT sentiment motivating those behind the referendum, which would bolster any challenge to it."
On August 24, five protestors were arrested at a rally against homophobia, which began outside the Pleasure Bar in Bloomfield and continued into Friendship Park. The rally of about 100 protestors was organized on Facebook by Lauren Jurysta of Bloomfield. According to her account to the media and information she posted on Facebook, Jurysta was accosted by several patrons of the Pleasure Bar on August 23 after she was seen walking past the bar while holding hands with another woman. Jurysta said that after she responded to their homophobic comments, one of the men threatened her with a gun. The "no more homophobia in our neighborhood rally" was organized by Jurysta to alert the LGBT community about the anti-gay incident. According to Tom Waters, who participated in the rally, the gathering began across from the Pleasure Bar and continued growing in size. Waters said that Pittsburgh police officers arrived and asked "in a professional manner" that the protestors not block the sidewalks. Police then tried to get the rally to move to Friendship Park. Waters said that most of the people went to the park, while a few remained not listening to police. Later at the park, the group mobilized and headed towards Children's Hospital. Several police cars appeared and officers requested people to keep moving and stay on the sidewalks. According to Waters, several protesters ignored the request, and a few protesters stood in front of the police cars. Waters also said while the police were professional at the beginning, several officers later "turned aggressive after being egged on by protesters." Waters was approached by an officer and told to stop filming or he would be arrested. He was also asked to present his ID. According to police spokeswoman Diane Richard in an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10 or 15 people "remained unruly" and ignored police commands to move toward Friendship Park. Of the protestors arrested, David Japenga was on probation after serving time for damages he caused in Oakland during the G-20 protests in 2009. A bench warrant has been issued for Japenga for a probation violation.
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"As long as you use a condom properly and is doesn't break, you won't get HIV," Brunner says. A three-way collaborative effort by PATF, Persad Center and University of Pittsburgh, M2M is an HIV prevention program that, according to its Facebook page, is designed to give men, ages 18-54, a safe setting to discuss issues surrounding substance use and sexual behaviors. The M2M Project consists of a pre-test, followed by four 45 minute conversations on alcohol, drugs, sex and HIV. It ends with an exit survey. Participants in the program earn $20 for completing each step, resulting in a total of $140 for completing the six-month program. The focus is on providing practical advice, and Brunner adds, "No conversation is off-limits." So far the M2M Project has enrolled 100 participants. They need 400 to meet their quota. Participation is voluntary and confidential. For more information or to sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-804-1725.
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N AT I ONAL NE W S Senate holds hearing on repealing DOMA Congress' first-ever hearing on repealing the Defense of Marriage Act took place in the Senate Judiciary Committee July 20. DOMA prohibits the federal government from recognizing states' same-sex marriages and purports to give states cover to refuse to recognize other states' same-sex marriages. The bill to repeal DOMA was introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. "Today's hearing proved that married same-sex couples share the same values and needs as other married couples but are constantly hamstrung in their ability to protect themselves," said HRC President Joe Solmonese, who testified at the hearing. "The federal government shouldn't be in the business of picking which marriages it likes and which it doesn't, but that's exactly what DOMA does." DOMA prevents same-sex couples from accessing more than 1,100 federal rights, benefits and responsibilities of marriage, including Social Security survivor benefits, federal employee spousal health coverage, protection against a spouse losing a shared home during a medical emergency, the right to sponsor a foreign partner for immigration, the guarantee of family and medical leave and the ability to file joint tax returns. "In 1996, DOMA was just hypothetical discrimination because every state excluded same-sex couples from marriage," Solmonese said. "Today we see it in much more concrete terms--as tangible, heart-wrenching, real-life discrimination." At a Feinstein press conference July 19, staged with the Courage Campaign, Courage Chair Rick Jacobs said: "We are tired of second-class, and in some cases, thirdclass citizenship in our own country. We pay taxes, we serve our communities, and we work hard. We are entitled to the same rights, freedoms and benefits as other Americans. No more, no less." "California courts must be able to take into consideration the established relationship between a parent and child when determining legal parentage," said Equality California Executive Director Roland Palencia. "[This law] ensures that families are not broken up, by preserving children's established family relationships, including those of LGBT families." According to EQCA: "This bill fixes a problem caused by a recent case that said that courts cannot recognize a non-biological parent who has raised the child if another man signed a voluntary paternity declaration, even if the man who signed the declaration had no relationship with the child and no intention of raising the child. Because of this case, children with non-biological parents [were] vulnerable to losing the parent they have always known." Continued on page 10
California governor signs parents-child protection bill California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Protection of Parent-Child Relationships Act on Aug. 5. The measure will allow courts to determine who a child's parents are when there is both a non-biological parent and a man who signed a voluntary declaration of paternity.
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N A T I ONAL NE W S ABA honors Olson, Boies The American Bar Association will honor Ted Olson and David Boies, the famous odd-couple lawyers who got Proposition 8 declared unconstitutional last year. The two star attorneys, who represented George W. Bush and Al Gore respectively before the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2000 "hanging chad" election debacle, teamed up with the American Foundation for Equal Rights to fight the voter-passed constitutional amendment that re-banned same-sex marriage in California in 2008. A federal district judge in San Francisco agreed with their arguments and struck down the amendment, which has remained in force as the ruling is appealed. On Aug. 8, Olson and Boies will receive the American Bar Association Medal, a rare honor that isn't bestowed at all in some years. "Ted and David show that excellence in the legal profession transcends partisan and ideological boundaries," said AFER Board President Chad Griffin. "Thanks to these two world-class legal minds the dark walls of discrimination are beginning to crumble." Last year, Time magazine declared Olson and Boies two of the 100 most influential people in the world. Same-sex couples remain unable to marry in California while three matters wind through the courts.
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Senate OKs out gay man for federal district judge The U.S. Senate approved the nomination of openly gay J. Paul Oetken as a federal District Court judge in the Southern District of New York on July 18. The vote was 80-13. He will be first openly gay male federal district judge. There is one out lesbian federal judge, Deborah Batts in Manhattan. "We commend the Senate for their historic vote today," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Confirmation of Paul Oetken serves as a role model for all LGBT people interested in serving on the judiciary and shows LGBT youth that hard work pays off. "The federal bench is greatly lacking LGBT diversity and with thousands of qualified LGBT attorneys in the U.S., there is no reason why the federal bench should not better reflect the composition of our country." All reports by Rex Wockner with assistance by Billy Kelley
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OPI NI ON What do gays want? Santorum seems to know by D'Anne Witkowski I have to admit, Rick Santorum has good reason not to like gay people. I mean, with the help of Dan Savage, one of the leaders of the Homosexual Cabal, gays changed the definition of "Santorum" from a politician who is full of shit to actual shit. More specifically: "The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex." Yuck. I wouldn't like gay people either if that was the first result that popped up when people Googled my name and gays were to blame. Santorum's dislike of gay people didn't start with the besmirching of his name. He had problems with gays way before that. Which means the name thing doesn't work as an excuse. When I say that Santorum "dislikes" gays, what I mean is that Santorum, from his former position of power as a senator and his current position of notoriety as a GOP presidential contender--and Google-search oddity, is an outspoken critic of LGBT rights. Santorum doesn't see LGBT people as equal, which means he doesn't really see LGBT people as people. This is, of course, something he already made very clear with his infamous "man on man = man on dog" sex analogy. Santorum reiterated his stance on LGBT equality during an Aug. 5 interview with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, another anti-gay crusader. During the interview, Perkins remarked that gays "will not rest [until they] force every state in the nation to change their laws to recognize same-sex marriage." Fair enough. I mean, Perkins has certainly accused gays of worse things. "Yeah. They want to force their worldview on us and they're using this idea of `equality,' which is absurd," Santorum responded. Ah, I get it. When gays and lesbians want their marriages legally recognized by the state, that's forcing the gay worldview on everyone. But when Santorum demands that gays and lesbians continue to be discriminated against because that's how he interprets the Bible, that's just doing God's work or some shit. And the concept of "equality" is "absurd" when applied to gays and lesbians, how? This is how, according to Santorum: "This has nothing to do with how two people want to live their lives. It has everything to do with an agenda that is ultimately going to destroy the family, weaken the family and weaken our religious liberties in this country." Now, wait just a minute. How does denying two men or two women from marrying each other not have anything to do with how those two people want to live their lives? Oh, yeah. Santorum doesn't think gays and lesbians are people. They're foot soldiers in a great big Homo Army working feverishly to annihilate the very idea of family and God so that one day we can all live in a country where the only boxes to check on the census form next to "How is this person related to Person 1?" are "Current fuck buddy" and "Future fuck buddy" and all Sam's Clubs are converted into giant bathhouses. Seriously, is this the kind of gaypocalyptic hellscape Santorum envisions when he thinks about two people of the same sex getting married? "The left is very enthusiastic about this agenda because it is an opportunity to get after the things that they Continued on page 13
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see standing in the way of them taking control, more control of your lives, which is the family and the church," he told Perkins. "And so what better to do that than by destroying the institution of marriage and by saying anybody who opposes them is a bigot and that includes people in the clergy." "More control of your lives," eh? That's what gays want? Does Santorum not see the irony in that claim?
