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Democrats counting on Calif. to win back Congress

Can party turn GOP seats a Maloney of New York introduced an
amendment to a Veterans Aairs spending
snazzy shade of blue?
bill that would have provided LGBT
employment protections, nullifying a key
By KAREN OCAMB provision in another bill that would have allowed anti-LGBT discrimination on the
part of businesses that have contracts with
Georgias Sixth Congressional District the federal government. As the vote clock
screams RED: Newt Gingrich hatched his expired, the Maloney amendment appeared
pre-Tea Party Gingrich Revolution there to squeak by with 217 yeas and 206 nays.
in the early 1990s and the special election Rep. DARRELL ISSA is among the DCCCs But instead of gaveling the vote closed,
targets in the midterm elections.
to replace anti-LGBT Tom Price, now Health Republican Rep. Doug Collins kept the
and Human Services secretary, featured 18 vote open as Republican Majority Leader
Republican candidates. But Donald Trump Kevin McCarthy of Bakerseld (23rd
only won the district by 1.5 points over LGBT Caucus leads Mark Takano and Jared possible campaign spending violations. District) started twisting arms. Democrats
Hillary Clinton in 2016, giving progressive Polisbelieves that winning 25 Republican In March, the House Committee on Ethics yelled Shame! Shame! Shame! as the tally
Democrats goosebumps thinking they seats in 2018 will enable them to take the announced it was holding o on its probe changed. Maloney later told reporters that
could ip the suburbs just north of Atlanta majority in the House and put a check on at the request of the Justice Department. he confronted McCarthy, who told him to
from red to blue with well-spoken former Trump. The DCCC is moving senior staers But with the FEC investigation, Hunter get back on my own side. And I said, What
congressional aide Jon Osso. to Irvine to be on the ground for ghts reimbursed his campaign roughly $62,000 side am I supposed to stand on to support
The 30-year-old Democrat won 48.1 in six GOP districts where Clinton beat for expenses that included video games, equality? Your own members are voting
percent of the vote on April 18, sending Trump: Darrell Issa (49th District); Steve dance recitals, oral surgery, private school for this billits not me doing it, its your
him into a run-o with top GOP vote- Knight (25th District); Dana Rohrabacher tuition, a garage door and unspecied items members, the Hungton Post reported.
getter Karen Handel, around whom (48th District); Je Denham (10th District); at a Coronado surf shop, according to The Enough Republicans ipped their votes
establishment Republicans are expected David Valadao (21st District); and Ed Royce L.A. Times. to defeat the amendment by one vote
to rally in June. (39th District). Retired Navy SEAL Josh Butner, a 212 yeas and 213 nays. The seven who
Nonetheless, Democrats claimed victory The DCCC is also targeting two-term Democrat, is challenging Hunter in the switched their votes: Reps. Je Denham,
for the odds-defying nish while Trump, Republican Rep. Mimi Walters of Irvine, reliably GOP district. But Butner may get Greg Walden, Darrell Issa, Mimi Walters,
who did robocalls and a furious tweet-fest with one of three announced Democratic help from animal lovers if Navy veteran Bruce Poliquin, David Young, and David
against Osso, took credit for preventing challengers, Katie Porter, having already Shawn VanDiver has his way. VanDiver Valadao. Later it was revealed that the
an outright win. Glad to be of help! received an endorsement from her former started Bunny PAC after it was revealed conservative Heritage Foundations
Trump tweeted on Election Night. Harvard Law School professor, Sen. that Hunter also used campaign expenses lobbying arm, Heritage Action, said that
Democrats have been looking at the Elizabeth Warren, according to the Los to pay for airfare for the familys pet rabbit. members who voted for the Maloney
four special elections this spring as Angeles Times. Hunters spokesperson told Roll Call about amendment would suer on their
bellwethers on Trumps chaotic reign of Two other Republicans, once considered the rabbit: If Hunter had his way, it would congressional scorecard.
power. Historically, mid-term elections immoveable in their safe conservative have been used for soup long before that. Every day brings new jaw-dropping
favor the political party not holding the districts, may also be vulnerable. Fresno Meanwhile, the DCCCs targeted six are surprises as Trump thrusts a middle nger
presidency. But in this new era of divisive Rep. Devin Nunes (22nd District), chair dancing as fast as they can. On April 18, at traditional rules of propriety without any
upside-down politics, traditional rules of the House Intelligence Committee, for instance, with three Trump supporters apparent accountability. That may change
are no longer applicable and nothing is was forced to recuse himself from the watching across the street, Issa addressed if the courts or an FBI investigation into
predictable. In a stunning announcement investigation into the Trump campaigns more than 100 protesters outside his the Russian interference yield results that
on April 19, for instance, powerful Utah possible collusion with Russian ocials district oce and claimed hes not as demand an impeachment hearing. But with
Republican Rep. Jason Chaetzthe ultra- to interfere in the 2016 elections after it conservative as people think. conservative Republicans running both
conservative advocate for the anti-LGBT appeared he violated ethics rules. That may have been believable had chambers of Congress, LGBT rights continue
religious freedom bill with fellow Mormon Additionally, San Diego County GOP Issa not switched his vote when it was to be threatened. California Democrats are
Rep. Mike Leeannounced he would not xture, Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (50th District), most needed. On May 18, 2016, when intent on changing that in 2018, by ipping
seek reelection in 2018. who took the seat long held by his fervently it still appeared that Clinton might win half a dozen GOP seats in the state and
The Democratic Congressional anti-LGBT father, is under investigation the presidential election over a crowded contributing to the 25 seats needed to bring
Campaign Committee (DCCC)including by the Federal Elections Commission for Republican eld, out gay Rep. Sean Patrick Democrats to power in the House.
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Philanthropist with a social justice mission

David Bohnett ghting to the Harvard Kennedy Schools Senior
Executives in State and Local Government
Trump from the heartland
program since 2002, and the Cyber Center
program at over 60 LGBT community
By KAREN OCAMB services centers around the country. Bohnett says hes learned a couple
of things over his almost 20 years of
American democracy has changed. philanthropy, much from his late partner,
Politics is now 24/7, a constant barrage of Judge Rand Schrader who died of AIDS in
opinions, petitions, and email and online 1993. When Randy and I were rst together,
solicitations like relentless fastballs in a he had been on the board of the [L.A. LGBT]
batting cage. Head-spinning happens. Center since the Center was founded and
But to gay philanthropist David Bohnett, I really saw from his experience that its a
the angst-ridden reaction to President sustained commitment that creates true
Donald Trumps untethered actions recalls change. Thats what I think has made such a
the days after the anti-gay marriage Prop signicant dierence in these dierent areas.
I think were better served if were champions for social justice for all, said DAVID BOHNETT.
8 initiative was passed by California voters Bohnett says his grant-giving is also very
in 2008. Then, like now, people had been PHOTO BY SUSAN YOUNG 2016
focused on a collaborative-partnership
informed about what would happen, model where the foundation partners
how fundamental rights would be taken from popular Sen. Elizabeth Warren. happening across the board regarding with an organization and then brings other
awaybut were genuinely shocked when Her words were very insightful and very governmental and private grants. funders and like-minded social service
that really transpired. telling, he says. The most important thing The whole philanthropic sector is on groups to help with the eort.
Wake up people! If you didnt think for us is to unify around a small handful of tenterhooks wondering whats going to Bohnett, who was appointed by President
it could get this badwhere were you? messages around womens reproductive happen with the tax code alone, Bohnett Obama to serve as a Trustee at the John
Bohnett asked rhetorically during a rights, the environment and stick to those says. Grants to social organizations are F. Kennedy Center for the Performing
recent phone interview. We have the messages and not get distracted and try health and human services-related grants Arts in Washington DC, is very concerned
responsibility to get as many people as and criticize every single thing that [Trump] that arent necessarily specic for the LGBT what will happen to the arts if Trump cuts
possible in our community energized and does. And shes right. We will prevail if we community, although its the constituents the National Endowment for the Arts and
activated because this is bad and its going remain focused on our key progressive these organizations serve.And yes, those similar programs. However, he notes there
to get worse. messages and not get bogged down in the are under threat as well. is a signicant government commitment
A major donor to the Democratic Party, Twitter storms all the time. Bohnett started the David Bohnett to funding the arts in Los Angeles.
Bohnett has been keeping up with the LGBT full equality, a core Democratic Foundation in 1999 after selling GeoCities Nonetheless, hes frustrated that no one
Democratic Congressional Campaign value, comes under the broader civil to Yahoo for $3.5 billion. He now heads is talking about the importance of the arts
Committees eorts to take back the House rights, immigration umbrella. Baroda Ventures, which invests in tech in terms of how they dene us as a people
of Representatives. I think theres a lot of But Bohnett believes the critical ght for startups. In almost 20 years, his foundation and as a society. For Bohnett, like JFK, the
momentum and yes, were participating LGBT full equality is going to be won and has given more than $100 million in total arts reect civilization.
and we will wait to see as the time gets our ground is going to be held by the social grants across specic programs. This year I am certain that after the dust of
closer how much and where were going service organizations, such as the LA LGBT will be the last for the open grant application centuries has passed over our cities,
to participate, he says. But theres a great Center. I really think now, more than ever, process. Next year, the foundation will Kennedy once said, we, too, will be
ground swell and the possibility we would those organizations serve the broadest reach out to selected groups and oer remembered not for our victories or
be able to retake the House. constituencies in our community, including them an opportunity to apply. defeats in battle or in politics, but for our
Bohnett thinks the Senate Intelligence immigration, same-sex marriage, family and Im looking at how to maintain a level contribution to the human spirit.
Committees investigation into the Russian legal issues. So yes, we have to continue to of giving for the long term, he says. What I strive to do within our
hacking of the 2016 election is going to ght at the political level but I want to keep There are certain programs that we community is to help everyone lift their
make the real dierence in the 2018 mid- reminding people that the organizations have continued to fund and concentrate head up and see how our struggle ts into
term elections. that are delivering the services to our on that have been so eective for our the larger context of the broader human
Recently, Bohnett joined other community are right now the ones on the community, such as the Bohnett Leaders rights struggles, Bohnett says. I think
Democratic donors and activists at the front lines and deserve our support. Fellowship at the Victory Institute, which were better served if were champions for
home of Norman and Lynn Lear to hear Bohnett says there is a shift has sent 118 outstanding LGBT leaders social justice for all.
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Christopher Street West faces hurdles

