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5 FORWARD Pride & Joy
30 SCENE Volunteering Changes Lives
6 PERSPECTIVES Seen, Heard, & Full of Pride
31 CULTURE Hiding in the Spotlight
14 COUPLE Erica & Jill Twersky
32 DEVELOPMENT The Pink Dollar
16 #wantlocal Items of Pride
34 SEXPERT Sex & Pride
18 THE TASTE BUDS Da Levee is a “Sweet Thang”
36 TRANSlation Advice from Jackie
22 FEATURE PRIDE: Marching On
38 PERSPECTIVES Pride is About Everyone
28 BARTENDER OF THE MONTH Tracy Studer, Explorers Club
42 FITNESS Take Pride in You
PRIDE AND JOY! | MICKEY HART The reason I love Pride month so much is because it provides time to celebrate, and more importantly, the opportunity to celebrate in community with others. The sense of pride one has in their identity and the experiences one has through their coming out process are very individualized. As far as I know, no LGBTQ person ever got the “How to Guide,” therefore, for many it can be a lonely journey of self-discovery and self-definition. Few cities celebrate Pride better than Columbus. The street banners have been up in the downtown area for a few weeks now and the countdown to the Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival is on! In this issue you will discover details about many of the Pride events and a variety of Pride-related sentiments. This month, Quorum Columbus adds some new perspectives, shares some great local items, and gets very specific about safer sex. Our Scene Team offers up pictures and stories of volunteering, fashion shows, softball, a symposium, events, and more. We also examine the value of queer money in Columbus, sample some tasty Cajun food in the Short North, meet an adventurous bartender south of Greenlawn, and tryst with Tchaikovsky in Russia. On behalf of the entire Quorum Crew, I wish you a most joyous Pride month! Mickey J. Hart Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
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PERSPECTIVES SEEN, HEARD, AND FULL OF PRIDE! WE WILL BE SEEN! WE WILL BE HEARD! | EVAN T. ROBINSON I AM EXCITED TO be providing my perspective to Quorum Columbus. As you get to know me you will notice my pieces may often refer to a group that morphed into a movement called SHADES. Much of my coming out experience, and therefore my understanding of pride, are intertwined with SHADES. The fellowship I have had through SHADES has proved integral to discovering my voice as a gay man of color. For many people of color, finding our place in the Black Community and in the LGBTQ Community can be an interesting balance given the history of oppression within both communities. This was the case when SHADES was founded in 2005 at Ohio University in Athens. That year there was an increasingly diverse freshmen class with more same gender loving (SGL)/ LGBTQ students who had difficulties finding a “place” on campus to connect with each other and to feel comfortable expressing themselves. At the start SHADES only invited SGL/LGBTQ members to join, but soon became apparent that this only made it more difficult to be ourselves when we did not have an open door policy and culture for our straight allies. SHADES began to place greater emphasis on the necessity to have active allies involved. Without the valuable help and support of allies our efforts for acceptance, nurturance, and true equality would be nearly pointless.
In light of where the LGBTQ movement is today, SHADES has grown rather organically into an organization that is no longer exclusive to one institution, but pervasive in the lives of different people of diverse backgrounds and geographically throughout the United States. Columbus was fertile ground for the second SHADES group that formed at OSU as it became the catalyst to this new concept. At OSU students of color were welcomed with open arms by faculty and students of many backgrounds and distinctions, which lead to SHADES at OSU leading the 2011 Pride Parade front and center. The buzz about this now diverse and inclusive LGBTQ group surpassed the vision of the founders’ wildest dreams. Of course, the work continues. This year’s Pride Festival must be more inclusive than in years past in order to raise the sense of self-worth, identity, and community for our members. Pride should inspire each person to take full pride in who they are through outreach programs, forums, the parade, and parties. Now is the perfect time for the greater LGBTQA movement to begin fellowship with people of different races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, religions, creeds, socio-economic backgrounds, abilities, and more. Columbus Pride 2013 will be a celebration of what we all stand for all year round and it will be an excellent way for our community to experience a glimpse of the lives of queer people of color. As SHADES members wave our bright colored flags and shout out, I hope allies and on lookers of varied distinctions will come to associate themselves with the SHADES movement in order to better us all as a people. At the end of each SHADES meeting, we state the same words so we never forget why we are there. I want to leave you with them and hope to see you this month basking in your pride. “We Will Be Seen! We Will Be Heard!
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| Josh McConaughy FOUR YEARS AGO, I was still new to Columbus and didn’t know many people. To help change this, a friend encouraged me to join his team in the Columbus Lesbian & Gay Softball Association (CLGSA). I thought, why not? Looking back it was one of the best decisions I could have made. Not only did I become part of an amazing team and one of the largest LGBTQ leagues in the nation; I became part of a family.
one of the oldest annual charity events in Columbus and has brought in more than $200,000 over the years. Last year Bat-n-Rouge raised $24,000 allowing CLGSA to donate $10,000 to local charities while continuing to operate without dues from individual players. This “must attend” event is hosted by Nina West and Virginia West at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, at Dodge Park. The fun starts when the gates open at noon!
When CLGSA was founded in 1986 there were only a few teams, but participation has grown over time to include 28 teams for the 2013 season. There are five different divisions based on skill level. So whether you were the star of your high school baseball team or if you’ve never thrown a ball in your life, there is a team that would work for you. The most important thing to remember is, “There’s no crying in softball.” This league is about making new friends, learning new skills, and having fun whether you win or lose. Teams are set this year, but plan to join up next year.
Columbus offers many different LGBTQ sports leagues and I encourage everyone to get out there and join a team. Playing softball for the last four years has enriched my life in countless ways and brought me so much joy. I am proud to be member of the CLGSA league. The time has come, for one and all … to play ball.
