COLUMN REMEMBERING TERRY DECARLO
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“He lived his life unselfishly in service of others.” Terry DeCarlo. Submitted by Tom Forcella.
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Terry DeCarlo, 57, passed away Monday, Jan. positions with various LGBT social service 27, at Memorial Regional Hospital, after being organizations. treated for stage 4 face and neck cancer over the Terry initiated such popular local projects past few months. as ‘The Amazing Race” and bed races, getting An LGBT and HIV activist for years, Terry hundreds of community members thoroughly gained national acclaim for his stewardship involved in fun causes for charitable programs. of The LGBT+ Center Orlando, after the Pulse Terry also became a voice for LGBT causes. massacre. He spoke out against the FDA, attempting Raised in New York, DeCarlo’s first to overturn its antiquated ban on gay men engagements with the LGBT community came donating blood. With his partner, and later husband, Billy about in the early 1990s, when he joined AIDS Huelsman, they started up Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT WHTN Productions in 1997. They UP). SYSTEMATICALLY, regrouped and launched their “I met Larry Kramer,” one of the enterprise again last year, after organization’s pioneers, DeCarlo TERRY BECAME Terry resigned from The LGBT+ told me on my radio show this fall, THE FACE, VOICE, Center in Orlando and returned “and never looked back.” True that. HEART AND SOUL to South Florida. Billy posted on Facebook For decades, Terry became a OF BROWARD Tuesday, regarding his husband’s force in his own right, inspiring passing. It reads simply, “It is care, concern, and commitment HOUSE, ALONG with the heaviest of hearts that I for others. WITH A HOST need to let everyone know I lost Armed with a bachelor’s the love of my life last night. The degree in public relations and OF NON-PROFIT cancer was just too aggressive for communications, he moved to SOCIAL SERVICE treatment.” South Florida in the late 1990s. Many people did not realize Systematically, Terry became ORGANIZATIONS. that Terry had also suﬀered a the face, voice, heart and soul of heart attack in 2018 while he Broward House, along with a host was living in central Florida. He was returning of non-profit social service organizations. Continuing with his AIDS activism, he home to slow the pace down; to start the ship turned the World AIDS Day celebration in again. Still, even healing, he partnered with SFGN Wilton Manors to a community wide event. His life story is a testimony to a gay spirit of to put on a memorial for Pulse at Richardson Park in Wilton Manors. authenticity and transparency. Terry did not discover he was sick until After college, Terry enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he would become an this past October, when he noticed some intelligence operations oﬃcer for the Strategic unexplained bleeding in his mouth. Tests revealed a cancerous tumor, which required Air Command’s 349th Air Refueling Squadron. immediate surgery. He served the nation proudly. On Oct. 15, Terry then underwent an Terry maintained his commitment to AIDS activism when he returned to civilian life. He exhaustive 11-hour procedure to rebuild his took on administrative and media relations’ face and jaw. He did not let up even then.
COLUMN REMEMBERING TERRY DECARLO
“Terry teaches everybody that we all have two hands — one to help ourselves, but more importantly another to pull other people up.” - Brett Rose SOUTH FLORIDA ENTREPRENEUR, PHILANTHROPIST, AND CREATER OF THE GOFUNDME DRIVE FOR DECARLO
While in the hospital recovering, he systematically posted Facebook updates on his continuing treatment and attempts at recovery. Hundreds of friends posted letters and notes of support. On Nov. 29, less than two months after the first surgery, Terry even appeared on my radio show, calling in from his hospital bed. He talked about his life, his recovery, and his aspirations, all while still managing to promote Wicked Manors. The show can be heard on the Norm Kent YouTube site. “He never let up. He was always out front sponsoring an event for the community,” said realtor Tom Forcella, one of his closest friends, “I never met anyone more dedicated. We have lost a pioneer.” Terry’s friend, Brett Rose, who launched a GoFundMe page for him after he was discovered with cancer said: “It takes a special person to give so selflessly of their time to better the lives of their community.” Rose added, “Terry’s ability to empower and encourage others was a true gift and pure magic. There was no cause, no issue, no challenge that was too small of too large for Terry to take on…. The only thing bigger than his ability to help those around him was his heart.”
