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CONTENTS Formerly The Word, est. 1991 Volume 25, Number 9 December 1, 2016 www.midwesteagle.com

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About our cover The cover of this edition is the iconic Monument Circle “World’s Largest Christmas Tree,” which was officially lit the day after Thanksgiving. Eagle photographer Tom Fleetwood captured the circle’s bright lights and holiday mood. Special hat tip to the volunteers from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 481 — they began two weeks early, and they strung almost 5000 lights over 52 strands, six miles of electrical wire and two miles of garland. The Downtown Indy program is in its 53rd year, and the IBEW has installed the lights each time. Over 100,000 onlookers participated in the tree-elighting ceremony. For that one day, it’s the most-photographed Christmas tree in the world — surpassing Rockefeller Center’s and the White House’s versions. The Dec. 15 edition of The Eagle will feature our look back at 2016 — a Year in Review. If you’ve got “top story” suggestions or guest submissions, send them to Rick Sutton at: editor@midwesteagle.com. Corrections are welcomed: We strive to get facts correct, but if we err, or we spell your name wrong, please let us know as soon as possible at E editor@midwesteagle.com.

COLUMNS/OPINION One Mother’s Journey: Be there for kids 5 Your Vote Counts: The Electoral College 6 Freedom Indiana: Reach across the aisle 6 @ 20-something: Remember their names 7 NEWS Freedom Indiana petitions Holcomb 8 Obama honors Ellen 8 HRC on Trump presidency 9 Methodist Bishop in controversy 9 DeVos named to DOE 13 Judge rules on gendered passport rule 13 Texas judge at it again 13 Gay U.S. ambassador to resign 14

COMMUNITY Photos: Statehouse Press Conference on Intolerance 16 Bag Ladies party 18 Pride Thanksgiving 19 Downtown lights 22 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT World AIDS Day 24 Indy Choruses 26 Review: ‘Spamalot’ 28 Calendar of Events 28-29 Bookworm: “Miss Jane” 30 SPORTS Inaugural ‘Basketball Day in Indiana’ 32 GAYCATION TRAVEL Destination: Reykjavik, Iceland 34 On a Budget: Washington, D.C. 36


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Our kids need us to be strong for them Inskeep has been writing a series exploring a parent’s perspective on discovering her child is transgender, which will continue in future editions of The Eagle. The following is a personal reflection on the recent state and national elections.

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don’t have to tell you the days immediately following the election were very difficult for LGBT people and their families and friends. Not only were many of us devastated that we lost a decent hope for the state of Indiana in our gubernatorial and senate races – somehow, out of far-right field came the unlikely, unconventional and certainly un-presidential upset candidate. His rhetoric, name-calling, bluster and blather were disconcerting enough, but it was his bragging about sexual assault, promises to deport immigrants, block entire segments of the population from entering the country, and to undo hard-won civil liberties of already marginalized folks, that put us over the edge. This was clearly not politics as usual, and we were scared. As difficult as it was for adults, it was even more terrifying for children. Kids

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Krisztina Inskeep who had heard all the negativity of the campaign and how unsuited the Republican candidate was for the highest office had gone to bed excited for the first woman president, but awoke to their stunned and bleary-eyed parents and the bad news. They did not have the perspective and experience to put aside cognitive dissonance. According to many parents on social media, many of their trans and gay kids burst into tears, begged to move to Canada and were afraid to go to school for fear of open season on the disabled, people of color, and LGBT students. Family after family reported the fears and anxieties of their kids. Some youth even resorted to self-harming again, and in several cases, taking their own lives out of despair. How do we talk to our children? Explain Trump’s surprise win? Reconcile what actually happened with what we

have been teaching them all these years; choose your words carefully, stand up to bullies, do your homework, treat one another with respect, etc.? It is in tough times like this that we need to be the grown-ups. We need to be the stable foundation. We can show some of our feelings, but we must take care not to devolve into great anxiety, fear or dysfunction, even if we feel those things ourselves. Speak to your kids in age-appropriate ways. For younger kids, you might marvel together that sometimes the “meanie” gets chosen. “Isn’t that silly? Well, maybe we’ll choose differently next time. Let’s get out the Legos now.” Reassure older ones that even when bad things happen, there are adults who will protect them and have their backs. Teens may be interested in the statistics and demographics of the race. All kids can be redirected to think of positive things they can do: write letters, help neighbors, visit the elderly, practice kind acts, and just be the best person they can be. A local family, who wishes to remain anonymous, did just that. They were reeling from the upsetting results of the

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election. As the mom described it, “We were all feeling such despair for a few days, and I felt like we needed to reclaim some power over our lives. As I told the kids, we can’t control the big stuff, but we can control some of the small stuff, and we can always control what we put out into the world.” What they put out into the world was a day of random acts of kindness. They baked and distributed cookies, delivered positive messages and flowers around their neighborhood, picked up trash and handed out flowers at a park, and donated supplies and plastered positive post-it notes on the exterior of the Indiana Youth Group (pictured above). At the end of the day, their daughter exclaimed, “Mom, it makes me feel so good to make other people feel good!” They all enjoyed it so much that they decided to make it an annual tradition. That’s what I’m talking about. Whether you have kids or not, heal yourself, then take that new, strengthened person you are and channel your energy into making your corner of the world a better place. Be the hope. Be the change. E


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very four years we watch the Electoral College do its thing. Every four years we whine about its effectiveness. Every four years we stop whining about a month after the College meets in December to formalize the November popular vote. Our Founders’ wisdom never ceases to amaze. It’s fun to bash the College. They have no basketball team, no alumni group and nobody likes them — if by “nobody” you include the supporters of candidates who lose the College’s vote. Now, if you want a solid argument to do away with the College, there are plenty, especially if you’re a fellow Democrat: • In 2000, Democratic Vice President Al Gore lost the Electoral College by a slim margin, when Florida’s recount wound its way through the Supreme Court. Gore won the nationwide popular vote. • This year, Democrat Hillary Clinton

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Rick Sutton won the nationwide popular vote, and lost the Florida vote by about 140,000 votes — 30 per precinct. • Florida’s 29 Electoral votes gave George W. Bush and Donald Trump the E.C. margins to win. In both instances, the College victor did not win the popular vote. So it’s a good time to change the system, because we want the person with the most votes to win, right? Not so fast. The College rarely makes a difference in Indiana. We were the first state “on the board” for Donald Trump and George W. Bush. Only twice in the last 60 years has the state not voted Republican at the top

of the ticket — so our Electoral votes are almost-automatic GOP locks. But those who favor the Popular Vote Only model ignore one political fact: Indiana would never count in the national results if we used only a popular-vote model. Neither would most of America’s states — because a national-voteonly campaign could easily spend all its money and time in the top 10 states and produce a solid win. Is that fair? Our Founders’ Arguments in favor of the College are best-summarized by Alexander Hamilton, who said presidential Electors selected by voters are best-suited to choose the president: “Men (Electors) are most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.” Which is 1776-Manspeak for, “We

know better than the populace.” In Indiana, and most states, the presidential Electors are selected by the state parties. They’re usually best-known among party loyalists — their names are available if you do your research. They’ll meet in the Indiana Statehouse in a few days as prescribed by law, and formally cast Indiana’s 11 Electoral votes for Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Is it an antiquated process? Probably. Is it likely to be changed? No. Amending the Constitution is no easy task. For now, and probably forever, voters will have to put up with a November ballot process that doesn’t really elect the president and vice president. There’s no national appetite to tackle an Amendment process yet. But maybe if Trump had won the popular vote and lost the College…. E