Games are played Sunday afternoons at the newly renovated Tuttle Park Fields just north of Lane Ave. Cheer on your favorite team and join them afterward as they patronize their sponsoring bars. Remember, if you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter. Softball Sundays are a blast from start to finish and something you don’t want to miss out on during the summer. CLGSA is also responsible for my favorite event of Columbus Pride weekend: Bat-n-Rouge. This drag softball fundraiser is
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COUPLE Erica & Jill Twersky | AMY TANNENBAUM IN 2004, IT WASN’T as easy as checking Facebook to see if, by chance, a new acquaintance was gay. So it took a bit of persistence for then-OSU students, Jill and Erica to discover there was a mutual attraction. Their first date involved hopping all over the campus area: bubble tea at Pochi’s, foosball at Hound Dog’s Pizza, a bite at Steak ‘n Shake, and a full night of chatting. It was obvious that a connection had been made. In February 2006, Erica proposed during a surprise trip to Hocking Hills. Since their union isn’t recognized in Ohio, why get married? As Erica explained, “it felt like a natural progression of our relationship.” They assumed that things would eventually change here, but didn’t want to wait. Given their Jewish faith, the religious aspect was important to them. After their Columbus wedding in November 2006, they were visiting Jill’s family in California while same-sex marriage was legal so they got married there as well. They loved how casual it was with Jill in a sundress and Erica in khakis. When it came time to start a family, Jill wanted to carry the baby. They agreed that the adoption process was complicated to navigate. They chose an unknown donor because they were fearful of the legalities surrounding adoption. Also for Erica, being “the other mother” was a threatening proposition. “It never bothered me not to have biological children. I always wanted to adopt,” Erica explains. “But I wanted to make sure the connection was secure.” They chose California Cryo Bank because of its unique option to connect their child with the donor at age 18, if the child and the donor mutually consented to meeting. A donor was chosen in the spring of 2011. Jill and Erica each made a short list of their top donor picks and discovered they both had the same donor as first-choice. A friend suggested that they take advantage of their bank’s option to look at their prospective donors’ baby pictures. The resemblance of their chosen donor to Erica’s relatives was amazing. Insight was gained into the donor’s personality by listening to his voice and reading his writings. While their donor wasn’t “perfect,” in his own opinion, they liked that he didn’t have the best SAT scores for example. “He seemed like someone I would want to be friends with,” said Erica.
The conception process required five attempts over the eight months. Their third try was especially disappointing as it resulted in a miscarriage. “It was very disheartening when you go through all the effort,” Jill explains. “No one warned us how stressful it would be.
It’s a whole other level of being with a partner, beyond marriage. It’s stressful financially and emotionally … everything is a big ‘if.’ Everything is based on ‘The Test.’ Plus you can’t get stressed, because then you’re less likely to get pregnant,” Jill said. The process involved waiting and disappointment. Every test meant cautious optimism until the first trimester mark. The couple had no desire to find out the sex of their child until Jill’s grandmother was diagnosed with terminal esophageal cancer. As her time was short, they visited her in California and learned they would have a boy. Her grandmother then learned that the couple decided to name the baby after her late husband, Elias. Their desire to have a natural birth wasn’t a possibility because Elias was breech. Elias Jack was delivered via C-section (a couple weeks early) on the morning of December 24, 2012. Shortly after Elias’ birth, the couple did the only thing that the State of Ohio allows to give Erica rights: a court issued co-parenting agreement. She can legally be only a co-guardian or co-custodian. She can’t claim tax credit, but she could sign him up for day care. The presiding judge was so elated to be a part of this process, that she insisted on taking a picture with them and exclaimed, “That made my whole day!” With Elias here, Jill and Erica are settling into motherhood. “Even though the process was costly and stressful,” Jill explains, “now that he’s here, he was worth every dollar and every second.”
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The Grub Gallery’s motto is “Eat, Create, Be Happy,” and their goal has been to show people that hot and flavorful grilled eats can be among the other street food-favorites…but there is more to The Grub Gallery than that!
The Grub Club caters to diversity, especially within their local-mobile-small business model. They like to create and be innovative with more than just their grub, so the team has fashioned together its own “Yooneek Line” to provide custom screen printed apparel and posters. Recently they began to source art from local artists to serve up on the streets, giving new meaning to “street art.” The Grub Gallery also partners with local entertainment and promotion companies, which allows patrons to buy certain concert tickets at their mobile venue. This is The Grub Gallery, and Columbus they are here for you. Add them on Facebook and Twitter to find out where they will be next!
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Chipotle meets sushi. That is the concept behind Maki Go. When you walk in, you have the power to customize your own sushi roll. That includes everything from the wrap, the rice, the fresh ingredients, and toppings. The maki (roll) choices range from Spicy Ahi Tuna, Fresh Salmon, Honey Soy Chicken to Grilled Tofu! Romaine, cucumbers, avocado, fresh salsas, and tempura crunch! You can sauce it up with Spicy Mayo, Wasabi Dressing, and our own “maki go” sauce! Finish it up with a side of edamame, seaweed salad, or hot cup of miso soup! Its West Coast inspired and Columbus admired. Check them out at 12 E. Broad Street (at the northeast corner of Broad and High Streets).
Kittie’s Cakes is all about making delicious cake for Columbus. Hand-crafting cakes is what they do. They pride themselves on balancing unique flavor profiles with the comfort of nostalgic American pairings. Owners Mollie and Kelly Fankhauser love Columbus and love cake — their promise to you is that they will always present the highest quality products, first-class service, and an indulgent experience. Don’t forget that everything is made from scratch with real butter!
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TORSO (www.torsoonline.com) TORSO has been a fun and flirty presence on High Street in the Short North Arts District since June 1998 (They also have a store inside Exile on Fourth Street).Their interesting and whimsical window displays draw you inside to a wide variety of items. Help TORSO celebrate their 15th year in business by stopping in to complete with your Pride outfit. TORSO is known for their huge selection of men’s underwear and swimwear, including Diesel and Andrew Christian. But don’t fret, ladies, they also carry women’s fashions, unisex accessories, jewelry, greeting cards, holiday items, and pride-savvy items.