Terry’s work in the South Florida community has been celebrated for years. He was the second winner of SFGN’s Achievements in Excellence Awards in 2013, while he was serving as the Development Director of Broward House. He will also be remembered for producing the Red Ball, Santa’s Bike Force, and Broward Bares It. Terry’s time here on planet Earth will forever be marked by his stature and commanding presence in the days after the Pulse massacre. His solemn voice memorialized those lost in the massacre. His organizational abilities mobilized thousands in the community to gather in prayer and recovery, resolve and remembrance. He became the LGBT’s presence and voice in the national and international media. He met with the nation’s political leaders, from Hillary Clinton to Nancy Pelosi, and former President Bill Clinton, speaking out against gun violence. Today, his passing leaves us all with an empty place in our heart, remembering forever a special person whose life illuminated our community and enhanced our own. Ciao, my good friend.
Terry DeCarlo (left) with Bill Huelsman. Photo via Bill Huelsman, Facebook.
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OHHO NOODLES MARKET 3455 NE 163rd St., Aventura 305-974-5129 ohhonoodlesmarket.com We were looking for someplace to have dinner before going to a concert at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. A Google search turned up Ohho Noodles Market, just a short drive from the Center, and the menu looked fabulous, so we called to see if we’d need reservations. No need, we were assured so we headed down nice and early to allow ourselves plenty of time to find the place. Good thing we did; it’s tucked in the back of a slew of strip malls, surrounded by other restaurants. The parking lot was full, but we eventually found a spot and walked in to find a nearly deserted dining room. That should have been a clue, but I love dim sum and this place oﬀers a wide selection, so we decided to try it. Among the dim-sum options were shrimp or vegetable dumplings, chicken shumai, har gow shrimp, stuﬀed shrimp eggplant, steamed or baked BBQ pork buns, fried shrimp dumplings, pan fried chicken or pork dumplings, pan fried chive & shrimp dumplings and fried crisp sesame seed balls, all priced at about $6 a serving. That’s a buck or so more than most places charges for similar dishes, so I assumed the portion sizes must be larger, but no, they were the standard size, but the shrimp sui mai we sampled was very well prepared. In addition to dim sum, the restaurant specializes in, as you might surmise from its name, noodle dishes. There’s quite the variety, in addition to such expected pan-Asian dishes as; pad thai, lo mein and yakisoba, there are other oﬀerings, all with
a choice of tofu and meat, such as Chinese chow fun (large flat noodles with Chinese broccoli), Thai suki (clear noodles with egg and vegetables in a spicy bean curd sauce), Hong Kong crispy noodles with stir fried vegetables, Vietnamese bun thut nuong (thin vermicelli noodles) and udon with galbi (thick tubes of pasta topped with Korean BBQ short rib). I found my chow fun noodles a tad mushy, but my husband’s pad thai, when it finally arrived, was exactly as it should have been. That’s where our complaint about Ohho arises. There were no less than six employees that we could see (and we heard a few more in the kitchen – they were quite loud), but what they were all doing was a mystery (there were only two other tables of two in the dining room). We waited a good 10 minutes for our first course, an order of shrimp shu mai to arrive. Then my noodle dish arrived less than two minutes later. But that was OK as it was way too hot to eat, the grease on the noodles was still sizzling. About 10 minutes later our beverages arrived. Then we waited a good 15 minutes until my husband’s pad thai arrived. By then my dish was nearly cold. It’s a shame the service was so bad because the menu is very intriguing, listing dishes new to me. I’d like to go back and try one of the dozens of soups oﬀered, or other noodle dishes from the three dozen or so selections (including, oddly enough, rigatoni a la vodka and fettuccini chicken alfredo).
IN ADDITION TO DIM SUM, THE RESTAURANT SPECIALIZES IN, AS YOU MIGHT SURMISE FROM ITS NAME, NOODLE DISHES.
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a pity party, and in extreme cases to severe depression. Asking why will never get us the right answer because the ultimate focus and object of the question is the “me.” And the answer is, “Because, life (or another word) happens.” The questions that people of faith are called to ask are “How” and “Where.” “How is God going to bring healing and new life?” How is God going to bring growth and blessing out of a bad situation?” “Where will God reveal victory over loss?” We are a people of the resurrection. People who believe that rainbows are a promise of blessings after a storm. By asking the questions of how and where, we not only testify that we are a people of faith, but we also condition ourselves to see the answers. If we believe that God is present, then our questions predispose us to look for God’s presence. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7) May we always have the wisdom to ask the right questions, for then we shall find that which we are seeking, and the doors of God’s blessings will be open to us.
