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randon Bitner was buried on Wednesday, November 10. The 14-year-old high school freshman from rural Middleburg, Pennsylvania committed suicide by running into the path of a tractor trailer. He left a note that he wanted to draw attention to bullying. Brandon was a talented musician, who aspired to be a classical violinist. According to the note, he was tired of being called “faggot” and “sissy.” According to his mother, Tammy Simpson, “He was the most wonderful child anyone could ask for.”

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“We need to stop the carnage of gay teen suicides,” said Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director, Equality Forum, a national LGBT civil rights organization headquartered in Philadelphia. In October 2010, Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University freshman who committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge, brought national attention to the epidemic of gay teen suicides that resulted from bullying. It is estimated that about 500 gay teens each year or 40 gay teens per month take their lives as a result of homophobia. “In most public, middle and high schools, homophobic taunts are hurled without any disciplinary action,” stated Lazin. “Sticks and stones will break your bones, but names can really harm you.” Currently, there are two bills in Congress, the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act. “Preventing bullying is a non-partisan issue,” said Lazin. “Congress needs to unanimously pass the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act to make resoundingly clear that our nation demands safe schools for all children.” Equality Forum produced the documentary film “JIM IN BOLD” ( about the impact of homophobia on gay youth. The film centers on James Wheeler, a 19-year-old talented youth who committed suicide. Jim was surrounded in his high school’s locker room and urinated on. There was no disciplinary action. The award-winning film has been screened at over 50 film festivals and at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association.

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Local News

Oakland Park Passes Anti-Bullying Resolution By Jarrett Terrill

currently await passage in the US Senate and House of Repreuzanne Boisvenue, Oaksentatives: HR 4530 & S 3390 land Park’s Vice Mayor, – House and Senate versions has been a long time of The Student Nondiscrimiadvocate for equality and fairnation Act and HR 2262 & S ness for non-traditional fami3739 – House and Senate verlies in South Florida. Just a few sions of the Safe Schools Immonths ago, she advocated for provement Act. a rule change that made housBoisvenue “I also asked that letters be ing ordinances amenable to gay couples with adopted or foster children. The sent to the Broward League of Cities and our move was protested by John Labriola, an un- legislators in Tallahassee so that we can get statesuccessful Tea Party candidate, prior to the wide support for our government in Washington DC to pass these bills,” says Boisvenue. local elections. Recently, many gay rights advocacy groups Ms. Boisvenue’s latest move is more directly in response to the recent upswing in have been calling for passage of these acts, teen suicides and the widely reported notion including a local peer activist network that bullying may be responsible for some called National Voices for Equality, Educaof the deaths. At her recommendation, the tion and Enlightenment (NVEEE) and a naOakland Park City Commission has voted tional organization called the Gay, Lesbian unanimously (5-0) to approve a resolution & Straight Education Network (GLSEN). which makes clear its support for federal These organizations and many others can now claim that the City of Oakland Park has legislation relating to the issues at hand. The resolution acknowledges that Oak- heard their call for action and answered. “It’s critical for your readers to know,” land Park “supports legislation that prohibits discrimination and bullying in general” Boisvenue told SFGN, “that the commission and “in particular when it is due to their passed this resolution unanimously and that gender identity or sexual orientation.” The this is important. These kinds of bills that resolution also promises to make room for prohibit discrimination are so important these issues in Oakland Park’s own legisla- and it’s important that they pass. And I think tive agenda for 2011. Furthermore the res- with enough of our community members olution calls attention to four bills which calling for action on them, they will.”


Hhs Awards Up to $22.4 Million for Suicide Prevention By Dana Rudolph Keen News Service


he U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this month announced a grant of up to $22.4 million for suicide prevention, some of which will be used to address the needs of LGBT youth. The grant came two weeks after leaders of the U.S. House’s LGBT Equality Caucus called on HHS to do more to stop suicides

among LGBT youth, saying such suicides were “a serious public health problem which cannot wait.” But the grant was in progress long before the letter. The money—from HHS’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)—will re-fund the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), which helps organizations and individuals develop suicide prevention programs and policies. continued on page 25



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ery year, as more and more people become infected and diagnosed with HIV/AIDS; each year thousands of newly diagnosed HIV patients turn to ADAPs because they cannot afford their medicines. Although some money is being funneled Florida’s way, ADAP will still require millions of dollars more to accommodate its patient load. With a bleak job market still lingering, HIV patients who have lost their employment are still relying on this government program to receive the life saving medication they need. Thousands are now teetering on the brink of therapy interruption. This cannot happen. The ‘Operation: Mobilize Florida’!’ town hall is open to the public and ALL CONCERNED FLORIDIANS ARE URGED TO ATTEND. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. If you currently use ADAP to get your lifesaving medications, this event will offer answers to your concerns, tools to navigate access to medication and care, and a chance to personally urge your elected representatives to act now. Speakers invited include AHF representatives Mike Kahane, Southern Bureau Chief; Lydia S. Gresham, Director of Operations, Southern Bureau; Jason King,Pharmacy Specialist/Patient Advocate and James Vellequette, AHF Associate Director Public Health, Southern Bureau. Other community leaders will also be invited. For further info, contact Jason King, AHF Pharmacy Specialist/Patient Advocate (954) 610-3064


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Arrest Made in Miss Vicky’s Exploitation Case

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he Archives of Sexual Behavior is a peer-reviewed academic journal in sexology. It is the official publication of the International Academy of Sex Research. It publishes empirical research (both quantitative and qualitative), clinical case reports, book reviews and letters to the editor. Most recently, the Archives published the findings of the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS), the longest-running study ever conducted on American lesbian families. The results of the study were astounding. The NLLFS studied more than 70 teenagers who were growing up in lesbian twomother households. There were zero instances of physical or sexual abuse found in any of the homes. According to the Huffington Post, this contrasts with 26 percent of American adolescents who report parent or caregiver physical abuse and 8.3 percent

who report sexual abuse. The study, which ran over the course of twenty-four years, also found that homophobia had a negative impact on the well-being of children who experienced it. Attending schools with LGBT curricula and their mothers’ participation in the lesbian community were found to protect children against the negative influences of homophobia. Just a few days later, Alvin McEwen, an author and gay rights activist in South Carolina brought attention to the importance of peer-reviewed research on his blog, Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters. His article was about Paul Cameron of the Family Research Institute who had failed to persuade lawyers for California’s Proposition 8 against gay marriage to rely on his theories. Cameron holds that gays and lesbians are more sexually and physically abusive to children than heterosexuals. But as noted above, the International Academy’s re-

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cent conclusion of the NLLFS reveals that there is absolutely zero evidence to support Cameron’s claims. Cameron says the court was biased toward scientific research and peer-reviewed academic journals – some things that his religious organization does not benefit from. But McEwen tells us that the Family Research Institute has its own psychology journal, ambiguously titled Psychological Reports, which they print their “research” in. The reason that little of the Family Research Institute’s work got very much play in the Prop 8 trial was because it doesn’t stand

up to questioning on the stand, the way real academic, peer-reviewed, empirical studies do. McEwen says that so called “peers” can review the work that goes into Psychological Reports, but they have no power to make the publication reject said work. “There simply wasn’t any evidence; there weren’t any of those studies,” says David Boies, counsel for the plaintiffs in the Prop 8 trial, “That’s just made up. That’s junk science. It’s easy to [tell their lies and spread fear] on television. But a witness stand is a lonely place to lie. And when you come into court you can’t do that.”