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Da Levee is a “Sweet Thang” | CRAIG CHADWELL & MIKE MOFFO THE SHORT NORTH has so much to offer when it comes to dining – pretty much every genre of food to choose from, in just about every price range. When Da Levee popped into the mix a few years ago, The Taste Buds were excited with fiery curiosity in their Bayou-loving bellies. As the King of Cajun/Creole Creations, Da Levee is just what you need after a long day or night. (They’re open until 1:00 a.m. on weekends!) Simply put: it’s amazing, fast, made-from-scratch food at – as you know to be The Taste Buds’ specialty – a very affordable price. (Yes, we’re foodies, but we’re cheap foodies.) You’ll find Da Levee at 765 N. High Street, just south of Hubbard and next to “the tunnel” to Axis. There are glowing neon green and purple signs welcoming you in.
Da Levee is a hidden gem in the realm of Short North dining. We and our highly-skilled taste buds love many of their dishes, but still think their jambalaya is one of the best. Owner & Chef Jason Boehme balances a flawless edge between enough spice to keep you reaching for your beer without leaving you scorched. Andouille sausage is plentiful in this dish, but not overwhelming. It’s a good-sized portion for the money, and enough to fill a tummy yet still leave one capable of walking home or strolling through the shops of the Short North. You can wrap your mouth around one of their big burrito-style wraps stuffed with anything from the “Kikin Chikin” to spicy sausage, or our favorite, “The Sweet Thang!” This vegetarian wrap is spicy, delicious, and stuffed full of goodness. You’re going to want a to-go box, though you’ll probably finish the rest of it on the walk home. The menu varies, but if the Shrimp Etoufée is being offered, it’s a must!
The service is as amazing as the food. Everyone is knowledgeable and patient. Take some time to look over the chalk-scribed menu board and feel free to ask the staff for recommendations. They’re always willing to answer questions and make suggestions based on your tastes. You might even get a polite bow as your food is delivered. They recently renovated and now have a full-service bar, more tables, and a warmer feel. They offer a good draft beer selection including a few tasty microbrews to compliment whatever you choose to stuff yourself with. Prefer your booze stronger than 6-8%? That’s where the well-stocked bar comes in. The front and side of the place are windows facing High Street so there is plenty of people-watching to go along with your dinner. Da Levee is a hidden gem in the realm of Short North dining. It is inexpensive and amazing. The food is freshly prepared when you order, so it is always a great temperature. Food, booze, atmosphere, “value” (Mom taught us that word), and service – it’s a perfect Cajun combination to the foodie nation (or at least Columbus). Since the #TasteBuds have two hands each and four thumbs between us, we give Da Levee a “Kikin” Four Thumbs Up!
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Columbus Pride Sound Bites Columbus Pride is an example of our progressiveness and openness as a city. Our Pride celebration represents our impressive diversity and lets each and every Columbus citizen know that they add value to our economic, educational, and cultural strength. - Michael B. Coleman | Mayor of Columbus
Pride celebrates the accomplishments and diversity of our community. Itâ€™s an opportunity to come together and be proud of who we are. - Matthew Goldstein | Founder & Executive Director | Besa
Pride for me is a celebration of the friends in my life who make our city so fabulous! - Timothy Wolf Starr | Founder & CEO | The SBB
When we are ALL equal, we ALL win. Pride is an important time to celebrate the LGBTQ community and our accomplishments. The Robert Mason Co. is proud to sponsor Columbus Pride and celebrate right along with you. Weâ€™ve come a long way baby! 22
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Pride 2013 Marching On | BOWEN MARSHALL HAVE YOU EVER BEEN to a LGBT Pride parade? Every year I take my kids to the one in our city and every year I cry while watching it … I think I cry because it always strikes me as sacred, all those people going by. People who decided simply to live their truth, even when doing so wasn’t simple. Each and every one of them had the courage to say, “This is who I am even if you’ll crucify me for it.” — Cheryl Strayed a.k.a. Dear Sugar
Pride month and pride parades in America find their historical roots in the Stonewall Riots. The riots began on the morning of June 28, 1969, as an uprising of queer people at the Stonewall Inn, a bar on Christopher Street in New York City. Following this uprising the first pride parade (named Christopher Street Liberation Day ) was created as an “annual reminder…of the larger struggle in which we are engaged — that of our fundamental human rights.”
My first time attending a Pride event was June 2010 here in Columbus. I don’t know precisely what kept me from attending until I was 23. I just remember being terrified. I was terrified of the unknown, of the awful things told to me by misinformed and non-supportive people, and of being seen by colleagues who might judge or ridicule me. I now know that these were unfounded and exaggerated fears, but they kept me away. Yet in moving to Columbus and being surrounded by more and more queer people, I felt compelled to go. I know now I was not alone in my fear and excitement for Pride.
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This year marks the 32nd anniversary of what is now known as the Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival. The theme is bold and true: Pride Changes Lives. It is expected that the number of attendees could exceed 210,000 people. This is in contrast to the first Columbus Pride Parade in 1981 where 200 people marched, with many doing so with bags over their heads to hide their identities. The imagery of those 200 brave queer people and their allies is striking. There they were standing up for what they believed in at a time when, as Crestline, OH native Larry Palmer reminds us, being a sexual minority “was totally illegal, so it really did make a difference when you’re realizing that you’re part of a criminal culture.” Their bravery changed many lives and many laws. We march in their footsteps this and every year.
