Archie’s Gay Character Marries Partner! Page 3
Illustration by Greg Bistolfi
December 7, 2011 • Volume 2 • Issue 48
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
A quarter century after Ryan White:
Hershey school REJECTS HIV+ Teen page
New Campaign to Increase HIV Testing
Exodus on Verge of Collapse?
Jewish Film Festival
Marci’s Holiday Cookies
Winner of the 2011 Stars of the Rainbow Media Star Award December 7, 2011 • Volume 2 • Issue 48
Second Annual A Toy’s Story: A Night for Giving
Aerial performer Drew Leach photographed by Michael Thomas
By Denise Royal
he holidays are a time for giving. Several charities in the South Florida area need your help. An upcoming event provides a fun way to give back. The 2nd annual A Toy’s Story: A Night For Giving features a range of auctions, special performances and appearances. The event benefits SunServe, Broward House, Kids in Distress, Knock Out Cancer, Covenant House and other local charities. The focus of those organizations ranges from gay rights to cancer prevention. There really is a cause for everyone. The fun-filled night takes place on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.
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at the Manor in Wilton Manors. Pre-sale tickets are currently available for $10 plus an unwrapped toy the day of the event. At the door, tickets will be sold for $15 plus an unwrapped toy. One-hundred percent of the proceeds collected during the evening (including earnings collected from ticketing) will be donated. Admission includes one free drink ticket. After successfully launching the charitable event in 2010, drawing in a crowd of 300 and raising more than $5,000 and 2,000 toys for participating charities, Marc Silverstone of Equilibrium Event has set his goals high; he’s looking to double those numbers this year by encouraging the involvement of a greater assortment of local charities. The money will be raised by tickets sales and a silent auction. Items include vacation getaway packages, concierge event design and elaborate holiday wreaths. There will also be special appearances by aerial performer Drew Leach and a performance by Delfrida. “The idea is to have the community come out, share a night together, be grateful for what we have, and give to those less fortunate than ourselves,” Silverstone explains. “By involving so many varied charities, we hope to draw in support for each of these significant causes and collect unwrapped toys for the children in our community whose lives have unfortunately been touched by tragedy in one way or another.” Tickets are available at The Manor, Source Salon and Island City Health & Fitness. To learn more about the event, view current auction items or to purchase tickets, please visit www.anightforgiving.com. To receive updates, see and communicate with some of the people participating, “like” A Toy’s Story Facebook page: http:// on.fb.me/t0Z6q1
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Kevin Keller, Gay Archie Character, Gets Married In January Issue
he highly-anticipated gay wedding issue of Archie Comics has finally been revealed. The January issue’s cover illustration shows Kevin Keller, Riverdale’s first openly gay character who is also an active U.S. military officer, tying the knot with his African-American partner, Clay Walker. ComicsAlliance reported in October that the story of the couple’s meeting, said to take place in a military hospital, “obviously deals with [‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’] but it doesn’t spell it out for the reader,” and may be revealed in flashback, according to Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater. When the miniseries was announced in 2010, author Dan Parent told the Associated Press, “The world of Riverdale has to reflect contemporary culture and to show it is an accepting, diverse place. And that’s why Kevin is important, to show that ev-
erybody is welcome in this all-American town we’ve embraced for over 70 years.” Parent was
nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for creating the character. Not surprisingly, the introduction of the fictional character, in addition to his marriage, has drawn both strong praise and harsh criticism. “I think it’s great that the reality of America’s loving couples are being portrayed in as many places as possible,” Evan Wolfson, the founder and president of Freedom to Marry, told Fox News.“We all want to be part of family and community - that’s what marriage is about.” On the other hand, the Family Research Council’s Peter Spriggs noted, “It’s unfortunate that a comic book series usually seen as depicting innocent, all-American life is now being used to advance the sexual revolution.”
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COMPLERA is a prescription medicine used as a complete single-tablet regimen to treat HIV-1 in adults who have never taken HIV medicines before. COMPLERA does not cure HIV or AIDS or help prevent passing HIV to others.
New COMPLERA A complete HIV treatment in only 1 pill a day. Ask your healthcare provider if it’s the one for you.
Before taking COMPLERA, tell your healthcare provider if you: • have liver problems, including hepatitis B or C virus infection • have kidney problems • have ever had a mental health problem • have bone problems • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if COMPLERA can harm your unborn child • are breastfeeding; women with HIV should not breast-feed because they can pass HIV through their milk to the baby Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience any of the following serious or common side effects: Serious side effects associated with COMPLERA: • New or worse kidney problems can happen in some people who take COMPLERA. If you have had kidney problems in the past or take other medicines that can cause kidney problems, your healthcare provider may need to do blood tests to check your kidneys during your treatment with COMPLERA • Depression or mood changes can happen in some people who take COMPLERA. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms: feeling sad or hopeless, feeling anxious or restless, or if you have thoughts of hurting yourself (suicide) or have tried to hurt yourself • Bone problems can happen in some people who take COMPLERA. Bone problems include bone pain, softening or thinning (which may lead to fractures). Your healthcare provider may need to do additional tests to check your bones • Changes in body fat can happen in people taking HIV medicine. These changes may include increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck (“buffalo hump”), breast, and around the main part of your body (trunk). Loss of fat from the legs, arms and face may also happen. The cause and long-term health effect of these conditions are not known • Changes in your immune system (Immune Reconstitution Syndrome) can happen when you start taking HIV medicines. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections that have been hidden in your body for a long time. Tell your healthcare provider if you start having new symptoms after starting your HIV medicine
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Common side effects associated with COMPLERA: • trouble sleeping (insomnia), abnormal dreams, headache, dizziness, diarrhea,
nausea, rash, tiredness, and depression Other side effects associated with COMPLERA: • vomiting, stomach pain or discomfort, skin discoloration (small spots or freckles), and pain Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of COMPLERA. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Take COMPLERA exactly e as your healthcare provider tells you to take it • Always take COMPLERA with a meal. Taking COMPLERA with a meal is important to
help get the right amount of medicine in your body. A protein drink does not replace a meal • Stay under the care of your healthcare provider during treatment with COMPLERA and see your healthcare provider regularly
Please see Patient Informationn for COMPLERA on the following pages.
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FDA-Approved Patient Labeling Patient Information COMPLERA® (kom-PLEH-rah) (emtricitabine, rilpivirine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) Tablets
COMPLERA may help: • Reduce the amount of HIV in your blood. This is called your “viral load”. • Increase the number of white blood cells called CD4+ (T) cells that help fight off other infections.
Important: Ask your doctor or pharmacist about medicines that should not be taken with COMPLERA. For more information, see the section “What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking COMPLERA?”
Reducing the amount of HIV and increasing the CD4+ (T) cell count may improve your immune system. This may reduce your risk of death or infections that can happen when your immune system is weak (opportunistic infections).
Read this Patient Information before you start taking COMPLERA and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. What is the most important information I should know about COMPLERA?
COMPLERA does not cure HIV infections or AIDS. • Always practice safer sex. • Use latex or polyurethane condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with any body fluids such as semen, vaginal secretions, or blood. • Never re-use or share needles.
Ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions about how to prevent passing COMPLERA can cause serious side effects, including: 1. Build-up of an acid in your blood (lactic acidosis). Lactic acidosis can happen in HIV to other people. some people who take COMPLERA or similar (nucleoside analogs) medicines. Lactic Who should not take COMPLERA? acidosis is a serious medical emergency that can lead to death. • Do not take COMPLERA if your HIV infection has been previously treated with Lactic acidosis can be hard to identify early, because the symptoms could seem like HIV medicines. symptoms of other health problems. Call your healthcare provider right away if you • Do not take COMPLERA if you are taking certain other medicines. For more get any of the following symptoms which could be signs of lactic acidosis: information about medicines that must not be taken with COMPLERA, see “What • feeling very weak or tired should I tell my healthcare provider before taking COMPLERA?” • have unusual (not normal) muscle pain • have trouble breathing What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking COMPLERA? • have stomach pain with Before you take COMPLERA, tell your healthcare provider if you: - nausea (feel sick to your stomach) • have liver problems, including hepatitis B or C virus infection - vomiting • have kidney problems • feel cold, especially in your arms and legs • have ever had a mental health problem • feel dizzy or lightheaded • have bone problems • have a fast or irregular heartbeat • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if COMPLERA can harm your unborn child Pregnancy Registry. There is a pregnancy registry for women who take antiviral medicines during pregnancy. Its purpose is to collect information about the health of you and your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about how you can take part in this registry. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms • are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. The Centers for Disease Control and of liver problems: Prevention recommends that mothers with HIV not breastfeed because they can pass • your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice). the HIV through their milk to the baby. It is not known if COMPLERA can pass through • dark “tea-colored” urine your breast milk and harm your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best • light-colored bowel movements (stools) way to feed your baby. • loss of appetite for several days or longer Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription • nausea and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. • stomach pain 2. Severe liver problems. Severe liver problems can happen in people who take COMPLERA or similar medicines. In some cases these liver problems can lead to death. Your liver may become large (hepatomegaly) and you may develop fat in your liver (steatosis) when you take COMPLERA.
You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or severe liver problems if you are COMPLERA may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking COMPLERA or a similar affect how COMPLERA works, and may cause serious side effects. If you take certain medicines with COMPLERA, the amount of COMPLERA in your body may be too low and medicine containing nucleoside analogs for a long time. it may not work to help control your HIV infection. The HIV virus in your body may become 3. Worsening of Hepatitis B infection. If you also have hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection resistant to COMPLERA or other HIV medicines that are like it. and you stop taking COMPLERA, your HBV infection may become worse (flare-up). A “flare-up” is when your HBV infection suddenly returns in a worse way than before. Do not take COMPLERA if you also take these medicines: COMPLERA is not approved for the treatment of HBV, so you must discuss your HBV • COMPLERA provides a complete treatment for HIV infection. Do not take other HIV medicines with COMPLERA. therapy with your healthcare provider. • the anti-seizure medicines carbamazepine (CARBATROL®, EQUETRO®, TEGRETOL®, • Do not let your COMPLERA run out. Refill your prescription or talk to your healthcare TEGRETOL-XR®, TERIL®, EPITOL®), oxcarbazepine (TRILEPTAL®), phenobarbital provider before your COMPLERA is all gone. (LUMINAL®), phenytoin (DILANTIN®, DILANTIN-125®, PHENYTEK®) • Do not stop taking COMPLERA without first talking to your healthcare provider. ® ® • If you stop taking COMPLERA, your healthcare provider will need to check your health • the anti-tuberculosis medicines rifabutin (MYCOBUTIN ), rifampin (RIFATER , RIFAMATE®, RIMACTANE®, RIFADIN®) and rifapentine (PRIFTIN®) often and do regular blood tests to check your HBV infection. Tell your healthcare provider about any new or unusual symptoms you may have after you stop taking • a proton pump inhibitor medicine for certain stomach or intestinal problems, including esomeprazole (NEXIUM®, VIMOVO®), lansoprazole (PREVACID®), omeprazole COMPLERA. (PRILOSEC®), pantoprazole sodium (PROTONIX®), rabeprazole (ACIPHEX®) • more than 1 dose of the steroid medicine dexamethasone or dexamethasone sodium What is COMPLERA? COMPLERA is a prescription HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) medicine that: phosphate • is used to treat HIV-1 in adults who have never taken HIV medicines before. HIV is the • St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). If you are taking COMPLERA, you should not take: • contains 3 medicines, (rilpivirine, emtricitabine, tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) • other medicines that contain tenofovir (VIREAD®, TRUVADA®, ATRIPLA®) combined in one tablet. EMTRIVA and VIREAD are HIV-1 (human immunodeficiency • other medicines that contain emtricitabine or lamivudine (EMTRIVA®, COMBIVIR®, virus) nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) and EDURANT is an EPIVIR® or EPIVIR-HBV®, EPZICOM®, TRIZIVIR®) HIV-1 non-nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI). • rilpivirine (EDURANT™) It is not known if COMPLERA is safe and effective in children under the age of 18 years. • adefovir (HEPSERA®)
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Also tell your healthcare provider if you take: The most common side effects of COMPLERA include: • an antacid medicine that contains aluminum, magnesium hydroxide, or calcium • trouble sleeping (insomnia) carbonate. Take antacids at least 2 hours before or at least 4 hours after you take • abnormal dreams COMPLERA. • headache • a histamine-2 blocker medicine, including famotidine (PEPCID®), cimetidine • dizziness (TAGAMET®), nizatidine (AXID®), or ranitidine hydrochloride (ZANTAC®). Take these • diarrhea medicines at least 12 hours before or at least 4 hours after you take COMPLERA. • nausea • the antibiotic medicines clarithromycin (BIAXIN®), erythromycin (E-MYCIN®, ERYC®, • rash ERY-TAB®, PCE®, PEDIAZOLE®, ILOSONE®), and troleandomycin (TAO®) • tiredness • an antifungal medicine by mouth, including fluconazole (DIFLUCAN®), itraconazole (SPORANOX®), ketoconazole (NIZORAL®), posaconazole (NOXAFIL®), voriconazole • depression (VFEND®) Additional common side effects include: • methadone (DOLOPHINE®) • vomiting Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you are not sure if your medicine is • stomach pain or discomfort • skin discoloration (small spots or freckles) one that is listed above. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines and show it to your • pain healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. Your healthcare provider and your pharmacist can tell you if you can take these medicines with COMPLERA. Do not start any new medicines while you are taking COMPLERA without first talking with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a list of medicines that can interact with COMPLERA. How should I take COMPLERA? • Stay under the care of your healthcare provider during treatment with COMPLERA. • Take COMPLERA exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. • Always take COMPLERA with a meal. Taking COMPLERA with a meal is important to help get the right amount of medicine in your body. A protein drink does not replace a meal. • Do not change your dose or stop taking COMPLERA without first talking with your healthcare provider. See your healthcare provider regularly while taking COMPLERA. • If you miss a dose of COMPLERA within 12 hours of the time you usually take it, take your dose of COMPLERA with a meal as soon as possible. Then, take your next dose of COMPLERA at the regularly scheduled time. If you miss a dose of COMPLERA by more than 12 hours of the time you usually take it, wait and then take the next dose of COMPLERA at the regularly scheduled time. • Do not take more than your prescribed dose to make up for a missed dose. • When your COMPLERA supply starts to run low, get more from your healthcare provider or pharmacy. It is very important not to run out of COMPLERA. The amount of virus in your blood may increase if the medicine is stopped for even a short time. • If you take too much COMPLERA, contact your local poison control center or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away. What are the possible side effects of COMPLERA? COMPLERA may cause the following serious side effects, including: • See “What is the most important information I should know about COMPLERA?” • New or worse kidney problems can happen in some people who take COMPLERA. If you have had kidney problems in the past or take other medicines that can cause kidney problems, your healthcare provider may need to do blood tests to check your kidneys during your treatment with COMPLERA. • Depression or mood changes. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms: - feeling sad or hopeless - feeling anxious or restless - have thoughts of hurting yourself (suicide) or have tried to hurt yourself • Bone problems can happen in some people who take COMPLERA. Bone problems include bone pain, softening or thinning (which may lead to fractures). Your healthcare provider may need to do additional tests to check your bones. • Changes in body fat can happen in people taking HIV medicine. These changes may include increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck (“buffalo hump”), breast, and around the main part of your body (trunk). Loss of fat from the legs, arms and face may also happen. The cause and long term health effect of these conditions are not known. • Changes in your immune system (Immune Reconstitution Syndrome) can happen when you start taking HIV medicines. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections that have been hidden in your body for a long time. Tell your healthcare provider if you start having new symptoms after starting your HIV medicine.
