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Protesters accuse Pelosi of using them as bargaining chip

California attorney general
les suit to stop the wall


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

was shaking as about 50 young protesters
shouted her down at a news conference in
San Francisco Sept. 18. Pelosi had called
for the quick passage of a legislative x
to the Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals program, instead of shutting it
down completely and deporting hundreds
of thousands of young people brought to
House Minority Leader NANCY PELOSI was
the U.S. illegally as children, as President shouted down this week.
Trump has called for in six months. PHOTO COURTESY OF DOUG SOVERN
Pelosi and one-time Trump New York
friend, Senate Minority Leader Charles E.
Schumer, met with Trump to negotiate
a deal, a DACA x in exchange for more
border enforcement, minus money to build
Trumps promised wall on the Mexican
border. The protesters were upset the
Democrats negotiated with Trump at all.
We are not your bargaining chip,
the demonstrators, many young DACA
recipients, shouted at Pelosi. All of us or
none of us, they chanted, calling for a
pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11
million undocumented immigrants in the US.
I understand their frustration, Im
excited by it as a matter of fact, but the
fact is theyre completely wrong. The
Democrats are the ones who stopped
PRESIDENT TRUMPs border wall and eorts
their assault on sanctuary cities, stopped to kill DACA are inspiring protests around the
the wall, the increased deportations in our
last bill that was at the end of April, and we BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

are determined to get Republicans votes

to pass the clean Dream Act. Is it possible
to pass a bill without some border
security? Well well have to see. We didnt the DREAM Act] in a bipartisan way, Pelosi Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris lawsuit in federal court in San Diego to
agree to anything in that regard, except to said. This is just the rst step. We must also support the bill, which would include a block Trumps border wall.
listen, Pelosi told reporters afterwards. have comprehensive immigration reform pathway to citizenship for those who work, Theyre violating the Tenth Amendment
But Trump has the signature. to protect everyone. study or serve in the militarywithout the and infringing on a lot of state laws, not just
Pelosi expounded on the issue at The DREAM Act is a bipartisan bill with co- wall or increased deportations federal laws, that aect our state. At the
another news conference at Sacramento sponsors Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham Meanwhile, on Sept. 20, California
State. We have commitment to [passing and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a CONTINUES ON PAGE 15

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Equality California celebrates progressive values at LA gala

Rep. Schi says arc of some of our fellow citizens to embrace
the divisive policies of this administration
moral universe not bending
was a revelation. Not so for the LGBTQ
toward justice now community, Schi said. To the leaders
and members of Equality California, the
By KAREN OCAMB reawakening and the reemergence of the hatred we have seen over the last six
months is no revelation. But it is, however,
There was a marked pep in the steps of a profound call to action, Schi said.
California lawmakers as they celebrated the The moral arc of the universe is long but
Equality California Equality Awards Sept. tonight does not bend toward justice. And
16, at the J.W. Marriott @LA Live. They were it will not bend, not of its own accord, not
still exuberant from passing progressive unless we grab on with both hands and we
legislation until 2:00am that not only gave pull. All of us, together. Bill Clinton once
a big blue middle nger to Donald Trump said theres nothing wrong in America that
and his alt-right-based administration Equality California executive director RICK ZBUR with California State Sen. KEVIN DE LEON at cannot be cured by whats right in America.
Equality California Equality Awards in LA on Sept. 16
but stiened the spine of Democratic And you, my local friends, are whats right
compassion, inclusivity, equality and LOS ANGELES BLADE PHOTO BY KAREN OCAMB in America. You are tolerance, you are
fairness as a model for the resistance. tenacity in the service of a just cause and
Among the slew of important bills and be visible, for the young people like he Stone was honored for her commitment you are loving. And we are going to get
headed to Gov. Browns desk for signature was still struggling in the darkness. to ghting HIV/AIDS that lasted two through this. All of us, pulling together.
were six key bills sponsored by Equality We exist! LGBT people exist! from Los decades. Presenting Stone with the Zbur placed Equality California squarely
California, including legislation to reform Angeles to the Deep South, he said. Its Equality Activist were event Co-Chairs LA. in the middle of this ght, noting that
the states sex oender registry, an HIV important to tell young gay men that City Council member Mitch OFarrell and the organization sponsored 15 pieces of
decriminalization bill and legislation its OK to be themselves. Theres nothing HIV-positive West Hollywood Mayor Pro legislation this year, more than any other
protecting LGBT seniors in long-term wrong with being sensitive. Tem John Duran, who gushed over Stone, time in our history. Among them is SB 384,
facilities that has the far right frazzled. It was as if the room remembered why saying gay men just want to BE her. a bill to reform the sex oender registry
Networking noise and bad audio initially everyone was there, exploding in applause Stone took the audience on a thoughtful and correct an antiquated injustice when
made it dicult to hear the speakers. as Ricamora concluded. He wasnt just a journey, a Word/Cloud stream of LGBT people were arrested for holding
But then Conrad Ricamora, who plays cool young gay TV star adding a touch of consciousness about equality for all and hands and kissing in the park, which
an out, HIV-positive character on ABCs Hollywood glamour before Sharon Stone who then determines who is superior and society viewed as lewd conduct. A lifetime
How to Get Away With Murder, stopped snatched away simple sanityRicamora who is less than. on the sex oender registry ruined lives.
and turned away from the microphone, spoke to the heart of every little kid whos This is not the principle I understood This bill was written by law enforcement
choking up during his speech accepting been bullied, shamed into silence and still when I read the Constitution, she said. Im and supported by rape crisis advocates
the Equality Visibility Award. Co-star hurts remembering the trauma. He also like thatI read things. I dont just tweet because they know we need a sex oender
Viola Davis had given him advice to just represented the courage and power of them. That was greeted with whoops registry system that actually works to
be himself, show your humanity. Show choosing the light of authenticity instead and wild applause. Stone mimicked her protect people from those who pose
people you dont have it all together. of the darkness. graveled-voice adopted grandmother a signicant risk of committing sexual
Ricamora took her adviceand the Laurie Hasencamp and Mike Lurey were who, in between drags on a cigarette, used violence, bill author Sen. Scott Wiener said
room silenced as he shared the irony honored with the Ally Leadership Award. to say gay people are the better people. in a press release. Our current registry
of being given a visibility award when Hasencamp has known Equality California She closed noting that when she started system is broken and burdensome for law
hed spent so much of his life growing executive director Rick Zbur since the two her career, people called her a bitch. Now, enforcement to use, and wastes resources
up in a small townNiceville, Florida, worked together at Lathan & Watkins, she said, its Miss Bitch. by requiring law enforcement to monitor
just south of the Alabama bordertrying where she practiced bankruptcy law. Rep. Adam Schi, who delivered the low-level oenders who pose little to no
to be invisible as a budding young gay Hasencamp basically saved and stabilized keynote address, was received as a risk of committing any crime.
Filipino. The traumatic situation of feeling Equality California after a tumultuous political rock star and a truth-teller about The bills were doing are meaty, required
something really shitty that happened period by stepping up to serve as interim the horrors of the Trump presidency. and important, said Zbur. We have so
still has ramications, he said, which is director in 2012 for 10 months until John For millions of Americans who had much work to do, and Equality California
why its all the more important to stand up OConner was hired as the new ED. taken to the streets, the willingness of will keep working until the work is done.
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Los Angeles Equality California Dinner in pictures

Some of the happy people connecting at the Equality California Equality Awards gala in LA on Sept. 16.

Rep. ADAM SCHIFF delivering the keynote


RICK ZBUR with National Political Director

AIDS activist and Equality Activist honoree SHARON STONE. VALERIE PLOUMPIS. Visibility Award honoree CONRAD RICAMORA.

Black Men Honoring Black Women

The Black AIDS Institutes 16thAnnual Heroes in the Struggle Awards was held on Sept.
16 at the 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles. This years theme was Black Men
Honoring Black Women, emceed byactor and Institute Board Member Jussie Smollett.
Black women are the single most important engine in the survival of Black people,
including with HIV/AIDS, said Phill Wilson, president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute.
This event helps raise awareness about the devastating impact AIDS continues to have
on Black women and the opportunities we have to turn that around if Black men and
women work together.




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Valerie Jarrett: Our democracy is worth ghting for

Former Obama senior Jarrett says in a phone interview. But
elections have consequences. I dont think
advisor keeping her
we should be surprised about the steps
eye on the long view the administration is taking. Thats why
President Obama campaigned so hard
By KAREN OCAMB for Sec. Clinton. And he expressed quite clearly during the campaign what was at
stake here.
Talking with Valerie Jarrett, the former But we are where we are, says the
Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, longtime advocate for civil rights and
is surreal. On this day, Sept. 19, a day lled equality. I try to be a force for good. I try
with such powerful natural and political to highlight the positive steps we can take
thunderclaps, the news is deafening: a to create a fair and more just country. And I
massive 7.1 earthquake shakes Mexico also try to take the long view and know that
City; Maria, the third massive hurricane our democracy is messy but you cant give
in a row to hit the Caribbean, becomes a up. You have to just keep ghting.
Category 5; Senate Republicans scramble But many LGBT people, especially
to repeal the Aordable Care Act; Special millennials, are still in shock: how can
Prosecutor Bob Muellers investigation into fundamental rights be revoked?
Russias cyber warfare and interference Well, this is the challenge. You can
in the 2016 elections intensies; and never take equal rights for granted.
President Donald Trump lectures the You have to constantly reinforce their
U.N. about national sovereignty, then importance. And we can never aord
threatens to totally destroy North Korea, to become complacent. It is a real blow,
bringing the U.S. the closest to nuclear war particularly to young people who grew up
since perhaps the Cuban Missile Crisis in with President Obama ghting on their
October 1962. behalf, Jarrett says. But part of the lesson
The pall of hatred cast over America here is that we all have a responsibility, a
during Trumps dark inauguration speech collective and an individual responsibility,
has descended in seven months to become to ght for what is just and what is right.
like the thick, choking smog of China. Its Jarrett say she is heartened to see so
hard to see each other through the billowing many people running for oce, showing
exhaust of white supremacy. Everyones up for city council meetings, becoming
afraid as LGBT rights and black lives and active in their communities.
immigrant promises are blocked from the Thats the bright light for us all to
sun with a shrug from the White House. seepeople who are willing to turn their
Valerie Jarrett is a breath of fresh outrage and their frustration and their
air, a patch of blue. In advance of her anger into constructive action to ght for
appearance at the Los Angeles LGBT justice, she says. Im just heartened to
Centers 48th Anniversary Vanguard see so many young people who are rolling
Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, up their sleeves and engaging in their local
Sept. 28, Jarrett speaks candidly about the communities. They are constructive forces
election consequences and keeping an eye for good. We cant allow our frustration
on the prize of justice and equality for all. or our discouragement to paralyze us. It
Obviously, I disagree with the should motivate us to take action.
dismantling of many of the important It is imperative to take the long view.
measures that President Obama put in The arc of the moral universe is long, but it
place to create an even playing eld and VALERIE JARRETT, a staunch ally, speaks candidly about the hurdles LGBTQ people face after Obama.

advocate for civil rights for Americans, PHOTO COURTESY OF JARRETT CONTINUES ON PAGE 14
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Impulse Group strives to keep gay youth healthy, empowered