For LGBT Issues, We Must Reach Across the Aisle “We don’t always have to agree, but we must empower each other, we must find the common ground, we must build bridges across our differences to pursue the common good.” – Cory Booker “ You’ve got to reach a hand of friendship across the aisle and across philosophies in this country.” – Joe Biden “Play nice with the other kids.” – My Mom

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et’s face it: For now, Indiana is a red state, and it has been for most of history. Republicans hold supermajorities in both chambers, and our new governor is Republican. Regardless of the shock of

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Donald Trump winning the presidency, it wasn’t a huge surprise that he won Indiana. So, in a state that’s only supported a Democrat for president five times since 1900, what does that mean for our fight for LGBT equality? We need to find a way to reach across the aisle, to get past any grief we might feel from this election and show acceptance and respect to those with different beliefs. We’ll never agree with

them on everything, and vice versa, but it’s important to give exactly what we’re asking of them – a listening ear, an unbiased viewpoint, and support in the areas where we do agree. Since the election, a number of Republican leaders have reached out to see how we can best work together. Many of them are willing to hear us out, willing to do what they can. But the Republicans supportive of our community need our help to educate those who may not understand why full LGBT protections are important. Having these discussions with likeminded people isn’t enough. Each one of us needs to reach out to our family, friends and neighbors who have different views and hold produc-

tive, civil conversations about these issues. The further we reach across the aisle, the harder it will be for our voices to be ignored. Equality among people – ALL people – is not a liberal or conservative issue. It’s an American issue. Anyone who reads the Declaration of Independence, or even Lincoln’s Gettysburg address will see that, throughout history, America has been a place of equality. Whether it’s painted red, blue or purple, this is something that we’ve fought for – and earned – since the start of our country. It’s only a matter of time before LGBT Americans can fully take advantage of our equal rights. No matter which side of the aisle one stands. E

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These are more than just names Keyshia Blige, 33 Tamara Dominguez, 36 Kandis Capri, 35 Amber Monroe 20 Ashton O’Hara, 25 Shade Schuler, 22 K.C. Haggard, 66 India Clarke, 22 Mercedes Williamson, 17 Penny Proud, 21 Taja Gabrielle DeJesus, 36 Bri Golec, 22 Lamia Beard, 30 Papi Edwards, 20 Elisha Walker, 20 Jasmine Collins, 32 London Chanel, 21 Ty Underwood, 24 Yazmin Vash Payne, 33 Kristina Gomez Reinwald, 46 Zella Ziona, 21 Maya Hall, 27 Kiesha Jenkins, 22

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ead those names. Read their ages. Read them again. Say them out loud. These are the names of transgender people whose lives were taken at the hands of anti-trans violence in the United States this year. These people, most of them transgender women of color, had lives. Many of them were younger than I am. Careers, hopes, dreams, loves, plans – all of them real, and all of them violently lost to a system that dehumanizes transgender people and perpetuates violence against them. Read the names again. Read them to

your friends and loved ones. I am using my column space this month to share these names with our community. This symbolic gesture will do nothing to alleviate the pain of those closest to the victims, and it is not likely to comfort to the transgender people, out and closeted, who live everyday with the fear that they will end up on this list. Although I want to extend my support to them, today and every day, they are not the people I want to reach with this list. I know that they have already read it many times over. I want this list to reach everyone else. It is no secret that the readership of this paper is generally white, male, and cisgender. I do not say that disparagingly, because I am as well, and that is the audi-

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ence I want to address with this column. Fellow cis white gays, we need to do better. We need to make space for our trans siblings, especially those who are not white, because they are disproportionately affected by all of the same forces that oppress us. As a community of allies, we need to step up to the plate in our places of privilege and step back when it is time to amplify the voices of the downtrodden. We need to devote our time, energy, and resources to elevating and protecting transgender people. We need to do away with this list. Read their names again. Remember them. Share their stories. Then get to work. E


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Freedom Indiana petitions governor-elect INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 22) — Freedom Indiana has delivered petitions from 5,500 Hoosiers calling on Governor-elect Eric Holcomb to support legislation protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals from discrimination. “As Governor, you have a chance to restore Indiana’s reputation by working alongside the majority of fair-minded people across the state to affirm that Hoosier Hospitality isn’t just a thing we talk about —it’s who we are at our core,”

part of the petition to Holcomb reads. “Please stand firm against any attempt to discriminate against LGBT Hoosiers and as you set forth your agenda upon taking office, affirm your support adding gender identity and sexual orientation protections to our civil rights law.” In 2015, Gov., now Vice Presidentelect, Mike Pence signed RFRA (“Religious Freedom Restoration Act”) into law, which allowed businesses and individuals to unfairly fire someone from a job, deny

them housing or public services based solely on their sexual orientation or gender identity. By some estimates, since the law was enacted, the state has lost nearly $60 million in economic investment. The damage done to the state’s reputation cannot be measured. “Our state’s economy, reputation and the lives of LGBT people have been harmed because of this dangerous and discriminatory law, said Chris Paulsen, campaign manager for Freedom Indiana. “We

must take steps to ensure that everyone is welcome to live and work in Indiana.” The petition was signed by individuals from every corner of the state. “The vast majority of Hoosiers want to turn the page on this dark time in our state,” Paulsen added. “Gov.-elect Holcomb has the opportunity to repair the damage that has been done to Indiana and our brand of Hoosier hospitality by ensuring LGBT individuals are protected from discrimination.” E

Obama honors Ellen with Medal of Freedom WASHINGTON (Nov. 22) — President Obama presented the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom to 20 noteworthy Americans, including outcomedian and TV host Ellen DeGeneres. The president’s remarks at the Medal ceremony at the White House specifically mentioned DeGeneres’s public coming out as gay many years ago: “Ellen DeGeneres has a way of making you laugh about something rather than at someone. Except when I danced on her show – she laughed at me. But that’s okay. “It’s easy to forget now, when we’ve come so far, where now marriage is equal under the law – just how much courage was required for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages almost 20 years ago. Just how important it was not just to the LGBT community, but for all of us to see somebody so full of kindness and light, somebody we liked so much, somebody who could be our neighbor or our colleague or our sister challenge our own assumptions, remind us that we have more in common than we realize, push our country in the direction of justice. “What an incredible burden that was to bear. To risk your career like that. People don’t do that very often. And then to have the hopes of millions on your shoulders. But it’s like Ellen says: ‘We all want a tortilla chip that can support the weight of guacamole.’ Which really makes no sense to me, but I thought would brighten the mood, because I was