LA Pride Festival is still threat, all our rights are threatened.
With supporters like CSW co-founder
in ux as #ResistMarch
the Reverend Troy Perry, L.A. mayor Eric
gathers steam Garcetti, and activist Ivy Bottini (a vocal
critic of CSW), Duran describes this choice
By ABBY DEES as spot on and in line with the LGBTQ
communitys history of responding to
Despite big changes and challenges, galvanizing moments, from AIDS to anti-
this years LA Pride festival experience marriage legislation. Like others, he believes
will be similar to the last several years, the march is pitch-perfect for our times.
according to Chris Classen, president Even so, CSW has made another sudden,
of Christopher Street West (CSW), the dramatic change to what people expect from
organization that has produced LA Pride Pride. First, no one knows how many people
Parade and Festival since 1970. will actually march and what eect this will
Over June 10 and 11, attendees can again have on the already compacted festival. To
expect West Hollywood Park to be lled Sacher, this decision-making seems reactive,
with food, drinks, dancing and a variety of rather than visionary or proactive.
musical acts on three distinct stages, from This week, CSW board member and
The entrance to 2016s LA Prides Festival in West Hollywood Park.
local performers to popular stars. #ResistMarch organizer Brian Pendleton,
But this year is not like years past, and PHOTO COURTESY OF LA PRIDE
told that no corporate
there is a whi of concern in the air about dollars that used to go to the parade are
CSWs ability to pull it o, at least protably. branding is front and center. historian Stuart Timmons. There is more to going to the march. Pendleton says he is
Space for the festival is reduced by more That choice remains controversial, with pride than just those two days, says Duran. committed to raising the money needed to
than 50 percent as West Hollywood Park people like former CSW board member, Issues of transparency and fund #ResistMarch. Some reports suggest
undergoes a facelift, with CSW settling on LGBTQ historian, and founder of the Lavender communication have dogged CSW in he must raise more than $400,000.
a location just last week. Eect, Andy Sacher, viewing the de-emphasis recent years, with defenders and critics Pendleton, when asked to join CSWs
As organizers of LAs main pride events, of Prides history as a loss for everyone. agreeing that CSW could improve its board, pointedly refused to sign the non-
it is inevitable that CSW faces questions Were in every strata of society, he community interface. disclosure agreement.
from the diverse LGBTQ community. says, and this is the one time of the year Sacher was one of four CSW board With CSW already running at a loss,
West Hollywood Council member John when we have traditionally come together, members who resigned last December, in the nancial bottom line might bring the
Duran says that for almost 40 years he regardless of our dierences and celebrated part because CSW required board members debates about CSWs role as LAs de facto
has cautioned each CSW president: You our freedoms and accomplishments. to sign non-disclosure agreements. leader of pride to a head.
have a thankless job. You can never make But Council member Duran says CSW Sacher said, All pride organizations face Success now rests on robust attendance
everybody happy. was being realistic. People my age, he challenges to achieve a balance between to the paid-entry festival and its ability
But complaints about the festivals told the Blade, weve done 20 or 30 of taking in what the community desires and to attract corporate sponsors. Nissan
impact became noticeably louder last year these things. Were not necessarily going sustainability. But in CSWs case, there announced it will be a sponsor but few
when CSW rebranded the event a music do it again unless we have friends from might be a disconnect. others have stepped forward. West
festival to attract millennials. With the out of town. Still, history matters. After the 2016 festival, Mayor Meister Hollywood provides free security and
LGBTQ focus of the festival erased from Both Duran and West Hollywood Mayor arranged two community forums to sanitation services, but little cash. It
CSWs website, so too was the sense of Lauren Meister think the criticism arises debrief with CSW. Were they listening? I recently agreed to cover up to $1 million in
connection between the event and a city from the belief that CSW is the only source dont know, Meister said about CSW. Its such expenses doubling previous year
with a sizeable LGBTQ population. of local Pride programming, when in fact up to them to provide an event that the commitments though not yet satised
In response, CSW scrambled to the city sponsors its own One City One community is supportive of. And if not, with CSWs transparency eorts and aware
reemphasize the LGBTQ tradition in its Pride Arts Festival, primarily focused on were all going to hear about it again. the agency began the year unable to even
marketing, but the updated version of the LGBTQ history and culture, for 40 days For the rst time since 1970, there will be pay rent. The city reportedly stands to gain
festival continued as planned. each summer, including Pride weekend. no Pride Parade. Instead, CSW will host a more than $5,000,000 in tax receipts if the
With its promise of big-name musical Last year, the city sponsored events like three-mile long protest march, modeled on event is successful.
performers in 2017, CSW appears to be Trans Night, the Dyke March, and a West the Womens Marches, under the motto:
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Calif. porn productions on

hold after HIV scare: report
Precautionary move from occurred in the past 10 years on shoots
industry association that are monitored.
In 2016, a gay adult lm actor in California
is said to have unwittingly infected two of his
By TROY MASTERS 17 unprotected partners with HIV despite
SNOWFLAKE and SZENJA having tested negative only days before, PHOTO COURTESY OF SEAWORLD
according to a report by the Centers for
Fears that an adult lm star has tested Disease Control. How it was determined the
positive for HIV have resulted in a kind
of stop work order, according to the
actor in question infected the two is not clear.
The CDCs Morbidity and Mortality
Polar bear dies after separation from
industrys leading trade association, the Weekly Report warned at the time that same-sex partner of 20 years
Free Speech Coalition (FSC). testing alone is not sucient to prevent
In a statement on its website, FSC says it HIV transmission. The joys and heartbreak of love are not a uniquely human experience. There is
issued a precautionary production hold In 2004, after two actors tested positive plenty of scientic evidence to support that. And plenty to support that same-sex
after a possible positive test for HIV by an for HIV most major production companies love is just as ubiquitous among the species.
adult performer listed in the PASS (Performer agreed to shut down for 60 days in an Witness the story of Szenja and Snowake, a pair of female Polar bears who
Availability Screening Services) database. eort to prevent the virus from spreading. have been close companions for the past 20 years, living in the same enclosure at
The identity of the actor remains The industry imposed a biweekly STD San Diegos SeaWorld Wild Arctic exhibit.
condential. protocol in 2013. Szenja, 21, and Snowake, 22, have been inseparable. Recently the pair was
FSC wrote that the actor had not Eric Paul Leue, the Free Speech separated when Snowake was relocated to the Pittsburgh Zoo to be mated with
performed on any uid exchange sets Coalitions executive director, said the male Polar bears.
since their last negative test, or performed biweekly HIV tests have been successful. Soon after their separation, Szenja died from a broken heart, claims People for
on any adult set during the possible Their FSC Performer Availability Scheduling the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
window of transmission. Service (PASS) provides guidelines and Szenja died of a broken heart, Peta believes. After losing her companion of 20
If it is a false positive, the hold will services for the adult production industry years when SeaWorld shipped Snowake to the Pittsburgh Zoo in order to breed
be lifted on Wednesday (April 19), the designed to ensure a safe and healthy more miserable polar bears, Szenja did what anyone would do when they lose all
statement continues. However, FSC is work environment of performers and hope, she gave up, Peta Vice President Tracy Remain told Yahoo News.
currently notifying all of the porn stars adult lm professionals, according to the Snowake, prior to her death only weeks after separation, reportedly displayed
past partners and will require new testing groups website. all the symptoms of separation anxiety and depression, losing her appetite and
for anyone who may have been exposed. FSC encourages, but does not require, energy and exhibiting avoidance behavior.
The porn industry, which helped defeat a the daily use of PrEP, the antiviral drug SeaWorld has been under intense scrutiny in recent years, following the release
ballot initiative in 2016 that would have required that has been shown to be 98 percent of the 2013 documentary Blacksh which cast a spotlight on mistreatment of
actors to wear condoms, claims it has worked eective in preventing HIV infection. so-called Killer Whales, Orcas that were performers in their Shamu Shows, and
to improve health and safety conditions. The Adult Performer Advocacy whether captivity is good for the animals.
Californias Proposition 60 was, in part, Committee (APAC), an advocacy guild Outrage led to a dramatic decrease in park attendance.
a response to several HIV-related health for porn actors, says it supports the Californians voted last September to ban the captivity, breeding and performing
scares among actors over the past decade. temporary hiatus. of orcas, and that ban will take eect in June. Shamu Shows will continue at other
In addition to requiring performers to use Based on the current genealogy, SeaWorld parks, however.
condoms in adult lms, Proposition 60 would there is low-risk to the performer pool, Activists hope to stop the practice that resulted in the separation of Szenja and
have made producers liable for violations and the APAC said in a statement. APAC and Snowake, a question SeaWorld appears intent on avoiding.
would have empowered any state resident to FSC will release statements within days In a statement, Al Garver, SeaWorlds vice president of zoological operations
enforce the rule. It would have also required regarding whether the production freeze said only that the company was proud to have been a part of her life and to know
state-issued health certicates for production will be lifted. that she inspired people from around the world to want to protect polar bears in
companies and strict STD testing protocols. A The industry has been estimated to the wild.
similar measure was passed by Los Angeles be worth $6 billion in California and $11 TROY MASTERS
voters in 2012. billion nationwide and thousands of
FSC claims no HIV transmissions have production related jobs nationwide.
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Diverse co-chairs named for

LGBT march on Washington
Organizers of a planned LGBT march on Washington
scheduled for June 11, which has been named The Equality
March for Unity and Pride, released on Wednesday the names
of 12 of 13 co-chairs of the event but provided few additional
details such as how it will be nanced or the route of the
The Equality March for Unity and Pride is less than two
months away and we are thrilled to host this historic march in
our nations capital, a statement released by organizers says.
Permits are being worked on, sponsors are being engaged,
the website is forthcoming, and just this week we selected
12 of 13 National Co-Chairs! the statement says. This
national group of diverse leaders in the LGBTQIA+ liberation
movements will help shape the mission and vision of the
march by elevating voices of those most underserved, it says.
The statement adds that the diversity represented by

#ResistMarch founding team busy at work the co-chairs would ensure that in these trying times our
communities can come together, march in solidarity, and
Dozens of prominent Los Angeles LGBT+ activists and allies gathered at the Hollywood Hills home of Brian demand equity, representation, protection of our most
Pendleton and Chad Goldman on April 12 to discuss plans for the #ResistMarch. vulnerable, and safeguarding the many triumphs our
We are gathered because we wanted to make sure that the entire committee got to weigh in on what the communities have gained in the previous years while working
program looks like ... things like outreach, getting endorsements, activation, participation, fundraising and towards championing many more.
event planning, said Pendleton. We have some of the best in the business working on planning. Weve got Among those named as co-chairs are Anika Simpson, Ph.D,
this. founding coordinator of the Womens and Gender Studies
In attendance and pictured: RJ Aguiar, Mike Aguilera, Fred Arens, Jeremy Blacklow, Craig Bowers, Craig Program at Morgan State University, one of the nations
Charles, Peter Cruz, Dominick DeLeone, Jason DuGuay, John Erickson, Joel Fajardo, Jaden Fields, Robert historic black colleges; and Ashley Smith, an ocial with
Gamboa, Chad Goldman, Justin Haasis, Abdullah Hall, Steve Houchin, Jess Jerrick, Paul Katami, Abbe Land, the Capital Pride Alliance and a Human Rights Campaign
Nicole Lynn, Stephen Macias, Lulu Malaya, James Duke Mason, Estevan Montemayor, Brian Pendleton, Je Foundation board member.
Olde, Aithan Peterson, Mark Poncher, Hazel Jade Prejean, Angela Thompson, Gary Turner and Alan Uphold. Also named as one of the co-chairs is David Bruinooge, the
Founding committee members who were not present include Melissa Carbone, Diggz Cherry, Marco New York City LGBT rights advocate who initiated the June
Colantonio, Lindsey Deaton, Marna Deitch, Sue Freitag, Vic Gerami, John Gile, Jenn Gordon, Brian Graden, 11 march through a Facebook posting in January that quickly
Julie Holland, Je Zarillo, Sue LaVaccare, Danny Lockwood, Pedro Martinez, Michaela Mendelsohn, Allison drew thousands of messages of support for the idea of an
Vankuiken, Ronnie Veliz, Alyson Richards, Shayne Thomas, Rex Wilde, Nancy Williams, Jeanie You and Greg LGBT march on the nations capital.
Zabilski. The announcement on Wednesday of the names of the co-
Also in attendance was West Hollywood City Councilman John Heilman, who spoke. chairs and assurances that more details of the march would be
The #ResistMarch replaces LA Prides traditional parade and will expand it from one mile to four miles, disclosed soon came at a time when messages have surfaced
stretching from Hollywood and Highland to Santa Monica Boulevard and Robertson. on social media expressing concern that so few details of the
TROY MASTERS event had been disclosed less than two months before the
march was to take place.

