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Party Chair Bauman on Internal Warfare, Healthcare Bill


Healing the party after such a request, the memo says.
In her 10-page ling, Albert said she
a ballot challenge
reviewed over 1,200 ballots on June 16
and other documents provided to team
By KAREN OCAMB Ellis and found nothing to substantiate her
kocamb@losangelesblade.com claims. She not only formally opposed
the challenge, but wrote: Kimberly Ellis
For a moment the dark clouds hanging has publicly accused voters in the Chair
over newly elected California Democratic election and those ballots cast to bear the
Party Chair Eric Bauman parted as he hallmarks of organized manipulation. I
took the podium at the June 26 meeting am requesting that the CRC/CDP censure
of the Stonewall Democratic Club in Kimberly Ellis.
West Hollywood. He came home to say Others, however, want the review to
thank you to the club he once led for play out. After noting that Rep. Karen Bass
seven years, building it into a nationally- was among the African American women
recognized political powerhouse within who supported Bauman, Rep. Maxine
the Democratic Party. The party activists Waters told the Los Angeles Blade: Well,
ERIC BAUMAN (right) and SANDRA FLUKE (left).
chuckled and applauded as Bauman I voted for him, also. But let me just say
pointed that while former CDP Chair Art LOS ANGELES BLADE PHOTO BY KAREN OCAMB
this: it got nasty toward the end. You
Torres was gay, he was closeted, making know, politics gets nasty, sometimes. Let
Bauman the rst openly gay chair who versus stubborn factsand so far, Ellis such information would be preliminary her exhaust her eorts to make sure the
is unabashed about publicly kissing his has failed to provide any facts to back up and not comprehensive. vote was done correctly. I dont know
husband Michael Andraychak, as he did her costly, ongoing challenge. Additionally, For example, the CRC memo says, Ellis what is prescribed in the bylaws of the
onstage at the Democratic convention she seems to rejoice in disparaging the claims approximately 200 ballots have Democratic Party, except whatever they
after his victory. Democratic Party she wishes to lead. On signatures that dont match credential are, let her exhaust them. And once thats
A pall lingers more than one month June 20, for instance, she tweeted that sign-in signatures or are missing done, I think its over.
after the election, however, as Baumans the loss by two Democratic challengers signatures. However, the CRC notes, In an interview with the Los Angeles
opponent Kimberly Ellis refuses to in special elections in Republican-held the challenge provides no examples of Blade after the Stonewall meeting,
concede and continues to cultivate Georgia and South Carolina districts signatures it believes do not match for the Bauman expressed frustration over Ellis
media challenges as a young, progressive prove #dem establishment hacks worst CRC to consider. unsubstantiated claims. He notes that the
African American woman representing in biz. Time for a new coalition. Additionally, June 23 lings to the CRC three names she identied as having led
Berniecrats and millennials who lost to But the CDP marches along. On June 25, by Bauman and third-placed candidate fraudulent ballots were three delegates
Bauman by a mere 62 votes, when her the CDPs six-member Compliance Review Lenore Albert refer to a June 21 Ellis who signed the ballots of Orthodox Jewish
campaigns internal polling indicated that Commission (CRC) issued a memorandum press release which cites specic ballots voters, a traditional contingency for
she would win. summing up the timeline and substance the campaign questions, but the memo religious and disabled voters.
The ongoing internal clash has caused of Ellis challenges, the CDP bylaws that says, this information has not been And she had a bunch of wild accusations
concerns over whether the California apply and an Interim Order saying the submitted by the Challenger [Ellis] for about hundreds of ineligible voters and
Democratic Party (CDP) can unify enough CRC will conduct a review of ballots and the consideration of the CRC. To date ineligible proxies, Bauman continues.
to help the Democrats win back Congress election materials starting June 28, which the Challenger has submitted no specic Then, she led her formal complaintstill
in 2018 by defeating six California candidates or their representatives can ballots it questions to the CRC. no details in it. All of a sudden she put out
Republicans. The internal warfare has also observe. Meanwhile Bauman continues to The CRC also addresses Ellis calls a press releaseand heres what I think
spread with Ellis-backers, the California serve as the duly elected chair. for an outside independent audit of is happeninga lot of her supporters,
Nurses Association, urging a recall of In its Memorandum, the CRC the Partys internal election materials. who are more traditional activists, are
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon after underscores Ellis lack of facts. Ellis states Such a request is unprecedented, is not seeing whats going on and they think this
he pulled a California single payer bill from that over 300 ballots are potentially contemplated by the Party bylaws, and, is crazy because shes making these wild
being put up for a vote. questionable, the memo says, but she as noted previously, the Challenger has accusations but not putting out any facts.
As has happened nationally, the Ellis ght has not provided any specic information not provided any specic information on
has gelled into a wishful ideological battle on these ballots, even with a caveat any potentially questionable ballots to justify CONTINUES AT LOSANGELESBLADE.COM
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Schiff reintroduces bill to regulate troubled teen industry


Measure would mandate
health, safety standards

By KAREN OCAMB
kocamb@losangelesblade.com

Lost in the cacophony of the Russia


investigation and the newly proposed
healthcare bill is the fact that some
elected U.S. representatives still care
about governance. Among them is Rep.
Adam Schi (D-Calif.), who on Thursday
Rep. ADAM SCHIFF has reintroduced theStop
reintroduced the Stop Child Abuse in Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens
Residential Programs for Teens Act, Act.
legislation that would require residential LOS ANGELES BLADE FILE PHOTO BY KAREN OCAMB

treatment programs to enforce a set of


minimum health and safety standards,
specically prohibiting discrimination
against LGBTQ youth and young people Millers hearings and the GAO report licensing status and any history of parents so that they know their children
with mental illness. emphasized how the lack of federal violations, according to a press release. are safe, and provide uninhibited access
The Stop Child Abuse in Residential oversight and deceptive marketing, There are hundreds of good residential to a child abuse reporting hotline
Programs for Teens Act (SCARPTA), no unied regulations among states treatment programs that provide services Publicly disclose any past record of
originally introduced on July 14, 2015, regarding licensing and regulations which can truly help youth recover and child abuse and their state licensing status
was built on a bill championed by former of residential facilities put vulnerable transition from serious behavioral problems so families can make informed decisions
California Rep. George Miller. In 2008, children at greater risk. Additionally, if a or traumatic experiences, Schi said. But about where to send their children
Miller held hearings with painful testimony resident died or the media got a whi of without stronger federal regulation and Prohibit programs from using anything
about such abuse and neglect that he the abuse, the unscrupulous owner would oversight, programs that engage in abusive other than safe and evidence-based
ordered a Government Accountability move to another state and reopen under practices will continue to slip through the treatment -- meaning that any form of junk
Oce report on the troubled teen another name. Often the con artists, cracks, leaving behind traumatized and science such as conversion therapy or electric
industryunregulated last resort who prey upon deeply religious families abused children and families. shock would be banned in these programs
residential treatment facilities and with anti-LGBT attitudes, cry foul when Families that turn to treatment facilities, It is long past time for the federal
boot camps that market to desperate exposed, as if scrutiny of their harsh Schi says, deserve to know that their government to follow Californias lead and
parents of children deemed unruly, LGBT, treatment violated their religious liberty. children are safe and in the care of nally regulate the for-prot, Troubled
addicted, or acting out with some form of Millers bill to regulate the billion dollar professionals. Teen industry, Lorri L. Jean, CEO of the
undiagnosed mental illness. troubled teen industry twice passed the According to the press release, Schis Los Angeles LGBT Center, said in the
The GAO reported that in just one House but stopped there. But some states legislation would: release. Many of these facilities and
year (2005), 1,619 program employees have stepped up on their own, including Prohibit all programs from withholding camps commit horrible physical, mental
in 34 states were involved in incidents of California where last year Gov. Jerry Brown food, water or shelter from a child, putting and sexual abuses under the guise
abuse, including substantiated accounts signed a billby out State Sen. Ricardo Lara. a child in seclusion, and all other forms of of disproven and harmful conversion
of starvation, excessive use of physical Schis bill would not only protect youth physical and mental abuse therapy for LGBT youth. Sometimes
restraints and isolation, severe verbal through federal minimum standards but Require licensed medical sta on hand these therapies even result in death. No
abuse and intimidation, and medical would also crack down on oenders who at all times in case of an emergency and purported religious aliation often
malpractice. Survivors of Institutional attempt to move abusive facilities across require all sta members to be properly claimed by these camps excuses such
Abuse (SIA) reported 300 deaths on state lines by requiring all states to improve trained in recognizing and responding atrocities. We commend Representative
their In Memorial page, deaths linked to their licensing and oversight processes, to signs of child abuse and neglect, and Schi for his continued eorts to protect
starvation, medical malpractice, beatings and help families weed out bad programs mental health crises all young people including some of the
and suicide. by requiring they publicly disclose their Allow youth to stay in contact with their most marginalized youth in our country.
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AIDS Healthcare Foundation Wins Federal Lawsuit


