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3 months later, Ellis still refuses to concede to Bauman

Is Berniecrat lawsuit Charlottesville last weekend show just how
much is at stake.
coming against
To that end, we are deeply concerned
California Dem Party? that Kimberly Ellis prolonged, costly legal
battle whether it is in the court room or in
By KAREN OCAMB binding arbitration, will drain the California Democratic Party of the focus and resources
needed to combat Trumps hate and
Three months after Eric Bauman was defend Californias values of inclusion and
elected chair of the California Democratic opportunity.
Party on May 20, his main rival, Kimberly We certainly respect Ms. Ellis right to
Ellis has still refused to concede. challenge the outcome of the Chair election
Ellis nal appeal through the partys by- under the bylaws of the Party, and she has
laws was denied on Aug. 20, by the partys availed herself of every option. Following
credentials committee, which underwent the process established before the May vote,
a painstaking and thorough review of the Party has conducted an exhaustive,
355 questionable convention ballots and transparent, audit of the ballots and given
concluded Bauman won by 1.9 percent of Ms. Ellis ample opportunity to present
the vote. evidence to support her challenge.
California is and must remain the Big Having failed to present any facts that
Blue Beacon of progress and opportunity would change the outcome of the vote, her
for every person in our country. With the threats to drag the Party into court or a
conclusion of the Credentials Committee lengthy arbitration process demonstrate a
hearing today, it is my hope that our desire to put one persons agenda ahead of
entire California Democratic Party family the LGBTQ community, people of color, and
can move forward on making progress other Californians who are counting on the
on these urgent and pressing issues, free Party to represent their voices.
from the distraction of costly litigation and ERIC BAUMAN was elected chair of the California Democratic Party but his rival is contesting the We must be united in facing down the
needless division, Bauman, whos gay, unprecedented threats this hostile White House
said in a statement. poses for our civil rights as LGBTQ Americans.
Ellis, however, appears unwilling to put We call on Ms. Ellis to move beyond the
party over her complaint and threatens to Unsolicited advice was oered on Aug. call on Ms. Ellis to move beyond the divisive threats of more legal action and work
keep ghting, regardless of the cost. The Bay 18 by many in the LGBT community who divisive threats of more legal action and together with Eric C. Bauman, the rst openly
Area Democrat with Berniecrat followers think the California Democratic Party work together with Eric C. Bauman, the gay Chair of the California Democratic Party,
insists that the internal strife that mirrors needs to focus on challenges to the rst openly gay Chair of the California to protect marriage equality, transgender
the primary ght between Hillary Clinton supermajority in the State Legislature with Democratic Party, to protect marriage rights, and nally achieve full civil rights for
and Bernie Sanders is necessary to change Sen. Josh Newman, who was the deciding equality, transgender rights, and nally the LGBTQ community.
the party and thus win elections in 2018. vote in car and gas tax hikes, facing a recall achieve full civil rights for the LGBTQ Signatures:
Today was yet another missed election in either November or December community. Equality California
opportunity for us to get the Democratic led by San Diego Republican gay activist Open message to Kimberly Ellis from Stonewall Democratic Club
Party back on track, Ellis said in a statement. Carl DeMaoi. California LGBTQ Leaders: Stonewall Young Democrats
As weve said from the onset, we were Additionally, Equality California, which Californias LGBTQ community needs a Denise Penn, Co-Chair, California
committed to going through the internal recently opened an oce in Washington united and energized Democratic Party to Democratic Party LGBT Caucus
process before deciding whats next. Were D.C., is among a slew of organizations lead the resistance to the hateful policies Eddie Martinez, Executive Director,
now soliciting feedback from key supporters particularly concerned about protecting coming from the Trump/Pence/Sessions Latino Equality Alliance & Mi Centro
and deciding where we go from here. hard-won LGBT rights threatened by the administration, including opposition to Oscar De La O, CEO, Bienestar Social
Ellis added: As of now, all options are Trump administration that called on Ellis the meanspirtied and backwards policy on Services
on the table with some feeling more to concede. transgender soldiers recently announced Richard L. Zaldivar, Executive Director/
inevitable than ever. Their open letter is a partisan plea:We via twitter. The acts of white supremacists in Founder, The Wall Las Memorias
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Crystal meth is a black gay emergency

In The Meantime Men and the nation, is widely abused among
heterosexuals, too, but the high-risk
hosts town hall after
sexual behavior it triggers among gay men
Gemmel Moores death has presented a new front in the war on
AIDS, the report said.
By KAREN OCAMB Then the epidemic seemed to subside, except in the black community. [W]
e are subjected to such pervasive
The toxicology report has not come back scientic objectication by society that a
to determine the exact cause of death for consideration of our interior lives, is often
26-year-old Gemmel Moore, but the Los unthinkable, author Charles Stephens
Angeles Coroners oce originally ruled wrote in a 2015 essay in the Georgia Voice.
his death an accidental overdose from To talk about meth addiction and black
crystal meth. JEFFREY KING, founder, CEO of In The gay men forces a conversation about our
For Jerey King, founder and CEO of In Meantime Men sexual practices and our sexual pleasures.
The Meantime Men, that sounded an alarm PHOTO COURTESY OF KING It forces a conversation about how we
many people have ignored for too long seek intimacy and connection. It forces
about the epidemic of crystal meth in the a conversation about how we struggle to
LGBT African-American community. cope with racism and homophobia and
King, along with a slew of community out of the clutches of addiction. Perhaps [M]eth users can take a lethal dose and also struggle to transcend them. It forces
partners, held an open Emergency Town a campaign targeting local elected ocials not realize it right away. But in general, a conversation about how black gay men
Hall Meeting and Call to Action on Aug. 22 can raise awareness of the state of meth overdose is characterized by have inherited the collective trauma faced
to talk about the silent meth epidemic in emergency the silent meth epidemic has physiological deterioration, eventually by our ancestors and elders.
the black community. Before the event, King created in the Los Angeles County African- leading to a heart attack or stroke. Further, More recently, lmmaker Christopher
told the Los Angeles Blade that he wanted American and Latino communities. meth should not be used by people with Rudolph produced a documentary, ParTy
to give dignity to the life Gemmel Moore King is doing his part. Every Saturday heart, thyroid disorders and diabetes, Boi: Black Diamonds in Ice Castles,
lived, to empower the life of this young man from 11:30-12:30, there is a free 12 Step because these chronic conditions may about how there has been an uptick in
who shared the same kind of experience Recovery Meeting called The West Adams lead to sudden death.Because of rapid crystal meth that is devastating queer
with many peers. We think its important Group at the Carl Bean House at 2146 W. onset, death proceeds suddenly and communities of color. In [parTy & play]
to shed light on the complexity of addiction Adams Blvd. unexpectedly after a meth OD. Many community it has become a part of the
and crystal methwhere race meets sexual Theres a drug breakdown on the In fatalities usually manifest symptoms of norm, Rice says in the trailer
orientation meets addiction. With race The Meantime Men website under the coma, shock, inability to pass and secrete But the drug is not restricted to gay men.
comes racism. Why was he not working a full- category LARG (LA Addiction/Recovery urine, and muscle twitching. Emergency A new study from Chapman University
time job or in school? Why was he escorting? Guide). Heres an excerpt under crystal department visits due to meth overdose found that transgender teenagers are
To make fast money? Because he had too meth: Long-range damage: In the long have been up to 130,000 per year, out of twice as likely as their cisgender peers
many felonies that made it dicult to nd a term, meth use can cause irreversible which almost 15% were fatalities. to have substance abuse problems,
job? Its a cycle. And he was surrounded by harm: increased heart rate and blood Crystal meth was out of control in the including crystal meth, according to a
amazing peoplewere going to be delving pressure; damaged blood vessels in Los Angeles County area in the early news report about the study published in
into all that complicated stu. the brain that can cause strokes or an 2000sso bad in Long Beach, for instance, the Journal of School Health. Transgender
But, King said, the community also must irregular heartbeat that can, in turn, cause that the Long Beach Press Telegram ran adolescents face tremendous social stress
nd solutions and highlight the important cardiovascular collapse or death; and liver, an important and shocking series called in families and schools, which often leads
work mental health and social support kidney and lung damage. The Meth Menace. to behavioral health disparities, said Kris
agencies are doing together and Meth users may suer brain damage, With PrEP not even on the horizon, De Pedro, Ph.D., assistant professor at
formulate a call to action. For instance, including memory loss and an increasing the addiction, coupled with high risk sex, Chapman University and lead author on
why is the Van Ness House the only facility inability to grasp abstract thoughts. lead to the frightening conclusion about the study.
(other than Tarzana) for LGBT addicts/ Those who recover are usually subject to the possible spread of HIV. Meth use, For more information on his eorts to
alcoholics seeking help in the LA area? memory gaps and extreme mood swings. which has intensied over the past ve combat crystal meth, go to Jerey Kings
Sober living facilities help keep you clean But crystal meth has its own brand of years and replaced cocaine as the most Facebook page
and sober, he said, but they dont get you scariness. The Addictionblog notes that: popular illegal stimulant in Long Beach, inthemeantimemen or call 323-733-4868.
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Will rainbow lifeguard tower be preserved?

Venice Pride creation
may become LA icon;
vote set for Sept. 5


A petition to save the

Venice Pride Flag Lifeguard Tower has
reached its goal of 10,000 signatures.
The art installation is set to expire Sept. 8
unless the Board of Supervisors allows it
to remain.
On September 8th the rainbow-colored
tower is set to be erased... forever, the
petition reads. At a time when so much
of what the LGBT community and its allies
fought for is under attack, the L.A. County
Board of Supervisors should save the Venice
Pride Flag Lifeguard Tower by designating it
a permanent public art project.
The Tower, located at the end of Brooks
Avenue on the recently named Bill Rosendahl
Memorial Beach, was transformed from its
The Venice Beach Rainbow Lifeguard tower on Bill Rosendahl Memorial Beach was installed as a temporary art exhibition for Venice Pride 2017.
traditional baby blue color into a rainbow
pride ag by local artist Patrick Marston PHOTO COURTESY OF VENICE PRIDE