200 PEOPLE. TODAY WE MARCH IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS THIS AND EVERY YEAR. To this day, pride parades continue to do just this. They serve as visible and tangible reminders of the human rights struggles in which we are engaged. They are moments of celebration and love. They are moments of a community coming together in support. And they are glimpses of what the future will be like when LGBTQA people are (to paraphrase Bishop Gene Robinson), fully welcomed, included, and celebrated in all civic, societal, and faith-based institutions. Pride does changes lives on many levels. Every time Pride is held in Columbus, it sends a message to others in our city that the LGBTQA community is strong, resilient, and eternal. Perhaps the most profound way that Pride changes lives is that by being a part of the festivities and having pride in ourselves, our spirits are restored. Pride helps us heal from the wounds of cruel words, physical attacks, and withdrawn love. It gives us the courage to live our lives — our true lives — and to become exactly who we were intended to be: people who give and receive love freely. Happy Pride!
Pride Stories JUDY CALLENDAR
“My husband Bill and I have been attending the Pride Celebration for Life for many years…we are allies. Being embraced by the LGBT community has enriched our lives, blessing us with friendships and relationships with people we love and who love us unconditionally.”
“I am bisexual, but my boyfriend is very straight, so it meant all the more to me that he marched in the the Pride parade in support of me.”
“When marching, I felt such love from the people. It meant so much to me to be surrounded by people who loved and supported me that I came out to everyone a few months later and I moved to Columbus.“
“In 1976, I came to Columbus as a visiting professor at the OSU Law School… I also moved to the city to explore the gay world for the first time in my life. In 1981, I joined a fledgling gay activist movement in Columbus at its very start. It was called Stonewall Union then and now 32 years later is still the largest LGBT rights group in mid-Ohio: Stonewall Columbus.”
“I love this celebration. It is beautiful how all of my gay brothers and sisters are so happy and… I am so proud of who they are.”
“The celebration of our parade, the festival and the way our community comes together are some of my favorite things.”
“Pride has changed my life through showing me that everyone should be proud of who they are, no matter their race, sexual orientation, weight, or age.”
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“Pride has strengthened the bond of friendship that I have with my best friend of 25 years, Rob Berger... and has gotten me more involved in the LGBT community.”
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“ I remember stepping in the middle of High Street and seeing an ocean of people…LGBT and allies. At that moment, the one emotion I felt was one of belonging to something bigger.”
“ Pride saved my life! If I had not come across Pride, I believe that someone else would be telling the story of my death.”
“What a wonderful thing to see so many people…young and old. I am so happy that Stonewall has made this possible.”
YOU TWEET, WE LISTEN #JoinTheQuorum Tweet us (@quorumcolumbus) and say why you love Columbus Pride (@cmhpride). We included some of the best tweets in our June issue! #JoinTheQuorum @quorumcolumbus my favorite thing about #Cbus Pride is seeing the support from families, local churches, & straight allies! #jointhequorum — @CasidyLee @quorumcolumbus I love @cmhpride because it allows a space to advocate for the millions of LGBT individuals whose voices are silenced. #jointhequorum — @thefinelli @quorumcolumbus Pride always reminds me of how sizable Columbus’ LGBT / Ally community is #jointhequorum — @rykeener
The Stonewall riots in New York City inspire the creation of the pride parade movement.
One year later, the Christopher Street Liberation Day March—named after the site of the rebellion—begins the Pride Parade tradition as we know it. Other LGBTQ pride parades are held in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago.
2,000 gather in Washington, DC for its first Pride Parade, “Capital March.”
Anita Bryant, a former Miss Oklahoma, stirs up controversy after supporting and leading a highly-visible “Save Our Children” campaign to repeal a gay rights ordinance in Florida. In defiance, scores of pride parade marchers turn out that year holding hands in unity as a public expression of LGBTQ love and tolerance.
The first rainbow flag debuts at the San Francisco Pride Parade and comes to symbolize the LGBTQ community. The original design has eight colors, including pink and indigo.
Columbus hosts its first Pride Parade.
The first African LGBTQ Pride Parade takes place in Johannesburg. To this day, South Africa remains the only African country to host a Pride Celebration.
Europe holds its first pan-European Pride event called “Europride” in London. Each year a different European city hosts the event.
Turkey becomes the first Muslim nation to hold a Pride Parade when a small group of marchers gather in Istanbul. By 2011, attendance reaches 10,000.
President Obama officially declares June to be LGBTQ Pride Month. Columbus Pride attendance reaches over 210,000—becoming one of the largest in the nation.
GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING SOUTH OF GREENLAWN TRACY IS NOT JUST A bartender at the south side’s Explorers Club, he is one of the owners! Explore culinary adventures at this restaurant where the community is just as important as the food and drinks. The Explorers Club’s unique menu and welcoming atmosphere has created no shortage of regulars. Tracy also has something to do with that. It is remarkable to see how many personal connections he has with his customers. He encourages everyone to check out all the south side has to offer. Tracy adds, “Good things are happening south of Greenlawn.” Promoting and supporting LGBTQA events and organizations, such as Camp Sunrise, the AIDS Walk Pub Crawl, and HRC are core to the Explorers Club’s mission. Tracy plans to get further involved in the future. For now, he is happy that they’ll have a big presence at the Pride Festival this year. Be on the lookout for the new Explorers Club food truck!
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| Michael Lovett VOLUNTEER MUCH? Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer for two great organizations: HRC and the March of Dimes. Some people may associate volunteering with long hours and boring tasks, but that is far from the truth. Volunteers are the backbone of these two organizations. They work very hard, yet still have fun in the process. This year HRC’s 30th Anniversary Columbus Gala was organized by Dee Reller and Rick Straits and coordinated by over 100 volunteers. They exceeded every set “stretch goal” that the committee leaders put in place. Clearly without the dedicated volunteers, this gala could not have been such a great success.
