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LA MAYOR ON
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Riots and the LGBT community A tribute to Sandy Gallin The return of Billy Masters

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Garcetti chooses LA over D.C. for now


Outspoken LGBT ally and
feminist talks to the
Los Angeles Blade

By KAREN OCAMB
kocamb@losangelesblade.com

Democrats scanning the landscape,


looking for a savior to lead the 2020 charge
against Oval Oce occupant Donald
Trump often alight upon Eric Garcetti. The
popular Los Angeles mayor was reelected
in March with a stunning 81 percent of
the vote in a diverse sanctuary city with a
population of more than 4 million.
Smart, hip and perpetually positive,
Garcetti embodies the youthful wellspring
of Democratic core values: hes a walking
Statue of Liberty, welcoming everyone
with the voice of an intersectional, feminist
Rhodes Scholar infused with Italian, Russian
Jewish and Mexican heritage and values.
Hes also a committed LGBT ally.
On Tuesday, ABC7 cited a New York
Times report that suggested Garcetti may
be considering a run for the White House.
ERIC GARCETTI says serving as mayor of LA is his dream job.
Allies of Mr. Garcetti acknowledged that
national donors had broached the subject PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF ERIC GARCETTI: FLICKR

of 2020 but said that was the extent of his


attention to the race. Mr. Garcetti is weighing my own head, its really being excited Garcettis second term will run ve and a reelected, reports Gabriel Kahn in a long June
a campaign for governor of California next about my new job on July 1 when I get to half years instead of four. I think you can 29, 2016 prole for Los Angeles Magazine.
year, The Times reported April 30. be a second-term mayor. make a real impact on your city the longer Garcetti is uncharacteristically awkward
The 2020 presidential speculation may Garcetti describes being mayor of Los youre there, he says. There may be the on the topic, telling me, I have not yet sat
have been fueled by a Politico story on Angeles as his dream job. time when I can serve my city in a dierent down and done any hard thinking about
March 8 entitled Democrats planning rst I love that we passed the largest role, that also helps Angelenos even more. governor, pausing as if unsure how to
cattle call for 2020 contenders, in which infrastructure initiative in the nations history, But Im not a person whos very focused nish the thought. But I certainly know
Garcettis name is included on the list of times two, to build 15 rapid transit lines, passed on my political future. Im focused on my that the work that Im doing for L.A.
invited Democratic star speakers at the two homeless measures to build housing citys needs. and leading a lot of coalitions statewide
Center for American Progress (CAP) Ideas and provide services to get our brothers and Garcettis critics dont believe that. that provides California cities some of the
Conference on May 16. sisters o the street who are unhoused, From the start of Garcettis time as common help they need. But right now Im
Garcetti is going to the CAP conference Garcetti says. But the day after that, trac mayor, there was speculation that City Hall not, Kahn wrote.
but to discuss ideas. And, he told the was still bad, [homeless] tents were still in too would be a mere pit stop on his way to Garcetti was far from hesitant, awkward
Los Angeles Blade in a May 1 phone many places in the city. So I truly am excited the governors mansion. The distrust isnt or calculating with the Los Angeles Blade.
interview, he is not interested in any other to see through the implementation of this unique to Garcettiambition and capability In fact, he was brimming with enthusiasm,
job than being mayor for the near future. work and thats 100 percent what Im focused in a politician often seem at odds with which raises the question about how
Every day I hear of dierent things Im on and new opportunities like bringing the trustworthinessbut it isnt going away, words like ambition and leader are
running for from dierent people, Garcetti Olympics back to L.A. either. Mitchell Schwartz wants the mayor
says. But when I have a conversation in As a result of a change in election dates, to pledge that he would serve a full term if CONTINUES ON PAGE 14
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Life after the riots for LGBT Angelenos


Relationship with police real story, radicalizing gays like The Rev.
Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan
improved dramatically
Community Church, who led 120 marchers
after reforms to the Dover to protest Eands death
under color of authority. Such consistent
By KAREN OCAMB LAPD abuse drove gays to unincorporated
kocamb@losangelesblade.com West Hollywood where they were treated
slightly better by the L.A. Sheris.
Not guilty, not guilty, not guilty, not But LGBT civilians werent the only victims
guilty. Los Angeles was stunned on April of LAPD abuse. In 1988, LAPD Sergeant Prior to the 1991 LA riots, the Los Angeles Police Department classied gay domestic dispute
29, 1992 to hear the verdicts in the case Mitch Grobeson courageously led an situations NHI, as in no human involved.
of four white LAPD ocers accused of historic employment discrimination PHOTO BY MICK TAYLOR; COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA

assault in the videotaped beating of black lawsuit against the department.


motorist Rodney King a year earlier. Tough guy LAPD Chief Daryl Gates had backed up by amendments to the L.A. City present, as well. Eorts to end certain forms
How could anyone, even the white publicly proclaimed that homosexuality Administrative Code. The legal back and of ocial bias can diminish other forms, as
pro-police jurors in Simi Valley, refuse to is unnatural and rejected gay ocers forth continued until 2013. well. All Angelenos, including those of us
acknowledge what minority communities because Who would want to work with But out of the L.A. riots came historic who are part of the queer community, are
had complained about for years the one? It was later revealed that Deputy change. Mayor Tom Bradley set up the better o because of the reforms of the last
brutality of the LAPD. The verdicts lanced Chief Mark Kroeker ran a secret God Independent Commission on the Los 25 years.
the festering wounds of injustice and riots Squad that fast-tracked the careers of Angeles Police Department, which became Since the L.A. riots, the LAPD has
broke out in South Central. And LGBT like-minded anti-gay Christians. known as the Christopher Commission, changed dramatically.
people were involved at every juncture. After he was outed and harassed at named for its renowned leader, attorney Leadership from top LAPD Chiefs Bill
The LAPD vice squad was infamous work, falsely accused of misconduct, and Warren Christopher. Bratton and Charlie Beck brought on
for mistreating gays. No one cared. Even had his life put at risk when members of the The Christopher Commission looked commanding ocers who would no longer
before anti-gay Ed Davis became chief department intentionally refused to send broadly and deeply into the LAPDs culture tolerate open homophobia and, with the
in 1969, police harassed gays through backup to assist him in a life-threatening and discriminatory practices, including support of a more powerful city Police
bars raids, entrapment and selective situation, Grobeson felt he had to take action, receiving a detailed report I authored Commission, numerous concrete reforms
enforcement, as well as violence with no even knowing that doing so would surely on the forces anti-LGBT history and occurred, says Davidson. Some of those
fear of accountability. For instance, cops lead to further character assassination, receiving testimony from numerous still- reforms include: the number of LAPD
purportedly dangled a young gay man says Jon Davidson, legal director for Lambda closeted LAPD ocers, says Davidson. ocers 15 years ago who were out swelled
over a cli to get him to reveal names of a Legal who worked with civil rights lawyer The commissions recommendations to more than 150; the LAPDs previously
supposed pedophile ring. Dan Stormer on Grobesons behalf in what and the consent decrees secured by the discriminatory scouting program was
Then on March 9, 1969, two vice ocers turned out to be 25 years of litigation. Department of Justice were essential replaced with an independent LAPD
raided the bathhouse-style Dover Hotel in Grobeson didnt want what happened to to bringing about a department that, Cadet Program; regular sting operations
downtown L.A. looking for faggots. They him to happen to anyone else, although still not perfect, is barely targeting gay and bisexual men ended;
claimed that Howard Eand, a slightly Davidson notes: the LAPD settled recognizable as the successor to the one the LAPD instituted now-annual LGBTQ
framed male nurse, groped them so they Grobesons 1988 suit in 1993 for $770,000; Grobeson joined in 1981. Community Police Academies to foster
beat him, arrested him, and dragged his agreed to revise its nondiscrimination, One of the details from the Christopher dialogue with L.A.s queer residents; and
naked, bleeding body by his feet down a recruitment, training, and complaint Commission Report was the revelation the LAPD adopted rules requiring ocers
ight of stairs as he screamed for help. Once policies and practices; and allowed that when ocers were dispatched to to refer to transgender individuals by the
on the street, the ocers kicked him, knee- Grobeson to return to the force. But break up what was described as a gay name and gender they prefer and barring
dropped onto his stomach and continued Grobeson then faced appalling retaliation domestic dispute, the call typed into the searches of transgender individuals to
to beat him, according to witnesses. Eand for having sued as the LAPD ignored Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) was NHI, determine their genital anatomy.
later died at LA County Hospital, with police most of the agreed-upon changes. which stood for no human involved. Finally, in 1993, when out LAPD Ocer
telling his parents he had died of a heart Grobeson sued again in 2006 and a Theres an important lesson here, says Lisa Phillips received a Medal of Valor
attack. The coroner later ruled his death second settlement of Grobesons non- Davidson. When racism and police violence for her courageous acts of heroism on
an excusable homicide, a justication monetary claims was reached in 2007, against black and brown communities are April 29, 1992, three tables of lesbians
accepted by the mainstream media. The this time including detailed new training tolerated, homophobia, transphobia, and screamed and hollered and the whole
L.A. Advocate, however, reported the materials and recruitment procedures violence against LGBTQ people often are room enjoyed their enthusiasm.
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LAs May Day march includes LGBT visibility