A global network Atlanta, Bangkok, and London. The two and LGBTQ health. What makes Impulse
newest chapters are in Buenos Aires Group dierent, or even necessary?
with 400 volunteers
and Chicago. Fuel to run Impulse Group A lot of my friends were becoming HIV-
comes from the elbow grease of 400-plus positive, Ramos said. He believed sero-
By MICHAEL JORTNER volunteers worldwide. conversions happened partly because of
Impulse Group may seem like an odd how the information [to remain negative]
The reason I started doing this work, name. When youre being intimate theres was presented.
Jose Ramos, 37, founder of Impulse an urge, an impulse, to either be protected, Messaging he saw was very public
Group, explained, is that my best friend or not, Ramos said. We wanted to health, cookie cutter. Were missing
got diagnosed with AIDS. The doctor told ensurewhen we have that urge, people lifestyles. In other words, providing crucial
us we had a week left. in the community have information they information to gay men in the situations
Ramos friend got treatment and is still need to make the best choice for them. they actually nd themselves in.
with us, but when he got healthier it really A healthier lifestyle is the tagline on Impulse targets nightclubs, bathhouses
shook me...I had never seen AIDS. Impulses website. Ramos said that while and sex parties. We are at the entrance
So in 2009, here in LA, Ramos founded the organization began as one focused on letting people know about PEP (post-
the nonprot, with the mission to help gay reducing the spread of HIV, over the years, exposure prophylaxis), PrEP (pre-exposure
men make healthy lifestyle choices. Eight withPrEP, PEP, being undetectableit prophylaxis), condom use, Ramos said. JOSE RAMOS founded Impulse Group with the
years later Impulse is a global network really became more of a lifestyle focus. Thats where the action is happening. mission to help gay men make healthy lifestyle
in 20 cities around the world, including Several nonprots focus on HIV reduction The nonprot also educates gay men via
events Ramos described as 80% social, 20% PHOTO COURTESY OF IMPULSE GROUP

educational. It may be a three-hour event,

but we take 20 minutes to teach about money. That outreach includes events
meth addiction. Were teaching aboutviral in the other 19 cities worldwide. With an
loads. We package itin a very social way. I annual operating budget of more than
think that makes [what we do] a little more $2.4 million, according to Ramos, AHF
unique than most [nonprots]. has been really willing to fund all of the
Social marketing, the implementation of programs that we have right now.
for-prot consumer marketing techniques Michael Weinstein, AHFs CEO, stirred
to encourage the adoption of healthy up controversy a few years ago. Some
behaviors, has also been used by British in the gay community felt he was anti-
Columbias Centre for Disease Control PrEP. Ramos acknowledged this saying
in Vancouver. Mark Gilbert, MD, in the Weinstein wanted to wait until more
medical journal AIDS, cited campaigns research came out proving PrEP was
focused on raising awareness of rapid indeed eective. Yet a recent New York
testingamong gay men and one Times article, The CEO of HIV, presents
targeted at gay men having risky sex. Weinstein as still wary of PrEP. Ramos
The upshot? Once gay men know their said, We think its a great tool to use for
status, or are diagnosed, behaviour the high-risk demographic.
change frequently occurs, Gilbert writes. Such demographics need to receive
Holding fundraisers and asking for dierent messages than those considered
donations is how Impulse Group began. low-risk. If you look at the census of whos
But now it is a fully funded program of taking PrEP87% of prescriptions are for
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), where white males over 30, said Ramos. Whats
Ramos also works. [AHF] started to see there for transgender sex workers and low-
that we were able to bring [up to] 400 income communities? PrEP isnt reaching
people to talk about HIV, Ramos said. the people that really need it, which is the
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Jarrett on life after the Obama administration


bends towards justiceif we all push in the

same direction. I think reminding everyone
of that responsibility of citizenship means
that you have to be engaged, she says,
noting that 43 percent of eligible voters
didnt vote in 2016. Its very hard. Im not
trying to sugar coat how painful and hard
it isnot just the people whose lives are
directly aected, but for those of us who
believe in a country where our fundamental
value is based in civil rights for all.
This belief is at the root of her deep 26-
year friendship with Barack and Michelle
Obama, whom she rst met when they were
just out of law school and she tried to recruit VALERIE JARRETT remained in the Obama
then-Michelle Robinson to join her working administration for the full eight years.

for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Part of why the three of us clicked so long
ago was because we shared this passion
for social justice, she says. We felt a pilot, lost both her legs in 2004 in Iraq. because it was embraced by the Defense universe does bend toward justice.
responsibility to give back and to try to ght When I was bleeding to death in my Department so it wouldnt be a pyrrhic But Jarrett is no Pollyanna. I am
for people who needed advocatesto have Black Hawk helicopter after I was shot victory. We wanted to ensure that our optimistic, she says. But I know people
this sense that we are all in this together and down, I didnt care if the American troops LGBTQ brothers and sisters would actually are scared and feeling very vulnerable
so I cant just ght for my civil rights, I have to risking their lives to help save me were be able to thrive in the military. and under attack. All Americans have a
ght for your civil rights, too. gay, straight, transgender, black, white or Jarrett has stories, too. I went to the responsibility to make it clear that the
Jarrett, who was very involved in the brown. All that mattered was they didnt rst LGBT annual celebration that they had LGBT community doesnt stand alone. We
repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell and lifting leave me behind, Duckworth said. during Gay Pride Month at the Defense all stand with the entire community. We all
the ban against transgender military There are already transgender people Department, she says. I was moved to have to lock arms together and look out
service, says she cant imagine why the serving our country admirably, making tears to see people in uniform who had for one another.
Trump administration is seeking to re- great sacrices for our country. Why had to sneak into the White House to see Believe me, I know this is hard, Jarrett
impose the trans ban. would you try to change that? Its not true me during the process of repealing Dont continues. And it is shocking, particularly
Im not in a position to guess their to our core values, says Jarrett. Ask, Dont Tell for fear of being thrown to young people who I think have been
motivation, she says. I just believe that The Obama administration took out of the military. And then, there they perhaps lulled into a false sense of security.
anyone who is prepared to serve and LGBT rights seriously. From Day One, were in their uniforms proudly celebrating But our democracy is worth ghting for
sacrice for our country should be given President Obama directed us to ght for with the Secretary of Defense. It felt like and its something every citizen can do. Its
permission to do so. And should be equality everywhere and to look at all a thunderbolt because one year they within their power to do it. So lets do it.
supported in doing so. We owe our men of the dierent ways in which there was werent allowed to be in uniform and the Every voice matters. Every person,
and women in the military an enormous inequality and level the playing eld, next year, they were. everyone in this country can be that force
debt of gratitude for their service and Jarrett says. And so that was our mission. That thunderbolt came after years of for good, says Jarrett. It is no time to feel
their sacrice. Why deny somebody the And it was important to him to be an sustained hard work, ghting against those paralyzed and or to feel hopeless because
opportunity to do that? advocate for everyone. entrenched in the status quo. Theyre we can all be a part of that positive force
Jarrett points to Illinois Sen. Tammy But it was hard to change policy. The threatened by changeand change is for change.
Duckworths powerful statement reacting Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal eort was never easy. It always takes longer than For more information on the LA LGBT
to the trans ban. Duckworth, a retired Herculean, she says. But now you it should, its more painful than it should Centers Vanguard Awards, go to: https://
Army lieutenant colonel and helicopter dont hear of any issues. And that is be, but ultimately, that arc of the moral
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Pelosi, Becerra, DREAMers ght for the DREAM Act

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 04 We will stand up collectively, all of us, coming out, of being who they are and were moving these policies forward
as a legislature, as Californians, to protect obviously, those who have been infected to protect the human condition of all
our most vulnerable, de Leon says. Young with HIV and are even doubly-triply fearful individuals and obviously, that includes
same time, theyre trying to do something men and women, those who are fearful of because of their legal status. Thats why our most vulnerable in California.
that only Congress can do, Becerra told
journalists in Washington before ying to
San Diego.
Asked about the California suit, U.S.
Attorney General Je Sessions said, Well, in
the United States, anybody can sue, but the
United States of America has a border. The
United States government has the control
of that border and a responsibility to secure
it. We would expect to be fully successful
in moving forward with a border wall as
Congress gives us the money to do so.
Sessions on Sept. 19 also attacked as
unconscionable a bill passed by the
California Legislature, which Gov. Jerry
Brown is expected to sign, that would
make California a sanctuary state.
The bill risks the safety of good law
enforcement ocers and the safety of the
neighborhoods that need their protection
the most, Sessions said, the Los Angeles
Times reported.
Brown shot back. [The bill] protects
public safety but it also protects
hardworking people who contribute a
lot to California, he told CNN. Were not
soldiers of Donald Trump or the federal
immigration service.
I think it sends a very clear message
that in California, we value diversity and
inclusivity. We value who you are and
where you come from and it doesnt
matter who you love or the hue of your
skin, California State Senate Pro Tem
Kevin de Leon, told the Los Angeles Blade.
De Leon authored the sanctuary state
bill, SB 54, which he says sends a very clear
message to Washington that we will reject the
politics fueled by resentment, by misogyny
by homophobia, as well as bigotry.
De Leon represents Hollywood and
is highly aware of his transgender
constituents, as well. Well be there to
protect them.