Dimes (MOD). This was the most fun and interesting kickball game that I have ever played! Not only was money raised for the cause, but I had a blast meeting new people and raising awareness about the MOD. Interested onlookers stopped to ask about the fundraiser and wanted to know if we would be around every Sunday. The power of volunteers: Four people organized 35 volunteers who gave up their Sunday and paid to play kickball. All funds raised went to the MOD. In addition to HRC and MOD, I suggest you check out Columbus Gives Back: ColumbusGivesBack.org and Volunteer Match: VolunteerMatch.org. Everyone has something to contribute. So the next time I ask “volunteer much?” I hope you answer “Yes!”
The power of volunteers: In three hours, 30 volunteers sorted, stuffed, stamped, sealed, and mailed more than 3,000 personal invitations to the HRC dinner. Within weeks, volunteers also gathered over $35k worth of silent auction donations. Do you prefer to be outside? There are plenty of outdoor volunteer opportunities as well. Last month, Antonio Brown, Fiorela Munarriz, Dean Salem, and Frank Zolanski voluntarily organized a kickball tournament fundraiser for the March of
Columbus Pride is truly a group effort. Register to volunteer: www.columbuspride.org
Photos | Michael Lovett
CULTURE HIDING IN THE SPOTLIGHT
| QUE JONES THE NOTION THAT “Unfortunately, history has set the record a little too straight,” definitely applies to art, music and culture. In honor of Pride Month, I shine a spotlight on some well-known composers in order to share some of their lesser known interests. Until recently, women were not encouraged to compose music, so this article will focus on three not-so-straight male composers. Black Swan was one of the biggest blockbusters of 2010 and centers on a production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s master ballet Swan Lake. This avian love story has all the makings of a modern day soap opera. What many still do not know is that Tchaikovsky was a closeted gay man with (what we can infer from letters) more than seven long-term male lovers throughout his lifetime. His music is highly regarded for its longing, lyrical quality. Perhaps, this was the longing of a romantic gay man in a homophobic world. In contrast, his brother, Modest, boldly lived with his boyfriend, Kolia, at the end of the 19th century in Russia. Maybe Natalie Portman’s steamy same-sex dream with Mila Kunis in the movie had more truth in it than we knew. The early American popular music songwriter Cole Porter was notorious for being photographed posing in the arms of beautiful women. He was also gay. His “delightful, delectable, delicious, and delovely” lyrics tickle our funny bone and affect us both intellectually and emotionally. Despite his sometimes brazen parties filled with “scandalous gay and bisexual acts,” Porter had a devoted wife for 34 years. She was even pregnant, though she miscarried. Porter had a long list of male lovers but the most significant one was Ray Kelly, whose children still receive most of the royalties from Porter’s music. Porter’s life was documented (somewhat accurately) in the movie Night and Day.
Best known for his musical West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein was gay or at least bisexual. It may not surprise you to know that despite a long-term marriage to his wife, Felicia, Bernstein led a promiscuous gay life. His friend, Shirley Rhoads Perle once said, “He needed men sexually, but preferred women emotionally.” Bernstein struggled with questions of his morality and even sought treatment from Dr. Sandor Rado, a psychologist who practiced in curing homosexual men of their “inversions.” Despite this, Bernstein provided a beacon of hope for many gay Americans. In his book, The Gay Metropolis Charles Kaiser notes, “Thousands of gay Americans fell in love with West Side Story… To many gay adults coming of age in the sixties, the romance, violence, danger, and mystery so audible on the original cast album all felt like integral parts of the gay life they had embraced. The lyrics of Somewhere, in particular, seemed to speak directly to the gay experience before the age of liberation.” While much had to be hidden in their lives and careers, the contributions of these three composers to the LGBTQ cause are immeasurable. The hope for change that they placed in their music continues to inspire generations today.
DEVELOPMENT THE PINK DOLLAR PINK, PLEA$E
| JM RAYBURN “KIDS, SOMETIMES IT pays to be gay.” That’s my favorite quote from the best episode of The Office — “Gay Witch Hunt.” It comes as Michael Scott inadvertently outs Oscar to the entire staff. Michael tries to show Oscar that he is accepting of his sexual orientation, but only ends up insulting him. The episode concludes with Oscar being offered a paid vacation to Europe and a company car to avoid a lawsuit. This sort of tongue-incheek humor offers a moment to reflect on where we stand as an LGBTQ community. Since the episode’s original airing in 2006, the political gains in the LGBTQ movement have been tremendous. The momentum can easily be felt in Columbus as well. In recent years, the city government has passed an anti-discrimination ordinance in employment and housing based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The City also created a domestic partners registry for LGBTQ couples to ease access to certain basic rights. Kim Jacobs was appointed as Columbus’ first gay, female Chief of Police. We are setting the bar for a major city that is smart and open. In fact, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation ranks Columbus as one of the top cities nationwide for LGBTQ equality—on par with the coastal cities. It’s important to take pride in our political achievements, which have transformed our often overlooked city into an undeniable gay city. Not only was it the right thing to do, but it also made good business sense. From an economic stand point, it always pays to be gay. It’s called the pink dollar market. The pink dollar describes the buying power of the LGBTQ community. Buying power is not the same as wealth. Rather, it shows one critical measure of the growth and size of the highly sought out LGBTQ consumer market. Think of it as the total after-tax income available to an individual to spend in the local economy. Using 2011 data from the US Census,
THE BUYING POWER OF THE COLUMBUS LGBTQ COMMUNITY IS ROUGHLY $7.5 BILLION GayCensus and The Media Audit, the pink dollar amount in Columbus is roughly $7.5 billion. That equates to about 8% of the metropolitan economy. That’s quite substantial when compared to other cities in the region and on the coasts. Columbus’ prosperity is built on its ability to attract the rich, the clever, and the hard-working from all over Ohio, the United States, and the world. “I view [the LGBT community] as an opportunity to market to the rest of the country,” says Mayor Michael Coleman. “This is an asset of our city. The LGBT community is a community that is very creative, a community that brings a lot of opportunity with it. When I go out recruiting businesses, I say this is one of the reasons why they should relocate their business to Columbus.” Growth has brought outsiders and outsiders have brought growth. Columbus has a creative buzz that makes it feel more like an affordable hybrid of San Francisco and Boston than a Cleveland or Cincinnati. Part of that has to do with the LGBTQ community and our pink dollars. We invest in neighborhoods, businesses, and people. As we elevate this city, we in turn elevate ourselves.