Preparing for a ght

Baldwin re-election bid a top party opposing the sitting U.S. president activist familiar with those numbers said.
gains seats during the mid-term election. If Baldwin will be running for re-election
priority for LGBT advocates
that holds up in 2018 and many analysts, in a state Trump won narrowly by 22,750
citing Trumps ongoing unpopularity, votes, which is largely attributed to the
By CHRIS JOHNSON believe it will Baldwin will have the upper states support for populism, a political
handin her bid to preserve her seat. view Republicans have come to dominate.
As Democrats gear up for the Ironically, the tradition that the In addition to Trumps win there, Sen. Ron
congressional mid-term elections in 2018, presidents party loses seats in the mid- Johnson (R-Wis.), whom many observers
one race that will be criticalfor the LGBT term elections would have spelled trouble thought was a dead-man walking against
community and potentially a challenge for Baldwin if Hillary Clinton had succeeded challenger Russ Feingold, won re-election
to win is the re-election bid of U.S. Sen. in 2016, an outcome Baldwin strongly last year by nearly 4 points.
Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the only out desired as an early Clinton supporter. Not helping Baldwin is a poll unveiled
lesbian in Congress. JR Ross, editor of the Madison-based last week by Morning Consult, which
After becoming the rst openly gay WisPolitics, said Trumps victory bolsters found she was paired with Sen. Claire
person elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, Baldwins re-election chances in a state McCaskill (D-Mo.) as the least popular
Baldwin will face re-election in a state where Republicans tend to do well in o- Democratic senators up for re-election in
Trump won in a surprise last year. Her year elections. 2018. According to the rankings, Baldwin
race will almost certainly be a priority for Her prospects are much better now has an approval rating of 44 percent in
the LGBT community seeking to ensure that we have President Trump rather than the state compared to 38 percent of state
visibility in Congress and to strike back U.S. Sen. TAMMY BALDWIN (D-Wis.) faces an President Clinton, Ross said. If Clinton residents who disapprove of her.
as yet unknown challenger in a state won by
atTrump after his victory there. Donald Trump. had won, shed have two things going Nathan Gonzales, editor of the D.C.-
Aisha Moodie-Mills, CEO of the Gay & BLADE PHOTO BY MICHEAL KEY
against her. One, Wisconsin tends to be based Inside Elections, said Baldwin faces
Lesbian Victory Fund, said Baldwins re- more Republican in terms of turnout in both advantages and challenges in her re-
election is the priority for Victory Fund o-year election, and two, the party in the election bid, but ultimately concluded the
through 2018 which is why we made her Act, Baldwin has been closely associated White House ends up having a hard time in conditions are favorable to her.
a spotlight candidate almost two years with the goal of enshrining into law a mid-term elections. Because its President I think 2016 showed Republicans can
before her election. comprehensive bill barring discrimination Trump, that alone improves her chances. be successful in Wisconsin in midterm
Her rise from the Dane County Board of against LGBT people in all areas of federal Pointing to a March 22 poll from and presidential years, and thats bad
Supervisors to the United States Senate is civil rights law. Baldwin also took a lead Marquette Law School that found 41 news for the senator, Gonzales said. But
in many ways emblematic of the progress role during 2013 in the more modest percent of Wisconsin residents approve history tells us the presidents party often
weve made as a movement over the last goal of passing the Employment Non- of Trump compared to 47 percent who struggles in midterm elections, and that
30 years and we need her continued Discrimination Act, which the U.S. Senate disapprove, Ross said Trumps low approval could be the saving grace for Baldwin.
leadership, Moodie-Mills added. approved on a bipartisan basis. rating in the state will also help Baldwin. If Hillary Clinton was sitting in the Oval
In D.C. on April 26, gay Democratic Baldwin has also urged the Food & President Trumps approval rating was Oce, I think the senator would have a
activist Peter Rosenstein is set to host Drug Administration to end its policy upside down in Wisconsin and upside tougher time. I still expect Baldwin to have
a fundraising event for Baldwin in barring gay men from donating blood, down with independents, Ross said. If a competitive race, but the rst step is for
anticipation of the upcoming battle shell encouraged the Education Department to that continues, and hes unpopular in Republicans to gure out who is running
face. Expected guests include Baldwin issue (now rescinded by Trump) guidance Wisconsin a year-and-a-half from now, and choosing their nominee.
herself as well as D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser assuring transgender kids have access that probably will help her a great deal. The lack of an obvious Republican
and high-dollar Democratic donors. to school bathrooms consistent with the Ross said Republicans have had a better challenger, as Gonzales noted, is another
Baldwin hasnt just aided the LGBT gender identity and objected to the Trump ground game in Wisconsin than Democrats boon to Baldwin in 2018. The candidate
community through her visibility as the administrations appointment of anti-trans in the last couple elections and theres a the GOP had hoped to eld, Rep. Sean
only out lesbian in Congress. In the ve activist Roger Severino to defend access to question about the impact of Wisconsin Duy (R-Wis.), a four-term member of
years shes been in oce, Baldwin has transgender health at the Department of Gov. Scott Walkers presence on the ballot. Congress and former cast member of
taken leadership roles sometimes Health & Human Services. Baldwin has done well in fundraising. The MTVs Real World, declared in February
quietly, sometime more prominently to The timing of her race next year on one senator posted $2.2 million for fundraising he wont challenge Baldwin in 2018.
raise attention to LGBT issues. hand is good news for Baldwin. History in the rst quarter of 2017 and has $2.4
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DOJ withdraws lawsuit against N.C. bathroom law

Critics see pattern of anti- Sessions actions against transgender rights arent going to give up that easily, Esseks
since his conrmation as U.S. attorney said. Well continue this ght as long as it
trans bias in Trump admin
general. In fact, the Justice Department last takes to truly strike down this disastrous
month nixed its request for a preliminary law for good.
By CHRIS JOHNSON injunction against HB2 in favor of an The lawsuit the LGBT legal groups led
existing injunction against the law that was against North Carolina, Carcao v. McCrory
Although North Carolina replaced anti- signicantly more limited and applied only (now known as Carcao v. Cooper), is on hold
LGBT House Bill 2 with a law that critics say to plaintis in a separate lawsuit. until April 28, when a status report is due
still enables anti-LGBT discrimination, the Jon W. Davidson, legal director for before the trial court in the aftermath of the
U.S. Justice Department has withdrawn Lambda Legal, said in a statement enactment of the replacement law to HB2.
the lawsuit against the state led last year the Justice Department is using North Tara Borelli, counsel for Lambda Legals
under the Obama administration. Carolinas new law as an excuse to southern regional oce and an attorney
In a ve-page notice, the Justice withdraw the lawsuit even though the new representing plaintis in the case, told
Department under U.S. Attorney General statute still enables discrimination. the Washington Blade the withdrawal of
Je Sessions announced it has voluntarily Here is yet another instance of the the DOJ lawsuit will have no impact on the
withdrawn the lawsuit led last year by Trump administration and Attorney litigation led by LGBT legal groups.
former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. General Je Sessions withdrawing the This wont hurt the merits of
In light of the passage of North Carolina federal governments support from the lawsuit, Borelli said. HB2 was
Session Law 2017-4, House Bill 142, and transgender individuals, and they are unconstitutional the day it was enacted.
The Justice Department under JEFF SESSIONS
pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 41, the Parties (R-Ala.) has withdrawn its lawsuit over North using the fake repeal of HB2 as cover, HB142 was unconstitutional the day it was
Carolinas HB2.
in the above-captioned action hereby Davidson said. Sadly, this was not enacted, and nothing about whos sitting
stipulate that all claims or causes of action BLADE PHOTO BY MICHEAL KEY unexpected, now that anti-transgender at counsels table makes either of those
against Defendants and all counterclaims forces are in charge of the Departments laws any more valid.
against Plainti which were the subject giving the appearance of repeal while of Justice and Education. Once again, Other anti-transgender actions the Justice
matter of this lawsuit are hereby dismissed doubling down on discrimination. the Trump administration continues to Department has taken under Sessions
with prejudice, the notice says. HB 142 prohibits state agencies, abandon transgender Americans. are the withdrawal of school guidance
After North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper municipalities and the University of Although the Justice Department may assuring transgender kids have access to
signed into law the replacement measure North Carolina from the regulation of be reviewing its position now that HB2 the restroom consistent with their gender
for HB2, whether the Justice Department access to bathrooms, locker rooms and has been replaced, that isnt stopping identity and missing a deadline to appeal
would continue the lawsuit it led against showers unless they have the legislatures LGBT legal groups thatalso led a lawsuit a court injunction against an Obamacare
the state over the initial law was in question. permission. It also bans municipalities against HB2 from continuing with their rule barring anti-trans discrimination in
As of last month, a Justice Department until 2020 from enacting LGBT-inclusive challenge. health care. President Trump himself has
spokesman said the U.S. government was nondiscrimination measures that would The trio of groups the American Civil been accused of weakening LGBT legal
reviewing its litigation posture in the apply to private businesses or public Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, protections in the workforce by undoing
aftermath of the HB2 replacement. accommodations. and Lambda Legal have declared their President Obamas Fair Pay & Safe
Lynchs lawsuit alleged HB2, which Ford Porter, a Cooper spokesperson, lawsuit, which includes claims for the Workplaces Executive Order.
barred cities from enacting pro-LGBT said in response to DOJs withdrawal of damages inicted by HB2, will continue, Borelli said the withdrawal of the DOJ
ordinances and transgender people from the lawsuit against the North Carolina law and theyll seek to amend the lawsuit to lawsuit against North Carolina continues
using the restroom consistent with their the governor still supports statewide non- challenge HB142 as well. a pattern of the federal government
gender identity, contravenes federal law. discrimination protections for LGBT people. James Esseks, director of the ACLUs continuing to abandon transgender
The Justice Department alleged the law The compromise to repeal HB2 took LGBT Project, said in a statement the LGBT individuals, citing among other things
violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of an important step in the right direction, legal groups will press on in North Carolina the decision by Sessions and Education
1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments Porter said. Gov. Cooper will continue to even though the Justice Department has Secretary Betsy DeVos to rescind the
of 1972 and the Violence Against Women work to repair our states reputation and abandoned the ght. transgender guidance.
Reauthorization Act of 2013. add statewide protections for LGBT North The Trump administration may want This is no surprise given the anti-
The deal Cooper signed, House Bill 142, Carolinians. to use the fake repeal of HB 2 as an transgender forces in charge of the
replaces HB2 with a measure that LGBT The withdrawal of DOJs lawsuit in the excuse to further turn their backs on the Departments of Justice and Education, but
advocates say is a bait-and-switch attempt aftermath of the switch is consistent with transgender community, but the rest of us it is very disappointing, Borelli said.
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U.S. condemns gay arrests in Chechnya

