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America’s 1st All-Queer City Council AFTER CITY COUNCILMEMBER LISA MIDDLETON’S HISTORIC WIN ON NOVEMBER 7, PALM SPRINGS HAS THE NATION’S FIRST 100% LGBTQ+ CITY COUNCIL. MORE ON PAGE 5


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What is TRUVADA for PrEP?

Who should not take TRUVADA for PrEP?

TRUVADA for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a prescription medicine that is used together with safer sex practices to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 through sex. This use is only for HIV-negative adults who are at high risk of getting HIV-1. To help determine your risk of getting HIV-1, talk openly with your healthcare provider about your sexual health.

Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP if you:

Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about how to prevent getting HIV. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body fluids. Never reuse or share needles or other items that have body fluids on them.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION What is the most important information I should know about TRUVADA for PrEP? Before taking TRUVADA for PrEP: ® You must be HIV-negative before you start taking TRUVADA for PrEP. You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1. Do not take TRUVADA to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are confirmed to be HIV-negative. ® Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has recently become infected. If you have flu-like symptoms, you could have recently become infected with HIV-1. Tell your healthcare provider if you had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting or at any time while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. While taking TRUVADA for PrEP: ® You must continue to use safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep you from getting HIV-1. ® You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP: ® Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months. ® If you think you were exposed to HIV-1, tell your healthcare provider right away. ® To further help reduce your risk of getting HIV-1: ® Know your HIV status and the HIV status of your partners. ® Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV to infect you.

® Already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status. If you are HIV-1 positive, you need to take other medicines with TRUVADA to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. ® Also take certain medicines to treat hepatitis B infection.

What are the other possible side effects of TRUVADA for PrEP? Serious side effects of TRUVADA may also include: ® Kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your kidneys before and during treatment with TRUVADA. If you develop kidney problems, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking TRUVADA. ® Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious but rare medical emergency that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat. ® Severe liver problems, which in rare cases can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain. ® Bone problems, including bone pain, softening, or thinning, which may lead to fractures. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your bones. Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP are stomach-area (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking TRUVADA for PrEP? ® All your health problems. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis.

® Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior, such as having fewer sex partners.

® If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if TRUVADA can harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while taking TRUVADA for PrEP, talk to your healthcare provider to decide if you should keep taking TRUVADA.

® Do not miss any doses of TRUVADA. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection.

® If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. If you become HIV-positive, HIV can be passed to the baby in breast milk.

® If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. TRUVADA can cause serious side effects: ® Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. TRUVADA is not approved to treat HBV. If you have HBV and stop taking TRUVADA, your HBV may suddenly get worse. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to monitor your health.

® All the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. TRUVADA may interact with other medicines. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. ® If you take certain other medicines with TRUVADA, your healthcare provider may need to check you more often or change your dose. These medicines include certain medicines to treat hepatitis C (HCV) infection. 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.

Please see Important Facts about TRUVADA for PrEP including important warnings on the following page.

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I’m courageous, not careless. I know who I am. And I make choices that fit my life. TRUVADA for PrEP™ is a once-daily prescription medicine that can help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 when taken every day and used together with safer sex practices. ® TRUVADA for PrEP is only for adults who are at high risk of getting HIV through sex. ® You must be HIV-negative before you start taking TRUVADA for PrEP.

Ask your doctor about your risk of getting HIV-1 infection and if TRUVADA for PrEP may be right for you. Learn more at truvada.com

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IMPORTANT FACTS

This is only a brief summary of important information about taking TRUVADA for PrEPTM (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection. This does not replace talking to your healthcare provider about your medicine.

(tru-VAH-dah) MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP Before starting TRUVADA for PrEP: • You must be HIV-1 negative. You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are confirmed to be HIV-1 negative. • Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has recently become infected. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include flu-like symptoms, tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. Tell your healthcare provider if you have had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting TRUVADA for PrEP. While taking TRUVADA for PrEP: • You must continue to use safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep you from getting HIV-1. • You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you think you were exposed to HIV-1 or have a flu-like illness while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. • If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. • See the “How To Further Reduce Your Risk” section for more information. TRUVADA may cause serious side effects, including: • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. TRUVADA is not approved to treat HBV. If you have HBV, your HBV may suddenly get worse if you stop taking TRUVADA. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health regularly for several months.

ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP TRUVADA for PrEP is a prescription medicine used together with safer sex practices to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 through sex. This use is only for HIV-negative adults who are at high risk of getting HIV-1. • To help determine your risk of getting HIV-1, talk openly with your healthcare provider about your sexual health. Do NOT take TRUVADA for PrEP if you: • Already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status. • Take certain medicines to treat hepatitis B infection.