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Manvendra Singh Gohil told the BBC. Meanwhile, John Dayal of the All India Christian Council told the network, “Practically the entire religious spectrum in India is united in its opposition to the celebration of homosexuality. Not one of them says it’s a good thing, a natural thing.”

tion that gay relationships “distort loving relationships.” Such revisions “will bless people by makYuvraaj Parashar and Kapil Sharma play a ing it easier for them to come forward,” said couple in Bollywood’s first frank portrayal of David Pruden, president of a gay romance. The gay-themed film touted Evergreen, a Salt Lake Cityas Bollywood’s answer to Brokeback Mountain based ex-gay organization. opened in India to mixed reactions last week. Pruden is also spokesDunno Y ... Na Jaane Kyun, the first Bolman for the National lywood movie to explicitly portray a gay Association for Research romance, deals with an affair between two & Therapy of Homosexumiddle-class Mumbai men. It includes scenes Mormons ality, of which Dr. George of them kissing – the first gay male kiss in an Revise Rekers was a board memIndian film – and sharing a bed. It was sched- Antigay ber until May, when the uled to be released in May but was held up Guidelines Miami New Times reportfor further editing, as director Sanjay Sharma In a new edition of its ed that the gay reparative dealt with government censors. leadership guidelines, the therapy proponent had Parashar and Sharma, the director’s brother, Church of Jesus Christ Kapil Sharma and traveled to Europe with a have both faced repercussions regarding their of Latter-day Saints Yuvraaj Parashar young male escort. participation in the film. Parashar says his fam- has removed previous ily has disowned him; Sharma has had support language calling for gays to repent of their from family and friends, but he says he has “homosexual thoughts or feelings.” Barclays Compensates received threatening letters from strangers. But LGBT Mormons must remain celiGay Workers Gay activists in India welcomed the release. bate in order to participate in temple rituOne of Britain’s largest banks announced “I definitely feel this film is going to encourals and receive church assignments known Friday that it will reimburse its U.S. employage filmmakers to make more realistic films as “callings,” the Salt Lake Tribune reports. ees for the federal taxes they pay on health ... and bring about better understanding in The new edition of the Church Handbenefits for their domestic partners. the minds of the Indian audience,” Prince book of Instructions eliminates an asserBarclays PLC joins a handful of other

companies, including Google, in offsetting the extra federal tax payments that gay workers in state-sanctioned same-sex marriages, civil unions, and domestic partnerships must pay because their relationships are not recognized by the federal government. Workers in heterosexual marriages are not subject to the same tax penalties.

Finnish Church Prays for Gays Finland’s state church will permit a “prayer moment” for registered domestic partnerships, bringing religious leaders one step closer to recognizing gay relationships. The General Synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Church’s highest administrative body, issued a statement Friday saying it would allow clergy to minister to LGBT church members. A spokesman for the synod told Agence France-Presse that Lutheran ministers will have a choice as to whether they will perform the prayer with gay couples entering a legal partnership. Allowing of a prayer, however, does not constitute the church’s blessing of same-sex relationships, or marriage equality.


November 17, 2010 •

Island City Art Walk & Mangum Gallery Opening By A. Sebastian Fortino


sland City Art Walk returns for its fifth year, now that cooler evenings make walking a pleasure – not a sweaty stroll. In addition to favorite shops, galleries, and other merchants opening up their doors, a new gallery will celebrate its grand opening this Friday, November 19, in conjunction with the art walk. Gallery owner Greg Mangum decided on Wilton Drive as a location due to the foottraffic and the Bohemian nature of the community. Also, the presence of the other galleries was a pull for him. “I like the other galleries on the drive. It’s a good idea to have similar businesses near you,” he said. Mangum has been in the Fort Lauderdale area for the past three years. Prior to that he was working in his native Virginia, in a decidedly non-artistic position although he studied art at Virginia Commonwealth University. “It was a big move, leaving my job

es, hang from a clevwith Capital One, but erly constructed tree. it was time for some“This was an exthing new. So far the ample of a Christmas gallery has been great. gift becoming a feaIt’s been a year in the ture in the gallery,” making, but it’s all Mangum laughed. come together.” Butler, who earned The gallery’s credo his MFA from the is “art, form, funcUniversity of Mistion” and therefore insissippi, also makes cludes “a collection of the pottery found in works, including origthe gallery. He is also inal paintings, custom very excited about furniture, and functhe gallery – as it tional pottery.” When will give his fragile you enter the gallery work a safe home. the idea of functional Greg Mangum “I’m happy to have art is exemplified by a space, instead of traveling around. The handcrafted birdhouses for sale. Mangum, and his partner Ken Butler, larger pieces,” such as some sculptures on also an artist, make the birdhouses together. display in the window, “don’t travel well.” The majority of his pieces are functionTheir bright, colorful forms, with found objects such as faucets and doorstops as perch- al, yet some are purely artistic, such as the

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Catching My Breath

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hen I said I was moving to Florida last year my friends and family all regarded my decision with, well, derision about my flight scheduled for October 23, 2009. “So you think you’re too good for the cold,” remarked one friend who – among our circle – is known as the perpetual malcontent. “Are you kidding? Florida’s for old people,” said another dear friend with whom I debate everything on a daily basis. Perhaps most touching was my brother’s statement about the impending move south. “Florida isn’t going to appeal to your sense of history,” he said in a moment of erudite clarity that made me pause, until he finished his thoughts. “Yeah, they don’t have any of that historical shit you like.” To which I responded before he passed me the joint, “After a life on the Northeastern Seaboard I don’t care if I ever see another plaque that says ‘George Washington slept here’!” My first few months were spent in Miami. They were a grand, over-stimulated time, in which I ran from gallery, to party, to bar with a growing circle of friends. Although, in retrospect, the hand that guided me through the circus of Miami did so because he wished to hide who he really was. For nearly two months, after he unceremoniously kicked me out of his apartment, I was broke, barely employed, semi-homeless, and thought there was no hope. “You can’t go back to Philadelphia, your friends will have a field day with this,” I thought to myself while walking down Biscayne Boulevard. So, that night I watched Gone With the Wind and decided, like Scarlett, I was not going to let the Yankees lick me! By this I mean the north, not the baseball team nor the Union Army. Against all odds I decided no matter what

happened to me the only way I would return north was in a box. However, that didn’t happen. At the height of my troubles, at the bottom of my barrel, the publisher of this newspaper called me and offered me a job. The next morning I arrived here, and have since had no regrets. Since then I’ve met a wealth of unusual characters. Fort Lauderdale never ceases to amaze me. Only here will someone tell you they are a part-time hooker as casually as if they were inviting you out for a meal. Only here will you see two beautiful, naked boys playing with frogs at two-inthe-morning, in your building’s courtyard, which brings a smile to your face…until you learn they are doing speed! My friends in New York – who thought my move to Philadelphia was insane – scoffed even more at my decision to reside in our dear little gay village. To those that are familiar with Wilton Manors, their response is both charming and vexing. “You really live in that town with the gay strip malls?” Well fie, fie on them, I survived! While I might still not know how to drive, and I am deathly afraid of going underwater, I have found my niche. My writing has become my vocation, my writing garners me compliments, and my association with the paper has led me to many great fun-filled evenings and events. Yet, even by locals I still hear Florida described as being, “hot, dumb and flat.” Yes, it is hot, but I would live on the equator if I could. Sure it’s a little dumb, but I tired of the faux-intellectuals of the northeast. Of course it’s flat, but when that sun is shining and those palm trees are ever so gently blowing in the breeze, and the Florida Pines stand out like giant plumes in the limitless night sky I still take a deep breath and say, “I love you Florida.”