and husband Michael Brunt to celebrate

diversity and commemorate Venice Pride in incredibly well received and thousands of services and social life are based in West Department of Beaches and Harbors
June of this year. people have visited it. Hollywood and the Eastside, he said. The seeking permission to transform a tower
Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Council member Mike Bonin, who now Westside and Venice, in particular, lack into a rainbow ag a few weeks prior to the
Kuehl, who represents the 3rd District, represents Rosendahls former district, is cultural landmarks and anchors for the inaugural Venice Pride. He was refused.
including Venice Beach, is in favor of also in favor of preserving the stand. LGBTQ community. In February 2017, he approached
preserving the lifeguard tower but it will Hell, yes, he said in an email to LA With the May closing of Roostersh, Beaches and Harbors again seeking
take a full vote of the ve-member board. Weekly. I enthusiastically support the the iconic gay bar that had been located permission. The Department did not
A representative from Kuehls oce said grassroots campaign and county eorts to on Abbot Kinney Boulevard for 37 years, reject the idea but would not grant
she plans to introduce a motion at the make the pride-colored lifeguard tower at and with all the hate in the world today, permission. Instead, it asked the Los
Board of Supervisors Sept. 5 meeting asking Brooks Avenue in Venice permanent. The Turck said we have a responsibility to Angeles County Supervisors whether
the Department of Beaches and Harbors to colorful lifeguard tower is an awesome make others feel accepted, and symbols it would be permissible to temporarily
preserve the Tower as a memorial to Bill celebration of inclusivity and LGBT of diversity, freedom and inclusion must transform a tower similar to the 2010
Rosendahl, who in 2005 became the rst pride, and I would love to see the most be infused back into the community, project Portraits of Hope, which covered
openly gay member of the Los Angeles City Instagramable lifeguard tower in the especially Venice Beach. 150 lifeguard towers in temporary panels
Council. Rosendahl, whose district included world become a permanent part of our Turck and George Francisco, a local lm painted in bright colors by Los Angeles-
Venice Beach, died of cancer in 2016. Venice neighborhood. producer, came up with the idea to paint area children and adults, many of whom
Venice Pride founder and president Actor and ACT UP activist Colin Campbell the tower like a rainbow ag as a way to were coping with poverty, serious illness
Grant Turck predicted the motion will told the Los Angeles Blade he created the marry two iconic symbols the California and disability. On March 8, 2017, Keuhl
pass and the stand will be preserved in its petition after attending Venice Pride and lifeguard tower and the Pride ag, a introduced a motion in support of the
present form. being struck by the inclusiveness of the event symbol of LGBT freedom. temporary installation and it passed. The
I think it will be a slam dunk, Turck and how many young people were attending. The idea was not initially well received. Tower was funded by Venice Pride and
told the Los Angeles Blade. It has been So much of Los Angeles LGBTQ In May 2016, Turck reached out to the Dunn-Edwards Paints.

Trump trans military ban likely to happen soon

Pence pushing hard for importantly, what he committed to,
Perkins told the Christian Broadcast
implementation: source
Network after the tweets. Hes only doing
By KAREN OCAMB what he committed he would do. Trumps fear of his evangelical base is
White House guidance on the more powerful than his promises to the
transgender military service ban President LGBT community, justifying the ban by
Trump ordered via tweet July 26 is headed saying: Its been a very dicult situation
to the Pentagon, as soon as possibly and I think Im doing a lot of people a favor
Friday, a senior White House source told by coming out and just saying it. As you
the Los Angeles Blade. know, its been a very complicated issue
A Guidance Policy for Open Transgender for the military, its been a very confusing
Service Phase Out was temporarily stalled issue for the military, and I think Im doing
by ocials at the White House as Defense the military a great favor.
Secretary Jim Mattis told his senior command Fact check: an estimated 6,000 trans
he would put all personnel matters on hold service members have been serving
while dealing with an apparently escalating openly without incident since the original
conict with North Korea. ban was lifted by then-Defense Secretary
That guidance was also watered down A U.S. Army sergeant ies the American ag from the back of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter over Ash Carter in July 2016, after a year of
from the complete ban Trump ordered southern Kandahar province, Afghanistan. The pilots and crew chiefs y American ags to present study and deliberation.
with certicates to service members as part of aviation tradition.
to one that would allow active duty trans News of the ban prompted the California
service members to continue serving after Legislative LGBT Caucus to introduce a
even Republicans opposed the policy Resolution saying California would protect
change. The weakened policy requires their trans service members. war in Afghanistan, while also ghting its own trans service members. California
that recruitment and the accessions However, Mattis also noted that the a war in Iraq, a conict in Syria and in is home to more than 190,000 active and
policy be halted (they are now), enlistment military chain of command requires him hotspots like Somalia. reserve service people on three army
contracts not be renewed, promotions to follow orders given by the civilian Ignobly, Trump called for unity during his bases, seven marine bases, 10 navy bases,
result in discharges, and transgender- commander-in-chief. You all elected the Afghanistan speech as the ban was being six air force bases and ve reserve and
specic healthcare be prohibited. American people elected the commander prepared. [All service members] are bound numerous U.S. Coast Guard bases.
At an Aug. 14 news conference, Mattis in chief. I they didnt elect me. So the together by common purpose, mutual trust, Trumps decision to ban transgender
indicated support for trans service commander in chief in our country and and seless devotion to our nation and to people from serving in the U.S. military is
members, noting the United States Armed our system of government is elected by each other, Trump said. Loyalty to our oensive, misguided, and contrary to our
Forces is a widely diverse force. We look the people. He has that authority and nation demands loyalty to one another. Love American values, said Assembly member
at E Pluribus Unum on our coins. Out of responsibility. So that was fully within his for America requires love for all of its people. Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), Chair of the
many, one. They were simply emphasizing responsibility, Mattis said. When we open our hearts to patriotism, California Legislative LGBT Caucus, after
on the battleeld we are one team and Mattis agged that he expected the there is no room for prejudice, no place for introducing Assembly Joint Resolution 22
thats the way we stay. guidance very soon, after which we will bigotry, and no tolerance for hate. on Aug. 23. The thousands of transgender
It has now been widely reported that study it and come up with what the policy The White House senior ocial source military service members who have put
Mattis quietly intervened to scotch eorts should be. who spoke to the Blade on condition their lives on the line for our country deserve
by anti-LGBT Reps. Duncan Hunter and It is unclear how long it will take to study of anonymity said Vice President Mike better. The California Legislative LGBT
Vicky Hartzler to get a version of the trans the guidance and come up with a policy, Pence is the driving force behind the ban. Caucus stands by our transgender service
ban passed through Congress. Nor did he considering that the Pentagon is already In fact, he has been spearheading the members and will do everything in our
object when Marine Corps Gen. Joseph investigating four serious incidents trans ban reinstatement since last May, at power to prevent further discrimination.
Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said with the Navy involving numerous the behest of conservative leaders such as The LGBT Caucus cites a Pentagon-
the current policy of open service would deathsraising questions about military Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research commissioned study by the RAND
remain in eect until it is formally replaced readiness in the forward Asian theatre Council, and scores of retired anti-LGBT Corporation that estimated medical care
or when Navy Secretary Spencer said as North Korea continues saber-rattling. military ocers. for transgender service members would
any patriot should be allowed to serve, Additionally, Trump is sending roughly [Trump] makes decisions based
echoing other commanders supporting 4,000 more troops into the 16-year-old upon what he believes is right, but more CONTINUES ON PAGE 08

Trans military ban imminent: source

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 07 United States military currently spends recent announcement that transgender form of military serviceshould be lifted up
on Viagra and other erectile dysfunction people will be banned from military service, for their courage and sacrice, rather than
cost approximately $8 million a year of drugs, the Caucus says in a press release. said Assembly member Susan Talamantes pushed out!
the Pentagons $600 billion budget As an American, a veteran and a lesbianI Eggman (D-Stockton). Americans who love Military rules and regulations allow
compared to $84 million, which the am deeply troubled by President Trumps their country and feel a call to dutyin the trans people to serve their country, and
even the commander-in-chief cannot
change those via Twitter. Thousands of
trans service members on the front lines
deserve better from their commander-
in-chief. Discrimination doesnt make us
safer, but it does exclude those with the
desire and talents to serve our country.
Their service matters, their lives matters,
and the CA LGBT Caucus stands with our
trans service-members, said Sen. Ricardo
Lara (D-Bell Gardens), vice chair of the
California Legislative LGBT Caucus.
Interestingly, at the end of the resolution, the
Caucus notes what could prove to be a wrinkle
in Trumps plan. Resolved, That the Legislature
of the State of California calls upon the
Governor of California to direct the California
National Guard, the California Air National
Guard, and the other Armed Forces of the state
to take no action that discriminates against
transgender service members in enlistment,
promotion, or any other aspect of their
service, on the basis of their gender identity or
expression, unless superseded by federal law,
regulation, or formal directive from the United
States Department of Defense.
But what happens if and when transgender
members of the state National Guard are
called up and federalized? Lows oce says
they are looking into that. AJR 22 will be heard
on the Assembly oor in the coming weeks.
Next up are the lawsuits. GLAD and the
National Center for Lesbian Rights already
led aDoe v. Trump lawsuit on Aug. 9 in
federal court in D.C., seeking an injunction
against Trumps directive to reinstate a
ban. A joint lawsuit from Lambda Legal
and OutServe-SLDN, with lots of amicus
briefs, will no doubt be coming soon.
It will be interesting to see if the same
outrage demonstrated at Trumps alignment
with white supremacists will greet the
ban on the patriotic right of transgender
Americans to serve their country.



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Immigration looms as critical issue