Sues Whistleblowers action, The Court wrote in its special my deposition, so I thoroughly enjoyed this
Statement of Interest. moment of watching as they locked, cocked
for Publicly Disclosing
The United States also has a signicant and shot a bullet right into their own foot.
Patient information interest in the proper interpretation and Vellequette said the documents he was
correct application of the False Claims Act shown that were numbered in unique
By KAREN OCAMB and the Anti-Kickback Statutewhich play fashion were AHF proprietary documents
kocamb@losangelesblade.com a central role in the governments ongoing and it was made clear to him that they had
eorts to combat health care fraud, been stolen by the plaintis, and then
AIDS Healthcare Foundation has been the Statement continues. The Relators submitted into evidence, and the federal
smeared for so long by some AIDS activists [Loftis, Ferrer, and Carrel] do not appear record for the case.
that the Associated Press headline hardly to challenge AHFs position that its linkage I was handed a large multipage Excel
raised an eyebrow. coordinator was a bona de employee, or spreadsheet that I created back in 2009/10
Suit claims AIDS foundation scammed that AHF provided appropriate services that contained a long list of names and
Medicare for $20M, AP blared on April 8, to the patients the employee referred. the personal data and HIV status etc., of
2015, referring to a fraud lawsuit led against Rather, the Relators rest their claim on individuals who been diagnosed as HIV-
AHF by three red former AHF employees. the purely legal argument that a bona de positive through an HIV test at an AHF test
But in court, facts matter more than MICHAEL WEINSTEIN, President of Los Angeles
employee of a Ryan White Program grant site, Vellequette said.
opinions and not only was the lawsuit thrown Based AIDS Healthcare, said We thank the recipient, such as AHF, may not be paid The chart served as a record of the
court for its wisdom in this ruling.
out but the court added its own Statement for referring patients to his or her own clients identied as HIV positive, and the
of Interest to underscore that the legal PHOTO COURTESY OF AHF? employer to receive appropriate services. status regarding the success of the linkage
argument pitched by the three about how The Relators are incorrect. coordinators eorts to link them into
the Ryan White Program was incorrect. In a ruling dated June 9 and formally Jim Vellequette was among those medical services at an HIV med provider. I
Now the former employees, Shawn unsealed June 20, 2017, Florida Southern deposed during the lawsuit. He had started used this chart to determine the incentive
Loftis, Mauricio Ferrer, and Jack Carrel, District Court Judge Kathleen M. Williams working for AHF in California in 2007, moved compensation that was to be received by
face a lawsuit of their own for allegedly dismissed the case as unfounded since the to AHFs Southern Bureau in 2009, and left the linkage coordinators each pay period.
stealing and making public AHF proprietary Ryan White CARE Act does allow a service for another AHF assignment in 2011. He As I had created the rst sheet and had
information, including hundreds of names provider to pay bonuses and incentives would not speak on the record about his worked with it for several years while I was
of AHF clients who are HIV positive. to employees for HIV testing and linkage perceptions of the red employees but did AHF, my mind focused on the questions at
The lawsuit was led in 2014 by Loftis, to care. AHFs outreach program used talk about his deposition. hand, he explained.
Ferrer, and Carrel, who all had worked at paid AHF employees and presented each Plaintis lawyer had me read an email Then the plaintis lawyer had me read a
and been red from a Florida AHF clinic at individual who tested positive with a list I wrote 7 years ago outlining the initial sheet of names that was created after I had
dierent times and in dierent divisions. of names of providers, including AHF, to parameters of the testing program that left my position that contained multiple
They alleged that bonuses and incentives which the person could be linked for care. was sent to the AHF leadership within pages of individuals names, personal
paid to people hired to recruit subjects for The fact that the federal government the Southern Bureau, Vellequette said. information and status showing them as
HIV testing were essentially kickbacks to and the State of Florida each formally The lawyer was trying to create a point testing positive for HIV, Vellequette said.
AHF since those who tested HIV-positive declined to intervene in the legal action of evidence against AHF proving that the Then a sudden shock in my head snapped
were directed into care and treatment brought on behalf of three former AHF program was designed from the beginning as realized I had read a long list of names
provided by AHF. They claimed that those employees spoke volumes about the to limit the linkage incentive to being applied and personal information for individuals
payments violated a federal anti-kickback merits of the case, and todays dismissal of only in instances where the client was linked diagnosed as HIV positive, and that now
law known as the False Claims Act, as well these unfounded whistleblower claims by to an AHF HCC exclusively, and nowhere else. this document had been entered into the
as a similar law in Florida. the court is a tremendous victory not only I do not know if they chose the wrong evidentiary record of a federal lawsuit.
Since neither the federal government for AHF, but for the patients and public document or they had not read it fully, but Vellequette said personal information
nor the state joined the lawsuit, the we serve daily, AHF President Michael when they had me read aloud the email, was high regarded within AHF and
three called themselves whistleblowers, Weinstein said in a statement. We thank it clearly stated in my own words that two violation was considered a highly serious
as if they were acting on behalf of the the court for its wisdom in this ruling. appointments to any medical provider was breach of the federal HIPAA medical
government and the public, which would Although the United States has not acceptable and that care was not to be information privacy statute.
also entitle them to a portion of any intervened and is not a formal party, it specically limited to AHF. This lawyer had
expected multi-million dollar settlement. remains the real party in interest in this already been aggressive with me during CONTINUES AT LOSANGELESBLADE.COM
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(Left to right): JUAN CASTILLO-ALVARADO, LEA Director of Education Programs; ARI GUTIERREZ ARAMBULA, Advisory
Board President; GIZELLA CZENE, PFLAG en Espaol; MARIO CEBALLOS, President of HONOR PAC; AL BALLESTEROS,
CEO of JWCH and publisher of Adelante Magazine; EDDIE MARTINEZ, LEA Executive Director; OSKAR RODRIGUEZ,
MC and star of HULUs original series East Los High; ELIZABETH LOPEZ and DIANA FELIZ OLIVAS, Advisory Board
Members. BRIAN PERRY
PHOTO COURTESY OF LEA
PHOTO COURTESY OF FACEBOOK

Latino Equality Alliance honors LGBT heroes Remembering Log Cabins Brian Perry
The Latino Equality Alliance (LEA) was created in 2008 to galvanize the Los Angeles LGBT Latino Facebook exploded with shock and sadness at the news that
community to combat the anti-gay marriage Prop 8. Since then, the Boyle Heights-based LEAs smart gay Republican Brian Perry, a beloved xture in the California
political talent has developed a community-minded organization that educates youth and families about political community, died of undisclosed causes at his home on
the harms of homophobia and promotes healthcare. June 12. He was 55.
Pride festivals, gay clubs and other venues that cater to LGBTQ individuals are fun to attend but we As President of the Los Angeles chapter of the Log Cabin
want to feel safe where we live we want to be who we are where we are! says Eddie Martinez, co-founder Republicans and as President of the statewide Log Cabin
and Executive Director of the Latino Equality Alliance. We want for students to feel safe at school and Republicans of California in the era of Gov. Pete Wilsons 1991
at home. They should not fear loss of support and aection from the people they rely on most their veto of the gay civil rights bill AB 101, Perry upheld not only
parents, school peers and teachers. such traditional core Republican values as smaller government
The Medina family is a prime example of the success of their eorts. After coming out this year, Alex was and stronger defense but the values of Republican President
condent enough to become President of the GSA club at his high school while his parents, Candelaria and Abraham Lincoln of equality and justice for all. In 1993, he
Mario, have become public speakers advocating family acceptance. worked to elect attorney Richard Riordan as mayor of Los
As the organization expands its programing and impact, LEA paused on June 17 to acknowledge Angeles, inspired by Riordans commitment to diversity. He
community leaders. landed a legislative aide job with LA City Councilmember Dennis
The purple lily is a cultural symbol of love and passion, which is aptly represented in the honorees of Zine and stayed for 12 years, before he segued over to work for
our 2017 Purple Lily Awards, said LEA co-founder Ari Gutierrez Arambula. Councilmember Paul Koretz, who adjourned the City Council on
Al Ballesteros, CEO of JWCH, Inc. and cofounder and publisher of Adelante Magazine, played a critical June 16 in Perrys memory, emphasizing his loving obsession
role in LEAs founding by providing non-prot scal sponsorship so it could apply for its rst grants. Mario with Dodger baseball.
Ceballos was the founding President of VIVA! The Latino LGBTQ Arts Collective, and is a co-founder and Out Councilmember Mitch OFarrell spoke of Perrys work in
current President of HONOR PAC, a political action group supporting Latinx LGBT candidates. Mrs. Gizella creating the Sister City relationship between Los Angeles and
Czene is a tireless ally who runs several monthly PFLAG en Espaol meetings in the L.A. area including one Beirut, Lebanon.
at our Mi Centro location. These individuals are invaluable to our LGBT community and they each do their Brian was one of the hardest workers for inclusion in
work quietly and under the radar. We are pleased to highlight their dedication and encourage them and the Republican Party and equality for all, LCR/LA said in a
others to continue this type of amazing community service work. statement. Brian will never be forgotten and his legacy within
KAREN OCAMB Log Cabin, the Republican Party, and the LGBT community will
be felt for generations.
KAREN OCAMB
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Congregation Kol Ami celebrates 25 years of advocacy


Synagogue has had a
major impact worldwide

By KAREN OCAMB
kocamb@losangelesblade.com

Fighting for social justice takes


fortitude. And sometimes nding a salve
for the wounds of war, weariness and
disappointment can itself seem a burden
too huge to bear. But then comes a voice
of love and self-assurance, tinged with
angry righteousness, aimed squarely at
inspiring that heavy next step and never,
ever abandoning the cause.
The voice emanates from Rabbi
Denise Eger, who has been vociferously
L-R, RICH VAUGHN, NATALIE BERGMAN, DR. KIM BERGMAN and TOMMY WOELFEL Celebrate Kol Amis commitment to Social Justice.
advocating for LGBT equality since the
early 1980s. Ordained in 1988, the power of LOS ANGELES BLADE PHOTO BY KAREN OCAMB

Egers presence, often alongside longtime


activist Rev. Troy Perry, reminded many of She became immersed in the issue of the intersection of justice and spirituality that wherever I am. My Judaism teaches
the courageous religious leaders on the marriage equality, leading eorts in 1996 for themselves whatever their faith journey me to Love your neighbor as yourself.
frontlines during the dangerous battles when Congress passed the Defense of is and we continue at Kol Ami to be deeply It is a consistent message. At the core
for African American civil rights. Marriage bill to get the Reform Rabbis to engaged in social justice work. of my religious faith is the eternal promise
In 1992, during the height of the AIDS crisis, support civil marriage. Then Eger wrote a But some of our LGBTQ community and of justice for all. Not for some but a vision
Eger and 35 others founded Congregation revolutionary resolution that passed in our allies think especially here in California that one day all people of goodwill and
Kol Ami, a synagogue serving LGBT and allied her denomination. It was transformative that we achieved full equality. We have good faith and no faith shall sing in one
Jews in West Hollywood. On June 19, about for Judaism to understand that marriage not, Eger continues. Wherever a child voice an anthem of peace and liberty. And
200 people celebrated Kol Amis 25 years was marriage and it paved the way for fears coming out, wherever a trans person we cannot gather tonight only 35 miles
of commitment to helping heal the world, other religious denomination to come to is red from work, wherever someone is from Baltimore when there are others who
including Egers historic work bringing LGBT support marriage equality both civilly and denied their spiritual needs the work of lack equality and justice. Our community
acceptance to Reform Judaism. Eger just RELIGIOUSLY, she says. equality is not done. We need more places has known police brutality. After all the
completed a two-year term as the rst openly Eger calls her impactful leadership and more LGBTQ people to transform the Stonewall riots were a response in 1969 to
gay President of more than 2300 Reform during the ght against Prop 8 a hallmark lives of all of Los Angeles and our nation. continued police harassment. And there
Rabbis worldwide, which she calls one of the of my rabbinate. Kol Ami was a force for We need our energy, our voices to engage will be no justice and equality until all are
most signicant events in my life. organizing and every night we took out the and transform this world. We cant rest on at the table, Eger said in an April 26, 2015
Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin pews in the sanctuary, set up tables and our laurels. We know from the teachings sermon at the Multi-Faith Prayer Service in
Lance Black and his husband, Olympic we became a hub for phone banking and of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King: None Washington, DC for Unite for Marriage.
diver Tom Daley, presented Guardian of trying to defeat Prop 8. of us are free until all are free. The world needs our LGBTQ vision of
Justice awards to founding members Kim The passage of Prop 8 was not her Eger has always been aware of the humanityequality for all, true dignity,
and Natalie Bergman. Founding member only obstacle. One of my biggest intersectionality of oppression and the and love, Eger tells the Los Angeles Blade.
Alvin Gross and temple social justice disappointments has been the tendency for struggle for liberation, especially in these And we cant rest until that is a promise for
activities chair David Glickman received our community to get lazy, Eger says. We times when fear mongering, racism, every person. Congregation Kol Ami, West
Spirit of Kol Ami awards. think because in California we have achieved misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, Hollywoods Reform Synagogue, anticipates
One of the most signicant events so much equality that we dont have to be anti-Semitism Islamophobia have raised that its members and supporters will
for me has been our LGBTQ ght for engaged. I know that Congregation Kol their ugly and immoral head, she says. I continue to be out front, leading that spiritual
equality, Eger tells the Los Angeles Blade. Amis presence has helped people explore believe it is my religious calling to combat quest for true human dignity for all.
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A tale of two travel bans