Key West residents allowed to return home after Irma

But now Maria threatens water to local residents.
People are stepping up, said Smith.
storm-ravaged Caribbean
Irma caused widespread destruction
in Barbuda, St. Barts, St. Martin, Anguilla,
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the
Turks and Caicos, Cuba and portions of
Authorities this week began to allow the southeastern Bahamas before it made
residents of Key West and the lower landfall in Florida.
Florida Keys who evacuated ahead of Alturi, an organization that seeks to
Hurricane Irma to return home. promote further engagement on global
Former Monroe County Mosquito LGBT and intersex issues, and the Rustin
Commissioner Steve Smith who Fund for Global Equality have created
evacuated to Orlando with his husband a fund to help Irmas LGBT victims in
told the Blade during a telephone the Caribbean. The groups are raising
interview from Key West that Irmas storm funds for the Jamaica-based Caribbean
surge did not ood his home that is less Vulnerable Communities Coalition, which
than a block from the beach. provides services directly to and on
Smith, who returned to Key West on behalf of Caribbean populations who are
Sunday, said utility crews have restored especially vulnerable to HIV infection or
power to roughly 70 percent of the island often forgotten in access to treatment and
and supermarkets and other stores have healthcare programs.
reopened. He also told the Blade the gay Irma damaged the Centro Comunitario
guesthouses are getting themselves de Cultura, an LGBT community center in
cleaned up. the Cuban town of Santo Domingo that
The clean up is going remarkably well, operates independently of Mariela Castro,
considering this is a little island, said the daughter of Cuban President Mariela
Smith. You can drive down just about Castro who spearheads LGBT-specic
every street. Theyre not blocked. issues as director of the countrys National
There are piles of debris everywhere, Hurricane Irmas storm surge inundated areas of Key West, Fla., on Sept. 10, when it made landfall Center for Sexual Education.
in the Florida Keys. Local residents are watching Hurricane Maria, which is approaching the Leeward
he added. A lot of trees blew down. Islands in the Caribbean, closely. Victor Manuel Dueas, who founded the
Aaron Huntsman, co-manager of Aqua, PHOTO COURTESY OF LARRY BLACKBURN
community center, told the Blade over the
a gay nightclub on Key Wests Duval Street, weekend that local residents and members
lives with his husband on Stock Island, of the LGBT community need clothing,
which is directly east of Key West. a gay guesthouse that is less than a block the Florida Keys. shoes and other items after the hurricane.
Huntsman said his home did not ood south of his nightclub on Duval Street. Smith told the Blade he saw gas station Facebook on Monday said an employee
during Irma, even though its storm surge He told the Blade there is no signicant awnings tipped over and blown away and mistakenly deleted a message Mariela
inundated the island on which it is located. damage to any of the islands gay and part of a house that was very shattered Castro posted onto her Facebook page
He nevertheless described the hurricane lesbian bars and clubs. when he drove through Big Pine Key, which that contained information about how her
as a freight train, noting he thought it The bars are grilling food and the locals is roughly 30 miles east of Key West, on supporters could contribute to the Cuban
was going to destroy his homes roof. are bringing stu in, noted Huntsman. Sunday. He also saw motorhomes on nearby governments hurricane relief eorts.
It just kept going and going and People come, get their drink, bring a bag Bahia Honda Key ipped over and boats that The Trans Disaster Relief Fund has also
going, said Huntsman, who, along with of FEMA ice. had become dislodged during the storm. been established to help trans, intersex
his husband, are among the couples Irma made landfall on Cudjoe Key, Its sobering, said Smith. It lets you and genderqueer people impacted by
who successfully challenged Floridas which is roughly 20 miles east of Key West, totally realize the force of this storm. Irma and Hurricane Harvey, which made
constitutional amendment that dened on Sept. 10 with winds of 130 mph. The Smith also noted he saw people oering landfall last month on the Texas Gulf Coast
marriage as between a man and a woman. Category 4 hurricane washed out portions hot meals, ice and bottles of ice water along and inundated large swaths of Houston
That storm was huge. of U.S. 1, which is the only road to the U.S. 1. He told the Blade that gas stations, and surrounding areas.
Huntsman said trees fell in Aquas patio mainland in Miami-Dade County, and propane companies and supermarkets are
and the garden bar of New Orleans House, caused widespread damage throughout also providing free water, propane and CONTINUES AT LOSANGELESBLADE.COM
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The trans military ban claptrap

No one wants this ban but Turn the place you live into
Trump, Pence and their
evangelical fans
the home you love.

Despite the need to backup President

Trumps threat to destroy North Korea
and the need to fortify troop strength
in case there are military consequences
to the US pulling out of the Iran nuclear
agreement, and despite repeated
Secretary JIM MATTIS has been given six
indications that undergoing a major months to develop a plan to implement
personnel policy change is disruptive right President Trumps directive on transgender.
now, Sec. of Defense Jim Mattis is following
the commander-in-chiefs directive to for a bipartisan stab at protecting trans
come up with a policy to address open servicemembers. S.1820, which also is co-
transgender service. sponsored by Rhode Island Democratic
Short of screaming it from the rooftop Sen. Jack Reed and Arizona Republican
of Trump Tower, Mattis has made it very Sen. John McCain, says that individuals
clear he does not want this ban. And while who meet military requirements should be
Trump tweeted July 26 that reinstating the allowed to serve and prohibits discharges
trans ban resulted after consultation with based solely on someones gender
my Generals and military experts, he did identity or transgender status. It skirts
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AIDS Conference highlights fears about funding

Treatment and care for
people with HIV/AIDS at risk


Senate Republicans have until Sept. 30

to try once again to repeal the Aordable
Care Act. They also have to pass legislation
to fund the government and raise the
debt ceiling by then, too, which raises the
question about whether Senate Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell wants to risk a
second failure by bringing an unpopular bill
to the oor.
If this Trumpcare bill is the same one
GOP Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski House Minority Leader NANCY PELOSI
(D-Calif.) speaks at the U.S. Conference on AIDS
and John McCain killed last June 27, expect at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in D.C. on Sept. 7.
people with pre-existing conditions to be out
in force once again to save ACAs essential
health benets (EHB) requirements. They do
not want to be left to bottom line calculations
of insurers with state waivers. campaign that he was going to rid our he addressed the conference on Sept. 9. released this administrations PEPFAR plan
But, as House Minority Leader Nancy country of the misery of disease. Fauci said 19.5 million of the more than that reiterates US support to combat AIDS
Pelosi (D-Calif.) told thousands of Pelosi also pointed to the repeated GOP 36 million people around the world who in more than 50 countries. How that is to
attendees during the opening plenary for congressional attempts to cut Medicaid, are living with HIV are on antiretroviral be accomplished if the proposed budget
the U.S. AIDS Conference at the Marriott underscoring that 40 percent of people drugs. He noted there is a treatment gap cuts go through is another matter.
Marquis Hotel in D.C. Sept. 8, President with HIV/AIDS depend on Medicaid for of 17.2 million people. We are a movement for social justice
Trumps proposed budget for the 2018 their health care. We are really far o the mark so that is dependent upon government
scal year is already expected to adversely I dont want to get into personalities here, we need to do something at a global funding, conference organizer NMAC
impact people with HIV/AIDS. but In Trumpcare all of that was eliminated epidemiological level that involves not only Executive Director Paul Kawata told a
Pelosi said Trumps budget would or very much in doubt, Pelosi said. So we people in this room, but governments, crowd of around 3,000 attendees. It has
cut $850 million from the Presidents have to recognize that the battle for the our own, international organizations that been a very dicult time in Washington.
Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) budget is a ght that involves our family need to pull together for that, said Fauci. Kawata referenced the horric white
and $225 million from the Global Fund for here. The budget should be a statement of Fauci did not specically refer to the supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.,
AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; $150 million our national values and whats important proposed cuts noted by Pelosi. He did say, that left a 32-year-old woman dead and
from the Centers for Disease Control; $59 to us should be reected there in terms of however, there is a need for an HIV vaccine more than a dozen others injured. He
million from the Ryan White Comprehensive how we allocate our resources. to achieve what he called a durable end of also noted the Trump administrations
AIDS Resource Emergency Act that provides We have to be resourceful in how we the HIV pandemic. decision to rescind the Deferred Action
assistance to low-income people with HIV ght [HIV/AIDS], she said. That takes Were not talking about the individual for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program
and their families; $26 million from the resources. And so Im concerned. person whos living with HIV or what we that has allowed roughly 800,000 young
Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS And then Pelosi added the kicker can do for at the at-risk purpose, even in documented immigrants to remain in the
(HOPWA) Program; and $72 million from everyone knew but no one wanted to the absence of a vaccine, he said. But U.S. and obtain work permits.
the U.S. Department of Health and Human hear: It shouldnt have to be a ght for globally and epidemiology if we want A lot of us are really hurting right now,
Services Oce of Minority Health. resources at this point, but it is. to end the epidemic, if its durable were said Kawata. Were being told in the outside
Additionally, Pelosi said, the proposed Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the going to need a vaccine. world that were second-class citizens.
budget would cut $7.5 billion from the National Institutes of Healths National On Sept. 19, the same day Trump Goddamn it, we are not second-class citizens
National Institutes of Health, despite Institute of Allergy and Infectious delivered a bombastic America First and we deserve to ght and we deserve to
Trump having stressed during the Diseases, picked up that message when address to the UN, Sec. of State Tillerson stand up for who we are.

Mattis faces transgender decision crunch time

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 The eort will also, no doubt, attract the implement Trumps directive, based on Kurta, who Trump nominated to be the
attention of the federal judges looking at factual evidence, credible reports and the deputy undersecretary in the oce.
the cases brought by NCLR/GLAD, OutServe- recommendations of his panel of experts. Shanahan comes from a long career
leaders on any policy changes as we conduct SLDN and the ACLU, among others. The new policy is supposed to go into of service at Boeing, where he was a
oversight on this important issue. And, in addition to the legal arguments, the eect on March 21, 2018. senior vice president. Boeing has a long
Though McCain said hes waiting for courts will also have to weigh which military According to a new Mattis memo issued track record of a 100 percent rating on
the nal report from Mattis, in fact, a experts they heedthose oered by the Sept. 14, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick the Human Rights Campaigns Corporate
source familiar with the trans ban told Justice Department or the slew of generals Shanahan and Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, Index; theyve had a transgender
the Los Angeles Blade that it was Mattis and top ocialssuch as former Sec. of the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of employment policy since 2012. Selva is
who called McCain and asked him to sign Defense Ash Carter and former Joint Chiefs of Sta will take the lead and, supported an Obama appointee under Marine Gen.
onto Gillibrands original unsuccessful Sta Admiral Mike Mullenwho studied trans by a panel of experts, shall prose for Joseph Dunford Jr., who doesnt want the
amendment to the defense authorization service for a year, decided to lift the ban and my consideration recommendations ban. Kurta was Deputy Assistant Sec. of
bill and then the stand alone bill. It is not still support that decision. To which military supported by appropriate evidence and Defense for Military Personnel Policy from
known if Majority Leader Mitch McConnell position will the courts give deference? information. Additionally, the memo calls Sept. 2014 to Jan. 2017. He helped study
will allow that bill to come to the oor There is also the transparent slight for the creation of a Central Coordination and implement lifting the trans ban.
for an up-or-down vote. And while of hand of Mattis stacking the deck with Cell in the oce of the Undersecretary So, what if the leaders and panel experts
commendable, the bill, even if it passes, hand-picked panel of experts. Mattis of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, recommendation to Mattis is to stick with the
faces Trumps veto pen. has until Feb. 21, 2018 to study how to which is currently occupied by Anthony current policy and not re-impose the ban?



