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THE GEORGIA VOICE PO Box 77401 | Atlanta, GA 30357 404-815-6941 | <a href=www.thegavoice.com EDITORIAL Editor: Laura Douglas-Brown lbrown@thegavoice.com Deputy Editor: Dyana Bagby dbagby@thegavoice.com Web Manager: Ryan Watkins rwatkins@thegavoice.com Art Director: Bo Shell bshell@thegavoice.com CONTRIBUTORS Melissa Carter, Jim Farmer, Shannon Hames, Topher Payne, Matt Schafer, Steve Warren, Ryan Lee BUSINESS Publisher: Christina Cash ccash@thegavoice.com Associate Publisher: Tim Boyd tboyd@thegavoice.com Sales Manager: Marshall Graham mgraham@thegavoice.com Sales Executive: Anne Clarke The Clarke Agency aclarke@thegavoice.com National Advertising: Rivendell Media, 908-232-2021 sales@rivendellmedia.com BOARD OF ADVISERS Richard Eldredge, Sandy Malcolm, Lynn Pasqualetti, Robert Pullen FINE PRINT All material in the Georgia Voice is protected by federal copy- right law and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the Georgia Voice. The sexual orientation of advertisers, photogra- phers, writers and cartoonists published herein is neither inferred nor implied. The appearance of names or pictorial representation does not necessarily indicate the sexual orientation of that person or persons. We also do not accept responsibility for claims made by advertisers. Unsolicited editorial material is accepted by the Georgia Voice, but we do not take responsibility for its return. The editors re- serve the right to accept, reject or edit any submission. Guidelines for freelance contributors are available upon request. A single copy of the Georgia Voice is available from autho- rized distribution points. Multiple copies are available from the Georgia Voice offi ce only. Call for rates. If you are unable to reach a convenient free distribution point, you may receive a 26-issue mailed subscription for $60 per year. Checks or credit card orders can be sent to Tim Boyd, tboyd@thegavoice.com Postmaster: Send address changes to the Georgia Voice, PO Box 77401, Atlanta, GA 30357. The Georgia Voice is published every other Friday by The Georgia Voice, LLC. Individual subscriptions are $60 per year for 26 issues. Postage paid at Atlanta, GA, and ad- ditional mailing offi ces. The editorial positions of the Georgia Voice are expressed in editorials and in editor’s notes. Other opinions are those of the writers and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Georgia Voice and its staff. To submit a letter or commentary: Letters should be fewer than 400 words and commentary, for web or print, should be fewer than 750 words. Submissions may be edited for content and length, and must include a name, address and phone number for verifi cation. Email submis- sions to editor@thegavoice.com or mail to the address above. Join us online: facebook.com/thegavoice twitter.com/thegavoice 04.12.13 NEWS IN THIS ISSUE 4 | Efforts to reduce LGBT smoking include CDC, gay bars. 6 | Atlanta’s LGBT community center raises funds to grow. FEATURED STORY 8 | PFLAG hosts statewide conference for gay rights allies. 8 | Anti-gay Westboro Baptist booed at Final Four. 14 | BRIEFS: Ga. GOP chair becomes national laughingstock. WEDDINGS 16 | Anneliese & Lauren: ‘A personally sacred experience.’ 17 | Clifton & Chad: Celebrating ‘the year of marriage.’ 18 | Alisha & LA: ‘Marriage makes a statement.’ 19 | Road map to your wedding day: Tips for a smooth ride down the aisle. 23 | LGBT cake toppers, from cute to classic. 17 | CLIFTON & CHAD: CELEBRATING 'THE YEAR OF MARRIAGE' 24 | Ring trends for same-sex couples. OUTSPOKEN FRIENDS & FOES IN THEIR OWN WORDS “Life is life and love is love, and I’m just trying to be a better me, you know what I’m saying?” — Rapper Snoop Lion , asked by paparazzi his stand on gay marriage. “I don’t have a problem with gay people. I got some gay homies,” he also said. (TMZ.com, April 7) Publicity photo via Facebook “Miss South Caroli- na should be a great role model, but her sexual orientation shouldn’t defi ne her as a person. And it shouldn’t defi ne her getting a crown. I do have friends in the pageant circuit that are accepting of gay people and I fi nd that it has given me a lot of support and a lot of extra push.” — Analouisa Valencia — who is openly lesbian and the reigning Miss Lyman, S.C. — on acceptance as she prepares to compete in July in the Miss South Carolina pageant, a pre- cursor to Miss America. (The Advocate, April 5) C.C. 3.0/ Thecomeupshow Publicity photo via Facebook “I think this is going to be good for a lot of black young people who want to come out. E.J. is going to be that symbol — a symbol of hope that they can now come and tell their parents, tell their friends.” — Basketball legend Magic Johnson , who came out as HIV-positive in 1992, on his support for his son, Ervin “E.J.” Johnson III, coming out as gay after being photographed by TMZ holding hands with his boyfriend. (Denver Post, April 7) 25 | Legal documents to protect your partnership now. ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT 27 | Fitness guru Jillian Michaels comes to ATL with partner and kids. 28 | FOOD PORN: Dim sum and big discussions. 29 | THEATER: ‘Brer Rabbit’ and ‘Sister Act.’ 30 | BRIEFS: Indigo Girls, The B-52s, Cyndi Lauper and more. 32 | CALENDAR COLUMNISTS 37 | THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID: Melissa Carter’s garden of stares. 39 | DOMESTICALLY DISTURBED: Topher Payne, you’ve got male! ABOUT THE COVER Photo by Holly Jones Photo, www.hollyjonesphoto.com Offi cial portrait “I don’t think he would stand in the way of [gay marriage] at all ... think he would stand in the way of two people wanting to make a commit- ment to one another.” I don’t — Author Patti Davis, explaining what she thinks her father, President Ronald Reagan , would think of mar- riage equality. (Gwist TV via Huffi ngton Post, April 4) " id="pdf-obj-2-2" src="pdf-obj-2-2.jpg">

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EDITORIAL

Editor: Laura Douglas-Brown

Deputy Editor: Dyana Bagby

Web Manager: Ryan Watkins

Art Director: Bo Shell

CONTRIBUTORS

Melissa Carter, Jim Farmer, Shannon Hames, Topher Payne, Matt Schafer, Steve Warren, Ryan Lee

BUSINESS

Publisher: Christina Cash

Associate Publisher: Tim Boyd

Sales Manager: Marshall Graham

Sales Executive: Anne Clarke

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All material in the Georgia Voice is protected by federal copy- right law and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the Georgia Voice. The sexual orientation of advertisers, photogra- phers, writers and cartoonists published herein is neither inferred nor implied. The appearance of names or pictorial representation does not necessarily indicate the sexual orientation of that person or persons. We also do not accept responsibility for claims made by advertisers. Unsolicited editorial material is accepted by the Georgia Voice, but we do not take responsibility for its return. The editors re- serve the right to accept, reject or edit any submission. Guidelines for freelance contributors are available upon request. A single copy of the Georgia Voice is available from autho- rized distribution points. Multiple copies are available from the Georgia Voice offi ce only. Call for rates. If you are unable to reach a convenient free distribution point, you may receive a 26-issue mailed subscription for $60 per year. Checks or credit card orders can be sent to Tim Boyd, tboyd@thegavoice.com Postmaster: Send address changes to the Georgia Voice, PO Box 77401, Atlanta, GA 30357. The Georgia Voice is published every other Friday by The Georgia Voice, LLC. Individual subscriptions are $60 per year for 26 issues. Postage paid at Atlanta, GA, and ad- ditional mailing offi ces. The editorial positions of the Georgia Voice are expressed in editorials and in editor’s notes. Other opinions are those of the writers and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Georgia Voice and its staff. To submit a letter or commentary: Letters should be fewer than 400 words and commentary, for web or print, should be fewer than 750 words. Submissions may be edited for content and length, and must include a name, address and phone number for verifi cation. Email submis- sions to editor@thegavoice.com or mail to the address above.

THE GEORGIA VOICE PO Box 77401 | Atlanta, GA 30357 404-815-6941 | <a href=www.thegavoice.com EDITORIAL Editor: Laura Douglas-Brown lbrown@thegavoice.com Deputy Editor: Dyana Bagby dbagby@thegavoice.com Web Manager: Ryan Watkins rwatkins@thegavoice.com Art Director: Bo Shell bshell@thegavoice.com CONTRIBUTORS Melissa Carter, Jim Farmer, Shannon Hames, Topher Payne, Matt Schafer, Steve Warren, Ryan Lee BUSINESS Publisher: Christina Cash ccash@thegavoice.com Associate Publisher: Tim Boyd tboyd@thegavoice.com Sales Manager: Marshall Graham mgraham@thegavoice.com Sales Executive: Anne Clarke The Clarke Agency aclarke@thegavoice.com National Advertising: Rivendell Media, 908-232-2021 sales@rivendellmedia.com BOARD OF ADVISERS Richard Eldredge, Sandy Malcolm, Lynn Pasqualetti, Robert Pullen FINE PRINT All material in the Georgia Voice is protected by federal copy- right law and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the Georgia Voice. The sexual orientation of advertisers, photogra- phers, writers and cartoonists published herein is neither inferred nor implied. The appearance of names or pictorial representation does not necessarily indicate the sexual orientation of that person or persons. We also do not accept responsibility for claims made by advertisers. Unsolicited editorial material is accepted by the Georgia Voice, but we do not take responsibility for its return. The editors re- serve the right to accept, reject or edit any submission. Guidelines for freelance contributors are available upon request. A single copy of the Georgia Voice is available from autho- rized distribution points. Multiple copies are available from the Georgia Voice offi ce only. Call for rates. If you are unable to reach a convenient free distribution point, you may receive a 26-issue mailed subscription for $60 per year. Checks or credit card orders can be sent to Tim Boyd, tboyd@thegavoice.com Postmaster: Send address changes to the Georgia Voice, PO Box 77401, Atlanta, GA 30357. The Georgia Voice is published every other Friday by The Georgia Voice, LLC. Individual subscriptions are $60 per year for 26 issues. Postage paid at Atlanta, GA, and ad- ditional mailing offi ces. The editorial positions of the Georgia Voice are expressed in editorials and in editor’s notes. Other opinions are those of the writers and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Georgia Voice and its staff. To submit a letter or commentary: Letters should be fewer than 400 words and commentary, for web or print, should be fewer than 750 words. Submissions may be edited for content and length, and must include a name, address and phone number for verifi cation. Email submis- sions to editor@thegavoice.com or mail to the address above. Join us online: facebook.com/thegavoice twitter.com/thegavoice 04.12.13 NEWS IN THIS ISSUE 4 | Efforts to reduce LGBT smoking include CDC, gay bars. 6 | Atlanta’s LGBT community center raises funds to grow. FEATURED STORY 8 | PFLAG hosts statewide conference for gay rights allies. 8 | Anti-gay Westboro Baptist booed at Final Four. 14 | BRIEFS: Ga. GOP chair becomes national laughingstock. WEDDINGS 16 | Anneliese & Lauren: ‘A personally sacred experience.’ 17 | Clifton & Chad: Celebrating ‘the year of marriage.’ 18 | Alisha & LA: ‘Marriage makes a statement.’ 19 | Road map to your wedding day: Tips for a smooth ride down the aisle. 23 | LGBT cake toppers, from cute to classic. 17 | CLIFTON & CHAD: CELEBRATING 'THE YEAR OF MARRIAGE' 24 | Ring trends for same-sex couples. OUTSPOKEN FRIENDS & FOES IN THEIR OWN WORDS “Life is life and love is love, and I’m just trying to be a better me, you know what I’m saying?” — Rapper Snoop Lion , asked by paparazzi his stand on gay marriage. “I don’t have a problem with gay people. I got some gay homies,” he also said. (TMZ.com, April 7) Publicity photo via Facebook “Miss South Caroli- na should be a great role model, but her sexual orientation shouldn’t defi ne her as a person. And it shouldn’t defi ne her getting a crown. I do have friends in the pageant circuit that are accepting of gay people and I fi nd that it has given me a lot of support and a lot of extra push.” — Analouisa Valencia — who is openly lesbian and the reigning Miss Lyman, S.C. — on acceptance as she prepares to compete in July in the Miss South Carolina pageant, a pre- cursor to Miss America. (The Advocate, April 5) C.C. 3.0/ Thecomeupshow Publicity photo via Facebook “I think this is going to be good for a lot of black young people who want to come out. E.J. is going to be that symbol — a symbol of hope that they can now come and tell their parents, tell their friends.” — Basketball legend Magic Johnson , who came out as HIV-positive in 1992, on his support for his son, Ervin “E.J.” Johnson III, coming out as gay after being photographed by TMZ holding hands with his boyfriend. (Denver Post, April 7) 25 | Legal documents to protect your partnership now. ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT 27 | Fitness guru Jillian Michaels comes to ATL with partner and kids. 28 | FOOD PORN: Dim sum and big discussions. 29 | THEATER: ‘Brer Rabbit’ and ‘Sister Act.’ 30 | BRIEFS: Indigo Girls, The B-52s, Cyndi Lauper and more. 32 | CALENDAR COLUMNISTS 37 | THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID: Melissa Carter’s garden of stares. 39 | DOMESTICALLY DISTURBED: Topher Payne, you’ve got male! ABOUT THE COVER Photo by Holly Jones Photo, www.hollyjonesphoto.com Offi cial portrait “I don’t think he would stand in the way of [gay marriage] at all ... think he would stand in the way of two people wanting to make a commit- ment to one another.” I don’t — Author Patti Davis, explaining what she thinks her father, President Ronald Reagan , would think of mar- riage equality. (Gwist TV via Huffi ngton Post, April 4) " id="pdf-obj-2-70" src="pdf-obj-2-70.jpg">
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THE GEORGIA VOICE PO Box 77401 | Atlanta, GA 30357 404-815-6941 | <a href=www.thegavoice.com EDITORIAL Editor: Laura Douglas-Brown lbrown@thegavoice.com Deputy Editor: Dyana Bagby dbagby@thegavoice.com Web Manager: Ryan Watkins rwatkins@thegavoice.com Art Director: Bo Shell bshell@thegavoice.com CONTRIBUTORS Melissa Carter, Jim Farmer, Shannon Hames, Topher Payne, Matt Schafer, Steve Warren, Ryan Lee BUSINESS Publisher: Christina Cash ccash@thegavoice.com Associate Publisher: Tim Boyd tboyd@thegavoice.com Sales Manager: Marshall Graham mgraham@thegavoice.com Sales Executive: Anne Clarke The Clarke Agency aclarke@thegavoice.com National Advertising: Rivendell Media, 908-232-2021 sales@rivendellmedia.com BOARD OF ADVISERS Richard Eldredge, Sandy Malcolm, Lynn Pasqualetti, Robert Pullen FINE PRINT All material in the Georgia Voice is protected by federal copy- right law and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the Georgia Voice. The sexual orientation of advertisers, photogra- phers, writers and cartoonists published herein is neither inferred nor implied. The appearance of names or pictorial representation does not necessarily indicate the sexual orientation of that person or persons. We also do not accept responsibility for claims made by advertisers. Unsolicited editorial material is accepted by the Georgia Voice, but we do not take responsibility for its return. The editors re- serve the right to accept, reject or edit any submission. Guidelines for freelance contributors are available upon request. A single copy of the Georgia Voice is available from autho- rized distribution points. Multiple copies are available from the Georgia Voice offi ce only. Call for rates. If you are unable to reach a convenient free distribution point, you may receive a 26-issue mailed subscription for $60 per year. Checks or credit card orders can be sent to Tim Boyd, tboyd@thegavoice.com Postmaster: Send address changes to the Georgia Voice, PO Box 77401, Atlanta, GA 30357. The Georgia Voice is published every other Friday by The Georgia Voice, LLC. Individual subscriptions are $60 per year for 26 issues. Postage paid at Atlanta, GA, and ad- ditional mailing offi ces. The editorial positions of the Georgia Voice are expressed in editorials and in editor’s notes. Other opinions are those of the writers and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Georgia Voice and its staff. To submit a letter or commentary: Letters should be fewer than 400 words and commentary, for web or print, should be fewer than 750 words. Submissions may be edited for content and length, and must include a name, address and phone number for verifi cation. Email submis- sions to editor@thegavoice.com or mail to the address above. Join us online: facebook.com/thegavoice twitter.com/thegavoice 04.12.13 NEWS IN THIS ISSUE 4 | Efforts to reduce LGBT smoking include CDC, gay bars. 6 | Atlanta’s LGBT community center raises funds to grow. FEATURED STORY 8 | PFLAG hosts statewide conference for gay rights allies. 8 | Anti-gay Westboro Baptist booed at Final Four. 14 | BRIEFS: Ga. GOP chair becomes national laughingstock. WEDDINGS 16 | Anneliese & Lauren: ‘A personally sacred experience.’ 17 | Clifton & Chad: Celebrating ‘the year of marriage.’ 18 | Alisha & LA: ‘Marriage makes a statement.’ 19 | Road map to your wedding day: Tips for a smooth ride down the aisle. 23 | LGBT cake toppers, from cute to classic. 17 | CLIFTON & CHAD: CELEBRATING 'THE YEAR OF MARRIAGE' 24 | Ring trends for same-sex couples. OUTSPOKEN FRIENDS & FOES IN THEIR OWN WORDS “Life is life and love is love, and I’m just trying to be a better me, you know what I’m saying?” — Rapper Snoop Lion , asked by paparazzi his stand on gay marriage. “I don’t have a problem with gay people. I got some gay homies,” he also said. (TMZ.com, April 7) Publicity photo via Facebook “Miss South Caroli- na should be a great role model, but her sexual orientation shouldn’t defi ne her as a person. And it shouldn’t defi ne her getting a crown. I do have friends in the pageant circuit that are accepting of gay people and I fi nd that it has given me a lot of support and a lot of extra push.” — Analouisa Valencia — who is openly lesbian and the reigning Miss Lyman, S.C. — on acceptance as she prepares to compete in July in the Miss South Carolina pageant, a pre- cursor to Miss America. (The Advocate, April 5) C.C. 3.0/ Thecomeupshow Publicity photo via Facebook “I think this is going to be good for a lot of black young people who want to come out. E.J. is going to be that symbol — a symbol of hope that they can now come and tell their parents, tell their friends.” — Basketball legend Magic Johnson , who came out as HIV-positive in 1992, on his support for his son, Ervin “E.J.” Johnson III, coming out as gay after being photographed by TMZ holding hands with his boyfriend. (Denver Post, April 7) 25 | Legal documents to protect your partnership now. ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT 27 | Fitness guru Jillian Michaels comes to ATL with partner and kids. 28 | FOOD PORN: Dim sum and big discussions. 29 | THEATER: ‘Brer Rabbit’ and ‘Sister Act.’ 30 | BRIEFS: Indigo Girls, The B-52s, Cyndi Lauper and more. 32 | CALENDAR COLUMNISTS 37 | THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID: Melissa Carter’s garden of stares. 39 | DOMESTICALLY DISTURBED: Topher Payne, you’ve got male! ABOUT THE COVER Photo by Holly Jones Photo, www.hollyjonesphoto.com Offi cial portrait “I don’t think he would stand in the way of [gay marriage] at all ... think he would stand in the way of two people wanting to make a commit- ment to one another.” I don’t — Author Patti Davis, explaining what she thinks her father, President Ronald Reagan , would think of mar- riage equality. (Gwist TV via Huffi ngton Post, April 4) " id="pdf-obj-2-77" src="pdf-obj-2-77.jpg">
NEWS IN THIS ISSUE 4 | Efforts to reduce LGBT smoking include CDC, gay bars. 6
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| Efforts to reduce LGBT smoking
include CDC, gay bars.
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| Atlanta’s LGBT community
center raises funds to grow.
FEATURED STORY
8
| PFLAG hosts statewide
conference for gay rights allies.
8
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Anti-gay Westboro Baptist booed at Final Four.
14
| BRIEFS: Ga. GOP chair
becomes national laughingstock.
WEDDINGS
16
| Anneliese & Lauren:
‘A personally sacred experience.’
17
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Clifton & Chad:
Celebrating ‘the year of marriage.’
18
| Alisha & LA: ‘Marriage makes a statement.’
19
| Road map to your wedding day:
Tips for a smooth ride down the aisle.
23
| LGBT cake toppers, from cute to classic.
17
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CLIFTON & CHAD: CELEBRATING 'THE YEAR OF MARRIAGE'
24
| Ring trends for same-sex couples.
THE GEORGIA VOICE PO Box 77401 | Atlanta, GA 30357 404-815-6941 | <a href=www.thegavoice.com EDITORIAL Editor: Laura Douglas-Brown lbrown@thegavoice.com Deputy Editor: Dyana Bagby dbagby@thegavoice.com Web Manager: Ryan Watkins rwatkins@thegavoice.com Art Director: Bo Shell bshell@thegavoice.com CONTRIBUTORS Melissa Carter, Jim Farmer, Shannon Hames, Topher Payne, Matt Schafer, Steve Warren, Ryan Lee BUSINESS Publisher: Christina Cash ccash@thegavoice.com Associate Publisher: Tim Boyd tboyd@thegavoice.com Sales Manager: Marshall Graham mgraham@thegavoice.com Sales Executive: Anne Clarke The Clarke Agency aclarke@thegavoice.com National Advertising: Rivendell Media, 908-232-2021 sales@rivendellmedia.com BOARD OF ADVISERS Richard Eldredge, Sandy Malcolm, Lynn Pasqualetti, Robert Pullen FINE PRINT All material in the Georgia Voice is protected by federal copy- right law and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the Georgia Voice. The sexual orientation of advertisers, photogra- phers, writers and cartoonists published herein is neither inferred nor implied. The appearance of names or pictorial representation does not necessarily indicate the sexual orientation of that person or persons. We also do not accept responsibility for claims made by advertisers. Unsolicited editorial material is accepted by the Georgia Voice, but we do not take responsibility for its return. The editors re- serve the right to accept, reject or edit any submission. Guidelines for freelance contributors are available upon request. A single copy of the Georgia Voice is available from autho- rized distribution points. Multiple copies are available from the Georgia Voice offi ce only. Call for rates. If you are unable to reach a convenient free distribution point, you may receive a 26-issue mailed subscription for $60 per year. Checks or credit card orders can be sent to Tim Boyd, tboyd@thegavoice.com Postmaster: Send address changes to the Georgia Voice, PO Box 77401, Atlanta, GA 30357. The Georgia Voice is published every other Friday by The Georgia Voice, LLC. Individual subscriptions are $60 per year for 26 issues. Postage paid at Atlanta, GA, and ad- ditional mailing offi ces. The editorial positions of the Georgia Voice are expressed in editorials and in editor’s notes. Other opinions are those of the writers and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Georgia Voice and its staff. To submit a letter or commentary: Letters should be fewer than 400 words and commentary, for web or print, should be fewer than 750 words. Submissions may be edited for content and length, and must include a name, address and phone number for verifi cation. Email submis- sions to editor@thegavoice.com or mail to the address above. Join us online: facebook.com/thegavoice twitter.com/thegavoice 04.12.13 NEWS IN THIS ISSUE 4 | Efforts to reduce LGBT smoking include CDC, gay bars. 6 | Atlanta’s LGBT community center raises funds to grow. FEATURED STORY 8 | PFLAG hosts statewide conference for gay rights allies. 8 | Anti-gay Westboro Baptist booed at Final Four. 14 | BRIEFS: Ga. GOP chair becomes national laughingstock. WEDDINGS 16 | Anneliese & Lauren: ‘A personally sacred experience.’ 17 | Clifton & Chad: Celebrating ‘the year of marriage.’ 18 | Alisha & LA: ‘Marriage makes a statement.’ 19 | Road map to your wedding day: Tips for a smooth ride down the aisle. 23 | LGBT cake toppers, from cute to classic. 17 | CLIFTON & CHAD: CELEBRATING 'THE YEAR OF MARRIAGE' 24 | Ring trends for same-sex couples. OUTSPOKEN FRIENDS & FOES IN THEIR OWN WORDS “Life is life and love is love, and I’m just trying to be a better me, you know what I’m saying?” — Rapper Snoop Lion , asked by paparazzi his stand on gay marriage. “I don’t have a problem with gay people. I got some gay homies,” he also said. (TMZ.com, April 7) Publicity photo via Facebook “Miss South Caroli- na should be a great role model, but her sexual orientation shouldn’t defi ne her as a person. And it shouldn’t defi ne her getting a crown. I do have friends in the pageant circuit that are accepting of gay people and I fi nd that it has given me a lot of support and a lot of extra push.” — Analouisa Valencia — who is openly lesbian and the reigning Miss Lyman, S.C. — on acceptance as she prepares to compete in July in the Miss South Carolina pageant, a pre- cursor to Miss America. (The Advocate, April 5) C.C. 3.0/ Thecomeupshow Publicity photo via Facebook “I think this is going to be good for a lot of black young people who want to come out. E.J. is going to be that symbol — a symbol of hope that they can now come and tell their parents, tell their friends.” — Basketball legend Magic Johnson , who came out as HIV-positive in 1992, on his support for his son, Ervin “E.J.” Johnson III, coming out as gay after being photographed by TMZ holding hands with his boyfriend. (Denver Post, April 7) 25 | Legal documents to protect your partnership now. ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT 27 | Fitness guru Jillian Michaels comes to ATL with partner and kids. 28 | FOOD PORN: Dim sum and big discussions. 29 | THEATER: ‘Brer Rabbit’ and ‘Sister Act.’ 30 | BRIEFS: Indigo Girls, The B-52s, Cyndi Lauper and more. 32 | CALENDAR COLUMNISTS 37 | THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID: Melissa Carter’s garden of stares. 39 | DOMESTICALLY DISTURBED: Topher Payne, you’ve got male! ABOUT THE COVER Photo by Holly Jones Photo, www.hollyjonesphoto.com Offi cial portrait “I don’t think he would stand in the way of [gay marriage] at all ... think he would stand in the way of two people wanting to make a commit- ment to one another.” I don’t — Author Patti Davis, explaining what she thinks her father, President Ronald Reagan , would think of mar- riage equality. (Gwist TV via Huffi ngton Post, April 4) " id="pdf-obj-2-81" src="pdf-obj-2-81.jpg">

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THE GEORGIA VOICE PO Box 77401 | Atlanta, GA 30357 404-815-6941 | <a href=www.thegavoice.com EDITORIAL Editor: Laura Douglas-Brown lbrown@thegavoice.com Deputy Editor: Dyana Bagby dbagby@thegavoice.com Web Manager: Ryan Watkins rwatkins@thegavoice.com Art Director: Bo Shell bshell@thegavoice.com CONTRIBUTORS Melissa Carter, Jim Farmer, Shannon Hames, Topher Payne, Matt Schafer, Steve Warren, Ryan Lee BUSINESS Publisher: Christina Cash ccash@thegavoice.com Associate Publisher: Tim Boyd tboyd@thegavoice.com Sales Manager: Marshall Graham mgraham@thegavoice.com Sales Executive: Anne Clarke The Clarke Agency aclarke@thegavoice.com National Advertising: Rivendell Media, 908-232-2021 sales@rivendellmedia.com BOARD OF ADVISERS Richard Eldredge, Sandy Malcolm, Lynn Pasqualetti, Robert Pullen FINE PRINT All material in the Georgia Voice is protected by federal copy- right law and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the Georgia Voice. The sexual orientation of advertisers, photogra- phers, writers and cartoonists published herein is neither inferred nor implied. The appearance of names or pictorial representation does not necessarily indicate the sexual orientation of that person or persons. We also do not accept responsibility for claims made by advertisers. Unsolicited editorial material is accepted by the Georgia Voice, but we do not take responsibility for its return. The editors re- serve the right to accept, reject or edit any submission. Guidelines for freelance contributors are available upon request. A single copy of the Georgia Voice is available from autho- rized distribution points. Multiple copies are available from the Georgia Voice offi ce only. Call for rates. If you are unable to reach a convenient free distribution point, you may receive a 26-issue mailed subscription for $60 per year. 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Join us online: facebook.com/thegavoice twitter.com/thegavoice 04.12.13 NEWS IN THIS ISSUE 4 | Efforts to reduce LGBT smoking include CDC, gay bars. 6 | Atlanta’s LGBT community center raises funds to grow. FEATURED STORY 8 | PFLAG hosts statewide conference for gay rights allies. 8 | Anti-gay Westboro Baptist booed at Final Four. 14 | BRIEFS: Ga. GOP chair becomes national laughingstock. WEDDINGS 16 | Anneliese & Lauren: ‘A personally sacred experience.’ 17 | Clifton & Chad: Celebrating ‘the year of marriage.’ 18 | Alisha & LA: ‘Marriage makes a statement.’ 19 | Road map to your wedding day: Tips for a smooth ride down the aisle. 23 | LGBT cake toppers, from cute to classic. 17 | CLIFTON & CHAD: CELEBRATING 'THE YEAR OF MARRIAGE' 24 | Ring trends for same-sex couples. OUTSPOKEN FRIENDS & FOES IN THEIR OWN WORDS “Life is life and love is love, and I’m just trying to be a better me, you know what I’m saying?” — Rapper Snoop Lion , asked by paparazzi his stand on gay marriage. “I don’t have a problem with gay people. I got some gay homies,” he also said. (TMZ.com, April 7) Publicity photo via Facebook “Miss South Caroli- na should be a great role model, but her sexual orientation shouldn’t defi ne her as a person. And it shouldn’t defi ne her getting a crown. I do have friends in the pageant circuit that are accepting of gay people and I fi nd that it has given me a lot of support and a lot of extra push.” — Analouisa Valencia — who is openly lesbian and the reigning Miss Lyman, S.C. — on acceptance as she prepares to compete in July in the Miss South Carolina pageant, a pre- cursor to Miss America. (The Advocate, April 5) C.C. 3.0/ Thecomeupshow Publicity photo via Facebook “I think this is going to be good for a lot of black young people who want to come out. E.J. is going to be that symbol — a symbol of hope that they can now come and tell their parents, tell their friends.” — Basketball legend Magic Johnson , who came out as HIV-positive in 1992, on his support for his son, Ervin “E.J.” Johnson III, coming out as gay after being photographed by TMZ holding hands with his boyfriend. (Denver Post, April 7) 25 | Legal documents to protect your partnership now. ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT 27 | Fitness guru Jillian Michaels comes to ATL with partner and kids. 28 | FOOD PORN: Dim sum and big discussions. 29 | THEATER: ‘Brer Rabbit’ and ‘Sister Act.’ 30 | BRIEFS: Indigo Girls, The B-52s, Cyndi Lauper and more. 32 | CALENDAR COLUMNISTS 37 | THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID: Melissa Carter’s garden of stares. 39 | DOMESTICALLY DISTURBED: Topher Payne, you’ve got male! ABOUT THE COVER Photo by Holly Jones Photo, www.hollyjonesphoto.com Offi cial portrait “I don’t think he would stand in the way of [gay marriage] at all ... think he would stand in the way of two people wanting to make a commit- ment to one another.” I don’t — Author Patti Davis, explaining what she thinks her father, President Ronald Reagan , would think of mar- riage equality. (Gwist TV via Huffi ngton Post, April 4) " id="pdf-obj-2-87" src="pdf-obj-2-87.jpg">

“Life is life and love

is love, and I’m just trying to be a better me, you know what I’m saying?”