HOW TO TAKE TRUVADA FOR PrEP • Take 1 tablet once a day, every day, not just when you think you have been exposed to HIV-1. • Do not miss any doses. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection. • Use TRUVADA for PrEP together with condoms and safer sex practices. • Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months. You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF TRUVADA FOR PrEP TRUVADA can cause serious side effects, including: • Those in the “Most Important Information About TRUVADA for PrEP” section. • New or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure. • Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious but rare medical emergency that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat. • Severe liver problems, which in rare cases can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain. • Bone problems. Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP include stomach-area (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. These are not all the possible side effects of TRUVADA. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any new symptoms while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Your healthcare provider will need to do tests to monitor your health before and during treatment with TRUVADA for PrEP.

BEFORE TAKING TRUVADA FOR PrEP Tell your healthcare provider if you: • Have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis. • Have any other medical conditions. • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. • Are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. If you become HIV-positive, HIV can pass to the baby in breast milk. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take: • Keep a list that includes all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist. • Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should not be taken with TRUVADA for PrEP.

HOW TO FURTHER REDUCE YOUR RISK • Know your HIV status and the HIV status of your partners. • Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV to infect you. • Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior, such as having fewer sex partners. • Do not share needles or personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them.

GET MORE INFORMATION • This is only a brief summary of important information about TRUVADA for PrEP. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist to learn more, including how to prevent HIV infection. • Go to start.truvada.com or call 1-800-GILEAD-5 • If you need help paying for your medicine, visit start.truvada.com for program information.

TRUVADA FOR PREP, the TRUVADA FOR PREP Logo, the TRUVADA Blue Pill Design, TRUVADA, GILEAD, and the GILEAD Logo are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc., or its related companies. All other marks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners. Version date: April 2017 © 2017 Gilead Sciences, Inc. All rights reserved. TVDC0159 07/17

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LOCAL REPRESENTATION

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Palm Springs is the Home of America’s First All-Queer City Council After City Councilmember Lisa Middleton’s historic win on November 7, Palm Springs has the nation’s first 100% LGBTQ+ City Council.

The City of Palm Springs, California, has long held a special place within the LGBTQ+ community. The resort-city has provided gay Los Angelenos with an accessible get-away, leading to disproportionately gay population. With a gay population seven times the national average, Palm Springs has the fight-highest percentage of same-sex households in the nation. On Tuesday November 7, along with many other historic victories for LGBTQ people across the United States and in the United Kingdom, the people of Palm Springs elected to its City Council two new members: Lisa Middleton, a transgender woman with a long history of government service, and attourney Christy Holstege, who identifies as bisexual. With these two additions, the Palm Springs City Council is now made up entirely of sexual and gender minorities. Middleton’s victory resonated beyond just the borders of the small desert city. She made history as the first openly transgender candidate elected to a non judicial position in California (previously, Victoria Kolakowski was elected as a Superior Court judge of Alameda County). “It’s all because of all of you that we are here tonight, celebrating a victory, a historic victory for our city and for our state,” Middleton told supporters Tuesday night, according to The Desert Sun. Christy Holstege is the first millennial elected to the council. This was her first bid for office. “Now is when we can say we didn’t know what we were doing,” she joked about the campaign, according to the Sun. “We figured it out just with hard work.” Prior to her victory, Middleton worked on the California State Compensation Insurance Fund. She is currently a member of Palm Springs Planning Commission, the chairwoman of the Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs, and a member of the boards of directors of the Desert Horticulture Society and the Desert LGBTQ Center. She has used her position on the Planning Commission to advocate for downtown renewal, solar energy, and cooperation between developers and neighborhoods.

Holstege works as a lawyer who focuses on underserved communities, including people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, homeless individuals, injured workers, personal injury victims, and victims of discrimination and violence. LGBTQ+ advocates from all over hailed Middleton’s win. “In light of the repeated attacks on transgender people from the federal government, tonight’s wins by Lisa Middleton in Palm Springs and other transgender candidates in Minneapolis and Virginia are a beacon of hope that voters have embraced values of equality and inclusion,” said a statement issued by Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. “By becoming the first out transgender person to be elected to a nonjudicial office in California, Lisa is paving the way for others to follow in her footsteps in California and across the nation. Her first place finish out of a field of 6 candidates demonstrates that a glass ceiling for transgender people who want to serve in elected office was not only broken, but was shattered in Palm Springs. With the election of Lisa and Christy Holstege, the city of Palm Springs will now be represented by a city council that is 100 percent LGBTQ+.” We caught up with Middleton to talk about her historic win and her plans for Palm Springs moving forward.

The Pride: What was the impetus for your run? Lisa Middleton: I have a very strong belief that I was the best qualified candidate for the job based on my 36 years of government experience, by experience in the neighborhood, as President of my own neighborhood and the coalition of 44 neighborhoods in Palm Springs, experience on planning commissions, and the range of relationships that I have throughout Palm Springs, from people in the business community to neighborhood leaders, to ultimately receiving the endorsement of the police officers’ association and the firefighters’ association. I think that we could put together a very strong campaign team based on the experience I had working with the team that elected Geoff Kors to city council in 2013. You’ve been in the community for a long time. Are there any new initiatives that you see as being a really positive point of change for Palm Springs? I’m excited to work on issues around renewable energy, I think we have some opportunities

COUNCIL, see page 19

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Lisa Middleton is the first transgender women to be elected to a non-judicial office in California.