Undocumented immigrants in California advocacy for immigration, employment
have been able to get drivers licenses and other policies must be a priority in our
since 2015. common struggle for equality, equity and
It is no wonder, then, that thousands of justice. We must RESIST together and ALL
undocumented workers and their families of us for each other!
who might have proudly marched in the It is a point CHIRLA Executive Director
May Day celebrations of the past were too Angelica Salas underscored in an interview
afraid to march this year, especially with with the Los Angeles Blade. It is not
such a strong police presence. just the responsibility for the immigrant
But despite the numbers, there community to stand up for Africa American
may have been a turning point in the and LGBTQ rights. It is our responsibility to
call for unity in deance of the Trump change the country, she said at Stonewall
administrations eorts to take away basic Democratic Clubs Stoney Awards on
civil rights. Sunday, where CHIRLA was honored.
This year, the May Day Coalition of Los Salas also noted that CHIRLAs eorts at
Angeles, a network of more than 115 unity and coalition-building required some
organizations led by Coalition for Humane intense internal struggle and preparation.
Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) and the Los In 2008, for instance, the leadership
Angeles County Federation of Labor, recognized that the anti-gay marriage Prop
was intentionally inclusive. Rainbow 8 was the equivalent in the gay community
ANGELICA SALAS and ARI GUTIERREZ PHOTO BY KAREN OCAMB ags dotted the march from MacArthur to the horric anti-immigrant Prop 187
Park to L.A. City Hall with transgender was in the Latino community. Though
Focus on immigration rights, DREAMers are being detained and communications spokesperson Rachel they were in the middle of the grant
deported, with ICE routinely sweeping up Rose Luckey of Stonewall Democrats process with the LA Catholic Archdioceses,
equality and Trump
more people than their intended target. speaking before the march and trans CHIRLA decided to return the money to
Additionally, as happened to Romulo activist Bamby Salcedo of TransLatin@ the churchwhich caused considerable
By KAREN OCAMB Avelica-Gonzalez, the father of four who Coalition speaking at City Hall. Among the internal consternation, rather than bow
was arrested last February after dropping LGBT groups represented were: Equality to church pressure over their opposition
Organizers from a massive coalition o his 12- year old daughter at her California, Human Rights Campaign, to Prop 8. Of more importance was not
that included LGBT groups estimated Lincoln Heights school, ICE ocers wear Lambda Legal, Latino Equality Alliance, equivocating on their principles of fairness
that about 30,000 people turned out jackets emblazed with the word POLICE, Los Angeles LGBT Center, Stonewall and equality, she said.
for the May Day march on Monday, May instilling confusion and fear of the LAPD, Democratic Club, and St Johns Well Child CHIRLA is also extremely aware of the
1, in downtown Los Angeles, though which has publicly stressed it will not & Family Center, which has a signicant issues and challenges faced by LGBT
100,000 people had been expected. The comply with ICE, unless necessary. trans program. immigrants and worked hard on behalf
alt-right site Breitbart headlined that 85 ICE says it is going after criminals, raising On May Day, when WE resist together, of DREAMer Yordi Cancino, a gay youth
percent shortfall, with no consideration the specter of the Mexican rapists, drug we honor the intersection of our identity leader for his high schools Gay-Straight
of why there might have been fewer dealers, and murderers Trump talked as immigrants and descendants of Alliance, who wound up in an ICE detention
demonstrators, no mention of the rampant about when announcing his campaign. immigrants and we honor the diversity of facility facing deportation. CHIRLA is also
fear gripping the immigrant communities But the two criminal convictions for which our communities, says Ari Gutirrez, Co- advocating for LGBT asylum seekers.
that for so long have bolstered the ranks Avelica-Gonzalez, who has lived in the Founder and Advisory Board President of LGBT people having been marching in
of those commemorating International U.S. for 25 years, was arrested and now the Latino Equality Alliance. The Lesbian, the May Day march for years, starting with
Workers Day. faces deportation and the breakup of his Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer six brave staers and volunteers from
The fear is not just the election of family were misdemeanor DUI and driving identied community includes immigrants, Bienestar. When gays were eventually
Donald Trump as president. After all, without a license in 2008 and buying a survivors, dreamers, college students, acknowledged and included, the
President Barack Obama deported stolen non-DMV-issued vehicle registration professionals and entrepreneurs. The representative was often the last speaker
2.5 million people, earning him the tag in 1998, also a misdemeanor. He LGBTQ community supports labor, on stage. This year, with so much at stake,
nickname deporter-in-chief. The fear is ended up with a deportation order in 2013 immigrant and racial justice because the need for diversity in unity itself became
that Obama-era restrictions have been for trusting a fake lawyer who ran o with those issues aect us too! The safety and a message for #ResistLAeven in the logo
lifted or loosened so even designated his money and paperwork. dignity of our LGBTQ community in our for the May Day ier.
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Schiff to Stonewall Dems: We Are Proudly Out of Control


Honoring allies and Eric Bauman, who helped build
Stonewall Democratic Club into a political
advocates at the annual
grassroots powerhouse years ago and has
Stoney Awards transformed the L.A. County Democratic
Party into the largest local Democratic
By KAREN OCAMB Party organization in the country, was
kocamb@losangelesblade.com honored with the Public Ocial of the Year
Award. He is expected to win election to
#ResistTrump heroes Reps. Adam Schi become chair of the California Democratic
and Ted Lieu marked the 100th day of Party later this month, becoming the
Donald Trumps presidency celebrating partys rst out gay chair.
LGBT rights and progressive values at Sean Kolodji, Stonewalls young
Stonewall Democratic Clubs Stoney ADAM SCHIFF and TED LIEU were presented with the Stonewall Democratic Clubs Stoney Awards membership recruiter, was honored
on April 29 in Los Angeles.
Awards on April 29. Lieu presented Schi with the Member of Year Award, with his
the Elected Ocial of the Year Award, with LOS ANGELES BLADE PHOTO BY KAREN OCAMB mother in the audience looking on.
both men underscoring the importance of Out California State Sen. Ricardo Lara,
this moment in democratic history. created equal, regardless of how we look, ban on so-called conversion therapy by who is expected to run for Insurance
Schi, ranking member of the where we are from, who we worship, or allowing the Federal Trade Commission Commissioner, made a heartfelt
House Permanent Select Committee who we love. to classify the practice as fraudulent. presentation of the Organization of the
on Intelligence, is everything Chair The House investigation into Russian Lieu rst lead the charge against ex-gay Year Award to CHIRLA (Coalition for
David Nunes is not, Lieu said to LGBT interference is not about re-litigating the therapy in the California Legislature, Humane Immigration Rights), personally
Democratic party activists and allies in the election but how we protect our democracy passing a law in 2012. praising and thanking Executive Director
courtyard of Traxx Restaurant at Union and that of our allies for generations to The bill is very simple, Lieu told The Angelica Salas for embracing LGBT
Station in downtown Los Angeles. Nunes come, Schi said. We cannot turn a blind Washington Post. It says it is fraud if you Latinos. On May Day, CHIRLA lead a large
recused himself from the committees eye to outside interference just because treat someone for a condition that doesnt LGBT-inclusive coalition and a march of
investigation into the Trump campaigns it helps us politically. America must exist and theres no medical condition thousands in a demonstration for social
possible collusion with Russian ocials vigorously oppose the rise of autocracy known as being gay. LGBTQ people were justice and immigrant rights. It is our
to interfere with the 2016 elections after around the world. born perfect; there is nothing to treat responsibility to change the country, she
it was revealed that he colluded with Schi called Stonewall Democrats his them for. And by calling this what it should told the Blade.
White House ocials to allegedly launder family and said there wasnt enough be, which is fraud, it would eectively shut Also receiving love from Stonewall
classied information. At stake is the time to list all anti-LGBT actions the Trump down most of the organizations. Democrats was LA City Council member Gil
legitimacy of the Trump administration. administration took in the rst 100 days. On May 1, the U.S. Supreme Court refused Cedillo, a longtime LGBT ally who is running
No pressure, Adam. But he cited a few, including being silent to hear a second challenge to the California for reelection in Council District 1. He faces
Schi thanked Lieu, top Trump troll on on the atrocities in Chechnya and on law. Vice President Pence and Education controversial candidate Joe Bray-Ali, whose
Twitter, for the great job you are doing to the murder of members of our trans Secretary Betsy DeVos have previously comments on explicitly racist and alt-
put real constraints on the unconstitutional community at home. expressed support for the practice. right websites included criticizing gender-
impulses of this administration. After congratulating fellow honorees, Lieu says the bill has 70 co-sponsors. reassignment surgery for transgender
In Washington and around the world, Schi said he was truly thankful to stand Our hope is that it becomes law but in the individuals as a shameful excess.
what we are up against is not one man or shoulder-to-shoulder with you in this ght meantime, the Federal Trade Commission Out LAUSD Board President Steve
one party, said Schi. What we are up for the values that we hold dear for can just do it, Lieu told the Los Angeles Zimmer got a special shout out from
against is the idea that we are stronger equality, respect and dignity. To our friends Blade. Since Trump has not yet named a Bauman and Stonewall President Stephen
when we are divided, when we turn and adversaries in the administration new chair, I urge them to take action now. David Simon to bolster his grassroots-
against each other, when we focus on who so often condemn California and our Also honored was transgender activist coalition backed reelection campaign
our dierences rather than our common judges, let me just say we are proudly Michaela Irivi Mendelsohn, CEO of Pollo against well-nanced, private charter
humanity. This is the root of the challenge out of control. Now, back to work! West Corp., one of the largest franchisees school booster Nick Melvoin. We have to
we face at home, and the challenge of During his introduction, Lieu noted for El Pollo Loco restaurants in the Western speak truth to this money and not allow
nativism and bigotry around the world. that Schi is a signatory on his recently Region. She also founded TransCanWork, this take over to take place,
The very idea of liberal democracy is under introduced Therapeutic Fraud Prevention with the mission of making trans inclusion Zimmer told The Blade. Im very proud
assault, and along with it, that we were all Act of 2017, a bill that would put a federal in the workplace the new normal. to carry this ag. The run-o is May 16.
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Drag Race alum EUREKA entertaining kids in the Drag Con Kid Zone

PHOTO BY ROBERT WILLIAMS

RuPauls Drag Con is a world of wonder


Queens from around and wig vendors. Celebrities like Lori of Perpetual Indulgence. Ling on Vermont Avenue were invited by
Petty and drag queen super novas, along Attendees at Drag Con were just event organizers to promote their store,
the world celebrate
with socially minded panel discussions, as much an attraction as some of the which sells baby and kids clothes, books,
all things drag including the likes of the ACLU, drew lines superstar drag queens and undoubtedly toys and accessories for kids ages up to
that dragged on for days. some of them will one day have a booth 10, with a booth in the Kid Zone. Owners
By ROBERT WILLIAMS Some of the panel discussions included: and lines of people waiting to see them. Kara and Celine were excited to see many
The Truth About Trolls, an honest chat Its an experience of a lifetime, you of their LGBTQ customers and hope to
If you ever wondered what it would be about how proud trans women survive dont see this anywhere in the States, its return next year.
like to jump through the wig of a drag the world of social media; Drag Race denitely worth travelling from D.C. to Local drag queen super fan Isabel Balboa
queen and swim around in her brain for alum Ginger Minj gave Jerry OConnell a see, says Quinton Embly aka Siren Kelly. came to Drag Con because of her general
a few hours, this was your lucky weekend. drag makeover; and social media stars I come to be amongst the freaks like love for the God RuPaul and all of the drag
RuPauls Drag Con, the annual two-day like Christine Sydelko and Elijah Daniel me and to be crazy and to show o looks, queens on heaven and earth. She attended
drag extravaganza, sashayed into the Los gave advice on how to build your brand. Xanadu Darling says. with her 14-year old daughter Dalyan
Angeles Convention Center amid a wash of And, of course, there was a popular panel The event isnt only for adults and Johnston and best friend of 30 years Lisette
pink adorned wigs, leather, pleather, boas, on Wiggery; Teen Vogue, the famously even has a Kid Zone with bounce house Rubio. The quirky trio moved downtown
babies, celebrities, and, of course, a whos prescient blog, presented a panel called and programming for the kiddos. Drag for the weekend to experience each and
who of drag queens and Drag Race illuminati. What Is Drag In Trumps America? Race fans recently saw Eureka being sent every glittery moment of the event.
Thousands of queens from across the And the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence home due to a leg injury on RuPauls Drag Asked whether her love of drag was
U.S. and beyond roamed the aisles of enlightened everyone about protests of Race, and on Sunday she appeared well something she enjoyed with her friends
exhibitors at the Convention Center April past, how our community can ght back while enchanting a ock of kids with an as well as her family, Johnston replied, Its
29 and 30. today, and the political power of drag in inspirational story time. mostly a family thing, most of my friends
The exhibitors included make-up, hair their panel called #Resist with the Sisters The owners of childrens boutique La La arent as committed as I am.
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After protests, developer RD Olson