— Rapper Snoop Lion, asked by paparazzi his stand on gay marriage. “I don’t have a problem with gay people. I got some gay homies,” he also said. (TMZ.com, April 7)

Publicity photo via Facebook
Publicity photo via Facebook

“Miss South Caroli- na should be a great role model, but her sexual orientation shouldn’t defi ne her as a person. And it shouldn’t defi ne her getting a crown. I do have friends in the pageant circuit that are accepting of gay people and I fi nd that it has given me a lot of support and a lot of extra push.”

— Analouisa Valencia — who is openly lesbian and the reigning Miss Lyman, S.C. — on acceptance as she prepares to compete in July in the Miss South Carolina pageant, a pre-

cursor to Miss America. (The Advocate, April 5)

C.C. 3.0/ Thecomeupshow
C.C. 3.0/ Thecomeupshow
Publicity photo via Facebook
Publicity photo via Facebook

“I think this is going to be good for a lot of black young people who want to come out. E.J. is going to be that symbol — a symbol of hope that they can now come and tell their parents, tell their friends.”

— Basketball legend Magic Johnson, who came out as HIV-positive in 1992, on his support for his son, Ervin “E.J.” Johnson III, coming out as gay after being photographed by TMZ holding hands with his boyfriend. (Denver Post, April 7)

  • 25 | Legal documents to protect your partnership now.

ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT

  • 27 | Fitness guru Jillian Michaels comes to ATL with partner and kids.

  • 28 | FOOD PORN: Dim sum and big discussions.

  • 29 | THEATER: ‘Brer Rabbit’ and ‘Sister Act.’

  • 30 | BRIEFS: Indigo Girls, The B-52s, Cyndi Lauper and more.

  • 32 | CALENDAR

COLUMNISTS

  • 37 | THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID:

Melissa Carter’s garden of stares.

  • 39 | DOMESTICALLY DISTURBED:

Topher Payne, you’ve got male!

ABOUT THE COVER

Photo by Holly Jones Photo, www.hollyjonesphoto.com

Offi cial portrait “I don’t think he would stand in the way of [gay marriage] at
Offi cial portrait
“I don’t think he would stand in the
way of [gay marriage] at all
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think he would stand in the way of two
people wanting to make a commit-
ment to one another.”
I don’t

— Author Patti Davis, explaining what she thinks her father, President Ronald Reagan, would think of mar- riage equality. (Gwist TV via Huffi ngton Post, April 4)

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Snuffi ng it out

Gay bars lead the way in banning lighting up

By DYANA BAGBY

Jeff Powell, wearing his baseball cap fl ipped backwards, lights up a Marlboro Light in the upstairs bar of Blake’s on the Park. It’s early on a Saturday night, so the Midtown bar is not jam-packed with people. He and his friends are tossing back beers and cocktails as drag star Charlie Brown sashays past. “I’m a very conscious smoker,” Powell said. “I’m aware of my surroundings. I want to be conscious of nonsmokers and don’t want to offend anyone.” Blake’s allows smoking throughout the two-story bar, but in the past few months, sev- eral other gay bars have announced they are prohibiting smoking or only allowing smok- ing in a designated area. Powell said he has no problem with that. “I would be in favor of designated areas. Here [at Blake’s] I smoke everywhere, but I wouldn’t mind being told I could only smoke in certain areas or go outside,” Powell said. But, he added, he would not go to a bar where smoking was banished completely. Gay bars that recently have gone non- smoking at least part-time or have designated smoking areas include the Heretic, Jungle, My Sister’s Room and Mary’s. Burkhart’s an- nounced it was smoke-free indoors on April 7 to positive reaction via Facebook posts. Leather bar the Atlanta Eagle is also considering lim- iting smoking indoors in May. Gay bars that have been smoke-free since they opened in- clude Mixx and Cockpit. At Mary’s in East Atlanta, management prohibited smoking on weekends starting this month. On the Saturday night of the fi rst weekend, regular patron Dave Ritchie, 30, was ecstatic about the news. “Before, I had an outfi t that was just for Mary’s,” Ritchie explained. “I would come home and put it in the freezer to try to get the smoke and toxins out. But then our ice cubes started smelling like cigarettes. And we real- ized it was because of all of our Mary’s clothes.” On this Saturday, Ritchie was wearing a new white leather jacket, thrilled to have clothing options to wear to his favorite bar. “Now that Mary’s has gone non-smoking, it’s wonderful.” People can still smoke indoors during the week and Mary’s has a sizable deck and park- ing lot where many smokers already gather.

4 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 NEWS <a href=www.theGAVoice.com Snuffi ng it out Gay bars lead the way in banning lighting up B y DYANA BAGBY dbagby@thegavoice.com Jeff Powell, wearing his baseball cap fl ipped backwards, lights up a Marlboro Light in the upstairs bar of Blake’s on the Park. It’s early on a Saturday night, so the Midtown bar is not jam-packed with people. He and his friends are tossing back beers and cocktails as drag star Charlie Brown sashays past. “I’m a very conscious smoker,” Powell said. “I’m aware of my surroundings. I want to be conscious of nonsmokers and don’t want to offend anyone.” Blake’s allows smoking throughout the two-story bar, but in the past few months, sev- eral other gay bars have announced they are prohibiting smoking or only allowing smok- ing in a designated area. Powell said he has no problem with that. “I would be in favor of designated areas. Here [at Blake’s] I smoke everywhere, but I wouldn’t mind being told I could only smoke in certain areas or go outside,” Powell said. But, he added, he would not go to a bar where smoking was banished completely. Gay bars that recently have gone non- smoking at least part-time or have designated smoking areas include the Heretic, Jungle, My Sister’s Room and Mary’s. Burkhart’s an- nounced it was smoke-free indoors on April 7 to positive reaction via Facebook posts. Leather bar the Atlanta Eagle is also considering lim- iting smoking indoors in May. Gay bars that have been smoke-free since they opened in- clude Mixx and Cockpit. At Mary’s in East Atlanta, management prohibited smoking on weekends starting this month. On the Saturday night of the fi rst weekend, regular patron Dave Ritchie, 30, was ecstatic about the news. “Before, I had an outfi t that was just for Mary’s,” Ritchie explained. “I would come home and put it in the freezer to try to get the smoke and toxins out. But then our ice cubes started smelling like cigarettes. And we real- ized it was because of all of our Mary’s clothes.” On this Saturday, Ritchie was wearing a new white leather jacket, thrilled to have clothing options to wear to his favorite bar. “Now that Mary’s has gone non-smoking, it’s wonderful.” People can still smoke indoors during the week and Mary’s has a sizable deck and park- ing lot where many smokers already gather. Oliva Rado (right), 23, smokes with a friend on the deck of Mary’s. She said she personally likes the decision of management to ban indoor smoking at the gay bar on weekends. (Photo by Dyana Bagby) Sitting on the back deck, Olivia Rado, 23, who identifi es as pansexual, was smoking Parliaments. She said she didn’t mind the smoking in the bar until “everyone else started smoking.” “It’s harsh. It’s gross,” she said. “Personally, I like it [banning indoor smoking]. I like my clothing — why should I have to wash it after a night out? And it’s a nice little interruption to go outside and meet people.” SMOKING CESSATION EFFORTS The Health Initiative, which serves LGBT people, is working with the Breathe Easy Ful- ton County campaign to inform the public of the health risks of smoking and hopefully convince people to quit, while also encourag- ing public places and businesses to snuff out smoking. According to a 2009-2010 survey by the Cen- ters for Disease Control & Prevention, LGBT people smoke twice as much as their straight peers, said Linda Ellis, executive director of the Health Initiative. Tobacco companies also specifi cally target LGBT people in their marketing and will even equate the right to smoke to the right for mar- riage equality in some national ads, she said. “The message we’ve gotten historically is that the tobacco companies have done a good job of targeting the LGBT community and con- necting bars with smoking,” Ellis said. “They are very intentional in targeting our commu- nity. It’s even been put in front of us as a rights issue and it’s very easy to buy into that.” In a 2009 survey by the Health Initiative, At- lanta LGBT people did not acknowledge smok- ing as a health issue. Instead, Ellis said, LGBT people tend to think of HIV when they think of health issues facing the community. The CDC is also now targeting LGBT smok- ers as part of its efforts. Dr. Tim McAfee, the director of the CDC’s Offi ce on Smoke and Health, told the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News earlier this month that smoking among LGBT people is “a big, big health burden.” The new campaign, he said “will save lives and it will save LGBT lives.” The fi rst CDC ad rolled out this month fea- tures a woman who says she suffers asthma from working as a bartender in a gay bar and breathing in second-hand smoke. FREEDOM OF CHOICE TO SMOKE? But the pro-smoking movement says not so fast. Don’t stop lighting up because some- Please see SMOKING continued on Page 14 SMOKING FACTS • LGBT people are 40-70 percent more likely to smoke than other people. • LGBT adolescents are taking up smoking at an alarming rate. In a recent national study, 45 percent of females and 35 percent of males reporting same-sex attraction or behavior smoked. In comparison, only 29 percent of the rest of the youth smoked. • Several factors such as higher levels of social stress, frequent patronage of bars and clubs, higher rates of alcohol and drug use, and direct targeting of LGBT consumers by the tobacco industry may be related to higher prevalence rates of tobacco use among some LGBT people. Source: National LGBT Control Network " id="pdf-obj-3-30" src="pdf-obj-3-30.jpg">

Oliva Rado (right), 23, smokes with a friend on the deck of Mary’s. She said she personally likes the decision of management to ban indoor smoking at the gay bar on weekends. (Photo by Dyana Bagby)

Sitting on the back deck, Olivia Rado, 23, who identifi es as pansexual, was smoking Parliaments. She said she didn’t mind the smoking in the bar until “everyone else started smoking.” “It’s harsh. It’s gross,” she said. “Personally, I like it [banning indoor smoking]. I like my clothing — why should I have to wash it after a night out? And it’s a nice little interruption to go outside and meet people.”

SMOKING CESSATION EFFORTS

The Health Initiative, which serves LGBT people, is working with the Breathe Easy Ful- ton County campaign to inform the public of the health risks of smoking and hopefully convince people to quit, while also encourag- ing public places and businesses to snuff out smoking. According to a 2009-2010 survey by the Cen- ters for Disease Control & Prevention, LGBT people smoke twice as much as their straight peers, said Linda Ellis, executive director of the Health Initiative. Tobacco companies also specifi cally target LGBT people in their marketing and will even equate the right to smoke to the right for mar- riage equality in some national ads, she said. “The message we’ve gotten historically is

that the tobacco companies have done a good job of targeting the LGBT community and con- necting bars with smoking,” Ellis said. “They are very intentional in targeting our commu- nity. It’s even been put in front of us as a rights issue and it’s very easy to buy into that.” In a 2009 survey by the Health Initiative, At- lanta LGBT people did not acknowledge smok- ing as a health issue. Instead, Ellis said, LGBT people tend to think of HIV when they think of health issues facing the community. The CDC is also now targeting LGBT smok- ers as part of its efforts. Dr. Tim McAfee, the director of the CDC’s Offi ce on Smoke and Health, told the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News earlier this month that smoking among LGBT people is “a big, big health burden.” The new campaign, he said “will save lives and it will save LGBT lives.” The fi rst CDC ad rolled out this month fea- tures a woman who says she suffers asthma from working as a bartender in a gay bar and breathing in second-hand smoke.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE TO SMOKE?

But the pro-smoking movement says not so fast. Don’t stop lighting up because some-

Please see SMOKING continued on Page 14

SMOKING

FACTS

 

• LGBT people are 40-70 percent more likely to smoke than other people.

• LGBT adolescents are taking up smoking at an alarming rate. In a recent national study, 45 percent of females and 35 percent of males reporting same-sex attraction or behavior smoked. In comparison, only 29 percent of the rest of the youth smoked.

• Several factors such as higher levels of social stress, frequent patronage of bars and clubs, higher rates of alcohol and drug use, and direct targeting of LGBT consumers by the tobacco industry may be related to higher prevalence rates of tobacco use among some LGBT people.

Source: National LGBT Control Network

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LGBT Rush Center expansion underway

Campaign seeks to raise $48,000 in 2013 for renovations

By DYANA BAGBY

The Phillip Rush Center, Atlanta’s LGBT community center, is negotiating to expand by 1,700 square feet, but organizers need to raise another $48,000 in the next six months to complete renovations on the new event space and additional offi ces for community organizations. About 100 people attended a March 30 re- ception at the Rush Center to learn about plans to rent a space in the building located directly behind the current facility on Edgewood Av- enue in Candler Park. Donors pitched in $31,000 that day, includ- ing two $5,000 anonymous donations as well as many smaller donations, to help secure that new space and help with its build out. “Due to the overwhelming community sup- port we have been able to begin negotiations with the landlord,” said Jeff Graham, execu- tive director of Georgia Equality. He and Linda Ellis, executive director of the Health Initiative, co-manage the Rush Center. “Once we know that we have the space we can begin the process of determining the time- line for initiating and completing the build- out,” he added. “We anticipate that we will be- gin the build out in mid-summer and complete it by the end of the year, depending upon how quickly we raise the additional funds. Our goal is to do this in such a way that any disruption to organizations or services already held at the Rush Center will be minimized.” Ellis said the lease on the current space expires in June and an attorney is currently negotiating a rental price for the current space and new space as one sum. “As soon as the lease is fi nalized and we raise the additional $48,000 we’ll begin build out. Our goal is to have it completed by the end of the year,” she said. That new space would become the center’s event space. The current event space will be ren- ovated to include six more offi ces that will allow for at least one other organization — the Rain- bow Center — to move into the Rush Center. The Rainbow Center serves LGBT Jewish people and families and advocates on their behalf. Georgia Equality and the Health Initiative plan to hire an employee to help people navi- gate the health care system when the Afford- able Care Act is implemented in January, and that person will also use one of the new of- fi ces, Ellis said. “We have a committee raising that addi- tional money. We’ve not had a chance to talk to them yet, but as soon as we have the lease

6 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 NEWS <a href=www.theGAVoice.com LGBT Rush Center expansion underway Campaign seeks to raise $48,000 in 2013 for renovations B y DYANA BAGBY dbagby@thegavoice.com The Phillip Rush Center, Atlanta’s LGBT community center, is negotiating to expand by 1,700 square feet, but organizers need to raise another $48,000 in the next six months to complete renovations on the new event space and additional offi ces for community organizations. About 100 people attended a March 30 re- ception at the Rush Center to learn about plans to rent a space in the building located directly behind the current facility on Edgewood Av- enue in Candler Park. Donors pitched in $31,000 that day, includ- ing two $5,000 anonymous donations as well as many smaller donations, to help secure that new space and help with its build out. “Due to the overwhelming community sup- port we have been able to begin negotiations with the landlord,” said Jeff Graham, execu- tive director of Georgia Equality. He and Linda Ellis, executive director of the Health Initiative, co-manage the Rush Center. “Once we know that we have the space we can begin the process of determining the time- line for initiating and completing the build- out,” he added. “We anticipate that we will be- gin the build out in mid-summer and complete it by the end of the year, depending upon how quickly we raise the additional funds. Our goal is to do this in such a way that any disruption to organizations or services already held at the Rush Center will be minimized.” Ellis said the lease on the current space expires in June and an attorney is currently negotiating a rental price for the current space and new space as one sum. “As soon as the lease is fi nalized and we raise the additional $48,000 we’ll begin build out. Our goal is to have it completed by the end of the year,” she said. That new space would become the center’s event space. The current event space will be ren- ovated to include six more offi ces that will allow for at least one other organization — the Rain- bow Center — to move into the Rush Center. The Rainbow Center serves LGBT Jewish people and families and advocates on their behalf. Georgia Equality and the Health Initiative plan to hire an employee to help people navi- gate the health care system when the Afford- able Care Act is implemented in January, and that person will also use one of the new of- fi ces, Ellis said. “We have a committee raising that addi- tional money. We’ve not had a chance to talk to them yet, but as soon as we have the lease Doug Carl , a close friend of Phillip Rush, said of the planned expansion, “We can do this as a collective number rather than relying on just a few. This is our center. We all use it.” negotiated we could begin some phase of the ... build out,” she said. “The fi rst phase will be the new space. We can do that build out without interrupting what is taking place in the current space. And then when that build out is done and we can ship bigger events there, we’ll start build out in the current space.” What if the $48,000 isn’t raised? “I think we’re confi dent we’ll able to do it. The community has expressed the commit- ment,” she said. But in a worst-case scenario, the Rush Center would minimize build out in the current space. “But I don’t think that will happen,” Ellis said. PLANS FOR GROWTH With the addition of more offi ces in the current Rush Center, revenue from rent will increase and, in the end, result in a reduc- tion of cost and money needed each year from donations. Currently, the Rush Center relies on some $52,000 in annual community donations to keep the center open. With the planned ex- pansion, the donations needed from the com- munity are expected to drop between 20-30 percent to about $35,000 a year. Right now, more than 100 groups and or- ganizations utilize the Rush Center and there is a waiting list for other groups to meet. The Rush Center can’t fi t in weekly groups because its calendar is completely full. In a strategic plan for the Rush Center ratifi ed in September 2012, “community stake- holders and leaders expressed the desire for [the Rush Center] to be more than a provider of space in being a sustainable community cen- ter and ‘portal/access point’ for LGBTQ infor- mation, resources and organizations, includ- ing supporting collaboration and continued growth and development of these agencies, especially for those who serve traditionally underserved LGBTQ communities.” Goals for 2013 include the build out for its current and future space as well as possibly an LGBTQ resource library or kiosk. In 2015, the Rush Center plans to increase its total budget to approximately $225,000 (45 percent from revenue, 55 percent from dona- tions) while also launching a capital cam- paign to purchase the center. Groups that currently have offi ces in the Rush Center include the Health Initiative, Georgia Equality, Atlanta Pride, In the Life At- lanta, United 4 Safety, Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, SAGE for LGBT senior citizens, and ProGeorgia, a state civic group. " id="pdf-obj-5-30" src="pdf-obj-5-30.jpg">
6 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 NEWS <a href=www.theGAVoice.com LGBT Rush Center expansion underway Campaign seeks to raise $48,000 in 2013 for renovations B y DYANA BAGBY dbagby@thegavoice.com The Phillip Rush Center, Atlanta’s LGBT community center, is negotiating to expand by 1,700 square feet, but organizers need to raise another $48,000 in the next six months to complete renovations on the new event space and additional offi ces for community organizations. About 100 people attended a March 30 re- ception at the Rush Center to learn about plans to rent a space in the building located directly behind the current facility on Edgewood Av- enue in Candler Park. Donors pitched in $31,000 that day, includ- ing two $5,000 anonymous donations as well as many smaller donations, to help secure that new space and help with its build out. “Due to the overwhelming community sup- port we have been able to begin negotiations with the landlord,” said Jeff Graham, execu- tive director of Georgia Equality. He and Linda Ellis, executive director of the Health Initiative, co-manage the Rush Center. “Once we know that we have the space we can begin the process of determining the time- line for initiating and completing the build- out,” he added. “We anticipate that we will be- gin the build out in mid-summer and complete it by the end of the year, depending upon how quickly we raise the additional funds. Our goal is to do this in such a way that any disruption to organizations or services already held at the Rush Center will be minimized.” Ellis said the lease on the current space expires in June and an attorney is currently negotiating a rental price for the current space and new space as one sum. “As soon as the lease is fi nalized and we raise the additional $48,000 we’ll begin build out. Our goal is to have it completed by the end of the year,” she said. That new space would become the center’s event space. The current event space will be ren- ovated to include six more offi ces that will allow for at least one other organization — the Rain- bow Center — to move into the Rush Center. The Rainbow Center serves LGBT Jewish people and families and advocates on their behalf. Georgia Equality and the Health Initiative plan to hire an employee to help people navi- gate the health care system when the Afford- able Care Act is implemented in January, and that person will also use one of the new of- fi ces, Ellis said. “We have a committee raising that addi- tional money. We’ve not had a chance to talk to them yet, but as soon as we have the lease Doug Carl , a close friend of Phillip Rush, said of the planned expansion, “We can do this as a collective number rather than relying on just a few. This is our center. We all use it.” negotiated we could begin some phase of the ... build out,” she said. “The fi rst phase will be the new space. We can do that build out without interrupting what is taking place in the current space. And then when that build out is done and we can ship bigger events there, we’ll start build out in the current space.” What if the $48,000 isn’t raised? “I think we’re confi dent we’ll able to do it. The community has expressed the commit- ment,” she said. But in a worst-case scenario, the Rush Center would minimize build out in the current space. “But I don’t think that will happen,” Ellis said. PLANS FOR GROWTH With the addition of more offi ces in the current Rush Center, revenue from rent will increase and, in the end, result in a reduc- tion of cost and money needed each year from donations. Currently, the Rush Center relies on some $52,000 in annual community donations to keep the center open. With the planned ex- pansion, the donations needed from the com- munity are expected to drop between 20-30 percent to about $35,000 a year. Right now, more than 100 groups and or- ganizations utilize the Rush Center and there is a waiting list for other groups to meet. The Rush Center can’t fi t in weekly groups because its calendar is completely full. In a strategic plan for the Rush Center ratifi ed in September 2012, “community stake- holders and leaders expressed the desire for [the Rush Center] to be more than a provider of space in being a sustainable community cen- ter and ‘portal/access point’ for LGBTQ infor- mation, resources and organizations, includ- ing supporting collaboration and continued growth and development of these agencies, especially for those who serve traditionally underserved LGBTQ communities.” Goals for 2013 include the build out for its current and future space as well as possibly an LGBTQ resource library or kiosk. In 2015, the Rush Center plans to increase its total budget to approximately $225,000 (45 percent from revenue, 55 percent from dona- tions) while also launching a capital cam- paign to purchase the center. Groups that currently have offi ces in the Rush Center include the Health Initiative, Georgia Equality, Atlanta Pride, In the Life At- lanta, United 4 Safety, Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, SAGE for LGBT senior citizens, and ProGeorgia, a state civic group. " id="pdf-obj-5-32" src="pdf-obj-5-32.jpg">

Doug Carl, a close friend of Phillip Rush, said of the planned expansion, “We can do this as a collective number rather than relying on just a few. This is our center. We all use it.”

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we could begin some phase of the

... build out,” she said. “The fi rst phase will be the new space. We can do that build out without interrupting what is taking place in the current space. And then when that build out is done and we can ship bigger events there, we’ll start build out in the current space.” What if the $48,000 isn’t raised? “I think we’re confi dent we’ll able to do it. The community has expressed the commit- ment,” she said. But in a worst-case scenario, the Rush Center would minimize build out in the current space. “But I don’t think that will happen,” Ellis said.

PLANS FOR GROWTH

With the addition of more offi ces in the current Rush Center, revenue from rent will increase and, in the end, result in a reduc- tion of cost and money needed each year from donations. Currently, the Rush Center relies on some $52,000 in annual community donations to keep the center open. With the planned ex- pansion, the donations needed from the com- munity are expected to drop between 20-30 percent to about $35,000 a year.

6 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 NEWS <a href=www.theGAVoice.com LGBT Rush Center expansion underway Campaign seeks to raise $48,000 in 2013 for renovations B y DYANA BAGBY dbagby@thegavoice.com The Phillip Rush Center, Atlanta’s LGBT community center, is negotiating to expand by 1,700 square feet, but organizers need to raise another $48,000 in the next six months to complete renovations on the new event space and additional offi ces for community organizations. About 100 people attended a March 30 re- ception at the Rush Center to learn about plans to rent a space in the building located directly behind the current facility on Edgewood Av- enue in Candler Park. Donors pitched in $31,000 that day, includ- ing two $5,000 anonymous donations as well as many smaller donations, to help secure that new space and help with its build out. “Due to the overwhelming community sup- port we have been able to begin negotiations with the landlord,” said Jeff Graham, execu- tive director of Georgia Equality. He and Linda Ellis, executive director of the Health Initiative, co-manage the Rush Center. “Once we know that we have the space we can begin the process of determining the time- line for initiating and completing the build- out,” he added. “We anticipate that we will be- gin the build out in mid-summer and complete it by the end of the year, depending upon how quickly we raise the additional funds. Our goal is to do this in such a way that any disruption to organizations or services already held at the Rush Center will be minimized.” Ellis said the lease on the current space expires in June and an attorney is currently negotiating a rental price for the current space and new space as one sum. “As soon as the lease is fi nalized and we raise the additional $48,000 we’ll begin build out. Our goal is to have it completed by the end of the year,” she said. That new space would become the center’s event space. The current event space will be ren- ovated to include six more offi ces that will allow for at least one other organization — the Rain- bow Center — to move into the Rush Center. The Rainbow Center serves LGBT Jewish people and families and advocates on their behalf. Georgia Equality and the Health Initiative plan to hire an employee to help people navi- gate the health care system when the Afford- able Care Act is implemented in January, and that person will also use one of the new of- fi ces, Ellis said. “We have a committee raising that addi- tional money. We’ve not had a chance to talk to them yet, but as soon as we have the lease Doug Carl , a close friend of Phillip Rush, said of the planned expansion, “We can do this as a collective number rather than relying on just a few. This is our center. We all use it.” negotiated we could begin some phase of the ... build out,” she said. “The fi rst phase will be the new space. We can do that build out without interrupting what is taking place in the current space. And then when that build out is done and we can ship bigger events there, we’ll start build out in the current space.” What if the $48,000 isn’t raised? “I think we’re confi dent we’ll able to do it. The community has expressed the commit- ment,” she said. But in a worst-case scenario, the Rush Center would minimize build out in the current space. “But I don’t think that will happen,” Ellis said. PLANS FOR GROWTH With the addition of more offi ces in the current Rush Center, revenue from rent will increase and, in the end, result in a reduc- tion of cost and money needed each year from donations. Currently, the Rush Center relies on some $52,000 in annual community donations to keep the center open. With the planned ex- pansion, the donations needed from the com- munity are expected to drop between 20-30 percent to about $35,000 a year. Right now, more than 100 groups and or- ganizations utilize the Rush Center and there is a waiting list for other groups to meet. The Rush Center can’t fi t in weekly groups because its calendar is completely full. In a strategic plan for the Rush Center ratifi ed in September 2012, “community stake- holders and leaders expressed the desire for [the Rush Center] to be more than a provider of space in being a sustainable community cen- ter and ‘portal/access point’ for LGBTQ infor- mation, resources and organizations, includ- ing supporting collaboration and continued growth and development of these agencies, especially for those who serve traditionally underserved LGBTQ communities.” Goals for 2013 include the build out for its current and future space as well as possibly an LGBTQ resource library or kiosk. In 2015, the Rush Center plans to increase its total budget to approximately $225,000 (45 percent from revenue, 55 percent from dona- tions) while also launching a capital cam- paign to purchase the center. Groups that currently have offi ces in the Rush Center include the Health Initiative, Georgia Equality, Atlanta Pride, In the Life At- lanta, United 4 Safety, Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, SAGE for LGBT senior citizens, and ProGeorgia, a state civic group. " id="pdf-obj-5-48" src="pdf-obj-5-48.jpg">

Right now, more than 100 groups and or- ganizations utilize the Rush Center and there is a waiting list for other groups to meet. The Rush Center can’t fi t in weekly groups because its calendar is completely full. In a strategic plan for the Rush Center ratifi ed in September 2012, “community stake- holders and leaders expressed the desire for [the Rush Center] to be more than a provider of space in being a sustainable community cen- ter and ‘portal/access point’ for LGBTQ infor- mation, resources and organizations, includ- ing supporting collaboration and continued growth and development of these agencies, especially for those who serve traditionally

underserved LGBTQ communities.” Goals for 2013 include the build out for its current and future space as well as possibly an LGBTQ resource library or kiosk. In 2015, the Rush Center plans to increase its total budget to approximately $225,000 (45 percent from revenue, 55 percent from dona- tions) while also launching a capital cam- paign to purchase the center. Groups that currently have offi ces in the Rush Center include the Health Initiative, Georgia Equality, Atlanta Pride, In the Life At- lanta, United 4 Safety, Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, SAGE for LGBT senior citizens, and ProGeorgia, a state civic group.