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riday, Dec. 13, 2019 I celebrated 6 years since starting my medical transition to male. That’s 312 shots of testosterone and 2 surgeries. In the trans male community, this date is sometimes referred to as a “manniversary.” Since starting T, my fat redistributed from my hips toward my stomach, my beard came in, my voice got lower, my leg and arm hair is thicker and coarser, my shoulders are broader, my neck is thicker, and more. I was just looking at pictures today of myself pretransition. I hadn’t looked at pictures in a while. Even though I’m the same person, the longer I’m Atticus, the more I forget what it was like to be Not-Atticus. I see this sort of thing happen with a lot of trans guys. When we first start transitioning, we’re all excited. Everything is new. We celebrate every new hair, we post pictures of newfound muscles, we take comparison photos, we records videos of our voices. And why wouldn’t we? It makes sense. After years of living in a body that didn’t feel quite right, we get to celebrate seeing the right one finally coming to fruition. But like many trans guys, a couple years later and we’re used to our new bodies, we don’t take nearly as many pictures, we may fade out of the transgender support groups we so looked forward to at the beginning, and we may even forget to take our testosterone shot! We’re just “one of the guys” now. This isn’t the case for all trans guys, but I’ve been part of the community long enough to have seen a pattern. In my own journey, I’ve been thinking about my connection to the LGBT community. When I was first outed as a lesbian, I didn’t know anybody like me. It was 2006 and I simply didn’t know a single person who was out as LGBT. I desperately needed to meet other people like me.
EVEN THOUGH I’M THE SAME PERSON, THE LONGER I’M ATTICUS, THE MORE I FORGET WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE NOTATTICUS.
When I went to college and came out as lesbian, I heard about the LGBT group on campus. I was nervous to go to a meeting and so I had some friends go with me. Fast forward two years, and I was the President of the group. The group gave me purpose and reduced my feelings of loneliness and alienation. I saw it as my purpose to help other people like myself not feel as lonely and isolated as I felt. When I started coming out as male, I set about to meet other trans guys like myself, including starting a support group for trans masculine people. As I transitioned, like many trans people, I helped people who needed assistance with transition-related stuﬀ that I’d already been through – advice on how to legally change your name, what surgeons are best for
which surgeries, when and where to tell a date you’re trans, etc. When I moved to new places, I had to reach out to coworkers and new friends about resources in the area, so that I became the person that needed help – which health insurance covers transition-related care, what doctor’s oﬃce can prescribe HRT and is a transcompetent primary care oﬃce, which foster care and adoption agencies are LGBT aﬃrming and welcoming? Even though I still need resources, the fact is that I don’t need the support like I first did. I’ve told my family and friends, I’ve had my name legally changed, I’ve had my surgeries. Support groups, social media pages, and media representation are all important parts of raising awareness and support for the trans community. And if you’re lucky like me where you feel like you don’t need the support anymore, maybe you can oﬀer your support instead. Simply existing and living your best life as a trans person is enough to give people hope.
Atticus Ranck develops LGBTQ+ educational and training curriculum and resides in Albany, NY. Prior to this, he has worked at two different LGBTQ nonprofits, including as the Director of Transgender Services at SunServe.