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SEX AND PRIDE
| Shaun Whybark
With Pride season upon us, I could comment about several ways to bring pride into your sex life (and of course you should). However, since June is a busy time with all the Pride festivities, I wanted to convey a succinct message. Since “silence 2/3 of all STDs occur in people 25 years of age or younger. still equals death,” I will be bold and direct! Here is my message, with definitions, so that we all can understand this clearly. After 1/4 of new STD infections occur in teenagers. all, Pride is about progress right? By the age of 24, 1 in 3 sexually active people will have contracted an STD. FUCK /fә k/ – verb – : to have sexual intercourse
with (someone) / – noun – the act of sexual intercourse
The highest rates of genital HPV infections are found in adults between the ages of 18 to 28.
SAFELY /sāflē/ – adverb – protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost
Among men, 20- to 24-year-old men had the highest rate of gonorrhea and 4th highest rates of primary and secondary syphilis.
DURING /d(y)ooriNG/ – preposition – throughout the course or duration of (a period of time)
*According to a study by Brown University
PRIDE /prīd/ – noun – the quality or state of being proud; celebratory events for LGBTA people in the month of June Is the message clear enough? Of course this message applies well beyond Pride month. We must remember that we have to show pride in ourselves and in our community every day and through each action we take with others. Sex is an act which is meant to be fully enjoyed. Have as much consensual sex as you want. Just fuck safely. Safer sex supplies are readily available at most Pride events. If you are truly prepared, they can be available at every Pride event in your life. Free confidential HIV and STI testing is available at ARC Ohio’s locations. Anonymous HIV testing is available. For more information call 614-299-2437 or visit www.arcohio.com
Don’t let sex be scary: be smart, be safe.
| KRIS LITTLER Harlot O’Scara Harry Ballsonya Willy B. Hardigan Indiana Jones and the Temple of Crabs Shell-ena Gomez Crabton & Tenille Shell-vester Stallone Crab Master P. Luke High Walker Joan Clawford Rumpleforeskin Shellen De Generes Julia Claw-berts
Jeff Panda Belieber Joel broke my phone (Get it together Joel!) Giraffe John Wayne Gacy Pinchey, Scott, I choose you! G Zus Spot Liver Spot
AS THE WEATHER WARMS UP, the crabs will be burning up the table! There are many new faces joining us weekly and as everyone knows—the more racers, the more fun. Plus, I have had several new sponsors donating prizes. Of course, we can always give away more; if you’re interested in donating prizes contact me via Facebook. There are many ways to win at both locations: the races, instant lottery, door prizes, Cash Crab (come to the races to learn more) and Comic 50/50 raffles that benefit local charities. That’s right … getting crabs can helps others. Do your part! The crabs are celebrating Pride this month too! Join us for our Pride-themed Race for the Colors at Exile Bar on Thursday, June 20. Until next time, stay crabby! Fascinating Fact: FOLLOW THE CRABS! Hermit crabs nearest relatives are FACEBOOK / CRABRACINGWITHKRIS spiders and lobsters. Come join the race: Local Bar: Mondays at 9:30 p.m. Exile Bar: Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.
Q #1: Dear Jackie, I love Pride in Columbus, but my girlfriend is not a fan. She is bothered by some of the more extreme displays and aspects of our community. I really want to enjoy this day with her, but even when I can get her to attend with me, she is such a downer. ~ Becky Dear Becky, Pride is what you make it. It can be extreme or mild, classy or wild. I suggest you compromise with her. Try watching the parade from the patio of a nice restaurant or have a lovely Sunday Brunch at your home for your closest friends. Group activities including her friends may make her open up and have more fun. Then, if you want to partake in the nightlife revelry and crazier side of Pride, go out with a group of mutual friends and let your hair down. She can help you braid it again the next day! ~ Jackie
Q #2: Dear Jackie, My boyfriend never wants to help out around the house. Between all the cleaning, my work, and our two dogs (Copper and Cher), I just can’t keep up. How do I get him to pitch in? ~ Rob Dear Rob, Sometimes the two-legged ones can be more trouble and harder to train than the four-legged ones! Divide the chores up based on his strengths by making a short but detailed list for him with deadlines and post it followed by a text reminder if it’s not done. If that doesn’t work, maybe you should inspire him with a nice reward—doggie treats! ~ Jackie
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Q #3: Dear Jackie, I’m dating someone who is a shameless flirt! He can’t seem to resist the complimentary eyes of others. He often offers playful suggestive comments to those hitting on him and I don’t like this behavior. I don’t think he’d cheat on me, but is this constant flirtation a violation of our relationship? It makes me uncomfortable and when I’ve talked to him about it he says he just has a flirtatious personality. Help! ~ Mark Dear Mark, Tell him you have a “vengeful personality” and you can’t help it either … so cut it out or cut it off! Compliments are lovely when they happen naturally and not forcibly. He’s initiating the flirting as well as receiving. Suggest he try complimenting others and flirting with you instead by handholding, eye gazing, and soft touching. Maybe this will keep the vultures away and your hawk from a stray! ~ Jackie
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SARA SHARES PRIDE IS ABOUT EVERYONE
| SARA ERNEST
HOLD ON … NOW, wait a minute. I thought for a second we stopped marginalizing the bisexual and trans* members of our community in this fight for equality. Wait...what? Oh, so we still are marginalizing them… I recently thought the story I saw on Facebook about a national equality organization making a trans speaker take down a trans pride flag before speaking at a United for Marriage rally in Washington, DC was all a joke; a satire about bygone days before bisexual and trans people in our community were considered equal to everyone else. Well, damn. I guess I have it all wrong. Not only were there multiple instances of said national equality organization marginalizing our bi and trans sisters and brothers during the recent Supreme Court hearings, but there are numerous instances everyday where these same people are insulted, bullied, attacked, and made fearful of speaking their truth because they do not fit into the socially constructed labels of heterosexual, homosexual, and cisgender. It saddens me to recall conversations I’ve had with bi and trans friends who are not comfortable or able to acknowledge their deepest truths. It frustrates me to think a community like ours, so reviled by some, would turn around and do the same to some of our own. How dare we judge others who are only seeking the equality we fight for so vehemently? I’ll be the first to admit that in the past made I have some rather crappy jokes about being on the ‘bi now, gay later plan’ and such. I was young and dumb. I suppose I thought I was just being funny and that jokes don’t really hurt anyone. Then I stopped and actually thought about what I was saying. By joking about being bisexual until I was comfortable telling people I was a lesbian, I diminished what it means to be bisexual. While I don’t recall making jokes about trans people, I have found myself struggling to understand their needs in the past. I now realize how detrimental these careless comments and narrow-minded thoughts are to our collective struggle for true equality. I’ve realized that by taking the time to figure out what we don’t know about bisexual and trans* people is essential to reaching understanding and moving toward acceptance and appreciation. Sadly, I think this is something that sets me apart from many in our community. Ultimately it doesn’t matter if I understand what it’s like to be a trans person or have an attraction to men and women. What matters is that I support the people who are and encourage them in their quest to become the person they are meant to be.