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Your own private Malibu beach



Theres a scene in Grace and Frankie money for life-saving research and care for
in which Lilly Tomlin and Jane Fonda are premier institutes around the world, raising
sitting in Adirondack chairs, the surf nearly billions of dollars for charity. In 2013, he
lapping at their feet as the Pacic Ocean sold his company and now volunteers his
crashes loudly then recedes Zen-like. This time mentoring, supporting and advising
is living, says Grace to a near catatonic individuals and organizations. He also
Frankie. I want this house, she says. works to help communities gain access to
Who wouldnt want to own a beachfront academic facilities, scholarship programs
home in Malibu? and receive life saving medical support.
Long the most coveted second home The Goldman-Pendleton West
community in Los Angeles, Malibu has Hollywood Library Mall, for instance, in
an international reputation and culture West Hollywood is a landmark facility for
all its own. The views, the sunsets, the the communitys commitment to lifelong
meandering clis of the jagged coastline, learning, and in the Philippines, two state-
the gentle breezes and the almost always of-the-art Pendleton-Goldman Learning
perfect weather is the stu of legend. It Centers, are serving local communities to
has inspired lm, TV and literary types help break the generational cycle of poverty
for years and over time has become an in their communities. The Pendleton-
exclusive hideaway for some of the most Goldman PrEP clinic provides HIV education
famous and wealthiest people on Earth. and prevention to underserved individuals in
Increasingly, too, Malibu is supplanting South Los Angeles. Theres even a language
Palm Springs as the ultimate second home lab and an LGBT scholarship program the
community for successful gay and lesbian pair fund at The University of Tennessee in
(and at least one notable trans woman) Knoxville, Goldmans alma mater.
Angelenos. But it was this years #ResistMarch
When philanthropists Brian Pendleton that put Pendleton (and Goldman) on
and his husband Chad Goldman started the national map. The #ResistMarch
looking for a second home some years was a resoundingly successful show
This home at 20906 Pacic Coast Highway is listed for $6,450,000.
ago, they chose Malibu. While all of our of Pendletons team building and
friends were buying in Palm Springs, we PHOTO COURTESY OF BRIAN PENDLETON
organizational skills.
decided to buy in Malibu, Pendleton told This year, the LGBTQ community is
the Los Angeles Blade. can walk right o the beach and grab a quiet and quaint. You can go to the movies lending our iconic rainbow ag to anyone
But the couple didnt buy just any margarita, and head to the living room, there and park in the spot right out front who feels like their rights are under threat
property. They bought one of the best Pendleton told the Los Angeles Blade. of the theater doors, Pendleton says. and to anyone who feels like Americas
traditional coastal homes in all of Malibu. Conveniently positioned on whats known We bought it as an investment strength is its diversity, Pendleton said.
Their three-story home sits on Las as dog beach (they have two fur-babies) property, and Malibu was a great location. The political climate we nd ourselves in
Flores beach in east Malibu, oering two and, unlike many of the houses up and Its closer to LA. And while interest rates has driven us to galvanize and unite.
bedrooms, two baths, a full-size kitchen down the beach, the house is fronted by a are still low, we thought wed take a look Today, their attention is turned toward
and a kitchenette on the ground oor. It seawall versus pillions, so the water cant go and see what buyers are interested. The selling the luxe Malibu beach house,
was rebuilt in 2003, and is meant to be underneath the house as it rushes against home is perfect for a retired couple or and enjoying the singular peace and
shared with friends and family, boasting a the wall, leaving the home protected. small family who wants to live in Malibu. tranquility of their equally amazing full-
three-car garage and an additional three Its great for a second house or for And for people looking for second home time home overlooking Runyon Canyon
outdoor parking spaces rare for Malibu. someone who lives in LA. Its so much in Malibu, Pendleton says. and downtown LA.
The house is perfectly designed for closer than going to Santa Barbara or But I am not terribly motivated, says The couple can sit back and smile,
entertaining, with two living rooms, two Palm Springs, and when you get out there Pendelton with a smile. Pendleton, as because they have Adirondack chairs in
dining areas, and multiple re-pits. You it feels like youre in a dierent city. Its founder of CauseForce, helped raise the Hollywood Hills too.

Navigating LAs booming real estate market



Berkshire Hathaway is oering perhaps the most iconic house in Los Angeles, the Dynasty house.
Its surely the perfect home for any LGBT family.


Its hard not to be captivated upon Dening luxury price point, said Randy Lopez, 50, an demand.
hearing: Do you recall the scene in What exactly meets such criteria? Isnt agent with Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills Yet most readers will be familiar with
Dynasty when Krystle and Alexis slap everything a family-size luxury property? North. If you say family-sized property, the concept of competition. While all three
each other into the the lily pond? Cacarnakis asks. We have a term that we thats dierent than family-sized luxury agents said the market for high-priced
Oh good, youre riveted now, too. Thats use in our oce: Everybodys House. Its a property. In my mind, Im thinking homes ($2.5 million and higher) has
Nick Cacarnakis talking, the 43-year-old house that will work for everybody. anywhere between three to ve million softened, Lopez says, In the $1 million
branch manager of Berkshire Hathaway For him, that means enough bedrooms, and upwards, depending upon what their to $10 million range, if something is well
Home Services on Rodeo Drive in Beverly enough bathrooms, maybe a backyard, denition of luxury is. done, well-priced based on comps, and
Hills. That house, which, of course, is too, a home that, no matter what the Maybe now is a good time to introduce desirable, youre still gonna have a huge
every gay boys dream to live in that house, family looks like, can work. the problem of sticker shock, the biggest demand for that property.
right? Its listed at $28 million. In terms of price, it can be all over the challenge Kaplan faces when helping a All three said they still see properties
Sighluxury real estate in the City of map. Half of [our listings] in the Beverly client enter the market. sell in a single day with multiple oers all
Angels, so reasonable, so within reach. Hills oce, which are $2 million and up, I really like working with rst-time above asking. Lopez said, Is it in a great
More attainable properties, from would fall into the category of being a buyers, Kaplan said. Walking them through area? Is it priced right? If theres a value
condos to three-bedroom homes, are luxury family home, Cacarnakis added. the process, getting them to understand the there for people, based on logic and
generally the focus for the three real Keith Kaplan, 57, an agent with Sothebys value equation of owning versus renting. Its numbers, were gonna see that [sell].
estate professionals interviewed for this expanded on that. He said, Theres really a tremendous jump to take. The other two agents agree.
article, all of whom happen to be gay. a wide range. Is there any hope for those trying to Expectations are high on all sides,
They buy, sell and manage real estate With a focus on WeHo and adjacent make that dramatic transition? Although Cacarnakis said, especially on the
transactions throughout Los Angeles. One environs, for Kaplan that means the lenders have not gotten so relaxed were Westside when were dealing with business
has a particular niche (West Hollywood) category of luxury family homes starts gonna be in the position we were in 2008, managers and attorneys.
while the other two consider themselves with condos, perhaps on Kings Road, Kaplan added, they are relaxing a bit. Kaplan added, Im seeing some crazy,
generalists, the entire city their focus. lets say, at around $750,000, all the way Lower down payments are allowing more crazy bidding over ask. I saw some
Each shared his perspective on, and up to the new homes built along swanky, Millennials to enter the market, so we 2-bedrooms in West Hollywood priced at
experience with, the current market for revamped Orlando Avenue between Santa have more options for them. $750,000[they] went out at $825,000.
LGBT clients, especially families, in search Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue Kaplan added, The rst home product, Thats a tremendous overbid. Apparently
of luxury homes. listing as high as $8.5 million. or the rst trade-up product, homes
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Live like a diva in $28 million Dynasty house

[budget]. Do they have unlimited resources number other really good private schools. are not part of the LGBT community.
and want to live in Beverly Park, where homes He adds to that by waxing on West Even with this shared bond of experience
many bidders are investors who ip the are $20 to $30 million? Or are they more on a Hollywood Park and their recreation in mainstream society, I wondered if these
property, coming in and renovating, budget and going east to Eagle Rock, Glassell programs for kids. I have friends that I agents run into any particular challenges, or
adding premium xtures and modern Park, Mt. Washington, where you can still nd actually meet there on Saturdays with their unique surprises, they might not otherwise?
appliances, then put them back on the a luxury home for a million dollars? three boys. One plays T-ball, one plays Working with LGBT clients, or not, says
market. And theyre getting top dollar. Up and coming? wondered Cacarnakis. in a basketball clinic and one swims on Lopez, the challenges are very much the
All around that Wilshire Corridor area, and the swim team. Its almost like a summer same. Gay or straightits about honoring the
Whats trending? then you have all Echo Park. Its too late for camp year-round. commitment youre making to your Realtor.
Silver Lake, that already came and went. All three agents feel being gay gives Cacarnakis, the married, gay dad,
What about trends? Managing 100 them a competitive advantage over said, Im surprised at how non-dierent
agents in Beverly Hills, Cacarnakis is able Needs of LGBT families straight agents when working with LGBT it is. Were still just families looking for
to get an aerial view of the market on a clients and families. everything that everybody else is. The right
regular basis. But what do LGBT families need in Its like going to a gay doctor, Cacarnakis schools, the right family conguration.
Mega-mansions, Cacarnakis said. their choice of home and neighborhood? said. Its maybe just the insight and that level For Kaplan it was not in the process of
These mega-prices that we just havent Cacarnakis, a father with two teenage of understanding. Im gonna knowwhat selling, it was after the sale. A gay couple
seen in LA before. I had a situation where children, thinks LGBT families moving areas we are gonna feel comfortable holding he sold a condo to chose a contractor (a
an agent wrote an oer on a listing of $22 into that sort of Silverlake [area]those hands, and maybe what areas were not. member of the community) to renovate
million and they had [several] oers. That neighborhoods have good school districts Kaplan echoed that. I think there the unit. Supposedly he had the gay eye
kind of money is out there. [and] theyre very accepting. If he had to is perhaps a sensitivity to, and an but the most shocking thing [was] the
Another trend, perhaps obvious, is the pinpoint a section of the city that is super understanding of, the unique needs shoddy work and the lack of attention
big glass boxes replacing older homes LGBT friendly [and] also not incredibly of [gay clients]. For instance, I think its to detail. Mismatched color tile on a
knocked down by developers. The style insane on prices, that whole Echo Park, important for a gay family to understand backsplash did not bode well. Ultimately
is contemporary as far as the building is Silverlake area is denitely a prime area. the community that theyre entering. Even it went to small claims court.
concerned, Cacarnakis said. Lots and Kaplan has done his homework on West at the school. How will they be perceived? I requested video links and photos of
lots of construction going on. But I think Hollywood schools, even though he hasnt Will it be comfortable for their children? active luxury listings from all the agents
everybody knows that. had an LGBT family as a client thus far in What is faculty like? featured in this story. Regarding the
What about up-and-coming areas for his ve years as an agent. He considers it Theres a compassionate psychological Dynasty property, Cacarnakis tells me,
family homes? I think the next frontier his responsibility to know what parents component to working with clients, Take a look at the two videos. He pauses.
is that area south of Melrose all the way will ask, though, once he does. Lopez said. I feel like having a common One of them is the Dynasty mansion,
to Fairfax, said Kaplan. Youre seeing a We have WeHo Elementary, which is one foundation with your clientsbeing able whichI mean, it is a family... residence,
lot of rehabbing of the Old Spanish and of the best schools in the area, Kaplan said. to hold [their] hands during the process I think he wants to say.
bungalow type homes. Rosewood is rising quickly and then weve is helpful. It provides another level of A dysfunctional family, I joke.
Lopezs view is, Its really dependent upon got the Center for Early Education and a connectionas opposed to agents who Right? Cacarnakis says, laughing.