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atrice Royale likes to describe herself as “large and in charge, yet funky, bold and beautiful.” The longtime South Florida resident became an international sensation thanks to “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and now she’s coming home to tell her story in a “big” one-woman show, “Here’s to Life.” Royale will give two performances on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center. “I’m really excited because it’s the big homecoming show,” said Royale, born Timothy Wilcots in Compton, California. “We’ve been around the world, but not home since he conception of the show at Boom nightclub back in the day, about five years ago. It’s a labor of love to share my story and connect all the dots with the hometown landmarks.” In “Here’s to Life,” Royale combines her love of storytelling and music into an unforgettable evening. In addition to sharing the defining moments in her life, including a stint in prison, Royale takes the audience to “church” with gospel renditions of her favorite songs, including “If I Can’t Sell It, I’ll Sit On It” by Ruth Brown, “I Am What I Am” from the Broadway musical “La Cage Aux Folles,” and “Here’s to Life” by Shirley Horn. “I’m going to sing live,” she said, “which is something most people didn’t know I could do,” backed up a live band and performances by her drag niece and reigning Miss South Florida Pride, Kennedy Davenport. “I’m an open book now. I’ve put my life, my story on the line. Everyone knows the truth
and I’m putting my air quotes up,” she said with her deep, throaty laugh. Fans are getting a double dose of Royale this month with the release of RuPaul’s Netflix series “AJ and the Queen.” In the series, RuPaul portrays a drag performer who hits the road after being swindled by a lover, accompanied by an unexpected stowaway in her broken down RV. Not only did Royale, who excelled in acting challenges on “Drag Race,” make a special guest appearance (as opposed to the many cameos), she served as a story consultant. “I was asked to come on board while filming the Christmas special in August, about a year ago,” she recalled. “Initially, Ru had asked me to come and be involved in the writers’ room. In the process, we created a guest starring role for me. It was organic. I was honored that Michael Patrick (King) wanted me involved… to hear my stories and incorporate them into some great television.” Royale is now looking forward to spending more time with her husband at their Hollywood home. She said, “I love the ocean. That’s why I live in Florida, the water is my sanctuary. That’s where I go to recharge, jet ski, boat, take in nature, look at all those beautiful homes I can’t aﬀord yet. I just bought a new home and plan to spend time in it, but I’ve got to pay for it, too.” Royale remains introspect about her career: “I don’t know where I’d be without drag. It has literally saved my life…and here I am.”
Latrice Royale presents “Here’s to Live” on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 N.E. 188th St. in Aventura. Tickets start at $40 at AventuraCenter.org.
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LGBTQA+ FILM FESTIVAL Welcome to A&E Spotlight, the column that thanks advertisers who support SFGN. We invite you to support them, because without their outreach to us, we would not be here to reach out to you. We are a free newspaper that survives on the success of our advertisers so we encourage our readers to support those who support us. David Yalen V.P. of Congregation Etz Chaim
or the 2nd year in a row, Etz Chaim presents an LGBTQA+ film festival concentrating on recently produced films from Israel showcasing their vibrant and open gay lifestyle, even in a religiously conservative country. Films are presented every Sunday afternoon: From Feb. 16 thru March 15, 2020. Films are shown at the Pride Center campus, bldg. B Auditorium. Films provide the audience with a unique glimpse of Israeli LGBTQ+ life not usually seen by South Florida audiences. (moderated discussions will follow most of the films.) Films are primarily in Hebrew with English subtitles Fascinating topics include: “I’m Fat” A lesbian couple dealing with health issues around their weight problem and the dynamics of their relationship. “The Sign for Love” A young deaf gay man becomes a father through a shared parenting deal with his deaf lesbian friend. “Family in Transition” A young family find their lives turned upside down as their father comes out as a transgender woman. FEBRUARY 16, 2020 I’M FAT screens at: 4:45pm • 53 minutes
MARCH 1, 2020 FAMILY IN TRANSITION screens at: 4.45pm • 70 minutes The story of a young family far from gay friendly Tel-Aviv, told thru the eyes of their children, parents and friends. When the father comes out as a transgender woman, the mother chooses to stay with her spouse thru surgery and the recovery period. Here their young children show more strength and resilience than any of the adults! ROUNDING OUT THE FESTIVAL: MARCH 8, 2020 REMEMBER BAGHDAD screens at 2:30pm • 70 minutes, English
Halit is very overweight. Still, she is a happy woman who has achieved professional success, has good friends and a loving lesbian life partner. At the age of 40 she begins to fear the future. In a world where everyone wants to be thin, what will be her choice?
The untold story of the age-old Jewish community of Iraq, seen through the eyes of those who grew up there. Post-1948, the entire community is forced to move to Israel, England or the USA. Using personal film clips and news archives, we follow the lives of four families who recall their own special “Golden Age” of Iraq.
February 23, 2020 THE SIGN FOR LOVE screens at: 4:45pm • 75 minutes
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El-Ad always felt guilty for being deaf and tries hard to be like everyone else. He starts a family of his own, becoming a father through a shared parenting arrangement with his lesbian friend Yaeli, who’s also deaf, surrounded by their LGBTQ deaf and hearing friends. The film is his special version of a new and personal version parenthood.