Probably not, since this is coming from a man who has said, "I have no problem with homosexuality. I have a problem with homosexual acts" and who supports sodomy laws because they protect "the basic tenets of our society and the family." In other words, in Santorum's worldview, gays are just folks who screw each other, not human beings capable of loving, long term relationships worthy of legal recognition.
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The making of an activist: Vito Russo revisited Continued from page 1
about being gay, that there was someone out there fighting against prejudice and stereotyping and trying to make a better place in the world for gay people. I thought The Celluloid Closet was an incredibly important and articulate look at the movies. Then, years later, I found out that a lot of people in film theory today were trashing it, and I thought that was unfair. I wrote an article about The Celluloid Closet, then one of Vito's best friends, Larry Mass, said to me that somebody should write a biography about Vito, and I thought, yeah, maybe I should. Had you ever done anything like that before? No. I've written a number of articles on gay theater and gay film, but this was my first book and I'd never written a biography. But I felt so passionately about Vito and who he was to our community that I thought [a biography] was long overdue. Your biography is very well researched--you seemed to have talked to everybody, and had access to letters and journals or publications. He knew an amazing breadth of people. Vito knew everybody in the gay community and a lot of celebrities in Hollywood. He was extraordinarily well connected. I was very lucky, because his papers and journals were all left by his best friend and literary executor, Arnie Kantrowitz, to the New York Public Library. I had access to a ton of primary materials. What did you learn about Russo that surprised you? I learned that he was not this super self-confident dynamo that I thought he was. Vito had this public persona of being incredibly charged, articulate, confidant and poised, who could take on anybody and anything. In reading his journals, which covered 12 years, I was amazed to see how insecure he often was, how worried he was about money, how he often didn't know where his rent [money] was coming from. He was giving his life to gay journalism, and that meant that he couldn't make a decent living. I was surprised to learn that he often didn't know what his next projects would be. I had no idea how much he struggled as a writer. You said he gave his life to gay activism. Were there a lot of people like him at that time? I'd say not the majority, but certainly the people who got involved in gay activism in the '70s, after Stonewall, found that it was a full-time job, that you had to give 110 percent of yourself, that the financial reward was practically nothing. Gay journalism paid practically nothing, if anything at all. People like Vito really struggled. They gave every-
thing for the cause, and that's personally inspiring. But Vito didn't give up because he so believed in gay rights and gay journalism, particularly about getting the message out about gays in the movies. It's amazing actually that he was able to do that for so long on so little. Did you learn anything that disappointed you about him? Not disappointed me, but I learned that he was very human. I went into this project thinking that this author of The Celluloid Closet was some kind of "gay Superman." He was totally my hero--and he still is--but Vito, like many writers, had a lot of problems with personal relationships. He was often really awful to the men in his life. He was very demanding, very pushy. He couldn't sustain relationships very well. At heart he was a writer who needed his space and his privacy. In the book you described him as "manic." Other people used words like "volcanic." Someone described him as having "pit bull" qualities. But he could be good-hearted too. Absolutely. He had the biggest heart in the world--he gave all of his talents to gay visibility. That takes an incredible generosity, an incredible selflessness, that most people don't have. I think though that when it came to romantic relationships, Vito could be very difficult. Arnie Kantrowitz once told me that Vito could be like a guttersnipe, using words as weapons to wound people. That was part of Vito's personality too. He could be the warmest, most lovely guy in the world, then he could also be quite vicious. That came from his Sicilian mother who, like Vito, could be so loyal and so generous and so marvelous, but you would not want to get on Annie's bad side, and you did not want to get on Vito's bad side. You go into some detail about his family and circle of friends, the influence they had on him and he had on them. I did not want to write that suddenly we have this gay activist who was fully formed at the age of 23 and he's ready to fight for gay rights. I thought it was very important to explain where he came from and why it was he was as passionate and fiery as he was. His family had everything to do with that, especially his mother. His activism was evolutionary. In the weeks or months after Stonewall, he would take a step into something but only to see what was happening. Absolutely true. Vito--like a lot of guys in his generation--were so thrilled to be in New York City and to be in Greenwich Village among a largely gay crowd both in his work and in his schooling--he was going to NYU [New York University] to get his master's degree in cinema-- that he didn't care about fighting for rights. Even after Stonewall, it wasn't on his radar. Working in restaurants and in the bar circuit, which was still Mafia controlled, and seeing people who only cared about going to the bars and having a good time, he started to realize there had to be a lot more than this. But it was not until almost a year after Stonewall that he went to his first meeting of Gay Activist Alliance. Would it be appropriate to say that he was almost destined to write The Celluloid Closet? Yes. Here was someone who so loved film--one reviewer of my book wrote that Vito's blood was threaded with film strips--and then to combine that with becoming so passionate about gay rights--I think it was inevitable that he would put that together in a book about the movies and gay politics, something that had never been done before. Vito was the right person at the right moment in his-
tory to write the book about gay images in Hollywood, and how Hollywood had really done us wrong, and that what Hollywood was telling us about our lives was so unfair and had everything to do with why we were stigmatized in society. Vito was the perfect person to write that book. You write that he got into film criticism at a time when it was becoming a recognized study. Then, when the book came out there was adverse reaction to it. In the late '60s, early '70s, film criticism was first being respected as an academic discipline, and film departments were popping up around the country. Vito was one of the first generation of film critics to have an academic pedigree to go with what he was doing. But to talk about gay film criticism--even the most sympathetic film critics of the '70s were often homophobic, people like Pauline Kael and Richard Schickel, very respected, credible film critics. They were not ready for the notion of gay film because, in part, Hollywood wasn't giving them anything to work with. Whenever they would see gay film characters, they were always clowns, victims, villains, murderers. So, here comes Vito in 1981 writing this book on gay film characters--there was nothing like that before, and yet gay people were such a joke in the popular imagination--many people were not ready to accept a book about gay film criticism. To them it was just as out there as anything could be. Gay audiences everywhere were ready for this, but film critics really had no idea what to do with it because it Continued on page 18
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seemed so totally different from their idea of what film criticism is. For one thing it was so much angrier than what film criticism usually was. But he had a real activist agenda. If he were alive today, how would he update The Celluloid Closet? In the revised version, which was published in 1987, he wrote that his hope for gay film would be to see gay characters whose sexuality was completely incidental to the plot or the story. The whole treatment of a gay character today is very different from what it was in Vito's life. If he were going to continue The Celluloid Closet he'd have to come up with some kind of methodology for evaluating gay characters that he couldn't possibly have done when he was alive. If he were alive today, would he have been among the first in New York City to get married to his male partner? A lot of people have been asking me that. It's hard to gauge. Vito died in 1990 when the topic of gay marriage wasn't on the table at all. Vito did not believe in monogamy; he thought that gay people were inventing new kinds of relationships, that we shouldn't be copying heterosexual marriages. So, on the one hand he'd be very skeptical about the idea that gay people need to be exactly like straight people and have the right to get married. On the other hand, nobody would've bristled faster than Vito to be told that because he was gay he didn't have the same rights as anybody else. I think he would've been caught in a philosophical bind, which I think frankly a lot of gay people are. Did he leave a legacy? Absolutely. Because of Vito Russo, gays have the self-respect that we have today. Vito taught us to look at our representation in the popular media. Vito taught us to question and attack when we felt like we were not being fairly represented. Vito taught us to stand up for ourselves in ways that we had not seen before him. Even if people don't remember Vito's name, these things we have in the community today are largely because of him and because of the people in, say, Gay Activist Alliance, who were the first people to fight for anti-discrimination laws on the city, state and federal levels. If they hadn't done that, we would not be anywhere where we are today. We have to thank these people for what they were doing 40 years ago. And, as for Vito, if The Celluloid Closet hadn't existed when it did, especially before AIDS, we wouldn't have had the wherewithal to say the way we're being represented on the screen is directly proportionate to the way we're being attacked in society. The Celluloid Closet was published literally weeks before AIDS was first announced. Suddenly, you have a generation of gay men who are seeing how, because of AIDS, we're getting attacked by society. Those people in the gay and lesbian community had been taught by Vito not to put up with that, that on top of all the bigotry we've been facing all these years and now we have AIDS on top of that, we're not going to take it. We know this is unfair, we know that we're being misrepresented and our responsibility to get who we are out there in front of society. And Vito is totally, totally responsible for that. Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo by Michael Schiavi (University of Wisconsin Press), which was reviewed in the June 2011 issue of Pittsburgh's Out, is available from Amazon.com.
