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St. John’s LGBT Guide/Lifestyle Magazine

Hotspot Map

City Map of LGBT Hotspots

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Latest Trends in Same-Sex Weddings

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Got issues? She has answers! St. John’s First LGBT Magaine @theoutport

May/June Edition 2013

|Hot Spot Map| NIGHTLIFE


9.The Rocket Bakery 272 Water St.

1. Velvet Club & Lounge 208 Water St.

2. Grapevine 206 Water St.

10. Hava Java 258 Water St. 11. Coffee & Company 204 Water St.

3. Liquid Nightclub 186 Water St.

12. Fixed Coffee & Baking 183 Duckworth St.

4. Martini Bar George St.

13. Coffee Matters 1 Millitary Rd.


5. Club V George St.

14. Gower House 180 Gower St. 15. Abba Inn 36 Queen’s Rd


16. Balmoral House 25 Queen’s Rd. 17. The Ryan Mansion 21 Rennie’s Mill Rd.

6. AQUA Kitchen|Bar 310 Water St. 7. The Sprout 364 Duckworth St.

18. Banberry House 116 Millitary Rd.

8.Happy Hummus Hut 208 Duckworth St.

19. Winterholme 79 Rennie’s Mill Rd.

STORES 20. Our Pleasure Duckworth Street



LGBT Events- Provided by MAY May 17, 2013 International Day Against Homophobia Breakfast

Featuring keynote speaker James Moriarty $20, payable at the door. Cash or checks only. To reserve your seat, please phone 579-1009. Doors open at 7:15AM The Capital Hotel 208 Kenmount Road

Spectrum presents A Tone Of Change

Spectrum invites you to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia and the memory of Dr. Kate Bride Tickets: $15 at the door 7:30PM George Street United Church 25 Buchanan Street

One Night in Manila

Velvet Club & Lounge and Del Stamp present: One Night in Manila starring: MANILA LUZON Soundtrack by: Digital Dan $20 Cover 11:00PM Velvet Club & Lounge 208 Water Street

May 19, 2013 The Delicious Experience

Worker will warm up the room, with a funky tech house set – getting it good and ready for Del to take over with a blend of circuit/ tribal/tech. $5.00 Cover 11:00PM Velvet Club & Lounge 208 Water Street

June 1, 2013

DJ Fabian

Join DJ Fabian at Velvet, $7 Cover all night 11:00PM Velvet Club & Lounge 208 Water Street

June 7, 2013

Digital Dan Video Dance

May 24, 2013

Digital Dan Video Dance

245 beer & Highballs until 12:30 Doors open 11PM – 3AM Velvet Club & Lounge 208 Water Street

May 25, 2013

DJ Fabian

Join DJ Fabian at Velvet, $7 Cover all night 11:00PM Velvet Club & Lounge 208 Water Street

May 31, 2013

Digital Dan Video Dance

245 beer & Highballs until 12:30 Doors open 11PM – 3AM Velvet Club & Lounge 208 Water Street

245 beer & Highballs until 12:30 Doors open 11PM – 3AM Velvet Club & Lounge 208 Water Street

June 8, 2013

DJ Fabian

Join DJ Fabian at Velvet, $7 Cover all night 11:00PM Velvet Club & Lounge 208 Water Street

June 14, 2013

Digital Dan Video Dance

245 beer & Highballs until 12:30 Doors open 11PM – 3AM Velvet Club & Lounge 208 Water Street

June 15 2013

DJ Fabian

May 18, 2013 DJ Fabian

Join DJ Fabian at Velvet, $7 Cover all night 11:00PM Velvet Club & Lounge 208 Water Street


Events are subject to change. Visit to see the latest events


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Join DJ Fabian at Velvet, $7 Cover all night 11:00PM Velvet Club & Lounge 208 Water Street

|Hot Spot Review| Fixed Coffee & Baking Fixed Coffee and Baking is tucked away in a typical St. John’s brick building adjacent to the National War Memorial on Duckworth Street. The setting is a spectacular one in which to eat. Fronting onto a pedestrian-only path, the cafe is able to set out tables and chairs when the weather is grand and the proximity of the war memorial and Harbourside Park means no shortage of inviting benches and beautiful views. Inside the cafe, the raw, old St. John’s decor extends through a much larger seating area than one would expect. What looks like a tiny nook from the outside actually extends about halfway to Water Street with simply wooden-seat booths and windows offering a particularly colourful

view of the city.

