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COWBOYS & BEARS TEXAS BEAR ROUND UP 19 MARCH, 2014 | VOLUME 2 ISSUE 3 | theStandardps.com


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Volume 2 Issue 3 Cover 25 Never Looked So Good PS White Party Celebrates It’s 25th feature Texas Bear Round-Up 19, Cowboys & Bears feature Dinah Weekend Heats up the Desert Q&A Undressing Israel Michael Lucas’ Insight on Gay Life in Israel travel Follow the Circuit Best Dance Parties throughout the country Epicurean Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival

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commentarY White party at 25 I’m excited, honored and humbled that White Party turns 25 this year. When I think back to its beginning, which was originally a weekend getaway for about 300, I can’t help but realize how far we, the lGbt community, have come since then. In the early years, it wasn’t uncommon to have patrons attending White Party in secrecy, fearful they’d be fired if their employers discovered they attended a “gay event.” this was especially true for members of our military. they avoided having photos taken or even their names being known. But fortunately in today’s world of selfies and Instagram, that fear has all but vanished and our rights are much more protected. Back in the days of the late 20th Century, openly gay politicians and city officials were few and far between. Since then, we now have openly gay elected officials attending White Party as guests and we also welcome straight politicians who openly support the rights of the lGbt community. When White Party first began, the notion of a “white wedding” seemed improbable to most gay couples. Now, after a tedious struggle, gay marriage is permanently legal here in California and couples who first met at White Party are attending this year legally married!

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but with the changes we’ve seen over the years, one thing has remained constant and that’s been the warm welcome White Party has always received from the residents and businesses of Palm springs. this is one of the main reasons why White Party has grown into the largest gay dance music festival in the world. Palm springs has always been a place where we can feel comfortable and be ourselves. that welcome feeling is what brings visitors back year after year. this welcoming environment is what made countless first-time White Party attendees fall in love with Palm Springs and want to move here, and purchase homes here and start businesses here.

or its staff, advertisers or readers with exception of editorials. Publication of the name or photograph of any person, business or organization in articles or advertising in the standard is not to be construed as any indication of the sexual orientation of such person, business or organization. the standard disclaims any responsibility for claims made by advertisers. advertising rates are subject to change without notice. the standard reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to reject any advertisement for any reason including, but not limited to poor taste. It is the policy of

but just a few weeks ago during the olympics, the world was reminded that not everyone in our global community enjoys the same level of equality that we do. every day our lGbt brothers and sisters are arrested and victimized in places like russia and Iran. even straight allies in those places are at risk of being arrested just for showing compassion for our fight.

the standard that we only publish letters to the editor that are signed by the author and verifiable by phone number. We can reserve the right of anonymity upon request. the letters need to be original, in good taste and free of libel as well as edited for clarity and grammar. letters are subject to editing by the standard that also reserves the right to decline print. Please

so as we commemorate the 25th anniversary of White Party, let’s be thankful for the rights we’ve worked so hard to achieve, but also remember those whose struggle still continues.

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White Party Palm Springs Celebrates its Landmark 25th Anniversary

For twenty-five years, Jeffrey Sanker’s White party has been the crown jewel of the gay party circuit. Featuring four days and nights of sold out dance parties, with the most renown and talented DJ’s in the world descending upon Palm Springs. This year celebrating its landmark 25th anniversary by upping the ante with an event line-up of ICONIC proportions on April 25-28, 2014. “What began as a gathering for 300 of my closest friends celebrating the rites of spring 25 years ago, has evolved into 30,000 men from across the world coming together and re-defining the meaning of “DESERT HEAT!’” said Jeffrey Sanker, founder and producer. An international showcase, White Party Palm Springs has become synonymous with

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setting the trends that other events follow. In honor of the 25th anniversary, Sanker has planned a non-stop cavalcade of indoor and outdoor parties that will be nothing short of electrifying. Superstars like Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, and Icona Pop have launched their careers at White Party. Keeping ahead of the curve, Sanker will again present the best, new cutting-edge talent, along with an epic, superstar-headlining performer. This year’s White Party main event marks the worldwide debut of DJ/Producers Danny Verde & Steven Redant - performing together as BENT COLLECTIVE for the very first time. Stay tuned for more performer announcements coming soon! To commemorate this landmark anniversary weekend celebration, Sanker

will unleash some of the most ambitious and mind blowing audiovisual engineering ever conceived. By combining light, sound and state-of-the-art technology together like never before through eight mind-expanding parties over three amazing days! Venues will be transformed with cutting-edge design and spectacular décor. Performances will ignite the stage boasting the most elaborate and innovative production values in White Party history. Like in previous years, rumors are buzzing around about whom Saturday Night’s main event top-secret performer will be this year. No one will know for sure unless you go to the event at the PS Convention Center. Rest assured that this being a big anniversary it is going to be legen…wait for it…dary.


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the White Party experience is enhanced by the splendor and beauty of Palm springs, which provides a truly unforgettable desert backdrop at the foot of the mountains. offering unparalleled convenience, all White Party events are located within easy walking distance of each other - just steps away from all major hotels in the heart of beautiful downtown Palm springs. If you Go White party Weekend april 25-28 Passes & ticket info www.jeffreysanker.com

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friday SplaSh pool party: noon - 6 p.m. Kick off the weekend poolside at the Renaissance Hotel the first “official” pool party, as DJ Shane Stiel spins the sounds to get things started on the right note “addiCted to White” friday underWear party: 9 p.m. - 5 a.m. Presented by title sponsor es ColleCtIoN - undress to impress! leave behind your inhibitions and clothes and experience the ultimate underwear party. The night will feature DJ/Producer/ Remixer Chris Cox & Grammy-Nominated DJ/Producer Tony Moran with special live performances Saturday SplaSh pool party: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. a wall-to-wall mash up of men in swimwear, this event will be unlike anything you have ever encountered. spend the day poolside, catch some rays and mix & mingle in a sea of hard-earned abs. saturday’s event is all about location, presented by title sponsor flex sPas and featuring music from DJ Joshua D and Superstar DJ Manny Lehman. FLEX SPAS an integral part of Jeffrey Sanker’s White Party experience, will be drenching saturday’s pool in “Pure Indulgence.” lIVe performances happen throughout the day. VIP Cabanas are available. White party 25 iCon: Saturday 9 p.m. - 5 a.m. truly decades in the making, saturday night’s main event WhIte Party 25 ICoN will secure its place in history as the reigning party by which all others are judged. Celebrate this anniversary dancing with thousands of men from around the planet – all dressed in white. the beat and excitement will move into overdrive as we bring you the debut of BENT COLLECTIVE featuring DJ/Producers danny Verde & steven redant (performing together as a duo for first time) and special live stage performances whose memories will live on long after the music has ended. arrive early as the excitement builds outside under the stars, in the ICONIC Dance Lounge….featuring the music of DJ Gustavo scorpio. be there as the anticipation reaches its peak and the

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inner convention center doors are finally thrown open, unveiling the unforgettable surprises that wait inside. Climax afterhours: Saturday late 4 a.m. - 9 a.m. Without skipping a beat, your experience evolves deep into night and past dawn. located steps away in the renaissance hotel ballroom. “after the White Party,” features the debut performance of DJ’s Alex Acosta and Ivan Gomez, serving as your night navigators. Sunday SplaSh pool party: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. relax and refresh while you bask in the sun and splash in the pool. Sunday will definitely be a FUNday as the temperatures soar and the clothes come off. Get your groove on because it’s all about the music poolside at the renaissance hotel featuring the sizzling sounds of DJ Dani Toro. VIP Cabanas are available. Sunday CirCuS iCon t danCe: 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. It’s a celebration unlike any other. some call it “breathtaking!” others call it “magical.” Nevertheless, everyone agrees sunday t dance is “absolutely unforgettable!” under spectacular desert skies, and amidst warm afternoon breezes, experience the largest outdoor T Dance in the world. Revel in the music of DJ’s GRIND, Wayne G. & ralphi rosario. Witness performances live on stage from the greatest line-up of entertainers Jeffrey Sanker has ever assembled for a T dance. finally, when day turns to dusk, the journey culminates with the largest fireworks display in White Party history, choreographed to a special musical remix by Wayne G. CloSing party: Sunday late 10 p.m. - 8 a.m. finally, as the weekend nears its conclusion, feel the energy one final time, fueled by the music of DJ Guy Scheiman (making his White Party debut) along with legendary White Party DJ/Producer abel. from the moment the doors open, this party will be pumping full throttle -- from the action packed dance floor, to the electrified stage, to the outdoor patios – a dramatic close to the weekend spectacle as you gather one final time for a memorable last dance.


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The Iconic Jeffrey Sanker The MIAMI HERALD dubbed him “the high priest of gay parties.” GENRE MAGAZINE lists him as “Circuit Master.” NEXT MAGAZINE describes him as “the sultan of soirees.” In addition, CIRCUIT NOIZE MAGAZINE simply calls him “the man.” With every accolade, Jeffrey Sanker further solidifies his name as the premier producer of gay nightlife and entertainment. Jeffrey Sanker is the founder of LA-based White Party Entertainment, Inc. and creator of such signature events as WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS, New Year’s Eve celebrations in Los Angeles, Miami & Rio de Janeiro and the One Mighty Party at Orlando’s Gay Days. Sanker has been credited by the MIAMI HERALD as being “the father of the modern gay event party.” Nowhere is this more evident than with Sanker’s trademark extravaganza: White Party Palm Springs, which has evolved into the nation’s largest gay dance music festival, attracting more than 30,000 attendees from every corner of the globe. Sanker’s passion for parties began during the early eighties in New York City. Working at such legendary locations as Studio 54, Palladium and Private Eyes, he fine-tuned his skills as a promoter and special event producer. He has hosted parties for numerous celebrities over the years. Sanker moved to Los Angeles in 1987. His innovative technique of using landmark venues for trend-setting themed events was credited for breathing new life into the Los Angeles scene. Since then, he has worked with all of the hottest and trendiest venues and nightclubs in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami. Superstar entertainment has become a hallmark of Sanker events. Lady Gaga, Anastasia, Tony Braxton, Deborah Cox, Boy George, Grace Jones, Jennifer Lopez, Kelis, Ke$ha and Kim Zolciak, have all graced the stage at Sanker events. Other the years, Jeffrey has also helped launch the careers of hundreds of new and up & coming performers. World-class DJs reign supreme over Sanker’s packed dancefloors as well. His events feature high caliber DJs/producers, including: Dave Aude, Peter Rauhofer, Junior Vasquez, Victor Calderone, Freemasons, Manny Lehman, Rosabel and Tony Moran. Jeffrey has also helped ignite the careers of countless other

rising-star DJs by giving them their first big break. This prompted NEXT Magazine to comment: “the two best friends a DJ can have are Madonna and Jeffrey Sanker.” Sanker has proudly produced fundraising events on behalf of numerous charities and community organizations, including Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing (GLEH), The Trevor Project, and Desert AIDS Project. Adding another accolade to Jeffrey’s vast list of accolades, will be when The Palm Springs Walk of Stars honors him with the 364th Golden Palm Star on The Palm Springs Walk of Stars during a star dedication ceremony on Thursday March 13, 2014 at 1pm in advance of his WHITE PARTY 25th Anniversary. The star dedication ceremony will take place at 200 South Palm Canyon Drive (in front of LuLu California Bistro). Singer Carmen Electra and former Mayor Ron Oden are two of the special guest speakers. . “We are very proud to honor Jeffrey Sanker with a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars,” added Bob Alexander, President of the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Sanker currently resides in Los Angeles.