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So simple... so elegant... so Streisand Barbra Streisand, What Matters Most--Five decades into her career and Barbra Streisand still doesn't need much else to sell a song than her voice. And so it goes, launching her first album since 2009, an all-new, 10tune LP with her favorite Alan and Marilyn Bergmanwritten songs (also available in a deluxe edition with already-released tracks), with just that sublimely enchanting, untouched-by-time instrument of hers.
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MUSIC The Academy Award-winning song, called "The Windmills of Your Mind," is breathtakingly beautiful with its gradual orchestra swell that never feels like too much, wisely l e t t i n g Streisand's voice carry the song. She also fully commands on the following track, "Something New in My Life," which reaches that diva climax that gets so many of her gay fans going. The same goes for "The Same Hello, The Same
Goodbye," which catapults into a string-surging wallop that has her opening her voice enough to swallow the world--it's gorgeous. Streisand mostly sticks to ballads, but they're broken up by the buoyancy of "That Face," originally written in 1957 and made popular by Fred Astaire, and Frank Sinatra's "Nice 'n' Easy," which eases into the traditional take with just some slinky instrumentation. Anyone who's loved Babs before is bound to love this perfect-for-a-rainy-day project; it's simple, elegant and so Streisand, who--despite the timeless songs and full orchestra--is clearly what matters most on this album. B+ Joss Stone, LP1--Joss Stone tore up the Grammy stage with Melissa Etheridge years ago during "Piece of My Heart," and that must have been enough for the lesbian rocker to rub off on the British 24-year-old. No, Stone isn't lezzie, too--but she's a gritty spitfire on her latest album, newly independent, without the commercial sheen and, as addressed on set-starter "Newborn," ready to do her own thing (she's the girl who "doesn't give a shit" on this one). This new rocker-chick direction finds Stone going all out with the guitars, a shift from the R&B run she had ever since the release of The Soul Sessions in 2003. Eight years later, she's talking like she's out for blood; on "Karma," which sounds like an Etheridge song through and through, she has a "loaded gun" for her man who's "the bitch." They sound like true threats coming from Stone, who sings with as much conviction as a Southern Baptist preacher. That's especially true of "Last One to Know," which practically bursts at the seams during the
final third of the song, building into a drum-banging, beltcrazy lash out. But for all the hard-ass edge on Stone's LP1, the music itself feels a little too linear and without enough variety to sustain its 10 songs. But you have to start somewhere, and it's not a bad place for a new beginning. BKelly Rowland, Here I Am--It's never a good sign when an album's street date gets pushed back--especially by a year. But for Kelly Rowland, whose junior LP was originally due last September, it could be just the thing the project needed. It's the best and most cohesive of the three albums, stuck on selling the former Destiny's Child as a sex-obsessed Janet Jackson who wants a lover to "last more rounds" to "make mama proud," as she sexually coos on the especially horned-up "Motivation." Still confusing her with the other Destiny's Child chicks? Just remember: Rowland's the new Ms. Nasty. So much of this CD, which includes 10 tracks, is like sonic smut--but it's also more interesting than Rowland's been since she launched her solo career, and that's probably not saying much. She's swaggering on the opening club cut, "I'm Dat Chick," and then she simulates more sex than a night at the bathhouse with "Lay it on Me" (it sounds like a hit, and like everything else on radio), "All of the Night" (a mid-tempo about "bumpin'" in the bedroom) and "Down for Whatever" (about doing it on the dance floor). Backing her is a bevy of music heavyweights like Rodney Jerkins and RedOne with beats du jour that lean toward Euro-pop. Continued on page 20
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And for "Commander," she grabs David Guetta, who helped her score a hit single with "When Love Takes Over." Their new collabo pales in comparison, which is the problem with a lot of Here I Am--the songs aren't bad for what they are, but none of them really say: Yes, she's here. BKasey Chambers, Little Bird--Considering the kind of country gals we have in the down-home department, Kasey Chambers deserves to be right up there with the Taylors and Carries. And she is in her native Australia, where she's a big deal--her 2002 album, the seven-times platinum Barricades & Brickwalls, sold more copies than any artist but Kylie Minogue. Four albums later, she delivers Little Bird, a solid CD that maintains a pop-country appeal while also preserving the genre through some rustic flavor and oldschool sounds. She does traditional terrifically with the rollicking "Georgia Brown" and the sweeping "Love Like a Hurricane." "Bring Back My Heart," though, is a keen heartbreaker with Patsy Cline's name stamped all over its classic swing sound. Chambers is just as convincing going the contemporary route: "Someone Like Me" is an adorable ditty that would be suitable for Swift, but Chambers gives it more than the sweetness it needs--there's a strong yearning, almost verging on begging, as she beautifully draws out the chorus with her achy vocals. "This Story" could easily be a hit. Twisting the typical Swift genre of relationshipswith-fairytale-endings into one that wasn't, she sings, "Tell me a story, change it for me, take her out and put me back in." Because Chambers is so good, this doesn't just seem like a song for a lover--it could also be a justifiable cry for your attention. And you should give it to her. B+
that reality-show TV judges go crazy over. Besides a wonky, space-y remix of "Annie You Save Me," there's the acoustic "Free," a wonderfully soulful ditty done on guitar. At just a few songs, there are enough appetizers here to make you hungry for the full meal. Roxette, Greatest Hits--Their songs are instantly recognizable, but the band name attached to them never seems to stick (and no, they're not The Ones Who Sing That Pretty Woman Song). Now, however, you won't have a choice but to remember, as the Swedish '80s duo hype their first all-new album in over 10 years with, well, it's pretty obvious--their greatest hits. Besides, obviously, killer power ballads like "Listen to Your Heart" and "It Must Have Been Love," there are 10 other take-you-back tracks. Among them: "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)" and the charming "Church of Your Heart." Nothing ultra fans don't have, but a nice intro to Rox... oh, what's their name? Hercules & Love Affair, Blue Songs--The New York clan's eponymous 2008 debut featured some of the best house revivalist music in years, but the same can't be said of its follow-up--there's just not much to latch onto here. Even when their lyrics intrigue with an incessant repetitiveness, like on the story-song "Step Up" (with guest vocalist Kele Okereke of Bloc Party), the music hangs in the backdrop like plain white walls, especially on the plodding closer "It's Alright." And it's not necessarily because of all the band member swaps, or that they're not doing the all-out disco thing. But Blue Songs could've been so much more. This love affair's on hold, Hercules. Reach Chris Azzopardi at email@example.com.