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Anti-gay Westboro Baptist protests NCAA Final Four

No offi cial counter-protest but plenty of boos from basketball fans

By RYAN WATKINS

As thousands of Michigan, Louisville, Witchita State and Syracuse college basketball fans made their way into the Georgia Dome on Saturday, April 6, they were confronted by the unmistakable anti-gay picket signs fre- quently paraded outside of LGBT events and U.S. military funerals by Westboro Baptist Church. About eight members of the Westboro Bap- tist Church protested in Atlanta outside of the Georgia Dome during the NCAA Basketball Fi- nal Four tournament. Shirley Phelps-Roper, the matriarch of Westboro Baptist Church and daughter of church founder Fred Phelps, told GA Voice dur- ing the protest that her church was demon- strating against America’s love of basketball, which she said was greater than the country’s love of God. “This country uses this vehicle called bas- ketball as an idol that they serve way more than they serve God and they substitute as God,” she said. “They don’t serve God, they serve themselves and they serve their idols. This nation is going down.” Westboro has frequently picketed the fu- nerals of deceased American military mem- bers and LGBT causes with anti-gay signs that read “God Hates Fags” and “USA = Fag Enablers.” But basketball is not particularly gay. So, why the protest? “You need to have a case study. His name is Magic Johnson,” Phelps-Roper said. “Just use him as the beginning point. Remember, he did some Final Fours. The end of that mat- ter is a fag son, he’s got AIDS, and they’re all headed to hell. Magic Johnson, a former professional bas- ketball player and current TV analyst, spoke out as HIV-positive in the early 1990s. John- son’s son EJ recently came out publicly as a gay man and has his father’s support. “Do you understand this nation is poised to have same-sex marriage across the land?” Phelps-Roper continued. “They really already do but they’re about to make it the law of the land. We were standing just 10 days ago in D.C. outside the Supreme Court. Losing? No my dear, you don’t have eyes to see apparently that the end of this matter is the destruction of this country and the coming of the Lord Je- sus Christ. I say get her done.” While there was no organized counter- protest, most, if not all, of the afternoon rev- elers were decidedly anti-Westboro. Some

8 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 NEWS <a href=www.theGAVoice.com Anti-gay Westboro Baptist protests NCAA Final Four No offi cial counter-protest but plenty of boos from basketball fans B y RYAN WATKINS rwatkins@thegavoice.com As thousands of Michigan, Louisville, Witchita State and Syracuse college basketball fans made their way into the Georgia Dome on Saturday, April 6, they were confronted by the unmistakable anti-gay picket signs fre- quently paraded outside of LGBT events and U.S. military funerals by Westboro Baptist Church. About eight members of the Westboro Bap- tist Church protested in Atlanta outside of the Georgia Dome during the NCAA Basketball Fi- nal Four tournament. Shirley Phelps-Roper, the matriarch of Westboro Baptist Church and daughter of church founder Fred Phelps, told GA Voice dur- ing the protest that her church was demon- strating against America’s love of basketball, which she said was greater than the country’s love of God. “This country uses this vehicle called bas- ketball as an idol that they serve way more than they serve God and they substitute as God,” she said. “They don’t serve God, they serve themselves and they serve their idols. This nation is going down.” Westboro has frequently picketed the fu- nerals of deceased American military mem- bers and LGBT causes with anti-gay signs that read “God Hates Fags” and “USA = Fag Enablers.” But basketball is not particularly gay. So, why the protest? “You need to have a case study. His name is Magic Johnson,” Phelps-Roper said. “Just use him as the beginning point. Remember, he did some Final Fours. The end of that mat- ter is a fag son, he’s got AIDS, and they’re all headed to hell. Magic Johnson, a former professional bas- ketball player and current TV analyst, spoke out as HIV-positive in the early 1990s. John- son’s son EJ recently came out publicly as a gay man and has his father’s support. “Do you understand this nation is poised to have same-sex marriage across the land?” Phelps-Roper continued. “They really already do but they’re about to make it the law of the land. We were standing just 10 days ago in D.C. outside the Supreme Court. Losing? No my dear, you don’t have eyes to see apparently that the end of this matter is the destruction of this country and the coming of the Lord Je- sus Christ. I say get her done.” While there was no organized counter- protest, most, if not all, of the afternoon rev- elers were decidedly anti-Westboro. Some Around eight members of the Westboro Baptist Church protested Atlanta’s hosting of the NCAA Basketball Final Four tournament at the Georgia Dome. (Photo by Ryan Watkins) walking by the small protest zone booed, while others laughed at the demonstration. Others still were more direct and challenged the Westboro protesters on their beliefs and reasons for protesting. Cameron Kano, a 15-year old attending the festivities with her mother and a friend, was vocally upset with the protest. When she saw the picket signs, Kano walked to the partition that separated the protesters from the crowd and stuck her two middle fi ngers in the air. “It pisses me off,” Kano later told GA Voice. “People like this cannot let two people that love each other just be together. I don’t get how this affects them in any way. I don’t know, it just really bothers me.” Others, like Ben Beckham, engaged in con- versation with the protesters in an attempt to understand their logic. Beckham eventually walked away frustrated. “That’s the reason why this country can’t come together,” Beckham, who was attending an afternoon game with his girlfriend, told GA Voice. “They call it the melting pot that mixes together. It’s more of a segregated stain-glass window, but less so, it’s a broken stain-glass window. This is what’s wrong with this coun- try, people are still so segregated against other people and they can’t accept that they’re from the same country.” Ray, a straight man who declined to give his last name, was attending an afternoon game with his son. He spent several minutes discussing freedom of speech and personal liberty with Phelps-Roper and other members of WBC. “I think it’s a travesty they’re allowed to stand here and protest with police protection,” Ray told GA Voice. Ray commented that he was a former mem- ber of the military and served to ensure that ev- ery American could exercise their constitutional rights – even if he disagreed with them. He showed off a scar, which he said came from an enemy AK-47 round during his service. Ashley and Carly, a young lesbian couple who also didn’t want their full names used, stood in front of the barricades and briefl y kissed to the cheers of some passersby. “I just want them to feel bad,” one of the girls said when asked why she and her girl- friend kissed in front of the protest zone. “I’m sure they go home and watch lesbian porn,” the other added. PFLAG conference works to unite LGBT allies across Ga. B y RYAN WATKINS rwatkins@thegavoice.com The Atlanta chapter of Parents, Families & Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG) will host the “Leading with Love” Conference Sat- urday, April 20. The conference is a meeting of leaders and members from PFLAG chap- ters across the state that will feature guest speakers, seminars and tips for creating lo- cal chapters of the LGBT support group. Conal Charles, president of the Atlanta PFLAG chapter, told GA Voice the upcoming conference will give attendees the chance to network with other allies for equality while giving them the tools necessary to start their own LGBT supportive groups. “We only do this once every three years,” Charles said. “You won’t get this information anywhere else. These are the experts in their fi elds. Everything you need in a box.” The main goal, Charles said, is to provide resources to LGBT people in the state who may live away from the larger cities, like Atlanta, Athens, Savannah or Macon. Many PFLAG members are supportive and want to know how to become more involved with the organization, Charles said. More local groups will mean more oppor- tunities for outreach, Charles said. “Basically, if there is a parent or a few parents looking to get involved, they can get together, get the training and get everything they need to start a PFLAG chapter. We’re try- ing to cover Georgia in a network of support groups,” Charles added. “We’re trying to fi ll in that map.” Sessions will cover a wide array of topics, from legal and cultural progress on equality to safe schools and transgender issues. “We’re going to have six sessions,” Charles added. “[Georgia Equality Execu- tive Director] Jeff Graham is going to do the marriage piece and update us on that. We’re going to have speakers talk about websites, transgender issues, facilitation skills, reli- gions and faith, and safe schools.” The conference will be held at the Uni- tarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. A breakfast and lunch are included with the event. Tickets pur- chased before April 14 will be $25. Tickets purchased after will increase to $30. DETAILS www.pfl aga tl.org ‘Leading with Love’ conference Hosted by PFLAG Atlanta Saturday, April 20, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta www.georgiapfl agc onference.eventbrite.com www.pfl aga tl.org " id="pdf-obj-7-30" src="pdf-obj-7-30.jpg">

Around eight members of the Westboro Baptist Church protested Atlanta’s hosting of the NCAA Basketball Final Four tournament at the Georgia Dome. (Photo by Ryan Watkins)

walking by the small protest zone booed, while others laughed at the demonstration. Others still were more direct and challenged the Westboro protesters on their beliefs and reasons for protesting. Cameron Kano, a 15-year old attending the festivities with her mother and a friend, was vocally upset with the protest. When she saw the picket signs, Kano walked to the partition that separated the protesters from the crowd and stuck her two middle fi ngers in the air. “It pisses me off,” Kano later told GA Voice. “People like this cannot let two people that love each other just be together. I don’t get how this affects them in any way. I don’t know, it just really bothers me.” Others, like Ben Beckham, engaged in con- versation with the protesters in an attempt to understand their logic. Beckham eventually walked away frustrated. “That’s the reason why this country can’t come together,” Beckham, who was attending an afternoon game with his girlfriend, told GA Voice. “They call it the melting pot that mixes together. It’s more of a segregated stain-glass window, but less so, it’s a broken stain-glass window. This is what’s wrong with this coun-

try, people are still so segregated against other people and they can’t accept that they’re from the same country.” Ray, a straight man who declined to give his last name, was attending an afternoon game with his son. He spent several minutes discussing freedom of speech and personal liberty with Phelps-Roper and other members of WBC. “I think it’s a travesty they’re allowed to stand here and protest with police protection,” Ray told GA Voice. Ray commented that he was a former mem- ber of the military and served to ensure that ev- ery American could exercise their constitutional rights – even if he disagreed with them. He showed off a scar, which he said came from an enemy AK-47 round during his service. Ashley and Carly, a young lesbian couple who also didn’t want their full names used, stood in front of the barricades and briefl y kissed to the cheers of some passersby. “I just want them to feel bad,” one of the girls said when asked why she and her girl- friend kissed in front of the protest zone. “I’m sure they go home and watch lesbian porn,” the other added.

PFLAG conference works to unite LGBT allies across Ga.

By RYAN WATKINS

The Atlanta chapter of Parents, Families & Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG) will host the “Leading with Love” Conference Sat- urday, April 20. The conference is a meeting of leaders and members from PFLAG chap- ters across the state that will feature guest speakers, seminars and tips for creating lo- cal chapters of the LGBT support group. Conal Charles, president of the Atlanta PFLAG chapter, told GA Voice the upcoming conference will give attendees the chance to network with other allies for equality while giving them the tools necessary to start their own LGBT supportive groups. “We only do this once every three years,” Charles said. “You won’t get this information anywhere else. These are the experts in their fi elds. Everything you need in a box.” The main goal, Charles said, is to provide resources to LGBT people in the state who may live away from the larger cities, like Atlanta, Athens, Savannah or Macon. Many PFLAG members are supportive and want to know how to become more involved with the organization, Charles said. More local groups will mean more oppor- tunities for outreach, Charles said. “Basically, if there is a parent or a few parents looking to get involved, they can get together, get the training and get everything they need to start a PFLAG chapter. We’re try- ing to cover Georgia in a network of support groups,” Charles added. “We’re trying to fi ll in that map.” Sessions will cover a wide array of topics, from legal and cultural progress on equality to safe schools and transgender issues. “We’re going to have six sessions,” Charles added. “[Georgia Equality Execu- tive Director] Jeff Graham is going to do the marriage piece and update us on that. We’re going to have speakers talk about websites, transgender issues, facilitation skills, reli- gions and faith, and safe schools.” The conference will be held at the Uni- tarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. A breakfast and lunch are included with the event. Tickets pur- chased before April 14 will be $25. Tickets purchased after will increase to $30.

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8 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 NEWS <a href=www.theGAVoice.com Anti-gay Westboro Baptist protests NCAA Final Four No offi cial counter-protest but plenty of boos from basketball fans B y RYAN WATKINS rwatkins@thegavoice.com As thousands of Michigan, Louisville, Witchita State and Syracuse college basketball fans made their way into the Georgia Dome on Saturday, April 6, they were confronted by the unmistakable anti-gay picket signs fre- quently paraded outside of LGBT events and U.S. military funerals by Westboro Baptist Church. About eight members of the Westboro Bap- tist Church protested in Atlanta outside of the Georgia Dome during the NCAA Basketball Fi- nal Four tournament. Shirley Phelps-Roper, the matriarch of Westboro Baptist Church and daughter of church founder Fred Phelps, told GA Voice dur- ing the protest that her church was demon- strating against America’s love of basketball, which she said was greater than the country’s love of God. “This country uses this vehicle called bas- ketball as an idol that they serve way more than they serve God and they substitute as God,” she said. “They don’t serve God, they serve themselves and they serve their idols. This nation is going down.” Westboro has frequently picketed the fu- nerals of deceased American military mem- bers and LGBT causes with anti-gay signs that read “God Hates Fags” and “USA = Fag Enablers.” But basketball is not particularly gay. So, why the protest? “You need to have a case study. His name is Magic Johnson,” Phelps-Roper said. “Just use him as the beginning point. Remember, he did some Final Fours. The end of that mat- ter is a fag son, he’s got AIDS, and they’re all headed to hell. Magic Johnson, a former professional bas- ketball player and current TV analyst, spoke out as HIV-positive in the early 1990s. John- son’s son EJ recently came out publicly as a gay man and has his father’s support. “Do you understand this nation is poised to have same-sex marriage across the land?” Phelps-Roper continued. “They really already do but they’re about to make it the law of the land. We were standing just 10 days ago in D.C. outside the Supreme Court. Losing? No my dear, you don’t have eyes to see apparently that the end of this matter is the destruction of this country and the coming of the Lord Je- sus Christ. I say get her done.” While there was no organized counter- protest, most, if not all, of the afternoon rev- elers were decidedly anti-Westboro. Some Around eight members of the Westboro Baptist Church protested Atlanta’s hosting of the NCAA Basketball Final Four tournament at the Georgia Dome. (Photo by Ryan Watkins) walking by the small protest zone booed, while others laughed at the demonstration. Others still were more direct and challenged the Westboro protesters on their beliefs and reasons for protesting. Cameron Kano, a 15-year old attending the festivities with her mother and a friend, was vocally upset with the protest. When she saw the picket signs, Kano walked to the partition that separated the protesters from the crowd and stuck her two middle fi ngers in the air. “It pisses me off,” Kano later told GA Voice. “People like this cannot let two people that love each other just be together. I don’t get how this affects them in any way. I don’t know, it just really bothers me.” Others, like Ben Beckham, engaged in con- versation with the protesters in an attempt to understand their logic. Beckham eventually walked away frustrated. “That’s the reason why this country can’t come together,” Beckham, who was attending an afternoon game with his girlfriend, told GA Voice. “They call it the melting pot that mixes together. It’s more of a segregated stain-glass window, but less so, it’s a broken stain-glass window. This is what’s wrong with this coun- try, people are still so segregated against other people and they can’t accept that they’re from the same country.” Ray, a straight man who declined to give his last name, was attending an afternoon game with his son. He spent several minutes discussing freedom of speech and personal liberty with Phelps-Roper and other members of WBC. “I think it’s a travesty they’re allowed to stand here and protest with police protection,” Ray told GA Voice. Ray commented that he was a former mem- ber of the military and served to ensure that ev- ery American could exercise their constitutional rights – even if he disagreed with them. He showed off a scar, which he said came from an enemy AK-47 round during his service. Ashley and Carly, a young lesbian couple who also didn’t want their full names used, stood in front of the barricades and briefl y kissed to the cheers of some passersby. “I just want them to feel bad,” one of the girls said when asked why she and her girl- friend kissed in front of the protest zone. “I’m sure they go home and watch lesbian porn,” the other added. PFLAG conference works to unite LGBT allies across Ga. B y RYAN WATKINS rwatkins@thegavoice.com The Atlanta chapter of Parents, Families & Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG) will host the “Leading with Love” Conference Sat- urday, April 20. The conference is a meeting of leaders and members from PFLAG chap- ters across the state that will feature guest speakers, seminars and tips for creating lo- cal chapters of the LGBT support group. Conal Charles, president of the Atlanta PFLAG chapter, told GA Voice the upcoming conference will give attendees the chance to network with other allies for equality while giving them the tools necessary to start their own LGBT supportive groups. “We only do this once every three years,” Charles said. “You won’t get this information anywhere else. These are the experts in their fi elds. Everything you need in a box.” The main goal, Charles said, is to provide resources to LGBT people in the state who may live away from the larger cities, like Atlanta, Athens, Savannah or Macon. Many PFLAG members are supportive and want to know how to become more involved with the organization, Charles said. More local groups will mean more oppor- tunities for outreach, Charles said. “Basically, if there is a parent or a few parents looking to get involved, they can get together, get the training and get everything they need to start a PFLAG chapter. We’re try- ing to cover Georgia in a network of support groups,” Charles added. “We’re trying to fi ll in that map.” Sessions will cover a wide array of topics, from legal and cultural progress on equality to safe schools and transgender issues. “We’re going to have six sessions,” Charles added. “[Georgia Equality Execu- tive Director] Jeff Graham is going to do the marriage piece and update us on that. We’re going to have speakers talk about websites, transgender issues, facilitation skills, reli- gions and faith, and safe schools.” The conference will be held at the Uni- tarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. A breakfast and lunch are included with the event. Tickets pur- chased before April 14 will be $25. Tickets purchased after will increase to $30. DETAILS www.pfl aga tl.org ‘Leading with Love’ conference Hosted by PFLAG Atlanta Saturday, April 20, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta www.georgiapfl agc onference.eventbrite.com www.pfl aga tl.org " id="pdf-obj-7-52" src="pdf-obj-7-52.jpg">
8 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 NEWS <a href=www.theGAVoice.com Anti-gay Westboro Baptist protests NCAA Final Four No offi cial counter-protest but plenty of boos from basketball fans B y RYAN WATKINS rwatkins@thegavoice.com As thousands of Michigan, Louisville, Witchita State and Syracuse college basketball fans made their way into the Georgia Dome on Saturday, April 6, they were confronted by the unmistakable anti-gay picket signs fre- quently paraded outside of LGBT events and U.S. military funerals by Westboro Baptist Church. About eight members of the Westboro Bap- tist Church protested in Atlanta outside of the Georgia Dome during the NCAA Basketball Fi- nal Four tournament. Shirley Phelps-Roper, the matriarch of Westboro Baptist Church and daughter of church founder Fred Phelps, told GA Voice dur- ing the protest that her church was demon- strating against America’s love of basketball, which she said was greater than the country’s love of God. “This country uses this vehicle called bas- ketball as an idol that they serve way more than they serve God and they substitute as God,” she said. “They don’t serve God, they serve themselves and they serve their idols. This nation is going down.” Westboro has frequently picketed the fu- nerals of deceased American military mem- bers and LGBT causes with anti-gay signs that read “God Hates Fags” and “USA = Fag Enablers.” But basketball is not particularly gay. So, why the protest? “You need to have a case study. His name is Magic Johnson,” Phelps-Roper said. “Just use him as the beginning point. Remember, he did some Final Fours. The end of that mat- ter is a fag son, he’s got AIDS, and they’re all headed to hell. Magic Johnson, a former professional bas- ketball player and current TV analyst, spoke out as HIV-positive in the early 1990s. John- son’s son EJ recently came out publicly as a gay man and has his father’s support. “Do you understand this nation is poised to have same-sex marriage across the land?” Phelps-Roper continued. “They really already do but they’re about to make it the law of the land. We were standing just 10 days ago in D.C. outside the Supreme Court. Losing? No my dear, you don’t have eyes to see apparently that the end of this matter is the destruction of this country and the coming of the Lord Je- sus Christ. I say get her done.” While there was no organized counter- protest, most, if not all, of the afternoon rev- elers were decidedly anti-Westboro. Some Around eight members of the Westboro Baptist Church protested Atlanta’s hosting of the NCAA Basketball Final Four tournament at the Georgia Dome. (Photo by Ryan Watkins) walking by the small protest zone booed, while others laughed at the demonstration. Others still were more direct and challenged the Westboro protesters on their beliefs and reasons for protesting. Cameron Kano, a 15-year old attending the festivities with her mother and a friend, was vocally upset with the protest. When she saw the picket signs, Kano walked to the partition that separated the protesters from the crowd and stuck her two middle fi ngers in the air. “It pisses me off,” Kano later told GA Voice. “People like this cannot let two people that love each other just be together. I don’t get how this affects them in any way. I don’t know, it just really bothers me.” Others, like Ben Beckham, engaged in con- versation with the protesters in an attempt to understand their logic. Beckham eventually walked away frustrated. “That’s the reason why this country can’t come together,” Beckham, who was attending an afternoon game with his girlfriend, told GA Voice. “They call it the melting pot that mixes together. It’s more of a segregated stain-glass window, but less so, it’s a broken stain-glass window. This is what’s wrong with this coun- try, people are still so segregated against other people and they can’t accept that they’re from the same country.” Ray, a straight man who declined to give his last name, was attending an afternoon game with his son. He spent several minutes discussing freedom of speech and personal liberty with Phelps-Roper and other members of WBC. “I think it’s a travesty they’re allowed to stand here and protest with police protection,” Ray told GA Voice. Ray commented that he was a former mem- ber of the military and served to ensure that ev- ery American could exercise their constitutional rights – even if he disagreed with them. He showed off a scar, which he said came from an enemy AK-47 round during his service. Ashley and Carly, a young lesbian couple who also didn’t want their full names used, stood in front of the barricades and briefl y kissed to the cheers of some passersby. “I just want them to feel bad,” one of the girls said when asked why she and her girl- friend kissed in front of the protest zone. “I’m sure they go home and watch lesbian porn,” the other added. PFLAG conference works to unite LGBT allies across Ga. B y RYAN WATKINS rwatkins@thegavoice.com The Atlanta chapter of Parents, Families & Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG) will host the “Leading with Love” Conference Sat- urday, April 20. The conference is a meeting of leaders and members from PFLAG chap- ters across the state that will feature guest speakers, seminars and tips for creating lo- cal chapters of the LGBT support group. Conal Charles, president of the Atlanta PFLAG chapter, told GA Voice the upcoming conference will give attendees the chance to network with other allies for equality while giving them the tools necessary to start their own LGBT supportive groups. “We only do this once every three years,” Charles said. “You won’t get this information anywhere else. These are the experts in their fi elds. Everything you need in a box.” The main goal, Charles said, is to provide resources to LGBT people in the state who may live away from the larger cities, like Atlanta, Athens, Savannah or Macon. Many PFLAG members are supportive and want to know how to become more involved with the organization, Charles said. More local groups will mean more oppor- tunities for outreach, Charles said. “Basically, if there is a parent or a few parents looking to get involved, they can get together, get the training and get everything they need to start a PFLAG chapter. We’re try- ing to cover Georgia in a network of support groups,” Charles added. “We’re trying to fi ll in that map.” Sessions will cover a wide array of topics, from legal and cultural progress on equality to safe schools and transgender issues. “We’re going to have six sessions,” Charles added. “[Georgia Equality Execu- tive Director] Jeff Graham is going to do the marriage piece and update us on that. We’re going to have speakers talk about websites, transgender issues, facilitation skills, reli- gions and faith, and safe schools.” The conference will be held at the Uni- tarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. A breakfast and lunch are included with the event. Tickets pur- chased before April 14 will be $25. Tickets purchased after will increase to $30. 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Positive response to limits on gay bar smoking

SMOKING, continued from Page 4

one tells you their health is at risk due to second-hand smoke or because it’s offen- sive, said Michael J. McFadden, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of the Citizens Freedom Alliance Inc. and author of “Dissecting Anti- smokers’ Brains.” He claims studies showing health im- provements of people who are no longer around second-hand smoke are lies and funded by “antismoking radicals.” “If the bars tend to be quite crowded and poorly ventilated, then I can easily see them being smoky enough to bother a sizable per- centage of their patrons and I could even see concerns about health of the staff, not of the patrons,” he said. A remedy is to install a better air ventila- tion and fi ltration system in the bar, he ar- gued. When smoking is prohibited, owners tend to dramatically reduce their fi ltration systems — which, McFadden said, leads to more dangerous pathogens in the air. McFadden also stressed he and other pro- smokers have nothing against bar owners doing what they want with their own busi- nesses. But they do fear government inter- vention which would, they say, eliminate the freedom of choice to smoke. Ellis, however, is tickled to see the local gay bars owners stepping up to ban smok- ing in most areas of their bars and believes it will contribute to a healthier community. “Historically the bars, especially gay bars, are primary opponents and vocal opponents,” she said. “The expectation in Atlanta was we would have to take on and confront gay bars. I’m shocked and amazed that gay bars are leading the way. I’m proud of them,” she said.

GAY BARS GAUGE REACTION

Alan Collins, general manager of the Her- etic, is a heavy smoker himself. When he an- nounced on Facebook on March 1 that his bar would limit smoking to only the pub area, he held his breath waiting for the reactions. “I sat there for two hours before I hit en- ter,” he said of the March 1 announcement. “But as soon as I posted, my Facebook page blew up. 99.9 percent of the response was positive. I got three negative emails. Most people said they were very excited and said they could now come back and not worry about getting burned on the dance fl oor.” Collins said the Heretic has been think- ing for some time about banning smoking throughout the bar. Last year, he thought the Atlanta City Council was going to outlaw smoking in bars and restaurants. He believes such legislation will be passed eventually — he just doesn’t want the city to restrict how far smokers can be from a building’s entrance and was deeply opposed to what has been proposed.

“We have plenty of outdoor patio space

for smoking, but that legislation would even block that,” he said. “We don’t want our cus- tomers having to go down the street and turn left and then smoke behind a tree.” And while he says 99 percent of his cus- tomers are happy with his decision to limit smoking, there are a few who continue to give him grief. And, he acknowledged, it is the smokers who tend to spend more when they go out. “Smokers usually spend more money in the club. I have no stats to back that up, but they are the ones throwing down some drinks,” Collins said. “I want to work with them. We appreciate all our customers and want to make everyone happy and I’m doing my damnedest.” Jungle designated a small area along- side the wall where the bar is for smokers, keeping the dance fl oor free from cigarette smoke and lit butts. “The biggest complaint I would get is peo- ple saying they are getting burned by ciga- rettes on the dance fl oor,” said club owner Richard Cherskov. Limiting smoking to a small designated area made sense when the club renovated last year and also added a small restaurant, he said. William Overall, owner of Mary’s, agrees with Ellis — gay bars are leading the way. On the fi rst Saturday night of no smoking indoors, the music was thumping, people sat all along the bar and others stood around waiting for a punk drag show. “We had been thinking about it for awhile and decided to wait until after win- ter so people wouldn’t have to go outside and freeze,” Overall said over loud music. “People had legitimate complaints.” The response has been positive to Mary’s decision, he said. The thought of city or coun- ty intervention could be worrisome, however. Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan, who successfully got legislation passed to ban smoking in city parks, said there are no plans before the council to bring up other ordinances to ban smoking in bars or clubs. “At this point, there hasn’t been any con- versation even to propose any action,” Wan said. “Clearly, if bars choose to ban smoking on their own, that’s a business decision they are making on their own. I think it’s great that some bars/clubs are opting to be smoke free. I remember that was one of the things I liked most about Red Chair.” Overall remembered attempts by the city to ban indoor smoking and, while he said he has no opinion on the matter, there were many bar owners worried about losing busi- ness. Mary’s is waiting to see if business will be impacted. “This is a good year to make a change. I really don’t know if it’s the right thing. But it’s the right thing for us,” he said.