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Boots, Buckles & Bears TBRU 19 “Cowboys and Bears”

Ready or not Dallas, here they come! A “Party with a Purpose” that donates thousands of dollars to deserving local charities; that’s what the Texas Bear Round-Up is all about. Through the help of priceless volunteers, generous donations and willful sponsors, this celebration of bear brotherhood takes place every year to the joy and thrill of those in attendance. We spoke with Wayne Davis, President Dallas Bears/TBRU and asked what we can expect from this year’s event as bears, cubs and admirers unite for a great weekend of Texas sized hospitality.

but I bet the goal is still the same. Gathering the Bear Community and their Admirers and having a great time!

Wayne, congrats on going into the 19th year of this great event. For those not familiar with Texas Bear Round-Up what exactly is TBRU? TBRU is a Big ol’ Bear Family Reunion. Bears, Cubs, Admirers and more gather in Dallas in March every year for a weekend of fun and frolic. One of our favorite parts and the comments we receive is that guys get to see people from all over the world and sometimes it is there once a year time they see each other - so it truly feels like a family reunion. There are lots of events from games, entertainment, food, city excursions and spa excursions and more.

Why do you think that out of all the Bear Events in the Nation, this one is one of the most popular? I hope it is because they have fun and enjoy the events we host. We try our best to provide good ol’ Southern Hospitality. We work all year to plan a fun event and we strive to keep costs to both our Guests and our event as low as possible. Compared to what we offer and other event fees out there we see we offer a low cost event with high expectations for lots of food, entertainment and fun. We partner with local hotels to also make sure we offer an affordable price for lodging as well. I know the guys love our Texas Sized Hospitality Suite... it’s the full ballroom at the Crowne Plaza hotel. We also offer transportation all weekend long to all of our events, which is our largest expense. I am afraid to tell you what that costs - but it is greater than my annual salary at my job (Laughs). We put a great emphasis on our generous shuttle service as a matter of safety and hospitality. We also

How did the event get its start? That is a good question. We do not have many founding Bears still with us, but I understand that the first TBRU was held during the first year of the club over 19 years ago. It was certainly much smaller then

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I know that it is not all about the parties but you also are doing this for some worthy causes. Can you tell us about that? TBRU is a “Party with a Purpose!” We have a great time with all the events and all the sights but for the members of the Dallas Bears this is also a time that we raise funds for local charities. Have fun while doing some good - all at the same time.


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try to entertain everyone. We are excited to have Paul J. Williams returning as sister helen holy for our famous bingo games and this year we have gay country and western singer Drake Jensen providing a concert at the saturday night dinner. this year’s theme is Cowboys and bears, how do you come up with the themes each year and who decides on the winner. our members nominate themes each year and the list gets big. We vote on the floor and narrow it down to about five and then we take a blind vote. the results are only known by one member and our artist (I think that member’s dog knows the results). Then we find out the upcoming theme at our sunday Closing Ceremonies. as soon as I open up the envelope is when I know the theme and then I announce it to everyone. I have a feeling the theme for tbru 20 in 2015 is going to be close between two of the nominated themes.

What can attendees expect from this year’s events and are there any new things in store? We have worked hard to improve our transportation shuttles and this year we have color-coded and numbered the routes. We are so excited to have Drake Jensen from Canada coming to sing for us. this handsome man sure can sing! Naughty bear bingo is a new event that bobby and I have hosted for leather runs and we are going to try it with the bears. It is a fusion between bingo and strip Poker. I think the fur is gonna fly! We have some awesome prizes in our charity raffle and I know that this year’s BearDance will once again be spectacularly fabulous. there are lots of events to choose from whether it is our numerous pool parties, a new city excursion to a local beer brewery, shopping options or sharing a meal together. We try to offer lots of opportunities for everyone to meet new folks and make lasting friendships. With current events going on in texas

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feature I expect around the same number of attendees. the last 5 years we have grown by about 200+ registrants each year. We usually have guys from at least 48 states, and also from other us territories and last year 16 additional countries. I know some of our guys are ready to see a couple of specific hot men from the Russian Federation and New Zealand... just saying. We are overjoyed to have such diverse array of guests. on-line registration is still open at www.tbru.org. register NoW! If you miss on-line registration, don’t worry, we still have at-the-door registration all weekend. We will always accept walk-in Guests. a complete schedule of events and details about our entertainers, hospitality DJ’s and the BearDance DJ’s can all be found on our website. I am waiting for the day that marriage equality comes to texas and I will be the first to offer my services to join our Bears in legal marriage - it would be awesome to have this special event at tbru. last year you hosted over 1900 registrants, how many are you expecting this year and can you still get tickets? registration seems to be running just like the past two years so,

If you Go tbru 19 “Cowboys and bears” march 13-16 dallas, texas Info: www.tbru.org


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Five questions with TBRU headliner country singer Drake Jensen Headlining at this year’s Texas Bear Round-up is Canada’s own Drake Jensen who is a unique figure in the world of country music: a voice for the LGBT community who speaks through his music. A good ol’ country boy whose music makes us smile and reflect that music is not about being Gay or straight but about sharing a common language. He has found a way for fans to rediscover country music by touching the heart and soul of listeners through his voice that tells not only the stories, but conveys deep, sincere emotions. Drake is leading the way in bringing LGBT fans back to listening to country music. Recently we sat down with Drake and discovered how truly down to earth he really is. For those who are not familiar with your music; tell us who is Drake Jensen.? Drake Jensen is an artist, an activist and a humanitarian. He is very passionate about justice, equality and love; and believes that he can communicate that passion through his music. How does it feel to be an openly Gay singer in a genre of music that has been historically unaccepting of our community? In addition, do you consider yourself a role model? I don’t consider myself a gay singer. I consider myself an artist who happens to be gay, creating music for an audience who wants to listen. I don’t consider myself a role model, but rather see myself as having a social responsibility to lead the way by setting a good example. What are some of the highlights (and lowlights, if any) you have faced in your career thus far? My first single “Wash Me Away” was reviewed by Robert K Oermann of Music Row Magazine in Nashville, one of the leading authorities on Country Music. I was featured alongside Kellie Pickler and received the DISCovery award. - The video for the title track “On My Way to Finding You” was how I came out publicly in 2012, and was featured by Andy Towle of Towleroad. Later he named me in the Top 50 comings out of the year. - Montreal’s Foundation Emergence, whose mission is to fight homophobia, gave me a “Hats Off “award. In previous years, they awarded it to Lady Gaga and Ricky Martin - Performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville for Nashville Pride in 2013

- With the first album, we charted in the Top 20 in France and #17 on the European Country Music Association charts. What or who inspires you to write your music? I don’t write everything that I sing, but I’m inspired by personal experiences and world issues. We are all excited that you will be headlining Texas Bear Round-up 19. What do you have in store for us? One of my goals when I started on this journey was to perform in Texas, and going to TBRU is making that goal a reality. I love to interact with the audience when I perform live, and my shows have been compared to an “East Coast Kitchen Party”, surrounded by great friends and family. People have been known to get up and dance during my shows. I’ll be performing tracks from my two albums, and there might be a few surprises thrown in.

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All You Need to Know About The Dinah Shore Weekend 2014 by Stephanie Brooke Smith

In a little less than a month from now, the largest, and most well-known lesbian events in the world is coming for its 24th annual festivities in Palm Springs! Yep, you guessed it: The Dinah Shore Weekend, presented by Club Skirts, is here once again ladies! This event, April 2 through the 6th, is 5 days of nonstop celebration that includes performances by top recording artists, sporting events, pool parties, and a variety of other fun and exciting entertainment. Somewhere in the midst of all of these festive activities, is the chance to make multiple social connections, make new friends, run into some familiar faces, and maybe even fall head over heels in love with one of the many lovely ladies that will be out celebrating right alongside you. Hey don’t think this can’t happen because love is an unstoppable force of nature and with a city full of lesbians, it can’t be stopped. My advice to you: lay back and let it all in ladies, have fun at all of the events, but don’t forget

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to keep yourself open to possibilities, the possibilities of freedom, friendship, and love. Along with this, The Dinah gives us all the chance to actually embrace who we really are and who we have the potential to become. What better way to make friends or to fall in love than by being your true self? We are free to be ourselves: no cover up, no more hiding behind a fictitious façade, and no more masking our true feelings: the world is ours for the taking and I, for one, am going to take full advantage of that! Now, before we go and take on the world, here are the details of what you can expect to encounter at this year’s Dinah Shore Weekend: On Wednesday, April 2, is the Official Pre-Party to kick off Dinah Shore Weekend at the Hilton Hotel. Then on Thursday night at 8 p.m., we’ve got “The Dinah Comedy Night” that will be hosted by Suzanne Westenhoefer. The event will be headlined

by Fortune Feimster from “Chelsea Lately” on E! alongside the British comedian Gina Yashere that you all probably saw on Last Comic Standing. These two comics will be joined by stand-up comedian Erin Foley. You are guaranteed to have a great night full of laughter and good times. The Dinah Opening Party kicks off Thursday evening at Zeldaz Nightclub with music by the masterful DJ ILL G. To keep the party going, we’ve got the TGIDF (Thank God It’s Dinah Friday) Pool Party! There will be a live performance by R&B artist Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King and a live Sirius XM Radio broadcast that is bound to keep you dancing away the afternoon with all the sexy ladies in their little bikinis. And coming back this year is The Dinah Film Festival at the Hilton Hotel on Friday, April 4 at 8:00 p.m. Produced by awardwinning filmmaker JD DiSalvatore the Dinah film Festival will showcase a variety of quality