Haley disturbed by Engagements Facebook page. account a satellite picture that reportedly
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia shows one of the secret prisons in which gay
reports of kidnapping,
Freeland on April 15 described the arrests men are being held.
torture and murder and persecution of gay Chechen men In this camp in Chechnya people are
as reprehensible and urged Russian being tortured, locked up and exterminated
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS authorities to thoroughly investigate for being gay and trans, she wrote.
them. British Foreign Minister Boris Israeli LGBT rights advocates on April
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley Johnson and Vitit Muntarbhorn, who is 14 held an emergency meeting at the
this week said the U.S. remains disturbed the U.N.s rst LGBT and intersex rights oces of the Aguda, the Israeli National
by the arrests of more than 100 gay men watchdog, are among those who have also LGBT Task Force, in Tel Aviv to discuss the
in Chechnya. publicly condemned the situation. arrests of the gay Chechen men and ways
We continue to be disturbed by reports The State Department in an April 7 they can help them. The Brazilian Lesbian,
of kidnapping, torture, and murder of statement said it is increasingly concerned Gay, Bisexual and Trans Association and
people in Chechnya based on their sexual about the situation in Chechnya and other LGBT advocacy groups have urged
orientation and those persecuted by urged the Russian government to criticize the U.N. to launch an investigation into the
association, she said in a statement that We continue to be disturbed by reports of the arrests and conduct an investigation abuses that are reportedly taking place.
kidnapping, torture, and murder of people in
her oce released on April 17. If true, Chechnya, said U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. into them. Fifty members of Congress on ILGA-Europe urges international
this violation of human rights cannot NIKKI HALEY. the same day asked Secretary of State Rex institutions to advocate for the rights of
be ignored Chechen authorities must PHOTO BY GAGE SKIDMORE; COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA Tillerson to publicly condemn them. the LGBTI community in the region, and
immediately investigate these allegations, Tillerson who met with Russian for national governments to assist those
hold anyone involved accountable, and secret prisons that have been described as President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on April eeing persecution to nd safety, said
take steps to prevent future abuses. concentration camps. The Russian LGBT 12 has not spoken publicly about the ILGA-Europe in an April 13 statement.
We are against all forms of Network, a St. Petersburg-based advocacy arrests or the secret prisons in which the OutRight Action International on
discrimination, including against people group that has launched an emergency gay men have been held. President Trump Monday urged British Petroleum,
based on sexual orientation, she added. campaign with All Out, a global LGBT has also not commented about them. ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell three
When left unchecked, discrimination activist organization, to evacuate gay men Agence France-Presse reported Putins oil companies that have made signicant
and human rights abuses can lead to from Chechnya, conrmed these reports spokesperson told reporters late last week investments with state-owned Russian oil
destabilization and conict. to the Washington Blade. the Kremlin does not have any reliable and gas companies to publicly condemn
Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian Olga, an LGBT rights advocate in information about the arrests. the arrests.
newspaper, earlier this month reported Moscow who asked the Blade not to The Associated Press on April 16 Tillerson was ExxonMobils CEO until
authorities in the predominantly Muslim publish her last name, on Wednesday said said Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov Trump nominated him to become
and semi-autonomous Russian republic she and her colleagues are working with categorized the international outcry secretary of state.
in the Caucuses have arrested more than gay Chechens who have been able to ee. over the gay mens arrests as attempts This is one of the worst homophobic
100 gay men since the end of February. We give them medical and psychological that are being made to blacken our campaigns the world has ever seen, said
Many of these men have reportedly been help, said Olga. society, lifestyle, traditions and customs. OutRight Action International Executive
beaten and tortured with electric shocks Kadyrovs spokesperson told a Russian Director Jessica Stern. If Russia will not listen
and glass bottles that have been forced Tillerson, Trump silent government news agency earlier this to other governments or even the United
into their anuses. month it is impossible to prosecute those Nations, it is time to see if we can get money
Muslim, a Chechen man who spoke Former Vice President Joe Biden on April who are not in the republic. to talk in a language that they will listen to.
with CNNs Matthew Chance this week, 14 said he is disgusted and appalled by The existence of concentration camps is Chechen Social Politics Minister
said authorities who wanted to get the the arrests. a serious breach of all international human Dzhambulat Umarov on Sundaydemanded
names of his gay friends punched him When faced with such crimes of hate rights conventions, said the Brazilian Novaya Gazeta apologize for the disgusting
and beat him with their feet. Muslim said and inhumanity, it is the responsibility of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Association nonsense that you spread. One of the
they later electrocuted him. every person of conscience to speak out in a statement it released on April 10. newspapers reporters who broke the story
Novaya Gazeta has also said at least three to oppose this campaign of violence Laura Weinstein, president of Grupo Accin has reportedly gone into hiding because of
of the men who were arrested later died. before it continues further, he said y Apoyo a Personas Trans, a trans advocacy death threats she has received.
The Russian newspaper has reported in a statement he posted to the Penn group that is based in the Colombian capital
Chechen authorities have sent gay men to Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global of Bogot, on April 14 posted to her Twitter CONTINUES AT LOSANGELESBLADE.COM
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D.C.). About one-fourth were married, another fourth were in a committed

relationship and half were single. Married respondents had spent an average of 23
years together, while those in committed, unmarried relationships had spent an
average of 16 years.
Among the study participants, more women were married than men, and of the
respondents who were married, most identied as non-Hispanic white.
Researchers found that, in general, participants in a relationship, whether married
or in a long-term partnership, showed better health outcomes than those who were
single. But those who were married fared even better, both socially and nancially,
than couples in unmarried, long-term partnerships.
Single LGBT adults were more likely to have a disability; to report lower physical,
psychological, social and environmental quality of life; and to have experienced the
death of a partner, especially among men.

Study nds trans kids avoid restroom at school

NEW YORK As yet another bathroom debate began to brew in Michigan last
week, a report released by LGBT rights advocates showed transgender students
often avoid using school restrooms because they feel uncomfortable and unsafe,
Newsweek reports.
Separation and Stigma: Transgender Youth and School Facilities, a document
A new study tracks the happiness of same-sex married couples.
published last week by the Movement Advancement Project, GLSEN, National Center
for Transgender Equality and the National Education Association, found that 70
Same-sex marriage brings health benets percent of transgender students said theyve gone out of their way to not usecampus
bathrooms. Pulling in data from a 2015 survey of youth and a 2016 study of adults,
the report mentioned that transgender people revealed they not only drank less
SEATTLE Same-sex marriage is good for overall health and sense of well being a but alsodeveloped urinary tract infections in their quest to skip the public facilities,
new University of Washington study reports. Newsweek reports.
For years, studies have linked marriage with happiness among heterosexual The pro-LGBT rights organizations involved in the report sent the statistics to
couples. But a study from the UW School of Social Work is among the rst to explore Education Secretary Betsy DeVos along with an open letter urging her to reverse
the potential benets of marriage among LGBT couples, News Medical reports. Its course and establish a national policy protecting students rights to use facilities that
part of a national, groundbreaking longitudinal study with a representative sample correspond to their gender identities rather than biological sex, Newsweek reports.
of LGBT older adults, known as Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, Sexuality/ On the surface, the argument is about bathrooms, but at a deeper level, it is
Gender Study, which focuses on how historical, environmental, psychological, about whether or not transgender students will be included in our public education
behavioral, social and biological factors are associated with health, aging, and quality system, Ineke Mushovic, executive director of the project, said in a news release.
of life. Put simply, if transgender students cannot safely access a bathroom, they cannot
UW researchers found that LGBT study participants who were married reported safely attend school.
better physical and mental health, more social support and greater nancial In February, just weeks after President Donald Trump took oce, the White House
resources than those who were single. The ndings were published in a February rescinded guidance from his predecessor that instructed schools to let transgender
special supplement of the Gerontologist. students choose their bathrooms and implied that they could lose federal funding
Some 2.7 million adults ages 50 and older identify as LGBT, a number that is should they disobey.Afterward, reports emerged that DeVos had initially opposed
expected to nearly double by 2060. Trumps decision but ultimately caved, Newsweek reports.
Among LGBT people, marriage increased noticeably after a 2015 U.S. Supreme On April 11, the American Civil Liberties Union became involved in a new case in
Court ruling legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. A 2016 Gallup Poll found that Jenison, Mich., where a student claimed on Facebook that Jenison High School was
49 percent of cohabiting gay couples were married, up from 38 percent before the not allowing transgender students to choose facilities based on gender,the Grand
ruling. Rapids Press reported. However, the school district insists that its not discriminating.
For the UW study, more than 1,800 LGBT people, ages 50 and older, were surveyed Transgender people can visit bathrooms that align with their sex, a gender-neutral
in 2014 in locations where gay marriage was already legal (32 states and Washington, toilet or unisex sta facilities, Newsweek reports.

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Anti-LGBT forces trying to erode marriage equality

was under consideration by the Trump
Theyre doing more White House. That order would provide
than you might think many of same protections to federal
contractors and employees who wish to
By CHRISTOPHER F. STOLL discriminate against LGBT people.

The U.S. Supreme Courts 2015 decision

Even though the freedom to marry is now rmly So far, neither measure has moved
forward, but if Congress enacts such a law
that brought the freedom to marry to established, hostile attacks on same-sex couples or President Trump signs such an executive
same-sex couples nationwide was a
milestone in the movement for LGBT
marriages and relationships are far from over. order, important anti-discrimination
protections for LGBT government workers
equality. The ruling itself was implemented and employees of federal contractors
with remarkable speed and relative ease. would be greatly diminished. For example,
In most states, couples began marrying federal contractors could refuse to employ
within days of the decision. people who have a same-sex spouse.
Apart from a few isolated cases, such violates the Supreme Courts ruling that woman, was enjoined by a federal judge Federal government employees could
as that of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county same-sex couples are entitled to the full as a violation of the constitutional rights of deny government services to LGBT people.
clerk who refused to issue marriage constellation of benets that the States same-sex couples and is now on appeal. This would eectively invalidate President
licenses to same-sex couples, the decision have linked to marriage. South Dakota recently joined Michigan, Obamas executive order prohibiting
met with little resistance, and Americans Other states have targeted married same- Virginia, and North Dakota in passing a federal contractors from discriminating
quickly accepted their LGBT friends and sex couples by refusing to list same-sex law allowing adoption agencies to refuse based on sexual orientation or gender
neighbors having the same ability as spouses as parents on birth certicates when on religious grounds to place children identity, as long as the contractor claims a
everyone else to have their relationships a child is born during the marriage. Most with same-sex couples. Other states have religious reason for wishing to discriminate.
legally recognized and protected. courts, including courts in Florida, South considered legislation that would allow As these examples show, even though the
The decision was a stunning loss for anti- Carolina, Wisconsin, and Utah, have quickly county clerks and state judges to exempt freedom to marry is now rmly established,
LGBT activists and politicians. Having lost shut down these eorts to resist full equality themselves from issuing marriage licenses hostile attacks on same-sex couples
the most important LGBT rights case ever at for same-sex couples, holding that the denial or performing marriage ceremonies marriages and relationships are far from
the Supreme Court, anti-LGBT forces quickly of a birth certicate listing both spouses for same-sex couples. Still others have over. But there is good news, too. Although
set to work nding ways to undermine violates the Supreme Courts marriage proposed laws that would allow private anti-LGBT forces have been relentless in
the decision. Now that they can no longer ruling. The Arkansas Supreme Court is the vendors to decline to provide oral their eorts to chip away at equality, and a
prevent same-sex couples from marrying, only court to rule otherwise, and we at the arrangements, catering, and other services few viciously anti-LGBT laws have passed in
the opponents of equality have turned National Center for Lesbian Rights recently for same-sex couples weddings. the last two years, dedicated LGBT activists
to a new strategy: looking for new ways, led a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court The Mississippi law, and similar laws and fair-minded elected ocials across
large and small, to deny married same-sex to overturn the Arkansas decision. under consideration in other states, are the country have successfully defeated
couples equal treatment under the law. In addition to these moves by hostile expanded versions of a bill introduced in hundreds more such bills. Public support
Some states have tried to selectively state ocials, the past two years have seen Congress following the marriage equality for the freedom to marry and for anti-
deny married same-sex couples some of a dizzying array of proposed anti-LGBT decision. That bill, the so-called First discrimination protections for LGBT people
the benets or legal protections that they legislation in state legislatures across the Amendment Defense Act, would prohibit has never been stronger. By continuing to
provide to other married couples. country, much of it targeting married same- the federal government from denying make our voices heard in state legislatures
Last month, at the urging of Governor sex couples. Last year, Mississippi became federal employment, contracts or other and Congress, by showing up and holding
Greg Abbott and other conservative the rst state to enact a sweeping law that benets to individuals who discriminate our elected representatives accountable,
state ocials, the Texas Supreme Court would allow government employees and against LGBT people based on a belief we can defeat the ongoing eort to erode
heard arguments in a case challenging a private citizens to discriminate against that marriage should only be available the freedom to marry and protect, in the
Houston ordinance providing the same married same-sex couples under the guise to dierent-sex couples, or that sexual Supreme Courts words, the equal dignity
benets to same-sex spouses that it of religious freedom. The law, which relations should only occur within a of same-sex couples marriages.
provides to dierent-sex spouses. State protects those who deny services based heterosexual marriage. In February, news
ocials continue to press this case even on a belief that marriage is or should be outlets published a leaked draft of an CHRISTOPHER F. STOLL is senior sta attorney
though withholding equal benets directly recognized as the union of one man and one executive order on religious freedom that for the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
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Finding justice denied in a hate-lled system