NEWS IN BRIEF

14 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 NEWS <a href=www.theGAVoice.com Positive response to limits on gay bar smoking SMOKING, continued from Page 4 one tells you their health is at risk due to second-hand smoke or because it’s offen- sive, said Michael J. McFadden, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of the Citizens Freedom Alliance Inc. and author of “Dissecting Anti- smokers’ Brains.” He claims studies showing health im- provements of people who are no longer around second-hand smoke are lies and funded by “antismoking radicals.” “If the bars tend to be quite crowded and poorly ventilated, then I can easily see them being smoky enough to bother a sizable per- centage of their patrons and I could even see concerns about health of the staff, not of the patrons,” he said. A remedy is to install a better air ventila- tion and fi ltration system in the bar, he ar- gued. When smoking is prohibited, owners tend to dramatically reduce their fi ltration systems — which, McFadden said, leads to more dangerous pathogens in the air. McFadden also stressed he and other pro- smokers have nothing against bar owners doing what they want with their own busi- nesses. But they do fear government inter- vention which would, they say, eliminate the freedom of choice to smoke. Ellis, however, is tickled to see the local gay bars owners stepping up to ban smok- ing in most areas of their bars and believes it will contribute to a healthier community. “Historically the bars, especially gay bars, are primary opponents and vocal opponents,” she said. “The expectation in Atlanta was we would have to take on and confront gay bars. I’m shocked and amazed that gay bars are leading the way. I’m proud of them,” she said. GAY BARS GAUGE REACTION Alan Collins, general manager of the Her- etic, is a heavy smoker himself. When he an- nounced on Facebook on March 1 that his bar would limit smoking to only the pub area, he held his breath waiting for the reactions. “I sat there for two hours before I hit en- ter,” he said of the March 1 announcement. “But as soon as I posted, my Facebook page blew up. 99.9 percent of the response was positive. I got three negative emails. Most people said they were very excited and said they could now come back and not worry about getting burned on the dance fl oor.” Collins said the Heretic has been think- ing for some time about banning smoking throughout the bar. Last year, he thought the Atlanta City Council was going to outlaw smoking in bars and restaurants. He believes such legislation will be passed eventually — he just doesn’t want the city to restrict how far smokers can be from a building’s entrance and was deeply opposed to what has been proposed. “We have plenty of outdoor patio space for smoking, but that legislation would even block that,” he said. “We don’t want our cus- tomers having to go down the street and turn left and then smoke behind a tree.” And while he says 99 percent of his cus- tomers are happy with his decision to limit smoking, there are a few who continue to give him grief. And, he acknowledged, it is the smokers who tend to spend more when they go out. “Smokers usually spend more money in the club. I have no stats to back that up, but they are the ones throwing down some drinks,” Collins said. “I want to work with them. We appreciate all our customers and want to make everyone happy and I’m doing my damnedest.” Jungle designated a small area along- side the wall where the bar is for smokers, keeping the dance fl oor free from cigarette smoke and lit butts. “The biggest complaint I would get is peo- ple saying they are getting burned by ciga- rettes on the dance fl oor,” said club owner Richard Cherskov. Limiting smoking to a small designated area made sense when the club renovated last year and also added a small restaurant, he said. William Overall, owner of Mary’s, agrees with Ellis — gay bars are leading the way. On the fi rst Saturday night of no smoking indoors, the music was thumping, people sat all along the bar and others stood around waiting for a punk drag show. “We had been thinking about it for awhile and decided to wait until after win- ter so people wouldn’t have to go outside and freeze,” Overall said over loud music. “People had legitimate complaints.” The response has been positive to Mary’s decision, he said. The thought of city or coun- ty intervention could be worrisome, however. Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan, who successfully got legislation passed to ban smoking in city parks, said there are no plans before the council to bring up other ordinances to ban smoking in bars or clubs. “At this point, there hasn’t been any con- versation even to propose any action,” Wan said. “Clearly, if bars choose to ban smoking on their own, that’s a business decision they are making on their own. I think it’s great that some bars/clubs are opting to be smoke free. I remember that was one of the things I liked most about Red Chair.” Overall remembered attempts by the city to ban indoor smoking and, while he said he has no opinion on the matter, there were many bar owners worried about losing busi- ness. Mary’s is waiting to see if business will be impacted. “This is a good year to make a change. I really don’t know if it’s the right thing. But it’s the right thing for us,” he said. NEWS IN BRIEF Marriage equality foes and friends ANTI-GAY GA GOP CHAIR BECOMES NATIONAL LAUGHINGSTOCK Leave it to Sue Everhart, chair of the Georgia Republican Party, to once again make the state the butt of national jokes on gay issues. It be- gan March 29 when the Marietta Daily Journal published an article on local reactions to the Supreme Court hearing on marriage equality. “It is not natural for two women or two men to be married,” Everhart opined. “If it was natural they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.” Everhart then fretted that allowing same- sex couples to marry would inspire people who are “straight as an arrow” to commit fraud by engaging in a gay marriage just to get benefi ts (um, couldn’t they already do that by marrying someone of the opposite sex to get benefi ts?). “There is no way that this is about equality. To me, it’s all about a free ride,” she said. National gay blogs had a fi eld day with her remarks, which then spread to the national mainstream press and even comedy shows. The April 2 episode of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” took on Everhart’s re- marks, with mock conservative commentator Stephen Colbert explaining why he agreed. “No, it is true. Two men and two women do not have the equipment to have sex. I have seen videos on the Internet where they try for hours and hours, but they just end up all sweaty and exhausted,” Colbert said. The next day, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” took a jab at Everhart too, noting like other crit- ics that Everhart’s fraud argument is the same as the plot of the 2007 Adam Sandler movie “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.” Kimmel sent a camera crew to walk around West Hollywood and fi lm pairs, ask- ing audience members to guess if they are “a gay couple or strai g ht friends.” More @ www.thegavoice.com MORE U.S. SENATORS ANNOUNCE GAY MARRIAGE SUPPORT Only three Democratic U.S. senators have not expressed support for marriage equality, following a fl urry of statements in April and late March after the Supreme Court heard argu- ments on two cases related to same-sex couples. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) announced his support for gay marriage April 1, followed by Tom Carper (D-Del.) April 2, Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) on April 4, Hei- di Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) on April 5, and Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) on April 8. The only remaining Senate Democrats who SUE EVERHART Campaign photo have not spoken out for marriage equality are Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Joe Manchin (D- W.V.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.). On the opposite side of the aisle, only two GOP senators have spoken out for marriage equality: Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) Both of Georgia’s senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, oppose marriage rights for same-sex couples. Via the Washington Blade, Washington Post and staff reports. ARE GAY NFL PLAYERS POISED TO COME OUT? The world of men’s professional sports is still waiting for an openly gay current athlete, but talk that one or more players in the Na- tional Football League might soon come out heated up last week, fueled by Brendon Ayan- badejo of the Baltimore Ravens. Ayanbadejo has been an outspoken sup- porter of LGBT rights and marriage equality. He was cut from the Ravens earlier this month, and in an interview with the Baltimore Sun, suggested as many as four NFL players might soon announce they are gay. “I think it will happen sooner than you think,” Ayanbadejo said. “We’re in talks with a handful of players who are considering it … they’re trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together. It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy.” But asked by CNN if he knew the names of the four players, Ayanbadejo then back- pedaled and said he was working with some organizations and individuals “and collec- tively we know of some gay players,” some of whom are anonymous. Via Baltimore Sun and Outsports.com. " id="pdf-obj-13-37" src="pdf-obj-13-37.jpg">
14 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 NEWS <a href=www.theGAVoice.com Positive response to limits on gay bar smoking SMOKING, continued from Page 4 one tells you their health is at risk due to second-hand smoke or because it’s offen- sive, said Michael J. McFadden, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of the Citizens Freedom Alliance Inc. and author of “Dissecting Anti- smokers’ Brains.” He claims studies showing health im- provements of people who are no longer around second-hand smoke are lies and funded by “antismoking radicals.” “If the bars tend to be quite crowded and poorly ventilated, then I can easily see them being smoky enough to bother a sizable per- centage of their patrons and I could even see concerns about health of the staff, not of the patrons,” he said. A remedy is to install a better air ventila- tion and fi ltration system in the bar, he ar- gued. When smoking is prohibited, owners tend to dramatically reduce their fi ltration systems — which, McFadden said, leads to more dangerous pathogens in the air. McFadden also stressed he and other pro- smokers have nothing against bar owners doing what they want with their own busi- nesses. But they do fear government inter- vention which would, they say, eliminate the freedom of choice to smoke. Ellis, however, is tickled to see the local gay bars owners stepping up to ban smok- ing in most areas of their bars and believes it will contribute to a healthier community. “Historically the bars, especially gay bars, are primary opponents and vocal opponents,” she said. “The expectation in Atlanta was we would have to take on and confront gay bars. I’m shocked and amazed that gay bars are leading the way. I’m proud of them,” she said. GAY BARS GAUGE REACTION Alan Collins, general manager of the Her- etic, is a heavy smoker himself. When he an- nounced on Facebook on March 1 that his bar would limit smoking to only the pub area, he held his breath waiting for the reactions. “I sat there for two hours before I hit en- ter,” he said of the March 1 announcement. “But as soon as I posted, my Facebook page blew up. 99.9 percent of the response was positive. I got three negative emails. Most people said they were very excited and said they could now come back and not worry about getting burned on the dance fl oor.” Collins said the Heretic has been think- ing for some time about banning smoking throughout the bar. Last year, he thought the Atlanta City Council was going to outlaw smoking in bars and restaurants. He believes such legislation will be passed eventually — he just doesn’t want the city to restrict how far smokers can be from a building’s entrance and was deeply opposed to what has been proposed. “We have plenty of outdoor patio space for smoking, but that legislation would even block that,” he said. “We don’t want our cus- tomers having to go down the street and turn left and then smoke behind a tree.” And while he says 99 percent of his cus- tomers are happy with his decision to limit smoking, there are a few who continue to give him grief. And, he acknowledged, it is the smokers who tend to spend more when they go out. “Smokers usually spend more money in the club. I have no stats to back that up, but they are the ones throwing down some drinks,” Collins said. “I want to work with them. We appreciate all our customers and want to make everyone happy and I’m doing my damnedest.” Jungle designated a small area along- side the wall where the bar is for smokers, keeping the dance fl oor free from cigarette smoke and lit butts. “The biggest complaint I would get is peo- ple saying they are getting burned by ciga- rettes on the dance fl oor,” said club owner Richard Cherskov. Limiting smoking to a small designated area made sense when the club renovated last year and also added a small restaurant, he said. William Overall, owner of Mary’s, agrees with Ellis — gay bars are leading the way. On the fi rst Saturday night of no smoking indoors, the music was thumping, people sat all along the bar and others stood around waiting for a punk drag show. “We had been thinking about it for awhile and decided to wait until after win- ter so people wouldn’t have to go outside and freeze,” Overall said over loud music. “People had legitimate complaints.” The response has been positive to Mary’s decision, he said. The thought of city or coun- ty intervention could be worrisome, however. Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan, who successfully got legislation passed to ban smoking in city parks, said there are no plans before the council to bring up other ordinances to ban smoking in bars or clubs. “At this point, there hasn’t been any con- versation even to propose any action,” Wan said. “Clearly, if bars choose to ban smoking on their own, that’s a business decision they are making on their own. I think it’s great that some bars/clubs are opting to be smoke free. I remember that was one of the things I liked most about Red Chair.” Overall remembered attempts by the city to ban indoor smoking and, while he said he has no opinion on the matter, there were many bar owners worried about losing busi- ness. Mary’s is waiting to see if business will be impacted. “This is a good year to make a change. I really don’t know if it’s the right thing. But it’s the right thing for us,” he said. NEWS IN BRIEF Marriage equality foes and friends ANTI-GAY GA GOP CHAIR BECOMES NATIONAL LAUGHINGSTOCK Leave it to Sue Everhart, chair of the Georgia Republican Party, to once again make the state the butt of national jokes on gay issues. It be- gan March 29 when the Marietta Daily Journal published an article on local reactions to the Supreme Court hearing on marriage equality. “It is not natural for two women or two men to be married,” Everhart opined. “If it was natural they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.” Everhart then fretted that allowing same- sex couples to marry would inspire people who are “straight as an arrow” to commit fraud by engaging in a gay marriage just to get benefi ts (um, couldn’t they already do that by marrying someone of the opposite sex to get benefi ts?). “There is no way that this is about equality. To me, it’s all about a free ride,” she said. National gay blogs had a fi eld day with her remarks, which then spread to the national mainstream press and even comedy shows. The April 2 episode of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” took on Everhart’s re- marks, with mock conservative commentator Stephen Colbert explaining why he agreed. “No, it is true. Two men and two women do not have the equipment to have sex. I have seen videos on the Internet where they try for hours and hours, but they just end up all sweaty and exhausted,” Colbert said. The next day, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” took a jab at Everhart too, noting like other crit- ics that Everhart’s fraud argument is the same as the plot of the 2007 Adam Sandler movie “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.” Kimmel sent a camera crew to walk around West Hollywood and fi lm pairs, ask- ing audience members to guess if they are “a gay couple or strai g ht friends.” More @ www.thegavoice.com MORE U.S. SENATORS ANNOUNCE GAY MARRIAGE SUPPORT Only three Democratic U.S. senators have not expressed support for marriage equality, following a fl urry of statements in April and late March after the Supreme Court heard argu- ments on two cases related to same-sex couples. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) announced his support for gay marriage April 1, followed by Tom Carper (D-Del.) April 2, Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) on April 4, Hei- di Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) on April 5, and Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) on April 8. The only remaining Senate Democrats who SUE EVERHART Campaign photo have not spoken out for marriage equality are Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Joe Manchin (D- W.V.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.). On the opposite side of the aisle, only two GOP senators have spoken out for marriage equality: Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) Both of Georgia’s senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, oppose marriage rights for same-sex couples. Via the Washington Blade, Washington Post and staff reports. ARE GAY NFL PLAYERS POISED TO COME OUT? The world of men’s professional sports is still waiting for an openly gay current athlete, but talk that one or more players in the Na- tional Football League might soon come out heated up last week, fueled by Brendon Ayan- badejo of the Baltimore Ravens. Ayanbadejo has been an outspoken sup- porter of LGBT rights and marriage equality. He was cut from the Ravens earlier this month, and in an interview with the Baltimore Sun, suggested as many as four NFL players might soon announce they are gay. “I think it will happen sooner than you think,” Ayanbadejo said. “We’re in talks with a handful of players who are considering it … they’re trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together. It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy.” But asked by CNN if he knew the names of the four players, Ayanbadejo then back- pedaled and said he was working with some organizations and individuals “and collec- tively we know of some gay players,” some of whom are anonymous. Via Baltimore Sun and Outsports.com. " id="pdf-obj-13-39" src="pdf-obj-13-39.jpg">

Marriage equality foes and friends

ANTI-GAY GA GOP CHAIR BECOMES NATIONAL LAUGHINGSTOCK

Leave it to Sue Everhart, chair of the Georgia Republican Party, to once again make the state the butt of national jokes on gay issues. It be- gan March 29 when the Marietta Daily Journal published an article on local reactions to the Supreme Court hearing on marriage equality. “It is not natural for two women or two men to be married,” Everhart opined. “If it was natural they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.” Everhart then fretted that allowing same- sex couples to marry would inspire people who are “straight as an arrow” to commit fraud by engaging in a gay marriage just to get benefi ts (um, couldn’t they already do that by marrying someone of the opposite sex to get benefi ts?). “There is no way that this is about equality. To me, it’s all about a free ride,” she said. National gay blogs had a fi eld day with her remarks, which then spread to the national mainstream press and even comedy shows. The April 2 episode of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” took on Everhart’s re- marks, with mock conservative commentator Stephen Colbert explaining why he agreed. “No, it is true. Two men and two women do not have the equipment to have sex. I have seen videos on the Internet where they try for hours and hours, but they just end up all sweaty and exhausted,” Colbert said. The next day, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” took a jab at Everhart too, noting like other crit- ics that Everhart’s fraud argument is the same as the plot of the 2007 Adam Sandler movie “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.” Kimmel sent a camera crew to walk around West Hollywood and fi lm pairs, ask- ing audience members to guess if they are “a gay couple or straight friends.”

MORE U.S. SENATORS ANNOUNCE GAY MARRIAGE SUPPORT

Only three Democratic U.S. senators have not expressed support for marriage equality, following a fl urry of statements in April and late March after the Supreme Court heard argu- ments on two cases related to same-sex couples. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) announced his support for gay marriage April 1, followed by Tom Carper (D-Del.) April 2, Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) on April 4, Hei- di Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) on April 5, and Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) on April 8. The only remaining Senate Democrats who

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have not spoken out for marriage equality are Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Joe Manchin (D- W.V.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.). On the opposite side of the aisle, only two GOP senators have spoken out for marriage equality: Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) Both of Georgia’s senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, oppose marriage rights for same-sex couples. Via the Washington Blade, Washington Post and staff reports.

ARE GAY NFL PLAYERS POISED TO COME OUT?

The world of men’s professional sports is still waiting for an openly gay current athlete, but talk that one or more players in the Na- tional Football League might soon come out heated up last week, fueled by Brendon Ayan- badejo of the Baltimore Ravens. Ayanbadejo has been an outspoken sup- porter of LGBT rights and marriage equality. He was cut from the Ravens earlier this month, and in an interview with the Baltimore Sun,

suggested as many as four NFL players might soon announce they are gay. “I think it will happen sooner than you think,” Ayanbadejo said. “We’re in talks with a handful of players who are considering it … they’re trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together. It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy.” But asked by CNN if he knew the names of the four players, Ayanbadejo then back- pedaled and said he was working with some organizations and individuals “and collec- tively we know of some gay players,” some of whom are anonymous. Via Baltimore Sun and Outsports.com.

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‘Atlanta Gay Weddings’
A joint project of GA Voice and Equally
Wed magazine, “Atlanta Gay Weddings” is a
annual publication fi lled with inspiring stories
of local LGBT couples and great ideas to plan
your big day. Read the debut issue online
and look for our second edition this fall.
Lauren Lukkarila and Anneliese Singh
combined aspects of their cultures and did not
worry about social norms when planning their
wedding. (Photos by Holly Jones Photo)
www.atlantagayweddings.com
Anneliese
By BRITTNY DRYE
www.equallywed.com
& Lauren:
‘A personally
sacred experience’
December 11, 2010, was the fi rst day
of forever for Anneliese Singh and Lau-
ren Lukkarila.
They met for the fi rst time at a res-
taurant in Atlanta. As they sat down to-
gether, Lukkarila began by saying, “I’m
looking for someone who is a feminist
out-of-the-box.” Singh high-fi ved her
and exclaimed, “I’m your woman.”
“This was the fi rst of many din-
ners so long we shut restaurants down,
laughed ‘til our bellies hurt, cried shar-
ing our most tender spaces, and kept
falling deeper and deeper in love,” they
shared on their wedding website.
The natural beauty of Mother Earth
provided the perfect setting for Singh
and Lukkarila to exchange vows. They
wed on May 12, 2012, at Avondale Com-
munity Club, a lakeside venue that looks
out into the nearby woodlands only a
few blocks away from their home.
To steer clear of the gender binary of
“bride and groom” or “bride and bride,”
Singh and Lukkarila opted to call them-
selves the “Beloveds.” The romantic term
was used throughout the ceremony, as
well as when they were introduced at
the reception.
Loved ones surrounded the couple
as they exchanged deeply heartfelt and
personal vows on the site’s patio.
“We chose to say and do things that
refl ected our deepest love and gratitude
for both each other and our beloved
community,” says Lukkarila.
Clifton & Chad: Celebrating ‘the year of marriage’ By DYANA BAGBY dbagby@thegavoice.com Their ceremony was infused
Clifton & Chad:
Celebrating
‘the year of
marriage’
By DYANA BAGBY
dbagby@thegavoice.com
Their ceremony was infused with
spirituality from Sikhism, Native American tra-
ditions and Buddhism. Tables were topped with
fl oral arrangements, a cylinder of sand from the
beach where they got engaged and garden stakes
of meaningful words.
Outside, lawn games kept the kids entertained
while the adults indulged in passed hors d’oeuvres
during a cocktail hour and a buffet-style dinner
made up of a traditional Indian menu of delicious
vegetarian, fi sh and vegan plates.
Because of Singh’s South Asian American back-
ground, they enlisted a Punjabi D.J. and swayed to
Train’s “Marry Me” for their fi rst dance.
To honor Singh’s father, who was from Pun-
jab in India, they entertained guests with a local
bhangra dance troupe. Bhangra is a centuries-old
folk dance from northern India that farmers still
perform to celebrate the harvest, and is a wedding
tradition at Indian nuptials around the world.
“We had initially just aimed to have a ceremony
and event that refl ects our love, authenticity and
magic we share. What we experienced was that,
plus all of the love, support, encouragement and
faith of our beloved community,” says Lukkarila.
Now about to celebrate their fi rst anniversary,
Singh and Lukkarila have a few hints for those plan-
ning their own wedding. First, forget social norms.
“Just make sure your decisions are guided by
all the amazing feelings, love, and respect you
have for one another. Then, all your decisions will
have more of an ease to them — and most impor-
tantly lead to a more meaningful experience for
you both!” Singh says.
Both also said getting married changed their
relationship for the better.
“Our marriage deepened our commitment
and bond to one another — and gave us a sense
of home, peace and belonging that we did not ex-
pect,” Lukkarila says.
“We talked at length about this decision in ad-
vance and really thought it would just be about
connecting with our beloved community. It was
actually much more of a personally sacred experi-
ence than that,” Singh says.
Fortunately, the New York res-
taurant where Clifton Guterman and
Chad Gough met for their fi rst date
stayed open 24 hours.
The pair decided to meet for a glass
of wine about 9 p.m., after Guterman
fi nished performing in an off-Broad-
way play. They sat at the bar and talk-
ed. And talked and talked.
“The date just kept going,” Gough
says of that day, Feb. 21, 2008. The two
fi nally decided to head home about
2:30 a.m. They shared their fi rst kiss
as snow began to fall over the city.
“It was very romantic,” Guterman
says.
The two met on Match.com and
learned they had much in common.
Both are Southern — Guterman is from
Iron City, Ga., a very small city in South
Georgia, and Gough hails from Rush-
ford, Va. Although they grew up in rural
towns, their families were socially pro-
gressive and are supportive of who they
are. The two even grew up on roads
named for their grandfathers.
“Our upbringings were so similar.
I had not met like anyone like that in
New York,” Gough says.
Guterman describes the night as
magical and says he knew at that fi rst
date he was in love.
“I had been looking for him for a
long time,” he says.
The two moved in together after six
months before moving back to Atlan-
ta, where Gough works in internation-
al fi nance and Guterman can be seen
acting in many local plays, including
“Wolves” at Actor’s Express.
The two talked about marriage ear-
ly in their relationship and Guterman
says he kept dropping hints for more
than four years. Gough asked him why
he didn’t propose. Guterman replied
that wasn’t what he imagined as a boy.
“That wasn’t the story in my head.
That’s not what I dreamed of,” he says.
In December, Gough popped the
Chad Gough and Clifton Gunterman were legally married in New York on their fi ve-year anniversary and are plan-
ning a September celebration in Atlanta. (Courtesy photos)
— Dyana Bagby contributed
question in their home after decorat-
ing for Christmas. The tree was lit
and the fi re glowing when he knelt
down and asked Guterman to marry
him. This was the story Guterman
dreamed about.
The two celebrated their fi ve-year
anniversary by getting legally mar-
ried in New York on Feb. 21, 2013. They
then recreated that fateful fi rst date by
sharing tiramisu at French Roast, the
24-hour restaurant where they fi rst
met. They were even lucky enough to
snag the same bar stools they sat on
fi ve years ago.
The New York ceremony was a prac-
tical one, held in City Hall. A European
honeymoon is set for the end of April.
In June, the couple will travel to
Iron City to attend wedding showers
hosted by family members.
“My South Georgia cousin called
me and said they wanted to throw us
a shower down there. She said some
ladies in the church who are close to
my mom wanted to help because my
mom always helps with all the show-
ers,” Guterman says. “She said they
wanted to do something for her child.
And we were like, ‘Yeah!’ We will come
down and have a good time.”
Another ceremony, including ca-
tered meals and a chance to dress up,
will take place in September when
the couple will host 50 of their clos-
est family members and friends for
an intimate dinner at a restaurant
they’ve rented, a catered brunch at
their home and a weekend of activi-
ties in Atlanta.
There won’t be any of the trappings
of a traditional marriage that their
straight friends planned. Instead,
there will be good food and good times.
“The most important thing to us is to
celebrate with our family and friends,”
Gough says. “We’re doing what feels right
to us. And that is kind of liberating.”
“We’re calling it the year of mar-
riage,” Gunterman adds.
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Alisha & LA:

‘marriage makes a statement’

Upcoming wedding looks back to gay Harlem Renaissance

By LAURA DOUGLAS-BROWN

When Alisha Smith and Latasha “LA” Gay- mon say their vows this summer, the Atlanta residents will give a nod to the gay past — and offer their hope for the future, not only for themselves but for all LGBT people. “For starters we are so incredibly in love and want to commit to one another in a way that’s bigger than ‘going steady,’” Smith says. “We also feel that our marriage makes a statement to the world that as a woman who loves a woman, this does not somehow diminish our desire to get married. We’ve been dreaming about our wedding since we were little girls too!” Smith, 31, a community projects coordina- tor, and Gaymon, 37, a data center operations technician, met through mutual friends and have been together for more than four years. Both say they knew early on that they had found “the one.” “Even before we started dating, I remember telling a close friend, ‘she’s wifey material,’” Gaymon says. “At about six month of dating I knew she would be the woman that I would marry and spend my life with.” Gaymon waited three years to pop the question, then did so in grand style — surpris- ing Smith with a room fi lled with rose petals and scented candles during a weekend trip to a bed-and-breakfast in St. Augustine, Fla. “With chocolate-dipped strawberries and champagne, I thought we were simply toast- ing the night to a lovely vacation,” Smith says. “However while sitting out on our private porch overlooking a moonlit bay, LA got down on one knee and asked, ‘Alisha, will you marry me?’” Smith and Gaymon plan to legally marry in New York, then have a wedding ceremony Aug. 2 at the W Atlanta-Midtown hotel. Their Atlanta wedding will offer a creative, vintage take on the black-tie formal ceremo- ny, celebrating the theme of “Gay Voices of the Harlem Renaissance.” “We both love that era so much so that is was important for us to incorporate the love stories and passion that women showed women during the Harlem Renaissance in po- etry and in song,” Smith says. Smith lists Angelina Weld Grimke, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Gladys Bently, Ma Rainey, “and countless other gay and lesbian genius- es” of the era as their inspirations. “There was a whole movement of freedom,

18 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 WEDDING ISSUE <a href=www.theGAVoice.com Alisha & LA: ‘marriage makes a statement’ Upcoming wedding looks back to gay Harlem Renaissance B y LAURA DOUGLAS-BROWN lbrown@thegavoice.com When Alisha Smith and Latasha “LA” Gay- mon say their vows this summer, the Atlanta residents will give a nod to the gay past — and offer their hope for the future, not only for themselves but for all LGBT people. “For starters we are so incredibly in love and want to commit to one another in a way that’s bigger than ‘going steady,’” Smith says. “We also feel that our marriage makes a statement to the world that as a woman who loves a woman, this does not somehow diminish our desire to get married. We’ve been dreaming about our wedding since we were little girls too!” Smith, 31, a community projects coordina- tor, and Gaymon, 37, a data center operations technician, met through mutual friends and have been together for more than four years. Both say they knew early on that they had found “the one.” “Even before we started dating, I remember telling a close friend, ‘she’s wifey material,’” Gaymon says. “At about six month of dating I knew she would be the woman that I would marry and spend my life with.” Gaymon waited three years to pop the question, then did so in grand style — surpris- ing Smith with a room fi lled with rose petals and scented candles during a weekend trip to a bed-and-breakfast in St. Augustine, Fla. “With chocolate-dipped strawberries and champagne, I thought we were simply toast- ing the night to a lovely vacation,” Smith says. “However while sitting out on our private porch overlooking a moonlit bay, LA got down on one knee and asked, ‘Alisha, will you marry me?’” Smith and Gaymon plan to legally marry in New York, then have a wedding ceremony Aug. 2 at the W Atlanta-Midtown hotel. Their Atlanta wedding will offer a creative, vintage take on the black-tie formal ceremo- ny, celebrating the theme of “Gay Voices of the Harlem Renaissance.” “We both love that era so much so that is was important for us to incorporate the love stories and passion that women showed women during the Harlem Renaissance in po- etry and in song,” Smith says. Smith lists Angelina Weld Grimke, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Gladys Bently, Ma Rainey, “and countless other gay and lesbian genius- es” of the era as their inspirations. “There was a whole movement of freedom, LA Gaymon and Alisha Smith plan to legally marry in New York and have a wedding ceremony Aug. 2 in Atlanta. (Courtesy photo) self-exploration, and unapologetic realness to be exactly who you are, as you are ... we love that,” she says. Smith and Gaymon are working with wed- ding planning company Precious Moments by Kenya to make the event perfect. “The details are very important to us and our planner is working very closely with us to ensure that we capture it all,” Smith says. “Overall the event will feel regal, elegant, vin- tage and glamorous. “She’s wanting to incorporate black and white photos of us in the decor, maybe books of poetry by some gay voices. Our attire will have a vintage fl air, a slight nod to the 1920’s with a modern twist.” The couple hired their planner after a brush with homophobia showed them they needed help to navigate the many wedding details. After “falling in love with the loveliest out- door space for a garden ceremony,” they were told “though we could hold our wedding on- site, it would have to be held inside in a ban- quet room and not on the outdoor lawn as community members might see a same-sex couple getting married and complain,” Smith recounts. “Devastated, we quickly hired our planner soon after.” Their wedding, they hope, will send a mes- sage not only about their love, but about the rights that same-sex couples deserve to share. “Our marriage says … that as a human being, we deserve every right of every single American,” Smith says. " id="pdf-obj-17-34" src="pdf-obj-17-34.jpg">

LA Gaymon and Alisha Smith plan to legally marry in New York and have a wedding ceremony Aug. 2 in Atlanta. (Courtesy photo)

18 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 WEDDING ISSUE <a href=www.theGAVoice.com Alisha & LA: ‘marriage makes a statement’ Upcoming wedding looks back to gay Harlem Renaissance B y LAURA DOUGLAS-BROWN lbrown@thegavoice.com When Alisha Smith and Latasha “LA” Gay- mon say their vows this summer, the Atlanta residents will give a nod to the gay past — and offer their hope for the future, not only for themselves but for all LGBT people. “For starters we are so incredibly in love and want to commit to one another in a way that’s bigger than ‘going steady,’” Smith says. “We also feel that our marriage makes a statement to the world that as a woman who loves a woman, this does not somehow diminish our desire to get married. We’ve been dreaming about our wedding since we were little girls too!” Smith, 31, a community projects coordina- tor, and Gaymon, 37, a data center operations technician, met through mutual friends and have been together for more than four years. Both say they knew early on that they had found “the one.” “Even before we started dating, I remember telling a close friend, ‘she’s wifey material,’” Gaymon says. “At about six month of dating I knew she would be the woman that I would marry and spend my life with.” Gaymon waited three years to pop the question, then did so in grand style — surpris- ing Smith with a room fi lled with rose petals and scented candles during a weekend trip to a bed-and-breakfast in St. Augustine, Fla. “With chocolate-dipped strawberries and champagne, I thought we were simply toast- ing the night to a lovely vacation,” Smith says. “However while sitting out on our private porch overlooking a moonlit bay, LA got down on one knee and asked, ‘Alisha, will you marry me?’” Smith and Gaymon plan to legally marry in New York, then have a wedding ceremony Aug. 2 at the W Atlanta-Midtown hotel. Their Atlanta wedding will offer a creative, vintage take on the black-tie formal ceremo- ny, celebrating the theme of “Gay Voices of the Harlem Renaissance.” “We both love that era so much so that is was important for us to incorporate the love stories and passion that women showed women during the Harlem Renaissance in po- etry and in song,” Smith says. Smith lists Angelina Weld Grimke, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Gladys Bently, Ma Rainey, “and countless other gay and lesbian genius- es” of the era as their inspirations. “There was a whole movement of freedom, LA Gaymon and Alisha Smith plan to legally marry in New York and have a wedding ceremony Aug. 2 in Atlanta. (Courtesy photo) self-exploration, and unapologetic realness to be exactly who you are, as you are ... we love that,” she says. Smith and Gaymon are working with wed- ding planning company Precious Moments by Kenya to make the event perfect. “The details are very important to us and our planner is working very closely with us to ensure that we capture it all,” Smith says. “Overall the event will feel regal, elegant, vin- tage and glamorous. “She’s wanting to incorporate black and white photos of us in the decor, maybe books of poetry by some gay voices. Our attire will have a vintage fl air, a slight nod to the 1920’s with a modern twist.” The couple hired their planner after a brush with homophobia showed them they needed help to navigate the many wedding details. After “falling in love with the loveliest out- door space for a garden ceremony,” they were told “though we could hold our wedding on- site, it would have to be held inside in a ban- quet room and not on the outdoor lawn as community members might see a same-sex couple getting married and complain,” Smith recounts. “Devastated, we quickly hired our planner soon after.” Their wedding, they hope, will send a mes- sage not only about their love, but about the rights that same-sex couples deserve to share. “Our marriage says … that as a human being, we deserve every right of every single American,” Smith says. " id="pdf-obj-17-41" src="pdf-obj-17-41.jpg">

self-exploration, and unapologetic realness to

be exactly who you are, as you are

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that,” she says. Smith and Gaymon are working with wed- ding planning company Precious Moments by Kenya to make the event perfect. “The details are very important to us and our planner is working very closely with us to ensure that we capture it all,” Smith says. “Overall the event will feel regal, elegant, vin- tage and glamorous. “She’s wanting to incorporate black and white photos of us in the decor, maybe books of poetry by some gay voices. Our attire will have a vintage fl air, a slight nod to the 1920’s with a modern twist.” The couple hired their planner after a brush with homophobia showed them they needed help to navigate the many wedding details. After “falling in love with the loveliest out- door space for a garden ceremony,” they were told “though we could hold our wedding on- site, it would have to be held inside in a ban- quet room and not on the outdoor lawn as community members might see a same-sex couple getting married and complain,” Smith recounts. “Devastated, we quickly hired our planner soon after.” Their wedding, they hope, will send a mes- sage not only about their love, but about the rights that same-sex couples deserve to share. “Our marriage says … that as a human being, we deserve every right of every single American,” Smith says.