Trumps wins Muslim ban; families are [ashamed] of us.
The new Muslim ban does allow entry
California bars state trips
by visa holders with bona de ties to
to anti-LGBTQ states people or entitiessuch as employees,
students and family members. But LGBT
By KAREN OCAMB refugees and asylum-seekers may not
kocamb@losangelesblade.com have those ties, even though, for LGBT
Trump supporters reject
Iranians like Mitra, Southern California has Californias travel ban as
The debate over Donald Trumps been home to a large Iranian community hypocrisy in this Facebook
post by Turning Point
Muslim travel ban and Californias travel since Ayatollah Khomeinis conservative USA, a conservative policy
group.
ban against anti-LGBT states is forcing Islamic revolution in 1979.
many Americans to examine their own In the meantime in California, Attorney IMAGE COURTESY OF TURNING POINT USA

denition of humanity. General Xavier Becerras announcement


Trump campaigned for the presidency on June 22 of a ban on ocial travel by
telling LGBT voters he would protect them state employees to four more anti-LGBT
from the viciousness, hatred and death states has provoked both concern and beyond our borders. rights under assault across the country, I
perpetrated by ISIS and followers of Sharia bemused retorts. Thus, without prompting from LGBT thought it was important to join other Latino
law. But he failed to realize that his Muslim The announcement should not have groups, Becerra added Alabama, Kentucky, leaders and show Californias example.
travel ban denying entry into the U.S. by been a surprise. On Sept. 27, 2016, South Dakota and Texas to the list. Though California is replete with
applicants from Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill authored Our country has made great strides sanctuary cities, Prop 187 is still a stinging
Syria and Libya includes LGBT refugees and by out Assembly member Evan Low in dismantling prejudicial laws that have reminder of voter-approved racism.
asylum seekers, many of whom have ed to that prohibits state agencies and the deprived too many of our fellow Americans Some Texas business leaders fear the
Turkey where they are now stuck, despite Legislature from approving state funded or of their precious rights, Becerra said in a backlash over Prop 187 and more recently
years of vetting by the UN and U.S. The sponsored travel to a state that, after June statement. Sadly, that is not the case in all in North Carolina over HB2, predict dire
decision by the Supreme Court to allow a 26, 2015, has enacted a law that voids or parts of our nation, even in the 21st century. consequences for the Lone Star state.
partial implementation of the ban until oral repeals existing state or local protections There are consequences to What is clear, and what has been clear
arguments are heard after the summer against discrimination on the basis of discrimination, Becerra said. Restricting for some time, is that a discriminatory
recess still leaves LGBT refugees in limbo and sexual orientation, gender identity, or state-sponsored travel is a consequence. brand creates signicant and unnecessary
subject to anti-LGBT hate crimes. gender expression, or has enacted a law The ban allows a few exceptions, economic risk for the state of Texas,
Mitra, a 27-year-old lesbian who has that authorizes or requires discrimination including for meetings or contracts signed Jessica Shortall, managing director of the
been living in a conservative city in Turkey against same-sex couples or their families before the law went into eect on January pro-LGBT business group Texas Competes,
since eeing death threats in Iran in 2014, on these bases, according to bill sponsor 1. University sports teams and coaches, told mysanantonio.com.
was granted UN refugee status more Equality California. for instance, are trying to gure out what But reaction from state legislators has
than 18 months ago. She expected to be The California travel ban immediately the ban means for their game schedules. basically been a middle nger back to
resettled in the U.S. But after Trumps prohibited state-sanctioned travel to The day after Becerras announcement, California. It seems to me the state of
initial Muslim ban in February, she told the North Carolina, Mississippi, Kansas and openly gay State Sen. Ricardo Lara and California wants to weigh in and inuence
UK-based Guardian newspaper, the nal Tennessee and ordered the Attorney West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tem John our legislation and our culture, State Rep.
interview was cancelled. General to track states that discriminate, Duran ew to Texas to attend the annual Dustin Burrows said. I think most Texans,
Iran doesnt want us, Canada doesnt thus qualifying for the prohibition list. conference of National Assn. of Latino including myself, strongly reject that.
want us [because they are focused on California has said clearly, our taxpayer Elected and Appointed Ocials (NALEO). The Tennessee Senate went further,
Syrian refugees] and now the US doesnt dollars will not help fund bigotry and Duran, national chair of NALEO, told the Los passing a resolution urging other states
want us either, Mitra told the Guardian. I hatred, Low said in a statement after Angles Times that Dallas had been selected to refrain from imposing moral judgment
have seen the suicide of three friends since Brown signed his bill. If other states try as a conference site three years ago. on their sister states as California has done
2015. A gay Iranian [threw] himself o a and pass similar laws, we will work to Texas just passed one of the nations in order to prevent escalating foolishness
balcony and an Iranian lesbian hanged stop them. Our zero-tolerance policy says most anti-immigrant laws with Senate Bill and consider taking action against this
herself just eight months ago.At least with there is no room for discrimination of any 4, and California went down this road with type of blackmail.
religious refugees, they have the support of kind in California, and AB 1887 ensures Proposition 187 more than 20 years ago, Lara Elbows in the unending cultural wars
their families, we dont even have that. Our that discrimination will not be tolerated said in a statement. With LGBT and immigrant just sharpened.
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AHF puts trans issues front and center with FLUX


Understanding, educating for their businesses. We also set up job
boards where job seekers can connect
about the transgender
with these restaurants for work.
experience Trans people have two to three
times higher unemployment rates. The
By REBEKAH SAGER workplace has to face this and needs to
work on it. The economics are so connected
Los Angeles-based AIDS Health to the well being of trans women. For 90
Foundations transgender arm, FLUX, percent of the trans people weve hired,
hosted a panel discussion last week on it was the rst time working in their true
being trans, using the recently released gender identity, and their self- esteem
National Geographic lm, Gender was so low. We got to watch their lives
Revolution: a Journey with Katie Couric, transform. Instead of wondering if they
as a conversation starter. were worthwhile, and worrying about ever
Clips from Gender Revolution were getting another job and having to maybe
shown throughout the event and panelists turn to sex work or suicide, they started
were challenged to answer the sometimes seeing themselves in the customers eyes
FLUX launched in March 2017.
tough and often touching questions of their as who they really are and they started to
personal transition stories, and the need PHOTO COURTESY OF AHF
get married, and truly their lives started to
for people to see them as whole people. normalize. Thats our mission, to make this
The panel included Michaela see that too, Luna added. its not necessary or required, he adds. the new normal, Mendelsohn said.
Mendelsohn, activist, philanthropist, and Lunas mother explained that the One of the most dicult topics was about Jessey Zambrano is featured in Gender
owner of six El Pollo Loco franchises; Laith greatest misconception around her how trans people feel when non-trans Revolution. She moved to the U.S. from
Ashley De la Cruz, a singer and actor; daughters trans identity is the idea that in people openly ask about their genitalia. Mexico City and was working in a Los
Zoey Luna, a 15-year-old transgender the Latino community theres no support If Im out walking around in the world, Angeles restaurant where she was severely
activist; Lunas mother, Ofelia Barba; for trans children. no one cares whats between my legs, mistreated even beaten by a customer.
Christiaan Kier, professor at California The narrative changes when people see unless theyre trying to sleep with me, De Her life changed when she began
State University Los Angeles; Blossom, a single, Latina mom, supporting her trans la Cruz says laughing. Until I disclose that working at one of Mendelsohns El Pollo
an actress and HIV/AIDS activist; Julissa daughter. Today Im not so concerned Im trans, and then it becomes something Loco restaurants. Today, shes a manager.
Bermudez, Yahoos celebrity host; and Tiq what others think. Im not so apologetic. that all of a sudden is super important. When a trans person is unemployed
Milan, a journalist. It doesnt bother me what others say. The Theres no need for that, he says. that could lead to them to sex work
All of the panelists agreed Gender main challenge for us as parents of trans Just because were trans doesnt mean because its all about survival. And when
Revolution could be used as a powerful tool kids is their safety, Barba says. our private parts are any less private, they do that, they become at a higher risk
in the arsenal of education for those who De la Cruz talked about his transition at Milan added. for HIV/AIDS, Blossom said.
seek to understand the trans experience. 4 years old and how uncomfortable he felt The biggest threat however to trans HIV rates in the U.S. for the trans
There needs to be other narratives in the expression of girls clothing. people are the statistics. Trans women community are about 24 percent, despite
than older, white, transitioning people, I knew there was something dierent are four times more likely to live under the progress made in research and
Luna told the Los Angeles Blade about about me as a child. When I looked at the poverty limit, and one of the primary prevention education in the community.
why she was excited to be a part of the gender, I would say that it was all about reasons is the challenge of nding If that number is surprising, its because,
panel discussion. expression. From an early age, I wanted employment. as Queen Victoria Ortega, a trans woman
Im a Latina, and a transgender youth. to wear boys clothes. I knew that girls Mendelsohn, a trans woman herself, and the head of AHF FLUX says, Because
I get to represent the way transgender clothes werent what I wanted, I would started hiring trans people in her restaurants we have no political or economic clout and
people are presented in the media. We want to rip them o, he said. and then she launched TransCanWork, an thats why visibility is so important and the
need someone of color in this ght. Im A lot of people associate trans-ness organization that provides resources for cornerstone of FLUXs existence. If you dont
here to help other trans kids who dont with the process of transitioning, but transgender jobseekers. acknowledge or measure peoples existence,
have a voice and dont live the life Caitlyn you are trans prior to that. Some people Working with the National Restaurant their thoughts and needs, and understand
Jenner can. We dont come from a rich choose to undergo medical transition in Association, we train employers in job the gaps in services and resources, then you
background, and its important for kids to order to further arm their gender, but inclusivity and show them why its good simply dont care, she said.
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Amy Siskind is keeping a list