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Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation Increasing Services for LGBTQ+ Elders On Wednesday, November 8, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) alongside Senators Michael Bennett (D-CO), Jeff Merkley (DOR), Edward Markey (D-MA) and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced new legislation, entitled the LGBT Elder Americans Act, which seeks to expand services for LGBT seniors. The legislation builds upon the Older Americans Act by designating LGBT seniors as a vulnerable population as well as establishing the National Resource on LGBT Aging. “We should guarantee all of our seniors access to the care that truly meets their needs and so I am proud to advance this legislation that will improve services and support for LGBT older adults,” said Senator Baldwin, in her statement on the legislation. “Too many LGBT older adults carry the harmful physical and emotional health effects of having lived through a lifetime of discrimination. It is past time we do something about it and strengthen the Older Americans Act to better support our LGBT seniors.” “Our laws and research are not current in addressing the unique needs of the aging generation of baby boomers,” said Senator Bennet, addressing issues of one of the largest generations. “This legislation would provide LGBT seniors, who often face significant barriers to accessing health care, with targeted services and resources. By helping aging service organizations assist older LGBT adults and permanently establishing a National Resource Center, we will better meet the needs of the LGBT community.” “LGBT seniors can face unique challenges and have few LGBT-specific resources to help them cope,” said Senator Merkley.“It’s time to end that hurdle to services and pass the LGBT Elder Americans Act.” “Our LGBT seniors helped build this country, and we owe them dignity and access to services that address their specific needs,” said Senator Markey. “I am proud to co-sponsor the LGBT Elders Act to ensure all of our seniors receive the care they have earned and deserve.” “We need to do all we can to support

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Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin has just introduced a new piece of legislation to help protect LGBTQ+ seniors.

seniors in Minnesota and across the nation so that they can age safely and access vital programs that enrich their lives,” said Senator Franken. “That’s why I’m proud to join my colleagues in this effort to make sure we address the needs of our LGBT seniors by improving the quality of specialized services, and establishing the nation’s first resource center devoted to older LGBT Americans.” As the number of Americans age 65 and older surges over the next few decades,

the number of LGBT seniors is estimated to double to three million by 2030, according Senator Baldwin’s press release on her website. The available research shows that LGBT seniors have fewer sources of support compared to heterosexual individuals and, therefore, face higher poverty rates. The LGBT Elder Americans Act, first introduced in 2015, would permanently establish the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, which would be the country’s

first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and support for older LGBT adults. The Center's resources would include educating mainstream aging service organizations about the needs of LGBT seniors and providing educational resources to LGBT seniors, their families, and their caregivers. The Center would also work with LGBT organizations to ensure that the special needs of older adults are taken into account.

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GENDER PROGRESS

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Scotland Will Legally Recognize Non-Binary Gender Markers

Coming on the heels of some major political victories for the LGBTQ+ community both in the U.S. and abroad, Scotland is making plans to formally accept transgender and non-binary gender markers on legal paperwork. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to take action to advance transgender equality in the country, starting with a new initiative that will change a few crucial details in the process of applying for new identification documents, making it much easier for Scottish citizens to legally identify as transgender or as neither male or female. After recent elections accross Europe, government officials are starting to make moves to legally recognize more inclusive gender categories. Just recently, Germany became the first European country to create a “third gender” option on legal paper-

work. The changes in Scotland, while existing as modifications to previous rulings, are still helpful for younger non-binary folks struggling to be recognized as their chosen gender. Scotland’s previous ruling on the subject, under the United Kingdom Gender Recognition act, stated that no one under 18 could undergo the self-identification process leading up to a legal change of gender marker on ID card, driver’s licenses, and medical paperwork. In addition to the age limit, individuals wishing to change their gender marker would have to prove gender dysphoria and to live as an out transgender- or non-binary-identified person for at least two years before being able to make the change. This process corresponds with some of the much-criticized prerequisites to gender affirmation surgery in the U.S., which often requires co-signing from a therapist

or medical professional. The new initiative will allow individuals of 16 and older to declare themselves as their chosen gender or non-gender, without having to go through the steps of proving dysphoria. “We welcome the Scottish Government’s proposals to reform the Gender Recognition Act,” said James Morton, who serves as manager of the Scottish Trans Alliance. “The current process to change the gender on a trans person’s birth certificate is a humiliating, offensive and expensive red-tape nightmare which requires them to submit intrusive psychiatric evidence to a faceless tribunal panel years after they transitioned. “It makes sense for birth certificates to be brought into line with the self-declaration process already used to change all other identity documents when trans people start living in their gender identity.”

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Scotland is reforming its Gender Recognition Act to allow individuals easier access to legal gender identification.

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Trump Removes Protections for Central Americans in the U.S.