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lesbian films including “Dyke Central” and the short film “Secrets & Toys.” later on friday night, you better put on your dancing shoes and be ready to strut your stuff at the dinah White Party. there will be a special performance by the first female and non-american hip-hop artist Iggy azalea. this party has been dubbed the “largest friday night party for women on the planet” and I have no doubt that Iggy azalea will rap this statement into truth. later in the evening, there will be celebrity red carpet arrivals and Curve magazine’s VIP Party as well. on saturday, starting bright, but not too early, at 10 a.m. is the exclusive l Word Pool Party. this is one wet and wild adventure that you don’t want to miss ladiesit’s known for being “the largest lesbian pool party in the world!” Not only is this pool party going to be the largest of its kind, it is going to feature thousands of smoking hot women in tiny bikinis laying poolside being rocked by some fine DJs at the Hilton Hotel main pool. Plus an exclusive performance by hunter Valentine, the alternative indie pop rock band and stars of “the real l Word” season 3, that will set the mood just right for the rest of the evening’s pleasures. to keep the rhythm going, stick around and watch the Battle of the DJs! The Dinah

is bringing this new element into the mix this year, which will be hosted by dinah’s resident DJs Lezlee, Asha, Lisa Pittman, Saratonin and amara. this battle will consist of two rounds over the course of two days featuring some of the best DJs on the West Coast. In addition to the l Word Pool Party, the dinah Pool Party II will be in full swing at the saguaro where it’s the prime time to get your retro on with old school music playing while you relax poolside at “the hippest pool in Palm springs.” later on saturday evening, the headliners of this year’s musical performances, tegan and sara, will be coming through Palm springs in honor of the dinah while on their “heartthrob” world tour. they will be putting on a concert just for you at 7:30 p.m. at the Palm springs Convention Center. If you still feel like partying after watching tegan and sara, stick around for the black Party, which is “the largest party of the weekend.” there will a special performance by eVe! the dinah will also be playing host to the “Celebrity Poker tournament” with all the proceeds going to the human rights Campaign. the celebrity poker players include Jill Bennett from “Second Shot”, Chef k from “the taste”, Guinevere turner from “american Psycho”, ari fitz from “the real

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DinaH World ex-Plosion”, and francine beppu from “the real l Word” among others. the next morning at 10 a.m., is the Wet and Wild Pool Party at the hilton hotel main pool. If you drank too much the night before, take tons of aspirin and drink lots of water or just keep on drinking what you had the night before, no one will judge you-promise! Plus, there will be a special performance by mary lambert, widely known for her vocal work with macklemore & ryan lewis in the pro-equality song “same love”. later on sunday night, is the dinah Closing Party at Zeldaz Nightclub. there will be a live performance by thea austin, former lead singer of snap! and successful solo artist, that will bring the dinah shore Weekend to a much dreaded, but necessary, close. Well, the party does have to end sometime, but you will definitely have memories that will last a lifetime. the dinah is a one-of-a-kind experience and you’ll

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probably need a good couple of weeks to recuperate fully from all of the excitement from 5 days of constant celebration. be sure to live it up while you can because we are never guaranteed to have a tomorrow. try not to miss a thing if you can help it, the Dinah, well that’s one thing you definitely do not want to miss. see you there!

If you Go dinah shore Weekend 2014 april 2 - 6 Palm springs, Ca Info: www.clubskirts.com


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Q&A

Michael Lucas Undresses Israel By Shane Gallagher

When many people think of Israel, it is often in terms of modern war or ancient religion. But there is much more to the Jewish state than missiles and prayers. In Undressing Israel, gay porn auteur Michael Lucas and Israeli director Yariv Mozer examine a side of the Holy Land that is largely overlooked: its thriving gay community. The film spotlights a diverse range of local men, including a gay member of Israel���s parliament, a trainer who served openly in the army, a young Arab-Israeli journalist, and a pair of fathers raising their children. Michael Lucas also visits Tel Aviv’s vibrant nightlife scene and even attends a same-sex wedding in this guided tour of a country that has emerged as a pioneer for gay integration and equality. Why is it important for you to introduce people to gay Israel? Michael Lucas: When Israel makes news, it is usually in the context of terrorism or occupation. Israel is often cast as an oppressor and people who know little about the Middle East come away with the idea that it is an intolerant place that is only supported by those on the political right. Israel is actually the most liberal country in the area by far, and its very impressive record on gay-rights issues is a clear illustration of that. The gay lives that are shown in Undressing Israel do not exist in any of Israel’s Muslim neighbors. 

 What surprises viewers most in the film?

 The variety and openness of Israel’s gay community, and how comfortably it is integrated into the rest of Israeli society. 

 How do most Israelis view homosexuality?

 As tolerantly as Americans do—probably more so, overall. How does Israel compare with the USA in the battle for gay equality?

 Israel is considerably ahead of America in many important ways. For example, Israel’s parliament repealed prohibitions against sodomy in 1988, fifteen years before the American Supreme Court did the same. Discrimination against gays in employment has been prohibited nationwide since 1992. Gay Israelis can adopt their partners’ children,

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which is still illegal in many states. Gay people may sponsor their partners for immigration, which is not yet legal in America. 

 Are gay men allowed to serve openly in the military? Yes, and they have been since 1993. Before the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, the Israeli military was often cited as an example for America to follow.

 Where is Israel in terms of gay marriage? Israelis are not as interested in achieving the word “marriage” as much as they are in the rights that it accords, particularly when it comes to having children. Although gay marriage does not exist in


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Israel—because of opposition by the country’s still-powerful religious minority—the state effectively recognizes common-law marriage for same-sex couples, which gives them many financial and legal rights that we do not yet possess in America. (Israel does officially recognize gay marriages performed abroad.) Is it true that Israel is experiencing a gayby boom? Absolutely, yes. It’s a very family-oriented culture. Per capita, in fact, Israel has the highest number of children with gay parents in the world. I think that at least half of my gay Israeli friends have children. What is like to be a transsexual in Israel?

 Transsexuals face special challenges everywhere, but Israel is unusually accepting by international standards. One of the biggest celebrities in Israel is Dana International: a beautiful, openly transsexual pop singer who is widely loved by Israelis. In 1998, she was selected to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest, a hugely popular annual competition held among many of the active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union. She won.
 How does Israel’s nightlife compare to that of the USA?

 It varies from city to city, but Tel Aviv’s club scene is comparable to Los Angeles. It has clubs, bars, discos, gay beaches and a huge Gay Pride parade. Is Israel safe? Yes. In 2002, Israel began construction on the West Bank Barrier, which the government said was essential to prevent would-be suicide bombers from entering Israel and attacking civilians. This concretebased wall has indeed stopped suicide bombings and other attacks. And Israel proper is not a violent place. The rate of gun-related death there is less than one-fifth of what it is in the United States.

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What can the USA learn from Israel? Where gay rights are concerned, it is best to adopt a national policy rather than defer, as the USA too often does, to “state’srights” arguments that effectively create large regions of secondclass citizenry. What can Israel learn from the USA?
 The momentum for full marriage equality in America has grown stronger, and more quickly, than even most gay activists had hoped. It would be nice to see more movement in that direction in Israel, even if the common-law system already gives gay couples many of marriage’s practical benefits. What’s the overall message of Undressing Israel? I would like for people to take away a greater understanding of how progressive and tolerant Israel really is. People sometimes ask why we should care about Israel. This is why: because Israel shares our core values. And in some areas—like gay rights—it can even help inspire us to live up to those values a little better. UNDRESSING ISRAEL is now available on DVD and on itunes at https://itunes.apple.com/ca/movie/undressing-israel/id819918825. For more information, visit undressingisrael-themovie.com.

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psp focus American Cancer Society’s Desert Spirit 25th Anniversary Gala Honors Community Leaders, Celebrities in Hollywood-Style Fun In a Hollywood -style salute to community leaders and movie and television celebrities who made a difference in giving back to their community and in the war on cancer and diseases, The American Cancer Society presents its 25th Anniversary Desert Spirit Gala March 30, 2014. The Desert Spirit 25th gala “Picturing a World Without Cancer” will be held at the Palm Springs Convention at 5:30 p.m. More than 13 of the Coachella Valley’s finest restaurants will be serving under the leadership of Paul Bruggemans of Le Vallauris restaurant. A glamorous silent auction and dancing are part of the evening entertainment. “This year’s theme and logo, “Picturing a World Without Cancer” embodies the mission of the American Cancer Society, the creativity of the volunteers, and the vision of all who desire to see the cure for cancer, said event chair Stephanie Bassanelli. “As a favorite classic movie brings tears, smiles, heartbreak, or inspiration, the diagnosis of cancer can bring the same. Hearing a loved one has cancer tears at the heart, witnessing a volunteer drive a cancer patient to their treatment, or a stylist fit a woman with a wig that brings her selfconfidence can bring a smile to the face. “ Honorary co-chairs for the gala are stars Gavin MacLeod of “Love Boat” fame with wife Patti and theater-television actress and singer Kaye Ballard. Country super star Naomi Judd will receive the ACS “Inspiration Award,” for her well-publicized battle with a debilitating illness. Sally West Brooks, who was instrumental in co-founding the Desert Chapter of American Cancer Society, will be given the “Celebration of Life Award” for her tireless campaign to raise money for ACS along with her late husband, Dr. Marvin Brooks, who succumbed to cancer earlier this year. Lisa Houston, daughter-in-law of the late well-known philanthropist Jackie Lee Houston, will be honored with the “Jackie Lee Houston Award” for her role in operating FIND charity organization to feed the homeless throughout the Coachella Valley. Patricia Carr Bosley, the widow of television “Happy Days” star Tom Bosley, will receive the “Caregiver Award” for her courageous dedication in caring for her husband during his illness. KESQ News Channel 3 News Anchor Karen Devine will be the