Lesbian journalist goes form a community and protecting one
another. Journalists from the right are still
viral tracking Trumps lies
amplifying authoritarian messages and
giving credence to news thats not true
By TROY MASTERS news. I am starting to see change.
tmasters@losangelesblade.com What The List does that our media is
not able to do because they need to
Amy Siskinds work is the kind of genius cover every story as if it were a traditional
historians will refer to in the next decade administration (or in Trumps case its a
as the denitive chronicler of what went regime) is give some perspective week
wrong and how. by week about whats happening.
Experts in authoritarianism advise to What mainstream journalists are
keep a list of things subtly changing around reporting is very in the moment but it
you, so youll remember, she likes to say. doesnt, with the exception of a few like
Each day brings a bombshell that maybe Rachel Maddow, trace back the story.
in ordinary times would dominate the AMY SISKINDs List of Trumps lies and attacks has gone viral, attracting hundreds of thousands of For example, The List can follow the
weekly readers.
news cycle for months with sweeping Deutsche Bank over weeks or months
PHOTO COURTESY OF SISKIND
investigations. Trump takes to Twitter over whereas most of the reporting is just here
the slightest perceived slight, promoting we are in this moment and today. So what
the fakest narrative he can spell out in take hold behavior that seems shocking accountability for these items or being I really hope to accomplish with The List
140 characters about news he wants his at rst quickly becomes normal. able to even remember them. As a result, is to access all the stories about Deutsche
followers to ignore. And on LGBT rights, she has a particularly weve in a way normalized things that in Bank that have happened over the last
But that, like so much else, is just a urgent message, especially if you continue any other time in our country or in our several months since Ive been doing The
charade that masks a whole spate of to believe that Trump hasnt really gone lifetimes would be shocking and deserving List. Its a journalistic way of tying things
other alleged crimes and misdemeanors after the LGBTQ community. of outrage around the country. Were together that our media is not doing.
now under multiple investigations. While The Blade spoke with Siskind by phone bombarded with so many of these each Typically, I spend 15 to 20 hours a week
we are hyperventilating about a Tweet, from her home in Westchester County, N.Y. and every day weve become desensitized. on each list because so many of the things
something else much darker is happening. Thats led to a sort of acceptance I put in the list are not widely seen, but to
And thats where Siskind comes in. For the BLADE: Whats the motivating force because we are sort of plowed over by all me are really important.
past seven months she has taken note and behind your work tracking Trumps lies and thats not normal. I spend a lot of time covering treatment
documented every instance of the abnormal the administrations bizarre behavior? You of dierent subsets of people because
or bizarre, spending 15-20 hours a week and told The Washington Post that it developed BLADE: Even journalists are plowed thats part of authoritarianism; I mean how
talking to thousands of people to synthesize when you read about the process of over. Theres tacit endorsement when you treat one then how do you treat the
events as they happen. normalization, that we come to accept they do not properly challenge him. LGBTQ community how you treat people
She publishes her work (dubbed the things that are abnormal because we get SISKIND: The bar was set pretty low by of dierent religions and people of color
Weekly List) chronicling the bad deeds of lost in this slow drift of bizarreness. So I our media I have myself been a critic of so I make sure to highlight things that are
the Trump administration on social media guess my question is, what strikes you so far the media early on about some journalists really not normal.
platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and as the most bizarre thing thats happened? complimenting him for reading o a I cover the way citizens are acting but
Medium, attracting hundreds of thousands AMY SISKIND: Though there are too teleprompter or covering him like you also the way the administration is acting.
of weekly readers. Her work has been many to mention, I think what strikes me would a normal candidate, talking about
highlighted by The Washington Post and most is that we are living in a constant things like infrastructure when it was BLADE: What do you make of gay
The Independent and Siskind is considered state of chaos. There are so many items pretty obvious even before he took oce Republicans and Trump supporters
a rising journalistic star. A NYU journalism each and every day that are, in and of that he was not going to be normal. who say he hasnt really done anything
professor called her work thoroughly themselves, shocking. In normal times Even though it started out that way, I am specically bad to LGBTQ people?
journalistic and much needed. these things would be individual stories grateful to see a shift. SISKIND: Thats an uninformed
Siskind said her work on Trump that would be covered by our media for I think the media has realized they are argument. I think the LGBT community
originated from her post-election reading weeks or months. But, because there under siege now and being silenced. I
about how authoritarian governments are so many of them, weve lost track of see mainstream journalists beginning to CONTINUES ON PAGE 13
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Siskind goes viral with weekly List of Trump lies


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Trump administration its legally acceptable state for gay people to adopt. Between everybody, every American. Any normal
to discriminate against people based on workplace discrimination, gay adoption, Republican is a better alternative than losing
is in grave danger with Trump and the their sexual orientation or gender. and what happened to transgender people, our democracy, which is whats happening.
overriding thing is that we are invisible to And thats that headline worthy!!! That transgender students being excluded from The basic rights that were aorded,
the Trump administration. should scream out with three exclamation protection under the Civil Rights Act and in including our voting rights and fair
And Ill give specic examples of ways points at the end. college too. I mean, this is something that elections are, under Trump, under siege.
that he is hurting our community, but the People who dont think he hasnt impacts the LGBTQ community. When people ask me that question you
overall theme is were invisible thats never done anything against LGBT people are dont know exactly how anythings going to
good for any community. missing the point hes slowly eroding BLADE: They have taken away the right play out; you know its going to be chaos.
Lets start with the fact that theres no our protections and making it legal to to sue for those things. Would I rather have Pence?
recognition of LGBTQ Pride month. When discriminate against us because of our SISKIND: Yes! They wont pursue that Ill deal with that option when it comes
we are made invisible you take away sexual orientation and gender identity. under DeVos and our Department of to it, but I can tell you right now were in
our identity. Trump is doing that by not Justice.And were just at the start of things! danger and I dont think theres anything
recognizing Pride: hes doing that by not BLADE: Its very much like what you said Im looking here at week 20. Trump that could be any worse than what were
including LGBTQ people in the Census. about authoritarianism a slow erosion signed an executive order which legalizes currently living in.
Thats a really big deal and I have it in of normalcy. discrimination against LGBT federal
my weekly list 32 that just came out; NPR SISKIND: Exactly! And end of rights for employees. Yes, thats one of the two BLADE: With the Supreme Court decision
did a Freedom of Information Act request dierent subsets of people. You can see items that week. And then the Census. to take on the wedding cake case on the
on work that was done by HUD and they the dierent subsets of people that are But thats really a huge thing I mean it and same day it basically erased the line between
said Census data was essential for the under attack. Its pretty much everyone then in a later week you have (Commerce church and state, its really hard to imagine
inclusion of the LGBT community to be thats not white, straight, Christian and Secretary) Wilbur Ross removing we arent about to face a signicant setback.
part of the Census. Trumps response male. We can have the same conversation LGBT protections from the Commerce It looks like the threat to LGBTQ people is
is that they dont think its appropriate about ways women are being attacked or Departments handbook. That anotherreally spreading throughout government.
to ask questions of sexual orientation Muslim Americans or Jewish Americans or big item to include in week 20. SISKIND: Well, if hes able to appoint
and gender identity topics, which is an Latinos or immigrants or black Americans another Supreme Court judge we just
argument that makes us invisible. or something for everybody. BLADE: So much for the idea that Trump have to pray for our Ruth Bader Ginsburg
has done nothing to hurt LGBT people. that she stays alive until the 2020 election.
BLADE: That Census information is used BLADE: Those, of course, include LGBT SISKIND: Yes, we are under assault and I worry about all of it. But I think we get
throughout government to implement people... I think the communitys in great danger; sort of distracted if we just focus on whats
civil rights protections and to ensure SISKIND: Yes, we are under assault in so hes not going to stand up on stage and happening in the judicial branch because
representation and equality. many ways. Lets talk about Gorsuch. Just say I am a bigot. Hes going to slowly Trump is doing so much damage in the
SISKIND: Point is that if youre invisible this week his Supreme Court appointee erode our rights and make us invisible. executive branch already, that people are just
you dont need protections or rights. So, argued against gay adoption. And the Thats what he is doing. kind of numb to...that, I think, is the biggest
you can see the path down which he is scariest part of that to me is that its not purpose with what Im doing with The List
taking the nation. based on fact. Theres study after study BLADE: What happens if Pence replaces and the conversation you and I are having.
This was in week 31. In week 32, his showing gay and lesbian parents are Trump? We need to raise awareness that already
Secretary of Education DeVos said she wont actually superior parents to heterosexual SISKIND: Whats going to happen, in we are becoming invisible and that our
go after schools that discriminate against parents! So, its not based on any factual either scenario, is that were going to rights are being eroded.
transgender students amongst other things. study, its based on his own bias. be in chaos. I mean Trump isnt getting Its hard to imagine exactly what will
They are not going to push on the civil rights These are the people that Trump is anything done legislatively. And if he faces happen with the Supreme Court cases.
issues. That was just one week! bringing into power and into authority. If impeachment hearings or if he faces other You know, weve lost Scalia and gained
Not protecting transgender people is an that doesnt scare you! Theres now, I think criminal proceedings, nothings going somebody whos maybe even further right
issue. Theyve also already taken away - in eight states, since he took power that are to get done legislatively. But he still can than him.
certain government departments - worker making it illegal for gay couples to adopt. slowly erode things. I think probably the only issue that is
protections on the basis of sexual orientation. I know California now has banned Will Pence be any better or worse? NOT currently on the table is gay marriage,
So when you make people invisible, ocial government business travel to We dont know. We dont know if Pence and thats only because generations are so
you dont need to protect them against those eight states. himself will be ensnared by whats going decidedly pro-gay marriage.
discrimination in housing and workplace But theres eight states since he took on I nd it hard to believe he wont be. Everything else, though you can be
discrimination. So, in many parts of the power that are making it illegal in their Regardless, I think it has to be a goal for married and have every other right taken
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living with HIV today are living longer, healthier lives than ever before, Trump said. My
administration is determined to build upon those improvements and continue supporting

Senate delays vote on Trumpcare domestic and global health programs that prioritize testing and treatment for HIV/AIDS.
The statement obtained in advance by the Blade marked the rst time President
Trump has explicitly addressed HIV/AIDS either during the campaign trail or during
The U.S. Senate shelved on Tuesday a plan to vote this week on a measure his administration. The presidents statement comes shortly after six members of the
seeking to repeal and replace Obamacare as LGBT rights supporters continue Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resigned in protest, asserting the president
to raise the alarm about its impact both for LGBT people and America at large. doesnt care about the epidemic.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced the chamber Trump calledtesting crucial in combating HIV/AIDS, adding wevenever been closer
would no longer hold a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act on Thursday, to conquering the epidemic.
delaying the vote until after lawmakers return from July 4 recess. HIV carriers who do not know they have the virus put themselves and others at risk,
Were going to continue the discussions within our conference on the missing out on life-saving treatment and possibly, inadvertently aecting others, Trump
dierences that we have that we continue to try to litigate, McConnell said. said. People who are not currently receiving treatment transmit more than 90 percent of
Consequently, we will not be voting on the bill this week, but were still working infections, as they do not benet from treatments that dramatically reduce the amount
toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place. of virus in their bodies. That is why the key to interrupting the transmission is a simple,
Five Republican senators, the latest of which was Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), routine HIV test.
declared they couldnt support the bill in its current form not because it would Trump supports legislation pending before Congress that would repeal Obamacare,
dramatically cut coverage, but because it doesnt go far enough to repeal the which HIV/AIDS advocates seeking to combat HIV/AIDS have criticized. The Congressional
Aordable Care Act. Budget Oce estimates it would lead to an estimated 22 million losing health care
LGBT rights supporters held a conference call with reporters on Tuesday to coverage under the proposal. Most of the loss of coverage would be the result of cuts to
raise awareness about the bill, which seeks to phase out the Medicaid expansion Medicaid, which provides care to an estimated 40 percent of people with HIV.
under Obamacare to pay for a tax cut mostly for the wealthiest Americans. Trumps scal year 2018 budget request also proposes steep cuts in HIV/AIDS programs.
Human Rights Campaign President Chad Grin said the legislation would Among them is a $150 million cut to the Centers for Disease Control for HIV testing and
have a devastating impact on LGBT people because theyre disproportionately prevention initiatives.
aected by health disparities. CHRIS JOHNSON
Both the House and Senate versions of the bill gut core provisions of the ACA,
cut o tens of millions of Americans from life-saving health care coverage while
increasing out-of-pocket costs, Grin said.
Rep. DelBene calls for LGBT Equality Day
On Monday, the Congressional Budget Oce unveiled its score for the Senate
version of Better Care Reconciliation Act, estimating 15 million more people by On the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage
2018 would be uninsured under the legislation than under Obamacare and 22 equality, Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) took to the House oor to call for the institution
million more people in 2026. of an LGBT Equality Day honoring the occasion.
Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender DelBene recognized Monday, June 26 as LGBT Equality Day on the basis of historic
Equality, said during the conference shes deeply concerned about the bills decisions from the Supreme Court on that date not only on marriage equality, but other
impact on transgender people and their very lives. LGBT issues.
We are outraged that congressional leaders and the president would disrupt and Today, we mark the anniversary of landmark victories at the Supreme Court that
endanger so many lives just apparently to say that they passed a bill and to give moved our country toward one that is more fair, more equal and more inclusive of all
hundreds of billions of dollars to the people who need it the least, Keisling said. Americans and we are a better, stronger nation for it, DelBene said.
On Tuesday, President Trump held a roundtable with Republican senators at The Supreme Court struck down state bans on same-sex marriage in the Obergefell
the White House and said they were very close to coming to an agreement to v. Hodges decision handed down June 26, 2015, but on the same date the high court
pass a measure to undo Obamacare. delivered other milestone LGBT decisions.
CHRIS JOHNSON On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court in two separate decisions ruled against the anti-
gay Defense of Marriage Act and restored marriage equality to California after passage of
Proposition 8. Ten years earlier on June 26, 2003, the Supreme Court struck down state
bans on same-sex relations in the Lawrence v. Texas decision.