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Colombo looks back at the Pittsburgh summer that was by John Colombo Farewell Summer of 2011. This summer in Pittsburgh was action packed--going all the way back to our biggest Pride Fest ever, plus the opening of two new clubs and the remolding of several established locations. The biggest feat in August was the transformation of Pittsburgh into Gotham for the filming of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, set for a 2012 release. While I spent no time on the sets, I drove past the various locations almost every day. The production company made it snow in Oakland and downtown and went as far as to cut down some trees--which will be replaced--to transform "Gotham" into winter. I love when a big movie is being shot in town because I'm never sure what's real. When I pass a store front, is it a new business or a movie set? I noticed some lovely flower planters on Liberty Avenue and thought what a nice touch. Then I noticed a security man and all sorts of power cords on the other side of the street where many of the alleys were blocked off. Pittsburgh or Props? I look forward to seeing the movie when it comes out. Especially the scene with Catwoman riding her motorcycle at the Mellon Institute in Oakland. Other locations used for the film: Lawrenceville and even the Southside right in front of Out's office! in the production were Amy Vodkahaus, Danny Hayes and Princess Chlamydia. Watching the performance: Caldwell Linker, Randy Gentile, Jean Cooney, Josh Dorfzaun and Jonas Moffat. The purple Jesus coalition held a Christmas in July Party on July 25 at There Video Lounge, complete with eggnog shots, a Christmas tree with presents underneath and Christmas music for a jolly crowd on a sweltering summer day. The party served a dual purpose; it was also a farewell to Heather Wade, who has since moved to Florida. Donning their gay apparel: Paul Lauteri, Jess Hilbert, Tom McClure, Ralph Jenkins, Tim Sullivan and Melanie Schall. On August 12, Atlanta's DJ Lydia Prim took over the DJ booth at Cruze Bar for a night of insane fun and great music. Her dedication to dance music began in the clubs down South--starting in Pensacola, Florida and then in Birmingham, Alabama, where she was added to Billboard magazine's prestigious Club DJ panel. Soon she was playing major events in Atlanta and fell in love with the thriving dance scene and nightlife. She moved there and quickly won a residency at the famous 24-hour megaclub Backstreet. Lydia is now the resident DJ at The Heretic in Atlanta and travels as guest DJ, schedule per-
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August is always a slow month in Pittsburgh, Many people on vacation and a lot of men spend their weekends at the various campgrounds scattered around Pennsylvania and West Virginia. I suspect the scene will be back to normal, as it always is, by the time you have this issue in your hands. During this downtime, some of the bars underwent some renovations. Pegasus, for example, put in a second dance floor on the first level, complete with new lighting acquired from the House of Tilden--which I was told was also being remodeled. The Blue Moon made some changes
as well, which included enlarging the stage, constructing a DJ booth and some other upgrades. As I was out doing my bar tour de force to take my photos for this paper, one thing struck me as odd. While I enjoy each and every bar and club in this city for one reason or another, I'd like to hear more diversity in the music. One Friday night I hit five bars, and I heard the same Gaga song playing at all of them. While I do enjoy that particular song, I don't particularly care to hear it at each and every single stop. There is such a variety of music in this world--how about a Brazilian music night, or Salsa or maybe even some Tango music. Maybe it's time to lower the music or change the tone and see what happens. I don't do loud very well anymore, and I'd venture to say, I'm not the only one. And here are a few events that didn't receive proper coverage at the time: The summer's first party began May 29 with the "The big gay picnic"--hey there was a sign proclaiming that as you drove through the gates. Brought to you by the Delta Foundation and held at the North Park Lodge, the Memorial Day Picnic is a Pittsburgh tradition that goes back over 25 years. DJ Billy Sander had people dancing in the lodge, and Delta Board members scurried about making sure that the food and drinks didn't stop flowing. The weather was unusually cooperative, sunny and cool. Seen: Jason Shavers, Jim Kilhof and Sharon Needles. This picnic really is an institution--I attended my first one over 25 years ago before I lived in Pittsburgh, so it's always been one of my first memories of a city I would later call home. June10, Transpride! Cattivo hosted Pittsburgh's first ever transpride party. Transsexuals and friends gathered for a Q and A session; there was entertainment by drag kings and queens; and photos from Dawn Hartmen's Intimacy project adorned the walls. Seen at Transpride!: Melanie Hughs, Sally Walsh, Drew Miller and Avery Dimatcio. The Trans Community can sometimes seem invisible, so I'm very happy that so many were there to share in the fun. On June 25, Blue Moon played host to Alaska Thvnderfvck's production of The Holy Bible--The Blue Moon Testament. Adapted by Alaska, Cherri Baum and Sharon Needles, the show retold the Bible from a gay person's point of view with song, dance and comedy. Also
Jeff Grainy and Melanie Schall celebrate Christmas in July
mitting. She exudes a quirky, fun energy unlike anything I've ever seen, and she played Grace Jones and David Bowie! She also met the love of her life in 2010, Kat--another reason why she ended up back in Atlanta. There held a sangria tasting party August 17, which in my head was an end-of-summer party. Maybe not the official end of summer, but still, the next Out you pick up will be the October issue. I tried the White Zinfandel Sangria, which was mixed with Blue and Pomegranate schnapps, citron Vodka, and finished with a splash of ginger ale. Very tasty. Other people sampling included: Eddy Pierce, Allison Gilbert, Joe Kruszka, Tim Sulivan and Rebecca Stiffey. I asked how she managed through high school with a last name like that, and she said she has an uncle named Dick. Dick Stiffey. He probably had it harder. Email invites, social events and rumors, or just say hi: email@example.com
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Iraq to New Orleans to Broadway--fall books circle the globe by Richard Labonte Shaken and Stirred by Joan Opyr (Bywater Books, paperback)--Opyr is a master (mistress?) of mixing light and dark--of telling a story about family dysfunction, alcoholic rage and life without a lover (but there's a stalker) with laugh-out loud panache.
BOOKS Poppy Koslowski is recovering from a physically painful hysterectomy when her mother calls with the news that her grandfather is dying. Before tomboy Poppy fled home for college, the old man's moods, which veered wildly from tyrannical to, well, grandfatherly, crazed her. So it's with mixed emotions that she returns home--accompanied by her best friend ever--to help her doddering grandmother and her dithering mother decide when it's time to pull the plug. In the face of death, though, Poppy is able to draw on the strengths her grandfather instilled in her. Sounds run-of-the-mill sappy. But Opyr's unforced comic style adds texture to the story's moral: you can go home again. Especially if it's with the best friend who turns out to be the lover you always wanted--an ending so obvious from the beginning that mentioning it is not a plot spoiler. The Last Deployment: How a Gay, HammerSwinging Twentysomething Survived a Year in Iraq by Bronson Lemer (University of Wisconsin Press, paperback)--Lemer, a closeted gay man who enrolled in the North Dakota National Guard to butch himself up in the eyes of family and friends, was six months short of ending his military commitment when he was deployed to
Iraq in 2003. This memoir of that experience--with digressions about a failed romance with another young man, and about an earlier deployment to Kosovo--is a literary testament to the spirit-crushing malevolence of the army's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. Living in close quarters with bare-chested men, joking with them about pussy, boxing them in a makeshift ring, all the while guarding the secret of his sexual self, Lemer's account of a year in the desert, getting along as one of the boys while longing for a boy, is a masterful balance of straightforward wartime reporting (though he was never seriously under fire), anguished self-reflection and a wealth of absurd asides--accounts of a tent-mate setting farts alight, or of scoring bootleg whiskey from Iraqis in a passing truck while barreling along a highway. Who Dat Whodunnit by Greg Herren (Bold Strokes Books, paperback)--Mystery writer Herren-- who more recently has branched into young adult novels-- revisits brawny, brainy and brash New Orleans sleuth Scotty Bradley in this fifth novel in the series. The New Orleans Saints (like the city itself, one of the author's passions) are heading for the Super Bowl, and the exuberant battle cry "Who Dat" (hence the clever title) is everywhere. The football connection continues when Scotty's homophobic cousin, a benchwarmer for the Saints, becomes prime suspect in the murder of his former-beauty queen girlfriend, who has ties to a creepy fundamentalist church. Scotty's pursuit of the killer, though, is almost beside the point. The fun of Herren's fast-paced mystery lies mainly in the eccentricities of the characters, recurring and otherwise, among them Scotty's dope-dealing parents,
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who figure prominently in the plot-- the murder weapon belongs to Scotty's mother. Herren's brisk blend of atmospheric setting, queer activism, erotic interludes-- his m�nage-a-trois includes former FBI agent Frank, a wrestler on the side, and man-of-mystery Colin--and any number of red herrings makes for a breezy read. Dirty Poole: A Sensual Memoir by Wakefield Poole (Lethe Press, paperback)--Ethel Merman, Carol Burnett, Noel Coward, Cecil Beaton, Lena Horne, Bob Fosse, Marlene Dietrich, Michael Bennett--Poole's Broadway career through the '60s and '70s was studded with celebrity names. For years after, the author's life was all about studs--the stars, most notably Casey Donovan, of such legendary porn films (and they were still films then, shown in theatres) as the artclassic Boys in the Sand, Bijou, Hot Shots and, inevitably, Boys in the Sand II, released between 1971 and 1984. Broadway acclaim and porn fame were followed by a descent into hard drugs, lawsuits launched by shady operators and the deaths of too many friends--sections about the decline of the filmmaker's partner are especially poignant--and Poole details the highs and the lows of his life with clear-eyed, unsentimental candor. After his porn-past notoriety derailed a Broadway comeback, Poole reinvented himself as a corporate chef for the Calvin Klein company, and now lives in quiet retirement, a survivor. First published in 2000, this slightly revised edition comes in conjunction with a documentary about Poole, now in post-production. The Evolution of Ethan Poe by Robin Reardon (Kensington Books, paperback)--The fourth of Reardon's teen-protagonist novels packs plenty of issues into its plot. Sixteen-year-old Ethan Poe knows he's gay, but isn't sure how open to be--until he's seduced by hunky but closeted Max Modine. His parents are on the verge of divorce. His best friend, oddly so, is a straight-edged girl whose accelerating religious kookiness is fueled by a stepfather's abuse. His one-year-older brother, also something of a religious fanatic and afflicted with Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID), is determined to destroy his right hand (with which he masturbates), to the point of lacerating it beyond repair. The small Maine town where all this angst is set is torn apart by the contentious issue of evolution versus intelligent design--with ID proponents trashing a schoolroom, killing a dog and stoning a teacher's apartment. And there are "power animals." And illegal tattoos. Busy, busy. By story's end, Ethan and Max have settled into contented--and open--first love, and Reardon has resolved this engaging novel's many dysfunctions with textured insight. Richard Labonte has been reading, editing, selling and writing about queer literature since the mid-n'70s. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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OUT AND ABOU T Think about it... The James Lapine/William Finn musical A New Brain will be presented Sept. 2-10 by the BALD theatre company. Directed by Stephen Santa, the show will be performed at the Grey Box Theatre in Lawrenceville. There will be a "talk back" session with the director and cast following the Sept. 4 matinee. Book your tickets at shop.baldtheatre.org.