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Happy Hispanic Latinx Heritage Month

We will no longer be
dened by others


We are celebrating Hispanic heritage

month, a time to pay tribute to the
generation of Hispanic Americans who
have positively inuenced and enriched
our nation and society, according to the
U.S. governments website. As someone
who is undocumented, queer and post-
bone marrow transplant, this month
takes on a dierent meaning. For young
migrants like myself, it means having
an opportunity to redene Americas
perception of us.
This month is a reminder that the
political forces in power are responsible for
the chaos, not only in our home countries,
but also here in the United States. We will
no longer take the criminalization of us
eeing danger. There was a time when the
Bracero (Field Worker) program brought
millions of Latinx folk to the U.S. to work
as guest workers and when they were no
longer protable, tried to send them back
like criminals.
But no more! We will ght for basic Hispanic is a word created without the killing of gays abroad but then will made having an accent in the mainstream
human rightslike having access to the consent of those whom it would later sit quietly as their country sends queer media acceptable, to later on portray
education and healthcare because we represent. Considering ourselves Latinx people back to places that are not safe for characters like Beatriz in Beatriz at dinner
remember when we were not good is one of many ways my community has them. They stay quiet while Trans women showing the reality that Latinx folks face
enough to be educated among white been resisting for years to being spoken are detained in immigration centers, often in a white-dominated culture. Like Jorge
people. When we won that battle, they for. We are no longer thankful for just the with the male population, left to face Ramos, who often times has to fact check
tried to require us to provide proof of crumbs this government gives uswe rape, abuse, and torture. It means ugly individuals on the lies they try to tell about
citizenship just to go to school or the speak out and resist. We realize that what accusations of the media accusing us of our community, knowing his integrity as
doctorbut we resisted and we won. is being celebrated during this month is stealing healthcare from the government, a journalist will always be questioned by
We are a ourishing, vibrant community the exploitation of our blood, our sweat, even though we put millions in taxes into others for standing up to this unfounded
that is now, more than ever, reclaiming and our tears that is now being sold for a system that we will never benet from rhetoric. Like Bamby Salcedo, who is a
our own narrative. To be Latinx, especially the enrichment of the country. We have to be forced to use emergency rooms as pioneer in the Trans rights movement that
for millennials, means to have an survived the abuse of our labor and the the only mean of healthcare and later be brings our community to light and holds
understanding of ourselves on a global dehumanization of our communities from blamed for the staggering cost. us accountable for showing up for all, not
perspective and that we lead intersectional the top down. Most importantly, this month represents just some.
lives with multiple identities. This Latinex month is dedicated to the amazing folks that these pressures All shine bright within their own merit
This month is about learning how to the intersectionality that queer folks like have created. Just like diamonds, we are but are apart of a Latinx resistance that is
love ourselves despite historys attempt to myself represent. We know that often forced to be made under pressureand growing, getting stronger and is taking the
erase us. To understand that my language times the white LGBTQ+ movements fall we shine. reins of its own destiny. Lets us remember
is beautiful, my skin color is beautiful, who short on marriage equality and gender We shine bright like Marco Antonio our victories, our hardships, and actively
I choose to love is beautiful, my physical pronouns without challenging racism Firebaugh, who was a pioneer in work to break down the borders that are
abilities do not make me less of a person, and the power structure that makes up healthcare for underrepresented trying to be built to keep us down.
and the humble work my family provides America. They have failed to honor our communities, and later on brought in
is the backbone of this country. That is diversity as LGBTQ+ people of color. State tuition to undocumented students
JOSE GUEVARA is a DACA recipient and student
what Latinx Heritage Month means to me. The white movement will denounce in California. Like Salma Hayek, who organizer.

A perfect storm of violence

We need to do more and
better for our LGBTQ kids

DIEGO M. SANCHEZ is director of Advocacy,

Policy, and Partnerships for PFLAG National.

On Sept. 16, an LGBTQ student at Georgia

Tech was shot and killed by a campus police
ocer. Scout Schultz (who according to
friends identied as bisexual, nonbinary,
and intersex and used the pronouns they
and their) had behavioral-health issues
that were well-known to campus medical SCOUT SCHULTZ was shot to death by Georgia
professionalsalmost as well-known as Tech campus police.
their leadership as president of the Georgia PHOTO COURTESY OF GEORGIA TECH PRIDE ALLIANCE

Tech Pride Alliance, the schools LGBTQ

organization. The police ocer noted that
Scout advanced on him with a knife. What
was later reported found at the scene was For those with behavioral-health treatment; and the violence perpetrated by we have to ask ourselves: What more
a multipurpose toola tool that had earlier challenges, the feelings can be some in law enforcements (whether due can we do? How can we provide better
been in the hands of a desperate young exponentially worse. Last month, a queer to insucient training or outright racism support? Where is the root of the violence?
person in need, whom it is now reported friends teenage daughter attempted to and bigotry)these circumstances have What are our best strategies?
left behind multiple suicide notes. die by suicide. Thankfully, she lived and is created a perfect storm that lead to exactly I had the great honor of working with The
As an Army brat with a younger brother getting counseling after a hospital stay. Are what happened on the Georgia Tech Department of Justice Community Relations
who rose through the ranks and is now a we giving that same care to children whose campus to Scout Schultz. Service providing education alongside our
police sergeant Im left with a knot in my genders, sexualities, rage, and grief seem It is time to connect the dots. If we are law enforcement partners on how to serve
stomach, plenty of anger, and more than a to collide just as they are learning to make to survive these times in a manner we can the transgender community. I stood side-by-
few questions, including What more could sense of our system and themselves? stand byif we want to build a world that is side with DOJ CRS to work with our PFLAG
we have done to support this vulnerable And what of our police? I know many actually going to hold close and protect the chapter in Orlando following the massacre
young person? and, What more needs good law enforcement ocers at the people who are most targetedwe will need at Pulse nightclub. I know this kind of
to be done to ensure our police ocers federal, state and local levels. But there a much more comprehensive approach. learning is possible and available.
secure the skills and sensitivity to honor has been a growing wave of reports The truth is that, like most marginalized We must call for better care for our youth.
their oath to protect and serve? about bad actors. Im talking about Ocer people, LGBTQ youth of all races are on the We must provide more education and
Increased bigoted rhetoric from the Darren Wilson, Ocer Daniel Pantaleo, radar of our police forces than their peers. support for families who are lost when
highest oces in the land is taking its toll Ocer Jeronimo Yanez, the list goes on Our kids are more often homeless, in the their kids come out.
on all of us. I feel it every day, and I am and on. The most recent addition is St. foster care system, in drug and alcohol We must provide better training to well-
surrounded by loving friends, courageous Louis Ocer Jason Stockley, who was treatment centers, and in mental health meaning law enforcement ocers, and
PFLAGers, and engaged and equally just acquitted by a judge in the death facilities. Worse, they are often rejected by demand justice when others act on base
enraged allies. How must our most of Anthony Lamar Smithdespite a their families, and relying on professionals impulses and cause harm to good people.
vulnerable young peopleour LGBTQ recording of him saying Im gonna kill and caregivers who can make treatment As we mobilize for justice as loudly and
kids, our kids of color, our undocumented just moments prior to shooting him. outcomes feel like a roll of the dice. proudly as ever, lets build something better,
kids, the ones who might not have Taken togetherthe heightened rhetoric At this time, when many, many more more profoundly just, than we had in 2016.
access to the human safety net needed and barrage of negative legislation; the of us have been in the streets, calling And lets all commit to fortify our vulnerable
to mitigate negative outcomesfeel? vulnerability of marginalized youth; the lack our elected ocials, and passionately populationsincluding our LGBTQ kidsso
Isolated, depressed, invisible, unloved? of sucient behavioral-health support and mobilizing our LGBTQ and ally networks, that they will thriveand live.
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Tom of Finland, from director Dome Karukoski, tells the story of Finlands infamous homoerotic


Straight director takes on Tom of Finland

T elling the s tory o f country s in f amou s homoeroti c export


Im speaking with Finnish film director Luckily for us, Tom of Finland, his York City, and Oct. 20 in San Francisco and you heard a character declare, My cock is
Dome Karukoski via phone. Hes in Europe recently completed feature telling the Los Angeles (The Nuart). A national release the boss?
shooting his new project, a biopic of Lord story of Finlands infamous homoerotic will follow. Karukoski has always felt like he doesnt
of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien. export, is a lot more accessible. The film is really good strong Finnish quite belong. Its a theme tying his oeuvre
Im in England, he says. Unfortunately, Finlands entry for the 2018 Academy cast, traditional three-act structure, of seven feature films together. Yes, seven.
I cant tell anything about that project Awards, having screened at Outfest this beautiful cinematography and some
other than that. past July, will now premiere Oct. 13 in New unique dialogue. When was the last time ContinueS ON page 30
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AUT Harlem Quartet

The Heart of
Robin Hood

Joe Morton in
Turn Me Loose
A Play About
Activist and
Comic Genius
Dick Gregory


Dome Karukoski helms

Tom of Finland biopic FEATURING:
OCT 15
Harlem Quarte
NOV 10-11
Kyle Riabko:
Richard Rodgers
OCT 8 OCT 20-29
P ia n o : Reimagined
s, Feathers of Fire
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Karukoskis lm uses the contrast of dim pi c NOV 28 - DEC 17
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And hes only 40. white light in Helsinki with that of sunny LA
D an ce The Heart of
Dorra n ce NOV 2-4
Ive always done lms about people to accentuate the point.
O V 12 Robin Hood
who are longing to nd a home, either How did Tom feel arriving in LA in OCT 13 - N L.A. Dance
spiritual or a complete home, Karukoski the late 70s? Karukoski wondered. We Turn M e Lo os e Project
explained. A lot of my characters have wanted to portray [the] feelings that hes Feathers of Fire:
been outsiders. actually arriving into [a] movie world- A Persian Epic
Born on the island of Cyprus, he grew slash-utopia.
up in Finland. I became bullied because I That must have felt like liberation for
was an outsider. I traveled and I try to nd him because his community had to hide in CONNECT WITH US:
a home, [but] it doesnt really help when Finland. The Nordic nation was a really 310.746.4000 |
you travel 200 days a year. dark place at that time. It wasnt legal to be
Touko Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland)
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Running into Mackenzie Phillips is like

meeting an old friend. After all, many of us
have known her all our lives, since she was
a child star in American Grati and was How long have you been out and who What was your last Facebook post or Addiction is something that seems to be
beloved by millions on the 1970s hit TV show was the hardest person to tell? Tweet? left behind. I think there needs to be a
One Day at a Time in which she co-starred Im not in and Im not out. Im just me. I posted about being on Facebook Live major focus on educating the community
with Valerie Bertinelli and Bonnie Franklin. with Brad Lamm. Ill be live on Breathe about recovery.
According to Biography, Phillips was one Whos your LGBT hero? Life Healing Centers page with Brad
of the highest paid actresses of her time, Ellen DeGeneres Lamm at 11am PST!!! Join us for some What would you walk across hot coals
earning nearly $50,000 an episode until lively conversation! Post questions to for?
drugs and alcohol ended her run. Whats Los Angeles best nightspot, Breathe Facebook page! My son. Id walk across hot coals for my
She has a quick, loving sense of humor and past or present? son and if he turns out to be gay I will
a loving take on the world around her and The Rainbow on Sunset Boulevard. If your life were a book, what would prance across hot coals for him.
given her public battles with addiction and the title be?
dysfunction, thats surely her saving grace. Describe your dream wedding. My life is a book and Ive written several. What LGBT stereotype annoys you
She found her calling eventually and her Tahiti, thats an easy one. Hopeful Healing: Essays on managing most?
star is once again ascendant recovery and surviving addiction, is my That all gay men are eeminate or that all
After two nearly fatal overdoses, she What non-LGBT issue are you most most recent but the hardest for me to lesbians are butch.
began her recovery journey and fell in passionate about? write was High on Arrival in 2009.
love with helping others in crisis. And even Thats a hard one, because LGBT is the Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
though her journey has been a bumpy rainbow and it encompasses all aspects If science discovered a way to change Bar Girls
ride, she has found herself at 58 years old of who we all are. There are no non-LGBT sexual orientation, what would you
in a contented place. issues. do? Whats the most overrated social
For several years Mack, as she is Id like to try on a dick and walk around custom?
aectionately known by friends and What historical outcome would you for about three days, just to see what Cocktails
colleagues, has worked in drug and change? the big deal is. Id go out and just nail
alcohol counseling and is currently The assassinations of John F. Kennedy everything I could and have a good What trophy or prize do you most
working with Addiction rehabilitation and Martin Luther King. time. Im sure Id want to be a woman covet?
expert Brad Lamm at Breathe Life Healing again. Oh, orientation? But I already like I really dont covet anything but I do prize
Center in Los Angeles. At Breathe, which Whats been the most memorable pop everything. I am all orientations! my recovery and my work helping others
has a sizeable LGBTQ community, Phillips culture moment of your lifetime? along their journey to recovery.
is a primary counselor. I was a pop cultural moment! Oh, I had What do you believe in beyond the
My addiction was so powerful, and so sex with Mick Jagger...that was a pop physical world? What do you wish youd known at 18?
rooted in early trauma, that I lost myself cultural explosion! Everything aects everything else. I really That everything would be OK.
for many years. Now, with a strong believe that completely.
recovery Im committed to helping others On what do you insist? Why Los Angeles?
nd their voice at Breathe Life Healing Love. Everything can be done with love. Whats your advice for LGBT movement Even though I have lived elsewhere, I
Centers, she says. leaders? always keep coming back. I keep coming
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Mother! A masterpiece to hate