leaves anti-gay business group
Membership in Christian org from RD Olsons website and the declined to speak at their conference.
companys president announced that All identify as Catholics.
that espouses conversion
he had terminated his membership and RD Olsons Community Statement, in
therapy at issue association with the group. full, is below.
In a direct inquiry to the RD Olsons
By KAY KUDUKIS Marketing Director, Joey Sanchez, the To Our Team and Community,
Los Angeles Blade learned that President At R.D. Olson Construction, we are
Several dozen protesters gathered Bill Wilhelm has resigned from Legatus. committed to fostering, cultivating and
outside of city hall on April 28 for a press Sanchez declined to say whether the preserving a culture of diversity and
conference in protest of homophobic decision was due to public relations inclusion. After extensive thought and
developments in Hollywood, putting pressure brought by the protesters. evaluation, I am announcing that I will be
RD Olson, an Orange County-based California is among several states that resigning from Legatus, a membership
construction rm that is developing the have banned conversion therapy, the organization for Catholic business leaders.
21-story Ivar Gardens Hotel project on practice of attempting to eliminate same- Although I remain a devout Catholic,
Hollywood Boulevard, on notice for its sex attraction through electroshock therapy some of Legatus beliefs regarding sexual
membership in Legatus, a right-wing and other controversial practices. The orientation and womens rights do not
Christian business group. U.S. Supreme Court just this week upheld represent my own. My decision to part
RD Olsons website had stressed its Californias right to ban the practice. ways with this organization is simply a
involvement in Legatus, a non-prot group It is not known if California or Los Angeles personal decision, one that reects my
that describes itself as Ambassadors has oered RD Olson any subsidies for the leadership philosophy for R.D. Olson
of Christ in the Marketplace. Legatus construction of Ivar Gardens Hotel. But RD Construction employees, industry
mission statement is to help its members Olson and Ivar Gardens Hotel could have partners and vendors.
study, live and spread the faith in their run afoul of workplace protections for R.D. Olson Construction is the sum
business, professional and personal lives. LGBT employees. of its parts and the company proudly
UNITE HERE Local 11, a labor union Controversy surrounding Legatus is not new. celebrates each and every employee
representing more than 23,000 hospitality In 2015, Brett Baier of Fox News was who brings his or her own diverse beliefs
workers, had pointed to several articles scheduled to speak at a Legatus conference, and backgrounds to the team. We have,
on the Legatus website that advocated but later pulled out. Baier said, I am a and will continue to celebrate diversity
the use of conversion therapy for LGBT lifelong, mass attending Catholic Im a its woven into the fabric of our rm.
children, the criminalization of abortion, lector at my parish. I consider myself to be In continuing to foster an inclusive
and the repeal of marriage equality. in line with my church on most things. But, culture at R.D. Olson Construction,
Protesters were concerned that RD describing homosexuality as a disorder and the company is a proud sponsor of OC
Olson would be given project approval talking about ways to cure people from it Prides As One LGBT Pride Parade &
from the planning and land use committee does not seem to line up with the loving, Festival for the rst time on June 24. As
of the Los Angeles City Council without accepting church that I know. ongoing stewards of our community, we
consideration of its support of anti-gay Actor Gary Sinise, who also serves as a also continually work to identify new
and right-wing causes. missionary in service to American troops opportunities that allow the company and
Richard Zaldivar, executive director of Wall abroad, also dropped out. I dont want its team members to live out R.D. Olsons
Las Memorias, who was present at the protest, my mission which is designed to be commitment to providing a safe and fair
said I am very concerned that the City Council unifying to be disrupted by these, or workplace for every person that walks
would even consider a development project any, controversies, said Sinise. through our doors. Thank you for your
from an organization that advocates hateful Molson Coors Board Chairman Peter Coors, understanding of this personal decision.
homophobic beliefs and practices. who belonged to Legatus, also dropped out of Sincerely,
By Tuesday, May 2, however, the Legatus, citing similar reasons. William J. Wilhelm , President
aliation with Legatus had been erased Bob Newhart, the comedian, also R.D. Olson Construction, Inc.
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The Los Angeles Blade celebrated its official launch at Pump


Restaurant in West Hollywood on April 25
About 175 people mixed and mingled and reconnected during the three-hour event, bringing together a diverse array of local and
national politicians (and their representatives), community leaders, community non-prot executive directors and staers, activists, local
business owners, advertising agencies, academics and culture mavens. (Los Angeles Blade photos by John Boatner)
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In uphill ght, Dems make case for Equality Act


Supporters condent (R-Fla.), an LGBT-supportive Republican
who this weekend said she plans to retire
bill would pass if GOP
from Congress at the end of next year.
leaders allow a vote Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has been
a Republican who has taken the lead on
By CHRIS JOHNSON pro-LGBT measures in the past, such
as Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal and the
WASHINGTON, D.C. President Employment Non-Discrimination Act,
Trumps November victory and but isnt an Equality Act co-sponsor. The
Republican majorities in Congress arent Washington Blade has placed a call toher
stopping Democrats from reintroducing oce seeking comment on why she
legislation seeking to enshrine into law doesnt co-sponsor the bill.
comprehensive non-discrimination The remaining co-sponsors are all
protections forLGBT people. members of the Democratic caucuses. In
At an event Tuesday at the Rayburn the House, the only two Democrats who
Room of the U.S. Capitol, Rep. David Cicilline arent co-sponsors are Reps. Marcia Fudge
(D-R.I.) and Sen. Je Merkley (D-Ore.), lead (D-Ohio) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.). Lipinski is
sponsors of the legislation in their respective Sen. JEFF MERKLEY (D-Oregon) speaks at the reintroduction of the Equality Act at the U.S. Capitol on a rare member of the Democratic caucus
May 2.
chambers of Congress, touted the Equality whos known for holding anti-LGBT views.
Act as a means to extend LGBT progress in BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
In the Senate, the only two Democrats who
the face of current obstacles. arent co-sponsors are Sens. Joe Manchin
Cicilline, lead sponsor of the Equality Act amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Lawmakers at the event characterized (D-W.Va.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.).
in the U.S. House, said the legislation has the Fair Housing Act to ban anti-LGBT the legislation as an eort to make a Despite the lack of Republican support
more supporters than ever in the House discrimination in employment, housing, distinction between supporters of LGBT in a Republican Congress, Cicilline
and reects the simple idea that everyone, public accommodations, jury service, rights and their opposition in the White expressed condence Congress would
including members of the LGBT community, education, federal programs and credit. House and Congress. approve the measure if the measure is
is entitled to equal treatment under the law The bill also seeks to update federal law Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), top allowed to come up for a vote when asked
and right to live free of discrimination. to include gender in the list of protected Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, by a reporter about GOP support.
Its long past time to guarantee that classes in public accommodation in Labor & Pensions Committee, lamented Its like so many things: The ultimate
equal protection under the law applies to addition to expanding the denition of being at a dierent place with Trump decision on whether or not this bill comes
every single American regardless of their public accommodations to include retail in the White House than expected when to the oor for a vote rests with the speaker
sexual orientation or gender identity, and stores, banks, transportation services and Hillary Clinton was leading in the polls. of the House, Cicilline said. I have every
thats exactly what the Equality Act will health care services. Further, the Equality The truth is there has never been a more condence that if the bill came to the
accomplish, Cicilline said. Act would establish that the Religious important time to keep up this ght, to lay oor it would pass because I think most
Merkley, lead sponsor of the legislation Freedom Restoration Act a 1994 law out a vision for the kind of country that we members of Congress recognize voting
in the Senate, said the Equality Act is the aimed at protecting religious liberty cant all know we can be and to come together to to continue practices of discrimination
answer to the question of what constitutes used to enable anti-LGBT discrimination. pass the Equality Act, Murray said. Since against individuals is un-American, and we
a just and equal society. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi the moment he walked into the White would be successful in passing it.
Every American deserves to be treated (D-Calif.) invoked the recent ruling from the House, President Trump has laid out a On the same day Democrats
with dignity and respect, Merkley said. U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals that hateful, damaging agenda to undo the hard reintroduced the Equality Act, the Center
Every American deserves to be able to found anti-gay discrimination on the job won progress for the LGBTQ community. for American Progress unveiled the
pursue their full potential without the constitutes sex discrimination under current Upon its reintroduction in the 115th results of a new report titled Widespread
door of discrimination being slammed in law, but said the Equality Act is needed to Congress, the Equality Act has a greater Discrimination Continues to Shape
their face. When we pass the Equality Act, expand protections into other areas. number of total co-sponsors in the LGBT Peoples Lives in Both Subtle and
non-discrimination will be the law of the Now we must pass the Equality Act to House and Senate than ever before. The Signicant Ways, which found 1 in 4
land here in America once and for all, and remove all doubt that sexual orientation legislation has 195 co-sponsors in the LGBT people report having experienced
that day could not come sooner. and gender identity warrant civil rights House and 46 co-sponsors in the Senate. discrimination in 2016.
As when it was rst introduced in the protection, not just in the workplace, but But the only Republican co-sponsor in
previous Congress, the Equality Act would every place, Pelosi said. either chamber is Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen CONTINUES AT LOSANGELESBLADE.COM
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Trump exec order could jeopardize Stonewall Monument