Building the wall, funding immigration bill passing through the
state legislature now, SB 54, known as the
sanctuary cities, saving
California Values Act.
DACA about to explode Many LGBT immigrants have found a
safe haven in California after experiencing
By KAREN OCAMB persecution and physical abuse in their own countries, Dave Garcia, LA LGBT Centers
Director of Policy and Community Building,
The nation is about to convulse as said in a statement before the community
President Trump presses forward with forum. For that reason, we stand not only
his anti-immigration campaign promises. with our LGBT brothers and sisters, but
Undocumented LGBT immigrants face with all immigrants who have come here
particularly high risks since most of the to escape poverty, discrimination, and
countries from which they ed have brutal violence in their homelands.
attitudes, harsh penalties, even death, for Also on the political horizon is a
being LGBT or HIV-positive and the asylum confrontation over Deferred Action for
process is too complicated and culturally Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Last June
incompetent to complete. before the explosion of white supremacy
Rep. JUDY CHU at Save DACA news conference.
In a campaign rally speech in Phoenix, in Charlottesville and Trumps controversial
Ariz. on Tuesday, Trump threatened to shut PHOTO COURTESY OF CHIRLA
responseocials from 10 Republican states
down the federal government if he does sent a letter to Sessions to end the DACA
not get federal funding to build the border prerequisite to receive funding through the conference. Were going to ght because program by Sept. 5 or risk a federal lawsuit.
wall along the U.S. southern border, even DOJs Public Safety Partnership Program, the the administration would put Los Angeles We respectfully request that the
though he pledged repeatedly that Mexico letters said, thus compromising those cities to the untenable choice of risking a key Secretary of Homeland Security phase
would pay for it. ability to ght violent crime through federal public safety grant or making the LAPD an out the DACA program, Texas Attorney
This comes as Congress returns from its training and technical assistance. arm of federal immigration policy. General Ken Paxton wrote.
summer recess and faces a new budget By protecting criminals from LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has publicly I think we have to prepare for the worst
debate, raising the debt ceiling, a long- immigration enforcement, cities and committed to continuing a policy started and get ready to ght mass deportation,
promised tax reform bill and Trumps states with so-called sanctuary policies by former chief Bill Bratton to not Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois said
push to kill Obamacare. If we have to make all of us less safe, Attorney General cooperate with Immigration and Customs in a statement before being arrested during
close down that government, President Je Sessions said in a statement. Enforcement (ICE) or do their jobs for them. a Save DACA demonstration in Washington
Trump said as if he was still a campaigning The DOJ has not yet targeted Los The LAPD policy is to promote community DC on August 15, the 5th anniversary of the
outsider, we are going to build that wall. Angeles, which Mayor Eric Garcetti has policing which encourages all people DACA immigration program.
Meanwhile, the City of Los Angeles is proudly proclaimed is a sanctuary city. regardless of their immigration statusto DACA has been one of the most benecial
ghting back against Trumps threats Nonetheless, on Tuesday, City Atty. Mike report crimes as victims or witnesses. immigration programs in decades, saving
to sanctuary cities. In the beginning of Feuer joined a lawsuit led earlier by San LA County Sheri Jim McDonnell over 800,000 young immigrants from
August, the Department of Justice sent Francisco in U.S. District Court asking the asserted a similar policy. Enforcement of deportation. A signicant number of these
threatening letters to the cities of San judge to strike down those DOJ rules. immigration laws is the responsibility of young DACA recipients are LGBT leaders
Bernardino and Stockton in California, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra the federal government, McDonnell said in their communities and national vocal
as well as Albuquerque, New Mexico and previously announced that the state is in a statement. The men and women of advocates, Jorge-Mario Cabrera, the
Baltimore, warning them that federal joining the lawsuit, as well. the Sheris Department are focused on out Director of Communications for the
funding will be withheld if they refuse to Feuer argues that the DOJ rules violate keeping our local communities safe, and Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights
give federal immigration ocials access to the separation of powers laid out in will not detain or arrest any individual (CHIRLA), told the Los Angeles Blade before
detention facilities, according to The Hill the countrys Constitution, which give solely on suspicion of illegal presence in demonstrations in LA. The contributions
newspaper. Additionally, those cities must Congress, not the executive branch, control the United States. of these young people are numerous and
alert Homeland Security 48 hours before of government purse strings, according to Several LGBT community organizations President Trump must stand up against
releasing an immigrant from custody. the LA Times. The Trump administration met with Sheris Department ocials those bullying immigrants and keep DACA
[A] commitment to reducing crime is overreaching, and were going to ght on August 22 to discuss the departments until Congress enacts a permanent solution
stemming from illegal immigration is now a it, Feuer told reporters at a City Hall news immigration policies and a pro- for these young people and their families.

One-on-one with Dave Chappelle: Im not transphobic

Critics pounce as comic advocate, echoed Roberts.
Dave is an example of many who just
continues oensive
dont get it, Moise told the Blade on
jokes in routine Monday. They may not have a virulent
anti-trans stance but failed to grasp the
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS hurtful nature of their jokes. Clearly he
needs more education and conversation
NEW YORK Comedian Dave Chappelle with black trans people to understand the
on Saturday said he does not consider gravity of his jokes made in poor taste.
himself transphobic. Chappelle said he considers comedy a
I wouldnt consider myself that because reconciliation of paradox.
Im not even sure what the term means, I consider problems of race paradox, he
he told the Blade during a one-on-one told the Blade. These are true things that
interview that took place backstage at shouldnt be true and Im certain that in the
Radio City Music Hall shortly before 1 trans narrative, there is also a lot of paradox.
a.m. after he performed with The Daily I dont even think they would deny that.
Show host Trevor Noah and other comics Im learning like the rest of the
on Aug. 18. Do I discriminate against population is and now they have a
somebody because theyre trans? I would platform, added Chappelle. Theyre
like to think absolutely not. articulating these things and were all here
Its not something that Im going to . . . this is news to many of us.
say I clearly understand this, that and DAVE CHAPPELLE performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Aug. 18.
the other, added Chappelle, during the
PHOTO BY MATHIEU BITTON Trump is a narcissist
interview that lasted nearly 15 minutes.
Im not an obstructionist of anybodys Chappelle spoke to the Blade a week
lifestyle, as long as it doesnt hurt me House Bill 2, which banned trans people Chappelles month-long residency at after a violent white supremacist rally in
or people I love and I dont believe that from using public restrooms consistent Radio City began on Aug. 5, eight days Charlottesville, Va., left Heather Heyer, a
lifestyle does. with their gender identity and prohibited after comedian Lil Duval said on The 32-year-old counter-protester, dead.
The outspoken and controversial local municipalities from enacting LGBT- Breakfast Club morning radio show that He mocked the white supremacists
comedian made the comments in inclusive non-discrimination ordinances. he would kill a woman he was dating if he who marched through the University of
response to a question the Blade asked That law was fucking absurd, he told the found out she was trans. Virginia campus with torches. Chappelle
from Monica Roberts, a Houston-based Blade. It was clearly a mean-spirited law. Roberts pointed out to the Blade that also sharply criticized President Trump
transgender activist of color, about why You could say whatever you want about Lil Duval made his joke less than three over his assertion that both sides were
he persists in telling those hurtful jokes someones lifestyle, but denying them days before TeeTee Dangereld, a trans responsible for the violence.
when black trans women have asked him access to a restroom is a denial of their woman of color, was shot to death outside To see people dress like him and carry
not to because those jokes lead to violence humanity, he added. We all need to use an Atlanta apartment complex. She also Tiki torches and chant those things and
and murders aimed at us. the fucking bathroom. No ones going to go noted Texas lawmakers adjourned last his softball response made clear to me
Chappelle during his show made through the pains that transgender people week without considering two bills that this guy is a narcissist, Chappelle told the
jokes about President Trumps decision go through so that they can be in another would have limited trans people from Blade. You didnt want to criticize these
to ban trans service members from the bathroom and look at naked women. What using bathrooms consistent with their motherfuckers because they look like you,
U.S. military and speculation that Caitlyn the fuck are you talking about? These types gender identity. because they dress like you.
Jenner may pose nude in an upcoming of things make no sense. I appreciate a good joke as much as Youre wrong, he added, referring to
issue of Sports Illustrated that trans Roberts on Tuesday dismissed anyone, Roberts told the Blade, referring Trump. If youre that committed or that in
advocates have previously criticized. He Chappelles comments. to Chappelle. But when jokes lead to bed with people that diabolical that you cant
also used the phrase faggotty ass on Being transgender is not a lifestyle, dehumanization, violence and death aimed say whats clearly right and wrong, I dont
stage, but Chappelle later applauded gay she told the Blade. Its the essence of who at trans people, thats when a line has been know. It was a small line, but on both sides
men who challenge discrimination that he we are as people. And some transgender crossed and it has to be called out. on many sides it was like Jesus Christ.
said they confront in their lives. people are unapologetically Black and Rev. Merrick Moise, a trans man of color
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joey gonzalez wants

to make the world sweat


Blessed is the word he uses. It wasnt roommate to join. She lost 25 pounds in
what I expected him to say. six weeks, he said. She now teaches at
We have, despite being gay, lived a Barrys in New York.
very conventional life, says Joey Gonzalez, He has seen this narrative many times.
39, CEO of LA tness chain Barrys Theres like an emotional transition you
Bootcamp. Husband Jonathan Rollo, go through, whether youre a customer
39, and he have worked hard, gotten or somebody who works at Barrys, he
married, had children, [have] a committed said. You start to work out here where its
relationshipall of that is possible as a not just body, but its mind and spirit and
gay person today. And by committed he everything.
means monogamous. Even love.
Yeah, sounds pretty conventional.
Gonzalez grew up a Catholic, rst- Hello husband
generation American in a very
homogenous, white suburb outside Warning: you may begin feeling
Chicago. His mom is Italian, his dad Cuban. something. Its called envy.
It was dicult, he said, referring to being Rollo is Commander-in-Leaf of Greenleaf
Latino. Anything that makes you dierent Gourmet Chopshop, a chain of all-natural
makes your life challenging. eateries throughout SoCal. His corporate
He came out at 21 and, although he oce is adjacent to Barrys WeHo.
struggled to accept his sexual orientation, He has sandy brown Kurt Russell-style
his friends and family were extremely hair, light golden brown eyes, a winning
evolved and supportive. JOEY GONZALEZ plans to open multiple locations of Barrys Bootcamp this year in cities around the smile, and, like his hubby, Rollo is in
country and the world.
So what he means is: a lot of life is luck. exceptional physical shape.
There is no other way to attribute PHOTO COURTESY OF GONZALEZ
Of course they met at Barrys Bootcamp.
the way I feel about our life than saying Yeah, he took my class, admitted Gonzalez.
blessed because I dont walk around Paradise topped the Billboard charts and jobs in two years. He was the rst student I ever even kissed.
feeling like I deserve everything I have. best picture Forrest Gump was released. Then, maybe close to hitting bottom, That was 2005. We were being set up. [A
Its hard to argue with his perspective. Gonzalez arrived in LA to be a part of Gonzalez stumbled into the famous (some friend] brought Jon to my class because he
Handsome, t, wholesome smile, positive what so many young people dream of: might say infamous due to the fear it thought we would fall in love.
attitude, energetic yet calm demeanor, becoming a star. He studied acting at ignites in so many) high-intensity cross- A bunch of weddings followed, it
gorgeous husband, Hancock Park home, USC, yet despite some success landing training workout still known as getting a depends who you ask, Gonzalez chuckled.
West Village apartment, two blonde commercials and lm roles, something Barrys body. 2014 is when we legally married [but] we
children (a boy and a girl) both under two just wasnt clicking. When I walked into Barrys, there was consider ourselves married on 11/11/11.
years of age, many friends, loving family I was just at a point with the acting, denitely not this What Im meant to do Children are now in the mix: Francesca
and a burgeoning tness lifestyle brand Gonzalez said, where my input and my moment. It was a workout. A workout and Jake Stone. Two under two, each of
set to have 41 locations around the globe output didnt match up. And I am someone [that] changed my life. them says separately, unbeknownst to the
by the end of this year. whoIm all about ecacy. Gonzalez was never super athletic other. It must be an agreed-upon shorthand
But it wasnt always this way. He oundered a bit. I started to and Barrys was my rst experience with the couple uses in social situations to
do anything else. I got my massage tness. His soft body became hard. telegraph how crazy-busy their lives are.
So this guy walks into a gym certication. I was a real estate His 20 percent body fat shrunk to 10-12 The kids share a last name with each
salesperson. I started a dog-walking percent. All of this in less than a month.
It was 1995, the year Coolios Gangstas company. I, literally, had, like, ve dierent He also convinced his then overweight CONTINUES ON PAGE 27