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Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of COMPLERA. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088). How do I store COMPLERA? • Store COMPLERA at room temperature 77 °F (25 °C). • Keep COMPLERA in its original container and keep the container tightly closed. • Do not use COMPLERA if the seal over the bottle opening is broken or missing. Keep COMPLERA and all other medicines out of reach of children. General information about COMPLERA: Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use COMPLERA for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give COMPLERA to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them. This leaflet summarizes the most important information about COMPLERA. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about COMPLERA that is written for health professionals. For more information, call (1-800-445-3235) or go to www.COMPLERA.com. What are the ingredients of COMPLERA? Active ingredients: emtricitabine, rilpivirine hydrochloride, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate Inactive ingredients: pregelatinized starch, lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, povidone, polysorbate 20. The tablet film coating contains polyethylene glycol, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, triacetin, titanium dioxide, iron oxide red, FD&C Blue #2 aluminum lake, FD&C Yellow #6 aluminum lake. This Patient Information has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Manufactured and distributed by: Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA 94404 Issued: August 2011 COMPLERA, the COMPLERA Logo, EMTRIVA, HEPSERA, TRUVADA, VIREAD, GILEAD, and the GILEAD Logo are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc. or its related companies. ATRIPLA is a trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb & Gilead Sciences, LLC. All other trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners. © 2011 Gilead Sciences, Inc. All rights reserved. 202123-GS-000 02AUG2011 CON11250 11/11
Got Mine, Tough Luck Bro’ Middle class white gay men abandon AIDS organizations while black and Latino men rely on them By John-Manuel Andriote
all it the gay version of what is commonly known as ‘white flight.’ You know the term. It’s what happens when middle-class people, frequently white, are able to afford a higher standard of living and leave behind the troubled cities for presumably greener suburban pastures. Like a jet in the sky, white flight tends to leave a vapor trail that looks an awful lot like skywriting. It spells the message, “Got mine. Good luck to the rest of you.” It’s an attitude we don’t like to associate with the compassionate, generous, progressive-minded LGBT community we want to believe exists in America. But for a stark illustration of “two gay Americas,” look at what is happening to the organizations the LGBT community created to care for people with AIDS. Today HIV-positive middle-class gay men whose private health insurance covers the cost of their medications and specialists
don’t need the services of the HIV-focused organizations created in the 1980s to serve very sick people with AIDS. They see their private doctor and often keep their HIV diagnosis a well-guarded secret. As a result, they and their friends who used to donate money to HIV/AIDS service organizations, have either slimmed down their donation or directed their money elsewhere. This means the organizations are struggling to fund the lifesaving services they continue to provide for gay and bisexual men who don’t happen to be white. These men also are no one’s stereotype of privileged gay men. They tend to be working class--working in shops and restaurants in the cities, Walmart and Stop & Shop in America’s hinterlands. Most have inadequate medical insurance, if they have any. In Boston, AIDS Action Committee director Rebecca Haag said her agency still serves middle-class gay male clients who mainly take advantage of its support groups.
But more typically it sees young gay men of color who come to MALE Support, AIDS Action’s drop-in community center. “We’re helping them get into the community and find jobs,” said Haag. “Some of them are homeless, sleeping on people’s couches. Some are exchanging sex for drugs.” These young men aren’t likely to be regular donors to gay political organizations. This may explain why you would not know that AIDS continues to kill tens of thousands of American gay and bisexual men a year, a disproportionate number of them young men of color, if you look at the website of the nation’s wealthiest political group. Buried in a “health” section, a few snippets of outdated information are the only mention of the epidemic that devastated gay America and built the movement that made the Human Rights Campaign’s prosperity possible. It would appear that HRC like its mostly white middle-class supporters, has moved on. For the group, “marriage equality” has become a more pressing priority than the health and very lives of young gay men, particularly African-American and Latino, who bear the greatest burden and risk of HIV/AIDS. Middle-class gay men aren’t giving money to organizations like Chicago’s Howard
Brown Health Center because, quite simply, they and their friends no longer personally require the agencies’ services. Howard Brown’s director Jamal Edwards said in a November 2011 interview that even HIV-positive men who literally owe their lives to organizations like his, have moved on to other priorities. “People who are focused on marriage,” he said, “wouldn’t be alive if there weren’t organizations like Howard Brown to keep them well and alive when they had it in the eighties.” Call it white flight. Call it selfishness. Call it what you will. You never know when a simple phone call can change your life from employed and insured to unemployed and unsure of anything you thought you could rely on, or from assuming you are still HIV-negative to suddenly realizing your health insurance won’t cover the cost of the meds you need to save your life. You will either be glad there is an organization you can call for help, or you will be alarmed to remember it closed because it couldn’t afford to serve clients like you. John-Manuel Andriote, author of the acclaimed and recently updated Victory Deferred: How AIDS Changed Gay Life in America, has reported on HIV/AIDS since 1986.
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Only 25 Percent of HIV Patients Have Virus Under Control CDC launches new campaign to increase testing
By Denise Royal
but at some time someone knew they were nly 1 in 4 Americans living with positive and still had unprotected sex. Many HIV has the infection under con- times that person was an adult.” The virus, once a death sentence, can be trol. That means they are taking medication and successfully responding to reduced to low levels in the blood with use of it. A new report suggests that the other 75 combination antiviral medicines. Those drugs percent aren’t getting enough medicine or also lower the risk of spreading HIV, the recare to prevent themselves from spreading port said. Still, Dr. Holder says getting access to those drugs isn’t always easy. “The delay in the virus to others. The report was compiled by the Centers getting the meds is anxiety-provoking. Florida, like other states for Disease Control and has a long waiting list.” Prevention. The bottom For information on HIV To reach more highline of the data is that testing sites, go to risk groups, the CDC is much more needs to be done when it comes www.floridaaids.org. launching a new campaign urging regular to diagnosing, treating Go to the Prevention and testing for young black and reducing the transTesting tab; then click on gay and bisexual men, mission of HIV/AIDS. your county for a list of a population in which That’s a big problem both HIV and syphifor South Florida which test sites. lis infections continue has one of the highest to rise. The campaign includes advertising in AIDS rates in the country. Dr. Cheryl Holder, an internal medicine gay and black neighborhoods in cities where specialist in Opa Locka, says to increase infections in this population are highest: Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston, New York, Oaktesting it must be routine. “When you go to the doctor or ER for any- land and Washington, D.C. Several initiatives are underway in Florida thing they should include the test. Also, home kits and more advertising of free testing sites to increase awareness and testing. Last year, should be made available. There should be Florida’s Department of Health tested 410,000 people quite a high number for a state of 19 HIV testing in all high schools,” she says. According to the CDC, in 2010 only 9.6 million residents. It was accomplished using a percent of adult Americans had been tested wide array of outreach programs offering free for HIV during the past 12 months. Testing or low-cost testing in places like laundromats, varied by state, from 4.9 percent to 29.8 per- bars and mobile units. “Our goal is to take HIV testing to the people,” says Marlene LaLouta, cent, the researchers noted. Those least likely to know they have HIV HIV Prevention Director for the Florida Deand least likely to get prevention counseling partment of Health. Florida now tests for HIV using three are gay and bisexual men. Researchers say they are the population most affected by the methods: a conventional blood test, a mouth disease. While the number of Americans swab called OraSure and a rapid test where newly infected with HIV remained stable results are available within 20 minutes. The between 2006 and 2009, infections rose rapid tests are used in about half of all cases nearly 50 percent among young black gay because there’s no more anxious waiting and bisexual men, according to a CDC re- period. “We’re never going to say that we’ve port released in August. Men who have sex done enough, but we do feel that we reach a with men which includes openly gay and lot more people because our program is so bisexual men and those who do not identify progressive and comprehensive.” themselves as gay or bisexual remain most heavily affected. Denise Royal is an award-winning journalist. “My takeaway message is that young black She’s a self-described “news junkie” she loves gay males need mentoring, acceptance and to write about current events and emerging more support. They are being victimized by trends. She’s also President of the multimethe society gay and straight,” Dr. Holder dia content management firm Royal Treatsays. “I don’t know if the evidence is there ment Media.
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Hershey School Rejects Boy for Being HIV Positive
By Peter Jackson Associated Press
ARRISBURG, Pa. - A private boarding school connected with the Hershey chocolate company says it was trying to protect other students when it denied admission to a Philadelphia-area teenager because he is HIV-positive. The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit on behalf of the unidentified boy in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on Wednesday, claiming the Milton Hershey School for disadvantaged students violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. School officials acknowledged that the 13-year-old boy was denied admission because of his medical condition. They said they believed it was necessary to protect the health and safety of the 1,850 others enrolled in the residential institution, which serves children in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade and where students live in homes with 10 to 12 others. “In order to protect our children in this unique environment, we cannot accommodate the needs of students with chronic communicable diseases that pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others,’’ the school said in a statement Wednesday. Such restrictions are not limited to HIV, school spokeswoman Connie McNamara said Thursday. Attorney Ronda Goldfein says her client requires no special accommodations. He is an honor-roll student and athlete who controls his HIV with medication that does not affect his school schedule, she said. “This young man is a motivated, intelligent kid who poses no health risk to other students but is being denied an educational opportunity because of ignorance and fear
about HIV and AIDS,’’ Goldfein said. School officials said they were preparing to seek a declaratory judgment from the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on legal issues surrounding the case when the AIDS Law Project “took the adversarial action of filing a lawsuit.’’ Goldfein said Thursday she was not aware that the school was contemplating such a court filing, but said action is needed because one-third of the school year is already over. “The sooner we can get this matter resolved and get my student into an appropriate academic setting, the better,’’ she said. Congress amended the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2008 to reaffirm that HIV is a qualified disability entitled to accommodation by public and private schools, a lawyer at the New York City-based Center for HIV Law and Policy said. Beirne Roose-Snyder, the group’s managing attorney, said discrimination against people with HIV remains “rampant,’’ even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said for years that the virus is not transmitted through casual contact. Fewer cases are going to trial, she said. The school’s statement “shows a real lack of understanding of the real threat of HIV,’’ Roose-Snyder said. Goldfein said the HIV discrimination cases she has seen in recent years usually boil down to one person’s word against another. “The reality is, people don’t usually admit it like this,’’ she said Thursday. Founded in 1909 by chocolate maker Milton Hershey, the school educates low-income and socially disadvantaged students for free. It is financed by the Milton Hershey School Trust, which also holds the controlling interest in The Hershey Co.