report having experienced sexual violence
LGB youth prisoners face by peers.
enormous challenges Queer girls of color account for the
highest rates of overrepresentation,
Our community must press for more mirroring a trend seen in the adult queer
answers about the higher rates of female prison population.
How did we get here?
Scholars at the University of California, incarceration of our youth. We expect that a complex web
Los Angeles recently released a startling produced by a racist system that targets
study that revealed disproportionate black people, favors gender conformity
numbers of LGB youth in the American amplied by the stress of the minority
penal system and highlights some of the LGB experience combines as a particular
grave dangers they face. obstacle among LGB incarcerated youth.
Several U.S. jurisdictions have struggled Their experience is repeated among LGB
to enact juvenile detention reform, close youth of color (especially girls) in other
youth prison facilities and nd alternatives state systems, such as child welfare.
to incarceration. Incarcerated youth face Are queer girls entering the system
poor outcomes, due in part to a systemic because of police biases, access to quality
bias against impoverished Black and legal defense, etc.? Or is it that more queer
Latino youth who are an over-represented girls get stuck or left behind in the system,
population. LGB detainees fare even indicating problems with treatment and
worse. behavior once incarcerated?
A look at the population of LGB youth Recently made recommendations by
in the system tells us that the experiences the LGBT Subcommittee of the Federal
of sexual minority girls deserves attention Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice
39.4 percent of girls in custody identied suggests a combination of factors.
as LGB, compared to only 12 percent Our community must press for more
of girls in the general population. This answers about the higher rates of
is startling, but when you add to that incarceration of our youth, why they are
gure the number of girls that described given longer sentences, and experience so
themselves as Mostly Straight but much sexual victimization.
attracted to the same sex, we see that Race, sexual orientation, and gender
almost 60 percent of incarcerated girls matter.
LA County Jail has perhaps the nations only wing dedicated to housing gay inmates.
were sexual minorities.
In the 2012 National Survey of Youth
in Custody-2 (NSYC-2), an anonymous BIANCA D.M. WILSON, PH.D., an author of
sampling of youth in juvenile correctional were 2-3 times more likely to be held in youth. Gay and bisexual boys were nearly the study, is the Rabbi Barbara Zacky Senior
Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute
facilities found that sexual minority youth custody far longer than heterosexual 11 times more likely than straight boys to on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy.
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Asia Kate Dillon plays financial genius Taylor Mason on Showtimes Billions and they use
pronouns them or they.

Hollywoods gender normative transition

A ward s sh ow s ret hink u s e of h im and her


The MTV Awards are making a shift that recognizing the accomplishments in P. Henson in Hidden Figures, Get Out helm since fall of 2016, says the category
may hit Hollywood like a quake, but what television and film this year, but will also star Daniel Kaluuya, Emma Watson in change aligns with the changing times.
does the change signal for those in the pit men and women against each other in Beauty and the Beast, Hailee Steinfeld, We have to constantly be pushing
LGBTQ community? a new non-gender acting category. for The Edge of Seventeen, and James ourselves to not only respond to culture
Airing May 7 at the Shrine Auditorium The new categories, Best Actor in a McAvoy, in Split, all vying for the same but lead it, McCarthy said in a CNN
in Los Angeles, the now MTV Movie & Movie and Best Actor in a Show, has award.
TV Awards as theyre called, are not only nominees Hugh Jackman in Logan, Taraji MTV President Chris McCarthy, at the ContinueS ON page 30
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Jorge-Mario Cabrera is a poet whether

he likes it or not. Hes a communicator by
profession, working in the immigrant rights
movement since 1992 but he was crafting
passionate, political and lyrical verses long
before he made a living sharing stories
about the immigrant community living in
the United States.
I wrote my rst poem in 8th grade when
all I knew about being an undocumented
immigrant in the U.S. was that my parents PHOTO COURTESY OF CHIRLA

and I couldnt go back to El Salvador, not

now, not ever, he says. That rst poem was
an ode to my grandmothers cooking and to
a rooster named Chepe. How long have you been out and who Whats been the most memorable pop The rainbow is our symbol for a reason,
When he recalls his days as a young was the hardest person to tell? culture moment of your lifetime? we are not all the same.
refugee growing up in Bell Gardens, Calif., I came out in high school when I was Attending an Erasure concert in San
and later moving to Santa Cruz to attend 17. The most dicult coming out Francisco in 1989. What would you walk across hot coals
college, Cabrera smiles. Those were the conversation was with my father, a for?
golden years of my life. I was innocent. I military man. On what do you insist? Nothing. I dont like pain.
fell in love for the rst time with a boy who Passion.
smoked too much grass, he says. Whos your LGBT hero? What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
Cabrera worked for many years as Mexican Singer Chavela Vargas and What was your last Facebook post or That the LGBT community is an all-
Programs and Development Director for a Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca Tweet? welcoming, progressive bunch of goody
number of HIV/AIDS prevention and services A poem I wrote about not fearing love. I two shoes. We are an evolving movement.
organizations in California. He recalls the Whats Los Angeles best nightspot, titled it Somos (We Are).
early 90s with nostalgia: Those were years past or present? Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
of change and struggle for the Latino and Club Tempo, one of the oldest gay Latino If your life were a book, what would Contracorriente, a 2009 Peruvian movie
gay community, especially for men and bars in the city. the title be? about the hard work of loving.
women living and dying of HIV/AIDS. The In Spite of the Commas, the Sentiment
ght for resources, even in areas such as Describe your dream wedding. Was Real. Whats the most overrated social
Los Angeles, was erce and Latinas/os Intimate gathering with his family and my custom?
were not a priority for many white leaders family, under the stars, boleros playing in If science discovered a way to change Handshakes between strangers instead
in the LGBT community. Had it not been the background. sexual orientation, what would you do? of hugs.
for organizations like Clinica del Pueblo in I would advise against changing whats
Watsonville and Bienestar in Los Angeles, What non-LGBT issue are you most already perfect. What trophy or prize do you most
many more of my friends would have lost passionate about? covet?
their battle with HIV. Immigrant rights What do you believe in beyond the To grow old without too many regrets.
As he sips his second cup of coee, this physical world?
writer/poet/advocate doesnt mince words What historical outcome would you I believe in the power of a higher being What do you wish youd known at 18?
when talking about his next ght: immigrant change? who cradles us in his/her bosom, Love does have an expiration date.
rights. Theres tough times ahead for The Holocaust and the moral decay, nurtures, protects, teaches, loves us.
immigrants and people of conscience he and inaction by many, that allowed such Why Los Angeles?
says. The worst of the worst has yet to genocide to take place. Whats your advice for LGBT movement Because being alive is to
come and we have to stay united. leaders? walk amongst angels.
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A rich tapestry of sobriety support

in West Hollywood


I always say that West Hollywood breathed

life back into me. After getting sober, I didnt
know what to do. Honestly, I didnt truly know
how to live life without substances. But it was
the wonderful people of the many recovery
programs who brought me to where I am
today and helped make me the man that I am.
I learned early on in recovery that a blessing
is not a blessing unless it is shared. This concept
has been a driving factor for the last seven and
half years. It means I am so grateful for my life
today and the opportunities that befall me that
I have to keep giving back to others so that they, Pride celebrations dont have to include alcohol and drugs. There are alternatives in West
in turn, will have opportunities as well. Hollywood.

Part of that means helping others when I

can. I rst learned in the programs that there AIDS, Hepatitis C and other infectious diseases, and drugs arent the focus. We created
are countless ways to enjoy and engage in life and knew we had to do something. We learned #BOOM! - An Alcohol and Drug Free New Years
without substances. It was like a whole new about the extensive social services that places Eve Extravaganza and #SIZZLE! - A Carnival of
world. There were parties, dances, bowling like the City of West Hollywood oers for Attraction!. We realized that Pride and New
events, camping trips, bingo games, drag people that are homeless or struggling with Years Eve were two critical times when we saw
shows, dinners, charity events, theme park these diseases. This was crucial in discovering greater amounts of relapse, suicide, mental
outings, and so on and so on. And I made so that we still needed more work ahead. It wasnt health episodes and overdoses. We knew we
many friends in the process. What was even enough just to help people into treatment. We had to continue making safer spaces for people
more exciting was that I got to be of service and needed to do more. to show that you can enjoy life and its many
help create and produce some of these events. And that meant creating safe spaces or wonderful and scary aspects, without alcohol,
It gave me a new sense of purpose. That was a alternatives for people to enjoy. should one choose to do so.
powerful realization for me. I could help make In my work at the Institute for Public Thanks greatly in part to the City of West
peoples lives better. Strategies (IPS), we strive to promote improved Hollywood, Los Angeles LGBT Center and
Part of that also means learning the public health, public safety and quality of life. Christopher Street West, these events have
treatment-to-care pipeline. One of those We know that alcohol and drugs are deeply been hugely successful. People tell me all the
amazing friends I met along the way was Jimmy ingrained in the fabric of our society. We time how they are alive today, healthy and able
Palmieri, founder of the Tweakers Project. The wanted to create a social norms shift. The social to enjoy life because of these events.
Tweakers Project is an anti-meth campaign construct needed to shift towards a realization Our community is truly amazing. We
that focuses on meth education and promotes that social activities dont have to heavily rely on represent all aspects of the social fabric
every type of method possible to stay clean alcohol and drugs. This seems like an easy ploy. that make up our great country. We try to
from meth. In getting involved, Jimmy helped But for many people in the LGBT community, build events and opportunities that are
me to learn how to navigate the complex making it through Pride seemed impossible inviting for all people. And it is increasingly
treatment-to-care pipeline that exists in Los without a few drinks as social lubricant to ease important that we continue to educate our
Angeles County. Before long, we were helping some of that anxiety. community on the vast resource options that
people right o the streets and getting them So, along with Mike Rizzo from the Los are available to them should they wish to live
into the appropriate treatment program. We Angeles LGBT Center, Jimmy Palmieri, and IPS a life free from substances. It only takes an
saw men and women with substance abuse West Hollywood Project, we began developing
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resources to guide you. Getting involved with the West Hollywood Chamber of
helped open my eyes to a bigger world. And I Commerce, My 12 Step Store and the
idea to start the process. And that rst action hope that it can for you too. West Hollywood Project. http://web.
could change the world. Upcoming sober events:
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of April 21-23: CMALA Convention- a three- on-the-Boulevard-1466/details
cure, as the old Benjamin Franklin axiom goes. day celebration of sobriety free from crystal June 9-11: #SIZZLE!- A Carnival of Attraction!
And that is just what we set out to do. meth at Plummer Park, West Hollywood. www. Inside the LA Pride Festival produced by alcohol-
You can enjoy a wonderful life free of drugs free volunteers creating an exciting carnival
and alcohol and there are many excellent April 26: Alcohol-Free Mx-N-Mingle experience for you.