Trump: testing crucial in defeating HIV On the same day DelBene recognized LGBT Equality Day on the House oor, she
reintroduced in the House a resolution calling for recognition of the occasion and the
need for further legislation to ensure people in the United States are free from all forms of
President Trump issued a statement Tuesday observing National HIV Testing Day, discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
calling the disease one of the worlds most signicant health challenges and encouraging Meanwhile, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the only out lesbian in Congress introduced
Americans to learn their HIV status. a companion resolution in the Senate on the same day.
Thanks to concerted eorts to diagnose and treat more and more people, Americans CHRIS JOHNSON
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Pride, prejudice and teachable moments


Our republic is built
on bridging the divide
By RICHARD J. ROSENDALL

We awake in an upended age. Past gains


are at risk. Greedy men appeal to the worst
in people. Members of the long-dominant
racial group, feeling under threat as their
numbers wane, aggressively move to lock
in their power at others expense. Crude
demagoguery wins the day, hate crimes
spike, and members of Congress respond
to a narrowly averted massacre by
insisting on more and more guns. America
teeters on an abyss.
The values we were raised to uphold,
like faithfulness and compassion, and
constitutional principles like due process
and equal protection, are not self-
implementing. They live or die by how we
govern ourselves. Experience teaches that
if we seek justice, we must act with justice.
Yet we can barely talk to one another,
barely see one another.
Last week saw the release of the police
dash cam video of the 2016 murder of
Philando Castile in Minnesota, as well as
a video of Castiles girlfriend Diamond
Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter in
the back of a police cruiser shortly after
Castile was shot in front of them. The
girl comforted her mother and urged her bookkeeping, where only one side of the a particular person who has made Our actions must honor the predecessors
to be calm because I dont want you to ledger counts. a particular journey. I will not be who bequeathed us freedom.
get shooted. The videos are almost too Dogma, whether from right or left, pigeonholed. Please extend to me the Special Agent Crystal Griner, a married
much to bear. Their release followed the blinds us to the nuance that lls our daily same honest gaze that you demand for black lesbian, was one of the Capitol Police
acquittal of Jeronimo Yanez, the ocer lives. Messy details get in the way of simple yourself. ocers who saved Rep. Steve Scalise and
who shot Castile seven times during a solutions; but when we force a comforting President Obama last week pointed other Republican Congress members and
trac stop. His family received a $3 million narrative upon the events in front of us, to foundational values in criticizing the staers on June 14 by taking down shooter
settlement. we falsify. It is pernicious whether in juries Senate healthcare bill: [T]his debate has James Hodgkinson. Will Scalise be moved
These incidents betray our values. An or activists. We cannot resolve a problem always been about something bigger than to re-examine his racist and homophobic
assumption of black criminality too often we fail to see clearly. And we cannot work politics. Its about the character of our past? Will his supporters use this teachable
undergirds them. We must confront with people we are busy demonizing. countrywho we are, and who we aspire moment to learn and grow?
this, build on reform eorts, and ensure We do not undercut justice but advance to be. Reach across the chasm of dierence
better police training in de-escalation it when we recognize that some police Whether we are addressing problems and look your neighbor in the eye. The
methods. When we fall into the trap of use techniques that minimize deadly in policing or healthcare or corporate and ame of recognition may not bridge the
reducing community-police relations to shootings, or when we recognize that environmental abuses, we must appeal gap, but it never will without eort. Our
a zero-sum game of us vs. them, we all some members of privileged groups to shared valuesthe same values that republic is at stake. We must take the leap.
lose. When our outrage prompts broad- have long worked for justice for those inspired generations of African Americans
brush responses like barring police from marginalized by race or gender. We to pass down the artifacts now on display Copyright 2017 by Richard J.
Pride parades, we fall into the pit of have to look for the people behind the at the National Museum of African Rosendall. All rights reserved.
responding to dehumanization of victims categories. As Fred Rogers put it, we have American History and Culture. Those are
by dehumanizing police. Dale Carpenter to look for the helpers. sacred objects preserved in a heroic mass
RICHARD J. ROSENDALL is a writer and activist.
refers to this as single-entry moral Like you, I am not generic. I am struggle against erasure. As then, so now. He can be reached at rrosendall@me.com.
Neal Bledsoe and Augustus Prew.
Photo by Kevin Parry.

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From left are CHANCE KINGSMYTH as Phil, RAUGI YO as Nate and NYLA ROSE as Su in The Switch.

PHOTO COURTESY OF TREMBLING VOID STUDIOS

Time for a Switch


New comedy features trans actors, personnel

By MARIAH COOPER

In todays media, transgender characters transgender characters, there is still an The Canadian series follows S, played by to accept a job in data entry and placed
are seen on screen more than ever before. underlying theme of darkness surrounding D.C. native Nyla Rose, as she loses her job in the trans corner of the office with
Gone are the days of small roles in Law these shows as they fight for acceptance, for coming out as transgender. S moves in her transgender co-worker, Phil (Chance
& Order featuring transgender characters or more often, simply fight to stay alive. with her ex Chris (Amy Fox), an oil lobbyist Kingsmyth).
who have dismal storylines. Now, Transgender sitcom The Switch: assassin with a good heart and a messy Rose says The Switch stands out from
transgender representation in media has Work, Love, Mortal Danger is another apartment. Her neighbor, Detective Sandra other transgender shows or films because it
advanced into the world of comedy with transgender slice of media thrown onto McKay (Andrea Menard), is a cis-gender puts comedy at the forefront of its message.
shows like Transparent and Orange is the growing pile but its lighthearted, woman and a lesbian who is the guardian Far too many times in media we see the
the New Black and films like Tangerine. sitcom format places it in a different lane of Zoey, a feisty, transgender genderqueer.
While there are funny moments for than the rest. Despite being overqualified, S is forced ContinueS ON page 29
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By TROY MASTERS
tmasters@losangelesblade.com
queery MIKE AGUILERA

Mike Aguilera, 30, is almost as ubiquitously


present in Los Angeles LGBTQ community as his
boss, Congressman Adam Schi is in the news.
Aguilera is a quiet force in the community
who has an amazing ability to work a room. At
the recent Mayors Pride event near Runyon
Canyon in Hollywood, Aguilera seamlessly
worked the room, greeting people with a smile
or a nod, a hug or a handshake.
He is famously earnest and devoted.
At 29 years old, as an out gay man, he joined the
California Army National Guard out of a sense of
duty to democracy. He continues to serve.
While president of the Gay Straight Alliance at
PHOTO COURTESY OF AGUILERA
Loyola Marymount University he stared down
a series of homophobic incidents on campus,
hosting educational events, socials, and How long have you been out and who The federal governments initial reaction Sure, a perm sounds like a great idea! But in
mounting a campus-wide public information was the hardest person to tell? to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. seriousness, it would simply be to listen before
campaign to raise LGBT awareness. Instead Well, I had a boyfriend in high school, but you act, consider what binds us together, and
of shirking away from animosity, he said we I didnt come out to my dad until much Whats been the most memorable pop think about our day-to-day worries.
grew and were able to advocate for a number later. He was the hardest person to tell. culture moment of your lifetime?
of changes that are still in place today. The rst thing that came to mind was Christina What would you walk across hot coals for?
Prior to joining Schis oce as District Whos your LGBT hero? Aguileras music video for Beautiful. Exfoliation.
Representative, he worked for Congresswoman Jesse Brune-Horan. He taught me the
Janice Hahn and LA City Controller Wendy importance of kindness and self-care. On what do you insist? What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
Greuel and the No on 8 campaign. Through his openness, he has been able I insist on generosity of spirit. That gay men are weak, and that
He is a member of the West Hollywood to make tangible and lasting change in the femininity is not something to aspire to.
Beverly Hills Democratic Club where he serves lives of so many in the LGBT community. What was your last Facebook
as vice president. He is a member of the post or Tweet? Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
Democratic State Central Committee, where Whats Los Angeles best nightspot, Huepu! Celebrating 20 years of Harry The Broken Hearts Club:
he is the vice chair of the Los Angeles Region past or present? Potter with my Hogwarts House. A Romantic Comedy
of the Filipino American Democratic Caucus of Gym Bar on a dodgeball night.
the Party. If your life were a book, what would Whats the most overrated social custom?
Aguilera says his work for Schi has been Describe your dream wedding. the title be? Shaking hands. Id much rather hug.
an inspiration. He has shown me that quality Stories about our relationship and Where Did I Leave My Phone? A
of life issues can only be considered because making a commitment in front of those Reection on Lost Items. What trophy or prize do you most covet?
of our commitment to our national security, who will help us keep it. Oh, and cake. World Universities Debating
he told the Los Angeles Blade. Congressman Lots of cake. If science discovered a way to change Championship 2009. My debate partner
Schi has also taught me that freedom of sexual orientation, what would you do? and I lost in the quarternals, and I still
speech, expression, and association are only What non-LGBT issue are you most I would ask why resources were devoted think about it.
possible because of men and women that passionate about? to such a thing.
work tirelessly to ensure a world where those Transportation. When we get out of our What do you wish youd known at 18?
values are upheld. own cars and walk, bike, or take rail or bus, What do you believe in beyond the Write more. It helps me work through my
Aguilera aims to become an Army ocer. or even carpool there are so many more physical world? thoughts and serves a great reminder later on.
I have grown from a kid with very little opportunities to engage with one another. I believe in love.
condence, who lost his role model in life, Why Los Angeles?
his mother, at 17. I am now a man who sees What historical outcome Whats your advice for LGBT movement Because its the greatest city in the world.
opportunities in challenges, he said. would you change? leaders? I was born here, and it is my home.
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AIDS generation faces a new day in After Louie