varsity gay league is more

than a kick in the grass


Every year when he walks out onto the barriers and misrepresentations that for
eld of Dodger Stadium to play kickball, Will so long segregated the community.
Hackner tears up. Taking the mound to pitch VGL was a gateway into a community
a game of kickball on the home eld to one that league member Clayton Grey didnt
of the most famous and successful teams in know existed, much less that he had the
Major League Baseball, is a dreamlike honor athletic skills to be welcomed in.
and culmination of an unlikely journey for Having an outlet to explore my
the gay man, once a bullied and un-athletic athleticism that I was too nervous or
small kid who loved video games. scared to do as a child and teenager, has
Hackner, who has been called the given me condence and security in myself
godfather of gay kickball, founded the as an athlete and as a person, Grey said.
national LGBT sports organization Varsity Gay VGL means Ill always have a league or a
League, which provides sports and recreation team to belong to, and Ill always have a
for the LGBT community, after becoming community to hang out with.
disillusioned by his job in Hollywood and the To see that communal switch happen
West Hollywood bar scene. in every VGL city is remarkable, Hackner
Now in its tenth year and serving ten said. When I walk into a bar now, I am
Varsity Gay League teams square o at Dodger Stadium.
cities across the U.S., VGL has serviced not looking for the hot guy to sleep with;
over 8,000 players across many sports I am not looking for a guy to make laugh
and all experience levels while pioneering or try to get drunk and get rejected by. I
a kickball movement within the LGBT The experience reminded me that life and no longer work at the wavering am looking for my friend; I am looking for
community. With kickball as its anchor regardless of our age and the values our mercy of others who may or may not someone to play in my league.
sport, the league oers bowling, soccer, community perpetuates - like having to share his creative vision. VGL became his The league community is about more
tennis, beach volleyball, ag football and be one of the cool guys at the party with business, which in a twist of fate fullled his than athletic ability, it about nding a family-
dodgeball, among others. the great bodies to matter - you can be original purpose for working in Hollywood - like group that allows each person to have
The idea for the league started after yourself and have fun, Hackner said. to entertain and connect with others. the security to grow and try something
Hackner and few friends walked into a West From that moment, Hackner was VGL gives people the opportunity to new. When kickball lover Michael Shutt had
Hollywood bar just as they realized how emboldened to create a way for people to connect with others and be seen succeeding three strokes that left him mostly blind and
little any of them wanted to be there. Will connect and have fun. Varsity Gay League in an environment that doesnt adhere to paralyzed on his left side, he spent nine
was exhausted by the monotonous notion was an organic evolution of that idea, a supercial social rules and hierarchy that months recovering, which left him feeling
of another night whose success depended way for Hackner to play games and get plague the gay community, Hackner said. isolated. Wanting to be involved in the
on matching with the ever-elusive hot guy out of the house; it was not meant to be I get to be a part of a changing paradigm community as he continued to recover, he
essential for a happy ending. a business. Starting with capture the ag, and it gives me purpose. signed up to be a captain of a draft league
On a whim, the group went to West other sports like kickball and paintball, Hackner sees this cultural shift slowly kickball team. Generally, VGL kickball teams
Hollywood Park to hang out and then and activities like an Easter Egg hunt, soon envelop each city VGL serves. The league are self-formed and players without a team
began a spontaneous game of tag. They followed. Through sports, friendships isnt homogenized and segregated like are assigned a team by league managers
chased each other around the park on began to form and those friendships much of the gay community. People with the exception of draft league, which
the warm summer night while becoming created community. begin to form friendships with someone occurs once yearly. Draft league teams
soaked by the sprinklers. Their infectious In 2012, Hackner, who had been working unexpected. With sports as a uniting are formed by captains who draft players
jubilation recruited strangers passing by as a creative producer for companies activity, no longer are people only based on skill level observed during a day
to join in on the playful merriment. Will like DC Entertainment and Spinmaster, connected by having a similar appearance of scrimmages.
was experiencing a child-like fun that experienced two layos in as many years. or social status. Hackner believes VGL
seemed absent from his life. Hackner decided to take ownership of his helps to destroy the supercial social CONTINUES AT LOSANGELESBLADE.COM

ucla coach kirk walker

on life after coming out


Kirk Walker ocially became the gay does. And he has seen throughout the years,
Division I softball coach back in 2005 when that building a network of support creates
he came out to his team at Oregon State. an environment where athletes can see they
The press coverage followed with headlines are not alone, and can feel strong enough to
that declared he was the rst publicly out choose to come out or not.
coach in the NCAA. Despite courageously But Walker acknowledges there are
sharing his story, Walker wasnt completely fears around the process, and feels that
comfortable with the new title. the same pressures exist today.
I didnt want to be labeled the gay The perception that sports is inherently
coach, he admits. But then I said thats homophobic still keeps many coaches,
ne. I realized it needed to be said, that we athletes, and individuals from coming out,
needed to have some visibility. I decided he says. You never have to come out when
to stop ghting it. you are straight, it is assumed. Even in an
Like his life, Walkers role is one that accepting environment your sexuality will
keeps evolving. It has been shaped by always be assumed straight because it is a
the sports environment he works in, the huge majority of how society identies itself.
condence he continues to gain from the In his view, one of the most impactful
process of coming out and his morals. detriments to not coming out is the
When he nally embraced who he was, amount of time and eort put into trying
he found it directly conicted with his to be someone else.
personal coaching philosophy. That was Every second that an athlete or a coach
his motivating factor for coming out. spends on pretending is wasted energy, says
I had been feeling for years like I was Walker. He lived that lie for years, he says
sending the wrong message, says Walker, KIRK WALKER came out in 2005 while coaching for Oregon State. and it was exhausting. Why does it matter
who has been an assistant coach at UCLA since whether you come out or not? Because it frees
returning in 2012. As a coach you tell your you up and allows you to focus on competing
athletes to have integrity and to be authentic. leading Walker to enter the advocacy stage Coaching Alliance and the LGBT Sports and being an athlete. It lets them uncap their
How could I ask that of them when I wasnt of his life, and he has been loaning his Coalition both provide condential support athletic potential. What coach wouldnt want
setting that example? Your team is a family, support to several LGBT sports initiatives and counseling to hundreds of athletes. that? What athlete wouldnt?
and I needed to be true to my family. That was for years. Nationally he has been involved While the younger generation can benet Promoting diversity, building awareness
his motivating factor for coming out. since 2012 with the Nike LGBT Sports from more visible role models, something and helping create opportunities for
Walkers experience resonated with Coalition, speaking at the annual summit Walker did not have, he thinks their views LGBT athletes around the country lls
many, and after sharing his story, his held in Portland, Ore. on coming out or why they stay closeted are up Walkers days as much as devising
inbox was ooded. When Rick Welts, a I have a great passion for LGBT very dierent from in the past. strategies for his softball players. Along
longtime NBA executive, decided to come advocacy, says Walker, whose demeanor is They dont really see coming out as with the spotlight, he welcomes the titles.
out, Walker reached out to show his both measured and charged with purpose. being all that imperative and dont even The stories weve seen in the last six or
support. The response he got from Welts Theres so much more to be done around like labeling themselves as gay or straight, seven years have been powerful, Walker
still inspires him to this day. education, bullying and diversity in sports. I he says. There are many in this generation says. I think it will continue to be the
I got an email from him that said, I carried hope to be able to do this full time when I that are comfortable existing as they are, headline of the story for a while. But it
your story around with me before I decided retire from coaching. I look forward to any without making statements. doesnt have the same gravitas as before.
to tell mine. He applauds the signicance of opportunity to be involved. Counseling and connecting high school, We have to move on, to where it becomes
sharing. Your story can aect somebody. Walkers diversity and inclusion vision college and professional LGBT athletes is a the second part of the story. I think we will
That small interaction was a big factor in includes work with his foundation. Equality major part of the advocacy work that Walker get there.

weir, scurry, others on

how branding has changed


I hadnt even come out to my mother. it is to be viewed that way - its why I take
Just 16 years old, Johnny Weir was already advocating so seriously. Its important for
one of the worlds top international gure me to use the platform and brand that I
skaters. The sport was a lucrative business, have as a professional athlete to elevate
and Weirs talent amassed attention from the community.
agencies worldwide. The rst agency that Similarly, Megan Rapinoe utilized her
approached me said We really want you, visibility and personal brand to represent
but you cant be gay if we represent you. the LGBT community after inking a healthy
Sports marketing is a $70+ billion deal with Nike. Megan was the rst athlete
industry, and one in which gay athletes I really dug in with on a coming out, Levy
are still nding their footing with balancing says. She felt really strongly after the World
their personal brand and their sexuality. Cup that she wanted people to see that
But it wasnt long ago that being out wasnt there are a lot of gay athletes out there.
widely accepted by the sports community Rapinoe in 2014 served as guest editor of
or its stakeholders. the Washington Blades Sports Issue.
When we won the World Cup in 1999, But its a dierent world for men, a view
Being the absolute truest brand of myself has been the greatest career asset Ive had, said gure
the networks were very curious about skater JOHNNY WEIR. shared by many.
where I was running to celebrate, says Theres a lot of social pressure on the
recent National Soccer Hall of Fame male side, Lohman submits. Its not a
inductee Briana Scurry. The cameras very supportive environment. There are
followed me. But when they realized it was from consumers. that true progress was not having to come labels and stigmas associated with being
to my girlfriend, they cut away. Now, 18 years since Briana Scurry and out and talk about it publicly, says Levy. a gay man in sports, so you just dont
Presentation and representation of Johnny Weir were penalized for their Wambach, whose rst public see that represented very often. On the
an athlete dictates the career. In most sexual orientation, its one of the key conrmation of her sexual orientation was womens side its much more accepted, if
cases the majority of an athletes lifetime aspects considered when developing an her 2013 marriage, told the Associated not assumed.
earnings and social impacts come by athletes personal brand. Press, I never felt like I was in a closet. Scurry says that hesitation on the part
way of sponsorships and marketing Dan Levy, a senior vice president Ive never been asked a question about of male athletes stems from existing in a
opportunities meaning branding is the with sports marketing rm Wasserman my relationship rightfully so, because it dierent culture. For female athletes now,
most important game many athletes will suggests, People get excited when shouldnt matter. it doesnt seem to hinder them. But with
ever play. But its not simple. And for gay athletes come out, so players feel pressure Laina Cohn, partner at Cohn Torgan male athletes, its dierent. There are a lot
athletes, nding an identity that appeals to to present their orientation publicly. Its Management and representative for of male athletes that have chosen not to
teammates, fans, and sponsors alike is an a piece of the puzzle its a variable you Johnny Weir suggests that not every come out until after their career was over.
even more complex facet of the business. have to take into consideration when athlete is equipped to lead the charge. Biases against gay males have been
Though agencies and corporations trying to create opportunities. Johnny wasnt an activist, he was an integrated into the actual structure
werent always open to partnering with But theres still no clear-cut approach athlete. His whole world was about getting of sports perpetuating stereotypes
gay athletes, augmented acceptance to branding for the gay athlete. As on the ice and winning. He never stepped and suppressing awareness. Sport is
has alleviated constraints on their restraints faded with mounting cultural onto the ice because he was gay. a gendered space, an institution that
opportunities within the industry. approval, new challenges emerged. No Some athletes view their branding as teaches masculinity and femininity and
Demographics have changed, asserts longer xated on the industrys consent, a unique responsibility. Joanna Lohman, it does so in a very binary way, says
Hudson Taylor, founder of Athlete Ally. gay athletes must consider the degree to one of the National Womens Soccer Taylor. That masculinity is often wrongly
Younger generations are very accepting. which they represent and champion their Leagues most outspoken advocates, reinforced with homophobic language.
Sponsors and agencies have seen both sexual orientation through their branding. embraces the position. I am admired for
internal backing and increased support Abby [Wambach] felt really strongly being out and proud. I realize how special CONTINUES AT LOSANGELESBLADE.COM