Mix N Mingle brings alcohol-free networking to WeHo

I love to network and socialize, but I have to admit I sometimes feel like serve mocktails provided by Mixwell. DJ Adam Excess will spin. KLEAN
an outsider when everyone has been drinking, said Jacob N., a transplant Treatment Center will provide hors doeuvres and a coee truck. Cake
from New York who works in the banking industry. I try to leave before Art will provide cupcakes. And WHCC has made sure the event is free
what my boyfriend calls the alcohol crescendo, when the alcohol at an to the public.
event starts to kick everything into high gear. It makes me feel isolated. West Hollywoods institute for Public Strategies came up with the
For people like Jacob and others theres a new option. idea, said WHCC Manager of Events, Vic Gerami, This is just another
Recovery-themed gift shop, My 12 Step Store, has partnered with professional mixer that happens to be alcohol-free. You dont have to be
the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (WHCC), WeHos Institute sober or in a 12-step program to enjoy it and you dont necessarily have to
for Public Strategies and WeHo Safe Project to host an alcohol-free drink alcohol to have a good time.
networking event. Gerami, who has been sober for almost 10 years, said the My 12 Step
Mix N Mingle on the Blvd is scheduled to take place April 26, from 6-8 Store is the ideal location for Mix N Mingle. The store is on the Boulevard
p.m. on the front lot of My 12 Step Store, at 8730 Santa Monica Boulevard. a good walking distance from the bars and the West Hollywood Recovery
WeHo is no stranger to networking mixers. The WHCC regularly hosts Center, so you have the convenience and visibility, and the store is known
such events on the last Wednesday of each month. The mixers attract for its positive messaging within the community.
networking professionals from all over LA and they almost always take Sober West Hollywood resident Dan Mryglot is keen on the idea of an
place at restaurants, clubs, bars or some alcohol-driven form of nightlife. alcohol-free mixer.
Exchanging business cards with business owners, community leaders I can understand how a mixer where theres liquor involved can
and local, cocktail in hand, is almost a prerequisite at these mixers. Not be distracting for some sober people, he said. A mixer with alcohol
that theres anything wrong with that. would have bothered me in my early recovery, but now that Im over
But West Hollywood is home to one of the nations largest and six years sober, I have learned to live life on lifes terms. This event
most active sober communities and many other people just feel more addresses a need for an alternative way to network and mix in an
comfortable in alcohol-free social situations. atmosphere that oers more than just a place to go drink. You get
RJ Holguin, founder and director of marketing at My 12 Step Store, says to meet people. You get to eat, have a beverage, have fun and mingle
the store has hosted several events in the past that have had successful without drinking.
turnouts, but he believes theres an even bigger market for alcohol-free Holguin and Gerami agree that Mix N Mingle could be the beginning of
business events. more alcohol-free mixers in West Hollywoods future. We see ourselves
We normally cater to a sober, 12-step/program-based crowd, said doing this again, said Gerami.
Holguin. Were branching out for Mix N Mingle and bringing in a more I want this to be the rst of many. This is the rst one weve tried and
business-oriented group of people into our tent. By combining the non- the feedback has been great. I want to keep making them fun and edgy.
alcoholic audience with our normal recovery following, we anticipate a People really like what we are trying to do here. We have over 100 RSVPs
larger turnout. We have more partners who are interested in participating a week into the event, which is the largest weve ever had for a mixer,
in this unconventional mixer, so we want to go bigger. said Gerami.
We live in a city that has great revenue from businesses that sell I feel that addiction - and recovery from addiction - is getting
alcohol to celebrate peoples lives, Holguin added. In many instances worldwide attention, Holguin added. The stigma of being sober is
people forget how to socialize and mingle without being altered at some not the same, nor are there separations between drinking and non-
point and taking advantage of the opportunity to showcase their business drinking people that we once had. I believe there will be a need for
in West Hollywood. more alcohol-free events like this.
According to Holguin, the absence of liquor at Mix N Mingle will not To RSVP for Mix N Mingle on the Blvd, visit:
equate to a buttoned down aair with Bach playing in the background. Mix-n-Mingle-on-the-Boulevard-1466/
The event will be a lively, loud and festive aair. Sexy bartenders will PAULO MURILLO
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Big Freedia bouncing back to LA



Big Freedia will shake it up in downtown LA.


Whatever you prefer to call her felony charges of HUD fraud. show for many more seasons?
Queen Diva, the Queen of Bounce, or just The shows sixth season returns to Fuse Big Freedia: Of course! Ill go as long as Blade: Your song Make It Jingle
plain Big Freedia her royal bounciness on Sept. 12, with a new name: Big Freedia my fans and network will have me. was featured on the Oce Christmas
is heading back to Los Angeles for a Bounces Back. As she gears up for the Party soundtrack. Was it fun being part
performance like only she can deliver, on West Coast leg of her latest tour, we asked Blade: Have you spent much time in of the movies big Hollywood premiere
Friday, April 28 at DTLAs Regent Theater. Freedia about that and much more. LA, other than performing? in December?
The show falls neatly on the same Big Freedia: Oh yes, I love LA. It has Big Freedia: Of course. I love Hollywood
weekend as the third edition of RuPauls Los Angeles Blade: You had a lot of all the shopping and food anyone could and that movie was a fun project to be
DragCon, where Freedia has been a major personal highs and lows in season want. The weather is on eek too. involved in.
featured panelist at every edition thus 5 of Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce.
far, and will return this year for a session What can we expect from season 6? Blade: How are your LA crowds? Blade: I see youll be playing the
called Dancing Queens (also featuring Big Freedia: Fans can expect more Big Freedia: LA crowds are the best. Afrofunk Fest in Paris in July. Does
Akira Armstrong, Jojo Guadagno and drama, including the highs and the lows When I was a club artist coming up, LA Europe have a lot of bounce fans?
Laganja Estranja) on April 30 at 2 p.m. of my life. My show is real, so fans can was one of the rst West Coast cities to Big Freedia: Yes, Europe loves Big
Having almost singlehandedly always expect reality from me. My show embrace me. I will always love them. Freedia! Im always surprised the fans I
catapulted New Orleans super-energetic really represents the daily struggles and have worldwide.
twerk-like bounce music into the successes of my life. Blade: Youll be doing another panel
mainstream, since 2013 Big Freedia has at RuPauls DragCon this year. Did you Blade: Any more superstar
also parlayed her musical success into Blade: Why did you decide to change time your LA show to coincide with collaborations coming up?
reality TV fame, with a Fuse Channel show the name of the show to Big Freedia that, and is DragCon an important Big Freedia: Well, yes, but you need to
called Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce. Bounces Back? event for you? watch the show and buy the new album to
During its fth season last year, the show Big Freedia: We changed the name Big Freedia: Anything RuPaul is involved nd out more!
revealed the tremendously tumultuous because Ive had so many curve balls and with I support 100 percent!
recent highs and lows in the 39-year- setbacks thrown my way recently. That Blade: Youve had so many other
old musicians life, from being featured said, they only make me stronger. We Blade: Is your new album still going projects a book, a tness app,
on Beyoncs mega-hit Formation, to realized it was a theme so we wanted to to be called Pressing Onward? interior design, a restaurant. What new
launching both a restaurant and exercise change the name to reect that. Big Freedia: I think so, but honestly, things have you been working on?
app, to having a Mississippi concert sometimes I have a change of heart last minute. Big Freedia: Big Freedia emojis for the
cancelled for excessive twerking, to facing Blade: Do you want to continue the It seems like an appropriate title, right? iPhone!
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Turning the king into a queen