NIGHTLIFE Dance at Camp Davis September offers chances to dance--and so much more--at the Camp Davis Campground. Celebrate Labor Day Weekend with dances on Saturday and Sunday evenings. It's a Cowboys and Indians Party Sept. 10. Love your locks at Wig Stock on Sept. 17. And on Sept. 25, dance to the 80's. Learn more by calling 724-637-2402.
Go Black and Gold!
Why miss a single minute of all the Steeler action, when you can catch every game in HD at 5801? 5801 opens Sundays at 12:30pn for 1pm games and at 3:30pm for 4pm games. Monday through Saturday, 5801 opens at 4pm. Don't miss Happy Hour from 6-8pm. 5801 is located at 5801 Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside.
Bingo is back! OUTrageous Bingo is back at 6:30pm on Sept. 24 at Rodef Shalom in Oakland. Future dates for 2011 include Oct. 29, Nov. 19 and Dec. 10. For more information or table reservations, call the GLCC at 412-422-0114.
World premiere in the 'Burgh It's good versus evil in 13th century Yorkshire as the REP of Point Park University presents the world premiere of Kendrew Lascelles' play A Child's Guide to Heresy at the Pittsburgh Playhouse Sept. 9-25. Directed by Robert A. Miller, the play is based on Lascelles' novel. Tickets may be purchased at 412-392-8000.
Happy 10 to the Club On Sept. 16 help Club Pittsburgh celebrate its 10th anniversary with a free Champagne toast and free lockers from 8pm-midnight. Mark the official end of summer with a Black Out Party Sept. 2, 3 and 4 starting at 11pm. Every Saturday this month is Spin Cycle with DJ Billy playing your requests. Hold your own private party in Club Pittsburgh's new party space. Club Pittsburgh is located at 1139 Penn Ave. downtown.
New Works turn 21 From Sept. 8-Oct. 2, the Pittsburgh New Works Festival will celebrate its 21st season. Twelve new plays will be performed over four weeks. Week One (Sept. 8-11) will feature Rub-A-Dub by Ronald Rae, The Tragedy of John Wilkes Booth by Chris Gavaler and Crazy by Jeff Sanger. Week Two (Sept. 15-18) will be Stitch in Time Saves Nine by Robert Isenberg, Funeral in the Rain by F. J. Hartland and Off-Color Remarks by Andrew Ade. Trash by Don Gordon, Pump by Kim Zelonis Dale and The Horse We Rode In On by Barbara Miller makes up Week Three (Sept. 22-25). The final week of the Festival has Sleeping with Strangers by Jack Karp, Strutting and Fretting by Matt Henderson and Red Brick Road by Sara Baines-Miller. All performances are at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks. Purchase your tickets by visiting www.pittsburghnewworks.org.
Hello, Carol On Sept. 9 the Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society will host a showing of Carol Channing: Larger Than Life at 9:30pm at the Southside Works Cinema. The documentary captures the magic and vivacity of the 90-year-old icon, best remembered for her Broadway triumph in Hello, Dolly! Tickets are $8.50 and will be sold at the door.
Get this party started It's a Grand Opening Weekend Celebration at Cruze Bar Sept. 1-5. Sept. 1 it's Animal Rescue League and Hello Bully Charity Event, 8-10pm. Dance Diva Amber appears live at 11:30pm on Sept. 2. Direct from Divas Las Vegas it's Derrick Barry performing live as Britney Spears at 11:30pm on Sept. 9. On Sept. 18 catch the Steel City Softball League's annual banquet. There will be a GLCC Charity Event Sept. 20. And whether you love him or hate him, you can meet him--Austin Armacost from The A-List New York--at 11pm on Sept. 23. Cruze Bar is located at 1600 Smallman Street in the Strip District.
Find a treasure One person's junk is...? Find out from 9am-2pm on Sept. 17 at the MCC Pittsburgh annual yard sale at the Friend's Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Ave. For more information, call 412-683-2994.
Two-day sale The Imagebox Gallery on Penn Ave. will be the location for a red tag sale to benefit Persad Center. This studio sale of selected works of art by regional and national artists will take place 5:30-10pm on Sept. 30 and 11-3pm on Oct. 1. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted and all proceeds benefit Persad Center.
Weekend at Long Fork Weekends still sizzle in September at the Long Fork Campground. Every Friday night, it's karaoke--so sing your heart out! Sundays this month feature Sunday Tea Dances and Pool Parties. And check out the Male Pouch Saloon open every Thursday through Saturday evenings. Get all the details at www.longfork.com.
Let them entertain you It's a month full of entertainment at Vice Versa. Sept. 2 enjoy Thea Trixx and Friends. It's A Night on Broadway hosted by Sasha Sept. 3. On Sept. 9 listen to the vocal talents of Denise Russell. Danyel Vasquez and Friends take to the stage Sept. 10. In the spotlight Sept. 16, it's Robin Hearts, Shantell Cummings and Dimitria. Be entertained Sept. 17 by Alexander. Help Sammi and Montaz celebrate their birthdays on Sept. 23. A Rainbow Party starring India Ferrah is slated for Sept. 24. End the month on Sept. 30 with Koko Parkay and Enya Hearts. Vice Versa is located at 333 High Street in Morgantown WV.
Symphony Gala The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returns to Heinz Hall for the 2011-2012 season on Sept. 17 with the gala event Musique de Monde. Violinist Annie-Sophie Mutter will be guest soloist, and it will be the debut of PSO Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley. Reserve your seats now by calling 412-392-4900.
Ten years and counting... The Keystone Alliance/Gaylife Newsletter will mark its 10th anniversary with two special events. On Sept. 9 the Miss Keystone Alliance Pageant will be held at 11pm at Lucille's in Johnstown. Christian Diane and Thea Trix will serve as mistresses of ceremony. Also, there will be a show benefitting Shepherd Wellness Community on Sept. 24 at There Video Lounge at 11pm.