November 17, 2010 •

Tom Hayden

mous problems in our operations in Afghanistan, because our enemies are encouraged and our friends are confused over there.” 
McCain’s comment was a huge lie, an indicator of the campaign rhetoric to come. As McCain well knows, Obama has not given a “date for withdrawal,” only a date to “begin” a phase-out. Obama had months of military advice and counsel, as reported in Bob Woodhave little room to hold hearings or maneuver ward’s most recent book. In fact, according to against the wars. There were 162 House mem- Woodward and Jonathan Alter, Obama had bers, nearly all Democrats, who voted against Petraeus’ word that they would have no comfunding the war or in favor of an exit strategy plaints about the July 2011 deadline. In August, howevearlier this year, over er, Petraeus declared, one-third of the House. “the president didn’t In the Senate, Feingold send me over here to authored similar legseek a graceful exit.” islation that obtained Obama’s pledge to 18 votes, a number not begin a July withlikely to increase either. drawal may draw 
The notion among little or no peace some that ultra-right movement support fiscally conservative General Petraeus unless he includes Republicans will vote with the peace Democrats is largely a fantasy. a timeline and substantial numbers, and Republicans like Karl Rove did not want to shows progress in diplomacy and talks with advertise their support for Obama’s troop es- the Taliban. The president’s situation is simicalation this fall while they prepare to blast lar to his problems with health care when he him for drawing down short of “victory” appeared to over-promise and under-deliver, next July. For example, Sen. John McCain, leaving his base dispirited once again. [It who is planning a trip to Afghanistan, told should be noted that Obama took the stronReuters that “this date for withdrawal that gest exit strategy position among his internal the president announced without any mili- advisers, according to Woodward, with Hilltary advice or counsel has caused us enor- ary Clinton immediately supporting what-

Elections a Setback for Peace


he November election was a setback for the peace movement, not only because of the defeat of Sen. Russ Feingold but for deeper reasons. 

Both parties collaborated in keeping Afghanistan out of the national election debate and media coverage – while during the period June-November alone, 274 American soldiers were killed and 2,911 were wounded on the battlefield. 
The official American toll under Obama in Afghanistan has reached 732 deaths and 6,480 wounded; monthly projections for taxpayer costs are currently $12.5 billion per month, while the President estimates $113 billion in direct costs for this year at current U.S. troop levels of 100,000. 
Democratic candidates this year chose not to use Afghanistan-Iraq as an issue perhaps because they have become Obama’s wars. According to the New York Times, the US even plans to orchestrate an invitation to remain in Iraq after the current 2011 deadline, but desperately wanted to keep the controversy out of the election debates. 
With Republican control of the House, antiwar Democrats will

ever troop escalation Petraeus wanted.]
 The next test for Obama will be whether his December review of Afghanistan policy results in only another ratification of Afghanistan status quo. Then comes another budget battle, with antiwar forces in Congress at a greater tactical disadvantage than last year. By then Obama’s actual Afghan drawdown numbers will be publicly known, with Republicans, the military and most of the media opposed or skeptical. The 2012 national election predictably will be fought over Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and the Long War favored by the Republicans and the generals, with Obama positioned as favoring gradual troop drawdowns in order to invest in his domestic agenda. 
The wars will continue in any event, with increasing risks of terrorist attacks on the US, bloody quagmires on the battlefields, and the US propping up unpopular regimes in Kabul, Baghdad, Islamabad and Yemen. The wars are unwinnable and unaffordable, but no one in power dares say it. The peace bloc – activist groups, anti-war Congress members, writers and artists, here and across the NATO – can exercise a massive drag against the warmaking machine through 2012 as long as the wars remain deeply unpopular. But in the absence of political statesmanship, Petraeus need not worry, because the final stage will be anything but graceful. A version of this article appeared at The Nation on November 4, 2010.

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November 17, 2010 •

D’Anne Witkowski

Creep of the Week: Tim Hicks


ttention all incestuous Iowans. Your dream is coming true. Soon you’ll be able to marry the object of your incestuous affections. Since that’s how incest works: just two people in love, oppressed by blood. It’s like Flowers In the Attic on Broadway, only Broadway is real life. This is all thanks to the Iowa Supreme Court. No, they haven’t legalized incest. But they will. After all, they made it legal for homos to marry each other, so incest is next on the marriage agenda. At least that’s what Tim Hicks promises. And he would know since he is apparently insane. Hicks is a member of Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City, a church facing IRS scrutiny for its rabid campaign to boot three members of the Iowa Supreme Court who are up for reelection. Apparently it’s a violation of federal tax law to mount a political campaign from the pulpit. But hey, it’s not God’s law so they apparently don’t have to follow it. When he’s not blowing his sax for the Cornerstone Praise Team, Hicks apparently likes to make videos under the moniker Creative Media Solutions. One of his latest, which is up on YouTube, features “Mike and Sharron” in a spoof on the eHarmony ads. “We were made to be together,” Mike says, his arm around Sharron. “But there was a time when society would not allow us to be married.” He continues, “You have to be friends before you’re lovers.”

Sharron chimes in, “That’s definitely true of us.” “And we were definitely friends before we were lovers,” he says. “But more importantly than that,” says Sharron, “before we were friends we were brother and sister.” “If it wasn’t for the Iowa Supreme Court, we wouldn’t be married today,” Mike says. And then, in unison: “Thanks, Iowa Supreme Court!” followed by clip of the pair kissing. On the lips. Eww! Look, as far as parody videos go, it’s actually pretty good. The production level is pretty high, the actors know how to say their lines (though they could have used a bigger make-up budget. I mean, come on. It’s hot under those lights. A little powder would’ve gone a long way, that’s all I’m saying), and it’s a clever premise. As far as arguments go, well, that’s another story. The whole “slippery slope” argument is a crowd favorite among anti-gay folks wanting to keep homos from marrying each other. And while it may be fun to imagine all of the horrible things that gays marrying might wreck on society, it just doesn’t hold up under scrutiny. To quote Andrew Sullivan, “If you want to argue that a lifetime of loving, faithful commitment between two women is equivalent to incest or child abuse, then please argue it. It would make for fascinating reading. But spare us this bizarre point that no new line can be drawn in access to marriage - or else everything

is up for grabs and, before we know where we are, men will be marrying their dogs.” Of course, to Hicks incest and homosexuality are pretty much the same thing in that they’re horrible and disgusting and against God or whatever. But in the reality-based world where rational people live, they are not the same thing at all. But in order to see that you can’t just dismiss gays and lesbians as bunch of sex-crazed “A getaway from the everyday … without leaving the gay scene behind.” –