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emcee and Patrick Evans, chief meteorologist for CBS Local 2, will be the auctioneer. “We are also very proud to have KESQ-TV as our TV media partner, Desert Radio Group as our radio media partner, The Desert Sun as our newspaper partner and The Standard Magazine to help us in the fight against cancer and to raise much needed funds for research and to help local cancer patients,” Bassanelli said. “KESQ –TV is honored to serve as the official TV Media Sponsor of this wonderful Desert Spirit Gala because it is for a cause that seems to touch everyone who lives here in the Coachella Valley,” said Michael Stutz, general manager of KESQ-TV. “It is part of our commitment to showcase the important events that occur in this community and demonstrate the generosity of our residents who contribute to the fight against cancer.” “Desert Radio Group is proud to be the radio partner of the 2014 ACS Desert Spirit Gala. Our six radio stations strive not only to be involved, but to take a leadership role in causes and community events that touch our listeners’ lives every day,” said Jay White, general manager of Desert Radio Group. “It is an honor to pledge The Desert Sun’s support of the American Cancer Society and sponsorship of the Desert Spirit Gala,” said Mark Winkler, publisher/president of The Desert Sun. “As a cancer survivor, I can attest to the importance of good doctors, positive attitude and unwavering resolve. These are elements that ACS fosters in their everyday mission to help those in need.” Tickets are available now for $300 per person or $3,300 for table of 10 and includes business-card size ad in the program. To purchase tickets and for information table sponsorship, please contact Melissa Neiderman, event co-chair, at 760-459-4115 or psmelissan@gmail.com or visit online at www.desertspirit.net The American Cancer Society offers free programs and services, with many volunteers in the Coachella Valley who can help. Please call (800) 227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org IF YOU GO ACS Desert Spirit 25th Anniversary Gala March 30 PS Convention Center Palm Springs Info: www.desertspirit.org


psp foCus meredith baxter & ChriS kluWe

IN atteNdaNCe at the aNNual NClr eVeNt Please join us at our annual Palm springs dinah Weekend sunset event on april 5! there will be great food, awesome drinks and many passionate supporters for equality like you! NCLR has been leading the fight for LGBT equality for over 35 years. having won the case that brought marriage equality to California, NClr is now working on more than a dozen marriage equality lawsuits including the historic case in utah. NClr, the only national lGbt organization with staff based in Palm springs, is also leading the fight to ban so-called reparative therapy and working to end homophobia in sports. on hand for this year’s event will be two very special guests, former minnesota Viking and NClr client Chris kluwe and out actor and producer meredith baxter. Chris’s passionate and hugely entertaining take down of anti-equality legislators made national news as he proved to the world that professional athletes— just like the majority of americans—support lGbt equality. meredith has been a passionate advocate for lGbt equality and has shared her coming out story to help open hearts and change minds. Geoff kors, senior legislative and Policy strategist for NClr stated, “I am thrilled that 2014 is off to such a rocket start. the enormous

opportunities and victories we are seeing would not be possible without your generous support of our work. this moment we are in is truly breathtaking and we now want to press every advantage. at last year’s event, NClr executive director kate kendell gave an update on our groundbreaking work and both the need and the intensity has only grown rapidly since then”. NClr is constantly in the trenches taking on many issues that threaten lGbt rights. here are a few: Co-counsel in the landmark utah marriage equality case Won marriage in New mexico Won a major victory in the 9th Circuit Court of appeals in our case protecting lGbt youth from so-called “reparative therapy” Won a key victory on behalf of transgender youth in California We recently filed historic marriage cases in Florida, Tennessee, and Idaho ...and the list goes on from there. event is at the old las Palmas home of NClr senior legislative and Policy Strategist Geoffrey Kors & his fiancé James Williamson. tickets are $75 www.nclrights.org/get-involved/event/nclr-in-palm-springs/ contact: dani at dsiragusa@nclrights.org or 415.365.1309

IN PALM SPRINGS | SATURDAY, APRIL 5 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Special guests include Meredith Baxter, Chris Kluwe, and Fortune Feimster!

Tickets start at $75. Register online today: http://www.NCLRights.org/Get-Involved/Events/ CO-CHAIRS: Castle Rock Winery • Dimitri Bakakos and Jack Woods • Desert Outlook • Gary D. Soto • Geoff Kors and James

Williamson • Lynn Hammond Catering • Mark Anton & Scott Histed / AIDS Assistance Program • Meredith Baxter and Nancy Locke Randy Lowe, Chair, LGBT Community Center of the Desert • Rich Llewellyn and Chris Caldwell • Wild Rainbow African Safaris /Jody and Katherine Cole

CO-HOSTS: Andy Linsky / Human Rights Campaign • Dania Duke • Darrell Tucci / Desert AIDS Project • David Brinkman and William Grimm • David C. Codell • David Ewing and Mark Ockerman • Douglas Kent and Craig Edwards • Geni Bennetts and Pat Tuck Hon. Ginny Foat, Palm Springs City Council, and Pam Genevrino • Heather Freyer and Carrie Busch • Hephaestus Palm Springs Heritage Legal / Christopher Heritage • Joseph McCormack and Gary Hunter • Larry Colton and John McCoy • Mark Stoelting Paula Ryan and Michelle La Mar • Roberta Conroy • Robyn Vie-Carpenter • Timothy Hohmeier and Chuck Diordosio • Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge / Copa Nightclub VIP: Art Copleston • Beth Stein and Jill Schubert • Bluer & Bluer, LLP • Carol and Mike Balasa • Charles Robbins and Damon Romine David Ewing and Marc Ockerman • Denise Petty • Gloria Knapp and Joan Elliot • Greater Palm Springs LGBT Pride • Hon. Rick Hutcheson, Palm Springs City Council • Hon. Steve Pougnet, Palm Springs Mayor • Jean-Guy Lachance and John Williams • Kelly and Jennifer Rouse-Willis • Leslie Giblett • Sara Sperling • Lisa Middleton and Cheryl O’Callaghanare • Michael Valeo • Rick Foglia and Dennis Banks • Ruth Debra and Sherry Fulton • Sally Elkington and Linda Heidinger • Thomas Watson and Andrew Klayman • Vincent Pompei MEDIA SPONSORS: National Media Sponsor - The Advocate • Local Online Media Sponsor - The Standard Magazine

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Festival of Opera & Art The City of Palm Desert and Opera Arts presents Festival of Opera & Art. Travel with us to España, where you will hear popular music from Carmen, The Barber of Seville, Le Nozze Di Figaro,La Boheme, and more, with exciting overtures and some charming operetta. Saluting and acknowledging Marie Shaw Wolpert for her life of music and giving. The Festival will present the Palm Springs High School Jazz Band and 12-piece guitar ensemble at 10:45 am, followed by the ever-popular sound check, and then Gale Enger on keyboard from 12:45 to 1:50, when the Opera Festival begins. La Quinta “Outside the Lines” artists will be there for some incredible art displays, some e interactive art activities for all, and SCRAP Gallery for crafts for the children. There will also be face painting and other fun activities. Food and non-alcoholic beverages for sale from Woody’s, Taquiza El Chato, and E & E Pel’s. Bring your blankets, chairs, umbrellas, families and friends for an unforgettable day in the park. Sunday, March 23, 2014 10:45 am - 4:30 pm Palm Desert Civic Center Park FREE to the Public. For Information visit www.OperaArtsPalm Springs.org or call 760-323-8353

Sam Harris to Talk and Perform at the Palm Springs Public Library The Palm Springs Public Library is excited to announce that singer, Tony-nominated Broadway actor and debut author Sam Harris will appear at the library on Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 3:005:00 pm. Presented by the Friends of the Palm Springs Library and Sara Burns, this Togather event will be a ticketed event with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Palm Springs Library and the Library itself. Sam Harris will read from and discuss his book HAM: Slices of Life: Essays & Stories and all attendees will get a copy of the book with their ticket. A short Q & A will follow and then Sam will perform a limited selection of his music. Following the performance he will sign books. But for the super-fan there is a VIP experience that includes a meet and greet reception prior to the main event from 1:30-2:30 p.m., with light appetizers generously provided by Dash And A Handful Catering, and seating in the first three rows! So if you love Sam and want to have an exclusive opportunity to mix and mingle with the star, the VIP ticket is the one to purchase, but act fast as there are limited VIP tickets available. In addition, you may purchase General Admission tickets. Local resident, and Sam Harris Super Fan, Sara Burns contacted Sam to propose this event through Togather.com, which gives fans an

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opportunity to propose author events where they live. She brought this event to the Friends of the Palm Springs Library who saw it as a wonderful opportunity to host this event. In return, the Friends will receive a portion of the proceeds as a donation to the Friends in support of the Library. It is also a fantastic way to celebrate this talented performer as he introduces his new book. Tickets to this exclusive event can only be purchased online; there will not be any tickets available at the door. To get your tickets, simply go online to make your purchase. You choose whether you want to buy a VIP Ticket (limited number available) or General Admission. You will receive a confirmation email and email reminders leading up to the event. Go to either: General Tickets: www.togather.com/event/741/ VIP Tickets: www.togather.com/event/745/ Additional copies of Sam’s book will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of QTrading. This event is expected to sell out, as seating is limited. The Library is located at 300 S. Sunrise Way, on the corner of Sunrise Way and Baristo Road, one of the anchors of Sunrise Park and a destination for residents and visitors alike. For more information about the event call 760-322-READ (7323) or visit the Library’s web site at www.palmspringslibrary.org.


psp foCus an evening of ClaSSiC lily tomlin mcCallum theatre

through the generosity of harold matzner, the mcCallum theatre presents an evening of Classic lily tomlin on friday, march 21, at 8:00pm. It will be an unforgettable night of laughter as she takes you on a trip with more than a dozen of her timeless characters – from ernestine to sister boogie Woman; mrs. beasley to edith ann. lily tomlin continues to venture across a widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, and video. throughout her career, lily has received six emmys; a tony for her one woman broadway show appearing Nitely; a second tony for best actress. a drama desk award and an outer Critics’ Circle Award for her one woman performance in Jane Wagner’s The search for signs of Intelligent life in the universe; and a Cable ace Award for executive producing the film adaptation of The Search. she received a Grammy for her comedy album this is a recording and nominations for her subsequent albums modern scream; and that’s the truth; and on stage; she received two Peabody awards – the first for the television special “Edith Ann’s Christmas: Just Say Noël,” and the second for narrating and executive producing the HBO film The Celluloid Closet. In 2003, she received the Mark twain Prize for american humor presented at the kennedy Center in Washington d.C. the mcCallum theatre presents an evening of Classic lily tomlin on friday, march 21, at 8:00pm. tickets are priced at $95, $85, $75 and $55 and are available online at www.mccallumtheatre. com or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 3402787. mcCallum theatre, located at 73000 fred Waring drive, Palm desert Ca 92260, accepts payment by cash, personal check, VIsa, masterCard, discover and american express.