Interior Secy to assess whether the president or Interior Secretary
Zinke have any intention to target the
whether monuments
Stonewall National Monument for review or
are public burden for rescinding its monument designation.
Political observers have pointed out
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. that the executive order was based on
complaints by governors and public
The designation last year of the Stonewall ocials in several western states in
Inn gay bar in New Yorks Greenwich Village which presidents since 1996 designated
as a U.S. National Monument could be hundreds of thousands of acres of lands
jeopardized by an executive order issued as National Monuments, removing them
last week by President Donald Trump from use for development.
calling for a review and reassessment of Televangelist Franklin Graham emerged
national monuments named since 1996, as a vocal opponent of the Stonewall
according to the head of a New York National Monument designation in May
historic preservation group. President Obama designated as a national monument the area around the Stonewall Inn last year. 2016, when news surfaced that Obama
Andrew Berman, executive director of was about to announce the designation.
BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
the Greenwich Village Society for Historic He called it a monument to sin in a post
Preservation, said supporters of the on his Facebook page.
Stonewall designation are worried about a Berman told the Washington Blade on President Obama announced last June I hope the president will reconsider, he
little-noticed provision in the Trump order Monday. So clearly if they chose to they that he had designated the Stonewall Inn wrote. Flaunting sin is a dangerous move.
that covers nearly all national monuments, could use this to reconsider any of those bar, the adjacent Christopher Park, and Mark Meinke, a founding member of
not just those consisting of 100,000 acres [monument designations], he said, the surrounding streets and sidewalks that D.C.s Rainbow History Project and former
or more of federal lands. including the Stonewall National Monument. were the site of the 1969 Stonewall riots as co-director of the national Rainbow
The order directs the Secretary of the I think there is a great deal of anxiety the Stonewall National Monument. Heritage Network, which works to preserve
Interior to review national monuments about this possibility, he said. And I Historians have credited the Stonewall LGBT historic sites, said the 1906 U.S.
designated or expanded by Presidents certainly think the word is spreading and riots, which started when New York City Antiquities Act, which gives presidents the
Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack has spread here in New York that this puts police raided the Stonewall Inn and began power to designate National Monuments,
Obama where the designation covers Stonewall at the very least in theoretical arresting some of its patrons, as the rst has no provision for rescinding a National
more than 100,000 acres and where the danger if not potentially real danger as well. signicant uprising by gay and transgender Monument designation.
designation after expansion covers more Gregory Angelo, president of the Log people and the spark that triggered the He noted that no National Monument
than 100,000 acres. Cabin Republicans, disputes Bermans modern LGBT rights movement. has ever been reversed and any attempt
But the order also directs the Interior assessment, saying the overriding aim of Berman agrees with Angelo that to do so now would likely face a lengthy
Secretary to conduct a review of national the executive order is to review National the Stonewall Monument designation court challenge.
monument designations where the Monument designations consisting of was thoroughly vetted by the Obama In summary, it is highly unlikely the
Secretary determines that the designation 100,000 or more acres of land. administration. He said New York City and attempt would be made and even less
or expansion was made without adequate If youre getting hung up on the New York State ocials also consulted likely that it would succeed, Meinke
public outreach and coordination with adequate outreach portion of the order, with local stakeholders in the areas said of an eort to rescind the Stonewall
relevant stakeholders. the Obama administration did ample surrounding the Stonewall Inn when they National Monument designation.
Among the factors Interior Secretary outreach on the matter of the Stonewall pushed for its earlier designation as a Jerey Harris, the current board chair of
Ryan Zinke is directed to assess under National Monument, Angelo told the National Historic Landmark. He said the Rainbow Heritage Network, said he agrees
the executive order are whether national Blade in an email. proposed National Monument designation with Meinkes assessment but believes
monument designations create barriers He noted that Log Cabin submitted a letter received widespread support. the preservation and conservation
to achieving energy independence, in support of the Stonewall designation, Obviously we would argue that there communities would rise in support of the
restrict public access to and use of which is featured in the National Parks was extensive consultation that went on Stonewall Monument in the unlikely event
federal lands, burden state, tribal, and Conservation Association website. here, he said. But you take nothing for the Trump administration would try to
local governments, and otherwise curtail So reports attempting to shoehorn granted with this administration. rescind its status.
economic growth. the Stonewall National Monument into A White House spokesperson couldnt
So you can see its pretty open ended, administrative review is a canard, Angelo said. immediately be reached to determine CONTINUES AT LOSANGELESBLADE.COM
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LGBT groups prepare for ght over Trump religious freedom EO


Reports say order will
be signed on National
Day of Prayer

By CHRIS JOHNSON

WASHINGTON, D.C. In the wake of


a media report that President Trump is
preparing to sign a religious freedom
executive order on Thursday, LGBT groups
are making plans to ght the measure on
the assumption it will enable anti-LGBT
discrimination.
DONALD TRUMP is reportedly planning a
The Human Rights Campaign is planning religious freedom executive order.
a rally and news conference at noon
BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Wednesday at Lafayette Square outside
of the White House to raise awareness
about a directive that the organization
says would put millions of LGBT people at A draft religious freedom executive Washington Blade, Nothing to announce every Americans religious freedom;
risk of discrimination. order has circulated among federal at this time. but the far Right is trying to transform it
Donald Trumps rumored advocacy groups and would enable The American Civil Liberties Union issued into a sword to attack and harm others.
unconstitutional action is nothing more discrimination on the basis of religious a statement on Tuesday threatening the Its deeply disappointing, although not
than a license-to-discriminate order that objections to same-sex marriage, premarital administration with a lawsuit after news particularly surprising, that Donald Trump
puts millions of LGBTQ people at risk, sex, abortion and transgender identity. broke about Trumps plan to sign the is once again willing to give extreme anti-
HRC President Chad Grin said. There The proposed measure would gut former executive order. gay activists exactly what they want.
is no religious freedom crisis in America President Obamas 2014 executive order The ACLU ghts every day to defend On the same day news broke that
today, but there is a crisis of hate and barring anti-LGBT workplace discrimination religious freedom, but religious freedom Trump would sign the order, Faith in
discrimination. At a time when two- against federal contractors, that the White does not mean the right to discriminate Public Life issued a statement highlighting
thirds of all LGBTQ people report having House saidTrump planned to keep intact. against or harm others, said Louise a full-page letter published in Politico
experienced discrimination, Donald Media reports have said Ivanka Trump Melling, deputy legal director of the last month that was signed by more than
Trump is making the problem worse by and Jared Kushner convinced Trump American Civil Liberties Union. If 1,300 faith leaders urging Trump to reject
giving legal cover to perpetrators. By even not to sign the order, but White House President Trump signs an executive the measure.
considering this discriminatory order he Press Secretary Sean Spicer has said the order that attempts to provide a license As clergy and faith leaders who serve
has broken his promise to be a president administration would have something to discriminate against women or LGBT diverse communities across the United
for all Americans. on it. Just last week, USA Today reported a people, we will see him in court. States, we write to you to express our deep
According to Politico, President Trump group of 51 House Republicans have sent Peter Montgomery, senior fellow for concern over the draft religious freedom
has invited conservative leaders to the a letter to Trump calling on him to sign the the People For the American Way, said in executive order that some have urged
White House on Thursday for the signing religious freedom executive order. a statement the executive order would be you to sign, the letter says. Although it
of an executive order timed tothe National Politico reported the draft executive very bad news for real religious liberty if purports to strengthen religious freedom,
Day of Prayer, which the administration was order Trump plans to sign is being the directive is along the lines of the anti- what this order would actually do is misuse
planning to celebrate with faith leaders. tightly held, but quoted an inuential LGBT draft order. this freedom, turning it into a weapon to
The report cites two senior conservative who saw the text said it The Religious Right has been working discriminate against broad swaths of our
administration ocials conrming Trump hasnt been dialed back much - if at all - for years to stretch and distort the concept nation, including LGBTQ people, women,
would sign the order on Thursday, since the February leak and has language of religious liberty into a tool they can and children in foster care. We urge you
although one cautioned that it hasnt yet that is very, very strong. use to discriminate against anyone who to turn away from all proposals that would
been nalized, and noted that lawyers are Asked about any plans to sign a religious doesnt think like them, especially LGBTQ abuse religious freedom, including any
currently reviewing and ne-tuning the freedom order, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, people, Montgomery said. Religious executive orders on this issue that are
draft language. a White House spokesperson, told the liberty should be a shield that protects currently under consideration.
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Garcetti unafraid of threats against sanctuary cities


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 03
transgender advisory council but not an
LGBT council because LGBT people now
interpreted in an era where Trumps have seats at all the tables. My vision
bromances with tough guys extend to is more to integrate LGBT personnel,
self-proclaimed murderers like Philippine commissioners, advisors at every level
President Rodrigo Duterte. and not just segregate them o in a way
During his mayoral campaigns, on issues that are just about the LGBT
Garcettis critics called him weak, not community, he says. I think so much of
tough enough, and risk-averse, all signs our progressive politics is about even
of ineective leadership. as lefties segregating people and issues
Nobodys afraid of him, one politico o to a well-tended corner. I want to see
told Kahn for his Who Is The Real Eric these be prisms that wash over all and
Garcetti? prole. everything we do.
But what many male politicos might see It is a vision Garcetti brings to the
as weakness not being authoritarian current Democratic debate over identity
enough feminists see as strength. And politics versus economic opportunity.
as California NOW said when endorsing Its not that we have to get rid of
Garcetti over mayoral rival Wendy Greuel identity politics, he said. Its not like
in March 2013, Eric Garcetti is clearly the racism or transphobia or homophobia
stronger feminist. is something that was invented by us.
Political feminism is about respectful It exists. It nds us and it has to be
listening and consensus building, which responded to. But I would ip it on its
has served Garcetti well. head that transgender sister that I have
Kahn notes that, [u]nder his watch as needs a good job. And so yes, we need to
city council president, the political body was be focused on good jobs and we need to
almost eerily devoid of dissent. An analysis make sure the focus is for everybody. But
during the rst seven months of 2009 by a somebody who is selling herself on Santa
think tank found that in 1,854 votes, all but Monica Boulevard and doesnt want to be
13 were unanimous. As mayor, his general should have an opportunity to actually
managers say he gives them leeway have a good job and to get a degree. And
Attorney General JEFF SESSIONS has threatened sanctuary cities like LA that have opposed
and encouragement, which can foster a deportation orders. But Mayor Garcetti says hes condent the 10th Amendment will protect LA thats something in common with the coal
pleasant, productive work environment. from retaliation. worker who deserves to get a good job
Garcettis ambition is guided more IMAGES COURTESY OF ONE ARCHIVES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA and to have a good degree. So I do think
by a duty to serve the public good than Democrats have taken our eye o the ball
personal gain, something he learned of your contract with your fellow human have a 10th Amendment, which says they of economic justicebut its not that we
when, as a privileged 16 year old, he being, Garcetti told The Times of Israel cant take away funding of ours just because need to do that in an exclusionary way. We
distributed medicine to villages in Ethiopia in October 2014 after becoming the rst they dont like our discretionary policies. need to make sure we have opportunity
during a human rights missionamong elected Jewish mayor of Los Angeles. Those local discretionary dollars include and equality side by side.
other experiences. On May 1, addressing the May Day rally services open to everybody, regardless of Its an idea that Garcetti intends to
Jewish history informs the decisions I at LA City Hall, Garcetti took a rm stand their immigration status. In fact, L.A. is the talk about at CAP and at the upcoming
make all the time along with the kind of against Trump: It matters less whos in the rst city in the nation to dedicate $290,000 California Democratic Party Convention.
values I was raised with in my family: the White House, he said. It matters whos in to address the disproportionate rates of We, as Democrats, have to get focused
interconnectedness of morals and the this house. Adding: As long as I am mayor, high unemployment in the transgender on whats real and forget this either-or
importance of establishing local roots, the LAPD will never be a deportation force. community and usually, in transgender paradigm, he says. If I get asked one more
but having global awareness. And I think They will be your police ocers. communities of color, Garcetti says, with job time whether we should focus on identity
the idea of having a kind of duty to give Asked by the Los Angeles Blade about training programs open to undocumented politics or economic opportunityI will
back and stay engaged, not just because it possible federal retaliation, Garcetti said: transgender people, as well. scream because they are ip sides of the
makes you feel good but because its part The Constitution is on our side, luckily. We In March 2016, Garcetti established a same thing.
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U.S. complicit in Chechnya horrors