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Guest Editorial

November 17, 2010

After the Elections: Going Beyond Party By Jesse Monteagudo


Steven H. Keys and

s everyone knows, the 2010 elec- openly gay or lesbian representatives or tions were not kind to President state legislators, Florida had to make do Barack Obama or his Democratic with the openly gay mayors of Gainesville Party. Though the president was not on the (Craig Lowe), Pahokee (J.P. Sasser) and ballot, many Americans expressed their dis- Wilton Manors (Gary Resnick). Not all LGBT activists were upset by the pleasure with his policies by voting many Democrats out of office, giving the Repub- Republican wave. Jimmy LaSalvia, executive licans a firm majority in the House of Rep- director of the conservative gay advocacy resentatives. (The Democracy kept the U.S. group GOProud, was happy to point out Senate.) Things were even worse for the that, “according to CNN, 31% of self-identified gay voters supported Republican candiDemocrats in Florida. In addition to electing Rick Scott as their dates for the U.S. House.” Members of GOgovernor and Marco Rubio as their U.S. Proud and Log Cabin Republicans rejoiced senator, angry Floridians chose GOP candi- when many of their candidates won their respective elections. dates for all of the state In addition to the alcabinet posts and for an ways gay-friendly U.S. overwhelming majority Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, of congressional and leggay GOPs helped elect islative seats. The party Chief Financial Officer of Thomas Jefferson, AnJeff Atwater, State Senator drew Jackson, Franklin Ellyn Bogdanoff and even Roosevelt and Barack Keechl’s successful chalObama has now become lenger, Chip LaMarca. a pathetic irrelevancy in Some of our gay broththe Sunshine State. ers even helped Colonel Broward County’s oldAllen West along on his est and largest LGBT adroad to the U.S. Convocacy group, the DolMayor Craig Lowe of Gainesville, FL. gress, though West’s ferphin Democrats, shared in their party’s electoral debacle. With a few vent opposition to open gays in the military exceptions, like the election of Dolphin Vice makes him a problem for most of our comPresident Carson to the Wilton Manors Com- munity members. A few months ago, I wrote an article about mission, which made her the first out lesbian to be elected to public office in Broward, our community’s need to go beyond politimost of the candidates that Dolphins worked cal parties. More precisely, I wrote about the need to create a nonpartisan, LGBT activist for and endorsed went down to defeat. Perhaps the unkindest cut of all, as far as organization in Broward County. Though LGBT Democrats were concerned, was the working within the system is essential to defeat of Broward County Commissioner accomplish our goals, and while the Dol(and former Dolphin president) Ken Keechl phins have accomplished so much for our who, as Broward County Mayor, was the community, it is stupid for us to put all our highest-ranking, openly-gay elected official political eggs into one party’s basket, espein Florida. Unfortunately for Keechl, there cially when that party suffers such a catawas a lot of public anger directed against strophic loss at the polls. The fact that the Democratic Party has the Commission this year and Keechl, as its LGBT rights on its platform while the Reweakest link, was the one to go. Once again, the State of Florida was be- publican Party is controlled by antigay bighind most states when it came to electing ots does not mean we have to automatically (or re-electing) openly LGBT public of- support the former against the latter. As ficials. In a year when other states elected my Republican friend Andy Eddy recently

wrote, “it’s time we stop writing a pass for all office holders who carry the (D) next to their name and it’s time to start evaluating candidates on their credentials, records, and objectives before being elected and thereafter once in office.” While, as a Democrat myself, I have many reasons to support my party over the GOP, I recognize the need to reach out to conservatives, Republicans and tea party members who might support some if not all of our goals. Sympathetic GOP officeholders like Ros-Lehtinen, Atwater, Bogdanoff, LaMarca and even West remind us that not everyone in the Grand Old Party hates us. Like too many other constituents, LGBT activists are sick and tired of being taken for granted by a Democratic Party that often takes our votes, our money and our volunteer work and gives us little in return. Having to choose between do-nothing Democrats and often-hostile Republicans, many of our community members just stayed home. This is a good time for the Republicans to reach out to us, and for the Democrats to earn our support. Though it might be too late (or too early) to start a nonpartisan LGBT group in Broward County, many of the activists who made such groups possible in the past are sadly dead or burned out, it is an ideal that we must strive for. After all, if MiamiDade County (SAVE Dade) and Palm Beach County (Palm Beach Human Rights Council) can have successful, non-partisan advocacy groups, so can we. To quote a certain successful Republican politician, “let’s get to work.”

Letters, We Got Letters Comments on: “Not Gaga for Gay Rights,” (11/10) Dear Editor: At first, I thought Lady Gaga was amazing and extremely supportive of the gay community until I went to see her in concert. Her support of the gays and all her “little monsters” comes across as part of her act. She doesn’t sound genuine at all. It all comes across as one small part of her bigger plan to be famous.

“Brad” Dear Editor: This is just another example of some of the Gay discrimination within the larger GLBT community. Is it either because she is a woman, or because she is Bisexual? After all, we all know there is massive prejudice against bisexual people within the community, so maybe she should be fighting the fight of being completely selfish towards her own sexuality, instead of trying to help even though who are prejudice within the wider community like this author.

“Shane” Dear Editor: 1 Gaga is amazingly genuinely talented. 2 She is using her fame to only help the movement-what we need right now is support: gay support, straight support, and everything in between. ITS NOT IMPORTANT WHAT SEXUALITY OUR SPOKESPERSONS ARE DUH. 3 Gaga is amazing. When Born This Way comes out, I’m sure you’ll all be rocking out to. End of story.



November 17, 2010 •

Brian McNaught

“Thank you. You did a great job!”


n a guest column in a recent edition of The New York Times, a corporate consultant warned that companies should focus more on retention than on downsizing. Jon Picoult suggested that a turnover storm is looming, and that those employees who feel treated like equipment rather than as people will leave their companies as soon as they are financially able. He concluded that managers who are “more communicative, more appreciative, more connected, and more civil,” will retain valued employees more successfully than those who see their employees as “investment capital.” This raises the ongoing debate on the role of the corporate manager. Is the manager a coach or a task master? Should a manager care about the emotional wellbeing of his or her direct reports, or is the only criterion for a manager’s success the productivity he or she gets out of the team? It’s my experience that women managers are more likely to see their role as involv-

ing awareness of an employee’s personal life. Though I have been impressed by the sensitivity of many male managers, men are more likely to measure success by what numbers they bring in. Not having a corporate background, other than that I’ve gained through my spouse’s musings, and from my observations as a consultant, I don’t know what pressure managers face to produce, nor do I know if there is a universally-accepted standard of success for managers to follow. But I do know that employees seem to feel more valued when they get personal attention from their boss. “I don’t care if they give me a bonus, though that would be nice,” the checkout lady told me at the grocery store. “But it sure makes a difference when they say, ‘Thank you. You’re doing a great job, and we appreciate how hard you work’.” “Do you get that feedback?” I asked as I helped pack the produce. “I did today, and it felt great,” she said.

General Gayety

Look Homeward, Lesbian By Leslie Robinson


t was a North Carolina author, Thomas Wolfe, who wrote “You Can’t Go Home Again.” My partner Anne decided to ignore him and go home to North Carolina anyway. I decided to go along to help her clean out the family home in Rutherfordton. Over four grueling days we lifted and sorted an incredible number of boxes. By the end of all that heavy lifting, I’d mentally changed Wolfe’s title to “You Can’t Stand Straight Again.” In those boxes we found symbols of the tension between Anne’s lesbianism and her mother’s religiosity. And when Anne and I went into town we discovered another tension, between how we live in Seattle and how we felt we had to behave in a small Carolina town.

There was a third tension regarding the nutritional value of fried okra, but I’ll confine myself to the gay bits. When Anne was 14, her mother became a fundamentalist Christian. That’s one way of coping with a budding teenager. Anne’s mom liked to hand out religious tracts, and in one box, along with myriad tracts on accepting Jesus as your personal savior, sat copies of “The Gay Blade.” An image of a man with not one but two limp wrists graced the cover. Published in 1972, this tract proclaimed, “Out of Satan’s shadowy world of homosexuality, in a display of defiance against society, they come forth.” Sounds like a zombie movie.