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Whether you use it on your cake or simply
as a keepsake to commemorate your
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24 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 WEDDING ISSUE <a href=www.theGAVoice.com Put a ring Wedding ring trends include black diamonds, return to precious metals By HARRIS BOTNICK ng on on it it Trends in wedding bands for same-sex couples include black diamonds, colored stones and a return to precious metals. In the 25 years I have been involved in the jewelry business, I have seen the world of “commitment” bands grow from rainbow col- ored rings to high tech industrial looks to great classics both with and without stones. But my favorite evolution in the “commit- ment” category is seeing couples proud to walk into a jewelry store and pick out the rings that show their love for each other. Two decades ago, while running a mall jewelry store, I would notice an individual shopping for bands and note their preferences on a business card. I then realized a different person (the partner to be) would bring the card back alone to see what the fi rst picked out. It struck me as wrong that all couples, re- gardless of sexual orientation, could not com- fortably share in the great experience of pick- ing out rings together. Fast forward to 2013: While the jewelry industry has become more accepting, there is still progress to be made. Number one and most important, why do we need to call them “commitment” rings? Since everyone deserves the same rights to marry, from this day for- ward let’s drop the term commitment rings and stick to “wedding rings.” Some of the hottest trends in wedding rings are rose gold, white and black diamonds mixed together for both men and women, as well as a return to precious metal rings. There is no doubt that the alternative metals — titanium, tungsten carbide and cobalt chrome — all are still very strong for wedding rings as these met- als offer a huge range of styles at great prices. But more and more we have noticed that both sides, at their ceremony. many couples are back to choosing precious metal rings, be it white or yellow gold, plati- num or palladium. I feel people have realized these metals are timeless and we can all re- late to them as our parents and grandparents wore these special metals. Colored diamonds and colored stones have also become a great way to show your individ- uality. The most popular stone choice has be- come black diamonds. These unique diamonds offer a great look without out being too fl ashy. Both male and female couples often choose to purchase only one ring that they put on at the ceremony, while others choose to start with engagement rings so they can start showing their devotion to each other right away. Many female couples choose to go with a ring emphasizing a center stone with side ac- cent diamonds, and then add on another band Other couples who choose to start with en- gagement bands simply add a single diamond or colored stone to their original rings before their ceremony. In all of these choices, many couples come in planning to get identical rings. Upon see- ing the range of styles, many realize that each partner can pick a different ring to show their individual taste, but still complement their mate’s. They may end up with different styles or simply the same style in a different width; one may have stones and one may not. Remember these wedding bands symbolize your love for each other. Realize your taste today will continue to evolve just as your love does, so be willing to go a little outside of your style com- fort zone when choosing your rings and you will enjoy them for many years to come. at the actual ceremony. We also see many male couples starting with engagement bands and then adding on an accent band, on one or Harris Botnick is president of Worthmore Jewelers, with locations in Midtown and Decatur. Visit www.worthmorejewelers.com " id="pdf-obj-23-17" src="pdf-obj-23-17.jpg">
24 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 WEDDING ISSUE <a href=www.theGAVoice.com Put a ring Wedding ring trends include black diamonds, return to precious metals By HARRIS BOTNICK ng on on it it Trends in wedding bands for same-sex couples include black diamonds, colored stones and a return to precious metals. In the 25 years I have been involved in the jewelry business, I have seen the world of “commitment” bands grow from rainbow col- ored rings to high tech industrial looks to great classics both with and without stones. But my favorite evolution in the “commit- ment” category is seeing couples proud to walk into a jewelry store and pick out the rings that show their love for each other. Two decades ago, while running a mall jewelry store, I would notice an individual shopping for bands and note their preferences on a business card. I then realized a different person (the partner to be) would bring the card back alone to see what the fi rst picked out. It struck me as wrong that all couples, re- gardless of sexual orientation, could not com- fortably share in the great experience of pick- ing out rings together. Fast forward to 2013: While the jewelry industry has become more accepting, there is still progress to be made. Number one and most important, why do we need to call them “commitment” rings? Since everyone deserves the same rights to marry, from this day for- ward let’s drop the term commitment rings and stick to “wedding rings.” Some of the hottest trends in wedding rings are rose gold, white and black diamonds mixed together for both men and women, as well as a return to precious metal rings. There is no doubt that the alternative metals — titanium, tungsten carbide and cobalt chrome — all are still very strong for wedding rings as these met- als offer a huge range of styles at great prices. But more and more we have noticed that both sides, at their ceremony. many couples are back to choosing precious metal rings, be it white or yellow gold, plati- num or palladium. I feel people have realized these metals are timeless and we can all re- late to them as our parents and grandparents wore these special metals. Colored diamonds and colored stones have also become a great way to show your individ- uality. The most popular stone choice has be- come black diamonds. These unique diamonds offer a great look without out being too fl ashy. Both male and female couples often choose to purchase only one ring that they put on at the ceremony, while others choose to start with engagement rings so they can start showing their devotion to each other right away. Many female couples choose to go with a ring emphasizing a center stone with side ac- cent diamonds, and then add on another band Other couples who choose to start with en- gagement bands simply add a single diamond or colored stone to their original rings before their ceremony. In all of these choices, many couples come in planning to get identical rings. Upon see- ing the range of styles, many realize that each partner can pick a different ring to show their individual taste, but still complement their mate’s. They may end up with different styles or simply the same style in a different width; one may have stones and one may not. Remember these wedding bands symbolize your love for each other. Realize your taste today will continue to evolve just as your love does, so be willing to go a little outside of your style com- fort zone when choosing your rings and you will enjoy them for many years to come. at the actual ceremony. We also see many male couples starting with engagement bands and then adding on an accent band, on one or Harris Botnick is president of Worthmore Jewelers, with locations in Midtown and Decatur. Visit www.worthmorejewelers.com " id="pdf-obj-23-19" src="pdf-obj-23-19.jpg">

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24 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 WEDDING ISSUE <a href=www.theGAVoice.com Put a ring Wedding ring trends include black diamonds, return to precious metals By HARRIS BOTNICK ng on on it it Trends in wedding bands for same-sex couples include black diamonds, colored stones and a return to precious metals. In the 25 years I have been involved in the jewelry business, I have seen the world of “commitment” bands grow from rainbow col- ored rings to high tech industrial looks to great classics both with and without stones. But my favorite evolution in the “commit- ment” category is seeing couples proud to walk into a jewelry store and pick out the rings that show their love for each other. Two decades ago, while running a mall jewelry store, I would notice an individual shopping for bands and note their preferences on a business card. I then realized a different person (the partner to be) would bring the card back alone to see what the fi rst picked out. It struck me as wrong that all couples, re- gardless of sexual orientation, could not com- fortably share in the great experience of pick- ing out rings together. Fast forward to 2013: While the jewelry industry has become more accepting, there is still progress to be made. Number one and most important, why do we need to call them “commitment” rings? Since everyone deserves the same rights to marry, from this day for- ward let’s drop the term commitment rings and stick to “wedding rings.” Some of the hottest trends in wedding rings are rose gold, white and black diamonds mixed together for both men and women, as well as a return to precious metal rings. There is no doubt that the alternative metals — titanium, tungsten carbide and cobalt chrome — all are still very strong for wedding rings as these met- als offer a huge range of styles at great prices. But more and more we have noticed that both sides, at their ceremony. many couples are back to choosing precious metal rings, be it white or yellow gold, plati- num or palladium. I feel people have realized these metals are timeless and we can all re- late to them as our parents and grandparents wore these special metals. Colored diamonds and colored stones have also become a great way to show your individ- uality. The most popular stone choice has be- come black diamonds. These unique diamonds offer a great look without out being too fl ashy. Both male and female couples often choose to purchase only one ring that they put on at the ceremony, while others choose to start with engagement rings so they can start showing their devotion to each other right away. Many female couples choose to go with a ring emphasizing a center stone with side ac- cent diamonds, and then add on another band Other couples who choose to start with en- gagement bands simply add a single diamond or colored stone to their original rings before their ceremony. In all of these choices, many couples come in planning to get identical rings. Upon see- ing the range of styles, many realize that each partner can pick a different ring to show their individual taste, but still complement their mate’s. They may end up with different styles or simply the same style in a different width; one may have stones and one may not. Remember these wedding bands symbolize your love for each other. Realize your taste today will continue to evolve just as your love does, so be willing to go a little outside of your style com- fort zone when choosing your rings and you will enjoy them for many years to come. at the actual ceremony. We also see many male couples starting with engagement bands and then adding on an accent band, on one or Harris Botnick is president of Worthmore Jewelers, with locations in Midtown and Decatur. Visit www.worthmorejewelers.com " id="pdf-obj-23-33" src="pdf-obj-23-33.jpg">
Trends in wedding bands for same-sex couples include black diamonds, colored stones and a return to
Trends in wedding bands for same-sex couples include black
diamonds, colored stones and a return to precious metals.

In the 25 years I have been involved in

the jewelry business, I have seen the world of

“commitment” bands grow from rainbow col-

ored rings to high tech industrial looks to great

classics both with and without stones.

But my favorite evolution in the “commit-

ment” category is seeing couples proud to walk

into a jewelry store and pick out the rings that

show their love for each other. Two decades

ago, while running a mall jewelry store, I

would notice an individual shopping for bands

and note their preferences on a business card.

I then realized a different person (the partner

to be) would bring the card back alone to see

what the fi rst picked out.

It struck me as wrong that all couples, re-

gardless of sexual orientation, could not com-

fortably share in the great experience of pick-

ing out rings together.

Fast forward to 2013: While the jewelry

industry has become more accepting, there

is still progress to be made. Number one and

most important, why do we need to call them

“commitment” rings? Since everyone deserves

the same rights to marry, from this day for-

ward let’s drop the term commitment rings

and stick to “wedding rings.”

Some of the hottest trends in wedding rings

are rose gold, white and black diamonds mixed

together for both men and women, as well as

a return to precious metal rings. There is no

doubt that the alternative metals — titanium,

tungsten carbide and cobalt chrome — all are

still very strong for wedding rings as these met-

als offer a huge range of styles at great prices.

But more and more we have noticed that

both sides, at their ceremony.

many couples are back to choosing precious

metal rings, be it white or yellow gold, plati-

num or palladium. I feel people have realized

these metals are timeless and we can all re-

late to them as our parents and grandparents

wore these special metals.

Colored diamonds and colored stones have

also become a great way to show your individ-

uality. The most popular stone choice has be-

come black diamonds. These unique diamonds

offer a great look without out being too fl ashy.

Both male and female couples often choose

to purchase only one ring that they put on at

the ceremony, while others choose to start with

engagement rings so they can start showing

their devotion to each other right away.

Many female couples choose to go with a

ring emphasizing a center stone with side ac-

cent diamonds, and then add on another band

Other couples who choose to start with en-

gagement bands simply add a single diamond

or colored stone to their original rings before

their ceremony.

In all of these choices, many couples come

in planning to get identical rings. Upon see-

ing the range of styles, many realize that each

partner can pick a different ring to show their

individual taste, but still complement their

mate’s. They may end up with different styles

or simply the same style in a different width;

one may have stones and one may not.

Remember these wedding bands symbolize

your love for each other. Realize your taste today

will continue to evolve just as your love does, so

be willing to go a little outside of your style com-

fort zone when choosing your rings and you will

enjoy them for many years to come.

at the actual ceremony. We also see many

male couples starting with engagement bands

and then adding on an accent band, on one or

Harris Botnick is president of Worthmore Jewelers, with locations in Midtown and Decatur. Visit www.worthmorejewelers.com

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Protect your partnership

Simple documents can help secure your rights

By LAURA DOUGLAS-BROWN

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments

last month in two cases related to marriage

equality for same-sex couples, with decisions

expected in late June. But you shouldn’t wait

for the rulings to protect your relationship

here in Georgia.

Depending on what the justices decide, the

case could grant greater rights to same-sex

couples here in Georgia, or no additional rights

at all. But while same-sex marriage is illegal

in our state, there are steps you can take right

now to help protect your partnership.

These legal documents don’t take the place of

the hundreds of rights that come with marriage,

but they can help same-sex couples avoid dis-

crimination while the fi ght for marriage equal-

ity continues. And since every couple’s situation

is unique, you should consult an attorney to see

if there are other documents you need.

GA. ADVANCE DIRECTIVE FOR HEALTHCARE

This crucial three-part document allows

you to designate who you want to make

healthcare decisions for you; designate your

treatment preferences if you are terminally ill

or permanently unconscious; and designate

who you would want to be your guardian if

you should need one. Georgia Equality (georgi-

aequality.com), the state’s largest LGBT politi-

cal group, offers an easy place to download the

healthcare directive.

FINANCIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY

This document allows you to designate

someone (like your partner) to make fi nancial

decisions for you, either immediately or if you

should become incapacitated. This can be very

helpful for your partner if you become serious-

ly ill or disabled and your assets are needed to

maintain your home and care.

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

If you die without a will, your assets go to

<a href=www.theGAVoice.com 04.12.13 GA VOICE | 25 Protect your partnership Simple documents can help secure your rights B y LAURA DOUGLAS-BROWN lbrown@thegavoice.com The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last month in two cases related to marriage equality for same-sex couples, with decisions expected in late June. But you shouldn’t wait for the rulings to protect your relationship here in Georgia. Depending on what the justices decide, the case could grant greater rights to same-sex couples here in Georgia, or no additional rights at all. But while same-sex marriage is illegal in our state, there are steps you can take right now to help protect your partnership. These legal documents don’t take the place of the hundreds of rights that come with marriage, but they can help same-sex couples avoid dis- crimination while the fi ght for marriage equal- ity continues. And since every couple’s situation is unique, you should consult an attorney to see if there are other documents you need. GA. ADVANCE DIRECTIVE FOR HEALTHCARE This crucial three-part document allows you to designate who you want to make healthcare decisions for you; designate your treatment preferences if you are terminally ill or permanently unconscious; and designate who you would want to be your guardian if you should need one. Georgia Equality (georgi- aequality.com), the state’s largest LGBT politi- cal group, offers an easy place to download the healthcare directive. FINANCIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY This document allows you to designate someone (like your partner) to make fi nancial decisions for you, either immediately or if you should become incapacitated. This can be very helpful for your partner if you become serious- ly ill or disabled and your assets are needed to maintain your home and care. LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT If you die without a will, your assets go to will mediate disputes should your romantic relationship end. JOIN THE MARRIAGE FIGHT There are many groups working to secure the LAMBDA LEGAL A national LGBT legal group with of- fi ces around the country, including Atlanta, Lambda Legal has played a key role in le- g al battles for marria g e rights nationwide. www.lambdalegal.org CAMPAIGN FOR SOUTHERN EQUALITY The Campaign for Southern Equality, based in North Carolina, coordinated the recent “We Do” protests around the South — including in Decatur, Ga. — where same-sex couples ap- p lied for , and were denied , marriage licenses. your legal heirs — and here in Georgia, that right for same-sex couples to legally wed. Here www.southernequality.org means your family, not your partner. A will lets are a few who are leading the way. Visit their FREEDOM TO MARRY you spell out exactly how you want your property websites for how you can help them help you. Freedom to Marry is a national voice GEORGIA BENEFITS COUNSEL divided and makes sure the person you love isn’t for marriage equality, fi ghting for mar- This nonprofi t was created to provide low- left out in the cold. It also lets you name who you AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR EQUAL RIGHTS ria g e ri g hts at the state and federal level. cost legal services to Georgians in same-sex want to be the guardian of your children. PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT A partnership agreement gives you the opportunity to think intentionally about how you will share assets, household expenses, child-rearing and other crucial issues. It also is a chance to agree in advance on how you AFER is the group bringing the high-profi le federal legal challenge to Proposition 8, the voter initiative that ended gay marriages in California. The U.S. Supreme Court heard the case March 26; the broadest possible victory could allow gay couples to marry around the country, while nar- rower rulings could let gay marria g e resume in California or keep the status quo. www.afer.org www.freedomtomarry.com HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN The nation’s largest LGBT political group includes the Americans for Marriage Equality campaign, which helps bring national atten- tion and resources to battles around marriage equality. www.hrc.org relationships. Services include wills, fi nancial powers of attorney and advance directives for health care; the cost is only what you would p a y for a marria g e license in your county. www.georgiabenefi tsc ounsel.org Sources: Williams Institute, 2010 Census, Freedom to Marry, Forbes Magazine " id="pdf-obj-24-108" src="pdf-obj-24-108.jpg">

will mediate disputes should your romantic

relationship end.

JOIN THE MARRIAGE FIGHT

There are many groups working to secure the

LAMBDA LEGAL

A

national LGBT legal group with of-

fi ces around the country, including Atlanta,

Lambda Legal has played a key role in le-

gal battles for marriage rights nationwide.

CAMPAIGN FOR SOUTHERN EQUALITY

The Campaign for Southern Equality, based

in North Carolina, coordinated the recent “We

Do” protests around the South — including in

Decatur, Ga. — where same-sex couples ap-

plied for, and were denied, marriage licenses.

your legal heirs — and here in Georgia, that

right for same-sex couples to legally wed. Here

means your family, not your partner. A will lets

are a few who are leading the way. Visit their

FREEDOM TO MARRY

 

you spell out exactly how you want your property

websites for how you can help them help you.

Freedom

to

Marry

is

a

national

voice

GEORGIA BENEFITS COUNSEL

divided and makes sure the person you love isn’t

for

marriage

equality,

fi ghting

for

mar-

This nonprofi t was created to provide low-

left out in the cold. It also lets you name who you

AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR EQUAL RIGHTS

riage rights

at

the

state and

federal level.

cost legal services to Georgians in same-sex

want to be the guardian of your children.

PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

A partnership agreement gives you the

opportunity to think intentionally about how

you will share assets, household expenses,

child-rearing and other crucial issues. It also

is a chance to agree in advance on how you

AFER is the group bringing the high-profi le

federal legal challenge to Proposition 8, the voter

initiative that ended gay marriages in California.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard the case March

26; the broadest possible victory could allow gay

couples to marry around the country, while nar-

rower rulings could let gay marriage resume in

California or keep the status quo. www.afer.org

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN

The nation’s largest LGBT political group

includes the Americans for Marriage Equality

campaign, which helps bring national atten-

tion and resources to battles around marriage

equality. www.hrc.org

relationships. Services include wills, fi nancial

powers of attorney and advance directives for

health care; the cost is only what you would

pay for a marriage license in your county.

Sources: Williams Institute, 2010 Census, Freedom to Marry, Forbes Magazine

27 A&E JILLIAN MICHAELS WORKS OUT Will we get to hear any stories/gossip/ ‘Biggest Loser’ trainer
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A&E
JILLIAN MICHAELS
WORKS OUT
Will we get to hear any stories/gossip/
‘Biggest Loser’ trainer
visits Atlanta to help
‘Maximize Your Life’
tips from “Biggest Loser”?
Defi nitely!
“Biggest Loser” has its fi rst openly gay
candidate this season (Jackson Carter, age
21, who placed third in the season fi nale
By LAURA DOUGLAS-BROWN
that aired March 18). What has that been
lbrown@thegavoice.com
like, and have you experienced discrimi-
nation in your career since coming out?
Sadly, yes, I have. I had a few partner-
Jillian Michaels is best known for her
ships in business end after I came out. I lost
role as a tough but empowering trainer on
the January cover of a specifi c magazine.
the NBC hit “The Biggest Loser.” With her
With that said, I do think the tide is turn-
fi rst live tour, she hopes to help others fi nd
ing because overall I have never been more
success not just through losing weight, but
successful. I think slowly, with time it is be-
also through “maximizing” their passions
coming more acceptable and mainstream.
and potential.
As for Jackson, he was and is an inspi-
Michaels, who just released her new-
ration and the fact that America voted him
est book, “Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets
into the fi nals over the all American foot-
to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss,”
ball player is really saying something.
comes to Atlanta this month for her “Max-
Jillian Michaels visits Atlanta this month for her ‘Maximize Your Life’ tour, which has her on the road with her partner
and two young children. (Photo by Don Flood)
imize Your Life” tour, which stops in 35 cit-
Lesbians tend to have higher rates of obe-
ies in the U.S. and Canada.
sity than the general population. Why do
What has it been like to travel with your
“I’m a big believer that
The tour will cover topics ranging from
you think this is, and what can be done
whole family? Two babies and a bird
weight loss and workouts to increasing
about it?
seem like they would make for some in-
confi dence and self-esteem, and Michaels
I
honestly haven’t thought about that
teresting road stories!
knows of which she speaks.
and didn’t know that statistic. Although
To be honest, I thought it would be a
Once an overweight teen, she is now a
my partner and I are part of the LGBT com-
celebrity fi tness icon, trainer, author — and
munity, my daughter is black, and my son
ing. I get to see more of them than I do
lesbian mom. It’s been almost a year since
is Latin, I have never really looked at statis-
when you put your
intentions, energy and
action in the world,
what comes back
nightmare, but it’s actually been amaz-
when we are at home. My daughter is
Michaels and her partner, Heidi Rhoades,
tics within subcultures.
having an absolute blast.
became mothers to two in the same week:
I
look at the human race. WE are get-
daughter Lukensia, adopted from Haiti af-
ting fatter, unhealthier and unhappier.
Is it harder to eat healthily and keep ac-
ter a long process, and son Phoenix, born to
On the whole, I believe it’s a matter of giv-
to you is divine and
meant to be.”
tive with a family on the road? What are
Rhoades the same week Lu came home.
ing people simple information and tools
some of your tips?
GA Voice caught up with Michaels as
they can implement to turn the tide even
Actually, no. My focus on the tour is the
DETAILS
www.ticketmaster.com
she prepares to bring her tour — and her
when big business and big government are
tour so I am not being pulled in as many
family, who is traveling with her — to At-
working against us.
directions as I am when I am home. That
Jillian Michaels ‘Maximize Your Life’ tour
lanta’s Fox Theatre on April 21.
said, I go for runs. Hit local gyms in which-
How do you work with people about fi t-
Sunday, April 21, 5 p.m. at the Fox Theatre
www.jillianmichaels.com
ever city I fi nd myself. Workout at hotels
Your tour is called “Maximize Your Life.”
ness without damaging self-esteem with
when we do stopovers. Shop and keep food
Is this just about fi tness, or how do those
those who may already feel self-con-
on the bus so I have healthy stuff on hand.
goals translate into other issues?
scious about their weight?
It’s hectic for sure, but I wouldn’t change
Not at all. While you will learn about
I
push them into realizing how strong
a thing. I’m a big believer that when you
What is your guilty pleasure when it
optimizing your metabolism through food
and capable they actually are. That’s why I
put your intentions, energy and action in
comes to food? How do you indulge
and fi tness, at its core the show is about
am so tough on them on “Biggest Loser.” I
the world, what comes back to you is di-
without jeopardizing overall fi tness?
connecting with your passion, living in
need them to see very quickly that they
vine and meant to be. As for the balance ...
I love sweets. So much so I actually
your truth, attacking inhibitions and un-
have been living a lie. They are NOT “weak,
I try to take 20 percent of my time for my-
invested in a brand called Unreal, which
leashing your potential.
lazy, incapable,” etc.
self (the gym, date night, doctors appoint-
has none of the junk like trans fats, arti-
ments, etc.) and then the other 80 percent
fi cial colors or fl avors, high fructose corn
What should Atlanta audiences expect
You and your partner have two small
is for work and my kids.
syrup, etc., and half the sugar. I indulge,
from the tour?
kids. What was it like becoming moth-
I am lucky that the kids are young so
but in better for you options like that or
An energetic, interactive, multi-media
ers to two at the same time, and how do
I am able to bring them with me every-
EBOOST, or Popchips, etc. And then I just
experience that will educate and motivate
you fi t motherhood into your career and
where I go. If I am on set, they are with
work them into my calorie allowance for
people to take their lives to the next level.
staying fi t?
me. If I am on tour, they are with me.
the day.
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28 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT <a href=www.theGAVoice.com FOOD PORN BY CLIFF BOSTOCK Dim sum and big discussions Has Robert fi nally found a boyfriend in Lee? The time had come. Robert was feeling af- fl icted with what he described to his therapist as “the mental disorder of falling in love.” He and Lee had been seeing one another for sev- eral months now, but Lee was still mysterious. They’d never had sex, even though the ro- mantic vibe had turned into a drumbeat, at least for Robert. It was time to have the discus- sion about where they were headed. He dreaded it and picked Canton House on Buford Highway for the discussion. He made an excuse to meet in separate cars, in case things went badly. While waiting, Robert ab- sorbed himself in a 15-year-old book he was re-reading, Michael Warner’s “The Trouble with Normal.” Lee arrived. “This place is kind of over-lit for a romantic dinner, isn’t it?” Robert balked. Had Lee anticipated his plan? “Yeah, it is over-lit,” he said, “but it’s not crowded and we can talk without screaming. Plus they give great dim sum.” He pointed to the other side of the room where a server pushed the traditional dim sum cart loaded with snack-size portions of steamed and fried dumplings, soft billowy buns stuffed with barbecue, little ribs and much more, including chicken feet. “So how was your day?” Lee asked. “Pretty good,” Robert replied, “although I managed to bore my students with a discus- sion about gay marriage.” He picked up his book and waved it in the air. “I read it long ago and I think he still makes the best gay argu- ment against gay marriage.” “Oh yeah,” Lee said. “I read that. Marriage could turn us all into simpering conservatives lined up at Tiffany’s to get on the bridal regis- try. Those who choose not to get married will become second-class citizens.” “Yeah, basically,” Robert said. “But talk- ing about marriage brings up something more personal I wanted to talk about. We’ve been seeing one another regularly, but we haven’t had, um, real sex, if you know what I mean. I’m just wondering how you see us – as friends, boyfriends, what?” Lee looked around like someone in urgent need of fi nding the restroom. “Okay, okay,” Robert said. “We don’t have to talk about it. I could tell you about eating ox penis at Beijing Kabobs down the road.” “No, no,” Lee replied, laughing. “Of course, DETAILS RECOMMENDED DINING Canton House 4825 Buford Highway, Chamblee, GA 30341 770-936-9030 | www.cantonhouserestaurant.com This restaurant, which has a large following in the Chinese community, regularly makes “best of” lists for its dim sum. The best time to go is weekends at your usual brunch time. f you want something green – and you will – order a plate of snow pea vines. Beijing Kabobs 5090 Buford Hwy Doraville, GA 30340 770-455-8388 | www.beijingkabobs.com You really can order grilled, skewered ox penis. It doesn’t taste bad, but…well, go ahead and order it. Stick to kabobs and dumplings here. The lamb kabob coated in cumin is everyone’s favorite. I’ve wanted to have sex, but everyone says now you should wait and get to know someone be- fore jumping into a bed or a sling or whatever. At the same time, my freak show’s point, like Michael Warner’s, is that embracing your oth- erness, including wild sex, is better than trying to conform. So, feeling all lovey-dovey is con- fusing to me.” Robert nodded. “Ah, the inconvenience of reality. We aren’t going to overturn the bene- fi ts accorded the married, so it’s hard to blame anyone for choosing that route. And then there’s the whole thing about love…. “Love,” Lee interrupted. “Yeah I know. I nev- er understood why anyone needed their love approved. Then I saw photographs of people receiving marriage licenses in San Francisco. Everyone looked dazed with happiness. I real- ized I couldn’t oppose their choice.” “Exactly,” said Robert. “So people like me, about to turn 50, remember the pleasure of being a sexual outlaw, but I’ve also seen the pleasure that comes to those who want their love publicly recognized. You and I are in be- tween. It’s like holding off on sex because it’s what you’re supposed to do, but nobody really does that…well, nobody but you, mysterious as always.” “Ouch,” Lee said. “Alright, that’s ending to- night. We’re offi cially boyfriends. Cool?” Robert nodded. They clinked their little cups of tea and hurried through their meal. Food Porn is a fi ctional series by longtime Atlanta food critic Cliff Bostock. Set in real Atlanta restaurants, it chronicles the adventures of Robert, a gay man in search of a husband — or at least a good meal. Read the whole series online at www.theGAVoice.com. " id="pdf-obj-27-17" src="pdf-obj-27-17.jpg">
28 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT <a href=www.theGAVoice.com FOOD PORN BY CLIFF BOSTOCK Dim sum and big discussions Has Robert fi nally found a boyfriend in Lee? The time had come. Robert was feeling af- fl icted with what he described to his therapist as “the mental disorder of falling in love.” He and Lee had been seeing one another for sev- eral months now, but Lee was still mysterious. They’d never had sex, even though the ro- mantic vibe had turned into a drumbeat, at least for Robert. It was time to have the discus- sion about where they were headed. He dreaded it and picked Canton House on Buford Highway for the discussion. He made an excuse to meet in separate cars, in case things went badly. While waiting, Robert ab- sorbed himself in a 15-year-old book he was re-reading, Michael Warner’s “The Trouble with Normal.” Lee arrived. “This place is kind of over-lit for a romantic dinner, isn’t it?” Robert balked. Had Lee anticipated his plan? “Yeah, it is over-lit,” he said, “but it’s not crowded and we can talk without screaming. Plus they give great dim sum.” He pointed to the other side of the room where a server pushed the traditional dim sum cart loaded with snack-size portions of steamed and fried dumplings, soft billowy buns stuffed with barbecue, little ribs and much more, including chicken feet. “So how was your day?” Lee asked. “Pretty good,” Robert replied, “although I managed to bore my students with a discus- sion about gay marriage.” He picked up his book and waved it in the air. “I read it long ago and I think he still makes the best gay argu- ment against gay marriage.” “Oh yeah,” Lee said. “I read that. Marriage could turn us all into simpering conservatives lined up at Tiffany’s to get on the bridal regis- try. Those who choose not to get married will become second-class citizens.” “Yeah, basically,” Robert said. “But talk- ing about marriage brings up something more personal I wanted to talk about. We’ve been seeing one another regularly, but we haven’t had, um, real sex, if you know what I mean. I’m just wondering how you see us – as friends, boyfriends, what?” Lee looked around like someone in urgent need of fi nding the restroom. “Okay, okay,” Robert said. “We don’t have to talk about it. I could tell you about eating ox penis at Beijing Kabobs down the road.” “No, no,” Lee replied, laughing. “Of course, DETAILS RECOMMENDED DINING Canton House 4825 Buford Highway, Chamblee, GA 30341 770-936-9030 | www.cantonhouserestaurant.com This restaurant, which has a large following in the Chinese community, regularly makes “best of” lists for its dim sum. The best time to go is weekends at your usual brunch time. f you want something green – and you will – order a plate of snow pea vines. Beijing Kabobs 5090 Buford Hwy Doraville, GA 30340 770-455-8388 | www.beijingkabobs.com You really can order grilled, skewered ox penis. It doesn’t taste bad, but…well, go ahead and order it. Stick to kabobs and dumplings here. The lamb kabob coated in cumin is everyone’s favorite. I’ve wanted to have sex, but everyone says now you should wait and get to know someone be- fore jumping into a bed or a sling or whatever. At the same time, my freak show’s point, like Michael Warner’s, is that embracing your oth- erness, including wild sex, is better than trying to conform. So, feeling all lovey-dovey is con- fusing to me.” Robert nodded. “Ah, the inconvenience of reality. We aren’t going to overturn the bene- fi ts accorded the married, so it’s hard to blame anyone for choosing that route. And then there’s the whole thing about love…. “Love,” Lee interrupted. “Yeah I know. I nev- er understood why anyone needed their love approved. Then I saw photographs of people receiving marriage licenses in San Francisco. Everyone looked dazed with happiness. I real- ized I couldn’t oppose their choice.” “Exactly,” said Robert. “So people like me, about to turn 50, remember the pleasure of being a sexual outlaw, but I’ve also seen the pleasure that comes to those who want their love publicly recognized. You and I are in be- tween. It’s like holding off on sex because it’s what you’re supposed to do, but nobody really does that…well, nobody but you, mysterious as always.” “Ouch,” Lee said. “Alright, that’s ending to- night. We’re offi cially boyfriends. Cool?” Robert nodded. They clinked their little cups of tea and hurried through their meal. Food Porn is a fi ctional series by longtime Atlanta food critic Cliff Bostock. Set in real Atlanta restaurants, it chronicles the adventures of Robert, a gay man in search of a husband — or at least a good meal. Read the whole series online at www.theGAVoice.com. " id="pdf-obj-27-19" src="pdf-obj-27-19.jpg">
28 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT <a href=www.theGAVoice.com FOOD PORN BY CLIFF BOSTOCK Dim sum and big discussions Has Robert fi nally found a boyfriend in Lee? The time had come. Robert was feeling af- fl icted with what he described to his therapist as “the mental disorder of falling in love.” He and Lee had been seeing one another for sev- eral months now, but Lee was still mysterious. They’d never had sex, even though the ro- mantic vibe had turned into a drumbeat, at least for Robert. It was time to have the discus- sion about where they were headed. He dreaded it and picked Canton House on Buford Highway for the discussion. He made an excuse to meet in separate cars, in case things went badly. While waiting, Robert ab- sorbed himself in a 15-year-old book he was re-reading, Michael Warner’s “The Trouble with Normal.” Lee arrived. “This place is kind of over-lit for a romantic dinner, isn’t it?” Robert balked. Had Lee anticipated his plan? “Yeah, it is over-lit,” he said, “but it’s not crowded and we can talk without screaming. Plus they give great dim sum.” He pointed to the other side of the room where a server pushed the traditional dim sum cart loaded with snack-size portions of steamed and fried dumplings, soft billowy buns stuffed with barbecue, little ribs and much more, including chicken feet. “So how was your day?” Lee asked. “Pretty good,” Robert replied, “although I managed to bore my students with a discus- sion about gay marriage.” He picked up his book and waved it in the air. “I read it long ago and I think he still makes the best gay argu- ment against gay marriage.” “Oh yeah,” Lee said. “I read that. Marriage could turn us all into simpering conservatives lined up at Tiffany’s to get on the bridal regis- try. Those who choose not to get married will become second-class citizens.” “Yeah, basically,” Robert said. “But talk- ing about marriage brings up something more personal I wanted to talk about. We’ve been seeing one another regularly, but we haven’t had, um, real sex, if you know what I mean. I’m just wondering how you see us – as friends, boyfriends, what?” Lee looked around like someone in urgent need of fi nding the restroom. “Okay, okay,” Robert said. “We don’t have to talk about it. I could tell you about eating ox penis at Beijing Kabobs down the road.” “No, no,” Lee replied, laughing. “Of course, DETAILS RECOMMENDED DINING Canton House 4825 Buford Highway, Chamblee, GA 30341 770-936-9030 | www.cantonhouserestaurant.com This restaurant, which has a large following in the Chinese community, regularly makes “best of” lists for its dim sum. The best time to go is weekends at your usual brunch time. f you want something green – and you will – order a plate of snow pea vines. Beijing Kabobs 5090 Buford Hwy Doraville, GA 30340 770-455-8388 | www.beijingkabobs.com You really can order grilled, skewered ox penis. It doesn’t taste bad, but…well, go ahead and order it. Stick to kabobs and dumplings here. The lamb kabob coated in cumin is everyone’s favorite. I’ve wanted to have sex, but everyone says now you should wait and get to know someone be- fore jumping into a bed or a sling or whatever. At the same time, my freak show’s point, like Michael Warner’s, is that embracing your oth- erness, including wild sex, is better than trying to conform. So, feeling all lovey-dovey is con- fusing to me.” Robert nodded. “Ah, the inconvenience of reality. We aren’t going to overturn the bene- fi ts accorded the married, so it’s hard to blame anyone for choosing that route. And then there’s the whole thing about love…. “Love,” Lee interrupted. “Yeah I know. I nev- er understood why anyone needed their love approved. Then I saw photographs of people receiving marriage licenses in San Francisco. Everyone looked dazed with happiness. I real- ized I couldn’t oppose their choice.” “Exactly,” said Robert. “So people like me, about to turn 50, remember the pleasure of being a sexual outlaw, but I’ve also seen the pleasure that comes to those who want their love publicly recognized. You and I are in be- tween. It’s like holding off on sex because it’s what you’re supposed to do, but nobody really does that…well, nobody but you, mysterious as always.” “Ouch,” Lee said. “Alright, that’s ending to- night. We’re offi cially boyfriends. Cool?” Robert nodded. They clinked their little cups of tea and hurried through their meal. Food Porn is a fi ctional series by longtime Atlanta food critic Cliff Bostock. Set in real Atlanta restaurants, it chronicles the adventures of Robert, a gay man in search of a husband — or at least a good meal. Read the whole series online at www.theGAVoice.com. " id="pdf-obj-27-21" src="pdf-obj-27-21.jpg">