Truth: Bannon established Breitbart ADL reports there were 541 anti-Semitic condemn those prisons, which have
Ignoring lessons of News as the platform for the alt-right, incidents in the country compared to 281 been widely described in the media as
Holocaust, Trump caters as he boasted last summer. While clever during the same period last year. Trumps concentration camps. But Trump didnt
enough not to openly espouse anti-Semitic gullible supporters who are not inuenced mention Chechnya and hasnt denounced
to Putin while gay men die views himself, he deliberately cultivated or constrained by facts, logic or reason will the governments actions to cleanse the
Breitbart as the go-to place for expressing dismiss those numbers as a coincidence. country of gays. Hillary Clinton lambasted
misogynistic, white supremacist and anti- But for those of us with more than three Trump over his silence on Chechnya. The
Semitic views. Former KKK Grand Wizard functioning brain cells, its obvious that State Department, which remains woefully
David Duke praised Bannons White House Americas deplorables have heard the dog understaed such that it hasnt been
appointment, which alone should tell you whistles emanating from this White House holding press briengs, is silent. Only Nikki
all you need to know about this dangerous and are acting accordingly. The bigots are Haley at the U.N. could be coaxed into
gure. Alt-right lunatics are now ensconced in unleashed and validated after being forced denouncing Chechnya.
the White House, including among the press to endure an America led by a black man for Why is that? Well, Chechnya is controlled
corps. Two fake journalists recently ashed eight years, their worst nightmare. by Vladimir Putin, whose own campaign
KEVIN NAFF is national editor of the Los Angeles white power signs inside the White House Truth: Speaking of dog whistles, White against Russian gays is well known and
Blade. Reach him at kna@washblade.com. press brieng room and shamelessly posted House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told documented. Trumps ongoing love aair
the photos to social media. As rst reported reporters recently that Adolf Hitler never with Putin (or is our president being
by the Independent, Freelance journalist used chemical weapons against his own blackmailed by the Russian murderer?)
Listening to President Trump deliver Mike Cernovich and Cassandra Fairbanks, people and referred to concentration camps precludes him from speaking out.
remarks on Holocaust Remembrance a reporter for Russian news outlet Sputnik, and gas chambers as Holocaust centers. And so, amid cries of never forget,
Day last week proved yet another galling posed for a picture behind the podium in Truth: As Trump belatedly and we do just that in Chechnya, turning
exercise in surreal hypocrisy. the White House brieng room. In the photo, hypocritically condemned anti-Semitism away from the well-documented horrors
The same president who tapped Stephen they are making a hand sign that can be used after empowering bigots and ignoring being committed there against gay men.
Bannon to serve as his top adviser had to signify white power. attacks on Jewish community centers and Americas pledge to respect the lessons
the nerve to criticize Holocaust deniers, Truth: According to a report from the cemeteries gay men are being rounded of the Holocaust is now a hollow sham,
adding we must never, ever shrink away Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic attacks up, tortured and killed in secret prisons a photo op that oers the appearance of
from telling the truth in our time. increased by 86 percent in the rst quarter in Chechnya. Holocaust Remembrance caring while masking our governments
And so, lets tell some truth. of 2017. Between January and March, the Day sounds like an opportune time to complicity in atrocity.
Falling in love with Loev
Down-low, same-sex relationships Mumbai style

By DAVID EHRENSTEIN

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Sahil (Dhruv Ganesh) and Alex (Sidharth Menon) enjoy a rare moment of public affection, but
is it love?
IMAGE COURTESY OF Bombay Berlin Film Productions

Is the title misspelled or is it simply an who would appear to have a job of some to spend the night with Salail at the hotel Obviously theres a lot to unpack
alternative way of exploring the meaning import (its never really specified), yet the and is quite upset when Salail delivers a here in some ways reminiscent of Wong
of the same word? Thats the open action begins in darkness as hes failed to message to him during the bigwig meeting. Kar Wais Happy Together (1997) a
question writer-director Sudhanshu Saria pay the electricity bill. The relationship is Simply stated, Jai is in the closet (like modern classic about a troubled gay
poses and his film almost answers. apparently an open one as Salial is taking most Indian men of his class). He wants a relationship. Like Happy Together, Loev
For while its a love story, Loev is also off to meet Jai (Shiv Pandit), a Wall Street- relationship with Salail, but he also wants is dramatically unresolved. Salail goes
a gay one. In other words it doesnt travel level dealmaker of considerable clout to keep it on the down low. For his part, home with Alex and Junior but its clear he
down the Route One of the Heterosexual with whom hed had a past dalliance. Jai Salail doesnt appear to be at all that clear still has feelings for Jai.
Narrative Highway, but makes any number is clearly out to revive it but on his own as to what he wants to do. He makes no It would take a sequel to sort this all out.
of detours, clearly marked on the Gay very specific terms as we learn across the complaint about Jais closeted-ness. More But alas there wont be one as Dhruv
Road Map. And on top of this the film is course of the trip hes taking with Salail. striking still, he shows little reaction when, Ganesh, the actor who plays Salail
set in India a country that only recently Its a trip in two parts. at the swank hotel, Jai is suddenly quite with such sensitivity and insight, died
decriminalized gay sex but has miles to The first finds them at a rural forest sexually violent with him. Has he been of tuberculosis during the films post-
travel on LGBT issues. getaway that they appear to be staying in seduced by the fact that Jai has bought production. Had he lived theres no doubt
Loev centers (as much as a tale so all to themselves. The second finds them at him an expensive guitar and encourages he would have had a great career.
discursive can be said to center) on a a swank hotel in downtown Mumbai where him to have a musical career, or is Salail But theres also no doubt that
triangle of sorts. Sahil (Dhruv Ganesh), a Jai is meeting with a consortium of bigwigs. keeping his options open, as Alex has Sudhanshu Saria will have a great career
music producer, is living with Alex (Sidharth And its here that the films subtext comes shown up at the hotel with a boytoy if he can continue to make films as tender,
Menon), a fiscally irresponsible hottie through most strongly. For Jai doesnt want named Junior (Rishabth Chaddha) in tow? insightful and surprising as this one.
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How long have you been out and who taxes, climate change, etc. It is my goal to Whats your advice for LGBT movement
was the hardest person to tell? unite LGBT folks because we continue to see leaders?
I was out since the age of 5 or since I had a apathy toward dierent segments of our Our movement is currently fueled by
sense of self. I could never really hide the community (transphobia, for instance). celebrity; we need to take back our stories
fact that there was something dierent and see the value of all LGBT people.
about me. In essence my sense of self and What historical outcome would you We must continue the ght for visibility
the way the world viewed me always were change? and equality. Celebrity does not address
at odds. Although I could never hide who I The 2016 election. homelessness and so many other issues. I
was I had an ocial this is who I am take hope that now we can all get married, we
it or leave it moment at the age of 19 were Whats been the most memorable pop can focus on the issues related to basic
I would never put on male clothing and culture moment of your lifetime? human rights employment, shelter and
changed my name to Maria. My Mother was Having my own reality show on Showtime, the ability to feed ones self.
the hardest person to tell. The rst time WILDTHINGS. My show along with
she saw me she could not stop laughing Cassandra Cass and Tiara Russel was the What would you walk across hot coals
and laughing turned into tears; I guess the rst reality show featuring an all trans cast. for?
realization that her son was gone forever I want a full comprehensive center that
was too much to bear. On what do you insist? services the specic and complex needs of
I insist on claiming my space and demanding transgender individuals.
Whos your LGBT hero? respect everywhere I go. It is my belief that
Everyone who worked for our equality. people who have never met a trans person What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
before meeting me will, from our encounter, I think for decades the aming queen has
Whats Los Angeles best nightspot, past judge an entire community. So I demand paid a high price from the non-aming
or present? respect. queen. Its just sad how we treat one
OMG without a doubt it would be the old another at times and what we value.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ROMAN 7969 club. This was a hot stop for all the What was your last Facebook post or
individuals who did not t the norm. Tweet? Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
Its where I let my womanhood out I It was about a PrEP campaign I am part of: To Wong Foo!