A SMASHING DIRECTORIAL DEBUT FOR VINCENT GAGLIOSTRO

By JOHN PAUL KING

Its a rare thing when a lm comes along Part of this is attributable to the
that precisely captures the zeitgeist of a screenplay, co-written by Gagliostro and
generation, and within the insular world Anthony Johnson (who also gives a sweetly
of queer cinema, its even rarer. sympathetic performance in the lm as
This is not to say there arent a lot of Braedens other partner, Lukas); but the
great gay lms out there. Most of these determination to oer such a balanced view
chart the ongoing concerns of queer life: comes from the movies creator himself.
nding acceptance, nding a place in Gagliostros direction is not ashy, but
the world, nding love essentially, the its not documentarian, either. There is
same things movies about straight people a stylish elegance to his lm that bets
explore, except from a gay point of view. the sensibilities of a man who has spent
After Louie is something dierent. a lifetime as a visual artist. Likewise, he
Though its narrative touches on all those captures the feel of the New York setting
universal subjects and more, its primary with the instinct of someone so intimate
purpose is to confront an issue that is with it as to forego the travelogue approach
unique to the LGBTQ experience in the others might be tempted to oer.
early years of this millennium. His greatest strength, though, is his
Directed by veteran activist-turned- ability to transfer what is obviously his
lmmaker Vincent Gagliostro (whose days VINCENT GAGLIOSTRO on set in New York City directing his rst feature, After Louie. own deeply personal passion to the screen
PHOTO COURTESY OF GAGLIOSTRO
on the protest lines as a founding member through his cast.
of ACT UP make him an essential voice of his Most obviously, this exudes from the
generation), it is both a powerful personal age gap is more-or-less unsurprising, there with himself. movies star. Sam is not always a likeable
statement and a thoughtful examination are other factors which make this romance The feelings with which he grapples character hes arrogant, confrontational,
of the crossroads at which queer culture anything but typical; for instance, Sam mirror those of so many gay men and judgmental, petulant but Cumming
stands at this particular moment in history. initially assumes that Braeden is a hustler, women in his age bracket; the lingering beautifully navigates the contrast between
Rife with autobiographical overtones, and the younger man is already in and grief and outrage, the resentment at seeing his misanthropic demeanor and the deep
Gagliostros movie centers on Sam (Alan stays in a committed relationship with hard-won freedoms taken for granted by compassion and humanity that underlies
Cumming), a middle-aged New York artist someone else. Any of these circumstances those who never fought for them, the guilt it, and his commitment to the honesty of
and former AIDS activist still haunted by might, in themselves, become the focal over having survived when so many friends that conict is present in his every moment
the anger and sorrow of his younger days. point of an entire movie, but here they are and loved ones were lost these are the onscreen. Booth is equally honest as
Frustrated by complacent peers and all just details to be taken in stride. psychic scars left by a life interrupted by young Braeden, conveying a generosity of
contemptuous of an unappreciative This is not just because Gagliostro has hellish plague, and they are communal. spirit that provides a perfect counterpoint
younger generation, he is attempting to a bigger target in sight, although he does; Just because the lm embraces the to his leading mans gruness.
channel his feelings into a documentary its the natural view from a community in experience of one demographic doesnt Rounding out the cast is an ensemble of
about a close friend who died during the which variations from expected cultural mean it isnt equally comfortable with others; diverse players, each bringing the weight
epidemic a project which meets with models are actually the norm. as refreshing as its ease with unorthodox of their own truth to the screen; peppered
resistance at every turn. Though other audiences might raise relationships is the fairness with which it among them are such faces as Wilson Cruz,
Seeking solace in a one-night-stand their eyebrows over such situations, to treats the other voices within its narrative. Justin Vivian Bond, and the legendary Joey
with Braeden (Zachary Booth), a young most gay viewers they are commonplace Though Sam has conicts with multiple Arias, connecting the lm with a powerful
man he meets at a bar, he nds himself and refreshingly familiar. Such a matter- antagonists throughout, their viewpoints tradition of queer expression and giving it
unexpectedly drawn into a relationship of-fact attitude towards the otherness never seem born of malice; most a stamp of authenticity.
which challenges him to re-examine his of LGBTQ couplings is a welcome touch importantly, instead of demonizing its
understanding of modern gay life. which grounds After Louie in a relatable millennial characters, After Louie presents AFTER LOUIE will be screened as part of
Outfest Los Angeles, 8 PM on Saturday July 15
This premise reads like the pitch for a day-to-day reality and allows it to focus on them with compassion and makes it clear at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel.
love story, but After Louie does not fall easily a more important relationship. they are doing their best to navigate a
into that (or any) category. Though their That, of course, is Sams relationship world they have inherited from their elders. CONTINUES AT LOSANGELESBLADE.COM
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Best bets from Los Angeles Outfest


VIEWING ON A BUDGET AND ON A TIGHT SCHEDULE

By JOHN PAUL KING

LUIS FERNANDEZ and PRAKRITI MADURO in Tamara


PHOTO COURTESY OF ELIA SCHNEIDER

Hey all you queer cinemaphiles Weve mostly stuck with feature-length Kicking o the festival at the Opening Night THE CITY OF THE FUTURE (July 7th)
out there, Los Angeles Outfest is just narrative lms here, with a couple of Gala is this Sundance favorite from rst- A Brazilian oering, this bold drama
around the corner, ready to showcase important exceptions thrown in; but it time lmmaker Francis Lee. A gritty tale of follows the eorts of a polyamorous
an impressive array of new and exciting should be noted that Outfest also oers unlikely romance between an English sheep bisexual trio as they shun convention and
LGBTQ lms. a host of short lms, documentaries and farmer and Romanian migrant he takes on build their own vision of a happy family
We know you want to t as many special events that are highly recommended as a hired hand, this drama is described as as they prepare for the birth of their
screenings as possible into your schedule to round out your Outfest experience. an uninching and compassionate plea for child. Directed by Claudio Marques and
and your budget- but with so many In any case, once youve got your bases unity in these divisive times. Marilia Hughes Guerreiro, its a must-see.
exciting titles on the program, how can covered, you can dive deep into the THE PASS (July 7th, July 9th) Another RIFT (July 7th) This Icelandic entry for
you ever know which ones to choose? schedule (available for perusal, along with Brit drama, this one features Russell Tovey horror fans, this is a story of two boyfriends
No need to fret, weve got you covered. specic venues and ticket info, at https:// and Arinz Kene as a pair of rising soccer being terrorized by someone (or something)
Though every movie in the festival is www.outfest.org/) and add as many more stars whose encounter in a hotel room the in a secluded cabin. Promising to keep
undoubtedly worthy of your attention, selections to your gay agenda as your time night before a big game triggers a cascade you guessing and leave you haunted, this
weve compiled a list of highlights that can and money will allow. of consequences. Toveys status as a gay
serve as a jumping o point for any taste. GODS OWN COUNTRY (July 6th) heartthrob is sure to make this one a hot ticket. CONTINUES ON PAGE 23
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22 across the countryside by following him and exploring his sensuality as he learns to Parisian queer femme literary circle of
on Grindr. According to the description, enjoy lifes eeting pleasures. This one is in 1928. A sumptuous feast for acionados
Erlingur Thoroddsen-directed thriller looks its full of charming and unexpected Portuguese with subtitles, though it sounds of the Jazz Age, this period tell-all looks like
like a real nail-biter. moments, as the two men make their as if not much translation will be needed. a scandalous delight.
100 MEN (July 8th) A documentary way through a series of anonymous CHERRY POP (July 10th) Fans of I DREAM IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE (July
by New Zealander Paul Oremland, who encounters towards an unexpected RuPauls Drag Race will enjoy this comedy 13th) Another Sundance winner, this
looks up 100 men hes had sex with over destiny. It sounds delightfully Euro. featuring Bob the Drag Queen and moving romance is the story of a linguist
the past 40 years. Tracking the changing THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. Tempest DuJour (among other Drag Race who travels deep into the Mexican jungle to
attitudes towards homosexuality over the JOHNSON (July 9th) Sure to be another alumni), about the backstage hi-jinks at a study a disappearing indigenous language
years, its described as a personal, often hot ticket, this documentary by David drag dive bar where dreams go to die. only to discover that the last two people
humorous look. France (How to Survive a Plague) explores GIRL UNBOUND: THE WAR TO BE who know it are a pair of former male
THE REVIVAL (July 8th) Jennifer Gerbers the mysterious death of Stonewall heroine HER (July 10th) A joint Canadian- lovers who refuse to speak to each other
drama takes on religious fundamentalism and trans icon Johnson, using it as a Pakistani production, this documentary because of a 50-year-old quarrel. Directed
through the story of a young preacher springboard to address the risks that still focuses on Maria Toorpakai Wazir, an by Ernesto Contreras, I recommend
whose eorts to open the minds of his face the trans population today. androgynous Muslim Pakistani squash bringing some tissues to this one.
Arkansas congregation are complicated IN BETWEEN (July 9th) Maysaloun champion who struggles to persist and TAMARA (July 13th) The true story of
when a handsome drifter enters his Hamouds multi-lingual lm pushes against endure in the face of persecution and Venezuelas rst transgender politician,
life. With its simmering resentments a lot of taboos with its story of three very threats from Al-Qaeda. Directed by Erin this queer biopic documents her journey
and repressed emotions, its sure to be dierent Palestinian women sharing an Heidenreich, its a timely and challenging from her pre-transition days as a family
controversial in all the right ways. apartment as they attempt to break free of look at the eects of religious fanaticism. man through her rise as a trans activist
SATURDAY CHURCH (July 8th) With its societal expectations. With its cast described HELLO AGAIN (July 11th) Musical theatre and her resulting run for oce. Directed
clear debt to the iconic Paris Is Burning, as charming, this is likely to be a smartly fans will want to jump on this one, a screen by Elia K. Schneider and boasting powerful
this lm about a Bronx teen who ees iconoclastic exploration of clashing cultures. adaptation of Michael John LaChiusas performances, this Spanish-language
his sternly religious aunt and nds refuge A MILLION HAPPY NOWS (July 9th) acclaimed 1994 o-Broadway work which entry is yet another must-see.
in a West Village church where voguing The bittersweet story of a soap opera is itself an adaptation of Arthur Schnitzlers AFTER LOUIE (July 15th) Already
is more important than sermons, is actress with early-onset Alzheimers who classic play, Der Reigen. Directed by Tom featured in the pages of the Blade, this
threaded with dream-like musical retires to spend the time she has left with Gustafson and featuring a wide variety of thought-provoking romantic drama
interludes. With its message that a holy her longtime partner, this Albert Alarr- musical styles, it leapfrogs ten characters from activist-turned-lmmaker Vincent
space is somewhere you can be yourself, directed lesbian tear-jerker promises to through ten clandestine sexual encounters, Gagliostro features Alan Cumming as
this will surely be another crowd-pleaser. provide a million reasons why we all need exploring the reasons why people hook a middle-aged artist whose creative
THE WOUND (July 8th) A South African to appreciate love to the fullest. up while showcasing the talents of such energies are blocked by his xation on
drama about a young man undergoing a PATHS (July 8th) This German lm performers as Audra McDonald, Martha the past until a handsome millennial
tribal rite of passage into manhood, this with subtitles follows a pair of longtime Plimpton, Nolan Funk, and Rumer Willis, challenges his perspective. Important for
one explores the diculties of reconciling male partners who grow apart as their son among others. lots of reasons, its also moving, funny, and
traditional expectations of masculinity grows up, despite their continuing love for TOM OF FINLAND (July 11th) The highly entertaining. A must-see.
that is at odds with individual sexual one another. Directed by Chris Miera, it much-anticipated biopic about iconic gay QUEERCORE: HOW TO PUNK A
identity. Oering a thoughtful performance promises to avoid ashy melodrama in artist Touko Laaksonen is likely to draw REVOLUTION (July 15th) Yony Leysers
by Xhosa singer Nakhane Tour, promises favor of a tender and moving portrayal of a huge audience here in the city where German documentary takes us through
to be less harrowing than inspiring. the couples deteriorating relationship. he eventually made his home. Get your the cut-and-paste queer anarchy of the
BECKS (July 9th) Starring Lena Hall PROM KING, 2010 (July 9th) The story tickets while you can. early days of homocore to the punk-
(who won a Tony for the recent revival of a 20-year old college boy whose pursuit BOYS FOR SALE (July 12th) A Japanese pop peak of queercores Pansy Division,
of Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Mena of love is hampered by the idealized vision documentary about the Urisen, young exploring the rise of and inuence of such
Suvari, this romance by Liz Rohrbaugh and of romance in the classic lms he loves, male sex workers who cater to men in the iconoclastic queer artists as Bruce LaBruce,
Daniel Powell is the story of a down-and- this feel-good entry is probably a sure-re Tokyo underground, this Itaio-directed John Waters, and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge,
out singer songwriter who moves back hit for gay cinema nuts. The sumptuous lm oers an illuminating look into a among others. It looks like a wild ride.
into her childhood home and nds herself widescreen cinematography of its New York rarely seen world that tantalizingly shows FREAK SHOW (July 16th) The festivals
in a whirlwind romance with a lonely locations makes it even more appealing. the humanity of sex work. closing night selection, this adaptation of
housewife from the neighborhood. It BODY ELECTRIC (July 10th) Brazilian THE LADIES ALMANACK (July 12th) a novel by James St. James tells the story
also features original songs by Hall herself. Marcelo Caetano, another rst-time director, Shot on Super 8 lm, Daviel Shys of a amboyant new student who shakes
4 DAYS IN FRANCE (July 9th) A takes us on an odyssey through his countrys adaptation of Djuna Barnes book about up his military academy by running for
French movie with subtitles, directed by changing sexual landscape with this story lesbian Casanova Natalie Barney homecoming queen. With a cast featuring
Jerome Reybaud, its a road picture in of a young factory worker named Elias who explores the intertwined secrets of the Bette Midler and Laverne Cox, its sure to
which a young man tracks his boyfriend spends his nights contemplating his future Gertrude Stein, Colette, and others in the be an audience favorite.
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Embracing The Pride