travel bans complicate sporting

events in states with anti-lgbt laws


In the aftermath of states enacting

anti-LGBT laws, other jurisdictions have
responded with bans on state-sponsored
travel to those places and the impact is
already being felt in the sports world.
A number of states and D.C. enacted
travel bans to North Carolina after
passage of House Bill 2 and renewed
those bans after North Carolina Gov. Roy
Cooper replaced it with another law critics
say is still discriminatory.
As a result of the travel ban enacted by New
York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the State University
of New York at Albany last year had to back
out of a non-conference mens basketball
game set to take place at Duke University.
Additionally, the NCAA altered the seeding
for Stony Brook Universitys womens lacrosse
team in the postseason tournament so the
team wouldnt have to travel to University of
North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
The New York ban is also inuencing
New York Gov. ANDREW CUOMO enacted a ban on ocial state travel to North Carolina after its legislature passed a notorious anti-LGBT law.
upcoming games in the Colonial
Athletic Association, the only Division 1
conference whose membership includes
public schools in New York and at least games are scheduled and where there special warm up gear to show solidarity events is another arrow in the quiver for the
one in North Carolina. It makes things can be held because theyre seeing teams with LGBT people. According to ESPN, movement, but the impact is still playing
complicated for Stony Brook Universitys who are saying were not going to travel many teammates sported red, tie-dyed out and may be more clear at a later time.
football team, which is set to compete and were not going to compete, Taylor shirts that read Love is Love on the front If Texas goes through during its special
against Elon University in the fall. said. Were denitely seeing an impact and I stand on the right side of history. session called by Gov. Greg Abbott with an
Because the competition was scheduled at least at the conference level about the They felt and I think a lot of schools are anti-LGBT law of its own, Hudson said there
before House Bill 2 became law, New York approach to scheduling games and where going to feel that if we can actually travel could be additional fallout with sporting
granted Stony Brook an exemption to the these types of competition will be held. and make a dierence that is a more events, citing recent opposition from the
travel ban, but that wont be an option Even though the bans are only for state- meaningful experience, than, just say, Dallas Stars to the pending proposal.
in the future. The conference is now sponsored travel, and thus would aect boycotting, Taylor said. I think its very possible we see the
identifying a dierent scheduling matrix only public schools, not private schools, Whether these interferences with anti-LGBT laws that were introduced be
for games between 2018 and 2021. Taylor said even private schools are acting sporting events are having an impact on defeated and not pass during the special
Hudson Taylor, executive director of with anti-LGBT laws in mind in terms of anti-LGBT laws is another question. After all, session, Taylor said. And I think you can
Athlete Ally, said the rescheduling of the sporting events. HB2 may be gone, but North Carolinas new attribute some of the pressure that these
conference demonstrates the travel bans The Marist Red Foxes, for example, made law bars city pro-LGBT ordinances for three bans and statements from the athletic
are having an impact. the decision to travel last year to North years and state institutions from making community that theyre making, I think you
Theyre having to completely overhaul Carolina to compete at Duke University, but bathroom policies for transgender people. can attribute some of that to the failure of
their scheduling processes to change how also met with a local LGBT center and wore Hudson said the cancellation of sporting the bills, should it happen in Texas.

chris mosier is the

modern front runner


Chris Mosier is a man of many rsts. didnt have the language to describe who
In 2015, he became the rst openly I was. Looking back, there are moments
transgender man to make a Mens U.S. when thats embarrassing for me.
National Team, when he qualied for the
Sprint Duathlon team. Whats more challenging -- getting
In 2016, he became the rst trans older as an athlete, or ghting for trans
man to compete against men in a World rights for athletes?
Championship race. He is now a three- Fighting for trans rights for athletes.
time member of Team USA in the sprint Getting older has been awesome. Im so
and long course duathlon (run/bike/run) excited every year since I have transitioned;
and sprint triathlon (swim/bike/run). Ive loved my birthday. Before, I didnt
He is the rst transgender man to want to tell anyone it was my birthday. I
be featured in ESPN Magazines Body didnt want parties or gifts, but today I feel
Issue and the rst transgender athlete to really good telling people. I didnt feel I
appear in a Nike ad the Nike commercial was worthy of having a celebration of my
debuted in primetime during the 2016 Rio life. So, its really cool now to get older and
Olympics.And, he was named Person of the every years been better than the last.
Year by Outsports and to the OUT 100 list.
Mosier is vice president of program CHRIS MOSIER What scares you the most?
development and community relations The idea of getting my teeth knocked in
for You Can Play, an organization that like being in a bike or car accident.
works to ensure the safety and inclusion
of all in sports including LGBTQ athletes, books and I was doing a lot of research on non-binary athletes to pursue what they Do you think reactions from other
coaches, and fans. He is also founder YouTube because that was the only place I love without compromising their identity. athletes would have been dierent if you, a resource for trans- felt safe to access that information without Im most proud of making Team USA and were transitioning from man to woman?
inclusive policies in athletics. identifying myself. There was one video in having a part in the IOC [International Absolutely. I have had the privilege of
We spoke to Chris Mosier on his 36th particular called Transgender Basics. Its Olympic Committee] policy change to open experiencing male privilege in my transition
birthday. put out by the LGBT Center in New York City. the doors for athletes to come after me in a way that ties into how deeply sexist sports
It has Laverne Cox, before she was famous maybe a transgender Olympian or a trans- can be. People assume that people assigned
What was the moment you realized? as Laverne Cox, and I remember watching kid in high school, who can play the sports male at birth are better at all sports and
I always knew who I was deep down that and hearing the storytelling from he loves without having to hide who he is. all aspects of sports than people assigned
inside, but at a certain point it didnt Laverne as a trans woman, a guy named female at birth. So, when I transitioned,
match up with what the people around Nicco [Beretta], a trans man, and a gender What are you most embarrassed about? people in many ways gave me a slap on
me expected of me as a little girl. All queer person, and just remember watching Publically, when Im telling my story, I the butt and said, good luck, go out an get
throughout my childhood, Im hearing that it over and over again, and thinking, wow, didnt have the language or terminology em. No one thought I would be competitive
little girls dont like to skateboard, but I like this sounds a lot like my experience. to identify who I was until about 27 or and when I have won races, people kind of
to skateboard, so, what is the disconnect? 28-years-old. Its interesting for me to shrugged and said, good job. I know that
I didnt understand my identity to be a What are you most proud of? stand up as an educator and advocate trans women and trans girls whore ghting
transgender guy until after college. Im at a point today where I really feel and be humble in that moment, and say, just to participate, encounter so much more
My now wife, who I was dating at the time, condent in being my authentic self. you dont know what you dont know. resistance to both their existence and their
was like, you should put some thought Athletically, Im most proud of sharing This is who Ive always been since I was ability to participate in sports.
into your gender and how you feel about that with the world, to open up the door 4-years-old and I can remember my rst
existing in your body. That lead me to some for other younger transgender athletes or experiences with gender activities, but I CONTINUES AT LOSANGELESBLADE.COM

the intersection of sports policy

and lgbtq equality

In Georgia, the NFL, the NBAs Atlanta

Hawks, and the NFLs Atlanta Falcons
all released statements opposing a bill
that would have allowed businesses to
discriminate against LGBTQ people. And
recently in Texas, women athletes took to
ASHLAND JOHNSON is a civil rights lawyer social media to speak out against Texas
and sports inclusion advocate. She serves as most recent anti-transgender bill.
director of public education and research for
the Human Rights Campaign. Voices in the sports community will
continue to be essential allies in protecting
and promoting LGBTQ equality as we
Sports have the power to captivate continue to face an onslaught of attacks
the fans and transform the athletes. As at the state and federal level. And if we
a former Division I basketball player and want to fully harness the power of sports
lifelong athlete, I can personally attest to to positively impact LGBTQ equality under
how sports can build character, encourage the law, we must make sure that our sports
discipline, foster community, and teach institutions are built on a solid foundation
individuals to work together toward a of LGBTQ nondiscrimination.
common goal. Unfortunately, that is not yet the case.
And as a civil rights advocate, I see the Most leagues, teams, and governing
power of sports and especially team bodies still lack basic LGBTQ protections
sports to transform both individuals for players, coaches, and fans. For
and society by bringing communities example, NCAA athletes can still lose
together. Sports provide us with a their scholarships because of their sexual
platform to promote our equality message BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY orientation and/or gender identity. And
on a broader scale. currently only some states have laws
Weve come a long way. Griner, Jason Collins, and Robbie Rogers comments in MLS, MLB, NFL, and the that protect transgender athletes from
Historically, sports was an arena in 2013 signaled a game change pro NBA, where anti-LGBTQ comments can discrimination in high school athletics. The
that hewed to rigid societal gender leagues and fans could no longer deny lead to hefty nes and/or loss of lucrative NWHL is the only professional U.S. league
roles, fueling a legacy of homophobia, that LGBTQ people could both participate sponsorships. with a pathway for transgender athletes to
transphobia and biphobia on and o the and excel in sports. These wins not only bolster LGBTQ compete. Increasing the inclusive policies
eld. Until recent years, being an openly Increasingly, sports leagues are adopting participation in athletics, but also help us in sports, and addressing the disparities
LGBTQ athlete came with great risk: it and promoting LGBTQ-inclusive policies. secure LGBTQ equality victories under they create, will help our ability to leverage
often meant risking your job, your spot on For example, the NCAA recently created the law. Leagues and teams with inclusive our sports communities in our eorts to
the team, commercial endorsements, and an LGBTQ-inclusve anti-discrimination policies and practices tend to have more win equal rights.
even your safety. policy in its bidding process in an attempt visible LGBTQ participation by players, So, as we look to make further inroads
I spent most of my life playing competitive to be more LGBTQ-inclusive at the venues coaches, administration, and fans. Increased to change hearts and minds in parts of
sports in the South. Like many other athletes, hosting NCAA-controlled tournaments. visibility makes these sports entities more the country that are still reticent to accept
I had to spend most of my life closeted Further, sports bodies including the likely to take public positions on LGBTQ LGBTQ people, sport can be as crucial and
for fear of losing my team (family) and my U.S. Soccer Federation, the National equality positions that educate voters eective an avenue as our partnerships
scholarship, which was my livelihood. Womens Hockey League, and the NCAA and potentially inuence lawmakers. with businesses and faith communities.
However, in recent years, progress have created pathways for transgender Indeed, voices in the sports community When we work to make sport more
toward inclusion in sport has mirrored inclusion in competition. have proven to be essential to LGBTQ inclusive, were not just supporting
advances in other areas of society. In Weve also seen greater repercussions rights battles in Georgia, North Carolina, individual players, were fortifying an
particular, the coming out of Brittney for athletes who make anti-LGBTQ and Texas in the last two legislative cycles. invaluable avenue for equality.