Fixed Coffee and Baking is one of those smart cafes that doesn’t try to be all things to all people. It has perfected a small menu of simple and delicious meals largely based around baked goods and bagel sandwiches -

and, of course, an alluring selection of coffees, beers, and Scotch. The coffee is what makes the cafe a must-visit destination for our city’s caffeinated residents. Few places in the world offer the opportunity to savour so many unique blends. There are strict rules at this cafe. Fixed Coffee and Baking never mixes blends. Every day, every single bean they blend comes from one specific Direct Trade farm of origin. But, over the course of the year, regulars get to try a different seasonal coffee from a different region and country every day. As if all that wasn’t cool enough, every cup is brewed fresh while you find your seat. In a city deservedly famous for the quality of coffee blends available in its non-chain cafes, Fixed Coffee and Baking stands out. When I visited, I ordered the coffee of the day and a bagel with hummus and peppers. I should have written this article as I ate because as I write this a few days later, my mouth is watering.



Every little thing from the delicious, non-slimy peppers, to the perfectly flavoured hummus, to the tasty bounty of seasame seeds on the bagel seemed to taste that extra bit better than I could ever hope to make myself. I sat inside, looking out onto Fred’s Records and the rest of Duckworth Street, and felt happier than I did before I came in. That’s good eating, my friends. And the best part was I didn’t hate myself afterwards. It’s healthful. Also, I have to add though this is completely unrelated to the high quality of the meal, I was also impressed with the very attentive staff. For a full menu, hours of operation, and more information about the cafe, visit them online at

By Ryan Crocker

|The Gay Way to Say “I Do”| Top 5 Trends in Same-Sex Weddings

So, you’ve fallen head over heels in love with someone who has the same goodies as you in their loot bag and now you’re engaged. What’s next? Weddings are awesome. They’re the touching ceremonies by which two consenting adults declare their undying love for each other and promise to make it exclusive (usually). They’re also a shitload of work. Wedding planning is a full-time job for any couple but especially for us fabulous ones because the industry has less experience catering to same-sex dreams. But through the the trial and error of brave couples who have gone before, trends in same-sex weddings are starting to emerge.



. Destination Weddings

Joint Bachelor/ Bachelorette Parties

Same-sex couples often have matching junk. This pretty much negates the need for separate bachelor/bachelorette parties, something samesex couples have noticed. They’ve replaced this night of segregated debauchery with something more inclusive and a hell of lot more fun. Joint Bachelor/Bachelorette parties aren’t meant to mourn the end of singledom like their traditional counterparts. No, they serve as a celebration and reminder of why you got engaged in the first place.

We can’t imagine why, but samesex couples often choose not to have a traditional church wedding. Instead, they choose a local venue or exotic destination to exchange vows. In St. John’s, this often means a ceremony in scenic locations such as Cape Spear and Quidi Vidi. For those who travel abroad, it’s common to choose tropical destinations, such as Mexico, or famously LGBT-friendly countries in western Europe, such as the Netherlands.


Altar Equality Same-sex couples often do away with the tradition of the bride’s family dragging her down the aisle as a gift to the waiting groom. Male, female, or anything in between - same-sex couples seem to prefer starting their marriage on more equal footing. For most, this means walking to the altar together. We’d suggest having both carried on golden thrones by go-go dancers but to each their own.




. Surprise Dance

Sometimes just the couple is in on it, sometimes the whole wedding party - but, at some point during the reception, the ballad screeches to a stop and those in the know burst into a tightly-choreographed dance routine. You can tailor the surprise dance to suit your own tastes and talents from cheesy to professional. And it’s always a big hit with wedding guests. Not to mention it’s a grand bit of fun.