Celebrate Labor Day Say good-bye to summer '11 at Real Luck Caf�'s Labor Day Weekend Celebration, Sept. 2, 3, 4 and 5. There'll be nude male dancers and free giveaways. Be a star every week at Karaoke Mondays starting at 10pm. Every Thursday the Top Side Bar is open with nude male dancers, music, lights and dancing. There's something special every day, and remember--there's never a cover at Real Luck Caf�. The Real Luck Caf� is located at 1519 Penn Ave in the Strip District.
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh has become a drop-off center for The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project, a community-based project that collects gently used and new tote bags for donation to the region's food pantries. So far more than 1,800 bags have been collected, preventing more than 5,400 disposable bags from entering the stream of use and redirecting money spent on bags to the purchase of food. For more information, visit www.tote4pgh.org.
Donate a tote
Women of the world
From Sept. 2-25, the Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery on Penn Avenue will feature women artists from around the world, including Gemma Allan (Scotland), Maren Eline Aune (Norway), Martine Biccheri (Italy), Sylvia K (Italy, France, US), Sam Thorp (US) and Sarina Meester (Holland). There will be an opening reception for the art exhibit on Sept. 2, 6-11pm. Learn more at www.most-wantedfineart.com.
Georgia on my mind Get happy (hour) with Georgia Bea Cummings at There Video Lounge on Sept. 8 and 29 starting at 7pm. And don't miss her Tri State Benefit Show Sept. 10 at 11pm. Every Tuesday is karaoke with Fisher starting at 9:30pm. Dig out all your polyester for 70's Night on Sept. 14. On Sept. 18 enjoy Angelique Young's Variety Show. Chat with guest bartender Nicky Sept. 19. Have fun for a good cause Sept. 24 at the Gaylife Newsletter Benefit Show. There is located at 931 Liberty Ave. downtown.
On Sept. 8 author David Pratt will read from and discuss his new book Bob the Book at 7pm at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center. Bob the Book was the Lambda Literary Award Winner for Best Debut (Fiction) 2010 and concerns Bob, a gay book for sale in a Greenwich Village bookstore. Get all the details at www.librarything.com/profile/GLCC.
Meet the author
"Fall" in with Prime Timers The monthly social for Pittsburgh Prime Timers will be held at 4pm on Sept. 18 at the United Methodist Church, 5401 Centre Ave. The event includes a pot luck dinner. On Sept. 22 the Italian Oven, 5301 Grove Road, will be the location for the monthly dine-out. And Ritter's Diner is the location for their breakfast at 10am on Sept. 24. Find out more at www.pittsburghprimetimers.com.
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W H AT ' S H A PPE NING � WEEKL Y "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 email@example.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 412-4220114 or www.glcc.org for more info.
Every Tuesday in September
Every Sunday in September
�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.
�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. �Buddy Night at Club Pittsburgh. 412-471-6790.
�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. �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.
Every Friday in September
Every Wednesday in September
Every Monday in September
�Talk It OUT, live chat, guests, current events. Noon. www.outonline.com. �Male Dancers: Real Luck Caf�. �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 firstname.lastname@example.org. �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.
�OUT and Wild, live chat, guests (human and animal). 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 email@example.com. �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 Caf�, P-Town.
�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 Caf�, 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. vHIV 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.
Every Saturday in September
�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 Caf�, P-Town. �Request Night, Club Pittsburgh. 11pm. 412-471-6790. 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.
Every Thursday in September
�Talk It OUT, live chat, guests, current events. Noon. www.outonline.com. �Positive OUTlook. Health issues in the LGBT community. 1pm. www.outonline.com.
W H AT ' S H A PPE NING � DA Y B Y DA Y Thursday, September 1 Friday, September 2 �BENEFIT: Animal Rescue League and Hello Bully Charity Event. 8pm. Cruze Bar. 412-471-1400. �STAGE: A New Brain through September 10. Bald Theatre Company at the Grey Box. www.baldtheatre.org. �ART: International Women Artists through Sept. 25. Most Wanted Fine Art. www.most-wantedfineart.com. �CAMPGROUND: Labor Day Weekend through Sept. 5. Long Fork Campground. 304-577-9347. �PARTY: Black Out Party. 11pm. Club Pittsburgh. 412-471-6790. �SHOW: Dance diva Amber. 11:30pm. Cruze Bar. 412-471-1400. �SHOW: Thea Trixx. Vice Versa. viceversaclub.com. �PARTY: Labor Day Parties through Sept. 5. Real Luck Caf�. 412-471-7832.
Sunday, September 11
�CAMPGROUND: Sunday Tea Dance. Long Fork Campground. 304-577-9347.
Wednesday, September 21 Thursday, September 22
�BENEFIT: GLCC Charity Event. 8pm. Cruze Bar. 412-471-1400.
Monday, September 12
�DEADLINE: News deadline to Out. Info: 412-381-3350 or www.outonline.com. �DANCE: Zumba for HIV+ people. 5:15pm. Shepherd Wellness. 412-683-4477.
�FILM: Free movie for HIV+ people. 5:15pm. Shepherd Wellness. 412-6834477. �DINE-OUT: Pittsburgh Prime Timers Dine-Out. Italian Oven Restaurant. www.pittsburghprimetimers.org. �STAGE: Week Three of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival through Sept. 25. Father Ryan Arts Center. www.pittsburghnewworks.org.
Wednesday, September 14
�MEETING: ALPHA. 7pm. 5913 Penn Ave. firstname.lastname@example.org. �CLASS: Free ceramics class for HIV+ people. 5:15pm. Shepherd Wellness. 412-683-4477. �PARTY: 70's Night. There. 412-642-4435.
Friday, September 23
Thursday, September 15
Saturday, September 3
�CAMPGROUND: Holiday Weekend. Camp Davis. 724-637-2402. �PARTY: Black Out Party. 11pm. Club Pittsburgh. 412-471-6790. �SHOW: Derrick Barry as Britney Spears. 11:30pm. Cruze. 412-471-1400. �SHOW: A Night on Broadway. Vice Versa. viceversaclub.com.
�DEADLINE: Display advertising, calendar information to Out. Info: 412381-3350 or www.outonline �STAGE: Week Two of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival through Sept. 18. Father Ryan Arts Center. www.pittsburghnewworks.org.
�CAMPGROUND: Karaoke Night. Long Fork Campground. 304-577-9347. �PARTY: Austin from The A-List: New York. 11pm. Cruze Bar. 412-471-1400. �PARTY: Birthday Party for Sammie and Montez. Vice Versa. viceversaclub.com.
Saturday, September 24
Friday, September 16
Sunday, September 4
�PARTY: Black Out Party. 11pm. Club Pittsburgh. 412-471-6790.
�CAMPGROUND: Karaoke Night. Long Fork Campground. 304-577-9347. �PARTY: 10th Anniversary. 8pm. Club Pittsburgh. 412-471-6790. �SHOW: Robin Hearts, Shantell Cummings and Dimitria. Vice Versa. viceversaclub.com.
Monday, September 5
�PICNIC: Out-fashioned cook-out. 4pm. Cruze Bar. 412-471-1400.
Saturday, September 17
Wednesday, September 7 Thursday, September 8
�CLASS: Free hypnotherapy class for HIV+ people. 5:15pm. Shepherd Wellness. 412-683-4477. �STAGE: Week One of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival through Sept. 11. Father Ryan Arts Center. www.pittsburghnewworks.org. �READING: Author David Pratt discusses Bob the Book. 7pm. GLCC. �SHOW: Georgia Bea Cummings. 7pm. There. 412-642-4435.
�MUSIC: The Musique de Monde. 7pm. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall. 412-392-4900. �CAMPGROUND: Wig Stock. Camp Davis. 724-637-2402. �BENEFIT: MCC Pittsburgh Yard Sale. 9am-2pm. Friends Meeting House (4836 Ellsworth Ave.) 412-683-2994. �SHOW: Alexander and Special Guests. Vice Versa. viceversaclub.com.
�BINGO: OUTrageous Bingo. 6:30pm. Rodef Shalom. 412-422-0114. �BENEFIT: 10th Anniversary Keystone Alliance (benefitting Shepherd Wellness). There Video Lounge. �BREAKFAST: Pittsburgh Prime Timers Breakfast/Brunch. 10am. Ritter's. www.pittsburghprimetimers.com. �CAMPGROUND: Dance to the 80's. Camp Davis. 724-637-2402. �PARTY: Rainbow Party with India Ferrah. Vice Versa. viceversaclub.com.