June is Pride month for our entire community. It’s the time when we come together to proclaim: “I’m proud of who I am as an individual.” I would suggest we take this a step further to announce: “I’m proud to be part of this diverse community and of all the members of our LGBTQ family.”
HOW DARE WE JUDGE OTHERS WHO ARE ONLY SEEKING THE EQUALITY WE FIGHT FOR SO VEHEMENTLY? Our Pride celebrations are about everyone, including the people from small towns who get to hold hands with their partners in public once a year and the people who get to live comfortably as who they are for the weekend. Pride is a chance for people to openly live their truths. Let’s not take that away from anyone. Be proud of each other and encouraging everyone to openly be who they are. Happy Pride, everyone!
Editor’s Notes: TRANS*- since many in the community are now using it. The asterisk is representative of the diversity within the community. CISGENDER- is the opposite of transgender/trans*. The prefix ‘Cis’ is of Latin origin, meaning “on the same side as.”
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FITNESS TAKE PRIDE IN YOU FITNESS FITNES S FITNESS FITNES FITNESS FITNES FITNESS FITNES FITNESS FITNES FITNESS FITNES FITNESS FITNES FITNESS FITNES | MICHAEL GREENHOUSE
THIS MONTH IS ONE of Pride, both for who you are and how you live. There are many ways to live, but one that is ideal -- and is a must to take pride in -- is one of a healthy lifestyle. Being healthy takes a great deal of work and some sacrifice. Every day, we have a choice for how we live and how we act. To live healthy and do healthy acts, you need to take pride in what you do and to determine your reason for doing what you do. Having goals is important in any health and fitness plan. Plans that actually work are undertaken by those who take pride in their chosen program and by those who take the little steps to achieve their goals. In the fitness industry, being proud of what you do is very important. And to be prideful, you must be proud of what you do everyday. There are many choices you can make every day that will help you reach your goals. Many of these actions are very simple.
TO LIVE HEALTHY AND DO HEALTHY ACTS, YOU NEED TO TAKE PRIDE IN WHAT YOU DO
I offer these suggested actions to help you achieve a healthy life faster:
• Avoid chemicals and artificial sweeteners in your diet • Eat “pure” foods and homemade dinners • Take the stairs instead of the elevator • Take a walk at lunch • Park further away from your destination • Join a summer softball or soccer league • Drink water instead of beer • Eat a healthy breakfast every day • Have a healthy snack to avoid overeating • Stretch daily • Try a fitness class • Ride a bike • Limit your TV usage to just two hours a day • Do exercises during TV commercial breaks •Sign up and complete a race
A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE THAT YOU CAN TAKE PRIDE IN IS AN HONORABLE ACHIEVEMENT
There are many things that you can easily do daily that can become a part of your healthy lifestyle. It takes very little (but consistent) willpower and smart planning. Every moment we live is a challenge, and life is filled with positive and negative decisions. When good decisions are made, good things happen. That works doubly when it comes to your health. When you make positive choices, greatness will happen.
Make this summer a summer to be proud of, and start it off right. A healthy lifestyle that you can take pride in is an honorable achievement. It’s an achievement that many fail to choose. Do not be one who fails. Take control of your health, just like you take care of other aspects of your life. A healthy life leads to a happy life. Start the new, healthier you today.
Pride Guide: Thursday 6.6 Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Short North Stage Reception Starts 6:30p Show 8p Special Pride Reception Before the Show for Stonewall Ticket Buyers Use Promo Code STONEWALL and save $3 off any Short North Stage Show Visit shortnorthstage. com to purchase tickets
Wednesday 6.19 Evolution Theatre Night at the Van Fleet Theatre 8p Featuring Pride Play “The Present Moment” by local playwright Cory Skurdal, its the story of a middle aged gay couple, a twin sister and her less than accepting and tolerant old friend. The play follows them through a year of loss and grief, love and faith, acceptance and respect.