“The regional manager was in, and he made a point of talking to each of us.” “Well, I thank you for your service, Darleen,” I said. “You’re great at your work, and I appreciate it.” Darleen lit up like a birthday cake, and said, “Why, aren’t you nice. You have a good day, you hear?” My former mail carrier laughed when I asked her if she ever got thanked by her supervisor at the Post Office. “Are you kidding?” she asked in amazement. “They never say anything to us. It’s all work, work, work. I can’t wait to quit this job.” She did quit soon after, and we haven’t had a regular mail carrier since. I stopped our latest delivery person recently to thank her. She said, “Oh, you’re one of the good ones.” “I don’t like all of this ‘touchy-feely’ stuff,” more than one manager has said in my diversity sessions. “Leave your private life at home. Do your job. That’s all I care about. I don’t care if you’re married, divorced, gay, purple, or whatever. Just do your job. That’s what you were hired for. That’s what you’re paid for.” Given the poor condition of the economy, many people may feel that employees who haven’t been laid-off have it good,

and shouldn’t complain about an insensitive boss because they too can be fired for rocking the boat. That’s a dangerous and counter-productive attitude for a couple of reasons. When the economy improves, talented people will have the freedom to leave, and those graduating from college who are seeking jobs will be better able to be selective. If a company has a bad reputation in the community for how it treats its employees, it will suffer in its efforts to attract and retain the best talent. In Toronto, Dallas, Hong Kong, London, Singapore, Atlanta, Tokyo, and Mumbai, when I assert that all anyone wants is to trust that they can come to work and feel safe and valued, nearly all heads nod in agreement. Almost everyone concurs that a happy employee is not only loyal, but also more productive. It would seem logical, then, that there be an established standard for managerial success that includes strong emphasis on treating employees as people, not a means to make numbers, and that validation, politeness, and expressed gratitude be criteria for advancement.

“Their power structure is widespread— they occupy all kinds of jobs.” Some are “even hinted to be in high government positions.” Yup, we snuck in right under the nose of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover . . . oh . . . wait . . . Most of the tract’s pages were devoted to a vivid rendering of the Sodom story, suitable in any decade for putting the fear of God in someone. Anne’s mom handed out anti-gay tracts at the same time her daughter was feeling lesbian stirrings. No wonder it took Anne a bunch more years and a run at Christian education before she became the openly gay woman of her mother’s nightmares. Speaking of Christian education, we also uncovered one of Anne’s grade reports from Moody Bible Institute. Perhaps her mom kept it because she was proud of Anne’s good grades. Or maybe she kept it, Anne theorizes, as proof that her daughter once had fine Christian intentions. Anne’s mother is still living, still handing out tracts to strangers. When we visited her in South Carolina on this trip, I wanted to ask if her stock included anti-gay treatises. I re-

frained. I don’t want my picture on the next round of tracts. During The Great Purge, Anne and I occasionally got away from the house and headed to Main Street. There in the town where she was born, where everybody still knows her family, she found herself reluctant to touch me on the street or in a restaurant. A natural toucher restrained. I felt the same. In that area of the country, where you can’t throw a hush puppy without hitting a church, and where I twice heard white people refer to someone as being black “but good,” discretion felt nearly necessary. A new feeling for me, and I liked it as much as barbecue sauce on a MoonPie. When we entered the antiques store, we found Anne’s childhood playmate working there. I heard Anne pause before introducing me as her partner. That was not the pause that refreshes. The next day Anne saw her again, and the woman said she was sorry she couldn’t say goodbye to me as well.You just never know what you’ll find when you go home again. In an old box or in people.


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November 17, 2010 •

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Modern Man Sitcom star Jesse Tyler Ferguson on hit comedy’s sophomore season, the gay couple’s controversial kiss and Nathan Lane’s kooky cameo. By Chris Azzopardi


irst kisses are always a big deal, and clearly that’s been true for two Modern Family fathers. The ABC sitcom hit a home run during its debut season last year, garnering critical kudos, healthy ratings and Emmy love for its funny family romp. But the gay parents, Cameron and Mitchell (played respectively by Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson), have yet to reach first base.

The lack of lip action prompted frustrated fans to launch a kiss-pushing Facebook campaign, but Ferguson, who plays the series’ uptight lawyer, assures us it’s finally happening this season, which premiered Sept. 22. Ferguson, on the way to the Modern Family set in L.A., also chatted about risking his career for this role, Nathan Lane’s crazy-and-queer parties, whether there will be a Cam-Mitchell marriage and how the sitcom changed his life.

What’s it like to be back on the Modern Family set? You know, honestly, there hasn’t been a job that I’ve enjoyed more than this. It really does feel like a family reunion every time we get back together. How has the show changed your life? I have no anonymity anymore. It’s funny, because when I did The Class, (director) James Burrows said to the cast, “You have to say goodbye to your anonymity. It’s going to be different. I saw this happen with Will & Grace and Friends.” We were kind of terrified, actually. And then the show got canceled, and my anonymity stayed fairly intact. So I’m now experiencing that. You’re single – has it helped in the dating department? (Laughs) It’s actually been harder! I have a lot of people who I think are hitting on me, but then it ends up that they just want to be friends. It’s just hard to tell people’s intentions.

Who’d be your type: Cam or Mitchell? Oh gosh! It seems wrong to say Mitchell, but I definitely like Cam. He’d be a lot of fun to date, actually. If I could find an Eric Stonestreet-type who wants to date me, that could be great. Too bad Eric’s straight. Too bad, but it’s been nice test-running that chemistry with him. Modern Family has become a monster hit among gay audiences, even picking up GLSEN and GLAAD honors. How do you feel that the show has been a positive influence for gay and lesbian people, especially parents? Gosh, I mean it’s really hit very close to home because I have parents who also found it challenging at times. I have a gay sibling as well, and it’s been hard for my continued on page 30


November 17, 2010 •

Nightlife by J.W. Arnold Friday, Nov. 19

Catch the Bus!



iving Room brings back New York DJs Dave and Gerardo for an Asianthemed event tonight. Dig out your kimonos, girls, because this should be over the top. There’s no cover and the bar is open until midnight.You’ll find this Oriental attraction at 300 SW 1st Ave. in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

here’s always been a bit of a rivalry between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, especially when it comes to the nightclub scene. Both cities have great clubs and attract the best DJs, but ultimately it comes down to the 20-something mile trip when deciding Saturday, Nov. 20 where to party. Living Room, the swanky club on Fort anna get squeaky clean this Lauderdale’s Las Olas Riverfront seems to weekend? All your crevices will get have the answer for Miami gays looking for cleaned tonight at Boom, which is promising a change of scenery—a bus! Yes, a bus. Rethe biggest foam party the town has ever member riding to and from school on the big seen. DJ Scott Mann will be in the booth yellow bus so many and the club will (or not so many) years conveniently be ofago? The cool kids fering clothes check. always sat in the back This will be more and the brainy nerds fun than dancing in a were usually right up car wash! front.We suspect the Sunday, Nov. 21 ride from Miami will be nothing like those ombre, childhood trips that ulthe new bar timately left emotional in Oakland Park, is scars for life! throwing a retro tea The Living Room dance on Sundays. School Bus will be Show up at 5 p.m. making stops in Miami for the complimenBeach and Downtown tary buffet and then and, best of all, it’s hangout for the best Help Kathy Griffin blow FREE (with a pre-paid sounds of the 70s, out the candles drink card available 80s and 90s beginonline). For more details and required RSVP, ning at 7 p.m. Hombre is located at 2500 W. go to Oakland Park Blvd.



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Monday, Nov. 22


fter a big weekend out, it’s tempting to hit the hay early on Monday night. Instead, you’ll find yourself rolling in the hay at Scandals Saloon, South Florida’s popular country and western bar, located at 3073 NE 6th Ave. in Wilton Manors. Outlawz DJ Tim will be giving dance lessons beginning at 7 p.m. or just relax with a game of pool or hangout on the patio. Tuesday, Nov. 23

n Miami Beach,Thursday nights belong to Edison Farrow and his “Simple Life” ead to Twist, 1057 Washington Ave. party at Buck 15 Lounge, 707 Lincoln Lane. in South Beach, tonight for Funhouse. Enjoy $5 cocktails between 10 and 11:30 The action starts late, 12 midnight, but continp.m. while you take in the cool, sophisticated ues into the wee hours of the morning. Daisy loungy vibe. DJ Daisy D provides the music, D. will be in the DJ booth and Pussila hosts but first you’ve got to get past the door god- the amateur strip contest in the Bungalow Bar. dess, Chyna. There’s never a cover at Twist.