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A new Trump order threatens to make drastic changes to the lives of many Los Angeles LGBTQ+ residents, as well as to the fabric of the city itself. More than 5,000 Nicaraguan immigrants who were previously protected by a pre-existing mandate are now subject to deportation in 14 months. Formerly protected under Temporary Protected Status, a humanitarian program that has provided citizenship for Nicaraguans and Central American populations in the U.S., many L.A. locals are now under threat of being uprooted from their lives and homes all across the city. The abolishment of TPS could also end up affecting Hondurans, Salvadorans, and Haitians down the line as well, putting hundreds of thousands of legal migrants who were protected for the past two decades at sudden risk for deportation. As the city with the highest concentration of Central Americans in the U.S., Los Angeles is set to see the highest impact with regard to this new repeal. To boot, migrants that were once protected under this government provision are now faced with the harrowing ordeal of having to leave behind the families they’ve made here. With an estimated 275,000 children that have been raised in the U.S. from Central Americans who have counted on TPS since the 1990s, the implications of this nullification go beyond the mere effect it will have on L.A.’s and the U.S.’ economy. This is personal, and it’s a colossal affront to the migrants who have contributed so significantly to the American workforce. The supposed reason for the sudden withdrawal of TPS-sanctioned citizenship stems from an advisement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the circumstances that “formerly applied” to Haiti and Central America that would account for temporary citizenship have changed. Yet, to take a quick stock of the news headlines in both parts of the world, it’s plain to see that, if anything, circumstances have only worsened, with El Salvador in particular experiencing violence levels worse than the civil war of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. With the barrage of natural disasters that have also (literally) flooded both geographical locations, it’s evident that people from these countries are still very much in need of the sanctuary that the U.S. has thus far provided.


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RUNNING RURAL PA

⚫ BY SAMUEL BRASLOW

HIV-Positive Activist Wins Second Term as Mayor in Rural Pennsylvania After a unanimous win in 2016, Sean Strub was re-elected as mayor of Mitford, Pennsylvania this November.

Last Tuesday saw a electoral victory for HIV-positive activist Sean Strub, who won a second term as mayor of Milford, Pennsylvania. Strub served a partial first term as mayor after replacing the previous mayor, so this represents his first electoral victory. Before he got into politics, Strub protested the injustices and mishandling of the AIDS epidemic with ACT UP and fought for the rights of those with HIV or AIDS. In 1994, he cofounded Poz, the first magazine for people living with HIV or AIDS. He also founded the Sero Project, which combats the stigma around HIV/AIDS and

the discriminatory laws that target those suffering from the virus. His history with Milford began over 20 years ago, when Strub purchased a wooded parcel of land bisected by a stream near the small Pennsylvanian town. At the time, he had never even set foot in downtown Milford. But when he did, he fell in love, according to a 2008 profile from the New York Times. He quickly inserted himself into the happenings of the town. He started a film festival and bought, renovated, and reopened a struggling hotel. His activity in the Milford also attracted friends of his, who, like him, made the move to the town located 75 miles outside of New York City. Strub’s status as a gay man with HIV does not seem to have impacted his position in the town. 10.0it in. “I'm sure is an issue to some people, but I'm so out and have been so long, that it wasn't a surprise to anyone," he said in an interview with

Photo: Preston Ehrler.

Sean Strub has been engaged in HIV/AIDS activism since the early days of ACT UP.

HIV Plus magazine. His electoral success seems rooted in the same tactics as Tuesday’s other winners – namely, a focus on the community, not on his sexual orientation. "As a public official, though, I am sensi-

tive to what it felt like years ago when the LGBT community was so routinely ignored, belittled or marginalized by almost all elected officials and I try to treat every constituent, and every inquiry, with respect.”

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GAY L.A.

Who Put the “Moz” in Moz Angeles? November 10 has officially been deemed “Morrissey Day” in Los Angeles. But how did the singer’s great love affair with the City of Angels begin?

In the mid to late ‘90s, after a bitter, draggedout legal battle between ex-Smiths frontman Morrissey and his former bandmates, the notorious singer-songwriter left his home country in search of kinder shores. As he sums it up in his “Autobiography:” “Sickened, I left England.” He came to Los Angeles, and we’re certainly glad he did. Last week, residents of Los Angeles (a city often referred to by die-hard fans as “Moz Angeles”) put a ring on the decades-long courtship by officially designating November 10 as “Morrissey Day” in L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. City Councilmember Monica Rodri-

guez put a lot of thought into the decision, with Garcetti stating that: “Los Angeles embraces individuality, compassion, and creativity, and Morrissey expresses those values in a way that moves Angelenos of all ages. Morrissey Day celebrates an artist whose music has captivated