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Recovering after Charlottesville

The battle between
an exclusive and an
inclusive America

Jamil Smith of The Daily Beast tweeted

on Aug. 16, All these folks worried about
erasing history when the Confederate
statues come down will be thrilled to learn
about the existence of books.
Battles over monuments to treason may
be symbolic, but symbols can promote
violence as well as virtue, and clashes over
what merits public commemoration are
stand-ins for an old struggle over whom our
public institutions are supposed to serve.
The aftermath of Charlottesville
included ACLUs announcement that
it will cease defending hate speech
accompanied by rearms; the fortitude
of the parents of Heather Heyer, who was
murdered with a car; and testimony by
DeAndre Harris, whose beating by racists
with metal poles caused wounds including
a skull fracture that required eight staples.
Neo-Nazis continued to defame Heyer
and threaten Harris; web hosting rms
banned The Daily Stormer. Heartening D.C. protesters rallied in support of Charlottesville after a woman was killed there counter-protesting the Klan and Neo-Nazis.
developments included the presidents PHOTO BY ROBERT GAMBOA
entire arts advisory panel resigning; a
huge counter-protest in Boston; and white
nationalist Steve Bannon being booted who supported Trump. Obama, whose patience. Being receptive to contrasting more a political plan than vandalizing
from the White House. stature only grows, spoke to the best in views requires grace unfamiliar in our War statues. Disputes over public memorials
Still deling the Oval Oce is our Birther- us. He did so when we needed it most, Room political culture. But willingness to will continue (my Civil War favorite is the
in-Chief, who refuses to call domestic after horrors that included the murder learn is a key quality to distinguish us from one by Augustus Saint-Gaudens in Boston).
terrorism by its name. He will not repudiate of schoolchildren and a massacre in a Mr. Trump. But we must also look ahead. Attracting
the white-grievance mongering he rode church. He soared at his second inaugural: Our nation is beset by provocateurs, voters requires a theme and purpose that
to power, much less check his spiteful We, the people, declare today that the opportunists, and hate peddlers much animate otherwise dry policy proposals.
outbursts or his lifelong contempt for most evident of truths - that all of us are more from the right than from the left, Far-right fanatics and their collaborator
people of color. Hang your head, John Kelly. created equal - is the star that guides us despite rampant moral equivalency. in the White House are handing us plenty
Trump sees no disparity when, as Tina still; just as it guided our forebears through We must be ready to combat the lies of of ammunition to use against them. But if
Fey noted, Native Americans are shot Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall.... people like Jack Posobiec (who pushed the we ght on their terms and their schedule,
with rubber bullets for protesting at Inspiring words are not enough, but are Pizzagate and Seth Rich hoaxes) and Dinesh we lose. Upholding American values that
Standing Rock while Nazis freely march vital. We must inspire people to consider DSouza (who erases considerable history are under assault demands an assertive,
with semiautomatics in Virginia. By the the consequences of inaction and to portray Democrats as still the party of condent message that connects at a human
way, is it just me, or is there something recognize the possibilities of cooperative segregation), but we must avoid playing a level, not just a better deal. Lets be about it,
slightly o about anti-Semites adopting a eort. We will not inspire them to exercise purely defensive game. Anger may fuel our telling the truth and shaming the devil.
preppy polo-and-khakis look popularized their voting franchise by endlessly re- activism, but empathy should steer it. Copyright 2017 by Richard J.
by Jewish clothiers? litigating the last election. Tina Fey, a University of Virginia grad, Rosendall. All rights reserved.
The midterm elections are less than Pragmatism and principle are competing gave a lacerating commentary about
15 months away. Do the Democrats look forces, not enemies. We need both if we Charlottesville on Weekend Update
ready? The people they need to win over are to practice the politics of addition Summer Edition while gorging on a sheet
RICHARD J. ROSENDALL is a writer and activist.
are not Obama haters, but Obama voters required to win. We also need respect and cake. Humorous venting, however, is no He can be reached at
Hamilton: the musical catharsis


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All the hype, the over-the-top praise, the Americawhich the audience celebrated. Biggie Smalls and other rap masters, who became Americas first African-
spirited reviews for this infectiously positive I believe that this play, as it moves as well as cheeky cultural cues such as American president.
revolutionary piece of theatreall true. throughout the nation, is going to change Thomas Jefferson having a mic-drop And in the sanctuary city of L.A., the
But opening night of Hamilton on August lives, change mind-sets with all the stuff we moment during a rap battle with Alexander opening song, Alexander Hamilton, was
16 as it officially launched its national tour have going on right nowthe hatred and Hamilton over the national debt. greeted with the head-bouncing grasp of
at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood was all of that, Will Johnson, father of Isaiah The reviews for Hamilton properly understanding.
extraordinarily powerful and cathartic Johnson, who plays George Washington, praise the stellar cast, including Michael How does a bastard, orphan, son of a
following the ugly remarks by the President tells the Los Angeles Blade. Luwoye as Alexander Hamilton, Joshua whore/And a Scotsman, dropped in the
of the United States supporting white Weve got to come together. Thats the Henry as Aaron Burr, and out Rory middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean
supremacy the day before. only way were going to survive. Were one OMalleywho performed in his friend by providence impoverished/In squalor,
Hamilton is all about how the majesty United States of America. Our Founding David Mixners one-man show Oh Hell grow up to be a hero and a scholar? sings
and moral authority of the office of the Fathers had a visionand in this play, they No! in LA in 2015. OMalley portrayed King Aaron Burr, Hamiltons frenemy who turns
presidency was created, as seen through are African American! George as a 1960s British pop starand out to be the damn fool who shot him.
the lens of today. The embers for Mirandas imaginative a white guy in a world of color who also The ten-dollar founding father without
And in this exciting, moving and musical about the war of ideas that shaped offers comic relief. a father/Got a lot farther by working a lot
challenging interpretation of the American America were stoked at a poetry slam at the Hamilton not only flips the script on harder/By being a lot smarter, By being a
Revolution and the countrys shaky Obama White House in 2009. A video of the casting and introduces an interweaving self-starter sings John Laurens, a young
beginnings by Puerto Rican Lin-Manuel key song Alexander Hamilton and a mixed of musical forms but it may be the first to officer from South Carolina with whom
Miranda, Founding Fathers George tape went viral, pumping up expectations explore the American immigrant experience. Hamilton served in George Washingtons
Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and for its Broadway opening two years ago. I dare you to watch the video [of colonial army. Letters expressing deep
forgotten Founder, Alexander Hamilton, are The Los Angeles audience was primed Mirandas White House performance], affection between the two men have lead
all played by African Americans, supported opening night, exerting a Herculean effort wrote Vogue theater critic Adam Green, many to believe that Hamilton and Laurens
by a minority-majority cast. The visual to not sing along. Laughter and knowing and not get a chill from the sight of a son had a bisexual affair, a point raised by
symbolism alone stands as a profound side-glances were shared at subtle of an immigrant rapping about the son of
rebuke to Trumps dystopian vision of contemporary references to Beyonce, an immigrant to a son of an immigrant CONTINUES ON PAGE 30
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By TROY MASTERS How long have you been out and who was culture moment of your lifetime? societal issues are LGBT issues. the hardest person to tell? Lady Gagas Poker Face changed my life.
Well I came out twice: rst as bisexual, and It was my coming out song, and being her What would you walk across hot coals for?
Justine Gonzalez has her sights set high. later as transgender. Ive lived out as bisexual fan was a signal to the people in my life that The safety and wellbeing of my daughter, Cece
Nearly 10 years ago she visited the Los for about 8 years, and transgender for about 3. change was coming. and co-parent, Erin.
Angeles LGBT Center as a client for the
rst time. I was in need of community, Whos your LGBT hero? On what do you insist? What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
and the Center quickly became my chosen My LGBT hero is denitely Drian Juarez. The I insist on approaching people with humility Stereotypes are silly in general.
home and family. My life changed the day work she has done and continues to do and kindness.
I walked through the Centers doors, and inspires me every day. Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
I will always remember what it was like to What was your last Facebook post or Ive really enjoyed watching independent LGBT
enter a space where I felt like I could safely Whats Los Angeles best nightspot, past or Tweet? lms and shorts made my LGBT youth at
be myself for the rst time, said Gonzalez. present? A thank you to West Hollywood OutSet, a program from Outfest and the Los
While she praises the importance of Im a fan of rooftop views, so Im usually down Councilmember Lauren Meister for giving me Angeles LGBT Center. Im looking forward to
#ResistMarch, she felt the gloom and to visit Perch if I have a free night. the opportunity to serve on the Transgender the programs return next year.
doom that had descended over the nation Advisory Board!
thanks to Donald Trump just needed to Describe your dream wedding. Whats the most overrated social custom?
go away. So when The Glitter Run was My dream wedding would be intimate, 20- If your life were a book, what would the Apologizing. People apologize so often.
proposed, she was eager to sign on and 30 or less folks, a rooftop bar with a nice title be? Were all doing our best and doing your
quickly found herself running the show. view, and mimosas with a casual toast. We Something cheesy like: We dont leave anyone best to improve is something that is helpful
More than 2,000 attended, including would toast at sunset and hang out for the behind (how I broke free and never gave up to everyone.
hundreds of children ages 12 and under. rest of the night. on Justine)
Gonzalez, who is transgender and What trophy or prize do you most covet?
identies as femme, is originally from What non-LGBT issue are you most If science discovered a way to change Little thank you notes and congrats are things
New York City and has spent most of her passionate about? sexual orientation, what would you do? that ll my heart.
adult life in California. When not running Im very much interested in income inequality I have no desire to change anything about my
campaigns or serving on commissions and and getting working families into good paying sexual orientation. Say no to the cure! What do you wish youd known at 18?
boards, she spends her time being mom jobs. That issue, like pretty much every other I wish I had known that being myself, and
to her 3-year-old, Cecilia. But that hasnt issue facing people in here in the U.S. and What do you believe in beyond the physical facing challenges as my true self would be a
kept her from becoming an essential part across the globe, impacts LGBT people just as world? reward in and of itself, and that I shouldnt let
of LGBT life in Los Angeles. it does their families, allies, and people who Im not sure what to believe on this. I do fear hold me back from living that truth.
Gonzalez has served as a member arent allies to the community. believe we can live beyond our physical bodies
of the West Hollywood Transgender in the memories of those we love and those Why Los Angeles?
Advisory Board, and currently serves as What historical outcome would you who wish to remember us. Los Angeles is a beautiful city. Its imperfect,
vice president of the City of Los Angeles change? but I love it for that. Its very ambiguous.
Human Relations Commission. The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Whats your advice for LGBT movement Im imperfect, Im very comfortable with
She was recently honored by the West leaders? ambiguity. Theres a lot of love in this city, and I
Hollywood City Council for her advocacy. Whats been the most memorable pop Dont call issues non-LGBT issues. All modern love that too. Were a perfect match.
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The Front Runner is still in the lead