November 17, 2010 •

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THE EMERY AWARDS! With the unfortunate news of the tragic suicides of some 5 gay youths at the top of everyone’s radar the past two months, it is great to see individuals making strides to provide safe and supportive environments regardless of sexual orientation. The annual NY Emery Awards honors those individuals and corporations who do so, as well as those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership within our community. This year’s honorees, presented last week in NY, were Arianna Huffington, Ryan Murphy (Creator of Glee) and fahion mogul Marc Ecko.

Turns out dance icons Edward Villella of Miami City Ballet and Twyla Tharp have a lot in common. “Twyla and I are both scrappy American kids; some Gay Nascar might even say brats,’’ Villella Fan Profiled in told an enthusiastic audience New York Times at the Career Transition Michael Myers, a Las for Dancers 25th AnniverVegas sales manager, partsary Silver Jubilee.Villella time journalist, and founder Marc Ecko presented Tharp with an of is trying to introduce award that was pure bling: an 18-karat pink Nascar to the gay community. gold Rolex watch. Tharp received the 2010 The website has gained traction among Rolex Dance Award from Villella during the LGBT auto racing fans, now attracting about November 8 ceremonies held at New York 2,000 unique visitors a month — and likely City Center. The two, who collaborated more than that in the near future, thanks with Elvis Costello two years ago, were to a Saturday New York Times feature on the cheered on by Broadway’s Bebe Neuwebsite and its 37-year-old founder. wirth, Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera “Nascar has more fans who are accepting and Tommy Tune. of me being gay than gays have been accept-

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Michael Myers ing of me being a Nascar fan,” Myers said. Myers’s boosterism among gay Nascar fans hasn’t gone unnnoticed: He recently arranged a ticket discount for LGBT fans to the Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday. Nascar spokesman Andrew Giangola said the sport has diverse fanbase. “[W]e market it very broadly, as opposed to specific demographic segments. For example, while women make up 40% of the Nascar fan base, we position the sport more generally to all sports fans and would-be fans.”

Out Unveils Magazine Cover Out, the world’s leading gay fashion and lifestyle brand, unveiled the cover to its highly anticipated Out 100 special double issue, also the publication’s 200th issue. This year pop star and new father Ricky Martin, MSNBC news anchor Rachel Maddow, Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore, Olympic figure skater

Johnny Weir, and designer and TV star Nate Berkus host an “An Affair to Remember” as the Out 100 cover honorees. Divided into three distinct sections, this year’s Out 100 features stunning imagery from photographers Larry Fink, Roger Erickson, and Jason Schmidt. Fink’s interpretation of Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball re-creates a time when gay rubbed shoulders with straight and elegance trumped intolerance. Erickson brings the spirit of the Stonewall riots to life, while Schmidt pays homage to the triumph of fame, talent, and individuality that was Studio 54. For more information, visit


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Michelangelo Inspired by Gay Bathhouses


n Italian art historian claims that from his frequent visits to gay brothels and ‘Turkish baths’ in 16th century Italy.” visits to gay bathhouses and Lazzarini said it was well documented brothels inspired the male figurines in works from Michelangelo including that Michelangelo frequented Rome’s bathhouses and steam the Last Judgment rooms. Many historifresco, which appears ans believe the artist in the Sistine Chapel was gay. at the Vatican. The Last JudgAccording to ment, which covers the Daily Telegraph, the altar wall of “Elena Lazzarini, a the Sistine Chapel, researcher from Pisa was painted in the University, believes first half of the 16th the enormous century. It depicts fresco is replete with Study for The Last Judgment scenes from the homosexual imagery, drawn in a gay bathhouse? Second Coming of including a man being dragged into Damnation by his testicles and Christ and the Apocalypse. The painting kisses and embraces between male figures. brought charges of indecency for Michelangelo, and in the mid-16th century, another “She has explored the theory in a new artist was commissioned to paint over the book, claiming that Michelangelo drew offending parts, reports the Telegraph. much of his knowledge of male anatomy

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Demon Pack Brings Fashion to the Manor

By A. Sebastian Fortino


f you are familiar with the live entertainment that accompanies the dancing, imbibing, and flirting at The Manor on Saturday night they are offering something special for Saturday, November 20. At one a.m. Brett Schmidt will present a fashion show, highlighting both his tee-shirt designs and animation. Schmidt, who is originally from Texas, studied art at Sarasota’s famed Ringling

College of Art Design, draws from a variety of sources for inspiration. Along the way he also did some designs for Harley Davidson. He has been based in Miami and Fort Lauderdale for the past three years. “My style is a mix of elements from comic books, which is a big influence on my work, as well as organic, free flowing images,” says Schmidt whose website also showcases his animation. “Designers like Stephen Bliss are also a big inspiration because he started doing tee shirts and now he works with Rock Star Games as a Senior Artist.” Stephen Bliss recently reached out to Schmidt to give him kudos on his designs. Tee shirts with tattoo, tribal, or other funky graphics are all the rage now – seemingly across the board, regardless of age or gender. The one a.m. show will offer more than models in Demon Pack designs, Schmidt’s animation will be played throughout the night as well. “In addition to the models, we have an awesome concept for the show,” said Schmidt who won’t give anything else away. For more information, please visit DemonPack. com &



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Opera Review Opera: Turandot Florida Grand Opera Nov. 19, 21, 27 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Arsht Center, Miami Dec. 2, 4 at 8 p.m. at the Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale


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our boyfriend might be a self-absorbed diva sometimes, but trust me, he doesn’t hold a candle to Turandot, the titular character from the opening production last weekend of the Florida Grand Opera’s (FGO) 70th season. Set in ancient China, Giacomo Puccini’s opera tells the story of a beautiful princess who draws suitors from across the vast reaches of Asia, but will only marry if her prince can answer three enigmatic riddles. How hard can that be? There is a hitch, however. Her beauty belies a cold and outright cruel personality and a desire not to become the property of any man. Should her potential mate fail any of the riddles, his head lands on the chopping block. Enter Calaf, the latest young man to be entranced by Turandot’s beauty. Despite the warnings of his father, Timur, and servant Liu, Calaf rings the gong signaling his

intention to accept the challenge. Despite his correct answer to Turandot’s riddles, she refuses to marry Calaf and he offers an alternative, for her to discover his name by sunrise and if she succeeds he will submit himself to her executioner. Like so many of Puccini’s operas, death and bloodshed abound but without spoiling the ending, let’s just say Turandot surprises all. After a 2009-10 season of tight budgets and inventive, if relatively modest, productions, FGO’s production is a return to the tradition of grand opera with sumptuous beaded and silk-screened costumes and a breathtaking set that features a reclining dragon holding a giant iridescent pearl that serves as an alter to Turandot—all designed by Allen Charles Klein. Lise Lindstrom makes her debut with FGO in the title role and captivated the audience just as her character mesmerized her suitors. Elizabeth Caballero also drew hearty applause as Liu, as did Kevin Langan portraying Timur. Tenor Frank Porretta was a dashing Calaf who displayed excellent onstage chemistry with Lindstrom, and brought rousing cheers from the audience as he belted out the instantly recognizable aria, “Nessun dorma,” even as he found himself competing against thick orchestrations and the enthusiastic baton of conductor Ramon Tebar. The opera will be presented at Miami’s Arsht Center for five performances ending Saturday, Nov. 27 before moving to the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale for two performances on Dec. 2 and 4.