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and inspired generations of people who may not always fit in – because they were born to stand out.” It’s true that the singer exemplifies so much of what Angelenos love about the city itself: A brooding, dark beauty, a love of all things past, and decided allegiance to kitsch. It’s also true that even before Moz started living in L.A., one of his largest fan bases was located here, in so many members of the Chicanx/Latinx population who found a way to create an entire culture out of the love of Morrissey. The bar Eastside Luv in Boyle Heights has a regular “Mozeyoke” night, and it’s far from the only place around town paying tribute to Morrissey and the Smiths on a weekly basis. But how did Morrissey and Los Angeles embark on this epic love affair in the first place? It all starts in 1997, or thereabouts. “I found increasing strength as I purchased 1498 North Sweetzer Avenue in the West Hollywood zone of Los Angeles – the city of promises,” Morrissey wrote in 2013’s “Autobiography,” a famously long-on-description, shorton-detail account of the singer’s life and works up to that point. “Palm trees range around each window of 1498, a house stepped in Hollywood history since 1931. I wake surrounded by weightlessness and a long-forgotten feeling of relaxation. My neighbor is the very famous Johnny Depp, who looks away should I ever appear. When my seven-year tenure at Sweetzer ends, Johnny Depp will buy the house for use as a guest annex.” A few weeks after moving to WeHo, Morrissey gained his first L.A. rite of passage when his car was stolen on Figueroa. In the next few decades, Moz moved around the city, buying houses in Lincoln Heights, West Hollywood, and Santa Monica. In a late 2000s concert at the Hollywood Bowl, he credits his local fan base with giving him succor: “...Echo Park homefolks, all Silver Lake blood....My Moz Angeles love affair is back on,

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Morrissey poses at Griffith Observatory in the mid ‘90s.

Roman Spring it may be.” Of course, Moz being Moz, his love of L.A. doesn’t come without a healthy dose of cutting observation.After the attack on 9/11, he writes: “Los Angeles becomes a ghost town for a full two weeks, as a deathly silence keeps everyone in their homes, so stunned and sickened are they, and nervous of further blasts.” Of his continued frustration with record labels and the music industry, he has occasion to note that: “Los Angeles is essentially the ever-youthful Promised Land, and although I have been offered several recording contracts it becomes impossible to pin anyone down the day after the promise, as numbers on cards no longer exist, as people are eternally unavailable in the revolving world of Ago lunches.” L.A. flakiness withstanding, Morrissey has found the city suitable enough to make it his primary habitat for the better part of twenty years. And a true Angeleno (and Morrissey fan) only earns their stripes by being able to boast of a rare Moz sighting at the Cat and the Fiddle.

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For the First Time Ever, the Speculum is Getting Remodeled The age-old instrument is finally transitioning into the modern era.

When the 19th century doctor James Marion Sims first designed a device to get a clear look into the reproductive organs of his female patients, it’s safe to say he wasn’t keeping their comfort in mind. For Sims, often referred to as the “father of modern gynecology,” creating a device that allowed clearer sight into a patient's vagina was a means to an end. It was the 1840s, and women were still dying of childbirth with alarming regularity. The study of germs was still in its infancy, and when Sims used his subjects to try to diagnose and treat vaginal conditions, he most likely wasn’t thinking too hard about comfort and well-being. He was thinking about science. To wit: He also experimented on a number of African American slaves to further his practice and refrained from using anesthesia on them even though it was widely available at the time. So putting the patient first – putting the human being first – in the early days of the speculum, was simply not a familiar concept. Today, however, we have no excuse to keep using Sims’ outdated, cold, metallic speculum at the gynecologist’s office. So why is it still around? Why is still, after more than 150 years, not only the gold standard, but the only standard for OBGYN care? Whatever the reason – and judging from the fact that female and trans reproductive health has never been a great priority in this country, we can pretty much guess – Sims’ instrument still reigns supreme in gynecologists’ offices across the country, leading many patients to

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Ashley Manta has been researching the relationship between cannabis and sexuality for years.

Like so many injustices that have congenitally befallen women, there are often times when sex can be a source of pain rather than ecstasy. Enter your new best friend: cannabis oil spray. Much in the same way that marijuana has been being used to help ameliorate cramps during your period via weed suppositories, cannabis oil heightens and enhances a, shall we say, orificial laid-backness. As expert on the subject Ashley Manta, a frequent marijuana-sex combiner and commentator on various panels regarding the subject, has noted, women facing lack of gratification with regard to intercourse are usually up against three factors that cannabis oil is ideal for uninhibiting: psychological barriers (e.g. self-consciousness about the body,) general lack of feeling that weed can help tap into or straightforward bodily pain (whether from age, a longstanding injury, etc.) Taking a cue from Manta’s philosophy, L.A.-based company FORIA has created a weed-based lube that soothes cramps and makes sex more enjoyable all in one go. The merging of the sex and cannabis industries

has only grown over the past few years, with both sides aware of the mutually beneficial business they can do together. For instance, Ashley Spivak, founder of Cycles + Sex, recently selected L.A. as her latest stop for an enlightening gathering to, as the company was created to do, “highlight the interconnectedness of our sexual, menstrual, hormonal and reproductive health.” One of the reasons, Spivak set her sights on Los Angeles is a result of it being one of the most accepting milieus of marijuana for multi-purpose use. A part of the larger conversation about female wellness in relation to sexuality and pleasurable experience, the streamlining of companies specializing in products like cannabis oil or kegel balls is a natural symbiotic progression. While studies on the subject are still somewhat raw, especially since it doesn’t yet account for demographics in the LGBTQ+ community who don’t use cannabis, what science has revealed so far only corroborates women like Manta and Spivak’s enthusiasm for the product.According to the Journal of Sexual Medicine, data has shown