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ty prohibits discrimination based on both “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” and has offered domestic partner health insurance benefits since 2005.
SunServe Appoints New Program Director at Adult Day Care Center
PBC School Board Adds Benefits for Gay Families
he Palm Beach County School Board unanimously voted this week to move forward with a policy allowing school district employees with domestic partners to take the same family and medical leave granted to oppositesex, married employees under federal law. Final approval is expected to occur before year’s end.
ichael Norfleet has been appointed as the new Program Director at SunServe’s Adult Day Care Center, The Noble A. McArtor Senior Day Care Center. The center serves seniors over 60 who need some assistance with their day-to-day activities. Broward County has become home to America’s largest gay and lesbian community. Within this community there are a growing number of seniors who are in need of assistance with daily activities. Some of these seniors spend much of their time alone, without family or caregivers to accompany them.
The action was taken at the request of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. “The unanimous vote demonstrates that the Palm Beach County School Board recognizes that all school district employees and their families are entitled to equal benefits,” said Council President Rand Hoch. The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows opposite-sex, married employees to take up to 12 weeks unpaid, job-protected leave to care for spouses with medical issues. However, FMLA does not recognize families based on domestic partnerships, civil unions or same-sex marriages. “FMLA is clearly discriminatory,” Hoch said. “Despite America’s growing acceptance of marriage equality, domestic partnerships and civil unions, Congress is slow to enact laws recognizing that gay men and lesbians form families.” The policy adopted by the School Board extends family and medical leave coverage to school district employees who have registered their domestic partners. According to statistics maintained by the PBCHRC, approximately 125 school district employees have registered their domestic partnerships. The school district employs more than 21,000 workers, making it Palm Beach County’s largest public employer. The School District of Palm Beach Coun-
The Noble A. McArtor Center was founded by a team of individuals whose vision created a safe, open and home-like atmosphere for all seniors and their caregivers to enjoy, regardless, and supportive of any sexual orientation or identification, race, age, gender, religion or economic level. The Center is housed on the campus of the Sunshine Cathedral, just South of Davie Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. The Center maintains a ratio of at least one staff to every six clients. The center will serve up to 32 clients per day, and is well equipped and staffed to accommodate diverse client needs. The Staff includes a Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Certified Nurses Assistants, Social Worker, Activities Coordinator, Senior Aides, and other volunteers.
Florida’s ADAP Wait List Drastically Reduced
ecently State Surgeon General Dr. Frank Farmer announced that Florida’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) waiting list has been drastically reduced. Currently, there are 806 people on the ADAP waiting list, which is an 81 percent decrease in the waiting list since September 1, 2011, when the number was 4,184. Florida’s Ryan White Part B funding allocation was confirmed in September. The Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) received an increase in Ryan White funds and redirected additional 1 million in General Revenue to the program. After considering the new funds and current program needs, capacity to move a large number of persons off the waiting list and into the program was identified, which resulted in the large decrease in the waiting list number. DOH is using approximately 98 million dollars of federal and state funds for the ADAP program. This does not include ADAP earmark funds for insurance expenditures. “Thanks to the progress of science, an HIV/AIDS diagnosis today is not the same as it was ten years ago and new advancements in medications are greatly changing the outcome for people infected with HIV/AIDS,” said State Surgeon General Dr. Frank Farmer. “I am encouraged by the drastic decrease in the ADAP waiting list and that elected officials across the country are making this important issue a priority.” ADAP is a state-administered, federally/ state-funded program that provides HIV/ AIDS-related medications to low-income, uninsured and underinsured HIV-positive individuals living in Florida. ADAP is currently serving over 11,000 clients in Florida. On average, the drug treatment plan for individuals living with HIV/AIDS is a combination of 3-4 medications taken daily with the average cost ranging from $8,500 - $12,000 a year. Florida’s ADAP program provides stable and accessible HIV treatment to extend life and improve health for qualified individuals living with HIV/AIDS. DOH has reduced the number of medications on the ADAP formulary to focus our pharmacy dollars on core antiretroviral drugs and contracted for pharmacy benefit management of Medicare Part D ADAP patients. The Department has shifted funds to ADAP by reducing budgets for nonessential services, administrative allocations, and support service categories. In addition,
ADAP created a cost containment manual for county health department staff, applicants, and case managers to help obtain necessary medications should immediate enrollment into ADAP not be available. National News
A Day in Our Shoes: Online Video of Homeless LGBT Youth
here are an estimated 3,800 homeless youth in New York City. About 1,500 of them identity as LGBT. Government funding provides fewer than 200 shelter beds for all homeless children in the city. In The Life Media’s “A Day in Our Shoes” features a day in the life of a homeless teenager in New York City. This year, the State of New York slashed its budget for homeless youth services by 50 percent, despite the already inadequate funding for shelter space and services. “I don’t know how anybody could say the State budget didn’t cut critical services when they’re cutting shelter beds for children sleeping on the street. What the hell is a safety net if it’s not a shelter bed for a child who’s sleeping on the street at night?” says Lewis A. Fidler, New York Council Member, 46th District.
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$500,000 Grant to End Violence Against LGBT Community
iberty Hill Foundation to announced $500,000 in grants to LGBTQ youth in an effort to end violence against LGBTQ communities and advance, safety, self-determination and justice for LGBTQ youth. The five grants will be made through the Queer Youth Fund, one of Liberty Hill’s donor advised funds. Five community organizations from around the country will receive $100,000 multi-year grants. In an era in which violence against LGBTQ communities is on the rise, the Queer Youth Fund grants represent a significant effort to turn the tide. The Queer Youth Fund was established in 2002 and has been housed since 2003 at Liberty Hill, one of the nation’s leading social justice foundations. It gives substantial multi-year grants to small youth-led organizations that promote equality and justice for LGBTQ youth under 24. So far, more than $3.5 million has been awarded to groups in 21 states and Canada. Each grant is $100,000 and paid out over three to five years.
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Profiles in Professionalism
Proud Partners and Parents
Howard Cunningham and Steven Vianest
Steve, Bradley and Howard
By Jason Parsley
hen Steven Vianest, 54, of Pompano Beach heard the words “hi daddy” for the first time at JFK airport in New York City he recalls fondly that the “floodgates just opened.” It was something he, nor his partner Howard Cunningham, 51, ever thought they would experience. “After 22 years of being in a relationship, we’ve traveled the world, we’ve done everything,” Vianest said. “But we haven’t done this, and it’s worth a million.” In September of 2010 Cunningham adopted now 5-year-old Bradley Steven Cunningham from Latvia, a Baltic country in Northern Europe. Parenting was never seriously discussed in their household until a few years ago when friends of theirs announced an adoption of their own. Suddenly being parents became a much more realistic goal. Three years ago while driving down to Fantasy Fest in Key West Vianest said “I want a kid too.” Cunningham replied “so do I.” And as the old saying goes ‘the rest is history.’ While their pride and excitement is easy to read on their faces today, one year ago it was disappointment they were experiencing when the entire adoption fell through. They almost gave up. “Our friends already had gotten a child. I kept thinking why can’t we,” Vianest wondered. “I knew we’d be great parents.” Cunningham had to adopt Bradley by himself because same-sex adoptions aren’t legal in Latvia. Even just being a “single” male was a barrier he had to overcome. In fact he made history, as he became the first single male to adopt a child from Latvia.
“They definitely wouldn’t have approved a two parent [same-sex] adoption,” Cunningham said. “They didn’t even think I could be a decent parent because I’m a man. Over there men work to make money and women raise children.” Before adopting Bradley the Latvian government required Cunningham to live with the boy in Latvia for 3 weeks so they could observe the bonding process. Even though it’s a poor country he was surprised at their treatment of orphans. “I was amazed at how well kids were taken care of. Even though they have a limited budget the kids were very, very well cared for,” he said. “Rather than putting kids in large institutions they set up small institutions. There were 18 kids where Bradley lived.” When Cunningham met Bradley in Latvia the child didn’t speak one word of English. A year later he’s as fluent in the language as any other boy his age. “His language skills are incredible. Sometimes the words coming out of his mouth are surprising for a 5-year-old, especially a kid that’s only been speaking English for 10 months,” Cunningham said. “I’m a proud a papa so I can get away with saying that.” Cunningham wanted to be known as papa while Vianest liked daddy better. While a child has certainly changed their lifestyle, it hasn’t ended it. “The biggest adjustment is that we don’t go out as much. Our life revolves around him. Having a kid doesn’t stop us from doing things. It just changes our priorities,” Cunningham said. This year, they’ve chosen to take Bradley on an Alaskan cruise next month. “He’s going to love the polar bears, whales and ice birds.” Cunningham is a dentist and owns Oakland Park Dental while Vianest operates a high-end lady’s shoe company. “Since he’s been here, there’s nothing that’s bad,” Vianest said. “When you wake up with this beautiful little boy running in the room saying daddy, daddy, papa it’s morning time, how do you not smile? It’s amazing.”
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GLAAD Blue Carpet Gala Saturday December 3 Photo by Tony Adams
(above, l-r) Michael Kenny, Democratic Congressional candidate Patrick Murphy, Irwin Drucker and Cordey Lash On Saturday December 3rd, The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) held its inaugural “Blue Carpet Gala– A Star is Born” presented by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and ROKK Vodka and hosted by John Evans and Steven Wozencraft at their Fort Lauderdale home. The Blue Carpet Gala helps raise funds for GLAAD’s work in Florida.
Passages: Alan Sues, TV’s “Laugh-In” Star
Gay Comedian Dies at 85 By Associated Press
OS ANGELES (AP) Alan Sues, who brought his flamboyant and over-the-top comic persona to the hit television show “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” in the 1960s and 1970s, has died, a close friend said Sunday night. Sues died of cardiac arrest on Thursday at his home in West Hollywood, Michael Gregg Michaud, a friend since 1975, told The Associated Press. “He was sitting in a recliner watching TV with his dachshund Doris who he loved in his lap,” Michaud said. Sues had various health problems in the last several years, but the death came as a shock to friends, Michaud said. He was 85. A native Californian who moved to New York in 1952, Sues began his career as a serious actor and in 1953 appeared in director Elia Kazan’s “Tea and Sympathy” on Broadway. But he would be remembered for his wild comic characters.
They included “Big Al,” an effeminate sportscaster, and “Uncle Al the Kiddies Pal,” a hung-over children’s show host, on “LaughIn,” the TV phenomenon that both reflected and mocked the era’s counterculture and made stars of Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin and many others. Sues also donned tights as the commercial spokesman for Peter Pan peanut butter, and appeared in the popular 1964 “Twilight
Zone” episode “The Masks.” Fellow cast members and crew from “Laugh-In” remembered him as even more entertaining behind the scenes. “Alan Sues was one of those guys even funnier in person than on camera,” Ruth Buzzi, a co-star who appeared in many skits with Sues, said on her Twitter account. “Across a dinner table, over the phone ... hysterical. We’ll miss him.” Executive producer George Schlatter, who would eventually bring Sues to “Laugh-In” after seeing him alongside future co-star Jo Anne Worley in the OffBroadway comedy “The Mad Show,” said Sues was “a free spirit,” an “outrageous human being” and “a love child.” “He was a delight; he was an upper,” Schlatter told the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the death. “He walked on the stage and everybody just felt happy.” Sues would always be best known for “Laugh-In,” which he left in 1972 before its final season. But Michaud said the Peter Pan spots brought Sues nearly as much recognition in later years. And he said the “Twilight Zone” episode brought him appearances at sci-fi and auto-
graph conventions for decades. “Fans of ‘The Twilight Zone’ are cuckoo,” Michaud said. Michaud said that while Sues was always cast as the stereotypically gay character, he believed he needed to hide his own gay identity during his years on television. “He felt like he couldn’t publicly come out,” Michaud said. “He felt like people wouldn’t accept him.” Sues was grateful for “Laugh-In,” but wasn’t happy he was typecast in his comic persona as he sought to return to more serious acting. He got one chance that he cherished in 1975, the serious role of Moriarty with the Royal Shakespeare Company in “Sherlock Holmes” on Broadway. He stayed with the show until it closed the following year, then went out to perform it with the touring company. In later years he would make many more theater appearances, do voiceover work for television, and appear in guest spots on TV series like “Punky Brewster” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” Sues is survived by a sister-in-law, two nieces and a nephew. There were no immediate plans for a memorial.