Sunday, September 25
�CAMPGROUND: Sunday Tea Dance. Long Fork Campground. 304-5779347.
Monday, September 26
�DANCE: Zumba for HIV+ people. 5:15pm. Shepherd Wellness. 412-6834477.
Sunday, September 18
Friday, September 9
�STAGE: A Child's Guide to Heresy through Sept. 25. Pittsburgh Playhouse. 412-392-8000. �FILM: Carol Channing: Larger Than Life. 9:30pm. Southside Works Cinema. �SHOW: Denise Russell. Vice Versa. viceversaclub.com. �CAMPGROUND: Karaoke Night. Long Fork Campground. 304-577-9347.
�SOCIAL: Pittsburgh Prime Timers Monthly Social/Potluck. 4pm. United Methodist Church. www.pittsburghprimetimers.com. �CAMPGROUND: Sunday Tea Dance. Long Fork Campground. 304-5779347. �SHOW: Angelique Young's Variety Show. 11pm. There. 412-642-4435. �BANQUET: Steel City Softball League Banquet. Cruze. 412-471-1400.
Wednesday, September 28 Thursday, September 29
�DISCUSSION: Healthy Relationships and HIV. 5:15pm. Shepherd Wellness. 412-683-4477. �STAGE: Week Four of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival through Oct. 2. Father Ryan Arts Center. www.pittsburghnewworks.org. �SHOW: Georgia Bea Cummings. 7pm. There. 412-642-4435.
Monday, September 19
Saturday September 10
�CAMPGROUND: Cowboys & Indians Party. Camp Davis. 724-637-2402. �SHOW: Georgia Bea Cummings. 11pm. There. 412-642-4435. �SHOW: Danyel Vasquez. Vice Versa. viceversaclub.com.
�DANCE: Zumba for HIV+ people. 5:15pm. Shepherd Wellness. 412-6834477.
Friday, September 30
Tuesday, September 20
�DEADLINE: Classified advertising to Out. Info: 412-381-3350 or www.outonline.com
�BENEFIT: Red Tag Sale (benefitting Persad Center). 5:30-10pm. Imagebox Gallery. �CAMPGROUND: Karaoke Night. Long Fork Campground. 304-577-9347. �SHOW: KoKo Parkay and Enya Hearts. Vice Versa. viceversaclub.com.
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RES OURC ES 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 email@example.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. �Cruze, 1600 Smallman St. (Strip District); 4711400. �Headquarters, 2016 Smallman St. (Strip District). �Hoi Polloi Vegetarian Caf�, 1100 Galveston Ave. (North Side); 586-4567. �Images Pgh., 965 Liberty Ave. (Downtown); 3919990. �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. �M&J's Lounge, 124 Mercer St., Butler PA �Pegasus, 1740 Eckert St. (North Side); 766-7222. �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 Caf�, 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; 4419786. �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; firstname.lastname@example.org. �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; 6242008. �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.; 681-7736. �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 email@example.com. �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; 5128913. �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 361-6996. �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 6426, Pgh., 15212-0426; www.burghbears.org. �Delta Foundation/Pittsburgh Pride. PO Box 100057, Pgh., 15233. 246-4451. �Dreams of Hope Youth Performance Group, 412361-2065; www.dreamsofhope.org or firstname.lastname@example.org. �Dining Out Pittsburgh, GLBT Supper Club: email@example.com or www.diningoutpgh.org �Dykes on Bikes Pittsburgh Chapter, www.pittsburghdykesonbikes.com. �Families Like Ours (FLO), support for GLBTQ parents. www.facebook.com/groups/Families LikeOurs. �Flying Colors, www.geocities.com/cyclepgh; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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., 15217-0869; 422-3060. �Lesbians Are Parents; 371-2383. �Pittsburgh Gay Book Club. Pgbc Bookclub on facebook. �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., 152339200; 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://email@example.com;firstname.lastname@example.org m �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; email@example.com �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 Caf�, 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; firstname.lastname@example.org. �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) 4349794. �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. �Pulse, 169 S. Four Mile Run Rd., Youngstown; (330)318-9830. �Tear-EZ, 360 S. Main St., Akron; (330) 376-0011. �Utopia, 876 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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Please, mother, I'd rather do it myself by Steven Petrow My boyfriend and I will be holding a civil partnership ceremony at the end of this year and have decided it will be a simple affair. My main problem is my future mother-in-law--up to now I've always had a great relationship with her. Now she's suddenly become a Bridezilla. She insists on being kept up to date on every little detail and wants regular briefings on our progress. She finds fault in everything we do too. (The hotel isn't nice enough and the menu sounds awful for starters.) She keeps asking us to give her jobs to do. I have tried appeasing her by giving her small tasks, but I'm running out of jobs to invent. I have spoken to my boyfriend about her, but he doesn't see it as a big deal. He thinks we should just ignore her. But, I can't! --My MIL's Bridezilla Dear MIL Bridezilla: If this weren't so difficult for you, I'd have a big laugh about it, because Bridezilla mothers-in-law are such a classic by now--straight brides (and grooms) have had to tolerate them since the beginning of time. Gay couples tend to encounter less of the kind of interference you're describing if only because we usually cover the costs of our own nuptials--when our parents aren't paying, they don't get as much of vote--and we often partner later in life--when our folks have gotten used to us making our own decisions) But I now see that a mother-in-law is a mother-in-law is a mother-in-law! Hello, equality. You've done everything that you can do; the idea of small tasks is brilliant. It's now up to your boyfriend to take on his mother and set some limits--even if he doesn't see her meddling as a big deal. He needs to do it for you-- both for in terms of your wedding but also to establish the right boundaries with your MIL for the years to come. You can tell him I said so! Steven Petrow is the former president of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association and the author of The Essential Guide to Gay Manners & Etiquette (HarperCollins). Have a queery? Send your personal questions or comments to Queeries at email@example.com.
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Hearts grow bold as autumn approaches by Charlene Lichtenstein Aries (March 21-April 20) The love of money can drive us to do silly things, or it can encourage us to just work much harder for it. Let's hope that it is the latter as your opportunity for gainful employment improves. Even a small effort here has profitable results. The real trick is to hold on and invest to your gotten gains.
Gemini (May 22-June 21) Family secrets spill out and guess what? Not only are they much more benign than you initially thought, they may actually bring everyone closer together. So prepare to be part of the flow, pink Twin. Relax and enjoy anything that brings family and friends to your front door.
Cancer (June 22-July 23) You have a few things on your mind and are ready to say what you mean and mean what you say. This can have repercussions. If you find yourself in the center of the gossip mill, resolve to let all chit chatter play out and die down on its own.
Taurus (April 21-May 21) Queer Bulls are the hit of the party scene now and why not? Your personality wattage is so high that it blows through many circuits and your charming oil lights many lamps. Don't slip on your own spillage by believing your press, however. There is something beguiling about someone who doesn't recognize their own charismatic power.
Leo (July 24-Aug. 23) "When the money keeps rolling in you don't ask why." Continued on page 28
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S T A RGAYZER Hearts grow bold as autumn brings major changes Continued from page 27
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September sees a boost to your overall finances without much effort on your part. It can mean a new job or a promotion or just being in the right place at the right time. So keep your eye on the bouncing bank account, proud Lion, and see if you can rise your dough without too much baking.
Be part of the Out team. Now interviewing advertising sales reps for Pittsburgh's Out newspaper and www.outonline.com. Call Tony at 412-381-3350 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Virgo (Aug. 24-Sept. 23) Great minds need a world stage on which to perform, and you have a great mind that is bursting with amazing and prophetic ideas. Don't sit back and wait for things to come to you. Spread your influence internationally, queer Virgin. You find the right message and can hone it to reach the right audience. Plant your seeds now for future world dominance later. Heh heh.....
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Libra (Sept. 24-Oct. 23) You are getting great buzz and many warm thoughts. Pay your press agent double. This results in many secret admirers. And now one in particular will let you know it. Prepare to be surprised... even if you aren't. Fill your September with crazy love that may not last the autumn. But who really cares? Enjoy the moment, proud Libra.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Prepare for the fall by checking your social dance card twice to see who has been extra naughty. Proud Scorps are destined for a month of mix and match relationships where partners change back and forth. This keeps you from being bored, but try not to become confused. By early fall you will decide who is worth holding onto and who gets regifted in winter.