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Almost anything I need is right out my front door. Ross, D.A.P. client

D.A.P. treats and supports the whole person Living on just Social Security, my beautiful, subsidized apartment on D.A.P.’s campus has been a lifesaver. It even has solar collectors to reduce my electric bill! But best of all, my doctor, dentist, case manager, pharmacy— just about anything I could need—are only about 500 feet away when I open my front door. For the first time in years, my T-cells are up, I have dental care again, and my future seems bright.

This and more...all under one roof Thanks to your generous support, Desert AIDS Project has been saving lives for 30 years. Please continue to help by donating at desertAIDSproject.org, joining one of our annual giving programs, or by saving the date for one of our upcoming fundraising events. 20th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala | February 8, 2014 Haute 4 Help Fashion Event | March 7, 2014 Celebrity Doodles | April 5, 2014 Thirst for Life | April 8, 2014 Dining Out for Life | April 24, 2014 Desert Drag Race | May 11, 2014

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obit

Michael Rall A good friend of The Standard, Michael Rall, died on Sunday, February 16, 2014. He was one day short of his 56th birthday and had lived in Palm Springs for the past 12 years after moving from San Francisco. Mike was a long-term HIV/AIDS survivor, but became an example of what can happen over years of living with the virus. His health had declined recently from various illnesses and chronic conditions resulting from HIV and side-effects of medications. Although he lived quietly, he had done volunteer work at the airport and the local Buddhist temple. He was also a regular at Koffi North and will be greatly missed there. He is survived by his mother Betty, brother Stephen and his best friends Steve Bolerjack and Serenella Leoni, and many loving friends. He’ll be remembered as one of the kindest and gentlest person many of us have known. A memorial service is being planned for later this month and friends will be notified when finalized.

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LEGALLY SPEAKING

Riding the Rainbow Rollercoaster

By Christopher Heritage

There are thrills and chills at the amusement park - the rides are fun and scary, intense, from the plunge of the Turbo Drop to the wild ride on Millennium Force. Everyone is out for a mad adventure, and comes away with dazzled eyes and tales of peril and survival. It often seems that the LGBT community lives in that adventure park - we are definitely on a madcap rollercoaster of legal issues that guarantee to keep us in suspense, with a thrill or a chill every minute of the way. However, there is nothing amusing about the ordeal and we aren’t doing it for kicks, we charge ahead because equality is the challenge of our ride through life, and we are determined to make it happen. This past year, we shouted with joy as sections of federal DOMA rules were found unconstitutional and same-sex and straight married couples finally became equal under most of federal law. We were ecstatic, as California’s Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage

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was overturned. And we pledged to continue and renew our efforts to enact laws that protect and provide equality for every member of the LGBT community. But there are setbacks, and new attacks that unnerve us and send shivers down our spines. Here are a few of the latest ups and downs: All California students will be treated equally under the new School Success and Opportunity Act, which corrects problems of discrimination and exclusion of transgender students from school programs and activities. But the law was immediately attacked by opponents of equality, who tried to place a referendum on the November 2014 ballot to overturn it. Fortunately, the number of signatures submitted failed to qualify it for a vote. California medical plans will now provide transgender benefits for all fully insured clients. The coverage is subject to the conditions


that apply to all other types of medical benefits, such as medical necessity and exclusions for cosmetic service. Included in the benefits are medically necessary services related to gender transition, such as transgender surgery, hormone therapy, psychotherapy visits, and vocal training. Louisiana’s Blue Cross Blue Shield medical plan has just been hit with a federal class action lawsuit because it refuses to accept federally funded premium subsidies that allow low-income residents living with HIV to purchase health insurance. It appears that the insurer is trying to freeze out large numbers of HIV sufferers, even though denial of coverage for pre-existing medical conditions is not permitted under the Affordable Care Act. Arizona’s state legislature just sent a discriminatory bill to the governor to allow a business owner, church or person asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gay or lesbian customers. Wisely, the governor decided to veto it “as creating more problems than it … solves”. Similar laws have been proposed in Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Tennessee, without success so far. Wyoming’s legislature has just defeated a bill to legalize samesex marriage in the state. But action continues in many other states, with strong prospects for equality success. Among them: - Courts in Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Nevada, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania have found or are considering the ban on recognition of same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. Some of the rulings are now on appeal. The challenge for marriage equality has already been won in: - 17 states plus Washington D.C., and 8 Native American tribes, who now permit and recognize same-sex marriage. - 16 other countries, plus parts of Mexico, where such marriages are now legal. You can boost the effort by joining Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign, Equality California, GLAAD, and the many other groups committed to secure equality for our LGBT community.

This article is part of an ongoing series of articles pertaining to legal issues relevant to the LGBT community, and is intended for general information purposes only – not legal advice. Christopher Heritage is an attorney in Palm Springs and San Diego, who focuses on LGBT estate planning, domestic partnerships, same-sex marriage, probate, trust administration, and bankruptcy. He welcomes questions and comments and can be contacted at 760-325-2020 or at chris@heritagelegal.com

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wellness

READ, QUESTION, RESEARCH By Dr. Kenneth Toth, BA, MAT, DC, RN, CPT It seems that everything you look at, listen to, or watch in today’s media has something to say about health, the lack of health, or whether you can afford to be eating healthful food choices. Add to that the infomercials disguised as news that are really trying to sell you some off-the-wall miracle herb or substance that will supposedly take the place of appropriate individualized exercise in order to lose fat. What’s my point? I am simply saying that if one is going to take any new dietary information seriously (especially if one is going to take any personal dietary action based upon it), one must carefully read, critically analyze, question as necessary, and do further research independently in order to separate fact from fiction. There seems to be far too much so-called information or news out there, which is painted with a very broad brush, with generalities. When one is dealing with health, generalities tend to get one into the nebulous realm of inaccuracies and misinformation as well as outright disinformation. Are you sufficiently along the life continuum to remember when eggs and real butter, even in moderation, were totally demonized? Remember when everything was about low fat or no fat? Or when severe carbohydrate restrictions were lauded to lose weight? Eating healthily is not just a matter of eating organic or non-organic, in addition to other distinctions. It is a much larger conversation. For example, it must include such basic things as portion size, feeding times during the day, and serving ratios of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Then there are the possible individual food allergies, food intolerances, and medication requirements that preclude consuming certain foods while taking certain prescribed medications. Add to that such factors as the intensity level of the usual physical activity undertaken daily and how that may alter the ideal intake of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates for that particular individual. Personalized excellent nutrition, as well as excellent health, is not a one-size-fits-all concept. Add to that the fact that you cannot have truly excellent health without excellent nutrition. We have all heard the person who brags that he eats whatever junk food he wants, drinks whatever he wants, who never exercises, and makes fun of those who take care of their health. What such a person has not yet experienced is when he reaches the breaking point when some subclinical pathology that has been “brewing” for years finally rears its ugly head and ends the party quite miserably. When I accept a new personal training client who normally eats only a bowl of instant oatmeal at seven-thirty in the morning and nothing else, except for a few unnamed snacks until two in the afternoon, I have to get to work educating him about modifying

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his eating plan. Stat, if we are going to be successful in creating a heightened level of health that will support a meaningful exercise program. You can’t drive your car very far with real performance if you don’t give it the right kind of fuel. Again, when it comes to learning how to create better health, I think what really pays is to read/listen carefully, question everything with critical analysis, and then take a little time to do some good research on your own. Remember, you are always the last word on your personal health decisions.

Dr. Kenneth Toth, BA, MAT, DC, RN, CPT, holds multiple degrees and credentials as a science educator, chiropractor, registered nurse, and personal trainer. He is currently limiting his professional activities to Personal Training/Nutritional Coaching. Dr. Ken is accepting new clients exclusively at WORLD GYM PALM SPRINGS for personal training along with nutritional coaching. You may contact Dr. Ken at 949-235-9408 or on his website: www.KenTothFitness.com


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UNDERTRAINING (vs) OVERTRAINING By Dennis Mason, B.F.A., C.P.T. Did you ever notice how often you see one or more people at the gym every time you’re there? It’s like they never go home. Very often they seem to work out the same muscles with each visit... like biceps or chest. What you usually don’t see is any significant muscular development. This could be a sign of Overtraining. On the other hand, if the workouts are too infrequent or not intense enough, it could be a symptom of Undertraining. So, how does a person know how much is too much or not enough? One of the most important considerations when training your body is to listen to your own intuition or instincts. Your body is always telling you what’s up and what’s needed. That’s how we’re built. However, this concept is hard for some people to grasp. It’s really simple, once you get the hang of it. Simply put, it’s all about you! It’s about how you feel (energetic, tired, etc.) as you begin your workout. If you are feeling very vibrant and full of energy, it could indicate that your body is well rested, recuperated, fueled and ready for action. It would be a good day to perhaps raise the resistance on weights or increase speed and/or time on the elliptical machine. There are many signs of Overtraining, but the following are among the more common ones. Your weight and strength levels have remained on a plateau for over a few months. You think about what you are going to do on your workout day, but when the time arrives you find yourself just wanting to stay home and sleep. You get diminished results from your workouts. Your dietary intake is fine but you still have low energy. You injure yourself more frequently than you used to. You really don’t have much motivation to get to the gym. These are the classic signs of Overtraining. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, take some time off from the gym. In fact, it’s a good idea to take a week off from intensive training about every three months. As for how often to work out...it all depends on the individual. Most people find that for good results, their body needs between 36 to 48 hours of rest before another workout. That’s because exercise taxes not only the individual muscles being worked, but the entire nervous system as well. Different muscles require different amounts of rest before they can be ‘back up to speed’ for another work out. A good rule of thumb to follow is that the larger the muscle or group

is, the longer rest time it requires. The smaller the muscle, the less time is needed. For example, a heavy leg workout may require 4 to 6 days before the legs are fully recovered, whereas abdominals may require only 1 or 2 days. Of course all of this is relative to the individual and the intensity of the work out. Undertraining is pretty much the opposite of Overtraining. I know a few people who go to the gym on a regular basis and generally follow the same routine for each body part time after time. They do the same number of sets and reps with the same weight in about the same amount of time week after week after week. I call this The Comfy Workout. If you want to build muscle, this style of training simply will not work. You must challenge your muscles to work a little harder than last time. By doing so, muscle fiber will be torn down then grow back a little stronger and larger.