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Ashley Spivak, founder of Cycles + Sex, recently held an event in L.A. to “highlight the interconnectedness of our sexual, menstrual, hormonal and reproductive health.”

that women and men who incorporate weed into their “routine” tend to have sex more often. And maybe LGBTQ+ individuals aren’t usually much for emulating anything straight people do, but this is one example in which they probably should. Pleasure transcends the boundaries of gender and orientation, after all.


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After Years as a Queer Los Feliz Landmark, Steve Allen Theater Shuts Its Doors

Hollywood and its surrounding area are changing at the speed of light. Home to World of Wonder Productions and the many drag queens who do impromptu interviews on Hollywood Boulevard as well as the LGBT Center’s theater and galleries, Hollywood is a diverse place that often doesn’t stray away from queerness. But sometimes the speed of change bulldozes even the most sacred of institutions in the metropolis. News just came out that one of the centers for arts and culture in Los Feliz will close to make way for new condominiums. Steve Allen Theater is known for its all-embracing stance on the absurd. As the Los Angeles Times put it, “The bar for eccentricity may be pretty high in Hollywood, but the Steve Allen Theater clears it easily.” The theater was not afraid to tackle subversive themes, among them was "Hollywood Hell House," one of the theater’s first productions in 2004.The show parodied real-life Christian “hell houses” that were meant to scare people about facing eternal damnation. Audiences explored different rooms of “sin,” including homosexuality, as celebrities like Sarah Silverman and Bill Maher were among the cast. Before the fire marshal closed down the event, the production had already garnered a lot of press. The theater has over a decade of history in innovative performing arts. Amit Itelman, founder of Steve Allen Theater, told Curbed LA earlier this year, “One of the reasons why I think this neighborhood is unique is the theater, so it’s a shame that people will want to move to an interesting neighborhood, but they’re going to lose one of the things that makes it interesting.”

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Canadian cult comedy group “Kids in the Hall” performed a 2008 ‘secret’ show at the soon-to-close Steve Allen Theater.

PH/T&T Master One, LLC will tear down the beloved center for the arts this year for 21 new condos to an area that also has a prominent homeless population and the East Hollywood Los Feliz Homeless Coalition to cater to the community. The theater held its last hurrah on November 3 with over 20 performers, including Bruce

McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Dave Foley of “Kids in the Hall,” to celebrate years of pushing boundaries at its East Hollywood location and salute Itelman. Jesse Elias, one of the performers, wrote a goodbye post after the theater’s last show that noted: “The theater felt like it belonged to a bygone Rocky Horror era when cool people

gathered at midnight to enjoy kitschy campy cult Halloweeny things. Now time has caught up and the theater must clear out for people who like glass bowls filled with rocks waiting in line for food fall asleep watching Hulu at 10pm things.” The resident nonprofit of the Steve Allen Theater, Trepany House, will be looking for a new home as they present their final season next year.

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GLAAD’s Television Survey Shows LGBTQ+ Representation at an All-Time High

Ever since 2005, when “Queer As Folk” aired its final episode and “The L Word” was at the start of its second season, GLAAD has been keeping close tabs on the state of queer representation on television. This year, their survey, titled “Where We Are on TV,” show surprisingly positive trends and a wider swath of queer TV representation than ever before. It’s not just about “Will and Grace” coming back or a new era of vaguely queer Netflix offerings dawning, it’s about a continuous, positive trend when it comes to depicting and celebrating the diversity of queer lives and experience. And that, in itself, is something to celebrate. It’s not just the prestige shows like “Transparent” or “Orange is the New Black” that are calling attention to queer lives on screen. GLAAD’s survey focused on isolated characters, plotlines, and episodes across the span of the year, from outwardly LGBTQ+ programming like “Difficult People,” “One Mississippi,” and