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Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 22) Independent minded gay Archers have a certain confidence that will take them far now. Your sparkling personality and expansive world view entices potential employers to your door. Be sure that you are reachable all through the next four weeks. Extra highly lucrative work may wash up on your shore. Let's hope that it is more interesting than just general flotsam and jetsam.
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No cooler temperatures here--only hot action by Collier Scott Is it really September? Can summer 2010 truly be over? Where did it go? Never fear, dear reader. The heat of August may be gone--but we've got plenty of hot films for your viewing pleasure.
The best of the lot is Big Dick Mechanics from Jet Set Men. And what's not to love? Buff, beautiful grease monkeys in coveralls... I wish the guys at my garage looked like this! Hunky Josh Logan plays "Big Dick," owner of a garage. In between the vignettes, he makes appearances as if he was doing a television commercial, promising the viewers things like "great service." Big Dick Mechanics opens with Andrew Blue as a disgruntled customer who wants to see Big Dick. Blue sports an amazing chest, but his eyes have such a dead look to them that it's a little scary. Goateed Kevin Cavalli offers to "take good care" of Blue. It isn't long before Cavalli is in his desk chair with Blue straddled over his big tool-- and Blue's verbal responses show he is one "satisfied customer." Blond cutie Cameron Marshall (one of my favorite performers) is a down-on-his-luck customer. It's late, he can't afford the car repairs for his transmission, and he has nowhere to spend the night. Mechanic Mark Talon is quick to Marshall's rescue, offering him a hefty discount and the couch in the garage to sleep on... in exchange for a favor. Talon is soon out of his grey jumpsuit and has his buzz-cut head between Marshall's legs. The dirty grey sofa gets used for much more than a nap as Marshall tops the mechanic in a variety of positions. Christian Wilde is a mechanic with one unhappy customer. Dylan Roberts had work done on his car--only to discover a big pink dildo left behind. The tall Wilde has a great presence and plays a cocky mechanic to a T. He offers his big member to Roberts... if Roberts is willing to pay for the privilege. And he is willing-- even after the sexy Wilde assures him, "We charge extra for assholes like you." The unhappy customer gets more than his money's worth. The tattooed Wilde is one hot Tats with attitude: Christian Wilde in Big top--and a great Dick Mechanics. performer. Next up is a threesome. It begins with an innocent car wash... that ends up with customer Tucker Vaughn bent over a stack of tires, being used by hot mechanics Santos and Ryan Rush. After being teased by his presence in the film, we finally see some action with the "Big Dick" himself--handsome Josh Logan. Logan has a reward for his hard-working new mechanic Paul Wagner. Wagner has a beautiful furry chest which we get to see once he strips off his black tank top. Logan kicks back and enjoys Wagner's oral services before putting his big hammer in the new me-
chanics tool box. Big Dick Mechanics is a winner. Never did car trouble look so good! T.H.U.G. L.O.V.E. is the offering from Pitbull Production. But don't expect flowers and candy from these men. It's hard-core man-on-man action. T.Y. and Black Lion (one of my favorite Pitbull performers) are waiting at a train stop. Both are hot for some action. Muscle stud Juice shows up, and it isn't long before they are back at their "crib." T.Y. leaves Black Lion and Juice alone so the dread-locked top can have his way with Juice. Juice succumbs to Lion's chiseled features and animal magnetism. The red leather sofas make the best place for Juice to bottom. (In the final segment, T.Y. returns to take advantage of Juice's favors). As Kurupt and Seduction are working out, Seduction admires Kurupt's six-pack abs. The aptly-named Seduction knows what he wants--Kurupt's thick pipe inside him. The bottom moans as he backs himself onto Kurupt's tool. The top pummels him mercilessly as Seduction groans. Another bottom, Elmo, gets his wish as he and the goateed Nubius hook up after meeting on the internet. The handsome Nubius uses his tongue and several fingers to loosen up Elmo. Elmo rides the top man, but Nubius prefers to control the action, so he gets the bottom down on all fours. Angel and KBlaze are doing laundry when KBlaze invites Angel up to his apartment to see his briefs. Angel has no briefs to show since he's going commando, but that doesn't bother him since he'll get to the goods faster. The light-skinned Angel is a powerful top and works up quite a sweat as he plows away at KBlaze. Always on the look out for new talent is Michael Lucas and he shows off some of his finds in Balls to the Wall: Auditions 37 (Lucas Entertainment). Oddly though, he only performs three of the five preaction "interviews." He does interview the bearded (and well hung) Adam Killian and Mike Colucci, who Lucas says "has a great ass." Not only does Colucci use his God-given talents with Killian, he also bottoms for handsome power top Harry Louis. Louis, with his dark hair, sexy lips and killer smile is a real knock out. Both Killian and Louis are great tops-- but I preferred Louis. Lucas does appear with power bottom Scott Carter. It has a real sexiness about it as both men begin wearing business suits. For shirt-and-tie aficionados, this scene is a real turn-on. Lucas uses Carter shamelessly--and Carter begs for more. Lucas does his usual "brutal top" verbal as he spits and man handles his bottom boy. Jordan Fox interviews Brice Farmer (because Lucas is presumable out-of-town). Both men sport crew-cuts. After asking Farmer some questions, he tops the subject of the interview. Likewise, Lucas isn't there to interview Jay Roberts and Ivan Rueda. Roberts has a great smile. The Spanish Rueda has killer blue eyes and sports some serious stubble. Roberts tops Ruedak first, then the boys flip flop. As always, the men are handsome and many are foreign. It's standard issue for Lucas Entertainment and up to their usual high standards. Kennel Master from Titan Men is as different a film as I have seen in my years of writing the X-Phile column. It gives a whole new meaning to "man's best friend." (And knowing what a dog lover Samuel Davidson is, I'm surprised he didn't choose to review this film). If your tastes are more vanilla than mine--no matter what Samuel Davidson leads people to believe, I am a
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vanilla guy--then you'll enjoy the puppy play, bondage, ropes and hot wax in this film from director Tony Buff. Tony Vega is spread out on a table (suspended from chains) for Dirk Caber's pleasure. Both men wear jock straps--Vega's is white and Caber's is red (what you can see of it under his leather chaps). Both men are muscular and bearded. After pounding Vega, Caber then proceeds to blindfold him and tie him to the table with ropes. Vega squirms as Caber alternately tortures him, then kisses him gently. Caber lathers up Vega's privates and gives them a thorough shave. (You can hear the scrape of the razor against Vega's scrotum). Next up, Caber grabs one of the lit candles and slowly drips hot wax onto Vega's torso. He then cools his victim down by urinating on him. Muscular Sami Damo's muscular body is a handsome sight in nothing but a jock strap. Damo straps a leather hood on Tristan Phoenix before forcing him to perform oral. Then, Damo tops his submissive partner in various positions on a long, low wooden bench. Director Buff appears in the final scene. Buff is a masterful top, and there's just something about his Mohawk that I find so very, very hot. Buff makes handsome Steven Daigle his "puppy." He binds Daigle's hands into paws, places a dog mask/hood over his head and a butt plug with a tail up his other end. Daigle really seems to enjoy himself. He pants and wags his "tail" throughout the vignette. (Perhaps proving my theory that all men are dogs). Buff makes Daigle lick his large endowment before doing him "doggie style." Once Buff has had his way, he then allows Daigle to climax... into a jar. The "master" then draws up Daigle's man juice into a syringe which he then injects into his "dog's" hole. After reviewing all types of adult films, this ending was certainly a first for me. So don't worry about the autumn chill in the air. No matter what your preferences: buff men, foreign men, men of color or men as dogs, there's something to keep your September nights warm. To order the DVDs reviewed, visit the websites or call them toll-free and tell them you read the review in Pittsburgh's Out: Lucas Entertainment at lucasentertainment.com, 888562-9215; Titan Men, titanmen.com, 800-360-7204; Jet Set, jetsetmen.com, 800-522-5557; and Pitbull Productions, at www.thugmart.com, 877-848-4767.
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