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The Rare Reporter
Congressman Frank Opened the Door for Other LGBT Politicians By David Webb
penly gay U.S. Congressman Barney Frank’s monumental contribution to the LGBT rights movement will one day be honored in the collection of unique individuals and events that makes up every American history book. Frank, 71, may no longer be alive to see that day arrive, but as sure as God made little apples, it’s coming. That’s because the LGBT rights movement has become an unstoppable force under the guidance of the testy congressman and the scores of other openly gay and lesbian politicians who have joined him over the years in public office at every level of local, state and national government. Now that Frank, a Democrat, has announced he will retire in 2012 and not seek re-election to the congressional office he has held since 1981, it is time to start putting his contributions to the American human rights movement in perspective. Most LGBT rights activists agree the single most important measure in achieving success requires securing a place at the table where law is being made, and Frank accomplished that at the highest level a quarter-century ago when he publicly came out. At the time Frank came out he had already served in Congress for six years, and it surely was no surprise to his colleagues, friends and families to learn about his sexual orientation. But the same could not be said for the majority of the American public, which still viewed homosexuality as quirky at best. Even many LGBT people were unsure in 1987 about what to make of a congressman coming out as gay and thought it would likely be the end of his political career, which he began in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1973. Probably to the shock of some, Frank continued to gain respect in Congress, and he now is viewed as one of the smartest, wittiest and most eloquent politicians in Washington, D.C. Frank achieved success and gained admiration from his peers, the media, his constit-
uents and others even after being enveloped in a scandal in 1989 that nearly wrecked his career. It was learned that year Frank had an affair with a male prostitute, whom the congressman had allowed to move into his home. Frank was investigated by the House Ethics Commission at his own request, and it ruled after a 10-month inquiry that the congressman had not been aware the live-in prostitute had continued to practice his trade from the household. It did recommend Frank be reprimanded for using his position as a congressman to get favors for his prostitute boyfriend. In the height of irony, Frank survived an attempt by former Republican Idaho Congressman Larry Craig to remove him from office. Craig, who was elected in 1991
Frank’s legacy will be that he broke ground in American politics, inspiring other openly gay and lesbian people to seek and win elected office at every level.
to the Senate for Idaho, made news in 2007 for attempting to solicit sex from an undercover male vice squad officer in a Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport restroom. Craig, who plead guilty to the charge but made laughable excuses about his predicament in an attempt to claim his innocence, did not run for re-election the following year. On the other hand, Frank went on after his scandal to win every following election by a wide margin. At the time Frank came out as gay there was not much more than a handful of openly gay politicians in the nation, if that many. As Frank’s fortunes rose so did those of other politicians in the LGBT community, and today there are openly gay and lesbian people serving in a wide variety of major elected offices. In the last election in November, the Victory Fund saw 53 of the 75 openly gay and lesbian candidates it had endorsed elected to office, including Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, State Sen. Adam Ebbin of Virginia and State Assemblyman Tim Eustace of New Jersey. As Frank retires from public office, he leaves behind in Congress Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado and Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, who also are Democrats. No openly gay or lesbian member of Congress has ever been elected on the Republican Party ticket, although there have been a number of gay Republicans who have served from the closet. And more than one has been
exposed for their hypocrisy as a result of a scandal, something Frank wisely avoided. Frank’s legacy will be that he broke ground in American politics, inspiring other openly gay and lesbian people to seek and win elected office at every level. That has resulted in the type of political gains that many people who have been around since the start of the gay rights movement in 1969 never thought they would see, regardless of how Frank might be viewed on some other issues. Considering what has happened in the past four decades, it is conceivable that one day an openly gay or lesbian politician could be elected to any office, including the U.S. Senate or even higher. That’s a thought that probably never even occurred to Frank back in 1987. David Webb is a veteran journalist who has covered LGBT issues for the mainstream and alternative media for three decades. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Truth Wins Out
Is Ex-Gay Group Exodus International on the Verge of Collapse?
ruth Wins Out warned the LGBT
community recently not to be fooled by future rebranding efforts by the “ex-gay” organization Exodus International, which is looking to retool as it stands on the precipice of collapse. The desperate state of Exodus was revealed in an exclusive story by Ex-Gay Watch recently, which reported that talk of an Exodus makeover occurred during an emergency meeting that focused on the group’s solvency. “The problem with Exodus International is that it peddles a faulty product that causes harm to its clients,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “Rebranding efforts for Exodus are no different than putting a new car body over a sputtering engine. It won’t be long before people realize it’s the same old lemon.” The Ex-Gay Watch report, written by David Roberts, reveals a Nov. 16 secret summit in New York, where Exodus President Alan Chambers desperately plotted how to “keep Exodus International from social and financial oblivion.” The report discusses how an ill-advised real estate deal hindered Exodus’ ambitions goals to expand. Three years ago, Exodus purchased a building for a little over $1.1 Million. This was at the height of the real estate bubble and it’s value must have decreased significantly since. While they seem to have shed as many of their obligations as possible, debt service for that building must be a great draw on their meager resources. According to IRS documents, they
By Wayne Besen
burned through $200,000 of their savings in 2010 alone. In short, if they continue on their current trajectory, there seems little doubt that Exodus will fold in the near future. According to the report, Chambers said that “everything is on the table” during the clandestine meeting and that efforts to rebrand Exodus as kinder and gentler were being considered. The talk included the possibility of a hollow apology that would occur without changing the group’s destructive core “pray away the gay” message. Chambers reportedly plans to make announcements about the future at Exodus’ Leadership Conference in January 2012. “We will only accept apologies from Exodus that are substantive and sincere, not part of a cynical strategy to repackage the same tired old lies,” said TWO’s Besen. “Public relations alone will not improve relations with the LGBT community, and spin will not absolve Exodus from its anti-gay sin.” Exodus became a virtual household name in 1998, starring in the “Truth in Love” advertising campaign, which was sponsored by 15 anti-gay political organizations. The campaign backfired when TWO’s Wayne Besen photographed its poster boy, John Paulk, in a gay bar. A second poster boy, Michael Johnston, was discovered by Besen and attorney Michael Hamer to be having intimate relations with men he had met on homosexual websites. When Chambers took the helm at Exodus, he promised to avoid politics. He went back on his word and began lobbying against LGBT equality, with the help of his deputy Randy Thomas. Their efforts led to President George W. Bush inviting them to the White House in June 2006 to lobby for the federal Marriage Amendment, which would prohibit same-sex couples from marrying.
Exodus’ political involvement included forming a controversial alliance with Focus on the Family, where Chambers starred in FoF’s Love Won Out road show. When these groups teamed up - Exodus’ perpetual money woes seemed to disappear overnight. In 2010, the much savvier Focus on the Family dumped Love Won Out. Observers of the “ex-gay” industry noticed Exodus’ message became increasingly incoherent and attendance at events began to fall. The group’s nadir came when its board member, Don Schmierer, spoke at a Uganda hate conference that helped lead to the draconian “Kill the Gays” bill. “Focus on the Family made Chambers
look smart,” said TWO’s Besen. “Without the larger organization’s public relations prowess and exposure to donors, Chambers was left to run the show on his own and it appears that he lacks the skill to pull it off.” Truth Wins Out is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to create a world where LGBT individuals can live openly, honestly and true to themselves. TWO fights anti-LGBT extremism, monitors anti-LGBT organizations, documents their lies and exposes their leaders. TWO specializes in turning information into action by organizing, advocating and fighting for LGBT equality.
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wo films with strong gay themes will be featured when the 22nd annual Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival opens this week in locations across the county. Presented by the Palm Beach Jewish Film Society, an outreach of the Jewish Community Center, the festival will present 40 features and shorts from Wednesday, Dec. 7 to Sunday, Dec. 18 at theaters in West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Royal Palm Beach and Lake Worth. The first film, Esther & Me, by lesbian comedian Lisa Geduldig, chronicles the relationship she developed with Esther Weintraub, a resident of the Jewish Home of San Francisco, who caught Geduldig’s attention in a film about the home. The octogenarian, a high fashion model during the Depression, turned to comedy after breaking her back in an automobile accident 35 years into her career. With Geduldig’s help she began headlining local comedy shows in San Francisco, often talking about the days when she was “young and gay…when gay was a different thing.” When the issue of Gedudig’s lesbianism came up, Weintraub opened up about her own
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experiences working with gay men in the garment industry. “They treated me better than the heterosexuals,” she said, because the salesmen often hit on the young models. While filming the documentary, Weintraub finally succumbs to age and Geduldig brings her camera to the 2005 memorial service at the home. Geduldig shares with those gathered, “Esther told me once she would like to meet a nice gay man in his ‘70s who would just take her to the theater and not want anything,” eliciting the laughs deadpan Weintraub’s jokes often drew. Even in her last days,Weintraub displays a witty, gregarious personality that makes Esther & Me a fascinating portrait of a colorful lifetime, forging a friendship with audiences who never met her. The second presentation, Mary Lou, is an award-winning Israeli television miniseries from director Eytan Fox that has been compared to the hit Fox television series Glee, but is in fact a “jukebox musical” much closer to Mamma Mia. The series follows the obsessive pursuits of Meir, a young gay boy who is taught by his mother to love the music of pop singer Svika Pick. When his mother leaves on his tenth birthday,
Meir convinces himself she has left to pursue a career as a backup singer to Pick. After graduating from school, he begins a quest to find his mother that takes him to Tel Aviv. Along the way, he becomes involved in a love triangle with childhood friends Shuli and Gabi, performs in drag on the stages of a gay dive in Tel Aviv, and must confront the disturbing reality he eventually stumbles upon. Pick’s music is tuneful and upbeat, not unlike the songs of ABBA, and the musical numbers are expertly choreographed and danced. Ido Rozenberg is sympathetic as a young man who constructs an all-encompassing fantasy to explain his mother’s departure. Alon Levi is the hunky, confused love interest and Yedidia Vital shines as Uri, the tormented young drag performer who creates an opportunity for Meir to step into his mother’s shoes. Even Pick—Ozzy Osbourne’s doppelganger in every sense— makes a cameo appearance. At times the film gets tedious and too easily falls into stereotypes, but at 140 minutes, it is still engaging and will appeal to gay and gayfriendly audiences alike.
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Highlights from the Miami Book Fair By Andrea Dulanto
nflatable brains and hurricane poetry. Dyan Cannon’s philosophies on love. Lesbian feminist working class writer Dorothy Allison on the Occupy Movement. That was my experience of Miami Book Fair. The 28th edition of Miami Book Fair International took place at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus during November 13-20. This year, I started my visit to the Book Fair on Thursday, Nov. 17, with the “Evening with Dorothy Allison” event. Allison is the author of Bastard Out of Carolina, a novel which marks its 20th anniversary of publication this March. Her other works include Cavedweller, and the upcoming novel She Who. When interviewed about the current challenges for LGBT writers, Allison reflected there are “the same challenges [as always]… it’s still damn hard to make a living… and it’s damn hard to be taken seriously.” She added that “as a group, we have to convince ourselves of the right to tell our stories.” Allison also shared her thoughts on the Occupy Movement: “It’s like a shot of oxygen.” She recalled teaching at Columbia College Chicago in 2006—how “it was like pulling teeth to get [students] to participate” in political actions. But Allison noted that at a recent demonstration with Occupy Little Rock, truck drivers participated as well as college students: “This is not a liberal bastion.” She concluded that “it makes me hopeful...[this Movement] can’t wait… [because] we are in deep deep trouble. All of us on the edges have been living with this recession for a long time.” When Allison appeared onstage, she spoke about the saving power of books: “I
was a girl who went out each day to a world so mean, the only way to survive was with a paperback under my arm.” Throughout the evening, Allison explored literature as a comfort: “Sometimes fiction takes you out of the place you are… it’s like eating lots and lots of chocolate.” And as a path to political awareness and action: “[story] make[s] justice happen… [it makes] sense of what does not make sense... [and] changes the world.” “If there is depth in my soul,” she shared. “I have taken it from literature.” On Saturday, Nov. 19, I visited the Fair again for two very different events. The first was Erin McHugh, author of The L Life: Extraordinary Lesbians Making a Difference, a collection of interviews and photographs with twenty-six women. I asked a woman in the audience, Amanda Treadwell, 29, of Perrine, about why she came to the reading: “It’s pretty cool that our city supports this kind of event... I’m in favor of any kind of gay issue brought to the forefront.” McHugh read several interviews from The L Life, and discussed the “sisterhood” of interviewees who often guided her to the next person to include in the book. She also talked about the possibility of The L Life 2. The next event was in the Chapman Conference Center—almost full to capacity with Chuck Palahniuk groupies. Palahniuk told an anecdote about a Barnes & Noble reading in Skokie, Illinois, where a man, dressed in a three piece suit and speaking in a Scottish accent, posed the question: “So Mr. Palahniuk, do you masturbate to Brad Pitt’s picture?”