Every week gay men age 61 to 80+ gather at the LGBT Center of Tel-Aviv. Being part of a community that worships youth and vitality, this intimate space becomes their shelter. Weekly they deal openly with issues like aging, sexuality and body image. Hilariously they recruit younger members to grow their “club”.
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TIPS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU SEE ‘HAMILTON’ J.W. Arnold
ickets to “Hamilton” on Broadway are practically impossible to purchase—especially on a journalist’s meager earnings—so, I’ve had to wait like everybody else to see the most talked about show in recent memory. When I entered the Broward Center last week to see the show for the very first time, I found myself in an unusual situation, watching the show through the lens of the average theatergoer who doesn’t necessarily hop a flight to New York to see the latest shows before they make their way to South Florida. We’ve all heard the hype about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s rap/hip-hop spin on the life of Alexander Hamilton, but the time had finally come to judge the show for myself. Here are five takeaways that may help readers make the most of the experience and perhaps enjoy the show just a little bit more:
BRUSH UP ON YOUR HISTORY.
Isn’t Alexander Hamilton the guy on the $10 bill? Aside from that, most Americans know little to nothing about our first Treasury secretary, other than he was one of our venerable founding fathers. You don’t have time to read Ron Chernow’s definitive 832-page biography (even though Miranda did), but do log into Wikipedia and catch up on the basic facts you may have forgotten since your sophomore U.S. History class.
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DOWNLOAD THE ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING.
Did I mention that “Hamilton” is essentially a rap musical? Sure, there are a couple of straight musical numbers, but most of the title character’s life is conveyed through fast-moving rhyme and can be hard to understand, especially in the many ensemble numbers. For about 10 bucks, you can download the Grammy Award-winning original cast recording (featuring Miranda himself in the title role) and give the smart lyrics a listen. You’ll be glad you did when you’re seated in the boomy Kravis and Arsht Centers.
DON’T GET CAUGHT UP IN ALL THE HYPE.
“Hamilton” has arguably been the hottest ticket on Broadway for more than four years and tickets for the West Palm Beach and Miami shows went fast. The show is hot, but it’s not worth $600 a ticket on the resale market or even $200. It’s a great show, but like many other groundbreaking musicals
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical “Hamilton” returns to South Florida this winter for extended runs at both the Kravis and Arsht Centers. Credit: Joan Marcus.
(“Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Misérables,” “The Book of Mormon”), it’s going to be around for a long time and touring productions will make their way back to South Florida sooner, rather than later. Be patient, but if you can’t wait, download the “Hamilton” app and get into the daily $10 ticket lottery. Good luck!
BE PREPARED TO BE AMAZED.
On every level, this touring production is one of the finest on the road. The incredibly talented cast perform with passion and skill; the book and music absolutely deserved that Pulitzer Prize; the choreography is inventive and perfectly danced; and the set, lighting
and sound design are executed at a level rarely seen in a touring production. There’s a reason the show has snatched practically every award and this production certainly must be as close to the Broadway original as humanly possible.
BUT, IF YOU’RE NOT…
While Miranda’s musical is an incredible work of art, it still may not be your favorite show and that’s OK. You can appreciate the craftsmanship and creativity, but be ready for a cocktail after three hours of fast-paced rap and hip-hop music. Your friends and neighbors will still be impressed.
The Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton” is performed through Jan. 11, 2019 at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. Currently, only resale tickets are available. A limited number of $10 tickets are awarded in a daily lottery on the official “Hamilton” app, available on your app store. For more information, go to BrowardCenter.org.
Ben Antipuna and Eric O’Keefe reprise their roles in “Diego & Drew Say I Do,” returning to the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. Credit: Ian Ibbetson.