“Take My Wife,” to characters and arcs that give weight to more conventional shows like “The Bold Type,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Master of None,” for which lesbian comedian Lena Waithe just won an Emmy, and “Billions,” which features one of the first non-binary characters in prestige television to date. GLAAD’s report, while it does note that shows across all platforms could be doing much better in terms of ethnic diversity and disability representation, is keeping track of the progress we’re seeing from year to year by charting consistent progress and new developments in pre-existing shows. For instance, GLAAD’s report points out that 2017 marks a new standard for asexual representation on TV while pointing out that certain shows like “Riverdale,” which straight-washed the canonical asexual character Jughead, are “not yet telling this story.” According to this year’s report, as of 2017, “there are 17 regular and recurring transgender characters tracked across all

three platforms. Of those, nine are trans women, four are trans men, and four are non-binary.” Bisexual characters “make up 28 percent of the LGBTQ characters tracked across all platforms (broadcast, cable, streaming originals), a slight decrease from last year.” Most bisexual characters portrayed, however, are women. “The number of regular LGBTQ characters counted on scripted primetime cable,” the report says, “increased to 103, and recurring characters increased to 70, making for 173 characters.” On streaming services, there

were 51 LGBTQ regular characters counted in original scripted series and 19 recurring characters. Though there’s still work to be done, GLAAD’s “Where We Are in TV” report shows representation on the upswing throughout a huge array of programming, even and especially shows that broadcast to states and counties that have historically skewed red. The more LGBTQ+ characters show up on TV, one hopes, the less we’ll feel like strangers in the homes of all kinds of American viewers from coast to coast.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING? Reindeer Romp WHEN: November 17 WHERE: Los Angeles Zoo WHAT: It’s that season again, and the reindeer are back on proud display at the L.A. Zoo! WHY: Antler crafts! Prince and MJ Experience Los Angeles WHEN: November 18, 9 P.M. WHERE: Resident, 428 S. Hewitt St. WHAT: Deep cuts from the masters of 80s and 90s R&B. WHY: Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today to get through this thing called life.

The best goings-on around and about L.A., period.

WHAT: A great resource for kids with autism at the Jackalope Art Fair. WHY: There will be glassblowing. H.E.R. WHEN: November 25, 9 P.M. WHERE: El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Blvd. WHAT: Slow-burning soul music from the French duo. WHY: What better place to use the ‘Her’ app than at the H.E.R. concert?

Burbank Winter Wine Walk WHEN: November 18, 12 P.M. WHERE: Downtown Burbank WHAT: Wine, beer, and a full-blown street fair to welcome the holiday season. WHY: Lights, free wine, action!

Clifford V. Johnson’s “The Dialogues” WHEN: November 28, 7 P.M. WHERE: Chevalier’s Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd. WHAT: A book of conversations about “the nature of the universe.” WHY: Find out what this crazy world is all about.

Brighter Future Kid Days at Pasadena Art Fair WHEN: November 18- 19 WHERE: Central Park, Old Pasadena

TRANSflective: A Conversation on the Beauty of the Trans Experience WHEN: November 28, 7:00 P.M. WHERE: California African American Museum

at Exposition Park WHAT: A conversation about trans advocacy, identity, and authenticity. WHY: This panel is an accompaniment to the current CAAM exhibition “Lezley Saar: Salon des Refusés” Judi Dench Live at “Victoria and Abdul” WHEN: November 28, 7 P.M. WHERE: The Egyptian Theater WHAT: The Dench herself will appear live to present a free public screening of her latest film. WHY: All hail the Queen. Platica: Who is Documenting Queer Future in L.A.? WHEN: November 30, 7 P.M. WHERE: La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N. Main St. WHAT: A roundtable discussion about the future of Queer Latinx culture in Los Angeles. WHY: The event acts as a companion piece to LA Plaza's “¡Mirame! Expressions of Queer Latinx Art.”


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“Alias Grace” Tells a Story of Historical True Crime, with a Lesbian Twist

In “Alias Grace,” the 1996 Margaret Atwood novel comes to life.

nating to the young doctor charged with evaluating her, so much so that he gets crushed under the weight of countertransference. As for Grace, she barely encourages the attention she gets from men. In fact, the only interest she shows in any character, male or female, comes in early, when we’re introduced to her best friend Mary Whitney. Mary tragically dies due to a botched abortion, leaving Grace behind without an emotional life to speak of. After her death, Grace can only seem to think of revenge. Quietly, while working at needlepoint. This, of course, is the long drawn-out metaphor of the piece. The meticulous work that women do each day, especially in a society that doesn’t value their lives, can add up to something dramatic, brutal, unforgettable. In the first episode, Grace recalls always wondering why quilts were made out of such loud colors, calling attention to the bed in each room and making it the centerpiece. “Now I know,” she says, “it is a