queery
think this club for many of us was like a Askmeaboutprep.org. Its one of my most
steppingstone to nding where we belonged important community roles, spreading the Whats the most overrated social
in Los Angeles. My favorite performer was word about PrEP. custom?
MARIA ROMAN Jaqueline along with the one and only miss Kissing strangers on both cheeks no gurl,
Jazzmun. If your life were a book, what would the no!
title be?
By TROY MASTERS Describe your dream wedding. Relentless - The Life of Maria Roman What trophy or prize do you most covet?
tmasters@losangelesblade.com I am fortunate to be currently engaged to I was given a certicate in 2002 by then-Sen.
my wonderful ance of three years, Jason If science discovered a way to change Sheila Kuehl for organizing the local march
Maria Louise Roman has been a leader Taylorson, a erce musician and nancial sexual orientation, what would you do? when Gwen Araujo was murdered. This was
in social services for the transgender expert. We are in the midst of planning Make Donald Trump gay! one of the most moving times in my life and
community in Los Angeles for more than our wedding that will happen in the end of its the rst time I felt I could do something
19 years. She is a 47-year-old Puerto 2018. My vision is to have a grand chapel What do you believe in beyond the meaningful with my life. From that day on,
Rican woman who began her journey wedding with a touch of old Hollywood. I will physical world? I have continued to speak for myself and
of self-discovery at age 19. Many doors be wearing two gowns - one for the nuptials I know that there is something beyond all other women who identify with my story.
would close in her path, but she was and one for the reception. Our wedding will of us that we have no comprehension of.
driven and determined to succeed. Her be classic, fun and unexpected. To many, its God. To others it is something What do you wish youd known at 18?
determination became an inspirational else. All of my life, however, I have felt I wish I had known it was all going to be OK.
force for many in Los Angeles. What non-LGBT issue are you most spiritual. I do believe in God and, as a matter
She survived life on the streets to passionate about? of fact, I spent my childhood praying that Why Los Angeles?
become an outspoken activist and a role All human issues are LGBT issues so to I would be like all the other little boys. It Honey, because Los Angeles is EVERYTHING.
model for the transgender community. me there are no issues that are non- never happened and so I truly believe God And, as a homeless youth, it would be warm
She has won many awards and is a LGBT. Abortion, for instance, is something wants me to be who I am - just as I am - all the time I have been here since the age
noted actress, appearing in numerous many LGBT people have to deal with. Its because he made me. of 19. Today, at 47, I am happy I made this
movies, including The Transgured a personal issue. You name it and LGBT my home.
Body, a celebration Gwen Araujo. people deal with it daily - equal pay, housing,
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The Wallis spotlights two generations of dance genius


PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY MAKES A TRIUMPHANT APPEARANCE IN LA

By KAREN OCAMB
kocamb@losangelesblade.com

Dance acionados rejoice! During the The production at the Wallis will be
month of May, the Wallis-Annenberg the only U.S. performance of Early
Center for the Performing Arts oers the Adventures, which is remounted three
opportunity to see the work of not just pieces choreographed by Bourne during
one, but two choreographers who have his days with AMP. The selections are:
garnered worldwide acclaim while shaping Watch with Mother Seen but not
and redening the art form itself. heard? (1991): Conkers, Hopscotch,
First up, for three performances, is the Doctors& Nurses; Childrens games
Paul Taylor Dance Company. Formed in can be all-consuming, competitive and
1954, this ensemble has since performed sometimes cruel. Based on Joyce Grenfells
in more than 500 cities in 64 countries, famous Nursery School sketches
delighting audiences with an ever- (George Dont do that) and set to Percy
expanding repertoire of dances. Graingers own piano compositions and
Taylor, an icon who has been hailed arrangements of Bach and Faure, this
as one of the creators of modern dance, piece has not been seen for over 25 years.
founded the company after spending time Town and Country Lie back and think
in the ensembles of Merce Cunningham, of England (1991):Moving and hilarious,
Martha Graham, and George Balanchine. this heartfelt pastiche explores notions
In its 60-plus years, it has featured and/or of national character from a bygone era
launched the careers of such other dance through the evocative music of Edward
legends as Twyla Tharp, Christopher Gillis, Elgar, Nol Coward and Percy Grainger,
Lila York, and Bettie de Jong. The company amongst others.
is the recipient of multiple awards, The Infernal Gallop A French dance
including the Guggenheim Fellowship for with English subtitles (1989): This is France
Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Wallis-Annenberg, featuring Matthew Bourne.
Creative Arts, Kennedy Center Honors, and PHOTO COURTESY OF THE PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY as seen by the uptight English imagination,
a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding with all the traditional clichs joyously
Choreography. spotlight through Matthew Bournes Early Choreographer of a musical. He has also paraded for our entertainment and
In its current incarnation, the PTDC will Adventures. been the recipient of multiple Olivier climaxing in Oenbachs inevitable Can-Can!
be bringing a program of three classic Comprising three early works, this Award nominations, winning seven to
Taylor pieces to the Wallis stage: production will showcase the nascent date- with two of them coming in April of
TICKET INFORMATION:
SYZYGY: The nearly straight line wit and wondrous early air of Bourne, 2017 for his recent London production, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing
conguration of three or more celestial a British choreographer who gained The Red Shoes. Arts
Bram Goldsmith Theater
bodies in a gravitational system. Music prominence within the dance world Hailed as Britains most successful and 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA,
composed by Donald York (1987). through his company, Adventures in popular choreographer and director, 90210

THE WORD: For our God is consuming Motion Pictures, and its successor, New Bourne has a lengthy list of credits in both Paul Taylor Dance Company:
May 5 7, 2017
re Hebrews 12:29. Music specially Adventures. He rose to international dance and musical theater. In addition, Performance Schedule: Fri-Sat at 8:00pm; Sun
composed by David Israel (1998). recognition with his acclaimed and through Re:Bourne (the charitable arm of at 2:00pm
ESPLANADE: Music by Johann controversial production of Tchaikovskys New Adventures), he has developed projects Matthew Bournes Early Adventures:
Sebastian Bach (1975), Violin Concerto in Swan Lake, in which all the roles were targeted at bringing dance to a wider May 17 21, 2017
Performance Schedule: Wed Fri at 8pm; Sat at
E Major, BWV 1042 and Double Concerto performed by male dancers, and which variety of young participants and audiences 2pm & 8pm; Sun at 2pm
for Two Violins in D Minor (Largo & went on to become the longest-running throughout the UK, as well as in Asia, Single tickets: $39 $99 (prices subject to
Allegro), BWV 1043 ballet in history; it also ran on Broadway, Australia, and the USA; the organization also change)
Online TheWallis.org
Later in the month, the imagination of where it gained him the honor of being the oers diverse projects to supporting health By Phone 310.746.4000
a younger generations dance visionary- only British director ever to be awarded and wellbeing, such as dance workshops for Box Oce Wallis Annenberg Center for the
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Remembering gay entertainment mogul Sandy Gallin


THE POWER BEHIND ALMOST EVERYONE THAT GLITTERS IN HOLLYWOOD

By BILLY MASTERS

Lots of people have been talking about as Father of the Bride, Shining Through
20th anniversary of Ellen DeGeneres and the TV series Buy the Vampire
coming out. We forget what a dierent Slayer. But where they really hit a home
world it was in 1997. Being gay wasnt run was when he served as executive
something celebrities screamed from producer of Common Threads: Stories
rooftops. Getting an actor to play a gay From the Quilt. The 1990 documentary is
role was dicult. But one of the people credited with raising global awareness of
who helped usher in that change of the AIDS crisis. While it won an Oscar, it
perception was Sandy Gallin, who passed didnt further Gallins hopes of becoming
away on April 21 after a long battle with a major lm producer.
non-Hodgkins lymphoma and multiple Around 2001, Gallin left the management
myeloma. Throughout his life, Gallin game to indulge his other passion -
eschewed labels. He was a producer, a architecture and design. He loved putting
manager, and an agent. He could pick up his years of detail-oriented work into all the
a phone and make things happen. And he aspects that made a luxury home ideal for
wasnt shy about saying he was gay. SANDY GALLIN, pictured here with DOLLY PARTON backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, 1980. specic people. He notoriously arranged
The story goes that in 1994 three years PHOTO COURTESY OF GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT
the books in his library not by title, not
before Ellens landmark announcement by author, but by color! Barbra Streisand
Out magazine was putting together its Corporation an agency that later became Paul Lynde Halloween Special. told producer Mark Burnett about a
Hollywood Power issue, and having a devil ICM. He knew what he wanted. While Gallins client list was vast and house Gallin nished. Burnett saw it and
of a time nding people to participate. Out As soon as I could speak, I talked about varied, he especially loved his divas. A bought it for $30 million. Gallins architect
founder and former Editor-in-Chief Michael having millions of dollars, knowing famous special place in his heart was reserved partner, Scott Mitchell, once said, Barbra
Go recently recalled that the only person people and becoming a star, he once told solely for Dolly Parton. The two met after Streisand was our Realtor! Whether she
on their target list who not only agreed to Ingrid Sischy. In short order, he was working Dolly asked singer Mac Davis who should took a commission is unknown. This shift
be featured but would also be on the cover with agents booking talent on shows like help with her career. Davis said, You in careers did cause one major fallout
of the magazine was Sandy Gallin. The Ed Sullivan Show. One of his rst should talk to Sandy Gallin hes my his relationship with Dolly. We did have
He just said Yes and joked in the clients was Richard Pryor, who asked manager. Sandy had one goal to make that small separation for maybe three
interview that in addition to getting to be Gallin to help him after he was arrested Dolly a mainstream star. The rst thing years. I felt a little bit left out and lonely.
a role model, he might nd a boyfriend. If at the Mexican border for possession of he did was set up a recording session for Sandy was obsessive about documenting
only because of how many others didnt marijuana. After handling that, he was the song, Here You Come Again. Dolly his life and loved ones in meticulously
do it, it was a brave thing at the time. on his way. He became a junior agent, was hesitant. She said, A monkey could arranged photo albums. When showing
For someone who craved the spotlight, and then an agent. Shortly thereafter, he sing this song and have a hit with it. She them to a writer from Vanity Fair, he said,
he was publicly the least known of what moved to LA and started a management was very nervous that it would turn o the The sad thing is looking at the older books
was called Hollywoods Gay Maa. While company and never looked back. country market, which she was very loyal and seeing how many people have died.
he wielded more power than most in his I rst became aware of Gallin in the early to. Gallin made a deal with her if the Its mind-boggling. That may have been of
circle, he also wasnt nearly as wealthy as 80s when he was managing the career of song wasnt No. 1 on the pop charts AND inspiration when Gallins friends privately
some of his peers not that he was ever Joan Rivers. As I was soon to learn, that the country charts, hed never get involved mourned his passing. Mrs. Barry Diller,
hurting nancially. Whether being openly was only the tip of the iceberg. At various in her musical decisions again. Dolly took designer Diane von Furstenberg, came up
gay adversely aected his career, he never times he handled the careers of Cher, the deal and lost. From then on, she and with an idea for all of Sandys friends to
said. He simply lived his life, did his own Dolly Parton, Elizabeth Taylor, Lily Tomlin, Sandy were inseparable. They considered put together their favorite Gallin photos
thing, and didnt care what others thought. Whoopi Goldberg, Barbra Streisand, each other beyond best friends and and stories and make a coee table book
He got started the way moguls have gotten and oodles of others. If they were a gay almost soul mates. My husband didnt about his life and his contributions. And
started since the beginning of time at the icon, Gallin had his hand in their career. love to travel, and Sandy was gay and he because he wants to be on everyones
bottom. You hear about people getting their His hand went back so far that he even did, said Dolly. coee table, for sure, she added.
rst job in the mailroom? In 1962, Sandy worked with Paul Lynde! In fact, one of With Parton, Gallin formed Sandollar I think Sandy would approve and take
worked in the mailroom at General Artists Sandys rst producing credits was The Productions, which produced such lms a commission!
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Billy Masters is back in action