Darren Aronofsky doesnt make movies critics and audiences alike labeled it as a their doorstep, threatening the stability of the buy into them, even as he twists them into the
for your enjoyment. op within moments of walking out of the idyllic world they have built for themselves. service of his larger agenda.
From the earliest days of his career, his lms theater, and took to social media with ranting The premise echoes countless other thrillers He utilizes a similar combination of
have been a relentless barrage of grotesque diatribes calling it one of the worst movies in which happy couples are terrorized by homage and satire in the repurposing of
and transgressive imagery, built around ever made but does it really deserve such interlopers, and forced to face uncomfortable some of his own now-familiar tools, most
themes of paranoia and self-destruction, and labels? The answer to that question may be truths about themselves as they battle to notably the unreliable narrator technique.
tied together into a debasing experience that as perplexing as the lm itself. restore order to their lives. Though Aronofsky Almost the entirety of Mother! is focused in
feels less like a catharsis than an assault. Mother! is ostensibly the tale of a young quickly derails the formula with his customary close-up proximity to Lawrences character;
Consequently, it seems odd that viewers woman (Jennifer Lawrence) who lives with descent into nightmare logic, he nevertheless most of the action comes to our attention
would expect his latest work Mother! to her older husband (Javier Bardem), in an takes on all the tropes of the genre buried through a sort of peripheral vision which not
be the kind of tried-and-true psychological isolated house in the country. She works secrets, subversions of intimacy, implications only serves as a reminder that we are seeing
thriller its advertising would seem to suggest; hard restoring their home, previously burned of gaslighting, even good old-fashioned it through her eyes, but creates a dreamlike
it seems even more odd that their reaction to in a re, while he struggles with writers block, jump scares. He doesnt necessarily take ow which warns us that not everything in
it would be one of surprise and even outrage. but their life together seems tranquil and full them seriously; indeed, he milks them for this lm should be taken at face value.
Yet that is precisely what happened. of hope until a strange couple (Ed Harris considerable humor, using them to mock both
During the movies opening weekend, and Michelle Pfeier) unexpectedly arrives at themselves and the audiences willingness to CONTINUES AT LOSANGELESBLADE.COM

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Best of LAs fall fine arts scene



Film and television may dominate Los with the French composers lesser-known
Angeles culture, but the ne arts are alive work set in an Asian pearl-diving village.
and well and thriving in venues large and British director Penny Woolcocks modern-
small. From opera to dance, visual arts dress production has earned raves in
to classical music, the Southland has a London and New York for its evocative
delicious buet of fall oerings to satisfy use of technology. The piece also includes
your appetite for culture. Here are some one of the most beautiful male duets in
upcoming highlights. all of opera, Au don du temple saint,
a friendship duet that can easily take
MARTN RAMREZ: HIS LIFE on homoerotic undertones. Oct. 7-28,
IN PICTURES, ANOTHER Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand
Ave., Los Angeles, 90012;
ICA LA inaugurates its new downtown LA
DORRANCE DANCE 2015 MacArthur Genius Fellowship recipient MICHELLE DORRANCE (left) has resurrected and
space with the rst major SoCal exhibition of redened tap dance.
the work of one of the most celebrated outsider 2015 MacArthur genius Fellowship
artists, Martn Ramrez. Born in Mexico, recipient Michelle Dorrance has
Ramirez emigrated to California to nd work resurrected and redened tap dance.
in 1925. After the stock market crash, he was Angelenos get a taste of her talents with season the septuagenarian tenor continues resident dance company at the Wallis
living on the streets and was hastily diagnosed this full evening of work, including an his exploration of Verdi baritone roles by Annenberg Center for the Performing
with schizophrenia and lived the last 30 years extended version of her Myelination, taking on the title role in Nabucco, singing Arts, meaning the troupe will present
of his life in NorCal psychiatric hospitals where which earned plaudits in a 2015 the mad emperor opposite Ukrainian programs in the fall and spring. The fall
he created an astonishing body of drawings incarnation in New York. Oct. 12-14, The soprano Liudmyla Monastryrska, in a bill includes three pieces choregraphed by
using rudimentary materials. Through Dec. Wallis, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly reprise of a heralded pairing last year at Millepied and a U.S. premiere of a work by
31, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Hills, 90210; the Met Opera. Oct. 14-Nov. 19, Dorothy young French choreographer No Soulier.
1717 E. 7th St., Los Angeles, 90021; Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Nov. 2-4, The Wallis, 9390 N. Santa Monica
THE CONSUL Angeles, 90012; Blvd., Beverly Hills, 90210;
MOZART 1791 Long Beach Opera can be counted
In the never-ending search for new ways on to present powerful productions of UNTIL THE LIONS BERNSTEIN ON STAGE
to celebrate his work, the LA Philharmonic provocative work. This fall the ambitious As part of the Music Centers always- As part of Bernstein at 100, a two-
presents a multi-part celebration of the company stages Gian Carlo Menottis The engaging Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance year global celebration of the centennial
last year in the short but prolic life of the Consul, an intimate opera with a timely program, the adventurous Akram Khan of the birth of American composer
incomparable Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. and relevant story about refugees. Patricia Company comes to town with Until the extraordinaire Leonard Bernstein, the
Only 35, Mozart had a remarkably productive Racette, who earned raves for her Salome at Lions, award-winning choreographer Khans Valley Performing Arts Center presents
nal year before falling ill in the autumn LA Opera this year, sings the role of Magda interpretation of a work by poet Karthika an evening celebrating the composer and
and dying quickly. The LA Phils program Sorel, whose husband is a political dissident Nair. Khan uses classical Indian kathak dance conductors contributions to American
includes his last piano concerto, played by on the run in an undisclosed totalitarian as well as muscular, athletic contemporary theater. Broadway star Davis Gaines and
Spanish pianist Javier Perianes, and four state. Oct. 14-22, Centinela Valley Center forms to tell the story of Princess Amba, who the Gay Mens Chorus of Los Angeles join
evenings featuring the Clarinet Concerto and for the Arts, 14901 S. Inglewood Ave., calls on the gods for revenge after being the New West Symphony under the baton
selections from Mozarts beloved opera The Lawndale, 90260; abducted on her wedding day. Oct. 18-21, of John Mauceri, who worked side-by-side
Magic Flute. Gustavo Dudamel conducts. Culver Studios, 9336 Washington Blvd., with Bernstein for 18 years. Audiences
Sept. 26-Oct. 8, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 NABUCCO Culver City, 90232; will hear beloved music from West Side
S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, 90012; One of the great treasures of LAs cultural Story, Wonderful Town and Candide,
scene is that Plcido Domingo has made LA L.A. DANCE PROJECT as well as lesser-known works like Trouble
THE PEARL FISHERS Opera his professional home, serving as Dancer/choreographer (and Black Swan in Tahiti. Nov. 17, Valley Performing Arts
After opening the season with Bizets general director since 2003 and performing star) Benjamin Millepieds L.A. Dance Center, 18111 Nordho St., Northridge,
beloved Carmen, LA Opera follows up and conducting on a regular basis. This Project has been selected to be the rst 91330;
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The gay designer behind every L.A. Red Carpet that matters


When events producer Billy Butchkavitz down the HBO Emmys partya three Beverly Hilton for a 1960s style Gay and and I are gay, so its like three sisters, he
is not creating impressive designs for day process at the Pacic Design Lesbian Centers annual gala this weekend. quipped.
HBO parties throughout the year, he is Center, where the party theme was The Next is a red carpet premiere for HB0s When they reach a destination they
searching for new decor themes around Royal Pavilion, in Brighton, England; the new documentary on Steven Spielberg want to explore more, they all shoot o in
the world. custom textiles, furniture, table top decor, and The Golden Globes. dierent directions, so they can all barter
My favorite thing is to travel and nd new large scale decor and carpeting were all Butchkavitzs parties take months to and bargain at the markets. From Egypt,
sources, i.e. people that can manufacture inuenced by their very bold chinoiserie plan and bring to fruition. Europe and Indonesia to Malaysia and
for me, vendors, ideas. Just walking through interiors. Last year, we started working on Laos, we have done it all. It keeps us going.
villages in India and seeing a temple or A 30 diameter tiered chinoiserie the Emmys party right after the Golden Butchkavitz considers himself lucky. Its
seeing people on the banks of a river pagoda surrounded by a garden of giant Globes, because it takes so long to get the whole thing of right place, right time.
doing hand block textiles, I nd inspiration jade trees was one of the focal points of everything sourced, manufactured and I started doing events in Honolulu in 1986.
everywhere, Butchkavitz enthused. the party and served as the entertainment shipped in, since we do custom carpets HBO came to a hotel opening I did and
The veteran organizer/designer is one hub, he noted. Also, a series of 12 high and textiles, he explained. asked me to do see stu for them. Twenty
busy guy: he creates over 36 elaborate Chinese Guardian Lions stood watch in the Butchkavitz is not a one man show, he three years later, I am still with them. In
parties each year, and ongoingly works main dining pavilion, along with a 20 long works closely with his brother and sister. addition, I have also done events around
for years with gay and lesbian students for replica of The Royal Pavilions magnicent They are my travelling buddies; we go the world for others clients too.
Project Ten. banquet room chandelier. everywhere together and are really close.
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A busy fall in LAs arts scene