Authors Dorothy Allison, and Chuck Palahniuk make appearances this year
As Palahniuk observed, “[this] is a question Maya Angelou doesn’t have to field.” But when was the last time you went to a literary reading that should have warning labels? May cause shortness of breath. Palahniuk handed out inflatable brains to the audience who competed to be the first to “blow [their] brains out.” May cause bruising. Candy bars were thrown into the audience. Sometimes Palahniuk had bad aim. Or good aim? “There’s something so poetic about hitting someone in the groin with candy.” May cause light-headedness. As Palahniuk read from his short story, “Guts,” there was a disturbance at the back of the room—someone fainted or almost fainted after listening to a section of the reading. “At this point, I usually ask for permission to keep going,” said Palahniuk. A few people took this as their cue to leave. But most of us stayed. “…When you write a story… it has to wreck something,” stated Palahniuk. “I can’t be the same person when I leave the stage.” I started the last day of the Fair, Sunday, Nov. 20, with acclaimed new author Justin Torres. Torres’ novel, We The Animals, has been widely praised by critics, and explores issues of race, class and sexuality through the perspective of the youngest of three brothers. It’s a story that also connects with those who have survived abusive childhoods. I spoke with Torres about audience
responses to his book: “People with bitterness, resentment towards their family…it hits home… there are tearful responses.” Torres was also asked about his view on politics and the arts. “Being mixed race, bicultural, growing up with teen parents, being queer… it all informs what I do…the working class experience is central to my understanding of the world…I couldn’t divorce [writing and politics]… if I tried. People who think they’re not making these choices…writing in a supposedly neutral, middle-class, white voice…they’re making a choice just as much as anyone else.” The next event on my schedule—actress/ author Dyan Cannon (Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant). I expected something campy. Instead, Cannon was less camp, more Zen. She talked about Cary Grant being the love of her life, her work with children’s charities and how the internet has “taken away a lot of the mystery” of Hollywood. Later, I attended The Art of Memoir featuring Jill Bialosky (History of a Suicide), Kelle Groom (I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl) and Bill Clegg (Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man). Suicide, alcoholism, and drug addiction are some of the issues in these books. Clegg commented on the writing process: “[Writers should] lean into moments that are most shameful, embarrassing… If I felt uncomfortable [as I was writing], I leaned into it.”
The Book Fair is not about one experience— it’s about staying open to experience.
Then there was poetry. Emma Trelles read from her award-winning collection Tropicalia, followed by Maureen Seaton and Neil de la Flor who read from their collaborative work, Sinead O’Connor and her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds. Ms. Seaton and Mr. de la Flor began writing these poems during Hurricane Francis. Pop culture references abounded in their work from Sally Field to Seinfeld to Sinead. We make our own experiences at the Miami Book Fair. That’s why we go—whether we browse the exhibitors’ booths or visit a cookbook author or listen to a concert or view an art show or eat an arepa. The Book Fair is not about one experience—it’s about staying open to experience.
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Theatre Broward County A Christmas Carol
Feel the Christmas spirit at the Broward Center for Performing Arts with the play A Christmas Carol from Dec. 9-11. The show depicts the antics of Scrooge as he rediscovers the joy of Christmas Day combined with music, dance and special effects accompanying the arrivals of ghosts. Visit Browardcenter.org
*Singing the Great American Songbook Come see this one night only play at the Broward Center for Performing Arts on Dec 14. Greg Diaz, Rick Harris, Lisanne Lyons and Wendy Pedersen comprise this Miami-based group, which performs an eclectic assortment of songs from the Great American Songbook in a surprising variety of styles that incorporate classic jazz, mambo, soul, a cappella and madcap swing. Browardcenter.org
Miracle on 34th Street
On Dec. 17 The Broward Center for Performing Arts will be playing Miracle on 34th Street. In a story faithful to the film, Kris Kringle, aka Santa Claus, goes on trial. Macy’s becomes the friendly store to shop while two lost souls find each other and a little girl discovers her childhood through her belief in miracles. Visit Browardcenter.org
*The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus
Come to the Nova Southeastern University on Dec. 17 to see this play based on the book by L. Frank Baum, who also wrote The Wizard of Oz, this musical has with jokes, puppets and enchanting songs sing along with as it follows the early life of Santa Claus from his abandonment in a forest to his adoption by wood-nymphs to making and delivering the very first toys. Visit Miniacipac.org
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
From Dec. 27-Jan. 1 come to the Broward Center for Performing Arts for Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Created by local resident Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is an original new musical extravaganza filled with spectacle, imagination and whimsical dreams. Visit Browardcenter.org
*The Santaland Diaries
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From Dec. 8-23 come to the Zoetic Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts for Santaland Diaries. A blisteringly funny evocation of Christmas Hell. One man’s hysterical and often insightful look at the humilities, frustrations and joys of working as an elf at Macy’s Santaland. This holiday classic is satirist David Sedaris at his biting best. Visitzoeticstage.com
In Key West at the Waterfront Playhouse on Dec. 20, it’s August in Oklahoma. A father is missing, a mother is in the grip of addiction, a marriage is unraveling and lies are being exposed. This raucous dark comedy transforms one family gathering into an evening filled with sex, secrets, and really inappropriate behavior. This is a hilarious and stinging look at the American family. Visit WaterfrontPlayhouse.org
Dead Man’s Cell Phone
In a quiet cafe a cell phone rings. And rings. The stranger at the next table has had enough. She confronts the owner of the cell phone, but, well...he’s dead. She begins to answer his calls and suddenly finds herself enmeshed in his life and family. Unfortunately, the dead guy has quite a number of shady loose ends. This plays opening night is Feb. 2 at The Waterfront Playhouse at 8pm. Visit Waterfrontplayhouse.org
*Million Dollar Quartet
If your into Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash come to the Adrienne Arsht Center on Dec. 27-Jan 1. A fictionalized account of an actual jam session in 1956 at Sun Records studio with Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash performing their greatest hits (to date at that date). Visit arshtcenter.org
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*Macbeth and the Monster
Come to the Mad Cat Theatre in Miami on Dec. 28-Jan 9 for a family-friendly modern reimagining of the Shakesperean tale intended to be entertaining for all ages. Written by Los Angeles playwright Angela Berliner and directed by Paul Tei. Visit madcattheatre.org
Get ready for a holiday treat Dec. 7 through Jan. 1 at the Actors Playhouse. Move over Scrooge, it’s time for Jacob Marley to tell his story! Join Marley and his heroic behindthe-scenes effort to save old Scrooge’s soul - and in the process save his own, in this delightful gem of a show. Visit Actorsplayhouse.org
*Miami Gay Men’s Chorus’ Tales from Toyland
The Miami Gay Men’s Chorus Presents Tales from Toyland! A musical journey complete with a cast of characters sure you leave you joy-filled. The show is guaranteed to fill you with holiday spirit. Performances will be held on Friday, Dec.16 & Saturday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. with a matinee on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Colony Theater 1040 Lincoln Rd. Miamigaychorus.org
*Pompano Beach Holiday Boat Parade
Shrek the Musical
From Dec. 6-11 come to the Adrienne Arsht Center and see the hilarious play Shrek the Musical. Based on the first of three animated films, the show had a respectable run on Broadway with its satiric fairy tale about the titular monster, a gorgeous princess and a smart-aleck donkey all learning that you shouldn’t judge a boogeyman by the chartreuse color of his skin. ArshtCenter.org
Wally Cardona: Tool Is Loot
On Jan. 21 come to the Colony Theatre watch this play where each choreographer solicited weeklong encounters with non-dance experts, treating their artistic positions to the constant reassessment, opinions and desires of an “outsider”, creating a new work with each expert. 8:30 p.m. Visit Tigertail.org
*The Motherf**ker With The Hat
From Jan. 7-25 come to the Gable Stage at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables and see The Motherf**ker with the Hat. Was there ever any doubt that GableStage would be the first to stage last season’s Broadway drama about a former drug-dealing addict trying to kick his habit despite the “help” of friends and a troubled sponsor? Visit Gablestage.org
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
This morality play about the cost of lying and the price of truth telling, examines a troubled family and a father who placed duty to his family above the lives of others, and now must face the consequences. This play is showing at The Palm Beach DramaWorks Clematis Theater Nov. 12 through Dec. 18. Visit PalmBeachDramaWorks.org
*The Effect of Gamma Rays on Manin-the-Moon Marigolds
The Palm Beach Dramaworks will showing The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. A rarely-revived cult play from 1970, Paul Zindel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama depicts a mentally unbalanced woman’s effect on her two teenage daughters, and one girl’s struggle to keep her dreams alive. Will star Laura Turnbull and her real-life daughter, Ariel Hoffman. Visit Palmbeachdramaworks.org
*Happy Birthday Elvis Tribute Show
On Jan. 7 come to the Crest Theatre and enjoy a memorable night of fun and entertainment! Special appearance by R.J. Franzese with the sounds of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and more. Be thrilled as Scott, R.J. and the band perform the greatest songs of all time! Visit Oldschool.org/performances.asp
*The Two and Only
January 13-14-15. This 2007 Tony Award Winner for Best Theatrical Event stars Jay Johnson (best known for the TV show Soap), and a wild cast of puppet characters in one of today’s funniest and most original theatrical experiences. It’s an adult look at life, growing up, having a dream and everything in between. “A SURPRISING AND EXTREMELY FUNNY SHOW!” Visit Oldschool.org/performances.asp
On Dec 11, come to the Intracoastal Waterway in Pompano Beach. This Is Florida oldest boat parade. All boats are invited. Free no entry fee. There will be all types of boats with loads of decorations. Prizes, Parties and Awards. Get In the Christmas Spirit with this fun easy fun for the holidays. Visit Pompanobeachchamber.com/_blog/Pompano_Beach_Chamber/post/New_Flyer_for_Boat_Parade/
*Parkland 5 Mile Holiday Run
On Dec. 18 come to Pines Trail Park In Parkland for this 5 mile holiday run/walk. 5/2 Mile runners will be scored and timed by AccuChip using state of the art disposable timer tags. Either course can be Run or Walked. Hosted by “The Adventure Guides and Indian Princesses of the North Broward Y.” Sponsor by “Centerline Homes.”
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Celebrate the Season with the Arts
By J.W. Arnold Sounds of the Season Seraphic Fire, South Florida’s professional chamber choral ensemble, presents its holiday concert, “O Holy Night,” Dec. 7 – 20 at locations across the region. Under the direction of Patrick Dupre Quigley, the internationally-acclaimed ensemble sings holiday favorites including the title work, along with lush choral arrangements of “The First Nowell,” “Silent Night,” and Tomas Luis de Victoria’s “O Magnum Mysterium.” For performance dates, venues and tickets, go to SeraphicFire.org.
A Christmas Tradition For many, catching of performance of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker, is a cherished holiday tradition. South Florida audiences will have many opportunities to enjoy this fantastic tale of mice and toy soldiers, sugar plum fairies and, of course, the nutcracker prince.
Vladimir Issaev’s Arts Ballet Theater dances this timeless classic at Aventuras new Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Dec. 9 -11, and in Fort Lauderdale at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Dec. 17 and 18. In the 1980s, Issaev was the youngest ballet master in the then-Soviet Union, before relocating to Venezuela and later South Florida, and his ballets have been performed around the world. Tickets are $15-35 at ArtsBalletTheatre.org. In South Miami Dade, the Artistic Ballet Theater dances the inaugural performance of the ballet at the sparkling new Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay. Tickets are $20-40 at SMDCAC.org. Miami City Ballet presents the legendary choreography of George Balanchine in Miami at the Arsht Center, Dec. 15-18, and Fort Lauderdale at the Broward Center, Dec. 21-24. With a cast of more than 100 professional dancers and students of the
company’s ballet school, this is the largest production in South Florida. Tickets are $20-68 at MiamiCityBallet.org. In West Palm Beach, the Moscow Classical Ballet presents a Russian interpretation at the Kravis Center, Dec. 21-24, for four performances only on its North American tour. Tickets start at $25 and are available at Kravis.com.