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The Margaret Atwood adaptation is full of twists, turns, and highly suggestive undertones. When this year’s Hulu adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale” burst on the scene, scooping up praise, cavalcades, and endless Emmy wins, it would have made sense for any producer with even the most tenuous relationship to a streaming service to pitch another Atwood story, but this time, you know, something a little more...narrative. Something maybe a bit less political and more, you know, lurid. It’s no wonder that “Alias Grace,” the first of these to pass muster, more than adequately fits the bill. In terms of true crime, “Grace” is as introspective and bizarre as it gets, and when it comes to its source material, the real-life acquittal of convicted murderer Grace Marks in the late 19th century, it’s pretty heady stuff. Even if Atwood hadn’t chosen to fictionalize the story of Marks in her 1996 novel, the story itself would still feel decidedly Atwoodian. Its focus on a woman who, both in control of her destiny and fully at the mercy of an unfair judicial system, ends up getting away with murder, is kind of radical. More than that, Grace accomplishes something even more criminal in her society’s eyes: She gets away with living a truly free life. The conceit of the TV adaptation, written and directed primarily by the Canadian director Sarah Polley, (“Away From Her,” “Stories We Tell,”) is that we’re hearing the account of the brutal murder of Grace’s employer and his housekeeper consort from Grace’s presumably innocent point of view. Society sees her as a murderess, and her presumed accomplice, a male servant, has already hanged for the crime. But powerful men and women want to see Grace walk free, so they’ve hired someone to do a crude type of psych evaluation on her to determine if she’s really “all there.” Of course, she’s not, at least, not quite. Not the way Sarah Gadon plays her, with a brilliant void of emotionality and excess of personality. Her matter-of-fact speech, strange prudishness, and obsessive attention to needlepoint come across as fasci-

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warning.” Dangerous things happen in beds. She saw her best friend, and possible love interest, die in one. If there’s anything new that “Alias Grace” tells us, it’s in the subtle teasing out of this primary relationship. For a woman who, as the real Grace Marks was, brought over from Ireland to do menial labor when she was still a child, robbed of a mother early and brought up by an abusive father, the only chance she might have had to develop a true emotional life was through making a friend like Mary Whitney, and then losing her, as many women were lost in those days, to complications from pregnancy. This small, everyday tragedy in the context of the time was, for Grace, something of gigantic proportion, and something that had to be paid for, perhaps in blood. In “Alias Grace,” we’re given a way to connect the dots in the same way. By the end of the last episode, all the violence, the gore, the intensity of the central crimes, make a sort of sense. For Grace, murder is a kind of reparation.

in Palm Springs to test leadership throughout the country on use of renewable energy and the abundant solar power and abundant wind power that we have right within our city limits. We are currently in the process of working with other cities in the Coachella Valley to develop a new energy option that will roll out in the next couple of years that will provide individual consumers with a choice between the traditional utility company or purchasing their energy through a community choice aggregation program. In other places in California it has resulted in an increase of renewable energy. If you were trying to describe Palm Springs to someone who had never been there, what would you say about it? Palm Springs is a small town of 45,000 people that has a population of world-class talent that attracts over 5 million visitors from all over the world to our city each and every year. We are a world-class destination, yet a small, friendly town with a very progressive approach to politics and one of the most LGBT-affirming communities that you will find anywhere on this planet. Who are you excited to start working with in the local government? I’m looking forward to working with every one of the members of the new city council. I have experience working with all of them, both on city council and prior to their moving onto the council. I’m extremely positive about working with the people who make up our Palm Springs government, our police chief, our fire chief, our city manager, and all of the staff, we have some exemplary people in Palm Springs government. What are you excited to get started on? I’m thrilled to have the kind of mandate that was given to Christy Holstege and I. We won by 2 ½ to 1 over the next competitor. I think we’ve been given a mandate to move forward in Palm Springs to complete the revitalization of our Downtown, to add additional fire services, and to deal mainly and effectively with homelessness issues in our city.

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Should I Take Mytesi If I Am: Pregnant or Planning to Become Pregnant? • Studies in animals show that Mytesi could harm an unborn baby or affect the ability to become pregnant • There are no studies in pregnant women taking Mytesi • This drug should only be used during pregnancy if clearly needed A Nursing Mother? • It is not known whether Mytesi is passed through human breast milk • If you are nursing, you should tell your doctor before starting Mytesi • Your doctor will help you to decide whether to stop nursing or to stop taking Mytesi Under 18 or Over 65 Years of Age? • Mytesi has not been studied in children under 18 years of age • Mytesi studies did not include many people over the age of 65. So it is not clear if this age group will respond differently. Talk to your doctor to find out if Mytesi is right for you

What Should I Know About Taking Mytesi With Other Medicines? If you are taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicine, herbal supplements, or vitamins, tell your doctor before starting Mytesi.

What If I Have More Questions About Mytesi? For more information, please see the full Prescribing Information at Mytesi.com or speak to your doctor or pharmacist. To report side effects or make a product complaint or for additional information, call 1-844-722-8256.

Rx Only Manufactured by Patheon, Inc. for Napo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. San Francisco, CA 94105 Copyright © Napo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mytesi comes from the Croton lechleri tree harvested in South America.

Please see complete Prescribing Information at Mytesi.com. NP-390-21

• Upper respiratory tract infection (sinus, nose, and throat infection) • Bronchitis (swelling in the tubes that carry air to and from your lungs) • Cough • Flatulence (gas) • Increased bilirubin (a waste product when red blood cells break down) For a full list of side effects, please talk to your doctor. Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. 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.

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The Pride Issue 29, Vol 2, November 17, 2017  
The Pride Issue 29, Vol 2, November 17, 2017  
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