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28 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT <a href=www.theGAVoice.com FOOD PORN BY CLIFF BOSTOCK Dim sum and big discussions Has Robert fi nally found a boyfriend in Lee? The time had come. Robert was feeling af- fl icted with what he described to his therapist as “the mental disorder of falling in love.” He and Lee had been seeing one another for sev- eral months now, but Lee was still mysterious. They’d never had sex, even though the ro- mantic vibe had turned into a drumbeat, at least for Robert. It was time to have the discus- sion about where they were headed. He dreaded it and picked Canton House on Buford Highway for the discussion. He made an excuse to meet in separate cars, in case things went badly. While waiting, Robert ab- sorbed himself in a 15-year-old book he was re-reading, Michael Warner’s “The Trouble with Normal.” Lee arrived. “This place is kind of over-lit for a romantic dinner, isn’t it?” Robert balked. Had Lee anticipated his plan? “Yeah, it is over-lit,” he said, “but it’s not crowded and we can talk without screaming. Plus they give great dim sum.” He pointed to the other side of the room where a server pushed the traditional dim sum cart loaded with snack-size portions of steamed and fried dumplings, soft billowy buns stuffed with barbecue, little ribs and much more, including chicken feet. “So how was your day?” Lee asked. “Pretty good,” Robert replied, “although I managed to bore my students with a discus- sion about gay marriage.” He picked up his book and waved it in the air. “I read it long ago and I think he still makes the best gay argu- ment against gay marriage.” “Oh yeah,” Lee said. “I read that. Marriage could turn us all into simpering conservatives lined up at Tiffany’s to get on the bridal regis- try. Those who choose not to get married will become second-class citizens.” “Yeah, basically,” Robert said. “But talk- ing about marriage brings up something more personal I wanted to talk about. We’ve been seeing one another regularly, but we haven’t had, um, real sex, if you know what I mean. I’m just wondering how you see us – as friends, boyfriends, what?” Lee looked around like someone in urgent need of fi nding the restroom. “Okay, okay,” Robert said. “We don’t have to talk about it. I could tell you about eating ox penis at Beijing Kabobs down the road.” “No, no,” Lee replied, laughing. “Of course, DETAILS RECOMMENDED DINING Canton House 4825 Buford Highway, Chamblee, GA 30341 770-936-9030 | www.cantonhouserestaurant.com This restaurant, which has a large following in the Chinese community, regularly makes “best of” lists for its dim sum. The best time to go is weekends at your usual brunch time. f you want something green – and you will – order a plate of snow pea vines. Beijing Kabobs 5090 Buford Hwy Doraville, GA 30340 770-455-8388 | www.beijingkabobs.com You really can order grilled, skewered ox penis. It doesn’t taste bad, but…well, go ahead and order it. Stick to kabobs and dumplings here. The lamb kabob coated in cumin is everyone’s favorite. I’ve wanted to have sex, but everyone says now you should wait and get to know someone be- fore jumping into a bed or a sling or whatever. At the same time, my freak show’s point, like Michael Warner’s, is that embracing your oth- erness, including wild sex, is better than trying to conform. So, feeling all lovey-dovey is con- fusing to me.” Robert nodded. “Ah, the inconvenience of reality. We aren’t going to overturn the bene- fi ts accorded the married, so it’s hard to blame anyone for choosing that route. And then there’s the whole thing about love…. “Love,” Lee interrupted. “Yeah I know. I nev- er understood why anyone needed their love approved. Then I saw photographs of people receiving marriage licenses in San Francisco. Everyone looked dazed with happiness. I real- ized I couldn’t oppose their choice.” “Exactly,” said Robert. “So people like me, about to turn 50, remember the pleasure of being a sexual outlaw, but I’ve also seen the pleasure that comes to those who want their love publicly recognized. You and I are in be- tween. It’s like holding off on sex because it’s what you’re supposed to do, but nobody really does that…well, nobody but you, mysterious as always.” “Ouch,” Lee said. “Alright, that’s ending to- night. We’re offi cially boyfriends. Cool?” Robert nodded. They clinked their little cups of tea and hurried through their meal. Food Porn is a fi ctional series by longtime Atlanta food critic Cliff Bostock. Set in real Atlanta restaurants, it chronicles the adventures of Robert, a gay man in search of a husband — or at least a good meal. Read the whole series online at www.theGAVoice.com. " id="pdf-obj-27-26" src="pdf-obj-27-26.jpg">

Dim sum and big discussions

Has Robert fi nally found a boyfriend in Lee?

The time had come. Robert was feeling af-

fl icted with what he described to his therapist

as “the mental disorder of falling in love.” He

and Lee had been seeing one another for sev-

eral months now, but Lee was still mysterious.

They’d never had sex, even though the ro-

mantic vibe had turned into a drumbeat, at

least for Robert. It was time to have the discus-

sion about where they were headed.

He dreaded it and picked

Canton House on
Canton House on
28 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT <a href=www.theGAVoice.com FOOD PORN BY CLIFF BOSTOCK Dim sum and big discussions Has Robert fi nally found a boyfriend in Lee? The time had come. Robert was feeling af- fl icted with what he described to his therapist as “the mental disorder of falling in love.” He and Lee had been seeing one another for sev- eral months now, but Lee was still mysterious. They’d never had sex, even though the ro- mantic vibe had turned into a drumbeat, at least for Robert. It was time to have the discus- sion about where they were headed. He dreaded it and picked Canton House on Buford Highway for the discussion. He made an excuse to meet in separate cars, in case things went badly. While waiting, Robert ab- sorbed himself in a 15-year-old book he was re-reading, Michael Warner’s “The Trouble with Normal.” Lee arrived. “This place is kind of over-lit for a romantic dinner, isn’t it?” Robert balked. Had Lee anticipated his plan? “Yeah, it is over-lit,” he said, “but it’s not crowded and we can talk without screaming. Plus they give great dim sum.” He pointed to the other side of the room where a server pushed the traditional dim sum cart loaded with snack-size portions of steamed and fried dumplings, soft billowy buns stuffed with barbecue, little ribs and much more, including chicken feet. “So how was your day?” Lee asked. “Pretty good,” Robert replied, “although I managed to bore my students with a discus- sion about gay marriage.” He picked up his book and waved it in the air. “I read it long ago and I think he still makes the best gay argu- ment against gay marriage.” “Oh yeah,” Lee said. “I read that. Marriage could turn us all into simpering conservatives lined up at Tiffany’s to get on the bridal regis- try. Those who choose not to get married will become second-class citizens.” “Yeah, basically,” Robert said. “But talk- ing about marriage brings up something more personal I wanted to talk about. We’ve been seeing one another regularly, but we haven’t had, um, real sex, if you know what I mean. I’m just wondering how you see us – as friends, boyfriends, what?” Lee looked around like someone in urgent need of fi nding the restroom. “Okay, okay,” Robert said. “We don’t have to talk about it. I could tell you about eating ox penis at Beijing Kabobs down the road.” “No, no,” Lee replied, laughing. “Of course, DETAILS RECOMMENDED DINING Canton House 4825 Buford Highway, Chamblee, GA 30341 770-936-9030 | www.cantonhouserestaurant.com This restaurant, which has a large following in the Chinese community, regularly makes “best of” lists for its dim sum. The best time to go is weekends at your usual brunch time. f you want something green – and you will – order a plate of snow pea vines. Beijing Kabobs 5090 Buford Hwy Doraville, GA 30340 770-455-8388 | www.beijingkabobs.com You really can order grilled, skewered ox penis. It doesn’t taste bad, but…well, go ahead and order it. Stick to kabobs and dumplings here. The lamb kabob coated in cumin is everyone’s favorite. I’ve wanted to have sex, but everyone says now you should wait and get to know someone be- fore jumping into a bed or a sling or whatever. At the same time, my freak show’s point, like Michael Warner’s, is that embracing your oth- erness, including wild sex, is better than trying to conform. So, feeling all lovey-dovey is con- fusing to me.” Robert nodded. “Ah, the inconvenience of reality. We aren’t going to overturn the bene- fi ts accorded the married, so it’s hard to blame anyone for choosing that route. And then there’s the whole thing about love…. “Love,” Lee interrupted. “Yeah I know. I nev- er understood why anyone needed their love approved. Then I saw photographs of people receiving marriage licenses in San Francisco. Everyone looked dazed with happiness. I real- ized I couldn’t oppose their choice.” “Exactly,” said Robert. “So people like me, about to turn 50, remember the pleasure of being a sexual outlaw, but I’ve also seen the pleasure that comes to those who want their love publicly recognized. You and I are in be- tween. It’s like holding off on sex because it’s what you’re supposed to do, but nobody really does that…well, nobody but you, mysterious as always.” “Ouch,” Lee said. “Alright, that’s ending to- night. We’re offi cially boyfriends. Cool?” Robert nodded. They clinked their little cups of tea and hurried through their meal. Food Porn is a fi ctional series by longtime Atlanta food critic Cliff Bostock. Set in real Atlanta restaurants, it chronicles the adventures of Robert, a gay man in search of a husband — or at least a good meal. Read the whole series online at www.theGAVoice.com. " id="pdf-obj-27-55" src="pdf-obj-27-55.jpg">

Buford Highway for the discussion. He made

an excuse to meet in separate cars, in case

things went badly. While waiting, Robert ab-

sorbed himself in a 15-year-old book he was

re-reading, Michael Warner’s “The Trouble

with Normal.”

Lee arrived. “This place is kind of over-lit

for a romantic dinner, isn’t it?”

Robert balked. Had Lee anticipated his plan?

“Yeah, it is over-lit,” he said, “but it’s not

crowded and we can talk without screaming.

Plus they give great dim sum.”

He pointed to the other side of the room

where a server pushed the traditional dim

sum cart loaded with snack-size portions of

steamed and fried dumplings, soft billowy

buns stuffed with barbecue, little ribs and

much more, including chicken feet.

“So how was your day?” Lee asked.

“Pretty good,” Robert replied, “although I

managed to bore my students with a discus-

sion about gay marriage.” He picked up his

book and waved it in the air. “I read it long ago

and I think he still makes the best gay argu-

ment against gay marriage.”

“Oh yeah,” Lee said. “I read that. Marriage

could turn us all into simpering conservatives

lined up at Tiffany’s to get on the bridal regis-

try. Those who choose not to get married will

become second-class citizens.”

“Yeah, basically,” Robert said. “But talk-

ing about marriage brings up something

more personal I wanted to talk about. We’ve

been seeing one another regularly, but we

haven’t had, um, real sex, if you know what I

mean. I’m just wondering how you see us – as

friends, boyfriends, what?”

Lee looked around like someone in urgent

need of fi nding the restroom.

“Okay, okay,” Robert said. “We don’t have to

talk about it. I could tell you about eating ox

penis at

Beijing Kabobs
Beijing Kabobs

down the road.”

“No, no,” Lee replied, laughing. “Of course,

DETAILS
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28 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT <a href=www.theGAVoice.com FOOD PORN BY CLIFF BOSTOCK Dim sum and big discussions Has Robert fi nally found a boyfriend in Lee? The time had come. Robert was feeling af- fl icted with what he described to his therapist as “the mental disorder of falling in love.” He and Lee had been seeing one another for sev- eral months now, but Lee was still mysterious. They’d never had sex, even though the ro- mantic vibe had turned into a drumbeat, at least for Robert. It was time to have the discus- sion about where they were headed. He dreaded it and picked Canton House on Buford Highway for the discussion. He made an excuse to meet in separate cars, in case things went badly. While waiting, Robert ab- sorbed himself in a 15-year-old book he was re-reading, Michael Warner’s “The Trouble with Normal.” Lee arrived. “This place is kind of over-lit for a romantic dinner, isn’t it?” Robert balked. Had Lee anticipated his plan? “Yeah, it is over-lit,” he said, “but it’s not crowded and we can talk without screaming. Plus they give great dim sum.” He pointed to the other side of the room where a server pushed the traditional dim sum cart loaded with snack-size portions of steamed and fried dumplings, soft billowy buns stuffed with barbecue, little ribs and much more, including chicken feet. “So how was your day?” Lee asked. “Pretty good,” Robert replied, “although I managed to bore my students with a discus- sion about gay marriage.” He picked up his book and waved it in the air. “I read it long ago and I think he still makes the best gay argu- ment against gay marriage.” “Oh yeah,” Lee said. “I read that. Marriage could turn us all into simpering conservatives lined up at Tiffany’s to get on the bridal regis- try. Those who choose not to get married will become second-class citizens.” “Yeah, basically,” Robert said. “But talk- ing about marriage brings up something more personal I wanted to talk about. We’ve been seeing one another regularly, but we haven’t had, um, real sex, if you know what I mean. I’m just wondering how you see us – as friends, boyfriends, what?” Lee looked around like someone in urgent need of fi nding the restroom. “Okay, okay,” Robert said. “We don’t have to talk about it. I could tell you about eating ox penis at Beijing Kabobs down the road.” “No, no,” Lee replied, laughing. “Of course, DETAILS RECOMMENDED DINING Canton House 4825 Buford Highway, Chamblee, GA 30341 770-936-9030 | www.cantonhouserestaurant.com This restaurant, which has a large following in the Chinese community, regularly makes “best of” lists for its dim sum. The best time to go is weekends at your usual brunch time. f you want something green – and you will – order a plate of snow pea vines. Beijing Kabobs 5090 Buford Hwy Doraville, GA 30340 770-455-8388 | www.beijingkabobs.com You really can order grilled, skewered ox penis. It doesn’t taste bad, but…well, go ahead and order it. Stick to kabobs and dumplings here. The lamb kabob coated in cumin is everyone’s favorite. I’ve wanted to have sex, but everyone says now you should wait and get to know someone be- fore jumping into a bed or a sling or whatever. At the same time, my freak show’s point, like Michael Warner’s, is that embracing your oth- erness, including wild sex, is better than trying to conform. So, feeling all lovey-dovey is con- fusing to me.” Robert nodded. “Ah, the inconvenience of reality. We aren’t going to overturn the bene- fi ts accorded the married, so it’s hard to blame anyone for choosing that route. And then there’s the whole thing about love…. “Love,” Lee interrupted. “Yeah I know. I nev- er understood why anyone needed their love approved. Then I saw photographs of people receiving marriage licenses in San Francisco. Everyone looked dazed with happiness. I real- ized I couldn’t oppose their choice.” “Exactly,” said Robert. “So people like me, about to turn 50, remember the pleasure of being a sexual outlaw, but I’ve also seen the pleasure that comes to those who want their love publicly recognized. You and I are in be- tween. It’s like holding off on sex because it’s what you’re supposed to do, but nobody really does that…well, nobody but you, mysterious as always.” “Ouch,” Lee said. “Alright, that’s ending to- night. We’re offi cially boyfriends. Cool?” Robert nodded. They clinked their little cups of tea and hurried through their meal. Food Porn is a fi ctional series by longtime Atlanta food critic Cliff Bostock. Set in real Atlanta restaurants, it chronicles the adventures of Robert, a gay man in search of a husband — or at least a good meal. Read the whole series online at www.theGAVoice.com. " id="pdf-obj-27-150" src="pdf-obj-27-150.jpg">
28 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT <a href=www.theGAVoice.com FOOD PORN BY CLIFF BOSTOCK Dim sum and big discussions Has Robert fi nally found a boyfriend in Lee? The time had come. Robert was feeling af- fl icted with what he described to his therapist as “the mental disorder of falling in love.” He and Lee had been seeing one another for sev- eral months now, but Lee was still mysterious. They’d never had sex, even though the ro- mantic vibe had turned into a drumbeat, at least for Robert. It was time to have the discus- sion about where they were headed. He dreaded it and picked Canton House on Buford Highway for the discussion. He made an excuse to meet in separate cars, in case things went badly. While waiting, Robert ab- sorbed himself in a 15-year-old book he was re-reading, Michael Warner’s “The Trouble with Normal.” Lee arrived. “This place is kind of over-lit for a romantic dinner, isn’t it?” Robert balked. Had Lee anticipated his plan? “Yeah, it is over-lit,” he said, “but it’s not crowded and we can talk without screaming. Plus they give great dim sum.” He pointed to the other side of the room where a server pushed the traditional dim sum cart loaded with snack-size portions of steamed and fried dumplings, soft billowy buns stuffed with barbecue, little ribs and much more, including chicken feet. “So how was your day?” Lee asked. “Pretty good,” Robert replied, “although I managed to bore my students with a discus- sion about gay marriage.” He picked up his book and waved it in the air. “I read it long ago and I think he still makes the best gay argu- ment against gay marriage.” “Oh yeah,” Lee said. “I read that. Marriage could turn us all into simpering conservatives lined up at Tiffany’s to get on the bridal regis- try. Those who choose not to get married will become second-class citizens.” “Yeah, basically,” Robert said. “But talk- ing about marriage brings up something more personal I wanted to talk about. We’ve been seeing one another regularly, but we haven’t had, um, real sex, if you know what I mean. I’m just wondering how you see us – as friends, boyfriends, what?” Lee looked around like someone in urgent need of fi nding the restroom. “Okay, okay,” Robert said. “We don’t have to talk about it. I could tell you about eating ox penis at Beijing Kabobs down the road.” “No, no,” Lee replied, laughing. “Of course, DETAILS RECOMMENDED DINING Canton House 4825 Buford Highway, Chamblee, GA 30341 770-936-9030 | www.cantonhouserestaurant.com This restaurant, which has a large following in the Chinese community, regularly makes “best of” lists for its dim sum. The best time to go is weekends at your usual brunch time. f you want something green – and you will – order a plate of snow pea vines. Beijing Kabobs 5090 Buford Hwy Doraville, GA 30340 770-455-8388 | www.beijingkabobs.com You really can order grilled, skewered ox penis. It doesn’t taste bad, but…well, go ahead and order it. Stick to kabobs and dumplings here. The lamb kabob coated in cumin is everyone’s favorite. I’ve wanted to have sex, but everyone says now you should wait and get to know someone be- fore jumping into a bed or a sling or whatever. At the same time, my freak show’s point, like Michael Warner’s, is that embracing your oth- erness, including wild sex, is better than trying to conform. So, feeling all lovey-dovey is con- fusing to me.” Robert nodded. “Ah, the inconvenience of reality. We aren’t going to overturn the bene- fi ts accorded the married, so it’s hard to blame anyone for choosing that route. And then there’s the whole thing about love…. “Love,” Lee interrupted. “Yeah I know. I nev- er understood why anyone needed their love approved. Then I saw photographs of people receiving marriage licenses in San Francisco. Everyone looked dazed with happiness. I real- ized I couldn’t oppose their choice.” “Exactly,” said Robert. “So people like me, about to turn 50, remember the pleasure of being a sexual outlaw, but I’ve also seen the pleasure that comes to those who want their love publicly recognized. You and I are in be- tween. It’s like holding off on sex because it’s what you’re supposed to do, but nobody really does that…well, nobody but you, mysterious as always.” “Ouch,” Lee said. “Alright, that’s ending to- night. We’re offi cially boyfriends. Cool?” Robert nodded. They clinked their little cups of tea and hurried through their meal. Food Porn is a fi ctional series by longtime Atlanta food critic Cliff Bostock. Set in real Atlanta restaurants, it chronicles the adventures of Robert, a gay man in search of a husband — or at least a good meal. Read the whole series online at www.theGAVoice.com. " id="pdf-obj-27-152" src="pdf-obj-27-152.jpg">

RECOMMENDED DINING

Canton House

  • 4825 Buford Highway, Chamblee, GA 30341

770-936-9030 | www.cantonhouserestaurant.com This restaurant, which has a large following in the Chinese community, regularly makes “best of” lists for its dim sum. The best time to go is weekends at your usual brunch time. f you want something green – and you will – order a plate of snow pea vines.

Beijing Kabobs

  • 5090 Buford Hwy Doraville, GA 30340

770-455-8388 | www.beijingkabobs.com You really can order grilled, skewered ox penis. It doesn’t taste bad, but…well, go ahead and order it. Stick to kabobs and dumplings here. The lamb kabob coated in cumin is everyone’s favorite.

I’ve wanted to have sex, but everyone says now

you should wait and get to know someone be-

fore jumping into a bed or a sling or whatever.

At the same time, my freak show’s point, like

Michael Warner’s, is that embracing your oth-

erness, including wild sex, is better than trying

to conform. So, feeling all lovey-dovey is con-

fusing to me.”

Robert nodded. “Ah, the inconvenience of

reality. We aren’t going to overturn the bene-

fi ts accorded the married, so it’s hard to blame

anyone for choosing that route. And then

there’s the whole thing about love….

“Love,” Lee interrupted. “Yeah I know. I nev-

er understood why anyone needed their love

approved. Then I saw photographs of people

receiving marriage licenses in San Francisco.

Everyone looked dazed with happiness. I real-

ized I couldn’t oppose their choice.”

“Exactly,” said Robert. “So people like me,

about to turn 50, remember the pleasure of

being a sexual outlaw, but I’ve also seen the

pleasure that comes to those who want their

love publicly recognized. You and I are in be-

tween. It’s like holding off on sex because it’s

what you’re supposed to do, but nobody really

does that…well, nobody but you, mysterious

as always.”

“Ouch,” Lee said. “Alright, that’s ending to-

night. We’re offi cially boyfriends. Cool?”

Robert nodded. They clinked their little

cups of tea and hurried through their meal.

Food Porn is a fi ctional series by longtime Atlanta food critic Cliff Bostock. Set in real Atlanta restaurants, it chronicles the adventures of Robert, a gay man in search

of a husband — or at least a good meal. Read the whole series online at www.theGAVoice.com.

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<a href=www.theGAVoice.com ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 04.12.13 GA VOICE | 29 THEATER BY JIM FARMER Southern stories ‘Brer Rabbit’ returns with gay director at helm When openly gay actor Spencer G. Ste- phens was approached about directing “Brer Rabbit & Friends” at the Center for Puppetry Arts, he wasn’t sure how to react. Yet it didn’t take him long to say an enthusiastic “yes” to the project. As part of the acting ensemble of the last two versions of the show at the company, in 2005 and in 2008, Stephens feels his experience was one reason he was asked to helm the current take, even though he had never directed before. “I know the structure, how the show should be done,” he says. In all, he has worked with the company in various productions as a performer/puppeteer for the last decade. “Brer Rabbit & Friends,” a staple at the Cen- ter since 1978, has been modernized here in Jon Ludwig’s take, with four central characters — Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear and Sister Mud Turtle — spinning distinctly Southern stories. Stephens feels Ludwig’s version makes the stories more accessible. “If you read the stories, it can be hard to get through the dialect,” he says. As a director, one of Stephens’ contribu- tions is wanting the production to refl ect an African-American culture. To that end, he has worked with music director Renee Clark to “deconstruct” the live music accompanying the stories. DETAILS ‘Brer Rabbit & Friends’ Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear and Sister Mud Turtle take centerstage as the Center for Puppetry Arts mounts ‘Brer Rab- bit & Friends’ April 11 - May 26. (Courtesy photo) April 11 - May 26 at the Center for Puppetry Arts www.puppet.org volved volved in the Alliance show but is aware of many of the changes, most awa ‘Sister Act’ of of which are new musical num- April 23-28 at Fox Theatre www.broadwayacrossamerica.com bers and some narrative tweaks. “Sister Act” has an original score by Alan Menken of “Beau- and despite the fact that ty and the Beast” fame and there may be things they some script work/help from don’t like about each oth- Douglas Carter Beane, who er, they are family, all con- wrote the Tony-winning, gay- nected,” he says. themed t “The Little Dog Laughed.” Gay male patrons can n While the movie is set in also appreciate a show about out San Francisco, the musical takes Sa CHARLES BARKSDALE a “cute adorable fuzzy dancing place in Philadelphia in the age of l bear,” he teases. disco, the ‘70s. Deloris Van Cartier ‘SISTER ACT’ RETURNS is a lounge singer who witnesses a mob mur- der and has to hide out in a convent — and On Stage “The Drowsy Chaperone” Through April 14 at Aurora Theatre www.auroratheatre.com This Tony-winning musical follows a lonely, sexually ambiguous musical theater junkie who puts on the cast album of his favorite show and sees it pop to life around him. “Designing Women Live 7” April 11 – 14 at Onstage Atlanta www.onstageatlanta.com Two new episodes of the TV classic are being staged – “Suzanne Goes Looking for a Friend” and “The Emperor’s New Nose/How Long Has This Been Going On?” – and done as fundraisers for Process Theatre and Onstage Atlanta’s new home. “The Fabulous Lipitones” Through April 21 at Theatrical Outfi t www.theatricaloutfi t.or g Openly gay Glenn Rainey stars in this new musical about a small town barbershop quartet competing for a national championship “Hello, Dolly!” Through April 28 at Georgia Ensemble Theatre www.get.org Courtenay Collins plays the title role in the fi rst clas- sic musical staged by Georgia Ensemble Theatre, directed by Heidi Cline-McKerley. “Zorro” Through May 4 at Alliance Theatre www.alliancetheatre.org Openly gay director Christopher Renshaw brings this fl amenco musical to the stage, with Broadway vet Adam Jacobs as Diego/Zorro. “I want it to be what we listen to as African- As part of the Alliance Theatre’s 2006-2007 pretend to be a nun. Barksdale was surprised at how gay it seemed Americans,” he says. season, the company staged an early version Barksdale plays TJ, who is the nephew of to him, despite no LGBT roles. As an educator himself working with third of “Sister Act,” based on the Whoopi Goldberg the villainous Curtis. He feels the character is “Sister Act” has a drag character, subtle gay through eight graders, Stephens feels there is fi lm. It took some time but the musical even- a lot like him. context, “sequins and sparkle” galore, and hu- a mix of patrons who are aware of Brer Rabbit coming in and those not. He thinks this works well for both, and he also thinks gay audiences will appreciate this adaptation. “In ‘Brer Rabbit,’ these are all different people, tually wound up on Broadway in 2011. Now it’s back in the ATL for the fi rst time since the Al- liance version. One of the cast members is openly gay Charles Barksdale. The performer was not in- “He is comic relief,” he says. “The character is a little weird, ridiculous. His brain seems to have stopped working when he was age 12.” He has two numbers and also fi gures in the fi nale. When he saw the show on Broadway, mor that “seems written for a gay man,” he says. A native of San Antonio, Barksdale attended the University of Texas. He has split his time after college taking on roles both in opera and in musical theater. " id="pdf-obj-28-20" src="pdf-obj-28-20.jpg">

Southern

stories

‘Brer Rabbit’ returns with gay director at helm

When openly gay actor Spencer G. Ste-

phens was approached about directing “Brer

Rabbit & Friends” at the Center for Puppetry

Arts, he wasn’t sure how to react. Yet it didn’t

take him long to say an enthusiastic “yes” to

the project.

As part of the acting ensemble of the last two

versions of the show at the company, in 2005

and in 2008, Stephens feels his experience was

one reason he was asked to helm the current

take, even though he had never directed before.

“I know the structure, how the show should

be done,” he says.

In all, he has worked with the company in

various productions as a performer/puppeteer

for the last decade.

“Brer Rabbit & Friends,” a staple at the Cen-

ter since 1978, has been modernized here in Jon

Ludwig’s take, with four central characters —

Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear and Sister Mud

Turtle — spinning distinctly Southern stories.

Stephens feels Ludwig’s version makes the

stories more accessible.

“If you read the stories, it can be hard to get

through the dialect,” he says.

As a director, one of Stephens’ contribu-

tions is wanting the production to refl ect an

African-American culture. To that end, he has

worked with music director Renee Clark to

“deconstruct” the live music accompanying

the stories.