The Red Shoes, @ 8:00 PM (2:00 Best in Drag Show, 7 PM at Orpheum
PM & 8:00 PM Sep 23 & Sep 30, 1:00 Theatre, (842 S. Broadway). The legendary
PM & 6:30 PM Sep 24 & Oct 1) at the fundraiser beneting Aid for AIDS, a program
Ahmanson Theatre (135 N. Grand Ave). of Alliance for Housing and Healing returns
The Los Angeles debut of celebrated October 8th to the Orpheum Theatre. A
out choreographer Matthew Bournes great tradition for a great cause, and one
stunning ballet, based on the classic 1948 of the entertainment highlights of the Los
movie and set to the unforgettable music Angeles year. Visit
of lm composer Bernard Herrmann, for more information.
enjoys a short run on the world-class stage
of the Ahmanson. Dont miss your chance OCT. 12-14
to see this acclaimed, multi-Olivier-winning Dorrance Dance, @ 7:30 PM (2:00 PM &
production before its too late! Ticket info: 7:30 PM on Sun) at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (9390 N.
Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills). Dorrance
ONGOING THROUGH NOV. 26 Dance honors tap dances unique and
Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney, @ 10:00 The Wallis welcomes L.A. Dance Project in a series of programs in both the fall of 2017 and the powerful history while simultaneously
spring of 2018, as well as other education and outreach activities.
AM - 5:00 PM at The Getty Center (1200 pushing it forward. Artistic Director Michelle
Getty Center Dr.) Gay icon David Hockney PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WALLIS
Dorrance brings her troupe to the Wallis
is considered one of the most important with a trio of exciting pieces which illustrate
British artists of the twentieth century. Center continues its series of intimate the great range for which the company is
To celebrate his eightieth birthday, this events that invite the Los Angeles LGBTQ SEPT. 28 known. Ticket info:
focused two-part exhibition includes self- and ally community to celebrate and Will & Grace Viewing Party at The
portraits made over the past sixty-ve connect. Grand Park partners with Outfest Faultline, THU 8 PM at Faultline, (4216 NOV. 2-4
years and key photographs from the 1980s to present a picnic and screening in Melrose Ave). Watch the return of the L.A. Dance Project (FALL), @ 7:30 PM
that investigate time and perspective. celebration of fresh and diverse voices in iconic LGBTQ sitcom at the Faultline on a at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the
lm. Filmmakers and actors will introduce HD 113 Projector Screen in their inside Performing Arts (9390 N. Santa Monica
ONGOING THRO UGH DEC. 31 the showcase of short lms from the lounge. Doors open at 8 pm, early arrival Blvd, Beverly Hills). The Wallis is thrilled
Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Outfest Fusion Festival and share insight encouraged for best seating options. to announce L.A. Dance Project as its rst
Chicano L.A., @ 11:00 PM - 05:00 PM at about their craft. Come early to enjoy a Complimentary popcorn. Come for the Company-in-Residence! Collaborating with
MOCA Pacic Design Center (8687 Melrose late summer afternoon in the park with show and stay for Take It O Absolut the companys Artistic Director Benjamin
Ave). Organized by ONE National Gay & DJs, food trucks and the parks popular Underwear Party, for a fun and sexy night! Millepied, The Wallis welcomes L.A. Dance
Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries, this splash pad and playground. Project for a quartet of thrilling pieces.
exhibition maps the intersections among SEPT. 30 Ticket info:
a network of queer Chicano artists and SEPT. 26 Gay D.D. Presents Fashion!, Sat Sep
their collaborators from the late 1960s Moonlight Rooftop Screening, Tue 30 @ 7:00pm at Art Share L.A. (801 E. 4th NOV. 14-15
to the early 1990s, marking the rst Sep 26 @ 2:00pm at LEVEL Furnished Pl.) Gay D.D. stylishly returns to Art Share Joey Arias: Still Misbehavin, @ 9:00 PM
historical consideration of these artists in Living (888 S. Olive St). The ultimate lm LA just in time for the fall fashion season: at Cavern Club Theatre (1920 Hyperion Ave.,
the context of broader artistic and cultural experience, Rooftop Cinema Club brings supermodel stomp your way in for drag, Silverlake). The legendary performance
movements. Presented at both the ONE their hugely popular lm series to LEVEL, music, burlesque, and of course, the artist and drag pioneer brings his one-of-
Archives gallery in West Hollywood, an urban oasis in the sky, with a screening signature vegan buet! First come, rst a-kind cabaret act to the intimate stage of
temporarily located at 9007 Melrose of a landmark LGBTQ lm last years serve. Timely arrival is recommended. the Cavern Club, at the iconic Casito Del
Avenue, and MOCA Pacic Design Center. Oscar-winning Best Picture, Moonlight. Cocktail intermission in between acts. Campo restaurant. Get your tickets, if you
Check in at the Box Oce with your tickets Distinctive attire denitely encouraged. can, before its too late, and come early for
SEPT. 23 in exchange for wireless headphones Featuring Princess PoodlePoo, Miss a delicious dinner! Ticket info: http://www.
Grand Park + Outfest Present PROUD and blankets (if necessary). Event is 21+, Barbie-Q (MJ Brown), Alan Ishii and many
Movie Night, Sun Sep 24 @ 5:30 PM at alcoholic beverages available by pre-order more! Advance tickets available at http://
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Something old, something new



The fall LGBT TV season got o to an of the decriminalization of gay sex

explosive start with the return of Narcos in the United Kingdom, the BBC has
to Netix on Sept. 1. Based on the violent commissioned a series of eight monologues
history of the Cali Cartel in Colombia, about LGBT life. The writers include Jackie
season three picks up after the death of Clune, Mark Gatiss and Brian Fillis; the
Pablo Escobar. Gay hitman Pacho Herrera actors include Alan Cummings, Russell
(Alberto Ammann) rises to the top ranks Tovey, Ben Whishaw, Gemma Whalen and
of the cocaine cartel; the amboyant Rebecca Front. Queers premieres on
character is featured in steamy sex scenes BBC America on Oct. 14.
and has quickly become a fan favorite. Queer director Bryan Singer is using
The rst new show of the LGBT TV season his artistic superpowers to help move
was American Horror Story: Cult on FX. Marvels X-Men franchise to the small
Set in a small Michigan town, season seven screen. He served as director and
of the popular anthology series is the rst executive producer for the pilot episode of
major scripted show to deal directly with The Gifted which airs on Oct. 2 on Fox.
the political and social aftermath of the Marvel is also represented on television
2016 presidential election. this fall by Runaways. Starting Nov. 21
The cast is led by Ryan Murphy on Hulu, the series about teens eeing
regulars Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters. their extra-terrestrial parents includes
Paulson and Alison Pill play Ally and Ivy lesbian Karolina Dean (played by Virginia
Narcos season three on Netix features ALBERTO AMMANN (right) as a gay drug lord.
Mayfair-Richards, Clinton supporters Gardner) in the diverse cast.
who are terried by the outcome of the PHOTO BY JUAN PABLO GUTIERREZ; COURTESY NETFLIX
Following on Hulus runaway success
election and who begin to see evil clowns with The Handmaids Tale, Netix brings
everywhere. Peters plays Kai Anderson, a an astromycologist (fungus expert) and who were powerful and sexy and for the Margaret Atwoods novel Alias Grace
Trump supporter who is energized by the Stareet science ocer aboard the inclusion of a gay male character. While to the small screen on Nov. 3. Loosely
outcome of the election. Starship Discovery. Out actor Wilson Cruz the cast of the reboot, which premieres on based on a true case, the six-hour mini-
Other new shows include: (Rent and My So-Called Life) plays his Oct. 11 on the CW, is noticeably younger series tells the story of Grace Marks (Sara
The Deuce looks back at the 1970s partner, Dr. Hugh Culber. The new series than the original cast, it is also noticeably Gadon), who was convicted (and later
porn industry in New York City. James blasts o on CBS All-Access on Sept. 25. more diverse. exonerated) for the murders of her boss,
Franco stars as the twin Mancini brothers, The most highly anticipated television The series returns to familiar story lines Thomas Kinnear (Paul Gross), and his
Vinnie (good) and Frankie (bad); Maggie show of the fall season may be the return about the Carringtons and the Colbys, maid/mistress Nancy Montgomery (Anna
Gyllenhaal plays porn actress Eileen Candy of Will & Grace. The queer quartet two rich Colorado families battling over Paquin) in Canada in 1843. Directed by
Merrill. Currently running on HBO, the will resume their shenanigans on NBC business empires and family loyalties. Sarah Polley, this passionate tale of love
series includes plenty of queer content, on Sept. 28. Season nine will ignore the Grant Show (Melrose Place) plays and murder also tackles issues of class,
including Chris Coy as gay bartender Paul dreary series nale which aired on May patriarch Blake Carrington and James gender and sexuality.
Hendrickson. 18, 2006 and give the returning characters Mackay (The Dressmaker) plays his Lots of fan favorites with LGBT is streaming Made to a fresh start. Based on the enthusiastic openly gay son Stephen. Their love characters will also be returning this fall.
Model: Trans Beauty in Fashion, a response from dedicated fans, the new interests are Cristal Flores and her nephew Already back on the airwaves are Tig
celebration of the diverse models who are Will & Grace has already been renewed Sammy Joe (played by Hispanic actors Notaros One Mississippi on Amazon,
transforming the runways at New York for a second season. Nathalie Kelley and Rafael de la Fuente); in Top of the Lake: China Girl directed
Fashion Week. The campy 1980s nighttime soap the original series Sammy Jo was played by by Jane Campion and starring Nicole
Star Trek: Discovery boldly goes Dynasty is perhaps best remembered Heather Locklear. In the early episodes of Kidman and Elisabeth Moss (the Sundance
where no other Star Trek television for its vicious cat ghts, glamorous gowns the reboot, the Colbys are represented by Channel); Broad City (Comedy Central);
series has gone before: it includes openly and conspicuous consumption, but it African-American actors Sam Adegoke as and Better Things (FX).
gay characters. Out actor Anthony Rapp made television history with its ground- Je and Wakeema Hollis as Monique.
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The best of lm and theater in LA