Matching Rings

When couples get engaged, the one who does the asking has always ended up without an engagement ring. For same-sex couples, this situation sometimes feels unnatural. Instead, some same-sex couples opt to purchase two engagement rings. This way all involved get to feel the giddy excitement of showing off their engagement rings. So, that’s it, b’ys - the Top 5 Trends in same-sex Weddings according to The Outport. Have a better suggestion? Or a great wedding story to share? Visit us on Facebook and let us know!

|Around the World| CHILE, WHERE YOU ARE GUARANTEED FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT We know that in other parts of the world gay life is very different and particularly how people in St. John’s understand and live. Each culture of each country has its own way of seeing, understanding, and experience what it means to be gay. The way a person experiences life as LGBT varies from country to country, because culturally the society of each country was formed and built in a different ways. Keeping in mind the notion of “cultural difference” we can learn how in other nations of the world, gay life, can be known and understood by others. This magazine will give a glimpse into the realities of how other LGBT people live and have fun in a different cultural and social setting.

I, The ‘Out’port’s Chilean correspondent, went to see how people experience the gay nightlife and entertainment in the main clubs in this country. Chile is geographically located in South America, and its territory is a long narrow piece of land that bounds the Pacific Ocean. More than 16 million people and its society is known for being conservative on issues of gay acceptance. A few months ago the country proclaimed a revolutionary anti-discrimination law, for Chilean society, was a great advance on issues of equality and discrimination against gays. Before this year there was no legislation protecting people from discrimination. While in Chilean society gay rights and acceptance have a long way to go, the gay nightlife exists in a more open way, accepting changes and is great for lots of fun!

Divino We visited Club Divino, a gay club located in the city of Viña del Mar, Chile’s V region, where space and comfort seems to be the main features that stand out. It is very large, has excellent lighting and an interesting dynamic space. Club Divino, has become one of the most visited places in the summer in Chile, gay people from all regions and cities go there primarily for the comfort and spaciousness of the place Divino has two large dance floors, 5 bars with great drinks, two stages for performances, places to eat and drink with friends, and a terrace for smokers. One attendee stated that, “Divino is very entertaining, you can dance comfortably and that is a big place, and the music is the best, because it is the same as in the nightclubs of Europe and the U.S.”. “I like this place because it offers very good show, with talented dancers and drag queens,” said another attendee. Club Divino is one of the most famous options for nightlife entertainment in Chile.




We travel now only a couple of miles to the city of Valparaíso, located adjacent to Viña del Mar. “Pagano” has been a part of the nightlife in Valparaiso for many years, it is a classic of that city. If you refer to Pagano you refer to history and tradition of a gay identity that has not lost its value and success throughout the years. Many define it as a safe business, and not for nothing, it opens its doors to the public every day of the year, Monday to Sunday. Located in the heritage area of Valparaiso, Pagano is situated in a very historic building, and right in front of the port of Valparaiso, together this gives Pagano an environment with a sense of identity and tradition while maintaining a very urban interior architecture. Hence, their formula for entertainment is a success every day of the year. Upon entering you see clients laughing and enjoying the drag shows which include stand-up comedy and funny stories. The main bar transforms into the stage where they do the shows, this is signature Pagano. The “bar scene” transforms Pagano into a place with a unique identity and characteristics that make it different to other gay clubs in Chile. We also find that customers walk through the different areas of the place, up and down stairs to different dance floors and spaces for conversation and drinking. In itself, Pagano is a dynamic place, ideal to visit with friends.

Santiago But not only in Chile’s V region do you find great LGBT establishments, the capital of Chile, Santiago is not far behind in good entertainment, for it is the Largest city in the country. Santiago offers the largest variety of clubs for gay people throughout Chile, many of these places were theaters or cinemas, and now are restored and transformed into nightclubs. “Club Miel” and “Nuevo Zero” are examples of this. Santiago has many other forms of entertainment for gay people, bars, cafes, saunas, clothing stores, art shows, café -concert (Stand Up), restaurants and obviously the dance clubs. The mix of humor and dance have applied in virtually all the clubs. For example, the comedy shows are presented in the middle of the night, The dancing stops for a while for a comedic break and shows with actors and dancers.