Dennis is a certified personal trainer and coach with over 30 years’ experience, an NPC bodybuilding competitor, charity cyclist, health and fitness motivational speaker and author. He now trains exclusively at WORLD GYM PALM SPRINGS, specializing in Physique Sculpting, and Nutritional Guidance. He also offers Aquatic Conditioning, weather permitting, in your pool or his. “Fitness is more than just a workout.” It’s a LIFESTYLE committed to staying active; eating healthy; reducing stress and having fun. Join Dennis on demand on his internet radio programs, FITNESS & MORE INTERNATIONAL and be taken on a journey to explore new ideas; separate myth from fact and gain new information. That’s Dennis Mason, only on: www.BlogTalkRadio. com/FitnessAndMore For more information regarding his services please visit: DennisMasonFitness.com or FitnessAndMoreRadio.com. Also on Facebook and Twitter as fitnessradio. Telephone 760 219-5877

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medical 411

ASK THE DOCTOR Question: Dr. Murphy, as spring approaches, I am expecting my usual bout with allergies. I always become congested in my nose, my eyes become watery and itchy when the pollen counts are high, and they look puffier to me. They seem to be worse in the desert than at the coast, but they are bad in the spring regardless of my location. What can I do to eliminate this springtime annoyance? Tony V., Palm Springs, CA Answer: Tony, you are not alone. Many people suffer from springtime allergies. Pollen airborne allergies become a problem for humans and animals when the spring arrives and the flowers and trees begin to bloom. When the wind blows, it allows for the rapid spread of the ‘pollen’ that can cause all of your symptoms. The severity can vary year to year, and the symptoms can range from annoying to debilitating. Unfortunately, remediation from your allergies, not a cure, is possible. Replace your air filters in both your house and car. Find an oral OTC (over the counter) allergy medication and start the medication in early March and continue through the entire spring season. Antiallergy eye drops are available from your ophthalmologist if the puffy, itchy eyes continue to plaque you. Keep the windows closed when the wind is blowing. There are a few OTC allergy drops that are effective as well. Finally, allergy shots are effective for many people and an allergy specialist does this testing and administration. Question: I recently had a stye in my eye. Someone told me that stress brings these on. Is there any truth to that? Also, it was ugly

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by Forrest P. Murphy, MD, FACS

and unsightly. I still have a small bump on the upper lid. Do I need surgery to remove this? Louis G, Palm Springs, CA Answer: Louis, styes are very annoying and can be painful. A stye is an infected oil gland and can present on either the upper or lower eyelid, basically a pimple on the eyelid. Stress has nothing to do with this problem. The technical term for a stye is hordeolum. The treatment for a stye is hot lid compresses, topical and oral antibiotics and possibly steroid drops. DO NOT try to ‘pop’ it on your own. This will cause the infection to spread throughout the whole lid. Eventually, with treatment, a hordeolum will drain when it ‘comes to a head’. When a hordeolum does not drain and resolve spontaneously, it encapsulates and becomes a painless bump of the upper or lower lid called a chalazion. Eventually, a chalazion will shrink and dissipate. Only if the appearance annoys you do you need to seek surgical intervention.

Forrest P. Murphy, MD, FACS is a board-certified Ophthalmologist and board eligible in Emergency Medicine and Anti-Aging. If you have a question for Dr. Forrest, simply send us an email with your question to info@standardps.com. The Content provided in this column is for informational purposes only and is not medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or care, nor is it intended to be a substitute. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider.


book review

Always Overbooked… By Terri Schlichenmeyer

Pee Shy author Frank Spinelli Photo Credit Chad Schroer

Sometimes, you wish you had a better memory. For instance, you would never, forget appointments. You could tell better jokes, win more arguments, save more money. You’d remember faces of the people you met and events that happened when you were too small for it to matter. Then again, as you’ll see in the new book “Pee-Shy: A Memoir” by Frank Spinelli, some things you’ll wish you could forget. When he was just an eight-year-old, Frank Spinelli received a toy medical kit as a gift, and decided on the spot that he wanted to be a doctor someday. It was a surprise, therefore, years later, when he flunked out of college, his scholarship gone with his dreams. Taking the advice of a friend, Spinelli

began therapy to explore the reasons for his dark life and med-school failure. The answer, as it turned out, was easy… It started when Spinelli was just eleven years old, overweight, bullied, sports hating, and a frustration to his Italian parents, who pushed their son into Scouting. Spinelli hated Scouting, but he admired the area’s Scoutmaster. He liked Bill, and he knew that Bill liked him. Bill took Spinelli out for ice cream, and to do errands. He invited Spinelli over to his house for what Bill called “boy bonding.” When Spinelli eventually told his parents about this molestation, very little was done and even less was said. Fast forward: back on track, Spinelli achieved his dream of becoming a doctor. He opened his own practice in New York and grew his clientele. He seemed like a

successful, happy gay man, but old issues still plagued him: sometimes, he couldn’t empty his bladder. Configurations of bathrooms mattered. Other occupants mattered. Urinals were mostly off-limits. It was a remnant of his abuse, and he’d learned to deal with it. And then, old memories began to float forward. Small reminders nagged at Spinelli. He found a book written about Bill, and learned that Bill had adopted a son. That opened a floodgate of images and questions. So Spinnelli picked up the phone and called the man… Is your jaw on the floor yet? I know mine was as I followed author Frank Spinelli on his incredible journey in “Pee-Shy.” With steady strength and a rare kind of candor, Spinelli writes of a childhood filled with bullying, embarrassment, and curiosity for forbidden (girl’s) things. It’s almost a relief as this formerly-outcast kid lets us see him become a successful adult – and yet, it’s a mixed bag, since we’re then privy to his falling apart, his self-doubts, and frustrations that his body reacts as it does, now that it’s safe. None of this is easy to read – it’s a squirmy book, for sure - but what makes it worthwhile is the sense of courage and closure that the ending allows. Be aware that there are some explicit bits to this book, but it’s appropriate and not gratuitous. If you can handle that, though, then “Pee-Shy: A Memoir” is a book that’ll surely stick in your memory. “Pee-Shy: A Memoir” by Frank Spinelli c.2014, Kensington $15.00 / $16.95 Canada 353 pages

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Doing the Circuit by George Zander

We all know about and most of us love the White Party, which kicks off in the spring in the Desert. While always open to anyone, the parties generally are viewed as gatherings for gay men. Circuit parties charge admission, with some being run for-profit and others benefiting charities. These great parties are uber lavish affairs with top-drawer lighting, music, and costumed attendees are all de rigueur. and are held in venues that can accommodate large crowds. They started in the 70’s in Columbus Ohio as the Red party and exploded in the 80s and 90s. The granddaddies of Circuit Parties are the White Party in Palm Springs and the White Party in Miami. Circuit parties are known to attract a broad range of demographics, from young gay men in their early 20s to those in

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their 40s, 50s and even 60s, and both single gay men and couples in long-term relationships. They are not without controversy within the gay community and high drug use and promiscuous sex and part of the deal. It also raises questions about an association between drug use and risky sex practices among gay and bisexual men. For those of you who love this scene do not just do the White Party here is Palm Springs but try some others. A close by non-stop flight on American Airline is the sensational Purple Party in Dallas May 8-12. Great dance venues, wonderful hotel deals, and great stars. A weekend long party in Provincetown celebrates Independence Week and the party town of the northeast explodes into a bigger


party for all. It is June 28 -July 6. Obviously make your reservations now. Fire Island was one of the earliest party places. Way back in the 70s. Some of you may remember. The Pines Party now is a great time for all from July 25-27. Barcelona is one of the world’s largest circuit parties. It is more than a week-long, so get in shape now. Aug 6-17 on the waterfront for one of the world’s most fabulous cities. Tropical Heat is a huge party in Key West. Aug 15-18, It is a great town and marvelous event for men!! Then comes Southern Decadences which began in the 70s as a gay Mardi Gras. Pat Robertson blamed Hurricane Katrina on the sins of Southern Decadence. T-shirts sales were brisk!!! It is Aug 27-Sep. 1. Rounding out the year is the Black and Blue Party in Montreal, Quebec. It runs Oct 9-15 and has been a huge success for decades. So, if you all can make in half of there in a year you clearly are champion party goers!! Have fun and play safe. Cheers!!