In 1974, not many people would have chuckles, echoing the words of her long- that our country has to gure out. I hope
expected a novel about the same-sex ago critics. She wrote about men instead that our kids have the heart for this ght,
romance between a college track coach and of writing about women. because its a really important one, and
his star runner to attract much of an audience. She goes on to explain why breaking important for them to be involved. They
Thanks to Stonewall, the so-called gay those rules may have been the key to her will see some of this in the story, because
liberation movement was enjoying a novels success. There might be a tendency that was all starting in the 1970s.
newfound visibility and millions who had to look at it and think that its a mens story, Longtime fans of the book, of course, have
previously been hidden in the closet began but one of the things about the book that I one particularly burning question: what has
a generations-long struggle for equality that always appreciated is that it was read by as become of the long-awaited lm version of
continues to this day. But in 1974, as in 2017, many women as men. I know that in the The Front Runner? The lm rights were
visibility is not the same thing as acceptance, book business theres a lot of talk about sold shortly the books publication, with
and nobody expected a book like The Front targeting to demographics, but I think its none other than Paul Newman signed
Runner to be embraced by readers outside important to appeal on a broader plane on as producer, but unsurprisingly
the niche market of the gay community. than that, so that we understand these are Hollywood nanciers balked at the risk of
Yet embraced it was and resoundingly so. human things. Those kinds of stories can making a movie about gay men, so funding
Patricia Nell Warrens The Front Runner inspire, and bind us together as a human never came. The subsequent years saw
became a crossover sensation, drawing race instead of dividing us into dierent the project shuttled through an array of
rave reviews and becoming the rst gay- demographics. This story has done that, dierent would-be developers, but every
themed book to land on the New York and I think it still does that. attempt fell through. After years in court,
Times prestigious Top Ten Bestsellers list. She also says this core humanity has Warren regained the rights in 2002, and has
It eventually sold more than 10 million allowed the book to continue reaching held them ever since, waiting for the right
The Front Runner has sold more than
copies, yielded two successful sequels 10,000,000 copies since 1974 and is still in across boundaries throughout the years. oer to come along.
(with another on the way), and has never I am always hearing from people who are Im still hopeful, she says. I think
been out of print since. reading it for the rst time. Theres been its a good moment for a movie like that;
For those unfamiliar, this landmark novel sports, they found Harlan and Billy not only quite a raft of readers that have come in the way the country is going, probably
tells the story of Harlan, a former Marine who imminently relatable, but inspirational. from the Spanish edition of the book, and the timing is better than ever. Im really
now coaches track at a small New England The result was the birth of the its reaching a lot of people in South and concerned about all the negativity about
college, and Billy a young runner who joins Frontrunners club, an organization for Central America. Theyre reading it for LGBT people that is going forward in the
his program after being kicked out of a larger LGBT runners that was started in San the rst time and thats the way theyre country right now, and that certainly will
school for being gay. Harlan, though gay, Francisco and has since grown into a approaching the story, as a human story. rebound into what we do in sports, so,
has always lived a closeted life; Billy has an worldwide network. This group has been What about younger readers, those who Im still hoping that it will happen. People
openness about his sexuality that reects instrumental in fostering a movement of are now growing up in a very dierent world approach me about it all the time. Im
the younger generation to which he belongs. support and acceptance for out athletes, than the one in which The Front Runner is hoping for the people to come along who
Their relationship blossoms and the book which in turn led to the creation of the Gay set? Does it still have relevance for them? are the right t for the story. The question
details their love story over the course of Games, which, in 2013, awarded Warren Warren certainly believes so. is, are they able to get the kind of job
several years, culminating in Billys triumphant its Medal of Honor for writing the book The story deals with young people. done that I would hope to see done, the
and tragic journey to the Beijing Olympics. that, in many ways, started it all. I think that the most important thing story and the casting and so forth, and so
The impact of Warrens book, aside from So how did a novel about two men in love for young people today is what they thats the important thing. I think thats
its historic place as a breakthrough of gay manage to defy seventies-era social taboos encounter in the schools, which I think what a lot of people want, and I think that
culture into the straight mainstream, lies in and become a national bestseller? Maybe has certainly gotten a lot worse than in the willingness to attend the movie, when
the resonance it found with so many of its it had something to do with the fact that 1970s. Theres a lot of standing up thats its nally out, is going to be based on if
LGBT readers. Its characters were not just Warren, a gay woman, chose to write a love going on right now in our schools, by our they feel that justice has been done to the
gay, they were gay athletes, like millions of story about gay men a fact which, at the kids, and ghting for change. The schools story that they love so much, so I think its
other men and women out there. Forced to time, generated substantial controversy. have become major battlegrounds, not important to protect that.
hide who they were in order to participate The author herself is still amused by just for gay issues but other issues as well,
in the deeply homophobic culture of that today. Patricia broke the rules she and I think thats part of the arc for today CONTINUES AT LOSANGELESBLADE.COM

Gender uidity as seen in the

concentration camp at Buchenwald


Tom Jacobson, one of LAs most

acclaimed gay playwrights, loves to play
with theatrical form.
His newest play, which he calls a
shattering comedy, tackles questions of
gender, cultural and national identity, as
well as politics, marriage death and the
mutability of theater.
Titled Walking to Buchenwald, it begins
previews on Sept. 9 at the Atwater Village
Theatre in Los Angeles, where it is being
presented by Open Fist Theatre Company.
Walking to Buchenwald introduces
us to a couple named Schiller and Arjay,
who have taken Schillers parents on their
rst trip to Europe. There, Schiller and
Arjay plan to tell the parents that they are
planning to marry.
Jacobson has written the younger
couples characters in such a way that they
can be played by either men or women.
The Open Fist production will feature
two alternating casts, one featuring two
women and the other featuring two men.
The possibility also exists to mix and match
those to arrive at two heterosexual couples.
How does the play change depending
on which cast is viewed?
Theater is a mutable thing, which is
what makes it living and unique, Jacobson
said. Every night of a production is
dierent, and every production of the
MANDY SCHNEIDER and AMIELYNN ABELLERA alternate with CHRISTOPHER CAPPIELLO and JUSTIN HUEN in the roles of Schiller and Arjay.
same play is dierent. I love the idea
that who you cast changes the way you PHOTOS BY RODERICK MENZIES

feel about both the character and the

situation. Thats something I always like to unexpected trip to a concentration camp Bible Quiz Team, recently premiered in L.A.
play with in my work. lead to a shocking yet poignant conclusion. using four alternating actors of dierent Walking To Buchenwald begins previews on
Sept. 9. All four preview performances are
As the four travel through England, Jacobson is one of L.A.s most important genders and ethnicities. His play Ouroboros Pay-What-You- Want. Opening night is Sept.
15, and performances continue through Oct. 21
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what it means to be American in a world has had more than 90 productions, winning in chronological order play as a comedy, but,
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guys wanted to create a surname that felt What the world needs now
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of Gonzalez-Rollo or Rollo-Gonzalez, Gonzalez had an epiphany. I told Jon,
dicult to navigateand a mouthful, Im gonna take this global.
they went with what people had been Barrys started in WeHo in 1998. Locations
calling us for years and years. Ladies and throughout LA followed. (Original founder
gents: meet the Gonzollos! Barry Jay still teaches in Hollywood.) Then
Many power couples maintain a erce came gay enclaves Hillcrest in San Diego
boundary between their personal and and Chelsea in New York.
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Though, they never worked together Gonzalez. When I took his class in Venice I
formally until two years ago, Rollo said. saw mostly thin blonde women. Men were
Barrys Bootcamps newly enhanced the minority.
concept adds FuelBar to the format, a The world has become a more
healthy made-to-order smoothie bar Rollo integrated place. The Castros are a thing of
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before working out so they are waiting for GONZOLLO. which I love, Gonzalez explained. Our
them after class. PHOTO COURTESY OF GONZALEZ communityis very much in our DNA.
However, they also started Au Fudge, the Those are the roots of who we are. We are
upscale family ice cream place on Melrose gay-owned and operated...out of WeHo,
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Music and Play. Its more like Barrys [with] not fully invite the savior into your heart. bathed in Barrys signature red and before were going to be in Kansas City, if
classes all day, said Rollo. It will be next to And Gonzalez agrees. He transformed aesthetically pleasing lighting (standard that makes sense, Gonzalez explained.
Barrys WeHo. his life through working out, so it can be in every Barrys studio). We feel like were So cosmopolitan cities with successful
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Youve never done Barrys before so youre He started the worldwide expansion Yes, Barrys Bootcamp made me feel Its a lifestyle.
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intense as people say? Will I survive, or people as possible. I wanted other people thanks to the Woodway Treadmills. the workout is so intense, I bonded with the
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you tell yourself. him in action. Hes relaxed and jazzed outdoors. I was amazed at how I felt. All to me at the end of our four brutal circuits.
Ha, the joke is on you. Because there is simultaneously, buzzing around the studio of the pain I usually feel after running (hips I admitted I was a Barrys virgin and she
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The Disintegrations