We visited “Bunker”, a large gay club in Santiago, it is the largest in the capital of Chile and known as much by gay people as by straight clientele. The entertainment show there is a mixed presentation for all in the audience. Note that, in Chile there are clubs for gay people and heterosexual people, therefore the type of music and artistic tastes differ from the heterosexual establishments. Chile despite now having an anti-discrimination law, gay and heterosexual people typically do not live together with tolerance and respect.

Continuing with Bunker. The audience knows that the shows are of very good quality and it is for this reason that many customers go to the club: “I like coming here, they have a powerful production, very incredible performances, very bright, light and colorful,” says one of the customers waiting for the show to begin, “Being here is like being abroad, there is a lot of quality in the concept,” says another club goer while he also waits for the entertainment show to begin. Before and after the show, people can dance to their favorite songs, essentially, those that are popular around the world, with all the major world pop Idols which is the preferred music for gay Chileans to dance to. Bunker in Santiago de Chile is a classic entertainment establishment where not only Chilean LGBT will enjoy, but LGBT people from all over the world.

The gay entertainment in Chile puts great emphasis on artistic expressions, giving platforms for talented people to show their talents as dancers, entertainers and drag queens. The important thing is that Chile has spaces for LGBT people to express themselves and meet others. There are opportunities for entertainment and fun in the same way and under the same standards as in places where “being gay” is not as much of an issue. As a magazine we are pleased to be able to give people in St. John’s a peek at the life in Chile. We have shown that there is much to see and do in the nightlife in chile for fun and enjoyment, something that without doubt all of us in this world deserve because we all just want to live in equality and respect. Thank you St. John’s for taking this little journey with me to the other side of the planet and we hope to see you here sometime soon!

Chilean Corresponent Hernan Moctezuma



|Community Corner| A New Found Land


ix months in Newfoundland (two each in Brooklyn, Clarenville, and St. John’s), I begin to get a taste of what it’s like. I arrived here last November from the Philippines, with nothing but two big suitcases full of sadness, leaving behind friends, family, and a little black book of men, trying to get the proverbial clean slate from life. What I’ve observed here is a general culture of non-judgmental acceptance. I’ve worked at countless establishment, been to many shops, danced at many clubs, partied at many houses and not once did it matter that I was gay. I feel safe, I feel that I could walk downtown, hold hands with whomever I’m dating, and not be given a second thought. Or rather, just be someone who’s on date, rather than be a gay someone who’s on a gay date with a gay person.


on’t get me wrong about gay life in the Philippines. There’s a lot of great things about it. Malate, which is our infamous gay red light district, is chock-full of gay clubs, being in one is like being inside a can of sardines, jam-packed and smoked. There are massage parlors that offer extra services, and there are our famous call boys, who roam the streets of Manila past midnight, offering discreet pleasures at an affordable rate. We have our own brand of queer cinema, queer music, queer theatre, queer television, and their customer base does range from ostentatiously masculine gay men to the more effeminate ones. It’s wonderful, it is really, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss them. From a nuclear observation, it seems that it is actually in countries where culture is a bit more subdued, people are a bit more conservative, the Church is a bit more powerful, that the parties are a lot wilder. I haven’t partied like I did in Malate.




owever, we take the good with the bad. When I talk about gay experiences in the Philippines, I described it as fun. Because it is more fun in the Philippines. Because it is fun to be subservient. Because when you’re oppressed, fun is the only thing you look forward to. If organized religion has seeped into your government and branded us a sin, then what good is it to go to church? If the people running for senators are against gay marriage, are against divorce, are against basic reproductive rights, such as access to contraceptives and family planning, then what good is it to vote? If our co-workers and bosses think what we are is a joke, then what good is it to enjoy livelihood? Not to mention, aside from just being gay, I am talking about a culture in the middle of war. A culture that glorifies poverty, that demonizes female sexuality, that feeds hunger with cheap entertainment, whose solution to crime is corruption, where the ignorant shun the ignored, where you tighten your purse when you walk, and harden your heart, because you realize you’re fighting a losing battle against the system.