Holidays Gone Bad Zoetic Theatre continues its first full season at the Carnival Studio Theatre at Miami’s Arsht Center with David Sedaris’ comic play, “The Santaland Diaries,” a sidesplitting tale of the author’s stint portraying “Crumpet, an elf in Macy’s Santaland display. Starring Michael McKeever, this cult classic celebrates the insanity of the Christmas shopping season and ineffable “cheer” of the holiday season. Tickets are $35 at ArshtCenter.org.
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On Dec. 26 come to Gulfstream Park for a fun-filled evening of family activities including the lighting of one of the world’s largest menorahs. Starring Benny Friedman the Prince of Jewish Music, The Amazing Hassidic Flying Acrobats from France, Hip Hop sensation Nosson Zand and Jewish Star winner Yisroel Amar. Free parking
Grief Support Group
Grief Support Group led by Heartland Hospice meets every 3rd Tuesday at American Burial & Cremation Center @ Jennings Funeral Home 1801 E. Oakland Park Blvd. from 2-4 pm. Call 954-731-4321. If you need support in your time of loss they invite you to attend.
Eating Disorder Support group
An Eating Disorder Support group is starting Nov. 4. This group will meet Friday evenings from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. At Sun Serve’s Wilton Manors location at 2123 Wilton Drive, second floor. This is a “drop-in” psycho-educational support group. No registration required, free- however donations are welcome. Call 954-764-5150 for more information
* Sunday Jazz Brunch
First Sunday of every month. Outdoor concert series bringing the area’s best local jazz artists. Listen to the soulful sounds on four different stages. Well-behaved, leashed pets welcome. There is plenty of room to set up chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to experience the fabulous entertainment.
SE Florida Chamber Expo
On Jan 28-29 come to the War Memorial Auditorium and see what your local businesses have to showcase. Come and see your local community’s businesses products and services. Free Admission. From 10am-6pm. For more information please call Gino Alessio 561-245-8985.
*Atlantis | Allure Caribbean Cruise
January 29 - February 5. Gay cruise, largest cruise ship ever built: Allure of the Seas, week of entertainment, parties, dance events. Nearly 5500 international gay/lesbian guests to sail from Ft. Lauderdale to Labadee, Cozumel, Costa Maya, & back. Atlantisevents.com/Allure-2012-Caribbean-Cruise/11
*Florida Renaissance Festival
Journey back to the 16th century as you step through castle gates and into the days of yore from Feb. 11 to March 11. Explore the artisans’ village and view live demonstrations of glassblowing, steel-fighting, archery, and more. Feast on hearty food fit for a king while enjoying live performances on stage and in the lanes. Weekends only, plus President’s Day. Visit Broward.org/Parks/QuietW
Pancakes by The Pool
On Dec 10 come help the Naked Cabana Boys Softball Team. “Sponsored by The Depot Cabana Bar & Shawn & Nick’s Courtyard Cafe Triple Play Meal: Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage or Ham, Bloody Mary or Mimosa $10 Advance Purchase. Three Seatings - 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Purchase tickets from the Naked Cabana Boys Team Players. Visit Fortlauderdale.gaycities.com
A meeting place, primarily for LGBT people in recovery. Hosts Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA), Compulsive Sex Addicts Anonymous (CSA), Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA), Gamblers Anonymous (GA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), & Overeaters Anonymous (OA), meetings. (954) 761-9072. 1231-A East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. Visit Lambdasouth.com
Women4Women Personal Growth Support Group
This is a safe and loving place to explore all the concerns and topics raised by group members. This open drop-in meeting is held Wednesdays at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the New Sun Serve Building at 2312 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Call 954-764-5150
*A Toy’s Story: A Night For Giving
Wednesday, Dec. 14, Marc Silverstone Presents A Toy’s Story: A Night For Giving With special performances and appearances. Benefiting SunServe, Broward House, Kids in Distress and other local charities. Admission: $10 pre-sale tickets + an unwrapped toy. This event will be taking place at The Manor Complex. For more Information Visit Anightforgiving.com”
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Light Up Lauderdale is a holiday centric promenade of lights in Riverwalk Park. This event connects the cultural, historical and business districts along New River. November to January 2012. Visit www.goriverwalk.com
Safe “T” is a new support group for gender variant adults 18 plus that meets Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Sunserve’s Wilton Manors location at 2123 Wilton Drive, second floor. This is a “drop-in” psycho-educational support group. No registration required, free- however donations are welcome. Call 954-764-5150.
Yoga With Bill
This Event will take place every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. just north of Sunrise on A1A, at the tunnel entrance from Birch State park. It is open to all levels of practice and I ask for a $5 donation. The only equipment that is needed is a bed sheet to practice on. Yoga mats don’t work on the sand. For more information call Bill Rodowsky at 954.803.2716
It’s time for Yoga Among the Orchids at the American Orchid Society, 16700 AOS Lane, Delray Beach. Replenish the flower inside with an hour of breathing exercises, toning, and yoga poses under a canopy of lush orchids. Classes are Wed. at 9 a.m. Cost is $20 and RSVP is suggested. Call 561-404-2011. Visit OrchidWeb.org
Jazz on the Palm
Jazz on the Palm - Downtown West Palm Beach Waterfront - Gather with friends and family to enjoy the diverse vibrant sounds of jazz under the stars every 3rd Friday of month at the new Downtown West Palm Beach waterfront concert series. Free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visit Wpbgo. com/2010/06/jazz-on-the-palm
*Alternative MC Tuesday night Eaten Meeting
Tue Nite Eatin Meeting will be held at The Alternative MC Clubhouse at 4322 NE 5th Ave in Oakland park. There will be fun, food, and fellowship. There will be hambergers, hotdogs, all the fixins, cold drinks, desserts, and snacks. The meeting will begin at 8pm and end around 9pm. For more information Visit Alternativemc.com/events/florida-events
Gay Men’s HIV+ Long Time Survivors’ Group
This is a support group that gives men who have been HIV+ for a long time (5 yrs +) the opportunity to give and receive support around topics of interest and issues for concern that are raised by the members. This group meets on 1st and 3rd Thursday at Sunserve 2312 Wilton Drive from 6:30 – 8 p.m. There is no cost, but donations are welcome.
Gay Male Empowerment Group
Topic discussions include issues and concerns about being a gay man in South Florida. Meets on Thursdays at the Pride Center from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Call 954-353-9155 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SunServe Therapy Groups
Provided for the LGBT community at SunServe on a regular basis. Groups require an intake interview. Call the Intake Coordinator at 954-764-5150 to learn which therapy groups have openings. Visit SunServe.org
Fusion Wilton Manors - Connections
Gay men’s group discussion. Different subject every week. Dr. David Fawcett, a gay therapist, who has been in private practice in Fort Lauderdale for the last ten years, leads the event. No charge with no commitment to attend every week. Starts at 7 p.m. Call Fusion Monday-Friday at 954-630-1655.
PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Meets on the 2nd and 4th Tues. of the month at the Sunshine Cathedral at 1480 SW 9th Avenue to support the parents of LGBTQ youth in Broward. No charge. Visit Community.pflag.org/pflagfortlauderdale for more information.
*Winter HEAT 2012
Feb. 16-20, 2012 Host hotel: Bahia Mar Beach Resort & Yachting Center. Events at: George’s Alibi, Torpedo Bar, Green Room, Heat Waves, Voodoo, Living Room, Winter Waterland. See website for details.Visit Winterheatflorida.com
*Cocktails for Compass
Cocktails for Compass is the largest fundraiser which recognizes Compass’ top donors and supporters while highlighting the successes of the year’s achievements and programs. All of the proceeds continue to benefit the valuable, life-saving services Compass provides to over 25,000 visitors a year. This year’s event is Dec. 18, at Club Colette, Palm Beach. Email Events@compassglcc.com
Yoga On The Waterfront
Lake Pavilion at 101 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL / Yoga On The Waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach on Wednesday Evenings at 5:45 PM. Residents $40 per 8 week session, Non-Residents $50 per 8 week session, Drop-ins $10 per class. To register, please call 561-804-4902.
YOGA Among the Orchids
The city of Lake Worth invites everyone to come out and enjoy the beach bonfires with a different dress up theme each night. Bonfire Dates: December 9th (Winter) & 23th (Crazy Holliday shirt ), January 13th (New Year) & 27th (Favorite Movie), February 10th (Pirate) & 24th ( 70’s Night ). Visit Lakeworth.org
Sunday on the Waterfront
Sunday on the Waterfront is a free concert series, which takes place the third Sunday of most months in the beautiful downtown West Palm Beach Waterfront area. Bring blankets, chairs, and coolers or purchase treats at the concert. Free parking in all city lots and at city meters. 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. May through October. Visit OnTheWaterFront.com
This group is a black gay men’s discussion group that is held at the Compass in West Palm Beach. Every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. this group will be directed toward issues for and about black men. Visit Compassglcc.com
Paths is a social/discussion group held at Compass in Lake Worth. This men’s group takes place every Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Paths men’s group will be discussing relationships, coming –out, safer sex issues and more. Visit Compassglcc.com
Yoga with Deborah will change your life. Bring a mat and get ready to stretch the stress away every Tuesday at The GLCC in Palm Beach from 6 to 7 p.m. This yoga experience will uplift and transform your life. $6 Entry Fee. You must bring your own mat. Visit Compassglcc.com
On the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Compass in Lake Worth will be holding a discussion group for overcoming obstacles and obtaining happiness. This group is great for getting internal enlightenment. Release your inner stress, and become free. Visit Compassglcc.com
Good Orderly AA
These meetings take place at Compass, and geared toward recovering alcoholics. Every Tues. and Thurs. at 7 p.m. and on Sat. at 6 p.m. These meetings will help recovering alcoholics cope with the stress of everyday life without the use of alcohol.