Alistair McCartneys compelling new visioning that arose organically. One thing I
novel, The Disintegrations (University of was always clear on was that even though
Wisconsin Press) is the story of one mans I would use real names, this book is ction.
obsession with death. It pulls no punches. My stories are eulogies, but theyve ctional
As Australian author Christos Tsiolkas eulogies. Its impossible to access the truth
wrote, its a book that takes possession of the dead. Like I say in the introduction,
of you right from the opening and will death makes ction of us all.
not let you go. Challenging and gripping,
a rumination on death and memory that You became a US citizen last
speaks eloquently to our sense of loss, month, after a long immigration
both personal and communal.The writing struggle, something your husband the
is exquisite. I know this book will haunt me performance artist Tim Miller has done
for the longest time. great work on. What was that like?
I found myself similarly haunted as I And can you talk about your identity
read this genre-bending book, engrossed as a writer an Australian writer, a
in the stories of suicides, serial killers and gay writer, an immigrant writer, a
a disquieting array of natural deaths. I was California writer? Do you particularly
drawn into the unique and surprisingly ascribe to any of those monikers? Or do
funny perceptions of its narrator and you nd them limiting or unhelpful?
moved by the warmth that arises in To be sworn in with over 4,000 new
unexpected places. McCartney establishes immigrants at the LA Convention Center
a wonderful intimacy between the author ALISTAIR MCCARTNEYs The Disintegrations stares in the face of death and change and life. was amazing and moving. For me, that
and the reader. only became possible when DOMA was
I recently caught up with my fellow overturned, and Tim and I were able to
Australian-American in his neighborhood nally marry. For years we were living in
of Venice Beach to talk about The Sebald, to name just a few-- have taken California, like Joan Didion. But at a certain great uncertainty, so becoming a citizen
Disintegrations, as a warm up to our the excavation of death as their primary point, I didnt allow myself to go there or after more than 20 years of bureaucracy
conversation at Skylight Books on subject. And I think its a fairly common even look at it, even though I can see it was a huge relief.
September 16th. preoccupation, though one were taught from my oce window. The Holy Cross To answer the 2nd part of the question, I
to repress. My narrator cant repress it. I conjure up is based on the actual space, think all those categories arise in this book.
How did you come to write The but its a character, its the cemetery Ive Some of the stories take place in Australia,
Disintegrations? Can you talk about how The protagonist of your book spends fashioned in my head. much of it is rooted in California and LA.
your fascination with death was born? a lot of time at Holy Cross Cemetery in The narrators sense of distance from the
The book arose from an obsession. Culver City, wandering around, trying You call this book a novel but it reads past and from his own life is perhaps the
Thats the source from which all my to get to the bottom of death. I am as a subtle fusion of ction, nonction, predicament of the immigrant. And one of
writing springs. My rst novel, The End of also someone who is fascinated by and memoir and prose poem. Did you the recurring threads in The Disintegrations
The World Book was an encyclopedia of writes in cemeteries (my local being write The Disintegrations with much is the intersection between sex and death.
obsessions, literally, A to Z, but for this Hollywood Forever.) Can you talk about awareness as to the form it was taking? But if I take up any moniker, it would be,
book I narrowed the lens to just one. Who your relationship with Holy Cross? Yes and no. The book took me about 8 to go back to the rst question, obsession:
knows why we become fascinated with Well, like my narrator, I do teach across or 9 years to write, and one of the reasons Im an obsessive writer who has to follow
anything? I was xated on the subject and the street from Holy Cross, at Antioch for that was guring out the right form to his obsessions through to the end.
I needed to write my way out of it. Its not a University. Ive taken my classes there, had tell this story, to hold together the pieces Id
subject I would have chosen to write about. my students write there. My book is very written. It was originally much longer and
That said, since I was a teenager, most of much an investigation of that cemetery, more traditionally structured, but I realized David Francis and Alistair McCartney will talk
the writers Ive gravitated toJean Genet, drawing on that great tradition of writers the structure wasnt working and last more about The Disintegrations at Skylights
Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Marguerite Duras, Dennis Cooper, W.G. mining the mythology of Death and year I did a pretty radical re-write and re- 90027, on Saturday September 16th, 5:00pm.
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Andrew Cunanan gets his close up, 20 years later



For the upcoming television series The

Assassination of Gianni Versace: American
Crime Story, executive producer/director
Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story,
Feud: Bette and Joan, The People vs. O.J.
Simpson) has set out to tell the story of
Andrew Cunanan, the spree-killing sociopath
who murdered the late fashion designer on
the steps of his mansion 20 years ago.
I think the thing about American Crime
Story is that were not just doing sort of a
crime, Murphy said at the Television Critics
Press Tour. Were trying to talk about a
crime within a social idea. And this was
always interesting to us because the idea
was that Versace, who was [Cunanans] last
victim, really did not have to die.
What gets discussed in the series is The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story stars, from left, RICKY MARTIN (Antonio DAmico), DARREN CRISS (Cunanan) and EDGAR
RAMIREZ (Versace).
homophobiawhich Murphy notes, was
how Cunanan was able to successfully
make his way across the U.S. and kill these
victims, many of whom were gay. thing to announce that [Versace] was gay closets that he personally created will be Youre doing a docudrama. So theres
Homophobia, particularly within the and out of the closet, which he did in an among the scenes in the lm. always certain things you take liberty with,
various police organizations that refused interview. So all of that has a ripple eect We were lucky enough to be able to get particularly, and the movement of wanting
in Miami to put up wanted posters, even the Versaces will like some of what we do, inside there and lm in thatIt was really to move toward something emotional, at
though they knew that Andrew Cunanan and some of it they will be uncomfortable an amazing opportunity to be able to go least for me.
had probably committed many of these about.I dont think there should be any in there. We did a tremendous amount In the series, Edgar Ramirez plays
murders and was probably headed that stigma or shame attached to HIV at all... of research, down to the backpack that Versace, a complicated character that
way, all of which we deal with in the show. And I think there really was, and we Cunanan had, and what was his shoelace changed the world of fashion.
I thought that that was a really interesting address that head on. like. And that, to me, is one of the joys of For the rst time, [Versace] combined
thing to examine, to look at again, With period pieces like Versace and the work, to really get it right. I think we sexiness and glamour and opulence, like
particularly with the president we have the Emmy nominated, Feud, which did get it right with this show, because we no one has ever done before. He could
and the world that we live in. proles the behind-the-scenes rivalry of cared. We wanted to do honor to him. see the sexiness of the 70s, and then all
The series is based on a book by Maureen Bette Davis and Joan Crawford on the set While Versaces former lover, Antonio, the opulence of the 80s, and he sensed
Orth, called Vulgar Favors, which indicated of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, initially expressed concern about the that in the 90s. He combined it, and
that Cunanan had HIV, though publicly, this Murphy feels obligated to be accurate series, Murphy indicated that he has had everybody went crazy, Ramirez noted.
was disputed by the family. with all the details. a change of heart. He added: Its very interesting how the
About that time period and the stigma To that end, FX recreated the former Ricky [Martin] spoke to him today, story captures not only a very dramatic,
surrounding HIV, Murphy said: You could Miami home of the late fashion designer, and he was very great and excited to talk amazing story that needs to be told, but how
literally lose your business, lose everything which has since been turned into a $1,000+ to Ricky. My point of view about that is I it captures the spirit of the time. Its something
that you had. You could be red. This a night hotel. Earlier this year, the cast think its very hard to judge anything that that also has a lot to do with Ryans work. And
company that Versace had was about to Ricky Martin, who plays Antonio DAmico, youre watching based on a paparazzi Im a huge fan of thatmovies, products,
go public, and he was terried of anything Versaces longtime partner, Penelope photograph, which is apparently what his content that not also tell compelling stories,
coming out negative about his personal Cruz, (Donatella, Versaces sister) Darren judgment was about. And I think when but also capture the zeitgeist and the spirit
life. We delve into that in the show. Criss (Cunanan) and Edgar Ramirez youre doing a show like this, or a show of the time that speak about greater subjects
Murphy continued: It was a huge went on location; Versaces bedroom and like O.J., youre not doing a documentary. going on in society.
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Hamilton thrills LA audiences



CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 women in the sequel! made/We just assume that it happens. a fact briey raised as an intention to end
Aaron Burr is not the same villain The duel becomes inevitable after slavery after the war. In 1785, he and John
portrayed in history. A few years older, Hamilton continually maligns Burr, calling Jay founded an anti-slavery organization
Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow, upon already a Princeton graduate and lawyer him unprincipled and despicable, and in New York City that eventually abolished
whose work Manuel based his musical. when Hamilton arrives, Burr is a man to eventually throwing his support behind the international slave trade in that city.
The exclamation mark on immigration whom Hamilton looks for guidance and a Jeerson after a tie in the electoral college Hamilton wrote that slaves natural faculties
comes after the rebels beat the British at boost for his ambition. Burr tells Hamilton in the 1800 presidential election. If you are as good as ours.
the battle of Yorktown, turning the world to talk less, smile more. In Wait For It, stand for nothing, Burr what do you Let me tell you what I wish Id known/
upside down, winning the revolution, Burr cites family as a reason for caution, fall for? Hamilton would rather support When I was young and dreamed of glory/
thanks in large part to Hamiltons ingenuity and yet it is grueling to see the impetuous his rival than the man he thinks has no You have not control/Who lives/Who
and help from France arranged by the Hamilton succeed. principlesa point disputed by historians. dies/Who tells your story, sings George
Marquis de Lafayette. Immigrantswe The fatal duel that ends Hamiltons life Interestingly, Jeerson may be the Washington, who insists that Hamilton write
get things done! they sing/say with pride takes on an air of inevitability with Burrs real villain here. Portrayed as an elitist Washingtons famous Farewell Address.
as the LA audience roars its approval. imagining of the dinner party where fop who didnt ght in the war Whatd The audience might walk out of the
Mirandas mantra is the political always Hamilton, Thomas Jeerson, and James I miss? he asks when returning from theatre pumped up by the multi-layered I
has to be personal, he told the PBS Madison devise the compromise of 1790. ParisMiranda underscores the hypocrisy am not throwing away my shot. But the
NewsHour in 2015. The idea was to tell Hamilton agrees that the location of the of having the man who wrote all men are lingering question is who writes history?
the story of the rst American immigrant nations capitol will be on the Potomac created equal being a slave-owner. I dont think there could be anything
and the formation of our country. In that River while the two men from Virginia Hey neighbor. Your debts are paid more important than this show right
sense it felt intensely personal.What it agree to support Hamiltons plan for a because you dont pay for labor, Hamilton now, says out producer Neal Meron,
feels like to land here and make your way. federal government that would assume snaps at him. who pioneered diversity casting with
The feminist refrain the personal is the the states debts but have states pay taxes Later, Jeerson and Madison get in the his producing partner Craig Zadan. The
political is underscored by the Schuyler to the central government. weeds, look for the seeds of Hamiltons musicality, the message, the diversityits
sisters, Eliza, Angelica and Peggy, who Burr takes that political exclusion misdeeds to ruin him. Their evidence of everything that were about and we should
seem a bit Destinys Child and a bit feminist personally, leading to the explosive song corruption is actually Hamilton paying be about for the future.
Greek Chorus. Angelica, the feistier of The Room Where It Happens. He describes blackmail to hide an extramarital aair Hamilton continues performances at
the three, sings about the Declaration of how political deals are still made: No one while Jeerson has an ongoing aair with the Hollywood Pantages Theatre through
Independence: [W]hen I meet Thomas really knows how the game is played/The his slave mistress Sally Hemings. December 30. Call: 800-982-2787 or check
Jeerson/Im a compel him to include art of the trade/How the sausage gets Hamilton was an abolitionist (as was Burr), online at
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