“Every day, in every way, Ellen counters what too often divides us with the countless things that bind us together – inspires us to be better, one joke, one dance at a time.” – Pres. Obama

getting kind of choked up. “And she did pay a price – we don’t remember this. I hadn’t remembered it. She did, for a pretty long stretch of time – even in Hollywood. “And yet, today, every day, in every way, Ellen counters what too often divides us with the countless things that bind us together – inspires us to be better, one joke, one dance at a time.” Other honorees of the Presidential Medal of Freedom included Bill and Melinda Gates, athletes Kareem AbdulJabbar and Michael Jordan; actors Robert

Pres. Obama awards entertainer Ellen DeGeneres the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a Nov. 22 White House ceremony. (The Advocate photo) DeNiro, Tom Hanks, Robert Redford and Cicely Tyson; singers Diana Ross and Bruce Springsteen; SNL creator Lorne Michaels; Native American leader Elouise Cobell (posthumous); physicist Richard Garwin; architect Frank Gehry;

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Trump presidency’s effect on LGBT community WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign has fielded multiple questions from its constituency regarding potential Trump presidency actions which will affect the LGBT community. National Legal Affairs Director Sarah Warbelow and other HRC staff members compiled this Q/A list based on the questions directed to HRC: Will marriage equality be overturned? It’s not impossible, but it’s not likely. It’s a binding decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Congress and Donald Trump cannot unilaterally undo marriage equality. Currently, all five justices who ruled in favor of marriage equality are still on the bench, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. It’s hard to imagine how we lose marriage equality. Will my parental rights be challenged? Most adoption law is set at the state level. The U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling makes clear that legally married same-sex couples should be treated the same as every other married couple. We think that listing both parents on a birth certificate should be sufficient to establish parentage. However, if you are a non-biological parent you may

want to take the extra step of also adopting your child – simply to make sure you have every legal tie available. What if my same-sex spouse was born in another country? The only concern is if your spouse has not come to the country with necessary documentation, isn’t now documented, or hasn’t applied for a green card. You should as quickly as possible ensure your spouse has a green card or legal documentation in place. If that is in place, there is no reason to believe your spouse would be deported. Will protections for transgender people be undone? One of the big things that the Obama Administration has done through the Departments of Justice and Education is issue guidance protecting transgender people and students. That guidance is at very grave risk; there is a good chance it will be withdrawn. However, that doesn’t mean underlying law protecting people from discrimination is going away. For example, school districts have a moral and legal responsibility to provide every student a safe learning environment. There likely won’t be the same level of

enforcement from federal government under a Trump Administration, but people are still protected. Can Don’t Ask Don’t Tell be reinstated? As a technical matter, the new president could say that LGBTQ people can no longer serve in the military. That would be exceedingly unlikely. Openly LGB service in the military has been phenomenally successful. Military leadership feels good about it, and LGBTQ service members have skills and expertise our military needs. That being said, transgender military service has just begun, and it is a little more at risk. But once the military implements something, it takes a lot to change course. If you’re in the military, if you’re openly LGB, you’ll have a lot of support. If you’re transgender in the military, this is a time to decide what’s best for you in regards to coming out, and we encourage you to speak with transgender military advocacy organizations for guidance while making your decision. Will the healthcare I receive be affected? There is nothing stopping hospitals

and doctors’ offices from doing their best by their LGBTQ patients. Our concern is that a Trump Administration and the incoming Congress may push for huge carve outs allowing religious hospitals and healthcare facilities to discriminate against LGBTQ people by not recognizing same-sex marriages, for example, or not treating transgender people equally and with the dignity they deserve. We will be watching this like a hawk, and pushing back at any effort seeking to allow discrimination. Will restaurants and places I do business be able to turn me away? Unfortunately, both federal law and many states laws lack provisions preventing discrimination against LGBTQ people in places of public accommodation, including businesses and restaurants. If you have such protections under your state or local laws, that is certainly not going to change in the short run. Federal agencies and the courts will continue to accept employment discrimination complaints, but we do have concerns that the new administration will very likely not enforce these as vigorously as the Obama Administration has. E

Cheaper HIV treatment discussed New Indiana Methodist bishop A new study presented at the International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection shows that HIV-positive people with undetectable viral loads maintained viral suppression even after missing a few days of treatment. A four-day-on three-day-off routine could have a significant impact on reducing HIV treatment costs. A French pilot study tried to determine whether such a weekly treatment routine would compromise viral suppression. The fears among the drug’s customers: that a reduced therapy schedule would be cheaper but perhaps less effective. The study seems to indicate those fears are not founded — at least on the effectiveness side. For research purposes, 100 participants — all people living with HIV who had been undetectable for at least four

years — were told to take their medication each day either from Monday to Thursday, or Tuesday to Friday. All of them took a three-drug regimen of two nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) and either a boosted protease inhibitor or an NNRTI. After 48 weeks of this routine, 96 out of 100 participants had maintained nearequal viral suppression rates. Three of them experienced a rebound, and another quit the regimen altogether after just four weeks. Some patients’ drug levels in the trial declined to extremely low detectable levels, viral suppression was maintained overall. A larger follow-up study is being planned, which will involve over 600 people on a 4/3 schedule for two years. E

avoided gay pastor controversy Indiana’s new MethodTrimble took the action after ist bishop, Rev. Dr. Julius an internal mediation process, Trimble, walked away from which culminated in a formal the denomination’s mostletter of reprimand being placed controversial issue — gay in Rev. Blaedel’s personnel file. pastors — in his most The denomination’s Book of recent assignment in Iowa. Discipline forbids openly gay And it didn’t sit well with pastors. Bishop Trimble conservative Iowa MethThree Iowa Methodist pasodists, who’ve filed an inter-church tors filed a formal complaint against complaint against Trimble. the bishop’s action on Nov. 15. Their As the presiding Iowa bishop, Trimcomplaint suggests the bishop summarble received a complaint against Rev. ily – and incorrectly – dismissed the Anna Blaedel, an openly gay pastor. complaint against the Rev. Blaedel and Methodist bishops have wide latitude reappointed her as an ordained clergyin such matters; two days before he left person. Iowa for Indiana, Trimble dismissed Blaedel is a campus minister at the the complaint. University of Iowa Wesley Center. E