For those of us who have a taste for lm play is set in the heart of LAs historic
and theater, fall is the time of year when Filipinotown, where Miracles, a ladyboy
there always seems to be an avalanche of masseuse who walks for the infamous
choices. House of Malacaang, has a forbidden
Never fear, weve got you covered. love aair which sparks tensions between
Here are the must-see options for Blade the citys hottest political families. The
readers in the months ahead. kind of diverse, Angeleno-born theatre
that doesnt get enough attention in a
ON THE SCREEN town obsessed with big ticket prestige,
Battle of the Sexes Sep 22 this slice of local attitude by Boni B. Alvarez
Emma Stone and Steve Carrell star deserves your support.
as Billie Jean King and Bobby Rigg, The View UpStairs Ongoing thru
respectively, in this lm about their much- Oct 29
touted 1973 tennis match. Directed by Celebration Theatre @ The Lex (6760
Jonathon Dayton and Valerie Faris, it LUKE MACFARLANE (left) and BRIAN HUTCHISON in the world premiere of Big Night at Center Lexington)
focuses on the personal struggles of the Theatre Groups Kirk Douglas Theatre. This O-Broadway hit by Max Vernon is
two rivals, and has garnered particular PHOTO COURTESY OF CENTER THEATER GROUP a gripping, heartfelt and provocative new
praise for Stones performance as the musical that pulls you inside the world of
legendary lesbian icon. historic 70s New Orleans bar The UpStairs
Marshall -- Oct 13 and Jaden Michael, this one looks very another sure bet for gay audiences. Lounge, as a young fashion designer from
Chadwick Boseman stars as future promising. 2017 buys the abandoned space and
rst African-American Supreme Court Gods Own Country Oct 27 ON THE STAGE sets o a journey of seduction and self-
Justice Thurgood Marshall in this much- The opener of this years OutFest, this Big Night Ongoing thru Oct. 8 exploration. Stellar reviews of its New
anticipated lm about his days as a young U.K. drama has been described as the Kirk Douglas Theatre (9820 Washington York run (which closed in May) praised its
attorney. Following his court defense of English Brokeback Mountain. Directed Blvd, Culver City) score and its visual style, and predicted its
a fellow black man accused of rape and by rst-time lmmaker Francis Lee, its The world premiere production of the destiny as an iconic cult phenomenon.
murder, it promises to be one of the the story of an unlikely but irresistible latest play by acclaimed out playwright Directed by Ovation-winner Michael A.
years big awards contenders. Directed romance between a Yorkshire sheep Paul Rudnick. Its Oscar night and Mike Shepperd.
by Reginald Hudlin, and also starring Dan farmer and the Romanian immigrant he is nominated. His transgender nephew Bash Oct 14 thru Oct 21
Stevens, Kate Hudson, James Cromwell, takes on as a hired hand and sure to is pushing him to make a political Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center
Josh Gad and Sterling K. Brown. be a must-see for acionados of LGBTQ acceptance speech, his mother drops (11006 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood)
Wonderstruck Oct 20 cinema. a bombshell on him, and his boyfriend If youre looking for a dose of theatre
The latest lm by out director Todd Call Me By Your Name Nov 24 wont return his calls just another night at its most raw and controversial, this
Haynes is adapted by Brian Selznick from Already in the news, thanks to actor in Hollywood. Another hilarious and mounting of the rst published work by
his own novel about two young runaways James Woods hateful tweeting (and the razor-sharp romp by the writer of such gay renowned playwright and lmmaker Neil
50 years apart who each seek the responses to it from star Armie Hammer classics as Jerey, In And Out, and The LaBute might be just the ticket. A trio of one
same mysterious connection. Known and Amber Tamblyn), this 1980s-set Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, this one is act duets and monologues (one of which
for the way he mines cultural nostalgia coming-of-age romantic drama was denitely worth catching before it makes details a horric gay-bashing incident), this
for queer and outsider experiences (Far adapted by James Ivory (Maurice, A its run towards Broadway. plays uninching look at the evil lurking
From Heaven, Velvet Goldmine, Carol), Room With a View) from the novel Fixed Ongoing thru Oct 22 underneath everyday life was responsible
Haynes also has a knack for the innovative by Andr Aciman. Directed by Luca Echo Theatre Company @ Atwater for getting LaBute excommunicated from
re-imagining of vintage cinematic styles Guadagnino, its the story of an academic Village Theatre (3269 Casitas Ave) the Mormon church. Make that dreaded
something which should prove interesting staying with an Italian couple and the Equally inspired by Calderns Spanish trip to the Valley (really, people, its just a
in his weaving together of two narratives attraction he develops with their teenaged drama The Physician of His Own short drive through the hills) and see why.
separated across time. Starring Julianne son. Starring Hammer opposite Timothe Honorand the iconic documentaryParis
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Miley, Demi, Dolly and then some



The new release schedule for fall is with Pacic Daydream. The-Dream
loaded with long-awaited new albums also hits on the 27th with Love Aair,
from some of the biggest stars in music. featuring the hit single Summer Body,
There will be plenty of new tunes to keep and emo-rockers the Used return with
music fans occupied. The Canyon.
September is highlighted by the latest The much-anticipated new Taylor
from favorite Dave Grohl and Foo Swift album, Reputation, arrives Nov.
Fighters, who unleash their ninth studio 10. Led by smash single Look What You
album, Concrete and Gold, featuring the Made Me Do, its likely to be the seasons
electrifying rst single Run. biggest-selling release. Also hitting on the
Also out is a live album and DVD 10th is the latest from moody alt-rockers
documenting Madonnas record-breaking Evanescence, Synthesis.
Rebel Heart Tour. Also out is the latest from Nov. 17 is highlighted by the latest from
new wave pioneer Gary Numan, Savage that icon of wit and misery, Morrissey,
(Songs From a Broken World), Yusuf who is back with Low in High School. The
(formerly Cat Stevens) with The Laughing season is capped by the long-promised
Apple, Swedish EDM duo Galantis are back After a long hiatus from music, SHANIA TWAIN is back with a new album dubbed Now, slated for a Songs of Experience by U2, the follow-up
with The Aviary, former Vampire Weekend Sept. 29 release. Its her rst album since 2002s RIAA Diamond-selling Up!
to their outstanding 2014 release Songs of
mainstay Rostom will release his solo PHOTO BY GIAMPAOLO SGURA; COURTESY THE KARPEL GROUP Innocence. Presumably, though, the new
debut Half-Light and Metric vocalist Emily album wont show up on everyones iPhone
Haines is set to release her new solo album automatically, or at least we can hope.
Choir of the Mind. You, while country-pop superstar Shania critically beloved St. Vincent will deliver Kanye West may (or may not) unload
More big new releases arrive the Twain is back with her rst new album in one of the years most anticipated albums his latest, reportedly titled Turbo Grafx
following week, with new wave revivalists 15 years, Now. with MASSEDUCTION. Also scheduled for 16, this fall as always, he is hard to
the Killers leading the way with Wonderful Demi Lovato also returns on the 29th the 13th are new albums by Beck, Colors; predict. Bjork is working with acclaimed
Wonderful. Also dropping Sept. 22 is with Tell Me You Love Me, featuring her legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert gay electronic visionary Arca on an album
Double Dutchess, the long-awaited platinum single Sorry Not Sorry and Plant, Carry Fire; William Patrick (aka expected in November, with the rst single
second solo album by Black-Eyed Peas Miley Cyrus delivers her latest, Younger Billy) Corgan with his collaboration with called The Gate.
diva Fergie. It comes 11 years after her Now. British synthpop duo Hurts also producer Rick Rubin, Ogilala; and an Other artists expected to release new
smash The Duchess, but judging from the have a new album on the 29th, Desire, intriguing collaboration between uber- albums this fall but have yet to announce
singles so far it will be well worth the wait. including the new single Ready to Go. talented troubadours Courtney Barnett dates include Tei Shi, Sam Smith (who
Other new albums due on the 22nd include Former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice. just released a new single, Too Good
the latest from trip-hop pioneer Tricky, has set his new solo album As You Were Also out Oct. 13 is The Con X: Covers, a At Goodbyes), Ne-Yo, Paloma Faith,
ununiform, folk-rock legend Van Morrison Available for an Oct. 6 release. Alternative 10th anniversary celebration of The Con Thirty Seconds to Mars, En Vogue, 80s
with Roll With the Punches, goth goddess rockers Wolf Parade are also back on the by openly gay sisters Tegan and Sara with heroes Tears for Fears, 90s rockers the
Chelsea Wolfe with Hiss Spun, Australian sixth with Cry Cry Cry, along with the debut all of that classic albums songs covered by Ospring, Travis Scott, Charli XCX,
electro-pop group Cut Copy with Haiku From album by the much-buzzed about R&B various artists. Barenaked Ladies, Nas, Clean Bandit,
Zero, versatile R&B vocalist Ledisi with Let vocalist Kelela, the latest from indie-popsters Look for a newly remastered and Kylie Minogue, MGMT, Sara Bareilles,
Love Rule, rapper Macklemores rst solo Ducktails, Jersey Devil, the new solo eort expanded edition of the Smiths The Zayn, Tove Lo, Kiesza, Avril Lavigne,
album in 12 years, Gemini, and a live album by openly gay Bloc Party vocalist Kele Queen is Dead on Oct. 20. Originally Mariah Carey, up-and-coming rapper
by acclaimed lesbian guitar virtuoso Kaki Okereke, Fatherland and glam-rockers the released in 1986, its widely considered Kamaiyah, Marilyn Manson and a
King, Live at Berklee. Darkness with Pinewood Smile. one of their nest eorts. Christmas oering from one of pops
Sept. 29 is a big week for multiple Pop superstar Pink returns Oct. 13 with October wraps up with two of the falls hottest stars, Sia. Inevitably some of these
generations of female artists. The her rst album in ve years, Beautiful biggest releases: Kelly Clarkson drops will get bumped to 2018.
legendary country icon Dolly Parton will Trauma, featuring the stunning rst her latest, Meaning of Life, on Oct. 27,
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Straight director develops new appreciation for male form

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29 he didnt have very much recognition in
Finland. In addition to petitioning the
Finnish government for a Tom of Finland
gay until 1971. postage stamp (approved in 2014), the
S.R. Sharp is vice president at the Tom Foundation just came back from a Finland
of Finland Foundation. He and his kinda 100 celebration in Stockholm. People are
like my boyfriend Dirk Dahner run what much more aware of Tom of Finland.
can only be called the largest and most Karukoski, lead actor Pekka Strang, and
passionate fan club for the erotic artist in the lms art director all made trips to
the world. Toms House, as Sharp calls it, to bone up
Were collaborators on the lm, said on what it was that made Tom tick.
Sharp. We went with a Finnish production We pulled out work from the safe,
company for obvious reasons. Sharp said. Its not framed. Its the actual
In some ways, Tom of Finland, like the paper. Even through the phone line
artist himself, is the latest example of a Sharps voice conveyed solemnity. The
fabulous Finnish export. lmmakers were able to experience how
Tom humbly admitted before he incredibly exquisite these pieces of work
died, said Sharp, that he had a global are.
recognition in the queer community, but Karukoski acknowledged this. A lot


of research was done [there], he said. explicit gay sex.

Those were people that met Tom in the Its always a question of how do you
later part of his life, a lot of people that show, Karukoski asked, especially in
worked with him. lms about artists, whats going on in the
Actor Strang returns to LA for The Nuart artists head?
premiere. Sharp has a wish. Hopefully, he Kake, which translates into Butch in
will be staying here at Toms House, he English, is a fantasy character appearing
said. Hes been here a few times before, throughout the movie. The equivalent of
doing researchbut I dont think hes the most beautiful man [Tom] can envision,
stayed overnightin Toms bed. [what] he wants every man to be.
If Strang brings his wife, that might be Kake was also an homage, said the
revolutionary. director. I think thats something [Tom]
Kake, a major, recurring character in would have valued.
Tom of Finlands work appears throughout Karukoski is not casual about
the lm as a private, only-seen-by-the- lmmaking. Hes all about preparation.
artist, tongue-in-cheeks (sorry) muse. Over a ve-year period he traveled
Described by specialty publisher to the Tom of Finland Foundation. You
Taschen, Kake is a sort of post- learn, Karukoski said. When you are a
Stonewall, hyper-masculine Johnny straight director doing a lm about a gay
Appleseed traveling the world on his icon, you have to kind of rehearse your
motorcycle to spread the seeds of
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for his close-up
sensibility. You have to understand the Part of the research is also watching
beauty of a mans neck, a mans thighs, or hot guys, Karukoski admitted. A lot, a lot
the bulgejust the portraiture of a man. of hot guys. The director felt compelled to
Even more plainly: Basically, what is the understand how his hero looked at men.
appraisal of the dick? Apparently, there have been some long-
Karukoski got it right. His sexuality lasting eects.
as director never intruded upon my This morning I was walking with my
experience viewing the lm. I assumed assistant, he said, whos a woman. We
he was gay. Hes not. He has a son, Oliver, were walking in the studios and theres a
with his wife Nadia. They live in Helsinki really good-looking guy. I said to [her], in
most of the time. Finnish, Thats a hot guy.
Im aHow do you say? Karukoski And she says, I was just thinking the
wondered. Im a straight guybut Im as same thing.
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