ometimes when you’re oppressed, fun is the best way to rebel. It is fun in the Philippines, we know how to party, our alcohol makes us loose, our belts are loose, and we are lost in the night. Because during the day, we are suffering and hungry, we are being murdered, raped, humiliated, punished. During the day, we are hidden vampires, at night, we glitter. Here in St. John’s, I’m not saying it’s not fun, but it’s not wild ga-ga-ga every night. I’ve been to those kinds of parties in Velvet, and they’re fun, but during the day life goes on normal. The night isn’t an escape, it’s an extension. We party here, not because it’s the only way to express, but because we want to party. I know a lot of you feel that LGBT rights have a long way to go. But maybe we can take this time to reflect. We have it good here. We don’t worry about someone out to kill us, about losing our jobs, about being humiliated, about hiding who we are, or to be defined solely by who we sleep with. We have it good, not perfect, but, in light of worldwide trends, we have it good. I hope to return to the Philippines one day and perhaps show that there is an alternative to hatred. Because being gay has less to do with who we sleep with and more with being human.

Riley Palanca

|Community Corner| Pop on the Rock While contemplating the scope and breadth of this column, I had a revelation: to allow you, the reader, to dictate what this column will cover. I couldn’t decide on whether to provide you with a Newfoundlander’s perspective on maintream or LGBT popular culture, or provide you with articles on local LGBT productions and people, or something in between. After much deliberation, I concluded that I would allow the readership to make that decision for me.

(Not a) Bathroom Poem 1 I can’t find the light switch. I know where it should be but it doesn’t seem to be there I’ve felt beside the door frame up and down the trim. I’ve swept the walls on either side, but nothing. I’ve checked the outside looked for a pilot light a sign of anything to direct me. Faintly my eyes adjust. I can make out basic shapes I slowly start touch and feel the way. There is no switch to illuminate my predicament.

To better assist you in telling me what you would like to read, I will school you on what, exactly, “popular culture” is. (because Mirriam-Webster can’t be bothered to define it) defines popular culture as the “cultural activities or commercial products reflecting, suited to, or aimed at the tastes of the general masses of people.” That being said, pop culture is mostly recognized with the entertainment industry – blockbusters, highly successful artists/musicians, fads and trends. In the 50s, pop culture included UFO’s, aliens and monsters that were going to take over the world. In the 80s, it included the Cold War, slap bracelets and Duran Duran. These days, it’s any kind of electronic device that begins with a lower case “i” and Justin Bieber. Generally speaking, pop culture is what is “cool.”

2 My eyes have adjusted to the dark. I can describe the night shapes that share my space in infinite detail. Touching feeling contours and textures I define the limits of my existence. Muffled sounds intrude and I think that I can hear them clearly not realizing the narrow ranges

If you desire, you can head over to some of my favourite pop culture sites for ideas on what is considered “trendy” these days. My personal favourite is geared more towards the gay ladies like myself, AfterEllen. com. They have a brother site,, for the boys. I also can’t go a day without checking out for my fix of Hollywood gossip. For more intellectual pop culture musings, I recommend the Huffington Post’s Entertainment section.

that creep into my padded space with no sharp edges of emotion. I settle in for the long haul not grasping that the door is only locked by the shades of my inhibitions.

Now I leave it up to you, my LGBT peeps. What can’t you get enough of these days? Like the straight population, are you addicted to The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones? Do you prefer lighter fare, a la Glee or Modern Family? Are you a reality TV junkie? Movie buff? Feel free to let me know via Twitter @ReallyCJB or email

Tony Brathwaite


Cara J. Brown


|Ask Doris!|

Why hello kittens. Welcome to my column. The editors of The ‘Out’port must have been drunk when they considered me to do this, but I was drunk when I agreed! Next issue I will be answering your questions about your issues, kind of like “Dear Abbey” but with more vodka. Today I would like to talk about something that I’ve noticed in the lgbt community, and our straight allies. Why do people still call Pride “Gay Pride”? There are more than gay people celebrating Pride these days. We have every letter in our community, Lesbian, Gay, BiSexual & Trans celebrating Pride. We have our straight allies celebrating with us. So, why do people still refer to it as “Gay Pride”

‘The media has only shown what people want to Pride for me isn’t a week long celebration. That being said, see: sex.’ the week long celebration is a

reminder to us all that we all have a bit of pride in ourselves, and pride in others. A lot of people still think pride is just shirtless men on floats in their underwear promoting a new tingling lube on the market. The media has only shown what people want to see, sex. And what you don’t see are the people marching in the parade who are cops, religious officials, local business owners etc. who are not afraid to let the world know who they are but are over shadowed by a sock stuffed jock strap twink fresh from doing a shift on a cam site.