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Trump Transition: DOE gets Michigan anti-LGBT crusader The Donald Trump-Mike Pence Transition has gained a new potential cabinet member: longtime Michigan charter school advocate Betsy DeVos. But she’s not just pro-charters. She’s part of the famed Amway DeVos family, which has a checkered history with the LGBT community. “Betsy DeVos is a brilliant and passionate education advocate,” Trump said. “Under her leadership we will reform the U.S. education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back so that we can deliver world-class education and school choice to all families. I am pleased to nominate Betsy as Secretary of the Department of Education.” DeVos may help implement Trump’s campaign promise to eliminate the federal DOE. She could also direct the department’s Office of Civil Rights to reduce or eliminate protections for LGBT students, particularly transgender students, enacted under President Obama. Trump was particularly vehement about

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those protections, during his recent presidential campaign. Randi Weingarten, a lesbian and president of the American Federation of Teachers, said DeVos is “the most ideological, anti-public education nominee put forward” in

the DOE’s history. “In nominating DeVos, Trump makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on privatizing, defunding and destroying public education in America,” Weingarten said. “DeVos has no meaningful experience in the classroom or in our schools. The sum total of her involvement has been spending her family’s wealth in an effort to dismantle public

Colorado judge not OK with gender-based passport issuance DENVER — A Colorado federal judge ruled Nov. 22 that the federal government violated federal law when it denied a passport to an intersex person because they do not identify as male or female. Judge R. Brooke Jackson said there was “no evidence that the (State) Department followed a rational decision-making process in deciding to implement its binary-only gender passport” in the case of military veteran Dana Zzyym. Zzyym lives in Colorado, and is the associate U.S. director of Organization Intersex International. Zzyym applied for a passport in 2014 in order to attend a conference in Mexico. The State Department told Zzyym that it denied the application because it was “unable to fulfill your request to list your sex as ‘X.’ Zzyym provided the Colorado Passport Agency with additional documentation in order to prove intersex identity with the State Department with a second passport application.

It was also denied. Jackson ordered the U.S. Passport Agency to reconsider its decision. Zzyym welcomed the court win but indicated the battle isn’t over. Lambda Legal assisted with the case. “Every day, I am forced to suffer the consequences of decisions made for me as a child. I shouldn’t have to suffer at the hands of my government — a government I proudly and willingly served — as well. It’s a painful hypocrisy that, simply because I refused to lie about my gender on a government document, the government would ignore who I am.” Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Paul D. Castillo described the ruling as “an important victory for Dana Zzyym and other intersex and non-binary citizens who simply want to be recognized and respected for who they are, to live openly and authentically, and to have their government recognize them for who they are.” E

education in Michigan. Every American should be concerned that she would impose her reckless and extreme ideology on the nation.” But DeVos and her family also have a history of opposing LGBT rights. DeVos and her husband Dick DeVos lobbied fellow businesspersons to make sure an anti-gay marriage amendment was placed on the 2004 Michigan ballot; he contributed more than $200,000 to the successful campaign. Dick DeVos also contributed $100,000 in 2008 to pass Florida’s successful Amendment Proposition 2, which banned same-sex marriage in the state. The DeVos’s family foundation gave half a million dollars in 2009 to the National Organization for Marriage. Betsy DeVos’s father, Edgar Prince, was a cofounder of the Family Research Council, one of America’s most ardent anti-LGBT organizations. Jon Davidson, legal director for Lambda Legal said his organization is

“quite concerned” about DeVos, “another arch-conservative who is totally out of the mainstream. Lambda Legal plans to monitor closely any changes sought to be made by the Education Department and the Trump administration generally on protections of LGBT students against discrimination and bullying, as well as other issues that could affect our and allied communities, and to fight to preserve the gains we have made.” Among Lambda’s biggest fears: DeVos could reverse the DOE’s “guidance” efforts to schools that discrimination against transgender students amounts to a violation of Title IX (Education Amendments of 1972). That guidance, which Trump promised during his presidential campaign to rescind, required schools to allow transgender students to use the restroom consistent with their gender identity, among other policies geared toward open acceptance of all transgender students’ full rights in school settings. E

Texas judge continues anti-transgender rant FT. WORTH, Texas (Nov. 23) — U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, who ruled last month that the federal Department of Education could not proceed with the Obama administration’s planned policies to assist transgender students, backed up that opinion with a stern ruling today. Judge O’Connor ruled against motions which would have stayed his order pending appeal. He denied those motions— and said: “The federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of ‘sex’ – the scope and meaning of which Defendants claim now includes gender identity — were promulgated more than forty years ago. The federal government did not articulate, much less enforce, the Guidelines’

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interpretation of sex as including gender identity for nearly fifty years after Title VII was passed in 1964 and the Court views this delay as strong evidence that Defendants will suffer no irreparable injury if a stay is denied and enforcement of the Guidelines delayed until their legality is established.” Quick to respond to the judge’s Nov. 23 ruling, the anti-LGBT Liberty Counsel, a frequent participant in Indiana Statehouse civil rights legislative debates: “We applaud Judge O’Connor’s steadfast stand against the Obama administration attempts to impose its unlawful and harmful LGBT agenda on public schools,” LC’s Max Staver said. “The Obama directive is a lawless act and defies common sense.” E


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Gay ambasador: ‘I’m outta here’ One of the first openly-gay American ambassadors to any country, Wally Brewster, ambassador to the Domican Republic, announced Nov. 24 he’d leave office Jan. 20, because of the election of Donald Trump. “At midday on Jan 20, 2017, I will submit my resignation as U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic and Bob and I will leave in search of new adventures,” said Brewster in a statement the U.S. Embassy posted to its Twitter page. “Our spirits will remain with you forever.” Brewster and his husband, Bob Satawake, angered the country’s huge Catholic population because of their openly gay relationship while Brewster served as Ambassador. Brewster (from left) was recently visited by Indianapolis City-County Council Vice President Zach Adamson and his husband Christian Mossburg during their vacation to the island. Satawake stands at right. (Photo provided.) E

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Indianapolis faith and community groups hosted a news conference Nov. 19 at the Statehouse, to highlight their commitment to end racial and religious intolerance. It was organized by multiple groups, including the Muslim Alliance of Indiana, which invited “all Hoosiers to join the fight against hate and intolerance.� Pictured here are (top, left to right) Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Rev. Dr. David Hampton, Tony Mason, president of the Indianapolis chapter of the Urban League; Rima Shahid-Khan, executive director of the Muslim Alliance; Marlene Arellano Dotson, president, CEO of the Indiana Latino Institute; Lindsey Mintz, executive director of the Jewish Commuity Relations Council; and Jason Nolen-Doerr, president of Indy Pride. (Eagle photos by Tom Fleetwood).