ONE MANS FILTH IS STILL ANOTHER MANS BIBLE

By BILLY MASTERS

Its not hard to act in a movie I direct Foundation (theyre the same people who
because there are fewer people to argue bring us that Classic Arts Showcase TV
with. Barbra Streisand at the Tribeca channel). Last month, I saw an animated
Film Festival. Vittorio Grigolo in concert alongside a
What? Barbra? Argue? Never! luminous Carmen Giannattasio. This
Have you missed me, LA? I know Ive month, we get acclaimed tenor Joseph
missed you. But Im back. How did this Calleja in A Tribute to Mario Lanza on May
happen? I havent a clue. One minute I was 10. You can get tix at TheBroadStage.com.
at the Los Angeles Blades fabulous launch In our Ask Billy question this week,
party at Pump in West Hollywood chatting Roger in Delaware asked: What do you
with a cute waiter about hummus. Next thing know about that hot gay bobsled guy? Saw
you know, here I am. So, without further ado, his nude photo and love him. Is he single?
weve got a lot of stories to cover. I am sure Olympian Simon Dunn really
It was recently the 20th anniversary of Aussie Bobsled Boy SIMON DUNN is a sight to behold.
wants to be referred to as that hot gay
Ellens coming out both as a person PHOTO BY STUDIO CHRISTIAN SCOTT bobsled guy. But I suppose there are worse
and as a character on her sitcom. As I things to be called. Dunn is Australian,
watched the retrospectives, a thought asked if Whitney and Robyns relationship like Carole Cook, David Burnham, Joely retired at the ripe old age of 29, and has
came to me - why did Ellen come out? I was sexual, he said, I know. On the Fisher, Barrett Foa, Jai Rodriguez, Melinda a penchant for posing in various stages of
dont believe the character was conceived other side, theres Whitneys mom, Cissy Doolittle, Anthony Federov, and Kimberley undress to the delight of his social media
as gay. It wasnt a storyline that was Houston, telling Oprah it absolutely would Locke will perform under the musical followers. Apparently this is a practice he
planned. Back then, I remember people have bothered her if her daughter were direction of insanely talented Michael follows in his private life as well, judging
saying, Well, its obvious Ellen Morgan gay. So what do you do if youre Whitney? Orland (hence all the Idol alums). Tickets from the photo that leaked. He addressed
is gay - look how she dresses. Or, Ellen She married Bobby, and Robyn wasnt and info can be found at StageLA.com. the controversy online, expressing
DeGeneres can only play gay - did you happy. Allegedly, Houston bought Robyn a Ive previously told you that Playbills embarrassment (although he certainly has
see Mr. Wrong? Aside from the many new Porsche, which was delivered on the Seth Rudetsky and hubby James Wesley nothing to be embarrassed about), and
good things that came from DeGeneress day of the wedding that kept her quiet have been presenting a series of benets apologizing to his family and friends. Part
coming out, I wonder if part of that legacy through the ceremony! For a few years, around the country called Concert for of his statement implies hes single.
is also perpetuating the stereotype that all three co-existed somewhat peacefully. America: Stand Up, Sing Out. Well, the I guess the silver lining is I can just link
gay actors can only play gay roles. Eventually, Robyn completely backed o. series is nally headed to Los Angeles people to Tumblr next time they ask for
A documentary about Whitney People say thats when Whitneys life went and will take place at Royce Hall at UCLA such pictures. And remember boys no
Houston just opened at the Tribeca Film to hell in a handbasket, which sounds on May 24 and from the lineup, it matter how hot he is dont send nudes.
Festival and asks a poignant question: mighty uncomfortable. sounds like it too might be one of the What? If hot guys didnt send nudes,
Whitney: Can I Be Me (it airs on If Ive said it once, Ive said it 32 times, best shows in town! Some of the fabulous Id have nothing to share with you on
Showtime this summer). According to the annual STAGE benet in LA is the performers will include Chita Rivera, BillyMasters.com.
reports, the doc implies that Whitney best show in town. The Southland Theatre Cheyenne Jackson, Helen Reddy, Jane When Simon Says not to send nudes, its
had a secret love aair with best friend Artists Goodwill Event is the longest- Lynch, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Ricki Lake, denitely time to end yet another column.
and assistant, Robyn Crawford. Not true running annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser in the Wendy Liebman, Alec Mapa, and the Gay Riddle me this, Bobsled Boy: if someone
it was never a secret! One of Whitneys world. And now, with its 33rd installment Mens Chorus of Los Angeles. You can buy online wanted to hook up and DIDNT send
stylists says, I dont think she was gay. I under the direction of David Galligan (who tix at ConcertsForAmerica.com. And if you you nude photos, would you meet them?
think she was bisexual. Bobby Brown has directed all 33), its coming to an end. Or arent in town, you can watch the concert Ponder that while checking out www.
agrees. He said in his autobiography that is it? The organization says this is farewell, for free on their Facebook page. BillyMasters.com - the site thats not shy. If
he believes Whitney was bisexual and that while some people tell me o-the-record The Broad Stage in Santa Monica has you have a question, send it along to Billy@
her family kept her from living with the that it will resurface in some form next been hosting some diverse and thrilling BillyMasters.com and I promise to get back
woman. Bobby added, I really feel that year. This years event is subtitled Idols musical events. Ive particularly enjoyed to you before someone buys me a Porsche!
if Robyn was accepted into Whitneys life, & Icons and will take place on May 13 at their Celebrity Opera Series, funded by Until next time, remember, one mans lth
Whitney would still be alive today. When the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. People the Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. Deutsch is another mans bible.
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E-mail calendar items to the entire city of Palm Springs, for a live organs? Tonight, GREAT OUTDOORS the 33rd annual Southland Theatre Artists
tmasters@losangelesblade.com weekend of unforgettable memories. LA invites you to roller skate to the fun Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.). This years
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Rollerway (Roller Skating), Tue May 09 @ Defend your title! Or play for the rst time!
White Party Palm Springs 2017, Sun 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM at Moonlight Rollerway S.T.A.G.E.: Idols And Icons, Sat May Your ticket includes: UNLIMITED Laser
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White Party Palm Springs, May 5 May
8 @ the Renaissance Palm Springs (888 E. Pride Prom 2017, May 12 8:00 PM
Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA). 12:00 AM @ the Palm Springs Air Museum
The White Party Palm Springs takes place (745 N Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs CA).
May 5th - 8th, 2017 and is widely considered You dont want to miss this years AMAZING
the largest gay dance music festival in Pride Prom!! Held at the Palm Springs Air
the nation. It has evolved throughout the Museum, this Pride Prom is going to be
years to become an international cultural even better than the last. More music, more
and social phenomenon attracting more Rebel Rebel at Agua Caliente is an experiential theater must see on May 17. dancing, and most importantly, more of the
than 30,000 attendees from every corner COURTESY AGUA CALIENTE CASINO AND RESORT SPA
LGBTQ Pride that we know you all love. Up
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Clark Gable Slept Here, May 5 SATURDAY, MAY 6 SUNDAY, MAY 7 SATURDAY, MAY 13
May 28 (Fri & Sat, 8:00 PM 10 :00
PM; Sun 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM)@ Desert Evening Under the Stars, 5:30 The Judy Show starring Michael Rebel Rebel: The Many Lives of David
Rose Playhouse (69-620 Highway 111, PM 10:00 PM @ the ODonnell Golf Holmes, Sundays through Jul 9, 5:30, 7:00 Bowie at The Show, May 13 8:00 PM
Rancho Mirage, CA). One of the silver Club (301 N Belardo Rd, Palm Springs, and 8:00 PM @ Michael Holmess Purple 9:30 PM @ The Show at Agua Caliente
screens brightest action stars charms CA). AIDS Assistance Program Room Supper Club (1900 E Palm Canyon Casino Resort Spa (32250 Bob Hope
his way through the Golden Globe Food Samaritans will mark their 24th Drive, Palm Springs, CA. What do you get Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA.) The ultimate
Awards ceremony accompanied by his annual event, which includes an when you mix an internationally acclaimed experiential journey through the many
wife. Meanwhile, back at the Chateau extended cocktail hour, delicious impersonator, outrageous comedy, lives and arousing sounds of David Bowie.
Marmont, his sta tries to gure out dinner, awards, fireworks and Martha great standards and a bevy of icons? The
what to do with the naked dead male Reeves and the Vandellas. One of the hysterical parody of Judy Garland and her THURSDAY, MAY 18
prostitute on his bedroom oor. deserts most enjoyable and beloved guests found in Michael Holmes riotous,
fundraising events, Evening Under The Judy Show! -- Encore Magazine International Museum Day at the Agua
LATER LIFE, May 5 - May 21 the Stars will continue its traditional Caliente Cultural Museum, May 18 6:00 PM
(Tuesday through Sundays. Evening Dance Party theme with dancing THURSDAY, MAY 11 8:00 PM (219 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs,
Performances at 7:30 PM 9:30; immediately after the show with DJ CA.). As the rst Native American Museum to
Matinee Performances at 2:00 PM Jerry Bonham on the mainstage. Hot Rodeo 2017 May 11 May 14 @ various be part of the Smithsonian Institutions Aliate
4:00 PM) @ Coachella Valley Repertory venues (main event at A.C. Dysart Equestrian Program, the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
Theatre at the Atrium (69930 Highway East Coachella Valley Pride Center, Banning CA.). Enjoy a weekend of is excited to continue its legacy by announcing
111, Rancho Mirage, CA.). Austin has Festival, 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM @ western rodeo and festivities while visiting the inclusion inInternational Museum Day.
spent his entire life convinced that Veterans Park (1500 4th Street, fun and beautiful paradise of Palm Springs.
something terrible is bound to happen Coachella, CA). Welcome to the 1st Tachevah 2017 Finals, May 18 7:00 PM
to him.One night, at a party, overlooking Annual East Coachella Valley Pride Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival 2017 11:00 PM @ the The Date Shed (50725
Boston harbor, he has the pleasure of Festival: We are who we are (LGBTQ+ May 11 May 14 @ the Camelot Theatre Monroe Street, Indio, CA.). This is the nal for
rekindling a romance begun almost & Family resource fair). Open to (2300 East Baristo Rd, Palm Springs, CA.). the 2017 Tachevah. Bridger and Elektric Lucie
thirty years ago with Ruth. Now a all, there will be booths with great For our 18th year, we are presenting will join Kayves and Shawn Don and vie for a
multiple divorcee, Ruths personal life is resources, fun activities, delicious an extremely diverse line-up of lms, grand prize of $3,000
in suchturmoil that mutual friends look food, and talented performers. said festival producer and host Alan K.
to Austin as Ruths last shot at normalcy. Rode. This years program includes lms POWERED BY GAY DESERT GUIDE
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LAs playground in the desert is yours for the taking