<a href=www.theGAVoice.com ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 04.12.13 GA VOICE | 29 THEATER BY JIM FARMER Southern stories ‘Brer Rabbit’ returns with gay director at helm When openly gay actor Spencer G. Ste- phens was approached about directing “Brer Rabbit & Friends” at the Center for Puppetry Arts, he wasn’t sure how to react. Yet it didn’t take him long to say an enthusiastic “yes” to the project. As part of the acting ensemble of the last two versions of the show at the company, in 2005 and in 2008, Stephens feels his experience was one reason he was asked to helm the current take, even though he had never directed before. “I know the structure, how the show should be done,” he says. In all, he has worked with the company in various productions as a performer/puppeteer for the last decade. “Brer Rabbit & Friends,” a staple at the Cen- ter since 1978, has been modernized here in Jon Ludwig’s take, with four central characters — Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear and Sister Mud Turtle — spinning distinctly Southern stories. Stephens feels Ludwig’s version makes the stories more accessible. “If you read the stories, it can be hard to get through the dialect,” he says. As a director, one of Stephens’ contribu- tions is wanting the production to refl ect an African-American culture. To that end, he has worked with music director Renee Clark to “deconstruct” the live music accompanying the stories. DETAILS ‘Brer Rabbit & Friends’ Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear and Sister Mud Turtle take centerstage as the Center for Puppetry Arts mounts ‘Brer Rab- bit & Friends’ April 11 - May 26. (Courtesy photo) April 11 - May 26 at the Center for Puppetry Arts www.puppet.org volved volved in the Alliance show but is aware of many of the changes, most awa ‘Sister Act’ of of which are new musical num- April 23-28 at Fox Theatre www.broadwayacrossamerica.com bers and some narrative tweaks. “Sister Act” has an original score by Alan Menken of “Beau- and despite the fact that ty and the Beast” fame and there may be things they some script work/help from don’t like about each oth- Douglas Carter Beane, who er, they are family, all con- wrote the Tony-winning, gay- nected,” he says. themed t “The Little Dog Laughed.” Gay male patrons can n While the movie is set in also appreciate a show about out San Francisco, the musical takes Sa CHARLES BARKSDALE a “cute adorable fuzzy dancing place in Philadelphia in the age of l bear,” he teases. disco, the ‘70s. Deloris Van Cartier ‘SISTER ACT’ RETURNS is a lounge singer who witnesses a mob mur- der and has to hide out in a convent — and On Stage “The Drowsy Chaperone” Through April 14 at Aurora Theatre www.auroratheatre.com This Tony-winning musical follows a lonely, sexually ambiguous musical theater junkie who puts on the cast album of his favorite show and sees it pop to life around him. “Designing Women Live 7” April 11 – 14 at Onstage Atlanta www.onstageatlanta.com Two new episodes of the TV classic are being staged – “Suzanne Goes Looking for a Friend” and “The Emperor’s New Nose/How Long Has This Been Going On?” – and done as fundraisers for Process Theatre and Onstage Atlanta’s new home. “The Fabulous Lipitones” Through April 21 at Theatrical Outfi t www.theatricaloutfi t.or g Openly gay Glenn Rainey stars in this new musical about a small town barbershop quartet competing for a national championship “Hello, Dolly!” Through April 28 at Georgia Ensemble Theatre www.get.org Courtenay Collins plays the title role in the fi rst clas- sic musical staged by Georgia Ensemble Theatre, directed by Heidi Cline-McKerley. “Zorro” Through May 4 at Alliance Theatre www.alliancetheatre.org Openly gay director Christopher Renshaw brings this fl amenco musical to the stage, with Broadway vet Adam Jacobs as Diego/Zorro. “I want it to be what we listen to as African- As part of the Alliance Theatre’s 2006-2007 pretend to be a nun. Barksdale was surprised at how gay it seemed Americans,” he says. season, the company staged an early version Barksdale plays TJ, who is the nephew of to him, despite no LGBT roles. As an educator himself working with third of “Sister Act,” based on the Whoopi Goldberg the villainous Curtis. He feels the character is “Sister Act” has a drag character, subtle gay through eight graders, Stephens feels there is fi lm. It took some time but the musical even- a lot like him. context, “sequins and sparkle” galore, and hu- a mix of patrons who are aware of Brer Rabbit coming in and those not. He thinks this works well for both, and he also thinks gay audiences will appreciate this adaptation. “In ‘Brer Rabbit,’ these are all different people, tually wound up on Broadway in 2011. Now it’s back in the ATL for the fi rst time since the Al- liance version. One of the cast members is openly gay Charles Barksdale. The performer was not in- “He is comic relief,” he says. “The character is a little weird, ridiculous. His brain seems to have stopped working when he was age 12.” He has two numbers and also fi gures in the fi nale. When he saw the show on Broadway, mor that “seems written for a gay man,” he says. A native of San Antonio, Barksdale attended the University of Texas. He has split his time after college taking on roles both in opera and in musical theater. " id="pdf-obj-28-91" src="pdf-obj-28-91.jpg">
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‘SISTER ACT’ RETURNS

is a lounge singer who witnesses a mob mur-

der and has to hide out in a convent — and

 

On Stage

 
 
 

“The Drowsy Chaperone”

 

Through April 14 at Aurora Theatre www.auroratheatre.com This Tony-winning musical follows a lonely, sexually ambiguous musical theater junkie who puts on the cast album of his favorite show and sees it pop to life around him.

 

“Designing Women Live 7”

 

April 11 – 14 at Onstage Atlanta www.onstageatlanta.com Two new episodes of the TV classic are being staged – “Suzanne Goes Looking for a Friend” and “The Emperor’s New Nose/How Long Has This Been Going On?” – and done as fundraisers for Process Theatre and Onstage Atlanta’s new home.

 

“The Fabulous Lipitones”

 

Through April 21 at Theatrical Outfi t www.theatricaloutfi t.org Openly gay Glenn Rainey stars in this new musical

about a small town barbershop quartet competing

for a national championship

 

“Hello, Dolly!”

 

Through April 28 at Georgia Ensemble Theatre www.get.org Courtenay Collins plays the title role in the fi rst clas- sic musical staged by Georgia Ensemble Theatre, directed by Heidi Cline-McKerley.

 

“Zorro”

 

Through May 4 at Alliance Theatre www.alliancetheatre.org

Openly gay director Christopher Renshaw brings this fl amenco musical to the stage, with Broadway vet Adam Jacobs as Diego/Zorro.

“I want it to be what we listen to as African-

As part of the Alliance Theatre’s 2006-2007

pretend to be a nun.

Barksdale was surprised at how gay it seemed

Americans,” he says.

season, the company staged an early version

Barksdale plays TJ, who is the nephew of

to him, despite no LGBT roles.

As an educator himself working with third

of “Sister Act,” based on the Whoopi Goldberg

the villainous Curtis. He feels the character is

“Sister Act” has a drag character, subtle gay

through eight graders, Stephens feels there is

fi lm. It took some time but the musical even-

a lot like him.

context, “sequins and sparkle” galore, and hu-

a mix of patrons who are aware of Brer Rabbit

coming in and those not. He thinks this works

well for both, and he also thinks gay audiences

will appreciate this adaptation.

“In ‘Brer Rabbit,’ these are all different people,

tually wound up on Broadway in 2011. Now it’s

back in the ATL for the fi rst time since the Al-

liance version.

One of the cast members is openly gay

Charles Barksdale. The performer was not in-

<a href=www.theGAVoice.com ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 04.12.13 GA VOICE | 29 THEATER BY JIM FARMER Southern stories ‘Brer Rabbit’ returns with gay director at helm When openly gay actor Spencer G. Ste- phens was approached about directing “Brer Rabbit & Friends” at the Center for Puppetry Arts, he wasn’t sure how to react. Yet it didn’t take him long to say an enthusiastic “yes” to the project. As part of the acting ensemble of the last two versions of the show at the company, in 2005 and in 2008, Stephens feels his experience was one reason he was asked to helm the current take, even though he had never directed before. “I know the structure, how the show should be done,” he says. In all, he has worked with the company in various productions as a performer/puppeteer for the last decade. “Brer Rabbit & Friends,” a staple at the Cen- ter since 1978, has been modernized here in Jon Ludwig’s take, with four central characters — Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear and Sister Mud Turtle — spinning distinctly Southern stories. Stephens feels Ludwig’s version makes the stories more accessible. “If you read the stories, it can be hard to get through the dialect,” he says. As a director, one of Stephens’ contribu- tions is wanting the production to refl ect an African-American culture. To that end, he has worked with music director Renee Clark to “deconstruct” the live music accompanying the stories. DETAILS ‘Brer Rabbit & Friends’ Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear and Sister Mud Turtle take centerstage as the Center for Puppetry Arts mounts ‘Brer Rab- bit & Friends’ April 11 - May 26. (Courtesy photo) April 11 - May 26 at the Center for Puppetry Arts www.puppet.org volved volved in the Alliance show but is aware of many of the changes, most awa ‘Sister Act’ of of which are new musical num- April 23-28 at Fox Theatre www.broadwayacrossamerica.com bers and some narrative tweaks. “Sister Act” has an original score by Alan Menken of “Beau- and despite the fact that ty and the Beast” fame and there may be things they some script work/help from don’t like about each oth- Douglas Carter Beane, who er, they are family, all con- wrote the Tony-winning, gay- nected,” he says. themed t “The Little Dog Laughed.” Gay male patrons can n While the movie is set in also appreciate a show about out San Francisco, the musical takes Sa CHARLES BARKSDALE a “cute adorable fuzzy dancing place in Philadelphia in the age of l bear,” he teases. disco, the ‘70s. Deloris Van Cartier ‘SISTER ACT’ RETURNS is a lounge singer who witnesses a mob mur- der and has to hide out in a convent — and On Stage “The Drowsy Chaperone” Through April 14 at Aurora Theatre www.auroratheatre.com This Tony-winning musical follows a lonely, sexually ambiguous musical theater junkie who puts on the cast album of his favorite show and sees it pop to life around him. “Designing Women Live 7” April 11 – 14 at Onstage Atlanta www.onstageatlanta.com Two new episodes of the TV classic are being staged – “Suzanne Goes Looking for a Friend” and “The Emperor’s New Nose/How Long Has This Been Going On?” – and done as fundraisers for Process Theatre and Onstage Atlanta’s new home. “The Fabulous Lipitones” Through April 21 at Theatrical Outfi t www.theatricaloutfi t.or g Openly gay Glenn Rainey stars in this new musical about a small town barbershop quartet competing for a national championship “Hello, Dolly!” Through April 28 at Georgia Ensemble Theatre www.get.org Courtenay Collins plays the title role in the fi rst clas- sic musical staged by Georgia Ensemble Theatre, directed by Heidi Cline-McKerley. “Zorro” Through May 4 at Alliance Theatre www.alliancetheatre.org Openly gay director Christopher Renshaw brings this fl amenco musical to the stage, with Broadway vet Adam Jacobs as Diego/Zorro. “I want it to be what we listen to as African- As part of the Alliance Theatre’s 2006-2007 pretend to be a nun. Barksdale was surprised at how gay it seemed Americans,” he says. season, the company staged an early version Barksdale plays TJ, who is the nephew of to him, despite no LGBT roles. As an educator himself working with third of “Sister Act,” based on the Whoopi Goldberg the villainous Curtis. He feels the character is “Sister Act” has a drag character, subtle gay through eight graders, Stephens feels there is fi lm. It took some time but the musical even- a lot like him. context, “sequins and sparkle” galore, and hu- a mix of patrons who are aware of Brer Rabbit coming in and those not. He thinks this works well for both, and he also thinks gay audiences will appreciate this adaptation. “In ‘Brer Rabbit,’ these are all different people, tually wound up on Broadway in 2011. Now it’s back in the ATL for the fi rst time since the Al- liance version. One of the cast members is openly gay Charles Barksdale. The performer was not in- “He is comic relief,” he says. “The character is a little weird, ridiculous. His brain seems to have stopped working when he was age 12.” He has two numbers and also fi gures in the fi nale. When he saw the show on Broadway, mor that “seems written for a gay man,” he says. A native of San Antonio, Barksdale attended the University of Texas. He has split his time after college taking on roles both in opera and in musical theater. " id="pdf-obj-28-233" src="pdf-obj-28-233.jpg">

“He is comic relief,” he says. “The character

is a little weird, ridiculous. His brain seems to

have stopped working when he was age 12.”

He has two numbers and also fi gures in the

fi nale. When he saw the show on Broadway,

mor that “seems written for a gay man,” he says.

A native of San Antonio, Barksdale attended

the University of Texas. He has split his time

after college taking on roles both in opera and

in musical theater.

<a href=www.theGAVoice.com ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 04.12.13 GA VOICE | 29 THEATER BY JIM FARMER Southern stories ‘Brer Rabbit’ returns with gay director at helm When openly gay actor Spencer G. Ste- phens was approached about directing “Brer Rabbit & Friends” at the Center for Puppetry Arts, he wasn’t sure how to react. Yet it didn’t take him long to say an enthusiastic “yes” to the project. As part of the acting ensemble of the last two versions of the show at the company, in 2005 and in 2008, Stephens feels his experience was one reason he was asked to helm the current take, even though he had never directed before. “I know the structure, how the show should be done,” he says. In all, he has worked with the company in various productions as a performer/puppeteer for the last decade. “Brer Rabbit & Friends,” a staple at the Cen- ter since 1978, has been modernized here in Jon Ludwig’s take, with four central characters — Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear and Sister Mud Turtle — spinning distinctly Southern stories. Stephens feels Ludwig’s version makes the stories more accessible. “If you read the stories, it can be hard to get through the dialect,” he says. As a director, one of Stephens’ contribu- tions is wanting the production to refl ect an African-American culture. To that end, he has worked with music director Renee Clark to “deconstruct” the live music accompanying the stories. DETAILS ‘Brer Rabbit & Friends’ Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear and Sister Mud Turtle take centerstage as the Center for Puppetry Arts mounts ‘Brer Rab- bit & Friends’ April 11 - May 26. (Courtesy photo) April 11 - May 26 at the Center for Puppetry Arts www.puppet.org volved volved in the Alliance show but is aware of many of the changes, most awa ‘Sister Act’ of of which are new musical num- April 23-28 at Fox Theatre www.broadwayacrossamerica.com bers and some narrative tweaks. “Sister Act” has an original score by Alan Menken of “Beau- and despite the fact that ty and the Beast” fame and there may be things they some script work/help from don’t like about each oth- Douglas Carter Beane, who er, they are family, all con- wrote the Tony-winning, gay- nected,” he says. themed t “The Little Dog Laughed.” Gay male patrons can n While the movie is set in also appreciate a show about out San Francisco, the musical takes Sa CHARLES BARKSDALE a “cute adorable fuzzy dancing place in Philadelphia in the age of l bear,” he teases. disco, the ‘70s. Deloris Van Cartier ‘SISTER ACT’ RETURNS is a lounge singer who witnesses a mob mur- der and has to hide out in a convent — and On Stage “The Drowsy Chaperone” Through April 14 at Aurora Theatre www.auroratheatre.com This Tony-winning musical follows a lonely, sexually ambiguous musical theater junkie who puts on the cast album of his favorite show and sees it pop to life around him. “Designing Women Live 7” April 11 – 14 at Onstage Atlanta www.onstageatlanta.com Two new episodes of the TV classic are being staged – “Suzanne Goes Looking for a Friend” and “The Emperor’s New Nose/How Long Has This Been Going On?” – and done as fundraisers for Process Theatre and Onstage Atlanta’s new home. “The Fabulous Lipitones” Through April 21 at Theatrical Outfi t www.theatricaloutfi t.or g Openly gay Glenn Rainey stars in this new musical about a small town barbershop quartet competing for a national championship “Hello, Dolly!” Through April 28 at Georgia Ensemble Theatre www.get.org Courtenay Collins plays the title role in the fi rst clas- sic musical staged by Georgia Ensemble Theatre, directed by Heidi Cline-McKerley. “Zorro” Through May 4 at Alliance Theatre www.alliancetheatre.org Openly gay director Christopher Renshaw brings this fl amenco musical to the stage, with Broadway vet Adam Jacobs as Diego/Zorro. “I want it to be what we listen to as African- As part of the Alliance Theatre’s 2006-2007 pretend to be a nun. Barksdale was surprised at how gay it seemed Americans,” he says. season, the company staged an early version Barksdale plays TJ, who is the nephew of to him, despite no LGBT roles. As an educator himself working with third of “Sister Act,” based on the Whoopi Goldberg the villainous Curtis. He feels the character is “Sister Act” has a drag character, subtle gay through eight graders, Stephens feels there is fi lm. It took some time but the musical even- a lot like him. context, “sequins and sparkle” galore, and hu- a mix of patrons who are aware of Brer Rabbit coming in and those not. He thinks this works well for both, and he also thinks gay audiences will appreciate this adaptation. “In ‘Brer Rabbit,’ these are all different people, tually wound up on Broadway in 2011. Now it’s back in the ATL for the fi rst time since the Al- liance version. One of the cast members is openly gay Charles Barksdale. The performer was not in- “He is comic relief,” he says. “The character is a little weird, ridiculous. His brain seems to have stopped working when he was age 12.” He has two numbers and also fi gures in the fi nale. When he saw the show on Broadway, mor that “seems written for a gay man,” he says. A native of San Antonio, Barksdale attended the University of Texas. He has split his time after college taking on roles both in opera and in musical theater. " id="pdf-obj-28-255" src="pdf-obj-28-255.jpg">
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INDIGO GIRLS
Publicity photo
CYNDI LAUPER publicity photo
CYNDI LAUPER
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SINGING FOR TRANSGENDER INCLUSION

Indigo Girls
Indigo Girls

took a stand last week in the

“We feel that if someone identifi es as a

womyn, they are a womyn and should be wel-

ongoing battle over transgender inclusion

comed into our community with open arms.

at the

Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival,

We will only be stronger for it.”

where the Atlanta lesbian folk-rock duo has

frequently performed and is set to sing again

30 LOCAL LGBT WRITERS

this summer.

IN LESS THAN EIGHT HOURS

While many lesbian and gay organizations

and events have embraced transgender peo-

ple, the Michigan fest has stuck to its policy

of “womyn-born womyn only,” engendering

ongoing protests.

Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray and Emily Saliers re-

leased a statement April 4 saying they will still

perform this year, but it will be the last time

unless the festival changes its policy. The Girls

said they would discuss transgender issues

from the stage during their show and donate

any money from the performance to organi-

zations working on transgender rights.

“We are in a time of struggle and rapid

changes in our movement and we would

be remiss to not recognize that many of the

strides that have been made are a result of

trans activism and the strength and perspec-

tive they have brought to the queer and femi-

nist revolutions,” they wrote.

30 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT <a href=www.theGAVoice.com Friday , April 26 , 2013 7:30pm Plow Arts Center at King ORDER TICKETS ONLINE OR by CALLINg at www.Actors-Express.com 404-607-SHOW (7469) A&E IN BRIEF INDIGO GIRLS Publicity photo CYNDI LAUPER publicity photo SINGING FOR TRANSGENDER INCLUSION Indigo Girls took a stand last week in the “We feel that if someone identifi es as a womyn, they are a womyn and should be wel- ongoing battle over transgender inclusion comed into our community with open arms. at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival , We will only be stronger for it.” where the Atlanta lesbian folk-rock duo has frequently performed and is set to sing again 30 LOCAL LGBT WRITERS this summer. IN LESS THAN EIGHT HOURS While many lesbian and gay organizations and events have embraced transgender peo- ple, the Michigan fest has stuck to its policy of “womyn-born womyn only,” engendering ongoing protests. Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray and Emily Saliers re- leased a statement April 4 saying they will still perform this year, but it will be the last time unless the festival changes its policy. The Girls said they would discuss transgender issues from the stage during their show and donate any money from the performance to organi- zations working on transgender rights. “We are in a time of struggle and rapid changes in our movement and we would be remiss to not recognize that many of the strides that have been made are a result of trans activism and the strength and perspec- tive they have brought to the queer and femi- nist revolutions,” they wrote. Organizers of the Atlanta Queer Liter- ary Festival host a community reading April 20 featuring 30 local LGBT poets and writers, including Glenda Corwin, Alice Teeter, Harold Lefall, Collin Kelley, Dustin Brookshire, Mose Hardin, Young Hughley, Sharon J. Sanders, Megan Volpert, Gabe Moses, Iyana, Antho- ny Antoine, AntronRechaud, Lynne Huffl er, Jef Blocker and more. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Decatur Li- brar y auditorium ; for more information, visit www.atlqueerlitfest.com SAY ‘I DO’ AT THE GEORGIAN — AND OUTSIDE OF GEORGIA The Georgian Terrace is offering a unique promotion for same-sex couples who choose the historic hotel for their wedding receptions. Get married at the Georgian Terrace, and the hotel will also fl y you and your beloved to a " id="pdf-obj-29-113" src="pdf-obj-29-113.jpg">

Organizers of the Atlanta Queer Liter-

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ary Festival host a community reading April

20 featuring 30 local LGBT poets and writers,

including Glenda Corwin, Alice Teeter, Harold

Lefall, Collin Kelley, Dustin Brookshire, Mose

Hardin, Young Hughley, Sharon J. Sanders,

Megan Volpert, Gabe Moses, Iyana, Antho-

ny Antoine, AntronRechaud, Lynne Huffl er,

Jef Blocker and more. The event takes place

from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Decatur Li-

brary auditorium; for more information, visit

SAY ‘I DO’ AT THE GEORGIAN — AND OUTSIDE OF GEORGIA

The

Georgian Terrace
Georgian Terrace

is offering a unique

promotion for same-sex couples who choose

the historic hotel for their wedding receptions.

Get married at the Georgian Terrace, and the

hotel will also fl y you and your beloved to a

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place where gay marriage is legal so you can

say “I do” there, too. Some restrictions apply,

of course, so contact the Georgian for details.

GAYS AND GIRLS IN THE GARDEN

The

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta
Botanical
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leased the schedule for its popular summer

Concerts in the Garden series, and as usual,

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band

<a href=www.theGAVoice.com ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 04.12.13 GA VOICE | 31 place where gay marriage is legal so you can say “I do” there, too. Some restrictions apply, of course, so contact the Georgian for details. GAYS AND GIRLS IN THE GARDEN The Atlanta Botanical Garden has re- leased the schedule for its popular summer Concerts in the Garden series, and as usual, there’s plenty to draw LGBT fans. Gay music lovers will especially fl ock to gay-led party band The B-52s on June 28 and acoustic sen- sations Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn on Aug. 9. Tickets go on sale April 19 for members and A p ril 26 for the public. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org SHE’S STILL SO UNUSUAL Cyndi Lauper, long an LGBT favorite, brings her “She’s So Unusual” tour to Atlanta’s Symphony Hall on July 2 . Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. GA Voice chatted with Lauper before her Atlanta show in 2010, and besides asking about her activism on LGBT rights and her lesbian sister, we couldn’t help wondering if she had ever, you know, kissed a girl herself. “Yeah, I tried it. Just wasn’t for me,” she quipped back. MIXFEST CELEBRATES LGBT PEOPLE OF COLOR Mixfest, dedicated to fi lm, music and cre- ative arts for LGBT people of color, takes place April 12-14 at multiple Atlanta venues . Part- ners include the Black AIDS Institute, Safe Space at Morehouse College, the National Black Jus- tice Coalition and Atlanta’s Evolution Project. Featured artists include artist Anthony An- author and spoken word performer Red Summer, actor and fi lmmaker Maurice Ja- sin g er Jurni Ra y ne and more. Full sched- ule at www.mixfestatl.com DOGWOOD BLOOMS IN ATLANTA’S QUEER BACKYARD It’s fi nally warm, bringing dogwood blos- soms to Piedmont Park — LGBT Atlanta’s unof- fi cial backyard — and of course, the Festival, set for April 19-21 this year. Dogwood “The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the third oldest and one of the largest free fi ne arts and music festivals in the United States. It was one of the great honors of my life to serve as the fi rst openly gay chairman of the 77 year old festival last year,” says Jamie Ensley, immedi- ate past chair of the festival. “Visiting the 250 artist booths lining the trails around Piedmont Park is always a de- light,” Ensley adds. “I’m proud that the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is consistently ranked as having one of the best fi ne arts exhibits in the entire South.” For details, visit www.dogwood.org WOMEN’S MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS Typically held at Swiftwaters Womanspace near Dahlonega, this year’s spring Wom- en’s Musicfest is set for April 26-28 at Fox Mountain Camp & Artist Retreat in Cherry Log, Ga. Still organized by musician Ronnda Cadle, who is now the artist in residence at Fox Mountain, the event includes more than 15 female-oriented musical acts, plus art- ists , worksho p s and more. For tickets, visit www.foxmtncamp.com GET AWAY TO TYBEE GAY DAYS Get a head start on summer at Gay Days at Tybee Island, set for May 3-5 in the island community near Savannah. Highlights in- clude a kick-off party and after party on Fri- day; a beach meet-up and the White Party on Saturday night, featuring original “Village People” cowboy Randy Jones in a fundraiser for people with HIV; and a tea dance Sunday with Kristina Foxx. Need details? Check out www.gaysavannah.com The B-52s Publiticy photo by Joseph Cultice " id="pdf-obj-30-41" src="pdf-obj-30-41.jpg">

The B-52s

on June 28 and acoustic sen-

sations

<a href=www.theGAVoice.com ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 04.12.13 GA VOICE | 31 place where gay marriage is legal so you can say “I do” there, too. Some restrictions apply, of course, so contact the Georgian for details. GAYS AND GIRLS IN THE GARDEN The Atlanta Botanical Garden has re- leased the schedule for its popular summer Concerts in the Garden series, and as usual, there’s plenty to draw LGBT fans. Gay music lovers will especially fl ock to gay-led party band The B-52s on June 28 and acoustic sen- sations Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn on Aug. 9. Tickets go on sale April 19 for members and A p ril 26 for the public. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org SHE’S STILL SO UNUSUAL Cyndi Lauper, long an LGBT favorite, brings her “She’s So Unusual” tour to Atlanta’s Symphony Hall on July 2 . Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. GA Voice chatted with Lauper before her Atlanta show in 2010, and besides asking about her activism on LGBT rights and her lesbian sister, we couldn’t help wondering if she had ever, you know, kissed a girl herself. “Yeah, I tried it. Just wasn’t for me,” she quipped back. MIXFEST CELEBRATES LGBT PEOPLE OF COLOR Mixfest, dedicated to fi lm, music and cre- ative arts for LGBT people of color, takes place April 12-14 at multiple Atlanta venues . Part- ners include the Black AIDS Institute, Safe Space at Morehouse College, the National Black Jus- tice Coalition and Atlanta’s Evolution Project. Featured artists include artist Anthony An- author and spoken word performer Red Summer, actor and fi lmmaker Maurice Ja- sin g er Jurni Ra y ne and more. Full sched- ule at www.mixfestatl.com DOGWOOD BLOOMS IN ATLANTA’S QUEER BACKYARD It’s fi nally warm, bringing dogwood blos- soms to Piedmont Park — LGBT Atlanta’s unof- fi cial backyard — and of course, the Festival, set for April 19-21 this year. Dogwood “The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the third oldest and one of the largest free fi ne arts and music festivals in the United States. It was one of the great honors of my life to serve as the fi rst openly gay chairman of the 77 year old festival last year,” says Jamie Ensley, immedi- ate past chair of the festival. “Visiting the 250 artist booths lining the trails around Piedmont Park is always a de- light,” Ensley adds. “I’m proud that the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is consistently ranked as having one of the best fi ne arts exhibits in the entire South.” For details, visit www.dogwood.org WOMEN’S MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS Typically held at Swiftwaters Womanspace near Dahlonega, this year’s spring Wom- en’s Musicfest is set for April 26-28 at Fox Mountain Camp & Artist Retreat in Cherry Log, Ga. Still organized by musician Ronnda Cadle, who is now the artist in residence at Fox Mountain, the event includes more than 15 female-oriented musical acts, plus art- ists , worksho p s and more. For tickets, visit www.foxmtncamp.com GET AWAY TO TYBEE GAY DAYS Get a head start on summer at Gay Days at Tybee Island, set for May 3-5 in the island community near Savannah. Highlights in- clude a kick-off party and after party on Fri- day; a beach meet-up and the White Party on Saturday night, featuring original “Village People” cowboy Randy Jones in a fundraiser for people with HIV; and a tea dance Sunday with Kristina Foxx. Need details? Check out www.gaysavannah.com The B-52s Publiticy photo by Joseph Cultice " id="pdf-obj-30-49" src="pdf-obj-30-49.jpg">

Mary Chapin Carpenter

and

Shawn
Shawn
  • on

Aug.

9. Tickets

go

on sale

April

19 for members and April 26 for the public.

SHE’S STILL SO UNUSUAL

 

Cyndi Lauper,

long an LGBT favorite, brings

her

“She’s So Unusual” tour to Atlanta’s

Symphony Hall on July 2

. Tickets are on sale

now through Ticketmaster. GA Voice chatted

with Lauper before her Atlanta show in 2010,

and besides asking about her activism on LGBT

rights and her lesbian sister, we couldn’t help

wondering if she had ever, you know, kissed

a girl herself. “Yeah, I tried it. Just wasn’t for

me,” she quipped back.

MIXFEST CELEBRATES LGBT PEOPLE OF COLOR

Mixfest,
Mixfest,

dedicated to fi lm, music and cre-

ative arts for LGBT people of color, takes place

April 12-14 at multiple Atlanta venues

. Part-

ners include the Black AIDS Institute, Safe Space

at Morehouse College, the National Black Jus-

tice Coalition and Atlanta’s Evolution Project.

<a href=www.theGAVoice.com ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 04.12.13 GA VOICE | 31 place where gay marriage is legal so you can say “I do” there, too. Some restrictions apply, of course, so contact the Georgian for details. GAYS AND GIRLS IN THE GARDEN The Atlanta Botanical Garden has re- leased the schedule for its popular summer Concerts in the Garden series, and as usual, there’s plenty to draw LGBT fans. Gay music lovers will especially fl ock to gay-led party band The B-52s on June 28 and acoustic sen- sations Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn on Aug. 9. Tickets go on sale April 19 for members and A p ril 26 for the public. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org SHE’S STILL SO UNUSUAL Cyndi Lauper, long an LGBT favorite, brings her “She’s So Unusual” tour to Atlanta’s Symphony Hall on July 2 . Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. GA Voice chatted with Lauper before her Atlanta show in 2010, and besides asking about her activism on LGBT rights and her lesbian sister, we couldn’t help wondering if she had ever, you know, kissed a girl herself. “Yeah, I tried it. Just wasn’t for me,” she quipped back. MIXFEST CELEBRATES LGBT PEOPLE OF COLOR Mixfest, dedicated to fi lm, music and cre- ative arts for LGBT people of color, takes place April 12-14 at multiple Atlanta venues . Part- ners include the Black AIDS Institute, Safe Space at Morehouse College, the National Black Jus- tice Coalition and Atlanta’s Evolution Project. Featured artists include artist Anthony An- author and spoken word performer Red Summer, actor and fi lmmaker Maurice Ja- sin g er Jurni Ra y ne and more. Full sched- ule at www.mixfestatl.com DOGWOOD BLOOMS IN ATLANTA’S QUEER BACKYARD It’s fi nally warm, bringing dogwood blos- soms to Piedmont Park — LGBT Atlanta’s unof- fi cial backyard — and of course, the Festival, set for April 19-21 this year. Dogwood “The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the third oldest and one of the largest free fi ne arts and music festivals in the United States. It was one of the great honors of my life to serve as the fi rst openly gay chairman of the 77 year old festival last year,” says Jamie Ensley, immedi- ate past chair of the festival. “Visiting the 250 artist booths lining the trails around Piedmont Park is always a de- light,” Ensley adds. “I’m proud that the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is consistently ranked as having one of the best fi ne arts exhibits in the entire South.” For details, visit www.dogwood.org WOMEN’S MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS Typically held at Swiftwaters Womanspace near Dahlonega, this year’s spring Wom- en’s Musicfest is set for April 26-28 at Fox Mountain Camp & Artist Retreat in Cherry Log, Ga. Still organized by musician Ronnda Cadle, who is now the artist in residence at Fox Mountain, the event includes more than 15 female-oriented musical acts, plus art- ists , worksho p s and more. For tickets, visit www.foxmtncamp.com GET AWAY TO TYBEE GAY DAYS Get a head start on summer at Gay Days at Tybee Island, set for May 3-5 in the island community near Savannah. Highlights in- clude a kick-off party and after party on Fri- day; a beach meet-up and the White Party on Saturday night, featuring original “Village People” cowboy Randy Jones in a fundraiser for people with HIV; and a tea dance Sunday with Kristina Foxx. Need details? Check out www.gaysavannah.com The B-52s Publiticy photo by Joseph Cultice " id="pdf-obj-30-131" src="pdf-obj-30-131.jpg">

Featured artists include artist Anthony An-

  • author and spoken word performer Red

Summer, actor and fi lmmaker

Maurice Ja-

  • sin ger Jurni Rayne and more. Full sched-

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DOGWOOD BLOOMS IN ATLANTA’S QUEER BACKYARD

It’s fi nally warm, bringing dogwood blos-

soms to Piedmont Park — LGBT Atlanta’s unof-

fi cial backyard — and of course, the

Festival, set for April 19-21

this year.

Dogwood
Dogwood

“The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the third

oldest and one of the largest free fi ne arts and

music festivals in the United States. It was one

of the great honors of my life to serve as the

fi rst openly gay chairman of the 77 year old

festival last year,” says Jamie Ensley, immedi-

ate past chair of the festival.

“Visiting the 250 artist booths lining the

trails around Piedmont Park is always a de-

light,” Ensley adds. “I’m proud that the Atlanta

Dogwood Festival is consistently ranked as

having one of the best fi ne arts exhibits in the

entire South.”