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Holiday Book Gifting Guide: Fun Books with Pictures! By A. Sebastian Fortino


upposedly no one in South Florida reads, however, almost everyone loves a book with beautifully executed pictures and photos. So, I complied a list from books that I have recently reviewed. It might be a little early to launch a gift guide, but getting them this far in advance allows you to read them first – surely Amy Sedaris would approve!

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, by David Sedaris. This time Sedaris decided to surprise his audience – and left his largely personal narrative format behind. This collection of fables with animal character exposes the prejudice and insecurities of humans. The book is universal and certainly even appropriate for an intelligent highschool-aged reader in your life, hungering for adult fiction. On the Daily Show, when asked why Sedaris turned to fables, he said using an animal allows you to skip a lot of the background needed when developing a character – we know the characteristics of a squirrel, we do not need to know if they had a good relationship with their mother. It also has rich drawings by Ian Falconer. Each story is a quick, pre-bedtime read. For more information, please visit,

Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, by Amy Sedaris. David’s sister Amy recently followed up her successful 2006 home-entertaining book. “It’s often been said that ugly people craft and attractive people have sex. This book is not going to dispel that ridiculous fact,” says Sedaris. Simple Times boasts brilliant, coffeetable book quality photos. Chapters like The Joy of Poverty, Teenagers Have a Lot of Pain, and Crafting for Jesus will delight your

favorite crafter. Making Love offers suggestions on grooming the “love patch,” featuring her and co-author Paul Dinello in matching bathrobes demonstrating the sex act. For more information, please visit,

The Artist Himself: Rand Holmes, a Retrospective by Patrick Rosenkranz. If you have any graphic novel lovers on your list consider this! Holmes post-Woodstock characters smoke, smuggle, and cry out for the legalization of marijuana. Many subjects are queer. “Gay Comix” shows a man wearing an actual closet, eyes peeping through holes, lusting after a shirtless. The bisexual Harold Hedd, in bed with his male lover, reads a book condemning homosexuality. Text in the lower right corner reads, “…why not try getting good an [sic] goddamned angry at a gov’t & society which has the unmitigated gall to dictate who and how you shall love.” For more information, please visit,

Stuff That makes A Gay Heart Weep, by Freeman Hall – a gay response to Stuff White People Like! Hall complied over 150 things we hate. Gay no-no’s include, Facebook Gifts, Scary Sex Toys, Tap Water, Couples Who Dress Alike, Expensive Drinks – yet we hate cheap liquor, Having to get Up Before Nine A.M. in the Morning, Not Wearing a Halloween Costume, Closeted Cartoon Characters, Guidos & Guidettes, Being Poor, Losing Designer Sunglasses, Angelina Joile is Not Gay, and Cheap Cruises. This could be a litmus test for sexually ambiguous friends as it includes a quiz! For more information, please visit,

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Marc Alderman’s photo features Nikki Adams and Kathleen Cannon celebrating at the Broward House Benefit named “Little Gala of Horrors.”

His staff in Drag, Manor Owner Paul Hugo looks on in disbelief at last Tuesday’s benefit for the AIDS Health Care Foundation.

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Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus rehearsing. GAY MEN’S CHORUS PHOTOS COURTESY OF JARRETT TERRILL

White Party Events for Women By Joey Amato


hite Party Week Miami recently announced The Women’s White Party and its five-day line-up of events exclusively for women. The annual event is known as the world’s largest and oldest HIV/AIDS fundraiser benefiting Care Resource, a non-profit, community-based organization in Florida. The Women’s White Party events begin Wednesday, Nov. 24 with a launch party and live performance from The State Of at Bar 721 and hot beats with DJ Zehno. The

performances from the artists at Cirque X along with Pandora’s famous, resident performers including DJ/Producer Irene Pardo and DJ Meesh. Women from around the world will be lured into the sensual fantasy of the Cirque Blanc.VIP guests will enjoy the company State Of is a harmonious of Tracy, Whitney, Rose, marriage between Steph and Nathalie from The Taylor’s piano playing and Real L Word. The evening Nabedi Osorio’s drumwill also include a silent ming. The party will continauction, featuring travel ue at Mova with Pandora packages, jewelry, dinners, Events’ weekly Thursday theater tickets, spa days, night event, Sweet. autographed memorabilia This year’s women’s and much more. signature White Party will The weekend will be held in the heart of continue Saturday with two floors of Miami South Beach at the newly renovated Nikki Beach, and hosted by the cast of Showtime’s Flavor as the infamous BANG party takes over South Beach. DJ Marilyn and DJ Pat hit new series The Real L Word. Pat will provide the beats along with a cast Cirque Blanc will be the theme, with

of characters. In addition to The Real L Word cast members, MTV’s Rachel Robinson and Dani Campbell, Sheer Genius winner Dee Adames and celebrity radio personalities Ileana Garcia and Your Girlfriend Fay, will appear at Score Nightclub on Lincoln Road. Sunday will conclude the week’s festivities. Guests are encouraged join in the fun at Lucky Strike for a bowl-a-thon and some healthy competition. “This year’s entertainment is among the best we’ve ever had,” said Yesi Leon, Pandora Events co-owner and co-producer of The Women’s White Party. “We’re excited that the Women’s White Party unites so many beautiful and glamorous women from all over the world who care about finding a cure for AIDS.” White Party tickets and passes are now available and can be purchased at or or by calling (305) 495-6969.

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The five-year grant will allow the Center, among other things, to increase its focus on high-risk populations such as LGBT youth, according to a press release. Anara Guard, senior advisor at SPRC, said there was no way to break out how much money would go toward any one population or activity, because that was not how the grant proposal was written. SAMHSA spokesperson Nancy Ayers noted the grant was not in response to the recent media attention surrounding a number of suicides by LGBT youth. Guard said the grant application process had begun in February, and funding began September 30 (although the public announcement came later). On October 26, U.S. Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) sent a letter to SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, asking that the agency take “immediate action . . . to better protect LGBT youth and prevent further tragedies.” Hyde is one of President Obama’s LGBT appointees. The letter questioned SAMHSA’s recent draft plan, Leading Change, and asked whether the agency is putting enough emphasis on “specific suicide prevention efforts” aimed at LGBT youth. Suicides among this group, the representatives wrote, are “caused by a culture of bullying, hostility, and violence against the LGBT community. Young LGBT Americans thus face unique challenges which require specific and targeted prevention efforts.” The representatives noted that Leading Change does mention an intention to address the needs of LGBT youth, but they are concerned that this is secondary to other objectives. They ask Hyde to detail current and future plans in this area, and ask whether SAMHSA anticipates needing “additional resources or legal authority” to accomplish them. “We want to be helpful,” said Ilan Kayatski, a spokesperson for Rep. Nadler. “The intent is to urge them to do all they possibly can under their current authority and to ask them if they have everything they need.” He also said that some resources could come from existing programs, but they are prepared to “provide legal authority and additional resources through legislation if necessary.” Dr. Richard McKeon, Suicide Prevention Branch Chief at SAMHSA, said in an interview October 19 that SAMHSA has several

