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Vol. 13, No. 5, June, 2010
Contents © GLBT News, 2010
Greater Cincinnati GLBT News Magazine
GLBT News Op/Ed Page
Hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease, only love can do that.
Martin Luther King
This publication is dedicated to those
t is our goal to record the positive contributions
people maketo their community and the local community at large. While AIDS andHate CRIMES are certainly not positive things, we seek to draw thepositive from the negative. We hold up Paul Delph and MatthewShepard and their families as models of how human beings should orcould react to each other and how families should support loved oneswhose lives are not in the box right wing religious zealots want themin. Delph, a multi-talented Cincinnatian, died of AIDS in 1996. Hismother shut down her business to care for him. Shepard died in 1998,victim of a hate Crime and his mother worked for years to get passeda national Hate Crimes Bill, which is now law.
who have or have died from AIDS or Hate Crimes
I had a call from a friend afew days before MemorialDay. He called and asked if Imouth.Saturday night was the redcarpet interviews broadcast-ing live as well as the Friday
could meethim inChicago andhelp with abroadcastevent. WOW!A trip backhome, needless to say I wasexcited.Working at home has itsadvantages; however, oneneeds to escape now andthen.When you visit an event,its generally best to stay atthe host hotel. It doesntmatter if its a bear run, BearPRIDE, International Mr.Leather, or the Grabbys.Luckily we were staying at thehost hotel of the Grabbys,The Hard Rock Hotel.Our first evening, after adelicious dinner at Pizanos,was cocktails at the hotel. Youcan tell some of the handsomehunks were coming in early!We were lucky enough to getto have a personal conversa-tion with a couple of them.Interesting stories you hear.Friday night, we had a show called Cocktails at Cocktail.It was a basic interview onstage at the bar with 30 plusof the porn stars. My job wasto herd them (
much like straycats
) and take pictures of them with the hosts of theshow. Some of them I had toshow how to use a micro-phone. Never thought Idhave to tell a porn star how tohold something near theirnight event.This one wasmore struc-tured, partiallydue to how Ioperate. My job was againto herd VIP porn stars,presenters, entertainers, andother VIP persons. I waseven able to pull in BruceVilanch over for an interview as he was a surprise guestwith Chi Chi Larue. Just incase you were wondering it ispronounced She She.I did get a chance to get aquick glimpse of The Centeron Halstead. Nothingcompared to our one roomschool house that we havenow. But its an aspirationthat we continue to grow, butthat we also fulfill OUR mission. Its nice when wecan expand outside of ourmission, but we need to beable to accomplish that.Besides the people I was inChicago with, the best partwas the reminder thatnetworking is important andnecessary. Its my hope thatwe as a community rememberthat. Its a struggle, but weneed to strive and reach for it.This trip afforded me theability to continue thatnetworking and to spendtime with two of our perform-ers for PRIDE Night,QNation.FM & Steve Reeder.To Steve Reeder, Viz, Miss
By Worley Rodehaver
June is GLBT PRIDE month!Regular readers will noticethat we always capitalize theThe same is true about ourGLBT PRIDE Celebrations.Many of us forget thereason behind PRIDE.Gays at the Stonewall Inn in New York City finally got tiredof the constant police haras-sment and when the copscame in patrons fought back.There were many arrests andthat brought out thousands ina mass protest soon after.Our present PRIDE eventsgrew from commemorations of that Gay riot.GLBT people have beenfighting for equal rights eversince...changes have beenslow...they are still coming.GLBT people havestruggled to have the PRIDEwe celebrate in 2010 and weare
to print PRIDE andGLBT in all CAPS.first letter of Gay,Lesbian, Bisexualand Transgender.And, you willnotice that wealso alwayscapitalize PRIDE.We just cele-
brated Memorial Day and Iwas reminded that among theparades, picnics and otheroutings we may forget thereal meaning of Memorial Day,formerly Decoration Day, anoccasion when familiesdecorated the graves of lovedones killed in our countryswars.
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