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When Fashion, Food & Wine Collide By Chef Andre Carthen

From the invention of fire, to ‘nouvelle cuisine’, food has always been in fashion. Maybe it’s because it brings us together in celebration, or because it’s a way to share our culture and pass on traditions, or maybe it’s just because that when it’s done right, it just taste so damn good. In any case what would a celebration be without food & wine! From the very beginning, cooking shows have taught us, inspired us and delighted us with the culinary changing of time. Not sure if Julia Child had the first cooking show but she will always be the mother of TV cooking. Let us not forget some of the other great gourmet gurus that have seasoned the TV screen. Graham Kerr – The Galloping Gourmet; truly the first Food & Wine expert. Jeff Smith – The Frugal Gourmet; showed us how to do things on a budget. Sara Moulton – Cooking Live; one of the pioneers of the Food Network and the Dean of American Cookery himself James Beard – the first nationally televised cooking show host, Elsie Presents James Beard in “I Love to Eat” don’t remember it? Most wouldn’t, it aired in 1946. When it comes to fashion and food, fashion is not the only thing gracing the ‘Catwalk’ at Palm Desert Fashion Week this month. Straight from the runways of the Food Network and their own fabulous kitchens, come some of the most amazing culinary STARS to whet your appetite and stir up your taste buds. This year’s 5th annual Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert will be held March 21-23, 2014. The festival, organized by Palm Springs Life, will gather the brightest and most inspired chefs from across the

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country for three extraordinary days of culinary and wine tasting under The Big White Tent on Larkspur between El Paseo and Shadow Mountain in Palm Desert, CA. The event will also feature more than 80 premium wines & champagnes and 50 restaurants offering tastings. And in case you missed them on the Food Network, we brought the Food Network to you. Two rising stars hailing from Chicago, Gale Gand and Steve McDonagh sat down to Dish-the-Dish with us and share some of their fun food facts.


epicurean there. It’s purely American. I nearly died without it so when I got back home I taught myself how to make it. My grandfather George used to make it but he died before I was born. Maybe it’s genetic! Q: What is the most unusual dessert that you’ve made? A: Maybe my Banana Split-Up to commemorate my divorce? Q: With the weight concerns in our country; What are your thoughts on healthy eating; do you try to bring any of that to your menu? A: If yes, what? We offer lighter menu items like a bin less Skinny Burger and smaller tasting portions of dessert. Q: Favorite veggie / fruit and why? A: Raspberries because they are simply perfect. So flavorful. Q: What is the one cooking utensil you could not live without? A: My rolling pin. It’s my great grandmother’s. Q: Favorite romantic / or sexy food? A: Lychee Q: Favorite herb? A: Tarragon Q: Favorite late night comfort food? A: Cold fried chicken Q: What would you be if you were not a pastry chef? A: Florist, painter or art teacher. I was a jeweler and diamond setter before I was a chef. Gale Gand Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh Pastry chef/partner at Spritzburger, founding pastry chef/ partner of Tru, author, television personality www.galegand.com Q: What is the one thing everyone should know about food or baking? A: Cooking for others gives the ultimate pleasure. Q: Who or what inspires your cuisine? A: My childhood and American Classics Q: What’s the most popular dessert? A: Lemon Meringue Pie with Blackberry Paint Q: What started you on root beer? A: I was living in England for 3 years and they don’t have it

b.k.a.– The Hearty Boys Partners at Spritzburger / Food Network / www.heartyboys.com Q: Who or what inspires your cuisine? A: We are largely inspired by mid-century entertaining. It was the glory-years of entertaining at home and there seemed to be so much excitement in the discovery of how modern conveniences and the globalization of the world brought new food opportunities to the states. This is especially true of hors d’oeuvres. Q: With the weight concerns in our country; What are your thoughts on healthy eating; do you try to bring any of that to your menu? If yes, what?

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epicurean Q: Favorite appetizer? A: I’m an English pub kind of guy. Deep fry me something crunchy and salty and pour me a pint of beer and I’m happy. I was really enjoying an order of our fat onion rings at our new restaurant last night; we toss those in a garlic salt. Q: What is the one cooking utensil you could not live without? A: I love a zester. I’m not a Zen person so I’m more end-result oriented than process oriented. But I do love using a microplane zester. I love how the scent of the citrus immediately begins to fill the workspace and I love the little moment of running your finger along the inside to dump the zest into the bowl. Q: Favorite romantic / or sexy food? A: We’ve been together for 17 years and have an 8-year-old son. Sexy food equates to anything that is eaten in a restaurant without a kid’s menu. Q: Favorite late night comfort food? A: Gale Gand and I were in a supermarket late one night near my weekend place in Michigan and came across the Spam. We bought a can along with soft fresh rolls and went home and made midnight Spam sandwiches with a fried egg, roasted red peppers and sautéed zucchini. The salty spam, the soft bread and a cold beer…oh my God. It is our secret late night guilty pleasure. WAS our secret actually, as we have added it to our menu at SpritzBurger, the only change is we serve it open-faced on a homemade bread pudding ‘bun’.

A: We live in an ‘everything in moderation’ lifestyle and we bring our son up with that phrase. That being said, we do not try to be a health-focused restaurant or business. Our point of view is more about enjoying a party. Q: What’s the largest number of people you have cooked for? A: We run huge events with our catering business. This includes some of the high profile summer fests in Chicago. The Better Homes & Gardens Grill & Chill event was for tens of thousands. We’ve fed high profile clients including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey. Q: Favorite veggie / fruit and why? A: I don’t think I have a “favorite” fruit but my favorite “fruit moment” each year is picking the apples from our Michigan orchard. Walking through the orchard with our son and munching petite juicy Jonathan apples while the yellow jackets buzz around us is always my favorite ‘fruit moment’ of the year.

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Q: What would you be if you were not a chef? A: I’m an actor; mostly musical theatre. My business has been so successful that it’s pulled me away from it. I miss it terribly. Q: Where do you see the trend in food / cooking going? A: This economy has been so slow to change. I see many, many restaurants turning to more casual dining. SpritzBurger is our answer to this. IF YOU GO Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert March 21-23 Palm Desert, CA Info: palmdesertfoodandwine.com Chef Andre Carthen a.k.a. the Fit Chef, is featured in Kathy Ireland’s book “Real Solutions for Busy Moms: Your Guide to Success and Sanity,” and Janet Jackson’s first book, NY Times #1 Best Seller “True You” where he contributed over 30 recipes for a healthy meal plan. To learn more http://kathyireland.com/entertaining/entertaining-about/


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events CaleNdar tony awards, an oscar, a special “legends” Grammy, two Golden Globe awards and an emmy, is one of the entertainment world’s consummate performers. for ticket information visit www.hotwatercasino.com

mar 8 the CeNter’s aNNual red dress Party. the saGuaro hotel Palm sPrINGs the Center’s annual red dress/dress red is only two years young, but has already doubled in size, proving to be one of the hottest parties of the year! the red dress/ dress red provides an opportunity for our members, donors, and community members to get together and have a great time while supporting a good cause. for tickets www.thecenterps.org

mar 13 JEFFREY SANKER WALK OF STARS CeremoNy. Palm sPrINGs Jeffrey Sanker, founder and producer of White Party Palm springs, will receive the Golden Palm star on the Palm springs Walk of stars on march 13th at 1pm at the southeast corner of Palm Canyon drive & arenas road (at lulu California Bistro) for his Star Dedication ceremony. Singer Carmen Electra and (former) Mayor ron oden are two of the special guests speaking.

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mar 15 - 16 Palm sPrINGs Chalk art festIVal In the parking lot behind Plaza mercado at 155 s. Palm Canyon drive in downtown Palm springs (at the corner of arenas and S. Belardo Roads.) Proceeds from the event benefit the Palm Springs Sun-Up Rotary foundation and arts in the schools of the Palm Springs Unified School District. “Arts education has been shown to help overall learning,” says bloomer. “the next generation needs the opportunity to learn and create our future.” Cash donations will also be accepted at the event. www.chalkartpalmsprings.com

mar 22 lIZa mINNellI at aGua CalIeNte CasINo resort sPa. raNCho mIraGe the legendary liza minnelli performs at agua Caliente Casino spa and resort, saturday, march 22. minnelli, winner of four

mar 30 VIVa les orIGINales! beNefIt PerformaNCe for aIds assIstaNCe ProGram. Palm sPrINGs Viva les originales! a musical tour around the World. sunday, march 30, 2014 at the renaissance Palm springs hotel. starring: Ginger allen, Cherilyn, richard barbaro, Jersey Shore, Rita Del Taco, Sassy Ross, marina mac, Pinkie meringue shimmer, and emcee dana adkins. for ticket info visit www.aidsassistanceprogram.org you don’t want to miss this one!

apr 5 CelebrIty doodles fuNdraIser. Palm sPrINGs Celebrity doodles is a fun and unique fundraising event and Palm spring’s ultimate cocktail party benefitting Desert aIds Project. this year you will be entertained by the one and only taylor dayne. also both live and silent auctions of celebrity donated items such as art, tickets to a show, a celebrity book, signed memorabilia or even a doodle itself. for info go to www.celebritydoodles.com


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EVENTS CALENDAR DBA MARCH Mixers Mar 10 DBA Installation & Awards Dinner The Saguaro Hotel 6pm-9pm Mar 24th Mixer 6:00-8:00 pm Co-hosted by Joyful Weddings 7 LULU California Bistro 41801 Corporate Way, Ste. 12 Palm Desert www.desertbusinessassociation.org

Sundays “The Playgirls” at Toucans Tiki Lounge featuring Tommi Rose. Performances 8, 10pm. These darling Divas of drag really deliver with their very own brand of entertainment to packed houses. Special guests appear weekly. DJ in the sound booth. Every Sunday Complete list of events www.toucanstikilounge.com

ongoing >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Copa In a throwback to old Palm Springs’ nightclubs, the Copa is fashioned around an elevated performing stage and a stunning u-shaped bar lined with leather barstools, upholstered booths, and gilded cocktail tables. Sink into the sexy lounge, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the lineup of local and guest entertainers. For weekly schedule visit www.coparoomps.com The Purple Room Supper club, drinks and live music. It’s where Palm Springs plays. Great entertainment nightly and dinner specials. You never know whom you might see at The Purple Room. For monthly schedule and info visit http://purpleroompalmsprings.com

Oscar’s Café & Bar You and your dog(s) are invited to join us every Saturday and Sunday from 7:30am - 2:00pm for a fun brunch on our always dog-friendly patio. Oscar’s Cafe & Bar participates in My Perfect Pet’s “Dine With Your Dog” program, offering fresh, whole, healthy 100% Human-Grade Food for your dog while serving delicious human food for our pet parents! Dog meals are offered FREE with a $2 per meal donation (which benefits local animal nonprofits) 7 days a week at Oscar’s Cafe & Bar. Make your Bow Wow Brunch Reservations by calling Oscar’s at (760) 325-1188. PS: Brunch is also available indoors for those without pets!