grant programs for preventing youth suicide, but none specific to LGBT youth. He noted that SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline works closely with the Trevor Project, which runs a suicide prevention lifeline for LGBT youth. It will even transfer calls from LGBT youth directly to Trevor. Charles Robbins, Trevor’s executive director, sits on the Consumer Subcommittee for the National Lifeline. But Robbins said the Trevor Project receives no money from SAMHSA. The SAMHSA-funded SPRC was created in 2002 after the 2001 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (developed under the Clinton administration) recommended such a center. It has taken several steps to address suicide risk and prevention in the LGBT community. In 2007, it partnered with the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to host a conference on the topic. SPRC then released a 63-page white paper in 2008 on suicide among LGBT youth. Guard said that after doing so, they had more speaking requests than they could accommodate. They are therefore now creating a Workshop Kit that draws from the white paper and is designed for people in schools and other youth-serving organizations. She expects the kits to be available this winter. SPRC is also providing administrative and infrastructure support to the new National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. The Alliance, which officially launched on September 10, is a public-private partnership designed to advance and update the 2001 Strategy. Such a partnership was envisioned in the Strategy itself to help guide its implementation. SAMHSA official McKeon acknowledged that it has taken some time for the Alliance to be created, but “We were really pleased by the people who stepped forward to make it happen now,” including SAMHSA Administrator Hyde, Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. In her speech at the Alliance kickoff, Sebelius noted that LGBT youth were a highrisk group. Two notable members of the Alliance executive committee are Trevor’s Robbins and Kevin Jennings, now Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) at the Department of Education. Jennings is also the founder of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).



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PC Lauderdale Celebrates New Location & Services By A. Sebastian Fortino


Lauderdale has left the Drive, but they have not shuttered their business. Recently, owner Eric Reivik hosted a grand opening for their new location. Clearly, this small business is looking towards a bright future despite the economy’s inclement weather. “We needed a larger location,” said Reivik, who attributes needing a larger space to facilitate repairs and merchandise. He’s excited about the move. “We had 800 square feet on the Drive, and now we have 1300 square feet. As much as we hated to leave this was a positive business decision.” Another incentive is that 75,000 cars per day make their way down Oakland Park Boulevard, a major artery in Broward County. Comfort for their clients due to the increased space is another benefit. Reivik boasts they now have a comfortable lounge for clients to relax while waiting to see a specialist. They also now have the space to offer Verizon and Comcast business services.

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Cindy McCain vs. Cindy McCain By Jarrett Terrill


n a tweet on Friday to her followers, Mrs. McCain wrote: “I fully support the NoH8 campaign and all it stands for and am proud to be a part of it. But I stand by my husband’s stance on DADT.” This stands in direct contradiction to statements she released less than 24 hours before that via the NoH8 campaign. In a new video released by the campaign, various celebrities contribute condemnations against anti-gay bullying and give statistics about gay suicide. Cindy McCain is one of the celebrities in the video. Cindy McCain offers this condemnation: “Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future. They can’t serve our country openly. Our government treats the LGBT com-

munity like 2nd class citizens, so why shouldn’t [the bullies]?” Apparently Mrs. McCain is confused about where she stands on repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. If she supports “her husband’s stance”, then she is against repealing the law. However, if she supports her own stance, then she agrees that it should be repealed. Perhaps the upcoming week will see a clarification on this point.

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azine. What was it like for them – and him, especially – to see you on the cover of Out? It was challenging for him, but also really continued from page 17 exciting. He was sort of confused because I parents, so I think it’s been really helpful for them to see their son, not just on TV in a gay made reference to the Jonas Brothers and having crushes on all of them. It means what relationship, but able to be more open and it says! They’re handsome men! out in the community in real life as well. He’s a funny little guy. He hasn’t grown up There are a lot of great TV shows that are in the entertainment industry, so with my just sort of putting it out there.They’re not Emmy Award nomination (for Outstanding “gay” characters; they’re just great characters Supporting Role in a Comedy Series), he who happen to be gay, just operating among asked, “How does that come to be?” It needs society like they do in real life. It’s really great for families who maybe have a challenging time to be broken down for him, and that’s OK. I’m willing to take those steps with him. with that. I wish there was a reference point The Cam-Mitchell kiss is a hot toplike Modern Family or Glee to show my parents when I was a kid – and to reassure me as well. ic lately. When will it happen? And is there really a wedding in the works? Your parents, particularly your First of all, with the kiss thing, it’s been father, had a hard time with your sexuality, as you noted in Out Mag- built up to a kissing episode – and I have

to say, it’s not going to be an episode about kissing. (Glee creator) Ryan Murphy criticized us, saying that it shouldn’t be this big thing, and he sort of didn’t have his facts right because it’s not going to be this big thing. The Facebook campaign and all these people rabidly excited about the kiss are what’s made it a big thing. There’s a big PDA episode that deals with public displays of affection in general, but the kiss might not even be a part of that episode. We’re trying to integrate it in a way that’s just very natural. And with the gay marriage, we were just so excited about Proposition 8, but we certainly don’t have a wedding episode planned. We hope to be on the air for a very long time, so we don’t want to put all the eggs in Season 2’s basket and then not have any stories to tell.

While we’re on the topic of eggs, is there another baby on the way? I would be thrilled with a second kid in the future, but I don’t think it will happen this season. Honestly, as an actor, I don’t know if I can handle another kid right now (laughs). It’s enough when we have the twins (who both play their daughter, Lily) on the set. I play with both of them and look at their parents and I’m like, “How do you do this all the time?” Has it turned you off from being a father? No, it’s actually whetted my appetite. I’ve been a little baby crazy lately, but I’m single – so there’s that. If the opportunity arose, I would totally jump on it. How will Nathan Lane play into Cam and Mitchell’s lives in Season 2? He’s our older, gay and flamboyant friend

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who throws these very eccentric themed parties, such as the “Studio Fifty-Fourth of July Party.” In this episode he’s throwing his “Oscar Wilde and Crazy Brunch Party” and we have to all dress up in Oscar Wilde gear, and we’re trying to get out of going to these parties but he’s very sensitive about people who cancel on him. It’s a really funny episode, and he’s perfect for this part. I could see Cam having more fun than Mitchell at these parties. Even he’s reached the breaking point. When we were actually shooting our scenes without Nathan Lane, the ones that lead up to his entrance, we’re in some very specific Oscar Wilde costume gear, and I looked at Eric – and he was wearing this fantastically flamboyant outfit – and said, “If this is what you’re wearing, Nathan Lane has to be a few notches above this?”


November 17, 2010 • are always spot on. You recently were in some Central Park productions, The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino and The Winter’s Tale. What’s it like moving between theater and TV? Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson play My roots are in the gay parents on ABC’s Modern Family theater, so it was harder going from theater to my first sitcom. I love Have you given Eric tips on playthe immediate response from the (theater) ing gay? I know he’s got the “zaudience. But on a show, you don’t know if snap” down. something’s funny because no one’s allowed That’s never happened again – which to laugh and you’re working very closely and is good. But Eric is doing such a fantastic very quietly and very intimately with the job, and he understands the workings of Cameron so well that I would never even at- other actors. After playing gay on Fox’s shorttempt to offer any advice. All of his instincts

lived 2008 show Do Not Disturb and again now on Modern Family, do you fear being typecast? Honestly, no. I would never have given up the opportunity to play Mitchell because of that fear. It’s been interesting, because Do Not Disturb was not successful at all. It’s interesting to see how playing gay on one sitcom just did not work and here it’s working brilliantly. I’m happy to have the opportunity to play gay on a sitcom that is working so well, and I just can’t worry about being typecast. Even gayer than either sitcom role is your hilarious rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” on YouTube. Are you inspired to take that further? I’m trying to put together a show. It’s probably going to be a pretty gay show, actually. Gaga musical theater, that’s what you can expect.

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