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Miami International Art Fair
MIA features contemporary, cutting-edge art of all media including photography, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, installation and video. The fair is unique in the unparallel support it provides to the local Miami art community, integrating innovative and educational art projects, linked to important local artists, museums and other art-related organizations. This year MIA will be held aboard SeaFair. Opening night vernissage is Jan. 12. Visit Mia-artfair.com
US Sailing’s 2011 Rolex Miami OCR
This event will take place Jan 22-28 and isbeing held at the US Sailing Center in Miami a mainstay on the winter circuit for sailors who are campaigning for the next Olympic and Paralympic Games. The event is part of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, a world-class annual series for Olympic sailing. Visit Rmocr.ussailing.org
*Art Deco Weekend
Jan. 13 -15, Miami Design Preservation League celebrates 35 years of Art Deco Weekend. There will be live music, an antique furniture expo, classic car show, parade, fashion show, guided walking tours, street entertainment, and more. Come celebrate the South Beach of today, a rich landscape of style, culture, and creativity. Visit Mdpl.org
Homestead Championship Rodeo
This exciting event will take place Jan. 27-29 at the Doc Demily Rodeo Arena in Miami. This seven-event rodeo includes bull riding, saddle-bronco riding, barebackbronco riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, and women’s barrel racing. The fun also includes cowboy poetry performances, a parade, live music and dancing. Visit Homesteadrodeo.com
*Soundscape Cinema Series Free Outdoor Movies
The Exostage is an open, grassy viewing area faces a 7,000 square foot projection wall on the eastern front of the New World Center building, complete with a world-class audio system. Miami Beach Soundscape 400 17th Street. Schedule: Movies begin at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7 True Grit, Wednesday, Dec. 14 Chicago, Wednesday, Dec. 21, Some Like It Hot, Wednesday, Dec. 28, Gremlins Miamibeachfl.gov
*Winter Party Festival
From Feb. 29 to March 5 come to party at the Winter Party. Which has grown into one of South Florida’s premier events. The Beach Party is set to be held on Sunday March 4th and attracts over 6,000 people to dance on the sands on Miami Beach every year. For more information, go to Winterparty.com
*Lambda Dade Clubhouse
A meeting place for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender communities and friends in recovery. Hosts Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon, Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA), Debtors Anonymous (DA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA), meetings. (305) 573-9608. 212 NE 24th Street. Miami. Visit Lambdadadeclubhouse.org
Key West ‘Bight’ Before Christmas Holiday Celebration
On Nov. 24-Dec. 31 come get you’re jiggy on with great live holiday music, games for the kids, free cookies and eggnog, holiday cheer and a chance for photos with Santa highlight this event. Created as a gift to the community, the gala is produced by the Key West Bight Preservation Association and tenants of the Key West Bight. Call: Tom Stroh 305-304-2633
Keys Chorale 2011 Holiday Concert
On Dec. 9, come see The Keys Chorale at Florida Keys Community College, under the direction of Dean Walters, presents its annual holiday concert featuring seasonal favorites from around the world. Tickets for Friday night are $30 for reserved seating and $20 for general admission. Staged at the Tennessee Williams Theatre. Call 305-296-1520
Schooner Wharf Bar 21st Annual Lighted Boat Parade
On Dec. 10 enjoy lighted and decorated vessels from rowboats to tall ships proceed around Key West’s Historic Seaport and harbor areas. Before the boat parade, at 6 p.m., the Gerald Adams Elementary School Steel Your Heart Band will welcome spectators with songs of the season. Holiday revelers can watch and applaud from bars, restaurants and resorts in and around the Historic Seaport. Call 305-292-3302
52nd Annual Key West House & Garden Tours
Come tour a series of elegant and a unique part of Key West on Dec 27-28 decorticated for the holidays! Proceeds help benefit the old Island Restoration Foundation. Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, this house and garden tour offers a rare opportunity to see inside some of Key West’s magnificent, charming and tropical residences. For more information call 305-294-9501 or via email tickets@ oirf.org
Florida Keys New Year’s Eve Celebrations
The Southernmost City celebrates with a conch shell drop at Sloppy Joes Bar, 201 Duval St.; a descending 6-foot red high heel shoe carrying drag queen Sushi at the Bourbon Street Pub/New Orleans House complex, 724 Duval St.; and a pirate wench descending from a tall ship mast in the island city’s Historic Seaport. For more Information call: (305) 296-2388, (305) 293-9800
*Food And Wine Festival
The third annual Key West Food & Wine Festival will be Jan. 26-29. Events range from extravagant walk-around tastings during our famous sunset, to educational wine and food seminars led by our local talent, to local funky events you would only expect to experience in Key West. We are celebrating the culinary arts in this community which boasts such a rich food and drink heritage. Visit Keywestfoodandwinefestival.com
nightlife Broward 321-Slammer
Bathhouse. 321 W Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33311. Slammer sex club the best place to cruise for the hottest gay men. Thursday’s is leather night, fri-sat night live dj’s. Monday & tuesday -- $9 entry fee
2232 Wilton Drive ,Wilton Manors, FL 33305, (954) 630-3556 Best Sound & Light Show in Broward County. Mondays Porn Bingo with Desiree Dubois. $3 Margaritas, $1 Draft
Bill’s Filling Station
2209 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, (954) 567-5978. Large Bar/ Nightclub, Amazing. Drink Specials in Wilton Manors. Wednesday’s After 9pm $10 Miller Lite Beer Bust
1721 North Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. (954) 463-6969. A Cute Little Hangout in Fort Lauderdale Pool-Room/Game Room on One Side and a Bar-Strip Club on the other. Mondays $3 Well & Dom, after 9pm $3 U-Call-It Shots
The Club Fort Lauderdale
Bathhouse. 110 Northwest 5th Avenue,Fort Lauderdale, FL ,(954) 525-3344 Good. Clean. Fun. 1/2 price rooms...Tuesday Nights and 1/2 price Lockers. Thursdays Nights. Always busy.
Bathhouse. 2650 E. Oakland Park Blvd , Fort Lauderdale, Florida (954) 566-6750. A Private Club for Bi/Gay men. Bear and Cub Thursday $4 Off For Bear & Cub. Tuesday Leather Night - $4. off wear any type of leather.
Corner Pub Bar
1915 North Andrews Ave, Wilton Manors, FL 33311, (954) 564-7335. Redefining What a Bar Should Be. Thursday’s Margarita. Madness $4, Monday’s Underwear Night. 2 for 1 until 9:30 p.m.
823 North Federal Highway ,Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 728-9001. The Cubby Hole is one of Fort Lauderdale’s Most Unique and Popular Neighborhood Bar for Men. Underwear Wednesday’s. Boxers n’ Briefs get 2 for 1 on Drinks 9 p.m. till Close
The Depot Cabana Bar and Grill
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2935 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 537-7076. Voted the “Friendliest” Gay Bar in Fort Lauderdale. Monday’s $1.99 Drinks and $.50 Wings Open to Close
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2266 Wilton Drive ,Wilton Manors, FL 33305 ,(954) 5652526. Fort Lauderdale’s Best & Longest Happy Hour. Wednesdays $2 Domestics & $1 Schnapps after 9 p.m. Wednesdays
1116 West Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, (954) 5225931. Monday Dragon with TP Lords, Daisy D. and DJ Rob Sky FRIDAY NOV 25 FT LAUD RIHANNA “Talk That Talk” Album Release Event. Celebrating the hit single “WE FOUND LOVE” with Calvin Harris. Free Giveaways. DJ TPROMIX
2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 (954) 626 0082 Come Dine, Dance, Drink, Mingle and of course Relax. 2-4-1 Happy Hour Tues-Friday 3-9pm. Indoor/Outdoor Dining. Dance the night away Thursday - Sunday. Live Music Weds, Fri, Sat, Sun - Visit themanorcomplex.com FOR MORE DETAILS.
Matty’s on the Drive
2426 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 (954) 564-1799. Matty’s is one of the few bars in Wilton Manors that’s just that –a bar. Wild Wednesday’s $.75 Drinks, 13 Drinks for less than $10. 5 p.m.
502 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 525-6662. The eclectic décor and a friendly staff makes. Mona’s a great place to have fun in Fort Lauderdale. Thursday’s College Boy’s Night 8pm Enjoy College Boy’s Choice 2 for 1
2740 North Andrews Ave, Wilton Manors, FL 33311, (954) 514-7819. The Monkey Business Bar is a Small Outdoor Bar Among The Shops Just off Marina Blvd. No Frills But Comfortable and a Great Place to Stop and Meet Good People. Happy Hour 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Naked Grape Wine Bar
PJ’s Corner Pocket
924 North Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 533-0257. One of The Most Diverse Bars in Fort Lauderdale. $2 Drinks Every Wednesday, Spades Every Thursday
1508 NE 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 763-8219 South Florida’s Leading Levi, Leather and Uniform Bar/Club. Every night is Bear Night. Bear Happy. Hour Every Thursday. Caged Hunks Sat Night
Rosie’s Bar and Grill
6205 Georgia Ave, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405 Directions, (561)533-5355. Mostly local crowd looking to mingle and relax. Place rocks with a Fabulous DJ on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday T-Dance. 823 BELVEDERE ROAD, WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA 33405, (561)-832-9119. H.G. Roosters is West Palms oldest gay club. Sunday’s Complimentary BBQ 5pm, Hot Male Dancers 6 p.m., Karaoke 11 p.m.
727 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139,(305)561-5521. Score is located in the heart of South Beach, In the thriving and infamous promenade, Lincoln Road. Bigger Saturday’s Sexy Male Dolls 17450 Biscayne Blvd, N Maimi Beach, Fl 33160 954-357-2532 Tuesdays-Saturdays from 6pm til 6am come and enjoy Fully nude guys dancing to the best music in South Floirda.
Scandals Country Western Bar
The Mad Hatter
1057 Washington Ave, Miami Beach , Florida , 33139, (305)538-9478 Never a Cover…Always a Groove. Resident star DJ Mika spins tribal. Every Saturday TWIST is full of the hottest men in Miami. Muscle boy dancers taking it off in the Bungalow Bar.
Sidelines Sports Bar
Oakland Park, FL 3334, (954) 567-2432. Scandals Gay and Lesbian Country Western. Dance Bar in Wilton Manors. Tuesdays Pool League, and Free Dance Lessons 2031 Wilton Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305, (954) 563-8001. Sidelines Sports Bar and Billiards is a unique, friendly, And accepting place to relax with a cold beer, great drinks and Martinis. Happy Hour M-F 4pm to 2am
3038 North Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306, (954) 561-1724. Great Local Hangout in Fort Lauderdale with Great Drink Specials. Saturday’s Free Breakfast to Order – 8 a.m.
205 East Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park, FL 33334, (954) 565-4506 A neighborhood bar with a different theme every night, from drag shows and bingos, to bears and underwears.
2039 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, (954) 563-5631 A Casual, Hip, Fun Experience and if You Have a Taste for Deliciously Unique Wines, You Need to Make This Your Next Stop! Happy Hour All Night on Thursday
2449 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, (954) 567-1320 Wilton Manor’s Best Burger in Town. Try the Fat Elvis. Happy Hour 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
2440 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, (954) 563-7660 Your neighborhood lesbian bar in the heart of Fort Lauderdale and just minutes from Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Wednesday All the fun, half the price 2-4-1 All Day, All Night
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2829 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, (954) 587-2500. Your Dance Destination Till Dawn. Open Late for You To Devour The Night. Open 7 nights a week till 4 a.m.
522 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, Fl, 33414. (561) 586-0080 Great Service, Great Food, Full Stocked Bar, Great Professional Tea-Dance every Sunday
1132 North Dixie Highway, Lake Worth FL $3 Drinks No Cover open till 5AM New location Better than Ever. 1532 North Dixie Hwy ,Lake Worth, FL 33460. (561) 547-8860. Cheap drinks, friendly bartenders, and free pool SundayThursday. Stop by and relax at this no-attitude haunt. 25 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483 954-8013247. Delray Beach’s only Gay Bar. Mon - Sun: 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Awesome Drink Specials
801 Duval St. , Key West, Florida,(305)294-4737 Cabaret shows upstairs with nightly performances by famed performers Sushi, Kylie, RV Beaumont, Margo, and others. Happy Hour specials daily from 11a.m. – 8 p.m.
34 NE 11th St ,Miami ,Florida, 33132,(305)350-1956. Space Miami Voted Best U.S Club IDMA 2011. The go-to venue for any nightlife enthusiast in the nation,The club is proudly marching on into its second decade of operation.
Miami 62 NE 14 Street Downtown Miami Florida (305)640-8749 No Cover 7 nights a week. The hottest men in the universe strip shows nightly from 6 p.m. Sexy from Wall to Wall. Saturday SEPT 3 in Miami FIRE & ICE at the SPOT…The Hottest POP, Hip Hop and Latin alongside the COLDEST Electro and House Beats. all on Miami’s Best Sound System.
2301 SW 32nd Ave, Miami, Florida, 33145,(305)443-7657. All the Sweetness you’ll need in one Club. Every Thursday Drag Wars with TP Lords. $5 House Drinks & $4 Domestic Beers all night
950 NE 2nd Ave, Downtown Miami, Florida 33132,(305)3509084 One of the Best Night Clubs In Miami. Every Saturday The Hottest DJ’s from the Top Performers. Drink Special Every Saturday
711 Duval St.,Key West, Florida,(305)294-0555 Monday’s Dueling Bartenders. Your Bartender’s sing, shake, and stir their way through happy hour 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
705 Duval St. , Key West, Florida,(305)292-8500 Key West All-Male Strip Club. Daily Happy Hour from 3-8 p.m., And a piano sing-a-long every Wednesday night.
Pearl’s Patio Bar
525 United Street, Key West, FL(305)293-9805 ext. 156 Pearl’s Patio is a great place to enjoy a drink and relax. Happy Hour – every weekday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday’s are Extended Happy Hour 5pm-9pm
Bourbon Street Pub
724 Duval Street, Key West. (305) 293-9800. Popular pool parties and hot dancers wearing only handkerchiefs around their thighs. Also the home of the world-famous shoe drop.
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By J.W. Arnold Have you been naughty or nice?
e have it on good authority that Santa is checking his list twice before making his yearly deliveries, so you have just a couple more weeks to make sure you make his gift list. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, there are plenty of opportunities to share some holiday cheer in South Florida. Here are a few highlights of the upcoming week:
Friday, Dec. 9 alling all cowboys! Cowboy up with Chuck on Fridays at the Cubby Hole, the friendly little bear bar in Fort Lauderdale, 823 N. Federal Hwy. Beer buckets are $10 after 10 p.m. and the bar’s fuzzy pole dancers will be in action, too. Want to do some dancing? Head over to Scandals Saloon later, 3073 NE 6th Ave. in Wilton Manors, where the Outlawz DJs will be spinning all night long and you can do your own twirl on the dance floor.
Saturday, Dec. 10 he Manor celebrates its second anniversary with a blowout event featuring superstar DJ Manny Lehman. The evening will feature shows by Erika Norell and her lovely cast of ladies, along with plenty of surprises all night long. The Manor is located at 2345 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors.
Sunday, Dec. 11 owntown Miami dance palace Discotekka has a new Sunday night party, “Life’s a Drag,” featuring some of the most exciting performers in South Florida. There’s a $5 cover, but well drinks are just $5 all night. Doors open at 11 p.m. and the shows start 12 midnight. Discotekka is located at 950 NE 2nd Ave.