Drag and the theater go together like shade-throwing expected of any good drag The 33rd and nal edition of the
shnet stockings and stiletto heels. After show; and its small cast of performers Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event
all, cross-dressing on stage was standard aided by Mike Donahues well-tuned direction (S.T.A.G.E.) fundraiser, beneting multiple
practice even before Shakespeare (by and Paul McGills witty choreography are AIDS service organizations, among them
legal necessity) wrote all those great tragic more than capable of bringing it. AIDS Project Los Angeles, takes place May
heroines to be played by boys. Burnaps Casey is adorable, yes, but 13 at the Saban Theatre, in Beverly Hills.
The decades since Stonewall have seen also much more: his characters evolution This years theme is Idols & Icons, in which
a proliferation of shows about drag: Torch (both in and out of drag) rings completely the stars of today pay tribute to the stars of
Song Trilogy, La Cages and Kinky Boots, true, and his charm and vulnerability shine yore. American Idol nalist Melinda Doolittle
to name just a few, have overcome cultural in every scene - whether hes reveling in will be showing her love for Ray Charles,
homophobia to become substantial hits. domestic bliss with his bride, learning Star Search Champion Jake Simpson will
So how does one nd a new way of to trade barbs with his drag mother, or be giving it up for George Michael, and the
exploring the drag experience when so attempting Piafs Padam, Padam like a legendary Carole Cook will pay homage to
many have done it before? deer in the headlights. the iconic Ethel Merman.
Playwright Matthew Lopez, whose New McGrath, the other half of this star duo, Other glittering jewels in the diadem
York hit, The Legend of Georgia McBride burns just as brightly as the unsinkable include Vicki Lewis (News Radio,
is now at the Geen Playhouse, has found Tracy: equal parts nurturing mentor Broadways Damn Yankees), Christine
an excellent answer to that question. and domineering diva, he balances both Pedi (SIRIUS Radio, Forbidden Broadway),
The title refers to the eventual drag extremes as eortlessly as he dances in and the powerhouse Sam Harris, whose
persona of Casey (Andrew Burnap), a The Legend of Georgia McBride turns drag heels and nds all the subtleties in between resume extends from the Ed McMahon
success story trope inside out.
young dreamer who earns his living- PHOTO COURTESY OF GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE as he goes; and when he eventually version of Star Search to his recent book
just barely- as an Elvis impersonator at appears sans drag, he brings another layer and one-man show, Ham: Slices Of a Life.
a Florida bar. Hes damn good at it, but pleaser for gay (and gay-friendly) theater- that reveals the characters even deeper This years outing will include lm elements,
unfortunately, not many people care goers of all ages. strength. Both actors are superb; together, so there will be both an introduction by a
enough about the King to nd that out. It certainly succeeds, but it also rises theyre an unstoppable team. two-dimensional John Travolta, as well as
Looking for a bigger draw, his boss decides above the level of well-done burlesque Credit also goes to Nija Okoro, touching Dale Kristien, the original Christine Daae
its time to change the program and hires by turning the drag success story trope as Caseys sweet-but-practical wife, Jo; and in the L.A. production of Phantom Of the
a drag performer named Miss Tracy Mills inside out. Searcy masterfully underplays his turn Opera, singing a duet with the ickering
(Matt McGrath) to replace him. Suddenly On both stage and screen, weve seen as bar owner Eddie. But its Larry Powell version of her Phantom, Michael Crawford.
out of a job, Casey whose pregnant wife countless young gay men battle their who manages to steal some thunder from Alas, director and instigator David
waits for him at home in an apartment internalized homophobia in order to the stars; as Tracys hot-mess drag sister, Galligan informs us this will be the last
with overdue rent has only one chance claim their inner fabulousness (not that it Rexy, he owns every scene hes in from one. Due to the popular misperception
to keep himself aoat: don drag himself isnt a story that needs to be retold); but the moment he skates onto the stage. He that AIDS has been cured, and the general
and join her show. here, Lopez ips the situation to give us makes her a force to be reckoned with, and aging of the core audience, he will no
With a set-up like that, its clear that an honest-to-goodness straight boy faced ultimately ends up with what may be the longer be mounting this showcase that
Georgia McBride is intended to be an with the same conict. Its a refreshing plays most memorable (and surprising) has been a cornerstone of the cultural life
evening of campy laughs. Its also clear change of perspective, and combined with moment when he reads Casey over his in this city. He nds that audiences are
from the very beginning who its target the unexpected depth of all the characters, lack of respect for the heritage of drag. looking for a dierent kind of music and
audience is; during the pre-show, its it makes for a show which not only touches hes at a loss when, during a rehearsal, he
attractive young leading man comes us but reminds us that the struggle for CONTINUES AT LOSANGELESBLADE.COM references George and Ira Gershwin to a
onstage and begins to warm up with some acceptance is a truly universal one. stage of spirited young dancers only to
shirtless pushups. The entire package Dont worry, though. Georgia McBride THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE receive blank stares.
with its nave-straight-boy-meets- may devote some of its 90-plus minutes to April 12 May 14 So get out there and witness something
Geen Playhouse, Gil Cates Theater
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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
2017 - Sat, Apr 22 - Sun Apr 23 @ 10:00
AM - 05:00 PM at Los Angeles Times
Festival of Books - (3351 Trousdale Pkwy).
Its time again for the nations largest
literary festival, the Los Angeles Times
Festival of Books! The 22nd annual event,
taking place Apr 22-23 at the University
of Southern California, will feature more
than 500 authors, celebrities, musicians,
artists and chefs.
Fiction: Writing Gay Literature in Los
Angeles, Conversation 1151 - 03:00 PM
The World Famous White Party takes over Palm Springs (May 5-8).