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Whenever the Bag Ladies gather, frivolity follows. The Ladies and some of their fans gathered last week to review photo from the 29th Annual Bag Ladies Bus Tour — and, of course, enjoy a cocktail and some food too. Pictured here are: (clockwise, from top left): Cadillac Barbie (Gary Brackett) and an unidentified guest, John Nichols and Ed Talucci, Ed Stewart and Jeremy turner with other friends; Thomas Fetters-Stairs, Dan Scott, Tony Newland, Joe Dean, Dennis Stover, Ed Talucci, and Otto and Randy McIntyre; Brandon Smeath and Andy Stone; Coby Palmer, Ed Talucci, Randy McIntyre, Michael Taylor and Randy Pate; and Patrick McCool, Brandon Barber and John Nichols. Eagle photos by Tom Fleetwood E December 1, 2016 E

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Indy Pride Community Thanksgiving Indy Pride board members and volunteers gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving and hand out some important year-end awards. The celebration included a meal and these awards: Volunteer of the Year, Elizabeth Longacre; Board Member of the Year, Adam Goble; Vivian Farris Business leader of the Year, Visit Indy (as an organization); and the Gary Brackett Volunteer Award, Robert Patrick. Pictured at the celebration are (clockwise from top left): Amber Bollman, Derek Peterson, Chris Schneider, Chet VanWye, Elizabeth Longcor (holding Volunteer of the Year award), Robert Patrick, Shere Brooks, Chris Morehead, Adam Goble, H.R. Jung, Rick Burt, And Steve Kratzer; Kit Malone and Kyle Casteel; Derek Peterson, Chad Watson, Chet VanWye, Shere Brooks,Tiffany Beenken; Joel Bazzell carving a bird of some kind; and Kit Malone, a brand-new Pride board member. (Eagle photos by Tom Fleetwood)

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A reindeer statue stands before the base of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Indy’s downtown Monument Circle.

Above: A window diarama at the IPL building on Monument Circle reproduces a famous Norman Rockwell cover illustration for the Saturday Evening Post. Below: The Nativity Scene at Christ Church Cathedral on the Circle.

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Continuing the fight against HIV Don’t put away your red ribbons yet, HIV/AIDS is less life-threatening and advances in treatment and understanding of the virus are announced every year, but the disease is still incurable and a global problem. Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, with these Indiana events set to celebrate the lives affected and progress made.

‘...And I Die Slowly’ Arts For AIDS presents Bryan C. Jones in a World AIDS Day program Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave., Columbus, Ind. Cleveland artist Jones will share an evening of Art and Activism via a most unique and powerful dramatic presentation of his story of living with HIVAIDS in America. The theatrical piece is entitled “AIDS.....and I Die Slowly”. Excerpts will also be presented by players from the Asante Children’s Theatre of Indianapolis. Come early and browse the Global Gifts Bazaar; enjoy the African sounds of the Batesville xylophones and munch on appetizers by C4 and Chef Carrie.

As you learn more about the groups from Haiti, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Be educated and entertained. Doors open at 5 pm for music, food, drink and shopping. The program begins at 6 pm. Children 12 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com.

Brothers United celebration

World AIDS Day, designated on Dec. 1 every year since 1988, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control. It is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization. As of 2013, AIDS has killed more than 36 million people worldwide (1981-2012), and an estimated 35.3 million people are living with HIV. (From Wikipedia)

Jonathan Capehart, a Pulitzer Prizewinning Washington Post journalist, will keynote the Brothers United World Aids Day dinner celebration on Friday, Dec. 2, starting at 6 p.m. at Indianapolis Marriott North, 3645 River Crossing Parkway (Keystone at the Crossing). Capehart is best-known for his frequent appearances on MSNBC’s news shows. He is the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for a series on the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, 1999. He was also a 2011 Esteem Honoree, a distinction given to individuals in recognition of efforts in supporting the AfricanAmerican and LGBT communities in the areas of entertainment, media, civil rights, business and art. The World AIDS Day Celebration is a premier social and fundraising event, focusing on raising public awareness

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Indy choruses holiday shows The Indianapolis Women’s Chorus will present a special holiday concert, “From the Heart,” Dec. 3-4, at Broadway United Methodist Church, 609 W. 29th St., Indianapolis, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, and 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by contacting the chorus at: indianapolis womenschorus.org. The Indianapolis Men’s Chorus, fresh off its “Indiana in Song” concerts in November (pictured), will present its holiday offering in mid-December. The chorus will sing at Marian University’s auditorium, 3200 Cold Spring Rd., Indianapolis, Dec. 16-17-18 For more information visit indianapolis menschorus.org. E Photo by Tom Fleetwood

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REVIEWS OF CURRENT SHOWS By John Lyle Belden, A&E Editor

FOOTLITE MUSICALS: ‘MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT’

As fans know, England in the time of King Arthur and Camelot was “a silly place,” as envisioned by Monty Python’s Flying Circus in the 1970s film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” The silliness has come to the stage of Indy’s Footlite Musicals with its production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” the Broadway hit musical “lovingly ripped off from the motion picture” by one of its creators, Eric Idle, who provides a couple of vocal parts for the locals to use in the show. The plot (such as it is) involves Arthur gathering knights to join him at the Round Table, then getting the call from God to search for the Holy Grail. The stage play uses this to recreate various silly scenes from the film, modified a little, and add more songs – such as the “not dead yet” peasant now gets to sing and dance about not being deceased – as well as a tune from a different Monty Python movie (which Idle wrote and apparently really likes, so there). As the film starred six men who sometimes wore dresses, a female lead was needed for the musical,

so the Lady of the Lake (only mentioned in one scene of the movie) comes to life and, naturally, steals her scenes including one in which she complains about not being on stage for a while. And good news for LGBTQ fans: While the Pythons frequently winked to the audience on gay topics as much as they could get away with in their era, one of the Knights here completely comes out of the castle closet in a rainbow-and-glitter dance number. The cast all acquit themselves well. Drew Duvall makes a noble Arthur, properly deadpanning his way through the silliness as a British monarch should do. Vince Accetturo makes the perfect counterpoint as the King’s faithful Patsy. A tip of the helm to our knights: Christian Condra as Lancelot, Christopher Jones as Robin, Clint Buechler as Bedevere, Tony Schaab as Galahad and Jerry Davis as Sir Not Appearing (who nonetheless appears in at least two other scenes). And Rebecca McConnell is wonderful as the Lady of the Lake. The style of this show and character fits her perfectly, and

(From left) Tony Schaab, Clint Buechler, Drew Duvall and Christian Condra she plays it for all she’s worth. Since, unlike the movie in which the Pythons just wore different costumes in different scenes, it works better to just cast more actors, we get great support from the ensemble, including Jonathan Young as Dennis’s mother and the Knight of Ni, Curtis Peters as Tim the Enchanter and Lancelot’s servant Concorde, and Mark Cashwell as the “No singing!” father of Prince Herbert – charmingly played by Cody Wence. Sam Surette is still not dead. Needless to say – though actually I need to say, as this is a review – “Spa-

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Through Dec. 3 • “Clue: The Musical,” Mud Creek Players, 9740 E. 86th St.; www.mudcreekplayers.com Through Dec. 4 • “Why Run,” Messages Untold, Irving Theater, 5505 E. Washington St.; www.messagesuntold.org Through Dec. 11 • Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” Footlite Musicals, 1847 N. Alabama St.; www.footlite.org Through Dec. 23 • “A Beef & Boards Christmas,” with “Christmas Carol” on select dates, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 N. Michigan Road; www.beefandboards.com • “A Very Phoenix Xmas 11,” Phoenix Theatre, 749 N. Park Ave.; phoenixtheatre.org • “A Christmas Story,” Theatre on the Square, 627 Massachusetts Ave.; www.tots.org Through Dec. 24 • “A Christmas Carol,” Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W. Washington St.; www.irtlive.com Dec. 1-23 • “A Christmas Survival Guide,” Theatre on the Square, 627 Massachusetts Ave.; www.tots.org Dec. 2-3 • “It’s A Wonderful Life” Radio Play, Ten West Center for the Arts, 10 W. Church St., Fortville; tenwestcenter.org Dec. 2-10 • “The Nutcracker Presents: Another Twisted Classic,” No Exit Performance at Tube Factory Artspace, 1125 Cruft St.; www.noexitperformance.org Dec. 2-23 • IPL Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Hilbert Circle Theatre, Monument Circle; www.indianapolissymphony.org Dec. 2-18 • “Every Christmas Story Ever Told – And Then Some!” Buck Creek Players, 11150 Southeastern Ave.; www.buckcreekplayers.com • “Dad’s Christmas Miracle,” Carmel Community Players, 14299 Clay Terrace Blvd., Suite 140; www. carmelplayers.org • “Love, Accurately” Defiance Comedy, IndyFringe Theatre, 719 E. St. Clair; www.indyfringe.org Dec. 8-10 • “Completely Christmas,” Actors Theatre of Indiana, The Studio Theater, 4 Center Green, Carmel; www.atistage.org Dec. 9-Jan. 1 • “Beauty and the Beast,” Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, The Center for the Performing Arts, 3 Center Green, Suite 300, Carmel; civictheatre.org

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malot” is highly entertaining and a treat for fans of British humour, whether you’ve not seen these skits or have them memorized. As the source material was a shoestring film production, don’t expect too much in the way of special effects – though there is a fog machine. The content is roughly PG-13 (a few naughty words and innuendo). No fish were harmed in the making of this musical. Ni! Performances are weekends through Dec. 11 at the Hedback Theater, 1847 N. Alabama St., Indianapolis. Call 317-9266630 or see www.footlite.org. E

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Mondays *- The DJ Doran Show live internet radio and podcast, broadcast live 6-8 p.m.; kwirradio.com Saturdays and Sundays *- Chris Gonzalez Gay & Lesbian Library, 429 East Vermont St., noon-6 p.m. (or by appointment during week); www.indypride.org/library Dec. 1-4 - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Bankers Life Fieldhouse; bankerslifefieldhouse. com - Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave.; cloweshall.com Dec. 1 - Jimmy Eat Word and Bishop Briggs, Old National Centre (Murat), 502 N. New Jersey; www. oldnationalcentre.com - Mac Miller, Old National Centre (Egyptian Room), 502 N. New Jersey; www.oldnationalcentre. com - Seven Lions, Old National Centre (Deluxe), 502 N. New Jersey; www.oldnationalcentre.com Dec. 2-23 - IPL Yuletide Celebration, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Hilbert Circle Theatre, Monument Circle; www.indianapolissymphony.org Dec. 2 *- IDADA First Friday, various downtown galleries; www.visitindy.com/indianapolis-eventsidada-first-friday *- Stutz Holiday Open House, with open studios, as well as the new office of The Eagle! 1060 N. Capitol Ave.; www.stutzartists.com - Steel Panther, Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey; www.oldnationalcentre.com - Sandi Patty, Palladium, Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel; thecenterpresents.org Dec. 3-4 - Indiana Women’s Chorus: “From the Heart,” Broadway United Methodist Church, 609 W. 29th St.; indianapoliswomenschorus.org

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“Astronauts” walk on a unique balancing device in the opening scene of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus “Out of this World,” performing in Bankers Life Fieldhouse Dec. 1-4. Dec. 3 - Storytelling Arts: “Winter Gift” by Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Arhyeh Frankfurter, Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St.; www.indianahistory.org, storytellingarts.org - Alan Cumming, Palladium, Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel; thecenterpresents.org - Joe Bonamassa, Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey; www.oldnationalcentre.com - “Stolen Faces” A Grateful Dead Experience, The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave.; www.thevogue. com Dec. 4 - “Going...Going...Gone!” Theatre on the Square, 627 Massachusetts Ave.; www.tots.org - Marshmello, Old National Centre (Egyptian Room), 502 N. New Jersey; www.oldnationalcentre. com - Mindless Behavior, Old National Centre (Deluxe), 502 N. New Jersey; www.oldnationalcentre. com Dec. 5 - Jazz at Lincoln Center, Palladium, Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel; thecenterpresents.org - Gin Wigmore, Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey; www.oldnationalcentre.com Dec. 6 - Indy Magic Monthly, Theatre on the Square, 627 Massachusetts Ave.; www.tots.org and indymagicmonthly.com Dec. 7 - TSO: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St.; bankerslifefieldhouse.com Dec. 8 - Dave Koz Christmas Tour, Palladium, Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel; thecenterpresents. org - Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience (Murat), Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey; www.oldnationalcentre.com - Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (Egyptian Room), Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey; www.oldnationalcentre.com - Lupe Fiasco, The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave.; www.thevogue.com Dec. 9-10 - Music at Butler: “Rejoice” (student production), Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave.; cloweshall.com - Tiffanie Bridges: Tiff’mas Spectacular, IndyFringe Theatre, 719 E. St. Clair; www.indyfringe.org Dec. 9 - Monthly Lesbian Pitch-In, for info contact bj@beecoffeeroasters.com or 317-280-1236 - Chamber Music Society, Palladium, Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel; thecenterpresents. org

- ZOSO: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave.; www.thevogue.com Dec. 10 - Sixteen Candles: Ugly Xmas Sweater Party, The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave.; thevogue.com - IU Health Holidays with Ann Hampton Callaway, Palladium, Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel; thecenterpresents.org Dec. 11 - Indiana Wind Symphony: Christmas Warmth, Palladium, Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel; thecenterpresents.org Dec. 14 - Walk the Talk: “Compassion” (TED-inspired lecture), The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave.; www. thevogue.com Dec. 15 - B-Movie Bingo: “I Come in Peace,” Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 N. Michigan Road; www. imamuseum.org - Keith & Kristyn Getty: Irish Christmas, Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave.; cloweshall.com - Home Free – Holiday Show, Palladium, Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel; thecenterpresents.org - Tim Grimm and Krista Detor, Indy Folk Series, 615 W. 43rd St.; www.indyfolkseries.org Dec. 16-17 - Tiffanie Bridges: Tiff’mas Spectacular, IndyFringe Theatre, 719 E. St. Clair; www.indyfringe.org Dec. 16-18 - Indianapolis Men’s Chorus holiday concert, Marian University Auditorium, 3200 Cold Spring Road; indianapolismenschorus.org Dec. 16 - The Main Squeeze, The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave.; www.thevogue.com - Indianapolis Symphonic Choir: Festival of Carols, Palladium, Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel; thecenterpresents.org Dec. 17 - “Chemistry of Color” opens (through Dec. 7, 2017), Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 N. Michigan Road; www.imamuseum.org - Winter Film Festival: “Die Hard,” Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 N. Michigan Road; www. imamuseum.org - Dopapod & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave.; www.thevogue.com Dec. 22 - Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: Handel’s “Messiah,” Palladium, Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel; thecenterpresents.org Dec. 23 - R&B Xmas Party with Avant, The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave.; www.thevogue.com

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Sweet story of someone a little different Y

our mother called it an “angel’s kiss.” Ugh. Lots of people are born with birthmarks or unique features, but you saw yours as a flaw and you hated it for years. Slowly, though, you came to embrace it, to see it as something that sets you apart, and now you wouldn’t erase it for the world. As in the new novel, “Miss Jane” by Brad Watson, it’s a part of who you are. In her later years, Jane wasn’t afraid of anything. Oh, sure, she didn’t care much for horses or bodies of water until her father taught her differently, years ago, but grown up, she was fearless. She just lived her life by her Mississippi garden, unafraid, and vexed by but accustomed to the incontinence she’d endured since the day she was born. Jane’s mother was too old to be having another baby back then and everybody knew it, especially Ida Chisolm. It was 1915, and Ida had already lost enough children so she wasn’t putting too much stock in the life of this’un. When Jane

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was born with something wrong down there, Ida blamed herself for a good long time, and never really did cozy up to her youngest daughter. Because of that, Grace, the oldest daughter and the only Chisolm child left at home, was saddled with babysitting. It rankled her; everything did, in fact, and even though she was barely old enough to be in school, she knew right then that motherhood was not for her. Even at that tender age, Grace couldn’t wait to get away. When Jane was born, Sylvester Chisolm was unsure what to call his child. Clearly, she was a daughter but something was wrong. Still, though men of his day never fussed much about babies, Chisolm took particular delight in his

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youngest. He taught her about trees and birds, how to fish, and how to be selfsufficient. She’d need that. For many years after Dr. Thompson helped Jane into the world, he kept an eye on her. He advised her, taught her about her body, and counseled her when she started noticing boys. He was her friend. And when Jane was old enough for the truth, he told her… Here’s a challenge for you: Find a book that’s as beautiful as “Miss Jane.” Wait, don’t bother. It’s impossible.

Book sales benefit IYG Central Indiana resident Karl J. Niemiec is the author of a sci-fi trilogy involving Hollywood “Filmmaking Adventures” involving out-of-this-world mobsters. Neimiec has also had filmmaking adventures of his own, as a writer and actor on films including the 1992 “bikini” film “California Hot Wax,” and other independent movies, as well as managing apartments in Hollywood, events that inspired his novels. At The Eagle’s website, www.midwesteagle. com, read one of those adventures, “When Stephen Spielberg, Quincy Jones and George Lucas hung out with me,” as well as another chapter of the book, “Alien Made.” “Just know,” Niemiec said, “that [real-world] adventures have been twisted tightly into a sci-fi trilogy so that those who have threatened me about repeating what I know to be true will leave me and my family alone. I don’t claim that any of these people are real – alien or otherwise. And if I did, like [main character] Jozeph Picasso, I am not at liberty to admit it.” The books are available on Amazon, either in paperback or Kindle Books, at http://amzn.to/karlniemiec, with a portion of sales proceeds to be donated to Indiana Youth Group, which supports LGBTQ in ages 12-20. E

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From almost the first page of this story of a hard-scrabble life, you’ll find yourself basking in words that set difficulty awash in lushness. Based on a real person, author Brad Watson’s Jane is a dutiful daughter, smart and a little too nosy, and remarkably unabashed about her physical anomaly – at least, at first. Watson wisely allows his character to mature, both in body and in mind, which inevitably leads to the sweetest, loveliest bust-your-heart-in-tiny-pieces passages you may ever read. Be aware that parts of this book may make you squirm, if you a sensitive type but mostly, you’ll just float on the sentences inside this book. Start “Miss Jane” and kiss your afternoon goodbye. E


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Celebrate the state sport INDIANAPOLIS – Basketball is Indiana’s game. On Saturday, Dec. 10, fans can celebrate the state’s unmatched passion for the sport on Basketball Day in Indiana, a new event presented by FOX Sports Indiana, the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever. The event features five games – from high school through the NBA – played across Indianapolis. Fans will see 13 hours of continuous live coverage featuring three marquee high school matchups, Butler’s non-conference game against Cincinnati at Hinkle Fieldhouse, and the Pacers taking on Portland at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. FOX Sports Indiana will televise all five games, along with content chronicling the history of basketball in Indiana, and will broadcast live throughout the day from a set on Georgia Street in Downtown Indianapolis outside Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Fans are invited to

BASKETBALL DAY IN INDIANA December 10, Indianapolis Game lineup 10 a.m.: Girls: Carmel vs. Center Grove (Bankers Life Fieldhouse) Noon: Boys: Lapel vs. New Castle (Bankers Life Fieldhouse) 2 p.m.: Boys: North Central vs. New Albany (Southport High School) 4:30 p.m.: Men: Cincinnati at Butler (Hinkle Fieldhouse) 7 p.m.: NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Indiana Pacers (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

watch the live broadcast and take part in shooting contests on a temporary basketball court on the street. Basketball Day in Indiana will start at 8 a.m. with pre-recorded shows on The Wigwam and Milan Miracle. Live coverage begins at 9 a.m. with the Basketball Day in Indiana Live tipoff show from Georgia Street. E

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Professional teams playing in Indianapolis: • Indiana Pacers (NBA), Bankers Life Fieldhouse, pacers.com, bankerslifefieldhouse.com • Indianapolis Colts (NFL), Lucas Oil Stadium, www.colts.com • Indy Fuel (ECHL), Indiana Farmers Coliseum, State Fairgrounds, www.indyfuelhockey.com Off-season: • Indiana Fever (WNBA), Bankers Life Fieldhouse, fever.wnba.com • Indianapolis Indians (Minor League Baseball), Victory Field, indyindians.com • Indy Eleven (MLS), Michael A. Carroll Stadium, IUPUI, www.indyeleven.com Dec. 2 • Indy Fuel vs. Cincinnati Cyclones Dec. 10 • Pacers vs. Portland TrailBlazers Dec. 11 • Colts vs. Houston Texans Dec. 12 • Pacers vs. Charlotte Hornets Dec. 17 • Indy Fuel vs. Quad City Mallards Dec. 19 • Pacers vs. Washington Wizards

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The snowy magic of Reykjavik By BIRNA HRONN BJORNSDOTTIR

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ecember is a magical month in Iceland. The average temperature hovers around zero degrees, not too cold, not too hot. The perfect conditions for adding a bit of snowy magic to the already enchanting old town of Reykjavík. During Iceland’s long winters its inhabitants do what they can to brighten their surroundings and lift their spirits. Never is it more obvious than during those few weeks leading up to Christmas. Reykjavik is charming and welcoming on any given day, but during the holiday season its inhabitants, store owners and the city itself put a lot of effort in creating a truly magical holiday experience. Around the holidays, the beauty of winter is on full display with snow adorning the trees, holiday lights in almost every window, lamp-post and tree. Live music, mixed with the hustle and bustle of passers-by and Christmas songs chiming out of every store on Reykjavík’s main shopping street, echo through the air. The brisk fresh air, mixed with hints of hot chocolate and cinnamon, is invigorating and the mood is festive. When Mother Nature feels like it, The Reykjavik Pond freezes over allowing us to admire and, occasionally, laugh at ice skaters, some of whom are taking their first steps on the ice and others displaying wonderful talent after years of practice on the “Tjörnin” – the pond. If you want to get a taste of what the locals enjoy on a typical day in December, this is what I recommend: First, pack a swimsuit, we‘ll explain later. Take a stroll down Laugavegur and up Skólavörðustígur, two of the city centre‘s main shopping streets, where locals and visitors alike come to shop for presents for their loved ones. These are not your typical ‘high streets’ but much rather a collection of apartment buildings whose ground floors have been made into shops. You’ll see no Louis Vuitton, but instead plenty of high fashion from local designers, often using Icelandic nature and materials as inspiration for their designs. Stop at one of the numerous cafés and try to find a seat by the window to enjoy some serious people-watching, made all the more special when sprinkled with a

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bit of holiday cheer. There are no Starbucks in Iceland, but the downtown is littered with small artisan coffee houses. After your coffee, continue your journey to the top of Skólavörðurstígur where, on a small hill the tall and mighty Hallgrímskirkja church reaches for the sky in front of you. Hallgrímskirkja is Reykjavik‘s most famous landmark and a great place for a see Reykjavik from above. It really is the best spot to view all the colorful houses and rooftops that Reykjavik is best known for. During your walk around the city, you might notice shoes placed in the windows of homes. There is a perfectly logical explanation for this. Children place a shoe in the window in the hope of the Icelandic Yule lads (the Icelandic version of Father Christmas/Santa Claus) will leave them a little present in the shoe during the night. This goes on for thirteen nights as the Yule lads are thirteen in total.

Seeing as I consider myself a bit of a kid – at heart anyway – I still put my shoe in the window. My girlfriend, who seems to be in contact with the Yule lads, facilitates the gift-giving process, despite me having recently hit my thirties, which is about 20 years off the cut-off point for the Yule Lad’s gift giving. Of course, the same rules apply to me as everyone else, so if I‘ve been naughty I get a potato in my shoe. To catch up on the latest gossip (assuming you understand Icelandic), go to one of the numerous geothermal pools in Reykjavik where you’ll meet locals (here’s where the swimsuits come in handy). My favorite pool is Sundhöllin; its name could be translated as the Swimming Palace. It’s a beautiful art-deco-meetsmodernism building with an indoor pool and outdoor hot tubs. After a dip in the pool it’s become tradition to get some ice cream or treat yourself to a hot dog. I say, do both! If you walk from Sundhöllin down to the sea you can follow the beautiful seaside overlooking the Faxaflói bay, the mountains and the magical Harpa Conference and Concert Centre. The world’s most famous Icelandic hot dog stand is

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just a stone’s throw away from Harpa, where you should treat yourself to a “one with everything” – trust me on this. I can’t really talk about Reykjavik without mentioning it‘s amazing neighbor. You may have heard the expression, “Reykjavik lives next door to nature,” and in my mind truer words have never been spoken. This comes in handy when visiting this charismatic capitol in the North as it can take you less than an hour to experience out of this world natural phenomena, such as Thingvellir National Park, the founding site of Iceland‘s parliament where, incidentally, the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia are tearing the country apart, allowing guests to walk or even dive between the continents – how amazing is that? At Pingvellir park you can visit the Geysir area (yes, we invented the word), and experience first-hand what an erupting hot spring looks like. As if that wasn’t enough, one of the world’s most impressive waterfalls is close-by. And if you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights on your way back to Reykjavik. For more ideas and tours, visit Pink Iceland at www.pinkiceland.is. E


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DC’s new streetcars

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The Smithsonian Botanical Gardens

DC a bargain for winter getaway

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inter is a great time to visit the nation’s capital – and if you go this month, you can see the Christmas decorations. I flew Southwest for just $59 to convenient Reagan National Airport, and was at my hotel in 30 minutes on the Metro (Yellow Line to Convention Center stop). I got a great rate at the Comfort Inn on 13th Street NW near Mass Avenue, although the Washington Plaza and Beacon House Hotels are also excellent. All three are a bargain this time of year. Don’t miss the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which just opened at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue. The Smithsonian Botanical Garden is another must. All the Smithsonian Museums are free, so don’t miss the American History Museum, the Air and Space Museum, and the American Indian Museum. I had lunch at the latter (the salmon was excellent); its cafe features Native American foods. The National Portrait Gallery (Gallery Place-Chinatown) is another must. Have a nitrogen-infused coffee at nearby Compass Coffee. Then walk over to Union Station to hop the new (also free) DC Streetcar to

TRAVEL ON A BUDGET Malcolm works for a national association based in Washington, DC. He also writes for the Broad Ripple Gazette and All Aboard Indiana.

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explore the new trendy Northeast DC neighborhood along H Street. Nightlife includes the Number Nine Bar across from Whole Foods, just west of 14th Street with two-for-one drink specials until 9 p.m. nightly. All the local sports clubs hang out on the second floor. The Logan Circle neighborhood also features a number of new interesting restaurants along 14th Street. Another fun bar is the Green Lantern, just south of this area. Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. you can walk with the Frontrunners at 23rd/P Street or run with them at 10 a.m. They meet all year and walk or run up Rock Creek Park to the National Zoo. (See picture, right.) The group is celebrating its 35th Anniversary and brunch follows the event. They also meet on Tuesday evenings. For more local happenings, read the Washington Blade and Metro Weekly (the two LGBT publications) as well as The Washington D.C. Frontrunners the weekly City Paper. E E December 1, 2016 E


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