Wednesday, Dec. 7 ill’s, 2209 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors, hosts its annual Christmas party and toy drive tonight beginning at 7 p.m. Bring a wrapped toy for a child at Kids in Distress and enjoy the performance of three wise “queens”: Cashetta, Nikki Adams and Electra. Complimentary holiday hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will also be a big 50/50 raffle.
Thursday, Dec. 8 ood boys definitely won’t be found at Johnny’s, 1116 W. Broward Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.Well, you might find boys who are good at it! Take a bite from that forbidden apple tonight at Eden, featuring Taina Norell and all the hot male dancers at this popular strip bar. Applesauce shots are just $5 all night long and there’s no cover.
Monday, Dec. 12 urlesque is back in Miami Beach. On Mondays, Score, the popular dance club on Lincoln Road, presents Madame Monsters.You’ll just have to see this show to believe it. Showtime is 8 p.m. at 727 Lincoln Rd.
Tuesday, Dec. 13 ne of the hardest working ladies in South Florida is Daisy Deadpetals. This diva DJ is in the booth at Twist, 1057 Washington Ave. in South Beach on Tuesdays spinning pop, rock and more. Enjoy $5 jumbo blue iced teas and stop by the video bar and say hello to VJ Nathan while you’re there.
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The ALeather Masked Ball huge success at new location
Chelsea Station Editions $20, paperback
By Jerry Rosco
his memoir is like two books in one, covering the early gay rights movement and the author’s contributions, and then focusing on a 20-year relationship that becomes so tumultuous and dramatic that you can’t put the book down. Psychologist Charles Silverstein is well known to many as the co-author of two editions of The Joy of Gay Sex (his collaborators were Edmund White and Felice Picano, respectively). He also has two books on psychotherapy and gays, another for parents of gays, and one about gay couples. He’s received many awards in his profession. More important, in the early post-Stonewall years Silverstein played a key role in getting the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality as a mental illness from its diagnostic manual. He was also one
he smell of leather was in the air Friday, Nov. 25, when The Leather Masked Ball took over Boom nightclub to raise money for charitable causes. The party started in a VIP room created in the old icon shoe store, where hard core revelers were treated to complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a private DJ, and BDSM demonstrations. Speeches were made recognizing past and present volunteers as well. Later, the real party started at Boom nightclub, where DJ/producer John LePage of San Francisco kept the beats going well into the morning hours. Silent auction items were going fast in the main area of the club. By midnight, the entire club was wall-to-wall, and Boom handled the crowd quite nicely. Especially when you have a famous bartender like Sal DeFalco (Studio 54 fame) slinging cocktails in your club. Every year 100 percent of The Leather Masked Ball proceeds are distributed to local and national charities. This year’s grants include: $10,000 to the Broward House Gay Teen Suicide Prevention Program and $10,000 to The Leather Archives and Museum to archive and preserve the history of the leather lifestyle. In their six year history The Leather Masked Ball will have distributed more than $110,000 to community non-profits.
For the Ferryman: A Personal History by Author of The Joy of Gay Sex
of the leaders in stopping the use of aversion therapy (the use of electric shocks and worse) on gay people. In childhood Silverstein had seen cruel discrimination against blacks and Jews, including his own family, and it made him passionate about civil rights. A gentle, even shy man in person, he became a courageous and aggressive fighter for gay rights. He was one of the original members of the Gay Activist Alliance and this book lays out the history of GAA and the early gay liberation movement in New York. Meanwhile, Charles Silverstein’s personal story is another matter. Growing up in America’s most repressive era, he had a long and difficult time in coming out. When he did, it was hard to find a relationship— and then he met William Bory in the early seventies. William, also known to many as “Aldo,” was so beautiful that he quickly knew all the temptations of gay freedom. He was tall, attractively slender, with an androgynous pretty face and very long, straight dark hair. For months he was mixed up in shady gay circles in New York and London. He’d met Silverstein several times and his life improved when he moved into Charles’ large upper West Side apartment.
Past and present volunteers are recognized
By Dennis Jozefowicz
Fifteen years older, Silverstein was overwhelmed by William’s near genius-level intellect and self-education, including world history and culture and foreign languages. He was an ideal companion on their exotic vacations. But there was the dark side. A painful childhood left him with strange hang-ups and habits. He could be jealous and abusive. He didn’t work for most of their years together. He had a weakness for
alcohol and drugs that would get worse. Although a therapist, Silverstein was torn by this relationship. There really was great mutual love and he could not let that go. At one point, William decided to go to law school, got his law degree and worked for the Legal Aid Society. The freefall came with Williams’ illness. AIDS was destroying the world around them, and their life at home. On disability, William turned to crack addiction, with brief treatment periods, then worse behavior than ever. Despite all that, William Bory produced a book of poems, Orpheus in His Underwear, that was widely praised. Silverstein went through years of unbelievable stress and pain, but stuck with William through a peaceful, loving end. For the Ferryman recounts it all, from essential gay history to a riveting personal story. Jerry Rosco is the author of Glenway Wescott Personally, the biography of the gay 1920s expatriate writer, and co-editor of Wescott’s journals, Continual Lessons. Formerly managing editor of Mandate magazine, he has contributed to many magazines and journals, most recently the story anthology What Love Is, edited by Peter Burton. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Holiday Cookies Galore By Chef Marci Boland
oliday Cookies! Who can live with out – not me of course. Every Holiday has its own unique food that goes with the festive occasion. All of our December Holidays include cookies! Now that is a reason to smile. Cookies seemed to have entered the scene and said to be the principal food of the Festival of Christmas, since 1703. The origin of the cookies lies in the Medieval European recipes. Lebkuchen (gingerbread) was probably the first cake/cookie to be traditionally related with Christmas. Cookies spread all over Europe by 1500.Therefore every house made or baked cookies in great amounts, which were either Lebkuchen or buttery Spritz Cookies. So it is seen that the cookies of one place was different in form and shape from another, based primarily on local ingredients and tastes. I offer you to try these traditional cookies recipes, as, are some of my favorites. Enjoy with a latte – relax and enjoy!
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Chocolate Hazelnut Macaroons SERVINGS: 2 1/2 dozen cookies INGREDIENTS 1 cup hazelnuts (Filberts) 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa 1 square (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate, chopped 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 large egg whites 1 teaspoon vanilla extract PREPARATION ➊ Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place hazelnuts in 9” by 9” inch metal baking pan. Bake 15 minutes, or until toasted. Wrap hot hazelnuts in clean cloth towel. With hands, roll hazelnuts back and forth to remove most of skins. Cool. Line 2 large cookie sheets with foil. ➋ In food processor with knife blade attached, process hazelnuts, sugar, cocoa, chocolate, and salt until nuts and chocolate are finely ground. Add egg whites and vanilla and process until blended. ➌ Drop dough by rounded teaspoons, using another spoon to release batter, 2 inches apart, on prepared cookie sheets. Bake 10 minutes, rotating sheets between upper and lower racks halfway through baking, or until tops feel firm when pressed lightly. Cool on cookie sheets on wire racks. ➍ Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
Lime Icebox Cookies SERVINGS: 4 dozen cookies INGREDIENTS 3 limes 1/2 cup butter or margarine (1 stick), softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour about 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar PREPARATION ➊ From limes, grate 1 teaspoon peel and squeeze 3 tablespoons juice. In medium bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat butter and granulated sugar until creamy. Reduce speed to low; beat in egg and lime peel and juice until blended. Beat in flour until combined. ➋ Divide dough in half. On separate sheets of waxed paper, shape each half into 6” by 2 1/2” by 1 1/2 “ brick. Wrap each brick in the waxed paper and freeze 3 hours, or up to 1 month.
➌ Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice 1 brick into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place slices, 1 inch apart, on ungreased large cookie sheet. Bake cookies 12 to 15 minutes, until edges are golden brown. With wide spatula, transfer to wire racks. Sift confectioners’ sugar over hot cookies. ➍ Repeat with remaining cookie dough and confectioners’ sugar. Apricot Cookie bars SERVINGS: 2 1/2 dozen cookies INGREDIENTS Apricot filling: 1 1/2 cups dried apricots (12 ounces) 1 1/2 cups water 1/4 cup granulated sugar Shortbread crust: 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour Streusel: 1/2 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats, uncooked 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 4 tablespoons butter PREPARATION ➊ Prepare apricot filling: In 1-quart saucepan, combine apricots and water. Heat to boiling over medium heat; reduce heat and simmer, covered, 25 minutes, or until tender (some water will remain). With wooden spoon or potato masher, mash until smooth. Stir in granulated sugar; cool to room temperature. ➋ Prepare shortbread crust: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 13” by 9” meal baking pan with foil, extending it over short ends. In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Stir in flour until well combined. With hand, pat dough firmly into bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes, or until golden brown and set. Cool to room temperature on wire rack. ➌ Prepare streusel: In medium bowl, stir together oats, brown sugar, and flour. With fingertips, mix in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. ➍ Spread cookie filling over crust. Scatter streusel on top. Bake 25 minutes, or until streusel is set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. ➎ When cool, transfer with foil to cutting board; peel foil from sides. Cut lengthwise into 5 strips, then cut each strip crosswise into 8 pieces.
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Correction Two weeks ago we printed the
above photo with two names misspelled. The correct cutline should have been: “Left to right seated: John J. McNeill, Elaine Noble, Diane Olson & Robin Tyler. Left to right standing: Bryan W. Knicely, Brian McNaught, Chuck Wolfe, Joel Burns & Norm Kent.” We regret the error.
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Bisexual Players Now Welcome to Play in Gay Softball League By Donald Cavanaugh
an you imagine playing for a team for many years and then suddenly being disqualified for not fitting the sexual orientation requirements of the gay association to which your team belongs? That’s what happened to three players on the San Francisco D2 Softball Team, costing the team and the players their trophies and financial rewards as second place winners in the 2008 Softball World Series held in Seattle that year under the aegis of the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Association (NAGAAA). Steven Apilado, LaRon Charles and Jon Russ had played for D2 for years of not winning big. Then, in 2008 when extra practice paid off for the team and they came in second, the losing team, the Atlanta Mudcats, challenged the D2 win claiming that these three team members were not gay. This, they said, violated NAGAAA rules requiring that teams have no more than two heterosexual players. A hastily called protest hearing consisting of some 25 people, many strangers to the accused, questioned the three players and two other teammates about their sexual orientations. The NAGAAA determined that Apilado, Charles and Russ, all men of color, were not gay. The other two players, who were white, were deemed to be gay, raising questions about racism, an issue that was not directly addressed in the case. In the heat of the questioning session, the three players who spoke about being attracted to “both men and women,” were deemed “not gay.” In fact, one NAGAAA member was quoted as saying “This is the Gay World Series, not the Bisexual World Series.” The team was disqualified from the tournament, forfeiting their second place honors. “Actually the NAGAAA rule said nothing about bisexuals or transgender players,” said National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Senior Staff Attorney Chris Stoll. “They defined the rule by members’ predominant sexual attraction to either men or women, not both.”
The three players approached the NCLR for help. The NCLR enlisted the pro bono services of Suzanne Thompson, Senior Partner at K&L Gates’ Seattle office. Discussions went on for two years without resolution until the NCLR and Gates filed suit against NAGAAA in federal district court in Seattle in 2010. The case claimed that NAGAAA had violated Washington’s laws regarding discrimination in public accommodations by limiting the number of heterosexuals per team to two. They also charged that NAGAAA had violated the players’ rights by holding the interrogation session. In a press release issued Nov. 28, the NCLR announced that the NCLR, K&L Gates, LLP and the NAGAAA had reached a settlement in the case, recognizing the team, D2, as a second place winner in the 2008 games, providing the appropriate trophies and rewards, and paying the three men undisclosed amounts of money. The NAGAAA also agreed that disqualifying the men was not consistent with the organization’s intention of including bisexual players. They expressed regret over the protest hearing and its affect on the players. It was also noted that in 2011 the NAGAAA had changed its rules to permit an unlimited number of bisexual or transgender players although they have kept the limit of two heterosexuals per team. According to Stoll the Seattle Court ruled that limiting the number of heterosexuals on the team was protected by the First Amendment but that was not the focus of the suit so it was not pursued. “It’s an interesting situation all around,” he added. “You can have as many bisexual and transgender players on a team as you want and that’s a good thing for inclusiveness. But still only two heterosexuals seems odd.” SFGN tried to reach the local NAGAAA affiliate, the South Florida Amateur Athletic Association (SFAAA), for comment on the case from a local perspective but had not received a response by press time.
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