WHITE PARTY, HOT RODEO AND MORE ON TAP IN COMING WEEKS

By JOHN MIRAGLIA

As summer heats up, everything in Palm May 12. Actually, three days is not enough
Springs gets hotter and hotter. On any time to fully enjoy Palm Springs, so you
given weekend there are numerous things might as well take the day o on Thursday
going on, so no need to plan ahead; just so you can enjoy the weekly VillageFest
aim your car to the desert and enjoy a few (http://villagefest.org/), which happens
days of fun, sun and hot bodies. Here are downtown on Palm Canyon Drive. There
some upcoming signature events to look are plenty of vendors and lots of yummy
forward to. food, so take a stroll through downtown
For the weekend beginning on May 5, on a balmy Thursday night and maybe
Jerey Sanker once again presents White meet a cute local or two.
Party Palm Springs, which is sure to be Fasten your seatbelts as also happening
bigger and better than ever. The party the weekend of May 12 is the Arthur
kicks o on Friday at noon at the host hotel Lyons Film Noir Festival (http://
(Renaissance Palm Springs http://cwp. arthurlyonslmnoir.ning.com/), featuring
marriott.com/pspbr/wp2017)s enormous plenty of restored noir classics as well as
pool. There will be plenty of music, sun, some obsure-ish, not-available-on-DVD
drinks and friendly men in bathing suits. titles. You can buy tickets individual lms
(I had you at enormous, didnt I?) As this is or to the entire festival, so you have plenty
a weekend-long event, there is something of exibility. Many of these lms will look
going on practically 24 hours a day. On better than youve ever seen them and some
Friday night (10 p.m.5 a.m.), Sanker feature a special guest before or after the
teams up with Eliad Cohen for the White screening. All are screened at the fabulous
Party Palm Springs version of the Papa Camelot Theatres, which features a caf as
Party (https://www.thepapa.party/ ), Papa well as a full bar. Enjoy your classic lm with
Dark. According to Sanker, its a decadent Gay Cowboys take the desert by storm in the annual Hot Rodeo in Palm Springs. a classic cocktail. Everything really is better
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bacchanal exploration of music, leather in black and white.
and fantasy. Make sure youre well rested If you prefer your men and women in
before heading out for this nonstop party. want to miss. Have fun and play safe. If dance party with plenty of dancers, an Wranglers and cowboy hats, then the Hot
Whats a perfect follow up to the prior you do meet a new dance partner, the two amazing light show, international DJs, and Rodeo weekend in Palm Springs (http://
evenings dance fest? A pool party, of of you can keep the party going at Climax, hot men from all corners of the world. psrodeo.org/hotrodeo/) is right up your
course. On Saturday, make your way which goes from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. Have a blast and say goodbye to your new alley. It runs May 11 through May 14, and
to the Renaissance Hotel pool for a day Another day, another pool party. friends before heading back to your hotel the host hotel is the Baymont Inn and
called Addicted to Boys (10 a.m.7 Sundays One Day In Heaven (10 a.m.4 (and reality). Suites, which will be oering a special rate
p.m.). Naturally, there will be world-class p.m.) brings the popular London nightclub Heres an alternate idea: Since Cinco to all the visiting rodeo fans. There will be
DJs spinning the hottest tunes to keep to Palm Springs. A DJ and dancing will help de Mayo falls on Friday, nearly every lots of traditional rodeo events along with
everyone grooving. You might even meet keep you energized while poolside. Just be bar and restaurant will have some sort plenty of pool parties and dances to help
a new dance partner for Saturday night. sure to relax a bit before heading over to of special going on. But the place to be you get acquainted with that sexy cowboy
Everyone gets drafted for the Saturday the Sunday Tea Dance (3 p.m.10 p.m.), is Las Casuelas Terraza (http://www. or cowgirl. Naturally, many of the local bars
night Military Ball (10 p.m.5 a.m.) where which takes place outside among the hot lascasuelas.com/), where mariachi music, will also be in the saddle for the weekend,
more than a few good men will be wearing bodies and warm breezes. This amazing margaritas, and delicious Mexican food so there will be more than enough
their dress whites. This ball promised to event features a Ferris wheel and a live go mano y mano with perfect downtown opportunities to rope in a big one. Yeehaw!
be huge, fun and sexy, full of so much eye performance by Belinda Carlisle and people watching. Salud! The snowbirds may have own north
candy you may walk away with a cavity ends with a spectacular reworks show Not feeling so spontaneous? Theres for the summer, but there are plenty of
(or, if youre lucky, a cavity search). DJs, lling up the Palm Springs night sky. nothing wrong with being a planner. hot things happening on any given Palm
dancing, awesome lighting, and a surprise White Party Palm Springs nal event, Consider getting yourself to the oasis in the Springs weekend, so get yourself out to
performer make this an event you wont Closing (10 p.m.8 a.m.), is a high energy desert for the weekend beginning Friday, the oasis.
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The distinctive beauty of Guys Reading Poems


A DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL BECOMES A CELLULOID CATHARSIS

By JOHN PAUL KING

WHEN you have tidied perspective, standing in for various


all things for the night, aspects of the young protagonists psyche
And while your thoughts as he makes sense of his experience and
are fading to their sleep, each of them, like Dreymon, are stunning
Youll pause a moment in the examples of the male aesthetic.
late relight, In fact, the preponderance of maleness,
Too sorrowful to weep. along with an underlying current of
unrequited yearning for masculine aection
So begins Solitude, by Harold Monro, (piercingly established with the departure of
one of 32 works that comprise most of the the boys beloved father), inevitably suggest
spoken poems in Harold Lee Hughes new a gay subtext. This tale of a boy locked away
feature lm Guys Reading Poems. in childhood provides an unmistakable
ALEXANDER DREYMON as Father and CHRISTOS VASILOPOULOS as The Director in GUYS
The lm tells the story of a boy whose READING POEMS allegory for a life shaped in the closet;
unstable mother imprisons him in a puppet PHOTO COURTESY OF HAROLD LEE HUGHES the isolation from family and society,
box and builds an art installation around the entwined longing and resentment,
him; to cope, the boy imagines a group of to future, through reality and fantasy and feel like a deeply embedded memory. the combination of loneliness and self-
young men who read poetry to him, and places in between. Combined with a air for artistic design suciency all these themes have deep
these recitations echo through scenes of The storytelling is elegantly simple, and and a deft use of symbolism (which avoids resonance within the LGBTQ community,
his past, his future, and his fantasies. almost entirely visual; a prologue depicting heavy-handedness without sacricing and all are intricately woven into every ber
This ostensible premise serves as the the courtship of father and mother plays clarity), this results in a movie of distinctive of Guys Reading Poems. Never overt, but
centerpiece in a complex jigsaw puzzle like a lovely pantomime of archetypes, and style and beauty that lingers in the minds vivid nonetheless, its a layer of meaning
charting the reverberations of a traumatic the rift that develops between them later eye long after viewing. that makes this a full-edged addition to the
childhood, through which the resulting as well as the conict it creates in their As for the on-screen talent, they face queer cinema canon.
psychological fallout fear and grief, child is eloquently communicated by the task of communicating complex Even so, Hughes lm has a universal
anger and sorrow is evoked both by the body language and artful cinematography. relationships mostly without the aid of appeal. By channeling the pain of damaged
masterful language of the poems and by As for the reciting interlopers, they may dialogue, and they succeed admirably. At youth into a unique lmic meditation,
Hughes haunting black-and-white visuals. be somewhat disorienting, at rst, but the center is young Luke Judy as the boy, he has created a touchstone for anyone
Its an ambitious undertaking to pack soon become a comfortable presence. Like moving and endearing in a performance who struggles to reconcile these psychic
so much heavy emotional content into an a Greek Chorus, they give voice to the soul as refreshingly natural as any of his adult scars within their own life. Its an interior
average-length movie; many lmmakers of the story. Its largely due to them that co-stars; but it is Patricia Velasquez as the landscape that can be recognized by
have tried to channel these kinds of the lms elevated stylization can yield an mother brooding and cold, yet vulnerable almost anyone, of course; and by treating
demons into some kind of celluloid authentic emotional connection, allowing and tragic who, appropriately, dominates it with candor, acknowledging its dark
catharsis, only to fall short of the mark. both plot and purpose to be revealed like the screen. Rounding out the principal beauty, and honoring its inseparability
Such eorts are often constructed either a lotus ower blossoming in a dream. cast is Alexander Dreymon as the father; from identity, Hughes has given us a
as overwrought psychodramas that oer The array of poems incorporated charismatic, and impossibly handsome, he movie which illuminates the path to
trite resolutions for the sake of closure, or includes works by Blake, Whitman, balances tenderness with a hint of swagger transcendence.
else as fantasies that obscure the issues Wordsworth, Dickinson, Yeats, and WeHo as he provides an embodiment of the Guys Reading Poems is unequivocally
behind mythological tropes and pseudo- poet laureate Steven Reigns, among many elusive masculine ideal. an art lm, and as such unlikely to achieve
symbolic whimsy. others; no less crucial, however, is the Of course, the movie is called Guys widespread success at the box oce;
Hughes has taken a middle path; visual poetry achieved by Hughes and Reading Poems, so the true stars of the but for those of us who appreciate the
Guys Reading Poems is both drama cinematographer Michael Marius Pessah. show are the ensemble of young men who bravery required not only to confront
and fantasy, which means that it is also Lushly lit and richly photographed, Guys ll those title roles. Their soulful delivery these dicult issues, but to explore them
neither. Instead, it walks a line between Reading Poems is a movie that revels provides the movies beating heart, and in such a public and honest manner, it is
realism and artistic conceit; multiple layers in its black-and-whiteness, evoking a gives weight to what might otherwise a much-appreciated eort and worthy of
emerge from each other as a progression noir sensibility that pays homage to its be nothing but a succession of pretty being sought out. It deserves to be called
of imagery takes us from past to present cinematic heritage and makes every frame vignettes. Each of them provides a diering essential viewing.
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