PRIDE Wednesday 6.12 Pride Film Night w/ Columbus Urban Pride at Studio 35 “You Are Not Alone” - Black gay men are breaking a taboo and speaking out about their depression, how they coped and survived Light Appetizer Reception (Meet the Film Producers) 6p Film at 7:00p
Friday 6.21 Pride Festival at Goodale Park Day 1 – 4-11p Featuring De’Borah from the Voice, Aiden Leslie, and Jennifer Knapp
Thursday 6.13 Pride Art Show at Spinelli’s Deli 6-8p The show features pieces by painter and multimedia artist Matt Honie, glass blower Jack Pine, and photographer Matt Vant. Free food and beverages. A deejay will spin dance music.
Saturday, 6.22 Pride Parade Step-Off at Noon from Broad and High Pride Festival at Goodale Park Day 2 – 11a-8p Featuring Diana King, Comedienne Fortune Feimster, and Eric Himan & The Soultre’ Singers
Saturday 6.15 Pride Poker Run (Motorcycle and Bike Routes This Year!) Sign in 10:00-10:45a at Club Diversity. Start promptly at 11:00 am. End up back at Club D between 4:00 to 5:00. Burgers and veggie options provided for participants at Club D at the end. $15 per driver and $10 passenger. Prize for best driver hand and best passenger hands.
Sunday 6.23 Pride Brunch at the Columbus Athenaeum 11a-1pTickets available at columbuspride.org/brunch
LOCAL & STATE ORGANIZATIONS Stonewall Columbus 614-299-7764 www.stonewallcolumbus.org The leading visionary, inclusive and fun-spirited LGBT organization in Central Ohio – sets the pace for increasing the visibility and acceptance of the community. It continues to be the driving force on the LGBT and allied community. ARC Ohio 800-252-0827 www.arcohio.org Fghts the spread of HIV, works towards reducing its transmission, stigma and the resulting discrimination through education and awareness, and provides HIV/AIDS.
BRAVO (Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization) 614-294-STOP www.bravo-ohio.org Works to eliminate violence perpetuated on the basis through prevention, advocacy, violence documentation and survivor services. Equality Ohio 614-224-0400 www.equalityohio.org A statewide lobbying organization working to secure equality for LGBT Ohioans. Kaleidoscope Youth Center 614-294-5437 www.kycohio.org Provides advocacy, education, support and a safe environment for LGBT youth in Central Ohio. P-FLAG Columbus 614-806-8025 An educational advocacy group working to increase awareness and understanding. Education and advocacy are the primary means of creating a hospitable environment for Central Ohio’s LGBT citizens and our families, friends and allies. Rainbow Sisters www.rainbowsisters.info A social and community-oriented group for lesbian women age 40 and over. Sisters of Lavender A social/support for women 40 and over. S.O.L. is the oldest lesbian organization in Columbus. TransOhio 614-441-8167 www.transohio.org Serves the Ohio transgender and allied communities by providing services, education, support and advocacy to promote and improve the health, safety and life experience of Ohio transgender individuals.
NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS GLAAD www.glaad.org National organization that promotes fair, accurate and inclusive representation as a means of challenging discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity. Human Rights Campaign www.hrc.com The nation’s largest gay and lesbian political organization. NGLTF www.thetaskforce.org The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) is a leading progressive civil rights organization that has supported grassroots organizing since 1973. The National Coalition for LGBT Youth www.outproud.org A wide range of resources available for youth and educators. The Queer Resources Directory www.qrd.org and everything queer including families, youth, politics, resources, media and more.
ARTS & MUSIC Capital Pride Band of Columbus 614-325-1590 www.cappride.org An Ohio-based LGBT organization that formed in 2003 and currently has a membership of over 70 instrumentalists.Our "all are welcome" policy applies to anyone interested in membership, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age and sexual orientation. Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus 614-228-2462 http://www.cgmc.com/ Singing out since 1990, this chorus presents a series of concerts year. Open auditions held prior to rehearsal for each show. Evolution Theatre Company 614-233-1124 www.evolutiontheatre.org A semi-professional theatre company that presents musicals, dramas and comedies that have not been Broadway shows as well as new works and world Imagine Productions 614-398-1110 www.imaginecolumbus.com theatrical troupe committed to entertaining and educating community stakeholders in the Columbus Metro area through performing arts. We believe in inclusiveness, openness, and tolerance, and recognize that empowerment and growth occurs with audiences and performers, alike. Wexner Center for the Arts 614-292-3535 www.wexarts.org Internationally known contemporary arts center at
and educational programs, as well as a store and a café (Heirloom), all under one roof in an architectural landmark. COUNSELING Randi Cohen, LPCC-S 614-267-1993 www.randicohen.com Private practice in counseling working with adults helping to create strong sense of self, good communication tools & to get a clearer sense of how others see you, by focusing on awareness and working in the present. Shawn D. King, PhD., LISW 614-655-3554 www.shawnkingphd.com Providing individual, family, and group counseling services to the LGBT community. Specializing in relationship issues, anger management and mental health services including anxiety and depression. HEALTH & WELLNESS CHOICES 614-224-4663 www.choicescolumbus.org Takes pride in being the premier direct service provider of accredited domestic violence programming in central Ohio. Since 1977 they have provided counseling, shelter, crisis intervention, education and community and legal support and advocacy to central Ohio residents facing domestic violence. The Crystal Club 614-214-4828 www.thecrystalclub.org transsexuals, female impersonators, and other transgender individuals. Huckleberry House 614-294-5553 www.huckhouse.org Established in 1970 to provide a safe place for runaway youth in Columbus. Today, it provides many programs to help teens all over Franklin County who are in crisis situations, who are homeless or runaways. NetCare 614-276-CARE www.netcareaccess.org Provides twenty-four hour mental health and substance abuse crisis intervention, stabilization and assessment for Franklin County residents. Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio, Inc. 614-224-2235 www.plannedparenthood.org The nation's oldest and largest sexual and reproductive health care organization. America's most trusted name in women's health. Trevor Project 866-4U-TREVOR www.thetrevorproject.org Determined to end suicide among LGBT youth by including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline.