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Cincy Pride Fills The Square Temps were, appropriately enough hot as a firecracker, but that didn’t stop over 10,000 from turning out on Fountain Square for Cincinnati Pride the 4th of July. See Pages 40 & 41 for more of Ted & Ivan’s photos.

Pride Summer Wraps Up 21st August In Lafayette What started 10+ years ago as a small dinner at a now-extinct downtown Indianapolis hotel has now blossomed into an entire Summer of pride thruout Indiana. The 2010 season comes to a close on Saturday, 21st August with OUTfest in downtown Lafayette. You can count on a great festival, wonderful food, a drag show and more. And you can find out all about it (and see a map showing how to get there, too) inside on Page 44. See ya there!

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Cincy Pride Fills The Square Temps were appropriately hot as a firecracker, but that didn’t stop over 10,000, including the mayor, from turning out on Fountain Square for Cincinnati Pride the 4th of July. See Pages 40 & 41 for more of Ted & Ivan’s photos.

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Cincy Pride Fills The Square Temperatures were appropriately hot as a firecracker, but that didn’t stop over 10,000 from turning out on Fountain Square for Cincinnati Pride the 4th of July weekend. See Pages 40 & 41 for more of Ted & Ivan’s photos.

Louisvillian Elected To National Leather Leadership Board LOUISVILLE—The Leather Leadership Conference has wlected Thomas Smith of Louisville (at right) to its board of directors. Noting that, “Smith’s leather journey has given him experience as a player, club member, titleholder, contest producer, former bar owner, and community supporter,” he was elected during the group’s recent meeting in Seattle. The organistaion has a nine-member board whose terms expire on a rotating basis. Please Continue On Page 44

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By Rick Sutton / Political Columnist READY FOR A SWITCH? The slim Democratic majority in the Indiana House of Representatives is potentially in danger if you read the lobbyist/PAC tea leaves. The House, led by Speaker Pat Bauer (D-South Bend), has a thin 52-48 Democratic majority. That’s important to us because the House Speaker controls the legislative agenda. A review of Summer schedules, fund-raising and whispers indicates Republicans are poised to take over control of the House. After a few years of watching this Summer circus prior to an election, it’s not difficult to tell who’s scared and who’s confident. No fewer than 12 Democratic House districts are “in-play,” and 4-6 Republican districts are similarly in doubt. Bottom line? The Democrats have more flank to cover and protect. Are they capable? Sure. Bauer is one of the most crafty politicians ever to walk across the House stage. He inherited his father’s legislative seat in 1970 and hasn’t had a serious challenge since. That’s over five decades of the same family holding the South Bend House seat. You can argue whether that’s good for government. But St.Joseph County voters clearly want their man in the House. Without doubt. And the take-away is this: The 2011 legislative session in Indiana and 49 other states will be dominated by redistricting. In a close House contest for control, redistricting can mean everything. That ages-old practice of gerrymandering will rear its ugly head. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, only five or six states have adopted bipartisan or non-partisan redistricting practices. The rest? Like Indiana, they wallow in the mud to protect turf. Read on… LIKE BASKETBALL, WE LOVE A GOOD POLITICAL FIGHT Or so it would seem. Redistricting Hoosier-style, for 40 years, has followed this playbook: State Senate seats are larger and easier to protect. House seats, half the size…well, that’s a different story. The process may be ugly. It may protect folks like Bauer and former Senate President Pro Tempore Robert Garton (R-Columbus) for too long. In Indiana, if you want to rid yourself of a legislative leader, you’d better fund a strong primary candidate because their home districts are safe as a bank vault in November. A dozen of 52 Democratic House seats are in play. That translates to hard work and money. Bauer typically oversees the Democratic House Campaign Fund like a tightfisted parent. By late August you can tell by the places he sends money whom he favours, and who can win, based on his ample political skills. He’s a shrewd poker player, but here are a couple of examples of his caucus’s worries, from two regions of the state:

And beyond the local or statewide importance, this has national implications. Again, please…read on… ELECTORAL COLLEGE MATH For the first time since 1964, the last elections which saw Indiana vote Democratic in the presidential sweepstakes we offered up 10 electoral votes for which Barack Obama fought hard…it was personal for him. Don’t believe it? Read the excellent campaign book, Game Change. He campaigned in Indiana twice in the last 72 hours, including Election Day. He won a comfortable Electoral College margin. But the prior two presidential elections were razor-thin. All 50 states redistrict next year by law. They redraw maps for state legislative districts and the 435 Congressional districts. Lots of jockeying to track voter intent and push those favoured voters into your district. And, obviously, the opposite. Thirty-one states have Democratic House speakers. AKA Redistricting Gatekeepers. Those 31 states represent 74% of the 2008 presidential vote, electoral AND popuPlease Continue On Page 35

Orentlicher gave up the House seat in 2008. A brilliant mind, he is the Samuel R. Rosen Professor of Law at IU and director of a policy group that studies legal/medical issues with due cause. He has doctorates in medicine and law. When he walked into the House caucus the collective IQ jumped. We all miss him in the House. But he had enough. Delaney sought the seat and won. Not by a lot, but he won. What’s he doing this Summer? Going door-to-door. And hoping for enough money from Bauer’s caucus fund to stave off a tough challenge. Then there’s Rep. Joe Pearson (D-Hartford City). He won election in 2008, also, and took a formerly Republican seat. Strong local ties made Pearson an odds-on favourite, but he eked out a win, and what’s he doing this Summer? Well, the former Methodist missionary to Sarawak, brother to the powerful former president of Indiana Farm Bureau, with connections all over Indiana — Joe is walking his district every chance he gets, and, like Delaney, hoping for enough of Bauer’s caucus fund to pull out another win.

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Republicans have their tough incumbents to defend, also. Just not as many of them. Republican Caucus Leader Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) will happily walk you through the electoral math that has him becoming Speaker in January. For the first time in many years, it doesn’t sound impossible, which is why, all across Indiana, PACs and large donors are lining up to hedge their bets. Each caucus campaign fund will have enough money to defend their vulnerable candidates.

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Our Opinion I have unfriended several of my Facebook friends…and a couple have done likewise to me lately. And it’s all because I’m not a “typical fag” and really underlying that it’s because I don’t agree with their lives which are centred around parties, the gym so they “look good” for parties, drinking and then taking weekend roadtrips so they can drink and dance in different city’s parties with the same result. Why am I saying this in the community’s newspaper? Because I see a larger symptom which seems to be what’s doing a lot to ail the gay community — a culture built not around being individuals and being a part of the larger society but one built around drinking to excess, smoking to excess, music based on this or that “diva” of the day, and TV and movies based upon what “our show of the year” is supposed to be. Woe be unto anyone who doesn’t agree with part or all of the above manifesto. You are screwed — or at the very least unfriended — because you don’t live up to your party-animal friends’ rules. Yes, I do know a significant number of my friends and the community struggle to earn a living, get educations, find decent housing and feel free to do as they like, but we seem to have a vocal growing number of gays who feel if you don’t do it “their way” you must hit the highway. We were essentially told that as a newspaper by Indy Pride last year because we dared mention in an editorial that we felt too many of their annual activities involve or are centered around alcohol. We oppose this because if we can’t let the younger set attend, be involved and take part, there will be no one to replace we “seniors” when we retire, move away or die. We still believe that and we don’t plan to change our minds just because our hometown pride won’t allow us to be a sponsor since we dare to be critical. But back to those “friends”. One got mad at us for saying he’s not serious. He is, afterall, past 30 and despite not wanting to look or act it, his face shows it clearly. What also shows clearly are his ass and the rest of his anatomy as he posts pictures of his weekend behaviour on Facebook, then flies off the handle when folks like me make fun of him and remind him that at 30+ it’s time he grew up. He has a good job, and obviously a tolerant boss (or one who doesn’t check his employees’ Facebook pages), but still shows what we feel is a childish lack of responsibility. Of course friends of his (at least two past the big 4-0) trashed us as stupid

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and boring because we did not approve of his showing off his butt to all and also partying most every weekend. These folks, too, we can only tell to “grow up!” But the biggest crisis came when we dared say in public what we honestly think — that we do not care for Lady Gaga, and before her we didn’t much like Madonna. Even a dare from my husband of nearly 18 years brought a blank look to my eyes. The bet? “Name one song by either Madonna or Lady Gaga.” Sorry, but I failed. I’d also fail if you asked me to name a Bette Midler tune or anything made famous by a host of bands, vocalists and writers. I’m afraid I can’t offer the name of a single tune made famous by Michael Buble (before his name had that accent on the “E” and it was bubb-uhl not boo-blay!) and Michael Feinstein also draws a big blank. But does staying home relaxing at weekends or getting up early with a clear head because I have never in my life ever been hungover or smoked a whole pack of cigarettes make me abnormal? Should I and my ilk be ignored, ridiculed or in the ultimate slam today — unfriended on Facebook or Myspace? I, of course don’t think so. And I have statistics to back me up. Stats which show things like this from the American Lung Association released in July: “Gay, bisexual and transgender men are 2.0 to 2.5 times more likely to smoke than heterosexual men. Lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are 1.5 to 2.0 times more likely to smoke than heterosexual women. Bisexual boys and girls have some of the highest smoking rates when compared with both their heterosexual and homosexual peers…” If not smoking at all makes me an outcast, I am proud of it. The very same is true for overconsumption of alcohol (even if you Facebook ex-friends just call it “partying” to avoid the real word which is “drunkenness”.) It IS possible to have a great time without anything stronger than tea in ones’ hand, and I haven’t even mentioned the use of things like crystal meth, pot, poppers or other drugs so many in our gay community abuse. There’s also the suddenly “in” thing among the under-30 gay set that it’s fashionable to be HIV-positive. They incorrectly think it won’t make a difference, but sadly, folks, it will and it does. Your life will be shortened and unless a cure is found, you will die younger than your HIV-negative peers. Also, it’s gonna cost a lot of money to let you live longer with what meds are out there. Oh, and as a taxpayer, I, and my friends who believe in safer sex and not getting positive on purpose, do not wish to pay for your recklessness. I know, tell that to one former “pal” who said he still has unprotected sex despite being positive “and that lets me show the boys that there’s life anyway and I live to just have fun!” I could go on, but I am certain 99% of the folks this was written for have long since turned the page, thrown the paper on the floor or moved on to some Lady Gaga or Glee if they are reading on an iPad or online. That, as they say, is their loss. The community’s loss is, however, more serious because if we don’t grow up and start acting responsibly most or all of the time, we won’t ever be taken seriously when we ask to marry, be given equal rights and included in things like health coverage, housing rights and employment equality. So long as the media can take photos and video of my former Facebook friends and others who make fun of me for being a stick in the mud and not being “out there” the right wing will have ammunition. And they will continue to use that photo of my friend’s butt and others who are too drunk to keep their junk where it belongs to show decadence, irresponsibility and stupidity in our community. And sadly, they’d not be wrong. It’s time those who have been critical grew up and faced in the cold light of dawn the fact that things will never get better until they start acting like adults, recognising individuality and not tossing aside anyone who can’t name a Madonna song or who doesn’t get wasted at least a few times a month.

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Around Town GRAB THAT MATTRESS AND GET SET FOR GREAT THEATRE INDIANAPOLIS—Once Upon a Mattress is a musical comedy with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. It takes the classic tale of The Princess and the Pea and turns it into a hilarious musical, and it’s coming to Indianapolis in August. In this version, Queen Aggravain has ruled that no one in the kingdom is allowed to marry until her son, Prince Dauntless has, but the Queen has sabotaged every princess who has come along. In the meantime, Sir Harry and Lady Larkin learn they are going to have a child, wed or not. Sir Harry now desperately tries to find another princess for Dauntless so he goes to the swamps and brings back Princess Winnifred, also known as Fred. Of course, the queen immediately starts to scheme, but with the help of Sir Harry and others, Winnifred might not be so easy to get rid of. All shows will be held at the Ben Davis High School Theatre. Performances will run Fridays & Saturdays 13-21 August. Friday shows begin at 7.30 p.m. Saturday shows begin at 2 p.m and 7.30 p.m. General admission tickets are $10; senior tickets $8; and student tickets $7. Reserve by calling the Wayne Township Education Foundation at 317/390.0363 or purchase your tickets at the door. All Wayne Township Community Theatre shows are in conjunction with the Wayne Township Education Foundation and all proceeds benefit teacher and student grants in MSD Wayne Township. WORLD PREMIERE SET 13th AUGUST AT CIVIC THEATRE LAFAYETTE—Love and romantic relationships in the 21st century. Fragile, difficult, conflicted, cancelled, interrupted, delayed and frequently bumpy. Sound like your experience with flying? Enter Love takes the audience inside a modern international airport as we join over a dozen characters and watch a couple dozen “relationships”

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in various stages of becoming and un-becoming, as passengers board, deplane, arrive, depart and wait for flights and romance, doubting, complaining, fretting, laughing, crying, but somehow always finally believing the next one is going to be the perfect one. And it’s a musical so there’s lots of singing and dancing not to mention the theatre has comfortable seats. The world premiere of Enter Love opens 13th August at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, 313 North 5th Street. Music and lyrics are by Lynn Lupold based on a book by Don Seybold. Show creator and producer Lynn Lupold told The Word, “Lafayette has always been a supportive and talented community of musical performers. Bringing Enter Love to this community as a world premiere is not only fitting but very appropriate. Many of the creative team are from Lafayette and that makes this production an even more exciting event for the community. Bringing the writing talents of Don Seybold, the musical talent of Eric VanCleave and the directing experience and talents of Kenny Shepard, there is no question that this production has the potential of going beyond this theatre and onto a larger stage. Red Boat Productions wants to express sincere their thanks to Civic Theatre for supporting this locally grown show in its first full theatrical realisation.” Due to high early demand, a second weekend (Friday and Saturday only) has been added to the initial one week run scheduled for Enter Love. Shows are scheduled 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th, as well as 20th and 21st August. Showtimes are 7.30 p.m., except the Sunday 15th matinee at 2.30. Note that the 12th is a pay-what-you-can preview before the official opening night the 13th. For tickets ring 765/423.PLAY (7529) visit www.lafayettecivic.org or http://lafayettecivic.tix.com

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Sheila's Column By Sheila Kennedy Beam Me Up, Scotty! I should probably be ashamed to admit it, but my TiVo is set to copy episodes of Star Trek — mostly, the Next Generation but also the Deep Space Nine and Voyager spin-offs. I’ve watched some of these so often I can repeat the dialogue verbatim. And although I like most science fiction, I vastly prefer those which — like Star Trek — depict a future more utopian than dystopian. Which brings me to a seemingly unrelated topic: my unsolicited correspondence file. I rarely get hate mail from readers of The Word (although I do seem to prompt the occasional bitchy post from local gay bloggers), but my columns for The Indianapolis Star generate quite a number of nasty e-mails and snail mail. Some of these are onetime rants about my elitism, liberalism, lack of common sense or morality and general unworthiness to occupy the planet; others are predictable messages from persistent “pen pals” who evidently believe that the 40th time they explain to me that God doesn’t like homosexuals, a light will finally dawn and I’ll suddenly agree with them. One of those persistent correspondents was the man I referred to in a 2009 column titled “Dear Nutjob.” (I know, it was not very civil. I was steamed.) This is the guy who keeps sending me “research” proving that my son can be “cured” of his gayness. In the previous column I vented; after receipt of his more recent correspondence, I have taken to wondering what possesses him and people like him — what leads them to insist that difference equals less than and otherness is to be feared and/or hated (or “cured”)? It isn’t just gay, lesbian, bi and trans folks who generate this response. Look around at the “teabag” folks who are constantly proclaiming that they want “their” country back. It’s not difficult to figure out who they want it back from: African-Americans, immigrants and uppity women who no longer know our place. Look at the hysterical efforts to keep Muslim-Americans from building a Mosque in lower Manhattan, and the claims that all Muslims are terrorists. How dare all these outsiders consider themselves equally American, equally entitled to civil liberties, social status and political office? I have my own theories about what motivates all this. (You’ve probably noticed that I’m never short on theories, though how valid they are is, I know, debatable.) The world is changing, and if that change isn’t really more rapid and disconcerting than ever before, the internet and the 24-hour news-hole certainly make it seem that way. For some of us that change is exciting and much of it is welcome, but for others, it is profoundly destabilising. In a way, they are all like Rip Van Winkle, waking from a 20year sleep to confront an alien reality. I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised if experiencing change that way pushes some folks over the edge. The good news is — at least, if polls are to be believed — most of the ugliness of our current public discourse is the product of us older Americans. (As I tell my students: once my generation is dead, things should improve!) All of which brings me back to the Starship Enterprise. I know it is more than fiction — it’s probably an impossible fantasy — but part of me really wants to believe that we humans will eventually learn to behave the way they do on the bridge of the Enterprise, respecting and cooperating with a wide variety of human and alien comrades and turning our energies to the task of exploring and understanding the mysteries of the universe. Oh well. A girl can dream.

Around Town INVESTIGATE PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION IN INDY OR LOUISVILLE Reflections on a Decade of Paranormal Investigation, A Lecture and Workshop with Ben Radford will be held 24th & 25th September at The Centre for Inquiry Indiana, 350 Canal Walk, Suite A, in Indianapolis and two days later in Louisville. The Indy lecture will be Friday at 7 p.m., followed by a Saturday 2 to 5 p.m. workshop.Ticket prices for both are $30 ($25 for Friends of the Centre), or for lecture only: $10 ($8 for Friends). Sign up for the workshop and come to the lecture free. For dinner reservations at a local restaurant on Saturday after the workshop, email indy@centerforinquiry.net by 18th September. Everyone will order from the menu and pay for their own meal. Hotel rooms are available for $109 per night plus tax at Courtyard by Marriott-Indianapolis at the Capitol which is just across the pedestrian bridge from CFI Indiana. Call the hotel directly or the general reservation line listed on the web page and mention Center for Inquiry. Online reservation codes are cficfia for king bed and cficfib for two double beds. The rooms will be held until Thursday, 2nd September. Register online or download a printable form at www.centerforinquiry.net/indy Radford will discuss the nature of “unexplained mysteries” such as ghosts, Bigfoot, crop circles and psychic powers. What does science say about the evidence for these topics? What is the nature of the “unexplained”? And why is there still debate about these issues? Radford is a Research Fellow with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, managing editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, columnist for LiveScience.com and author of five books and hundreds of articles on skepticism, investigation, and the paranormal. Admission includes an investigations workbook and a discount on Radford’s new book, Scientific Paranormal Investigation. There will be a similar event in Louisville, sponsored by the Louisville Area Skeptics on Monday, 27th & Tuesday 28th September 28. For information on the Louisville event, go to: www.LouisvilleAreaSkeptics.com

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I recently moved to Indianapolis and I love the city, but I am having a hard time finding where exactly the ‘gay district’ is. I want to go out and mingle, possibly meet someone, but I haven’t had too much luck with places I’ve visited. Don’t get me wrong, I love the gay bars I’ve been to like Talbott Street and some others but there aren’t many girls to choose from. I want to set my sights higher than just bar scenes, but I don’t know where to start. Even if I just get new friends out of the adventure I will be happy! I believe myself to be a good catch, with a good job, good education and some sense about me. What do I do?

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Newbie in Indy Dear Newbie, I admire your courage to move to a new place and wanting to put yourself out there. It might seem hopeless right now, but if you have only been to the gay bars then you are restricting yourself, as there are not a lot of girls at Greg’s, Talbott Street or the 501 Eagle. What I am trying to tell you is that you can do more than club hop to find friends and possible love interests. There are a whole slew of resources for you. Depending on what you are open to this could include church or synagogue outings, networking, going to restaurants or just talking to us locals. Of course, you can grab a copy of The Word monthly and also find interesting events and what’s going on in the city and surrounding areas. Well, let me get right to it as there are a lot of fun resources for you. This is just a starting off point. After you take advantage of these resources you will start to build your own list. Warm up your computer and check out these resources: First, try GayIndy.com: gayindy.com which is lesbian-owned and offers news, nightlife, events and much more to the visitor or new arrival. This is an informative site for Indy and our community and is partnered with us at The Word to bring the community a whole schedule of events and things happening. Indy Pride Inc.: indyprideinc.com Offers the community information on membership, bylaws, events and resources. Indy Pride hosts events throughout the year to raise funds for different causes; they also update their online calendar so this is a good spot, even though the year’s main pride events are past. Can you imagine meeting the girl of your dreams at a fundraiser?! Check out Indy Soul Sistahs: indysoulsistahs.com This site offers women of colour a gathering circle that includes social group events and a calendar. If you are Christian, GayChurch.Org: www.gaychurch.org/Find_a_Church/united_states/ us_indiana.htm offers a listing of gay-friendly churches and meeting places. This site lists by city, denomination and church name. Churches are always doing something, whether a discussion or a cook-out this would be a great way to meet other locals. If you are Jewish, check out Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation at 64th and Meridian as they were the first major denomination to marry gay and lesbian couples and have a very welcoming presence. There’s also www.gayjews.org Gay Cities: Indianapolis.gaycities.com offers a look into restaurant reviews, clubs, bars, coffee houses, etc. Directions are offered and some locals have commented on the places which are listed which might give you a look into some of the opinions of other patrons who visit these places. Be aware that this is not locally run as far as I know, so you might be better at www.gayindy.com for the real local feel to things. I also feel “bothered” by their reminders to sign up and give them my e-mail and personal info, but that’s a personal opinion.

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Finances In Focus By Michael Wright / Edward D Jones The World Cup was a great time, and football (or do you call it soccer?) fans everywhere were focusing on South Africa, where 32 countries competed for what may be the most coveted championship in all of sports, and which this time was won by Spain after a hardfought set of matches. As a spectator or casual athlete yourself, you can certainly admire the skills of the World Cup players — but as an investor, you can also learn a great deal from them. Let’s look at some key areas of football and see how they may apply to your investment philosophy and techniques. Offense — When a forward, or “striker,” scores a goal in a football game, it can look almost effortless. But it’s not that simple. Before the striker could even make the kick, the ball had to be moved around, sometimes by almost the entire team, before it was in the right place for the striker to shoot. As an investor, you, too must position your portfolio properly so that, when the occasion arises, you can take some “good shots.” Specifically, stay invested in the market so you’ll be prepared to take advantage of good buying opportunities such as when prices drop. Defence — In football, the defenders, such as the fullbacks and the goalkeeper, must anticipate the opposing team’s moves and then react to them. And as an investor, you must be ready to cope with threats such as market volatility, economic turmoil, inflation and so on. When these forces appear, you may need to adjust your portfolio in one way or another. However, your best defence is preparation — and one of the best ways to be prepared for any event that could affect your investments is to build a diversified portfolio. Diversification can help smooth out the ups and downs of the market to help reduce the effect any one investment may have on your portfolio. (Keep in mind, though, that diversification by itself can’t guarantee a profit or protect against a loss.) Stamina — As you watched World Cup matches, you probably noticed there were very few substitutions. In fact, only three players can be substituted throughout the entire course of a game by the rules which places a premium on players’ stamina. As an investor, you also need to have the staying power to “go the distance” despite the bumps in the road you will surely encounter. But if you have the patience and discipline to keep investing for the long term, your efforts may be rewarded.

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Teamwork — For a team to succeed as Spain did, it needs outstanding teamwork. The players must know one another, must communicate well and must trust each other to make the right plays. Remember when France lost and their team fell apart it was due to lack of trust and teamwork with the coach blaming his players and the players blaming one another. When you invest, you can also benefit from working with a team you trust which may consist of your financial advisor, your tax advisor and your legal advisor. The investment world can be complex with ever-changing laws and regulations, so you’ll want to be confident that you’re making the right moves at the right time. You may never get to play in the World Cup but, by observing the players and the games closely, we all learned some lessons that we can apply to our portfolios. On another topic, as we pass the midpoint of Summer, many investment clubs are taking time off and will be back next month. They might be interested in taking on new members. If you have been considering joining such a club there are some things you should know. But should you join up? There’s no one “right” answer for everyone, of course. But if you do join an investment club, you will find that there are both “pros” and “cons” involved. Let’s take a quick look at a few... On the upside, investment clubs can be fun. You can learn about investments in countless books, magazines and websites - but you may enjoy the learning process more by joining a club. By discussing investments as part of a group you can gain a lot of knowledge in a pleasant environment. And some clubs even invite guest speakers who are experts on a particular aspect of investing. Clubs provide an affordable way to invest. There’s no “standard” contribution for investment clubs. Some clubs ask for $50 a month from its members, some for $100 and some even more. On the downside, clubs are limited in scope. Even the most active can only look at a tiny fraction of the many investment opportunities. To build a portfolio that can help meet your financial goals you have to consider the entire spectrum of investments. Consequently, you cannot rely on your investment club exclusively for your investment solutions. Recommendations are not personalized. Make sure that you’re comfortable with a club’s investment philosophy on risk tolerance. For example, one club might be willing to accept a higher level of risk in exchange for potentially greater returns. On the other hand, another club may be more conservative. It’s essential that you choose a club with which you’re comfortable. Your membership in an investment club can be enjoyable and educational. So, if you decide to join a club, make the most of it — but keep its benefits in perspective.

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Standard Reviewer By Bill Elliott / Word Critic Hollywood is often referred to as a “dream factory” providing, as it has for generations, a blueprint for those hoping to fulfil the American dream of material wealth, physical health and the pursuit of happiness. Films are very much like dreams themselves, developing their own inner logic (even when at their most implausible) and providing an escape from dreary or unpleasant reality. It’s not surprising that dreams have played a significant role in Hollywood movies over the years (Wizard of Oz, Spellbound, The Manchurian Candidate, Dreamscape, What Dreams May Come? to name a few). Freud was particularly fascinated by dreams, and America has embraced Freudian psychoanalysis perhaps more than any other culture. Christopher Nolan’s Inception is a meditation on the nature of dreams, and more specifically, on the relationship between dreams and reality. Since his impressive Hollywood debut with Memento in 2000 Nolan become something of a George Bernard Shaw of the cinema, making idea-driven rather than character- or plot-driven films. Inception is a little short on fully-fleshed-out characters and its plot has more holes than Swiss cheese, but it is unusual to find a movie from Tinseltown that engages the audience on such a cerebral level. I am not suggesting that you have to be a physicist or psychoanalyst to understand Inception (it’s probably better that you aren’t — you’d probably see its deficiencies all too clearly). But it is a film that makes you think rather than just passively enjoy the ride. Like The Prestige, which Nolan made in 2006, there is much sleight-of-hand at work in Inception. Perhaps it just seems a lot smarter than it is. The audience is often so caught up in one of the film’s myriad plot loops that it fails to see that much of what is taking place on screen makes little actual sense in reality (mazes and conundrums feature prominently in the plot — an apt metaphor for the film itself). Inception’s storyline is simple enough. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is an expert in — what exactly we are never really told — artificial intelligence, psychology, metaphysics? Regardless, he is an experienced dream excavator, which means that he is able to get into people’s dreams and steal important corporate secrets. Cobb’s wife, Mal (played by French actress Marion Cotillard), his dream-snatching partner is now dead — we don’t learn how until late in the film. We do find out that Cobb is implicated in her death and thus is an outlaw in his home country. Separated from his young children, he seeks a way to return “home,” and a final job offers him the chance to do that. Cobb is hired by Saito (Ken Watanabe), a Japanese energy magnate, to assemble a team to go inside the mind of the heir to a dying, rival energy mogul. Instead of extracting information, he is asked to plant an idea that will take hold, resulting in the disruption of a global energy monopoly. This is unchartered territory for Cobb and, needless to say, dangerous work. There are risks involved in “dream sharing” (a concept designed, unsurprisingly, by the military), not least for the dream hoppers — and the audience — since much of the time it isn’t clear who is dreaming and who (or what) is being dreamed up. The dream team Cobb puts together includes a dream architect — a precocious young student named Ariadne (pay attention now: in Greek mythology, Ariadne is the “mistress of the labyrinth” who helped Theseus slay the Minotaur and find his way out of the Minotaur’s labyrinth.) Ariadne is played by Ellen Page, looking about 12 years old! Other team members include dream navigator, Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Eames (Tom Hardy), a forger and shape shifter who can impersonate others during the dream state, and Yusef (Dileep Rao), a pharmacologist who concocts sedatives to induce deep sleep. Two important plot elements are introduced early on (perhaps the only two things Nolan takes pains to clearly point out in the film). One is that there are varying levels of dream state corresponding to different time frames in reality — five minutes in real time is equivalent to about an hour in dream level one; in dream level three, a few hours of real time can appear to be several decades in the dream. The second is that each dream traveller takes with them a totem — an everyday object that is familiar only to them and which represents the difference between reality and dream state. It’s heady stuff, literally. Blink and you can easily become confused (don’t blink and you can become confused just as easily!) But that is not important. As I said earlier, films create their own built-in logic much like dreams. In a dream you don’t usually question what is happening while you are dreaming. Watching Inception is thus a

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dreamlike experience: it appears to make sense while you are watching, even if later most of the details are hard to reconstruct or remember. There is a good story at the heart of Inception but the film is never really able to live up to its own ambitions. Its strength is also something of a drawback — it relies too much on technology to create the dream states. While occasionally spectacular (one scene literally turns Paris on its head with Cobb and Ariadne almost literally “dancing on the ceiling” like Fred Astaire in Royal Wedding), it is a film in which the parts are greater than the sum. The emotional core of Inception — which is much more interesting than the weak idea-planting element — involves the relationship between Cobb and his dead wife. Here the film revisits ground covered in many a dream and/or time-travel movie. Inception is, at heart, a tale of regret, guilt, and loss.


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pecs and the by Matt Ponder Here’s an easy question: what’s your favourite movie? Fight Club? Steel Magnolias? Star Wars? Citizen Kane? Weekend At Bernie’s? Think about it for a second, and answer again. What’s that? You can’t pick just one? Okay, let’s switch gears. What’s your favorite colour? Blue? No, wait — maybe you look amazing in orange. But you painted your bedroom green, remember? Favourite food? Sushi? Waffles? Haggis? Cap’n Crunch? Still can’t decide, huh? Interesting isn’t it? It seems that you can have more than one favourite thing in any given category. That being said, wouldn’t it be entirely possible to have more than one person that you’re interested in while still being able to like them both equally? Some people say yes and some people say no, but the truth of the matter is that this situation falls squarely under the often confusing and vaguely indefinable term that we call dating. The world is teeming with people of all shapes, colours, sizes and personalities. Even though the promise of “The One” has been hammered into our heads from the moment we learned about love and relationships, the fact of the matter is that the odds are stacked towards finding more than just a single person who lives in your heart. When you are living the single life, you meet people out in the world who capture your attention. There is no law, written or unwritten, that states that being with more than one person when you’re single is a bad thing, and when you aren’t committed to just one person you are free to do whatever you want as long as you’re honest about it. In other words, if you’re in a relationship, this doesn’t apply to you. There are people who look down on this, however, and seem to believe that it makes you a player if you have more than one person you’re kissing goodnight. When you are a free agent and you find yourself interested in more than one person, that doesn’t make you a player. A player is someone who lies about seeing other people while telling you you’re the only one. Dating means dating.

focused on how the date is going as you use your clear head to spot the signs of chemistry instead of worrying that if this goes wrong you will end up alone with 30 cats. As you get to know someone, you begin to feel how their personality meshes with yours and how you relate in the physical sense. Even after a few dates you can’t be sure if this is someone you want to be with exclusively, so the fact that you are dating other people as well will invariably show you clearly what you want and how far you want to take your relationship. Dating is like car shopping. You test drive different cars before you commit to buying one, so why wouldn’t you do the same with people? A relationship is a high-level commitment so it’s important to be sure that you have made the right decision and not wandered blindly into something that doesn’t suit you. How much can you really know about someone after two dates? Or four? Or even six? How do you know that when you interact with someone outside the parameters of your actual dates if you want to commit to a year or three or the rest of your life? Dating more than one person can lead to some challenges, however. They may both know about the other but it’s better off if they don’t have to hear every detail about the person that they are sharing you with. And when you run with the same crowd, the odds are all of you may end up in the same place at the same time. This may sound amusing when it’s Jack Tripper dating two stewardesses on Three’s Company, but it’s not usually an ideal situation. Dating more than one person means you have to honour their feelings by making sure you are giving each of them emotional respect. That being said, another detail which should be made clear is that the people you are dating can date other people, too. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and all that. Even though I’ve compared dating to car shopping and job hunting, I’m not trivializing the dark and murky waters of the dating world. When you venture out into this uncharted territory, you are risking your heart — and there’s nothing trivial about that. If you find yourself enamoured of more than one person, try it out and see if it works for you. Just be open and honest and you may discover an enriching and beneficial experience. That way when you find Mr. Right you can be confident in the knowledge that you made the correct choice because you took the opportunity to explore your other options. There’s nothing wrong with dating a boy or two. And just like a certain character said in one of my many favorite movies: there are worse things you can do.

Simply put, you aren’t in a relationship and maybe you’re not ready to be in a relationship, so you are spending time with different people who you are attracted to while deciding if any of them will take the next step into exclusive territory. It’s pretty simple. It doesn’t mean that the person you met first will fall under the grandfather clause of the dating rules either. If you are interested in two or three people, you keep them on the same level until one of them pulls ahead in the race or one or both of you puts an end to your dating relationship. Let’s say you just broke up with someone or you’re still wounded from a past heartbreak and you want to date different people so you don’t make the same mistakes you did before or you want to make sure that what you feel is real and not a rebound emotion. Isn’t that being fair to the people you’re dating? Shouldn’t they want honest feelings and genuine emotion from you instead of falling into the patterns you made before that led to the end of your last relationship? When you go on a first date or you meet someone amazing, sometimes the sparks fly immediately and the ball is set in motion. But sometimes you have to date someone for a while before the chemistry starts to sizzle. If you exclude other people from the moment you meet someone and then realise two months in that the person you met initially is not the person you want to be with, you may have to go through a lot of small relationships to get to the one that’s right for you. And that, to me, sounds like a waste of time. Plus, dating more than one person at a time gives you perspective as you get to know them better. Is one of them funnier than the other? Does one of them make your heart beat faster when they kiss you? Or maybe each of them makes you feel the same? As long as you respect the feelings of the people you are dating and are truly keeping yourself open to the possibility of making something more than casual, dating multiple people shouldn’t be an issue. Think about it like a job hunt: you apply at a lot of places and it’s never something that you view as a trivial endeavour. Each time you interview you get less and less self-conscious and you learn how to sell yourself. The same thing goes for when you go on a date; when you have other options open, it eases your mind and takes you out of the make-it-or-break-it mode and you can truly be yourself. You’re less nervous and more

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Your Vote Counts Continued From Page Six lar. Among large states, two (Texas, Florida) have Republican speakers. Obama won Florida anyway. New York, California, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan all have Democratic Speakers. All those Speakers are solid re-election candidates. Two have no opposition as of July. But, here’s the rub: in none of those states is the House a lock-safe bet to remain Democratic. So you see, B. Patrick Bauer breathes some pretty rarified air. He’s one of 31 Democratic House Speakers in America. Each and every one of whom could be minority leader come January. Think the stakes aren’t big? MONEY MONEY EVERYWHERE All this comes amid a political climate that will, for the first time, allow federal PAC money to flow from corporations in almost unlimited amounts. The Supreme Court of the United States said so just this Summer. In the ridiculous Citizens United v. FEC case, the Supremes reversed, by 5-4, a 3-0 appeals court ruling that banned corporate participation in federal election campaigns. Five votes to four. Clarence Thomas, the legal brain, being among the five. So now, corporations are treated as people. Perfect. Ronald Reagan’s finally got the full-circle treatment. The trickle-downers finally trickled on all of us. Federal campaigns will be awash in corporate money and the political messages delivered via that cash do not have to fully identify the donors. That money will affect all elections. Campaign ads are not aired in a vacuum…the sloppy backwash from their putrid delivery is too often negative. Sen. John McCain, yeah that chameleon McCain who’s shifted so far right that if he were a boat, he’d list — filed an amicus brief in this case that carries volumes of useful and potent ammunition. Unless you’re Clarence Thomas, of course. One salient quote stands out. The Citizens United folks argued in their papers (successfully) that their corporate voice should not be silenced, lest their corporate First Amendment rights be stifled. From McCain’s amicus: “…The significant public interest in knowing who is and is not behind such election-eve, candidate-related messages

is more than sufficient to justify the minimal burden of a four-second disclaimer and to outweigh Citizens United’s interest (if any) in making its messages so short that it has no time for a disclaimer.” The Citizens United case was stellar in its simplicity. Its plaintiffs argued in 2007 that they should be allowed to air a movie called The Movie, and ads pertaining thereto, which were blatant scare tactics designed to poison the electoral base against Hillary Clinton. Hilarious, huh? These right-wing nutjobs were so scared of a Hillary presidency they mounted campaigns using DVDs, ads, direct-mail and online solicitations all demonising the potential first woman president of the United States. They Limbaughed the hell out of Hillary. When some commercial broadcast outlets refused to run the “infomercials” because of federal McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Law restrictions, Citizens United sued. And they expected the courts to be oblivious to their funding sources — all extremist organisations and individuals. The DC District Court threw them out. An appeals court unanimously did likewise. In near-record pace, the 5-4 Supremes took up the case. Chief Justice Roberts licked his chops. The Reaganite corporatists won the day, and Citizens United became the law of the land. This case is so important it will become a landmark decision. Its multiple moving parts can be viewed at this link, and for those who love the law, it’s a shocking and compelling read: www.scotuswiki.com/index.php?title=Citizens_United_v._Federal_Election_Commission We were one pubic-hair-on-a-Coke-can away from making Clarence Thomas vanish in those confirmation hearings. He’s done little good since he got there, and he’s only one of five, but on too many important cases, his vote is the fifth. Legislators are at work trying to craft a bill that will withstand this court ruling, which returns corporations to their rightful place as entities (not PERSONS). Supremes get appointed by Presidents. Confirmed by the Senate. Whose members are elected with this filthy money. And that same money will overflow into all 50 of the states’ 2010 legislative races. If we wake up Wednesday after election day and find out we will have a new Indiana House majority come January, you can thank the Supreme Court of the United States, among others. But it won’t happen without the Joe Pearsons and Ed Delaneys of the world, wearing out shoe leather and putting their election money to good use. Communicating against the wave of corporate greed. And so it goes. Rock on, Ed and Joe.

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Young Thoughts Staff & Youth Of Indiana Youth Group Hello everyone, hope you’re enjoying another gorgeous Midwestern Summer. Here at IYG, things have slowed down a bit now that pride month is over and we’ve held our annual prom. Nonetheless, we’re still hard at work to make sure that our youth are enjoying the Summer months. As this issue of The Word goes to press, we have almost a dozen young people heading back home after a week-long camp session in Vincennes. Each year, Indiana Teen Institute holds a five-day workshop on Vincennes University’s campus and this was Indiana Youth Group’s second year attending. IYG is able to be a part of this programme because of a grant we’ve received that helps us to focus on tobacco prevention with the youth we serve and this is especially important when you take into account that gay men are twice as likely to smoke as straight men and lesbians are three times as likely to smoke as straight women. The focus of the camp goes beyond tobacco prevention, though. The primary objective here is educational, and the Teen Institute’s goal is to build leadership qualities in young adults, giving those who attend the camp the knowledge they need so that they can apply the skills they learn there to the work they’re doing in their own schools and communities. The idea is that the training these youth receive will then go home with them where it can be put to good use in their own communities. In the case of the youth affiliated with IYG, they’ll use this knowledge in their GSA’s (Gay-Straight Alliances) strengthening the work that they do within the schools to build relationships between lesbian, gay, bi and trans youth and their straight allies. The main focus of the retreat includes team-building, leadership and teamwork training, active-learning activities, and problem-solving skills. Each of the workshops encourages the youth, both individually and in group settings, to think outside the box, using their individual strengths to discover creative solutions to the problems that are presented to them. IYG works with youth from around the metro area (as well as the rest of the state), so we try to have several different communities represented at events such as this and the 2010 session was no exception. This year, we had attendees from Mooresville, Lawrence Central, Franklin Community and Pike High Schools. The event was also attended by IYG’s new Programme Coordinator Christy Clayton who chaperoned our youth and took part in as many of the workshops and break-out groups as she could in the five days the group was there. In the next few days she will share the information she learned with all of the staff at IYG in order to keep us in stride with what each of the attendees received. “It was an amazing experience,” Clayton told me when she returned to the centre from Vincennes, “The young people we work with are serious about fostering change in their communities. The opportunity to attend this week-long session will continue to build on the hard work they’re already putting in with their fellow students. I would definitely recommend this type of programme to anyone who works with young adults. These programmes really help them to build skills they’ll use for the rest of their lives.” Graham Brinklow, IYG’s youth outreach coordinator, oversees our tobacco prevention grant and is in charge of the work our organisation does with Indiana GSA groups. Having attended the camp last year, he had this to say about the experience: “This programme is incredibly unique in that it has come up with fun, creative ways to teach leadership skills — entertaining, engaging and challenging activities that help to strengthen group dynamics. Our main reason for sending youth to Vincennes each year is to help them build their leadership in the GSAs in order to strengthen the overall Indiana GSA Network.” Here at IYG we’re looking forward to continuing our work with youth through the rest of the Summer and into the next school year. As always, please feel free to contact us if you’d like more information, would like to volunteer or want to help us out by making a donation. If you’d like to learn more about IYG, give us a call at 317/541.8726. See you next month!

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Around Town NAKED JULY HELD OVER INTO AUGUST FOR A HOT END TO SUMMER CHICAGO—The National Pastime Theatre, Chicago’s premier theatrical provocateurs, presents their 2nd annual fine arts festival Naked July: Art Stripped Down, only now it’s been extended into August. At The National Pastime Theater the entire month of July and a good part of August will be filled with lovely, provoking and aggressive bodies. NPT’s festival aims to reveal the human body as beautiful in every shape, size and color. By exposing these physical differences, audiences discover the innate similarities in all human bodies – we are all made of the same material both natural and beautiful. Art Stripped Down includes theatrical production, sculpture, paintings and photography. Go to NakedJuly.com for more info. The National Pastime Theatre presents four world premier theatrical productions: —The National Pastime Theater’s own The Emperor’s New Clothes by Keely HaddadNull, as the headlining performance of its 2nd annual festival. Based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Emperor’s New Clothes explores what happens when a corrupt mayor of a futuristic Los Angeles who hires a tailor with fantastical talent who dares to answer the age-old question: “Why work so hard to get others naked?” —NPT is pleased to welcome back The Living Canvas whose Nocturne played to soldout audiences during NPT’s inaugural Naked July Festival. This year they bring Living Canvas: Demons a journey through the mind of a young woman, encountering creatures of nightmare, mystery, and merriment. —Clock Productions takes a turn down farcical lane with The Tumultuous Tale of the Tragically Transparent Tunic, a different take on Andersen’s classic tale, filled with slapstick comedy and wonderfully campy elements. — And for those with an appetite for the sensual, curator Shifra Werch presents Eros, the multi-media performance exploring aphrodisiac elements guaranteed to make, at the very least, your toes tingle. Throughout the festival, The National Pastime Theater transforms its lobby into an art gallery. On display are works from artists who focus on the idea of naked, be it literal or figurative, from all over the world. The National Pastime Theatre is located at 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago. Enter through the historic storefront, past the years of smoky haze into the authentic speakeasy turned theatre where the debaucherous scandals of the past give life to the art of today. Excitement is palpable, temptation extreme. No other theatre in Chicago can offer such libidinous exploitation of your senses. Tickets to each show are $20 per adventurous patron and are available for purchase online at NakedJuly.com. Festival passes are available for $70 online also. For group sales call the box office at 773/327.7077 or visit NakedJuly.com or npt2.com Also check out TheLivingCanvas.com. BEFORE YOU LIGHT UP, READ THIS… WASHINGTON, D.C.— The American Lung Association’s latest health disparity report, Smoking Out a Deadly Threat: Tobacco Use in the Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans Community examines the trend of higher tobacco use among the community and the need for additional research specific to us. Most state and national health surveys do not collect information on sexual orientation and gender. However, there are current data indicating the gay population smokes at a higher rate than the general public. Key facts regarding this disparity include: —Gay, bi and trans men are 2.0 to 2.5 times more likely to smoke than straights. —Lesbian, bi and trans women are 1.5 to 2.0 times more likely to smoke than straights. —Bisexual boys and girls have some of the highest smoking rates when compared with both their heterosexual and homosexual peers. “The American Lung Association issued this report to raise awareness of this health disparity and address the need for additional research specific to the community and tobacco use,” Charles Connor, American Lung Association President and CEO noted, adding, “Like other groups disproportionately affected by tobacco use, including African Americans and Native Americans, the gay population needs targeted efforts to reduce smoking rates which will ultimately save lives. The Lung Association is committed to preventing tobacco use and reducing smoking rates among the community,” Connor continued.


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HONOLULU—A coalition of leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations in Hawaii has denounced Governor Linda Lingle for vetoing Hawaii’s Civil Union legislation. The bill would have provided equal rights and responsibilities of married couples in Hawaii to be afforded to thousands of non-married couples in the state – including same-sex couples. Coalition members include Equality Hawaii, the gay, lesbian bi & trans Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, the Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG Oahu and Pride Alliance Hawaii.

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Damien Doins' By Elisa Rogowski / The Damien Centre It’s been an exciting month at the Damien Centre with some great events and new successes. This past April the agency put on its 16th Dining Out for Life event in which restaurants around the city generously donated 25%-50% of their proceeds on one day to the Damien Centre. This international event raises millions of dollars for AIDS service organisations all over the country, and the results for Indianapolis and the Damien Centre are finally ready to announce — With just a few restaurants remaining to submit their payments for the event, we’re proud to say that the Dining Out for Life will bring in a net profit of over $41,000 this year. That represents a 21% increase over 2009 which makes everyone proud to live in a community that so generously supports our clients and programmes. An increase like this, especially in such a difficult economic time, is a true testament to the commitment that we all have to fighting HIV & AIDS. From everyone, especially the clients of the Damien Centre, we say THANK YOU! We would like to give a special thank you to all of our restaurants, and especially our restaurants donating 50% of their proceeds. Those restaurants: 45 Degrees, Blu Martini, Adobo Grill, Brugge Brasserie, Creation Café/Euphoria, Pearl Bistro, Petite Chou in Clay Terrace and Broad Ripple, Santorini Greek Kitchen and Pita Pit contributed a combined $20,000 the day and night of the event. Be sure to visit all of our Dining Out for Life restaurants throughout the year – the list is still on the website for you to reference. We’re already planning Dining Out for Life 2011 and we’d love to hear from all of you. We will be soliciting feedback from restaurants, sponsors and diners over the next few months as we work to make the event even more successful. If you have a comment or suggestion for us, please contact the Damien Centre and let us know. Damien Center in the Community July saw some other great events for the Damien Centre, raising both funds and awareness in our community. The InConjunction Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention held 1-3 July made Damien Centre one of the beneficiaries of its silent auction. Also in July, the TGIF Bowling League contributed $250 and over 600 cans of food to the food pantry. Damien Centre will be at the following events and fairs over the coming month. Please contact us if you’re interested in learning more about these events or if you’d like to schedule an event of your own. — 27th July from 12 to 1 at Latino Action League Inc. - A group of public health leaders, including the executive director of the Damien Centre, will be meeting for the third time to prepare for the Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event 15th October. — 6th August Visiting Nurses Service: HIV 101, Universal Precautions, Common Myths and Statistics. — 20th August A group of researchers from the Centre for Sexual Health Promotion at IU Bloomington, community leaders, the executive director of the Damien Centre and Joe Miller will be meeting at the Centre to review preliminary findings of the Indianapolis Men’s Health Study, a funded NIH grant research. Damien Centre has been collaborating on this study and working with Dr. Brian Dodge, principal investigator for it. — 28th August. Health Fair at Summer Fest at Indiana Business College (Harrison College). Also, the annual Damien client picnic was held in July and this year over 100 clients and guests braved the 90 degree-plus weather for games, food from Jug’s catering, kids’ activities and giveaways. The client picnic is one of two annual events held at the Damien Centre (along with the client holiday party in December) just for clients and their guests. We were glad to see so many people there and look forward to an even more successful event next year. As always, the Damien Centre offers completely free and confidential testing for HIV and STDs on-site at the Joseph F. Miller Testing Centre. Hours can be found on our website. While we suggest that you make an appointment, walk-ins are welcome on a firstcome, first-served basis. We continue to offer care coordination, housing and financial assistance, support groups, activities for children, and legal services to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our great staff strives to offer the very best services to all those we serve, and we look forward to continuing to make a difference in our community.

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Walter Botich / Indiana Equality Action Vice President Pride season has brought all sorts of members of our community together in celebration. Indiana Equality has joined in the celebration at Circle City Pride, Kentuckiana Pride, Rainbow Richmond Pride Picnic, Fort Wayne Pride and many more. One of the larger upcoming pride festivals will occur in Lafayette 21st August with OUTFest 2010. The event comes at the end of a long season of pride celebrations in Indiana and Indiana Equality has been present in all the corners of the state this Summer promoting the work that needs to be done in the Indiana General Assembly and supporting the local communities’ efforts. One commonality among all these pride destinations is that every community is different. In Evansville and Louisville, it’s the combined Indiana / Kentucky communities which work together to bring equality and acceptance for their constituents. In Fort Wayne, it’s the recent struggle to add gender identity and expression to their local human rights ordinance. In South Bend, it’s seeking to add some measure of protection for the community. In other communities it’s difficult to even organise a group. On the other hand, in Indianapolis or Bloomington the groups are already so disparate and strong that at times it can be difficult to find unity. How is it that in Lafayette, Pride Lafayette – and its affiliated groups Citizens for Civil Rights and the Greater Lafayette P-FLAG Chapter – have managed to survive and thrive in an increasingly hostile time? There is certainly a wealth of talented and committed individuals here as in any community – too numerous to begin to name here. In addition, there has been community support – over the years in law, but in real terms, there are also supportive allies in religion, business and politics. And frankly, just making the bills month-to-month is not easy; of course that’s something that all lesbian, gay, bi and trans organisations encounter. But most of all, I believe that the key to keeping a vibrant community in Lafayette has been that over the years, with the passage of the sexual orientation protections and the climate that fostered, people have been able to come out, succeed, flourish and give back to the community. Knowing someone who is gay or trans or bi or lesbian means that you can no longer deny their humanity or denigrate their value. That process of coming out is intensely personal, but ultimately it makes a political statement which is hard to ignore: “We’re not going anywhere, so you may as well deal with it.” It would be easy to tell people you must come out so we can all progress. But life is not that easy and jobs are not easy to replace. Family circumstances may also make it too difficult. Since lesbian, gay, bi and trans folks aren’t afforded housing protections, even one’s housing is at risk. This is precisely why Indiana Equality is working so hard on all the issues we have tackled, especially the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in local and state human rights ordinances. We need to free our community to reach its full potential. And this cannot be accomplished alone or in a vacuum. Won’t you consider joining the efforts by going to www.indianaequality.org and signing up for our e-mail list or volunteering? You will be helping to secure a brighter future for yourself and the next generation. Don’t have time to volunteer yourself? Did you know that your old cell phones and electronics can actually help Indiana Equality pay the bills? Cell Phones for Cancer, LLC recycles small electronics to generate funds for certain not-for-profit organisations around the country. Indiana Equality has graciously been chosen as a recipient, but we need your help: If you have old cell phones, ink jets, digital cameras, or mp3 players please donate them today to benefit Indiana Equality. Simply drop your item in the mail to the address below. Your old cell phone means Indiana Equality can continue travelling the state educating people about enacting local human rights ordinances in an effort to secure statewide civil rights protections for gay, lesbian, bi and trans Hoosiers. Please send your old cell phones, ink jets, digital cameras, or mp3 players to: Cell Phones for Cancer, Attn: Indiana Equality, 30275 Bainbridge Road, Solon, Ohio 44139. Don’t have an old cell phone to contribute? Consider our tax-deductible regular giving option: $20 dollars a month really goes far here at Indiana Equality and is less than you would pay for a latte a week.

GOOGLE POLICY SHIFT HAS UNEXPECTED RESULTS PLYMOUTH, Mass.— A recent change in policy by Google has cast a wide shadow on a situation that is in arbitration between the Utility Workers Union of America (www. uwua369.org) and Entergy, the company which owns and operates the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth. Christina Renaud, a Senior Operations Instructor at Pilgrim is represented by Local 369. She is married to a woman as is permitted under Massachusetts law. Yet, despite the legal status of her marriage, Local 369 contends that she is being treated unfairly because she pays extra for medical coverage – currently more than $2,000 per year extra - for her and her spouse. Local 369, which represents 300 employees at the plant, has gone to bat for Renaud, who holds a highly skilled technical job training other workers. The union first went to management a year and a half ago and asked the company to reimburse Renaud. The union also offered to spread the cost of the employee share of the taxes out over the bargaining unit. “Entergy, which prides itself on its diversity initiatives, refused” said UWUA Local 369 President David Leonardi. “It just doesn’t make any sense. We offered to help share the cost and they still said no.” The matter has gone to arbitration, and according to the union, Entergy is violating its contractual agreement to share medical expenses based on a 75%/25% company/employee split of costs. Renaud’s fellow employees are firmly behind her on this issue. Co-worker Fred Dicristofaro, who filed and processed Christina’s grievance at arbitration comments reflects the sentiment of the workplace, “Harm to one is harm to all. That is why we have a union. That is why I am a utility worker, and we all stand with Christina.” Under federal law, employer-provided health benefits for domestic partners are counted as taxable income if the partner is not considered a dependent. The tax is based on the value of the partner’s coverage as provided by the employer. The issue is especially timely in light of two major developments in this area. A June New York Times article reports Google’s announcement that it would begin covering a cost that gay and lesbian employees must pay when their partners receive domestic partner health benefits, largely to compensate them for an extra tax that heterosexual married couples do not pay. Nine days later, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph L. Tauro ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional with respect to claims brought by seven married same-sex couples and three widowers from Massachusetts. Under the ruling, the plaintiffs are entitled to the same federal spousal benefits and protections as other married couples. According to the New York Times article, employees with same sex spouses or domestic partners will pay on average about $1,069 more annually in taxes than a married employee with the same coverage. Under the federal law that was challenged in the case before Judge Tauro, health care premiums for heterosexual married couples are not taxed, but health care premiums that benefit a same sex spouse are taxed as are benefits for same or opposite sex domestic partners. According to Leonardi, Entergy is using the now challenged federal law to shirk its responsibilities. “We want them to treat Christina as they treat every other married employee, and we don’t think this is an unreasonable request,” he said. The Times article quotes The Kaiser Family Foundation saying that 36 percent of large companies that offer health benefits provide coverage for same-sex domestic partners, and more than half of Fortune 500 companies provide domestic partner coverage — but few pay the extra costs of that coverage. “Google’s decision could have far-reaching effects,” said Leonardi, adding, “We believe that it points out the correct path for Entergy to follow. It shouldn’t take a federal judge. Its just common sense and common decency to treat all your workers the same.” Google’s announcement came on the heels of a decision by the Labour Department to permit employees who are acting as parents to take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act to care for a child, even if there are no legal or biological ties. But Google’s move would allow employees to care for a partner, too. The issue had been addressed by Congress, and although the original healthcare overhaul included language to eliminate tax on employer-provided coverage, it did not make it into the final version. “This is about a company using a legal loophole to avoid doing the right thing,” said Leonardi, who said, “The Union calls upon Entergy to lead by example and not by loophole.”

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LAFAYETTE you THEATER LAFAYETTE—Are ready for one last pride of 2010? Are you a believer that the Lafayette Chapter best is always the last? If so, then you are set for OUTfest 2010, this Northwest Indiana Rocky Horror Picture Show city’s 3rd annual celebration of pride. As with last year’s event, the purpose of OUTfest ’10 is to increase public awareness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, and to celebrate diversity among family, friends, and allies. Additionally, organisers said they hope to educate residents in Tippecanoe County about the availability of local and regional lesbian, gay, bi and trans organisations, resources, and services. Admission is free; donations are greatly appreciated. That’s the formal and the official part, but in truth, this is the region’s most vibrant, inclusive and just plain fun pride event. Everyone from Purdue University students and staff to the Lafayette Zoo and the local synagogue is there (along with The Word crew, too) and the day is not to be missed.

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PFLAG/PRYSM; Planned Parenthood; Purdue Queer Student Union Spencer Cop(PQSU); y ma t Smith Sound Pride; Temple Israel; and The Unitarian Universalist Church. Chairman Bryan Bell noted, “Community support has been solid, especially in these tough times. To date, our sponsors include Awards Unlimited; Blue Monday Crafts; Copymat; Custom Forms; Gayindy.com; Go Greener; JCOnline; Lowe’s; Neon Cactus; Purdue GLBTA Alumns Yahoo! Group; Smith Sound; The Word; Underground Printing; Windy City Media Group; and Zoolegers. As you may already know, this initiative was enormously popular last year and we anticipate even greater attendance and support this time around. This is a festival for all ages, and is family-friendly. For more information, visit www.pridelafayette.org/OUTfest10.”

Sponsored by Pride Lafayette, Citizens for Civil Rights; P-FLAG Lafayette/Tippecanoe County and local community organisations this three-block party will be held from 4 P.M. to midnight Saturday 21st August on Main Street between 6th and 9th streets. It will feature live bands and entertainers, karaoke, dancing, DJs, food and business vendors, two beer gardens, light-hearted drag entertainment, extended hours for local downtown businesses, and so much more. Organisers told The Word, “ We expect the event to be very well attended. Last year’s pride celebration attracted more than 5,000 people.” Local and regional entertainers will rock the festival on two stages. Highlights include “Pride Unplugged,” featuring acoustical performances by local and regional artists; the bands No Apparent Reason, Upshot and The Bailout Revival; The Big Swing Band; ballroom dancing showcases; Dance 2XS Purdue performances; and Zoolegers everpopular Sylvia and her Girls on stage for a light-hearted drag extravaganza. In conjunction with OUTfest ’10, The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown at midnight at the Lafayette Theatre. The event will also feature a knock-out, expanded family area not often associated with a Pride festival where families may learn more about similarities and differences in our world. Wonderful friends from several community-minded organisations will once again share themed information with a diverse group of children and their parents. Wolf Park will teach us about the “Individual in Society,” Almost Home Humane Society will remind us that “Everyone Has the Right to Belong,” Columbian Park Zoo will teach us all about “Valuing Differences in Our World,” the International Centre will remind us that “People are People Everywhere,” and Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will give us “A Sense of the Other.” As of presstime, more than a dozen such groups have signed on. Local and regional organisations and faith groups will be part of OUTfest ’10 and will share their services and resources with the Greater Lafayette community. Among those currently confirmed are American Civil Liberties Union; Aspire Indiana; Brown Street and Grace United Methodist Churches; Citizens for Civil Rights; Delta Lambda Phi; Go Greener; Good Shepherd and St. John’s Episcopal Churches; Greater Lafayette Sexual Assault Prevention Coalition (GLSAPC); Human Relations Commissions of Lafayette, West Lafayette, and Tippecanoe County. Also, Indiana Equality (IE); Indiana State Board of Health; Indiana Youth Group;

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Lights! Camera! It’s Action Time For Dayton’s Gay Film Festival! DAYTON—The Downtown Priority Board and The Neon will partner again to host The Downtown Dayton Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Trans Film Festival during the last weekend of September. Dates have been confirmed for the 24th thru the 26th – and a centrepiece film has just been booked. After looking at hundreds of hours of material, the screening committee selected and confirmed A Marine Story as the film which will play at 7 on Saturday evening, 25th September. This particular title will be sponsored by the Greater Dayton Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Trans Centre. Though other titles have yet to confirmed, Square One Salon & Spa, Miami Valley Fair Housing, The Human Race Theatre Company and Roger Glass have already expressed a desire to sponsor films.

Last Call For Pride 2010 As Lafayette Parties 21 August LAFAYETTE—Are you ready for one last pride of 2010? Are you a believer that the best is always the last? If so, then you are set for OUTfest 2010, this Northwest Indiana city’s 3rd annual celebration of pride. As with last year’s event, the purpose of OUTfest ’10 is to increase public awareness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, and to celebrate diversity among family, friends, and allies. That’s the formal and the official part, but in truth, this is the region’s most vibrant, inclusive and just, plain fun pride event. Everyone from Purdue University students and staff to the Lafayette Zoo and the local synagogue is there (along with The Word crew, too) and the day is not to be missed. Sponsored by Pride Lafayette, Citizens for Civil Rights; P-FLAG Lafayette/Tippecanoe County and local community organisations this three-block party will be held from 4 P.M. to midnight Saturday 21st August on Main Street between 6th and 9th streets. It will feature live bands and entertainers, karaoke, dancing, DJs, food and business vendors, two beer gardens, light-hearted drag entertainment, extended hours for local downtown businesses, and so much more. Organisers told The Word, “ We expect the event to be very well attended. Last year’s pride celebration attracted more than 5,000 people.” Local and regional entertainers will rock the festival on two stages. Highlights include “Pride Unplugged,” featuring acoustical performances by local and regional artists; the bands No Apparent Reason, Upshot and The Bailout Revival; The Big Swing Band; ballroom dancing showcases; Dance 2XS Purdue performances; and Zoolegers everpopular Sylvia and her Girls on stage for a light-hearted drag extravaganza. In conjunction with OUTfest ’10, The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown at midnight at the Lafayette Theatre. The event will also feature a knock-out, expanded family area not often associated with a Pride festival where families may learn more about similarities and differences in our world. Wonderful friends from several community-minded organisations will once again share themed information with a diverse group of children and their parents. Wolf Park will teach us about the “Individual in Society,” Almost Home Humane Society will remind us that “Everyone Has the Right to Belong,” Columbian Park Zoo will teach us all about “Valuing Differences in Our World,” the International Centre will remind us that “People are People Everywhere,” and Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will give us “A Sense of the Other.” As of presstime, more than a dozen such groups have signed on. Chairman Bryan Bell noted, “Community support has been solid, especially in these tough times. To date, our sponsors include Awards Unlimited; Blue Monday Crafts; Copymat; Custom Forms; Gayindy.com; Go Greener; JCOnline; Lowe’s; Neon Cactus; Purdue GLBTA Alumns Yahoo! Group; Smith Sound; The Word; Underground Printing; Windy City Media Group; and Zoolegers. As you may already know, this initiative was enormously popular last year and we anticipate even greater attendance and support this time around. This is a festival for all ages, and is family-friendly. For more information, visit www.pridelafayette.org/OUTfest10.”

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A Marine Story follows the story of a decorated Marine officer who unexpectedly returns home from the war and is quickly recruited to help a troubled teen prepare for boot camp. When the true reasons for her return become known, it threatens the future for both of them. The film highlights the absurdity of the military ban on gays through the personal story of one courageous woman. A Marine Story stars Dreya Weber – the lead from The Gymnast – an audience favourite at Dayton’s 2007 festival. The film festival provides a space for voices to be heard that aren’t often represented in mainstream media. The subjects range from comical to serious, but the stories all stem from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Generally, the festival highlights films made with smaller budgets. These movies go relatively unnoticed beyond the lesbian and gay community, but they’re strong pieces of work which fest organisers say merit being seen by wider audiences. For the past three years, filmmakers and/or stars have been able to attend the festival, made possible due to generous support from many local businesses and individual supporters. The number of films and the level of participation from filmmakers and actors this time will depend on sponsorships from the community. For more information about sponsoring the film festival, contact Jonathan McNeal at The Neon at 937/222.8452 or by e-mail at theneon@msn.com In the coming weeks, the full line-up will be nailed down, sponsorships will be secured and a marketing campaign will begin. Give a look at www.the-word-online.com and www.daytonlgbt.com and watch next month’s Word for more information about the

Ryan White Programme Cuts To Hurt Miami Valley HIV/AIDS Patients DAYTON—Effective in July, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced changes to the Ryan White Programme, which provides assistance locally to almost 700 Miami Valley residents living with HIV/AIDS. Blaming increasing enrollments, escalating costs and a projected deficit of $16.4 million at the state-level, the changes affect non-core medical services as well as eligibility requirements, the institution of a waiting list and a reduction in the medications offered in the state-run drug assistance programme. The number of patients on the Ohio Drug Assistance Programme (OHDAP) has doubled since 2005 with current enrollment around 5000. AIDS Resource Centre Ohio’s Dayton office reports enrolling an average of 13 new clients every month for services, with the majority of those eventually signing up for OHDAP. “Increased testing has allowed us to identify more people than ever in our region who are HIV-infected,” Associate Executive Director Nora Vondrell said, adding, “In addition, new medications have allowed clients who are HIV-infected to live longer than before. Then include the fact that the economy is still recovering with added people out of work and you have the perfect storm of more people living with HIV/AIDS in need of assistance than ever before without adequate resources to meet those needs.” AIDS Resource Centre (ARC) Ohio is still working to understand all the implications of the state cuts to their clients. The initial cuts to OHDAP income eligibility were slated to affect around 320 Ohioans, but this number is believed to be even higher when considering changes in the drug formulary and other programme reductions such as dental, nutrition and transportation. “The hopeful news is that case management and assistance with core medical services will remain the same for now and our case managers will work individually with clients affected by the changes in finding additional resources available to them,” Vondrell concluded. For more information about AIDS Resource Centre Ohio and changes to the Ryan White Programme ring 800/252.0827 or log onto their website at www.arcohio.org


Lights! Camera! It’s Action Time For Dayton’s Gay Film Festival! DAYTON—The Downtown Priority Board and The Neon will partner again to host The Downtown Dayton Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Trans Film Festival during the last weekend of September. Dates have been confirmed for the 24th thru the 26th – and a centrepiece film has just been booked. After looking at hundreds of hours of material, the screening committee selected and confirmed A Marine Story as the film which will play at 7 on Saturday evening, 25th September. This particular title will be sponsored by the Greater Dayton Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Trans Centre. Though other titles have yet to confirmed, Square One Salon & Spa, Miami Valley Fair Housing, The Human Race Theatre Company and Roger Glass have already expressed a desire to sponsor films. A Marine Story follows the story of a decorated Marine officer who unexpectedly returns home from the war and is quickly recruited to help a troubled teen prepare for boot camp. When the true reasons for her return become known, it threatens the future for both of them. The film highlights the absurdity of the military ban on gays through the personal story of one courageous woman. A Marine Story stars Dreya Weber – the lead from The Gymnast – an audience favourite at Dayton’s 2007 festival. The film festival provides a space for voices to be heard that aren’t often represented in mainstream media. The subjects range from comical to serious, but the stories all stem from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Generally, the festival highlights films made with smaller budgets. These movies go relatively unnoticed beyond the lesbian and gay community, but they’re strong pieces of work which fest

Last Call For Pride 2010 As Lafayette Parties 21 August LAFAYETTE—Are you ready for one last pride of 2010? Are you a believer that the best is always the last? If so, then you are set for OUTfest 2010, this Northwest Indiana city’s 3rd annual celebration of pride. As with last year’s event, the purpose of OUTfest ’10 is to increase public awareness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, and to celebrate diversity among family, friends, and allies. That’s the formal and the official part, but in truth, this is the region’s most vibrant, inclusive and just, plain fun pride event. Everyone from Purdue University students and staff to the Lafayette Zoo and the local synagogue is there (along with The Word crew, too) and the day is not to be missed. Sponsored by Pride Lafayette, Citizens for Civil Rights; P-FLAG Lafayette/Tippecanoe County and local community organisations this three-block party will be held from 4 P.M. to midnight Saturday 21st August on Main Street between 6th and 9th streets. It will feature live bands and entertainers, karaoke, dancing, DJs, food and business vendors, two beer gardens, light-hearted drag entertainment, extended hours for local downtown businesses, and so much more. Organisers told The Word, “ We expect the event to be very well attended. Last year’s pride celebration attracted more than 5,000 people.” Local and regional entertainers will rock the festival on two stages. Highlights include “Pride Unplugged,” featuring acoustical performances by local and regional artists; the bands No Apparent Reason, Upshot and The Bailout Revival; The Big Swing Band; ballroom dancing showcases; Dance 2XS Purdue performances; and Zoolegers everpopular Sylvia and her Girls on stage for a light-hearted drag extravaganza. In conjunction with OUTfest ’10, The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown at midnight at the Lafayette Theatre. Chairman Bryan Bell noted, “Community support has been solid, especially in these tough times. To date, our sponsors include Awards Unlimited; Blue Monday Crafts; Copymat; Custom Forms; Gayindy.com; Go Greener; JCOnline; Lowe’s; Neon Cactus; Purdue GLBTA Alumns Yahoo! Group; Smith Sound; The Word; Underground Printing; Windy City Media Group; and Zoolegers. As you may already know, this initiative was enormously popular last year and we anticipate even greater attendance and support this time around. This is a festival for all ages, and is family-friendly. For more information, visit www.pridelafayette.org/OUTfest10.”

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organisers say merit being seen by wider audiences. For the past three years, filmmakers and/or stars have been able to attend the festival, made possible due to generous support from many local businesses and individual supporters. The number of films and the level of participation from filmmakers and actors this time will depend on sponsorships from the community. For more information about sponsoring the film festival, contact Jonathan McNeal at The Neon at 937/222.8452 or by e-mail at theneon@msn.com In the coming weeks, the full line-up will be nailed down, sponsorships will be secured and a marketing campaign will begin. Give a look at www.the-word-online.com and www.daytonlgbt.com and watch next month’s Word for more information about the festival.

Kentuckian Elected... Continued From The Front Page Smith is a past president of the Lexington Lyons Leather Club, an associate member of the Atons of Minneapolis and an alumni member of the Black Guard of Minnesota. He is a member of Mama’s Leather family and known as “Mama’s Kentucky Colonel”. He was Mr. Kentucky Leather 1997 and Mr. International Rubber 1999 and received the Pantheon of Leather President’s Award in 2000. Thomas is active in community activities and was on the Board of Directors for Philanthrofund Foundation of Minneapolis, AVOL of Lexington, Kentucky Leather Productions and the Kentucky Society of the Sons of the Revolution. His past community activitivies include being appointed by the Mayor of Lexington to the Civil Service Commission and by the Governor of Kentucky to the Kentucky HIV/Aids Planning and Advisory Council. He is a life member of the Lexington Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. Thomas enjoys travel and has visited all 50 states, and many locations in Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America as well as Canadian and Mexican cities. He is retired from an executive position in the U. S. Treasury Department and holds graduate degrees in administration and banking. Thomas noted he is particularly proud to be a member of the national Board of Directors for the Leather Leadership Conference and believes that leadership is practiced in attitude and actions, and results in inspiring achievement. The Leather Leadership Conference is an organisation dedicated to strengthening the Leather/Fetish community by providing the stepping stones of learning and knowledge to assist in the development of the leadership skills of community members. Its goal is to aid in the growth and success of organisations and community

Herndon Receiving Wide Support For Fall Election LOUISVILLE—Ken Herndon is receiving widespread support in his bid to to be named the Democratic Party nominee for the 6th District Metro Council special election set 2nd November. Supporters told The Kentucky Word that Ken has a 25-year history of supporting Democrats at all levels of office, and they noted he, “is easily the best prepared to run the strongest race this Aall - already having in place a full campaign apparatus with $20,000 in pledged seed money for a fall campaign as well as 1000 yard sign locations in hand, a 100-person volunteer force and a 250-person donor base.” Ken received the support of two-thirds of the Metro Council Democratic Caucus for 33 consecutive votes and his strong, proven support, from every part of the 6th Metro Council District, will retain the seat and help elect Democrats Jack Conway, John Yarmuth and Greg Fischer.


Music Corner By DJ "Miss" Hill / MJ's / Dayton

Catch DJ “Miss” Hill at MJ’s Café every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Hill’s Top 10. Based on dance floor results and requests (Not what he thinks is hot): 1 - Katy Perry ft Snoop Dogg - California Gurls (C-Rok RokCouture Club Mix) 2 - Rihanna - Rude Boy (Wideboys Stadium Club Mix) 3 - Christina Aguilera - Not Myself Tonight (Henry Guzman Overdose Remix) 4 - Lady Gaga - Alejandro (Dave Aude Club Mix) 5 - Usher – OMG (Almighty Mix) 6 - La Roux - Bulletproof (Razor N Guido Mix)

instrument. However, I find myself liking the Mark Picchiotti Rockin & Club Mix of Rockstar 101. Jason Nevins loves to remix those American Idol Girls and he shows it here with Adam Lambert’s If I Had You. Lambert is not a favourite of mine but with the Jason Nevins Mix treatment I’m able to mix it right in. Good going Mr. Nevins. There hasn’t been Peace In The Valley until now. (Last Rhythm ft.) Sabrina Johnston is back to the dance scene with I’m Free. Unfortunately the mixes given to me sound mostly like dubs. That’s a shame because the music is bouncy. I need more vocals people! That’s it for now. I’ll be back in September celebrating my birthday with bunch of new fun stuff. Have a shot on the 21st for me. I know I will be!!! Check me out at MissHillDJ.com or find me on MySpace.com/MjsCafeDayton. If you like or hate what I review about please e-mail me at hill@misshilldj.com. I welcome both good and hateful replies. And let me know about local independent music. I’m always open to new stuff.

7 - Lady GaGa feat. Beyonce - Telephone (Kaskade Extended Mix) 8 - Whitney Houston - Million Dollar Bill (Freemasons Mix) 9 - Kelis - Acapella (Dave Aude Club Mix)

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10 - Kelly Rowland - Commander (Ralphi Rosario Club Mix) Hill’s Personal Top 5 Faves 1 - Christina Aguilera - Not Myself Tonight (Henry Guzman Overdose Remix) 2 - Rihanna - Rockstar 101 (Mark Picchiotti Rockin and Club Mix) 3 - Depeche Mode - Peace (Peter Rauhofer Remix) 4 - Jipsta - Nasty Boy (The Bryan Reyes F*ck in Da Back Room Mix) 5 - Dave Aude - Figure It Out (Ralphi Rosario Club Mix) Hey there!!! DJ “Miss” Hill here. I’m sayin’ the “YAY!”. It’s August already! Where did the year go? OK, let’s get to the new stuff. Just a reminder: I’m not here to tell you what’s new but to review the new club mixes of newly released singles. And just when are we going to stop redoing old stuff and try to be original? And yet another cover of Donna Summer’s I Feel Love. It seems like every year someone has to make a new rendition of Ms. Summer’s hit and it gets reincarnated into some awful remake. Including the Blue Man Group. Come on! This time around Rhythm Masters & MYNC ft. Wynter Gordon chop it all up.

THIS IS FUCKING GREAT NEWS! CHICAGO—The response to Fucking Men has been so positive that the theatre where its’ playing here in the Windy City has decided to extend the run by two weeks through 8th August. Tickets for the extension are available as of presstime. You can catch Fucking Men on Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 7 & 9 p.m. and Sundays at 7 through 8th August. Individual tickets are $25 and group (6+) tickets are $20 each. Call the Theatre Building/Stage 773 box office on 773/327.5252, or visit www.FMenChicago.com To find out more about the play and cast, visit their blog, featuring reviews of the show and videos of cast members at http://go.madmimi.com/redirects/e189efd9ea582fb8a56 ec99e1e08f24e?pa=1460694688 YAH-HOO! TEXAS REPUBLICANS’ PLATFORM HATES MOST EVERYONE!

Both the Dan Castro Mix and the Hugos Bad Girls Need Love Too Mix have the same arpeggio bass line as the original (a repetitive up and down music sequence). I recommend digging out the old vinyl and playing the Donna Summer version. Or look it up on-line somewhere. This is back when the crowd didn’t have a short attention span and lived for a 12-minute mix. I still have my 12 inch and I’m about to dust it off.

AUSTIN, Texas—A broad coalition of nonpartisan organsations have raised their voices to issue a joint statement calling on Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and Texas Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri to forcefully reject the platform of the 2010 State Republican Party Platform of Texas which basically hates or opposes anyone who is not white, Christian and straight.

Remember the KLF? Here’s a re-work of 3am Eternal but it sounds so much like a 2 Unlimited song. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about...this is fun stuff from the 90’s when music was about high energy and fun. Any who...The Lorne Padman Mix is the best so far.

The platform has numerous tenets that are divisive and bigoted, including:

America’s Got Talent contestant Alexis Jordan got noticed and here’s her first single to prove that she has talent. “In strength I found love. In time I found myself in happiness.” “Happiness” is a beautiful love song that makes you smile. And the Dave Audé Club Mix makes you wanna dance.

—Urging Congress to withhold Supreme Court jurisdiction in cases involving religious freedom, abortion and the Bill of Rights;

If I spoke Spanish then I would be able tell you all about Nelly Furtado’s Fuerte. But I don’t. But I can tell you the Cajmere Wray Hot Sweat Mix is way danceable. Very Housie. I just can’t understand a thing she’s sayin’! Speaking of Miss Nelly. N.E.R.D. features Nelly Furtado in Hot N Fun. The weird thing is I can hardly hear her in any of the club mixes. If that doesn’t bother you then I suggest the Wideboys Club Mix. One of my favourite producers, DJ’s Dave Audé, has a solo (future) hit with Figure It Out featuring Isha Coco. And yes, with a Ralphi Rosario Club Mix. Hot damn this tune makes me move. You’ll have to figure it out for yourself whether or not you will enjoy this one. And I love Isha’s vocals. Reminds me of the old days. Ah...The sweat voice of Sarah McLachlan. Her new hit (out a few months already) Loving You Is Easy is not like her depressing norm. This is a nice love song (yes...another one). And again the Dave Audé Club Mix makes it danceable. Yay. Another Rihanna hit (sarcasm). She’s calling herself a rockstar. First of all she goes into a studio and lays down some vocal tracks. All the studio techs and musicians do the rest. “Only thing I’m missing is a black guitar.” Yeah, like she can play a musical

—Eliminating those with HIV/AIDS, learning disabilities, behavioural disorders and mental stress disorders from the Americans with Disabilities Act;

—Stating that homosexuality “tears at the fabric of our society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases.” and —Overturning Roe v. Wade and passing a “human life amendment” to the Constitution, a proposal that would make abortion illegal in all cases and criminalise most common forms of birth control “We call on you both to forcefully reject this platform of division and bigotry and instead craft a new one that unifies Americans around the core principles of democracy,” the groups’ statement declares, adding, “Basic human dignity demands that the Texas GOP go back to the drawing board to create a platform that is inclusive of the values of fairness and justice for all.” The statement calls on the Texas GOP to abandon their current platform and adopt a direction that recognises the basic human dignity of all people. Additionally, the letter calls on Steele to express his leadership by calling for an end to similar tenets beginning to appear in the platforms of several other states. Since declaring the platform earlier this month, state Republican parties in several others states have adopted tenets similar to those found in the Texas platform.