Hunters Nightclubs® Palm Springs, Palm Springs’ go-to gay bar and dance club, has been leading the way in full-out fun for 13 lucky years now! We enjoy having the desert’s most sought-after and friendly DJs, full-on themed events, and a staff that has it all without the attitude. And of course, we are proud to hold the longest happy hour in the entire Valley. Remember: Size Matters. Come by for our happy hour from 10am – 7pm. Yes, that’s right: 9 hours long! For a list of all events and specials visit www.huntersnightclubs.com

Art Walk. Back Street Art District , Discover the Backstreet Art District, on the first Wednesday of every month, the coolest, hippest art destination in the desert. Stroll through a dozen artist-owned galleries and working studios featuring exciting collections of original, contemporary art by nationally and internationally recognized artists including paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics as well as performing arts. ART WALKS are held the first Wednesday of every month during evening hour. www.backstreetartdistrict.com

Wang’s in the Desert. The weekly Wang’s Live Entertainment series features the best in local and regional musical talents. Guests can relax from cabaret and Broadway show performances to upbeat, jazzy showcases on the Zen Patio, with its beautiful stone outdoor fireplace, giant red Buddha statue and lush tropical surroundings. The Sunday series is becoming the new performance showcase for weekends and holidays in downtown Palm Springs. It’s the perfect, casual venue for great music, cool cocktails and of course, a fantastic crowd. For more information about Wang’s in the Desert, visit www.wangsinthedesert.com Tuesdays Bella da Ball Cabaret Variety Dinner Revue at Azul features a different show each week with a cast of male and female vocalists and drag personalities. The highly popular show is hosted and produced by Palm Springs’ area social ambassador, Bella da Ball, and features music-comedysong-dance-costuming-headdresses-photo ops-door prizes-audience participation and more. The 95+ minute production features musical numbers ranging from show tunes to country to pop and everything in between. Don’t miss the fun every Tuesday at 7:30pm! No cover.

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events CaleNdar experience some of the best spring skiing and snowboarding on the planet, at a world-class resort. for info www.mammothgayski.com

mar 5 - 10

Winter party feStival mIamI, florIda the world’s biggest and best-loved celebrations for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in one of the world’s hottest destinations, miami beach, florida. over 10,000 guests from around the world attend our annual six-day extravaganza featuring the most spectacular venues, the most unforgettable parties and receptions and the best international DJ talent. www.winterparty.com

mar 12 - 16

elevation: mammoth mammoth lakes, Ca elevation 2014, the twelfth annual mammoth Gay ski Week! more than 2,500 riders and skiers come to the high sierras for mammoth lake’s favorite event of the year. elevation offers a fun alternative to the gay bar scene or party circuit. yes, we have huge dance parties with nationally known DJs, but this weekend is about more than just those parties; we hold elevation in one of the most beautiful settings in the country. When you come to elevation, you

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texaS bear round-up 19 dallas, texas save a Cowboy and ride a bear! a fun weekend where Cowboy butts will drive you nuts and the bears are all friendly. Come join us for our annual bear reunion march 13-16, 2014 in dallas, texas. We have a great weekend planned with entertainment, food, activities, contest, and transportation to all our events and bars, our world famous hospitality room and of course eighteen hundred plus bears, cubs, admirers and more! for more info visit www.tbru.org

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riteS: the blaCk party NeW york CIty, Ny the saint at large presents rItes: the black Party recognized internationally as “the ultimate fetish, fag blowout”, the blaCk Party, held at the famous roseland ballroom, has built its legendary reputation on the intense sexual energy of its “strange live acts,” state-of-the-art lighting and production design and cutting-edge musical artistry. www.blackparty.com

mar 23 - 29

loS angeleS leather pride los aNGeles, Ca los angeles leather Pride is a full week of sizzling leather & fetish events, including parties at several different venues throughout la and the selection of mr. leather 2014, this year promises to be one for the record books. don’t hear about it, live it! for further info go to www.laleatherpride.com

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phoenix gay pride / PhoeNIx, aZ the 34th annual Phoenix Pride festival and is a two day celebration designed to bring our diverse lGbtq and allied communities together for a weekend of camaraderie and celebration of our past, present and future while raising funds for the Phoenix Pride Community foundation and programs. the Phoenix Pride festival attracts over 30,000 attendees during the two-day celebration and features over 150 entertainment performances on 5 stages. www.phoenixpride.org


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gran Canaria Carnival GraN CaNarIa IslaNds the maspalomas Carnival is an annual, taking place at the infamous yumbo Center. It is mixed, but due to the dominant gay crowds, as yumbo is the Gay Centre of Gran Canaria, it has a firm pink element to it. All the gay bars and clubs host special events.

JaSper pride feStival JASPER, CANADA Jasper Pride Weekend is the only Winter Pride festival in the Canadian rocky mountains that takes place late march or early april every year. the event attracts many locals and visitors alike. our 5th anniversary festival is march 21-23, 2014. Jasper is a traditionally diverse and welcoming community attracting travelers, workers, students, ski bums and residents from all over the world. this unique atmosphere is a perfect fit for the resident queer community, the lGbt traveler and the many LGBT couples who wed in Jasper every year. they all have their favorite hangouts in town… but we will let you find that out by yourself. www.jasperpride.ca

varied slopes’. there are few single resorts to rival alpe d’huez. our guests come in all genders, shapes, sizes, ages, & nationalities representing a broad mix of people; so you’ll find introverts & extroverts ,dedicated skiers & boarders, novices & experts, party people & bookworms, blossoming youths & interesting elders, all mingling together in a friendly fun environment. www.europeangayskiweek.com

mar 22 - 29

gay SnoW happening sÖldeN, austrIa Get ready for 22 march 2014: we warmly welcome you to sölden’s splendid Gay snow happening! a truly sensational week is on the program until 29 march, offering a wide range of action-packed events and fun-filled ski or snowboard days on immaculate slopes. Jovial hut evenings, endless party nights until the early morning and many new friends await you here. www.gaysnowhappening.com

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atlantiS bali to Singapore CruiSe balI, INdoNesIa all gay cruise with 450 guests on one of the most luxurious all-suite cruise ships, the seabourn odyssey, a new ship from the world’s top luxury line. an extraordinary journey from bali to singapore, this is not your regular party cruise, but 10 days of luxury all-inclusive voyage. www.atlantisevents.com

mar 22- 29

european gay Ski Week/ freNCh alPs this year marks the 6th amazing year of europe’s original and most popular Gay Winter sports and music festival and we are returning for a 4th year to the ski resort of alpe d’huez. alpe d’huez is a big-league resort, with impressively extensive and

rubbout / VaNCouVer, CaNada 2014 is the 23rd installment of the Vancouver rubbout party weekend for men who like rubber and fetish. the theme for 2014 is Gear uP! We want to encourage all the rubber men out there to wear their sexiest sports gear to the weekend events; preferably in rubber, though lycra and leather will also conjure up images of hot sweaty muscular men giving their all to win the game. further info at www.rubbout.com

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Bars and Night Clubs

Wang’s in the Desert 424 S Indian Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262 Phone: (760) 325-WANG (9264) www.wangsinthedesert.com

Las Casuelas Terraza 222 S Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA Phone: (760) 325-2794 www.lascasuelas.com

Zin American Bistro 198 S Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA Phone: (760) 322-6300 www.pszin.com

Hunters Nightclub 302 East Arenas Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760-323-0700 www.huntersnightclubs.com

Nature’s Health Food & Cafe 555 S Sunrise Way Suite 301 Palm Springs, CA Phone: (760) 323-9487 www.natureshealthfoodcafe.com

LuLu California Bistro 200 S Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA Phone: (760) 327-5858 www.lulupalmsprings.com

Birba 622 N Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA Phone: (760) 327-5678 www.birbaps.com

Toucan’s Tiki Lounge 2100 North Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262 760-416-7584 www.toucanstikilounge.com

Pomme Frite 256 S Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA Phone: (760) 778-3727 www.pomme-frite.com

Cheekys 622 N Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA Phone: (760) 327-7595 www.cheekysps.com

Rainbow Bar and Grill 216 South Indian Canyon Palm Springs, CA 92262 760-325-3989 www.rainbowbarngrill.com

Rio Azul Mexican Bar and Grill 350 S Indian Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA Phone: (760) 992-5641 www.rioazulpalmsprings.com

El Mirasol 140 E Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA Phone: (760) 323-0721 www.elmirasolrestaurants.com

Trio Restaurant 707 N Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262 Phone: (760) 864-8746 www.triopalmsprings.com

Thai Smile Palm Springs 651 N Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA Phone: (760) 320-5503 www.thaismilepalmsprings.com

Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grille 415 N Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA Phone: (760) 778-6279 www.hamburgermarysps.com

Studio ONE 11 Cocktail Lounge 67-555 East Palm Canyon Drive, Suite A103, Cat. City CA 92264 760.328.2900 www.Studio-One-11.com

Trio Restaurant 707 N Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA Phone: (760) 864-8746 www.triopalmsprings.com

Rick’s Restaurant 1973 N Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA Phone: (760) 416-0090 www.ricksrestaurant.biz

The Tool Shed 600 E. Sunny Dunes Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.320.3299 www.toolshed-ps.com

The Tropicale 330 E Amado Road Palm Springs, CA Phone: (760) 866-1952 www.thetropicale.com

Pinocchio in the Desert 134 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA 92262 760-322-3776 www.pinocchiops.com

Spurline Video Lounge 200 Indian Canyon Drive Palm Springs CA 92262 760-778-4326 www.spurline.com

Sherman’s Deli & Bakery 401 E Tahquitz Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA Phone: (760) 325-1199 www.shermansdeli.com Acqua Pazza / The River at Rancho Mirage 71800 Highway 111 Suite A167 Rancho Mirage, CA Phone: (760) 862-9800 www.acquapazzabistro.com Azul Restaurant 369 N Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA Phone: (760) 325-5533 www.azultapaslounge.com Casa de Frida 450 S Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA Phone: (760) 459-1681 www.casadefrida.com Copley’s on Palm Canyon 621 N Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA Phone: (760) 327-9555 www.copleyspalmsprings.com

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