A PLAY BEST ENJOYED WITH SOMEONE YOU LOVE

By JOHN PAUL KING

Whenever the subject of The Gay connections between past and present take Prew has a tendency towards one-noted
Experience is addressed within our on something of a mystical signicance, nebbish-ness; but each of them rises to the
entertainment culture, with it also comes stretching the characters linked destiny occasion when it counts the most, eloquently
a heavy burden of expectation. To put it across lifetimes until it reaches a kind of portraying their awed characters emotional
simply, you just cant please everybody. closure or at least the possibility of a pas-de-deux and ultimately making us care a
Thats not a value judgment; its simply a new beginning. With this carefully-woven great deal for each of them.
matter of fact. How can any single vehicle give tapestry, The Pride suggests that our A fourth player deserves special
expression to the multi-faceted perspectives ever-evolving cultural identity is similarly mention: Matthew Wilkas, who portrays
of the entire LGBTQ community? No matter connected through time to the hardships three peripheral characters throughout.
how well intentioned, large segments of of our history; but it also reminds us that Free from the burden of carrying a story
the population inevitably end up feeling left there is a similar thread which pulls us arc across two separate timelines, he
out. Remember the polarizing reactions to forward to the promise of a better future. creates complete and engaging personas
HBOs Looking? Weighty ideas notwithstanding, there is for each of his roles; alternately hilarious
On its surface, The Pride, with its a light tone to Campbells script. Crackling and moving (often within a single beat), he
tiny cast of white cis-gender actors, may with the witty banter of a Nol Coward also displays a dexterity with the scripts
not appear to aspire toward inclusivity; comedy, yet laced with the pregnant linguistic challenges that is a much-
nevertheless, this remarkable 2009 play subtext of Harold Pinter, it is an inherently appreciated bonus.
by British wordsmith Alexi Kaye Campbell English play; and true to its heritage, it The real champion of The Pride, though,
(currently onstage at the Wallis Annenberg revels in its use of language. Its literate is director Michael Arden. Its a potentially
Center for Performing Arts) not only text bristles with wordplay, and a keen murky piece, with profound and swirling
undertakes such a goal but endeavors ear is essential to mining the play for the themes wrapped inside an exterior that is
The Pride, a remarkable 2009 play by British
to convey a particularly wide perspective wordsmith Alexi Kaye Campbell, is currently riches contained within its depths. both cerebral and stylish, but he identies
onstage at the Wallis Annenberg Center for
through an unusually intimate microcosm. Performing Arts. Unfortunately, the cast struggles with the elements of deepest importance and
Set mostly in a single London apartment, PHOTO COURTESY OF LOVELACE STUDIO THEATER this aspect of the dialogue; the words y brings them to light with his steady guidance.
its a piece that juggles three characters surely enough from their lips, but often Part of this is achieved by helping the
between two distinctive time periods, 50 separate stories play out; they want the seem separated from any intention besides actors navigate their way through the
years apart. In 1958, Philip (Neal Bledsoe) same things, but their roles shift, their the need to speak them quickly. They dont characters esoteric journey, to be sure,
is married to Sylvia (Jessica Collins), an dynamics change, and the actions they seem to be talking with each other so much but his staging is equally essential; by
illustrator who is collaborating on a take reect events in both time periods. All as at each other, and this impairs them in mounting his production in the round (an
childrens book with Oliver (Augustus Prew); of this serves to underscore a symmetry building the kind of chemistry which is intimate choice seemingly at odds with
the two men are attracted to each other, but across (or perhaps outside) time, with necessary to provide the emotional payos such elevated material) he breaks down
the restrictive societal mores of their time ripples within it emanating from a singular that come later in the play. the barrier of theatricality and gains an up-
and place are insurmountable obstacles traumatic event at its center. That doesnt mean that they fail; though close and personal advantage in peeling
to their union. In 2008, the two men are a So, how does all this reect a larger view their technical prociency may be lacking, back the shows stylistic conceits to reveal
couple, but their relationship is threatened of the aforementioned Gay Experience? their commitment to honesty in their the powerful insights at its core.
by Olivers indelity; addicted to kinky sex The Pride moves back and forth in roles is not. The Pride delivers its most
with anonymous partners despite his deep time, from an era in which homosexuality powerful moments when the characters CONTINUES AT LOSANGELESBLADE.COM
love for Philip, he turns to his best friend was illegal to one in which two men could are stripped of artice and allowed to exist
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Our Ask Billy question comes from
RUPAUL GETS A STAR AND WHY IS AARON CARTER PERFORMING AT PRIDE? Steven in Long Beach: Ive been hooked
on American Gods ever since you ran
By BILLY MASTERS that nude clip. I heard theres a sex tape
of Ricky Whittle oating around. Have
Well, I hope he doesnt, because I wont you seen it? Do you have it?
perform if he does. Because I hate the I have, and I do.But it isnt exactly
motherfucker. Hows that? So said Patti a sex tape. Its yet another one of
LuPone, when asked on the Tony Awards those jerk-o videos of a celebrity that
red carpet why President Trump should routinely gets leaked. In this case, Ricky
come see the show shes in, War Paint. was communicating with someone
She was then asked why she wouldnt via Skype and decides to pleasure his
perform for him. You dont ask LuPone a monstrously large appendage.
question if you aint ready for the answer! Its pretty hot, and hes in
Heres a question many of you have incredible shape - as youll see on
asked me: Why is Aaron Carter performing BillyMasters.com.
at Pride festivals? Not that he shouldnt. I Could it be that a certain champion
think its ne. Not only am I unclear why a is keeping a secret as big as his cup?
Sweet Cheeses! My heart is beating so fast right now! RUPAUL to get star on Hollywood Walk of
gay organization would hire Aaron Carter Fame. Its certainly not that he usually goes
to sing, Im not sure why anyone would PHOTO COURTESY OF RUPAUL commando - everyone can see that!
pay to see him! Nope, our sources tell us that he
Leading up to LA Pride, someone asked fondness for Nick Carter, which his mom transgender. He will now be known as prefers the company of other men.
him if he was worried about any terrorism or says is still dicult for Nick to talk about. Jake Zyrus. Hes pretty quiet about his personal
violence.He said, No, Ill shoot back! Well, this Steve Grand has released a new single, Someone who doesnt discuss his life, which I can respect. Instead
caused quite a bit of concern - as someone just in time for the summer. Walking is a sexuality is little Garrett Clayton. of making passes, he has a special
who hosted LA Pride more than anyone in fun, poppy song. According to Steve, I am He recently gave one of those gay Pride someone who is another giant with
the festivals history, I can tell you I would not donating 100% of the net proceeds of my messages that really doesnt say anything: a similar Adonis-like physique. In
have been too thrilled to have someone with new song Walking to Rainbow Railroad - a Love yourself and fuck what anybody else the past, hes publicly supported
a pistol in his pocket on my bill. charity with the mission to help Lesbian, thinks. Thats what matters. colleagues who are in same-sex
He was pressured to retract the Gay, Bisexual and Trans individuals nd a Over the past year, he portrayed porn relationships.
statement. I wont pack heat at LA safe haven from state-sponsored violence, pup Brent Corrigan in King Cobra, Link But while his career is in limbo,
Pride. Emotions got me, he said. murder and persecution. Larkin in Hairspray: LIVE, and even acted the last thing he wants to do is rock
Days after the event, he landed in the Needless to say, the promotional video onstage opposite Al Pacino in God Looked the boat.
hospital looking like Spawn of Skeletor - includes a fair number of skin shots youve Away. And through July 22, hes in an When were featuring both gods
should anyone be making such a movie. This come to expect from Grand, which led one unauthorized musical parody called The and monsters, its denitely time
led to some skinny shaming yeah, like thats gay website to take an interesting poll: Last Breakfast Club at Rockwell Table & to end yet another column. With
a bad thing. A grown woman was gossiping Do you think Steve Grand is successful Stage in Los Angeles. summer here, its not only steamy
about me when I have a eating disorder, because he has real talent or because On one of his o nights, when the outside, but also at www.BillyMasters.
telling people I need to eat 5 cheeseburgers hes so sexy? I dont need to tell you the renowned Skivvies (the quirky band com - the site thatll make you all hot
cause I look like Im dying. This is body answer, do I? made up of sexy Nick Cearley and Lauren and bothered.
shaming. You guys are bullying me. But, do catch Steve in what Id call Molina, who perform in their underwear) If you need my assistance, feel
At least they didnt have a gun! minute 12 of his career all summer were performing at Rockwell, Garrett free to drop a note to me at Billy@
No word on whether Aaron or his long at the Provincetown Art House was coaxed - perhaps at Aaron Carters BillyMasters.comand I promise to get
brother Nick Carter are participating in (PTownArtHouse.com). gunpoint - to sing Stitches in his drawers. back to you before someone explains
The Lou Pearlman Story, which is being Remember Charice Pempengco? She Its certainly worth seeing on what Sweet Cheeses means (I
produced as a limited series by Desmond played the Filipino exchange student on BillyMasters.com. assume its a play on Sweet Jesus,
Child and Andreas Carlsson. Glee. Oprah called her the most talented Congratulations to RuPaul, who will receive but Im lactose intolerant).
You remember Big Lou as the guy girl in the world. Well, shes gonna have to a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Until next time, remember, one
(literally) behind Backstreet Boys, NSync, revise that sobriquet. Sweet Cheeses! My heart is beating so mans lth is another mans bible.
O-Town, and oodles of other pre- Charice, who previously identied as fast right now! said Ru.
pubescent boy bands. He had a particular a lesbian, has just announced that shes Congrats.
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tmasters@losangelesblade.com of Commerce mixer, Jul 6 @ 6:30 PM (The
two weeks prior to your event. Space is
limited so priority is given to LGBT-specic Abbey Food & Bar, 692 N. Robertson).
events or those with LGBT participants.
Recurring events must be Get properly connected with other LGBT
re-submitted each time. professionals and entrepreneurs. Its the
best way to get connected to a network of
like minded business folk.
JUN 29
Jeanne Cordova: Butches, Lies, and JUL 8
Feminism (One City One Pride screening), Live to Dance at the 1 Life Festival, Jul
Thu Jun 29 @ 7:30 PM (West Hollywood 8 @ 9 PM til dawn (The Belasco Theater,
City Council Chambers, 625 North San 1050 South Hill Street). Fall in love with
Vicente Boulevard). Join The City of West the boys of summer at a special showcase
Hollywoods One City One Pride LGBTQ event. Its a spectacle of lights and sound
Arts Festival for the premiere of Jeanne celebrating summer in the city. Tickets
Cordova: Butches, Lies, and Feminism, start at $30.
a new documentary on the life and
accomplishments of activist & author JUL 9
Jeanne Cordova, directed by Gregorio Mr. C Beverly Hills Poolside Cinema,
Davila. Jeannes partner, Lynn Harris Jul 9 @ 7PM (Cipriani Hotel, 1226 Beverwil
Ballen, and the lms director. Drive, 12th Floor). The beloved Poolside
Cinema Series at the Italian-inspired hotel
JUN 30 is returning for its fourth year in a row.
Stardom, Fri Jun 30 @ 10 PM (Project Club Hotel guests and locals alike are invited
Wallis Annenbergs The Pride is some of the most riveting gay theater to hit Los Angeles in years.
LA, 6356 Hollywood Blvd). Hosted by TiTi We said it was REMARKABLE a worthwhile trip to the theater. Runs through July 9. to enjoy a range of classic, contemporary,
(Blameitonkway) with special performance and family-friendly movies at sundown
PHOTO COURTESY OF WALLIS ANNENBERG
by Kash Doll, its a must see performance every Tuesday from June 6 until August
that will leave you wide awake. 22. Set under the stars on the Venetian-
JUL 2 Sunset Boulevard, between Via de la Paz inspired pool deck, you can relax in style
JUL 1 4th of July Pool Party & Potluck, Sun and Drummond Avenue). Cruise on up to and enjoy a Prix-Fixe Menu ($35-45 per
Drag Daze: Amateur Drag Competition Jul 2 @ 12 PM (Laurel Canyon private the Palisades for a beachy Independence person).
for Charity, Sat Jul 01 @ 7 PM (Hamburger residence at Mulholland Dr.). The Annual Day extravaganza. Enjoy a band of patriotic Closing Night of The Pride, Jul 9
Marys WEHO, 8288 Santa Monica Blvd.). CalComMen 4th of July Pool Party & Potluck skydivers who will descend from the @ 07 PM (Wallis Annenberg Center,
Hosted by WENDY HO! 50% of Proceeds Extravaganza returns to LA this year. Its a stratosphere, kicking o the neighborhoods 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd). The Wallis
benet APLA HEALTH. Organizers are back to nature sober party that rivals any colossal parade. The baton twirlers and production of THE PRIDE, a play by Alexi
looking for Queens. Email Kim Weekes similar event you ever attended. Limited marching trombonists will begin their Kaye Campbell abd Directed by Michael
(kimmymweekes@gmail.com) and you to 50 attendees, by private invitation. promenade.. The festivities continue with a Arden is a gorgeous production that The
could win cash prizes. Contestants will Email Info@CalComMen.com for details. concert and reworks. $10 adults, kids free. Los Angeles Blade called REMARKABLE
have one hour to transform. a worthwhile trip to the theater. Closing
Amazon Studios Presents Cinespia, JUL 4 JUL 6 night. From $50.
beginning Jul 1 @ 7:15 PM (Hollywood Fireworks with Americafest at the Outfest Opening Night, Jul 6 @ 8 PM
Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Rose Bowl, Jul 4 @ 2 PM (Rosebowl, 1001 (Orpheum Theatre, 842 South Broadway). JUL 13
Blvd.). Watch classic and cult lms Rose Bowl Dr). An explosive celebration of The 2017 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Downtown LA Art Walk, Jul 13 @ 12 PM
projected on a mausoleum wall during this all things red, white and bluefrom the Film Festival will open with Francis Lees (Downtown Los Angeles Historic Core, Sixth
popular Amazon Studios-sponsored lm classic American food, to a motorcycle poignant and masterful feature debut, St. and Spring St.) This self-guided tour,
series at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. stunt show, to the world-renowned Gods Own Country starring Josh OConnor which started in 2004 and has ourished
Also on hand are pre-movie DJs and reworks display. The reworks wont and Alec Secareanu. The Achievement as much of Downtown has cleaned up,
themed photo booths. July highlights shoot o until 9 PM, but the Rose Bowl Award Ceremony honoring Bryan Fuller encompasses more than 40 galleries and
include screenings of Dirty Dancing will open at 2 PM and you can enjoy an will take place at the Orpheum Theatre museums spread throughout the areas
and Jurassic Park, both of which will be Independence Day goldmine of inatable in Los Angeles on July 6, followed by the many sub-districts, including Bunker Hill,
followed by reworks, and Superbad. rides, games and crafts. Parking is $20. screening of Gods Own Country. Outfest Little Tokyo and Gallery Row on Main and
$16 to $35. Parking $12-$20. Event held Fireworks at Pacic Palisades, Jul 4 runs thru 16 @ various times and venues. Spring Streets in the Historic Core. About
throughout July visit cinespia.org. @ 2 PM, (Pacic Palisades beachfront, Visit Outfest.org for details. 10,000 visitors regularly take the tour.
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Serving up Black Pride in Los Angeles