BROWARD CENTER SENDS AUDIENCES BACK TO ALTAR WITH DIEGO & DREW J.W. Arnold
he way Matt May and Jennifer SierraGrobbelaar finish each other’s sentences, you’d think they were an old married couple. May, a longtime fixture in South Florida’s theater community, and Sierra-Grobbelaar, the director of marketing at the Broward Center, are only good friends — more like Will and Grace, May emphasized — but they do enjoy weddings. Four years ago, the duo created “Diego & Drew Say I Do,” an interactive theatrical experience that welcomed audiences to the wedding festivities of two young gay men from very diﬀerent backgrounds. Guests witnessed the ceremony, enjoyed a Latin/Southern fusion feast, danced the night away and even got to sample the wedding cake. While it may be easy to draw comparisons with other popular audience-participation shows like “Tony & Tina’s Wedding,” May and Sierra-Grobbelaar delivered a unique experience: celebrating love with two handsome grooms, their two eccentric families, an uptight wedding planner, an ex-boy band crooner and a diva in drag, all the essential components for a fabulous gay wedding. Local LGBT audiences embraced the show and some unexpected opportunities the occasion presented. During opening night, this writer proposed to his longtime boyfriend and at a subsequent show during the second weekend, an actual marriage was conducted. “During dinner, our wedding planner character, Chauncey, goes from table to
table to share any special occasions, like birthdays and anniversaries,” explained Sierra-Grobbelaar, noting the lucky couple even brought their own oﬃciant. May and Sierra-Grobbelaar are expecting more romantic moments as they prepare for a new production opening Feb. 6, again in the center’s Abdo New River Room. And, because February is the “month of love” thanks to Valentine’s Day, she said the timing is “kismet.” “There will always be surprises,” added May. About half of the original cast are reprising their roles, and the original wedding rings handcrafted four years ago by Matthew’s Custom Jewelers will be returning. “We thought they were going to be melted down, but they instead displayed them at their Plantation store,” Sierra-Grobbelaar said. “The rings themselves are almost a character [in the show], so we’re happy to have them back, too.” The producers also noted the enthusiastic support of Georgie’s Alibi, Men’s Wearhouse and Cabaret Barber Shop. “The community is really rallying around us,” Sierra-Grobbelaar said of the revival. “It’s wonderful to have everyone be a part of the family. It’s not about just selling tickets, but also about that sense of family and community.” Proceeds from the dollar dance at each performance will be donated to a new nonprofit partner, the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center in Wilton Manors.
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n 2014 SFGN chatted with controversial mergers and acquisitions. gay porn star Blue Bailey, who raised “I don’t have to go to court,” he explained. eyebrows when he chose to bareback “My job is to get the contracts done right the even though he’s HIV positive. first time so nobody has to go to court.” We recently caught up with the now retired Ferris has also become involved in the Bailey, who’s now living a very diﬀerent life. leather community. “I graduated from UC “In 2018, I was appointed Hastings College of Law in Mr. Friendly SF Leather and “I COMPETED San Francisco’s pulsating Civic served as an ambassador for Center District,” Bailey tells us. MrFriendly.org,” Ferris said. AT IML, TAKING “I earned my JD and I focused “Mr. Friendly is a nonprofit HOME THE BRONZE my coursework on copyright, whose mission is to reduce MEDAL, AND WAS trademark, and privacy issues. stigma around HIV in friendly I served as President of the ways through education INVITED TO TEACH student ran LGBTQ group and outreach. With my title, CLASSES AT SEVERAL OUTLAW, and was Managing I competed at IML, taking INTERNATIONAL Editor of the Hastings home the bronze medal, and Women’s Law Journal.” was invited to teach classes KINK EVENTS.” Now known as Francisco at several international kink - Francisco Ferris Ferris, his adult work landed events.” FORMERLY KNOWN AS him a publishing gig. He continued, “More BLUE BAILEY “An editor from a University recently, I have worked with in England saw a piece that Pup Amp, creator of the I wrote for my Law review journal and YouTube channel Watt’s the Safeword, to reached out to me to author a chapter in a highlight the most recent attack on LGBTQ research handbook on gender, sexuality, and freedom and the eradication of online the law,” Ferris said. “My chapter explores Queer spaces emanating from the passage of the criminalization of BDSM through the use SESTA-FOSTA.” of assault and battery charges.” After reading about so many gay adult Ferris’ oﬃce is in Oakland, California, stars coming to bad ends, it’s certainly good right across the Bay from San Francisco. to know that Blue Bailey had a happy ending! He practices business law, predominately Porn Pulse is a weekly column featuring news and tidbits on the gay porn industry. Have a tip? Send Hunter Houston an email at PornPulseSFGN@gmail.com. 1.29.2020 •
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