I’m not saying that I don’t like a bit of eye candy, who doesn’t! But it’s not all that pride is about. Pride is about embracing your differences, loving yourself no matter what gender, sexual preference, ethnicity, culture, height, weight etc. Pride has evolved from being a march for equality into something much more than that. When people wouldn’t let the LGBT community into their reality of life, we created our own reality and took in anyone who is accepting. After a while, we have become more and more accepted into society where as I don’t feel personally afraid to go anywhere. I’m not saying that there are not struggles within our society among the LGBT community, but we have come a long way. What we should educate people about Pride is that it is still needed in todays society. What was once started as a protest march for equality is a beautiful celebration of individuality. The Parade is the most important because it’s for something real, pride within ourselves. It’s more important than celebrating a non existent fatso wearing red giving gifts to children that think Jesus is one of the Bee Gees. Pride is about everyone, everyone has Pride. Whether it’s accepting who you are as a person, overcoming obstacles, all the way down to raising a beautiful family. Pride is for everything you are proud of, not just sexual orientation or gender. To be blunt. It’s Pride, it’s for everybody.

‘It’s more important than celebrating a non existent fatso ... giving gifts to children’

If someone calls it gay Pride, slap them. -Doris Anita Douche (This isn’t an article about any particular Pride group, just Pride itself in any country. I’m a part of the board of St. John’s Pride Inc. and you don’t want to miss the celebration we have for you July 15th – 21st) Twitter: @OfficialDoris

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|When Canada came to town|

There were many new faces at LGBT hotspots in St. John’s earlier in May and, if you’re wondering why, we’ve got the answer: our city was the proud host of this year’s Canadian University Queer Services Conference. This conference brings together community leaders and service providers from across the country who are engaged in LGBT solidarity work in their communities, especially on university campus“CUQSC 2013 brought es.

more than 100 queer and trans activists from across Canada to St. John’s...”

Justin Ryder, one of many who had a hand in organizing the event, said St. John’s was thrilled to win the bid to host this year’s conference from May 1 to 5. He "CUQSC 2013 brought more than 100 queer and trans activists from across Canada to St. John's," Ryder explained. "Conference participants came from throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, as far west as Vancouver, and as far north as Yellowknife. It's not every day St. John's has the opportunity to host more than 100 queer and trans activists. The conference provided the opportunity for local LGBTQ advocates, service providers, and activists to meet people from across the country, share knowledge and resources, and ultimately build our collective capacity to take action against oppression. It has brought greater visibility of the queer and trans community to our broader campus, city, and provincial populations while also shaping conversations within the local queer and trans community."

Ryder said the highlight of the conference were the passionate presentations by the two keynote speakers. "The two keynote speakers of our conference delivered insightful and inspiring talks on the theme of intersectionality," he said. "CUQSC organizers are pleased to have welcomed Eli Clare and Janet Mock to St. John's." Clare speaks, teaches, and facilitates about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice, and delivered a talk titled Resisting Shame: Making Our “... organizers are pleased Bodies Home. Mock is a writer to have welcomed Eli and activist who Clare and Janet Mock to creates, critiques, and contributes St. John’s.” to media in an effort to expand society’s limited portrait of womanhood. After sharing her teenage transition story through Marie Claire, the It Gets Better Project and xoJane in 2011, Mock concentrated her efforts on speaking “Beyond taking part in knowledge sharing and skill building workshops, presentations, and keynote talks, conference participants had opportunities to experience the sights of St. John’s at our downtown social events and trip to Signal Hill,” Ryder said. “Participants were also able to take in some Newfoundland culture at our Kitchen Party social event, which involved a Screech-in and a visit from some local mummers. Participants so enjoyed the city, that many decided to take some time following the conference to explore.”Isn’t it fitting that these hard-working students brought such a prestigious conference to our city just in time for The ‘Out’port to cover it? We tip our hat to all involved, bravo!

By Ryan Crocker



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