IN THE MEANTIME MENS GROUP OFFERS A FULL MENU OF EVENTS

By JEFFREY KING
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE MEANTIME MENS GROUP

The tradition conditions and the legacy naughty dancers, LAS hottest DJ Ben and Todays activities are much dierent In The Meantime Mens Group, the Los
of Los Angeles Black Pride lives on as In comic genius, Sampson McCormick. The from the days of yesteryear when there Angeles Kinks, Icon, Mother Devine
The Meantime Mens Group, Inc. hosted purpose was to bring ALL of the Black was a more centralized Pride organization Chanels Legends Ball, LA Black Pride, Club
its 15th annual Pre-Pride Celebration on LGBTQ community and allies together to at the helm. This year, individuals, Seduction and much more.
Saturday, June 15, with a packed room pay tribute to the pastwhile celebrating organizations, non-prots and club This years Black Pride lineup can
of more than 250 LGBTQ community the creation of something new in 2017. promoters have created BLACK PRIDE be viewed on the Black LGBT Network
members and allies. Ocial Black Pride events start June receptions, cultural events, pool parties, Facebook page.
The downtown REDLINE Night 29 and run through July 5. Los Angeles is day parties, Balls, barbeques and evening
Club was the site of this monumental bracing itself for the whirlwind of exciting club events. Some of the most notables
intergenerational community celebration events and activities tailored to the diverse at the helm of this years Celebration
JEFFREY KING is executive director of In The
serving up food, a champagne bar, palates of the LA Black LGBTQ community. are Brandon Anthonys Socialite House, Meantime Men.
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Non-trans actors have upper hand


landing trans roles, director says
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 for funding. The web series grabbed the community, Fox says she feels other Theres something denitely broken about
attention of OutTV and the online show projects arent trying hard enough to get their outreach. (Bomer) is denitely not the
same exact story of a trans person being became an actual TV show starring a transgender talent. Matt Bomers casting best person because I would know from the
told the exact same way. With The Switch Native American transgender woman. as a transgender woman in the upcoming scuttlebutt in the trans acting community
you get many trans stories told dierently The casting is unusual for a eld that is lm, Anything is the latest example of a that people would be talking about going
than youre used to in a humorous and more often telling transgender stories but cis-gender takeover. out and auditioning for this thing, Fox says.
enjoyable way. Even though our characters rarely placing transgender actors in the Trans people would be like, Oh yeah, A second season for The Switch is
are trans and dealing with trans issues they roles. Fox says she and her team made an I tried out for that. Sorry I wasnt the best uncertain. The rst season is currently
are also dealing with everyday life issues, eort to nd talented transgender actors. person. But most trans actors will say, available for streaming on iTunes, Google
something anyone can relate to, Rose says. From working in the transgender acting What? I havent heard anything about this. Play, Revry and Amazon.
The Switch includes the challenges
transgender people face but with a
comedic twist. The series take on the
issue of trans people being forced into
sex work comes as S works part-time as
More Than T oers trans lives from trans perspectives
a text message dominatrix to make ends
meet. In one episode, she discovers one of Avoiding cinematic clichs is one pitfall any decent
her clients is her data entry boss and ends lmmaker tries to avoid but there was one point in
up in a text dominatrix competition with More Than T, a new 53-minute documentary from
Phil to prove who is best at the job. trans director Silas Howard (Transparent, This is Us)
Fox, who also serves as the shows when diving right into the clich made sense.
creator and writer, says she wanted the In this case, it pertained to Joanna Cifredo whos seen
series to be relatable for transgender in the lm applying makeup.
people but also for cis-gender viewers. Showing trans women putting on makeup is one
I think its really important to show there of the worst clichs, says Jen Richards, a creative
is a range of people whose stories are worth consultant on the lm who helped Howard make it.
telling. It also allows trans people to see You see that in so many lms and its just such a clich.
themselves on the screen. For cis-people But Joanna has some really nuanced, deep thinking on
watching this, its like, Oh, hey this trans the role of beauty in the lives of women. She grew up
person has mostly the same problems I do in a Latina culture so for her, showing her applying
plus one or two extra, Fox says. makeup became a way for her to claim that power. We
For Fox, the importance of sharing that didnt want her to be reduced by it, but we wanted to
message led her to work on making this JOANNA CIFREDO in More Than T, a new documentary from director Silas show it so we were sort of leaning into the clich we
Howard.
series for seven years. While working as wanted to avoid. The lm is full of these little surprises
PHOTO COURTESY OF PRAYTELL
a metal worker in British Columbia, Fox between whats expected and whats revealed.
was invited to participate in a comedy More Than T, commissioned by MAC Cosmetics
routine about gender dysphoria. The and its philanthropic arm, the MAC AIDS Fund, features seven transgender subjects from diverse walks of life. It premiered at
routine inspired her to create a TV Frameline, a San Francisco LGBT lm festival, and can be found on Showtime Anytime and Showtime On Demand.
show that featured transgender actors, Elsewhere, though, Richards, whos trans herself, says the lmmakers purposefully avoided trans clichs like surgery obsession
producers and writers. However, Fox had and what she calls pity porn a prurient interest in the tragedy of trans lives.
no experience making lm. So often, trans portrayals on lm have been made by non-trans people, she says. They often take a perspective that reects
She signed up for a lm camp and then their own interest rather than that of trans people. We didnt want to reduce them. With these seven subjects, youll see their
took courses at a community college in whole, complicated selves.
Vancouver. After acquiring the skills, Fox JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
says she immediately set to work making
the web series and starting a Kickstarter
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