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But what about oral? Oral sex can also be a route of transmission for several STI’s, but first let’s discuss HIV and oral sex. The CDC says the likelihood of HIV transmission is extremely low in individuals with a healthy mouth. If you are concerned with “dragon breath”, pop a stick of sugar-free gum. Flossing and brushing even six hours prior to engaging in oral sex may increase the risk of infection due to impaired skin integrity such as bleeding gums caused by your floss or toothbrush. Better bad breath than HIV, right?

Steppin' Out... By Arthur Wegley / Step-Up Indianapolis I’ve worked with Step-Up for over a full month now and between nursing school, my student nurse internship and work as Step-Up’s Outreach Coordinator it’s been a busy start. But I want to start my first column with something obvious — in fact, the most obvious form of prevention that comes to most people’s minds — typically a barrier method such as a male condom. Step-Up distributes thousands of safer sex kits every month at various establishments around Indianapolis. These kits contain (among other items) one Lifesaver Coupon redeemable at the Bell Flower clinic for a free screening, one lubed condom and one flavoured condom – strawberry is my favourite. Questions arise all the time regarding STD transmission rates and the use of a condom. The CDC website states proper use of a condom can greatly decrease the risk of most STI’s. Some reports claim 98-100% of people who had high risk sexual behaviour for contracting HIV did not become infected thanks to proper and consistent condom use. But let’s visit the very obvious (or what I thought was obvious before joining Step-Up) and that’s proper condom use. Checking the condom packaging for an expiration date should always be the first step, no matter how much lust has you all hot and bothered. Once you’re sure it’s not expired, open it without using teeth or scissors for fear of damaging the condom. Squeeze the tip next to remove any excess air, then place it on the erect penis, and roll it completely down the shaft. Maybe your partner would find it erotic to do that last part. Now lube up. Always use liberal amounts of water-based or silicone lubricant. Never use oil-based lubricants or lotions because they will dissolve the condom. Here’s an alert to all bottoms: always be sure to physically feel or visually inspect the condom; this is your health too. If you and your man have been engaging in intercourse for an extended period of time, be sure to check that the condom is still in place and intact. If not, replace it. Then, after you have had your “fun”, carefully remove the condom, wrap it up in a tissue and throw it away. When these tips are followed correctly condoms are very reliable during anal sex.

The good news is that usually salivary enzymes prove to be inhospitable for HIV to survive which lowers your chance of getting HIV from oral sex, but this column and Step-Up’s whole goal is safety, so use all your precautions. Remember, too, that those enzymes do not prevent other bacterial diseases from wreaking havoc. Gonorrhea and Chlamydia are huge culprits and oftentimes don’t show signs or symptoms until much later in the disease process. During unprotected oral sex a bacterial infection may be passed from the genitalia to the mouth where it will lurk and grow in the back of the throat enabling the spread of further gonorrhea or chlamydia infection among sexual partners. Using a dental dam can be effective for oral/anal sex. It can be weird to think about, but it is also possible to get an STD like herpes on your mouth or face. Using a dental dam can help protect you. Never seen a dental dam? Ask me for one when you see me out! Some pornography is now hopping on the condom bandwagon and taking them to a more erotic appeal. Using a flavoured condom in foreplay or oral sex can be creative, fun, tasty and sometimes even kinky. Currently Step-Up offers three different flavours: Orange, Strawberry, and Banana, all of which can be found in our safer sex kits. Don’t limit yourself to just those, either. You can obtain flavours ranging from chocolate to Cola. Do a net search or when you hit Chicago, NYC or Toronto check out the all-condom stores (yes, really) and see what they have on offer. Be it a one night stand or a long-term partnership; introduce something new and spice things up. Finally, it is very vital to keep in mind there is no such thing as “Safe Sex”, only SAFER SEX. Condoms are proven to lower the vast majority of STI’s, but some are harder to prevent than others with a condom. HPV and genital herpes are two such examples. Both are viruses which lie on the skin and may be transmitted through skin to skin contact. Similar transmission routes pertain to scabies or crabs. Often someone may be too shy or embarrassed to suggest condom use and decide to bareback because they are afraid of scaring off their partner. It is commonly shown that condoms are not used because both parties were afraid to say something. Speak out, stand tall, and Step-Up for your health.

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Whipping Post By Ms. K / Word Columnist This column is about How To Be Happy. I have received several e-mails from readers since pride in June. I would like to share some of those with you since they brought back memories for me that touched my heart. A man in Fort Wayne wrote to me asking how to talk to his family about being gay and being a Leatherman. He did not know where to begin and how to tell them. I can recommend that you calmly think about how you have talked to your family in the past about things that you thought would make them uncomfortable. This could be a key to helping you know the method in which to take to reveal to your family that you are a gay Leatherman. I remember when I thought about talking to my very religious family about being a leather woman, I was terrified. They reacted like I thought they would. My mother wanted to have me committed to a mental institution and my family wanted me to see a psychiatrist. I later learned that had I approached it from a standpoint they could understand, I would have been much better off. In my later years, when the subject came up again, I used the Bible (something they could understand) to relate why I owned a slave and felt deep connections to the Leather Community. I suggest that by finding something you can relate to them through, it will help you ease your family into knowing who you really are. It will not be easy and there are no guarantees but I do believe that you will be a stronger and better person when everything is out in the open. Only then, will you be able to live your life honestly and openly. Two women in Indianapolis who have been together for 20 years e-mailed me with a concern. They have been together a very long time and want to know the best way to start learning how to safely engage in BDSM play. They have read a lot and have noticed that people can get hurt when they rush into doing things they have never been trained or have no education about. This can obviously not be a smart move and they want to avoid making those same mistakes. I am encouraging them to look at BDSM and Leather events online and see which ones look interesting to them. By attending a weekend event they will be able to meet other women like themselves and be able to attend workshops that interest them. Attending workshops can open up a world of knowledge and interest, too, especially for newcomers. Most events have anywhere from 15 to 40 workshops of various topics. These workshops are usually presented by someone who has been practicing a particular subject for many years and has a wealth of knowledge. You are able to ask questions publicly and privately of these instructors enabling you to learn. George from Indianapolis wrote to me asking how one get involves in the Leather Community. He stated he has been to the 501 Eagle bar a few times seeking to meet others in the Leather Community but found that the bar was not a great place to make friends. I think bars used to be where we all went to make new friends but times have changed. Now we have the internet and are connected much more than ever before. I sometimes wonder if the internet has brought us closer or driven us further into our homes behind our keyboards, but I guess that will be left up to the individual person to determine. Leather people usually like to associate with others like themselves. The Leather Community in Indianapolis (or any city) can be found — you just have to know where to look.

Around Town GOD! SAVE US FROM YOUR FOLLOWERS CALIFORNIA GROUP ASKS Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked a federal appeals court to stop a Southern California community college from proselytizing and imposing prayers at public events. The legal action comes in a lawsuit filed last year by Americans United on behalf of several students and faculty. At issue is the South Orange County Community College District’s practice of including prayer and other religious content in its events. “Officials at these public schools are forcing religion on students, faculty and staff,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Their actions are unconstitutional and insensitive, and it’s time for this to stop.” Plaintiffs assert that school officials routinely sponsor official invocations at events for students and faculty at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, including scholarship-award ceremonies, commencements and training programs for faculty. MODERN FAMILY STARS TO GLSEN IN LA GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, will honour the hit ABC show Modern Family at the Respect Awards – Los Angeles 8th October at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Also being honoured are Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and the GLSEN Educator of the Year. Modern Family, which recently received 14 Emmy nominations, portrays positive images and story lines that reflect a diverse America, including the depiction of a family headed by a gay couple. “GLSEN is honoured to be the first national gay organisation to recognize ABC’s Modern Family at our Respect Awards - Los Angeles,” GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard said, adding, “As a lesbian mother of two, I am grateful to see a show offer an honest and often hilarious look at family experiences frequently overlooked or ignored in prime time. From its positive portrayal of gay parents to its handling of school bullying, Modern Family provides a valuable window into what family life is like for millions of American youth.” The show stars Ed O’Neill as Jay, Julie Bowen as Claire, Ty Burrell as Phil, Sofía Vergara as Gloria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron, Sarah Hyland as Haley, Nolan Gould as Luke, Ariel Winter as Alex and Rico Rodriguez as Manny. The Respect Awards, held annually in Los Angeles and New York, recognise individual and corporate leaders who have helped propel GLSEN’s efforts to ensure safe schools for all of America’s students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

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Pageant Time In Indy

INDIANAPOLIS—USofA Pageants and Jason Huff presented Miss Gay Indiana USofA At Large and Miss Gay Indiana USofA Newcomer at Talbott Street recently. Tahjee Iman of Atlanta took home the Miss Gay Indiana USofA At Large crown and will represent Indiana in the nationals in October in Tampa. Tahjee was 1st Runner-Up last year at the nationals and will be a strong contender. Britney Taylor from Indianapolis was 1st Runner-Up. Bianca Defy won Miss Gay Indiana USofA Newcomer and will compete for the national title at Talbott Street during the Miss Gay USofA Newcomer Pageant 11-13 August. Phalon Steele from St. Louis was 1st Runner-Up. This pageant marked the return of a legend in this industry, Jacqueline St. James who was crowned Miss Gay USofA At Large in 1993. Word Photos: Jess Yoder.

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You Auto Try This... By Casey Williams/ Automotive Reporter Suzuki has been in the small car business for a very long time. Unfortunately, many of those cars weren’t quite up to top-of-class standards (putting it nicely). But, when it came to coming up with an entirely new compact several years ago, the little automaker from Japan put four wheels in the right direction with the all-wheel-drive SX4. A very sporty SX4 front-drive sedan came right after. Both cars offered a heap of value for the dollar. Taking the best from both SX4s, the sporty front-drive SX4 Sportback may be the best deal yet. With the shape of a shrunken crossover wagon, the SX4 is both cute and athletically handsome. It looks a little like a smaller four-door AMC Pacer, but I don’t want to insult the little roller. Suzuki’s trademark grille, large air intakes, monochrome plastic cladding around the and under the body sides, 17” alloy wheels, rear spoiler and hatchback design give the car the look of a hot hatch ready to tear up backroads. Small side windows ahead of the door allow for an arching roofline. Although the SX4 is marketed as a new model, it is actually a substantial update of the Swift compact car that captured several awards in Europe and Asia. For the U.S. market, the SX4 comes standard with a 150-horsepower 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission. A fun continuously-variable automatic transmission with paddle shifters would also be a great choice – especially if you slog through traffic daily. An additional seven horsepower and upgrade from the previous five-speed manual transmission are welcome additions. Forget racing Mustangs, but 150 HP is plenty for a car this size in everyday life. I had no trouble accelerating onto freeways or rocking along with higher-speed traffic. Fuel economy of 22/30-MPG city/highway keeps money available for after-dark endeavours of the carnal kind. Simple in design, the SX4’s chassis handles remarkably well. An independent front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension feel stable even at relatively high speeds. When roads were rough, the car rumbled over with little vibration. Standard fourwheel anti-lock disc brakes and tight steering feel reassuring on challenging roads and high speed Interstates. Electronic Stability Programming (ESP) and traction control are standard. That’s a lot of high-end equipment on a very affordable entry-level model. I wouldn’t say the SX4 is a sports car, but it will handle anything sensible owners expect. Given the chassis’ comfort and capability, buyers may want to settle in for a long drive. I have – 1,200 miles in two days. The SX4’s tall cabin lets passengers sit up tall on supportive cloth buckets in front and a 60/40 split fold-down bench in the rear. Much of the interior is covered in hard plastic, but it looks good enough. Silver accents on the dash and doors add flashy touches. The in-dash CD player sounds great, cupholders are huge, and lots of little cubbies under the center stack and in the doors provide lots of space for cell phones, snacks, magazines and portable music players. A large dead pedal and adjustable steering column add comfort. Cruise control is standard. Bluetooth with text message display is a $259 option, but Garmin navigation came with the upgrade package. Safety is enhanced with dual front, side and side curtain airbags. Overall, it was an easy trip in a fine little car. There are a couple of little niggles. As nice as it is, the SX4 will never be a large luxury SUV. It is first and foremost a compact car that gets good fuel economy in a practical package. It only comes with an 11-gallon fuel tank, which can make one a little nervous as the needle sweeps towards empty at a frightening rate even though I clocked a frugal 25.3-MPG running at a steady 80 mph through steep hills. If you’re looking for Cadillac quiet, look elsewhere (still, the SX4 was not overly noisy). Rough pavement will audibly shake screws out of the interior. The subcompact market is crowded with the Toyota Yaris, Scions, Honda Fit, Chevy Aveo and Nissan Versa. Ford is about to unleash its Fiesta; Chevrolet has a hot new Aveo in the wings. To succeed, Suzuki had to come with a different tool. For a base price of $17,949, you can get a frugal compact car that is comfortable, relatively powerful, and as flexible as an SUV. It also looks pretty damned cool in all its sports attire. As with all Suzukis, the SX4 comes standard with a 100,000-mile/7-year powertrain limited warranty. With only three options (Bluetooth, Floor Mats, and Metallic Paint), our test car came to $18,513. That seems like a pretty good deal on a car, loaded for fun and adventure, that won’t completely embarrass you on a hot date with your hot hatch.