<a href=www.theGAVoice.com ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 04.12.13 GA VOICE | 31 place where gay marriage is legal so you can say “I do” there, too. Some restrictions apply, of course, so contact the Georgian for details. GAYS AND GIRLS IN THE GARDEN The Atlanta Botanical Garden has re- leased the schedule for its popular summer Concerts in the Garden series, and as usual, there’s plenty to draw LGBT fans. Gay music lovers will especially fl ock to gay-led party band The B-52s on June 28 and acoustic sen- sations Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn on Aug. 9. Tickets go on sale April 19 for members and A p ril 26 for the public. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org SHE’S STILL SO UNUSUAL Cyndi Lauper, long an LGBT favorite, brings her “She’s So Unusual” tour to Atlanta’s Symphony Hall on July 2 . Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. GA Voice chatted with Lauper before her Atlanta show in 2010, and besides asking about her activism on LGBT rights and her lesbian sister, we couldn’t help wondering if she had ever, you know, kissed a girl herself. “Yeah, I tried it. Just wasn’t for me,” she quipped back. MIXFEST CELEBRATES LGBT PEOPLE OF COLOR Mixfest, dedicated to fi lm, music and cre- ative arts for LGBT people of color, takes place April 12-14 at multiple Atlanta venues . Part- ners include the Black AIDS Institute, Safe Space at Morehouse College, the National Black Jus- tice Coalition and Atlanta’s Evolution Project. Featured artists include artist Anthony An- author and spoken word performer Red Summer, actor and fi lmmaker Maurice Ja- sin g er Jurni Ra y ne and more. Full sched- ule at www.mixfestatl.com DOGWOOD BLOOMS IN ATLANTA’S QUEER BACKYARD It’s fi nally warm, bringing dogwood blos- soms to Piedmont Park — LGBT Atlanta’s unof- fi cial backyard — and of course, the Festival, set for April 19-21 this year. Dogwood “The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the third oldest and one of the largest free fi ne arts and music festivals in the United States. It was one of the great honors of my life to serve as the fi rst openly gay chairman of the 77 year old festival last year,” says Jamie Ensley, immedi- ate past chair of the festival. “Visiting the 250 artist booths lining the trails around Piedmont Park is always a de- light,” Ensley adds. “I’m proud that the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is consistently ranked as having one of the best fi ne arts exhibits in the entire South.” For details, visit www.dogwood.org WOMEN’S MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS Typically held at Swiftwaters Womanspace near Dahlonega, this year’s spring Wom- en’s Musicfest is set for April 26-28 at Fox Mountain Camp & Artist Retreat in Cherry Log, Ga. Still organized by musician Ronnda Cadle, who is now the artist in residence at Fox Mountain, the event includes more than 15 female-oriented musical acts, plus art- ists , worksho p s and more. For tickets, visit www.foxmtncamp.com GET AWAY TO TYBEE GAY DAYS Get a head start on summer at Gay Days at Tybee Island, set for May 3-5 in the island community near Savannah. Highlights in- clude a kick-off party and after party on Fri- day; a beach meet-up and the White Party on Saturday night, featuring original “Village People” cowboy Randy Jones in a fundraiser for people with HIV; and a tea dance Sunday with Kristina Foxx. Need details? Check out www.gaysavannah.com The B-52s Publiticy photo by Joseph Cultice " id="pdf-obj-30-196" src="pdf-obj-30-196.jpg">

For details, visit www.dogwood.org

WOMEN’S MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS

Typically held at Swiftwaters Womanspace

near Dahlonega, this year’s spring Wom-

 

en’s Musicfest is set for April 26-28 at Fox

Mountain Camp & Artist Retreat in Cherry

Log, Ga.

Still organized by musician Ronnda

Cadle, who is now the artist in residence at

Fox Mountain, the event includes more than

15 female-oriented musical acts, plus art-

ists, workshops and more. For tickets, visit

GET AWAY TO TYBEE GAY DAYS

Get a head start on summer at

Gay Days
Gay Days

at Tybee Island, set for May 3-5

in the island

community near Savannah. Highlights in-

clude a kick-off party and after party on Fri-

<a href=www.theGAVoice.com ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 04.12.13 GA VOICE | 31 place where gay marriage is legal so you can say “I do” there, too. Some restrictions apply, of course, so contact the Georgian for details. GAYS AND GIRLS IN THE GARDEN The Atlanta Botanical Garden has re- leased the schedule for its popular summer Concerts in the Garden series, and as usual, there’s plenty to draw LGBT fans. Gay music lovers will especially fl ock to gay-led party band The B-52s on June 28 and acoustic sen- sations Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn on Aug. 9. Tickets go on sale April 19 for members and A p ril 26 for the public. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org SHE’S STILL SO UNUSUAL Cyndi Lauper, long an LGBT favorite, brings her “She’s So Unusual” tour to Atlanta’s Symphony Hall on July 2 . Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. GA Voice chatted with Lauper before her Atlanta show in 2010, and besides asking about her activism on LGBT rights and her lesbian sister, we couldn’t help wondering if she had ever, you know, kissed a girl herself. “Yeah, I tried it. Just wasn’t for me,” she quipped back. MIXFEST CELEBRATES LGBT PEOPLE OF COLOR Mixfest, dedicated to fi lm, music and cre- ative arts for LGBT people of color, takes place April 12-14 at multiple Atlanta venues . Part- ners include the Black AIDS Institute, Safe Space at Morehouse College, the National Black Jus- tice Coalition and Atlanta’s Evolution Project. Featured artists include artist Anthony An- author and spoken word performer Red Summer, actor and fi lmmaker Maurice Ja- sin g er Jurni Ra y ne and more. Full sched- ule at www.mixfestatl.com DOGWOOD BLOOMS IN ATLANTA’S QUEER BACKYARD It’s fi nally warm, bringing dogwood blos- soms to Piedmont Park — LGBT Atlanta’s unof- fi cial backyard — and of course, the Festival, set for April 19-21 this year. Dogwood “The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the third oldest and one of the largest free fi ne arts and music festivals in the United States. It was one of the great honors of my life to serve as the fi rst openly gay chairman of the 77 year old festival last year,” says Jamie Ensley, immedi- ate past chair of the festival. “Visiting the 250 artist booths lining the trails around Piedmont Park is always a de- light,” Ensley adds. “I’m proud that the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is consistently ranked as having one of the best fi ne arts exhibits in the entire South.” For details, visit www.dogwood.org WOMEN’S MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS Typically held at Swiftwaters Womanspace near Dahlonega, this year’s spring Wom- en’s Musicfest is set for April 26-28 at Fox Mountain Camp & Artist Retreat in Cherry Log, Ga. Still organized by musician Ronnda Cadle, who is now the artist in residence at Fox Mountain, the event includes more than 15 female-oriented musical acts, plus art- ists , worksho p s and more. For tickets, visit www.foxmtncamp.com GET AWAY TO TYBEE GAY DAYS Get a head start on summer at Gay Days at Tybee Island, set for May 3-5 in the island community near Savannah. Highlights in- clude a kick-off party and after party on Fri- day; a beach meet-up and the White Party on Saturday night, featuring original “Village People” cowboy Randy Jones in a fundraiser for people with HIV; and a tea dance Sunday with Kristina Foxx. Need details? Check out www.gaysavannah.com The B-52s Publiticy photo by Joseph Cultice " id="pdf-obj-30-252" src="pdf-obj-30-252.jpg">

day; a beach meet-up and the White Party

on Saturday night, featuring original “Village

People” cowboy

<a href=www.theGAVoice.com ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 04.12.13 GA VOICE | 31 place where gay marriage is legal so you can say “I do” there, too. Some restrictions apply, of course, so contact the Georgian for details. GAYS AND GIRLS IN THE GARDEN The Atlanta Botanical Garden has re- leased the schedule for its popular summer Concerts in the Garden series, and as usual, there’s plenty to draw LGBT fans. Gay music lovers will especially fl ock to gay-led party band The B-52s on June 28 and acoustic sen- sations Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn on Aug. 9. Tickets go on sale April 19 for members and A p ril 26 for the public. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org SHE’S STILL SO UNUSUAL Cyndi Lauper, long an LGBT favorite, brings her “She’s So Unusual” tour to Atlanta’s Symphony Hall on July 2 . Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. GA Voice chatted with Lauper before her Atlanta show in 2010, and besides asking about her activism on LGBT rights and her lesbian sister, we couldn’t help wondering if she had ever, you know, kissed a girl herself. “Yeah, I tried it. Just wasn’t for me,” she quipped back. MIXFEST CELEBRATES LGBT PEOPLE OF COLOR Mixfest, dedicated to fi lm, music and cre- ative arts for LGBT people of color, takes place April 12-14 at multiple Atlanta venues . Part- ners include the Black AIDS Institute, Safe Space at Morehouse College, the National Black Jus- tice Coalition and Atlanta’s Evolution Project. Featured artists include artist Anthony An- author and spoken word performer Red Summer, actor and fi lmmaker Maurice Ja- sin g er Jurni Ra y ne and more. Full sched- ule at www.mixfestatl.com DOGWOOD BLOOMS IN ATLANTA’S QUEER BACKYARD It’s fi nally warm, bringing dogwood blos- soms to Piedmont Park — LGBT Atlanta’s unof- fi cial backyard — and of course, the Festival, set for April 19-21 this year. Dogwood “The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the third oldest and one of the largest free fi ne arts and music festivals in the United States. It was one of the great honors of my life to serve as the fi rst openly gay chairman of the 77 year old festival last year,” says Jamie Ensley, immedi- ate past chair of the festival. “Visiting the 250 artist booths lining the trails around Piedmont Park is always a de- light,” Ensley adds. “I’m proud that the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is consistently ranked as having one of the best fi ne arts exhibits in the entire South.” For details, visit www.dogwood.org WOMEN’S MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS Typically held at Swiftwaters Womanspace near Dahlonega, this year’s spring Wom- en’s Musicfest is set for April 26-28 at Fox Mountain Camp & Artist Retreat in Cherry Log, Ga. Still organized by musician Ronnda Cadle, who is now the artist in residence at Fox Mountain, the event includes more than 15 female-oriented musical acts, plus art- ists , worksho p s and more. For tickets, visit www.foxmtncamp.com GET AWAY TO TYBEE GAY DAYS Get a head start on summer at Gay Days at Tybee Island, set for May 3-5 in the island community near Savannah. Highlights in- clude a kick-off party and after party on Fri- day; a beach meet-up and the White Party on Saturday night, featuring original “Village People” cowboy Randy Jones in a fundraiser for people with HIV; and a tea dance Sunday with Kristina Foxx. Need details? Check out www.gaysavannah.com The B-52s Publiticy photo by Joseph Cultice " id="pdf-obj-30-261" src="pdf-obj-30-261.jpg">

Randy Jones

in a fundraiser

for people with HIV; and a tea dance Sunday

with Kristina Foxx. Need details? Check out

The B-52s Publiticy photo by Joseph Cultice
The B-52s
Publiticy photo by Joseph Cultice
<a href=www.theGAVoice.com ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 04.12.13 GA VOICE | 31 place where gay marriage is legal so you can say “I do” there, too. Some restrictions apply, of course, so contact the Georgian for details. GAYS AND GIRLS IN THE GARDEN The Atlanta Botanical Garden has re- leased the schedule for its popular summer Concerts in the Garden series, and as usual, there’s plenty to draw LGBT fans. Gay music lovers will especially fl ock to gay-led party band The B-52s on June 28 and acoustic sen- sations Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn on Aug. 9. Tickets go on sale April 19 for members and A p ril 26 for the public. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org SHE’S STILL SO UNUSUAL Cyndi Lauper, long an LGBT favorite, brings her “She’s So Unusual” tour to Atlanta’s Symphony Hall on July 2 . Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. GA Voice chatted with Lauper before her Atlanta show in 2010, and besides asking about her activism on LGBT rights and her lesbian sister, we couldn’t help wondering if she had ever, you know, kissed a girl herself. “Yeah, I tried it. Just wasn’t for me,” she quipped back. MIXFEST CELEBRATES LGBT PEOPLE OF COLOR Mixfest, dedicated to fi lm, music and cre- ative arts for LGBT people of color, takes place April 12-14 at multiple Atlanta venues . Part- ners include the Black AIDS Institute, Safe Space at Morehouse College, the National Black Jus- tice Coalition and Atlanta’s Evolution Project. Featured artists include artist Anthony An- author and spoken word performer Red Summer, actor and fi lmmaker Maurice Ja- sin g er Jurni Ra y ne and more. Full sched- ule at www.mixfestatl.com DOGWOOD BLOOMS IN ATLANTA’S QUEER BACKYARD It’s fi nally warm, bringing dogwood blos- soms to Piedmont Park — LGBT Atlanta’s unof- fi cial backyard — and of course, the Festival, set for April 19-21 this year. Dogwood “The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the third oldest and one of the largest free fi ne arts and music festivals in the United States. It was one of the great honors of my life to serve as the fi rst openly gay chairman of the 77 year old festival last year,” says Jamie Ensley, immedi- ate past chair of the festival. “Visiting the 250 artist booths lining the trails around Piedmont Park is always a de- light,” Ensley adds. “I’m proud that the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is consistently ranked as having one of the best fi ne arts exhibits in the entire South.” For details, visit www.dogwood.org WOMEN’S MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS Typically held at Swiftwaters Womanspace near Dahlonega, this year’s spring Wom- en’s Musicfest is set for April 26-28 at Fox Mountain Camp & Artist Retreat in Cherry Log, Ga. Still organized by musician Ronnda Cadle, who is now the artist in residence at Fox Mountain, the event includes more than 15 female-oriented musical acts, plus art- ists , worksho p s and more. For tickets, visit www.foxmtncamp.com GET AWAY TO TYBEE GAY DAYS Get a head start on summer at Gay Days at Tybee Island, set for May 3-5 in the island community near Savannah. Highlights in- clude a kick-off party and after party on Fri- day; a beach meet-up and the White Party on Saturday night, featuring original “Village People” cowboy Randy Jones in a fundraiser for people with HIV; and a tea dance Sunday with Kristina Foxx. Need details? Check out www.gaysavannah.com The B-52s Publiticy photo by Joseph Cultice " id="pdf-obj-30-276" src="pdf-obj-30-276.jpg">
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Event spotlight FRIDAY, APRIL 12 - SATURDAY, APRIL 14 Mixfest, billed as the fi rst international
Event
spotlight
FRIDAY, APRIL 12 -
SATURDAY, APRIL 14
Mixfest, billed as the fi rst international LGBT
fi lm and arts festival for people of color,
begins Friday with the world premiere of “The
DL Chronicles … Returns” and continues
through Sunday with a full schedule of
screenings and special events. Multiple
venues. www.mixfestatl.com
SATURDAY, APRIL 13
Openly gay performer Levi Kreis brings his
“Flying Solo Tour” to town, 7 – 8:30 p.m.,
Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta,
www.slc-atlanta.org
SUNDAY, APRIL 14
The Change of Seasons spring tea dance
with DJ Mike Pope and Vicki Powell benefi ts
Joining Hearts, which helps with housing for
people impacted by HIV. 4 – 9 p.m., Loews
Atlanta Hotel, www.joininghearts.org
Publicity photo via Facebook
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Atlanta Leather Pride brings demos, a brunch, the
Mr. and Ms. Atlanta Eagle pageants and more to the
Atlanta Eagle, which celebrates its 26th anniversary.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 12
The Decatur Women’s League continues its spring
softball season, with games at various times on
Friday nights at Kelley C. Cofer Park,
www.decaturwomensports.com
“Equus,” the provocative play about a young man’s
equine obsession, continues through April 21 at
Actor’s Express, www.actorsexpress.com
Lesbian social network Fourth Tuesday hosts its
monthly Happy Hour from 6 – 8 p.m. at Mixx,
www.mixxatlanta.com
Kitty LeClaw hosts the For the Kid Margarita Mad-
ness, with drink and food specials, raffl e prizes and
a live DJ, from 6 – 10 p.m. at Ten Atlanta,
www.TenAtlanta.com
THURSDAY, APRIL 18 -
FRIDAY, APRIL 19
If you can handle the throngs of her young fans, catch
your favorite guilty pleasure, Taylor Swift, as she
brings her “Red” tour for two nights at Philips Arena
with opener Ed Sheeran. www.ticketmaster.com
The bearish app Scruff hosts its Invades party,
with founder Johnny Scruff, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at
Heretic Atlanta, www.hereticatlanta.com
Publicity photo

Angelica D’Paige hosts the Fab Five revue at 11 p.m. on Friday’s at Burkhart’s, www.burkharts.com

SATURDAY, APRIL 13

The wild Great Urban Race begins with packet pickups at 11 a.m. at Sidebar and the race from noon to 5 p.m., with all sorts of local dares and

scavenger hunt-like requests. www.greaturbanrace.

com/event2013_atlanta.php

Help make a difference for homeless or at-risk LG- BTQ youth in Atlanta by attending the Lost N Found orientation and fi nding out how to help. 2 – 5 p.m. at the Philip Rush Center, www.rushcenteratl.org

The Honey Badgers softball team hosts its spring beer bust from 3 – 7 p.m. at Diesel Bar, www.dieselatlanta.com

Big band swing classics from Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman will be all the rage as part of the Atlanta Freedom Bands and Metro Gnomes Spring Swing fundraiser. 7:30 – 10 p.m., First Existentialist Congregation, www.fi rstexisten- tialist.org, www.atlantafreedombands.com

32 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 CALENDAR <a href=www.theGAVoice.com Event spotlight FRIDAY, APRIL 12 - SATURDAY, APRIL 14 Mixfest, billed as the fi rst international LGBT fi lm and arts festival for people of color, begins Friday with the world premiere of “The DL Chronicles … Returns” and continues through Sunday with a full schedule of screenings and special events. Multiple venues. www.mixfestatl.com SATURDAY, APRIL 13 Openly gay performer Levi Kreis brings his “Flying Solo Tour” to town, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta, www.slc-atlanta.org SUNDAY, APRIL 14 The Change of Seasons spring tea dance with DJ Mike Pope and Vicki Powell benefi ts Joining Hearts, which helps with housing for people impacted by HIV. 4 – 9 p.m., Loews Atlanta Hotel, www.joininghearts.org Publicity photo via Facebook Still via theoffi cialdlchronicles.com Publicity photo BEST BETS 04.12.13-04.26.13 Tell us about FRIDAY, APRIL 12- SUNDAY, APRIL 14 your LGBT event ways in your to our submit event or There two your to LGBT Atlanta Leather Pride brings demos, a brunch, the Mr. and Ms. Atlanta Eagle pageants and more to the Atlanta Eagle, which celebrates its 26th anniversary. www.atlantaleatherpride.com, www.atlantaeagle.com event are inclusion for online and print calendars. Submit info www.theGAVvoice.com e-mail details to editor@theGAVoice.com. FRIDAY, APRIL 12 The Decatur Women’s League continues its spring softball season, with games at various times on Friday nights at Kelley C. Cofer Park, www.decaturwomensports.com “Equus,” the provocative play about a young man’s equine obsession, continues through April 21 at Actor’s Express, www.actorsexpress.com Lesbian social network Fourth Tuesday hosts its monthly Happy Hour from 6 – 8 p.m. at Mixx, www.mixxatlanta.com Kitty LeClaw hosts the For the Kid Margarita Mad- ness, with drink and food specials, raffl e prizes and a live DJ, from 6 – 10 p.m. at Ten Atlanta, www.TenAtlanta.com THURSDAY, APRIL 18 - FRIDAY, APRIL 19 If you can handle the throngs of her young fans, catch your favorite guilty pleasure, Taylor Swift, as she brings her “Red” tour for two nights at Philips Arena with opener Ed Sheeran. www.ticketmaster.com The bearish app Scruff hosts its Invades party, with founder Johnny Scruff, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Heretic Atlanta, www.hereticatlanta.com Publicity photo Angelica D’Paige hosts the Fab Five revue at 11 p.m. on Friday’s at Burkhart’s , www.burkharts.com SATURDAY, APRIL 13 The wild Great Urban Race begins with packet pickups at 11 a.m. at Sidebar and the race from noon to 5 p.m., with all sorts of local dares and scavenger hunt-like requests. www.greaturbanrace. com/event2013_atlanta.php Help make a difference for homeless or at-risk LG- BTQ youth in Atlanta by attending the Lost N Found orientation and fi nding out how to help. 2 – 5 p.m. at the Philip Rush Center , www.rushcenteratl.org The Honey Badgers softball team hosts its spring beer bust from 3 – 7 p.m. at Diesel Bar , www.dieselatlanta.com Big band swing classics from Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman will be all the rage as part of the Atlanta Freedom Bands and Metro Gnomes Spring Swing fundraiser . 7:30 – 10 p.m., First Existentialist Congregation , www.fi rste xisten- tialist.org, www.atlantafreedombands.com SOMETHING GAY EVERY DAY! Bookmark www.thegavoice.com to get your daily dose of local LGBT events. with The Atlanta Ballet presents a special niteOUT for LGBT audiences with the eagerly awaited “Carmina Burana,” with a discounted rate. 8 p.m. at Atlanta Ballet, www.atlantaballet.com “We Are Winning, Don’t Forget” by Jean-Gabriel Periot screens as part of Film Love , with the director in appearance. 8 p.m. at Poem88 , www.poem88.net, www.frequentsmallmeals.com/fi lm_ love.htm The Caroline Aiken Band , with special guest Brian Ashley Jones, performs at 8 p.m. at Red Clay The- atre , www.eddieowenpresents.com Special performances by the Court of Kings, Daysha Moore, Drake Daniels and other guests are part of the annual Mr. and Miss Kingdom Come Pageant at 9 p.m. at My Sister’s Room , www.mysistersroom.com The 24th annual Boybutante Ball “Boybutante does Broadway” sees your fave Athens and Atlanta drag queens to raise money to help people with HIV. 9 p.m. at the 40 Watt Club in Athens . www.boybutante.org Boogie all night at the Atl 25 & Up Dress to Impress All-Ladies party , with special guest DJ Thrice. 11 p.m. – 3 a.m., Club Couture , www.coutureplay.com The Play Day Party by Ladies At Play , doors open at 6 p.m., Aurum Lounge , www.ladiesatplay.com SATURDAY, APRIL 13 - SUNDAY, APRIL 14 The 2013 Festival on Ponce , an Atlanta arts and crafts festival, runs 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday, Olmsted Linear Park , www.festivalonponce.com " id="pdf-obj-31-65" src="pdf-obj-31-65.jpg">

SOMETHING GAY EVERY DAY!

Bookmark www.thegavoice.com to get your daily dose of local LGBT events.

32 | GA VOICE 04.12.13 CALENDAR <a href=www.theGAVoice.com Event spotlight FRIDAY, APRIL 12 - SATURDAY, APRIL 14 Mixfest, billed as the fi rst international LGBT fi lm and arts festival for people of color, begins Friday with the world premiere of “The DL Chronicles … Returns” and continues through Sunday with a full schedule of screenings and special events. Multiple venues. www.mixfestatl.com SATURDAY, APRIL 13 Openly gay performer Levi Kreis brings his “Flying Solo Tour” to town, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta, www.slc-atlanta.org SUNDAY, APRIL 14 The Change of Seasons spring tea dance with DJ Mike Pope and Vicki Powell benefi ts Joining Hearts, which helps with housing for people impacted by HIV. 4 – 9 p.m., Loews Atlanta Hotel, www.joininghearts.org Publicity photo via Facebook Still via theoffi cialdlchronicles.com Publicity photo BEST BETS 04.12.13-04.26.13 Tell us about FRIDAY, APRIL 12- SUNDAY, APRIL 14 your LGBT event ways in your to our submit event or There two your to LGBT Atlanta Leather Pride brings demos, a brunch, the Mr. and Ms. Atlanta Eagle pageants and more to the Atlanta Eagle, which celebrates its 26th anniversary. www.atlantaleatherpride.com, www.atlantaeagle.com event are inclusion for online and print calendars. Submit info www.theGAVvoice.com e-mail details to editor@theGAVoice.com. FRIDAY, APRIL 12 The Decatur Women’s League continues its spring softball season, with games at various times on Friday nights at Kelley C. Cofer Park, www.decaturwomensports.com “Equus,” the provocative play about a young man’s equine obsession, continues through April 21 at Actor’s Express, www.actorsexpress.com Lesbian social network Fourth Tuesday hosts its monthly Happy Hour from 6 – 8 p.m. at Mixx, www.mixxatlanta.com Kitty LeClaw hosts the For the Kid Margarita Mad- ness, with drink and food specials, raffl e prizes and a live DJ, from 6 – 10 p.m. at Ten Atlanta, www.TenAtlanta.com THURSDAY, APRIL 18 - FRIDAY, APRIL 19 If you can handle the throngs of her young fans, catch your favorite guilty pleasure, Taylor Swift, as she brings her “Red” tour for two nights at Philips Arena with opener Ed Sheeran. www.ticketmaster.com The bearish app Scruff hosts its Invades party, with founder Johnny Scruff, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Heretic Atlanta, www.hereticatlanta.com Publicity photo Angelica D’Paige hosts the Fab Five revue at 11 p.m. on Friday’s at Burkhart’s , www.burkharts.com SATURDAY, APRIL 13 The wild Great Urban Race begins with packet pickups at 11 a.m. at Sidebar and the race from noon to 5 p.m., with all sorts of local dares and scavenger hunt-like requests. www.greaturbanrace. com/event2013_atlanta.php Help make a difference for homeless or at-risk LG- BTQ youth in Atlanta by attending the Lost N Found orientation and fi nding out how to help. 2 – 5 p.m. at the Philip Rush Center , www.rushcenteratl.org The Honey Badgers softball team hosts its spring beer bust from 3 – 7 p.m. at Diesel Bar , www.dieselatlanta.com Big band swing classics from Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman will be all the rage as part of the Atlanta Freedom Bands and Metro Gnomes Spring Swing fundraiser . 7:30 – 10 p.m., First Existentialist Congregation , www.fi rste xisten- tialist.org, www.atlantafreedombands.com SOMETHING GAY EVERY DAY! Bookmark www.thegavoice.com to get your daily dose of local LGBT events. with The Atlanta Ballet presents a special niteOUT for LGBT audiences with the eagerly awaited “Carmina Burana,” with a discounted rate. 8 p.m. at Atlanta Ballet, www.atlantaballet.com “We Are Winning, Don’t Forget” by Jean-Gabriel Periot screens as part of Film Love , with the director in appearance. 8 p.m. at Poem88 , www.poem88.net, www.frequentsmallmeals.com/fi lm_ love.htm The Caroline Aiken Band , with special guest Brian Ashley Jones, performs at 8 p.m. at Red Clay The- atre , www.eddieowenpresents.com Special performances by the Court of Kings, Daysha Moore, Drake Daniels and other guests are part of the annual Mr. and Miss Kingdom Come Pageant at 9 p.m. at My Sister’s Room , www.mysistersroom.com The 24th annual Boybutante Ball “Boybutante does Broadway” sees your fave Athens and Atlanta drag queens to raise money to help people with HIV. 9 p.m. at the 40 Watt Club in Athens . www.boybutante.org Boogie all night at the Atl 25 & Up Dress to Impress All-Ladies party , with special guest DJ Thrice. 11 p.m. – 3 a.m., Club Couture , www.coutureplay.com The Play Day Party by Ladies At Play , doors open at 6 p.m., Aurum Lounge , www.ladiesatplay.com SATURDAY, APRIL 13 - SUNDAY, APRIL 14 The 2013 Festival on Ponce , an Atlanta arts and crafts festival, runs 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday, Olmsted Linear Park , www.festivalonponce.com " id="pdf-obj-31-74" src="pdf-obj-31-74.jpg">

with The Atlanta Ballet presents a special niteOUT for LGBT audiences with the eagerly awaited “Carmina Burana,” with a discounted rate. 8 p.m. at Atlanta Ballet, www.atlantaballet.com

“We Are Winning, Don’t Forget” by Jean-Gabriel Periot screens as part of Film Love, with the director in appearance. 8 p.m. at Poem88, www.poem88.net, www.frequentsmallmeals.com/fi lm_love.htm

The Caroline Aiken Band, with special guest Brian Ashley Jones, performs at 8 p.m. at Red Clay The- atre, www.eddieowenpresents.com

Special performances by the Court of Kings, Daysha Moore, Drake Daniels and other guests are part of the annual Mr. and Miss Kingdom Come Pageant at 9 p.m. at My Sister’s Room,www.mysistersroom.com

The 24th annual Boybutante Ball “Boybutante does Broadway” sees your fave Athens and Atlanta drag queens to raise money to help people with HIV. 9 p.m. at the 40 Watt Club in Athens. www.boybutante.org

Boogie all night at the Atl 25 & Up Dress to Impress All-Ladies party, with special guest DJ Thrice. 11 p.m. – 3 a.m., Club Couture, www.coutureplay.com

The Play Day Party by Ladies At Play, doors open at 6 p.m., Aurum Lounge, www.ladiesatplay.com

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 - SUNDAY, APRIL 14

The 2013 Festival on Ponce, an Atlanta arts and crafts festival, runs 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday, Olmsted Linear Park, www.festivalonponce.com

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SUNDAY, APRIL 14

SAGE Atlanta, a group for LGBT seniors, offers a workshop on Medicare and consumer fraud. 1:30 – 3 p.m., Philip Rush Center, www.sageatl.org

Hotlanta’s Atlanta Titans host a “Party on the Patio” beer bust, 4 – 8 p.m. at Joe’s on Juniper, www.hotlantasoftball.org

DJ Vicki Powell returns for Sunday Service at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium, www.sisterlouisaschurch.com

Nykieria Chaney is the headliner of the spoken word/ live music show Brown Sugar Vibe – the “Poetic Justice” version, sponsored by She Speaks! Inc. 7 p.m. at Kat’s Café, www.katscafeatlanta.com

The Georgia Renaissance Festival continues through June 2, www.garenfest.com

MONDAY, APRIL 15

Join the Health Initiative and SAGE Atlanta, a group for LGBT seniors, for Chair Yoga every Monday through May 6. 10 a.m. at the Rush Center. www.sageatl.org

Angelica D’Paige hosts Blue Monday Karaoke at 11:30 p.m. at Burkhart’s, www.burkharts.com

TUESDAY, APRIL 16

Play “Let’s Make a Deal” at 6 p.m. at Friends on Ponce, www.friendsonponce-atl.com

Local writer Sheri Joseph talks about her new book “Where You Can Find Me,” 7:15 p.m. at the Decatur Public Library Auditorium, www.georgiacenterforthebook.org

Georgia Tech Glee Club and Agnes Scott Glee Club hold a smackdown at 8 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic, www.eddiesattic.com

Big Table Big Screen Tuesdays continues, with classic movies on the big screen. 8 p.m at 10th and Piedmont, www.10thandPiedmont.com

Tuesdays, Thursdays and early Saturdays are Three Legged Cowboy country nights at the Heretic, www.hereticatlanta.com

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

Local versions of “Family Feud,” “The Match Game” and more are part of The Big Gay Game Show, a monthly fundraiser for Lost-N-Found Youth. 7:30 – 10 p.m., Jungle, www.jungleatl.com

The Body Heat Femme Porn Tour brings together queer erotic writers, with special guest Adriana Chiknas. 8 p.m. at Charis Books, www.charisbooksandmore.com

“What’s done in the dark stays in the dark” is the motto for the Glow Skates party, 9 p.m. at Metro Skates,