of Books - (3351 Trousdale Pkwy). Part

of The Festival of Books. Moderated by the LAGLCC as well as our friends at Studio supporting Point Foundation, the largest
Noel Alumit. Held in USCs Taper Hall 201, City Chamber of Commerce for a joint LGBTQ scholarship organization. Learn SATURDAY, APRIL 29
Signing Area 5 For more information, visit networking event. LAGLCC Networking about the work Point is doing to help LBTQ Womens 360 Health &
the Festival of Books web site. Mixers provide the perfect opportunity students complete their college education Empowerment Fair - 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Status-Equal Speed Dating - 06:00 for business-to-business networking to and develop leadership skills. Hear from at Village at Ed Gould Plaza - (1125 North
PM -09:00 PM at Revolver - (8851 Santa establish new relationships and business Point Scholars and Alumni while enjoying McCadden Place ). Caring for myself is
Monica Blvd). Our last Speed Dating Event contacts. Networking Mixers are held the cocktails and hors doeurves. an act of political warfare. Audre Lorde
was a huge success! We are excited to host rst Thursday of each month. Gay Mens Chorus of Los Angeles Game Join us for a FREE day with LBTQ women
in partnership with Revolver Video Bar our Night - 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM at Triangle dedicated to protecting our minds, bodies,
second round of speed dating. Come join WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 Square Apartments - (1602 Ivar Ave). and rights in challenging times. This years
us in some fun and meet a special sexy WeHo Arts: RockNRoll Billboards of Friends and family are invited to join 360 will center around self-care and
someone! Liquid courage is available to the Sunset Strip Slideshow - 07:30 PM - members of the Gay Mens Chorus of resistance, with a wide array of workshops.
those interested. Presented by The Thrive 08:30 PM at West Hollywood City Council Los Angeles and the residents of Triangle Malibu Creek State Park Hike - 09:00
Tribe. Chambers - (625 North San Vicente Square LGBT Senior Housing for an am- at Malibu Creek State Park - (1925
Bears In Space Palm Springs w/Eric Boulevard). Revisit a time when hand- evening of cards, board games, and rae Las Virgenes Rd). Malibu Creek State Park
Duncan & Heidi Lawden - 09:00 AM - 05:00 painted temporary billboards on the prizes. Were having a pizza party! Pizza Hike Rock Pool, Century Lake, M*A*S*H
PM at Ace Hotel & Swim Club - ( 701 E Sunset Strip depicted the worlds greatest (vegetarian and meat options), salad, Movie Site, Forest Trail Time: 9:00 am
Palm Canyon Dr). Weve set coordinates Rock Stars, and creative advertising ruled snacks, and beverages! Distance: 8 miles round trip Elevation: 300
for Coachella Weekend 2 in Palm Springs the Sunset Strip. Photographer Robert ft Hike Time: 4 1/2 hours Diculty: Easy to
with a stellar lineup. Free w/ RSVP to www. Landau was there, growing up amongst FRIDAY, APRIL 28 Moderate Trail Type: Well maintained trail. ($30 without the billboards, and now has the most Underbear Weekend | Spring Break John Edmonds Higher - Sat, Apr 29 -
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name and email. Capacity is limited and images. Bar - (10522 Burbank Blvd). Underbear Los Angeles - (1119 S La Brea Ave). John
based on rst come rst serve basis. Weekend | Spring Break Edition 17 We Edmonds, a queer Black photographer,
THURSDAY, APRIL 27 have a weekend of events in store for the has made examining identities outside
TUESDAY, APRIL 25 Los Angeles Valedictorian Society Event last weekend of Apr, lots of rsts, fur, and of constructed social bias the core of his
Joint Mixer with Studio City Chamber of - 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM at The Chapel at fun! Join us for a weekend of shenanigans ongoing practice. Through images that
Commerce - 06:00 PM -08:00 PM at Artisan The Abbey - (696 N. Robertson Blvd.). and liquid courage to get the party started!
Cheese Gallery - (12023 Ventura Blvd). Join Join Los Angeles young professionals in All weekend long everyone is invited! CONTINUES ON PAGE 27
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 26 Juan Carlos Zaldivars 90 Miles (2001) director David Galligan informs us, Idols development deal to create his own
tells the personal tale of the lmmakers & Icons will be the last. Sam Harris (Ham: sitcom, which continues to this day!
address each of his subjects as complex journey at age 13 from a small town in Slices Of Life) and the legend Carole Cook Kristin Chenoweth - 8:00 PM to 10:00
individuals, rather than members of Cuba to Miami. Through interviews with only hint at the dazzling talent. Tickets at PM at the McCallum Theatre (73000 Fred
larger cultural categorizations, Edmonds family and home videos shot in the United; info at Waring Drive, Palm Desert, CA.). Emmy
photography puts a mirror to the world. States and Cuba, Zaldivar explores the POWERED BY GAYINLA.COM and Tony Award-winning actress and
A Love Aair - Dinner and Concert - personal and political forces that shape singer Kristin Chenoweth takes the lead
06:00 PM -08:30 PM at Triangle Square his Cuban-American identity. PALM SPRINGS in a spectacular career that eortlessly
Apartments - (1602 Ivar Ave). PLEASE RSVP spans lm, television, voiceover and stage.
by calling: 323-860-5832 Enjoy dinner and THURSDAY, MAY 4 FRIDAY, APRIL 21 In her live show, the acclaimed star brings
a performance by the One Voice Senior May Mixer at IHeartMedia - 06:30 PM Country Dance and Fundaiser - 08:00 iconic songs from her best known shows
Chorale. The Chorale will be singing love - 09:00 PM at iHeartMedia Inc - (3400 PM to 12:00 AM at Chill Bar Palm Springs like Wicked, Glee and On the Twentieth
songs from the 20s through the present. W Olive Ave # 550). Join Lisa Foxx and and Scorpion Room (217 E. Arenas Road, Century - as well as popular standards and
Suggested donation of $5 will go to the friends as IHeartMedia welcomes Los Palm Springs, CA). The Greater Palm classics from Broadway, Hollywood and
Seniors Helping Seniors fund. Angeles Gay and Lesbian Chamber and Springs Chapter of the Golden State Rodeo beyond!
California Trails Day - 10:00 AM - 01:00 San Gabriel Pride to their Burbank studios Association presents Country Dance and
PM at Charlton Flats Picnic Site - (Forest for a cocktail reception in the brand-new Fundraiser.Get your Boot Scootin Boogie SUNDAY, APRIL 23
Service Rd 3N16). Charlton Flats Picnic LA Performance Lounge and Balcony. going with Two-Step, Waltz and Line White Party World Tour - 4:00 PM
Area, in the pine forest on Angeles Crest Hosted wine, beer and light appetizers to Dances. to 8:00 PM at Oscars Cafe & Bar (125 E
Highway one hour from LA and one mile be served. Bring a business card to enter Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs,CA).
above sea level, has a network of trails to win special door prizes. You must RSVP SATURDAY, APRIL 22 Oscars is hosting an Ocial White Party
damaged in the 2009 Station Fire. Join G4G on to be admitted! Palm Springs Gay Mens Chorus Kick O Party! There will be White Party
on Sat 4/29 for a high-altitude workout Postcards From The Edge | Beers & presents Palm Springs Pops - 8:00 PM to Ticket Giveaways and Ocial White Party
with 360-degree views of the San Gabriel Queers - 07:30 PM -10:00 PM at Angel 9:30 PM at The Richards Center for the Merchandise Giveaways. Dont miss the
Mountains ... City Brewery - (216 Alameda St). Outfest Arts (2248 E. Ramon Road, Palm Springs, Sexy White Party GoGo Dancers.
RuPauls DragCon 2017 - 10:00 AM - Emerging Leaders Council Presents Beers CA - formerly Palm Springs HIgh School
04:00 PM at L.A. Convention Center - (1201 & Queers: Postcards From The Edge Angel Auditorium). There is also a matinee THURSDAY, APRIL 27
S Figueroa St). RuPauls DragCon will kick City Brewery May 4, 2017 7:30pm Join performance on Sunday, April 23rd at Dining Out For Life, Coachella Valley
o the Gay Pride season with a erce the Outfest Emerging Leaders Council as 03:00 PM. The PSGMCs Pop concert will 2017 - All Day (at various restaurants in
new twist. DragCon creators expect 10s they host the 3rd Annual Beers & Queers. include the incredible, beautiful and Palm Springs) The Coachella Valley is
of thousand of attendees to experience This year the event will be screening powerful vocal talents of local favorites, making plans to eat breakfast, lunch or
a glittering weekend with the largest ever POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, in honor of Keisha D. and Charles Herrera joining the dinner at one of more than 60 restaurants
gathering of drag queens and gay icons. Carrie Fisher. 80 plus voices of the Palm Springs Gay participating in this years Dining Out for
Mens Chorus. Life event. On April 27, each participating
SUNDAY, APRIL 30 MAY 5-7 Faux Fur Ball III - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM restaurant will donate 33% or more of
Sing Yourself Alive Vocal Workshop - White Party Palm Springs - 24 hours at the City of Palm Springs Animal Shelter whatever is spent at their location that day
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM at Inspire Spiritual at various venues - (main event at Palm (4575 E. Mesquite Avenue, Palm Springs, supporting Desert AIDS Projects mission
Community - (9056 Santa Monica Blvd.). Springs Convention Center, 277 N Avenida CA.). Palm Springs Animal Shelters third to enhance and promote the health and
Sing Yourself Alive - A Bhakti Vocal Caballeros). Jerey Sanker heats up the annual fundraising benet, Faux Fur Ball well-being of our community.
Workshop with Spring Groove Springs desert valley bringing revelers innovative III celebrates the human/animal bond
passion to facilitate transformation new parties waiting to be experienced, through art. Join a cocktail party lled FRIDAY, APRIL 28
empowers her students and allows them including totally redesigned Day Club Pool with entertainment, celebrity, artwork, Stagecoach Festival 2017 - 9:00 AM
to experience the Strength & the Joy of Parties at the Renaissance Palm Springs and interaction with the animal shelter to 2:00 AM through Sunday, April 30 that
Bhakti (devotional) Yoga. Spring fuses her Hotel. will give away a pair of All for a good cause! The Friend For the Empire Polo Club (81-800 Avenue 51,
training as a Broadway performer, Singer- tickets on its website. Life award will be given to 2 time Emmy Indio, CA). The Stagecoach Festival is an
Songwriter, Kirtan Wallah, & a Sivananda S.T.A.G.E. LA - Sat May 13 @ 7:30 PM winnerLoretta Swit. outdoorcountrymusic festivalpresented
certied yoga teacher, ... - at The Saban Theatre (8440 Wilshire Kevin James - 08:00 to 09:30 PM at The by Goldenvoice, Various artists attend,
Blvd.). The 33rd edition of the Southland Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa whether they be mainstream or relatively
WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.) (32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, unknown, ranging from folk, mainstream
90 Miles | Outfest West Hollywood fundraiser, beneting AIDS Project Los CA.). James began his career as a stand-up country, bluegrass, roots rock,
Series - 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM at West Angeles and multiple related service on the Long Island comedy scene. After andalternative country.
Hollywood City Council Chambers - (625 organizations is taking place May 13 at being discovered at the 1996 Montreal POWERED BY GAY DESERT GUIDE,
North San Vicente Boulevard). 90 MILES the Saban Theatre, in Beverly Hills. Alas, Comedy Festival, he signed a network WWW.GAYDESERTGUIDE.LGBT/
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Tourists come from all over the world to Monsters) owned the eight-unit Town & had similar concerns. According to Darwin The notoriously private Cary Grant was
gaze at the distinctive midcentury modern Desert Hotel in Palm Springs (now The Porters 2009 book Merv Grin: A Life in the evidently not-so-private about his aection
architecture, historical monuments, and Hideaway), located at 370 W. Arenas Closet, the famed TV host was a regular at for fellow actor Randolph Scott. After
the former homes of movie stars in Palm Road. It was here that Whale who the all-male parties thrown by his friend and aunting their closeness in a series of
Springs. But what about a driving tour of reportedly had a fear of water and in 1957 former lover, Liberace. Over the decades, photographs posed in the Santa Monica
places gay celebrities once lived and played? committed suicide by drowning himself the musician and master showman owned beach house they shared sharing a
We thought wed highlight a few. in the backyard of his Los Angeles home four homes in Palm Springs. Piazza de diving board, working out, enjoying a
Though later known as Mr. Palm allegedly enjoyed lling the pool with Liberace (1441 N. Kaweah Road) is among candlelit dinner for two (with their butler!)
Springs he served as the towns mayor naked young men, making it the areas the most distinctive, with its extant piano- its believed their relationship eventually
from 1948 to 1953 hunky Charles Farrell rst known clothing-optional resort. shaped mailbox. The home depicted in relocated to the desert. Grant purchased a
rst made a name for himself as a silent lm In his 2005 biography Tab Hunter the movie Behind the Candelabra is located Palm Springs house known as Las Palomas
actor. In The River (1928), Farrell became the Condential: The Making of a Movie Star, at 501 N. Belardo Road and reportedly (928 N. Avenida Palmas) in the Movie
rst known American actor to appear nude Hollywoods sexiest blond of the 1950s featured theme rooms and a master Colony neighborhood with wife number
on lm. Though married to actress Virginia not only came out as gay but revealed that suite big enough to house a small house. three, Betsy Drake. (Frank Sinatra and
Valli from 1931 until her death in 1968, he and actor Anthony Hopkins (of Norman In addition to partying here, Liberace wife Ava Gardner lived nearby at 1148 E.
Farrell (who, with bestie Ralph Bellamy, Bates fame) had a long-time relationship. reportedly passed away here in 1987. Alejo Road, where visual remnants of the
opened The Palm Springs Racquet Club in The lovers reportedly spent weekends Another closeted movie star who couples notorious knock-down-drag-outs,
1934 and has a major Palm Springs street hiding out at the Desert Inn (123 N. Palm enjoyed desert romps with a bevy of such as chipped countertops, are said to
named for him) was rumored to be gay. Canyon Drive), where Hunter would also beautiful men was Rock Hudson. His remain.) But rumor has it that after each of
And his Racquet Club hotel (2743 N. Indian pose shirtless poolside for fan magazines friend George Nader had a four-bedroom Grants marriages went south, he and Scott
Canyon Drive) was notorious for hosting like Photoplay. The site is now a shopping house in Bermuda Dunes (42520 Stardust (who bought a place in nearby Indian Wells)
gay parties attended by Hollywoods elite. center. In early 2003, Hunter bought a Place). H gates mark the entrance to a would rekindle their relationship. Despite
Farrell himself lived in a nearby compound small, one-bedroom condo at 130 West citrus grove and side yard, according to their other romantic partnerships (Scott
comprising two adjacent homes, the rst at Racquet Club Road #419, but by this a recent real estate listing, which lists a was married twice, the latter union lasting
630 E. Tachevah Drive, the second around time, in his early 70s, he was apparently huge party area as one of the homes from 1944 until his death in 1987) Grant
the corner at 1120 N. Via Miraleste. uncomfortable with the desert heat benets. Following emergency quintuple and Scotts relationship whatever the
Speaking of gay parties and ground- both the weather and the constant heart bypass surgery in 1981, Hudson nature of it may have been purportedly
breaking nudity, in the mid-1950s openly attention he received from men looking recuperated here. What else the pair did lasted for the rest of their lives.
gay lm director James Whale (who was to hook up with the former American idol. here is anyones guess, but its assumed
immortalized in the 1998 lm Gods and It seems neither Liberace nor Merv Grin the house saw plenty of action. CONTINUES AT LOSANGELESBLADE.COM
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 wanted to nominate their role for an the award show realm. women, particularly in Hollywood, lets
Emmy, and asked them how they would Waletzkos mother, Joey Brenneman keep our categories, and focus on the
interview. They dont see those lines prefer to be identied supporting actor lives in New York and teaches theater, with performance, she says. Ultimately, its a
in the way that generations in the past or supporting actress? a focus on gender identity. red herring. In the law theres a saying that
have So we wanted to take those down. Dillon wrote a letter to the Television When it comes to casting plays, she told bad cases, make bad law. This is one of
They felt really antiquated. Academy to start a conversation. the Blade, it gets complicated. Do we have those instances. It wont apply anywhere
For many, the change poses the They explained to the Academy that an actor who identies as male or female else, and could screw up things in other
question about gender identifying in within the system as its currently set up, play a trans person? We decided that a places, she adds.
acting in general, and some are wondering there is no room for my identity. few years down the line, thats going to Skylar Kergil is a transgender man,
if the MTV Awards will set the stage for the They say, in their research they learned be looked at like black face, Brenneman activist, singer, and YouTube star. He says
other more mainstream award shows, the word actor, in reference to those who says. She adds, Were in the midst of a as a teen it would have been hard for him
such as the Academy Awards, to follow. Is performed in plays, came about in the late gender revolution. In ve years things are to engage in a conversation where it was
there a need to segregate categories when 1500s and applied to all people, regardless going to look very dierent. implied that gender wasnt important. At
not everyone identies as simply male or of anatomical sex or identity. Kathy Ottersen was identied as 14 or 15 years old, he says, when it came to
female any longer? The Academy responded, saying that, intersex at birth, raised a man, and now establishing himself as a man, he needed
The Grammys dropped gender anyone can submit under either category calls herself a trans activist. She says her the armation of others.
distinction in 2011, but the impact wasnt for any reason. Dillon chose the best reaction to Dillons choice feels like its Non-gendered awards are fantastic,
felt as harshly, as the show hands out supporting actor category. a kind of gender washing, and makes but we need to leave room for peoples
84 trophies to performers in 84 dierent College student Henry Waletzko, who every gender normative. identity, while still simply focusing on
categories. The Oscars, on the other identies as a non-binary trans-masculine We dont live in a non-binary situation. how well the actor plays the character.
hand, only has four acting awards and ve person, told the Blade, award shows in Writers write for gender, and those roles When it comes to a director and a show
nominees in each category. In an industry many ways are the example of the way matter, Ottersen says. saying were going to have this non-binary
in constant battle against rampant sexism, institutions segregate people. If we were in a state in the society where character, it should be less focused on
would the shows skew in favor of men? People were so appalled by the women getting grabbed, or networks the trans person playing that role, but the
The issue of gender has now emerged #OscarSoWhite hashtag, but it presumes paying out big money for commentators talents of the actor, Kergil says.
for the Emmy Awards. Showtimes that the Oscars havent always been so who sexually harassed women, wasnt The MTV Awards have sparked the
Billions, star, Asia Kate Dillon confronted white. Award shows institute gender norms. still allowed, then we could talk about not ames of conversation. Dillon has added
the issue of gender identity recently with Its one big place where these things having gender in awards, and the subtlety to the conversation. For the cis-gender
their Emmy nomination. play out at on a national level, Waletzko of that, she says. community and Hollywood, perhaps
Dillon plays the non-binary character says. The idea of ditching the categories Ottersen says the MTV Awards changes gender-neutral acting categories are a
Taylor Mason on the show. Dillon identies is awesome. When we dont separate the or Emmy Awards may be well intentioned, rst step, but conversation is the key to
as gender-nonconforming and uses the categories, it gets away from comparing or a goal for all of the award shows, but changing how gender is viewed in society,
pronouns they and them. men and women. Its only one step though, ultimately gender is really important. and where the real change needs to
Dillon, was told by Showtime they and theres still a lot of work to be done in Considering the power vacuum for take place.
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