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Hackin The Net By Ted Fleischaker / Word Publisher Got a hobby? How about a sport? An interest (passing or long-term)? In any and all cases, there is probably somewhere on the web that’s ready and able to cater to your needs, wants and interests, but that’s both the good news and the bad news. Which of the sites are real information and which are merely masquerading as information but in reality are trying to sell us something, steal from us or mislead us? And these days, which can contain viruses or other malware which can track us and rip us off when we least expect it, unless, of course, we are on a Mac and immune to viruses? The message, then, this month is let the buyer beware, and as always fellow buyers, this gets to be more and more work every week, especially online. Take for example health sites. Have you ever had an ache or pain and just put the problem in Google, Yahoo, Ask or another search engine? For a laugh I typed in right foot pain and immediately was given 2.6 million results. MILLION. Everything from foot health forums to the doctorslounge.com popped up, and that was just on the first page of results. I dared not look on page 549. I tried right arm pain and got a long litany again, including one of the first references which took me to a diary about a poor women who had right arm pain that she discovered too late was a sign she was having a stroke. Or was that a brain problem? See? If you don’t have whatever illness or malady you type before you hit enter, likely you will (or will at least think you do) do before you get thru even the first of the results. I ask: Is this healthy? Is this a hypochondriac’s dream? And which sites can be trusted and which are merely shills for pharmaceutical companies or worse yet, companies selling fake pills? We generally like and trust mayoclinic.com and webmd, but again not everything applies every time. But what about other topics? Want to buy a motorcycle? Type in the make and model or visit www.bikepics. com for a whole list and pictures of folks who own that make and model. There are car, boat, airplane and almost any other similar site imagina-

decades now and all my friends who used to visit with me are gone or moved (like me, come to think of it) but the memories of those Summer treats flood back. There are also websites for radio and TV personalities, stations and even formats gone by. Type in beautiful music or WWSH and you can find the whole history of this longdeparted Philadelphia station complete with the old logos and even a snippet or two of the programming. Do the same with your fave TV host or newsman or woman and something pops up. Remember Sammy Terry? 1,910,000 results on a quick search including pics and more. There are more obscure listings, too. How many recall earlyday 60s and 70s TV when Channel 4 in Indy did their own newscasts anchored by Mike Ungersma? Who??? Type him in and it will show he really did work there and no, my mind has not gone nuts as yet. Music, newspapers and more are all there, but that leads back to the question of this month’s column: Who and what to believe? Bloggers are everywhere and I feel that fully half of them are inaccurate or have axes to grind and scores to settle, but that’s just my opinion. If you own or contribute to a blog — especially a community or political one — you likely will disagree. But do we believe all we read? Other sites include memories and like yours and mine, they can be inaccurate. And then there are commercial sites. The ones which first convince you that you have this or that illness, problem or issue and then propose to sell you something to fix it that’s supposedly been tried by 40,000 people and never once failed. So my point here? The media online is fast becoming the message and it should not be so. Just like you’d not read something in a magazine or see an infomercial on late night TV and take every word as gospel, the same and more apply online. There are even more snake oil salesmen out there waiting and wanting to grab your cash, credit card number and sell or send you some bill of goods. Just like in “real life” they are not all good or bad, but how to tell is getting harder and harder as slick websites and search engines combine the wheat and the chaff to a greater and greater degree. So now that we’ve identified the problem, do we have the solution? Sadly not. Our best advice: look at the source and let the buyer (that’s you!) beware. Otherwise you will be at your doctor’s office every day with some imagined illness or ordering truckloads of things you don’t want, need or can’t pay for. But at least you could sell all that useless junk on ebay later like we have done many times, now couldn’t you?

ble if you are shopping for those instead. They will offer to sell you a car or bike, offer to get you the best price and tell you anything and everything that might, has or will break down if you buy it. If your car’s “check engine” light comes on do a search and anyone anywhere who’s had the same thing will tell you their story. Mind you, it might not be what ails your car, but it’s there to read. Recall something from childhood and want to see anybodyScotland else TheifGlasgow Evening Times is just remembers too? Just go of newspapers available one of the hundreds on and type it. We re-it the day it’s printed. you can read member some delicious ice cream from Cherokee Dairy on Bardstown Road in Louisville and entered that. Lo and behold others recall it too. One site all about bygone Louisville even waxes (correctly, we might add), “Cherokee Dairy - great chocolate chip ice cream, but my favourite treat was always a butterscotch sundae made with coffee ice cream and their fresh, real whipped cream…” Makes me want to go by today, but it’s been closed for

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Ah it’s here…the one-time-a-year chance we get to make fun of dogs since, afterall, it IS the Dog Days of Summer. Given the recent temperatures we pussies want out of these fur coats and that’s even with Ted keeping it 65 in our condo. Good thing we got ‘em! Speaking of heat and getting, we are glad he got well, but looks like our friend Michael Chanak, the queen of the Queen City was indeed overtaken by pride and heat at the parade a few days ago since they had to call EMS. We asked and this is what he told us after Madison wrote him: “Yes it all true Madison...but I refused treatment...I take BP meds and the heat was a bit much. Actually, I never intended to be in the parade and such...I should listen to drag queens more often. Penny Tration at the step-off point suggested this was not the day for a lady of my years to be in the sun, but somehow I was overcome with pride fever and began to walk. Midway along the route, Brooklyn offered me a lift (her driver Michael Chaney was very gracious) and you would have thought I would have learned, but no. By 1 p.m. - after sitting in the direct sun - I got up and moved to the shade but became light-headed. My personal lesbian Ashley Kallay called police who sent the paramedics. So, I drank a ton of water, and Gatorade and was attended by the most wonderful people in the world until I left at about 3.30 p.m. under my own power. Everyone was so kind, the Centre gang poured water on the old queen for hours, and I was able to get home with no problem. I assure you I did not leave the house on Monday - other than when a “gay neighbour” came by and took me out for some iced tea late in the day. Obviously, I need to learn to truly scale back on the meds in the sun etc.! But, I’m just an old pride queen - and you know...young at heart I guess. The rest is another story…” Several of The Queen’s minions also commented: Skycladlilith SaintMartha said, “May I recommend a beautiful parasol, my love? Tres chic...” while John added, “Maybe we’ll put you in the dunking booth next year my friend! We can’t let Mother Goose get overheated again!” We cats will just say Ted and Ivan enjoyed seeing you while you were vertical, Michael, and hope you are 100% again. Do what we pussies do and stay home when it’s over 75... Speaking of animals and heat, there were some folk really hot when news leaked out that a well-known member of the community in the Midwest lost his wonderful pet dog over the scorching 4th weekend because we cats are told the poor animal was left in this person’s car for hours because, well, the person in question was too high on meth to remember where she/he’d put the pet! We understand the humane society and police are investigating and as for we cats, what can we say but even we wouldn’t wish that on a dog!... OK on a happier topic, our owners said it was great to meet Ohio Word Boy John’s friends from Nashville at Cincy Pride, and we also hear our dynamic duo got a hug and grope from another Johnnie who they told we cats was like 6 ft 4, blond and very, very intoxicated. Whew, it was sure hot that weekend!... Speaking of hot, a huge raspberry to the Indiana community leader who got all hot & bothered at Ted when he said he couldn’t cheer for Germany in the Football World Cup after his beloved Brits lost because he lost some family to the Nazis. The complainer reminded him “that was 65 years ago!” and when Ted reminded him those folks also killed a lot of our gay brothers and sisters and devastated Europe he and his friends got rude. Ted tells us he’s now unfriended on Facebook and needs to read his history better. Remember, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it so no German cat toys or sauerkraut for us, please… If you think all the drama is in Indiana or Ohio, check out this report we got… “I wanted to pass along to you a little gossip (rather fact) from here in Louisville. It’s about the (gay) euchre club that’s been around for gosh 7 or 8 years as a social group for people to get together and enjoy the company of others while playing cards....anyway....I used to be a part of the club but stopped going the last six months because I noticed it got what I feel is very cut-throat and competitive and very political instead of fun. Anyway, I guess I wasn’t the only one to think that....remember this is a social group...the club decided to permanently ban a euchre player because (they say) he simply didn’t stay to play the entire time... Can we say politics and more politics? ...On a sadder note, condolences to Cy Marlow in Terre Haute on the recent loss of his dad at age 79. Cy, Ted went thru this last year and it’s never fun, so value your memories. To those out there trying to get as far as they can from mom and dad, you might wanna rethink ‘cause they will not always be there for you!... Speaking being there, we wish we’d been at the 501 Eagle the 17th of July, but let’s let manager Lon tell the story: “Last night a car flew down Michigan by the bar. As they went by, the occupants screamed “Faggots” at some people visiting us from Chicago who were walking in. Just as they finished screaming, they ran smack into the traffic light pole at Michigan and College. I’m sure the car was totalled and we are told they were charged with DUI to boot. Is that Karma or what!?”...And on that note, we pussies will get a whole barrel of news from Fort Wayne and Lafayette prides for the next issue. If you see this before then, stop by the Word booth either place and tell us your dish! Happy Dog Days! Woof!

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CINCINNATI—This is a city which I have visited since childhood, but like most towns which one comes to long enough, all of the old places eventually fall by the wayside or change so much they aren’t the restaurants we remember anymore. That’s almost the case here, but not quite. In truth, Caproni’s, where we had some wonderful Italian meals, is long-gone, and the Pogue’s Ice Cream Bridge is shuttered along with their restaurant and that at the long-closed Shillito’s. But unlike some cities, Cincinnati’s downtown does have a few hangers-on which make for great eats. Our recent visit took us to the Palm Court at the Netherland Hilton and the new location for the 140+ year-old Graeter’s Bakery — and both were fantastic as always. What we always called the Palm Court is now named Orchids at the Palm Court, but it’s still wonderful for food and décor. Inside the Netherland Hilton (restored a few years ago to the original Hilton label after a bit of time as an Omni) the hotel remains a classic. Opened at the height of the depression it’s inside part of Cincinnati’s tallest building, the Carew Tower. The Hall of Mirrors is patterned after the one at Versailles in France and from the quiet elegance to the frescoed ceilings and the palms, this is the genuine article. This is also a wonderful spot to have Sunday brunch, as well as a gourmet dinner — both of which I have done on past visits and both are recommended though I think the brunch is pricy. But this trip we hit here for Holiday Monday (5 July) breakfast and discovered that the weekday buffet is not only wonderful but a bargain if you buy smart. They offer a whole buffet breakfast for $18 and just the “continental” for $11 and change. Go continental ... the reason is simple: all you won’t get will be bacon, sausage and eggs. You will get all the cold dishes, including smoked salmon (lox), cheeses, cold meats and all manner of great fresh fruits, a pastry station, toasted bagels and cereals (including oatmeal which is partner Ivan’s fave.) It’s a bargain and combines unique atmosphere and great food at a time of day when running shorts and a t-shirt or jeans will do just fine. Don’t try either for the fancy dinner, but for breakfast, go on, you’ll fit right in. The hotel, as we said, is a classic and the palm court is legendary. On a holiday morning, we ate with very few folks, and it was a relaxed, delicious atmosphere. The service was exemplary (as it is when they are crowded, too, so that’s an everyday affair, not just because it was “slow” on this visit.) My only complaint is whoever picks the background music has crappy taste --- it was loud rock and oldies and not the baroque classical or relaxing music I expected with the decor and recalled from past visits. For my cash they can turn it off or change the channels, but that’s a minor flaw in an otherwise classic dining experience that’s not changed since mom and dad took me for the first time back in the 50s, when one would have to come to Cincinnati to see a real zoo and later to see films in Cinerama, but I’m dating myself. Also in the Queen City, this time right next to Gay Pride’s new address, was the newest location of Graeter’s Bakery at 511 Walnut St. This place has been around 140 years and we are thrilled to see a Fountain Square location as before it meant a trek to find. We were in town for pride in the 90+ degree heat and having Graeter’s 10 steps away from the Word booth was a god-send. The chocolate chocolate chip ice cream is the deal (always was, still is with chips so big you can saddle one), and we got some great smiley face cookies to bring home as well. Graeter’s has been known for baked goods for years. When we were in Cincinnati as kids, we came here for real kuchen (coffeecake) and bread — two things that our native Louisville never really learned to make right back then, according to mom and dad. We used to sweep in, buy as much as we could carry and take back home fresh. But to get back on track and away from what Ivan calls “memory lane”, the last few years Graeter’s has added to and even surpassed their bakery fame with ice cream. You can buy that at their shops in Louisville, Dayton, Columbus, Northern Kentucky and even in our now-home of Indianapolis where it’s at the grocery — and it was that ice cream which saved our day on the 4th of July. Using a unique French Pot process, making just small batches and adding real sugar and chocolate — not that taste-alike chemical junk most makers use — sets Graeter’s apart and whether it’s on an unbearably hot day at Fountain Square, at home in the Highlands of Louisville or after a visit to the grocery in Indy, this is the genuine article worth the extra it costs. The downtown and other Cincinnati locations also stick closer to the Graeter’s roots and they have baked goods, too. These are missing from the Louisville and Columbus ice cream shops, so pick up some kuchen, cookies and the like when you get to Cincinnati’s “real” stores. The ice cream is outstanding, but the coffee cakes, breads and cookies are also still worth taking home — just as they were when we’d load up Keith’s dad’s old station wagon and head down U.S. 42 , back in the day when there was no I-71, no decent baker in Louisville and nothing like the taste of Graeter’s. There still isn’t anything like it, so it’s worth the trip.


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